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6000 Years from Adam, Part 4

6000 Years from Adam, Part 4

The True Bible Chronology

Having examined the first five periods of Bible Chronology, we believe that we have established that from the creation to the end of the period of judges a total of 3009 years elapsed. Let us now examine the final two periods of chronology recorded in the bible beginning with Link number 24 in the true bible chronology.

The Period of the Kings

Saul’s reign was in or during the space of forty years following the last Judge, until David was anointed king, and following him, the periods of the kings in the line of David are easily traced in Chronicles, thus:

Saul’s “space”…………….. Acts 13:21……………………40 years, Link number 24

David reigned……………… 1 Chron. 29:27………………40

Solomon…………………… 2 Chron. 9:30 ……………….40

Rehoboam………………..   2 Chron. 12:13……………….17

Abijah……………………….  2 Chron. 13:2 ………………03

Asa ………………………… 2 Chron. 16:13 ………………41

Jehoshaphat…………………… 2 Chron. 20:31………….25

Jehoram ……………………2 Chron. 21:20 ………………08

Ahaziah …………………… 2 Chron. 22:2 …………………01

Athaliah …………………… 2 Chron. 22:12 ………………06

Jehoash …………………… 2 Chron. 24:1..……………….40

Amaziah …………………… 2 Chron. 25:1. ……………….29

Uzziah ………………………2 Chron. 26:3…………………52

Jotham ………………………2 Chron. 27:1 ……………….16

Ahaz …………………………2 Chron. 28:1 ………………..16

Hezekiah ………………….. 2 Chron. 29:1 …………………29

Manasseh ………………… 2 Chron. 33:1 ………………….55

Amon ……………………… 2 Chron. 33:21 ………………..02

Josiah ……………………… 2 Chron. 34:1 ………………..31

Jehoiakim ………………… 2 Chron. 36:5 …………………11

Zedekiah …………………. 2 Chron. 36:11 …………………11

The final Link in the true bible chronology, Link number 44

                                                                                                            Total (513 years)

 The Seventy Years of Desolation

This brings us to the period of the desolation of the land, which lasted seventy years (from B.C. 606 to B.C. 536), and was ended by the restoration of its people from Babylon, in the first year of Cyrus, B.C. 536 (See 2 Chron 36:20-23), a date well established in secular history, and beyond which the line of Bible chronology does not extend.

“Unless our interest in Bible chronology is merely academic, it is imperative that we find a way to relate it with the historical events of modern times. Without such a clearly established linkage of the Biblical and secular chronologies, it would not be possible to trace the continuous course of time from the Creation to the ending of the 6,000 years, since the latter event falls into our modern era.

Fortunately, the Bible furnishes us with several cross links. One example is Jer 25:1, where it states that “the fourth year of Jehoiakim…was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar.” Another is in Ezra 1:1-3 and 3:1, where it states that the Israelites were restored from their captivity in Babylon in the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia. Such links are valuable because they clearly set forth a datable event in secular history that occurred simultaneously with one already marked out in the true Bible chronology.” (True Bible Chronology, Page 45)

Thus we have shown through a clear Biblical chronology the following,

From the Creation of Adam To the end of the flood………………………………….. 1656 years

Thence to the covenant with Abraham ……………………………………………………427 years

Thence to the Exodus and the giving of the Law ………………………………………430 years

Thence to the division of Canaan …..………………………………………………………..46 years

The period of the Judges ……………………………………………………………………450 years

The period of the Kings ………………………………………………………………………513 years

The period of the desolation …………………………………………………………………70 years

Bringing us from the creation to the end of the period of the desolation a total of 3592 years (the year of the world 536 B.C.) 45,592 years since the beginning of the first creative day

The period from the time of the restoration of the Jews from Babylon, at the close of the seventy years desolation of their land, in the first year of Cyrus, down to the date known as A.D. 1, is not covered by Bible history. But, as before stated, it is well established by secular history as a period of 536 years. Ptolemy, a learned Greek-Egyptian, a geometer and astronomer, has well established these figures. They are generally accepted by scholars, and known as Ptolemy’s Canon.

The period of the desolation to A.D.1……………………………536 years

                                                                                                                                + 3592

                                                                                                                       Total 4128 years

 A.D. 1 to 1872 A.D……………………………………………….1872 years (48,000 years since the first creative day)

                                                                                                          Grand Total 6000 years

Thus we have found a clear and connected line of chronology from creation to the beginning of the Christian era (A.D.)–in all, a period of four thousand one hundred and twenty-eight years, which, together with eighteen hundred and seventy-two (1872) years of the Christian era, mark six thousand years from “Creation” to the year 1873 A.D.

 

6000 Years from Adam, Part 3

6000 Years from Adam, Part 3

The True Bible Chronology

After examining the first three periods of Bible Chronology, we believe that we have established that from the creation to the giving of the Law a total of 2513 years elapsed. Let us now examine the forth period of bible chronology

The “Period from the Exodus to the Division of Canaan among the Tribes

Note: Link number 21 in the true bible chronology begins with Num 10:11

Israel’s forty years, or “day of temptation in the wilderness” (Deut 8:2; Psa 95:8-10; Heb 3:8, 9), was followed by six years of war in Canaan, and the dividing of the land among the tribes. One year, one month and five days elapsed from their going out of Egypt to their leaving Sinai for Paran. (Num 33:3; 10:11-13) And it was then, from Kadesh-barnea in the wilderness of Paran, that the spies were sent. (Num 13:3-26; 32:8-13)

One of these, Caleb, when applying for his portion at the division of the land (Joshua 11:23; 10:42), said, “Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land, and I brought him word again…And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spoke this word…while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.” (Joshua 14:7, 10, Link number 22)

Thus it will be seen that it was forty-five years from the spying of the land to its division among the tribes, as affirmed by Joshua, and a little over a year from the exodus to the sending of the spies, making forty six full years and a fraction * from the exodus to the division of the land. As the first forty years of this period were passed in the wilderness, as shown by many scriptures, notably Acts 7:36 and Heb 3:9, the remaining six to the division of the land were spent in Canaan, conquering and taking possession of the land of promise.

*Note: We take account of only the complete years, more accurate account being impossible. Sometimes, as above, the years are fractionally long. And again some are short, as in the case of Zedekiah’s reign. Zedekiah is said to have reigned eleven years (2 Chron. 36:11; Jer. 52:1); yet, from Verses 3 to 7 of the latter chapter, it is clear that his actual reign was ten years four months and nine days. We believe that these fractional parts of years counterbalance themselves; and that the Lord has thus overruled and arranged the matter is our confidence, supported by the outcome and the results deducible from it, and the accuracy to a day, even in large periods, already noticed, thus illustrating God’s care and particularity in this matter, (See Gen 7:11, 13; Exod 12: 40, 41).

We now have established that,

From the Creation of Adam to the end of the flood…………………. 1656 years

Thence to the covenant with Abraham………………………………… 427 years

Thence to the Exodus and the giving of the Law……………………… 430 years

Thence to the division of Canaan………………………………………. 46 years

Bringing us from the creation to the division of the land a total of… 2559 years.

Let us now examine the fifth period of bible chronology beginning with Link number 23 in the true bible chronology, Gods “Timepiece”.

The Period of the Judges

We come now to what would seem to be the most difficult portion of chronology, the period from the division of the land to the anointing of Saul as king; it is usually termed the period of the Judges, though the Judges did not fill the office continuously. The record given in the books of Judges and 1 Samuel mentions nineteen periods, approximating a total of four hundred and fifty years; but they are disconnected, broken, lapped and tangled so much that we could arrive at no definite conclusion from them alone and should be obliged to conclude as others have done, that nothing positive could be known on the subject, were it not that the New Testament supplies the deficiency. The Apostle Paul states that after God divided their land to them by lot,

He gave unto them Judges about [during] the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the Prophet. Link number 23 and afterward they desired a king, and God gave unto them Saul.” Acts 13:19-21 Link number 24

The Greek word rendered “about” in the common version is hos Strong’s # 5613, and has the significance of “during” or “while”. The same writer uses the word in three other places where the common version translates it “while”, viz.: Acts 1:10; 10:17; Luke 24:32. This passage would be better translated, “He gave unto them Judges during the space of four hundred and fifty years.”

The Syriac reads thus–“And for four hundred and fifty years he gave them Judges, until (i.e. during or up onto) Samuel the prophet“–the last of the “Judges.”

“Some might contend here that … Acts 13:19 merely specifies “about 450 years,” and was not meant to be taken as an exact figure. But this argument appears very weak when we analyze similar Scriptures containing the same Greek word hos that is translated “about” in Acts 13:19. For example, in all of the following cases it is evident that an exact number of years were specified, even though the word “about” was used:

In Luke 2:37, Anna the prophetess was described as a widow of “about(hos) fourscore and four years. In Luke 8:42, Jairus’ daughter was said to be “about” (hos) twelve years of age. (Compare Mark 5:42, “for she was twelve years of age“–Rotherham) And most conclusive of all, a reference in the very same chapter of Acts as that under discussion, in the preceding verse, Acts 13:18: Here the Israelites are said to have wandered in the wilderness “about (hos) the time of forty years.” Yet it is very clear from Acts 7:36 and Deut 1:1-3 that this period was exactly 40 years in length.

From this comparative study of the usage of the Greek word hos, it seems quite probable that the 450 years of Acts 13:19 was meant as a fairly accurate statement of the length of time involved, perhaps plus or minus a few months.” (True Bible Chronology, Pages 25, 26)

The statement of the length of this period of the Judges, by the Apostle, we accept as a specially designed solution of the problem. In only two instances–the four hundred and thirty years from the Covenant to the Law, and this period of the Judges–is there any reasonable uncertainty about the Old Testament chronology, and both are clearly stated in the New. Can we suppose that this merely happened so?

It is more reasonable to suppose that God first hid the matter, by leaving the Old Testament record incomplete, and later supplied the deficiency in the New Testament, so that in due time, when attention should be called to it, those having sufficient interest to compare the accounts might find the missing links supplied in a manner calculated to teach dependence upon the Great Time-Keeper.

Since this appears to be a “stumbling stone” for some let us break it down applying the Scriptural account itself.

Old Testament proof of Paul’s total:

“Therefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Cushan-Rishathaim eight years.” Judges 3:8

“And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.” Judges 3:11

“And the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.” Judges 3:14

“So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel, and the land had rest fourscore years [eighty years].” Judges 3:30

“And the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.” Judges 4:3

“Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, she judged Israel at that time.” Judges 4:4

“So let all thy enemies perish, O Jehovah: But let them that love him be as the sun when he goes forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.” Judges 5:31

“And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.” Judges 6:1

“And the angel of Jehovah came, and sat under the oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto him, and said unto him, Jehovah is with thee, thou mighty man of valor. And Gideon said unto him, Oh, my lord, if Jehovah is with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where are all his wondrous works which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not Jehovah bring us up from Egypt? But now Jehovah hath cast us off, and delivered us into the hand of Midian. And Jehovah looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and save Israel from the hand of Midian: have not I sent thee?” Judges 6:11-14

“So Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.” Judges 8:28

“And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and spake with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father… And Abimelech was prince over Israel three years.” Judges 9:1-22

“And after Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the hill-country of Ephraim. And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.” Judges 10:1, 2

“And after him arose Jair, the Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty and two years.” Judges 10:3

So what do we have thus far, let’s see

08 years

40 …

18…

80…

20…

40…

07…

40…

03

23…

22 years

Thus far we have a total of 301 years, this is confirmed by Jephtha. Thus two thirds through the judges God confirms that our process is correct. In Judges 11:26 Jephtha points out that Israel had possession of Ammon’s land for three hundred years before Ammon tried to recover it. It was in this year (the 301 st  See Judges 10:8) that Ammon began his oppression. (See also Judges 11:12, 13)

We continue:

“And they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel that year: eighteen years [oppressed they] all the children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.” Judges 10:8

“And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in [one of] the cities of Gilead.” Judges 12:7

“And he had thirty sons; and thirty daughters he sent abroad, and thirty daughters he brought in from abroad for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years.” Judges 12:9

“And after him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel; and he judged Israel ten years.” Judges 12:11

“And he had forty sons and thirty sons’ sons that rode on threescore and ten ass colts: and he judged Israel eight years.” Judges 12:14

“And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah; and Jehovah delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.” Judges 13:1

Samson’s judgeship coincides with the last half [twenty years] of these forty years in which the LORD delivered the children of Israel into the hands of the Philistines (See Judges 15:20; 16:30, 31) and therefore will not be counted separately here.

“And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head… And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that [Eli] fell from off his seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.” 1 Sam 4:12-18

(See also 1 Sam 1:9) Samuel’s judgeship follows Eli’s and has strange limits (See 1 Sam 7:15, but he died well into the period of the kings 1 Sam 25:1); nevertheless his final recorded act of deliverance of Israel restored the ark of the testimony. (See 1 Sam 5:1; 7:2)

“And it came to pass, from the day that the ark abode in Kiriath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after Jehovah.” 1 Sam 7:2

The period of judges is apparently reckoned as having ended here. (Compare 1 Sam 8:5; 6:1; 4:18; 7:14)

Note: The account of 1 Sam 8:1 should not be considered as Samuel appointing additional judges, but rather deputies (See Deut 16:18 and 1 Sam 8:5)

Thus we have another,

18 years

06 …

07 …

10 …

08 …

40 …

40 …

20 …

139 years total

139 years added to our previous 301 years gives us a grand total of 450 years as confirmed by the Apostle Paul (Acts 13:20)

To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no truth in them (they have erred).” Isa 8:20

Thus we have shown through a clear Biblical chronology the following,

From the Creation of Adam to the end of the flood………………………….. 1656 years

Thence to the covenant with Abraham………………………………………… 427 years

Thence to the Exodus and the giving of the Law………………………………. 430 years

Thence to the division of Canaan……………………………………………….. 46 years

The period of the Judges………………………………………………………… 450 years

Bringing us from the creation to the end of the period of judges a total of 3009 years (the year of the world 1119 B.C.) 45,009 years since the beginning of the first creative day.

 

6000 Years from Adam, Part 2

6000 Years from Adam, Part 2

The True Bible Chronology

In our previous post we examined the first period of bible chronology, from the Creation of Adam to the end of the flood a total of 1656 years which brings us to the year of the world 2470 A.F. (After Fall, i.e. that is after Adam’s fall into sin) or if you prefer 2470 B.C. likewise 43,656 years since the beginning of the first creative day.

Let us now examine the next two period’s in the true bible chronology, the period from the Flood to the Covenant with Abraham, at the Death of Terah, his Father, and thence to the Exodus and the giving of the Law, beginning with Link number 11 in the true bible chronology.

“Shem–begat Arphaxad… 2 years after the flood.” Gen 11:10

“Arphaxad lived…………. 35 years and begat Salah.” Gen 11:12

“Salah lived……………… 30 years and begat Eber.” Gen 11:14

“Eber lived……………….. 34 years and begat Peleg.” Gen 11:16

“Peleg lived……………… 30 years and begat Reu.” Gen 11:18

“Reu lived………………… 32 years and begat Serug.” Gen 11:20

“Serug lived……………… 30 years and begat Nahor.” Gen 11:22

“Nahor lived……………… 29 years and begat Terah.” Gen 11:24

“The days of Terah were 205 years and he died.” Gen 11:32 Link number 19

= 427 years

This, too, is very simple and exact. But the next period is not so easily traced; for the direct line of chronology is broken, until after the exodus of Israel from Egypt. Hence we would be quite unable to proceed, was it not that Paul and Stephen, as the mouthpieces of the Spirit, furnish the connecting link.

The Period from the Covenant with Abraham to the Giving of the Law

Paul declares that the length of this period was four hundred and thirty years, (Gal 3:17) Link number 20 in the true bible chronology. The Covenant included the promise of the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, and though several times reaffirmed, to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, it was always the same covenant. (See Gen 12:7,8; 13:14-18; 26:3,4; 35:9-12; 46:2-4; 50:24) As shown by a comparison of Gen 12:1-5, 7 and Acts 7:2-5, the covenant was made (according to the previous promise) as soon as Abraham had fully complied with the conditions on which he was to receive it: that was, as soon as he had entered Canaan, which he did immediately after the decease of his father, who died in Haran, on the way to Canaan.

Having the date of the covenant–just after Terah’s death–thus established by Stephen’s statement (Acts 7:2-5), and having Paul’s statement, that the Law was four hundred and thirty years after the covenant, the break in the Old Testament chronology is thus bridged by the New Testament.

But let us read the account carefully, and mark the particularity with which the bridge is constructed:

Now the Lord had [previously, before he left Mesopotamia, or Ur of the Chaldees] said unto Abraham, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house [brethren, etc.] unto a land that I will show thee; and [if you do so] I will make of thee a great nation,” etc. (Gen 12:1, 2 Compare Acts 7:2.)

This indicates that God had proposed the covenant to Abraham before Terah, his father, died, and before he came to dwell in Haran or Charran. But there was a stipulation, which demanded Abraham’s faith and obedience before the covenant should be actually made. This stipulation was that he must manifest faith in the promise that such a covenant would be made with him, by leaving his native country and kindred and going to the land to which he was directed. This Abraham did, and as his wife, his nephew Lot and his aged father shared his faith and desired to share his fortunes with him, they were permitted to do so, and the four started for the land of promise. His father Terah died on the way, in Haran, after which Abraham passed over into Canaan, that there he might secure and bind the covenant.

As Stephen declared to Israel: “When his father was dead, he removed him into this land wherein ye now dwell.” “So Abraham departed [out of Haran] as the Lord had spoken unto him.” (Acts 7:4; Gen 12:4) And the covenant was made just after he entered the land. (See Gen 12:5-7)

Thus we have the date of the covenant, and the beginning of the four hundred and thirty years, fixed as immediately following Terah’s death, and the chain of chronology complete to the giving of the Law. The first feature of the Law was the Passover, which was instituted the same day that Israel left Egypt. (Exod 12:41-43, 47, 50, 51)

In harmony with this we read: “Now the sojourning of the children of Israel who dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years; and it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the self-same day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” (Exod 12:40-42, 51)

Some may suppose that the statements of Moses and Paul (Exod 12:40-42 and Gal 3:17) are not in harmony, the one affirming that the sojourning of Israel was four hundred and thirty years, and the other, that from the covenant with Abraham to the giving of the Law was four hundred and thirty years, reasoning that if only four hundred and thirty years elapsed between Abraham’s coming into Canaan and the giving of the Law, the sojourn of the children of Israel in Egypt must have been much less. But it should be observed that the statement is not that Israel sojourned in Egypt four hundred and thirty years, but rather that the whole length of the sojourning of that people who for some time lived in Egypt lasted four hundred and thirty years:

Now the sojourning of the children of Israel who dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years.” The sojourning referred to began when Abraham first came into Canaan. (Heb 11:8, 9) Israel sojourned in Abraham and in Isaac and in Jacob, even as Levi paid tithes to Melchizedec, while yet in the loins of his father.  (Heb 7:9, 10)

The covenant with Abraham took effect from the time that, leaving Haran or Charran; he set foot in Canaan, the land of promise. From that time, he and all Israel in him, yet unborn, became heirs of the things promised, and sojourners, or pilgrims, waiting on God for the fulfillment of the promise. This sojourning had lasted four hundred and thirty years, to a day, when Israel left Egypt, and received that first feature of the Law, the institution of the Passover.

The statements of Moses and Paul, therefore, refer to precisely the same period, thus giving most positive evidence that from the covenant with Abraham to the giving of the Law was four hundred and thirty years. Paul gave special emphasis to the fact that the Passover must be regarded as the beginning of the Law (which Moses also shows, Exod 12:42, 43, 47, 50), and Moses gave special emphasis to the exactness of the period, to a day.

Thus our second and third periods are clearly established. And when we mark the Lord’s particularity to a day, in furnishing this link in the chain of chronology, it gives us strong confidence, especially when we consider that such particularity was probably of no special interest to the Church of the past, and was given for no other than the present use.

Thus so far we have,

From the Creation of Adam To the end of the flood…………….. 1656 years

Thence to the covenant with Abraham……………………………427 years

Thence to the Exodus and the giving of the Law …………………430 years

Bringing us from the creation to the giving of the Law a total of 2513 years (the year of the world 1613 B.C.) 44,513 years since the beginning of the first creative day.

We will continue with this shortly.

6000 Years from Adam, Part 1

6000 Years from Adam, Part 1

The True Bible Chronology

Chronology is the basis of dispensational truth. The great central doctrines of the Christian religion, the Ransom, Justification and Sanctification, have stood through all periods of the Gospel Dispensation; but there is a department of Bible truth which Providence has supplied for the well-being of the Church while engaged in her earthly pilgrimage, in which the element of time largely enters; and such truths as come within this department-on which much light has been thrown in recent times-are of inestimable value to thoughtful Christians now living on earth, for they enlighten their pathway (Psa 119:105), and are, furthermore, intimately connected with faith.

In an age characterized by apostasy and rampant skepticism, when few have any real faith in God and His Word, these special dispensational truths come to our assistance, imparting steadfastness, courage and peace, for they prove to the sanctified intelligence that the Bible is indeed God’s Word of truth, and that His plan, therein contained, is being executed on time, and exactly as foretold.” (“Which is the true Chronology?” Page 7)

Bishop Usher is the originator of the Chronology that is typically found in our Common Version English Bibles; it begins with the era known as Anno Domini (the year of our Lord–although Usher believed, with many scholars, that our Lord was born 4 years earlier than that era, –and we claim 1-1/4 years earlier.) Usher reckons backward from A.D., calling the years B.C., we have generally followed the same usage, however since some might grasp the subject better by a presentation of it in consecutive order, from Adam’s creation to the present time, we will here give such a presentation, known as A.M. (Anno Mundi) or the year of the world.

The Chronology we here wish to present we claim not as “ours” on the contrary, we claim it is God’s chronology, as supplied in the Bible to all that are his, and for our common use and benefit. We fear all human speculations and manufactures along these lines, both by others and ourselves.

Chronology as it is gathered from the Bible alone, from creation down to well authenticated secular history, is clear and strong, bearing evidence, too, of the peculiar methods of divine providence in its record, in its concealing and in its gradual unfolding in due time. And this, together with the reliable dates of the Christian era and the several centuries before it at hand, enables us to locate ourselves accurately on THE STREAM OF TIME.

In starting with the question, “How long has it been since man’s creation?” We should and do feel confident that he who gave the prophecies, and said that in the time of the end they should be understood, has provided in his Word the data necessary to enable us accurately to locate those prophecies.

However, any who expect to find these matters so plainly stated as to be convincing to the mere surface reader, or the insincere skeptic, will be disappointed. God’s times and seasons are given in such a way as to be convincing, at this time, only to those who, by acquaintance with God, are able to recognize his characteristic methods. The evidence is given “that the man of God may be thoroughly furnished.” (2 Tim. 3:17) not the non-believer or skeptic, they shall continue to dwell in the darkness in which they reside. As for the true believer these well know that in all the paths by which their Father leads they must walk by faith and not by sight. To all who are prepared to walk thus, we expect to be able to point out, at every step, solid statements of God’s Word–a sure foundation for reasonable faith.

There are 44 links in the chain of Chronology, beginning with the first link in Gen 5:3 and ending with the last link in 2 Chron 36:11 which brings us up to the first year of Cyrus, B.C. 536, a well established and generally accepted date.

As we consider the Chronology provided here by the Lord, let the earnest student, figure it out for himself and see how firm a foundation for our faith is laid in God’s Word. Two breaks in the historic narrative of the Old Testament we shall find, yet when we discover that in the New Testament God has provided bridges to span these two chasms, it should increase our confidence that God so arranged the record as to hide his times and seasons, until his due time for revealing them had come–just as he has done with other truths.

There are seven chronological periods leading us down to the reign of Cyrus, which we will examine separately so as not to confuse anyone.

Have your Bible at hand and verify every quotation, that you may receive this as God’s Word and not as man’s. It may serve you well to record each link in the chain of Chronology in your bibles, make sure that if a consecutive link is not found on the same page that you make a reference for yourself specifically stating where the next link in the chain can be found. 

Chronology of the Period from the Creation of Adam to the Day the Flood was dried up

“Adam lived ……..130 years and begat (a) son and called his name Seth.” Gen 5:3

“Seth lived ………105 years and begat Enos.” Gen 5:6

“Enos lived ……….90 years and begat Cainan.” Gen 5:9

“Cainan lived …….70 years and begat Mahalaleel.” Gen 5:12

“Mahalaleel lived …65 years and begat Jared.” Gen 5:15

“Jared lived ………162 years and begat Enoch.” Gen 5:18

“Enoch lived ………65 years and begat Methuselah.” Gen 5:21

“Methuselah lived 187 years and begat Lamech.” Gen 5:25

“Lamech lived ……182 years and begat a son and called his name Noah.” Gen 5:28

“Noah was ……….600 years old when the flood of waters were upon the earth.” Gen 7:6

Total from the creation of Adam to the day the flood was dried up.” Gen 8:13

= 1656 years

Nothing more simple and exact to a day than this could be asked.

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