The Purpose of the Prophecy of 70 Weeks
Coincident with the rise of Babylon in the North in 606 B.C. was the
and deportation of
cream” of the Jewish people from the
two Southern Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, together with someof the Levite Priests; into the service of the King of Babylon. Jerusalem and
Temple were destroyed on the 9
Av. 586 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar, King ofBabylon. This particular prophecy was given to Daniel a captive in Babylonia by the Angel Gabriel
toresolve his prayers about his sins and the sins of the Jewish people, and allay his concern about thedesolation of the Holy Mountain.
Daniel’s concern about
both of these problems revolved around the previously prophesied futureministry of The Messiah, and the need for the Temple in Jerusalem to be in existence when he came.
The prophecy of Daniel’s “70 weeks” therefore
mainly concerns the Jewish people, the restoration of Jerusalem, the coming Messiah
and his relationship with the rebuilt City and sanctuary,
where the Jews’ relationship with God was centred.
Gabriel gave Daniel the solutions to his concerns in the
70 Weeks prophecy
when he stated that Jerusalem would be rebuilt, and then The Messiah would come. He also implied that The Templewould be in existence when Messiah came; but
that He would be “cut off” and then the city and the
sanctuary would be destroyed.
The term “70 weeks”, means
the actual time period which would see the fulfilment of
by sending T
he Messiah (the “anointed one”) who would
, via a covenant, deal with the sin of the Jewish people and restore their relationship with God.
The Hebrew word translated as “weeks” is
and it means “week” or “time period of seven”.
The interpretation of this phrase is therefore
70 multiplied by a “time period of seven” thus 70 x 7 =
490. This is taken to mean a time period of 490 years in total.It is the aim of this booklet to show that the components of the prophecy were fulfilled within a general
490 year “time frame”
without using specific calendar dates which may or may not be correct,depending on the starting date for the prophecy, and where the birth, ministry and death of JesusChrist is placed in history.For those scholars who have converted 490 years into actual so-
called “prophetic year” periods of 360
days each, and calculate this period of time to be 176,400 days in total; I can only state that I find it
rather difficult to reconcile such a “prophetic year” with the oscillating He
brew calendar of 12 or 13months, and the consistent Biblical use of actual days and named months which implies a full year, andnot a so called prophetic year of 360 days.The purpose of this booklet is to see what was fulfilled, and what, if anything is yet to be fulfilled of thisprophecy, because it has a great bearing on what we can expect to see happen on earth in the nearfuture. I believe it will also help us to focus on other important aspects of relevant prophecy, andunderstand the end-time events and scenario that we see unfolding around us.