Recently, I have been studying a concept called the Millennial Day Theory . The basis of this perception is God has a 6000 year plan for mankind, beginning with Adam, and ending with the Second Coming of Christ. This 6000 year reign of mankind will be followed by Jesus' 1000 year Millennial Kingdom. This 7000 year design is presented in the Bible by symbolically using one day to represent 1000 years. This comparison is found primarily in the two following Biblical verses:
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8 (KJ2, bold print added)
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4 (KJ2, bold print added)
The literal meaning of the above verses is telling us God is not constrained by time, and His time is not our time. These verses, however, also have a prophetic meaning. Notice the verses do not say thousands of years, or ten thousand years. They don't say millions of years or eons. They say a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. There is a good reason for comparing a day to precisely one thousand years. I believe these two verses unlock prophetic messages within the Bible for Christians.
For example, the fourth commandment told the Hebrews to do their labor in six days, and then rest on the seventh day. The millennial day theory sees this commandment also as an analogy to God's millennial plan. The six day week ending in a day of rest points to a 6000 year period for man to do his labor , followed by 1000 years to rest in Jesus' Millennial Kingdom on Earth.
Another example of the Bible pointing to the Millennial Week of mankind is found in Genesis 1 and 2. There are elements in the verses describing the seven days of creation that can be thought of as representing the seven millenniums in God's plan for mankind.
This concept is nothing new. Early Christian writers, such as Barnabas, who was with Paul the Apostle in Lycaonia, wrote: Therefore, children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end. Another Christian author, Lactantius, an advisor to Roman Emperor Constantine, wrote: As there had been 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, and 2,000 from Abraham to Christ; therefore, there will be 2,000 years for the Christian era and then would come the Millennium.
The Millennial Day Theory utilizes the biblical fact that mankind has been on Earth for about 4000 years before the birth of Jesus. This can be determined by adding up the ages of Adam and his descendants until Abraham, using information given in Genesis. For example:
And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: Genesis 5:3 (KJ2)
And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begat Enosh: Genesis 5:6 (KJ2)
All these ages of Adam's offspring add up to about 2000 years.
The total years between Abraham and Jesus also equal about 2000 years, according to Bible scholars, including the Old Testament timeline by Biblehub. The Old Testament supplies lifespans of important men, durations of political reigns, and lengths of important events so that the time between Abraham and Jesus can be calculated.
Since it has been approximately 2000 years since the birth of Jesus, it has therefore been about 6000 years since Adam and Eve to present day.
When we add to the above the 1000 year Millennial Rule of Jesus, we have a total of 7000 years for the age of mankind on Earth.
. . . , and who had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4 (KJ2, bold print added)
So, what does all this mean? The point I am trying to make is I believe God has a timetable for mankind. Man's era on Earth will be about 6000 years. That time will be followed by Christ's return to Earth and His 1000 year reign. We are very close to the end of our 6000 years.
In parts 2-4 of this series, I would like to delve into how the Sabbath and the seven days of Creation foreshadow God's 7000 year timetable for mankind.
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, . . . Hebrews 10:1 (KJ2)
Excellent Kenneth !
The key to understanding the time and the return to the day of reckoning reconciliation is fastly approaching the hour ,I have studied this Theory as well and the plan was laid out in the beginning in Genesis very important subject line and I for one am looking forward to reading your blog .
Very interesting have you ever seen the Scriptures that Daniel wrote concerning the Vision ?
And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
No doubt that Daniel wrote about the Vision of the accuracy of the account in the book of Genesis .
Be blessed forever
The morning and the evening are important for after each day it had ended with the morning and the evening for six days until the Seventh Day where there is all light and no more night .