Proving When Christ was Born and Died and What it May Reveal About His Return

The study of the accuracy and precision of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy reveals some remarkable insights and truths that few people have ever bothered to think about very carefully which have a direct impact upon their own lives, whether they recognize it or not. Knowing that 1) over 300 prophecies concerning Christ, the Messiah, were fulfilled during His first coming, 2) now knowing that at least ten end times prophecies have recently been fulfilled with hair-splitting accuracy, 3) knowing that Yahushua was not born on December 25, as is commonly thought and taught, and 4) knowing that His death and resurrection has also been seriously distorted by most forms of organized religion, I recently sought to determine from what the Bible and other secular historians tell us how the 70 weeks of years prophecy in the Book of Daniel was perfectly fulfilled and how we can tell from clues in the Bible with precision when Christ was born and when He died. These discoveries may leave us with some hints as to when He might return in His second coming. The purpose of this article is to share my findings and conclusions with you that many people probably have no clue is even possible to determine with such accuracy and precision.

The Book of Daniel offers us some amazing insights into world history as prophesied by God hundreds of years before they happened with flawless precision. The prophet Daniel was a godly man greatly beloved by YHWH (God) who faithfully served God all his life. And because God had so richly blessed Daniel in this way, He used him to leave us prophecies that enable us today to more completely appreciate the brilliance and wisdom of God and His predestinated plan for all of mankind.

In Daniel 9:24-25, Daniel received the following vision from the archangel Gabriel:

“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.”

Often in Bible prophecy, times predicted are spoken of using metaphorical language that often only makes sense to readers long after the prophecy is first pronounced. Such is the case here in which the seventy weeks mentioned is actually seventy seven year periods or weeks of years. Here are the clues which allow us to discern this:

“After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years . . . ” Numbers 14:34

“ . . . I have appointed thee each day for a year.” Ezekiel 4:6

Only when we apply this understanding to the events of history which have subsequently occurred, can we make much sense out of it. So first, Gabriel makes mention of 70 weeks of years or 70 X 7 years = 490 years, starting with an event in which someone issues a command to restore Jerusalem from the damage done to it when the Babylonian army of King Nebuchadnezzar sacked the city in 586 B.C. and brought many of the survivors into exile in Babylon for the next 70 years. In verse 25 Gabriel tells Daniel that from this commandment to rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah comes will be 7 weeks and 60 weeks and 2 weeks or 69 weeks of years, or 69 X 7 = 483 years.

Next, we need to understand when such a commandment was issued by those who held the Judeans as exiles in Babylon. Four different decrees that are recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah are possible events which fulfilled this prophecy, which other scholars have evaluated quite thoroughly and arrived at the very reasonable conclusion that the decree of Artaxerxes I (Longimanus) recorded in Ezra 7:12-26 most correctly describes the specifications of Daniel 9:25. Artaxerxes’ decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was issued in the seventh year of his reign, according to Ezra 7:7-8. Ancient secular sources including Greek historians, Ptolemy’s Canon, the Babylonian business tablets, and the Elephantine papyri from Egypt thoroughly document the dates for Artaxerxes’ reign in which the seventh year of his reign extended from the fall of 458 B.C. to the fall of 457 B.C. and it is quite likely that his decree was issued in August or later of 457 B.C. and did not take effect until the late summer or early fall of 457 B..C. For readers seeking to understand the specifics of this analysis, I refer you to an excellent thought piece entitled, “The Commandment to Restore and Build Jerusalem” at:

http://www.patmospapers.com/daniel.457.htm.

483 years after the fall of 457 B.C. brings us to the fall of 27 A.D. calculated as follows: 457 B.C. + 483 years = 27 A.D. (allowing for the conversion from B.C. to A.D. being one extra year).

In the fall of 27 A.D. Yahushua was anointed by the Holy Spirit upon His baptism by John the Baptist which marked the beginning of His ministry, which coincides with the event in Daniel’s prophecy described as “unto the Messiah the Prince.” When Yahushua proclaimed in Mark 1:15, “The time is fulfilled,” he was referring to the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel 9:25.

In Luke 3:23, at the time of Yahushua’s baptism, we are told “And Jesus (Yahushua) himself began to be about thirty years of age.” Thus, subtracting 30 years from 27 A.D. and adding one additional year to allow for the conversion from B.C. to A.D. being one extra year, we can conclude that Christ was born in late summer or early fall of 4 B.C. Some Bible scholars have speculated that He was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles of that year, which in that year was September 29, 4 B.C. For an excellent analysis that leads us to this very conclusion, see the article, “The True Birthday of Christ,” at:

http://israelect.com/reference/WillieMartin/NEWS-4.htm.

In Daniel 9:27 we are told,

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease . . . ”

Many false teaching theologians have improperly applied the rules of English grammar and falsely assumed that the subject of this verse is the Antichrist, but that is incorrect. Referring to the subject of the prior verse, we can clearly see that the subject of this verse is the Messiah, or Yahushua, and thus that the covenant that He confirms with many is His covenant of grace and faith, and that in the midst of the final week of years (7 weeks), or after His 3 1/2 year ministry, He caused the animal sacrifices and daily oblations in the Temple to cease as He was crucified on the cross as the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God, leaving only the last 3 1/2 years which are accounted for in Daniel 12:7 and 12:11 as the 3 1/2 year long great tribulation of Daniel 12 and Matthew 24:15-28, which is alluded to in the second half of Daniel 9:27. Thus, we can properly conclude that Christ died on the cross on the day before Passover on Wednesday, April 25, 31 A.D. We know this from doing a Google search on it, but even more importantly, we know that Christ had to die on a Wednesday, since He Himself prophesied that He would be in the grave, rising after three days, which had to occur on the evening of Saturday, prior to His empty tomb being discovered on Sunday, the first day of the following week.

Thus, the Catholic Church’s celebration of Good Friday and Easter (a merging with the pagan celebration of Ishtar on sun worship day) are without support from the Bible. Similarly, we can thank the Satan worshipping Roman Catholic Church for falsely teaching that Christ was born on December 25, which was derived from yet another pagan sun worshipping festival as the first day after the vernal equinox in which the days become visibly longer. As revealed in the previously referenced article on Christ’s birth, clues left for us in the Bible prove that December 25 could not possibly be the date that Yahushua was born, and thus that our celebration of Christmas has no basis in historical Biblical fact.

Pertinence to the Timing of the Fulfillment of the Second Coming

It is interesting to note that Christ’s death on the cross occurred on the day before the Hebrew festival of Passover, and that the Holy Spirit descended upon 3,000 people who became born again in the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, 50 days later. These are the two major Hebrew festivals that occur every spring. Is it possible that in a similar fashion, Yahushua’s second coming might be foreshadowed by the timing of His first coming on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall? We cannot know for certain, but that is entirely possible. Here are a few things to consider:

1)      On September 23, 2017, the wandering star Jupiter is expected to pass through the constellation Virgo, with 8 stars in the constellation of Leo and four wandering stars (planets) adjacent to it adding up to 12 stars. Some people are speculating that this event fulfills the prophecy of Revelation 12:1-2, which some are speculating may be one and the same with the sign of the Son of man in heaven of Matthew 24:30, which foretells of the second coming of Christ. I’m not convinced. I believe the sign of the Son of man in heaven will be much more visible and dramatic. Think of the star of Bethlehem sort of visibility.

2)      According to Google, the Feast of Trumpets is scheduled to occur this year on September 21-22, right before this celestial event.

3)      According to Google, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, occurs from sundown on September 29 to sundown on September 30 this year. If September 23 turns out to be a bust, perhaps the sign of the Son of man in heaven might appear on this Hebrew holiday instead.

4)      According to Google, the Feast of Tabernacles is scheduled to occur from October 5 – 12 of this year. Is it possible that the second coming of Christ might occur on the first day of the Feast or Tabernacles of this year, namely on October 5, 2017?

5)      If this timeline is consistent with end times Bible prophecy, then sometime prior to September 23, 2017, we could reasonably expect to witness the four celestial events described in Matthew 24:29, now that the great tribulation has ended. I arrive at this conclusion merely by reading and understanding the sequence of events described in Matthew 24:29-30.

6)      At least two of the four celestial events prophesied in Matthew 24:29 (the sun growing dark and the moon not giving off its light) will be fulfilled on August 21, 2017 when a total solar eclipse is forecasted to appear in a path 60 miles wide across the United States on that date.  Will the other two celestial events of Matthew 24:29 occur on that date as well? Only time will tell.

I am not suggesting here that I know precisely when the second coming of Christ will occur. No one does. But we are to remain watchful for His second coming. All the signs are pointing to His imminent return.

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