Thanks for clarifying that Joel.
Originally Posted by joel
But I still need a bit more clarification. I don't understand why you put the seven weeks after the sixty-two weeks. The text says it the other way:
"from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and [plus] threescore and two weeks:
Or to paraphrase: "from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be 69 weeks (divided into 7 + 62):
So it seems to me the text says this:
A----(7 weeks)----B--------(62 weeks)--------C---(1 week)---D
Why do you think the 7 weeks happened after the 62 weeks? What happened 49 years after the crucifixion?
I'm glad we agree about 70 AD, but there I think we would need to discuss the meaning of "lo ammi" (which Paul seems to apply to the Gentiles in Rom 9:25) and the idea of a "vast time" that is not anywhere predicted in Scripture (see below).
Originally Posted by joel
If that view is true, then that prophecy is different than any other prophecy in the Bible because God very specifically declared the precise number of years of all the other major prophecies involving Israel, Jerusalem, and the coming of Messiah. I wrote about this in a thread called Continuity of Prophetic History confirms Preterism. Here is what I wrote:
Originally Posted by joel
There is a continuity of prophetic history from Genesis to Revelation. The primary events in the history of Israel were predicted with numerical precision. I just fell upon this idea yesterday. Here are my first thoughts:
400 YEARS OF EGYPTIAN BONDAGE
In Genesis God predicted the 400 years affliction in Egypt:
Genesis 15:13-14 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.This was fulfilled in Exodus:
Exodus 12:40-41 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.40 YEARS IN THE DESERT
In Numbers God predicted the 40 years of the wandering, and the reason for it, and that He would fulfill His promise to their children but destroy the faithless adults:
Numbers 14:30-35 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. 32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. 34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.70 YEARS OF THE BABYLONIAN EXILE
Jeremiah predicted the 70 years captivity in Babylon:
Jeremiah 25:11-12 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. 12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
Jeremiah 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.Note that in all three cases God declared both the duration of the captivity as well as the promise of good things that would come when the captivity was completed.
490 YEARS UNTIL MESSIAH
Daniel predicted the 490 years unto the coming of Christ and the destruction of the Temple:
Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, 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. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.Christ confirmed the prophesies of Daniel and even quoted him by name in the Olivet Discourse. Both the prophecies of Daniel and Christ were completely fulfilled in the events of the first century, as predicted. The words of Christ are TRUE!
Luke 21:20-23 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people [of this generation].The Preterist view of Revelation confirms the fulfillment of those prophecies in the destruction of Jerusalem, the "great harlot" that chose servitude to Rome over servitude to their God YHWH in the day of His visitation.
Thus we have a continuous prophetic history from Genesis to Revelation with numerically specific predictions and their fulfillment as confirmed by Scripture and History.