Daniels Prophecy of 70 Weeks - Widely Misinterpreted

Daniel's 70 weeks Prophecy - WHAT does it really mean - and WHEN will it happen?

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Whoever heard of a prophecy which has an unscheduled gap of over 2000 years in its fulfilment? But that's exactly what most so-called Bible "experts", who are desperate to cling to an explanation which has obviously FAILED, would have us believe! It's especially STUPID when there is a perfectly good alternative staring us in the face! 

The prophecy starts in Daniel 9.24: The KJV says:

“Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.

“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”

First we must start afresh and discard any assumptions made when first trying to interpret this prophecy. These assumptions were:

1. That a week is seven years. This was only necessary because the first seven weeks in the original interpretation was the time it took to rebuild the temple which actually took 49 years. Therefore a week was seven years. We are not now talking about rebuilding the actual physical "temple" in Jerusalem, so a week need not necessarilly represent seven years!

2. Although "Messiah" means "anointed one" and was applied at one time to Jesus, we must not assume whenever "the anointed one" is mentioned (as does the KJV) that it actually identifies Jesus. Other people are "anointed" in the course of their calling, for instance bishops in the Roman Catholic Church are all "anointed"!

3. When the word "he" is used it does not necessarily relate to the "he" mentioned in the previous sentence! Especially in Daniel and particularly in The King of the North and King of the South, "he" can refer to anyone, including someone never previously mentioned! Also, you should ignore the fact that "He" sometimes has a capital "H" indicating that Christ is the person referred to because that only reflects the interpretation of that particular scribe or translator of that particular scripture, which is probably wrong.

They knew nothing about the End Times 2000 years ago and little more today! Their judgement on such matters is not to be relied on today!

Let's take another look at this prophecy but replacing the word "Messiah" with the words "anointed one", and as some versions of The Bible, notably the ESV version does, leave out any capital "H's". It now says:

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until the anointed Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.

So an "anointed one" called the "anointed Prince" arrives in the 69th year and he must be someone of importance, being a "prince" but has not yet attained the status of "king"

“And after the (seven and) sixty-two weeks an anointed one, shall be cut off, but not for himself.

But should this actually read "an anointed one, but not himself, shall be cut off" rather than having the word "for" inserted into the phrase?  In other words after the 69 weeks, which means "early in the 70th year", a different anointed one is cut off.

"And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined."

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolater.” (Note change from "desolate")

"He" should indicate that the OTHER anointed one is the one who makes the "covenant for one week" but I suggest that it is someone completely different and as yet unidentified who "makes a covenant with many for one week" and that it is actually for "one year" and the 70 Week Prophecy is actually for 70 years and not 70 weeks.

Let's examine this prophecy and try to relate it to current, End Times events rather than a prophecy relating to the first arrival and crucifixion of Christ.

Does it work? - It most certainly does and incredibly well!

It says that from the going forth of the command to restore Jerusalem, which, since it definitely does not refer to rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem, could refer to the issue of the UN Resolution on 29th November 1947 to create the New State of Israel. From then it will be 69 years until the anointed one returns.

By simple addition this brings us to the year 2016 for the return of the anointed one 1947 + 69) But what else does it say?

2) The "people of a coming prince" will destroy the "city and the sanctuary" 

But what city and what is the Sanctuary? It may be connected to the next part:

3) he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering

"He" who has "confirmed his agreement" with his many subjects could be David Cameron who has confirmed his previous covenant to renegotiate terms for the UK in the EU. This would end the "sacrifice" his country is making to the European Union laws and would cease the annual "offerings" which are the  massive contributions to EU funds, when he decides to withdraw from the EU This is expected to happen subject to the referendum, halfway through the year - in June.

But the news for Europe seems to get even worse. It is "his people" not "he" who will destroy the "city" and the "sanctuary" (for the many migrants fleeing Syria it is their only sanctuary) because it was THEY, the British people, not "HE" who decided to leave the EU, by voting in the referendum !

Apparently, according to the prophecy, not only has the UK withdrawn from the European Union but that withdrawal has caused complete "destruction" of the "city and the sanctuary" by causing a complete collapse of the EU following the UK exit! And it is the people who cause it!