Key Dates in Daniel's 70th Week

Steve Coerper

"Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city …" — Danieli9:24


''no time left'' hourglass graphic

I'm not setting a date.  Frankly, I think it's too late for that, and my position is simply "any day now."

We know the rapture is a rescue.  From what will the church need to be rescued?  I seriously doubt that it’s a physical threat, for instance, the unleashing of a worldwide persecution.  However, a very compelling deception - a spiritual attack - may be something we should consider.  Matthew 24:24 comes to mind; a rapture deliverance would make deception impossible for all true believers.  We may not have long to wait.

The Magog invasion appears to be next, and many wonder how this can be if Israel is supposed to be dwelling securely, without gates or bars, when this attack takes place.  This hardly appears to me to be the case in Israel today, so I posted a question to Sean Osbourne at Eschatology Today and he said:

Oh yes, I do have what I believe is the most Scripturally sound insight in response to your question.

The answer is three-fold: it illustrates Israel at present; the nearness of the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38/39, and also contrasts to ancient Israel in Biblical times.

Israel is today a nation where the heavily urban city areas blend into suburbia, which gradually blends into less populous areas and isolated settlements. Here are three images as examples of each... and if I were not to identify where these places are, well, they'd probably be mistaken for Any City or Anytown, USA.


Tel Aviv

suburban Kiryat Gat

Ofra, Judea/Samaria

In ancient times virtually all cities and towns were surrounded by a wall of some sort which had gates for access. The description of Jericho is a perfect example as its surrounding wall is the oldest of its type on earth.

Jericho

Israel, just prior to Ezekial 38/39 is also described as living in safety and security because all of her present day enemies will have been militarily subdued via fulfillment of the prophecies that have been noted on this blog, such as Ezekiel 28:24-26 (NKJV).

"And there shall no longer be a pricking brier or a painful thorn for the house of Israel from among all who are around them, who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.”
‘Thus says the Lord God: “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.
He may be correct.  If he is, we can only wonder what the "shelf life" is for this state of affairs, or what effect Trump's "Peace Plan" may have.  Once again, it's wait and see.

The "Daily sacrifice"? or "The Blameless"?

There's some mystery about "the daily" which Daniel said would be taken away (see Daniel 12:11).  Many translations supply the word "sacrifice" (which is not in the original) to suggest that the Temple must be conducting Old Testament daily sacrifices, which are then ended when "The Antichrist" comes on the scene.  This is problematic.

The Hebrew word rendered "daily" is tamiyd (Strong's H8548) and has as its primary meaning the idea of continuance or continual (as opposed to "periodic" as the word "daily" would suggest).  Its first mention is in Exodus 25:30 in relation to the showbread.  We can see how the commandment concerning the showbread was observed in Jewish history, but strangely, the meaning of the symbol is a mystery.  One might think that twelve loaves of wheat bread would represent the twelve tribes of Israel, but the Jewish sages were apparently reluctant to offer such a conclusion, and certainly demurred from doing so dogmatically.  Even the renowned Maimonides said, "I do not know the object of the table with the bread upon it continually, and up to this day I have not been able to assign any reason to this commandment."*

Also, it seems odd that the translators would choose the word "daily" since the bread was always present but was replaced weekly, not every day.

I looked up the verse, found the ten words (in Hebrew) that are rendered by thirty words in English.  I then followed the Strongs numbers provided and plugged in the first definitions provided by Strongs.  Here it is: "Time continuity turn aside detestable thing to be desolate to give a thousand hundred ninety day."

This seems so vague as to be translatable into just about anything. NKJV has:

And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.

The Septuagint renders it:

And from the time of the removal of the perpetual sacrifice, when the abomination of desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

One alternative is that "the daily" is a cryptic reference to the true believers, whose lives are seen by God as daily sacrifices (per Romans 12:1), and that the "taking away" is the rapture.  Consistent with this is an insight provided by Tom Bigbee, who writes:

What if "the-daily", HaTamid (H8548) was incorrectly translated from Aramaic or a scribal error changed the Mem to a Dalet and should have been a noun version of HaTamim, from the same root word, meaning the-blameless (H8549) (as a noun, rendered 22 times in NAS)? Then consider this translation:
And from the time that the blameless shall be taken away, it will be 1290 days until the detestable thing that causes horror.

I wonder: "until the detestable thing that causes horror ..." what?  If it's Hebrew poetic symmetry, I would suggest that it might be "until the detestable thing that causes horror is taken away."  This would make sense.  We leave, the true Jews are taken into the wilderness for safety, and the Abomination (of which the Magog military alliance may be the enforcement arm) takes over Jerusalem.  The miscreants control the city for 42 months, implement global financial control and also set up a false, "anything goes" religious system that includes some sort of sacrifice and offering, and Jesus destroys it all when He returns.

The Abomination of Desolation occurs at the beginning of Daniel's final week.  One conjecture that has a great deal of appeal, and also accounts for the data, is that the "Abomination of Desolation" is the Magog alliance.  Certainly the "desolation" part squares with what Joel told the Jews to expect (see Joel 2:3).  Further, in Luke 21:20 Jesus links "desolation" with armies surrounding Jerusalem and warns His disciples to flee when they saw those armies.  The parallel passage in Matthew 24:15 advises the same action when "the abomination of desolation" is seen.  This strongly suggests that the abomination and the invading army are the same thing.  As prophesied in Zechariah 13:8, the death of two-thirds of the people in the land certainly qualifies as "desolation."

A reasonable inference from Daniel 12:11 might be that "the daily" is taken away and the Abomination of Desolation event occurs at about the same time.  That is, the structure of the verse does not suggest a time delay between the two events.  However, that may not be correct, and it's possible that the removal of the blameless begins a 45-day (or so) process that culminates in the Abomination and the beginning of the final diaspora.  The Abomination then remains for 1,290 days.  I'll confess that a clear chronology still eludes me.

Since this "taking away" occurs near the beginning of the final diaspora, it at least appears consistent with what's signified in Revelation 12:5-6 where the child is caught up and the woman flees.  We don't know yet; we can only wait and see.

Iyyar 17 commends itself for a rapture date - May 21-22 - and plenty of videos on YouTube give reasons to support this conjecture.  Again, it's wait-and-see.  With the escalation of global insanity, it really can't be much longer.

 


 

The conversion of the four fasts of the Jews from days of grief and mourning to days of joy and gladness is prophesied in Zechariah 8:19.  Obviously, there are many ways this particular prophecy can be fulfilled, and we will only know in retrospect how it will be done.

Daniel's final seven years is not all "tribulation" - nor is it 3½ years of "tribulation" followed by 3½ years of "great tribulation."  We know from Rev. 13:5 that "the beast" only has authority for 42 months.  That's 3½ years.  Since this is right after the rapture (Rev. 12:12) it would certainly be reasonable to ask, "if the beast is only in power for 42 months, who takes over after that?"

The "woman" (most probably true Israel) flees to the wilderness (many suggest either Petra or Bozrah) while the planet experiences 3½ years of pervasive and escalating misery (the trumpet and bowl judgments).  The earthquake at the time of the resurrection of the two witnesses after their 1,260-day ministry (Rev. 11:13) is quite possibly the same as the earthquake in Zechariah 14:4.  When Jesus subsequently reclaims Jerusalem, the beast and his crowd are forced out.  Jesus then puts an end to the "Beast worship system" - sacrifice and offering - while His enemies flee north to take their final stand at Armageddon, where they are destroyed (thank God!!) by the brightness of His coming.  That day is the 1,335th day in Daniel 12:12.

We need to be careful with Daniel's use of numbers in making a distinction between a span of days with an identified beginning or end, and a specific day identified by a number.  Specifically, Daniel 12:12 speaks of the 1,335th day.  Popular eschatology, probably beginning with either Walvoord or Lindsey, arbitrarily chooses the middle of the final seven years as a reference point for the beginning of a 1,335-day period.  This is simply not warranted; they made this up to support a model.  There is no compelling reason for seeing this day, and the beginning of blessing, as any day other than the 1,335th day from Day #1, rather than counting 1,335 days from Day #1260.  If Lindsey were correct, then this final day of blessing would be Day #2595, which is 55 days after the final "week" according to the calendar.

 


 

NOTES:  All dates are local in Jerusalem; Gregorian dates are 24 hours beginning at midnight following the proper Hebrew date change which occurs at sunset.  Jerusalem time is GMT +3 — Eastern Daylight Savings time is GMT -4.

In Daniel 12:7 the phrase "power of the holy people has been completely shattered" (NKJV) seems to be a rather poor rendering.  The NET version — "the power of the one who shatters the holy people has been exhausted" — may be closer to the intended meaning.  The Septuagint simply says "when the dispersion is ended."  That will be after 3½ "times."

It is because of the seven years of weapons-burning (Ezekiel 39:9) that the Magog invasion is believed to occur early in the 70th week.

 

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