Admittedly, the twentieth-year start point for Daniel’s 70 weeks has had its supporters. Their problem though, is that a count of 483 years (69 x 7) from 444 BC comes to AD 40, a date which arrives well after Jesus died. So, proponents of the 444 BC terminus a quo resort to various'short-year' theoriesto make the prophecy fit. For example, the early church historian, Julius Africanus, proposed that Daniels ‘weeks’ were being counted on a pure lunar year of 354 days. Others wondered if the calendar found in the Book of Enoch might solve the problem? That one had 364 days.

The best-known theory is the360-day 'prophetic year'put forward by Sir Robert Anderson in AD 1895 to bolster the then emerging ‘dispensational’ system of prophecy. He multiplied 483 years by 360 and got 173880 days. He then divided it by the number of days in a normal year (365¼ days), added it to 445 BC, and arrived at the time (he said) of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem in AD 32.

Anderson’s dates had to be adjusted by Dr. Harold Hoehner of Dallas Theological Seminary to444 BC and AD 33(Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ. Harold Hoehner, 1973) where they remain the basic foundational dates for the doctrine of a future 'seventieth week' held by many prophetic teachers to this day

This is where it comes from! There is no other scriptural source for the claim that the seventieth week was unhooked from the 69 weeks and sent to the future. However, Anderson and Hoehner’s theory is seriously flawed.

Admittedly, the twentieth-year start point for Daniel’s 70 weeks has had its supporters. Their problem though, is that a count of 483 years (69 x 7) from 444 BC comes to AD 40, a date which arrives well after Jesus died. So, proponents of the 444 BC terminus a quo resort to various'short-year' theoriesto make the prophecy fit. For example, the early church historian, Julius Africanus, proposed that Daniels ‘weeks’ were being counted on a pure lunar year of 354 days. Others wondered if the calendar found in the Book of Enoch might solve the problem? That one had 364 days.

The best-known theory is the360-day 'prophetic year'put forward by Sir Robert Anderson in AD 1895 to bolster the then emerging ‘dispensational’ system of prophecy. He multiplied 483 years by 360 and got 173880 days. He then divided it by the number of days in a normal year (365¼ days), added it to 445 BC, and arrived at the time (he said) of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem in AD 32.

Anderson’s dates had to be adjusted by Dr. Harold Hoehner of Dallas Theological Seminary to444 BC and AD 33where they remain the basic foundational dates for the doctrine of a future 'seventieth week' held by many prophetic teachers to this day. (Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ. Harold Hoehner, 1973)

This is where it comes from! There is no other scriptural source for the claim that the seventieth week was unhooked from the 69 weeks and sent to the future. However, Anderson and Hoehner’s theory is seriously flawed.

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