Ezekiel 4:1-6 which reads as follows:
1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even
2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of
4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of
5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of
6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of
In this passage there are two focuses:
1. The timing of punishment for the iniquity or sins of
2. The timing of punishment for the iniquity or sins of
component was in terms of years which should be taken as literal Solar-Luni-
Agricultural years. God would bear the sins of the 10 tribes of
unleashing the punishment against them. God would only bear
In his Annals of the World, Ussher documents that on the very year that Solomon died,
the kingdom of Israel rejected the One King Provision which was in place and called
Jeroboam son of Nebat to be their king. And that from this same year the prophecy of
Ezekiel 4 begins its count down which ends 390 years (inclusive) later with the siege and
total destruction of
year link between the division of
However, much mystery and disagreement has remained concerning the 40 year fulfillment
BC. This places the terminus ad quem in the middle of the exile with no apparent event
marker for the ruined city of
opens up when the Daniel 9 prophecy is interpreted literally, and it leads to the 30 AD
identification of Christ death. If rejection of the One King Provision is what triggered
the 390 countdown against the ten tribes of Israel, there is a strong possibility that in
30 AD the rejection of the One King Provision - Jesus the Messiah caused a similar
countdown against Judah for it is known that exactly 40 years later in 70 AD, Titus of
Rome began his siege against Jerusalem. When the testimony of the historian Josephus is
considered (relating the siege events) something astonishing is discovered:
“. . . in the interval between the fourteenth day of the month Xanthicus, [Nisan,] when
the Romans pitched their camp by the city, and the first day of the month Panemus,
[Tamuz,] . . .”
The siege by Titus began on Nisan 14, 70 AD – 40 years exactly to the day from Nisan
14, 30 AD, which was the very day our Lord died upon a cross having been rejected by
his own people. But were they rejecting a king? Pontius Pilate himself pressed home this
point on two occasions. The first instance was at the trial:
14 And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
The second instance was the inscription which Pilate himself had placed on the cross in
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
There was a very strange irony that was played out upon the very words of rejection that
the Jews screamed out that day in 30 AD. They said, “We have no king but Caesar.”
Forty years later to the day, Prince Titus the son of Vespasian (who was the head of the
became the head of the
 Ussher, Annals of the World, op. cit., 67-68.
 Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, op. cit., 172; Pfeiffer, Charles F., ed. The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1981), 713-714; Dr. Henry Morris , The Defenders Study Bible, (Grand Rapids, MI: World of Publishing Inc., 1995), Ezk 4:4-7 notes; and The Net Bible, 1st Beta Edition, (Dallas, TX: Biblical Studies Press, 2001), footnote 13, 1537.
 Flavius Josephus, Josephus Complete Works, trans. by William Whiston, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1960), Wars of the Jews, V. 13, 7.