After gaining a most crucial victory over ha Satan in the wilderness of temptation and being ministered unto by holy angels of YHWH; Yahshua's great heart of love is directed toward us; the object of His love and mission.
"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." Yochanan-Makabi 1:14-15 (Mk.)
Notice that as He commenced His ministry a reference is made to time being fulfilled. What can be the significance of this statement? To what was Yahshua referring? Are there any Prophecies in the Tanakh which refer the time when Messiah was to appear? For we cannot look at any other Scriptures because the B'rit Chadashah (Heb. for New Covenant) had not yet been written.
In the book of Dani'el (Daniel) chapter 9 there is a portion of Scripture which speaks to this very topic.
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. 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.
In the vision of Daniel 9 The angel Gabriel makes known to Daniel that 70weeks are determined upon Israel (of which the holy city was the center of religious worship). All of Israel were connected with the sanctuary services; for, according to the Torah, any person who would not participate in the yearly services did not have their sins forgiven, and on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) if any did not participate in afflicting their souls before YHWH; as part of the final service for the religious year, they were cut off from among the people. V'yakra 23:28,29 (Lev.) So the 70weeks was given as a probationary period for Israel to get right with YHWH as a nation. Many chances had been given them to prove their faithfulness to Him and thus meet the great destiny which YHWH had purposed for them to have. By the end of this period; transgression, an end of sins, reconciliation for iniquities (or lawlessness), the bringing in of everlasting righteousness, the sealing up of the vision, and the anointing of the most holy, where all pointing to the time when the types in the sacrificial services would be met by the great anti-type; Yahshua Messiah.
However, we want to get to the time prophecy which deals specifically with Messiah's appearing. The prophecy distinctly states that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be 7weeks, threescore (60wks), and 2 weeks.
Simply stated, from the time the decree which gives the Jews the authority to rebuild and restore Jerusalem and, to give them their nationhood back, to the Messiah would be 69wks.
TWO POINTS TO BE MADE:
At the time of the prophecy the Jews where still in captivity. They where about to be reinstated in there own land.
The decree of Ezra 7:11-26 gives the final and complete authorization for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem. This decree was given by Artaxerxes(surnamed Long-handed) the Persian King who issued this decree in 457BC.
Now that we have a starting point; we need to make one more observation before making the application of the time prophecy.
(to be continued......)