The Seven Times-2520 Years: 2
The Daniel 4 Parallel
SEVEN TIMES IN DANIEL: NEBUCHADNEZZAR PUNISHED SEVEN TIMES, OR 2520 LITERAL DAYS
Nebuchadnezzar dwelling amongst the beasts for seven years (2520) and his return to glory is anallegory of God’s people who will be gathered back to Him after the seven times of being scattered. The pioneers and Miller saw this as representing the 2520 years that was against Israel.
Daniel 4:30-32: The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
While the word [was] in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, [saying], O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling [shall be] with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
Nebuchadnezzar’s pride was punished by being driven to dwell with the BEASTS until Seven Times would pass and he would KNOW that the Most High ruleth. For not keeping in mind the fact of WHO was in control, Nebuchadnezzar would be punished for 2520 literal days, seven years. The principle here is he was driven to be with the Beasts of the field.
Notice the quotation from Miller’s works volume 2, pg. 261: "Seven times," in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, was fulfilled in seven years. Nebuchadnezzar, for his pride and arrogancy against God, was driven among the beasts of the field, and was made to eat grass as oxen, until seven times passed over him, and until he learned that the Most High ruled in the kingdoms of men, and gave it to whomsoever he would.
This being a matter of history, and as an allegory or sample to the people of God for their pride and arrogancy, in refusing to be reformed by God, and claiming the power and will to do these things themselves,—they, too, like Nebuchadnezzar, must be driven among the beasts of the field, (meaning the kingdoms of the world,) until they learn the sovereignty of God, and that he dispenses his favors to whomsoever he will. That, being a matter of history, and a sample only, was fulfilled in seven years; but this, being a prophecy, will only be fulfilled in seven prophetic times, which will be 7 times 360 years, which will make 2520 years;"
Miller saw this story as an allegory for God’s people, who for their pride and arrogancy would be dwelling amongst ‘the beasts of the field’, the kingdoms of the world—scattered!
SEVEN TIMES 360 IS 2520.
THE DIVIDING OF ISRAEL
THERE ARE TWO PERIODS OF SEVEN TIMES OR 2520 DAYS PUNISHMENT
Israel, God’s covenant people, chosen people, was divided into two parts, two nations, a Northern and a Southern kingdom.
BECAUSE OF THE SINS OF SOLOMON, ISRAEL WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO TWO KINGDOMS, THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN KINGDOMS.
1 Kings 11:9-13 "And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: [but] I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; [but] will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen."
GOD PROMISES JEROBOAM TEN TRIBES, WHICH BECOME THE NORTHERN KINGDOM
1 Kings 11:29-31 "And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two [were] alone in the field: And Ahijah caught the new garment that [was] on him, and rent it [in] twelve pieces: And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:"
So the dividing of the kingdom was ten tribes and two.
1Kings 11:32-37 "(But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:) Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father. Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes: But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes. And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel."
Now it is interesting, the promise was that because of the sins of Solomon, Israel would be divided. The southern tribes were two tribes, Judah and Benjamin. The Northern tribes were the other ten. Here God promises Jeroboam:
1 Kings11:38, 39 "And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do [that is] right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee. And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever."
Now at Mount Sinai, as a single people, they became the covenant people, 12 tribes of Israel—one kingdom. Here we see that because of the sins of Solomon, the tribes were to be divided—split into North and South. Then by the very same covenant being given to Jereboam shows us that the covenant also was split into two. The Northern tribes had the covenant and promises and curses, the Southern tribes had the covenant and promises and curses.
This also makes it clear to us that anyone who turns to God with all his heart and in His power, keeps the commandments and statues, making the Word of God the foundation of his life, will be considered by God as part of the covenant people, the ‘chosen ones’.
Therefore, if the Northern tribes broke the covenant, the 2520 would be inflicted on them; if the Southern tribes broke the covenant, the 2520 would be inflicted on them, and so it’s not just one line, but two lines—one for the North and one for the South.
REHOBOAM, THE SON OF SOLOMON BECOMES KING OF THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM OF JUDAH AND BENJAMIN
I Kings 12:17 But [as for] the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.