|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.
Strong’s Hebrew 5704 - `ad
Hebrew 310, Strong’s - 'achar
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.
In Malachi 3:1 we read the following OT prophecy regarding the coming of Messiah the Prince/King/Lord.
The Hebrew word for Lord used in the above passage is 'adown which literally means a ‘Sovereign’ – a King, Prince, Lord, etc.
Hebrew 113, Strong’s
The Prophet Isaiah also declared the coming of the Lord would be heralded by ‘one crying in the wilderness’ – John the Baptist.
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.
Hebrew 3068, Strong’s
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.
The Greek word used in the above passages for Lord is kurios which literally means ‘Supremacy’
Greek 2962, Strong’s
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.
In addition, Scripture reveals what some of the disciples had to say regarding the Messiah.
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.