Friday, February 24, 2017

Blindness by Rejecting Daniel (LG14)

‘Last Generation’
Dan 9:25 "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
    From the command of King Cyrus to rebuild the temple of God to the completion of wall of Jerusalem is 7x7 = 49 years. From the command to the death of the Messiah is 69x7 = 463 years. The Messiah's death is not for Himself but for all mankind as the sacrificial Lamb.

Miraculous birth of John
Zacharias prophesied the imminent birth of the Messiah.
Luke 1:76 "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways."
    The Priesthood should be eagerly expecting the birth of the Messiah then.

The Son of God was born in great humility
 John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God
Luke 2:7-12 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
1. In the animal shed as the Lamb of God2. In swaddling cloths as the sacrificial Lamb – all newly born lambs meant for sacrifice are wrapped with swaddling cloths to prevent them from blemishes.
3. Laid in the manger as food and water for His sheep – the manger is used for holding feed and possibly water for feeding sheep and also other livestock.
    John 6:48 "I am the bread of life."
    Our Lord Jesus is the bread of life and the living water and for our spiritual food we only need to believe, read, understand and keep His words.
4. Shepherds testified the Birth of the Lamb of God
 Luke 2:11-12 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
    The shepherds were joyfully testifying the birth of the Messiah (Christ) as the Lamb of God just as it would be the birth of their lambs.

Simeon and Prophetess Anna also testified Jesus as the Christ

John the Baptist testified that Jesus was the Lamb of God as prophesied in Isaiah 53.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Ministry of Jesus
His three and a half years ministry filled with exceptional signs and wonders, love, compassions, humility, convinced many Jews to accept Him as the Messiah, but they were persecuted by the blind Priesthood.
John 1:45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him (Messiah) of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

Why Priesthood rejected Messiah?
Without Daniel's prophecies, Jews expected the Messiah to come as a Deliverer, annihilating the Romans, and then established His Millennium Rule in Jerusalem. Simply put, they could not accept Him as a Lamb of God nailed to the cross.

Luke 16:31 "But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' " Without Daniel, the Jewish leaders were deceived. They missed the chance of salvation by rejecting Jesus Christ as their Messiah.