I wouldn’t believe this if I hadn’t heard it, but out here in D.C., there’s a fringe Protestant radio station that combines some pretty standard programming (worship music, people talking about the Bible, etc.) with repeated claims that the world ends next year. The station, Family Radio, has this greeting visitors to their webpage:
- Family Radio decided the Flood from Genesis is a prefigurement of the End Times, and that the countdown to Armaggedon begins with Noah. This is based on Luke 17:26-27, while conveniently omitting Luke 17:28-30, which ruins the entire thesis.
- From here, Family Radio somehow decided that the Flood occurred in 4990 B.C. Not “circa 4990 B.C., ” but exactly, to the year, 4990. They don’t explain where this number comes from, but do tell us it was “careful study of the Bible.”
- The flood occurred on the seventeenth day of the second month of the year (this, the Bible actually does say: Gen. 7:10-11).
- Genesis 7:4 says God gave Noah seven days warning of the Flood.
- 2 Peter 3:8 says that to God, a day is like a thousand years.
- Jesus never says anything about how Noah is the beginning of the countdown to the eschaton. There aren’t even any clues that this is true. He just says that people won’t be ready for the coming of the Kingdom, just as they weren’t ready in the days of Noah or Lot.
- This 4990 date seems incredibly suspect, since it just happens to mean the world ends next year.
- 2 Peter 3:8 is alluding to Psalm 90:4, which says to God, “a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” If I’m not mistaken, a watch is three hours long, and there are four watches in a night (Jesus is out in the fourth in Matthew 14:25, for example). If a thousand years is a watch of the night, this would mean that a day was equivalent to eight thousand years. Of course, neither 2 Peter 3:8 nor Psalm 90:4 are meaning to give a precise conversion rate of OurTime to GodTime. They’re just talking about how the Creator of Time isn’t bound by our temporal settings, which is how Genesis 1 makes sense.