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๐Ÿ‘‘ It Didn’t Add Up!

In Danielย 9:25, the prophet Daniel was told that from the going forth of the commandment to restore Jerusalem โ€œunto the Messiahโ€ would be 69 weeks of years (cf. Gen. 29:27; Lev. 25:8). Frankly, this very specific prophecy baffled Bible students for many years, for the predicted time of 483 years (69ร—7) โ€œunto the Messiahโ€ did not match up with the time of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Then, in his book The Coming Prince, a Bible teacher named Sir Robert Anderson realized the problem lay in the different ways Jews and Gentiles mark time. We number our years using a solar calendar wherein each year has 365ยผ days, but the Jews used a 360-day lunar calendar, with each year consisting of 12 months of 30 days each.

Evidence of this is found in Genesisย 7:11, where we read that the deluge began โ€œin the second month, the seventeenth day of the month,โ€ yet exactly โ€œan hundred and fifty daysโ€ later (Gen. 7:24), โ€œthe ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the monthโ€ (8:3,4). The only way an exact period of five equal months can endย 150 days laterย on the same day of the month is if each of those months has 30 days. Further evidence of this is seen when we remember that the last half of Danielโ€™s seventieth week is sometimes said to last โ€œforty and two monthsโ€ (Rev. 11:2), and sometimes it is said to last โ€œa thousand two hundred and threescore daysโ€ (Rev. 11:3). The only way 42 equal months can work out to 1260 days is if each of those months has 30 days.

Once Sir Robert recalculated the prophecy using lunar years, he found that the 69 weeks โ€œunto the Messiahโ€ worked outย to the very dayย the Lord Jesus rode the colt into Jerusalem and made an official presentation of Himself to Israel. No wonder the Lord lamented later that day, โ€œIf thou hadst known, even thou, at leastย in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!โ€ (Lukeย 19:42).

The point? When you are asked why men should trust the God of the Bible, why not give the reason God Himself givesโ€”fulfilled prophecy!ย (Isa. 42:8,9; 44:7,8 cf. Johnย 13:19). To those who would tout the gods of the worldโ€™s other religions, God says, โ€œProduce your causeโ€ฆbring forth your strong reasonsโ€ฆlet them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happenโ€ฆshew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are godsโ€ (Isa. 41:21-24).

The God of the Bibleย aloneย is God! source

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I am blessed with two amazing kids and Iโ€™m a Christian Music fanatic! I also love to write and my websites and bible studies keep me busy as well.

At this point in my life, my focus is on fellowship and my existing relationships with God, my children and with family.

In Christ,
Derrick

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