The Time story of the Woman at the Well

The woman at the well starts to believe Jesus at the 6th hour. After two days her entire town has had a visitation of Jesus and is saved.


The story of the Woman at the Well is a long story recorded in John chapter 4.

1When Joshua knew that the Pharisees had heard he made many disciples and was baptizing more people than John, 2though Joshua himself did not baptize but his disciples, 3he left Judah and went again to Galilee, 4but he had to go through the house of Samaritans.

5Then he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar near the city which Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Now Jacob's spring was there and Joshua was tired by the fatigue of the road and sat down by the spring, and it was about the 6th hour.

7And a woman came from Samaria to draw water and Joshua said to her, Give me water to drink. 8His disciples had entered into the city to buy food for themselves. 9The Samaritan woman said to him, How is it that you a Jew should ask me a Samaritan woman for a drink, for Jews have no association with Samaritans? 10Joshua answered saying to her, If you only knew the gift of god and who the man is who said to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.

11The woman said to him, My master you have no leather bucket and the well is deep. Where do you get the living water? 12What? Are you greater than our father Jacob who gave us this well and drank from it himself along with his sons and his sheep? 13Joshua answered saying to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14but whoever drinks of the water which I give him will never thirst, and the water which I give him will become in him a spring of water springing up to everlasting life.

15The woman said to him, My master give me of this water so that I may not thirst again and not need to come and draw from here. 16Joshua said to her, Go and call your husband and come here. 17She said to him, I have no husband. Joshua said to her, You said well, I have no husband, 18for you have had 5 husbands and the one you now have is not your husband. What you said is true.

19Then the woman said to him, My master I see that you are a prophet. 20Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, and you say the place where men must worship is in Jerusalem. 21Joshua said to her, Woman, believe me, the time is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will they worship the father. 22You worship what you do not know but we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the time is coming and it is here when the true worshippers will worship the father in spirit and in truth, for the father also desires worshippers such as these. 24For god is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman said to him, I know that the anointed is coming. When he has come he will teach us everything. 26Joshua said to her, I am he who is speaking to you.

27While he was talking his disciples came and were surprised that he was talking with a married woman, but no one said to him, What do you want? What are you talking about with her?

28The woman then left her water jar and went to the city and said to the men, 29Come and see a man who told me everything which I have done. What? Is he the anointed? 30And the men went out of the city and came to him.

31During the interval his disciples begged him saying, Rabbi eat. 32But he said to them, I have food to eat which you do not know. 33The disciples said among themselves, What, did any man bring him something to eat? 34Joshua said to them, My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35Do you not say, That after 4 months comes the harvest? Look, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields which have turned white and have long been ready for the harvest. 36And he who reaps receives wages and gathers fruits to everlasting life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. 37For in this case the saying is true, One sows and another reaps. 38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor, for others labored and you have entered into their labor.

39A great many Samaritans of that city believed in him because of the word of that woman who testified, He told me everything which I have done. 40So when the Samaritans came to him they begged him to stay with them and he stayed with them 2 days. John 4:1-40

Time Components

This story is built on 3 specific time components. First is the "About the 6th hour," the second is the "4 months" and the 3rd is the 2 days.

Most of this parable is built on time references that have not been properly introduced yet in this discussion of millennia parables.

Prophetically speaking, an hour is 210 historical years.

About appears to always be a 1/2 measure, so about the 6th hour is 5 full hours, or 5 * 210 = 1050 years, plus or minus 105 years. This is either 945 years (the more likely case) or perhaps 1155 years.

The story then references a 4 * 30 = 120 day period which is prophetic for 120 years and then it references a 2 day period which hits the standard 2 millennia according to the standard ratio of 1 day = 1000 years.

Running the Math

This story begins with Sammaria. That city was the eventual capital of the Northern Kingdom of ancient Israel. The first year of rule from Samaria was 10,074 AA. (By inspection from the master charts.)

The time reference of about the 6th hour is 10,074 + 945 = 11,019 AA the same year as Jesus’ public ministry.

The second time component, 120 days, is also a year based parable, or 120 years forward from Jesus’ era.

11,019 + 120 = 11,139 AA which is roughly the year 150 AD.

This period of history is poorly documented and it is hard to establish any sort of specific event to match.

The final component is 2 days and this is likely 2 full millennia, and those are likely the ones that started at Jesus’ own era. They are up in 2029-30 AD or so.

The players

Samaria was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of ancient Israel. That kingdom grew larger and become the western branch of the Roman empire. This parable explains that there would be 2000 years when Jesus stayed at this house before continuing his journey. The Roman world has been the seat of Christianity ever since the 1st century, as explained by this parable. Visit for more on this subject.

Phil Stone, Updated 2016-11-06