Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A Day is Like 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)


Sometimes I think about unusual things and today was no exception. I thought to myself: "What if each 1000 year period of history corresponded to a day of creation?" The dates are only rough, but let's try this out and see if it works.

Day 1 - Creation of Light [4000 BC - 3000 BC]

Adam and Eve were made to be lights in the world, but they failed to shine and fell into sin. So God instituted Seth and his righteous line of descendants as prophetic lights in a dark world. The book of Jude alludes to the prophetic ministry of Enoch, for example.

Day 2 - Separation of the Waters [3000 BC - 2000 BC]

The world became sinful, so God chose to flood it and to start all over again. The world underwent a baptism, separating the righteous family of Noah from the wicked.

Day 3 - Formation and Cultivation of the Land [2000 BC - 1000 BC]

God called Israel out of Egypt and eventually "planted" (eg. Psalm 44:1-3) them in the promised Land as a fruitful vineyard (eg. Isaiah 5:1-7). The nations around the Land of Israel are therefore represented by the sea.

Day 4 - Creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars to Govern the Light [1000 BC - 1 AD]

David and his royal descendants are like the sun, a light to govern Israel. During the darkness of exile, the people of Israel are like the stars in the sky and are called to witness to the nations, until day returns and a Davidic king will once again lead Israel and shine like the sun (Malachi 4).

Day 5 - Birds to Fill the Air and Fish to Fill the Sea [1 AD - 1000 AD]

Jesus dies on the cross, abolishing the distinction between Jew and Gentile. Gentiles are sometimes represented by fishes in the bible, see for example Isaiah 27:1 where Belshazzar/Babylon is depicted as a sea monster. All Christians are priests and since priests have wings, Christians are like birds carried by the wind of the Spirit which fly to the farthest corners of the Earth proclaiming the message of the Gospel.

Day 6 - Animals/Beasts and Human Beings to Fill the Land [1000 AD - 2000 AD]

The population expands and technology advances as mankind begins to better fulfil his created purpose of having dominion over creation (Genesis 1:26-28). However, mankind also behaves very 'beastly' and there is much bloodshed on the Earth, with more large-scale wars fought than ever before.

Day 7 - God Rests and Enjoys His Creation [2000 AD - 3000 AD]

This is all very tentative, but perhaps a Sabbath rest for humanity is due. Perhaps the Gospel will transform the nations this millennium, in greater ways than ever before. This also leaves room for an eighth-day resurrection and new creation when Christ returns in another thousand years or so. But let's see what happens. Surprise!

5 comments:

  1. If this is original, then it is really really good work Chris. The only one that I think is a bit too tenuous is the kingdom/heavenly bodies one, so perhaps there's a bit more thinking to be done there.

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  2. I'm not sure if that is the most tenuous one. Genesis 1 describes the sun & moon as 'governing' over the day and night and calls them 'great' lights. The royal implications are hard to miss. Isaiah 14, for example, describes Belshazzar, king of Babylon as a great light.

    Add to that the fact that Joseph dreams of his father Jacob as the sun, Rachel as the moon and his brothers as stars (Genesis 37), a partial fulfilment of the promise to Abraham that his descendants would be like the stars in the sky (Genesis 15). I think day 5 is the most tenuous one personally! But thanks for the feedback, it is original :-)

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  3. On 5 you can quote the support of Jesus' parables. First that he continues the motif of representing gentiles by the sea where he talks about uprooting a mulberry (?) tree and planting it in the sea, which I believe is most commonly interpreted as a statement of weak replacement theology. And then for birds he says that we should be like birds without worries, and also in the parable of the mustard seed where Christians could be interpreted as birds. Though I don't know what you mean by 'priests have wings'- I have never heard this before.

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  4. Perhaps 'priestly' wasn't completely accurate, though in a sense all Israelites were priests (Exodus 19:6). All of the Israelities were commanded to wear tassels (literally: wings) on their garments - Numbers 15:37-41. In this sense, they were like the earthly equivalent of angels, who minister at God's heavenly throne. God's earthly throne was the ark of the covenant and all of the Israelites bowed before this throne. Birds are also a picture of angels, since the firmament-heaven is a copy of the invisible heaven (in the same way that clouds represent God's heavenly cloud-throne and the sun represents his Glory). And that's what I meant by most tenuous!

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  5. Ah I just remembered, regarding Kingdoms/heavenly bodies, that that's what the famous passage about the fallen star of morning is doing, so it is not as tenuous as I first thought.

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