The Open Scroll - The Master Overlay of Weeks

The Master Overlay of Weeks

By Bob Schlenker  (Prints about 12 pages)  updated 5/29/99

In Bible chronology, the number seven is a very fundamental and important number. Our first introduction to this time unit we know as a week came when the world was created in six days, followed by a seventh in which the Lord God rested from all he had done. The Creation week is a kind of template after which other periods of time are modeled. As there is a week of days, there is also a week of millennia (millennial days) and a week of years (year-days, or, watches in the night). I call this The Master Overlay of Weeks because it's a helpful analogy. If you charted a timeline of the creation week on a piece of paper and charted the other two kinds of weeks on transparencies, you could superimpose them one upon another just as a print shop might do a layout with overlays of text and graphics. Using this helpful analogy, we get the benefit of an illustration we can almost see about what the Creator would have us to learn about the weeks.

Just as each of the seven days in the Creation week have certain features associated with them, so it is with the weeks patterned after them. Simple enough a concept, isn't it?  What we know about the character of any one of these weeks teaches us about the others. We have the benefit now of looking back upon almost six thousand years of time for our documentation of this truth. And that's a very good thing, because we really need to learn about the week of years that is now at hand. We need to be able to fit together the apparent jumble of prophetic jigsaw puzzle pieces into something that makes sense. I praise the Lord for granting us insight in due season.

The Great Seven

I will begin the basis for the seven day model in 2 Peter.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day2 Peter 3:8
The primary basis for the seven day model is the Old Testament verse to which Peter referred.
For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.  Psalm 90:4
Just as there are seven days of creation, there are seven thousand years of time and seven watches in the night modeled after them. This verse reveals the three major prophetic overlays. It is THE KEY VERSE! Later in this Psalm, verse 12 makes a dramatic statement as the psalmist leads us in prayer.
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12
As we learn to number our days in these weeks correctly, I believe we will gain a heart of wisdom!

While I was talking with Yacov Rambsel a while back, just as I was about to begin sharing what I had learned about the key verse for the master overlay,  he mentioned to me that he had discovered an ELS code in Psalm 90:4. I just love his insights! Beginning in that verse, at a 20 letter interval, the words rav sheba appear, which mean: the Great Seven. The three prophetic overlays of  weeks are together; the Great Seven.

The matter of learning about the master overlay is rather circular, in fitting with its nature as being hidden until its appropriate time for understanding. Here's the irony: In order to learn about the watches in the night, we have to know about the watches in the night. What I mean is that you have to know something about the watches in the night before you can see how it aligns with the character of the creation week and the millennial week. And then, you have to learn from that comparison and import what you learn back into the watches in the night template. In this way,  I have discovered that each of the sevens is divided in certain ways. Each has a Shabbat, so the seventh day is of a distinctly unique character. Each seven is also divided at the point of  the 2/5 split. Another division is marked at the 4/3 split. At each point of division, a crucial transition takes place. I'll attempt to document these to various degrees.

The Watches in the Night

Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to what is meant by the "watches in the night." A night watch is commonly understood to be one of the portions of the dark time of day. The Israelites traditionally divided their night time into three periods called watches. During the time of Roman occupation, there were four watches. There has never been a time where there have been more than four, let alone seven. The seven watches in the night refer to seven years, the years of a time known as night for its lack of light.
Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD God Almighty, says: "There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail. 17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD. 18 Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light. 19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him. 20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light-- pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness? Amos 5:16-20
The Day of the Lord is the seventh millennial day. This day of a thousand year duration is styled after every other kind of day in that it begins with the evening and concludes with the morning portion. The Day of the Lord begins with a period of darkness, the night, divided as might be expected into the night watches.
Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at the head of every street.  Lamentations 2:19
As the watches of the night begin, famine and hunger will be the rule. This is seen in another context as the third seal is opened by the Lamb.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"  Revelation 6:5-6
Some know this week as Daniel's seventieth week, (Daniel 9:27) or as the famine week. (Genesis 41:30) Others call it, "the tribulation," which I feel is an inappropriate label for reasons of scriptural accuracy. Each year in the seven is a watch, numbered accordingly.

The 2/5 Split

Each of the weeks is divided precisely into segments of 2½ and 4½ days, in whole numbers represented as 2 and 5. This point of division is designated as a resurrection time. The character of the each period differs greatly from the other. My first indication of a 2/5 division came when, after praying about the time of the ingathering of the church relative to the seven, I understood the prophetic significance of Genesis 45:6:
For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.
Understanding the harvest allegory, and realizing that this prophetic scenario depicted the sealing of the 144,000 and the ingathering of the church, (the Bride) I was then brought into a passage in the New Testament to research the 2/5 division.
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. Luke 12:38
Now, if you're like me, you've probably puzzled over why particular watches in the night might be mentioned. I'm confident that there's nothing trivial in the Bible, so the master's coming at that time is somehow important. With this in mind, I tracked the Greek word for "watch," (phulake) looking for anything that might substantiate my theory that the watches in the night are a cryptic reference to the years in the end time famine. When I read Acts 12:10 and saw the magnificent prophecy unveiled,  I knew that I had discovered an awesome revelation.
They passed the first and second guards (phulake) and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
Although here translated as "guards," understanding the meaning of phulake as a watch in the night is appropriate given the deeper prophetic context, the resurrection that will be the Bride theft.

Other 2/5 Divisions Revealed in Cryptic Prophecies

When I searched for examples of how other sets of seven are divided, I only found two. Both show that the seven are divided into two groups, a set of two and a set of five. No kidding! Both these accounts involve children and are cryptic prophecies like unto the watches in the night.

She Who Was Barren has Borne Seven Children

Briefly, 1 Samuel 2 lays the foundation for Samuel as a type of the 144,000. His parents, Hannah and Elkanah represent Israel and the church. The famine week is seen in symbolism as the seven years are represented by seven children.
Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. 6 "The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.  1 Samuel 2:5-7
The name "Hannah" means,  “He was gracious.”  1 Samuel 2:21a reads, “And the LORD was gracious to Hannah;” which, expanded, reads: “And the LORD was gracious to “he was gracious.”  Our attention is dramatically drawn to the verse because the meaning of the name is found there. (which I've discovered is a common device for bringing a hidden prophecy to our attention) This verse is the one in which the rest of Hannah’s children are mentioned, emphasizing an apparent discrepancy regarding her children!   Here’s the whole verse.
And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.  1 Samuel 2:21
Let's do the math. Samuel plus three sons and two daughters equals six children. Children are either sons or daughters, so there's no third category. Where's the seventh child? There's no further information anywhere to be found in the Bible, so we're left with a curiosity about the number of children. Here's my understanding. When the prophecy is given that "she who was barren has borne seven children," the "children" are to be understood in the end time prophetic sense consistent with the context. It looks to me as though the seven are grouped into two, (Samuel and ???) and then five (three sons and two daughters). Let's move on to the next children-as-years scenario.

Saul's Seven Male Descendants

These seven children as identified in the context of the penalty for a sin. Saul sinned against the Lord and brought a famine upon the land as a consequence. This, too, is an extensive prophetic scenario involving the last days of the church, but let me just show you the 2/5 split, and then we'll move on.
let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and exposed before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul--the Lord's chosen one." So the king said, "I will give them to you."  2 Samuel 21:6

But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah's daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul's daughter Merab, whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite.  2 Samuel 21:8

Refining the time element

Now, in general terms, since children and watches in the night come in whole number quantities, the division into 2 and 5 works well enough, but for our purposes a more minute distinction in the time element needs to be made. For reasons outside the scope of this study, I believe that The Night is appointed to begin and end on Yom Kippur. The evidence showing when the events surrounding the 2/5 split will occur points to the yom tov of Pesach, the last day of the Feast. The six month difference between the markers gives us an offset of ½ a year when marked according the Civil calendar that begins in the Fall. The break falls evenly after two years when the annual cycle accounting is by the Sacred Calendar. The principle of resurrection in the third day establishes this dividing point within the "civil" accounted seven as separating two groups of 2½  and 4½.

The Millennial Week Overlay

Now that you've seen the 2½  / 4½ split in the "watches of the night" template, let me show you what happens when you superimpose the millennial week overlay. We should expect to recognize some event at the 2½ thousand year point in history that relates to the character of that same point in the watches of the night. We do! About the event that occurred at the point marking 2½ / 7s of history, Winston Churchill stated it was the "most decisive leap forward ever discernible in the human story." It is this event and time which marks the start of the first ascending passage in the Great Pyramid's internal chronography. (According to some students of the Great Pyramid, it's the Bible and a calendar of human history in stone.) This is the event which has been the prominent and oft repeated reminder of God's love and delivering power displayed in and for His people. It is - the Exodus. The Red Sea crossing.

Counting from Adam, some present a good argument for the passing of 2448 years when that event occurred. Some place the event somewhat later. All estimates center around 2500 years from Adam. How about that? 2500/7000 = 2½ / 7 So, we see that the Exodus/crossing the Red Sea occurs at the same point in the seven thousand years as the Bride theft during the seven phulake. The events compare favorably in prophetic meaning!

Peter's passage through the iron gate speaks of the same event as Israel's crossing the Red Sea! The crossing of the Red Sea is the event which is celebrated on the last day of Pesach,  the very same day the angel led Peter to pass through the Iron Gate.

Another connection can be made between the Exodus and the Bride theft through the association between the church and the number five.  The feeding of the five thousand from Luke 9 is a cryptic scenario about the Bride theft, and the number five is similarly woven into the fabric of Exodus 13:18.
But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. (KJV)
Bullinger noted in reference to the word translated "harnessed" in his work Number in Scripture (p. 137): "Israel came out of Egypt five in a rank."  Five is even further associated with the Bride theft through Benjamin's role as the church in Genesis.

My point is that the 2½ / 7s point of both the watches in the night and the millennial week overlays match up perfectly. With this background, let's investigate the Creation week

The Creation Week Overlay

The record of the third day of creation shows two separate speakings, separately identified as both begin and end with the same phrases. The first is God continuing to speak into reality a habitation.
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10
Then, the first life form is spoken into existence to inhabit what had been prepared.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.  Genesis 1:11-13
Do you see how the structure of the account divides it into two portions? First, the geology, then the biology is spoken into existence. First, the habitation, then the life to inhabit it. Since the account of the day is divided into two distinct portions in sequence, let's relate the first part to the first half of the day and the second, likewise, to the second half of the day. In this perspective, the first life was brought forth two and a half days after the Creation week began. This appearance of new life after two and a half days relates to the ingathering of the church as new life appears in the heavenly city. The habitation which will have been prepared will then be occupied! As our Lord said in John 14:2-3:
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Isn't that remarkable? Yet another link between the new life that appears on the third day of creation and the ingathering of the church relates to "seed." From verse 12 of Genesis 1 we read about; "plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds." In I Corinthians 15:35-38 we read about seed in relation to our resurrected bodies.
But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
And the seed theme continues in verses 42-44:
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
Do you think there's a chance that this correlation is mere coincidence? Not likely, is it? As I've aligned the "bullets" on these three overlays, superimposing one on top of another, the illustration appears in wondrous detail. The three kinds of week are stamped from the same template. They came out of the same mold. Do you see how they harmonize? What an awesome tool we now have in the master overlay for helping us interpret biblical chronology!

A passage in Hosea that some have insightfully applied to the millennial week can be applied in the context of the Night week as well.
Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:1-3
In fact, it would seem that, because of the reference to the spring rains in association with his appearing, the third watch in the night will be the primary application for this very revealing prophetic passage.

The 6/1 Split - the Shabbat

The most obvious division in the Creation week is the 6/1 split, separating out the last day as distinct; a Shabbat.
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  Genesis 2:1-3
Rest - that's the character of the Shabbat. The Shabbat concept was extended to another type of week in Leviticus 25:1-7.
The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 5 Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. 6 Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you--for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, 7 as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.
The Shabbat concept further extends to another week of years and to a week of millennia.
And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed ? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. 4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'" And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." 5 And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." 6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 3:18-4:11
One of the primary features of "rest" is restoration. This aspect is seen throughout our Lord's first advent ministry as the Shabbat was so prominently marked by miraculous healings. In this way, the nature of the Millennial Shabbat was proclaimed. Healing during the Millennial Shabbat is seen  the following passage, referenced as the day of the Lord, here called simply, "the day."
"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the LORD Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the LORD Almighty.  Malachi 4:1-3
The application commonly accepted for the passage is in the context of the millennial week Shabbat, but I believe it also applies to the Famine Shabbat, the seventh watch in the night. That will be a rest year for the saints as they are protected and cared for. While those who trust in God are granted rest, God pours his wrath upon those who will not repent. Then the faithful will be rewarded with victory over the wicked. The Millennial and Famine Shabbat have the dual features of rest and wrath. The rest means healing, salvation and restoration for the Saints, while the wrath means plague, vengeance and destruction for the wicked.
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause. Isaiah 34:8

For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. 5 I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. 6 I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground." Isaiah 63:4-6
There is a literal 24 hour kind of day most specifically appointed for the grand conclusion of the wrath, but that there is also a year appointed for retribution. The Lord calls this the year of his redemption. I believe that year will also be a year of the Lord's favor, similar to when Y'shua proclaimed its fulfillment in Luke 4:18-19.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3
Although its not specified as a year in the following passage, you can track the clues to be able to recognize the Night Shabbat. Its beginning is marked in the following passage. Notice the familiar themes, that there will be no rest for some and rest for others.
And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."  Revelation 14:11-13
While the saints rest, the people of the earth are punished as the Lord's wrath is poured out.
But your dead will live; their bodies will rise. You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy. Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. 20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. 21 See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer.  Isaiah 26:19-21
The wrath of God is poured out for what is probably the entire year's duration.
After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened. 6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth."  Revelation 15:5-16:1
In the above passage, there are eight uses of the word "seven." Seven and rest and Shabbat are very closely associated in the Hebrew.  Here is another account of the Night Shabbat and the Millennial Shabbat
"The great day of the LORD is near-- near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the LORD will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there. 15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 16 a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers. 17 I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord's wrath. In the fire of his jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth." 2:1 Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, 2 before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the Lord's wrath comes upon you. 3 Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord's anger Zephaniah 1:14-2:3
Here's an interesting view of the Millennial and the Famine Shabbat with the days of the week figuratively stated as calamities. The Hebrew word for "rescue" is natzal, meaning the same as "rapture."
Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. 19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will befall you. 20 In famine he will ransom you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.  Job 5:17-20

No 3½ / 3½ Split in Sight

Having seen evidence that the Great Seven each have a seventh day Shabbat, our awareness of a 6/1 split can be added to what we learned about a 2 ½ / 4 ½ split. The master overlay of weeks now divides into three parts; 2 ½, 3 ½ and 1. You may find the 3½ year duration I just derived interesting, as well you should. I believe the 3½ year, 42 month and 1,260 day prophecies apply to this period of time. (See Revelation 11:2-3,  12:6, etc.) Many of you will want to ask, "But what about dividing the seven years into two equal halves to get 3½?" Well, I just don't see any indication that the master overlay is divided that way, but if you find some evidence, I'd like to see it. As I understand it, the basis for the traditional assumption of a 3½ / 3½ split in Daniel's seventieth week is one verse of scripture. Daniel 9:27.
 He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him."
I read "middle" in this verse and I understand what middle means, but the exact midpoint is not the only interpretation demanded. In fact, marking such a significant event at the exact midpoint makes no sense when you understand the principle of the overlay of the rav sheva.  In a week, the middle day is the fourth day. Consider such an event that happened in the fourth day and how it compares to the event that we should expect to come in the middle of the week.

The 4/3 Split

A most significant event marked the 4/3 split in the millennial week. That was when the Son of God came to earth to tabernacle among us. The most popular Western calendar, the Gregorian calendar, acknowledges this with every date previous to that point being designated as B.C. (Before Christ) and every date since as A.D. (Anno Domini - In the Year of Our Lord) If what I've been saying about the master overlay is valid, there must be a comparable marker of great significance in each of the other overlays - and there is.

To introduce you to how the 4/3 split is evidenced in the creation week, let me quote from Avi Ben Mordecai's book, Signs in the Heavens, p. 191.

"The Jewish teachers of Torah believed HaMashiach, the righteous ruling King of Israel, would come to His people in the fourth day of the Creation "week." The arrival of HaMashiach was expected in the period known as the "fourth day" after creation. How did rabbinical interpreters and sages of Torah arrive at this timeline for the coming of HaMashiach? For one, they interpreted the prophet Malachi's words about the messianic age:
But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. (Malachi 4:2 NASB)
The "sun" translation is correct, rather than "son." Our rabbis deduced from Malachi's words that he was referring to HaMashiach and hence to Bereshith (Genesis) 1:14-19 where it says the "sun" was created on the fourth day. This is a symbolic allusion to when G-d's salvation would come to His people...."

 Here is that very deep and profound account of the coming of HaMashiach, the creation account of the fourth day.
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.  Genesis 1:14-19
As noted by the insightful Rabbis, in the closing moments of the fourth Millennial day our Lord was brought forth. He came as the greater light, created on the fourth day to govern the day. He himself declared in John 12:46, "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." His was not the only such testimony.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. John 1:1-9
The Apostle Peter speaks thusly about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus as the sun.
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  2 Peter 1:16-19
The sun is the morning star, the only star that comes up every morning. Venus along with all the other planets are both morning and evening "stars."

Do you see how the Creation week matches the Millennial week in the manner of a 4/3 split? Now, how do we see this demarcation evidenced within the watches in the night? Well, this is an important question, and certainly one whose answer is worth every effort in its discovery because of its relevance to you and I, who are about to cross over the threshold into the first watch of the night. I, for one, am very thankful we have been given special insight into these matters which are of such a crucial nature.

In looking to identify this most noteworthy event, we should expect to find a dramatic transition in character between the two portions of the week, marked by an event that compares in magnitude to the creation of the sun and the coming of the Messiah. I believe we see such a thing in what is called the abomination of desolation. We find what is perhaps the most popular warning about this event in Matthew's gospel.
So when you see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel--let the reader understand-- 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:15-22
Now that's the kind of dramatic transition in character we might expect to correlate with the significance of the 4/3 split seen in the other overlays! The passage that follows shows another view of the abomination that causes desolation standing in the holy place. (This will be the second of two revealings, following after the earlier revelation to the watchful and alert Bride.)
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (See Acts 12:21-22 with Herod as a type - alas, they will think the event is the coming of the HaMashiach!)
An abomination has to do with idols, idolatry - the worship of something in place of God. The abomination of, or, "that causes" desolation compares to the creation of the sun and the coming of HaMashiach in this way: It is the revelation of a counterfeit sun, an anti-sun, antichrist.

There is a very interesting Jewish tradition that speaks to me of the counterfeit light. According to the popular resource book: The Jewish Holidays - a Guide and Commentary by Michael Strassfeld, (p. 193) "According to tradition, the sanctuary was dedicated in the desert beginning with the first of Nisan. Each day the prince of one of the twelve tribes would bring offerings to the sanctuary (see Numbers, chapter 7). A few synagogues follow the custom of reading from the Torah each day the appropriate portion for each prince..... On the thirteenth of Nisan, we read the portion that begins "When You light the lamps..." (Num. 8:1,2) in honor of the tribe of Levi who served in the sanctuary." Here's the connection. The thirteenth of Nisan is the one date in scripture which portends the revelation of the lawless one! And we just happen to have a Jewish tradition on that day that specifically addresses the lighting of the lamp in the temple, a symbol of Christ to be counterfeited.

I see no other candidates for the identity of the 4/3 split event. The abomination that causes desolation probably ranks right next to Armageddon in familiarity; it's a central event known to most anyone who has ever studied Bible prophecy.


I believe I have made a good case for the validity of the master overlay of weeks. While I suspect that there are many more events in the creation week and throughout the past six millennia that align and compare, the divisions of the week identified as 2½  / 4½ , 6/1 and 4/3 are probably the main divisions. The usefulness of this knowledge should not be underestimated. Are you curious about what other events and times might match up between these overlays of weeks? If you are, pray for insight and dig in, friend.