The Seven Times-2520 Years: 3

THE TWO LINES OF 2520

WILLIAM MILLER BELIEVED THE 2520 BEGAN WITH MANASSEH IN THE YEAR 677 BC.

"If this, then, is a correct view of the subject, and time is prefigured, when would the seven years of the antitype begin? I answer, it must begin with the servitude and bondage of the visible people of God; for at the end of seven years they must go free, or there would be no force in the type, and of course no fulfilment in the antitype. Seven prophetic years would be seven times 360, equal to 2520 years. This bondage must begin with the kingdom of Babylon, the first kingdom of Daniel’s four monarchies, which kingdoms which were to make war with the saints and prevail against them until the ancient of days came; and these were to scatter the people of God into all kingdoms of the earth and have dominion over them and exercise authority upon them…

"When, then, may we not ask, did the bondage of the children of God begin? I answer, when LITERAL BABYLON began to exercise authority over them. In the twenty-second year of Manasseh’s reign, in the year before Christ 677, the last of the 10 tribes were carried away., and Israel ceased to be a nation according to the prophecy..." William Miller, A TRILOGY pages 20-22

KING MANASSEH’S WICKED REIGN BEGINS ABOUT 687 BC.

THE CURSE OF LEVITICUS 26, THE 2520 DAYS BEGINS IN 677 BC.

2 Kings 20:21 And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.

"He reigned long, longest of any of the kings of Judah, fifty-five years. This was the only very bad reign that was a long one; Joram's was but eight years, and Ahaz's sixteen; as for Manasseh's, we hope that in the beginning of his reign for some time affairs continued to move in the course that his father left them in, and that in the latter end of his reign, after his repentance, religion got head again; and, no doubt, when things were at the worst God had his remnant that kept their integrity. Though he reigned long, yet some of this time he was a prisoner in Babylon, which may well be looked upon as a drawback from these years, though they are reckoned in the number because then he repented and began to reform." Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.

QUOTE FROM PATRIARCH AND PROPHETS:

Faithfully the prophets continued their warnings and their exhortations; fearlessly they spoke to Manasseh and to his people; but the messages were scorned; backsliding Judah would not heed. As an earnest of what would befall the people should they continue impenitent, the Lord permitted their king to be captured by a band of Assyrian soldiers, who "bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon," their temporary capital. This affliction brought the king to his senses; "he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto Him: and He was entreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord He was God." 2 Chronicles 33:11-13. But this repentance, remarkable though it was, came too late to save the kingdom from the corrupting influence of years of idolatrous practices. Many had stumbled and fallen, never again to rise. {PK 382.3}

GOD GRANTS GOOD KING JOSIAH, MANASSEH’S GRANDSON, A REPRIEVE FROM THE CURSE:

2 Kings 22: 19-20 "Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place."

AFTER JOSIAH’S DEATH THE CURSE OF THE 2520 THAT BEGAN WITH MANASSEH CONTINUES:

2 Kings 23:26. Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of His great wrath, . . . because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked Him withal.

"The time was rapidly approaching when Jerusalem was to be utterly destroyed and the inhabitants of the land carried captive to Babylon, there to learn the lessons they had refused to learn under circumstances more favorable". {PK 405.2}

2 Kings 24:1-3 "In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim [Josiah’s son] became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the LORD came [this] upon Judah, to remove [them] out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did;

HIRAM EDSON BELIEVED THE 2520 BEGAN WITH THE CAPTIVITY AND IMPRISONMENT OF KING HOSHEA OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM IN 723 BC.

"…Verse 24. "And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cutha, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria and dwelt in the cities thereof." In verses 22, 23, it is written, "For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them; until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight AS he had said by ALL his servants the prophets. SO was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day."

Thus in 2Kings xvii, is found the inspired record of the fulfillment of what God has said by his servant Isaiah, Chap.x,5,6, and by Moses in Lev.xxvi, and by David in Ps.lxxviii,59-62, and 1Kings xiv,15,16. It is in fact the inspired historical record of the fulfillment of what God had said by ALL his servants the prophets on this point of giving Israel over into captivity to be trodden down of the Gentiles like the mire of the streets." The validity of the above testimony cannot be invalidated or impeached; hence there can be no room left for further doubt on this so clear a point.

This, then, is the inspired historical event; and its chronology, which is 723 B. C., is the point from which to reckon the 2520 years captivity. Instead of reckoning from the taking of Manasseh, the King of Judah to Babylon in the year 677 BC., we reckon from the shutting up and binding in prison Hoshea, the king of Israel, which was 723 BC… From whatever point in the year 723 BC we must reckon, the same corresponding point in the year 1798, must be reached to fill up 2520 full years; the same as in the case of the 2300 days, dating from the Fall of 457 BC and ending in the Fall of 1844 AD. The year 723 BC is the true beginning, and 1798 is the true terminus of the 2520 years captivity of the people of God. And we have a historical record of a corresponding event transpiring in the year 1798, which perfectly answer the fulfillment of the predictions of the prophets which have foretold the events which mark the end of the 2520 years indignation and captivity."

Hiram Edson wrote but never completed an article titled: THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES. RH January 10, 1856. We are completing this prophecy for Bro. Edson.

Hoshea, the 19th and last king of Israel (2 Kings 15:30; 17:1-6; 18:1,9-10). Hoshea became king after he assassinated the former king, Pekah. Hoshea did evil in God's sight, but not to the extent of former kings. While he did not wipe out idolatrous worship, he at least did not give official approval to the practice. When Hoshea took the throne, he served as a puppet king under Assyria. But he eventually quit sending tribute money to Assyria and began negotiating an alliance with Egypt. When the Assyrian king, Shalmaneser V, learned of Hoshea's rebellion and conspiracy, he advanced toward Israel. Hoshea tried to buy off the king with tribute, but the capital city of Samaria was besieged and Hoshea was captured and imprisoned. After two years, Assyria finally captured Samaria, and its inhabitants were carried away to new locations in the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 17:18-23}. Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers

BOTH MILLER AND EDSON WERE CORRECT!

This is what they did not understand, they were BOTH RIGHT and we can prove it through scripture!

JEREMIAH 50:17-20 Israel [is] a scattered sheep; the lions have driven [him] away: first [northern king Hoshea] the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last [Manasseh, southern king of Judah] this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria. And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead. In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and [there shall be] none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

The Bible says that 1st-the king of Assyria; and Last-the king of Babylon; that is first Assyria and second Babylon, two breaking of the covenants and two 2520s! And this is not all—it ties it together even tighter.

THE FIRST SCATTERING - THE NORTHERN KINGDOM DISPERSED

2 Kings 17:1-6 "In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son of Elah to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years. (SAMARIA: the capital city of the northern kingdom of Israel) And he did [that which was] evil in the sight of the LORD, but not as the kings of Israel that were before him. Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became his servant, and gave him presents. And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as [he had done] year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor [by] the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes."

The first six verses here tell about the siege of Samaria, but the rest of the chapter tells us why this happened.

17:7,8 "For [so] it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods. And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made."

17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly [those] things that [were] not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city…

17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, [and by] all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments [and] my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

17:14-16 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal."

They had left ALL THE COMMANDMENTS and followed the ways of the heathen—so what happened?

17:18, 19 "Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. Also Judah kept not the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made."

So the Bible first shows the Northern tribes—10 tribes gone—taken by Assyria, then it leads us to the understanding that Judah did the same thing.

First 2520 years starts at 723 BC and extends to 1798 AD. Northern Kingdom.

Second 2520 years starts at 677 BC and extends to 1844 AD. Southern Kingdom.

JUDAH’S 2520 TIME STARTS WHEN MANASSEH IS TAKEN PRISONER 46 YEARS LATER.

THE SECOND SCATTERING: THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM DISPERSED

SOUTHERN KING DISPERSED

2 Chronicles 33: 9-11 and 2 Kings 21:1-16

33:9-11 "So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, [and] to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon."

Now because of Mannasseh’s wicked reign, the Southern Tribe was now carried to Babylon. 2 Kings 21:1-16 tells the story of Manasseh’s wickedness:

"Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

"And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Neither will I make the feet of Israel move any more out of the land which I gave their fathers; only if they will observe to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them. But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel."

Notice that Manasseh got caught up in the occult, witchcraft, enchantments, necromancy (talking with the ‘dead’), and wizardry! He caused Israel to take part in satanic rituals. He did worse than the heathen! And it is the same today—if Advent Believers turn from the light they have and go out into the world—they do WORSE than the people of the world. Remember, when an angel falls—he becomes a demon!

21:10-13 "And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying, Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols: Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I [am] bringing [such] evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

NOTICE HOW THE BIBLE TIES THE TWO "SEVEN TIMES" CURSES TOGETHER.

GOD SAYS HE IS GOING TO STRETCH THE LINE OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OVER THE LINE OF THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM.

Now God declares that because of this wickedness, He is going to do something so terrible to the Southern Kingdom that it would make the ears tingle to hear about it - He was going to lay the LINE OF SAMARIA over the line of the Southern Kingdom. The Bible says that the 2520 of the Northern Tribe is going to be laid over the Southern Tribe. The Bible ties the two together.

21:14-16 "And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day. Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD."

God said he would stretch the one line over the other and we can see it as we draw it out. Not only does Jeremiah say there was two, there was the Assyrian captivity and the Babylonian captivity, the first and the second, but 2 Kings 21 says there was going to be a line stretched over them both and it ties it all together.

Notice also these clues from the Spirit of Prophecy concerning our last message:

"The judgments of God are in the earth, and, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we must give the message of warning that He has entrusted to us. We must give this message quickly, line upon line, precept upon precept. Men will soon be forced to great decisions, and it is our duty to see that they are given an opportunity to understand the truth, that they may take their stand intelligently on the right side. The Lord calls upon His people to labor—labor earnestly and wisely—while probation lingers." {9T 126.3}

"Prophecy has been fulfilling, line upon line. The more firmly we stand under the banner of the third angel's message, the more clearly shall we understand the prophecy of Daniel; for the Revelation is the supplement of Daniel. The more fully we accept the light presented by the Holy Spirit through the consecrated servants of God, the deeper and surer, even as the eternal throne, will appear the truths of ancient prophecy; we shall be assured that men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Men must themselves be under the influence of the Holy Spirit in order to understand the Spirit's utterances through the prophets. These messages were given, not for those that uttered the prophecies, but for us who are living amid the scenes of their fulfillment." {2SM 114.2}