Ray (24 Apr 2022)
"400 years affliction of Abraham's seed and 430 years sojourning of children of Israel"


 


John and Doves,

Below is a post I wrote last year on October 14. I repost it here for new friends.


Abraham is born in year 1948. Isaac is born in 2048. Jacob is born in 2108. And Jacob was 91 years old when he begat Joseph. Adding 91 years
 to 2108, 2199 is the year Joseph was born. This year 2199 is very important. It helps us to calculate the 400 years affliction of Abraham's seed ( Genesis 15:13). Let's begin with God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 15.




Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.




God promises Abraham to give the promised land to his heirs. Abraham responds by asking God when will this accomplish.




8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?




Abraham wants to know when will God fulfill His promise, so that he and his heirs shall inherit the land. Here's God's response.




13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they
 shall afflict them four hundred years;




God says Abraham's seed shall be a stranger in the land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred
 years. Basically what God has said is this, Abraham's seed shall receive 400 years of affliction, before they can enter the promised land. We know they entered the promised land 41 years after Moses took them out from Egypt. Question is, when did this affliction
 begin?




Jacob is born in year 2108. He begat Joseph in year 2199 when he was 91 years old. From Genesis 30:25, we learn that after Rachel gave birth
 to Joseph, Jacob told Laban that he wanted to move back to Canaan.




Genesis 30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place,
 and to my country.




When Laban tried to stop Jacob from leaving, Jacob said this to Laban.




Genesis 31: 38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have
 I not eaten. 39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. 40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep
 departed from mine eyes. 41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the
 fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.




"God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight."




Jacob spent 20 years with Laban. Subtract 20 years from year 2199, it was in year 2179 when Jacob started working for Laban. Laban used his
 daughters to trick Jacob to work 20 years for him. Year 2179 is the year God saw the affliction of Jacob begin. God has promised Abraham that there would be 400 years from the time Abraham's seed affliction begins, to the time they inherit the promised land.
 Adding 400 years to year 2179, we come to year 2579 as the year Israelis entered the promised land, if God held His promise.




From my previous post, I have calculated Israelis left Egypt in year 2538 based on the 430 years sojourning of the children of Israel in Exodus
 12. After they left Egypt, they stayed in mount Sinai for 1 year. They departed Sinai in the second year. God left them in wilderness for 40 years. The total years they spent in wilderness after they left Egypt is 41 years. Adding 41 years to year 2538, we
 come to year 2579 as the year they entered the promised land.




HERE WE ARE!!! This year 2579 matches the calculation of adding 400 years to year 2179 where Jacob's affliction began.




As we can see, God is God of precision. He is not a God of confusion. When he promises Abraham that his seeds shall inherit the promised land
 400 years from the time the affliction begins ( God saw Jacob's affliction in year 2179 ), God has kept His promise by letting Israelis inherit the land 400 years later in 2579. And coupling with the 430 years sojourning of children of Israel, year 2538 "is"
 the year Israelis left Egypt.




While 430 years speaks of the sojourning of the children of Israel which begins with Jacob's birth, the 400 years speaks from the time the
 affliction of Abraham's seed ( Jacob ) begins, unto Abraham's seed inherits the land.




A simple recap. Jacob begat Joseph in year 2199. This is also the year Jacob begins to leave Haran. He has spent 20 years working for Laban.
 It traces back to 2179 as the year Jacob begins working for Laban. Because Laban tricks Jacob, by using his daughters to make Jacob work 20 years for him, God sees 2179 as the year Abraham's seed affliction begin. Adding 400 years to 2179, we come to 2579
 as the year God fulfills His promise by letting Abraham's heir inherit the land.




From my calculation of 430 years sojourning of the children of Israel, Exodus took place in 2538. Israelis spent 41 years in wilderness. Adding
 41 years to 2538, we also come to 2579 as the year they enter the land.



Ray