Sunday, January 01, 2006

A Day Is A Thousand Years?

A frequent Scripture some Christians use to support the idea that Christ will return after 6,000 years of human history followed by a 1,000 year earthly reign is 2 Peter, which reads, in part:

3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

They then say that a day is equal to a thousand years and compare this to the 6 days of creation followed by a day of rest. However, Scripture says "a day is like a thousand years," not "is a thousand years."

Read in its context Peter is saying that God is outside the realm of time and it means nothing to Him. While non-believers mock His future return, God is simply being patient, wanting all to come to repentance.

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