Why does The Doctrine & Covenants 77:6 say the 7 seals of the Earth represent 1,000 years? Surely the earth is older than 7,000 years old right?
 
I found this horribly weak explanation from FairMormon en.fairmormon.org⁄Mormonism_and_science⁄Age_of_the_Earth
 
I need something more substantial than an apologist's feeble explanation. 
 
It is exactly clear that in D&C 77:6 that **This earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years;
 
Section 77
Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, about March 1832. Joseph Smith’s history states, In connection with the translation of the Scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St. John.
 
1–4, Beasts have spirits and will dwell in eternal felicity; 5–7, This earth has a temporal existence of 7,000 years; 8–10, Various angels restore the gospel and minister on earth; 11, The sealing of the 144,000; 12–14, Christ will come in the beginning of the seventh thousand years; 15, Two prophets will be raised up to the Jewish nation.
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