Pastor Bob (27 Apr 2014)
""99.999% Accuracy to the Very DAY!""


 
All:
 
In this post we will be looking at an aspect of Daniel's 70th Week prophecy, that in itself, poses problems for all rapture positions other than the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view.  The facts and evidence that I am going to be sharing has been potentially life-changing!
 
Over twenty years ago I shared much of this material with a congregation that simply did not get it.  I recall giving this message on Palm Sunday morning.  It was revolutionary to the church because I delivered it in a United Methodist church, a "covenant/reformed" theology church, where the Bible is understood as allegory and where the Scriptures are 'spiritualized", not taken literally.  I was stunned by the apathetic and indifferent response to a "mathematical" miracle.  It was only a matter of months until I Left the United Methodist Church for good.
 
This Messianic prophecy is unparalleled evidence that validates the Bible as God's Word.  To illustrate consider the following, conservative mathematically speaking, the odds of special prophecy fulfillments.
 
    Messianic Prophecy                                                        Odds Without God
 
1.    Jesus would be a descendant of David.                            104  (1 in 10,000)
2.   Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.                                   105    (1 in 100,000)
3.    Jesus would be a miracle worker.                                     105    (1 in 100,000)
4.    Jesus would present Himself as King riding on
        a donkey.                                                                          106    (1 in 1,000,000)
5.    Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30
        pieces of silver.                                                                 106    (1 in 1,000,000)
6.    Jesus would be crucified.                                                   106    (1 in 1,000,000)
7.    Jesus would first present Himself as King
        173,880 days from the decree of Artaxerxes
        to rebuild Jerusalem.                                                          106   (1 in 1,000,000)
 
       Total Probability (without God):                                       1038 (1 in100 billion, billion,
                                                                                                                billion, billion).
 
All of this post is pertinent to the Pre-Trib. Rapture understanding of Daniel's 70 Week prophecy.  I am addressing the "GAP" concept in my post series "Standing in the Gap" to confirm the Pre-Trib. Rapture of Christian believers.  It's not going to happen as those who follow Steve "Mark" Wohlberg's "the blind leading the blind" Pre-Wrath or Mid-Trib. teachings.
 
The chart above supports my contention of Daniel's significance in the Bible.  I could have listed many other prophecies concerning Jesus Christ but I'm focused on a specific key point of Daniel, namely the fulfilled portion in the first 69 weeks of this prophecy.
 
This prophecy was fulfilled to the "Very Day", with an accuracy of 99.999%.
 
At the time of Daniel's angelic visitation, Jerusalem was completely desolate.  The majority of the Jews had been taken captive by the Babylonians, the captivity was from 606-537 BC.
 
The angel Gabriel declared that Daniel should "know and understand" that from the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, until the Messiah the Prince comes, that there will be sixty-two sevens, and seven sevens of years.  The conjunction "and" confirms there are two periods of time.  A year was 360-days, not our 365.25-days.  A cosmic event in approximately 712-710 BC resulted in a close pass-by of the planet Mars.  This resulted in an energy exchange between Mars and Earth.  Mars had a 720-day orbit and Earth had a 360-day orbit.  The cosmic event resulted in Earth gaining 5.25 days and Mars losing 5.25 days of their orbits around the Sun.
 
Sir Robert Anderson of London's Scotland Yard in his book 'The Coming Prince' applied this principle of a 360-day calendar to the 483 years that made up Daniel's block of 483 years, and made an astonishing discovery.
 
Anderson multiplied the 360-days per year by the 483 years coming to the number of 173,880 days after the command is given to "restore and rebuild Jerusalem" the Messiah would come.  At the time this prophecy was given the city of Jerusalem was desolate.  The question is there a record of a command such as this recorded in history?  The answer is found in the second chapter of Nehemiah.
 
Nehemiah requested that he be allowed to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the city.  King Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah's wish on the spot.
 
The 1990 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica states that Artaxerxes Longimanus ascended to the throne of the Medo-Persian Empire in July of 465 BC, by Hebrew tradition.  While the day of the month is not specifically stated, it is given to be the first day of the month of Nisan.  Subsequently, astronomical calculations by the British Royal Observatory, and later, the US Naval Observatory confirmed it to be Nisan 1, 445 BC.  The first day of Nisan in 445 BC corresponds to the 14th day of March.
 
Remember that the prophecy states 69 weeks of years (173,880 days) after the command goes forth to restore the city of Jerusalem, the Messiah will come.  If we count 173,880 days forward from March 14th, 445 BC, we come to April 6, 32 AD.  Again, this date has been verified by both the British Royal Observatory and the US Naval Observatory.
 
What happened on April 6th, 32 AD?  According to Sir Robert Anderson's calculations a humble carpenter rode into the East Gate of Jerusalem on a donkey foal while the crowds cried out "Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"  In this case, the Jews were actually singing on behalf of the Jewish High Priest as well as Jesus Christ was coming from a different direction into the Temple area.  That's why He was told to shut up his disciples.  His response was that even the stones would cry out.  This man's name was Jesus of Nazareth.  This was the first day that He allowed his followers to proclaim Him as their Messiah.  He had previously told them that His day had not yet come.
 
If you are skeptical and want to know whether there is any other way to check the accuracy of this date, there is!
 
You may have heard others have named other dates for Jesus Christ's resurrection, quite a few, many confusing, depending on who you want to believe.  In fact, most people conclude we can't possibly know.  But as this post will show there can only be one correct date.  There are other decrees found in the Old Testament, but only Nehemiah's decree fits the puzzle opening.  The other decrees were for different purposes, however.  I will explain theses other decrees later, along with the confusion of the different calendars in use: Julian, Gregorian, and Hebrew which further adds to the confusion.  I will address the so-called errors of Sir Robert Anderson's work, which critics have used in an attempt to discredit Anderson and his book 'The Coming Prince'.
 
You can rest assured Jesus of Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on April 6th, 32 AD.  Furthermore, He was crucified on Wednesday of the following week, and was resurrected just past Sundown of the Hebrew close of the Sabbath at approximately 6:15 PM, which in Jewish time began Sunday.
 
In Luke chapter 3, it states that in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Jesus was baptized by John the baptizer and began His ministry.  The 1990 edition of Britannica states that the reign of Caesar Tiberius began on August 19th, 14 AD.  Most scholars believe Jesus was baptized in the fall.  Consequently, according to Luke chapter 3, Jesus' ministry started with His baptism in the fall of the 15th year of the reign of Caesar Tiberius and according to most Biblical scholars lasted four Passovers or 3-1/2 years.  The first Passover of Jesus' ministry would have been in the spring of 29 AD.  The fourth Passover of His ministry was the day of His crucifixion and would have fallen in the year 32 AD.  The Passover in that year fell on April 10th.  Remarkably, according to Sir Robert Anderson, and the British Royal Observatory and the US Naval Observatory, the Sunday before that Passover was April 6th, 32 AD.
 
That day, April 6, 32 AD was exactly 173,880 days after Artaxerxes Longimanus gave the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem on March 14th, 445 BC.  That day was the first day that Jesus of Nazareth allowed His disciples to proclaim Him as Messiah.
 
This prophecy is one of the many proofs that God transcends time and is able to see the beginning of time from the end with incredible precision!  It reveals that God is in total control of the situations of life.
 
Today, most modern day rabbis try to deny the Messianic application of this prophecy.  However, it is well established that ancient Jews believed that this prophecy pinpointed the time of the Messiah's first coming.  In fact, the Essenes of the Qumran community (writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls) believed that they were living in the very generation to which the prophecy pointed to!
 
When Daniel recorded his book the Temple in Jerusalem was desolate - Destroyed in 587/586 BC,  there was no indication in Daniel's day that it would be rebuilt.  However, Daniel states, interestingly so, that after the Temple is rebuilt, the Messiah would come and then "the prince of the people who is to come" would then destroy it again.  So the Messiah had to come a second Temple before it was destroyed!  In the aftermath of the Roman invasion the people went in to the streets crying that the Temple had been destroyed yet Messiah had not come.
 
As Jesus rode near to the city of Jerusalem, He stopped and wept, saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes!"  For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 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."  -(Luke 19:42-44).
 
It is apparent that the Jewish religious leaders and the Jews in general were being held accountable for failing to recognize that the 483 years were up!  Since they were looking for a power figure warrior-type Messiah Jesus was not what they expected or wanted in a Messiah.  The truth had been hidden from their eyes.  We need to be considerate of the implications of how and what that means for us today, especially the church!
 
I am thinking particularly here, of the so-called "America's Pastor" Rick Warren, who recently said, "It would be a mistake for Christians to discern the signs of he times with respect to the Second Coming."  He pointed to Scripture references in Matthew 24:36-37 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 as explicitly denying that anyone could decipher when Christ might return.
 
I guess if you quit reading the Bible after those two verses, it would be a logical conclusion that believers were wasting their time by reading prophecies about the Second Coming.  I'm of the view that would be a mistake.  In fact, it violates a declaration by Jesus Christ because Jesus actually stated, commanded, His followers to "watch" for the signs.  In fact, all of Matthew 24 is devoted to Jesus providing the signs that would precede His Second Coming and says when we see them, we will know He is "at the door."
 
Furthermore, Jesus commands us to "watch" for Him.  Being watchful and ready is equated with being a "faithful and wise servant".  There are more than just a couple verses, actually a dozen or so that he failed to note to the contrary.  Jesus never said as Warren proclaims, "It's none of your business when I am coming back."
 
Sharing the gospel and making disciples is not mutually exclusive to paying attention to prophecy.  In fact, it is through prophecy that Jesus was recognized by some when He came the first time, and it is paying attention to prophecy that He will get recognized the second time.
 
The fact that "America's Pastor" Rick Warren is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a globalist elite NGO (non government organization) that embraces world government is ample evidence not to believe Rick Warren.  He is a false teacher and deceiver of thousands of churches in America.  He is a socialist-based gospel advocate.  He gave the invocation at Obama's inauguration, and was dubbed "America's Pastor" by CNN.  He is anointed, but by who?
 
The precision accuracy by which Jesus fulfilled the prophecy linking Daniel 9:24-27 with Nehemiah 1-2 was 99.999% is so astonishing that it actually became a stumbling block by so many, believing that Daniel was a fraud.  However, that has been disproved through various discoveries.  According to ancient Jewish scholars, the Savior was to come:
 
    1.  During the time when membership in the tribe of Judah could confidentially be traced -(Genesis 49:10).
 
    2.  Previous to the demolition of the second Temple -(Daniel 9:24-27).
 
    3.  Before the scepter had departed from Judah -(Genesis 49:10).
 
    4.  At the beginning of the fifth millennium after creation!  -(Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedran 96-99.
 
Remarkably, after 70 AD, none of these criteria would ever exist again!   However, when Jesus was growing up in Nazareth, the scepter had not passed from Judah, the second Temple was still standing, and the fifth millennium had come, the scepter was removed, then the second Temple was destroyed, just as Daniel had predicted.
 
All of this is misunderstood by JW's, SDA's, Replacement theology "Covenant/Reformed" churches, and believers that have their roots planted in another gospel, and an infinite number of folks that want us to believe that Daniel's 70th week followed immediately, the previous 69 weeks of 483 years, without an interlude in the chronicles of time.
 
The Seventy Week prophecy has been a challenge to Bible students through the centuries.  But God intended for it to be understood by those who need to know.  Sir Robert Anderson was the man who cracked the case back in the 1870's.  We serve a holy God.  He is precise in what He tells us, and how He tells us.  The confidence limits in this case of the 173,880 days amounts to 48 hours over nearly half a millennium.  We are looking at a time window of 2 days over 476 years or 2 days over 173,880 days.  This is a magnitude in the order of 1 in 10 to the 5th power or 1 in 100,000.
 
This amounts to an accuracy of 99.999%!!!!!!!!
 
So what is the point of this seemingly arcane study?  Why are the first 69 weeks of the 70 weeks of Daniel so important? 
 
Simply this.  There is a future 70th week up there in our future, the final 7 years of this age.  We live in the "GAP", the parenthesis of time where one clock has stopped and another clock has moved forward nearly 2,000 years.
 
After the nation of Israel was crushed by Rome, the people were enslaved and dispersed around the world.  In their adversity they began to wonder why the Messiah had apparently missed his appointment with the Jewish people!
 
In the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedran 96-99 (written somewhere between 200-500 AD), the rabbis expressed their disappointment that the Messiah had not come during the corrected time.  They explain that the delay in the coming of the Messiah was due to the sin of Israel.  Otherwise, he would have come around the year four thousand after creation (precisely the time Jesus of Nazareth came).
 
An astonishing quote is found in Sanhedra 976.  Rabbi Rabh states, "at the predestined dates for redemption (the coming of Messiah) have passed and the matter now depends only on the repentance and good deeds."  The rabbi states the coming of the Messiah depended on the nation of Israel turning to God in repentance.  These numerous quotes  in the Sanhedrin that speaks of a 2000 year "Gap"!  One of the most revealing is this one:  "The world to last 6000 years, 2000 years it was waste and desolate, 2000 years marks the period under the Law, 2000 years under the Messiah.  And because our sins are increased, they are increased."  This last clause refers to the time of punishment.
 
The incredible quotes in the Sanhedrin speak for themselves.  The fact that they are even recorded in the highly venerated writings of the men who were the heads of ancient rabbinical academies is absolutely astonishing!  These men, according to their understanding of the Hebrew Bible and the chronology of the day, recognized that the time appointed for the coming of the Messiah had passed!
 
Was the Bible and its time indicators wrong?  Or had He come?
 
In summary, we have both Biblical and anecdotal evidence for the 2000 year "GAP" between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel 9:24-27.  While what I have shared is confirmation of the "GAP" theory associated with Dispensationalism, and I do not consider it a "theory" but rather substantive proof of the Dispensational understanding of the Bible.
 
The critics and confused believers have failed to differentiate between Israel (the Jews) and the Church.  In so doing, they have co-mingled God's plan for Israel and the Church; they have "replaced" Israel with the Church, and that is their first and biggest mistake.
 
Hopefully, this will help the reader to recognize the fact that God has to take the Church out of the picture in order to deal with Israel and a disbelieving world.  The prophet Ezekiel states as much many times, in subtle ways, but for sure, to deal with Israel.  The Pre-Tribulational Rapture will so stun and shock the Jews that it will soon enough be recognize by Jews everywhere in the world.  Nothing short of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture will shake the Jews to the very core of their ethnicity and identity.  Not even a promise by the UN to provide them "peace and safety" could impact them.  The events to follow will enable God to save the Jews because they will cry out for deliverance by God their true Messiah.
 
Israel's return to the land comes in two stages:  First in unbelief (1948-present) and later in belief (post Rapture).  We have only been witness to the first stage or phase of this return.  The second stage or phase comes when the Church is Pre-Tribulationally Raptured!
 
Praise God!
 
Pastor Bob