The True Timeframe of Messiah's Ministry on Earth
The 70 Weeks of Daniel in Fulfillment
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Since many have attempted to undertake the task of setting in order the four gospel accounts of the ministry of Messiah Yahusha' on the earth, taking into consideration the eyewitness accounts of those who were with him from the beginning, it seemed good to me as well, having come into additional information and insight, to write up for you an orderly account of the days of the ministry of Yahusha Messiah.
Harmonies of the gospels have been previously published. Most such works of laying out a timeline of the life of Messiah have done so under the assumption that his ministry on earth, from his baptism to his ascension into heaven, spanned a three and one half year period of time. That timeframe is probably based upon a misunderstanding of Daniel 9:27:
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.
This prophesy is most likely thought to refer to the covenant Messiah makes with his people. So, it is thought that in the middle of the 'seven', or 'seven years', that is, after three and one half years of "establishing the covenant", he was to be cut off. For this reason, Messiah's ministry is thought to be this three and one half years, ending in his death.
But the internal evidence of the four gospel accounts does not naturally lead us to find three and one half years of activity. Matthew, Mark and Luke have no method in their histories of reckoning the passing of time. But the Fourth Gospel does mark out a series of recognizable events through which we can chart a timeline.
So let's examine the evidence in scripture, beginning with the internal evidence of the 4th Gospel, moving on to Daniel's timeline prophesy, and then filling in the details with the facts drawn from all four gospel accounts with a little help from other historical records.
The problem with previous attempts to outline a timeframe of Messiah's ministry is twofold. First, an assumption was made, not by the internal evidence of the gospels, but by a misunderstood prophesy in Daniel, that Messiah's ministry was to be three and one half years in duration. Second, none of the chronologists bothered to think hebraically, that is to say, they didn't have an understanding of basic Jewish lifestyle and thinking of the first century of the common era.
It is most certain that Messiah Yahusha was a Torah observant Jew. This point is beyond dispute. And as a Torah observant Jew, Yahusha would have gone up to Yerushalayim for the three annual festivals. The Torah requires that all men take the three annual pilgrimages to Yerushalayim to appear before Yahuwah and to bring the tithe of their fields:
Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in that month you came out of Mitzrayim. No one is to appear before me empty-handed. Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field. Three times a year all the men are to appear before Adonai Yahuwah. (Shemot [Exodus] 23:15-17)
These three feasts, more commonly known in the Christian world as Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles, were cornerstone events in the life of Israel. Every Jew and every Israeli attended these feasts in Yerushalayim or else they were supposed to be cut off from the community of Israel.
The calendar of the Torah observant Jew was based upon the Instructions of Scripture
This article about the 70 weeks of Messiah's ministry was written by me, the Web Servant. But the inspiration, understanding and all the original research and insight regarding the 70 weeks of ministry was done by Michael Rood. Michael's 30 years of research and study of the ancient Scriptural calendar and the appointed days of Yahuwah have resulting in his rediscovery that Messiah did not minister on earth for three and one-half years, as it has been taught to us for centuries, but in fact covered only 70 literal weeks of time.
Written by David M Rogers
Published: January 2010