Articles and blog posts are written every year, during the Advent Season, on the true date for the Birth of Christ. Was He born on the 25th of December, or on some other day, or in some other month? What was the year of His Birth? And during the Lenten Season, similar questions are asked about the timing of the Crucifixion.
The field of Biblical chronology seeks answer to these and many other questions, essentially asking: What happened When during Biblical times? I’ve researched and written three books in this field:
Biblical chronology is a complex field of study. I spent over 4 years researching my book of New Testament Biblical chronology (Important Dates in the Lives of Jesus and Mary). So I am surprised and dismayed when authors who have not researched or written extensively on the subject nevertheless propose to their readers that they have figured out the true dates for the Birth or the Crucifixion or other events.
My dates for the Birth and Crucifixion are earlier than other Biblical chronologists. I have ample support for my conclusions, but the explanation is too lengthy for a blog post or set of blog posts. Jesus was conceived and born in 15 B.C., and He died and rose from the dead in A.D. 19.
What I’d like to present here, for the consideration of the reader, are my dates for the Ministry of Jesus Christ, from His Baptism in the Jordan to His Passion and Crucifixion. And my reason for raising this topic now, at the start of the 2014-2015 liturgical calendar year, is simple: in my chronology, the 2000th anniversary of the start of the Ministry of Jesus Christ is October of 2015. That anniversary falls within the current liturgical calendar year.
I expect big changes in the Church and the world to begin during this time frame, particularly in the fall of 2015. The grace of God is not bound by numbers and dates. But then again, God is mindful of the Church as She progresses through the centuries. He does not ignore Her milestones and Her anniversaries.
Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist on October 4 of A.D. 15. Then His Ministry unfolded over 3.5 years until His Crucifixion on April 7 of A.D. 19. These dates are earlier than those of other Biblical chronologists. However, noted Biblical chronologist Dr. E. J. Vardaman arrived at the same timing for the start of Jesus’ ministry: autumn of A.D. 15. His date for the Crucifixion is in the spring of A.D. 21. This type of early time frame for the Ministry of Jesus is based on a reassessment of the dates for the reigns of Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate, as well as numerous other considerations.
The time frame of 2015 to 2019 is important in my dates for eschatological events in the Church. I believe that the tribulation begins during that period. The Warning, Consolation, and Miracle occur in 2016, in accord with the private revelations at Garabandal and Medjugorje. The first four afflictions of the tribulation also unfold during that period, beginning in 2016. And the first stage of the great apostasy happens in 2015, probably in the autumn of that year, in reaction to the true teachings and prudent decisions of Pope Francis (as I’ve written at length in other posts).
Please take a look at this list of my books and booklets, and see if any topic interests you.