In the 65th Week of Daniel

Summary: The Angel Gabriel Proclaims the Timings of the Comings of Christ

St. Gabriel prophesied of the First Coming of Christ to Daniel in the OLD Testament as being in no earlier than the last 2 years of the 65th literal week of Jewish years after the beginning of the rebuilding of the Temple, which was approximately 444 BC.

In the NEW Testament, St. Gabriel announces this literal birth of Christ to Mary when St. Elizabeth is in her sixth month of pregnancy. So Mary will give birth to Jesus almost six months after St Elizabeth gives birth, or 9+6 = within the 15th month overall.

But 15 Jewish months are actually 64 weeks and 2 days. So Jesus is born no later than the first two days of the 65th literal week of the pregnancies.

But, also, in the mystical interpretation of the same months of pregnancy of the first three Joyful Mysteries, the months from beginning to end--that is, from the conception of St John the Baptist by St Elizabeth, all the way to the concluding birth of Jesus--symbolized the whole course of human history in God’s Plan, with each month a phase of history, whether a spiritual darkness or spiritual light. In that view, the fifteenth and final phase was the end of the world, the darkness of the Great Apostasy and Tribulation. Jesus returns in the midst of this time, at an unknown “hour”. But so then, if we once again see the end of month fifteen as the first two days of 65 weeks, the metaphorical coming of Jesus a FINAL time is also symbolized here, just as, per Advent, Christ’s birth, His FIRST Coming, is indeed a also type of His SECOND Coming!

The Angel Gabriel Proclaims the Timings of the Comings of Christ

Before modern rationalism and extreme skepticism of Biblical scholarship, the Catholic Church used to hold the OT apocalyptic Book of Daniel the Prophet in sufficient esteem as to grant it true prophetic characteristics, meaning, even unbelievable prophecies of great temporal events, such as empires rising, some specific characteristics of such empires, and so forth.

But one incredible prophecy that is simply hard to deny, even by critics, is a mind-blowing revelation of the near exact year that the Christ would appear in human history as to begin his Public Ministry, a prophecy made by the great Archangel messenger, St Gabriel, some five centuries before Christ.

Were that not enough, the Church, while now giving liberal interpretation to Daniel, including such passage in question, nevertheless retains a vestige of such prophecy in the great Christmas Proclamation that is sung, many times by a deacon, in the first part of the Christmas Eve Mass. Here is the text for reference:

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/christmas/christmas-proclamation.cfm

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world,...

around the thousandth year since David was anointed King; in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

...JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit,...


What does it mean?

“in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; “

Here is the context. What happened is as follows: the Scripture in question comes from Chapter 9 of the same book of Daniel, in the midst of the exile, in which the prophet Daniel found himself. The prophet is lamenting that his People are suffering so grievously under foreign power, yet realizing that it is highly warranted because of the great unfaithfulness of the Jewish people prior to that same exile. He prays a prayer of repentance on behalf of His People and implores the Almighty to reach out in mercy and help them. At this time, the angel Gabriel, the same angel that will later appear to Mary in the New Covenant, makes his first appearance in Scripture, comes to comfort Daniel, and in fact give a prophetic time table of general events that are to follow before the ultimate restoration in Christ. Let us now look at the text. For the sake of brevity, let us isolate the essential elements here:

Daniel 9:

...[24] Seventy weeks [of Jewish years, exactly 360 days/year] are shortened upon thy people, ... [25] Know thou therefore, and take notice: that from the going forth of the word, to build up Jerusalem again, unto Christ the prince, there shall be seven weeks, and sixty-two weeks: ...

We see now, through the Douay-Rheims footnotes, that the prophecy indicates that from the going forth of the word to rebuild Jerusalem unto Messiah the prince’s Public appearance shall be 7+ 62 = 69 weeks of years, or effectively 69 * 7 = 483 years. Long story short, the decree to rebuild the Temple came around 444 BC under Persian King Artaxerxes. So 483 years later is roughly 483 – 444 = 39 AD. Unfortunately, that is, by most estimates, since Christ’s ministry started more like anywhere from 27~AD to 30~ AD, by most estimates.

Never fear! The years we currently speak of are secular, or Roman years, which are roughly 365.25 days. The Jewish year, however, is only 360 days, consisting of 12 perfect months of 30 days. Hence, since the Jewish year is some 5 and a quarter days less, 483 Jewish years will be less time than 483 Roman years. To get, therefore, the Jewish timing relative to Roman years, we need to compute the total number of days in 360 Jewish Years, then divide the number of days by total number of days in a Roman Year [again, about 365.25] In other words, this is:

483 Jewish Years =

483 * 360 days =

483 *360 days / 365.25 days per Roman year

= 483 * (360 / 365.25) Roman years

= 483 * .9856228

= 476 Roman years.

Now, 476 – 444 Roman years – 1 year (no 0 AD) = 31 AD, a far better estimate!

Long story short, this prophecy is clearly incredibly accurate, and it also explains why Jewish expectation of Messiah was high at that time: The Jews had this prophecy in their orthodox conception, and they knew that Messiah was right around the corner.

The 65th LITERAL Week of Years: Time of Christ's Birth

But now, Ok, you say, but this is the PUBLIC MINISTRY of Jesus, and it is end of week 69, not 65! True! And this actually leads to common sense: Christmas Eve Mass is NOT celebrating the PUBLIC appearance of Christ in human history, but His SECRET appearance, His BIRTH. And so if He appears PUBLICLY at end of week 69, at what we know is roughly age **30**, then his BIRTH is effectively **30** years BEFORE the end of week 69. Bingo. What is that?

30 years is 30/7 = 4 weeks and 2 days.

Now, count back: 4 weeks subtracted from the END of week 69 is 69 - 4 = the end of week 65! And two years more back is right IN week 65, two days short of its END! Bingo!

in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel! [Christ was born into human hstory!]

So, the scholars of the Church who compiled the Christmas Eve Proclamation have indeed done their homework with Daniel!

St Gabriel, Mary, and the SECOND Coming!

Notice, then, St Gabriel, in this OLD Testament, is proclaiming the TIMING of the FIRST Coming of Christ!

Now, where have we seen St Gabriel before? Where else? MARY! He came to MARY in the NEW Testament, ALSO proclaiming the FIRST Coming of Christ, although in a LITTLE sense, LITERAL MONTHS. "And behold, as proof of my witness, thy cousin Elizabeth, who was thought barren, is now in her SIXTH MONTH with child, for nothing is impossible with God!"

How does THAT work? Let us see: St. Gabriel announces this literal birth of Christ to Mary when St. Elizabeth is in her sixth month of pregnancy. So Mary will give birth to Jesus almost six months after St Elizabeth gives birth. Of course, like any normal woman, St Elizabeth gives birth at the end of 9 months. So since Mary gives birth some six months later, or IN the sixth month later, she gives birth within 9+6 = the 15th month overall. In other words, because it is IN the fifteenth month, it is NO LATER than the END of the fifteenth month.

BUT NOW!!! If St Gabriel revealed the First Coming by WEEKS of years, how about looking at the LITERAL weeks in the FIFTEEN MONTHS!

How many?

Well..... 15 months is...

15 * (30 days/Jewish month) / (7 days / week)

= (15*30) / 7

= 450 / 7

= 64 weeks remainder 2 days!

And since 2 days are left over, the two days are the first two days of the ***65th week**.

Hence! Whereas Jesus came the First time no earlier than the last two days of the 65th week of years in human history, He came no later than the first two days of the literal 65 week of the pregnancies of St. Elizabeth and Mother Mary!

BUT!!!! If you recall my essays shared before on the mystery of the same Joyful Mysteries months of Pregnancies, the months symbolized ages of the entire Divine Plan of History, from the fall to the Second Coming inclusive! Moreover, by the self-same mystery, AND Advent Tradition, the BIRTH Of CHRIST is a type of the SECOND COMING!

So what would that mean? By way of implication, the same “coincidence” of the literal 65 week of pregnancy applies to all human history, and in particular applies to the SECOND COMING as well.

For now, the basic essence can be summarized below, with the following article as full reference:

The Joyful Mysteries as Image of the Whole of Salvation History https://www.facebook.com/notes/scott-pauline/the-joyful-mysteries-as-image-of-the-whole-of-salvation-history/10153450183122144

There, we saw that the total period of the months of pregnancies was an analogy for all of God’s Historical plan, from the Fall to the Second Coming, Inclusive. Then, of course, we also saw that the birth of Christ, again, like the testimony of Advent, signifies His Second Coming.

Well, there will be an amazing parallel in this: from the above article, we see that the total number of months in the sequence is 15, nine for St Elizabeth, and almost six more for Mary to give birth, since, if we remember, she conceives “in the sixth month of Elizabeth”. Note, here, the numbered phases correlate to the months.

OT

(Day 1)
1. Darkness: Fall
2. Light: Flood

(Day 2)
3. Darkness: Babel
4. Light: Confounding of Tongues, Formation of Hebrew People (Abraham)

(Day 3)
5. Darkness: Egypt Enslaves
6. Light: Exodus, Red Sea, King David

(Day 4)
7. Darkness: Pre-Exile wickedness of Jews
8. Light: Exile, Repentance, Restoration to Holy Land and Temple

(Day 5)
9. Darkness: OT Antichrist Antiochus
10. Light: First Coming of Christ

NT

(Day 6)
11. Darkness: Pagan Rome Persecutes
12. Light: Catholic Christendom, Doctrinal Development

(Day 7)
13. Darkness: Intermediate Gentile Secular Apostasy [today]
14. Light: Minor Chastisement, Gentile Renewal, Our Lady's Age of Peace

(Day 8)
15. Darkness: Great Apostasy, NT Antichrist
16. Light: Second Coming of Christ

Above, then, each numbered entry, 1-16, is a spiritual “month” in the near 15 months that span the pregnancies of St Elizabeth and Mary. So if one month in the sequence was either a phase of spiritual darkness or of light, then from that model, the period 12--Catholic Christendom and the Church’s doctrinal development--is the “month” of “light” that separates the darknesses of Pagan Rome (50-300 AD ~ ) and the Modern Secular Apostasy between (1900 - present~). This means that this light of phase 12 is effectively from 300 AD and 1900 AD ~. But this time period, this “MONTH”, this “THIRTY DAYS” precisely has THREE of our DRAGON AGES!

Hence, with the analogy to all of human history, the fifteenth month images the final darkness of human history before the Second Coming, the Great Apostasy and Tribulation. Of course, technically, the Second Coming is not phase fifteen but phase 16, the Light of Eternity! HOWEVER, we remember per Jesus’ own words, if Jesus didn’t return “early, like a thief, no flesh should be saved,”, meaning, if Christ allowed this final phase of history, this “fifteenth” phase, to run its natural course, to the end, the wicked world would destroy tself, since the end of a culture that is incurably dead SPIRITUALLY, is a culture that is permanently dead PHYSICALLY. Hence, CHRIST NECESSARILY RETURNS “WITHING” THE FIFTEENTH PHASE, TO CUT IT SHORT! Hence, the end of the fifteenth month, or "phase", in the sequence is the absolute cutoff for the return of Christ (the return must be before this ultimate cutoff, but when before, we don’t know, we know not the day or the hour. :)).

But again, we seen this is no later than the FIRST two days of the 65th Week!

Sooo, Jesus will come again FIGURATIVELY no later than the first 2 days of the 65th figurative week in human history, but the figurative day and hour, we know not!

Let us repeat: Jesus came the First Time no earlier than the last 2 days of the 65th literal week of years of St Gabriel, heralded to Daniel in the Old Testament. Too, He came that same First Time no later than the first two days of the literal 65 week of the pregnancies of St. Elizabeth and Mother Mary, heralded by the same St Gabriel in the NEW Testament! And, finally, by way of extension to the “mystical months” of ALL history, He will come back the Second Time no later than the first 2 days of the 65th figurative week of human history But we know not even the figurative week, nor the day, nor the hour, but only the month, the figurative month—the fifteenth month, which is also the fifteenth part of human history, which is also the darkness of the eighth day of human history, the eighth day of re-creation. But not the literal day, only the figurative day!