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Several scriptures indicate that we should expect a millennial “Sabbath” after six 1,000-year millennial “days” have expired.

Peter said, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8 2 Peter 3:8But, 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.
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; compare Psalms 90:4 Psalms 90:4For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
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At creation, God instituted the weekly cycle of seven days. When He “rested on the seventh day,” He “sanctified” it, which means He made it a holy day forevermore (Genesis 2:1-3 Genesis 2:1-3 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And 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. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
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When one adds up the biblical chronology and historic records, it's clear that the lapsed time since Adam and Eve has been almost 6,000 years, which is six millenniums. If Christ returns at the end of 6,000 years, His reign will be the seventh millennium.

Can it be that God intends for us to think of the Millennium as a 1,000-year “Sabbath” of rest from the evils, stresses and suffering of the previous 6,000 years? From what Hebrews 4:1-11 Hebrews 4:1-11 1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For to us was the gospel preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limits a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
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tells us, the answer is “yes.” This passage is comparing three “rests.” The weekly Sabbath rest and the rest for the Israelites after they ceased from wandering and entered the Promised Land of Canaan are types of the ultimate “rest for the people of God” after they enter the Kingdom of God! (verse 9). GN

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  • Sarai
    I understand the concept of the Millennium, when earth will rest from evil, but I am unclear as to which scriptures indicate the six millennial “days” as a general time frame of how long after the time of Adam and Eve the millennium will occur. The ones noted in this article do not indicate this time frame of 6,000 years.
  • United Church of God
    A Bible chronology such as the one in appendix 50 of the “Companion Bible” shows that about 4,000 years elapsed between Adam and Christ, and we know that roughly 2,000 years have elapsed since then. Peter wrote, “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8 2 Peter 3:8But, 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.
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    ). And, Paul indicated that the Sabbath (seventh day) is a type of spiritual rest that God’s people will have in the future, when Christ rules the earth (Hebrews 4:4-9 Hebrews 4:4-9 4 For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remains that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limits a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.
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    ). Couple what Peter and Paul wrote with the clear statement that Christ will return to reign on this earth for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:4 Revelation 20:4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to 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 on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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    , 6), and it suggests that our seven day week pictures seven thousand years to God. During the first six thousand years man experienced the rigorous “work” of hard toil, wars, slavery, poverty, and other woes. The seventh day (Sabbath) pictures the thousand years of Christ’s reign when war has been abolished, the environment cleaned, prosperity is universal, and people are happy. This will certainly seem like a period of rest, in comparison to man’s six millenniums of history.
  • United Church of God
    Paul wrote, “for the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20-21 Romans 8:20-21 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
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