Luke 21:24 - Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations, until the appointed times of the nations are fulfilled

Therefore the "seven times" had to be longer than 7 calendar years or 2,520 '24 hour days'.

The prophecy itself might not tell us to apply "a day for a year, a day for a year"( Ezekiel; Numbers), but how else could the period harmonize with the fact that it had to extend beyond the time Jesus prophecy was fulfilled on the Jerusalem in 70 CE?

just a thought

It's interesting that Ezekiel's assisgnment at 4:6 (involving the day for a year principle) meant that it was possible for him to know the year that Jerusalem would fall. From then on (607BCE) the 'seven times' began.

====We also know that the day for a year principle was applied within Daniel in the seventy weeks of years prophecy. The reason we know that to be the case is because a literal seventy weeks did not yield the Messiah. However, seventy weeks of years did. It is a precedent established within the prophecies of Daniel themselves.

It would not be unusual since the first "presence" prophecy included a day for a year, that the second "presence" prophetic parallel could also employ such.


-====And of course Jehovah used the contemporary prophet Ezekiel, who was also stationed in Babylon, to use the day-for-a-year prophecy foretelling Judah's fall, marking the temporary removal of the Davidic line of kings. It would make sense then that his prophecies given to Daniel, foretelling the appearance of the Messiah and his eventual enthronement as king, thereby reestablishing the Davidic line, would use this same principle.

======First, that prophecy of the 70 weeks in Daniel 9 requires the day-year principle to correctly understand when in the timeline Christ would arrive as the Messiah on earth. If we accept that the prophecy in Daniel 4 relates to the son of man, the one to whom God wants to give the kingdom, then it would be fitting that the prophecy would require the day-year principle to correctly understand when in the timeline Christ would arrive as the king of the Messianic kingdom in heaven.

In other words, that day-year principle would be used in prophecies in Daniel to mark the start of Christ's two salvific courses: first when he arrives on earth to make salvation possible and then when he takes his throne as king of the messianic kingdom to actually make that salvation a reality for the world.
"This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, 'Remove the turban, and lift off the crown. This will not be the same. Put on high even what is low, and bring low even the high one. A ruin, a ruin, a ruin I shall make it. As for this also, it will certainly become no one’s until he comes who has the legal right, and I must give it to him.'" (Ezekiel 21:26-27)

So Jerusalem, the city of the king, was brought into a low condition right around the time that Zedekiah lost his kingship. With this in mind, I can construct the following equation:

Shortly after Zedekiah (and the Davidic line) lost his kingship (Ezekiel 21:26; lasts "until he comes who has the legal right")

the great tree being chopped down (Daniel 4:14; lasts for "seven times")

= Jerusalem being trampled on by the nations (Luke 21:24; lasts for "the appointed times")

the heart changed from a man's to a beast's (Daniel 4:16; lasts for "seven times")

= the high one being brought low (Ezekiel 21:26; lasts "until he comes who has the legal right")

These are all talking about the same thing. Jesus, as the one "who has the legal right" as the Davidic heir, acts as that "lowliest one of mankind" that Jehovah sets up over all of mankind, thus bringing an end to all of those conditions above. (Ezekiel 21:27; Daniel 4:17)


Ezekiel's related prophecy specifically refers to the downfall of Jerusalem. (Ezekiel 4:1,7) While in exile, the Jewish people's primary concern would be knowing when they would regain their former glory, having a king sitting on Jehovah's throne in God's city, Jerusalem. Daniel gives several prophecies dealing with the reestablishment of God's kingdom. Daniel chapter 4 describes a beautiful tree that provides for those dwelling in the earth and reaches the heavens in height that has been chopped down and banded until seven times pass over it. It's heart is to be changed from the heart of a man to the heart of a beast until these seven times have been completed "to the intent that people living may know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that to the one whom he wants to, he gives it and he sets up over it even the lowliest one of mankind."

So this "tree" has been brought lower than all those of mankind. If this prophecy's primary fulfillment indeed had to do with what Daniel's other prophecies were concerned with, namely God's Kingdom or "Jerusalem," the seat of said government, Jesus' words would make a lot more sense in that Jerusalem would continue to be trampled on (in a 'low' state of inactivity) until the appointed times (which times? the seven times spoken by Daniel, who Matthew relates Jesus explicitly quoting from right around the same place in his speech, at Matthew 24:15) of the nations (the rest of mankind who are 'higher' than "the lowliest one of mankind," Jerusalem) are fulfilled.

Jerusalem is trampled on because it has been brought low ever since God told its last king, "Remove the turban, and lift off the crown. This will not be the same. Put on high even what is low, and bring low even the high one. A ruin, a ruin, a ruin I shall make it. As for this also, it will certainly become no one’s until he comes who has the legal right, and I must give it to him." (Ezekiel 21:26-27; emphasis added) The tree had been cut down and banded, prevented from growing until "he comes who has the legal right," the one that God chose to resume sitting on his vacant throne in Jerusalem. Daniel relates when that one would first appear on earth, during which time those who did not understand that the seven times had not yet been fulfilled tried to make him king by force. (John 6:15) In fact, when Jesus "was near Jerusalem … they were imagining that the kingdom of God was going to display itself instantly." (Luke 19:11) Jesus then gave them an illustration showing that it was not yet the time for that.

The people had to also learn that God's Kingdom, the one with the royal priesthood of spiritual Israelites, was not going to be earthly, but heavenly. This is why Abraham was said to be "awaiting the city having real foundations, the builder and maker of which city is God." (Hebrews 11:10) This is the heavenly Jerusalem. Paul makes the distinction between "the Jerusalem today" and "the Jerusalem above." (Galatians 4:25-26) We see the same distinction at Luke 21:24, given that Jesus mentions the appointed times in relation to it. Where else would we find where these times have been appointed other than Daniel 4?

Jesus was sitting with his disciples in the Temple, when he told them that it would not be long before the majestic Temple would be demolished. He foretells that Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies and its inhabitants killed. He goes onto say:

"They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end." - Luke 21:24, NLT

This is a simple outline for how it is reckoned that Jesus begun ruling in 1914:

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Dan 4:10-27
The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
"I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven. He proclaimed aloud and said thus: 'Chop down the tree and lop off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him. The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.' This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you."
Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, "Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you." Belteshazzar answered and said, "My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth, whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches the birds of the heavens lived— it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth. And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of time pass over him,' this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. And as it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmed for you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity."

Rev 12:6,13

Dan 4:17
Eze 21:10,12,25-27 (similar to kingship of Zedekiah), Eze 20:1

  • kings represent Jah's rulership

1 Chron 29:23
Lam 4:20

Eze 19:10-14
Dan 4:11
Eze 19:12

Eze 17 (whole chapter)

  • tree, stumps, etc.

Isa 10:33
Jer 23:5
Eze 17:22
Zec 6:12
Rev 22:16

Isa 6:11

every prophecy of Daniel (except Chapter 9) concludes with Jesus arriving in God's kingdom - 2, 7, 8, 12

Day-Year rule

Luke 21

13 But a person may ask: ‘Where does the Bible foretell the very year the Messiah appeared on earth?’ The Bible book of Daniel says: “From the going forth of the word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Leader, there will be seven weeks, also sixty-two weeks,” or all together 69 weeks. (Daniel 9:25) These, however, are not 69 literal weeks, which amount to only 483 days, or a little more than one year. They are 69 weeks of years, or 483 years. (Compare Numbers 14:34.) The command to restore and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem was given in 455 B.C.E. (Nehemiah 2:1-8) So these 69 weeks of years ended 483 years later, in 29 C.E. And that is the very year that Jesus came to John to be baptized! On that occasion he was anointed with holy spirit and became the Messiah, or Christ.—Luke 3:1, 2, 21-23.


14 Well, then, where does the Bible foretell the year that Christ begins to rule as king of God’s government? It is in this same Bible book of Daniel. (Daniel 4:10-37) There a giant, heaven-high tree is used to represent King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He was the highest human ruler at that time. However, King Nebuchadnezzar was forced to know that someone higher was ruling. This one is “the Most High,” or “the King of the heavens,” Jehovah God. (Daniel 4:34, 37) So, in a more important way, this heaven-high tree, comes to represent the supreme rulership of God, particularly in its relationship to our earth. Jehovah’s rulership was expressed for a time through the kingdom that he set up over the nation of Israel. Thus the kings of the tribe of Judah who reigned over the Israelites were said to “sit upon Jehovah’s throne.”—1 Chronicles 29:23.

15 According to the Bible account in Daniel chapter four, the heaven-high tree was cut down. However, the stump was left, and bands of iron and of copper were put on it. This would keep the stump from growing until it was God’s time to remove the bands and let it start growing again. But how and when was God’s rulership cut down?

16 In due course, the kingdom of Judah that Jehovah had set up became so corrupt that he allowed King Nebuchadnezzar to destroy it, to cut it down. This happened in the year 607 B.C.E. At that time Zedekiah, the last king of Judah to sit on Jehovah’s throne, was told: “Lift off the crown. . . . it will certainly become no one’s until he comes who has the legal right, and I must give it to him.”—Ezekiel 21:25-27.

17 So God’s rulership, as represented by the “tree,” was cut down in 607 B.C.E. No longer was there a government to represent God’s rulership in the earth. Thus, in 607 B.C.E. a period of time began that Jesus Christ later referred to as “the appointed times of the nations,” or, “the times of the Gentiles.” (Luke 21:24; King James Version) During these “appointed times” God did not have a government to represent his rulership in the earth.

18 What was to happen at the end of these “appointed times of the nations”? Jehovah was to give the power to rule to the One “who has the legal right.” This One is Jesus Christ. So if we can find out when “the appointed times of the nations” end, we will know when Christ begins to rule as king.

19 According to Daniel chapter four, these “appointed times” would be “seven times.” Daniel shows that there would be “seven times” during which God’s rulership, as represented by the “tree,” would not be in operation over the earth. (Daniel 4:16, 23) How long are these “seven times”?

20 In Revelation chapter 12, verses 6 and 14, we learn that 1,260 days are equal to “a time [that is, 1 time] and times [that is, 2 times] and half a time.” That is a total of 3 1/2 times. So “a time” would be equal to 360 days. Therefore, “seven times” would be 7 times 360, or 2,520 days. Now if we count a day for a year, according to a Bible rule, the “seven times” equal 2,520 years.—Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6.

21 We have already learned that “the appointed times of the nations” began in the year 607 B.C.E. So by counting 2,520 years from that date, we come down to 1914 C.E. That is the year these “appointed times” ended. Millions of people still living remember the things that happened in 1914. In that year, World War I began a period of terrible trouble that has continued to our day. This means that Jesus Christ began to rule as king of God’s heavenly government in 1914. And because the Kingdom has already started its rule, how timely it is that we pray for it to “come” and wipe Satan’s wicked system of things from the earth!—Matthew 6:10; Daniel 2:44.

22 Yet a person may ask: ‘If Christ has already returned to rule in his Father’s kingdom, why do we not see him?’

Show how "tree" is used to represent God's kindgom by other prophets

Chapter 17

Christ’s Return—How Seen?

“I AM COMING AGAIN.” (John 14:3) Jesus Christ made this promise to his apostles when he was with them the night before his death. You will probably agree that never has there been a greater need for the peace, health and life that Christ’s return in Kingdom power will bring to humankind. But how does Christ return? Who see him, and in what way?

2 At his return, Christ does not come to live on earth. Rather, those who are to rule as kings with him are taken to live with him in heaven. Jesus told his apostles: “I am coming again and will receive you home to myself, that where I am you also may be.” (John 14:3) So, when Christ returns, those who are taken to heaven become spirit persons, and they see Christ in his glorified spirit body. (1 Corinthians 15:44) But do the rest of humankind, who do not go to heaven, see Christ when he returns?


3 That same night Jesus went on to say to his apostles: “A little longer and the world will behold me no more.” (John 14:19) The “world” refers to humankind. So Jesus here plainly said that people on earth would not see him again after his ascension to heaven. The apostle Paul wrote: “Even if we have known Christ according to the flesh, certainly we now know him so no more.”—2 Corinthians 5:16.

4 Yet many persons believe that Christ will return in the same human body in which he was put to death, and that all those living on earth will see him. The Bible, however, says that Christ returns in glory with all the angels, and that he sits “down on his glorious throne.” (Matthew 25:31) If Jesus were to come and sit as a man on an earthly throne, he would be lower in station than the angels. But he comes as the mightiest and most glorious of all these spirit sons of God and is therefore invisible, just as they are.—Philippians 2:8-11.

5 On the other hand, over 1,900 years ago it was necessary for Jesus to lower himself and become a man. He needed to give his perfect human life as a ransom for us. Jesus once explained it this way: “The bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world.” (John 6:51) Jesus thus gave up his fleshly body in sacrifice for humankind. For how long was that sacrifice to be in effect? The apostle Paul answers: “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.” (Hebrews 10:10) Having given up his flesh for the life of the world, Christ could never take it again and become a man once more. For that basic reason his return could never be in the human body that he sacrificed once for all time.


6 However, many persons believe that Christ took his fleshly body to heaven. They point to the fact that when Christ was raised from the dead, his fleshly body was no longer in the tomb. (Mark 16:5-7) Also, after his death Jesus appeared to his disciples in a fleshly body to show them that he was alive. Once He even had the apostle Thomas put his hand into the hole in His side so that Thomas would believe that He had actually been resurrected. (John 20:24-27) Does this not prove that Christ was raised alive in the same body in which he was put to death?

7 No, it does not. The Bible is very clear when it says: “Christ died once for all time concerning sins . . . , he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) Humans with flesh-and-blood bodies cannot live in heaven. Of the resurrection to heavenly life, the Bible says: “It is sown a physical body, it is raised up a spiritual body. . . . flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom.” (1 Corinthians 15:44-50) Only spirit persons with spiritual bodies can live in heaven.

8 Well, then, what happened to Jesus’ fleshly body? Did not the disciples find his tomb empty? They did, because God removed Jesus’ body. Why did God do this? It fulfilled what had been written in the Bible. (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:31) Thus Jehovah saw fit to remove Jesus’ body, even as he had done before with Moses’ body. (Deuteronomy 34:5, 6) Also, if the body had been left in the tomb, Jesus’ disciples could not have understood that he had been raised from the dead, since at that time they did not fully appreciate spiritual things.

9 But since the apostle Thomas was able to put his hand into the hole in Jesus’ side, does that not show that Jesus was raised from the dead in the same body that was nailed to the stake? No, for Jesus simply materialized or took on a fleshly body, as angels had done in the past. In order to convince Thomas of who He was, He used a body with wound holes. He appeared, or seemed to be, fully human, able to eat and drink, just as did the angels that Abraham once entertained.—Genesis 18:8; Hebrews 13:2.

10 While Jesus appeared to Thomas in a body similar to the one in which He was put to death, He also took on different bodies when appearing to His followers. Thus Mary Magdalene at first thought that Jesus was a gardener. At other times his disciples did not at first recognize him. In these instances it was not his personal appearance that served to identify him, but it was some word or action that they recognized.—John 20:14-16; 21:6, 7; Luke 24:30, 31.

11 For 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus made appearances in a fleshly body to his disciples. (Acts 1:3) Then he left for heaven. But some may ask: ‘Did not the two angels present tell the apostles that Christ “will come thus in the same manner as you have beheld him going into the sky”?’ (Acts 1:11) Yes, they did. But notice that they said “in the same manner,” not in the same body. And what was the manner of Jesus’ leaving? It was quiet, without public display. Only his apostles knew about it. The world did not.

12 Consider how the Bible describes the manner in which Jesus left his apostles on his way to heaven: “While they were looking on, he was lifted up and a cloud caught him up from their vision.” (Acts 1:9) So when Jesus began going into the sky, a cloud hid him from the literal eyesight of his apostles. The departing Jesus, therefore, became invisible to them. They could not see him. Then in his spiritual body he ascended to heaven. (1 Peter 3:18) Thus his return also would be invisible, in a spiritual body.


13 How, then, are we to understand the words of Revelation 1:7? There the apostle John writes: “Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief because of him.” Here the Bible speaks of seeing, not with physical eyes, but in the sense of discerning or perceiving. Thus, when a person comprehends or understands a matter, he may say, ‘I see it.’ The Bible, in fact, speaks of “the eyes of your understanding.” (Ephesians 1:18, King James Version) So the expression “every eye will see him” means that everyone will then understand or recognize that Christ is present.

14 Those who actually “pierced” Jesus are no longer alive on earth. So they represent persons who, by hurting Christ’s present-day followers, copy the conduct of those first-century men. (Matthew 25:40, 45) The time will soon come for Christ to execute such wicked ones. They have been warned in advance about this. When this execution takes place, they will “see” or recognize what is happening. And their grief will indeed be great!


15 To return does not always mean that one goes to a literal place. Thus sick persons are said to ‘return to health.’ And a former ruler may be said to ‘return to power.’ In a similar way, God told Abraham: “I shall return to you, next year at this time, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:14; 21:1) Jehovah’s return meant, not literally returning, but turning his attention to Sarah to do what he had promised.

16 In the same way, Christ’s return does not mean that he literally comes back to this earth. Rather, it means that he takes Kingdom power toward this earth and turns his attention to it. He does not need to leave his heavenly throne and actually come down to earth to do this. As we have seen in the previous chapter, Bible evidence shows that in the year 1914 C.E. God’s time arrived for Christ to return and begin ruling. It was then that the cry was heard in heaven: “Now have come to pass the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ.”—Revelation 12:10.

17 Since Christ’s return is invisible, is there a way to confirm that it has really occurred? Yes, there is. Christ himself gave a visible “sign” by which we may know that he is invisibly present and the end of the world is near. Let us examine that “sign.”


On his deathbed Jacob, the Patriarch of Israel, called his twelve sons before him and gave them all some last words. When he directed his words to Judah he said:

"The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor." (Genesis 49:10, New Living Translation)

This prophecy indicated that it would be a person descended from Judah that would rule over God's people, and be the one whom would eventually rule the whole world. We know that this person to whom rulership belongs is none other than Jesus.

God's chosen people had been the Israelite nation, but as we know, they continuously disobeyed God and were sent into exile in Babylon for their sins and their capital Jerusalem was destroyed. In relation to this, God's prophet Ezekiel said:

“O you corrupt and wicked prince of Israel, your final day of reckoning is here! This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Take off your jeweled crown, for the old order changes. Now the lowly will be exalted, and the mighty will be brought down. Destruction! Destruction! I will surely destroy the kingdom. And it will not be restored until the one appears who has the right to judge it. Then I will hand it over to him. (Ezekiel 21:25-27, New Living Translation)

God here was saying that Jerusalem's destruction will be brought down, and the kingdom will not be restored until the "one appears who has the right", and then God will hand it over to him. A prophet who was a contempary of Ezekiel was Daniel, who was called by King Nebuchadnezzar to explain a dream that he had. This is what Nebuchadnezzar exlained to him:

“‘While I was lying in my bed, this is what I dreamed. I saw a large tree in the middle of the earth. The tree grew very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see. It had fresh green leaves, and it was loaded with fruit for all to eat. Wild animals lived in its shade, and birds nested in its branches. All the world was fed from this tree. “‘Then as I lay there dreaming, I saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven. The messenger shouted, “Cut down the tree and lop off its branches! Shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit! Chase the wild animals from its shade and the birds from its branches. But leave the stump and the roots in the ground, bound with a band of iron and bronze and surrounded by tender grass. Now let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the wild animals among the plants of the field. For seven periods of time, let him have the mind of a wild animal instead of the mind of a human. For this has been decreed by the messengers; it is commanded by the holy ones, so that everyone may know that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world. He gives them to anyone he chooses— even to the lowliest of people.” (Daniel 4:10-17, New Living Translation)

Daniel explained interpreted this propecy as applying to King Nebuchadnezzar - the tree was his kingdom and it would be cut down in order to show him that the Most High has the power to make who he wants ruler, but a stump would remain in order to allow him to be restored once again. This period of being cut down would be for "seven periods of time." Which corresponded to seven years where King Nebuchadnezzar went insane.

As we know though, the Prophets often have a greater fulfillment that comes after their initial fulfillment. All the prophecies in Daniel end with Jesus arriving in kingdom power as the Messianic King. If we study the language used in this prophecy, it is amazingly similar to many other prophecies regarding Jesus receiving kingdom power (more on this HERE). If this is what the prophecy refers to, than what significance does the "seven times" have. Well, the Bible itself interprets "seven times" for us:

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her for 1,260 days. (Revelation 12:6, New Living Translation)
But she was given two wings like those of a great eagle so she could fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness. There she would be cared for and protected from the dragon for a time, times, and half a time. (Revelation 12:14, New Living Translation)

We can see here that in Revelation time, times, and half a time (that is three and a half times) is equivalent to 1,260 days. Therefore, our seven times is equivalent to 2,520 days. 2,520 days is the equivalent to seven Hebrew years (they had 360 days in a year). Now we know that Jesus did not receive kingdom power after seven years, so the 2,520 days must mean more than literal days. Luckily, the Bible itself gives us a precedent for interpreting prophetic "times", with what is called the day-year principle (click HERE to read while this is a reliable method):

“Now lie on your left side and place the sins of Israel on yourself. You are to bear their sins for the number of days you lie there on your side. I am requiring you to bear Israel’s sins for 390 days—one day for each year of their sin. After that, turn over and lie on your right side for 40 days—one day for each year of Judah’s sin. (Ezekiel 4:4-6, New Living Translation)

“‘Because your men explored the land for forty days, you must wander in the wilderness for forty years—a year for each day, suffering the consequences of your sins. Then you will discover what it is like to have me for an enemy.’ (Numbers 14:34, New Living Translation)

So with the day for a year principle applied to 2,520 days, this gives us 2,520 years. When do we start counting these 2,520 years? Well, as we have seen above, the "seven times" relates both to Nebuchadnezzar being cut down from his rulership, but has a greater fulfillment in Jerusalem being ruled by a King in the line of Judah. The last Jewish King of Israel was King Zedekiah, who was disposed when the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. Now if we count 2,520 years from that date, that gives us 1914 C.E. (or A.D.)!

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