What Year is it Since Creation?
The Jewish Rabbinic Calendar is currently 5768 AC, BC or CE? (2007-2008). This Rabbinic Calendar begins its year at the Feast of Trumpets and is called the Head of the year. We have just read why this is so.
Yahweh stated in Exodus:
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 â€œThis month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: â€˜On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.â€™â€ (Exodus 12:1-3)
Nowhere in Scripture does Yahweh say to move the beginning of the year to the seventh month. So why do the Jews do this? They have many answers to justify doing it but none that are in agreement with the words of Yahweh. We are to keep the month of Aviv as the first month of the year. Period.
They claim that tradition says Adam was created on this date. Yes, and we know that Yahshua was born on this very same date as we have also just read. But this does not justify changing the first month to the seventh month.
The year 5768 represents the time from Adamâ€™s creation to our present time. â€œThis year on the Jewish Calendar represents the number of years since Creation, calculated by adding up the ages of people in the Bible back to the time of Creation.â€ (From the website, Judaism 101)
What this quote does not tell you is that four kings of Judah were not counted.
The first time I have been able to find any mention of the Jubilee is in the Book of Genesis:
1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. 3 And the Lord said, â€œMy Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.â€ (Genesis 6:1-3)
Yet, I have found nowhere throughout the course of human history where the average age of man was 120 years. Throughout the course of pre-flood history, men like Methuselah lived to be 962 years of age. During the post-flood era the Bible records many patriarchs living out life spans well into their hundreds. Today, our average lifespan is around 80 years of age. So what was it that Yahweh was really getting at when He said, â€œHis days shall be one hundred and twenty years?â€
The word for years is the Strongâ€™s Word #08141 spelled hnX and pronounced Shaneh (Shaw-neh).
It has four meanings which are:
A) A division of time
B) A measure of time
C) An indication of age
D) A lifetime (of years of life)
This passage then could be read one hundred and twenty periods of time. That would be 120 Jubilee Cycles. Right away many conclude this to be 120 x 50 and arrive at 6,000 years. This is wrongâ€”as I have explained in the preceding pages of this book. It is 120 x 49 which gives us 5,880 years. On the Jewish Calendar, this year is stated as 5768 (2007-2008)
This is very misleading to the average person. The Jewish Calendar fails to mention that they have removed 76 years from the calendar. This is shown to us in Matthew 1:8 where the names of Ahaziah, who reigned one year, Athaliah who reigned six years, Jehoash (sometimes written Joash) who reigned 40 years and Amaziah who reigned 29 years, are all missing from the chronology. Add it all together and you get 76 years total.
On the Jewish New Year which is in the fall (September/October), the year will be 5768. If we add the 76 years to this date we get 5844. This is 2007-2008 at the time of this writing. But, because the Year according to Yahweh was to start in the spring in the month of Nisan (March/April), we can go ahead six months and get 5844 as this year (Aviv 2008) until the 1st of Aviv in 2009, which will then be 5845.
What was it that these kings did to anger Yahweh so? We read in Deuteronomy 29:20 and in Exodus 20:5 respectively where Yahweh threatened to blot out the names of those who served other gods, and where it says that the sins of the people will be visited to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Him. What wicked king could this be?
We find the answer to this question in II Chronicles:
7 For the sons of Athalyahu, that wrong woman had broken into the house of Yahweh; and had also all the dedicated vessels of the house of Yahweh bestowed upon Baalim. (II Chronicles 24:7
Because of this blasphemy, of giving the vessels of Yahweh to Baâ€™alim the city of Libnah revolted against Joram king of Israel.
22 Thus Edom has been in revolt against Judahâ€™s authority to this day. And Libnah revolted at that time. (II Kings 8:22)
13 Libnah was one of the cities of the Aaronic Priests. (Joshua 21:13)
Obviously, they objected violently to Joramâ€™s desecration of Solomonâ€™s Temple. For Joramâ€™s blasphemy, Yahweh judged not only his wife Athaliah, but his son Ahaziah, and grandson Joash or Jehoash, and great grandson Amaziah.
In II Kings we read:
24 So Joram rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Ahaziah his son reigned in his place. 25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign. 26 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri, king of Israel. 27 And he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, like the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab. (II Kings 8:24-27)
1 â€œWhen Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. 3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the landâ€¦â€ (II Kings 11:1-3)
20 So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah with the sword in the king’s house. 21 Jehoash was seven years old when he became king. (II Kings 11:20-21)
1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. (II Kings 12:1)
1 â€œIn the second year of Joash the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, became king. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalemâ€¦â€ (II Kings 14:1-2)
19 And they formed a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there. 20 Then they brought him on horses, and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the City of David. 21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. (II Kings 14:19-21)
This Azariah was also called Uzziah in II Kings 15:13 and is the Ozias of Matthew 1:8.
Having now shown where the 76th year went missing, the question arises, â€œAre we at the present time of 2008 in the year 5768 since Creation, or is it really 5844 years since Creation, leaving us with still another 36 years to the conclusion of the 120th Jubilee Cycle?â€
How do we know if we are approaching the 120th Jubilee? I will answer that question next.