Q. I always enjoy your site. My question is does the phrase “in two days the lord will regain you and on the third day He will restore you” in Hosea make reference to the two thousand years for the church age and one thousand years for the millennium?
Have I missed it?
A. Hosea 5:15 reads;
Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.”
(In Matt. 23:38-39 after condemning the leaders in His famous “Seven Woes” speech, Jesus said to them, “Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” He was referring to the fact that a few days previously on Palm Sunday, the people had shouted this Messianic greeting, but the leaders had refused to join in, rejecting Him as their King. He never spoke to them again, even after His resurrection.)
Then Hosea 6:1-2 follows with:
“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.”
When you put these 3 verses together, with the 20-20 hindsight of history, you can make a good circumstantial case for the 3 days representing 3000 years, 2000 for the Church Age and 1000 for the Millennial Kingdom, when the Lord will again dwell in their presence (Ezekiel 43:6-7). But I hasten to add, this is just a general observation. It’s not something we can use to predict the 2nd Coming.