So how can the phrase 'the third day' and the phrase 'the seventh day' mean the same thing? The term "last days" or "latter days" is sometimes taken to mean the time period from the day of Pentecost till today; that is the so-called "Church Age." Sometimes it can mean the interval just before the Second Coming of the Lord. Looking at the first definition, you can see that the last days would then mean the last three days of God's week. And that the third day would be the last day. In other words, the third day is the last of the last days, making it equal to the seventh day if you looked at the whole week. That is to say, when we are speaking in context of the last days, the 'third day' is the millennium! Thus the 'third day' is the 'seventh day'. To confirm this you can find several references in scripture that link the "third day" with the "seventh day." For example: "He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean." (Num 19:12 KJV) (See also Num. 19:19; 31:19) Our conclusion then is that references to the third day in scripture will very often have a prophetic meaning that speaks of the seventh or last day. And this point is important to note since there are quite a few examples that use the third day metaphor.
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