Taking Another Look At The 430 Year Prophecy

It is written:

Leviticus 26:18 (ERV)-After these things, if you still don’t obey me, I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

Leviticus 26:21 (ERV)-If you still turn against me and refuse to obey me, I will beat you seven times harder! The more you sin, the more you will be punished.

Leviticus 26:23-24 (ERV)-If you don’t learn your lesson after all this, and if you still turn against me, then I will also turn against you. I—yes, I myself—will punish you seven times for your sins.

These prophecies were spoken by Moses to the children of Israel regarding what would happen to the Jewish people if they were to refuse to repent after going into captivity for their sins. God promised to multiply their captivity by a factor of “seven” under such circumstances.

This fact helps us to understand a remarkable prophecy by the Prophet Ezekiel centuries later, when the Hebrews went into captivity and the vast majority refused to repent of their sins.

Ezekiel 4:4-6 (ERV)-“Then you must lie down on your left side. You must do this thing that shows that you are taking the sins of the people of Israel on yourself. You will carry the guilt for as many days as you lie on your left side. You must bear the guilt of Israel for 390 days. In this way I am telling you how long Israel will be punished; one day equals one year. After that time, you will lie on your right side for 40 days. This time you will bear the guilt of Judah for 40 days. One day equals one year. I am telling you how long Judah must be punished.

God instructed Ezekiel to lie on on his side. Each day that he lied on his side represented a year of judgment upon the people. The guilt of Israel’s sin amounted to 390 days, while Judah’s amounted to 40 days, thus bringing a total of 430 “days” or “years” (390+40=430). The people of Judah were in captivity in Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 29:10), so we bring the number of 430 down to 360 years. So, taking the number 360, and multiplying it by 7, it brings the number of years in captivity to 2, 520 years.

Why is this significant?

“Here God declares that if Israel does not repent after the Babylonian captivity, when Cyrus freed Israel , then the remaining time would be multiplied sevenfold. If you multiply 360 years by seven, you get 2520 prophetical years….From these two prophets we are told the time of the second return of Israel . To see this we must first convert the Jewish years to Roman years so we can see the outcome on our modern calendar. 2,520 Jewish years times 360 days per year is 907,200 days. Cyrus issued his decree freeing the Jews and declaring the state of Israel to exist again on August 3, 537 BC . This date plus 907,200 days (plus one year changing from BC to AD) brings us to May 14, 1948 . This was the very day that the UN declared Israel to be a sovereign state.” (Ken Johnson, Th.d., Ancient Prophecies Revealed: 500 Prophecies Listed In Order Of When They Were Fulfilled, 91 (Kindle Edition)

The Bible is the Word of God friends. Why not today turn your life to the one true God and be redeemed (Acts 2:37-47)?

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