A Note About Calculating Time:
There are two main ways of calculating time elapsed on this page. The first is 'time elapsed', meaning from Sunday to Sunday, exactly 7 days has passed. The second is 'numbering the days'. For example, the first Sunday = day 1, and the following Sunday = day 8, even though only one week has elapsed. Both are legitimate ways of counting a period of time, but just expressed in a different manner. The latter includes a day, whereas the former does not. For example, Donald Trump was born on Friday, June 14, 1946, and inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017. This means that on the 70th year, 7th month and 7th day of his life, he was inaugurated as president, counting June 14 as day one, and June 15 as day two, etc (Confirm). However, using the other counting method, he was 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old on his first FULL DAY in office on January 21, 2017 (Confirm). A difference of one day. So depending on what counting method you choose, you will get different results.
There is a biblical example for this counting method. In Leviticus 23:15-16, God instructs the Jews to count 7 weeks from Sunday to Sunday, but number 50 days. This is the length of time between the Feast of Firstfruits and Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. So counting the first Sunday as day one, and the last Sunday as day 50, exactly 7 weeks or 49 days has passed. This is known as the "Counting of the Omer".
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I wrote this article on August the 29th, 2017 (7th of Elul, 5777), exactly one week after the Great American Eclipse of August 21 (August 22, New Zealand time). As it turned out, that was exactly 120 years to the day since the first Zionist Congress of 1897, held in Basel, Switzerland that led to the creation of Israel exactly 50 years and 3 months later to the day on November 29, 1947 in the United Nations!
I don't believe that that was a coincidence! For more, see "How This Article Came About", in the main section below, or click here.
Update: December 6, 2017: Since writing this article, Donald Trump announced on December 6, 2017, that the US will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and will shift the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This comes 70 years and 7 days after the United Nations approved a resolution which paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947. Update: 24 Feb, 2018: Embassy to move to Jerusalem on 70th Anniversary of Israel's Independence on May 14, 1948
The city of Jerusalem is inextricably tied to the number 70 in the Bible, so it is interesting that the U.S. administration has decided to open their embassy in Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding in 1948. The book of Daniel has an important prophecy regarding Israel and Jerusalem;
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." - Daniel 9:24
Also in Daniel 9:2, Daniel realised that the Jewish people would be held in captivity by the King of Babylon for 70 years:
"In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem."
In addition, in 70 A.D., the city of Jerusalem and the second temple were destroyed by the Romans, to put down a Jewish revolt against Roman rule. Jesus himself predicted this would happen in Luke 19:44;
"And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."
Ironically, (or more likely by the Hand of God) I wrote a tweet the day after Donald Trump's victory on November 9, 2016, (Nov 10, NZ time) wondering whether he would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It turned out to be my 70th Tweet! I already knew what I was going to write about before I sat down at my computer, and that's when I noted that I had already written 69 Tweets!
However, it is not just Israel that is celebrating its 70th anniversary since its founding in 1948. Both North and South Korea were established in 1948, and will celebrate their 70th anniversary in September and August respectively.
Given recent events on the Korean peninsula, it looks like Donald Trump's rise to power was more ordained than ever, at a very important time in human history.
May 24, 2018: On the 70 week mark since Donald Trump's inauguration (day 490), the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has been cancelled by Donald Trump.
Update: April 26, 2018: Mike Pompeo is sworn is as the 70th United States Secretary of State.
Update: May 14, 2018: The opening ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem started at 4PM, exactly 70 years to the hour that Israel's first would-be Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, stood up to read out the Israeli declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948.
Update: July 12, 2018: On 7/11 (July 11, 2018) in the 77th week since Donald Trump's inauguration, he was the 777th richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Note that if you take the date that this happened and multiply the numbers, you get 7 x 11 = 77, the week of Donald Trump's presidency that this happened in! He wasn't the 777th richest person on either the 12th or 13th of July, ending his 77th week.
Update: August 22, 2018: Exactly one year to the day since the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017, and exactly 77 days before the mid-term elections, both Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen were convicted or plead guilty to multiple financial crimes. Michael Cohen also plead guilty to violating campaign finance laws.
Paul Manafort was Donald Trump's campaign chairman for two months leading up to the 2016 election, and Michael Cohen was Donald Trump's personal lawyer for many years. What this means - if anything - for Donald Trump, remains to be seen.
Update: December 4, 2018: Exactly four months to the day that NATO will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding on 4/4/19, the United States announced that it has given Russia 60 days notice to comply with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or the U.S. will leave.
Update: December 20, 2018: Donald Trump's defense secretary Jim Mattis resigns over Trump's Middle East policy, on the day that Israel turns 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old (The announcement of his resignation came at 12:21am on 12/21 - December 21, Israeli time). Both Donald Trump and Jim Mattis were sworn in on January 20, 2017, meaning his resignation came on the 700th day since their swearing in (January 20, 2017 = day 1 - December 20, 2018 = day 700). Mattis will depart on February 28, 2019, exactly 70 days from the announcement of his resignation. February 28, 2019 will be the 770th day of Donald Trump's presidency, and presumably, the first day in office for the new Secretary of Defense. Update: On December 23rd, 2018, President Trump brought forward the date of Jim Mattis's departure, with the new acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan to begin on January 1, 2019.
Update: December 24, 2018: On day 777 since Donald Trump's election victory (November 8, 2016 = day 1 - December 24, 2018 = day 777 - Confirm) Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu dissolves parliament and announces early elections in April, roughly 7 months before their term was due to end in November 2019.
Update: February 1, 2019: The U.S. confirms that it will suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia on February 2, 2019, giving them 6 months to comply or the U.S. will pull out completely.
Update: February 20, 2019: Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is due to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on February 26, publicly to the House Oversight Committee on February 27 (day 769 of Trump's presidency), and to the House Intelligence Committee on February 28.
Update: February 28, 2019: Israel's Attorney General announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on bribery and fraud charges, pending a hearing. This comes on Donald Trump's 770th day in office, and exactly 40 days before Israel's general election on April 9.
Update: March 21, 2019: On the Jewish holiday of "Purim", at 12:50 P.M. EDT, Donald Trump Tweeted out that it is time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured off Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Update: April 10, 2019: Benjamin Netanyahu wins Israel's general election, and is on track for a record fifth term in office, and his fourth consecutive term since 2009. He is set to become Israel's longest serving leader, surpassing Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, in July this year. Three days before the election, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that if he was re-elected, he would extend Israeli sovereignty to settlements in the West Bank, including isolated settlements. He also exclaimed that "the next term will be fateful". Benjamin Netanyahu will turn 70 years old on October 21 this year.
Update: April 18, 2019: Special Counsel Mueller's redacted report is released to the public with mixed results. While it found no evidence of collusion with Russia (the basis for the report), it also could not conclude that there was evidence for obstruction of justice. All in all, a win for President Trump. Despite all the attacks on President Trump by Democrats, it just goes to show you that if God wants you to be president, you will be president for as long as God wants you to be, in order that God's will is done. He will often weaken the opposition at the same time, to ensure that the person He wants to be elected, is elected. Hillary Clinton was probably the worst candidate that the Democrats could have fielded, and yet maybe the only Democrat that Donald Trump could have beaten! Had Joe Biden run at the last election, he may well have won the election; however, his time may well have passed.
Update: May 5, 2019: The White House announces that it is sending an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Middle East, in response to indications of an attack by Iran on U.S. interests.
Update: May 14, 2019: On the 71st anniversary of Israel's independence in 1948, Donald Trump denies reports that there is a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East, in the event that Iran attacks U.S. forces or accelerates their development of nuclear weapons. Note: I felt God prompt me to add this update, for whatever reason. Whether anything will come of it, who knows! There may be an alternate reason for doing so. God Bless. Update: May 16, 2019: Donald Trump is reported to have become frustrated with the perception that his 70-year-old National Security Advisor, John Bolton, is driving him to war with Iran. Interestingly, John Bolton, born November 20, 1948, assumed office as Donald Trump's National Security Advisor exactly one year to the day before Israel's general election on April 9, 2019.
Update: May 29, 2019: Benjamin Netanyahu had until midnight on May 29, 2019, to form a coalition, exactly 7 weeks to the day that the initial results of the election became known on April 10, and Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz, conceded defeat. This followed a two-week extension to form a coalition. New elections are now scheduled to be held on September 17, this year. The Knesset was dissolved early on Thursday morning, May 30 - Ascension Day - the 40th day from the Feast of Firstfruits/Easter Sunday. Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition with a majority of 61 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, marking the first time that Israel has gone to new elections without forming a Government first. Incidentally, those dates, April 10 and May 29, are the exact same dates that God inspired me to visit Israel for the first time in the Hebrew year 5770 (2010). He inspired me to visit Israel on April 10, 2010, and I left for Israel exactly 7 weeks later to the day on May 29, unbeknownst to me at the time! More on that in my new book, "Proving God with Numbers". Also, incidentally, my personal website was launched on April 9, 2013, exactly 6 years to the day to Israel's elections this year.
God has now inspired another trip to Israel from September 23 - October 10, 2019. This happened around four-and-a-half hours after Iran shot down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20. You can read more about that here.
Update: July 23, 2019: Boris Johnson wins the Conservative Party leadership vote, and is set to become Britain's 77th Prime Minister on the 24th of July. Also on the 23rd of July, Mark Esper is sworn in as the new U.S. Secretary of Defense after James Mattis resigned over 7 months earlier. He was the 23rd U.S. Secretary of the Army until becoming the new secretary of defense on July 23. This comes exactly 7 months to the day since Donald Trump brought forward James Mattis's departure to January 1, 2019, on December 23, 2018. This marks the longest time that the U.S. has been without a Senate-confirmed Secretary of Defense in their history.
Update: September 11, 2019: On September 10, 2019, Donald Trump announced that he had fired his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, citing disagreements with many of his suggestions. John Bolton disputes this, saying that he offered to resign the day before on September 9 - exactly 17 months to the day that he assumed office on April 9, 2018. Also on September 10, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that if he was re-elected on September 17, he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea, in addition to annexing Jewish settlements within the West Bank.
Donald Trump's election probably spurred the greatest upheaval in American politics in centuries!
Regardless of what you think about him or his politics, he has caused a great deal of soul searching amongst voters, political commentators and pundits, and anyone with a passing interest in politics in general. For those of us like me who see the rise and fall of political leaders as the divine will of God, we see things from a different perspective.
While I never thought Hillary Clinton would become President - even before she announced she was going to run, I didn't foresee the rise of Donald Trump!
As a New Zealander, I probably have a different perspective on things being so far away from U.S. national politics and the mood of the nation, however, some things remain the same and transcend national borders and boundaries, colour, race or creed. We are all under God, and God is sovereign over mankind and the world.
For those who don't believe in God, that will be a hard statement to accept! Nevertheless, I refer to the testimony of the ancient Babylonian King, Nebuchadnezzar when he said;
"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." - Daniel 4:17
To be clear, I am not calling Donald Trump, "the basest of men", however, in this one statement, God is letting every one of us know that He rules in the kingdom of men, and sets up whomever he wants over it. It took the King seven years living like an animal in a bout of insanity to come to this realisation!
Of course to some, quoting ancient texts from the Bible will never be enough, and quite honestly will be discarded as no more than fairy tales and fantasy, meant for children and the weak and feeble minded among us.
Jesus did however say, "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." - Mark 10:15
Nonetheless, faith is a unique and individual journey for everyone, and every one of us comes to it in a unique and different way. If we come to it at all. Not every one will find their faith in God or come to the truth. And there are different reasons for that. We must all find our own way to God and the truth!
Coming back to the original topic of this article, I would now like to draw upon some interesting codes, numbers or signs as they relate to Donald Trump, Israel, and the number seven.
I have written a little bit about the number 7 on this site, and let people know how I believe God has used it to mark or demonstrate his presence or divinely guiding hand in certain events in my life, to show that it was Him behind it. Most recently it was in a series of trips to Israel in which he used the number seven to try and prove that it was Him behind it - although I knew it anyway, it is a way of providing tangible evidence or proof to back up my claims!
So it is with that idea in mind that I present the following 'evidence' to you:
- On Donald Trump's first full day in office he was exactly 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old. (Confirm). If you count the day he was born as 'day 1', he was inaugurated on his 70th year, 7th month and 7th day of life. (Confirm) (See the note on calculating time above to see how this was calculated.)
- Exactly 7 months later on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse occurred - the first since the nation was founded to be seen exclusively in the United States.
- He beat Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College voting system by 77 votes because of 7 "faithless" electors. (Two voted against Donald Trump, while five voted against Hillary Clinton, bringing the final tally to 304-227 votes.)
- He was born exactly 700 days prior to the re-founding of Israel on May 14, 1948. Next year will be the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.
- On top of that, he was elected on Benjamin Netanyahu's (Prime Minister of Israel) 7th year, 7th month, and 7th day in office! Netanyahu was sworn in for the second time just before midnight on March 31, 2009 - purportedly to avoid being labelled an "April Fools" Government - and had his first full day in office on April 1, 2009. (April 1, 2009 - November 8, 2016)
- This all happened in the Hebrew year, 5777. (Oct 2, 2016 - Sep 20, 2017)
- On July 7, 2017 (7/7/17), Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin for the first time, face-to-face, when Vladimir Putin was exactly 777 months old to the day, in the Hebrew year 5777.
- On July 11, 2018, in the 77th week since Donald Trump's inauguration, he was the 777th richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
- On the day that Israel turned 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old (12:21am - December 21, Israeli time), Donald Trump announced that his defense secretary Jim Mattis had resigned on his and President Trump's 700th day in office (December 20, 2018). (January 20, 2017 = day 1, December 20, 2018 = day 700) His resignation came exactly 70 days before his departure on February 28, 2019. February 28, 2019 will be the 770th day of Donald Trump's presidency, and presumably the first day on the job for the new Secretary of Defense. Update: Since this announcement, Donald Trump has brought forward the departure of General Mattis by two months, with the new acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to begin on January 1, 2019.
- On President Trump's 777th day since the election on November 8, 2016, Israel announced that they would dissolve Parliament and hold elections 7 months early on April 9, 2019. (November 8, 2016 = day 1 - December 24, 2018 = day 777 - Confirm)
- On February 28, 2019, (Donald Trump's 770th day in office), Israel's Attorney General announced that Benjamin Netanyahu will be indicted on bribery and fraud charges, pending a hearing. This marks the first time a sitting Prime Minister is facing criminal charges. The announcement comes exactly 40 days before Israel's elections on April 9, 2019.
- On May 29, 2019, exactly 7 weeks to the day since the initial results of the election became clear, and Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz, conceded defeat on April 10, Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government before the midnight deadline, following a two-week extension. The Israeli Knesset was dissolved in the early hours of Thursday morning, May 30 (Ascension Day). This marks the 40th day of the Omer from the Feast of Firstfruits and Easter Sunday. New elections are now scheduled to be held on September 17, 2019. This marks the first time in Israel's history that new elections have been called without forming a Government first.
- Mark Esper is sworn is as the new U.S. secretary of defense, exactly 7 months to the day that Donald Trump brought forward James Mattis's departure to January 1, 2019. (Dec 23, 2018 - Jul 23, 2019)
Now you might say, that is all just happenstance and 'coincidence', and you are just fitting the numbers to create a good story, and there is an argument for that. However, it could also be that God has divinely aligned all these events to leave us with a sign or code to be unravelled, to let us know that He is indeed sovereign over mankind and the world, and these numbers were put there to be discovered.
As Proverbs 25:2 says;
"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."
What this could actually mean for America, Israel and the world remains unclear, it could be nothing, and it could be a sign that God is in control, or it could be a portend of future events with regards to America and/or Israel, or neither!
It is up to you what to believe in and whether to accept these numbers as signs, or just mere coincidence and number fitting.
Nevertheless, I think it provides an interesting enough question to ponder over.
Only time itself will reveal the true meaning behind these events!
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Addendum: 20 April, 2018 / 5 Iyyar, 5778:
Having had time to reflect upon the numbers and signs written in the article above, I have come to the following conclusion. It is clear that Donald Trump was meant to be President of the United States - not Hillary Clinton. Today marks 70 years since the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel on the Hebrew Calendar. Next month on May 14, 2018, it will mark 70 years since the signing of the declaration of independence on the Gregorian calendar. Regardless of what happens during the Trump presidency, we can be sure of one thing. This is all part of God's plan.
I think these numbers are a way of God showing us that He is in control, and that no matter what happens, it is all a part of His plan.
That plan will ultimately end in the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of the world. Amen.
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Important Dates in Israel's Modern History:
August 29-31, 1897: The first Zionist congress was held in Basel, Switzerland, to call for the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine. Theodor Herzl, convenor of the first Zionist congress stated in his diaries; "At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today I would be answered by universal laughter. If not in 5 years, then certainly in 50. Everyone will know it". 50 years and 3 months later to the day from the opening of the first Zionist Congress, the UN voted to create the state of Israel.
Editor's Note: It is interesting to note that the Jewish Jubilee year is held every 50 years, and, according to Leviticus 25:10, all property is to be returned to its original owner. Is this not what occurred on November 29, 1947, in the United Nations?
November 2, 1917: Balfour Declaration. UK's foreign secretary Arthur Balfour writes a letter to Lord Rothschild, expressing the UK's support for a Jewish State in Palestine.
December 9, 1917: Jerusalem captured by General Allenby from the Turkish Ottoman empire during WWI.
November 29, 1947: The United Nations approves and adopts a resolution to partition Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, thereby creating the State of Israel. The vote was passed by exactly 33 votes on the 333rd day of the year.
May 14, 1948: Israel's soon-to-be first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, declares Israel's independence.
June 5-10, 1967: Six-Day War. Israel captures East Jerusalem including the Old City and the West Bank off Jordan.
December 6, 2017: President Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 70 years after the UN vote to create it.
For more background information on Israel, see "Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn" by Daniel Gordis, below:
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How This Article Came About:
In late February 2017, my sister told me about how Donald Trump was 70 years, 7 months and 7 days old on his first full day in office. I found that quite intriguing, but didn't look any further. Six months later on August 20, 2017, while lying in bed, it suddenly struck me that the "Great American Eclipse" of August 21, would occur exactly 7 months on from this date!
I then discovered a whole lot more 'coincidences' relating to Donald Trump and the number 7 which other people had discovered. While out walking on August 29, a week after the eclipse, I was inspired to write this article. In early January 2018 when I was adding the "Important Dates in Israel's Modern History" section above, I noticed that the day that God had inspired me to write this article, was the same day as the opening of the first Zionist Congress in 1897! In fact, it was exactly 120 years to the day! I don't believe that that was a coincidence. That Congress led to the creation of the State of Israel 50 years later.
Is there any significance to the 120 year number? The bible makes several references to the number 120, most notably in Genesis 6:3 and Deuteronomy 34:7. Genesis 6:3 is interpreted by some to mean that God gave mankind an additional 120 years before the divinely appointed judgement of Noah's flood. The latter reference refers to the age of Moses when he died at 120 years old. Moses was one of the greatest prophets in Judaism, and is revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. There are a number of other references to the number 120 which can be found here.
It is also interesting to note that the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple occurred on August 30, 70 A.D., coinciding with the second day of the first Zionist Congress in 1897, 1827 years later! Whether that was done on purpose or not I am unsure, but it would certainly be a symbolic and significant date on which to hold the event.
By Steve Moxham
August 29, 2017 / 7th of Elul, 5777
P.S. Incidentally, my younger brother Tim was killed on Donald Trump's 63rd Birthday on June 14, 2009. That means he was killed exactly 7 years, 7 months and 7 days before President Trump's first full day in office - see the tweet below. If you would like to read about what happened to him and the four messages of comfort we received after his death, click here.
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