Dating Jesus’ Baptism

The New Testament chronicles the events in Jesus’ public ministry. Was there a schedule that drove the events? If so, the schedule would be the same schedule as the rest of the Bible, a replay of the historical chronology. This article explores the math and the dates suggested.


Jesus’ ministry was a prophetic replay of the chronology of Adam’s race from Adam’s fall to the general resurrection at the end of the age. The chronology of his ministry is confirmed by comparing the various time references in his ministry to the chronology of Adam’s race. Because the two system work identically, the chronology of Jesus’ ministry can be established. From this the dates in history for his ministry can be identified using the standard cross-calendar tools.

Standard Ratio

There are various prophetic ratios used in different situations across the pages of the Bible. Days and years are related prophetically by a 1-to-1 ratio of days and years. When a prophet, say Ezekiel, lays on his side 390 days he is using a 1:1 ratio of days to years indicating events in the national history of his nation.[1]

Jesus’ uses two different ratios in his public ministry. The first involves the ratio of his earthly days to millennia.[2][3] Using this ratio Jesus’ parables involving days of ministry expand out and become millennia in the history of Adam’s race. All references to days in Jesus’ ministry expand using this ratio.

For Jesus’ overall ministry the ratio is 30:1. The number comes from the price payed to betray Jesus.[4] This was also 40 days shy of the number of years Jesus lived. In the application important to the discussion here, Jesus’ overall ministry, from the date of his baptism to his resurrection, followed a 30:1 compression ration. Each day in Jesus overall ministry represented 30 years from the chronology of Adam’s race. This can be shown with an accuracy of under 1 part in 13020.

Four parts make up the time of Jesus’ ministry from his baptism to his resurrection. First, the day of his baptism. Remember, he is reliving history from Adam to the resurrection of Adam’s race.

Jesus’ in Baptism: 1 day

The day of Jesus’ baptism prophetically replayed the first 30 years of Adam’s race. Adam was not old enough to break covenant until he was in his 20th year. This age made him an adult. In later generations this meant that a person could be listed in legal contracts and was old enough to fight in the army. In the case of Adam it meant that he was old enough to break God’s law and suffer consequences.

When Adam broke God’s law he was cast out of heaven down to earth. A "firey cherubim" literally a firey bird blocked the way back. This event was prophetically a baptism and at Jesus baptism the spirit descended on Jesus like a dove. Out of heaven came "this is my son in whom I am well pleased."[5] Jesus’ baptism replayed this this fall of Adam" count=" and unlike Adam, Jesus was the son in whom God was well pleased. Only through Jesus, is the sin and fall of Adam atoned for.

Jesus’ in Temptation: 40 days

Next, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness.[6][7] Those 40 days replayed another period in mankind’s history running at Jesus’ standard 30 years/day. So, 30 years/day * 40 days = 1200 years.

Jesus’ in Ministry: 390 days

Jesus returned to his hometown and got up in the synagog and read the scroll. He announced the start of the acceptable year of the Lord. [8][9] His reading began a year of favor from God on the people. Jesus would spend the next year going around doing miracles.

Years are either 360 or 390 days long. In this case it is a year of favor which is a Jubilee so this was the start of a special prophetic Jubilee. Many have written about this. Michael Card even sings about it, "Jesus is our Jubilee..." these thoughts come from this very story in Luke.

The 390 days of the Jubilee are also clocking off historical time, at 30 years/day. So, 390 days * 30 years/day = 11700 years.

Jesus in Tomb: 3 days

His year of public ministry, the year of favor, had its last day on the day of his arrest. He did no more miracles for people from the public after his arrest. He remained mostly silent in court. The trial is not yet the resurrection, which is what all of the New Testament stories prophetically point at.

The 3 days in the tomb also clock by at 30 years/day. So, 3 days * 30 years/day = 90 years.

Summing Up the Time

These four periods add up... 30 + 1200 + 11700 + 90 = 13020 years.

Since these years begin counting at the very start of Adam’s first year they are calendar years in the usual sense. The first day after this interval is 13021/1/1 AA. This date happens to also be January 2, 2030.

This date is a known date and it has a known prophecy. This is exactly 7000 years after Noah came out of the Noah’s ark. The ark story is a prophetic story pointing ahead at the New Jerusalem. The event for this date in future time is likely related to the New Jerusalem. Likely unloading as this is what Noah was doing 7000 year before.

In Noah’s case he came out of the ark and looked around in the world and no one from the pre-flood world was to be found. It was completely gone.

At the resurrection of Jesus, he women went looking for Jesus and found the tomb empty which is what happens across the 20 years before this date.

The last 12 years of this prophetic period are the time of the tree of life and the general resurrection at the end of the age. At this point it won’t be possible to go looking for someone in a tomb. This is, of course, what the New Testament stories point at.

This is an exact fit, not off by any parts in 13020. It suggests quite strongly that this is indeed a correct interpretation. The statistical odds on this working by random chance are of course under 1 part in 13020. It finally cracks open the dates for Jesus’ ministry.

Charting the Ministry Year

Jesus’ ministry year followed the chronological parts spelled out above. The end of his ministry was resurrection Sunday, March 25, in 31 AD. This is the day immediately after the 3 days Jesus’ in the tomb. (When they went to anoint Jesus’ body on that Sunday morning they could not find him because he had already risen. He was not in the tomb on Sunday.

Resurrection Sunday
Sun11019-10-11 AA23 Mar 31 NS25 Mar 784 AUC4019621 AAN
1519-10-11 FE25 Mar 31 OS25 Mar 31 AD1732464 JDN

The start of the three days in the tomb was three days before. Jesus was crucified and buried on Thursday. The fraction of a day that he was in the tomb that day counts towards the 3 days that Jesus is in the tomb.

Note also that Jesus’ trial began just after sundown the evening before. By sun up he was hung on the cross and spent the better part of the day on the cross. This is part of the first day "in the tomb" when he was not in his ministry year and unable to perform miracles.

First Day in Tomb
Thu11019-10-08 AA20 Mar 31 NS22 Mar 784 AUC4019618 AAN
1519-10-08 FE22 Mar 30 OS22 Mar 31 AD1732461 JDN

390 days before is when he got up and read in the synagog. Luke records that Jesus announced this ministry time on a Sabbath.[10] Sabbaths fall on Saturday. This is likely the day he stood up and read. As an important check that the math is being done correctly, the following report indicates this first day of the 390 days of ministry was a Sabbath.

First day in Ministry
Sat11018-09-08 AA23 Feb 30 NS25 Feb 783 AUC4019228 AAN
1518-09-08 FE25 Feb 29 OS25 Feb 30 AD1732071 JDN

His temptation lasted 40 days. Those days preceded the ministry year. The following is the date 40 days before.

First day in Temptation
Mon11018-07-28 AA14 Jan 30 NS16 Jan 783 AUC4019188 AAN
1518-07-28 FE16 Jan 29 OS16 Jan 30 AD1732031 JDN

Finally, the day of Jesus’ baptism is 1 day earlier still. The following report indicates the date.

Jesus’ Baptism
Sun11018-07-27 AA13 Jan 30 NS15 Jan 783 AUC4019187 AAN
1518-07-27 FE15 Jan 29 OS15 Jan 30 AD1732030 JDN

This date has not particular significance as it is just a mid-January day in the middle of January in the year 30 AD. But, this date is the start of a year of ministry.

Enoch’s Ascension

For various reasons the date in Jesus’ ministry of Enoch’s ascension is useful. The following is the logic:

Enoch’s ascension was in the year 4270 AA.

Jesus clocked off time at 30 years to the day, so 4270/30 = day 142.3333.

Stated differently, this is exactly 4 hours into day 143 of Jesus’ ministry.

Date for Jesus replay of Enoch’s Ascension
Tue11018-12-19 AA4 Jun 30 NS6 Jun 783 AUC4019329 AAN
1518-12-19 FE6 Jun 30 OS6 Jun 30 AD1732172 JDN

1. Ezekiel 4:5
2. S. Peter 3:8
3. Psalms 90:4
4. Zechariah 11:12-13
5. Luke 3:22
6. Luke 4:2
7. Mark 1:13
8. Luke 4:19
9. Isaiah 61:1
10. Luke 4:16