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fortified habitation. It was in 445 B.C. when Nehemiah took to heart the ruined condition of the city and presented his petition to Artaxerxes, that the decree spoken of by Daniel was given. (Neh. 1:3,4; 2:5-8). (For the "troublous times," see Neh. chs. 46).
"This commandment was given in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes, the king, and the walls were actually finished within the first period of seven sevens of years (or 49 years) and after that, there was to be a period of sixty two sevens (or 434 years), until the Messiah should be cut off, or 483 years altogether. Now, Nisan in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes, the king, began on the 14th of March 445 B.C., and Jesus began His public ministry (Luke 3:1-22) in the fifteenth year of Tiberias Caesar (proclaimed Emperor on Aug. 19, A.D. 14). He therefore began His public ministry in the fall of A.D. 28 and presented Himself in Jerusalem as the Messiah on the tenth day of Nisan, A.D. 32, which came in that year on the 6th of April. Now from Mar. 14, 445, B.C. to April 6, A.D. 32 is 476 years and 24 days, which multiplied by 365, the number of days in a civil year, plus 116 days for leap years, plus 24 days, the difference between Mar. 14th and Apr. 6 (Jewish reckoning) is 173,880 days. Divide this amount which is the exact time between the giving of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem to the cutting off of the Messiah, when He presented Himself as King of the Jews, by 360 days, the number of days in a Jewish year and it gives exactly 483 years to a day, leaving 7 years of their history as a nation under Gentile supremacy to be fulfilled.
"Seven sevens of years reaches to the prophet Malachi, the last of the prophetic voices to be heard until Messiah comes. Sixty two more sevens reached unto 'Messiah the Prince.' As everything of this vision has immediate reference to the Jews as a nation and to the political center, Jerusalem, the point of time here indicated must be Christ's formal entry into Jerusalem, four days before His crucifixion claiming with careful respect to prophetic signs, to be the King of the Jews. While acclaimed by the simple minded populace (Matt. 21:8-9), His rejection by the rulers and authorities the very next day was so positive and final, that He cuts off people, city and sanctuary from further divine acknowledgment (Matt. 23:34-39), and once more the Jews are a rejected people." - Stevens.
Third. "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah he cut off, but not for Himself" (Marg. "and shall have nothing"); i.e., such as belonged to Him as Messiah, the Prince). And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof ("but his end") - Jewish version, i.e., the end of the coming prince) shall be with a flood (rather, the flood, i.e., the flood of divine vengeance) and unto the end of the war (rather, unto the end, just described, the coming prince and his destruction, there shall be war) desolations are determined" (or - "war, the desolations that are determined"). Here we have the interval of the rejection of the Jews, between the sixty-ninth and the seventieth weeks. The first great event is the crucifixion of Messiah, the second is the destruction of the city by the Romans under Titus A.D. 70. "This destruction of city and sanctuary is by the Romans, 'the people of the prince that shall come,' the ruler of had
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