The Relative “Calm” Before the Storm: The First Half of Daniel’s 70th Week

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A reader noted that the first three and a half years of the seventieth week of Daniel (the seven year period that people most people refer to as the “tribulation”) is going to be relatively “calm” compared to the period following the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel. The reader asked me if I had any ideas about why the “the FIRST 3 1/2 years seem relatively calm compared to the final 3 1/2 years?”

My response to the reader’s question is quite long so I decided to share my response with everyone just in case others might have a similar question or might want to read about this topic from my perspective.

Before I address the question directly, I want to first make clear that any period up until the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel (i.e. World War 2, World War 1, now, tomorrow, yesterday, 1000 B.C. etc.) will be relatively “calmer” period than the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel. Christ stated that the great tribulation will be the most trying time in history (Matthew 24:21) and will begin when the abomination that causes desolation mentioned by Daniel is established (Matt 24:15-21), which is at the midway point of the seventieth week of Daniel (Daniel 9:27).

“(15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (17) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (18) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (19) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (20) But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day. (21) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15-21)

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)

Therefore, the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel will include the most trying time in history, so any trying time period before it or after it cannot match it.

Nevertheless, while it is true that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will be relatively “calmer” compared to the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel, it does not mean that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will be a pleasant time on the earth. In fact, I believe that the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive. Global conflict, extreme famine, and deadly diseases will plague the earth during the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel, and many people will die:

Global Conflict (Revelation 6:2-3)

“(2) And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. (3) And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

Global Famine (Revelation 6:4-6)

“(4) And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. (5) And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. (6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”

Global Plagues (Revelation 6:7-8)

“(7) And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. (8) And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

Although the first three and half years of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive, there will be a window of opportunity for people to prepare themselves for the great tribulation. The Antichrist is unlikely to openly persecute a lot of people who oppose him on religious grounds during these first three and half years because he will be busy building his kingdom. In addition, the punitive Mark of the Beast system won’t be instituted yet since Antichrist won’t yet have the control over the planet to implement and enforce it.

So to answer the reader’s question, the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel will not be a good time to be alive. Nevertheless, the likely reason why the first half of the seventieth week of Daniel is a relatively “calmer” period than the second half is that the Antichrist is going to be focused on accumulating power rather than wielding his power to make life miserable for everyone who opposes him. Once Antichrist gains control of the world he will then persecute and seek to eliminate those who oppose him with the full force of the power he’s acquired and given.

Again, people will have an opportunity to prepare for the worst even after the seventieth week of Daniel begins. However, once that window of opportunity is shut it’ll probably be very difficult for many opponents of Antichrist to do much else besides try to survive. If you want to learn about the persecution of the Antichrist’s enemies, click this link to learn more about the topic.

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Jake
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Jake

I have read the above post with great interest, however, I am afraid I cannot agree with some points.

What is often overlooked is the fact that Yeshua’s ministry itself lasted exactly 70 weeks (from His baptism on 16 February 27 CE until the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Shavuot on 20 June 28 CE).

The 3 ½ year ministry was invented by Rome to support their teaching of a future Antichrist and of a future Great Tribulation – obviously to divert from the fact that the Papacy (aka as Antichrist) killed 50 million people.

Regards

Jake

Connie
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Connie

Exactly where in Scripture do you find these precise dates? It has been my understanding that nobody knows precisely what year Christ was born, hence there is no way to precisely determine the dates of anything in that respect. I’m guessing here that you go with 4BC and go from there. Based on what? And how did you determine via Scripture that His ministry was only 70 weeks? I can’t find anything that would lead to this conclusion. Daniel’s reference to 70 weeks is not a reference to the length of Christ’s ministry whatsoever. It clearly states what it refers… Read more »

Eaglet
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Eaglet

Seventy sevens could mean seventy jubilees. Seven sevens can be taken simply as sevens or better yet 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 are sevens. The context is in daniel 9:24: Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. We know that Israel will still commit transgression at the end of the millennium, in fact it is going… Read more »

Wayne
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I think the Mark of the Beast gets implemented halfway through the 70th week because the beast of the sea is given 42 months (Rev. 13:5). I believe that 42 months applies to the second half of the 70th week, so the false prophet, who causes people to get the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:6), would primarily operate during that time period

COGThinker
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COGThinker

The first half of Daniel’s 70th Week may be calm for the world, but the same could not be said for Christians. Many Christians will be martyered during this period, but though this the Gospel will be preached to all the world (Mt 24.9-14). The Beast personality will come to power suddenly (Da 9.27). This covenant will give him access to an army (Da 8.12 NKJ) possibly a Russian army. The Mark of the Beast will be in effect for 2300 days (Da 8.13-14). As this period is 6 months short of 7 years, the first 6 months of Daniel’s… Read more »

Negrense347
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Negrense347

Very interesting times we are at . Great to know other views and insights here .Get ready brothers and sisters in Christs ,it wont be long .

Wayne
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At this point, I think the 2300 day prophecy in Daniel 8 is limited to 2300 days. However, once I’m done with the Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel 39, Babylon the Great, Egypt, Libya etc study my attention is likely going to shift to that (I have a write up on the topic of Daniel 8 partially completed).  I’ve seen people argue that Daniel 8 is a 2300 year prophecy and I’ve seen some people suggest that the 2300 days falls somewhere in the End Times. 

Steven Curtiss
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Steven Curtiss

Regarding the days mentioned in Daniel; Ezekiel 4:6 says “…I have appointed thee each day for a year.”  Number 14:34 “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.”  Do you think the days mentioned in Daniel have two meanings?  One being a physical day and the other being a physical year?

Connie
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Connie

They finished an altar a year ago around Christmas and tried to get permission to put it on the Temple Mount to offer a sacrifice. They said they don’t need the temple to be up to start the sacrifices. There are videos on Youtube of them building it. I saw a finished picture. It is quite beautiful. I think they said they could have the building up in about 3 months time as everything is pre-fab. I believe they even have the red heifers now.

Wayne
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I think we are currently seeing events that will help prepare the world for the End Times, but there is still some more things that need to happen around the world before the world is completely ready for it.

Negrense347
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Negrense347

.There are plans now to rebuild the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem ,infact everything that are needed for the offering , garments of the high priest ,crown worth millions of dollars of pure gold ,stones cut by diamonds etc,are already in place and ready .Soon the temple be rebuilt ,and there we are ,just in the same generation to see all these prophecies before our eyes .Whe the temple is there standing , the time awaits where the antichrist be revealed . If we look at what’s happening in Iran today and the propaganda of the 12th Imam coming too ,… Read more »

Wayne
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I reviewed the website further. They seem to lack real-time satellite photos. However, the website said that this is part of an experiment so maybe there could be real-time tracking in the future elsewhere depending on the results of this experiment.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree,,..interesting-with the UN linked in as well

Wayne
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I didn’t know that “Not On Our Watch” was monitoring people in the region via satellite until you mentioned it. I just checked their website and they are! I also noticed that the U.N. has a role in this. Interesting…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yes the first half has to be relatively peaceful and quiet because the anti-christ will bring `peace`? He will be adored for his ability to cause this world peace. I think(just how I see it) the Big Brother system will prevent corruption and make it impossible to steal or murder-your every move will be traced-so nowhere to run after a crime is committed. BUT he can flip the page at midpoint? Maybe Christians and Jews will be persecuted during the `peaceful` time because people are so brainwashed that these groups are causing the world`s problems-that it will only be `good… Read more »

Wayne
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I’ll probably attempt to address that question in the next article. If I am unable to address that question in the next few days check back here.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thanks for your thoughtful explanation.

I just pray we will see the start of the tribulation period when it happens.

Any ideas or clues on how we will definately know it has started?

In Christ