Appointed times endEdit
|Jesus the Christ|
|King and priest like Melchizedek|
|Michael the Archangel|
|royal house||House of David|
|reign||from 1914 to turning the kingdom over to Jehovah|
|birth_date||In the Beginning, before creation|
|birth_place||Created in Heaven|
|death_date||While on Earth, 33 CE|
|death_place||While on Earth, Golgotha|
|further||Resurrected 3 days later in 33 CE as flesh and blood; spent time with some of the disciples; was transformed into spirit then removed to Heaven|
“Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations [“the times of the Gentiles,” King James Version] are fulfilled.” — Prophecy of Jesus in Luke 21:24
Jesus prophesied that the Gentiles would rule over Jerusalem for a fixed period of time. Daniel chapter 4 indicates how long that period would last by relating a prophetic dream experienced by Nebuchadnezzar II. He saw a tree of enormous height that was chopped down. Its stump could not grow because it was banded with iron and copper. An angel declared: “Let seven times pass over it.” — Daniel 4:10-16
In the Hebrew Bible, the literary use of trees have represented rulership. (Ezekiel 17:22-24; 31:2-5) The chopping down of the symbolic tree represents an interruption in the rulership of the kings of Jerusalem.
John the Apostle explains that (three and a half times) gives a value of “1,260” (Revelation 12:6, 14).
“Seven times” would therefore double that value to 2,520.
Although, John the Apostle used a term for "day" (Koine: ἡμέρα, hēmera) as a unit of measure, it may not necessarily mean a 24 hour period of time. ἡμέρα (hēmera) may also be used as a general unit of time.
Both Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6, prophesy the concept of “a day for a year”. Thus, “seven times” can apply to 2,520 years.
2,520 years after Oct 607 BCE, gives Oct 1914 as the end of “the appointed times of the nations” with Jesus Christ, a Davidic king, being installed as Jehovah God's heavenly King over a new Jerusalem (Psalm 2:1-6; Daniel 7:13, 14).
- ↑ You Will Become “a Kingdom of Priests”, Watchtower, (2014) Oct 15 , See also Heb. 6:20; cf Gen. 14:18; Psalm 110:4
- ↑ Teach book (2014) p.215-218.
- ↑ Strong's (1890) p.G2250, IV. used of time in general, i.e. the days of his life.
- ↑ See Chronology for a list of events with a Bible supported dating scheme compared to modern historians.
- ↑ Teach book (2014) p.217, see footnote; Late 607 BCE to 1 BCE is appr. 606 years, added to 1,914 years starting at 1 CE, gives a span of 2,520 years.
- Teach book, What Does the Bible Really Teach?: 1914—A Significant Year in Bible Prophecy, Watchtower Bible and Track Society of New York, New York (2014) Dec ed. p.33