33 Years of the Life of Jacob in Parallel with 33 Years of the Life of Christ 1, 2 Yr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Jacob – 33 Years Christ – 33 Years 10 11 12 1908 BC Jacob’s Blessing (Gen 27:19-29) 1907 BC Jacob’s Yrs. in Haran of Padan-Aram Begin 1906 1905 1904 7 Yrs. (Gen 29:1-30) 20 Yrs. 1903 (Gen 31:41) 1902 1901 1900 BC Jacob Marries Leah and Rachel; 4 Reuben Born 1899 BC Simeon Born 1898 BC Levi Born 1897 BC Judah, Dan, Naphtali, & Gad Born 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 1896 BC 1895 BC 1894 BC 1893 BC 1892 1891 1890 1889 1888 1887 BC 23 24 25 26 12 Yrs. 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 ___ 1886 1885 1884 1883 1882 1881 1880 1879 1878 1877 1876 BC 20 Yrs. 4 BC The Birth of Christ (Luke 1:26-55) 8 AD Jesus, of the Tribe of Judah (Luke 3:23-33), in the temple at Age 12 (Luke 2:41-49) Asher Born Issachar and Zebulun Born Dinah Born Joseph Born 6 Yrs. (compare Gen 30:25-36 and 31:17-23;36-41) Jacob Leaves Paddan-aram with Family and Possessions (Gen 31:17-18) 17 Yrs. 3 The Abrahamic Covenant Ratified (Gen 35:9-15); Benjamin Born (Gen 35: 16-18); Joseph Sold (Gen 37:26-36) 29 AD Jesus Sold (Mt 26:14-16); New Covenant Ratified (Heb 9: 15-17); Pentecost (compare Acts 2:1-4 and Eph 1:13-14) 1 The page one key applies. 2 A prior reading of footnote 2 of page one as well as Appendix B is recommended. 3 The earliest possible date for the selling of Joseph is the year of the ratification of the Abrahamic covenant (Gen 35:1-27; 37:1-36), placing the earliest possible date of Joseph’s birth seventeen years earlier since he was seven5 teen years old at the time he was sold (Gen 37:2). Under these assumptions, design features result and realistic ages are permitted for Dinah, Simeon, and Levi when the proposed marriage to Dinah and the slaughter by Simeon and Levi took place at Shechem of Canaan in the year of the ratification of the covenant (Gen 33:1735:12). 4 See the account of the births of the first eleven sons and the daughter of Jacob in Gen 29:31-30:24. 5 Christ, heir of the promise to Abraham (Gal 3:16), is the fulfillment of Isaac’s blessing of Jacob (compare Gen 27:19-29 and Luke 1:26-55), who is himself a type of Christ (compare Luke 1:42 and Gen 27:26-29). Following Jacob’s blessing, Jacob fled from Esau, who was planning to kill him, to the grave of Haran of Paddan-aram where he stayed for twenty years (Gen 27:41-43; 31:41)and following Jesus’ birth, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled from Herod, who would attempt to kill Jesus, to the grave of Egypt (Mt 2:13-14). In Paddan-aram, Jacob became the father of eleven sons and one daughter, signifying the building of the church in Christ’s grave. After 20 years in Paddan-aram, Jacob left with his family and, in the twelfth year after their departure, after a stay in Succoth, they came to the land of Canaan (Gen 33:17-18), a representation of the resurrection of the church into the rd inheritance. In a 33 year they came to the land, a year in which the Abrahamic covenant was ratified and a year rd in parallel with Christ’s 33 year, when the ratification of the new covenant took place (compare Gen 35:9-15 and Heb 9:15-17). In a similar allegory, Jacob is seen in the grave of Paddan-aram, after Esau planned to kill him, shepherding flocks for seven years in return for Rachel in marriage (Gen 29:1-20; 30:25-31), allegorical of the “tribulation”, when the church will undergo a great building process of about seven years, or 2520 days, after which a marriage between Christ and the church will take place (Rev 19:6-8). Furthermore, the seven days separating Jacob’s marriages to Leah and Rachel (Gen 29:20-30) foreshadow a seven day wedding celebration separating the “rapture” of the church (Leah) from the salvation of a remnant of Israel (Rachel) as recorded in Zec 14. The births subsequent to Jacob’s marriages, of eleven sons and one daughter, are the building of the church in a period of more than 1000 years, including the millennial kingdom, after which, as represented by the twelve years from the year of the departure from the grave of Paddan- aram to the year of the return to Canaan, it is allegorically resurrected into the new heaven and new earth in the year of the ratification of the Abrahamic covenant in parallel with the rd ratification of the new covenant in Christ’s 33 year.
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