It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (Isa. 40:22)
Time, as well as space, is a category related to matter, i.e. God’s creation, while God existed even before (if this term makes sense here at all):
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3)
The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old.
I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth. (Proverbs 8:12.22-23)
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said:
“And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:1/a.5.24/b)
However, same as the Lord created the material world (heaven and earth) in order to dwell in it:
Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?” (Isa. 66:1)
It is He
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (Isa. 40:22)
Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. (Jer. 23:24),
so the Lord created time which He fills with certain activities. The basic characteristic of the time – this being the main conclusion of this part of the book - is the number SEVEN.
The number seven plays an important symbolical role in the Bible. So we have the seven days of creation (actually the six days of creation with the seventh day – the day of “rest”), as a consequence the continual cycle of seven days (Gen. 2:1-3 and Exod. 20:10-11), then the cycle of seven years (Lev. 25:2-4). Likewise, in Revelation we have seven churches (Rev. 1:4), seven candles and seven stars (Rev. 1:12.16.20), seven blazing lamps (Rev. 4:5), seven Spirits of God (Rev. 1:4, 4:5, 5:6), seven seals (Rev. 5:1.5, 6:1), seven trumpets (Rev. 8:2.6), seven thunders (Rev. 10:3-4) and finally seven cups of God‘s wrath (Rev. 15:7, 16:1, 17:1, 21:9). The purpose of the following lines is to affirm that not only a formal similarity is in question or just a symbolical meaning of the number seven.
The crucial role in the meaning of seven is played by "seven Spirits of God" (Rev.1:4, 3:1, 4:5, 5:6). That these seven Spirits of God really represent Holy Spirit, who is said in the Bible and theology to be a member of Holy Trinity (or Holy Three, if we wish to emphasize their individuality), is inferred from the following verses.
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace
from Him who is and who was and who is to come,
and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness (Rev. 1:4-5)
Here holy Trinity is spoken about, whereat Holy Spirit is called "seven Spirits of God". The more we compare this hypothesis with the other parts of Holy Scriptures, the more we find its confirmation. Therefore, we can say freely that, same as God is one, but is in fact the Trinity, so the Spirit is one, and is in fact seven of them.
These seven Spirits stand, on one hand, in front of God’s throne (Rev. 1:4), while on the other they are sent to all over the world (Rev. 5:6). The object of the sending is seven churches (Rev. 1:11), and the Spirit is who speaks to them (v. Rev: 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). On this basis it is concluded that the Spirits are assigned one church each. Then again, with the creation of life on the Earth, we have the situation that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (1 Moj. 1:2). Is it then possible that the seven Spirits were assigned one day each? And on the other hand, who were these seven Spirits?
We find the answer in Revelation again. There it reads:
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive:
POWER and RICHES and WISDOM, and STRENGTH and HONOR and GLORY and BLESSING!” (Rev. 5:11-12)
Therefore, there are exactly seven characteristics. Are these really Spirit of power, Spirit of riches, Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of strength, Spirit of honor, Spirit of glory and finally Spirit of blessing, or a coincidence is in question? There are few, or rather none, coincidences in the Bible. We find the confirmation of it in the book of prophet Isaiah:
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isa. 11:1-2)
Here only the seventh Spirit (Spirit of blessing) is missing, and a bit different names are used, but the cited thesis is obviously confirmed. As to the connection of these seven spirits to the seven days of creation, it is most obvious that the seventh (blessed) day corresponds to the Spirit of blessing:
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen. 2:3)
Further, man was created for “glory of God” on the sixth day:
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:27)
Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. (Is. 43:7)
And the lamb became worthy to RECEIVE the fullness of Holy Spirit only after Golgotha:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt. 28:18)
We find the seven Spirits in Revelation again, in a similar situation as in the first case, but now in a bit different arrangement, and with riches being replaced by thanksgiving:
All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 7:11-12)
Therefore, with God Father there is not any receiving of seven gifts of Spirit, but only their possession is confirmed and approved.
However, when these Spirits are arranged in an appropriate way, as in the Table 4-1, we come to a complete overlapping.
In the first case (Rev. 5:12) the citing goes one after another from up leftward, and in the other (Rev. 7:12) from down upward, whereat the pairs are taken together. I do not intend to deal with further possible implications, and leave it to the readers.
It is known that the six day of creation can be divided into two parts with three days each, whereat an interesting table of activities is obtained (T. 4-2).
b) Division of light from darkness
Sources of light
They divide day from night
a) Upper and lower water
a) The earth separated from the water
b) Plant world
Plants given for food
Table 4 - 2. Systematized presentation of God’s activities during the six days of creation.
As it may be seen, six days of creation (as they are written in the first chapter of the Bible) are tied by some strange relations. Formally, the table reminds in a way of Holy Trinity, but we may conlude that it is not only a reminiscence in question, when we look at the anti-parallel shown in Revelation.
In the previous part (Typology of Trinity), we noticed the so-called satanic trinity:
1. The great red dragon in heaven (Rev. 12:3),
2. The beast emerging from the water (Rev. 13:1), and
3. The beast emerging from the earth (Rev. 13:11).
It was also noted that this trinity represents a negative copy of Divine Trinity. We noted further that the likeness of the beast (Rev. 13:14-15) also represents an antitype (in a negative sense) of the first man - Adam. On the basis of this so-called anti-similarity we can draw some conclusions about Holy Trinity itself, as we shall show in the following lines.
Same as we have with the anti-trinity that anti-father appears in heaven, ant-son emerges from the earth, and anty-Spirit emerges from the earth, so we can conlude that on the first and forth days the deciding role was had by God-father (for the creation in the heaven is concerned), on the second and fifth by God-son (for waters and space between the two waters as well as the beings inhabiting them are concerned), and on the third and sixth by God-Holy Spirit (for the earth and earthly beings are concerned).
All this is presented schematically in the Table 4-3.
Water and heaven
sea and heavenly beings
from the sea
God Holy Spirit
Earth and plants
from the earth
Table 4 - 3. Tabular presentation of Divine trinity with its realm of creation compared with the anti-divine trinity and its place of appearance.
Therefore, we can say freely that Holy Trinity is inseparably linked to the seven (week) of creation. The seventh day represents a special time, the time when the newly created creatures “judge”. Adam gave names to the animals, while the saints will reign and judge all the universe during that time (Cor. 6:2). This is the time of God’s rest of creation (i.e. struggle with evil).
As we have said, the first page of the Bible contains one of the most enigmatic accounts. The opinions are opposed even with the first verses:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:1-2).
/Some try to translate these verses as:
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. (Revised standars version)
By this way it is meant that the first two verses are parallel verses with the creation described in other verses, and that NO earlier creation preceded this creation. However, the events in the six days of creation are right added chronologically to these first two verses. Thus, in the fifth verse it is written that “God separated light from darkness”, therefore from the darkness that had already existed. Then in the eighth verse we have that the Lord calls the expanse “sky” – obviously a name given after a model that has already existed (Why would He otherwise give a new name?)./
Therefore, we can agree that the creation of the sky and earth precedes the creation of life on the earth. Thus far, that is still an undefined period. Theistic evolutionists use this period to push through the billions of years, but in the following text we propose a model which places this period in a far, far shorter framework. After creation of heaven and the Earth we have the period when "the Earth was formless and empty ", or as it can also be translated:
"And the earth BECAME formless and empty...".
This is again an additional period, a period of darkness, i.e. night, and on the basis of the following section it is concluded that it also lasted half a day, therefore same as other nights in the week of creation. It was only after this period that creation of life on the earth begins, for as it is written in the book of prophet Isaiah:
For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain,
Who formed it to be inhabited (Is. 45:19)
The Lord creates systematically and according to a plan. In the first three days, the physical conditions for life are created (light and darkness, water and atmosphere, earth), in the other three days the environment is filled (diurnal and nocturnal lights, beings in water and atmosphere, earthly animals). Finally, as a crown of creation, the man appears.
However, the creation of the life on the earth has a characteristic, which like a basic element permeates all this account – that all created on the earth represents in fact a TYPE of something that had existed before. In other words, an impression is that the Lord makes a copy (type) of something that had already existed (archetype). Thus, in the very first day of creation:
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. (Gen. 1:5/a)
Therefore, the notions DAY (here daylight is meant) and NIGHT had already existed before creation, and the day and night we have, are just their likeness or type. Likewise we have in the second day:
And God called the firmament Heaven. (Gen. 1:8, New King James)
"God called the expanse "sky". (NIV)
Therefore, the sky that rises directly above us (the earth’s atmosphere) represents in fact a type of the sky that had existed before, which is even mentioned in the first Biblical verse.
In the third day, we have again:
God called the dry ground ‘‘land,” and the gathered waters he called ‘‘seas.” (Gen. 1:10)
Therefore, the earth on the Earth is a type of some "earth", and oceans and seas are a type of some "sea".
Then in the sixth and seventh verses some water above the expanse, which probably has some its archetype (this is the famous water that cause the even more famous Flood). Indeed, some “water above the sky” is mentioned elsewhere in the Bible too:
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! (Ps. 148:4)
A final confirmation of this, let us call it, hypothesis of typization, we find with the creation of man:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:26-27)
In addition, if man was created in image of God, then it is logical to suppose that the environment where the man dwelt was created in image of the environment where God Himself dwells. For how could the similarity have been maintained if not in quite same conditions? Therefore, the garden (Eden) was planted on the Earth representing a type of God’s closer environment – the Heaven. Therefore the garden also had to contain the three of knowledge of good and evil, the place of Satan’s presence, for Satan’s riot had already been ravaging in the heaven. (Satan, like the locusts in Revelation, who are written that "were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads." /Rev. 9:4/, had a limited freedom of action. It was only when Adam had lost the seal of God that evil got its great realm of action.)
It can even be supposed that the often repeated expression "according to their kinds" (Gen. 1:11-12,21,24-25) can be translated now as "according to their types", therefore according to the types of something that had already exited.
Noting that the creation of life on the earth is actually a type of some earlier creation, regarding events, created beings and time, we conclude that the very seven (week) of creation is a type of some previous seven (week). Which seven is in question is dealt with in the next chapter, as well as the method for establishing typology of time.
Analyzing the Holy Scriptures, two variants are imposing that are in favor to the above cited consideration.
1) The first is A DAY FOR A YEAR:
‘But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. ‘And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. ‘According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, FOR EACH DAY YOU SHALL BEAR YOUR GUILT ONE YEAR, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. (Num. 14:33-34)
For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I HAVE LAID ON YOU A DAY FOR EACH YEAR. (Ezek. 4:5-6),
2) and the second is A DAY FOR A THOUSAND OF YEARS and vice versa:
For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. (Ps. 90:4)
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. (2 Pet. 3:8)
With regard to the fact that the relation “a day for a year” was introduced to men because of their sin, it could be said that it has not any connection with the relation linked to the Lord’s creation, which was "very good". Thus the second period remains. On the other side, if we take into consideration the six thousand years of duration of history of life, at the end of which the Lord will come in the heavenly glory, together with the millennial Kingdom:
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev. 21:4),
we obtain the period of 7000 years. We find a theological confirmation of such thinking in the following parallel:
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested (SHAVAT= to stop with work, to rest) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen. 2: 2-3)
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
Therefore, same as Shabbath was blessed and consecrated after creation of Adam, so are blessed and consecrated the participants of the millennial kingdom – the great Shabbath after the 6000 years of struggle of good and evil on the Earth.
Indeed, if we take into consideration that during the previous SIX THOUSAND YEARS the Lord actually have been creating a new life related to the Earth and entire Universe – that being the creation where participants are we, angels and certainly the Lord Himself (who had to intervene several times directly, and even to take the form of the fallen man), we come to the conclusion that the above mentioned relation – a day for 1000 years, is of a bit deeper character than it seems to be. The verses in the Bible have not only a poetical value, as many think; moreover, the poetical characteristics are in fact just a form, a means of expressing the “depth, width and height” of God’s character.
Since this hypothesis came to my mind, (in a dormitory “back” in 1983) until today, I have not found a single place in the Bible that would contradict it. On the contrary, the more I studied it and talked with other researcher of the Holy Scriptures, I found more and more confirmations. Finally, I was very surprised when I found that early Church Fathers agree with it, too:
And 6,000 years must needs be accomplished, in order that the Shabbath may come, the rest, the holy day “on which God rested from all His works.”
For the Shabbath is the type and emblem of the future kingdom of the saints, when they “shall reign with Christ,” when He comes from heaven, as John says in his Apocalypse: for “a day with the Lord is as a thousand years.” Since, then, in six days God made all things, it follows that 6,000 years must be fulfilled. (The extant works and fragments of Hippolytus, On Daniel 2:4)
3. For in as many days as this world was made, in so many thousand years shall it be concluded. And for this reason the Scripture says: “Thus the heaven and the earth were finished, and all their adornment. And God brought to a conclusion upon the sixth day the works that He had made; and God rested upon the seventh day from all His works.” This is an account of the things formerly created, as also it is a prophecy of what is to come. For the day of the Lord is as a thousand years; and in six days created things were completed: it is evident, therefore, that they will come to an end at the sixth thousand year. (Irenaeus, Elucidation, Book 5:28)
But I and others, who are right-minded Christians on all points, are assured that there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a thousand years in Jerusalem, which will then be built, adorned, and enlarged, [as] the prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah and others declare. (Justin philosopher and martyr, Dialogue with Trypho - a Jew, Chapter 80)
Our planet has become a center of cosmic events during the last six thousand years. It is a battlefield of the great battle of Christ and Satan. It is known that on Satan’s side is a third of total number of God’s creatures (Ot.12:4), while probably even more on the Lord’s side (if we assume that all of the remaining two third are not just on the Earth). It can be believed based on the famous words of prophet Elisha he said to his servant Gehazi:
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)
Therefore, the Lord says through prophet Isaiah:
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. (Is. 65:17.18),
where the verb "create" is used in present (not in future tense, like in some translations, e.g. NIV, NRSV). We are, therefore, living participants and actors of that creation, which will be ended with the second Lord’s coming, and finally with the millennial kingdom.
By generalizing the obtained key for understanding the typology of time to the past and present, we come to interesting results. We shall go in successively.
The Lord created the life on the earth in six ordinary, “our” days, and rested on the seventh. The following God’s week lasts seven thousand years, i.e. it is longer 360,000 times than the previous one (it is taken into account that a year in Bible reckonings lasts 360 days, see the chapter CALENDARS AND THE BIBLE). And the following one will be longer 360,000 times than 7000 years. If we go back, we come to God’s week of creation that was shorter 360,000 times than seven days, or:
7 days : 360,000 = 7 x 24 hours : 360,000 =
7 x 24 x 3600 seconds : 360,000 =
The day in that creation is:
1.68 s : 7 = 0.24 seconds.
Therefore, the Heavens and the Earth from Gen. 1:1 were created in the first 1.44 seconds, which amounted to six days for the Lord, and for the beings of that time (if they had existed, i.e. created in the previous week which is 360,000 times lesser than 1.68 seconds, i.e. 4.7 microseconds) 7000 years. These basic weeks in which the Lord creates can be called Lord’s (God’s) weeks.
What is most important for us now is to understand that for the Lord the seven days in which He created the life on the Earth and “rested” are the same period as seven thousand years in which He is creating humankind and (and what is important, making a new cosmic order). During this time, the plan of salvation of the fallen mankind has been done, but also Satan along with his angels was thrown finally from the heavens, same as he will be thrown from the earth, and also God’s character on one side and Satan’s character on the other, have finally been revealed to God’s creatures.
This period is for the Lord same as 1.68 seconds in which the heavens and the earth and heavenly beings were created at the beginning. Now a question is posed, whether a week shorter 360,000 times than 1.68 sec. (i.e. 4.67 microseconds) existed? That is, how many Lord’s weeks preceded Adam’s week (ie. the week Adam was created in)?
The above considerations can be represented graphically, which is done in the Fig. 4 - 1. On the graphs it is seen from the left side that all weeks have the same beginning, which is Christ (John 8:25). Every previous week (on the graph, every upper) represents, to our count, just a tiny particle at the beginning of the first day of the following seven. This presentation corresponds to a LOGARITHMIC scale in natural sciences.
After the week in which our forefather Adam was created, for the Lord a new week began, 360,000 times longer than ours, while the old one remained to be valid for us. This shows that we as creatures, which are still just an image of God, can only “lag behind” the Lord, and even that only if we make ourselves worthy of that. (Rev. 20:4 together with Rev. 13:16-17).
We can at best only follow the Lord and be similar to Him:
Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
...These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes..." (Rev. 14:1.4),
but by no means to be equal to Him.
Man is created in image of God (or rather Christ, as we shall see) physically, spiritually and mentally, and in time too. Therefore, we have been given the week and the day of rest as a temporal image of God’s creation. However, this is not and can be by no means equal to the original, for Whom always a 360,000 times greater seven folows.
It can be said freely that human weeks flow linearly, related to our notion of time, while God’s exponentially.
We have a quite analogous situation at the level of created beings. Adam, our forefather, was created by direct God’s action as a unique item, in image and resemblance of God (which corresponds to the seven days during which he was created), while his descendants originated in an indirect way, likewise in image of God (which corresponds fully to the linear arrangement of ordinary human weeks).
Fig. 4-1. A graphical presentation of original God's weeks. The weeks go chronologically from up downward, and every following week is, from our viewpoint, 360,000 times greater than the previous one, while for the Lord the duration of all these weeks has the same value, namely seven days (2 Pet. 3:8, Ps. 90:4). It is seen that alll the weeks have the same beginning - Christ (John 1:1).
By introducing the notion of Lord’s week, we can understand the fulfillment of the warning the Lord said to the first couple:
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:16-17),
for Adam really died on that day (in 930th year), seen in the above cited context.
It may explain even the Lord’s answer to “those who say they are Jews”:
Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (John 2:19),
having in mind that after the millennial kingdom the New Jerusalem where “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev. 21:22) will be descended here.
On the basis of the previous analysis, it can be concluded that Divine reality is not realized only through persons (which we analyzed in the previous part of the book), but also through the time.
Seven Spirits of God are arranged over seven days, six being intended for creation and the seventh for the rest (or rather a blessing). For every day of creation one “person” of Holy Trinity is emphatically engaged, while on the seventh day the judgment and kingdom are given to God’s creatures, led by Christ. On this day (probably) Adam gave names to the animals, brought before him by God Himself. On the same day “the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.” (Dan. 7:27).
Here, certainly, the above said Lord’s weeks are in question, while our weeks are just a type of these weeks that are related to the past as well as future. Thus this Lord’s week contains 360,000 human weeks, same as there are billions people existing in image of one God.
Moreover, the day itself is divided to two parts: night and day. The archetype of night represents evil. The type of night and evil is represented by Satan and his followers, who exist and do what they do, but to their own peril. The sufferings and evils must come to the world, for they serve for our spiritual perfection, but woe to him who serves as a means through which they come. Therefore, we have the written words:
Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Hebr. 5:8)
In the first three days we have creation of the conditions for life (light, water and air, earth and plants), while in the following three days we have the bodies that fill these conditions (heavenly bodies basking in the light, birds and fishes and earthly animals that feed on plants). Farther, the light dwells in darkness (namely, without darkness there is not light), the air dwells between upper and lower waters and plants grows form the earth.
The following consideration is interesting. If the animals created on the fifth day move two-dimensionally, fishes and birds three-dimensionally, a question is posed: which is the relation of the stars to the light?
A new imposing question is whether God’s activities in all His weeks of creation correspond to each others. When the first week of creation from the first two chapters of Genesis are compared with the history of mankind, the answer is - yes. In this section, the history of mankind will be exposed in a form corresponding to the account from the first chapters of the Bible. A day in this NEW ACCOUNT OF CREATION lasts 1000 years, whereat the first 500 years of each of these millennia represents in a way a period of advancement of the forces of darkness, maltreatment, persecution of God’s people etc (i.e., in physical terms, a period of a growth of entropy.) In the second half of every millennium the opposite takes place, God’s people get a dominant role in the earthly events. However, in the following account, we shall make a little change. Namely, we shall count days from their real beginning (i.e. from the evening), for there is not need for counting them from the half (i.e. from the morning), since the difference between the first evening and other ones is clear. Before we proceed with the above said account, we shall recount briefly the story of the struggle between Christ and Satan here on the Earth, in a commonly understandable form.
Day one (first millenium)
Soon after their creation, the first human couple succumbed to the “forces of darkness” which, as it can be noted from the Biblical account, covered all the mankind, and even the other living as well as non-living world on the Earth. Thus Cain, the fratricide (Gen. 4:10), appeared, and his descendants, then the first bully Lamech (Gen. 4:23-24) etc..
But with the morning of the first day (622 A.M., where A.M. = Anno Mundi = the number of the years from the creation of the world) Enoch appeared, on the other side, who “walked with God” (Gen. 5:24) and thus became the model and light to his generation. When he had completed his mission on the Earth, the Lord separated (987 A.M.) him from the darkness of this world.
Day two (second millenium)
Soon thereafter, “when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them” (Gen. 6:1), the darkness overcame the light again, for “the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose” (Gen. 6:2), and “wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:4-5).
But “the Lord said /1536 A.M./, My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh” (Gen. 6:3). Therefore the Lord did that the water (Noah and his descendants) separated from the water (i.e. all his perverted generation) which he destroyed by the universal Flood on the year 1656 from the creation of the world. Then:
So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Gen. 9:1)
Day three (third millenium)
Soon afterwards the darkness ruled again, so that the Lord was forced to say to his chosen man, Abraham (ca 2050 A.M.) to leave his native Ur and settle in the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:1-3), where his “descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.” (Gen. 15:13)
After this period, the Lord (ca 2500 A.M.) led his people (“good ground” /Matt.13:8./), through his servant Moses, from Egypt ("sea"). The good ground bears fruit (spiritual heroes, from Moses through David).
Day four (forth millenium)
With David, and especially with Solomon’s fall (ca 3000 A.M.) a period of apostasy began, resulting finally in Assyrian (ca 3350 A.M.) and Babylonian (ca 3450 A.M.) bondage. In this period the converting of pagans is first hinted - remember the Queen of Saba, Nebuchadnezzar, and especially Cyrus the servant of God (Is.44:28) who made possible renovation of Jerusalem and return of God’s people to the land of promise. At the end of this period the Anointed (= Messiah = Christ) of God came, incarnated Logos of God, as a Sun of justice.
Those who are wise (Christ) shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. (Dan.12:3).
Day five (fifth millenium)
Shortly after beginning of the fifth millennium from the creation, i.e. in the first centuries of the new era, the persecution by Roman emperors took place, when about 3 million Christians were killed. Then a much worse thing happened, the compromise of the church with the darkness of the demonized paganism.
In the second half of the first millennium of the new era (the fifth millennium A.M.), the conversion of the peoples who intruded Europe during the great migration of peoples took place.
Day six (sixth millenium)
Then, with the beginning of the second millennium of the new era (the sixth millennium A.M.), a persecution took place again, again by Roman emperors, but now who thought that they “offer God service” (John16,2). “Heretics” as well as Jews and Moslems were burning all over the Europe.
With the beginning of the second half of the second millennium A.D. (ca. 5500 A.M.) Reformation began, which has been lasting in its various forms until today. Same as Adam was a crown of the previous creation, so the famous 144.000 are the crown of this creation (Rev. 7:4, 14:1). They are quite similar to Christ in their character and “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Rev. 14:4).
Now we are quite able to expose the same account, but now in the form we find in the initial biblical chapters.
1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and living beings in the heaven and on the earth.
2. And life on the earth became without the form of God and a vanity (=hEVEL=Abel), and the darkness of sin (Jude 14-15) was over the ocean (= mankind, Rev. 17:15); And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (= men) [the first five hundred years]
3. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light (= Enoch).
4. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him to separate him from the darkness of this world.
5. God called Enoch’s character Day, and the darkness of sin He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first thousand of years.
6. Then came the night of corruption, and God said: “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years” (Gen. 6:3). Let the men (= waters) are separated.
7. Thus God made the firmament, and divided bad people with always evil thoughts from the righteous (i.e. Noah and his descendants). So the evening and the morning were the second thousand of years.
8. And the night of Egyptian bondage began. But after half a millenium the morning also came;
9. And God said: Let my people go from Egypt, from the house of bondage, and go to the “land of promise”. And it was so.
10. And God named his people Israel “good ground” (Mat. 13:8), while other “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues” seas (Rev. 17:15); And God saw that it was good.
11. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit ‘some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty’ (Mt. 13:23), whose seed is in itself, on the earth”, and it was so.
12. And the good ground brought forth Moses and Joshua the son of Nun, and “the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets” (Hebr. 11:32), and “rod from the stem of Jesse” (Is. 11:1) and they anointed David king over Israel. (2 Sam. 5:3, cf Dan. 4:20-22), “a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Ps. 1:3). And the Lord was satisfied with the work done.
13. So the evening and the morning were the third thousand of years.
14. Then came Assyrian bondage (ten tribes), and also Babylonian bondage (Judas, Levy and Benjamin), but also the morning of deliverance came and God said: “Let there be Testimonies in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
15. and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
16. Then God made two great Testimonies: New Testimony (The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light /Mt. 4:16/) to rule the day, and the Old Testimony to rule the night. He made the stars also (Dan. 12:3).
17. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18. and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19. So the evening and the morning were the fourth thousand of years.
20. And the night of the persecution of God’s people by the Roman Empire began, but the morning also came (although with compromises). Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”
21. So God created great sea creatures (Rev. 13:1) and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God was satisfied.
22. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
23. So the evening and the morning were the fifth thousand of year.
24. And a new persecution came, again by Rome, but the morning of Reformation came, and God said: “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
25. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind (Dan. 7:17, 8:20-21), cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God was satisfied.
26. Then God said, “Let Us make a special group in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over converts and angels and all churches and all the earth and all the animals moving on the earth.”
27. So God created his poeple in His own image; “and behold a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads”, who “are without fault before the throne of God” (Rev. 14:1.5) and “New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2).
28. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5).
29. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:2).
30. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” And all the birds were filled with their flesh. (Rev. 19:17-18,21)
31. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth thousand of years.
32. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-2).
33. And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4)
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
When I first noticed the above, I was fascinated I couldn’t believe that everything fits almost perfectly. The whole period when devided on thousands of years, first half is period of darkness, and the second of light. Moreover, on the basis of these accounts of the new creation it may be noticed how the night has been becoming ever darker:
1. The first two nights are characterized by a great wickedness and corruption of (pre-Enoch and pre-Noah’s generations),
2. the second two periods of night – by the bondage of God’s people (Egyptian and Assyro/Babylonian), a
3. the third two – the most cruel persecutions (Roman and “Christian”).
The similar, but opposite gradation is with the “daylight” periods.
Further, it is interesting that on the fifth day of the Creation account begins the creation of living beings (i.e. of the results of creation that contain “breath” (Eccl. 3:19), while at the beginning of the fifth "day" of the new creation we have a special descent of Holy Spirit on God’s people (Acts 2:1-4), whereby the people’s quality and spiritual level is upraised. And same as the animals were given plants for food and sun, moon and stars as lights, so the newborn God’s people “Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2.Tim.3:16), i.e. as food, while we, the last generation, are given through history, the “teacher of life”, life and fate of practically all previous generations. Now it is up to us whether we shall accept as a lesson what is clean or unclean.
This parallel with the original account of Genesis 1 and 2/a, although a bit forced in some points, still can help us to understand better the Biblical text from the Genesis account. Thus on the basis of the parallel with the events that happened in the six thousand years of history on the Earth, it can be said that the verse Gen. 1:2 most probably should tread this way:
"Now the earth became formless and empty...",
for the original Hebrew word HAYTA can be translated both as "to be" and "to become", which causes a dilemma with translators. This, of course, has not any connection with the famous theory of restitution (active gap), according to which the creation described in the Bible was preceded by one or several others, but which had been unsuccessful and whose products were destroyed, the present geological finds deriving from that age which, in turn, lasted for eons. Here it is simply said that same as the life and environment on the earth, due to Adam’s fall, became “vanity and a chase after wind”, so probably the Earthe became, due to Satan’s riot, “tohu va vohu”.
This latest conclusion agrees right with the following result of typological reasoning. Considering that every day of this new creation lasted thousand years (i.e. every night and daylight five hundred years each), we conclude that also the first night of the seven days of creation (i.e. the period of “darkness on the face of the deep” /Gen. 1:2/) lasted half a day, same as other nights.
On the basis of above mentioned consideration, some more interesting parallels can be established. Reading Revelation:
And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:4.6),
together with corresponding parts from the rest of the Bible:
Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?
Do you not know that we shall judge angels? (1 Cor. 6:2/a.3/a)
until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. (Dan. 7:22),
we conclude, that during the millennial kingdom God’s people will judge all that happened in the Universe in the previous time of riot.
Likewise, for Adam it is written:
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. (Gen. 2:19-20/a)
Obviously, an event is concerned corresponding to the judgment during the millennial kingdom. Giving names has much deeper significance in the Bible than we assign it today. Remember Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 17:5.15), Isaac and Jacob (Gen. 17:19, 32:28), John and Jesus (Luke 1:13.63, Matt. 1:21), as well as the messages to churches in Pergamos, Sardis and Philadelphia (Rev. 2:17, 3:5.12). If the parallels holds temporally too, than the naming of animals happened on Shabbath.
Since on the millennial judgment the “goats will be separated from sheep”, it was probably that Adam too separated the animals on clean and unclean on Shabbath, for some reason. That is why such a division was mentioned back in the eve of the Flood (Gen. 7:2.8).
Considering that the man, the crown of the previous creation, is a basic cell of people and their crown of 144000, we conclude by induction that in the (possible) previous creation the one-celled organisms were the crown. This logic is confirmed by the fact that even the largest organisms on the Earth are conceived by fertilization of one-celled “organisms” (i.e. sexual cells).
We likewise conclude that the crown of creation that had preceded this creation could have been atoms,...
If we take into account that angels are beings created before creation of man, we conclude that the angels are creations on the level of cell, atom By a further induction we conclude that the Lord Himself is a infinitely tiny being - a being, tinier than a quant of light, that rules the whole Universe.
In this way it becomes also understandable how the Lord became a man from an angel (a one-celled), by fertilization Mary of Joseph.
These are, of course just speculations.
The following typical pair is Adam’s and lamb’s brides. If these two “persons” of the Bible correspond to the same type regarding persons and events, than it is logical that it should be the case regarding time, too. Indeed, on the basis of the account of the Book of Genesis (Gen. 2:18-24) and Revelation (chapter 21), it can be concluded that they appeared after the above said events – the naming of animals and millennial kingdom. Hence we conclude that this event (i.e. the wedding) happened most probably on the first day of the week, after the first Shabbath.
This is rather bold conclusion, especially because in the first chapter of Genesis we find the verses that as if say that Eve was created during the sixth day, before the beginning of the Shabbath (Gen. 1:27-31). But, in my opinion, this problem can be overcome if we take into account that the last verses have not a chronological character. If not so, there are contradictory verses. The first is:
And God said, “See, I have given you (plural) every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Gen. 1:29)
whence it is seen that God address Adam and Eve together, while from the verse:
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you (singular) may freely eat.” (Gen. 2:16)
it is concluded that at giving dietary instructions the Lord addressed only Adam, for Eve had not been even created.
Besides, Eve’s creation was preceded by naming animals, which hardly could have been done in the same day as when all earthly animals and his husband Adam were created. There had to pass certain time for Adam to understand and feel that he needed a woman. And that could have happened only after naming animals. Therefore Adam gave the name to Eve too, which is actually just an extension of the account of giving names.
There is a possibility more, i.e. that Eve, as an exception from all creation, was created on Shabbath, which also has a typical connotation. Same as Jesus slept on the Great Shabbath, so that his bride (i.e. church) could be born, so it had to be with Adam. Maybe this is why it is written that God finished his work on the seventh day:
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. (Gen. 2:2)
At the and of some days I used the word “satisfied” instead of “good” which is used in the original account of the creation. I think that it marks more appropriately what is actually meant by the word "good", because of which many complain against the Lord: How the evil could have appeared if God created all good? The Lord is not an ill perfectionist who apparently strives for perfection, but which actually ends in a real chaos. He works His best and ends satisfied with His results (Mavis Klein, How to Chose Mate). We find in the Bible a whole gradation of the meaning of goodness. For the Lord, both the sparrow and raven were good when He created them (Gen. 1:21), as well as the man (Gen. 1:21), but He still says elsewhere:
Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7)
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? (Luke 12:24)
A created being can never be perfect, it can only be more perfect and worthy than another. Again, it was said for all that had been created in the week of creation:
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. (Gen. 1:21)
The supreme notion of goodness is therefore a characteristic of the Lord only:
So Jesus said to him: “ No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Luke 18:19)
We meet a similar gradation of goodness in mankind too. We first see that God’s people is "gooder" than other peoples:
You are the children of the Lord your God
For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Deut. 14:1-2)
On the other hand, we see that even God’s people itself are ranked. As a special, most worthy group the 144 000 are mentioned, which is a counterpart to Adam. Same as Adam was created as a crown of creation in the image of God, so these 144 000 have God‘s name written on their foreheads and “they follow the Lamb wherever He goes”.
There are abundant arguments in favor of the uniqueness of the seventh day – Shabbath.
First, that day was blessed at the creation of the life on the Earth:
Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen. 2:3)
Within the ten God’s commandment pronounced on Mt Sinai, we also find:
Remember the Shabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Shabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Shabbath day and hallowed it. (Ex. 20:8-11)
We find the consecration and blessing of the seventh day (or rather of the seventh thousand of years) also at the end of the Holy Scriptures:
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
This is probably why the number seven in practically all Indo-European derives from the Jewish word “Shabbath” (with most Slavs subota, in Greek sabaton, in Arab sabtun) meaning: rest, stop of work. In Sanskrit, seven is pronounced “sapta” (whereat š passed to s, and b to p). It was pronounced in Greek septa, then hepta, in Latin septem. Hence, Slav “sedam”, French “sept”, Italian “sette”, English “seven”, German “sieben” etc.
It is a real wonder how both Christians and Muslims, probably having complexes by Jewish arrogance and shocking idolater relation to Shabbath, dared to replace that day by the first (i.e. Sunday) and sixth day (Friday). The first day, the “day of honorable Sun” has practically none typological characteristics related to the weekly period, if we exempt some weird forcing of the church fathers, relating it to the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Namely, that day is an archetype of waving sheafs, i.e. of offering the harvest firstlings, which is an annual quasi-holiday, considering that it had not been said what was to be sacrificed:
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Shabbath the priest shall wave it.’” (Lev. 23:9-11)
That is the reason why we find in early Church Fathers writings a compromise solutions, such as:
But keep the Shabbath, and the Lord’s day festival; because the former is the memorial of the creation, and the latter of the resurrection.
Peter and Paul do make the following constitutions. Let the slaves work five days; but on the Shabbath-day and the Lord’s day let them have leisure to go to church for instruction in piety. We have said that the Shabbath is on account of the creation, and the Lord’s day of the resurrection. (Constitutions of The Holy Apostles, Book 7, Section 2:23.38)
On the other hand, the time of offering sacrifice – Pasha, is much more important than the time of resurrection of harvest, which is obvious in entire Bible. Thus seen, the Muslims are more faithful Christians for they observe the day of offering sacrifice (although this is an annual holiday too, without a weekly type), while the Christians think only of their own interest, observing the result of the sacrifice, not the act of sacrifice itself.
It is clear that the Muslim day of prayer – Friday, originate in response to the Jewish and Christian observing theirs respective seventh days.
Observing the seventh day has, however, a dimension more, considering that the earth globe has become today a global village. The very notion of day, as a period limited by sunsets, loses its sense as we approach the poles, let alone then eventual cosmic era. In ancient time, night had an unequivocal purpose as a period of rest. What to do today, in the electrification era, when the night is as bright as day, when there are plenty services and jobs done 24 hours daily? How the people from Japan and western Canada (or more drastically from New Zealand and Hawaii) if they wish to observe Shabbath, when in Japan the Shabbath begins on the Friday morning, while in western Canada it ends on Sunday morning, counted by Central-European time? If we also include Thursday evening and Sunday evening, we have got that those who observe Shabbath are disabled for business and other mundane communication two and half days in a week. Similar reasoning led early Church Fathers to write following mess:
The Shabbath is mentioned at the beginning of the creation [thus]: “And God made in six days the works of His hands, and made an end on the seventh day, and rested on it, and sanctified it.” Attend, my children, to the meaning of this expression, “He finished in six days.” This implieth that the Lord will finish all things in six thousand years, for a day is with Him a thousand years. And He Himself testifieth, saying, “Behold, to-day will be as a thousand years.” Therefore, my children, in six days, that is, in six thousand years, all things will be finished. “And He rested on the seventh day.” This meaneth: when His Son, coming [again], shall destroy the time of the wicked man, and judge the ungodly, and change the sun, and the moon, and the stars, then shall He truly rest on the seventh day
Wherefore, also, we keep the eighth day with joyfullness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead. And when He had manifested Himself, He ascended into the heavens. (Epistle of Barnabas, 15. The False And The True Shabbath)
It seems to me that this universal globalization is a sign that the great Shabbath – the millennial kingdom of saints - is approaching. Question is whether that great Shabbath will derogate the weekly Shabbath, as Christ’s sacrifice on the cross derogated the animal sacrifices.
Last updated 18.1.2006