4. The Six Days of Creation

Six Days as Six thousand Years

With the Lord, a Day is as a Thousand Years

2 Peter 3:8

In 100 AD, the Epistle of Barnabas prophesied that the world would come to an end after 6,000 years.

Give heed, children, what this means; He ended in six days. He means this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all things to an end; for the day with Him signifies a thousand years…And He rested on the seventh day,” this He means; when His Son shall come, and shall abolish the time of the Lawless One

The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD

In the First Century, Christians already understood that the six days of creation represented a six thousand year plan of salvation.

Day 1 – Let Us make man in Our image (4,000 BC)

The words “Let Us make man in Our image” are one of six statements of God to Christ, that revealed His plan of salvation.

Here, God revealed His plan to make man in His image, through Christ.

The Apostle Paul spoke of God’s plan, when he said: “He chose us from the foundation of the world,” (Ephesians 1:4) and “you were predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).

Day 2 – Behold the man has become like one of Us (4,000- 2,000 BC)

In Genesis 3:22, God said: “Behold the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil.” Here, He revealed man’s need of salvation.

Day 3 – Let Us go down and confuse their language (2,000 BC)

In Genesis 11:7, God said: “let Us go down and confuse their language.”  With this, God separated the world into nations, and created a chosen Nation to bring His salvation message (see Genesis 12:1-2).

Many have suggested that God was speaking to Angels, and not to Christ. But there were no Messengers, except for the Spirit of Christ, who was the Word. He was the “ELOHIM” who normally spoke with singular verbs and adjectives.  However, in these occasions, He spoke with plural verbs and adjectives because He, as the Word, was speaking about Himself, on behalf of the invisible God.

Day 4 – Who shall go for Us? (1,000 BC)

The most powerful “Us” statement is in Isaiah 6:8, where Isaiah was commissioned as the Messianic prophet. Here, Isaiah looked at the Spirit of Christ, the image of the invisible God, and the coming Messiah, who spoke for God, saying: “who will go for Us?”

In Acts 28:25, the Apostle Paul said that these words were spoken by the Holy Spirit. This was the Spirit of Christ, who was manifest in visible form as the “image of the invisible God.”

Day 5 – You are My beloved Son (30 AD)

The last two communications of God to Christ are found in the New Testament.

In the Gospel of Luke, God said “You are My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” (Luke 3:22) to show the way of salvation through the example of Christ.

Day 6 – I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again (1900 AD)

The name of Jesus means “God saves.”

God revealed the one name by which we must be saved, when Jesus asked God to glorify His name on the cross.  God replied: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again” (John 12:28). Because Jesus endured the cross, God made Him our Lord, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, to the glory of God the Father.

In the 20th Century, God’s name was glorified again in the second outpouring of His Holy Spirit, that came through baptism in the name of Jesus.