Only 217 Years Until the Messianic Age?

The world as we know it ends no later than year 6,000 of the Jewish calendar. There’s not much time left.

By Michael Selutin | | Topics: Prophecy
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According to the Jewish calendar, we are currently in the year 5783 since the creation of the first man. That leaves us 217 years until the year 6000 when the Messianic age begins.

Jewish tradition compares the course of world history to the course of a week, and 1,000 years correspond to a day in this parallel, as Psalm 90 says:

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

The week has six working days and one divinely-appointed day of rest. Accordingly, human history has 6,000 years of labor and 1,000 years of “Shabbat.” The Jewish sources only hint at what these 1,000 years will look like, but they correspond to the Shabbat, when no work is done, people find closeness to God and spend a peaceful, spiritual time.

The parallel goes even further, as anyone who has ever prepared for a Shabbat knows that the Friday just before the start of the Shabbat is the most stressful. One must make the final preparations, the meal must be ready, the children showered, the table set, so that one is free from all worldly activities when Shabbat begins.

Accordingly, we are working very hard today in the year 5783, for we are in the last few hours of “Friday.” There isn’t much time left before we have to stop our work.

What is this work that must be completed in the next 217 years? It consists of the return of the Jewish people to God, the preparation of Israel for the coming of the Messiah, the building of the Third Temple. In short, Israel is to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy people.” (Exodus 19:6)

With the return of the Jews to their land, a great step was taken in this direction. We have gained most of our physical independence, although Israel remains under the close scrutiny of the other nations. It seems the UN, EU and America are having a hard time relinquishing their rule over the Jews and are constantly interfering in Israel’s internal affairs. These international shackles still prevent Israel from becoming a true Jewish state.

But domestically, too, the country is still a long way from realizing its spiritual potential. The Bible and its divine commandments are rejected by large sectors of Israeli society, and the religious parties in government are doing little to change that.

In addition, the return of the Jews to the Promised Land is far from complete. There are still many Jews in the Diaspora who will have to return sooner or later – at least most of them. However, the rise of antisemitism worldwide, the war in Ukraine and economic factors are doing a good job of eliminating this problem.

The spiritual and physical independence of Israel still seems a long way off, but one can clearly see we are moving rapidly toward this outcome.


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6 responses to “Only 217 Years Until the Messianic Age?”

  1. John Taylor says:

    Interesting article. I’m 75 years old. Since Sunday school as a child I’ve wondered how the Biblical 360 day year matched up with 365 1/4 day years. What are the historical and scientific changes which verify the change from 360 to 365 days?
    Israel was an agricultural society and plants grow in seasons based on solar events, not a certain day of 360 day repetitive years.
    Thanks for any explanation you give—John

  2. Gerry Hession says:

    It’s much later than you think! There are approximately 50 years left if that at all until the Messianic Age. Probably more like 12 – 25 years including the Sabbath preparations and Tribulation clean-out. See Ken Johnson’s YouTube presentation on the Zadok Calendar, the missing years.

  3. Vernon Ryan says:

    In Matthew 24 verse 22, Jesus said; “Except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved: but for the elect’s (chosen ones) sake those days shall be shortened.”
    In 217 years, the secular people in this world now, will not exist, the meek will be inhabiting the earth at that time.

  4. Barbara Marrion says:

    In the May 1999 version of Israel Today there is an article titled: The Mystery of the 240 Missing Years. “In the article, David Rohl, and Egyptologist and Archaeologist, found hieroglyphics that provided a synchronization of the Jewish and Egyptian calendars. He asserts that 240 years are missing from modern Jewish reckoning, bringing us to ‘the prophetic year 6000.'”

  5. Clark Gear says:

    I have to say that Rabinic anything is a mess including their maintaining of the calendar. Let me give one example, We are told that feast of blowing (Rosh Hashana) is the 7th month 1st day. This requires the sighting of the new moon, yet while observing this holiday I notice year after year these days don’t align with the instruction of the Torah but rather the instruction of the rabbi’s.
    Believing you are going to gauge the coming of messiah (2nd)based on the current Jewish Rabbinic calendar is laughable. If one can’t see the moon how will they see the Sun of Righteousness with Healing in His Wings?

  6. Clark Gear says:

    36But no one knows of that day and hour, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only. So the coming of the Son of Adam will also be. 40Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Therefore, be alert! because you+ do not know in what day your+ Lord comes. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have been alert, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44Therefore you+ also be ready, because the Son of Adam will come in an hour that you+ do not anticipate.

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