Best Interpretation of the Four Views of the Seventy Weeks from Daniel

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 The Four Views of Interpretation of the “Seventy Weeks” . . . . . . . . . 4 The Maccabean View The Preterist View The Covenantal View The Dispensational View Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 BEST INTERPRETATION OF THE FOUR VIEWS OF THE SEVENTY WEEKS FROM DANIEL Introduction The book of Daniel chapter 9:24-27 deals with the prophecy of the…show more content…
70. There are a few reasons why this view struggles to adequately explain the prophecy of the seventy weeks. The actual time span of the “week” varies between the time periods. If God was trying to reveal anything to Daniel about when these things would take place than a good assumption would be that the weeks would be similar in scope of time. Another issue that would have to be addressed by proponents of this view is how the first advent of Christ solves everything that is to take place in verse 24 of Daniel 9. The last thing that needs to be answered is why does the destruction of Jerusalem take place before the sixty-nine weeks if it is clearly lined out in the prophecy to be after the sixty-nine weeks? (verse 26) The Covenantal View The covenantal view is a view that also holds that the time periods are symbolic. This view also begins at the decree given by Cyrus in Ezra 1 after the 70 year captivity around 538 B.C. It has sixty-nine weeks from that date leading up to the death of Christ around 33 A.D. at which point the seventieth week kicks off and continues until the apocalypse. This view has serious issues with the periods of time not being equal. The last week for instance has lasted for the previous 2000 years and is continuing through the present time. The sixty-nine weeks from the decree of Cyrus to the death of Christ equal about eight years per week. The strength of this view is that it is trying to

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