Saturday, March 31, 2012

Palm Sunday

As a bit of a prophecy buff, Palm Sunday, also known as The Triumphal Entry, holds a special place in my spiritual interests. Often missed in most messages on this day is the background and true significance of what happened.

It starts with the end times prophecy Daniel received from Gabriel described in Daniel 9:24-27. Verse 25 describes and predicts Palm Sunday.

(24) 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.
(25) 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.
(26) 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.
(27) 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, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

I believe the above prophecy is the end time calendar.

Daniel's prophecy was given to him in 538BC and it told the exact date of Palm Sunday or the coming of the Mashiach Nagid (the Messiah the King), on April 6, 32AD.  I'm not totally sold on the exact date according to our calendar, but the events are important.

The commandment to rebuild Jerusalem was issued by Artaxerxes in 445BC (Neh 2:5-8). Without getting over technical here (for space considerations) the 7 weeks + 62 weeks comes to 173,880 days. Jesus knew the importance of this date and he set in motion the fulfillment of this prophecy and his death and subsequent Resurrection. To fulfill  Zechariah 9:9 he told his disciples to get a particular donkey (Luke 19:30). He then rides into Jerusalem on this donkey as the crowd sings Psalm 118:26.

The Pharisees understood this date and the Spiritual importance of what was happening and they freaked. They tell Jesus to stop what was happening. Jesus held them accountable for not accepting this day and its significance.

The rest of the prophecy is currently unfolding. I believe the next major event in prophecy will be the Rapture which will set up vs27 and the final week (7 years) of the prophecy which many people call the Tribulation.

I'll be launching a new website, Stumbling Heavenward, very soon and I'll get a chance to discuss this in greater detail.  Right now I'm still in awe of God and how things fall into place.

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