In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Daniel 9:1-2
PROPHET DANIEL’S CAVEAT
Any unlettered and simple-minded person would argue that the opening two verses of Daniel 9 confirm that Daniel’s prophecy can be dated because some specific individuals and events are mentioned. On the surface, this appears so. But, on a deeper investigation, the passage further confirms my posit that the well-promoted record of the so-called first-century Messiah is most unreliable. How?
- The timing of the vision would place the event in the 530s BCE since Cyrus the Great set the Jews free from the Babylonian Captivity in the year 538 BCE. With this in mind, let us go to the history book to know when Darius of Medes reigned.
Just as many scholars have attested, Wikipedia gave us a shocker by saying:
“Darius the Mede is mentioned in the Book of Daniel as king of Babylon between Belshazzar and Cyrus the Great, but he is not known to history, and no additional king can be placed between the known figures of Belshazzar and Cyrus.”
In other words, “Darius of the Medes” mentioned in Daniel 9 is a fictional character. The King in whose first year of reign Daniel “saw” his vision about a coming “Messiah the Prince” does not exist in history!
- Another timing of the vision is the expiration of the Jewish seventy years in the Babylonian Captivity.
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. Jeremiah 29:10
With proper scrutiny, however, the same problem emerged. From all known records, the Jews spent fifty-nine years in Babylonia captivity. They never spent seventy years as slaves of the Babylonia kings. Attesting to this fact, Cambridge Ancient History, the second edition, writes,
“As regards the length of the Exile, the familiar three scores and ten is too long.”
Therefore, contrary to the excitement that comes with the assumption that Daniel 9 was written with a vivid description of historical persons and dates, it is clear that such is never the case. What stood out from our research on understanding the authenticity of the Messianic person and period has unfolded the Masonic undertone. See Part One of this article. In other words, the presence of this incredible and might secret society and their possible involvement in composing many books in the Bible has opened our minds to many questions.
The composer of Daniel appears to carefully warn the reader never to believe the book’s content by inserting two fallacious statements at the opening of a supposed factual, historical, and inspired record.
- The writer expects the reader to query and conclude that if Darius of the Medes never existed in history, then the Messiah they predicted never lived.
- Also, realising that it is incorrect that the Jews spent 70 years in the Babylonian Captivity, as Daniel 9 claims, the reader should know that the story of a Messiah the Prince appearing in the first century is also false.
Now that we have detected these lies, we need to explore more to know the motives of the Bible writers.
In part one of this article, I showed that although it appears as if Prophet Daniel gave a precise prediction about the birth of a saviour within a specific time frame, leading to the assumed appearance of a Messiah in the early part of the first century. However, a proper review of the Bible passage portrays Daniel as a fake prophet because his prediction failed. The account of the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke compound the problem rather than solve it; the two versions gave disparity dates outside Daniel’s prediction. In the sixth century, a monk at the Vatican used the contradictory dates in Matthew and Luke to create the Anno Mondi Calendar from the Julian Calendar. Besides, the year difference between Matthew and Luke accounts set an undertone that bears the Masonic signature. In the opening of this second part, the Bible writer also inserted a caveat to alert the reader that their record is unreliable and should not be trusted. A sincere reader must have realised by now that the entire Bible write-up and drama is a well-orchestrated game plan to achieve a particular goal.
What is the goal of the Bible writers?
Tunji Adeeko (September 2021)
TUNJI ADEEKO is a Nigerian and a private researcher. I have written two books.
- THEY LIED TO US – Unveiling How Christianity And Islam Religions Were Forged.
- THE VATICAN SNAKEHEAD AUDITORIUM – Is The Black Race Destined To Rule The New Age?
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