Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 29, 2012

Why are there 24 hours in a day?

Google this question, and you will see that perhaps the Egyptians or Babylonians came up with this because they were fond of base 12 number systems.  I have a different theory.  The 24 hour day is prophetic.

Remember that days are not always 24 hours.  We talk about George Washington’s day or say ‘back in the day’.  Peter tells us that to the Lord a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day.  Adam was warned that he would die the day he ate the fruit.  He died 930 years later.  So the ‘day’ he died was a thousand years long.

Even longer, Adam was created in the sixth day of creation; we are now in the seventh.  That day is much longer than a thousand years.  It’s probably 7,000 years.

The Hebrew day is peculiar.  It starts at sundown, and ends at sundown.  Approximately 6pm to 6pm.  The first half of the day is called evening, the second half morning.  The first half is dark, the second half light.  Why?

The dark/light pattern of the Hebrew day is also prophetic.  The first half is dark and troublesome.  The second half is described as the Sun rising with healing in it’s beams (Malachi 4:2).  Mary replied to Jesus that she would rise from the dead in the last day.  The thousand year Millennial reign of Christ.  All enemies must be put under Jesus’ feet, and the last enemy to be destroyed is death.

There are 12 months in a year.  There are also 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of the Lamb.  Revelation 4 mentions 24 elders ruling from 24 thrones.  1 Chronicles 25 has a peculiar set of 24 men who were to prophesy with music in the temple.  Each was a family of 12 – a total of 288.  Revelation 7 lists 144,000 Hebrew princes who are to rule.  Revelation 14 lists 144,000 Christian saints who are to rule.  288,000.

There are 24 hours in a day, and 24 rulers in the Millennial Day.  12 rule seen in the day, and 12 rule unseen in the night.  12 x 12,000 rule from earth, and 12 x 12,000 rule from heaven.  1 Chronicles 27 says David stationed 24,000 men on military duty each month of the year.  288,000.  Jesus will be the King who leads this army whose only weapon is truth.

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