Mankind went from bliss and the very presence of God to entire corruption and desecration of the things of God. All of this came about because someone believed the lies of the enemy. Quite often satan spreads his lies to people through their leaders.
Next, there was a period of time from the birth of Abraham to the birth of Christ that was about 2,000 years. During that time the law was given (the schoolmaster), to teach and train men and women how to observe the things of God. They learned how to deny the things of the world - the things that destroyed the entire race of mankind the prior 2,000 years. The law and the prophets spoke of the holiness of God and the Sovereignty of God - the precepts that God revealed that could keep a man or a woman close to Him. God set up the Levitical Priesthood and led the people by the hand. God dwelt among them in the holy of holies. God did mighty miracles in the midst of them (like the parting of the Red Sea, the feeding of the Israelites for 40 years, giving them the promised land, the ten commandments and on and on.) While God was providing more and more mankind was moving further and further away.
Men and women drew away from the things of God for something more tangible - a religious order. First they wanted a King, and then a kingdom, but not the one that God was ordaining. In due time the leadership of God's chosen people had created for themselves a religious system - intolerant of the things of God that required faith - intolerant of the presence of God. They loved their system more than they loved their father God, so much so, that when the very Son of God came to visit them, He was not recognized, and even worse, He was rejected. The religious leaders believed the lies that satan had been handing down to them generation by generation.
The bottom line is that they (the religious) rejected the principles of God and God Himself for the security of a very well organized religious system.
Now according to these two stories, about how long does it take for mankind to go from a perfect and right place or relationship with God to complete and utter desolation? You're right, about 2,000 years.
OK, it is New Testament times. Christ came to die that we might have life and have it abundantly. He came to set us free from the past tyrannies of satan. Christ empowered us with power and authority. The Holy Spirit indwells us so that no stone would be left unturned for us to have the ability to have a right relationship between God and man. Can you see why I say, don't be too hard on yourself if you are not (all) that you can be for God - or if you live below your God given - God breathed - God ordained - God foreseen potential?
Guess what, we are there again. We are at the end of another 2,000 year interval of time. Try to see the parallel. We are living at the same place in our 2,000 year era as those who were on earth at the time of the flood or the same place in time that Christ came to His own people and was rejected. The great part of the world has denied the true God again. Even His own people (the Church) aren't living in the power, authority and anointing that is theirs.
What the heathen did to the things of God the first 2,000 years and what the religious order did to the things of God the second 2,000 years, the Church is doing to the things of God this 2,000 years.
Excerpt from The Power of God Thinking by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2010