Have you ever considered the voice of God in Isaiah 46:10, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”?
In this verse God assures us that He has accurately foretold the events that will come to pass in the future and that His plans will surely come to pass. His prophecies concerning the future started in Genesis and conclude with all being accomplished in Revelation. It truly could be called a “back to the future” encounter as we delve into His prophetic words.
The Creator's plan of restoration can be seen throughout the holy Scriptures from the easiest level of prophetic redemption to a much deeper level of revelation, seen only by those who are shown these deep things by HaShem Himself. In Hebrew this is called PaRdes.
One such scripture that has very deep meaning can be found in John 8:56:
“Your father Abraham was glad that he should see My day, and he saw it and did rejoice.” (TS2009)
At this point one would have to ask the question, “when did Abraham see Messiah Yeshua's day?"
Although I have no doubt that he probably saw it many times, as hinted to in scripture, there is one day in particular that deserves some attention. As we will see the Apostle Sha'ul (Paul) alludes to this day as well.
In Genesis chapter 15 we read about the covenant that God made with Abraham. It is simple enough on the surface but what if you dig deeper, what can be discovered hidden deeper down? Let's read and examine this text more closely:
Genesis 15:1-18 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:”
I have many very important things to bring out here.
First, let's notice that these scriptures begin with HaShem and Abram discussing an heir. HaShem assures Abram that Eliezer will not be his heir but that he shall produce a “seed” from his own body. We know that promise was to include Sara and Isaac.
While these scriptures indicate both a physical and spiritual fulfillment, I wish to focus upon the spiritual in this lesson. We know that Isaac was the physical promise but Messiah Yeshua was the greater spiritual and physical promise. He was also the physical because He came from Isaac as well.
We know that a physical land is promised the descendants of Isaac but also we should understand that a much greater spiritual inheritance is being promised here. Scripture indicates that Abraham looked for a city not made with hands. (Hebrews 11:10)
Now for the meat of this lesson.
This conversation/vision that Abram had was given over two days. How do I know this? Because when God began speaking with Abram He told him to go outside and look up at the stars. Stars are seen at night, not during the day. So, one can make a correct assumption that they were speaking during the night.
Now, with HaShem's calendar a day goes from sunset to sunset. Keep this in mind. So, this day with the stars would have begun with the prior setting of the sun. The first day of the conversation/vision.
What else happened on this first day of the conversation/vision?
From the details we can conclude that Abram prepared the sacrificial animals during the day, for it states that he had to drive away the birds (vultures) that came to eat the divided animals. These vultures/birds of prey would not have been out except during the day time hours and the sun had not yet set because that is what the scripture later says. So, the animals are prepared during the first day.
After Abram has prepared his animals and has kept guard over them, in verse 12 we are told that the sun is now setting. This does not mean that it was the second day yet but it was sometime around 3pm or later but before the sun has set and before the second day of the conversation/vision had started. During this time period of the setting of the sun, 3pm onward till sunset, Abram has a horrifying vision (we will discuss this shortly).
Now, in verse 17 the second day of Abram's conversation/vision from HaShem begins for scripture records “the sun went down and it was dark”. Everything recorded of Abram's conversation/vision from God from this point forward takes place on the second day. Having presented these facts I will go on to some more facts.
In verse 7 it states that Abram had been called out by God from Ur of the Chaldees so that God could make of him a great nation and give him a land of promise. We read about this calling out in chapter 12 where it states in Hebrew “lech lecha” or “go to yourself” Abram. In English it is usually translated “get out”. So, Abram was called out by God from the land of his fathers and all of their pagan deities. He was to become the beginnings of God's new family. A family that God would use to restore all that had been lost since the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise.
Next, in verses 13-16 YHWH gives Abram a horrifying vision about his future descendants, descendants who had not even begun physically yet for Isaac had not yet been born. Notice that this vision happens before the setting of the sun. So, this vision happens on the first day of the conversation/vision between him and Elohim.
This vision encompasses a great deal more than meets the eye. In this vision God tells Abram about the captivity of his descendants and how they will serve strangers for 400 years. What does Abram see here? He sees the Egyptian captivity and the exodus from Egypt. He sees the plagues, and the death of the firstborn, the blood on the doorposts, the slaughter of the Paschal lamb. All of this was horrifying to Abram. Seeing into the future, if you ever have, can be terrifying even if there are elements of good in it. Tying all things together for good is difficult when bad things are also included within the vision.
Abram also sees his descendants inheriting the land that he then stood on. The physical land that God had already promised him.
But, what else did Abram see here? He saw the coming of the Messiah. He saw the redemption of the “family” by the blood of Messiah. This is truly when Abram saw the day of Messiah and rejoiced to see it. Although Abram saw terrifying things about the future of his descendants, as always, God did not leave him in a state of despair but He showed him the blessed hope of a final redemption, in Messiah Yeshua.
In verse 8, Abram had asked Elohim “how shall I know that I will inherit it?” Elohim gives him the answer by revealing these things to him but He also “cuts a covenant” with him. A covenant of blood. This assures Abram that he and his descendants will indeed inherit a land. Abram's concerns are laid to rest.
I will now reveal one more secret to this encounter with Abraham.