The Wedding Day

The first chapter of John provides an intricate prophetic calendar for various events between the start of Mankind at Adam and the wedding supper of the Lamb.

Background

The first chapter of the Book of John tells a progressive story of various events early in Jesus’ public ministry. These stories are linked together by an interesting chain of day-transitions so we are able to track the days on which various things happen. This is interesting because we find the writer of John felt these day transitions were important to the story.

40 John 1:1-2:1
1In the beginning was the word, and that very word was with god, and god was that word.
2The same was in the beginning with god.
3Everything came to be by his hand, and without him not even 1 thing that was created came to be.
4The life was in him, and the life is the light of men.
5The same light shines in darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.


6There was a man sent from god whose name was John.
7He came as a testimony to testify concerning the light, so that every man might believe by means of him.
8He was not the light, but a testimony concerning the light.
9He was the true light which lit every man who came into the world.
10He was in the world and the world was under his hand, yet the world did not know him.
11He came to his own, and his own did not receive him.
12But to those who received him he gave power to become sons of god, especially to those who believed in his name,
13those who are not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of god.


14The word became flesh and lived among us and we saw his glory; a glory like that of the firstborn of the father, full of grace and truth.
15John testified concerning him and cried and said: This is the one whom I said: He is coming after me, yet he is ahead of me because he was before me.
16Of his fullness we have all received grace for grace.
17For the law was given by Moses, but truth and grace came into being by Jesus an anointed.
18No man has ever seen god, but the firstborn of god who is in the embrace of his father has declared him.


19This is the testimony of John when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him: Who are you?
20He confessed and did not deny it, but he declared: I am not an anointed.
21Then they asked him again: What then, are you Elijah? He said: I am not. Are you a prophet? He said: No.
22Then they said to him: Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say concerning yourself?
23He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Straighten the highway of master; (13:40:3) as the prophet Isaiah said.
24Those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25They asked him, saying to him: Then why do you baptize if you are not an anointed, nor Elijah, nor a prophet?
26John answered, saying to them: I baptize with water, but among you stands one whom you do not know;
27this is the one who comes after me and is ahead of me; the one even the strings of whose shoes I am not good enough to untie.
28These things happened in Bethany at the Jordan crossing where John was baptizing.


29The next day John saw Jesus coming to him and he said: Look, the lamb of god who takes away the sin of the world.
30This is the one of whom I said: The man who comes after me is yet ahead of me because he was before me.
31I did not know him, but that he might be made known to Israel I came to baptize with water.
32John testified saying: I saw the spirit descending from the skies like a dove and it rested on him.
33Yet I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me: The one on whom you see the spirit descending and resting is the one who will baptize with the holy spirit.
34I saw and testified that this is the son of god.


35The next day John was standing with 2 of his disciples.
36He looked at Jesus while he walked and said: Look, the lamb of god.
37When he said it 2 of his disciples heard it, and they went after Jesus.
38Jesus turned around, and saw them following him, and he said to them: What do you want? They said to him: Teacher, where do you live?
39He said to them: Come and you will see. They came and saw where he stayed, and they remained with him that day; it was about the 10th hour.
401 of those who heard John and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon.
41He saw his brother Simon first, and said to him: We have found an anointed.
42He brought him to Jesus, and Jesus looked at him and said: You are Simon son of Jonah; you are called Stone.


43The next day Jesus wanted to leave for Galilee, and he found Philip and said to him: Follow me.
44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Simon.
45Philip found Nathanael and said to him: We have found that Jesus the son of Joseph of Nazareth is the one concerning whom Moses wrote in the law and the prophets.
46Nathanael said to him: Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and you will see.
47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and he said of him: Look, truly, a son of Israel in whom there is no guile.
48Nathanael said to him: Where do you know me from? Jesus said to him: Even before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.
49Nathanael answered, saying to him: Teacher, you are the son of god; you are the king of Israel.
50Jesus said to him: Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.
51He said to him: Truly, truly, I say to all of you that from now on you will see the skies opened, and the angels of god ascending and descending to the son of man.


1On the 3rd day there was a marriage feast in Cana, a city of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

What was John trying to tell us? That Jesus will attend a wedding on the 14th day. What wedding? In this prophetic sense his own. Lets turn to look at the days in the first chapter of John.

  • Days 1-7 The first 18 verses of the first chapter of John tell about the Word of God becoming flesh. This passage reflects many truths about God himself, the important one for our story here is that God Created. The account of the creation in Genesis is quite clear. God created in various ways across 6 days and then he rested on the seventh. 7 days of creation. The first seven days of John chapter 1.

  • Day 8 Beginning at verse 19 and running through verse 28 we have an account of a day. The 8th day in our story. In this day John is asked to identify himself. His answer? That he is the one who will prepare the way for the Lord.

  • Day 9 Verse 29 starts with "the next day" and John explains that he would not have known Jesus if the Holy Spirit had not revealed it to him.

  • Day 10 Verse 35 contains "the next day" and moves our attention to the 10th day. This day involves John showing Jesus to two disciples. They want to known where he is staying and he shows them. This day includes a reference so we know for sure that we are in the 10th day. The reference? The 10th hour.1 This verse also saying that they spent the day with him, completing this day for us.

  • Day 11 Verse 40 starts the 11th day, the day that Peter meets Jesus and starts to follow him.

  • Day 12 Verse 43 starts with "the next day" and Jesus finds several other followers. Nathaniel believes because Jesus tells him he saw Nathaniel while he was under the fig tree, and that they would see greater things than that.

  • Day 14 Chapter 2 starts with the expression "on the third day." This puts the distance from day 12, as being three days. Day 12 is the first of the three, Day 13 is the second of the three, and Day 14 is the third of the three. This third day is the day that Chapter 2 puts as the day of a wedding feast. What does Jesus do here? He turns six stone water jars into wine. Taking common water and making it valuable to the master of the Banquet.

Personal Meaning

Human beings are made out of stone and water. These are common elements and not particularly valuable.

After being touched by Jesus the water becomes wine. This is what happens when we are touched by Jesus in the spirit. At that point we become valuable to God the Father, the master of the banquet.

Several of the details found in this story do not apply to personal salvation. The principle of reduction says that these other details are there for some other meaning, the prophetic meaing.

Prophetic Meaning

Jesus’ mother asked Jesus to perform the miracle of turning water into wine. Normally only the wedding party supplies wine for the banquet. This question suggests that this is somehow Jesus’ own wedding.

No other scripture suggests that Jesus had an earthly wife. This is probably not his earthly wedding. Prophetically this is part of the story. Jesus himself will have a wedding, the "wedding supper of the Lamb."

When does this prophetic wedding take place? As John tells us, on the 14th day of mankind. That day on the master of the Banquet’s calendar begins when the world has passed into the next millennium. The following shows the date report:

Start of God’s Day 14
Tue13001/1/1 AA16 Feb 2010 NS3 Feb 2763 AUCAAN: 4742401
3501/1/1 FE 3 Feb 2009 OS3 Feb 2010 ADJDN: 2455244

Of course this is a precise date that starts this date. The 14th day lasts for 1000 years so the wedding itself can be at any point after this date within that 1000 year window. As a practical matter many of the historical dates landed on or very close to the millennium breaks earlier on the time line. Here are some of those.

Other Interesting Days in this Story

The 9th day was the human years 8001 through 9000 after Adam. It includes the life of Abraham, the first "man of faith." The work of revealing Jesus is always an act of the Holy Spirit. It was in this time that the first man of faith, Abraham, came to believe in the same sort of Holy Spirit led way.

The 10th day is also interesting. It is the date that two are introduced to Jesus and his location. That day lasted from the year 9001 until 10,000 after Adam. As we saw with the woman at the well, hours can represent Jubilees, and in John’s story the events transpire around the 10th hour. This is the period when the nation of Israel met with God at the base of Mount Sinai, in the middle of this day, 9501. This was 500 years, or 10 Jubilees, into the 10th day. The elders of Israel went up the mountain, and saw him "where he was." Also, the house of Israel is made up primarily of two parties, Israel and Judah. The two disciples play this role prophetically in this story.

The 12th day is also interesting. Here more disciples decide to follow him. They are told they will see greater things than this. What things? From 11,001, until 12,000 after Adam is the first 1000 years of the last two millenniums. The period of the first main rise of Christianity in the world. Greater things than just the first disciples. The first adoption of Christianity as a state religion anywhere in the world.

Day 13 is noticeably absent. Why? God did not move specifically in the history of mankind in this period. At least not dramatically like a visit, or a Mount Sinai. The church, or the bride, has just been slowly advancing in various ways. The last century being the most dramatic in that growth period, but nothing as dramatic as mount Sinai. The next "big day" is day 14, which we are quickly approaching.

Conclusion

The triangulation of this story is great. It basically lays out the 7 days up to Noah’s flood, the various days since Abraham and it leaves us with one more day to come, the day of the wedding. This is the best we’ve looked at so far in terms of following ancient stories and dates and running them forward. The story gets better.

Days were not the only thing Moses told us were linked to 1000 year long periods. Moses also said that "watches in the night" were to God as 1000 year long periods were. We look at one of those next.


1 John 1:39