From the text of Hosea 6, there is this verse that has received some attention, but much more in prophetic studies. Without any delay here is the passage:
Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has stricken, but he will bind us up. After two days He will revive us: On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6:1-3
In many Bibles this will then be referenced to 1 Corinthians 15:4.
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:4
Though fitting by the count of days, this passage in Hosea concerns the resurrection of believers so that they may live in the sight of their Savior on earth. Jesus came in the first period of rain associated with the spring feasts and he will come again to resurrect the dead at the next time of rain–the fall feasts. This happens after two days, and in the third day. It has all been determined and revealed here in God’s Word.
But what is meant by the period of a day? The period of the day can be found in Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8.
For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
Since it has been around two thousand years since the time of Christ, this passage in Hosea makes sense of the two thousand years that have lapsed since Christ came and fulfilled the first feasts. Peter also realizes this when he tells the people to pay attention to how a day is a thousand years and how God is waiting out of longsuffering to execute judgment on the earth. But this has been understood before by rabbis and early church fathers that human history would be a period of one week with the Sabbath Day the period of rest known as the Millennium.
One such example is found in the Epistle of Barnabas. Though this epistle is not Scripture, it does show conclusions being made in the early of the Church.
Concerning the Sabbath He spoke in the beginning of the creation; “And God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the seventh day, and rested on it, and He hallowed it.” Give heed, children, what this means; “He ended in six days.” He means this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all things to an end; for a day with him signifies a thousand years; and this He himself bears me witness, saying; “Behold, the day of the Lord shall be as a thousand years.” Therefore, children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end. “And He rested on the seventh day.” This He means; when His Son shall come, and shall abolish the time of the Lawless One, and shall judge the ungodly, and shall change the sun and the moon and the stars, then shall He truly rest on the seventh day. Epistle of Barnabas 15:3-5
However, when did the two days or 2,000 years begin? The first time this timeline was seen by this author was in Grant Jeffrey’s Armageddon: Appointment with Destiny. His scenario began with the beginning of Christ’s ministry in 28 AD until 2000 AD using a conversion of 360-day years. However, it would seem more correct to base this from the date of the fulfillment of the spring feasts. This would be the feast of Pentecost in 32 AD. This was a calculation heavily relied upon in the first version of Signs of the End back in 2003.
The calculation of 2,000 360-day years from Pentecost 32 AD (June 1) would end ten days before the Feast of Trumpets 2003 (September 17). This seemed interesting since Christ ascended into Heaven ten days before Pentecost. But this was obviously not the time of the Rapture since it is now early 2010. However, one thing was noted at that time. With Daniel’s 70th Week looking to run from 2010 to 2017, this would mean that 2003 was another period of seven years hinging from 2010. With the fact that the time of Jacob’s trouble could reflect two sets of seven years he served for his brides, this seemed to be a possibility.
Looking at this from 2010 there may be a better speculative interpretation. If we continue from where the 2,000 360-day years ended from Pentecost 32 AD to ten days before Trumpets 2003, in another seven 360-day years the time will end on Elul 1, 2010 exactly. This is August 11th. This has been documented in the current version of the book. Elul 1 is the first day of a forty day period of repentance called Teshuvah. The 40 day countdown of repentance includes the Feast of Trumpets and ends on Yom Kippur. Is it any coincidence that 2,007 360-day years spans the very days of Pentecost 32 AD to Elul 1, 2010? With it being to the very day, those who are watching should be getting ready for the wedding.
As noted also in the book, this period of 2,007 years also has an interesting counterpart. Working through a chronology in Genesis, one will find that Noah died 2,006 years after Creation with Abraham being born at 2,008 years after Creation. The mid-point of 2,007 years would likely mark Abraham’s conception. So 2,007 years marks the divide from gentiles until the beginning of the Hebrews. Is this an accident? For if the Church does last 2,007 years, then the Gentile-Hebrew pattern is repeated once again! And who said the study of chronology was of little consequence?
So there is then 2,000 years plus seven to 2010 with another seven ending in 2017 for a period of an extra 14 years. Jacob also had to serve 14 years for his two brides, Leah and Rachel. Rachel was his first love, but he was tricked by Laban to find that he awoke with Leah–an almost unbelievable predicament. So he had to serve another seven years to get Rachel. Is this not what has happened to the Church and Israel? Israel was to be the bride, but the switch came and the Church was grafted in. However, all is not lost, for God’s first love will be regained as well. Israel will be grafted back in as Paul has said in Romans 9-11. So the first seven years were good and easy for Jacob, but the last seven were hard because he was wronged. The final seven years of the Tribulation will also be the most difficult. It is indeed interesting and other details also seem to parallel the Church and Israel. Just as the Church was made to make Israel jealous for her fruit, so was Rachel jealous of Leah who bore seven children (seven churches?). But then God remembered Rachel, like Israel, so that all comes to fruition after Leah’s work is done, like the Church. So then it may be interesting that the Lord has waited two days of 1,000 years with two extra periods of seven years until His marriages to the Church and Israel are complete–and at the conclusion of each period of seven.
The use of 2,007 years from Creation to Abraham and possibly from Pentecost to the removal of the Church in 2010 is interesting. It seems more fascinating since by chronology from Creation in 4005 BC to 2017 AD would total 6,021 years. This comes to three periods of 2,007 years (though since the Church period is converted to 360-day years, it adds 29 years to the Hebrew period). Again, is this all an accident or great coincidence?
Then how often does a 360-day year period land on Elul 1 from Pentecost 32 AD anyway? And yet on a period previously demonstrated that started off the Hebrew Age? There is probably even more here if we dug further, and hopefully some will. But it all does fit rather neatly; 2,000 years plus two periods of seven years with each being fulfilled by marriage to the respective party.
Arlene, by way of Lee Pierson, sent in an observation to bring even more clarity to this topic. Here are her comments to Lee:
...But wait, there’s more...he mentions Elul 1, starting the 40-day period of repentance, which starts Elul 1 and ends on Yom Kippur, 10th Tishri. Do you know what Elul means? It means “RETURN”, and is called by the Jews, the “season of return”. And how does Hosea start out this passage?
“Come and let us return unto the Lord”
...so is that cool or what... Hosea seems to be describing this very season for the Jews...this 40-day season of repentance.
She then did a Google search on Elul season of return to show that this understanding is pretty clear.
April 6, 32 AD - Palm Sunday => 1 week => April 13 - Resurrection Sunday => 7 weeks => June 1 - Pentecost
June 1, 32 AD => 2,007 360-day years (2,007 x 360/365.2422 = 1978 years and 71 days) => August 11, 2010 - Elul 1
June 1, 32 AD => 1978 years => June 1, 2010 => 71 days => August 11, 2010