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Recently I received an e-mail from the Philippines. The Brother was very troubled, because of the confusion over there, pertaining to Daniels 70 weeks. He informed me that the common belief there, among Message believers, was that there is still seven years left to be fulfilled. Again, we come to a place, where things of necessity must be said to help our understanding.

It has been previously stated on some of the other studies, that the revealing of this Message has been progressive. There have been numerous examples given on various subjects, where God corrected Brother Branham on specific doctrinal issues.

To some I have known over the years, it has been a stumbling block. To me, as a believer and pastor in this beloved Message it shows me, that the Message was not Brother Branham's thinking as a man.

A Pastor of a large church in this message told me some time ago, that if Brother Branham ever had changed in his belief, or understanding, that he could not have full confidence in Brother Branham's Ministry. He is a very busy man, trying to make things fit together that are totally contradictory.

Areas of the original 70 weeks of Daniel were clarified when the commission of the Message mysteries was given in 1963. I am rather thankful, that I heard the Seals in 1963, and did not get to hear the 70 weeks until later. Then, when I did get a chance to hear the tape and read the book, the understanding given by God in the opening of the Seals had already found its place. The simplicity of progressive revelation should be evident.

The one and rather important area, that was corrected by the Super natural instructions given in the Seals, is that when the Gentile Bride goes up in the rapture, there are only three and one-half years left. In this three and one-half year time span, the Ministry of the two witnesses of Revelations 11, and the sealing of the 144,000 begins and is finished. We also understand that this three and one-half years is the great tribulation.

As we study the various aspects of the 70 weeks time element, we will find out that it fits with the Scripture and with history.

First let's take a look at the prophesy given to Daniel.

24 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.
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.

I don't think there would be a question as to the time element of the 70 weeks being weeks of years. Seven years representing one week.

Jacob worked for Laban seven years to get Rachel for his wife. It was called in that time, a week of years.

Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

70 weeks of years equalling a total of 490 years. The majority of Bible historians agree on the start date of the 70 weeks being 445 B.C. It is the only record in Scripture that identifies the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, after the Babylonian captivity. The building of the temple had started 10 years earlier but did not include the walls or the streets of the city. Some scholars use the earlier date, but as we will find out later it does not fit into the time element of Luke chapter 3, which is very specific as to when Tiberius and Pilate were in office.

And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that] wine [was] before him: and I took up the wine, and gave [it] unto the king. Now I had not been [beforetime] sad in his presence.
2 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why [is] thy countenance sad, seeing thou [art] not sick? this [is] nothing [else] but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
3 And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
4 Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it.
Bible historians trace this to the 445 B.C. date.

Since we have our start date which is the same as Brother Branham used, let's begin breaking down the 70 weeks (490 years) and arrive at the time that Jesus began his years in earthly Ministry. Let's examine the 25th, 26th and 27th verse of chapter 9.

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.

There is a purposeful division of the time elements here, which to me, emphasizes the exacting of the time that would be within the year.

From the going forth of the commandment (445 B.C.) until Messiah the Prince shall be 7 weeks (49 years) + 62 weeks (434 years) totaling 69 weeks or 483 years.

An important note here. I am sure most who have studied the 70 weeks, understand these week years, are made up of time equaling 360 days. The Roman calendar uses 365+1/4 days per year. The difference between the two over the 483 years, adds seven years to the Sabbatical years which have only 360 days per year. This is needed when the math is figured from the start date in 445 B.C., until the time of Messiah at 30 A.D.--- 445 + 30 by the Roman calendar would only give us 475 years. The Seven years difference between the two, then added, would give us 475 + 7 equaling 482.

We need a total of 483 years to fulfill 69 weeks, so why the 482? The astronomical year of zero (0) B.C.-A.D. accounts for a full year, even though by adding 30 A.D. to 445 B.C. does not take into account this full year, though it is there. To make it simple, it would be, 445 + 30 + 1 for the year of 0 (zero) to be included. This would give us an actual total of 476 years plus the 7 gained by the difference in reckoning, between the Roman calendar and Jewish sabbatical calendar. This would bring our total to 483.

It took the first 7 weeks or 49 years to complete the rebuilding of the walls and city of Jerusalem. From that time, 62 more weeks equaling 434 years would pass until Messiah began His ministry, as we will find later on. What we have so far is, from the going forth of the commandment to rebuild the walls and the city in 445 B.C., to the manifested Christ, would be 69 weeks for a total of 483 years.

Notice the Scripture declares that AFTER the 7 weeks + the 62 weeks, Messiah would be cut off. NOT WHEN 483 YEARS WERE FULFILLED BUT AFTER.

Scripture in verse 26 (Daniel Chapter 9) goes on to prophesy, as a result of Messiah being cut off and rejected, that there would come forth another prince, (Roman) that would destroy the Temple and the city of Jerusalem. This would again scatter the power of the Holy people, driving them again among the nations of the world. As we understand this begins the trumpets time period for the Jews during the Gentile age. Titus fulfilled that destruction.

Verse 27 must be looked at carefully and not confused with the prince that was to destroy the sanctuary and the city.

This verse reverts back to give a key description of the Prince that was cut off. It is declared that HE CONFIRMS (preaches) the covenant (NEW) for the 70th week, BUT is cut off (crucified) in the middle of the week (70th). This would identify the meaning of verse 26, which declares THAT AFTER the 69 weeks Messiah would be cut off. He started his earthly ministry, then preached for three and one-half years.

Obviously, Jesus' earthly ministry as the Son Of Man, lasted for 3 1/2 years and fulfilled the first half of the 70th week and the last half will confirm the covenant of Jesus Christ to the 144,000 through the ministry of the two witnesses of Revelations 11. This will be the time of fulfilling the desolations foretold to come upon the Jews and the bringing in of everlasting righteousness in the Millennium. Jesus' death on the cross did away with the sacrifice of the blood of bulls, sheep and goats etc., ending the Old oblation and sacrifice. Throughout his ministry he had declared that the Son Of Man must be lifted up, confirming the new covenant with a miracle Ministry theretofore unseen.

SIXTH.SEAL.THE.title JEFF.IN 63-0323
420-1 {196} 072 Oh, my. Do you see that? In there--Not the Bride, isn't going to be out here laboring in the vineyards. No, sir. She's the Bride. She's the Queen to the King. It's the others that labor out there, the nation, not the Bride. Amen.
All right, notice these messengers now... These messengers of the Revelations 12, these two prophets, they're going to preach, "The Kingdom is at hand." See? The Kingdom of heaven's to be set up. The time, last three and one-half years of Daniel's seventieth week promised to the Jews, His people...
Remember now, that to prove that, that this is Daniel's last part of the seventieth week... I got a question on that for tomorrow. See? Now, seventy weeks was promised, which was seven years. And in the midst of the seven weeks, the Messiah was to be cut off to be made a Sacrifice. He would prophesy three and one-half years, and then He'd be cut off for a sacrifice for the people, and there is still a determination, that three and one-half years is still determined for Israel.

The breaking of the Seven Seals, began by suprenatural instruction, the Sword in hand, infallible interpretation of the mysteries.

6 003 And, now, many of you maybe wasn't at the services this morning. But I trust that everyone that wasn't will get that tape, for I believe that it was the most straightest message to the church since the--the message of SIRS, WHAT TIME IS IT?. I felt the anointing of the Spirit, felt led to say what I did. It was long, but yet I felt led to do it. And I think the Lord, by His Word, showed that what hour we're living. And make sure that we understand these mysterious things that's happening. You know, the Bible said, "The wise shall understand."

Going on in our study I would like to focus on a most interesting setting of Scripture in Luke chapter 3, that ties to the accuracy and intricacy of the 70 weeks.

For those who hold to 7 more years to be fulfilled to complete the 70th week, the historical record would make it most difficult.
Let's look at these Scripture verses.

LUKE 3:1
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,
2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

Here we have Scriptural record of the beginning of John the Baptist's ministry.

E-32 032 Maybe it was for a short time, but God sometimes train men for years to get a few days of service out of him. John the Baptist was thirty years by himself in the wilderness for six months of service. Jesus Christ was thirty years old for three years of service, for the crucifixion. God trains men, brings them up. It's His purpose.

As Brother Branham has told us and is commonly accepted by many Bible scholars, John's ministry lasted approximately 6 months. According to Luke's Gospel John was 6 months older than Jesus.

LUKE 1:35
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

We will refer to just two historical dates which can be easily researched, pertaining to the time of Tiberius Caesar's rule and that of Pontius Pilate.
Tiberius Caesar's rule ran from August A.D. 28 to August A.D. 29.

Pontius Pilates rule as procurator of Judea ran from A.D. 26 to A.D. 36. The ministry of John and Jesus had to be fulfilled under the rule of these two timespans. Our Scripture already declares the ministry of John began somewhere in the 1 year rule of Tiberius. Luke 3:3 It is well understood that John had to be 30 or older, to enter into his ministry to fulfill Scriptural law.

By the 70 weeks prophecy, Messiah the Prince would come on the scene ( be manifested) at 69 weeks, then confirm the covenant until the midst of the 70th week.

The target of 69 weeks would of absolute necessity have to be at the very end of A.D 29, or the beginning of A.D.30.
The reason being that Jesus Ministry, to fulfill 1/2 of the 70th week would needs be 3-1/2 years length of time, then be crucified in 33 A.D. This is perfectly and exactly with the Message given after the Seals and with history. To add 7 years after 33A.D would throw it completely out of the prophesied timeframe of the 70 weeks, out of the timeframe of John's ministry and also Historical record.
Not trying to confuse the issue or to complicate the issue, but to show the intricate infallibility of this Message when it is Revealed to the Believer.

John comes out of the wilderness about six months before Jesus begins his ministry. Historically and Scripturally during the rule of Tiberius Caesar, which was between 28 and 29 A.D.

Jesus, as we have been told by Brother Branham, was born in April, probably at the time of Passover. He was the Passover lamb. He would have become 30 in A.D.30 in the month Nisan, early in the year. The reason for this is the zero (0) B.C.-A.D. date of His birth being a 365 day year. (Nisan-- our March- April- in the year 0- B.C.-A.D.) He would have been 1, early in A.D.1

Obviously John's Ministry was still in progress, so Jesus waited until it was fulfilled, placing the beginning of his ministry in A.D.30 EXACTLY at the 69 week time frame. Notice the accuracy of the scriptures, as is stated in Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be ABOUT thirty years of age, being (as was supposed ) the son of Joseph, which was [the son] of Heli,

In our way of saying it, it would be that He was around 30 years old. We understand, that to fulfill all righteousness (full law) he could not start his ministry before 30, so it only leaves the probability of after 30. In A.D.30 He completed the first 6 months of his Ministry then had a full year in 31, 32 and 33.
His crucifiction took place on the Last day of 33A.D. The next day (Passover) He would have been 34 years old. That would have been the day BEFORE the Passover ushered in the new Sabattical year. This would have begun on the Friday of His crucifiction at 6:00 in the evening, well after His death earlier that same day, before the High Sabbath started. At 6:00 on Friday evening, began the 7th day sabbath which ran until evening the next day. There are 4 dates where the Passover began on Friday evening. The only one that fits the proper timeframe is April 3, A.D.33. In Sabattical terms that would be the 14th day of the first month, Nisan. This is the High day revered by the Jews, for it is the observance of the Passover lamb, slain in Egypt on that day.

He was cut off, but not for Himself. It ushered in the Age of AMAZING GRACE through the BLOOD of GOD, to which we Gentile DOGS can find rest unto our souls by HIS SOVEREIGNTY ALONE.

Questions can be directed to: Bro. Garold MacGraw

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