Called the “backbone of Bible prophecy,” the seventy weeks of Daniel written in Daniel 9:20-27 is probably the most amazing and profound of all Bible prophecies. If studying this prophecy doesn’t absolutely blow your mind, perhaps nothing ever will.
This great prophecy predicts with incredible pinpoint accuracy the time of Jesus’ appearance in Jerusalem, His First Coming, which occurred exactly on April 6, 32 A.D. It goes on to say that Jesus, the Anointed One, will be put to death, not for Himself but for others, at the end of that 69 “weeks” (7-year periods), which also took place in history.
It also describes the end times, the final 7-year period called the Great Tribulation (or Jacob’s Trouble), when Anti-Christ will come on the scene and cause all kinds of trouble and misery in the world, the likes of which mankind has never seen before.
At the end of that final “week,” however, Jesus Christ will return to the earth, His Second Coming, “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)
The first part of the prophecy, the first 69 weeks (7 x 69 = 483 Jewish years), has of course already come to pass. It was fulfilled in 32 A.D. The last part of the prophecy is still yet to come but it’s right around the corner. We are truly living in the end times. Soon the final 7-year period of Jewish history will begin, and at the end of that week, Jesus Christ our LORD will return, bring an end to all sins, and rule righteously forever and ever.
To think about how all of this will unfold just as the Bible predicted may be exciting for the believers but nerve-racking for the unbelievers. So always keep this big picture in mind. Know and remember where the world is eventually going. Don’t get caught up in trivial pursuits of this world but live in constant expectancy of Jesus’ return.
“The Seventy Weeks of Daniel” sermon by Jon Courson: