"21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding."
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, this year is September 23rd, 2015.
Jerusalem is the City of David.
Something astounding is about to happen. That something is so astounding that it may mark one of the major events not only in our lifetimes but in the history of the world.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), lived some 300 years ago, and was one of the greatest geniuses of all time. No one would dispute that he may have had one of the highest I.Q.s of anyone in history. He is called "the father of modern science" and "the father of the industrial revolution", he even invented Calculus. Newton studied the Bible in Hebrew and Greek. He was known to have spent several years studying the 'Biblical inch'. Most of us remember something about him working with gravity that had something to do with apples.
What isn't too well known; however, are Newton's Biblical studies and writings. He was especially proficient in the field of Biblical prophecy. In fact, he appears to have been correct in solving one of the great questions people have pondered for centuries from the Prophet Daniel. This mystery involves Daniel 9:25, September 23, 2015 and Jerusalem, the City of David.
"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."
Throughout history, most Theologians have assumed that the 69 weeks given to the Jewish nation mentioned in Daniel 9:25 were to be added together. The 69 weeks were assumed to have lead up to the 1st coming of the Messiah. If you notice how the prophecy is split, mentioned as 7 & 62 weeks, you can see something else might have been going on. Isaac Newton, looking at the Hebrew scriptures, postulated that Messiah's first coming were the 62 weeks (434 years) and His second coming concerned the 7 weeks (49 years). Newton was also the one to clearly articulate that Israel must be back in their national homeland before many of these 'last day' events could take place. In Newton's time, many believed they were living in the 'last days'.
Additionally, historians also tell us Newton began his studies of Daniel at the age of 12 and continued all the way up to his death at the age of 85. The Columbia History of the World, a secular history book, remarks, "At the end of his days he spent more time studying and writing about the prophecies in the Book of Daniel than he did in charting the heavens."
Let's look at why this is so important to us now:
First: Newton saw that the prophecy was talking about Jerusalem TWICE being restored. The first time was 7 X 62 (434) years. The second time was to be 7 X 7 (49) years. He said the two numbers should not be added together as most scholars had done up to that time and since. Newton demonstrated how it was indeed 434 years from the time the decree went out all the way to the time Messiah died for the sins of the world. Again the 62 weeks were all about the 1st Coming of Yeshua our Lord.
As we now look at the 7 Weeks (49 years) we find how exact the Word of God is. Keep in mind the date to begin the counting for this has always been a bit fuzzy for people. Many have thought, and taught, the 49-year-count would begin on the date of Israel's rebirth on May 14, 1948, but that just didn't work out. Actually, the UN vote, the decree, took place on November 29, 1947 and would seem to fit better, but even this is off the mark.
Sometimes it helps to actually read what the Scripture is saying before assuming something: "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 main point to understand concerns the City of David, Jerusalem. The going forth of the commandment to restore and build JERUSALEM is the beginning point of the prophecy. The land of Israel coming together was wonderful but the prophecy is about Jerusalem, the city of David. This is why the other dates don't really reconcile. People should have never bundled the 62 and 7 year periods together and they should have looked directly at Jerusalem to see Daniel's prophecy coming into focus. Kudos to Sir Isaac Newton who had this stuff right 300 years ago.
Now is the time you will want to pay close attention because things get really interesting from here on in. We know about Judah's first coming back into the land all the way up to Yeshua's ministry. That was the 62 week prophecy, the 434 years.
In our time, right now we are witness to the fulfillment of the last 7 weeks given to the Jews before the final week in Daniel's prophecy. This now brings us to perhaps the most famous date in the annals of modern Jewish history: June 7, 1967.
This is the date that the Israeli Defense Forces captured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount during the Six-Day war. It marks the first time Jerusalem was in Jewish hands for some 2,000 years!
Let us now do the math: Beginning on June 7, 1967, count forward 49 years, using the Jewish calendar of 360 days a year. When you multiply 49 X 360 you come up with a total of 17,640 days.
This is astounding. You will find that the 17,640-day count from June 7, 1967 takes you right to the day, about 6 weeks from now, September 23, 2015.
September 23, 2015 is the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur, this Day of Atonement is the holiest, and most solemn, of all the Lord's appointed feasts. It seems to many, myself included that something major may be happening. Life changing events very well could transpire. Exactly what will take place is anyone's guess but here we are. No need to be afraid. Time to earnestly put on the full armor of God, this is not a drill!