The Seven Times-2520 Years: 4
Now let’s look at what Isaiah 7 tells us—and by the way, this is something that we just haven’t seen in the past. This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t there—for hundreds, even thousands of years it was there in the Bible—it was read time and time again—but God had His hand over it and over the 1843 chart. That means until His hand was removed it could not be understood. Right now we are living in the time when God is removing His hand off the chart. We are living in the time when God is empowering the message again and He is using the same FOUNDATIONAL message that was used in the 1840s. It hasn’t changed—it’s the same message that brought them out of the churches in 1842-44 and it is right there on the 1843 chart.
Isaiah 7:1-9 "And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, [that] Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field; And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
"Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, [even] the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria [is] Damascus, and the head of Damascus [is] Rezin; andwithin threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established."
IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT WITHIN 65 YEARS EPHRAIM WILL BE BROKEN, YOU WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED.
Now when Isaiah uttered this prophecy, it was in the year 742 BC.Nineteen years later in 723 BC Samaria was broken. According to the prophecy, he said ‘within 65 years’ Ephraim would be broken and 19 years was within the 65 years.
Now both William Miller and Hiram Edson recognized what we are seeing here, but they could never tie the two together, again God was waiting for a specific point in time, and we are living in that time period.
"Isaiah prophesied that within sixty-five years Ephraim should be broken and be not a people. Is.vii..8. This was in the days of Pekah and Rezin, 742 years before Christ.
Sixty-five years afterwards, BC 677, Esarhaddon, king of Assyria and Babylon, came with a large army into the land of Israel and Judah, carried away the last remnant of Israel, and they have not been a nation since. Then he also made war against Jerusalem, took Manassh and carried him to Babylon; which begins the "seven times"
Judah was to be in bondage to the kings of the earth, and also the "seven years" Israel should be a captive, robbed and spoiled people; both beginning and ending at one time, 2520 years, beginning BC 677, ending AD 1843. To 1843 add 677, and the sum equals 2520." Miller’s Works, vol. 1, 80
"Instead of reckoning from the taking of Manasseh king of Judah to Babylon, 677 BC, we reckon from the shutting up and binding in prison Hoshea king of Israel, which was 723 BC. This was 19 years after Isaiah’s prophecy, record in Chap. vii. 8, which was 742 BC; hence Ephraim was broken from being a people literally within three-score and five years." Hiram Edson, The Times of the Gentiles, RH January 10, 1856
So they both saw it and couldn’t tie in the two. The Bible texts show that there were two ‘scatterings’—two 2520s. Then we saw that God said He was going to lay the lines over. Now we can tie them in by what Isaiah says that within that time, Samaria would be broken. The Bible just ties it all together for us.
A HAND WAS HELD OVER THIS SO THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND IN THEIR DAY.
WILLIAM MILLER AND HIRAM EDSON WERE EACH CORRECT!
723 BC Hoshea a prisoner
2520 years (divided exactly in half: 538 AD) Northern Tribes Dispersed
1798 AD Pope a prisoner John 2:20 1798 to 1844 is 46 years.
THE TIME FRAME (2520) OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM IS A PLUMMET FOR THE (2520) LINE OF THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM! 2 Kings 21:13
Isaiah utters prophecy of Isaiah 7:8 in 742 BC to Ahaz
19 yrs. to 723- 46 yrs. to 677 BC
677 BC Manasseh a prisoner
Southern Tribes Scattered for 2,520 years
Prison door of knowledge unlocked!
TWO THEMES ARE REPRESENTED ON THIS CHART
1.The first theme is the SCATTERING or the TRAMPLING DOWN.
2.The second theme is the GATHERING (which really began in 1798), but on October 23, 1844, a day after the disappointment, God had another people gathered, few as they were.
BOTH THESE THEMES ARE MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2520
Ellen White referring to the 1843 chart, wrote this statement in EARLY WRITINGS page 74.
"September 23, the Lord showed me that He had stretched out His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people, and that efforts must be redoubled in this gathering time. In the scattering, Israel was smitten and torn, but now in the gathering time God will heal and bind up His people. In the scattering, efforts made to spread the truth had but little effect, accomplished but little or nothing; but in the gathering, when God has set His hand to gather His people, efforts to spread the truth will have their designed effect. All should be united and zealous in the work. I saw that it was wrong for any to refer to the scattering for examples to govern us now in the gathering; for if God should do no more for us now than He did then, Israel would never be gathered. I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed."
We are living in the Gathering Time—when the message WILL have its effect!
LEVITICUS 26:33 "And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste."
But the promise was—here in verse 40-45:
"If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And [that] I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:"
"Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.
And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for [am] the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I [am] the LORD."
The Bible promises, ‘Yes, they broke My covenant and I’ll scatter them! But if they repent, if they come back to My covenant and keep My commandments, I’ll gather them back to Me.’
The Bible teaches two themes in the 2520—the ‘Scattering and the Gathering’.