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    Thousand Years as One Day


    Is there something in the scriptures God is trying to tell us regarding "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years?"

    I believe, that if there is, it is concerning this coming millennium (1000 years) that is just around the corner. This new millennium will be the beginning of the third 1000 years since the first coming of Christ. When looked at through our opening verse, it is the third day with the Lord.

    The Third day is very special to Christians because it was on the third day that God, showing His acceptance, raised our Lord from the dead. By doing this God provided the only way to Heaven, that was made by Him, through His Son. Because the Jews refused to believe that this Jesus was their messiah, salvation is come unto the Gentiles (Rom 11:11). It is not His will that any perish and He has endured with the Gentiles now going on 2000 years. The Bible speaks of Jesus having to make His Coming sooner for the electís sake, because if He didnít, no flesh would be saved (Mat 24:22). The Lord, not willing that any perish, is holding out until the last minute to get as many into Heaven as possible. He then will have to intervene at just the right time by cutting short the tribulation with His coming, making it sooner than He would have liked to. Could it be, that in Godís perfect timing, there is an overall picture concerning when the coming of the Lord is? I know that Jesus said "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" (Mark 13:32 KJV). I am not talking about setting an exact date. But I do think that there might be, just like a puzzle, with every piece having its own destination, an exact placement of how the Coming of the Lord fits into Godís perfect timing.

    Godís Perfect Timing

    This particular verse, 2 Peter 3:8, is in reference to psalms 90:4. In it it says, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." I believe this verse to mean that time is not a factor with God. It is interesting to note that God indeed does use the framework of time, and that He is into the timing of events. His timing of events in the Bible and in our lives is perfect.. There are many such examples in the Bible of Godís use of time. What better place to start but in the beginning. Instead of creating everything, the Heavens and the Earth, in one day, God did it in six days. And then as if He needed to rest, He chose the seventh day for just that. While creating the sun, moon, and stars God said "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years"(Gen 1:14). Godís design in the orbiting of the the moon, the rotation of the earth, and the Earth's orbiting around the sun was used to establish the time frame of our days, months, and years. Interestingly though, there is nothing in the Heavens to create the seven day work week. God did it Himself by working six days and resting on the seventh. His use of time in the Making of the Heavens and the Earth was for a reason, as is everything He does.

    Nothing could have been better timed than the arrival of Jesus. Paul used the old Testament prophecies to prove that Jesus was the Christ, And that the Jews, because of their unbelief, missed Him. The Bible says "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,"(Gal 4:4 KJV). The virgin birth of Jesus was first mentioned in Gen 3:15. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." It was through the seed of the woman that God had made His promise of deliverance, by crushing the head of the serpent through the bruising of the heel of Jesus. The genealogy of Jesus had to be through the seed of David (Ps 89:3-4). His genealogy was also to be through the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. "And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; {14} And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed"(Gen 28:13-14 KJV). This lineage is so important in proving that "Jesus is the Christ" that it is put at the very beginning of the New Testament, and also again in Luke chapter three. The timing of the genealogical establishment of Jesus had to be perfect because, in seventy AD, the temple, where all the genealogical records were kept, was destroyed. Having rejected the true Messiah, the Jews are still waiting for the promise of His coming. The major problem they now have is that there are no more records to prove they have the right Messiah. God had established the seed of David forever, just before the destruction of all the genealogical records. In so doing, He destroyed the hope of someone, other than His Son, fitting the criteria of the Messiah. "In the fullness of the time."

    Godís Perfect timing can be seen in all of what was spoken of Jesus. In order for part of the three hundred Messianic prophecies in the old Testament to be fulfilled, Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem. The Bible says "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. {2} (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) {3} And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. {4} And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) {5} To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child."(Luke 2:1-5 KJV). This taxation, put Jesus in Bethlehem, where He was prophesied to be born in fulfillment of Micah 5:2.

    It is also Godís perfect timing that brought about the means by which Jesus was to be put to death. "Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: {32} That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die"(John 18:31-32 KJV). The Jews, at the time, had lost their right to enforce the death penalty, which would have been stoning. They instead had to go through the Roman courts and put Jesus to death through their laws. The death penalty in Rome just happened to be crucifixtion, a fulfillment of yet another messianic prophecy. "For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet."(Psa 22:16 KJV).

    What is also amazing is that the Greek language, at the time that the new Testament was written, was practically universal. The Greek was, and still is, a language distinguished by an extraordinary rich vocabulary. Ancient Greek featured three numbers: singular, dual, and plural. What distinguished it was its ancient categorizations of nouns into masculine, feminine, and neuter and its adjectives agreeing in gender, number, and case with their nouns. It is said to be one of the best languages in its existence when it comes to getting across, accurately and efficiently, to the reader, exactly what the writer was intending to say. This language was used in Godís Word to bring to a conclusion the fulfillment of a perfect Bible. As you can see, God is into time, and His timing is indeed perfect.

    "When ye shall see all these things,
    know that it is near"

    First of all before we go on we need to get one thing straight. I do not believe in date setting. This particular issue of "Search the Scriptures" is intended to provoke the reader to examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith. This ministry believes that we are living in the last, of the last days. Jesus taught "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors"(Mat 24:33 KJV). We do not believe in an imminent return, (which means Christ will return without any prophesied events happening prior to His coming), but we believe that just as Jesus said "when you see all these things, know that it is near." After all, Paul did not write this to the Thessalonians for nothing. He said "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition"(2 Th 2:3 KJV).

    Is this Science, or is it your Faith?

    Which leads us back to our opening scripture "But, beloved, 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"(2 Pet 3:8 KJV). First, there are those that say this verse is symbolic for the wrong reasons. Some, because they do not take God at His Word, are now believing what is falsely called science, (the theory of evolution). The problem is, they think that the so called "scientist" has something on God, and are trying to fit Darwinism into the six day creation week. They do this by saying each day represents millions of years. Sadly, they are wrong. This is called "the day age theory". For one thing, (2 Peter 3:8) and (Ps 90:4) say a thousand years, not millions, or, (like they teach as fact to our school children) billions of years. This in not science they are teaching, it is their faith (Humanism). Secondly, when looking at the creation week through (2 Peter 3:8), you might think that God is working on a seven thousand year calendar. Six thousand years ago was the creation of Adam and Eve, and were about to close out this age pretty soon, with the Lord reigning for a thousand years. Which could be looked at as the day of rest. But listen donít go out and sell all your belongings and stand on a mountain to wait for this to happen. Just make sure that you are found in Christ when that day does come. If that day is a day that you dread, and not something that you are looking forward to, then you need to examine yourself. At Jesus' first coming there were those who rejoiced at His appearance and there were those that tried to kill Him.

    Be ready against the Third day

    When looking at the vast amount of scripture that has references to the third day, through 2 Peter 3:8, we find some very exciting promises (that is if you are ready for the rapture). The Heavens and the Earth have been into existence, according to the Bible for around six thousand years. God was manifested in the flesh almost two thousand years ago. We do not know the exact date, but most believe that it is give or take thirty years. Even the most agnostic atheist acknowledges God every time he writes a check. That's because our calendar is based on BC and AD. Before Christ, and after the death of Christ It is the year 1996. Nineteen hundred, and ninety six years ago, Christ split time itself in half with His existence. We are now coming close to the turn of the century, and there are going to be many a false prophets in the next few years proclaiming all sorts of things because of this new millennium. Beware of them, and stick close to what God has revealed to us in His Word. I am not a prophet. The message being expressed herein is intended to let you know that His coming could be just around the corner.

    Lets look at a command given by God to Moses in Exodus.

    "And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, {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. {14}And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. {15} And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. {16} And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled {17} And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. {18} And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. {19} And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. {20} And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up" (Exo 19:10,11,14-20 KJV).

    Anyone that is familiar with Revelation, knows the symbolism that is in this event which happened upon mount Sinai. The "washing of the clothes" is in reference to the raptured Church standing before the throne of God in Revelations. "And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb"(Rev 7:13-14 KJV). Moses was told to "be ready against the third day". We need to be ready too, whether the third day is the beginning of the this next millennium or not.

    This is only the beginning. This one event that was to happen on the third day, on the mountain of Sinai had thunder, lightning, fire, smoke, tremendous heat, thick clouds, and trumpets that were exceedingly loud. Its almost as though you are reading straight from the New Testament references of the rapture to come. The Lord descended, Moses was called up by the Lord, and Moses went up. For those who do not know what the Rapture is, it is the gathering together of Godís saints into Heaven on the "The Day of the Lord". A proper definition could only be found in the scriptures. For example in Matthew 24:29-31, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: {30} And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. {31} And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."

    Take notice of the bold text references? There are similar references all over the Bible. Check out the similarities of events happening First in Exodus and then in the New Testament descriptions of the saints being called up to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Cor 15:51-52 KJV) "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, {52} In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

    (1 Th 4:16-18 KJV) "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: {17} 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. {18} Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

    (2 Pet 3:10 KJV) "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

    So far, all we have looked at concerning the third day references is Exodus 19:10-20. Letís go on. There is much more.

    Here are a couple more examples. (2 Ki 20:5 KJV) "Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD."

    (Hosea 6:1-2 KJV) "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. {2} After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight."

    This is a Great Mystery

    When the Rapture takes place, and those who have trusted in the Lord go up to meet Him, there will be a wedding in Heaven. This marriage which is to take place between Christ and His Church is spoken of as a great mystery in the scriptures. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. {32} This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church"(Eph 5:31-32 KJV). This glorious day is sung about and taught in the Churches often, and there is no wonder why, it will be a time when nothing will keep us from Jesus. We will be with Him, forever. Revelation speaks of this wedding in the Heavens, "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. {7} Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. {8} And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. {9} And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God"(Rev 19:6-9 KJV).

    There are a couple of third day references concerning marriages. But these are not just ordinary weddings as you will soon see. One is a royal marriage, with which is similar to that in Revelations. "Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. {2} And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre (Est 5:1-4 KJV). It almost looks as though Esther is a type of the Church and the King is a type of the King of Kings.

    Another third day reference concerning marriage is in John. "And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: {2} And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage"(John 2:1-2 KJV). Isn't it interesting how John, at the beginning of chapter two, says "And the third day". He then goes on to say that Jesus and His Disciples were invited to the wedding. What third day was John talking about? Was it the third day of the week? If so, why did he not specify this somewhere? Not once, from the beginning of his gospel until the end, does John mention any other day, the way that he says it here. The other verses that come close are John 20:1,&19. When in both instances, he says "the first day of the week" making it clear what the first day is. What is he trying to tell us? If you read it from the beginning, John mentions events in the course of a few days and then makes this statement that seems to be out of place, especially considering he is starting a new subject. The word "the" in the beginning of the-third-day, makes this particular day a definite article. Could this reference to the third day be a revelation to John and us? Could this be just another piece of Godís perfect puzzle, being laid out by God, using the perfection of time as His table? Godís Word has more in it than we could possibly comprehend, even if we had an eternity to contemplate it.

    Two Days with the Gentiles

    Further on, in the book of John, we read how Jesus was not accepted very well by the Jews in His own hometown. Then Johnís gospel goes on to say, "He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. {4} And he must needs go through Samaria. {5} Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. {6} Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. {7} There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink" (John 4:3-7 KJV).

    What happens is that the woman ends up going back to her home town telling the people "He told me all that ever I did". The Samaritans end up finding Jesus for themselves and this is what the scripture says, "And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. {40} So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. {41} And many more believed because of his own word; {42} And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. {43} Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. {44} For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. {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"(John 4:39-45 KJV).

    Notice how Jesus was without Honor from the Jews of His home town. Rejected at first by His own people, He then enters Samaria, a town which symbolizes all of the nations outside of Israel (the Gentiles). The Samaritans were looked at as the scum of the Earth by the Jews in those days. But yet they received Jesus as the Savior of the world, which is the only way to be saved from the coming Judgment. Isnít it interesting how Jesus stayed with the Samaritans only two days, and then He was "received" by the Jews who had been in Jerusalem, having seen Him for who He is. This account of the Samaritans seems to be a type of Israel's rejection of Jesus, which was used by God to win the Gentiles and provoke the Jews to jealousy. The Bible says that once Godís work is complete with the Gentiles that all of Israel will be saved. Isnít it amazing, that through this short story, we have the whole picture of Godís dispensational dealings with both the Jews and the Gentiles. But that is not all we have. Again there are references to rapture related events happening on "The Third Day"

    "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. {26} And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: {27} For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins"(Rom 11:25-27 KJV).

    "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. {12} Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? {15} For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead"(Rom 11:11,12,15 KJV).

    The receiving of Israel will be at the time of the rapture? Could it be after two days (two thousand years)? One thing is for sure, The Bible says "And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed"(Rom 13:11).

    Awake thou that Sleepest

    As you can see by the things that are going on in the evil world around us, it is time to wake up. Time is getting short, and time needs to be redeemed.

    (Eph 5:14-16 KJV) "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. {15} See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, {16} Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

    Whether Christís coming is going to be the way described in this news letter or not, is not as important as being ready for it. The way we should be living our lives, is as though this day were our last! Jesus said "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."(Rev 22:20 KJV)

     

     (2 Pet 3:8-12 KJV) "But, beloved, 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. {9} The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. {10} But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. {11} Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, {12} Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"

    What I am about to say was taken from a newsletter called Media Spotlight by Albert James Dagger.

    One of the frustrating things about dealing with false teachers is that they respond not by dealing with the issues we bring up, but by offering convoluted explanations of what they really meant. Sometimes they even deny saying what they are on record of saying. More often, however, they attempt to discredit their detractors by making accusations about character and motives. They call us "divisive," and ridicule our efforts as "unscholarly," "mean spirited," and other not so kind terms. Sadly, sometimes their accusations are justified, although their is no justification for their not dealing with the issues.



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