A Thousand Years is as a Day


From pg. 38-40 in 12 Hours in Heaven
The Lord told him "Each day in Genesis is a thousand years." 


 People are oblivious to the fact that this is God's timetable here:

  • Man's DAYS are 1000 year DAYS with God. 
  • Messiah will reign as King for a thousand years,
 or the "Day" of Psalms 72:7 (Amp.) "the third Day" in which we shall live in his sight or care !!! 
(Luke 17:22,24) (Hos.6:2) (Isa.11:10) etc.

  • Read Hosea 6:2 or Gen. 6:3 over and over again until a light goes on!
 (120 years x 50-year jubilees=6,000 years or 6 DAYS, the time allotted to man's work) 

All of this should have been realized a long time ago by at least one single entity. . . .  Genesis 1 is God's story and witness of Creation, not man's.  This is easier to understand once you've read Psalm 90, which was written by Moses, who also wrote Genesis chapter 1. The Holy Spirit goes out of his way to let you know it was "in God's sight" when it says "God saw that it was good"  and not Moses, who wasn't there to witness when God was creating the world. It does not say "And Moses saw that it was good."  It was God speaking and God seeing here in these verses. Therefore when it comes to the days, they were uniquely His days and were not man's days. Man's time reckoning was only made possible and complete on the fourth day when the moon was brought in to orbit the earth, providing the lunar calendar. My Grandfather was told specifically that those were thousand year days in Genesis by Jesus himself who is the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God (the origin of it), and WAS there, when it was being created (the Word [logos] made flesh).  And that is what Psalm 90:4 and it's restatement in plain English in 2 Peter 3:8 is telling you.  Jesus the One Who tells what is true, the One Who made everything in God’s world understands all of this and you should be able to comprehend it also. Paul says do not be ignorant of this one thing:  One day is with the Lord as a thousand years.


Being aware of the Jewish rabbinic interpretation of this King James "In the beginning" or the Onkelos Targum wording "In the first times" as "At first" helps to promote understanding here of this pertinent passage. At the footnote of this passage in the Onkelos Targum it reads:  

Therefore, it can be deduced that like unto the KJ 1611 margin at Micah 5:2, one should read Gen.1:1 with the understanding that From the DAYS of eternity, "At first God created the totality of the Universe,"  or,  At first God created time and space.  This helps to enlighten one as to what the following 6 DAYS of creation are.  They're God's DAYS, in eternity.  And one of his DAYS is to us, a thousand years.  And keep in mind as far as man is concerned, that not until the Day 4 is there even a moon, that would allow "for the numbering of days and years."  -Targum of Onkelos


Another simplistic but practical way of approaching this perspective is to take into consideration each systematic orderly day of creation and look at the progression of what God had made.  It was all in an orderly development.   In the Hebrew it says in Gen. 1:12,  And the Land sourced grasses that grassed.  Compare modern translations there.  All the way down to verse 30,  if you think that enough grass and plants could produce in 24 hours for all the beasts of the earth,  and all of it be wrapped up in 7 days, then you must have the understanding of a five year old child, who would only accept that in kindergarten. If such were the case, then why didn't God make EVERYTHING in one day, why would it take 6 of them?  GET YOUR MINDS to critical THINKING that is beyond casual thinking.  Get beyond elementary doctrinal error and start doing serious biblical exegesis (higher textual criticism).  The commandment in verse 11 ("Let the earth bring forth") and the quick instantaneous result was that the natural order process was under way (it had only begun) in verse 12 ("And the earth brought forth").  That natural continual process is still going on today, the grasses are still grassing to this day because of it. The waters bringing forth in verses 20-21 is similar situation and still going on to this day.  He upholds, or sustains all things by the word of his power (Heb.1:3).  And by him all things consist, or everything is held together  (Col.1:17).  A good analogy is Salvation.  The grasses are dependent on the earth bringing forth after God created.  Our Salvation gift is dependent on us, not God to bring forth that SEED and bear fruit after God made Salvation available through Jesus.  Isa. 55:10-11John 12:24.  Faith is to us what water is to the earth, a catalyst. Break up that fallow ground and let it rain, rain rain.  Psa. 65:9; Eph. 5:26.


Be not ignorant of this "One day." Here are two witnesses and how this comes to be explained in the Bible:

THE UNIQUENESS OF GOD:  EVERYTHING GOD MAKES,  STARTS OUT AS ONE AND HE SEPARATES OR DIVIDES, DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN AND MAKING TWO (PARTS). This explains why there are single days with two parts. The idea is, God accomplishes the dividing of one individual thing into two separate things that Day.  And now they co-exist in union. In Gematria, one is the number of unity, two is the number of union.


Beginning with a better translation of the Hebrew in Genesis 1:5, will make it more clear. The American Standard Version (1901):   

And there was evening and there was morning, ONE DAY-Genesis 1:5/ASV

In Hebrew it's an idiomatic expression . . .  וַֽיְהִי־  עֶ֥רֶב  וַֽיְהִי־  בֹ֖קֶר  י֥וֹם אֶחָֽד׃  
way·hî- ‘e·reḇ way·hî- ḇō·qer ’e·ḥāḏ yō·wm

ECHAD  ’e·ḥāḏ. אֶחָֽד׃  one . . .  the word ONE is the coming together of two or more parts to constitute a whole.  In this case it's a thousand parts or two 500 year parts that make up ONE (single) day with the Lord.   They are one of a kind, unique days because they are the "Lord's days," and not man's days.  ONE can mean unique here, because of Deut. 6:4, Job 23:13/NASB.

These are ordinal numbers (i.e. first, second, third in a SERIES, a series in ORDER) and not cardinal numbers, according to Brown Driver & Briggs Hebrew lexiconBut it shows emphasis on the first one, which is ONE day or day ONE, not first day in the Hebrew.  The emphasis obviously: it is UNIQUE because it pertains only to God (who is the beginning and the end), and this way it leaves a connection open to Psa.90:4 & 2 Pet.3:8 where you have ONE day. 

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-2 Peter 3:8.

Move on down to the seventh day, and you will see a stark absence of evening and morning which is not there.  Why? Maybe because the rest was a 'Complete' rest. The mention of it wasn't needed to begin with,  but so that it would stand out among the others which were also singular days only with the Lord, this would emphasize that God's creative work had ended and was now complete and that is why the 7th is different from the others. This WORLD was now "framed" by the word of God, or finished.  And so he ceased from all of His activity of creating on the seventh. That's the end of the story of Creation by God in His unique days of a thousand years each.  It's that simple.  Time-wise, it gives finite man something to relate to when trying to understand an infinite and eternal God. The comparison is rendered quite well with Psalms 90:1-17.  And so "Ancient of Days" is what the world is called on the 14th day when it arrives, and when a world reaches the end of it's days, which is from Dan. 7:22. 
There are practical reasons why the Holy Spirit wrote it that way in Gen. 1, namely that at that time the people had to have something to relate to before Psalms was written.  So they understood a "day" from their point of view. They were ignorant of this one thing.....

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-2 Peter 3:8.

That verse is from Psalm 90:
(Psalm 90 - a prayer of Moses the man of God)

(2) Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God - (referring to creation)

(4) For a thousand years IN THY SIGHT are but as yesterDAY when he hath passed them, and as a watch in the NIGHT - (notice it mentions day & night)

(6) In the MORNING it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the EVENING it is cut down, and withereth - (here it mentions morning & evening)

(9) For all our DAYS are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our YEARS as a tale (of sighing) that is told - (here is a Hebrew parallelism comparing days & years)

Psalms 90 is titled: A PRAYER OF MOSES THE MAN OF GOD
    (Moses wrote the book of Genesis and also wrote Psalm 90).

Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 show that there are no "years" per Se with God. Only "Days" which are found in Micah 5:2, "the Days of Eternity" and Dan.7:22, "the Ancient of Days." In Heb. 1:12 it is talking about Jesus, referring back to his human life.
This is self explanatory by the Calendar of Gen. 1:14 which is introduced for man's use, not God's. Years are for man and are unique to man. To the Babylonians, a "time" was one revolution of the earth around the sun. Furthermore, the MOON isn't even here orbiting around our earth until the fourth day, which finally allows time reckoning by the Hebrew Lunar Calendar. 

Found within the Hebrew text itself of Gen. 1,
there is another meaning allowable for the Hebrew word YOM (day).
In the Living Bible, for each one of these "days", a footnote at the bottom of the page says "And there was evening and there was morning, one day (or, 'period of time')." That is one of the meanings of the Hebrew word YOM as Dr. Kenneth Taylor, translator of the Living Bible points out.

And there was evening and there was morning, day one Gen. 1:5
(God's first creative day, a thousand year period of time)
With God only, is there one figurative evening and morning as in Psa.90:4
But in reality, there was also sunrise and sunset continually for a thousand years.

God clearly makes a distinction between His Days
and man's days !
It was "IN  GOD'S  SIGHT"
 (...and not in man's eyes)

Neither Moses, nor Job, or Adam were present when the hills were brought forth.  "God SAW that it was good," not Adam or Moses.  It is all from His perspective.  It is clear that it's God talking here. And likewise, those "days" are God's, not man's. "And on the seventh day God ended his work." This is when man's work starts and his calendar begins. God destroys man circa 1650 but doesn't hesitate to say "Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years."  God was saying man's days shall be 6000 years or 6 days. (120 jubilees which are 50 years each = 6,000 years). The logical approach to Gen. 1 is that this after-the-fact simple narrative given to Moses nearly 2,000 years later is entirely from God's standpoint; not telling the how or the why or the when, but the WHO it was, that did all of this. It concludes with verse 31 saying, "And God  SAW everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."

One thousand years IN YOUR SIGHT are but a single "DAY" that passes by, just like a night watch. - Psa. 90:4 / International Standard Version
For a thousand years IN THY SIGHT are but as yesterday when he hath passed them: and as a watch in the night.-Psa. 90:4 / King James Version
"A watch in the night." Here is where there is justification for the Holy Spirit using "evening" and "morning" in those verses.

It clearly says in Job which pre-dates Genesis and is the oldest book, that God doeth great things past finding out and unsearchable (Job 5:9; 9:10) and then the question is asked in 15:7, "wast thou made before the hills?"

Moses, being the author both of Genesis and Psalms 90, says in verse 2: BEFORE the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the EARTH and the WORLD, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  It would stand to reason that here in Psalms 90 Moses is giving a commentary on Gen. 1.  And then develops the theme enlarging the time difference between the eternal God and finite man.

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Put simply, there are things not found there in Gen. 1 about creation that you will discover elsewhere in Psalms, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Hebrews, Job etc.  In fact, there are very few places that go into the history of the Universe, except Heb. 1:2 and Heb. 11:3, and then Psa. 148:1-6, Prov. 8:22 and Job 9:10; 5:9; 22:12,14. Gen. 1:16 should be understood as pertaining to Job 38:31-33; Psa. 74:16; Psa. 8:3; Psa. 136:7-9; Prov.8:27; Psa.104:19; Jer.31:35.  The opening statement in Gen. 1 is perhaps the only place in that whole chapter that pre-dates our WORLD, but not the planetary body itself. Verse 2 and following are only dealing with the creation of a living WORLD on the dead planet.  

The Hebrew word #8398 têbêl: the earth (as moist and therefore inhabited): habitable part, WORLD. –Strong's Exhaustive Concordance  

Paul in 1 Cor. 7:31 refers to it as the "fashion of this WORLD," or schema of this WORLD. Please keep in mind that the first schema was changed up at the flood.  We now have a resultant schema from the flood.  The surface is perverted as mentioned in Isa. 24:1.

[Psalms 148 for instance, lists a conglomerate of things in our world as well as things that were pre-existant such as angels and waters, and heavens, and sun, moon and stars].

Verse 2 of Gen. 1 states that the EARTH was (already) without form (fashion) and void (of life).  In other words, God didn't create a world on this planet at the same time that the planet itself came into existence.  There is a pre-existant earth (without schema)  before it was made or fashioned into a habitable world (Proverbs 8:22 ff). Prov.8:22-26 is showing you what the "fashioning" or "forming" included.  It included fountains abounding with water, hills brought forth, the fields or open places that were made.  Verse 22 mentions "Before his works of old," or his ancient activity commenced, and we don't know how far back that goes. Perhaps hundreds of millions of years, even billions. Prov.8:26 mentions this un-schema or unfashioned condition of the earth and the last sentence has been translated by Helen Spurrell as the "primitive atoms of the globe." This takes us all the way back to Heb. 11:3 and I hasten to mention that Kenneth Taylor's Living Bible notes say that the things which do not appear refer to atoms, electrons, etc. (the things from which everthing was made which do appear).  And so, how else can you translate aeons [plural] except as "worlds" in Heb. 11:3 ??  And the Bible limits the concept of worlds to inhabited worlds by the simple use of the word têbêl in the OT.

The first 25 verses in Genesis chapter one are pre-adamic (before man was created) and are parallel with Psa. 90:4 and 2 Pet. 3:8.   Everything is from God's point of view.  He said it was good, etc.  There was no man yet to behold his works.  And so,  they were only 6 "days" to the Lord.  6 "creative days" in which he worked.  To us they would have been thousand year days. Notice there is no evening and morning with the Seventh Day. It is only found in Gen. 3:8 where in the Onkelos Targum it reads, "Walking in the Paradise in the evening of the day."  This being the second half of God's 7th thousand-year-Day. The reason for this omission in Gen. 2:2- it was the end of God's work of Creation and his activity ceased on "his" Seventh Day.  This is now shifted as man's activity begins on the earth after those first conclusive seven of God's.  "Yet his days (man's) shall be 120 years."  (50 x 120 = 6,000). We are in the 6th "day" now.  This is the Lord's counting.  As far as we're concerned, we're in the 6000th year period (or 13,000th if you start from the beginning).

When it says "Let there be light,"  it's talking about the immediate present earth and nowhere else.  The totality of the Universe was already in existence as of verse 1.  But the earth did not always have our sun for a light source, because the earth came from somewhere else in the galaxy or Universe.  And for the light to be "good" it had to be conducive to life here, and not where it was. God had reserved here, the ideal place for orbit when he called for a supernatural invisible (nothing natural) line around our Sun, on which he hangeth this earth, and all the earths that preceded this one (The worlds in Heb. 11:3 that were all framed or completed-finished-perfected-made what they ought to be-made ideal, just like this one, in 6000 years: Gen. 2:1,2).  To see how ideal they were, read about this one before the flood in 12 Hours in Heaven.  It was PERFECT : 


satisfying one's conception of what is perfect; most suitable.

synonyms: perfect, best possible, consummate, supreme, excellent, flawless, faultless, exemplary, classic, model, ultimate, quintessential

💡Think of the framers of the Constitution and how it was "framed" by the framers.  Then you can see how the old English word applies to this passage in the KJ. 💡 

Literalism can get you into trouble, especially when dealing with Hebrew.  Do you think the Serpent could have deceived Eve in such a short time as 24 hours?  I think the appearance of the varmint would have shocked them altogether and it would have taken time for them to get used to him being around. 

         The Lord's days vs. man's days
          (or God's time reckoning)

Here is another aspect of it found in Hosea 6:2--  After two days will he revive us (make us whole again): in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live (be whole) in his sight. (Here this phrase 'in his sight' in Hebrew means 'under the eye and regard or favor of').  With Jesus this verse was fulfilled as three solar days.  But prophecy sometimes has a two fold, three fold or more fulfillment.  In this verse you can see the two-fold use of YOM with the day as a thousand years.  After 2000 years, or 2 days is passed, the soon coming "first resurrection" will begin the thousand year millenial reign of Christ, when we shall live in his sight (which is the third day).   Many draw a conclusion about the 6 days in Genesis as being a pattern of the six thousand years that transpire afterwards;  and that we are in the closing period of the 6,000 years since Adam.  And of course the Hebrew calendar says that the year right now is 5776, which is 2016 A.D according to the Greco-Roman calendar of the Caesars.
The book of Psalms is a collection of the works of at least six authors. The titles of the psalms credit David with writing seventy-three psalms and two others are assigned to him in the NT (Psa. 2, see Acts 4:25; Psa. 95, see Heb. 4:7). Asaph was the author of twelve psalms (Psa. 50; 73-83), or at least he is responsible for their preservation. The sons of Korah wrote eleven psalms (Psa. 42; 44-49; 84; 85; 87; 88).Solomon composed two (Psa. 72; 127). Psalm 89 is attributed to Ethan, and Moses is the author of Psalm 90 (and possibly Psa. 91). The book of Psalms was originally five separate books (Psa. 1-41; 42-72; 73-89; 90-106; 107-150). The five books of Psalms correspond to the five books of the Pentateuch.
[Psa.90 corresponds to the book of NUMBERS.  What we are dealing here with is exactly that,  ......NUMBERS!! ]

Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever-Eccl. 3:14
That which hath been made, the same continueth: the things that shall be, have already been: and God restoreth that which is past- Eccl. 3:15 Douay-Rheims Bible
Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed - Eccl. 3:15 Holman Christian Standard Bible
Neither consider the things of old. BEHOLD, I DO A NEW THING-Isa.43:18,19 . . .
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever-Heb. 13:8   8=New Beginnings
That for ALL FUTURE TIME he could show the very great riches of his grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus-Eph. 2.7/NCV
For unto the ANGELS hath he not put in subjection the world to come - Heb.2:5
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power-Colossians 2:9-10
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things- Heb. 2:10
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things- Heb. 2:10/NASB
That God may be ALL IN ALL -1 Cor.15:28
He that has seen me has seen the Father -John 14:9

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth
-Psalm 33:13-14.
The Eternal looks from heaven upon mankind, to see if any have the sense to care for God
The eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth
-Zech. 4:10.
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings
-Job 34:21
The Worlds (or) Worlds in Time (Ages) were made by him,the Ancient of Days, the Word of God, Jesus Christ the Son, Everlasting Father
-Heb. 1:2; 11:3
·         Isa. 57:15   (I dwell in the high and holy place)
·         Psa. 147:15  (Let there be light....)
·         Jer. 51:15   (He called for a line around the sun which the earth perfectly tracks)

Years vs. Days
Years/Days vs. Ages

Man's ages / periods are two (1 Cor. 10:11)

1.    The law and the prophets until John  (first age of man)
2.    The kingdom breaks forth with John preparing in Isa. 40:3; the breaker is the Messiah or Shepherd of Micah 2:13 (John 10)  (second age of man)  Hos. 6:2

God's ages are endless
·         Eph. 2:7
·         Heb. 1:2; 11:3

God's calendar is based on Eternity:
A Day is as a thousand Years with the Lord -Psa. 90:4; 2 Pet. 3:8; Heb. 1:2; 11:3; Rev. 1:8

Man's calendar is based on the lunar / solar:
Let them be for signs and for seasons, 
and for days and years -Gen. 1:14; Gen. 8:22; Job 26:10


Whose goings forth have been from of old, from the Days of Eternity
- Micah 5:2 / KJV
From everlasting Ages PAST
-Micah 5:2 / Living Bible
From ancient Days -- Eternity
-Micah 5:2 / Amplified Bible
From the beginning, from the Days of the Ages
-Micah 5:2 / Jubilee Bible 2000

Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things till there be no number
-Job 5:9
Which doeth great things PAST finding out; yea, and wonders without number
-Job 9:10

Jer. 4:23ff is a parallel to Isa. 24:1ff.  
Indeed, the earth "became" without form and void after the flood. Although not to the degree of that in Gen. 1, which was like the moon is; for it still had water and birds and sea creatures on it. But the land that emerges when the water runs back into the sea basins, is rugged, and empty and waste and subject to the climate we now have.  The salt in the ocean killed all the plant life, so the Holy Spirit (dove) was out there recreating some plant life in just one week. It was indeed, perverted, just like Isa. 24:1 states. Since it has all ended up like it is now, you can say that God's handiwork is no longer visible to us.  The violent upheaval that took place left nothing even remotely comparable to the "paradise" that God had made before the flood. The lack of light in the heavens, was solely a result from cloud cover all over the earth.