In lesson # 2, we studied the great prophecy of Daniel 9. Look at the chart below to refresh your memory.

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Let’s review a few points:

  1. Beginning with Artaxerxes decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem in the autumn of 457 B.C., God gave His chosen people, the Jews, 490 additional years of probationary time which would end in the autumn of 34 A.D.
  2. The first 483 years were to reach to the Messiah. It happened precisely as foretold. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost in the autumn of 27 A.D. and became the “Messiah” which means “anointed”, Luke 3:1, 21,22. He recognized the fulfillment of this prophecy when he began to preach by saying, “The time is fulfilled”, Mark 1:14-15.
  3. Jesus’ crucifixion took place 3½ years after His anointing, in the spring of 31 A.D., at the time of the Passover.
  4. Four hundred eighty-three (483) years passed from the decree of Artaxerxes until the Messiah in 27 A.D. After 27 A.D., one prophetic week, or seven years, yet remained of the 70 weeks, or 490 years allotted to the Jews. Jesus was “cut off” or crucified, Daniel 9:26, in the “midst of that week”, Daniel 9:27, in the spring of 31 A.D. The crucifixion came right on prophetic schedule: 3½ years after the autumn of 27 A.D. It was mid-week, or the middle of the seven years, so 3½ years remained – which ended in the autumn of 34 A.D.

Jesus was anointed as the Messiah in 27 A.D.