“…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years”

January 24, 2011 by: KJVOnly

Does 2 Peter 3:8 really mean what people say it means? Let’s take a look.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

2 Peter 3:8-10

How many times have we heard people use verse 8 to try and predict the timing of Jesus’ Second Coming? Even our buddy Harold Camping uses it in his attempt to point to May 21st of this year. Yet they are looking at it IN THE WRONG WAY!!!


Let’s go over to Revelation 20.

  1. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
  2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
  3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
  4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
  5. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
  6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God, and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:1-6 KJV

What 2 Peter 3:8 really means is that “the day of the Lord” refers to the entire millennial reign! All the things that verse 10 says will happen WILL happen, just over the course of the thousand years (or slightly after it, going by Revelation 20:3 and the rest of that chapter).

This has thrown me for a LONG time, because how could the heavens and earth melt away and THEN Christ would reign? That made no sense, especially since Revelation, starting in chapter 21, clearly talks about a new heaven and new earth (and new Jerusalem) and one that no sin would ever enter in. (It threw me off as well when it talked about the city having gates but they will never be shut and people can come and go freely so it must be that everyone will be perfected and glorious then.)


Just to cement this, David says a similar thing in Psalm 90:4.

  1. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Psalm 90:4 KJV

The phrase “thousand years” is mentioned once in Ecclesiastes 6:6 but then not again until 2 Peter 3:8. To close, let’s look at the VERY intriguing turn of phrase in Ecclesiastes 6:6.

  1. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?

Ecclesiastes 6:6 KJV

Why would the only other mention of “thousand years” in the King James Bible be TWO thousand years? It’s almost as if God signaled his intentions years ago and that he is coming SOON!!!

What cements that thought for me is the context of Ecclesiastes 6:1-3, especially verse 3.

  1. A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
  2. If a man begat an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.
  3. For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
  4. Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

Ecclesiastes 6:1-5 KJV

Two things jump out at me:

  1. The phrase “but a stranger eateth it” in verse 1. This sounds like Gentiles getting to eat what the Jews view as their inheritance. It’s related to the Jews claiming righteousness by having Abraham as their father instead of following God.
  2. The phrase “that an untimely birth is better than he” in verse 3. There is only one other place I can find a phrase similar to that, in 1 Corinthians 15:8. That verse, of course, is Paul’s declaration of himself as “one born out of due time”. It still amazes me how all these clues are there but don’t show up until you rightly divide the King James Bible!
  1. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
  2. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
  3. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

1 Corinthians 15:7-9 KJV


One other thing jumped out at me. Look again at Revelation 20:4.

  1. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4 KJV

What jumped out at me is the phrase “that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God,”. Since we know that Jesus IS the Word of God, why did this need to be said twice, as if they were two separate things?

The answer is because, in this context, the text is stressing that people who were beheaded for preserving God’s Word are just as honored as people who were killed for preaching about Jesus! In other words, God DOES hold his Word sacred and honors those who will preserve and protect it, especially in the Tribulation when people could die for it! That means there IS a Bible RIGHT NOW that God considers his Word and the rest are all trash and garbage!

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