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T.W. Tramm
IN Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy, a countdown to Messiah begins with a rebuilding of Jerusalem:
“From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks and sixty two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times” (Dan. 9:25).Counting the 7 and 62 weeks (483 years) from Artaxerxes’ commandment to rebuild Jerusalem in 457 BC, we arrive at 27 AD, the year Jesus was anointed Messiah.

Thus, Daniel’s prophecy straightforwardly predicts the year of Messiah’s first coming.

As remarkable as it is that Daniel foretells the year of Jesus’ first advent, there is reason to suspect a second layer of foretelling. Since there are two comings of Messiah, and the prophecy addresses Israel’s final redemption in the last days (v. 24), it would make sense for the timing of His second advent to be addressed as well.

THE WALL SHALL BE BUILT AGAIN

Daniel mentions the walls around Jerusalem being rebuilt in troublous times.

The walls surrounding modern-day Jerusalem were ordered rebuilt by the Ottoman Sultan “Suleiman the Magnificent” in 1536-37 AD, during troublous times.

The story goes that Suleiman’s order to rebuild the walls was prompted by a series of dreams in which he was being chased by lions who seemed intent on devouring him. In one dream the Sultan finally stopped running and faced the lions, asking what he should do to save his life. He was told he should build the wall of Jerusalem.

While we don’t know precisely when Suleiman gave the original order to rebuild, inscriptions on the fountains (sabils) and walls indicate he ordered their particular construction in 1536 and 1537.

This is where things get interesting. When we add Daniel’s 7 and 62 weeks (483 years) to 1536-37, we arrive at the present time: 2019-20.

Is it possible Daniel’s 483 years have a dual application, that similar to how Messiah appeared 483 years after the first rebuilding of Jerusalem in 457 BC, He will make a second appearance 483 years after the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls in 1536-37 AD?

SEPARATING THE WEEKS

Since no word of Scripture is without meaning, we understand that Daniel’s 7 weeks and 62 weeks are mentioned separately for a reason.

Taking the weeks separately, when we add the 62 weeks (434 years) to 1536-37 AD, we arrive at 1970-71 AD.

This is interesting because 1970 is the year in which another order to rebuild Jerusalem went forth following the recapture of the Holy City by Israeli forces in 1967. Articles and documents from the time show that while the planning and clearing of rubble in preparation for the rebuilding of Jerusalem began soon after the Israeli takeover in 1967, the plan to rebuild the Holy City, composed by a team of architects, engineers, and administrators, was not approved and publicly communicated until late August, 1970.

That two historic orders to rebuild Jerusalem—1536-37 AD and 1970-71 AD—are separated by exactly 62 weeks (434 years) suggests that both are integral to Daniel’s prophecy.

Counting the remaining set of weeks—the 7 weeks, or 49 years—from 1970, we, again, arrive at 2020.

While speculative, it’s awe-inspiring to consider that the two sets of weeks, 7 and 62, together and independently may reveal the years of two appearances of Messiah following two historical restorations of Jerusalem.

CONVERGENCE

2020 is an auspicious year for multiple reasons.

First, adding 7 years, the span of the tribulation period to this year, 2027 becomes the time of Israel’s final redemption, when the “everlasting righteousness” referred to in Daniel is realized (v. 24).

What’s fascinating is that 2027 also marks exactly 2,000 years since Jesus’ anointing as Messiah in 27 AD. Israel’s final redemption occurring after 2,000 years, or two (thousand-year) “days,” is alluded to in Hosea: “After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him” (Hos. 6:2).

Another reason 2020 is pivotal is that it marks the 3-year anniversary of major prophetic signs:

• The Great American Eclipse (August 21, 2017).

• Jared Kushner’s first trip to the Middle East to start work on a plan to achieve “peace and security” (August 21, 2017).

• The Revelation 12 Sign (September 23, 2017).

That 2020 marks the third anniversary of the above signs is significant because the number 3 is associated with key rapture themes and typologies such as weddings, resurrection, a period of warning, and the Lord descending in a cloud with the sound of a trumpet:

• Jesus attended a wedding on the third day (John 2:1).

• Jesus was resurrected on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4).

• It took Jonah 3 days to warn the Ninevites of impending judgment (Jonah 3).

• At Sinai, God told the Israelites to sanctify themselves for the third day, on which He would descend in a cloud and, with the sound of a trumpet, call Moses up to meet Him (Ex. 19:10-20).

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