Thank You, again I find a thread that makes me rethink my thoughts. In spite of myself, I am teachable. I had never considered the timeline in Daniel, which, had I given it a thought, would have told me how wrong my calculations are. So, if not the 100 year generational period in Genesis, which it clearly isn't, it must be one of the other two, which is 40 years or 70, I believe it's 70, will have to look it up to be certain. Anyhow, I learned something today. Thank you again for your patience.I will explain later in detail on why your are confusing the count of the generation. You’re basically using Genesis 15 to get your definition of how many years a generation is and matching it with Mathew because it also mentions 14 generations.
Since Genesis 15 mentions 4th generation, and the Israelites were in captivity for 400 years, you’re taking 1 generation to be 100 years. Okay.
In Mathew it mentions 14 generations but in 3 pieces (so total 42 generations between Abraham to Christ)
Here is the verse in Mathew 1:17
“17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”
So you are multiplying 42 x 100 to get 4,200 as the number of exact years between Abraham and Christ.
Before I go anywhere if this is your train of thought then there is a contradiction in Scripture. Why? I’ll give an example. Mathew specifically mentions the last set of the 14 generations were from “Babylon to Christ”. So according to you 1,400 years passed between Babylon captivity to Jesus?
Because according to the the Word of God and the prophecy Jeremiah and Daniel lays out exactly 70 years of Israel’s captivity in Babylon (Jeremiah 25:11-12) and Daniels prophecy ( Daniel 9:24-26) God lays out a 483 years will pass between the time Cyrus issued the decree to the death of Christ. In other words 70 + 483 gives us 553. That’s why most Christians agree the time between Babylonian Captivity and Christ is appropriate 500 ish years, not 1,400. It’s not because it’s man’s word, it’s because that is literally what scripture says.
This is why those 14 generations between Babylon and Christ can’t be no more than 500 and something years, as the Bible lays it out pretty detailed the exact number between Cyrus decree to the death of Jesus to be 483 years. The prophecy itself actually is 490 years but the remaining 7 is where we get our 7 years of tribulation. God fulfilled the first 483 years, a pause happened when Christ died at the 483rd year, but God will continue the rest 7 years during the tribulation.
That itself shows that the interpretations you are using to equate 100 years doesn’t work here. A generation is described as different years throughout scripture, I would honestly suggest to be more careful and do it in context.
Now of course Mathew also says between
Abraham to David was 14 generations,
David to Babylon was also 14 generations.
I covered the last part of Mathew 1:17
Which says Babylon to Christ was also 14 generations, although I showed that those 14 generations were actually with just 500 ish years. Meaning the generation count here is not 100 years per person. It’s most likely counting the exact amount of age somebody lived, not everyone between Daniels time period to Christ lived to exactly 100. Some probably sided before even adulthood or something.
I also assure you from David to Babylonian Captivity is not 1,400 years.
Neither is Abraham to David 1,400 years. All these can easily be back by scripture, I will do it a separate time if you want me to but I have work, but I just wanted to give an example by showing you the Babylon to Christ part.
If you still don’t agree that Babylon to Christ was approximately 500 ish years including the captivity itself. Then you have to explain what Daniels prophecy means. Is it literal or not? And if it’s not then we can’t even be certain of a 7 year tribulation.