Appendix B — Seven Years

God limited the time allotted to end-time events to seven years. These seven years are part of a larger 490-year timeline that the prophet Daniel described—in just four verses. Realize that 483 of the 490 years have already occurred, exactly as predicted. In the following graph, events (1) and (2) occurred exactly as Daniel foretold in 530 BC. Historical validation of these scriptures as being accurate prophecy, capable of flawlessly predicting future events, validates the ability of these same scriptures to foretell the still-future end-time events.

At first, these verses appear exceptionally difficult. Start with the summary below.

Daniel 9:24-27 Paraphrase of Main Points
Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. (Daniel 9:24; NIV) There is a 490-year period for Israel and the city of Jerusalem, during which time God’s plan for our Age will be completed. (70 x 7 years = 490 years)
Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble. (Daniel 9:25; NIV) It is important to understand how these 490 years are distributed. From the issuing of King Artaxerxes’ (then future) decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until the Messiah comes to Jerusalem will be 483 years. (7 x 7 years) + (62 x 7 years) = 483 years
After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. (Daniel 9:26; NIV) After the 483 years are completed, the Messiah will be put to death. Then the people of the future Antichrist, the Romans, will destroy Jerusalem and the second temple, which occurred in 70 AD. The end-times will come upon the world like a flood. It will not be pleasant; wars will continue until the end.
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 at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27; NIV) Antichrist will confirm a peace treaty with many nations for a seven-year period. In the middle of the seven years, he will put an end to the Old Testament practice of sacrifice and offering (yet to be reestablished) at the (yet to be rebuilt) temple. Inside the temple, he will set up an altar to himself. Antichrist is destined for a horrific demise.(7 x 7 years) + (62 x 7 years) + (1 x 7 years) = 490 years


Overview 

Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. (Daniel 9:24; NIV)

There is a 490-year timeline for Israel and the city of Jerusalem, to complete God’s purposes. (70 x 7 years = 490 years) 

Israel

“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble. (Daniel 9:25; NIV)

Daniel established a 490-year timeline for Israel in 530 BC. He foretold that the Messiah would come to Jerusalem 483 years after the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem. The 483 years are calculated as being (7 x 7 years) plus (62 x 7 years). King Artaxerxes issued that decree in 445 BC.   

Sir Robert Anderson calculated the dates as being from March 14, 445 BC to April 6, 32 AD. Other historians have come up with different dates. Complicating factors, such as the Jewish calendar not being 365 days per year, make exact calculations unrealistic. The point is that at the time the 483 years expired only one living person claimed to be the MessiahJesus of Nazareth.

After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. (Daniel 9:26a; NIV)

Daniel foretold that the Christ would be convicted of a crime that would result in an execution.

The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. (Daniel 9:26b; NIV)

This destruction of Jerusalem occurred in 70 AD. The (Roman) people who destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (temple) were identified as being the people of the ruler who will comeIn other words, the invading Roman army was to come from the Antichrist’s kingdom; the Antichrist’s kingdom will be a Roman Empire.

The Final Seven Years

The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. (Daniel 9:26c; NIV)

Just as no person can escape a massive flood; no living person will escape the end-times. 

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 at the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:27; NIV)

The end-times start with a seven-year agreement, which Antichrist will break after three and a half years. He will travel to the Temple Mount, where the rebuilt temple will have reinstated the Old Testament practice of blood sacrifice and offering. Antichrist will stop this practice and declare that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:4) God responds by lifting the veil that has blinded Israel for two millenniums, and all Israel will see Jesus as Messiah. (Zechariah 12:10)

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