Daniel’s 490 Year Prophecy Predicts The Very Day Of Christ’s Death, by Ralph Lyman
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts about the book are my own.]
This booklet is largely a summary of material that the author has written elsewhere, which he often refers to throughout as containing a longer discussion in New Insights, along with a discussion of some elements that were included in later editions of the author’s work . Rather than offering much in the way of new material, though, this book is a distillation of the author’s core arguments about the timing of Jesus’ birth and death based on an understanding of relative and absolute chronology. If you want a close reading of the Bible when it comes to the dating of the 70 Weeks Prophecy with additional commentary concerning the timing of the decree from which the 490 years are dated and also a close look at Josephus concerning the life and death of Herod, there is a lot to appreciate here. The booklet is full of helpful graphs that provide visuals that provide explanatory detail for the author’s thought process as well, and this book does not have the broad scope of some of the author’s work, replacing that with a focus on one of the most important fulfilled prophecies of the entire Bible, and one that has at last some relevance in prophecy because of the question of Daniel’s last week.
This particular booklet is around 70 pages long and consists of a single lengthy chapter that summarizes several of the chapters of the author’s previous work New Insights, including the question of the length and timeline of Herod’s reign, the discussion of the complex calculation of the death of Herod, including the largely unknown fast for rain during the month of Kislev, the lunar eclipse near the end of Herod’s life, and the timing of the end of the dynasty of the Hasmoneans as related by Josephus. The author covers additional material such as the rules of calendar setting by the Sadducces, the alignment of the forty-nine year Jubilee cycle to Daniel’s 490 years, with references to Hezekiah’s reign as well as a Sabbatical year recorded in 1 and 2 Maccabees, and the determination of the 7th and 20th regnal years of Artaxerxes and its impact on the timing and fulfillment of the 70 Weeks prophecy. All of this material is presented in a streamlined but still thorough format that ought to interest students of Bible chronology and its issues. For those who have read the author’s work, this is a welcome review of the author’s reasoning, and it also serves as a helpful introduction to the author’s work for new readers who are unfamiliar with the author’s previous work.
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