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One of the main events prophesied in the Bible is the one thousand years millennial reign of Jesus Christ on earth. Under the law Israel was to keep the sabbath every seventh day. In the New Testament believers enter into the sabbath rest of God through salvation. But there is also a prophetic sabbath.

II Pet. 3:8 and Psalms 90:4 both teach that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. Charles Camplejohn is a former chief design engineer for the Apollo project and he also worked on all of the Saturn 5 and Moonport projects. He wrote an article for Voice magazine in 1978 regarding this subject. Using scripture and his technical background, Camplejohn explained how one day with the Lord could equal one thousand years for us. I John 1:5 says God IS light therefore we can understand that it is totally within his realm to move at the speed of light. If a human was to travel at 99.999999 percent the speed of light toward the center of our galaxy, some twenty-seven thousand light years away, he would reach his destination in twenty-seven days, while the earth would age twenty-seven thousand years in the same time span, thus one day at the speed of light equals one thousand years at the speed of time. Camplejohn said the reason for this is that "moving clocks run slower than stationary clocks when they’re taken in reference to their inertial time frame." He’s the rocket scientist, I’ll just take his word for it.

This gives us some interesting information regarding the second advent of Jesus. The Bible indicates that everyone on earth will be able to see him at the same time and it gives us clues as to how this could be. Jesus is God the Son and as such he is able to travel at the speed of light (which is roughly 187,000 miles per second). Matt. 24 indicates that he will come as lightning comes out of the east and shines to the west. There’s light again and it’s moving. If he’s traveling at the speed of light, Jesus will make almost eight complete circuits around the earth per second. It will be similar to watching an 8 mm movie in the sky. God’s even going to dim the lights (Matt. 24:29).

We understand that it has been six thousand years since the creation of Adam. The seventh thousand years, the day of rest, will be the millennium. The gospel of John presents the seven thousand years plan of God. Chapter 1 opens with a statement of Jesus’ deity. In verses 15-28 John is questioned by and responds to the priests and Levites. This is day number one. In verses 29-34, "the next day", Jesus comes to be baptized. This is day number two. In verses 35 - 42, "the next day", Jesus calls out Andrew and Peter. This is day number three. In verses 43-51, "the day following", Jesus calls out Philip and Nathanael. This is day number four. In John 2:1 we learn that "the third day" there was a marriage in Cana. Four plus three equals seven. This marriage occurred on the seventh day in the gospel of John. On this occasion Jesus turned the water into wine. Verse 11 says, "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana in Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." Jesus was openly revealed to the world at a marriage on the seventh day. Prophetically, that seventh thousand years will be the marriage of the Lamb.

There are other scriptures that present the same truth in different terms. Hos. 6:1-3 addresses the general time of the second advent of Jesus and the beginning of his earthly reign. The passage says, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

This prophecy concerns the restoration of Israel during the millennium. It was Israel who was torn (scattered) and smitten (persecuted) because of their rejection of Jesus as Messiah nearly two thousand years ago. The prophecy says they will be revived after two days (two thousand years), and goes on to say that in the third day (the millennium) they will live in his sight. This is literal. Jesus will be personally present on earth. The last verse of the prophecy speaks of his ‘going forth’. This is a reference to the second advent.

There are other scriptures that illustrate the same truth. In John 11:6 Jesus waited two days before he went to raise Lazarus. Scripture states repeatedly that Jesus himself would rise from the dead on the third day. The opening event of both the tribulation and the millennium is a resurrection. I think my favorite ‘third day’ passage is Exo. 19. In that chapter the people were called to the mountain with the voice of a trumpet and God came down upon Sinai on the third day in the morning.

From these scriptures we learn that we are indeed living in the general time frame of the rapture.

Ungar’s Bible Dictionary, pp. 197-202, Chronology, New Testament, presents evidence for the birth of Jesus in the year 4 B.C. Hos. 6:1-3 speaks of Israel being revived after two days or two thousand years. In order for those two days to end in the last generation (not thirty years later), the countdown had to begin at the birth of Jesus, or in 4 B.C. While most people were looking at a new millennium beginning in the year 2000, I think it had a different beginning point.

January 1 is not New Year’s Day on God’s calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and if we adjust for the 4 years B.C., we find that the new millennium began on September 25, 1995.

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