Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years

God says in Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’” Isaiah 46:9-10.

A clue for this Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years could be found in a parallel exile. Israel had evidently failed to observe the land’s one-year-in-seven Sabbath for 490 years, so the term of the Babylonian captivity was set at 70 years to make up the deficit.

II Chronicles 36:21 says, “The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah.” This is a reference to Jeremiah 25:11.

God works out the end from the beginning and our endeavour is to understand how are the numbers work out. God gives some clues and hints here and there and the most puzzling of this Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years which is one found in Ezekiel 4.

I have made some attempts years ago but there are many additions since the original postings of Ezekiel Ch 3-4 and Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years, hence this update. I’ve always been wondering if there are any thoughts to the contrary? Any other possibilities? And so my constant updates.

Ezekiel 4

It has been proven in numerous times that the Septuagint is more accurate than the Masoretic Text. (For more on this issue, click here Lies about the Septuagint)

Prophet Ezekiel: Watchman of Israel

Hence below is the Septuagint (and Arabic) version and putting all the numbers (in Ezekiel 4:5 & 4:9 LXX reads190; in Ezekiel 4:4 the reading is 150) together is a far more possible explanation to the mystery of the 390/190/150/40 years which has puzzled theologians, pastors and academics in Ezekiel 4:

Ezekiel 4 (Septuagint)

4 And thou shalt lie upon thy left side, and lay the iniquities of the house of Israel upon it, according to the number of the hundred and fifty days which thou shalt lie upon it: and thou shalt bear their iniquities. — this riddle starts with the ten tribes house of Israel—the left side—the northern kingdomand lasts for 150 years; as Judah, the southern, answers to “the right side”

5 For I have appointed thee their iniquities for a number of days, for a hundred and ninety days: so thou shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Israel. — start with the 10 tribes but end with the full house of Israel; all 12 tribes: end of the 190 years

6 And thou shalt accomplish this, and shalt lie on thy right side, and shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Juda forty days: I have appointed thee a day for a year. — after the start of the 10 tribes house of Israel and last for 150 years, the 3 tribes house of Judah join in for 40 years; both ending at the end of the 190 years

7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem; and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. — the hint here is that the 40 years is a siege of Jerusalem and of course this represents the modern state of Israel

8 And behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another until thou hast ended the days of thy siege. — “not turn thee from one side to another” is a sign of being in captivity, where freedoom of turning left or right is non-existent

9 Take thou also to thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and bread-corn; and thou shalt cast them into one earthen vessel, and shalt make them into loaves for thyself; and thou shalt eat them a hundred and ninety days, according to the number of the days which thou sleepest on thy side. Ezekiel 4:4-9 Septuagint. — from the start with 10 tribes and ends with the full house of Israel: 190 years in captivity: why the difference? Perhaps Judah had undergo numerous pogroms and cleanings whereas Ephraim and the other tribes has none since the day when they went captivity and into apparent oblivion

Bishop Ussher had famously calculated the date of creation to be 4004 BC, and if so the end of the 6000 years would have ended in 1994; but it is wrong as such date had fallen off the cliff almost three decades ago.

We’ll hence use the Jewish Calendar. We’re now in the Hebrew year 5782 AM; (AM stands for “Anno Mundi,” Latin for “in the year of Adam and Eve Creation”) and we’ll need another 217 years (add to 5999, the eve of the 6000th year) to usher the Divine Plan into the 7th Millennium (from the year 6000) as we believe. Of course, this is on the assumption that God’s oracles have been accurately kept since the day Adam was created as the Orthodox custodians claim; since the Jewish Calendar has been accepted by all forms of Judaism and is standard for Asheknazim, Sephardim and Mizrachim.

If we add 217 years to the Gregorian calendar year 2022 we’ll come to 2239 when the 7th Millennium starts. Working backward 190 years will bring us to the year 2049. So could the year 2049 be the start of the house of Israel’s “iniquity?” — “thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them;” Ezekiel 4:13 in captivity to start the 190 years. It seems so, nevertheless.

In Ezekiel 37, the 190 years should end with the appearance of “My servant David,” in the “valley full of dry bones” scenario where the full house of Israel would dwell securely rather than in captivity. Judgement often come after a period of seven years as the dynamic of the number seven is interwoven throughout the Bible. Jacob served Laban seven years for Leah and another seven for Rachel. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. In Psalms 12:6 the words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace purified seven times.

As for punishment for Gentile, one prominent example was Nebuchadnezzar, who was punished seven years by having an unsound mind and eating grass. And if this seven year period applies to the punishment of Gentiles involving “Gog and all his multitude” (Ezekiel 38-40) there will be a seven years interval before the beginning of the Millennium. If so, the end of the 190 years would be brought forward seven years, which would be the year 2232, and the start of the 190 years would be 2042; but we couldn’t know for sure the period from Ezekiel 37 to Ezekiel 40 is seven years, hence these figures are subject to adjustments.

On reflection the children of Israel were in Egypt for about 210 years, so cheers; this captivity of 190 years is 20 years shorter. These analyses may run away with imaginations, but the incorporation of prophecies always has elements of uncertainties and so these predictions could be prone to errors.

One Question that comes to mind is, “Why the iniquity for Israel is much longer than Judah?” Perhaps the answer could be broken into two parts: (1) the house of Judah, the Jews, have undergone pogroms numerous times over the last two and a millenium whereas the house of Israel have remained largely unscatched since their captivity was only once by the Assyrians; to be truly qualified to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) requiries numerous immense purifications; and that’s how the prophets of God see things. Prime examples are Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

And a related second reason: (2) the house of Judah has already been restored to the Land of Promise; whereas the house of Israel are still largely intact and still in exile from its Promised Land. It would take decades for adverse conditions to build up for the whole house of Israel to want to return back into their homeland to team up with the house of Judah for the fulfilment of the prophecy of the joining of the two sticks in Ezekiel 37.

Third, forty years for the house of Judah rhymes a few parallels (a) when the children of Israel rejected Joshua’s and Caleb’s suggestion to take the land immediately, they were punished by wandering in the wilderness for forty years, Numbers 14:33; (b) when the children of Israel rejected God’s judgement under the rule of the judges, God abandoned them and subjected them under the Philistines for forty years, Judges 13:1. For the Lord had said ““You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities” Amos 3:2.

And finally these analyses are not written in stone and so any thoughts to the contrary are most welcome. Are there any other possibilities or factors that have been left out but could or should be considered? Thanks for your thoughts.

For more, see a possible scenario how such a scene could come about: A Sword from the South!

~ by Joel Huan on August 12, 2022.

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