Hebrew names have a meaning. If you translate the original Hebrew meanings of Adam’s decendants down through Noah, using the geneology given in Genesis 5, in order they spell out a sentence!Name Meaning
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall Come Down
Methuselah His Death Shall Bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest & Comfort
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow, (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest and comfort.
The Israelites were forced to march in the wilderness for 40 years as punishment for their disobedience. God told them to line up in groups, North, South, East, and West. In Numbers 1, and 2: 1-34, it was very specifically and curiously described about how they should line up. This might be the reason why.
The Tabernacle of God, where the Ark of the Covenant was carried, was in the middle of this group of people. No one but the Levites were able to touch the ark, and they weren’t to be counted either. They marched around the ark with Moses and Aaron and the four main tribes took lead. So in essence, God was in the middle of the cross, the Levites were symbolically a picture of the gentiles, and the Jews made the cross itself! They marched this way for 40 years around a mountain, unknowing of the picture they were plainly making.
As the Jews marched, they also carried with them flags or banners. Each of the four sides had a different banner and each side or “camp” was lead by a different tribe.
East - Judah – Lion
North – Dan – Eagle
West – Ephriam – Ox
South – Reuban – Man
These four symbols correlate with the four creatures found around the throne of God in Heaven. They also describe the four gospels which describe Jesus in different ways.
Matthew – Lion of the tribe of Judah – Jesus the King of Israel
Mark – The Ox, a beast of burden – Jesus the servant
Luke – Mortal man – Jesus the son of man
John – Eagle – God in the flesh, the Diety of Christ.
In Exodus 26: 31,32, we read about the veil the Jews were to make. It was to separate the Mercy Seat, where sacrifices were made, from public view. It was a barrier between God and man. Leviticus goes into great detail about the ceremony of the Day of Atonement where the sins of the Jewish people were forgiven. This took place once a year. It began with Aaron as the high priest who would take a bull and two spotless lambs to the altar behind the veil as a sacrifice. A rope would be tied around his waist and he would go in past the veil alone. The priest would say a prayer over this offering , asking forgiveness for himself and all of Israel. If it was accepted, fire from Heaven would come down in to the temple and burn up the offering. If not, if there was hidden sin that wasn’t accounted for, the priest would be struck dead. The rope tied around his waist would be used to pull his dead body back out from the altar.
When Jesus died on the cross, this veil was ripped in two, starting at the top which was at least two stories tall, and going all the way to the bottom.
And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake and the rocks rent.
The reason many Jews stay in disbelief of Jesus is found in 2 Cr 3: 14-16
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which [vail] is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Two prophecies are in Daniel 9: 24,25, 27 The 69 weeks and the 70th week
The triumphal entry was prophesied in Daniel 9: 25, the 69 weeks prophecy
9:25 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.
7 Weeks + 62 Weeks = 69 weeks. (weeks is understood to mean years)
The Jews used a 360 day calendar, not a 365 day. 69 weeks = 483 years = 173,880 days
Daniel was told that the prophecy would begin when the command to rebuild Jerusalem was given. It would be rebuilt "with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble." This command was given years later by King Artaxerxes of Babylon and it was recorded in Nehemiah 2:1-8. Only the command of Artaxerxes fulfilled the description predicted by Daniel. Fortunately for us the exact date of this event was given as being in the month of Nisan in the 20th year of Artaxerxes' reign. When the day of the month is not given in Jewish chronologies, then it can be assumed that the first day is meant. The 1st of Nisan, in the 20th year of King Artaxerxes of Babylon corresponds to March 14, 445 BC. Sixty-nine weeks, or 483 years later, the Messiah would come.
360 days times 69 years gives us 173,880 days. If we add that number to March 14, 445BC we come to April 6, 32AD, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
The 70th Week begins in verse 27 when the future Ruler makes a covenant with Israel. Daniel 9:26 describes what happens in the interval between the end of the 69 weeks and the start of the 70th.
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.
After the death of the Messiah then the city and the Temple would be destroyed, the end would come (temporarily) for the nation of Israel, and the land would become desolate. The destruction of the city and the Temple occurred in 70 AD at the hands of the Roman army. After a couple more Jewish revolts the nation of Israel ceased to be a formal entity and the people were forcibly evicted from their lands and dispersed throughout the world. The Romans are " the people of the ruler who will come," and it is the "ruler who will come" who is the subject of the next and final verse of this prophecy.
It is very important to realize that this entire prophecy contains a very long gap in time which has now lasted for over 2000 years.
9:27And 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.
The "He" at the start of this verse is the future "Ruler" of the last verse. From the last verse we know that he will come from Rome. The gap ends and the prophecy begins again when the Ruler "confirms a covenant with many..." This is a treaty that will allow the rebuilding of the Jewish temple and the renewal of their ancient practice of animal sacrifices. We know this because in the middle of this seven year period he "will put an end to sacrifice and offering." The Antichrist orders that this be done (Daniel 8:11-12, 11:31) After the Antichrist forcibly stops the temple sacrifices then he sets up the "abomination of desolation" in the temple. Jesus gives a warning to the Jews who see this happen in Matthew 24:15-21, "So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation' spoken of through the prophet Daniel --let the reader understand-- then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak... For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again." They are told very explicitly to immediately flee from Jerusalem, because it is after this point when the Antichrist has the authority to persecute all who resist his Satanic New World Order as shown in Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 13:5-7.