If you do a quick Google study on the Internet on the year that Jesus was crucified you will see that there are those claiming all sorts of proof why they know the correct year of the crucifixion. You can find some very good arguments why their date is correct but the problem is that their dates span every year from 30 AD to 35 AD. They might all have good arguments but they certainly can’t all be correct.
If you only read the arguments on one website you might be convinced that this is the year that Jesus was crucified but after you read many of these top sites that talk about the date of the Lord’s crucifixion you probably should come to the conclusion that a conclusive date for the crucifixion is elusive. Scholars can all agree that Jesus was crucified between 30-35 AD but narrowing it down beyond that involves cherry picking facts and subjective reasoning. It is my view that the dating of the crucifixion with certainty is not possible with the data that we now have available.
The reason I bring this up is because I think the return of Jesus and the millennial rest will begin 2000 years from the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. There are many reasons why I believe this. For example, there is the creation week and the two passages where it says that a day is as a thousand years to the Lord (Ps 90:4, 2 Pet 3:8) and six times in Revelation it mentions that our reign with Jesus, when Satan is bound, will be for one thousand years (one Sabbath day). So it is obvious to me that the seven-day creation model is still in play and those in Christ will enter the Lord’s rest or the seventh day. There are “types” or similitude’s in the Bible and it is all by design to show us God’s plan. For example, there is Ho 6:2 passage that talks about the Lord reviving us after two days and raising us up on the third day. That should not be surprising since Jesus Himself was raised on the third day and we are His spiritual Body.
There also are a number of 6000 year hints such as God’s Spirit striving with man for 120 years (120 Jubilees or 6000 years) – (Gen 6:3) . God’s Spirit would not strive with man in the millennium because His Spirit will have been poured out on all flesh. All will have the knowledge of the Lord in the millennial reign. The seven-day model and prophetic “types” should be rather obvious since the Jewish system was based on six days of work and one day of rest. Even in the New Testament we see it played out in Mr 9:2 when Jesus is shown in His glory to Peter, James, and John after six days. Anyway, there are many such “types” and similitude’s in the Bible that suggest a biblical week of 7000 years.
Therefore, if we know when the Lord was cut off and know that it had to be at the end of fourth day before the lasts days of the week of 7000 years, I think we can know the season of the Lord’s return in glory for the seventh day millennial reign. It will take place somewhere between 2030 and 2035 AD. So if you believe the Bride will be taken seven years sooner or even before that time like me, the Rapture would occur no later than 2028 and it is likely that it will occur several years sooner.
No one knows what day Jesus will come as a thief in the night for His Bride because it won’t happen until the Father tells Jesus to go get her. Even so, the Lord will return in Glory to fulfill the fall feasts to Israel just as He fulfilled all the spring feasts at His first coming. So the astute can know that Jesus will return in Glory on a fall feast day (probably on the two-day Feast of Trumpets) between 2030 and 2035 AD.
That is about as close as I will ever get to setting dates. I think the Church should know the general season because we are not in darkness that this day should overtake us like a thief (1Th 5:4). I do not know how much clearer Paul could have said that. The Church should be aware of the general time of the Lord’s coming.
Years ago I wrote 25 articles about events taking place on earth that correlate to indicate the general season of the Lord’s physical return to earth. Guess what? If you read those articles and look at these world events, the astute should come to the conclusion that this downward slide of the world cannot go beyond the 2030′s without the world destroying itself. It is also obvious to me that Christian institutions have become like an out of control weed with evil birds nesting in their upper branches that are helping corrupt the whole loaf with sin. If you do not have a clue what I am talking about or what Jesus was talking about in those parables read this article, The Parables of Matthew 13, and also read how the seven parables relate to the Lord’s seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation.
Jesus was clear that there would be an end of this age. Ages do not go on forever and the Church Age has lasted for nearly two thousand years (two, one-thousand-year days). God will be consistent and He will fulfill His week timeline seen through the earthly ages and also seen through Israel’s holy convocations and similitude’s or “types” in scripture.
Some might say it has already been more than 6000 years since creation. How would they know? The calendars have changed over time and they are not reliable. For example, the Jews say there has only been 5771 years since creation. They are wrong but it’s not over 6000 years yet either. Bishop Usher’s dating is also wrong. Jesus was not born 4004 years from creation like he calculated. More likely Jesus died 4000 years from creation at the end the fourth day and that puts us in the last days (last three days of the week) just like scripture claimed ever since the death of Jesus. (I say Usher was wrong because experts say If Abram was actually born when Terah was 70 as Genesis 11:26 seems to imply, Usher’s dating would be off by 60 years.)
(* as an aside, We can rule out that the Lord is using Biblical years of 360 days each because if that were true we would already have been in the millennium around the turn of the century. That was much of Grant Jeffery’s theory in his book “Armageddon Appointment with Destiny” but he was obvious wrong. I think God uses a Gentile solar calendar when we are in the time of the Gentiles and He uses the Jewish moon based calendar when He is dealing with the Jews. Apparently God also changed the actual length of the year on earth so the calendars actually did reflect reality. The changes in the annual year have been recorded in the Bible.
The day that Joshua warred against the armies of the five kings of the Amorites, the sun and moon stood still in the heavens. That was a double day and apparently whatever caused it also changed the 365 day calendar to 360 days. Then many years later Hezekiah got his life extended by 15 years and the proof that God would do it was that the sun-dial went backward. At that time the calendar changed back to 365 days and shortly after the Kingdom fell to the Gentiles.
You think the change of the length of years is a bit far fetch? Well, all ancient calendars also reflect this change, not just the Jewish. How did this happen? That is beyond the scope of this post but read “Planets in Collision” or similar works that talk about the catastrophic earth events of Old Testament times. In short, the orbit around the sun was apparently changed by interaction with some heavenly body. It will happen again in the seven-year tribulation when we again see 1260 days that also are exactly 42 months and exactly 3.5 years. Now you also know why peoples hearts are failing them from the roaring of the waves and from seeing what is coming upon the earth – it’s not just a few more earthquakes and floods on the earth that will bring in the tribulation. What will actually happen will be truly earth-shaking).
Maybe the Church has a decade left to work before the Rapture but almost certainly it does not have more than two. The time to work for the Lord grows short.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.