This theory is a relatively recent and standalone interpretation that also advocates a literal 490 years. However, it is not seen in a linear timeline where each marker ‘connects together’, but rather that there are two separate timelines that ‘overlap’ each other. Find out to see whether this interpretation has some weight that can be banked on?
As promised, the chiastic structure of the Book of Revelation:
For those unsure of what this means, a chiastic structure is an ancient literary style that some biblical writers used. It is basically a symmetry pattern of writing.
For example, the beginning of the narrative and the end of the narrative have ‘mirrored’ themes… and as the narrative progresses, the next chapter and the ‘second to last’ chapter also have similar themes… so too does the third chapter and the ‘third to last’ chapter. This pattern progresses throughout the narrative, until then it ‘pivots’ around the central key point that the writer really wants us to know what his story is really about!!!
Thus while reading the Book of Revelation, I uncovered the following:
Every now and then, the topic comes up with regard to the “70 x 7” (“seventy times seven”) verse that is mentioned in Matthew 18:22, where some theologians have assumed that Jesus’ forgiveness reference is associated to Daniel’s 490 year timeline. That is, the “seventy sevens” of Matthew 18 is the same as the “seventy weeks” of Daniel 9. They say that because Jesus suggests that “forgiveness should not have limits”, that this is an argument that “Daniel’s prophecy should also NOT have limits”. Well… nothing could be further from the truth!!! A mistranslation of Matthew 18:21-22 and worthy of unpacking…