Prophecy to the 70th power: Understanding Daniel’s 70 weeks

The Cripplegate | 4/18/2019 | Website
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The prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks (Daniel 9:20-27) is one of the most debated passages in Scripture. Joyce Baldwin calls this “the most difficult passage” in the Bible. Calvin wrote:

This passage has been variously treated, and so distracted, and almost torn to pieces by the various opinions of interpreters, that it might be considered nearly useless on account of its obscurity.

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Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.

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The core of this passage is that there are 70 “weeks” of punishment in store for Israel, and they will come in three groups. The first group will be seven sevens, the second will be 62 sevens, and the third will simply be seven.

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