Professor J is vacationing and taking in a prophecy conference or two! This summer vacation series of blogs is meant to encourage you to read, listen to, study, and become knowledgeable about end times prophecy, and to encourage you to discuss your findings with others. The ultimate goal of summer series of blogs is to bring you to a closer relationship with the one Hebrew names: Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. Yeshua’s return is imminent – the season of His return is upon us.
Third Day Patterns
Patterns of threes occur throughout scripture. These often represent the way in which future events will unfold. A third day pattern is when an action taken in one part of scripture is repeated in a parallel fashion in another scripture – on the third day. The first two days set the stage, and the conclusion to the action falls on the third day. These parallels or patterns generally portray a Biblical truth.
The Captivity Pattern
Hosea 6:2 – “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.”
The Jews have been taken into captivity three times, and returned to the land of Israel twice. The first captivity lasted 430 years after Joseph’s family moved to Egypt during a time of drought and starvation. The second captivity lasted only 70 years after Nebuchadnezzar deported them to Babylon. The third, and final captivity began after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD by the Romans when the Jews were scattered worldwide, and lasted almost 2000 years. They were revived on the third day (2 Peter 3:8 – “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with Yahweh one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”)
The Jonah Pattern
Matthew 12:40 – “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish. He was spit out alive on the third day, and headed to Nineveh to preach repentance for forty days. Yeshua spent three days in the belly of the earth. He was raised on the third day and spent forty days preaching before rising into the clouds (Acts 10:40 – “Yahweh raised Him up on the third day”).
The Decay Pattern
Psalm 16:10 – “You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.”
Flesh did not begin decaying until the third or fourth day according to Jewish tradition which is why Yeshua was raised early on the third day (Acts 13:37 – “He whom Yahweh raised did not undergo decay”).
The Imprisonment Pattern
Genesis 40:20 – “Thus it came about on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants.”
Both of Pharaoh’s servants were released from prison on the third day. Today, we approach the “third day” after Yeshua’s resurrection, and many will be released from Sheol in the resurrection and rapture (1Thessalonians 4:16 – “For Yehsua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Yahweh, and the dead in Christ will rise first”).
The Mount Sinai Pattern
Exodus 19:11-16 – “On the third day Yahweh will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”
The Hebrews camped at the base of Mount Sinai after their Exodus from Egypt. After they agree to abide by the covenant relationship described by Yahweh, they prepare for His appearance on the third day.
The Healing Pattern
2 Kings 20:5 – “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘Thus says Yahweh, the God of your father David, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the Temple’.”
Hezekiah was King of the Southern Tribes of Israel. When he was informed that his life was about to end he prayed to Yahweh and was given a fifteen year extension, and was commanded to appear in the Temple – most likely to give thanks and testimony.
The Salvation Model
Joshua 1:11; 3:2 – Israel enters the Promised Land on the third day after being instructed how to cross the River Jordan by Joshua, whose name means: Yahweh is salvation.
Esther 4:16; 5:1 – After fasting, on the third day Esther puts on royal apparel and enters into the presence of Ahasuerus in order to thwart Haman’s murderous plot against the Jews.
We are now about 2000 years (2000 cubits) away from Yeshua crossing over. We are entering that third day, as Yahweh counts time.
Other Third Day References
On The Third Day:
Genesis 1:12 – “The earth brought forth vegetation: seed-bearing plants of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit.”
Genesis 22:4-5 – “Abraham looked up and saw Mount Moriah.”
Genesis 31:22 – Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled.
Genesis 42:17-18 – Joseph releases all but one of his brothers from prison in Egypt.
Numbers 19:12-20 – “One shall purify himself from uncleanness with water, and also sacrifice bulls, rams, and lambs on the third day . . .”
Joshua 2:16-22 – The spies emerge from hiding at Rahab’s and return to Joshua with their report about Jericho.
Joshua 9:17 – “Then the sons of Israel set out and came to their cities on the third day.”
Luke 13:32 –“ I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.”
John 2:1-2 – “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee . . .”
Acts 27:19 – “On the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.”
And Yeshua was raised from the dead on the third day (Matthew 16:21; 17:23; 20:19, Luke 9:22; 18:33; 24:7; 24:46)
Patterns of threes occur throughout scripture. The first two days set the stage, and the conclusion to the action falls on the third day. These patterns generally portray a future Biblical event.
Parallels, patterns, pictures, and types are the backbone of scripture, are cyclical and give us many ways to understand current history and what the future holds. We are now about 2000 years (2000 cubits) away from Yeshua crossing over. We are entering that third day, as God counts time. Just as the Hebrews entered into the Promised Land, Israel, about 2000 cubits behind the Ark of the Covenant, so now are the true believers expecting restoration to Heaven, their Promised Land, about 2000 years after Yeshua’s “crossing over”.
More Patterns of Threes
The following are included if one wishes to explore more patterns of threes:
Third Year Patterns
Leviticus 19:23 – “When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regards its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten.”
Leviticus 25:21 – “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.”
2 Samuel 21:1 – “Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years.”
1 Kings 2:36-38 – “But it came about at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away to Achish son of Maacah, king of Gath.”
1 Kings 10:22 – “For the king had at sea the ships of Tarshish with the ships of Hiram; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver, ivory and apes and peacocks.”
1 Kings 18:1 – “Now it happened after many days that the word of Yahweh came to Elijah in the third year . . .”
Isaiah 16:14 – “Within three years, as a hired man would count them, the glory of Moab will be degraded along with all his great population, and his remnant will be very small and impotent.”
Isaiah 20:3 –“My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush.”
Daniel 1:3-5 – Daniel and his three friends were given “a daily ration from the king’s choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be educated three years.”
Luke 13:7 – “’Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down!”
Galatians 1:18 – “Then three years later I [Paul] went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas . . .”
It is in the third year that men become Kings or get removed from kingship, teach, give banquets, or receive tithes (1 Kings 15:28; 15:33, 2 Kings 18:1, 2Chronicles 17:7; 27:5, Esther 1:3, Daniel 1:1; 8:1; 10:1)
The Number Three
• Genesis 6:10 – Noah had three sons
• Exodus 23:14 – Three times a year all your males shall appear before Yahweh.
• Exodus 23:17 – Three times a year all your males shall appear before Yahweh.
• Exodus 34:23 – “Three times a year all your males are to appear before Yahweh, the God of Israel.
• Numbers 22:28-33 – Balaam’s donkey turned aside three times
• Deuteronomy 16:16 – All men were required to appear before Yahweh three times in a year.
• 1 Kings 7:4-5 – All the doorways of Solomon’s Palace were in sets of three, facing each other.
• 1 Samuel 20:41 – David “bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground”
• 1 Kings 17:21 – Elijah stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to Yahweh for healing.
• Job 1:2; 42:13 – Job had three daughters
• Daniel 6:10, 13 – Daniel regularly prayed three times a day giving thanks to God.
• Matthew 4:1-11 – Yeshua answered Satan’s threefold temptation by citing three scriptural passages
• Matthew 26:34-75, Mark 14:30-72, Luke 22:34-61, John 13:38 – Peter denies Yeshua three times.
• 2 Corinthians 11:25 – Three times Paul was beaten with rods and shipwrecked.
• 2 Corinthians 11:28 – Paul experienced three shipwrecks.
• 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 – Paul prayed three times to the Lord for the removal of his “thorn in the flesh” .
• Acts 10:16 – Three times a sheet was let down, and immediately taken up into the sky.
• Acts 11:10 – Three times a sheet was let down, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.
• Hebrews 9:4 – The Ark of the Covenant held three objects: The jar of manna, Aaron’s staff, and the stone tablets.
• Revelation 21:13 – In John’s vision all four sides of the city of the New Jerusalem have three gates.