Happy Palm Sunday!

March 25, 2018

“…the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted,

Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hail to the King of Israel!”(John 12-13).

God revealed to Daniel a determined time of “seventy sevens” to complete his plan of redemption for the Jewish people (Daniel 9:24-26). The time determined begins with “the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem” (v.25).

King of Persia, Artaxerxes gave this command in the month of Nisan (March), 445 B.C. (Nehemiah 2:1-8). A clue to the length of time for the “seven” is found in Revelation 11-13 which indicates that half of a “seven” equals 1260 days or 3.5 years. Therefore, we can know that a seven equals seven years and seventy sevens equal 490 years.

From the time of rebuilding Jerusalem to the rejoicing of the people of Jerusalem when their King, Jesus came to the temple, “humble, riding on a donkey…” in Nisan (March/April) 32 A.D., is 69 “sevens” or 483 years. This fulfilled the prophecy by Zechariah (Zechariah 9:9).

Then five days later Jesus observed Passover in Jerusalem where he was condemned by the Jewish leaders and crucified. This fulfills the prophecy of Daniel 9:26.

For now the Church is in full bloom bearing fruit until taken up to be with the Lord. Yet future is the final “seven” for the Jewish people and the completion of redemption for the nation of Israel.

 

References:

Matthew 21:1-11; v. 9; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-16; Zechariah 9:9; Daniel 9:24-26.

Kalisher, Meno. Come and See What Will Take Place in the Future. Jerusalem, Israel: Jerusalem Assembly-House of Redemption, 2007.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007, by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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