Naftali Bennett, Israel's 14th Prime Minister, credit Wikipedia
"The end of the age!"
According to Ellicot's Commentary for English Readers it claims, Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3."In the beginning" (God's creative week) is referring to a period of around 6,000 years ago and not as in John 1:1, "from eternity." (worlds may have always existed, or not, we don't know), however, Genesis 1:1. to Genesis 2:3 is with out doubt commenting on the time when God called Earth into it's current existence, creating this sidereal system. (sidereal time is the measurement of a day being calculated by earth's rotation to the stars) which is often described in the Bible by Jesus, as, "this system of things." or the end of the age, see Matthew 13:49 and 28:20. Age is defined as a "distinct" time in history.
We know Satan is the ruler of this age, or this world, because he offered "the world" to Jesus in Matthew 4:9:
The Temptation of Christ… 8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9“All this I will give You,” he said, “if You will fall down and worship me.” 10“Away from Me, Satan!” Jesus declared. “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ ”
So can we possibly know when the end of this "age" (sidereal system), Satan's reign, will end? Of course not, once again, as Jesus told us, only God himself knows but there are clues—how close can we get?
Book Of Enoch...
The Ancient Book Of Enoch is almost always trashed as having no theological or historical value because it is not in the Bible—"canonised." Scholars and so-called experts,—the very people who should know better are the first to claim the book is none-inspired or none-canonised and therefore having no historical or Biblical value. However, Jude, Jesus's own half-brother wrote, we should believe Enoch's prophecies in Jude 14-15. Enoch is also mentioned in the first book of the Bible, Genesis and he found favour with Jehovah because He took him, (without death). Copies of Enoch's book were found in the dead sea scrolls, however, experts claim some of Enoch's book was written much later bringing doubt on it's authenticity. Enoch himself, was the great-grandfather of Noah and the father of Methuselah, the longest living human ever. The Ancient Book Of Enoch describes the fall from heaven by a group of angels who take human wives and then conceive children who grow into giants and eventually destroy the world, Genesis 6. Enoch documents the rise of the giants and acts as a mediator between God and the fallen angels who ask Him for forgiveness. Enoch goes on to describe why the flood of Noah was morally necessary.
Enoch made many prophecies which proved to be astonishingly accurate. He prophesied the flood which happened in Noah's time and the fire judgment which he prophesied would happen at the end of our age! He also predicted two comings of the Messiah, the first being 2,000 years ago. Enoch prophesied that a Messiah who would be the Son of God will shed His blood to redeem mankind. An incredible prophecy when you realise Enoch lived more than 4,500 years ago!
Enoch prophesied mankind would have "7,000 years" of history
Enoch's many prophesies came in dreams, the two comings of the Messiah and the flood but, he also dreamed of 70 Shepherds who would rule Israel before the return of Jesus—Using Enoch's prophecy of 70 Jewish shepherds or rulers it should be possible to see how close we are to the return of the Lord—It's complicated! Let's see just where we arrive.
A dream of the 70 shepherds, Enoch's vision, the duration of mankind...8
Enoch had a vision or a dream. In his dream "70 shepherds," (Jewish rulers kings, leaders, prime ministers and governments) were divided into three time periods of 35 - 23 - and 12, according to Enoch the last 12 would come during the tribulation period just before Jesus returns so we can forget about them for now. Now, the first 35 shepherds, or rulers in Enoch's dream was actually "split" into two parts... It begun with the 20 Jewish kings who ruled Israel after David and Solomon, starting with 1: King Rehoboam, 2: Abijam, 3: Asa, 4: Jehoshaphat, 5: Jehoram, 6: Ahaziah, 7: Athaliah (Q), 8: Joash, 9: Amaziah, 10: Azariah, 11: Jotham, 12: Ahaziah, 13: Hezekiah, 14: Manasseh, 15: Amon, 16: Josiah, 17: Jehoahaz, 18: Jehoiakim, 19: Jehoiachin, 20: Zedekiah. Zedekiah was the last king of Judah when King Nebuchadnezzar burned the Temple in 587 BC.
After the first 20 shepherds, or rulers, "Kings" Enoch dreamed of a gap, of 11, this gap of 11 being Gentile Empires who ruled over the Jews after the last King, Zedekiah fell to Nebuchadnezzar. These empires were, Babylon, Persia, and nine Seleucid and Ptolemaic powers: 1: Nebuchadnezzar, 2: Cyrus, 3: Alexander the Great, 4: Ptolemy I, 5: Antiochus II, 6: Ptolemy III, 7: Seleucus III, 8: Ptolemy IV, 9: Antiochus III, 10: Ptolemy V, 11: Antiochus Epiphanes.
14 Maccabees shepherds and Bar Kokhba (a brief return of Jewish rulers)
After the gap of the 11 Gentile empires came another 14 shepherds: "Maccabees," Jewish, rulers, (The Maccabees were a group of Jewish rebel warriors who took control of Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire.) The Jewish warriors who ruled Judea take over the reign from King Zedekiah who was 20 of 35, so—No 21 of 35 was: Judah Macabee, 22: John, 23: Simon, 24: John, 25: Judah, 26: Alexander, 27: Shalenit, 28: Aristobulus, 26: Hyrekanos, 30: Antigonus, 31: Herod, 32: Archelaus, 33: Agrippa I, 34: Agrippa II.
After the Maccabees came another gap or Gentile Empire, namely the mighty "Roman Empire." The ruthless Romans took over Israel in 65 BC, however, there was one more Jewish ruler, "shepherd,"—Bar Kokhba, (he was the Jewish leader of what is known as the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire in 132 AD, establishing an independent Jewish state which he ruled for three years as Nasi ("Prince"). Bar Kokbah was thought to be the Messiah by many Jews at the time. His state was conquered by the Romans in 135 AD following a two and half-year war.) Bar Kokhba was the "35th ruler," prophesied by Enoch bringing the first total of Jewish kings, rulers, (shepherds) to 35. The gap of 12, or foreign Empires is concluded and the first time period of 35 is covered. 20 Jewish Kings, 14 Maccabees and Bar Kokhba which completes the first 35 Jewish leaders, Shepherds in Enoch's dream.
1948 and Modern Israel
Now we shoot forward more than 1800 years to 1948 AD in Enoch's dream. In 1948 Israel was declared a nation again, which of course Enoch had prophesied before the flood! Enoch dreamed of a further "23 shepherds," who would pasture (rule). When they completed their periods they would have pastured, ruled, "58 times," what could that mean? What that means is, there will be 23 shepherds, rulers, "prime ministers," representing a government and some of these prime ministers will be re-elected. Enoch dreamt, modern Israel will consist of "23 rulers, (pastured in) 58 governments" up to the tribulation period. We know Enoch's prophecies are accurate because he prophesied, the flood, The Messiah, The Messiah would come twice, The Messiah would die for mankind's redemption and he prophesied a modern Israel. So we know Enoch's prophesies are accurate, so if we work out how many Israeli Prime Ministers have been elected and governments since 1948 we can work out loosely as to when the tribulation period will begin according to Enoch's dream and vision, don't forget, the last 12 shepherds in Enoch's dream come during the seven year period.
Israeli Prime Ministers since 1948
The three ways.
Today, since 1948 - Israel has had 14 Prime Ministers, the latest being Naftali Bennett who was elected earlier last year in June, 2021, still 9 short of the prophesied 23. Of these 14 prime ministers, they have ruled over 36 Israeli governments since 1948— 22 short of Enoch's prophesied 58 so far!
According to Bible Scholar Ken Johnson, Th.D., this part of Enoch's prophecy can be broken down into "the 3 ways."
1: There will be twenty-three prime ministers (some will be re-elected) who occupy fifty-eight terms of office: Currently, today, the 10th Jan 2022, there have been fourteen prime ministers and 24 terms of office since 1948.
2: There will be twenty-three prime ministers in fifty-eight Israeli governments—currently there have been fourteen prime ministers out of thirty-six governments.
3: There will be twenty-three terms in fifty-eight governments—currently, there have been twenty-four terms in thirty-six governments...
The most literal interpretation would be twenty-three prime ministers ruling over fifty-eight terms.
Of the prophesied 23 shepherds or rulers and 35 governments (including coalitions). The halfway point of this prophecy is roughly around the time of Yitzhak Shamir, he being the 11th Prime Minister of modern Israel which happened in March 2001 when his Likud party became the 29th government of Israel. So if 2001 is loosely the half-way-point of Enoch's prophecy, from 1948 to 2001 is 53- years, we would then double 53 and arrive at 106, add 53 to 2001 and we arrive at 2054, the tribulation period would begin then, according to Enoch's prophesy of course.
However, Enoch's prophecy could be broken down another way, 4 of the Prime Ministers have sat double terms, meaning we find the half-way-point would be around Ehud Olmert, he ended his term of office in 2009. We use the same simple sum, 1948 to 2009 = 61 is half-way double the number 122. 1948 + 122 = the year 2070 would then become the beginning of the Tribulation Period. According to Enoch.
A third way would be at the moment there have been 36 Israeli governments, including coalitions and 14 Prime Ministers, halfway would have been the 29th government of Ariel Sharon, his last year in office being 2006, we do the simple equation, 1948 to 2006 = 58, double it we come to 116, 1948 + 116 = 2064. Now we have three dates for the beginning of the Tribulation period 2054, 2070 and 2064, the average for these three years would be, 2064 but remember, God has said he would shorten the days near the end so it could be earlier. So if we believe Enoch and we have no reason not to, the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible will begin sometime around 2064. When a further 12 Jewish Prime Ministers will run a term of office.
Elijah, the Jewish Prophet
Elijah who is thought to be the greatest of all Jewish prophets, he formed a "school of prophets." The great prophet Elijah taught his prophets the age of mankind was to exist for the duration 7,000 years and it is thought, Elijah took this information from the Ancient Book Of Enoch.
The 7,000-year prophecy
The history of mankind will last for 7,000 but according to the Bible, 1,000 of them years will come after Armageddon, when Jesus will rule Heaven and Earth, after which Satan will be allowed to roam Earth once more to test mankind for a short period before he is destroyed forever. Enoch prophesied mankind would have a 7,000-year history, take away the 1,000 years for Christ’s Millennial Reign, which would leave us with 6,000 years of history, the other 1,000 coming on the other side of Armageddon.
If we could come up with the exact date of creation, a simple mathematical equation adding 6,000 years onto the date of creation would give us an exact date of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ but that is problem, the Bible does not give us a date of the day of creation, some scholars believe they have traced dates back and found it but we can't know for sure.
The Date Of Creation
Let's say the day of creation was 4,000 BC, which is in the ballpark of most Bible scholars, Jesus was killed around 33 AD which was 1,987 years ago meaning the first 6,000 years history of mankind would end around the year 2033 and the great tribulation prophesied in the Bible would begin sometime around 2026 which is uncomfortably close, although the way things are going, not out of the realms of impossibility.
The big problem here is no one can agree on the exact date for the creation of mankind. Many scholars have attempted to find an actual date of creation and although most come up with a ballpark figure of around 50 years or less, they all can't agree on one actual year. I have used two different scholars from different time periods who have arrived at two different dates of creation to help me try to corroborate Enoch's prophecy. ( I have no evidence whatsoever the two dates I have chosen are the correct ones).
My first choice is Martin Luther who was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation, he was born in 1483 and his "estimate" of the beginning of creation was 3,961 BC.
let's take Martin Luther's creation date of 3,961 BC, add to that 2,022 AD which is where we are at today and we arrive at the scary number of 5,983, just 17 years short, of the 6,000 years prophesied by Enoch. According to the date of creation given by Martin Luther, the Tribulation period would begin in 2032...
Dean Thomas Coombs
My second choice was Dean Thomas Coombs who is a Bachelor of Theology from Canada, he was born in 1962 and he believes the day of creation was 3,960 BC, one year later than the great Martin Luther, we don't have to bother with the maths.
Other attempts by a scholar to arrive at the date of creation.
James Ussher (1581-1656), the famous and respected Archbishop of Ireland.
Ussher relied solely on data from the Bible to erect his historical framework. He chose the death of King Nebuchadnezzar as reliable data upon which to anchor all the earlier biblical dates. Working meticulously backward from there, he ended up with his date for the creation of October 23, 4004 BC. His creation date would mean "GAME OVER!," would have happened in 1997, although it was a bad year for many, it didn't bring about a new heaven and earth.
Bible prophecy points at the beginning of pangs of distress for our planet (End Times) started in 1914.
According to The Ancient Book Of Enoch, the beginning of the Great Tribulation Will Begin some time around 2060.