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A new timeline from Noah to 2011
The Bible-calculator contains a Timelines tool, which can search the list of important years in the Bible... and find all events separated by a specific yearspan, or by multiples of that yearspan.
When fed the number 950, a timeline is revealed linking Noah with the End of the world:
From this we observe:
- Noah's 950-year life ended in 4640 BC
This "week" becomes more evident with the Timelines tool, this time set to:
[Anchor-year = 4640 BC] (Noah's death) &
Are there any verses which reflect a relationship between Noah's lifespan and the return of Christ?
The Bible states:
Genesis 9:29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Notice the phrase "the days of Noah". Compare this to Jesus' reference to "the days of Noe" (Noah):
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
This differs slightly from the parallel verse in Luke:
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Let us sift out exactly what is being compared in each of these similies:
Combining elements from the individual gospels, in order to obtain a single, correct understanding of a passage, is a frequent approach in resolving apparent contradictions within the Bible.
Yet perhaps in this case, God purposely arranged two simultaneously valid meanings, expressed using nearly identical words... effectively hiding the matter until our present fuller understanding of God's timing would arrive.
Still we must justify the notion of counting a "week" (seven) of Noah's days (950-year periods). Can we find verses where Christ (or a type of Christ) reappears at the end of a week?
The much-discussed verse, Matthew 28:1, comes to mind. Perhaps another layer of meaning can be found in this verse, as it deals with: Christ's reappearance at end of [sabbath(s), week(s)]. True, the correct translation should be: "in the end of the sabbaths [plural]" and "the first of the sabbaths [plural]"; thus giving us our New Testament-era Sunday sabbath.
* sabbaton / sab'-bat-on / Of Hebrew origin [H7676]; the Sabbath (that is, Shabbath), or day of weekly repose from secular avocations (also the observance or institution itself); by extension a se'nnight, that is, the interval between two Sabbaths; likewise the plural in all the above applications: sabbath (day), week. --Strong's Concordance
Samuel reappeared after a promised seven-day absence:
1 Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
Can we find verses where destruction occurs after seven days? (The world will be destroyed when Christ reappears.)
The destruction of the (then) world came seven days after a warning:
The destruction of the Jericho came after seven days:
Joshua 6:15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.
950 Years: Symbolic of 6023 + 7000 years?
Noah's birth and death years would seem to haphazardly straddle the year 4990 BC, the fulcrum between Old World and New... but do they?
The world's existence consists of:
Thus it is suggested here that Noah's lifespan of 950 years (a seemingly insignificant number) is understandable as a lifespan of 600 + 350. Six hundred pre-flood years, echoing the six millennia the earth stood before the waters rose; and 350 post-flood years, relating to the the subsequent 7000 years before Desruction.
When Noah died in 4640 BC at age 950, the length of his days was set at 950 years. This yardstick's length, arbitrary or not, was thus set; and when laid end-to-end seven times after his death, it lands squarely on 2011 AD, the end of the world and the return of Christ.
Noah's birth and death serve as drumbeats, establishing a rhythm-- independent of the seven 1000-year intervals from 4990 BC to 2011-- that will end at 2011 after seven beats; with the number seven a Biblically complete cycle of time... tied to absence, return, and destruction.
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John O'Leary / Biblecalculator.com