Isaiah 7:14 and Palm Sunday
I hereby ask the question “Was/is the ‘Triumphant Entry’, better known today as Palm Sunday, the ‘Official’ revealing of Jesus to the Jewish people as prophesied in Dan. 9:25?”
As I have suggested elsewhere, I maintain the theory of the ‘Triumphant Entry’ as the ‘Official’ arrival of the Jewish Messiah is an imaginative design in order to compensate for the mathematical inconsistency resulting from the assertion that the entirety of Daniel’s 70th Week (7 years) is yet to be fulfilled. Therefore, as a consequence by necessity ‘stopping’ Daniel’s Prophetic Time-Clock at exactly the ending of the 69th Week.
Nonetheless, while the Triumphant Entry of Jesus’ into Jerusalem, with those in attendance waiving palm branches and declaring ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’ (Matt. 21:9), was indeed important, it pales in significance to what the ‘TRUE’ mission and identity of the Jewish Messiah was to literally be. The primary focus here on Jesus was never merely intended to show He was simply the Son of David, or for that matter the King of the Jews, but rather the critical fact that He was literally ‘THE Son of God’ (the long awaited Jewish Messiah) who would die for the sins of ALL humanity.
That being said, the Jews to their own demise, missed the literal coming of their expected Messiah because of their own Biblical interpretations of prophetic Scriptures, which did NOT include (and still does not until this day) revealing A/The prophesied Messiah/Moshiach, that could/can be anything more than merely a natural born man, especially Not God in the Flesh - The Son of God.
While Jesus most certainly angered the Jews regarding many issues related to their much beloved rendition of the Mosaic Law, in the final analysis the core issue that the Jews in authority would NOT tolerate was Jesus declaring Himself to be God - their God, hence, THE Son of God. It was this claim that provoked the Jews ultimate rejection of their promised Messiah. To them, Jesus declaring Himself THE Son of God was by all accounts according to the Jewish concept of their expected Messiah, nothing less than absolute ‘Blasphemy’.
Therefore, as stated before while the Triumphant Entry is indeed important, it is only the proclamation made by John the Baptist that actually fulfills God’s intended ‘Official’ arrival announcement of the Jewish Messiah. Whereas, John did Not simply announce Jesus as a mere man or a Jewish King, but loudly proclaimed Jesus to be none other than THE Son of God.
John 1:15, 34
In summary, while there are many references to the coming Jewish Messiah in the OT there is bar none that frightens the Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, like that of Isaiah 7:14.
It is this very OT passage that boldly proclaims that the coming Jewish Messiah was without question to be God – Immanuel, which in Hebrew means ‘God With Us’. This particular passage literally and openly contradicts the Jewish concept of their expected Messiah. Therefore, theological Jewish contentions regarding Isaiah 7:14, as to whether or not the Hebrew word ‘alamah’ means a ‘virgin’ or a ‘young woman’, is nothing more than a cleaver smoke screen that detracts from and masks their real fears – showing their Messiah could have been and is God, THE Son of God.
Thus, the ‘Official’ arrival of the Messiah in Dan. 9:25 was NOT to be just the mere arrival of the Jewish concept of the Messiah, but rather God’s definition of the Messiah – Immanuel, ‘God With Us’ in the Flesh. This was the sole purpose and mission of John the Baptist – get your house in order Jews your true Messiah in the flesh is finally here!