Title: Jesus' Triumphal Ride On Palm Sunday - Fulfillment of the Most Precise, the Most Incredible Prophecy In The Entire Bible!
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"Mine Hour Is Not Yet Come"
Jesus' statement, above, always intrigued me, because it seemed so cryptic. While I was growing up and even while I was attending a Christian college, I believed that Jesus was talking about His time on the cross; after all, our Lord died very quickly compared to the average crucifixion victim. Since the word, "hour" is Strong's # 5160 and can mean a very short time, I believed that Jesus was specifically talking about His "hour" on the cross, where He would die an innocent bloody death, a sacrifice which would satisfy the Father's determination to punish sin. Jesus the Perfect paid the penalty for the sins of all the imperfect human beings in the world, for all those who would recognize their sin, their helplessness and their need for Jesus.
Our Christ spoke of this "hour" a number of other times.
"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come." -- John 2:4 -- Strong #5610 - any definite time, point of time, moment
"Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come." - John 7:30 - Strong #5610
"These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come." - John 8:20 - Strong #5610
"And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified." - John 12:23 - Strong #5610
"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come..." - John 17:1 -- Strong #5610
As you can see, each time Jesus spoke of His "hour", He used the Greek word, "ho'-rah", which came to be known as Strong's #5610, and can mean 1) a certain definite time or season fixed by natural law and returning with the revolving year; 1a) of the seasons of the year, spring, summer, autumn, winter; 2) the daytime (bounded by the rising and setting of the sun), a day; 3) a twelfth part of the day-time, an hour, (the twelve hours of the day are reckoned from the rising to the setting of the sun); 4) any definite time, point of time, moment" (Strong's Greek & Hebrew Dictionary)
Still, my spirit could not get away from the hunch that Jesus meant much more than a brief period on the cross. And, after studying the prophecies of Daniel, I came to the abrupt conclusion that Jesus was referring to the fulfillment of Daniel 9:24-27, where God told the Jewish people to calculate the time so they would know the exact day in Israel's history when the True Messiah would present Himself to the Jewish nation as their genuine Messiah, the "Christ" foretold so often in the Old Testament!
Can you imagine the Grace and Mercy of God, to tell His chosen people the exact day on which their Messiah would be proclaimed the Jewish Christ? What a privilege to know this exact day. But, you know the Biblical principle that "to whom much is given, much shall be required". Jesus had every right to expect the people would know when He would appear, because He had revealed the precious secret over 600 years before His birth to a prophet named Daniel.
Let us now study this wonderful prophecy and your faith shall increase dramatically!
The fact that Daniel was a high official of the royal government is highly significant in our study, because only high government officials or high religious leaders had access to books. There was no printing press at that time. The three Wise Men who followed the star were scholars and therefore had access to the writings of Daniel. Further, the three Wise Men were Magi, which was an order of the Pagan Medo-Persian religious order of Zoroaster.("Dictionary Of The Bible, edited by William Smith, The S.S. Scranton Company, Hartford, CT, 1904, p. 501.)
The Magi were ancient interpreters of dreams and were astrologers (monthly prognosticators). We see them in the Bible in the court of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.
Let us now consider this amazing prophecy from the wonderful book of Daniel.
We are going to study the prophecy concerning the timing of the coming of Jesus Christ, given in unbelievable detail 600 years before Jesus was born.
Daniel 9:24-26, "Seventy weeks of years, or 490 years are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city Jerusalem, to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint a holy of holies. Know, therefore, and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until the coming of the anointed one, a prince, shall be seven weeks of years, and sixty-two weeks of years; it shall be built again with city square and moat, but in troublous times. And after the 62 weeks of years, shall the anointed one be cut off (killed) and shall have nothing and no one belonging to and defending Him..."
The remaining one week is found in verse 27, and refers to the last seven years of earth's history, the period which we know as the "Tribulation Period".
The term "Weeks of Years" was a common Jewish term. It meant literally seven (7) years. The term comes from God's commandment in Leviticus 25:3-4 to farm a piece of land for only six years, allowing it to lie fallow for the seventh. This seven-year period came to be known as a "week of years". Therefore, Seventy Weeks of Years was 490 Hebrew years.
Note this prophecy contains three parts:
1. 7 Weeks of Years (49 Hebrew Years)
2. 62 Weeks of Years (434 Hebrew Years)
3. 1 Week of Years (7 Hebrew Years)
At the precise point in history when the 7 + 62 Weeks of Years occurred, Israel could expect Messiah to announce Himself as Messiah, and / or be declared as Messiah by the people themselves. What great news! This means that Israel could not miss Messiah. All they had to do was to count and be aware of this particular prophecy.Let us now consider the meaning of the prophecy.
I. The Duration of the Prophecy
This prophecy stipulated that Messiah would be presented to Israel and would be killed after 69 weeks of years had elapsed from the precise starting point. When we multiply 69 times 7, we understand that the time involved here equals 483 Jewish years. Since the Jewish calendar contains 360 days, we can easily see that God is talking about 173,880 days. Therefore, we can expect that 173,880 days after the prophecy started, the Messiah would present Himself to Israel as Messiah-King.
II. The Starting Point of the Prophecy (Daniel 9:25a)
In this verse , God said the prophecy would begin "from the going forth (the issuing) of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem..." At the time God gave Daniel this prophecy, Israel was a slave nation under Babylon; however, God had foretold that this slavery would last only 70 years. This 70-year period was rapidly coming to a close; indeed, non-Jewish history records that the Medo-Persian emperor Artaxerxes issued such a decree on March 14, 445 B.C. Therefore, precisely 173,880 days from this day should bring us to some significant event in Jesus' life which presented Him to the nation Israel as Messiah.
III. The Mathematics Of The Prophecy
A. The First Seven Weeks (49 Jewish Years)
If you study the book of Nehemiah, you will find the account of the Jewish pilgrimage to rebuild Jerusalem following King Artaxerxes' decree. The prophet Nehemiah assumed charge of this rebuilding effort, which was carried out in such extreme hardship and danger that the builders carried swords with them as they were building the walls. Thus was fulfilled precisely the prophecy in verse 25b,"...it shall be built again with city square and moat, but in troublous times."
This effort began in 445 B.C. and culminated in 396 B.C., exactly 49 years, just as God foretold.
B. The Second Period (62 Weeks of Years, 434 years)
Daniel 9:26 foretells that the "anointed One" would come after this period and would then be killed. This wording is understood by most conservative scholars to refer to Jesus Christ, not at His birth, but at His presentation as the Messiah-Prince. "There were only two events in the life of Christ when He was officially set apart. One was His baptism and the other was His triumphal entry into Jerusalem." This latter event has become known as Palm Sunday. When did Palm Sunday occur?
"The Messiah (Jesus) came to Jerusalem on Passover in the year A.D. 32, which was April 6."
C. The two periods combined (7 + 62 = 69 Weeks of Years, or 483 Jewish years, or 173,880 days).
* When we count from March 14, 445 B.C. to April 6, 32 A.D., we have 477 years, 24 days. However, we must deduct one year because only one year lapses between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D. This gives us 476 years, 24 days or 173,764 days.
* Then, we must add 119 days to account for the 119 leap years during these 476 years (476 divided by 4). Now, we have 173,883 days.
* However, there is a slight inaccuracy in the Julian calendar when compared to the solar year. The Royal Observatory in London calculates that a Julian year is 1/128th of a day longer than the Jewish solar year. When we multiply 476 years times 1/128, we get three days. Subtracting three from our figure above, we arrive at the 173,880 days.
Therefore, there are exactly 69 Weeks of Years (173,880 days) between the decree of King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C. to rebuild Jerusalem to Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D.!! God foretold to the day when Messiah would present Himself to Israel as their Messiah-King. We see this event recorded in Matthew 21:1-11.
Now we come to the next point: God had so wonderfully foretold to Daniel the exact day on which Messiah was to announce Himself as King.
Jesus fulfilled this prophecy to the day when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, while the people proclaimed Him as their Messiah. This event is celebrated each year as "Palm Sunday". This day was exactly 69 Weeks of Years (173,880 days) following the decree of King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C.! All the Jewish people had to do is to keep alert and keep counting, throughout the generations following Artaxerxes' decree! Had they done this, they would not have missed Jesus as their Messiah, would not have killed Him, and perhaps, the promises given to Millennial Israel could have come true right then.
(But, of course, then mankind would not have the FREE gift of eternal life through Jesus' sacrifice, but that is another story for another day.)
Why Israel's spiritual leaders missed this prophecy, when the "pagan" Magi did not, is a fitting question. (Read full details in NEWS1751, entitled, "THE THREE WISE MEN WHO CAME TO WORSHIP JESUS -- HOW DID THEY KNOW WHEN TO COME AND HOW DID THEY KNOW A JEWISH KING WAS ABOUT TO BE BORN? ")
The answer as to why Israel's spiritual leaders missed the fulfillment of this remarkable prophecy is really quite simple. Several hundred years before Christ was born, Jewish leaders began to believe and to propagate two erroneous teachings. First, they taught that the sacred Scriptures could not be taken literally because they were not totally inspired by God, and thus contained errors. Secondly, they taught that prophecies were not to be taken literally, but spiritually. Prophetic books such as Daniel were not even taught anymore because they contained so much prophecy. After several generations had come and gone, each believing this nonsense, spiritual leaders of Jesus' day were completely unaware of this prophecy.
Thus, they were unaware of the "time of their visitation".
The significance of this study to today is both simple and obvious. The same wrong teaching concerning inspiration of the Bible and its inerrancy is occurring throughout this world. Most people today are unaware that all 300+ prophecies concerning Jesus' Second Coming are coming to pass or have already occurred. These people are unaware that this has never occurred before. Therefore, many people will miss Jesus' Second Visitation, to their eternal peril.
Jesus said emphatically that we who are familiar with Second Coming prophecy would be able to know that He is close to arriving (Matthew 24:33). Jesus also told us what kind of attitude we Christians are to have as we see His Second Coming approaching; in Mark 13:37, He said, "What I say to you, I say to everybody: Give strict attention, be cautious, active, alert, and watch!" This means that each of us should be actively witnessing to our co-workers and friends, we should be very alert to world events as they are occurring, and we should watch our Scriptures daily so the Holy Spirit can keep us true to Jesus Christ as we enter this deceiving time.
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