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Ever since this promise, humans—particularly Israel—has been asking, “When will Messiah come?” So long have we waited for Messiah that some have given up hope and now believe in only a messianic age in which all peoples will get along. Still the hope lives in the heart of the Jew. HaShem will send His Messiah, but when?

HaShem was careful to leave signs of Messiah throughout the Tanakh, signs we call prophecies. One stands out among them all—the prophecy of Daniel, the seventy sevens. It seems this prophecy tells us the very day Messiah will present himself to Israel. To examine this prophecy, let’s begin with the prophecy itself:

Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sin, and to forgive iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal vision and prophet, and to anoint the most holy place. Know, therefore, and discern, that from the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem unto one anointed, a prince, shall be seven weeks; and for three-score and two weeks [62], it shall be built again, with a broad place and a moat, but in troublous times. And after three-score and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and shall be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but his end shall be with a flood; and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease; and upon the wing of the detestable things shall be that which causes appalment….

The word translated “weeks” in this passage actually means “sevens”; the content of the sevens is left up to the context. Earlier in the chapter we are told that Daniel is thinking about the prophecy of Jeremiah while studying Torah. So, in the context, Daniel is thinking about years. More specifically, he is thinking about 70 years, and it appears he believes it is about time for the establishment of the messianic kingdom. Gabriel shows up and says, “No, Daniel. The messianic kingdom will not come after the 70 years (which would be up in another three years), it will come after 70 sets of seven years.

The prophecy is broken down into three sections: the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the presentation and cutting off of Messiah, and the third temple. The Messiah would be presented to Israel and cut off, and have nothing (Heb. –but not for himself) after 69 sevens. Assuming these are sets of seven years—and we are—this would be 483 years. Using the Jewish calendar, consisting of 360 day per year, this would be 173,880 days.

These sevens were to begin with the decree for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. There were four decrees in this period: one by Cyrus, one by Darius, one by Artexerxes to Ezra, and one by Artexerxes to Nehemiah. The first three dealt exclusively with rebuilding the Temple. The fourth, however, was different.

Tanakh tells us that Nehemiah was depressed. When the king saw this, he asked why. Nehemiah said it was because Jerusalem lay in ruins and that its gates had been destroyed by fire. In response, Artexerxes issued a decree allowing Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple. That was Nisan 1, 3316 (March 1, 444 BCE). If you add 173,880 days to that date, you arrive at Nisan 14, 3760 (March 30, 33 CE).

Did anything of significance happen on this day? It was on this day that Yeshua rode into Jerusalem. Could this have been the Messiah being presented? Zechariah 9:9 says, “Shout. O daughter of Jerusalem; Behold, thy king cometh unto thee, He is triumphant, and victorious, Lowly, and riding upon an ass. Even upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Yeshua rode into Jerusalem on a donkey foal triumphantly with people shouting, “Hoshana l’ben David! Baruch haba b’shem Adonai! (Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!)”

Three days later, he was executed at the hands of Pilate. By his testimony, it was for the forgiveness of sins of the world. This agrees with Isaiah 53:10, which says the suffering servant would die as a guilt offering. Thirty-five years later, at the command of the Caesar in Rome, Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. This seems to fit the prophecy of the first 69 sevens.

Obviously, the final seven has not occurred. But as indicated by the prophecy—unto the end of the war desolations are determined (Heb.—unto the end, war and desolation are determined), Jerusalem was out of Jewish hands for 2000 years and has seen was since the first century. It appears Daniel was accurate. If he was, it looks like Yeshua was—and is—the Messiah HaShem promised Israel.

To quote a messianic Jew, “If Yeshua is not the Messiah, no one should believe in him. If he is Messiah, believing in him is the most Jewish thing you can do.” The messiah was promised to Israel. When he came, he came to Israel. When he returns, it will be to Israel. Today, he is calling to Israel. Psalm 95:7 says, “Today, if you would but hearken to His voice! Harden not your heart….”

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, "I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"—John 8:12

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