“If the Scribes and the Pharisees understood the prophecies of the Bible ….they would have accepted Yeshua (Jesus in the Greek) as the Messiah” ~ Walter Veith
Daniel 8:3 “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.”
Kingdom of Medo-Persia, the Medes came to power with Darius, the Persians were stronger than the Medes and came to power sooner and the two combined forces.
Daniel 8:5-6 “And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west (Greece) on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn (Alexander the Great) between his eyes.
And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.”
A massive war between Greece and Medo-Persia.
Daniel 8:8 “Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; (Alexander died) and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.”
Alexander’s empire being divided between four of his generals: Cassander, Ptolemy, Antigonus, and Seleucus (known as The Diadochi or `successors’).
Egypt, governed by Ptolemy I Soter allowed for Judaism in Jerusalem to flourish with very little intervening in the 3rd century BCE. However, during the 2nd century BCE, the Seleucids having gained dominance over Judea went to enforce a dominion over Egypt and the Jews.
Daniel 8:13-14 “Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”
Daniel 8:23-26 “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (Antiochus Epiphanes)
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Antiochus Epiphanes a Hellenistic Greek king of the Seleucid Empire from 175 BC until his death from a disease in 164 BC.
Daniel 9.21-22 “Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.”
Daniel 9:24 “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.”
I will ask you here, who is the ONLY one that make an end to sin, reconcile us to the Father, bring everlasting righteousness? Yeshua Messiah!
The Math: 7 days x 70 weeks = 490 days are cut off. Off of what? The 2300 day prophecy.
Ezekiel 4:6 “And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.”
Numbers 14:34 “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.”
So, now we know we are talking about years and not literal days.
Daniel 9:25-27 “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: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
Here is where the Scribes and Pharisee stand on this Prophecy….. Pure witchcraft!
THE RABBINIC CURSE ~ “May the bones of the hands and the bones of the fingers decay and decompose, of him who turns the pages of the book of Daniel, to find out the time of Daniel 9: 24-27, and may his memory rot from off the face of the Earth forever.” – Talmudic law, page 978, Section 2, line 28.
Where does this prophecy start? When the decree to rebuild Jerusalem v.25. This verse separates the 70 weeks into 7 / 62 / 1….. so we have 7×7=49 / 7×62=434 / 7×1=7
We would have the decree to restore Jerusalem in 457 BCE, by Artaxerxes I, as recorded in Ezra.
Ezra 7:12-13, 21 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee. And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily.”
Making the arrival of Messiah 483 years later 27 AD. The reason the Scribes and the Pharisees put the Rabbinic curse in place? If the people knew the truth of the prophecy Rabbinic Judaism would come to a complete end.
Mark 1:15 “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Galatians 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.”
Now, what about the one week left? Is it a futuristic event? Not at all. The entire prophecy was for the House of Israel. Matthew 15:24 “He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Let’s look at verse 27 again “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease”
How long is Jesus’ ministry? Three and a half years? What is half of a week? Three and a half. Each day is a year according to scripture. And how does he bring an end to the sacrifice? By becoming the sacrifice! fulfilling the prophecy “shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself”
There are still three and a half days/years to deal with. Matthew 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Here is where we should recap the timeline a bit. Yeshua/Jesus begins his ministry in 27 AD, he is then crucified in the middle of 31 AD. This means that something prophetic has to happen in 34 AD.
How about 3 major events at the same time. The stoning of Stephen, The conversion of Paul, The vision of Peter.
Acts 9:26-27 “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.”
Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
Acts 10:44-45 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision (Hebrews) which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
This opened the floodgates of grace, mercy and hope to the entirety of mankind!