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Written by: Computers for Christ    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN


Recently, We have been confronted with numerous books and scholarly text that attempt  to "PUT DOWN" the  prophesies of  Daniel  and  even  claim  to  have "proofs"  that  DANIEL  was  not  the author  of  the  prophesies.  WE  MUST AGREE WITH THAT CONTENTION; However, I agree  only  on  the  basis  that  the AUTHOR  was  GOD and  DANIEL  was  the scribe  for  the  LORD.  The  other "proofs" would not hold up to scrutiny and  WE  welcome the  presentation  by ANYONE that has any such proof.

Otherwise, we believe that NOT ONE ERROR exist in the bible in relation to ANY aspect - Scientific, Geographical,  Historical or Religion.

In EACH AND EVERY case where a  person has presented me with "proof of error" we have shown where no error existed - only mis-conceptions.

As  to Daniel,  IF GOD IS TRUTH and IF DANIEL WAS A PROPHET of GOD,  then the prophesies MUST BE TRUE AND EXACT.  To miss a prophesy by even a small factor would  effectively distroy  the  basis for  believeing  a  person  to  be  a prophet.  Daniel  met  the test  of  a Prophet of God. A Little History and a Little  simple  math  will  show  the accuracy of Daniel. It would seem that the  majority  of dispute is  centered around  the  last  week  of  Daniel's famous  70  week  prophesy.  If  the prophesy  about  WHAT IS  TO  COME  is questioned,  then it would follow that its  accuracy  must be judged  on  the accuracy of WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED.

Daniel    states  that  SEVEN    and THREESCORE  and  TWO WEEKS after  "THE ORDER"  to  restore  Jerusalem,  the MESSIAH  would  enter  its  gates!  To phrase it in today's English language,

"The MESSIAH will come through the gates of JERUSALEM sixty nine weeks after the command to rebuild Jerusalem.  Mind  you, this is SIX HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE JESUS! The fact that Daniel gives a firm date for the prophesy to be fulfilled is really "laying it on the line" in that if the prophesy is NOT fulfilled EXACTLY as prophesied then Daniel was a Fakir and not of God. HOWEVER; if Daniel's prophesy is correct then it would flow logically that Daniel's prophesies of events still to come will be AS ACCURATE and from God. Let us look CLOSELY at the "69 WEEKS (7 and threescore and two = 7 + 60 + 2 = 69).

The Jewish calendar consist of years made  up of 360 days and not 365 as we have at present. Daniel's weeks represented seven week periods and we KNOW that years were meant because History  records that it took EXACTLY 49 years (completion 396 B.C.) which corresponds with Daniel's "seven weeks". The impossibility of building a great city in just 7 weeks time is also a factor in KNOWING that the weeks mean seven year periods. The 360 day years is also found in Revelation (11:3) where the 3 1/2 year tribulation is given as 1,260 days or 3.5 times 360 days per year. Now we can look at the mathmatics of the prophesy.

Sixty-Nine  sets of seven year periods come  out to 483 years (Keep  the  360 day  year in mind).  History tells  us that  the  order to rebuild  Jerusalem was issued in 445 B.C.  Now let's take it  carefully  to see  if  Daniel  was correct.

1. Daniel prophesied that the Messiah would arrive in Jerusalem in 173,880      Days after the order to rebuild was issued. This is shown thus:     69 "weeks" = 483 years (69 times 7) 483  years times 360 days     (The Jewish years of that time) = 173,880 days.

2. The ACTUAL DATE of the decree was MARCH 14, 445 B.C. We know this from     Neh 2:1-6 that the decree was issued "in the Month of Nisan, in the 20th      year" of Artaxerxes' reign. History records Artaxerxes' reign as being from     465 - 425  B.C. History also records that "The 1st of Nisan is a new year      for the computation of the reign of Kings and for festivals" so we know that     the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, which would have been a Major decree was     issued on the First of Nisan which in 445  B.C. fell on March 14. 3. History and Church documents show that Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on      April 6, 32 A.D. (Zech  9:9). Other facts prove this to be the date and I     will gladly provide the facts if requested.

If Daniel was correct then 173,880 days would have to pass from March 14,445 B.C. to April 6, 32 A.D. Now we do our math.

1. From March 14,445 B.C. to April 6,32 A.D. would seem to be 477 years and     24 days; However, we must deduct One Year as there is only one year between     1 B.C.  and 1 A.D. This means that we have 476 Years and 24 days. We now     take 476 times 365 (our Julian Calendar) and we come up with 173,740 days     and add the 24 days and we have 173,764. 2. Our Julian calendar has numerous peculiarities such as LEAP YEAR. We find     that there were 119 LEAP YEARS (476  divided by 4 = 119) and thus must add     119: 173,764 + 119 = 173,883 days 3. This would seem to be THREE Days TOO MANY. Other people have calculated to     this point and not progressed beyond it and claim that it "is close enough     to prove Christ was the Messiah and that Daniel was a prophet." They fail;      However, in considering a little known fact of our Julian Calendar. Our     years are actually 1/128th of a day TOO LONG and every 128 YEARS we must     skip LEAP YEAR every 128 years!!! Therefore, we find that this skipping      occured three times (483 divided by 128 = 3+). NOW WE SUBTRACT THREE DAYS:     173,883 - 3 = 173,880 DAYS!!!


Now,  we  can see that  Daniel was a true prophet of God. We also see that  he  was  TOTALLY  correct  and accurate to the degree on would demand from a prophet of God.  It would  also hold  that (1) If Daniel were  correct in  prophesies that were fulfilled  in our  history but in his  future,  then (2)  the prophesies of our future will stand to be as accurate!

This study is not intended to prove theory or this writer's mathmatical abilities. It is intended to show that the Book of Daniel, written  SIX CENTURIES before Christ, was inspired and given to man by GOD.

Persons who wish to debate whether Daniel actually was the author miss the point of scripture - the MESSAGE FROM GOD TO HIS CREATIONS. 

We believe Daniel wrote the book.  The only proof I need of that is that all indications are that Daniel wrote it, and We feel that its authorship was of  GOD. It really is not material as to who actualy took pen in hand and scribed the characters. The importance of the Bible and all of its books is that IT IS THE WORD OF GOD. 

I pray that this study will help re-direct its readers to this ONE TRUTH and bring those who wish to argue "against the wind" that they are wasting time they could be using for HIS Glory. This study is dedicated to our Lord, Jesus Christ.         COMPUTERS FOR CHRIST         5340 THORNWOOD DRIVE           SAN JOSE,CA  95123             (408) 578-3162

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