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THE GENESIS CREATION WEEK MILLENNIAL DAY THEORY

Dec
27

The millennial day theory teaches that each of the seven creation days recorded in Genesis chapters one and two represents approximately one thousand years of human prophetic history on this Earth, then after the seventh day the final Judgment will come. The final judgment for unbelievers is mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15. We must understand that these days are approximately 1,000 years long and not exactly 1,000 years in duration. In other words, the Genesis creation week portends seven long periods of human history in which each period could be a few decades longer or shorter than 1000 years.  According to some eschatology experts, roughly six thousand years of history have already occurred since the creation of Adam.  The seventh millennium has begun in 21st century after the 20th century was beset with two world wars, widespread famine and disease, an increase in earthquake activity, and the revival of Israel in 1948. These events continue during the dawning of the seventh millennium or twenty-first century AD.

EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS

Today scholars debate and try to explain away the creation week. However, biblical chronology describes approximately 6,000 years from Adam and Eve to the year A.D. 2000. This means the six creation days of Genesis were prophetic because they forecast six long periods for human history where each day equaled approximately 1,000 years, followed by the seventh, or Sabbath, Millennium. According to 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4, one day with God is like 1000 years. God did not require seven days to complete creation. He could have done it in one day or less. The seven days were obviously prophetic a picture showing God’s planned 6,000-year history for humanity.

Early Christian writers held that at the end of 6,000 years of history, Messiah would return and reign for 1,000 years (commonly referred to as the Millennium). These included Barnabas and Irenaeus and many other Christian writers. For example, Barnabas wrote: “As there had been 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, and 2,000 from Abraham to Christ; therefore, there will be 2,000 years for the Christian era and then would come the Millennium.”

Church father Irenaeus wrote concerning a belief of the early church: “For the day of the Lord is as a thousand years; and in six days created things were completed; it is evident, therefore, that they will come to an end at the sixth thousand years.” Lactantius, tutor of the son of the Roman Emperor Constantine, stated in his Book of Divine Institutes, Chapter 14: “Let the philosophers know that the six thousandth year is not yet completed; and when this number is completed, the consummation must take place.” Therefore, if early Jewish and Christian theologians are correct in their prophetic interpretation of the Genesis creation week, we should be able to point out a prophetic parallel with each millennium of human history reflecting the Genesis creation week.

JEWISH TEACHERS

The Vilna Gaon (1720 – 1797 AD) also known as the Genius of Vilnius of Lithuania. Legend says he memorized the Old Testament Scriptures (Tanach) by age of three. He believed that each creation day in Genesis Chapter One represents one thousand years of human prophetic history, and all the details which occurred on these creation days preview corresponding future events.

CREATION DAY ONE

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep, And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:2-5).

On creation day one, darkness is separated from light. This creation event foretells Adam’s separation from God who is light (1-JOHN 1:5) at the beginning of the first thousand years (first Millennium). The first creation day also presage the proliferation of GOOD and EVIL during the first millennium of human history. When God said, “Let there be light,” He divided the light from the darkness. He called the light GOOD, implying that darkness sometimes symbolize EVIL. Light is a natural symbol for what is pleasant, good, or uplifting. Light is closely linked with God; in fact, God is described as light: “No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the LORD your God will be your everlasting light, and he will be your glory. The sun will never set; the moon will not go down. For the LORD will be your everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:19-20). The psalmist wrote, “The LORD is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1). God is said to be robed with light (Psalm 104:2), and that light dwells with him (Daniel 2:22). Darkness is no problem to God. Darkness and light are alike to him (Psalm 139:12). Micah saw God both as light and also as the force that brings people into the light (Micah 7:8-9). Both are ways of affirming that there is blessing and victory with God, so that a servant of God need never be dismayed.

Darkness on other hand sometime represents evil in the Scriptures. Darkness is mentioned in the story of the plagues God inflicted on Egypt; the ninth plague was an intense darkness that could be “felt” (Exodus 10:21-23). That darkness lasted three days; wherever Egyptians were, it was dark, but where the Israelites were, there was light. When the Israelites left Egypt, a cloud followed, separating them from their enemy, giving light to the Israelites but making darkness for the Egyptians (14:20). The Bible also tells us that thieves or adulterers are likely to do their evil deeds in the dark or at night (Job 24:16-17). However, several biblical passages speak of a darkness surrounding God. God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai in a dense, black cloud (Exodus 20:21; Deuteronomy 4:11) or from the darkness (5:23). Darkness is pictured as a shelter or cloak around God (2 Samuel 22:12; Psalms 18:11; 97:2). God sets a boundary for light and darkness (Job 26:10), brings darkness (Psalms 104:20, 105:28), and creates light and darkness (Isaiah 45:7). God dwells in thick darkness (1 Kings 8:12; 2 Chronicles 6:1), and thick darkness is under his feet (2 Samuel 22:10; Psalm 18:9).

Therefore, God, who knows the future, could make the first day of Creation to represent the first millennium of human history. “Let there be light and it was good.” Likewise, during the beginning of the first millennium, God put man in the Garden of Eden, and gave him a choice between the TREE OF LIFE and the TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. During the course of the first millennium, mankind grappled with the spread of good and evil. Because the first millennium was established with the creation of Adam, he and his immediate descendants were the first millennium men to choose between forces of good and evil.

CREATION DAY TWO

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. “And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:6-8).

The second creation day predicts the worldwide FLOOD of Noah’s violent generation during the second millennium of human history. The global flood caused worldwide destruction on planet Earth. When God divide the waters and made the firmament during the second day, He did not say that this formation of waters were good because He knew that someday in the future the waters above and the waters below would destroy pre-flood humanity. The firmament came as judgment upon an unbelieving human race. It is evident that the great Flood of Noah’s day was predicted by the events of second creation day. Noah was roughly 600 years old when the Flood came. Because the great Flood happened roughly 1,656 years after Adam, then Noah was probably born around 1056 years after the creation of Adam, he probably was born 126 years after Adam’s death. Therefore, Noah becomes the second millennium man after creation.

CREATION DAY THREE

“And God said, Let the water under the heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. “And the evening and the morning were the third day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:9-13).

On creation day three, dry land appears. This day previews Joshua leading Israel into the Promise land (eretz Yisrael) in the third millennium of human history.  The third creation day also forecasts the rebirth of plant life, human civilization, and call of Abraham during the third millennium of human history. He caused the land to be fruitful and multiply. When God caused the waters of the great flood to decrease and gave the command to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth,” His actions reflect the third day of Creation when the Earth brought forth vegetation following the creation of dry land. During the third millennium, the Earth again produced vegetation to replace that, which was destroyed by the Flood. Furthermore, at the beginning of the third millennium, God called Abraham, born roughly 2,008 years after Adam, to produce a chosen People who would love and serve God, and produce the Messiah Yeshua. Abraham was the third millennium man, after whom the millennium was established. He made a covenant, which sets up an organized system of religion and a way by which the human race can be spiritually fruitful. We can see it at Sinai when God established the Mosaic covenant with the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

CREATION DAY FOUR

“And 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: “And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, “And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. “And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:14-19).

The fourth creation day foretells the Kingdom of David, Messiah Yeshua’s birth,  and the origins of Christianity during the fourth millennium of human history. On that day God created lights in the firmament of the heaven. He created stars and set them in the heavens for signs. This is a prophetic overview of those days that began with the kingdom of David. Born around the turn of the fourth millennium, David becomes the fourth millennium man, after whom the millennium was established. In the years that followed, most of the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures were written. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah, Joel, Amos, Zechariah, and others were surely lights set in the firmament of human history to give us prophetic signs.

The fourth millennium concluded with the introduction of another great light. When the fullness of time was come, thus ending the fourth millennium, God sent His Son, “made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law” (Galatians 4:4,5). Yeshua said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). The sun is a type of Messiah Yeshua. But then Yeshua turned to His disciples, who represented New Testament Christianity, and said, “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, New Testament Christianity should reflect the glory of our Lord and Savior, Messiah Yeshua.

CREATION DAY FIVE

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the Earth in the open firmament of heaven. “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. “And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. “And the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:20-23).

On the fifth creation day, God made the birds. In the Holy Scriptures, birds are sometimes portrayed as evil demons, but at other times a bird represents God the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. This creation day previews the corruption of the Church in the fifth millennium.   The fifth creation day also presage the move of the Holy Spirit during the fifth millennium of human history. The water appears to be a type of the Holy Spirit and the term, “bring forth abundantly,” seems to be a picture of the great commission. On this fifth day God called forth the fish.  Messiah Yeshua was born at the beginning of the fifth millennium, making Him the fifth special person born around the turn of the millennium, and after whom the millennium was established. After Yeshua, there are no more millennium men. No one can compare to Him. The fifth day of Creation represents the pouring out of the Holy Spirit (typified by water) and the development of Christianity, as the early church be-came “fishers of men.” We may recall, Yeshua told His disciples that He would make them to be “fishers of men.” And the insignia of the early church was a fish. The phrase, “be fruitful and multiply” is a prophetic picture of our responsibility as New Testament Christians. We are to take the message of the Gospel to every creature.

CREATION DAY SIX

 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. “So God created man in his own image, in the im-age of God created he him; male and female created he them. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply … “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (NKJV: Genesis 1:24-31).

The six creation day portends the RAPTURE event and believers transformation into GOD’S IMAGE during the the sixth millennium of human history. Because this day is a picture of the rapture of Messiah’s Church and the IMAGE OF GOD, it reflects the sixth day when God made man in His own image. In like manner, many believers in Yeshua are looking for the resurrection and rapture around the end of the sixth millennium, to be made again like unto His image. The fall of Adam may be a prophetic type of the battle of Armageddon when an unbelieving human race will be judged of God. After the fall, God predicted that Eve would travail in childbirth. In like manner, the sixth millennium concluded with a series of the prophetic “birth-pangs of travail.” These birth pangs, however, will bring forth a new humanity recreated in the image of God. The Apostle Paul wrote: “This corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality” (I Corinthians 15:53). That is what the rapture and the resurrection is all about.

CREATION DAY SEVEN

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (NKJV: Genesis 2:1-3).

When God ended His work and rested, He gave us a prophetic view of the great Sabbath rest — the seventh millennium of human history. Because of God’s own emphasis on the SABBATH, literally, spiritually, and prophetically, and since a thousand years to the Lord is as a day (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8), ancient and modern scholars see the seventh millennium as the Sabbath Millennium, with many prophetic implications; namely, the return of the Lord and His 1,000-year reign on the earth. God’s labor of creation took six days, followed by a day of rest. His SABBATH commandment to Israel was “to keep it holy.” His creative work with humanity, and humanity’s labor, likewise probably comprises six (thousand-year) days, with the seventh being one of divinely provided rest and holiness, with God present and exalted on the earth.

From the very dawning of human history, one can follow God’s plan of the ages through the Genesis account of the Creation week. This must be what is meant in Isaiah 46: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah. 46:9-10). God did not wait until the days of Yeshua, or David, or Moses, or even Noah to present His plan, He laid it out from the very beginning. God declared the end from the beginning.

CREATION WEEK PROPHETIC SUMMARY

Skeptics argue that since A.D. 2000 has come and gone, then this fact proves the six day millennial theory is wrong. However,  the prophetic millennial days  in the Holy Scriptures represent approximate time frames and not exact time frames. Some of the days representing each millennium were a few years or decades longer, while other days were a few years or decades shorter. While the Sacred Scriptures are very precise when using the prophetic calendar (360 days for one year) for dealing with the nation of Israel and Messiah Yeshua’s First Coming, the Holy Bible appears to employ a general time-frame for the six day millennial history for mankind and for Messiah Yeshua’s  Second Coming to Earth. The ancient Hebrew’s count time differently than people living today because the number 1,000 was sometimes used as the largest number prophetic writers could think of.  This means that each day of creation represents an approximate time frame of 1,000 years of human history rather than an exact period of 1,000 years.

Based on all the above, it can be concluded that sometime soon after the beginning of the 21st Century, we will see the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Messiah Yeshua following the global worldwide upheavals. He will first come for His Church at the rapture before revealing himself to the world at Armageddon. The brilliant Sir Isaac Newton, believe the Scriptures contain clues related to the season of Messiah Yeshua’s return.  There is evidence that the Bible reveals the approximate number for years of “the times of the Gentiles” and the exact span of time for Israel’s rebirth in 1948 and the recapture of

Jerusalem in 1967. Therefore, leaving believers completely clueless about the season of His return would violate God’s own established pattern as revealed in His Word.  We are not left clueless. There are many signs. Let us remain watchful and ready, and be found doing the work Messiah Yeshua wants us to do. The 21st Century will likely be the Messianic century, which begins the Sabbath Rest for humanity during the millennial era of Messiah Yeshua.

PRIMARY SOURCES

Millennial Day Concept by J.R. Church. Dictionary of Bible Prophecy by Ron Rhodes; The Last Days by Richard H. Perry; the Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy by Stephen Miller; Learn The Bible in 24 Hours by Dr. Chuck Missiler; and The Book of Revelations by Larry R. Helyer, PhD.; The Next World War by Dr. Grant Jeffrey; The Prince of Darkness by Grant Jeffrey;  Isralestine by Bill Salus; Revelation Road by Bill Salus; Unleashing the Beast by Perry Stone. God’s War on Terror by Walid Shoebat, 7000 Years Prophetic History by Steve Cioccolanti.

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