When I Wrote the post Bill Nye Has It Right, Sort Of I was wondering to myself how people got the idea that the earth was only 6,000 years old. Where did this idea come from as there is no reference in the scriptures at all about how long each seal was meant to be, when it started or anything at all like that.
While I was reading in the Doctrine and Covenants this morning however I came across a scripture which brought some clarification on this paticular aspect of christianity. From Doctrine and Covenants section 77 vs 6-7 we learn more about the seals and what they are meant to be.
6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was asealed on the back with seven seals?
A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, bmysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this cearth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.
7 Q. What are we to understand by the seven aseals with which it was sealed?
So from modern revelation we learn that each seal is in fact meant to be a period of 1,000 years. No mention whether that is 1,000 years by God’s reckoning or man’s, however I think we can safely assume that this revelation was given by God in terms that man would understand. So each seal is in fact a period of 1,000 earth years. That being said however; the 7,000 years of earths existence has been clarified to mean the temporal or mortal existence. No mention of how long the eath was in an inmortal state, nor when the temporal existence started. So far as I know, I have heard nothing stating as fact that the first seal started when adam and eve left the garden. If you know of anything in the scriptures or words from the prophets that have stated anything about when the first seal actually started let me know. I just may not remeber or may think, right I did know that.
We are so blessed to have modern revelation to bring clarity and understanding to the scriptures. Thank God for prophets who can help us understand the scriptures as they were meant to be.