The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 310
The Messiah will be “cut off”, or killed, in the midst of His ministry.
Old Testament Prediction:
Daniel 9:26a “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off…
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet…
The first place in the Bible where the words, cut off, are mentioned is Genesis 9:11 where we learn that to cut off, is to kill.
Genesis 9:11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
The prophecy of Daniel 9:26, describes a Messiah who will be killed. This prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus Christ in His death by crucifixion. It is truly amazing that Daniel describes this event in stunning detail, almost 700 years before it occurred. The entire prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 is the most amazing and detailed prophecy in the entire Bible. It is clear why Gabriel told Daniel that the effects of this prophecy would be “To seal up vision and prophecy”. All other prophecies that concern the coming of the Messiah as well as those that detail the last days, the Tribulation period, and the return of Jesus to the earth, depend on the fulfillment of this important prophecy.
Skeptics claim Daniels’s advanced knowledge is impossible:
Because Daniel was able to accurately describe the precise day that the Messiah would arrive in Jerusalem; His death on the cross, the coming of the antichrist, and the seven year peace plan that will lead to the “abomination of desolation”, this account of the last days in Daniel has been highly criticized by Bible skeptics. It has been stated emphatically that because the details of Daniel’s prophecy are so detailed and precise, it would not be possible for anyone to have predicted these things without knowing about them before they happened.
Of course this is exactly the point of all Bible prophecy; because God is immutable, His knowledge is infinite and He knows all things. Before He created the universe, He had already seen all the events of time. When God speaks of the future we must remember that these things are not future for God, He has already seen them transpire. Prophecy is simply God reporting to us what has already taken place.
Because of God’s immutability, He cannot lie, He can only be good, merciful, and gracious. It is impossible for God to do anything wrong, to change, or to learn anything. Any being who needed to learn, could change, or could do wrong, could not be God. By His very nature, what makes God—God, is that He is perfect, eternal, and unchangeable.
God demonstrates His infinite knowledge, power, and perfection by Biblical prophecy. It is the purpose of the prophecies that are found in the Bible, to display these unchangeable qualities that God alone possesses.
The fact that skeptics of the prophecies of the Bible, claim that these predictions recorded by Daniel—were clearly written after the events took place, is evidence of the effectiveness of prophecy. Those who do not believe that any being has the power to predict future events with the kind of accuracy that Daniel writes, are affirming the claims that God makes about Himself as He states who He is in the Bible.
God alone has the ability to know all thing:
Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done…
Here God affirms who He is by His ability to know what will happen at the end of time, before time began.
Romans 4:17 ...God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…
Why we know for certain the book of Daniel was written far in advance of the events it reports:
From an objective view, we know from history that the Septuagint version of the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew to Greek, at least 200 years before Jesus was born. The complete book of Daniel with all of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled in His arrival at Jerusalem on April 6, 32 A. D., were included in this Septuagint version of the Bible.
Daniel predicted the specific day that the Messiah would arrive in Jerusalem. He also predicted that the Messiah would be killed.
If you have read Prophecy 309 before arriving at this prophecy, then you no doubt were struck by the amazing details of Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel, as they wrote prophetic descriptions that were lived out in ancient history. Everything these prophets spoke by the leading of the Spirit of God, unfolded in history, exactly as God had predicted.
Nebuchadnezzar—conquering Judah and Jerusalem, because God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, that these people who had forgotten God, would be taken as captives, back to Babylon for seventy years.
Cyrus—who vanquished Babylon, only to be told that God had chosen him even before he was born—He did exactly as God has said that he would. Cyrus commanded that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt.
Both of these mighty kings were used as instruments of the Lord, though they knew Him not, nor did they know the great power of His name. These two world rulers learned very quickly the power of God’s word, and how He is able to accomplish everything that He has spoken.
The amazing power of the prophetic word is the empirical evidence that establishes the Bible as an extraordinary and dynamic book. Those who have not taken the time to study the history contained in the various books of the Bible; events that were recorded with such accuracy that no other secular document in the history of the world, can match. Even Cyrus, the king of Persia who stood in utter amazement before Daniel at the conquest of Babylon; when this humble prophet of God presented this mighty king a letter that God had written to him 150 years before Cyrus was born—was obedient the God’s will.
God told Cyrus that He was His “shepherd”. The one to whom the Lord would use as His instrument of judgment against the sins of His people. Cyrus would be the one that would issue a command to set free the captives of Judah held in Babylon for the past seventy years—during the “servitude”, and bring these objects of his displeasure back into their own land again. Cyrus will command that the Temple at Jerusalem should be rebuilt, returning to the Jews the former items taken from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.
Isaiah 44:28 Thus says the Lord, who says of Cyrus, “He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.
In 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar took the best and brightest from Judah, including the young man Daniel. This began the “servitude” of Judah for 70 years.
In 536 B.C., Cyrus becomes the king of Persia. The 70 years of “servitude” are at an end. Cyrus orders the temple in Jerusalem rebuilt. This command will not be obeyed for another 17 years until 520 B.C., when the “desolations” of Israel have finished their 70 year duration.
In 520 B.C., on December 17, the foundation for the temple is laid at Jerusalem. The 70 years of the “desolations” of Jerusalem have been completed. It is the second year of Darius reign.
In 517 B.C. The temple is finished.
For more information, please see the detailed chart in Prophecy 309
I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this journey through the prophecies of the Messiah, so far. It has been a great pleasure for me to be able to contribute in some small way, to your personal spiritual growth. The goal intended by the Bible, all prophecy, and my own purpose in writing this book, is to bring you into a deeper awareness of Jesus, and what His purpose is for your life—as well as—the entire world that He loves so dearly.
Consider that God allowed His only Son to die a vicious and horrible death, because He loves you so much. Daniel’s prophecy that the Messiah would be cut off, is one of the most important doctrines of faith that we hold so dearly as followers of Jesus. If Jesus had not voluntarily offered His life for us, we would have no hope of redemption and eternal life. Because Jesus was willing to suffer so greatly for the sins that we have committed, God accepted His sacrifice as payment in full, and now offers us all a full pardon.
The following is a list of the prophecies from the Old Testament that specifically speak of the death of the Messiah for the sins of all people, as He was “cut off”.
Prophecy 1: Genesis 3:15
Prophecy 12: Genesis 22:8
Prophecy 22: Exodus 12:13
Prophecy 23: Exodus 12:21-27
Prophecy 31: Leviticus 16:15-17
Prophecy 32: Leviticus 16:27
Prophecy 33: Leviticus 17:11
Prophecy 46: Deuteronomy 21:23
Prophecy 58: Job 19:23-27
Prophecy 64: Psalm 2:7-8
Prophecy 71: Psalm 22:1
Prophecy 72: Psalm 22:1
Prophecy 73: Psalm 22:2
Prophecy 74: Psalm 22:7
Prophecy 75: Psalm 22:8
Prophecy 76: Psalm 22:9
Prophecy 77: Psalm 22:14
Prophecy 78: Psalm 22:14-15
Prophecy 79: Psalm 22:15
Prophecy 80: Psalm 22:16
Prophecy 81: Psalm 22:17-18
Prophecy 82: Psalm 22:18
Prophecy 83: Psalm 22:20-21
Prophecy 84: Psalm 22:20-21
Prophecy 85: Psalm 22:22
Prophecy 86: Psalm 22:27
Prophecy 87: Psalm 22:31
Prophecy 91: Psalm 30:3
Prophecy 92: Psalm 31:5
Prophecy 94: Psalm 31:13
Prophecy 96: Psalm 34:20
Prophecy 100: Psalm 40:2-5
Prophecy 117: Psalm 69:14
Prophecy 120: Psalm 69:26
Prophecy 122: Psalm 72:16
Prophecy 136: Psalm 102:16
Prophecy 147: Psalm 118:17-18
Prophecy 189: Isaiah 25:8
Prophecy 226: Isaiah 52:4-5
Prophecy 232: Isaiah 52:15
Prophecy 241: Isaiah 53:4
Prophecy 243: Isaiah 53:5
Prophecy 246: Isaiah 53:6
Prophecy 250: Isaiah 53:7
Prophecy 253: Isaiah 53:8
Prophecy 254: Isaiah 53:8
Prophecy 258: Isaiah 53:10
Prophecy 265: Isaiah 53:11
Prophecy 267: Isaiah 53:12
Prophecy 269: Isaiah 53:12
Prophecy 310: Daniel 9:26
Prophecy 311: Daniel 9:26
Prophecy 316: Hosea 13:14
Prophecy 353: Zechariah 12:10
Prophecy 356: Zechariah 13:7
Prophecy 357: Zechariah 13:7
 Collins, John J. (2001). “Current Issues in the Study of Daniel”. In Collins, John J.; Flint, Peter W.. The Book of Daniel, Composition & Reception. ISBN 9789004116757.