The Prophecy of Joshua
God Stops the Sun in the Sky
"The fact that God would extend the time of mercy was alluded to in one of the earliest prophecies in the Bible.
Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and moon, you also, over the Vale of Aijalon'. And the sun stood still, and the moon halted, till the people had vengeance on their enemies." (Joshua 10:12-13).
"Is this not written in the Book of the Just? The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and delayed its setting for almost a whole day (making one day into almost two). There was never a day like that before or since, when God obeyed the voice of a man, for God was fighting for Israel." (Joshua 10:12-14).
This observation in the Book of Joshua has always remained an enigma to Bible scholars. Science argues vociferously against it's possibility. Yet, when we combine Joshua's statement with another in scripture, we can see that it is a prophesy of the millenium of Christ's rule on earth.
Peter, in his second letter, lifted a scarcely remembered phrase from the Psalms and in so doing gave the Christian world one of its most powerful testimonies to the truth of Christ. "A thousand years is like a day to God". God's Day of Atonement, then, is like a thousand years to man.
If we use Peter's quote from the Psalms as a key, it is easy to accept that a thousand years can relate to a single day in God. But how does the 2000 years that have passed since the time of Christ relate to a one-thousand year millenium? How can the two-thousand year history of Christian rule on earth be considered a single millenium as far as the Bible is concerned?
As the quotation in Joshua above bears witness, scripture foretold it.
If we say, as the Bible tells us, that a thousand years to man are like a day to God, then 2000 years to us must be like 2 days to God. In other words, God stopped the sun in the sky, making one day into almost two.
What God lengthened was His 'Day' of Atonement.
Applying Joshua's observation to the 2000-year history of the Christian Church, the 'one' day that is like a thousand years has become now almost two. The one day scheduled by scripture for the rule of reconciliation with God to occur on earth has almost been doubled.
Our calendar itself, then, shows us a Christ-centered time-frame that is now only a year or so shy of 2000 years. Delaying His setting, the Son has created almost another entire thousand-year 'day', just as prophecy foretold He would.
Incredibly, we find ourselves as we speak (at this very moment, 1998), touching the terminal portals of Joshua's prophecy ('almost two days').
Standing in such close proximity to the 'sunset' of the Day of Atonement, it is no wonder that we are witnessing all around us the 'day' of Christ disappearing into the rapidly darkening shadows of Satan's coming night.
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See Also, "The Millenium", Clock of God - Chapter 18
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