7 Week

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My wife gave me a personalised licence plate for Christmas. She thought it’ll be funny, seeing as we’ve already purchased the 70WEEK licence plate for our Holden Trailblazer… and having recently purchased a convertible Mini (which looks incredibly small alongside the truck), hence the humorous play on the licence plate: 7WEEK is smaller than 70WEEK… reminding us that the 7WEEK is still a significant element within the famous Daniel 9 prophecy. Consequently, I appreciated my wife’s humour and can’t wait to see the two vehicles drive alongside each other... LOL.

So what does 7 Week mean?

The phrase “Seven Shabuwa” mean seven lots of seven days (according to the Daniel 9 prophecy) equating to 49 days. Contrasted to the overriding 70 weeks figure (also from the Daniel 9 prophecy) which equates to 490 days (seventy lots of shabuwa). The next step towards understanding what these days refer to, involves the Ezekiel 4 principle where “a day is like a year” (read Ezekiel 4; Number 14:34)... which consequently means that the "49 days" (7WEEK) is representative of 49 years... contrasted to the "490 days" (70WEEK) is representative of 490 years.

With this mathematical truth in mind, all we have to do now is align each of the Daniel 9 markers to the historical records. Easy, right!!?? No!! Because unfortunately this has been a very difficult task for theologians to precisely align each prophetic marker to significant historical events. This is not just about aligning the 7WEEK marker with an historical event, but also the 62WEEK marker, the final single WEEK marker, and of course the overall 70WEEK markers. And because scholars have struggled to align each marker precisely, they have consequently stretched historical and interpretative information to beyond reason.

Now as much as I’d love to upload my entire book onto this blog to settle the debate, it is best to keep this particular blog focused to just the 7WEEK subject:

Right then… as mentioned, the “Seven Shabuwa” represents 49 years... which coincidentally is a literal 49 year span that inaugurates a Jubilee year. This was a very special year, as the Israelites recognized it to be a holy and peaceful period that proclaimed “liberty throughout the land” (Leviticus 25:10). Yes, “Atonement” is the key word here... which was generally celebrated with "trumpets and festivities". And as a result of this celebrative "confession", God promised to bless the people of the land enabling them to “live in safety” (Leviticus 25:18).

And so, where do we find this 49 year marker in history?

Well, it has been under our noses the entire time. Recorded in 2 Chronicles, exactly 49 years after the completion of Solomon’s Temple, the House of Judah celebrated a “Jubilee Year” during the 50th year of King Asa (i.e. in the year 962 BC). According to biblical literature, the nation “sacrificed to the Lord seven hundred head of cattle… entered into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart and soul… and took an oath with loud acclamation with shouting... and with trumpets and horns” (2 Chronicles 15:10-15). Consequently, God then blessed the people and they had “rest” in the land (2 Chronicles 14:6 and 15:15).

Overall, this significant Jubilee celebration completely aligns to all the requirements of Leviticus law, and fulfills the “7WEEK” marker of the famous Daniel 9 prophecy.

Right then… with that out of the way, I’m going for a drive :-)

Stephen ShephardComment