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Daniel's Prophecy - The 70th. Week
Understanding Daniel's prophecy of the seventy weeks is essential for comprehending scriptural prophecy. The term "weeks" is a Hebrew word "shabua" that can be applied to any period of seven: i.e.: seven days, seven months, seven years, etc. When rightly dividing the word of truth, we can safely conclude that Daniel is referring to seventy "seven year" periods.
Daniel 9:24 reference seventy weeks that are prophetically related as it focuses on God's actions with Israel. The seventy weeks are comprised of two periods: the first being 69 weeks and the second being the seventieth week.
At the end of the first period, concluding with the 69th week, Christ will be cut off and the city of Jerusalem with all its assets with be destroyed. The cutting off of the Messiah (Daniel 9:26) refers to the death of Christ at Calvary on the old rugged cross.
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Status of Daniel's Prophecy?
It is indicative that a period of time or gap of time will fall in between the 69th and 70th week. We are presently living in that gap period known as "The Church Age". The events of the 69 weeks have been fulfilled literally. The seventieth week has yet to be fulfilled and will commence when the Rapture of The Church takes place.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 we read. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain SHALL BE CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The final seven years of Daniel's prophecy will be The Great Tribulation when God judges Israel and ultimately restores her. The exposition of the Great Tribulation period is expounded in Revelation chapters 4 through 19. The seventieth week will end with the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign for one-thousand years with His Bride, the Body of Christ (Revelation 19:11,21).
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
COLLEGE OF THE OPEN BIBLE Institute