573 BC Nisan 10, plus 1260 + 1260 years
= AD 1948 Pentecost
How the exact day and year when Israel
became a nation was predicted in the Bible!
May 14, 1948
(Midnight, Iyar 6)
(But, 'Pentecost' on 360 Calendar)
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Questions about "1260"
Que. What is significant about the time frame of "1260 plus 1260" days (or years) in relation to Ezekiel 40 or in relation to Israel becoming a nation?
Ans. There are a number of reasons why 1260 is significant: for this is the very time frame used in the bible to symbolize all that has been said so far as to what Nisan 10 and Pentecost represent! This is the time frame that matches the prophecy.
Firstly, the prophecy of the "1260 days" found in Revelation 11 directly ties into Ezekiel 40. Most any commentary on the bible will point this out. The one prophecy is adapted from the other. In both cases there is the measuring of the temple with a rod while in a vision. Thus, to have this very time frame of '1260-times-two' years between the measuring of the temple by Ezekiel unto when Israel again became a nation is most amazing! This is the time frame given in Revelation that concerns this prophecy in Ezekiel!
Rev 11:1 I was then given a stick that looked like a measuring-rod, and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who are worshiping in the temple.
Rev 11:2 But do not measure the outer courts, because they have been given to the heathen, who will trample on the Holy City for forty-two months.
Rev 11:3 I will send my two witnesses dressed in sackcloth, and they will proclaim God's message during those 1260 days." ("42 months" is 1260 days on 360 calendar; i.e., 42 x 30 days-in-a-month equals 1260 days, which is half-a-seven year period of 1260 plus 1260 days.)
Eze 40:3 And he brought me thither; and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.
Eze 40:4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thy heart upon all that I shall show thee; for, to the intent that I may show them unto thee, art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.
Moreover, the first place that the bible explicitly mentions the time frame of 1260 days is found in Revelation 11:3. There it implies the giving of "power" to the "Two Witnesses." And this narrative obviously alludes to when God likewise 'poured out His Holy Spirit' on the disciples at Pentecost so that they might have power to witness! Thus again we have the connection between Pentecost and 1260, and therefore, in turn, the connection back to the 1260 years plus 1260 years to Pentecost, 1948.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.
Act 1:8 but ye will receive power, the Holy Spirit having come upon you, and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Act 2:1-2 And when the day of Pentecost was now come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Moreover, the Two Witnesses come back to life after 3.5 days (at the end of the 1260 days of prophesying) when a "breath enters them." This, again, is the imagery of Pentecost and of Ezekiel 37.
Moreover, in Revelation 12 we have the second (and last) explicit reference to "1260 days". In Rev. 12 the 1260-day time-period is patterned after the time when Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years. This is significant since Israel wandered in the wilderness/desert 40 years after she was supposed to enter the Promised land on Pentecost, but did not do so until 40 years later on Nisan 10th; (to be precise, it was 39 years). Thus, the " 1260 days" of Revelation 12 is patterned after a period of time that stretched 40 years between the same two anniversaries that the 1260 plus 1260 years spans. And the theme is the same as well! That is, the 40-year wilderness-wandering spanned from Pentecost, 1445, to Nisan 10, 1406 BC, just as the 1260 years plus 1260 years, (patterned after the 40 years), similarly spanned from Nisan 10, 593 BC, to Pentecost, AD 1948.
Rev 12:5-6 Then she gave birth to a son, who will rule over all nations with an iron rod. But the child was snatched away and taken to God and his throne. The woman fled to the desert, to a place God had prepared for her, where she will be taken care of for 1260 days.
Que. Why not just one 1260-year period rather than two 1260's until 1948?
Ans. The 1260-year period is adapted from the 1260-day period. There are numerous prophecies that show that the 1260 days is simply half-a-seven year period. For example, in Daniel 9:24-27 a covenant is made for seven years/days and " in the middle it is broken". (Hence, "in the middle" means after the first 1260 days, which is a 3½-year period.) The covenant of Mount Sinai was also over a seven-day period. Remember that both the Sinai covenant and the New Covenant are both referred to in Ezekiel 37 and both were inaugurated on Pentecost, the same day Israel became a nation.
Moreover, the book of Ezekiel contains a prophecy in chapter 37 that tells us that the divided nation of Israel and Judah will again be reunited when they return to their land. In several places in the bible this is symbolically compared to a broken rod. Ezekiel 37 speaks about this in the context of the the New Covenant which suggests that the broken rod that becomes one again refers numerically to the two halves of this seven-year period, that is, 1260 days plus 1260 days. Thus we have a divided nation and a divided seven-year covenant symbolized by a divided rod. And this rod ties us also back to the measuring rod in Ezekiel 40.
Eze 37:19 say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them with it, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.
Eze 37:20-21 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
Moreover, beside a seven-year peace treaty/covenant (of 1260 days times-two as mentioned in Dan. 9) we also have another event mentioned in Ezekiel that also lasts seven years. In Ezekiel 38 and 39 there is a prophecy about a great battle that occurs between Israel and a far northern kingdom who along with Arab nations surround and attack Israel. This battle is said to occur in "the last days" when Israel has miraculously come back to their land. However, those nations are miraculously destroyed that presume to attack her and then we read in Ezekiel of a seven-year process of burning the weapons of war. "Seven years" is 1260 plus 1260 , and thus we have another tie-in with the said 1260 plus 1260 to 1948. Thus, we have a direct reference to the actual time-frame of seven-years mentioned in this famous prophecy the very chapter before Ezekiel 40.
Eze. 39:8-9 Behold, it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord Jehovah; this is the day whereof I have spoken. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall make fires of the weapons and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall make fires of them seven years;
This same great prophecy concludes with another reference to God pouring out His Sprit upon them, which, as said, was spiritual fulfilled already at Pentecost, AD 30.
Eze 39:28-29 And they shall know that I am Jehovah their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there; neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah.
Thus, to have seven-years of years (1260 years plus 1260 years) from this great prophecy of Ezekiel 40 unto Pentecost 1948 is most significant! However, the fact that the undated prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39 was near fulfilled when Israel became a nation on Pentecost 1948 makes the connection absolutely certain. For immediately upon Israel becoming a nation Arab nations attacked Israel from all around. But God delivered Israel as He promised He would. (In subsequent wars Russia has aided the Arabs --- Russia the land of the "far north"!
Opportunistic Russia may well have had plans to enter that 1948 war as evident by Russia's unsavory intentions afterward. Thus, 1948 could well have been WW3!) However, while the prophecy of Ezek. 38 was in part fulfilled Pentecost 1948, yet it is obvious that we await the prophecy's complete fulfillment, which will come to pass in its own time and numeric grid as certain as the first part of the prophecy has already come to pass.
Thus to answer the question, "Why not just one 1260-year period rather than two 1260's until 1948?" The answer is that the prophecy in Ezekiel 39 mentions a full seven-year period, and not half that. And that a full seven-years of years later (1260 years times-two) Israel indeed became a nation and a battle very comparable to Ezekiel 38-39 then took place. Therefore if that great war had indeed occurred the day that Israel became a nation then the numeric of 1260 years times-two and then another 1260 days times-two as per the prophecy of Ezekiel 39 for burning the weapons would have made perfect numeric sense. But instead the war of 1948 serves as a shadow and type of things to come. But God is delaying that battle until the fullness of time.
Bible prophecy tells us that when that great war occurs that there will also be a covenant signed between the antichrist and Israel that will also last 1260 days times-two, but in the middle it will be broken. It is unclear in my mind exactly where the battle of Russia and Israel will fit in with this 1260-times-two day covenant. Perhaps the seven years of burning the weapons might be in the middle or even the end of this tribulation period, so that the weapons are burned seven years into the start of the 1000-year reign of Christ? It is hard to say. Interestingly, the bible does tell us that at the end of that 1000-year reign that another battle like the Russian one will again occur and then the age will be completely wrapped up and the eternal age will dawn, (Rev. 20:8).
From the date when Ezekiel measured the visionary temple in Ezekiel 40 unto 1948 when Israel became a nation again are 1260 plus 1260 years.
573 BC Nisan 10, plus 1260 + 1260 years
= AD 1948 Pentecost
(Note, the 1967 War that saw the rest of Jerusalem, and temple mount, fall into Israel's hands also began on Pentecost. See earlier note.)
Que. Is there further time frames involved with this prophecy about Israel becoming a nation on Pentecost, 1948?
Ans. Much in everyway!
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Why Israel a Nation in 1948?
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Abraham was born 1948 years after Adam,
and Israel was born as a nation in AD 1948. Is this a coincidence?