Was the Messiah Not 'Officially Revealed' To the Jews Until His Triumphal Entry - Palm Sunday

 

In Daniel 9:25 there is NEVER any suggestion that Messiah the Prince was to make His initial arrival announcement to the Jews based on the ‘Triumphal Entry’ – it simply states that Messiah the Prince would NOT appear until 69 full Weeks had elapsed.  Contrary to this theory is that all OT prophecies other than Zechariah 9:9 (which prophetically foretells the Triumphal Entry) reveals the ‘Official Announcement’ of the Messiah’s subsequent coming was to immediately follow the preaching and declarations of John the Baptist. 

Review the mathematical calculations for the elapse of the 70 Weeks of Daniel – one Week equal to 7 years.

1.  Daniel’s 70 Weeks consists of a total of 490 years ... (70 x 7) = 490 years 

2.  Daniel’s Prophetic Time Clock regarding the Messiah’s appearing did not Start until a full 69 Weeks had been fulfilled ... (69 x 7) = 483 years 

3.  The Messiah was not Cut Off until AFTER 691/2 Weeks – 69 Weeks UNTIL He came plus His ministry of 31/2  years ... (69 x 7) + 3.5 = 486.5 or 4861/2 years  

4.  Daniel’s Prophetic Time Clock of 70 Weeks did not Stop until after the Messiah was crucified (Cut Off) 

5.  Therefore, (490 - 486.5) = 3.5 or 31/2 years remain of the 490 original years of Daniel’s 70 Weeks 

Based on the above mathematics, PLEASE show me how it is possible to have a full 7 years (1 Week) of Daniel’s 70th Week remaining to be fulfilled in respect to the two following Scriptures. 

Daniel 9:25
    Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem
unto (until)
[Strong’s Hebrew 5704 - `ad] the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks...

Strong’s Hebrew 5704 - `ad
properly, the same as '`ad' (5703) (used as a preposition, adverb or conjunction; especially with a preposition); as far (or long, or much) as, whether of space (even unto) or time (during, while, until) or degree (equally with):--against, and, as, at, before, by (that), even (to), for(-asmuch as), (hither-)to, + how long, into, as long (much) as, (so) that, till, toward, until, when, while, (+ as) yet.

Daniel 9:26
    And
after
[Strong’s Hebrew 310] threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off...

Hebrew 310, Strong’s - 'achar
from Hebrew 309 ('achar); probably the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) :- after (that, -ward), again, at, away from, back (from, -side), behind, beside, by, follow (after, -ing), forasmuch, from, hereafter, hinder end, + out (over) live, + persecute, posterity, pursuing, remnant, seeing, since, thence [-forth], when, with. 

Therefore, if it was 69 full Weeks UNTIL the Messiah even arrived, and as history records He ministered 31/2 additional years AFTER the 69 Weeks, then how could He have been ‘Cut Off’ at the exact end of 69 Weeks.  To this end, if His ministry surpassed in any length of time 69 full Weeks then He would have automatically entered into Daniel’s 70th Week.  That being said, then how could there be a full 7 years of Daniel’s 70th Week remaining to be fulfilled?   

To reiterate, how could the Messiah not have come on the scene UNTIL 69 full Weeks had expired, ministered 31/2 years, then have been ‘Cut Off’ AFTER the elapse of 69 full Weeks, without entering into Daniel’s 70th Week?  Where is the logic? 

Thus, it is mathematically impossible for the Messiah to have come after the completion of 69 Weeks, ministered 31/2 years, and then been cut off at the ending of 69 Weeks.  He would have had to come and died immediately upon arrival to fulfill this ‘Palm Sunday’ theory.  Moreover, the Palm Sunday theologians completely ignore the 5 days of Jesus’ ministry during the 70th Week (Palm Sunday thru Thursday) based on their own theology.     

Nonetheless, it CANNOT be argued that from the very onset of the Messiah’s ministry and His revelation by John the Baptist at Jesus’ Anointing and Baptism, that Jesus was indeed Messiah the Prince, and did not receive this title pending His futuristic Triumphal Entry.   

To reiterate, in Daniel 9:25 we read that it was prophesied to be 69 full Weeks until Messiah the Prince (King) arrived in Israel to the Jews.  However, NOWHERE in Daniel 9:25 does it ever state that Messiah the Prince would make His initial revelation (appearance) to the Jews as their Messiah Prince (King) in Jerusalem.  Daniel 9:25 just simply states that it would be 69 full Weeks until Messiah the Prince arrived on the scene as prophesied by Daniel to the Jews. 

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.
 

In Malachi 3:1 we read the following OT prophecy regarding the coming of Messiah the Prince/King/Lord.  

Malachi 3:1
    Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
 

The Hebrew word for Lord used in the above passage is 'adown which literally means a ‘Sovereign’ – a King, Prince, Lord, etc. 

'adown, Hebrew 113, Strong’s
'adown,
aw-done'; or (shortened) 'adon, aw-done'; from an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine) :- lord, master, owner.  Compare also names beginning with “Adoni-”. 

The Prophet Isaiah also declared the coming of the Lord would be heralded by ‘one crying in the wilderness’ – John the Baptist. 

Isaiah 40:3
    The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
 

The Hebrew Word used in the above passage for Lord Yehovah leaves little doubt as to who, as well as  when the Jews should have expected their Jehovah God to appear. 

Yehovah, Hebrew 3068, Strong’s
Yehovah,
 yeh-ho-vaw'; from Hebrew 1961 (hayah); (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God :- Jehovah, the Lord.  Compare Hebrew 3050 (Yahh), Hebrew 3069 (Yehovih). 

The Gospels record that John the Baptist declared unto the Jews long before the Triumphal Entry to prepare themselves for the soon subsequent appearing of the Lord (King/Prince) who had been prophesied to come.  Therefore, listed below are several Passages that reveal the fundamental purpose of John the Baptist’s mission was to ‘REVEAL’ to the Jews and Israel the immediate coming of their Messiah. 

Mark 1:2-3
    As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. [3] The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  
 

John 1:31
    And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to
Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.  

John 1:32
    And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
 

Acts 1:22
    Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.  

Acts 10:37
    That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all
Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  

Acts 13:24
    When John had first preached
before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Luke 1:76
    And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
  

Luke 3:23
    And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

The Greek word used in the above passages for Lord is kurios which literally means ‘Supremacy’ 

kurios, Greek 2962, Strong’s
kurios,
 koo'-ree-os; from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title) :- God, Lord, master, Sir. 

Therefore, with respect to prophecy and Daniel 9:25 this begs three serious questions. 

Why would the Jews NOT have expected their Messiah Prince, King, Lord, etc. immediately following the preaching of John the Baptist?  Why would they have needed to wait until the Triumphal Entry to expect their Messiah – Daniel 9:25 makes NO such claim?  Why wouldn’t the above prophecies fulfill Daniel 9:25 just as equally, as the Triumphal Entry? 

To this end, in a more technical sense, the transliterated/translated word Prince used in Daniel 9:25 is from the Hebrew word nagiyd or nagid and denotes a ruler, etc., and this Hebrew word (nagid) is used 25 times in the OT, only bearing a synonymous relationship to a King, but it is NEVER used as the direct article itself - King.  Meanwhile, the actual Hebrew word for King is melek and is used in numerous OT passages as such, as well as in Zechariah 9:9 regarding the Triumphal Entry. 

Thus, while they are both unquestionably the same individual (Prince/King/Messiah) there is NOT a direct and EXACT word to word reference between the Prince (nagid) of Daniel 9:25 and the King (melek) of Zechariah 9:9, but rather a synonymous word for word correlation.   

As such, to suggest that Daniel 9:25 prophetically and directly denotes the Messiah’s Triumphal Entry and His official arrival to the Jews, based on EXACT word to word (Prince vs. King) relationship, does not seem likely, and totally ignores the intended and designed ministry of John the Baptist with related Scriptures. 

As stated before, John the Baptist’s entire ministry was predicated upon the commission of the following.    

Malachi 3:1
    Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me...

Acts 10:37
    That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
 

John 1:30-31
    This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. [31] And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to
Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
 

In addition, Scripture reveals what some of the disciples had to say regarding the Messiah.

John 1:40-41
    One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. [41] He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.  

John 1:45
    Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of
Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

In summary, as stated before, to suggest that the Messiah did NOT make His 'Official' appearance to the Jews in Jerusalem until the Triumphal Entry - Palm Sunday – a 5 day total ministry, completely ignores the intended and designed ministry of John the Baptist with all related Scriptures.