1 “And it came to pass in the FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTIETH YEAR after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the FOURTH year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.”
Let’s do a little math, shall we? We’ll add up all the years of recorded history and see what we come up with. Israel was:
Under judges………………………..450 years
Subject to Saul’s reign………….40 years
Under David’s reign……………..40 years
King Solomon’s 1st 3………………3 years
(he built temple in his 4th year)
Grand total: 573 years.
The 1st period of bondage is recorded in Judges 3:
“So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God and, and served the Baáls and Asheras. 8 and He sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Cushan-Rishathaim 8 years.”
2nd period of bondage.
“So the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab 18 years.”
3rd period of bondage.
“And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD; for Jabin had 900 chariots of iron, and for 20 years he had harshly oppressed the children of Israel.”
4th period of bondage.
“Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian for 7 years.”
(Gideon delivered them this time)
5th period of bondage.
“Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for 40 years.”
5 is the number of grace. (In case you’d like to know why, you may follow the link below:
The Holy Spirit is drawing pictures for us again! He’s showing us that God’s grace looks beyond our faults and sees our need.
Guess what? We’re going to do a little more math. Let’s add up all those years of bondage:
Grand Total———93 years!
There you have it: The missing 93 years! What does it mean?
Joel 2:25 says “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.”
God’s promise to restore what was “Eaten up,” by the locusts comes right after the promise of “LATTER rain;” AND……..”threshing floors…….full of wheat, And……..vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.”
The “wheat and new wine” typify communion which points to our new birth in Christ. Oil depicts the infilling of the Holy Spirit! HALLELUJAH!!! After we are born again, WE GET A COMPLETE OVERHAUL!
God is saying “If you proritize Me,” i.e. “put Me first,” you’ll be glad all your days!” This does not mean that if you, believer, do not prioritize Him that you will be under some kind of curse or, at the very least, not blessed. NO. Believers are totally redeemed from EVERY sin and EVERY curse; AMEN.
What Jesus means is that you will be BLESSED IN GREATER ABUNDANCE by giving Him 1st. place.
2″For length of days and long life And peace (shalom) they will ADD to you.”
Aren’t you glad that God His math is not like ours!