Enoch and Jesus’ Age 12 Visit to the Temple

Jesus’ life was a day-for-year repetition of the chronology of the old testament. The only time mentioned as an event in Jesus’ life and in the historical chronology is the age 12 visit to the temple, this pairs with Enoch’s ascension. Together the two stories provide the date of Jesus’ visit to the temple. This article explores.

Background

As explored in an earlier article, the birth date for Jesus was on February 17, 1 AD. The following is the date report for that date:

Jesus’ Birthday
Fri10989-08-29 AA16 Feb 1 NS17 Feb 754 AUC4008629 AAN
1489-08-29 FE18 Feb 0 OS17 Feb 1 AD1721472 JDN

This date began the life of Jesus on earth. The end of his life, the crucifixion, was 10,989 days later. The following is the report:

Jesus’ Crucifixion
Thu11019-10-08 AA20 Mar 31 NS22 Mar 784 AUC4019618 AAN
1519-10-08 FE22 Mar 30 OS22 Mar 31 AD1732461 JDN

This difference in day numbers matches the year number After Adam of the birth of Jesus. This suggests Jesus’ birth was a prophetic replay of the fall of Adam with Jesus’ death on a cross was a replay of his birth. This itself was a replay of the fall, so the stories suggest what we know from standard orthodoxy: Jesus became flesh and dwelt amoung us, and died, in order to take on himself the sins of mankind. He did this chronologically following the original story.

The Mid-Life Visit to the Temple

What we look at here is the only life event recorded in the New Testament that happened in the middle of Jesus’ life. That event was his age 12 visit to the temple. The following is the passage were that visit is described.

41Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. 42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. 43After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."

49"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" 50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:41-52 NIV

41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?check business 50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:41-52 KJV

The key here is that Jesus was in the temple, a building meant as a pattern for the things in heaven, the place were Jesus would go after his resurrection. Generally speaking, the temple is always a pattern for heaven itself. Going towards the temple in scripture represents going towards the things of God. Going away represents going away from God.

Of course the specific date for this event is not given, so we have no detail with which to map this event back into the original historical chronology. What we do know is that Jesus was 12 years old. This suggests Jesus was between the start and end of his 12th year. This age can be reconned as days and must be between one of the following two day ages:

11 full years: 360 * 10 + 390 = 3990 days
12 full years: 360 * 11 + 390 = 4350 days

If Jesus’ temple visit really was replaying something from the original historical chronology then that original story must land between the year 3990 AA and 4350 AA, the years from Adam that this age 12 visit replays.

Enoch’s Ascension

A previous article gives the years for each of the life spans through Noah. By reviewing that list, the last year of Enoch's life can be found. The ascension of Enoch in the year 4270 AA, the last year of Enoch’s life. The following is the original account:

21And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:Methuselah: Gr. Mathusala 22And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:21-24 KJV

21When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:21-24 NIV

The last verse in this account is key, God took him away. This is the earliest account of an ascension given in the Bible. Hebrews adds details:

5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 KJV

5By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 NIV

The key here is that Enoch was translated or taken up from the earth, in other words he was taken to heaven this is what going into the temple is symbolic for. In Enoch’s case he appears to actually entered into heaven itself.

There are two important parallels between Jesus’ temple visit and Enoch’s temple visit:

  • Neither Found Jesus could not be found in the company of Jesus’ traveling companions. Enoch could not be found either. (Presumably Enoch could not be found anywhere on earth.)

  • In the temple Jesus was found in the temple in Jerusalem, while Enoch was found in the temple in heaven. (Or, at least, in heaven itself. Perhaps not all the way into the temple itself in heaven. There are theological debates on just what happened to Enoch.) The details are not important to this point, the symbolism is the same.

Running Out the Specific Date

The year number of Enoch’s disappearance is likely the day-number within Jesus’ life of when Jesus’ remained behind at the temple. The date number within Jesus’ life can be computed by adding 4270 days to the first day of Jesus’ life. The math is this: 4008629 AAN + 4270 = 4012899 AAN. The report is this:

Specific Date for Jesus’ age 12
Visit to the Temple
Fri11001-04-09 AA26 Oct 12 NS28 Oct 765 AUC4012899 AAN
1501-04-09 FE28 Oct 12 OS28 Oct 12 AD1725742 JDN

Notes

This is in October of the year, and not exactly what we would expect if this was a really a Passover trip to Jerusalem. So this alignment is suspect given the simple text of the Bible. This could have been one of the other undated trips or perhaps a Tabernacles trip.

This is beyond the exact millennium date that might be the expected point for this visit. But, date in question is not unknown to the charts, it adds yet another detail that matters.

The Month and Day of the Visit

By inspection on the previous report it can be seen that the Bible Calendar month is 4 and the day is 9. This date is important because it maps to an exact date in the history of ancient Israel. It is the date that Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army broke through the city walls and entered into the temple. The following is the account:

2And on the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah's eleventh year, the city wall was broken through. 3Then all the officials of the king of Babylon came and took seats in the Middle Gate: Nergal-Sharezer of Samgar, Nebo-Sarsekim a chief officer, Nergal-Sharezer a high official and all the other officials of the king of Babylon. 4When Zedekiah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled; they left the city at night by way of the king's garden, through the gate between the two walls, and headed toward the Arabah.

5But the Babylonian army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho. They captured him and took him to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced sentence on him. Jeremiah 39:2-5 NIV

2And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up. 3And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal–sharezer, Samgar–nebo, Sarsechim, Rab–saris, Nergal–sharezer, Rab–mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.

4And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain. 5But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.gave…: Heb. spake with him judgments Jeremiah 39:2-5 KJV

By inspection on the master charts the year of this invasion was 10409 AA, so the following date report indicates the day the armies first entered Jerusalem, and presumably the temple.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Army breaks
Jerusalem’s Walls
Sat10409-04-09 AA7 Jul -579 NS8 Mai 159 AUC3796929 AAN
909-04-09 FE13 Jul -579 OS8 Mai 595 BC1509772 JDN

This 4th month, 9th day entry into the temple matches Jesus’ visit into the temple at the same time.

Ash Wednesday

We continue to look at details dealing with the dates of events in the New Testament. The next issue is the memory of Jesus' birthday, the holiday known as Ash Wednesday.