Wednesday, April 24, 2013

God’s 7000 Year Plan Of Redemption

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isa. 46:9-10 (So from the very beginning, creation, God DECLARED the end. The creation account is prophetic.)

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen. 2:17 (Either God lied or this “day” is referencing a thousand year period. Adam lived 930 years. So he did indeed die that “day.”)

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

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

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: Acts 2:17 (On Pentecost, Peter describes them as living “in the last days.”)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, Heb. 1:1-2 (Even the days of Jesus were known as the last days.)

Does the 7 days of creation prophecy a 7000 year plan of redemption for mankind? The 7th day is the Sabbath day of rest. Christ will rule with the saints for a 1000 years when he returns. So will he return at the end of 6000 years? Does the Bible tell us the age of the earth? What year are we in? Are we close to the return of Christ? Is the starting point from creation or from the fall of man when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden? Let’s take a look…

And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth...(0+130=130yrs)
And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos…(130+105=235yrs)
And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan…(235+90=325yrs)
And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel…(325+70=395yrs)
And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared…(395+65=460yrs)
And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch…(460+162=622yrs)
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah…(622+65=687yrs)
And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech…(687+187=874yrs)
And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah…(874+182=1056yrs)
Gen. 5:3-29

After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. Gen. 5:32 (Either Noah’s sons were triplets, or this verse is simply stating that Noah started having his sons at age 500 and Shem isn’t necessarily the oldest just because he is listed first. Let’s see if we can find some more clues.)
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. Gen. 7:11-12
Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad. Gen. 11:10 (So if Shem was 100 years old 2 years after the flood and Noah was 600 years old when the flood came, we can conclude that Shem was born when Noah was 502 years old.) (0+502=502yrs)

Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad…(502+100=602yrs)
And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah…(602+35=637yrs)

And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber…(637+30=667yrs)
And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg…(667+34=701yrs)
And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu…(701+30=734yrs)
And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug…(734+32=766yrs)

And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor…(766+30=796yrs)
And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah…(796+29=825yrs)
And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these
 are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife wasSarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran. Gen. 11:10-32 (At first glance it looks as though Terah was 70 years old when he begot Abram but let’s look at Acts 7:2-4 and Gen. 12:4)
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Gen. 12:4
The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran.  ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. Acts 7:2-4 (His father died at age 205, this is when Abram left for Harran and ultimately Eygpt. Abram was 75 when he left. Therefore Terah was 130 years old when he begot Abram, not 70 years old. Haran was the older brother of Abram and was the one born when Terah was 70.) (825+130=955yrs) (955+1056=2011yrs)

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Gen. 12:1-4 (0+75=75yrs)
The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. Gal. 3:16-17
Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. Ex. 12:40-41 (75+430=505yrs)
And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the LORD. 1 Kings 6:1 (505+480=985yrs)

And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. 1 Kings 11:42 (985-4+40=1021) 1,021 YEARS FROM THE BIRTH OF ABRAM TO THE END OF SOLOMON’S REIGN.

Name                    Location    Verse                         Years Reigned           Total        Coregent yrs
Rehoboam         Judah    1 Kings 14:21                 17 years                17 years                0
Jeroboam            Israel     1 Kings 14:19-20              22 years             22 years             0
Abijah               Judah    1 Kings 15:1-2                     3 years                  20 years                0
                   Judah    1 Kings 15:9-10                   41 years                60 years                1
Nadab                Israel     1 Kings 15:25                   2 years               22 years             2
Baasha               Israel     1 Kings 15:33                   24 years             45 years             1
Elah                   Israel     1 Kings 16:8                    2 years               46 years             1
Zimri                 Israel     1 Kings 16:15                   0 years(7 days)    46 years             1
Omri                  Israel     1 Kings 16:23                   12 years(+3)       61 years             0
Ahab                  Israel     1 Kings 16:29                   22 years             78 years             5
Jehoshaphat      Judah    1 Kings 22:41-42                25 years(+4)       89 years                0
Ahaziah              Israel     1 Kings 22:51                   2 years(+2)         82 years             0
Jehoram            Judah    2 Kings 8:16-17                   8 years                  92 years                5
Joram                Israel     2 Kings 3:1 & 1:17                 12 years             93 years             1
Ahaziah             Judah    2 Kings 8:25-26                   1 year                    93 years                0
Jehu                  Israel     2 Kings 10:36                   28 years             121 years            0
Athaliah             Judah    2 Kings 11:1-3                     6 years                  99 years                0
Joash                     Judah     2 Kings 12:1                         40 years                139 years             0
Jehoahaz             Israel     2 Kings 13:1                    17 years             138 years            0
Jehoash              Israel     2 Kings 13:10                   16 years             151 years            3
Amaziah                Judah     2 Kings 14:1-2                     29 years                165 years             3
Jeroboam II         Israel     2 Kings 14:23                   41 years             191 years            1
Azariah                  Judah     2 Kings 15:1-2                     52 years(+10)     227 years             0
Zechariah            Israel     2 Kings 15:8                    ½ year(+21)        213 years            0
Shallum              Israel     2 Kings 15:13                   one month           214 years            0
Menahem            Israel     2 Kings 15:17                   10 years             223 years            1
Pekahiah             Israel     2 Kings 15:23                   2 years(+1)         226 years            0
Pekah                 Israel     2 Kings 15:27                   20 years             246 years            0
Jotham                  Judah     2 Kings 15:32-33                16 years                243 years             0
Ahaz                       Judah     2 Kings 16:1-2                     16 years                258 years             1
Hoshea               Israel     2 Kings 17:1                    9 years(+7)         262 years            0
Hezekiah               Judah     2 Kings 18:1-2                     29 years                284 years             3
Manasseh             Judah     2 Kings 21:1                         55 years                339 years             0
Amon                     Judah     2 Kings 21:19                       2 years                  341 years             0
Josiah                    Judah     2 Kings 22:1                         31 years                372 years             0
Jehoahaz              Judah     2 Kings 23:31                       three months      372 years             0

Jehoiakim             Judah     2 Kings 23:36                       11 years                383 years             0
Jehoiachin            Judah     2 Kings 24:8                         three months      383 years             0
Zedekiah               Judah     2 Kings 24:18                       11 years                394 years             0

While I came up with the number of 394 years, I had limited information after Hoshea King of Israel to Zedekiah King of Judah in regards to co-regencies or gaps in kingship. Ezekiel 4 tells us that this time period is 390 years, not 394 years. So it still goes to show that my calculation was off by only 4 years with a few possibilities for error. I will go with the exactness of Ezekiel over my own calculations that included a few assumptions.

This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. “But when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation, the land of the Babylonians, for their guilt,” declares the Lord, “and will make it desolate forever. Jer. 25:11-12
For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. Jer. 29:10
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Dan. 9:1-2
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing: Ezra 1:1 (projected 609bc to 539bc)

Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him. And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia. And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; Dan. 11:1-4 (While we don’t have exact years from scripture alone given from Darius the Mede to the 4th King of Persia, we do know how many kings there will be. And we have recorded history to give us a rough estimate at the very least. So Darius the Mede began his reign in 539bc, Xerxes was the 4th king, Artaxerxes followed with the decree to rebuild Jersusalem in his 7th year.  539bc-457bc


CREATION TO NOAH =                                                                                     1,056 YEARS
NOAH TO ABRAM =                                                                                           955 YEARS
ABRAM TO END OF SOLOMON =                                                                    1,021 YEARS
END OF SOLOMON TO END OF ZEDEKIAH =                                               390 YEARS
END OF ZEDEZIAH TO DECREE OF ARTAXERXES =                                   129 YEARS
DECREE OF ARTAXERXES TO TO DEATH OF CHRIST =                             487 YEARS
DEATH OF CHRIST TO DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE(70AD) =            40 YEARS              = 4,078 YEARS

CREATION TO YEAR 2013 =                                                            = 6,021 YEARS

So is Christ 21 years late in his return? Keep in mind that God’s 7000 year plan is the plan of redemption. So if the 7th millennium is the 1000 year reign of Christ, the 6000th year is not marked from creation, but the fall of man when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. So in what year did the fall of man take place? How long was Adam and Eve in the garden?

The Bible does not say, but so far it need only be approximately 21 years (and counting until Christ returns) for the 7000 year plan of redemption to hold true. We can be sure that it was less than 130 years because Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born outside the garden. If year 2130 comes around we can then be sure that this whole 7000 year plan stuff is bogus. But Cain sinned when he killed Able outside the garden, and Seth replaced Able according to Gen. 4:25. So if we guestimate Cain was 20 years old when he killed Able, and Seth was born immediately after, then the maximum amount of time that they could have spent in the garden was around 105 to 110 years. Many believe Adam and Eve sinned very soon after being created and spent very little time in the garden. Anywhere from 7 years, to a couple of years, to a week, or even to a couple of days. But there is no evidence to support that theory. There is however minimal evidence that they spent a decent amount of time in the garden before eating the forbidden fruit. My personal guess would be between 25 to 70 years. I really don’t know for sure other than it being less than approximately 110 years. But think about this. Perhaps Adam was not created as a full grown man as depicted in most all visual aids. Perhaps he was created as a 12 year old boy(for example) that had to grow up and learn just like the rest of us. Adam must have spent time naming all the animals, learning how to tend the garden, learning how time is kept in the heavens, or perhaps many other things. Gen. 3:20 says that Eve was MOTHER of all the living just before they were cast out. If it was only Adam and Eve in the garden, then who was “all the living” talking about? And why would Eve be called a “mother” if it was only her and Adam present? God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. Did they wait to have kids until after they were cast out of the garden? Was Cain and Able their first children? Was Seth their 3rd child? Gen. 3:16 says that God would INCREASE the pains of childbearing for Eve. Does this mean that Eve understood the original, less painful childbearing that possibly had already occurred in the garden? Gen. 4:13-17 gives some interesting clues in regards to Cain. Cain was afraid of being killed by “someone” because God made him a wanderer on the earth due to killing Able. Who was Cain afraid of? God even placed a mark on Cain so that these other people, whoever these people are, will not kill him. Are we to believe that these other people were merely Adam and Eve his parents? Cain then all of a sudden has a wife and is building a city. So these other people had to have been his other many brothers and sisters. All I’m saying is that there is much to be speculated about in regards to the first years of mankind. There is plenty of room to suggest that Adam and Eve spent more than 21 years in the garden since we are in year 6021(approx.) since creation. Ultimately I believe that the lesson here is that the return of Christ is very near. Do not be surprised at all if it occurs in your lifetime. Be ready and keep watch. This is just one of many indications that the time of this age is coming to a close. 

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