Messiah will be cut off
For those who only see, and expect, a conquering Messiah.
There are other scriptures that prophesy the conquering Messiah, and an era of great peace on earth, but they are not the focus of this post.
What few realize is that the Messiah (Moshiach) was also predicted to come before that time.
So, in essence, he is sent by God twice, in two different roles, separated in time.
Jewish people do not spend much time studying prophecy.
They usually stick to the Torah readings, and some other complementary passages from the Tenach.
So I am writing this to bring this point to light.
Two prophecies I want the Jewish people to read and think about:
1. Daniel – foretells the Messiah who dies (gets cut off) not for himself, but for Israel’s transgressions.
Dan 9:26 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.
When does he get cut off?
Dan 9:25 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.
Artaxerxes decree 445/457 BC
69 weeks (483 years) later = 27 – 39 AD
Time of Christ
Only other decree was from Cyrus 537-510 BC
69 weeks (483 years) later = 55 – 28 BC
This does not fit, nothing happened.
2. Micah – foretells the Messiah being born in Bethlehem:
a. who has been around since “everlasting.”
b. he “gives up” the people until the time of travail, and the return to the land of Israel ( after exile)
Mic 5:2 ¶ But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting.
Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time [that] she which travails hath brought forth [Jacob’s trouble]: then the remnant of his brethren [Judah} shall return unto the children of Israel.
When would this final time of travail occur?
At the “end of days,” during Jacob’s trouble, a time of 3 ½ years.
Dan 12:1 ¶ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Dan 12:6 And [one] said to the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, How long [shall it be to] the end of these wonders?
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which [was] upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that lives for ever that [it shall be] for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these [things] shall be finished.
When does the 3 ½ years start?
After the abomination at the end of days:
Dan 12:11 And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
Dan 12:12 Blessed [is] he that waits, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Dan 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end [be]: for thou shall rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days..
By considering these prophecies, one can see that the Messiah was meant to come once, be cut off (die), and then return at a later time, when Israel was in the greatest travail, which would be in the last days, according to Daniel.
The only person in history who came, got “cut off,” and then promised to return is Jesus.