Daniel’s 70 Weeks of Years

{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, so seventy weeks of years is 490 years. The “going forth of the word to build up Jerusalem again” refers to the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. Thus 1948 is year one of the 490 years. The Christ leader is a Christ-like leader, the great Catholic monarch, who will be as holy as the holiest of Saints. The seven weeks of years is 49 years, and since year one is 1948, year 49 is 1996. This places the conception of the great Catholic monarch in 1996, and his birth about nine months later, most likely in 1997. The great Catholic monarch will be leader over a vast territory which includes Jerusalem and the Holy Land, so it is fitting to mark the time from the founding of the State of Israel to his conception and birth.

The 62 weeks of years is the time from the end of the seven weeks of years to the end of the reign of another Christian leader over the Holy Land, the king of the South (formerly the southern part of the great monarch’s kingdom). Both the great monarch and the king of the South are Christian leaders over the Holy Land. The kingdom of the great monarch is divided into four parts, one of which is the kingdom of the South. Many years later, the king of the South will be a Christian. His rise to power will be surprising to the people of that time, because Christianity will be greatly mocked and few persons worldwide will still be Christians in that time. The last years of the 62 weeks of years is 2430 A.D., the year that the Antichrist, as the king of the North, will attack the Christian king of the South, defeating him by means of betrayals carried out by those closest to him, and then he will be killed.

The seven weeks of years is to the beginning of the great Catholic monarch, his conception. And the subsequent 62 weeks of years is to the end, the death, of the Christian king of the South. The great Catholic monarch is very holy, and the Christian king of the South is very sinful. Both are referred to with the word ‘Christ’ in the Latin text: ‘Christum ducem’ referring to the great monarch; ‘Christus’ referring to the king of the South. Now most translations phrase this as the Anointed leader, or similar wording, but in the Latin the connection to Christ and to Christianity is unmistakable.

The last verse quoted above, verse 27, refers to the reign of the Antichrist, which lasts about one week of years, about seven years (actually, six years and some number of months). Again, Sacred Scripture teaches us about the unity of God’s plan for the tribulation, and about the connection between these prominent good leaders and bad leaders in the world.

Who is the great Catholic monarch referenced in Daniel’s prophecy as a Christ-like leader?

I believe that the great Catholic monarch is Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir of Austria. His father is Archduke Karl of Austria; his grandfather is Otto von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria; his great-grandfather was the last Austrian emperor, Charles I. Archduke Ferdinand is the eldest son of Archduke Karl and the heir to all the titles handed down through his family.

More importantly, the Austrian emperors succeeded the holy Roman emperors. The last holy Roman emperor was Francis II, who dissolved the holy Roman empire in 1806, and who then became the first emperor of Austria, Francis I. (Francis II and Francis I are the same person.) The great Catholic monarch is said in various private revelations to be a descendant of the holy Roman emperors and the legitimate heir to the empire.

The last Austrian emperor, Charles I, became heir to the throne of the empire on June 28, 1914, following the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand. Soon afterward, on November 21, 1916, he became emperor of Austria due to the death of the emperor Francis Joseph. Although he retained his title of emperor until his death, he died in exile, in poverty, and in illness, on April 1st, 1922. Emperor Charles I of Austria, was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3rd of 2004. Although he was the last emperor of Austria, the line of descent passes from Blessed Charles of Austria to Otto von Habsburg to Archduke Karl of Austria to Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir of Austria, who therefore is the rightful heir to the empire of Austria, and also to the holy Roman empire.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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