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Appendix 1.
"To anoint the most Holy."
All other things mentioned in Daniel 9:24 occurred at the cross.
Could this phrase be referring to the baptism of Christ?

It has been suggested that this phrase refers to the baptism of Christ, but the Hebrew words used for, "most holy" are, "qodesh qodashim". They are used several times in the Old Testament, and never once refer to a person. It only ever refers to the Most Holy Place, or furniture in the Most Holy Place i.e. the Ark of the Covenant.

Could it be referring to the anointing of the Ark of the Covenant in heaven

It has also been suggested that after the resurrection, Christ ascended to the heavenly sanctuary and anointed all the furniture, in preparation for it's use, as did Moses (Ex 30:26, Lev 8:10). Is this what the phrase is referring to?

In order to prove that this phrase in Dan 9:24 cannot be referring to the heavenly Ark of the Covenant, requires a study of the whole verse.

"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." Dan 9:24

I believe that the evidence is to be found just by a simple, superficial reading of the phrase, in Daniel 9:24. The very words of the verse say that this prophecy has to be fulfilled on earth,

"Seventy weeks are determined upon...thy holy anoint the most Holy." This phrase says that it will be seventy weeks before Jerusalem is to anoint the Most Holy. When Gabriel said to Daniel, "thy holy city", which city did he mean? What was Daniel's city?

The angel is talking to Daniel, saying, "...thy holy city...", that is to say Daniel's city, Jerusalem on earth. We can hear God calling Jerusalem, His holy city, and in this verse He has left no room for doubt or misunderstanding. It is Jerusalem here on earth, that is given the prophecy of anointing the most Holy.

But the blood only went on the Mercy Seat on the Day of Atonement, not on the Passover, when Christ died?

The blood being sprinkled on the Mercy Seat was not the only thing to happen on the Day of Atonement. A goat and a bullock were also sacrificed (Lev 16:11 & 15), a sacrifice that found it's fulfilment on the Passover of AD31. Also on the Day of Atonement, a scapegoat was released into the wilderness (Lev 16:10), and this is not to be fulfilled until after the second coming of Christ. So the Day of Atonement does not just represent the cleansing of the sanctuary, but is in fact a mini plan of salvation. It takes us through AD31, to the end of the 1000 years.

Actually, all the feast days had sacrifices, all of which were a shadow of the Passover. There was a daily sacrifice that found it's fulfilment on the Passover of AD31, when Christ died once (Rom 6:10, Heb 7:27, 9:25 & 26, 10:10 & 12). Christ made one great offering in giving His own life, which all their former offerings had foreshadowed.

In the symbol, sacrificial blood was sprinkled on the altar of burnt offering, the altar of incense and also on the Ark of the Covenant. But all these were fulfilled once for all when Jesus' blood was sprinkled on just one place, only once- the Mercy Seat.

The confirmation of the Old Covenant, was not just a ceremony that represented ratification. Animal sacrifices took place, so there was also a symbol of atonement. So an exact correspondence between type and antitype is not necessarily biblical. It would be an error, and unscriptural, to try to make every detail correspond precisely.

Appendix 2.
Hebrews 2:14 "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same."

Ron Wyatt claims to have taken a sample of the blood. The white blood cells were analysed, and the mother's chromosomes were present. However, those ordinarily contributed by the father were not present, except for the one Y chromosome. This would bring the total chromosome count, in this very unique blood, to 24 chromosomes. This accounts for 23 from Mary, the earthly mother, but only one Y chromosome from God. The normal total of chromosomes in human blood is 46 chromosomes.

As Jesus' blood lacks the chromosomes from His Father (except for the sex-determinent Y chromosome), the question has been raised, does this contradict Hebrews 2:14? This verse is saying that Christ was human, with human flesh and blood. The sample of blood on the Mercy Seat is human. Children with Downs Syndrome have more chromosomes than you and me, but they are human, and Hebrews 2:14 says that Christ had the same blood as we all have - human blood, no matter what the chromosome count!

Hebrews 2:14 cannot be saying that Jesus must have a set of chromosomes from an earthly father as we do, because He did not have an earthly father. That would be impossible. Imagine the implications if the blood did have chromosomes from an earthly father, perhaps Joseph. Then the Jews would feel justified in their assessment of Mary. The only other option God would have had, would be to give Jesus a "full set" of the Father's 23 chromosomes via the Holy Spirit. This would have been entirely possible for God to do, but then it seems that Jesus would have been half God, and half human. Then the impact of the God-portion of Jesus' genetic structure would have totally dominated His "earthly" body. This would give a message that contradicts the Bible, as the Bible says that Christ was our example (1 Peter 2:21). Jesus would then be half God and half human, thus having an unfair advantage over us, in being able to overcome sin.

But this sample of blood proves that Jesus had no genetic make-up, and therefore no help, from the Holy Spirit. He truly put off His Godhood in order to enter into human flesh. All His genes, and therefore His inherited tendencies came from Mary. The Holy Spirit did have to contribute the sex-determinent Y chromosome, in order to ensure Jesus was male. In order for someone to say that the analysis of the blood is definitely wrong, he is then saying that he fully understands Divinity combined in humanity in the incarnation of Christ. We cannot explain the great mystery of the plan of redemption. Jesus took upon Himself humanity, that He might reach humanity; but we cannot explain how divinity was clothed with humanity. In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot understand.
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