The Fact that Messiah Has Come
(Makes all bible prophecy MORE SURE)
There are over 300 Messianic
Prophecies regarding the FIRST coming of Messiah. The odds
against anyone fulfilling them are what most mathematicians would
consider infinite. The probability against anyone fulfilling them
is 10 to the 39th power. That is 10 with 39 zeroes. No one can
pronounce such a number. Yet the Messiah has come and
accomplished the impossible by fulfilling these prophecies.
HERE IS THE NUMBER - 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Only the One True G-d, the G-d of Israel, could overcome such odds against the fulfillment of prophecies regarding Messiah. Only the One True G-d could accomplish this. The prophet Daniel in 12:4 was told "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Is Knowledge increasing with today's computer technology? Are people afforded greater mobility to run to and fro with modern air travel? Has the G-d of Israel lifted the seal from Daniel's prophecy? There is good reason to believe that we may now understand all that G-d gave Daniel for us to know regarding Messiah and the time of the end. We have a MORE SURE word of prophecy because Messiah has come. Because Messiah has come we may be MORE SURE of all the words of the bible prophets. Because Messiah has come we may be MORE SURE when He will come again, IF we obey the command of the L-rd to TAKE HEED.
Messiah must be born & be killed at a certain specified time. Dan 9:25 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. (7(7's) + 62(7's) = 483 prophecy years of 360 days each) weeks = shabuwa', literally. sevened, that is a week (specifically of years):--seven, weeks of years. Dan 9:26 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. (Messiah will be killed, but not for His own offence, 476 years after the decree to rebuild) Fulfillment Neh 2:1 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence. (445B.C.) Neh 2:17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. Neh 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my G-d which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work. What is the most significant historical event that happened 476 years after the 445 B.C. decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem? The only honest answer is the death, burial, and resurrection of Messiah Yeshua. (Messiah to be cut off in 32 A.D) The prophecy of Daniel 9 is so astounding and important, especially for that generation which will witness the regathering of Israel. This generation will likely witness the return of Messiah the Prince of Peace, King of Kings. This brief look at Messianic Prophecy will conclude with some more detailed discussion of the amazing Prophecy of Daniel.
Seed of woman or virgin birth Prophecy Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Fulfillment Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, G-d sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Yeshua Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Descendent of Abraham Prophecy - Messiah must be Jewish Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Fulfillment Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Yeshua Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Descendent of Isaac, not Ishmael Gen 17:19 And G-d said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. Fulfillment Luke 3:34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,
Descendent of Jacob, not Esau Num 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. Fulfillment Mat 1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas .... Must be from the tribe of Judah Gen 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. Fulfillment Luke 3:33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,
Must be heir to the throne of David Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Fulfillment Luke 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord G-d shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Must be anointed and eternal Psa 45:6 Thy throne, O G-d, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Psa 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore G-d, thy G-d, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Psa 102:25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. Psa 102:26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: Psa 102:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Fulfillment Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O G-d, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Heb 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore G-d, even thy G-d, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: Heb 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; Heb 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Must be born in Bethleham Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Fulfillment Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) Luke 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Daniel's prophecy of the seventy 'sevens' (weeks) (vv. 24 -27) provides the chronological frame for Messianic prediction from Daniel to the establishment of the kingdom on earth and also a key to its interpretation. Its main features are as follows: (1) The entire prophecy is concerned primarily with Daniel's "people" and their "holy city" - i.e. Israel and Jerusalem. (2) Two princes are mentioned; the first is named "Messiah, the Prince" (v. 25); the second is described as "the prince that shall come" (v. 26), a reference to the "little horn" of ch. 7:8, whose "people" would destroy the rebuilt Jerusalem after the cutting off of the Messianic Prince (v. 26). (3) The "seventy 'sevens' " of the prophecy are weeks of years, an important sabbatical time-measure in the Jewish calendar. Violation of the command to observe the sabbatical year brought the judgment of the Babylonian captivity and determined its length of seventy years. Cp. Lev 25:1 - 22; 26:33 - 35; 2 Chr 36:19 - 21; Dan 9:2. Compare also Gen 29:26 - 28 for use of "week" to indicate seven years. (4) These 490 prophetic years are each 360 days long. This is proved by the Biblical references to the seventieth week of seven years, which is divided into two halves (v. 27), the latter half being variously designated as "a time, and times, and the dividing of time" (Dan 7:25; cp. Rev 12:14); forty-two months (Rev 11:2; 13:5); or 1260 days (Rev 11:3; 12:6). In this connection it should be remembered that, in the grand sweep of prophecy, prophetic time is invariably so near as to give full warning, so indeterminate as to give no satisfaction to mere curiosity (cp. Mat 24:36; Acts 1:7). (5) The beginning of the seventy weeks is fixed as "the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem" and its wall (v. 25). The only decree in Scripture authorizing the rebuilding of the city and its wall is recorded in Neh 2; dated in "the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king" (i.e. 445 B.C.), it is well attested in ancient history. From this date as a beginning, the first sixty-nine weeks reach to "the Messiah, the Prince." (6) At a later time, "after the threescore and two weeks" which follow the first "seven weeks" (i.e. after sixty-nine weeks), two important events will take place: (1) Messiah will be "cut off" and will have none of His regal rights ("but not for himself"). And (2) the rebuilt city and sanctuary will again be destroyed, this time by "the people" of another "prince" who is yet to come. It is generally agreed that these two events were fulfilled in the death of Messiah Yeshua and the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome in A.D. 70. Both events are placed before the seventieth week of v. 27. Hence a period of at least forty years between the death of Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem must intervene between the sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks. (7) The main events of the final "one 'seven' " (v. 27) are as follows: (1) There is a seven-year "covenant" made by the future Roman prince (the "little horn" of 7:8) with the Jews. (2) In the middle of the week there is a forcible interruption of the Jewish ritual of worship by the Roman prince who introduces "abominationS" that renders the sanctuary "desolate". (3) At the same time he launches persecution against the Jews. And (4) the end of the seventieth week brings judgment upon the desolator and also brings "everlasting righteousness" (v. 24 - i.e. the blessings of the Messianic kingdom). The proof that this final week has not yet been fulfilled is seen in the fact that Messiah definitely relates its main events to His second coming (Mat 24:6,15). Hence, during the interim between the sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks there must lie the whole period of the Church set forth in the N.T. but not revealed in the O.T. The interpretation which assigns the last of the seventy weeks to the end of the age is found in the Church Fathers. When this seventieth week was referred to during the first two and one-half centuries of the Christian Church, it was almost always assigned to the end of the age. Irenaeus places the appearance of Antichrist at the end of the age in the last week; in fact, he asserts that the time of Antichrist's tyranny will last just one-half of the week, three years and six months. So likewise Hippolytus states that Daniel "indicates the showing forth of the seven years which shall be in the last times."
70 WEEKS ARE DETERMINED TO WRAP UP EVERYTHING (HEBREW = SEVENTY 7'S = 490 YEARS). FROM THE GOING FOURTH OF THE COMMAND TO REBUILD JERUSALEM UNTIL MESSIAH WOULD BE 7 AND 62 WEEKS (7'S) OR IN EXACTLY 483 YEARS. WHAT WAS TO HAPPEN 483 YEARS FROM THE GOING FORTH OF THE COMMAND TO REBUILD JERUSALEM? MESSIAH THE PRINCE WOULD COME! THIS PROPHECY PREDICTED ALMOST TO THE DAY WHEN YESHUA WOULD ENTER JERUSALEM ON THE FIRST PALM SUNDAY. THAT IS WHY YESHUA TOLD THE PHARISEES EVEN THE VERY ROCKS WOULD CRY OUT IF THE PEOPLE WERE TO REMAIN SILENT. WHAT WAS MESSIAH GOING TO DO? MESSIAH WOULD MAKE AN END OF SINS! MESSIAH WOULD MAKE RECONCILIATION FOR INIQUITY! MESSIAH WOULD BRING EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS! CAN YOU SEE IT? HAD THE PRINCES OF THIS WORLD KNOWN, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY.
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