Yeshua’s Crucifixion Fits Daniel’s Timeline Prophecy - Documented By Israel’s Ancient History
The following is from the Information Division of the Israel Foreign Ministry:
Roman Rule (63 BCE-313 CE) =========================================
When the Romans replaced the Seleucids as the great power in the region, they granted the Hasmonean king, Hyrcanus II, limited authority under the Roman governor of Damascus. The Jews were hostile to the new regime, and the following years witnessed frequent insurrections. A last attempt to restore the former glory of the Hasmonean dynasty was made by Mattathias Antigonus, whose defeat and death brought Hasmonean rule to an end (40 BCE), and the Land became a province of the Roman Empire. In 37 BCE Herod, a son-in-law of Hyrcanus II, was appointed King of Judea by the Romans. Granted almost unlimited autonomy in the country's internal affairs, he became one of the most powerful monarchs in the eastern part of the Roman Empire. A great admirer of Greco-Roman culture. Herod launched a massive construction program, which included the cities of Caesarea and Sebaste and the fortresses at Herodium and Masada. He also remodeled the Temple into one of the most magnificent buildings of its time. But despite his many achievements, Herod failed to win the trust and support of his Jewish subjects. Ten years after Herod's death (4 BCE), Judea came under direct Roman administration. Growing anger against increased Roman suppression of Jewish life resulted in sporadic violence that escalated into a full-scale revolt in 66 CE. Superior Roman forces led by Titus were finally victorious, razing Jerusalem to the ground (70 CE) and defeating the last Jewish outpost at Masada.
Israel’s history documents that Herod, a great admirer of Greco-Roman culture, was given rule in 37BC. The commandment to restore and rebuild could have gone forth as early as one year after Herod was granted unlimited autonomy in the country’s internal affairs. This would place the time at 36BC when the restoration began on several projects including the Temple.
The prophecy in Daniel 9:25-27 plainly states that after threescore and 2 weeks (62 years) have passed from the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah will be cut off in the midst of the week (within a 7yr period).
Yeshua's ministry began in 27AD at His baptism (Mikvah) during the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) followed a 40 day fast in which He was tempted. This was only a few months before the fall Feast of the LORD as Yeshua began to reach 30 years of age.
If Yeshua’s ministry lasted 3 1/2 years before He was crucified, this puts the crucifixion year in 30AD and within the 7 year week. If Yeshua's ministry only lasted 70 weeks as some have begun to teach, the crucifixtion year still falls within the seven year week. This also falls in line with His birth at 3 BC…
Certainly this was fulfilled just as Daniel’s prophecy stated.
As you can see, this would have also fit the 69 year prophecy perfectly as well (from the commandment to restore unto the Messiah the Prince shall be threescore, seven and two weeks).
An interesting thought arises.......
Had Yeshua finished the 7 year prophetic week, is there any possibility the Kingdom could have been established if Yeshua had been recognized as the Messiah; could He have been Crowned Prince? Is there any hint at all in the scriptures allowing this to be considered as even a remote possibility?
I really don't know, but in Isaiah 46:9-10 we are told by God Himself to: remember the former things of old, that He, declares the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done; which means the past will show the future.
Now, that being said, there is a very interesting parallel that surfaces......
When the scribes and the Pharisees asked Yeshua for a sign, He said there is no sign given but Jonas 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the whale, and thats where most everyone stops, after connecting the 3 days and nights.
But, finishing the story, Jonas was told to tell the people of Nineveh of the judgment that was about to fall on them and they were all about to be destroyed. Every man, woman, child, and beast fasted 40 days, God stayed the judgment and destroyed them not because (1) they believed God and (2) repented of their evil ways.
Yeshua recounts this experience to the scribes and Pharisees below:
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation,and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Also there is the following verse:
Mt 12:6-7 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
So, to answer the question: Had they recognized Him as the Messiah and finished the 7 year prophetic week, is there any possibility this could have meant the Kingdom would have been established; could He have been Crowned Prince at that time?
I cannot say, but I personally would not label it as completely out of the question. After all it is written, "With God, all things are possible."
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