|We know from history about Jesus going to the Cross more than two thousand years ago. When Moses and St. Peter wrote about how a thousand years are as one day, we may have reasoned they were speaking rhetorically, but now that the Bible has been published, and studied closely, these End-Time eschatology events have new meaning.. Today we're in the Lord's "Third Day"!|
"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Hab2:2.Psalm 90:10 "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Genesis 15:13-16 "And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full".In these "last days" or "end times" when money is failing and our planet is being trashed, it appears that the sin and perverts and unbelievers are indeed coming to the full. Comparing that first Exodus (to the Promised Land) to the coming Exodus (to heaven) when Jesus returns in the clouds , is only one of many controversial issues to be found in God's Word. Now it has been 400 years since the KJV was first published in 1611..."The Lord gave the word: great was the company[fem.] of those that published it". Ps68:11
The Apostle Peter wrote: "..be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2Pet3:8. And not just Peter only, but Moses himself, in his only psalm, said "a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday.." Ps90:4. When you take them seriously, certain passages of scripture fall out in curious ways.
Here we see three(3) 2,000 year dispensations, which is to be followed by the millennium known especially by those who read the Bible, but NOT known or credited by the general public. It has the same pattern as "three-score and ten", as well as "time, times, and a half". The sixty (60) centuries and six (6) 'days' surely fit the pattern of 66, like in the generations of Jesus and the books of the Bible.The Timeline is divided by the 'pillars' of Moses and Jesus IAW the precept of the Jachin/Boaz pillars in front of Solomon's temple.
"Behold, I come quickly" is what Jesus tells us in Rev22:7 and 22:12. That was over 2,000 years ago, but only two days by His reckoning!
We thought Adam was supposed to have died when he ate of the forbidden fruit, but he lived to the incredible age of 930 years -- seventy (70) years short of making it to the second millennium. Hindsight and the Lord's time-analogy says he really did die on "Day One"!
Seventy (70) is the number of years that Daniel and his friends were carried away to Babylon, and it's a scriptural number known uniquely as "three-score and ten".
Remembering in Genesis where the sun and moon weren't created until the 4th Day -- so what kind of Light was it that God spoke on Day One? The Gospel of John tells us that Jesus is the Light of the World and that He and His Father are One! Two (2) great lights! Two that are One!
Jesus was referring to his own body when he said "Destroy this 'temple' and in 3 days I will raise it up. So he really did RISE on the 3rd day, but now the church is 'his body', and since it has been more than 2,000 years since he said it, we're now in the 3rd Day! Are you ready to RISE?
NO matter their age, the "Children" of Israel occupy day's 3 & 4 on the timeline above. Figuratively the Genesis period was the "Infancy" of mankind (preceded by the Garden of Eden "womb" event), and now we're supposed to grow up and be reasoning adults! Our SIX DAYS of making a name for ourself is nearly completed! Gen 11:4
This page is NOT about how long were the days of Creation: 24 hours. or 1,000 or 10,000 years -- rather, the subject is comparing those initial six days to the six days for mankind.
Neither does this page argue for an earth that's only 6,000 years old, as some teach, but it DOES hold to Adam, and thus mankind as we know it, being created about 4,000 B.C.
This is the 6TH DAY BREAD you're reading..Six 'days' from Adam, but only three from Jesus -- depending on where you begin your count... both are significant in Scripture.
"Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God. Exodus 20:10. Without a doubt this law applied to the fifty two weeks of the year, and isn't it wonderful to have a day off every week? It's our Judeo-Christian heritage! But once Peter spoke of how a thousand years are as one day, a different connotation is seen.
Double bread on the 6th Day. "Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily." Ex16:4. The sixth day bread didn't stink and grow worms, as did the bread of the first five days. Paper and the printing press weren't invented until the "6th Day", so now we can PREPARE the bread (scripture) using concordances, lexicons, and other Bible Study Aids.
Bear in mind that Jesus is the Living Bread, the Word of God to be eaten!
Slavery! "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing." Ex21:2. Also Deut15:12. Believers are spoken of as pilgrims, sojourners, servants, sons, and Christians; as well as kings and priests. As Simeon was held hostage in Egypt waiting for the brothers to return with Benjamin (means "son of the right hand"), so are we. Paul wrote in Eph3:1 that he was the prisoner of Jesus Christ.
In the Clouds! In the time of Moses a cloud covered the mountain for six days, Ex24:16, "and the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the clouds." Amazing, because into the clouds was where the Lord went when he left his disciples! He's the Word and the Fountain of Living Water, Jer2:13, and water vapor is what the clouds consist of.
On the farm. "And six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof; but the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still..." Ex23:11. Also Lev25:3.
The Analogy. "Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest. Ex31:15,17. "...for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed." When we see a "for" or a "therefore", we consider the passage and what it's there for. In this case the Author is comparing the six days of God's creation, with the six days given to mankind.
Sabbaths. There's a pattern here which goes beyond the fifty two weeks of each year, and extends to the entire age of mankind as we know it. Not only was there a weekly sabbath, but also a yearly, plus special or "high sabbaths" (Jn19:31), and the Jubilee was every fifty years. Forty Jubilees adds up to 2,000 yrs., or two "days" as the Lord sees it. 40 x 50 = 2000
"There remaineth a REST", Heb4:9. The 7th Day is just ahead for the people of God. It will also be the 3rd Day (since Jesus said it), and may be thought of as the "R" Day (Day of Rest) and the "M" Day (millennium). The word "millennium" isn't found in scripture, though most understand it speaks of the thousand years of Revelation 20. Living and reigning with Christ for a thousand years is what we're looking for, and then beginning the second "week" of eternity.
Not just reigning for only a thousand years with Him, because eternity is longer than a thousand, or even ten thousand years. I recently heard Dr. J.Vernon McGee speaking of this thousand years when Satan would be bound -- Why, he wondered, would God want to loose him after all that time? The answer he liked best came from someone who said "If you'll tell me why God let him loose in the first place, I'll probably be able to tell you why he lets him loose in the second place". It helps to remember the Bible says it both ways: Not only is a day like a thousand years, but we're also told that a thousand years are as one day.
The sun and moon weren't created until Day Four, and makes us wonder what kind of light it was that God spoke into existence on Day One. Intriguing! When Jesus said that he was the Light of the World, and that he and his father were "one", it was finally possible to compare them metaphorically to that sun and moon. Two (2) Great Lights! The Biblical chronology places the time he said it at 4,000 years A.A. (After Adam). Perhaps it wasn't known in those B.C. times, but today it's no secret that the light from the sun is the same light reflected from the moon.
The Jewish Feast of Passover called for them to select their lamb on the 10th of the month, and to kill it four days later. The Lamb of God also died at the end of the fourth day. See the pattern?
What we're seeing here doesn't change the gospel that Paul preached (Gal 1:8), but rather adds a new dimension to the scripture that gives us more to think about and meditate on. Marks Gospel, 9:2, says: " And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them." The account goes on to say that Moses and Elijah then appeared. The new testament saints met the old testament saints after the sixth day! Will they really have a roll call, do you think?
How Two Days says Two Thousand Years. The woman at Jacob's Well wanted Living Water, and brought the townspeople to hear Jesus. He taught them for 2 days-- Jn4:40-43. Now in these end times, we're aware that the Bible is the spiritual bread and water, etc. for believers. The Scripture is symbolic and poetical truth as well as literal truth, so the newborn gets the "milk" and hopefully progresses to the "meat". Mankind has been examining and wrestling the Scriptures (spying for "Corn", Ps78:24/Gen42:9) for nearly 2,000 years and the Holy Spirit, 3rd party of the Godhead, is our teacher.
The Book of Job, 29:6, tells of "when I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil". Maybe you were thinking the steps of the front porch and how butter would make them smelly and slippery, but poetically it speaks of taking the milk of the Word and churning it by meditation to improve your spiritual walk with the Lord. Also, the oil for pouring on the troubled waters of life. Lubricating oil reduces the friction so you can keep your cool, and it is Christ who is the Rock, 1Cor10:4, and the bread, Jn6:35, and the Word, Jn1:14.
Eat ALL the Lamb, Ex12:10, and drink ALL the cup, Mt26:27, tells the New Covenant reader to read ALL the Book, the entire Bible, all sixty six books. The Genesis era and the Old Covenant era have "passed away", but the New Covenant era is still in effect--the church age hasn't yet been concluded. This is what I mean when I say to "read between the lines" of Scripture--recognizing how the Great Author intended we recognize the precept of Eating-the-Lamb and Drinking-the-Cup is for those who hunger and thirst for God's wisdom. Rev7:16.
Paradox of Moonlight. Why does the evening precede the morning, when it seems more natural to think of the day beginning with break-fast following a good night's rest? "And the evening and the morning were the first day", the scripture says. Nobody argues with a 24 hr. day, but Jesus modified our understanding by asking "Are there not twelve hours in the day?". Since he's the "Sonlight" of the world, we've only been walking in the light of day since He was born, and before then the Hebrews were in the moonlight and shadows era. Figuratively, the two thousand years of the Old Covenant was the evening, and the two thousand years of the New Covenant are the day. Four thousand years are as One Day! (The "two that are one" precept goes back to Genesis 41:32).
The principle of how years may be put for days, is first seen in scripture when the 40 days of searching out the promised land are followed by 40 years of wandering in the wilderness."After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise". Num14:34
"Lazarus, Come forth!" John 11:43. It's the numbers which make this account one of the most profound in scripture. Lazarus had been sick for "two days" yet curiously, Jesus remained where he was. When he finally did arrive at the gravesite, Lazarus had been dead for four days. The "two days" of the Old Covenant, plus the "two days" of the New Covenant add up to the entire stinketh time. Remember, it's on this one specific occasion that Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life". Jn11:25.
Because there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile, Rom10:12, we can see that the two covenants are really one. They were the Children, but we're [supposed to be] the reasoning Adults. They were a school teacher to bring us to Christ, who has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. Gal 3:13.
On that great day when the trumpet sounds, 1Thes4:16, we'll also hear "Lazarus, Come forth". At least figuratively.
No, I'm not saying the world is just six thousand years old.
Although, since the Biblical history chronicles about two thousand years for the Genesis pre-Law period, and another two thousand years for the time between Moses and Jesus, and another two thousand years since Calvary, it seems that ancestor Adam existed six thousand years ago.
God said "In the Beginning", but He didn't say when that was -- maybe jillions of years ago.
He told Adam to replenish the earth. If I understand that word correctly, and if the translators didn't err, then maybe it had been "plenished" before--perhaps with neanderthals and dinosaurs. Apparently we don't have the need-to-know, or it would have been written. It's certainly a well chewed bone.
R is for Rhyme Psalm90
The "Six Days for Mankind" allegory relies on more than just how a thousand years are as one day, or of the curious way the sixth day is treated in scripture. We'll have to look at the lifetime and the Psalm of Moses, and the "Seventies", as well as the subject of the "Third Day", to see how the Great Ghostwriter has hidden away the mystery of the gospel (Eph 6:19). It's a banquet in the midst of the enemies of the gospel. The "Two's" of the Bible (see Logos & Rhema) and the Three's (click on "Bread for the Head") are no less important.
The Four Day Covenant. Abraham was promised an "Everlasting Covenant", Gen17:7, but that covenant wasn't dedicated until the time of Moses, Heb9:18, and they had no way of understanding how it would include both the 1st and 2nd Covenants. The Old and the New; the two that are one. One body. The Old Covenant for the Jew, under the Law, was restricted to that circumcision, but the New Covenant for the Gentile, by faith, is to "whomever" will believe -- Jew, Gentile, Moslem, Hindu, whatever -- it's unrestricted.
Each of these three dispensations lasted for 2,000 yrs. or two millenniums, so the total history from the present time back to Adam is six thousand years. Two "days" for Genesis, two "days" of the Old Covenant, and two "days" since Calvary. We're at the end of Day Six or the beginning of Day Seven, depending on the reliability of our calendar. Not much doubt that twenty centuries of our time has gone by, so the church age must be coming to a close..
Scripture never mentions such a thing as a four day covenant, but when a thousand years are as a day, then the Old Covenant was for two days, and likewise the New Covenant. The "Times of the Jews" and the "Times of the Gentiles" are chronologically equal, just like the seven years of Rachel and/or Leah, and the seven year dreams of the Pharaoh.
PSALM OF MOSES. Has anyone written about or pointed out how Psalm 90 is the only psalm he wrote? Most of the psalms are by David, and a few by others, but Moses lived many centuries before David's time. I especially like the line in verse 10 where it says "we fly away".
He also says in verse 10 that "the days of our years are threescore years and ten", but then in verse 12 he writes "teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." I'm thinking, if he already told us (seventy), then why do we need to be taught?
Moses himself lived to be 120 (Deut34:7), so where does he get off giving us a fifty year cut? I'm not denying the twenty year "score"; just comparing the periods of his life with the two millennium periods of Biblical history. We're at the end of our "threescore" (three periods of twenty centuries), and maybe nobody else recognizes it, but those who know their scripture are aware of the thousand years ahead. It's usually referred to as the "Millennium" reign (Rev20:3-5) although that word isn't actually found in the KJV.
Two-Score: Forty (40). We don't find "two-score" in scripture; it's always "forty". The 40 days and nights of rain, the 40 days fast, the 40 years in the wilderness and 40 days on the mountain top, all serve to boggle the mind, yet impress upon us how the Author uses this number to express various durations of time. Most evident of all are the three periods of the life of Moses: 40 years growing up in Egypt, 40 years in the Midian desert, and 40 years leading Israel. The closing verses of Deuteronomy reveal how he was 120 yrs. of age when he died with his eyes undimmed and strength unabated. Some believers see his age as a kind of challenge or goal to strive for, if they can just get close enough to God. I see it as another clue in the "mystery of the gospel", Eph6:19.
In Genesis 6:3 the LORD said "My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh, yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years." Many think this applied to Noah in some way, but for sure it pertained to Moses, and perhaps to the figurative age (threescore +) of all mankind.
Three 20's, and then a 10, speaks of the time line of history: the 20 centuries for each of the three administrations, and the 10 centuries of the coming millennium. 60 centuries representing six 'days', and nine years ago we moved into the "ten" era, depending on how reliable the calendar is.
SEVENTY years was spoken of by Jeremiah as the time the kingdom of Judah would be carried away captive to Babylon. He didn't use "threescore & ten" -- it's spelled out instead: s e v e n t y. "For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place." Jer29:10. Those who heard these words would likely have said: But that's a lifetime!
Because those Hebrews returned (miraculously?) after 70 yrs., we can have confidence that the Lord will be returning for us at the time appointed. It's a parallel to the time when the Children of Israel waited impatiently at the foot of Mt. Sinai for the return of Moses after 40 days. In the meantime we're supposed to settle in and occupy the land, and concentrate on eating the True Bread of Jesus, instead of the unholy junk from the worldly table rated "R".
The seventy years in Jeremiah is spelled out--it's different from the three-score and ten of Psalm 90, meaning we have two different ways of understanding this time span. Granted, the years of the seventy are different from the centuries of the threescore and ten, yet they fit a common pattern. The rituals and fixtures of the Old Testament conformed to "the patterns of things in the heavens", Heb9:23. Like shadow pictures on the wall and seeing through a veil (or vail) dimly, they didn't see the hands and face plainly, because God intended for his Word to include these mysteries and secrets. The Lord's House built by Solomon, 1K6:2, was sixty cubits long by twenty cubits wide, and a ten cubit porch. Just another variation of threescore and ten.
TWO TEMPLES. Sure enough, when the 70 years in Babylon were ended, the people returned to Jerusalem; to the replacement Temple which God had directed Cyrus to build. Ezra 1:2. This would be the temple Jesus would later be circumcized in, and which he would cleanse by throwing out the moneychangers. It wasn't the magnificent physical structure built by Solomon, because it represented the repentent Temple of the Holy Spirit which resides within committed Christians. "The glory of this latter House shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD, and in this place will I give peace." Haggai 2:3,9. Outwardly the Temple of Cyrus didn't compare, but Jesus explains how it's the inner man, the hidden man of the heart, which is really important. Two temples: the physical of Solomon, and then the one cleansed by Jesus. Tradition speaks of the Temple of Herod, and perhaps he really did refurbish it, but no such temple is found in scripture.
The count was to begin with the order to rebuild Jerusalem, given to Cyrus in 2Chr36:23 and Ezra1:2. Then there would be 7 "weeks" of years--meaning 7 x 7 (usually rounded off to 50), followed by 62 "weeks", or seven's. The entire time from Cyrus to the crucifixion would be (69 x 7) 483 years, but because of the switch in the calendar from B.C. to A.D. and because Jesus was 33 at the time, it appears Cyrus was given the order about 450 B.C. The New Scofield Reference Bible, pg. 532, places the date at 538 B.C., and the Companion Bible, pg 614, dates it 426 B.C. Dakes Annotated Reference Bible indicates 461 B.C. Those Hebrews who were in Babylon at the time must surely have wondered why the Messiah would be cut off, yet encouraged at hearing Daniel support Jeremiah regarding the return after seventy years.
A significant date? The future destruction of the Cyrus Temple was foretold by Jesus, Mt24:2, and if it really happened in A.D. 70 as most historians acknowledge, then our present calendar may be more on the mark than is generally supposed. Scripture's emphasis on the seventy, and the two different ways of reckoning it, and the prophetic period of the carrying away to Babylon, is something that the Author Himself inserted or included, and it seems to me for good reason.
Daniel learns from Jeremiah. So shouldn't we? "I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy (70) years in the desolations of Jerusalem". Dan9:2. He learned about the seventy years, but then in 9:25 he writes about the seventy weeks. In Moses time they had put days for years, and now Daniel in a figure puts weeks for years, and it's the mysterious missing week (or "seven") which scholars and Bible students have been wrestling for ages. None considering how it might apply to the "Leah 7" of the New Covenant.
Because we're all interested in the chain of events which begin with the 2nd coming of Jesus, we ought to consider this pattern which parallels the threescore and ten of the Number of our Days from Ps90:10."And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem". 1Kings2:11 - Also 1Chron29:27 - "David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years" 2Sam5:4 - In other words, he was seventy (threescore and ten) when his reign ended.
And David ruled over ALL ISRAEL, and executed judgment and justice unto all his people.2Sam8:15
The forty (40) years for Solomon is found in 1Kings11:42. 2Chron9:30 also tells us "And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over ALL ISRAEL forty years".
Being fully persuaded that the New Testament text is the same TRUTH as the Old Testament, I regard Acts 13:21 as amplifying evidence of the reign of King Saul -- "..God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years". An over-lapping reign in which both of them co-existed until the death of Saul.
Are we ready now for the sheep to be divided from the goats? For the tares to be uprooted and cast into the fire? The Old Testament division led to the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and it became necessary to pay attention and observe which of the two was the account concerning. The split back then saw the larger Northern kingdom of Israel (also known as "Ephraim") conquered and broken up first; followed by the destruction of Solomon's Temple and the "carrying away to Babylon" of the Southern kingdom of Judah. It was this Southern kingdom which returned from Babylon after seventy years to Jerusalem and the replacement Temple of Cyrus.
TIME, TIMES, AND A HALF. That's how long it would be, said the man clothed in linen, to the end of these wonders; when people would run to and fro, and knowledge would be greatly increased. Dan9:7. Time singular, plus time plural, and then half a time. Like threescore and ten, only said differently. Also, like 3½. Other ways of expressing 3½ yrs. are 42 mos., or 1260 days if the year is rounded off to 360 days. Rev11:2, 12:6, and 12:14 refer. I believe it's scripture's way of teaching us that time can be measured spiritually and figuratively as well as literally. "Teach us to number our days", Ps90:12.
Daniel left us the mystery of the missing seven, Dan9:25, when his arithmetic came up one short of the seventy weeks. The popular teaching equates this missing seven with tribulation, but it may equally apply to the 20 centuries of the Leah 7. Daniel spoke of the seals, as had Isaiah, and of the times of the end, and of the time, times, and a half, but the New Covenant hadn't yet been dedicated in the blood of Jesus, so the "Leah 7" was a secret. (and still is).
"The Wonderful Numberer" We find this expression in the margin at Daniel 8:13, with an alternate rendering of "the numberer of secrets". The context of the passage deals with the time required for the cleansing of the sanctuary. Daniel had been carried off to Babylon and Solomon's Temple had been destroyed: the daily sacrifices were interrupted, and where would the people go to find the Lord?
Can "three" be the same as "seven"? Yes, in the sense that when Jesus said: "Destroy this temple (his body) and in three days I will raise it up." Jn2:19.Now the church is his body, and temple, and if we can believe our calendars, we're now in the 3rd Day since He said it! Seven Days from Adam, but only three days from the 2nd Adam. Bible critics have a field day with this one, seeing only the literal impasse, and failing to acknowledge that "whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning". Rom15:4. Not just our reading pleasure or light entertainment, but for our learning and our meditation.
In figurative terms a Jubilee (every 50 years) meant a New Beginning -- although there is no scriptural evidence they ever actually celebrated one. Still, the "concept" or "precept" is from Lev25:10.
Fifty DAYS preceded the great Day of Pentecost, which certainly established Christianity in a decisive way. At first glance, the "6 days for Mankind" might seem to indicate the return of Christ at the conclusion of the 3-score and 10, rather than the near future. The allegory of circumcision on the 8th day, (the number 8 being symbolic of a new beginning, like new week) indicates that would be when the "flesh is cut off", i.e. the conclusion of mankind, 2Pet3:10, which would still be more than 990 years in the future. We simply don't have that much time left!
THE THIRD DAY. Yes, he did rise on the 3rd Day; on Resurrection Sunday, but now we know that the church is his body, 1Cor12:27, Eph1:23. He spoke those words over 2,000 years ago, and now we're in the "3rd Day". Time for the church to rise!
This is real "goosebump" territory. The "3rd Day" Life & Death prophecies which Joseph revealed to the Butler and the Baker in Egypt take on monumental significance. By rights it should raise the hair on the back of the neck of anyone contemplating dastardly pursuits.
The Butler's dream was of a vine with 3 branches (Jesus is the Vine, we're the branches) and squeezing the juice into the Pharaoh's cup. Like Communion, his dream meant life.
The Baker dreamed of 3 white baskets with the birds eating the bread from the top basket. The 3 baskets, like the 3 branches, meant 3 days. The Baker's dream meant death. When the Bread comes from your own head, you're dead! The Word of God, Jesus, is the true bread. Jn6:35,48. Your own personal opinions, and that of others, belong in the lower baskets.
When money fails...
"When money failed in the land of Egypt", Gen47:15. We find this phrase applying to the time just prior to the great Exodus of the people under the leadership of Moses. Today, as Christians await the return of their Lord and Saviour Jesus, they're anticipating another Exodus. An even greater Exodus! This time it will be the brethren of Jesus who depart for heaven under his leadership. Question is; Will the failure of money cause many to turn to the one true God or will they instead turn to drugs and alcohol as the Apocalypse rages? Will those who have put their trust in finances come to realize the source of true riches and salvation?
The Old Testament Jews returned to Jerusalem from their 70 year exile to Babylon, and after Israel became a nation again in 1948, Jews from all countries of the world have been returning there (called the "Zionist Movement"), even from wealthy countries like the U.S.A. "Not by power, nor by might, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts". Zech4:6.
The Gibeonite's were a group who came deceitfully with "old bread and old wine" to enter covenant with Joshua. When they were found after three days to be liars, Josh9:16, they were allowed to live, but only as menial servants. Like Ananias & Sapphira who promised all, but held back some, the Gibeonites reaped what they sowed with their lips."Lip Service" is not just what some Pentecostals do, but we must be DOERS of the Word as well as hearers. When it comes to the Rapture, I'll be greatly surprised if the modern "Gibeonites" go first, just to set tables for the wedding banquet. You'll have to click the "Bread link" to appreciate how the Cornbread and Wonderbread are old bread, but that Jesus is the New & True Bread. (As well as the Vine, the Door, the Word, etc.)
Other examples of "3rd Day" significance include:
a. "The 3rd day the Lord will come down"... Ex19:11.
b. Hezekiah goes up to the House of the Lord on the 3rd Day - 2K20:5.
c. "..In the 3rd Day he will raise us up..", Hos6:2.d. Samson gave a 3-day notice to solve his riddle, Judg14:14, and paid off with garments when they solved it by "plowing with his heifer" (fig. of speech for 'conversing w his mate').
Revelation 9:15 tells us about an event which had been prepared "for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year". God's timetable! Both Moses and Peter spoke about how a thousand years are as one day, and if they weren't just using grandiose rhetoric then we're already in the Lord's 3rd Day.
Just prior to destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, God said "Shall I hide from Abraham the thing that I do?", Gen 18:17, and now we are the seed of Abraham just as surely as Jesus was a son of David. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead is telling us of the time when "many who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt". Dan 12:2.
Down through the ages Christians have eagerly awaited the return of the Lord, and especially at significant times like the turn of a century, or Y2K, or "88 reasons". Other Christians keep saying "No man knows the day or hour" (Mt24:36). But what about the year and month? Should the bride of Christ be looking anxiously for a June Wedding?AGELESS CUSTOM! Will the Bridegroom husband be carrying us over the spiritual threshold into a new life and home that he's been preparing? Do you recognize this as a world-wide marriage custom? Is this when we "fly away" as we're told in Psalm 90:10.?
In the turning of Lot's wife into a pillar of salt, Gen19:26, there's a hint that the church will be 'rescued' just barely ahead of a catastrophe (fire & brimstone) coming on the earth. Perhaps a nuclear conflagration that may possibly ignite the hydrogen in the atmosphere?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come" 2Tim3:1Money failing world-wide, earthquakes, tsunami's, AIDS, floods, volcano's, wars, tornado's, genocide, homicide, gang warfare, drug cartels, fanatical terrorism, filthy language, pornography, abortion, cowardly snipers, road-rage and more.
How bad will it get? Does GOD care that his creation is being so vandalized and trashed?Does anyone really believe this trend could be reversed? "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall melt with fervent heat.." 2Pet3:12 Who'll join me in saying "BRING IT ON" ? Perhaps Y2K really was the designated day, but we've been given an extra 15 years like Hezekiah?? So the year 2015 might be the momentous "fly-away" ? Or, just for grins, since we're just a year away from the 66th since Israel became a Nation again, do you think 2014 will be an auspicious year for Planet Earth? In the 9th generation from Adam it was Lamech who died 5 years before the Deluge at a'young' age of 777... Some folks think we'll be finished with the 26,000 years of traveling through the Zodiac, and that we mark the Age of Aquarius. Jesus spoke of following "the man with the water pitcher", Mk14:13, Lk22:10, so Aquarius the water bearer constellation might bear watching...
Feast of Trumpets or Day of Atonement?"...when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him". Josh6:5. 1Thes4:16 - "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".
Unto them that look for Him shall he appear the second time...", Heb9:28. Anna and Simeon were looking, Lk2:25,36, so shouldn't we?But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Dan12:4.
"Then shall they see the son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory, and when these things begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh". Lk21:27. It was the Star of Bethlehem which heralded the first arrival of Jesus, and stars are for signs and seasons and days and years, Gen 1:14, so maybe the astronomers will be among the first to glimpse his second arrival.For sure we see by the "signs" that His coming is near!
Mizpah and Amen
What more need be said? It's very clear what we've read
was a secret down through the ages.
The prophecy is come true, there was many a clue,
and it was there all the time in the pages!
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You may criticize my efforts looking for a specific time, but I'd rather be faulted for making mistakes than for not trying...
This page based on the book "Six Days for Mankind" (Brentwood Christian Press, '98) by author Bob Smith of Foreman, Arkansas.
Updated 10 April 2012