Friday, July 31, 2009

Recent Perspectives on "The Jewish Year 6000"

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

I found a couple of websites publishing different perspectives on the Jewish Year 6000 and its significance. The following statement is found in an article published by a Jew who believes that Jesus Christ was the first coming of the Jewish messiah:

"According to the Jewish calendar we are beginning the year 5760 which celebrates the beginning of the world from the creation of Adam. According to modern Rabbinical and many Christian scholars, it has been calculated that this date is inaccurate by 240 years. We are actually beginning the Jewish year 6000, perhaps 6001, which corresponds to the year 2000 on the Gregorian calendar. The actual year is difficult to determine because of when the first century began. Bible chronologists are beginning to conclude that the Biblical year 6001 begins this Rosh Hashanah (September 11, 1999). They have determined that the year 6000-6001 is somewhere in the 1994-2006 time because of the uncertainty of when Yeshua was born. Anywhere from 1-4 BCE

The Jewish teachers of Torah believed that just as there are seven days in the creation week so also there are 7000 years between the first day of creation and the last day of redemption. This is derived from the six days of creation equating 6,000 years and a final seven day of 1,000 years, known as the Sabbath Millenium. Maybe this is why Peter's final exhortation about the Lord's coming was (2 Pet 3:8), One day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day. I believe there is much truth to this reckoning of time and if so, that would mean we are coming to the end of the 6000 year and are about to enter into the 7,000th or we are already into it. Prophetically, that means we are on the verge of the Messiah's soon coming. [Colored emphasis added.]"–"written and / or assembled by Cal Goldberg, Messianic Leader, Beth Shechinah", The Feasts of the Lord - Rosh Hashanah: The Akeda and the Binding of Isaac, (2001?),

The Anno Mundi interpretation of the Jewish Year 6000 also presents immediate dangers iterated in Cabalah. For example the following quotation from Cabalah states that only Jews will survive our present time:

"240 years before the seventh millennium (i.e., the year 6000 from creation), the lower waters will rise and cover the entire world, and only Eretz Yisroel will remain, which will float on the surface of the water like Noach's Ark; they will approach Gan Aiden, the place from which the four rivers leave. The people who survive will be completely righteous, and there they will be whitened, purified, and made spiritual." (Yalkut Reuveini, Shichechus Leket, "Eretz Yisroel v'Chutz L'Aretz," 6; in the name of the Rokeach--Gali Razyah)"Cabalah as quoted by Rabbi Pinchas Winston, "Subject: Perceptions - Acharei Mos - Kedoshim",,+the+year+6000+from+creation),+the+lower+waters+will+rise%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

The following statement relates a purported Cabalistic interpretation of the Jewish year 6000, in the article pursuant to the Anno Mundi calender not the Anno Lucis calender, with the now much discussed year 2012 Anno Domini:

"The Jewish mystics, or Kabbalists, say that according to the Jewish calendar, the world's spiritual evolution can be likened to the seven days of the week. The Jewish calendar, which is based upon the cycles of the moon, currently puts the world at the year 5769. The Kabbalists equate the year 6,000 to the end of the sixth work day of the cosmic week. While the Jewish calendar doesn't end at the year 6,000, the Kabbalists believe that that year marks the time when the world will enter Shabbat HaGadol, or the Big Sabbath, when 1,000 years of sacred time and space will begin."--Nina Amir, How to Prepare for 2012: Become A Giver,

The following article discusses one method of resetting the Anno Mundi so that the Jewish Year 6000 took place circa 1999-2000 AD:

I sincerely hope to convince you of the tremendous import of these facts to the continued survival of the human race.