HISTORY OF MANKIND
ILLUSTRATION OF GOD’S 7000 YEAR PLAN FOR MANKIND
– The Illustration is not to scale as I wanted to be able to make space to type in between the bars and show the titles so it is clearly understood. It’s the 7000-year plan that is important to understand.
This illustration is a follow-up to last week’s detailed posting. Last week I posted an article called: “When Is Jesus Coming Back? / God Is A God Of Numbers.” I discussed my thoughts on these subjects along with the multiyear timeframe for the rapture as well as discussing what needs to take place financially and economically before the rapture and the revealing of the Antichrist. If you missed the posting or need more clarification, please go back to what I posted last week. Thank you.
Briefly, in last week’s posting and discussion, I have shown you in detail that God is a God of numbers and that the number 7 plays an integral role in Scripture, nature, and history. This divine number is always closely linked to completion, perfection, judgement, blessings, favor, victory, and rest. This number is found more times in the Bible than any other number. In fact, the number 7 occurs over 400 times in the Bible. It is found 54 times in the book of Revelation alone, mainly because Revelation is the book that ushers in God’s seventh day (millennial) Sabbath rest for the earth and its inhabitants.
Sabbath millennium – Christ’s 1000-year reign on earth (Rev.20:4, 6). The Sabbath millennium mirrors the Sabbath day pattern established by God in Genesis 2:2-3; it follows that the preceding six workdays likewise mirror six millennia of human history leading up to Jesus’ return. It would be a time that God has allotted for man to “work” things out on his own, including governing himself. Interestingly, in Hebrews 4:4, 11, the seventh day of the week is pictured as a type of the peaceful “rest” on earth which will follow Christ’s return. Being a time of “rest,” and lasting a thousand years (Rev. 20:4, 6), it makes perfect sense that God would correspond it to the seventh day rest of Genesis 2:2. Since the last “day” of God’s plan for mankind is 1000 years, it is logical to conclude that the other six days of creation typify 6000 years of man’s self-rule (government) on earth. I believe the 1000 years of Revelation 20 will be a sabbatical millennium when earth gets a rest from the works of sin under the rulership of Satan. Bible chronology indicates that we are nearing the 6000 years of man’s self-rule on earth.
God has promised to give mankind and the earth a rest from its wars. But that peace will not come until the Prince of Peace (Christ) returns defeating all His enemies at the Battle of Armageddon. Only then will the nations, “…. Hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.” Only then will we realize the dream of a world where, “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war (Isaiah 2:4).” Here is Isaiah describing life under the rulership of Jesus Christ in the millennium: “The Wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain. For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord (Zech.11:6-9).” Scripture clearly tells us that Christ Jesus rules the millennial world from Jerusalem (Zech. 14:8, 9). We find out that the Gentile nations go up to worship Christ in Jerusalem (Zech. 14:16). We read, “Ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, ‘let us go with you, for we have heard God is with you’ (ch.8 v.2).”
Clearly, this millennial Sabbath is the seventh 1000-year period from the entrance of sin and spiritual death upon the human family going back to our grandparents – Adam and Eve. We can use the same pattern to say that we will have 6000 years of labor +1000 years of Christ’s rule which equals 7000 – the completion of humanity. Then we are transitioned to the Eternal State; the New Jerusalem – a New Heaven and a New Earth (Rev. 21& 22).
I believe the pattern has been established and God has allotted 6000 years for man’s self-rule. For mankind to go his own way – the way he chose by eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For mankind to try his own governments, philosophies, value systems, religions, and forms of education. We have had nearly 6000 years of human struggle and slavery under the rulership of Satan. I believe mankind has been given 6000 years of “labor” under the rule of Satan and sin’s penalties, but then there will be the 1000-year period of “rest” under the glorious rule of Christ Jesus. I believe we are in those “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 (rest) on earth. But before that happens Christ will come for His bride, the Church, and snatch us up (rapture) and take us to heaven to be with Him before the world dictator, the Antichrist is revealed, and the 7-year tribulation period starts.
Now we are almost at the end of 6000 years. There were roughly 4000 years before Christ’s first coming, and there have been almost 2000 years since. We are in the closing days of the sixth thousandth year. If that is true, we should be witnessing the closing signs of this age that is predicted concerning both Jews and Gentiles. For the Jews are to be reassembled (back in their homeland) for their last day, the seventh day, the great millennial Sabbath day of rest. In point of fact, this is happening, and all the signs of the close of the church age are before our eyes.
There seems every reason to believe, therefore, that we are now approaching the seventh day of the week, the day of millennial blessings that God promised His own people, and through them to the whole earth, for Israel, says Isaiah, shall be chief amongst the nations (Isaiah 2:2-3).
Although the millennium is Jewish, we who have been called out to form a bridal company for Christ, will be with our Lord throughout His millennial reign. Though we are ill fitted to exercise any authority or hold any high position we shall be honored because of our relationship with Him, and “we shall reign upon the earth” with Him in the millennium (Rev. 5:10).
In closing, like any great builder, God has a plan. We would be making a terrible mistake if we thought that God created mankind without a plan. God’s plan, of course, is far grander and more involved than any builder’s construction job – also incredibly more important. Though God is the Creator, the physical creation is just the environment for His most important work – that is creating a Family to share it with for all eternity.
Does God have a plan for His creation? Absolutely! Isaiah 46:9-11 says: “My counsel shall stand!” God has a great master plan that He is working out on the earth for us, His Family, and it will come to pass because He is Almighty God.
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