Bible Prophecy Numbers:
The Writing on the Wall


Ch. 2gg, "How Long?"
(In detail)

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The lunar 1270, solar 1278, and Bible-Prophecy 1290 days

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Theme: Exile and Tribulation

From the seven-year "world-wide" famine of Joseph,
until the falls of Egypt, Israel, Assyria, Judah, and Babylonia…

1878–1871 BC
Enter Egypt 1876


1446 BC

722 BC

612 BC

586 BC

539 BC



Fall of

(i.e., the Exodus)

Fall of  

Fall of

Fall of

Fall of

Total years later from the famine -->



from famine


from famine


from famine


from famine


from famine



1290 years (i.e., the Bible-Prophecy 3½ years-of-years):



The lunar, solar, and Bible-Prophecy 3½ years of years––even all three––aligns with all three deportations from Judah when starting from the entry into Egypt in 1876 BC.

Judah was attacked and exiled on three occasions, the last of which saw the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple: 

  1. 605 (or 606 BC) (The prophet Daniel is among the exiles)

  2. 598 (or 599 BC) (The prophet Ezekiel is among the exiles)

  3. 586 (or 587 BC) (The prophet Jeremiah is among the exiles)

Each of these are repeated again one year a part! This one-year-apart parallel pattern starts from the middle of the 7 years of Joseph’s famine (instead of the entry), ending at these same three exiles. But rather than getting too complex,  we will stick to the simple straightforward pattern, rather that the mid-famine position.

{It was mid-famine when both the Egyptians and their land were sold into bondage to Pharaoh in agreement for the exchange of food. The middle of the famine was either one or one-and-a-half years after the entry, i.e., in spr. or aut. of 1875 BC.{15}

Our first line of calculation which starts from when Israel entered Egypt (spr. of 1876 BC), ends at the non-preferred, yet possible dates for the exiles of Judah, (i.e., 606, 598, and 587 BC); whereas the second parallel line (though using the same numbers), starts from the mid-famine position yet still ends at these very same exiles, except using the preferred 605, 597, and 586 BC dates.

To continue: As said, all four exiles align from when Israel entered Egypt, and yet again from the middle of the 7 years of Joseph’s famine. This mid-famine starting position (spr./aut. 1875) is equally as significant as the Egypt–entry position (spr. 1876) because firstly, this was when the gentiles were ‘enslaved’ to Pharaoh, (see Genesis 47:18-21); hence, the theme is consistent––from the enslaving of the Egyptians to the enslaving of the Israelites are 3½ years-of-years distant.

Secondly, the mid-seven-year-famine position is significant because it foreshadows bible prophecy about the mid-seven-year-tribulation period prophesied to come. Thus it makes perfect sense that from the middle of this seven-year famine should flow that same amount of days converted to years: (I.e., the first 3½ literal years of famine intersecting with the figurativeyears-of-years of same number).


The Lunar Witness (Table 7)

Entry|1876 BC______+_1270________as 606 BC| Exile

Middle|1875 BC_____+_1270_ ___as 605 BC| Exile famine


The Solar Witness (Table 8)

Entry|1876 BC______+_1278_______as 598 BC| Exile

Middle|1875 BC_____+_1278____as 597 BC| Exile famine


The Bible-Prophecy Witness (–1 year) (Table 9a)

Entry|1876 BC_______+_1290______as 587 BC| Exile

Middle|1875 BC_____+_1290_____as 586 BC| Exile famine



General Explanation of the Above Table ‘9a’ only

1878–1871 BC (7-year famine) + 1290 years = 588–581 BC.

Siege of Jerusalem lasted from Jan. 588 to 586 BC, (or to 587 with the alternative date).

(The "– 1 year," (thus, for a total of only 1289 years), is explained shortly.)


The Bible-Prophecy Second Witness (Table 9b)

7-year famine|1878–1871 BC_+_1290_(–1 year)_as Jan. 589–582|

7-year famine|1878–1871 BC__     +_1290_     _ as Jan. 588–581|

Start of siege till final exile

Start of siege till final exile

1878–1871 BC (7-year famine) + 1290 years (or –1 year etc.) = 588–581 BC.

Jan. 588 BC is when the siege of Jerusalem started; (it ended 2½ years later).

And 581 BC was the fourth and last exile (Jeremiah 52:30). Hence, there are two separate strands of alignment, i.e., from both the start and finish of the 7-year famine.


In the last two tables (i.e., tables ‘9a’ and ‘9b’––excluding the very last time line), the true total is 1,289 years (cf. "– 1 year,"), rather than an exact 1290. Why this slight inaccuracy? (Nevertheless, this principle exists in the numbers: Whatever appears to be a weakness is actually a concealed strength.)

Before I answer this question, let the reader remember the utter simplicity and flawlessness of the earlier chart (i.e., table ‘4’), where Daniel’s "1290" was divided evenly by Ezekiel’s "430" (i.e., 1290 ÷ 3 = 430); where exactly 430 years was spent in Egypt as well as 1290 years till the exile back again to Egypt (and Babylon) forming cycles of even 430-year periods. However, to make the alignment of these last charts (i.e., tables ‘9a’ and ‘9b’) perfectly conformable with the two charts before it (i.e., tables ‘7’ and ‘8’), we must subtract one year (i.e., 1,289 years instead of an even 1290). Thus we ask, "Why?"––"Why isn’t table ‘9a’ and ‘9b’ flawless like the others time-lines?" The answer is to be found in the way the Bible breaks down a 3½-year period, and then comparing that breakdown with the lengths of Ezekiel’s siege added to the actual siege. As we shall see, these two sieges were exactly 7 years apart, with the total length of both sieges together amounting to 1290 days, less one-day.{16} Hence, the exact total number of siege days (1,289) when converted to years, spans back to Joseph's 7-year famine as just observed in tables ‘9a’ and ‘9b.’ Thus, both 1290 and 1,289 day-years are correct, with "1,289" in this context being an authorized variation of the "1290" of Daniel 12:11.

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