Does God think in thousand-year days?

Posted: June 6, 2008 in Source: Marylou's America, Uncategorized

By Marylou Barry

You may not agree with me and I’m not asking you to, but as a student of both the Old and New Testaments, I am increasingly convinced that God indeed does think in thousand-year days.

Three scripture verses commonly cited to defend this viewpoint are:

  • “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
  • “For a thousand years in Thy sight are like yesterday when it passes by.” – Psalms 90:4
  • “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – II Peter 3:8

Many of us have grown up being taught that this is only a literary device meaning that time is irrelevant to God. Maybe many of us have been taught wrong.

There is a saying among some Christians: 2,000 years under chaos, 2,000 years under law, 2,000 years under grace. The final 1,000 years, as typified by the Sabbath, are to be in peace under the reign of the Messiah.

Some theologians – and the Web is full of them – go through all kinds of mathematical contortions to try to pinpoint when God made the world, then count forward from that tenuous result to the alleged date of the Second Coming. Maybe my antipathy for math is showing here, but I think it’s a lot simpler than that.

I think that determining the exact date of Creation – which we don’t know – in addition to being difficult, is unnecessary. I think that simply adding 2,000 years to the date of the Redemption – which we do know – should give us the date, or something awfully close to it, of Jesus’ return to begin his 1,000-year reign.

One mistake a lot of prognosticators made in the 1990s was forgetting that the New Covenant began at the Crucifixion, not at the first Christmas. According to the best historical data, the Crucifixion took place on Passover, April 7, 30 AD. (Yes, other dates have been suggested, but that is a complex subject and one for another day, if not for an entire book.) Therefore, if we are still around in 30 AD, wouldn’t we be well advised to keep one eye on the sky – and perhaps the other on the TV screen?

Flying in the face of this neat little prophecy package, however, is an article by WorldNetDaily executive news editor Joe Kovacs about the “blood moon” solar and lunar eclipses expected on the Jewish high holy days of 2015. Kovacs was commenting on a video interview with Pastor Mark Biltz of Bonney Lake, Wash., who bases his interpretation on the importance of signs in the sun and the moon, as referenced in Genesis and again in Matthew. The last time a “tetrad” of blood moons occurred on the Jewish high holy days, Biltz says, was in 1967-68 when the Jews recaptured their ancient capital of Jerusalem. A tetrad of holy day blood moons also occurred in 1948 when Israel was reborn as a nation.

The problem with the blood-moon-tetrad theory, however, is that it fits not at all with the thousand-year-day theory, not unless, of course, somewhere along the tired trail of human history, we have let 15 years slip through our fingers. Is this a possibility? The question is rhetorical, of course, because everyone who could possibly be sure of the answer is dead.

One point observers can agree on, however, is that the world stage increasingly is being set for the Bible’s End Times scenario. Unlike believers in other centuries, we can see these very measurable developments with our own eyes, within our own lifetimes. We don’t need historians and mathematicians to delineate them for us, just an open Bible and the evening news.

Within the lifetime of many readers, Israel was a 3,500-year-old pile of dry bones, thought significant by no one other than a few misguided religious zealots. Now it is a sovereign nation, blooming in the desert and constituting a stumbling block for all the nations who try to destroy it.

Within the lifetime of many young adults, Iran was a civilized and prosperous ally of the United States. Now it is headed by a Shiite fanatic who wraps women in body bags, channels dead guys in wells, and is building an atomic bomb. Add to that mix that, for reasons that have yet to be explained, no one is taking him down.

Within the lifetime of most college students, the Soviet Union lay on the ash heap of history, a beaten bear that could threaten no one. But now that bear, who has recovered his strength and reclaimed his name “Russia,” is back on his feet and building nuclear reactors for the Shiite fanatic.

So, with the three major players of the Gog invasion – reconstituted Israel and rearmed Russia and Persia – all on stage at the same time, one has to wonder, can opening night be far behind?

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