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).