(OPINION) Here are ten reasons Nisan 1 is a pivotal date in 2022:
1. DANIEL’S SEVEN WEEKS
Nisan 1 this year marks the completion of seven Sabbatical weeks since the 1967 restoration of Jerusalem to the Jews. This is significant because Daniel’s Weeks Prophecy says Messiah will appear “seven weeks” after Jerusalem is restored: “From the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks (Dan. 9:25).
The only modern restoration of Jerusalem occurred in June 1967 when the Jews took possession of the Holy City for the first time in nearly 2,000 years. Counting seven weeks from the start of the first Sabbatical week following Jerusalem’s 1967 restoration (Nisan 1973), we arrive at Nisan 2022.
2. THE FIFTIETH YEAR
Because Nisan 1 marks the completion of seven Sabbatical weeks, it also marks the start of a fiftieth year, a potential Jubilee (Lev. 25:8-10). It is interesting to note that, because 2022 is a fiftieth year, this year’s Pentecost, or fiftieth day, represents a “fiftieth within a fiftieth,” a numeric concurrence denoting harvest and the fullness of time that occurs only twice a century.
3. JERUSALEM’S WALL
Nisan 1 this year marks the completion of “seven” and “sixty-two” Sabbatical weeks since Jerusalem’s wall was rebuilt by Islamic ruler Suleiman. This is significant because Daniel’s Weeks Prophecy mentions specifically the wall surrounding Jerusalem being rebuilt:
“From the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall” (Dan. 9:25). Suleiman ordered the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall in 1536-37 AD. Counting “seven” and “sixty-two” weeks from the start of the first Sabbatical week following the order to rebuild (Nisan 1539 AD), we arrive at Nisan 2022.
4. SOLAR ECLIPSE ANNIVERSARY
Nisan 1 this year marks seven years to the day since a total solar eclipse darkened the northernmost tip of the globe, the point where the longitudinal lines intersecting every nation and landmass converge. Besides occurring on the biblical New Year, the Nisan eclipse coincided with the spring equinox. For perspective, a total solar eclipse occurs on the spring equinox only one other time during the roughly 750-year period spanning 1662 AD-2406 AD.
Such an eclipse at the top of the globe, however, is said to happen only once every 100,000 years, making it unprecedented. According to the Talmud, solar eclipses are a sign for the Gentile world. That the unprecedented Nisan eclipse occurred seven years ago is significant because God is known for giving a seven-year warning prior to bringing judgment (Gen. 7; 41; Josh. 6).
5. THE ELEVENTH WEEK Nisan 1 this year marks the start of the eleventh Sabbatical week (2022-29) since Israel became a nation in 1948. The number eleven denotes chaos, disorder, and judgment in Scripture, themes associated with the Tribulation period. The next Sabbatical cycle (2029-36) is the twelfth. The number twelve signifies God’s authority and a perfect governmental foundation in Scripture, pointing to the establishment of Jesus’ Millennial Kingdom. READ MORE