from Jesus, "the Second Adam", are also 1948 years.
However, there is a snag to this perfect pattern!
But the snag only makes the pattern stronger!
This email response addresses that "snag".
(Jan. 15, 2008)
The email sent to me...
Greetings! Have enjoyed visiting your website--look forward to
reading more thoroughly over the next few weeks as I have time!
I wondered also, do you know that there is historical evidence worldwide
(i.e. from many different cultures) that the world once ACTUALLY had a
360 day solar & lunar year? (A realtime
geometric calendar of God's perfection!). And that it changed!
(possibly at time of flood, or when God turned sundial back for
Hezekiah)... Let me know if you want me to send you info!
ANOTHER interesting fact that most people are unaware of... You
can count the years in your own Bible to check this (or I've attached a
Scripture reference chart)... Counting ADAM as Year
#0/beginning of creation (The Jewish calendar has been counting since
then; they still keep this Jewish calendar to this day! (they say we're
in year 5700 something? I question it's exact accuracy).
Anyway, if you count the years from Adam (Adam was 130 years old
when he begat Seth, Seth 105 when he begat Enosh, just keep counting. Gets
a little hazy around the flood, clarifies, keep counting until
Terah begets Abraham in guess what year! 1948 Jewish years!
He's the one the Land of Israel was promised to--to him and his
Some Jewish Rabbis know about this but
don't LIKE it (because it seems to be God validating Christian Years; so
they ignore it!) Christian scholars say no (then everyone follows
the herd); they say it must have been only Terah's first born born in
1948, and that Abraham must not have been the firstborn (even though
he's listed first) but they are wrong--e-mail back if you want details
(of why they're wrong...)
God bless you in everything you're doing for God's Kingdom!!!
My email response to
the above question about the 1948 mirror.
==================== Thank you for your email!
I am aware of the 1948 mirror. Many people have noticed
including myself. Yes, it is there.
However, I still believe that Abram was not
the first born, but Terah was 130 years old when he was born, as do many
other scholars. Besides what Stephen said in Acts 6, we have the stylization
of the book of Genesis that strongly suggests this.
Genesis has two genealogies, one that spans from Adam to
Noah, the other from Noah to Terah/Abraham.
Notice the pattern:
Adam has three named children (besides unnamed ones), with
the child of the line leading to Abraham being the third born (Cain, Abel,
Seth), then Noah has three children and the line leading to Abraham
is Shem, but he is not the firstborn either. (Your chart says as much.)
(NOAH HAD SON SHEM
AT APPROX 500 YRS OF AGE)
SHEM WAS 100 YRS OLD TWOYEARS AFTER THE FLOOD
reads, when Noah was 500 he had Shem, Ham, and Japheth, just as the
text for Terah reads, Gen 11:26 "And Terah lived seventy years, and begat
Abram, Nahor, and Haran." Yet, neither Noah was 500 or Terah was 70
at the birth of their child who
were of the lineage of Messiah.)
And so, like Adam and Noah, Terah also has three children
with the promised child not the firstborn. And this pattern continues
throughout the bible, for it is not the firstborn that gets the blessing,
but it is the promised child, not as of man in the normal way, but by the
mercy of God. Not of works lest any man should boast.
So, I believe that both Adam and Terah were 130 at the birth
of their third-born, and Noah was 502. This is also what is the common
understanding among evangelical scholars who want to reconcile the New
Testament with the book of Genesis.
Adam, Noah, and Terah each begin a
new genealogy as recorded in Genesis. In the LXX (and in gospel of Luke)
each is separated by 10 names inclusive:
This is the book of the generations of Adam.
These are the generations of Noah.
Now these are the generations of Terah.
By 130 Adam had at
least Cain, Abel, and Seth
"At 500 Noah had
Shem, Ham, Japheth"
At "70 Terah had
Abram, Nahor, and
Adam 130 when Seth
But, Noah was
actually 502 when Shem born
But, Terah was
actually 130 when Abram born
But this does not destroy the 1948 pattern that you cherish,
for idealistically, at first reading, it appears to be 1948, and this is
important, a clue from God, but upon closer examination it turns out to be
really 2008, which happens to be the mirror of this very year that we are in
right now! (Hmm! Never noticed that till now!)
My entire website consistently uses this approach to the
bible numbers. All possible dates are used, rather than the arbitrary method
of choosing what fits our "pattern".
There is the actual date and there is the symbolic date. And
2008 from Adam is the actual real date of Abraham's birth, but the
symbolic/idealistic one is 1948. We do not have to sacrifice the one to keep
the other! If we just let the text speak for itself and not force it into
our own mold the different possible dates that emerge for the same event
actually compliment one another and create an intricately weaved pattern
pointing to Jesus as Messiah.
And if that were not enough, Luke quotes from the LXX in his
genealogy that spans from Noah to Abraham, which adds the name of Cainan
between Arphaxad and Shelah. The LXX says that Cainan was 130 when he had
Shelah. This is interesting because this was the age of Adam and Terah too.
Do I believe that the LXX is the accurate one? No!
Do I believe that Luke was wrong in quoting the LXX? No!
But the Holy Spirit had a higher purpose. And it is this
purpose that my bible numbers website seeks to address, by allowing the Holy
Spirit to speak rather than assuming His servants and prophets to be wrong.
Concerning the question about the
360 calendar, to have a year exactly 360 days long would be hugely inferior
to our existing one for making patterns in time that breakdown history into
compartments and epochs. For this reason I strongly doubt that it ever
existed. See http://www.360calendar.com