The Tenth Day
What happened on the 10th day? Why is Passover so important?
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18)
Satan revels in the ignorance and complacency of Christians. Many Christians are short-sighted. Knowledge of the 10th day will unlock what lies ahead for you. Set your mind to know God’s plan.
We remember that slavery of the Hebrews to the ancient Egyptians symbolizes our slavery to sin and to the ways of this world. The 10 plagues and use of the 10th day of the first month, Nisan, set in motion the escape of Israel from its 400 years of harsh slavery to Pharaoh (Genesis 15:13). It was God’s specific method to set Israel free. It is the same plan that God uses for you and me today. What is the significance of the 10th?
The 10th holds the key to the current age of the Earth and to the end of the world. Are you interested?
In the parable of the 10 virgins five of them didn’t make it (Matthew 25:1-13). Their oil had run out and they were left in the dark. They could not come into the presence of the bridegroom – Jesus. This is surprising because a virgin symbolizes purity and having been washed in the blood of Christ. All ten were clean! So why did Jesus tell us this crucial parable?
Obviously, there is something the five foolish virgins did not attend to. They did not have a vision of whatever would be required of them in the near future and therefore, made no preparations before falling asleep. The five wise virgins had also fallen asleep so neither falling asleep nor the quality of the oil was the issue. God understands our tiredness.
The foolish virgins recognized the call to come when it came, but could not proceed because the darkness overwhelmed them. It was something personal they lacked because the other virgins would not give them any of the extra oil they brought with them. They knew that they only had sufficient oil for their own journey. The wise virgins were not selfish; it’s just that it was too personal to give away. So the five foolish virgins will miss out. How sad. Could any of us end up the same way?
What is the difference between the wise and the foolish virgins? I share my thoughts. On the part of the foolish virgins I have a sense of their carelessness and lack of attention to something that needed to be done, but wasn’t done. Its to do with heart attitude and duty of care. It is like the exasperating person who can’t be trusted with a message to pass on. I get frustrated with husbands who promise to do so, but never pass an important message onto their wives. Their thought life revolves so much around themselves that they forget. The best biblical example that seems to apply is the difference between Pharaoh’s butler and the baker who found themselves in prison with Joseph. Their dreams described their attitudes towards serving Pharaoh, which is why the butler got restored to his former position while the baker was hanged (Genesis Chapter 40). In their dreams, the butler selected a choice grape for the king’s cup, but the baker, in contrast, allowed birds to snatch cakes from the king’s unguarded plate. Perhaps the wise virgins read whatever was within their grasp to look into the Second Coming (Revelation 1:3; 20:6), but the foolish virgins remained unconcerned. All of us are accountable to varying degrees.
God knows the next few years ahead will be tough going unless we are mentally prepared and privy to God’s plans. But knowing God’s plans produces nothing unless issues are resolved and Christians stop bickering.
What is it that God wants us to possess and enter into? The wise virgins had something extra which they had worked hard for. What could it be? I believe that there are Christians who live for the moment, but are not teachable. Why else has the Lord devoted so much of the Bible to prophecy in so much detail? Why else does He provide so many genealogies and details of the temple, which most think are no longer relevant to the New Testament? Furthermore, do we really need to read the book of Revelation and think about the future? Of course we do. It wouldn’t be there if the Lord thought it unnecessary. The Lord is also merciful. He knows those who can’t for one reason or another.
‘Blessed is the one who reads and hears the Words of this prophecy, and the ones keeping the things written in it, for the time is near’ (Revelation 1:3). There is absolutely no doubt that we have arrived at the end. All the signs in the world confirm it. Jesus said, ‘Watch and pray. Observe the signs’. We can discover the timing of His coming through the Word too.
God does not encumber us with useless information. Despite the misgivings of suspicious and misguided spiritual leaders information is not just information for the sake of information. We need God-imparted knowledge and the ability to discern the times. Nobody claims to know the date of the Second Coming, but God expects us to be able to read the signs of His coming. Daniel knew that Israel’s captivity in Babylon was coming to an end from the book of Jeremiah. So he started praying for the end of the captivity. God rewarded him with visitations and encouragement. His prayers released kings who allowed Israel to return to Jerusalem in three waves of migration.
Information bolsters faith and transmits the life of Jesus. It is part of the abundant life Jesus promised believers. As Jesus said, ‘in the volume of the book it is written of me’ (Psalm 40:7; Hebrews 10:7). He wants us to know what lies ahead – it’s all there in scripture if only we choose to look.
‘The glory of God is to hide a thing; but the honour of kings is to search out a matter’ (Proverbs 25:2). So let’s start digging to uncover the treasures you need. You are unlikely to find it elsewhere except in the Word.
We need to be aware of the patterns that God has laid down. Bible verses that refer to the number 10 or to the 10th day often contain vital clues to the true age of the Earth and to the timing of His Second Coming. In the time of Jesus several people knew beforehand of His first coming! His first coming was hidden for 4000 years, but was then revealed to only a few people – to Simeon and Anna at the temple, to the wise men and the shepherds (Luke 1:27-38; 1:41-45; 2:8-20; 2:25-36; Matthew 2:1-2). Others only heard about it indirectly, but the general religious public did not believe (Matthew 16:1-3). Did you realize that? God hasn’t changed. He is revealing the approximate timing of His Second Coming too, but only to people who choose to look.
It is true that no one knows the exact day and hour, but the signs are here already. Bible study narrows it down even further. (e.g. ‘End Day Prophecy’ by Hal Oxley, 2018; the superb YouTube presentations of Derek Walker, Pastor of Oxford Bible Church and the various prophetic revelations of Jonathan Cahn, U.S. Messianic Jewish Rabbi, Beth Israel). There are many others, but I have something more to add that is unique.
As Walker says, ‘God planned the ages of man’. As kings and priests in His kingdom it is our privilege to discover His plans (Revelation 1:6; 5:10). My primary website creation6000.com and this article reveal God’s patterns from the beginning of the creation to the very end of the world. Derek Walker, of Oxford Bible College, gives an excellent account of the last 6000 years (six days), from the time that sin entered into the world, while I have devoted much to the years before Adam and Eve sinned. This is where the 10th Day becomes important because it brings the whole plan of God into view.
The last 6000 years, together with the 1000-year Millennium that lies ahead, has also been termed the Redemptive Week in some circles, which Philip Baird of Australia has beautifully illustrated on my primary website. However, there is more. There always is.
GENESIS CHAPTERS 1 AND 2
The apostle Peter was adamant that the church be aware of God’s time scale. We are not to be ignorant! According to context the length of each day in the creation account can be any one of four possible options. The Hebrew word ‘YOM’, as used in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, is consistent with any of the following periods of time
12 hours; 24 hours; 6 x 24 = 144 hours; or a much longer time, such as 1000 years (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). Check it out for yourself. Don’t rely on what many glibly say parroting others.
Traditional creationists fervently believe that the days of creation were 24-hour days, but this is not necessarily so. In my progressive 15 articles on the True Age of the Earth, on my primary website, I demonstrate that the whole of scripture strongly supports 1000-year days for each of the days of creation. This makes so much more sense of natural history as well. Then it begs the question as to how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before they fell into sin. All of this is very relevant.
For example, after just having described the week of creation, the Bible says ‘These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day (YOM) that Jehovah God made the earth and the heavens’. (Genesis 2:4). It clearly says, and there is no other way of interpreting it, that the six days of creation were created in one YOM. Thus ‘Yom’ can be used interchangeably for two periods of time. So how long was each YOM of the six YOMS of creation if they were all created in one YOM?
Furthermore ‘these are the generations’ refers to the sequence of the six ‘days’ of creation yet they were created in one YOM. Confusing? Not if you can accept the fact that in the Hebrew language YOM can stand for several lengths of time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom). The only way to resolve the matter is to consult the whole Word of God in relation to the entire time-frame of world history, as revealed in the whole of the Bible. Do not be misled by what you have learned through tradition.
The apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:8 that if there is anything Christians really need to know it is this ‘That one day with the Lord is as a thousand years’. The book of Hebrews refers to the 1000-year Millennium as a day of rest (future). Jesus referred to the church age and the Millennium as three prophetic days (Luke 13:32).
Moreover, why did none of the Patriarchs make it to 1000-yrs, as recorded in the first chapters of the book of Genesis? According to God they had to die in the same day that they sinned, which was the day of their birth because they inherited sin from Adam. As soon as they were born their stop-watch started ticking. In heaven God set His stopwatch to one day. Yet the early patriarchs lived well beyond 800 years. None of them ever made it to 1000 Earth years (one day from God’s perspective).
So how long was one of God’s days? Firmly embedded tradition and influential organisations greatly resist what some churches already believe, which is that the 6 days of creation of the heavens and the Earth took God 6000 years of Earth time to accomplish. I provide ample evidence for that in my primary website.
Creationists who dogmatically insist on a 24-hour day for each day of the creation, and ostracize Christians who believe otherwise, are as guilty of blindness as the Jews who reject that the Son of God is one with the Father. For two millennia the Jews have willingly ignored that the Hebrew word (Elohim), used for God in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 is a plural, even when the Word undeniably says ‘Let US make man in OUR image’. It’s unimaginable how people fail to see the obvious because of a preconceived notion.
WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF 7’s AND THE TENTH DAY?
In scripture the number 10 is always associated with a test or trial, the Ten Commandments for example. The 10 commandments are a test whether we will obey God or not. When King David had Uriah the Hittite murdered and committed adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, he confessed ‘Against You (God), You only have I sinned and done evil in Your sight; that You might be justified when You speak and be clear when You judge’ (Psalm 51:4). Doesn’t seem right, does it? What about righteous Uriah whose life was cut short? But David recognized that, in failing to obey the Ten Commandments He primarily sinned against God. The number 10 in scripture is of utmost importance to God. It is important to recognize that numerology plays an important role in scripture to confirm the message behind a verse. We must look for the message and the mystery why the number 10 is involved, or for that matter, any other number.
This is true for both the Old and New Testaments. I have illustrated this elsewhere, but here are a couple of brief examples from the New Testament. Jesus told the parable of the 10 virgins, five of whom passed His requirements while the other five did not (Matthew 25:1); and Jesus healed 10 lepers, but how many came back to thank him? Only one (Luke 17:7); Jesus expressed His disappointment over the other nine.
At the time of the Exodus in Egypt the Hebrews had a civil calendar of 12 months starting with Tishri, the 1st month. Nisan was the 7th month. After the first 9 plagues and, just before their departure from Egypt, God instructed Moses that Nisan was to become the beginning of months. In this way God instituted what is now called the Jewish or Hebrew religious calendar. Nisan became the 1st month and Tishri the 7th month.
‘And Jehovah spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, this month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, in the tenth of this month they shall take to them each man a lamb for a father’s house, a lamb for a house. And if the household is too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take, according to the number of the souls, each one, according to the eating of his mouth, you shall count concerning the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take from the sheep or from the goats. And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month. And the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening’ (Exodus 12:1-6).
The Lord’s specific calls to attend the temple for convocations (holy formal meetings) were to take place in the first seven months, not in the rest of the annual year. These convocations were Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Other convocations or celebrations were called feasts of the Jews, not Feasts of the Lord. There is an important difference between them.
Any male not attending the three major Feasts of the Lord was cut off from Israel. They were called the pilgrimage feasts. God linked these convocations to a week of months – 7 months, for a very specific reason! He instituted 7 months to be particularly holy. The 7th month included the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The number 7 is so important that God commanded anyone found working on the Sabbath, the 7th day, to be killed! Even picking up sticks on the Sabbath deserved death (Numbers 15:32-36). You can’t get more serious than that. God did not want mankind to belittle the importance of the number 7 over time.
The number 10 was equally holy and sanctified. Nobody was to mess with it. For instance, anybody disobeying the 10 Commandments was cursed (Deuteronomy 5:32-33). The ten plagues and the destruction of the army in the Red Sea destroyed the power of Egypt. God uses the number 10 powerfully, as we shall see further on.
In God’s calendar Tishri, the 7th month, became the final and most important month of the year. The promises of God found their final annual fulfilment in the Feast of Tabernacles, which included the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
God tied Himself to patterns of 7’s based on the seven days of the Creation Week in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2. Men who did not gather in Jerusalem for the 3 pilgrimage feasts were to be cut off from Israel. What were they?
- Passover – Feast of Passover, Feast of Unleavened bread, Feast of First Fruits (3 in 1).
- Tabernacles – Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, Booths or Feast of Tabernacles (3 in 1).
These seven feasts within three were consummated in the 7th month. God maintained the importance of 7’s in the religious life of the Hebrews. In the Christian life Passover is linked to salvation, Pentecost to vitality and the Christian walk while Tabernacles has all to do with end-time events and the final ingathering of God’s people before the end of the world.
Continuing on the theme of 7’s we note that every 7th year was a Sabbatical Year when debts and credits were cancelled, and every 7th Sabbatical Year was followed by the Jubilee Year (50th year) when all properties had to be returned to their original owners (i.e. after 7 x 7 years or 7 weeks of years in bible language). Slaves were set free every 7 years unless they wished to remain. Slavery was that good if you had no ambitions of your own.
THE LAST 6000 YEARS
For confirmation of the Week of Redemption, consisting of 1000-year days, from the beginning of sin (The Fall) to the 1000-year Millennium, view the two wonderful presentations of Pastor Derek Walker, Oxford Bible Church. Alternatively, read on and view them later because I have much more.
WHAT ABOUT THE 10th DAY? SEEMINGLY ‘SO SO’, BUT SO VERY CRITICAL
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the 10th for Christian unity in doctrine. It crystallizes the revelation of the plan and timetable of God. Incidentally, God set aside 10 days to find the perfect bride for Christ.
Paraphrasing what God said to Moses just prior to the Hebrews marching out of Egypt, ‘The first day of Nisan is to be the beginning of months (in fact, of all that is important to God). On the 10th day you shall put aside a lamb and kill it on the evening of the 14th day. The blood on the doorway will be your covering from the death angel as you make your escape from slavery in Egypt’. By implication, it was unacceptable to hide a lamb any other day except on the 10th.
That lamb was already as good as dead! No member of the family was to make the lamb a personal pet or to take pity on it. Its blood had to be shed so that the angel of death would ‘pass over’ anybody covered by the blood brushed on the door posts. This was the spiritual doorway of escape. (Jesus said ‘I am the door’).
Anybody found outside the premises, on the 14th of the month, would suffer the same penalty as the firstborn of the Egyptians. The death angel would make no distinction between a Hebrew and an Egyptian. Only the blood of the lamb that had been hidden for four days counted. No other blood sacrifice would do!
WHEN DID ADAM AND EVE FIRST SIN? WHEN WAS BLOOD FIRST SHED FOR THEM?
Have you ever asked this question of yourself? How many days did Adam and Eve spend in the Garden of Eden before Satan succeeded in tempting them into sin? Certainly not on the 7th day because God rested in His love.
God immediately shed innocent animal blood when Adam and Eve sinned. In effect, God was appropriating the substitutionary death of Christ on their behalf long before Jesus even appeared on the scene. Christianity knows that Jesus was killed 4000 years later on the evening of the 14th day of Passover in the 1st month of Nisan and rose again. As Derek Walker so eloquently argues in his YouTube presentations – the 4000 years are in keeping with four 1000-year days during which Christ was hidden from view bringing us to 33 AD, bearing in mind that Christ ministered for 3½ years before the cross.
God had to immediately appropriate the blood of Christ for Adam and Eve’s sake. He didn’t want mankind to die out nor be damned for eternity. Fortunately they had not yet taken hold of the Tree of Life, which figuratively spoke of Christ and of eternal life as distinct from eternal existence, if eaten at the right time. It would have made them sinful forever. Instead, God gave them a covering of fresh skins and sent them out into a cursed world where the stopwatch started ticking for each of them, set to 1000 years to be precise unless if they died of natural causes before then.
This meant that God shed innocent blood on their behalf, both literally and figuratively because Christ was hidden from view for another 4000 years (4000 BC – 32/33 AD) until Jesus was revealed by John the Baptist, ‘Behold the lamb who takes away the sin of the world’.
The blood of Christ shed on the cross in AD 33 covered man for 4000 years retrospectively, all the way from Adam to Christ, and for all of time unto the present generation. Altars were introduced to Adam and Eve following their eviction years before the actual murder of Abel by Cain. Yet, the blood of animals would never have been sufficient, but it spoke of the redemption to come through Jesus Christ. ‘For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins’ (Hebrews 10:4).
Keeping to the pattern that God Himself instituted the lamb was taken and hidden from eyes on the 10th day! The world knew nothing of Jesus until John the Baptist. God has given us this wonderful clue in the scriptures by the Spirit. Blood had to be shed the very moment Adam and Eve sinned. When? On the 8th day or on the 9th day? A lamb was not in the picture until the 10th day at the time of Moses. Why did God choose the 1oth day to hide a lamb in Egypt? God keeps His patterns. It is because Adam and Eve sinned on the 10th day. They had kept God’s commandment for three days not to eat of the fruit of the tree. Satan was a tool, as he always has been, in God’s hands. He allowed Adam and Eve to fall into sin on the 10th Day. They failed to keep God’s commandment that day, just as mankind fails to keep the 10 Commandments.
This allows us to deduce the age of the Earth and when the end will come. Derek Walker of Oxford Bible Church demonstrates this eloquently in his YouTube presentations that I have provided for your benefit (above).
The whole of Creation Week consisted of 7 days, 6 days of work and one day of rest. Therefore, Adam and Eve lived in bliss and in the presence of God, in the Garden of Eden (Hebrew equivalent for the Greek word ‘Paradise’), until the fatal 10th day when the lamb had to be taken because of their disobedience. Thus God established a strict pattern for all time.
“Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21)
This pattern, which instituted Passover, followed by events 50 days later at Mount Sinai (Feast of Pentecost) and entry into the Promised Land (Feast of Tabernacles) was jealously guarded over by the Lord. Any male not turning up for the feasts in Jerusalem would be cut off from Israel. To fulfil their obligations, Mary and Joseph always took Jesus to the Feasts once Herod was dead.
The gospels indicate that, as an adult, Jesus visited Jerusalem during the various feast days, but never offered an animal in the temple for His sins because He was sinless. He was to be the offering for the whole world. Jesus fulfilled all the law and lived and died according to the pattern that God had laid down to Moses. It was the pattern set for world history even before the Creation because world history is ‘HIS-STORY’. Jesus said that in the volume of the book it is written of me. Jesus did not happen to appear in world history, world history was designed all around Jesus from its very beginning to the very end – the Alpha and the Omega! In God’s eyes there is nothing that exists or has substance that is outside of Jesus.
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
God then sanctified the 10th day of the 7th month even further early on. God changed the rules for entering the Tabernacle that Moses built. The high priest was to no longer go in and out at will:
‘Jehovah said to Moses, Speak to Aaron your brother (the High Priest) that he does not come at all times into the sanctuary within the veil before the mercy-seat, which is on the Ark, so that he will not die. For I will appear in the cloud on the mercy-seat’ (Leviticus 16:2).
A new timetable was instituted for the Tabernacle. The privilege of the high priest to be hidden from public view by entering on his own through the veil was now restricted to the Day of Atonement and to one day only; the 10th day of the 7th month. On any other day and the priest would be killed! That is how precious the 10th day is to God. After sprinkling blood on the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark 7 times the High priest was then to appear at the door of the Tabernacle showing Israel that all had been forgiven. This was the highlight of the Year. This mirrors the appearance of the Lord to His people at the Second Coming.
To repeat, the stage was set from now on that the high priest would only be allowed into the Holy of Holies, where the Ark was, once a year on the 10th day of the 7th month (Tishri). This was the set day, the Day of Atonement, for the once only annual redemption of the Hebrews (for the remission of sins, whether consciously committed or not). That day, all the sins of the sons of Abraham were washed away for that entire year – the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). It was the most solemn event of the Feasts of the Lord.
However, even more solemn than that, was the great Day of Atonement on the 10th of the 7th month in the year of the Jubilee once every 50 years, after 7 x 7 Sabbatical years had passed. The Israelites had to count the years; there was to be no mistake. They similarly had to count 7 x 7 weeks after each annual Passover to arrive at the annual Feast of Pentecost. God is very fussy about numbers and timetables! (As an aside, take note that this is true in the New Testament as well. For instance, in Acts Chapter 2 it says ‘when the Day of Pentecost had fully come’ – God had been waiting for exactly the right time to pour out the Spirit!)
The number 10 is to do with the final departure from slavery (cleansing of sin) at the time when the slaves were let go by Pharaoh in Egypt. It was a test even in those days. Any family who did not take a lamb on the 10th day would suffer the consequence of the death of the firstborn of man and livestock. The angel of death would not pass over them, but go into their house.
Thus, the period of dealing with sin begins with 10 and culminates with 10. The final 10 occurs in the 7th month. The number 7 is indicative of end-times as described in the book of 7’s, the book of Revelations. It deals with the end of the world!
NOTE THE THREE DEATH THREATS OF THE LORD
- If anyone worked on the 7th
- If any male did not attend the three major Feasts of the Lord.
- If the High Priest went through the veil into the place of the ark on any day other than on the 10th day of the 7th
Maintaining the pattern of 7s and 10’s was extremely important to the Lord. No Israelite was to change the times. Why? Because, in them, He had hidden vital truths about the timeframe of Earth’s history and its future, to be revealed to the last generation.
There is a death threat in the New Testament also. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven:
‘Therefore I say to you, all kinds of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven to men‘ (Matthew 12:31). Whatever exactly this verse means it does mean at least one thing. Since the Holy Spirit was given to lead us into all truth (John 16:13) we need to tread carefully when truth is revealed to the Body of Christ.
HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?
Numbering the days, we have the first day, which God established to be the beginning, but a lamb had to be taken on the 10th day to cover sin. So how many days did Adam and Eve live in God’s presence in the Garden of Eden? From day six when they were made until day 10 when they were evicted. They lived a very long life in the Garden of Eden, but they apparently knew nothing of procreation yet and they were busy enough not to be bored.
So how old was the Earth when Adam and Eve sinned?
10 days x 1000-years per day = 10,000 years. Therefore, the Earth is currently approaching its 16,000 birthday.
Once Christ returns all the righteous will enter the 1000-year day of rest, the Millennium, to live in the presence of Christ. Only after that will God create a new heaven and a new Earth. This forms God’s intricate pattern, which has been substantiated in several articles dealing with The True Age of the Earth on my primary website creation6000.com. I have a companion article on the same theme, ‘Ten days to find the bride’, that uses a different approach.
‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And the earth and the works in it will be burned up. Then, all these things being about to be dissolved, what sort ought you to be in holy behaviour and godliness, looking for, and rushing the coming of the Day of God, on account of which the heavens, being on fire, will melt away, and the elements will melt burning with heat? But, according to His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells’ (2Peter 3:10-13).