The Day of the Lord Is Not 1,000 Years

1,000 years

I explained why the Day of the Lord is unlikely to begin at the start of the tribulation and analyzed what it means for the Day of the Lord to come as a “thief in the night” in separate articles. In this article, I examine the teaching that the Day of the Lord will last for 1,000 years in this article.

Some teach that the Day of the Lord will last precisely 1,000 years. Some proponents of this view believe the Day of the Lord will coincide with the Millennium while others believe it will start at the end of the Millennium. Those who teach that the Day of the Lord will last for 1,000 years cite Psalm 90 and 2 Peter 3:3-13. Here are the key parts from each chapter contributing to this viewpoint:

“(1) Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. (2) Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (3) Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. (4) For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:1-4)”

“(8) 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. (9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, (12) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:8-13)

If you read these passages closely, you’ll notice that each passage is comparing a day with the Lord to a thousand years. The recognition that a comparison is being made is critical because it means that a direct statement that “a day for the Lord is a thousand years” is not being made. The writer of Psalm 90 and Peter used the comparison to convey the notion that the Lord’s timing is entirely different from our sense of timing. The Lord is eternal while our lives are relatively short, so a long time to us is not a long time to Him.

Therefore, I would caution you to accept the notion that the Day of the Lord will last for precisely 1,000 years.

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Emrys
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Emrys

All this stuff is nothing more than blind men groping along the wall. No one has yet figured it all out. Concern your selves with what is fully known & walk in that.

Anthony
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Ezekiel says the day of the Lord is called the time of the heathen. Or the times of the Gentiles. That would put the beginning of the day of the Lord at the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. And satan not deceiving the nations and the gospel spreading and the scattering of Israel. The end of it during the era that hitter was in power and the Jews being destroyed. Hitler’s body slain and his body given to the burning flame (Dan 7). Just my opinion

Connie
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Connie

If I have understood you correctly, (and maybe I haven’t) you take a pre-wrath view which puts the rapture after the 6th seal, correct? And that the Day of the Lord begins then?  Then if the Day of the Lord is a year long, that would mean that Christ isn’t crowned King until a year after the rapture by that reckoning, (Do I have that right?) as the 7th trumpet is after the 1260 days at the end of the 70th week, but before the 1335 days are up (from Daniel).

Wayne
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At the moment, I see Christ’s reign during the Millennium as 1000 years long, but I think His reign starts earlier than that. I think the time around the sounding of the 7th trumpet is the approximate time when His reign begins. I’m willing to change my position if I’m shown to be incorrect.

Connie
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Connie

In the feasts of the Lord, Judaism teaches that the crowning of the Messiah (at Rosh haShanah)to become the King of this world is followed by the resurrection of the dead (which we know is also the rapture).  They also teach that there is a marriage celebration associated with the Feast of Tabernacles, (following the coronation and resurrection) although having read Jewish authors on this, they have no clue why it is among their traditions. 🙂 When do you see the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdoms of our Lord and Him taking up His scepter to reign? Do… Read more »

Wayne
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Thank you for reading 🙂

humbleman
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humbleman

your welcome and thank you for making the blog 🙂

Wayne
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Okay, thanks for clarifying your position.

humbleman
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humbleman

Hi thank you for your reply. I’m not saying why are in the millennium reign at this time. but Zechariah 14. covers Armageddon. and when the nations go up to Jerusalem to worship the true God Zechariah 14 v 16. the nations Don’t go up to Jerusalem until Satan is cast into the abyss rev 20 v3. the point i was making from Zechariah 14 is the day of the lord starts of with a time of trouble where Jesus conquers his enemies then we are still in the day of the lord when the nations go to Jerusalem bro… Read more »

Wayne
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I’ll have to respectfully disagree about us being well into the Millennium reign.  I don’t think we are there at this point.

humbleman
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humbleman

i agree and for Armageddon to be the day of the lord they would have to be angels. because if the saints /holy ones are with Christ at Armageddon then it stands to reason they have been given authority to judge and the thousand years has commenced. my personal opinion is the scriptural evidence points to the holy ones being the bride. and as shown in Zechariah the day of the lord is not a short period of time but a time when God fights against the nations coming against Jerusalem. and IN THAT DAY the nations go to Jerusalem… Read more »

Wayne
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Thanks for commenting.  Some would argue that the “holy ones” in Zechariah 14:5 are angels.

Mike
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Only God is Holy. Angels are not holy. Otherwise Lucifer would not of fallen.

humbleman
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humbleman

Hi There here is something to think about Zechariah 14 v 5 says all the holy ones are with God. at Armageddon rev 19v5 indicates the bride are with Christ. Jude 14 says again he comes with the holy ones. my point is they must be given authority to judge at or before armageddon so the 1000 years can not be after Armageddon. Armageddon is a war that happens during the day of the lord.what is also interesting from scripture is when all these things take place. if you notice the scriptures refer to IN THAT DAY if you read… Read more »

Wayne
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Thank you for reading with an open mind!

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Anonymous

You always bring an interesting perspective that makes me think or should I say rethink.:)