Bible Prophecy Research
Misc Study: How Long is a Generation?
Submitted by: various members of BPR
Date: August, 1999
How Long is a Generation?
Matthew 1 :17 tells us that all the generations from
Abraham to David are fourteen generations and [all the generations] from David until the
carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and [all the generations] from the
carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. When we add fourteen plus
fourteen plus fourteen, the total is forty-two generations from Abraham to Christ.
The great chronologist, Thiele, says that from Abraham to
Christ, we have a total of 2,160 years. Divide forty - two generations into that, and the
length of a generation becomes 51.4. Add that to May 14, 1948, and one comes out at Rosh
Hashanah, September 1999.
A list member in response:
Interesting. I couldn't help but notice the number 51
(153/3). Since these 42 generations are divided into three portions, what
... Theile was off by a few years? What if he were 18
years off the mark (pun intended for the mathematically inclined), and the number was
actually 2142 years?
2142/42 = 51
2142/14 = 153
2142/3 = 714 = 21 x 34
2142/34 = 63
34 x 360 = 12240, or 153 x 80 - the number of days in Jesus' life?
Sept 29, 2 B.C. plus 12240 days is April 3, 33 A.D.
If Jesus' life was 1/63 of this total.... and this was the
number of generations until his birth, then 2142 + 34 = 2176 = 8 x 8 x 34
(To be consistent with the 34 [prophetic] years of Jesus'
life, this time frame would also need to be calculated using a 360 day year.)
If Jesus' ministry was 1224 days, or 153 x 8 - 1/10 of his
life - could we then say "he gave a tenth"?
April 3, 33 A.D minus 1224 days = Saturday, 26 November,
29 A.D. (I am using an astronomy program, which verifies the 66% lunar eclipse
at 7:07 P.M. on Apr 3, coordinating with the lunar aspect of the Jewish calendar).
Luke 4:16 - 21
"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been
brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the *sabbath* day, and
stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the
Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to *preach* the gospel to the poor; he hath
sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to *preach* deliverance to the captives, and recovering
of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To *preach* the acceptable
year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave [it] again to the minister, and sat
down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he
began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
Preach x 3. Is that a hint?
A time frame of 2160 years is more consistent in respect
to man or the antichrist.
6 x 6 x 6 x 10 = 2160
6! + 6! + 6! = 2160
360 x 6 = 2160
This number might be more relevent to Jesus' crucifixion
(the rejection by man). If he was crucified on a Friday (I have difficulty with that one,
but that's another study), 3 P.M. Friday to 3 A.M. Sunday would be 36 hours, or 2160
minutes. Also, a 1224 day ministry would have been 216 days short of a full "day of
the Lord" (one day being 1440 minutes).
If Daniel's 70th week commenced at the beginning of Jesus
ministry (another self-study I have somewhere on this computer), then 2520 - 1224 = 1296
days left, or 6 x 6 x 6 x 6, which is 144 days short of a complete "day" (1440 -
1296 = 144).
Will the final portion of the week begin on the same day
that the clock was stopped [by Daniel's people]?
14 Nisan, 5762 + 1296 days = 10 Tishri 5765
BTW, in a 2520 day "gestation" period of 40
weeks, one "week" equals 63 actual days 2520/40 = 63), making one
"day" equivalent to 9 calendar days (63/7 = 9). The last day of pregnancy
is the day of labor and birth, which in this instance, would correspond to the
time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The above items are all the fruit of self-study (IOW, I'm
not pasting this stuff from other sources, and I have done my best to check my
accuracy up one side and down the other). There is more, including a timeline which
addresses the 1290 and 1335 days (the 2300 days are going to be tested here very shortly!
When I tried to test my idea further (regarding Daniel's
timeline), I ended up counting back somewhere to November (448 or 447 BC), but I am so
leery of ancient dates. Astronomical markers are more trustworthy, but I still don't try
to be too dogmatic.
Anyway, I thought I hit an "uh oh" when I
reviewed Nehemiah, since Artaxerxes gave Daniel the "ok" in the month of Nisan.
However, Nehemiah records that his prayer was in the month of Kislev. Then the
"shazaam" hit me. In rereading the relevant portion of Daniel 9, verses 23-25
Gabriel tells Daniel flat out, "At the *beginning
of thy supplications the commandment came forth*, and I am come to show thee..."
Then in verse 25:
"Know therefore and understand, that from the *going forth of the commandment* to
restore and build Jerusalem..."
When did the commandment (in Daniel's case) go forth? At
the beginning of his supplications! When, then, did the *going forth of the commandment*
occur concerning the rebuilding of Jerusalem? I must strongly suspect, that is was when
Nehemiah prayed for it! Compare the prayers of Daniel 9 to Nehemiah 1. They are so much
alike. Compare especially Nehemiah 1:5 to Daniel 9:4. When did Nehemiah pray? In the month
of Kislev. Gabriel told Daniel twice to know and understand.
The original word for commandment is the same in these
verses, and the "going forth" in v. 25 is derived from the word in v.23. Hmmm...
God's commandment, not man's??? I realize that this flies in the face of all the
"experts", but I never paid them much mind. So many "authoritative"
but contraditory opinions just encourage confusion, IMO.
Say, I just got the idea to look over at the Septuagint.
Interestingly enough, Dan 9:25 reads:
"And thou shall know and understand, that from
the going forth of the command for the answer and for the building of Jerusalem until
Christ the prince..."
From a list member in response:
Just a bit more on the 6000 years and 153 discussion going
Given that a biblical generation is 40 years; and
Given that the 153 fish represents: 76 generations: Adam
to Jesus' generation (77th) then 76 more generations (=153) till his return in the 154th
Then 153 gens x 40yrs = 6120 years.
In 6000 years there are 120 jubilee years or rest years.
As such these rest years are null years and 6120 years therefore represents 6000
From a list member in response:
I hope you find this as exciting as I have. I was doing a
study on the number 40 one night but instead, God showed me something else. I had to skip
over scriptures in order to get to the point as quickly as possible but the removal of the
scriptures was in no way meant to take away from the word.
Genesis 5 speaks of the generations of Adam (6th day). In
that "day" God created man. We are in that 6th day which is almost over.
Gen 5:1-32 CHAPTER 5
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God
created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and
begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 130
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and
130 + 105 = 235 years
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
235 + 90 = 325 years
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat
325 + 70 = 395 years
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and
395 + 65 = 460 years
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years,
and he begat Enoch:
460 + 162 = 622 years
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and
622 + 65 = 687 years
25 And Methuselah lived a nhundred eighty and seven
years, and begat
687 + 187 = 874 years
28 And Lamech livedan hundred eighty and two years,
and begat a son:
874 + 182 = 1056 years
29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same
shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which
the LORD hath cursed.
Now jump forward to Genesis Chapter 9.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and
fifty years: and he died.
What I find the most exciting about this is the 29th
verse. The book of Matthew states that "as the days of Noe were, so shall also the
coming of the son of man be". We tend to often think of the days of Noah as the
ungodly conditions that existed and rightly so we can see the similarities in this present
day. But perhaps there is something more to be derived from this scripture in Matthew.
Let's take a closer look at the "days" of Noah
and finish the whole equation to see what we come up with. As we should all well know, God
does not haphazardly give us dates and years in the scripture just to take up
space and fill the pages. There must be a deeper meaning.
The death of Noah marked the end of a dispensation. A new
dispensation began through his sons, Shem Ham, & Japeth.
Take the 1056th year when Noah was born, let's continue to
track the number of years accumulated by adding the span of Noah's life found
in Genesis 9:29. "And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years."
Add 1056 years, plus 950 years, and you come up with 2006. If the 7 year tribulation is to
be figured into this then subtract the 7 years from 2006 and you come up with 1999.
With the events that are rapidly unfolding such as Barak's
push for final status peace, the May 4, 2000 deadline, and for example, the strides being
made by the United Religions Organization for One World Religion. A cashless society is on
the horizon which will pave the way for the mark of the beast. One can easily see the year
1999 being a plausible candidate for the kickoff of the tribulation.
Whether you're stance on the rapture is one of
pre-tribulation, middle of the week, or post tribulation, the time for riding on the fence
should be over. If you hold a pre tribulation view of the rapture, then we could not be
any closer than we are right now.
Moses once drew the line in the sand and asked, Who's on
the Lord's side? Those who remained opposed were swallowed up by the earth. We too are
quickly approaching a place where we will be asked Who's on the Lord's side? Will you take
the mark or will you refuse? For those who accept the mark, it will be the point of no