God does not use a calendar to measure time. The Bible tells us in Psalm 90:4 that one day is like a thousand years with God. The skeptic wonders if that means “exactly” one thousand years, or is it a generality that conveys the concept that God’s timeline of eternity is different than ours?
There are those who hold to the belief that we should interpret God’s word literally when it comes to understanding the Bible? And if we do NOT take the Bible literally, what are we to do with the scripture that tells Adam in the Garden, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” We know that he did NOT die the day he ate the forbidden fruit, but lived for 930 years (Genesis 5:5).
So, if you do believe God literally, then it took God seven thousand years to create the world. And if Jesus Christ was born in the meridian of time, there should be 3,500 more years after his birth to complete this dispensation of time. And where does that leave us now in 2011?
Literally speaking, we should be very close to the tribulation period. Then the last thousand years of this dispensation of time would be His kingdom on earth. Why is all of this important to us today?
Jesus told us to watch for the signs of the time when these things would occur (Matthew 24). He said that many weather conditions would be more extreme than ever before and He told us “specifically” that THE GENERATION on the earth when the abomination of desolation happens, which is the forsaking of the God of Israel and turning to the gods of the heathen nations, WILL NOT PASS until all these things are fulfilled. So that means that when all these things come to pass, THAT particular generation will still be on the earth when Christ returns and thus we know it is still in the future.
Many scholars say that the Dome of the Rock Temple in Jerusalem, which is built on the very site of the ancient Temple of Yahweh or the God of Israel, has been desolated by an offensive thing – which is a Pagan idol on the top of the dome. Scholars also tell us that the antichrist will go into the rebuilt, desecrated, Jewish temple and proclaim to be God. And when this happens, the temple will be destroyed – thus, the abomination of desolation (or desolating abomination) happens. Then Jesus Christ will return.
God told Daniel that his prophecy would be understood in the last days, but we all know that if we aren’t careful, we can be misled and confused on the issues and events. Don’t listen to the arm of flesh (man) to get your information. Study the Word. Pray for guidance and be ready. We are in tumultuous times and need to be alert.
So, literally speaking, we know that Jesus will return while the same generation is still alive that experienced the abomination of desolation. That bit of information was given to us in the prophecy of Daniel so we would have a point of reference in God’s timeline.
The important thing here is to to be AWAKE. Read the scriptures. Pray for guidance and understanding. LOOK UP and be watchful.