The Coming of the Messiah
One of the most amazing prophecies in the Old Testament concerns the coming of the Messiah, and it's found in the Book of Daniel.
The angel Gabriel appears to Daniel and reveals to him the exact number of days that will pass between the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem and the time the Messiah will appear in Jerusalem and be killed, "appearing to have accomplished nothing."
Only one historical person's life fulfills this prophecy of the Messiah: Jesus of Nazareth.
This is what Gabriel tells Daniel:
According to the Book of Daniel, 483 years [(7 x 7) + (62 x 7)] will pass between the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One comes.
Since a biblical year is 360 days, we're actually being told that 173,880 days will pass. So to find out if this prophecy was fulfilled, we only need to count forward 173,880 days from the time of the command and see if anyone entered Jerusalem and was killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing.
If such a person exists, the Word of God confirms that person is the Messiah.
So when was the command given?
The Book of Nehemiah tells us.
According to the Book of Nehemiah, the command to rebuild Jerusalem was given in the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes (446 B.C.) during the month of Nisan (March/April).
Using this Calendar Conversion Tool, we can calculate the time frame in which the prophecy must be fulfilled.
Counting 173,880 days into the future from Nissan 1 to Nissan 30 in the year 446 B.C. (the year 3315 in the Jewish Calendar), we learn that the prophecy must be fulfilled between the dates of 13 April A.D. 31 and 12 May A.D. 31:
Gregorian Calendar: 20 March 446 B.C.
+173,880 days (360 days x 483 years)
Gregorian Calendar: A.D. 13 April 31
Gregorian Calendar: 18 April 446 B.C.
+173,880 days (360 days x 483 years)
Gregorian Calendar: A.D. 12 May 31
Did anyone appear in Jerusalem between A.D. 13 April 31 and 12 May A.D. 31 who fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah and was killed, "appearing to accomplish nothing?"
Yes. Jesus of Nazareth.
During the Passover festivities in Jerusalem in the year A.D. 31, Jesus was killed in such a way.
According to David Reagan's commentary on the subject, the New Testament provides evidence that two Sabbaths occurred, one on Thursday and one on Saturday, during the week of Jesus of Nazareth's crucifixion.
Given other historical records and evidence, we can be certain that the crucifixion of Jesus occurred on the 24th of April A.D. 31, a date that falls between the predetermined timeframe of 13 April to 12 May for the Messiah's appearance.
Thus, we can be certain that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the requirements of this messianic prophecy. He also fulfilled all the other messianic Old Testament prophecies.
No other historical figure appeared during the April/May A.D. 31 timeframe who could fulfill this prophecy.
Furthermore, Daniel 9:26 predicted, "after this period of sixty-two sets of seven... a ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the City and the Temple."
Did this happen?
In A.D. 70, thirty-nine years after Jesus was killed, a ruler named Titus (who later became Emperor of Rome), led the Roman legions into Jerusalem where they destroyed the City and the Temple.
This completed the messianic prophecy of Daniel 9:24-26, and made it impossible for anyone to appear after the year A.D. 70 and make a legitimate claim to fulfillment of the messianic prophecies.
History and the Old Testament prophecies are clear: Jesus of Nazareth is the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Holy One of God, and the Lamb of God. As a human being, the most important thing you can do in your life is investigate these claims and build a personal relationship with Jesus.
Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Coming To Jesus and Signs Of The Second Coming. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for FREE when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.
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