Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday June 14, 2015

2PE 1:20-21, But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was given  "in the first day of the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of  King Artaxerxes' s reign or by our Calendar March 14, 445 BC.

DAN 9:25, " until Messiah the Prince {there will be} seven weeks [or 7 sevens which is 49 years] and sixty‑two weeks [or 62 x7 which is 434 years, totaling 483 years or 173,880 days];

In 173,880 days after the prophecy was given that TLJC fulfilled it on the exact day, 173,880 days later to the letter.

DAN 9:26 "Then after the sixty‑two weeks [or the 483 years] the Messiah will be cut off [or killed,  namely nailed to the cross] and have nothing [or literally be treated unjustly],

The people of the prince [anti-Christ] who is to come will destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [Holy Temple]. And its end {will come} with a flood [Tribulation Period]; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

In March 14, 445 B.C, a prophecy was given by God that in 173,880 days from the day it was given that TLJC would present Himself to Israel as their Messiah on the exact day predicted.

This vision of the seventy weeks of years foretold to the precise day when Israel would reject and "cut off" their Messiah [that's the first advent] and then the prophecy looks forward to His Second Coming to set up His everlasting kingdom.

From the time of the decree to rebuild the city Jerusalem until the Messiah comes to Jerusalem will be 69 weeks or (483 years), or 173,880 days.

483 years from this prophecy and exactly 173,880 days later on the tenth day of Nisan [April 6, A.D. 32]  Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem and presented Himself as "the Messiah.

This took place exactly 69 weeks or (483 years), or 173,880 days from the time of the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem.

LUK 19:42, saying, "If you had known in this day [Daniel] in chapter  even you [should have known] , the things which make for peace!
But now they have been hidden from your eyes.

This happened in 70 A.D. when Titus came down from Rome and destroyed the entire city of Jerusalem.

The time of your visitation was given in the prophecy found in Daniel, and they did not know it because they did not listen to the prophets and learn from them, especially Daniel and Jeremiah.

Our Lord emphasized the fact that this day, the tenth day of Nisan, April 6, A.D. 32, [in the year of our Lord] was an incredibly important day for Israel.

This is was what verse 44 calls the "time of your visitation.

It was their decision day, in which they had to decide whether or not to accept Jesus as their prophesied Messiah-King or not.

The reaction of the Nation as a whole and the religious and political leaders did not know their time of visitation and therefore rejected their Messiah.

Five days later this rejection concluded in the crucifixion of Jesus and their promised kingdom has now been postponed for almost two thousand years.

DAN 9:26, "Then after the sixty‑two weeks [483 years] the Messiah will be cut off -The Hebrew word karath = killed or destroyed]
This prophecy was fulfilled to the exact day.

How could we possibly doubt that the remaining "week" of seven years, which is called the seventieth "week" of years which is the Tribulation  period,  will be fulfilled just as precisely as this prophecy?

ROM 3:3, What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?

REV 1:17-18, The apostle John said And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,

REV 1:18, He said, I am the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
One of the strongest evidences of the divine inspiration of Scripture and who our God is - is the phenomenon of fulfilled prophecy.

DEU 18:22, "When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

"And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! - They have been hidden from your eyes because you did not recognize the time of your visitation’"

How was Israel to have known the time of their visitation? From a literal understanding of Daniel’s prophecy.

This prophecy, along with Christ’s fulfillment of every other first coming Messianic prophecy proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah.

Psalm 119 - The Greatness and Glory of the Word of God.

Many commentators say it is a Psalm of David, composed throughout his entire life.

My personal opinion is that Psa 119 and Phi 2 are the greatest passages in the entire Bible.

PSA 138:2, I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, And give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; For Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.

MAT 24:35, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.

The sections and verses are like a chain, where one link is connected to the other, or like a string of pearls were each pearl has equal, but independent value.

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each.

In Psa 119 above the first eight verses you have the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew.

Above the next eight verses, 9-16,  you have the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet Beth.

The next letter should be Gimel, verses 17-24, the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet  with eight verses mentioned.
Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter.
"You think you have problems" passage.

Nebuchadnezzar was king of one of the greatest  armies of his day.

When an army conquered a city they received their pay by how much they took from the city which called the booty or the valuables of the city.

He moved his army to Ramah i.e., North of Jerusalem and sent his generals to take the city and they did.

When it was all over many of the Jews were taken into slavery or slain.

DEU 6:5-9, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."

When the city was completely destroyed,  Nebuchadnezzar's army lined up children and teens and marched them from Jerusalem to Ramah.

MAT 2:16-18, Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and murdered all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its surroundings from two years old and under. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning,   Rachel [a title for Jewish mothers] weeping for her children; And she refused to be comforted,   Because they were no more."

2TI 2:13  If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.
Lamentation = a crying out of grief,  regrets,  crying,  from those who had neglected and rejected the provision for the catastrophe, which was the Word of God.
Rachel refers to the mothers of the children of Israel weeping for her children who were being massacred.
she (Rachael - a title for the mothers in Jerusalem,  refused to be comforted for her children because they were not or the , little children were being destroyed.

The point being that God has a plan to take care of one of the worst disasters that ever existed.

God's plan does not include an emotional breakdown,  so He calls for their attention.

"Your work" refers to believers who were into doctrine but also caught up in the disaster, (which many had been).
Even though they have gone through literal hell they are still alive which means God still has a plan for their lives.

"Your work" - means that they were alive and in shock - this by the way was a part of the prophecy.
Ezra (maybe in his early teens) - had seen all this suffering and Psa 119 is his story i.e., he seen all these disasters and came through and survived by way of the word of God.

Jeremiah actually taught Ezra this, who was a young boy in chains marching out of the city.
Ezra no matter what you go through, there is hope!

Every single one of us at some time will only have God's "word" as our only hope.

Here is Jeremiah, the prophet, who had not been taken captive because God had protected him because he had PVTD and he is saying to Ezra as he walks by remember, you are still alive and that is grace.
Ezra is going to  be under some intense treatment from his captives but the Lord will always be ready with compassion for him --as well as He is for us!

PSA 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

PSA 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, That Thy word has revived me.

The principle is that what is inside your soul reveals whether the Lord is your portion or not.

Or are you just playing a religious game trying to come up with reasons as to why you are not faithful to any local assembly, whether it is face to face or non face to face, it doesn't make a difference.
"hope" yachal = which means to have faith rest under pressure.

The word for wait is interesting it is the Hebrew word qavah which means to have little strands of faith woven together as you are waiting upon the Lord.
to the person or the soul that seeks Him, notice it is the  - soul not the emotion or body but the soul.

"seeketh" is the verb darash which means to continue under pressure; to overcome obstacles.

There are 176 verses in Psa 119 and 176 times doctrine is mentioned in some way.

The Hebrew word silently is duwmawn which means to be silent, no murmuring or complaining, as PHI 2:14 says,  and it can only be done through doctrine.
"yoke" means a burden, or oppression, or time of suffering as GAL 6:5 says.

The word "youth" is neurah which means in times of freshness, vigor or energy i.e., makes bearing of burdens easy to bear.

The whole subject of Psa 119 is God is righteous and because of this God is perfect, His plan is perfect and His solutions are perfect.

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