Cycles in the History of Israel

Daniel's 70 Weeks (490 years) gives a major clue that God determines and measures the redemptive history of Israel in Cycles of 490 years which equates to 70 Sabbatical Years.. In particular, it defines the last of these Cycles as running from the Ezra Decree to restore Jerusalem (458 BC) to Messiah's sacrificial atoning Death and Resurrection (AD 33).

Matthew 18:21,22 implies there is something special about seventy times seven times:

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Faith is based on God's Faithfulness

Our Faith is based on God's faithfulness, His trustworthiness and total reliability.

The word "pistis" which is usually translated as faith, also encompasses the idea of faithfulness, reliability, trustworthiness.

In Hebrew, one of the words for faith is emunah, from which is derived the word "Amen" ("so be it" or "so it is").

The thought behind Amen is "Let it be confirmed." The root meaning is "firm", "reliable".

 

Both meanings: "trust" and "trustworthiness" come together in the nature of God HImself.

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