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The Creation Prophecy -- What does Genesis say about the "End times"? ( Bartell Theory )
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Why did God take 6 days to create the world when he could have just as easily just snapped his fingers and poof, there it was. Is it a code or foreshadowing of some future event? The Bible is a very encrypted book with mysterious waiting to be unraveled that we can't even begin to fathom. We all know the story of Genesis. God created the World and Everything in it in 6 days and rested on the 7th. There is a lot of speculation as to why and even if each day really consisted of a 24 hour day. A few theologists subscribe to the Gap Theory that alleges that there is a Gap between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis where there could have been Billions of years in which God created the Earth, then destroyed it, then reformed it. I believe it is a very controversial assumption especially when Revelation 22 specifically warns of adding to the words in the Bible. So for practical purposes, I will only assume that the universe was created in 6 days with the 7th being a day of rest for the Lord just as the Bible states and that each day was a normal 24 hours day because the Bible does describe the morning and evening of each day. If you would like to see more on "the Gap Theory", please refer to my article: http://hubpages.com/_3hfp6zupitxaa/hub/Gap-Theory
God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis1:5
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:11
Now the question we have to ask ourselves is, “Why did God take 6 days to create the world and rest on the 7th when he could have easily created it in an instant? It is a question that has burdened the most educated of scholars yet most have not discovered the answers. In the movie, “End of the Harvest”,by Christiano Film Group, a college student stumbles across a paper written by Jeffrey Bartell. In it, Bartell contends that there is significance in the 6 day creation. He goes on to say that there are several significant events which occur that have some relevance to a sort of foreshadowing.
He believes postulates that the 6 days of creation is relevant to wrote a paper believes there is
1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."
8 The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?"
9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10 "But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."
12 Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."
13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
15 "And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him."
16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."
17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21 Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 "But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."
23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is calling for you."
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
34 And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"
37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?"
38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."
40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
42 "And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."
43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
There is more to this scripture than 1st meets the eye. After researching the scriptures and looking at specific details regarding events that were to occur following this event, it becomes apparent that the numerical references have a stunning coincidence to prophetic events that did and will follow.
Firstly, in Verse 3 of this passage, the sisters, Mary and Martha, sent for Jesus saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." At first glance this doesn’t appear to mean more than what it says, but why does the author say “he whom you love is sick” rather than using Lazarus’ name? Is it possible that this is a hint of something more? Is it possible that even though this event is actually occurring, it is also metaphorical allusion of the nation of Israel? If this passage is used in conjunction with the latter passages of this same chapter it becomes more clear.
So what does Jesus do when he hears that his good friend is sick? He stays in the same place for two more days. Why? Many theologians will tell us the obvious, that Jesus was using this for His glory, but the obvious isn’t always the only reason. The Bible is filled with scriptures that carry multiple meanings or prophecies that have multiple fulfillments. I believe this scripture is one of them. I think in many scriptures it is important to remember that time is relative. The following passages make that very clear:
For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4
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. II Peter 3:8
Remember the former things of old: for 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, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:9-10
From a human perspective, we see time as a linear physical property, but God is outside of time and is therefore, not subject to it. Using the parameters that Peter set forth as a guide is it possible to calculate important Biblical events? I believe the observations and correlations are too coincidental to be discounted.
So why did Jesus wait two more days before setting out for Bethany to see his good friend? If we use II Peter3:8 as a guide and we use 1000 years is a day than Jesus ignored going to see “he whom he loves” for 2 days or 2000 years. So is it possible to assume that Jesus ignored Israel for 2000 years before returning to save them.
But then Jesus gets to Bethany and we find that Lazarus has been dead for 4 days, at which time, Jesus resurrects Lazarus. Now assuming 4 days equaled 4000 years what significance does this have in relation to the Biblical time line. Well, we know that, assuming the Bible is the Actual Word of God, that the Earth is 6000 years old. We know that the time from Adam to Abraham is 2000 years and the time from Abraham to Jesus is 2000 years, so it would be safe to assume that Jesus walked the Earth around 4000 years from the creation of the Earth. Jesus also died and was resurrected and returned to God the father about 4000 years from the Creation of the Earth. So Lazarus was dead for 4 days and if we reflect the time line of man. Adam (man) fell and was destined to eternal death for 4000 years or 4 days. Could the 4 days that Lazarus was dead represent the fall of mankind without salvation for the 1st 4000 years of history until Christ died for our sins? Was it the time line of man’s separation from the Lord?
Does it seem mere coincidence that the Years to Days reflect some sort of relative Biblical Time line?
If that is not proof enough let’s look into another verse of scripture. This time from the Book of Joshua:
1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.
2 And the Lord said to Joshua: "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.
3 "You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.
4 "And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
5 "It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him."
6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord."
7 And he said to the people, "Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord."
8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.
9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.
10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, 'Shout!' Then you shall shout."
11 So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.
13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.
14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.
16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!
17 "Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
18 "And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19 "But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord."
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
22 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her."
23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel.
24 But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, "Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates."
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.
So in the above Scripture, God tell Joshua to March around the city 6 times and then on the 7th day they are to march around the city 7 times and the 7 priests are to blow the 7 trumpets and once they have marched around the city seven times, the people are to shout. Then the walls came down and they were to destroy all the people of the city except Rahab the prostitute and those who were with her.
This is mind baffling. What is with all the numbers here? I find a parallel to the Book of Revelation. There are also 7 angels who blow 7 trumpets in the Book of Revelation that bring about judgments to those who dwell on the Earth. The thing I find significant with regards to the Book of Joshua is that the soldiers of Israel are told to destroy everyone except Rahab the prostitute and those with her. Joshua promised to spare her and those with her and the sign for the Jewish soldiers not to hurt anyone in her household was a scarlet cord. I find it interesting that God also spares people those he seals with a mark (on their foreheads) so that the wrath of God does not affect them, they happened to be 144,000 Jews. So God again spares some from His destruction.
27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
28 "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves;
2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
1 And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power."
2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.
3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
4 And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
So, we have a number of days, six to be exact. At first glance the six days are easily read over as just words without a second thought, but is it possible that these six days are of some importance. First, we have to recognize that the verses in Matthew, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” are important because they are telling us who Jesus took with Him onto the mountain and then it describes the transfiguration. Jesus is revealing to Peter, James and John His glorious body. This is the same glorious resurrection body that Jesus is going to come in when he returns as Lord of lords and King of kings. He is also revealing a clue. Why did Elijah and Moses appear with Him?
Not only is the six days mentioned in Matthew, but it is also mentioned by Mark in the same context. The exact phase “Now after six days…”, is used in both Matthew and Mark. The fact that such a subtle reference is made in exactly the same way within the same context, must mean that the verse is of some significance. Two Gospel writers thought enough of it to mention it. Why? If it were of no importance, why is it that it is even mentioned at all? If it did not have any significance then what would it matter if they had just left out the part about the 6 days passing. It doesn’t make much sense why both Matthew and Mark would waste a line of Scripture like that unless it was important. Remember, every word of scripture is God-Breathed. If that is true than it must be important.
So again we have to refer to II Peter 3:8, “to the Lord, a day is as thousand years and a thousand years is as a day.” If 6 days equals 6000 years than what is the significance? Both Matthew and Mark state, “Now, after 6 days…” The key here is “after”, 6 days. So what happens after 6 days? Jesus reveals his glory and Elijah and Moses show up around the same time. So when is the 6000 years. Well, we have already established that Christ was going to be resurrected after 4000 years so 6000 years would be close to today’s time. I believe it will take place very soon, likely within the next 10 years. Where do I get that time line from? I am just adding 2000 years onto the resurrection of Jesus Christ in A.D. 32.
3 "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.
6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. Revelation 11:3-13
The amazing thing is that in the “End Times” God sends two witnesses onto the Earth to preach and call the world to repentance. They will be able to stop the rain for 3 ½ years, they will be able to send plagues on men and if anyone tries to stop them fire will come out of them and consume their attackers. Sound familiar? It happened. We know that Moses sent 10 plagues on Egypt so who is the 2nd witness? Below should be a great indication. The similarities are uncanny.
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word." I Kings 17:1
“So Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, "If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men." And fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.” II Kings 1:10
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:5-6
"But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; Luke 4:25
So who are the two witnesses? If we look to the prophecy in Malachi as well as the foreshadowing in the Transfiguration , we can logically conclude that they are none other than Elijah and Moses.
And this brings us back to our original question, “Why did the Lord take 6 days to create the world when He could have easily taken only 1 day to create it?” Relating it to II Peter 3:8 we come up with 6000 years and then an additional 1000 years for the day of rest. Bartell believed that this 6000 + 1000 represents man’s time on Earth. In other words, the 6 days represents the time of man from the creation until the time that Christ returns to set up His kingdom on Earth. The additional day or 1000 years (the day the Lord rested) represents the time of Millennial Kingdom, the 1000 years of rest for the believers of mankind as Christ reigns as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
If this is correct, then when do we reach the 6000 years. I believe the 6000 years is an approximation, it may not be exactly 6000 years, but it will be very close. Remember when Jesus turned his back on Lazarus (The Jews) for 2 days or 2000 years, the actual time that passed was actually 1,916 years from the date that Jesus was crucified.
In his book, The Annals of the World, by Bishop James Ussher, 1st published in 1658, he comprehensively covers the History of the world from Creation to A.D. 70 and he dates the creation to 4004 B.C.. If correct, that would place us at approximately 6000 years since creation. We could be ripe for the harvest. Christ’s return could be at any moment. As Jesus said in Matthew 25:13, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Jesus told us that no one would know the day or the hour. However, He commanded us to watch for the signs of the time as mentioned in Luke below:
Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. "When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. "So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
So, if Bartell is correct, if Ussher is correct, we could be living in the last generation that will see Christ’s return. Are you ready to meet Him with open arms? Are you keeping a watchful eye regarding His return? If not, it is time to get right with God. It is time to make Jesus the Lord of you Life and accept his free gift of Grace. You simply pray a prayer to God, humbling yourself and admitting that you are a sinner in need of salvation. Repent of your sin and ask Jesus to come into your heart and change your life. His free gift is Eternal life. You don’t have to do anything, except believe in Him and allow Him to work in your life. God Bless you all.
The Bible is jam packed with such fabulous and incredible information and remains a book like no others. From it's Wisdom, Guidance, Mystery, Prophecies, History, its Supernatural background, and it overall Design, the Bible is a book you can read everyday for the rest of your life and can never learn it all, but always learn something new. The Bible is God's Love letter to you and me. If you are an atheist or an agnostic, I present you with a challenge. God promised to reveal Himself to anyone who calls upon his name. Test Him at His Word. Find out more about Christianity below. Just like you would research anything else, research the Bible . Even if you do not believe, ask God to show you the Truth.
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