Which Decree —–YOU BE THE JUDGE
[Regarding the decree of Daniel 9]
There is much disagreement regarding the “decree” of Daniel 9 which triggers the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. The problem is mostly driven by MOTIVE. The Decree of Artaxerxes places the crucifixion of Jesus exactly in the midst of the Seventieth Week of Daniel which supports the Historicist view of the matter. On the other hand, both the proclamations of Cyrus and Darius may be utilized to support the notion of a timeline without continuity in which it is commonly proclaimed that the last of the weeks [the Seventieth Week] is separated from the 69 Weeks and cast forward in time by 2000 years to host “seven years of tribulation”. Let’s see which decree is the logical candidate.
Cyrus Ezra 1:1-4 536 BC 536 BC
- 483 years——–69 weeks of years
53 BC——–insignificant to Messiah
Darius Ezra 4:24 520 BC 520BC
- 483 years———69 weeks of years
37 BC——–insignificant to Messiah
Artaxerxes Ezra 7:12-26 458BC 458 BC
- 483 years———-69 weeks of years
26 AD————the Baptism of Messiah at
the END of the 69th week .
Exactly THREE AND ONE HALF YEARS LATER [half a week]—–Messiah was crucified exactly in the midst of the 70th week of Daniel.——-IT IS FINISHED !