The 70 "Weeks" of Daniel

Book of Daniel chapter 9
[Revealed in the first year of Darius = the first year of Cyrus = 539 BCE.
Nearly all agree that these are weeks of years, adding up to 490 years.]

Literal translation

Literal fulfillment

24 Seventy weeks are determined
upon your people and upon your holy city,
to put an end to sin,
and to complete sacrifice,
and to atone for iniquity,
and to bring eternal righteousness;
and to fulfill vision and prophecy,
and to anoint a holy of holies.

490 years later, a final sacrifice would be made in behalf of the people and Jerusalem, providing atonement and eternal righteousness, thereby fulfilling biblical prophecy and preparing a holy place for the people. (A "week" = seven. Here, seven years. 70 X 7 = 490 years.

25 And know and consider: from the issuing of a word to bring back and to rebuild Jerusalem, until (the) anointed one, (the) prince, (shall be) seven weeks; and sixty-two weeks shall come and shall be rebuilt plaza and moat and in distressful times. In 458 BCE, emperor Artaxerxes I, decreed that the Jewish scribe, Ezra, should go to erusalem and do all that God would tell him to do, providing necessare funding to do so. See Ezra 7:18.
26 And after the sixty-two weeks, shall be cut off (the) anointed one and nothing (shall be) for him; and the city and the holy (place) will people of a coming prince ruin, and its end (shall be) over run, and until (the) end, war is decided, desolations. Precisely 490 years later, in 33 CE, Yeshua' (Jesus) was crucified at Jerusalem, after predicting that the city would be destroyed within the life-time of some then alive, in fulfillment of the next verse. See Matt. 24:15, 34*.
28 And next he shall confirm a covenant for many, one week;
and a half of the week, he shall stop sacrifice and offering,
and upon an extremity of detestables shall come a desolater,
and until (his) annihilation and determined (events),
it shall be poured out upon the desolater
In 66 CE, Jewish nationalists stopped the sacrifices and prayers at the temple made in behalf of the Roman emperor. In 70 CE, the Romans stopped the Jewish sacrifices, defiled the temple, destroyed the place and desolated the city. The nationalists were crushed at Masada in 72 CE.

Other interpretations

Daniel's 70 weeks


*Matthew 24:15 "So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel,
standing in the holy place.... 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all
these things take place." (ESV Holy Bible: New Testament)

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