This 70th week of Daniel Bible study post reviews a video from Seeking God’s Kingdom called Understanding Daniel’s 70 Weeks.
Video description: This is Biblically accurate, yet radically novel, interpretation of Daniel’s 70 weeks. At least the last 63 weeks, if not all the 70, are yet to occur in the FUTURE!
Someone brought this video to my attention and asked me to review it. You’ll see that it is a radically novel interpretation, which is based on a false understanding of what the text is declaring.
Seeking God’s Kingdom notes that the prophecy points to ten 49-year Jubilee cycles.
I agree that it points ten 49-year Jubilee cycles, 490 consecutive years, which means that there’s no 2,000 year time gap in between the 69th and 70th weeks.
Seeking God’s Kingdom says that Daniel 9:25 declares that there are only 7 weeks until Messiah the Prince.
The text does not say that from the command to Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks! It says seven weeks and threescore and two weeks, so 69 weeks total!
He focuses on the comma too much. It’s there to separate the divisions of 7 weeks and 62 weeks. So the premise of him applying the prophecy to the end times is based on a flawed narrative.
The 7 weeks is separate, to show the rebuilding of the city and temple. And to define a 49-year Jubilee cycle, which means that the first year of the 490-year prophecy was a year a jubilee, which was marked by the Jews being released.
After the ten 49-year Jubilees of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 were fulfilled, it was a year of Jubilee which marked that the Gentiles were released from their blindness as the Gospel was also proclaimed to them.
Seeking God’s Kingdom applies a false association to Messiah not becoming a ruler at that time.
He makes a false associations to justify his explanation that the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 has not been fulfilled.
Messiah set up His Father’s kingdom in the first century, so He is a ruler. And His kingdom has grown into a great mountain of saints since the first century. Messiah hasn’t returned for His saints yet, but he is the ruler of the kingdom.
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Seeking God’s Kingdom says that none of the disciples used Daniel 9 as a proof of Jesus’s Messiahship.
The disciples understood the timing of Messiah coming in the 70th week, as they proclaimed that they found Him, so they were expecting Him.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. John 1:45
Even the Samaritan woman understood that Messiah was due to appear.
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. John 4:25
Messiah proclaimed to His disciples that the Jewish leaders did not understand (or care) that their promised Messiah appeared at the proper time, in the 70th week of Daniel.
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. Luke 19:42-44
Seeking God’s Kingdom says that the restoration of Jerusalem did not commence since it was destroyed by the Babylonians.
This is a nonsensical statement, as the Bible gives different commands for Jerusalem and the temple to be rebuild.
And Messiah carried out His ministry, in the 70th week of Daniel 9, in the rebuilt Jerusalem and temple.
Seeking God’s Kingdom says that no earthly king can give a command to restore and build Jerusalem – only God can.
He says that since nothing of this sort has happened so far, we can say that the 70 weeks have not yet begun in BC.
This is another nonsensical statement, as the command had to be something that the Jews would have understood so that they knew when their promised Messiah would appear.
Seeking God’s Kingdom says that Messiah being cut off is not pointing to Messiah.
This is another nonsensical statement, as Isaiah 53 uses the same language of being ‘cut off’ to point to Messiah coming to atone for our transgressions.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Isaiah 53:8
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Seeking God’s Kingdom says that the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy is not about the Lord Jesus Christ, but rather is about a ruler or a priest.
This statement is absolute rubbish, as the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy is the only prophecy that foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His multiyear ministry and confirm the everlasting covenant that’s referred to in Daniel 9:4, with His blood as the Spotless Lamb, which ended the need for temple sacrifices.
Messiah is the ruler of His Father’s kingdom. Messiah is our High Priest who atoned for our sins in the middle of the 70th week of Daniel 9!
When you understand the fulfillment, you have tangible proof to give to the world, that the Bible is true and that Messiah is deity.
We’ll all stand before our Righteous Judge to account for what we believe and teach about the most important prophecy in the Bible. I pray that you will read the explanations in this book about the 70th week of Daniel, compare it to Scripture, and discern it for yourself.
Here’s a one-page summary PDF of the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 which you can save and print and share.
Here’s a two-page summary PDF of the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9 which you can save and print and share.
Here’s a link to YouTube videos about the fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9.