The Shadow of the Seventh Day Sabbath

[The Sabbaths] "are a shadow of things to come" [Colossians 2:16-17]

2 Peter 3:3-8 states:
Knowing this first,  (this seems pretty important) that there shall come in the last days (I believe Peter is referring to the time that we are currently living in)  scoffers, (people who do not believe [scoff at] the Bible) walking after their own lusts, (they probably do not believe it because they do not want to believe it.) 
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep (all those guys that witnessed the destruction of the world or who were able to talk to Noah, Shem, Ham, or Japheth have died.),  all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  (Sounds like uniformatarianism.  You know, statements like..."well, we see a river running though the bottom of this canyon, and it is eroding further down at a rate of 1 mm per year, therefore we conclude it has always been like this and that this canyon is  1 million years old.") 
5   For this they willingly are ignorant of, (This statement says it plainly.  They are ignorant...But what are they ignorant of?  Keep reading...they are ignorant of the following) 

  • that by the word of God the heavens were of old  (God spoke a mature creation into being),
  • and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  (Water was above the atmosphere...the canopy theory) 
  • 6   Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: (The old earth, that was very different than today's earth, perished by a flood) 

7   But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8   But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing (this sounds pretty important), that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 


Ok, first of all God (through Peter) did not say, "one day is with the Lord as a billion years, and a billion years as one day."  He said,  "that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."  What does he mean here?


Well, what was he talking about?  He is talking about the creation, judgment, and Jesus coming back.


Now remember that the Sabbaths "are a shadow of things to come".  I believe that means,...the Sabbaths  "are a shadow of things to come" (The annual Sabbaths and the weekly Sabbath).  Peter here is giving us a key to unlock the shadow of the creation week.  So, let us look closely to the creation week and relate it to a thousand years and  the second coming of the Messiah.


Also, I do not hold God to exactly 1000 years for each day.  I think it is an estimate.  Other things that I think are estimates are statements like the one in Numbers 11:21:   "And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month."  Now when I get to His Kingdom, I am not going to call God a liar if I find out that it was actually 600, 021 footmen.  In Physics we learn of the term Significant Figures.  If we use significant figures in this verse, God could have anywhere between 550, 000 to 649,999 footmen.  And if we use it in 2 Peter, a day could be anywhere between 500 to 1,499 years.  So keep that in mind when I speak of a millennium.



Day 1:  God separated the darkness and light

            * saw the light, that it was good:


Shadow of the 1st millennium:  God kicked Satan out of heaven and Adam learned the difference between good and evil. 



Day 2: God divided the waters. 

Shadow of the 2nd Millennium: The flood came and God divided the earth  (separated the continents.) 

  • And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; [Genesis 10:25]   


Day 3:
9   And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10   And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11   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.
12   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.
13   And the evening and the morning were the third day.


Shadow of the 3rd Millennium:  God promised Abraham that through His seed, Jesus would reap a Harvest.



Day 4:  God created the Sun. 

  • it is the Greater light that rules over both day and night because the moon's light is just a reflection of the Sun's light. 
  • the sun is the physical light of the world


Shadow of the 4th Millennium:  Jesus came down and is the spiritual "light of the world" Jesus rules!  


  •  John 3:19
    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
  •  John 8:12
    Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
  • Malachi 4:2
    But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.



Day 5:
20   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.
21   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.
22   And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23   And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.



Shadow of the 5th Millennium:  Remember Peter's vision about the unclean animals, now being clean and Peter understood it to mean go witness to the Gentiles.  (Maybe the 5th millenium has something to do with witnessing to the Gentiles and the multipling of the witness of the Gentiles?) 



Day 6:  God created the beast. 

The Shadow of the 6th Millennium: The Beast (Anti-Christ will come and rule) 



Day 7:  God rested

Shadow of the 7th Millennium:  We are going to rest in him for a thousand years commonly known as the millennium reign with Christ. 


  • and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. [Rev. 20:4]


  • Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. [Rev. 20:6]


The information below was taken from:


Because God's division of time into sevens, or weeks, so thoroughly permeates the Scriptures, the Jewish Rabbis concluded before the time of Jesus that human history would extend over a "Week of Millenniums," or for a period of 7,000 years.

According to the view most frequently expressed in the Talmud, there would be 6,000 years of human toil and strife followed by 1,000 years of peace. This Millennial Sabbath would be the period of the Messianic kingdom during which time the Messiah would reign in person over all the world from Jerusalem (Isaiah 24:21-23).

In other words, the Jews had concluded long before the book of Revelation was written that the Lord's reign on earth would last a thousand years. Revelation 20 confirmed this deduction by stating six times that the reign would last a thousand years.

The concept of the Millennium in the book of Revelation is therefore nothing new. The concept is rooted in the creation week of Genesis. It is reaffirmed in the week of feasts of Israel six feasts related to sin and toil leading up to a sabbath feast of rest.

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