The Number 444

According to the book “The Appointed Times of Jesus the Messiah” (page 213), there seems to exist an interesting relationship between the number 444 and Christ’s ministry. Jesus’ ministry began in the fall of 26 A.D. In his first recorded public address, he links his ministry and message to the start of the Jubilee year (Luke 4:16 – 21, see also Isaiah 61:1 – 2). This special period of liberty and freedom began every 50th year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 25). Christ’s linkage suggests that his ministry, like the Jubilee, also started on this holy day.

The Day of Atonement in 26 A.D. corresponds on the Hebrew calculated calendar (used to determine God’s annual Feast Days) to Wednesday, Tishri 10 in the Hebrew (Jewish) year 3787. If Christ’s ministry began on this day, it means it lasted 44 months (Hebrew years 3787 and 3789 had 13 months in them) and 4 days (444) until his crucifixion on Passover in 3790 (30 A.D.).

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