|February 15, 2019
Did the Apostles know how long it would be before Christ’s return?
Can the following three statements be reconciled or is at least one of them wrong?
1. The apostles understood the amount of time from creation to Christ included around 4,000 years, as indicated in the Old Testament.
2. Some New Testament books contain statements from the apostles telling first-century Christians that Christ could return in their lifetimes.
3. The apostles taught that the millennial kingdom of Christ would be a kind of Sabbath rest beginning at around 6,000 years after creation.
For more information on
the apostles’ understanding of chronology and the possible timing of Christ’s return, please see our study entitled:
The First-Century Apostolic Understanding of Chronology