Answers Concerning Prophecies and things future #6
Daniel’s Seventy Weeks
“ And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.” (Ne 2:1 ASV)
The date of the decree of the Persian King Artaxerxes, as found in Nehemiah ii. 1, was 455 B.C., and not 445, as stated in the margin. This was
“That from the going forth of the commandment to restoreand to build Jerusalem ” referred to by Daniel (ix. 25).
“ Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the anointed one, the prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: it shall be built again, with street and moat, even in troublous times.” (Da 9:25 ASV)
The details are thus: —
The 2nd year of Darius (see Zech. i. 1) … 520 B.C.
He reigned 33 years = 487 B.C.
Xerxes, his successor, reigned 12 years … => 487+12= 475 B.C.
Succeeded by Artaxerxes 20
Date of the Decree 455 B.C.
From which date the “Seventy Weeks” of Daniel ix. 24 should be calculated.
“ Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy.” (Da 9:24 ASV)
F. G. J.
Read “Exposition of Daniel”, by Dr. Thomas