The 70 Weeks Prophecy answers the vital questions: Will there be 42 months from a Mideast peace deal until the great tribulation begins? Will a temple or tabernacle be built in Jerusalem? Will the daily sacrifice start again only to be stopped?
The great tribulation is at the door, it could come as soon as late 2020 or within a few years after that; the books of the prophets are being unsealed as God promised Daniel (Dan 12).
Very important decisions are approaching and it is imperative that we know the answers to these key questions!
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 siege of Jerusalem 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, and verse 27,
2) Jesus Christ confirms the New Covenant with many by taking them 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 [Christ] shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abominations [Christ shall 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 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.
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 confirmed 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!
Revelation 12 is the explanation of Daniel’s Seventy Week Prophecy
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 a 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 the later satanic system on the earth is described as the scarlet beast; Scarlet being the color of the blood of the saints that have been shed by this beast.
12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars [when Satan rebelled against God one third of the angels followed him] 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 [Jesus Christ] as soon as it was born.
Satan at his original fall, led a third of the angels with him in rebellion against God, and as Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] was about to be born, Satan 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 [died for the sins of humanity and was then resurrected and has risen to God the Father in heaven] was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
The child being spoken of, is identified as Christ the Messiah; for ONLY Jesus Christ has been resurrected to spirit and has so far been “caught up to God, ascending to God 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 [1,260 days, or 42 months].
This was the first one half of the 70th Week, for 1,260 days, is 42 months or one half of seven years, the 70th Week, being 7 years, or 2520 days.
This was fulfilled when the saints fled from Jerusalem to Pella in Moab when the Romans besieged the Jerusalem c 66-70 AD.
NOTICE that at an unspecified time AFTER that; there was war in heaven. This is clearly at the end time, for it begins at the point immediately preceding the tribulation.
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 much later 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 – when Satan rises up to attack God – and Michael casts Satan and his demons down to the earth, which will be 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, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Knowing that his imprisonment is near at hand, Satan rises up to attack God one more time and is defeated and thrown down again.
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.
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 [there will be only 3 1/2 years remaining].
All converted faithful believers are to rejoice and to hold their heads up, as they see the imminence of the resurrection to eternal life and the Marriage to the Lamb of God!
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 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 the Spiritual Ekklesia, the body of faithful believers and doers of the Word and Will of God.
Satan through his human instruments, works to destroy all who will not bow to him.
To enforce his will, Satan will fully empower the abomination, setting up the miracle working false prophet in the Vatican, who will then call for the nations to join a New Federal Europe, who’s leader is also called a “beast.”
This abomination [false prophet, son of perdition] will then go to the Holy Place to trigger the war, close to or before 75 days AFTER he is set up doing miracles in Rome. Then the woman [the Faithful 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 [for the SECOND time, this time immediately BEFORE the second half of the 70th Week], 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 of the Times of the Gentiles is equal to 3 1/2 years, or 1,260 days, or 42 months, or the second half of the 70th Week!
The “Great Eagle” is God, to whom the zealous saints are faithful; and the two wings that are given to the saints which take them to the place prepared [probably the same place as the first time: Pella]: Are the Two Prophets sent by God! These two servants will see that the faithful to the place that God has prepared and will then prepare the world for the coming of Christ.
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 [Jordan], Satan will inspire the Jordanians to chase and attack them since Jordan will ally with the New Europe (Psalm 83).
The flood is the pursuing army, and God will cause an earthquake to destroy them.
Then Satan will turn back to attack the majority of the Ekklesia who have initially not believed the warnings; many of whom, after this tribulation begins, will then remember and believe and 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 [at least make a pretense of keeping] of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
At the moment that the faithful escape, Satan will turn to attack Jerusalem and Judea, and he will attack those who repent of making a mere show of keeping the commandments while being lukewarm for the things of God and idolizing men above the sovereignty of God.
While Judea will be occupied, attacks on the other Israelite nations could be in other forms like cyber or economic attacks and might not involve occupation at all.
Jesus Christ will protect and nourish his people who are faithful to God in the place which God has prepared for them! He did this for the first 1/2 week after his resurrection; and he will do this for the SECOND 1/2 week at this end time!
The two halves complete one full week; the 70th week of the prophecy!
Where in the scripture is the nourishment, protection and caring for those who zealously live by every Word of God mentioned, in the context of two halves of a week?
Remember that one half of a week is three and one half days, which is three and one half years, or forty two months, or 1260 days.
The explanation of the 70th Week of Daniel 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 darkness of spiritual ignorance underneath her feet) and wearing a crown of twelve stars (a Queen) brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations (Jesus Christ).
She – the faithful Ekklesia – fled into the wilderness where she was fed (nourished) by God for 1260 days [1/2 week = 3 1/2 days = 3 1/2 years = 1,260 days].
Later there will be war in heaven and Satan will be cast out triggering a great time of trouble in the later days (Dan 12:1) and Satan will go to persecute that same woman [the faithful Ekklesia], who will again be taken “INTO HER PLACE”, where she will again be nourished for a time, times and half a time; the times of the Gentiles (Dan 12:7), or 1260 days.
The woman is the faithful Ekklesia 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!
In history, the saints fled from Jerusalem and Judea to Pella in modern Jordan about 66 – 67 A.D. after receiving a supernatural warning. This began the first half of the week, as Jesus Christ preserved His people, His bride.
This was just before the city of Jerusalem was besieged and destroyed in the Jewish-Roman wars. See: Josephus, Wars of the Jews, the fall of Jerusalem. The city was surrounded in 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 saints then fled to Pella in what is now Jordan.
The saints of God are now about to once again be taken to their place of nourishment before the fall of Jerusalem and the collapse of the nations of Israel.
The Daily Sacrifice ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by Prince Titus at the end of the first half of the week after a 42 month siege, during which God’s faithful were preserved for the first half of the 70th week in Pella. After that destruction in 70 A.D. the temple and Daily Sacrifice were to remain desolate until Messiah comes to build the Ezekiel Temple.
During this time, those of God’s people who respond to the warning and live by every Word of God; will be cared for in the place which God has prepared on the earth. No, there will not be some “Rapture” to heaven!
Our Lord WILL NOT destroy the righteous along with the guilty. He WILL NOT destroy those who LOVE HIM and zealously KEEP HIS WORD along with those who reject any zeal to live by every Word of God.
Just as God delivered Lot from the destruction of Sodom and as He delivered Noah from death, so will He deliver His beloved faithful from the evil to come.
Exalt the sovereignty of Almighty God above ALL else; Seek the LORD your God with all your hearts, and he will deliver you.
The God who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ 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 head up, you who live by every Word of God for your redemption draws nigh (Luk 21:28) .
Be strong and have courage, be zealous for our Mighty God: Both the Father and the Son!
Be filled with faith and courage, deliverance is at hand! This world is ready to give birth to a New Age of Righteousness!
And finally: What place? The phrase; “her place” (Rev 12:14) appears to indicate that she will return to the same special place that she went to the first time. It is quite probably in Moab (Isaiah 16:4, Dan 11:41).
God will reveal this in due time, when He sends the two eagles wings (empowers His two prophets) to deliver His zealously faithful people into their place (Rev 12:14, Rev 11:3-13). As the faithful were spared and protected by their espoused Husband Jesus Christ during the fall of Jerusalem in the first century A.D. they shall be preserved a second time in the 21st century.
These two periods of 3 1/2 years each, total the full seven years of the last 70th week of the prophecy.
Yes; He, Jesus Christ will confirm His New Marriage Covenant with His loyal espoused Bride for a full week!
The first 42 month half of the week have ALREADY been fulfilled; and the second 42 month half of the week which begins with the taking of Jerusalem in the latter days (Rev 13:5, Rev 11:2, Luk 21:24 and Rev 12:6,) will also be fulfilled!
When ALL the Biblical signs are present; and when the final false prophet goes to the Holy Mount and Peace and Safety are being declared: sudden destruction will come upon a stubborn and rebellious people (1 Thess 5:3).
Many lukewarm people in the faith who have lost their zeal for living by every Word of God and have fallen into a lukewarm complacency, will lack the oil of God’s Spirit to respond to the warnings; and will become the victims of strong delusion.
Preferring to lean on their false traditions instead of standing on the Word of God; they will fall into the correction of great tribulation.