Sacred Cycles
Rehearsals for the Day of the Lord

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The Sabbath Year
Lev. 25

Duet. 31:9

The Jubilee Year

40 Jubilees = 1960 years

4 x 7 x 70
7 x 280
7 x 7 x 40
40 x 49
490 x 4

1994 - 1960 = 34 AD

One Theory

One unit of punishment = 70 years (the exile)

Lev. 26 - the threat of 4 successive punishments

7 x 70 = 490
7 x 70 = 490

7 x 70 = 490
7 x 70 = 490

Total Punishment = 1960 years

(This should not be taken too seriously - yet)

Most references to 'forty'

Gen 7:4 (NIV) Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."

Gen 7:12 (NIV) And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

Gen 7:17 (NIV) For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

Gen 8:6 (NIV) After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark

Gen 25:20 (NIV) and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

Gen 26:34 (NIV) When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite.

Gen 50:3 (NIV) taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

Exo 16:35 (NIV) The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.

Exo 24:18 (NIV) Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Exo 34:28 (NIV) Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant--the Ten Commandments.

Exo 36:24 (NIV) and made forty silver bases to go under them--two bases for each frame, one under each projection.

Exo 36:26 (NIV) and forty silver bases--two under each frame.

Num 13:25 (NIV) At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

Num 14:33-34 (NIV) Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. 34 For forty years--one year for each of the forty days you explored the land--you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.'

Num 32:13 (NIV) The Lord's anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.

Deu 2:7 (NIV) The LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.

Deu 8:2 (NIV) Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

Deu 8:4 (NIV) Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.

Deu 9:9 (NIV) When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.

Deu 9:11 (NIV) At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.

Deu 9:18 (NIV) Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the Lord's sight and so provoking him to anger.

Deu 9:25 (NIV) I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you.

Deu 10:10 (NIV) Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.

Deu 25:3 (NIV) but he must not give him more than forty lashes. If he is flogged more than that, your brother will be degraded in your eyes.

Deu 29:5 (NIV) During the forty years that I led you through the desert, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.

Josh 4:13 (NIV) About forty thousand armed for battle crossed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho for war.

Josh 5:6 (NIV) The Israelites had moved about in the desert forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the LORD. For the LORD had sworn to them that they would not see the land that he had solemnly promised their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Josh 14:7 (NIV) I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,

Judg 3:11 (NIV) So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.

Judg 5:31 (NIV) "So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength." Then the land had peace forty years.

Judg 8:28 (NIV) Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon's lifetime, the land enjoyed peace forty years.

Judg 12:14 (NIV) He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys. He led Israel eight years.

Judg 13:1 (NIV) Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for forty years.

1 Sam 4:18 (NIV) When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man and heavy. He had led Israel forty years.

1 Sam 13:1 (NIV) Saul was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty-two years.

1 Sam 17:16 (NIV) For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.

2 Sam 2:10 (NIV) Ish-Bosheth son of Saul was forty years old when he became king over Israel, and he reigned two years. The house of Judah, however, followed David.

2 Sam 5:4 (NIV) David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.

1 Ki 2:11 (NIV) He had reigned forty years over Israel--seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.

1 Ki 6:17 (NIV) The main hall in front of this room was forty cubits long.

1 Ki 7:38 (NIV) He then made ten bronze basins, each holding forty baths and measuring four cubits across, one basin to go on each of the ten stands.

1 Ki 11:42 (NIV) Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

1 Ki 19:8 (NIV) So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

2 Ki 8:9 (NIV) Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him as a gift forty camel-loads of all the finest wares of Damascus. He went in and stood before him, and said, "Your son Ben-Hadad king of Aram has sent me to ask, 'Will I recover from this illness?'"

2 Ki 12:1 (NIV) In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother's name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.

1 Chr 29:27 (NIV) He ruled over Israel forty years--seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.

2 Chr 9:30 (NIV) Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel forty years.

2 Chr 24:1 (NIV) Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother's name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba.

Neh 5:15 (NIV) But the earlier governors--those preceding me--placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that.

Neh 9:21 (NIV) For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.

Psa 95:10 (NIV) For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways."

Ezek 29:11-13 (NIV) No foot of man or animal will pass through it; no one will live there for forty years. 12 I will make the land of Egypt desolate among devastated lands, and her cities will lie desolate forty years among ruined cities. And I will disperse the Egyptians among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 13 "'Yet this is what the Sovereign LORD says: At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the nations where they were scattered.

Ezek 41:2 (NIV) The entrance was ten cubits wide, and the projecting walls on each side of it were five cubits wide. He also measured the outer sanctuary; it was forty cubits long and twenty cubits wide.

Ezek 46:22 (NIV) In the four corners of the outer court were enclosed courts, forty cubits long and thirty cubits wide; each of the courts in the four corners was the same size.

Amos 2:10 (NIV) "I brought you up out of Egypt, and I led you forty years in the desert to give you the land of the Amorites.

Amos 5:25 (NIV) "Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?

Jonah 3:4 (NIV) On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."

Mat 4:2 (NIV) After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Mark 1:13 (NIV) and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Luke 4:2 (NIV) where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

Acts 1:3 (NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Acts 7:23 (NIV) "When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his fellow Israelites.

Acts 7:30 (NIV) "After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.

Acts 7:36 (NIV) He led them out of Egypt and did wonders and miraculous signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the desert.

Acts 7:42 (NIV) But God turned away and gave them over to the worship of the heavenly bodies. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: "'Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?

Acts 13:18 (NIV) he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert,

Acts 13:21 (NIV) Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years.

Acts 23:13 (NIV) More than forty men were involved in this plot.

Heb 3:9 (NIV) where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did.

Heb 3:17 (NIV) And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?