Dates: Historical and Anniversaries
Important dates for Jewish people are: (Also
see symbolic meaning of numbers.)
- The Belfour Declaration on November 2, 1917 and subsequent events that
made Israeli statehood possible, such as: the end of World War I in
1918 and the treaty of Versailles June 28, 1919.
- An independent Jewish state was endorsed by the United Nations in November
of 1947 (30 years after the Belfour Declaration) and statehood
proclaimed on May 14, 1948.
- After the 6-day war (June 5-10, 1967), the eastern part of Jerusalem was
under Israeli control (20 years after statehood and 50 years after the
- 1997 and 2007 (30 and 40 years after the 6-day war) are likely to
be seen by historians as important dates. It is not unusual at all for
a date to seem uneventful at the time, but later to be recognized as an
important pivotal date in history.
- If 2007 is later recognized as a pivotal generational change in Israel's
view of Jerusalem, then 2027 (age of responsibility) and 2037 (age
of maturity) are likely to be key dates as well. 2037 would also
be 120 years after the Belfour Declaration (maximum life span on earth -
- Note: other dates maybe significant also.
Important dates for Christians are the birth of Jesus, Jesus at the temple,
Jesus starts his ministry, Jesus' death & resurrection, and Jesus ascending
into heaven. Over 500 years after the birth of Jesus a monk developed a Christian calendar. Later it was determined the monk
had made an error in placing the birth of Jesus, so Jesus was actually born
approximately 4 BC. Early in the Christian Era some theologians expected a
new era to begin about 2000 years later.
- 2000 years after the birth of Jesus would be approximately 1996. If
a new era was born in 1996, there is a good chance that very few people
recognized that date as being important at the time it happened. There
is a good chance that only historians will be able to point to the date of
the birth of a new era! Re-read the birth of Jesus in the
Gospels. Only a few people recognized Jesus birth as an important
event - at the time of his birth!
- At 12 years of age, Jesus' parents search for Jesus and find him in the
temple. 2000 years later will be approximately 2008. Will that
date be significant? Will God's people, searching for a Messiah, find him on that
- Jesus starts his ministry at approximately 30 years of age. 2000
years later will be approximately 2026. Will the public ministry of the new
era begin on that date?
- Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension happened at approximately 33
years of age. 2000 years later will be approximately 2029. Will
large numbers of God's people ascend to a new era on that date?
Re-read the New Testament again! Most people misunderstood the
significance of Jesus. Will most of us misunderstand the significance of a
new era also?
Note: see the November 2007 addendum on the sixth