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					                           ASSEMBLING THE TIMELINE OF HISTORY (Part 2 page 1)
         Nothing is random or haphazard in the Bible, though it may seem that way at first reading. In part 1, we carefully organized all of the early Bibli-
cal time data and put together a precise timeline, with creation as year zero, and the great flood coming in the 6,023rd year. We ended the discussion
with the nation of Israel being split apart into Judah and Israel, 10,082 years after creation. The exhaustive study of the chronology of the kings of these
two divisions discloses that Israel was destroyed by Assyria in the 10,304th year, and Judah and the temple in Jerusalem were destroyed by Babylon in
the 10,426th year.
           Archaeological and historical records show that Pharaoh Thutmose III, the Pharaoh in power in Egypt during Israel's exodus fr om his country,
died in the Red Sea while pursuing them in 1447 BC (year 9566.) Secular records also document that King Ahab, a wicked ruler of Israel, ended his
reign in 853 BC, which was the 10,160th year. One more comparative piece of historical evidence is the appointment date of Judah's King Zedekiah in
597 BC, or year number 10,416. The interval between these dates is the same in Biblical and historical accounts- 594 years and then 256 years. We
can now align our modern day calendar with the Biblical calendar to provide meaningful dates for events discussed in the Bibl e. If 1447 BC was 9,566
years after creation, the beginning of our universe was actually 1,447 + 9,566, or 11,013 BC. The flood of Noah's day occurred 6,023 years later in 4990
BC. Abraham entered the land of Canaan in 2092 BC, and Jacob's family left Canaan and entered Egypt in 1877 BC. Forty years after the exodus from
Egypt, the young nation came into Canaan in 1407 BC. Construction of the great temple by King Solomon started in 967 BC, and the nation was divided
36 years later in 931 BC. Also, we can now compute the destruction date of the 10 tribes of Israel to be 709 BC, and the end of the 2 tribes of Judah to
have occurred in 587 BC.
         As discussed earlier, the tower of Babel and the resulting division of the land into continents during Peleg's era can now be dated as sometime
between 3153 BC and 2914 BC. This traumatic event coincides precisely with the theory that it triggered the start of the Mayan calendar (in 3114 BC),
and man's earliest writings (around 3100 BC).
         Judah and Jerusalem were destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC, and then Babylon in turn was conquered by the Medes and Persians in 539
BC. In that year, King Cyrus sent the exiled Jews back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, which started 2 years later. There are good secular records of
the Persian Kings, as well as various Bible verses to help with the dating. In Jeremiah 29:10, God declares that after 70 years (after they lost their free-
dom in 609 BC), he would cause the people to return to Jerusalem. The temple was rebuilt and dedicated in 515 BC. The book of Ezra speaks of this
event as during the third day of the month Adar in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius (522-485 BC). The prophet Nehemiah began to rebuild a wall
around the city in 445 BC, and it was completed in 433 BC (Nehemiah 2:1, 5:14). The latest entry chronologically in the Old Testament is in the book of
Esther, concerning the 10 sons of Haman. Verses 3:7 and 9:1 speak of the 12th month of the 12th year of the reign of King Ah asuerus, which would be
391 BC.
         The Bible is silent for 383 years until the New Testament message begins in the year 8 BC, focused on the life of Christ. Several events in His
life are very significant, and we can now pinpoint these dates using some secular records and many pieces of information foun d in the Bible. Galatians
4:4 speaks of the birth of Jesus as a perfectly planned time in history, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of
a woman, made under the law,". Wicked King Herod was ruler when Jesus was born, and he wanted the baby dead. Magi came following a star to
find Jesus, and King Herod asked them to search for him and report back as to the location. When the Magi did not return, Ma tthew 2:16 states that
Herod ordered all boys in Bethlehem 2 years old and younger to be killed. This order must have been 2 years after the Magi saw the star. Good secular
records document that Herod died in 4 BC, so Jesus was born in 6 BC or earlier. Luke 2:1,5 speaks of a world tax decreed by Caesar Augustus when
Mary was with child. Historical documentation proves that this tax was instituted in 7 BC.
         Backtracking for a minute, when Israel came out of Egypt in 1447 BC, God instructed Moses that the nation was to observe feast days and sacri-
fices once they reached the land of Canaan in 1407 BC. These activities were actually signs pointing to the life of Christ and His salvation program. One
of those customs was the Jubilee Year, which was to be observed every 50 years. And one of the feast days was the annual Day of Atonement. Leviti-
cus 25:9-10 ties these together nicely: "Then shall thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the 10th day of the 7th month, in the day of
atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the 50th year, and proclaim liberty throughout all
the land...and ye shall return every man unto his family." This symbolized that Christ atones for our sins, and that he gives us liberty from the bond-
age of our transgressions. 7 BC, the birth year of Christ, is a Jubilee Year, and the Feast of Atonement in that year using the Jewish Biblical calendar
translates to October 2, Christ's actual birthday.

				
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