* CHRONOLOGY JIGSAW *
Few bible students have realized the importance of biblical chronology.
All have been quick to emphasize doctrine, and some have focused upon
prophecy, but the dry complex topic of biblical chronology has attracted
However, the truth is that without a good understanding of the chronology
that God has presented in Scripture it is impossible to gain a proper
view of prophecy.
The study of biblical chronology has in the past often been inadequately
linked to the various prophetic time periods provided in Scripture. This
has been a major weakness of numerous chronologies.
Biblical weakness has also been guaranteed by the desire of chronologists
to date events, such as the fall of Babylon, using unreliable dates
provided by historians. Such mixed arrangements combining 'agreed' dating
derived from archaeology and assembled biblical compositions create
nothing but unhelpful hybrid compromises.
The 70 weeks prophecy has also proved a major stumbling block for all
biblical chronologists. The failure to correctly discern the true time
aspects of this prophecy has virtually ensured chronological inaccuracy.
Finally the need to present a very 'tight' chronology has not received
sufficient attention. Past chronologies have usually been a mere addition
of presumed values from Adam to Christ.