GOD'S PROPHETIC TIMETABLE
("The 7,000 Year Plan of God")
To be certain that we are really living in the final years before Christ’s Second Coming to earth and how extremely close we are to the end of that time, we must understand that the Bible teaches a 6000 year plan of God, from the Creation to the return of Christ to set up His Kingdom on earth for 1000 years. After that final 1000 years, there is one final battle between God’s Kingdom and the forces of darkness and then there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth (Revelation 20-21). The Bible shows us that God has a 7000-year plan for human development:
a) God sets a pattern in Genesis of 7 days - 6 days for creation and 1 day of rest.
b) The Millennium is referred to many times as the "rest“.
c) A day is like a 1000 years (For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8).
d) Another clue is that Hosea 6:1-2 predicts that the restoration of the Jews would occur after 2 "days", which is poised to occur now after 2000 years from Christ’s first coming. "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.
The 7,000 year plan of God has been consistent with Jewish thought for thousands of years. The apostle Barnabus was a partner in ministry to the Apostle Paul (Acts 13:2, Acts 14:14). The Epistle of Barnabus written in the 1st Century explicitly tied the 7 days of creation to Psalm 90:4 and the 7,000 year plan of God. From the Epistle of Barnabas chapter 15, verses 1-5:
1 Furthermore it was written concerning the Sabbath in the ten words which He spoke on Mount Sinai face to face to Moses. "Sanctify also the Sabbath of the Lord with pure hands and a pure heart." 2 And in another place He says, "If my sons keep the Sabbath, then will I bestow My mercy upon them." 3 He speaks of the Sabbath at the beginning of the Creation, "And God made in six days the works of His hands and on the seventh day He made an end, and rested in it and sanctified it." 4 Notice, children, what is the meaning of "He made an end in six days"? He means this: that the Lord will make an end of everything in six thousand years, for a day with Him means a thousand years. And He Himself is my witness when He says, "Lo, the day of the Lord shall be as a thousand years." So then, children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, everything will be completed. 5 "And He rested on the seventh day." This means, when His Son comes He will destroy the time of the wicked one, and will judge the godless, and will change the sun and the moon and the stars, and then He will truly rest on the seventh day.
The Bible teaches that Christ will return to the earth for a second time at the end of 6000 years, counting from the Creation. It also teaches that Christ will return at the beginning of the “third day”, or third Millennium, counting from the time of Christ. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:2
So, where are we? When does the 6000 years end? When does the 2000 years end? Do we count from the birth of Christ or the death and resurrection of Christ? Well, the 2000 year count could be from either the birth or death/resurrection of Jesus, so the count could end anytime between 1995-2034 A.D. Jesus should return to earth at some point during this time period. But what about the 6000 year count? When does that end?
I believe that we can count the years from Adam until the present day and be fairly accurate in our conclusions about when the 6000 years end. The Lord has laid everything out for us in the Scriptures. Have you ever wondered why the Bible records the ages of people all the way back to Adam? Or why it records the number of years the Kings of Israel ruled? The Lord was giving us the numbers so that we could COUNT the years from Creation and KNOW the approximate time of when the 6000 years would end.
We must keep in mind that when the Bible says that Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born, or that Lamech was 182 years old when Noah was born, that it doesn’t mean that they turned that age on the day of their son's birth. In many cultures, including Jewish culture, when someone turns 30, they are considered to be in their 31st year, therefore they consider them to be 31, as opposed to our own culture where we would say they are only 30. In Jewish culture and most ancient cultures, when a baby is born, they were already considered to be ONE; therefore, on what we would call their "first birthday", they would say the child is turning TWO. The same can be surmised when it says a king reigned 45 years, that it is mostly likely saying his term ended in the 45th year, not that he completed 45 full years.
It is crucial that we understand this in order to correctly count the years as laid out in the Bible. If we only count 130 + 150 + 90, etc., we will reach the end of 6000 years somewhere in the 1990’s. Obviously, we are past that time and Jesus has not yet returned to earth, so we must understand how the Jewish culture counts years in order to correctly count the years as laid out to us in the Bible. So, when the Bible says that Adam was 130 years when Seth was born, we must understand that he was in his 130th year, therefore he could have completed between 129 years to 129 years and 364 days. Since we do not know exactly his age, we should count that on average, he had completed 129.5 years of living. So, let’s go through the Old Testament and count the years:
AGE AT SON’S BIRTH
Genesis 11:26, Genesis 11:32, Genesis 12:4, Acts 7:4
EVENTS STARTING WITH ABRAHAM:
Abraham leaves Haran for Egypt and Canaan
Israel leaves Egypt
Solomon begins to build the temple
1 Kings 6:1
Solomon’s remaining years as king
1 Kings 6:1
1 Kings 11:42
1 Kings 14:21
1 Kings 15:2
1 Kings 15:10
1 Kings 22:42
2 Kings 8:17
2 Kings 8:26
2 Kings 11:3
2 Kings 12:1
2 Kings 14:2
2 Kings 15:2
2 Kings 15:33
2 Kings 16:2
2 Kings 18:2
2 Kings 21:1
2 Kings 21:19
2 Kings 22:1
2 Kings 23:31
2 Kings 23:36
2 Kings 24:8
2 Kings 25:1
Babylonian invasion until 1 BC
1 AD until 2015
My count led me to around 2013 as the end of 6000 years, using only the Bible and 586 BC as the year for the Babylonian invasion of Israel. So, we can see that if we count from Creation, the 6000 years really cannot go much past the year 2015 according to the Biblical chronology. and the assumption that 586 B.C. was the correct year of the Babylonian invasion in Jerusalem.