Today a Jewish man wrote to me on Youtube telling me I should just call myself a Christian because I was not Jewish anymore. In my response I told him he should read Daniel 9 which says,
The Seventy “Sevens”
24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
He responded by saying that Daniel 9 is talking about Cyrus, the king of the Persians who allowed Israel to go rebuild the temple. He says that the Hebrew is misinterpreted in my Bible and it should read as follows:
And you shall know and understand from the emergence of the word: From the emergence of this word, which emerged at the beginning of your supplications to tell you, you shall know to understand [how] to restore and build Jerusalem.
until the anointed king: Time will be given from the day of the destruction until the coming of Cyrus, king of Persia, about whom the Holy One, blessed be He, said that he would return and build His city, and He called him His anointed and His king, as it says (Isa. 45:1): “So said the Lord to His anointed one, to Cyrus etc.” (verse 13): “He shall build My city and free My exiles, etc.”
seven weeks: Seven complete shemittah cycles they will be in exile before Cyrus comes, and there were yet three more years, but since they did not constitute a complete shemittah cycle, they were not counted. In the one year of Darius, in which Daniel was standing when this vision was said to him, seventy years from the conquest of Jehoiakim terminated. Deduct eighteen years from them, in which the conquest of Jehoiakim preceded the destruction of Jerusalem, leaving fifty-two years. This is what our Rabbis learned (Yoma 54a): “For fifty-two years no one passed through Judea.” They are the fifty-two years from the day of the destruction until they returned in the days of Cyrus. Hence, we have seven shemittah cycles and three years.
and in sixty-two weeks it will return and be built: i.e., the city with its streets.
and moat: Heb. וְחָרוּץ. They are the moats that they make around the wall to strengthen the city, which are called fosse in French, ditch or moat.
but in troubled times: But in those times they will be troubled and distressed, for in the subjugation of the kings of Persia and the heathens, they will burden them with harsh bondage. Now although there are sixty-two weeks and four years more that remain from the eighth week, whose beginning, viz. the three years, was included in the fifty-two years of the duration of the exile, those four years were not counted here because here he counted only weeks, and you find that from the beginning he started to count seventy weeks, and at the end, when he delineated their times and their judgments, he counted only sixty-nine, proving that one week was divided, part of it here and part of it there; and he mentioned only whole weeks.
Here is the problem, according to God’s promise to King David (see 2 Samuel 7:16 and 2 Chronicles 6:42) the “Anointed One” would be on the throne of King David. Cyrus is a Persian King not of the line of King David. However, Cyrus is refereed to a few times in scripture Isaiah 44:28
…who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd
and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,”
and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”’
Also Isaiah 45:1
Thus says the LORD to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And to loose the loins of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
The question is is Cyrus the same “m·šî·ḥō” anointed one of Daniel 9?
Here is what I have found, Daniel 9 is speaking of a period of time leading to the destruction of the Temple that they have yet to rebuild. The accession of Cyrus the Great of Persia in 538 BCE made the re-establishment of the city of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple possible. Cyrus cannot be the Anointed One of Daniel 9 because Cyrus dies in 530BCE before the temple was even rebuilt. According to the Bible, when the Jewish exiles returned to Jerusalem following a decree from Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1:1-4, 2 Chron 36:22-23), construction started at the original site of Solomon’s Temple, which had remained a devastated heap during the approximately 70 years of captivity (Dan. 9:1-2). After a relatively brief halt due to opposition from peoples who had filled the vacuum during the Jewish captivity (Ezra 4), work resumed c. 521 BCE under the Persian King Darius (Ezra 5) and was completed during the sixth year of his reign (c. 518/517 BCE), with the temple dedication taking place the following year.
So whip out your calculators and lets do some math. According to Danial seventy sevens equals 490 so the Anointed One would be killed 490 years after the completion of the temple. But It also says there will be seventy-two sevens equals 504. Are these weeks, months, years, or generations. It is hard to say but we can absolutely see that Cyrus cannot be this Anointed One unless you are really bad at math…however, I am no mathematician and I don’t advise anyone to try and figure out God’s plan using a mathematical formula as Harold Camping did numerous times. We also need to look at what the Anointed One will do according to what has been revealed by all of the prophets, but that will be another post in the future.
The strongest evidence of who Daniel’s Anointed One is can be seen by what happened around the time (490 years later) predicted by Daniel. Jesus was born, lived, died and was resurrected right before the destruction predicted by Daniel. This evidence is far more valid than any evidence that Cyrus, a Non-Jewish King not of the line of David, was The Anointed One of Daniel 9. Furthermore, I would like to point out that the Biblical understanding of the time was that the Anointed One would be born and that even the Babylonian Magi’s understood this prophecy and went looking for the King of Kings. Herod understood it and tried to hinder it by killing all the baby boys.
I ended my response to the guy on YouTube by saying. If you reject Jesus you are also rejecting the Prophets and our father Abraham, but worse you are rejecting God.
Now I would like to hear your thoughts 😉