What have Artaxerxes, king of Persia from 465 until 425 before Christ, and Süleyman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan from 1520 until 1566 after Christ, in common with the prophecies of Daniel? Both gave orders to rebuild Jerusalem; two orders which determined the first and the second point in time of the coming of the Messiah, the Christ.
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2010 January 15
Daniel's prophecy when the Messiah will come relates to Artaxerxes, who gave order to rebuild Jerusalem. And 483 years, prophetic years, after this order the Messiah then also came. So Daniel's prophecy applies to the first coming of the Messiah. But it also applies to the second coming of the Lord. The man who about 476 years ago, years of our present way of counting, gave the order to rebuild Jerusalem was Süleyman the Magnificent. In the year 1537 the rebuilding started. And 476 years after that is the year 2013. Read more:
Today on the 15th of January 2010 I read something in the internet that deals with the 69 weeks of Daniel.
This information is found in Daniel 9:25. The New International Version reads like this: Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.'
'Sevens' are interpreted as periods of time of 7 years, are therefore year-weeks, and 7 weeks plus 62 weeks are 69 weeks and therefore 483 years. The order to rebuild Jerusalem is taken from Nehemiah 2:1-6 and that was in the year 444 before Christ and 483 years after that is then 33 after Christ, when one takes the biblical year of 360 days. And 33 after Christ was the year in which Jesus formally made his arrival as Messiah in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
King Artaxerxes of Persia gave order to restore Jerusalem on 5. March 444 before Christ, when one takes the first day of Nisan. And when one then carries on counting 483 years - years of 360 days each and therefore not of 365 days - then one comes to the 30. March 33 after Christ and that is possibly the day on which Jesus entered Jerusalem. The prophecy was probably fulfilled to the day.
But the possibility exists that this prophecy from Daniel 9:25 will also be true of the second coming of the Lord. Süleyman the Magnificent (Suleiman der Prächtige) probably installed the temple district about 1537 to 1542, as it still exists today.
When one now from 1537, the beginning of construction, carries on counting 483 years, then one comes, when one keeps exactly to the 360 days of a biblical year, to the year 2013. The 483 biblical years are almost exactly 476 years of our present way of counting.
"There therefore the possibility exists in reality that Jesus will once again fulfil the same prophecy at his second coming, which he already fulfilled only just 2000 years ago at his entering Jerusalem - and that is in fact very soon! And this time there will also be no doubt how the 483 years are to be counted, because Jesus has confirmed the counting of 360 days per year at his first coming."
At the same place of the internet I also read something about the Maya prophecies:
"Already before the birth of Christ the Maya in Central America developed a calendar - the so-called "Long Count" - which covers a period of time of about 5125 years. The current "Long Count" is to have started on 11th August 3144 before Christ and ends on 21st December 2012. The "Long Count" therefore starts about 1000 years before God's covenant with Abraham. Besides a cycle within the "Long Count" always covers exactly 360 days - therefore just corresponds with a "prophetic year."
The remarkable thing about the long count now is that the Maya obviously arranged their calendar towards the end - that is so that the "Long Count" exactly ends on 21. December 2012 - therefore just at winter solstice. The calendar then virtually jumps again to "zero," like an odometer in the car. The 21st December 2012 obviously had an outstanding importance to the Maya.
Unfortunately one does not know exactly which importance. It is assumed that the Maya expected the "end of the world" for this day, or the beginning of a new era.
Still: both interpretations would well describe the return of Jesus.
This may as such already appear to be noteworthy enough. But more remarkable appears to me though the date itself. Because what is celebrated at the time of the winter solstice? Christmas! The arrival of the Lord!"
We had a look at Daniel 9:25 where the 69 week-years come from. The following two verses, Daniel 9:26-27, the last two verses of the 9th chapter, seem to be all about the time after the crucifixion but this prophecy also seems to refer to the second coming of the Lord and to confirm that the end-time will last 7 years.
Daniel 9:27: "He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of that 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And he will set up an abomination that causes desolation on a wing [of the temple] until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
So what have Artaxerxes, king of Persia from 465 until 425 before Christ, and Süleyman the Magnificent, Ottoman Sultan from 1520 until 1566 after Christ, in common with the prophecies of Daniel? Both gave orders to rebuild Jerusalem; two orders which determined the first and the second point in time of the coming of the Messiah, the Christ.
When we take the last paragraph to heart, then it strikes one that both men stood pretty much at the pinnacle of the world of that time. Both formed the climax of their world empire with their reign. And both were not only the leaders of a world empire, but also leaders of leading world empires. Both are considered to be positive examples of rulers. Both supported the Jews.
So the Bible concerns itself, at least here, with top politicians of world rank. In this two cases with quite positive examples of highest ranking rulers.
This could be a pointer that the Bible also deals with highest ranking rulers when quite negative examples are at stake. One therefore cannot exclude that the highest ranking ruler who exists at the moment, also holds a quite important role in the Bible, a highly negative role.
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