In Isaiah 46, in verses 9 and 10, Yahovah tells us, “… I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” Have you ever tried to look at the beginning of God’s word, to see how he has declared the end from the beginning, how the ancient times declare the future not yet come? It’s there. A verse that gives an important hint on how the beginning of creation tells the earth’s history is found in 2 Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
Sages of Israel believe that the first chapter of Genesis is actually the greatest time prophecy given in Scripture. They see correlations of how each individual day in the first week of this world’s history as given in Genesis appears to correspond to its respective one thousand year period of history. Here is their analysis:
On the first day of creation, God divided the light from the darkness. The first created man, Adam, lived 930 years. He was originally created to live in God’s presence (light), but instead he gave into temptation to sin (darkness), and as a result there was a separation between God and man, lightness and darkness.
The second day of creation, God separated the water above and below the firmament. During the second 1000 years on earth, the main story in Scripture is of Noah preparing for, living through, and beginning anew after the flood. During the flood, the waters in the heavens rained down on earth, and at the end, God gave the rainbow as a sign of his promise to never destroy the earth by flood again. The waters from above came down to earth, and after receding, were again separated.
The pattern continues. On the third day of creation, plants and trees were created, each of them yielding seed for their regeneration. During the third one-thousand year period on earth, from 2000 to 1000 BC, the dominant theme in Scripture is the story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel), and their descendants. Correlating this to the third day of creation, Scripture likens Abraham and his heirs to seeds (Genesis 15:18 et al). Just like plants spread through their seeds, God allowed Abraham’s seed to multiply during the third millennium.
It was on the fourth day of creation that God placed the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens. During this corresponding 1000 year period, Israel was led by prophets and kings. Abraham’s seed became as the stars in number. Joseph prophetic dream portrayed his family as the sun, moon, and stars. Daniel 12:3 says that those who are wise in understanding prophecy “ shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever”.
The fifth day of creation was when God brought forth living creatures in the sea and in the air. This corresponds to the time period from the days of Christ to 1000 AD/CE, when he came to make us new creatures, born again by his Spirit into the likeness or image of God.
Day six was the day that God created mankind. He told man to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). The period from 1000 to 2000 AD/CE has seen mankind fill the earth, settle on every continent, and even travel into space and back. Right now, today, there are as many people alive on this earth as there have been during the entire rest of the earth’s history put together. In other words, 50% of all of the people who have ever lived on earth are alive now. Mankind certainly multiplied and filled the earth during the 6th thousand year period.
And finally, it was on the 7th day of creation that God rested, sanctified the Sabbath day, and blessed it. Many now believe that the millennium rest of the Messianic kingdom will be upon us very soon. This time of peace and rest in our Messiah will be a type of Sabbath. I hope you are preparing for the 7th millennium by commemorating the 7th day Sabbath, and worshipping and honoring our Creator, as this “end from the beginning” prophecy shows us that time to prepare is short.