Before you read any further please note that I am only speculating [no, not predicting] the future outcome of world affairs based on Biblical references, world events and, what looks to me to be, common sense. But, again, I’m not majoring in prophecy!
Why do I think God has ordered creation in thousand-year increments?
A Day is as a Thousand Years
This is taken from 2 Peter 3:8. The as reveals this presentation of time to be a simile, but I do not think it should be ignored. This however, is not proof by any stretch of the imagination. I inserted this point simply because I wanted seven points. That being said, it should be noted that many Christians in the early Church held to this viewpoint as well.
It Parallels the Account of Creation
There are seven days in the creation account (Genesis 1:1-2:4) and the seventh one is the Sabbath. The Millennial Rule of our Lord is thought to be a Millennial Sabbath—a thousand-year rest for the earth and all its inhabitants.
Church Apostasy is at an All-Time High
2 Timothy 3:1-5 is a clear description of apostasy running rampant throughout the Church in the latter days. Within this passage we see selfishness and sin taken to a whole new level of extreme. People out of control, suing one another for financial gain, easily offended at everything, forsaking the clear teachings of Scripture, celebrating the homosexual lifestyle, lovers of pornography and sex outside of marriage, etc.
The Most Missional Generation is on the Move
Apart from the first century, global missions are at an all-time high! This is one of the most missions-minded generations in human history. Thus, God is doing something significant in His Church and He is doing it quickly. He is fulfilling His Great Commission.
Genealogical Dating is Precisely Measured
Contrary to what some may say there are no gaps in the genealogical timelines. Ideas like these cause others to question the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Genealogies, such as Genesis 5, present us with a clear historical time chart.
The Curse of Babel is Reversing
It is said that by the end of this century half of the world’s languages will be dead. Because of globalization, smaller people groups are having to conform as the world is moving in on them. The seven thousand languages which exist in the world today were brought about because of a curse (Genesis 11) and we are coming to a point in human history in which we can understand one another. The curse is being reversed.
Jesus Told Us When
I always hear people say that we have absolutely no idea when Jesus is coming back. However, this is not entirely accurate. Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 that “concerning that day and hour no one knows.” Well, we are not concerned with the exact day or the hour. Those two things will be unexpected. What I am talking about is the fact that, throughout Matthew 24 and other parts of Scripture, Jesus Himself says that we will understand the times and know the season in which we are entering when the time draws near (Matt. 24:32).
I am not saying that Jesus is coming back in the year 2041. I think it would be cool if this is in fact how God ordered creation, but I do not know that for a fact. There is no exact verse I can point to but, like I previously stated, I believe that, based on Biblical study, world events and a logical analysis, this is a warranted possibility. Could Christ delay for another hundred years? Yes, and He might. Could He delay another million years? Yes, but He won’t. He is coming soon. Are you ready?