Exact Year of His Crucifixion
by D Berg
"Know and understand this: from the issuing of the decree to restore and build Jerusalem until the Messiah the prince shall be seven sevens and 62 sevens (or total 69):
The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
And after 62 sevens shall the Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself." -- Daniel 9:25,26. (Prophecy given 538 B.C.)
The city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the armies of Babylon when Jews went into captivity and exile in 586 B.C.
But 133 years later, in 453 B.C., Artaxerxes Longimanus, King of the Persian Empire, gave the Jews the commandment to go forth (from captivity into the land of Israel), "to restore and to build Jerusalem".
We know his decree was issued in 453 B.C., and that Jesus was "cut off" in 30 A.D.
Therefore, if we add the 453 years B.C to the 30 years A.D., it equals 483 years.
Let's see now if Daniel's specific time prophecy coincides with this:
The prophecy predicted that from the time of this decree until the death of the Messiah the Prince would be -- how long? --"7 sevens plus 62 sevens" -- or 69 sevens.
69 sevens would be 69 x 7=483 years, would pass between the issuing of the decree to build Jerusalem and the "cutting off" of the Messiah.
And that's exactly how many years did pass between 453 B.C. and Jesus' death in 30 A.D.!
453 + 30 = 483
What an amazing exact fulfillment of prophecy was given in the year 538 B.C. -- almost 600 years before Jesus the Messiah was crucified!
It's also interesting to note that this 483-year period was divided into two periods: First period of 7 sevens (49 years), then a period of 62 sevens (434 years).
History reveals that it did take the Jews 49 years from the time the decree was issued to "rebuild the walls and the streets of Jerusalem".
Once Jerusalem was rebuilt, it was exactly 434 years (62 sevens) later that Jesus the Messiah was crucified!
Daniel's prophecy continues with undeniable proof that this Messiah had to be Jesus.
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