70 Weeks Prophecy
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After Daniel prayed a sincere and heartfelt prayer for mercy on Jerusalem, Gabriel showed him a vision. (Dan 9:21-23)
The vision pertains to Judah and the city of Jerusalem and declares six things that must be accomplished: (Dan 9:24)
- To finish the transgression
- To make an end of sins
- To make atonement for iniquity
- To bring in everlasting righteousness
- To seal up the vision and prophecy
- To anoint the Most Holy
These things were to be accomplished within 70 weeks. In Hebrew, the word translated as "weeks" (shavuim) actually means "sevens", so 70 weeks means 70 x 7, which equals 490. One prophetic day is equal to one literal year (Ezek 4:5-6), so Daniel's prophecy gives a 490-year prophecy and it was written in 539 BC. Therefore, it would have been fulfilled by 49 BC.
In Daniel 9:25, the prophecy clearly states that the Messiah would arrive after to command to rebuild them temple, and would be cut off. Then the temple and city would be destroyed.
"For Jews, the prophecy should be deeply disturbing for two reasons. First, it clearly teaches that the Messiah had to come before the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. That means that either God failed to keep His promise or else the Jews missed recognizing their Messiah. Second, the prophecy clearly teaches that a terrible time of tribulation for the Jews still lies ahead." [Source]🕊️
See also this thorough study of Daniel 9 on YouTube.