The 7,000-Year Theory

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  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    The 7,000-Year Theory
    By Daymond Duck

    I watched an excellent 19-minute video at titled “Watchman Report: God’s 7,000 Year Plan,” and it inspired this article on the subject.

    In the Bible, the word “week” means seven.

    A week of days means 7 days, a week of weeks means 7 weeks, and a week of years means 7 years.

    When we see the word “week” in the Bible, we need to determine if it is referring to a week of days (7 days), a week of weeks (7 weeks; 49 days), or a week of years (7 years; 2520 days; see Num. 14:33-34a; Dan. 9:24-27).

    The Greek word “Millennium” means 1,000 years.

    Milli means 1,000. Annum means years. The Millennium means 1,000 years.

    The Jews have a collection of religious writings called the Talmud, and it contains the writings of thousands of Jewish rabbis.

    In the Talmud, one of the Jewish rabbis wrote that there will be a 1,000-year period of rest [a Millennium of rest in the world] after 6,000 years of history (Psa. 90:4; II Pet. 3:8; Heb. 4:4-6; Rev. 20:7).

    The New Testament teaches that Jesus will come back after the Tribulation Period, Satan will be bound and chained, Jesus will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and the world will rest from war, natural disasters, etc., for 1,000 years.

    Those that believe this way call this 1,000-year period of rest the “Millennium.”

    But notice that the Jewish rabbi said there will be 6,000 years of history plus 1,000 years of rest, for a total of 7,000 years.

    In addition to what a Jewish rabbi wrote in the Talmud, at least 3 famous early Christians taught that the world will go through a 7,000-year cycle (6,000 years of history plus a Millennium or 1,000 years of rest).

    Barnabus, the companion of the Apostle Paul, taught it in his writings called the Epistle of Barnabus (Chp.15). (Note: the Epistle of Barnabus is different from a fake document called the Gospel of Barnabus).

    Irenaeus, a disciple of Polycarp who was a follower of Jesus’ disciple John the Beloved, taught it (see Prophecy in the News; 6/08; p.6).

    Justin Martyr, also a disciple of Polycarp, taught it (Prophecy in the News; 6/08; p.6).

    To summarize, this teaching appears in the Jewish Talmud, it was taught by the Apostle Paul’s companion Barnabus, and at least two famous early Christians that were considered followers of Jesus’ disciple John.

    The Apostle Paul wrote at least 13 books (14 if he wrote the book of Hebrews) in the New Testament, and the disciple John wrote 5, and it is difficult to imagine that their followers would be wrong on this.

    But that is not all. In his book Armageddon & the 21st Century, Colin Deal said he found information on this teaching in the ancient books of Enoch and Jubilees (at Enoch 33:1 and Jubilees 4:29-30; End Time Ministry, 1988, pp. 76-77,), and he found it implied in the Epistle of Barnabus (found in the Sinaiticus or Codex Aleph).

    The teaching begins with the belief that God created all things in six 24-hour days and rested on the seventh 24-hour day (Bible says created, not evolved).

    The teaching rationalizes that there must be a reason why God used six 24-hour days to create everything because God could have spoken everything into existence in the blink of an eye.

    The teaching theorizes that God took six 24-hour days to create everything and rested on the seventh 24-hour day because God plans to deal with humanity for six 1,000-year days and rest on the seventh 1,000-year day.

    The teaching uses Scripture to equate 24-hour days into 1,000-year days.

    First, God told Adam he would die in the day he ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:17), and all the days of Adam were 930 years (almost 1,000 years; Gen. 5:4-5).

    Second, the Bible teaches that one day is with the Lord as 1,000 years (Psa. 90:4; II Pet. 3:8).

    Third, the Bible presents the Millennium (1,000 years) as a day of rest (Heb. 4:4-11; Rom. 8:22; see Ex. 20:8-11).

    Fourth, the Bible speaks of a 1,000-year period of time when Satan will be bound and chained and the world will rest (Rev. 20:1-9).

    To summarize again, the teaching says that God will deal with mankind for 6,000 years (6 God-days or 6 Millennium days), Jesus will come back, and the earth will rest for 1,000 years (1 God-day or 1 Millennium day or 1 sabbath of rest).

    Here is where it gets interesting.

    First, some scholars say about 2,000 years (2 God-days or 2 Millennium days) passed from Adam to Abraham.

    Second, some say about 2,000 years (2 God-days or 2 Millennium days) passed from Abraham to Jesus (probably His ascension).

    Third, some say about 2,000 years passed between Jesus and the present.

    That is a total of 6,000 years (6 God-days or 6 Millennium days).

    This is the point: Because it has been about 6,000 years since the days of Adam, the Second Coming of Jesus and the Millennial Sabbath could be close.

    God may have given us more reasons to believe that the seven 24-hour days of Creation in Gen. 1 are pictures of seven Millennium days (7,000 years) of history.

    First, God told Moses to select a Passover Lamb without blemish at the beginning of the year on Nisan 10 and to kill it 4 days later in the evening of Nisan 14 (Ex. 12:1-6).

    God selected Jesus our Passover Lamb without blemish (I Cor. 5:7) when the world was founded (Rev. 13:8) to be killed 4 days (4 God-days or 4 Millennium days or 4,000 years) later on Passover at evening time (Matt. 26:2; 27:46-50).

    Second, Jesus made His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Nisan 10 and was killed four 24-hour days later on Nisan 14 (Jn. 12:1, 12; Luke 19:41-44) on the fourth Millennium day of Creation.

    Third, God created the sun, moon and stars to provide light in the firmament of heaven and on earth on the fourth 24-hour day (Gen. 1:15).

    Jesus came on the fourth Millennium day as the light of the world (John 1:9; 8:12).

    Some think the three sources of physical light (sun, moon and stars) reveal three sources of spiritual light (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).

    Fourth, without the light that was created on the fourth 24-hour day, all life would perish.

    Jesus is life (Jn. 14:6), and without Him giving up His life on the fourth Millennium day, we would perish (I Jn. 5:11-13).

    This article is not an effort to set a date (and there are errors in the different calendars), but this teaching is a long-held, Bible-based Church teaching that people should consider because the world is very close to the end of the first six days.

    Many believers agree that the Church and the last days (days 5 and 6 of the 6 days that God will deal with humanity) began about 30–33A.D., and the sixth day will end at the Second Coming of Jesus.

    Pre-Trib believers believe the Rapture will be at least 7 years (and perhaps more) before the end of the sixth day to allow for the Tribulation Period and perhaps a gap.

    Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
    Daymond & Rachel Duck
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  2. Salluz

    Salluz Well-Known Member

    Just came across this passage in Hosea 5 and 6 this morning after reading this article:

    14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
    like a great lion to Judah.
    I will tear them to pieces and go away;
    I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.
    15 Then I will return to my lair
    until they have borne their guilt
    and seek my face—
    in their misery
    they will earnestly seek me.”

    “Come, let us return to the Lord.
    He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
    he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
    2 After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us
    that we may live in his presence.
    3 Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
    As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
    he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.”
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  3. Kaatje

    Kaatje Well-Known Member

    I watched the video. Very interesting,

    Heads up, our redemption is so very near.
    Amen, please come, Lord Jesus!
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  4. chaser

    chaser Well-Known Member

    I love reading this, interesting and exciting, things that are hidden being revealed.
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  5. lenraff

    lenraff Well-Known Member

    Today would be Great
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  6. Steve53

    Steve53 Well-Known Member

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  7. Anewcreationinjesus

    Anewcreationinjesus Well-Known Member

    Well the time seems incredibly close, the way things are going ...each day something happens that shows the restraint on evil seems that bit more removed, and the level of deception seems to notch up that bit higher ...

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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  8. Andy C

    Andy C Well-Known Member

    I better go fill my dogs bowl with extra food as the time is close for our departure.
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  9. SonSeeker

    SonSeeker Well-Known Member

    Just leave him the entire 100lb. sack open! He'll thank you in the morning.:p:D
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  10. Jan51

    Jan51 Well-Known Member

    If this is true, then surely Paul knew this, but then he would "know" that the rapture was in the distant future. Yet he anticipated it in his lifetime and taught the church to expect it in their lifetimes.
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  11. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    That's true Jan.
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  12. Andy C

    Andy C Well-Known Member

    Excellent point.
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  13. Andy C

    Andy C Well-Known Member

    On second thought to my previous post.......

    Can you link a specific verse Paul wrote about him thinking the rapture would happen in his lifetime? He did write about the Imminency of the rapture, but that means that nothing has to be fullfilled before the rapture happens.

    He also wrote Romans, and see the below from Jack Kelley:

    Question: Is there a specific time of the year for some of the Rapture verses in Scripture? If so,then shouldn’t we know exactly what time of year to be looking for Him to come? For instance in Micah Chapter 7 it speaks of Summer fruits as a time when the Good man has disappeared out of the earth.

    My point is this,many say Imminency is a Biblical concept,but if the Word of God is giving a specific time of year for the season of the Rapture then the Word of God has to come to pass exactly as what is written. I hope it is Imminent otherwise we all have to maybe wait a few more months before we can get into the season again. I am struggling with the concept of Imminency if the Scriptures are pin-pointing a specific time of the year. I am open to be taught on the concept of Imminency and how it relates to the Rapture.

    Answer: Trying to anticipate the Rapture by looking for the most likely date for its occurrence is man’s idea, not God’s. The thought behind the Doctrine of Imminency is that the Lord can come at any time for His Church. As you point out, as soon as a probable date is selected, the Doctrine of Imminency goes out the window.

    In the past I’ve written that if the Rapture were to occur on a specific date, then the Feast of Pentecost would be the one most likely becauce it’s the only Biblically significant date that seems to describe the Church.

    But I’ve also written that I don’t believe that the Rapture is a date specific event, but is number specific instead. That means that it won’t happen on any particular day, but only when the pre-determined number of humans become believers. This conclusion comes from Romans 11:25. If you stop to thnk about it, the number specific concept is the only one consistent with the Doctrine of Imminency.
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  14. Jan51

    Jan51 Well-Known Member

    Hope you can make sense of my annotations.

    Rom. 13:12
    Rom. 16:20

    I Cor. 1:7
    I Cor. 4:5
    I Cor. 7:29-31 soon rapture is reason for Paul's advice about marriage
    I Cor. 15:51-58

    Phil. 1:6, 2:16, day of Christ/Jesus Christ = rapture
    Phil. 3:14 the prize of the upward call = rapture
    Phil. 3:20-21 eagerly await transforming of our body = rapture
    Phil. 4:5 the Lord is near = rapture imminent

    Col. 3:4 Christ revealed = rapture

    I Thes. 1:10 looking for the Lord/rapture
    I Thes. 2:19 in the presence of our Lord at His coming = rapture
    I Thes. 3:13 that we might be living blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus = rapture
    I Thes. 4:9-12 indirectly, apparently some had quit working in anticipation of the rapture and were now living off others, compare II Thes. 3:6-12
    I Thes. 4:13-18 we who are alive and remain = Paul anticipating rapture in their time
    I Thes. 5:2 the day of the Lord = tribulation and millenium
    I Thes. 5:4 the day of the Lord would not overtake them, i.e., they would have already been raptured
    I Thes. 5:5-11 they are destined to escape the coming wrath, all believers will be taken whether watching or asleep/lethargic
    I Thes. 5:23 Paul anticipates that they will all still be alive at the time of the rapture/coming of the Lord--their spirit/soul/body will be complete/intact

    II Thes. 1:5-7 they can look forward to those being repaid who are afflicting them, at the rapture = Jesus revealed from heaven

    II Tim. 4:7-8 Paul anticipates that day/His appearing

    ETA: Oh bummer, I thought I didn't need to copy all the verses, I thought if you pointed at them, they came up?
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  15. Andy C

    Andy C Well-Known Member

    Yes, point and click and they all popped up.

    Excellent verses, none of which IMO refute my point. Maybe Im getting forgetful, but like your previous post, I thought I remembered that Paul thought the rapture would happen in his life, but the scripture evidence does not clearly support this.

    The main point is the rapture happens, and you and I with all the rest of the Saints will all be called home together.
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  16. Watching and Waiting

    Watching and Waiting Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'd rather it was so imminent it was end of this week, at the latest.
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  17. StormsMom

    StormsMom Well-Known Member

    Was wishing for it all day yesterday and last night as I endured the stomach flu :sick:sick:sick
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  18. Rose E.

    Rose E. Member

    That's how I felt last year.
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  19. Kenny64

    Kenny64 Well-Known Member

    Psalm 90:10
    International Standard Version
    We live for 70 years, or 80 years if we're healthy, yet even in the prime years there are troubles and sorrow. They pass by quickly and we fly away.
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  20. Xenosjeff

    Xenosjeff Well-Known Member

    It wouldn’t surprise me if there was truth and purpose in both views. Imminence and an expectation of departure has a refining of mind and perspective. But.... Just thinking about the knowledge that you and I have at our fingertips compared to any inhabitants of Israel two thousand years ago is fascinating. We are going to see new things based upon the explosion of knowledge that we are living through. Learning the mysteries of God as he reveals truth through his word is thrilling. As long as we keep true to the core requirement of sola scriptura.

    My reservation would come from any information outside of 66 books by 40 authors. Any writing, be it from very solid sources or religious traditions cannot be on par with scripture. It must be looked at as simply an interesting side note. We are going to know more, let’s just not be hasty about it.

    I really believe and trust in the beautifully crafted tapestry that God will display to us when we’re in heaven. Seeing the pictures and types, moments and threads of time with the perfect balance of God’s intent of love for us through Jesus will hold us enthralled for eternity. Loved, eternally glorified by love....I’m ready.


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