In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Hebrew word translated “in the beginning” is bereshit, which ancient Hebrew sages interpreted as meaning “for the sake of the beginning.” So, Genesis 1:1 could read: “For the sake of the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth, or because of the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth.”
The implication is that the beginning came before the Creation. Other scripture verses such as Jeremiah 1:5 and Ephesians 1:4 also indicate that the beginning came before Creation. Hebrew sages also referred to Israel as “The Beginning” and to the Torah (the first five books of our Bible) as “The Beginning.”
These sages taught that God created the universe so the Torah could be fulfilled, so it is safe to say that the Torah is a sort of blueprint of the universe and of time (time came into existence with the creation of the universe).
However, the Torah is more than a blueprint, such as a blueprint that would be used to build a house and then possibly discarded, primarily because the house that is being built (creation) is not yet finished on the timeline of history, even though it was completed from before the foundation of the world.
Perhaps we should note here that the completion of everything before the foundation of the world is an eternal perspective (in eternity there is no past, present or future, just an ever-present now). Only a time/space perspective requires viewing Creation on a timeline of history.
In this respect, the seven days of Creation recorded in Genesis are a type and shadow of the seven millennia the Bible focuses on.
Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 confirm this:
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
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.
2 Peter 3:8
However, while the beginning came before Creation, there is a very real sense in which the seven days of Creation, equal to the seven millennia the Bible focuses on, are also “The Beginning.”
A reasonable question to ask would be, “The beginning of what?”
The primary and greatest promise in the Bible is perfection, which was the ultimate promise God made to Abraham, and is the ultimate promise to the Church, and which all of Scripture confirms. So, the seven millennia the Bible focuses on is the beginning of perfection.
I realize that a simple study of history shows the last 6,000 years as being anything but perfection, and yet history, as it has played out and will continue to play out for another thousand years, is necessary to bring us to perfection.
That is a very loaded statement, and it would take a book, or, perhaps, volumes of books to explain it, but I am convinced, based on revealed knowledge and my understanding of the Bible, that it is absolutely true.
Another example and confirmation of this is the Feast of Tabernacles, which is a seven-day feast sandwiched between two sabbaths and actually carried on into the second sabbath or the eighth day (see Leviticus 23:34-36).
Seven in the Scriptures is the number for perfection and eight is the number for a new beginning. So, in light of Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8, the eighth millennium will be a new beginning, which I believe will entail the restitution of all things (or perfection) (see Acts 3:21).
The Torah and the rest of the Bible, plus some books that perhaps should have been included in the Bible and are mentioned in the Bible, provide hints of all this. But one must dig deeper than the surface to find and understand revelation that is being discovered by a remnant today who are beginning to see the Kingdom, as, perhaps, no other generation has been able to.
To the average reader, all this may seem like perhaps interesting but otherwise useless information. But understanding that truth such as I am addressing here is absolutely necessary in order to get a clearer and eternal view of God’s plan and purpose for Creation and mankind, which enables one to see the Kingdom from God’s perspective rather than from the perspective of man’s ideas and traditions.
We have interpreted much of the Bible from a very “in part” perspective, with little or no understanding of the original intent of the writers. This perspective must change if we are to be a part of those who are on the cutting edge of history, in the center of God’s will for His creation.
The Hebrew people and the remnant that later became known as the Jews, have had a very different view of life and history than the rest of the world. And those who have studied and understood the dealings of God with them as His chosen people think very differently than other people.
For most of my life, the Church has not known or considered this reality. The result has been an extremely “in part” understanding of truth. As a result, we have bought into and preached a gospel that is not the Gospel at all.
Jesus didn’t preach the Gospel of Personal Salvation, the Word/Faith Gospel, the Prosperity Gospel or any other gospel except the Gospel of the Kingdom.
We have even missed the reality that the primary reason for being born again is to see the Kingdom. We have taught that the reason for being born again is be saved and go to Heaven when we die. While those are byproducts of the Gospel of the Kingdom, they are not the Gospel of the Kingdom.
The Hebrew word we have been studying here, bereshit, is a very complex word with several implications. Another facet of bereshit refers to the Sabbath. The universe was created for the sake of, or because of, the Sabbath. The Sabbath, like the Torah and the Hebrew people, is also known as “The Beginning.”
On the timeline of history, we are now entering the seventh millennium (day), which is the ultimate Sabbath, or the Sabbath of all Sabbaths. All the sabbaths of the law are but types and shadows of this millennium. This millennium will literally produce “the rest that remains for the people of God” (see Hebrews 4:9).
While the seven thousand years of history the Bible focuses on are the beginning of more to come, this seventh millennium stands alone as a beginning in and of itself. Much that has happened for the last 6,000 years will culminate in this seventh millennium.
By now, you should be realizing that the Torah and the entire Bible can and should be understood on many levels, producing multiple confirmations of the truth and reality it reveals. Contained in the written Word of God is a very detailed and all-encompassing blueprint of our entire physical and spiritual existence, including all the scientific properties and forces of creation throughout the universe.
In order to effectively preach and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom, we must have a clear understanding of God’s ultimate and eternal plan for His creation. Without a clear understanding of God’s plan for His creation, we will not only preach or teach an “in part” gospel; we will preach or teach error. Error is not the truth. Anything less than the truth is a lie. Lies produce immature believers, and ultimately cause suffering and death in some fashion.
Perhaps we can excuse much of the error that has been taught and passed on from generation to generation because, after all, we are only in “The Beginning.” But as we enter this new beginning within “The Beginning” (the seventh millennium), and transition from the Church Age into the Kingdom Age, and from the prophetic fulfillment of Passover and Pentecost into the prophetic fulfillment of Tabernacles, God is requiring of a remnant (at least for the present time), much more than an “in part” understanding of His plan.
While none of this remnant has yet completely arrived, we of the remnant have tasted of and are beginning to see the possibilities. As a result, we are prophesying, proclaiming, declaring and teaching a much clearer understanding of the Kingdom, speaking into existence that which is coming.
We are a firstfruits company, and as we prophesy that which is coming, we are also sowing seeds which are paving the way for many more to follow.
Surely we were born for such a time as this!
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.