PASSION WEEK DURING JESUS' DAY
NISAN 3790 (30 A.D)
PASSION WEEK IN 2022
NISAN 5782 (2022 A.D)
In the year 30 A.D., Passion Week or "Holy Week" as it is commonly referred to took place on Nisan 11 (April 1, 30 A.D.) and concluded on Nisan 17 (April 8th, 30 A.D). The 1,992 anniversary of the events of this week is fast approaching and will take place between Tuesday, April 12th and Tuesday, April 18th. You can see the corresponding calendar above, first showing Passion Week during Jesus' day, and then showing Passion Week as it will occur this year in 2022. What's amazing is that with careful examination you can see the correlation between the events on each of these days and the prophetic framework that God ordered and set in motion during creation week or what we like to call "God's work week." For nearly the last 6 thousand years, man has been working in the same way. Perhaps one day very soon we will have a rest day and experience Jesus return to rule with perfect justice.
I [Jesus] am coming soon!
This was a statement made by Jesus almost 2000 years ago and has still not yet occurred. There's no King of Kings making rule on the Earth now and if he was ruling the Earth from Heaven, would we see the kind of evil prevail in the world as we do now? Definitely not, but was Jesus wrong about it being soon? A proper understanding of how God views time, helps us determine the meaning of Jesus' statement.
We know that God thinks on a much greater scale than us mere human beings. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
However, this does not mean that God did not provide us with the understanding of how he views time. 2 Peter 3:8 gives us the key. There it says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” So, God calculates time on a greater scale in that 1 day equals 1000 years, and 1000 years equals 1 day, seemingly rendering the zeros as meaningless.
If that is true, then from God's perspective, the last 2000 years have been 2 days. Let's apply this calculation from the beginning. We know from Adam to Jesus there was 4000 years (4 days). From Jesus to now, there have been almost 2000 years (2 days). Now, if Jesus returns by the end of this 6th millennium so that he can rule & reign for the 7th millennium (7th day) as stated in the book of Revelation 20:6, then we are on the brink of his return and it has never been more soon. If you have not done so, now is the time to accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus has offered to you. Jesus paid the debt for your sin when he died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice on your behalf. If you accept it, you will no longer be condemned in your sin. "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" Romans 10:9. This is good news!
No Man Knows the Day or the Hour
Since Jesus' death, burial and resurrection nearly two thousand years ago, countless individuals have attempted to determine the timing of the next greatest event expected to occur - the return of Jesus Christ.
However, in the last few decades, there has been a myriad of people attempting to predict when this will happen due to the influx of wars, cosmic events, natural disasters, diseases, etc that have occurred particularly over the last century. These such events are described by Jesus as precursors to the end according to Matthew 24. Unfortunately, many people have used these events to set dates for Jesus' return only to fail each time. This has resulted in a great deal of skepticism and mockery from those who don’t believe Jesus will return, despite the Bible's historical accuracy and validity. Not only did Jesus foretell of his return, but also foretold of the mockery that would precede it which is itself an indicator that we are living in the last days.
There are generally two schools of thought that Christians believe regarding this epic event.
1) That no man knows the day or the hour. 2) That we can know the timing of his return based upon a careful examination of biblical prophecy.
Here at Wheel of Ages, we believe that both are true. After all, the Bible is the only set of books that work in harmony successfully predicting the future concerning many events with absolute precision.
Jesus said in reference to the day of the Lord, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" Matthew 25:13. We will certainly not debate the words of Jesus for what he says is absolutely true, but was he referring to the Rapture or his second coming? Both are separate events that will occur. We know that Jesus could not have been referring to the Rapture because this event was not even revealed until about 15 years after Jesus' Olivet Discourse. Let us also consider the words of the apostle Paul to the Christians at Thessalonica that the day of the Lord would not surprise them like a thief in the night because they were children of light and of the day. This could imply that we can know the season of his return, specifically the season of the Rapture. The scriptures revealed in advance when Jesus would come as the Lamb of God to be slain to pay the debt of sin that we owed. Is it unreasonable to think that he would give us clues for his return to fulfill our redemption?
This question has led us to look intently into the scriptures to find the indicators of the second coming. Jesus himself spoke of the indicators of "birth pangs," but it is unclear if the mere influx of wars, celestial events, natural disasters, and diseases we are experiencing today are the indicators to his return since they have been happening for thousands of years, and are therefore unreliable as indicators. So, we looked deeper. Soon into our study, we discovered a very important key verse. Isaiah 46:10 says, “...I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying,'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose...” This caused us to take our eyes off of Revelation and go back to Genesis to discover how he first declared the end from the beginning.
In Genesis we find that God worked for 6 days and then rested on the 7th day. This structure has continued from the beginning of time until now, despite man's effort to change it. Within this structure, God created specific things on specific days and to our amazement we discovered that these were prophetic types or shadows of actual events that would later occur in the future. But how?
Before we continue, it is important for us to mention how the Bible gives us insight as to how God perceives time, which is the key to understanding how he declared the end from the beginning. In 2 Peter 3:8, Peter says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” We interpret this to mean that 1 day and 1000 years are synonymous in God’s sight. You might say, in other words, that the zeros are of no value and are therefore inconsequential to how God perceives time. If we apply this information to creation week, then we can surmise that each day of creation may have endured for 1000 years in the same way that each 1000 years of mankind’s history can be viewed by God as just 1 day. If they are equal in this respect, then perhaps there is a fulfillment in each millennium of history for the prophetic type given in each respective day of creation week. To our astonishment, we find exactly that!
By understanding this structure of how time has unfolded, first with the prophetic type, then its subsequent historical fulfillment, we can now see God’s plan of redemption plainly laid out before us. It further reveals to us that creation week and man's history are equal in God's sight, not necessarily in duration (although we believe that to be true), but rather in sequence. By understanding the correlations between the prophetic types and their historical fulfillments and altogether their respective order within the sequence, we can not only determine why certain events happened in the order in which they did throughout history, but we may also determine how close we are to the conclusion of this current age. We know that after 6 days, God rested. Could this mean that after 6 days (or six 1000 year periods) that man will also rest? That is our belief. Now if we account for the 7 year tribulation period also known as "Jacob's Trouble" that will precede the turn of the millennium, then the Rapture may take place in the year 2023, which will be 1,993 years (7 years short of 2000 or "2 days") since Jesus' death, burial and resurrection.
In order to explore this possibility in more detail, we have created an interactive circular timeline, called the Wheel of Ages. We are excited to share this with you and by doing so hope this will help you obtain a greater understanding of biblical prophecy which will assist you in your own biblical study. Please note that our intention is not to set dates for Jesus' return, rather it is to show how soon this event and other future events are likely to occur based upon our observations of historical fulfillments of biblical prophecy so that you may be encouraged as we wait together with great expectation the return of our Lord & Savior, Jesus!
"These are the Lord's appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies
that you are to proclaim at their appointed times." Leviticus 23:4