Time in prophecies.
calendar should we use
to count the time in Bible
There are 3 kind of calendars: lunar (354 days per year), solar (365 days
per year) and lunisolar (uses moon phases to count months and uses sun positions
to indicate seasons). For religious purposes Jews today are using the lunisolar calendar and every 2-3
years they have an additional – thirteen month – Adar II, in order to match with the seasons of the solar year. Should we use this
calendar for counting time in the prophecies?
It would not be correct. In
ancient times Jews also used lunisolar calendar, however they counted Jubilee
years (every 50-th year),
that modern Jews do not keep, even God never commanded to stop to do so. A Jubilee year (every 50-th year) started in the 10th day of 7th month of 49-th (Sabbath) year (Lev.25:9-11), thus 50-th year in reality was still
49-th year. That is what we know about Jubilee
We do not know how many additional months Jubilee year had, and how much shorter
was the first year after Jubilee, if it was in fact shorter. People can make
lots of theories about number of days in ancient Hebrew calendar, but
truth is nobody knows. We don't have records confirming how long was Jubilee
year, therefore we do not know how many days per year in average was in 50 years
cycle. So why don't we look for the answer in the Bible?
counting time in the prophecies the Bible gives us the
time - 360 days per year.
How do we know that?
the same interval of time of 3,5 years, or half of the week in Daniel’s
prophesy (Dan.9:27) is
given as 42 months and as 1260 days in Revelation (Rev.12:6,14;13:5):
1260 days : 3,5 years = 360 days per year.
The dates of
all Bible prophecies we need to transform from the prophetical time (360 days
per year) into the solar
time (365 days per year) in order to match it with historical dates given by historical
encyclopedias according to solar calendar, which was in use by majority of
The given method of calculation, as you will
see further, successfully was used there in the
presented work for calculation not only prophetical dates, but all the dates specified in the Bible.
Therefore the author has a confidence to declare that average statistical
Hebrew year was in fact of 360 days.
nations used the solar calendar, which is 365 days per year. Only
three prophecies in the Bible were given in solar time frame “as
the years of an hireling”( Isaiah 16:14; 21:16; 23:15).
author of this work sees serious mistakes in works of many researchers, when
they try to decipher prophecies or to calculate dates of some Biblical events using the
The principle of a parallelism in Bible prophecies.
we will begin to decode prophecies it is necessary to understand the one very
important thing, without which the
decoding is impossible. All prophecies of the Bible are built on the
principle of a parallelism. The base of a principle of
parallelism is a parallelism or similarity of events, characteristics,
features of various individuals.
same principle of the parallelism applied to the prophecies about different
persons when some aspects of their actions are similar. So, the prophecy about
the tree (Dan.4) is about the king Nebuchadnezzar and about the Jewish nation.
The prophecy of Isaiah (14) is about the Babylonian king and about Satan. The
prophecy of Ezekiel (28) is about the prince of Tire and about Satan. Ezekiel
31:16-18 about Satan and Egyptian Pharaoh;
2Sam.7:12,13 about Jesus and Solomon; Deu.31:3 about Joshua and Jesus;
Isaiah 49:1-6, Hosea 11:1 are about Jesus and about Israel. Zech.6:12 is about
Jesus and Joshua. Isa.:7:14-16 is about Jesus child and about the child
of Isaiah (8:4). Daniel 11:23-31 is about Antiochus IV and about the
antichrist. Ps.95:11 and Heb.4:1 about the promising land and about the
Kingdom of Heaven. The 1260
years were applied to the little horn (Dan.7:21) as to the papacy, the 1260
days (or 42 months- Rev.13:5) will be applied to the beast -
used the parallelism also. Thus, when Malachi prophesied about the Second
coming of Jesus he said, that God will send to His people Elijah the prophet
(4:5): “Behold, I will send you Elijah the
prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (it's
said about Second coming). Jesus said that John the Baptist was Elijah
(Mat.11:14; 17:12): “this is Elijah, which
was for to come”, though John the Baptist was the prophet of the
Christ’s First coming.
when Matthew (2:15) said about Jesus: “And was
there until the
death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the
prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son”, he had
repeated Hosea's words about Israel (Hosea 11:1) : “When
Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”.
These two aspects: the
prophetical time and the principle of parallelism, we need to take into
consideration every time when we are decoding any Bible prophecy.