Daniel 9: 25 reads:
Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’
Isaac Newton writes in Observations on the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of Saint John (1733):
Thus have we in this short Prophecy, a prediction of all the main periods relating to the coming of the Messiah; the time of his birth, that of his death, that of the rejection of the Jews, the duration of the Jewish war whereby he caused the city and sanctuary to be destroyed, and the time of his second coming: and so the interpretation here given is more full and complete and adequate to the design, than if we should restrain it to his first coming only, as Interpreters usually do. We avoid also the doing violence to the language of Daniel, by taking the seven weeks and sixty two weeks for one number. Had that been Daniel’s meaning, he would have said sixty and nine weeks, and not seven weeks and sixty two weeks, a way of numbering used by no nation.
If -following Newton- we take “sevens” (or week) to refer to years, and the seven weeks, and the sixty-two weeks, to refer to separate occasions, we can infer from Daniel 9: 26 (After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.) that this part of the prophecy refers to the death Jesus of Nazareth:
Suppose that Jesus was crucified in 30 AD. Subtracting 7 times 62 or 434 years from this date takes us to 404 BC. The Neo-Babylonian Empire under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar II occupied the Kingdom of Judah between 597-586 BCE, and according to the books of Ezra-Nehemiah, the exiles were allowed to return home, due to Cyrus’s decree from about 538 BCE. Initially 50, 000 Jews returned, led by Zerubbabel, and over the course of a century or so many more returned:
538 + 100 = 438
There is a near-perfect fit between Daniel’s prophecy about the 62 weeks and the dates 30 AD and 538 BC + 100. There have thus far been two re-establishments of Jerusalem by the Jews following exiles, the first during the time of Nebuchadnezzar II and the Babylonian Captivity in the 6th century BCE, and the second following the 6-day War in 1967. In Judaism and other Abrahamic religions religions, the Messiah (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, translit. māšîaḥ, sometimes spelled Moshiach), is the one chosen to lead the world and save it. Messiah is a term coming from the Hebrew word for “annointed one”, and while the prophesied awaited Jewish Messiah is certainly an anointed one, Israel’s kings were also referred to as anointed, as were high priests and prophets, and others including Cyrus for his role in facilitating the return of the Jews to Jerusalem. Hence the 2nd anointed one referred one of Daniel’s prophecy is not necessarily the Jewish Messiah (they are not Anti-Christ because Anti-Christ is not anointed). Whoever they may be, we can infer from the words of Daniel, together with the interpretation of Issac Newton, the fit between the 62 weeks and the death of Jesus, and the reclaiming of Jerusalem that followed the 6-day War, that 2016 – 2017 is the the beginning of the time of their arrival. But 2017 is almost over/over and nothing happened, it might be objected. But how do we know what has and what hasn’t happened? The definition of “happened” in our day and age = “broadcast by the mainstream media”, but this definition leaves out all but the most obvious and shallow happenings – the deeds of politicians and entertainers, natural disasters, certain scientific and technological changes (a new-fangled iPhone perhaps)… But if Jesus of Nazareth were born again in our day, or began his ministry again in our day, how long would it be before the mainstream media paid any attention in a world where the media is dominated by Donald Trump, the Kardarshians, Stephen Hawking… and by materialism? If the sun were to disappear from the sky, it would take 8 minutes before the loss of light could be registered on earth, but nonetheless the source of sunlight is gone; conversely, if a powerful second sun were to appear somewhere in the sky, it would take time before the gain in light could registered on earth, but nonetheless the new light source is there and would in time set the earth afire.