How Long is Seventy Weeks? 1 week = 7 years
70 weeks = 490 years which are divided into 3 periods: 1st: 7 weeks (49 years)
2nd: 62 weeks (434 yrs.) Sub Total 483 years.
3rd: 1 week (7 years – yet to be fulfilled)
When is the Start of the 70 Weeks? Nehemiah 2:1-8
And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king,……And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me. – Nisan (March 14th), 445 B.C.
Prophetic years are always taken from the Jewish calendar (360 day year). When is the End of the First 483 Years? The obvious date of “Messiah the Prince” would be Palm Sunday when Jesus presents himself as Messiah – 10th of Nisan (April 6th) A.D. 32.
How many days are between March 14th 445 B.C. and April 6th 32 A.D? 445 + 32 – 1 (no year “0”) = 476 Julian years. 476 x 365 (days in a Julian year) = 173,740 days. Add days from Mar 14 thru Apr 6 = 24 totaling 173,764 days. Add for leap years –A total of 476 years divided by four (a leap year every four years) gives 119 additional days. But three days must be subtracted from 119 because centennial years are not leap years, though every 400th year is a leap year. Total days from leap years = 116 + 173,764
=173,880 days / 360 (days in a prophetic year)
=483 years after the command to rebuild Jerusalem, Jesus rides into Jerusalem offering Himself for the first time publicly and officially as the Messiah!