The Messiah must come before the Temple is Destroyed; Daniel 9:26

According to the angel Gabriel, the anointed one, or the Messiah must come before Jerusalem and the temple are destroyed. Gabriel told Daniel in a vision;

“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild the temple until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and and sixty-two weeks….Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing and the people of the prince that is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary…” (Daniel 9; 24,25,26 abbreviated)

In vs. 24 seventy weeks are mentioned, then 7 weeks plus 62 weeks in vs.25 and then one week is mentioned in vs. 27. These have been traditionally viewed as weeks of years for several reasons, but since our main point is to look at the fact the Messiah was to arrive before the temple was destroyed and the city, we’ll just look at the 70 weeks of years briefly.

The decree to rebuild the city was given by Artaxerxes in 444 BC, the story is found in Nehemiah 2:1-8.  There is a interval between the 69 weeks and the 70th week, but the Messiah was to come after 69 weeks after the decree by Artaxerxes. He was then to be cut off and the temple and the city would be destroyed. Multiplying 7 times 69 years gives 483 years which would put us at roughly 39 AD. If you do a little more complicated math using solar days and the 360 day Jewish prophetic year you come to 33 AD.

In 70AD the Roman Titus destroyed the Temple and the city. He didn’t just pollute or desecrate the temple as Antiochus Epiphanus did, he utterly destroyed it. But whether you accept the weeks of years or not, the temple was destroyed. According to what Gabriel told Daniel, the Messiah had to come after the temple and city were rebuilt but before it was destroyed.

I’m just a dumb Goyim, but I have to point out that a Jewish carpenter named Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross on April 3, 33 AD. And in 70AD a Roman prince named Titus destroyed the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Many of the Jewish people and later many goyim saw this crucifixion as the atonement for sins mentioned in Daniel 9: 24, “to finish transgression, to make atonement for iniquity…to bring in everlasting righteousness…”. This sacrifice is also referred to in Isaiah 53 where among other things it says;

“He was pierced for out transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities….the Lord made his life a guilt offering…”  (Is. 53: 5, 10)

Was Jesus Messiah? He had to come before the temple was destroyed and as we mention in another post, he had to come before the scepter had departed from Judah. He also had to be someone the gentiles would turn to; Is.11:10. And most importantly of all, Jesus was a Jew.

Have a great day


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2 Responses to The Messiah must come before the Temple is Destroyed; Daniel 9:26

  1. Steven Posey says:

    I just found out about this prophecy when I was preparing a history lesson for my sister. It seems to be excellent proof that Jesus was the Messiah. At least the Jewish people shouldn’t still be looking for the Messiah. By the way, I’m sure this sounds dumb but what is a Goyim?


    • notmanynoble says:

      It is an amazing prophecy. Goyim just means a gentile. When I was a kid i used to hear my Jewish freinds call people goys, and I used to get offended, though i didnt know what it meant. Actually, I’m not sure they weren’t being a little Jewish humor, plus the humor of a long persecuted minority.


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