6000 Years from Adam, The True Bible Chronology, Part 1

Chronology is the basis of dispensational truth. The great central doctrines of the Christian religion,
the Ransom, Justification and Sanctification, have stood through all periods of the Gospel Dispensation;
but there is a department of Bible truth which Providence has supplied for the well-being of the Church
while engaged in her earthly pilgrimage, in which the element of time largely enters; and such truths as
come within this department-on which much light has been thrown in recent times-are of inestimable value
to thoughtful Christians now living on earth, for they enlighten their pathway (
Psa 119:105), and are,
furthermore, intimately connected with faith.

In an age characterized by apostasy and rampant skepticism, when few have any real faith in God and His
Word, these special dispensational truths come to our assistance, imparting steadfastness, courage and
peace, for they prove to the sanctified intelligence that the Bible is indeed God's Word of truth, and that
His plan, therein contained, is being executed on time, and exactly as foretold.”
Which is the true Chronology?” Page 7)

Bishop Usher is the originator of the Chronology that is typically found in our Common Version English
Bibles; it begins with the era known as
Anno Domini (the year of our Lord--although Usher believed,
with many scholars, that our Lord was born 4 years earlier than that era, --and we claim 1-1/4 years
earlier.) Usher reckons backward from A.D., calling the years B.C., we have generally followed the same
usage, however since some might grasp the subject better by a presentation of it in consecutive order,
from Adam's creation to the present time, we will here give such a presentation, known as
A.M. (Anno
) or the year of the world.

The Chronology we here wish to present we claim not as “
ours” on the contrary, we claim it is God's
chronology, as supplied in the Bible
to all that are his, and for our common use and benefit. We fear all
human speculations and manufactures along these lines, both by others and ourselves.

It will be interesting to some to know wherein the chronology we present, what we like to call
The True Bible Chronology” differs from that of our JW friends

“With respect to the
J. W. chronology, changes from its counterpart are evidenced in only two of the
Biblical periods shown: The first in the "
Exodus to the Division of the Kingdom at the death of
" (actually this change is in the length of the Period of the Judges), accounting for a hundred
year difference
; and the second in the "Death of Solomon to Zedekiah's Overthrow" (the Period of
the Kings), accounting for
a three year difference. (We will take a closer look at these when we come to
) Taken together, these two changes add up to a 103 year difference which, in the J. W.
chronology, serves to delay the ending of the 6,000 years from Adam until the autumn of 1975

Chronology as it is gathered from the Bible alone, from creation down to well authenticated secular
history, is clear and strong, bearing evidence, too, of the peculiar methods of divine providence
in its
record, in its concealing and in its gradual unfolding in due time
. And this, together with the reliable
dates of the Christian era and the several centuries before it at hand,
enables us to locate ourselves
accurately on

In starting with the question, “
How long has it been since man’s creation?” We should and do feel
confident that he who gave the prophecies, and said that in the time of the end they should be
understood, has provided in his Word the data necessary to enable us accurately to locate those

However, any who expect to find these matters so plainly stated as to be convincing to the mere
surface reader, or the insincere skeptic, will be disappointed
. God's times and seasons are given
in such a way as to be convincing, at this time,
only to those who, by acquaintance with God, are
able to recognize his characteristic methods
. The evidence is given "that the man of God may be
thoroughly furnished
." (2 Tim 3:17) not the non-believer or skeptic, they shall continue to dwell in
the darkness in which they reside. As for the true believer these well know that in all the paths by which
their Father leads they must walk by faith and not by sight. To all who are prepared to walk thus, we
expect to be able to point out, at every step, solid statements of God's Word--a sure foundation for
reasonable faith.

There are 44 links in the chain of Chronology, beginning with the first link in Gen 5:3 and ending
the last link in 2 Chron 36:11 which brings us up to the first year of Cyrus, B.C. 536, a well
established and generally accepted date.

As we consider the Chronology provided here by the Lord, let the earnest student, figure it out for himself
and see how firm a foundation for our faith is laid in God's Word. Two breaks in the historic narrative of
the Old Testament we shall find, yet when we discover that in the New Testament God has provided
bridges to span these two chasms, it should increase our confidence that God so arranged the record as
to hide his times and seasons, until his due time for revealing them had come--just as he has done with
other truths.   

There are seven chronological periods leading us down to the reign of Cyrus, which we will examine
separately so as to avold confusion.

It may serve you well to record each link in the chain of
Chronology in your bibles, make sure that if a consecutive link is not found on the same page
that you make a reference for yourself specifically stating where the next link in the chain can be

Chronology of the Period from the Creation of Adam to the Day the Flood was dried up

Adam lived ........130 years and begat (a) son and called his name Seth." Gen 5:3

"Seth lived ..........105 years and begat Enos." Gen 5:6

"Enos lived ...........90 years and begat Cainan." Gen 5:9

"Cainan lived ........70 years and begat Mahalaleel." Gen 5:12

"Mahalaleel lived... 65 years and begat Jared." Gen 5:15

"Jared lived .........162 years and begat Enoch." Gen 5:18

"Enoch lived ..........65 years and begat Methuselah." Gen 5:21

"Methuselah lived 187 years and begat Lamech." Gen 5:25

"Lamech lived ......182 years and begat a son and called his name Noah." Gen 5:28

"Noah was ...........600 years old when the flood of waters were upon the earth." Gen 7:6

Total from the creation of Adam to the day the flood was dried up.” Gen 8:13

                      = 1656 years

Nothing more simple and exact to a day than this could be asked

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