7000 Years

Dear Brethren,

How long a period of time has God allotted to mankind to learn the fundamental lesson that he is unable to rule himself and the world in peace?  Mankind has been given 6,000 years of "labor" under the rule of Satan and sin's penalties – but then there will be the 1,000-year period of "rest" under the glorious rule of Jesus Christ.  People in the world do not know what is happening, because they do not know where to find the knowledge of the 7000-year Plan of God.

God has allowed the first 6,000 years, since creation, for mankind to go his own way – the way he chose by taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Incredibly, we are very near the end of the fulfillment of this period of time.  We are in the “last-days” just before the return of Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth – ushering in the 1000-year millennium of peace on earth.

"I saw thrones, and [the resurrected saints] sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them... 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... Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection... they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."  (Revelation 20:4-6) 

We find the prophetic prototype of God’s little understood time schedule for His Plan in the beginning of Genesis.  In nature’s heavenly bodies, we find the length of one day defined by the Sun, the length of the month defined by the moon, and the length of the year by the stars – but nowhere do we find the length of the week!  Men have searched the circuits of heaven, but nowhere could the week be found.  God had to give us the 7-day week!  Every race of man on earth recognizes the week because it was given before the great flood of Noah's day – in fact, the seven-day week was assigned to man at the very time of creation.  The world hates to admit where the week came from – everyone observes it, but there is no other source for the week – save God Himself!

God established the six-day work week – followed by one day of rest.  Why did He create the week?  For those who have eyes to see – it was the first prophetic sign of His Plan.  In 1957, The WORLD TOMORROW / The PLAIN TRUTH / Herbert W. Armstrong / the Radio Church of God published the following letter:

Dear Friends:

“Has God allotted 6000 years for man’s self-rule?” is a question that has been an enigma to many.

“Yes!  The world does not understand what is taking place today because it does not know about the 7000-year PLAN OF GOD.

“God has allotted approximately 6000 years for humanity to go its own way.  These millenniums of human civilization are nearly over.  God is about to intervene in world affairs by sending Jesus Christ.  Not until He returns will we have 1000 years of peace.

“The pattern for God's little-understood plan is given in the first two chapters of Genesis.  It is the WEEK of seven days.  As God originally set time in motion, He gave man a week of six work days followed by one day of rest.  In Hebrews 4:4,11, the seventh day is mentioned as a type of the peaceful rest – a 1000-year rest – that will follow this present age of human labor and futile struggle to master the earth.  The Millennium, then, is compared with a “day” of the week.

“Observe that after Christ's intervention the time of peaceful rest under His rule is specifically termed "a thousand years" (Rev 20:4).  If the last “day” of God's 7000-year plan is 1000 years, then the preceding six days which He has allotted for mankind to work out his own ideas would amount to 6000 years.  And this is exactly what world events today are proving.  Look about you!  This world is crashing to its DOOM!

“Now notice your Bible.  Many Bibles are complete enough to contain chronological charts showing that human life was created slightly more than 4000 years before Christ.  And almost another 2000 years have elapsed since – making nearly 6000 years of human civilization to date.  In other words, the trend of world events is now proving we are very near the time the Scriptures have always said Christ will return – when the probability of world destruction would become a reality (Matt 24:22).  Six thousand years of human history have almost been completed.  Here, then, is proof – double proof – that Christ is coming in our generation!

“The common assumption that man has lived on earth countless tens of thousands of years is an idle dream.  Reason disproves it. Each new archaeological discovery aids in disproving it.  True SCIENCE disproves it!  Strange as it may seem, the theory of man’s evolution is not only unproved, but irrefutably disproved when we understand the facts.

“The apostles did not fully understand this PLAN OF GOD when Christ was yet on earth.  They thought the kingdom would be established in their day – after only about 4000 years of God's plan had been completed.  But before they died, the apostles knew God’s plan.  Peter said:  “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise [of Christ's coming] . . . but is longsuffering…”  (II Peter 3:9).  God is patient.  He has refrained from intervening in world affairs for nearly 6000 years.  Why?

“Because He will not intervene until humanity is forced to cry out to Him for fear of self-extermination.  Recall that the day of Christ's intervention and rule is compared to “a thousand years” (Rev 20:4).  Peter also says the same thing – that a day in God's plan is as “a thousand years,” and “a thousand years” of human civilization is as ONE day in His planned week of SEVEN 1000-year days (II Pet 3:8).

“Peter knew that Christ would intervene shortly before the close of 6000 years of human struggle and slavery – that God would send Jesus Christ to set up His government to rule during the seven-thousand-year period – a millennium of peace, a sabbatical rest!

“How marvelous that in our day, at the very time that 6000 years have almost elapsed, the world is threatened with extinction of life.  And Jesus Himself said that when we see this taking place HE WOULD COME AGAIN!”

LETTER ANSWERING DEPARTMENT

There is no time period equal to the 7-day week in the natural universe.  Scientists have not been able to find any occurrences of an object in space with a period, or multiple of rotation, equal to seven days or 168 hours.  Our week of seven days has no astronomical basis.  The week does not fit evenly into a month or a year or any other time measurement.

In nature’s heavenly bodies, we find the length of one day defined by the Sun – 24 hours for the earth to turn on its axis.

We find the length of the month defined by the moon – how long it takes the moon to revolve around the earth – one lunar revolution is a month.  (There are many variations of the month.)

And, we find the length of the year defined by the stars – it takes 365 days for the earth to orbit the sun and come back into the same constellation.  But nowhere do we find the length of the week!

Men have searched the periods and orbits of heavenly bodies, but nowhere could the week be found.  Why has man for thousands of years observed the 7-day week?  The answer cannot be more clear!  God gave mankind the 7-day week!

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Sermon:  "7000 Years"

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