Everyone knows that this is disputable. (I have yet to find one that has resolved it satisfactorily for me, including this one.) I do not have a copyright on anything that might be true. If you find my version helpful and useful to others, you are free to share it, as well as anything else I put out in the public domain. It is certainly okay to attribute it to me, especially since it might not all be accurate! I do pray that it helps, though, and not just add to the confusion.
I do believe that the prophecy begins with King Cyrus’ decree that YHVH Himself first proclaimed (and which is referred to multiple times), even though others argue that it does not. (Jer 25:8-14; Is 44:24-28; 45:1-6; Ezra 1:1-4; 6:2-5; 2Chron 36:17-23; Zech 1:12-17) I also think that Ezra and Nehemiah were contemporaneous with Mordecai, Queen Esther and King Ahasuerus (Achashverosh in Hebrew). I am not 100% certain about the end of the 62 weeks (which followed a distinct 7 weeks) [Dan 9:24-27], whether it is Yeshua’s birth, baptism, or resurrection. Each of those dates regard God’s declaration that Yeshua is the promised Messiah. Since the birth came first, even though only a few were informed by God, I am inclined to think that is it. (Mt 1:18-25 – 2:1-6; Lk 1 – 2: 1-40) On the other hand, His baptism by John was to reveal Him to Israel. (Jn 1:22-34) The resurrection certified that He is indeed the Messiah, the Son of God. (Rom 1:1-6) I am pretty certain, though, that His death was in 30AD, and not before or after. He was 33 1/2 years old when He was crucified, after a 3 1/2-year public ministry. The 2nd Temple was destroyed in 70AD, 40 years later. (Even the Talmud acknowledges that the veil of the Temple was torn 40 years before its destruction: http://www.windowview.org/hmny/pgs/talmuds.30ce.html )
We normally associate the number 40 with a testing and trial period, such as the days of the rains of The Flood in Noah’s day; Moses on Mt Sinai twice for 40 days; the 40 years of the Israelis wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt towards the promised land; Yeshua’s 40 days of fasting in the desert after His baptism before doing battle with the Devil; 40 years from Messiah’s/Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection till the Temple’s destruction and the people’s long exile, still offering repentance unto salvation for the Jews and also for Gentiles, and to prepare the followers of the Lord for the new reality of the gospel truth.)
I place Jesus’ birth on the 24th of the 9th month in the year 5BC (Kislev on Jewish calendar, December on western calendar, with April/Nisan being the first month of Israel’s year, with His conception being on the New Moon beginning of that Hebrew month, the New Year.) [Hag 2:6-23; Ex 12:1-2] That appointed time/mo’ed which God speaks of through the prophet Haggai concerning the 24th of the ninth month is only paid attention to on the first night of Hanukkah, but the Maccabees and their victory do not fulfill what God says the He is going to accomplish on, and from, that heaven-and-Earth-shaking date and forward. (Acts 17:1-10; Lk 1:46-55) The Messiah was born not more than two years before King Herod died, which is historically regarded to have been in 4BC. (For more on the New Moon, see: https://www.streamsinthenegev.com/the-new-moon-covered-or-revealed/)
The final seven years, the 70th week of the prophecy, I am also 100% certain, is future — but not far off now. (Mt 24:32-44; Hos 5:15; Acts 1:1-11; Hos 6:1-2; Ps 90:2-12; 2Pt 3:7-13) When we see animal sacrifices (or, whole burnt offerings), again starting up, we will already be in the first half of the final week, even if it is not publicly known when it actually began — and things are progressing that this may not be too long off. (Dan 8:3-27; 9:27; 12:11-12) I also believe that the first resurrection and very quickly following rapture (1Thes 4:13-18; 5:1-11; 2Thes 2:1-5; Rev 20:4-6) is at the end of the 3 1/2 years of authority given to the Antichrist — the great tribulation/Jacob’s Trouble — and before God’s wrath is poured out on His enemies and on the enemies of His covenanted people — the Jews/Israel, and born-again saints/believers/Christians/those who keep the commandments of Yeshua/Jesus. (Rev 13:1-10; Mt 24; Rev 12:7-17; Dan 7:15-28; 12:1-4) (See chart in this article:
The Lord was upset with His people that they did not recognize that the time had arrived for Him to have come when He did. Why would He not be upset with us if we are like they were in not recognizing the times in which we live now, the need for repentance in anticipating His return in great power and glory?!