by Eddie Snipes

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Fulfillment of 69 Weeks (4 of 6)
How Prophecy is Fulfilled
Eddie Snipes
Matthew 2:1-2; Luke 2:25-32, 19:35-44

According to the angel of God, once the decree to rebuild Jerusalem went forth, God's people would know for certain that the Messiah would be in Israel in 483 years. This is a fascinating prophecy that opens up scripture and indisputably points to Jesus Christ as the Messiah. God told His people the exact year and even the day in which He would present Himself as their king. The Bible warns, "to whom much is given, much is required", so because they refused Him knowing that the time was at hand, God held Israel accountable. Look at Luke 19

41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,42 saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.43 "For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side,44 "and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."

In pain and a broken heart, Jesus wept over the city and proclaimed their accountability for killing the prophets and their Messiah. With tears Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem and the leveling of the temple. Why was Jerusalem destroyed? "Because you did not know the time of your visitation". The Pharisees knew the prophecy. The religious leaders boasted about their knowledge of scripture. Even though they knew the time was now, they did not want a Messiah that undermined their customized religion and challenged their power. They hated Jesus out of pure envy (Mark 15).

Let's take a moment to examine this prophecy's timetable. The understood time between the decree and Messiah was 69 weeks of 7 years or 483 years, based on a biblical year (which was 360 days). The total number of days is 173,880. J ...

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