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4.   Strikingly Similar Ideas of H. Camping

Please Note:  No actual, outside endorsement of these studies is implied.  This author and his site does, however, endorse the Biblical scholarship of Mr. Camping, whose many works seek to let the Bible speak for itself, define its own terms, and remain unchallenged as the ultimate authority.

Discovered after-the-fact:  agreement from an outside source?

Several "radical"-sounding time/calendar notions advanced in these studies (especially Chapter 3, Further Validation of Gregorian Dating) have, as it turns out, already been proposed in similar fashion by Bible teacher Harold Camping in his book, Adam When? (Appendix III).

Though this foundational work first appeared in 1974, the striking similarity between these two writings went unnoticed until this author was glancing through Mr. Camping's book in October '09, one month after these studies were released.

Such commonality of conclusions, being arrived at independently and without mutual influence, may, however, signal a certain inevitability of detection and soundness of approach.

May God bless us with a correct understanding of the truth.

Areas of agreement

Core ideas put forth by Mr. Camping, that serve as duplicates of ideas formulated in these studies:

1.  The year 1 AD, though not the birth year of Jesus, serves as an era-marker and timespan measuring point.

2.  God led our calendar to be out-of-sync with Jesus' birth by a precise amount.

3.  This offset enables specific time-value encoding (e.g., yearcounts from 1 AD) to convey numerical significance.

A map of Mr. Camping's reasoning

Here is a synopsis of the relevant points from Appendix III of Adam When?, by author Harold Camping:

1.  Time, as recorded in Genesis, is divided into patriarchal periods or generations, starting with Seth; and leading to Amram; who, in turn, fathered Aaron.

2.  Aaron's "generation" can be said to have continued all the way until Christ because:

a.  "There is no genealogical record that follows through in an unbroken fashion from Aaron to Christ" [in the Bible], to show a continuation of transferral from one period/generation to the next.  This absence of infomation may imply that there was no changeover from Aaron's generation/priesthood... to another, earthly one.

b.  Hebrews 7:11-12 describes a change of priests, from "the order of Aaron" to "the order of Melchizedek".
3.  Curiously, there exists a 1530-year timespan between Aaron's birth and the year 1 AD.

4.  Due to the special significance of the number 153 (an even tenth of 1530), it is suspected that the priesthood of Aaron need not have terminated directly with Jesus' birth in 7 AD; but rather, perhaps, some seven years later in 1 AD, at the completion of this seemingly significant interval of 1530 years.

Note : Numbers in the Bible may be multiplied by 10, 100, 1000, etc., and still retain their numerical "identity"... therefore, 153 carries the same message as 1530.  See point No.9 below for a look at the spiritual meaning of 153.

5.  The scope of these two priesthoods can be sketched as follows:
   Priest        Order            Duration 
   Aaron   |   Levitical   |   1530 BC  -  1 AD
           |               |       
   Jesus   |  Melchizedek  |   1 AD  -  eternity  
6.  The "era of Christ" would begin in 1 AD,  ~7 years after Christ's actual birth:  due to the mistake of man, but intentional plan of God.  (Abbot Dionysius Exigus erred by some seven years in calculating the year of Jesus' birth.)

7.  God can use the mistakes and sins of man to advance His plans (e.g., the mistreatment of Joseph by his brothers).

8.  This 7-year mistake allowed the correct encoding of particular timeline information (the 1530) into our current calendar's charting of time.

9.  The resulting factors of the time-distance between Aaron's birth, and the boundary-line year 1 AD, may be analyzed for spiritual meaning:

1530 = 10  x  3 x 3  x  17
        |     |   |      |
        |     |   |      |
        |     |   |     17 = Heaven
        |     |   |      
        |     |___|______3 = God's purpose; 3x3 indicates
        |                    doubling up, certainty
        |_______________10 = Completeness
Catalog of spiritually significant numbers and their associated themes

Similar points made in these later-written studies

1.  God acknowledges our modern calendar's numbering for historical years.

2.  He placed key events at conspicuous intervals from boundary-years within the calendar.

3.  Factors of these daycounts or yearcounts can be analyzed for spiritual significance.

4.  Since 1 AD is one such boundary, year numbers themselves are open for analysis.

The three opening studies of this series found apparent common ground with Mr. Camping's work:

Chapters 1 and 2, in their quest for actual dates for the Flood and Creation, examined the possible role of our modern calendar in analyzing Biblical history.

Chapter 3 then weighed considerable numerical evidence in probing the reality of what it called "benchmark dates":  a potential new source of significant time relationships, built around ideas such as Points 1-4 directly above.

John O'Leary /