“Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” – Hosea 6:1-2
Some theologians wonder if the above passage is comparing “two days” to “two thousand years” and “the third day” to a final thousand year millennium reign of Jesus Christ. To read the details of such a theory, be sure to read the article at this link.
If such a theory were true, then we must do Biblical math using Biblical years (360 day years as opposed to the Roman sun calendar of 365.25 days). We must also map the “two thousand years” from the time of the “tearing” of Israel in A.D. 70 (“hath torn”) to two thousand Biblical years later or the year 2041 A.D. (“heal us”). If this final “third day” referred to the millennium reign of Jesus Christ, then that means 2041 A.D. would be the time of healing and would begin after the seven years of Daniel’s prophecy were fulfilled. If the Millennium Reign started in 2041 A.D., then that would place the start of the seven years of Daniel’s prophecy (which includes the horrific time known as the Tribulation) around 2034 A.D. As you can see from the two charts shown above, many people have used 32 A.D. as the start point for this theory and then concluded that 2003 would be 1,971.3 Biblical years later. They are correct that 1,971.3 Biblical years are to be used instead of two thousand Roman years, but in my estimate, they are incorrect with their start and finish dates. I believe the “tearing” of Israel took place in A.D. 70. Thus, the end date moves to 2041 A.D.
I wouldn’t start announcing dates if I were you, because we know the Day of the LORD (explained in great detail in the article at this link) will come upon the world as a thief in the night. Jesus said that nobody knows the time of His coming, except the Father in heaven. Therefore, this theorizing is only speculative, but it’s also very interesting in light of the fact that the above verses in Hosea were never fulfilled as a two day revival of Israel (“after two days He will revive us”) in any of the history that I have ever read. Thus, even though it’s possible it’s two literal days in the future, it may perhaps be a symbolic view of two thousand years of the “times of the Gentiles” and the spiritual “kingdom of GOD” within men’s hearts as part of the New Covenant of Christ to all men, which is then followed by the ethnic Jews living for a thousand years in the sight of their Messiah as He reigns over a physical kingdom on earth as part of the Old Covenant to Abraham. Many Old Testament prophets have predicted that the Messiah would reign over his people for a thousand years, and if the “third day” mentioned in the Hosea passage above is that thousand year reign, then the earthly, physical reign of Jesus Christ may be just around the corner.