Palm Sunday: “This Thy Day”
I was thinking about Palm Sunday approaching and I can’t help but think, I don’t think I ever heard any Preacher I’ve heard expound this passage in Luke’s’ gospel Ch. 19 account Luke 19. Many skip on by this scripture like myself for years and then I was absolutely blessed by what I learned back a few years ago. The very day that Jesus was to present Himself as Messiah was given in advance to the prophet Daniel. Jesus held them accountable.
Jesus Taught We Should Know Prophecy
“Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things [which belong] unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” Luke 19:42
What did Jesus hold the leadership of Israel accountable for? Read this informative article and video attached and it will absolutely bless you. First 69 Weeks & 70th Week as it relates to the book of Revelation.
It will bless and challenge you. God means what He says and says what He means. Enjoy:) Below is the video of Daniel Ch. 9 in two parts. A golden key that gives a summary of “This Thy Day”. God bless you as you seek our King of Glory.
The First 69 Weeks of Prophecy Daniel 9
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things [which belong] unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
If Thou Hadst Know
Jesus Himself said, “If thou hadst known…” Know what you may ask. This thy day was indeed an indeed very precise prophecy about the very day (This thy day) that the long-awaited Messiah was presenting Himself. But they did not know and the priests rejected Him as Messiah.
Note how the Pharisees began to rebuke Jesus about the Psalm that the multitude where singing. It was Psalm 118 and this was known to all that it was Messianic in its context. Notice Jesus tactful response after He set this day up with the provision of the Donkey vs.30 (this is what Kings ride< Horses where for conquerers)
“I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. vs. 40.
Sadly back then the leadership was ignorant of the prophetic word that was given. Note that there were over 300 prophecies about Jesus 1st coming even the very day he would present Himself as Messiah! He held them accountable and pronounced judicial blindness on the nation. Today how much worse that most of you will not hear one thing about the awesome truths that are hiding in God’s word in prophecy. Most will hear a little sermonette and receive palms.
How Many Prophecies About Second Coming?
Did you know that there is over 1000 prophecies about the 2nd coming? Jesus gives His friends knowledge. Genesis 18:17, Daniel 9:23 & John 15:15.
So what’s the problem. The lies of the serpent penetrate deep into the churches. From the beginning, Satan has tried to blind the masses to what he cannot stop. He can deceive, persuade, and hinder the masses from God’s plan. Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. Rev. 19:10. Too many say prophecy is too hard, it’s divisive. Not so the reality is most are just too lazy to look at God’s word for themselves. The book of Revelation is the only book that promises a special blessing for those that read and hear it. Don’t we like our blessings:) I do! That is what this ministry is all about, Blessing you! However, I urge you to search the matter for yourself as a good Berean. Acts 17:11 God always rewards the diligent, don’t be one of the foolish virgins found in Matt 25. Jesus is coming back for His church are you ready to meet your Lord and Savior…
Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:11-13 I can’t think of anything more sobering than someone who thinks they are a Christian and the Lord says, “I know you not.”
Read the following article by Dr. Chuck Missler on this amazing day we call Palm Sunday. Just 5 days later they would crucify the Lamb of God for My sins and yours. May God richly bless you as you find treasures like this in His wondrous word.
As we reflect on the outcome of this year’s election, let us all remember that, fundamentally, we are neither Republicans nor Democrats: we are Monarchists and we look forward to our Coming King… Question: when did Jesus ever present Himself as a King?
To fully appreciate the remarkable significance of the following article, it is essential to realize that the Book of Daniel, as part of the Old Testament, was translated into Greek prior to 270 B.C., almost three centuries before Christ was born. This is a well-established fact of secular history.1
After his conquest of the Babylonian Empire, Alexander the Great promoted the Greek language throughout the known world, and thus almost everyone – including the Jews – spoke Greek. Hebrew fell into disuse, being reserved primarily for ceremonial purposes (somewhat analogous to the use of Latin among Roman Catholics).
In order to make the Jewish Scriptures (what we call the Old Testament) available to the average Jewish reader, a project was undertaken under the sponsorship of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 B.C.) to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. Seventy scholars were commissioned to complete this work and their result is known as the “Septuagint” (“70”) translation. (This is often abbreviated “LXX” and is so shown on the diagram.)
The Book of Daniel is actually one of the most authenticated books of the Old Testament, historically and archaeologically, but this is a convenient shortcut for our purposes here. It is critical to realize that the Book of Daniel existed in a documented form almost three centuries before Christ was born. See Ch. 9 Video Study below.
The 70th Week of Prophecy Daniel 9
Daniel, originally deported as a teenager (now near the end of the Babylonian captivity), was reading in the Book of Jeremiah. He understood that the seventy years of servitude were almost over and he began to pray for his people.
The Angel Gabriel interrupted Daniel’s prayer and gave him a four-verse prophecy that is unquestionably the most remarkable passage in the entire Bible: Daniel 9:24-27.
These four verses include the following segments:
9:24 The Scope of the Entire Prophecy;
9:25 The 69 Weeks;
9:26 An Interval between the 69th and 70th Week;
9:27 The 70th Week.
The Scope (Dan 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 Place.
The idiom of a “week” of years was common in Israel as a “sabbath for the land,” in which the land was to lie fallow every seventh year.2 It was their failure to obey these laws that led to God sending them into captivity under the Babylonians.3
Note that the focus of this passage is upon “thy people and upon thy holy city,” that is, upon Israel and Jerusalem. (It is not directed to the Church.)
The scope of this prophecy includes a broad list of things that clearly have yet to be completed.
The First 69 Weeks (Dan 9:25)
A very specific prediction occurs in verse 25:
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.
This includes a mathematical prophecy. As we have noted in previous articles, the Jewish (and Babylonian) calendars used a 360-day year;4 69 weeks of 360-day years totals 173,880 days. In effect, Gabriel told Daniel that the interval between the commandment to rebuild Jerusalem until the presentation of the Messiah as King would be 173,880 days.
The “Messiah the Prince” in the King James translation is actually the Meshiach Nagid, “The Messiah the King.” (Nagid is first used of King Saul.)
The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus on March 14, 445 B.C.5 (The emphasis in the verse on “the street” and “the wall” was to avoid confusion with other earlier mandates confined to rebuilding the Temple.)
During the ministry of Jesus Christ, there were several occasions in which the people attempted to promote Him as
King, but He carefully avoided it: “Mine hour is not yet come”.6
The Triumphal Entry
Then, one day, He meticulously arranges it.7 On this particular day he rode into the city of Jerusalem riding on a donkey, deliberately fulfilling a prophecy by Zechariah that the Messiah would present Himself as king in just that way:
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Whenever we might easily miss the significance of what was going on, the Pharisees come to our rescue. They felt that the overzealous crowd was blaspheming, proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah the King.8 However, Jesus endorsed it!
I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
This is the only occasion that Jesus presented Himself as King. It occurred on April 6, 32 A.D.9
The Precision of Prophecy
When we examine the period between March 14, 445 B.C. and April 6, 32 A.D., and correct for leap years, we discover that it is 173,880 days exactly, to the very day!
How could Daniel have known this in advance? How could anyone have contrived to have this detailed prediction documented over three centuries in advance? But there’s more.
The Interval (Dan 9:26)
There appears to be a gap between the 69th week (verse 25) and the 70th week (verse 27):
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.
The sixty-two “weeks” follow the initial seven, so verse 26 deals with events after 69th week, but before the 70th. These events include the Messiah being killed and the city and sanctuary being destroyed.
As Jesus approached the city on the donkey, He also predicted the destruction of Jerusalem:
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
The Messiah was, of course, executed at the Crucifixion…” but not for Himself.”
The city and the sanctuary were destroyed 38 years later when the Roman legions under Titus Vespasian leveled the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, precisely as Daniel and Jesus had predicted. In fact, as one carefully examines Jesus’ specific words, it appears that He held them accountable to know this astonishing prophecy in Daniel 9! “Because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.”
The 70th Week
There is a remaining seven-year period to be fulfilled. This period is the most documented period in the entire Bible. The Book of Revelation, Chapters 6 through 19, is essentially a detailing of that climactic period.
The interval between the 69th and 70th week continues, but it is increasingly apparent that it may soon be over.
The more one is familiar with the numerous climactic themes of “end-time” prophecy, the more it seems that Daniel’s 70th Week is on our horizon.
Have you done your homework? Are you and your family prepared?
As the holiday season approaches, share with your family and friends this incredible demonstration of just who Jesus really is, and what the significance of all this is to every one of us!
Amazing grace, indeed!
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For a more complete exposition of this amazing passage, see our newly recorded briefing package, Daniel’s 70 Weeks. This briefing is also available for the first time as an automated multimedia slideshow download!
Anderson, Robert, The Coming Prince, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1894. The classic work on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel.
Missler, Chuck, Daniel’s 70 Weeks, Koinonia House, 2004. (Also, the newly recorded Expositional Commentary on Daniel, 16-session study with notes.)
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