The Coming Prince

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Filed under: Dimensions of existence, Uniqueness of Christ | 2 Comments »

In 1894, Robert Anderson was Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard, the headquarters of Britain’s national police force. It was in this year that his most well-known work was published for the first time: Coming Prince, The (Sir Robert Anderson Library Series). In this book, Anderson used his extensive investigative powers to confirm perhaps the most remarkable prophecy in all the Bible. When he retired a few years later, this well-respected public servant was knighted by Queen Victoria to become Sir Robert Anderson. He lived to see ten editions of his book be published.

In his classic work, Anderson considersĀ a very specific prophecy found in the book of Daniel: “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death…” This precise mathematical formula revealed the exact number of days that would separate two particular dates in history: when the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and when “the Anointed One” enters that very same city. The time separating the events equals seven ‘sevens’ (that’s 49 years) plus sixty-two ‘sevens’ (which is 434 years), for a total of 483 years. As Anderson carefully explains, each year in the culture of the day contained 360 days. This means that the two reference dates must be separated by exactly 173,880 days.

The first date can be found from ancient and independent records. In the words of Anderson, “The edict in question was the decree issued by Artaxerxes Longitmanus…the 1st of Nisan B.C. 445.” What calendar date lies exactly 173,800 days later? It’s the 10th Nisan A.D. 32. This was the very day on which Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem – a day we commemorate as Palm Sunday. TheĀ recorded words of Jesus, when the city of Jerusalem came into view, are given new meaning: “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace.” Approaching its gates, Jesus wept over the city.

Accurately fulfilled prophecies are crucially important, because no man knows the future. God, being outside of time, can reveal to us where his authentic words are found by inspiring authors to describe future events with considerable detail and accuracy. For those who care to find them, the Bible contains hundreds of detailed prophecies, revealing that it alone contains the message of God. Bible prophecies are not vague or ambiguous words written after the fact. On the contrary, the prophecy of Daniel, known to have been written well before the time of Christ, is a staggering example of precision.

As Sir Robert Anderson wrote in his book: “To believe that the facts and figures here detailed amount to nothing more than happy coincidences involves a greater exercise of faith than that of the Christian who accepts the book of Daniel as Divine. There is a point beyond which unbelief is impossible, and the mind in refusing truth must needs take refuge in a misbelief which is sheer credulity.”

2 Comments on “The Coming Prince”

  1. 1: Marty said at 5:42 pm on January 22nd, 2011:

    As Anderson carefully explains, each year in the culture of the day contained 360 days. This means that the two reference dates must be separated by exactly 173,880 days.

    Even if the culture of the day only counted a year as 360 days, it still take 364.25 days for the earth to travel around the sun. What happened to the 4.25 days per year during those 483 years? That’s 2052.75 days.
    Or am I missing something?

  2. 2: Celtic Believer said at 10:02 pm on January 22nd, 2011:

    The question is valid for every calendar system. In our system, every fourth year is a leap year, every 100th year is not a leap year, and every 400th year is a leap year. Even then, a second of time is added to occasional years to keep us in sync with the earth’s orbit around the sun. In the Hebrew calendar, which most often has 354 days in a year, an extra month (a ‘leap month’) is added in 7 of every 19 years.

    Suffice it to say that Anderson was meticulous when calculating the actual number of days between the two reference dates.

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