Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) ~ FREE Article for Kids

Daniel 69 Weeks Prophecy | Triumphant Entry Article for Kids; free printable

What does Scotland Yard have to do with the Triumphal Entry and Daniel (the guy from the Lions’ Den), and how did that solve one of the most astonishing and puzzling mysteries in the whole Bible? Just in time for Palm Sunday, and if you haven’t yet shared this information with your child, now is the time… enjoy!

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DID YOU KNOW:  Did you ever want to be a detective and solve great mysteries? Sir Robert Anderson of the famous Scotland Yard was someone like that. In 1894, he solved one of the most astonishing and puzzling mysteries in the whole Bible. The prophet Daniel had been given a precise mathematical statement revealing the exact day in history that Jesus Christ would present Himself as The Meshiach Nagid—The Messiah the King. You can read all about it in Daniel chapter 9. Sir Robert figured out the cryptic mathematical formula and discovered that it happened exactly as Daniel had been told — hundreds of years later – to the very day. And it was written down in ‘black and white’ for everyone to see, along with the rest of the Septuagint LXX Old Testament, nearly 300 years before the Jesus Christ was born. Here is how it happened…

Centuries before the Lord Jesus was born, Jerusalem had been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. God had allowed their enemies to conquer them because the nation had disregarded His numerous warnings. Daniel had been captured and was in exile along with many of his people. One day he was reading God’s promise made to the prophet Jeremiah, that He would restore Jerusalem after 70 years. (Jewish and Babylonian calendars were based on 360 days.) Daniel took his Bible seriously, realised that the end of 70 years was getting close, and while he was praying about it, he was told that the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem would come. But that was not all. After that, it would be ‘seven weeks and threescore and two weeks’ [69 weeks of years = 69x7x360 = 173,880 days] when the Meshiach Nagid – The Messiah The King – would present Himself as King.

Secular historians agree that the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem was issued by King Artaxerxes Longimanus on 14 March 445 B.C. That was the trigger for Daniel’s incredible prophecy. We can read the inside story of this historical event in the book of Nehemiah. There were three other historical decrees to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (between 537BC—458BC), but only one to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. We can read about them in the Bible, too, in the book of Ezra. Okay, so fast forward a few centuries…

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Exactly 173,880 days after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem—on 6th April 32AD…

During the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, the people tried to make Him king several times, but He carefully avoided it and slipped away. “My time is not yet.” Then one day, the Lord Jesus deliberately set out to make it happen (you can read about it in Luke 19:28). On 6th April 32AD, the Lord Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a young donkey. This fulfilled another specific prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. This is the event we know as The Triumphal Entry, sometimes called Palm Sunday, and is the only occasion that Jesus Christ presented Himself as King. The people were very excited and laid down palm branches to welcome their king. But the Jewish leaders were very upset. They had rejected Jesus as Messiah, even though He had fulfilled over 330 very specific prophecies just like these.

It was just before Passover. It seems that the very day when Jesus presented Himself as King, the Passover lambs were also being presented for inspection at the temple. Jesus presented Himself as THE ultimate and spotless Passover lamb. When Sir Robert Anderson worked out the dates between 14 March 445 B.C. (when the decree was issued) and 6 April 32 A.D. and made an adjustment for leap years, he discovered that it was exactly 173,880 days [or as he put it, ‘seven times 69 prophetic years of 360 days’]—to the very day. Incredible? Absolutely. God means exactly what He says.

A few days later, the Messiah was unjustly ‘cut off’ and executed like a criminal, just as Daniel had been told. “But not for Himself.” He was innocent. He died for us. For you and me. Our Creator died in our place, to satisfy the justice of a Holy God. He paid the penalty of death for our sins and rebellion against Him, so that we could be set free and live with Him forever. We can NEVER pay Him back. All we can do is gratefully accept it. His incredible gift.

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Do you know God?

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Jesus Declares Judgement on Jerusalem

Before Daniel died, still in exile in Babylon, he instructed his team of Magi (from our word ‘magistrates’) to keep watch for the King’s decree that he knew would come, and then start counting. And that is why the Magi (or wise men) came to visit the Messiah when He was born. They were expecting Him.

And that is why the Lord Jesus pronounced judgement on Jerusalem that day of the Triumphal Entry. They had all the Scriptures containing the same prophecies. Jesus expected them to know their Bibles. They should have been expecting Him, too. Luke tell us about it in chapter 19:41-44 – And when Jesus was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even thou, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another [ why…? ] because thou knew not the time of thy visitation.”

Strong words. And a severe warning to us. And this did happen, exactly as the Lord Jesus foretold. Jerusalem was destroyed again in 70 AD, this time by the Romans. Because Jesus was officially rejected as the Messiah, He returned to Heaven after His resurrection to wait (I always wondered why He did that) for:

  1. The Jewish leaders to repent for rejecting Him as their Messiah and to call Him back (Scripture tells us that they will accept a false Messiah first, though);
  2. The full number of Gentiles to be complete (all part of God’s glorious plan to extend His incredible invitation to you and me and everyone in the whole world); and…
  3. God’s perfect appointed time to come back. Are you ready? He is coming again soon.

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Listen as Dr Chuck Missler explains Daniel’s 69 weeks – this is ASTONISHING.

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TRIUMPHAL ENTRY ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)

Daniel 69 Weeks Prophecy | Triumphant Entry Article for Kids; free printable

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This article can also be sent to other non-English speaking children, but you may like to include all text within your letter, just to make sure it’s translated. If you would like to ‘copy and paste’ the article text for your child, you will find the original text at the end of this post.

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ARTICLE TEXT

DANIEL IS TOLD THE FUTURE | PROPHECY | THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY (also called Palm Sunday)

Daniel was given one of the most astonishing prophecies in the whole Bible. He was told the precise day in history that Jesus Christ would present Himself as The Meshiach Nagid—The Messiah the King! Hundreds of years later, it happened exactly as Daniel had been told. And it was written down for everyone to see—nearly 300 years before the Jesus Christ was born!

Memory Verse:  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem [the city] unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks [69 weeks]: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troubled times. Daniel 9:25

Would you like to be a detective and solve great mysteries? Sir Robert Anderson of the famous Scotland Yard was someone like that. In 1894, he solved one of the most astonishing and puzzling mysteries in the whole Bible. The prophet Daniel had been given a precise mathematical formula as to when The Meshiach Nagid—The Messiah The King—would present Himself as King. You can read all about it in Daniel chapter 9. It happened exactly as Daniel had been told—centuries later. And the whole of the Old Testament was in print (including Daniel’s amazing prophecy) nearly three centuries before Jesus Christ was born! Here is how it happened…

Jerusalem had been destroyed. Daniel was in exile. One day while he was praying about it, he was told that the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem would come. After that, it would be 69 weeks [of years—or 173,880 days] when the Meshiach Nagid (The Messiah The King) would present Himself as King. Secular historians agree that the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem was issued by King Artaxerxes Longimanus on 14 March 445 B.C. We can read the inside story of this historical event in the book of Nehemiah. That was the trigger for Daniel’s incredible prophecy. There were three other royal decrees to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem (between 537BC—458BC), but only one to rebuild the city. We can read about them in the Bible too, in the book of Ezra. Before Daniel died, he instructed his team (the Magi—like our word ‘magistrates’) to keep watch for the King’s decree and then start counting! And that is why the Magi came to visit the Messiah when He was born! They were expecting Him!

Several times during the ministry of Jesus Christ, the people tried to make Him king, but He always refused. “My time is not yet.” (John 6:15) Then one surprising day, the Lord Jesus deliberately set out to make it happen (Luke 19:38). On 6th April 32AD, Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem on a young donkey. This fulfilled another specific prophecy from Zechariah 9:9. And this is the only occasion that Jesus Christ presented Himself as King. This event we know as The Triumphal Entry or Palm Sunday. The people were very excited and laid down palm branches to welcome their king. But the Jewish leaders were very upset. They had rejected Jesus as Messiah, even though He had fulfilled over 330 very specific prophecies just like these. So Jesus returned to Heaven to wait—for the Jewish leaders to repent; for the Gentiles to be saved; and for God’s perfect time to return.

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Jesus Declares Judgement

And when Jesus was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even thou, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-44

Jesus was rejected as the Messiah, so He returned to Heaven to wait—for the full number of Gentiles to be complete—and for God’s right time to come back. (Hosea 5:15; Romans 11:25; Daniel 9:24; 2 Peter 3:7-9)

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Exactly 173,880 days after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem—on 6th April 32AD…

When Jesus presented Himself as King, it was just before Passover. That very day, the Passover lambs were also being presented for inspection at the temple. Jesus presented Himself as THE ultimate and spotless Passover lamb. When Sir Robert Anderson worked out the dates between 14 March 445 B.C. (when the decree was issued) and 6 April 32 A.D. and adjusted for leap years, he discovered that it was exactly 173,880 days [or seven times 69 prophetic years of 360 days]—to the very day! Incredible? Absolutely! God means exactly what He says. And a few days later, the Messiah was unjustly ‘cut off’ and executed like a criminal, just as Daniel had also been told. “But not for Himself”. He was innocent. He died for us. Our Creator died in our place, to satisfy the justice of a Holy God. He paid the penalty of death for our sins and rebellion against Him, so that we could live with Him forever! We can NEVER pay Him back! All we can do is gratefully accept it. His incredible gift!

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INFORMATION FROM:  Daniel commentary by Dr Chuck Missler, khouse.org;  Anderson, Robert, The Coming Prince, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1894. The classic work on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel (Chapter 10).

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THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP!

A very big thank you to D. Walther for very kindly providing the translation of this article on behalf of our French speaking children.

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