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70 Week Prophecy of Daniel

I would like to share with you the most amazing, incredible and convincing Messianic prophecy from the book of Daniel that identifies key events in the life of our Messiah Jesus Christ. It is a mathematical prophecy that predicts the exact day the Messiah would begin his ministry, when the Messiah would be crucified and when his teachings would be spread to the gentiles.

Before we begin we need to do some homework. When dealing with prophetic calculations we are told in Ezekiel to take each day for a year.

Ezekiel 4:6

And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Thus in prophecy 1 day = 1 year

1 weeks = 7 days = 7 years

Examples: 7 weeks = 49 days = 49 prophetic years

62 weeks = 434 days = 434 prophetic years

70 weeks = 490 days = 490 prophetic years

1 year = 360 Days (old calender)

490 x 360 = 176,400 days

Therefore : 70 weeks = 490 years = 176,400 days

Also 69 prophetic weeks = 483 years = 173,880 days

This prophecy is found in Daniel 9:24-27.

Daniel 9:24-27

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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

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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.

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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.

27

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.

Chapter 9:25 explains that this prophecy begins on the Commandment to restore Jerusalem. It also explains that the Temple would be restored in 7 weeks (49 prophetic years), then in threescore and two weeks (62 weeks = 434 prophetic years) the Messiah the Prince is to arrive.

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Records show that the decree to restore and build Jerusalem occurred in 457 BC. This occurred during the Decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus, the Persian ruler. By calculating 457 BC + [49+434 years] (not including the Year 0000 since that never existed) this date comes to the year 27AD. This prophecy predicts that Christ’s ministry should begin in 27AD.

So when did Christ’s ministry begin according to scripture and history?

Records show that Tiberius was appointed in 14AD (Augustus died in August 19th, 14AD), and Luke 3:1-2 explains Christ’s ministry began within the 15th year of Tiberius.

Luke 3:1-2

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, 2.Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness

In todays traditional method of counting years, this comes to the year 28AD, but Luke may have been using any of several methods to define the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar.

Lets have a closer look.

Jesus was born during the reign of Herod the Great, who ruled Judea until March or April of 4 B.C., when he died (Encyclopedia Britannica on the web).

“…Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king …” (Matthew 2:1 KVJ)

It is unknown how soon Jesus was born before Herod’s death. However, Jesus was born no later than April, 4 B.C., the latest possible month of Herod’s death.

In eastern provinces [of the Roman empire]…years were reckoned from the accession of the reigning emperor, the second beginning on the first New Years day after the accession, and the date on which this occurred varied from one province to another. (Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, IL, USA: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. 1994, vol 15, p. 421)

Based on the above passage, Luke may have counted Tiberius’ accession year (the time between Tiberius’ August accession and the following New Years day) as his first regnal year.  The earliest possible New Years day may have been in the Jewish lunar month of Tishri (September/October).

“R. Hisda said: The rule [that New Year for kings is in Nisan] was only meant to apply to the kings of Israel, but the years of non-Israelitish kings are reckoned from Tishri…” (Talmud, Rosh HaShanah, 3a)

Or the New Years day may have been, as the passage below states, on October 1.

Luke possibly used the Syrian method, which counted the interval between Aug. 19 and the beginning of the new year (Oct. 1) as the first regnal year. In that case, the fifteenth year extended from, Oct.1, 27AD till Oct. 1, 28AD. Jesus, therefore, was baptized toward the end of the year 27. (Brown, Raymond Edward. The Jerome Bible Commentary. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA: Prentice Hall, 1968 [Logos Library System 2.1, 1997])

Based on the information in the three quoted passages above, the earliest possible first regnal year of Tiberius extended between August, A.D. 14 and the autumn of A.D. 14. His earliest possible second regnal year extended between the autumn of A.D. 14 and the autumn of A.D. 15. John the Baptist’s ministry, therefore, began no earlier than the autumn of A.D. 27. John baptized Jesus sometime afterward. The Jordan river, between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, is below sea level, and the weather there is warm year round, so Jesus could have been baptized at any time of year.
Below is a summary of what has been presented so far:

  • Herod the Great died in March or April of 4 B.C.

  • Jesus was born no later than April of 4 B.C., while Herod was alive.

  • John the Baptist began his ministry in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar.

  • The earliest possible time for the beginning of the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign was the autumn of A.D. 27.

So we are witness to this incredible prophecy, which predicted the exact year Jesus of Nazareth would begin his ministry. Jesus Christ is the only true biblical Messiah.

So far we have dealt with the first 69 weeks. In Daniel 9:27, we read that “..and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”. This refers to the final week of prophecy. The final week, which is composed of 7 prophetic years is divided into two 3½ years duration from the baptism. After the first 3½ years, it is predicted the Messiah will be crucified and sacrificed on the cross for humanity. 3½ years from the fall of 27AD leads us to the spring of 31AD. Thus, Christ was crucified exactly on time.

The correct translation of the words “..cut off..” in 9:26 comes from the word Karat, which meas to eliminate, to kill, to execute. This prophecy depicts the death of Jesus Christ. These verses tell that the Messiah would die by crucifixion on the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month in the year 31AD. And these predictions have been fulfilled in every detail.

The final 3½ years of the prophecy brings us to 34AD. According to the prophecies of Daniel, God’s covenant with the Jews would cease in 34AD. Thus the sacrificial system was complete and perfected as Jesus our Messiah fulfilled this. In 34AD, Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned. The Jewish leaders rejected the Gospel and it went to the Gentiles, thus completing the final phase of the 70 week prophecy.

Below is the final expression of the 70 week prophecy of Daniel.

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Posted on August 31st, 2009 by admin  |  1 Comment »

The prophecies of Jesus Christ

Why is prophecy important?

  • Prophecy Makes Up Over One-Fourth of the Bible
  • Prophecy is Exalted by God Himself
  • Prophecy Proves the Authority of Scripture
  • Prophecy Arms the Believer Against Cultism
  • Prophecy Challenges the Believer to Holy Service
  • Prophecy provides the most powerful evidence which validate that our Holy Bible was written outside of our space time domain by an extraterrestrial source

In Old Testament times there were men known as prophets who declared or spoke forth God’s word. These prophets were “mouthpieces” of God with personalities similar to ours, and they would get a Word from the Lord and speak it out using their own personalities, and the message spoken out or written was the very word of God. Therefore it says:

2 Peter 1:20
knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

According to J. Barton Payne, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, there are:

  • 8,362 predictive verses
  • 1,817 predictions
  • 737 separate matter

The first question we need to investigate is when the Old Testament was penned and completed. The Tenach was completed approximately 400 BC. These Hebrew scriptures were translated into Greek by 270 BC, known as the Septuagint version. Comparing the original Hebrew texts with the Septuagint version validates that the 300+ prophecies detailing the Coming Messiah were written before his arrival.

“Some skeptics have suggested that these prophecies were accidentally or coincidentally fulfilled by Jesus. According to the Science of Probability the chance of any one human being – up until the present – fulfilling a selection of just eight of these prophecies (including the one on the crucifixion) is 1×1017 . And here we are considering only 8 prophecies. What if we were to consider 48 prophecies? The chance then becomes virtually zero at 1×10157 .

Evidence The Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell

Approximately 300 prophecies have been penned in the Old testament which give us detailed events proclaiming the Messiah’s place of his birth, the manner of his birth, his betrayal and the manner of his death.

Below are several important prophecies Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled:

He was to be of David’s family; 2 Samuel 7:12-16, Psalms 89:3-4, 110:1, 132:11, Isaiah 9:6, 7, 11:1

He would be born of a virgin; Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14

He would be born in Bethlehem; Micah 5:2

He would sojourn in Egypt; Hosea 11:1

He would live in Galilee; Isaiah 9:1, 2

He would live in Nazareth; Isaiah 11:1

To be announced by an Elijah-like herald; Isaiah 40:3-5, Malachi 3:1, 4:5

Would occasion massacre of Bethlehem’s children; Genesis 35:19-20, Jeremiah 31:15

Would proclaim a Jubilee to the world; Isaiah 58:6, 61:1

His mission would include the Gentiles; Isaiah 42:1-4

Ministry would be one of healing; Isaiah 53:4

The messiah would work through miracles; Isaiah 35:5,6

He would teach through parables; Isaiah 6:9-10, Psalms 78:2

He would be disbelieved, rejected by Rulers ; Psalms 69:4, 118:22, Isaiah 6:10, 29:13, 53:1

Would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem; Zechariah 9:9, Psalms 118:26

Betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver; Zechariah 11:1-13, Psalms 41:9

He would face the 7 events of trial; Isaiah 50:6

Would be like a smitten shepherd; Zechariah 13:7

Would be given vinegar and gall; Psalms 69:21

They would cast lots for His garments; Psalms 22:18

His Side would be pierced; Zechariah 12:10, Psalms 22:16

Not a bone would be broken; Exodus 12:46, Numbers 9:12, Psalms 34:20

Would die among malefactors; Isaiah 53:9, 12

His dying words foretold; Psalms 22:1, 31:5

Would be buried by a rich man; Isaiah 53:9

Rise from the dead on the 3rd day; Genesis 22:4, Psalms 16:10-11, John 1:17

Resurrection followed by destruction of Jerusalem; Daniel 9:26, 11:31, 12:1, 11

Posted on August 1st, 2009 by admin  |  1 Comment »

Did Jesus really exist?

Here are a few evidences, one in a stone plaque and the others from outside sources to confirm the New Testament.

Pontius Pilate is one of the main historical figures in the New Testament. He was the Roman governor of Judaea from 26 CE to 36 CE; in this capacity, he was responsible for the execution of Jesus of Nazareth. The photo below is a plaque with both the names of Tiberius and Pontius Pilate written in stone, providing evidence of their existence. The plaque sais:
. . . . . . S TIBERIEVM
. . [PO]NTIVS PILATVS
[PRAE]CTVS IVDA[EA]E

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Tacitus, the roman historian writings in 115AD, speaks about Nero’s persecuting of the Christians in the year 46AD, stating; “Christus…was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius’

The Talmud (Jewish traditions from the 3rd century) says “on the eve of the Passover they hanged Jeshu of Nazareth”

Josephus Ben Matthias is a well known ancient Jewish historian. In his books of Josephus, there are two mentions of Jesus’ existence. First, in a section in Book 18 dealing with various actions of Pilate, the extant texts refer to Jesus and his ministry. Second, in Book 20 there is what could be called a passing reference to Jesus in a paragraph describing the murder of Jesus’ brother, James, at the hands of Ananus, the High Priest.

Posted on July 17th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

Scripture that declares Jesus Christ is God

From the Authorized King James Bible of 1611

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Isaiah 7:14

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son (Jesus Christ), and shall call his name Immanuel (God with Man)

John 6:38

For I (Jesus Christ) came down from heaven

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word (Jesus Christ) was God

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost; these are one

Ephesians 3:9

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ

Colossians 1:16

For by him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in the heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

Hebrews 1:2,10

Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he (Jesus Christ) made the worlds

And, Thou, Lord (Jesus Christ), in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the works of thine hands

1 Corinthians 15:3,4

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how the Christ died for our sings according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day

Titus 2:13

Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ

Proverbs 8:22

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old

1 Timothy 3:17

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh

John 8:24

“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins”

John 10:30

I and the Father are one

Philippines 2:5-7

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men

1 John 3:16

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”

Isaiah 9:7

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

John 1:14

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth

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Posted on March 10th, 2009 by admin  |  No Comments »

When was Jesus Christ of Nazareth born?

Was Jesus was born on December 25th?

Wikipedia defines Christmas as follows:

Christmas also referred to as Christmas Day or Christmastide, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that marks and honors the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Is this correct ? There is actually no scripture to give us an exact date of birth, but there are clues.

Note that, at the time of Christ’s birth, the shepherds tended their flocks in the fields at night. “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields,” wrote one Gospel writer, “keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). A common practice of shepherds was keeping their flocks in the field from April to October, but in the cold and rainy winter months they took their flocks back home and sheltered them.

As these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact, which casts considerable light upon this disputed point

It seems concrete that Jesus was NOT born in December. In fact December 25th is actually the birth day given to all the pagan gods. A coincidence? Definately not. This date was deliberately assigned to celebrate the pagan tradition of the birth of the sun (or sun gods). The early churches (non Christian) created this date to suit their own agenda and the whole world has fallen for it.

Posted on March 9th, 2009 by admin  |  2 Comments »

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