April 09, 2017

Palm Sunday Prophecies Fulfilled by Messiah, and Robert Anderson's Discovery

Palm Sunday outlines how the Messiah arrived as king humbly, riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, and fulfilling prophecies written hundreds of years before his birth:

"Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

"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. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself" (Daniel 9:24-26).
If you aren't familiar with Scotland Yard's Sir Robert Anderson's description of the Daniel prophecy, linked here, it is very interesting! Through meticulous research, he determined that the precise historical day that Messiah entered Jerusalem was the the same day predicted in Daniel 9:24-26.

Anderson's book on this subject, The Coming Prince, is linked here.

One of the incredible paradoxes of Messiah's triumphal entry into Jerusalem is that he was the epitome of authority and power, and yet he was also the perfect image of humility, riding into Jerusalem as king on a lowly donkey. We can take away from this our position as being spiritually aligned with Messiah's authority and power as God's children, but at the same time embracing the fact that we do not need any worldly position or worldly honor in order for our lives to be validated. Our lives are validated spiritually, even as Christ's life was and is validated spiritually.

Why was Messiah's entry considered triumphant?

Riding a colt of a donkey is not exactly the type of motorcade one would expect of a great leader, so why was this considered triumphant? It is precisely because Y'shua was fulfilling prophecy when he rode into Jerusalem that his entry was considered as triumphant, as specifically laid out in Zechariah 9:9. He used to tell His disciples to be secretive about his identity until the time was right (Matthew 12:16, 16:20), but as the people praise him and glorify him here, he does not oppose it. And laying down cloaks was a traditional act of homage for royalty (2 Kings 9:13). Y'shua was plainly entering the city as their King and the Messiah that they had been waiting for.
Tags: Palm Sunday Prophecies, Scotland Yard, Sir Robert Anderson Daniel prophecy, coming of Messiah, day of Messiah, triumphant entry into Jerusalem, calculation of Messiah arrival

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