Israel’s Declaration of Independance on May 15, 1948
Israel signed their Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. The Declaration states that the British Mandate governing Palestine would remain in effect until midnight (May 15), and at that time the interim government of Israel would begin to rule. So the first “official” day of statehood for Israel was Saturday May 15, 1948. Mr. Camping stated this was the day of Pentecost. Pentecost day began on the evening of May 15th. Mr. Camping alluded to this first “official” day but did not say the date.
This is not a coincidence, this is another example of the precision that God has used in unfolding the timeline of history tied to the ceremonial feast days. The final 40 year test for Israel began on the day of Pentecost in 1948 and ended the day before Pentecost in 1988, the same day that God was finished with the churches and the tribulation began, at which time BOTH keepers of the vineyard would fall under the judgment of God.
This 40-year period can be viewed as exactly 40 years. The church age began on Pentecost in AD 33 and ended the day before Pentecost in AD 1988. That was an exact 1955-year period. Likewise, the final testing period for Israel, and the final 40 years of the vineyard under the care of the churches, began on Pentecost AD 1948 and ended the day before Pentecost in AD 1988.
There is an amazing parallel to this, which took place at the Exodus, the official beginning of the vineyard (Isa 5 1-7, Psalm 80:8-9, 15). Exactly 40 years after the Exodus, God commanded Joshua to arise and enter Canaan in three days (Josh 1:11). Thus the vineyard began with an exact 40-year period and ended with an exact 40-year period. This is another testimony to the amazing precision of design that God has used to unfold His salvation plan.
One further comment on the date of May 15, 1948.
From: May 15, 1948 To: May 21, 2011
Is 23,000 + 17 days (inclusive)
From: May 15, 1948 To: Oct 21, 2011
Is 23,000 + 17 x 10 days (inclusive)