The Bible indicated in several places in the Old Testament that the Messiah (Christ) would come after 11,000 years of history. The world was created in 11,013 BC. Jesus was born in 7 BC, or 11,006 years from the creation date. Here are some Scriptures that tie the number eleven with Christ’s coming into the world:
Genesis 37:5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Joseph had eleven brothers. In his dream his eleven brothers came and bowed down towards him. Since Joseph is a type of Christ the spiritual meaning relates to the time when the Messiah would receive the worship from spiritual Israel (the brethren of Christ) at the time of His birth into the world (7 BC).
Deuteronomy 1:2 (There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh barnea.)
Horeb is where the law was given. And since God actually first gave the law to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Horeb in this verse is representing the beginning of time. Kadesh Barnea was the place where Israel first came to the promised land (Deuteronomy 1:19). It (Kadesh Barnea) therefore points to heaven or the kingdom of God. The eleven days journey from Horeb (time law was given in creation year of 11,013 BC) to the coming of Christ to establish the kingdom of heaven (remember John the Baptist cried out: repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand--Matthew 3:2) was close to 11,000 years (days) later.
Death ages of Joshua and Joseph
Both Joshua and Joseph were used by God as strong types of Christ. And both men died after living identical periods of time:
Genesis 50:26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
Joshua 24:29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Joseph and Joshua (Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua) both died at age 110. And 110 can be broken down to: 10 x 11 = 110
#10 points to completeness. #11 points to the first coming of Christ.
Just as Joseph and Joshua, strong types of Christ died at age 110 (10 x 11) so too will the actual Christ come at the completeness of 11,000 years and after that die.
Likely 2300 days until Christ
The 11,000th year of earth’s history was in 13 BC. Jesus wasn’t born until 7 BC. It is very likely that from 13 BC until the birth of Christ in 7 BC there was a ‘tribulation’ period of 2300 days. 2300 days is six years and about four months long.
Expectations fulfilled and then-----NOTHING
From the biblical account we know that God’s people were longing, and looking for the coming Messiah. The promise of God concerning His coming can be traced all the way back to the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). Therefore the wait for the first coming of Christ lasted for eleven millenniums. And for the Jews themselves, they had been waiting since the days of Abraham, a period of over two thousand years. And now, finally, according to reports coming from some sources (Zacharias and Elisabeth, Mary and Joseph, shepherds watching their flocks at night, Anna, and Simeon, wise men from the east) the Messiah had finally come. The great day had finally, at long last, arrived. This was glorious news. The greatest of things had finally happened. The promise of God given over the course of 11,000 years to many prophets was fulfilled.
But after the wise men returned home. And after the reports were given. The events didn’t seem to change much. As a matter of fact some things became worse. Children, age two years and under in Bethlehem and some of its surrounding areas were slain by the evil king Herod. And time passed. Perhaps that was the more grievous thing. After all, the people of God had waited for over 11,000 years for the coming of the Messiah, and now He had finally come in 7 BC, a Jubilee year, a year of celebration, and yet-----seemingly nothing happened. Israel remained under foreign rule. The spiritual leaders of Israel continued, often deceiving the people just as before. The greatly anticipated events of 7 BC gave way to:
6 BC. 5 BC. 4 BC (the death year of Herod). 3 BC. 2 BC. 1 BC. 1 AD. 2 AD.
Year followed year. Certainly there were some that remembered the wise men and their visit to see the young child? And certainly there were others that pondered the reports of the shepherds that had been watching their flocks that night and had received the angelic announcement of good tidings that Christ had been born. But where is He? Why hasn’t anything in Israel or in the world changed? Why is everything so quiet? Why hasn’t anything changed?
Then came 3 AD. 4 AD. 5 AD. Again year followed year. Where was the Messiah? Among the true believers of Israel some would talk of the things told them by Zacharias the faithful priest and his wife Elisabeth regarding the birth of their boy John. And Elisabeth even spoke of a miraculous birth that one of her relatives (Mary) experienced. But if it were true what has nothing happened since that time?
6 AD. The Bible breaks its silence (somewhat) regarding the young boy Jesus:
Luke 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.
44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.
45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
The young Jesus (Messiah) was alive. He was now twelve years old. Obediently living as a child with His parents. But still, insofar the elect of God knew, He was silent. No word from Him. No comforting words from Him to the people. He, God, did not tell the people to be patient. To wait a little while longer. As far as we know, the elect scattered throughout Israel heard nothing about the Messiah since the time of His birth.
7 AD, no change. 8 AD. 9 AD. 10 AD (keep in mind these are full years that are passing with no change from year to year). 11 AD. 12 AD. 13 AD. 14 AD (twenty years now since Christ’s birth in 7 BC) still no change. 15 AD. 16 AD. 17 AD (twenty three years ago the reports were given. Some that believed them back then certainly no longer did by this time). 18 AD. 19 AD. 20 AD. 21 AD (The nation of Israel was not getting better. The people were suffering. Where was the Messiah? God’s elect were struggling to believe the things they had heard so many years ago. Was it true?) 22 AD. 23 AD. 24 AD. 25 AD. 26 AD (Over thirty years now since Anna had spake of him to all that looked for redemption in Israel, Luke 2:36-38). 27 AD. 28 AD.
29 AD, the Bible breaks its silence concerning the Messiah. We last heard reports of the young child Jesus at the age of 12 in 6 AD. Now, 23 years later, finally more information. Jesus is baptized.
Matthew 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
29 AD, some 35 years since His birth into the world. And now Christ Jesus is baptized and immediately goes about the task He had come to perform.
30 AD, 31 AD, 32 AD, and 33 AD. Jesus does mighty miracles. He shows that He is the promised Messiah. He then goes to the cross in 33 AD in glorious demonstration of the things He had done to save His people from the foundation of the world.
7 BC-to 33 AD = 40 calendar years. 39 actual years.
Many were probably initially excited by reports of the Messiah’s coming. But over the course of time the excitement went away. Many of the people that believed the reports they heard in 7 BC were either dead or had gone away by the time the purpose of the coming of the Messiah was actually fulfilled in 33 AD.
If we were the minds behind the first coming of Christ, we certainly would have done things differently. We would not have allowed the initial excitement over His birth die down. We would have somehow arranged for Christ to fulfill His purpose and to deliver His people all at once at His coming. After all, waiting forty years to begin doing the task you were sent to do could only mean that numbers of followers would be disappointed and would cease to follow.
We would at least have Jesus ready to go and to perform miracles at an early age to keep the followers interested and to keep expectations and hope alive.
But God isn’t man. And He does things according to His wisdom not ours. God’s plan was to bring Christ in fulfillment of the time (after 11,000 years); but then to wait a period of time 39/40 years until He completed the purpose for which He was sent.