PALM SUNDAY April 10
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Notice in verse 25 the words:
to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:
This word weeks comes from the Hebrew word:
literally sevened, that is, a week (specifically of years)
So, let’s make this easier to understand,
There shall be 7 sevens and 62 sevens = 69 & this represents years
69 x 7 = 483 years
Now here is where it gets really un-simple, Daniel used the Hebrew calendar, then came the Julian calendar established by Julius Caesar and now we use what’s called the Gregorian calendar. So in order to get these dates correct we need to go straight to the Hebrew calendar.
On March 14, 445 BC King Cyrus (Artaxerxes Longimanus) issued another decree to rebuild the City of Jerusalem. This is not the same decree that was given to Nehemiah to rebuild the wall that was about one year earlier.
Based on the 69 weeks in Daniel 9:25, we have 483 years which equals 173,880 days from March 14, 445 BC.
This takes us to PALM Sunday, April 6, 32 AD, when Jesus rides triumphantly into Jerusalem!
This is the exact date of the prophecy down to the very day, WOW! No other religion in world history even comes close to the accuracy of the bible.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, imagine our Lord and King sitting on the back of a colt looking at His eternal fulfilment. What was this day to Him? A day of joy? Or a day of reckoning? I personally marvel at the courage Jesus had, true grit to ride in on a colt, that had never been ridden before, that’s because even though He was on a road that many had traveled no-one had ever traveled His road before. Jesus rode alone that day even though the crowds cheered Him and cast palm branches down before Him.
The casting down of the Palm branches represented the Jewish Festival we know as the Festival of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths. The Jewish build huts out of Palm leaves, Willow or Myrtle branches and spend a week living in the hut without the distractions, this was a time you spent living with God. People would recite Psalm 118:26
Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:
We can read this account in:
Mathew 21:7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
Mat 21:8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
People were laying down their garments not knowing that they would soon be picking up new mantles, others were laying down branches as if to say God make your home with us, not knowing where His home would eventually be.
And so it is, when you receive Jesus Christ He will give to you the Holy Spirit to dwell within in you and He will make His home in your heart. He will give you spiritual mantels, spiritual gifts that will help others find His salvation.
This is why we celebrate Palm Sunday it really is a Holy day & if you have never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, if you have never cast your life or your sins down before Him in repentance, I ask you to do so today, ask Him to dwell in your tabernacle.
He is: Jehovah
Self-Existent, Eternal God.