The events recorded in Revelation 6:1 to Revelation 19:21 are connected with the last, or 70th week of Daniel’s 70 weeks.
Daniel had been in Babylon for 68 years – he was studying Jeremiah 25:11 and discovered that the 70 years of captivity of his people was nearly over.
He began praying (Daniel 9:3) to know the exact time of its ending, and while he was praying the Angel Gabriel came to reveal to him something more important than that. Daniel 9:20-23
Daniel was concerned about the expiration of the 70 years of the Captivity, and the restoration of his people to Palestine, and the building of the city of Jerusalem and of the Temple.
But the Angel Gabriel came to disclose to him something more important than that. While he doubtless informed Daniel that God would fulfill His promise to the 70 years of the captivity, which we know, He did, he also told Daniel that wouldn’t end the troubles of Israel. While the Jews were to return to Jerusalem at the end of the 70 years of captivity, there was a longer period to elapse before the Kingdom would be restored to them – a period of 70 weeks.
He told Daniel 70 weeks are determined upon thy people, the Jews, and upon the Holy City, (Jerusalem) to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
The 70 weeks are divided into three periods of 7 weeks, and 62 weeks, and 1 week. They cover the time from the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (B.C. 445), which took 49 years.
This gives us the key to the meaning of the word week. If 7 weeks are equal to 49 years then 1 week is equal to 7 years.
Then we’re told from the time that Jerusalem was rebuilt until the Messiah Prince shall be 62 weeks. If one week is equal to seven years and we already had seven weeks, and we’re looking at 69 weeks total. (7 weeks plus 62 weeks = 69 weeks) That would equal 483 years.
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, April 2, A.D. 30. The difference in time between B. C. 445 and A. D. 30 is 475 years, but, as we have seen 69 weeks equal 483 years, the difference of 8 years. How can we explain this difference?
The 475 years between B. C. 445 and A. D. 30, are Julienne or Astronomical years of 365 ¼ days each, but when we reduce them to Calendar years of 360 days each, (the year used in the Scriptures), we find we have exactly 483 years of 360 days each. This proves there was no break between the first and second periods of the 70 weeks and the prophecy that there should be 69 weeks to the coming of “Messiah the Prince” was literally fulfilled.
Now as 69 weeks of Daniel’s 70 weeks have already expired, and all that was prophesied to happen during those 70 weeks hasn’t yet been fulfilled, it stands to reason the things unfulfilled are still future, and must be fulfilled in the remaining 1 week, and that 1 week shall be 7 years long, for it must be the same length as the other weeks.
This then gives us the length of time the Antichrist will rule.
The prophecy that Gabriel gave to Daniel only involved the Jewish people. Gabriel told Daniel that the Messiah would be cut off by his people. That’s the Gentile period of history. The final week of Jewish history is still to come. It will be the Tribulation era after the church has been raptured and Christians and the Holy Spirit have stopped restraining Satan. The Antichrist will reign for seven years of literal hell on earth.
We’re told in Daniel 9:27 that the Antichrist shall make a covenant with the Jews for “One Week”, 7 years, which will be the last week of the 70 weeks, and in the middle of the week he shall break the Covenant and cause “sacrifice and oblation” in the Temple that the Jews will have restored, to cease, and then there will be massive persecution until the end of the 70th Week.
JEWISH HISTORY: END OF CAPTIVITY TO RESTORATION OF JERUSALEM
– 7 WEEKS
FROM THE REBUILDING OF JERUSALEM UNTIL THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH
– 62 WEEKS
THE FINAL WEEK OF TRIBULATION
– 1 WEEK
7 + 62 + 1 = 70