The world we live on in its current form will only exist, from beginning to end, for 7000 years. If we should believe otherwise, we must reject the scriptures, and believe something else. There will be 6000 years of the dominion of man, and 1000 years of the reign of Yahushua, and at the turn of 7000 years will be the recreation of the permanent new earth.
These statements are not baseless assumptions, but are in fact scriptural, and simply require deeper reading and study of the scriptures, as this 7000 year time is not explicitly mentioned, but rather, is implicit, and understood by understanding YHWH’s plans, found in both the Natsaryim Writings (New Testament) and the TaNaK (Old Testament), and as well in other Eberyeh (Hebrew) texts. In fact, a major part of this understanding comes from the Torah (also understood as the first five books of the bible).
UNDERSTANDING THE 7-DAY CREATION AND YHWH’S USE OF 6, 7, AND 8
The seven-day creation account is found in Genesis/Bershith 1:1-39; 2:1-4; and in Jubilees Chapter 2. On the seventh day, after finishing creating, YHWH rests, and so the Shabbath (Sabbath) is instituted forever on a seven-day cycle, making one week, with the Shabbath at the end. This alone is absolutely critical to understand. Then, in Exodus 20:8-11 we are given by YHWH some of the first detailed instructions on the Shabbath, notably this:
9“Six days you labor, and shall do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Shabbath of YHWH your Aluhayim. You do not do any work—you, nor your son, no your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.” (Gen/Ber 20:9-10) (TS2009)
It is stated clearly that absolutely none are to work on the seventh day. All beings are to rest. But this is not the only seven day cycle in the Torah we are instructed to do. Leviticus/Wayyiqra 12:1-2 and Genesis/Bereshith 17:12 are two examples of circumcision after 7 days are completed, and throughout Lev/Way chapters 13, 14 and 15 we see numerous seven day periods of uncleanness. In Leviticus/Wayyiqra 23:7, 34 we se two seven-day long feasts, and not at all coincidentally there are seven total feasts, with the final feast, Sukkot, or “Tabernacles”, being a seven-day feast of rejoicing, and at the end is what is known as the “eighth day”, which is the day after the seven days of Sukkot, which is also designated as a special Shabbath. What is clear here is that we have either 6 days of labor, the seventh being the rest, or a period of seven days, with the eighth day being the renewal, cleansing, or “restart”.
1000 YEAR REIGN OF YAHUSHUA THE MESSIAH AND TH FINAL JUDGMENT, DSTRUCTION, AND RENEWAL OF EARTH
If we read Revelation/Hazon 20:4-6 we see that Yahushua will return and reign for 1000 years:
4And I saw thrones – and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them – and the lives of those who had been beheaded because of the witness they bore to Yahushua and because of the Word of Aluhayim, and who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years 5(and the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended) – this is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Aluhayim, and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (TS2009)
Yahushua will reign for 1000 years, and when the thousand years conclude, we read that this happens:
8and he shall go out to lead the nations astray which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9And they came up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the set-apart ones and the beloved city. And fire came down from Aluhayim out of the heaven and consumed them. 10And the devil, who led them astray, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet are. And they shall be tortured day and night forever and ever. 11And I saw a great white throne and Him who was sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and She’ol gave up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14And Death and She’ol were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And if anyone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev/Haz 20:8-15)(TS2009)
As we see here, at the conclusion of 1000 years, one final attempt at rebellion is made, and is crushed, and then the world is burned with a great fire, with all being destroyed. As bleak as this seems, we see in Rev/Haz 21 the “renewed heaven and earth” (v.1), and the new Y’rushalem (vv.10-27) which is the everlasting life which Yahushua speaks of numerous times. This is the eternal new beginning, which comes after Yahushua’s 1000 year reign.
PSALMS 90:4, 2 PETER 3:8, JUBILEES 4:29-30
Two commonly known verses in scripture are Psalms/Tehillim 90:4 and 2 Peter/Kepha Bet 3:8, and are commonly used to promote a weak attempt of apologetics to evolutionists, and the scientific community as a whole, hoping to make the scriptures agree with modern science’s proposals, which typically work to deny scriptural truth. However, the apologists’ use of this is hopelessly misconstrued and is, in fact, backwards to these passages’ mutual meaning.
But, beloved ones, let not this one matter be hidden from you: that with YHWH one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (2 Pet/Kepha B 3:8) (TS2009)
For a thousand years in Your eyes are like yesterday that has passed, or like a watch in the night. (Psa/The 90:4) (TS2009)
The argument used by the apologists (proponents of the so-called day-age theory) propose that each day of creation was at least one thousand years, or possibly longer, and that therefore the world could really be much older than what “young earth” creationists claim. However, this claim is incredibly fallacious, for it does not at all satisfy the beliefs of secular science, seeing as how, if one day was at least 1000 years, then after plants were created, they would need to wait 1000 years before the sun (the source of energy for plants) would ever show up. Despite what one wants to believe about the nature of the earth or the sun, one cannot deny that plants need sunlight to survive. 1000 years without sunlight would kill every plant, but one day without sunlight would not. As well, if each day of creation was 1000 years, then that would make, according to conventional young-earth belief on the age of the world, only an additional 7000 years to the proposed 6000, making earth only 13,000 years old, which, upon proposing to any secular science believer, will have them regard what you say no more than one who proposes that the earth is any younger. Even to stretch out the time beyond what is actually written would not get you close to the proposed 14+ billion year old universe and its 4.5+ billion year old earth. It is an absurd notion, and should be discarded. If we are going to believe in a world completely different in age and design than what secular science believes in, why bother compromising at all with attempts to make the world any older than what the scriptures say.
So then what is the meaning behind thee verses? It’s not that every day of creation was 1000 years, but that every 1000 years on earth is one day in the Heaven—the realm of YHWH. It took six earth days to create our world, and each day in the abode of the Creator is 1000 earth years.
“For in six days (YuMYeM) YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore YHWH blessed the seventh day and set it apart.” (Exodus/Shemoth 20:11) (TS2009)
For a thousand years (SheNYeM) in Your eyes are like yesterday that has passed, or like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)
If we look at the Masoretic text, we see a different Hebrew word used for days than for years. in the Shabbath command we are told that YHWH Himself took 6 earth-days to make the world, and rested on the seventh, therefore we should do likewise. He did not use the word for years. He used the Eberyeh root word for “day”, YUM (YOOM), which generally means a twenty-four hour period, or the daylight period, and albeit it has a few instances where it is translated as “year”, these are but a few special scenarios which in context are phrased peculiarly, and some of these instances may not make “year” the best translation. However, the word for year, ShNH (sh-NAH) is more abstract, meaning “age, division of time, a cycle of completion,” and is almost always translated to mean year, or to denote the years of one’s life, with very few exceptions. Despite what is believed by certain circles, YHWH makes Himself very clear and precise when giving commands, and the Shabbath is no different—rest on the seventh earth-day, for YHWH did so too. (Note: The Greek Septuagint agrees with Psa/Teh. 90:4 [Psa 89:4 in Greek Septuagint] and Exo/Way 20:11, with ἡμέρα meaning “day” in Exo/Way 20:11 and ἕτος meaning “year” in the Psalm. The Greek manuscript of 2Peter/Kepha Bet 3:8 agrees too, using both Greek words in their proper literal context where they correspond in English translations.)
Another witness not within the standardized sixty-six books to this idea is found in Jubilees 4:29-30, and is in fact a solid witness to this concept.
And at the close of the nineteenth Jubilee, in the seventh week in the sixth year thereof, Adam died, and all his sons buried him in the land of his creation, and he was the first to be buried in the earth. And he lacked seventy years of one thousand years; for one thousand years are as one day in the testimony of the heavens and therefore was it written concerning the tree of knowledge: “On the day that ye eat thereof ye will die.” For this reason he did not complete the years of this day; for he died during it. (Jubilees 4:29-30)
We see here that Adam died seventy years shy of one thousand years, for if he lived one thousand years, he would live one heavenly day.
ADDING ALL TOGETHER
So if we combine these concepts, we see something quite inspiring.
- YHWH made the heaven and earth in six days; He rested on the seventh; and on the eighth day, or the new day, was the start of all life on earth.
- YHWH does many things in cycles of 6, 7, and 8 with these numbers corresponding respectively to the days at the beginning of creation.
- A heavenly day is 1000 years on earth.
- Yahushua, at the time of the end, will reign on this earth for a final 1000 years before the world is destroyed and remade into an eternal paradise, in which we will have the rest of all rests: the permanent rest from suffering and sin (Revelation/Hazon 21:4).
We should see that it makes perfect sense that YHWH should give us six of His days, or 6000 years, and at the six-thousandth year will return Yahushua, and he will reign for 1000 years, which at the conclusion of this, the all things will be judged, and the world as we know it will be destroyed, along with She’ol, the place of the dead, and the act of dying itself. This concludes at passing of 7000 years, and at the turn of this we are given a new world—a new start—and it is permanent. It is the eighth day, and it is eternal, and is the re-start of all Hayah, or “The Existence”. (Note: Although various rabbis claim to know the creation date, setting it at 5777 years since creation, it is my belief as well as others that the current creation year is behind about 160 years at least, particularly owing to discrepancies regarding dating after the siege of Y’rushalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The creation date of 5777 set by the rabbis is based only on sources in the Talmud which claim the siege was in 425 B.C.E. The date set by other histories is around 586 B.C.E. However we are warned this in scripture:
“How do you say, ‘We are wise, and the Torah of YHWH is with us’? But look, the false pen of the scribe has worked falshehood.” (Jerimiah/Yirmeyahu 8:8) (TS2009)
1Meanwhile, when an innumerable crowd of people gathered together, so that they trampled one another, he [Yahushua] began to say to his taught ones first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2And whatever is concealed shall be revealed, and whatever is hidden shall be known.” (Luke/Luqas 12:1-2) (TS2009)
“nullifying the word of Aluhayim by your tradition. And many such traditions you do.” (Mark/Marqos 7:13) (TS2009)
13This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth. (Titus/Titos 1:13-14) (NIV)
If only the Talmud sets this date, and yet we were warned many times to avoid the Talmud (which is the cumulative work of the Pharisees over generations), why should we only look to them to find the date of the earth? Albeit, finding the true age of the earth is likely impossible now, being lost in history, it is not prudent to go to the Pharisees and scribes to learn from. Indeed, if the rabbis were correct about the age of the world, then we would be able to accurately predict the return of the Messiah, given the scriptural model of time for the earth to exist. But rather than dismiss what YHWH’s word clearly implies about how long He plans to do things, it would be wiser to dismiss the rabbis of the tradition of the Pharisees, who’s elder—called sages— create their own scripture, and venerate that and those who wrote it.
That matter aside, it is still abundantly more meaningful to scripture for the whole existence of this earth being 7000 years, than any other timeframe model is. As awesome as it might seem for the existence of a 4.5+ billion year old earth which secular science provides for us, this model rejects YHWH and His significance which He set aside in His own manner, which, if one contemplates how calculated it is, and how it is all based on complementing groups of numbers working harmoniously, we find ourselves with an Al Who begins to transcend our current image of the biblical “God” whom the world generally tries to compromise with the creations of the imaginations of secular thinkers, hypothesizers, and orators. YHWH becomes the Aluhayim of profound wonder, who does all things in many different organized patterns which work together into one harmonious timepiece, which one could say is counting forward to 7000 years, but might be better understood as counting down 7000 years. Just as how YHWH, in the beginning, made the world in six days, and then He rested on the seventh; so shall the world have 6 heavenly days, or 6000 years, then from the 6000th to the 7000th will reign Yahushua, and then the world will be restarted on the eighth heavenly day, at the completion of 7000 years.