THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGY REVEALED
No, I don't mean how many years (exactly) there are from Adam's creation until today... , because God did wrote the Bible according to his statement , "concealing the things" - Prov. 25:2.
...Nor how long is a "Creation Day" (of Genesis ) , because the length of the Creation days are not revealed to humans .
By "THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGY" expression I mean the prophetically "times"
shown in Daniel's book , also in Revelation , and referred by Jesus in Luke 21:24.
They are "the seven times", "a time, times and half of time", "1260 days" , "1290 days" , "1335 days", "2300 evenings and mornings", "42 months" .
(Here I don't mention the "70 weeks" because these are not known yet. )
These times/chronology were not known to humans from the time of their uttering (in prophecies) until the recent time/years , so , no christian and no man on earth could know them !
Why that ?
Because they were parts of the prophecies wich were sealed by God , according to His will !
9. And he said, Go thy way, Daniel;
for the words are shut up and sealed till the time of the end.
So, now it is easy to understand why all christians during the time from Jesus onward , and also during the "latter days" , until a few years ago, (2002) have failed when have tryied to explain or to "interpret" these times and when tryied to find their exactly "timeframe" , or corelation .
I have to say that all interpretations
(of these times) believed by bro. Russell and the followers were not correct , they were "before-time" explanations, and , unfortunately, they were our "background" "in truth" .
Furthermore, these periods of time are directly related to an action which had to take place within "God's people" during the "latter days" , that is , the manifestation of the "man of lawlessness" which was kept secret .
The apostle Paul in 2Thessalonicians 2 says
7. For the mystery of lawlessness
doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall be revealed the lawless one
, whom the Lord Jesus shall
slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming;
Clearly, these "seven times" spoken by Daniel are directly related with the "lawlesness one" , which "lawlesness one" (his works and the times he is acting) is revealed at Jesus "coming" , of course , the "second" coming.
And the "the manifestation of his coming" is started already !
So, the "times" spoken of in Daniel are part of prophecies regarding God's people at the "latter days" (Dan. 10:14).
In fact, they represent the lenghtness of a certain actions during
the latter days.
And now, the very important point is, that Jehovah has foretold the fact that His people will not understand these things (what will happen to him) until the end of the "latter days" period !
It is written
20. The anger of Jehovah
shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly
24. The fierce anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall understand it.
The idea is that toward the end of the "latter days" period
"ye shall understand perfectly" , that is the "end time", when Christ is "at the door" and He starts the judgement at "God's House", the Temple.
Again, Daniel's chonologies/times could not be understood before or prior the time of the understanding of the "Song of Moses" prophecy , because this Song is the key to understand the course of the events that take place during the "latter days" !
Well , when does the "latter days" begin ?
Absolutely interesting , there is no chronology in the Bible to point to , or to show when the "latter days" starts !
Because all these (period of)"times" of Daniel and Revelation have their place inside or within or during
... the latter days !
So, the important question remains , when does the "latter days" start/ begin ?
In order to get the answer , we have to search first for the foretold events of the "latter days"
and when we can see the first main event , that necessarily must be an action of God
, then we can approach to that time !
The Song of Moses states the fact that Jehovah has a people , He has mercy on him and cares of him
9. For Jehovah's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
10. He found him in a desert land
, And in the
waste howling wilderness
He compassed him about, he cared for him, He kept him as the apple of his eye
related to this we find also in Hosea 11
1. When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
We see here that there is a peacefull relationship between Jehovah , and His "son" , Jacob
and He called him "out of Egypt"
very important : "out of Egypt" , and then, "in wilderness" or "wasted land" (where is no food)
The following step is, Jehovah gives food to them : the bread from heaven !
24. And he rained down manna upon them to eat,
And gave them food from heaven
40. They asked, and he brought quails, And satisfied them with the bread of heaven
Jesus explains what the "bread from heaven" is ... John 6
33. For the bread of God is that which cometh down out of heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
48. I am the bread of life.
51. I am the living bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: yea and the bread which I will give is my flesh, for the life of the world.
"Jesus teaching" is that both his own body "given as offering"/"ransom price" , along with the teaching regarding how this ransom works means
"the bread from heaven" !
Searching for a such an event , we find it in the book "Proclaimers" , at page 718 under the title "NOTEWORTHY EVENTS ..." this statement :
-- 1872 Russell and his study group come to appreciate the ransom price that Christ provided for humankind
Through a further study of the latter days events
within "God's people" we will come to fully appreciate this data
as the time when the "latter days get start" .
How the "relationship" between Jehovah and His people have gone forward (from 1872) we may find by reading the Song of Moses and also Hosea chapter 11 .
Now , at this point we find in God's word ... Hosea 12
13. And by a prophet
Jehovah brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet
was he preserved.
we may see here the role Jehovah has given to Bro. Russell as "a prophet".
The fact that Russell and his group of study have eat the "bread from heaven" is not the result of a man wisdom , but surely it is God's act !
He gave that light to his people on earth , and that was the distinctive sign that they are "Jehovah's people" , called for this purpose :
14. who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity
and purify unto himself a people for his own possession, zealous of good works.
And, what were Jehovah's expectations regarding His people ?
8. For he said, Surely, they are my people, children that will not deal falsely:
so he was their Saviour.
to be continued...