g72 5/8 p. 28 When Did Babylon Desolate Jerusalem?
- In line with the number of years thus assigned to each ruler, Jerusalem’s desolation in Nebuchadnezzar’s eighteenth year (nineteenth year if counting from his “accession year”) would fall in 586 B.C.E.—2 Ki. 25:8; Jer. 52:29.
- Jerusalem is destroyed in Nebuchadnezzar's 19th year. Why even suggest it was his eighteenth year?
- Is this an attempt to say that not only was the 1st year of Nebuchadnezzar his 19th year but it was also his 18th year?
w52 5/1 pp. 265-272
- “APPOINTED TIMES OF THE NATIONS”
7. What does Isaiah prophesy in his 14th chapter as to the king of Babylon?
7 Fully 150 years before Jerusalem lost its national sovereignty to the Gentile nation of Babylon, Isaiah prophesied a taunt song. It was against the king of Babylon who was described as a ‘hewer down of fir-trees’, meaning a killer of God’s true worshipers, pictured as “trees of righteousness”. The king of Babylon, Isaiah foretold, would exalt his throne above the stars or princes of God’s typical theocracy and would overthrow this sovereign government by completely subjugating it. He having gained this ascendancy as a world ruler, God’s judgment would come and the king of Babylon too would be cut down like a tree and all men would see his humiliation. (See Isaiah 14:4,8, 12-16; 61:3.) All this came to pass upon the ruling dynasty of Nebuchadnezzar, the conquering king of Babylon. He in turn symbolized the greater king of Babylon, Satan the Devil, who eventually will be totally defeated and cut down to annihilation.
- Although there is no timeline that I can find, other than Nebuchadnezzar's years of rulership as king of Babylon, you use the concept of Nebuchadanezzar AS WORLD RULER and say that this year is his 1st year AS WORLD RULER.
- Also, in the quote above you say that Nebuchadnezzar represents Satan. Elsewhere you say Nebuchadenezzar represents Jesus and that Nebuchadnezzar getting his sanity back is like Jesus becoming invisibly present and returning his attention back to the earth, as if he's had something else on his mind.
bh p. 216 par. 1 - p. 218 par. 1 1914—A Significant Year in Bible Prophecy
- How and when, though, did God’s rulership begin to be “trampled on by the nations”? This happened in 607 B.C.E. when Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians. “Jehovah’s throne” became vacant, and the line of kings who descended from David was interrupted. (2 Kings 25:1-26) Would this ‘trampling’ go on forever? No, for the prophecy of Ezekiel said regarding Jerusalem’s last king, Zedekiah: “Remove the turban, and lift off the crown. . . . It will certainly become no one’s until he comes who has the legal right, and I must give it to him.” (Ezekiel 21:26, 27) The one who has “the legal right” to the Davidic crown is Christ Jesus. (Luke 1:32, 33) So the ‘trampling’ would end when Jesus became King.
When would that grand event occur? Jesus showed that the Gentiles would rule for a fixed period of time. The account in Daniel chapter 4 holds the key to knowing how long that period would last. It relates a prophetic dream experienced by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He saw an immense tree that was chopped down. Its stump could not grow because it was banded with iron and copper. An angel declared: “Let seven times pass over it.”—Daniel 4:10-16.
In the Bible, trees are sometimes used to represent rulership. (Ezekiel 17:22-24; 31:2-5) So the chopping down of the symbolic tree represents how God’s rulership, as expressed through the kings at Jerusalem, would be interrupted. However, the vision served notice that this ‘trampling of Jerusalem’ would be temporary—a period of “seven times.” How long a period is that?
Revelation 12:6, 14 indicates that three and a half times equal “a thousand two hundred and sixty days.” “Seven times” would therefore last twice as long, or 2,520 days. But the Gentile nations did not stop ‘trampling’ on God’s rulership a mere 2,520 days after Jerusalem’s fall. Evidently, then, this prophecy covers a much longer period of time. On the basis of Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6, which speak of “a day for a year,” the “seven times” would cover 2,520 years.
The 2,520 years began in October 607 B.C.E., when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians and the Davidic king was taken off his throne. The period ended in October 1914. At that time, “the appointed times of the nations” ended, and Jesus Christ was installed as God’s heavenly King.—Psalm 2:1-6; Daniel 7:13, 14.
Just as Jesus predicted, his “presence” as heavenly King has been marked by dramatic world developments—war, famine, earthquakes, pestilences. (Matthew 24:3-8; Luke 21:11) Such developments bear powerful testimony to the fact that 1914 indeed marked the birth of God’s heavenly Kingdom and the beginning of “the last days” of this present wicked system of things.—2 Timothy 3:1-5.
- Nebuchadnezzar loses his sanity for 7 years. You equate those 7 years to 7 times, the Gentile Times and say they ended in 1914. Please click on link 'Pictures' (above) and see your own diagram Picture 2.
- You say Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon represents Satan the greater King of Babylon. You say the restoration of Nebuchadnezzar's sanity equates to Jesus Christ starting to rule in heaven invisibly as king of God's Kingdom. In the article *** w67 7/15 p. 444 The Removal of Mankind’s Chief Disturber *** You explain how the real source of earth’s troubles, is absolutely invisible. In another article *** ka chap. 11 p. 186 par. 4 “Here Is the Bridegroom!” *** you state that Jesus Christ's presence is also invisible. How appropriate is it to equate Jesus with Satan? Besides, when Jesus Christ does return it will be visible to all including his enemies (Matthew 24:30, Revelation 6:15-17) .