12/23/05 - Secret of 70 Contiguous Sets of Seven Question: Is there any date other than BC 445 for the Decree to Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem? Whatever number of years that separate BC 445 and the year you choose for the start of the decree to build Jerusalem's wall UNTIL Christ was “cut off”, the difference between the two will affect the dates for Christ’s birth and death. His 33½ years of life would not fit between BC 2 and AD 32. Nisan must be the month and the 9th to 14th (and even to the 30th) must be the “time” that ends the “countdown” of the 69 sets of seven in Dan.9:25-26a. For Palm Sunday to Good Friday is when Zech.9:9; Lev.23:5 and Dan.9:26a were fulfilled to the exact “Day (haymera; Luke 19:42) and Time” (kairon; Luke 19:44)! However, what I finally realize now is that the 69th set of seven did not actually cease with Palm Sunday, Nisan 9; and that the SOLAR days of the 70th Seven will not end with day #1260 of Daniel’s 1290 days!! Bear with me as I show how, yesterday, I understand the “formula” applies to the 70th set of seven as well as the first 69. The date of Nisan 30 must be the beginning and ending date during which 69 sets of prophetic sevens (173,880 days) were fulfilled within 68 seven-year solar periods totaling 476 years or 173,859 days (68x7=476x365.25). The 21 days did not cut short the fulfillment of 69 sets of seven; but only the countdown to Passover Day. The number 68 is the only way to get a whole number of 24-hour continuous days. The 173,859 days of 68 sets of 2556.75 days produces all but 21 days of 24 hours for the 69th Seven of 2520 days (69x7x360 or 69x2520). Each of the above days in Lev., Zech. Dan. and Luke, as well as the Anniversary of the Decree itself, were fulfilled exactly 69 times on the same day of the month of Nisan using 2520-day countdowns. The "formula" applies to each scriptural day (the 2nd Sunday for Palm Sunday and the Day of Preparation, Friday, Nisan 14) just once every 2520 days overlaid on a calendar of 476 years and totaling 173,859 contiguous solar days; except that Passover was 5 days "after THIS day" (Palm Sunday) of Luke 21:42 and Palm Sunday was 21 days short of the prophetic-countdown "time" of Luke 19:44 that included the 69th anniversary of the decree since Nisan 30 in BC 445. Robert Thomas and Stanley Gundry on P.320 of "A Harmony of the Gospels" state that Friday was always recognized as the Day of Preparation. Pub in 1978, Moody Press; HarperSanFrancisco. The countdown had to start with the month following Nisan 30 so that the 12th month was always Nisan and the 84th month of each “seven” was always Nisan. That could only happen with a 2520-day countdown overlaid on contiguous sets of 2556.75 days (7x365.25; each set of seven). If Christ was born in the fall of BC 2 (which began with BC 3 on a Julian calendar) and if He was 1½ years as of the spring of BC 1 on both a Julian and Hebrew calendar, He was 33½ in the spring of AD 32. Any given day [whether Palm Sunday on the 9th or Passover on the 14th or the last day of each set of 2520 days, they occurred just 69 times during 173,880 days overlaid on 476 solar years from BC 445 to AD 32 ... with the final 21 days as part of the prophetic countdown. No set of dates other than BC 445 to AD 32 lets the “formula” for all 70 sets of seven and for the "day and time” to have been fulfilled during Passion Week and yet include Nisan 30 as the final day of 173,880 days! There is no other way to understand the secret of 70 sets of seven. Yesterday, after years of trying to relate the 69 sets to the final 70th set in a manner that brings it all together, I saw a simpler, quicker formula to the relation. I had only realized that 476x5.25 extra days each year provided a 69th set of seven, except for 21 days. Now I see how it also relates the two halves of the 70th to each other and to the other 69 sets of 2520 days as well. Just as the 7x5.25 (36.75) x 68 days produced 2499 days for the 69th Seven (forcing the subtraction of 21 days), so the same 36.75 days must be subtracted from 2556.75 (7x5.25) to complete 2520 days for the 70th Seven. I knew but could not show how all 70 sets link to the same basic “formula”. Why is this so important to the secret of the 70 Sevens? The final period of Daniel's 1290 days is not "cut short" by 30 days as I had thought; just as each of the 69 sevens of 2520 days was not cut short nor was the 69th anniversary of the decree on a 5th Sunday since BC 445. Only once every 7 years did the Anniversary fall on Sunday, Nisan 30. . . just as Passover was on Friday, the "Day of Preparation", every 7 years of a prophetic countdown! Actually, none of the days of 69 prophetic 7's were cut off. Messiah was "cut off" within the parameters of the 69th set of seven. . . just five days "after" He was presented as King to fulfill Zech.9:9 and Dan.9:26a which uses the word "after that" (Palm Sunday) for His death. The 70th prophetic seven will also not be cut short. Only its "days of suffering will be cut short" on one of the 3½ days immediately after the killing of the Two Witnesses. Each of the 70 sets is limited to 2520 days. They are all overlaid upon sets of 2556.75 contiguous days. Only the limit of 2499 days for the 69th seven determined the day Christ fulfilled Zech.9:9. A final 70th prophetic set will be overlaid on contiguous solar days also as the formula drops the final 6.75 days from the second "half" of a countdown of 1296.75 days to reach 1290 days and with 45 days to go until Hanukkah (2556.75-1260-6.75=1290). Friends, I must stick with the math because, IMO, it is a vital part of knowing in advance when to expect the END OF THE AGE. Jesus said we will know when "the end is near". Matt.24:33. It is the EXACT Lastday (one of 3½; Rev.11:11) that can’t be known in advance! The basic countdown for each Seven overlays the prophetic time of 2520 days upon continuous solar days of 7x365.25=2556.75 days less 36.75. My old formula was 476x5.25=2499 to provide for the 69th set. The new formula connects all 70 sets of seven: 2556.75-36.75 = 2520 days for each set of Seven after subtracting 7x5.25 = 36.75. Mel Miller, member of the First Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA.