Dr. Couch, if the Jews were expecting the Messiah based on Daniel's Seventy-Week timeline found in Daniel 9, how could they reject Jesus?
ANSWER: Good question. But it must be remembered that not all
the Jews were looking for His coming. And, I'm quick to point out that
they were looking for "the season" of His appearance. Only the pious and
Godly Jews were looking for His arrival and the promised Kingdom. They
did not know the exact time of His coming, but I believe that some, not
all, the Rabbis has done some basic calculations and felt that the
Kingdom period was close.
I'm basing this on the Gospel of Luke.
It is said that Simeon "was a righteous man and devout, looking for the
consolation (the Kingdom) of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him"
(Luke 2:25). Also, Anna (was among) "all those who were looking for the
redemption of Jerusalem" (v. 38). The only indication they could have
would be a calculation of Daniel's Seventy Week prophecy. Since ancient
people did not have detailed calendars, they would have to estimate some
of the facts from that prophecy. They could not be absolute in their
To accept the Lord was a spiritual matter. Never mind
what they could have calculated. Only the Godly would have been ready
for His appearance. We read the Jewish leadership said "If we let Him go
on like this [in His miracles], all men will believe in Him, and the
Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation" (John
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch