Monday, 15 September 2008

The period of 2012.5 years confirmed?

The period of 2012.5 years confirmed?

Article in association with Emmanuel

Dear Readers:

It had been in front of our eyes and we had not noticed. Well, finally the Lord blessed Emmanuel to see a correlation that reinforces the idea of the chronological model of the sanctuary and he helped me to refine this concept:

· There are 2012.5 years from the birth of Jesus Christ (autumn 2 BCE) until the end of this system of things (spring 2012AD).

· There are 2012.5 from the inauguration of the Abrahamic Covenant (spring 1943 BCE) until the end of the Jewish system of things (autumn 70AD)

This parallel is correct to the season, we are missing the fine-tuning of the day and month yet.

However this is indeed very interesting:

· Something of great significance for this general “system of things” happened in the centre of the period of 3950 year of the Abrahamic Covenant: The New Covenant came into force at Pentecost of 33AD.

· Something of great significance for the Jewish “system of things” happened in the centre of the period of 2012.5 years into the Abrahamic Covenant: This event occurred in the middle of 937 BCE, most likely a Pentecost as well.

Thanks to the reconstruction of the chronology of the kings of Israel, we can verify that Ahab began his reign about 941/940 BCE. Ahab began to introduce the worship of Baal in that year and so Jehovah sent his prophet Elijah…

17 And E·li´jah the Tish´bite from the inhabitants of Gil´e·ad proceeded to say to A´hab: “As Jehovah the God of Israel before whom I do stand is living, there will occur during these years neither dew nor rain, except at the order of my word!” (1 Kings)

For how long did this drought last? It is interesting that we don’t get the exact length from the OT, but it is confirmed to us in the New Testament twice…

25 For instance, I tell YOU in truth, There were many widows in Israel in the days of E·li´jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, so that a great famine fell upon all the land, (Luke 4)

17 E·li´jah was a man with feelings like ours, and yet in prayer he prayed for it not to rain; and it did not rain upon the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the land put forth its fruit. (James 5)

If we move 3,5 years forwards from Nisan 940BC, we arrive in Tishri 937BC at the end of the drought.

Elijah now, before the people, proposes a test to prove who is the true God to be followed. The one that answers by consuming a bull sacrificed to him is to be acknowledged by all. Fair enough, the people agree. Baal is first called on, but in vain. There is no fire, no proof that Baal is a living god, although his prophets keep praying to him, yes, even cutting themselves according to their ritual. They limp about the altar under a burning sun for the greater part of the day while Elijah mercilessly mocks them, increasing their frenzy.

Now it is Elijah’s turn. Using 12 stones, he mends an altar that was torn down, probably at Jezebel’s instance. Then he has the people soak the offering and the altar in water three times; even the trench around the altar. About the time of the daily evening grain offering, Elijah prays once to Jehovah, who sends fire from the heavens to consume not just the offering but also the wood, the stones of the altar, and the water in the trench.

The people, seeing this, fall upon their faces and say: “Jehovah is the true God! Jehovah is the true God!” Then Elijah has all the 450 prophets of Baal slaughtered at the torrent valley of Kishon. Answering Elijah’s prayer, Jehovah breaks the drought by a downpour of rain.

We see that this most important and impressive demonstration of God’s power through his prophet occurred in the middle of the 2012,5 years that we can count as the length of the Most Holy. It is no coincidence that Elijah is a character associated with the coming of the Lord's Day.

So we expect the start of further demonstrations of God’s power through his prophets from Tishri 2008 onwards.

Michael& Emmanuel

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