“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.” (Daniel 9:24 – 26)
MULTIPLE BIRTH YEARS, ONE SAVIOUR?
When I was a Christian, I used to believe that Daniel 9 contains the most reliable prophecy that proves that God sent a Messiah to the world. The word “Messiah” would appear only once in the Bible, in the passage quoted above. In other passages where the term is used, it refers to the event mentioned here. Therefore, to a lot of us who pride ourselves as the students of Bible prophecy, this passage is a strong indication that the coming of Jesus Christ was long predicted, and Jesus Christ was born “according to prophecy.” I held onto this assumption for a very long time until I discovered a grave error in my belief. How do I mean?
The story goes like this: A Jewish prophet supposedly called Daniel claims that when the Jews had spent 70 years in the Babylonian Captivity (vs. 2), he prayed that God should revisit the Jew’s case, forgive them of their numerous sins, and set His people free (vss. 3 – 19). When a man called Darius from the extraction or tribe of Medes became a king, God sent an angel to give Daniel a particular message (vss. 20 – 23). According to the angel, God’s planned to rescue and resettle the Jews would span 70 weeks.
A week is seven days. Seventy weeks, therefore, would translate into 490 days. Prophetically, Bible uses a day to represent a year. See Ezekiel 4: 4 – 6. The seventy restoration weeks, as we can call it, were broken down into seven weeks, threescore, and two weeks (7 + 60 + 2) = 49 weeks or 483 years. Then, after the “….. two weeks shall the Messiah the Prince be cut off” (vs. 26).
When would the 490 prophetic years begin its count? The angel explained, “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.” That is, “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.” According to the history recorded in the Bible, three Kings each decided to set the Jews free from Babylonian Captivity and rebuild Jerusalem (Ezra 6:14).
1) In the first year of Cyrus the Great’s reign (539/8 BCE) – Ezra 1:1, 6:3.
2) In the second year of King Darius’ reign (520 BCE) – Ezra 4: 24. And
3) In the seventh year of King Artaxerxes’ reign (458 BCE) – Ezra 7:7.
As said earlier, the Messiah’s ministry was predicted to begin at the end of 2 + 60 + 7 = 69th week or 483rd year.
“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….. vs. 27.”
With the hindsight that the Church history recorded the appearance of a Messiah in the first century, it would appear that only the third decree by Artaxerxes would give us a logical kick-start of the prophetic period. Hence, a countdown from 458 BCE would give AD 25 as the arrival of the Messiah. However, as we count from Before Common Era (BCE) to the Common Era (CE), there is no ‘year zero,’ hence, we add a year to the count to make it AD 26 or 26 CE. But, historically, was there a Messiah among the Jews between AD 26-30 according to Daniel’s prophecy?
Foremost, Luke says Jesus Christ started his ministry at about 30 years of age (Luke 3:23). For Jesus to be 30 years old by AD 26, he must have been born 3 BCE. Historically, King Herod died in March 4 BCE. Therefore, in principle, the ‘Messiah the Prince’ in Daniel’s prophecy should have been born after Herod had died. However, according to Gospel writers, this was never the case as Jesus was born during King Herod’s reign – the first misleading account.
Secondly, Matthew records that the wise men from the East met King Herod when baby Jesus was born. Matthew further discloses that Herod killed babies of two years and below because it was two years since the wise men who announced the birth of baby Jesus left and vanished into thin air, never to come back (Matt. 2:16). If Herod died in 4 BCE, one could conclude that Jesus was born 6 BCE by common sense. This account is contrary to Daniel’s 3 BCE birth year prediction – the second misleading account.
Thirdly, Luke links the birth of Jesus Christ to a census decreed by Augustus, the Emperor of the Roman Empire. Luke states that the order was executed when Cyrenius was the Governor of Syria Province, which controlled the nation of Judah. See Luke 2: 1-2. Josephus, the famous first-century Jewish historian, attests that Cyrenius became the Governor in AD 6. The census took place in the second year of Cyrenius’s reign, AD 7. (It is important to note that Cyrenius was never the Governor of Syria when Herod was alive. This is to counter those who claim that Luke 1: 1-2 referred to the first time Cyrenius was Governor Before Common Era. They thought that this adjustment would settle the contradiction.) – the third misleading account.
Now, we have three seemly contradictory accounts at hand. According to Daniel, the ‘Messiah the Prince’ should be born after King Herod. According to Luke, no ‘Messiah the Prince’ was born in 3 BCE but three years earlier, at 6 BCE, contrary to Daniel’s prediction. And, according to Luke, Jesus Christ was never born in 6 BCE or 3 BCE, but AD 7 (or 7 CE), contrary to Daniel’s prediction and Matthew’s account.
In my book, TUNJI ADEEKO: THEY LIED TO US – Unveiling How Christianity And Islam Religions Were Forged, I explained that Matthew and Luke’s date of 6 BCE and AD 7, respectively, were never an error but a secret code devised by the secret society that wrote the New Testament and masterminded the writing of the Bible since the Babylonia Captivity era. They (the secret society) wanted to ensure that the future calendar was predetermined and dictated by them ahead of its publication. Dionysus Exiguus was the monk assigned the task to redesigned the old calendar based on the Septuagint. Septuagint was the Greek version of the Hebrew Scripture put together under the instruction of Greek Emperor Ptolemy in the third century BCE. Scholars believe that this document was highly adulterated to introduce many things that were not in the Hebrew texts.
Dionysus, therefore, designed the Anno Domini calendar at the Vatican when the creation chronology creation in the Septuagint hit six thousand years in 524 CE. As he was fondly called, Denis the little reverted to the creation chronology found in the Masoretic Text and published the new calendar in 532 CE. Thus, he stated that Jesus Christ was born 532 years ago. Therefore, in 532 CE, the Anno Domini was used for the first time in history. ‘Anno Domini’ is a Latin phrase meaning “in the year of the Lord (Jesus Christ).” There is no doubt that Dionysus or Denis was an initiate who recognised that the 13 years difference between Matthew and Luke dates is a Masonic number. Hence, he picked the middle point of the two dates, AD 1, as the birth of Jesus Christ and the beginning of the new calendar.
I was taught from the Children’s Sunday School that the Bible story about a first-century Jesus Christ was clean, smooth, and divine. To an average Bible reader like me, the underlying scheme I now explain is unimaginable. If the dates of birth, 6 BCE (Matthew), AD 1 (Church history), and AD 7 (Luke), attributed to Jesus Christ are never his, how are we sure that the words and character accorded him in the Christian holy book are ever his? How can we confidently deny that the mighty secret society had not peddled lies to humanity in the past 2,000 years? How confident can we say that there was a historical person called Jesus Christ where there was never any? Suppose the first coming of Jesus Christ is a fable as the biography published in the Bible is now unreliable material, in that case, it only means that humanity wait in vain for a Never-Second-Coming. Ironically, believers are not asking questions about why one person has four or three birth dates. Prophet Daniel predicted 3 BCE, the gospel writers, and the Church disregarded him! Is it because they regarded the prophecy as fake? For crying out loud, the Bible is portrayed as a divine and uncorrupted material, inspired by the Holy Spirit! Where is the integrity of Christianity? In miracles? If the dateable and countable Bible events are unsubstantiated, only a fool will accept that the signs and wonders attached to it are from a divine source.
With the hindsight provided into how the three dates came into existence, no one needs a soothsayer to admit that the multiple dates of birth are a huge joke because no historical person can be born on three different years separated by as many as 13 years. These dates, I discovered, have nothing to do with the birth of any Messiah in the first century. It will appear that the primary purpose of the New Testament writers was not to promote the existence of a historical Jesus Christ, although they seem to do that on the surface. It is, therefore, a legitimate doubt that a historical person called Jesus the Christ or Jehoshua, Joshua, or Yeshua the Messiah existed in the first century. If there was, why were the details about his existence so thoroughly compromised? And, what is so special about the Gregorian calendar that made the Bible writers discredit the authenticity of Jesus Christ’s birth story to ensure that it starts at AD 1?
To find the appropriate answer to the above-stated poser is the key to understanding the 2,000 years old fraud encapsulated in THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH THE PRINCE.
Tunji Adeeko (September 2021)
TUNJI ADEEKO is a Nigerian and a private researcher. I have written two books.
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