It is not easy to wrap the mind around calendar shennanigans, and dealing with the transfer from the Western mindset to the Eastern on exactly when the day changes is a real problem. In the Roman West, the day changes at Midnight. Our literature speaks of the late watches of the night, and the early dawn of day, but in the Eastern Judaic mindset the days run from sunset to sunset. This crucial detail is what tangles me up everytime I try to beat the Sunset on Erev Shabbat, and get my cooking done before dark on Friday so that the Sabbath can be said to begin. I am neither Jewish, nor all that observant, but the Holy Spirit asked me years back to ‘Consider keeping the Sabbath, and so I do, and for a Westerner, the shift in timing is difficult. This same problem tangled up the Romans when they wrote of Yeshua’s death years after the fact, and most Westerners still do not know why it is important what day of the week the Last Supper was on, or what exact day of the week Yeshua died on. Can it be so important?
Well, no one can figure out just how the prophecy in Daniel was carried out in reality except with calendars and much difficulty, but I keep trying to explain it in sufficient detail to be accurate without confusing people. I do not think I succeed very well. I have a long article here about the matter that is continually under revision as the Ruach ha Kodesh gives me more information, and as other people write new discoveries about the same items. No one except G-d has all the answers explaining Daniel, and no one should claim to get it exactly right until Yeshua comes, and tells us who is right, but one does have to get into the sticky details to prove that this prophecy is fulfilled.
Calculating the Days of Messiah
Only by fulfilled prophecy, and by the witness of that fulfillment can anything about G-d be proved. Nothing can be proved about Yeshua ben Notsri except by the fulfillment of prophecy, and the witnesses given of that fulfillment and all of the circumstances and systematic proofs that correlate that fulfillment. The fact that the days of Yeshua’s advent on earth, his death, and resurrection is proved by prophecy, and that there are witnesses of those who saw it fulfilled is a given to Christians and Messianic Jews and Gentiles, but is not proven to the satisfaction of non-believers. And yet, when you consider all the other details that had to be in place to ensure that we would know that Yeshua ben Notsri was haMashiach ben Yosef, and thus we could believe him when he said he would return as Mashiach ben David, you have only one day, one year, one man, and all his historically recorded details of circumstance and prophetic fulfillment to consider. Prophecy is not simply a guess…it is YHVH Elohim telling someone exactly what happened, and when, before it comes to pass.
Understanding this week in history, and all the details of several prophecies that were fulfilled in this specific week, is crucial to proving how G-d ensured his initial statement in Genesis would be carried out. The exact fulfillment of the prophecies contained in the foreshadowing of the Jewish Festival of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of First Fruits can only be understood alongside the fulfillment of the many other prophecies given in the Tanakh.
The many conditions of all the prophecies relating to Mashiach ben Yosef had to be met in one series of actions that were prefigured in the Spring Festivals. These conditions were fulfilled by Yeshua’s entry into Jerusalem just prior to his death, while the specific details of the Levitical commandments of Passover as they were kept on the exact days required is noted in the Apostolic Writings, and are witnessed to by the world, but can only be fully understood with the evidence on three different calendars. All three are necessary because of the Solar-Lunar nature of the Israeli Calendar.
The Israeli Calendar is to our Western minds, half a day off. It is maddening to those humans brought up to think that Dawn is the beginning of the day, when from the Beginning, it was written that the Evening, and the Morning were one day. Consequently, the Israelites kept track of the days from moon to moon, and from sunset to sunset. Consequently, you have to be able to look at a calendar converter on the internet to see the different calendars compared to another. I use the calendar at CalendarHome.com. It may be different from other calendar converters, and from home calculations, and consequently give slightly different dates than other writers.
The three different calendars necessary to understand how the prophecies were fulfilled by Yeshua during the week that Yeshua died are the Julian Calendar in effect in the West in the 1st Century; the Gregorian Calendar; and the Israeli Calendar. With modern Astronomy, computers, and the recently planted mirrors on the moon, it is possible to calculate the exact times of moonrise in Jerusalem on any date in time. Israeli Calendars are calculated on the Solar-Lunar method, and correlated with the Solar Calendars of the West with a good computer program. I have used the free calendar at http://www.CalendarHome.Com.
There are many prophecies concerning the Messiah to be found in the Hebrew Scriptures, and the majority of them are the glorious kingly and priestly prophecies which Yeshua haNotsri did not fulfill when he was on earth some two thousand years ago. Rabbinical Jews typically point to this fact as proof that Yeshua ha Notsri is not the Messiah. However, people that refuse to look outside the box of their assumptions often do not see that the answer to their questions is outside of the box. All Jews, to the best of our knowledge, did not ever think that the two roles of the Suffering Messiah, and the Conquering Messiah could be fulfilled in one person’s identity until Yeshua demonstrated how it was going to be done.
In fact, the only way that one person could fulfill both these roles was for that person to die a mortal death, yet having the eternal, Creative Soul, resurrect that mortal body, and change it to a perfect, incorruptible Human Being. That person is G-d, leaving behind his power in one dimension, and focusing his Self into a mortal body in our dimension, while ensuring that events took their planned course with the help of his Pneuma, his breath, the Ruach haKodesh (AKA the Holy Spirit). One Essence, three (or more) described persons, all playing their part in a drama enacted on our planet for the edification of another race of beings (the Angels), but to our ultimate benefit, for we get the grand prize of Sonship for participating in the education of the Angels. Thus G-d makes events fit the prophecies he gave to other men in earlier times.
Now, whether the other race of beings, the Angels is also participating in our story or just viewing it is not relevant to us, although the possibilities presented there are hinted at or referenced in Genesis, Job, and the other, non-canonical books of Enoch.
The Prophecy in Isaiah
Those of us, who believe Yeshua haNotsri is alive and returning, believe that he will fulfill the remainder of all of these glorious prophecies when he returns. But there are a few Messianic prophecies that are not glorious and indicate that the Messiah would suffer. Isaiah 53 is probably the most notable of them.
Isaiah 53:1-12 (CJB)
1 Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed?
2 For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us.
3 People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.
4 In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God.
5 But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet Adonai laid on him the guilt of all of us.
7 Though mistreated, he was submissive— he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth.
8 After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves.
9 He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive,
10 yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering. If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand Adonai’s desire will be accomplished.
11 After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. “By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers.
12 Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”
On the occasions when Jewish teachers try to address this prophecy we are told that the suffering servant is Israel as a nation and not prophetic of Yeshua haNotsri. We are told that Israel is suffering for its own sins in this passage. But there are several things wrong with this picture.
The first is Isaiah’s use of the term “cut off“, which means killed or executed. This understanding is evident in that the one “cut off” was removed from “the land of the living”. Israel as a nation of people has never ceased to exist and continues to exist, even though it is hated by many.
Secondly is the idea that Israel is suffering for its own sins, when this prophecy clearly indicates that someone other than “My people” (Israel) is suffering on Israel’s behalf.
Thirdly, is the picture in the prophecy that this suffering person had done nothing wrong and was guiltless.
How could this possibly be speaking of Israel as a nation? Are we really to believe that Israel is his own guiltless sufferer who is suffering for his own sins? The Jewish picture caves-in on itself. The interpretation simply doesn’t fit the passage, and it should be apparent that Jewish teachers are desperately trying to discover some interpretation other than the obvious.
The Prophecy in Daniel
Another prophecy concerning Messiah’s suffering comes from the book of Daniel. The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel and gave him a prophecy concerning when the Messiah would come and what would happen to him. Before it can be interpreted, there are important details in this prophecy that need to be understood.
Daniel 9:24-27 (CJB)
24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and for your holy city for putting an end to the transgression, for making an end of sin, for forgiving iniquity, for bringing in everlasting justice, for setting the seal on vision and prophet, and for anointing the Especially Holy Place.
25 Know, therefore, and discern that seven weeks [of years] will elapse between the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Yerushalayim until an anointed prince comes. It will remain built for sixty-two weeks [of years], with open spaces and moats; but these will be troubled times.
26 Then, after the sixty-two weeks, Mashiach will be cut off and have nothing. The people of a prince yet to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary, but his end will come with a flood, and desolations are decreed until the war is over.
27 He will make a strong covenant with leaders for one week [of years]. For half of the week he will put a stop to the sacrifice and the grain offering. On the wing of detestable things the desolator will come and continue until the already decreed destruction is poured out on the desolator.”
Here again it is prophesied that the Messiah would be executed, and again, that not for himself! This prophecy is impossible to avoid and I have yet to hear an argument as to how this could be in reference to anyone or anything other than Yeshua haNotsri. A large number of Jews have become Messianic believers in Yeshua haNotsri on the basis of this prophecy alone. But not only does this prophecy predict the execution of the Messiah, it predicts when he would come.
The term “week” in this prophecy is generally accepted to be a shavua, which is a Hebrew term for a period of 7 years. One of the most important keys to unlocking its interpretation is to remember that this prophecy focuses on the city of Jerusalem. Nearly all expositors seem to lose track of this fact before reaching the end of the prophecy.
Gabriel said that at the end of the 490-year period would come the end of Jerusalem’s troubles. Everlasting righteousness would come, and the Holy of Holies in the temple would once again be anointed with the presence of God. This is the very thing Daniel was praying for at the time the Angel Gabriel visited him in Babylon, and gave him the Prophecy. The picture Gabriel paints of the time immediately following the fulfillment of the 70 weeks is a description of the Messianic age. But understanding the time frames given by Gabriel has been a bit of a nightmare for scholars.
The full time frame of 490 years is plainly divided into three parts.
7 weeks of years…49 years,
62 weeks of years…434 years,
1 week of years…7 years, divided into two halves of which only one is described.
The first two parts are evidently consecutive, because they describe a known period of history in which the Israelites were returning to Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile, and together add up to 483 years.
Then there is a gap or span of time between the end of the 483 years and the last 7 years, which is then further described. But the first 483 years of this prophecy is the total amount of time that would elapse between two specific events. That event is the, “…issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem”, and the consummation of this 483 year period was to be when “Mashiach will be cut off” in Jerusalem, which also had to be prior to the destruction of the 2nd Temple.
How do we KNOW that Yeshua fulfilled the Prophecies?
There have been a number of theories advanced by Christian scholars as to what events in history fulfilled these prophecies and how the time span between them adds up to 483 years. I have researched several of the more respected theories and noticed that each of them have excellent arguments that prove the other theories must be in error! Consequently, none of them work.
Instead of trying to make historical events fit the 483 year time frame, it is best to approach it from a different angle and start by looking at the prophecy to establish which events best fit the description of the prophecy.
The first event is the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem. There were two decrees issued 13 years apart by Artaxerxes, King of Persia.
Many believe the first decree as recorded in Ezra 7 is the fulfillment of the first part of this prophecy. Here, Ezra gives a year and month in which Artaxerxes, King of Persia, issued a decree to go and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. It was in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king’s reign. The problem with this decree is that it concerns rebuilding the temple, and has nothing to do with the city of Jerusalem.
Remember, the prophecy in Daniel that is about Messiah the Prince is the one that concerns the City of Jerusalem being rebuilt. The time that Messiah would come is calculated from that point.
WHICH decree Matters???
It is the second decree of Artaxerxes that came 13 years later that specifically concerns the city. This decree is recorded in Nehemiah 2 where it says the decree went out in the Hebrew month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes. This date would have been anywhere from mid-March to late April in the year 445 B.C on the Gregorian calendar., which is known as the 446th year B.C. on the Julian Calendar which is used to establish the date of the going out of the decree from Babylon to rebuild the City of Jerusalem…rather than the decree to rebuild the Temple that most of the scholarly people in the past have used, and then reject as the kick-off date because 483 solar years later takes us to 38 A.D Gregorian. This is at least 6 years too late to reconcile with any event during Yeshua haNotsri’s time
“…from the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem…”
“…until Messiah the Prince…” When Messiah the Prince comes into Jerusalem as the Messiah. This is where many scholars miss it. The prophecy applies to both the people of Israel, and the City of Jerusalem at one and the same time. The timing therefore relates to when Messiah is in Jerusalem fulfilling the other prophecies that relate to the Feast of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the First Fruit offering to G-d.
And then, there is the Donkey!
The central figures throughout the prophecy are the Messiah and Jerusalem together. There is only one event in the life of Yeshua haNotsri that can fit this prophecy. Interestingly enough, this event has a parallel prophecy.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9
I know…this sounds off track, but it’s really important, and people often dismiss it. This is a prophecy of Yeshua’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. In the record of this event found in Luke 19:28-44, Yeshua haNotsri also said something interesting as he was riding the colt toward the city.
Then, as he was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying; “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” But he answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Now as he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace…” Luke 19:37-42a
This day was no ordinary day. It was apparently so special, had not the disciples praised Yeshua haNotsri as the Messiah, the stones apparently would have done the job for them. And Yeshua said to Jerusalem, “this is your day“ !
The very day the prophecies from Daniel and Zechariah were fulfilled. Some people believe that this prophecy points to the Baptism of Yeshua, but that is all wrong for the prophecies, and the prophecy states the coming of Mashiach as being on a particular day, in a particular year, while other prophecies describe what happens on that day.
There is only ONE day in ONE year that works for everything in the combined prophecies.
On the Gregorian calendar it would have been described as having fallen on Saturday March 30, 30 AD, which is known as April 2, 30 AD Julian calendar, and is also known as Nissan 10**, 3790 Israeli Calendar. This is four days before Erev Passover on Wednesday afternoon of the following week, when Yeshua was crucified, with Passover beginning later that same day after sunset, the 15th day of Nissan.
**The western world’s Calendar year for the time period in which the Advent of Mashiach took place would catch up to the Israeli Calendar 8 months later, consequently from the Greco-Roman point of view, it was still AD 30.
Important Note :
3/30/30 AD Gregorian, in the calculations of gematria is 3/3/3…a trinity of trinities.
Part of the confusion about calendars and dates are which years and which days are which, and for accuracy, you have to check the words in Hebrew, not Greek. (The Romans really blew it, but with the different calendars, and different legal Sabbaths, along with no interest in anything Jewish, how could they have known the mistakes they were making?)
**Please remember that computer calendar converters do not subtract the half day known as Erev on any day from the Western calendars that begin at midnight of the following day In America, which is about 8 hours difference in New York, and 11 hours in SoCal..
Consequently, Saturday the 10th of Nissan didn’t begin until Midnight of Sunday for Westerners (Making it Palm Sunday) BUT was actually Shabbat haGadol, the Sabbath before Passover, and the actual day of the month (10 Nisan) one chooses a lamb for sacrifice on Passover, as you examine its perfections, tie it near your home for 4 days, get real cuddly with it, while the kids name it, so that it really hurts when you have to kill it.…or so goes the rational of these matters.
Fulfillment of Prophecy is never a minor thing!
Riding a donkey is only permitted on Shabbat if it has not ever been ridden before, and then only by the King of Israel!
By riding a donkey on the Sabbath Yeshua was making a specific point that He was Mashiach, the anointed One, and King of Kings…..because, according to the Rabbis, only a donkey that had never been ridden before could legally be ridden on the Sabbath…and to do so was indicative of kingship.
A Donkey…for a King?
Zechariah 9.9 prophesied:
Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
This prophecy is referred to in Matthew, and is complicated by the Law in Exodus:
Yeshua said .., ‘Go into the village opposite you, and you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.’…All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet. Matthew 21.1-5
Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest
God’s instructions in the Torah are specific that even ‘your donkey’ must rest on the Sabbath. So, Yeshua‘s decision to enter Jerusalem sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey must have happened on the Sabbath, because for it to have happened on any other day would have had NO significance.
It establishes that Yeshua was a humble man, certainly, but riding anything on Shabbat is a crime punishable by death Presumably if Yeshua had not said he was going to be seated on the right hand of the Father, they could have killed him just for rising the donkey.
By riding a donkey on the Sabbath Yeshua was making a specific point that he was Messiah, the anointed One, and King of Kings…..because, according to the Rabbis, only a donkey that had never been ridden before could legally be ridden on the Sabbath (as it had never been worked, and thus needed no rest)…and to do so was indicative of the rights of kingship, and was fulfillment of the prophecy.
Pinning the Saturday Sabbath to the Messianic Entry into Jerusalem ties the day of the week to the Feast of Passover of a particular year that doesn’t happen very often. It cannot be a first-of-the-month Monthly Sabbath, and thus always the first day of the month; nor could it be the kind of Shabbat that is a ‘High Sabbath’, as would be the day of rest specified on the first and last days of both the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Succot, which both float freely on the solar/lunar calendar.
Only the weekly Shabbat is on a particular day of the week, Saturday, and thus pins Messiah’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a Saturday that occurs 4 days prior to Erev Passover, on which it is required that the Israelites kill the sacrifice of the lamb prior to sunset on Erev Passover. And, by pinning the day of the weekly Shabbat to the calender date of the yearly presentation of the lamb for sacrifice also settles the Priestly versus Pharisaic quarrel over the feast of First Fruits always being on the first day of the week, because Yeshua had to be dead for at least 3 full days…a full 72 hours, to be accounted truly dead, with his soul gone from his body, as is stated in the Gospels, literally announcing freedom to the captives in Sheol.
Why so many details?
The accuracy of the fulfillment of the prophecy given by the Angel Gabriel to Daniel is extreme. The only way that anyone could be really sure that Yeshua haNotsri and Yeshua haNotsri ALONE had fulfilled the combination of the relevant prophecies was to place enough clues in the prophecies long in advance of the event prophesied, and seed the time markers and prophetic shadows of Yeshua’s life in the Jewish feast days…the Moedim. The only person who could arrange this fulfillment was G-d.
This ensured that the prophecies all together could only be fulfilled under one set of circumstances. When these circumstances were combined with the signs of healing such as people being healed of blindness and deafness from birth defects, creative miracles never performed by anyone before that time; and added to the fulfillment of the prophecy Yeshua made about the temple of his own body being destroyed and raised up in three days was ensured only because Yeshua was G-d. The simplistic ideas of the Sages and Rabbis that there would be two Mashiach’s, rather than one Mashiach that came back from the dead, then go to the Father, and long after come back in power when it was G-d’s timing cannot be given credence any longer. YHVH told the Sages and the Rabbis in detail about Yeshua in the prophecies, and played out Yeshua’s entire ministry on earth in both advents in the festivals. The Sages and Rabbi’s mostly did not understand, and many still refuse to look at what can be proven.
No Room for Error
Just look at the Gregorian calendar date for Yeshua’s entry into Jerusalem…the 30th of March in 30 AD. The year 28 AD on the Gregorian Calendar, which is the commonly used Western Calendar of BC/AD, has the exact same configuration of Days of the Week for that year, but is not the right gematria of three 3’s that you find in 30 A.D.. Once this is known, it is easy to discern which of the two possible years surrounding any annointed leader in Judea will fit the prophecy. The fact that the Temple was destroyed exactly 40 years later, which is G-d’s well known time of testing, makes it sure.
Only if all the details match is anyone able to be sure that a prophecy is accurate. The days of the week never changed regardless of the calendar date, and the Gregorian Calendar was not even thought of at the time of the fulfillment of the prophecy…the Julian Calendar was in use in the West from 46 BC to 1582 AD.
Yeshua’s Last Days
Yeshua, after throwing the money changer’s tables around at the entrance to the Outer Court of the Temple then taught for a while apparently without much problem on the day before the eve of Passover, and then went to Lazarus’s house in Bethany for the night. He was not arrested for his behavior, which really was extreme for an average Jew of the time period. The Sanhedrin didn’t dare touch him yet…it was not permitted of G-d. Then, the following day, the day of the preparation for Passover, called Erev Passover, which was Wednesday in 30 AD., Yeshua hosted a Dinner celebrating a time of rigorous application of Torah study by having the ‘Last Supper’ with his Talmudim because the Fast of the First born began on Erev Passover on Tuesday Night/ Erev Wednesday the 14th of Nissan in AD 30.
Which Part of the Day is Important?
Please recall that the evening of a day is still the same next day in the Israeli tradition, so Yeshua and other first born sons within his Talmudim were supposed to Fast all of the day of preparation prior to Passover, from sunset to sunset. If they did not choose to keep the Fast of the First Born Sons because not all of their household or discplefold were first born sons, they could give themselves a special holiday, and feast instead of fasting as a reward for diligent study, beginning the evening before the day of preparation for Passover…in this case Erev Wednesday, which we call Tuesday Evening.
For a group so close to their Lord, there would have been others at the last Supper that were first born sons…perhaps Peter, or James ben Zebedee, and possibly Judas Iscariot, but in that group of Twelve there were younger brothers, including Yeshua’s brothers. For some to keep a fast, and some to eat as usual was not always the most practical means of dealing with dinner in extended families, with lots of cousins, uncles and grandparents.
As a way around what was have been an all too common problem the Rabbis were not without merit in getting around detailed laws that are too confining for mankind when meeting with rarely seen extended family at Passover. The Rabbis instituted a reward dinner instead of keeping the Fast of the First born, if they, the First Born, had completed a difficult schedule of Torah Study prior to the Fast of the First Born. These complicated families with several generations meeting in Jerusalem at Passover was very common, just as this case of brothers and followers of a Rabbi who was a First born son would necessitate a Feast.
With Yeshua, one can be sure, the study was deep, and difficult to understand, and that he would have had to explain again and again how all the prophecies of the Tanakh about the Messiah were to be concluded in him, in two separate states of existence, but as the same person. Consequently, after explaining this yet again to his 1st Century disciples, they then celebrated the Fast of the Firstborn Son by feasting!
People have trouble to this day difficulty wrapping their minds around this concept, and Yeshua had to be very sure that the Disciples made it through the next three days by impressing on them the fact that he had been born a specially designed mortal man with YHVH’s soul attached to that perfectly designed Y Chromosome that the Ruach haKodesh made possible in Miriam’s womb, along with the other excellent Davidic genes Yeshua received from Miriam making for a very unusual mortal child…another Adam, Yeshua ben Yoseph ben Eli, who is Miriam’s Father, born of the Davidic Line only through Miriam.
Miriam’s genealogy was perfect, and when you consider that anyone from the Davidic bloodline can be chosen as the Mashiach by G-d, and that Yeshua was entirely made of Miriam’s DNA even though the sex was altered, you have a fully Davidic King.
Looking at Passover Week
Yeshua got himself arrested, condemned and executed during Twilight on Passover EVE, which is what we in the West would call Wednesday ( after dark on what we normally in the West consider to be Tuesday night) even though the Israelis would call it Wednesday as soon as sunset fell.
The timeline of the ‘Three Days in the Grave’ is like this in Western times.
Tuesday – Mid Afternoon. Yeshua tells everyone that they will not see him again, unless they learn to say, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.”
Tuesday Night – Yeshua eats a festive celebration on the Fast of the Firstborn Son to celebrate the intensive study period they had just completed, prays in the garden on Mount Olivet, is arrested, tried, being found guilty of Blasphemy for proclimging himself the Mashiach, and turned over to the Romans for sentencing.
Wednesday – Yeshua is sentenced, flogged, and crucified, dying in the hours just before dusk, commonly described as ‘between the evenings’. Yeshua was buried before Sunset on Wednesday.
Thursday – Yeshua’s body was in the Grave, while his Soul was in one of the realms of what is termed ‘Paradise’, figuratively described as being ‘under the Throne.’
Friday – Yeshua’s body was still in the Grave, while his Soul was still in one of the realms of what is termed ‘Paradise’, figuratively described as being ‘under the Throne.’
Saturday – Yeshua ressurects himself at any time from just before sunset on Shabbat to well after Sunset, having spent a full three nights and three days in the grave…a full 72 hours, beyond the time that the soul was considered to have been in the body after death. Any time after Sunset, Yeshua would be able to ascend to Throne of G-d, presenting himself as the First Fruits of the Resurrection.
Sunday – in the dawns early light, Miriam goes to the tomb, and finds Yeshua in the garden just prior to his Ascension to the Throne as the First Fruits of the Ressurection.
The last fulfillment of the Passover Story is Yeshua resurrecting himself on Erev Sunday, which we call Saturday EVENING after sunset, which is considered ‘very early in the day’. This is the Feast of First Fruits.
However, anyone trying to figure all this out in the first try need not try so hard…YHVH wanted us to really be puzzled by the change of calendars and how one is supposed to count the hours of the day, and what to call different parts of the day, or what the names of the days were, because this was not supposed to be figured out easily, nor until just before Yeshua’s return in the end of days.
This fits perfectly with the picture given in Daniel’s prophecy.
Gabriel said that after the 69 weeks and the Messiah entered Jerusalem “Messiah shall be cut off“. Again, this is a well-understood Hebrew phrase meaning “executed.”
But now there appears to be a problem as the math doesn’t work out…does it?
From 446 B.C. to 31 A.D. is only 476 years. (Note. If you are doing the math, remember, there is no “0” year.)
The total of 476 years is 7 years short of 483 calendar years on all calendars in existence then and now. The days were the same, and had the same names of the week as now, allowing for different countries and languages, of course.
The KEY to the Riddle
The confirmation of the key to solving this puzzle can be found in Revelation chapter 12, and is matched almost word for word in Daniel.
In Revelation Chapter 12, verse 6, there is mention of a time period of 1,260 days. Later, in verse 14, this same period of time is referred to as 3.5 years in the encrypted phrase, “a time, and times, and half a time”.
The Jews in Daniel’s time knew this.
We know that the Persian Astrologers/Sorcerers/Mages were looking for Mashiach long before he arrived, and Daniel’s writings are proved to be at least 200 years old by the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery. The Babylonians no doubt had a copy, (See Matthew chapter 2.) and perhaps a few of the scholars of the time were keeping track…like the Prophets in Bethlehem…(Luke 2:25-36 – Simeon and Hannah)
So, if we keep to God’s original, perfect, Edenic Year, we divide 1,260 by 3.5 years and we get 360-day years!
God does not see a year as 365.25 days as we do when describing things for prophetic purposes. He counts 360 days as a year. Our planet is sadly off track its orbit, and getting more so with each solar wind triggered earthquake. This fact can also be deduced from the account of the flood in Genesis 7:11,24 8:3,and 4 where five months are equal to 150 days. This means there were once 30 day lunar months as opposed to our current 28 to 29 day lunar month in the time of the flood.
Proven: God’s original, perfect, Edenic Year
12 months of 30 days each makes a 360-day year!
Presumably, before the flood, our clock (both solar and lunar) was in perfect sync with God’s clock in heaven. But due to astronomical events that would be responsible for the physics of the flood, and the breaking of the mantle of the earth’s crust into plates floating on magma, our earth was slowed in its track around the sun so that it now takes an extra 5.25 days for it to complete its cycle. It still apparent from the books of Genesis and Revelation that God sees a year as 360 days because otherwise the prophecy in Daniel 9:24 would not predict exactly the Passover week that Yeshua road into Jerusalem.
To prove what I am going to say, go to http://calendarhome.com/calculate/convert-a-date and take a look.
Type in March 30, AD 30 at 0:00 hour on the Gregorian calendar line…and take a look as I spell out the mathematics.
Let’s take the dates I have given for the beginning and end of the prophecy and rework them with this piece of data. We only have a specific month to work with for a beginning of the 483-year prophecy of 360 day years (Nisan), but we have an exact date for the fulfillment of the prophecy… Nisan 10, 3790 / March 30, AD 30 Gregorian, April1, 30 Julian.
First we convert the 483 Prophetic Lunar Years into Days. 483 times 360 equal 173,880 days.
Now we convert those days to Solar Years. 173,880 divided by 365.25 equals 476 years, 21 days.
Take the year 30/30/3790 and subtract 476 years and 21 days.
You end up with Julian 3/26/446 BC, Gregorian 3/26/445 BC, Nisan 2 3315
The Word went out from Artaxerxes in Nisan, 3115.
It is the second decree of Artaxerxes that came 13 years later that specifically concerns the city. This decree is recorded in Nehemiah 2 where it says the decree went out in the Hebrew month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes. This date would have been anywhere from mid-March to late April in the year 445 B.C on the Gregorian calendar., which is known as the 446th year B.C. on the Julian Calendar which is used to establish the date of the going out of the decree from Babylon to rebuild the City of Jerusalem
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TLDR, however A. Miriam’s genealogy, as I understand it, wouldn’t account for Yeshua inheriting the Throne of David. Joseph’s does, but the problem is that Joseph isn’t Yeshua’s biological parent…or is he?
One theory I’ve heard proposed is that the Almighty used Joseph’s DNA to impregnate Miriam through non-sexual means, so she remained a virgin when she gave birth to Yeshua, but Yeshua was genetically both Joseph’s and Miriam’s son.
Not knowing what TLDR is, I don’t know how to answer that…but if Miriam was the plan from the Beginning, as is stated in Genesis, it is her father that would pass down to Yeshua the right to the throne, but only because YHVH said so….
You can never know who the father of a child is…only the mother, and only if she knows. According to the account in the Gospels, the Ruach is the changer of DNA, and can use what he likes, but presumably Abba liked the genetic possibilities from the beginning of time.
But since it is always based on what YHVH says, not popular Judaic preferences, the question remains in the air until Yeshua comes.
I keep trying to illustrate why the day of the week matters, and why the Last Supper was a special occasion, and why the entry to Jerusalem is a Saturday, because it all matters as to the day of his coming. Once you have G-d involved that much, it doesn’t matter who the father is, because the child is beyond simple answers.
Sorry. TLDR means “too long didn’t read”. I know I’ve been guilty of writing 5000+ word blog posts, but reasonably speaking, most folks won’t read a blog that they believe will take too long. It’s sometimes better to break up your content into a series of “bite-sized” posts. That way, people are more likely to read the lead in post, become interested, and subscribe to the subsequent posts. It takes longer, but you end up with a larger audience overall.
All that verbage, and you didn’t read it?
Every time I edit the blasted thing…it gets longer, because there are a lot of complicated details explaining why Yeshua rode a donkey!
It takes a lot of time to read an article that long. My wife and I are visiting my Mom helping her put my Dad’s affairs in order since he passed away about three weeks ago. I don’t have a lot of free time to spend on the computer, so I only can read shorter pieces.
You could consider breaking your longer article up into smaller bits. If I get a chance, I’ll try to read your write up in pieces, but it might take a few days.
Ah, James…I needed to say that with the appropriate emotions added. I’m sorry you took it as a reproach.
“All that verbage, and you didn’t read it?,” he demanded, in mock outrage, before breaking into helpless laughter. “Every time I edit the blasted thing…it gets longer,” he explained, in between whoops, “because there are a lot of complicated details explaining why Yeshua rode a donkey!”