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TIMES OF REFRESHING

We just saw above that the restoration is associated with

the times of refreshing. The day of the Lord has long been as-

sociated by the Jews as a time of the kingdom, the time of res-

toration, and the time of refreshing. The Jews had a tendency

to overlook the wrath of the day of the Lord, in spite of numer-

ous warnings, such as this by Amos, the Prophet:

“Woe to you

who long for the day of the Lord! Why do you long for the day

of the Lord? That day will be darkness, not light”

(Amos 5:18).

What they longed for was the good news that the day of

the Lord would bring. The good news of their refreshing in

their restored kingdom will last for a thousand years (Rev.

20:1-7).

A DAY IS 1,000 YEARS

The Day of the Lord is to be 1,000 years in duration—a

millennium (see Rev. 20:2, 3).

“…for [in] six days the Lord

made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and

was refreshed”

(Exodus 31:17) (KJV). This millennium in the

Old Testament is described as a “Sabbath keeping” period of

rest, and is referred to as such in Hebrews 4:4-11, where it is

associated with the seventh day of the creative week—a time to

rest and be refreshed.

We now see that this seventh day corresponds to the sev-

enth day of the week, and that it is 1,000 years in length.

Therefore, it is not unwarranted to associate the other six days

of God’s creative week with the 6,000 years of man’s “week,”

which continues to elapse.

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