Thursday, August 5, 2021

Daniel’s 70th Week Divided in Half at the Conclusion of Messiah’s Earthly Ministry

Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 2004

When it comes to Daniel’s 70th Week, most people are caught between two paradigms: 

1.) Our Messiah completed the last seven years of the 490-years of Daniels prophecy, with no further prophecy needing to be fulfilled in the future for Yisrael and Jerusalem. 

2.) Our Messiah completed none of the seven years of the 490-years of Daniels prophecy, leaving seven years for the Great Tribulation in the future). 

But what if I told you that neither of the above paradigms is correct?

What if I told you that the answer LIES SQUARELY IN THE MIDDLE, as is often the case? 


He died in the middle of the literal week (Passover Week), on what we would today call Wednesday, the 4th day of the week. 

He died also in the middle of the 7,000 years, in the 4th Millennium. 

He also died in the middle of the last 7 years of the 490-year prophecy, with a ministry that lasted 3.5 years. 

Proof of his 3.5 year ministry can be found in Luke 4:25, where our Messiah began his ministry on Yom Kippur in 27 A.D., immediately following his 40-day fast in the wilderness. 

To learn how I arrived at 27 A.D. for the beginning of our Messiahs ministry, see this blog: The Jubilee Cycles Reveal the Possible Second Coming of Messiah

After his 40-day fast (leading up to Yom Kippur), Yahuwshuwa went to the Synagogue, and read ONLY HALF of Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2, when he declared that he was beginning his ministry IN A JUBILEE YEAR! 

He only read this half of this verse:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of YHWH... 

And then, he CLOSED THE SCROLL, and gave it back to the Temple Scribe! 

Why did he only read HALF OF THE VERSE??? 

It is because THE LATTER HALF OF THE VERSE IS RESERVED FOR ANOTHER FUTURE YOM KIPPUR, when he comes to TAKE VENGEANCE on his enemies, and the enemies of his bride!

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:2.... and the day of vengeance of our Elohiym; to comfort all that mourn. 

The LATTER HALF of this verse is describing his SECOND COMING in Revelation 19! 

Verse 2 even uses the word AVENGE which is a verb describing him TAKING VENGEANCE!

Not only does our Messiah reading HALF of Isaiah 61:2 prove that he was DIVIDING DANIEL’S 70TH WEEK IN HALF, but he also compared his ministry to that of the prophet Eliyahuw (Elijah), when he stated that Elijahs ministry was 3.5 years! 

Luqas (Luke) 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Yisrael in the days of Eliyahuw (Elijah), when the heaven was shut up THREE YEARS and SIX MONTHS, when great famine was throughout all the land.

Why would our Messiah make a point of telling us that the prophet Eliyahuws ministry lasted for 3.5 years--HALF OF SEVEN YEARS, right after he read HALF OF ISAIAH 61:2?

Michael Rood Teaches that Messiah Had a 70-Week Ministry

I will try and make this brief, and straight to the point. I honestly love Michael Rood, as I began listening to many of his teachings in 2006. Back then, I was surprised that many of the revelations he presented had also been shown to me in 2002 (following the events of September 11th 2001). However, even though I highly respect Mr. Rood, he is wrong about our Messiah having a ministry that lasted for “seventy weeks.” 

There are several proofs from Scripture explaining why he is wrong about this, and I will list them below.

#1.) In Luke 4:25, Messiah Compared his Ministry to Elijah’s Ministry of 3.5 years.

Our Messiah compared his ministry to that of Eliyahuw (Elijah) in Luke 4:25, and he even made a point of telling us that his ministry lasted for 3 years plus 6 months, or in other words, 3.5 years (1,260 days). 

Luke 4:23 And he said unto them, You will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal yourself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in your country.  

Luke 4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  

Luke 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Yisrael in the days of Eliyahuw (Elijah), when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;  

Luke 4:26 But unto none of them was Eliyahuw (Elijah), save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.  

You will notice in the above verses that the widow is symbolic of the nation of Yisrael. We know this by reading Isaiah 54:4-5:

Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more....For your Maker is your husband; YHWH of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Yisrael; The Elohiym of the whole earth shall he be called.

In 1st Kings 17:1, we learn that Elijah commanded that it would not rain in Yisrael except by his prophetic utterance. In 1st Kings 18:1, the word of YaHuWaH came to Elijah in his third year of ministry. He was instructed to appear before King Ahab, and to inform him that Yah was going to send rain (after three years of drought and famine). 

In the previous chapter, Elijah was sent to the home of a widow whose only son died in the third year of Elijah’s ministry. And what did the prophet Elijah do? In 1st Kings 17:20, he stretched upon the boys body three times, and cried out to YaHuWaH for the boys life to be restored back to him. 

The Hebrew word for stretched” (madad), means “To measure out with a measuring line.” 

These three times are an allusion to our Messiahs prophecy, when he compared himself to the prophet Jonah who would be Three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).

Are you seeing parallel yet? The boy died at the end of Elijahs three years and six months of ministry, followed by his resurrection after Elijah prayed three measurements of time over the boy.

The widow represents Yisra’el, and the boy is symbolic of our Messiah, who was telling them that he would die after three and a half years, followed by his resurrection after three days and three nights! This is why Yahuwshuwa made a point of comparing his ministry to that of Elijahs three years and a half!

In the preceding verses, (Luke 4:16-25) our Messiah read from the scroll of Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61, and he told us plainly that he was “The anointed one,” the Mashiyach (Messiah). He also hinted that he was “The High Priest” (Melchizedek), who was coming to us in a Jubilee Year, (27-28 A.D.) which is called “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” 

This is language that is used on Yom Kippur, and in a Jubilee Year! Therefore, we know our Messiah began his ministry in the 80th Jubilee Year (since the creation), and it was also on Yom Kippur, a High Sabbath. To learn more, please see my other blog entitled: Jubilee Cycles Reveal the Possible Second Coming of Messiah.

The role of the High Priest had been temporarily handed over to the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) after Yisrael sinned with the golden calf in the wilderness. This is what Shauwl (Paul) meant, in Galatians 3:19-24 when he wrote that “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Messiah....and the law was added because of transgression, until the seed should come..” 

The law that made mortal, finite humans into High Priests, was a temporary one. Yahuwshuwa’s first coming was to restore the role of the High Priest, back to Melchizedek, thus, he came to “Preach the acceptable year of YaHuWaH!”

The High Priests, from the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) were charged with blowing two silver trumpets every 50th year, in a Jubilee Year (Numbers 10:2). Our Messiah was not a Levite, therefore, for him to be announcing “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH,” meant that he was now stepping into the role of the High Priest, from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), which is where Melchizedek comes from (Hebrews 7:14).

Our Messiah was showing us a pattern, and giving us a hint that his ministry would last for the same time-period as Eliyahuw (Elijah), as well as the future Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:4). 

#2.) The Ministry of the Corporate Two Witnesses, will last for 1,260 Days.

In Revelation 11:4, the Two Witnesses are described as “Two Olive Trees & Two Candlesticks.” To learn more about who they are, please read my other blog: Who Are the Two Witnesses?

The same time-period is assigned to these two witnesses, as was assigned to the prophet Elijah (Eliyahuw), which is 1,260 days or 3.5 years. On a 360-day biblical calendar, there are 12 months of 30-day lunar cycles. Currently, our calendar has been affected by polar shifts, due to the flood in the days of Noahs as well as tsunamis and earthquakes. 

However, during the last 3.5 years of tribulation, the “Days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20). To learn more about what our Messiah meant when he said “except those days should be shortened,” please see my other blog entitled: Except Those Days Should Be Shortened.

3.) The Corporate Two Witnesses will Finish the Latter Half of Daniels 70th Week.

Leading up to Messiahsecond coming, the corporate two witnesses, (represented by the Two Houses of Yisrael, and the Two Overcoming Assemblies), will begin their ministry, picking up where our Messiah left off. There has been a 2,000-year gap, between our Messiahs ministry, and the ministry of the two witnesses. How do we know this? In Luke 4:19, our Messiah read only “half” of Isaiah 61:2, leaving the other verse unread! He then closed the scroll, and gave it back to the temple scribe. 

Why would he do this? It is because in the first half of this verse, he was declaring the purpose of his first coming, which was to “Preach the Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH!” In other words, he came to restore the role of the High Priest, (back to Melchizedek), as it was originally with the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 14:18; Psalm 110:4). 

When our Messiah returns, it will also be on Yom Kippur in the 120th Jubilee since the creation. This is when he will finish the latter half of Isaiah 61:2 “And the day of vengeance of our Elohiym, to comfort all that mourn...” 

This verse will be perfectly fulfilled at his second coming, described in Revelation 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

The fact that our Messiah read only “half” of Isaiah 61:2 at the beginning of his ministry, illustrates that there had to be a 2,000-year gap in history. During these past 2,000 years, we have been in a time called “The fullness of the gentiles” (Romans 11:25). In Hebrew, this is referred to as “Melo haGoyim,” which is translated in the King James Version as “A multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19).

Our Messiah allowed his ministry to be “divided in half,” so that through the preaching of the gospel to the nations, he could “Stand in the gap, (Ezekiel 22:30), ultimately causing the “Breach to be repaired!” (Isaiah 58:12). Therefore, our Messiah had to allow himself to be “Cut the midst of the week,” according to Daniel 9:26-27. Also read my other blog entitled: Messiah’s Earthly Ministry Revealed in Daniel.

To learn more about why Daniels 70th Week was divided in half, please see my other blog, entitled: Who Confirms the Covenant of Daniel’s 70th Week?

#4.) The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree Tells Us Messiah’s Ministry Was Three Years.

In this parable from Luke, (the 13th chapter), our Messiah was referring to the nation of Yisrael as the barren fig tree. The “certain man,” who had planted the fig tree in his vineyard is Elohiym. The word vinedresser is a Greek word that means a vineyard worker, or a pruner.” This person would be akin to Yahuwchanon (John the Baptist), who was working to bring forth spiritual fruit from the kingdom of Judah. Then came our Messiah, who worked three years, hoping to bring forth spiritual fruit from the nation.

John even used the same metaphor of a tree to describe the nations condition:

Mattityahuw (Matthew) 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

In Mark chapter 11, our Messiah had previously seen no figs on the tree, and therefore, he cursed it, telling it to bear no more fruit:

Mark 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots

Mark 11:21 And Keefa (Peter) calling to remembrance said unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which you cursed is withered away.

Therefore, the parable in Luke 13 is obviously speaking about our Messiah as the owner of the fig tree.

Luke 13:6 He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  

Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbers it the ground?  

Luke 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Master, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  

Luke 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down. 

We can see from this parable, that the owner of the fig tree is our Messiah. He preached three years, hoping that Yisrael would repent, and bear fruit. The vineyard worker wanted to fertilize this tree for one more year, hoping to give the soil nutrients, so that the tree would bear fruit. 

This extra year was symbolic of “The one year old male lamb for Passover (Exodus 12:5). After our Messiah died on Passover, he remained on earth preaching to his disciples forty more days. This was the extra fertilization given to the fig tree. He finally poured out his spirit on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost or Shabuoth).

Thus, we can see that our Messiah told us of his three-year ministry with the inspection of the fig tree. The final six months, (or half of a year), lead up to his crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension. The total amount of time allotted to the fig tree was 3.5 to four years. The Red Heifer is required to be between 3-4 years old, for the ordinance in Numbers 19. 

Even though our Messiah officially began his ministry after his 40-day fast in the wilderness, he performed the miracle of the water into wine, prior to baptism. He even told his mother that his time had not yet come (John 2:4). But he still performed the miracle anyway. Hence, his ministry lasted roughly 3.5-4 years.

5.) Michael Rood Says our Messiahs Ministry Lasted 70 Weeks.

In Shemoth (Exodus) 12:5 it says Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

Therefore, we are told that the Passover Lamb had to be a one-year old male lamb. Because of this, Michael Rood supposes that our Messiahs ministry lasted for only one year. However, a year is 52 weeks, and this means that the 70-weeks theory does not fit! 

Our Messiah did indeed, fulfill the requirement of the One year old male lamb, when the High Priest (Caiaphas) prophesied in John 11:50, that Yahuwshuwa would die for the sins of the nation. Even though Caiaphas was an impostor, and not from the Sons of Aharown (Aaron), the office of the High Priest that he held was still recognized by YaHuWaH.

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, You know nothing at all,  

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  

Yahuwchanon (John) 11:51 And this spoke he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yahuwshuwa (Jesus) should die for that nation

Caiaphas prophesied this on the previous Passover. It was customary for the High Priest to select the lamb that would be slaughtered the following year for Passover.

#6.) Our Messiah Fulfilled the Pattern of the 3-Year Old Heifer, Goat, & Ram.

In the original covenant established between Abraham, and YaHuWaH, Abraham was instructed to slaughter a three-year old heifer, which is for the High Priest on Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:6). He was also told to slaughter a three-year old she-goat, which is given as a sin offering for the nation of Yisrael, on Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16:9). Abraham was also told to slaughter a three-year old ram, which is killed to sanctify “The firstborn son” at Passover.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 15:9-10 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not

*Explanation: Yom Kippur and Passover are like two bookends, that accomplish the same thing, which is redemption, and blood atonement. The male lamb (which is the same as a ram), was offered up for Isaac, as well as Yisrael, the firstborn son. 

The Red Heifer was first killed for the High Priest to be sanctified (since it was Aaron who caused the nation to sin with the golden calf). And finally, the female goat was killed for the nation of Yisra’el, as she is the bride. The birds of prey in Revelation 19:17-21 are not divided, because they represent the unclean wicked gentiles that are killed and then eaten on that final day of wrath.

In Genesis 22:13, Yitzqach (Isaac) was offered up as a burnt offering, but the malak (angel) of YaHuWaH intervened, and provided a ram instead. This is why 430 years later, YaHuWaH called the nation of Yisrael “My firstborn son” (Exodus 4:22), and commanded that a one-year old male lamb, or a goat, or a ram should be offered up as a burnt offering. An adult male lamb is also called “a ram.”

Shemoth (Exodus) 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.

Now we know why our Messiahs ministry lasted for 3.5 years. It is because all the sacrifices involved in Abrahams covenant, had to be 3-years old, for three groups of people. In Matthew 13:33, our Messiah taught a parable about a woman (figurative of Jerusalem), who measured three measures of meal, and kneaded it, until the three parts” had been fully incorporated with the leaven. The leaven in this parable represents the gospel, as the Greek word for “leaven,” in Matthew 13:33 (zume), means “To scatter, to cast away, to disperse.” This is exactly what happened with all twelve tribes of Yisrael, at various times in history!

These three groups of people are: The House of Judah, the House of Ephraiym, and the converted gentiles. The other 6 months represent those wicked gentiles that are not divided in half (for they do not accept his covenant), therefore, they shall be eaten whole.

In Deuteronomy 19:10-13 & 21:8-9, we are shown that when the nation sins by allowing the blood of an innocent person to be spilled (whether intentionally, or unintentionally), the entire nation becomes “Guilty of innocent blood!” 

Therefore, the ordinance of the Red Heifer must be performed in such cases. The Temple leadership of Yisra’el shouted Crucify him...let his blood be upon us, and upon our children!” (Matthew 27:22-25). This is what caused the entire nation to become guilty of innocent blood, and therefore, the ordinance of the Red Heifer was fulfilled by our Messiah! For a deeper study on the ordinance of the Red Heifer, see my other blog: The Red Heifer Ordinance Fulfilled in Messiah.

In Numbers 19, this involves Eleazar the priest escorting a spotless red heifer outside the camp (Numbers 19:2-3); slaughtering it, and then finally burning it down into ashes (Numbers 19:5). The ashes of the red heifer was burned together with scarlet, hyssop, and cedarwood (Numbers 19:6). 

The cedarwood is symbolic of the cross; the scarlet is symbolic of the Messiah’s blood sacrifice, and the hyssop was used to sprinkle the blood on the door posts at the first Passover in Exodus 12:22. The ashes of the red heifer had to be collected into a “A clean place” (Numbers 19:9). Joseph of Arimathea donated his tomb for the body of our Messiah to be laid, and it was a brand new tomb that had never been used (Matthew 27:57-60). In other words, our Messiahs body was placed in “A clean place!”

Thus, our Messiah fulfilled the pattern of the one-year old, Passover Lamb, (for the firstborn sons of Yisrael); the three-year old Yom Kippur she-goat (for the divorced bride), and the three-year old Red Heifer, (for those that had shed his innocent blood). What is amazing, is that Yahuwshuwa fulfilled all the sacrifices from the Abrahamic Covenant, all in one fell swoop! In other words, “He confirmed the covenant,” described in Daniel 9:27! 

But since, his ministry was divided in half, his gospel was largely received by the gentiles in the nations, but not by the leadership of national Yisrael at that time. Nevertheless, we are shown in Romans 11:11, that these past 2,000 years were meant to “Provoke them to jealousy! 

Just before Messiahs return, these same converted gentiles, will join together with born-again Yahuwdiym (Jews), forming the Corporate Two Witnesses. This is the one new man,” spoken of in Ephesians 2:15, and they will finish the latter half of Daniels 70th Week, causing the other half of the bride to finally accept their Messiah at the Mount of Olives!

#7.) To make his theory work, Michael Rood has to remove John 6:4, from the Scriptures.

Beloved, this is a very a dangerous thing to do, as we are commanded not to add, nor subtract from the word of YaHuWaH:

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 4:2 You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish ought from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohiym which I command you.

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it. 

Mishley (Proverbs) 30:6 Add you not unto his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar. 

Chazown (Revelation) 22:18 For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, Elohiym shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  

Chazown (Revelation) 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohiym shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book

To learn more about the Ordinance of the Red Heifer, I highly recommend listening to this teaching by Rico Cortes. Rico also gives documentation for the Red Heifer needing to be at least three years old, but preferably 3.5 years old!

The Laws and history of the Red Heifer Talmud (in dedicated Tractate Parshah Parah) says a red heifer is valid only if: 

*It is at least three years old (younger is a “calf,” not a “cow”) [Par. 1:1].

*It is natural-born (not by caesarian) [Par. 2:3]. 

*It has not mated with a bull sent to mate with it (but if the bull does it on its own, it is valid) [Par. 2:4].

*It has no more than one hair that is not red [Par. 2:5; Av. Z. 24a].

*Only nine red heifers were ever prepared: 

*One by Moses, - One by Ezra [1,000 years later].
*Seven since Ezra [in the next 500 years, until the destruction of the Second Temple] [Par. 3:5].

*Rambam: The tenth and last will be prepared by the Messiah [Rambam, Yad, Parah Adumah 3:4].

*Therefore, finding one today would be a harbinger of the Messiah!

At this point in time, on August 4, 2023

During a season of fasting and prayer in 2004, many things came to light for me, as I had been asking the Father to show me who the “he” is in Daniel 9:27. 

For hundreds of years, many theologians Bible scholars have been using Daniel 9:27 to invent a seven-year tribulation period in the end of days, but there are no corroborating verses in the whole of Scripture to support this.

Additionally, many people arrive at the false conclusion that the word “he” in Daniel 9:27 is speaking about an “Anti-Messiah” (Antichrist) leader in the future who supposedly “Confirms a covenant with many, for one week.” 

The Hebrew word for “week” is “shabuwa,” which is a “heptad,” which can mean a period of seven days, seven weeks, or seven years, etc. In other words, any period that is divisible by the number seven. I will show you in this study, that our Messiah fulfilled the first half of “Daniels 70th Week” in three different ways.

To understand Daniels 70th Week, we must look at the entire prophecy in context. I want to start with the previous two verses (Daniel 9:25-26), where we see two different characters represented: “The Messiah the prince,” and “The people of the prince.”

Many people assume that the “prince” (in lower cases letters) is the same one in Daniel 9:27 who confirms the covenant for one week. They ignore the proper grammar rule, that assigns the pronoun “he” to an individual, while the word “they” would be the pronoun used for “The people of the prince.” 

Even though capitalization is a construct of the English language, (and there is no such thing as capital letters in Hebrew), I find it interesting that the King James translators capitalized the word “Prince,” when the prophecy seems to be speaking of the future Messiah, hence “The Messiah, the Prince.” 

When it is speaking of the Roman Army of General Titus, the phrase “The People of the prince,” does not capitalize the word “prince. It’s obvious to me, that the English translators understood that these were two different subjects being described. 

Therefore, we must ask ourselves (when reading Daniel 9:27), who is the “he” in this verse? To understand who it is, we must look at the previous two verses: 

DaniyEl (Daniel) 9:25 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. 

*Explanation: The first thing I want to reveal, is the meaning to the word “prince” in this passage. 

#H5057 nagiyd naw-gheed' or nagid {naw-gheed'}; from 5046; a commander (as occupying the front), civil, military or religious; generally (abstractly, plural), honorable themes:--captain, chief, excellent thing, (chief) governor, leader, noble, prince, (chief) ruler.

The root word gives us even more revelation:

#H5046 nagad naw-gad' a primitive root; properly, to front, i.e. stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise:--bewray, X certainly, certify, declare(-ing), denounce, expound, X fully, messenger, plainly, profess, rehearse, report, shew (forth), speak, X surely, tell, utter.

Did you catch that? The word “prince” comes from a root word that means “To reveal, to manifest, to announce, to declare!”

And when was our Messiah “revealed, announced, or declared” as “The Anointed One, the Mashiyach?”

It was at his mikvah (baptism), that he was first recognized as the Messiah:

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you shall see the Ruwach (Spirit) descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit).

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:29 The next day Yahuwchanon (John) saw Yahuwshuwa coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Elohiym, which takes away the sin of the world.

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means, the Anointed One). 

It was when Yahuwchanon (John), baptized him, (just before he officially began his ministry), as he was not quite 30 years of age yet (Luke 3:23). He had to be exactly 30 years old, before he could be installed as the heavenly High Priest, Melchizedek, (see Numbers chapter 4). 

After his 40-day fast in the wilderness, he announced publicly, (in Luke 4:16-19), that he was the Mashiyach, “The Anointed One,” and that he had come “To proclaim the Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.”

For a more in-depth explanation, please see my other blog: Messiah’s Forty-Day Fast Leading Up to Yom Kippur!

Something that is important to understand, is that the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) were the only ones allowed to announce the “The Acceptable Year,” according to Numbers 10:2. What does this phrase mean? 

It is a phrase that is used on Yom Kippur to signify that the nation was accepted for the next coming year, and that their sins were forgiven. Every fiftieth Yom Kippur, it was called “A Year of Jubilee,” where debts were forgiven, and those who had lost the land of their inheritance could buy it back from the one who it was sold to.

For our Messiah to be announcing this, as one who is from the Tribe of Yahwudah (Judah), he was making an astonishing declaration, that would certainly send shockwaves throughout the region. You see, our Messiah was not from the Tribe of Levi, and therefore, he was not considered eligible to be an earthly priest.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 7:14 For it is evident that our YHWH sprang out of Yahuwdah (Judah); of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

To learn more about why our Messiah had to be born into the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), see my blog entitled: The Father & the Son Seen in Judah the Kinsman Redeemer

Daniels 70-Week prophecy is the culmination of 70 x 7 years, totaling 490 years. The timeline for this prophecy begins with King Cyrus, who issued the decree, in 457 B.C., enabling the Kingdom of Judah to return to Jerusalem, following the Babylonian Captivity. The purpose of these 490 years would be to accomplish six items from Daniel 9:24:

1.) To finish the transgression. 

*Explanation: The Hebrew word for “transgression” is “pesha,” which means “The rebellion, or the revolt.” I believe this is specifically referring to the 42 months of the beast speaking blasphemies against the Most High (Revelation 13:5), and the Temple being defiled with the Abomination of Desolation (Daniel 12:11), which will continue until our Messiah returns with his army to defeat the beast.

2.) To make an end of sins.

*Explanation: The phrase “end” in Hebrew is “chatham,which means to close up, to seal. The word “sins” is “chattah,which means “habitual sinfulness, punishment, the offender.” When we read these two words together, it means “To seal up the offender.”

This is clearly describing Satan being locked up in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. To those who teach that the final seven years of this 490-year prophecy are in the past with the stoning of Stephen, the Hebrew meaning of these words prove this is not the case.

Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 

3.) To make reconciliation for iniquity.

*Explanation: The Hebrew word for “reconciliation” is “kaphar,” which is the root word for “kippur,” as in “Yom Kippur.” Kaphar means “to cover, to cancel, to cleanse, to appease, to forgive, to pardon, to make atonement.” This is obviously describing the sacrifice of our Messiah when he died for the sins of the world.

4.) To bring in everlasting righteous.

*Explanation: The Hebrew word for “everlasting,” is “owlam,” which means “vanishing point, eternity.” This begins with the 1,000-year reign of Messiah on earth, and it continues with the New Heaven & Earth descending in the 8th Millennium.

5.) To seal up the vision and prophecy.

*Explanation: The Hebrew word for “seal” is once again, “chatham,” which means to close up, to seal. The word “vision” is “chazon,” which means “revelation.”  What this tells us, is that Daniel’s vision and prophecy will be fulfilled (sealed up or finished), when all the events described in Revelation 21-22 are completed. 

Revelation 22:10 And he said unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

The Greek word for “seal” in the above passage, is “sphragizo,” which means “to mark private, to keep secret.” This means that when the New Heaven & Earth descend in the 8th Millennium, all the prophecies in the book of Revelation will be fulfilled, and nothing will be a secret, for it will be unfolded and revealed.

6.) To anoint the Most Holy.” 

The phrase most holy or “most holy place” refers to the holiest place in the Temple, where the Ark of the Covenant resides (behind the veil), and the presence of YaHuWaH meets with the High Priest once per year on Yom Kippur. 

In this prophecy, the word anointis mashach (from where we derive the word Mashiyach or Messiah). This word means “to smear or rub with oil, to consecrate.” This brings us to the sixth objective of Daniel 9:24, which is when our Messiah becomes the Temple in the New Jerusalem, eliminating the need for a brick and mortar temple.

Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for YHWH Elohiym Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 

Now that we have established the six objectives for the 490-year prophecy, we can easily see that the 70th Week has not been completed, for there are still five out of six items that are yet to be fulfilled. 

In my humble opinion, the only objective that has been fulfilled is “To make reconciliation for iniquity,” which was fulfilled with our Messiah’s sacrifice. The remaining five items will be fulfilled during the ministry of the Two Witnesses, leading up to the second coming of Messiah. 

As I previously explained, the word “weeks” in Hebrew is “shabuwa,” which can mean anything divisible by “seven.” It can mean a “seven-year sabbatical,” called a “shemitta” in Hebrew. But it can also mean a literal week, as in seven days. 

This prophecy, I believe is specifically describing seven-weeks of years, which is 70 x 7 years. Within these 490 years, the Yahuwdiym (Jewish people) would to return to Jerusalem, (following the Babylonian Captivity) to rebuild their temple and their city.  

The prophecy is broken down as folows:

DaniyEl (Daniel) 9:25 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.  

DaniyEl (Daniel) 9:26 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.

In Daniel 9:25, we are told that there would be seven weeks, and 62 weeks, for a total of 69 weeks.

*62 weeks (434 years) + 7 weeks (49 years) = 69 weeks (483 years).

*The first seven weeks (49 years) was for rebuilding the Temple.

*Adding 62 weeks (434 years), brings us to when our Messiah was crucified (cut off).

Why does the messenger break it up like this? 

Why not tell Daniel that there would be a total of 483 years from the time of the decree in 457 B.C., until the end of Messiah’s ministry? 

The first decree was given in 538/538 B.C. under King Cyrus, but it  was enforced in 457 B.C. by King Artaxerxes. 

I believe it is broken down this way, because there are different goals being met at each harbinger of time. In the case of this prophecy, the first “forty-nine years” (seven sabbatical years), was for building the temple. 

In John 2:20 the religious leaders said that it took 46 years to build the temple, but because there were interruptions, (gaps where their building project was put on hold), the total amounted to 49 years. 

The next period, of “four-hundred, and thirty years” (62 sabbatical years), was for rebuilding the city of Jerusalem, and the walls, during the days of Nehemiah. 

Thus, there were three stages of the rebuilding process, and each one is described in a different way. Finally, (in Daniel 9:27), we are told that there would be one last “week” (a seven-year sabbatical), in which “in the midst of,” it, the sacrifices and oblations would “cease.” 

The Hebrew word for “cease” is #H7673 in the Concordance, and it is the word “shabat” spelled differently than “shabbath,” #H7676. 

The word “shabat” means “to cease, to desist, to fail, to suffer to be lacking.” In other words, the evening and the morning sacrifices continued, for forty more years, after our Messiah died, but they were not recognized in heaven by the Father. Hence, they “failed” to be acceptable to the Father in heaven. 

It is because the entire nation defiled their Temple, and their altar with the shedding of innocent blood. Had the leadership of the nation, (the Sanhedrin), accepted Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah, they would have continued the daily sacrifices, under Yahuwshuwa as their High Priest. He would have returned in 70 A.D. as “Malkiy-Tzedeq” (Melchizedek), and he would have rebuilt the Tabernacle of David, as stated in prophecy (Isaiah 16:5; Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16).

But because they rejected Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah, their altar and their temple remained defiled for forty consecutive years leading up to the Roman Siege in 70 A.D. 

To learn more about the historical “Forty-Year Yom Kippur Miracle,” see my other blogs:

Who is Melchizedek? 

“Jacob’s Time of Trouble & Daniel’s 70th Week.”

Except Those Days Should Be Shortened.

Dividing up these three periods, helps us understand the prophecy better:

*Seven Sabbaticals – 49 years to rebuild the Temple. 

*Sixty-Two Sabbaticals – 434 years to rebuild the city and the walls.

*One Sabbatical – 7 years divided in half at the crucifixion of Messiah.

Keep in mind, that there were a few interruptions in this building process, which is why it took so long. There were also three kings involved in this process. The first decree (by King Cyrus) was enforced in 457 B.C. by Artaxerxes (the Greek name for Ahasuerus, Esther’s husband). 

The final stage was to rebuild the walls, in the days of Nehemiah the prophet, and that decree was issued by King Darius. From all the background information I have already given, we should be able to extrapolate that from the time of King Cyrus’ decree, until our Messiah’s ministry began, is exactly 483 years! 

Let’s do the math: 

457 B.C. + 457 years = 0.

Now, subtract 457 from 483, and we get 26. 

We must skip “year zero,” and jump to 1 A.D. 

This means that our Messiah began his ministry in 27 A.D., on Yom Kippur, in a Jubilee Year, and his ministry for “Both Houses of  Yisra’el” ended the moment he uttered those famous words “It is finished” (John 19:30). 

If we count the days from Yom Kippur in 27 A.D. until Pesach (Passover) 28 A.D. on the Gregorian Calendar, it amounts to 180 days, which is exactly 6 months. Therefore, his ministry began on Yom Kippur, and extended for three consecutive Yom Kippurs, and then the extra 6 months until Passover. 

That’s exactly 3.5 years, or 1,260 days. This perfectly fits the pattern of the animal sacrifices that Abraham was commanded to perform, in Genesis 15:9. He was instructed to divide three animals in half, and each of these animals were 3-years old.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Please see my other blog for a more thorough explanation: “Who Confirms the Covenant of Daniel’s 70th Week?” 

However, our Messiah’s ministry continued after his death on the cross, for the gentile nations. Forty days, after his resurrection, He then ascended back to the Father, promising in Acts 1:1-11 to pour out his Ruwach/Spirit on Shabuoth (Pentecost), on his talmudiym (disciples) in Acts chapter 2. 

Please see my other blog about our Messiah’s birth on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets), for you will see that his circumcision landed also on Yom Kippur, indicating that his circumcision would be “two-fold.” Eight days after his birth, he was circumcised in the flesh. However, ten days after his 30th birthday on Yom Teruah, he began  his ministry on Yom Kippur. This signified his spiritual circumcision, indicated by the fact that he “divided” Isaiah 61:2 in half.

For those of “Abraham’s Seed” that are likened unto “The sands on the seashore” (earthly, physical descendants), he was circumcised as an infant on Yom Kippur. (see Genesis 15:5 & Genesis 22:17). 

For those of “Abraham’s Seed” that are likened unto “The stars of the heavens” (born-again, spiritual descendants), he was initiated, or circumcised in the sense of beginning his ministry. His spiritual circumcision was for those who belong to the “Royal Priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10). 

DaniyEl (Daniel) 9:26 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.

*Explanation: From the time that the Kingdom of Judah returned in the days of Ezra, (back to the land), was 434 years. Since that time, Messiah completed his ministry, leaving only one half of a week left, because he was “cut off.” The Hebrew word for “cut off” is “karath,” meaning “To make a covenant, by cutting flesh, passing between two animal pieces.” 

This is the reason why the last “week” was “cut in half!” Now, we can finally determine who the “He” is in Daniel 9:27.

DaniyEl (Daniel) 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. 

*Explanation: The word “confirm” is the Hebrew word “gabar,” which means “to strengthen.” This means that our Messiah came to strengthen, the original Abrahamic Covenant, in which animal pieces were “cut in half” (karath)! 

For this reason, I urge those reading this, do not buy into the lie that our Messiah’s ministry was only 70 weeks long. To make that theory work, a certain well-known Torah teacher (who I genuinely respect), has to remove John 6:4 from the Bible. 

We are warned against adding or removing passages from Scripture, and there are severe consequences for doing so (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-18). Our Messiah began his ministry on Yom Kippur in the 80th Jubilee Year, (27-28 A.D.), and it was immediately following his 40-day fast in the wilderness. 

*Note: According to these calculations, the next Jubilee Year, should fall on Yom Kippur 2027-2028. After his 40-day fast, our Messiah visited his local Assembly in Nazareth, and he read from the scroll of Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 61:1-2: 

Luqas (Luke) 4:16 And He came to Natzareth, where He had been brought up. And according to His practice, He went into the congregation on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 

Luqas (Luke) 4:17 And the scroll of the prophet Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) was handed to Him. And having unrolled the scroll, He found the place where it was written: 

Luqas (Luke) 4:18 “The Spirit of יהוה is upon Me, because He has anointed Me [Mashiyach] to bring the Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send away crushed ones with a release, 

Luqas (Luke) 4:19 to proclaim The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH יהוה. 

Why didn’t Yahwushuwa finish the verse of Isaiah 60:2? Why did he stop in the middle of the verse, and close the scroll? Because, when he returns, it will be on the final 120th Jubilee Year, and it will also be on Yom Kippur, which will also be “The Day of Vengeance of our Elohiym!” 

Chazown (Revelation) 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. 

Yahuwshuwa only read “half of the verse,” and then closed the scroll, and handed it back to the Temple scribe. Right after that, he said to his Congregation: “Today this Scripture has been filled in your hearing.” After this, he compared his ministry to that of the prophet Eliyahuw (Elijah) whose ministry was exactly 3.5 years.

Luqas (Luke) 4:23 And He said to them, “No doubt, you shall say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard being done in Capernaum (Kephar Naḥum), do also here in Your country.’ ” 

Luqas (Luke) 4:24 And He said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 

Luqas (Luke) 4:25 “But truly I say to you, many widows were in Yisra’ěl in the days of Ěliyahuw, when the heaven was shut up for THREE YEARS AND SIX MONTHS, (3.5 years), and there was a great scarcity of food in all the land, 

Luqas (Luke) 4:26 and Ěliyahuw was sent to none of them, but to Tzarephath (Sarepta), a city of Sidon (Tzidown) to a widow.”

Daniel’s 70th Week has been cut in half, with Messiah fulfilling the first half of it with his 3.5 years of ministry, followed by a 2,000-year gap called “The fullness of the gentiles” (Romans 11:25). The last half of Daniel’s 70th Week will be completed by the Two Witnesses, (for 1,260 days), followed by the catching away of the bride on Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets). Ten days later, Messiah will return with his bride on Yom Kippur.

The inhabitants of Jerusalem who did not previously accepted him, will be given a chance during those last ten days of tribulation (Revelation 2:10) to go and buy the oil of his name (Song of Solomon 1:3; Matthew 25:10-11). This is when they will be ready to meet him “face-to-face” at the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 12:10). To learn more see these other blogs:

Ten Days of Awe Leading up to Yom Kippur!

The “Key of David” He that Opens & No Man Shuts!

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