Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler-the Anointed One-comes.
A pastor once said he didn't preach on prophecy because prophecy distracts people from the present. One of his colleagues responded, "Then there's certainly a lot of distraction in the Scriptures."
One of the towering prophetic chapters in the Bible is Daniel 9. This landmark text lays out of the divine timetable for some key events.
Daniel gives the exact time that the Messiah would arrive in Jerusalem-sixty-nine "weeks" in the future. Using the Babylonian calendar of 360 days, Sir Robert Anderson, a theologian who also served in Scotland Yard, computed that 483 years would equal 173,880 days.
Artaxerxes Longimanus gave the command to rebuild the city on March 14, 445 BC. Anderson determined that 173,880 days later would be April 6, AD 32, known to the Jewish people as the ninth day of the month of Nisan. This date was very significant because it was the time when lambs were selected for Passover. According to Luke 19, during the ninth day of Nisan (April 6, AD 32), Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on a donkey. He arrived at the exact time of Daniel's prophecy.
Today's story reassures us that God is right on time. You can trust the Lord with your life and rest assured that he knows the end from the beginning in all things.
In His strong love,