Q. Is it true that the Tribulation is referred to as a Shevua (One Week) in Hebrew meaning Sabattical Cycle? If so,how can we tell where a Sabattical Cycle Begins and Ends?
A. The Hebrew word Shevua (shebuah) means a week of years, or seven years. It’s the same idea as our word decade, but their numbering system is built on multiples of seven where ours is based on tens. In Daniel 9:24-27, where the word is used, the 70 weeks (490 years) began in Nisan of 445 BC with the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 2:1) 69 weeks (483 years) passed and ended with the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem in Nisan of 32 AD, on the first Palm Sunday. If you’re going to do the math on this, remember that the Lord still uses the original 360 day calendar and there’s no year zero.
The 70th week (7 years) will begin when a peace covenant is confirmed between Israel and the Anti-Christ that permits the building of the Temple, probably shortly after the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39, and the last half of the 70th week (3.5 years) is the Great Tribulation.