The Old Testament, New Testament, and early writings confirm that the church taught that there will be a thousand year millennial reign of Christ with His people on the earth.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me,
because the Lord has anointed Me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and freedom to the prisoners;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of our God’s vengeance.
The common belief and teaching was that a millennial reign would come after a literal six thousand year reign of Man.
The scripture in Revelation is clear on the thousand years:
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
So, the natural question is, when do the six-thousand years of Man’s self-rule end? Here is the relevant biblical genealogy, formulated and published by the brilliant Biblical scholar Dionysius Petavius in 1627:
Here is the relevant biblical genealogy for the first portion from Genesis 5 (last verse from Genesis 7):
3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.
12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.
15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.
18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah.
25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. 26
28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah…
7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Added up, this equals 1,656 years. Now here is the next portion from Genesis 11:
10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah.
14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg.
18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.
20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug.
22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.
24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah.
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
Added up, this equals 427 years (2+35+30+34+30+32+30+29+205=427).
Abram as 75 years old when Terah died and God told him to leave Haran (Genesis 17:1). Abram was 99 when God made the Covenant:
75 to 99 = 24 years
Galatians 3:17 shows 430 years from the time of the Covenant to the year of the Exodus; while 1 Kings 6:1 shows 480 years from the exodus from Egypt to the fourth year of Solomon’s reign (966 B.C.).
Therefore, if we add up 1,656 + 427 + 24 + 430 + 480 + 966, this suggests the creation of Adam was around 3,983 BC.
Subtraction shows that 6,000 years – 3,983 = 2018 (there is no “year zero” from B.C. to A.D.)
Note: There are inevitable rounding errors due to the 6,000 years of time being calculated, but this date is fairly accurate.
Soon the rule of the earth will return to Jesus Christ – to the glory of God!
Below is an article that appeared in Israel Today in March of 2008 that supports an impending End Time:
Some 800 years ago in Germany, Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel was a top Talmudic scholar with an inclination for the mystical. Before he died in the year 1217, he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would conquer Jerusalem and rule the Holy City for “eight jubilee years.” A biblical jubilee year consists of 50 years. Fifty multiplied by eight equals 400 years. Afterwards, according to Ben Samuel, the Ottomans would be driven out of Jerusalem, which would remain no-man’s land for one jubilee year. In the tenth jubilee year, Jerusalem would return to the Jewish people and then the Messianic end times would begin. This came to pass 300 years after Ben Samuel’s death. He could not have based this prophecy on events that could be foreseen, but only on the results of his study of the Bible. According to Leviticus 25, the nation is reunited with its land in the year of Jubilee. Therefore, the Jubilee year plays an important role in Israel’s history. In this case, the Jubilee began with the defeat and conquest of the Mamluks in Jerusalem by the Ottoman Kingdom in 1517. The Turks reigned over Jerusalem until the British General Edmund Allenby defeated them exactly eight Jubilee years later, in 1917.
Ben Samuel’s prophecy was fulfilled precisely because 1517 to 1917 is exactly 400 years. Afterward, Jerusalem was no-man’s land for 50 years during the time of the British Mandate (1917-1947) and the time of Jordanian rule (1947-1967), another jubilee year. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured Jerusalem from Jordan and the city returned to the Jewish people after nearly two millennia of exile. After that, the countdown for the Messianic age began.
It wasn’t only mystics who predicted these events, but also secular Jews like the journalist and visionary of the Jewish state Theodor Herzl. He predicted at the First Zionist Congress in Switzerland in 1897 that within 50 years the Jewish state would exist. This came to pass: 50 years after Herzl’s prediction, the jubilee year of the British Mandate was over and in 1947 the United Nations voted for the establishment of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.
According to this timeline, it is possible that 2017 or 2018 will be a decisive year for Israel because it will be 70 years after 1947, the UN decision for the establishment of Israel, and 50 years after the unification of Jerusalem. We are now exactly between these two numbers with the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state. All three of these numbers have Biblical significance: 50 is the number of unification (for example between Passover and Pentecost) and 70, according to Daniel 9, is the number of fulfillment. So 50 and 70 represent the beginning and the end.
Interestingly, the Psalms, which are in the 19th book of the Bible, have a prophetic significance dealing with Israel for each year in the 1900s, carrying over into the 2000s. For example, Psalm 17 points to 1917, Psalm 48 points to 1948, and so on.
The Psalm chapters 113-118 have even more significance, because they are known as the “Hallel” (meaning praise), and have been recited as a prayer by observant Jews on Jewish holidays for over 2,000 years.
Psalm 116 (2016) is disturbing, for it speaks of a war against the saints, and the saints cry out to God.
Verses 12-15 paints a tearful picture of saints giving up their lives for the salvation that God has granted to them:
“What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD, now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”
We can see Christians being persecuted all around the globe, right now:
What newly-leaked DNC emails reveal should TERRIFY Christians / Allen B. West, August 1, 2016
One of the latest developments to surface are emails that show the Democratic Party was working with anti-religious freedom groups to get around religious liberty laws that protect our First Amendment right to believe what we want, worship where we want, and live out our beliefs both publicly and privately.
Chinese seminary students ordered to deny God, obey gov’t / One News Now, July 30, 2016
The government’s continued crackdown on Christianity in China is now forcing seminary students to deny God and put the Communist Party first by living under “absolute obedience” to the state.
TURKEY’S BACKLASH: Christians pay price as extreme Islam surges after attempted coup / Daily Express, August 1, 2016
The attempted coup in Turkey sent shockwaves around the world. Here was a Nato ally, thrown into chaos overnight. MARCO GIANNANGELI in Istanbul uncovers how the power struggle has paved the way for a more extreme form of Islam to take hold.
Turkey, which once boasted two million Christians, has barely 120,000 now, fewer even than Iran. But what shocked people most about July 15’s attacks was how much hatred still remains after almost 10 years.
Very soon, the Rapture will rescue all the Christians, just like Noah and his family were rescued, just like Lot and his family were rescued!
Psalm 117 (2017) is a short psalm that gives a final praise. It is a victory hymn of Israel and the tribulation saints. Psalm 117 is in the middle of your Bible, and is also the shortest book. This is a picture of God shortening the time lest no one would survive.
Universal Call to Praise
1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify Him, all peoples!
2 For His faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Psalm 118 is a beautiful Psalm of praise and is the one Jesus and the disciples sang at Passover and the night before the arrest and the crucifixion. This Psalm would correlate to 2018, seventy years after Israel’s rebirth and a harbinger of the second coming of Christ.
Psalm 118 is placed in between the shortest and the longest Psalm, making it stand out from all others. It is a picture of Christ as the beginning and the end. It is the last Hallel Psalm, and also contains the middle verse of the Bible: verse 8.
There are 1189 books in the Bible, 594 chapters before Psalm 118:8 and 594 after. If you add 594+594 you get 1188, the chapter and verse of the middle verse in the Bible: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.“
Psalm 118 depicts the Ezekiel invasion, with Israel being surrounded on all sides. Verses 10-14:
“All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; they were quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
Notice that “surrounds me” is mention four times, showing the attacks from the kings of the North, South, East and West. “He has become my salvation,” is in past tense, meaning it is done! Also, Psalm 118:22 speak of the future second coming when Jesus becomes the capstone, quoted by Him in Mark 12.
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.”