The bible numbers operate using a timeline mirror whereby historical dates find significance in its mirror. The mirror
stands at the BC/AD timeline, which is the birth of Messiah. He is the ending of the old and
the starting of the new order (with overlap between the two).
The 'timeline mirror' concept is simple. For example: The fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians occurred in 586
BC. Therefore, it's mirror site is 586 AD. The concept is simple, but the ramifications are important.
This does not mean that there is some kind of ontological reality to the mirror. It simply means that it is a decoding device (one of many), by which the numbers
ANSWERS TO BASIC OBJECTIONS
"The birth of Yeshua was in all likelihood about
6 BC, and not December 25th, 1 BC,
as tradition has supposed."
I agree with the majority of conservative (i.e., Bible believing) scholars
on the above statement. The dates herein used throughout the examination of the numbers are in
full agreement with the majority of scholars. With the help of ancient astronomical records discovered by archeologists, modern scholarship has pin pointed precise dates for the period of the
kings of Israel. From these dates conservative scholars merely count backward in time using Bible chronologies taken literally.
However, this does not mean that Jewish and Christian traditional dates have no value or place in God’s schema of things. It is the glory of God to turn men's mistakes of ignorance into a masterpiece of revelation (sound doctrine notwithstanding). Authentic dates actually enhance the meaning of traditional dates that may be a little off. All things have "two or three witnesses" that agree as one (I.e., ' traditional' and 'actual’ dates).
When I say "traditional dates," I do not mean the myriad of opinions of men; otherwise, one may set any date to any event he wishes. However, I refer to
the dates of significant events fixed in popular thinking.
Two examples of dates that are entrenched in society by tradition are: Within
the Christian tradition, Dec. 25, 1 BC, as the birth of Messiah; and in Jewish tradition, Tishri 1 (Sept./Oct.), 3761 BC is the Creation of the world.
(This makes Oct. 2, 1997 AD the Jewish New Year of 5758 AM
[Latin: 'Anno Mundi,' "in the year of Creation."})
NOTE: Do not count the ‘0’ when crossing the BC/AD "mirror" since as a date it does not exist. The ‘0’ year creates a gap of one year with the effect that whenever counting past the ‘0’ point, one extra year must be added to adjust.
"The crucifixion of Messiah should be the center of time if there is such a
To be sure, the bible holds the death of Yeshua in
greater prominence than His birth. However, when did the humiliations and sufferings of
Messiah really begin? It began from conception!
From conception, the Son of God bears the indignantly of becoming "as weak as any man," "a spectacle to men and angels," and wrongfully
assumed as illegitimate. At birth He has no home but is "laid in swaddling clothes and placed in a animal feeding trough in a stable".
(This is a clear type of the burial of Messiah when He was also wrapped in clothes, and placed in a cave;
[the "stable" was likely a "cave" too.]) Furthermore, Messiah receives frankincense and myrrh from the
Magi, tokens of death.
From birth He was a fugitive in the arms of Mary, fleeing from the bloody sword of Herod; then from the sword of Archelaus (Matt. 2:22). Thus, the parents of the Messiah were forced to live in the ignoble town of "Nazareth," as it
was said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" (John 1:46)
Therefore, we can understand how the birth of Messiah also typified death too. This is the reason why the
book of Revelation combines the events of Messiah's birth with His death. The wrath of Herod and the fleeing of Mary after giving birth are
presented as one event along with the ascension of Messiah up to heaven. The
30-year gap of time between His birth and death are skipped over. This passage is crucial to understanding
bible prophecy and the numbers.
(Verse 2) "She was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.
(4b) And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; (5) she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, (6) and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for
one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (9) And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world--he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
(13) And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child.
(14) But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. (Revelation 12:2, 4b-6; 9, 13,14)
In brief, there are two periods of 3˝ years recorded in this chapter (vs. 6, 14) with a gap in between where war brings down an angry, yet defeated, Satan. The period in between are the hidden years of Christ's life (age 3 to 30) to which nothing is recorded except
a reference to Messiah at 12 years old in the Temple. Christ's ministry is the
second 3˝-year period of His life. However, there is another 3˝ years at Christ's birth too. Herod attempts to kill the Messiah by slaying all baby boys "from two years and under, according to the time which he had accurately inquired from the magi." (Matt. 2:16)
The Greek for "two years and under" is as ambiguous in the original Greek as it is in our English text. It can mean, 'two years old but not three', or, 'up to two full years old'. Hence the text can read as two or three
years (less a day). Thus we have, "a time (1 year), times (2 years),
and half-a-time," (i.e., the 6 months back to the birth of John the
Baptist as recorded in Luke 1:36, 56).
Thus, the bible presents us with two 3˝-year periods: One at His birth, the
other at His death. Hence, to have the birth of Yeshua, rather than His death as
the center point of the "mirror" is not unusual at all, but in accord
with the sign recorded in Revelation 12.
There was a modern "portent" or "sign" in the heavens that answered to the pattern of
the 3˝-years of Revelation 12:1. It occurred in the spring of 1996 and 1997 AD.
"And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." (Revelation 12:1)
According to the ancient historian 'Josephus,' king Herod died just before Passover of 4 BC. The date is certain because
the ancient historian Josephus mentions the portent of the Adar (March) lunar eclipse that
had immediately preceded his death to which scientists can yield an exact date.
(This is the same Herod who had asked the magi when the star had risen on
the Messiah.) Exactly 2000 years later, the greatest comet of the century appeared
(March [Adar] of 1997 AD), and there was also a repeat Adar lunar eclipse at
this same time too! (Moreover, this Adar full moon is when Purim is celebrated.
It commemorates the overthrow of Haman's conspiracy to kill the Jews, and is
similar in type to when God thwarted Herod's attempt to kill Yeshua.)
In addition, 2,000 years is 40 jubilees of 50 years with the 50th year as the
jubilee year, (i.e., AD 1996/7). The entire jubilee year was marked by a lesser comet
that occurred the year before, in spring of 1996, only this time it was during a Passover eclipse,
rather than a Purim eclipse! This comet "star" first appeared beneath the feet of the constellation of
"The Virgin," (i.e., the Virgin Mary?)
There are other factors
to consider too, such as the 49-year jubilee from the birth of the nation of Israel (1948) agreeing with the Israeli peace treaty 3˝ years earlier, (Sept.
13, 1993; see Daniel 9:27).
Events in the world at this
time included the Purim suicide bombings, both in 1996 and 1997, that almost destroyed the peace process. The spring of 1997 was set to begin the talks on the status of Jerusalem, having been delayed
already one year ("a time"). Like Herod and the dragon of Revelation 12, the United Nations were gathered in rage against
Israel because they were building on the site of "Har Homa," which
lies between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This may in fact be the very place where the Shepherds first received news of the birth of
Yeshua 2,000 years earlier! Furthermore, the liberation of the temple mount area in June, 1967, was nearing its 30th anniversary
thereby exciting the passions of both Arabs and Jews. It happens also that this
same 30 years is in parallel with the birth of Messiah 720,000 days earlier,
(i.e., 2,000 years of 360 days in a year)!
"Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with
perplexity," (Luke :24b, 25a).
(Approximate birth/conception of
Messiah), 5 BC, Jan., + 1971.2946 (720,000 days) = June, 1967, liberation of "Gentile controlled Jerusalem."
Yeshua 3˝-year ministry at
"about age 30," (Luke 3:23).