David Reigned for a "Day" that Lasted Forty Years

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By the way, regarding Judgment Day, I noticed another proof that the word “day” in the Bible can be a prolonged period of time. We know from Hebrews 3 and in the Old Testament that God speaks of the “day” of temptation as 40 years. But if we go to 1Chronicles 29, we will see another proof. It is referring to David, so it would span that time from 1007 B. C. to 967 B. C. and the time he ruled over Israel for 40 years. It says in 1Chronicles 29:27:

And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

Hebrews 3:8-9 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

So, he was really a strong type of the Lord Jesus who would come exactly 1,000 years later. Even the division of his reign (7 years in Hebron and 33 years in Jerusalem) points to Christ, and we see 7 years of Christ’s life on the Old Testament side and 33 years on the New Testament side. Again, 1,000 years from 1007 B. C. is 7 B. C. David died in 967 B. C. and his 40-year reign ended and we go to 33 A. D. and it is 1,000 calendar years.

I noticed that the word “time” in 1Chronicles 29:27 is the Hebrew word “yome,” which is the typical Hebrew word for “day.” It is Strong’s #3117. So, it would read, “And the day that he reigned over Israel was forty years,” which included seven years in Hebron and 33 years in Jerusalem. So, it is referring to David’s entire reign as a “day.” That is also true of Jehu and his reign of 28 years, and it may apply to others because the word “day” is very common in the Bible. If you look in your concordance for Strong’s #3117, there are a lot of listings. I have not gone through all of them, but these are at least two more pieces of evidence which shows that God can refer to a “day” as a prolonged period of time. It is interesting that Hebrews 3 speaks of the “day of temptation” in the wilderness as 40 years. Here, the “time” or “day” that David reigned was 40 years. And we are living in the “day” of judgment. We are living in the Day of Judgment that began May 21, 2011, so we tend to think of it being 22 years to 2033 A. D., but judgment began at the house of God, officially, in 1994. And 1994 through 2033 is 40 inclusive years. What we mean by inclusive is that you begin counting the year 1994 as the first year, and 1995 as the second year, and so forth. In counting actual years, we start counting from 1994 to 1995 as the first year and to 2033 is 39 years. Either way of counting is legitimate.