In searching the forum for threads dealing with the principle of a day representing 1,000 years and vice versa, I have only found the following threads; ‘6 days of creation = 1000 years per day theory’ and ‘Thousand Years’. In these two threads I did not find mention the notion of a timescale lasting 7,000 years, so I thought it would be good to bring this subject to the discussion table.
Here are some Bible verses that have been quoted in the two threads mentioned.
2Peter 3: 8 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.
Psalm 90: 4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Revelation 20:6 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.
Another thought which I saw already had been mentioned regarding 1 day = 1,000 years is that this might explain why the oldest man who ever lived Methuselah only lived to be 969 years and no one lived more than a 1,000 years fulfilling the statement made by God; (Gen 2:17) '..for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die'. It was within the day (1,000 years) that Adam died (932 years) and no one else lived beyond 1,000 years.
All that aside, I want to consider the 7,000 year time period for God to complete His work and to fulfil His purpose; Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
At the end of the Creation, God said; (Genesis 1:31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good(perfect).
Everything on the earth before the fall of Adam was very good(perfect). It was not good (perfect) after Adam and Eve sinned. God knew that this was going to happen and already had plan to redeem men and women. 'Knowing the end from the beginning' (Isaiah 46:10) God knew how he would redeem man which would involve Him providing an only begotten Son. This Son would not only be the means by which man's sin could be covered and man could be redeemed, His Son would also be instrumental is setting up God's Kingdom to the point where God's Glory once again fills the earth.
How long will it take God to restore the situation that once existed? How much longer will it take for the whole earth to show forth the Glory of the Lord?
The number 7 in the Bible is used to represent completeness. The Genesis story of Creation tells us in the simplest way how God created the earth and all living things. The work took 6 days (relative periods (day/night) to one another) and God rested on the 7th day. What next? Is there an 8th day? The number 8 in the Bible is represents new beginning. I see the new beginning taking place after Jesus has returned to the earth and set up the kingdom and restored the earth to it fullness; the last enemy sin and death will have been destroyed completely. We then enter an age of which we know nothing about except that those who are resurrected to immortal beings and given a place in the kingdom will live for eternity (world without end).
I was thinking about this when looking at Richard’s Bible Wheel. The wheel shows all the books of the Bible and the wheel has seven groupings; that by itself signifies completeness. The Bible is dealing with the period from Creation up to when God will create a new heaven and a new earth.
On the basis of what is taking place in the world now, what do you think the earth will be like in another two or three thousand years from now or indeed 10,000 years from now?
If we consider God is working to a timescale, we see that from Adam to Jesus is approximately 4,000 years. From Jesus to now (2012) is approximately 2,000 years and the Bible tells us that Jesus will reign 1,000 years before he hands the kingdom over to his Heavenly Father. That will complete the 7,000 years. So at this point (the start of the 8th day) will be the new beginning. However, this 8th day (period) is not another 1,000 years but instead is an infinite day which extends to eternity.
It is this complete picture of God taking 7,000 years to bring about His purpose for this earth to be filled with His Glory that I want us to consider.
I am looking for the return of Jesus imminently, because all the present 'signs of the times' and the fact that 6,000 years from Adam is nearly up. I expect the start of the 7th day (beginning of the 7th millennium ) very soon.