Since Jesus ascended back into Heaven nearly two thousand years ago, countless individuals have attempted to determine the timing of the greatest event ever expected to occur - the return of Jesus Christ.
However, in the last few decades, there has been a myriad of people predicting when this will happen due to the influx of wars, cosmic events, natural disasters, diseases, etc. Unfortunately, many people have used these events to set dates for Jesus' return only to fail time and time again. This has resulted in a great deal of skepticism and even mockery from those who don’t believe Jesus will return, despite the Bible's historical accuracy and validity. Not only did Jesus foretell of his return, but also of the mockery that would precede it which is an indicator that we are living in the days just before his return.
There are generally two schools of thought that Christians believe regarding this glorious event.
1) That no man knows the day or the hour. 2) That we can know the timing of his return based upon a careful examination of biblical prophecy.
Here at Wheel of Ages, we believe that both are true. After all, the Bible is the only book that has successfully predicted the future concerning many events with absolute precision.
Jesus said in reference to the day of the Lord, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" Matthew 25:13. We will certainly not debate the words of Jesus for what he says is absolutely true. However, let us also consider the words of the apostle Paul to the Christians at Thessalonica that the day of the Lord would not surprise them like a thief in the night because they were children of light and of the day. This could imply that we can know the season of his return, just not the exact day or the exact hour. The scriptures revealed in advance when Jesus would come as the Lamb of God to be slain. Is it unreasonable to think that he would give us clues for his return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to rule and reign as well?
This question has led us to look intently into the scriptures to find the indicators of his second coming. Jesus himself spoke of the indicators of "birth pains," but it is unclear if the mere influx of wars, celestial events, natural disasters, and diseases we are experiencing today are the indicators to his return since they have been happening for thousands of years, and are therefore unreliable. So, we looked deeper. Soon into our study, we discovered a very important key verse. Isaiah 46:10 says, “...I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying,'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose...” This caused us to take our eyes off of Revelation and go back to Genesis and discover how he first declared the end from the beginning.
In Genesis we discover that God worked for 6 days and then rested on the 7th day. This structure has continued from the beginning of time until now. Within this structure, God created specific things on specific days and to our amazement we discovered that these were prophetic types or shadows of actual events that would later occur in the future. But how?
Before we continue, it is important for us to mention how the Bible describes God's perception of time, which is the key to understanding how he declared the end from the beginning. In 2 Peter 3:8, Peter says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” We interpret this to mean that 1 day and 1000 years are synonymous in God’s sight. You might say, in other words, that the zeros are of no value and are therefore inconsequential to how God perceives time. If we apply this information to creation week, then we can surmise that each day of creation may have endured for 1000 years in the same way that each 1000 years of mankind’s history can be viewed by God as just 1 day. If they are equal in this respect, then perhaps there is a fulfillment in each millennium of history for the prophetic type given in each respective day of creation week. To our astonishment, we find exactly that!
"God's Work Week"
Light separated from darkness
created. Heavenly realm separated from Earthly realm.
Waters gathered and dry land appeared. Plants & seeds created.
Sun (greater), Moon (lesser) & Stars created for signs, seasons & to govern.
Fish and Birds created.
Animals & Man (Adam) created. Man given dominion over all things.
God judged the work of his hands, then rested and called the day Holy.
"Man's Work Week"
God separated from man.
Man became exceedingly wicked (disparity/separation - from God).
Waters gathered & the Hebrews walked on dry land then became a great Nation.
John (lesser) testifies of Jesus (greater) and the disciples (stars) also testify about truth.
Jesus makes Disciples to become fishers of men
Nations go before Jesus (2nd Adam) and he has dominion over all things.
Jesus judges our works and man rests during the 1000 year reign of Jesus.
By understanding this structure of how time has unfolded, first with the prophetic type, then its subsequent historical fulfillment, we can now see God’s plan of redemption plainly laid out before us. It further reveals to us that creation week and man's history are equal in God's sight, not necessarily in duration (although that is a possibility), but rather in sequence. By understanding the correlations between the prophetic types and their historical fulfillments and altogether their respective order within the sequence, we can not only determine why certain events happened in the order in which they did throughout history, but we may also determine how close we are to the conclusion of this age of darkness. We know that after 6 days, God rested. Does this mean that after 6 days (or 6 1000 year periods) that man will also rest?
In order to explore this possibility in more detail, we have created an interactive circular timeline, which we call the Wheel of Ages. We are excited to share this with you and by doing so hope this will help you obtain a greater understanding of biblical prophecy which will assist you in your own biblical study. Please note that our intention is not to set dates for Jesus' return, rather it is to show how soon this event and other future events are likely to occur based upon our observations of historical fulfillments of biblical prophecy so that you may be encouraged as we wait together with great expectation the return of our Lord & Savior!