Matthew 21:7-10: "They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, "Who is this?"
This Sunday is Palm Sunday and is celebrated in many places today. Historically Palm Sunday is when Jesus came riding a donkey into Jerusalem and people laid palm branches down in front of Him thus fulfilling the prophesy of Zachariah 9:9.
But I want you to understand there is much more to this prophesy for this was the last time that Jesus offered Himself as Israel’s King, but they rejected Him and had Him crucified. Daniel 9 is very important to Jesus riding in on a donkey.
Daniel is given a message by Gabriel that we know of as the 70 weeks, which is a view down through History which was given to Daniel in 6th Century. Verses 26 and 27 of Daniel 9 are the keys. Notice in Verses 26 the messiah would be cut off and also notice the words “but not for Himself”. This is the crucifixion of our precious Lord. Now also notice another event that is close to the Lords death, verse 26 and it says “Shall destroy the city” that is the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans that took place in 70 A.D. Does not these two events together show us that Jesus was the Messiah.
Now in Vs. 25 it says there shall be 7 weeks and 62 weeks together that makes 69 weeks. The 70th week will be the great tribulation that happens after the rapture of the Church. Now here is what I want you to see.
Verse 25 also says “from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem. This took place in Nehemiah 2:1 in the twentieth year when King Artaxerxes allowed Nehemiah to go back and start the rebuilding Jerusalem. We know that King Artaxerxes took the throne in 465 BC. So take 20 years from that then we have a starting point of 445 BC..
So, if you take 69 weeks x’s 7 it equals 483 years. Now understand that the Hebrew calendar had only 360 days in it not like our 365 day calendar. So if you take 483 years and multiply it times a 360 day a year you end up with 173,880 days. So if you take 445 B.C. and add to it 173,880 days you come up with the exact day that Jesus road into Jerusalem on a Donkey. My 6th grade math teacher would be amazed at me, well the truth is she is probably turning over in her grave.
Pastor Lee Cruse, who thinks the evidence of the Lord Jesus Christ who is soon coming grows day by day.
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