What is the 6000 years theory of the coming of God?

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The 6000 Years Theory

The 6000 years theory is called the Millennial day theory or the Sabbath millennium theory. It is a theory in Christian eschatology in which the Second Coming of Christ is believed to occur six thousand years after the creation of mankind, followed by one thousand years of rest in heaven. It is a very popular belief accepted by certain premillennialists who usually promote young earth creationism.

This view states that each millennium is actually a day according to God and that eventually during the beginning of the seventh millennium, or at the end of the 6000 years since the creation, Jesus will return to take the believers to heaven for a 1000 years. It teaches that the seventh millennium is actually called the Sabbath Millennium, in which Jesus will rest the earth and His children.

Just as God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2,3) and commanded man to work six days and rest on the seventh day (Exodus 20:8-11), likewise, our planet will labor six thousand years and rest on the seventh millennium.

The 6000 years theory finds its origins in interpretations of biblical genealogies and prophetic passages, particularly those found in the book of Revelation. Proponents of this theory often point to passages such as Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8, which speak of a day being like a thousand years in the sight of God. Based on this principle of interpretation, some suggest that the six days of creation in Genesis 1 represent 6000 years of human history, with each day symbolizing a thousand years.

Key References:

  1. Psalm 90:4 (NKJV): “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.”
  2. 2 Peter 3:8 (NKJV): “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.”

Biblical Chronology and Genealogies

Supporters of the 6000 years theory often turn to biblical genealogies, particularly those found in Genesis chapters 5 and 11, to construct a timeline of human history from Adam to the present day. By adding up the ages of the patriarchs listed in these genealogies, they calculate the approximate time elapsed since the creation of Adam. According to some interpretations, this timeline places us near the end of the sixth “day” or 6000 years of human history, with the seventh “day” representing the Millennial reign of Christ.

Prophetic Interpretations

In addition to biblical chronology, proponents of the 6000 years theory draw upon prophetic passages, particularly those found in the book of Revelation, to support their interpretation of the timeline of human history. Revelation 20:1-6 describes a period of 1000 years during which Christ reigns in heaven with the saints, commonly referred to as the Millennium. Some suggest that this Millennial reign corresponds to the seventh “day” or Sabbath rest, following the completion of the 6000 years of human history.

For more on the chronological order of events for the millennium, check: https://bibleask.org/what-is-the-chronological-order-of-events-for-the-1000-years-millennium/

Is it Biblical?

The 6000 years of man’s self-rule appears to be a Biblically sound teaching and gives a useful insight into the plan of God for preparing man for the second coming of Christ. This theory suggests that we are living in the final “days” or years of the sixth “day” of human history, with the return of Christ imminent.

However, this theory should not be used to predict the date for the second coming because no one knows the exact year for “the fall of man,” and hence, “no man knows the day or hour” to the Second Coming of Christ our Lord (Matthew 24:36).

Those who have tempted to calculate precisely how many years remain before the appearance of Christ would do well to heed the counsel in Matthew 24:36, and also that of Acts 1:7. It is the privilege and duty of Christians to remain alert at all times and to watch for the signs of His return (Matthew 24:33).

Conclusion

In conclusion, the 6000 years theory regarding the coming of the Lord is based on interpretations of biblical chronology and prophetic passages, particularly those found in Genesis and Revelation. Proponents of this theory suggest that the six days of creation symbolically represent 6000 years of human history, with the seventh day representing the Millennial reign of Christ in heaven. This theory urges Christians today to be ready for the soon coming of Christ and the end of the world.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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