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Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)
TITLE: Week Equals 360 Days(?)
By Andrew Charles
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Before we continue with this prophecy let’s examine the Hebrew number 7. First of all the earth was created in one week. Sometimes the number seven is used in Hebrew to show an exaggeration. For example you can find with seven eyes look and observe all that is being done. It can be said that the number seven is used to show the fullness of God’s revelation and his oath.
In Hebrew a word usually has what is called a trilateral root. There would be three words with the same consonants but different vowels. The Hebrew word for seven is sheba. The other two words in this trilateral root are complete and oath.
You can see this in full illustration in Daniel 9:24, “Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet and to anoint a most holy place.” You can see the Lord took an oath to complete in fullness for an end to sin in seventy sevens.
In Daniel 9:25 notes the start of this time understanding that the going forth of the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. This refers to a conversation between Nehemiah and King Artaxerxes concerning that Nehemiah had been thinking about his destroyed city of Jerusalem and how good it would be to rebuild it. Then in Nehemiah 2:6 it reads, “And the king said to me, How long will you be gone, and when will you return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.” Here you can see the actual announcement to begin the seventy weeks countdown.
The precise date of announcement was accurately searched by Sir Robert Anderson, a renowned theologian of his time. Anderson achieved the Title of Chief of Criminal investigations in Scotland Yard. Sir Robert Anderson wrote a book ‘Human Destiny’ and the greatest theologian of the time Charles Spurgeon called it the greatest work on that particular subject he had ever seen. Anderson’s talents certainly would have him recognized as someone respected and competent to do research on this matter. Anderson set the start date for the seventy weeks at March 14, 445 BC.
For the sake of measuring years at this time period we do not use 365 days for a year but, rather 360 days. You can see in Revelation that 3 ˝ years is 1260 days. Also Sir Isaac Newton said, “all nations before the just length of the solar year was known, reckoned months by the course of the moon.” It is, therefore established that in the computations for a year must be 360 days.
The end of the sixty ninth week is referred to in Daniel 9:27, “And after the sixty two weeks an anointed one shall be cut off, and shall have nothing.” Remember prior to the sixty two weeks of years the seven weeks of years had already been completed. That means something would happen after 483 years. On that day Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was rejected (cut off) by his people the Jews. Again, Robert Anderson determined that day of rejection was April 6, 32 A. D. Here is an amazing calculation many have never seen. If you multiply the 483 years times 360 days you get a total of 173,880 days. You must also remember there would be no zero year between 1 BC and 1 AD. Thus, 173,880 days from March 14, 445 B. C. is April 6,32 AD.
After a long period of time after the 69th week the 70th and final week begins when the antichrist signs a covenant with Israel. He will reveal himself in the middle of the last week when he desecrates the altar by sacrificing a pig. He reigns for another 3 ˝ years until Jesus puts an end to his terror and transgression has ended and everlasting righteousness begun.
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