Have you ever wondered when the Messiah Yeshua will return?
In 1997, the Holy Spirit revealed to the authors an interpretation of two related passages concerning the year of the Messiah’s return. The first revelation was that to interpret Daniel 9:24-27 to mean that the seven weeks are weeks of Jubilees:
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 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. 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. 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 9:24-27
The second revelation was that the reference to “restore and to rebuild Jerusalem” in Daniel 9:25 refers to the “spiritual repentance” of Israel based on Joel 2:12-18, as well as the physical rebuilding of Jerusalem. This is consistent with God’s heart as expressed in Scripture. It was from the spiritual restoration of Jerusalem found in Joel 2:12-18 that we were to begin counting to determine the two advents of the Messiah.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem [repent]… - Daniel 9:25
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. - Joel 2:12-18
believe that we are not to know or try to calculate Yeshua’s return and
typically cite Matthew 24:36 or Matthew 24:42 as proof, but, as you will see,
these verses refer to the second coming of Messiah and not the catching away
Interestingly, the phrase “Know therefore and understand” in Daniel 9:25 explicitly tells us that we are to know and understand how to calculate the comings of Yeshua.
Scripture is multidimensional, God-breathed and speaks to the past, present and future. The Word of God is living and is relevant to every age. We present this message to people who are interested in eschatology with the qualification that, as with all interpretation, this book must be validated against Scripture.
The Jubilee Hypothesis
The Jubilee Hypothesis
presents a theory as to the year of Messiah’s return and related
end time events by interpreting prophetic end times Scripture through
the examination of ancient Hebraic culture and thought. The Jubilee
Hypothesis is based on the reckoning of Jubilee years and on direct
revelation of two key Scriptures with respect to the Year of Jubilee:
Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 and the restoration of
Israel in Joel 2:12-18. See Figure 4-1 for an overview.
that sustain our interpretation:
Hypothesis Based on the Year of Jubilee
He will resurrect those who believed in Yeshua to live forever and there will no longer be sickness or infirmity. Yeshua will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever. His government will be free of corruption. Satan will be bound during the Future Age, although he will be released for a little while at the end of the Future Age and then be destroyed in the Lake of Fire as documented in Revelation 20:10.
The Year of Jubilee
figures uniquely into the interpretation of Daniel 9:25 where we find
Daniel is given insight as to how to calculate the comings of the Messiah.
1. His First Coming:
Messiah Ben Joseph – Messiah Son of Joseph, the “Suffering
Yeshua fulfilled the role of Suffering Servant by His sacrifice on the cross. Yeshua will fulfill the role of Conquering King when He returns and establishes His Kingdom on earth. Daniel’s prophecy also conveys these two roles and comings through the language.
The following interpretation was given to us by the Holy Spirit:
1. The “sixty
two periods of seven” of Daniel 9:25:b measures to the first coming
Figure 4-1 provides
a graphical representation of this interpretation.
Newton’s Analysis of Daniel 9:25 Substantiates Jubilee Hypothesis
Interpretation of Daniel 9:25-26 is Repentance
Daniel 9:26 states that after the sixty-two periods of seven years the Messiah will be “cut off.” The Hebrew karath1 for “cut off” can also be translated as “cut covenant,” which refers to the practice of shedding blood as part of a sacred covenant between people, such as in a marriage covenant. The Messiah did this through His sacrifice on the cross. This, like the earlier phrase, adds a new spiritual meaning to the passage, substantiating the idea that after the sixty-two periods of seven years the Messiah would make a blood covenant. The Messiah “cut covenant” by His sacrifice on the cross after the sixty-two periods of seven years [434 years] following the admonition by Joel for the repentance of Israel.
Congruent with 7,000-Year Plan of God
Two Comings of Messiah
Joel’s Admonishment for Israel to Repent
The spiritual understanding of this passage adds an importance dimension. It is a call for spiritual repentance of Israel to return to God. The addition of the spiritual dimension to this passage adds a stronger link to Joel 2:12-18 because Joel is admonishing Israel to repent and turn back to God.
Coming Dates Counted from Joel’s Admonition
“The acceptable year” is another term for the year of Jubilee. The year that Yeshua read this passage was 27 A.D., a Jubilee year. See the chapter “The Year of Jubilee and the Biblical Calendar” for more information.
We conclude that Daniel
9:27 is speaking of confirming a covenant with the False Messiah, commonly
known as the antichrist. This interpretation remains consistent for the
The seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy is consistent with the model of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and the Feasts of Israel.
Jubilee Hypothesis Calculation
plan of God Calculation
Daniel 9:25 Calculation
Away of Bride
Messianic Comings are Typically Determined
1. Add the seven
weeks of years (forty-nine years) and sixty-two weeks of years (434
years) to get 483 years to calculate a date that Messiah would be “cut
off” – crucified on His first coming.
As stated earlier, Sir Isaac Newton noted in his book, Prophecies of Daniel, that there is no linguistic basis for adding the seven weeks of years and sixty-two weeks of years. Newton believed that the two numbers spoke separately of the First and Second Comings of the Messiah, both being counted from the “going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.”