Ezekiel’s Seventy Years,
Zechariah notes that in response to the question raised by “the angel of Yehuveh” “ O Yehuveh of hosts, how long wilt Thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which Thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years? Yehuveh answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.” Zechariah 1:12.
What were these good and comfortable words? What did Yehuveh explain to this angel?
After completing the conversation with Yehuveh, the “the angel that communed with me [Zechariah] said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith Yehuveh of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith Yehuveh; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: My house shall be built in it, saith Yehuveh of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. Cry yet, saying, Thus saith Yehuveh of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and Yehuveh shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.” Zechariah 1:14-17.
When these seventy years end, Yehuveh states: “I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith Yehuveh.” Jerusalem and the whole land of Israel will be restored and Yehuveh will fill the land with “an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of Yehuveh.” These are the “good words and the comfortable words with which Yehuveh encourages us!” Zephaniah 3:18-20, 12.
Span of This 70 Years
Yehuveh’s promise of His soon-to-follow favorable return to Jerusalem was announced to Zechariah in a timeframe: “Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius.” Within the framework of the Years of Returning (Darius), this is a date we can clearly identify: 12 February 2007. Haggai and Zechariah, in describing events in the Second Year of Returning (Darius), indicate that preparations for fulfilling these promises began in the late winter of 2007-early spring 2008. This piece of information harmonizes many other prophecies. As stated before, a seventy-year-prophecy which ends in the spring of 2008 necessarily began in the spring of 1938. Further, and of far greater importance, the first two thirds of the book of Ezekiel, with fourteen specific dates and three additional time prophecies, is the story of this seventy years in the present time. The documentation here presented demonstrates how completely Yehuveh has overseen the events of these years. This history is our assurance of the timing and accuracy of the remainder of the book of Ezekiel and of these prophecies in Zechariah. We can rest securely in Yehuveh’s care through the events soon to come. Zechariah 1:7.
[For full explanation of this time development, study Yehuveh’s Historical Calendar.
Also study the full perspective of Yehuveh’s Time-keeping System.]
Originally Written: 7 June 2006
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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