Overview of the 70 Weeks Prophecy

This is a grand over view of the 70 weeks prophecy series. I will provide a verse by verse summary.

24 “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

The weeks are weeks of years. Therefore, 70 weeks adds up to 490 years. By the end of the 490 years, six objectives must be completed for the Jews and Jerusalem. Notably, sins must be paid for and the glorious reign of Christ on earth must begin by the end of the 490 years.

25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

On March 5, 444 B.C., Artaxerxes Longimanus issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. This starts the countdown of the 7 weeks (49 years) and 62 weeks (434 years), adding up to a total of 69 weeks (483 years). After this time period, the Messiah comes. If we do the math, this takes us to March 30, 33 A.D., the day after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. (1)

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26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.

After the 69 weeks were done, the Messiah was killed. Then the Romans came and destroyed the temple and Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Furthermore, wars and desolations have characterized Jerusalem until the present day. Jerusalem has been under siege or captured numerous times. Keep in mind these things happen after the 69 weeks, so there is a gap between the 69th week and the 70th week.

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27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

Finally, the Antichrist makes a 7 year contract with Israel. But halfway through, he stops the sacrifices and declares himself to be God, in an event known as the “abomination of desolation.”

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Here, you can see a grand overview chart of the whole 70 weeks prophecy:

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References:

  1. Walvoord, John F., and Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. CO Springs, CO: Victor, an Imprint of Cook Communications Ministries, 2004. Old Testament Edition



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