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When we see in 2 Peter 3:8, ...that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, we look at the correlation between the 7 days of creation and the 7000 years that God has appointed for earth to go through with its many trials and experiences. We can read in God’s Word the generations that are recorded in the early books of the Bible. We have an exact record of the years between the patriarchs, such as Enoch lived 65 years and begat Methuselah, and Methuselah lived 187 years and begat Lamech, and Lamech lived 182 years and begat Noah, and so on. By using this dating record, we find from Adam to Abraham a period of exactly 2000 years, or if you want to put it in God’s time, it could be looked at as 2 days.

When we figure the generations from Abraham to the birth of Christ, we find a period of exactly 2000 years, or 2 more days in God’s time.

From the birth of Christ till present day time, we have a period of 2001 years, or 2 days in God’s time.

Considering that we have the last time period called out in God’s Word defined as the 1000-year millennial reign, this would conclude that God’s time period for man would be 7000 years. If this is the fact that God has determined, then we are at the threshold of a third 2000-year, or 2-day, period in which God has commanded.

In the earlier Psalms chapters, we see the Rapture being described around the years 2002 or 2003. This would fit very well with the church age, or 2003 years from Christ’s death to the Rapture. Man’s calendars could be off this small amount of time. This would be a complete fulfillment of God’s number "7".

All throughout the holy scriptures, God, through his divine Word, gives us examples or pre-pictures of this 2-day period of time so that we can understand what he has planned for mankind. This started back with Moses, which was a type of Christ, wandering in the wilderness. The Lord commands Moses to tell the people to wash their clothes and sanctify themselves for two days. Then on the third day the Lord will come down. This is a picture of Christ coming back for his church in 2000 years after his ascension to the Father and bringing them back home as his Bride. We are to be washed in the blood Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross. In this manner, we will be sanctified and worthy to receive God’s salvation.

Exodus 19:10, And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, V.11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

In the book of Joshua, the people are getting ready to go into the promised land and to take over the lands that God is going to give them. Joshua tells them when they enter the land to leave a space of 2000 furlongs between the ark of the covenant and themselves, and in this manner they will be shown the way. This is another example of the 2-day period between Christ’s ascension and the Rapture.

Joshua 3:3, And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. V.4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

The prophet Hosea tells of the Rapture and this 2-day waiting period.
Hosea 6:1, COME, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. V.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Verse 1 speaks of Christ healing and binding our wounds, and Verse 2 tells of his return to raise us up to heaven in the Rapture.

When Jesus came to earth and began his ministry at the age of 30, the first public miracle Christ performed was to change water into wine at a wedding feast in Galilee. There were six water pots used for the purification ceremonies of the Jews. These were filled with water, and then the water was turned to wine. We can compare these six water pots to the 6000 years of man’s time on earth before Christ reigns.

John 2:1, AND the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: V.2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. V.6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Verse 1 says on the third day we have a wedding feast, another example of the two-day waiting period and then on the third day, the Rapture of Christ’s bride, or the Church, for the wedding in heaven.
John 4 we see Jesus being weary, sits at the well of Jacob in Samaria and asks a woman for a drink. It is the sixth hour. This is another comparison to man’s time before Jesus returns. Jesus felt the need to go through Samaria to show his acceptance of the peoples outside of the Jewish nation. V. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. V.40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. V.43 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. The Jewish nation rejected Christ as the Messiah, but the Samaritans readily accepted him. Jesus explains why, V.44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. V.45 Then when he was come into Galilee, the Galilaeans received him, having seen all the things that he did at Jerusalem at the feast: for they also went unto the feast.

Jesus continued on after the two-day stay and came to Galilee where he had performed the miracle with the wine at the wedding feast. A nobleman asked for help for his sick son. Jesus tells him his son is healed. This miracle is done in the seventh hour, just as we will be healed in the seventh day, or seventh 1000-year period at the millennial reign with Christ. V.50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. V.51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. V.52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. V.53 So the father knew that it was the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.

Jesus tells a parable of the good Samaritan that pictures Christ’s return for his church in two days, or 2000 years. When the good Samaritan cared for the victim, he left two pence for payment for his care. A pence is equivalent in their time period for a day’s wage for a workman. The good Samaritan paid for two days care and said, Anything left to be paid, when I return, I will pay it in full.

Luke 10:33, But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, V.34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. V.35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

These examples are all for the 2 days, or 2000 years, after Christ’s death till the Rapture comes. Christ also shows an example of the 4000-year period, or 4 days, from Adam to Christ’s birth.

When Jesus was away beyond Jordan, which was a good distance for walking, Lazarus becomes sick. Jesus gets news of this sickness and says, John 11:3, Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. V.4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. V.6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

Then Jesus says, Let us go into Judaea again.
He was in no hurry to get to Lazarus. Jesus knew Lazarus had died, but he also knew that there was a divine purpose that had to come to pass. That is why he allowed this to happen. V.11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. V.14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. V.17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. This was to fulfill the 4 days, or 4000 years, that man has been on the earth up to this time. In the Jewish belief, when a man is in the grave three days, this is when his soul departs from the body. As Lazarus is in the grave four days, the people have no hope or understanding of a resurrection at this time.

As Martha cries to the Lord Jesus, if he had only been there, Jesus tried to explain.
V.23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. V.24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. V.25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: V.26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? Martha didn’t understand Jesus at this time. When Mary came to Jesus, she was crying and also didn’t understand the divine purpose behind the delay in coming. Jesus couldn’t make them understand that he had to wait for the four days to fulfill God’s will. This troubled him in his spirit so much that, V.35 Jesus wept.

In Verse 37 Jesus was troubled by the onlookers not understanding, and he groaned once again in his spirit because of their unbelief.
V.38, Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Finally Jesus couldn’t take their lack of knowledge anymore, and he simply says, Take this stone away. After the stone was removed and Jesus calls for Lazarus to come out, the people then understand and see the fulfillment of the resurrection of Lazarus. V.43, And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. V.44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

This fulfills God’s divine purpose for the four-day delay in Jesus coming to the aid of Lazarus. He shows the 4000-year, or 4-day, period fulfilled; and with the resurrection of Christ himself coming from his tomb, we see the Levitical law being shattered. When Christ said, Take the stone away, he was symbolizing the end of the law that man was bound to serve. When Jesus ascended from the earth to heaven to be with the Father, he brought all the old testament saints with him into the third heaven. This was symbolized when Lazarus walked from the grave.

We can see with the 4 days before Christ and the 2 days after Christ plus the 1-day millennial reign, that we have a completed "7".

The following is just an interesting little tidbit for you to think about. Genesis 5:23, All the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: V.24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Enoch was given insight by God to foresee the end times, which God was symbolizing with his rapture, because he was the seventh man from Adam and was the first human to be raptured.

Jude 1:14, And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.

It’s also interesting that Enoch lived a total of 365 years, which is an equivalent to the number of days in our calendar year.

God Bless,

Doyle Reno

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