The Star of the Drama of Revelation

The Star of the Drama of Revelation (Study #2)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ…

This is how the book of Revelation begins. Telling us who the STAR of the drama of Revelation is.

Let me read the info. Included in the study guide. I’ve included a link to the PDF for you below, if you wish to follow along.

“Many are totally unaware that the “Star” of the drama of Revelation is Jesus. Revelation discloses some very extraordinary and exciting things about Him. In fact, the key purpose of the book is to help us see Jesus in a wonderful new light.”

“The name °Revelation’ means “revealing’ or “unveiling”, and the introductory words of the book make clear what is being revealed. The first five words are “THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST”. So it is Jesus and His magnificent, loving plans that are being unveiled or revealed in the book of Revelation.”

“When we keep this fantastic fact in mind and look for Jesus in our study of Revelation, we will find it one of the most heart-warming and stimulating experiences of life. Jesus is anxious and ready to shower upon us His exceptional love as we consider Revelation — His special book.”

“So, with a prayer in our hearts, let us notice some of the thrilling truths about Jesus as revealed in Revelation.”

*Please note that the name of the book is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” Revelation 1:1 and not “The Revelation of St John the Divine” as men have named it. The book was not written to reveal John, but rather. The Lord Jesus Christ.”

And, here’s our first question:
What do you think the answer to this question is? This book is revealing God to His people.

How does Revelation describe Jesus?

“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Revelation 1:13-16)

  • Rev 1:13 His garment down to the foot
  • Rev 1:13 He wore a golden girdle
  • Rev 1:14 Hair was white like wool, as white as snow
  • Rev 1:14 Eyes like a flame of fire
  • Rev 1:15 Feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace
  • Rev 1:15 His voice as the sound of many waters
  • Rev 1:16 Countenance bright as the sun shineth in his strength

NOTE: See Daniel 10:5-9 for another word picture of Jesus. Both John (Revelation 1:17) and Daniel fell to the ground faint and helpless when they saw Him.

“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.” (Daniel 10:5-9)

Of these verses, Uriah Smith, in his book, Daniel and the Revelation said:

“A most majestic being visited Daniel on this occasion. The description here given of him is almost parallel to the description of Christ in Rev 1:14-16. Also since the effect on Daniel was experienced was similar to that experienced by Paul and his companions when the Lord appeared to them on the road to Damascus (Act 9:1-7), we conclude that Christ Himself appeared to Daniel. We learn in verse 13 that Michael had come to assist Gabriel in influencing the Persian king. How natural then that He should show Himself to Daniel on this occasion.”

This is none other than our Wonderful, Merciful, Savior

What has Jesus done for us? (Revelation 1:5)

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” (Revelation 1:5)

The beauty of this verse is that it reveals God’s feelings for us, saying that he loved us.

F. B. Meyer’s commentary shares the following:

“How wonderful it is to be told in the next verse that He loves us, and has not only washed, but loosed us, as though He had broken the terrible entail. “He breaks the power of canceled sin…”

And Uriah Smith said:

“…no love is worthy of the name compared with the love of Christ for us. the following sentence adds intensity of meaning to the previous words: “And washed us from our sins in His own blood.” What love is this! “Greater love,” says the apostle, “hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. But Christ has commended His love for us in that He died for us “while we were yet sinners.” –Uriah Smith, Daniel and the Revelation

But, how is it that Jesus cleanses us with His blood? Let’s talk a bit about this.

Ellen White explains the process beautifully saying:

“As anciently the sins of the people were by faith placed upon the sin offering and through its blood transferred, in figure, to the earthly sanctuary, so in the new covenant the sins of the repentant are by faith placed upon Christ and transferred, in fact, to the heavenly sanctuary. And as the typical cleansing of the earthly was accomplished by the removal of the sins by which it had been polluted, so the actual cleansing of the heavenly is to be accomplished by the removal, or blotting out, of the sins which are there recorded. But before this can be accomplished, there must be an examination of the books of record to determine who, through repentance of sin and faith in Christ, are entitled to the benefits of His atonement. The cleansing of the sanctuary therefore involves a work of investigation–a work of judgment. This work must be performed prior to the coming of Christ to redeem His people; for when He comes, His reward is with Him to give to every man according to his works. Rev 22:12.” –Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy Pg. 421.3

“Thus those who followed in the light of the prophetic word saw that, instead of coming to the earth at the termination of the 2300 days in 1844, Christ then entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to perform the closing work of atonement preparatory to His coming.” –Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy Pg. 422.1

“It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed. When the high priest, by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, removed the sins from the sanctuary, he placed them upon the scapegoat. When Christ, by virtue of His own blood, removes the sins of His people from the heavenly sanctuary at the close of His ministration, He will place them upon Satan, who, in the execution of the judgment, must bear the final penalty. The scapegoat was sent away into a land not inhabited, never to come again into the congregation of Israel. So will Satan be forever banished from the presence of God and His people, and he will be blotted from existence in the final destruction of sin and sinners. –Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy Pg. 422.2

I’ve included these quotes to show you how prophecies are being deciphered under the scope of the cross by the prophet. She introduces Jesus as our sin offering and continues to explain the process of redemption. John the Baptist said that we ought to, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

And the Bible teaches us that by beholding Christ, we will become changed into His image. This is a Biblical principle found in 2 Cor. 3:18:

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

In the Old Testament days people had to go through the priest to approach God. This process was abolished after the death of Jesus at the cross. Mark 15:38 says that the curtain separating the most holy to the holy place was torn by an unseen hand, signifying God’s abolishment of the Jewish sacrificial system.

“And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.” (Mark 15:38)

Matthew Henry explained the renting of the veil saying:

“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain. This relation is ushered in with Behold; “Turn aside, and see this great sight, and be astonished at it.” Just as our Lord Jesus expired, at the time of the offering of the evening-sacrifice, and upon a solemn day, when the priests were officiating in the temple, and might themselves be eyewitnesses of it, the veil of the temple was rent by an invisible power; that veil which parted between the holy place and the most holy.”

Ellen White, in the Desire of Ages said:

All is terror and confusion. The priest is about to slay the victim; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes. Type has met antitype in the death of God’s Son. The great sacrifice has been made. The way into the holiest is laid open. A new and living way is prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Saviour was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens. It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers: There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, “Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.” “By His own blood” He entereth “in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Heb 10:7; Heb 9:12. {DA 757.1}

This event confirmed God’s covenant. On your Bibles, let’s take a look at what Daniel 9:27 says:

“And 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.” (Daniel 9:27)

“For seven years after the Saviour entered on His ministry, the gospel was to be preached especially to the Jews; for three and a half years by Christ Himself; and afterward by the apostles. “In the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” Dan 9:27. In the spring of A. D. 31, Christ the true sacrifice was offered on Calvary. Then the veil of the temple was rent in twain, showing that the sacredness and significance of the sacrificial service had departed. The time had come for the earthly sacrifice and oblation to cease. {DA 233.2}

In other words, at the moment of Jesus’ death, the sacrificial system was abolished. The services became a reality in Jesus Himself, he was the lamb slain. Now, He is officiating on our behalf in the heavenly sanctuary as our High Priest.

This is explained for us in Hebrews 9:7-9,

“But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;” (Hebrews 9:7-9)

There’s a lot more than we can discuss about this, and we will as we get deeper into our study. We’re just getting started, so I don’t want to overwhelm you. Let’s bring our attention back to Jesus.

What is that makes Him worthy of receiving the kingdom, according to the 24 elders?

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” (Rev 5:8-9)

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” (Rev 5:12)

According to the 24 elders, Jesus is worthy to redeem us because He was the Lamb that was slain. Jesus is the only One worthy to open the book!

NOTE: The title “Lamb”, referring to Jesus, is used 26 times in Revelation. Jesus is clearly the Lamb of God John 1:29. In Old Testament times, lambs were sacrificed when people sinned. These lambs typified Jesus, who took the people’s sins and died as their atonement. Jesus, the Lamb of God, died on Calvary in our place and for our sins. Through Jesus we are set free. No wonder the people of Revelation 5 cried out “worthy is the lamb that was slain”. Revelation 5:9.

Was Jesus’ sacrifice an afterthought, or was it planned before sin entered? Revelation 13:8; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:18-20.

According to the following verses, the plan of redemption came to be before the foundation of the world.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8)

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” (Ephesians 1:4)

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” (1 Peter 1:18-20)

It is of utmost interest that Revelation, in several other places, speaks of a book or books which greatly affect people on this earth. Note the following:

Revelation 3:5 and 17:8 speak of the book of life:

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

“The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Revelation 17:8)

Do you want to be clothed in white raiment and your name confessed before the Father? See to it, then, that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:27 calls it “the Lamb’s book of life.”

“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27)

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Revelation 20:12)

Notice that these books are all mentioned in connection with the judgment. Revelation 13:8 makes it clear that the saved will have their names written in the book of life, and according to Revelation 3:5, those who turn away from Christ will have their names removed from that book.

The sobering message of Revelation chapter 5 is that only Jesus can tell who is saved and who is lost He, and He only reads the heart and knows who are truly His. This is why it is so imperative to place our lives in His hands. He alone cleanses us from sin. (1 John 1:9). He alone is able to present us “faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy’. (Jude 24). Truly, there is “none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. (Acts 4:12). This is why John, in Revelation 5, was so tearful and hopeless till Jesus appeared. It also explains why the elders burst forth, rejoicing when Jesus intervened for the people from this earth, whom He loves.

Origin and Power of Jesus
Did Jesus have His beginning when He was born of Mary, or did He exist prior to His birth? Revelation 22:6-7.

Revelation 22:6-7 calls Jesus “the Lord God of the holy prophets.”

“And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:6-7)

And 1Peter 1:10-11 tells us that Jesus is the One who inspired the prophets of old. Take a look at what the prophets testified about.

“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” (1 Peter 1:10-11)

Remember what I was telling you on the first study? Everything written in the Scriptures is concerning Jesus.

You also have other Bible passages explaining clearly that Jesus existed before manifesting Himself as a man born of a woman.

Let’s read the following passages of Scripture:
(John 17:5, 24; John 1:1-3, 14 and Philippians 2:5-11.)

“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5)

“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

“And the Word was made 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.” (John 1:14)

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)

God was from the beginning. He humbled Himself and became a man to save us from the power of the grave.

When we study the divine character in the light of the cross we see mercy, tenderness, and forgiveness blended with equity and justice. We see in the midst of the throne One bearing in hands and feet and side the marks of the suffering endured to reconcile man to God. We see a Father, infinite, dwelling in light unapproachable, yet receiving us to Himself through the merits of His Son. The cloud of vengeance that threatened only misery and despair, in the light reflected from the cross reveals the writing of God: Live, sinner, live! ye penitent, believing souls, live! I have paid a ransom.
–Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles pg. 333.2

Who especially is mentioned as involved in the creation of the world and the creation of man?

The word “beginning” in Rev. 3:14 is used in the sense of origin.

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” (Revelation 3:14)

Beck’s translation says “the origin of God’s creation” and the Jerusalem Bible says, “the ultimate source of God’s creation”.

This is why John said:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

Notice what verse 14 says:

“And the Word was made 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.” (John 1:14)

Here are other Scripture passages showing Jesus is the Creator

“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” (Ephesians 3:9)

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:13-17)

If Jesus is the Creator, is Jesus God?

NOTE: In Revelation Jesus is called the word of God. As we read in John 1:1 and 14, it is clear that the “Word” is Jesus and that He is, indeed, God.

1 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 1:8 clearly point out that Jesus is God.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8)

As you continue reading verses 9 and 10 you can clearly see that He is the Creator who laid the foundations of the earth and formed the heavens.

“Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:” (Hebrews 1:9-10)

Now I want to bring your attention back to the beginning of this presentation, where we discussed Jesus’ appearance. With that in mind, let’s read Revelation 19:13-16.

“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:13-16)

An Amazing Time Prophecy

Over 500 years before Jesus’ birth, God foretold the exact year He would come. This prophecy proves Jesus is the Messiah.

How much time is allotted to the Jewish nation in Daniel 9:24?

“Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” (Daniel 9:24)

Of the seventy weeks, Ellen White says:

The seventy weeks, or 490 years, were to pertain especially to the Jews. At the expiration of this period the nation sealed its rejection of Christ by the persecution of His disciples, and the apostles turned to the Gentiles, A.D. 34. The first 490 years of the 2300 having then ended, 1810 years would remain. From A.D. 34, 1810 years extend to 1844. “Then,” said the angel, “shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” All the preceding specifications of the prophecy had been unquestionably fulfilled at the time appointed.
–Ellen White, The Great Controversy pg. 410.1

NOTE: This prophecy told the Jewish nation that God was giving them 490 years of privileged time.

Using the Bible’s prophetic rule of “one day equals one year”, Ezekiel 4:6, how long is this 70 week period?

NOTE: 70 weeks times 7 (the number of days in a week) equals 490 days. Since one prophetic day equals one literal year, then 490 prophetic days equal 490 literal years.

When was this 70 week (490 year) period to begin? Daniel 9:25 (first part).

“Know 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.” (Daniel 9:25)

Ellen White explains it like this:

“A day in prophecy stands for a year. See Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6. The seventy weeks, or four hundred and ninety days, represent four hundred and ninety years. A starting point for this period is given: “Know 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,” sixty-nine weeks, or four hundred and eighty-three years. Daniel 9:25. The commandment to restore and build Jerusalem, as completed by the decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus (see Ezra 6:14; 7:1, 9, margin), went into effect in the autumn of B. C. 457. From this time four hundred and eighty-three years extend to the autumn of A. D. 27. According to the prophecy, this period was to reach to the Messiah, the Anointed One. In A. D. 27, Jesus at His baptism received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and soon afterward began His ministry. Then the message was proclaimed. “The time is fulfilled.”
–Ellen White, Desire of Ages pg. 233.1

NOTE: God’s people were in captivity in Persia. The Lord impressed the Persian King, Artaxerxes, to make a decree which permitted all Jews to return to Jerusalem and begin to restore and rebuild the city. The decree is found in the book of Ezra.

Ezra 7:7, 12, 13

“And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.” (Ezra 7:7)

“Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time. I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and of his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee.” (Ezra 7:12-13)

This decree was issued in 457 B.C., during the 7th year of his reign, while rigorous religious reformations were being instituted by Ezra and Nehemiah.

NOTE: Ezra 7:7, 12, 13 points out that the decree was issued in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes History shows that the king began to reign in 464 B.C. His 7th year would thus be 457 B.C. The decree was implemented in the fall of the year, sometime after Ezra’s arrival in

According to Daniel 9:25, how long was it to be from the decree of Artaxerxes till the Messiah appeared?

NOTE: 69 weeks times 7 (the number of days in a week) equals 483 prophetic days, which in Bible prophecy are 483 years. Mathematical calculations show that if we begin in 457 B.C. and move 483 years into the future, we will reach the year 27 A.D.

Did the Messiah appear in 27 A.D. exactly 483 years after the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 B.C.?

Luke 3:1, 21, 22; Acts 10:38 and John 1:41 (see margin).

“Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,” (Luke 3:1)

“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,” (Luke 3:21-23)

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

“He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” (John 1:41)

NOTE: “Messiah” is the Hebrew word for “Anointed”. “Christ” is the Greek word for the same. Though Jesus was born the Son of God, He was not the “Messiah” or the “Anointed” until He was anointed. Acts 10:38 says he was anointed by the Holy Ghost. Luke 3:21, 22 says that the anointing of the Holy Ghost, which made Him the Messiah, took place at His baptism. And Luke 3:1 points out that His baptism took place in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar. History shows that the 15th year of Tiberius was 27 AD., the very same year Jesus was baptized, as prophecy had predicted.

Jesus’ anointing as the Messiah marked the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel 9.

When Jesus began preaching, after His baptism and anointing by the Holy Spirit, what did He say which indicated He knew about Daniel’s prediction that He would be anointed and would become the Messiah in 27 A.D.? Mark 1:14-15.

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)

NOTE: How utterly fantastic! There is no room for a mistake here. The Messiah appeared right on time, as predicted hundreds of years before by Daniel. He is, indeed, the Messiah, the Son of God. This gives us an unshakable foundation on which to stand.

Jesus’ Crucifixion Foretold

We have now considered 483 of the 400 years, a privileged time for the Jewish nation. One final week of the 70 original remains, (one week or 7 prophetic days – 7 literal years).

What was to happen in the middle of that last week or seven years? Daniel 9:26-27.

“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. And 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.” (Daniel 9:26-27)


The Scripture passage says Jesus was to be “cut off’ in the middle of that last week. One-half of 7 years is 3 1/2 years. Add 3 ½ years to the fall of 27 AD., and you reach the spring of 31 AD. In direct fulfillment of this prophecy, Jesus was, indeed, “cut off’ or crucified in the spring of 31 AD. Jesus caused “the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” because He, as the lamb of God, replaced the symbolic sacrificial lambs when He became the supreme sacrifice for us upon the cross.

How Much privileged time did the Jewish nation have left after 31 A.D., and when did it end?

NOTE: The first 3½ years of this 7-year period led us to the spring of 31 A.D, when Jesus was crucified. Adding the 3½ years remaining to 31 A.D. brings us to the fall of 34 A.D. At that time this special period given to the Jewish people closed and the gospel was now to be given to the Gentiles also.

How may both Jews and Gentiles, today, become part of God’s chosen people and thus be saved?

(Read Galatians 3:29; Romans 2:28-29; Romans 9:6-8)

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29)

“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28-29)

“Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” (Romans 9:6-8)

NOTE: Persons of all races may become part of God’s chosen people by accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Notice that Daniel 9:26 says Jesus was cut off, but NOT FOR HIMSELF. Jesus died for YOU and ME, that we might have eternal life. Jesus knocks at the door of each heart. (Revelation 3:20)

In the light of Jesus’ matchless love are you willing to serve and follow Him?

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