Friday, October 16, 2020

God’s Seven Day Plan

Much of the Bible has meaning hidden within symbolic language while at the same time the words contain a literal truth too. This has led many people to see only the literal truth and completely miss the more important spiritual information which is frequently hidden.

Symbolic Information

Exodus 20:11
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (NIV)

This text says that “God worked for six days creating the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day, he rested,” but I just can’t see God literally resting. Jesus said in [John 5:17] that his Father is always working, and Jesus said that he was too, so it seems that there is something else going on with the above passage. (Whenever you are confronted with passages that seem to contradict one another you need to rethink your reasoning. You can read my article titled, How to Read the Bible for more information on what I am talking about.) If the seventh day is a day of rest, then the rest must be for us. There is a literal interpretation of the passage, people are to literally rest from work on the seventh day, and also a hidden spiritual meaning too. Everything that the Lord God directs us to do has a reason. God is teaching us something. Through our obedience to his directions, we gain a subtle understanding of greater things. If we harden our hearts to His Word then we cut ourselves off from his revealed truth.

Seven Days Can Symbolically Also Mean Seven Thousand Years.

Some truths are not obvious. Some are there staring us in the face but we just haven’t made the connection. Such is the case with the seven days of creation.

2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)

Peter was quoting from the 90th Psalm which says…

Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV)

These passages are not literal, but rather they are symbolic, and if you like, they hold a key that unlocks other passages. (Usually, if you see the word like in a passage it is talking about some symbolic concept or other.)

God’s Seven Thousand Year Plan

The Lord God Almighty has a seven-thousand-year plan for man on the earth. If you take the time and count up everyone’s age from Adam up to this very day, you can see that approximately six thousand years have passed, or if you like six days. After the six thousand years we see this happening …

Revelation 20:1-3
And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years [one day]. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. (NIV)

We see here Satan is removed from the earth and held in the Abyss for a thousand years, that is, one day. During this thousand-year period, the world will be a very different place. This age is called the Millennial Kingdom Age.

Isaiah 2:3–4
Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. (NIV84)

Millennial Kingdom Age – Last Thousand Years

This passage from Isaiah concerns the Millennial Kingdom Age, during which the following passage will be also be fulfilled.

Daniel 9:24
“Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. (NIV)

So we see that Satan will be locked up for a thousand years and sin will have ended for God’s holy people. Things will be very different during the Millennial Kingdom Age than they are now. What we can say is that during the last thousand year period, the seventh day, man will rest because Satan is locked up and sin has been defeated.

The “Day” of Rest

Exodus 20:11
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (NIV)

This passage takes on a whole new meaning now.

After the seven thousand years have ended God will end the plan for man on the earth. At that time, on the Last Day, God will …

Revelation 20:7-10
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (NIV)

And then …

Revelation 20:11-15
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (NIV)

The Eighth Day

When the seven thousand year plan is over (the seventh day) the righteous will begin a new age on the Eighth Day (the first day of a new week). Does the first day of the week sound familiar? It should, it’s the day Jesus was resurrected! This is why he was raised on Sunday, the first day of the week is also the eighth day. The Eighth Day is the beginning of a whole new part of God’s plan. It’s the first Day after Judgement Day and signifies Heaven and is also the day that the children of Israel circumcised their male children. They too were pointing to heaven.

Mark Heaneyhttp://SeekersTrove.com
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19

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