Teach Us to Number Our Days

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- - - and he rested on the seventh day from all his work

 

Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the

seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and

sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and

made.

If the six days of creation are also a prophecy of six thousand years of human

history as proposed by the early church (see The Epistle of Barnabas as contained in J.B.

Lightfoot's book The Apostolic Fathers, pages 151-152, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids

Michigan, 1980), then the seventh day may be a prophecy of the 1,000 year millennium

referred to in Revelation 20:2-7.

 

It is also interesting that when Jesus entered the last six days of his work on earth it is

specifically noted in John 12:1, "Then Jesus Six days before Passover came to Bethany". 

These six days take us to and include the day Jesus died, Friday, Nisan 14, 30 AD, the

very day the lambs must be killed (Exodus 12:6). As the Son of God approached the last

moments of his life he chose his words carefully and deliberately said "It is FINISHED"

and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30). In accordance with the

prophecy of Amos 8:9-10 all of this occurred during a strange darkness when the sun

had gone down at high noon and ended when the veil of the temple was rent (Luke 23:44-

46). 

 

When this momentous drama of the ages had played its part, the sun reappeared for the

remaining 3 hours of that Friday. Its the only day in the history of the world that had

an extra night time and daylight time in the same day which explains the Matthew 12:40

paradox of three days and three nights yet beginning on a Friday and ending with the

first beam of daylight on Sunday. As the sun was finally about to set on the horizon that

strange Friday, Jesus was laid in the tomb for it was not lawful for the Jews to allow a

man that was put to death by being hanged on a tree, to hang there through the night

(Deut 21:22-23). The Jews count the beginning of the next day when the sun sets and

this, having occurred, the seventh day or Saturday, Nisan 15, had arrived. It was

Passover night when the paschal lamb was to be eaten with bitter herbs (Exodus 12:8).  

Jesus lay in the tomb and never moved a single muscle all that night and all through the

daylight period that followed. In other words the Sabbath Day that God instituted in

Genesis 2:1-3 turns out to be an embedded prophecy of when God in human flesh

would completely rest the day after he FINISHED the great work of paying for the sins

of His elect.