Another group member asked the following question:
>>Why start with Daniel's 70 weeks as you do,
why not look at the overall pattern in the Scriptures for determining the beginning and end of the 70 weeks?<<
Because the context of the passage is very clear as to when the 70 weeks began and when they will end.
to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25) started the clock ticking away the minutes of the seventy weeks.
issued that command.
(Isaiah prophesied that Cyrus would do that in Isaiah 44:27 and in Isaiah 45)
that Darius re-confirmed it later had no effect whatsoever on the original time table.
There is only one 70 weeks.
70 weeks will not end until the 6 purposes for the 70 weeks (listed in Daniel 9:24 are completely fulfilled).
will not be completely fulfilled until Christ returns.