God told the nation of Israel, “Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary”.
They were warned, “But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, … I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you…”
“‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times.” — Leviticus 26
“You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says Yehowah יְהוָה. So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You yourself will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city and its people.’” — 2 Chronicles 34
Josiah was the father of Jehoiachin and his brothers (who were born at the time of the exile to Babylon). (Matthew 1:11)
The word came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon (609 BC.) Daniel dates this as the third year instead of fourth. (Jeremiah 25, Daniel 1)
“Because you have not listened to my words, I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares Yehowah יְהוָה, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years… But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares Yehowah יְהוָה, “and will make it desolate forever. I will bring on that land all the things I have spoken against it, all that are written in this book and prophesied by Jeremiah against all the nations. They themselves will be enslaved by many nations and great kings; I will repay them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.” — Jeremiah 25:8–12
“After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him.
King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”
But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo… (2 Chronicles 35)
Revelation’s Sixth Bowl of Anger The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings that come from the sunrise. I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, something like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs; which go out to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of that great day of God, the Almighty.
“Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn’t walk naked, and they see his shame.”
Armageddon: He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, “Megiddo”.
On the plain of Megiddo, Egyptian enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!” So they lifted Josiah out of his chariot and placed him in another chariot. Then they brought him back to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried there in the royal cemetery. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.” — 2 Chronicles 35:20-24 NLT
“Then the people of the land took Josiah’s son Jehoahaz and made him the next king in Jerusalem. Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. Then he was deposed by the king of Egypt, who demanded that Judah pay 7,500 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold as tribute.
The king of Egypt then installed Eliakim, the brother of Jehoahaz, as the next king of Judah and Jerusalem, and he changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim. Then Neco took Jehoahaz to Egypt as a prisoner.
Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. He did what was evil in the sight of Yehowah יְהוָה his God. Then King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and captured it, and he bound Jehoiakim in bronze chains and led him away to Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar also took some of the treasures from the Temple of Yehowah יְהוָה, and he placed them in his palace in Babylon.” — 2 Chronicles 36:1-7 NLT
Judah fell to Egypt, Egypt fell to Babylon
God counts from after Josiah died. (2 Kings 22:20, 2 Chronicles 34:28)
Beginning Desolations of the City of Peace
From 609 to 539 B.C. 70 years of Babylonian world power (Jeremiah 25:11,12) were fulfilled…
After Josiah died in 609 B.C. within three months his son Jehoahaz was taken captive to Egypt, Egypt lost to Babylon, and then King Jehoiakim was under Babylon’s rule. (2 Chronicles 36:6)
Daniel understood the seventy years from Yehowah יהוה’s word to Jeremiah the prophet for the accomplishing of the desolations of Jerusalem were finished, in the first year of the reign of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the Medes, made king over the realm of the Chaldeans.— Daniel 9
“This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years… But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians…
On October, 539 B.C., the Babylonian Empire fell to the empire of the Medes and Persians without a battle when the Medes and Persians diverted the water of the Euphrates River flowing through the city and, marching at night under the gates of the city, captured it while the Babylonian king was throwing a large feast. (Daniel 5, Herodotus, Xenophon). Cyrus II, the king of the Media-Persian Empire, read Isaiah and established a policy of peaceful relationships throughout the empire issuing a decree in 538 B.C. that Jews would be allowed to return to Israel, along with the treasures that were originally taken from the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar. It was this policy that allowed Cyrus to expand the Empire and still administer and control far-off nations. About 50,000 Jews left Babylon in 537 B.C. and did return to their original homeland.— The Bible’s Most Amazing Prophecies, yeshua.org
When the Jewish exiles from Babylon returned (Ezra 1:11, 3:1) they had completed 70 years paying off sabbath of the land. (Daniel 1:1) This is true whether you subtract 70 years of 360 days per year, and end up at 606 B.C.(25,200 days = Tishri 606 to Tishri 537 BC), or if you subtract “70 years” and end up at 607 B.C.
“Moreover lie on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel on it. According to the number of the days that you shall lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. For I have appointed the years of their iniquity to be to you a number of days, even three hundred ninety days. So you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.”
“Again, when you have accomplished these, you shall lie on your right side, and shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah. I have appointed forty days, each day for a year, to you.” — Ezekiel 4
So if we take the 390 + 40 = 430 years of punishment for Israel and Judah collectively and subtract 70 years of Sabbath payoff were paid in Babylon, as we discussed above…
430 days of years – 70 years = 360 days of years remaining of punishment
“‘If you in spite of this won’t listen to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in wrath. I will also chastise you seven times for your sins.’” — Leviticus 26 warns four times of the seven times curse
360 days of years * 7 times curse = 2,520 days of years * 360 days per prophetic year =
So now what? Well first off, note we kept the math simple.
907,200 days ÷ 365.25 days = 2,483.78 years ≠ 2,520 ≠ 1914
Now, we need to take those 907,200 days, and apply it to our calendar.
This is where I take the liberty to point forward to May 14, 1948.
Take that date, and use a nifty online date calculator and subtract those days we have in question… Or, take 537 B.C. where we left off in the prophecy above, and add 907,200 days.
May 14, 1948 minus 907,200 days comes to the summer of 537 B.C. (see Ezra 1:1; 3:1,3 for September-October 537 B.C.)
It was a prophecy about Jerusalem and the Jews.
On May 14, 1948 President Harry Truman announced that the United States would offer de facto recognition of the new State of Israel. His decision, coming only eleven minutes after the new government was formed in the former British mandate of Palestine, gave immediate legitimacy to a country that existed only on paper and in the hearts of the worldwide Jewish community.
Truman’s decision to recognize Israel was one of the most difficult decisions of his Presidency. Many on his staff and in his Cabinet argued against recognition, in part because it would anger the surrounding Arab nations and threaten access to the vast oil reserves they held. In the end, though, Truman decided to recognize Israel to provide for a Jewish homeland. The decision was largely personal, stemming from his understanding of the Bible and from his interpretation of historical texts. He was also swayed by the advocacy of longtime Jewish friends like his fellow World War I soldier and early business partner Eddie Jacobson. Truman’s decision to recognize Israel is examined through his own letters and handwritten diary entries, as well as correspondence he had with his Jewish friends.
Truman, representing the United States, against the intended UN trusteeship, recognized the ‘state of Israel’, and a provisional government.
— Angela Marié Glass (@Ang) December 19, 2015
For detailed down to the minute recollections of the events leading up to the recognition of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948 by the President of the United States of America, President Truman, see also President Truman’s Decision to Recognize Israel via the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and The New Yorker article Serving the President, the Truman Years.
Truman’s Isra’el pic.twitter.com/WBlz2b5pIn
— Angela Marié Glass (@Ang) December 19, 2015
the end of the first 70 years of servitude (Ezekiel 4:4-6) =
+ 907,200 day for a day as the sun and moon witness = May 14, 1948
At Ezra 1:1, reference is made to “the first year of Cyrus,” not “the year Cyrus became king” (or accession year), so he was speaking of the first regnal year of Cyrus, which cuneiform documentation places in 538/537 B.C.E. Jewish historian Josephus corroborates by referring to “the first year of the reign of Cyrus.”—Antiquities of the Jews, Book XI, Chapter I.
This point is generally agreed upon by historians. For instance, the Handbook of Bible Chronology by Jack Finegan (Princeton University Press, 1964), p. 170, states:
“The biblical references to the first year of Cyrus when he made the proclamation which allowed the Jewish exiles to return from Babylon to Jerusalem (II Ch 36:22f.; Ezr 1:1f.) are presumably stated in terms of his reign in Babylon since they deal with an event in that city. According to the cuneiform evidence and the Babylonian calendar, Babylon fell on Tashritu 16 = Oct 12, 539 B.C., and Cyrus entered the city two and one-half weeks later on Arahsamnu 3 = Oct 29. His Babylonian regnal years began, therefore, as shown in Table 77. Accordingly his first year, in which he made the proclamation, was 538/537 B.C.”
TABLE 77. BABYLONIAN REGNAL YEARS OF CYRUS
AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS REIGN
On October, 539 B.C., the Babylonian Empire fell to the empire of the Medes and Persians. The city of Babylon itself fell without a battle when the Medes and Persians diverted the water of the Euphrates River flowing through the city and, marching at night under the gates of the city, captured it while the Babylonian king was throwing a large feast. Both the secular historians Herodotus and Xenophon describe this event as did the prophet Daniel (Daniel 5). Cyrus II, the king of the Media-Persian Empire, established a new, enlightened policy of peaceful relationships throughout the empire and in 538 B.C. issued a decree that Jews would be allowed to return to Israel along with the treasures that were originally taken from the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar. It was this policy that allowed Cyrus to expand the Empire and still administer and control far-off nations. About 50,000 Jews left Babylon in 537 B.C. and did return to their original homeland, arriving in 536 B.C.
Julian Day Information
In astronomy, a JD (Julian Date) is defined as the contiguous count of days from January 1, 4713 B.C., Greenwich Mean Noon (equal to zero hours UTC). The fraction of each day is represented as a decimal number. Hence noon (GMT) on January 2, 4713 B.C. would have JD# (Julian Date number) 1.00000, 6.00 pm GMT on the same day would have JD# 1.25000 and 6.00 hours Coordinated Universal Time (UCT) would have JD# 2443509.75.
Why was January 1, 4713 B.C. chosen as the starting point? According to most knowledgeable sources on the subject, it is the most recent day (certainly that I can remember…) in which the year began on a Sunday with a full moon. Also day 1 was chosen as January 1, 4713 B.C. because the Julian Calendar, the Lunar Calendar and the Roman Tax Calendar all coincided. This happens every 7,980 years, so the next coincidence will be in 3267 A.D. I’ll let you know if it actually happens that way next time…