Daniel 9:24-27 The 70th Week Prophecy
There are those who believe that the full 70th week of Daniel 9 is still to come with a period of 3 1/2 years after a peace deal in the Middle East before the tribulation begins.
There are a variety of explanations concerning the Seventieth or Last Week, of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy. Most of which have been around for a long time and were first put forth as a part of the Protestant Reformation. We know that these explanations cannot be true because the understanding of these things has been sealed until the last days.
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
A common explanation of the seventieth week put out by certain folks, is that the False Prophet will make a peace deal with Judah, possibly allowing them to build a temple or set up a tabernacle and start sacrifices.
Then after 3 1/2 years that peace covenant will be broken, the sacrifices stopped and the tribulation will begin and last for a second 3 1/2 years. This explanation gives rise to the theory that a temple, or at least some kind of tabernacle must be built and physical sacrifices must start.
We KNOW that this explanation CANNOT BE TRUE for the scripture says that when “Peace and Safety” is declared; SUDDEN, IMMEDIATE, AT THAT TIME; destruction will come: 1 Thes 5:3. There will be NO 3 1/2 years of peace!
Jesus Christ said that when the abomination spoken of by Daniel goes to the Holy Place; sudden, immediate great tribulation will begin (Mat 24:15).
Daniel tells us that his prophetic words are SEALED UNTIL THE END (Dan 12:9). This means that explanations written many years ago: CANNOT BE CORRECT.
The seventieth week of the prophecy is found in Daniel 9:24-27.
Each week is seven days; so seven weeks is forty nine days and sixty two weeks is four hundred and thirty four days.
Each day representing one year, therefore the city would be built in forty nine years, then Messiah would come after another four hundred and thirty four years. Indicating that Messiah would come four hundred and eighty three years after the commandment to rebuild the city was issued.
Then at an unspecified point after the four hundred and eighty three years, Messiah would be cut off, but not for Himself: and then after Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, came the fist half of the 70th week when the Ekklesia fled to Pella and the first century destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Titus stopped the daily sacrifice after a 42 month siege and BEFORE the second 42 months of tribulation.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
In the first century reconciliation was offered to only a very few and transgressions have not yet been finished on this earth, nor yet in Judah, nor has sin been ended. It is when He shall return that Messiah shall be Anointed King over all the earth and will put an end to all wickedness.
Titus and the first Roman destruction of Jerusalem ending the Daily
Daniel 9:25 And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary: and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
And He [Messiah] shall CONFIRM A COVENANT [the New Covenant] for one week [seven years]:
The prophecy now addresses the stopping of the daily by Prince Titus
. . . and in the midst of the week [at the end of the first 3 1/2 years, after a 42 month siege during which the Ekklesia had fled to Pella]; He [The Roman Prince Titus besieged Jerusalem and after 42 months the city fell and the temple was burned stopping the daily sacrifice.] shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate [This was fulfilled at the end of the first half of the week when God allowed Prince Titus to destroy the temple.], even until the consummation [The temple would remain destroyed and the daily sacrifice stopped until the end of the age and the completion of the seventy weeks, when Christ comes to build the Ezekiel Temple!], and that determined shall be poured upon the desolator [the final abomination will be destroyed at the coming of Messiah, Daniel 9:27].
At that time, the New Covenant of espousal between Jesus Christ and the called out was confirmed for the first half of the 70th week when the Ekklesia fled to Pella about c 66 A.D., to be preserved from the destruction of the Roman war against Jerusalem! This fulfilled the first 3 1/2 years or the first half of the 70th week, as I shall presently show!
Once the Romans had destroyed the temple and ended the Daily Sacrifice; at the END of three and a half years of war [in the midst of the week of seven years]; it is prophesied that the temple will not be rebuilt, and that the Daily Sacrifice will not be renewed and not resume; until the end of the second half of the week and the coming of Messiah: Until the consummation, or end, of the 70 weeks!
The time line of The Seventy Weeks Prophecy
1) The decree goes out to build the city; Messiah appears and begins his ministry in autumn 27 A.D. 483 years after the command to rebuild the city,
He is cut off 3 1/2 years later and resurrected; only then does the New Covenant officially begin (27),
2) Jesus Christ confirmed the New Covenant with many by taking the willing and preserving them in Pella during the 42 month siege of Jerusalem for the first half of the 70th week or 3 1/2 years, fulled in years for days!
3) Then after a 3 1/2 year siege, at the end of the first half of the seventieth week and before the second half of the seventieth week, God caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease by allowing Prince Titus to conquer Jerusalem and destroy the city and the temple; stopping the daily sacrifice!
Brethren, the physical daily sacrifice has already been stopped! and it is to remain stopped until the consummation of the end of the 70th week and the coming of Christ!
NOTICE: The seventieth week does NOT BEGIN until after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not until c 66 A.D. that the first half of the seventieth week is confirmed for three and one half years by the protection of the faithful in Pella during the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans; and it is not until our day that the second half of the 70th week will come, as per Daniel 9.
What covenant is being talked about?
Why, the New Covenant; which was not made sure until after the sacrifice of Christ was accepted by God the Father on Wave Offering Sunday. The MARRIAGE Covenant of Espousal, of Betrothal; between Jesus Christ and His called out first fruits, His bride; was then made official at Pentecost 31 A.D.
Jesus Christ the espoused Husband, promised to cherish and nurture the bride; and the espoused bride [the sincerely repentant person as part of the collective bride] promises to love, to follow and to faithfully obey Him.
The New Covenant like the Mosaic Covenant is a Marriage Covenant!
Jesus Christ would then confirm His New Covenant with His espoused bride when the city (Jerusalem) was under siege and destroyed after 42 months in circa 70 A.D. (Dan 9:26-27).
In the first century, the faithful fled to Pella in Jordan and remained there for the first 1/2 week (a day for a year; 3 1/2 years) preserved by Jesus Christ from the Roman armies, in a first century fore-type of the final 42 month great tribulation.
This refuge in Pella for 1,260 days, fulfilled the first half of the 70th week
The people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Dan 9:26).
Messiah had no sin and did not die for his own sin, but died for the sins of mankind. AFTER his death and resurrection, Judah rebelled against Rome and was destroyed, Jerusalem falling in c 70 AD. This was a precursor of or a fore-type of; the final great tribulation.
And he [Christ] shall CONFIRM A COVENANT for one week: and in the midst of the week he [Jesus Christ] shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abominations [Christ would give the city over to a desolator, the Roman prince Titus; and this will be repeated in the last days with the second half of the week (3 1/2 years)].
The Roman Prince Titus made the physical Temple and the Daily Sacrifice desolate, and it will remain desolate, even until the consummation [the end of the 70th week and the coming of Messiah, and that determined [When the King of kings comes he will destroy the desolating political leader and his false prophet with their armies.] shall be poured upon the desolator (Dan 9:27).
Notice the time-line: The seventieth week of seven years; does not begin until after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ was to appear at the end of the seven plus sixty-two weeks (69 weeks) Dan 9:26, which was in 27 A.D.
There is no way that the ministry of Christ could have fulfilled the first half of the 70th week since this could ONLY be fulfilled AFTER he was “Cut Off,” AFTER he was killed and resurrected!
The first half or the 70th week was fulfilled when the faithful fled Jerusalem for Pella in c 66 A.D.
According to the time line and the flow of events, the 70th week could not begin until Messiah had been “Cut Off” and resurrected, rising to be accepted by God the Father on Wave Offering Sunday for us.
ONLY when Christ was accepted as our sacrifice and High Priest, could there be a Covenant to confirm; for the Mosaic Covenant was ended by his death as Husband of Israel, and the New Covenant did not officially begin until Christ was accepted by the Father.
Then He, Jesus Christ, PERSONALLY; not some apostle or disciple, shall confirm a covenant for seven years, or one prophetic week after His resurrection.
The New Covenant could NOT OFFICIALLY BEGIN until Jesus Christ fulfilled His mission and died to pay the penalty for the sins of men. Therefore only after Messiah had died and been resurrected could the New Covenant be confirmed.
ONLY AFTER THE DEATH AND SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST COULD THE NEW COVENANT BE CONFIRMED; the first half of the last seventieth week could not begin until after the death and resurrection of Christ!
Therefore Messiah could not have been confirming a part of the 70th week covenant during his physical earthly ministry; as some wrongly teach.
In the midst of the week, after three and one half years of siege and before the final three and one half years; God caused the daily sacrifice to be stopped by allowing Prince Titus to destroy the temple in c 70 A.D.
Just as Jerusalem will once again be given over to her enemies (Rev 11:2, Rev 12:6), Jesus Christ will protect the faithful bride once again, for 1/2 week (3 1/2 years) thus confirming the New Covenant of ESPOUSAL with His Bride for the second half of the 70th week.
What covenant is being confirmed? The ONLY covenant mentioned in scripture to exist after the resurrection of Christ; THE NEW COVENANT, between Christ and those called out of season as a kind of first fruits of the NEW COVENANT of Jeremiah 31:31!
What does confirm mean? To fulfill, to make sure. What is this covenant? A marriage agreement to PROTECT, NOURISH and CARE FOR His espoused bride, those who KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!
PROOF: The true explanation of the whole 70th Week is found in Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
This speaks of the mother of Christ, as an allegorical type of the called out faithful Ekklesia.
12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
This is Satan, and later Satan’s system on the earth is described as the scarlet beast; Scarlet being red. This is explained in Revelation 17 which will be included in a future book.
12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Satan at his original fall, led a third of the angels with him, and as the Christ was ready to be born, he stood up to destroy him.
12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
The child being spoken of, is identified as Christ the Messiah; for ONLY Christ has died and been resurrected to spirit and ascended to the Father’s throne.
Now we come to the first half of the 70th week; the first 3 1/2 year flight of the faithful, which was to Pella; NOT Petra!
12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
This was the first one half of the 70 Weeks, for 1,260 days, which is 42 months, or one half of seven years. The 70th Week, being 7 years, or 2520 days.
The first 3 1/2 years were fulfilled when the saints fled from Jerusalem to Pella, when the Romans besieged Jerusalem.
Now NOTICE, that at an unspecified time [in this prophecy; but actually specified in the 2,300 day prophecy] AFTER that; there was war in heaven. This is clearly at the end time, for it begins after the first half, and before the second half of the week.
12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [This is AFTER the first half of the week has passed, and just before the second half of the 70th week begins.]
12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Daniel 12:1 tells us that Michael will stand up to fight against Satan and will cast him to the earth, which will allow the setting up of a miracle worker in the Vatican right before the beginning of the tribulation.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered [Rescued by the coming of Messiah!], every one that shall be found written in the book.
Just before the onset of the second half of the 70th week 42 month tribulation, Satan will rise up to fight against God, knowing that his imprisonment is at hand, and is defeated and thrown down
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death [they died for godliness].
12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time [That is 3 1/2 years remaining to him].
All converted faithful believers are to rejoice and to hold their heads up high (Luke 21:28), as they see the imminence of the resurrection to eternal life and the Marriage to the Lamb of God!
The sinful need fear great sorrows because they must go through great tribulation for their sins.
12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Obviously Mary could not have lived into the end time; therefore the woman is an allegory of the faithful believers and doers of the will of God.
This miracle working abomination [false prophet, son of perdition.] will then go to the Holy Place to trigger the great tribulation within 75 days AFTER he is set up in Rome and just before the second half of the seventieth week [just before the final 42 months] the woman [the Ekklesia] will flee to Pella for the second time!
12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
The time, times and half a time are 3 1/2 years or 1,260 days, or 42 thirty day months; the second half of the 70th Week!
The “Great Eagle” is God, to whom the saints are faithful; and the two wings that are given to the saints that remove them to the place prepared: Are the Two Prophets of Zechariah 4 and Revelation 11, sent by God!
12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
When the faithful arrive in Moab in the near future, Satan will inspire an army to chase and attack the Ekklesia as the tribulation begins.
The flood is a flood of men, a pursuing army; and God will cause an earthquake to destroy them.
Then Satan will turn back to attack the majority of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who have initially not believed the warnings, but who after this tribulation begins, will then remember and believe and bitterly sincerely repent.
12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
After the faithful escape, Satan will turn to attack the wayward Spiritual Ekklesia and those who make a show of keeping the commandments while being lukewarm for the things of God; thereby idolizing those organizations and false teachers, who have convinced them to ignore and reject the warnings from God’s Two Prophets.
Jesus Christ will protect and nourish those people who are faithful to him! He did this for the first half of the 70th week during the siege of Jerusalem after his resurrection; and he will do this for second half of the 70th week at this end time!
The two halves complete one full week; the 70th and last week of the prophecy!
Remember that one half of a week is three and one half days, which is three and one half years [at a day for a year] or forty two months or 1260 days. The explanation is found in the twelfth chapter of Revelation!
A woman clothed with the sun (the brightness of the LIGHT), and the moon under her feet (the power of the night, darkness) and wearing a crown of twelve stars (a Queen) brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations (Jesus Christ).
She fled into the wilderness where she was fed (nourished) by God for 1260 days [1/2 week = 42 thirty day months = 3 1/2 days = 3 1/2 years = 1,260 days].
There was war in heaven and Satan was cast out (triggering a great time of trouble in the later days Dan 12:1) and he went to persecute that same woman, who again fled, INTO HER PLACE, where she is again nourished for a time, times and half a time; the times of the Gentiles Daniel 12:7, or 1260 days.
The woman is symbolic of the faithful who KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS of God, HAVING THE LAW OF GOD WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS (Heb 8:10). And the nourishing for these two halves of the week; is the confirming of the husband’s part of the New Covenant by Jesus Christ!
This was just before the city was destroyed in the Jewish-Roman wars. See: Josephus, Wars of the Jews, the fall of Jerusalem. The city was surrounded in c 66 A.D. and then Vespasian was recalled to Rome after the suicide of Nero, the siege was slightly relaxed and a voice was heard in the temple declaring: “let us remove hence.” The faithful then fled to Pella in what is now Jordan.
Then Vespasian on becoming emperor sent his son, Prince Titus to continue the war. Titus himself later became emperor in 79 A.D.
The Daily Sacrifice was offered on behalf of the entire nation and represents the bearing of the national sins of the entire nation! The physical daily was stopped by God at the END of the first 41 months through the instrument of Prince Titus!
Now the High Priest of the New Covenant, Melchizedek [Jesus Christ], intercedes day and night for a spiritual people with God the Father. That daily intercession will be stopped because of the apostasy of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, and the restraints will be removed to allow the correction of the wayward brethren.
Seek the LORD with all your hearts; Turn to a zeal for God to learn and to keep his Word; and he will deliver us, for those who love God enough to learn and to keep his Word are his precious jewels.
The Eternal is a RIGHTEOUS GOD, who KEEPS HIS COVENANTS; He will fulfill His role as a loving husband to a faithful wife.
Yes Jesus Christ loves his bride as only he can love therefore, FEAR NOT and HOLD YOUR HEADS UP, YOU WHO LOVE YOUR GOD AND DO HIS WILL Luke 21:28 FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.
Be strong and of a good courage to follow the Mighty One who inhabits eternity!
These two periods of 3 1/2 years each, total the seven years of the last 70th week of the prophecy.
Yes; He, Jesus Christ will confirm His New Marriage Covenant with His loyal faithful espoused Bride for a full week!
- The first half of the 70th week was fulfilled in the first century when the Ekklesia fled to Pella as the Romans besieged Jerusalem for 42 months, stopping the daily at the end of that 42 months.
- The temple and the daily sacrifice will remain desolate until Messiah comes to build the Ezekiel Temple.
- The second half of the 70th week will begin with the taking of Jerusalem in the latter days (Rev 13:5, Rev 11:2, Luk 21:24 and Rev 12:6), and Jesus Christ will take his faithful espoused bride to the place which God has prepared and nourish her there for 42 months: The second time!
When ALL the Biblical signs are present; when the final false prophet goes to the Holy Mount as Peace and Safety is being declared: sudden destruction [severe correction] will come upon a stubborn and rebellious people (Mat 24:14, 1 Thess 5:3).
Many lukewarm people in the faith who have lost their zeal for living by every Word of God and fallen into a lukewarm complacency, will lack the oil of God’s Spirit to respond to the warnings; and will become the victims of a strong delusion.
Preferring to lean on their own false traditions and looking to idols of corporate organizations and men, instead of standing on the Word of God; they will fall into the correction of great tribulation.
Also see our Revelation 12 article.