If we use AD 1 for the birth of Christ, Christ’s baptism comes in AD 29 making the anointing of Christ in the 15th year of Tiberius’ reign. However, we know that Tiberius reigned as co-regent with Augustus before he became emperor. Luke knew what we do not know, two thousand years later, that his actual reign started two years before, while Augustus was incapacitated and unable to actively reign. That would put the anointing of Christ in AD 27. The message goes on in verse 26 to say that the Anointed One (Christ) would be cut off after AD 27. Was that so? In verse 27 it tells us exactly when. “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ (seven years). In the middle of the ‘seven’ (seven years) he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.” Did Jesus confirm the covenant for one week (seven years)? Yes. Did He put an end to the sacrifice and offering in the middle of that week? Yes. Going from AD 27 three and a half years, we come to AD 30 and a half. It was in AD 30/31 that Jesus died on the cross and put an end to the sacrifices and offerings of the Temple. They were no longer needed as symbols or shadows. The true Lamb of God had died. “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:51. The word used in verse 26 that is translated “cut off” actually means “to be killed”. You will find it prophesied in Isaiah 53:8. The verse also says that He would have nothing. The actual translation is that He would have no “descendants”. That is correct. Jesus not only had nothing when He died; He also had no blood children. We are His children when we are obedient to His Ten Commandments as He was. For the next three and a half years the disciples continued to confirm the covenant of love with the Jewish nation. But in AD 34 (AD 30 1/2 + 3 1/2 years) the Jews stoned Stephen to death. The covenant was broken by the Jews for the last time. They rejected the covenant of Love and God rejected them as a nation. Now you can see the importance of the points in verse 24. The Jews were to finish transgression. They were to put an end to sin. They were to atone for their wickedness and bring in everlasting righteousness by accepting the Messiah. But no matter what they did, the vision would be fulfilled and the Most Holy would be anointed. As a nation they failed to finish transgression and put an end to sin. They failed to bring everlasting righteousness into their lives. They rejected the Messiah and proclaimed Caesar as their king. The Bible says, “The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.” That was so correct. It wasn’t the Romans that destroyed Jerusalem. Yes, they did physically. But it was the stubbornness of the Jews that destroyed Jerusalem. Titus pleaded with the Jews to surrender. He gave his word that Jerusalem and the temple would not be damaged if they would just give up their revolt. “Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you.” Jeremiah 17:4. “The Romans set up a local dynasty, the house of Herod, to rule most of Palestine; Herod the Great (r.40-4 BC) rebuilt much of Jerusalem, including the Temple. The Roman governors, however, retained ultimate control; one of them, Pontius Pilate, authorized the execution of Jesus Christ. While suppressing a major Jewish revolt, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in AD 70.”* The same is true of us today. Jesus is pleading with us to give up our rebellion and sins. He is pleading with us to give in to His Way of living, to His Ten Commandments of righteousness. But if we refuse and continue our rebellion, we will destroy ourselves.