ALL THINGS IN CHRIST
In all wisdom and prudence making known to us the mystery of His will according to His
good pleasure which He purposed in Him the plan for the fullness of the times
TO HEAD UP THE ALL THINGS IN THE CHRIST ,
the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, in Him ….
(Ephesians 1:8b-10)
By – Stuart H. Pouliot
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The History of the Heavens and the Earth
In the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings, it is recorded that God took this earth, which
was in ruin and chaos and restored it in six days. The Spirit of God hovered over the raging
waters and breathed life into something that was in ruin and darkness. God spoke light into the
earth and began a work of restoration.
On the sixth day, He formed man, Adam, from the soil of the earth; He commanded man to
have dominion over the earth. Man was created in the image and likeness of God to rule over
God's earth under God's sovereignty (Genesis 1:26). When He finished the work of restoring
this earth and creating man, God declared that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). God was very
pleased, and He rested on the seventh day.
(1) Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (2) 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. (3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it,
because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (4) This is the his-
tory of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God
made the earth and the heavens. (Genesis 2:1-4 NKJ)
This is the history of the heavens and the earth. God set the principle of restoration in the very
beginning when He restored the earth the first time. This established the pattern for the entire
history of the earth, from the beginning to the end of its restoration. God restored a ruined
earth in six days. On the seventh day, God rested. He set apart the seventh day and blessed it.
Thus, in God's original restoration of this earth, as best we know it, we discover His unchanging
principle in the history of this earth, both then and now. He restores in six days and He rests on
the seventh. As further proof, time is based on seven days. This is no coincidence.
This pattern is reinforced over and over again in Scripture through several types.
Man's Day
To me it is for a very little thing that by you I may be judged, or by man's day, but not even
myself do I judge. (1 Corinthians 4:3 YLT)
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Since the fall of Adam, we have been living in what could be called Man's Day. God gave man six
days or 6,000 years to have dominion over the earth and to be fruitful. However, as mankind's
history has proven, we have not done such a good job of ruling over one another or God's
creation.
Man's Day is not an accident; it is in the perfect will of God who works all things after the
counsel [plan] of His will (Ephesians 1:11). Before He created man, God purposed that man
would fail and be given 6,000 years or six days to attempt to rule on earth under the weakness
of sin.
Personally, I believe this explains why the serpent of old was allowed in the garden and why
God Himself planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of the garden. It
surely appeared to be a formula for failure. God intended for Adam to take of the fruit of the
tree, so that there would be a need for a second Man, the last Adam, to bring in the seventh
day. Only God's Son can bring creation into rest. Consequently…
Through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin death, and thus death passed
through into all mankind, on which all sinned. (Romans 5:12 CV)
In Adam [first Adam] , all are dying, thus also, in Christ [last Adam] , shall all be vivified [made
alive] . (1 Corinthians 15:22 CV)
Death entered into the picture, and God established one unchangeable principle: death must
precede life, or life comes out of death!
When Adam sinned and lost the glory of God (Adam became naked) to rule over the earth, he
could not have dominion as God had intended. He was sent forth from the garden to till the
land.
A good example of this loss of power to rule is given to us through the animals. Adam named
every animal that God brought before him. There was no fear on the part of the animals or of
Adam. They were at peace together because they had been given to Adam to rule over. After
death entered into Adam and his race, this all changed with Noah and the flood. When he came
out of the ark, Noah was given every moving thing as food, but the Lord put fear of man into
every moving thing (Genesis 9:2). Man was no longer at peace with his world. He could no
longer command or rule because he was not in dominion. Instead, he had to till the land and
hunt for his food. Consider how the animals of the wild respond to man today; except for some
domesticated animals, the creatures in the wild (the bush) do not obey man, but at best, they
act fearful toward man, and at worst, they would just as soon devour man.
All man can do is try to subdue according to his own strength and knowledge (of good and evil)
in a world that he has been disqualified from subduing. Since the flood, all that man can do is
"be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth" (Genesis 9:1). Man cannot effectively "rule over
the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and
over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth" (Genesis 1:26 NASB). Man tries to rule but
overall it is failure.
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With Adam's transgression, death took hold and the entire human race began its decline into
ruin. Since man was created to have dominion over the earth, the earth also went into
corruption. Paul describes it as the bondage of corruption or slavery to corruption . In fact,
creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of
the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:20-21 NASB). The whole creation groans in travail,
waiting for the day that the sons of God are revealed and brought into glory. What a day that
will be!
Thank God; He did not destroy man and start over with a new created being. Oh, there were
times that God wanted to start over, particularly in the days of Noah.
(6) And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His
heart.(7) And the LORD said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the
land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have
made them." (Genesis 6:6-7 NASB)
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and mankind was not completely blotted out, for
eight people were saved during the time of judgment of the earth through the flood.
Eight is the number of a new birth , a new creation , a new beginning .
God made a promise: Never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh (Genesis
9:15). God used the water first to judge the pre-Adamic world (disruption) and then man. The
final judgment of the devil, mankind, and the earth and the heavens associated with this earth
will be by fire (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 20:10, 14, 15; 21:1), which, most likely, refers to the
fiery law of God (Deuteronomy 4:24, 36; 33:2; Psalm 29:2; Jeremiah 23:29; Daniel 7:9-10).
One Day is as a Thousand Years
God's plan cannot and will not fail. Following Adam's fall, God began a new work of restoration
centered on man and brought about through the Man, the Son of God, the last Adam. God's
plan of restoration is based on His principle of six days followed by a seventh day, that is, six
days of work and a seventh day of rest. However, God's day is not a 24-hour day; a day is a
thousand years.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a
thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. (2 Peter 3:8 NASB)
For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the
night. (Psalm 90:4 NASB)
In the very beginning, God left another proof of the day-principle. When Adam was
commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he was told, for in the
day you eat from it, to die shall you be dying (Genesis 2:17 CV). When Adam ate of the tree,
death took root and the process of physical death began. In addition, his spiritual communion
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with God was changed, and he was no longer clothed in the glory of God. He became naked. No
man since Adam except the Man, Jesus, has ever walked in uninterrupted glory. But a fact that
we must not overlook is that Methuselah lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27); the most years that
any man has ever lived on the earth. Man has never lived a full day, a full 1,000-year day. If
Adam had not sinned, man would have come into uninterrupted glory in the full day. However,
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Praise God; there is a day coming when a glorified people will live the full 1,000-year day during
the millennial reign of Christ. This day is the Eon (Age) of the Kingdom and Glory—the seventh
day.
The Fourth Commandment and the Jubilee
The seventh day is of such importance that when the Lord gave the Ten Commandments to
Moses, the fourth one specifically calls to remembrance the history of the heavens and the
earth and the sabbatical rest of the seventh day. It seems clear that the Lord wants to ensure
that we do not lose sight of the purpose of the eons and, in particular, the seventh day in which
righteousness and justice will begin to rule.
(9) "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
(10) but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work,
you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your
sojourner who stays with you. (11) For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,
the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the
sabbath day and made it holy." (Exodus 20:9-11 NASB)
Thus, the command to honor the sabbath was more than setting aside a day each week; it was
a reminder of the greater sabbath to come, even a celebration of the Lord's millennial rest for
man and the earth. However, there is more to the seventh day, for the Lord also instituted the
jubilee , based on seven times seven or 49 years, which leads to the 50 th year of jubilee .
(10) "You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, (11) but on the seventh year
you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever
they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your
olive grove." (Exodus 23:10-11 NASB)
(2) "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you come into the land which I shall
give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the LORD. (3) Six years you shall sow your
field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, (4) but during the
seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD; … (8) You are also to
count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years, so that you have the
time of the seven sabbaths of years, namely, forty-nine years. … (10) You shall thus
consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It
shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you
shall return to his family. (11) You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow,
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nor reap its aftergrowth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines. (12) For it is a jubilee; it
shall be holy to you." (Leviticus 25:2-13 NASB)
The jubilee points to the consummation of the eons [ages] and the fulfillment of God's purpose.
In fact, a grand jubilee will come that will consummate God's Day (2 Peter 3:12; day of God ).
However, what we need to see at this point is the significance of the number seven in reference
to the seventh day that is nearly upon us.
The Seventh Day—the Reign of Christ
A seventh day is coming, the millennial Kingdom Age, when Christ will take the scepter of the
Kingdom of the Heavens and sit upon the throne of this earth. About 2,000 years ago or 4,000
years from the time of Adam, God sent His Son to this earth; He took on the form of man and
died for the sin of the world to redeem and reconcile man back to God. Through Him, God
reconciled all to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven (Colossians 1:20 NASB).
At Calvary, God's Son conquered all powers and principalities, including death, and He is
inheritor of the nations and possessor of the earth. He is God's King.
(6) "But as for me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain. (7) I will surely tell
of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, 'Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee. (8)
Ask of me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the {very} ends of the
earth as Thy possession.'" (Psalm 2:6-8 NASB)
The seventh day or the last 1,000 years of world history for our present earth will occur with
the resurrection and transfiguration of the conquering sons of God who will be conformed to
the image of the Son of God and will reign with Him and rule over the nations for a thousand
years. This glorious event is the millennial reign of Christ, the Lord's Day (2 Peter 3:10; day of
the Lord ).
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in
this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works" (Hebrews 4:4 NASB). There
is a seventh day coming, for there remains a rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). God's
word is true, and it shall come to pass whether man knows it or not, even if some of His people
believe it or not.
Again, God has given us His unchangeable principles through Scripture, as seen through the
establishment of the sabbath and the Ten Commandments given through Moses to the sons of
Israel. It was given as a sign ; a sign of a future glorious age.
"But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for
{this} is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I
am the LORD who sanctifies you." (Exodus 31:13 NASB)
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"It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven
and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased {from labor,} and was refreshed." (Exodus 31:17
NASB)
The sabbath that was set as a sign between God and the sons of Israel is a type of what is to
come for all the earth and its nations. God has set a continual reminder that a day of rest is
coming. God was refreshed on the seventh day, and He will be refreshed again when His Son
ushers in the seventh day.
It is interesting that the Lord Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the
Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill" (Matthew 5:17). He is the fulfillment of all
the Law, including the Commandments. When He is glorified in His immortal saints, He will end
the sixth day and bring in the seventh day. He will fulfill all the days determined by the Father.
The Cloud Covered it Six Days, and on the Seventh Day
In Scripture, we discover that the type of the coming seventh day was revealed when Moses
went up on the mountain, which refers to a kingdom, to meet the Lord and after six days God's
glory appeared. The antitype is found in the account of the Lord Jesus going up on a mountain
and being transfigured in the presence of Moses, Elijah, and three disciples. The antitype
reveals that after six days the Lord of glory Himself will appear in His Kingdom and Glory.
Moses was commanded to go up to the mountain and the Lord called out to him on the
seventh day.
(15) Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. (16) Now the
glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the
seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. (17) The sight of the glory of
the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of
Israel. (Exodus 24:15-17 NKJ)
After six days, on the seventh day , the glory of the Lord appeared to Moses, and he received
instruction for Israel to be a kingdom of priests unto God. The blood of the lamb had been
applied; they were delivered from Egypt and were on the brink of becoming God's chosen
nation on earth to lead all the other nations (Deuteronomy 28:1, 13).
In other words, the Kingdom of the Heavens was to be manifested on earth through Israel.
However, as with Adam, the ancient nation of Israel failed in their calling, never reaching the
full heights that God commanded through Moses. In some respects, Solomon's kingdom
reached great heights, but it only last forty years and then fell and was split apart, never to be
reunited.
Moses is a type of Christ, the Deliverer. Moses brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt (world,
death). As the antitype, Christ will deliver mankind out of bondage to the world system and
death.
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After Six Days
Matthew's gospel reveals the antitype of the Kingdom and Glory when it comes in the seventh
day. When He walked this earth, the Lord Jesus took three of His disciples up on a high
mountain and appeared to them as the Son of Man coming in glory and in His Kingdom.
(6:28) "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till
they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." (7:1) Now after six days Jesus took Peter,
James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; (2) and He was
transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the
light." (Matthew 16:28; 17:1-2 NKJ)
After six days, on the seventh day , what did the disciples see?
Since, in type, glory appeared on the seventh day, in antitype, we can assume that Christ was
transfigured on the mountain on the seventh day as well, even though the account does not
specifically reference it as such. It follows that after the sixth day was the seventh day.
They saw the King standing, transfigured in glory. They saw the Son of Man coming in glory on
the seventh day. God's voice boomed out: "This is My Son!" God's Son is coming to take the
scepter of His Kingdom of Glory. When He comes, Christ will be like a consuming fire, just like
when the glory of the Lord appeared as a consuming fire on the mountain with Moses. Christ
will judge His people and the nations. All that is not of His life, which has not borne fruit for His
Kingdom, will be consumed in the judgment of God's fiery law (but not a judgment of torture!).
Luke records the days differently from Matthew, which could lead one to discount the seventh
day, but Scripture never contradicts itself. Instead, it presents a fuller picture of the truth. Luke
records that "some eight days after these sayings" (Luke 9:28).
The key to understanding the difference in the six days verses the eight days is the time period
to which each writer referred. Luke counted his days from the time of "these sayings," which
started in Luke 9:18. Matthew counted his days starting at the end of these sayings. In other
words, Jesus taught His disciples over a two-day period (Matthew 16:13-28; Luke 9:18-27).
Matthew simply counted his days following these sayings, and Luke counted his days at the
beginning of these sayings.
Three is a very important number; in the prophetic Scriptures, relative to the coming of the
Lord, the third day and the seventh day are one and the same. Thus, if we take Luke's account
of two days for the sayings and consider what these sayings actually reveal, we will see that
they all referred to Christ going to the cross, building His ecclesia, and finally coming as the Son
of Man in the glory of His Father, ushering in the Renascence or the seventh day.
Prophetically speaking, God has set aside two days or 2,000 years from the cross to glory . Using
Luke's account of the days, we arrive at the same conclusion as Matthew—after two days, on
the third day, the Kingdom comes.
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This is the history of the heavens and the earth. Seven thousand years will complete the history
of the second heavens and the second earth. Following these days, a new, glorious eighth day
begins. It is God's day when all is made new.
2,000 Cubits, perhaps 2,000 Years
Consider the dimensions of Moses' tabernacle. The Holy Place was 2,000 cubits, and the Most
Holy Place was 1,000 cubits. Perhaps cubits refer to years. The 2,000 cubits refer to the 2,000
years since Pentecost during which the Body of Christ has been called out of the world and
drawn near to the presence of the Lord with an earnest (pledge, promise, guarantee) of the
Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:14). The 1,000 cubits refer to the 1,000-year reign of
Christ, when the same ones see Jesus (the Most Holy Place ), and receive glorified bodies and
the full anointing of the spirit, as typified in the Feast of the Tabernacles (John 7:37-39).
Another indication of 2,000 years is given through the account of Joshua taking the sons of
Israel into the land of promise after their long wilderness journey.
(2) At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp; (3) and they
commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your
God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after
it.(4) However, there shall be between you and it a distance of about 2,000 cubits by
measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you
have not passed this way before." (Joshua 3:2-4 NASB)
In other words, there is a distance of 2 days (1,000-year days) or 2,000 years before the Lord's
people will enter into the celestial land, which refers to receiving the inheritance of glorified,
immortal bodies in the likeness of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20-21). This is
the time during which God is taking from among the nations a people for His name (Acts 15:14
NASB). It truly has been a long journey through the wilderness for God's people. May it come to
an end soon for those who have the faith to receive new bodies; all to the glory of God!
Seventh Month, Seventh Day
We are given another glimpse of the seventh day as revealed through the Lord's appointed
times given through Moses to the sons of Israel (Leviticus 23:1-2). It is noteworthy that, before
the times were given, the sons of Israel were reminded of the six days followed by a sabbath
rest or the seventh day.
(3) 'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete
rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the LORD in all your
dwellings. (4) These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall
proclaim at the times appointed for them.' (Leviticus 23:3-4 NASB)
Spiritually speaking, the Lord reminds all His people that true rest can be found only in Him. The
seventh day truly represents that Christ is our rest. "Come to Me, all who are weary and
heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 NASB). Today, we are often wearied by
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wandering in the wilderness as we wait for the promise of glorified and immortal bodies in the
image of the Son of God. But the good news is that the seventh day is coming; it is the day of
rest in the Lord.
For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: "AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH
DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS"…. (Hebrews 4:4 NASB)
It seems clear that the Lord stresses over and over again that He has set six days or 6,000 years
for man and a seventh day, a 1,000-year day, for the Lord and for His creation. We are given
glimpses of the Lord's heart through the words spoken through Moses to the sons of Israel.
They were given seven appointed times, holy convocations which they were to proclaim at the
times appointed for them. The appointed times were the Lord's Passover , the Feast of
Unleavened Bread , the Wave of the Sheaf Offering , the New Grain Offering (Leavened Bread,
Pentecost), the Blowing of Trumpets , the Day of Atonement and the Feast of the Booths or
Tabernacles . Also, Israel was called to celebrate three feasts to the Lord that correspond to the
seven holy convocations: the Feast of Unleavened Bread , the Feast of the Harvest of the
Firstfruits , and the Feast of the Ingathering (Exodus 23:14-17).
Now, the fifth appointed time by the Lord was the blowing of trumpets.
(23) Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (24) "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the
seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of
trumpets, a holy convocation. (25) You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present
an offering by fire to the LORD.'" (Leviticus 23:23-25 NASB)
On the first of the seventh month, which according to the Jewish calendar is the month of Tishri
(September-October on our calendar), the Israelites were to blow trumpets, not only to
announce the beginning of a new month but to prepare the people for the Day of Atonement,
which occurred ten days later. However, the blowing of trumpets also signified the beginning of
the last of the Lord's dealings with His people for the year that ended with the Feast of the
Tabernacles, which commenced on the fifteenth day of the month of Tishri.
Notice that this was to be done in the seventh month, which given the meaning of the number
seven , indicates the timing of God's dealings with His people. Perhaps seven months
prophetically speaks of seven days of 1,000-year days. This would indicate that the blowing of
trumpets commences the seventh day, that is, the millennial Kingdom of Christ.
In ancient times, trumpets were blown to assemble the people to worship, to order the people
to break camp to move out and to give alarm in preparation for battle. The best example of
trumpets used in warfare is the history of Joshua and the sons of Israel as they marched once
around Jericho on each of six days as trumpets were blown, and then on the seventh day, they
marched around seven times, again with the trumpets blowing. At the end of the seventh
march, they all shouted and the walls of Jericho fell, and they seized the city (Joshua 6).
Prophetically, this speaks of the day when Babylon falls, and the kingdom of the world becomes
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the Kingdom of Christ, for this occurs with the blowing of seven trumpets as well (Revelation
8:1-11.18).
Prophetically speaking, the blowing of trumpets announces not only the beginning of the day of
the Lord , the seventh day of 1,000 years, but it also announces the first resurrection (Revelation
20:4-6; also see Matthew 22:29-32; Mark 9:10; Luke 20:34-38; Philippians 3:11; Hebrews 11:35)
of the blessed and holy saints of God, the conquerors in Christ.
Paul tells us that the resurrection of the saints will occur with the trumpet of God (1
Thessalonians 4:16-17), even the last trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:51-57). The dead in Christ will
be the first to rise from among the dead. This event will not only be a shock to the world but
also to the ecclesia of God that are alive and remain on earth. This will lead to a time of
repentance ten days later, which is the Day of Atonement . The entire ecclesia will repent for
having been so spiritually weak and for so much failure and error. Then, fifteen days into the
seventh day will come the Tabernacles , which is when all the conquering saints will be glorified
as Christ is glorified. They will be snatched away to meet the Lord in air (not in heaven) and
begin their ministry to the nations and among the celestials. Thus, we have six days for man's
labor followed by the seventh day of rest.
Testimony of Others
Now, it is helpful to know that others have seen and held to this matter of six days followed by
the seventh day of rest. It is instructive that Barnabas, who traveled with Paul, wrote an epistle
in which he explained the 1,000-year day. Thus, we have an indication that the early
Pentecostal ecclesia held to this view. Consider the following which has been extracted from
several sources.
1. Barnabas, the companion of Paul in his travels. In the 13th chapter of the epistle ascribed to
him, we find the following passage: "God made in six days the works of His hands and He
finished them the seventh day; and He rested the seventh day and hallowed it. The meaning of
it is this: that in six thousand years the Lord will bring all things to an end, for with Him one day
is as a thousand years, as Himself testifieth; therefore in six days—that is in six thousand years
shall all things be accomplished. And what is this He saith—He rested the seventh day? He
meaneth this, that when His Son shall come and abolish the season of the wicked one, and shall
judge the ungodly, and change sun, moon, and stars, then He shall gloriously rest on that
seventh day."
Now, to what does this witness testify? a) That at the end of six thousand years from the
creation of the world, the glorious or Millennial rest will begin. b) That to inaugurate this
period, Christ will come. c) That the wicked will be in the ascendant, possessing the dominion
till Christ does come. d) That at His coming He will judge the ungodly, dethrone evil, and give
the dominion to the saints. e) That the seven thousandth year of the world will be the
beginning of the Millennium of rest.
2. Papias, another witness, was a disciple of John, and the companion of Polycarp. His works
have perished, but an extract from them, given by Eusebius, contains the following: "There will
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be a certain thousand years after the resurrection of the dead when Christ will reign corporally
[personally] upon the earth"; and he says, "that what he relates are the very words of the
elders Andrew, Peter, Philip, Thomas, James, John, Matthew, Aristio, and John the Presbyter, as
related by them to those of whom he constantly made the enquiry"; and he pledges himself to
the "truth and fidelity of what he reports."
3. Justin Martyr, born ten years before the death of the apostle John, says, in a dialogue with
Tyrpho, "I, and all that are orthodox Christians, are acquainted with the resurrection of the
body, and the thousand years in Jerusalem—rebuilt, adorned, and enlarged, as the prophets
Ezekiel, Isaiah, and others do declare. Moreover, John, one of the apostles of Christ, did
prophesy that the faithful believers in Christ shall live a thousand years in Jerusalem, and after
that, the general and everlasting resurrection and last judgment of all together."
4. Irenaeus was the disciple of Polycarp, the pupil of John. He wrote, among other things, five
books upon the heresies of his time. Moshiem says that his writings are "the most precious
monuments of ancient erudition." He says: "In whatever number of days the world was
created, in the same number of thousands of years it will come to its consummation. God on
the sixth day finished His work and rested on the seventh. This is a history of the past—and a
prophecy of the future —for the day of the Lord is as a thousand years. Irenaeus sealed his
testimony with his blood, being beheaded under Severus, 202 AD.
5. Cyprian says, "In the divine arrangement of the world, seven days were first employed, and in
them seven thousand years are included."
6. Clement of Alexandra, who wrote between 193 and 218 AD, says that both Greeks and
Hebrews accounted the seventh day sacred because it pointed to the renovation of all things.
7. Lactantius, 310 AD, the "Christian Cicero," and reckoned one of the most learned of the
fathers, says: "He [God] shall restore the just that have been from the beginning unto life, and
He shall converse among men a thousand years, and rule them with a most righteous govern-
ment."
8. Gibbon, the infidel historian, speaking of this doctrine of the Millennium says: "The ancient
and popular doctrine of the Millennium was intimately connected with the second coming of
Christ. As the works of the creation had been finished in six days, their duration in their present
state, according to tradition, which was attributed to the prophet Elijah, was fixed to six
thousand years. By the same analogy it was inferred that this long period of labor and
contention would be succeeded by a joyful Sabbath of a thousand years, and that Christ, with
the triumphant band of His saints and the elect who had escaped death or who had been
miraculously revived, would reign upon the earth."
9. The celebrated Chillingworth says, "This doctrine was by the Church of the next age after the
Apostles held to be true, and by none of that age opposed or condemned." And now let the
reader note well, when and under what circumstances this Apostolic and primitive mode of
receiving and interpreting Scripture began. During these centuries of persecution, this doctrine
of the pre-millennial Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ had been the church's fondest hope. This
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had lit up the darkness of the dungeon, fired the zeal of the martyrs, and blunted the edge of
the persecutor's sword. The heathen persecutors recognized this at last, and said, "It is no use
persecuting these men and putting them to death, for they say they shall rise again from the
dead and live and reign with Him they call Christ, a thousand years upon the earth.'
10. Luther. He believed that "The great purposes of God's mercy would reach their
consummation at the end of six thousand years from the creation," and that the day of
judgment was not much more than three hundred years removed from his time."
11. Malanethon affirmed that the "Mohametan Empire and the Papacy would be destroyed
about the same time, not long before the first resurrection; that the world would endure six
thousands in its present state, and then enter upon a Sabbatic Millennium of rest."
12. Latimer says, "The world was ordained to last six thousand years."
13. The Rabbi Ketina, as cited in Gemara, or gloss of their Talmud, says, "The world endures six
thousand years, and one thousand it shall be laid waste (that is the enemies of God shall be
destroyed), whereof it is said, 'the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.'"
14. The Jewish Cabbalists taught the same. The first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet (Aleph)
occurs six times in the first verse of the first chapter of Genesis; and as a numeral in Jewish
arithmetic it stands for 1,000, which being six times repeated in the same verse, they regard as
prophetic, or typical of the six thousand years of secular history as well as the six days of
creation.
One might not totally agree with all their conclusions, but one cannot help but be impressed
with the fact that some living nearest the Lord and His apostles believed that history is divided
into six days (6,000 years) followed by a seventh day (1,000 years).
May it come soon! May He come soon!
Personal Testimony
To conclude, I want to share a personal testimony that explains why this subject means so
much to me. What follows appears in other writings, so please forgive me if I seem redundant,
but this is key to understanding the message that the Lord has put in my heart.
In the middle of the night of December 6, 1998, I had a vivid dream and a song on my heart,
based on 1 John 3:1, which, contextually, speaks of sonship.
My wife and I were driving around a town, trying to get out of it. It seemed that every
way we turned, there were roadblocks. As we worked our way out of town, we took a
meal to an elderly sister whom we knew. Her name was Helen and she was 103 years of
age. We eventually worked our way out of the town and inquired which way to go.
Someone pointed to the left and told us we needed to get on a certain highway. I
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looked down the road and there was a blue and red interstate sign with the number 61
on it. We headed for the sign, as if we were heading out of town, and the dream ended.
First, a little background is needed. On December 4, we made plane reservations for our fourth
trip to Ghana; however, on the night of December 5, my wife and I both became unsettled
about the trip, which led us to wonder if, perhaps, we had missed the Lord's will.
Immediately upon waking from the dream, I got out of bed and inquired of the Lord for its
meaning. He specifically directed me to get a calendar and count out 61 workdays, excluding
weekends and holidays. I counted them the first time and could not believe my eyes. I counted
two more times to make sure that I had done it correctly. There it was as clear as could be—
March 4, 1999, the date that we had already booked to fly to Ghana.
As great as this confirmation was, this was only part of the message of the dream.
Our assembly was divided into groups, and each group was responsible for caring for the needs
of the brothers and sisters in the group, which included taking the Lord's Supper to those who
were unable to leave their homes due to illness. As it turned out, in January 1999, it was our
turn to serve Helen. This is an important point; we did not do this to fulfill the dream. It was
simply our turn, and we were fulfilling our responsibility out of love. At the time, we did not
even recall the dream. We took her "a meal," as I had dreamed. On February 16, 1999, she fell
asleep in the loving arms of her Jesus. According to the dream, after the meal, we would be
heading out of town and toward Highway 61, signifying our departure to Ghana.
But there is more, for before March 4 th , I had to inform my boss that I was going on the trip
and, afterward, I was resigning from my job. After inquiring of the Lord for ten years, I knew
that it was time to come out of secular work. In many respects, I felt the Lord telling me that my
job with this particular company was over. However, I still did not know what date to select for
my official resignation. So, I met with my manager and explained the entire matter and even
shared my personal testimony. He agreed to allow me to take a month off and told me to enjoy
the trip and to see him when I returned; if I still wanted to resign, then we would discuss it.
When we returned from Ghana, I went to work, still not knowing the date of my resignation. I
met with my boss and informed him that I was leaving, but I still did not have a date of
departure. I offered to train a replacement for my position and not leave until this had been
accomplished. I was at peace that waiting a while longer was in the Lord's will.
A dear sister in the Lord worked in my group, and we were very close in spirit. We were part of
the same assembly, so we had much in common, and the Lord often used her to encourage me.
I went to her one day and said: "I don't know what date to set for my resignation. I feel that it
should be by the end of May, but what date should I select?" She answered, "June 1." So I
typed up my resignation for June 1, 1999.
After I left, sometime in the latter part of June, we were sitting in worship service, and the Spirit
of God revealed to me that the date of my resignation was also in the dream. Call me dull if you
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wish, but it never occurred to me that June 1 was actually 6-1 or together the number 61. This
was the Lord's doing.
Again, there is more to the significance of the dream.
The same night that I received the dream and I inquired of its meaning, the Lord revealed to me
that the number 61 was a combination of the numbers 6 and 1. The number 6 is the number of
man and speaks of the completion of man's work. The number 7 is one of the numbers of
perfection and speaks of the completion of that which is in view. It is also God's number of rest
and spiritual perfection. God restored this ruined earth in six days and rested on the seventh.
Thus, according to the dream, I had only 61 more days of work, which is why the weekends and
holidays were excluded. The Lord was telling us that when we stepped on that plane, my job
(work) was completed. It was very true, for when March 4 th came, the job had become so easy
and was running so smoothly that there was little left for me to do. I was bored! I had been
blessed to manage an exceptional group of people that were some of the best in their
profession.
Finally, in the days that followed, the Lord began to reveal to me that the number 61 signified
something even much greater. It spoke of God's plan for the restoration of the present earth
and heaven that will come in the 7 th day, the Kingdom Age of 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5-7).
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and
there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31 NASB)
(1) Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. (2) By the seventh
day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all
His work which He had done. (3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because
in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (4) This is the account of
the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth
and heaven. (Genesis 2:1-4 NASB)
The glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the
seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. (Exodus 24:16 NASB)
These verses are both historical and prophetic, for God has set 6,000 years (6 days) for Man's
Day followed by 1,000 years (1 day or the 7 th day) for the Lord's Day, a day in which the earth
will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea
(Habakkuk 2:14 NASB).
Thus, the dream moved from simply a personal prophecy to a prophetic revelation of God's
plan for man and the earth upon which we live.
Six days and then the seventh day!
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