Before we get into the prophecy at hand which is the most amazing that I’ve ever seen in God’s Word (also released by the titled: “The Most Amazing Prophecy in God’s Word”), please allow me to introduce the foundation to be built upon wherein we shall discover why prophecy such as this are rarely taught from the pulpit or within classrooms because of what some believe them to be too complex.
Einstein wisely stated: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” His point is that we should break things down in order to explain them and gain insight and knowledge; yet never to the extent that truth (the validity of the thing is compromised) is lost for the sake of simplicity. Life is complicated, our own DNA is a great example.
There is a place where as you attempt to break down the complexity of any issue you lose clarity, and eventually lose the ability to gain reality concerning the subject (an automobile engine is a good example, having thousands of parts, it only takes removing a few parts – attempting to simplify the complexity of it – that the automobile will not function as designed).
This is not only true in our secular world, but in the spiritual as well; where it becomes easier to follow the simplicity of not thinking through complicated issues, or to appeal merely to emotionalism; as compared to the willingness to diligently do the hard work of digging deep into God’s Word, and therefore grow in faith, as His Word instructs.
Faith, and Its Source
Biblical faith, as taught by God’s Word is not to be built primarily upon experience, wherein emotions are the bedrock. No, Biblical faith is to be achieved by and through God’s Word and its examination.
Simpler Messages From the Pulpit
For those of you that study your Bible, and have been a Christian for some time; let me ask you this question: “How often do you listen to a sermon where you actually learn something new, something that gives you greater insight into God or His Word; and in the process becomes a tool for building faith” in accordance with Romans 10:17, which states:
“faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God“
Embarking Upon Deep Investigation in God’s Word – And Why it’s More Difficult Today
For myself, very rarely do I hear anything new – and you must understand when I first moved into the area where I live I spent 2 years visiting over 100 churches, from a very wide range of denominations and teachings.
Being especially pulled towards those that stated they were Bible teaching churches, I myself thoroughly amazed at how many preachers these days don’t actually teach the Word of God. Many times, it appears the presentation has taken over substance; where elaborate and emotionally driven stories and analogies take the place of good hermeneutics.
It is more common to hear issues dealing with the believer, rather than He that is to be believed – God. Where self-help concerning becoming the better person in dealing with psychological issues, or becoming better spouses, better parents, and better representatives of the church are at of premium, yet at the expense of maintaining focus upon Jesus. Jesus name may be heard often, but more often as a prop to validate a presupposition, story or ideology. Yet, all at the expense of growing in knowledge concerning God’s Word.
The Dumbing Down of America
Within the United States, one of the Devil’s most effective tools in the past century has been the dumbing down of believers, and mainly doing so by encouraging believes to stay out of the weeds, avoiding embarking upon deep investigation in God’s Word – keeping it simple.
And Satan has been working on it by starting in the secular arena for the last 100 years concerning the education of our children, which is undeniably supported by statistics that come out regularly.
If people stop learning, if they become uneducated in how to research or even think through complicated issues, this translates into how they handle the Bible as well as the lack of growth in developing and maintaining discernment, as well as the functional tools to understand the basic grammar of English; let alone the complexity of the Greek and Hebrew languages.
All of this is also grounded in the narcissism that grows ever stronger each year where the choice to choose the easier, softer way is valued much higher than that of growing mentally and spiritually; and the hard work and dedication that is necessary for these pursuits.
Things such as rhetoric, debate, and critical thinking, which were commonly taught 100 years ago have fallen by the wayside to pragmatic pursuits, such as sex education; acceptance and tolerance of everything and everyone, especially homosexuality; social justice, wherein victimization becomes an excuse for every aberrant behavior which the Bible calls sin.
All fitting an agenda where the next generation become nothing more than dumb sheep following a liberal progressive ideology based upon emotions, rather than rational logic, upon secularism rather than Christianity, and upon humanism as opposed to the pursuit of godliness.
The devil has helped orchestrate that the population at large have become spectators, rather than participants; have become hearers, rather than doers – and this has infiltrated the church as a segment of the culture wherein the church no longer delves into doctrine and those deeper things of God’s Word which lead to maturity and understanding, but now pulpits become prognosticators of itching ears type of storytelling at its worst, and superficiality at its best.
I would like to reiterate one of those passages from that prior post that others commented on before we attempt to delve into something that demands deep consideration.
“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
This passage speaks about our responsibilities as God’s children and servants, to put Him first, to go the extra mile, to present our bodies as living sacrifices willing to do the hard work that God would demand of us. And not be patterned after this world that does things that are comfortable, easy, and less commanding.
This passage goes on to speak about the transforming process brought about by the “renewing of your mind” that effects believer; in order to demonstrate and prove God’s righteousness and justice concerning “His Will.” The renewing of the mind of the believer is a course of action that necessitates thoroughly studying the Word of God, which is God’s communication of “His Will” to man – you cannot separate God from His Word.
Believing is Seeing!
The following teaching presentation has been one of the most faith-building presentations that I have ever witnessed concerning God’s validation of His Word. It is NOT what brought me to faith in Jesus Christ, though with some it has had that effect.
We must understand that the rule is normally one of examining God’s Word in order to achieve faith, with God proving His existence in the believer’s life AFTER they have committed their lives to Him.
By way of example, Gideon’s fleece was not testing to find out if God existed, which is self-evident in that Gideon did not run away and refuse to respond to God’s voice – or ignore God’s voice, or say I don’t believe in you; you must be a psychological phenomenon.
His fleece was seeking confirmation on God’s Will for his life – we must remember that at this point Gideon did not have God’s Word in his hand to direct him (which is why it is an insult to God to demand a fleece when we have His Word available to us today – it is a lack of faith in His Word that demands a fleece, it is a spoiled child stating that they want individual confirmation with details when God has already laid out in a master plan, if they would simply read it, and study it, and then follow it. This is why fleeces are no longer acceptable to God because they would invalidate God’s Word, this is why God had stated: “…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” ~ Psalms 138:2b), so God winked at Gideon’s indiscretion and answered his petition – giving Gideon direction.
Seeing is Believing?
God will not stoop down and attempt to prove Himself to man, any more than the Potter submits to the clay (Romans 9:21). God will not answer the world’s demand to prove Himself, as seen in the adage: “seeing is believing,” as witnessed in Matthew 12:38-39, where Jesus responds to the religious leaders demand proof, which states:
“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.”
Therefore, it is in understanding that God, while refusing to prove Himself to man, has within His Word presented validation for those that would diligently dig-in and laboriously seek God’s truth, Daniel 9:25 is one such passage of Scripture.
God’s Unbelievable Prophecy – Beyond Dispute
Daniel 9:25 gives the exact day that the Messiah would OPENLY PRESENT Himself to the nation of Israel as the Messiah of Israel, utilizing a dating system in numbers which are exact and beyond human manipulation.
Sir Robert Anderson – At The Beginning
Over a 100 years ago (it was republished in 1957, and it is current publication and can be purchased at any Christian book store), Sir Robert Anderson wrote the book: “The Coming Prince.” Sir Robert Anderson was the chief of criminal investigations for Scotland Yard and was knighted by Queen Victoria for his service to the crown.
However, it is this book, among others which we as believers are indebted to this man for his diligence in approaching God’s Word. Sir Robert Anderson took God literally concerning what is in His word as seen in regard to Daniel chapter 9, which is probably the most faith-building prophecy explained to this date. Just one of the issues covered in this chapter are verses 24 through 27 which concerns a few topics, one is the very day that the Messiah would present himself. Verses 24 to 27 state:
“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary, and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:24-27)
Sir Robert Anderson in his studies understood that the term in the English translation of the Bible, “weeks” did not simply means 7 days as we currently understand it in our English, but was a term that God utilized concerning the number 7; as in 7 weeks, 7 months, and 7 years; indicating that the true interpretation of this word, “weeks” is the word “seven” as opposed to our English understanding of 7 days only.
(SIDENOTE: Because a picture can be worth a 1000 words, the following diagrams were created by Chuck Missler of Koinonia House, and are presented here in order to more easily present this complicated subject.)
In his research, Sir Robert Anderson also found where the Bible referred to a year as 360 days long in its cycle as found in Genesis 7:24; 8:3,4; and Revelation 11:2, 3; 13:5, as opposed to our current 365 and a quarter day cycle in which we currently live.
I was always to bugged by the idea that God who never created junk; created the earth with a wobble, and inconsistent in its orbit in which currently we utilize a leap year every 4 years to correct for the one-fourth of the day, yet the math never seems to really work out – did something happen to the earth to throw it off its access, to produce the anomaly concerning our calendar?
God Don’t Make Junk
We know that God always creates perfection, but yet by the introduction of sin things become imperfect; I was always curious what caused the Earth to rotate on its access to a tilt, throwing it into a wobble wherein there was inconsistency in our calendar system.
It also amazes me that the Jews originally had a calendar system of 30 days per month, and 12 months per year; which comes out to 360 days a year – the perfect number of a circle; and completion as seen in 360 degrees of a circle – within Hebrew there is also a pun concerning the word “circle” and the Earth wherein there is a direct connection between 360 degrees and the Earth.
However, how did we get 5 and a quarter days off, as well as a wobble (At some future date we will address the long day of Joshua ~ Joshua 10:12,13; the year 701 BC near pass-by of Mars – wherein the son seemed to be frozen in time, yet this would be the appearance if time was extended, however how would God do this, would he not do something physical which would produce the event recorded in the book of Joshua?), and why North is no longer North?
Sir Robert Anderson began a diligent study after uncovering these Scriptures and attempting to answer some of these questions wherein he discovered and documented that there are 18 separate calendars from independent cultures and races which also validated a 360 day year which was prior to 700 BC.
Understanding this, and the fact that the term “weeks” meant 7; he started on a quest to take literal Daniel’s prophecy concerning these verses. These 4 passages prophesying not only when the Messiah would present himself, but when He would be “cut off“ (which is a term in the Hebrew which means to be executed for a capital offense, which is what happened to Jesus at the hands of the Romans), as well as the destruction of Jerusalem (38 years after Christ crucifixion, in 70 A.D. – Interestingly, the same amount of time from when the Israelites were cursed by God to die in the desert after the golden calf incident, 38 years to fulfill God’s judgment against that generation; for them to die off and their children to enter the promised land, we member the murmuring [a display of a lack of faith, verbalized] and accusation that they made against God, that their children would die in the desert, yeah I didn’t desert and their children went into the promised land, which was promised to them but they could not enter due to their lack of faith – it took them 2 years to get to the mount, and 38 years until judgment fulfilled and their children entered the promised land), and what we refer to as the tribulation in regards to Israel in eschatology (Matthew 24). For the sake of time, we are only going to take the segment which deals with the presentation of the Messiah, verse 25.
Daniel 9:25, states:
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”
The benchmark/starting point for the beginning of this prophecy is when the “command to restore and to build Jerusalem.”
Now we understand that there were 3 foreign Kings that gave dictates to rebuild part of Jerusalem, yet the last of these 3 kings, King Artaxerxes gave not one, but two decrees to rebuild Jerusalem, and it is this last degree which actually was in order to rebuild the streets and the walls, which is an order that precisely meets the prophecy in rebuilding the city proper, which is what the Hebrew indicates.
So now we have a starting point of this prophecy.
Verse 25 states “… the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks,” concerning the timetable in order to figure out the map this prophecy. This phrasing: “unto the Messiah” is saying unto the presentation as Messiah – it would be similar to using the word “manifestation” of the Messiah.
We know that a score is 20, hence 3 score is 60, and 7 weeks and added to 2 more weeks adds up to 69 weeks. There is a reason for the numbering to be broken down as it is, this would coincide with the rebuilding of the Temple (but this is an issue for another post regarding the Temple and all the prophecies referring to it in regard to Israel). So the question at this point is how long are these weeks (or sevens); are they 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months, or 7 year periods of time.
If they are years (which logically would make sense concerning to all the other prophecies in Daniel, the weeks referred to are years, and not 7 day weeks, or 7 months of months); this would be 69 x 7 year periods; which would total 490 years.
And if it is true that God, according to Genesis and Revelation; marks time in the same way that He originally marked time in the creation of the earth (when it was perfect), according to 360 days per year; the easiest way to determine how long these 490 years would be according to God’s math of 360-day years, would be to multiply 69 times 7 years, times 360 day years, which would be 173,880 days from when the order to rebuild the city Jerusalem until the presentation of the Messiah.
Isn’t it amazing that God uses numbers, which cannot be manipulated the same as words can sometimes; and whereas numbers can be used to figure a calculation in working out an exact conclusion in time in order to figure out when the Messiah would be revealed.
It would be one thing to say that God created the earth without a wobble, with 360 days in its rotation; hence a 360 day year; but because of sin the rotation changed, and therefore the calculations would have to be according to the current rotation of 365 days because sin has changed things.
However, the point of this prophecy is that God makes the rules, He defines what calendar system He uses as seen in His use of the same 360 day year in the book of Revelation, as well as in the beginning – in the book of Genesis. This prophecy is from God’s perceptive, not our sinful one; but His perfect one. And God in His foresight made sure to record in the book of Revelation that He continues to determine time on earth at 360 days per year – even though sin has changed the quantity and quality of time for mankind, it has not changed it according to God and His prophecy to man.
Therefore, 173,880 is the number of days of when the Messiah would declare himself, so by adding 173,880 days from when the order was given to rebuild Jerusalem (not just the Temple, as in the other decrees from the other 3 kings; but the city proper), the complete city which occurred and was recorded according to secular history (this is a historical fact which cannot be disputed according to secular history – how amazing that God would use a benchmark that cannot be disputed, but is actually validated by unbelieving man in his record of history ) on March 14, in the year 445 BC – this would come to the 10th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar (April 6th), in the year 32 A.D.
But now we have a new problem, because we don’t know exactly when Jesus was born; and therefore do not know when He was crucified, and how it might coincide with this date of April 6th in the year 32 AD; and when did Jesus declare Himself – make Himself manifest – we don’t know for sure when any of this occurred, or do we.
Boy, I love how God is always thoroughly complete, anticipating anything that we might run into in order to address it in advance in His Word – so hold onto your seats for the following teaching, which is actually been around for over 100 years.
When Was Jesus Born and When Did He Die
This has been one of the most pertinent questions for the last 2000 years. Over 20 years I had this question answered for me from God’s Word.
(SIDENOTE: And I pose a question yet again, how many of you have heard this teaching before. The reason I keep making the point that some of these teachings which were previously unknown to you can be explained from God’s Word is that someone put in the arduous and laborious work to address complicated issues in order to commit themselves to the understanding and teaching of God’s Word. And this is what the church is all about first and most – training of the saints [Ephesians 4:11-12] to do the work of the ministry – this is done by teaching the Word of God as its primary function. When the church first began, its power and potency were because of this, as seen in Acts 6:1-2 – which displays the mindset of the leadership when it came to dealing with pragmatic problems – the Word of God was always first, not the needs of the people. God will take care of the people, but the people need to put God first by putting His word first as this text communicates.
“And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.” (Acts 6:1-2)
“KISS” [“keep it simple stupid”], is not the catchphrase for a Christian – “KIITW” [“keep it in the Word”] is).
When was Jesus born – according to Scripture it was 1 BC – Say what? Let us start off with Luke 3:1, which states:
“Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.” (Luke 3:1-2)
Verse 32 of Luke chapter 3, is where Jesus starts His ministry. Verse 33 states He was 30 years old, which is in accordance with the Torah in that a man had to be 30 years old to be a priest and begin his full-time public service to God.
(SIDENOTE: the reason I listed verse 2 when verse 1 is the only verse we will address, is because there are 9 people listed that can be cross-referenced in order to better pinpoint the time when this verse occurred – and this would be a good study all on its own. The reason why the Scripture states that Annas and Caiaphas [either one serving as the deputy – The “cohen mishneh” or “sagan cohanim”] were “High Priests,” indicating two high priests when according to the Torah there was only one high priest at a time, is because when the Romans took over authority of the temple, Annas was the high priest. But the Romans understanding that he would not submit to Rome, took him out of office and placed his son-in-law Caiaphas as high priest because he was less of a threat. So when the Sanhedrin met, though Caiaphas was considered the high priest according to secular authority, Annas stood next to him giving him Levitical sanction [as he was the prior anointed priest] – wherein both were considered the high priests by the people. This becomes important because it was documented due to its irregularity in secular history which would help date Christ’s birth. Also, this passage indicates when the father of John the Baptist, Zacharias [who was a priest of the order of “Abia”]; was serving one of the 24 times of service as a Levite within the Temple. David had orchestrated that there were 24 times of service, two-week periods of time that members of the different tribes of Levites would serve in the Temple. This further indicates when Jesus was born, as these times of service were recorded and according to the prophecies given to Zacharias, and when he completed his service, in light of the birth of John the Baptist as it relates to the birth of Jesus, there is yet further proof of Christ birth date. Within these 2 verses, 9 men’s names are referenced, which can all be cross-referenced and help to validate the birth of Christ. However, the simplest way to do it is by utilizing Verse 1 concerning the rule of Tiberius Caesar – which I will list below. I’m not can it get too far into the weeds concerning this, anyone desiring further information please e-mail me. There are many proofs concerning the Time of Christ birth, such as the shepherds tending their sheep in the countryside – this only occurred in September to October, due to the temperature, ext. )
We know from secular history that Tiberius took the throne in the year 14 A.D., at the end of August after the death of Augustus. Therefore, since Tiberius came to the throne in the year 14 A.D. and this passage occurred (during) 15 years later, we now understand that Jesus ministry which this passage records in verse 32; started in the fall of the year 28 A.D.
We know from the Gospels that Jesus was crucified on the fourth Passover after this date; which would mean that Jesus was crucified on April 10, in the year 32. And since Jesus was crucified when He was 33 and a half years old, He would’ve been born in the year 1 BC.
However, what is important concerning this prophecy is not when Jesus was born, but how His life relates to the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy indicating when the Messiah would declare himself in April.
Now, back to the prophecy of Daniel in the calculations. If you added 173,880 days to March 14, in the year 445 BC – this would come to 10th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar (April 6th), in the year 32 A.D. – what happened on this date in history.
The Triumphal Entry
On the 10th of Nisan (April 6th) on the Hebrew calendar; Jesus did something that He had never done before, He accepted worship – no, He orchestrated to be worshipped.1 This was the one and only day that the Jesus presented Himself to Israel by fulfilling prophecy (such as riding an un-ridden colt ~ Zech. 9:9), this is when Jesus declared Himself openly to all of Israel, including the leaders, not just to individuals or small groups, but to the nation as the Messiah.
On many occasions, Jesus declared Himself to be “the son of man” (a synonym with prophetic meaning ~ John 3:14. Matt. 8:20; 9:6; 10:23; 11:19; 12:8,32,40; to name a few), as well as “The Son God” (Matt. 27:43; Luke 22:70; John 3:18; 5:25; 9:35; 10:36; 11:4), yet concerning His anointing as the Messiah of God concerning the nation of Israel, wherein did He openly declare this to the world – nowhere until this day – this is the one and only day that He did so, openly.
You see Jesus entered Jerusalem 4 days before Passover, at the very time that the Israelites were mandated to present a lamb for the sacrifice of the sins of their own family – what a coincidence, “The lamb of God” as John the Baptist referred to in presenting Jesus (John 1:29, 36) – Now presented to the religious leaders, as well as the population at large.
There were more people in Jerusalem on this date than any other time during the year because of the 7 feasts of Israel, 3 were mandated to be attended, with this being the holiest day of the year – where all required to attend.
Jesus entered on the very road that was prophesied that the Messiah would enter on, the people were singing the “Hallel” Psalm (Psalm 118), the very psalm that the people would sing as the Messiah was entering the city, which is why the religious leaders told Jesus to have the people stop singing this song (Luke 19:39), they understood that the people were declaring Jesus to be the Messiah by singing this song concerning Jesus as He entered the city of Jerusalem. And what was Jesus response, that if the people did not declare Him to be the Messiah; that the rocks that God Himself made would spring forth to make this declaration.
The people were fulfilling the requirement to lay out palm branches for the King, another literal fulfillment concerning the Messiah as he entered Jerusalem on the day of His dedication to the world.
I used to read with great curiosity all the times that Jesus refused to declare Himself the Messiah or king openly, or when the people would attempt to force Him to present himself as the King, where He would sneak away – now I know why His time was not yet come.
And speaking of this, remember the comment that Jesus made to Mary when He first started His ministry, at the first miracle that He conducted at the marriage feast in Cana; where his mother asked Him to do something (supernatural) concerning the lack of wine (John 2:3-4), and Jesus response was: “Mine has not come” – this passage always struck me as funny, when teachers would explain that Jesus was referring to His death and resurrection; yet it makes more sense if you understand that what He was stating was “I am not making a public announcement concerning my anointing,” by doing a public miracle, yet He does so discreetly; displaying honor to His mother, while also fulfilling prophecy of His first miracle – yet not done so openly as to be understood to be a divine miracle performed by the hands of Jesus as the Messiah.
There are so many things that Jesus did that made no sense until you understand that Jesus could not present Himself as the Messiah until the very day that the lamb was to be presented to the priest for Passover, 4 days before His death as a “Lamb of God,” who would die for the sins of the world.
What’s funny, is that when Jesus tells his disciples to go get the colt at a certain location, what is not obvious in the English, but is in the Greek language is that He tells them to use a particular phrase wherein the inhabitants would understand its meaning. They just didn’t go down some street and pick up some animal, this was pre-arranged by Jesus himself. We must understand that: “one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled”2, was literal in every sense of the statement.
With Responsibility Comes Accountability
One of the passages that never made sense to me, now make sense – Luke 19:42 &44 (19:35-44 is presented to maintain context)
“And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
What is not obvious in the English language, but is in the Greek language is that the phrase: “If thou hadst known,” which is NOT a reference to something NOT known before, but something that was unacknowledged, but was apparent – something that was refused to be acknowledged.
And this phrase: “at least in this thy day,” is a reference to a particular day as noted by the use of the article (“the“), which concerned this people in particular. In the expression: “the things which belong unto thy peace,” is better translated “the thing that would grant you peace;” which did not occur because they were held accountable for not acknowledging their Messiah on this very day.
38 years later Jerusalem would be destroyed, and they would be scattered among the nation for 2000 years because of them refusing to acknowledge their Messiah on this particular day – would a righteous God hold these people accountable for what they could not see, or rather what they refused to admit (the church fathers record that the Holy Spirit, through prophecy had forewarned the Christians prior to the Roman General Titus encamping around the city, and that not one Christian was among those that starved to death, killed, or were taken prisoner – the believer’s understood the day of their visitation and they were not under the wrath of God, only the Jews who refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah. We must understand that when Anna and Simeon; perceived that it was time for the Messiah this was a common perception then. Even Harrod’s religious leaders were aware that the Messiah should come at any time – how were they aware of this? Sir Robert Anderson did not discover this originally, he only rediscovered it – the Jews knew this long ago – as the Jews at Jesus time understood it was the time that their Messiah would come soon. This is why when Jesus was a young boy, age 7, the Romans, who had already captured Judea in 63 BC, took away the ability to self-rule of the Jews by taking away the ability to perform capital punishment [which is why the Romans had to crucify Jesus, rather than the Jews following the mandate of “The Law” by stoning Jesus]; Rabbinical leaders put on sackcloth and ashes, walking through the city of Jerusalem wailing and saying: “God’s Word had been broken,” because the Messiah had not come forth – that Genesis 49:10 “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be,” had been broken – that the “sceptre” – which is the right to rule was taken away and “Shiloh” had not come. “Shiloh” was another term for the Messiah – however, they did not know that there was a young boy in a carpenter’s shop, Jesus who was on the scene, that He was “Shiloh” ~ alive in Israel – that He had fulfilled Genesis 49:10 by “until Shiloh come“- that He had been given the right to rule Israel by God at His birth – the “sceptre” belonged to Jesus, the Romans were not the rulers of Israel – God was in control – He, God would take the life of His Son [Jesus laid down His life ~ John 10:17-18; but also the Father gave His Son ~ John 3:16; Romans 5:8 – God was always in control, which is why we can trust Him – have faith in Him because He has the ability to control everything, and does His good Will] who would literally fulfill the prophecy of the Messiah, presenting Himself to Israel openly when He did so while entering Jerusalem 21 years later).
Jesus holds them – the Jews accountable to have known that this was their day, the day that the prophets had spoken of, the day the Messiah would come forth – present Himself – that would have brought them peace, forever. Instead, they rejected and killed Him, only to have three legions from the Roman army destroyed the Temple and the city thirty 38 years later as Christ had foretold in Matthew 24.
The passage states,
“… His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:1-2)
Titus, the Roman General gave orders to not destroy the Temple, so as to save the gold. However, a soldier inadvertently caught the Temple on fire, with all the gold melting into the cracks in the floor. Titus had every stone of the Temple un-dug to retrieve the gold, thus totally fulfilling Christ prophecy.
Why would someone go to all expense and labor to tear up every stone of the Temple, not leaving one upon another – this prophecy of Jesus’ seemed ridiculous? Yet, in understanding that in order to retrieve the melted gold this was necessary, it all makes sense. This is one of the ways God’s Word proves itself, in making sense out of nonsense – thus building faith in the process.
You see this is why the prophecy in Daniel is so important – is because God always makes sense of nonsense, He makes clear what seems uncertain and unclear. He goes so far as to even tell us the very day that His Deliverer, His only begotten Son, the Anointed “Goel” – “Kinsman-Redeemer,” would come forth and present Himself to the world. That even though His own would reject Him, this would open the door so that God could bring redemption to the whole world, yet through the Jew.
To conclude, I will present the last 3 verses of Daniel with bracketed inserts for the sake of clarity. I have merely addressed only a portion of this prophecy which dealt primarily with the presentation of the Messiah, however, there is so much more here. I will also attach a few different diagrams for further consideration.
These are meant to be a starting point for doing your own investigation, yet anyone seeking more information needs to simply e-mail me with your questions or requests.
A break down of Daniel 9:24-27:
Daniel 9:24-27 states:
Verse 24, “Seventy weeks are determined for your people [Jews] and for your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy [Jesus’ second coming].”
Verse 25, “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem [445 B.C., the third command which was to rebuild the city and its walls] until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [69 weeks of years = 173,880 days]; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.”
Verse 26, “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off [Cutoff = “killed for a capital offense”], but not for Himself [For the sins of the world]; and the people [Romans] of the prince [Antichrist] who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
Verse 27, “Then he [little he, the Antichrist] shall confirm a covenant with many for one week [Seven years]; but in the middle of the week [three and a half years], He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering [The rebuilt Temple]. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate [“Abomination to make desolate” was done already once in 170 B.C. by sacrificing a pig on the Alter and will be done by the Antichrist halfway during his peace treaty], even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
The following diagram may help concerning this last verse above regarding the last days’ timeline.
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1. Luke 19:29
2. Matthew 5:18
3. Luke 19:39-42
Diagrams created by Koinonia Ministries – Thank you, Chuck Missler.
THE FOLLOWING IS EXTRA INFORMATION
What must be understood about the 70 weeks of Daniel is that 69 of the weeks are completed with the death of the Messiah, and that there is a gap of time wherein the church, which was not spoken about in the Old Testament, which was a special revelation given to Paul according to Ephesians 3:2-6; is a parenthesis in time, and that the seventieth week or last 7 years commonly referred to as the tribulation will deal solely with Israel.
This parentheses referred to as the “church,” is a mystery unspoken before Paul’s revelation, and will last for an disclosed amount of time (until “the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled” – which is who makes up the church, the Gentiles ~ Romans 11:25) until Jesus will return in the air to reclaim His church, by being “caught up“ (1 Thess. 4:17 ~ “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”), and God will again deal with Israel; and fulfill the rest of His prophecies concerning the remnant that will come back to Him.
We must realize that on 24 occasions there are what is referred to as “gaps (below I listed the Scriptures concerning these gaps),” spans of time where God does not openly show us what occurs, but where He hides the future. He is under no requirement to explain everything to us.
This is why you see Jesus in Luke chapter 4 read out of Isaiah 61, but stops halfway through the prophecy declaring that He has fulfilled the first half of the passage, with part of the passage unfulfilled – the reason why is He will fulfill the rest of the passage during His “Second Coming,” when He will complete “the day of vengeance of our God…”
Luke 4:17-22, (Jesus’ is reading Isaiah 61:1-3) States:
“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son“
Isaiah 61:1-3, States:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, [Jesus stops here – because He has only been assigned to do this first half of the prophecy at this point, He will finish the rest of this prophecy at His second coming – His first coming is to be that “Lamb of God” who dies for the sins of the world, at His second coming, He will be the warrior that Israel was always looking for the first time, to bring vengeance against Israel’s enemies.] and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”
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THE MULTIPLE GAP THEORY ~ (24)
There are twenty-four gaps in the Bible. These gaps of time are located between Scriptures that are not identified as having breaks in the text, in which God hides valuable treasures. They are hidden truths that God reveals to His own, in His own time. They center on the Church, Christ’s Bride. The Church was not spoken about in the Old Testament, it is an unrevealed surprise, a “Mystery,” (Greek, “Musterion,” something totally hidden, with no hint it existed) as Paul states in Ephesians 1:9-10 (V.22); 3:1-6; 3:8-9; 5:32.
An example can be found in the text of Isaiah 61:1, 2. Jesus Christ quotes this passage when He begins His ministry, where He speaks about part of His mission, that of first coming and starting the Church.
Luke 4:16-21, states,
“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’ Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
Jesus read this text, which has always been understood to be a prophecy of the Messiah. It appeared to be a single event; however, He revealed that in reality, the passage was speaking about two separate events.
The Messiah did not have a singular undertaking, but two completely distinct missions that were separated by over two thousands years, that of Christ’s first coming and His second coming, with the Church set between the two. His first mission was proclaimed in verse one, and in the first sentence of verse two.1
However, He stopped short of finishing the rest of the text and said that the verses He had read thus far were fulfilled that day. What the rest of verse two said was, “and the day of vengeance of our God.” This was referring to another, future event which has come to be commonly called Christ’s second coming.
This is a good example of Christ’s dual missions: first as Savior, Redeemer, head of His Church, and as an earth-born man who was really God. Then in His second coming as Judge and punisher, coming down from heaven as God who was also a man.2
This is one of many examples in God’s Word where God has created mysteries,3 in which He would guide His own to uncover concerning Christ’s Church and the last days that surround it. It has been wisely said that “if there appears to be a contradiction in the Bible it is a signpost the Holy Spirit is using to get our attention so as to indicate that the text has hidden or special importance.”
The same is true about Biblical gaps, the Luke 4:18, 19 passage is a good example. Because it reveals the misconceived notion that the Messiah of Israel was to come to earth only once as the conquering govern who would expel the usurpers.
Whereas, when Jesus revealed the gap located in the Isaiah passage, it became known that the Messiah had to come to earth twice. First, as the Lamb of God to die for the sins of mankind, and the second time as the conquering King to take possession of that which He paid for with His life.
If you study these 24 gaps, when you examine a passage, you will find that the particular gap in time that is being referred too is literally where the Church is present and concerns Christ’s Church, of which He is the Groom, or the time surrounding the Church. As is true with all studies in God’s Word, that the Holy Spirit would have us understand that the underlying theme is always Jesus Christ and in this instance Jesus as the Head of the Church.
The following are other gaps written into God’s Word:
Psalms 34:12-16, Quoted in 1 Peter 3:10-12
Isaiah 61:2, Quoted in Luke 4:18-20
Luke 4:18-20, Quoting Isaiah 61:1,2
1 Peter 1:11
1 Peter 3:10-12, Quoting Psalms 34:12-16
We cannot cut up Scriptures, using what suits us and discarding what does not. It is by thoroughly immersing ourselves in God’s Word, and availing ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit, that we can determine how to correctly divide God’s Word.
2 Timothy 2:15, says:
“Study [give diligence] to shew thyself [conduct yourself] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We must use Scripture to interpret Scripture. We must also remember, “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation,” (II Peter 1:20, NKJV)
Correctly Studying God’s Word
Doctrinal error can be avoided by applying three foundational rules of exegesis (expository critiques of Scripture).
1. Scripture must be used to interpret Scripture, using the whole of God’s Word.
2. Context, both immediate and that of all of Scripture is to be used in interpreting the text.
3. The mass of Scripture on any doctrine must be used to interpret that doctrine, not only a few select verses, but the majority of the Bibles teaching on that subject.
1. The Scriptures were not created with chapters and verses, chapters were introduced in the twelfth century, and verses were added later in the fifteenth century.
2. Revelations 1:12; 14:14.
3. Examples of mysteries hidden from mankind, to be revealed by God to His own (From K-House Ministries):
1. Mystery4 of the Kingdom (the church), Matthew chapter 13 had seven parables, which coincided with the seven churches of Paul’s letters (he wrote 13 letters, 3 were continuations to the same churches, 3 were to individuals, and 7 were to churches), which coincided with the seven church letters that Jesus dictated in Revelation (Matthew 13:11, Revelation 2 & 3).
2. Mystery of lawlessness. (II Thessalonians 2)
3. Mystery Babylon. (Revelation 17 & 18)
4. Mystery of the rapture. (I Corinthians 15:51-53, I Thessalonians 4:16, Gk. harpazo, “caught up” of “snatched up”)
5. Mystery of Israel rejecting their Messiah. (Romans 11:25)
6. Mystery of Christ and the church. (Ephesians 3:3; Colossians 1:24-27)
7. Mystery of the will of God. (Ephesians 1:9-3:1)
4. The Greek word used in the above passages that is translated into the English word “mystery” is musterion. It is a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth). Vines states, “In the NT it denotes, not the mysterious (as with the Eng. word), but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit.
In the ordinary sense, a “mystery” implies knowledge withheld; its Scriptural significance is truth revealed. Hence the terms especially associated with the subject are “made known,” “manifested,” “revealed,” “preached,” “understand,” “dispensation.” The definition given above may be best illustrated by the following passage: “the mystery which hath been hidden from all ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to His saints” (Col. 1:26, RV).