By JW Insider
An author from Finland named Pekka Mansikka has written several books and papers which, among other things, look to adjust the secular chronology to fit the Watchtower's chronology. For those who don't know, the Watchtower's chronology requires an extra 20 years of time somewhere between Nebuchadnezzar's reign and the beginning of the reign of Cyrus. This has the effect of pushing back any archaeological date in Nebuchadnezzar's reign by 20 years.
In fact, it affects dates going back much further than that, so that:
if one reads that the Battle of Carchemish happened on the archaeological date of 605 BCE, the WTS date will be 605+20=625 BCE if the Battle of Harran happened in 609 using archaeological dates, then the WTS date will be 609+20=629 BCE if one reads that the fall of Nineveh was in 612 using archaeological dates, then the WTS date will be 612+20=632 BCE The same thing continues to occur even farther back into the Assyrian empire and the Israelite and Judean kings. Although several other factors were involved here, I think it's not a complete coincidence that Bishop Ussher famously put Adam's creation in 4004 BCE, and the Watchtower currently has this at 4026 BCE, a 22-year difference.
Fortunately, Pekka Mansikka has give his permission to discuss any and all parts of any of his works here on this forum:
Several of his works can be found online, or for purchase at very modest costs on Kindle. A good portion of the Kindle books are available for free preview, and most of the content of these books is also available on academia.edu.
Here are some links to his material:
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50 to 70 pages of his primary book are available in free preview here:
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The most interesting topics he covers are:
The reign of Nabonidus. He is brave enough to actually try to show exactly where the 20 missing years should be found. VAT 4596. A proposition to synchronize Neo-Babylonian chronology with Egyptian chronology.
By JW Insider
We know that dates like 1513 BCE, 606 BCE, 587 BCE, 539 BCE, 70 CE (or AD), don't occur in the Bible, nor in the ancient astronomical diaries either. If we can pin a specific astronomical event to a record of any of Nebuchadnezzar's years, it would help. But we don't need those kinds dates yet. We can get them later.
The first thing we need to do is to figure out where the variously listed kings fit in our timeline relative to each other. If we knew the order of the kings in succession and knew how long they each ruled for, we could at least create a "relative" timeline.
So. To begin. Do ancient records provide an agreed upon list of kings, their order of succession, and the lengths of their rule?
Do all ancient records agree?
No. (Most would argue that they agree in all the important areas, and minor disagreements are easily fixed, but we should still admit that not all records are 100% in agreement.)
So. Can we find two or three that do agree with each other, or perhaps even the majority of the records, in order to start a tentative timeline, and then deal with the disagreements later?
Yes. The most important of the ancient records from Babylon itself and from those who made use of Babylonian records for astronomical purposes all agree anyway (Babylonians, Persians, Greeks). We would expect the most accurate records to relate to works for predicting or understanding eclipses (for example) or various lunar cycles and planetary movements. We know that certain types of astronomical phenomena were predicted in advance, or even known to be occurring even if invisible behind thick clouds, or because it occurred below the horizon, or invisible because some events relative to stars and planets could not be seen in the daytime. So we should expect records accurate enough to be used to actually calculate and predict a future eclipse even if it would be invisible.
OK. So we'll put into our chart an example where two of these records agree with each other. For now, we'll pick the Royal King List that must have been available to Ptolemy's Almagest as a kind of "look-up table" and the writings of Berossus a Babylonian historian/priest from the Seleucid Period. They both agree on the following:
Nabopolassar 21 years Nebuchadnezzar 43 years Awel-Marduk 2 years Neriglissar 4 years [Labashi-Marduk 9 months]* Nabonidus 17 years So, we have two "witnesses" (so far) to the names, years, and order of succession for these kings, which I will place in the chart below. To save space and give us a fairly legible font size, I only put in the last few years of Nabopolassar's 21 year reign. And we haven't discussed the length of position of Cyrus reign yet, but both Berossus and the Royal King List give him 9 years starting immediately after the 17th year of Nabonidus.
So this, so far, becomes an 81-year span (arbitarily) from the 16th year of Nabopolassar up to the 9th year of Cyrus as King of Babylon. It might not be right, but it's a version that we can begin to test against the data to see if it holds up. E-M by the way, is short for Evil-Merodach (Awel-Marduk).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 Nabopo-lassar N E B U C H A D N E Z Z A R II (reigned for 43 years) E-M Nerig- lissar N A B O N I D U S C Y R U S 16 17 18 19 20 21 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 1 2 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
*Labashi-Marduk reigned only a few months, but we would NOT expect his name included in a timeline used for counting the number of years between any points on the timeline. And we definitely would not expect it to be included for any purposes related to astronomy calculations. That's because if a reign was so short that it started in a year already counted as "Neriglissar 4" and it ended before the start of "Nabonidus 1" then it should not be inserted because those full years were already counted. In fact, it would be considered a mistake then to include it in an astronomical reference, because it would have thrown off all calculations. predictions and cycles by a full year, making the entire king list worthless. In this case, Berossus, in the role of historian mentions him, but in the Royal King List used for astronomical purposes as a reference for Ptolemy's Almagest, for example, it should NOT be listed, and it wasn't.
By JW Insider
Even before C.T.Russell was born, commentaries on Bible prophecy included dozens of potential dates. Nearly 200 years ago, a couple of them even included 1914 as potentially significant time period. The "1914 presence" doctrine, however, is only about 75 years old.
All the ideas behind the Watch Tower's version of the 1914 doctrine have already been discussed for decades now, and all of them, so far, have been shown to be problematic from a Scriptural point of view. Since the time that the doctrine generally took its current shape in 1943, the meanings and applications of various portions of Matthew 24 and 25 have already been changed, and the timing of various prophesied events and illustrations have changed. Most recently, the meaning and identification of the "faithful and discreet slave" has changed. And the definition of "generation" has changed about half-a-dozen times. This doesn't mean that the current understandings are impossible, of course, only that it has become less likely from the point of view of reason and reasonableness.
Besides, for most of the years of teaching this doctrine, we have had the flexibility of extending the "1914 generation" from a possible 40 years, up to 70, then 75, then 80 years. And this has been applied to teenagers who saw 1914, 10-year-olds who saw 1914, then even newborns who saw 1914. With every one of these options already tried and stretched to their limits, we finally were forced to convert the meaning of generation from its most common meanings and give it a new "strained" meaning that has no other Biblical parallel. (See Exodus 1:6; Matthew 1:17; 16:4; 23:36; Luke 11:50)
But that flexibility is still seen as the last reason for hope that the Watch Tower Society might have still been correct in hanging on to 1914. Since the Bible says that a lifespan is 70 or 80 years and 1914 + 80 = 1994, the "generation" doctrine in its original form (1943) could remain stable until about 1994. Of course, a lifespan could technically reach to 120 years or more, and Gen 6:3 even gives vague support to the idea that the "1914 generation" could last 120 years, until 2034.
The current alternative solution is to make the generation out of the length of two lifespans, which technically could be double 120 years, or nearly 240 years from 1914. That would have had the potential to reach to the year 2154 (1914+240) except for the caveat that it can, by its new definition, only refer to anointed persons who discerned the sign in 1914 and whose lives overlapped (technically, by as little as one second) with the lifespan of another anointed person representing the second group. If persons from each group don't really discern their own "anointing" until age 20, for example, this would effectively remove 40 years from the overall maximum. 1914+120-20+120-20 = 2114. We could also assume a possible lifespan of more than 120 years, but otherwise, the new two-lifespan generation could potentially make the generation last 200 years. This "technical maximum" is not promoted currently, because for now we look at examples like Fred Franz who was part of that original generation already anointed and who saw the sign, and the typical example of an anointed brother who was apparently "anointed" prior to Franz' death in 1992 would be someone like Governing Body member, Brother Sanderson, who was born in 1965, baptized in 1975, and was already a "special pioneer" in 1991. His is currently 52.
However, the generation problem is just one more problem now which we can add onto the list of all the other points that make up the 1914 doctrine. Here are several points related to 1914 that appear problematic from a Scriptural point of view:
All evidence shows the 1914 date is wrong when trying to base it on the destruction of Jerusalem. (Daniel 1:1; 2 Chron 36:1-22; Jer 25:8-12; Zech 1:12, 7:4; Ezra 3:10-13) Paul said that Jesus sat at God's right hand in the first century and that he already began ruling as king at that time. (1 Cor 15:25) Jesus said not to be fooled by the idea that wars and rumors of wars would be the start of a "sign" (Matt 24:4,5) Jesus said that the "parousia" would be as visible as lightning (Matt 24:27). He spoke against people who might say he had returned but was currently not visible. (Matt 24:23-26) Jesus said that his "parousia" would come as a surprise to the faithful, not that they would discern the time of the parousia decades in advance. (Matt 24:36-42) Jesus said that the kingdom would not be indicated by "signs" (Luke 17:20, almost any translation except NWT in this case) The "synteleia" (end of all things together) refers to a concluding event, not an extended period of time (Matt 28:20) Jesus was already called ruler, King and even "King of Kings" in the first century. (1 Tim 6:15, Heb 7:2,17; Rev 1:5; 17:14) Wicked, beastly King Nebuchadnezzar's insanity and humiliation does not represent Jesus as the "lowliest one of mankind." (Heb 1:5,6; 2:10,11; Daniel 4:23-25; cf. Heb 2:7; 1 Pet 3:17,18) The demise of a Gentile kingdom cannot rightly represent the time of the rise of the Gentile kingdoms (Daniel 4:26,27) The Gentile kings did not meet their demise in 1914. (Rev 2:25,26) The time assigned to the Gentile Times that Jesus spoke about in Luke 21:24 is already given as 3.5 times, not 7 times (Revelation 11:2,3) The Devil was already brought down from "heaven" in the first century. (1 John 2:14,15; 1 Pet 5:8; Luke 10:18; Heb 2:14) The Bible says that the "last days" began in the first century. (Acts 2:14-20; 2 Tim 3:1-17; 1 Peter 3:3-5; Heb 1:2, almost any translation except NWT in this case.)
By JW Insider
A recent topic about whether the Watchtower view of 607 BCE is SCRIPTURALLY supported is linked below. This new topic should provide a better place to discuss the SECULAR evidence. I also think it would be useful to discuss the methodology that the Watch Tower Society has historically used to treat this evidence.
I would hope that we can do this without so much side discussions of unrelated topics. To avoid another topic that goes on for 30+ pages where only half of them were on-topic, I would suggest that if we get enough off-topic posts, we merely move them to another more appropriate topic.
The link to the most recent topic on a similar subject is here:
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
Everything we read about the "70-Week" prophecy reported in the book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy!" (Chapter 11) is worthy of attention and demonstrates how accurate and reliable the word of God is even when pronouncing prophecies very distant in time. The historical accuracy and the numerous Scriptural references that gave weight and authority to the whole speech were also evident. Anyone who approaches the Word of God without preconceptions can not but be struck by this demonstration of power and wisdom on the part of God. The explanation of the 70 weeks is unexceptionable but can be said to be the same as other prophecies? What about those calculations on which many of us have based the hopes of a lifetime and that clashed with the criticism of the majority? We are talking about 1914. Is this also a prophecy of Daniel? Was this also treated with the same marvelous accuracy of the seventy weeks we have just read? Although it may not be easy, we try to be truly objective because understanding or not understanding the prophecy, like the rest of God's Word, can make much difference to our eternal future - John 17: 3; 2 Thessalonians 1: 8 WHAT DID OF 1914? Â The book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy" on pages 85 to 97 explains in detail the dream of Nebuchadnezzar and the 7-time prophecy asserting that it indicates the coming of the Kingdom of God in 1914. It would therefore be profitable to take the book and compare it with what will be read below. Does Nebuchadnezzar's dream really prophesy the coming of the Kingdom of God in 1914? Â THAT'S IT? Let's try to examine what is written in the book without prejudices. At a first reading it seems that Jehovah God wanted to give a lesson of humility to Nebuchadnezzar, which happened. The "seven times", at least for him, were seven years and this is confirmed by the whole story. Reading all this without preconceptions, it does not seem that we should look for other explanations more or less hidden. However, let us take the thesis that "the tree indicates a dominion and a sovereignty much greater than those of the king of Babylon. It symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, the King of the heavens, especially with respect to the earth ". This means, first of all, that the Kingdom of God is comparing, in a certain way, to the kingdom of Babylon and this strides with many biblical passages describing Babylon as the greatest enemy of God's people. It also means that the "vigilante" (ie an angel of Jehovah) decides to overthrow the Kingdom of God and this is, to say the least, strange. Some will object that we must not look for similarities in every aspect of the prophecy but also decide which part of the prophecy must have a second fulfillment and which one could be arbitrary enough. After all, we have no other scriptural references to show us which details to focus on and which to leave out. So it is being said that the prophecy of the tree applies entirely to Nebuchadnezzar while only a small part would apply to the Kingdom of God. For the prophecy of the "seventy weeks" we did not need to break the prophecy to try to understand who was applied or if it applied to more than one person because the subject was clear and recognizable from the beginning. On the contrary, all the 7-day prophecy is built on a single verse that is what it says ... "The tree grew and became strong, and its same height finally reached the heavens and was visible to the end of the whole earth" (Daniel 4:11). Meanwhile, the writing says that the tree "becomes visible" to the end of the earth and not that "embraces the end of the earth" and the meaning is very different. The aforementioned book says: "the great tree represents the 'domain that reaches the end of the earth', which embraces the whole realm of mankind. Thus it symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, particularly in relation to the earth. - Daniel 4:17 ". "Reaching the end of the earth" means that it extends the domain to the end of the earth while "being visible to the end of the earth" means that it is known, famous. AnyhowÂ… is not it a bit fragile, let's say risky, to build a series of prophecies (all linked together) on this single explanation? Note that the specification "particularly in relation to the earth" is due to the fact that the universal sovereignty of Jehovah is, indeed, universal, for which the tree should have been seen not only in the whole earth but throughout the universe. By specifying, instead, "in relation to the earth", we can exclude the skies from the vision and take the application for good. Anyway, we should ask a question. Is the fact that the tree reaches the heavens or the end of the earth itÂ’s a demonstration or even an indication of the fact that we are talking about the Kingdom of God? We always leave the Bible to enlighten us. Notice what Jehovah told Ezekiel in reference to the Pharaoh. Ezekiel 31: 1-8 says Â… Â“In the 11th year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of Jehovah again came to me, saying: Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Â“Son of man, say to Phar?aoh king of Egypt and to his hordes,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â‘Whom are you like in your greatness? Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â There was an AsÂ·syr?iÂ·an, a cedar in Leb?aÂ·non,With beautiful branches like a shady thicket, lofty in stature;Its top was among the clouds. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â The waters made it grow big, the deep springs of water caused it to grow high. Streams were all around where it was planted;Their channels watered all the trees of the field. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â That is why it grew taller than all the other trees of the field. Its boughs multiplied, and its branches grew longBecause of the abundant water in its streams. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â All the birds of the sky nested in its boughs,All the wild animals of the field gave birth under its branches,And all the populous nations were dwelling in its shade. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â It became majestic in beauty and in the length of its branches,For its roots went down into abundant waters. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â No other cedars in the garden of GodHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. could compare to it. None of the juniper trees had boughs like it,And none of the plane trees could match its branches. No other tree in the garden of God could rival its beautyÂ”. Do we note some similarities with the vision of Nebuchadnezzar? Both are compared to tall and mighty trees. Both reach high heights, up to the sky in fact the expressions "reach the heavens" or "reach the clouds" are equivalent - Compare Job 22:14; Isaiah 14:14; Daniel 7:13 Of both we notice the big difference with the other trees. Of both it is said that all the flying creatures and all the wild beasts find food and shelter. Now if we apply the principle that the tree that "reaches the clouds" must represent the Kingdom of God, then even the Egyptian empire should be an antitype of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, however, in this story there is no mention of the "times" and consequently it is not possible to count anything. If you think it's ridiculous that the Egyptian empire will represent the Kingdom of God, why should it be acceptable to the Babylonian empire? Jehovah goes on to say Â“Â“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: Â‘Because itHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. became so tall, lifting its top among the clouds, and its heart became arrogant because of its height, Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â I will hand it over to the mighty ruler of the nations.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. He will surely act against it, and I will reject it for its wickednessÂ”. The Pharaoh was exalted, just as Nebuchadnezzar did, and for this reason God decided to humiliate him - Matthew 23:12 Nebuchadnezzar escaped with seven years of madness while Pharaoh's empire was besieged. Also this verse remarks the fact that God takes away and gives "the kingdom to whom he wills" (and in this case He gave the kingdom of Pharaoh to the "despot of nations"). Ezekiel 31: 12-14 continues Â… Â“And foreigners, the most ruthless of the nations, will cut it down, and they will abandon it on the mountains, and its foliage will fall in all the valleys, and its branches will lie broken in all the streams of the land.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. All the peoples of the earth will depart from its shade and abandon it. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â All the birds of the sky will live on its fallen trunk, and all the wild animals of the field on its branches.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â This is so that no tree near the waters should grow so tall or lift up its top among the clouds and that no well-watered tree may reach up to them in height. For they will all be given over to death, to the land down below, along with the sons of mankind, who are going down into the pit.Â’. Even this tree is cut down and humiliated (Jehovah will do this through the king of Babylon). Because of the many similarities with the kingdom of Egypt, are we really certain that the tree that "reached the heavens" refers to the Kingdom of God? Â When we talk about 1914, are we really like the Bereans? Or are we "Bereans" only when we have to refute the doctrines of Christianity? Â There is another interesting detail that should make us reflect. The Bible compares the heavens to governments, be they human or celestial. Applying this concept to the tree that reaches the heavens and whose other trees do not stand comparison with it, it would simply mean that this tree has the kingdom over the other (smaller) kingdoms and of Babylon the Great is said to have " the kingdom over the kings of the earth "- Revelation 17:18 The only legitimate parallel that you can do with Babylon, without fear of taking corners, is related to Babylon the Great because it is the parallelism that makes the Bible. Indeed, all the world empires mentioned in the Scriptures had, for a time, the kingdom over the other kingdoms. Cyrus, in fact, said of himself ... "I am Cyrus, king of the world, great king, legitimate king, king of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad, king of the four extremities (of the earth), son of Cambyses (Ka-am -bu-zi-ia), great king, king of Anzan, nephew of Cyrus ,. . . descendant of Teispe,. . . of a family (that) has always reigned ". (Ancient Near Eastern Texts, edited by J. B. Pritchard, 1974, p.37). Undoubtedly humility was not a characteristic appreciated by the Persians as well as by the Babylonians but in fact the kingdom had power over the other known kingdoms (so to be called "king of the four ends of the earth") and so it could be said that its height had reached the heavens and was visible or known to the ends of the earth. In the story of Ezekiel and in that of Daniel there is no reference, just anyone, to the Kingdom of God, on the contrary ... both accounts mention a judgment from God on enemy nations, proud and violent. Any chronological calculation should respect the subject in being and in fact this part of the Scripture is very different from what is said about the "seventy weeks" - Daniel 9: 24-27 In the account of Daniel chapter 9, one speaks clearly of the Messiah (see Daniel 9:25) and it is not necessary to read what is not written. Anyone who wanted to be polemical could discuss the start date from which to count the "weeks" or even the adduct method * (one day for a year) but certainly we can not discuss the subject in existence (the Messiah). It could also be absurd to discuss who the Messiah really was (which Jews are still discussing) but certainly we can not argue that Daniel chapter 9 speaks of the arrival of the Messiah! Instead, Daniel chapter 4 speaks of Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom, while all the "understanding" concerning the Kingdom of God is built on four lines in the book "Pay attention to Daniel's prophecies!" That read: "But the great tree represents the domain that reaches the end of the earth, which embraces the entire kingdom of mankind. Thus it symbolizes the universal sovereignty of Jehovah, particularly in relation to the earth. - Daniel 4:17 "(chapter 6, page 87 of the Italian edition of the book). Does not this seem like a very firm statement with a very weak base? Let us try not to tell Daniel 4:17 what he does not really say because it is enough to know the basic rules of grammar so as not to be distracted by the subject. The subject is Nebuchadnezzar and God makes him understand that, because of the fact that he is exalted, he would have taken away his kingdom and given it to whoever He had wanted (exactly as He did to Pharaoh). In practice the one who really rules is the Creator and the other kingdoms exist only because He allows it - Compare Romans 13: 1 So there is no reason to believe that the tree (that is, one of the many governments that Jehovah has permitted in the history of mankind), actually represents the Kingdom of God. If someone wants to imply that the fact that God mentions His dominion is indicative that the tree itself represents His dominion (and is an incredible semantic acrobatics) then we can take the story reported in 2 Kings 19: 14-19 and do it same reasoning. Â“HezÂ·eÂ·ki?ah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers and read them. HezÂ·eÂ·ki?ah then went up to the house of Jehovah and spread themHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. out before Jehovah.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â And HezÂ·eÂ·ki?ah began to prayHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. before Jehovah and say: Â“O Jehovah the God of Israel, sitting enthroned aboveHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. the cherubs,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. you alone are the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. You made the heavens and the earth. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear!Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Open your eyes,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. O Jehovah, and see! Hear the words that SenÂ·nach?erÂ·ib has sent to taunt the living God. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â It is a fact, O Jehovah, that the kings of AsÂ·syr?iÂ·a have devastated the nations and their lands.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â And they have thrown their gods into the fire, because they were not godsHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. but the work of human hands,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. wood and stone. That is why they could destroy them. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â But now, O Jehovah our God, please save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are God, O Jehovah.Â” Hezekiah knew very well that Jehovah was "the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth" and he prayed that Sennacherib would be stopped in his intent to destroy Jerusalem. We know very well what was the answer of Isaiah which last part reads Â… Â“Because your rage against meHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and your roaring have reached my ears.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. So I will put my hook in your nose and my bridleHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. between your lips,And I will lead you back the way you came.Â” - 2 Kings 19:28 If we did the same reasoning as for chapter 4 of Daniel, then we might suppose that the "reign of Sennacherib" was also an antitype of the kingdom of God because he too had to learn (at his own expense) that Jehovah is "the true God of all. the kingdoms of the earth "or, in other words, "dominates over all mankind ". Unfortunately, even in this story there are no numbers, days, weeks or months to be calculated and therefore no reason to read "the coming of the kingdom of God" even where no mention is made of it. Is it possible that the strong desire to see the prophecies fulfill has influenced the intention and therefore pushed to read what was not actually written? This means that if you really want to see a second fulfillment of the story reported in Daniel chapter 4, you should respect the subject in being and that is Babylon. It is likely that the story of Daniel is simply telling the humiliation of Nebuchadnezzar and that the "seven times" mean only seven years but we can not be categorical. In this regard it is useful to reflect on the fact that even the humiliation of the Pharaoh, reported in Ezekiel, could have a second fulfillment as Jehovah says that he will "shake the nations" and this could be a reference to the Armageddon war. Â So, without fixing ourselves too much with a specific date, in case the story of Daniel wanted to show us a second fulfillment of the prophecy, the report is actually saying: "Babylon will fall, will remain inactive for seven times and then rise again". This can only bring our mind back to the last mention that the Bible makes of Babylon - Revelation 17:5 The clues about Babylon the Great brought us to the nation of Israel so the question we should ask ourselves is ... "From what year we should start counting the 2520 years (ie 360 * 7) until we see the rebirth (if any) of Babylon? " From the story of Daniel the possible dates from which to count the seven times are two: 1) Since Nebuchadnezzar has had the vision or has fallen into "misfortune" (in fact, Daniel says "the tree is you" - Daniel 4: 20-22) 2) From the death of Nebuchadnezzar (if Nebuchadnezzar represents the kingdom of Babylon, his death is the moment when the tree is "knocked down" but it is to be noted that there is no reference to this in the narration of Daniel who, indeed, he says that the kingdom would be assured - Daniel 4:26) As far as the first hypothesis is concerned, it is impossible to have an accurate date because neither the Bible nor the secular history tells us in which year Nebuchadnezzar was expelled from his kingdom. This happened, obviously, after 597 a.E.V. (year in which Nebuchadnezzar brings the first Jewish prisoners to Babylon according to the secular date, there is a difference of 20 years with that of the slave who, in fact, puts 617 a.E.V.) and within 570 a.E.V. (if Nebuchadnezzar dies in 562 BCE - always according to the secular date - and the period of "captivity" lasts 7 years and the kingdom is returned to him presumed to have reigned for at least a year, 570 is the last useful year) . However in the first four chapters of Daniel we mention Daniel, Sadrac, Mesac and Abednego first as children (Daniel 1: 3, 4) and later as robust men (Daniel 3:12, 27) and all this before Nebuchadnezzar has the famous dream tree. This means that, from their deportation until the day when the king erected the image of gold, at least 15, 20 years passed. So if the Jews came to Babylon in 597 a.E.V. but they pass 20 years before the construction of the golden idol and having taken for good the secular date (562 a.E.V) it is possible to restrict the period from 577 a.E.V. up to 570 a.E.V. Obviously they are only estimates but the important date is the maximum time limit (570 a.E.V) so if from the deportation until the construction of the image had passed 15 years instead of 20, the starting date would be 582 a.E.V. but the last possible useful date would always be 570 a.E.V. The eventual rebirth of Babylon, if Daniel is talking about this, would have happened between 1943 E.V. (2520-577) and 1950 E.V. (2520-570). To reinforce this hypothesis there would also be the fact that the narration of his expulsion is the last story reported to Nebuchadnezzar. Few verses later, in fact, we no longer speak of him but of Baldassarre (Daniel chapter 5). It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, that Nebuchadnezzar had the vision in the last years, perhaps during the last decade of his reign. Â The second hypothesis concerns the death of Nebuchadnezzar, which takes place, according to the secular sources, in 562 a.E.V. According to the slave, in 582 a.E.V. (see the book "Pay Attention to Daniel's Prophecy" chapter 7, page 99). Counting 2520 years we arrive at 1958 E.V. in the first case and to 1938 E.V. in the second case. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "Babylon will fall, remain inactive for seven times and then rise again" Â What does recent history tell us? If, as we have seen, Babylon the Great is the nation of Israel, this would corroborate the first hypothesis. The first hypothesis places the rebirth of Babylon between 1943 and 1950. Indeed, the "resurrection" of Israel took place in May 1948. Â Knowing the fixation of human beings for dates and calculations, however, it is prudent to pay attention to the most important things. The secular dates can not be secure, based on findings and comparisons more or less incomplete, and certainly we can not base our faith on this - 2 Corinthians 5: 7 What would happen if the 597 a.E.V., as well as 607 or 537 or any other date on which we based much of the biblical prophecies (without there being a real reason for doing so) tomorrow proved to be completely wrong? The consequences could be very serious and not just from a human point of view - Amos 3: 1, 2 We must not take Jehovah's mercy for granted, so we must be cautious in our statements. Since we have no certainty that the "seven times" do not simply represent seven years, we should not lose ourselves in these speculations. Is not the most important thing to understand the identity of Babylon the Great? Those who have truly studied the Bible without preconceptions have understood that Babylon the Great is indeed Israel and this has understood it regardless of dates and calculations. This is a crucial aspect of prophecy because it is the clues that guide us in the subjects and times in which we are living, such as road signs, and not the calculations - Compare Matthew 24:32, 33 and 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 and do a contrast with Matthew 24:36 There is no temporal indication for the killing of the two clothed witnesses (see Revelation chapter 11) but we know that they are revealed at the end of the war. We know that the city called "Sodom and Egypt" is Babylon the Great, hence Israel, and as a result we also know which nation and events to watch carefully. That the Bible actually prophesises the year of his "resurrection" or not, is certainly interesting but not fundamental for those who believe that it is indeed the inspired Word of God. Fundamental, if anything, will be "get out of it" when the UN prepares to destroy it. Â * However the Bible confirms the "one day for a year" method and also that this was the same method used by God's people - Ezekiel 4: 6; Luke 3:15 ** The Bible allows us to be "fully competent" then all the speeches made on 607 a.E.V. pro and contra, they are absolutely useless. Nebuchadnezzar's dream, as we have seen, has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God Â Â
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
"E in quanto a te, o Daniele, rendi segrete le parole e sigilla il libro, sino al tempo della fine. Molti [lo] scorreranno, e la [vera] conoscenza diverrÃ abbondanteÂ” - Daniele 12:4
In Daniele 12:11, 12 si leggeÂ… Â“11Â Â“E dal tempo in cui Ã¨ stato soppresso il [sacrificio] continuo ed Ã¨ stata posta la cosa disgustante che causa desolazione, ci saranno milleduecentonovanta giorni.
12Â Â“Felice colui che rimane in attesa e che arriva a milletrecentotrentacinque giorni!Â”
Questa parte Ã¨ fondamentale per completare il quadro di Rivelazione. Â Intanto rispolveriamo la memoria in base a ciÃ² che diceva/dice lo Schiavo in merito a questi giorni. I 1290 giorni andrebbero dal gennaio 1919 al settembre 1922 in quanto nel 1919 i membri della SocietÃ furono rilasciati e da quel momento iniziarono a fare progresso fino al 1922... anno in cui si tenne quella storica assemblea a Cedar Point (Ohio) che diede straordinario impulso allÂ’opera di predicazione (questi sarebbero i 1290 giorni). DopodichÃ© a questi giorni aggiungono altri 1335 giorni arrivando cosÃ¬ al maggio 1926, anno in cui gli unti Â“raggiungono una condizione feliceÂ” in quanto non ci sono piÃ¹ Â“nostalgiciÂ” (fratelli che ancora rimpiangevano Russell e ancora studiavano la Bibbia attraverso gli Â“studi sulle ScrittureÂ”) viene presentato il libro Â“LiberazioneÂ” (1926) e altri particolari. Tutto questo Ã¨ riportato nel libro Â“Profezie di DanieleÂ” alle pagine 298-305. CÂ’Ã¨ da dire che per far combaciare queste date i giorni sono stati Â“grandemente arrotondatiÂ” (Rutherford e i suoi collaboratori furono rilasciati il 26 marzo 1919, non a gennaio 1919; si veda la Torre di Guardia del 16/05/2016 allÂ’articolo intitolato Â“A chi Ã¨ stata affidata lÂ’operaÂ”) ma cosa anche piÃ¹ importante la scrittura di Daniele, dopo aver menzionato i 1290 giorni, dice Â“Felice colui che rimane in attesa e che arriva a milletrecentotrentacinque giorni!Â” - Daniele 12:12 Â“Arrivare a...Â” significa aggiungere a quanto cÂ’era prima. Questo significa che se si parla di 1290 giorni e poi si dice Â“arriva a 1335 giorniÂ” bisogna aggiungere altri 45 giorni e non altri 1335 giorni. Si potrebbe pensare che applicando le profezie ad assemblee o congressi o pubblicazioni o risoluzioni speciali, qualunque numero dovesse comparire nella Bibbia, forzando anche la data di inizio e fine con qualche gioco semantico, cadrebbe sicuramente su qualcosa di importante. Comunque proviamo a leggere semplicemente quello che cÂ’Ã¨ scritto dimenticando quello che sappiamo o crediamo di sapere. Intanto negli ultimi due capitoli di Daniele si parla di questa Â“cosa disgustanteÂ” e di un re che dice Â“cose meravigliose e bestemmieÂ”. Si dice inoltre che questo re avrebbe fatto guerra contro i santi e li avrebbe fatti inciampare o vinti e che sarebbe arrivato fino al santo monte dellÂ’Adornamento Â– Daniele 11:32-45 Questi particolari importanti, senza alcuna forzatura, ci riportano al libro di Rivelazione in particolare ai capitoli da 11 a 13. Inoltre Daniele 12:1 parla di Michele che sarebbe sorto in favore Â“dei figli del popolo di DanieleÂ” e sarebbe quindi iniziato un tempo di angustia Â“come non se ne sarÃ fatto accadere da che ci fu nazioneÂ” Â– Daniele 12:1; Matteo 24:21; Rivelazione 12:12 EÂ’ fin troppo evidente che Daniele e Giovanni stiano parlando dello stesso periodo di tempo. Partendo da questo assunto, quindi, anche i giorni descritti nei due libri devono combaciare. Tuttavia Daniele parla di 1290 giorni mentre Rivelazione parla di 1260. Come mai? La domanda di Daniele Ã¨... Â“Quale sarÃ la parte finale di queste cose?Â” - Daniele 12:6 In pratica Daniele, turbato da tutto quello che ha visto, deve essersi chiesto quando tutto sarebbe finito (cioÃ¨ quando la cosa disgustante avrebbe finito di frantumare il popolo Santo e quando avrebbe avuto termine questo sistema politico guerrafondaio). LÂ’angelo risponde... Â“Dal tempo in cui Ã¨ stato soppresso il sacrificio continuo ed Ã¨ stata posta la cosa disgustante che causa desolazione, ci saranno 1290 giorniÂ” Â– Daniele 12:11 Quindi, prima di andare avanti, dobbiamo farci una serie di domande. 1) Chi offriva i sacrifici continui? 2) Qual Ã¨ la controparte moderna? 3) CosÂ’Ã¨ la cosa disgustante? 4) Confrontando con il libro Rivelazione, quando viene soppresso il sacrificio continuo? Dovremmo ormai saper rispondere a queste domande. 1) Erano i sacerdoti leviti ad offrire i sacrifici. 2) La controparte moderna sono i cristiani che predicano (potremmo supporre coloro che hanno incarichi speciali nellÂ’ambito della congregazione, eletti o potenziali tali, ma il sacrificio che offriamo Ã¨, appunto, lÂ’opera di predicazione Â– Ebrei 13:15) 3) La cosa disgustante, in Rivelazione, Ã¨ la bestia selvaggia che ascende dallÂ’abisso (la stessa che distruggerÃ Babilonia la Grande) ma fosse anche lÂ’impero anglo-americano, il blocco Russia-Cina o qualsiasi altra forza politica, lÂ’avvenimento che ci interessa in questo contesto Ã¨ la soppressione del sacrificio continuo (cioÃ¨ lÂ’uccisione dei due testimoni vestiti di sacco). 4) Confrontando quindi con il libro Rivelazione... esaminiamo quanto segue. La soppressione del sacrificio continuo (cioÃ¨ lÂ’opera di predicazione compiuta dagli eletti) Ã¨ descritta nel capitolo 11 di Rivelazione quando, Â“la bestia selvaggia che ascende dallÂ’abisso farÃ guerra contro di loro e li vincerÃ e li ucciderÃ Â” Â– Rivelazione 11:7 EÂ’ proprio questo il momento in cui il sacrificio continuo viene soppresso? Sembra proprio di sÃ¬ perchÃ© successivamente si sentono alte voci in cielo che dicono: Â“Il regno del mondo Ã¨ divenuto il regno del nostro Signore e del suo CristoÂ” e quindi si parla della nascita del figlio (il regno di Dio). Quindi questo Ã¨ lÂ’avvenimento da cui contare 1290 giorni. Questi 1290 giorni sono Â“la parte finale di queste coseÂ” cioÃ¨ gli ultimi atti di questo sistema di cose secondo la domanda fatta da Daniele. Sappiamo che, una volta scacciato Satana sulla terra (avvenimento successivo all'uccisione dei due testimoni vestiti di sacco) egli dÃ alla bestia tutta la sua potenza e autoritÃ e Rivelazione 13:5 dice che essa avrÃ autoritÃ dÂ’agire per 42 mesi. Questi 42 mesi, ovvero 1260 giorni, sono gli stessi menzionati nel capitolo 11 dove lÂ’angelo dice a Giovanni di Â“tralasciare il cortile che Ã¨ fuori del santuario del tempioÂ” perchÃ© sarebbe stato dato alle nazioni le quali lo avrebbero calpestato, appunto, per 42 mesi. RicapitolandoÂ… Prima cÂ’Ã¨ la predicazione dei due testimoni vestiti di sacco. La cosa disgustante o bestia selvaggia, descritta sia in Daniele che in Rivelazione, sopprime il sacrificio continuo quando li uccide (Rivelazione 11:7; Daniele 12:11); da questo momento si devono contare 1290 giorni i quali portano alla Â“fine di queste coseÂ”. La bestia selvaggia Ã¨ libera di calpestare il cortile per 42 mesi (ovvero 1260 giorni; vedi Rivelazione 13:5) e quindi dobbiamo chiederci: cosa succede tra la morte dei due testimoni e il momento in cui Satana dÃ alla bestia tutta la sua potenza (la quale agirÃ , calpestando il popolo di Dio, per 42 mesi)? Dunque, leggiamoÂ… Â“15Â E il settimo angelo suonÃ² la sua tromba. E vi furono alte voci in cielo, che dicevano: Â“Il regno del mondo Ã¨ divenuto il regno del nostro Signore e del suo Cristo, ed egli regnerÃ per i secoli dei secoliÂ”. 16Â E i ventiquattro anziani che erano seduti dinanzi a Dio sui loro troni caddero sulle loro facce e adorarono Dio, 17Â dicendo: Â“Ti ringraziamo, Geova Dio, Onnipotente, Colui che sei e che eri, perchÃ© hai preso il tuo gran potere e hai cominciato a regnare. 18Â Ma le nazioni si adirarono, e venne lÂ’ira tua, e il tempo fissato di giudicare i morti, e di dare la ricompensa ai tuoi schiavi i profeti, e ai santi e a quelli che temono il tuo nome, i piccoli e i grandi, e di ridurre in rovina quelli che rovinano la terraÂ”. 19Â E il [santuario del] tempio di Dio che Ã¨ in cielo fu aperto, e lÂ’arca del suo patto fu vista nel [santuario del] suo tempio. E ne seguirono lampi e voci e tuoni e un terremoto e grossa grandine. 12 E un gran segno fu visto nel cielo, una donna vestita del sole, e la luna era sotto i suoi piedi, e sulla sua testa cÂ’era una corona di dodici stelle, 2Â ed era incinta. E grida nelle sue doglie e nel suo travaglio per partorire. 3Â E fu visto un altro segno nel cielo, ed ecco, un gran dragone color fuoco, con sette teste e dieci corna e sulle sue teste sette diademi; 4Â e la sua coda trascina un terzo delle stelle del cielo, e le scagliÃ² sulla terra. E il dragone si teneva davanti alla donna che stava per partorire, per divorarne il figlio quando lÂ’avesse partorito.5Â Ed essa partorÃ¬ un figlio, un maschio, che deve pascere tutte le nazioni con una verga di ferro. E il figlio di lei fu rapito presso Dio e il suo trono. 6Â E la donna fuggÃ¬ nel deserto, dove ha un luogo preparato da Dio, affinchÃ© vi sia nutrita per milleduecentosessanta giorni. 7Â E scoppiÃ² la guerra in cielo: Michele e i suoi angeli guerreggiarono contro il dragone, e il dragone e i suoi angeli guerreggiarono, 8Â ma esso non prevalse, nÃ© fu piÃ¹ trovato posto per loro in cielo. 9Â E il gran dragone fu scagliato, lÂ’originale serpente, colui che Ã¨ chiamato Diavolo e Satana, che svia lÂ’intera terra abitata; fu scagliato sulla terra, e i suoi angeli furono scagliati con lui. 10Â E udii nel cielo unÂ’alta voce dire: Â“Ora son venuti la salvezza e la potenza e il regno del nostro Dio e lÂ’autoritÃ del suo Cristo, perchÃ© Ã¨ stato gettato giÃ¹ lÂ’accusatore dei nostri fratelli, che li accusa giorno e notte dinanzi al nostro Dio! 11Â Ed essi lo vinsero a motivo del sangue dellÂ’Agnello e a motivo della parola della loro testimonianza, e non amarono la loro anima neppure di fronte alla morteÂ”. Alla morte e risurrezione dei 2 testimoni il regno del mondo diventa davvero il regno Â“del nostro Signore e del suo CristoÂ” in quanto nasce il Regno di Dio (ormai sufficientemente completo del numero degli eletti) e inizia la purificazione dei cieli e il giudizio sulla terra. Infatti il capitolo 12 parla della nascita del figlio. Quindi scoppia la guerra in cielo e Satana viene scagliato sulla terra. Da quel momento ha davvero Â“un breve periodo di tempoÂ” perchÃ© potrÃ giocare con la sua bestia soltanto per altri 42 mesi Â– Confronta Rivelazione 12:12 e 13:5 con Rivelazione 19:19Â–20:2 Quindi se la risurrezione spirituale avviene in un Â“batter dÂ’occhioÂ” i 30 giorni sono il periodo che include la nascita del Regno di Dio e la durata della guerra in cielo o poco meno. In armonia con ciÃ², 30 giorni furono il periodo di tempo in cui il popolo di Dio fece lutto per la morte di Aaronne (il primo Sommo Sacerdote) Â– Numeri 20:29 Quindi, dopo unÂ’interruzione di 30 giorni, il nuovo Sommo Sacerdote ricominciÃ² ad officiare. La morte dei due testimoni Â“vestiti di saccoÂ” porta ad unÂ’interruzione dei servizi sacerdotali per 30 giorni (essi vengono risuscitati appena 3,5 giorni dopo ma evidentemente non possono cominciare ad officiare subito anche perchÃ© bisogna purificare i cieli). Questa differenza di 30 giorni sono anche i giorni abbreviati di cui parlÃ² GesÃ¹ in quanto la grande tribolazione non inizia immediatamente dopo l'uccisione dei due testimoni Â– Vedi Matteo 24:22 Satana e i suoi demoni, infatti, saranno occupati a combattere una guerra in cielo che perderanno ma che li terrÃ occupati per un po'. Anche al tempo dei primi cristiani i giorni di tribolazione furono abbreviati sul nascere e non verso la fine; il ritiro degli eserciti romani (avvenuto all'inizio dell'assedio) permise ai cristiani di "fuggire ai monti" e salvarsi la vita. Da questo possiamo ricavare anche la durata della grande tribolazione la quale inizia nel momento in cui Satana viene scagliato sulla terra, appena 30 giorni dopo lÂ’uccisione dei due testimoni, e dura 42 mesi. Infine lÂ’angelo conclude dicendo... Â“Felice colui che rimane in attesa e che arriva a milletrecentotrentacinque giorni!Â” Daniele 12:12 PerchÃ© si diventa felici? Evidentemente perchÃ©, dopo che la cosa disgustante ha scatenato la sua furia su tutto il popolo di Dio, adesso Ã¨ arrivato il momento del giudizio di Dio sulla bestia e su tutto il resto del mondo. Questo dovrebbe essere quel periodo di tempo di cui parla Isaia dicendo... Â“Va, popolo mio, entra nelle tue stanze interne, e chiudi le tue porte dietro di te. Nasconditi per un breve momento finchÃ© la denuncia sia passataÂ” Â– Isaia 26:20 45 giorni sono effettivamente pochi giorni in piÃ¹ rispetto ai 40 giorni di tempo in cui la nazione di Israele avrebbe dovuto vagare nel deserto per raggiungere la terra promessa. Â Quindi premettendo cheÂ… Se il racconto di Rivelazione Ã¨ in ordine cronologico (come sembra) e se i 1290 giorni di Daniele sono i 1260 giorni (+30) di RivelazioneÂ… 1) La risurrezione generale (spirituale) inizierÃ solo dopo l'uccisione dei due testimoni vestiti di sacco descritti in Rivelazione 11. 2) Questo permetterÃ la nascita del Regno di Dio. 3) Solo alla nascita del Regno di Dio scoppia la guerra in cielo la quale durerÃ 30 giorni o poco meno. 4) La grande tribolazione inizierÃ 30 giorni dopo lÂ’uccisione dei due testimoni e cioÃ¨ alla fine della guerra in cielo. 5) La grande tribolazione durerÃ 42 mesi i quali sono anche Â“il breve periodo di tempoÂ” rimasto a Satana per agire. 6) Armaghedon inizierÃ allo scadere di questi 42 mesi e durerÃ 45 giorni (la "breve denuncia" in cui il popolo di Dio si chiuderÃ nelle sue stanze interne Â– Isaia 26:20) Â Â COMMENTI SIGNIFICATIVI Ora, la mia domanda Ã¨: come facciamo a sapere che i riferimenti temporali che troviamo in Daniele e Rivelazione (che siano giorni o mesi) non sono simbolici ma letterali?
Â Prima Parte. Ti ringrazio, Sagmar, per la tua domanda.
In effetti sembra che quando "ci gira" applichiamo "un giorno per un anno" e quando "non ci gira" un giorno equivale ad un giorno.
Bene, proviamo a fare alcune considerazioni.
Partendo da Rivelazione, la prima menzione che si fa di questo periodo di tempo si trova al capitolo 11 il versetto 2.
L'angelo dice a Giovanni "Ma in quanto al cortile che Ã¨ fuori del [santuario del] tempio, gettalo completamente fuori e non misurarlo, perchÃ© Ã¨ stato dato alle nazioni, ed esse calpesteranno la cittÃ santa per quarantadue mesi".
Quindi il capitolo 11 si concentra su questi due testimoni vestiti di sacco i quali ricordano i sacerdoti leviti (infatti si parla della misurazione del Tempio) che officiano nel Tempio e si occupano dei sacrifici Â– Ebrei 13:15
Se i due testimoni rappresentano i sacerdoti leviti, chi rappresenta "il cortile che Ã¨ fuori del santuario del tempio" il quale sarÃ calpestato, appunto, per 42 mesi?
Evidentemente sono il popolo di Dio nel suo insieme.
Vediamo come continua il resoconto di Rivelazione.
Alla fine della loro predicazione i due testimoni vengono uccisi, risorgono, suona la settima tromba, nasce il regno di Dio... (Capitoli 11 e 12 di Rivelazione).
Alla nascita del regno di Dio scoppia la guerra in cielo e Satana Ã¨ particolarmente adirato perchÃ©, da quel momento in poi, "ha un breve periodo di tempo" Â– Rivelazione 12:12
Dal momento che secondo lo schiavo il "breve periodo di tempo" sarebbe iniziato nel 1914 la domanda Ã¨ piÃ¹ che legittima.
Continuiamo a leggere.
Una volta che Satana Ã¨ stato scagliato sulla terra si parla della bestia con dieci corna e sette teste che ascende dal mare e della testa scannata a morte che "fu sanata"... quindi i versetti 4 e 5 (capitolo 13) dicono... "E adorarono il dragone perchÃ© aveva dato lÂ’autoritÃ alla bestia selvaggia, e adorarono la bestia selvaggia con le parole: Â“Chi Ã¨ simile alla bestia selvaggia, e chi puÃ² guerreggiare contro di essa?Â” 5?E le fu data una bocca che diceva cose grandi e bestemmie, e le fu data autoritÃ di agire per quarantadue mesi".
Agire per fare cosa?
Per "far guerra contro i santi e vincerli" Â– Rivelazione 13:7
Quindi si sta parlando dell'avvenimento descritto dall'angelo, vero?
Il cortile fuori dal tempio sarebbe stato calpestato per 42 mesi e, infatti, questa bestia agirÃ contro il popolo di Dio per 42 mesi.
Questo periodo Ã¨ letterale o Ã¨ simbolico?
(segue seconda parte)
Â Seconda parte. Anche se per lo schiavo 103 anni possono essere considerati "un breve periodo di tempo" se rapportati a 6.000 anni di esperienza di Satana... certo non puÃ² dirsi di 1260 anni!
Se applichiamo, infatti, la regola "un giorno per un anno", 42 mesi sono 1260 anni e certo non puÃ² essere considerato "un breve periodo di tempo" neppure rapportato all'etÃ dell'uomo.
Se questo Ã¨ opinabile, sicuramente Ã¨ difficile immaginare che questo possa essere il periodo in cui Satana Ã¨ "particolarmente adirato" contro il popolo di Dio e cioÃ¨ il periodo di tempo in cui cerca di distruggerlo!
E' difficile immaginare che qualche cristiano possa sopravvivere a 1260 anni di furia satanica (continuando a leggere la Rivelazione si capisce che la persecuzione sarÃ molto intensa) Â– Matteo 24:21, 22
Potrebbero non essere 1260 anni ma comunque un periodo di tempo non letterale, comunque breve?
Il fatto che la Bibbia rimarchi questo periodo di tempo due volte, non c'Ã¨ motivo per credere che non lo sia.
Inoltre scopriamo che la Bibbia menziona questo periodo non due volte ma tre.
Quando la donna "fugge nel deserto" si dice che ciÃ² accade "affinchÃ© vi sia nutrita per milleduecentosessanta giorni".
Dove si incastrano questi 1260 giorni (ovvero 42 mesi)?
Ovviamente nello stesso periodo in cui la bestia avrÃ autoritÃ d'agire.
Infatti la scrittura dice che Satana si adirÃ² contro la donna e, non riuscendo a farla annegare, "se ne va a far guerra al seme di lei".
Questo fa ben capire che il popolo di Dio, durante tutta la grande tribolazione, continuerÃ ad essere nutrito (in qualche modo e in qualche misura) per tutto il tempo necessario ovvero "1260 giorni" che sono gli stessi 42 mesi in cui il popolo di Dio sarÃ "calpestato".
(segue terza parte)
Â Terza e ultima parte. Una volta stabilito che Ã¨ un "breve periodo di tempo"... perchÃ© dovrebbero essere 5 anni (ad esempio), 74 mesi o qualsiasi altro periodo "breve" se la Bibbia dice, per ben 3 volte, che saranno 42 mesi?
Ricordiamo inoltre che ciÃ² che avviene in questo punto della Rivelazione Ã¨ simile a ciÃ² che avvenne ai primi cristiani.
Quando l'esercito romano ritirÃ² l'assedio a Gerusalemme (e in un articolo precedente si identifica Israele come Babilonia la Grande) i cristiani fuggirono ai monti in obbedienza alle parole di GesÃ¹.
La distruzione di Gerusalemme, perÃ², non avvenne immediatamente ma circa tre anni e mezzo dopo (si puÃ² discutere se contare il periodo da Cestio Gallo a Tito o da Tito a Tito ma grossomodo il periodo Ã¨ quello). Alla fine dei tre anni e mazzo, o giÃ¹ di lÃ¬, Gerusalemme viene assediata e distrutta ("questi sono i giorni per fare giustizia" disse GesÃ¹).
Allo stesso modo alla fine dei 42 mesi le Nazioni Unite distruggono Babilonia la Grande.
Il tempo per la bestia selvaggia di agire termina. Inizia Armaghedon.
Dunque andiamo a vedere i 1290 giorni di Daniele.
Avrai giÃ evinto che, se i giorni di Rivelazione sono letterali, devono esserlo anche quelli di Daniele ma alcuni particolari rafforzeranno questa interpretazione.
Sia in Rivelazione che in Daniele possiamo identificare "la soppressione del sacrificio continuo" Â– Daniele 12:11 Rivelazione 11:7
Quindi a meno che non si stia parlando di due avvenimenti distinti (ma entrambi parlano del "tempo della fine", della grande tribolazione e di "Michele") dobbiamo concludere che stiano parlando dello stesso avvenimento, giusto?
Tuttavia il calcolo riportato in Daniele parte un po' prima di quello riportato in Rivelazione.
L'angelo dice "E dal tempo in cui Ã¨ stato soppresso il [sacrificio] continuo ed Ã¨ stata posta la cosa disgustante che causa desolazione, ci saranno milleduecentonovanta giorni" Â– Daniele 12:11
Invece il tempo rimasto a Satana per agire (il breve periodo di tempo) parte da quando egli Ã¨ stato scacciato sulla terra, giusto?
Quindi tutti gli avvenimenti che accadano "nel mezzo" (dall'uccisione dei due testimoni fino a quando Satana da alla bestia tutta la sua potenza) rientrano in questa differenza temporale.
Ci si aspetterebbe che se i giorni fossero letterali anche la differenza tra i due periodi dovrebbe essere minima, non Ã¨ vero?
PerchÃ© Daniele dice proprio "1290 giorni" e cioÃ© un periodo di tempo che racchiude i 1260 giorni di Rivelazione piÃ¹ "qualcosa in piÃ¹" (che serve a far rientrare la risurrezione spirituale e la guerra in cielo) se questi giorni non fossero letterali?
Quindi possiamo dire che questo "breve periodo di tempo" Ã¨ ripetuto per ben 4 volte tra Rivelazione e Daniele.
Questi fatti rendono piÃ¹ che ragionevole considerare i 1260 giorni e i 1290 come letterali.
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
In our path of study of the prophecies, as already seen in various previous articles, we will have come across something that we would not have believed possible. The understanding of Babylon the Great, as well as that concerning Armageddon, the Jerusalem above or the Heavenly Jerusalem, have indeed constituted great changes in the official understanding of Jehovah's Witnesses. We can not ignore the chain effects that these "changes of vision" have produced and continue to produce on many other more or less important doctrines. The author of this blog would like above all to clarify that all the theses presented so far have never been considered inspired or infallible and therefore each reader is invited to make their own evaluations (and maybe to contribute) by comparing and meditating on the Scriptures without any injury. At the same time, however, the author is equally convinced that the articles showed respect for the Bible and used it as a guide and supreme authority. Every affirmation, whenever it was possible, was accompanied or confirmed by one or more Scriptures and therefore, although certain arguments went against the official teaching, it was decided to do so in good conscience. The possible firm conviction of the author as well as certain categorical expressions used are exclusively due to this: the support of the Scriptures - John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 10: 4, 5 The article that will be developed now, will also consist of a significant change of vision and we will see how, changing the conditions, real or possible scenarios become real that, until the day before yesterday, we would have considered really far-fetched - Job 42 :2; Mark 10:27 The wisest thing that each of us can do is to evaluate that every thesis presented is really in harmony with the Scripture, and nothing else, without closing up in shell or reshaping the power of God to what we think possible - Mark 12:24 ; Job 38: 4 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. What do we know, with certainty, of the battle of Armageddon? Â What do we know about the Armageddon war? Speaking of the war of the great day of the Almighty God, what do we know for sure? - 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Well, we know that it is not total destruction due to a human war, a solar flare, a meteorite or other Hollywood nonsense - Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 78:69; Ecclesiastes 1: 4 We know it is the crucial war in which God takes revenge on his enemies and on the enemies of His people - Psalm 2: 3-6; Sofonia 1:18; Zechariah 2: 8 We also know that it is the occasion when Jehovah is magnified and makes himself known to the nations - Ezekiel 36:22, 23 It is the war that will free His people from oppression and slavery and will finally begin the Millennial Kingdom - Exodus 15: 11-13; Revelation 7:10 These are reliable informations. For the rest, when it will happen, what means it will use, which scenario will present itself just before the outbreak of this war, etc., only assumptions are made. One of these assumptions, which seems to have a strict logic, is that the place in Hebrew is called Har-Maghedon, is not a literal place but a situation. In practice it would be the situation in which all the enemies of God find themselves fighting against His People, wherever they are. This conclusion seems absolutely logical because how could a war of such proportions, which should encompass all of humanity and therefore billions of people, take place in such a small geographical area? It is absurd to even think about it. However, before closing our faculties of perception on any contrary subject we try to consider the following - James 1:19 First of all we have seen that the war between the king of the north and the king of the south, which is a prophecy to come, could greatly reduce the number of people present on earth including their armies - compare Revelation 6: 3, 7, 8 It's a raw topic we would not like to talk about but the prophecies seem clear. This topic has been dealt with in various previous articles, including the one entitled "Who is the horn that became very great?". Furthermore, as we saw in the article titled "Which nations disappear in Armageddon?" We know that the war of Armageddon will not destroy all nations and people on the planet. This war will indeed destroy the satanic system which includes the savage beast, the kings of the earth and their armies - 1 John 3: 8 Seen from this point of view, perhaps the fact that this war can be fought in a specific and relatively restricted place becomes a possibility? Furthermore it is necessary to make a couple of clarifications. Har-Magedon, which means "Mountain of Megiddo", is not a specific reference to that "tell" that you see in Volume 1 of the book "Insight" (page 953 in the edition in Italian). What you see in photography is what remains of ancient Megiddo, a small hill built on 26 layers of ruins of ancient cities. That is "Megiddo" but where's the mountain? Since there is no mountain called "Mount of Megiddo" we try to make assumptions without prematurely concluding that the whole argument is symbolic. Megiddo is located at the entrance of the pass through the chain of Mount Carmel, which overlooks the valley of Esdraelon from the south-west. So the Mount of Megiddo might be Mount Carmel (compare 1 Kings 18:19, 20, Jeremiah 46:18, Amos 1: 2; 9: 3; Naum 1: 3, 4) and could include all the hilly countryside that surrounds the valley of Megiddo, one hundred kilometers north of Jerusalem, including the valley of Esdraelon. Space is noticeable, but before assuming any calculation, we try to ask ourselves according to what logic or why the kings of the earth should / could be there. To a superficial judgment it would seem a stupid thing. The kings of the earth and their armies will not be able to fight against Christ and his elect (though they will try to - compare Revelation 19:19, 20) and so it is evident that they will take it upon His people. Why, then, to concentrate in one area of the earth (whatever it is) to try to destroy the people of God if it is found in all the inhabited earth?Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. we have seen that the earth chosen by God for His people is still the Promised Land and the gathering of Israel will be literal.
The article in part said, "When nations have run out of time, including both the trampling of Jerusalem and the persecution, Armageddon will begin to destroy this beast and all the compact peoples in the fight against the Lamb. At that moment Jerusalem will have been freed and the people of God, after the necessary period spent in the "inner rooms", will be able to go to that country which is still part of the promise and where in a short time it will begin to flow milk and honey - Isaiah 26: 20 " What have we seen so far? We have seen that Babylon the Great is modern apostate Israel but this has to do with the people who occupy it, certainly not with the geographical area which, in itself, can not have merit or guilt - Zechariah 5: 6-8 So, once Israel is liberated from Babylon the Great, Jehovah will bring His people back to that land that bears His name and will be inhabited from generation to generation - Joel 3:20 The crucial question is therefore: will this rallying and consequent exodus to the Promised Land begin after Armageddon or its approach? Some scriptures suggest that this happens just before the final battle. How can we say it? We have seen that during the last war between the king of the north and the king of the south, some nations are able to escape - see Daniel 11:41 The writing mentions Edom, Moab and Ammon and, coincidentally, these are the same nations in which a part of the people of Israel found shelter in the past - compare Psalm 60: 8, 9; Isaiah 16: 4; Jeremiah 40:11 The logical conclusion is that the people of God who survived the war, since they will have to live again Israel now liberated by the Great Whore, are in the vicinity of the Promised Land at least some time before the final battle. This situation would also be similar to what happened in the past but on a much larger scale. If the meeting takes place before Armageddon, then it becomes logical and plausible that the "kings of the earth" will gather in the place that in Hebrew is called Har-Maghedon. This is done to prevent the achievement of the Promised Land (and kill them all at once - compares Psalm 2: 1-6) or simply to kill them once they reach. This hypothesis makes reasonable not only the literal gathering of kings and armies but also the specific place of the gathering. Let's try, for a moment, to read Revelation as if it were the first time and as if they had not taught us anything. The writing says Â“And I saw three unclean inspired expressionsHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragonHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and they perform signs,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and they go out to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the warHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. of the great day of God the Almighty ( ... ) And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Armageddon" Â– Revelation 16:13, 14, 16 Without doing any disquisition on what terms and what it means, the first image that would come to mind are the kings who are gathered together somewhere, is not it? In fact, the writing says that these frogs "gathered them", which makes one think that these kings are heading towards a specific place. After all we have never done any disquisitions on the idea that these frogs actually go to the kings of the earth; we have never hypothesized that their "going to" the kings of the earth was symbolic because it is evident that, if these kings live in different and distant nations, these frogs have to go or go towards them. But we have re-discussed that the kings go somewhere. So frogs go literally (they must reach these kings) while kings go in a symbolic sense. That is, they do not go anywhere. The question that would be spontaneous to those who did not know anything about the issues at stake would be ... "Why do the kings of the earth, at the approach of the war, go to the place called Har-Maghedon (whatever place it is)?" In a war scenario, the answer would become simple: because the object of contention is in that area or near that area. Any nation that would place its army on the borders of another nation would send a strong and clear message. He is preparing for the war. In this case, however, the question does not concern the conquest of the territory of Israel but the extermination of the people who intend to live there - Psalm 2: 1-4 Finally we must distinguish the kings of the earth from their armies. The writing of Revelation says that only the kings of the earth are gathered at Har-Maghedon. How many will be the kings of the earth, following their ministers, their officials in various capacities, their bodyguards, etc? A few thousand? A few tens of thousands? Is the entire hilly area of Carmel and the valley of Esdraelon itÂ’s sufficient to accommodate a few tens of thousands of people? Obviously yes, even only the Carmel. Where will the armies be and for which aircraft will they be extended? We do not have a precise answer but we can make some reasoning based on what we know from the scriptures. The simple distinction, which perhaps few have noticed, between the kings of the earth and their armies, should make every hypothesis fall "of the impossibility of the event" because if the Bible does not specify the area of armies extension they could really be hundreds of millions and even billions of people. The final battle would take place "around the Mount of Megiddo" for an indefinite area (why could not they cover all of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq for example?) God's people would still be surrounded, the writing would not it would fail and Jehovah would rise above the nations. So, regardless of all the reasoning we have just made, if the Bible does not specify the extent of the armies deployed against the people of God, all the discourse on the secure symbolic nature of writing lapses or at least is not as reasonable as it initially seemed. We will try however to "build" the extension of this army only on the basis of what we know and keeping as close as possible so that all the talk will acquire heaviness and it is really the Bible to speak - Romans 3: 4 Regarding the last dominant king described in Daniel chapters 11 and 12 we know that he will place his tents "between the great sea and the holy Mount of the Adornment" - Daniel 11:45 After this event "he will have to come to his end, and there will not be a rescuer for him" and then it is understood that "pitching the tents" is the last action he performs before his final destruction. We have also seen that the destruction of Babylon the Great (or the nation of Israel) is the prelude to Armageddon and not to the great tribulation. As a result, the army of the last ruling king should already be present on the territory of Israel before the final battle * (see footnote). He simply has to wait for all the others to come (it is to be noted, in fact, that the writing which calls for the gathering of the kings of the earth at Har-Maghedon makes no mention of the wild beast. He is not mentioned because he is among the kings or simply because it is already there?). However, for the moment we do not know whether this immense army will stand as a shield to prevent Israel from entering or whether it will wait for "the people gathered from all the earth" to actually enter the country and then surround it - see for example Joel 3: 9- 12; Nehemiah 6:16; Psalm 44:13; 59: 5, 6; 76:11, 12; 97: 1-3; Jeremiah 1: 14-16; 6:25; 25: 9; Lamentations 1:17 For the moment we can imagine both situations since concepts do not change. So, to obstruct any access to the coming people, the armies will have to cover Israel at least for its entire length. Does this seem reasonable to you? So we have to hypothesize an extension that goes from the Great Sea (the Mediterranean) to the Mount of the Adornment west of Israel and an extension at least similar to the east side of Israel (in terms of width). So a length at least equal to that of Israel if not more. What area are we talking about? We can only make an estimate but a territory equal to twice the current Israel should cover an area of 45 / 50,000 square kilometers. With this in mind, let us now assume how powerful this army could be. A site makes a list of the ten most numerous armies (updated to 2015). This is the list with the respective numbers. Â CHINA (number of staff: 2.285.000). UNITED STATES (1.458.000). INDIA (1.325.000) NORTH KOREA (1.106.000) RUSSIA (1.027.000) TURKEY (666,500) SOUTH KOREA (639,000). PAKISTAN (617,000) IRAN (523,000). EGYPT (468,000) Â The total number of staff would be just over ten million people. We also consider that, as we saw at the beginning, the war between the kings of the north and the king of the south by then will have greatly reduced the numbers and at least a part of the nations listed above may not exist anymore. For the benefit of the numbers, however, it must be said that in case of conflict the "effective" would not be the only ones to go to war. The numbers could be greatly underestimated (it is doubtful, in fact, that the official numbers correspond to the real ones). Finally we must consider that this is the last move of Satan before being thrown into the abyss for a thousand years so he would have every interest in making the armies as numerous as possible. So we multiply by five these numbers and assume that the final attack includes 50 million armed soldiers to the teeth. The area we estimated could contain fifty million people? Yes and fairly well if we consider that these people are not there to live or stay but simply as soldiers waiting to launch a furious attack. Every soldier would have a living space of about one square meter. Do you remember the photographs in which Hitler had his huge troops? In those large gatherings there were probably three or four people every square meter. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â In Hitler's huge gatherings there were probably 3 or 4 people per square meter Â It is evident that we are making assumptions and the estimates, both of the army and of the militarized area, could vary a lot, but the point we want to illustrate is simply one. Despite the ideas that we made about the war of Har-Magedon, and how they are rooted in us, we can not exclude that the final battle takes place in this geographical area and that it will prove to be the biggest fight in the history of humanity. Indeed, the scriptures mentioned in support of the argument suggest that this is not simply a possibility. Any new understanding, however, can make other scriptures harmonious or create forcing. Forcing should be an indicator that "something is wrong". What happens with the other scriptures, understanding that the place of the final battle will be a specific and relatively restricted place? Meanwhile, as we have mentioned, this situation would be very similar to several biblical episodes we know - see for example Exodus 14: 10-14; 2 Kings 18: 19-25 Jehovah would be exalted in the midst of the nations precisely because, not being really all destroyed, the distant peoples and nations would speak of this event with terror and for centuries - compare Joshua 2: 9-11; Deuteronomy 2:25; Psalm 112: 10 Isaiah 63: 1-6 describes Jehovah coming from Edom who, as we have seen, is one of the places where God's people find refuge, and from there he begins to "tread peoples into His wrath." Psalm 2: 2 describes all the peoples and national groups united "as one man" and this gives the idea that the rulers of the earth, and therefore their armies, are effectively gathered somewhere as one army, a single mass and compact. Finally (but not "finally" because you will find many other similarities if you want to look for them) suddenly becomes clear why the king of the north is troubled because of news from the east and the north - see Daniel 11:44 So far what have we been told? In other words ... we have been told that we do not know. In the book "Pay attention to the prophecies of Daniel" on page 283 (Italian edition) we speak of Gog of Magog (among other things in the understanding that it is Satan the Devil) and paragraph 26 concludes with the words "But what at the end they will contain the news from the east and from the north only God will establish it and time will tell it ". Instead, understanding the scenario that will be created shortly before the final battle we can guess why this king is so upset. He sees the people of God, who evidently believed he had eliminated, gathered and on their way to the Promised Land! Depict the scene. It is easy to imagine that he understands that there is God, the True God and not the farce built by the false prophet behind all this. Despite his immense power and his fury, he has not succeeded in eliminating the people of God who are now reaching the Promised Land in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. It is not surprising that this causes great anger in him and comes out "with great fury to annihilate and to vote many to destruction", or the people of God gathered there - Daniel 11:43 And this explains why he "will pitch the tents of his palace between [the] great sea and the holy mount of the Adornment". Let's take a moment to imagine the scene and see us there, intent on reaching the promised land as the Israelites were in the time of Moses. Perhaps we may find ourselves imprisoned between the Great Sea and the army or we may be a few kilometers from the border and see "men of extraordinary stature" - Numbers 13:33 Perhaps some of us, seeing such a colossal army, might doubt Jehovah's power or his will to protect us - Isaiah 43:10, 11 Try to imagine how many situations described in the Bible would become the mirror of those last moments of the system of things. It is not difficult to see the harmony of the Word of God and to understand what will happen if we free ourselves from our conditioning and do not associate the word "impossible" with God. Is not it a wonderful prospect? One day, towards the end of the terrifying events that will occur on earth, someone will call us to lead us to the Promised Land, but the journey will be reserved only for those who will understand the prophecy and act accordingly. Next stop: Israel. Take the ticket. Make reservations now. The forecasts say that the area will be quite crowded. Â Â Footnote. The article entitled "1290 and 1335 days" shows a difference of 45 days between trampling on God's people and achieving his "happiness" - see Daniel 12:12 These 45 days could include the time of the gathering of the people of God and the consequent exodus that will lead them to cross the boundaries of the Promised Land. Â It is necessary to specify that even if the lowering of the waters of the Euphrates has to do with the destruction of these peoples and not simply with the loss of the defenses, this could refer to the peoples that surround Israel and not with Israel - compare Joel 3 : 4 This could mean that the payment of the sixth cup of the angel is not yet the actual destruction of Babylon the Great and therefore the people of Israel might still be alive and active when God's people approach it to "repopulate". As strange as this may seem, this seems to be in harmony with Revelation 16:19 which says that God would have remembered Babylon "to give it the cup of wine of the fury of his wrath" and by reading the context this happens during or near of the judgment of armageddon - compare Revelation 16:13 Other Bibles translate in a similar way and therefore it would seem evident that when nations gather in Armageddon, God still has to pour his wrath upon Babylon the Great. If this understanding is correct, when the king of the north "will come out with great fury to annihilate and vote many to destruction" it is possible that in his blinding fury he will strike first the nation that had always been their lover - compare Revelation 18 : 10, 15, 18 (see also Zechariah 14:13, 14) And obviously this will happen by God's will - Revelation 17:17 This possibility makes very probable the situation in which the people of God are effectively blocked between Israel (still populated) and all the armies of the world. Â
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
The sixth one poured out his bowl on the great river Eu·phra?tes,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and its water was dried upHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. to prepare the way for the kingsHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. from the rising of the sun Â– Revelation 16:12 Â Who are the "kings coming from the rising sun" described in Revelation 16:12? The question might seem silly or too simple. All Jehovah's Witnesses, or nearly all, have learned that the kings from the rising sun are Jehovah and His Son Christ. The book "Revelation its climax" in this regard says Â… This is also bad news for Babylon the Great! 21 At the height of the splendor of ancient Babylon, the copious waters of the Euphrates were a fundamental element of its defensive system. In 539 a.E.V. those waters dried up when their course was diverted by the Persian leader Cyrus. This allowed Cyrus the Persian and Darius the Medus, the kings coming from the "rising sun" (ie from the east), to enter and conquer Babylon. At the crucial moment the Euphrates failed as a defense of that great city. (Isaiah 44: 27-45: 7; Jeremiah 51:36) Something similar must happen to modern Babylon, the world system of false religion. 22 Babylon the Great "sits on many waters". According to Revelation 17: 1, 15, these symbolize "peoples and crowds and nations and tongues", multitudes of followers whom it considers a protection. But the "waters" are drying up! In Western Europe, where it once exerted great influence, hundreds of millions of people are now openly without religion. In some countries, for many years a policy has been stubbornly aimed at eradicating the influence of religion. In these countries the masses did not rise in its defense. Likewise, when the time comes when Babylon the Great will have to be destroyed, the decreasing number of her followers will turn out to be no protection for her. (Revelation 17:16) Although boasting of having billions of followers, Babylon the Great will find herself helpless before the "kings coming from the rising sun". 23 Who are these kings? In 539 a.E.V. they were Darius the Medus and Cyrus the Persian, who were employed by Jehovah to conquer the ancient city of Babylon. On this day of the Lord, the false religious system of Babylon the Great will be equally destroyed by human rulers. But once again it will be a divine judgment. Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, the "kings coming from the rising sun," will have to put the "thought" of turning against Babylon the Great and completely destroying it in the hearts of human rulers. (Revelation 17:16, 17) The pouring of the sixth cup publicly proclaims that this judgment is about to be performed! (paragraphs 20 to 23, pages 229-230 of the Italian edition). Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Are the Almighty God and His Son Christ the "kings coming from the rising sun"? Â Â However, some questions arise. Let us admit that Cyrus and Darius represent Jehovah and Christ (even if it seems a somewhat risky parallel) and we admit that we can skip the action of the United Nations * (see footnote) because of what Revelation 17: 17 says. "Preparing the way" means creating the conditions to pass. Also wanting to assert that instead of referring to the passage we refer to something else (how to carry out a destruction) "preparing the way" always means "creating the favorable conditions for doing something". It is clear that if we talk about Cyrus and Darius, they, being simple human beings, really needed someone to prepare the way because if they could not divert the Euphrates River they would never cross the borders of Babylon. Can we say the same about Jehovah and Christ? Do they need someone to "prepare the way for them" in order to cross or defeat anyone? Obviously not - Isaiah 40:15 It is also reasonable to believe that the angel in charge of pouring the cup on the Euphrates River to prepare the way for Jehovah and Christ as to simplify them things? The current explanation in effect says that Jehovah and Christ will destroy Babylon the Great, by which time the people (represented by the water of the river) does not protect you anymore. But does God Almighty and His Son Christ really need to weaken the defensive walls of Babylon the Great in order to destroy it? Moreover, if indeed Babylon the Great loses the love of her lovers, is not the strange reaction that kings and traders show immediately after its destruction? - compare Revelation 18: 9-19 The official explanation states "The reaction of nations may seem surprising if we take into account the fact that Babylon was destroyed by the symbolic ten horns of the scarlet wild beast. (Revelation 17:16) But once Babylon, the" kings of earth "will clearly show how useful it was to keep the people quiet and subservient" (Chapter 37, paragraph 2). So Babylon the Great had lost the love of her lovers, had not lost it or regained it after its destruction? - Compare Revelation 18: 7 Moreover, the nations were not aware even before this nation "was useful for them to keep the people quiet and subservient"? ** Let us reflect on the words of Revelation 17:15 which identify the waters as "peoples and crowds and nations and languages". If the waters are people, and these are placed to protect a nation, they can lower themselves in two different ways. Either these people lose interest in that nation (ie they do not protect it any more and then it would really mean that its lovers got fed up with her) or those people simply are gone - compare Revelation 9: 13-15 (see also Jeremiah 50: 35-38; 51:36, 37) Furthermore, in the basic writing of this article the water of the Euphrates river only dries up when the angel pours his cup. Â This means that up until a moment before the river bed was normally swollen. These reflections should cast a shadow over all those disquisitions that would wish for Babylon the Great to lose more and more consensus and that this is an indication of its imminent destruction. If the angel did not pour the sixth cup of God's wrath on the Euphrates River, water would not dry up at all. Otherwise, someone will be able to find a scripture where it says that the water goes down "about his business" and the bowl of God's only serves to give "the final blow." Nowhere, however, is there any indication of this. Moreover, if it were people who were tired of Babylon the Great (as the lowering of the waters is currently being interpreted), what good is it for God to put his thought into their hearts? - see Revelation 17:17 If it is people who get tired of their lover, they would not destroy it of their own free will? Do we have to suppose that this direct action by God only serves to speed up the times? It does not seem so. As the Lord himself said: Â“Knowing their thoughts, he said to them: Â“Every kingdom divided against itself comes to ruin, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â In the same way, if Satan expels Satan, he has become divided against himself; how, then, will his kingdom stand?Â” - Matthew 12:25, 26 Babylon the Great is a fundamental part of the system of Satan for which he, as the ruler of the world, would have no interest in bringing down or even just watching while the waters are lowering. If it were for Satan, Babylon the Great would last forever but they will lower themselves exclusively because of God's will and against all expectations. Not by chance, in fact, the cup of the previous wrath (the fifth) is poured on the throne of the wild beast and it is said that it is obscured. This means that now, these kings, at least for a while will no longer have control over it - Revelation 16:10 Here, then, that the reaction of kings and traders becomes absolutely logical. They have never ceased to love her but for a reason that they will not be able to explain themselves, during an hour of madness, they will turn into their assassins. The lowering of the waters, therefore, means that now the people present near the great Euphrates River (who could be there for protection of the borders as for any other reason) are gone. If we look at the order of events described in chapter 16 of Revelation it seems to be so. Verse 12 speaks of the sixth cup of the wrath of God which dries up the great Euphrates River and soon afterwards, in verses 13 and 14, are seen "coming out of the mouth of the dragon and the mouth of the wild beast and the mouth of the false prophet three impure expressions inspired [that seemed] similar to frogs (...) and go to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them to the war of the great day of God Almighty. " If we cling to official understanding, does not it seem that something is missing between verse 12 and verse 13? If the drying up of the Euphrates about the loss of love against Babylon the Great, after this event you should not see the king's attack and then destroy it and then, only after, see the gathering to Armageddon? Where did the missing verse go? Or ... why is this episode not even mentioned? Even the theory of the book written in "non-chronological" order here lapses because we are not talking about what is written before or after; there would simply be a whole piece missing! Piece, among other things, to which two chapters will be dedicated later (see the article "who establishes the correct interpretation?"). This makes it clear that the topic is too important to have been "skipped". The answer is always simpler than the questions would allow you to imagine. There is no "missing piece" between verses 12 and 13 and no "complicated time play" because the lowering of waters simply indicates the elimination of those people. If the waters mean "peoples, crowds, nations and languages" these peoples, crowds, nations and languages now we are gone. Babylon the Great, therefore, has already been destroyed and that is why the next action of the rulers of the world is to prepare for the battle of Armageddon. As we have seen in previous articles, in fact, the destruction of Babylon the Great is a prelude to the war of Armageddon and not to the great tribulation. Now, going back to the question "who are the kings coming from the rising sun", how many chances are there that they are Jehovah and Christ, since there are no more people? Let's think about it for a moment. Before the water went down for those who had a problem entering that city? Would any armies placed to protect a nation be a problem for any spiritual creature or for other human beings? - compare Isaiah 8: 7 It is evident that it is human beings who need someone to prepare the way for them and a nation without several inhabitants has no barriers or impediments of any kind. Are these kings therefore human beings? And if they are human beings ... who are they? Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â They are human beings the kings from the rising sun? Â Â From what we have learned, it is now easy to link the scriptures. We have seen that the gathering to Israel will be literal (that we treated in the article entitled "The appointed times of the nations"). We also saw that the ingathering will take place shortly before the war of Armageddon ( "Next stop: Israel"). By doing two plus two it will be easy to understand who these kings are, but let us see if the Scriptures give us reason to believe that the understanding is correct. Let's see what Isaiah 60: 1-3 tells us. Â Â“Arise, O woman,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. shed light, for your light has come. The glory of Jehovah shines on you.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â For look! darkness will cover the earthAnd thick gloom the nations;But on you Jehovah will shine,And on you his glory will be seen. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Nations will go to your lightHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. And kingsHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. to your shining splendorÂ”. Speaking of the period in which there would have been "thick darkness" on the national groups (which period?) the woman would have risen and the kings, taken from all the nations, would have come to her luster. This scripture can not have been fulfilled in the past, is it not? In fact, the Israelites have never accepted people from other nations in their land as kings. It can not even be fulfilled in the new world because it speaks of "thick darkness on national groups". When should it be fulfilled, then? Â“Foreigners will build your walls,And their kings will minister to you,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. For in my indignation I struck you,But in my favorHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. I will have mercy on you.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Your gates will be kept open constantly;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. They will not be closed by day or by night,To bring to you the resources of the nations,And their kings will take the leadÂ” - Isaiah 60:10, 11 Isaiah tells us where these kings come from (from nations around the world) and also says that they "will take the directive" in bringing their resources. Â“And you will actually drink the milk of nations,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. At the breast of kings you will nurse;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. And you will certainly know that I, Jehovah, am your Savior,And the Powerful One of Jacob is your Repurchaser.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Instead of the copper I will bring in gold,And instead of the iron I will bring in silver,Instead of the wood, copper,And instead of the stones, iron;And I will appoint peace as your overseers. And righteousness as your task assignersÂ” - Isaiah 60:16, 17 (see also the details of Isaiah chapter 62). Obviously someone could say that these scriptures applied to the Israelites because, among other things, they suggest that these kings come to bow, to serve, not really to govern. We know that the scriptures also say this. But is this what Isaiah is talking about? Let the Bible respond. Â“I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who escape to the nationsÂ—to Tar?shish,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Pul, and Lud,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. those who draw the bow, to Tu?bal and Ja?van,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and to the faraway islandsÂ—who have not heard a report about me or seen my glory; and they will proclaim my glory among the nations.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â They will bring all your brothers out of all the nationsHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. as a gift to Jehovah, on horses, in chariots, in covered wagons, on mules, and on swift camels, up to my holy mountain, Jerusalem,Â” says Jehovah, Â“just as when the people of Israel bring their gift in a clean vessel into the house of Jehovah.Â” Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Â“I will also take some for the priests and for the Levites,Â” says JehovahÂ” - Isaiah 66:19-21 True, this writing can apply to those who "seize the kingdom" or the elect, who are taken from every part of the earth - Matthew 11:12 However, we have also seen that the structure of the post-armageddon Promised Land will in some respects be similar to that of the shadow of things - see Colossians 2:17 Obviously it will be infinitely better (see the article entitled "The temple of Ezekiel's vision is a reality!"). For example, we know that ancient characters such as Abraham, Moses and David will serve as princes in the new world and therefore there will be a sort of hierarchy of theocratic bill even if our only King will always be only Jesus Christ. Do we have to wait for the end of a thousand years to have superintendents, kings or princes directing the affairs in the country? This would not make sense. From what we understand, among those who repopulate Israel at the end of the satanic system, will be chosen "kings", or "majestic" who will take the directive among the people - Nehemiah 10:28, 29 In harmony with this, the chief leaders of the tribes of Israel were called princes and the 68th Psalm says that kings would bring gifts - see Psalm 68: 27-29 Psalm 138: 4 says, "All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Jehovah, for they will have heard the sayings of your mouth" and it is evident that these "kings" can not be those who stand against Jehovah and His Anointed at the battle of Armageddon. They are kings definitely different. If we think about it, it's not what we've always been told? During the Millennial Kingdom and also in the New World some will be chosen to be the "sarim" and will take the directive at various levels. The difference with this understanding is that no one has told us that some of these people will be chosen already before or during the attainment of the Promised Land *** (also because the literal repopulation of Israel has never been taken into consideration and also the belief that the resurrection would have occurred "during" the millennium made it impossible to understand these scriptures). Jehovah will somehow choose "kings" among the survivors of the nations to repopulate the land that bears His Name. The fact that these kings come from the "rising sun" (ie from the east) is a further confirmation of their identity. In Daniel 11:44, or in the story parallel to the event of Revelation 16:12, it is said that the king of the north will be troubled by the news that will come from the "east and north". In the article already mentioned, namely the one entitled "Next stop: Israel" we have specifically seen why this king is so perplexed. He sees the people of God gathered and intent on reaching the Promised Land and behind all this he sees clearly the work of God. Therefore, the kings coming from the rising sun are not Jehovah and Jesus but they are those people chosen by all the nations of whom Jehovah will be pleased, who will take the directive for their whole spiritual family - Ezekiel 20:40, 41 And of course, unlike the Israelites of the past, they will not forget to have a king over them - 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16 How do you feel about learning this? Do you hope to be among them? Â Footnotes * In this and other articles the term "United Nations" was used, indicating the scarlet beast with seven heads and ten horns described in Revelation. We know that today it is represented by the United Nations but it is said that in the future this military / political agglomeration will not be called "Congress of the peoples" or in any other way. Â ** "They were useful for keeping the people quiet and submissive": obviously the official explanation is that Babylon the Great is the world empire of false religion. We know, however, that their despair is due precisely to the fact that they lose the opportunity to continue with their illicit trafficking. Â *** The fact that writing identifies them as kings before actual entry into the Promised Land may suggest that Jehovah has already named them as such. However, it is not certain that this appointment takes place only a certain period after under the Millennial Kingdom which begins with the destruction of the kings at Armageddon. Â As was stated in the article entitled "Next stop: Israel," Babylon the Great could be inhabited again when "the people gathered from all nations" will approach to it to repopulate. In this case the lowering of the waters described by the sixth cup would have to do with the destruction of the people of the surrounding area. It is reasonable to conclude that if the destruction of Babylon the Great begins Armageddon (and in this case we would already be in Armageddon) the people of God must be in the area so that all the armies of the world prepare themselves in an attempt to destroy it.
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
The immense statue of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
Babylon comes from the north, according to what Ezekiel 26: 7 says (see also Jeremiah 46:10).
Comparing Jeremiah 50: 9 with Isaiah 21: 2, 9 and Daniel 5:28 it is understood that the average Persian comes from the north.
Reading Daniel 11: 3 understands that the "mighty king" is Alexander the Great, identified as the "king of the north".
Reading Daniel 11:16, 20-22 it is understood that Rome is the next king of the north.
If all the kings of the statue were "king of the north" ... the last king can be the Anglo-American empire, or the king of the south?
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
Si bien la mayoría de nosotros estÃ n enfocados en los "problemas burocrÃ¡ticos de la organizaciÃ³n" comprometiÃ©ndonos a hacer propuestas mÃ¡s o menos factibles y mÃ¡s o menos bÃblicas para "mejorar las cosas", las profecÃas bÃblicas se cumplen flagrantemente ante nuestras narices y casi nadie se da cuenta. Nuestra actitud de sujeciÃ³n (para algunos es impactante usar incluso este tÃ©rmino), impide a la mayorÃa de nosotros de enfrentar al corazÃ³n la comprensiÃ³n bÃblica y las profecÃas que son una parte fundamental. Es mucho mejor hablar de "problemas organizativos", de "astillas locas" y "vacunas en lugar de pastores", engaÃ±Ã¡ndonos de que las dos cosas son problemas distintos e independientes unos de otros. Bueno, todos hacen sus propias evaluaciones y presentan lo que consideran mÃ¡s importante. El objetivo de este blog, sin embargo, es prestar atenciÃ³n a las profecÃas y ver cÃ³mo estas afectan a cada uno de nosotros. Para la mayorÃa de nosotros fue impactante ver cÃ³mo una naciÃ³n moderna como Rusia ha violado todos los derechos humanos mÃ¡s bÃ¡sicos al prohibir el trabajo de predicaciÃ³n de los testigos de JehovÃ¡. Excepto luego usa las frases usuales ... "Sabemos que seremos odiados por todas las naciones ... sabemos que las cosas empeorarÃ¡n", etc. muy pocos se han dado cuenta de que esta era una profecÃa bÃblica especÃfica y clara - Mateo 24: 9; Daniel 8: 11-13 Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â¿Sabes lo que sucederÃ¡ pronto? Â "EspecÃfica y clara" sÃ³lo para aquellos que realmente prestado atenciÃ³n a la profecÃa y sin condiciones. Para otros son las escaramuzas habituales, los problemas habituales entre las naciones, un poco "como sucediÃ³ en el pasado con MalÃ o Burundi ... Un problema, por supuesto, pero nada significativo en las escrituras. Si lo que sucediÃ³ en Rusia no es relevante desde el punto de vista de la escritura, incluso los tiempos en los que vivimos no son particularmente relevantes (la consecuencia paradÃ³jica de estar en el "tiempo del fin" durante mÃ¡s de 100 aÃ±os es que todo lo que sucede es importante "pero tampoco") - JeremÃas 4: 5-7 El efecto de cadena de no haber identificado este evento tambiÃ©n significa no reconocer la identidad del rey del norte (identidad a la que deberÃamos haber llegado mucho antes de este evento) y luego perderse en desacuerdos sobre ISIS, posibles alianzas entre los EE. UU. Rusia y asÃ sucesivamente - Daniel 7: 7, 8, 20 Â¿PodrÃa ser que alguien nos mostrÃ³ la luna y estÃ¡bamos mirando el dedo? Puede ser que nos hayamos acostumbrado a tener explicaciones de segunda mano, es decir, a terceros que nos han hecho investigaciones por nosotros, que ahora no logramos o hacer una investigaciÃ³n seria usando solo la Biblia? Si fue impactante para algunos, lo que sucediÃ³ en Rusia, esperamos a ver lo que sucederÃ¡ - JeremÃas 4: 16-18 Mientras tanto, el rey del norte continuarÃ¡ "tirando la verdad al suelo" y esto sugiere que la obra de predicaciÃ³n serÃ¡ proscrita en otros paÃses antes o durante la guerra - Daniel 8:12. SÃ, porque estallarÃ¡ una guerra. Â¿Alguien te ha dicho que al final no habrÃ¡ una batalla real entre el rey del norte y el rey del sur? Â¿Alguien le ha dicho que si estallara una guerra entre Rusia y los Estados Unidos, nadie sobrevivirÃa y, por lo tanto, Dios no lo permitirÃa? Falso. La Ãºltima gran guerra humana se describe tanto en Daniel como en Apocalipsis - Daniel 11:40; Apocalipsis 9: 16-19 Esta guerra conducirÃ¡ a la derrota del rey del sur - Daniel 11: 41-43 Antes de esto, el pueblo de Dios serÃ¡ severamente disciplinado por no haber enseÃ±ado la verdad como deberÃa haberlo hecho. La advertencia contra los falsos profetas no estÃ¡ dirigida solo al cristianismo: Apocalipsis 8:10, 11; JeremÃas 23:15; AmÃ³s 5: 7; 06:12 Esto significa que la persecuciÃ³n podrÃa incluir otras denominaciones "cristianas" y es de esperar que esto se interprete como el ataque a "Babilonia la Grande" o el comienzo del ataque. Esto tambiÃ©n es falso. AdemÃ¡s, es de esperar que muchos hermanos piensen que la guerra entre los reyes del norte y los reyes del sur conducirÃ¡ directamente al ArmagedÃ³n (como ya sucediÃ³ en pasado, entre otras cosas). La luz de la "verdad" se apagarÃ¡ y esto sugiere no solo que la obra de predicaciÃ²n serÃ¡ reprimida fÃsicamente sino tambiÃ©n que la reputaciÃ³n de quienes nos guÃan serÃ¡ cuestionada seriamente (probablemente se mostrarÃ¡n noticias inconvenientes y, a pesar de lo que sea Ã©l podrÃa pensar, esto serÃ¡ parte de la voluntad de Dios). El rey del norte, por lo tanto, "considerarÃ¡ a los que han dejado el pacto santo" (Israel) y haciendo una comparaciÃ³n con Apocalipsis 9, vemos que las aguas del Eufrates comienzan a descender. ComenzarÃ¡ a mostrar cierta hostilidad hacia Israel y la guerra que se dividirÃ¡ solo pondrÃ¡ a esta naciÃ³n en una posiciÃ³n incÃ³moda. Esta naciÃ³n estarÃ¡ claramente incluida en esta guerra, incluso si no estÃ¡ claro si actuarÃ¡ polÃticamente "detrÃ¡s de escena" o si estarÃ¡ involucrado en primera persona. Esperamos y vemos Huelga decir que el estallido de la guerra disolverÃ¡ las Naciones Unidas y quizÃ¡s alguien empiece a alimentar la duda de que la Liga de las Naciones de 1919 no tuvo nada que ver con eso cuando "cayÃ³ al abismo" - Apocalipsis 17: 8. Solo al final de la guerra que conducirÃ¡ a la victoria definitiva del rey del norte (y por lo tanto no conducirÃ¡ al ArmagedÃ³n) entonces las Naciones Unidas podrÃ¡n levantarse nuevamente (cualquiera sea el nombre que hayan asumido entonces) con la esperanza y la intenciÃ³n de traer verdaderamente "paz y seguridad" (Apocalipsis 13: 3, 4) para toda la humanidad, lo que sucederÃ¡ algÃºn tiempo despuÃ©s con la "ayuda" del falso profeta, y solo entonces comenzarÃ¡n a predicar "los dos testigos vestidos con sacos" ... pero ya nos hemos ido muy adelante con las profecÃas.
Â Por el momento observamos los siguientes eventos. La proscripciÃ³n de los testigos de JehovÃ¡ y quizÃ¡s otras denominaciones cristianas en otras naciones. La reputaciÃ³n cada vez peor de quienes toman la directiva entre los que conocemos. Tenga cuidado con Israel (atacque, fuertes quejas del rey del norte antes, durante o despuÃ©s de la guerra). Brote de la guerra (que debe tener dos fases significativas); Israel serÃ¡ incluido en esta guerra, directa o polÃticamente detrÃ¡s de escena. DisoluciÃ³n de la ONU. Victoria del rey del norte (si todavÃa estamos vivos ... lo veremos). Termine la demoliciÃ³n de la "verdad". Renacimiento de la ONU y bÃºsqueda desesperada de paz y seguridad. Hay otros eventos por el momento que no estÃ¡n claros y entre ellos los signos literales probables del cielo (eclipses o meteoritos). Al no tener ciertas certezas bÃblicas por el momento, prefiero evitar escribir en este sentido. Â Concluyo con un mensaje sincero a mis hermanos "conscientes" que son muy poco conscientes. Â¿cuÃ¡ntos de ustedes se han tomado la molestia de hacer una investigaciÃ³n exhaustiva sin repetir lo que se les ha enseÃ±ado y buscando apoyo en las Escrituras? Â¿CuÃ¡ntos de ustedes tienen la Biblia en casa? Cuando suceden ciertas cosas, este blog, o el blog de otra persona que llegue a conclusiones similares, sin duda tendrÃ¡ un auge en las visitas, asÃ que no me preocupo por la popularidad o impopularidad de ciertas declaraciones (mucho menos mi popularidad personal) ... pero Â¿En quÃ© posiciÃ³n estarÃ n todos aquellos que, a pesar de haber tenido la oportunidad de hacerlo, realmente no "leerÃ¡n dÃa y noche" tratando de escudriÃ±ar las Escrituras, haciendo un esfuerzo reflexivo sin ideas preconcebidas y sin temor a perder algo, cuando todas estas cosas comiencen a pasar? - 2 Corintios 13: 5 DespuÃ©s de haber tomado las profecÃas a la ligera, diremos ... "Y bueno ... Â¡por otro lado no nos habÃan enseÃ±ado!" y luego estaremos en el lugar con nuestra conciencia y con Dios o Â¿seremos responsables personalmente de no haber mostrado la atenciÃ³n adecuada, independientemente de nuestros lÃmites de comprensiÃ³n? 1 Tesalonicenses 5:20, 21 Â PD Mientras que tenemos el tiempo favorable, animo a todos los hermanos reflexivos y sensibles, en lugar de pretender nada, a estudiar realmente la Biblia y reflexionar sobre este informaciones. Â Â Commenti
By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
La siguiente discusión apunta exclusivamente a identificar "el cuerno pequeÃ±o". No se ha considerado todo lo que va mÃ¡s allÃ¡ de su mera identificaciÃ³n (lo que harÃ¡, en quÃ© perÃodo, en lo que se refiere a otros eventos). Esto se harÃ¡ en un artÃculo futuro. El artÃculo, es bueno recordar, aunque cito las Escrituras en apoyo de la tesis presentada, sin embargo, representa las ideas personales del autor. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Â Y el macho de las cabras, por su parte, se dio grandes ÃnfulasHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. hasta el extremo; pero en cuanto se hizo poderoso, el gran cuerno fue quebrado, y procedieron a subir conspicuamente cuatro en lugar de Ã©l, hacia los cuatro vientosHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. de los cielos.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Y de uno de ellos saliÃ³ otro cuerno, uno pequeÃ±o,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y siguiÃ³ haciÃ©ndose mucho mayor hacia el surHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y hacia el naciente y hacia la DecoraciÃ³n.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Y siguiÃ³ haciÃ©ndose mayor hasta llegar al mismo ejÃ©rcito de los cielos,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. de modo que hizo que algunos del ejÃ©rcito y algunas de las estrellasHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. cayeran a la tierra, y se puso a hollarlos.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Y hasta llegar al mismo PrÃncipeHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. del ejÃ©rcito se dio grandes Ãnfulas, y de Ã©l el [rasgo] constanteHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. fue quitado, y el lugar establecido de su santuario fue echado abajo.Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Y un ejÃ©rcito mismo fue gradualmente entregado,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. junto con el [rasgo] constante,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. debido a transgresiÃ³n;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y siguiÃ³ arrojando la verdadHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. por tierra,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. y actuÃ³ y tuvo Ã©xito Â– Daniel 8:8-12 Â Todos los testigos de JehovÃ¡ saben muy bien quiÃ©n es la cabra en pocos versÃculos despuÃ©s de que se dice claramente "el macho cabrÃo [representa] al rey de Grecia" - Daniel 8:21. Todos los Testigos de JehovÃ¡ (o casi todos) tambiÃ©n conocen muchos detalles sobre Alejandro Magno (el cuerno pequeÃ±o que se hizo grande), la particiÃ³n de su reino, etc. En el versÃculo 9 del capÃtulo 8, sin embargo, Daniel ve otro cuerno. Ya no estamos hablando de Alejandro Magno y esta parte de la visiÃ³n se cumple un cierto perÃodo despuÃ©s de la divisiÃ³n del reino de Grecia. Â¿CuÃ¡nto mÃ¡s tarde? Lo comprenderemos por lo que leeremos sobre este cuerno. Mientras tanto, veamos quÃ© dice el esclavo sobre este cuerno. Puede encontrar la informaciÃ³n en el libro "Â¡Preste atenciÃ³n a las profecÃas de Daniel!" en las pÃ¡ginas 137-144 (ediciÃ³n italiana del libro). Â Aislamos algunas declaraciones del libro mencionado. Haremos esto no por un espÃritu crÃtico sino simplemente para evaluar si pueden existir otras posibilidades. DespuÃ©s de todo, cuando la Biblia simplemente deja pistas, es lÃ³gico pensar que esto sucede para que la gente pueda intentarlo nuevamente hasta llegar a la conclusiÃ³n mÃ¡s lÃ³gica: compare Proverbios 2: 1-5. De lo contrario, utilizarÃa un lenguaje claro, sin posibilidad de error, como sucediÃ³ en el caso de Ciro el conquistador, cuyo nombre se conocÃa incluso doscientos aÃ±os antes. En este caso, como en el caso de Babilonia la Grande, debemos llegar a la identidad del sujeto al evaluar si las pistas coinciden con lo que sabemos. El libro dice que "en 55 a.E.V, Julio CÃ©sar al mando de un cargamento invadiÃ³ Britania pero no pudo establecer un asentamiento permanente". "Luego" continÃºa "en 122 E.V., el emperador Adriano comenzÃ³ la construcciÃ³n de un muro desde la desembocadura del Tyne hasta el Golfo de Solway, que marcÃ³ el lÃmite norte del Imperio Romano. A comienzos del siglo V las legiones romanas abandonaron la isla ". AsÃ que estÃ¡ claro que el Imperio Romano, despuÃ©s de mÃ¡s de 170 aÃ±os de asentamiento (de 55 a.E.V. a 122 E.V.), aÃºn no habÃa logrado conquistar completamente Britannia, a diferencia de lo que sucediÃ³ en la mayor parte de Europa. No solo eso. El libro declara explÃcitamente que "a principios del siglo V las legiones romanas abandonaron la isla". Entonces deberÃamos preguntarnos quÃ© fue lo que realmente quedÃ³ de Roma a partir de ese momento, pero probablemente, como veremos mÃ¡s adelante, este no es un punto fundamental. Hay otros problemas, ciertamente significativos desde un punto de vista bÃblico. Sin lugar a dudas, Inglaterra era "un cuerno pequeÃ±o" que creciÃ³ en muchos aspectos, sin embargo, la escritura establece claramente que este cuerno pequeÃ±o habrÃa hecho caer a tres reyes. Â¿CuÃ¡l es la explicaciÃ³n del esclavo? Se habla de la derrota de EspaÃ±a durante el ataque naval de la famosa "armada" liderada, en 1588, por Felipe II. Es difÃcil establecer si una derrota en la batalla puede ser equivalente a la derrota de un reino (la escritura dice que estos cuernos se rompieron ... concepto que parece indicar algo mÃ¡s que una batalla que saliÃ³ mal) pero de hecho esta batalla naval constituyÃ³ un gran pÃ©rdida y una gran humillaciÃ³n para EspaÃ±a. Luego se seÃ±ala la Francia y se dice que "durante el siglo XVIII, los ingleses y los franceses se enfrentaron en NorteamÃ©rica y la India, hasta que se firmÃ³ el Tratado de ParÃs en 1763. De este tratado William B. Willcox escribiÃ³ que "sancionÃ³ la nueva posiciÃ³n de Gran BretaÃ±a como la principal potencia europea en el mundo no europeo ". Incluso en este caso, podemos decir que Inglaterra mejorÃ³ ... Â¿pero realmente derribÃ³ el cuerno? Sin embargo, Â¿quÃ© decir de Holanda, mencionado como el segundo cuerno que se habÃa arrancado de Inglaterra? El libro explica ... "En el siglo diecisiete, los holandeses poseÃan la marina mercante mÃ¡s grande del mundo, pero Inglaterra, al extender sus dominios coloniales, finalmente prevaleciÃ³ sobre ese reino". Entonces no se menciona la guerra o la batalla, sino simplemente la supremacÃa comercial. Si podemos discutir si una batalla importante puede realmente "divulgar un cuerno", Â¿quÃ© puede decirse de una batalla comercial? Parece un concepto bastante forzado porque, en la historia de la humanidad, muchos reinos han sido vencidos (incluso aplastados) desde un punto de vista econÃ³mico / comercial y seguramente Inglaterra, con todas sus colonias diseminadas por el mundo, puede "jactarse" "el aplanamiento de muchos otros imperios comerciales globales. Si hacemos una investigaciÃ³n sobre Holanda, de hecho, leeremos acerca de las conquistas de los sajones y los francos, pero nunca de los britÃ¡nicos. AdemÃ¡s, todo el libro de Daniel, cuando menciona el "romper el cuerno" o "los cuernos", se refiere a la guerra, luego a la conquista militar del reino o a la muerte del soberano. En este sentido, no incluye ninguna de las tres "batallas" mencionadas por separado, tal vez, la victoria obtenida mucho mÃ¡s tarde, en 1815, contra NapoleÃ³n. Tenga en cuenta las palabras del Ã¡ngel, tambiÃ©n informadas en el libro, sobre este poder: el Ã¡ngel le dijo a Daniel que la cuarta bestia, o cuarto reino, "habrÃa devorado toda la tierra". (Daniel 7:23) Hay otra dificultad y es bÃblica. Si el imperio angloamericano es una extensiÃ³n de la Roma antigua, como explica el mismo libro, al comentar sobre la imagen inmensa (capÃtulo 2), Â¿por quÃ© se identifica a este Ãºltimo como un rey del sur? Â
La antigua Roma, de hecho, representaba al rey del norte. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Todos los reyes de la estatua de Daniel 2 pueden ser identificados como "el rey del norte"; Â¿Es posible que el Ãºltimo rey (pies) sea el rey del sur? Â Â¿DeberÃamos suponer que el rey del sur naciÃ³ de las raÃces del rey del norte? Si es asÃ, Â¿con quÃ© propÃ³sito o beneficio habrÃa sido crear estas distinciones? Â¿No serÃa suficiente y mÃ¡s claro decir que varias naciones habrÃan estado en guerra durante varios siglos? Â¿CuÃ¡l fue el uso de la investigaciÃ³n en investigaciÃ³n para tratar de entender quÃ© rey o reino habrÃa representado al rey del sur o del norte si hubieran sido intercambiables? Esto lleva a un problema aÃºn mayor. SegÃºn Daniel, el Ãºltimo enfrentamiento termina con la victoria del rey del norte y, de hecho, despuÃ©s de Daniel 11:40 que menciona esta batalla, no se menciona al rey del sur y, en realidad, se dice simplemente que el rey victorioso "debe alcanzar al su fin "- Daniel 11:45 Siempre hablando del mismo rey, se dice que "Y contra el PrÃncipe de prÃncipesHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. se pondrÃ¡ de pie, pero serÃ¡ sin mano como serÃ¡ quebrado" - Daniel 8:25. Todo esto estÃ¡ en armonÃa con el relato de Apocalipsis que menciona una sola potencia dominante, la Ãºltima, que lucharÃ¡ contra el Cordero - Apocalipsis 13: 2; 19: 19-21 A lo largo de Apocalipsis, al menos desde el capÃtulo 9 en adelante, no hay dos poderes antagÃ³nicos sino un poder dominante al cual SatanÃ¡s le da "su trono, su poder y gran autoridad" - Apocalipsis 13: 2. Esta bestia, exactamente como Daniel escribe, "devora a toda la tierra" - Daniel 7:23; Apocalipsis 13: 7. En este punto nos enfrentamos a un problema insuperable. O el poder angloamericano es en realidad el rey del norte (y entonces encajarÃan con una parte de las palabras de Daniel y Apocalipsis) o el cuerno pequeÃ±o que se hizo grande no puede ser Inglaterra, y mucho menos el imperio angloamericano. AsÃ que tratemos de buscar otro sujeto polÃtico y tambiÃ©n comencemos con una suposiciÃ³n lÃ³gica y bÃblica. DespuÃ©s de la derrota del Ãºltimo rey, el tercero, se habla de que la Corte se siente para quitar este dominio y destruirlo - Daniel 7: 24-26 Ninguna otra guerra humana u otros reyes dominantes se mencionan mientras tanto. Entonces, si este cuerno se convierte en el Ãºltimo rey dominante, debemos suponer que al menos el Ãºltimo de los tres reyes, el rey del sur, de hecho, todavÃa estÃ¡ vivo. Si esto no fuera asÃ, nos encontrarÃamos ya ahora en la gran tribulaciÃ³n o bajo el juicio de ArmagedÃ³n. Los reyes caÃdos, Ãºtil para identificar este cuerno pequeÃ±o, que se dispararon, pueden ser a lo sumo dos. Comenzamos la bÃºsqueda de este cuerno, sin perder de vista al rey del norte. Si tuviÃ©ramos la certeza de aquellos que encarnan al rey del norte a lo largo de los siglos, no necesitarÃamos ir "ciegamente" para ver cuÃ¡ntos reinos se hicieron grandes y contar los reyes caÃdos para cada naciÃ³n probable. Debemos encontrar una naciÃ³n que pueda identificarse razonablemente como un rey del norte y, al mismo tiempo, encarnar las otras caracterÃsticas descritas. Los espejos de resumen de estos dos grupos se encuentran respectivamente en las pÃ¡ginas 228 y 246 del libro mencionado anteriormente. Los dos Ãºltimos reyes mencionados son el imperio germÃ¡nico (en el papel del rey del norte) y el imperio angloamericano (en el papel del rey del sur). Se notarÃ¡ que una de las razones por las cuales Alemania es identificada como "rey del norte" es el hecho de que estÃ¡ aliada con Italia, esa naciÃ³n histÃ³rica de la antigua Roma, asÃ como tambiÃ©n las conexiones con el Sacro Imperio Romano. La otra indicaciÃ³n es que William I asumiÃ³ el tÃtulo de Kaiser (CÃ©sar). Suponiendo que la Alemania nazi fuera el rey del norte, debemos preguntarnos quiÃ©n asumiÃ³ este papel al final de la guerra. DespuÃ©s de todo, como hemos visto da los reyes o emperadores anteriores, estos dos antagonistas siempre han resucitado. La respuesta podrÃa ser mÃ¡s simple de lo que siempre hemos imaginado. Hasta ahora hemos reconstruido la identidad de sus respectivos reyes por el linaje de sangre o por los territorios ocupados. Cuando cambia la identidad de los dos reyes (ver capÃtulo catorce), toda la cuestiÃ³n se juega en el territorio de Siria. Siria representa al rey del norte, mientras que Egipto es el rey del sur. Sin embargo, con la intervenciÃ³n de Roma entre los dos contendientes, AntÃoco IV (sirio) debe abandonar sus reclamos sobre Egipto. Esto pone fin a la rivalidad entre los dos reyes. Podemos decir que el rey del norte en ese momento ya no existe (pero serÃa mejor decir que no es visible). Menos de cien aÃ±os despuÃ©s, Siria se convierte en una provincia romana. Es solo por esta razÃ³n que podemos identificar a Roma como el rey del norte: el vÃnculo polÃtico / geogrÃ¡fico. Se podrÃa decir que el rey del norte (y tambiÃ©n su rival) es un sujeto extranacional que se mueve de naciÃ³n en naciÃ³n pero que, en cada movimiento, siempre se aleja del Ãºltimo lugar donde estuvo. Por lo tanto, no importa cuÃ¡l sea la naciÃ³n, el linaje, la etnia o la cultura en la que terminarÃ¡ este tema, pero solo cuenta su Ãºltima etapa (y al lÃmite la huella que dejÃ³ en esta Ãºltima etapa). AdemÃ¡s, por lo que hemos visto hasta ahora, el rey del norte nunca se convierte en el rey del sur y viceversa, incluso si una parte de los territorios conquistados puede ser compartida por ambos. Partiendo de esta suposiciÃ³n, abrimos el libro "Â¡Presten atenciÃ³n a las profecÃas de Daniel!" en la pÃ¡gina 257 (capÃtulo quince, siempre de la ediciÃ²n italiana: en otras ediciones puede tener pagina diferente). Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. En esta fotografÃa vemos claramente a los ganadores de la Ãºltima gran guerra que llevÃ³ a la derrota de la Alemania nazi, o al viejo rey del norte. Usted ve al primer ministro britÃ¡nico Winston Churchill (por lo tanto parte del rey del sur), Franklin D. Roosvelt (presidente de los Estados Unidos, tambiÃ©n parte del rey del sur) e Iosif Stalin (Â¿cuÃ¡l rey?). Â¿QuiÃ©n dividiÃ³ a la Alemania nazi entre estos? Inicialmente, en agosto de 1945, se dividiÃ³ en cuatro partes: francÃ©s al sur-oeste, britÃ¡nico al noroeste, EE. UU. Al sur y soviÃ©tico al este. De uno de estos imperios nacerÃa el rey del norte, pero ... Inglaterra y los Estados Unidos, en la parte del rey del sur, no podÃan cambiar su identidad. Las Ãºnicas dos posibilidades permanecieron, por lo tanto, Francia y Rusia. Sin embargo, la Francia de NapoleÃ³n puede haber desempeÃ±ado el papel de rey del sur cuando infligiÃ³ un golpe mortal al Sacro Imperio Romano en 1805. Â¿QuiÃ©n permaneciÃ³, entonces? La Rusia de Stalin, naturalmente. AdemÃ¡s, quizÃ¡s pocos saben que incluso la palabra rusa hecha "Zar", al igual que kaiser en alemÃ¡n, significa CÃ©sar * (ver nota al pie). El Ãºltimo zar ruso, NicolÃ¡s II, fue depuesto en 1917 y hasta ahora hemos hablado de la divisiÃ³n de Alemania casi treinta aÃ±os mÃ¡s tarde, pero es interesante observar cÃ³mo "franco" este imperio para el papel de rey del norte (asÃ como el ImpresiÃ³n romana evidente). Rusia, en su crecimiento desproporcionado, tambiÃ©n ha incorporado algunas naciones que originalmente fueron colonias romanas. AsÃ que profundicemos en la historia de Rusia para ver si coincide con la descripciÃ³n que la Biblia hace de ella. No nos confundamos: cualquier naciÃ³n que desempeÃ±e el papel del rey del norte en nuestros dÃas, no necesariamente tiene que identificarse como tal en sus primeros dÃas (lo importante es que no es parte del rey del sur). De hecho, hasta la segunda guerra mundial, el rey del norte estÃ¡ representado por la Alemania de Hitler. Las pistas para rastrear la identidad de este rey, que en el Ãºltimo momento interpretarÃ¡ al rey del norte, pueden ser mucho mÃ¡s antiguas. Exactamente como con la explicaciÃ³n del libro citado, que seÃ±ala a Inglaterra como el cuerno pequeÃ±o, solo muchos aÃ±os despuÃ©s "crece mucho" (con la alianza de los Estados Unidos) pero las batallas mencionadas son Ãºtiles para su identificaciÃ³n (EspaÃ±a, Holanda, Francia) ocurriÃ³ cuando todavÃa era pequeÃ±o (es decir, los Estados Unidos no entraron en estos conflictos). Simplificando: encontramos una naciÃ³n que derrota a dos reyes, que crece mucho, que estÃ¡ presente en nuestros dÃas y se convierte en el rey del norte debido al territorio conquistado en la Ãºltima guerra. Â Habitado desde la antigÃ¼edad, en el primer milenio aC el territorio de la Rusia actual albergaba poblaciones de diferentes razas, idiomas y culturas, entre los cuales surgieron primero los escitas y los sÃ¡rmatas. Entre el 3ro y el 9no siglo AD los godos, los hunos, y luego una serie de poblaciones eslavas que se establecieron principalmente en Ucrania y en las regiones circundantes, llegaron al paÃs. Un punto de inflexiÃ³n importante se produjo en la segunda mitad del siglo IX, cuando una poblaciÃ³n escandinava, la Variaghi, tambiÃ©n llamada Rus (de ahÃ el nombre de Rusia), fundÃ³ con Rjurik el primer nÃºcleo del estado ruso en torno a la regiÃ³n de NÃ³vgorod.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. El nacimiento de este pequeÃ±o asentamiento, Rjurik, podrÃa considerarse el cuerno pequeÃ±o. Algo realmente insignificante. Mucho mÃ¡s insignificante que Inglaterra podrÃa considerarse en el momento de las conquistas romanas. Si tambiÃ©n quisimos movernos seiscientos aÃ±os al Gran Ducado de Moscovia bajo la guÃa de IvÃ¡n III (1462-1505), no se puede negar que desde entonces este cuerno ha crecido de una manera muy desproporcionada. Â¡Este imperio ha continuado expandiÃ©ndose exponencialmente para alcanzar un Ã¡rea de mÃ¡s de 17 millones de kilÃ³metros cuadrados! Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Los Rus fundaron Rjurik en el siglo IX. Hoy supera los 17 millones de kilÃ³metros cuadrados Â PodrÃa discutirse sobre guerras internas, sobre formas de agregaciÃ³n, en tiempos no lineales ... no importa. La Ãºnica cosa que importa, con el fin de identificar, es su crecimiento desproporcionado. La objeciÃ³n de que muchas naciones de la antigua UniÃ³n SoviÃ©tica no pueden identificarse a sÃ mismas como el cuerno porque se separaron del imperio original en independencia (quince estados son postsoviÃ©ticos) no es vÃ¡lida. Incluso el imperio angloamericano se considera como un poder Ãºnico, sin embargo, Gran BretaÃ±a y los Estados Unidos han sido soberanos e independientes entre sÃ. Â¿CuÃ¡l y cuÃ¡ntos reyes derrotÃ³ este cuerno? Sin duda, el primero fue NapoleÃ³n. En este sentido, leemos Â… Â Las pÃ©rdidas del Gran EjÃ©rcito en Rusia fueron catastrÃ³ficas y tuvieron una influencia irreversible en el equilibrio militar en Europa; de acuerdo con Georges Lefebvre, NapoleÃ³n tenÃa aproximadamente 400,000 muertos y desaparecidos y 100,000 prisioneros ; David G. Chandler habla en lugar de 370,000 muertos y desaparecidos y 200,000 prisioneros, incluyendo 48 generales y 3,000 oficiales; ademÃ¡s de las pÃ©rdidas humanas, las pÃ©rdidas materiales sufridas por el ejÃ©rcito tambiÃ©n fueron desastrosas; los franceses trajeron solo 250 caÃ±ones de Rusia, los rusos aseguraron haber capturado 925; La pÃ©rdida de mÃ¡s de 200,000 caballos para los franceses, que privÃ³ a la caballerÃa napolitana de los medios para regresar al poder original en las campaÃ±as de guerra posteriores, tambiÃ©n fue muy grave. ( Â… ) Sobre las causas de la catÃ¡strofe del Gran EjÃ©rcito, NapoleÃ³n en el 29 Â° BoletÃn y luego en el Memorial de Santa Elena condujo la ruina de su empresa casi exclusivamente al clima invernal ruso temprano que debilitarÃa a las tropas y convertirÃa la campaÃ±a rusa en un desastre  ]. Esta interpretaciÃ³n tradicional fue tomada de los testimonios y los primeros historiadores franceses; Philippe-Paul de SÃ©gur, participante y primer gran historiador de la empresa, explicÃ³ la catÃ¡strofe tambiÃ©n destacando las precarias condiciones de salud de NapoleÃ³n, lo que habrÃa afectado la actividad y la resoluciÃ³n, y se referÃa a factores externos como el destino adverso y falta de suerte.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Es verdad que NapoleÃ³n fue oficialmente derrotado en Waterloo por la "sÃ©ptima coaliciÃ³n", pero Â¿cÃ³mo hubieran ido las cosas si el emperador todavÃa hubiera tenido a todos sus generales y sus hombres mÃ¡s poderosos? Dado que la historia no se hace con el Â“quizÃ sÂ” y con el Â“peroÂ”, no podemos saber, pero la derrota pensante que sufrieron los franceses en Rusia (y los nÃºmeros hablan claramente) no podÃa que cambiar el destino. Muchos historiadores estÃ sn de acuerdo que fue la Rusia el verdadero ganador de la guerra. TambiÃ©n en este caso es difÃcil ser categÃ³rico sobre quiÃ©n realmente rompiÃ³ el cuerno, pero seguramente la derrota que el ejÃ©rcito de NapoleÃ³n sufriÃ³ en Rusia no es remotamente comparable a lo que le sucediÃ³ a la armada espaÃ±ola en 1588. AdemÃ¡s, esta batalla prejuzgÃ³ el destino de la guerra, asÃ como la caÃda de la propia Francia, algo que no se puede decir de la EspaÃ±a del 1588. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â NapoleÃ²n es el primero cuerno Â¿QuiÃ©n podrÃa ser el segundo? Solo Adolf Hitler, Ãºltimo rey del norte en orden de tiempo. Â La batalla de Stalingrado, iniciada en el verano de 1942 con el avance de las tropas del Eje hasta el Don y el Volga, finalizÃ³ en el invierno de 1943, despuÃ©s de una serie de fases dramÃ¡ticas y sangrientas, con la aniquilaciÃ³n del 6. Â° ejÃ©rcito alemÃ¡n permaneciÃ³ rodeado por Stalingrado y con la destrucciÃ³n de la mayorÃa de las otras fuerzas germÃ¡nicas y del Eje comprometidas en el Ã¡rea estratÃ©gica del sur del frente oriental. Esta larga y gigantesca batalla, definida por algunos historiadores como "la mÃ¡s importante de todas la Segunda Guerra Mundial",  marcÃ³ la primera gran derrota polÃtico-militar de la Alemania nazi y sus aliados y satÃ©lites, asÃ como el comienzo de avanzado soviÃ©tico hacia el oeste que terminarÃa dos aÃ±os mÃ¡s tarde con la conquista del edificio del Reichstag y el suicidio de Hitler en el bÃºnker de la CancillerÃa durante la batalla de BerlÃn.  Â
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â AquÃ tambiÃ©n, las pÃ©rdidas en tÃ©rminos de vidas humanas son realmente increÃble NingÃºn historiador serio puede negar el papel decisivo que tuvo Rusia en la derrota de la Alemania nazi. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Hitler es el segundo cuerno Se cumplieron todas las condiciones para identificar al Ãºltimo rey del norte. TenÃa que nacer como un cuerno pequeÃ±o. Se habÃa convertido en enorme. TenÃa que identificarse como un rey del norte. TenÃa que soltar tres cuernos. Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Â¿QuiÃ©n es, por lo tanto, el tercer rey? Ã‰l serÃ¡ el rey del sur, como las Escrituras predicen. Es en ese punto que se darÃ¡ grandes arias "hasta el ejÃ©rcito de los cielos, para que deje caer parte del ejÃ©rcito y parte de las estrellas" ... pisoteando la verdadera adoraciÃ³n y los verdaderos cristianos. DespuÃ©s de esta tercera victoria no habrÃ¡ otros reyes e imperios capaces de luchar contra Ã©l y es en este punto que "devorarÃ¡ toda la tierra" - Daniel 7:23; Apocalipsis 13: 4 TambiÃ©n es en este punto que el PrÃncipe de los prÃncipes intervendrÃ¡ y lo destruirÃ¡ "sin mano". De hecho, hay un Ãºltimo detalle, podemos decir la condiciÃ³n, que deberÃa haberse respetado, pero esto es evidente en otras escrituras. Este rey habrÃa comenzado a suprimir el sacrificio continuo, o la obra de predicaciÃ³n, en su territorio - Daniel 11:31 TambiÃ©n estÃ¡ claro que esta supresiÃ³n, ya que se habrÃa "inundado e invadido" durante la guerra, se habrÃa extendido a otras naciones (pero no se excluye que esta proscripciÃ³n se extenderÃa incluso antes de la guerra). Los recientes eventos que han involucrado a nuestros hermanos en Rusia ... Â¿no parecen una clara indicaciÃ³n para identificar al pequeÃ±o cuerno? Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â Nota de pie de pÃ¡gina * La continuidad real y legal legÃtima del Imperio Romano continÃºa con IvÃ¡n III, (segÃºn algunos descendientes de Druso Germanico, emperador romano) cÃ³nyuge de Zoe Paleologa, sobrina y heredera del trono del Ãºltimo emperador bizantino (Imperio Romano de Oriente). Â Referencias histÃ³ricas para profundizar Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
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By Israeli Bar Avaddhon
"After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible and unusually strong. And it had teeth of iron, big ones. It devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped what was left with his feet. And it was something different from all the [other] beasts that were before it, and had ten horns "- Daniel 7: 7 Â "I beheld then because of the sound of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld till the beast was slain and his body was destroyed and it was given to the burning fire "- Daniel 7:11 Â Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Â This treatment has the objective to correctly identify not only the beast of Daniel's vision but also the period of prophecy in connection with his murder. This will be a fundamental prophecy. Err the reference period, as was the case within Christianity, inevitably leads to straining and inconsistencies. What some say about this beast and how it should interest us personally? Since the dreadful and terrible beast makes its appearance after the leopard-like beast (Daniel 7: 6), which we know to be the Macedonian o greco empire, it must be the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire, in fact, as we have seen in several previous articles, takes the place of Greece on the world stage. Since we do not see other animals that was, it concludes Roma to be "killed" and this creates a domino effect on many subsequent interpretations. The prophecy would end the fall of Rome (Roma whom?), The Son of man of whom we read in the following verses is vested with the authority in the first century (see footnotes) and the book of Revelation, written before 70 EV, actually speak of the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century and so on. As a result of the fact that everything would be fulfilled by the fall of the Roman Empire, the beasts that you give a "life extension" for a time and a season, would the nations of today. I have simplified: there would be many other things but this is enough to understand how such an interpretation can change much our view of things. Leaving aside the various contradictions and unanswered questions that this interpretation creates, we must see if there is really a credible supporting them with scriptures. As we have done so far, the only reliable modus operandi is the comparison of records and respect for the authority of God's Word. Let us first of all that the prophet's attention is captured by this beast and in particular by its horns - Daniel 7: 8 This is a key aspect of the vision. We have already discussed the meaning of the horns in a previous article but now we will see it from another point of view. We take as an example the Macedonian Empire because there is more than ever useful to acquire the right key to the vision. We know that this empire represented by the goat, when he was in command of Alessandro Magno, was depicted with a "notable horn" - Daniel 8: 5 After the death of Alessandro Magno, when the empire was divided among four of his generals, the same goat is described as having "four horns" - Daniel 8: 8 We can see immediately a strangeness . The original empire is actually divided into four smaller empires and yet there is always only one goat. Why? Why do not you see four different beasts? Let's keep in mind these questions to answer later. Now let's speculate. If the goat, described by Daniel had been shot down in the time that he had "the great horn", what period of time would refer the vision and what territory would understand? The answer is simple. If the goat was shot down at the time of the great horn, this would take place during the rule of Alessandro Magno (between 356 and 323 BCE) on the only his vast empire. If the goat in Daniel, however, was shot down in the time when he had four horns, what period and what territory would embrace? The answer becomes more interesting. In this case, the empire is divided into four and see the goat fall would mean the defeat of all four generals and their occupied territories. In the vision, however, he would fall one beast. From these considerations we understand that the beast represents an empire, but the horns are the powers that share or compete for the domain or the territory of that empire - Compare Revelation 17:12; Daniel 11:39 These horns can be allied, as in the case Medo-Persian empire, but they can also fight against each other as seen for example in Daniel 7: 8 When an empire is divided, because it is seen as other horns on the beast itself and not as the beasts? Evidently because they emphasize from original empire. The horns present in the same beast tells us that all those powers have arisen from the same original empire. Having all the same origin, we could say that are "unrelated" to each other. The Medes and the Persians, in fact, had many differences but also many things in common. With this in mind, we can begin to understand the meaning of the vision of the fourth and final beast seen by Daniel. As we explained in another article, previous empires are seen "hornless" because they do not have power or are not dominant in the vision of the reference time . Understanding the vision reference time is very important. This allows us to establish that at the time that Daniel has the vision, the dreadful and terrible beast is already divided into various powers. What does this mean? The empire is rising after the Macedonian Roma and on this there is very little to discuss as confirmed by the dream of the statue of Nebuchadnezzar - Daniel 2:39, 40 So the first part of the hypothesis is correct: the beast that Daniel sees is Rome. That said, however, we must focus on the horns as did Daniel himself. If the beast has ten horns, in harmony with what we have seen so far, it follows that the original Empire (Roma) is already divided into an unknown number of powers. This, by itself, drop the hypothesis that Rome has to be "killed" as well as the time in which it would fulfill the prophecy. From these ten horns, at some point in history, check yet another horn that is what speaks great things (Daniel 7:11); what is the time in which the animal is killed . In Rome there is only the origin. In simple words the prophecy is saying that the latter horn, whatever the time of fulfillment, is one of the many powers born of ancient Rome. This beast is the final, there are no other - Daniel 7:17 So, since we should not expect the appearance of other animals, it is clear that his killing is done in the end time. This king is the same which is discussed below and "grandiose words" that pronounces we can find in Daniel 11: 36-38 From the point of view of God, since this king will become an object of worship for many people, it pronunciation "grand words", that is exaggerated and completely out of place for a human being or human military power - Compare Revelation 13: 3-6 Intending to correct the vision we need not climb over backwards in an attempt to demonstrate that there is talk of two kings and two different times because the similarities are obvious. Obvious for those who read the scriptures without trying to defend, at all costs, his own idea. This means that what you read in the following verses, which the Son of man who is given dominion, authority and kingdom, is fulfilled in the end time. This also leads us to realize what it is actually killing the beast and the fact that being thrown "into the burning fire." This expression can only bring our minds to the "lake of fire" reported at Revelation 19:20 The lake of fire is a place from which there is no return and therefore you would expect, if this had happened in Rome, that there was no longer any trace of this empire. Instead Europe and much of Asia and Africa is full of Roman remains, aqueducts from the statues the ancient buildings. This does not give precisely the idea that was thrown into the "burning fire", is not it? Instead of the last dominant empire on earth, as described in Revelation, it says that the whole beast will be cast into the lake of fire. Besides, this is an action that can only make the Almighty God and His Son Christ, not an invading empire. Unless speculate that the fall of Rome intervened personally God, there is no way to "harmonize" this expression. Rome, in fact, never really died and was never really replaced. The social fabric is wore out, and this allowed many people simply "get" and divide it but was never really defeated in battle. He fell under his vices and under its own weight. The vision speaks of the beast that is not killed except in time when this remarkable horn appears. As we saw in the previous article, this horn is the last king of the north on the world stage, namely Russia. It goes without saying that this explanation, as we have already seen, a wonderful window opens in verse 12. The explanation that would apply all this to the fall of Rome, can not explain why, between kingdoms currently present (those to which a prolongation of life in our days) still exists Rome and even all the nations would be allowed that were exclusively owned by Rome. If Rome is burned in the blazing fire and the other allows himself a "life extension", should exist Iran (Persia), Iraq (Babylon) and Greece ... but should not exist Italy (the when Rome is still the capital), should not exist France nor Germany nor Spain and so on. Instead it appears that this extension of life a little 'at all is granted. If instead the beast is killed at Armageddon, it is clear that the other animals are given a life extension for "a time and a season" after the judgment of Armageddon. This allowed us to sensibly understand how he can "check" this Gog of Magog full Millennial Kingdom. We just carefully observe, then, that world events, without being distracted by explanations forced and unscriptural, as we await the fulfillment of the angel's following words recorded in Daniel 7:18: "But the saints of the Supreme receive the kingdom, and take possession of indefinitely kingdom, even indefinitely to times indefinite '- see also Revelation 20: 4 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Footnotes * This interpretation asserts that the Son of man receives the kingdom in the first century to the fact that Jerusalem was under Roman rule (cf. Matthew 28:18), but obviously does not explain why, according to the order written by Daniel, this does not happen the fall of Rome. Reading Daniel 7: 11-14 we understand that the enthronement of the Son of Man takes place after the killing of this beast and, therefore, the enthronement could not take place in the first century since, at that time, Rome was well far from being "killed." That if we do not play the usual chronological order is not in the book. However, it should be argued that when considering the order of the beasts as chronological (ie the order of the appearance of empires is chronologically Correctly or ) can not be determined in an arbitrary way that the next part is not written chronologically. What it is written in chronological order it is also evident from the words of Daniel that says, more than once, "I continued watching ..." - Daniel 7: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13 The writing of Matthew 28:18 does not prove that he began to reign in the first century (if not on the Christian congregation) because there is a difference between taking power legally and take it effectively. If Christ had taken power in effect in the first century, it would mean that the world would no longer be ruled by Satan since then. But sixty years after these words of the Lord, the apostolo Giovanni said "the whole world lies in the power of the wicked" - 1 John 5:19 ** You do not even understand the "what Rome" would be talking about the prophecy since this empire was split in two in 395 EV The beast can not be considered "killed" at the time of his division. The Eastern Empire fell in 476 EV while that of the West in 1453 with the fall of Constantinople. The beast can not be considered to be "killed" in 476 since a portion of it continued to exist and therefore in theory of Christ the enthronement event would occur after 1453. However even 1453 can be considered the date of the beast dsell'uccisione for the reasons spiegat the in this article. *** On the same line of this false interpretation of "Babylon the Great" Roma would be that would be killed (it is not clear by whom) to his downfall. To support this hypothesis is often referred to "the seven hills of Rome" and many flights of fancy to determine who would be the seven most important king of Rome - compares Revelation 17: 9 **** "Finally," but not really seen that the inconsistencies are many, you can not explain for what reason the writing says "there are four kings that will rise from the earth" (Daniel 7:17) meaning it clear that there would have been only the most four kings , not one more. The explanation would like the angel speaks to Daniel, the four powers, but that would not have all the powers that would arise on earth. The vision, in short, get to a certain point but not to the time of the end - Look instead Daniel 7:18 Â Â
By Guest Nicole
They may no longer do anti-types at Bethel, having had too many blow up in their face, but that doesn't mean I don't do them. Ralph Kramden, the hefty loud-mouthed bus driver of the 'Honeymooners' TV show, is the antitypical Nebuchadnezzar.
Each show he began by blustering. Each show he was totally humiliated. Each show he was contrite at the end. And each new show he totally forgot the lessons learned from the one before. So it is with Nebuchadnezzar.
And what is it with Nebuchadnezzar and the magic-practicing priests? He picks a fight with them right out the gate in chapter 2 of Daniel:
"Then the king said to them: “I have had a dream, and I am agitated because I want to know what I dreamed.” The Chaldeans replied to the king in the Aramaic language: “O king, may you live on forever. Relate the dream to your servants, and we will tell the interpretation.” The king answered the Chaldeans: “This is my final word: If you do not make the dream known to me, along with its interpretation, you will be dismembered, and your houses will be turned into public latrines."
Why? What did they do? They are yanked out of bed to learn they must tell the king what his dream IS in addition to what it means? Now they will have to sit each in his house, without any arms or legs, and watch people come in to pee on their couch and poop on their carpet. There's bad blood between the king and them, somehow. How it came about is not described, but it hardly seems fair he should pick on them.
Or does it? If the king made such demands, it is likely because he is fed up with their claims that they can do things like that. They are always playing him for a sucker with their air of religious mystery, and he has had it up to here. That's my guess, anyway.
We're used to quoting Daniel 1:20 to show how, after a short trial period in which the Hebrew captives did little more than eat vegetables, the king found them "ten times better than all his magic practicing priests." We're used to saying it is because of God's blessing that Daniel was elevated so high. Probably so, but I'll bet it is more a reflection of how worthless he found the priests. It was a pretty low bar they set, and Daniel leapt it without fuss.
By Jack Ryan
This is a nice article about archaeological finds, what caught my attention is the use of 586 BCE as the date for the destruction of Jerusalem.
According to biblical descriptions, in 586 BCE, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar vanquished the Judaean king Zedekiah and razed his capital city, Jerusalem. The Babylonian captain of the guard Nebuzaradan was dispatched into the city, where, as told in the Book of Jeremiah, he “burned the house of the Lord, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great man’s house, burned he with fire.”
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Wygnaniec ogląda prorocze wizje przyszłości
Daniel prorokuje o Królestwie Bożym oraz o przyjściu Mesjasza. Upadek Babilonu
DANIEL, wyjątkowo bogobojny młodzieniec, został uprowadzony do niewoli w Babilonie jeszcze przed zburzeniem Jerozolimy. Razem z grupą innych Żydów — wygnańców z pokonanego królestwa Judy — otrzymał pewną miarę swobody. Podczas długiego życia w Babilonie Daniel dostąpił licznych błogosławieństw Bożych: uszedł nawet z życiem po wtrąceniu do lwiej jamy i otrzymał wizje dotyczące dalekiej przyszłości. Najważniejsze spisane przez niego proroctwa skupiały się na Mesjaszu i jego panowaniu.
Danielowi wyjawiono, kiedy przyjdzie Mesjasz. Bóg wyjawił Danielowi, kiedy można się spodziewać przyjścia „Mesjasza Wodza” — miało to nastąpić
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. po ogłoszeniu dekretu o odbudowie murów Jerozolimy. Rozkaz ten został wydany długo po śmierci Daniela, w 455 roku p.n.e. Wtedy też zaczął się wspomniany okres 69 „tygodni”. Normalny tydzień trwa siedem dni, zaś proroczy „tydzień” — siedem lat. A zatem 69 tygodni lat trwało 483 lata, do roku 29 n.e. W następnej części tej broszury zobaczymy, co się wtedy wydarzyło. Daniel dowiedział się również, że Mesjasz zostanie zgładzony i dokona przebłagania za grzechy ludzkości (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Mesjasz zostanie Królem w niebie. W niezwykłej wizji nieba Daniel ujrzał, jak Mesjasz, „podobny do syna człowieczego”, podchodzi do tronu samego Jehowy. Bóg daje mu „panowanie i dostojeństwo oraz królestwo”. Królestwo to ma być wieczne, a władzę wraz z Mesjaszem ma sprawować grono nazwane „świętymi Najwyższego” (
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). Królestwo zniszczy rządy tego świata. Bóg umożliwił Danielowi zrozumienie snu, który zaniepokoił babilońskiego króla Nebukadneccara. Monarcha ujrzał wielki posąg z głową ze złota, piersią i ramionami ze srebra, brzuchem i udami z miedzi, goleniami z żelaza oraz ze stopami z żelaza zmieszanego z gliną. Kamień odcięty od góry uderzył w kruche stopy posągu i go zniszczył. Daniel wyjaśnił, że poszczególne części posągu wyobrażają następujące po sobie mocarstwa światowe, począwszy od Babilonu — głowy ze złota. Daniel zapowiedział, że w czasie panowania ostatniego mocarstwa zacznie działać Królestwo Boże. Zmiażdży ono wszystkie rządy tego świata, a samo będzie istnieć wiecznie (
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). W późnej starości Daniel ujrzał na własne oczy upadek Babilonu. Król Cyrus zdobył miasto dokładnie tak, jak zapowiadali prorocy. Wkrótce potem Żydzi mogli wrócić do ojczyzny, która była spustoszona przez 70 lat. Pod kierownictwem wiernych namiestników, kapłanów i proroków w końcu odbudowali Jerozolimę i świątynię Jehowy. Co się jednak stało po upływie wspomnianych 483 lat?
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By Guest Nicole
The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is now home to some of Ethiopia’s most important religious manuscripts after they were recently donated to the university by Chicago-based collectors Gerald and Barbara Weiner. The couple gave out the handmade leather manuscripts with the hope of allowing Ethiopians in the U.S. to use them for prayers and study, according to Catholic News Agency.
Dr. Aaron M. Butts, a professor of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature at the university, put up a statement saying the collection “provides unparalleled primary sources for the study of Eastern Christianity.”
What’s In the Collection?
In total, the collection is comprised of 125 Christian manuscripts, including liturgical books, hagiographies, psalters, and 215 Islamic manuscripts, including the Quran and commentaries on Quran.
According to the Catholic News Agency, it’s the largest collection of Ethiopian Islamic manuscripts outside of Ethiopia.
More than 600 manuscripts were handmade using hides from calves, sheep, and goats, and are estimated to date back to the 18th and 19th century.
In the collection, there are over 350 “magic” scrolls, which are traditional Christian prayer talismans, and each was handwritten by a “debtera,” or a cleric in the Ethiopian church, and includes the name of the person it was written for.
Pieces of the manuscripts were worn around the neck for purposes of helping people with different kinds of ailments, including headaches, painful menstruation, and complicated childbirth.
Butts suggests that some of these scrolls, which were predominantly worn by women, may have been passed down through many generations, mainly from mother to daughter.
He added that the prayer jewels haven’t been studied much due to the personal nature of their use.
Washington, D.C., hosts one of the largest Ethiopian communities outside Ethiopia, and has several Ethiopian Orthodox and Catholic churches and cultural centers, making it the best location to donate the manuscripts.
Ethiopia is predominantly a Christian country, with the majority of Christians belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
However, there are other small religious communities in the country, including Muslims, Judaists, and Pagans. There is also a minority section of Christians who are Roman Catholics or Protestants.
Many Ethiopians still use the prayer scrolls for protection and healing. They are often inscribed with prayers, spells, and charms to offer protection to their specific owner.
The text on these “magic” scrolls is often derived from the bible, which is why the majority of churches in the country tolerate despite their connection to magic.
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By Guest Nicole
Who wrote the tablets with the ten commandments given to Moses?
By JW Insider
The October 1, 2011 Watchtower says this date is important for two reasons.
*** w11 10/1 p. 26 When Was Ancient Jerusalem Destroyed?—Part One ***
But why be interested in the actual date when Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar II razed the city of Jerusalem? First, because the event marked an important turning point in the history of God’s people. . . .
Second, because knowing the actual year when this “ultimate catastrophe” began and understanding how the restoration of true worship in Jerusalem fulfilled a precise Bible prophecy will build your confidence in the reliability of God’s Word. So why do Jehovah’s Witnesses hold to a date that differs from widely accepted chronology by 20 years? [Emphasis added]