#40 Age of the Earth revised May 11, 2023
First, a question. In Daniel 9:24-27, the seventy weeks prophecy is given. At the end of 69 weeks, Christ presented Himself on 10 Nisan, 32 AD (Exodus 12:3) as the Jewish Messiah. We have been in a parenthesis of time since then waiting for the final or seventieth week of Daniel to begin.. What is this parenthesis? To be answered later.
In Revelation 20, Christ’s millennium is noted six times. Why will Christ reign for a millennium? Because His millennium is the Shabot or Sabbath of a week with each day representing one thousand years (Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8, Hebrews 4:4,5) The week begins with Creation.
Bishop James Ussher, a 17th century Anglican cleric and Bible scholar, wrote in The Annals of the World, published in 1650, that the earth was created on October 23, 4004 BC. This was Christendom’s standard for over two centuries thereafter. Scientists estimate the age of the earth at about 4.54 billion years old per asking Google the question on the internet. The Biblical record of Adam’s line would indicate a much shorter period of time for the age of the Earth. Indeed, assuming a 6- day creation followed by a day of rest produces the following calculations from the Bible per Genesis 5:
Person Name’s Meaning Age
Adam Man 130 (when Seth born)
Seth Appointed 105 (when Enosh born)
Enosh Mortal 90 and so on
Cainan Sorrow 70
Mahalalel The Blessed God 65
Jared Shall come down 162
Enoch Teaching 65
Methusaleh His death shall bring 187
Lamech The despairing 182
Noah Comfort, rest 600 (Gen. 7:11)
Flood 1656 A.C.
A.C. = after creation
1656 A.C. presumes that they were born precisely on their father's birthday through 10 generations. Some have suggested it would be more accurate to add a half year for each generation to make the totals more statistically accurate. Perhaps.
The middle column above is the translation of the meanings of the names of Adam's line. The sentences they make I find fascinating.
Shem begot Arphaxad 2 years after the flood (Genesis 11:10). I presume from its beginning.
1656 + 222 = 1878 A.C. date of birth of Terah (again presuming each son is born on his father's birthday, which seems unlikely).
Per Genesis 11:26 Now Terah lived 70 years and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. In the Bible, the eldest is usually presented first, or were these triplets with 1948 A.C.(after creation) representing the birth of Abram? Per Jasher, Haran was 32 when Abram was born and died in the fire at age 82, so they weren’t triplets. I presume Nahor was born when Terah was 70.
Genesis 11:32 So the days of Terah were 205 years, and Terah died in Haran. (named after son Haran?)
Genesis 12:4 And Abram was 75 years old when he departed Haran.
Acts 7:4 (Stephen's address) Then he (Abraham) came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He (God) moved him to this land in which you now dwell.
I take the above to mean that Abram was neither a triplet nor the eldest son, i.e., he was born when Terah was 130 (205 - 75 = 130). However, the history book of Jasher, though believed to be uninspired and twice noted by name in the Bible per Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18, relates Terah was 70 when Abram was born. I believe 130 is the correct number as previously noted, though some believe 70 is the correct number, meaning Abram was born in 1948 AC, the same year Israel was reborn AD (Anno Domini).
Numbers have meanings in the Bible. 7 means complete. 6 is the number for man, not quite complete. 8 means a new beginning. The Jews had a numerical system based on 7. After a week of 7 years, the 8th began- the new beginning. There were 8 persons on the ark to begin the earth anew (Genesis 7:13). In Judaism, a baby boy is circumcised on the 8th day (Genesis 17:12). Could it be on the 8th year of the third millennium (birth of Terah in 1878 A.C. + Terah 130 years old when Abram born = 2008 A.C. [after creation]), God started the earth anew through the birth of Abraham?
According to my Bible, in a note that is not in the original text, Solomon began to reign in 970 B.C. According to the internet- Ancient History Encyclopedia, Solomon died in 931 BC. The Cookeville Herald Citizen circa March-April 2002 ran a blurb stating the last year of Solomon's reign was felt by the scholars to be 931 or 930 B.C. Solomon reigned 40 years, meaning his reign began in 971 or 970 B.C. If 971 began Solomon's reign, then the fourth year would be about 967 B.C.; if 970 B.C., then about 966 B.C.
1 Kings 6:1 And it came to pass in the 480th year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the 4th year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the 2nd month, that he began to build the house of the LORD.
The 4th year of Solomon's reign = 967 B.C. approximately
Date of Exodus, Passover 14 Nisan 1447 B.C. approximate year
Then consider Exodus 12:40 in my New King James- Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 And it came to pass that at the end of 430 years- on that very same day (14 Nisan) - it came to pass that all the armies of God went out from the land of Egypt.
I had originally thought this meant the time the children of Israel had been in Egypt (per Genesis 47:28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt 17 years [after entering from Canaan, with 413 years before the Exodus?]. So the length of Jacob's life was 147 years.) However, the ancient history book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13 & 2 Samuel 1:18) notes the children of Israel were only in Egypt 210 years. Josephus who wrote in the first century AD related Israel was only in Egypt 215 years. And the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament in Greek, completed about 270 B.C., has listed the above portion of the Exodus 12:40 underlined as a mistranslation. Egypt in Exodus 12:40, underlined in the paragraph above, actually is written as Egypt and the land of Canaan was 430 years in the Septuagint. If this is so, what is the event that happened 430 years earlier on the 14th of Nisan that would become Passover circa 1446 B.C. in Canaan?
And what about the end of verse 12:40 on that very same day? The end of the 430 years was on the first Passover, which was Nisan 14 on the Hebrew calendar. This period began on Nisan 14, 430 years earlier, but there is nothing on such a date on Jacob entering Egypt per Genesis 46 & 47, but, according to Mark Biltz’s, Blood Moons, 2014, p. 37, Nisan 14 is significant as Isaac’s birthday.
On to Galatians 3:16-17 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed, who is Christ.
17 And this I say, that the law, which was 430 years later cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
Now Christ was sacrificed almost 1500 years after the law (Ten Commandments), not 430 years before, so what is Paul writing about? This indicates to me that the confirmation can only be Isaac placed on the altar, the Akedah (Akeida) or binding of Isaac, per Genesis 22, when God confirmed His covenant with Abraham. Some Jews believe that the Akedah was on the Hebrew Feast of Trumpets or the Feast of Tabernacles, while others believe it was in the month of Nisan. Likewise, David was born and died on the Feast of Weeks. Isaac was born on Nisan 14, which, subsequently, became Passover. I believed the Akedah was done on 14 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar 430 years before Passover, or per Exodus 12:41 ... on that very same day..., when God confirmed His covenant with Abraham per Genesis 22:15-18.
Consider the similarities between the crucifixion and Isaac on the altar in Genesis 22:
1. The site of the crucifixion and the site of Isaac on the altar are supposedly the same location outside Jerusalem. Some say the Temple Mount, but recent evidence points to outside the old city of David, which I believe is outside the present walls, built in 1517 AD, of Jerusalem. Grant R. Jeffrey in Armageddon: Appointment with Destiny, 1997, 75, relates that one year after the Temple was burned, the Romans plowed with salt the Temple Mount and the city on the ninth of Av, fulfilling Micah 3:12 Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest. To me, this verse does not leave much room for the Temple Mount with its blocks of stone being the location of the Temple. See also Golgotha: Searching for the True Location of Christ’s Crucifixion by Robert Cornuke, 2016, and Cornuke’s later book, Temple: Amazing New Discoveries that Change Everything About the Location of Solomon’s Temple, 2017.
2. Verse 3- Abraham took 2 young men with him as there were two young men on adjacent crosses next to Christ..
3. verse 4- Abraham traveled for 3 days. During those 3 days, Abraham considered his son dead according to the rabbis. Christ was resurrected the third day.
4. verse 6- The wood for the offering was laid on Isaac to carry to the place of sacrifice as Christ also carried His cross of wood.
5. verse 8- When asked by Isaac where the lamb was for a burnt offering, Abraham replied, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." And God did, about 2,000 years later in Christ, though He also provided a ram in place of Isaac. The Lamb would come later.
6. verse 9- Abraham laid Isaac on the wood of the altar, as Christ was laid on the cross and then nailed to it.
7. verse 5- As the LORD had earlier promised Isaac seed or offspring in Genesis 21:12, Abraham expected God to resurrect his son Isaac (Hebrews 11:19), as He did with Christ later. In verse 5, Abraham told his young men that he and Isaac would worship and then both would come back to them.
8. verse 19 - Abraham left the place of sacrifice with his two young men, but where is Isaac? Undoubtedly, all four left together, but nothing is said about Isaac until he meets his bride in Genesis 24:62. Christ remained on the earth after the crucifixion for 40 days, but He has now been gone almost 2,000 years. Soon, He will return for His bride.
9. Isaac was born on Nisan 14, that later became the month and day of Passover. David, whose kingdom was in the middle of the 6,000 years and who took Jerusalem in 1003 BC, was also born on the Feast of Weeks, curiously, the middle of the Mosaic feasts. At the age of seventy years, David died on the Feast of Weeks by Jewish tradition. Apparently, it was an honor from God to die on the same calendar day that you were born, a sign of righteousness. Isaac was saved from sacrifice or reborn on his birthday.
10. It has been written that the first use of a word is very important in the Bible. Per Genesis 22:2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. Love is used for the first time here in the Bible in the context of a father offering his son as a sacrifice, a Father offering His Son. Though this was the confirmation of the covenant, the promises were earlier.
Other verses of interest:
Genesis 15:13 Then He (God) said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs (NOTE: I presume this refers to Canaan and Egypt. Of course, no land was theirs until God gave them the land of Canaan, and this required the nation of Israel, founded in Exodus.), and will serve them, and they will afflict them for 400 years. And also the nation they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the 4th generation, they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
If they were in Egypt 430 years, it seems strange they returned in the 4th generation to Canaan. In Genesis 50:23, we are told Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third generation. Ephraim was born to Joseph as his second child at age circa 31 to 37 per Genesis 41:46, 50-53 (Per Jasher 50:15, Ephraim and Manasseh were twins born to Joseph when he was 34.) He saw Ephraim's children to the third generation, and he died per Genesis 50:26 at the age of 110, 73 to 79 years after Ephraim's birth (Genesis 41:50). Hence, it seems likely to me that the children of Israel were in Egypt considerably less than 430 years. At the end of the first century AD, Josephus wrote they were in Egypt about 215 years. According to the book of Jasher, Israel was in Egypt only 210 years. I presume the 400 years, noted above, is an approximation of the time in Egypt and Canaan.
Acts 7:6 (Stephen's address) But God spoke in this way that his (Abraham's) descendants would dwell in a foreign land (NOTE: Again I presume this refers to Canaan and Egypt), and they would bring them into bondage and oppress them 430 years.
Exodus 1447 B.C.
Isaac on altar 1877 B.C.
I had believed this, but the numbers don’t work, presuming either Jasher, or the late 1st century AD Jewish historian Josephus is correct. Jasher relates Israel spent 210 years in slavery in Egypt; Josephus 215, so we have an additional 215 to 220 years to account for. But Jacob entered Egypt at the age of 130 per Genesis 47:9, and Isaac was 60 (Genesis 25:26) when Jacob was born, giving us only 190 years or a deficit of 25 to 30 years to account for.
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the law, which was 430 years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.
Now, if Abram was born 2008 A.C. (after creation) and if Isaac were born when Abraham was 100 per Genesis 21:5, then an additional 25 years would take us back to Abram being 75 when he departed from Haran for Canaan. When he arrived in Canaan with Lot in Genesis 12:7 God appeared to him briefly, to give this promise, “To your descendants, I will give this land.”
Earlier in Genesis 12:3: Now the LORD had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Per Stephen’s speech in Acts 7:2 …The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, “Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.”
Abram was told to get out of his country, which he did, but also from his relatives. However, he went with his father Terah, and his brother Haran’s son Lot. His father had saved him from Nimrod when he was a child, and Haran had died in Nimrod’s furnace per Jasher, while Abram had survived. It was natural for them to go with him, but Abram was not following God’s instruction when he allowed it, which was likely why God appeared to Abram so briefly in Genesis 12:7 To your descendants I will give this land. It was the first time God specifically promised Abram land for his offspring in the Bible, earlier in Jasher though..
Per Jasher, Abram went with his father and nephew, Lot, to Haran, but at the age of 55, the LORD commanded him to leave for Canaan. He did so without his father or Lot. When Abram arrived in Canaan, God again confirmed His promise. At the age of 70, after 15 years in Canaan, God again confirmed His promise. Abram then left for Haran to visit his father and family and dwelt there for five years. At age 75, he returned to the land of Canaan, but with his nephew Lot, though God had previously told him to leave his father’s house. God appeared to Abram saying, “To your descendants I will give this land,” per Genesis 12:7.
Later, after Lot had left him, in Genesis 15, Abram was told to cut three animals in two, down the middle, and kill two birds. It was the custom when making a blood covenant for the two persons making the covenant to lock arms and walk between the pieces, saying words to the effect that if either broke the covenant, may what happened to the sacrifices happen to them. This was an early appearance of the Trinity as a smoking oven (God the Father) and a burning torch (the Holy Spirit) went between the dead bodies (Christ). Abram did not walk between the pieces, but was asleep while this occurred, meaning whatever he or his descendants did, God would keep this covenant. The covenant was confirmed with the offering of Isaac, but the promise was earlier.
God related that Abram’s descendants would be strangers in a land that was not theirs, and that they would serve them and afflict them 400 years. This referred to Egypt and Canaan. They would come out of the land they served with great possessions. In the fourth generation they would return to Canaan, and God would give their descendants the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River, presently inhabited by the sons of Canaan and the Rephaim (Nephilim). The timing of this is not clear, but in the next chapter 16:3, that Abram went into Hagar after ten years in Canaan, i.e., he was 85.
Assuming Abram was 75 when the 430 years of Exodus 12:40-41 began:
Creation 3,960 B,C.
Flood 2304 B.C.
God starts over Birth of Abram 1952 B.C. (Gen 11:26,32; 12:4, Acts 7:4)
430 years begin 1877 B.C. (Abram 75- Ex 12:40,41; Gal 3:16,17)
Isaac born 1852 B.C.
Exodus 1447 B.C.
David takes Jerusalem, becomes king of Israel & Judah 1003 B.C.
Solomon becomes king 970 B.C.
Temple completed 960 B.C.
Birth of Christ 6 to 1 B.C., likely autumn 2 B.C.
Resurrection of Christ 32 or 33 A.D. (Birth of church)
Present Time 2023 A.D.
2000 Anniversary of Crucifixion 2032 or 2033 A.D. And Birth of Church
In other words, God has divided the first 6,000 years of history (HIStory is HIS story) into 3 roughly equal portions- creation, Israel, and the church. Each approximates roughly 2000 years or 40 Jubilees, actually 2008 years for Creation, 1983 for Israel, and, at present, 1,991 and counting for the church. The 50th year was the Jubilee year in Israel's time system per Leviticus 25 & 27. In this scenario, about 5,982 years have occurred thus far. Remember one goes from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. There is no year zero.
Each of the three time periods had a miracle near its beginning, and also a sacrifice. In the first period, God created Adam on the 6th day, a miracle birth of sorts, along with Eve taken from Adam's side. Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. A little different from Michelangelo’s picture in the Sistine Chapel in Rome where an older God reaches His hand out to Adam’s hand.
Abram was born in 2008 AC (After Creation). His birth symbolized a new beginning by being born on the 8th year of the second time period of about 2,000 years. Isaac was born in 2108 AC to Abram who was a hundred years old and to Sarah, who was ninety and no longer capable of bearing per Genesis 18:11. Apparently, she was no longer menstruating, i.e., her womb was dead. Thereafter, Abraham had six sons through his second wife and likely more through his concubines. God told Abraham to name the child Isaac meaning laughter because both Abraham per Genesis 17:17 and Sarah per Genesis 18:12 laughed at the prospect of their being parents at that stage of their lives. But with God nothing is impossible.
I had thought the third period was heralded by the virgin birth of Christ, a miracle in itself followed by the miracle of the resurrection circa 32 or 33 A.D, with all Christ’s miracles in between. However, the third time period appears to begin with the resurrection and the birth of the church rather than the birth of the Messiah. Remember in Daniel 9:24-27, there appears to be a parenthesis between the appearance of the Messiah at the end of 69 weeks and the final or 70th week. That parenthesis is the church age.
With regard to sacrifices, the world of Creation had no carnivorous animals. The first animal death in that world was the one killed by the LORD to provide Adam and Eve tunics of skin per Genesis 3:21 to clothe them. It seems they were most likely lambs. This was also the first sacrifice to God. In Genesis 1:29-30, God tells us that man and all animals were originally herbivorous or plant eaters. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned--- I do not believe there were any human or animal deaths in the world of Creation until Adam and Eve sinned.
Evolution and the vast ages require death on an industrial scale. From Hebrews 9:22…without shedding of blood, there is no remission (of sin). Leviticus 11 explains the clean animals that can be eaten, but man was only given the right to eat meat after coming off the ark per Genesis 9:3. But Noah took seven clean animals on the ark per Genesis 7:2. If they couldn’t be eaten, then why were they clean? Answer: Because they could be sacrificed to God. This went back to the animals slain by God to clothe Adam and Eve. It also puts an entirely new light on Cain and Abel. In Genesis 4:2 …Now Abel was a keeper of sheep and, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Verse 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering (Per the book of Jasher, fire came down from heaven for Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s), 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
I always considered God a bit unfair. After all, Abel offered what he produced and Cain what he produced. Why would God accept one, but not the other? Answer: God established His rules with the first sacrifice. He required the shedding of blood. Cain ignored His rules. Jasher also notes that Cain, Adam’s eldest son, ate of Abel’s flock, so he also disregarded God’s directive in Genesis 1:29- 30 about being a vegetarian. Abel raised his sheep for their wool, their milk and cheese, and for sacrifice apparently.
The second time period 's sacrifice was the ram rather than Isaac per Genesis 22:13. And, of course, Christ was the sacrifice by crucifixion of the third time period. He was scourged or whipped because the blood had to be removed from the sacrifice to God per Exodus 12:7.
Christ’s birth was heralded by a star per Matthew 2:2 at His birth and a blood moon on Nisan 14, day of His crucifixion, either 32 or 33 A.D., with a total lunar eclipse in the former and a partial luncar eclipse in the latter date per Mark Biltz in Blood Moons: Decoding the Heavenly Signs, 2014, p.147. Likely His birth and the sign of it had been given to Daniel. This was passed on to the Magi from about six centuries or so earlier. Jasher, verse 8:12, notes that the birth of Abraham was also heralded by a star, which devoured four other stars from the four sides of heaven. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day, but the stars, planets, and such were created on the fourth day, another foreshadowing.
Now add 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. New Testament
This is confirmed in Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. Old Testament
I have been told these verses mean a large period of time is nothing to the LORD even to millions or billions of years. Perhaps? But what if the LORD means what He says, and He is talking about a week. What if these days make up a week of seven days with each day approximately a thousand years? And the Sabbath of that week is Christ's reign of 1000 years. This is what the Hebrews concluded almost 3500 years ago from Psalm 90:4 alone, but we have the other verses as noted.
Revelation 20:4 And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. In Revelation 20, Christ’s millennium of a thousand years is referred to 6 times.
Now on to Hebrews 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says
Today, if you will hear His voice
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works 40 years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
And said, "They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways
11 So I swore in My wrath,
"They shall not enter My rest."
Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God, 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:
"Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
"So I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,"
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the 7th day in this way: "And God rested on the 7th day from all His works"; 5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest." (NOTE: Is the 7th day and My rest both a reference to Christ's millennial reign? I believe it is!)
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said:
"Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts."
4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Does the above mean that God has broken HIStory into 3 parts? After all, the LORD does like the number 3.
1. 6,000 years approximately
2. 7 years - the final week of Daniel (9:27) = 7 Biblical years (360 days per year)
3. 1,000 years -Christ's millennium (Revelation 20) God's rest, His Sabbath for His people
Or, perhaps, it should be 1. About 6,000 years to include the final week of Daniel’s 7 Biblical years
2. Christ’s millennium
Is there any other evidence to confirm the above projections? Try Matthew's parable of the ten virgins in the 25th chapter. When did the cry arise that the bridegroom was coming? Per verse 25:6 - at midnight. Also remember that per Psalm 90:4 A thousand years are like yesterday to the LORD, yea like a watch in the night. Per Matthew 14:25 Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee during the 4th watch with a note in my Bible that this was between 3 and 6 A.M. Midnight would be the end of the second watch and the beginning of the third, or comparably the end of the second thousand years and the beginning of the third after His birth, our present times, or, better perhaps, after His resurrection.
Per Luke 13:32 And He (Jesus) said to them, "Go, tell that fox (Herod), 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.'" I had always understood this to refer to His resurrection. Does it have a double meaning? Does it also refer to the beginning of the third millennium starting with his crucifixion. 2032 Anno Domini is the 2,000th anniversary of the crucifixion. To meet 2032, Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:27, 7 years with each year 360 days) would have to begin by about January of 2026.
Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Genesis 5:5 So all the days that Adam lived were 930 years; and he died.
He died in less than a thousand years, or a day to the LORD per 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
In these last days refers to the last 2,000 year period of the church.
Matthew 17:1 Now after six days (1000 years each) Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;
2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
After about 6,000 years of Earth's history, Christ will appear to rapture His church. Then two witnesses will appear per Revelation 11. One is Elijah from Malachi 4:5. Per Revelation 11:6, one does the miracles of Moses. The other candidate for the second witness is Enoch, For many years, I believed he was the second witness. After all, he never died. Per Genesis 5:24 … God took him. Hebrews 9:27 And it is appointed for men to die once and then the judgement. However, Enoch was the model for the rapture though he was taken almost seven hundred years before the Flood occurred. Remember men often lived to be 900 plus, with the oldest being Methuselah at 969 years per Genesis 5:27. Enoch was taken out before the Flood. Noah and his seven passengers went through the Flood. Everyone else perished. Remember the body of Christ is one, and they will be removed before the wrath of God, the Great Tribulation. Hence, there will be millions, perhaps in the ten millions, or even more, who never die. I prefer Moses as the second witness with Moses the law and Elijah the prophets. Per Matthew 17:11 Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed Elijah is coming first and will restore all things.” Restore all things? Elijah is coming to die after 1260 days. What is he going to restore? Answer: all Israel per Ezekiel 37:16-22. Elijah, with Moses, is not only going to bring all the Jews back to the land of Israel, but also all the lost tribes that the Assyrians carried away in 732 and 722 BC. They were not lost to God.
The Days of Creation and the Millennia
Day 1- God created light and separated the light from the darkness. The light was good.
Millennium 1- Adam and Eve were given one law: Do not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, Eve was deceived by the serpent. Adam was not deceived per 1 Timothy 2:14. I suspect he could not imagine life without her, so he ate the fruit too. Man chose the darkness.
Day 2- God created the sky (firmament) to separate the water from the waters. I suspect there was a canopy of water or ice over the earth. In Genesis 2:6, a mist watered the earth. The earth was entirely different from today. I suspect there was no rain till the Flood circa 1656 A.C. (After Creation). God did not say anything was good on this day.
Millennium 2 The world was an evil place with only Noah and his family worthy of saving from the Flood, which occurred in the second millennium comparable to the second day. Waters are where the Gentile nations came from in Daniel 7:3. Here, the beasts representing the Gentile nations came from the sea, and God separated the waters from the waters in Genesis 1:7. There were 70 nations after the Flood. A few centuries later, mankind built the Tower of Babel to get to heaven, again rebelling against God. No wonder nothing was good in this millennium.
Day 3 - The land appeared and God said it was good. The plants were also created, and God saw this was good. Jews call the second day, sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday, the day of double blessing. Many Jews try to get married on this day to obtain this blessing.
Millennium 3 In about the year 2008 A.C., Abram was born representing the land. About 400 years later, Moses was born who God gave the Ten Commandments and the Torah, the “plants” that we are to ingest. The fruit of the trees, with nations sometimes represented by trees, was the kingdom of David and the early portion of Solomon's kingdom, culminating with the completion of Solomon's Temple.
Day 4 – God made the sun and the moon and the stars to divide the light from the darkness, and God saw that it was good.
Millennium 4- David, the moon or reflected light of the sun, reigned just before this millennium began, and his son, Solomon, raised Israel to its greatest power at the beginning of this millennium. Initially, he was a godly king. The Temple was begun circa 967 B.C. and finished circa 960 B.C. per 1 Kings 6:1, 38. It appears the Temple was completed about 3,000 years after Creation, in the middle of the 6,000 years. Christ, the Sun, was resurrected, and the church was born to begin the third age, that of the church. The Israelites, including the Jews, are likely the stars, though angels have been referred to as stars, and, perhaps, the angels of the seven churches were given their duties or even created just before the birth of the church per Revelation 1:20.
Day 5 – The birds were created and the great sea creatures and other sea creatures (fish, a symbol of Christians) with which the waters abounded. God saw that it was good.
Millennium 5. The great anti-Christian empires came forth to include Rome, Islam and the Vikings. There were ten great persecutions in the Roman Empire, before Constantine legalized Christianity circa 313 A.D. In the year 1000 A.D. Christendom was basically Europe which was being assaulted from the north by the Vikings, from the southwest by the Moors, who controlled most of Spain, and from the southeast by the Turks. Christianity seemed to have a very uncertain future. In Matthew 13:19, the birds were Satan and his agents, perhaps the angels behind these great empires of this age. See Daniel 10:13, 20.
Day 6 – First the night (A Jewish day begins at sunset), and then the land creatures were created, followed by Adam at the end of the day. God saw that it was very good.
Millennium 6 In 1453, Constantinople fell to Islam, the end of the Byzantine Empire lasting over a millennium. In 1492, Columbus discovered the New World, and the land creatures that came out of Israel through Christianity came forth to include: Portugal, Spain, Venice, the Papal states, the German states, Holland, and France. They became great powers with widespread influence. At the end of the day, Great Britain came forth along with America as great Christian world powers to represent Adam. This was the Anglo-Saxon Age of the last quarter-millennium, and God saw this was very good, at least until we forgot Him.
Day 7 God rested on the seventh day. He also blessed and sanctified it.
Millennium 7- Christ’s millennium. God’s rest for His people.
The period between the 69 weeks of Daniel and the 70th or final week of Daniel is the age of the church.