What is Daniel’s 70 Week Prophecy?

The prophecy in Daniel 9: 24-27 reads:

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Daniel had been earnestly praying for his people, the Jews, who were in captivity in Babylon when he was given this vision.

It is the most amazing and accurate prophecy about the coming of the Messiah. The timeline begins in 457 BC with the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild the temple. Ezra 7:8-17 shows that the decree went out in the seventh year of the reign of Artzxerxes, so history can confirm the year.

In Bible prophecy they work on the day for a year system, Ezekiel 4:6 “…I have appointed thee each day for a year” so therefore 70 weeks, 490 days is 490 years.

This prophecy is split into three sections. Seven weeks (49 years, which is the time it took to rebuild the temple), 62 weeks (434 years) till Messiah the Prince. This takes us to the year the year AD27, which is the year that Jesus was “anointed” and began His ministry, and finally there is another week, 7 years.

It says that in the midst of the final seven years the Messiah will be “cut off, but not for himself” (showing that Jesus would die after 3 1/2 years of ministry) and would cause the “sacrifice and oblation to cease”. Jesus’ one time perfect sacrifice on Calvary put an end to the need for animal sacrifices once and for all.

What happened in the final 3 1/2 years of this prophecy? The gospel message was still preached exclusively to the Jews, but at the end of this period, Stephen was stoned, marking the final decision of the Jewish leaders to reject Christ as the Messiah and from this time on the gospel was taken to the gentiles.

This prophecy also predicted the destruction of the temple “the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary” which occurred in AD70, and signified the final “desolation”. The destruction of both the first and the second temple were both as a result of the people’s rejection and disobedience to God.

This event signified that the sacred appointment of the Jewish people as God’s chosen ones was forever annulled. Through Christ a new covenant was made, that all who followed Him would be called the children of God and seed of Abraham. Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

What a wonderful display of the power of God these prophecies are. To foretell almost 600 years ahead of time, when He would send His son to this world to die for our sins. How Jesus would “confirm the covenant” and cease the need for performing the sacrifices that had been put in place as a shadow of the fulfilling work of our Lord.

The Unique Writing of Daniel Quinn

A trip to the local bookstore or online book seller can be a daunting task. As soon as you walk into your bookstore you see racks upon racks of the most popular books at the time. You may see authors such as Dan Brown, James Patterson, Stephen King, and others. While all of these authors are popular for a reason and write a great story, what if you want to read something a little bit different? What if the usual fictional story filled with murder, mystery, and the usual thrilling plot just is not for you? Well, there is an author named Daniel Quinn who may not be the most recognized author, but deserves much more attention and readers for his unique ideas.

If you think about writers such as Dan Brown or John Grisham, their books are straight forward and predictable. There is usually a murder or two, a mystery which slowly unravels as the chapters pass by, characters that the reader despises and characters that the reader tends to root for. Daniel Quinn’s writing is nothing like this. His writing is completely unique and refreshing. He does not simply give you a story to read through at your own leisure, he gives you a though-provoking tale which will make you think about the world in different ways. His stories are told from a fictional point of view, but there is underlying nonfiction throughout each of his books.

Quinn’s most notable books are Ishmael and its sequel My Ishmael. These books are told from the point of view of a young man who is na├»ve to the workings and history of the world. He encounters a gorilla named Ishmael who teaches him to see the world in a new way. Basically, Ishmael teaches the man through several talks and one-on-one sessions that humans are not the light of the world and that evolution is an ongoing process. The human species may be the most advanced species on planet Earth, but we have evolved from primates, and we will keep evolving in this process into something else. It is an idea that most people do not think about, but very interesting: One day, the future advanced species may look back onto their evolution charts and see that our present day humans were just one step in a long line of evolving species. While humans are a great species and very intelligent, there will one day be an even better human species.

As you can tell from reading the last paragraph, Quinn’s writing is not for everyone. Daniel Quinn tends to side with Darwinism and strays from religious view points such as Christianity. Much of his writing parallels evolution and the idea that all organisms evolve from other organisms. In one of his other books, The Story of B, he goes after religion directly and dismantles many beliefs of modern day religion. Quinn points out discontinuities and topics that do not make sense and through a fictional story about a religious oddball simply named “B”. This man has created a large following by his unique religious teachings and causes many of those around him to think twice about their own religion and consider B’s religion as their own.

If you are looking for a unique reading which combines fiction, nonfiction, and philosophical ideas that will blow your mind, read some of Daniel Quinn’s writing. If you are very religious, anti-Darwin, or simply do not like to entertain wild, new ideas, his writing is not for you. Either way, it would not hurt to open your mind to a unique style of writing which will make you at least consider different views on humanity and the world. Daniel Quinn’s books Ishmael, My Ishmael, and The Story of B are all rated 5 out of 5 and definitely deserve a read.