23 days ago, Zeb posted this familiar but ever intriguing thread regarding 1914, the mother of all topics.
put youir [sic] thinking caps on.
zeb 23 days ago This was sent to me from Doug Shields blog. For those who like stats and numbers may find this of interest.
1914 – Recognizing the ”The elephant in the room”. The problem with the date ”1914 AD” lays with the two calendars that are involved – Jewish and Gregorian. The JW ”prophecy” of the ”7 TIMES”, which equals 2520 days/years, minus 607 (the years before Christ) leaves 1,913 years ”after Christ”. (The ”year ONE” – BC / AD problem will be taken into account later.) BUT…Those 1913 years must be counted as Jewish years of 360 days each – they do NOT suddenly become Gregorian years of 365.2425 days. Those 1,913 Jewish years (after Christ) have to be transposed from Jewish years into Gregorian years, do they not? The way to do that, would be to multiply 1,913(the number of Jewish years since Christ) times 360 days, to get the total number of days in that time period. And then divide that number by 365.2425 (the Gregorian number of days in a year) to arrive at the number of years it represents in our calendar. (The number 365.2425 takes care of the Leap years.) Therefore, 1,913 Jewish years, times 360 (Jewish days in a year) equal 688,680 Jewish days. Now, divide that number by 365.2425 to transpose it into our calendar. It comes to the year 1885 AD. The ”year ONE” – BC / AD problem still has to be taken into account. Jehovah’s Witnesses added one year, so the number of years becomes 1886 AD. 1886 AD should have been claimed as the ”YEAR THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM WAS SET UP” —- not 1914. This is the “elephant in the room”- something too ”big” to be seen. We were all focused on the 607 BC – 587 BC problem, and couldn’t see this one. If we can reach people (flood the internet) with this information, we will help many in JW.org to leave. If the year, ”1914” goes, many of their (present-day) dates go with it. They fall down like dominoes. PLEASE HELP. If we blitz the internet, we can cause a furor. JW.org will have a hard time doing damage control.
Now (for the sake of consistancy) my question is...shouldn't this whole Jewish/Gregorian-calender-thing also be applied to the biblical number 70 as well? I mean, if 2520 (7 times) are to be counted as 2520 jewish years of 360 days, shouldn't we also count 70 years of desolation as Jewish years of 360 days?
Wouldn't this simplify the whole (and sometimes lenghty) argument against this JW core doctrine even more? Or...would this even be in conflict with worldly sources who all argue against WT's year 607 bce?
I really want to know...please share your thoughts/info.