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Seventy weeks of years of God's judgment are broken into two parts: 69 weeks (7 + 62) and a single week. The first 69 weeks predicted the year of Jesus' death and is past. The 70th week points to an unspecified point in the future, immediately preceding Jesus' return. This week of starts with the antichrist confirming a covenant with Israel for seven years and culminates in the greatest war ever fought.

If God's last day judgment lasts seven years, as the 70th week of Daniel implies, why does the Bible refer to it as a day? Clearly, this exceeds a twenty-four day. It even exceeds the one year represented by each day in Daniel's seventy weeks. Further exasperated this is by the fact that ‘that day' refers to also Jesus' millennial reign. Fortunately, the Bible gives additional clues:

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. (Psalms 90:4)

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. (2 Peter 3:8)

It is easy to underestimate the importance that a day in the Bible may refer to a 24-hour period, a year, or, most importantly, a thousand years. This makes Jesus' millennial reign only a single day in God's eyes and the term ‘that day' fits this event. Interestingly, it gives insight into James 4:14's comparison of a person's life to a vapor. People live only a couple of hours of one of these thousand-year days and, in God's eyes, this is like a water vapor that lasts just a couple of hours before it evaporates under the morning sun.

The thousand-year days unlock many other prophetic scriptures. Consider for example, Mark 2:27-28 where Jesus proclaims His Lordship over the Sabbath:

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Like ‘that day', Jesus claims Lordship over a single day. Could He be referring to a thousand-year period? If He is, could He be referring to a specific period? First, consider the commandment concerning the Sabbath:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (Exodus 20:8-10)

People are to work six twenty-four hour days and rest on the seventh. If Jesus is referring to a thousand-year period, then He rules the last of seven millennia. According to the Bible, roughly 6000 years have transpired from Adam to present:

  • Approximately 1500 years from Adam to Noah
  • Approximately 2500 years from Noah to Jesus
  • Approximately 2000 years from Jesus to present

By God's measure, approximately six days have elapsed since creation. Could this mean that the next thousand-year period is a Sabbatical day and that this is Jesus' Sabbath? This seems likely considering that on the Sabbath, Jesus fed the hungry (Luke 6:1-5), healed the sick (Mark 3:1-5) and taught the wisdom of God (Luke 3:31) and that each are distinguishing characteristics of His millennial reign. Probably, ‘that day' includes both the wonderful thousand-year reign of Christ and Daniel's horrific seven year 70th week immediately preceding it.

Does the application of thousand-year days apply to other prophetic passages? For example, Hosea 6:1-3 speaks of three days when it foretells the children of Israel's suffering:

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.

For two days, God bound and enslaved the children of Israel but the third day, finally offers hope and relief. Applying the thousand-year day principle, this passage shows the Jews suffering for approximately two millennia before their relief in the following millennium. This nicely matches the history of the last two millennia. From 72 A.D. to 1948 A.D., 1876 years, Israel had not been a nation. For the majority of the last two ‘days', the Jews have gone through all of the pain and suffering Hosea promised. Now that Israel is a nation once again, it would appear that the third day either is here or soon will be. It is probably not coincidental that the third day of Hosea and the Sabbath millennium both appear poised to start anytime.