The 70th Seven / Daniel’s Final Week              (Approximate Rapture Timing)  Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.'  In the middle of the 'seven', he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.  And on a wing of the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation  until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Introduction:     In a nutshell, the 70th Seven is important because it’s the only verse in the Bible  that contains a time reference ‘before’ the “abomination that causes desolation”.  Since the abomination happens in the middle of the 70th Seven, and that’s when the rapture happens too (see Matthew 24), then there has to be a ‘3 ½-year gap’ between the “confirmation of a covenant” and the rapture. (The 2300-days in Daniel 8 are after  the abomination so they are not the same thing, as illustrated by the chart on the left.)      The problem has always been identifying which ‘covenant’ this verse is refering to. The word “covenant” just means “agreement or promise” so it does not automatically mean Israel.  One party is the ‘final empire’ because the “end that is decreed” is poured out on him” (the ‘Bowls’ in Revelation).  As I explained in Daniel 11:21,  the ‘root’ of the final empire was the Islamic Revolution in Iran, 1979, which gave the Shiites a position of power again.  That’s what I was writing about when I discovered the ‘second party’ in the covenant, by sheer accident.  I wasn’t interested in that because I didn’t want anyone to accuse me of trying to set a date for the rapture.   After all, if a person watches the ‘signs’ in Daniel 11, then a ‘date’ is not needed.    Yet, the clues just fell in my lap so I couldn’t ignore them because that would be like ignoring God.  Besides, matching both chapters 9 & 11, together, with the same current events would confirm their relationship in the Bible, which was good because they contain the same “abomination that causes desolation”.   Background: What is a Seven?        Before I go any farther, let me explain that a “seven” is 7-years rather than anything else.  In case you are not familiar, this verse is called the “70th seven” because there are sixty-nine others preceding it.  The others are not connected chronologically but they are useful in proving a measure of time.  Daniel 9:25 says, “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens’ and sixty-two ‘sevens’.”  The decree to rebuild Jerusalem (not the temple) was issued by King Artaxerxes of Persia, in the seventh year of his reign (458 BC, according to the NIV study notes for Ezra 7).  It is not apparent to me why God separates the sevens but the total is 483 years (69 times 7).  That puts the 483d year around 25ad, which is very close to when Jesus started his ministry (the Anointed One) because He was not born in year ‘zero’.  He was born in the time of King Herod (Matt. 2:1) and Herod died in 4 BC.  Also, before he died, Herod ordered all Hebrew males, two years old and younger, to be killed so Jesus was probably about one.  Since He started His ministry at age 30 (Luke 3:23), it would have been around 25 AD or the 483rd year.  The dates may not be exact but the illustration is sufficient to show that a “seven” is “7-years” rather than something else.   Chart showing offset click to enlarge
Updated chart: 9-13-2017  “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.  I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.” (Luke 12:37)  Page available for printing on PDF.   Q & A:  People have asked why the Bible goes from vague descriptions of time, such as a ‘seven’, a ‘time’, or an ‘hour’, to exact numbers, such as 1260, 1290, 1335, and 2300 days?    Answer:  It all depends on whether the reference is before or after the rapture.     Once the rapture happens, the days are exact because nothing needs to be hidden anymore.      In other words, there’s nothing anyone can do, after that, to change the ‘set times’. (Dan. 7:25)  Parable of the Ten Virgins  (full text - Matthew 25:1-12)     I’ve been asked about the Parable of the Ten Virgins, in a couple of different ways.  Of course, parables can be lessons but they can also be prophecies.  One person thought that a “long time in coming” meant that Jesus was delayed (because humans weren’t ready), but that can’t be the case Jesus will come at the appointed time; nothing on earth can delay Him.  The people in the parable just went out too early.  That could be due to my mistake or due to others, in the past, but I encourage everyone to keep watching the ‘signs’ in Daniel 11, not a date    Nevertheless, if the parable indicated that people went out too early, then it was bound to happen In my own defence, I’ve always been aware of God’s instructions to Ezekiel about ‘warning people’  so their blood would be on ‘their own hands’.  However, if he ‘didn’t warn them’, their blood would be on ‘his hands’. (Ezekiel 3:18-21)  So who do the Ten Virgins represent?    Personally, I think the term ‘virgins’ represents ‘new believers’, such as those in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20: 1-16), who are called in the eleventh hour, but receive the same reward as everyone else.  That would be indicative of the ‘wise virgins’ but there must be others who are watching the same signs, yet never accept Jesus as their personal savior, at least not seriously, which would be the foolish virgins.  The foolish virgins could also be compared to the ‘seeds that fell on rock’, in the Parable of the Seeds, which withered because they had no root.  “They believed for a while, but in times of testing [or waiting], they fell away.” (Luke 8:13    For more on the ‘seed parable’, see ‘salvation to maturity’ page, but don’t let that happen to you. There’s plenty of evidence to show that the ‘signs are real’, without waiting until the very last moment.  When you think about it, someone must figure out the ‘real signs’, from the Bible, because regardless of being too early, the virgins are not far off, and the ‘second alert’ is accurate.  © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. The “confirmation of a covenant” in Daniel 9:27 Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven'  he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”    Introduction   Both Daniel 11:31 and Daniel 9:27 contain the ‘abomination that causes desolation’ so they must correspond to each other.  Daniel 11 is a list of events, leading to the abomination, but there is no time-frame.  Daniel 9:27 gives a time-frame (3.5 years), before the abomination, but it’s difficult to determine when it starts because it’s difficult to know who the “he” is that makes the ‘confirmation of a covenant’, which is just an agreement or promise to “many.”  Since many events have happened to complete Daniel 11 (up to the abomination in verse 31), things seem to be getting more clear. “2016” is on God’s “Timeline of 37’s”    I recently discovered that God has been using a timeline of 37’s, for certain events, starting with Muhammad’s original vision in 610 AD, including the “great schism” that divided the Church in 1054, Osman’s vision of the Ottoman Empire in 1276, and Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.  Of course, that means that the 37th anniversary of Iran, which started on 2-11-2016, is also on the same timeline of 37’s.                666     The reason I say “37” (instead of “666”) is because of the fact that:   ------------ = “37”.           (6+6+6)    That’s what God meant by “calculate man’s number’, when He gave 666 as a clue in Revelation 13.    On top of that, Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution, in 1979, was exactly “37 x 37” years from Muhammad’s original vision in 610 AD.  In other words, 610 AD + (37 x 37) years = 1979.  That perfectly connects the beginning of Islam to the beginning of the final empire in Daniel 11:21.   (more on 666 page   Granted, the rapture didn’t happen in 2016 but a lot did, not only in Daniel 11 (as you can see below), but also in world events such as Brexit, Trump, and increased terror attacks around the world.  Even though the rapture didn’t happen in 2016, I still think we are very close but it will ultimately come down to what happens at the Western Wall, which is the “temple fortress” in Daniel 11:31.  (see abomination page)   Below is a summary of the last 100 years in Daniel 11.  Prior verses are generally a century or more apart. (see more on condensed commentary) Chart below Summary Daniel 11:19 – (1919) WWI ended the Ottoman Empire’s reign in the Middle East. Daniel 11:20 – (1919-1948) British Mandate governed while oil became valuable and       Israel was established. Daniel 11:21 – (1979) Islamic Revolution in Iran re-established the Shiites as a regional power.  Daniel 11:22 – (2003) US defeated Saddam Hussein, Iran’s closest enemy.  Daniel 11:22 – (2011) US pulled all troops out of Iraq, as directed by an earlier deal. Daniel 11:22 – (Sept 2013) US did not fire missiles at Assad but opted to let Russia       dismantle chemical weapons instead. Daniel 11:23 – (Nov 2013) Interim nuclear deal, a historic agreement, was signed with Iran.  Daniel 11:24 – (June 2014) ISIS invaded northern Iraq and declared a caliphate. Daniel 11:25 – (March 2015) Saudi Arabia declared war on Yemen because they said       Iran was involved, and the Houthis were winning the civil war. Daniel 11:26 – (July 2016) Attempted coup in Turkey turned Erdogan away from Saudi Arabia       and more towards Russia, Iran, and Assad.  Daniel 11:27 – (Sept 2016) G20 summit: Erdogan still sat with the Deputy Crown Prince       from Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman. Daniel 11:28 – (Sept 2016) It was the first meeting of the UN General Assembly since       Iran satisfied the nuclear deal requirements and they complained that       America wasn’t holding up their end of the bargain. Daniel 11:29 – (Sept 2016) Houthis began a new offensive into southern Saudi Arabia. Daniel 11:30 - (Oct 2016) US Navy fired 3 missiles and destroyed Houthi radar sites on       the Red Sea coast.  Since then, Houthis have lost ground and started asking       for a peace settlement. Daniel 11:30 - (Dec 2016) UN approved resolution 2334 that condemned Israeli settlements,       and demanded that all building stop, thus forsaking the holy covenant.   As you can see, the verses go from decades apart, to years, to months, which is what you’d expect from the only chapter in the Bible that was ‘sealed until the time of the end’.      If the trend holds, which I believe it will, the abomination that causes desolation should be just months away, if not sooner.  However, only God knows when the appointed time will be.    That’s why I’ve always said that it’s best to watch for the signs from Daniel 11, like Jesus said, rather than picking a date from mathematics, astronomy, astrology, or anything else.   It’s not hard to see that a lot happened in 2016, which is not surprising because 2016 is on God’s timeline of 37’s, which serves as proof to God’s riddle of 666. 2017 – The Pentecost of Years   By now, most people know that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, in 1967, where Israel took control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem including the Western Wall.  People are calling 2017 a “Jubilee Year”, even though the Israelites don’t practice the Jubilee principles. (Lev 25)  Just the same, 2017 could be significant but I’ll explain in Christian terms.    There are two important Christian holidays that are based on original Jewish holidays, Easter and Pentecost, which are defined as being 50 days apart. (text below)  The resurrection of Jesus took place on the ‘day after the Sabbath’ (Sunday), during Passover week, which God originally called First fruits.  The Holy Spirit arrived on Pentecost, 50 days later, which God originally called the Feast of Weeks.  In other words, long before the Israelites ever took the Promised Land, God defined two special days to commemorate Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Strangely enough, the Jews have been celebrating Christian holidays, from the very beginning.  It’s the symbolism of these holidays that I think the 50th anniversary is significant (and perhaps Jubilee also). Leviticus 23:5-6  [Passover and the 7-day Feast of Unleavened Bread]  5 The LORD's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. Leviticus 23:10-12  [First fruits –during Passover week (Easter Sunday)]  … bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the  day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect. Leviticus 23:15-16; 18,19  [Feast of Weeks– 50 days after Easter (Pentecost)]  15 "'From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD. … 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the LORD … 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering.     The 50th day was obviously a huge day for sacrificing, far more than any day during Passover.  Likewise, the Jubilee Year (50th year) was far bigger than any normal Sabbath Year. (Lev 25)  Therefore, God puts a major significance on the 50th day, as well as the 50th year, so could that transfer to 1967 and 2017?  I think it could.  Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done Blood Moon confirmation? ... not quite    I admit that I thought the blood moons were a confirmation for the ‘middle’ of the 70th Seven, because they were the right distance (3.5 years) from the Arab Spring, in general.  However, after I examined the actual dates, I discovered that the blood moons were well before the ‘middle’, as depicted in the graph.  Historically speaking, ‘tetrads’ of blood moons happen around important Biblical events, not directly on them.     Come to find out, God’s timeline of 37’s, as described below, could be much more accurate.  However, even 2016 has gone by.  Yet, remember that the Bridegroom was a “long time in coming.” (Matthew 25:5)  I’ve always said that it’s more important to watch the signs in Daniel 11 than to watch for a date from Daniel 9:27.  Yet, with al the signs (verses) that took place in 2016, we have actually arrived at the abomination.  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10      4      7     10 “The 70th Seven” (Daniel’s final week) Tetrad of Blood Moons Illustration of Daniel’s 70th Week, including the blood moons                                                             and anniversaries      4      7     10 2019 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 2020 Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries Illustration of the 70th Seven with the blood moons and anniversaries 3.5 years (to scale) [1st half] 3.5 years (to scale) [2nd half] Start ? End  Approx. Middle ?      4      7     10 Iran signed the interim nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many) on Nov. 24, 2013, which also fulfilled Daniel 11:23 2021 Timeline of end times according to Daniel and the abomination Iranian nuclear agreement with the P5+1 (many)    As I noted on the abomination page, there’s more than one possibility for who “desecrates the temple fortress” (Western Wall) and who sets up the abomination that causes desolation, which are the two parts of Daniel 11:31.  In fact, the same group doesn’t necessarily have to do both parts, but they will likely be related because they are in the same verse.     Having said that, the interim nuclear agreement was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (many) on November 24, 2013.  It was a historic agreement because Iran had been in isolation for about 33 years, ever since their revolution and the American hostage crisis.  The agreement obviously fulfilled Daniel 11:23, especially given that Daniel 11:21 was about Iran’s revolution and Daniel 11:22 was about America’s involvement in Iraq, 2003-2013.  To tell the truth, I never thought the agreement would fulfill both Daniel 11:23 and  Daniel 9:27, because I didn’t think we would still be here in mid-2017, but here we are.  Now, it makes perfect sense for the same agreement to be featured in Daniel 11 & Daniel 9 because both chapters contain the abomination.  Therefore, that makes two things in common.       November 24, 2013 + 3.5 years = May 24, 2017    As it turns out, May 24, 2017 was the exact day that Israel celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 6-day war, and the reunification of Jerusalem, due to the difference in the lunar calendar.   (To clarify, both May 24, 2017 and June 7, 1967 fall on 28 Iyar, from the lunar calendar.)    Now, June 7th has also come and gone, but as I said above, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the middle of the ‘Seven’ because a person can’t pinpoint the middle of a 7-year period to 1-day.  In fact, Matthew 25:5 says, “the Bridegroom was a long time in coming”, which would imply that Jesus’ return is later than expected.  The two possibilities just illustrate that the abomination in Daniel 9 and Daniel 11 are in sync and Jesus could come at any time.  May 24, 2017 - 3.5 years from nuclear agreement and also the day Israel celebrated  the 50th annv. of the 6-day war (lunar calendar).