Ezra and Nehemiah Commands the Rebuilding of Judah In the first year of Darius I (or 522 B.C.), Daniel prophesied in Chapter 9:25: Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem (after the Babylonian destruction of 586 B.C.) unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks, or 483 years): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Then we see the Scribe and Priest of Ezra Chapter 7:1 - 7:7 begin his efforts to command the rebuilding in Judah of Israel: Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes (I) king of Persia (465 through 425 B.C.), Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, … The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest: This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready (or practicing) scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king (Artaxerxes I; 465 through 425 B.C.) granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him. And there went up some of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims (children of Solomon's servants, or temple assistants), unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king (this would be the year “465 minus 7 equal 458 B.C.”). Thus, Daniel 9:25 says 483 years after this time shall Messiah the Prince come to Judah of Israel (i.e., 458 B.C. minus 483 years equal -25, or about 26 through 30 A.D. This is about the time of the Baptism of Jesus, and His 3 ½ years ministry began)! Note that our calendar discrepancies today impact any rendering of exact years! Then, during the days that Nehemiah’s command go forth to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Daniel’s other prophetic words concerning the coming of Messiah are confirms: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Begin counting 434 years into the future: And after threescore and two weeks (62 weeks, or 434 years) shall Messiah be cut off (or crucified), but not for himself: and the people of the prince (or Roman General and army) that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood (Israel will not be able to throw off her Roman enemy), and unto the end of the war (against Israel throughout the centuries) desolations are determined (upon Israel) Nehemiah 1:1, 2:1, 5:14, and 13:6 show that Nehemiah was commissioned to restore the walls (primarily!) of Judah, after king Artaxerxes I’s twentieth year unto his thirty second year. This book guides the reader through these events and others that pertains to the rebuilding of Judah as she becomes a reconstituted Nation, after the 586 B.C. captivity and exile!
Jimmie Jennings, Paperback, ISBN 10: 1532754256, ISBN 13: 9781532754258