In her article titled, “Four Startling Facts About the Identity of the Messiah,” author Susan Perlman* shows that, according to Jewish prophecy, the Messiah has already come.
Fact One: The Messiah’s appearance was locked into a fixed time.
Fact Two: That fixed time was while the Second Temple was still standing.
Fact Three: The Messiah had to come from a specific lineage that was only verifiable through the Temple records.
And the fourth startling fact is that the Messiah had to die a violent death. The details of these facts together present some of the strongest evidence that he has in fact already come.
Commenting on the prophet Daniel, she observes,
This prophet who lived during the time of our exile in Babylon received a vision that the Messiah would come 483 years after the command to restore Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple:
. . . 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. (Daniel 9:25)
The “clock” on these 69 “weeks” (units of seven years) began ticking when Artaxerxes issued a decree to Nehemiah to rebuild the Temple and restore the holy city of Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 2:1-8). While other decrees went forth, this was the only one that involved both the Temple and Jerusalem. History records this took place in Nisan (March/April) of 444 B.C. (see chart below). That would mean the Messiah would appear by 33 A.D. History does not record anyone, other than Y’shua (Jesus), who was from that time period and claimed to be the Messiah.
This thought provoking article concludes, “If Daniel is right and the Messiah came before the destruction of the Second Temple, that means our rabbis have been wrong for 2,000 years.
Adapted from a chart prepared by Dr. Harold Hoehner for the book Future Hope by David Brickner, 1999.
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* Susan Perlman is the first assistant to the executive director of Jews for Jesus; she is editor-in-chief of ISSUES, and oversees our multimedia outreach.
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