Preterism vs Dispensationalism

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    Good evening, brother,

    I don't know that I ever settled on when the 70th week began, or understood all the different approaches to the ninth chapter of Daniel. I've seen many approaches to it, all valid from their point-of-view. I think my first introduction was from Scofield's notes, and that led to a variety of interpretations and applications.

    Here's a decent enough chart I found as I was trying to brush back up on the 70th week topic:


    Mind you, these are the four most popular methods to approaching Daniel 9 and there are a lot many others out there.

    All (excluding the Maccabean view) agree that the 70 years started with the Jewish exile into Babylon's captivity and ended with their release from captivity by Cyrus, who then commanded them to go and rebuild Jerusalem. I've read elaborations explaining Cyrus being an anointed one of God, and so on from there.

    On this, I think I agree that the 70 years began with Jewish exile and ended with their release from captivity.

    But that started the clock running on the matter Gabriel brought to Daniel. You refer to this matter as the 70 weeks, or seven sevens is the literal translation.

    This period of seven sevens likely would've called to Daniel's mind how Jehovah God had instructed Moses in this numerical system, when He was establishing the Year of Jubilee:

    "You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years." — Leviticus 25:8 English Standard Version ESV

    Based on Jehovah's timetable, Gabriel was informing Daniel of a period of 490 years, which can then be used alongside Daniel 9:24-27:

    1/2 week = 3.5 years
    1 week = 7 years
    7 weeks = 49 years
    62 weeks = 434 years

    Gabriel makes the matter clear:

    "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy." — Daniel 9:24 New International Version (NIV)

    Most Bible translations mishandle the original language here, or should render it more correctly as "weeks of years," since the link with the Year of Jubilee and the seven weeks of years numbering system was established within the Mosaic Law itself— both which would have resounded with Daniel.

    We have the following purposes and intent of this prophetic period of seven sevens (70 weeks of years or 490 years, or, arguably even milestones or markers to gauge the lateness of the prophetic hour):

    • to finish transgression
    • to put an end to sin
    • to atone for wickedness
    • to bring in everlasting righteousness
    • to seal up vision and prophecy
    • to anoint the Most Holy

    I'll stop there for now and let you add to or respond to what I've covered so far.

    Your brother,
    Timothy



     
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    Greetings brother,

    I have a question: Why do you suppose the eunuch when baptized is not said to receive the Spirit, but Cornelius and his family did? (Acts 8:36).
     

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