Here are some examples:
"And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai." (Ex. 19:11 KJV)
The end time interpretation of this is that it refers to the Second Coming when "every eye shall see him." This verse is saying that Jesus' Second Coming will happen on the third day or last day, and not before then.
And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. (Exodus 19:16)
This verse from the same chapter in Exodus speaks of God's judgments coming and fear falling on the people. It happens in the morning of the third day; or at the beginning of the Millennium.
"After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight." (Hosea 6:2 KJV)
The end time interpretation of this is a) that it speaks of end time revival. This revival is to happen after two days. In other words it happens during the millennium. b) It refers to the resurrection, when the dead in Christ shall be raised up. This also happens "in the third day" and not before it.
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage." (John 2:1 -2 KJV)
This can be seen as a reference to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It takes place during the Millennium no matter how you interpret it, but it's a good example of how God uses the phrase "third day" prophetically. Note that the bridegroom and bride are not mentioned or named but that Jesus and his disciples, the Church, are.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day. (Gen 1: 9-13)
Here is probably the earliest passage in the Bible with end time implications. It says that God commanded the earth to bring forth its fruit on the third day. Prophetically this speaks of the harvest of the earth.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; fortheharvest of the earth is ripe. (Revelation 14:15)
Again this happens on the third day, and takes place before Jesus returns.
In second Kings we read:
And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? (2 Kings 20:8)
What does it mean to be healed and to "go up into the house of the Lord on the third day?" The healing and the third day are mentioned in Hosea 6.
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us : in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:1-3)
The latter rain is what brings the harvest! House of the Lord is His Church.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3)
In this case Isaiah is saying the temple or Church will be built in the last days. And combining these two passages gives us several conclusions. The healing and raising up is the restoration of the Church. The going up into the house of the Lord is the establishment of the Church. The coming of the latter rain brings the harvest to the Church. All this takes place on the "third day" and before the Lord's return.
This verse from Luke mentions the third day as a day of perfection.
And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Luke 13:32
Prophetically this speaks of the perfection to come upon the Body of Christ, during the third day.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27
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