Monday, June 4, 2018

Could the Daniel 9 prophecy lead us to 2018?

“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Daniel 9:24-26

If you've studied Biblical prophecy at all, you've probably noticed that many times a particular prophecy will have fulfillment in more than one instance.  For example the foretelling of the Messiah coming has a dual fulfillment.

In the above prophecy, we see that once a decree was issued to "restore and rebuild Jerusalem", 69 weeks would pass and then the Messiah would arrive.  If we calculate 69 weeks of years from the time Artaxerxes issued that order in 445 BC, we arrive on the exact day Jesus rode into Jerusalem in His Triumphal Entry. I won't go into that here, but it's easy enough to verify online.  Here's a great article by Chuck Missler

Since Daniel's prophecy does not specify who gives the degree that initiates the 69 weeks of years, that leaves open the possibility that there might be two time periods for this prophecy to be fulfilled. Since Jesus has two comings, this is certainly plausible.

Now, it gets fun!  There was a second decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in 1535 AD when Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, emperor of the Ottoman Empire, ordered that the walls of Jerusalem be rebuilt.  The Old City's current walls are these same walls he ordered to be rebuilt.

69 weeks of years is a period of 483 years (69 x 7).  1535 AD + 483 years = 2018.

Another VERY interesting thing is that in this prophecy, the 69 weeks of years is listed in 2 parts: 62 weeks and 7 weeks. 7 weeks of years is 49 years.

The Jews regained control of Jerusalem during the Sixth-Day War in June 1967, but during the war the Old city sustained significant damage. Hence in 1969, a third decree was given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.  It's not well publicized and can only be found in a few newspaper clippings. 

 1969 + 49 = 2018.

For some reason, we keep ending up in 2018!

I'm not saying anything or making any predictions. I just thought this was really interesting and wanted to share it with you!

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  1. Very interesting. Gives us a lot to think about.

  2. Extremely interesting and thought provoking.

  3. I love Chuck Missler! He's just one of the greatest Bible teachers ever, although there are times I have to look in the dictionary the definitions of some of his vocabulary :) Very interesting article!

  4. Interesting, but i see a couple of problems with this idea. Firstly, the prophecy says that after 62 weeks the Messiah will be cut off. Jesus did this once at the cross, it is not going to happen again. Secondly, the command to rebuild Jerusalem was given by a secular leader to jews, not muslims. It is important that the Jews rebuilt the city that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has put his name on. It would be inconsistent for him to apply a fulfilment of that prophecy by using muslims. In fact all the fulfilment of how Israel would be born again as a nation in a day that occurred in 1948 and the subsequent fulfilment of prophecies that the desert and waste places would bloom again, has been achieved through his chosen nation the Jews....

  5. It is interesting, but the problem with the maths is that the 483 years is comprised of 360 day years, which is the normal for God’s prophetic calendar. This is proved over and over in scripture and Chuck Missler’s article also uses this, thus his reference to 173,880 days, which is 483 x 360. As such the actual time difference on the Gregorian calendar is 476 years, where a year is 365.25 days long. So adding 476 to 1535 AD actually brings this prophetic parallel to 2011 not 2018. So while i too would love JESUS to come back in 2018, i don’t think this prophecy supports that.