Kevin Heckle (2 Feb 2011)
"RE: Regina's Question on 73, Temple Destruction, Jesus' Birthdays, etc."

Regina,
Regarding your post and question http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2011/regina128.htm

I apologize for taking so long to get back to you.  I've been out of town, away from the computer.

You asked about the significance of the number 73, as I had noted its commonality between the orbital period of Earth, Venus and their conjunction period:

"The common value between 584 and 365 (year) is 73. Whereas 73 x 5 is 365, 73 x 8 is 584. Conversely, there are five (5) 584 day conjunctions (inferior OR superior) in eight (8) 365 day earth years.  The sum of 584 + 365 is 949 which is of course 13 x 73.  Venus orbits 13 times to earth's 8 and it passes earth 5 times (every 584 days during those eight years."

73 has some significance in Biblical gematria as it is the Hebrew value of words and phrases like: wisdom; I am the Almighty God; thy Creator; man of God; etc. as found at this Biblewheel page - http://www.biblewheel.com/gr/gr_73.asp.

It is also the triangular root of 2701, which is also the product of it times its reverse (73 x 37 = 2701).  2701 is the Hebrew gematria sum of the first verse and statement in the Bible:  In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth = 2701 = 73 x 37.

2701 also is the Greek gematria of "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain" (Rev 5:12).

So this 73 value is woven into God's Word and Creation.

As for the date 73 AD:  The Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, but that war ended in 73 AD 'with a flood' (Daniel 9:26) by the shore of the Dead Sea at Masada.  The Diaspora (Ezekiel's dead bones) the spreading of God's chosen into the world was begun.

The middle or half value of the three values in the Daniel 12 vision (1260, 1290 & 1335) is 1942.5.  1942.5 years plus 70 AD (Temple destruction) is 2012.5.  1942.5 years plus 73 AD is 2015.

As for Jesus birth, I believe that He was born in 6 BC, a few years before Herod's death on April 17.  It is a date when all the 'morning stars sang together' a 'heavenly host' (Luke 2:13).  This date also fulfills Daniel's prophecy of Messiah being 'cut-off' after 62 weeks (7 years x  62 x 364) from the decree to rebuild, but before the 63rd heptad (week of years).  Messiah being 'cut-off' but not for Himself' I believe refers to the circumcision required of all Hebrew newborns at 8 days.  The Messiah being the 'contractor' and not the 'contractee' didn't do it for Himself, but to fulfill the Law and the covenant of Abraham with Himself (the Lord).

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising (G4059 - Gr. 'Cut off'') of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Many believe this 'cut off' is referring to the Crucifixion.  However, being 'cut off' in the context of death implies the opposite of Jesus statement that he laid down His own life.  Being 'cut off' is a permanent effect.  Jesus raised up His own life again.  The ONLY time Jesus was 'cut off' was at 8 days.

Strong's H3772 for 'cut off' is used in the Old Testament referring to 'cut a covenant'.  In context the word:  'Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off (H3772) the foreskin of her son'.

69 weeks ( 69 x 7 years = 483 years x the 364 day ecclesiastical year) from the decree to restore  Jerusalem until the Baptism of Jesus, the Annointed (Messiah the PRINCE) by GOD's declaration ' This is MY SON in whom I AM well pleased.'

Others believe that this prophecy in Daniel 9:25 is referring to Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem based on the Babylonian year of 360 days from the latter decree (444BC), placing the Crucifixion in 32.  If Jesus was 'about 30' when he began His ministry, lasting 3.5 years and He was on the Cross at 33-34 years; this places the date of birth AFTER Herod's 4 BC death.  I believe Jesus was crucified and rose again at 457 BC plus 69.5 heptad weeks or 486.5 ecclesiastical years of 364 days (divisible by sabbaths 7's) which places the Cross at 29 AD and His birth in 6 BC.  I contend He was Crucified 34 solar years after He was born, Crucified on His birthday for our sin.

3.5 years after he began confirming the New Covenant He ended forever the necessity of the sacrifice and oblations.  When He said it is finished on the Cross, the veil was torn and the Temple broken (Mat 27:51).  For the cause of abominations and corruption in and too the extremities of the Temple:

"[45] And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; [46] Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves." - Luk 19:45-46 KJV

"[1] And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple. [2] And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." - Mat 24:1-2 KJV

The temple was made desolate 'even until the consummation' (that is the END).  Temple sacrifice and oblation by the first was superceded by the second NEW COVENANT confirmed by Jesus.  Read Paul's letter to his fellow Hebrews (excerpts down below).  Jesus' sacrifice FOREVER rendered the Temple sacrifice and oblation system USELESS.  In fact, it will be an abomination if the Hebrews try to restore the daily.

Just after speaking the true sum of the Widow's mite vs. the gifts of rich men, Jesus spoke of the future of the temple which the Widow's mites had helped to finance:

"[5] And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, [6] [As for] these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." - Luk 21:5-6 KJV

"[21] For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin (Jesus); that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." - 2Cr 5:21 KJV

Book of Hebrews on the daily sacrifice and oblations AFTER JESUS (excerpts)
"[27] Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself." - Hbr 7:27 KJV

"[26] For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." - Hbr 9:26 KJV

"[1] For the law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. [2] For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. [3] But in those [sacrifices there is] a remembrance again [made] of sins every year. [4] For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. [5] Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: [6] In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure. [7] Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. [8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [offering] for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure [therein]; which are offered by the law; [9] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second[10] By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all]. [11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: [12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. [14] For by one offering he hath perfected FOR EVER them that are sanctified. [15] [Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, [16] This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; [17] And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. [18] Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin. [19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, [20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; [21] And [having] an high priest over the house of God; [22] Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." - Hbr 10:1-22 KJV

In Christ,
Kevin Heckle