The Six Days of Creation
In the First Century, Christians already believed that the six days of creation described by Moses in Genesis 1, represented a six-thousand-year plan of salvation.
This six-thousand-year plan was outlined by six statements of God to Christ, that began with, “Let Us make man in our image.”
The so-called Epistle of Barnabas wrote,
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 this He himself bears me witness, saying, the Day of the Lord shall be as 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 A.D.
Moses said that “a Day with the Lord is a Thousand years” (2 Peter 3:10; Psalm 90:4). And so, the Epistle of Barnabas said that the Day of the Lord, represented by the Sabbath Day, would be a thousand years.
This was also proved by the prophet Daniel, and his prophecy of the Lawless one.
Daniel said the saints would be given into the hand of the lawless one, for time, times, and half a time, 1290 days, or years. But after 2,300 days, or 2,300 years, the sanctuary will be cleansed; and Christ will appear, when “those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.”
Two centuries before Daniel, Hosea also equated a day to 1,000 years. He said that after two days, (two thousand years), God will revive us. He will come to us like rain, like the latter and former rain on the earth. And on the third day, (the third thousand years), He will raise us up.
After six thousand years, God will complete His plan, to make man in His image.
The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Coming
The prophet Daniel is most famous for his prophecy of the Messiah’s coming.
In Daniel Chapter 9, we are told that Israel was taken into Captivity for 70 years because of its sin. In verse 24, we are told that “seventy weeks,” literally “seventy sevens (שבע)” will be required to put an end to sin and iniquity. In other words, it will take seven times longer to “end sin and iniquity.”
In verse 25, the Angel said,
Know therefore and understand,
that from the going forth of the command
To restore and rebuild Jerusalem
Until the Messiah the Prince
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
The command to restore and rebuild the streets of Jerusalem, came from King Artaxerxes, in the “fifth month of the seventh year of the king” (Ezra 7:9, cf Ezra 4:21).
Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered the law of gravity, made a study of this date, and wrote 457 B.C. in the margin of his 1707 King James Bible.
Adding 69 weeks, or 483 days as years, to the year 457 B.C., we come to the fall of 27 A.D., when Christ was anointed in His baptism. According to Luke 3:1, this was in the 15th year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius. Tiberius was granted authority to govern the provinces soon after his military celebration on October 23, 12 AD.1
Here, we learn that days are actually years in Daniel’s prophecies. But in fact, the Hebrew word for “days” often has the meaning of years (as in Genesis 41:1; 2 Samuel 13:23, 14:28; Jeremiah 28:3; and 2Chronicles 21:5). In the next Chapter, Daniel made a point to tell us that he fasted for “3 weeks of days,” emphasizing that these days, were real days.
The Prophecy of the Messiah’s Crucifixion
The Old Testament and Targum prophesied the day, month, and year, of Jesus’ crucifixion.
Daniel said that the Messiah would come after 69 weeks, and would be cut off in the middle of the next week, that is after 3 ½ years.
Just as Jesus preached the true gospel in 3 ½ years, the Antichrist corrupted it in 3 ½ years, but in days, as years!
From Luke’s gospel, we understand that Jesus began His Ministry in the fall of 27 A.D., in the 15th year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius.
The Apostle John described two Passovers and an unnamed feast in the first six Chapters of his Gospel. We know the unnamed feast in John 5:1 was the Passover, because in John 4:35, Jesus said, “you say there are YET four months and then comes the harvest.” The Passover was the next feast. These quick jumps in time were all introduced by the Greek phrase, Μετὰ ταῦτα, “change afterward,” (John 2:12, John 5:1, and John 6:1).
These three Passovers, and Jesus’ final Passover, give us 3 1/2 years of His Ministry, that ended in 31 AD.
And with todays’ technology, we can even prove the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
According to the rules set out in the Old Testament (Exodus 12:6, and Leviticus 23:5), the Passover is held on the 14th Day of Nisan. From the moon record of the US Navy Observatory, we can see the 14th of Nisan, in the year 31 A.D., was on a Wednesday.
|14th day of Nisan (Passover)|
|beginning at sundown the evening before…|
|33 A.D.||Saturday or Sunday|
But Luke 24:21, and Matthew 28:1 tell us that Jesus was crucified on a Thursday.
The Jews do not allow the Passover to fall on a Wednesday. In fact, in 2000, 2002, and 2003, the Passovers were all moved to Thursday, the 15th Day of Nisan.
In the year 31 A.D, they also moved the Passover to Thursday. This fulfilled the Targum of Hosea 3:2 which said, “I redeemed them by My Memra (My Word) on the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan.”
The Prophecy of Time, Times and Half a Time
Daniel said the Antichrist will “wear out the saints of the most High, and they shall be given into his hands for time, times and half a time” (Daniel 7:25).
In 135 A.D., Justin Martyr said the Jews of his day, believed that time, times and half a time, meant, Time plus Two Times, plus a half a Time2, and they thought this would be at least 350 years; being 100 years, plus 200 years, plus 50 years.
From the prophecy of the Messiah’s coming after 483 days, we know that Daniel’s days are really years. But no one in Justin Martyr’s day could imagine that “time, times and half a time” was 3 ½ years in days as years!
But, in the last Chapter of Daniel, we were told that the saints will be given into his hand for EXACTLY “time, times and half a time.”
One Angel asked another, “how long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?”
“then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand, and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for time, times and half a time…” (Daniel 12:6-7)
3 ½ years, in days as years is exactly 1278 days, being 365.25 days a year, times 3 ½ years.
Daniel followed the months of the Jewish lunar calendar to give us 1290 days. In 3 ½ years, there are about 43 months of 30 days.
But the Book of Revelation used the solar calendar of the Romans, to give us 42 months of 30 days, which was 1,260 days.
The exact number of 1,278 days lies between 1,290 days and the 1,260 days.
These 1278 days began when the Bishop of Rome exalted himself as high as Christ in 193 A.D., and ended in 1471, when the Moravian Church escaped from his hand.3
The Prophecies of Martin Luther
In describing the time, times and half a time of the saints of the hands of the beast, the Angel said to Daniel, “from the time the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be 1,290 days, “blessed is he who waits and comes to 1335 days” (Daniel 12:11-12).
The two-key spokesman of the Reformation were Martin Luther, and Jan Huss.
Martin Luther was more blessed than the Hussite brethren who were hunted like deer and slaughtered in the forests of Bohemia until 1471.
This 1290 days, 43 months of 30 days on the Jewish lunar calendar, began when the Bishop of Rome exalted himself as high as Christ in 193 AD, and ended in 1471, when the Moravian Hussites escaped from his hand.
The 1335 days in verse 12, less the 1290 days in verse 11, is 45 days.
In the year 1516, 45 days, or rather 45 years, after the Hussites escaped from the hand of the Pope, Martin Luther first publicly challenged the Papacy.
In his famous Reformation history, Jean-Henri Merle d’Aubigné said, “this disputation made a great noise, and it has been considered as the beginning of the reformation.”4
The 1530 Apology of the Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church said the year 1516 was the fulfillment of a prophecy in 1485, by an imprisoned monk named Johannes Hilten, who said, “another one . . . will come in A.D. 1516, who will destroy you, neither will you be able to resist him. ”5
The Lutherans also believed that Martin Luther was the fulfillment of a prophecy by Jan Huss to his executioners, “Today you roast a live goose but within 100 years there will arise a swan that you will not be able to catch nor harm.”6 Jan Huss was burned at the stake in 1415.
- Augustus 97:1; Tiberius 20–21; From the Fasti Praenestini inscription, on October 23, 12 AD “Tiberius rode a chariot in triumph from Illyricum.” ↩
- Dialogue with Tryphos, 32 ↩
- The date of 193 AD, and the excommunication of the Churches of Asia was established by two significant counsels, and is recorded in the Library of Congress, as well as the Library of the Vatican. The freedom of the Moravians in 1471 AD, came by the deaths of King George Prodebrady and Rokycana, the Archbishop. The year, and the day, of their deaths are a matter of Bohemian history. ↩
- The History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, 1846, Book 2, Chapter 9 ↩
- Art. XXVII: Of Monastic Vows. Par. 4 ↩
- The Birth, Life, and Death of the Bohemian Revival. Mike Atnip, 2014, Part 1 ↩