Stewarton Bible School

Time is Short!

The Bible is Yahweh's Word. Dating back to the creation of the world it provides mankind with the only infallible record of history relevant to salvation. Here is a brief chronological record in A.M. (anno mundi) years; which means 'the year of the world.' Let the reader prayerfully consider the awesome conclusion to which this article arrives - that the Saviour's return is near and that Time is Short.
Ante Deluvian Patriarchs A.M. Year
Genesis 1:27 Adam created in Yahweh's image   which was year 0
Genesis 5:3 Seth born when Adam was 130 which was year 130
6 Enos born when Seth was 105 which was year 235
9 Cainan born when Enos was 90 which was year 325
12 Mahalaleel born when Cainan was 70 which was year 395
15 Jared born when Mahalaleel was 65 which was year 460
18 Enoch born when Jared was 162 which was year 622
21 Methuselah born when Enoch was 65 which was year 687
25 Lamech born when Methuselah was 187 which was year 874
28 Noah born when Lamech was 182 which was year 1056
Genesis 7:11 The Flood came when Noah was 600 which was year 1656
  Total 1656    
Post Deluvian Patriarchs A.M. Year
Genesis 11:10 Arphazad born 2 years after flood 2 which was year 1658
12 Salah born when Arphazad was 35 which was year 1693
14 Eber born when Salah was 30 which was year 1723
16 Peleg born when Eber was 34 which was year 1757
18 Reu born when Peleg was 30 which was year 1787
20 Serug born when Reu was 32 which was year 1819
22 Nahor born when Serug was 30 which was year 1849
24 Terah born when Nahor was 29 which was year 1878
26 Abram born when Terah was 130 (see Note) 2008
21:5 Isaac born when Abraham was 100 which was year 2108
25:26 Jacob born when Isaac was 60 which was year 2168
  Total 2168    


Genesis 11:32 : Abraham was the youngest son of Terah who died in Haran aged 205, in year 2083. (1878+205 = 2083)
In Gen.12:4 we learn that at that time Abraham was 75 years old. In other words Abraham was born when his father Terah was 130 years old. (205-75 = 130). Therefore Abraham was born in year 2008, which is Terah's birth year (1878+130 = 2008).
Genesis 12:1-4 Abraham was called at the age of 75. (2008+75) = 2083
Genesis 47:9 Jacob entered Egypt at the age of 130, which was 215 years after Abraham's call. (2083+215) = 2298
Genesis 47:28 Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt and died at 147 (2298+17) = 2315
  Israel stayed 215 years in Egypt (2298+215) = 2513
Exodus 12:40 The Exodus occurred 430 years after Abraham's call. (2083+430) = 2513
Exodus 7:7 Moses was 80 at the time of the Exodus   2513
Deuteronomy 34:7 Moses died at 120 years, 40 years after the Exodus and just before Israel entered the Promised Land.   A.M. 2553
Solomon's Temple
1 Kings 6:1 Building operations started 480 years after Exodus.   2993
1 Kings 6:37-38 Building finished after 7 years.   A.M. 3000

Scripture and secular sources agree that Solomon's Temple was completed in about 1000 BC: which, as we have already shown, was in A.M. 3000. Another 1000 years brings us to the Saviour's birth in about A.M. 4000. In the 17th century Archbishop Ussher of Armagh calculated that the creation occurred in 4004 BC. A wall chart based on his dates up to the present day is published by Studio Editions Ltd. 50 Eastcastle St, London WIN 7AP (ISBN 85170 149 4).
J B Dimbleby, astronomer, historian and author of the book All Time Past, along with other historians, differs by a few years from Ussher's creation date. Dimbleby calculated that the creation occurred in 3996 BC. Either way we reach an astonishing conclusion, that according to Scripture the creation of this world took place about 4000 BC, which is just under 6000 years ago! By Ussher's count we are about 1 year from year 6000 (4004+1995 = 5999). By Dimbleby's count we are 9 years from year 6000 (3996+1995 = 5991).

And that dear reader brings me to an important question.

Why is the year A.M. 6000 so important?

The answer is: because the Almighty, as far as humanity's allocated period of time is concerned, could well be working to His Sabbatical Principle, in which 'every sixth period of time is followed by a seventh period of rest - a Sabbath.'   In other words the coming Biblical millennium A.M. 6000, (not the Year A.D. 2000), could well be the start of Yahweh's Sabbath Rest when the kingdoms of this world will be taken over by the Kingdom of God. Of course, no one except the Father knows the exact year of the Saviour's return (Matt. 24:36), when the Biblical millennium will begin. We are certainly not attempting to set that date. Too many preachers have tried it, only to be proved wrong. What we are saying is this: IF in the matter of mankind's allocated period of time, the Almighty is working to His Sabbatical Principle, and it is our opinion that He is, then the coming millennial reign, the Sabbath Rest of God, could well begin within the next decade. Also bear in mind that to save the human race from extinction, that time is to be cut short:
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

Other prophecies indicate that before the Biblical millennium begins, that is before the Saviour returns, there will be about a seven year period during which the Antichrist will appear on the world scene. This means: that if we are (in 1995) about a decade from the start of the Biblical millennium, then we are only about 3 years - and possibly less - away from the start of that last 7 year period! Yes, that is how urgent the situation is. These are sobering considerations we dare not brush aside. Instead, we do well to mentally, spiritually and physically prepare for the prophesied calamities scheduled to burst upon humanity within the very near future.

If you are interested in studying end-time prophecy, then go immediately to the following pages:

SBS    Prophecy Index
Author: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
First published 1995 ... Reformatted December 1999