the third day
6:2 the third day. Two prophetic mysteries are suggested here. Jesus Christ, representing the true Israel in His death, was raised the third day. The earthly nation of Israel, seemingly “dead” for about two thousand years, will be raised for her thousand-year millennial reign, when she returns to Messiah, and He to her at the end of this present age (Ezekiel 37:12-14). On the divine equation that “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,” see the note on II Peter 3:8.