* 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 the unreliable dates
estimated by historians from fragments of historical information. Such
mixing of the dating guesswork of man with the chronology of Scripture
represent an invalid approach, one destined to create nothing but a
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.