70 years of what?

The method of arriving at 607 BCE seems simple enough. How could anyone ignore the clear words of the Bible and put secular chronology above the inspired word of God? Any respectable apostate doesn't want to look like he's contradicting the Bible – that would put others off his attempts to discredit the 1914 doctrine and draw them out of the truth.

So instead, they twist the 70-year prophecy of “devastation” (or, ruins) to “actually mean” something else. If they manage to show that 607 is wrong, yet the 70-year prophecy was still fulfilled shown, then there is no reason why Jehovah's Witnesses should not accept the secular chronology. Accepting that, in turn, means the 1914 doctrine would have to be scrapped.

Typically, they use two different approaches. They claim it either “actually” means mere servitude to the King of Babylon for seventy years, or instead claim it “actually” means some sort of vague or figurative type of devastation for seventy years. They go to great lengths to argue that how long the city of Jerusalem lay in ruins is irrelevant. This is despite the scriptures ever-so clearly stating that Jerusalem would be in ruins without an inhabitant.

So, do the scriptures say the city of Jerusalem will lie in in ruins for a full seventy years, or not?

Chapters

Why is 607 BCE Important?

The Real Issue: 70 Years

Seventy years of what?

Is Jerusalem Included in the 70 Years of Desolation?

Ruins, Desolation, Waste, a Wasteland

Servitude to the King of Babylon for 70 Years?

Did the 70 Years Begin in Neb’s 1st Year?

Did the 70 years Begin with Assyria’s Defeat?

Does 607 make Daniel Unrealistically Old?

The 70 Years for Tyre

Egypt’s 40-Year Desolation

Zechariah: Did the 70 Years Continue After 537?

What About 519 BCE?

607 BCE – The Only Year That Works

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Appendix

The Seven Times prophecy

Secular “correction” of the Bible

Why does the NWT use the word “devastations” at Daniel 9:2?

Josephus’ account

Excuses for only 68 years

Jer. 25:18 - Just as at this day

Attempts at explaining-away the Tyre and Egypt problems

Jeremiah 52:20 - where did the exiles come from?

Ezekiel 33:24, 27 - these devastated places?

Ezekiel 33:24, 27 - ten years prior?

Jer. 29:10 - eighty years at Babylon?

Ezekiel 28:3 - Why was Daniel already famous?

Daniel’s gross inconsistency?

Counting a vassal kingship example

Why two names for Neb's bodyguard?

Tablet BM21946 supports 607

Blatantly disregarding the Bible

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Charts

The 70 year desolations of Jerusalem, 607 based chronology

The 70-year “servitude” of Jerusalem, secular chronology

The 70 years of “figurative desolation” in secular chronology

Egypt’s 40-year desolation in the 607-based chronology

Egypt’s 40-year desolation in the 587-based secular chronology

One 587 proponent’s “explanation” of the Egypt problem

Tyre’s 70 years in the 607-based chronology

Tyre’s 70 years in 587-based secular chronology

The 70 years of servitude

The Judean Kings in 607-based chronology

Perfect fit of Bible chronology

Daniel’s three full years

Daniel’s 3 years reduced to 2