Dates Related to the Book of Daniel and the End Times

750 BC* Isaiah prophesied that Cyrus would release Israel to return to Jerusalem (Isaiah 44:28)
721 BCAssyria exiles Israel under Sennacherib
626–539 BCBabylonian Empire
606 BC The first deportation of Jewish captives to Babylon, Daniel taken to Babylon
606–536 BC70 years in which the Jewish captives were in Babylon
600 BC* Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity in Babylon would last for 70 years (Jer. 29:10-14)
603 BCDaniel chapter 2 vision (Nebuchadnezzar)
597 BC The second deportation of Jewish captives to Babylon, including Ezekiel
586 BC Jerusalem and the temple destroyed (by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon) 
586 BC The third deportation of Jewish captives to Babylon
553–539 BCBelshazzar’s reign
553 BC Daniel received his 1st vision – Daniel 7
551 BC Daniel received his 2nd vision – Daniel 8
539–331 BCPersian Empire
539 BC King Cyrus of Persia conquered Babylon
538 BCFirst year of Darius the Mede
538 BC King Cyrus’ decree issued, allowing the exiles to return to Israel
538 BC Daniel received his 3rd vision (while reading Jeremiah 29) – Daniel 9 (70-weeks prophecy)
536 BC Daniel received his 4th vision – Daniel 10-12
536 BC The Jewish exiles arrived in Jerusalem (to build the temple with Zerubbabel
520 BC The Jerusalem temple was restarted (after a 16-year delay) – Haggai and Zechariah
516 BC The Jerusalem temple construction was completed
458 BC King Artaxerxes’ decree to Ezra starts the 70 weeks (Ezra 4:12, 21; 7:12-26). 
445 BCArtaxerxes’ decree to Nehemiah
409 BCEzra and Nehemiah finish initial rebuilding Jerusalem
407 BCNew governor of Judah takes over from Nehemiah (from “The Elephantine Papyri”)
331–146 BCGreek Empire
323 BCDeath of Alexander the Great, 32 years old
175–164 BCReign of Antiochus Epiphanes (desecrated the temple, foreshadows the Antichrist)
167–160 BCMaccabean Revolt
146 BC–1453 ADRoman Empire – east and west
146 BC–476 ADRoman Empire – western division
330–1453 ADRoman Empire – eastern division
26/27 ADStart of Jesus’ ministry
29/30 ADCrucifixion of Jesus
66–73 ADJewish-Roman war
70 ADDestruction of Second Temple and Jerusalem by Rome (Titus)

(*dates are approximate, since the precise date is unknown) 

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