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Biblical Time Line
Adam - Seth - Noah - Israel - Church

Quite a few years ago, one year, as I was reading through the Bible systematically, every instance of dates and years were notated. At the end of that read-thru, all the dates were calculated, and what follows (below) are the results of those notes and calculations.

Technical Note: -If you make your brower's font size smaller/smallest, you should be able to see the entire width without having to scroll sideways... there are occasional 'nuggets' down along the right side that you might miss otherwise. (There are some further explanatory notes and observations at the bottom)



-4095   -In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1)
-       -Adam  --------------\
-                            |
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---                          | 
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-                            |
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-                            |
-4000                        |
-                            |
-                            |        (Vertical Lines to Death)
-       -Seth  --------------|--\
-                            |  |
---                          |  |
-                            |  |
-                            |  |
-                            |  |
-                            |  |
-3900                        |  |
-                            |  |
-                            |  |
-       -Enosh  -------------|--|--\
-                            |  |  |
---                          |  |  |
-                            |  |  |
-                            |  |  |
-                            |  |  |
-                            |  |  |
-3800                        |  |  |
-                            |  |  |
-       -Kenan  -------------|--|--|--\
-                            |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |
---                          |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |
-       -Mahalalel  ---------|--|--|--|--\
-3700                        |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |
---                          |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |
-       -Jared  -------------|--|--|--|--|--\
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-3600                        |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
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---                          |  |  |  |  |  |
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-3500                        |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Enoch  -----\       |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |
---                  |       |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Methuselah -|-------|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-3400                |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---                  |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-3300                |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---                  |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Lamech  ----|-------|--|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-3200                |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |       |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |  (Adam)  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---                  |          |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |          |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |          |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                    |          |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Enoch (RAPTURED)       |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-3100                           |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                               |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                               |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                               |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                               |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---     -Noah  ----------- (Seth) -|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-3000                              |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                            (Enosh)  |  |  |  |  |  |
---                                   |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-2900                                 |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                     |  |  |  |  |  |
-                               (Kenan)  |  |  |  |  |
-                                        |  |  |  |  |
---                                      |  |  |  |  |
-                                        |  |  |  |  |
-                                        |  |  |  |  |
-                                        |  |  |  |  |
-                              (Mahalalel)  |  |  |  |
-2800                                       |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
---                                         |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-2700                                       |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                           |  |  |  |
-                                     (Jared)  |  |  |
---                                            |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |
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-2600                                          |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |
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-                                              |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |
---     -Shem  --------------------------------|--|--|--\
-        Ham, Japheth                          |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-2500                                          |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
-                                              |  |  |  |
---     -THE FLOOD-  (Methuselah dies)     (Lamech)  |  |
-       -Arpachshad  --------------------------------|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |
-       -Shelah  ------------------------------------|--|--|--\
-2400                                                |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |
-       -Eber  --------------------------------------|--|--|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |
---     -Peleg  -------------------------------------|--|--|--|--|--\
-        (Earth Divided Gen10:25, 1Chr1:19)          |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Reu  ---------------------------------------|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-2300                                                |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Serug  -------------------------------------|--|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---     -Nahor  -------------------------------------|--|--|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Terah  -------------------------------------|--|--|--|--|--|--|--|--|--\
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-2200                                                |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
---                                                  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-       -Abraham                                     |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |
-                                                    |  |  |  (Peleg)  |  |  |  |
-2100   -Noah Dies @ 950yrs                     (Noah)  |  |  |  |     (Nahor)  |
-       -Abram Leaves Haran                             |  |  |  |     |  |     |
-                                                       |  |  |  | (Reu)  |     |
-                                                       |  |  |  |        |     |
-       -Ishmael (Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah)      |  |  |  |        |     |
---     -Isaac                                          |  |  |  |  (Serug)     |
-                                                       |  |  |  |              |
-                                                       |  |  |  |              |
-                                                       |  |  |  |        (Terah)
-                                                       |  |  |  |
-2000                                           (Arpachshad)  |  |
-       -Jacob/Esau                                     |     |  |
-                                                      (Shelah)  |
-                                                       |        |
-                                                       |        |
---                                                (Shem)        |
-                                                                |
-                                                                |
-       (Jacob renamed "Israel" -Gen32:28)                  (Eber)
-
-1900   -Joseph
-
-
-       -Israel into Egypt
-
---                                               JOB ?? (Gen36, Lam4:21)
-       -Israel Enslaved
-
-
-
-1800
-
-
-
-
---
-
-
-
-
-1700
-
-
-
-
---
-
-
-
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-1600
-
-
-
-
---
-
-
-       -Moses
-
-1500
-
-
-
-
---
-       -EXODUS
-       -Ten Commandments-Law/Wilderness Wanderings
-
-
-1400
-       -Joshua's Campaigns
-
-       -Othniel   (Judges: years of their judging)
-
---
-
-
-       -Ehud
-
-1300
-
-
-
-
---     -Deborah
-
-
-
-       -Gideon
-1200
-
-
-       -Abimelech
-       -Tola
---     -Jephthah
-       -Ibzan
-       -Elon
-       -Abdon                                                                    (Chou Dynasty)
-       -Samson
-1100
-       -Eli
-
-       -Samuel
-
---
-       -Saul      (kings: years of their reign)
-
-
-
-1000   -David
-
-
-
-       -Solomon - (Temple Built)
---
-                        kingdom
-         (Judah)       -divided-        (Israel)
-       -Rehoboam                       -Jeroboam
-
-900    -Abijam
-       -Asa                            -Nadab/Baasha
-                                       -Elah
-                                       -Zimri
-                                       -Omri
---     -Jehoshaphat                    -Ahab               (Elijah/Micaiah)
-
-       -Jehoram                        -Ahaziah            (Elisha)
-       -Ahaziah/Athaliah   (Obadiah)   -Jehoram (Joram)       |
-       -Joash              (Joel)      -Jehu                  |
-800                                                           |
-                                       -Jehoahaz              |
-       -Amaziah                        -Joash (Jehoash)       ~
-
-                                       -Jeroboam           (Hosea)(Jonah/Amos)
---     -Azariah (Uzziah)   (Isaiah)                           |
-                            Micah                             |
-                              |        -Zechariah             |
-                              |        -Shallum               |
-                              |        -Menahem               |
-700                           |        -Pekahiah              |
-       -Jotham                |        -Pekah (partial exile) |
-                              |                  to Assyria   |
-       -Ahaz                  |                               |
-       -Hezekiah              ~        -Hoshea                |
---                                     -Captivity to Assyria  ~
-
-       -Manasseh           (Nahum)
-
-
-600                                                                              (Loatse)
-       -Amon
-       -Josiah             (Zephaniah)                                           (Pythagoras)
-                           (Habakkuk)
-       -Jehoahaz                                           (Jeremiah)            (Buddha)(Aesop's Fables)
---     -Eliakim (Jehoiakim) - partial exile (1st Yr Nebuchadnezzar)              (Confucious)
-                                                              |  (Daniel)
-       -Jehoiachin/Mattaniah (Zedekiah)                       |     | (Ezekiel)
-       -Babylonian Captivity - (Temple Destroyed)             |     |            (Aeschylus)
-                                                              ~     |
-500                                     (Nebuchadnezzar "animal")   |
-                                                                    |            (Sophocles)
-                                                                    |
-                                        (Belshazzar)                |            (Socrates)
-                                        (Darius - Lion's Den)       |
---     -Zerubbabel - (Temple Rebuilt)   (Cyrus' Decree)             |
-                                        (Esther)                    ~            (Parthenon built)
-                                                                  (Haggai)
-                                                                  (Zechariah)    (Plato)
-       -Nehemiah - (Jerusalem Rebuilt)
-400    -(Athens war w/ Sparta)                                    (Malachi)
-
-                                                                                 (Aristotle)
-
-
---
-
-       -(Alexander the Great)
-       -(Ptolemies & Seleucids)
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-300
-
-
-
-
---     -Septuagint - O.T. into Greek
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-
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-                                                                                 (Han Dynasty)
-200
-
-
-
-       -(Antiochus Epiphanes)
---     -Maccabees
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-
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-100    -(Julius Caesar)
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-
-
-       -(Pompey conquers Palestine)
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-       -Herod the Great
-       
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-00     -BIRTH of CHRIST
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-
-       -DEATH - RESURRECTION - ASCENSION of CHRIST
-       -"Christians" at Antioch - Paul's 1st Missionary Journey
---     -Paul's 2nd & 3rd missionary Journeys
-       -Paul at Rome - Rome burns - Nero persecutes Christians - Death of Paul
-       -Jerusalem/Temple destroyed by Titus
-       -Christian persecutions under Domitian
-       -John at Patmos - Revelation
-100    -John dies - (End of N.T. writings)
-       -Roman persecution - "spontaneous" many martyrs thru 250 AD
-
-       -Hadrian rebuilds Jerusalem/'messiah' Kochba/Rome renames region "Palestina"
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---
-
-
-
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-200    -Many dispersed Jews return
-
-
-
-
---     -Roman persecution - Government sanctioned/organized until 313 AD
-
-
-
-
-300
-       -Constantine - Edict of Milan "Religious Freedom" (313 AD)
-       -Constantine - "Christianity" Roman Empire -state- religion (324 AD)
-       -Catholic monasticism begins to develop (monks & monasteries)
-             (Saints, Mary "Queen of Heaven", baptisimal regeneration)
---           (relics, statues, art, sacraments, veneration of angels)
-             (December 25 "Christ's birthday"...catholic doctrines developed)
-
-
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-400
-
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---
-
-
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-500
-
-
-
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---                                                                               (Gregorian Chant)
-
-       -Muhammad born in Mecca
-
-       -Pope Gregory - first "real" pope exercising papal "authority"
-600
-       -Muhammad claims tablet from angel Gabriel/Islam begins
-       -622 Muhammad moves to Medina/beginning of Muslim calendar "1 A.H."
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-       -Arab Muslims rule region (639-661 AD)
---
-       -Muslims from Baghdad, Cairo, Turkey rule region (661-1099 AD)
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-
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-700
-
-
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---
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-800    -Pope crowns Charlemagne - church "authority" over politics
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-
-       -"transubstantiation" popularized
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---
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-900
-
-
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---
-       -"Holy Roman Empire"
-
-
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-1000
-
-
-
-
---     -East/West split - Greek/Eastern Orthadox (1054 AD)
-
-
-
-       -Crusades (1095-1272 AD)
-1100
-
-
-
-
---
-
-
-
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-1200
-       -(Pope Innocent - Forbids Bible reading)
-        (Confessionals instituted)
-
-
---
-
-
-
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-1300
-
-       -John Wycliffe (1324-1384)
-
-
---     -(Renaissance 1350-1650)                                                  (Renaissance)
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-       -John Huss (1369-1415)
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-1400
-
-
-
-
---     -Gutenberg Bible printed (1455)
-
-
-
-
-1500
-       -Erasmus Greek N.T.(1516)  Ottoman Turks rule Palestine (1517)
-       -Martin Luther (Reformation 1517) Ulrich Zwingli (1520s)                   Chorale/Hymns
-       -John Calvin (Presbyterian France))                                        Palestrina
-       -Anabaptists - Mennonites (Netherlands)
---     -John Knox (Presbyterian Scotland)
-       -Huguenots (France)                                                        Gesualdo
-                                                                                  Monteverdi
-                                                                                  di Lasso
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-1600   -English Puritans to America (Congregational)                             (Baroque)
-       -Baptists in America - KJV Bible                                           J.S.Bach
-       -30-years War - Catholic vs Protestant (Europe 1618-1648)                  Handel
-                                                                                  Vivaldi
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---
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-1700   -Quakers, Mennonites, Moravians, Methodist
-       -Wesleyan "revivals"
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-
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---
-
-                                                                                 (Classical)
-                                                                                  Haydn
-       -English Protestant Missionaries                                           Mozart
-1800   -Sunday schools, Finney revivals, seminaries (1800s)                       Beethoven
-        (DLMoody, Bible schools)
-        (Mormonism, SDA, JW, Christian Science, etc)                             (Romantic)
-                                                                                  Bruckner
-       -Turkish/English talks to restore Jews to homeland   (YMCA 1844)           Brahms
---                                                                                Schumann
-                                                                                  Frank
-                                                                                  Liszt
-       -Aliyah from Romania   Salvation Army (1878)                               Chopin
-       -Aliyah from Russia    Antisemitism/1st Zionist Congress
-1900   -Pentecostal movement (1900s)                                             (20th Century)
-       -Allenby conquers Palestine/ends Ottoman rule/TelAviv founded              Bartok
-       -League of Nations/Balfour Declaration                                     Vaughan Williams
-       -Neo-orthodoxy - Neo-evangelicalism                                        Copland
-       -Israel becomes a nation                                                   Honegger
---     -Israel's wars/struggles against annihilation                              Poulenc
-       -Israel 7-day War         (Catholics can read the Bible)                   Stravinsky
-       -Israel Yom Kippur War    (Charismatic movement)                           Hindemith
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-       -Oslo Accords
-2000
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Further Notes:

These dates ignore any form of Gregorian/Roman calendars. They are calculations based on the birth of Jesus Christ as being "0". This does not take into account any historical scholarship, nor am I qualified to calculate how eastern societies figure birthdates differently than we do. If that were possible, perhaps what appears to be an 'extra' 95 years (from the normally calculated "4000 years" for the O.T.) would disappear? There were also what appeared to be confusing calculations for the book of Judges. And also, Galatians 3:17 seems to confuse the question regarding Israel's slavery in Egypt. Several time lines that I've seen from other sources, who happen to calculate a fairly 'exact' 4000 years from Genesis 1:1 to Christ, end up having Daniel's "69 weeks" coming right to Christ's 'birth'; but do not account for Messiah being "cut off" after "62 weeks" (Dan9:26). This Timeline, having Cyrus decree at 450 BC, provides us with precisely 483 years (7x7 + 62x7 = 483) to Jesus' crucifixion, when He would have been 33 years old.

I have noticed that, for every timeline I've ever seen, no two agree with each other. C. I. Scofield arrived at exactly 4000 years from Genesis 1:1 to Christ's birth. So does another very good one at Fisher of Men website. But they differ from each other. And this one differs from them. And in viewing historical scholarship regarding timelines, I've never seen any of them that agree with each other, either.

Thus, this one is offered for your curiosity, "as is". The spacing location of each item should be pretty much within 10-20 years of my calculations (back when I did them originally - for some reason I no longer have the original notes, numbers and calculations, or Scripture references from which they were derived). I've also added a few other historical notes regarding famous world philosophers and classical musical styles for perspective, and some A.D. "church" highlights from historical reference materials.


Observations:

Notice how Enoch is 'raptured' something on the order of "7" hundred years before the Flood judgment.

Notice that when Seth, the Godly heir (Gen4:25-26), dies, is when Noah, who was "just and perfect in his generations" (Gen6:9), is born.

Notice that when all the descendants of the "days of Noah" (Mt24:37) die, the very "generation" (Mt24:34) they are dying off (notice how their deaths are all clumped together within a generation of a century), is when the Abrahamic generation/covenant begins.

Notice that when the very last of the Noah-generation (Eber) dies, around the very same time we see the name "Israel" for the very first time.

Thus, notice how I labeled the map as "Seth-Noah-Israel". There's one entity; it goes away, and the next appears. The new one goes away, and the next appears. And then, comes the Church. The Church "walks by faith" (2Cor5:7) "with God" just like Enoch did (Gen5:24). He was raptured "7" periods of time before judgment. He "walked with God". He is not listed as being part of the "generations/seed" like Seth and Noah are...as is Israel. Noah (the generational "seed") was protected -through- judgment, just as Israel will be through the time of "-JACOB's- trouble" (Jer30:7). Enoch, not of "seed", but of Faith in God, was raptured "7" periods -prior- to judgment.

Notice that it goes Seth - Noah - Israel ...and one entity passes before the next one gets underway. As the Church was being formed, Israel was dispersed in 70AD. Thus...knowing how God has done everything in the past, if He is going to fulfill His prophecies about Israel's restoration, the Church NEEDS TO BE "not here". Yes, this will be addressed in the current series when we get to the section entitled "Wrath".

But notice how we can see God's "I, Jehovah, change not" (Mal3:6) manner of doing things in something as mundane-seeming as a historical timeline. For any of you that are still balking at the concept of what has been coined the "pre-trib" Rapture for the Church, does this timeline help you to -SEE- it? All that has happened in the past, and recorded in Scripture, is for "examples" to us (1Cor10:6) "..upon whom the ends of the ages have come" (vs11) Some of these things, how God did things in the past, is how He will do them in the future.

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Heb13:8)

Amen!


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