Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Jesus gives Peter a poignant number of forgiveness. Often this number is generalized, but it is the number of special significance in the Bible. As seen in Chapter One of the book, it was 490 years (70 x 7) from the time of King Saul's coronation until the time of the Babylonian Captivity. This was because God had waited these years with no Sabbath year observance by Israel. This is why they would owe seventy years in captivity since they had skipped seventy sabbatical years. The other significant period of 490 years is the Seventy Weeks of Daniel. These demonstrate the importance of that number.
In working through the chronology of the Bible as used in the book, it was determined that the Abrahamic Covenant occurred in 1922 BC. From that time until Christ's crucifixion in AD 32 would be 1,953 solar years. Why is this so significant? That is because seven more years would equal 1,960 years, which breaks down to four periods of 490 years. The last seven years is the period of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Therefore, from the Abrahamic Covenant until its fulfillment are those 1,960 years plus the time of the Church. Of course, this does not pinpoint the time of the Seventieth Week, but it does show God's order with Israel.
It must be remembered that 490 years also looks to run from the decree of Suleiman to rebuild Jerusalem in 1535 until the 490th year of 2024. Rethinking these periods of 490 years led to the search for more periods of 490 years as this book was being completed. This led to a larger discovery.
The last worldwide judgment was the Flood of Noah. According to biblical chronology, the Flood occurred 1,656 years after Creation. The new discovery here is that 490-year periods also look to point to the same conclusion that 2024 is significant. The Flood of Noah ended in 2348 BC . The last period of 490 years is completed with the ending of the 70th Week of Daniel potentially in 2024. From the Flood until 2024, this would cover a period of 4,371 years. 4,371 years divided by 490 equals 8.92. This would seem to be off target, but it must be remembered that the length of the year changed in 713 BC from 360-day years to 365.2422-day years. If the affected period of time is converted to 360-day years, the total time will equal 4,410.7 360-day years. 490 years times nine equals 4,410 years! That means the fall feasts of 2024 land after the completion of nine periods of 490 years since the end of the Flood.
Therefore, humanity has been apparently given nine periods of 490 years since the end of the Flood until the time the second judgment is finished. As Jesus said, we are to forgive others seventy times seven, just as God did so with Israel when they did not observe the Sabbath year for 490 years. However, here we have nine of those periods. Nine is the number for judgment and finality. It is also a number of gestation. The Tribulation is indeed the final stages of labor leading to the birth of a new world--a world led by the Messiah. Therefore, since the Flood, God's timepiece once again is ticking. All has been according to plan.
Then He also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? (Luke 12:54-56)