In the Beginning 3
2 Peter 3:8 – “Beloved, do not forget that for Elohim one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.”
Last week we took a look at Genesis 1:3-2:3 and the daily activities. Today we look at the prophecies embedded within each day wherein each day is the same as one thousand days in human history. The house is built, and all necessary items have been installed. But this is only the start of Elohim’s plan for the universe. Let’s examine the prophetic possibilities:
Genesis 1:2-5 – “The earth was void and unformed. Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light . . . day one.”
Adam and Eve are in the garden and enjoying its comforts. But Adam and Eve have a choice to make – will they choose to walk in the light, or will they choose to walk in the darkness? Adam is told that should he choose to walk in darkness, in other words – choose to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he will die in one day (Genesis 2:16-17)! Guess which choice they make. Day one passes, and Adam dies at only 930 years of age – just short of one day in Elohim’s eyes.
Genesis 1:6-8 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ . . . day two.”
The waters are separated from the waters on day two. In other words, the earth’s atmosphere is separated from outer space. But during the next one thousand years of human history, the heavens are opened up and the water floods the earth during the life of Noah! And this is not the only prophecy of water being divided. Not too many years later the waters of the Sea of Suph (Red Sea) are separated to allow the Hebrew slaves to escape from Egypt (Exodus 14:21). And the barrier, or veil, still separates earth from Elohim’s heavenly home, but will one day be torn open when Yeshua returns (Revelation 19:11).
Genesis 1:9-13 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear. Let the plants, trees, and vegetation grow’ and it was so. . . . day three.”
The vegetation is planted and begins to bloom. And one of the plants is the fig tree – the Biblical symbol for the nation of Israel. Day three prophesies that the Hebrews will be gathered into one place, into one land (Nehemiah 9:7)! First, they gather in Canaan, move to Egypt, and then gather again back in Canaan.
Genesis 1:14-19 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years’ . . . day four.”
Israel had the feasts of Yahweh – the moedim – the appointed times of meeting between Yahweh and human beings. The fourth thousand years sees the reign of David and his descendants upon the throne of Israel. And David’s most famous descendant is Yeshua. But what about his ancestors? Ruth is the gentile woman redeemed by Boaz the Jew. Ruth represents those who are redeemed by the Kinsman Redeemer, Yeshua, and then become his bride! All signs to the unbelieving . . . that the prophecies regarding the Messiah and his taking of a bride will be fulfilled.
Genesis 1:20-23 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the sky’ . . . day five.”
Fill the sea with fish. Day five prophesies that Yeshua will be born, begin his ministry, take disciples and command his disciples to become fishers of men and fill his church with people alive in the spirit (Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:17). Today, still, the symbol of the fish represents those who call Yeshua their Lord and Savior. Truly, the sea, a symbol of gentiles, has been filled with fish that are alive in Yeshua.
Genesis 1:24-31 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind’ and let us make man in our image, and let them eat ’. . . . day six.”
The sixth thousand years has seen the bringing forth of every kind of invention and convenience for mankind to enjoy. It has also seen the emergence of wars and rumor of wars, and the ability of mankind to bring about his own extinction. Only Yahweh shortening the day will prevent this from happening and bring in the seventh day, the day of rest (Mark 13:20).
Genesis 2:1-3 – “Then Elohim said, ‘Let’s rest. Today is a day of blessing, set apart for us to enjoy together’. . . . day seven.”
The day of rest, in other words, the millennial reign of Yeshua. During the millennial reign the earth and its people will see the earth once again become a garden, sickness and hunger will depart, and war will be no more (Revelation chapters 21 & 22). Today we approach year 6,000 of human history. No one knows exactly on which day this will occur due to the many changes to our current calendars. But when it does, the seventh day, the day of rest will begin.
Psalm 90:4 – “To you, Elohim, a thousand years is like the passing of a single day.”
The seven days of Genesis 1:3 thru Genesis 2:2 represent seven prophetic periods of history, totaling seven thousand years. Once again, we see that the plan is not at all about timelines and the age of the earth. The plan is about building a house, bringing in the family, and enjoying what has been built, culminating in a day of rest.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer. For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!” I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!” Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.