Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. Daniel 9:24
Prophetic and apocalyptic language is a feast for linguists. There are metaphors, allegories, word pictures, double meanings, and figures of speech. The use of “seventy years” in Daniel’s prophecy is a good example.
Jeremiah said that the Jews’ captivity in Babylon would last for seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11-12). Those were the literal years that Daniel discovered in Jeremiah’s prophecy and that drove him to prayer (Daniel 9:1-3). But when Daniel prayed for understanding about those years, the angel Gabriel showed him that “seventy years” had an additional meaning: seventy weeks of years, or 490 years total. The seventy weeks would be subdivided into 629 weeks of years, and one final week of years. That timeline becomes the background of the most critical prophetic calendar in Scripture.
God’s timing can mean more than one thing. In any case, His timing is always perfect. Let God be God when it comes to the times of your life.
I will therefore be prepared at all times for that which may come at any time. Unknown
Episode 22 – “Objections based on Messianic Prophecy: Daniel 9:24-27…?