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Introduction
   Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Master as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, 2 Peter 3:8. Word expositors have used this verse to support a 6-day, or what some would call, a 6-period creation activity. That is, to divide the historical narrative in the Bible into three, approximate 2,000 year periods: from the creation of Adam to Noah’s death; from Noah’s death to Yahshua’s birth (incarnation); from Yahshua’s birth to the present time.
   Of course, these events of creation, Noah’s death, and Yahshua’s birth but roughly mark these divisions of time. Most scholarly time lines will position the flood at c. 2350 B.C.E., or 1,650 years from Yahweh’s creation of Adam. Noah lived another 350 years after the waters of the flood assuaged (subsided), Gen. 9:28. His death, therefore, marks the approximate end of the 2nd millennium.
   Before proceeding, let’s define what is meant by Yahshua’s incarnation. There are numerous evidences in the
Tanach (the Old Testament), Yahshua was present and interactive with the patriarchs. Andrew Gabriel Roth has identified no fewer than 26 instances in which Yahshua was, in appearance a Malak (Messenger). “I AM,” you will recall, can be Whoever or Whatever, He chooses to be. Yahshua’s birth, c. 3 B.C.E. Perhaps the best way in which to understand Incarnation is to find its place in the Evangel of John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Yahweh, and the Word was Yahweh. The Same was in the beginning with Yahweh. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. …“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us...” verse 14.
   Though some engage themselves in the study of one or the other of the bi-millennial records in the Tanach—either, creation to Noah’s death or, Noah’s death to Yahshua’s birth, they should do well to focus their attention rather upon the life that now is, and the promise of the life which is to come (1 Tim. 4:8).


Times and Seasons, Reserved to Yahweh’s Knowledge
   We acknowledge, Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father, Mark 13:32. Also, we know the 2,000th anniversary of our Savior’s nativity has long past, perhaps as much as 21-22 years ago. And the 2,000th anniversary of the next momentous event. Namely, His ascension as recorded in Acts 1:9 and the subsequent notable Pentecost (Shavuot) of Acts 2:1-4 which occurred ten days later, is anticipated.
   While perhaps not precisely heralding the end of the 6th Millennium, nevertheless, if time endures for its occurrence, then our attention should be drawn to its anticipation as perhaps a marker of the inaugural of the 7th Millennium. And if we suppose that Yahshua’s return is imminent, then perhaps the most of humanity which are living today, will witness that notable event and making it imperative. Therefore, the King’s business (our salvation), should require haste (1 Sam. 21:8). Yahshua’s postulation (self-evident statement) in Matthew 16:28, that
There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom, while considered foretelling of that notable Shavuot, may be thought prophetic of us who anticipate His return at an appointed time during this dusky 6th day.
   For there may well be an actualization of Matthew 25:1-13. In which, five of the ten virgins were readying themselves for the advent of the Bridegroom while the others were wasting the substance of their lives running to an excess, musing among themselves,
Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation, Luke 15:13; 1 Peter 4:4. It is toward that end, therefore, that now in this 6th Day—“…In an accepted time… Behold, now is the day of salvation… For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed”—we are seeing the sealed words of the prophet Daniel being opened, and lest Yahweh’s people opportune themselves toward inquiry (at their own selfish convenience), they shall be among the number of them which shall also perish for want of knowledge (2 Cor. 6:2; Dan. 12:4; Hos. 4:6).
   It is now, toward the dusk of the 6th day and the dawning of the 7th Sabbatical millennium, that we need to understand the significance of the dusky 6th day, as it relates to these present, last days and perilous times (2 Tim. 3:1). And why? Because these present, last days and perilous times are markers for the inaugural of the 7th Sabbatical millennium. As Yahshua, Who yielded Himself to wicked men come into Gethsemane’s garden to seize Him, declared of them,
This is your hour, and the power of darkness, Luke 22:53. It is no less so, today!
   It is no wonder then, that commensurate with the increase in lawlessness which He said should abound and wax worse and worse, that Truth Seekers, in hungering and thirsting after righteousness and seeking first the Kingdom, should also come to increase. For in receiving from Yahweh Whose glory is to conceal a matter, the honor of having searched out and found both secret and mystery and by which, and because of which, they take to themselves the whole armor of Yah, they might withstand now, in this, the evil day, and having done all, to stand, then, to stand therefore (Matt. 5:6; 6:33; 24:12; 2 Tim. 3:13; Pro. 25:2; Eph. 6:13; 14).


On the Sixth Day, Twice as Much
   Not many days ago, this author was having conversation with a brother who brought to his understanding a most striking revelation from a well-known verse in Exodus 16:4-5: Then said Yahweh unto Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in My Torah, or no. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”
   “…On the sixth day…twice as much...”—Peculiar words, these…written for a peculiar 6th day people. But we may not appreciate who we are; neither, the 6th day in which we live.
   The timeless Word says,
Surely Yahweh Elohim will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets, Amos 3:7. Indeed, in their day, the 4th day: 1000 BCE—the nativity of the incarnate Yahshua: Yahweh, at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke unto the fathers by the prophets who also, inquired and searched diligently what, or what manner of time (this 6th day) the Spirit of Messiah which was in them did signify and testify, of the glory that should follow and which also, the angels desired to look into (Heb. 1:1; 1 Pet. 1:10-12).
   The inaugural of the 5th day (five being the number of grace) witnessed the nativity and ministry of Yahshua the Messiah. And now, toward the conclusion of this, the 6th day, that which the prophet Amos spoke, finds significance to us today. Through the dispensation of the Evangel provided the Apostles, our Master declared,
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Master doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you, John 15:15.
   In the
Torah, Moses affirmed that, “The secret things belong unto Yahweh Elohim: but those things which are revealed belong unto us...” (Deut. 29:29). Indeed, and how much more should the dispensation of what is revealed (but concealed to most) be accorded us upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11)?
   It is in season, therefore, that we give heed to the instruction Moses gave to Israel: “…go out and gather...on the sixth day…twice as much...” (Ex. 16:4; 5). This 6th day is the day of primogeniture...the day of double portion; the day on which we, as Elisha, receive the double of what was conferred upon EliYah (2 Kgs 2:9).


“Occupy Till I Come”
   In Yahshua’s parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-27), the first two of the three of the master’s servants doubled what had been entrusted to their stewardship. In Luke’s parallel account in 19:11-26, the first of three gained 10 times more than what had been delivered him, and the second of three, 5 times. In both narratives, the third of three was assigned to ignominy (disgrace) because he failed to occupy until the Master’s return (Luke 19:13). That it is required of stewards to be found faithful, is apparent (1 Cor. 4:2). Moreover, that the Master should, upon His return, have found His stewards occupying, and that which had been committed to their care remaining and abounding, is also apparent (John 15:16; Phil. 4:17).
   This 6th day is the day during which we take His yoke and learn of Him (Matt. 11:29). This 6th day is the day during which we have freely received to freely give to whomever, we have inquired is worthy (Matt. 10:8; 13). This 6th day is the day during which we have been charged to occupy; to build upon the Rock until the Rock’s return (Luke 19:13; 1 Cor. 3:10). This 6th day is the day during which Yahshua is preparing a place for us, and for those who likewise believe on Him through hearing the Word of our testimony (John 14:1; 17:20). This 6th day is the day He left us power to execute greater works than He did (John 14:12). This 6th day is the day in which the Set-apart Spirit is present to:
   • Teach us all things (John 14:26).
   • Bring all things spoken, into remembrance (John 14:26).
   • Guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
   • Show us things to come (John 16:13).

   Chronologically, and spiritually, the 6th day precedes the 7th day. So, what about the 7th day?


The 6th Day, Preparatory Toward the 7th
   The 7th day is His, the day of His ingathering; the day of our rest…and of our reward. Commensurately, commended to the degree each of us has, because the days are evil, redeemed his time (Eph. 5:16). Presently, during our 6th day, we
   • sat at His feet, hearing His Word (Luke 10:39);
   • studied, to show ourselves approved to Him that we, too, might rightly divide and speak the truth as an oracle (2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 4:1);
   • earnestly contended for, defended and confirmed the faith (Jude 3; Phil. 1:7; 17);
   • with good conscience toward Yahweh, but void of offense toward man...patiently, suffered wrongfully (Acts 24:16; 1 Pet. 2:20);
   • emerged from the trial of fire, purged of all that is vile and of all that defiles (1 Cor. 3:13-15).

Yes, the 6th Day,
   • It’s much, much more than having come to visions and revelations (2 Cor. 12:1);
   • It’s much, much more than having more understanding of all mysteries than all your teachers (Psa. 119:99);
   • It’s much, much more than having faith to remove mountains, bestowing all your goods to feed the poor, and giving your body to be burned (1 Cor. 13:2; 3);
   • It’s much, much more about, when experiencing infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses for Messiah’s sake, holding fast the integrity of your heart and not charging Yah foolishly, (2 Cor. 12:10; Job 2:3; 1:22).


In Conclusion
   If during this 6th day, and before the end of your mortality, you have not (like Job) shown yourself fearing (honoring) Yahweh and eschewing evil, then the firstborn’s right of primogeniture; Elisha’s double portion; Sha’ul’s (Paul) visions and revelations, and all the rest of what is read in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, has but profited you as “bodily exercise…a weariness of the flesh” (Job 1:1; 1 Tim. 4:8; Eccl. 12:12). You’ll present before Him, as little more than “sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal” (1 Cor. 3:1).
   The 7th day is reserved for the man who during his 6th day strove (lawfully, 2 Tim. 2:5) for the mastery, but is not yet crowned!




-Elder John W. Reece


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