|Luke 19:37,38 |
37 And when he had come near at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen,4
38 Saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"
4 The Jewish prophet, Daniel, prophesied the exact year of the Messiah's coming in the Book of Daniel, detailed below:
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (Daniel Chapter 9, verse 24).
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 [69 total weeks]. The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times, [the rebuilders were frequently attacked by their fearful neighboring nations]. (Daniel 9:25)
69 weeks x 7 days/week=483 days. The Book of Numbers 14:33-34 and the Book of Ezekiel 4:4-6, both show us how a day is a year in Old Testament prophecy. By the Lord's explanations above, the 483 days of prophecy is really 483 years. The Messiah was prophesied by Daniel to appear 483 years after the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem's wall was to be issued, which was in 444 BC to Nehemiah. However, the Jewish year was 360 days; so adjusting for our calendar years, the time calculates: 483 years x 360 days/year=173,880 days/365.25 days/year=476 years. If we count 443 years before the birth as the first of the 476 years because there is no "Zero" year, (the years go from 1 BC to 1 AD); that leaves the prophesied date to be 476-443=33 AD "the coming of the Messiah, the Prince," very close to the time (34 AD) when Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the foal, to be crucified within the week. See Letters of Love to the Jews for more on this prophecy and many more extensively discussed by George Fox.