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    [SIZE=36pt]God’s 7,000 Year Plan[/SIZE]


    But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord [in heaven] is as a thousand [earth] years, and a thousand [earth] years is as one day. [in heaven] 2 Peter 3:8
    Most Christians in Bible believing circles are probably familiar with the idea that God has a 7,000 year plan that corresponds to the original creation week of seven days, but I have found that most are not familiar with the many portions of Scripture that support this doctrine. People know about 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4 but that’s about it. But that should not be about it. If God has a 7,000 year plan, then this is major stuff and we should be familiar with many verses of Scripture that support the doctrine.
    Now, our opening text says that one day with the Lord as a thousand years. In a general sense, the verse is simply saying that time is irrelevant to God. What seems like a lot of time to us is really very little time to God, since He is eternal.
    Though it seems to be taking the Lord forever to get around to sending His Son back to rule the earth, it really has been only a couple days (in God’s timing) since He left. But that’s only the general teaching. There is also a very specific doctrine to be gleaned from the verse.
    The verse does not say that a day is with the Lord as thousands of years (plural), ten thousands of years, or millions of years. It specifically states that “one day” is with the Lord as “a thousand years.” To the serious student of Scripture, such specific terminology mandates a closer look at the subject. If the Bible says nothing more of the matter, then the verse should be understood in the general sense only and not pressed for any additional meaning. However, if other portions of Scripture show support for a 7,000 year plan, then 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalms 90:4 should be understood in that context as well. As we are about to see, other portions of Scripture show much support for a 7,000 year plan, and the lateness of the hour makes this truth more relevant today than at any time in human history.


    [SIZE=18pt]The Six Days of Creation[/SIZE]

    We read in Genesis 1:31, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” So, in six days the earth was created and populated with all its life forms.
    However, it is possible to consider these ‘day’ periods as 1000 earth time years.
    Exodus 20:11 says, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.”


    [SIZE=18pt]The Sabbath Principle[/SIZE]

    Then we are told that God “rested” on the seventh day: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”
    . As we shall see in this study, the 6/1 division is not unusual in the Scriptures, as it reflects God’s plan of 6,000 years for man to rule the earth and a final 1,000 year Sabbath in which Christ Himself shall rule.
    The number six is the number of imperfect man (the ultimate imperfect man being Mr. 666, the Anti-Christ; Revelation 13:18). God’s number is the perfect number seven, a number that occurs well over four hundred times in the Bible (the number six occurs 202 times). The number seven is found fifty-four times in the book of Revelation alone, mainly because Revelation is the book that ushers in God’s seventh day Sabbath rest for the earth and its inhabitants (the number six occurs only four times in Revelation).
    So, the original creation week of seven days foreshadows God’s prophetic plan, a seven thousand year plan (six ‘days’ in God’s eyes) with the final thousand years being a holy Sabbath for planet earth and its inhabitants.
    The fact that God established a Sabbath day at the end of the standard week is familiar to most people, but most do not realize that God has more than one Sabbath. The weekly Sabbath, the seventh day of the week under the law of Moses, was clearly one Sabbath, but there are other Sabbaths as well. In fact, one could probably understand the Sabbath better in the context of a principle rather than a particular day. For example, God expressed disappointment in Leviticus 26:34 over the fact that the Israelites would neglect to observe her land Sabbaths: Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her Sabbaths. This was not a seventh day Sabbath, but rather the seventh year Sabbath. There are also jubilees in the Bible that are based on forty-nine year cycles (seven times seven), and there are designated 490 year time periods in the Bible (seventy times seven). The day of Pentecost always fell under the Sabbath principle since it always occurred immediately after the seven weeks following Passover. Of all the months on the Hebrew calendar, it was the seventh month that was most sacred (Lev. 23:33-36). We even learn from Daniel 9:24-27, that Christ will not return until after the completion of Daniel’s seventieth week and it is after the seventh church period that the church age comes to an end in Revelation chapter three.


    [SIZE=18pt]A Neglected Doctrine[/SIZE]

    The idea that God has a 7,000 year plan is not a new one. In fact, it has been around for many centuries. The Epistle of Barnabas taught it in the first century A.D. by stating that “in six days, that is, in six thousand years, all things will be finished . . . This meaneth: when His Son, coming [again], shall destroy the time of the wicked man, and judge the ungodly, then shall He truly rest on the seventh day.” (Epistle of Barnabas, XV verses 4-6) Irenaeus taught it in the second century, Commodianus in the third century, and in the fourth century Lactantius wrote that “the world must continue in its present state through six ages, that is, six thousand years . . . at the end of the six thousandth year all wickedness must be abolished from the earth, and righteousness reign for a thousand years…” (The Epitome of the Divine Institutes, Chapter 70)
    We quote such authors because we believe they understood what the Bible had taught all along about God’s prophetic plan and that these truths have been neglected for centuries by most scholars and commentators, largely because it was a seemingly insignificant doctrine centuries ago and it is a negative and uncomfortable doctrine for many today. Bible doctrine is a Bible doctrine, regardless of what people think of it, and it should be taught.


    [SIZE=18pt]There Remains a Rest[/SIZE]

    Hebrews 4:1-11 has a bit to say about God’s coming rest. Notice some of the verses that place an emphasis on the rest that God has planned for His people:

    Verse 1: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

    Verse 3: For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

    Verse 4: For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

    Verse 5: And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

    Verse 8: For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

    Verse 9: There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.

    Verse 10: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
    Verse 11: Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

    This can refer to the spiritual rest that the believer enjoys by fully trusting Christ and resting in the abundant life that only Jesus can offer, Matthew 11:28; John 10:10, but much of it also refers to the coming millennial rest for the earth and its worthy inhabitants. After all, Paul tells us that: the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now Romans 8:22, which means that the creation has not yet entered into the rest that the Scriptures mandate. Isaiah 14:7; 44:21-23; 49:13; 55:12
    Isaiah 14:7 makes the point very clear:

    “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet:
    they break forth into singing.”

    This has happened at no time since the garden of Eden, and it certainly isn’t happening now. It will happen only after the Antichrist and his followers have been destroyed and Christ’s throne of righteousness has been established in Jerusalem. Being a time of “rest,” it makes perfect sense that God would correspond it to the seventh day rest of Genesis 2:2, and since the Bible plainly states that Christ’s earthly kingdom will last one thousand years (Rev. 20:1-7), it also makes perfect sense that this one thousand year kingdom should be the seventh thousand year period, or seventh millennium, of human history. This makes Christ’s kingdom the Sabbath day of the earth and human history.


    [SIZE=18pt]A Thousand Year Sabbath Kingdom[/SIZE]

    Revelation 20:1-7 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 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 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. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years 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. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.
    The underscoring above is for two reasons: (1) to emphasize the fact that the Scriptures specify that Christ is to rule the earth for a “thousand years” and (2) to point out the fact that the Holy Spirit led John to record the term six times. Why six times? Because man must have dominion on the earth for 6,000 years (six millennial days) before Jesus returns to rule His kingdom.


    [SIZE=18pt]The Original Second Coming Prophet[/SIZE]

    If I were to ask you to name the first man to prophecy the Second Coming, who would you name? If you are thinking of anyone in the New Testament, you are way too late. If you are even thinking of any of the standard Bible prophets, you are still too late. Strange as it may seem, the Second Coming of Christ was first prophesied before Noah’s flood. We learn this from Jude 14: And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints. This tells us that God has planned an earthly kingdom since the very beginning! In fact, Jude’s words offer us a very strong hint as to when this kingdom will be by telling us that Enoch was the “seventh” from Adam. Why would it matter that Enoch was the “seventh” from Adam? The Bible is filled with truth-telling prophets who have no connection to the number seven at all, yet for some reason the Holy Spirit wants us to know that the first man to prophecy the Second Coming was connected to the number seven. This is because Christ’s Second Coming will begin the seventh day to God, or seventh millennium, to us. .


    [SIZE=18pt]Leah’s Seven Children[/SIZE]

    One of the strongest examples in the Bible is God’s 6/1 division principle is found in Genesis chapters twenty-nine and thirty with the birth of the children of Leah. In Genesis 29:32-35, she gives birth to four sons. Then in Genesis 30:17-20 she gives birth to two more sons, making six sons in all. Finally, in perfect correspondence to God’s 6/1 principle, she gives birth to a daughter. But God isn’t finished yet. Notice the meaning of the names of these children:

    1. Reuben – behold a son
    2. Simeon – hearing
    3. Levi – joined
    4. Judah – praise
    5. Issachar – reward
    6. Zebulun – dwelling
    7. Dinah Justice

    So the sinner beholds God’s Son and hears the gospel. Then he is joined to Christ by being born again. Then he lives a life of praise unto the Lord. He is then rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ, after which he dwells with Christ. He also rules with Christ in the millennial kingdom, which is a time of true justice in the earth.


    [SIZE=18pt]The Sabbath Provision of Manna[/SIZE]

    After leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea, the Israelites began receiving daily provisions of manna, a miraculous food from God. They were commanded to go out in the morning and gather enough manna for that day’s eating. But they were not permitted to gather manna on the seventh day, therefore God supplied them with a double portion on the sixth day. “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Exodus. 16:4-5 The manna pictures Christ, John 6:51, but it also pictures the word of God: . . . man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4
    Thinking of the six day manna provision as a type of God’s word, notice how perfectly it matches the six thousand years of human history. For the first two thousand years (4,000 BC to 2,000 BC), there was no written Scripture at all, and a very limited number of prophets. For the next two thousand years (2,000 BC to Christ), Scripture began to be recorded and preserved, and God inspired the prophets, but there was still a very limited supply. That’s four millennial days so far. Then on the fifth millennial day (Christ to 1,030 AD), the canon of Scripture is complete and the Great Commission gets underway, but within four hundred years the Roman Catholic Church plunges the world into the Dark Ages for the next thousand years! So, day five offers a very limited supply of manna as well. Then comes the sixth day. The first half of this day looked rather gloomy and no more promising than the other days. Then came the Reformation (roughly 1,400 AD to 1,600 AD). The printing press was invented, Bibles began showing up everywhere, Rome’s heresies were seen for what they were, and people by the millions began leaving the harlot church and embracing the word of God. Then in 1611 God gave the world the King James Bible, the book that would give everyone access to the Word of God. All of this happened on the sixth millennial day of God’s calendar and more manna was fed to more souls than on any other millennial day since the creation of the world. Why? Obviously, God is getting people ready for the Sabbath, just as He did in Exodus, except this time it will be a 1,000 year Sabbath!

    [SIZE=18pt]The Real End of Slavery[/SIZE]

    Exodus 21:2 tells us that Hebrew servants were to be set free after six years of service: “If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.” So man has to serve under the “bondage of corruption” for six millenniums. Then in the seventh millennium, he enters into “the glorious liberty of the children of God”, Romans 8:21, while Satan the slave master is bound for a thousand years Rev. 20:1-3.

    [SIZE=18pt]Israel Cleansed of Her [/SIZE]
    [SIZE=18pt]“Leprosy” on the Seventh Day[/SIZE]

    “And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, but must stay out of his tent for seven days. But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean.” (Lev. 14:8-9) Here we see that under Israel’s Mosaic law the leper could not be considered clean until the seventh day. Leprosy pictures sin throughout the Bible.


    [SIZE=18pt]Israel’s Seventh Month[/SIZE]

    Israel’s calendar had twelve months, just as ours has twelve months, but God chose to make the seventh month the most special (Lev. 23:23-44). It was in the seventh month that three major Jewish events occurred (the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles). This likely signifies the fact that the tribulation trumpets will sound, Israel’s sins will be atoned for, and Christ will tabernacle (dwell) among His people on the seventh millennial day.

    [SIZE=18pt]The Land Sabbath[/SIZE]

    “Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.” (Lev. 25:3-4) Again we see the 6/1 principle that is so common in the Scriptures. The Hebrew under the law would till his land and grow his crops for six years, but then allow the land to rest during the seventh year. Obviously, this foreshadows the coming millennial Sabbath of Isaiah 14:7: “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.”


    [SIZE=18pt]Seven Trumpets after Six Days[/SIZE]

    “Now Jericho was closed up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:1-5) Anyone familiar with the book of Revelation recognizes the typology. The six days obviously picture the six thousand years of man’s dominion on earth. Joshua and his men picture Jesus and His saints who will take possession of the kingdoms of this world after six millennial days. And, just as in Joshua’s day, this happens after seven trumpets sound. Revelation 11:15 says, “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Furthermore, the words Joshua and Jesus mean the same thing and are used interchangeably twice in the New Testament (Heb. 4:8; Acts 7:45).


    [SIZE=18pt]The King Revealed at Seven[/SIZE]

    “And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal. But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain. And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.” 2 Kings. 11:1-12 The name Joash means “whom Jehovah bestowed,” which makes him a picture of Jesus Christ, along with the fact that he was a good Jewish king who replaced corrupt leaders. He was hid in the house of the Lord six years before becoming king. Then notice what happened in the seventh year: “And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed them the king's son . . . And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.” So Jesus is presently “hid” in heaven, and He will be revealed and crowned after six thousand years of Satan’s corrupt leadership.

    [SIZE=18pt]Six Steps to the Throne[/SIZE]

    “And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place, and two lions standing by the stays.” Solomon’s peaceful kingdom was a foreshadow of the coming millennial kingdom of Christ. In fact, Jesus is called the “son of David,” like Solomon (Mat. 9:27), and He compared Himself to Solomon (Mat. 12:42). Notice that there were exactly six steps to the throne. There were not three or four, and there were not seven or eight. There were six steps to Solomon’s glorious throne. The reason is clear: there are six millennial steps to Christ millennial throne, each step being a thousand years.


    [SIZE=18pt]A Kingdom after Six Days[/SIZE]

    “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. And after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou will, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Mat 16:28-17:5)
    This passage is loaded with prophetic truth. Matthew 16:28 speaks of the son of man coming in His kingdom, then the next verse begins with “And after six days . . .” So, the kingdom will come after six days on God’s calendar. What follows in the passage is clearly a reference to the Second Coming of Christ: “. . . an high mountain . . . his face did shine as the sun . . . Moses and Elias . . . tabernacles . . . a bright cloud . . . a voice out of the cloud . . .” All of this is Second Coming language, and it all comes “after six days.” Clearly, this is no accident.


    [SIZE=18pt]Christ Abiding Two Days[/SIZE]

    Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that said he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.” (John 11:5-6)
    When you hear that someone you love is sick, it is highly irregular to abide two days still in the same place where you are! Yet, this is precisely what Jesus did in the case of Lazarus. We are told why He did this in verse four: “. . . This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” Well, Lazarus certainly did die (vs. 14), but it wasn’t Jesus’ plan for him to remain dead. Jesus tarried two extra days before going to Lazarus so that there would be enough time for Lazarus to die and be dead for four days (vs. 39). Any Jew understood that corruption set in on a corpse after three days (Psa. 16:10), so raising Lazarus from the dead after four days would be perceived by everyone as a genuine miracle, thus glorifying God as Jesus stated in verse four. What’s so interesting, as far as the typology is concerned, is the fact that there just happens to be a two day waiting period, allowing Lazarus time to be dead four days. This two day period pictures the two millennium church age in which Israel appears to become dead as a nation. Then, when it seems that all hope is gone (as with Lazarus), Christ restores the Jewish people to the land (1900-1948) and resurrects them as a nation (1948),

    [SIZE=18pt]Jews Believe after Two Days[/SIZE]

    “So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they asked Him to stay with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word.” (John 4:40-41) Here we see Jesus abiding “two days” with the Samaritans, a people that the Jews counted unclean (vs. 9). Then, we read in verses 43 to 45: “Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him . . .”
    The Galilaean Jews received Christ after He had spent “two days” with a people that they counted to be unclean. So, Israel will receive Him after He has spent two thousand years with mostly Gentiles, calling out a people for His name (Acts 15:14).


    [SIZE=18pt]Israel Revived after Two Days[/SIZE]

    One of the most remarkable passages that supports the doctrine of God having a seven thousand year plan is found in Hosea 5:15-6:2: “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 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.”
    About the best the standard commentators can do with the passage is make some application to the third day resurrection of Jesus (a no brainer, if you ever saw one), and some can’t even manage that. This is largely because most commentators before the twentieth century were post-millennial or a-millennial and did not believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ. Naturally, this blinded them to just about everything you’ve been reading in this booklet. With God’s help, I believe we can make a little more sense out of the passage.
    I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence . . .” This refers to Jesus returning to heaven after being rejected and crucified by the Jews. He will remain there until they “acknowledge their offense” and “seek” him in the Great Tribulation, which the passage calls “their affliction.” They will then “return unto the LORD” and be revived “after two days,” which equals the two thousand year church age. Finally, “in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight” refers to the Jewish nation being totally revived and rejoined with the rest of His people at the Second Coming of Christ and living in His sight in the millennial kingdom, which is the “third day” after Calvary, the “third day” after their offense of rejecting Christ.


    [SIZE=18pt]Today, Tomorrow, and the Third Day[/SIZE]

    “And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” (Luke 13:32) Isn’t the language interesting in light of what we’ve been studying? Obviously three literal days can be meant in the immediate context, but the picture is crystal clear for anyone with a prophetic eye. Verse 33 tells of His immediate plans.
    Jesus spends the two millennial days (the church age) after Calvary curing people of their sins and replacing their devils with His Holy Spirit. Then He is “perfected” at His Second Coming, which is the third day after Calvary “when that which is perfect is come.” (I Cor. 13:10).


    [SIZE=18pt]The Third Day Marriage[/SIZE]

    “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.” (John 2:1-2) Why does the Holy Spirit bother to mention that this marriage was on the “third day” in distinction from other days? What difference does it make, if it were on the third day, the second day, or the tenth or fifteenth day? It makes a big difference in the context of our study, because it is on the third millennial day after Calvary that the Marriage of the Lamb occurs, when Christ receives His bride (Rev. 19:7). To remind us that all of this is after six millennial days of human history, we see in John 2:6-11 that there were “six” water pots, and the water content of each was turned into wine, thus pointing to the joy that Israel and the heirs of the earth will display when Christ rules on the third millennial day following Calvary.


    [SIZE=18pt]The Lord Comes Down[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=18pt]On the Third Day[/SIZE]

    “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.” Exodus 19:10-11
    There it is again. The people were sanctified for two days before the Lord came down in their sight on the third day, pointing to the third millennial day after Calvary, which follows 2,000 years of Christ sanctifying a people for His name.

    [SIZE=18pt]The Third Day House of the LORD[/SIZE]

    In II Kings 20:5, God assured Hezekiah that He would heal him of his sickness by saying, “. . . behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.” Again, we see two days of healing and then a completion on the third day. Christ began healing sinners at His First Coming, and He continues healing sinners for two thousand years. Then the “house of the LORD” is established in the third millennial day after Calvary, which is the seventh and final millennial day from the creation. A good reference is Micah 4:1: “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.”


    [SIZE=18pt]The Good Samaritan’s “Two Pence”[/SIZE]

    The parable of the good Samaritan is one of the favourite lessons given by Jesus, obviously due to the strength of its moral teaching. But, as we are about to see, the story offers a bit of prophecy as well.
    “And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and if it costs more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” (Luke 10:30-35)
    In type, the man that went “down” from Jerusalem to Jericho is mankind, who took a big step down into sin in the garden of Eden. When he did so, Satan “stripped him of his raiment,” which speaks of man originally being clothed in righteousness, but losing his righteousness due to sin. He is now “wounded” and “half dead.” The term “half dead” is perfect because man died spiritually in Eden, but not physically. To this day, all lost men are “half dead.”
    The priest and the Levite fail to help the man, picturing how religion and legalism fails to help sinners today. Then a Samaritan, picturing Jesus, had compassion on him and did a number of things for him. First, He “bound up his wounds,” picturing how Jesus can bind up the wounds of sin and make a man whole again. Then he poured in “oil and wine,” which reminds us of how we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, which gives us the joy of the Lord once we are saved. Then he “set him on his own beast,” picturing the way Jesus wants us to bring our burdens to him. Then He “brought him to an inn, and took care of him,” rather than leave him where He found him, which speaks of Christ wanting His people to become part of a good church so He can take care of them. Then He departed on the next days with the promise of coming again: “. . . he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and if it costs more, when I come again, I will repay thee.” If you’ll check Matthew 20:2, you will see that a penny was a day’s pay at that time, which means that two pence is two day’s pay. The good Samaritan planned to return after two days.

    Conclusion
    God’s prophetic plan clearly fits into the timeframe of seven thousand years. Having nearly six thousand of those years behind us, this means that we are at the threshold of the seventh millennial day, which will be Christ’s Sabbath kingdom rest on earth.
    That we haven’t yet reached the true year 6,000, is obvious from the world now in a state of as in the days of Noah. Matthew 24:37 The given time periods of the Biblical Patriarchs and Kings, tied to the known date of the Babylonian conquest, add to a total of 5986.5 completed years from Adam until January 2016. According to the Jews, we are at year 5776, meaning another 224 years before the Messiah comes. It is known, however, that the Rabbis seriously messed with their calendar in the Middle ages. Jeremiah 8:8
    It must be stated that on its own, this doctrine is not one that suits Church teaching, which is probably why it was forsaken centuries ago by many. They lived at a time when there were no visible indications that our Lord’s Return was near, and the 7000 year doctrine being taught then would indicate that His return would not be near for many centuries. But today we have many Biblical indicators flashing, such as Judah being a nation in the land again, world wars and rumours of more wars, Russia and the Muslim nations rising in power, the decline of the West and the rise of the East, a new world order being promoted, earthquakes, famines, plagues and economic problems. All of this makes the 7,000 year plan more believable than ever, especially since we are so close to the seventh millennial day.
    Probably more than any other time in history, we ought to heed the words of our Lord from Luke 12:40: “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when ye think not.” This sudden and unexpected prophesied event, is not the Return, but the Lord’s terrible Day of wrath by fire, 2 Peter 3:7 that will set the scene for the establishment of a One World Government and for all the Lord’s righteous believers to gather and live in all of the holy Land. Isaiah 66:18b, Revelation 7:9 They will prepare the world for the eventual Return of Jesus in His glory, to reign for the final 1000 years of mankind on the present earth.
    Ref: James L. Melton
     
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    The Sabbath you then say will be 1000 years instead of one day as in our life. Could it be the other way because creation was six days not 7. God created the seventh for man that he may be saved. So that he may come to Christ and find that Sabbath and this is why God change the Sabbath. You bring them to Christ on both days. After the sixth day its the end of this world. What Peter states can be taken either way.
     
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    The final 1000 years will be a seventh of God's creation Plan. One seventh is literally what 'Sabbath' means.
    Yes, our weekly Sabbaths are for rest and to worship God.

    What 2 Peter 3:8 said was: ...one day with is with the Lord as 1000 years and a 1000 years as one day. This is just a repeat of the same thing, NOT a reverse of it.
     
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    It seems in my thinking with Earth being Gods foot stool, why would he again leave his house for Earth to rule when He rules now in Heaven.

    John 14:3
    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    John 17:24
    Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

    I will stay on looking but 2 against the 1000 year rule. One or two verses still not enough.
     
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    Jesus WILL Return to earth, because He said He would. John 14:18 and Acts 1:11 the angels repeated it.
    So 'where I am' will be on earth, ruling with His saints for 1000 years. Revelation 5:9-10, Rev 20:6
     
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    And There are many people and groups claiming to be genuine, unique, and real these days. The mantra heard everywhere now is be: Authentic. Many groups claim to be the purveyors ultimate truth. While authenticity and truthfulness are paramount in the realm of personal qualities, these noble attributes can be fabricated and fashioned in order to deceive others.
    Anytime the truth is twisted, it is wrong. When truth is twisted using religion, it becomes especially disturbing. Nowhere is it more disturbing and eternally destructive then when individuals or groups masquerade as true Christians and claim that their church is the true way to God.
    It shouldn't be surprising that false Christian cults are so pervasive in these last days. Jesus told us that, “Many will come in My name.”
    [SIZE=12pt]Mark 13:3-6 [/SIZE][SIZE=12pt]“And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them,“See that no one leads you astray.Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.”[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12pt]The absolutes and truth from God’s written word are more assured then the very ground we stand on. We can place our hopes for the present time and for eternity in the Lord. We know this because He has much to tell us about His unchanging nature.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12pt]Malachi 3:6[/SIZE][SIZE=12pt] “For I the LORD do not change....”[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12pt]Isaiah 40:8[/SIZE][SIZE=12pt]The grass withers, the flower fades,but the word of our God will stand forever.”[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=12pt]These promises from the Bible are poignant reminders that God, His Word, and His will cannot be manipulated by Man. We need to be in the word continuously so that we can always discern the truth from a lie.[/SIZE]
     
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    "add to a total of 5986.5 completed years from Adam until January 2016" - so 13.5 years to 6000 - but then comes the " for the Son of man comes at an hour when ye think not - factor into play as well - so could mean anywhere from autumn 2019 to 2023? - up to 2029, but I think not that late, because the shortening of days, "except those days should be shortened, there would no flesh be saved". Nobody knows for sure, yet, but it's getting closer day by day that's for sure.
     
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    keras : I don't think this are the end of the 7000 year on this earth but on the New Earth. As I study it they are resurrected into heaven others in hell.

    4 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.

    Then the dead are reincarnated.

    5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

    I would think this is a recap of verse 4.


    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.
     
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    The total of 6000 years denotes the Return of Jesus for His Millennial reign.
    The Day of wrath, that 'comes at an hour you think not', is years before the Return, as we know from the Sixth Seal.
    We will see it all, be ready for dramatic happenings and stand firm in your faith.
     
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    I was looking at this from many angles already (where are we in time), and always come to the same conclusion as you. It's good to see how someone's arriving at that conclusion with your "God’s 7,000 Year Plan" thesis. In simplistic terms I could see the concept of it already the first time I read the Bible starting in Genesis and all the way to Revelation. The exact years do not get revealed to a new Christian, but the pattern is there already to see. Thanks for your paper, very interesting. And I also agree with "We will see it all, be ready for dramatic happenings and stand firm in your faith." That's two of the most important essentials we have to deal with pretty soon, and faith is the key, without that we will not be able to stand. - "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus"
     
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    Isaiah 66

    Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

    Ezekiel 43

    7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

    If know the vision in Chebar then you will know this temple is in the Heavens.

    Moreover in Heaven a 1000 years will be as a day but in hell just one day will be as a 1000.
     
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    keras Writer of Bible study guides

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    Despite your name, you get Ezekiel 1:1-28 wrong.
    Ezekiel was in exile, by the rive Kebar and he saw God in His heaven as he stood there. This proves that heaven is a spiritual place and can be anywhere or everywhere.
    The Temple is not mentioned there. But there will be another Temple in Jerusalem as 2 Thess. 2:4 and Revelation 11:1 prove.
     
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    So do you see that this vision was liken to the other.

    Ezekiel 43

    3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

    Please give me the understanding in the verse below.

    Ezekiel 1

    7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

    sole of a calf's foot = polar ice caps you check it out
    straight feet = magnetic bar that runs straight thru a planet
    wings = a star and a planet touch one another this magnetic field causes the orbit, also other wings cover the planet and protect it. Yea the go and return.

    Your turn.
     
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    I agree the temple has a Spiritual place but it also has this place that we see with eyes of flesh. While speaking of eyes in Ezekiel 1 its the Watchers in the wings for they use the magnetic fields to travel. But these are not the only eyes. Notice that building the temple that the house, each story up it gets larger with no support structure Its liken to a funnel going up. 3 places high as for the house. This house is where Christ feet are. And yes He will come with thousands of angels thru the clouds just as he left but His house is not here.
     
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    Sorry, Ezekiel, like many others on this forum, your beliefs are so far from Biblical truths, that for me to even address the issues you promote, is wrong.
    The Day is coming, you will see it, when the Lord will remove the blindness of His people. Understanding will come to those who have chosen to believe false teachings. Isaiah 29:9-12 & 24
     
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    Actually, forums like this can teach you something. And that is: In the same time you write up one post that gets 2 people to agree and 5 to disagree and 68 to not understand what the issue is - in the same time you can self-publish a small book to a greater audience of people that are really interested and knowledgeable about a topic. I mean a dedicated audience at places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo. Personally that is what 15 years on christian forums taught me, dialogue can be great, having 1000's of readers that can understand you is definitely better.
     
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    The Gospel according to Keras! Quickly discounting those who do not see eye to eye with him!
     
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    keras Writer of Bible study guides

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    Why don't you talk with Ezekiel and Blessedhope?
    You disbelieve and denigrate me, do they have the truth?
     
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    God’s 7000 year plan for the earth’s inhabitants is now approaching the 6000 year point. There were 4000 years from Adam to the commencement of Jesus’ ministry. His time on earth of teaching, healing and preparing His disciples, started in AD 29/30, the 15th year of Tiberius. Luke 3:1 That was 1986.5 years ago.

    Luke 13:32 Listen, today and tomorrow, I shall be driving out demons and working cures
    and on the third day, I shall attain My goal.
    This must be a prophecy, as in the next verse Jesus says;
    Luke 13:33 However, I must go on My way this day, tomorrow and the next, then meet My death in Jerusalem.
    A matching prophecy is in Hosea 6:2 After two days He will revive us, on the third, He will restore us, that we may live in His presence. So, there are two “days” that the people of the world must wait until the Lord Jesus comes into His Kingdom and restores us. Just before that, His people are ‘revived ‘ by going to live in the holy Land. Ezekiel 34:11-31

    As to where Jesus is now, we can’t know what is happening in the heavenly realms, but, there are many instances of Jesus appearing to people who cry out to Him, He promises to be with us spiritually and He performs miraculous healings.
    John 5:17 My Father is always at work, to this very day and I too am working.
    John 14:23 Anyone who loves Me will heed what I say.... we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
    Matthew 28:20 ... Observe all that I have commanded you and I will be with you always, to the end of time.

    We have five possible ways of discerning the year when the Lord will appear in His glory and commence His Millennial reign.
    1. Two thousand years from 29/30 CE, the commencement of Jesus’ ministry.
    2. The 7th year of the Sabbath year cycle falls on 2029/30 CE.
    3. 2030 is the 40th Jubilee year from 70 CE.
    4. Ezekiel 4:6..40 year exile decreed for Judah. Multiplied by 7x7 – Leviticus 26:23 & 27 and confirmed by Isaiah 40:2. Equals 1960 years. From 70 CE + 1960 = 2030 The Return of the King
    5. Logic: The world staggers on in its apostate and wicked ways. The many prophesied events still to occur before His Return must take place, so 13.5 years seems a quite likely timeframe.
    Isaiah 46:10, Amos 3:7 and Revelation 1:1, state that the Lord reveals His plans to His servants.
    It follows, therefore, that we, as His servants, by diligently searching His word, can find out and be warned of dramatic future events, to happen before the Return.
     
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    May of 1948 Israel was forgave and became a nation this ends that said in Ezekiel 4. Redo the math
     
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