“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” ~ Matthew 24
Initially these verses seem to imply that the Lord is going to stop the destruction and tribulation from lasting for a long period of time, or else His elect would die. And more importantly that we not be deceived by false messiahs. But, as we’ve been shown time and again, the Lord’s word is very literal, sometimes so literal we fail to see the obvious. We want to share with you what an interesting perspective in regard to the shortening of days.
What we are about to present has not been confirmed to us, but it’s definitely something we have been shown as a possibility. It’s exciting to discuss these issues with those who want to explore our Father’s holy word.
Was the Lord meaning a literal shortening of time?
First, we do not necessarily hold to any non-canonical sources, although we can certainly use them if the Lord directs us there for the purpose of giving us a better understanding. For instance, we have been made aware of Enoch and his writings regarding the last days.
Enoch walked with God and was quoted in the canonical scriptures. We have come to understand that during the time of Enoch’s writing, the days were approximately 365 per year (364.8). However, he writes of an event where the days would become shorter. He gives specific details of that time frame citing the physical changes in the sun, moon, and stars. The seasons would also change or not know their time.
Additionally, Enoch goes on to say that those who were not faithful (the unrepentant sinners) would not be able to determine the reasoning for the change; or they would fail to determine the true meaning of the elements’ placement, thus losing the ability to really understand astronomy and the cosmos. We can also conclude by what else is said that there would not be a universal consensus pertaining to years, seasons, and times, as there would be some sort of confusion on the matter.
I would like to note that it’s clear earlier civilizations did seem to possess an uncanny ability to place the stars and planets in the heavens before satellites and telescopes were invented. Many of those civilizations had fallen away from God and were not believers in the one and only true Elohim, but the point is at one time man did know the elements without modern technology. This astounds us today and doesn’t fit into the mainstream teaching of evolution (which sets the stage for the alien theories), but being believers we are told these things and have understanding that we have not evolved – rather, we’ve devolved.
During the days of Noah, the great grandson of Enoch, we are told by Noah only once of a specific time where we can measure the days annually based on solar years. It’s very clear that after the flood a year consisted of 360 days, which is now called a Biblical year. Enoch confirms this in his writings and describes the changes in the time it takes for the earth to orbit the sun. The lunar calendar would not be affected.
Moving further in the future post-flood we see that there comes a point where the calendar changes. We know that in the 8th century b.c. the calendar changed globally. There is also historical evidence of two sets of time that shows this was indeed a factual event. What happened in the Bible that points to this point in time?
In Isaiah we are told of Hezekiah, King of Judah who was ill and on his death bed. The Lord tells Isaiah that Hezekiah is going to die and he needs to get his house in order, which Isaiah relays. Hezekiah asks the Lord to grant him more time. God then tells Isaiah that He has heard Hezekiah’s prayer and will show him that he is going to lengthen his days by a miracle…a miracle that actually turned back time, or where God Himself lengthens the days of years. Hezekiah sees on the dial of King Ahaz when God turns it back by 10-degrees (approx. 701 b.c.), and he believes. Hezekiah went on to live for an additional 15 years.
Scripture confirms that there will be a shortening of days by the words of Yeshua Himself. Whether He is speaking literally of time being shortened, or that He will cut short wrath or persecution remains to be seen of course. However, He states in Matthew on two occasions referring to the shortening of the days, “For if those days were not shortened, no flesh should be saved, but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.“ And He states further in Matthew that those days will be like the days of Noah.
Something very important to remember is that all prophecies in the Bible are based on the Biblical calendar, not man’s. Therefore, specific times noted throughout His word are consistent and the same in terms of where they’d fall in the year. Meaning, we can determine how many months such and such days will be.
Events that change the earth:
It’s hard for us to imagine events that can change the times, but they do happen. Recently, the day was shortened by the 8.9 mag earthquake in Japan when the earth’s rotation sped up by a microsecond.
The difference in the earth’s rotation around the sun to equate 5 less days in a year would be approx. 0.43 km/s or speed it up to 30.2 km/s. We can already get an idea that the events spoken of in the Bible will be catastrophic on a global scale if we were to take the passage literally. Because the day was shortened by the earthquake, we assume that the number of days in a year was increased by a tiny amount, but what if it wasn’t? It’s possible that the various changes on the planet caused by the earthquake affected the planet’s wobble, core configuration, magnetic field, or trajectory through space that could have had the opposite effect of speeding the earth’s course around the sun. Scientists are exploring the effects, but we have no way of knowing for certain.
These are all speculations at this point, but it’s important to understand that events on the earth and in the galaxy that God can set in motion can fulfill the prophecies of the Bible. It’s going to take a much larger event or events than an 8.9 mag to get us to 360-day years. Does the Bible refer to any event(s) that could affect the earth’s rotation? Yes, of course it does. May I suggest you read Revelation? Or better yet, read Yeshua’s words when He speaks of earthquakes in diver’s places.
All this is to show you that scripture is much deeper than at first glance. We could be corrected by our Elohim at any point, but it’s certainly interesting to ponder the possibilities given our Elohim’s abilities are far more than we can understand.
In other words, the Word of God is very deep and we can’t even begin to understand its depth. Even if what we present here as a possibility is proven to be incorrect, the accuracy of His Holy Word is undeniably perfect. One fact we know however, is that we must be ready for some very serious times. The Word tells us of these things, so it should come as no surprise as to what we are seeing today. Being prepared with His word will arm us with the understanding and faith needed to endure, if we indeed have to face them in our life time.
It’s such a blessing to be able to discuss openly about our Lord’s word, and we’d love to hear what you have to say! Just something to pray on and ask the Lord for guidance with.