This article is a continuation of the previous article titled “THE END AFTER THE END OF 6,000 YEARS: HAVE WE ENTERED THE 7,000TH YEAR? It can be located by going to the home page or by clicking the link below.
The “end of the world” was a term used by the King James translators in Matthew 24:3 where the disciples asked “… what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?” This foreboding term is often used today by the news media to poke fun and generally disparage Christians. They use it as if it meant the extinction of the human race. One must admit that this English translation seems a bit unfortunate for us. However, it actually refers to the end of an “age” or dispensation. The disciples longed for the time when Christ would set up a world government of his own. John explains it further in the book of Revelation. He said Christ would reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). After that millennium is over, however, the final judgment will come. The unsaved wicked will be turned into the lake of fire and the saved righteous will enter eternal bliss in the New heavenly Jerusalem. Many believe that the human race, as we know it, will cease to increase. Men will no longer beget children. The first-century historian, Flavius Josephus, reflected the theology of his day regarding the cessation of procreation in his Discourse Concerning Hades: “There will be no more generations of wild beasts, nor will the substance of the rest of the animals shoot out any more; for it will not produce men, but the number of the righteous will continue … men and women that never grow old and continue in an incorruptible state…” Prophetic scholars are not calling for the “end of the world,” but rather the end of this dispensation. Human history has approached the conclusion of it’s sixth millennium. Even allowing for calendar corrections, mankind is within only a few years of the beginning of the seventh millennium. In fact, I would go out on a relatively informed limb and say that we have now likely entered the prophetic seventh millennium, which the bible clearly reveals will see the 1,000 year millennial reign of Christ and his kingdom on earth somewhere at the early stages of this particular millennium given that we have seen the advent of the year 2001 and beyond right up to the present. Furthermore, I would say that the reason why Christ has not yet returned is because of the gap time that seems to exist in Genesis 2:2. In the first part of this article, I think I’ve convincingly made the case that the six days millenniums that have passed since the creation of Adam are represented, or are a reflection of, the six days of creation in Genesis 1. They mirror the major biblical events that happened in each of the respective millenniums according to it’s day of creation. One will notice that God rested from all his creative work on the seventh day, not immediately following the sixth day of creation. He did indeed rest on the seventh day, but he also completed his work on the seventh, not the sixth. It does not say when in the seventh day he rested, so there seems to be an indeterminate amount of gap time between the end of the sixth millennium and when he actually rested or ceased his creative work in the opening of the seventh day. But given the powerful evidence of recent events (one in particular that should get everyone’s attention) is in the world of politics in our own country with a president who has a very peculiar prophetically significant last name. There are also many peculiarities surrounding that fact that gives much reason to believe that the small gap time at the end of the sixth millennium and start of the seventh, which will follow the rapture and seven-year judgment period, is just about over given these prophetically significant peculiarities. It is as though they are red flashing warning signals to us that God is sending our way indicating that the gap time is just about over. The twentieth century witnessed two world wars, widespread famine and disease, along with an increase in earthquake activity. It seems more than a coincidence that these events are occurring as we have seen the end of the sixth millennium and the beginning of the seventh, or if it is the case of a calendar issue, we are approaching the end of the sixth millennium and the beginning of the seventh. Certain early theologians believed that Christ would return at the end of 6,000 years. What a thought! What a possibility! Even if we considered this proposed time schedule to be only approximate, we can still see prophetic scriptures being fulfilled around us today, which still indicate that the millennial day concept seen in scripture is very valid as clearly shown in part 1 of this article.
Irenaeus, 140 A.D.
One of those prominent theologians was Irenaeus, born in A.D. 140. He worked intensely against powerful Gnostic heresies and wrote a treatise on the virtues of the Christian faith. Among his writings was found this statement:
“For in so many days as this world was made, in so many thousand years shall it be concluded … and God brought to a conclusion upon the sixth day the works he made … this is an account of the things formerly created, as also it is a prophecy of what is to come … in six days created things were completed: it is evident, therefore, that they will come to an end after six thousand years.”
According to Irenaeus (one among many who held this view) the history of the human race from creation to the consummation will span a 7,000 thousand year period of time. The seventh millennium is predicted to be the reign of Christ and his true church of born again believers after the rapture and seven years of judgment upon the earth to purge
the unsaved wicked off the earth. Irenaeus was not alone in his belief. There are several other ancient writings which concur. Among them are The Secrets of Enoch, The Epistle of Barnabas, The Testament of Adam and other writings of early Jewish theologians. This early teaching clearly comes from the observation of the six days of creation and it’s relationship to the six passed millenniums that we can clearly see ourselves in scripture, as pointed out in part 1 of this article.
The Secrets of Enoch
The Secrets of Enoch dating from at least the first century A.D. (also called 2 Enoch), is translated from Slavonic. In it, God is said to have shown Enoch the age of the world and it’s existence of 7,000 years.:
“And I appointed the eighth day also, that the eighth day should be the first-created after my work, and that the first seven revolve in the form of the seventh thousand, and that at the beginning of the eighth thousand there should be a time of not-counting-endless…”
The Epistle of Barnabas
The Epistle of Barnabas was found among a collection of New Testament books, bound in a single volume called the Sinaiticus, discovered in 1844 at the monastery of Saint Catherine located at the foot of Mount Sinai. It dates back to at least the fourth century A.D. and reflects the theology of some early Christian theologians:
“And God made in six days the works of his hands; and he finished them on the seventh day, and he rested the seventh day, and he sanctified it. Consider my children, what that signifies, he finished them in six days. The meaning of it is this; that in six thousand years the Lord God will bring all things to an end. For with him one day is a thousand years; as himself testifieth, saying, Behold this day shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six days, that is, in six thousand years, shall all things be accomplished. And what is that he saith, And he rested the seventh day: he meaneth this; that when his son shall come, and abolish the season of the wicked one, and judge the ungodly; and shall change the sun and the moon, and the stars; then shall gloriously rest in that seventh day.”
The Testament of Adam
In The Testament of Adam (dating back to the middle or late third century) the career of the world is said to last for 6,000 years after the Flood, or presumably, for 7,000 years in all. Seth, the proposed author, describes the deathbed scene of his father Adam:
“You have heard my son Seth, that a Flood is coming and will wash the whole earth because of the daughters of Cain, your brother, who killed your brother Abel out of passion for your sister Lebuda, since sins had been created through your mother, Eve. And after the Flood there will be six thousand years (left) to the form of the world, and then it’s end will come.”
Moses Established the Concept
In part one of this article, the origin of this “millennial day” concept was revealed. Moses, the first of the writing prophets, established the doctrine that the six days of creation were prophecies of each of 6,000 years. The seventh day, wherein God rested (ceased from his creative work), was a prophecy of the coming great Sabbath Rest which will come during the seventh millennium. Moses set the theme for this “day of the Lord” in Psalm 90:
“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4).
The apostle Peter was evidently drawing upon this verse when he wrote in the third chapter of his second epistle that the “day of the Lord” was represented by a 1,000 years duration …
“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). “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
The “day of the Lord” implies a final Sabbath, the seventh millennium of human history. According to Peter, it should begin with “a thief in the night” and conclude 1,000 years later as “the heavens pass away and the elements melt with fervent heat.” This is consistent with other prophecies in the Bible, and the book of Revelation in particular.
After the millennial reign of Christ, God will renovate the earth and the heavens with
fire. He will create new heavens and a new earth “wherein dwells righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).” “Wherein dwells righteousness” speaks of the fact that humankind will no longer have a sin nature as the old body of death for the born again believer has been destroyed and each individual person who is in Heaven will have a glorified body where the sin nature does not exist. Sin will no longer be a part of our nature, thus relieving any struggle against it as we currently experience. In verse 3 of Peter’s second epistle, he used the plural term “days.” Perhaps they represent two millennia:
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (2 Peter 3:3-4).
Notice, he used the words “last days.” It is very scripturally reasonable to make the conclusion that these represent the last two “days” of human history just before the seventh “day” (or “day of the Lord”) takes effect. This appears to be a clue that the Dispensation of Grace will last at least two “days” or two thousand years. It has now been two thousand years (give or take a few years) since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Soon, we will know if those early theologians were correct. Given the astounding observable connection between the six days of creation representing the biblical events of each of the six millenniums and their connection to Psalm 90 representing the 1990s revealed in the first part of this article, I would not doubt those early theologians, especially Irenaeus given his association with the Apostle John and his first disciple Polycarp. Even without the early theologians, the concept is still very observable in biblical scripture if one looks close enough. Peter seemed to be referring to these “last days” as representing two millennia by saying that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” We have only to check the calendar to see that it has indeed been the case.
Listed Six Times in Revelation 20
In the book of Revelation, the millennial reign of Christ is stated six times to be 1,000 years in length:
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [number 1], And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years [number 2] should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped 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 [number 3]. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years [number 4] were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that
hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years [number 5]. And when the thousand years [number 6] are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison …” (Revelation 20:2-7).
It must be more than a coincidence that the millennial reign of Christ is repeated six times. The implication seems obvious. From the creation of Adam to the second coming of Christ, God has determined six 1,000 year periods of human history. The reference of Peter to the “day of the Lord” is also used by the Old Testament prophets – Zechariah, Joel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and others:
“Behold the day of the Lord cometh” (Zechariah 14:1).
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand …” Joel 2:1).
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it” (Isaiah 13:9).
“For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen” (Ezekiel 30:3).
In Hebrews 4, 4-6, this future millennium is referred to as a Sabbath Rest:
“For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief (Hebrews 4:4-6).
According to these verses, the millennial reign is considered to be more than just a rest. It is a Sabbath Rest. Furthermore, the people in Jesus’ day were not allowed to enter into that rest because of their unbelief:
“For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day” (Hebrews 4:8).
According to these verses, Israel was not allowed to enter into that “rest” when Jesus came the first time. They must await the duration of what the Bible calls “the last days.” That would be at least two millennial days – the current dispensation of grace. Days five and six must transpire before day seven can be implemented. Bear in mind, each of these days are considered to be 1,000 years in length. Hebrews 4 leads us to only one conclusion – from the time of the creation of Adam until the end of the “day of the Lord,” must be 7,000 years. That Sabbath Rest is implied to be the seventh millennium.
After Two Days …
Hosea wrote about Israel’s dispersion among the nations and their eventual return to the Promised land using the terminology of the prophetic “day” …
“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 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).
If each “day” represents a millennium, then Hosea was saying that God would smite the Jewish people and that they would remain smitten for at least 2,000 years – after which they would return to the Lord, would be revived, and in the third millennium would be raised up to live in his sight. This third millennium since the rejection of Jesus Christ is about to begin. At best, we are only a few years away. Without attempting to set a date, we can say that we are so close to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth it is awesome to contemplate.
Sabbath Days in the New Testament
Let us consider the possibility that certain events in the gospel narrative take on prophetic implications when viewed with respect to the “millennial day” concept. There appears to be a correlation between certain events recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the number of days listed in each story. A number of events occurred on a Sabbath day lending support to the implication that these events will be ultimately fulfilled during a future millennial Sabbath.
Christ Announced His Ministry On a Sabbath Day
In Luke’s gospel, Jesus enters the synagogue at Nazareth to announce the beginning of his ministry. It was on a Sabbath that he took the scroll of Isaiah and read the words …
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
Then he closed the book. Had he continued to read
, he would have read the words “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Perhaps the fact that he read the words on a Sabbath day offers a prophetic implication that the day of vengeance will be fulfilled during the future millennial Sabbath – the seventh 1,000 year period of human history.
Christ Plucked Corn On the Sabbath Day
On another Sabbath, Christ plucked ears of corn – a seeming violation of rabbinical law:
“And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands. And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days? …” (Luke 5:1-2). “And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5).
It seems that Christ was saying that the future millennial reign of Christ would be a time of planting and harvest. It would be a time of activity and progress. Though it is considered to be the Sabbath Rest, that rest will be spiritual rather than physical. It will be a rest from evil – a rest from the temptations of Satan. Notice the reply of Christ to the priests in Luke 6:5, “And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Here, he implies that he will bear the title of King of kings and Lord of lords during that future 1,000 year reign.
Christ Healed a Withered Hand On the Sabbath Day
Then there was the time Christ healed a man with a withered right hand on the Sabbath Day:
“And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other” (Luke 6:6-10).
By healing on the Sabbath day, Jesus implied that the millennial kingdom would be a time of healing. During the seventh millennium, mankind will see the eradication of all diseases.
Christ Healed a Woman On the Sabbath Day
In Luke 13, Jesus performed another healing on the Sabbath day. This time it was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years. Christ loosed her from her infirmity, and in verse 16, implied that Satan had been the cause of her problem …
“And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16).
The implication is very apparent – during the future “Day of the Lord,” all will be healed.
Christ Heals a Man with Dropsy On the Sabbath Day
Luke records yet another healing on the Sabbath day. That time it was a man diseased with dropsy …
“And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? And they could not answer him again to these things” (Luke 14:1-6).
Jesus healed the man of his infirmity in the presence of the lawyers and the Pharisees. In doing so, it seems that Jesus implied, prophetically, that such would be the case during the great Sabbath rest – the seventh millennium of human history. In the verses following, he told the parable of a wedding. By doing so, he seemed to imply, prophetically, that during the seventh millennium, there would be a wedding …
“And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them. When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him …” (Luke 14:7-8).
Following that, Jesus gave the parable of a great supper, implying that in the future kingdom, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb would be celebrated and/or that there would be no hunger in the Lord’s kingdom:
“Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many … “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:16,23).
It is amazing that all of these incidents appear to have a prophetic implication when viewed in the context of the approaching Great Sabbath – that seventh 1,000 year period of human history that is fast approaching.
At the Pool of Bethesda
Another Sabbath healing took place in Jerusalem at the pool of Bethesda. Jesus healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. The religious authorities became angry and confronted Jesus with an accusation that he should not heal on the Sabbath day. Jesus replied …
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:22-24).
Christ spoke of those attributes which he possessed, and which would be manifested during his millennial reign. Since these events occurred on a Sabbath day, Jesus seemed to imply that his reign would be a time of sabbatical rest – the seventh millennium.
A Blind Man Healed Near Siloam
Another healing took place on a Sabbath day, recorded in John chapter 9. Jesus made clay, put it on the eyes of a blind man, and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. When he did so, he was healed.
“And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes” (John 9:14).
This healing took place on the Sabbath day, and is yet another reminder of that which shall occur during the millennial reign of Christ. Blind eyes will be made to see, withered limbs will be made whole, leprous diseases will be made clean, and evil spirits will be cast out. Yet, those events recorded in the gospel narratives which occurred on the Sabbath day seem to be a prophetic picture of that which shall occur during the millennial reign of Christ on earth. Also, there are certain events in the Bible which occurred over a period of two or three days.
The Story of Jonah
Jonah spent three days and three nights in the stomach of a whale, and in like manner, Jesus spent three days and three nights in the heart of the earth after his death on the cross. These two events are a prophetic picture of three thousand years wherein God has dealt with the Jews. Like Jonah, the nation of Israel had refused to take the message of God’s judgment and mercy to the Gentiles. As Jonah spent three days in the whale’s belly, so have the Jews been judged of God for the past three millennia.
The Story of Saul
There is another story given in the book of Acts which also may lend a prophetic implication. It is the story of Saul on his way to Damascus and seeing the Lord in the midst of a brilliant light. When the light was gone, Saul of Tarsus was blind. He had to be led by the hand into the city of Damascus. Note that he was blind for three days. This is very likely God’s intended prophetic picture of the history of Israel over a period of about three millennia. In 1 Corinthians, Paul referred to this experience …
“… last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time” (1 Corinthians 15:8).
According to C.I. Scofield, Paul was representing the nation as a whole. His experience of conversion was a prophetic picture of the future national conversion of Israel. The three days he spent in darkness could very well represent the future time when that national conversion would take place.
Joseph and Mary Searched Three Days
Now lets go back to the gospel narratives and pick up a few more events which seem to have prophetic implications when viewed from a millennial day perspective. In Luke chapter 2, Joseph and Mary searched for the twelve year old Jesus. On the third day, they found him in the temple:
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my
Father’s business? (Luke 2:49)
If the current dispensation (the dispensation of Grace) covers a period of 2,000 years, and if the millennial reign of Christ covers the third 1,000 year period, then the finding of Christ in the temple on the third day may well represent his being about the Father’s business during the coming third millennium.
Feeding the 4,000
The story of the feeding of the 4,000 is recorded in Matthew 15 and Mark 8. Note that the multitude had followed him for three days. It was on that third day that Jesus fed the multitude. Prophetically, it also likely refers to that third millennial day when hunger shall be eradicated.
Message to Herod
In Luke 13, some Pharisees came to Jesus saying, “Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill you” (Luke 13:31). Jesus replied, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected” (verse 32). Three days later, Jesus made his triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. These verses seem to have a powerful prophetic implication. They suspiciously seem to refer to the third millennium when Jesus will make another triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem … that seventh millennium depicted in the seventh day of creation (it is the third millennium from Christ’s time to then).
The Wedding in Cana
In the gospel of John, Jesus attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee. This wedding suspiciously seems to be a prophetic picture of the future marriage feast which shall take place after the rapture of the church.
“And the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee” (John 2:1). Note that the wedding took place on the third day. Again, this most certainly seems to be a prophetic implication of the future marriage of the Lamb to his bride … New Testament born again Christianity. Scripture implies that it will take place after two millennia, on the third day! Again, the third day from Christ’s time falling on the great 7th millennium or the seventh day depicted in the six days of creation and that creation ending on the seventh, wherein God rested (finished his creative work). [See part 1 of this article].
The Money Changers
In the latter part of that chapter, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Upon entering the temple, he found money changers selling oxen, sheep and doves. He drove the money changers out and said … “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise” (John 2:16). When the Jews asked him why he had done these things and what sign he could show them that he had the authority to cleanse the sanctuary, Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (verse 19). Now, to be sure, he was speaking of the temple of his body, which they did destroy and which he did raise up the third day. Prophetically, however, it may be a picture of the future temple that he will cleanse when he comes. It is likely that the three days listed in verse 19 represent three millennial days from his time of crucifixion (the seventh millennial day from the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2) – see part 1 of this article). The statement made by Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem may be more profound than that which first meets the eye. One of these days, Christ will come, and will again drive the money changers out. Those money changers very likely represent a prophecy of the future one-world monetary system through which all will be required to receive a mark in their flesh in order to be able to buy or sell. They may represent the abomination of desolation which shall take place on the temple site in the midst of the Tribulation Period. Perhaps the Antichrist will set up an image to the beast in the temple itself, thus committing the abomination of desolation. At the end of the Tribulation Period, however, Christ will return to this earth to destroy the Antichrist and the image which will have desecrated the sanctuary during the last half of the Tribulation Period. When he returns, he will cleanse the sanctuary, drive out those future money changers, and will erect a magnificent millennial temple. Remember, he said that day, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Trial of Christ
That statement is also referred to in Mark 14:58. When Jesus was arrested and brought to trial before the Sanhedrin court, certain false witnesses came to testify:
“We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands” (Mark 14:58).
Those people never forgot his statement. In Luke 15:29, we find Christ hanging upon the cross. Those who passed by …
“… railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross” (Mark 15:29).
Even in the last hours of his life, the people mocked him about the promise he made that he could rebuild the temple in three days. Those three days, however, may refer to three millennia, three 1,000 year periods finally arriving at that seventh great millennium. The prediction may yet be fulfilled, just as Jesus said it would.
The Story of the Samaritans
There is another story given in John 4, which may also lend support to the prophetic implication that a day equals a thousand years:
“So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee” (John 4:40-43).
Jesus spent two days among the Samaritans. This may represent two millennial days which we call the Dispensation of Grace, which we are now currently living in. It has been approximately 2,000 years now since Christ’s crucifixion. It has been a time of Gentile conversion. The New Testament Church, which is pictured in the Bible as the Bride of Christ is, in fact, a Gentile bride. We may be prophetically typified by the Samaritans, among whom Jesus stayed for two days. The story begins with Jesus and his disciples passing through the country of Samaria. As they came near to a city called Sychar, Jesus stopped at a well and sent his disciples into town to buy bread. While he was there, a Samaritan woman came out to draw water. Jesus asked her for a drink and then told her how she could receive living water to quench her spiritual thirst. This is a prophetic picture of the current Dispensation of Grace time period of 2,000 years. When the woman replied that Jews worship at Jerusalem and the Samaritans worship at Mt. Gerizim, Jesus said …
“Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth …” (John 4:21,23).
Jesus introduces the Dispensation of Grace. It began with the first coming of Christ and shall be concluded when he comes back the second time. Meanwhile, just as he spent two days with the Samaritans, he has spent two millennia among the Gentiles.
The Story of Lazarus
There is another story recorded in the gospels which seems to bear a prophetic implication to the teaching that one day equals a thousand years. It is the story of Lazarus. When he came down with the illness, his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus that he was sick:
“When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again” (John 11:6-7).
Note that Jesus delayed his trip to Bethany for two days. When he finally came, Lazarus was already in the grave. Obviously, however, he planned it that way. Prophetically, this seems to imply two millennial days before he comes again. Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, one of these days very soon, he is coming to raise all believers from the dead, as well as those of us who will be alive when he comes …
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
This story is leaping off the prophetic page of what it is intending to represent. His two day delay in coming to Lazarus represents the prophetic time schedule when the great resurrection of the rapture will take place.
Finally, in Matthew 17, the story is given of the Transfiguration. On a high mountain, somewhere out of the land, Jesus met with Moses and Elijah. The event was a prophetic picture of the Tribulation period, and of the second coming of Christ in glory …
“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart …” (Matthew 17:1).
Note that the event took place on the sixth day. This is an intended prophetic picture of that which will occur at the end of the sixth millennium of human history. It is quite amazing that time after time throughout the gospel narrative, we find prophetic implications which lend support to the teaching that a day equals a thousand years, and that after six thousand years of human history, Christ will return to this earth, raise the dead, eradicate hunger and disease, establish a millennial kingdom and rule over the earth during the seventh 1,000 year period of human history. If we are just about there, is there a massive clue that God has given us indicating that we are? As noted above …
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the [TRUMP] of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
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WHEN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM ENDS – THE TERRIFYING GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:11-15).
You have just read the most awesome and fearful passage found anywhere in the Bible. It confronts us with the sobering truth of humanity’s ultimate encounter with God. One truth must be emphasized at the outset of this all-important section of this study. This judgment of the Great White Throne is for unbelievers only. Who are these “dead, great and small?” Currently, they are dead, right now, in trespasses and sins because of their rejection of Jesus Christ, and they will be resurrected out of their current location in Hell in order to appear at this judgment. These are people who died unsaved (or died lost) with no saving faith in Christ and went to a place of torment – as all who reject Christ do in this life. Revelation 20:5 states …
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (Revelation 20:5).
It is noteworthy that in verse 12 of this same chapter the dead are referred to as “great and small.” This means the “great and small” intellectually, physically, financially, positionally and in every other way. This group will include all of the dead, meaning all of those who died without Christ while on Earth. Verse 13 includes additional information …
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works” Revelation 20:13).
The sea will give up all of those who were drowned or buried at sea, never having accepted Jesus Christ. “Death” represents the grave, “Hades” represents the place of torment where their spirits have gone after they have died here on Earth. What these two verses teach is that those who die lost outside of the protection of Christ on Earth right now (the dead) who are currently in Hades (the place of torment) will encounter a physical resurrection from Hades and be united with their bodies, whether their ashes are in the grave, in a mausoleum, on the earth or in the sea. Those ashes will be resurrected and united with the soul and spirit as they arise from the place of torment, and in this resurrected form, they will stand before the Great White Throne.
The Books Of One’s Deeds Opened
At this point, we find a set of books and a separate singular book being opened. Notice the wording in verse 12 …
” … and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of Life.”
For the identity of these “books,” we must look beyond our immediate text to another passage in scripture …
“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them” (Galatians 3:10).
Galatians 3:10 contains the description of the second book by which the human race will be judged. Those who have lived under the hearing of the law of God will be judged by it. Unless people accept the mercy of God in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, there is no way that they can be found righteous …
“… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Revelation 20:12 indicates that some of the books at this Great White Throne Judgment will be the books of a person’s works …
“… and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (verse 12).
The same thing is said in verse 13 …
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works” (verse 13).
In some way, every person has a recording angel who, in this life, is tabulating everything that he or she does.
In connection with this thought, it is well to consider Ecclesiastes 12:14 …
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
In the final hour, the books of one’s works or deeds will be opened. If people today are able by means of photography and recording devices such as cell phones and cameras to capture the actions of people’s lives, and by means of modern audio technology to record their voice, certainly almighty God can play his divine film and recording at this judgment. Not only will the actions and words of a person be recalled at this judgment, but “every hidden thing” will also come to light. This indicates that God has a record of the thoughts and intents of the heart, which will be revealed in that day. D.L. Moody, the famous evangelist, used to say that if someone ever invented a camera that could take a picture of the human heart, that person would starve to death, for people would refuse to have this revealing picture exposed. In that awesome day, however, all the secret thoughts and intents of the heart will be revealed by the projection of God’s special X-ray, taken from the books of the deeds of the human race.
The Book Of Life Opened
Verse 12 indicates not only that the dead will be judged out of the books according to their works, but that another book is opened, which is the book of Life. Here, we discover that a recording angel maintains a book called the “Book of Life.” The New Testament refers to this book eight times; and although the Old Testament does not call it the “Book of Life,” three times it mentions a book in which names are written. To properly understand the Book of Life, you must realize that there are really two Books of Life. One is called “The Book Of Life,” the other book is called “The Lamb’s Book of Life.” These two books are not the same book. The “Book of Life” contains the names of the living while the “Lamb’s Book of Life” belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world …
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Jesus Christ came into the world to save the lost – which is all of us who are born of woman before receiving Christ – and as he repeatedly said, “to give them eternal life.” Clearly then, the Lamb’s Book of Life is the book of Jesus Christ in which are entered the names of those who have received his eternal life as spoken of in Revelation 13:8 …
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
I am personally inclined to believe that in this book will appear only the names of those believers who have lived since the cross. Revelation 13:8 indicates that during the Tribulation period the people who will worship the Antichrist are “all those whose names who have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 21:27 tells us that the only people who will enter into the Holy City are “those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.” It is therefore essential that one has his or her name written in this all-important book. There are two major differences between these two Books of Life. (1.) The Book of Life seems to contain the names of all living people, whereas the Lamb’s Book of Life includes only the names of those who call on the Lamb (Jesus) for salvation. (2) Without a doubt, more importantly, it is possible to have one’s name blotted out of the Book of Life, but not out of the “Lamb’s” Book of Life. In Revelation 3:5 we find that “he who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer here is one clothed in the white garments of Christ, for he or she is a believer to whom is imputed the righteousness of Christ. Therefore, that person’s name will not be blotted out of the Book of Life. In Exodus 32:33 we read …
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33).
It is therefore possible that one can have their name blotted out of the “Book of Life” because of unforgiven sin. But it is impossible to have one’s name removed from the “Lamb’s Book of Life.” Being in this book (the Lamb’s Book of Life) ensures that all sin that is past, present and future is forgiven …
“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:19).
Some try to tell us that this reference to God’s taking away a person’s “share” out of the Book of Life suggests that anyone who detracts from the Book of Revelation and it’s prophecy will lose his or her rewards; but this cannot be, for the only “share” we have in the Book of Life is our name. We have no indication in scripture that anything but our name is written in the Book of Life, for our deeds are not recorded there, they are recorded in the books of our works. We see, then, that the Bible offers three reasons for having one’s name blotted out of the Book of Life. (1) For sinning against God, which it is not possible for anyone who ever lived on Earth to not do. (2) For not being clothed in the righteousness of Christ through the new birth. (3) For taking away from the words of the book of this prophecy (this is indicative of an unsaved, non-believer). Only the unsaved are meant in this statement, for believers cannot have their name removed. It is often a main feature of non-believers to criticize, pulverize and try to discredit the Book of Revelation, which is who this particular warning in verse 19 is directed at. Revelation 20:15 establishes the importance of the Book of Life, for it tells us …
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:15).
In a sense, this is God’s double-check at the Great White Throne Judgment. As a person comes forward, he or she will be judged by the book of law, by the Lamb’s book of Life and by the deeds done in the flesh taken from the books of human works. Then, just before that person is cast into the Lake of Fire, he or she is given a double-check. The recording angel will look through the Book of Life, and “if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he or she was thrown into the Lake of Fire.” This double-check in the Book of Life points out a consistent scriptural principle – that there are only two kinds of people. The Bible refers to only the believing or unbelieving. The saved or unsaved. The condemned or not condemned. The righteous or unrighteous. The just or unjust. The wise or unwise. This principle is maintained here. There are those whose names are written and those whose names are not written in the Book of Life. In that hour, there will be no hesitation and no indecision. Either a person’s name is written, or it is not written in the Book of Life. It must be one way or the other. One does not need to have one’s name entered into the Book of Life, for if he or she is alive, it is already there. God is not wanting anyone to perish, but to have everyone come to repentance …
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
But to keep it there, one must also have his or her name written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Jesus Christ said …
“I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).
Christ repeatedly invited people to come to him, for he alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). John 5:24 tells us …
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
The steps of salvation here are very clear: (1) “whoever hears my word” and (2) “believes him who sent me.” That means trusting in Jesus. Trusting that Christ is the way of salvation, the one who has come to seek and to save that which was lost, which means you. The one who trusts has everlasting life. Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life are those who have received this everlasting life. Have You? Revelation 20:11-15 includes two books of vital importance. Your name is already written in the Book of Life, but is it written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? That depends entirely on what you have done with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have accepted him, it is. If you have not accepted him, it is missing. The answer to that question determines your eternal destiny.
THE ONLY WAY INTO THE COMING MILLENNIAL UTOPIAN KINGDOM ON EARTH AND BEYOND
Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the only ones who will enter this quickly approaching kingdom and the kingdom of Heaven will be only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life.
In order to accept the offer of God’s grace and his salvation, you must take the crucial three steps of
1. Agreeing – A belief and agreeing with God in all that he says in his word, the Bible, about the fact that you are separated from God, as every man and woman on the face of the earth are before accepting his salvation. The Bible reveals that all are separated from him in a spiritual state of death, or in another way that the Bible puts it, in a state of sin, that will result in eternal damnation. Agreeing with God in your heart that you are in need of his salvation. The Bible reveals that God looks upon the heart of a man, and thus, responds accordingly to the man or woman who comes to him for salvation in recognition of his inability to save himself. The Bible makes these facts very clear – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Bible describes these three kinds of death: physical death (the state experienced when life leaves our bodies); spiritual death (spiritual separation from God caused by our state of spiritual death, or state of sin that results in outward acts of sin on a daily basis as the Bible also puts it – the state of sin is received from the first man Adam); and finally eternal death (the fixed state entered into by the individual who dies physically while he or she is dead spiritually). It is eternal death, in particular, which is the horrible result of receiving the wages of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ frequently described such a death as being eternal (without end) in a destiny which he called Hell. He described Hell as a literal place of judgment (Matthew 13:42); a place of everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8); a place of torment (Luke 16:24,28); a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50); a place of remorse (Mark 9:44-48); of bitter memory (Luke 16:25), and a place originally prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). In fact, Jesus more often warned about Hell than he spoke about Heaven. It is not God’s will or desire that any person should be consigned to perish in Hell (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that all should come to repentance of unbelief toward him and believe on him for the salvation of the individual’s soul. But God’s justice requires that the “soul who sins” (remains in it’s state of death or state of sin) is the one who will die eternally (Ezekiel 18:4). So, agree with God, admitting that you are unable to save yourself and in a state of sin under God’s just condemnation for that sin and that you are in need of his salvation.
2. Believing – Then, believe that God does not want you to perish eternally in the torment of Hell because of your sin. Believe that God loves you so much that he provided a way whereby he could still be a just, holy and righteous God, and yet pardon you. Believe that God did not just overlook sin, but that he sent his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to provide salvation by personally paying the penalty for sin. Believe that Jesus Christ, whose life, death, burial and resurrection is the best-attested fact of antiquity, did come to earth to live, die, rise again and ascend to Heaven in order to provide justification and salvation for all who trust him. Believe that he, and he alone, can save you because he has fully satisfied the just demands of God. Believe that you can’t become righteous in God’s sight by your own effort. Believe that he wants to save you and that he will save you. The Bible provides a solid basis for such belief …
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
“But God demonstrates his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God presented him (Jesus Christ) as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man or woman who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3:25-26).
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures … ” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
“Jesus answered, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out [drive away]” (John 6:37).
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
3. Calling – It is not enough to agree with God, admit your need, and believe that Christ can and will save you. You must act upon those facts. You must repent of the sin of your unbelief toward him and actively call upon him for the salvation of your soul based on the fact that you cannot save yourself because of your sins. You must be willing to completely turn from your own efforts to save yourself or from any other hope. You must come to Christ, calling upon him for salvation and counting on the fact that he will do what he has promised. This means simply taking the gift of pardon and eternal life which he offers. Merely believing about Jesus Christ without coming to him makes as much sense and is as effective as believing that a medication can successfully treat a fatal disease, but failing to take it. Yet again, the Bible emphatically and authoritatively provides the basis for such statements:
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). The word translated “believe” here means to “rest one’s entire weight and trust on the object or person in which the belief is placed.” It requires action in keeping with the intellectual assent of that belief.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
” … but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
The logical question you may be asking at this point is: “how do I come to Christ and call upon him?” The answer is that “calling upon the Lord” is just another term for praying, or talking to God. To talk to God is not a complicated process, dependent upon some special rituals. God has invited people to approach him through his Son in simple, straightforward terms. In fact, Jesus approved of the dishonest, despised tax collector who simply prayed, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” While the exact words of your prayer to God are not of vital importance (since God sees and knows the attitude of your heart), the following is the kind of prayer that you could pray in calling upon God for salvation …
“Dear Lord Jesus: I realize that I need you. I admit that I have sinned and that I deserve your just, eternal punishment for that sin. But I am sorry for my sin and I am turning to you and asking for forgiveness. I believe that you died and rose again to pay sin’s penalty on my behalf. I come to you and open my heart to you. I ask you to come into my life, forgive me for all of my sin and make me your child. I invite you to take control of my life and to cause me to be the kind of person you would have me to be. I thank you for doing this because you have promised that whosoever calls upon you, as I am doing now, shall be saved. I pray this in the name of your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, I urge you to sincerely and genuinely express it to God as your prayer. The Bible makes clear that when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart, God forgives our sins and counts us righteous, and that when we openly confess with our mouth what we have done in our heart, God gives us assurance of that salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:3-7).