Hebrew Word Picture
Day – yom
י Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’
י Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’
ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’
The Hebrew Word Picture for yom: finished work binding the pathway.
The Hebrew word for ‘day’ is yom and means ‘a period of time.’ This word must be defined within the context it is written.
When God created the heavens and the earth, the yom was 24 hours as the context states, ‘there was evening and morning’ or sunset to sunset. This sequence continues until the seventh day, the Sabbath, which had no evening or morning because it was to be a different type of yom.
“God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day“ (Genesis 1:5).
God gave Adam one command in the Garden of Eden and the consequence for disobedience was death:
“On the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die.” (Genesis 2:17).
When Adam sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he did not die immediately. The word yom in this context was not a sunset to sunset day, but in the context God’s yom. Adam died at 930 years, less than one yom in God’s timing.
“Moreover, dear friends, do not ignore this: with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day” (2 Peter 3:8).
From 2 Peter comes the concept of a millennial being one yom from God’s perspective. For example, the Day of the LORD falls into the category of 1000 years or a Millennium. This yom will be revealed with 7 years of great judgment on the earth beginning with God’s people and culminating with their redemption. This is the yom of judgment revealed to Yochanan in the book of Revelation. (Note: John was not referring to Sunday.)
“I came to be, in the Spirit, on the Day of the Lord; and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet, saying, “Write down what you see on a scroll, and send it to the seven Messianic communities … (Revelation 1:10).
“How dreadful that day will be! — there has never been one like it: a time of trouble for Ya‘akov, but out of it he will be saved” (Jeremiah 30:7).
“On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies to the east of Yerushalayim; and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, to make a huge valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south” (Zechariah 14:4).
“On that day” is a specific reference to the yom of the Millennial Kingdom or Messianic Era which includes the return of Yeshua to the Mount of Olives, the first resurrection of the saints, and the reign of King Yeshua for 1000 years from Jerusalem (Revelation 20:4). In this Millennium, he has victory over all his enemies and begins the restoration of the Kingdom on earth. It is a yom when Isra’el is at peace (Micah 4:4) and the nations come to worship the King Yeshua in the Millennial Temple.
“On that day the root of Yishai, which stands as a banner for the peoples — the Goyim will seek him out, and the place where he [Yeshua] rests will be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10).
“On that day they will say, “See! This is our God! We waited for him to save us. This is Adonai ; we put our hope in him. We are full of joy, so glad he saved us!” (Isaiah 25:9).
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