Buckle your seatbelts – all of human history is about to unfold on page 1 of your Bible.
A great adventure is about to unfold – an adventure of discovery. It all starts with an idea, and in 2004 I was listening to a gifted preacher declare that, “As there were 6 days in creation, so the Messiah would return 6,000 years after Adam.” I had never heard that before. It arose out of Jewish understandings of the Old Testament. But this preacher added a beautiful twist by showing that the Gospels also hint at the same timetable. For example, as Jesus rose on the third day, so He will return in the third millennium which is also the seventh millennium since Adam.
About a year later, another preacher ignited my interest in Genesis. I was amazed at its technical accuracy and the many ways that it pointed to Jesus, and exemplified the relationship between man and God. Then one day I recalled the declaration of 6 days and the subsequent 6 millennia and I simply wondered if there might be some connection between the events in the creation days and the 6 millennia that followed ... And so the adventure began.
As things happen in the timing of God, I had recently come across a very clear timeline of the Bible showing the 4 millennia from Adam to Jesus. I immediately saw an amazingly obvious comparison or mapping between the events of each creation day and the subsequent millennia. In the next section I will show you a quick preview of what I saw then. But over the following two years it just got better and better until every image and phrase in the creation account seemed to point clearly to what unfolded in the subsequent millennia. That will take up the next 8 chapters.
Truly, God foresaw all of human history before He created the universe. He ordained the physical creation, and its description in Genesis 1, to hide this mystery so that at the right time it could be revealed. Each day summarised a millennium since Adam. The symbols; the cycles; the precise wording; and the exceptions in the pattern, all confirm this.
There is a lot I want to share, but let’s start with a brief preview to help you see the big picture first. But here is the first surprise – there are not just the 6 creation days – there are 8 days. The first 7 days depict the subsequent 7 millennia following Adam, and then eternity. And now for the preview:
Light is created on a planet shrouded in darkness. Light speaks of perfection, namely Adam, and Adam’s life span virtually defined the first millennium. When God separates light from darkness, it is God’s judgement on Adam’s sin. But more significantly, the prophecy about Jesus from Matthew 4:16 says that a people dwelling in darkness will see a great light. So, just as the appearance of light signifies Jesus, the last Adam, so here in Genesis it also signifies the appearance of the first Adam.
God separated the waters above from the waters below. There is nothing but rain clouds above and water covering the earth. The second millennium from Adam was defined by Noah’s life and this pictures the flood that was in the middle of the second millennium from Adam.
God created dry land and then vegetation on the land. The start of the third millennia from Adam saw God raise up Abraham and the nation of Israel and it is easy to show that Israel is pictured as land amongst a sea of Gentile nations. Then, in the middle of this millennium, God establishes Israel in the Promised Land, something that God Himself likens to planting the nation.
The sun, moon and stars are created. This is David, Solomon and other kings who ruled Israel during the fourth millennium from Adam.
Fish of the sea and birds of the air are created. The fifth millennium from Adam started when God sent His Son to suffer on the Cross. Jesus’ followers are the fish – fishers of men. All other people at this time are represented as birds of the air because they are still under the power of Satan, the prince of the power of the air.
Animals are created and then man in God’s image. The animals represent the types of people who reject and turn away from Jesus while Christians are Christ-like, that is, the image of Jesus the Son of God. This completes the sixth millennium after Adam and brings us up pretty close to today.
God rested on day 7 and can rest again when Jesus returns to look after things for his Father. This is the millennium reign of Jesus.
After the initial creation account in Genesis 1, Genesis 2:4 describes a second account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. This is the new heaven and the new earth that appears after Jesus rules and reigns for 1,000 years. This is eternity!
Obviously, you have to see this with a timeline. Appendix A1 has a pictorial timeline that maps the events of creation to each millennium since Adam. There is also a comparison of different timelines available in Appendix A2.
This is only the very highest level comparison of the creation days to the millennia since Adam. There are many, many, more details from the creation account that map precisely to the history since Adam. Some quirky things from the creation description suddenly take on their full meaning; for example:
Every day God declared there was day time and night time, and each millennium has two distinct halves.
God declared that each day was good except two and these line up exactly with what was happening.
On three days God described a separation occurring and these exactly match major judgements of mankind that occur in their respective millennia.
The vegetation described on day 3 and the food source allocation on day 6 have powerful and clear meanings that precisely fit the events of each day.
The fish, the birds, the land animals and man all get different blessings which relate precisely to what each type stands for. Even the different land animal types have a meaning.
The water in days 1, 2 and 3 all point to the same thing and the waters above take on a clear and specific meaning consistent with the Word of God.
God declared, made or created all things during days 1 to 6. But it turns out that only the things He created ever see heaven while the things He made correspond to events where man rejects God.
Even the very letters of the Hebrew alphabet, used to record all this, tell the same story.
The comparisons between the events of Genesis and the subsequent history are derived from straightforward understanding of the symbols. It is pretty clear in whatever translation you use. No exotic interpretations are needed! Frankly, with the broad outline above, and knowing to look for the points I just listed, you could probably figure out most of the clues yourself.
After looking into this mapping, you have two questions to answer:
Is this the most weird coincidence you ever encountered, or is it God showing that He knew the End from the Beginning?
If your answer to (1) is “God”, then you must ask why wasn’t this seen hundreds of years ago? To know that is to know the significance of the times we are in today.