WHAT IS A THOUSAND YEARS?
Someone has correctly said, “The hours crawl by as the years fly.” All of us have noticed this feeling of inconsistently in relation to time. It is easy to get discouraged when it appears that what we are waiting for is never going to come. An incurable disease or situations that seem to never change can cause one to give up in despair.
Peter is writing for those who will be in the Tribulation after the church is raptured. The one thing these believers will need more than anything else is patience and encouragement. In fact, the key word to those churches is the word “overcome.”
Peter’s statement that “one day is as a thousand years…” is not to be interpreted that God means one day is a thousand years, (That would mean that the seven days of creation took seven thousand years.) or that we should conclude God meant a day, when He says a thousand years. The only point in the text is that God is faithful and time is irrelevant concerning His promises.
God will postpone the Tribulation judgment as long as He can. The reason is stated in the text; He is not willing that any should perish. However, the earth will be destroyed because there is no other option. Those in the Tribulation are told to be faithful unto death.
The Lord has His own time schedule and Christians should not concern themselves with it. He is faithful. He fulfilled His Word in the past, will He do in the future, in His time.
A day is not a thousand years, nor is a thousand years a day. You can trust God. Time is not a factor. Patients and faithfulness is the message.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.