|DAY = 1000 year Theory||
There is a theory that
the 7 days of creation are a pattern for 7000 years of human history. That is
one day = 1000 years. And that just as there were 6 days of “work” and 1 day
of rest, so likewise with man’s history there will be 6 days of - what?
work? preparation? Judgment? . . . and then one day of rest which would be
However, according to proper chronological measurement . . .
we are already at the year 6048 Ano Hominis – so we are already almost 50 years into the millennium.
Furthermore, there is no
place in scripture that teaches it.
Peter is writing this to
indicate that God does not measure time as man does. God is eternal and to
Him, 1 day in man’s history is like a day in His sight – it’s just a drop in
the bucket. Or a thousand years of man’s history is simply like a day to God.
This is not stated in order to equate
He probably has in mind Psalm 90:4, “For a thousand years in your sight is like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.”
Now, no biblical interpretation is established either by the church fathers or by various commentaries, but by Scripture alone.
The theory was suggested by
two of the church fathers, but that in itself does not validate or invalidate
However, Irenaeus fails to quote the second part, “a day is as a thousand years,” and that totally invalidates the theory.
And the epistle of Barnabas:
And he also fails to quote the second part of
The theory also finds support from several
Jewish sources, but interpretations by rabbinical writers do not validate the
Commentaries that reject the theory:
COMMENTS ON ADAM'S DAY
It has been suggested that when Adam dies "in that day," that it refers to his physical death WITHIN the first 1000 years of man's history, suggesting the validity of the "one-day = 1000 years" theory.
1. It is more reasonable to view Adam's death as occurring on the literal day that he ate, and to view it as his loss of relationship with God - his spiritual death. There is a reason why the Hebrew uses the very strong verbal construction, "dying you shall die," instead of simply saying, "you shall die." The emphasis is because the more important issue is his spiritual death.
And they did in fact DIE to God in that very instant on that very day.
In addition, Satan’s answer to Eve’s hesitation focuses, “on the day that you eat your eyes will be opened.”
And then, after they ate, their eyes were opened ON THAT DAY.
And when God came walking in the garden in the “cool of the day,” it should certainly be viewed as the very same day.
2. While Adam died in 930 AH, many of the other antediluvian descendants died well after the 1000 year mark." The "antediluvian descendants" are the ones who were born before the flood and many died AFTER that "1000 year mark."
For example, Seth died in 1042 AH and Enosh died in 1140 AH.
And of course everyone except Noah plus 7 died in 1656 AH.
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