Lesson for June 13, 2020.
PROPHECIES CONCERNING JERUSALEM
Scripture Reading: Ezra 7.
Memory Verse: Ezra 7:27.
- When the angel Gabriel visited Daniel in Babylon, what was his chief purpose and message? Daniel 9:24 and the first part of verse 25.
- What other very important event concerning the Messiah did the angel Gabriel make known? Verse 26 (first part).
- Did the commandment go forth to rebuild the house of God? Ezra 7:13,20.
- Are these favors and instructions found in the King’s letter concerning this matter? Verse 11.
- Was there any appropriation of silver and gold given to Ezra, the high priest of the Jews? Verses 15, 16.
- Were the Jews allowed to buy, and take with them to Jerusalem, many provisions? Verses 17, 18.
- Were they also permitted to take with them vessels needed for the house of God? Verse 19.
- Were there any vessels of importance carried away from the first House of God, which was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon? 2 Chronicles 36:18; Daniel 5:1-5.
- What decree did Artaxerxes make concerning providing money for this great work? Ezra 7:21.
- According to the date at the top of the page of your Bible, what year did this decree of Artaxerxes’s go forth? (Many Bibles have these marginal dates and all give the date of 457 B.C.).
- How long after this decree, was reconciliation made for iniquity? Daniel 9:24; Matthew 26:6-13.
Note: From the date at the top of the page in your Bible you will see that the crucifixion date is given as 33 A.D. Adding to this number of years B.C. 457 (Ezra 7) when the commandment went forth and money was appropriated for the rebuilding of the Temple, it makes just 490 days or 70 weeks. The main outline of the prophecy was wonderfully fulfilled. The Messiah came; He was cut off; reconciliation was made for sin; the Holy One, the Messiah, was anointed; the prince (Titus the Roman) that followed after, destroyed the city; and desolation came upon the Holy Land. The announcements made by Gabriel to Daniel have come to pass exactly. Now we are in the time of the final restoration of Israel to their Promised Land, which gives us the setting for the prophesied coming of the Messiah as King.