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The Most Amazing Prophecy Fulfilled by Jesus

But just think about the significance of this prophecy: God revealed in the Old Testament His specific foreknowledge of a major Biblical event in the New Testament, right down to the very day.

The Book of Daniel is a is a historical and prophetic Old Testament book of the Bible authored by Daniel, a noble Jew exiled in Babylon, set during the 6th century BC. In chapter 9 Daniel prophesies the exact day that Jesus would reveal Himself to the world as their king. In chapter nine Daniel writes,

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed (Daniel 9:20-23)

How astonishing it must have been for Daniel to have God respond to his prayers by sending the Angel Gabriel to answer them in great detail. In verse 25 Gabrial says to Daniel:

Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens,” and sixty-two “sevens.”

It’s fair to ask what Daniel means by the phrase, “the Anointed One, the rule comes.” The “Anointed One” is a familiar term for the Messiah, but does “ ruler comes” refer to His birth, the date He began His ministry, or his entrance into Jerusalem? His entrance would be the most logical conclusion since it is the day that He introduced Himself to the world as its king. The event is the fulfillment of another prophecy, Zechariah 9:9:

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
    Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
    righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

People would recognize their King and Messiah as the one who enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey.

Back to our timeline: We know from Nehemiah 2:1-8 that the Persian king Artaxerxes gave the word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, and this took place on March 5, 444 BC. We know that in Daniel “weeks” means “seven units,” so the math looks like this: (7 x 7) + (62 x 7) = 49 + 434 = 483 years.

People in Daniel’s day used the Lunar Calendar and not the Solar Calendar. It has 360 days: 12 months of 30 days. So, if we do some numbers crunching…

      • 483 lunar years: 360 x 483 = 173,880 days
      • Convert those days back into solar years: 173,880 ÷ 365.2422 = 476.068 years.
      • Convert the decimal part (0.068) to days (0.068 x 365.2422 = 24.8 days)

The time prophesized for the Messiah to arrive comes out to be 476 years and 25 days. Adding this number to March 5, 444 BC—the date on which the decree to rebuild Jerusalem was issued—brings us to March 30, AD 33, the very day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Was Jesus’s Arrival Accurately Predicted in the Bible?).

I’m grateful that there are people in this world a lot smarter than me that have an interest in prophetic Scriptures. I doubt that if it were left up to me, I would have ever figured it out. But just think about the significance of this prophecy: God revealed in the Old Testament His specific foreknowledge of a major Biblical event in the New Testament, right down to the very day. It’s one of many reasons that we can believe that the stories of Christ’s death and resurrection are true and that He is indeed the King of the world.

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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