Psalm 90:12 gives us another insight into understanding God’s timetable. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
So how do we number our Days as Psalm 90 directs? The first few verses of the Psalm point us in the right direction. From the formation of the earth, the Creator had the generations of humanity in mind. Isaiah 46:9-10 confirms, “For I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning.” It makes sense that God’s Word tells us the when the Days started and when they will end.
A popular musical declares: “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” Our beginning is the book of Genesis, which just so happens to mean “the Beginning.” So we’ve got our first marker. It opens with a seven-day account of creation, with six days of work and one day of rest. It’s a seven-day pattern that gets repeated throughout the Bible—not to mention our own calendars.
Why 7 days? Why not 10 or 1? Or in a nanosecond? Why did God have to rest when He’s so powerful? Is there something we need to see here as Levelers?
The New Testament apostles recognized this 7-day pattern as a prophetic “shadow” of the Days of mankind. They understood the plan of redemption as a great Week of seven 1,000-year Days. And they acknowledged that it has cosmic proportions!
In the last post we discovered the one thing we must remember about numbering our days. Or should I say Days? If you’re one of those detail-oriented people, you may have noticed that at times we’ve used an upper-case D when writing about certain Days. Now you know why. It distinguishes God’s view of the Days from our regular 24-hour days (lower-case d) on earth.
Before we explore God’s Days, there’s one important truth we need to spot. In the original manuscripts of the Bible, the Hebrew writers did not use capital letters or punctuation. That might seem strange but it’s not any stranger than when we send text messages without punctuation and capitalization. We assume it’s obvious from the context of our message. The biblical writers made the same assumption.
When the Bible spread to other locations and languages, the translators felt they had to add the capitals, the punctuation, and even some extra words (in italic type) to make the meaning clear. Much of the time they got it right based on the original manuscripts. But sometimes they missed it because they were basing their understanding on their own beliefs and worldview. There are even times when the word day is translated one way and then the other way in the same sentence and paragraph—even though it is clearly talking about the same day!
Usually you can tell from the context whether it’s referring to God’s 1,000-year Days or regular 24-hour earthly days. In fact, whenever a passage doesn’t make sense in terms of 24-hour days, that’s a sure sign that it’s describing prophetic “great Days” (1,000-year Days).
Do you want wisdom concerning the end-times timing and signs? Moses prophetically announced these words in Psalm 90:4. “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past.” A few verses later he prayed, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
The Psalm compares God’s eternal, unchanging nature to humanity’s frailty and limited nature. Because these verses are in the Psalms, it is tempting to dismiss them as figurative language and leave it at that. Fortunately, there is another piece in the scriptural puzzle that has the same color and shape. It’s the second witness or confirmation of the truth and it’s found in one of the letters written by the Apostle Peter, part of Jesus’ inner circle of disciples.
He was one of the pupils standing on the Mount of Olives when Jesus introduced the chronos times and kairos signs. If anyone should know what Jesus taught, he should. He writes in 2 Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
To paraphrase Peter, if there’s one thing we Levelers need to understand about the chronos times it’s this one thing: God counts the passing of time differently than we do on earth. This shouldn’t surprise us since God is timeless and His ways and thoughts are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). To God, one Day on His redemptive timetable equals 1,000 years. That’s simple and clear. It’s the one thing we need to be able to number our days.
When we have both the chronos timing and the kairos signs, we can view current and future events from God’s perspective. This full view can keep us from being deceived and it can keep us on track.
On track with what? Our assigned task of preaching the Gospel of Christ. The word “gospel” means good news. The good news is God’s plan of redemption through Christ. The plan involves both His first and second coming.
Hebrews 6:1-2 lists the elementary principles or foundational teachings of this Gospel.
Notice the last item. It concerns the end-times. The Apostle Paul considered understanding the end-times as a basic, foundational doctrine! Yet most churches shy away from it. The result is that the Body of Christ in general is ill-equipped to be the lights Jesus Christ intends us to be in these last days. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).
It’s time to lay aside our preconceptions about the end-times and look at God’s Word—really look at it, with fresh eyes. It’s time to let the Spirit open our eyes to what the Bible says about resurrection, judgment, and what we shall see at the end of this age and in the age to come.
If you don’t know what those terms mean, stay tuned.