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Does the prophet Daniel’s Code point to 2017 (Hebrew year 5777)?

A recent article found at the propheciesoftheendtimes blog suggests that end times prophecy will be fulfilled in 2017.  But despite a conclusion that falls within my own 2016-2019 time frame, I think this conclusion was reached through faulty logic, and I’m not going to applaud what could be a right answer if I clearly see it was reached in error.


In: “Ancient Secret of Daniel’s 70 Weeks Predicts End of Days Will Come This Year” – Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz notes: “It is written in the Zohar (the foundational source for Jewish mysticism) that in the days preceding the Messiah, all secrets will be revealed, and even small children will be able to explain explain prophecies and the most obscure sources,” Rabbi Berger concluded. “Now, in our day, everything is being opened up. We are discovering these sources that hint at the Messiah that have existed for generations, and only now can we interpret them properly. This is a clear sign that they are now being intentionally revealed.”

This is one of the few things I do agree with from the article.  For example, there are prophecies that refer to the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, a holiday which is based on events just 200 years before Christ.  Daniel lived six centuries before Christ, so those events and comparisons were “sealed” in Daniel’s time; they could not have been fully understood yet.  As the events prophecy refers to come to pass, more interpretations are “unsealed.”  I agree that we are gaining greater understanding in the final years now that Israel was recreated as a nation in 1948, and Jerusalem was retaken by the Jews in 1967, and an Islamic Caliphate was formed in 2014.

Unfortunately in the article above we are then told that 17th century Rabbi Meir Halevi Horowitz thought that Daniel’s “Time, times, and half a time” from Daniel 12:7 refers to 3.5 times of 700 years per “time.”  There is no scriptural or logical basis for this interpretation, and no school of thought accepts it.  Most scholars believe that one of Daniel’s “times” refers to 360, the number of days in a biblical year – with 3.5 times being equal to 1260.  In the first fulfillment of this prophecy, 1260 years pass.  In the final fulfillment, 1260 days pass.

But “Rabbi Horowitz calculated this as meaning 700 multiplied by 3.5, or 2450.  Yernanen Yaakov calculated the beginning of the exile from the first stage of the Babylonian Exile, which began in the Hebrew year 3327 (434 BCE). He added 2,450, the result of his calculations for “time, times, and a half” from the Book of Daniel, and arrived at the result that the Hebrew year in which the Messiah should arrive is 5777 – the current [Hebrew calendar] year.”

I disagree that a “time” is 700 years, and I totally disagree that 434 BC is the beginning of the Babylonian Exile.  Scholars almost unanimously agree the Exile began sometime between 587 and 582 BC, and in End Times and 2019 I cover several pages of evidence clarifying why 584 BC is the right year. (Even using Babylonian astronomical records and astronomical software to prove when events recorded by their astronomers line up with Babylonian historical records.)

Is there any reason to think we are in the final 3.5 years of end times Bible prophecy – YES – and I have written a few books reviewing the evidence pointing to 2016-2019.  But not for the reasons Rabbi Horowitz described centuries ago.


About David Montaigne

Historian, investigator, and author of prophecy books like End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019


2 thoughts on “Does the prophet Daniel’s Code point to 2017 (Hebrew year 5777)?

  1. Hi David, I have read a couple of your books and have written to you before. Perhaps you even talk about this in your book and I somehow missed it…Have you heard about the celestial sign of the woman in Revelation 12 being fulfilled perfectly on Sept. 23, 2017? Apparently, the last time it appeared this way was 6,017 years ago, during the days of Adam. There was a lot of speculation regarding Sept. 23, 2015, but this seems to be a real time marker. The fact that the king planet, Jupiter, remains in the “womb” of Virgo for exactly 41 weeks (the human gestation period) makes it even more fascinating. There is a possibility that that red dragon is linked to the red planet, Nibiru, which is expected to appear around this time and collide with Jupiter (“bruising the heel” or bottom of Jupiter and the head or top of Niburu). What is really crazy is the debris from the collision would not be expected to impact earth for a couple of years (perhaps around 2019?). Please check this video out when you get a chance. I would be very interested in your thoughts…Thanks so much! Your sister in Christ, Deena Haney

    Posted by Deena Haney | November 28, 2016, 1:22 am
    • Hello Deena,
      A somewhat good match for these celestial signs with Virgo appears fairly often, and there are interesting matches for it in many different years. Some people have hyped up September 23, 2017. I personally feel that October 14, 2019 is the important date for the fulfillment of these signs – with December 28, 2019 75 days later. I emphasize these dates and what led me to them in End Times and 2019. Of course I could be focused on a pile of meaningless coincidences (however impressive they may be) and someone else may have calculated the right timing. Time will tell – the important thing is to be aware that the fulfillment of such prophecies is probably coming within a few years; to have faith in the Lord, and to live our lives in a loving and godly manner until the end.
      P.S. I do not put any faith in the idea of Nibiru as a rogue planet that repeatedly comes close enough to Earth to cause havoc. Such a planet would have undoubtedly killed us all long ago if it came so close so often. In ancient Sumeria, “Nibiru” merely means “crossing point” and was written about in conjunction with other astronomical bodies near the crossing point, which I believe to be the galactic center – conveniently located in our sky near the crossing of the zodiac and the Milky Way. I believe that later Babylonian readers put too much evidence on the location of Jupiter and forgot about the all important conjunction with the Sun at the crossing point – which will occur on December 28, 2019 – which I suspect (based on significant evidence) will be Judgment Day.

      Posted by David Montaigne | November 28, 2016, 4:39 pm
  2. David,

    Thanks so much for your response. I think we watch and see how it unfolds at this point. What we do agree on is that the time left for this age is quickly coming to a close. Exciting times, for sure!

    Deena Haney

    Posted by Deena | November 30, 2016, 3:07 am

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