Here’s the answer. Warning: hilarious. Here’s a highlight:
The child of God has learned from the Bible that the language of Genesis 7 has a twofold meaning:
Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Historically, as God spoke these words, there were seven days remaining for Noah, his family, and the animals to get into the safety of the ark; but spiritually (and the Bible is a spiritual book), God was speaking to all of the people of the world and was declaring that sinful mankind would have 7000 years to find refuge in the salvation provided by Jesus Christ. How can we know that? We know this is so based on what we read in 2 Peter, chapter 3:
That’s right. God gave us 7000 years to find salvation in Christ, from the day of the flood. I’m not sure how anyone was supposed to find Jesus for those 4,983 years (according to their timeline) before he was born, but hey. There you have it.