Daniel’s 70 Weeks: Revealed
The most frequently asked questions here at Bible Time is about Daniel’s 70 weeks. Even when not asked as a question, we do get preached at over how this supposedly works. This article reviews the original prophecy, provides the questions we usually ask when debunking pop Christians, then provides exact timing for the 4 known major fulfillments of Daniel’s 70 Weeks.
The expression, "Daniel’s 70 weeks" comes from a specific passage in the Book of Daniel. Application of that passage to events in history is one of the greatest challenges to anyone studying Bible Prophecy.
Before going any further it is important to review the original passage and make some general comments about the text.
Daniel was a captive, from the Nobility of ancient Israel that had survived in and near Jerusalem after the Assyrian invasion. Daniel had been hauled away to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar as a prisoner of war.
When Daniel arrived in Babylon he was selected to learn the language and history of Babylon so that he could serve in the Babylonian royal court. Daniel became quite adept at this call, eventually becoming the equivalent of the Babylonian Prime Minister.
The Book of Daniel provides various stories from his time at the royal court of Babylon, including many interactions between Daniel and various members of that court.
Nowhere in the Bible does the life length of Daniel get mentioned, but his name appears on the lists of people who returned to Jerusalem after the 70 years of national captivity, so Daniel’s age can be estimated at over 110 years. Probably his very healthy, mostly vegan, diet helped his life length considerably.
Apparently near the end of the 70 years of captivity, when Daniel was over 90 years of age he discovered in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah a prophecy that said the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years. That sparked Daniel’s interest and he used that as the basis for extended prayer.
His prayer was of a form that today is called identificational repentance, repenting for the sins of his people, not just himself. That prayer is summarized in the first half of chapter 9 in the Book of Daniel.
Unlike most "normal" prayer, Daniel’s prayer was answered with an angelic visitation, the account of which takes up the second half of chapter 9. It is the dialog between that angel, Gabriel by name, and Daniel himself that forms the basis for the second half of chapter 9, the famous "70 weeks" of Daniel.
The most important characteristic of the dialog recorded for us, is that this was an elaboration on the 70 years written about by Jeremiah. Since the first application of Jeremiah’s 70 years were about over, it was time to explain more about how those "70" would be used elsewhere in history.
The following is what happened after Daniel’s prayer, as recorded in the Book of Daniel.
20While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill -- 21while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision:
24"Seventy `sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
25"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven `sevens,' and sixty-two `sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26After the sixty-two `sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27He will confirm a covenant with many for one `seven.' In the middle of the `seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." Daniel 9:20-27 NIV
20¶And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; 21Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.swiftly: Heb. with weariness, or, flight 22And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.to…: Heb. to make thee skilful of 23At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.commandment: Heb. wordgreatly…: Heb. a man of desires 24Seventy 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.finish: or, restrainmake an…: or, seal upprophecy: Heb. prophet 25Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.be built…: Heb. return and be builtwall: or, breach, or, ditchtroublous: Heb. strait of 26And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: 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.but…: or, and shall have nothingdesolations…: or, it shall be cut off by desolations 27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.the covenant: or, a covenantfor the…: or, with the abominable armiesthe desolate: or, the desolator Daniel 9:20-27 KJV
Summary of Applications
There are 5 distinct applications of Daniel’s 70 weeks that can be found in history. These are:
Application I The 490 years from Nehemiah’s time in the Babylonian royal court to the times when Gabriel appears in the New Testament.
Application II The 70 weeks from Gabriel’s’ appearing to Zechariah until the birth of Jesus.
Application III The 70 Jubilees (which are weeks) from the decrees at the time of the Exodus until the return of Jesus.
Application IV The 490 years from the Gutenberg Bible until World War II.
Application V The 70 weeks from Hitler’s death until the birth of anti-Christ
There is also, perhaps, an Application VI a day-for-a-year replay of the 490 years to Hitler as 70 weeks ending in 2009.
What follows is an explanation and exploration of each of these applications of Daniel’s 70 weeks.
The first application of Daniel’s famous 70 weeks begins at the issuing of a decree as recorded in Nehemiah.
1In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before; 2so the king asked me, "Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart."
I was very much afraid, 3but I said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"
4The king said to me, "What is it you want?"
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it."
6Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, "How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time.
7I also said to him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?" And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:1-8 NIV
1And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. 2Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, 3And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire? 4Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it. 6And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.queen: Heb. wife 7Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; 8And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me. Nehemiah 2:1-8 KJV
This account is interesting because it contains an on Bible date for this event. It is the 20th year of king Artaxerxes.
This is of course a stumbling block, since it is hard to know when this king reigned. Of course this is a pagan king, and many think that the Bible is a historical book, so the secular records of Babylon should be consulted to fix this date. Not so.
The king’s name is only an adjective to the key value here, the 20 years. These are 20 years after the 70 years of captivity that Daniel was praying about above. Time is being measured in the Bible relative Jerusalem. Those 20 years abut the 70 and are an extension to those 70. Since those 70 are know in relation to the modern era, the 30 days in question, can be known with very high precision.
It is easiest to see by inspection on the printed charts, but the year in question is year 999 FE, or 1 year short of the 1000th year from from the Exodus.
Why would this be?
Nehemiah’s call is to prepare the city for the millennium celebration that would take place in Jerusalem at the end of the year 1000 FE. Nehemiah will move quickly, taking the letters with him, gathering the supplies, and then in a quick, 52 day, building campaign, he will see the wall of Jerusalem restored around the city.
Since Daniel’s 70 weeks are day-accurate, we need a day-accurate statement of the month when this decree is issued. We use "Date Reports" for that here, and the following is the date report for that decree-issuing month:
|Month window for Documents to Nehemiah|
|First day of the month|
|Mon||10499-01-01 AA||9 Jan -489 NS||9 Jun 251 AUC||3829621 AAN|
|999-01-01 FE||14 Jan -490 OS||9 Jun 503 BC||1542464 JDN|
|Last day of the month|
|Tue||10499-01-30 AA||7 Feb -489 NS||9 Qui 251 AUC||3829650 AAN|
|999-01-30 FE||12 Feb -490 OS||9 Qui 503 BC||1542493 JDN|
Notice that the prophecy is not accurate beyond the month, the tolerance is 30 days, so all later dates will also have a tolerance of 30 days until we can pull that tolerance in tighter.
This report marks the month when the decree was issued. Note for those that know Anderson’s fraudulent dating, it is 45 years earlier.
Tricky Math on 70 Weeks of Years
Gabriel appeared to Daniel and started revealing these 70 "weeks" as a play on the 70 years of Jeremiah.
Because Daniel is a prophet, all references to days are also references to years. There is always a double meaning when a prophet gives or is given a certain number of days.
In this case those weeks become weeks of years also known as Sabbath.
The calendar used for recording time in the Bible also has a sabbath cycle, every 7 years, which was a week of years, there was a long year. Sabbath, as well as Jubilee years were long, they had 13 months instead of the usual 12.
The assumption here, which will be born out, is that Gabriel’s predictions are day-accurate and across the time interval suggested the events will unfold with an accuracy to the day. The problem, then is mapping the expression down to days. When this is day-accurate, of course, 70 weeks are 70 * 7 = 490 days. When this is year-accurate, through the prophet’s standard day-for-a-year ratio, this is 7 years * 70 = 490 years. It is with this year length that problems arise.
There are 2 ways to compute the number of days in 490 years. Those ways come from the way Gabriel posed the riddle to Daniel. This is either 1) The number of days in 490 years, as a "bond band" or slave would count it, or else this is 2) 70 sets of separate 7 year intervals.
These 2 values are not the same number of total days because the first strategy compensates for Jubilee leap months every 50 years, while the second set only has leap months on the end of each week of years.
This can be spotted in a pair of date reports from a different era entirely. A "contract" for a period of time is like the start of the calendar itself at Adam. Anyone who enters a contract starts counting time, and not counting leap years until the end of 7 years into the contract. At 50 years in the contract there is also a leap month in the 50 year.
So, the following is the date that would represent the completion of a 7 year contract: (Ignore all values except those in green.)
|1 week of years, measured from Adam 1/1/1.|
|Note the AA: is the day count for 7 years|
|Sat||⇉8-01-01 AA||10 Nov -10968 NS||3 Six 12304 BAUC||2551 AAN|
|-9492-01-01 FE||2 Feb -10968 OS||3 Six 13057 BC||-2284606 JDN|
By inspection this is the first day of year number 8, or day number 2551. The difference between 2551 and day 1 is 2550 days, the number of days in 7 years. 2550 is the number of days in 1 week of years.
If we are computing 70 of these, we multiply 2550 * 70 = 178,500 days.
Alternatively, we can ask how many days are there in 490 full years. Asked this way, the 7 * 70 = 490 is being done with the years before being reduced to days. We can discover the number of days by looking at a date report for 491/1/1 AA and then checking the AA number. The following is the report for this scenario. (Again, ignore all values except those in green.)
|490 years from Adam, 491/1/1|
|Note the AA: Field is the day count for 490 years|
|Thu||⇉491-01-01 AA||4 Mar -10485 NS||25 Dec 11725 BAUC||178711 AAN|
|-9009-01-01 FE||23 May -10485 OS||25 Dec 12478 BC||-2108446 JDN|
Just like before, the calendar date, 491/1/1 is 1 day high, in order to find number of days in 490 years exactly, we subtract 1 from 178711 yielding 178,710 days in 490 full years.
Note: 178,500 days is NOT THE SAME as 178,710 days.
These 2 strategies yield an answer off by 210 days, or exactly 7 full months.
The difference is the net effect of the leap months.
When we take any other starting point for measuring 490 years, we are always looking for 2 events separated by 210 days. The first event is 178,500 days after the start, the second is 178,710 days after the start. Finding 2 fulfillment events separated by 7 months will be the clue that all the other math has been done correctly, that the start and end of the interval is correctly understood.
Note also that this sort of prophetic story phasing between the calendar with Jubilees every 50 years, and smaller prophetic intervals, say 7 weeks, can and does occur with different values in different places in scripture. There is a web page on the web site that is built for plugging in various values in order to quickly explore the differences. There are also several canned reports showing the effect for various known Bible stories, including this one from Daniel’s 70 weeks. That web page is here.
Going back to the decree issued in Nehemiah’s time. This is technically called a starting epoch from which a long distance time interval will be measured...
|Month window for Documents to Nehemiah|
|First day of the month|
|Mon||10499-01-01 AA||9 Jan -489 NS||9 Jun 251 AUC||3829621 AAN|
|999-01-01 FE||14 Jan -490 OS||9 Jun 503 BC||1542464 JDN|
|Last day of the month|
|Tue||10499-01-30 AA||7 Feb -489 NS||9 Qui 251 AUC||3829650 AAN|
|999-01-30 FE||12 Feb -490 OS||9 Qui 503 BC||1542493 JDN|
This date, with an obvious 30 days tolerance, is the starting point for finding the prophetic fulfillment of this application of Daniel’s 70 weeks. To find the end we simply add the first of the 2 numbers, 178,500, to the day number for the first day in this starting epoch. The following is the report. Note that the AA: field can be used here as an audit, that we are indeed 178,500 days later.
|End of Daniel’s 70 weeks, 178,500 days|
|First day of the month|
|Tue||10988-04-30 AA||26 Oct -1 NS||26 Oct 752 AUC||4008150 AAN|
|1488-04-30 FE||28 Oct -1 OS||26 Oct 2 BC||1720993 JDN|
|Last day of the month|
|Wed||10988-05-29 AA||24 Nov -1 NS||24 Nov 752 AUC||4008179 AAN|
|1488-05-29 FE||26 Nov -1 OS||24 Nov 2 BC||1721022 JDN|
And of course there is another 30 day window at the end of 178,710 days from the starting epoch. The following is that report.
|End of Daniel’s 70 weeks, 178,710 days|
|First day of the month|
|Wed||10988-12-29 AA||21 Jun 0 NS||22 Jun 753 AUC||4008389 AAN|
|1488-12-29 FE||23 Jun 0 OS||22 Jun 1 BC||1721232 JDN|
|Last day of the month|
|Thu||10989-01-28 AA||20 Jul 0 NS||21 Jul 753 AUC||4008418 AAN|
|1489-01-28 FE||22 Jul 0 OS||21 Jul 1 BC||1721261 JDN|
These 2 reports are in the era of Jesus birth, just before the start of the year 1 AD.
It takes more information beyond the scope of this report, but Jesus was born in February of 1 AD, when year breaks are considered to happen in January.
So, what events are these 2 previous reports describing?
A little inspection in the Biblical account of the months before Jesus was born, we find that Gabriel, the same angel that appeared to Daniel at the start of this entire story, also appeared 2 times in the New Testament record.
What were those times? 1) His appearance to Zechariah in the temple, and then... 2) some number of months later to Mary. The appearance of Gabriel is recorded in Luke, the account begins this way:
26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, Luke 1:26 NIV
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, Luke 1:26 KJV
In the discussion Gabriel reveals that Elizabeth is pregnant and in her 6th month.
36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. Luke 1:36 NIV
36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Luke 1:36 KJV
Of course Zechariah was serving for a month, had to go home, and then his wife had to conceive, so the 6th month of her pregnancy is in line with the 7 month difference between these 2 predicted intervals.
What is Daniel’s 70 weeks telling here?
Gabriel appeared to tell Daniel a riddle. The riddle explains the 2 times when Gabriel will appear in New Testament times. Gabriel is announcing Gabriel’s 2 future visits.
The original account of the decree issued to Nehemiah so he could go rebuild Jerusalem’s walls is not dated to the exact time within the month. Because of this the exact time within the final months of Gabriel’s appearances to Zechariah and Mary are also unknown directly.
But, watch something wonderful...
The prophecy about Daniel’s 70 weeks reveals the time from Gabriel’s appearance to Zechariah until Jesus’ birth.
Those 70 weeks are broken down into 30 weeks, (30 * 7 = 210 days) from Zechariah to Mary. Then, 40 weeks from the visit to Mary until Jesus is born. We can verify this backwards by checking the birth date of Jesus and subtracting 490 days.
Note that there is a full section on this web site that goes into this math more completely. I’m summarizing what is given more completely elsewhere.
The simplest way to find Jesus’ birth date is to know that Luke records the holiday. Jesus was born on the Roman holiday of Quirinus, February 17 in what would become known as 1 AD. The clear text reference to this is given in Luke...
2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) Luke 2:2 KJV
2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) Luke 2:2 NIV
This governor picked the census to land on the governor’s own holiday fixing the day of Jesus birth.
The year can also be fixed in various ways. The important fix is the historical Christian year 1 is in fact the correct first year of Jesus. So his birthday, was February 17 in the year 1 AD. (Green marks the way the Romans of the day would have known the date.)
|Fri||10989-08-29 AA||16 Feb 1 NS||17 Feb 754 AUC||4008629 AAN|
|1489-08-29 FE||18 Feb 0 OS||17 Feb 1 AD||1721472 JDN|
Mary’s pregnancy, 40 weeks, and the time back to Zechariah, 70 weeks, can be seen by subtracting these day counts from the day number of Jesus’ birthday. Here are the reports for these dates. Notice the AA: field can be used for audits.
The following report is 40 full weeks ( 40 * 7 = 280 days) back from Jesus’ birth...
|Gabriel’s Appearance to Mary|
|Fri||10988-11-19 AA||12 May 0 NS||13 May 753 AUC||4008349 AAN|
|1488-11-19 FE||14 May 0 OS||13 May 1 BC||1721192 JDN|
The following report is 70 full weeks ( 70 * 7 = 490 days) back from Jesus’ birth...
|Gabriel’s Appearance to Zechariah|
|Fri||10988-04-19 AA||15 Oct -1 NS||15 Oct 752 AUC||4008139 AAN|
|1488-04-19 FE||17 Oct -1 OS||15 Oct 2 BC||1720982 JDN|
By inspection, these 2 expected, precise, Gabriel visitation dates are inside the 2 month wide windows of the expected months of Gabriel’s visit.
Within our ability to measure, Daniel’s 70 weeks announced both the months of Gabriel’s visitations and the days from those visitations to the birth of Jesus.
Gabriel’s original words to Daniel have several odd meanings that are not simply weeks of years.
The most important of these applications is a week of weeks of years or what is commonly called a Jubilee. This is a 50 year interval for each of the years in Jeremiah’s original 70 year prophecy.
Note that under this scenario the starting decree is no longer Nehemiah’s traveling documents given to him by his Babylonian king, but it is the ancient nation of Israel’s traveling documents, given to them by God himself through Moses at mount Sinai.
Was Moses’ writing, instead of Nehemiah’s, a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem? Yes.
In fact it could easily be argued that Moses’ decree was much more important than Nehemiah’s and it should rightfully stand as the primary fulfillment of this prophecy given to Daniel.
In terms of math, a Jubilee is an even multiple of 50 years, so there is no possible phasing with the underlying calendar and so there can only be 1 possible terminal date at a year count of 50 * 70 = 3500 years from the issuing of the first decree.
Note that Jesus makes a direct reference to this 3500 year interval when he answers a question from Peter:
21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
21¶Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22 KJV
Peter’s question "7 times" is actually a prophetic reference to 2550 years and Jesus’ response, 70 times 7, is an expansion to this rendering of Daniel’s 70 weeks.
In both cases the math is 70 * 50 Years = 3500 Years.
The origin is the Exodus from Egypt, or possibly the events in the months after this event. The following is the date for when the ancient Israelites left Egypt:
|1/1/15 FE, the Exodus From Egypt|
|Tue||9501-01-15 AA||29 May -1486 NS||21 Apr 912 BAUC||3465615 AAN|
|1-01-15 FE||11 Jun -1486 OS||21 Apr 1665 BC||1178458 JDN|
This date can be run out across the nominal 3500 years suggested by these and a host of other prophecies...
|3501/1/1 FE, 70 Jubilees after Exodus From Egypt|
|Tue||13001-01-15 AA||2 Mar 2010 NS||17 Feb 2763 AUC||4742415 AAN|
|3501-01-15 FE||17 Feb 2009 OS||17 Feb 2010 AD||2455258 JDN|
The starting epoch used here is the departure date from Egypt. There are several additional dates in the historical record that may provide more interesting epochs for this measurement. The other stories are in the first 2 years after the historical Exodus from Egypt. The modern termination of the 70 Jubilees could thus be up to 2 years after the dates given here. Note the Jubilee related date is the most interesting since the entire season is measured in Jubilees.
Other stories must converge on a modern date in order to support which precise date may ultimately matter most. There is plenty of evidence that this is indeed important to current headlines and their development.
Note that it is curious that Jesus’ earthly life spanned across the end of the 30th Jubilee and into the 31st Jubilee. This is the same prophetically as his appearance to Mary at the transition from the first 30 weeks to the second 40 weeks in the total application of Daniel’s 70 weeks in the era of Jesus’ birth. The 2000 years since Jesus is 40 Jubilees.
Daniel’s 70 Weeks, as Jubilees, introduces the idea that the main decree that rebuilds the fallen city is the Bible itself. This was first issued in the era of Moses. Our generation will see the completion of the 70 weeks, 70 Jubilees, of Daniel.
So far, the applications of Daniel’s 70 famous weeks have not taken account of the various divisions within the 70 weeks. Specifically Daniel’s account suggests the 70 weeks are broken down into continuous parts with events happening at the intermediate points. No matter how much the previous applications are studied, it is not obvious at all that there was interesting events at the internal points. Those points of interest are inside the 70 weeks at: 7 weeks, 62 more weeks, and then a 70 week that is split into 1/2, with prophetic events happening at the start and middle of that last week.
Note clearly that there is nothing in Daniel’s 70 weeks that requires it to start nor stop on dates interesting to the full end of the age. Note also that there are never any gaps in prophetic passages in the Bible, so there is not, say, a 62 week period followed by a gap before the final week.
It remained a mystery to me where we might find another application that would pick off the internal dates. I expected it on a day-for-a-year replay of the time line somewhere, but it eventually came from a far different quarter. (Which is now susceptible to a day-for-a-year replay.) Here is what I found:
I became aware of this Application IV for Daniel’s 70 weeks because someone copied me on an email that pointed out that the Munich Agreement, of September 30, 1938, was the start of a 7 year period that spanned much of World War II.
The Munich Agreement was a "land for peace" agreement whereby the European powers attempted to appease Germany in an attempt to avoid World War II. 1260 days later, with some precision, in March of 1942, the Germans began the "final solution" by starting up their extermination camps. This Jewish holocaust was the cutting off suggested for the middle of the 70th week.
The email suggested that the World War II era events were a pattern for a full end-times event in Israel. Though it may be that way, we’ll visit that in the Application VI the thought struck me that this might actually be the correct, historical, end-times application of Daniel’s famous 70 weeks. If so the full set of dates should have events that match Daniel’s story.
Let me say before going further that in this application we find a full set of intermediate events, a double set of 70th week fulfillments, since there is a 210 day difference between these 2 series across the last "week" and it highlights the birth date of the anti-Christ just as the first century fulfillment highlighted the birthday of Jesus himself. We’ll treat the anti-Christ’s birthday in another Application of Daniel’s 70 weeks.
To discover if that was so required some cleaning on raw data and a test across the 490 years preceding the end of World War II. Here’s how that is done.
What is obvious is that this does indeed pattern Daniel’s 70 weeks quite closely, including the dates within the interval.
Conceptually we’re running this as a hypothesis, and at the end we will state if the hypothesis holds up or not. In order to start somewhere we use the Munich Agreement date of September 30, 1938, as the starting point.
The assumption here is this is a land-for-peace agreement whereby the Germans were appeased in an attempt to avoid the destruction of a world war that nearly every adult of 1938 could remember from 20 years before.
The date for that agreement, on a Date Report format is this:
|Munich Agreement: Land for Peace in Europe|
|Fri||12929-07-29 AA||30 Sep 1938 NS||17 Sep 2691 AUC||4716329 AAN|
|3429-07-29 FE||17 Sep 1938 OS||17 Sep 1938 AD||2429172 JDN|
It should be noted that this date is 1 day before the close of a Bible month and 2 days before the start of a new month. This is itself curious since it is possible that the entire series of dates is month-aligned. It would be this way because of the expressions used by Daniel busting out to years, and years are always whole numbers of months.
For our purposes here, we’ll leave this as is, but remember there is a few day tolerance.
The final week of Daniel’s 70 weeks would this spread out from here, 2550 days forward, as discussed above, in Application I. The final date for that final week would be the following:
|1 Week Later, end of World War II|
|Sun||12936-07-29 AA||23 Sep 1945 NS||10 Sep 2698 AUC||4718879 AAN|
|3436-07-29 FE||10 Sep 1945 OS||10 Sep 1945 AD||2431722 JDN|
This date is at a little used corner of history. The more famous Japanese surrender at the end of World War II was on September 2, 1945, a full, and exact, 3 weeks before this prophetic date.
What is more curious, though, is that the Japanese did not finish surrendering until September 16, 1945, when they surrendered Hong Kong to the British fleet. This is only 1 week ahead of this theoretical end of the war.
Even more curiously, on September 23, 1945 itself, the British decided to shift the question of a Jewish homeland in Palestine to the United Nations. This was significant, and related to the other events on this series, the mid-trib date in 1942 when the Holocaust began.
The middle of this final week of Daniel’s 70 weeks of years, would thus be at 1260 days after the Munich Agreement. The report for that date is this:
|1260 days from Munich Agreement|
|Fri||12933-01-29 AA||13 Mar 1942 NS||28 Feb 2695 AUC||4717589 AAN|
|3433-01-29 FE||28 Feb 1941 OS||28 Feb 1942 AD||2430432 JDN|
This event is the start of mass killing of the Jews in the Holocaust. The actual start of this killing is not known with precision. The Germans had been experimenting with how to kill millions across the previous few months. They had also held various meetings that demonstrated their plan. (Meeting minutes, for example, would be used in trials after the war.)
I have not yet verified this with reliable sources, but Sobibor started mass killing on March 1, 1942, and Belzec is said to have started on March 17, 1942. These were the first 2 concentration camps built for killing, not for strictly political prisoners. Their construction had begun in late 1941. It is highly significant that the second of these camps would have a root name of "Bel." This is a variation of Baal, one of the pagan gods mentioned in scripture.
Note how the second of these unconfirmed killing start dates is only 3 days from theoretical. If a day number of 1 is the intended prophetic date, not day number 30, in these reports, then each end is only off by 2 days. This is very good considering how these normally work, expecially in this era.
The prophetic story from Daniel is that an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing. This killing or cutting off is the fulfillment in the history of nations.
7 month Offset
Daniel’s 70 weeks has a 70 week that applies in 2 different ways. Those 2 applications are offset by a standard 7 month window, 30 weeks, or 210 days.
So far we’ve only shown 1 such 7 year window, there is another lurking near by that picks off more features.
By inspection it should be obvious we’re looking for another that sits 210 days earlier. This allows for the end of the war in Europe to land at the end of an earlier, more hidden, 7 year period.
Using the Munich Agreement Date given above and running 210 days earlier yields the following date:
|210 days before Munich Agreement|
|Fri||12928-13-29 AA||4 Mar 1938 NS||19 Feb 2691 AUC||4716119 AAN|
|3428-13-29 FE||19 Feb 1937 OS||19 Feb 1938 AD||2428962 JDN|
March 4, 1938 is the day Czechoslovakia’s premier Milan Hodza announced that his country would defend itself against a German invasion. This is, of course, the threat that the Munich Agreement nullified, the Germans gained control of Czechoslovakia with the signing of the Munich Agreement 210 days later.
With 1 down and 2 to do, this date becomes the first in a 2550 day 70th week of Daniel. The terminal date would thus be 2550 days later. As dated in the following report:
|End of Daniel’s Early 70th week|
|Sun||12935-13-29 AA||25 Feb 1945 NS||12 Feb 2698 AUC||4718669 AAN|
|3435-13-29 FE||12 Feb 1944 OS||12 Feb 1945 AD||2431512 JDN|
This date is the least obvious of the entire series in this Application.
In Europe the Russians were already a month on the outskirts of Berlin, waiting for the allies to get closer to the city. The Americans had just begun moving in the Rhine river valley. Dresden had been destroyed in a firestorm. Tokyo was also being bombed with over 2000 tons of bombs per day. The world was a mess.
On February 11, 1945, the "Big Three" ended their meeting at Yalta. This was meeting where Stalin and Churchill planned for the division of Germany after the war. Though the division would take a little time to complete, the agreement was done. Importantly, they agreed to hold a United Nations formation meeting in San Francisco in April of 1945.
Of course this earlier 7 year period also has a mid point, 1260 days from March 4, 1938. The following report shows that date:
|Middle of Daniel’s Early 70th week|
|Fri||12932-06-29 AA||15 Aug 1941 NS||2 Aug 2694 AUC||4717379 AAN|
|3432-06-29 FE||2 Aug 1941 OS||2 Aug 1941 AD||2430222 JDN|
This date is 1 day after signing of the Atlantic Charter on August 14, 1941. Though it would take the bombing of Pearl Harbor later in the year before the American public would enter the war, Roosevelt entered the war on this date.
Finding the Origin
Daniel’s 70 weeks are built around the concept of an origin, a single date at the start of a 178,500 day, or 178,710 day interval.
The 2 ending dates given here, the Yalta Conference and the Hong Kong surrender, are the end of these intervals The starting date is simply 178,710 days earlier. The following is the report for the origin of these stories.
|Origin of Daniel’s 70 weeks|
|Fri||12446-08-29 AA||9 May 1456 NS||30 Apr 2209 AUC||4540139 AAN|
|2946-08-29 FE||30 Apr 1456 OS||30 Apr 1456 AD||2252982 JDN|
This date has no known single documents being signed, but it is in the middle of the most important document preparation process of ALL TIME. The first mechanical printing of the Bible.
Gutenberg was in the process, since 1452, of producing the first copies of the Bible on a mechanical printing press. Each page had to be typeset, then copies had to be reproduced for each page. Over 1200 pages made up the work, curiously about the same as today.
The first editions were dated in February of 1455, but the court case where Gutenburg’s creditor called his loan before he could sell his copies of the Bible was settled in November of 1455. Many extant copies are dated from late in 1456, so this does appear to be the fulfillment event.
Remember how Daniel’s prophecy works. From the issuing of the Decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Of course one historical fulfillment of that decree was begun with Moses and the first copies of the Bible. Now, here, a reproduction of that same decree, as well as the account of Nehemiah’s decree, was marking a prophetic event that would reverberate across the globe.
Every machine reproduced, printed Bible, every copy that readers of this article may own, is a reproduction that follows in the footsteps of Gutenberg’s first printed copies.
The Gutenberg Bibles were produced in Germany. The German redemptive gift was the beautiful words that make up the German language. The language itself is less dense (by about a factor of 2) than English, giving it a song like quality. It was to this lost tribe that the very words of God were first delivered in machine reproduced form.
Gutenberg produced about 40 copies on vellum (animal skin) and 140 copies on paper. They sold for the equivalent of 4 times the annual wage of a typical clerk. They were typically finished with hand-added red ink following the custom requests of the buyer, so a copy that had been printed was not yet a copy ready for a customer. This is why copies in museums today have such uniqueness.
Note that there may be 1 particular copy from late May in 1456. Time will tell if that can be determined.
Note also that World War II, where this prophecy ends, is also centered on Germany, so there is a match in the geography between the start and finish of this series. (As would be expected.)
This Gutenberg Bible origin is the start of a 7 week period as per the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Since this is under 50 years, this interval is always the number of days in 7 years, which is as discussed above, 2550 days. Those days are run out 7 sets, so 2550 days * 7 = 17,850 days are in a prophetic 7 week period.
The date report for the indicated date, 17,850 days after the theoretical date for Gutenberg, is the following:
|End of 7th week of Daniel’s 70 weeks|
|Fri||12495-07-29 AA||24 Mar 1505 NS||14 Mar 2258 AUC||4557989 AAN|
|2995-07-29 FE||14 Mar 1504 OS||14 Mar 1505 AD||2270832 JDN|
Like nearly all the other events in this series we’re looking for a fulfillment in Germany, something dealing with words, or famous words, perhaps something dealing with the Bible.
Perhaps the most famous event in 1505 was Martin Luther’s decision to become a monk. He had graduated with a law degree early in 1505, ie after March 25 1505, with an otherwise unknown date for the issuing of that diploma, that decree. Luther was traveling either to school, or home, the accounts are unclear, on July 2, 1505, when a sudden thunderstorm struck were he was walking. Luther was nearly killed by a bolt of lightening in a storm, the winds from the bolt knocked him to the ground.
He made a promise that if he survived the storm, he would become a monk. He kept the promise, to his father’s horror, and entered a monastery several weeks later. That choice would change the course of European, World, and Church history.
This application of Daniel’s 70 weeks is appealing because it touches on the history of Germany, a single country, throughout its entire run. It touches day-accurately on the days when these can be measured, accurately hitting nearly all 6 World War II dates. It also touches on the origin and 7 week marks with events that are also world changing.
As I was preparing this report I was struck with the similarities to the predictions surrounding the birth of Jesus.
In that era we don’t have good historical records of the events in Rome, but we do know that the end of the short version of Daniel’s 70 weeks as years marks the start of 70 weeks as days until the birth of Jesus.
The question immediately comes to mind, is there a similar pattern from these modern years to a birthday of any of the candidates for the end-times version of Christ, popularly the anti-Christ?
If there is, does the pattern work the same way as in the first century with Jesus or is there a different pattern? If the man is born in some other part of the world the pattern could be similar but not identical.
In the case of Jesus, the 70 weeks of days, the 490 days, began on the 19th day of the last month in the span. The following is the date report for that date. NOTE: This should be considered an estimate, since it is not phased with calendar months in the same way as it was in Jesus’ era.
|Modern Equivalent of Zechariah’s Visitation|
|Wed||12935-13-18 AA||14 Feb 1945 NS||1 Feb 2698 AUC||4718658 AAN|
|3435-13-18 FE||1 Feb 1944 OS||1 Feb 1945 AD||2431501 JDN|
Note that February 14, 1945 is the date of the Dresden Firestorm. Though without a date, this is the same as the Manoah’s wife and the offering on the rock at the appearance of the angel. (Since this would be the exact date for the angel appearance and a fiery offering would be expected.
And, of course, 70 full weeks, or 490 days from there is the birthday of interest:
|70 weeks later|
|Wed||12937-04-28 AA||19 Jun 1946 NS||6 Jun 2699 AUC||4719148 AAN|
|3437-04-28 FE||6 Jun 1946 OS||6 Jun 1946 AD||2431991 JDN|
A surprising find is that George W. Bush, the president of the United States, was born on July 6, 1946.
Also curious William Jefferson Clinton was born August 19, 1946.
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946.
All of these men are inconclusive. There is probably another birth closer to the theoretical birth day, or some other way to compute the date.
For completeness I need to mention the modern replay dates for the 70 weeks that lead to Hitler.
The 1456 date that marked the start replays on August 24, 2008.
The 1505 date that marked the end of 7 weeks is October 12, 2008.
The 1938 dates land on December 20, 2009, with remaining dates hitting the following week, before December 27, 2009.
Unknown if these will have any impact in the news, but they are curious to watch.
The World War II dates are the most compelling explanation of Daniel’s 70 weeks. They are complete, with a 490 year span from an important document. They play out across a fixed nation. They match the Bible stories closely, and involve many people around the world.
I have not discussed here how these World War II dates are themselves prophetically linked to the death of Jesus on the cross. This brings the popular interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks, which is thought to point at the cutting off of Jesus himself, into agreement with everything I’ve discussed here.
The popular thoughts, that Daniel’s 70 weeks point at the crucifixion of Jesus are right, but for the wrong reasons.