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Why did the Magi come?

They were looking for “Messiah the Prince” of Daniel’s


An examination of Daniel’s prophecy shows why

they expected Jesus at this time

Daniel 9:24-26 - “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. 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. And after threescore and two

weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:

and the people of the prince that shall come shall

destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end

thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of

the war desolations are determined.”

It would be 69 “weeks” from King Cyrus’ decree to send a remnant back to Jerusalem under Ezra & Nehemiah to

restore the city & the temple until the saviour came.

Prophetically - 1 week = 7...

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