31 Reasons Why Jesus Christ Came to Earth
What is the meaning of Christmas?If you base your answer on Christmas movies and pop culture, you may think it is spending time with family and giving to others.Scripture has a different answer–Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ.And we celebrate His birth because of what He came to do.
In Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation, authors Joel Beeke and William Boekestein share 31 reasons why Jesus Christ came to earth:
1. To Do the Will of the Father
The reason for this is because I have come down from heaven to do the will of my creator, rather than my own. 6:38 (John 6:38) ″Therefore, I said to the Lord: ‘Behold, I have come to perform your will, O God, as it is written about me in the scroll of your book.’″ 10:7 (Hebrews 10:7)
2. To Save Sinners
″That Christ Jesus came into the world to redeem sinners, among whom I am foremost, is a saying that is trustworthy and deserving of complete acceptance.″ 1 Timothy 1:15″because if that were the case, he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the beginning of time.″ However, as things stand, he has appeared once and for all at the end of the centuries to atone for sin by offering himself as a sacrifice.″ 9:26 (Hebrews 9:26)
3. To Bring Light to a Dark World
In order for those who believe in me to not be left in the dark, I have come into the world as light. 12:46 (John 12:46) ″Had I not arrived and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin; yet, they now have no justification for their transgression.″ 15:22 (John 15:22)
4. To Be Made Like His People
Since the children partake in flesh and blood, he himself shared in the same things in order to defeat the one who has the power of death, namely, the devil, and to free all those who were subject to lifelong servitude because of their fear of death,″ the apostle Paul explains further.Because, without a doubt, it is not angels that he aids, but rather the descendants of Abraham.As a result, he needed to be treated the same as his brothers in every way, in order to serve as a compassionate and trustworthy high priest in the service of God, and to atone for the sins of the people.″ Hebrews 2:14-17 (Hebrews 2:14-17)
5. To Bear Witness to the Truth
″Then Pilate asked him, ″So you’re a king?″ Pilate responded. ″You say that I am a king,″ Jesus said. ″You are correct. This is the reason I was born, and this is the reason I have come into the world: to give testimony to the reality of the situation. ″Everyone who believes in the truth pays attention to my voice.″ ” 18:37 (John 18:37)
6. To Destroy the Devil and His Works
″Since, then, the children partake in flesh and blood, he himself shared in the same things, in order that, by death, he may defeat the one who has the power of death, i.e., the devil…″ Hebrews 2:14 (Hebrews 2:14) Anyone who commits sin regularly belongs to the devil, for Satan has been committing sin from the beginning of time.A major motive for the Son of God’s appearance was to demolish Satan’s handiwork.″ 1 John 3:8 (New International Version)
7. To Give Eternal Life
″I am the living food that has come down from heaven,″ says the prophet. If somebody consumes this loaf of bread, he will live indefinitely. ″And my flesh will be the bread that I will provide for the life of the world.″ 6:51 (John 6:51)
8. To Receive Worship
When Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Herod the Great, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, asking, ″Where has he been born king of the Jews?″ (Matthew 2:15).Because we saw his star as it rose in the sky and have come to adore him.″ In the midst of their adoration, they discovered the infant with Mary his mother, and they dropped on their knees and worshipped him.Then, when they opened their riches, they presented him with presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.″ Matthew 2:1-2, Matthew 2:11
9. To Bring Great Joy
‘Fear not, for I bring you excellent news of great pleasure that will be shared by all the people,’ the angel assured them. Luke 2:10 (KJV)
10. To Demonstrate True Humility
″Inspire one another to have the same mentality that is in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but humbled himself by being obedient to the point of being born in the image of men.″ Moreover, having been discovered in human form, he humbled himself by becoming submissive to the point of death, even death on a cross.Philippians 2:5-8 (New International Version)
11. To Preach the Gospel
In fact, the Lord’s Spirit is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the needy.He has sent me to proclaim release to the prisoners and sight restoration to the blind, to set at loose those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor on the earth…″However, I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities as well, for I was sent for this purpose,″ he told them.A similar passage in Isaiah 61:1-2 may be found in Luke 4:18-19 and 42.
12. To Bring Judgment
According to Jesus, ″I came into this world for judgment, so those who do not see may see, and those who do not see may become blind.″ When some of the Pharisees in his immediate vicinity heard what was going on, they asked him, ″Are we also blind?″ ″If you had been blind, you would have had no guilt; but now that you have declared, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.″ Jesus explained to them.John 9:39-41 (KJV)
13. To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
In fact, even the Son of Man did not come in order to be served, but in order to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.″ Mark 10:45 a.m.The apostle Paul writes, ″We are looking forward to the wonderful hope, the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for us to rescue us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people passionate for good deeds.″ 2 Timothy 2:13-14
14. To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
In truth, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota or a dot will be removed from the Law until everything has been done.″ 5:17 (Matthew 5:17)
15. To Reveal God’s Love for Sinners
The Bible says, ″″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whomever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.″″ John 3:16 is a biblical passage that teaches that God is love.
16. To Call Sinners to Repentance
After hearing this, Jesus responded to them, ″Those who are healthy do not require the services of a physician, but those who are sick do.″ ″I come not to summon the virtuous, but sinners,″ says the prophet. Mark 2:17 is a passage from the Bible that explains how to be a Christian.
17. To Die
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also.If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
“Now is my soul troubled.And what shall I say?‘Father, save me from this hour’?But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” John 12:24-27
18. To Seek and Save the Lost
″And when Jesus arrived at the location, he raised his eyes to him and said, ″Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, because I must remain at your house today.″ In response, Jesus responded to him, ″Today salvation has arrived at your house, since you are both descendants of Abraham. ″For the Son of Man has come to seek and to rescue the lost,″ says the Bible. 5:9-10; Luke 19:5-10;
19. To Serve
In fact, even the Son of Man did not come in order to be served, but in order to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.″ Mark 10:45 a.m.
20. To Bring Peace
‘For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, in order that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, thereby making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting an end to hostility.″ And he came and preached peace to you who were far away, as well as peace to you who were close by.″ Because it is through him that we both have access to the Father in one Spirit.″ Ephesians 2:14-18 (New International Version)
21. To Bring a Sword
‘For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, in order that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, thereby making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting an end to hostility.His arrival brought peace to you who were far away, as well as peace to you who were close at hand.Because it is through him that we both have access to the Father in the same Spirit,″ says Paul.Ephesians 2:14-18 is a passage of scripture.
22. To Bind Up Broken Hearts
″For the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are imprisoned; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those mourning in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, an oil of gladness instead of Isaiah 61:1-3 is a passage from the Old Testament.
23. To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
In the meantime, I will pray to the Father, and he will grant you another Helper who will be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees nor knows him.″ You are familiar with him since he lives with you and will be in you.″ 14:16-17 (John 14:16-17) The Spirit of God’s Son has been sent into our hearts, calling out, ″Abba!Father!″ because you are sons of God.Galatians 4:6 (Galatians 4:6 [Galatians 4:6])
24. To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
For it is through these promises that God has delivered to us his valuable and extremely significant promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that exists in the world as a result of sinful desire.″ 2 Peter 1:4 (New International Version)
25. To Reign as King
″For to us a child is born, and to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon him shoulder, and his name shall be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace; and the government shall be upon his shoulder.″ Neither the expansion of his administration nor the peace that will come from him will come to an end while seated on the throne of David and ruling over his kingdom, to establish and maintain it with justice and righteousness from this time forward and forevermore.This will be accomplished by the zeal of the Lord of hosts.″ Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)
26. To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; as a result, the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God,’ the angel said. 1:35 (Luke 1:35)
27. To Be a Merciful and Faithful High Priest
″As a result, he needed to be treated the same as his brothers in every way, so that he might serve God as a compassionate and trustworthy high priest in the service of the people, making atonement for their sins.″ Due to the fact that he himself has suffered while under temptation, he is able to assist people who are under temptation.″ 2:17-18 (Hebrews 2:17-18)
28. To Be the Second and Greater Adam
″As a result, he needed to be treated the same as his brothers in every way, in order to serve God as a loving and trustworthy high priest in the service of the people, making atonement for their sins.″ Due to the fact that he himself has suffered while under temptation, he is qualified to assist people who are under temptation.″ 1 Thessalonians 2:17–18
29. To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
Then Jesus told her, ″Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again.″ It is my intention that the water I give him will become in him a spring of water that will gush up into eternal life.″ ” John 4:13-14 (KJV)
30. To Be Loved by God’s Children
In response, Jesus stated, ″If God were your Father, you would love me because I am from God and I am here.″ ″I did not come on my own initiative; rather, he dispatched me.″ 8:42 (John 8:42)
31. To Reveal God’s Glory
We have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth, as he came to be among us.″And the Word became flesh and lived among us.″ John 1:14—This passage has been reproduced with permission from Reformation Heritage Books.You can read my brief review of Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation here, or you may purchase the book directly from the publisher.This post is also available in Spanish.
How Long Did Jesus Live on Earth? And What Did He Do?
The Bible, of course, is the primary source for information on Jesus Christ’s earthly existence.It can be difficult to piece together a timeline of Jesus’ life because of the narrative structure of the Bible and because there are many narratives of his life recorded in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), as well as the Acts of the Apostles and some of the epistles.What were the most significant events in Jesus’ time on earth, and how long did He spend on the planet?
What Does the Baltimore Catechism Say?
Answer to Question 76 of the Baltimore Catechism, which is contained in Lessons Sixth and Seventh of the First Communion Edition and Lesson Sixth and Seventh of the Confirmation Edition, is framed in the following way: The question is, how long did Christ spend on the earth?Answer: Christ was on earth for around thirty-three years, during which time he lived a holy life in poverty and suffering.
The Key Events of Jesus’ Life on Earth
Many of the most important events in Jesus’ earthly life are honored on a yearly basis in the Church’s liturgical calendar.With respect to those events, the events are listed in the following list in the order in which we come to them in the calendar, rather than necessarily in the order in which they occurred in Christ’s life.The comments that appear next to each occurrence help to understand the sequence of events.While Jesus’ life on earth started not with His birth, it was with the Blessed Virgin Mary’s fiat—her answer to the Angel Gabriel’s proclamation that she had been selected to be the Mother of God—that His life on earth really began.
The Holy Spirit was there at that moment, and Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb.John the Baptist’s Birth: While still in His mother’s womb, Jesus sanctifies John the Baptist before his birth, when Mary travels to visit her cousin Elizabeth (John’s mother) to care for her in the final days of her pregnancy.The Nativity is the celebration of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem on the day we know as Christmas.In accordance with the Mosaic Law, on the eighth day after His birth, Jesus submits to the demands of the Law and sheds His blood for our benefit.The Feast of the Epiphany occurs somewhere during Jesus’ first three years of life, when the Magi, or Wise Men, pay Him a visit and reveal Him to be the Messiah, or Savior.
When Jesus is presented in the temple 40 days after His birth, as the firstborn Son of Mary, He is declared to be the Lord, in accordance with the Law of Moses, which is yet another surrender to God’s will.As a result of the Wise Men’s unintentional alerting of King Herod to the Messiah’s birth, the King order’s the slaughter of all male infants under the age of three, and Saint Joseph is tasked with transporting Mary and Jesus to Egypt for their own protection.It is during the years following Herod’s death, when the threat to Jesus has gone, that the Holy Family returns from Egypt to reside in Nazareth for a period of time.While living with Joseph (until his death) and Mary in Nazareth from the age of three to the age of thirty (the beginning of His public ministry), Jesus leads an ordinary life of piety, obedience to Mary, and physical labor, working as a carpenter by Joseph’s side during this time.With one notable exception, these years are referred to as ″hidden″ years since the Gospels provide little details of His life during this time period (see next item).The Discovery at the Temple: When Jesus is 12 years old, he travels to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph, as well as many of their relatives, to celebrate the Jewish feast days.
- However, on the return trip, Mary and Joseph discover that Jesus is not with the family.
- As they make their way back to Jerusalem, they come across Him in the temple, where he is instructing men who are much older than He about the meaning of Scripture.
- The Baptism of the Lord: Jesus’ public ministry begins at the age of 30, when He is baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
In the guise of a dove, the Holy Spirit descends onto the scene, and a voice from Heaven proclaims, ″This is my beloved Son.″ As part of His preparation for the cross, Jesus spends 40 days and nights in the desert, fasting and praying while also being tested by Satan.As He emerges from the tribulation, He is revealed as the new Adam, who has remained faithful to God in the place where Adam failed.The Wedding at Cana: At His mother’s request, Jesus performs the first of his public miracles, turning water into wine at the wedding.
- In the Gospel, Jesus proclaims the kingdom of God and calls his followers to follow him.
- This marks the beginning of Jesus’ public career, which lasts until his death.
- The majority of the Gospels are devoted to this period of Christ’s life.
- The Miracles are as follows: Besides teaching the Gospel, Jesus accomplishes a number of miraculous feats, including healings, the multiplication of loaves and fishes, the casting out of demons, and the resurrection of Lazarus from the grave.
These manifestations of Christ’s authority serve to reaffirm His teachings as well as His claim to be God’s Son.The Influence of the Keys: Because of Peter’s profession of faith in Christ’s divinity, Jesus elevates him to the position of first among the disciples and bestows upon him ″the power of the keys″—the authority to bind and loose, to absolve sins, and to govern the Church, which is the physical manifestation of Christ on earth.A preview of the Resurrection, Jesus is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John in a foretaste of the Resurrection and is seen in the presence of Moses and Elijah, who symbolize the Law and the Prophets, respectively.Just like during Jesus’ baptism, a voice from Heaven can be heard saying, ″This is my Son, my Chosen; pay attention!
″ The Road to Jerusalem: As Jesus travels the road to Jerusalem, where he will be crucified and buried, the prophetic nature of His mission to the People of Israel becomes obvious.The Approach to the City of Jerusalem: When Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, the multitude greet Him with acclamations, announcing that He is really the Son of David and the Messiah.The Passion and Death: The masses’ delight at Jesus’ presence is short-lived, however, as they turn against Him during the celebration of the Passover and demand that He be crucified.On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathers with His apostles to commemorate the Last Supper, and on Good Friday, He dies in our place as our substitute.He spends the entire day of Holy Saturday in the tomb.
- During the celebration of Easter Sunday, Jesus returns from the grave, defeating death and undoing the effects of Adam’s transgression.
- The Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus comes to His disciples and the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the course of 40 days following His Resurrection, clarifying those elements of the Gospel concerning His sacrifice that they had previously been unable to comprehend.
- The Ascension: On the 40th day after His Resurrection, Jesus ascends to the right hand of God the Father, where He will assume His position as the Son of Man.
What year did Jesus die?
However, although the Bible does not specify the date of Jesus’ birth or death, we can infer this information from other historical data.From 47 BC until his death in 4 BC, Herod the Great ruled over the kingdom of Judaea.In the aftermath of Herod’s death, Joseph and Mary were visited by an angel, who assured them that it was safe for them to return to the region (Matthew 2:19–23).Based on these dates, we may estimate that Jesus was born between 6 and 4 BC (for more information on BC and AD, see our article ″What do BC and AD (B.C.
and A.D.) stand for?″).According to Luke 3:1, John the Baptist began his preaching in the fifteenth year of Tiberius’ reign, which corresponds to around AD 26.Tiberius began governing in AD 12 as co-regent with Augustus Caesar, however he was not officially recognized as emperor until AD 14 when he was designated as such.While reading the Gospels, we discover that Jesus began His ministry shortly after John the Baptist did, and that He continued to teach and heal for almost three and a half years.As a result, Jesus’ earthly career came to an end about AD 29 or 30.
We also know that Pontius Pilate controlled Judea from AD 26 to AD 36, and that Jesus was crucified at the Passover festival in AD 33.(Mark 14:12).The Jewish calendar, which established the dates of feast days, was based on the lunar calendar.After putting all of this material together, we arrive at either April 7 AD 30 or April 3 AD 33 as the date of Jesus’ crucifixion.There are scholarly reasons in support of both positions.According to the most conservative estimates, Jesus would have died in AD 33, making his mission more than three and a half years lengthy and beginning at least a year after John the Baptist began his preaching.
- The majority of experts think Jesus died in the year AD 30.
- It is true that the event of God becoming a man on earth, leading a blameless life, dying on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and rising from the dead is the defining moment in history and the turning point in human history.
- When it comes to the birth and death of Jesus, the exact dates aren’t significant.
What matters is that each individual comprehends the importance of Jesus’ death on the cross for their sins and subsequent resurrection in power over all things, including death (Colossians 1:21–22).God has extended to us the gift of fresh life and a future with Him (1 Peter 1:3).To be saved, all we must do is place our trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord (John 3:16–18; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8–9), and we shall be saved.
- Truths that are related: What was the duration of Jesus’ public ministry on the earth?
- Who has responsibility for the killing of Jesus Christ?
- What year did Jesus Christ come into the world?
- What do we know about the historical Jesus, the one who lived and died?
Who exactly is Jesus?Is it true that Jesus rose from the dead?Was Jesus Christ truly raised from the dead?Return to the page: The Truth About Jesus Christ.
Why Did Jesus Come into the World? [All 12 Reasons]
If Jesus was God, why did he come to the planet in the first place, you might wonder.A critical question has been raised.Jesus, to his credit, responded to this question in 12 distinct ways throughout the Gospels.Here is a comprehensive list of every reason Jesus offered for coming into the world.
For anyone interested in reading the passage in context, links to the relevant scriptural passages are provided.
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There are twelve reasons why Jesus came to earth.
1) Jesus came to fulfill the law.
5:17 (Matthew 5:17) It is incorrect to believe that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to eliminate them, but to bring them to fruition.
2) Jesus came to divide.
Luke 12:51 (NIV) Do you believe that I have come to bring peace to the world? No, I tell you, but rather a divide of the people. 10:34 (Matthew 10:34) Do not imagine that I have come to bring peace to the world. Quite the contrary. I have not come to bring peace, but rather a sword to the table.
3) Jesus came to call sinners.
Mark 2:17 is a passage from the Bible that explains how to be a Christian. Those who are healthy do not require the services of a physician, but those who are ill do. I didn’t come to summon the virtuous, but sinners instead. Luke 5:32 (NIV) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance, as some have claimed.
4) Jesus came to serve and give his life.
Mark 10:45 a.m. After all, even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and he gave his life as a ransom for the sins of the world.
5) Jesus came to proclaim good news.
Luke 4:18-19 is a passage from the Bible that teaches about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. ″There is a presence of the Lord upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the needy. To announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set at loose those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,″ he has delegated this authority to me.
6) Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10 (KJV) Because the Son of Man came to seek and to rescue those who had gone astray.
7) Jesus came that the world might be saved.
3:17 (John 3:17) In other words, God did not bring his Son into the world in order to condemn the world, but in order that the world may be rescued by him and his sacrifice.
8) Jesus came to do his Father’s will to keep, save, and resurrect believers.
6:38-40 (John 6:38-40) For I have come down from heaven, not to fulfill my own will but the will of him who sent me.The will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of what he has given me, but that I should raise it all up on the last day, and this is his will as well.In order to fulfill the will of my Father, I will raise him up on the last day in order that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him may have eternal life.
9) Jesus came for judgment.
John 9:39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”
10) Jesus came to give abundant life.
10:10 (John 10:10) The thief is just interested in stealing, killing, and destroying. I come so that they could have life, and that they might have it abundantly.
11) Jesus came so believers may not remain in darkness.
12:46 (John 12:46) I have come into the world in the form of light so that whomever believes in me will not be kept in the darkness.
12) Jesus came to bear witness to the truth.
18:37 (John 18:37) Then Pilate asked him, ″So you’re a king?″ he said. ″You say that I am a king,″ Jesus said. ″You are correct. This is the reason I was born, and this is the reason I have come into the world: to give testimony to the reality of the situation. ″My voice is heard by everyone who believes in the truth.″
This list comprises every argument Jesus offered for why he came to earth that we can find in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as well as the Gospel of John. Scripture verses from other books of the Bible, in addition to the Gospels, provide other justifications for Jesus’ entry into the world. Kevin Halloran’s piece, which includes many of the other arguments, may be found here.
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The Date Jesus Will Return is Finally Revealed!
You have arrived to the following page: It has now been revealed when Jesus will return!I’m aware of the date on which Jesus will return!I was able to sort things out!The arithmetic has always been there for everyone to see, but God has seen fit to reveal the truth to me, His chosen prophet, about the precise day that Jesus will return in these final days!
The opportunity to be the first person on earth to know when Jesus will return is a great honor.The following is how the Holy Spirit assisted me in figuring things out:
When Jesus will Return According to Daniel 12
- First and foremost, I was reading the book of Daniel when I observed that in Daniel 12, Daniel refers to a number of distinct historical periods.
- In Daniel 12:7, he speaks of ″time, times, and half a time,″ which is a prophetic way of meaning three and a half years, according to the Bible.
- Several texts that employ comparable phrasing to refer to 42 months or 1260 days provide evidence for this claim (cf.
- Rev 11:2-3; 12:6; 13:5 14, Dan 7:25; 12:7).
- A comparable period of time is mentioned again in Daniel 12, however this one is 1290 days in length instead of 1290 days.
- The reason for this period of time being 30 days longer than the 3 1/2 years indicated earlier in the chapter has been debated upon by many, but the answer will become clear in a minute.
- At this point, we should also consider this second period of 1290 days to be another 3 1/2 years, even if the actual length of time is 43 months.
- As a result, if you put up the 1260 days and the 1290 days, you get a total of 2550 days.
- As many prophecy specialists are aware, this does not just apply to days, which would be around 7 years, but also to an extended length of time measured in years.
- Consequently, Daniel is giving a prophecy about something that will take place 2550 years from now.
But when did the countdown begin to tick down the clock?Daniel, on the other hand, informs us that everything is OK.When the decision to rebuild Jerusalem is issued, according to Daniel 9:25, we are instructed to begin counting the years until the Messiah arrives.When the Jewish people were instructed that they may begin rebuilding the city of Jerusalem, we began counting down the days until Jesus returned.When exactly did this occur?
- This decree was initially issued by Cyrus the Great in 536 BC.
- In keeping with the fact that BC years are counted backward, if we remove 536 from the 2550 years shown above, we arrive at the date of…..2014!
So Jesus will return in 2014!
- But we can go better than that since Daniel isn’t finished yet.
- He also provides another statistic that should be taken into consideration.
- It is well known to all Bible scholars and prophecy specialists that Daniel continues with a different number in Daniel 12.
- He does not only allude to the 1260 and 1290 days, but he also mentions the 1335 days at the end of his work, which is a record (Daniel 12:12).
- What exactly is this?
- Scholars have attempted once again to discover the significance of the final set of numbers in the book, but have come up empty-handed once more.
- What was the source of their difficulties?
- Because the words of this book had been sealed till the end of time, it was impossible to read them (Daniel 12:4, 9).
- Nevertheless, now that the end of the world is approaching, the meaning and significance of these statements have become clear to me.
- I now know not only the year in which Jesus will return, but also the exact day on which he will do so!
And the number 1335 in Daniel 12:12 is the key to unlocking the code.We must keep in mind that we are operating under the Gregorian calendar system.The Hebrew people, on the other hand, do not.They have their own calendar, which begins with the beginning of the world as ″Year 1″ and then just begins counting from there.They have their own calendar.
- It is more likely that Daniel was writing in the Hebrew calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar when he did so.
- The year 2014, according to the Gregorian calendar, corresponds to the year 5774, according to the Hebrew calendar.
- In addition, there are two major aspects of the Jewish calendar that must be taken into consideration.
For starters, each of their months is only 30 days long.Like a result, despite the fact that their years include twelve months, their years only have 360 days, rather than 365 days as our Gregorian years.For the time being, they have leap years, in which they add a whole month to their calendar every seven years (7 times in 19 years) to make up for the discrepancy.
Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which just adds one day to the end of February once every four years, the Jewish calendar extends the conclusion of their leap year by a whole month every four years.Adar 2 is the month in which we are currently living, and it is believed to be a good month.It’s a good thing, too, since that’s when Jesus will return!What evidence do we have?Because it is what the number 1335, which is described in Daniel 12:12, indicates when the number 13 is used.
- Previously, we learned that the year in which Jesus comes would be the Jewish year 5774 (our year 2014), which also happens to be a leap year (see above).
- The Jewish year 5774 is a leap year, which means that it will have 13 months instead of 12.
- This explains the first portion of the final number, 1335, which is also explained here.
- But what about the 35th percentile?
So, can you predict which month the Jewish leap month of Adar 2 occurs in this year?March, you’re exactly right!March is, of course, the third month of the year according to our calendars!God, in His great wisdom, saw the need of including not just the Jewish year and month, but also the Gregorian year and month in His creation.Why?
Because Jesus will return not just in fulfillment of Jewish predictions, but also in fulfillment of Christian prophesies, and to bring peace to the whole world, as prophecy predicts.However, we still have one number remaining, which is the 5 in the year 1335.By this point, it should be clear what the number 5 represents.
Jesus’ return is predicted to take place on the 5th of March, according to this prophecy.As a result of all of these numbers, we may conclude:
Jesus will return on March 5, 2014!
- Many people have asked me how I know this is right, and why God decided to disclose this to me rather than to you.
- I’ll tell you why in a minute.
- I am the mother of three daughters.
- Two of them, the first and the third, were born on March 5, and the other on March 6.
- What is the likelihood that the date of Jesus’ return coincides with the day on which two of my children were born?
- Is it a coincidence that Jesus picked the same day on which two of my daughters were born?
- The fact that two children (who are not twins) were born on the same day is extremely unusual.
- Even though it is incredibly unusual, it now makes sense in God’s providence as to why He chose to do so, since He intended to use it as a symbol to show me the day when Jesus will come to earth.
- And one additional point of clarification.
- I decided to search the internet to see if there was any proof that Jesus will come on March 5, 2014.
In order to find out, I typed the date into Google and clicked on the very first search result that came up.What path did it take me down?Wow!This was on a website with absolutely nothing else on it, just this: Is it possible to believe it?… No, it’s unlikely that you will be able to.
- I don’t believe it either.
THIS IS ALL A JOKE!
- SERIOUSLY! This entire post was written as a joke. Not the bit about my having two children born on March 5th, that’s for sure. That portion is correct. The remainder, on the other hand, is utterly untrue and contrived.. When I published this article, the synchroblog subject for July 2013 asked participants to tell a tale about the funniest prank they had ever pulled. Growing up, I played a few practical jokes on my friends and family, but rather than sharing them, I chose to play a small practical joke on myself right here on my blog. On a typical weekday, the synchroblog subjects are rather serious, but because it is summer, we decided to lighten things up a bit. This is my best effort. I sincerely hope you liked reading it as much as I loved creating it! You might also want to check out the other contributors to this month’s synchroblog, who have provided some more chuckles. You Had to Be There by Liz Dyer
- Why My Kids Will Never Forget by Glenn Hager
- Satan, The Prank That Never Worked by Loveday
- Satan’s Prank On Man by Loveday
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- The 6th of March, 2014 Obviously, Jesus did not come on March 5, 2014, as previously stated.
- Of course, I had no expectation that He would.
- As previously indicated, this entire piece was intended to be a joke for the summer synchroblog.
- A little light-hearted entertainment.
- However, be cautious that there will be those who will wish to fix dates and say that they know when Jesus will come, so proceed with caution.
- Don’t take their word for it!
- They are completely unaware!
- Even the angels are in the dark about it.
- The majority of the time, those who set dates are attempting to influence you into following their ministry, financially supporting them, or embracing them as some type of authoritative figure in your life.
- Don’t let yourself be lured in!
″We must live each day as if Jesus is returning tomorrow, but prepare as if He would not return in our lifetime,″ one of my seminary instructors once told me.This is good advice.
How Was it the Right Time for Jesus’ Life on Earth?
- ″Would you agree that God, understanding the magnitude of the undertaking, would examine every possible aspect when devising a strategy for such an operation?″ He dispatched the most qualified individual for the task, which was completed in the only way possible: via Jesus’ death and resurrection.″ ″However, what was it about the huge Roman Empire that was so conducive to the arrival of Christ?″ one could wonder.
- Why did God determine that this was the best moment for Jesus to live on earth, rather than a time hundreds or thousands of years earlier or later, after hundreds or thousands of years?
What Was the Right Time?
- A historical turning point occurred at this period because ″the Mediterranean world, which is considered the cradle of civilisation,″ was united for the first time.
- Adding ″the famed Roman highways,″ which would allow messengers to travel safely with news and ideas, as well as building better ships, which would aid the apostles in spreading the gospel, the Romans expanded the Greek foundations of civilization, and there was peace for more than 200 years.
- Because Greek was widely known, Jesus was able to speak with a large number of individuals and groups.
- In this ″rather tranquil setting, the Jews were permitted to maintain their own religious and cultural traditions.″ Jesus would have had a considerably more difficult time moving and speaking freely in earlier and later times, but such practical issues had been alleviated by the time of the resurrection.
- There were still perils and challenges to overcome, but this period of Rome’s power was the most beneficial to the Lord’s plans.
What about Before Christ?
- Rome began as a monarchy, but eventually transformed into a republic that increased in military might.
- They had ″taken control of the whole Italian peninsula by 264 BC″ before engaging in ″the Punic Wars with Carthage, a great city-state in northern Africa,″ according to the Ancient History Encyclopedia.
- After that battle ended, Rome was ″in complete control of Sicily, the western Mediterranean, and a large portion of Spain,″ according to historians.
- A Third Punic War (149–146 BC) enabled Rome to expand north of Greece into Macedonia, paving the way for the rise of the Roman Empire.
- Around the Mediterranean, things were tumultuous at the time.
- Closer to home, Herod, the ″Roman-appointed ruler of Judaea,″ was ″in considerable anguish and in mental and bodily disorder,″ according to the Bible.
- The slaughter of the babies of Bethlehem, which occurred just before his death, was fully commensurate with the state of disorder into which he had fallen.
- ‘Jesus’ family would escape to Egypt, and the prophesy would be fulfilled: ‘When Israel was a kid, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,’″ says the author (Hosea 11:1).
And After Christ?
- A great deal happened during the second half of the first century AD, thanks in part to violence between Jews and followers of Christ.
- During his reign, Nero also persecuted Christians, and the Romano-Jewish War of AD 66 resulted in the death of Paul and Peter ″at a time when anti-Jewish fervor was at its height.″ A demonstration of the continuous antisemitism at Rome is provided by the ″Jewish Revolt of AD 132.″ However, religion was not the main source of contention in Palestine.
- A political transition resulted in a brief period of calm, since Emperors no longer took their positions as a matter of inheritance.
- Men of competence and mental stability helped to develop the Empire, but they overextended themselves by engaging in ″continuous combat″ throughout the empire.
- In the fifth century, the Empire was brought to its knees by financial conflict and division.
- However, if Christ had come during the fall of Rome’s supremacy, he and the apostles would have faced significant practical obstacles, such as rejection of the Greek language as emerging cultures established their own languages and intolerance of Jews, which would have limited their ability to teach widely in public.
- If Jesus had not performed miracles, proclaimed the Beatitudes, and taught parables, he would not have drawn large audiences that listened and watched as he scolded the Pharisees and rebuked them again.
God’s Perfect Timing
- Throughout the Old Testament, there was a clear path leading up to this point in time.
- As the Bible states over and over: ″Throughout the Scriptures, God showed his affection for the nations″ (Christ in the Feast of Pentecost, Bickner and Robinson).
- We may be confident that his timing is impeccable in any situation, whether personal, social, or global.
- ″Because the vision is still waiting for its assigned moment; it is hurrying to the finish line — it will not lie.″ If it appears to be taking a long time, be patient; it will come, and it will not be late″ (Habakkuk 2:3).
- We are told in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that ″for everything there is a season, and for every affair under heaven there is a time.″ We are heartened by Paul’s words to the church in Galatia: ″Let us not get tired of doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up″ (Ecclesiastes 6:9).
- Did the Old Testament, on the other hand, contain any hints as to when Christ would be born?
Intervals in Scripture
- In the person of Immanuel, God the Father brought Jesus into the world at a certain, predetermined moment that was preceded by other meticulously arranged events.
- Examples include ″the Flood, the liberation from Egypt, and Elijah and the prophetic age,″ and ″forty is connected with practically every new development in the history of God’s powerful actions, notably of salvation,″ as well as ″the prophetic era.″ The flood rains continued for 40 days, during which time the spies investigated Canaan.
- In the Bible, the number seventy has a religious significance as well, and its ″factors″ are ″two perfect numbers, seven (representing perfection) and ten (representing wholeness and God’s rule).
- As a result, it represents flawless spiritual order that is carried out with complete authority.
- It can also be interpreted as a moment of discernment.″ For example, ″ancient Israel spent a total of 70 years in captivity in Babylon,″ and ″Jerusalem observed the Sabbath for a total of 70 years while Judah was in Babylonian captivity,″ respectively.
- It was determined upon Jerusalem, according to Daniel 9:24, that it would fulfill its trespasses, put a stop to sins, and allow eternal righteousness to enter into it before the end of the world.
- After a period of reflection, the devout can identify milestones that demonstrate God’s mathematical care.
- However, the Lord has not authorized his people to identify a pattern that would indicate the date of Christ’s return by these means: ″No one knows when day or what hour it is, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father knows″ (Mark 13:32).
Celestial Timing and the Birth of Jesus
- I pray to Tarshish and the coastlands to pay homage to him, and that the kings of Sheba and Seba bring him presents!″ (Psalm 72:10; cf.
- Psalm 72:9) ″Out of Jacob will come a star, and out of Israel will come a scepter″ says the Bible (Numbers 24:17).
- The birth of Jesus occurred at the same time as a significant cosmic event, which was put in action when the Lord divided the earth from the sky, thereby creating the cosmos.
- The timing of these circuits resulted in some sort of astronomical event occurring during the time of Christ’s birth.
- In 2020, Saturn and Jupiter aligned to create a massive, dazzling light show for those who were fortunate enough to have clear skies.
- ″A conjunction happens when two or more celestial bodies appear to collide in the night sky,″ according to the National Geographic Society.
- An incident of this nature can result in what looks to be an unusually huge and brilliant star that can be seen ″every night in a similar spot for days or weeks.″ It’s probable that the wise men would have been guided in a certain route if they had followed the moment of conjunction.″ In other words, the Star of Bethlehem might have been created by a conjunction of planets.
- Moreover, according to Jay Ryan’s essay ″What Was the Star of Bethlehem,″ ″a triple conjunction event did indeed occur across a timeframe from September 3, BC to May 2, BC,″ which took place between September 3, BC and May 2, BC.
- God’s plan to deliver Jesus to earth was initiated from the beginning of time, when every planet was placed in its proper orbit and each point of light was strategically placed across the cosmos.
Heaven, Earth, and God’s Timing
- It is common throughout Scripture to make allusions to the stars in heaven in order to describe how many God’s people will be, and not a single word of Scripture appears at random.
- The immensity of his Kingdom may have been symbolized by grains of sand, blades of grass, or any other intangible sign that could not be quantified.
- Jacob was struck by a bright light, which he identified as Jesus.
- Foreshadowing of Immanuel appears to be the vision of a bright, magnificent light – a star — descending from the heavens.
- That same image expresses both eternity and mathematical accuracy at the same time; the placement and timing of Creation across the whole cosmos, with everything under the care of the Almighty.
- Further reading may be found at: What was it about Jesus that the Romans were so interested in?
- What Was the Purpose of Jesus’ Ministry?
- What Were the Most Significant Events in Jesus Christ’s Life?
- What Was the Meaning of the Star of Bethlehem?
- Reasons for the Good News from Tonight’s ″Christmas Star″ Was the Star of Bethlehem important in ancient times and how does it relate to us today?
Why Didn’t Jesus Get the Name ″Immanuel″?Image courtesy of iStock/Getty Images Plus/canbedone.com.Candice Lucey is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she lives with her husband and two children.You may learn more about her by visiting her website.
HAVE 2,000 YEARS PASSED SINCE THE BIRTH OF JESUS?
- Luxury hotels in New York are already organizing New Year’s Eve events that will cost $1,000 per guest to ring in the new millennium.
- One other side of the world, in New Zealand, the Millennium Adventure Co.
- has secured the rights to the world’s ″first light,″ which will take place on the slopes of Mount Hakepa on Pitt Island, about 745 miles southeast of Christchurch, on the eastern edge of the international date line and just east of it.
- The majority of people will be celebrating the beginning of the third century after Christ’s birth when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 1999, despite the fact that there was no year zero and that the Roman calendar ended up with the beautiful round number of 2000.
- Scholars who have long maintained that Jesus was born earlier than the accepted date, however, believe that the third millennium has already begun to be observed.
- In the opinion of one academic who has done substantial investigation into the date of the first Christmas, Christians may have only missed the true date by a few days.
- Using historical data from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, historian Paul Maier calculates that Jesus was most likely born in November or December of the year 5 BCE.
- 2,000 years ago, it was most likely during this season that the baby who would transform the world was born, says Maier, the author of ″In the Fullness of Time.″ ″This Christmas, then, represents the kind of jubilee that just one generation in thirty gets the opportunity to commemorate.″ Many of the scholars who have attempted to pinpoint the exact date of Jesus’ birth have come up with a range of dates ranging from 7 BC to 4 BC.
- King Herod’s knowing of Jesus’ birth and conversing with wise men from the East, which is mentioned in the Bible, is a major source of contention for those who believe the present timing is correct.
- Despite the fact that Herod would die shortly after, historical records show that he died in 4 B.C., making it impossible for him to have spoken with the wise men in A.D.
1, as the traditional date scheme has it.According to Maier, the initial error was made by a sixth-century Scythian monk called Dionysius, who was in charge of the computations for the years B.C.and A.D.He was the one who made the mistake.In his estimations, he was around five years off the mark: According to Maier, Jesus was born 748 years after the creation of Rome, not 753 years after the founding of Rome.
- There are additional temporal indications that indicate a nativity date within the fifth century B.C., in addition to the chronology of Herod’s death, according to Professor Maier.
- The Gospel of Luke reports that Jesus began his career at the age of roughly 30 years old, thus if he was born later than 5 B.C., he would have been far too young to begin his ministry, Maier explained.
- Additionally, the testimony of the church fathers points to a date that is closer to Herod’s demise, albeit the events that transpired prior to his death make it implausible that the first Christmas would have occurred in 4 BCE.
According to Maier, because there is no year zero, the third millennium following the birth of Christ is most likely to have begun in November or December 1996, rather than the beginning of time.
Genetic Adam and Eve did not live too far apart in time
- ‘Y-chromosome Adam’ and’mitochondrial Eve’ have been re-dated, according to new research.
- A fisherman from Sardinia.
- Researchers have recreated a tree of paternal ancestry using DNA from men on the island as a starting point.
- Image courtesy of Hemera/Thinkstock Despite the fact that the Book of Genesis depicts Adam and Eve as being together in the Garden of Eden, geneticists believe that they were separated by tens of thousands of years.
- This is because the Y chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA of today’s humans can be traced back to the ancestors of Adam and Eve.
- According to recent findings from large-scale genetic studies of modern humans’ Y chromosomes1,2, it is possible that ″Y-chromosome Adam″ and ″mitochondrial Eve″ may have lived around the same time after all.
- When the general population number does not vary (as is believed to have been the case for vast periods of human history), males have an average of only one son, according to genetic research.
- In this particular instance, evolutionary theory predicts that for any given guy, there is a strong likelihood that his paternal line will ultimately come to a stop, regardless of his age.
- All of his male descendants will have inherited Y chromosomes from other men as a result of his actions.
- Even more likely, at some point in the past, all men with the exception of one had Y chromosomes, which are now thought to be extinct in the modern world.
After that, every man on the planet today would have a Y chromosome descended from that one man, who has been designated as Y-chromosome Adam.However, this Adam was by no means the only man alive at the time of his birth, as the biblical passage implies.Additionally, it predicts that all mitochondrial genomes today should be traceable to one woman, dubbed ″mitochondrial Eve,″ according to the theory.The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) chromosome is carried from mother to daughter and son, in contrast to the Y chromosome which is given from father to son.In 1987, population geneticists made the first scientific demonstration of the presence of a mitochondrial Eve3.
- Eve’s age was determined by analysing the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of 147 people from around the world to chart their genetic relationships.
- They then used a so-called’molecular clock,’ which is based on the number of DNA mutations that occur with each generation, to determine her age.
- The researchers came to the conclusion that this woman most likely lived in Africa around 200,000 years ago.
The discovery provided evidence in support of the theory that modern humans originated in Africa before migrating to other continents, according to the researchers.Yet comparable studies later found that Adam, the common ancestor of the portion of the Y chromosome that passes from father to son, lived roughly 100,000 years ago.It’s possible that Adam and Eve lived aeons apart, and geneticists have come up with a number of explanations as to why.
Carlos Bustamante, a population geneticist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California who led one of the latest studies, says that chance could explain the discrepancy between the ages of Adam and Eve.Polygamy could also help to explain the gap, he says.The calculation of when Adam or Eve lived depends on the number of breeding adults in a population, and polygamy reduces the number of males that pass on their Y chromosomes, thereby skewing the estimate.Bustamante and his team sequenced the Y chromosomes of 69 males from around the world and uncovered about 9,000 previously unknown DNA sequence variations.They used these variations to create a more reliable molecular clock and found that Adam lived between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago.
- A comparable analysis of the same men’s mtDNA sequences suggested that Eve lived between 99,000 and 148,000 years ago1.
- “This idea of a very recent common ancestor of all men is not that true,” Bustamante says.
- Meanwhile, a team led by Paolo Francalacci, a population geneticist at the University of Sassari, Italy, came to a similar conclusion by studying the Y chromosomes of 1,200 men from the island of Sardinia.
- The team identified nearly 7,000 previously unknown Y-chromosome variations and used that detail to create their own molecular clock.
The clock helped to pinpoint key events in Sardinian history, such as the rise of Neolithic populations there and the arrival of Africans as part of the Roman slave trade.It also suggested that Adam lived 180,000–200,000 years ago, similar to initial estimates of Eve’s age2.Francalacci says that the difference between the two studies’ estimates of Adam’s age could be due to the different populations they studied and how the molecular clocks were calculated.Bustamante says that, all in all, the two papers match up well.“It’s not so much we’re shifting the mitochondria down — which we are, a bit — but we’re pushing the Y farther back,” he says.
In recent years, many population geneticists have focused on interpreting the rest of the genome — the autosomes — because it provides a richer, more complicated, picture.But the latest studies suggest that the Y chromosome is still useful for studying human history, Bustamante says.His team calculated that the chromosome gains a new mutation roughly every 125 years, enabling geneticists to tell when two closely related populations split or how distant cousins are related.
“When we first started this project I thought, ‘Oh hum-hum we’re going to sequence some Y chromosomes and this is well-trod territory’, but it just kept getting more and more exciting,” he says.In February, for instance, researchers led by Michael Hammer, a population geneticist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, reported the discovery of an African American family whose Y chromosomes do not seem to directly descend from Adam’s4.One possible explanation is that the Y chromosome came from an archaic species of human that interbred with Homo sapiens tens of thousands of years ago.Yet Hammer sees the discrepancy between the age of the Y-Adam and that of the mitochondrial eve as a “red herring”, and he, as many other population geneticists, bristles at the use of biblical names.Because of the random nature of genealogy, he says, two different genetic lineages are unlikely to have common ancestors who lived in the same population at the same time.
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- E. Callaway’s Genetics (in press). Adam and Eve were not separated by a great deal of time. Nature(2013). citation Publication date: 6 August 2013