Messianic Prophecy Daniel 9:24&25
The Targums- the Aramaic translation of the Bible, form a part of the Jewish traditional literature: they have existed for centuries, some say going back to the time of the second Temple. Daniel 9:24,25&26., from the Orthodox Jewish Bible. “Shivi’im heptads is decreed upon thy people and upon thy Ir Kodesh( Holy City), to restrain the peysha(transgression), and to make an end of chattat(sin), and to make kapporah for avon, and to bring in Tzedek Olamim (everlasting righteousness), and to seal up the chazon and navi, and to anoint the Kodesh Hakodashim. Have da’as, therefore, and get seichel, that from the going forth fo the decree to restore and to rebuild Yerushalayim unto Moshiach Nagid shall be shivah heptads, and threescore and two heptads, the rechov shall be built again, and the charutz, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two keptads, yikaret(will be cut off)Moshiach(Yeshayah 53:8)but not for Himself…
“I have examined and searched all the Holy Scriptures, and have not found the time for the coming of Messiah, clearly fixed, except in the words of Gabriel to the prophet Daniel, which are written in the ninth chapter from the prophecy of Daniel .” R. Moses Avraham Levi.
“He (Jonathan) moreover sought to make a Targum of the Hagiographa; but the Bath Kol came forth and said, ‘Enough.’ And why might he not execute a Targum of the Hagiographa? Because the end about the Advent of the Messiah is revealed in it. Rashi says in Daniel .” Megillah(fol.3,a.) Quotes from Messiah in the Tanach, Targums, and Talmuds.
It has been argued that Daniel’s prophecies can’t be relied upon, because when he penned them, inspired by the Ruach HaKodesh, he was not in the Land. If we’re going to apply that qualification to the Navi’im, then Moshe Avenu didn’t have the credentials either, as he never entered the land: and I would venture to say that this statement would make multitudes bristle with a less that joyous emotion.
Daniel mentions both Cyrus and Darius in the 6 th chapter, verse 28. Gubaru, or Darius served Cyrus for approximately one year, 539-538 B.C.E., after which Cyrus appointed his son Cambyses as vice regent. Therefore, it seems reasonable to place his inspired autographs at around this date. Critical scholars cast aspersions on Daniel’s writings as having to have been written much latter because of the panorama of history that is pre-written by Daniel. He literally writes history from his time to the end of history as we know it. These same scholars don’t question the creation of the world by G-D, nor do they question prophecies by other prophets. Daniel’s prophecies throw a wrench into their faith because of the precision of detail, and the far-reaching nature of full-fillment. They literally pinpoint the coming of the Messiah: and when the proper decree is used out of Nechemyah Chapter 2, even a very young person can do the math.
Daniel 9:24-26 declare,” Shivi’im heptads is decreed upon they people and upon thy Ir Kodesh (Holy City), to restrain the peysha(transgression), and to make an end of chattat(sin), and to make kapporah for avon, and to bring in Tzedek Olamim(Everlasting Righteousness),and to seal up the chazon and navi, and to anoint the Kodesh HaKodashim. Have da’as, therefore, and get seichel, that from the going forth of the decree to restore and to rebuild Yerushalayim unto Moshiach Nagid, shall be shivah heptads, and threescore and two heptads; the rechov shall be built again, and the charutz, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two heptads, yikaret(will be cut off) Moshiach (Yeshaya 53:8), but not for himself(Yeshayah 53:4-6,8: and the troops of the coming Nagid shall destroy the Ir and the Kodesh(Beis Hamikdash, i.e., shall come with a flood, and unto the end there shall be war. Desolations are determined.”
The angel Gabriel is telling Daniel that Seventy Sevens or weeks are determined about your people to finish 6 things. Of these 6 things none have been completed for the Nation of Israel. Atonement was indeed made for her by her Messiah, but as of this writing, only a minority percentage, have come to embrace our Redeemer.
Thus it begs the question if 69 weeks of years have transpired: verse 25,” Have da’as, therefore, and get seichel, that from the going forth of the decree to restore and to rebuild Yerushalayim unto Moshiach Nagid shall be shivah heptads, and threescore and two heptads; the rechov shall be built again, and the charutz, even in troublous times.” After those 62 weeks, ( which follow the 7 weeks prior to them, as stated in the preceding verse), the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing.” Cut off is a Hebraism for suffer a violent, Judicial death: AGAIN, if the 69 weeks have transpired , then what about the 70 th week.
Many times in the Tenach there is a gap of time, sometimes thousands of years between one verse and another. An example of this is in ZEKHARYA 9:9&!0 says,”Rejoice greatly, O bat Tziyon; shout, O Bat Yerushalayim, hinei, thy Melech cometh unto thee, tzaddik, and having Salvation; ani(lowly, meek), and riding upon a chamor, even upon a colt the foal of a donkey.(Mt 21:5; Yn 12:15. This has already happened, of course when Yeshua road in over 2,000 years ago. Then verse 10, “And I will cut off the chariot from Ephrayim, and the war horse from Yerushalayim, and the battle bow whall be cut off. He shall proclaim shalom unto the Goyim; and His (Moshiach’s) dominion shall be from yam even to yam, and from the ( Euphrates) river even to the ends of ha’aretz.” This has not happened, thus there has now been two thousand years between verse 9, and verse 10.
There has now also been a gap of two-thousand years between the 69 th and 70 th week. We know the 70 th week hasn’t happened yet because none of the 6 things mentioned in verse 24 have happened for the Nation of Israel. However we can show how the first 69 weeks have already taken place, as long as we pick the proper decree.
There are four decrees and 3 of them disqualify themselves, in determining the starting time for the beginning of the 69 weeks of years. This potentially would be a problem as the Medo-Persian kings issued more than one decree. One by Cyrus in 538 or 537 B.C.E.. The second by Darius in 519 B.C.E., the third by Artaxerxes in 458 B.C.E.; and the fourth by Artaxerxes in 444B.C.E.
We know from scripture that an event took place several years after the first three took place that illustrates conclusively that the first three decrees did not accomplish what is stated in Daniel 9. Sometime after the third decree by Artaxerxes in 458 B.C.E. Israel’s enemies successfully sabotaged the effort to rebuild Jerusalems’ walls. They wrote a letter to the King stating that the purpose was to have fortification and defenses for a rebellion against the King. Artaxerxes promptly put a stop to the rebuilding process until 444BCE. G-D in His orchestration of history, was Sovereignly at work in the precise wording of the negation of the decree in “Ezra 4:17-22.
In the sovereign Hand of G-D, He in Daniel 6:8 wove into Medo-Persian law, that no king could reverse an earlier decree made by himself, or one of his royal predecessors. In light of this providential law, if any of the three earlier decrees had allowed the Jews to bring to completion the aforementioned decree, then Artaxerxes could not have issued this later decree forbidding the rebuilding of the walls. Thus these three decrees disqualify themselves based on scripture, and the only one that can be used for the starting point of the 69 weeks of years is Nechemyas’ in chapter two of his scroll.
It was March or Nisan of the year 444B.C.E. when Nechemya was given permission to go back and rebuild the walls. If one multiplies 69x7, you come up with 483 years. Then we must convert the Solar years into Lunar years because that is what the Nation lives by, and then use approximately 476 years we come up with C.E. 32. Its’ hard to know whether to count 0 or not, so it could be 31 C.E. We also know that Herod called for the deaths of all Jewish boys, 2 years old and younger, and he died in 4 C.E. C.E.. The discrepancy comes from the changes in calendars but we are between 28, and 31.C.E.
Who suffered a violent, judicial death in those years, claimed to be the Meshiac, performed Messianic miracles that even the Pharisees didn’t deny were miracles; then rose from the dead and changed world history’s dating system because of His life.
Not only did Daniel prophecy of His coming and year of His atoning death, but Yesha-Yahu in 49:6 says,”And He said, It is too small a thing that Thou shouldest be Eved to Me to raize up the Shivtei Ya’akov, and to bring back the Netzurei Yisroel(Preserved of Israel, the She’erit); I will also give Thee for Ohr Goyim, that Thou mayest be My Yeshuah (salvation) unto the ketzeh ha’aretz.”
This Branch of David, Avraham’s seed, from the tribe of Yehuda, literally came when prophesied that the Anointed Messiah was supposed to come, died the death it was prophesied He would die, and now is preached not only among the illuminated Jews, but over the entire earth among the goyim, as stated in Yesha-Yahus prophecy would happen.
As you can clearly see, Ha Shem has not left us without a sacrifice. He has not left us without a blood Kippura. He has not left us without a way to be forgiven. In the Brit Chadasha, in the Book of Hebrews, Ha Shem says, Chapter 10: verse’s 12&13 say,”But rebbe, Melech Ha Moshiach, having offered up one Korban for chatta’im for all time, YASHAV LIMIN HASHEM (sat down at the right hand of G-D Ps110;1) Waiting from that time onward until ‘OYVAV (His enemies) be made a footstool for his feet’.”You will recognize these parashas as coming from Tehillam 110, a recognized Messianic prophecy from both the Jewish and Messianic community.
Thus we have seen how the Tenach definitively points to the exact time when the Moshiach had to be a Korban for Chatta’im, and once again Ha Shem has not left us without a G-D ordained path to forgiveness and relationship with Him.