“As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” Matthew 24:37.  The 24th chapter of the Book of Matthew is a good study regarding the return of Christ.  The Book of Genesis, chapters 6-8 tells us about the days of Noah, how the wickedness of man was great, his thoughts were evil and the earth was corrupt and filled with violence.  Wickedness was so great in Noah’s day that “The Lord repented that he made man” Genesis 6:6.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that the world is very much like that today.  Jesus spoke of many things in Matthew 24, that would come to pass before His return, but he said one thing in particular that would be a definite sign: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14.  There has never been a generation before us that could hear the gospel being preached to all nations via satellite television.  Trinity Broadcasting Network is one Christian station that now broadcasts the gospel to every nation.  As you read the end of Genesis 6, Noah had finished building the ark; at the start of the 7th chapter, the Lord tells Noah to bring in the animals; and He told Noah in chapter 7, verse 4, "For yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth...."  The people had seven days to get ready before God would shut the door of the ark and it would be too late for anyone else to enter in to safety.  When God gave Moses the law on Mount Sinai, He told Moses, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” Exodus 2:8.  God told Moses that the people could work for six days, but they must rest on the seventh (Sabbath) day.  After God created the earth, He rested on the seventh day.  Man has governed and reigned on earth for approximately six thousand years since Adam, but the seven thousandth year (Sabbath) is indicative of Christ’s return and the Millennial Reign of Christ with His people on earth.  The Word of God tells us that at the end of days, Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years (Revelation 20).  The scripture also tells us in 2 Peter 3:8, "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."  Since God gave Moses the law, there has been a Sabbath every seven days; and after six thousand years of man’s reign on earth, the Lord begins His Sabbath of the seven thousandth year (Millennial Reign).  He will set up His Kingdom on earth and a time of rest for the saints of God.  The timetables below reveal that it has been approximately six thousand years since the creation of Adam and we have entered into the seven thousandth year (Sabbath) and the expected return of Christ!

Speaking in round figures, it has been about 2,000 years since Jesus Christ came to Earth (no one is certain of exact dates, but this is a good approximation). Secular history volunteers that information, since it is A.D. 2010 (A.D. stands for anno Domini, meaning “year of our Lord”). The Word of God and secular history books reveal it has been about 2,000 years between the time of Jesus Christ and Abraham, and the final number of years to uncover are those between Abraham and Adam. Chapter 3 of the Book of Luke lists 55 generations between Jesus and Abraham, a time that archaeology has determined was about 2,000 years. In that same chapter, Luke documents that there were only 20 generations between Abraham and Adam (men lived longer between Abraham and Adam). Genesis 5 provides the ages of the fathers at the time of the births of the sons during the period between Abraham and Adam, making it simple to calculate the number of years during that time span, a figure that turns out to be about 2,000 years. In chart form it looks like this:

Present to Jesus                     2,000 years

Jesus to Abraham                   2,000 years

Abraham to Adam                   2,000 years

When the disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of His return, He told them, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise, when ye shall see all these things (described in Matthew 24), know that it is near, even at the doors” Matthew 24:32-33.  

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  God always works in “circular time;” history always repeats itself.  His coming is near, so are you ready?

Matthew 24:44
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Do you believe in the power of the split atom?  Surely then, you believe in God and His infinite plan for His children.