Title: Ep 13 | “But is it possible God rested for one-thousand years?“
Plot: A reasonable series of proofs that reveal it’s likely that’s exactly what he did
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Before we can talk about The incursion that happened the day God rested, which is coming after this podcast. I first need to confirm it was possible, that God could have rested for one-thousand years. While I am confident that some of you already know where I'm going with that next message, I assure it's packed with brand new revelations. We are taking this journey together, and we will both learn things we don't already know."
If you heard episode 12, then you know that I believe that God made creation in one-thousand year days. Believe it or not, this theory I'm evaluating solves more problems than it creates. So let's consider a few key questions:
Would you rather believe that God rests one day per week now? Or would you rather believe that he got all of that resting out of the way and won't rest again during our lifetimes?
Given the number of times that God emphasized the importance of resting on the sabbath day to his people, and given that he said, it would be an ordinance they would observe forever. I am inclined to guess he's not requiring anything of them, that he didn't do himself. And Jesus Christ is an excellent example of God's dedication to submit to his own rules.
Since God created time, I am imagining that he makes good use of it. If you were God, and you had just finished making creation. And there were only two people on earth. When would you rest? Knowing the future, would it make more sense to rest for a thousand years now, when the earth was thinly populated, or later when it was teaming with people? But in the end we already know the answer to this question because we are told God rested after he finished working.
The layout of Genesis chapters 1-7 gives us incredible insight useful in proving that God did in fact rest for one-thousand years. For example, we know that Genesis one gives an overview of all seven creation days. Chapter 2, goes into detail about the creation and commission of Adam and Eve. And Genesis chapter 3 describes the fall of mankind. Four tells us the story of Cain and Abel, and five is the Genealogy of Noah. And then on Chapter 6 we get a strange revelation. Suddenly, God looks at the earth, notices it's corrupt and decides to wipe out mankind with a flood.
I would imagine we all have the same reaction when we read that chapter. We were blind-sided by the fact that man was suddenly corrupt and we received little or no warning or insight or details as to why or how that happened.
And so that begs the question: Where were you God? How did you not notice this was happening until it became necessary to wipeout mankind with a flood? Why didn't you intervene sooner? Did you take the day off or something? Ah... That's exactly what he did. And he told us so, repeatedly himself!
The intersting thing about the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, is that we see God constantly intervening. He is actively involved even striking people dead because of their sins. People were literally running to priests to request animal sacrifices before the judgement of God would strike them dead. And yet somehow, someway, between Geneis chapter 4 and 6, the earth degraded to the point where it became necessary for God to wipeout mankind with a flood and start over. With no indication that he had any active involvement at all during that time. Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that the reason that occured is because creation was made in one-thousand year days. And so the day God rested, for one-thousand years, mankind and the angels conspired together to engage in a level of mischief that was so abhorent, that God was forced to clean the slate and start over, and that was the day he went back to work.
This begs the question: when will God rest again? And also, why does he need so much rest? Again, I submit to you that he doesn't need rest. After making everything incredible and perfect, he backed away and allowed everyone to show their true colors. They did great while they were being watched by God, but when he rested, and particularly when the angels knew it would be a thousand years before they would see his active inolvement again, they were willing to gamble that a thousand years might actually be enough time for them to rebel against him and gain the upper hand. If he had taken a day, a month, or a year, I doubt they would have been so bold, but I imagine they thought a thousand years, just might be enough time. That timeframe might have been necessary to embolden even the most timid among the pretenders to take action revealing who they really were. And so they did. And when God looked in on his creation, he commented that they had degraded to the point where they only ever thought of evil continually. They had made a mess of his creation.
We've all had Monday mornings like that haven't we? You take one day off and suddenly Monday rolls around, and just look at the mess everyone else made!...
For the record, when God rested, he of course did not leave Adam and Eve to themselves, he appointed angels to watch over them and educate them. And he even required them to rest on the sabbath day, but for them it was twenty-four hour period, not one thousand years.
And though Noah and his kids were the only humans who passed the test, we know that two thirds of God's angels also remained true. All of this pro
All of this makes complete sense but there is only one loose end to evaluate. And God supplied enough information in Scripture for us to do exactly that. We can test my theory.
All we need do, is prove that two-thousand years elapsed from the beginning of day six, the day of Adam's creation, to the day that God got involved and wiped out mankind with a flood. If that's true, that means the flood began in the year eight thousand or later, which would be on day eight from God's perspective. That being the day after God rested.
Furthermore, I estimate that we are currently living in day 12. And Jesus was born in day 10. If only 13 or 14 days are appointed for mankind, which is likely, because another rest would be coming. That means we are living in the last days. Giving that expression a whole new meaning and suggesting that the even the apostles were right when they mentioned that in their own time. They too, were living in the last days. Because if my theory is right. Back in their day, only three days were left. Therefore, it is my guess that the second coming of Jesus Christ is set to occur before the next one thousand year day of rest for God. Suggesting that time is somewhat short. Though after what happened last time, I am hoping he never rests again.
And so to completely vet my theory: if we assume that Adam was born at the beginning of day six, then that means God remained involved for one thousand years to the end of day six, before his day of rest began on day seven, and day seven itself would elapse over another thousand years. There is some wiggle room here. If Adam was created in the middle of the day or toward the end of the day, then we may need only account for just a little over one-thousand years.
And so I'll ball-park that for you: a quick review of Genesis chapter one implies that creating Adam and Eve was one of the last things God did on day six. It says he made the animals, and the herbs and grass and trees and then he made Adam and Eve and gave them dominion over his creation. Genesis chapters 2,3 and 4 don't give us much insight into their lives, before we meet Noah suggesting that they were either insignificant, or this gap exists because it aligns with the day that God rested.
And so this brings us to the genealogy that is supplied in Genesis chapter 5. Oh, what a coincidence! God inserted a boring piece of genealogy that supplies everything we need to know, to prove this theory one way or the other.
Rather than take you through a long and complicated math exercise, I will simply tell you that according to the dates noted in the Septuagint version of the Bible in Genesis chapter 5. The sum total of the ages of the patriarchs means that 2,242 years old would have elapsed before the flood began. Meaning that if God created Adam quickly on day six, then the flood still began well into day eight. The day after God rested. And according to the dates noted in the King James Version of the Bible (which, btw, differs from the Septuagint) the sum total of the ages of those same patriarchs is 1,656 years that elapsed before the flood began. Therefore, even under the KJV dates, so long as God created Adam and Eve 345 years after day six began, again that would mean that the flood began on day eight. And, again, Genesis chapter 1 implies they were created toward the end of day six. Breathing life into my theory and proving that it in fact holds water. No pun intended.
While I can't yet explain the discrepency in the dates between the two Bible versions, I will tell you that I favor the Septuagint's dates over that of the KJV, because Josephus agrees with those dates. However, I will remain on the lookout until I put the matter to rest, because it bothers me tremendously to think that someone fiddled with the dates and got away with it. If you want more information on this, then visit my channel called the Septuagint Audio Bible by Tom Bradford and listen to the message entitled, "The answer to the one-thousand year days question." Although much of it is in episode 12, which you've heard before, I go deeper into what happened with the dates. And yet I should warn you that while I can tell you that they are different. I am still trying to understand why. And when I know, I'll update these podcasts.
Having made a relatively strong case to support the theory that God rested for one thousand years. I believe you are now ready to discover what happened that day. The day that God rested.
And that's all folks!
As always, thank you for listening! This is Tom Bradford signing off for now! Y'all come back now! Ya hear?