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God’s in Control of Time

By Chris McCann
November 7, 2016

Here’s a reminder to us all that God is in control of orchestrating events and making them work out according to His time table.

The tabernacle was made in the first year Israel left Egypt (1447 BC). It continued as the place of worship for Israel until the ark of God was taken by the Philistines in the year 1067 BC.

1447 BC to 1067 BC = 380 years tabernacle built in wilderness was in use

For the next 100 years there was no tabernacle.

But then in the 4th year of Solomon, in the year 967 BC the foundation of the temple was laid.

Solomon’s temple would continue on until the Babylonians destroyed it in the year 587 BC. The time duration for Solomon’s temple matched exactly with the duration the tabernacle in the wilderness was used:

967 BC to 587 BC = 380 years the temple was in use

We also find an interesting time relationship when we add up all the numbers:

380 + 100 + 380 = 860 years (from 1447 BC to 587 BC). 860 breaks down to 2 x 430 years.

Israel was in Egypt for exactly 430 years to the selfsame day:

Exodus 12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

So we see that from the time that Israel entered into Egypt (in 1877 BC) to its coming out of Egypt (in 1447 BC) was 430 years. And from that point of entering into Egypt until the destruction of Solomon’s temple in 587 BC would be 1290 years, 3 x 430 years = 1290.

Thus fulfilling (on one level) the following Scripture in Daniel:

Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

In the Bible days are at times viewed as years, so 1290 days = 1290 years.

We see God’s hand controlling events occurring over a period of history that is more than a millennium in duration. Everything very carefully worked out so that it fits within a time framework. We can be sure that it’s the same today.