Daniel’s Eschatology

     All of this would only begin to take place some time after1863 the fulfilment of the seventy years of the Babylonian Captivity of God's People.  Indeed, it would further only start to occur only after the subsequent completion of the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem.   For then an even more important and intensified1863 period of seven times1863 that seventy years — would begin to unfold.    

     This intensified period was called "seventy 'weeks'" — and would last for 490 years.   For the view that Daniel's "seventy 'weeks'" actually means 490 years — is the practically-unanimous verdict of all Bible Expositors and Theologians.1863 

     Now this period of 490 years would commence only after the B.C. 516 termination of the re-erecting of the temple.   As such, this new and intensified period of seven times the seventy years' previous period of the captivity — was inaugurated by a commandment, to be given1863 probably in the reign of the Persian king Artaxerxes.1864 

     That would be a commandment to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem, together with its streets or squares and its city-walls or moats.1864   This 490-year period of seven times seventy years, would then continue until just a few years after the death of Christ the Messiah as The Temple.   Indeed, it would terminate before the ultimate destruction of both the temple-building and the city of Jerusalem — at the hands of the Roman armies, in 70 A.D.1865 

     Throughout, however, these 490 years from the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem — through to the A.D. 70 destruction of that same city of Jerusalem — represent one continuous and unbroken period of 490 years, alias the entirety of seventy 'weeks of years.'1864   For there was and is absolutely no intervening 'parenthesis.'1864 

     From the time of the actual commencement of the decree giving the Israelites permission to rebuild the city and the city-walls of Jerusalem, "seventy weeks" (or more accurately 'seventy sevenfoldnesses') would elapse unbroken-ly.1863   These seventy sevenfoldnesses reflect a sevenfold intensification1873 of the "seventy years"1866 of the unbroken Babylonian captivity, during which the temple remained in ruins.1866    

     Now this sevenfold intensification of the captivity period — compare the "seven times"-penalty of Leviticus 26:18 and also the "seven times"-duration of Nebuchadnezzar's insanity1773 — was itself to last unbrokenly.   It would thus endure uninterruptedly for seventy "year-weeks" (alias some four hundredand-ninety years).    

     Each of those years, was of 360 days' duration.   For each such year of those seventy "year-weeks" — constitutes the median average between the very ancient 352-day lunar year, and our present 365.25-day solar year.1867 

     Each of these "year-weeks" was itself equivalent to seven such 360-day years.   Indeed, Daniel's entire period of these seventy "year-weeks" alias 490 years each of 360 days — was divided into no less than three successive series of such "year-weeks."   Those three series ran as follows. 

     First.  Seven "year-weeks": forty-nine years.   This series would terminate with the completion of the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem (and with the completion of the Old Testament canon) at the beginning of the fourth century B.C.1864   Thus: Calvin, the Geneva Bible, the Dutch States Bible

 

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authorized by the 1618 Synod of Dordt, Matthew Henry, Albert Barnes, & Van Proosdij. 

     Second.   Sixty-two "year-weeks": a further four hundred and thirty-four years.   This series would terminate with the anointing of the Messiah, namely at His Baptism around 30 A.D.1868  Thus: Calvin, the Geneva Bible, Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, Van Proosdij, the 1958 Afrikaans Bible with Explanatory Notes, and others.             Third.   The remaining "year-week" — or a concluding seven years.   This series would terminate around 37 A.D.,* with the Judaistic stoning to death of the first Christian martyr Stephen — and the resulting "scattering" of the persecuted Hebrew Christians and their first declaration of the Gospel to the non-Jewish Samaritans and the Gentiles .  Thus: Calvin, the Geneva Bible, Van Proosdij, the Afrikaans Bible With Explanatory Notes, and others.   ______________________________________________________________________ 

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