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The Millennium Chronology

In my book The Millennium Chronology I claim Jesus taught that he would return at the end of some unknown millennium counted from a biblical creation date in 3852 BC. I describe the book in more detail on this site.

(For the record, I do not believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. Rather the biblical creation year dates the origins of the Jewish ancestry to 6,000 years ago.)

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The Millennium Chronology

Christ in the Clouds (1)

Christ in the Clouds (2)

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By Doug Peterson 1. INTRODUCTION

In this article I focus on the Seventy Sevens prophecy found in the book of Daniel. Here is the Seventy Sevens prophecy as recorded in the KJV:

[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. (Daniel 9:25-27)

2. THE PROBLEM WITH DANIEL 9:26

The primary problem with the Seventy Sevens is Daniel 9:26:

[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.

A common Christian interpretation of verse 26 is a disaster for apologetics. Many apologists interpret verse 26 to mean that the sixty-two weeks are the same interval as the sixty-two weeks specified in verse 25. They interpret the term "cut off" in verse 26 to mean "killed" and that the Messiah was to be killed after the sixty-two weeks. This interpretation is a dead-end because the verse unequivocally states that "the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary" after those sixty-two weeks.

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