By Kenneth Allan Clark
My purpose in writing this book is to show from the Old Testament writings and these writings alone, that the Jews, on that now famous Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago should have been expecting the Messiah to arrive in Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Many of them were expecting Him, so many that history records the crowds gathered in Jerusalem that year for the Passover feast, were far bigger than usual. They had come to welcome their Messiah because the prophet Daniel had foretold that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem on this very day.
But they failed to fully understand the writings of the Old Testament prophets. They failed to understand that it was prophesied that the Messiah would come twice. Yes it was foretold through Daniel and the other Old Testament Prophets that the Messiah would come the first time, to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind, both Jews and non-Jews. After suffering and dying, it was foretold that the Messiah would then be raised from the dead. Then later, in time yet to come, on a day called the End of Days, the Messiah will come a second time. This time He will come as a victorious all conquering king, to destroy all the enemies of Israel and to restore the throne of David to its former glory.
So it was, that the Jews 2,000 years ago, welcomed Jesus Christ as their victorious all conquering king. Then a few Days later, because He had failed in their eyes to deliver them from Rome, most of them rejected Him as their king. In their rejection of Jesus as their king they had Jesus Christ their Messiah nailed to a cross. Thus it was that Messiah fulfilled the main purpose of His first coming, to suffer and die for the sins of all mankind.
The body of Jesus Christ was taken from the cross and placed in a tomb. The Jews fearing that the disciples of Jesus would steal the body of Jesus, and then claim He had been raised from the dead, approached the Roman governor and asked that the tomb be sealed and guards be appointed to watch over the tomb. Three days after His death, an angel of the Lord rolled away the stone that was sealing the tomb, and the Messiah, Jesus Christ, rose from the dead. It was reported among the Jews that while the guards slept, the followers of Jesus stole the body away. To this day most Jews and many Gentiles still believe that this is what happened.
Was it possible for the disciples to steal away the body of Jesus while the guards slept?
I don’t believe so. Because in those days, it would have been normal to place a guard of about 24 soldiers, to watch over the tomb. But even if only six soldiers, were given the duty of guarding the tomb of Jesus Christ, given the normal practices and orders given to such a guard, I still believe, that it would have been impossible for the disciples to steal away the body of Jesus. I believe this because all twenty-four (or all six of these guards), would have been expected to remain fully armed at all times, with a minimum of one third standing guard, fully alert and on watch, while a maximum of one third would be asleep at any time. When sleeping, the guards would sleep at the mouth of the tomb, making it impossible for the disciples to steal away the body, without waking the one third of the guards that were sleeping. Even then, they would first have to get past the two thirds of the guards that were fully awake and fully armed. If one or all of the guards had returned back to their commanding officer, to report that the disciples of Jesus had stolen the body of Jesus away while they slept. All the guards would have been put to death, for sleeping while on duty.
Now I’m not about to try and prove to you that Jesus was the Messiah or that He rose from the dead. But I invite you to come with me and have a look at some of the Old Testament prophecies, which foretell the coming Messiah.
The Messiah shall be born of a virgin.
The very first prophecy in the Bible concerning the coming Messiah, is found in Genesis 3:15. Here God is speaking to Satan.
Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
The Messiah will crush Satan under His feet. He will put His heel on the head of Satan and crush it, and Satan will bruise the Messiah’s heel. In this verse the Messiah is referred to as the seed of the woman. Throughout the Bible, the Messiah is the only person ever referred to as the seed of a woman. Why did not God at this time say to Satan; “I will put enmity between you and the man, and between your seed and his seed? Why is the Messiah in this verse, not referred to as the seed of Man? Because the Messiah was to be born of a virgin and not of the seed of man.
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23)
The Messiah and God are One.
God Himself has promised us that He would give us a sign and this would be the sign. A virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and He shall be called “God with us.” The promised Messiah would be born of a virgin, a woman who had never known a man.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The Messiah would be born into this world as a child, a male child. Back in Isaiah 7:14, we read that He shall be called “God with us.” Then in Isaiah 9:6 we read that He shall be called “Mighty God,” and “Everlasting Father.” These are names that belong to God and to God alone. To be born of a virgin and to be given such names as these, the Messiah had to be God Himself, come to earth in the flesh.
The prophet Micah prophesied;
Micah 5:2b “The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting.
God and God alone, the one and only God, is the only living being who is from everlasting. Not even Adam, who was created on the sixth day is from everlasting. Adam is from the sixth day, but the Messiah was before Adam, because the Messiah is from everlasting. Therefore the Messiah has to be God Himself come to earth in the flesh.
The Messiah shall be a son of David.
Isaiah 9:6b And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
Jeremiah23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting.
Time and time again the prophets foretell that the Messiah would be born a Jew, born of the line of David, born to sit on the throne of David as King of the Jews.
The suffering Messiah (Suggested reading Isaiah chapter 53).
The prophets foretold that the Messiah would come twice. The first time as a lowly person, a suffering servant who would suffer for the sins of all mankind. Then later He would come a second time, as a victorious, all conquering King, who would restore Israel to its former glory.
Because of the oppression the Jews were suffering under Rome, all the Jews longed to receive the Messiah as their all-conquering King, who would deliver them from the oppression of Rome. But when it came to receiving the Messiah as a suffering servant, come to suffer and die for their sins. Most of the Jews were very happy to continue with the daily sacrifices of lambs and bulls. So when they heard the prophets speak, they closed their ears to that which they did not want to hear. Therefore because they chose not to believe, that the Messiah would come as a lowly suffering servant, they only heard and believed that the Messiah would come as an all-conquering King.
To the Jew, it was unthinkable that the Messiah would suffer and die on a cross or a tree for their sins. To be hung on a tree was a fate reserved for the worst of criminals. He who was hung on a tree was cursed by God.
Deuteronomy 21:22 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 “his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.
According to the Law, if a man committed a sin deserving death, and he is put to death, and hung on a tree, he is cursed by God. So for a Jew it would be unthinkable that the Messiah would suffer death by crucifixion on a tree (or a cross). Because that would mean the Messiah was cursed by God. Yet unthinkable as it was for a Jew, even to consider that the Messiah would be crucified, King David prophesied the death of the Messiah by crucifixion.
Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the Dust of Death. (This can be translated; God, You have brought Me, the Messiah to the dust of death.) For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 can count all My bones. They look at Me. (Words in italics added)
It was God who brought the Messiah to the dust of death. Satan may think that it was all his doing, but it was God’s plan of redemption. Satan only carried out what God had already planned. The Messiah would be crucified, His hands and His feet, pierced by the nails that nailed Him to the cross. In this way He would be brought to the dust of death. He could count all His bones. He was naked and hung there on the tree, for all to look upon His nakedness.
When David wrote this psalm, death by crucifixion was unheard of, and when the Jews put criminals to death it was by stoning. In the history of mankind, crucifixion is the only form of death penalty known to man, in which both the feet and the hands of the man being put to death are pierced.
To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that king David prophesied the death of the Messiah by crucifixion. But the Jews, who considered it impossible that God would curse the Messiah, they had eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear.
Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
God knew that most Jews would not love this truth. The truth that the Messiah is coming to suffer and die for their sins. Therefore they would close their eyes and ears to this truth, and would not believe this report of Isaiah. To this day most Jews still read Isaiah chapter 53, with closed eyes and ears, and still they do not believe this report. But God has committed Himself to revealing the truth, to those who chose to love the truth. 2,000 years ago, approximately 10% of the Jews chose to love the truth, and to these the arm of the Lord was revealed.
Isaiah 53:2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
The Jews were expecting their Messiah to come as an all-conquering king, but instead He would come as a tender plant (His first coming would not be as a mighty king, but as a tender young child).
He would come as a root out of dry ground (not as a child born into the home of a king or noble man, but as a child born into a poor lowly home). There was no beauty that we should desire Him. (He was not six tall, dark and handsome). To look at Him there was no outward beauty that would attract anyone to Him.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Jesus was despised and rejected by men. As a child conceived out of wedlock, Jesus would have been despised and rejected by the families of both Joseph and Mary. In those days, many a young Jewish woman like Mary would have been stoned to death. So when Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem to register for taxes, although Mary was already great with child, Joseph took Mary with him, for her own protection.
At age 33, Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and it seemed as if the whole nation of Israel had come out to welcome Jesus, the Son of David as their King. Then less than a week later, Jesus was despised, rejected and nailed to the cross. Today the nation of Israel, Jews all around the world and most people of the world, still despise and reject Jesus.
Isaiah 64:5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned - In these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. 6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
God meets with him who rejoices and does righteousness, those who remember God and His ways. But God is angry with us, because we have sinned and we continue to sin and we need to be saved. Even when we try to be righteous, our righteousness is as filthy rags. Therefore we need to be saved and that is why Messiah came.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. he Messiah would be smitten and afflicted by God with our griefs and our sorrows.
The Messiah would take our griefs, our sorrows and carry them to Himself, setting us free from grief and sorrow. The Messiah would bear our punishment, by being wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities and chastised for our peace. So that now we can have peace with God, and by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Sheep have a habit of following the crowd. If one sheep goes somewhere, all the sheep around follow that one sheep wherever he goes. The people of the world are much the same. We want to follow the crowd; we want to be like everybody else. It’s what we call peer group pressure.
We follow the crowd, and when someone of influence goes astray we all like sheep go astray. Then when someone in authority over us tells us that we are going astray, we rebel and tell that person (or authority), we want to go our own way and do our own thing; we don’t want anyone telling us what to do.
Although Isaiah wrote this over 2,500 years ago, nothing has changed.
The two most common sins in the world today are;
1: Being lead astray by following the crowd.
2: Rebelling against God’s laws and those in authority over us, because we want to go our own way and follow the crowd.
You may not consider yourself to be a sinner. But God is our Judge and in his Word, He says that we have all sinned, we have all committed iniquities and the wages of our iniquities is death (Deu. 30:11-20 & Rom. 6:23). That is why we need to be saved, and that is why God laid on the Messiah the iniquities of us all. So that the Messiah could then suffer and die on the cross for our sins, thus setting us free from the law of sin and death.
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? (or as the N.I.V. put it. Who can speak of His descendants?) For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. (Words in italics added)
In the natural, the Messiah would have no descendants, because He would be put to death (cut off from the land of the living) without fathering any children.
The reason that the Messiah would be put to death was to pay the price of our transgression. In other words, He suffered and died for our sins.
Isaiah 53:9 And they made his grave with the wicked – But with the rich at his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; (Yet it pleased God to bruise the Messiah) he has put him to grief. (God has put the Messiah to grief) When You make his soul an offering for sin, (When God makes the Messiah’s life an offering for sin) he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days. (God shall see the Messiah’s seed and God will prolong the Messiah’s days) And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. (And the pleasure of God shall prosper in the Messiah’s hand) 11 He shall see the labor of his soul, and be satisfied. (Words in italics added)
God shall see the labor of the Messiah’s life, and God shall be satisfied. Time and time again I have been asked; “How can one man die for the sins of all mankind?” There are all sorts of arguments for and against, but God is God, and God is the Supreme Judge. Therefore if God says that He is satisfied with the death of one righteous man, the Messiah, for the sins of all mankind, the Supreme Judge is satisfied. That’s the grace and mercy of God. When God tells me the Messiah Has borne my sins and died in my place, setting me free from the law of sin and death. I am not about to argue with God. No way! I fall on my knees before an Almighty God, with open arms ready to receive and say thank You. Thank You very much, I believe, I repent and accept the Messiah as my Lord and Saviour.
Isaiah 53:11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
God made the Messiah’s life a sin offering, by allowing Satan and mankind to nail Him to the cross. What Satan and mankind saw, was that the Messiah would have no descendants. After all He was cut off from the land of the living, how could He have any descendants? But what did God see? God saw the Messiah’s seed. Not a physical seed, but a spiritual seed. Every man born of natural seed is a sinner and the penalty for sin is death. But every man born of the Spirit of the God is heir to the gift of eternal life. When the Messiah was nailed to the cross, God took our sin and placed it on the Messiah, who became cursed by God instead of us. The Messiah died on the cross for our sins. Now all we need to do to receive God’s salvation and forgiveness of sin, is to believe that the Messiah died for our sins, repent (turn from sin to righteousness), accept and declare the Messiah to be both our Lord and Saviour. The moment we believe, repent and accept, and declare our belief and acceptance before God and man, we die to sin and by the Spirit of God we are born again to righteousness.
When was the Messiah meant to come?
Suggested reading Daniel 9:24 – 27.
When was the Messiah meant to come? To answer this question we need to look at the writings of the prophet Daniel, mainly chapter 9 verses 24 to 27. In the early part of Daniel chapter 9 Daniel is asking God about the restoration of Jerusalem. Then the angel Gabriel comes from God to Daniel with this prophesy.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.”
In this passage, the Hebrew word shabua is translated as week or weeks. The word shabua means seven and can be used to refer to a period of seven days, or a period of seven weeks, or a period of seven years. It is generally accepted in most Christian churches that the “seventy weeks” mentioned here is seventy periods of seven years, which equals 490 years. Because I have studied and searched the Scriptures to see if this is so. I can say that this vision and prophecy does cover a period of 490 years.
Daniel 9:25 “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem, until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty – two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times.
This verse tells us, from the time the command to restore and build Jerusalem is given, until the coming of the Messiah, the Prince, there will be 7 weeks of seven years, plus 62 weeks of seven years. In other words, there will be 483 years from the command to restore Jerusalem, until the coming of the Messiah.
The following is fact to the best of my knowledge, and widely agreed on in Christian circles. In 538 B.C., king Cyrus decrees that the temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt. But while work on the temple began at this time, it was not until 445 B.C., that king Artaxerxes decreed that Jerusalem and its walls should be rebuilt. 476 of our calendar years later or 483 lunar years later to the day, on Palm Sunday 32 A.D, Jesus, the Son of David enters into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.
Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I remind you that the purpose in writing this book is to show from the Old Testament writings and these writings alone, that the Jews, on that now famous Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago, should have been expecting the Messiah to arrive in Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Many of them were. So many that history records the crowds gathered in Jerusalem that year for the Passover feast, were far bigger than usual. They had come to welcome their Messiah, because the prophet Daniel had foretold that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem on this very day. Those who doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, could possibly look at this prophecy of Daniel and the events of history and say; “The Messiah should have arrived as much as 6 years earlier.” Or; “The Messiah should have arrived as much as 6 years later.” In this way, you may think that you can prove that Jesus is not the Messiah. But I am not trying to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. What I am saying is, that according to God’s Word, as recorded by the prophet Daniel the Messiah came almost 2,000 years ago on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before the Passover Feast.
According to God’s word the Messiah has come. Therefore if the Jews (or anyone else) claim that Jesus is not the Messiah, then they should consider the following questions.
1. Who was the Messiah?
2. What happened to the Messiah?
3. Why did the Jews not recognize the hour of the Messiah’s coming?
If you can answer these questions, then please do. If you say that Jesus is not the Messiah, then show us the Messiah. Given the facts recorded by the prophets, that should not be too difficult for the Jews to do. The facts are:
1. The Messiah is the Son of David.
2. The Messiah rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago.
3. Sometime between Palm Sunday 32 A.D. and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. the Messiah suffered and died on the cross for the sins of mankind.
4. The Messiah rose from the dead.
If the Jews cannot produce anyone else that fits these facts, then we must conclude that Jesus is the Messiah. The ball is in the Jews court. They say that Jesus is not the Messiah. Then let them produce the Messiah.
Back to Daniel chapter 9;
Daniel 9:26 “And after the sixty – two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be the one who makes desolate, even until the consummation which is determined is poured out on the desolate.”
Verse 26 begins with, “And after the sixty – two weeks.” As the 62 weeks come after the first 7 weeks, this means that after the 69th week, or after the day that the Messiah rides into Jerusalem, these things will happen.
Firstly: The “Messiah will be cut off, but not for Himself.” Meaning the Messiah will be killed, but not for Himself. Through Isaiah it is made clear that the Messiah would be cut off for our transgressions.
Isaiah 53: 8b For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
When we turn from our sin to righteousness, believing and accepting that the Messiah shed his blood for the remission (the casting away) of our sins. We lay hold of what the Messiah achieved on the cross. Just some of what the Messiah achieved on the cross for us is mentioned in verse 24 of Daniel chapter 9.
1. He finished my transgressions.
God no longer sees me as a transgressor.
2. He made an end to my sins.
God no longer counts my sins against me, because He has cast them away.
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
3. He brought me everlasting righteousness.
This was the great exchange. On the cross the Messiah took upon Himself my sin. Now I can put on the everlasting righteousness of the Messiah.
It was to achieve all this and more that the Messiah died on the cross for all mankind. God said this is what His Servant the Messiah would do; therefore it has been done just as God said it would be done.
Secondly: “The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.”
Here we are talking of what is going to happen after the 69th week. The Messiah, the Prince comes on the last day of the 69th week. But after the 69th week, we still have a prince who is to come.
According to the Scriptures, the Messiah, the Prince came in 32 A.D. and before the city and the sanctuary is destroyed, the Messiah will be put to death by crucifixion. Then the city and the sanctuary will be destroyed.
Historically we know that the troops of The World Empire, better known as The Roman Empire, came and destroyed the city and the sanctuary in 70 A.D. But he who has ears to hear, hear this! Even when the troops of The World Empire are destroying the temple, this coming prince is still referred to as a prince who is to come. When this prince comes he will confirm a seven-year covenant with many.
1. The Messiah came in 32 A.D. at the end of the 69th week.
2. In 70 A.D. the people of the coming prince destroyed the temple.
3. Then later when this prince comes, he will confirm a seven-year covenant with many.
We can therefore say; there has to be a gap period between the end of the 69th week and the beginning of the 70th week, the last seven years of this prophecy.
It is now almost 2,000 years since the 69th week ended and still the 70th week has not yet begun. This gap period is not only common to many of the prophecies contained in the book of Daniel, and it is also common to many other prophecies contained in the Scriptures about the coming Messiah. Many of the prophecies about the coming Messiah, speak first of events that happened during the Messiah’s first coming and then about events that will happen during His second coming, but most readers fail to see clearly the gap between the two comings.
Thirdly: “And till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
Who is this war between? Yes there is a war between The World Empire and the Jews, both in 70 A.D. and in a time yet to come. But there is also a war going on between God’s people, the Jews, for the Jews are in rebellion against God. As long as the Jews are at war with God, desolations are determined.
Why were the Jews taken captive by Babylon? Because they rebelled against God. Why did God return then to Israel? Because in their distress they cried out to the Lord their God.
Why were the Jews cast from Israel in 70 A.D.? Because in 32 A.D. when God himself came to earth in the flesh as their Messiah, the Jews did not recognize the hour of His coming and they rejected Him. As long as the Jews reject their Messiah who is God come to earth in the flesh, they reject God and they are in rebellion against God.
During 1939 to 1945, once again the Jews cried out to God in their distress God heard them. Then because of His love and mercy toward them, God returned them to Israel. In a time yet to come, they will rebuild the temple. Then they will again rebel against God, by publicly rejecting their Messiah who died for their sins. They will do this by recommencing the daily sacrifices. Because of this rebellion, God will allow Satan to raise up another world leader to oppress them. This world leader is the coming prince who will confirm a seven-year covenant with many.
Fourthly: It says of the coming prince, who is also known as the anti-christ; “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week.” The covenant that the coming prince makes will be for seven years, which will be the 70th week of the vision.
Fifthly: “But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”
Daniel chapter 11: verse 31 gives us more understanding on how this coming prince, brings an end to sacrifice and offering.
Daniel 11:31 “And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
In a time yet to come, in the middle of the anti-christ’s seven-year covenant with many, the troops of The World Empire will again capture Jerusalem. But this time, instead of destroying the temple, like they did in 70 A.D., they shall defile the temple, and then they shall take away the daily sacrifices and place in the temple the abomination of desolation.
Sixthly: “And on the wing of abominations shall be the one who makes desolate,”
“On the wing of abominations,” meaning, along with the abominations that defile the temple, comes the one (the anti-christ) who makes desolate (who brings destruction). So no sooner have the troops of The World Empire defiled the temple and placed the image of the anti-christ in the temple, the anti-christ himself comes to Jerusalem. He enters the temple, sits in front of his image and demands that the Jews worship him as God. In this way he reveals himself as the anti-christ.
Seventhly: “Even until the consummation which is determined is poured out on the desolation”
This prophecy is about the Jews and their city Jerusalem. It is about their rebellion against God. Because of their rebellion, God uses the anti-christ to pour out destruction upon Jerusalem (the desolation) and the other cities of Judea, until the consummation (meaning the completion) of the punishment that God has determined for Jerusalem and the Jews is poured out.
My purpose for writing this book was to show from the Old Testament writings and these writings alone, that the Jews should have been expecting the Messiah to arrive in Jerusalem riding on a donkey, on that now famous Palm Sunday 2,000 years ago. This I believe I have achieved.
The Messiah’s second coming.
There is much the prophets have written about the Messiah’s second coming, but for now I only want to focus on three verses from the book of Zechariah.
Zechariah 12:8 “In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among you that day shall be like David, and those like David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. 9 “It shall be in that day that I will seek and destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieves for a firstborn.
On that day God will deliver Jerusalem from all her enemies, and God will pour out on the house of David and those who live in Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication. (Supplication; meaning to humbly and earnestly beg God for mercy.) On that last day, the Jews in Jerusalem will need the grace of God. So God by His grace and mercy will open their eyes and ears, so they can see hear. With their eyes now open, God speaks to them through Zechariah saying; “They will look on Me whom they have pierced.”
When did the Jews pierce God? How could the Jews ever pierce God who is spirit and not flesh? They pierced God, when God came to earth in the flesh as their Messiah. They pierced God, when they nailed the Messiah to the cross. The realization of what they have done overcomes them. They grieve for their Messiah, God come to earth in the flesh. They grieve for the pain that they have caused God to suffer for them. They beg for mercy; “God forgive us, for we have sinned. Jesus forgive us, for we failed to recognize you as our Messiah. We choose to believe that you are our Messiah, we repent, and we ask you Lord Jesus to come into our lives as our Lord and Saviour,” And God shall have mercy on them and deliver them.
To the reader,
I hope that this book has challenged you to believe that Jesus is God’s Messiah. This book has been my way of preaching the gospel (the good news of the Messiah) to you.
The following are the last words of Jesus the Messiah recorded by Mark.
Mark 16:15 – 18 And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
I urge you to believe that Jesus is God’s Messiah, to repent (that is to turn from sin to righteousness) and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Find a Christian Church, a church that will baptize you, as a public sign of your commitment to repent, and a sign of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Talk with God daily, read God’s word Daily, make friends with other Christians and share your love of Jesus Christ with others.
God bless you and keep you.
From God’s servant and yours
Written by Kenneth Allan Clark and printed and published by
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