The Generations of The Law

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Below the dashed line is a study made in 2016, it needs revision, which I will do shortly.

The Bible defines a generation as 70 or 80 years.

Psalm 90

All our days pass away under your wrath;
    we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;

So a standard generation is 70 years, and a ‘strong’ generation is 80 years. However, there is a third type of generation, a generation under judgement, which is 40 years. This type is shown in the generation who fell in the wilderness, after 40 years. 

In the revised study I will fully explain how God is working temporally according to these generational definitions, so that everything has a very specific purpose and meaning. 




A Biblical generation is 40 years.

Here is a graphical representation of the generations of the Law. When we take the Law as starting at Passover, the beginning of the Hebrew year, 1447BC, and ending at the close of 73AD, this gives us 1520 years of history, or 38 generations. In my study of Daniels 70 weeks we sum at 1519 years, because we count year to year, rather than start of the first year to the end of the last year.

When we work from the date of Moses’s birth, we have 40 generations.

Of particular interest is the date of 608BC, which gives a second witness, and establishes this date as the correct historical date for the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. This is very important for the correct understanding of Daniel’s 70 weeks, (see my study).

David was King Of Israel 33 years, and prior to that King of Judah for 7 years. This can help us to understand Jesus’ 40 year generation from 8BC to 33AD. (We lose a year as there is no year zero).

As we see the law lasted 40 generations, from Moses’ birth to AD 73, we can see it lasted “a generation of generations”, which would be an alternate title for this piece.


40 generations from Moses to end of Law