The parallels involving the specific dates surrounding the nation of Israel and the Jubilee cycles defy coincidence. As we take a look at the abundance of converging dates you will find it outside the bounds of reason to conclude anything else. One third of the entire Bible is prophecy. Many details of Yeshua’s time on earth were prophesied hundreds of years in advance. The same was true for Israel returning to their land. Beginning with the first events which put in motion Israel’s return we can see a microcosm of a much larger prophetic picture. The events of the last 100+ years as it relates to Israel were not only foretold but leave clear fingerprints of sovereign design.
Before we get into the specifics it’s helpful to understand the importance of certain numbers in scripture. The number of times a number or word appears in scripture has importance. The story or issue that the number is used matters. When we look at all instances of a specific number in scripture we can discern its broader application. This is called using the Bible to interpret itself. The numbers which have a direct relationship to current events are 50, 70 and 120. Please take the time to review their Biblical significance before moving on.
Found 154 times in scripture. It is related to the coming of God’s Holy Spirit as Pentecost came 50 days after The Feast of First Fruits. It represents the number of deliverance as the 50th year or Jubilee year after every seventh 7 year cycle was declared a Jubilee year when debts were forgiven (7×7=49 the 50th year was the Jubilee). Genesis has 50 chapters and there were 50 Jubilees from The Creation to The Exodus. 50 is also 5 the number of grace times 10 the number of completeness. In other words, grace made complete. More specifically, grace made complete through the Holy Spirit.
Represents two important numbers 7 and 10. 7 means perfection and 10 means completeness according to the Bible. It also represents judgment as this is the number of years Israel was in captivity by Babylon. Furthermore, seven cycles of 70 or 490 years represents the number of years Judah was under Babylonian control. Moses appointed 70 elders and the gospels record 70 parables by Jesus. A total of 70 Israelites began their nation in Egypt before it would grow to over 2 million by the time of the Exodus. 70 elders made up Israel’s Great Tribunal which would later become the Sanhedrin. 70 disciples were sent out by Christ to preach the gospel in Luke 10. Therefore 70 means complete and perfect judgment or perfection made complete through judgment.
A divinely appointed period of waiting. It is also 12 (God’s sovereign rule or government) x 10 (completeness). Therefore, 120 can also mean God’s sovereign order made complete. In Genesis 6 due to human wickedness God said His Spirit will not always strive with man and his lifespan would be 120. Some have come to believe it means people will no longer live longer than 120 years. But many interpret this as 120 years before the flood would come. I believe that it means both individual lifespan (as before this time people who were born would live to 900 years)as well as 120 Jubilee cycles from creation to the 1000 year Sabbath Millennium. So we can say 120 means divine completion of the sovereign appointed order.
Important Dates and Timelines
If you take the Biblical account of genealogies we have the Creation around 4000 BC or 3975 BC to be more specific. There were 50 Jubilee cycles (50×50) from Creation to The Exodus and 70 Jubilee cycles (70×50) from The Exodus to the present day. In total, there are 120 Jubilee cycles from Creation to the present day (6000 years). It was 1948 years from Adam to Abraham. Israel was returned to its homeland after 1900 years in 1948. The first Zionist Congress which set in motion the return of Israel was in 1897.
The Balfour Declaration was written in 1917. The UN Resolution to establish a state of Israel was passed in 1947, it was presented to the General Assembly on September 23rd 1947 and later passed in November. In 1967 Israel reclaimed Jerusalem after the six day war. On September 23rd 2017 the great sign in the heavens John describes in Revelation chapter 12 will occur for the first and only time in 7000 years. Let’s apply the numbers 50, 70 and 120 to connect these dates and see what we have.
9 Parallels with Significant Bible Numbers
1. 50 Jubilees from Creation to Exodus
2. 50 years (Jubilee) from 1897 Zionist Congress to 1947 UN resolution for Israel statehood.
3. 50 years (Jubilee) from 1917 Balfour Declaration to 1967 six day war and reclaiming Jerusalem.
4. 50 years (Jubilee) from 1967 Jerusalem to prophetic sign Revelation 12 on Sept. 23rd 2017.
5. 70 Jubilees from Exodus to Present Day.
6. 70 years from 1897 Zionist Congress to 1967 Jerusalem.
7. 70 years from 1947 UN resolution to Revelation 12 sign in the heavens in 2017. If you consider the date the question went before the General Assembly on September 23rd 1947 then the heavenly sign is 70 years TO THE DAY.
8. 120 Jubilees from Creation to Present Day.
9. 120 years from 1897 Zionist Congress to Revelation 12 sign of 2017.
Consider the dates of the last 120 years. If any of them were changed, say the UN resolution was in 1946 instead of 1947, then these parallels cease to exist. To have 9 direct connections with specific important Biblical numbers defies coincidence.
When we might see specific dates such as Revelation 12 on September 23rd 2017 we might know it’s important but may not know exactly what will take place on that date.
Since these dates are not accidents we should consider the sign in the heavens set to occur in 2017 as recorded in Revelation chapter 12. Even this seemingly little detail had God’s sovereign hand over it. 12 tribes and 12 apostles, 12 is the number of God’s divine government rule and authority. There are 24 elders around the throne in Revelation and 12 x 10 (completeness) gives us the 120 years from Creation to the end of this age.
The microcosm of this age with Israel’s return to their homeland which began in 1897 with the first Zionist Congress would indicate some significance to the virgin birth in the heavens in 2017. The fact the unique occurrence in the heavens is described in detail in the 12th chapter lends further evidence that the history we view from our limited perspective is indeed guided by His sovereign hand.