The year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar converts to year AM 5784 in the Hebrew calendar the AM standing for Anno Mundi which is Latin for year of the world. These are supposedly the years since creation.
The traditional Hebrew a.m. calendar comes from the Seder Olam Rabbah (sor), which translates as the “Great Order of the World.” Composed around 160 c.e. by Rabbi Jose ben Halafta, this timeline outlines a chronology from Adam to the Bar Kochba Revolt of 135 c.e. The Hebrew Year 5784—or Is It?
Bishop Ussher developed a similar chronology based on Biblical genealogies supplemented with ancient records and concluded that; “I deduce that the time from the creation until midnight, January 1, 1 AD was 4003 years, seventy days and six hours.” Six hours before midnight would be 6 pm”.(Primeval Chronology)
I presume (without looking it up) that he is referring to a Friday because at Sundown on Friday the Sabbath begins and God took the day off. I am not ridiculing scripture (God Forbid) or even Bishop Ussher as (in agreement with Jay Gould): “Ussher represented the best of scholarship in his time. He was part of a substantial research tradition, a large community of intellectuals working toward a common goal under an accepted methodology”.
Calendars are important because for all the ancient religions they regulated the different feast days and for the Abrahamic religions they drive messainism. If you believe that the world is going to end in the year 6,000 after creation that can lead to extreme behaviors.
Let me add a caveat before I delve further into the subject. I am convinced that the 6,000 year period is important but I do not hold to a “Young Earth” theory as many Christians do. In my view the period represents a cycle (sub-cycle) of creation and destruction that has been schematized. The sub-cycle resides in a far larger Cycle of creation and destruction known as The Great Precession Year (another article on this will be forthcoming). Scripture depicts God as both the destroyer and the creator (Deut 32:39-41) and at the end of the period a New heavens and a New earth emerges (Rev 21:1). Jesus says that, “heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away” (Matt 24:35). This is of course figurative language but not entirely. It points to a physical (natural) cycle change as well as a spiritual change.
Think here of the flood and the rainbow designated as a sign (the rainbow already existed) that harvest seasons etc would continue after the cycle change caused by the flood. The story of Noah is couched in the same creation terminology as the Eden story and Gen 1:1 has the same Gematria value as Gen 8:14 (2,701). That is not a coincidence (or even a cohen-cidence lolz).
In effect creation started anew after the flood (it was a huge regional event not global) and the rainbow was a covenant sign of stability. It is not a coincidence that the rainbow sign has been hijacked (by the Jew-niversalist Soros) to represent the perversion of creation as the globalist transhumanists communitarians stick their finger up at God as if to say… “We know the Cycle is ending and we are going to create the coming New World Order (cf Seder Olam=World Order) in our image” (good luck with that).
From a faith perspective it matters not if you believe that the earth is 6,000 years old, 6 days old or 6 hours old. The same can be said about a flat earth. It does not matter from a faith perspective if you believe that the earth is flat or rests on the back of a giant turtle. None of that matters for salvation. It does however make you look less credible from a scientific perspective…..but I digress….
The Seder Olam is wrong
The Seder Olam is wrong and is known to be wrong.
Seder Olam is an ancient book compiled in Hebrew by Babylonian talmudists about 160 CE. It gives a chronology of the history of the Jewish people and the world around them since the first man Adam until the Great Revolt against the Roman rule. Seder Olam means Order (or Chronology) of the World. Some 450 years later, another book called Seder Olam Zutta (the Small Seder Olam) was issued in Babylone to complete the former work until their time. Since then, and to distinguish the two works, the former one is referred as Seder Olam Rabbah (the Great Seder Olam). There have been other works to continue the chronology since, but they based their work on the Seder Olam chronology. Yet, this chronology met hard challenges to resolve because it made some assumptions which should not be considered as correct with the hindsight of chronologies from other parallel civilizations which have only been deciphered in the past 100 years or so. So the Seder Olam needs some revision and corrections, and this is the goal of the present web site. Seder Olam Revisited
Messianism and the Seder Olam
In 2018 I wrote this in my Apocalypse Commentary (PRITA) -see there for the full discussion:
Bar Kochba was supported by the “chief sage” of his day Rabbi Akiva, who declared him to be the awaited Messiah. The Jewish calendar Seder Olam Rabbah was also compiled around this time. This calendar has already been examined in the Daniel commentary, God is Judge, where it was noted that the Seder Olam is based on a false Jewish Chronology that attempts to “fit” the Maccabee period into a model of the Seventy Week prophecy. It seems then that the rabbi’s had a penchant for manipulating history to make events fit their prophecies. They also did this with Bar Kochba in order to demonstrate that Daniel (and their calendar) “predicted” that Bar Kochba was the messiah who had come to restore temple worship. The appearance of Bar Kochba was a sort of Maccabees redux, a militant messianic uprising against a foreign power who had desecrated the temple and it is not surprising then that Kochba adopted much of the symbology (the imagery on his coins) from that era.
The evidence is overwhelming and universal that Jose/Yose ben Halafta wrote the Seder Olam Rabbah around 140-160 AD (just after the Bar Kochba rebellion) and this is supported by chapter 30 of the Seder Olam referring to Simon bar Kokhba (Simon son of a star) as the “son of the lie” (“bar Koziba” -Hebrew: בר כוזיבא), after Hadrian killed the Jews in a massive holocaust in 135 AD, renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina, dedicating the city to Jupiter while erected a temple of Jupiter on the Temple mount and renaming Judea after the Philistines (Palestine). However, it is a given that the Talmudic proto-calendar was already under development in Babylon as “proof” that Bar Kochba was the messiah and that the failure of the revolt would lead to revisionism. It is no coincidence that the Seder Olam appeared at the same time and that the appearance of the failed Bar Kochba messiah was linked with a prophecy in Numbers 24:17;
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
It is from this prophecy that Bar Kochba took his name (Son of a Star) but this prophecy also contains an end-time prophecy regarding the sign of Aquarius (the water pourer) with the Milky Way depicted as a river:
“He (Jacob) shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted” (Num 24:7).
The Agag of this prophecy becomes the Gog of end time prophecy – Agag- Gog- Agagite (Haman)- Amalek etc the archetypal symbol of rebellion and sin that Yahweh makes war against from generation to generation and upon whom he would “show no mercy“. The last three ages (approx 6,000 years) are a cycling through the last three constellations.
The Birth pangs of Messiah
These cycles were known by many ancient cultures and we can see from the cave paintings that they even used the constellations as a cosmic clock before the Younger Dryas some 12 k years ago. According to the ancients the god had written their purpose in the heavens and when the sun enters a new house (Mansion c. John 14:1-4) a new era starts.
That the Bible also has a cosmogny based on the Zodiac should not be surprising (see resources below). However, despite the confidence of the sooth sayers and archaeoastronomers, no one knows exactly when the Great Year began and therefore they do not know when it ends.
The coming of the messiah in both Judaism and Christianity is depicted as “birth pangs” (Matt 24:8) or a time of trouble. In the case of Judaism the matriarch Rachel died in child birth and called her son the “son of sorrow”who was renamed “son-of the -right-hand”. Both names depict Jesus (John 16:20-24).
The current (2023/2024) Hebrew year is 5784. By this calculation, the end of the 6000th year would occur at nightfall of 16 September 2240 on the Gregorian calendar. According to the Hebrew calendar Abraham was born 1948 (AM) and the nation of Israel was born in 1948 (AD) years after Christ (the new creation) therefore (1,948+1,948=3,896 which reduces [3+8+9+6] to the value of YHVH (26).
Moreover, 1948 AD (Israel Independence) is 5708 AM, therefore from Abraham to Israel in the AM calendar=( 5,708-1,948) = 3,130 years difference.
“And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin”. (Gen 35:18 has a value of 3,130)
(=3,130) ויהי בצאת נפשה כי מתה ותקרא שמו בן אוני ואביו קרא לו בנימין
Rachel represented the nation and she DIED in childbirth and this metaphor is picked up by the prophet Jeremiah to describe the attack by Nebuchadnezzar and the destruction of the temple in 586 BC:
"Ask now, and see if a male can give birth. Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale?" (Jeremiah 30:6).
The nation is about to die giving childbirth.
These resources demonstrate that the cosmogony of Scripture is linked to the Zodiac and the Great Precession Year.The fact that we have 12 tribes and 70/72 elders/judges and 70/72 nations is not a coincidence.
This article demonstrates how the Agag of Numbers prophecy is connected with Gog:
The Zodiac and constellations are also linked with the tribal arrangement around the sanctuary. The arrangement of the tribes around the tabernacle is meant to signify that heaven has come down to earth with God dwelling amongst his people.
The tribal blessings are examined in this digression as they underpin the tribal lists in the Apocalypse and also determine the tribal arrangement around the tabernacle.
This is an excellent resource on the Seder Olam although the standard explanation of the 70 weeks Daniel prophecy is in my view wrong: