6000 Years from Adam, The True Bible Chronology, Part 6

The True Bible Chronology as compared with Usher's Chronology

In the beginning of this study we had said that it might be interesting to some to know wherein the above
chronology (the true bible chronology) differs from that inserted in the margin of the common version of
the Bible, known as Usher's Chronology.
The difference between the two, down to the time of the
seventy years of desolation, is one hundred and twenty-four (
124 years). This difference is made
up of four periods of
18, 4, 2 and 100 years--as follows:

Usher dates the seventy years desolation
EIGHTEEN YEARS earlier than what we have shown (See 2
Chron 36:20-23
), that is before the dethronement of Zedekiah, Judah's last king--because he figured
the king of Babylon took many of the people captive at that time. (
NOTE, however, this partial captivity
occurred
eleven, not eighteen, years before the dethronement of King Zedekiah.) 2 Chron 36:9, 10, 17;
2 Kings 24:8-16

He evidently makes the not uncommon mistake of regarding those seventy years as the period of
captivity
, whereas the Lord expressly declares them to be seventy years of desolation of the land,
that the land should lie "
desolate, without an inhabitant." Such was not the case prior to Zedekiah's
dethronement. (
2 Kings 24:14) But the desolation, which followed Zedekiah’s overthrow, was complete;
for, though some of the poor of the land were left to be vinedressers and husbandmen (
2 Kings 25:12),
shortly even these--"
all people, both small and great"--fled to Egypt for fear of the Chaldees
[Babylonians]. (
Verse 26) There can be no doubt here: and therefore in reckoning the time to the
desolation of the land, all periods up to the close of Zedekiah's reign should be counted in, as we have
done.

The
FOUR YEARS difference is in the reign of Jehoram. Usher gives it as a reign of four years, while the
Bible says it was eight years.
2 Chron 21:5; 2 Kings 8:17

Of the TWO YEARS difference, one year is found in the term of the reign of Ahaz, which Usher gives as
fifteen, while the Bible says it was sixteen years. (
2 Chron 28:1; 2 Kings 16:2) And the other is in the
term of Jehoash, which Usher reckons as thirty-nine, while the Bible gives it as forty years.
2 Kings 12:1;
2 Chron. 24:1

These differences can be accounted for only by supposing that Usher followed, or attempted to follow,
Josephus, a Jewish historian whose chronological dates are now generally recognized as
reckless and faulty
. We rely on the Bible alone, believing that God is his own interpreter.

Aside from these twenty-four years difference in the period of the Kings, there is another variance
between the above Bible chronology and that of Usher, namely,
ONE HUNDRED YEARS in the period of
the Judges. Here Usher is misled by the evident error of
1 Kings 6:1, which says that the fourth year of
Solomon's reign was the four-hundred-and-eightieth year from the coming out of Egypt.
It evidently
should read the five-hundred-and-eightieth year, and was possibly an error in transcribing
; for if
to Solomon's four years we add David's forty, and Saul's space of forty, and the forty-six years from
leaving Egypt to the division of the land, we have one hundred and thirty years, which deducted from four
hundred and eighty would leave only three hundred and fifty years for the period of the Judges, instead of
the four hundred and fifty years mentioned in the Book of Judges, and by the Apostle Paul, as heretofore
shown. The Hebrew character "
daleth" (4) very much resembles the character "hay" (5), and it is
supposed that in this way the error has occurred, possibly the mistake of a transcriber.
1 Kings 6:1,
then, should read FIVE hundred and eighty, and thus be in perfect harmony with the other
statements
.

Thus the Word of God corrects the few slight errors, which have crept into it by any means.
(
NOTE, A similar discrepancy will be noticed in comparing 2 Chron 36:9 with 2 Kings 24:8, the one
giving
eighteen years and the other, evidently incorrect, giving eight years as the age of Jehoiachin, who
reigned three months, and did evil in the sight of the Lord, and was punished by captivity, etc. Such a
mistake could easily occur, but God has so guarded his Word that the few trivial errors of copyists are
made very manifest, and the full harmony of his Word gives ample foundation for faith.

And remember that those breaks occur in the period bridged effectually by the inspired testimony of the
New Testament.
So, then, whereas Usher dates A.D. 1 as the year 4005 from the creation of
Adam, it really was, as we have shown, the year 4128, according to the Bible record, thus
showing the year
1872 A.D. to be the year of the world 6000, and 1873 A.D. the commencement
of the seventh thousand-year period, the seventh millennium, or thousand-year day of earth's
history
.

Thus chronology as 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 the
STREAM OF TIME, (as previously stated).

In our next post we shall examine where we believe the JW Chronology and those who have advocated it
have erred.


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