Explanation

You use two timelines which do not exist in the scriptures

  1. The years of Nebuchadnezzar as world ruler.
  2. The incomplete reign of Jehoiakim. Also called the kingship of Jehoiakim as a vassal of Babylon

Under inspiration from Jehovah the prophet Daniel wrote these words -

Daniel 1:1

In the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it. . .

Daniel 2:1

And in the second year of the kingship of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams; and his spirit began to feel agitated, and his very sleep was made to be something beyond him.

In the view of the Governing Body of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society (whom you, the reader are either a member of or are part of a team with input from) the number of years of Jehoiakim and Nebuchadnezzar's kingship change according to the city the prophet was writing in.

How Nebuchadnezzar's 20th year becomes his 2nd year by adding the words 'as world ruler' to the scriptures

According to your reasoning, the 2nd year of Nebuchadnezzar would be the 20th year of Nebuchadnezzar if the person was a Jew living in Jerusalem. You place the date 606 B.C.E on this 2nd year and the date 607 B.C.E on Nebuchadnezzar's 19th year of kingship (the year when Jerusalem was destroyed). By this you redefine his 20th year or rulership as his 2nd. The justification for this rests on adding words to those of the prophet Daniel. The words are as world ruler :-

dp chap. 4 p. 46 par. 2 The Rise and Fall of an Immense Image

“In the second year of the kingship of Nebuchadnezzar,” wrote the prophet Daniel, “Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams; and his spirit began to feel agitated, and his very sleep was made to be something beyond him.” (Daniel 2:1) The dreamer was Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the Babylonian Empire. He had effectively become world ruler in 607 B.C.E. when Jehovah God allowed him to destroy Jerusalem and its temple. In the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign as world ruler (606/605 B.C.E.), God sent him a terrifying dream.

Daniel 2:1 - WITH WORDS ADDED

And in the second year of the kingship of Nebuchadnezzar as world ruler, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams; and his spirit began to feel agitated, and his very sleep was made to be something beyond him.

To justify the addition of these words 'as world ruler', there needs to be a legitimate scriptural cross reference to show:-

  1. There is such a timeline as Nebuchandenzzar as world ruler
  2. That Dan 2:1 is refering to it

I can find no such thing. Without a legitimate cross reference, the addition of these words directly contradict Jehovah's prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah.

Ezekiel wrote from point of view of someone living in Babylon and Jeremiah from the point of view of someone living in Jerusalem

Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem in his 19th year of kingship. You place the date 607 B.C.E on that 19th year. The following year, 606 B.C.E would be the 20th year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign. Not his 2nd.

How the 3rd year of Jehoiakim's rulership becomes his 11th by saying Jehoiakim has both a complete reign as King of Judah and an incomplete reign as a vassal of Babylon

To justify the teaching that Jehoiakim had both a complete and an incomplete reign, there needs to be a legitimate scriptural cross reference to show:-

  1. There is such a timeline as Jehoiakim's incomplete reign as a vassal of Babylon
  2. That Dan 1:1 is refering to it

I can find no such thing. Without a legitimate scriptural cross reference, the addition of these words directly contradict Jehovah's prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah.

You indicate yourselves that current doctrine contradicts Jehovah's prophets when you state:-

dp chap. 2 p. 18 par. 14 Daniel—A Book on Trial

Daniel 1:1 reads: “In the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it.” Critics have found fault with this scripture because it does not seem to agree with Jeremiah, who says that the fourth year of Jehoiakim was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar. (Jeremiah 25:1; 46:2) Was Daniel contradicting Jeremiah?

Helpful chart showing Key Scripture Jeremiah 25:1

The prophet Daniel does not contradict the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah was inspired to write about the ranges of years of Nebuchadnezzar and Jehoiakim (ie the number of years from start to finish). Daniel pinpoints isolated years, such as the third year of Jehoiakim's kingship.

However, by your interpretation, you make Daniel's words contradict Jeremiah because you say Daniel was in Babylon and therefore he, Daniel changed the number of years of both Nebuchandezzar and Jehoiakim's rulership. You say the passage of time was counted differently in Babylon.

dp chap. 2 p. 19 par. 14 Daniel—A Book on Trial

To a Jew living in Babylon, Jehoiakim’s “third year” would have been the third year of that king’s vassal service to Babylon. Daniel wrote from that perspective. Jeremiah, however, wrote from the perspective of the Jews living right in Jerusalem. So he referred to Jehoiakim’s kingship as starting when Pharaoh Necho made him king.

To say Jehoiakim's third year of kingship is his third year of vassal service to Babylon is a convoluted way of saying Jehoiakim's third year of kingship is his eleventh and final year of kingship. You have made up a second timeline for Jehoiakim. You have the complete years of Jehoiakim's kingship and the incomplete years of Jehoiakim's kingship, shortening his 11 reign to 3 years by using dates B.C.E (which are not in the scriptures) and Jehoiakim's years of vassal service to Nebuchadnezzar. You also refer to this shortened reign of Jehoiakim by calling it the kingship of Jehoiakim as a vassal of Babylon

dp chap. 3 p. 32 par. 4 Tested—But True to Jehovah!

4 The expression “for three years” is of special interest to us, for the opening words of Daniel read: “In the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it.” (Daniel 1:1) In the third year of the complete kingship of Jehoiakim, who reigned from 628 to 618 B.C.E., Nebuchadnezzar was not yet “the king of Babylon” but was the crown prince. In 620 B.C.E., Nebuchadnezzar compelled Jehoiakim to pay tribute. But after about three years, Jehoiakim revolted. Thus, it was in 618 B.C.E., or during the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim as a vassal of Babylon , that King Nebuchadnezzar came to Jerusalem a second time, to punish the rebellious Jehoiakim.

Jehoiakim's reign was from :-

  1. 628 B.C.E - 618 B.C.E.?
  2. or

  3. 620 B.C.E - 618 B.C.E.?

dp chap. 2 pp. 18-19 par. 14 Daniel—A Book on Trial

Daniel 1:1 reads: “In the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it.” Critics have found fault with this scripture because it does not seem to agree with Jeremiah, who says that the fourth year of Jehoiakim was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar. (Jeremiah 25:1; 46:2) Was Daniel contradicting Jeremiah? With more information, the matter is readily clarified. When first made king in 628 B.C.E. by Pharaoh Necho, Jehoiakim became a mere puppet of that Egyptian ruler. This was about three years before Nebuchadnezzar succeeded his father to the throne of Babylon, in 624 B.C.E. Soon thereafter (in 620 B.C.E.), Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah and made Jehoiakim a vassal king under Babylon. (2 Kings 23:34; 24:1) To a Jew living in Babylon, Jehoiakim’s “third year” would have been the third year of that king’s vassal service to Babylon. Daniel wrote from that perspective. Jeremiah, however, wrote from the perspective of the Jews living right in Jerusalem. So he referred to Jehoiakim’s kingship as starting when Pharaoh Necho made him king.

What you are saying is that the first year of Jehoiakim's rulership was 628 B.C.E. But as far as Daniel was concerned the first year of Jehoiakim's rulership was 620 B.C.E because Daniel was in Babylon. The end of his reign, you say, was 618 B.C.E

Let us remind ourselves what Dan 1:1 actually says:-

Daniel 1:1

In the third year of the kingship of Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and proceeded to lay siege to it. . .

Jehoiakim ruled for 11 years, as you are well aware.

it-1 p. 1268 Jehoiakim

Jehoiakim’s bad rule of about 11 years (628-618 B.C.E.) was marked by injustices, oppression, and murder.

But by your logic, on the one hand you have Jehoiakim ruling for 11 years, from the perspective of a Jew living in Jerusalem but only ruling for 3 years from the perspective of a Jew living in Babylon. You even change the concept of kingship, which is what Daniel is talking about, into 'kingship as a vassal of Babylon'. If this is so, you need to provide scriptural support for your arithmetic.

Ezekiel wrote from the perspective of someone living in Babylon and the time period of both Nebuchadnezzar's 1st year of rulership and Jehoiakim's 3rd year of rulership are covered by the timeline of 30 years. If you add words such as 'world ruler' to the years of Nebuchadnezzar's rulership or shorten Jehoiakim's reign, you directly contradict the view of a Jew living in Babylon, that is Ezekiel. Furthermore, Ezekiel's 30 years relate to both Jeremiah's years of preaching and the fall of Jerusalem in relation to Jehoiachin's exile, as demonstrated by the Seven Key Scriptures. Ezekiel's 30 years are a constant 5 years less than the years of Jeremiah's preaching.

By adding words to the scriptures and making up new timelines you are contradicting Jehovah's prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Now that I have explained this problem, this is what I am asking of you - the way forward