The Prophetic Key of Daniel’s 70 “WEEKS”
WEEKS! What does it really mean in Bible Prophecy? Years, Sabbaths, Centuries, Shavuot [Pentecost] or Millennia perhaps? What mathematical calculations and end times charts will reveal truth and an answer to the riddle given to Daniel by YHWH God and then revealed to him by the heavenly messenger? Is the vision still sealed until the “time of the end”? Can someone now, be chosen by God to reveal it to the Church world of today? Is the religious world now ready to run with the YHWH God permitted re-opening of this sealed text? A web search provides myriads of writings on this primary timeline key and its timeline leading to the culmination and fulfilment of Bible prophecy. Most of the present writings are leading to the revealing of the Messiah, Yeshua, and His two Advents, also to include His restoration of Israel in the last days. All of these use various mathematical calculations are based upon both scriptural and pagan calendars by the current bunch of prophetic pundits and writers. Universally, these calculations are based upon a historical timeline assumed by the writers of these essays, with the last days events occurring at the end of the narration and the charts. But, is this all the story? Or is there an alternative scenario not foreseen by these prophets and seers? All of Christianity, from Roman Catholicism to Evangelicals, reject, denigrate or deny the applicability of the Torah in the 5 books of Moses and the Appointed Time feasts of the Almighty, as being important to the discussion. Replacement Theology, Biblical mathematics, Gematria and Darby’s Dispensationalism rule as the required prefaces, and one then goes on a course devoid of the ancient Torah precepts and the Holy Feasts of YHWH God, now discarded by Christianity. After all, they say, this is “Jewish” stuff and is irrelevant to modern, higher criticism, doctrines and theology. But, is it? Perhaps an alternative, fresh look should be in the discussion?
Let us continue in this study with a new baseline and pathway of words.
- The Torah of Moses, including the “Feasts of the Almighty” are the primary baseline and criteria upon which ALL Bible Prophecy must be judged and are required to be adhered to.
- Without a full understanding of Yahweh’s Appointed Times and Seasons, one wanders in a swamp of deception while trying to interpret Bible Prophecy correctly.
- The ‘Spring Feasts of YHWH” have been accomplished in minute detail by Yeshua at his first advent.
- The “Fall Feasts of YHWH” SHALL be accomplished in minute detail by Yeshua at His second advent, including Daniels timeline, and not before the “Last Days” come upon us.
- The “Feast of Shavuot” [Pentecost/WEEKS] stands between the Spring and Fall Feasts of the LORD!
- The Feast of WEEKS stands BETWEEN the PIECES of the SACRIFICE, [Genesis 15]. It is the KEY!
- The First Sacrifice for the Redemption of God’s little flock occurred at the first coming of Messiah. The second sacrifice for the redemption of Israel and the restoration of all things shall occur at the second coming of Messiah.
- When you see all of these things happen; then look up, for YOUR REDEMPTION draweth near!
- The Messiah, Yeshua, accomplished 70 weeks [490 days], not 3 1/2 Catholic generated years, at His first advent as His first personal Messianic witness.
- The Messiah, Yeshua, shall accomplish the final 70 weeks at His second advent as His personal second Messianic witness.
- These are the primary two Messianic witnesses in scripture that are supported by all of the other Dual witnesses in the Tanakh and Torah. The 5 Gospels in the “Re-New-ed Testament” confirm the Tanakh.
- WEEKS refer specifically to the Appointed Time and Season of the Almighty, called in Scripture, “THE FEAST OF WEEKS or SHAVU’IM/SHAVU’OT!
- Since this essay is presented upon a Torah and Feasts of the Almighty based foundation; all previous traditional studies should have no obvious tie-in or applicability and should be ignored and set aside in order to have an open mind and free, scripturally compliant scholarship.
- All of the present interpretations of Daniel’s “70 weeks” prophecy are partially valid in that they reveal the Messiah, Yeshua; as do many other passages in the Tanakh and Torah. This is a laudable Gospel goal and is required of us all, but the salient point made by God is mostly missed or ignored by writers. That stated premise and instruction is that, “This vision shall be SEALED until the time of the end”. We are very near, but not there yet. We are the generation that shall see all of these things happen, for sure. Timing is everything. So the vision serves a DUAL purpose in time and in fact. The Gospel goal has been clarified by many and is marvellous. The sealed goal has been veiled until now. We must now give it major consideration as I maintain that the seal is now opened and its contents revealed to us by the Holy Spirit for our edification and action.
John 14:15 says:
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands; [the TORAH].
Daniel, Chapter 8: 15-17 says in the original Aramaic text:
After I, Dani’el had seen the vision and was trying to understand it, suddenly there stood in front of me someone who appeared to be a man. I heard a human voice [Yeshua] calling from between the banks of the Ulai, “Gavri’el, make this man understand the vision!” He came up to where I was standing, and his approach so terrified me that I fell on my face. But he said to me, “Human being! Understand that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
The entire vision is not historical or mathematically compliant and must be understood, as the heavenly teacher says; it ONLY applies to the time of the end and the 70-year generation that is alive at that time. This is not only a Torah instruction and lawful order, but it is a “legal imperative” from YHWH, the Almighty Creator.
23-25 “In the latter part of their reign, when the evildoers have become as evil as possible, there will arise an arrogant king skilled in intrigue. His power will be great, but not with the power the first king had. He will be amazingly destructive, he will succeed in whatever he does, and he will destroy the mighty and the holy ones. He will succeed through craftiness and deceit, become swelled with pride, and destroy many people just when they feel the most secure. He will even challenge the prince of princes; but, without human intervention, he will be broken.”
How can one avoid a reference to the present Obamanation? It is difficult not to think of a direct link and comparison. Nuff said.
26-27 “The vision of the evenings [Erev] and mornings [Boker] which has been told is true; but you are to keep the vision secret, because it is about days in the distant future.” I, Dani’el, grew weak and was ill for some days. Then I got up and took care of the king’s affairs; but I was appalled at the vision and still couldn’t understand it.”
Erev [chaos] to Boker [order] is the central truth and shall be accomplished at His second coming by Yeshua and not by any human “assist” agency. This includes Dominionist doctrines and other wacky theories. Yeshua is sovereign and needs no help in His Messianic Mission. Again, verse 26 becomes a second witness statement that confirms verse 17. Because the vision in its entirety happens in the distant time of the end of days; it is ordered sealed until it happens in the “Appointed Time” Yahweh has selected in eternity. It is not allegorical, nor is it a multiple act play dragging out over mankind’s perceived linear times and seasons. it is a legal imperative from GOD.
Yeshua, in Matthew 23: 33-39 said to the clueless P’rushim:
“You snakes! Sons of snakes! How can you escape being condemned to Gei Hinnom? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and Torah-teachers — some of them you will kill, indeed, you will have them executed on stakes as criminals; some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so, on you will fall the guilt for all the innocent blood that has ever been shed on earth, from the blood of innocent Hevel to the blood of Z’kharyah Ben-Berekhyah, whom you murdered between the Temple and the altar. Yes! I tell you that all this will fall on this generation! “Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused! Look! God is abandoning your house to you, leaving it desolate [in 70 CE]. For I tell you, from now on, you will not see me again until you say, `Blessed is he who comes in the name of YAHWEH.'”
People get mixed up and, because 70 AD is the target date; they tie it to Daniel, chapter 9’s reference to the 70 weeks by not understanding what “weeks” means in the book of Daniel’s original Aramaic text.
Daniel, Chapter 9: 1-3 says in the original Aramaic text:
“In the first year of Daryavesh the son of Achashverosh, a Mede by birth who was made king over the kingdom of the Chasidim – in the first year of his reign, I, Dani’el, was reading the Scriptures and thinking about the number of years which YAHWEH had told Yirmeyahu the prophet would be the period of Yerushalayim’s desolation, seventy years. I turned to Yahweh, God, to seek an answer, pleading with him in prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.”
Yirmeyahu [Jeremiah] says in chapter 25:11-14, and 29:10; the following:
“This entire land will become a ruin, a waste; and these nations will serve the king of Bavel for seventy years. But when the seventy years are over, I will punish the king of Bavel and that nation for their sin,’ says YAHWEH, ‘and I will turn the land of the Chasidim into everlasting ruins. I will inflict on that land all my words that I have decreed against it, everything written in this book, in which Yirmeyahu has prophesied against all the nations. For they too will become slaves to many nations and to powerful kings; I will pay them back according to their deeds and the work of their own hands.”
Chapter 29: 10 “For here is what YAHWEH says: ‘After Bavel’s seventy years are over, I will remember you and fulfil my good promise to you by bringing you back to this place Jerusalem.”
This Dual prophecy has the usual two fulfilments, one in history and the second in the last days, which one would expect in studying Bible prophecy. This use of 70 continuous years as a literal span of 70 years in this passage corroborates Daniels vision and adds a span of years to the mix of a span of weeks, that is, 70 Shavu’im and at least 1 and perhaps 2 at most Yovel [Jubilees] occurring during the Babylonian captivity; thereby this example is tacitly giving permission from YHWH to make the direct comparison of the Feast of Weeks Season and 70 linear years in captivity, in suffering and in judgment.
Back to Daniel 9: 20-22,
“While I was speaking, praying, confessing my own sin and the sin of my people Israel, and pleading before YAHWEH my God for the holy mountain of my God – yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gavri’el, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, swooped down on me in full flight at about the time of the evening sacrifice, and explained things to me. He said, “I have come now, Dani’el, to enable you to understand this vision clearly.”
The 70 weeks vision given to Daniel is still the subject of the timing key. Yeshua said in Matthew 24:15, “Let the reader understand the allusion”. We are trying.
23-24, “At the beginning of your prayers, an answer was given; and I have come to say what it is; because you are greatly loved. Therefore look into this answer, and understand the vision. “
“Seventy weeks [Shavu’im/Shavu’ot] have been decreed for your people and for your holy city for putting an end to the transgression, for making an end of sin, for forgiving iniquity, for bringing in everlasting justice, for setting the seal on vision and prophet, and for anointing the Especially Holy Place.”
There are 6 actions listed in order here with eternal results, which are delineated and detailed here, and which cannot be accomplished at any time in history other than at the second coming of Yeshua HaMoshiach as Melech Tzadique, the King of Righteousness. This happens during the last generation and that generation of believers are specifically those who keep both the Gospel of Yeshua the Messiah AND the Torah of His Father, the Almighty Creator.
Matthew 24; 10-12 says clearly the following and it condemns others in the last generation who do not keep Torah and are led into the swamp of deception and sin by false teachers, priests, prophets and pastors.
“At that time [the last generation], many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, many false prophets will appear and fool many people; and many people’s love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah.”
Daniel 9:10-11 mirrors and restates the above, both starting with verse 10! Here it is:
“We didn’t listen to the voice of YAHWEH our God, so that we could live by his Torah laws, which he presented to us through his servants the prophets. Yes, all Isra’el flouted your Torah and turned away, unwilling to listen to your voice. Therefore the curse and oath written in the Torah of Moshe the servant of God was poured out on us, because we sinned against him.”
First John 3:4 says: “Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah – indeed, sin is violation of Torah.”
Back to Daniel 9: 25
“Know, therefore, and discern that seven weeks [of years] will elapse between the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Yerushalayim until an anointed prince comes. It will remain built for sixty-two weeks [of years], with open spaces and moats; but these will be troubled times.”
May 14th, 2010 is Israel’s 62nd anniversary of her restoration to the land and the founding of the State of RENEWED ISRAEL!!!! These are 62 Shavu’ims/The Feast of WEEKS! COUNT THE OMER as we are instructed to do by the Almighty Creator!
26-27 “Then, after the sixty-two weeks, Mashiach will be cut off and have nothing. The people of a prince yet to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but his end will come with a flood, and desolations are decreed until the war is over. He will make a strong covenant with leaders for one week [of 7 years]. For half of the week [3 1/2 years], he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering. On the wing of detestable things the desolator will come and continue until the already decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.”
This is a MAJOR SIGN to look for! The prince who is yet to come [on a white horse, revelation 6:2] will make this “strong” covenant with NWO “leaders” which will force Israel’s compliance by stealth, false promises and deception. It shall be a 7-year Covenant with DEATH!
Leviticus 25: 8-14 says:
“‘You are to count seven Shabbats of years, seven times seven years, that is, forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, on Yom Kippur, you are to sound a blast on the shofar; you are to sound the shofar all through your land; and you are to consecrate the fiftieth year, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a yovel [Jubilee] for you; you will return everyone to the land he owns, and everyone is to return to his family. That fiftieth year will be a yovel [Jubilee] for you; in that year you are not to sow, harvest what grows by itself or gather the grapes of untended vines; because it is a yovel. It will be holy for you; whatever the fields produce will be food for all of you. In this year of yovel [Jubilee], every one of you is to return to the land he owns. “‘If you sell anything to your neighbor or buy anything from him, neither of you is to exploit the other.””
Psalm 90:10 says:
“The span of our life is seventy years [a biblical generation], or if we are strong, eighty; yet at best it is toil and sorrow, over in a moment, and then we are gone.”
ANCIENT RABBINIC PROPHECY IS “SPOT-ON” SO FAR.
In 1217 Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel prophesied the Ottoman Turks would rule Jerusalem for eight Jubilees. A Jubilee is 50 years according to Leviticus 25:8-13. Sure enough, in 1517 the Ottoman Turks seized control of Jerusalem and ruled over it for the next 400 years (eight jubilees). The Turks were finally driven out in 1917 by Allied forces under command of General George Allenby. The Rabbi’s prophecy about the 400 years was fulfilled exactly to the year.
The Rabbi had also prophesied that during the ninth Jubilee, Jerusalem would be a “no-man’s land.” This is exactly what happened from 1917 to 1967, due to the fact that the Holy Land was placed under British Mandate in 1917 by the League of Nations and literally “belonged” to no nation. Even after Israel’s War of Independence in 1948-49 Jerusalem was still divided by a strip of land running through the heart of the city, with Jordan controlling the eastern part and Israel controlling the western part of the city. Both Israelis and Jordanians called that strip of land “no-man’s land”. Anyone even stepping into that strip would be shot down. It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 that the whole city of Jerusalem passed back into the possession of Israel. So once again the prophecy made by the Rabbi 750 years previously was fulfilled to the letter.
But that is still not the end of the matter. The Rabbi also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. The 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will be concluded in 2017.
In 2018, Israel as a reborn state will be 70 years old. The year 2018 minus 7 = 2011. Will it be the beginning of sorrows?
I am personally waiting to see the 70th week begin literally any day now.
We here in Israel (believers) are seeing an acceleration of sanctification, purification and grace for repentance and overcoming by the Lord.
We see time as being very short. Also, EVERYONE in Israel, believers, non-believers, secular, religious, rich, poor, educated, non-educated, the famous or the average Joe, everyone says war IS coming any day now.
We have presented this alternative view with scriptural evidence of the Daniel 9 weeks vision and its key timeline to the second coming of Yeshua. We pray that you have been blessed by this Bar-Naba presentation of truth centered in love and that it will spur you to make the necessary adjustments to your life and act, because the time grows short.
We shall see you on the road to Emmaus.
Rav James and Erlene Talbott,
Yeshua HaTikvah Yisrael Ministries.