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.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -- 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'" 16From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

19Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."

21They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"

He said, "I am not."

"Are you the Prophet?"

He answered, "No."

22Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, `Make straight the way for the Lord.'"

24Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"

26"I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."

28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel."

32Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' 34I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God."

35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?"

They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

39"Come," he replied, "and you will see."

So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour.

40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter).

43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."

44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote -- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."

46"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.

"Come and see," said Philip.

47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."

48"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you."

49Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."

50Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." 51He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." John 1:1-51 NIV

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.The word "that" is included in the verb form as its subject. It should not be sent as an added word. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:The tois is sunstantival meaning "to the ones" so it needs its own marking. 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

15John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.The "ho" is tagged because it acts as an intensifier, not really part of the verb in the role of a normal pronoun. 16And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.The "ho" is tagged because it acts separtely as a relative pronoun.

19And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?"to them" is substantival. 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 24And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.The "hoi" is sunstantival and not part of the verb form. 25And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;The F1-Fi tags should go around "one" or "whom." Both are not included in "hon." 27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose."Hou" is a relative pronoun and belongs with "whose." There is no direct word to go with "autou" in the KJV translation. 28These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."ho" substantizes the participle "airwn." 30This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me."he" need s to be put in the F1-Fi tags as it is supplied from the context. 31And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

35Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?"and" should be in the F1-fi brackets. 39He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

43The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee."tou" here refers to the act itself of seeing and so does not behave as an article but rather as a substantive. 49Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."apo arti" is an idiom, two words taken together to mean "hereafter." John 1:1-51 KJV

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
Tue13001-01-01 AA16 Feb 2010 NS3 Feb 2763 AUC4742401 AAN
3501-01-01 FE3 Feb 2009 OS3 Feb 2010 AD2455244 JDN

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