Whew! Now that I got that out of the way, we can proceed to some biblical theory. There is a divide in this topic, especially when it comes to the accepted history of the world. According to Evolution, we crawled from the depths of the sea millions of years ago and have been evolving to where we are now. All the theory basically says the world is millions or billions of years old. This is not so.
You’ve probably heard people say the world is around 6,000 years old. This, I believe is wrong also. Let me explain: there is a single verse that seems to change the entire perspective on all this.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
Now, apply that to Genesis, chapter 1, and you get a whole different time table.
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5).
The assumption is that this took 1,000 years. Why does this matter? Well, let’s read on. The Lord works through the second through fifth days, creating the sky, the sea, the earth, etc. Which brings us to the sixth day: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:27-31).
Notice, this is NOT Adam he is talking to. These are what I call the “Sixth-Day People.” They were given instruction, like the beasts of the earth, to be fruitful and multiply. Overall, I believe these people did not have souls. We know this because of this verse: “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 soul” (Genesis 2:7).
This man was Adam. He was the first living soul, which is distinct from those whom he formed on the sixth day. They were only given the instruction to be fruitful and multiply, take dominion over the earth and subdue it. They were not tempted by Satan, nor were they instructed not to do anything.
Anyway, the Sixth-Dayers had been around for about 2,000 years or so when Adam was formed from the Earth. Is there proof?
“And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch” (Genesis 4:16-17).
After the whole incident with Cain and Abel, Cain left and went to the land of Nod. He found a wife and they had a son, proving there were civilizations and people out there in the world. While this doesn’t concretely prove the 1000-as-a-day theory, it does give some weight to it.
So, let’s do some math: The first seven “days” were 7,000 years. Then, we add the time from Adam to Jesus, which according to this site, is roughly 4000 years. Going from that, we can add our own time on top, which brings it to around 6000 years, making the world about 13,000 years old. Now, we’re going into some biblical theory, which I personally believe.
The structure of time is that of two weeks. The first week being the creation, which was 7,000 years, ending with a 1,000 year Sabbath (the Lord rested). The second week being the 8th day to the 14th day. We are in the 13th day, now.
As far as what year it is from the creation, we cannot know exactly, but we must be somewhere around 5990 years from Adam. We know this because at the beginning of the 14th day, the Millennial Kingdom will begin, being the second 1,000 year Sabbath.
“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” (Revelation 20:6).
To conclude, let’s look at the life of Jesus. Looking at history, we know that Herod’s reign ended in 4 BC, with his death. Meaning that the latest Christ could’ve been born would be around fall of 4 BC, but likely earlier, probably closer to 6 BC.
We know Christ was 29 (in his 30th year) when he started his ministry. That means his ministry started at the latest in 25 AD, probably closer to 23 AD. The real question is how long was Christ’s ministry actually was. The general answer is about three years, although I’ve heard theorized as few as seventy weeks and as many as seven years.
Assuming that a) Jesus was 32 years old at his death and b) was born in 6 BC, we can pinpoint his return to around 2026 AD, exactly 2,000 years after his death. The math is flexible to about ten years though, with the latest date being around 2033 AD, and the soonest being close to 2023 AD.
While it’s true that no man knows the hour of his coming, we do know the decade. Repent, be baptized, and seek the Holy Spirit. Time is short.