Teach Us to Number Our Days

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**Document : Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, by Dr. Harold W Hoehner, 1973**

__Prophecy Begins__ in month Nisan per Nehemiah 2:1 :

**Commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, 20th year of Artaxerxes king of P**

**Dr. Hoehner dates this event as Nisan 1, 444 BC and assigns it the Julian date of **

**"March 4 or more likely March 5" (pg 138). **

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__Prophecy Terminates__ in the Passover month of Nisan per Matt 26:2 :

**The Triumphant Entry of Jesus four days before the Crucifixion is identified by Dr. **

**Hoehner ****as the ****culmination of Daniel's prophecy of 69 weeks. He dates this as Monday, **

**Nisan 10, ****33 AD ****which is the Julian date of March 30. Four days later on Friday, **

**Nisan 14, April 3 Jesus would have been cut off or crucified.**

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__Prophecy Duration__

**483 Prophetic Years with twelve 30 day months / Prophetic Year, or 360 days/year.**

**483 x 360 days = 173,880 days**

**173,880 days / 365.24 solar days/year = 476.07 solar years rounds to 476 solar years.**

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**Crude Verification Mathematics :**

**444 BC to 33 AD = 444 + 33 - 1(no zero BC) = 476 yrs (non-inclusive)**** **

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**Semi-fine Verification Mathematics of Dr. Harold Hoehner (pg 128): **

**476 yrs ****X 365.24219879 days/year = **

**173,855.28662404 days **

** + 25 days to account for Mar 5-Mar 30 **

**173,880 days**

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**Fine Verification Mathematics**

**Computer programs that add up each day in the Julian calendar shows the total count is **

**173,885 days not 173,880 days! A closer look at his accounting and we see that he tried **

**to go from one Julian date to another Julian date but does not follow the Julian calendar **

**rule of using the average Julian year of exactly 365.25 days. Instead, he switches **

**mathematics to that of the scientific solar year which is a violation of the Julian Calendar **

**mathematics. This is a five day error. **

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**However, his most serious mistake is his selection of the beginning month for the start of **

**the prophecy. Astronomical programs have confirmed that Nisan 1 (crescent new moon) in **

**444 BC was the Julian date of the evening of March 3. Thus, the daylight portion of **

**Nisan 1 would have been the next Julian day (which advances upon the stroke of midnight) **

**or March 4th. Thus, far it looks good for Dr. Hoehner since he had included March 4th **

**in his selection. The problem arises due to the fact that the date in question is a Julian **

**date and the further back in time one travels the more out of sync the Julian Calendar **

**gets with respect to the Gregorian Calendar by which we are able to know the seasons of **

**the year since it closely approximates a solar year and stays in sync with the seasons. **

**When we convert March 3, 444 BC to the Gregorian Calendar we arrive at February 26.**

**Immediately it is evident that this is one month prior to the "Barley Ripe" or Abib window**

**that is known for Jerusalem area which is between March 10th to April 4th. This means **

**Dr. Hoehner has selected a month in which the barley crop was not yet ripe. Rather than **

**the Hebrew month of Nisan he has the prophecy starting in the month Adar. **

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**Thus, Hoehner's attempt looks good with crude mathematics but totally breaks down**

**when precision math is applied. Using the non-literal so-called Prophetic year as a Biblical **

**model for solving the 69 weeks of years prophecy is a dead end that yields no fruit.**