Summary: As Jesus enters Jerusalem, He fulfills two very specific prophecies, one about the very day Messiah the Prince would enter into Jerusalem on a donkey.
Here is Your King
One of the clearest prophecies of Jesus Christ being the Promised Messiah is found in the O. T. Book of Daniel.
Daniel 9:25 "Know therefore and understand, 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 9:26 "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; NKJV
As Daniel wrote that book, he was in Babylon due to the Babylonian captivity of Israel.
Later the Medes and the Persians defeated Babylon and eventually King Artaxerxes issued an edict to allow Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
(Picture) Sir Robert Anderson wrote a book titled, “The Coming Prince” which was published in Great Britain in 1894.
Sir Robert Anderson was a Chief Inspector for Scotland Yard and he was known for his excellent work as an investigator.
Dr. Gavin Finley wrote an article about Sir Robert Anderson,
He said, “Sir Robert's investigative work shows the time line of the royal edict which initiated the Seventy Weeks prophecy.
Daniel had prophesied a coming edict which would "command" the restoration of the city of Jerusalem and specifically the rebuilding of its walls after the Babylonian captivity.
Sir Robert found out that the Edict was given by King Artaxerxes in his 20th year on March 14th 445 B.C.
From that time, Daniel says there will be 69, seven year periods Until Messiah the Prince.
Based upon the Babylonian calendar of 360 days per year that adds up to 173,880 days.
As Chuck Missler has said, “When we examine the period between March 14, 445 b.c. and April 6, 32 a.d., we discover that it is 173,880 days exactly, to the very day!”
April 6th 32 A.D. was the Sunday before Passover, which we now know as The Triumphant Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
How many others rode into Jerusalem on a donkey that day?
Keep that question in the back of your mind as you please open your Bibles to Matt. 21 as we continue in our study.
Last week we met 2 blind men who cried out to Jesus while He was ultra focused on the Mission given to Him from His Father.
Normally Bartimaeus and his friend would sit and beg for money, but as Jesus walked by they begged for Mercy.
These physically blind people recognize Jesus for who He is, the Promised Messiah but the religious leaders did not believe Him.
1. These men cried out fervently. When the crowd told them to stop crying out to Jesus, they cried out even more.
2. They asked Jesus to have mercy on them.
3. These men called Jesus the Messiah, the Son of David.
4. Because these men truly saw God incarnate, it radically changed their life.
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJV
So these two blind men received their sight and now they are following Jesus; and Jesus is heading for Jerusalem.
I. The Lord has need of them.