Reflections From The Bible And Life

The Bible Timeline: 12 Periods Of Salvation

I’m so excited to share what I learned from last night. I joined a group that was led by a knowledgeable speaker. According to his studies, there are 12 periods in salvation history. It is recommended that we read the bible according to the timeline so that we may better understand the terms used in the bible. Some terms used in the bible were greatly significant to certain age in biblical history but symbolical to another age. It’s best to analyze the practices during the olds times.

According to the speaker, there are 12 periods, namely:

Early World

Patriarchs

Egypt and Exodus

Desert Wanderings

Conquest and Judges

Royal Kingdom

Divided Kingdom

Exile

Return

Maccabean Revolt

Messianic Fulfillment

The Church

The Early World – starts with Creation, Adam and Eve’s original sin, followed by curses down the line, with Cain killing Abel due to jealousy. Cain and Abel were his first sons from Eve, and Seth cam after his brothers died. Seth was born when Adam was 130 years old, and Adam died at age 930. By then he had bore several generations of children who became the first generations of people to walk on the face of the earth. The Early Age period goes down Noah with the flood down to Shem, Japheth, and Ham, his offsprings. Genesis 11:10 records that Shem was 100 years old at the birth of Arpachshad two years after the flood, making him 98 at the time of the flood; and that he lived for another 500 years after this, making his age at death 600 years. Included in this period is the era of the Tower Of Babel, which was built by people out of insecurities about floods after the the great flood. The ark was said to have landed in what we commonly known now as Turkey. The chapters to all these can be found on Genesis 1-11. This was from creation –2000 BC.

The Patriarchs- starts with Abraham down to Sodom and Gomorah (city of sin), the blinding of Isaac, Abraham’s covenant with God, to Jacob wrestling with an ange, and Jacob and his 12 sons (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulion, Issachar, Dan, Napthali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, Benjamin) who eventually led 12 tribes for Jacob’s Israel.. The story continues on to Joseph, who was sold by his brothers as a slave. Joseph eventually saved his family, when there was a famine. His family moved to Egypt.Genesis 12-50 covers this period. This was 2000 BC – 1700 BC

Egypt and Exodus- this was the period of Hezron, Ram, Amminadab, Nashon, and brothers Aaron and Moses down to Joshua. Important events during this period are:

400 years of slavery of Israelites in Egypt

The burning bush

10 plagues of Egypt

Exodus/1st Passover (1280 BC)

Red Sea

Manna

Covenant with Moses at Mount Sinai

The Golden Calf

The Levitical Priesthood

The Tabernacle

and the readings for these can be found on Exodus/Deuteronomy 29. This was 1700 BC – 1280 BC

Desert Wanderings- This was the time Israel was saved again. Highlights are the covenant in Moab, the bronze serpent, Moses striking the rock, Aaron’s rod, and the 12 spies sent out. The book of Numbers covers this. This was 1280 BC – 1240 BC.

Conquest and Judges- the time of Salmon, Rahab, Boaz, Ruth, Obed, and Jesse, and Samuel and Saul. There are 12 judges of Israel, (Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah and Barak, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jepthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, Samson) each oppresed by different races. Othniel liberated the Israeli tribe of Judah from the Mesopotamians. Ethud from the tribe of Benjamin liberated his people from the Moabites. Deborah and Barak liberated Ephraim and Nephtali from the Canaanites. Gideon from Manasseh liberated his people from the Midianites. Jephtah from Gad liberated his people from the Ammonites. And the most famous one of all being Samson, who led the Israelites from the tribe of Dan against the Philistines.(now known as Palestinians)

The key events here are: Israel crosses Jordan, the fall of jericho, the covenant renewal, the northern and southern campaigns, the tribal allotment, and Israel asking for a king. The readings that cover these are the book of Joshua, Judges, and the early part of 1 Samuel. This was during 1240 BC- 1050 BC.

Royal Kingdom- this was a time of peace as David’s dynasty ruled Israel in peace. The key evets here are David killing Goliath, (a Palestinian, or Philistine as written in the bible) the covenant of God with David, the Ark moved to Jerusalem, and the 1st temple built in 961 BC . The readings can be found on the rest of 1 Samuel, II Samuel, 1 Kings 1-11. This was during 1050 BC – 930 BC.

I shall update this blog once I get to read more….

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3 responses

  1. shalom!..did u know that, there are different colours are selected in this each part of periods? can u help me to state the colours and information about this colour(on why this colours are choosed.) thanks!!

    November 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    • Early World- aqua (color of the ocean, which occupies 2/3 of the world. This is the color of the world viewed from space)

      Patriarchs- burgundy, God’s blood covenant with Abraham

      Egypt and the Exodus- Red, in remembrance of the Red Sea

      Desert Wanderings- Tan, color of the desert

      Conquest and Judges- Green, the green hills of Canaan

      Royal Kingdom – Purple, color of royalty

      Divided Kingdom, Black, Israel’s darkest period

      Exile, Baby Blue, Judah “singing the blues” in Babylon

      Return, Yellow, Judah returning home to brighter days

      Maccabean Revolt- Orange, fire in the oil lamps in the purified temple

      Messianic Fulfillment – Gold, gifts of the Maggi

      The Church- White, the spotless bride of Christ

      November 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    • Early World- aqua (color of the ocean, which occupies 2/3 of the world. This is the color of the world viewed from space)

      Patriarchs- burgundy, God’s blood covenant with Abraham

      Egypt and the Exodus- Red, in remembrance of the Red Sea

      Desert Wanderings- Tan, color of the desert

      Conquest and Judges- Green, the green hills of Canaan

      Royal Kingdom – Purple, color of royalty

      Divided Kingdom, Black, Israel’s darkest period

      Exile, Baby Blue, Judah “singing the blues” in Babylon

      Return, Yellow, Judah returning home to brighter days

      Maccabean Revolt- Orange, fire in the oil lamps in the purified temple

      Messianic Fulfillment – Gold, gifts of the Maggi

      The Church- White, the spotless bride of Christ

      November 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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