God Makes One Day Into Two
"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 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).
Bible prophecy teaches us that "A day to God is like a thousand years to man" (Ps.90:4; 2Peter 3:8).
Addressing this concept, Joshua's prophecy revealed that God would stop the sun in the sky so that it would become almost two. Not two man-days, but two God-days, i.e., 2000 years. God's intent in this prophecy is to turn 1000 years into 2000. The "sun" that He stopped in the sky is the "Son of God", whose light shines down upon the earth from heaven.
The "Sonrise" of the Church measures from the first Pentecost, when the glorified Son of God returned to earth in the form of the Holy Spirit with the life-saving words of the Gospel. From that day to this (for almost 2000 years) that light has guided the path to salvation. All mankind has seen it. Those who have heeded it have saved their lives and will live forever. Those who have ignored it have lost everything.
The 'day' made into two is the dominion of Christian rule on earth . Joshua's prophecy showd that in His mercy, God has extended the thousand years (the 'millenium' predicted in the Book of Revelation.) into almost 2000 years, a chronology that brings us to the current moment, a time when dusk's lengthening shadows have begun to cast on earth the unmistakeable pallor of approaching darkness.
Joshua's prophecy further tells us that God has delayed the "Son's" setting for ALMOST a whole day. That tells us that the extension of time will last almost a thousand years, but not quite. Since the Sonlight of Christ dawned at the first Pentecost in 30-33 A.D., we can expect it to have set (disappeared completely) before 2030 A.D. That is less than 30 years from now at this writing. This is a sobering thought.
The reign of God as described in the Book of Revelation (Rv.20:1-6) was predicted to extend for one-thousand years. That is the reign of Christ on earth defined by scripture. During that period we have been given the opportunity to rebuild the ruins of Jerusalem in accordance with the prophecies. Daniel said it would be a "time of trouble" (Dn.9:25). And true to his word, it has not been easy. As we have seen the entire rebuilding has been accomplished in the baptism of fire. Yet throughout, the Son has shone brightly. And, just as Joshua predicted, He has remained in place, lighting the world, not just for one God-Day, but for almost two. That has brought the light of Christ right into the beginning of the "Third Day".
Of that 'Third Day', the time of darkness and Judgment, John wrote:
"When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive all the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, and mobilise them for war." (Rv.20:7-8).
For the light of Christ to be shining even into the "Third Day", two different measures must be in effect. The "Three Days" of God seem to follow the Christian calendar which begins on January 1, 1 A.D. On the other hand, the "millenium" (the Day of God made into almost two), measures from the first Pentecost, i.e., after the Word had been glorified in heaven and returned to earth by the Holy Spirit. These measure two different concepts so they do not have to be the same. But they are close. And that closeness is a measure of Christ's comment to His mother that His "hour had not yet come" (John 2:4), even though the moment of that remark was almost 30 years into our Christian calendar.
Footnote 'The Third Day'
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