Q. I recently read, “Israel did not repent of its sin at the end of the 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Some of Jews did return to the Promised Land, but the majority simply settled in the Persian Empire (Iran-Iraq). So how long until God would regather the Jews and restore them back as the Nation of Israel? The solution to the mystery is found in Leviticus 26:18. “‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over.”
If Israel did not repent, the punishment promised would be multiplied by seven times. That means 70 years would become 490 years. This is the length of Daniel’s 70 weeks. Are the Babylonian captivity and Daniel’s 70 weeks related because Israel failed to repent?