JESUS CHRIST was the Jewish Messiah and there is “mathematical proof” to reveal his identity, a Bible scholar has astonishingly claimed.
Jesus Christ is venerated by billions of Christians worldwide as the son of God and the one true Messiah. But this notion was rejected by the Jewish faith some 2,000 years ago, culminating in Christ’s crucifixion on Calvary. Although the Jewish people still await the rise of the Messiah as a great king and ruler, a Bible expert has told Express.co.uk how the Messiah’s identity was already revealed by the Old Testament.
Professor Tom Meyer, a public speaker and professor at Shasta Bible College & Graduate School in California, believes the Bible holds mathematical proof of Jesus’ divine nature.
In his opinion, the clues were laid down in the Book of Daniel, a tome of scripture found in the Old Testament.
Professor Meyer said: “According to the Bible, the Hebrew prophet Daniel, who wrote his book in either the sixth or fifth centuries BC, gave the Jewish people mathematical proof that guarantees Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah.
“While in exile the prophet Daniel was informed by the angel Gabriel that 70 time seven or 490 years are marked out by God for the Jewish people.
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“After the 490-year period, the God of Israel would establish his kingdom on Earth.
“According to Daniel, the 490-year clock started ticking with the royal command to restore and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 44 BC; this was during the 20th year of the reign of Artaxerxes I, the king of the Persian Empire.”
However, the prophet Daniel said the Messiah would appear 483 years after the decree to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
Professor Meyer argued the Messiah arrived at the end of this 483 period when Jesus rode into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, as described in the Gospels.
Professor Meyer said: “The proof can be constructed by using basic mathematics.
“If you go forward 483 years from 445 BC – 173,880 days later when you use the standard ancient 360-day Jewish calendar – that brings you to approximately 38 AD.
“It is at this point, in 38 a.d., that the Jewish Messiah revealed himself in Jerusalem.
“But Daniel goes on to say that, unexpectedly and tragically, the Messiah will die with nothing that same year – according to the New Testament, Jesus died one week after the Triumphal Entry – meaning the Messiah was slain without honour – this is consistent with the crucifixion – and abandoned by his friends.”
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Professor Meyer said the “prophetic clock” was then paused with Jesus’ crucifixion.
He believes there is another seven-year period to be completed.
This seven-year period, Professor Meyer argued, will be the so-called Great Tribulation.
The Bible expert said: “The 490-year prophetic clock was paused after the 483rd year, at the death of the Messiah; there remains one unit of seven years to be completed.
This prophetic clock will start ticking again after the imminent rapture of Christians when the God of the Bible will once again work exclusively through the Jewish people.
“This yet-to-be-fulfilled seven-year period is known as the Great Tribulation and includes the majority of the content in the book of Revelation.
“But at the end of the last seven-year period – which is the end of the 490 years – aka the end of days, Jesus the Jewish Messiah will appear again to the Jews in Jerusalem not merely as their glorious deliverer whom they will finally accept as their Messiah, but as the one whom Israel crucified and has long rejected.”
However, Professor Meyer said no one knows when the rapture will strike.
Professor Meyer is a Bible expert popularly known as the Bible Memory Man after he memorised more than 20 books from the Bible.