The Third Day Bible Code And Prophecy For Today
The Third Day Bible Code
by Kermit Zarley. Synergy Books.
I found this book interesting and intriguing and it has led me to read other books about Bible codes and prophecy, as well as scriptures of world religions. It is amazing how some of the same threads and themes appear in them all.
Author Kermit Zarley is a former PGA golf tourney star winner and a Christian looking at codes in the Bible, with possible implications for future. He was intrigued that in the New Testament, Jesus rose from the grave on the 3rd day. He saw a pattern of 3rd day events in a thread leading throughout the Bible, and wanted to find where it led.
Mr. Zarley's writing is precise and well researched. He lists the scriptural abbreviations used his sources, including five translations of the Bible and two Hebrew texts. He was very thorough in researching, writing, and helping readers understand 3rd day event thread. In the end, it supports the notion of Jesus' resurrection and return, even narrowing the date if His return to somewhere within a specific 180 years.
It is all very interesting and informative reading and a lot of people of all faiths or none would like it as a puzzle of time and space. It can be combined with his previous book The Gospels Interwoven, in which Mr. Zarley combined the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in a single text so that readers could see the gospels all at once. A summary and comments on The Third Day Bible Code follow:
Research Into The Bible
Mr. Zarley's writing is precise and well researched. He lists the scriptural abbreviations used his sources, including five translations of the Bible and two Hebrew texts.
The Dream of Daniel
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Chapter 1: Introduction
The apostle Paul wrote that God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15.4b. According to what scriptures is Paul referring? A segment of Bible scholars feel that he meant no specific texts, because there are none. But they could be wrong. Jesus did reference one text to indicate his resurrection on the third day: Jonah in a belly of the whale for three days. It is rather indirect, like a kind of puzzle we need to seek and dig out.
The thesis of the book is that the Old Testament contains a third day event pattern to forecast Jesus' resurrection. These scriptures are obscure because they are narratives of other important events in Israeli history. The reader must make the connection. Jews have recognized the significance of the third day in Hebrew scripture. Christians have reason to recognize it, because Jesus rose, and they look for him to come back. Perhaps the third day pattern is a code to find out when.
Chapter 2: Raised the Third Day
This chapter examines the New Testament stories of Jesus' predictions of his own suffering, death and resurrection. The expressions third day and after three days are taken to have the same meaning. Each of Jesusâ€TM predictions are forecast in specific Old Testament predictions of the same event, giving evidence that Jesus knew these things from scripture if not divine revelation.
Chapter 3: According to the Scriptures
Jesus was resurrected on the third day after his death. This became a fixture of Christian traditions, although some argue about whether Jesus died on Wednesday or Friday. The first Christians made Sunday their Sabbath in honor of his rising on Sunday. I was forecast in the Old Testament that Jesus would arise on the third day. This is what the risen Jesus says in Luke 24 and I Corinthians 15.4b. Jesus' resurrection was forecast in Ps 16.10 by King David.
Chapter 4: Biblical Typology
This chapter reinforces the notion of type in the Bible, which is a forecasting or prediction that will appear and be reflected in an antitype that fulfills the forecast or prophecy in the future. Jews and Christians seem always to have believed in types and antitypes.
Chapter 5: Interpreting the Signs of the Times
The Bible is full of prophecies about the End Times that will signal the End of the Age and what Jews call the Advent of Messiah, but Christians call the Second Coming. Jews and Christians have tried to figure the date of the End of the Age and the return of Christ.
Jesus told the people to interpret the signs of the times, but warned against predicting the exact time of his second coming: But about that day and/or hour no one knows, neither the angels of/in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Mt24.36 and Mk 13.32).
Many New Testament characters said that God fixed an exact time for the End and it cannot be changed. Every generation sees some of the signs and thinks the End is near. The Bible third day event pattern might be a code connected with the End.
Chapter 6: The Thousand Year Day Principle
Jesus said that he and even the angels would not know the day of his return but only the Father knows. Many church leaders have believed in the Thousand Year Day Principle where they set one day equal to a thousand years, citing Psalm 90.4 and 2 Peter 3.8. Through numerous calculations, they had decided that there are only 6,000 years of human history between Adam and Eve and Second Coming of Christ. Some Bible schalors believe this to be more like 10,000 or 12,000 years.
The rest of this book looks at each of the events found in the third day pattern, with the application of the Thousand Year Day Principle.
Chapter 7: Raised Early the Third Day
Authorities believe that ancient Israel had a religious sundown-to-sundown day but a secular sunrise-to-sunrise day, confirmed in the Genesis account of the Week of Creation. What kind of day the Jews observed affects the use of The Thousand Year Day Principle with the third day even pattern in the Bible. This chapter gives many examples of this to prove that Jesus rose about 6:00 AM on a Sunday.
Chapter 8: The Sign of Jonah the Prophet
Jonah disobeyed God and was swallowed by a whale, but spit out alive on the third day. Jesus accepted this as real and told it to forecast his own rise from the grave on the third day.
Jonah is a predictive type for the antitype of Jesus in more ways than the Resurrection. Jonah preaching doom to Nineveh for 40 days after being released from the whale, and this predicts Jesus doing the same in Jerusalem. Since Jerusalem refused to accept Jesus, God destroyed Jerusalem with the Roman armies 40 years later in AD 70 (Jesus died actually in AD 30), just as he would have destroyed Nineveh in 40 days. However, Nineveh repented. Likewise, Jews will repent and accept Jesus at the End of the Age.
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Chapter 9: Christ Our Passover and First Fruits
The Jewish faith celebrates many festivals. These expressions in the chapter title refer to Jesus fulfilling certain elements of the Feasts celebrated by Israel. These feasts are examined, with attention to Jesus being the first fruits of the Resurrection celebrated as a festival. First fruits mean life, because humans cannot live without food; the blood of Jesus is life to Christians.
The Jews performed their first fruits ritual on two occasions, on the third day after Passover and on the Day of Pentecost, fifty days after Passover. Jesus' death on a Friday, on Nisan 14, fulfilled the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. The first fruits of the third day after Passover, on Sunday, Nisan 16, predicts the Resurrection on the third day. Jesus was the Passover Lamb of God.
Chapter 10: Decay on the Third Day
The Torah requires that thanksgiving peace offerings be eaten the day of offering. If any meat was left, it must be burned. However, votive and freewill peace offerings could be eaten on the day offered and the next day. But if any of this meat remained on the third day, it had to be burned on that third day. The Jews believed that flesh did not begin decaying until the third or fourth day, reflected in Ps 16.10, where God will not abandon his Messiah in the grave or let his flesh decay. These votive and freewill peace offerings forecast the Resurrection. Jesus was the offering.
Chapter 11: Hosea and the Third Day Motif
Moses and Hosea depict God's future withdrawal from Israel and its sins. They predict that a Jewish remnant will repent at the End of the Age and God look with favor on Israel. Hosea shows priests as representative of the Jewish remnant in Hosea 6.1-2. Jews have believed this the Resurrection.
This chapter goes into analytic detail to show that during the third millennium following either the Resurrection or the Fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, God will return to Israel through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Chapter 12: Abraham's Offering of Isaac on the Third Day
This chapter helps with applying the Thousand Year Day Principle to scriptures containing the third day even pattern. It analyzes the first occurrence in the Bible of the third day pattern. Remaining chapters examine other third day patterns chronologically in history and as recorded in the Bible. Interestingly, Christians have believed that God calling Abraham to go to Mount Moriah (felt to be Jerusalem by some Jewish people) to offer his only son, Isaac, to be a burnt offering is a prediction of God as Father offering his only Son, Jesus Christ, in parallel in the future.
Chapter 13: Joseph's Brothers Imprisoned for Three Days
Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Jacob, whom God renamed Israel. God made Joseph a dreamer and an interpreter of dreams. The third day pattern appears in some of these dreams and other events in Joseph's life. By applying the Thousand Year Day Principle to these events, they forecast the Jewish remnant in the end days and the return of Christ
Chapter 14: Meeting God at Mount Sinai on the Third Day
This chapter is about the Israelites at Mount Sinai after their Exodus from Egypt. Moses repeatedly goes up the mountain and receives messages from God, and conveys them to the Israelites back at camp at the foot of the mountain. After the Israelites accept God's offer of a covenant relationship with Moses, God tells Moses,
"Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow ... And prepare for the third day because on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the peopleâ€ (Exodus 19.10-11).
God did this and it is explained that this event perdicts God's visitation to the Jews in the person of Jesus Christ later on. By applying the Thousand Year Day Principle to God meeting the Israelites on the morning of the third day after their preparation for the meeting, it is shown that this forecasts the time God would meet Israel in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Several other events having a third day theme are found inthis episode and in others that Israel experienced during this era and show that they will be fulfilled during the End Times for the Remnant Jews. Jews today claim that this Sinai experience of their ancestors is full of hidden meaning.
Chapter 15: Preparing to Take the Promised Land on the Third Day
The name Jesus is from the Hebrew name Yeshua or Joshua. Joshua, in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land is a prediction of Jesus returning so that he can deliver the Remnant Jews from annihilation and lead a redeemed Israel in destroying her enemies as the Bride of Christ. This chapter examines the 3rd day events surrounding Joshua and the Promised Land, with their impact on history and what might have happened if the Jews had accepted the Resurrection when it happened.
Chapter 16: Elijah and a Three-Year Motif
There are many predictions found in the fascinating life of Elijah and some of them contain a third day theme or third year pattern. They include drought and famine, Elijah's challenge of the prophets of Baal, and the rain falling in the third year. Much of this all forecasts the Jewish suffering of the End Times.
Chapter 17: King Hezekiah Healed on the Third Day
This chapter is about the Assyrian King Sennacherib's attack on King Hezekiah of Judah. This predicts the Antichrist's attack on Israel to destroy the Chosen of God completely. King Hezekiah became ill, much like Israel in her spiritual decline. Hezekiah prayed for healing and the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah that because he humbled himself before God to as a healing on the third day the King would be healed, and so it was. This forecasts the Jewish Remnant and their repentance amd return to God
Chapter 18: Queen Esther Saves the Jews on the Third Day
This is a wonderful chapter that handles the story of the girl who became a queen in order to save her people. Queen Esther learned about Haman's plan to exterminate the Jews, and she fasted and prayed for two days in preparation. On the third day, she risked her life by appearing before the King to request that he stop the destruction. This predicts the Antichrist's attempt in the End of Days to unsuccessfully destroy Israel, who will be spared by King Jesus.
Chapter 19: Finishing the Church's Mission on the Third Day
This chapter concerns the proverb of Jesus having a third day event pattern. The context is that some Pharisees warned Jesus to leave the jurisdiction of Herod, because the governor wanted to kill him. Jesus refused to accept their warning: "Go and tell that fox for me, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside Jerusalem' "(from Luke 13.32-33).
This chapter explains that the second part of saying of Jesus refers to his current public ministry and that he would continue it, because he implies that he will not be killed in this jurisdiction but in another one - in Jerusalem. However, Jesus does not say in how many days this will happen. It is explained that the first part of this saying is about what will happen after his death, where he will continue the ministry through his church and finish it on the third day. The Thousand Year Day Principle can be applied to this particular third day event pattern to reveal that the church will finish its mission during the third millennium after its beginning, when Jesus will certainly return.
It is also shown that by applying the Thousand Year-Day Principle to the third day pattern in three other event - Jesus turning water into wine, his proverb about rebuilding the temple (his body) in three days, and his return to Cana on the third day - all predict the coming of the divine kingdom during the third millennium after the Resurrection of Christ.
Chapter 20: Finding the Boy Jesus on the Third Day
What happened to Jesus between his birth and the time he was 12 years old? From the time of his birth to the advent of his public ministry at about age 30 or 32, the only thing we know about Jesus is the amazing story about the time where he was twelve years old and one year away from Bar Mitzvah.
The event was the annual Passover Festival in Jerusalem, an event Jesus and his family attended, just as almost all Jews did at the time. When the festival was over, Mary and Joseph and their fellow travelers started to go back home to Nazareth. However, they accidentally left Jesus behind in Jerusalem. They did not discover he was gone form the group until the end of the first day of travel. Since it would have taken the whole next day for them to return to Jerusalem, it is written: After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions (from Luke 2.46).
The expression after three days means on the third day and in applying the Thousand Year Day Principle to this time, it can explain that Mary and Joseph searching for Jesus foreshadows the Jewish people searching for their Messiah and eventually finding him in the third millennium sometime after the Resurrection of Christ. This actually will happen, according to Christians, when Jesus returns to the earth in the future. Similarly, the Ascension of Jesus to his Fatherâ€TMs house in Heaven foreshadows that which Jesus said to his parents after they told him of their dismay in discovering his absence. He asked Mary and Joseph why they were searching for him, because they should know that he must be in the house of his father (God) (from Luke 2:49).
By applying the Thousand Year Day Principle to the events in the third day patterns appearing throughout the Bible, it may be demonstrated that the "End of Days" and the Second Coming of Christ should both happen on some unknown date between the years of 2070 and 2250 AD.
That is a span of about 180 years and is as narrow as it can be whittled at this time. Of course, no man is to know the hour or the day...
© 2007 Patty Inglish MS