Daniel’s 70 Weeks of Years: an eschatological explanation

{9:24} Seventy weeks of years are concentrated on your people and on your holy city, so that transgression shall be finished, and sin shall reach an end, and iniquity shall be wiped away, and so that everlasting justice shall be brought in, and vision and prophecy shall be fulfilled, and the Saint of saints shall be anointed.
{9:25} Therefore, know and take heed: from the going forth of the word to build up Jerusalem again, until the Christ leader, there will be seven weeks of years, and sixty-two weeks of years; and the wide path will be built again, and the walls, in a time of anguish.
{9:26} And after sixty-two weeks of years, the Christ leader will be slain. And the people who have denied him will not be his. And the people, when their leader arrives, will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will be devastation, and, after the end of the war, the desolation will be set up.
{9:27} But he will confirm a covenant with many for one week of years; and for half of the week of years, victim and sacrifice will nearly cease; but there will be in the temple the abomination of desolation. And the desolation will continue even to the consummation and the end.”

A week of years is seven years. Seventy weeks of years is 70 x 7 = 490 years.

Some commentators claim that this prophecy is only about the past, that it concerns the history of Israel, leading up to the arrival of Jesus Christ. However, this claim is easily refuted.

Jesus himself referred to “the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by the prophet Daniel” (Mt 24:15) as a future event. It occurs sometime after the tribulation begins (Mt 24:4-8). It occurs sometime after a respite given to the world, when the first part of the tribulation ends (Mt 24:13), and a time of peace and success in preaching the Gospel is given to the world (Mt 24:14). Only thereafter does the tribulation resume and the abomination of desolation afflict the world.

This same progression of events — first part of the tribulation, a brief time of peace, second part of the tribulation including the abomination — is described in the Secrets of La Salette. See paragraphs 20, 21, and following in Melanie’s secret.

Also, the prophecy of Daniel itself says that, at the end of the 70 weeks of years: “transgression shall be finished, and sin shall reach an end, and iniquity shall be wiped away, and so that everlasting justice shall be brought in, and vision and prophecy shall be fulfilled”. Certainly, this wonderful time when transgression is finished and sin has ended and iniquity is wiped away has not yet occurred. The arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is the beginning of a long process that leads to that eventual good end. But it obviously has not happened yet.

And the prophecy of Daniel describes the last week of years (years 484 to 490 in the 70 weeks of years) as including the terrible affliction of the abomination. Since the abomination, spoken of by Daniel and by Christ, has not yet occurred, that last week of years must still be in the future.

The end of the 490 years is still in the future. But is the beginning of that time in the future or the past?

In my interpretation, the event that begins these 490 years, specifically “the going forth of the word to build up Jerusalem again,” is the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel. So 1948 would be the first year of the 490 years, and 2437 would be the last year. If you do the math and include both 1948 and 2437 in the count, the total is 490 years, counting inclusively.

But is there any way to confirm this interpretation? Yes, there is. An event occurs a certain length of time after the initiation of the 490 years: “from the going forth of the word to build up Jerusalem again, until the Christ leader, there will be seven weeks of years”. Seven weeks of years is 49 years (seven years in one week of years, times seven). So if 1948 is year one, then 1996 is year 49. The event that occurs in 1996 is the arrival of a ‘Christ leader’, that is, of a Christian leader. But since this passage in Daniel is eschatological (and therefore is mentioned in Christ’s eschatological discourse), this prominent Christian leader must have an eschatological role. In my interpretation, this Christian leader is the great Catholic monarch, a figure long-prophesied by the Saints to have an important role in the tribulation.

According to Saint Methodius, the great Catholic monarch is a holy Roman emperor. According to Saint Caesar of Arles, he will recover the crown of the lilies (referring to the crown of emperor Charlemagne). Several other Saints make this same point, that the great monarch is the heir to the holy Roman empire.

If my interpretation is correct, then the heir to the Roman empire was conceived or born in 1996. In my research, I discovered that the last Roman emperor became the first Austrian emperor. And the line of succession of the Austrian emperors proceeded from him to Blessed Karl of Austria (beatified by Pope John Paul II), and eventually to the current heir, Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir, who was born on June 21, 1997, and therefore conceived in 1996.

What is his role in the tribulation? Amazingly, it has long been prophesied that the Muslims would conquer Europe [World War 3], and that, in a subsequent war [World War 4], the great Catholic monarch would free Europe from the occupation. Then, after the first part of the tribulation, the great Catholic monarch reigns during the brief time of peace mentioned in the secrets of La Salette.

The end of this war was prophesied by Saint Cataldus of Taranto to occur when the great monarch is 40 years old: “The Great Monarch will be in war till he is 40 years of age.” We now know that the great Catholic monarch was born in 1997, so his war [World War 4] ends in 2037. When does the war begin? Four years earlier, according to Abbot Werdin d’Otrante:

“The nations will be in wars for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. All the sects will vanish. The capital of the world will fall. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign of redemption on his forehead, and after the victory of the Pope and the Great Monarch peace will reign on earth.”

What happens after that war? The Pope crosses the sea — which he is able to do safely once the war is over — with a cross on his forehead. This Pope is the long-prophesied Angelic Shepherd. I believe that the Angelic Shepherd is Fr. Zlatko Sudac, who has had a miraculously imprinted cross on his forehead on 7 May 1999.

If the above interpretation is correct, then the year that the Angelic Shepherd crosses the sea, after the war, is 2037 or 2038. Abbot Werdin prophesies about this date:

“The Pope will cross the sea in a year when the Feast of St. George (April 23rd) falls on Good Friday, and St. Mark’s feast (April 25th) falls on Easter Sunday, and the feast of St. Anthony (June 13th) falls on Pentecost and the feast of St. John the Baptist (June 24th) falls on Corpus Christi . The Great Monarch will come to restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.”

When do all of those feasts concur with the stated days and dates? In the year 2038, and not at any other time between now and then.

Therefore, I conclude that Daniel’s 70 weeks of years began with the founding of Israel in 1948, and will end with the Return of Jesus Christ in 2437 A.D.

For more on this topic, see my Kindle ebook:
The Great Catholic Monarch and the Angelic Shepherd

For my translation and interpretation of the Secrets of La Salette, see my Kindle ebook:
The Secrets of La Salette and the End Times

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator

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