Sunday, October 10, 2004

How was 1914 calculated using bible scripture?

If you have read even just portions of the Old Testament you should realize that Kings were appointed to rule over the Jews. God's rule over his people was through these King's who had been given God's approval. These Kings were actually chosen by/through God.

This line of Kings eventually terminated with the destruction of Jerusalem in 607 B.C.E. by the Babylonians. After this time no other human King was annointed or approved by God to rule over his people.

God was now allowing rulership amoung the people of the earth to progress according to their own desire. No direct interferance from God. What we need to do is determine how long this time will be.

During this time one of the most powerfull Kings was Nebuchadnezzar who let his power go to his head. He was eventually humiliated by God. From this lesson he concluded that the success of his rulership was not due to anything special in his own power but that he was just being allowed to rule by God. See Daniel Ch4

If you carefully contemplate this it should occur to you that national governments today will also eventually be humiliated and have to come to a similar conclusion. (Isaiah 2:4)

This is something I am really looking forward to, especially considering the circumstance the world is in today.

You must now carefully read and contemplate Daniel 4:23

Daniel 4 :23 - NIV "You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.'

The tree being chopped down is not completely killed but terminated (banded) for a period of 7 times. That this verse is in regards to rulership is discerned by reading it in context.

The period of 7 times is significant in that the actual period of time could not be determined as it was not properly understood how long 'a time' was until the Apostle John revealed this many hundreds of years later.

As this was revealed long after King Nebuchadnezzar's rule it must be that it had some other significance for the time period after the first century when John wrote the Book of Revelation.

Therefore by measuring 7 times after the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the last of its Kings in 607 B.C.E. we should be able to determine when a God appointed King would once again begin to rule.

It is easily rationalised that this King would be Jesus Christ because it is after his resurrection that we find out what 'a time' is.

There is a scriptural connection however, to Jesus Christ in this prophecy which, occurs a few verses later while Daniel interprets the dream as follows:

Daniel 23:24
24this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king, 25that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.

So who does God want to give this Kingdom to?

One of Daniel's contemporaries reveals who this is in the following scripture:

Ezekiel 21:27
25"Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, 26thus says the Lord GOD: "Remove the turban, and take off the crown; Nothing shall remain the same. Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted. 27Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him."'
The scripture above also speaks of the removal of Gods approved or annointed kings until he comes whose (legal) right it is. This is the one who God wants to give the kingdom to. Jesus Christ who was the only perfect man to live and die on this earth. Earning the legal right to replace what Adam lost and rule mankind.

So now, how long is 'a time' so that we can calculate when Jesus will begin his rulership?
Revelation 12:6 "The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days."
Revelation 12:14 "The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach."

time, times and half a time = 1260 days

That times must equal 2 times is a rationale whose conclusion must be carefully contemplated.

If you try to make times equal to anything else but 2 times it does not seem to make sense.


time(1) + times(2) + half a time(1/2) = 3 1/2 times


7 times = 1260 x 2 = 2520 days.

If you now add 2520 days to 607 B.C.E. you end up nowhere special.

Also you end up in a period well before Jesus's birth as well as before the time that the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation which is where we find what a "time" was in the first place.

So now what ?

There are some scriptural precedents set which indicate that a day can be represented in prophetic terms as a year.

This is revealed in the following verses:

Numbers 14:34 "For forty years-one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you."

Ezekiel 4:6 "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."
Now if 2520 years are added to 607 B.C.E. you will arrive at the year 1914.

I think you will agree that this year is significant as it was the start of WW1 and is completely in line with what Jesus said to expect during the end of the age in Matthew chapter 24.

Matthew 24:6 "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places."
This calculation is not anything new.

To the best of my own knowledge it was undertaken almost 100 years ago by some very serious bible students.

I have used this knowledge to look for the extraordinary manifestation of lightning which we should expect immediately before Jesus coming to power as a king. (Luke 10:18)

The discovery made in the following blog link makes the calculation above, incontrovertable:

Search for biblical lightning which should be immediately prior to 1914

I think you will agree the lightning reported by the Tunguska witnessess fully meets both the physical and chronological expectation derived from examining the scriptures.


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Captain Oblivious said...

Almost everything I've seen seesm to be exactly what I have been taught as a Jehovah's Witness.

1914 is very important date in history. It's when Jesus Christ took rulership in the Heavens, while throwing Satan and the demons to the Earth. Indeed, we are living in the last days as foretold in Revelations.

I would have to have discussions about this and other things. You wouldn't happened to be a Jehovah's Witness?

Soon, the governments will be overthrown by Jehovah's God's Kingdom, not to mentioned humiliated as you pointed out.

Interesting Blog.

My Email is Email me sometime.

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Anonymous said...

I think we as men should be very careful about reading too much in to dates. I am was baptised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses many years ago and I agree with much of the teachings as long as its in line with the bible. But I hesitate to tow the line anymore on their end time prophecies and calculations. To me 1914 means nothing special at all. I just believe we are living near the end and thats enough for me. Russell, Rutherford and others in Rutherford's own words "have made asses out of themselves trying to calculate and fix dates. It's just not worth the embarassment when these fail to come true.

Anonymous said...

Jehovah's Witnesses viewpoint for 607

Anonymous said...

I found the information interesting until I got to the part about Tunguska. If the slave hasn't printed it or mentioned it, I would just ignore it. There's no evidence as to what caused it. It doesn't say it was a lightning, it could have been a meteor. In the mean time, move on and keep up with the studying.

Anonymous said...

1914 is very important date in history. Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) were the only church officially Registered on July 27, 1914 during the first world war.

Anonymous said...

That's great, now prove the fall of jerusuelum in 607. I'm having a hard time with that one.