The seven day theory or seven thousand years from creation theory
by Don Koenig
The seven day model of creation leads many to believe that there will be a millennial week of seven days (seven thousand years) from Adam until the end of the seventh millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
The earth was created in six days according to the scripture. There are two places in scripture that say a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. Scripture also says that there still remains a day of rest for God's people. Further, we have been told that God rested on the seventh day and likewise He promised a day of rest for His people. This rest will occur under the rule of Jesus when He returns and sets up the promised kingdom on earth for one thousand years. We are told six times in Revelation that this reign on earth will last a thousand years.
After the thousand years Jesus will offer up the kingdom to the Father and Satan will be released out of his prison to deceive the world one last time. Satan will then be cast into the Lake of Fire and a new heaven and earth without sin, death or the curse will be created for man to dwell in for eternity. The seven day theory is based on this thousand year week model that has 7000 years from creation or from Adam until the eternal kingdom (some believers say 7000 years from creation and others say 7000 years from Adam).
Are there any problems with this dating?
Scholars have disagreement on the amount of time that passed since Adam and also on the date of the flood.
Some are dogmatic about the dating from Adam using the Masoretic text of the Old Testament. By their count (using Bishop Usher's chronology), six thousand years from Adam would have occurred in 1996 AD because Bishop Usher determined that Jesus was being born 4000 years from Adam in 4 BC. However, Bishop Usher may be wrong because other ancient texts say Terah was 145 when he died reference. Some scholars think the text is not saying what Usher assumes in his dating. If this is true and Abram was actually born when Terah was 70 as Genesis 11:26 seems to imply Usher's dating would be off by 60 years.
After not not seeing the seventh millennium with the rule of Christ in 1996 AD, I am inclined to believe that Bishop Usher's dating from Adam is in error. Therefore, It is my opinion that if the seven day theory is true, and a day is as a thousand years with God like scripture declares twice and implies 6 times. Then the fourth day since Adam most have ended when Jesus was cut-off and not when He was born.
So the seventh day would begin 2000 years after the Lord's death. In other words, since the death of Jesus we have been in the last days of the bibilcal week and scripture statements seem to support that (we are in the last three days of the biblical week). After Jesus their remained two one thousand years days of grace (or an age of grace) for the Gentiles followed by the thousand year Sabbath day reign. This is the millennial rest for the earth when the Messiah rules from Jerusalem.
Experts differ on the date and the year that Jesus actually was crusified. Therefore good arguments exist on dates from 30 to 35 AD. If Jesus comes back to rule in the start of the Sabbath 7th day and the thousand year day can be taken literaly than that would indicate that Jesus will come to set up His kingdom between 2030-2035 AD.
Keep in mind that the Rapture of the Church would be prior to this date. Scripture makes it clear that the Church goes to be with Christ prior to the Antichrist and prior to God's judgements on earth and the Church returns with Him after the Lord destroys the Antichrist to start the Sabbath day of rest. Most premillenial Bible prophecy teachers would put the Rapture of the Church at least seven years sooner than the actually second coming of Jesus to set up His earthly Kingdom. For various reasons of my own that I talk of elsewhere I think the Rapture is more than ten years from the coming in Glory.
Some insist that the dating given in the Old Testament had generation gaps that were perfectly allowable in Hebrew writing. Some proof that they use for this theory is the dating and genealogy given by the Jewish historian Josephus and the dating and genealogy given in the Septuagint (the Hebrew scriptures translated into Greek approximately 300 BC by seventy chosen Jewish tribal leaders). The Septuagint indicates Adam was created about 1,500 years before the date given by Bishop Usher. The Septuagint was actually translated 800 years earlier than the Masoretic text version of the Hebrew scriptures from which we get the Old Testament. The Septuagint is a good translation into Greek of the way the seventy Jewish representives understood the Hebrew texts in 300 BC so that should carry some weight since they were much closer to the language at that time. However, the Septuagint is a translation and exact translations are impossible. Ancient text scholars using ancient documents such as the "Dead Sea Scrolls" claim that the Masoretic text has some minor differences with more ancient Hebrew texts so their might be some possibility of minor error in the Masoretic text.
It appears that the Septuagint was either quoted by Jesus or that He understood the Hebrew scriptures in much the same way as those who wrote the Septuagint. If creation was almost 1,500 years earlier than Usher's chronology as the Septuagint indicates. The early dating might be considered. Calendar changes might have occurred that introduced error. Earth upheavals and time abnormalities recorded in the scriptures might explain the differences in the records. The Septuagint writers might have had better understanding of the amount of time since creation from records no longer available to us. The Septuagint and Josephus have the flood several hundred years before Bishop Usher's chronology. Perhaps we should put more weight on these ancient texts then on Usher's chronology or even by our own counting of the years using our incomplete understanding of God's dating system.
Having said all that, It seems to me that if a day is a thousand years with God then the only reliable dating is from when Jesus announced the acceptable year of the Lord when he started his 3.5 year ministry on earth (Lu 4:19). That can also be called the age of grace because we see in Isa 61:2 that what follows the acceptable year of the Lord that Jesus quoted is the Day of Vengence of our God. The day of Vengence happens to be a 42 month period right before Jesus returns to set up His millennial Sabbath day of rest for the earth.
Even the heavens proclaim God's plan and timetable. A zodiac age is approximately 2,000 years.
Jesus said He would be with His Church through the indwelling Holy Spirit until the end of the age (at which point He would come to take His Church to heaven). Jesus did not say "ages" although Jesus does speaks of a future age to come in another passage. Thus, we know Jesus was talking about coming at the end of this present age - not some distant future one.
Signs of the time
Jesus was raised from the dead early on the third day. The spiritual body of Christ is also likely to be raised early on her third day. (A day is as a thousand years so the Church would be taken to heaven shortly after 2030 AD if one uses modern solar years or anytime after 2004 AD if one uses the 360 day biblical year)
I do not believe we can be dogmatic about an exact thousand year seven day theory or the accuracy of ancient calendars but the theories and timing I present fit the scenario that most of the generation that is living today will see Bible prophecy fulfilled within their life span.
The next article is on subtle signs in scripture
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