Bible Prophecies about latter-day Israel fulfilled in the Anglo-Saxon and related peoples of today:

“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” –Genesis 17:6

“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins.” –Genesis 35:11

“Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall...his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...” -Genesis 49:22-24

“And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.” –Genesis 13:16

“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” –Genesis 26:4

“...let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth...” –Deuteronomy 33:16-17

“Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.” -2 Sam. 7:10

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The Prophetic Mystery Solved


The Prophet Daniel’s

Look To The Future!







Seventy Weeks






      The vision in the ninth chapter of the Book of Daniel, verses 24 through 27, has long been an intriguing mystery.  It is an important prophecy, with ramifications in the birth, life, ministry, and death of the Messiah of Israel.  If Jesus Christ can be shown to have correctly fulfilled that prophecy, then He is truly without question the Son of God and Savior of the World, and not an impostor as atheists and doubters have claimed. 

      Additionally, the foundation of the prophetic system known as Futurism, or Dispensationalism, is centered upon an interpretation of these four verses of Daniel. Their belief that the prophecies’ 70th week is entirely future (cut off by a gap of unknown duration) provides the rationale for a future individual world Anti-Christ, prophecy concerning the Jews, and end of the age events.  In fact, two other prophetic systems, the Classical Historicist and Kingdom-Covenant, are also based on individual interpretations of Daniel’s prophecy.  Let’s examine the three key dates involved:




      This period is seventy prophetic weeks of seven years each (total of 490 years), and begins in Daniel 9:24 with “the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem .”  Confusion has been caused because two different commands of King Artaxerxes Longimanus of Persia were given: First, in his 7th regnal year, a command of restoration “of the house of thy God” (Ezra 7:7-23) in 458 BC, a date attested even by the (Futurist) Scofield Reference Bible in its note to Daniel 9:25 .  Later, a second command was issued by Artaxerxes in his 20th year (Nehemiah 2:1-8) thirteen years later, to rebuild “the wall of the city,” in 445 BC.  Historicists use the first command, assuming that the rebuilding of the temple also implied the rebuilding of a city of homes for the workers and worshippers to live in.  Futurists insist on the later command.

      A major problem scholars see with Futurism is in fitting the dates to modern archaeological findings.  The Futurist view was conceived a century ago, when archaeology was not as far advanced, and therefore Scofield stated at that time, “In the present state of biblical chronology the date of the [second] decree of Artaxerxes cannot be unanswerably fixed farther than to say that it was issued between 454 to 444 BC.” (note to Dan. 9:25).  Some holding the Futurist position, however, have assumed a date of 455 BC for Artaxerxes’ second decree, because this would carry the first 69 weeks to the (supposed) date of the death of Christ (dated incorrectly as 29 AD), leaving the 70th week to roam free after a parenthesis of unknown duration.  But  scholarship has now proven the date of the second decree to be ten years later, in 445 B.C.  A leading Futurist scholar, John Walvoord states, “Most scholars, whether conservative or liberal, accordingly, accept the 445 B.C. date for Nehemiah’s [second] decree.” (Daniel, Key to Prophetic Revelation, p. 227)  Adding on 69 weeks (483 years) to this corrected date would place the death of Christ in 39 AD, an obvious impossibility!  Since modern archeology has torpedoed their original date structure, and they need a rationale for the 70th week to be cut off by itself in the future, Futurists are now resorting to “quite complicated” lunar and ‘prophetic year’ arguments which are “impossible to restate simply,” according to Walvoord. (ibid., page 228)  For the Futurist system to hold, they must show that exactly 69 prophetic weeks, or 483 years, intervened between the second command of Artaxerxes and the crucifixion of Christ.  That they have not been able to do, despite complicated and nearly incomprehensible schemes using widely varying calendars. Walvoord summarizes their dilemma by saying, “The best explanation of the time when the sixty-nine sevens ended is that it occurred shortly before  the death of Christ....” (ibid., p. 228; emphasis ours) But this simply defeats their argument, for it indicates that at least part of the final prophetic week took place before the crucifixion of Christ, and therefore the 70th week is not entirely future! Due to these inherent problems, the Futurist argument has lost some of its appeal in recent years. 

      In contrast, differences in the two Historicist schools concern the date of the first decree (Spring of 458 BC, or Fall of 457 BC), and whether the end of sacrifices as a means of salvation occurred at Christ’s crucifixion (Classical Historicist), or earlier at His baptism (Kingdom-Covenant).  The latter view states that there was no chance Christ would fail in His mission once He was consecrated to God’s service by the Holy Spirit at His baptism.  Thereafter, belief in Christ was effective in miracles, healing, and forgiveness of sin during the full 3-1/2 years of His earthly ministry, even though the atonement itself had not yet taken place.  In God’s eyes, the oblation ceased in importance, because the real “Sin-Bearer” had arrived and was announced to the world by the Holy Spirit, replacing the Old Testament type.  (see John 1:29-34 )

      The chart at right depicts the three main interpretations of Daniel’s Seventy Weeks prophecy.  The three milestones on which these systems differ are the date of the command of Artaxerxes (the beginning of the prophecy), the date of the birth of Christ, and the ending date for the Seventy Weeks.




      It has long been accepted that the date of Christ’s incarnation was incorrectly determined in the year 525 by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus, who chose the now common 4 BC. More recent scholarship, however, gives convincing evidence that Christ was born in either August or September, 2 B.C. (see tract, “The Year Of Christ’s Birth,” by the late W.E. Filmer, available from this ministry, for historical and Biblical proof of the 2 B.C. date.) Additional evidence indicates that the Feast of Trumpets, September 29, 2 BC, may be the correct date.  It is generally known that the date traditionally assigned to the birth of Christ, December 25, was actually a pre-Christian holiday related to the pagan “winter solstice,” or changing of the seasons. The 2 BC date fits the chronology of the Kingdom-Covenant prophetic view, while 4 BC is used by both Futurism and Classical Historicism. 




      A major problem with the Classical Historicist view has been that it can give no logical end point to the Seventy Weeks.  By placing the baptism of Christ at 69 prophetic weeks, and the crucifixion at 69-1/2 weeks, there is nothing left in the life of Christ to assign to the ending of the 70 weeks itself.  A common explanation is that the stoning of Stephen, although the date is unknown, may have ended the prophecy.  Others suggest that Peter’s vision in Acts 10 was the end-point.  But none of these makes logical sense if the 70 weeks prophecy was centered in the life and ministry of Christ, not Stephen or Peter.  And this is in fact what the prophecy assures us in Daniel chapter 9.    

      The exact date of the crucifixion of Christ has been a matter of debate for centuries.  For many years, dates ranging between 29 and 31 AD have been common. John F. Walvoord states, “There has been a tendency, however, in recent New Testament chronology to consider the possibility of a later date for the death of Christ.” [ibid, p. 228] Specifically, the work of Biblical chronologists and historians such as Adam Rutherford and Stephen Jones has given strong support for a date of 33 AD.  (See “Secrets of Time in Prophecy” by Stephen E. Jones, for a fuller discussion of the dating of Christ’s birth and death.)  Only the Kingdom-Covenant interpretation, based on a crucifixion of 33 A.D., accounts for an exact 490 year block of time to complete the atonement for sin, exactly as Daniel 9:24 states.




      The three prophetic systems discussed herein are all ultimately based on differing interpretations of Daniel’s Seventy Prophetic Week vision. More importantly, our understanding of the coming of Christ and His Kingdom (both in nature and timing) are also dependent on this great Old Testament prophecy - and proclaiming the Kingdom of God is the heart of the Gospel!

      Following is a verse-by-verse comparison chart, showing how each of the three prophetic systems (Futurist, Classical Historicist, and Kingdom-Covenant) interprets the prophecy in Daniel chapter nine.








Overview of 70 Weeks

Atonement and End to Sin takes place in 70 prophetic Weeks; fulfilled by Christ’s death for sin.

Futurist: Only 67.5 to 69 Weeks needed

Classic:  Only 69.5 Weeks needed

Kingdom: Full 70 Weeks, exactly as prophesied


69 Week period itself

Time from Decree of Artaxerxes to Christ is 69 prophetic Weeks, or 483 years; terminal date is apparently not a specific event.

Futurist: 455 BC to 29 AD fits; but accurate 2nd decree date 445 BC to 39 AD ends beyond Christ

Classic:  457 BC to 27 AD fits prophecy

Kingdom: 458 BC to 26 AD fits prophecy


After 69 Week period

After 69 Weeks, the Messiah is Cut Off; terminal is apparently not a specific date beyond 69 Weeks.

Futurist: 67.5- 69 Weeks, or a later time gap (?)

Classic:  3.5 years after 69 Weeks

Kingdom: 7 years after 69 Weeks


Middle of 70th Week

An end to ritual Sacrifice and Oblation as a means of covering sin. (Replaced by belief in Christ)  Compare with the “atonement for sin” (verse 24), which took place at the end of the 70 Weeks.

Futurist: Fulfilled by an unknown Anti-Christ who persecutes the Jews at some indecisive date in the far-off future, after a “removal” of the church.

Classic:  Fulfilled by Christ’s Crucifixion

Kingdom: Fulfilled by Christ’s Baptism and Consecration to God.

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