Entering the End-times?
Our Sunday School class offers an alternate focus on an issue of current relevance. Last year one discussion featured a study of Mark 1:15:
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Each of these phrases may have a new and deeper meaning…
The time is fulfilled. Peter would say, “beloved, be not ignorant…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack…the day of the Lord will come.” 2 Pet 3:8-10. Pioneers believed that the end-time apocalyptic period, “the day of the Lord,” would come after 6,000 years because God gives man six days to do all his work, Exodus 20:9.
Ussher’s Chronology supports 6,000 years as completed by 2000 AD, confirmed by Sir Isaac Newton’s chronology and also by science:
“May 5, 2000: The date that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn [lined up] with the sun and moon—the first time in 6,000 years.” TIME Magazine, Jan 17, 2000.
That was ten years ago; why is it relevant now? Because of the context of the Bible’s solar system alignment. “The sun, moon and stars made obeisance” to Joseph. His brothers didn’t like his dreams and they sold him as a slave. But after seven good years, there were seven bad years when his brothers came and bowed to him like the stars in his dream. Since 2000, we had seven good years, but the seven bad years may have started in 2008.