Sixes and Sevens

Six days the Lord took to make the earth…
then he rested on the seventh.
Six years the Isrealites of the OT were to work the ground…
then the seventh was a dormant year for it to rest.
Six days of feasting in a Jewish marriage…
the seventh, they are one.
Six years a OT man would pay on a loan…
the seventh, the debt was dropped and forgiven.
Six years did an OT indentured servant work for his master…
on the seventh he was free.
Six days we are to go about our business and work…
on the seventh, we are to rest.
Six seals/trumps/bowls in Revelations,
and the seventh and final event in each series sets in motion
a great change of events, culminating in the return of Christ.
Six feasts related to harvest,
the seventh a feast of rest.
Six thousand years this earth is to continue in strife…
and the seven thousandth year is the start of dwelling in New Jerusalem…?

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The Bible sets the precedence that seven is the number of rest and freedom.  I believe that these precedences were set up for a reason – so that we might know God’s heart a little better, if we are to look at His word and see His delights there.  He delights in taking rests on the seventh – whether it be year, month, day… or millineum.

In scripture, it’s written that there will be a thousand year period of called “the millineum” after the Tribulation… leading to the eternal state of communion and rest with the Father.  To be honest, I’d never put two and two together to get four before now… but it stands to reason that the millenium told of in Revelation could very well be the 6th millineum, leading to the seventh… eternal perfection with our Creator.

… and I believe we have hit the end of the 5th millineum.

Around 525 A.D., a monk named Dionysius came up with the “AD” dating of our calendar.  Only he made two errors in his calculations. First he designated the year of Jesus’ birth as 1 instead of 0. This error was due to the fact that the concept of zero wasn’t part of their mathmatics – they were still using Roman numerals. So, Dionysius’ Christian era dropped the twelve months of year ‘0’ needed to get to year 1.  Secondly, he erred in his calculations of the year when Jesus was born. The year he selected was four years after the death of Herod. The Gospels state that Jesus was born during the reign of Herod (Matthew 2:1). So, Jesus had to be born at least 4 years earlier.

James Ussher, who was Primate of All Ireland in the 1500s, attempted to calculate the date of Creation, basing his calculations on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean histories and Biblical chronologies. He concluded that the Creation occurred in 4004 B.C.

…so that would put the 6000 mark in the year 2000… but we have to add the 4 years Dionysius miscalculated, and subtract the one for “0”… and of course there is always the possibility of errors… Ussher may have made a few miscalculations, there’s the chance Christ was born 5 or 6 BC, there’s the 7-year Tribulation… but in essence, we are within a few years of the end of the 5000 mark.

But Anna, you say, that Jewish calendar in the top left corner of your page says 5760.  You’re right… The Persian period not mentioned in the Bible is where part of the difference is.  The Jews hold that the Persian period was 52 years, but historical experts say it was 207 years long.

The Jews are wrong.  Greek historians of the Persian period all agree that the Persian rule was from 539 to 332 B.C. and included the reign of ten kings.  Later historians from the first century also are in agreement that the period was longer that the Jews hold.  And as if that isn’t enough, Nehemiah lists a succession of high priests of the Persian period, and that the list is too long for the rabbinical chronology.  But the worst blow to the Jewish theory is the Persian cuneiform inscriptions. They weren’t decipherable until the 19th Century – and they confirm the chronology of the Greek historians.

And that’s not the only thing the Jews goofed up.  Remember my Messiah Math post?  The 70 weeks Daniel prophesied that took us to the exact date of Christ?   Seventy weeks are determined… to make an end of sins…  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks…  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off… and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary

Now I know why the Jews didn’t watch for Jesus to be the Messiah in 32 AD!  The Jew’s starting point for the 70 weeks is the destruction of Solomon’s Temple and their ending point was the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D.  They assumed that was a 490 year period – minus 70 years (in Babylon), leaving 420 years for the span of the Second Temple.  But the actual time period from the start of its construction to its destruction was 527 years — a difference of 107 years. When you add the 70 years of captivity, you come to a difference of 177 years. And to that must be added the 79 years between the first return in 536 B.C. and the edict to rebuild in 457 B.C. That brings the total difference to 256 years!

So the date on my blog is the correct Jewish calendar date, but their calendar is REALLY off, in actuality.  But they can’t change it – partly because of tradition… and partly because if they did, it would be admitting they could’ve known when the Messiah was to come, and it would be admitting Jesus was the Christ – and they do NOT want to do that.

Ironically, it’s the Jewish Talmud that suggests that the earth’s troubles would last 6 millineums, then a seventh perfect millineum.  It was carried on by the apostolic church fathers… but dropped by my favorite organization of trouble – the Roman Catholic church.  They chose an amillennial view, and the idea of a week of milleniums wasn’t heard again until Martin Luther (who the Catholics excommunicated).  But there are other scripture that support this theory, and it does keep with the rhythm of what God’s set precedence seems to be.  And it’s certainly worth some consideration.

((this is also going somewhere… the same place as my 1948 blog… bear with me, I am getting there.))

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