THE SOLAR YEAR
God’s Plan for Earth Foretold in the Year
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In a far off place long ago, before Earth was created, God had a plan for planet Earth, and He would hide His plan in two units of time – the week and the year. Seven spins of Earth on its axis would designate a week, while one orbit of Earth around the sun would be a year. In both these unit of times God concealed His Master Plan for planet Earth.
When I say He hid His “master plan” for Earth in the week and in the year, what I mean is in each of these units of time He foretold Mankind’s fall, the Messiah’s death (First Coming) and return (Second Coming), and the final Judgment. He foretold the time of these things, the seasons! So every week that goes by, and every year that passes, God’s plan plays out.
THE 7 DAY WEEK
It was a common teaching among the early church that God’s 7 Day Creation week foretold of a 7,000 year plan. Many of the early church father’s writings about this still exist today. For example, in the 4th century AD Lactantius wrote:
Therefore, since all the works of God were completed in six days, the world must continue in its present state through six ages, that is, six thousand years. And as God laboured during those six days in creating such great works, so His religion and truth must labour during these six thousand years, while wickedness prevails and bears rule. And again, since God, having finished His works, rested the seventh day and blessed it, at the end of the six thousandth year all wickedness must be abolished from the earth, and righteousness reign for a thousand years; and there must be tranquility and rest from the labours which the world now has long endured. (AD 303-311, The Divine Institutes, Book 7 Chapter 25)
So the early church believed God’s 6 creation days foretold of a 6,000 year plan from Creation to Christ’s 2nd Coming. After this, they believed Christ’s 1,000 year millennial Earthly kingdom would play out in fulfillment of the 7th Day Sabbath in the Creation story. And they were correct about all that!
But what they didn’t know was God had concealed the time of Christ’s First Coming in the Creation week, as well. He did this by creating life ONLY on Day’s 5 & 6, those creatures with the breath of life in them, birds and fish Day 5, animals and mankind Day 6. No life existed Days 1 thru 4 in the Creation week. This foretold in God’s Master Plan for Earth, mankind would be DEAD in their sins for 4 days (meaning 4,000 years) until Messiah would die for them, giving them life again.
Remember Jesus saying, “I have come that you might have life” (John 10:10). He was talking about his death! It’s through Christ’s death on the cross that we have hope of eternal life. So that’s why God created life Day 5 & 6 in the Creation story, because those two days (or 2,000 years) – years 4,000 to 6,000 – mankind would live in the finished life-giving work of the Messiah.
There it is – the complete plan of God in the week! Mankind’s fall would happen the very first year. They would then remain dead in their sins for 4 days, until Messiah’s death would give them life again year 4,000. Two days later, Messiah will return year 6,000. And the final Judgment will occur after Christ’s millennial kingdom year 7,000. Thus, every week that passes God’s plan plays out.
THE SOLAR YEAR
So how about the year? How does God’s plan play out every single year? We know in the week His plans were hid in the Creation narrative. But what about the year? It’s in the seasons – fall, winter, spring, summer.
So the only thing we need to know is WHEN a year begins in God’s eyes. It’s the Jewish year, the Hebrew calendar. It’s believed day 1 of Creation happened on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) at the fall equinox (September 21-22).
So what season begins at the fall equinox (Sept 21), in the northern hemisphere where it all began in the Garden of Eden in the Middle East? Fall! The first season of the year is fall. Then winter, spring, summer. Then it repeats. So in God’s eyes (from the Creation of the world) the seasons of a year are … fall, winter, spring, summer … fall, winter, spring, summer … from one Jewish near year to the next (Rosh Hashana to Rosh Hashana).
So if we graph a year out over God’s 7,000 year plan, you’ll notice each of the 4 seasons spans a 1,750 year period. And the first season is FALL. Come on! Do you see it? Mankind’s FALL! The season of FALL foretold the FALL of mankind! Remember, the fall of mankind happened the very first year. In fact, the Jews believe the fall happened day 10, just 4 days after Adam & Eve were created on Day 6.
SEASON OF FALL
So think about this, the first season Adam & Eve were experiencing after being kicked out of the Garden of Eden was FALL. Can you imagine? The leaves began to dry up, and then fall off the trees. Daylight got less and less with each passing day, while the darkness grew longer and longer. It turned colder and colder. Soon the trees looked like dead sticks! They never saw this before!
It makes me wonder if Eve turned to Adam and said, “Adam, what’s happening! Everything’s dying! God said if we eat of the forbidden tree, we shall surely die. But Adam, have we killed the whole world! Are we headed towards complete darkness? Is it all over?” Can you imagine? The fear! Truly, I tell you, every year the season of fall represents the fall of mankind!
SEASON OF WINTER
Then winter set in! It was cold and dark. Things looked bleak. And it symbolized another 1,750 years in God’s plan would go by, while mankind remains dead in their sins! Hopeless!
SEASON OF SPRING
But then spring arrives! Trees begin to bud. Flowers bloom! Birds chirp! Suddenly, life is everywhere! Beauty! Warmth! And what was it all foretelling? That THIS was the season Messiah would come to Earth and die for us, giving us life again! In the spring! It had to happen sometime between years 3500 and 5250. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened – Christ died for us year 4,000, perfectly, in the spring!
SEASON OF SUMMER
And then began the final season of the year – summer! What’s this about? Harvest! Harvesting crops! Jesus likened his Second Coming to a harvest:
The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
So Christ returns year 6,000 in the season of summer to harvest souls. This is called The First Resurrection. But just as most crops have two harvests, so too in God’s plan for Earth there are two harvests. The final harvest will occur year 7,000 at the end of Christ’s 1,000 year Sabbath kingdom. It’s known as the Second Resurrection. And this is the final one, which will close out God’s plan for Earth. And so it happens at the very end of the season of summer year 7,000.
At that time the Great White Throne Judgment will take place. All the wicked from 7000 years of history will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, while the righteous will enter into eternal life.
There it is – God’s plan for planet Earth! Every week that passes and every year that goes by, God’s plan plays out like a beautiful symphony, in perfect foreknowledge. What an awesome God we serve!
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