reply to post by ntech
You're actually very close but you left out one important detail: you didn't convert the solar years to prophetic years. These prophecies relate to
prophetic years (consisting of 360 days a year) and not solar years (consisting of approximately 365.25 days per year). When using the accurate
prophetic years with your system, this brings us to 1948: The exact year Israel became a nation again!
Remember, their curse was being dispelled from the land of Israel and having no sovereign nation so this fulfillment relates to the timing they become
a sovereign country again. Even though the Jews returned to Israel after the Babylonian captivity, they never regained their independence until 1948.
You have to convert your calculations into prophetic years and you will see how this comes to exactly 1948- just as the Bible foretold. I explain this
prophecy on my website this way:
Jeremiah prophesied the Babylonian captivity would last exactly 70 years. Both biblical and secular history show Babylon captured Israel in the spring
of 606 B.C. and the captivity ended exactly 70 years later in the spring of 536 B.C. However God gave the prophet Ezekiel (a contemporary of Jeremiah)
a vision that would extend much farther into the future:
The verse preceding the commandment to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 4:3) clearly states this prophecy will be a sign to Israel. Verse 6 explains that each of the
430 days (390 days for Israel plus 40 days for Judah) represent one year. However, at the end of the 70 year captivity we know they only returned to
Jerusalem- they were not revived as a sovereign nation.
God told Ezekiel the Jews would suffer for their iniquity for a total of 430 years. Since they already served 70 years under Babylonian captivity,
this still left a total of 360 years to suffer the judgment that God had decreed. The Bible makes it clear the Israelites did not repent after the 70
year captivity and continued in their disobedience against God.
In the 26th chapter of Leviticus, God lists blessings and judgments for Israel based on their obedience and disobedience. In this one passage alone,
God tells the Israelites four times that if after receiving judgment the people still do not repent for their sins, God will multiply or extend the
original punishment by seven times:
“And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” Leviticus 26:18
Because the Jews did not repent and turn to God after their captivity, the 360 remaining years would be multiplied by seven, equaling a total of 2,520
biblical years the Jews would be left without an independent nation. But in order to examine this prophecy, we need to understand the difference
between biblical and solar years. Although there are several verses that demonstrate a 360 day year, let’s use Genesis 7:11 as compared to Genesis
8:4 and Genesis 7:24 as compared to Genesis 8:3. These verses list the number of months and days Noah endured the flood. The 150 days the flood waters
existed lasted exactly five months from the 17th day of the 2nd month, to the 17th day of the 7th month, resulting in 30 days per month, or 360 days a
We now know:
* The Babylonian captivity ended in spring of the year 536 B.C.
* The Israelites were to suffer 360 more years without a homeland.
* Due to their disobedience, their judgment was extended to 2,520 years.
* A prophetic year consists of a 360 day year.
To calculate the prophecy, we need to perform the following steps:
1) Convert our 2,520 prophetic years into solar years. Our answer is 2,483 solar years.
2) We now want to subtract the year 536 B.C. (the year the Babylonian captivity ended) from our 2,483 years (keeping in mind there is no year 0 A.D.
so we add one year for this deficit).
Our answer is 1948- indeed, the year Israel was reinstated as a nation.
However, I do believe in dualism of prophecy and there are allusions in the Old Testament to a 365 day year. Maybe God will have something special in
store for Israel in 2009 as well. Time will tell.
[edit on 12/31/2007 by AshleyD]