The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Coming

(Ezra 4:21; 7:9; Daniel 9:20-27)

The Hebrew word for “days” sometimes signifies years, and the Hebrew word for “weeks” (שבע) can also mean “sevens.”

Jeremiah prophesied that Israel would be taken captive in Babylon for seventy years.1Dan 9:2 An angel was sent to tell Daniel that seventy weeks, or seventy sevens, were required for Israel to put an end to sin and iniquity.2Dan 9:24 “From the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem,”3Dan 9:25 recorded in Ezra 4 and 7, there would be sixty-nine sevens until the Messiah was anointed. This sixty-nine sevens, 483 years, brings us from 457 BC to the year 27, when Jesus was anointed. He was “about thirty years old,”4Luk 3:23 according to Luke, “in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius,”5Luk 3:1 who began to govern after October 23, AD 12.6, Suetonius, De Vita Caesarum – Tiberius, XX and XXI