Modern Day Magi
Genesis 1:14 (KJV)
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
The magi demonstrated that you don't have to be a prophet in order to foresee prophetic events with important implications. How accurate the magi of old were is unclear, but we do know they were able to determine the birth of the New King within a few years, and caused the need for the young Jesus to flee into Egypt to avoid being killed, and then migrate to Nazareth, fulfilling important prophesy. An outstanding record for any magi of the day, all from prophetic scripture.
Jesus Christ's second coming, like His first, can not be determined with absolute accuracy, but within a particular generation, and at the end of this current age. Just as His approaching Birth was anticipated, so must His coming in the clouds with power also be anticipated. May we take up the serious work of the magi, and prepare.
52 months till Tribulation?
There is an important anomaly concerning the end of a 6,000 year timetable. No matter what signs and wonders we might point to as fulfilled prophecy, the end of that 6,000 years will arrive around the year 2027. This determines that the tribulation should start around 2020. As we ponder the correlation between these 6,000 years with the 6 days of creation, our priorities might be impacted.
God's long suffering grace should abate around the end of this decade, allowing dreadful tribulation throughout the final 7 years of this age. Theologians, Eschatology students and all other interested parties, are encouraged to review this text for their constructive comments. No new prophecy is implied here.
Let us agree, and pray, that the Holy Spirit open our hearts, and minds, for discernment between good, and evil, truth in scripture, and false teaching. Amen.
2 Peter 3:8 (KJV)
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.
1,000 man-years = 1 God-day, where 6 God-days of creation + 7th God-day of rest = 7,000 man-years. The 7th God-day of rest strongly correlates to what is referred to as the "Millennium" found in The Book of Revelation in its last 3 chapters = 1,000 man-years, and begins at the end of the 6,000th man-year(6th God-day of creation), spanning man's mortality from his garden expulsion to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 20:4-6 (KJV)
4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
From that point in time when Adam was expelled form the garden, he was assured to live less than one more God-day(1,000 man-years) of his otherwise immortal life while in the garden, having enjoyed access to the "Tree of Life"(life everlasting). That Adam should die within that same God-day(1,000 man-years) for disobeying God. Once being denied access to the "Tree of Life"(life everlasting) he died after living 930 man-years, 70 man-years short of one full God-day(1,000 man-years), by virtue of losing access to the "Tree of Life"(life everlasting), providing perfect confirmation of 2 Peter 3:8, quoted above.
The Millennium Day of Rest
Genesis 2:17 (KJV)
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.
After the end of the first 1,000 man-years(first God-day), in which Adam dies, and 3,000 additional man-years(3 additional God-days), totaling 4,000 man-years(4 God-days), Jesus' Resurrection as Savior, ushers in the beginning of the last 2,000 man-years(last 2 God-days), totaling 6,000 man-years(6 God-days). This brings us to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the end of man's toil under the curse, and the return of access to the tree of life, after 6,000 years since man's first sin.
The Millennium Day of Rest, described in the last 3 chapters of the Book of Revelation, adds 1,000 man-years(1 God-day), totaling 7,000 man-years(7 God-days) since the fall of man, till the final judgment day.
Genesis 3:17 (KJV)
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Now consider what will happen 6,000 man-years(6 God-days) after the garden expulsion when Satan is bound, and the Millennium Day of rest results during the 7,000th man-year(7th God-day), the day of rest.
Genesis 2:2-3 (KJV)
2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Mankind is denied access to the tree of life for 6,000 man-years(6 God-days), that being from the time of man's first sin until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Mankind is once again granted access to the tree of life at the beginning of the 7,000th man-year(7th God-day), the day of rest.
Genesis 2:9 (KJV)
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:22-24 (KJV)
22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
And so, it is made plain that Adam enjoyed life everlasting by virtue of having access to the tree of life, and that man's mortality began when he lost access to that tree. It was because of that first sin that immortality for man ended, and the curse over the earth began. Now it happens that after 6,000 man-years(6 God-days) later, upon the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the tree of life is returned with its power of immortality, and no more curse over the earth is found. This is the beginning of the 7,000th man-year(7th God-day), the day of rest. A thousand man years of rest for our Lord God, and the earth when "his servants shall serve him".
Revelation 22:1-3 (KJV)
1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
CAN THE EXACT TIME OF THE SECOND COMING BE DETERMINED?
The exact time of Christ's Second Coming has been decreed by God to be withheld, but we must heed God's timetable concerning His will as it relates to man to arrive around the time of these events. Believe it or not, one thing cannot be disputed, there are only a few years left till the end of 6000 years from the fall of man to the second coming of Christ, representing a one in all of eternity milestone, not to be repeated. Are we ready?
Matthew 24:32-51 (KJV)
32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Understand that the Gregorian calendar begins approximately 6 years after the event of Jesus' birth, making the actual start date for the Gregorian calendar 6 AD. I use a minus 6 year adjustment as the mean value between the 4-8 years argued among the most astute theologians dealing with the subject of Christ's actual birth date. But Jesus had always existed. The more key event, that being Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection, around 33 years after his birth, 27 AD as adjusted for Jesus Christ's actual birth date of around 6 years earlier, more or less, marked the end of the 4,000th man-year(4th God-day). This places the end of the 6,000th man-year(6th God-day) around the year 2027 AD(the Second Coming of Christ) instead of the year 2000 AD. Subtracting seven years from 2027 AD arrives at the beginning of the Great Tribulation around the year 2020 AD.
All of man's era of enlightenment has fallen within these 6,000 man-years(6 God-days). Before this, Adam walked immortal with God. The 6,000 man-year clock started ticking once Adam ate from the forbidden tree, and for the first time man faces mortality.
Faith is the miracle of which we ourselves perform, as demonstrated by our good works, and empowered by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All doubt is answered through His loving grace.
For the sake of welcoming the Holy Spirit for guidance: pray without ceasing, honor Jesus Christ's command to love one another, do good works, and sin no more. Amen