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Predicted Time Cycles

One of the most unusual prophecies recorded in the Bible concerns the destruction of the Second Temple. The respective Temple prophecy was delivered several centuries prior to when Roman legions ultimately destroyed the Temple (in 69-70 CE).

What is most unusual about the respective prophecy is that a specific year date was given for the destruction of the Temple. The year of the Temple's destruction was forecast (or predicted) in specific sets of 70-year cycles. (The recorded prediction that a specific number of 70-year cycles were to elapse is very straightforward and easy to identify). The respective prophecy appears to have been accurately fulfilled in the regard that the Temple literally was destroyed... and in the very year that was predicted.

Because a year date for the destruction of the Temple was given, we are citing this respective prophecy as a good example of fulfilled Bible prophecy. For a detailed analysis of the time line surrounding this respective prophecy, refer to the online publication: 'The Significance of 70 Years'

Prophecy recorded in the books of Daniel and Revelation warned that the function of the Temple system would also come to an end inline with a 'Times Calendar' (of 30-day months). What is remarkable about this respective prophecy is that history shows the daily sacrifice ceased to be offered on the Temple Altar in the year 70 AD, and on the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz.

Because the 2nd Temple was destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 CE then the day when the daily "sacrifice ceased" would inherently have coincided with July 14 of that year. (Note that in the year 70 CE, the 17th day of lunar month of Tammuz in the Jewish Calendar was also the same as the 14th day of the month of July in the Julian Calendar).

Of possible significance here is that the historical record tends to additionally manifest a 30-day cycle between an earlier date when sacrifices likewise ceased (a time when Babylonians seiged the 1st Temple on July 7-8, 587 BCE).

--------------------------------------- TEMPLE SACRIFICES CEASED ON A 30TH DAY --------------------------------------- Temple Date Date Julian Ceased Ceased Day (Hebrew) (Julian) Number ---- ----------- -------------- ------- 2nd 17th Tammuz July 14, 70 AD 1746820 1st 17th Tammuz July 8, 587 BC 1507210 ---------------------------------------- Number of days in between: 239610 Number of 30-day months in between: 7987

Please take note from the shown chronology that the number of days between the two dates of destruction is a time span that can perfectly be represented by 7987 months (of 30 days each month). As a further sidenote, this number of months is again divisible into a 7 times 7 division, or a 49 division.

For more information about a time cycle of 30 days in history, refer to the online publication: 'Tracking the Day of the Sun'

The respective Temple prophecies--which set specific day and year dates--can be stated to be unique among prophecies recorded in the Bible. Of additional significance about the Temple prophecies is that the anointing of a prince (the Messiah) was also predicted. It here seems to be almost unmistakable that the historical Jesus was the 'Anointed One' of the Temple prophecy. This interpretation seems certain in the regard that--in addition to the day and year when the Temple was to be destroyed--a date for the Messiah's death was predicted. (This year date for the Messiah's death just about exactly agrees with the year in which Jesus was crucified by the Romans--28 to 35 CE).

For additional information concerning the prophesied destruction of the Temple and of the death of the Messiah, refer to: 'The Significance of 70 Years'.

Other portions of Bible prophecy also focus upon the return of the Messiah and the ultimate establishment of a Kingdom-of-God.

The prophetic timeline leading to the end of the current dispensation appears to somehow be relevant to the days of Noah--refer to Matthew 24:37; Luke 17:26. (Note that violence--and destructive means--appear to have become increased during the days of Noah). It here seems of some certain significance that the author of Genesis was cautious to date the day of the deluge in terms of specific lunisolar cycles. For additional information concerning the date of Noah's flood, refer to the following online publication: 'Was the Flood of Noah a Real Event?'.

Prophecies appearing in other widely-circulated Hebrew documents do likewise predict the future coming of a New Kingdom. For example, writings attributed to the ancient patriarch Enoch have detail of a "Son-of-Man"; a Messiah. (For pertinent information about Messianic prophecies contained in the book of Enoch, refer especially to Chapters 45-63 of either the Laurence or Charles translation).

A consistant theme of Biblical prophecy is that a time of apocalyptic destruction is on the way. Some good news here is that the human race is predicted to ultimately survive a coming period of cataclysm. For more information, refer to the publication entitled: 'Is Doomsday Ahead?'.


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