For us Christians,Daniel 9:24-27 says a certain messiah would be ” cut off, and have nothing ” ( be killed ) after a certain time.It refers to the Messiah ( with a capital M ). All NT scholars agree that the Jews of the 1st century AD expected the Messiah to come. Why not in 300 BC, or 200 AD, or 500 AD? It was because of the Daniel prophecy.
Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy
It is one that can be interpreted in a way that it is about the Time Period for when the Messiah Jesus would come.The scholars say that the Jews of the 1st century in Palestine were expecting the Messiah to come then?Why?It can only be that they saw Daniel 9:24-27 as being about him.Here is the documentary proof:
The Documentary Evidence
The Essenes and their writings in Qmran, it shows they believed the Messiah would come in their time period.They existed from 250 BC to 70 AD,numbered 4,000(according to Jewish historian Josephus) and were also 100% against slavery.
James Tabor,a skeptical NT scholar,in The Jesus Dynasty (2007),says the Essenes in their writings show they thought Daniel 9:24-27 was about the Messiah.
Flavius Josephus ( 37-100 AD )
He is a famous Jewish historian,who in his The Jewish Wars, which told of the Jewish revolt of 66-70 AD says in Book VI, 5.4, about:
” An ambiguous oracle that was also found in their ancient writings,how about that time, one from their country should become governor of the habitable earth.”
(He can only be referring to the Daniel 9:24-27 prophecy).
Tacitus ( 50-117 AD )
He was the greatest of the Roman historians, wrote in his History ( Note: of the Roman empire), Book V, 13:
” The majority were deeply impressed with the persuasion that it was contained in the ancient writings of the priests that it would come to pass that at the very time, that the East would renew its strength and they that should go forth from Judea should be rulers of the world. ”
Suetonius ( 75-150 AD )
He is another famous Roman historian, in his Lives of the Ceasers( chapter on the Life of Vespasian ) says:
” A firm had long prevailed through all the East that it was fated for the empire of the world at that time to devolve on someone who should go forth from Judea. ”
Fascinating Debate(you won’t get bored) Between:
David Wood(of answeringmuslims.com),ex-atheist,now Christian,and Sami Zaatari (Muslim) on “Was Mohammed a Prophet of God?”.
David’s arguments are brilliant,check it out(watched already by over 30,000 since 2008),in youtube:
Also Check Out
This great website by Jewish believers in Jesus called “Jews for Jesus”(hey,Jesus himself was Jewish):
Read their Section
“Answers”,it has “Evidence for Jesus:Answers to Objections”:
Their article about Daniel 9
It is “The Messianic Time Table According to Daniel the Prophet”by Arnold Fruchtenbaum: