Archeology has verified much of the Holy Scriptures’ history, however there is one aspect of the Bible that separates it from all other publications, and that is verified prophesy.
With Palm Sunday coming up this Sunday, March 24th, few people have been given the tools to understand how the triumphant entry by Jesus into Jerusalem was ordained by God centuries before it took place. Skeptics, scoffers or doubter may cast doubt on many statements of the Bible, but there is no refuting prophecy declarations, particularly as well documented as the Bible is.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Daniel
In Daniel 9:24-25, the prophet states:
“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.”
Daniel wrote his prophetic book between 605BC and 536BC, which theologians believe took place during the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel wrote his prophetic utterance around a hundred years before the actual order was given by the king of the Persian Empire.
Daniel’s final week in unveiled during the last curtain of human history when the anti-Christ forges a 7-year peace treaty with Israel. The other 69-weeks is accounted for when King Artexerxes of Persia gives Nehemiah permission to rebuild Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC. The fact is validated in the book of Nehemiah 2: 2-9. The prophetic clock begins at the order of King Artexerxes.http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_long_did_it_take_Nehemiah_to_rebuild_the_walls_of_Jerusalem
1) 69 weeks represents years of prophesy
2) Multiply 69 weeks times 7=483 days
3) 483 days times 360 days of the Jewish calendar
4) Take the product=173,880 Jewish days and divide by 365.25 days of Julian calendar=476 years
5) Jesus entered Jerusalem on April 6, 32 AD on Palm Sunday the 10th day of Nisan
The Messiah was to be cut off (crucified) and the city of Jerusalem would be destroyed as stated in Daniel 9:26. Roman Emperor Titus destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD to fulfill that portion of the prophecy. The final week according to Daniel’s 70th week has yet to be manifested.
The prediction of Jesus’ entry into the city of God is one of the more spectacular prophesies that came to be before the actual events took place. At the “fullness of time”, Jesus rode on a small donkey which fulfilled other scripture concerning how the Messiah would come. Unfortunately many Jews failed to realize the day of their own Messiah’s visitation and rejected Christ, also predicted in the Bible.http://www.kt70.com/~jamesjpn/Mo_letters/proof_jesus_messiah.htm
“He came unto His own and His own received Him not”. The weeping of Jesus over Jerusalem was not for Christ being rejected, but for fate that was for Jerusalem who failed to know the day of its own visitation. Destruction of Jerusalem would take place a little less than a generation away which fulfilled the last piece concerning Daniel’s prophecy. The final week is still in the future.http://www.gotquestions.org/Jews-reject-Jesus.html
Jesus told the disciples that “Jerusalem would be trampled under by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles was fulfilled”. That warning was fulfilled in 1967 when Israel took control over Jerusalem for the first time since Titus destroyed it in 70 AD.
Jesus entering Jerusalem exactly as predicted centuries before fulfilled one of the most amazing prophecies of the Bible.