And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Daniel 9:26-27 KJV).
Once more, the paramount urgency of Daniel 9 and the 70 weeks is absolutely vital to our eschatology, including our capacity to properly identify the Antichrist.
Remembering Jesus’ explanation of Daniel 9, following the martyrdom of James in Jerusalem in A.D. 70 the believers in Jerusalem under the senior leadership of Simeon fled to the mountains and into Pella when there was a temporary interruption in the siege. The non-believers in Jerusalem were deluded by false omens and false prophets. We also see in the epistle to the Hebrews that believers were being seduced into considering going back under the Law and rejecting Christ in order to avoid persecution. The same will happen in the Last Days among those who do not understand the 70 weeks. Concerning Antichrist, however, those who have the insight (Dan. 11:33) will give it to the others. This is in the character of the Sons of Issachar in 1 Chronicles 12:32, and more so of Esther and Mordecai in dealing with Haman, a major type of the Antichrist (Est. 1:13). They will know what to do and will alert others. As Daniel tells us, those who truly know their God will take the appropriate action (Dan. 11:32).
Once more, as the Maccabees and their followers reacted to Antiochus (a type of the Antichrist), and as Mordecai and Esther reacted to Haman (a type of the Antichrist), when the ultimate identity of the Antichrist—of whom Antiochus IV and Haman are mere shadows—takes place, the faithful servants of the Lord will know what to do; the others will not…
Jeremiah prophesied that it would be a 70 year captivity. This year is known from archeology and from history as the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, being 539 B.C. It was 539 B.C. when Daniel wrote this. Daniel had this explained to him by the Lord through angelic medium and so forth. He was reading the Scriptures and he saw and understood the Captivity would be 70 years. But then he gets the message it would not be simply 70 years; that is only the Babylonian Captivity. It would be seventy sevens. It is like saying, “I am going to the shop to buy a dozen.” A dozen what? Flashlight batteries? Cartons of milk? “I am going to buy a dozen.” The word is “shavua.” “Shavua” comes from the Hebrew word “seven”—“sheba.” There will be seventy sevens. Sevens of what? The beginning of the chapter divulges that it is “weeks of years,” sets of 7 years. It is necessary to go back to what Daniel was studying in Jeremiah. It is not only going to be 70 years, it is going to be 70 sevens. That is what it says literally. It does not say “490 years,” it says “70 sets of 7 years” or “7 sets of 70 years”—a 490 year period.