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This Is The Day
I. God's Promise of a special day.
A. In the Psalm that we read this morning, "This is the day that
the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."
1. That is not just any beautiful morning that you might
wake of to blue skies.
2. It is a day when God will provide salvation from the
powers of darkness.
3. A day of rejoicing in God's salvation, when the people
will be shouting, "Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in
the name of the Lord."
4. There is a hint in this Psalm that not all will be
well, for the Messiah is referred to as the stone that
the builders refused becoming the chief corner stone.
That is, the Messiah would be rejected by the religious
B. From the beginning even as He was pronouncing the curse that
Adam had brought on mankind because of his sin, God spoke of
the day that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the
serpent. This is a reference to the virgin birth of Jesus who
would destroy the power and authority of Satan over mankind.
1. Again we observe a problem for the serpent was to
bruise the heel of the woman's seed.
2. As the spikes would be driven through the feet
fastening Him to the cross, it would appear that the
serpent defeated God's plan of redemption by destroying
C. In our text it plainly declares that the Messiah will be cut
off and receive nothing, and the Jews would be dispersed. That
is, He would receive the Kingdom immediately.
D. Isaiah is even more explicit as he declares, "He is despised
and rejected by man, a man of sorrows and acquainted with
grief, He was despised and we esteemed Him not. He was wounded
for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, The Lord
has laid on Him the iniquities of us all. He is brought as a
lamb to the slaughter, yet He opened not His mouth. He was cut
off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my
people was He stricken. His soul shall be made an offering for
sin. By the knowledge of Him shall man be justified, for He
shall bear their iniquities.
E. Zechariah spoke of that day that the Messiah would come, he
said "Rejoice greatly O daughter of Zion, shout O daughter of
Jerusalem behold your King cometh unto you, He is just and has
salvation, lowly, and riding on a donkey, the foal of a donkey.
II. It needs to be noted that this revelation by the angel to Daniel
encompassed 70 sevens that were determined upon the nation of Israel,
and the city of Jerusalem.
A. After the seventieth seven year cycle, the whole prophetic
picture would be complete.
B. There are six things that are to be accomplished in the 70
1. To finish the transgression.
2. To make an end of sin.
3. To make reconciliation for iniquity.
4. To bring in everlasting righteousness.
5. To seal up the vision and prophecy.
6. To anoint the most Holy.
C. Through His death Jesus made reconciliation for our iniquities.
1. Paul declared that we were reconciled to God by the
death of His Son.
2. Thus the Messiah was cut off from God that He might
reconcile us to God.
D. The seventy sevens have been divided as is obvious. Seven
sevens, sixty two sevens, and one seven.
E. From the time the commandment is given to restore and build
Jerusalem to the Messiah the Prince would be seven sevens, and
sixty two sevens, or a total of sixty nine sevens, or 483
F. If we can determine the time that the commandment went forth
to restore and build Jerusalem we would know when to look for
III. The time of the commandment. Nehemiah 2:1 tells us that in the month
of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king that Nehemiah
was bearing the cup to the king. On that day the king made the
A. Longimanus Artaxerxes ascended to the throne of Persia in
465 B.C. The twentieth year of his reign would then be placed
in the year 445 B.C. The Jewish month of Nisan would have begun
on the 14th of March in the year 445 B.C.
1. The prophecies in Daniel are predicated upon 360 day
years, of the Babylonian calendar, 483 360 day years
would be 173,880 days.
2. Luke tells us that Jesus began His public ministry in
the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. This
means that the year of His crucifixion would be 32 A.D.
That year the 14th of Nisan would have fallen Thursday,
when the Passover meal would have been eaten. The
previous Sunday would have been the 10th of Nisan, or
in the Julian calendar, April 6th.
3. From March 14th 445 B.C. to April 6th A.D. is exactly
B. God kept His promise, He sent His Son as the Messiah, to be the
Savior of the world. To reconcile the world back to God. He
came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, amid the shouts of the
people as they cried, Hosanna, Hosanna.
C. Luke tells us that as they were descending the Mount of Olives
Jesus began to weep as He looked at the city. He said, "If you
only knew the peace that you could have in this thy day, but
now it is hid from your eyes. The days will soon come when
your enemies will besiege you, and they will lay you even with
the ground, they will not leave one stone upon another, because
you did not know the time of your visitation.
D. He wept over them because of the horrible calamities that would
come upon them as a result of their missing their day of
opportunity to know peace with God.
E. Today you have an opportunity to know peace with God, this is
your appointed day, don't miss it.