Thursday, August 5, 2021

Messiah’s Earthly Ministry Revealed in Daniel

Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, July 2004

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. 

Many theologians, and pastors had been using this verse to invent a seven-year tribulation period in the last days. Additionally, many of them arrive at a false conclusion from Daniel 9:27, that it is speaking about the “Anti-Messiah” (Antichrist) who supposedly “Confirms a covenant with many, for one week.” 

They arrive at this conclusion, because in the previous two verses (Daniel 9:25-26), there are two characters represented: “The Messiah the prince,” and “The people of the prince.” However, they 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,” the word “prince is not capitalized. It’s obvious 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!”

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!

The High Priests of the Sons of Aharown (Aaron) were the only ones allowed to announce the “The Acceptable Year,” according to Numbers 10:2. 

For our Messiah to be doing this, as one from the Tribe of Yahwudah (Judah), he was making an astonishing declaration, that would send shockwaves throughout the region! 

Therefore Hebrews 7:14 tells us the following: 

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

Also see my blog entitled: The Father & the Son Seen in Judah the Kinsman Redeemer

From the time that King Cyrus issued the decree, (in 457 B.C.), enabling the Kingdom of Judah to return to Jerusalem (to rebuild their temple and city), would be “seven weeks” (49 years); and “sixty-two weeks” (434 years). 

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. In this prophecy, it is speaking of “sabbaticals” or seven-year periods as “weeks.” 

Therefore, “seven times seven years,” equals 49 years. Sixty-two periods of seven years equal 434 years. 

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 until the beginning 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 to practice the daily sacrifices, under Yahuwshuwa as their High Priest (Kohan Gadowl), aka “Malkiy-Tzedeq” (Melchizedek). 

But because they rejected his sacrifice, their altar, and 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 one 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, where he was instructed to take three, 3-year-old animals, and then divide them in half.

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 demonstrate “two-fold.” 

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 from above, born-again, spiritually), he was circumcised in the sense of beginning his ministry as a High Priest on Yom Kippur (at the age of 30), for those who belong to a “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. 

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 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! 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 Eliyahuw’s (Elijah’s) 3.5 years of ministry. 

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); And then, the return of our Messiah, with his bride. 

Ten days later, (on Yom Kippur), there will be another group of people who will be ready to meet him “face-to-face” at the Mount of Olives (Revelation 2:10; 19:7-14). To learn more about who these people are, that will meet him at the Mount of Olives, 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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