The Jewish Calendar has the date 5773 a.m. for the year 2012-2013. So if you are waiting for the Seventh Millennium to begin, well lets just say it taint gonna happen in your lifetime according to the Rabbi’s. In Evangelical Christendom I was taught to hold Jewish thought in high esteem and of-course they would have the correct count from creation in their calendar. I learned a lot of nonsense in my evangelical days, all Jews are not Spiritual Israel, neither are all who call themselves Christians!
I began my search into just how the Rabbis came to the 5773 anno mundi dating as I set about to determine the year since creation from the Bible for myself. I wanted to be sure that if I had to miss the seventh millennium, it wouldn’t be because I had the wrong date. I found out that it is quite likely that I will be very much alive at the Turn of the Millennium in about 40 years from the present 2013 c.e. date.
One problem with the Jewish Calendar is how they calculate Daniels Seventy Weeks. They do know how to multiply because they agree that Daniels 70 weeks total 490 years, so that’s not the problem. The problem is where they fix the starting and ending point of those 490 years. The wise Rabbi’s fix the starting point with the Babylonian Desolation of the Temple, they then fix the ending point with the Roman Desolation of the Temple. But in the real world that time period was a little longer than the 490 years.
It was almost 70 years after the Babylonian Desolation before Daniel had his Seventy Weeks Vision. This Seventy Years Desolation is one of the time periods which the Rabbi’s neglected to count. The 70 Weeks also included a starting point in the text itself, “from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem” which did not surface for another 58 years. Now we begin our 490 year count taking us to about 33 c.e. which leaves another 37 years to take us up to the Roman Destruction of the Temple. Here combined we have about 165 years which were left out.
What is the true Jewish Year?
Some have said that the Jewish Year counts from creation but excludes the various years of the captivities, while Rabbinical tradition states there are about 165 “missing years” from the date of the destruction of the First Temple to the date of the destruction of the Second Temple. Others suggest that there are some missing years in the Hebrew calendar due to a corruption in the accounting of the years of the Persian monarchies, and that these years were consciously suppressed in order to disguise the fact that Daniel’s prophecy of the 70 weeks pointed to Yeshua as the true Mashiach of Israel. In short, educated uncertainty exists regarding the exact year we are living in since the Creation of the Universe by God…
I include here a quote typical of Jewish writings regarding their Calendar:
The year number on the Jewish calendar represents the number of years since creation, as calculated by adding up the ages of people in the Bible back to the time of creation. However, it is important to note that this date is not necessarily supposed to represent a scientific fact. For example, many Orthodox Jews will readily acknowledge that the seven “days” of creation are not necessarily 24-hour days (indeed, a 24-hour day would be meaningless until the creation of the sun on the fourth “day”).
Yes, they say, “the Jewish calendar represents the number of years since creation” but immediately deny the proposition that the Creation account of the Bible is a literal six day event. I can only conclude that the Jewish Calendar is totally unreliable for dating the year from creation. If you are interested in a purely biblical account please consider my study on the subject, What Year Is It?