BIBLE: Ezra Chapter 6 – Headline “70-70-70 and 7” [Prophecy]

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Ezra 6

The Decree of Darius

Ezra 6:1 Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was made in the archives (Lit. house of the scrolls), where the treasures were stored in Babylon.
Ezra 6:And at Achmetha (Probably Ecbatana, the ancient capital of Media), in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written thus:
  • Ezra 6:In the first year of King Cyrus (539 BC), King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God (‘ĕlâ) at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits,
  • Ezra 6:with three rows of heavy stones and one row of new timber. Let the expenses be paid from the king’s treasury.
  • Ezra 6:Also let the gold and silver articles of the house of God (‘ĕlâ), which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple which is in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be restored and taken back to the temple which is in Jerusalem, each to its place; and deposit them in the house of God (‘ĕlâ)”—
    • Note: ‘ĕlâ is the Arabic version of “el” or “‘ĕlōhîm
  • Ezra 6:Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, and Shethar-Boznai, and your companions the Persians who are beyond the River, keep yourselves far from there.
  • Ezra 6:Let the work of this house of God (‘ĕlâ) alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God (‘ĕlâ) on its site.
  • Ezra 6:Moreover I issue a decree as to what you shall do for the elders of these Jews, for the building of this house of God (‘ĕlâ) (the Temple): Let the cost be paid at the king’s expense from taxes on the region beyond the River; this is to be given immediately to these men, so that they are not hindered.
  • Ezra 6:And whatever they need—young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the God (‘ĕlâ) of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the request of the priests who are in Jerusalem—let it be given them day by day without fail,
  • Ezra 6:10 that they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the God (‘ĕlâ) of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons (Cambyses II and Smerdis).
Ezra 6:11 Also I issue a decree that whoever alters this edict, let a timber be pulled from his house and erected, and let him be hanged on it; and let his house be made a refuse heap because of this.
Ezra 6:12 And may the God (‘ĕlâ) who causes His name to dwell there destroy any king or people who put their hand to alter it, or to destroy this house of God (‘ĕlâ)(Temple) which is in Jerusalem. I Darius issue a decree; let it be done diligently.
  • Cyrus II the Great and Darius’ father Hystaspes (Artaxerxes aka Ahasuerus – Daniel 9:1) were contemporaries.

The Temple Completed and Dedicated

Ezra 6:13 Then Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, Shethar-Boznai, and their companions diligently did according to what King Darius had sent.
Ezra 6:14 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God (‘ĕlâ) of Israel, and according to the command (decree) of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes (Darius’ father) king of Persia. (See Ezra Chapter 6: “Stay Away So They Can Pray”: History)
Ezra 6:15 Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.
EVENTNOTES ON BEGINNING TO ENDTOTAL YEARS
70 Yrs for Daniel’s Captivity, 70 Yrs for the Temple, and 70 Yrs for the City.
Daniel taken captive605 BC
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple586/587 BC
1st year of Cyrus539 BC
Cyrus frees the Jews535 BC605 BC-535 BC70 years for Daniel
1st year of Darius 522 BC
6th year of King Darius: Temple completed 3rd of AdarAdar 3
516 BC
586 BC-Adar 3 516 BC70 years for the Temple
Nehemiah receives the command to rebuild the city in the 20th year of Artaxerxes I (Queen Esther)446 BC516 BC-446 BC 70 years for the City
70 YEARS THREE TIMES: 70-70-70
  • The temple was finished on the third of Adar 516 BC.
  • In 516 BC 70 Hebrew years had passed since the Temple had been destroyed. Now the Temple is rebuilt and finished. The temple was destroyed in 586/587 BC.
    Thus fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecies:
    • Jeremiah 29:10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
  • There were also exactly 70 years in Daniel’s exile. Daniel was taken captive 605 BC and released 535 BC when Cyrus freed the Jews providing financial incentives to the Jews to return to their
    land. The Cyrus Cylinder provides documentation of Cyrus’ release of captives.
  • There were also 70 years from the time the city was destroyed until the city is rebuilt.
  • The temple was finished in 516 BC which is the 6th year of the reign of King Darius. So we know Darius is Darius I Hystaspes, named after his father Hystaspes.
    • Daniel 9:1 Daniel’s Prayer for the People: In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—
      • Hystaspes is Ahasuerus/Artaxerxes.
      • Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Ezra 6:16 Then the children of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the descendants of the captivity, celebrated the dedication of this house of God (‘ĕlâ) (Temple) with joy.
Ezra 6:17 And they offered sacrifices at the dedication of this house of God (‘ĕlâ), one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.
Ezra 6:18 They assigned the priests to their divisions and the Levites to their divisions, over the service of God (‘ĕlâ) in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.

The Passover Celebrated

The Hebrew Language Resumes Here Through Ezra 7:11

Ezra 6:19 And the descendants of the captivity kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month (Nisan).
Ezra 6:20 For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves; all of them were ritually clean. And they slaughtered the Passover lambs for all the descendants of the captivity, for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.
Ezra 6:21 Then the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity ate together with all who had separated themselves from the filth (uncleanness) of the nations of the land in order to seek the Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of Israel.
Ezra 6:22 And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy; for the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) made them joyful, and turned the heart of (Darius) the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God (‘ĕlōhîm), the God (ĕlōhîm) of Israel.
  • And one more “Seven”.


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