The Third Day

Luke 24:21. Jesus was raised from the dead on the "third day". Also 1Cor.15:4 says this. Matthew 12:40 mentions Jonah and his being in the fish for three days and connects this with Jesus being in the grave for that amount of time. In many places the Bible mentions "the third day". In Genesis 22:5 Abraham and Isaac travel three days to Mount Moriah where Abraham was to offer Isaac in sacrifice. In Genesis 31:22 Jacob leaves his father in law and it is three days before Laban learns of it. Many other places in the Bible mention three days. Is there some reason for this? Could it be that there is an important third day to look for in the Bible? I think there is and will try to show the reasons for thinking so.

Hosea 6:1&2 says this, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight".

Of course Hosea is speaking to Israel, but many times in the Bible Israel is filling and allegorical role for all mankind. Anyway what does "the third day" have to do with this? Surely there is something more involved here than three literal days.

2 Peter3:8 says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." It has been two one thousand-year days since Jesus came to earth to pay the ransom price for father Adam and the race of mankind. The third thousand-year day is about to begin. What is the purpose for this "third day"? Hosea said that it was "to raise us up, and we will live in his sight".

Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven". This will be that grand "third day".

Both Matthew, Mark, and John record Jesus as saying that he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. Matt: 26:61. Mark 14:58 says " We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands". Jesus took a lot of ridicule for these statements. What did he mean? Note this temple will be made "without hands". John 2:19-21 says Jesus answered and said unto them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body". 1Cor.12:27 says, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular". The true church is the body of Christ and the temple that he has been building the past two days. The "third day" that temple will be complete and the work of restoring and freeing mankind from the grip if sin and death will go on and be completed. This is the grand "third day". Rev. 20:6 says, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years". Isaiah mentions this in Is.35:10, "And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away". John speaks of this in Rev.21:6, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away".

This will be the result of the Second Coming of Christ, which many now look for. This will not be doomsday for mankind in general, but the reverse. Jeremiah expresses it in Jer.33:12, "The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD". Many other scriptures could be sighted to express this grand promise. It is a promise of God. Let us look forward with joy.