So often when we explain the numbering of the Days, listeners balk, especially young people. They want to live their lives, start careers, marry and have children, achieve their dreams, and so on. It’s understandable because God created us to grow and thrive. However, the Bible teaches that life as we know it in the Age of Mankind cannot continue because of the downhill spiral.
At an economic conference late in 2019, the highly respected British historian and naturalist, Richard Attenborough, announced that life as he’s known it has ended. “The Garden of Eden is no more,” he declared, warning that human activity has taken the world into a new era, threatening to undermine civilization. As believers, we know he’s a tad late in his announcement about the Garden of Eden. What he is recognizing about the times is what Romans 8:22 describes as the earth groaning.
It’s groaning from the accumulated effects of sin on the earth that started at the Fall in Genesis. Over the centuries the consequences of sin and rebellion have taken its toll on our physical planet as well as the foundations of every institution of civilization.
A key passage for Levelers is found in 2 Thessalonians 2. We’ll be looking at different aspects of this passage in our explorations. For now, it tells us that “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” The mystery of lawlessness is also known as the great apostasy; other translations call it the falling away.
This isn’t a future mass exodus from the Church that we need to fear. It is something that has been going on since the Fall and has continued through the last Days, including the Church Age. We’ll take a closer look at it when we “gather” again.
Let’s continue counting the Days of God’s great Week of prophetic time. The timeline distinguishes the “last days” of the great Week as the last three days of the week.
Day Five begins with Jesus’ ministry and features the establishment of the Church; Day Six continues with the Church being built upon the foundation of Christ and His disciples (the time we are in now); and Day Seven features the millennial reign of Christ (1,000-years).
The first 6 Days cover the “work of mankind,” followed by a Sabbath rest on the 7th Day as Christ rules over the earth. The 6 Days are known as “this age.”
Our calendar is based on the birth of Christ, the exact year of which is open to debate. Most scholars put it sometime between 4 BC and 1 BC. Luke 3:23 states that Jesus began His ministry at the age of 30 (26 AD – 30 AD). The rule of the great Days means we add 2,000 years from the start of His ministry, which brings us to this decade (2020-2029).
We don’t need the exact date. Just like the expectant mother doesn’t need the exact birth date or of her child. For now it’s sufficient to mark the decade, and hence, the generation that will see Christ’s return.
Have you ever been reading your Bible and come across the “begats?” So and so with a name that is next to impossible to pronounce lived so many years and begat another so and so with an equally impossible name, who lived so many years and begat another . . . and so on through the list. Did you wonder why on earth God bothered to include this information?
Today we’re going to discover the “why.” The genealogies in the Bible may be boring to read, but they are an inspired part of Scripture that enables us to literally number the days! Through careful study you can literally mark the seven 1,000-year Days.
From the creation of Adam to Jesus’ baptism and anointing for ministry the timeline counts 4,000 years or 4 prophetic Days in God’s sight. Others have noticed these genealogies, but were thrown off because they counted to Jesus’ birth instead of His baptism.
His baptism was unnecessary in terms of cleansing the perfect Son of God, yet it was necessary to mark this pivotal point that identifies God’s prophetic great Days. It signaled His anointing for ministry. It heralded the end of the Old Covenant and the start of the New Covenant through Christ.
These are the four “early days” of the great Week. They are like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday—the “early days” of our calendar week. Day One of God’s great week features Adam, Day Two features Noah; Day Three features Abraham, and Day Four features the Jewish Temple.
For a more detailed look at the great Week, go to our website at ChronosMinistries.org, click on the Resources Tab, and then scroll down to the link to the article, “Counting the Years.”