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Appendix D



Jubilee cycles explain

     a year for a day

 

The purpose and beauty of the ancient Jubilee Calendar is now beginning to unfold. Its purpose has been shrouded in mystery for centuries, but now the secrets of the Jubilee calendar are becoming known. Dating back to the days of the Exodus, this time mechanism was given to Moses for some very interesting reasons.

 

A rest for the land

 

Upon entering the Promised Land, God had Joshua divide the land of Canaan into twelve “parcels.” Each tribe was given a parcel according to its size and the families within a tribe were given a tract of land. All were free to use the land as they saw fit. They could even sell the land to fellow Hebrews in other tribes, but the Year of Jubilee arrived, the land had to revert back, at no charge, to the original tribe and family that received it from Joshua. The exception to this rule was city property. (Joshua 14, Leviticus 25:10,29)

 

The Year of Jubilee was celebrated at the end of each Jubilee cycle. Study the chart at the end of this study and notice that each day of the week represents a year. (A complete full sized chart can be obtained for $2 by calling (937) 848-3322.) Notice that at the end of each week, the seventh year is a sabbatical year for the land. Understand that the sabbatical year was not a sabbatical year for the people, but for the land. (Leviticus 25:2) After seven weeks of 49 years had fully ended, the year of Jubilee commenced. You will notice that the 50th year celebration occurs during the first year of the next cycle of 49 years (See 1388 B.C.). At first, this confuses many people. How can the 50th year of celebration also be the first year of the next cycle? Consider the mechanism: The Jews marked off 49 days (seven weeks) from the Feast of Unleavened Bread to observe Pentecost. If Passover occurred on a seventh-day Sabbath, then seven Sabbaths and one day later, the 50th day, the Day of Pentecost arrived. (Leviticus 23:15,16) Understand that in this case, the 50th day, the day of Pentecost, is also the first day of the week. The point here is that God’s Jubilee calendar is based on recurring cycles of seven weeks. And the 50th year of the old cycle falls at the same time as the first year of the new cycle. (For those who are thinking ahead, this is the only way the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 can equal 490 years.)

 

Not man’s calendar

 

The Jubilee Calendar was given to Israel for two wonderful reasons. First, God made Israel time-keepers for mankind. They were the only people to receive the perpetual responsibility of marking the passage of time as God sees time. And, to prevent Israel from guessing at time, God synchronized His eternal calendar on two occasions. First, He told Moses when to start counting. (Exodus 12:2) Then, for forty years, He constantly verified the days of the week in the minds of His people by doubling the amount of manna that fell on the sixth day and withholding manna on the seventh day of the week. (Exodus 16:26)

 

In addition to synchronizing His people with His calendar, God required the perpetual observance of the seventh-day Sabbath to mark the passage of the weekly cycle. This observance would distinguish His people from others. God declared that His seventh-day Sabbath would be a sign between Him and His people. (Exodus 31:17) But keeping up with the weekly cycle was only part of the larger purpose. God also required the observance of new moons to mark the passage of monthly cycles (2 Chronicles 2:4). He required the observance of the Passover on the 15th day of the new year to mark their yearly anniversary of deliverance. He required the observance of each seven-year sabbatical to mark seven-year cycles within the Jubilee. And God required the observance of the Year of Jubilee to mark the completion of each 49-year cycle.

(Leviticus 26:14-44)

 

Not observed now

 

Because Jubilee cycles aren’t observed today, many people depreciate the importance of these timing cycles. When Jesus died on Calvary, the observances of feast days and ceremonies became unnecessary (Colossians 2:11-16. Galatians 4:9-11), but the time-periods they marked remain with us. As afar as God is concerned, the weekly cycle, the monthly cycle, the yearly cycle, the week of years and the Jubilee cycle are still intact.  (This assertion will be demonstrated later.) The point here is that when Jesus died, the ceremonial services that occurred at these specific times became unnecessary, but the cycles of time remain. In fact, the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary is directly connected to 2,300 day/years that have their origin in the Jubilee calendar!

 

A starting point

 

A day in the Jubilee calendar represents a year. Verify this point by looking at the chart at the end of this study. The Jubilee Calendar marks the passage of time by counting “weeks of years.” That is, a week of seven days represents seven years. This may sound complicated, but remember, the Jews did not have a fixed date by which to mark their calendars like we do today. When we say 2009, what are we referring to? We are saying that there have been 2,009 years since the birth of Jesus (actually, 2009 years is incorrect but this is beside the point). Because our calendar dates from an event that is recognized by all nations, we can keep track of the years quite easily. But suppose the Japanese did not base their calendar on the birth of Jesus, what year Honda would they be selling in the U.S.A. right now?

 

The weekly cycle is a template

 

God foreknew the problems of keeping track of time, so he created a calendar based on the template of the weekly cycle. Many people understand the importance of the cycle of the week, but few understand the importance of the other cycles. We will investigate two:

 

The sabbatical

 

God declared that a sabbatical year must occur every seventh year (Leviticus 25:3-7). Every seventh year, the land was not to be planted or harvested. In His divine wisdom, God accomplished two important things with the seventh-year sabbatical. First, the land itself received a much-needed rest. Secondly and more importantly, He wanted to test Israel’s faith every seventh year. He wanted to see if they would trust Him enough to provide for their needs. Think about this, would it take considerable faith for an agricultural nation to let the land lay fallow for a whole year? So, God declared that year 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and 49 were perpetual Sabbatical years. The land was to receive its rest.

 

The Year of Jubilee

 

The 49th year was the last sabbatical of a Jubilee cycle. It was considered a high year because it was the seventh sabbatical. And the high sabbatical of the 49th year was followed by the once-per-generation Year of Jubilee. Again, the immediate purpose of the Year of Jubilee was the test of faith. God wanted His people to realize that the land they enjoyed was a gift from Him. He wanted them to know that they did not work for it, earn it, nor deserve it. Therefore, it was given back to its original owner every 50 years with the same cheerful spirit that He gave to them because the land was not theirs to own. He wanted them to know that they were only stewards of it. And, if they were faithful, they could remain upon the land. If they were unfaithful to Him, He promised to throw them out. (Joshua 24:13; Leviticus 18:24-28; 25:23 and Jeremiah 2:7). He also required that they were not to plant or harvest their fields during the Year of Jubilee, for it was a holy year (Leviticus 25:11,12), 

 

The harmony of time

 

The observance of the seventh-day Sabbath kept the weekly cycle intact. The observance of new moons kept the monthly cycle intact. The observance of the Passover kept the yearly intact. The observance of the seventh-year sabbaticals keep the week of years intact. And, the observance of the Jubilee cycle kept the land in the hands of its original owner.

 

Note: In all but the very first Jubilee cycle, there were eight sabbatical years per Jubilee cycle. These include the Year of Jubilee (year 1) plus seven sabbaticals (years 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49). See the charts at the end of the study for further detail.

 

Warning

 

When God gave Israel the Jubilee Calendar, He made clear their responsibility. He warned, “But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands… then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life… Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. Then the land will enjoy it Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its Sabbaths. All the time it lies desolate, the land will have its rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.” (Leviticus 26:14-35).

 

If we look carefully at the penalty for violating the sabbatical years we may correctly estimate their value in God’s sight. The penalty for violating the sabbatical years was severe because God wanted Israel to live by faith. He also wanted Israel to perpetuate His calendar. Since the Jubilee calendar was initiated at time of the exodus (Exodus 12:2), God designed that Israel should never forget their deliverance, their benevolent Creator and God. He required them to observe His sabbatical years. Anything God calls holy has an important lesson in it. He does not declare something holy to tempt men with disobedience.

 

The Bible almost silent

 

The silence regarding sabbatical or Jubilee celebrations in the Bible leads me to conclude that Israel didn’t measure up to God’s ideal. In fact, only one Year of Jubilee is mentioned in the entire Bible: Isaiah 37:30 and II Kings 19:29. Here we find the 49th sabbatical year and the Year of the Jubilee occurred during the 14th and 15th years of Hezekiah’s reign (II Kings 18:13) that fell on 703/702 B.C. This small point will become very vital when we try to identify the year of origin for the Jubilee cycle.

 

God’s patience = 70 units

 

God’s patience with Israel’s backsliding is beyond human understanding. For centuries He tried to get Israel to shape up and accomplish all that He had in mind. But they refused. Eventually, Israel filled up their cup of iniquity. God’s patience expired when Israel violated a total of 70 sabbatical years.

 

When the number 70 was fully reached, Israel was expelled from Jerusalem and hauled off to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. They had to remain in Babylon for 70 years because the land had gone without 70 sabbaticals of rest! Remember God’s warning?  “All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.” (Leviticus 26:35) In other words, God’s patience with Israel reached its limit with 70 years of sabbatical violations and He had them evicted from the land. Notice what the Bible says about their captivity, “The land enjoyed its Sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.”

(II Chronicles 36:21).

 

How are 70 sabbaticals counted?

 

How do we know that Israel was placed in captivity because they had violated 70 sabbatical years? “Now, son of man, take a clay tablet, put it in front of you and draw the city of Jerusalem on it. Then lay siege to it… You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.”

(Ezekiel 4:1-6).

 

Notice how the math works. If we add 390 years of Israel’s sin to the 40 years of Judah’s sin, we obtain a sum of 430 years of sinful living. This is why Ezekiel had to lay upon his

Right and left sides for a total of 430 days – a day for each year. In 430 years, there are 8 Jubilee cycles plus a partial cycle (the 9th) that contains 38 years. The point is that 430 years contain exactly 70 sabbaticals! (Keep in mind that there are 8 sabbaticals in a Jubilee cycle of 49 years.) Here’s how the total of 70 sabbaticals is found:

 

 

  
 Day/Year again

 

While in Babylonian captivity, God spoke to the prophet Daniel and told him that He was going to give Israel another chance. This opportunity would also have a limit of 70 units. However, instead of granting Israel 70 sabbaticals of time, God used the next larger unit within the calendar. He granted Israel 70 sevens (70 weeks of years). This, God hoped, would be enough time for Israel to become all that He wanted. Note the progression within the Jubilee Calendar. God moved from 70 sabbaticals of patience to 70 weeks of patience. Seventy weeks in the Jubilee calendar contain 490 literal years. See 457 B.C. to A.D. 33 on the chart at the end of this study in Appendix D. According to Daniel 9, the 70 weeks were to begin with the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. In the Jubilee year of 457 B.C., Artaxerxes, the world monarch of the Persian Empire, issued a decree granting the Jews complete sovereignty as a nation. Nehemiah carried the declaration to the Jews in Jerusalem.  He arrived in Jerusalem in early fall and probably read the declaration on the Day of Atonement in the year of the Jubilee, because the land was officially their at the sounding of the trumpet on the Day of Atonement in the Year of Jubilee. (Leviticus 25:9-10)

 

Note: For a careful explanation of the 70 weeks and how the appearing of Jesus Himself confirmed the timing of those events, the reader is referred to The Revelation of Jesus, another book by the writer.

 

When A.D. 33 arrived, the 70 weeks expired. The Jews had not progressed as God desired. Israel had greatly rebelled against the Holy One of Israel Himself. So, in A.D. 70, God sent the Romans upon Jerusalem and it was completely destroyed again.

 

7 x 10 = 70

 

Have you begun to notice that God’s patience may be measured in units of 70? Consider this: When Israel violated 70 sabbaticals, God had them removed from the land by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar so that the land might receive its rest. When Israel violated the 70 weeks, God had Jerusalem destroyed by the Rome’s army in A.D. 70. Again, the land got its rest.

 

If you are a student of the Old Testament, you know that judgment day, the most important day of the sanctuary service, was the Day of Atonement. It occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month. The month and the day of this service combine to form 70. It may represent the fullness of God’s patience and ten represents the limit of His mercy. One thing is certain, 70 units seem to indicate a time of judgment. You may have already considered the possibility that the existence of sin will be 7,000 years, which happens to be 70 centuries. And, the length of life itself is often threescore and ten that of course, is 70 years. Psalms 90:10 Are these numbers just coincidental?

 

Kindness has a limit, too

 

The first use of 70 sevens is found in Genesis 4:24. But, the finest explanation is found in the New Testament. “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when He sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” (Matthew 18:21.22)

The NIV and other translations of this verse seem to say 77 times. Actually, Jesus didn’t say 77 times. Rather, He turned to Peter and said, “Seventy-sevens.” Peter immediately understood the phrase. Just as Israel had been forgiven by God and granted seventy-sevens (490 years) of redemptive opportunity, Peter was to forgive his brother and grant him the same redemptive grace.

 

Prophetic time periods

 

It is beyond the scope of this article to examine all the prophetic time periods in the Bible. However, this point must be made: All apocalyptic time periods occurring within the operation of Jubilee cycles are to be interpreted in Jubilee units of time. Under this system, a day represents a literal year. This also means that prophetic time periods outside the Jubilee cycles are to be interpreted as they are given, i.e., literal units of time. This concept becomes very interesting when we consider the possibility that there may be a finite number of Jubilee cycles. That number could be 70.  

 

Notice how the Jubilee principle works with respect to prophetic time periods. Before Jubilee cycles were given, prophetic time-periods were literal. Therefore, Noah’s 120 years of warning (Genesis 6:3) were 120 literal years because they happened before Jubilee cycles began. The 1,260 days of Daniel 7:25, Revelation 12: 6,14 are to be interpreted using Jubilee units. Therefore, they represent a 1,260-year time period. The 1,000 years of the seventh millennium will be literal years because they occur after the expiration of Jubilee cycles.

 

One other point. Some ask why the 70 years prophesied by Jeremiah were literal since they occur during the Jubilee cycles. Answer: The 70 years of Babylonian captivity were payment-in-kind for violating the 70 seventh-day sabbaticals. So, Israel spent a year in captivity for each seventh-day sabbatical violation. 

 

Consider this twice

 

Suppose there is a week of millenniums, that is, each day of creation stands for a period of 1,000 years. Suppose that the millennium of Revelation 20 is not a random number, but actually the 7th millennium for earth. The idea here is that the whole earth gets its rest for the 1,000 years because the wicked are dead and the saints are in heaven. Suppose that the second coming of Jesus is on or about the 6000th year. If the reader will consider this possibility, this simple concept will clear up several problems regarding time periods in Daniel and Revelation.

 

A most interesting possibility develops. Assume there are 70 Jubilees of time. The 70th Year of Jubilee would be 1994. Add to this date, the 1,335 literal days of Daniel and something very interesting happens: Now, the Jubilee calendar and the millennial calendar reach to 1998 that can be reasonably shown to be the 6,000th year. But, we know now here in late 2009 the 6,000th year has been possibly moved to 2015 because of the 20-year window of co-regent reigns of the kings of the past.

 

The real point here is that after the Jubilee cycles expire prophetic time becomes literal. This simple mechanism explains why some time periods are day/year and others are literal time. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jubilee continue after A.D. 34

 

Two prophecies confirm the perpetuity of the Jubilee cycles long after the demise of ancient Israel in A.D. 70. The first prophecy is found in Daniel 7:25. Here the Bible foretells that the little horn power would persecute the saints of God for a time, times and half a time. This time period of 1,260 day/years began in A.D. 538 and ended in 1798. History clearly confirms the duration of this time period and even more, verifies the presence and operation of the day/year principle. But even more, the fulfillment of this prophecy confirms the operation of the Jubilee calendar, for without it there is no hermeneutical reasons apply the day/year mechanism. In other words, the operation of the Jubilee calendar is clearly confirmed by historical events.

 

Some argue that in symbolic prophecy, a day always equals a year. This is not true. Look at Daniel 4:16. Seven times are sentenced upon king Nebuchadnezzar who is symbolized as a tree in this prophecy.  Furthermore, the Hebrew word ‘iddan in Daniel 4:16 is identical with Daniel 7:25 and Daniel 12:7. As far I know, only Jehovah Witnesses apply the day/year principle to Daniel 4:16 and Daniel 7:25 and Daniel 12:7. But, the reader should require some principle to determine when time is literal and when time is day/year and the answer is simple. If the time period is part of apocalyptic prophecy and occurs during the operation of the Jubilee calendar, the time period must be interpreted as Jubilee unit, ie., day/years.

 

The second prophecy that confirms the perpetuity of the Jubilee cycle long after the demise of Ancient Israel is found in Daniel 8:14. Whatever question may have existed about the use of the day/years within the Jubilee Calendar is eliminated by the fulfillment of this prophecy. Because this prophecy begins in 457 B.C. and reaches down to A.D. 1844, two impressive points must be recognized. First, the day/year principle is clearly at work here because the time (70 sevens = 490 literal years = 10 Jubilee cycles) granted to Israel is “cut off” from this larger prophecy. In other words, if the 70 sevens are reckoned in Jubilee units of day/years because the 2,300 days start at the same time as the 70 sevens. Secondly, and maybe more importantly, this prophecy clearly points out that Jesus connected His ministry to the timing mechanism established by Jubilee cycles. If Jesus reckons the operation of the Jubilee calendar as important, shouldn’t we?

 

70 Jubilee cycles end in 1994

 

The Jubilee chart on the last page of this study is a covering 3,431 years. It begins with the Hebrew Exodus in 1437 B.C. and ends in A.D. 1994. Notice the two shaded blocks of time. The first block identifies the 70 weeks of Daniel 9. This block of time demonstrates the synchronism of Jubilee cycles. The second block identifies the 1,260 years of papal domination. This block demonstrates the operation of the Jubilee calendar after A.D. 33.

 

 

 

Exodus dating

 

Often the first question raised by the Jubilee chart is its beginning date. Debate on the date of the Exodus from Egypt has gone on for centuries and considerable diversity of opinion exists. So, how can the date of the Exodus be determined?

 

First, no one can prove with absolute certainty the date of the Exodus. Given the lack of solid evidence, most scholars will grant a small variance to whatever date they settle on. For this reason, 1437 B.C. is not an extraordinary date. But, it is a calculated date using three well-respected events whose dating has been verified outside the Bible.

 

Secondly, 1437 B.C. is not only historically plausible; it is the only date that compliments the weekly cycle of years without difficulty. If the reader can tolerate the idea that the Jubilee cycle serves a greater purpose than marking the passage of time, the end result will be a new appreciation for the intricate workings and plans of God.

 

70 Jubilee cycles

 

Notice that the Jubilee chart is divided into 70 columns of Jubilee cycles; each column represents one Jubilee cycle of 49 years. To improve readability, only the sabbatical years are printed. You will notice them at intervals of seven years. In addition, special dates are also included for perspective. You will also notice that the first year of each cycle is printed. This is done because the Year of Jubilee is a sabbatical year.

 

Ultimate purpose

 

The Jubilee calendar offers a simple solution to the problem of which prophecies are day/year and which are not. In essence, the calendar operates like this: if a prophetic time period of 70 Jubilees and that prophecy belongs to the family of 17 apocalyptic prophecies found in Daniel and Revelation, it must be interpreted as literal time. Thus the 1.000 years of the millennium are literal years and not 1,000 years of day/years.

 

As a bonus, it can be easily shown that all time periods in Daniel and Revelation will harmoniously fit. Together if Jubilee units are applied to those time periods within the Jubilee calendar and literal units are applied to those time periods after the expiration of the Jubilee calendar.

 

How 1437 B.C. is calculated

 

The calculation of 1437 B.C. is not complicated. Basically, the process requires assembling 4 known dates with one uncertain time period. After placing them on the chart, we then impose the Jubilee scheme upon them. Here’s the mathematical process:

 

        1 Kings 6:1 says the temple of Solomon was begun during the 480th year after the Exodus.

 

        The seventy years of captivity in Babylon have been confirmed outside of the Bible as 605 B.C. to 536 B.C. Also, the destruction of Jerusalem (compare II Kings 25:8,9 with Jeremiah 52:5; 32:1,2) during Nebuchadnezzar’s 19th year has been confirmed as August 586 B.C. from sources outside the Bible. Zedekiah was taken as a prisoner to Babylon in the eleventh year.

 

        The beginning of the 70 weeks found in Daniel 9 occurs in 457 B.C. during the 7th year of the reign of Artaxerxes. This means that the 70th week of years occurred between 27 (the first year) and 33 A.D. (the seventh year). Jesus Himself confirmed the timing of this prophecy by appearing and dying in the middle of the week. (See Galatians 4:4, Daniel 9:27.)

 

        The 70 weeks of Daniel 9 are synchronous with the weeks of the existing Jubilee calendar from which they are taken. In fact, the 457 B.C. decree of Artaxerxes is the only decree of the four decrees made, which occurs during a Jubilee year. Given the purpose of the Jubilee year and the condition of Israel at the time, this is particularly important. The shadow covering 457 B.C. to A.D.33 demonstrates the synchronisms of the Jubilee calendar. In other words, the 70 weeks of the years (490 years) are synchronous with the Jubilee cycles that were already operation at the time.

 

        The 1,260 day/years of persecution found in Daniel 7:25, when Napoleon captured the pope and sent him into exile in France as a prisoner. The time allotted for this persecution began in A.D. 538 and ended in 1798. This specific time period is also mentioned two more times in the Bible: Revelation 12:6 and 12:14. Because this time period is not connected to the 70-week prophecy of Daniel 9, and because this time period begins five centuries after the fall of Jerusalem, the historical fulfillment of this prophecy demonstrates the continued operation of the Jubilee calendar. The shaded area covering A.D. 538 to 1798 demonstrates the continued operation and presence of the Jubilee calendar. Please note that 1798 was to Protestants what A.D. 34 was to Christians: a Jubilee year!

 

The larger scheme

 

Look at the years 1437, 457, 34, 1798 and 1994. Notice that all of these except 1437 are Jubilee years. Is it just a coincidence that each of these five dates marks the beginning of a new trusteeship of God’s truth? When God called Israel out of the bondage of Egypt in 1437 B.C., He made them trustees of His everlasting gospel.

They were to be a light on a hill, the salt of the earth. BUT, they failed. God then turned to the Christians. In A.D. 34 the trusteeship of the everlasting gospel was transferred and God marked the transition by converting Saul into an apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9) and by sending Peter to the home of a Gentile (Acts 10). These things happened in the Jubilee Year of A.D. 34.

 

After a while, the Christians repeated the same mistakes as their Jewish forefathers. The persecuted became the persecutor. And in February 1798, according to divine decree (Daniel 7:25), the rule of the Catholic Church was broken when Napoleon took the pope captive. This happened in the Jubilee year of 1798! From this time, Protestantism has had unrestricted freedom to accomplish the task of carrying the everlasting-gospel to the entire world.

 

But, the Protestants have lost their mission and purpose. They have fallen away from the truths of the everlasting gospel just as their forefathers did and their trusteeship is about to be taken from them and given to the final generation: the remnant. But as we have seen, the upcoming Jubilee year of 1994 has come and gone, and now we are 15 years beyond in a period of delay until the 144,000 servant prophets are sealed.

 

If we add up the trusteeships in units of Jubilee cycles, we find an interesting balance. The Jew received 30 full Jubilees of opportunity. Christians received 36 full Jubilees of opportunity. Protestants, I believe, will receive four full Jubilees of opportunity and finally, the 144,000 will achieve in a mere 1,260 days what the others failed to do. Could this be a Gideon-like miracle?

 

The $6.40 question

 

When all of the above are added together, we are left with one uncertainty. If our dating scheme of the calendar is correct, we have to account for the years between 957 B.C. (the building of the temple which began in Solomon’s 4th year, 1 Kings 6:1) and 586 B.C. (the year Zedekiah was taken captive, II Kings 25). This is a total of 371 years.

 

It is impossible to precisely account for the 371 years between these two events because of co-regent reigns. A co-regent reign occurs when two kings reign at the same time. For example, the old king may continue his reign while the young king is getting established. Even more, sometimes an ascension year is counted and at other times, we cannot be sure if the ascension year is counted as part of the reign of kings or not.

 

Scholars who have painstakingly reviewed the Biblical list of forty kings in Judah and Israel during the time generally concur that the allotted time period between building of the temple and the capture of Zedekiah falls somewhere between 369 and 389 years. This variance is very simple for our need because 371 years falls within that range. Further, we can reduce some of the uncertainty of the 371 years by reaching back to 703/702 B.C.  This reduces the time in question to only 254 years. The Bible says that Hezekiah was in his 14th year when the Year of Jubilee took place and only one that happened during his reign is 702 B.C. Isaiah 36:1.

 

When the data is brought together, the 1437 B.C. date easily falls within widely accepted dating schemes for the Exodus. In addition, 1437 B.C. date of the Exodus compliments the synchronous operation of the weekly cycles of seven years that God put in motion at the time of the Exodus. If we accept the presence and operation of the Jubilee calendar, we have as simple but profound explanation for why some prophecies use the day/year mechanism and others do not. This little key opens up a whole new world of discovery about the timing of the end-time events.

 

Summary

 

No one can prove something that has not happened. Neither does God ask us to believe something without first giving us substantial evidence upon which to build our faith. Therefore, we have a wonderful opportunity to study these things and see if they are of any value. In spite of all that has been said, this point is true: 1994 has come and gone and we are 15 years beyond 1994 into 2009 and climbing. We’ll soon know if God’s patience with human beings and the beginning of the seven trumpets of Revelation will begin! Be watching and waiting!  




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