I noticed something startling in the Olivet Discourse, when Jesus taught his disciples about the End Times and Final Judgment. He said, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man.” (Luke 17:22 NABRE)
I’d heard of the Day (singular) of the Lord, but not the Days (plural) of the Son of Man. There is an article about “The Day of the Lord” at Wikipedia, but when I googled “days of the son of man”, I got nothing much. Yet my Catholic translation (NABRE) clearly says “one of the days of the Son of Man”, so I thought I’d better check it against other translations.
Twelve other translations render the phrase in EXACTLY the same way.
This got me thinking … what might these days be? And how could I identify them with confidence? I noticed the verses about the Day of the Lord mention the sun, the moon, clouds and angels. And right after Jesus brings up the Days of the Son of Man, He says, “just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be [in his day].”
So I began compiling a list of events in Jesus’ life that had sky signs and angels in them. I found SEVEN for His first time on Earth, plus TWO more for the End of Days.
In the Bible, SEVEN signifies EVERYTHING, because it combines THREE which is for the Creator and FOUR which is for His Creation. So it works perfectly that Jesus’ first time here on Earth had SEVEN special Days of the Son of Man events.
The last TWO Days of the Son of Man events will be about Jesus coming at the beginning and at the end of the last SEVEN years of time. In the Bible, TWO is often about pairs of things that are alike and different. Jesus said that the whole of the law and the prophets depend on the two great commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus is the second Person of the Holy Trinity; He is also fully Human and fully Divine. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is also the Word, which is revealed in the Old and New Testaments.
The EIGHTH event will be the Rapture. SEVEN plus ONE is EIGHT, so EIGHT is “one more than everything.” It moves us into the eternal. Jesus rose in His glorified, immortal body on the EIGHTH day. On the day of the Rapture, the elect will be caught up and receive their glorified, immortal bodies.
The NINTH event will be the Second Coming at Armageddon. SEVEN plus TWO is NINE, so “all that there is, plus TWO.” Again, TWO is tied to Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity. Also, there were TWO Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, one that He would come as a peace-maker, humbly, on a donkey, and the other, that He would come on a horse, leading an army to conquer Israel’s enemies. Jesus fulfilled the donkey prophecy early in the week before He died. At the Second Coming at Armageddon, He will fulfill the conquering hero on a horse prophecy.
NINE is a relatively rare number in Scripture. The Bible uses base ten math, so NINE is the largest and the last single digit number. Armageddon will be both the greatest and the last war of all time.
NINE is also THREE times THREE. It’s tied to the Holy Spirit, the THIRD Person of the TRINITY, the NINE Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the NINE Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
There’s one other place where EIGHT and NINE really stand out. That is in Sukkot (pron. soo KOTE), the Feast of In-gathering (aka, Booths, Tabernacles).
Sukkot lasts for SEVEN days. The TWO days following the festival – Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah – are separate holidays, but are related to and commonly considered part of Sukkot.
The EIGHTH day is the holiday known as Shemini Atzeret (“Assembly of the Eighth”). In Israel, Shemini Atzeret is also Day ONE of Simchat Torah (“Rejoicing in the Torah”).
The NINTH day is Day TWO of Simchat Torah. On Simchat Torah, the Jewish ecclesiastical readings come to the end of Torah, then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.
SEVEN. TWO. EIGHT. NINE. Beginnings and endings. The WORD of God. Are you seeing a pattern here?!