The first time we see seventy sevenfold in the Bible is with Lamech's self righteous declaration of protection. Jesus also used it to declare how long believers are supposed to forgive each other. And the final time is with Daniel's prophesy of the 70 weeks, which actually reads 70 7's. If we compare Daniel's dual prophesy of the 490 years (70x7= 490 - seventy sevenfold) which began in 458BC and ended in 33AD and again from 1535 until 2025, Jesus is telling us that we should continue forgiving until His kingdom comes to an End here on Earth.
Daniel 9:24 Seventyweeks (70 7's) are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city... (70x7=490)
Seventy weeks = 70 7's = 490
Daniel 9:24-25 24 Seventyweeks (seventy sevens) 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...
Daniel's 490 year duel prophesy leading us once again to The End in 2025!
1. King Artaxerxes was a powerful king of the Persian Empire. In the year 458B.C. he decreed that Ezra the chief priest be allowed to re-establish the Temple and the Law. By doing so, he rebuilt the walls of salvation and fortified God's spiritual city Jerusalem. The 490 year prophesy ended in the year 33A.D. at the end of Jesus' tribulation on the Cross and His ascension bringing forth the consummation (completion/complete destruction). This completed and ended the Old Testament and the Law.
2. Sultan Suleiman was the most powerful king of the Ottoman Empire which was the eastern part of the Roman Empire when it split in half. In the year 1535 he decreed that Jerusalem and its walls should be rebuilt. And it was. In fact, the Jerusalem we know and see today is the actual Jerusalem from that command. The 490 year prophesy will end in the year 2025 at the end of this Final Great Tribulation and apparent Rapture bringing forth the consummation (completion/complete destruction) a second time. This will complete and end the New Testament and the Bible.
LIVING AN UNRIGHTEOUS LIFE
We are cursed of our sins and need protection
Genesis 4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. (70x7=490)
The unsaved are protected from the second death (within Hell), reserved until the final day, their destruction will last forever (Jude 1:13).
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.
A declaration of an OATH
We find three examples within scripture of seventy sevenfold (70x7)
1. Matthew 18:22 - Jesus tells us that we are to forgive 70x7 times.
3. Daniel 9:24 - God declared a lapsed time of 70x7 until transgressions End.
God gives us two examples of seventy sevenfold. One righteous and the other not.
Although the following verse is referring to these End Times, it also is a good example of how the saved individual lives their life as opposed to how an unsaved individual lives their life.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still (living an unrighteous life): and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still (living a righteous life).
When we compare what the Lord shows us in the 490 year chart to the right, we understand that Jesus is telling us that we should forgive others until the very End, thereby living a righteous life.
Daniel 9 is not only complicated to understand but also wields a dual prophetic timeline.
King Artaxerxes' decree to rebuild Jerusalem
There are 490 years (70x7) from the time Ezra was allowed to re-establish the Law and build Jerusalem's walls of salvation until Jesus died on the Cross and ascended to Heaven. 458BC until 33AD = 490 years
Sultan Sulieman's decree to rebuild Jerusalem
There are also 490 years (70x7) from the time the physical walls and the city of Jerusalem were allowed to be rebuilt until the End and the Rapture of God's people to Heaven.
1535 until 2025 = 490 years
Daniel's dual prophesy covers both the rebuilding of spiritual Jerusalem and also physical Jerusalem.