The Prophet Daniel wrote that according to the LORD's timetable, He would finish His work on Israel in "seventy weeks" from the time Israel was commanded to rebuild Jerusalem (Dan. 9:24-25). The prophecy was not referring to literal weeks, but actually was talking about "seventy sevens." There are two ways we know that He was speaking of seventy periods of seven years: 1) 7 weeks + 62 weeks = 483 years (the exact length of time from the command until Israel's Messiah was crucified; and 2) the last "seven" will be seven years, which will be divided into two halves of 1260 days (Rev. 11:3; 12:6), or 42 months (Rev. 11:2; 13:5), or "a time, times, and half a time" (Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 12:14).
That, of course, begs the question: If the 483 years ended the year Jesus was crucified, and the last seven years are yet future, what takes place between the 483rd year, and the 484th year? The answer is: The Church Age! The Church "was born" on the Day of Pentecost ten days after Christ's Ascension (Acts 2:1-47). When the Lord returns to gather His Church (Jn. 14:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Th. 4:13-18), the Church Age will be over, and the "last week" known as "Daniel's Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:27) will begin. That seven-year period is also known as "The Tribulation" (Mt. 24:3-29); and "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7). The Book of Revelation discusses, in detail, the events of Israel's "trouble" (Rev. 6 - 19). The Church is only mentioned in chapters two and three, which is prior to the Tribulation. Revelation 4:1 speaks of the Apostle John being called up into heaven; John ascension is clearly symbolizing the Rapture of the Church! Thank God!
[Note: I find it very interesting that the Greek word for seven, ἑπτά (hepta), occurs 87 times in 63 verses in the New Testament; 54 of those occur in 31 verses in the Book of Revelation!]
SEVEN TO THE BELIEVER, MEANS IT IS TIME TO REST!