THE SEVEN MILLENNIAL DAYS OF HUMAN HISTORY
The Fifth Millennial Day
God prophesied that the day would come when He would pour out His Spirit on Israel and all nations (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Joel 2:28-32). He began to do so on the Fifth Millennial Day, when the divine blueprint of history called for life to appear.
The Holy Spirit is the very life of God (Romans 8:2, 9-16). It opens the door to eternal life for man (John 4:14; 7:37-39). God injected life into the world by sending His Spirit on the Fifth Millennial Day. Since the time of Adam and Eve, humanity has been spiritually "dead" because of sin (Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-5; Luke 9:60).
The book of Acts provides us with a glimpse of what God would be doing over the course of the fifth and sixth millennial days:
"When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. . . ."
Jesus Christ declared,
"I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
Fifth Millennial Day -- LIFE Injected into Creation
God characterized His Way in the garden of Eden by the tree of life. When man was cast out of the garden, he was denied access to that tree. He has been subject to the penalty of sin -- death -- ever since. On the Fifth Millennial Day God opened the door to the tree of life through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, offering eternal life to mankind:
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to living water:
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
"'He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, [which] those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified."
The Holy Spirit is the "down payment" of eternal life (II Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:13-14) which God gives the members of His true church during the church age (Romans 8:9) as they are prepared to inherit the kingdom of God, be resurrected from the dead and given eternal life at Christ's second coming:
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?' "
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit [which] dwells in you."
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed -- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. . . . So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.' "
(I Corinthians 15:50-54)
God injected life into His creation upon the fifth day in Genesis:
"Then God said, 'Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.' So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' "
The book of Acts shows how the church grew and multiplied rapidly from its inception. About three thousand souls were added the very first day (Acts 2:41). Thousands more quickly followed (Acts 4:4). The apostles "turned the world upside-down" with their message (Acts 17:6). We cannot attempt here to describe the two thousand years of church history which followed -- indeed, the Bible itself does not do so. However, we can see what God did at the beginning of the Fifth Millennial Day and understand its supreme importance: He injected life into the creation by sending His Holy Spirit to mankind, and started the "church age" of history.
© Copyright 1974, 1993, 2013 Matthew Kalliman