A “week” in prophecy can stand for seven years, a day for a year (Numbers ).We therefore conclude that His ministry lasted 3 ½ years, with the other 3 ½ years to be completed at some other time.Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating. The last part of chapter 9 gives a prophecy about His coming and verse 27 mentions a “week” of His confirming the covenant, but that in the middle of the week He would bring an end to sacrifice and offerings.
Interracial marriage often produces biracial children who are different in skin color and features from both parents. So, perhaps interracial marriage has a positive value to God.An important Bible verse about understanding interracial marriage is 2 Corinthians : "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers." That last word, "unbelievers" is of key importance.Also, Jesus’ parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4).The Romans would have known better than to have taken such a census in the dead of winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition for traveling.A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are. Deuteronomy 7:1-6 tells the Israelites to destroy all the inhabitants of the Canaan land and not to intermarry with them because they would "turn your sons away from following Me, that they may serve other gods." The same key concern of 2 Corinthians is again expressed here.
Moses' wife was of another race and in Numbers 12:1-15 Aaron and Miriam were punished for criticizing this interracial marriage.Many use verses and phrases from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures (Old and New Testaments) to justify their ban on interracial marriage.In contrast, most theologians have given these same passages a non-racial interpretation.The book of Ruth tells a delightful story of a foreigner who became part of the lineage of Christ.The harlot, Rahab, also of another nation, is included in the lineage of Christ as recorded in Matthew 1.Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. Similarly, says this passage argues “against the birth [of Christ] occurring on Dec.