Bible Prophecy Numbers

(April 23, 2007)

How the Ministry of Christ Lasted
1150, 1260, 1290, and 1335 days


And, the Importance of the 8th Day



(This article shows how all the bible-prophecy time frames were fulfilled in the ministry of Christ, 1150, 1260, 1290, and 1335 days. However, the article was originally written on the forum to answer a question about the importance of the 8th day in the new-creation. This should be kept in mind when reading it. This is written in response to a much earlier article concerning "The 153 Fish of the Gospel of John". This original article has been added to the end of this document.)



The following pattern occurred in Christ's ministry and illustrates the importance of the 8th-day pattern. 

The only place that the Feast of Hanukkah is mentioned in the bible is in the Gospel of John (10:22) where it is called "the Feast of Dedication", and it lasts 1 + 7 days. Jesus celebrated it the year before He died, thus 110 days (or 140 if a leap month is added) before He died on Passover. 

It is very normal for time frames in the bible to have a week (seven-days) at each juncture within the larger time frame so as to connect each joint. This is what we see during the ministry of Christ at all four major junctures during the 1335-day span that we will look at. (The chart below is another example of a "week" of time positioned at each of the smaller parts that make up the whole time frame. This chart is one of the main charts studied at this website. {Click on chart to enlarge.} The following link is to a third modern-day example: "12 Comets Within 1290 days!". The point is that a week-at-each juncture is common. They act like groves on a key. Among other things, it makes a pattern both harder to duplicate and easier to spot.)



The below time frames are calculated using the round year of 360 days, which is in accord with bible prophecy numbers. See for how leap months are regularly added to the bible prophecy 360 calendar in order to keep it in synchronization with our modern solar calendar and with the Jewish solar/lunar calendar.


The ministry of Christ lasted 1260 days as per Rev. 11-12, and as deduced from the account of the ministry of Christ as recorded in the Gospels.



The 3.5-year Ministry of Christ (AD 26-30)

Christ begins His ministry Tabernacles

Tishri 14/15 + seven days of Tabernacles (AD 26).

1150 days later is the Hanukah that Jesus attended (1150 is the prophecy in Dan. 8 that prophesied the coming of Hanukkah!)

Kislev 24/25 + "seven days of lights" (AD 29)

110 or 140 days later, Christ dies on Passover
, that is 1260 or 1290 days after he began His ministry

Nisan/Abib 14/15 + seven days of Passover week (AD 30)

Even Pentecost has a Pentecost "week" (based upon Ex. 24:16, Acts 2), and can be shown to be about 1335 days from when Christ began His ministry:

1150 + 110 + leap month = 1290 days + 45 to Pentecost = 1335 days, (Dan. 12). (The number is exact from Nisan 20, but note that Israel arrived at Mount Sinai at the start of the 3rd month, thus 45 days after the Passover of the Exodus.) 








There was no leap month in AD 29, or between AD 26 to 30. Thus, this 3.5-years was 1260-days long, not 1290 days. (Leap months occurred the spring of AD 25 and 31.) However, patterns in the bible can overlap each other so that what is true of the one is still figuratively true of the other. The year of the exodus was indeed a leap month, "the first of the months", (Ex. 12:2), and thus the previous 3.5 years before the exodus was indeed a full 1290 days long. (See concerning leap-month rules.)

Rev. 12 refers to three biblical scenes as if in overlap. (Verses are quoted below.) Instead of "40 years" before and after the exodus (Acts 7), the book of Revelation instead envisions 3.5 years (1260 days) before and after the exodus, which in turn serves as a pattern about Christ. And so this pattern at the exodus is seen as repeating itself at the birth and again at the death of Christ. It also points to the still-future events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ.


The exodus occurred in spring of 1446 BC. 

From 1450 BC, Tishri 15, unto the first Passover at the exodus in AD 1446 are 1290 days (Dan. 12), with the year of the exodus having 390 days because a leap month occurred that spring (of 1446). Thus, 45 more days is when the nation of Israel arrived at Mount Sinai, and 4 days later was the first Pentecost when the Law was given on Mount Sinai. (See, "Timeline of Events Surrounding the Exodus", and see the below chart.)

Both these festivals are foreshadows of the Passover and Pentecost that is recorded in the Gospels and Acts that have to do with Jesus the Messiah at His death and at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is also true of the feast of Tabernacles. The first festival of Tabernacles was intended by God to occur 490 days after the first Pentecost in 1446 BC, but was instead delayed because of rebellion. Israel instead  wandered 40 years in the wilderness, "a day for each year" of the 40 days that they spied out the land in unbelief. The feast of Tabernacles commemorates the provision of God during this 40 years that Israel spent in the desert, (Lev. 23:41-43). Tabernacles is a type of Jesus who "dwelt" ('tabernacled') among men (John 1:14), as seen in the 40 days at His birth (Luke 2:21-22), and again in the 40 days that He was in the desert at the start of His 3.5-year ministry 30 years later (Luke 4:1-2).

Here are the two main pertinent verses to ponder. 

Can you spot the three biblical scenes as if in overlap: the birth of the nation of Israel at the exodus, the birth of Christ, and the death/ascension of Christ?


The two 3.5-year periods

(Some see the following 3.5-year periods as one and the same,
 and Rev. 11 or Rev 13 as referring to the other 3.5-year span. 
Either way it makes no difference to this study.)

Rev 12:1 And a great sign was seen in heaven: a A woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Rev 12:2 And she was with child; and she gave a cry, in the pains of childbirth.

Rev 12:3 And there was seen another sign in heaven; a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.

Rev 12:4 And his tail was pulling a third part of the stars of heaven down to the earth, and the dragon took his place before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when the birth had taken place he might put an end to her child.

Rev 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who was to have rule over all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was taken up to God and to his high seat.

Rev 12:6 And the woman went in flight to the waste land, where she has a place made ready by God, so that there they may give her food a thousand, two hundred and sixty days...


Rev 12:14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness unto her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (i.e., 3.5 years), from the face of the serpent.


The two 40-year periods

Act 7:29 And Moses fled at this saying, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons.

Act 7:30 And when forty years were fulfilled, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush...

Act 7:34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people that is in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I am come down to deliver them: and now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

Act 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? him hath God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the hand of the angel that appeared to him in the bush.

Act 7:36 This man led them forth, having wrought wonders and signs in Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.




For this chart explained, see, 

"Timeline of Events Surrounding the Exodus"

# 1 # 3 # 5 # 6 # 7 # 8 # 9 # 10 # 12 # 14 # 15 # 16 # 17 # 19 # 20 # 21
New year's




Down mount Up mount
Down mount Finish
sent out
Day of 
15 60+  64
64+ 104 106 146 361 410 413 450 490 540+ 550 554
Lunar Calendar
15 59+ 63
64+ 103 105 144 356 405 408 443 483 532+ 542 546



1290 is also 430 x 3, and Israel was 430 years in Egypt, another 430 x 2 years later was the fall of Jerusalem and captivity back to Egypt, 1290 years after Israel entered Egypt in 1876 BC as per the dates given my most evangelical modern scholarship.


Main Chart

Bible Prophecy Chart

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


Chart Explained

From the seven-year famine of Joseph (1878-1871 BC), until the exodus in 1446 BC are 430 years; and again from the seven-year famine of Joseph in 1878-1871 BC unto the fall of Israel in 722 BC are 1150 years; and again from the seven-year famine of Joseph in 1878-1871 BC unto the fall of Assyria in 612 BC are 1260 years; etc...



In response to a letter sent me:

The 153 Fish of John 21

7000 and 7500 years

Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 1999 6:53 AM

Subject: 153 fish ---Hi! From Dean

Hi David,

Sorry to reply to you a little late, my grandmother is dying and it has been busy. But she is a believer so I can be happy.

I'll have to send you that other document later on when things settle down and I have the time.

I find it interesting that as far as the major premise's of you document, that it is in agreement with my own thoughts––including the numbers, however one small difference in perspective, however, alters much interpretation. I take the 3rd appearance of Jesus to symbolize his 3rd appearance to earth as well (passage of time is indicated by the what appears to be Jesus appearing (or speaking as) aged, i.e., He calls them "children," something one would expect from the mouth of another at lest above 50 years of age(?) ––and from "a pickled fish" (refer to original Greek for this word used here different form the other word to do with the 153 (i.e., old fish) being on a old (charcoal) fire---Three obvious clues to the meaning of this "3rd appearance." (And, as you said, "grow old" of John. 21:18.) So I think it wonderfully that we both saw this.

However, whereas I see the possibilities in this 3rd return as being His second coming to earth; I also see it as His final return to the earth after the millennium. (Or, if one believes Jesus will be reigning physically on the earth at this time(?) (rather than from the heavenly Jerusalem through the agency of Jewish princes at earthly Jerusalem, as I tend to think, ––therefore, than rather than this 3rd "appearance" representing His final return to earth (3rd return), then it can be taken as His 3rd and final stage of dominion over this Universe--when He creates a brand new heaven and earth, etc. The point is, either way, my following conclusions are valid with either perspective. By the way, forgive the awkward grammar in this letter–– I have to go soon and see my grandmother so I'm rushing it!)

Anyways, I see that the passage may have a double meaning in mind as to the last appearance being the second coming, or the final end of the age after the millennium. The different perspective therefore, alters the interpretation of the passage.

Let me comment on the 153 fish at least, here.

Very good! –– 77 + 76 generations as 153 total makes sense to me and agrees with my own findings on this matter. I don't know if I thought of it exactly like that but let me throw these few thoughts in too. Indirectly, you are suggesting a mirror age to the previous one before Christ in that Jesus is the center of time––He is the center of the total 153. This is fundamental to my own findings (by His Spirit). A round generation in Biblical terms is 40 or 100 years. (The 40 is obvious, as for the 100, see "in the 4th generation" of Abraham till the exodus as called "400 years" and Abraham was 100 at the birth of Isaac, and
Abraham lived 100 years in Canaan before he died at 175---therefore, a generation is 40 or 100. This, I know, you may already understand, but just in case, I mention this about the 100 years).

Well, –––while Jesus is the 77th generation, the actual time period is (using a literal 40 and 100 years), reaches back to 7500 or 3000 BC. (I speak of course symbolically). There are 75 true generations before Jesus 76th---for actual generation-time we of course do not include "The son of God" as before Adam (as far as actual time). But I can se that I am getting bogged down in detail, therefore allow me to simply paste an finished document on this subject and go on to my point, which bares directly on the subject of the 153 fish.

Here is an insert from a unfinished footnote:

For example, there are two genealogies listed in the New Testament. The first genealogy is located in Matthew (1:1-17), which starts with Abraham and works forward to the Christ, and covers 40 generations. A generation is 40 or 100 years, as is clear from Abraham himself. (He was 100 years old when his son was born, etc.). Therefore, 100 x 40 generations = 4,000 years, and thus 4001 BC for the birth of Abraham. (The number "4000" has immediate and obvious meaning to those even a little acquainted with these things). Abraham is a type of Adam is the Scriptures, in that he fathers a new race similar to Adam, (even as the Christ does ---spiritually speaking).

The next (and last) genealogy of Christ in the New Testament (Luke 3:23-38) is listed backward unto Adam (opposite to the direction of Matthews genealogy). It is listed backward because with a mirror, this is how the geology would appear in a mirror. Thus, because there are 75 generations listed in Luke, from the Christ unto Adam, therefore we compute AD 7500. ("7500" is a variation of 7000, or 7 years, or days, etc., and is common in the Bible too, Gen. 12:4; 2Sam. 5:5; 1Kin. 6:37,38. It signifies the dawning of the 8th day of a new creation, Gen. 1:31; 2:2; Gal. 6:15.)


4001 BC (Abraham), + 11500 years (x-10 of the 1150 of Dan. 8:14) = AD 7500.

The figures in this table are in the x-10 mode, even as the 'actual' 4305, and 3900 BC creation dates are likewise. I.e., God says to Abraham, "You will be in a strange land …400 years, …in the 4th generation…will come back" (Gen. 15:13-16). Hence, there are 4,000 years instead of the 400.

Or with a generation of 40 years:


40 generations x 40 years = 1601 BC (Abraham), + 2300 x 2 (also of Dan. 8:14), = AD 3000 (75 generations x 40).

Again, the 1600 is x-10 of "the 4th generation," and typifies the literal 160 years from Abraham's birth unto his grandson, Jacob.

Since 4001 BC is Abraham, then 3901 BC is his promised son Isaac. Thus, the 2300's continue from the above 1601 BC, minus 2300 = 3901 BC.

Notice the cycles of 3500 years (3˝ x 1000 years):


7500 (Adam), + 3500 years = 4000 (Abraham), + 3500 x 2 = AD 3000 (Adam). (1600 BC, is likewise in cycles of 700 with the rest. This happens because the middle point of a generation of 40 and 100, is "70.")


There is a names-code in Matthews genealogy, stretching all the way back to Adam, where the meaning of each name is strung together in the order given in the bible, which forms whole paragraphs of information. This, again, shows that these lists of names found in the bible have more to offer than what appears at first reading. See, "The Names Bible Code" and "The Names Acrostic Bible Code" for more on that.


Anyway, back on topic!

I believe that the 153 fish also signify jubilees (or 7 x 7 years), and this reflects well on your 77 + 77 (-one for overlap in center).

There are 77 x 49 (7 x 7) years from the Jewish traditional calendar for the creation till the Christian traditional day of Christ as 12 years old (Passover) at the temple. (Traditional only––God would catch the Jews in their own devices, so as to capture their hearts, for it is quite possible they manipulated the dates back centuries ago (not in the Bible, I mean), to distance themselves from anything near 4000 years till Christ from Adam, they did not want to see the obvious implications of that 4000 year genealogical period so they (it appears) changed it! ––––––––––––– again, forgive my grammar).

Well it happens that their creation date of Spring (Abib) 3761 (or 3762 BC), is exactly 77 x 49 years till 13 BC Spring, Abib––Passover)––when Christ "appeared" suddenly in the temple at 12.

However, the maximum date for the creation (as literally based upon the chronologies, along with the three N.T. variations of 60 (of Steven's sermon, 215 of Gal., as it uses the LXX, and the 130 of Luke's insertion of the LXX of Cainan, a total of 405 above the minimum date of 3900 BC. (This assumes the c. 1446 B.C. Exodus––as most modern evangelical scholars agree.) Thus the Max. of Aut. 4305 BC till the actual birth of Christ is 4300 years (and near 3900 till the traditional––agreeing with the 390 and 430 of Ezekiel, etc.,), and since 88 x 49 are 4312 years, thus there are 88 jubilees till Christ at 12˝ in the temple at Passover––agreeing with the symbolism of 77 ––– 7 is perfection, etc., 88 is a new creation –– And, 80 Jubilees from the 3900 date till Christ at 20 or 25 (traditional and actual dates respectively––when one entered the priesthood (i.e., it was 30, then 25 and 20 in (all) the Bible as a concordance will show.)

A full age is 7000 years, but 7500 till the dawning of the new age. (This agrees with the 3000 and 7500 of Luke's genealogy ––3000 = resurrection morning, 7500 = much the same. The creation had to wait 7˝ days till the light of the 8th day of creation because "The evening and the morning were the 6th day", etc. Hence, as it is today, the Jewish day ends in the evening. Since the coming age is understood as when light comes forever, and there is no more night––a new creation (i.e., the 8th day), it follows that as a day is as a thousand years that there will be 7500 years till the full end of time. What occupies this last overlapping––transitional night of the 7th–8th day is conjecture, but I think is will be the rebellion spoken of in Rev. That occurs after the 1000 years when the nations come against Jerusalem one last time (like they did at the Second coming after the 3˝ (7)-year tribulation.

Therefore, as you said––Jesus is the center and there are 77, and 77 Jubilees (i.e., Christ's Jubilee is overlapped, He is the 77th forward from the first creation and 77 backward, as will be perceived from the new (physical) creation at the final end of the age)––of each 7 x 7 years.

It happens that 153 large fish (i.e., jubilee catches of souls---similar in meaning to your thought on a generation of souls), amounts to exactly 7500 years less 3˝ years! (the half-year is the jubilee half-year mentioned in Lev., etc.).

The Jewish Creation date of 3761 BC is thus exactly 153˝ years of Jubilees back unto itself in AD 3761––its mirror. The half Jubilee signifies a cutting short of the final jubilee of time––it signifies eternity, I think, and we see it in the fact that Jesus already had a fish already cooking on an old fire, ready to eat. This is the 154th fish (77 + 77), so to speak, broken (eaten).

I suppose you might want to tinker with some of my symbolic conclusions, as I yours––that's O.K.! I could be wrong! But we know He is right!

God bless you in your studies, and I will get back to you later as I said.

Your servant for Jesus,




Dear Dean,

Thank you for your reply.

I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to put your files on the net for me though. The files you sent are just file names in angled brackets with no related data. It could be because our email uses version 1 or something. Not even mime! Or it could be that I don’t know what I’m doing!

I shall put your need for strength in my prayers. I think that a lot of people are feeling strained at the moment; there is so much revealing occurring at the moment in regard to scripture that some people are finding it hard to keep up with the driving.

Cheers, God Bless and God give you strength.



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Meanings of "13" "60" "65" "130"

What do the numbers 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, 999 mean?


How Israel  became a nation in 1948 on the exact day and year predicted in the Bible!


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