The impending coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorious for the confessing ones embraced by Him in the Holy Spirit, yet the second coming will be a terror to the deniers and unbelievers whether fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and/or swindlers! God gave us much information about this second advent of the reigning, Living Lord Jesus Christ, some of it is quite specific as outlined below.
First, Jesus said that only the Father knows the day and time (Matthew 24:36), yet, the Lord Jesus added that we can know the times and the seasons, including earthquakes, famines, and wars (Matthew 24:7). Let us be submersed in the Holy Scripture that the Holy Spirit lead us to all truth (Acts 17:11)!
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah (46:10) telling us that He revealed the end from the beginning, so before we turn to "In the beginning, God..." in Genesis 1, let's keep in mind these points about God's perspective on time.
In Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 we find that a thousand years is like a day to God, and vice versa. It is particularly notable that in 2 Peter 3 this passage illuminates the culmination of all things. While there is a certain timelessness to God, the Grand Creator provides a particular relevance between a day (yom in Hebrew being 24 hours) and a thousand years as we examine the creation account.
Some people have used the geneaology recorded in the Holy Scriptures to calculate the age of the earth. People did the calculation back in the days of Jesus (the so-called "Book of Barnabas" to which I have not been exposed) as well as recently, of which Halley's Bible Handbook (this is where I saw the "Book of Barnabas" mentioned too, I have a copy of this book for those interested) contains a compendium of various people's calculations (just a table of the age of the earth, not how the people arrived at the timespans). The consensus is 6,000 years ago, give or take some years (not thousands of years, but just "years"). For example, we know that Adam fathered Seth at 130, and Seth fathered Enosh at 105, etc (this link is to an easy to read table and chart with Scripture references from year 1 with Adam until the 4,000th year with the birth of our Sovereign King Jesus).
We are told in Revelation of the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth (Revelation 20:4). God shows us the pattern of each of the six days of creation as figuring six one thousand year periods or said Scripturally another way, "days".
God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light "day", and the darkness he called "night". There was evening and there was morning, the first day. There are some very important things to note here. Before God said "Let there be light,", God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. We know that God is Light (1 John 1:5). The greater light (Sun), lesser light (Moon), and host of heaven (stars) had not been created as of yet, rather these were created on the fourth day, so these were NOT the light identified in the first day. Notice also that the sentence "Let there be light," does NOT indicate that God created light. Not only did an awesome thing happen during the first day of the creation account, but God gave us a clear picture of the presentation of Christ as King, after all, He is the Light of the world in the beginning as well as entering Jerusalem on the back of a foal (more on this later) (Matthew 21:1-10). Again, the lesser light pictures Israel as the beacon for peoples to see where Jesus Christ would be born of the virgin, and the greater light pictures Jesus our Lord!
Genesis 6-8). The canopy theory states that on the second day God created a layer of ice around the earth, maybe a couple of feet thick, that compressed the atmosphere causing a densly oxygenated air (Hyperbaric therapy can help wounds, especially infected wounds. heal more quickly U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health and Hyperbaric Medicine, Wikipedia - long lifespan for both men and animal [did you know that an alligator grows one foot every year that it is alive? think of an alligator with, say, a 300 year lifespan] think of dinosaurs). At the time of the great flood, the fountains of the deep burst (scientists didn't see the fountains until the 1970's), and the canopy collapsed (with ensuing collossal downpour). That execution of the judgment of God as punishment for the violence and corruption against the Most High God (Genesis 6:11-12) must have been a terrifing thing. Noah and his family were saved through water, that is 8 persons (1 Peter 3:20). One righteous person (Noah - Genesis 6:9) with 7 other people (Noah's wife, Shem and wife, Ham and wife, Japheth and wife) were saved. The 7 other people were possibly allowed to survive the devastating flood based on going with Noah (a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time). Wow, think of it, Noah being a shadow of Christ, this Christ carrying His nation to safety on the narrow road (Matthew 7:14) while the entirety of all people on the wide road perish under the wrath of God (Matthew 7:13). The ark, made of wood, foreshadowing the cross, made of wood. King Jesus' atoning work (atonement - at one with God) at the cross takes away we believer's sins, crimes, and corruption (Exodus 20:3-17) against God. King Jesus will carry us believers to join our Father in heaven at the wonderful wedding feast of His Son and for eternity. This flood account is a picture of that which is yet to come, when the Wrath of God will be poured out on all of creation including people who do not believe on the Sovereign God, the Lord Jesus Christ. We see the second day of the creation account coinciding with the second thousand years. Significant things happened with water at that time!
Again, during the third day of creation, God caused the land to appear, and I suspect the topography was rather smooth as opposed to the mountainous landscape and deep sea trenches that we find today (once again, the explosive flood of Noah's lifetime dramatically changes the landscape). Just after about 4,000 years ago, God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldeans (that would be gentiles) (Genesis 12:1), and God gave Abram the covenant - which included the promised land. Through this promise to Abram, we would know where the King of kings would arrive to deliver us from the Wrath of God (Isaiah 46:6 and Genesis 12:3), the Messiah would not be coming from the region we call China, not Peru, not the U.S.A., rather specifically that piece of land that can be flown over in a matter of minutes. It is important to note that God's convenant appears to occur during the third thousand years after the creation, about the third "day"; although, Abram was born during the second "day". Nevertheless, the land was handed to the descendants of Abraham during the time of Joshua (Joshua 3); of significance, about 3,500 years ago, or 2,500 years after creation. Some important things relating to land happened that day!
"Then God said, 'Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them'; and it was so" (Genesis 1:11).
The first mention of fruitfulness during the creation is here with "fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit" on the third day; comparatively, the nation of Israel was founded by God during the 2000 to 3000 year range to bear fruit.
God sent His prophets into Israel declaring the salvation of the Lord. God deployed the prophets as part of God's plan "to separate the light from the darkness" (Genesis 1:18).
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God" (John 3:19-21).
Something special happened on the fifth day, the Son was given (Isaiah 9:6), clearly and overtly, flesh to ransom flesh (Matthew 20:28), the very Living Water (John 4:14), God to demonstrate and declare His Way (1 Peter 2:21)! We need to recall that during the last plague on the Egyptians just prior to Israel's exodus from bondage (Exodus 11) (oh, there is a powerful picture there, too), that God instructed Israel to identify a lamb on the 10th day of the month, then on the 14th day of the month the Israelites were to sacrifice the lamb (4 days after the 10th day of the month). At about 2,000 years ago, or 4,000 years after the creation, God Himself walked on earth (Jesus said "I AM" [John 8:58] laying claim to when YHWH stated His Name at the burning bush to Moses [Exodus 3:14]). On a Sunday (possibly April 6, 32 AD), Lord Jesus allowed Himself to be presented as King riding on the back of a foal into Jerusalem (day 1 which includes some of Monday). On Thursday, the Saviour of the world declared "It is finished" and He gave up His Spirit (Matthew 27:33-54) (day 5 - night approached because we know that Joseph of Arimathea hurried to remove Jesus' body [Mark 15:42-43] from the cross because the High Holy Day Sabbath was approaching [John 19:31], you can find the word twighlight used in Exodus 12:6). On the fifth day of creation, God made the waters to teem with living creatures, which is a beautiful picture of our Lord Jesus Christ being the Living Water. On the 5th day (day 5 and just into the 4,000th year range), God came to earth, was crucified, died, rose from the dead and ascended.
LEGEND: the highlighted text of a given color corresponds to these timelines:
YEARS AS A
|Thu||5||4,000-4,999||14th||10th first day||sacrifice
|Fri||6||5,000-5,999||11th second day||dominion
|Sat||7||6,000-6,999||12th third day||sabbath
|Sun||13th consummation||Empty tomb found by the women!|
Jesus spent various times talking about the last days, but in particular let us focus on Jesus words that Matthew recorded "on the third day He will be raised up." (Matthew 19:20) Here let's consider the three days, that is Thursday as the first day to count, Friday (the day after the crusifixion, day 2 of 3 [a High Holy Day Sabbath]), and Saturday (day 3 of 3 [the Jewish Sabbath]). It was early on that Sunday when the women discovered that the tomb was empty, very early on that day (Luke 24:1)! In the thousand years as a day timeline, Friday represents the 4,000 year range. Again, Saturday represents the 5,000 year range.
Let us take a moment to sojourn along day 6. Jesus made proclamation to those in prison (1 Peter 3:19), Jesus was active in that time after the crucifixion. God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion..." God continued with His important words, but let's focus on a few points in this part of the sentence. "Let us" and "our" indicate a plurality in the One God. God created man, no question, in God's image, after God's likeness. Another point about plurality, God said "let them", referring back to "man", in the second phrase meaning that God created more than one, hence Adam and Eve. But, there is a more expansive meaning here, God meaning more than one thing in a single statement. In this time of the New Conventant in Jesus' blood, God removes the heart of stone and gives a heart of flesh, please see Ezekiel 36:26 and John 3:5, and we can think of circumsision of the heart performed by a miracle of God on par with the very creation expressing the momentous act of God converting a child of wrath to a vessel of mercy (Romans 9:21-23) and getting grafted into Israel (Romans 11:24). This is more real and significant than that which we see and touch (2 Corinthians 4:18); in other words, the eternal is permanent while the physical senses indicate something fleeting. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote of walking by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). During the sixth (and fifth) day, God's congregation, Jesus' body, proclaims the Name above all names to a world that is under the wrath of God, and during the New Convenant time the Bride of Christ is going about (exercising dominion) this command in the Holy Spirit from year 4,000 - 5,999 after the beginning.
Now, back to the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. Let us think of it as a Sabbath, which for the Jews is Saturday. The Sabbath is the 7th day of the week, back in Genesis 1, God rested on the 7th day and Exodus 20:11 God gives the command to keep the Sabbath Holy! The seventh day is the 6,000 year range. We can clearly see that we are on the precipice of the 7th day, that is, the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth!
The women went to the tomb very early on the 8th day. Interesting, it was the day after the Sabbath, the first day of the week, a Sunday, but 8 days after Jesus rode the foal into the city of Jerusalem when He was presented as King. And John the Apostle recorded at the end of one of Jesus explanations "I Myself will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:40). This would coincide with the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth revealed in Revelation. That "1,000" years in "the 1,000 year reign of Christ" seems to indicate a full day, not just partial. Let's examine the logical extension of "a full day". Continuing with this train of thought, early on the 8th day the women found the empty tomb. Seek deeper. Since the 8th day occurs after the 7th day (math 7 + 1 = 8 and 8 - 7 = 1), we can say this, that the 6,000's year range occurs before the 7,000'th year (7,000'th year being the beginning of the 8th day). Thus, the 7,000'th year is, by definition, early on the 8th day. Let's exmaine God's creation account format; in other words, let's see how God "worded" each of the days of creation in Genesis 1. God does something significant, then there is evening, then there is morning, a specific day. This is how the Holy Spirit had Moses record the events in Genesis 1. Now, let's do some thousand years as a day math, 7,000 - 1,000 = 6,000 (8 days - 1 day = 7 days). Behold, the 8th day minus 1 day equals the 7th day. The seventh day is the Sabbath. God rested. Did Jesus rest that Sabbath (day 3 resurrection "on the third day")? At some time on that 3rd day, the Lord Jesus Christ rose, and I suspect, patiently waited. Yes, God is patient (2 Peter 3:9), and everything will happen in God's time. The empty tomb was exposed on the eighth day. According to this timeline which God places in front of us, something BIG is going to happen early in the 6,000 year range (take note of the word "early" as it relates to the women arriving at the empty tomb, their love of the Saviour gripped them)!
God promised that the nation of Israel, as a light to the world about the unavoidable events to come, would be reconstituted in the final moments preceding the inevitable and inescapable events described by Jesus, as recorded by Matthew (Chapter 24), and, again, which includes these prophetic words of the Son of God "and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." as recorded by Luke (21:24), see also Deuteronomy 30:3; Isaiah 43:6; Ezekiel 34:11-13; 36:24; 37:1-14, and in 70 AD the Roman empire under Titus destroyed Jerusalem (Siege of Jerusalem, Wikipedia) thus not one stone of the Temple was left upon another leaving no place for the Jews to perform the sacrifices then in 1948 the prophecy was fulfilled when God started bringing the scattered people back to the re-formed nation of Israel. There is something about the 70th anniversary that bears significance (I think it has something to do with Daniel 9:24, in this case weeks translates to years), and that is 3 years away. Jesus was crucified sometime between 27 AD and 36 AD. The uncertainty arises from various causes, but we do not attempt to develop that level of precision, for it is for God to know the day and hour. We know that the time is at hand, period. Blessed be the Name of El Elyon (the Most High God) that the believers Sabbath is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, for the Holy Spirit tells us by way of the writer of Hebrews (4:9-10) "So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His." Are we in the early part of the 7th day already? This might be the case if the 7th day started with Christ's birth. Are we about to enter the 7th day? Would it be when Christ conquered the grave? When He ascended to sit at the Right Hand of God? To further the point, long ago, God indicated that, near the end, people would be going to and fro (Daniel 12:4) (look at airports [Wright brothers first controlled, heavier than air flight in 1903 followed by the the first jet propelled aircraft, the German Heinkel He 178, in 1939 (History of Aviation, Wikipedia)] and automobiles [1768 first steam powered passenger vehicle followed much later by the first of automobile mass production by Ransom E. Olds (Oldsmobile) starting in 1901 (History of the Automobile, Wikipedia)]) as well as knowledge will increase (look at broadcast television and the Internet), and the high speed travel infrastructure and near instantaneous communication with rich media (audio and video) are particularly recent developments within the past 65 years. A geometric progression in utilization, low cost flights and cell phones with great computational power, is clearly evident. This means that in about the last 1% - 2% of time, we see much travel to and fro with a massive increase in knowledge, and Daniel, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, prophesied it over 2,500 years ago.
God provides us with another angle on the 6,000 years, a different perspective! God said, near the beginning that man's days shall be 120 years (Genesis 6:3). Later, God told Israel to let the land lay fallow every seventh year, a sabbath to the LORD, and after seven sabbath years, the next year would be a jubilee year (Leviticus 25) even a year of release for the one who sold himself that he return to the land that the LORD allotted to him! The significance of all of this will become evident as you examine the following formula:
|year to use land||algebra operator||number of years until sabbath year to the LORD||algebra operator||number of times to rest land until the jubilee year||algebra operator||the year of jubilee||algebra operator||man's days shall be 120 years||algebra operator||number of years from creation until the beginning of the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth|
|1||*||7 = 7||*||7 = 49||+||1 = 50||*||120||=||6,000|
Remember, that people lived more than 900 years old prior to the flood of Noah's time, for example Adam lived 930 years and Seth lived 912 years, but God mentioned that 120 years... Elsewhere the lifespan of a man is shown to be about 70 years (Psalm 90:10). Was God trying to tell us something? God, yet again, exhibits the years after the year 6,999 as something that looks like it could be called the sabbatic millenial rule of Christ.
6,000 years, let's relate this to Christ, "Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them;" (Mark 9:2, Matthew 17:1).
Let's take another look at the "THE DAY AFTER DAY SEVEN". Around the year 600 B.C., the prophet Jeremiah cried out the words of YHWH "When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place" (Jeremiah 29:8-10). This results in completion for Babylon to fall around the year 500 B.C., give or take some decades, but for simplification we'll use an approximation in our formula, let's use 500 B.C. for the return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1) - which translates to 3,500 years after the creation, or, said another way, 2,500 years ago.
|year marking creation||algebra operator||number of years from creation to the start of Babylonian capivity||algebra operator||number of years until return to Jerusalem with start of rebuilding the Temple||algebra operator||number of years to for each jubilee year cycle||algebra operator||number of jubilee periods||algebra operator||number of years from creation until the conclusion of the Lord Jesus Christ's 1,000 year reign|
|0||+||3,430 = 3,430||+||70 = 3,500||+ (||50||*||70||) =||7,000|
God can say one set of words, yet convey more than one meaning for those words. Respecting the 70 years in Babylon, we use it twice in the above formula. One time for the 70 years of the Judean captivity in Babylon until Ezra. A second time to obtain 3,500 years (50 * 70). 3,500 years, when considered as "a thousand years is as a day" results in three and a half days. Three and a half days is the center demarcation of a week. One week.
Upon reaching 7,000 years, that means 7,000 completed years, that means that 7,001 years would be the beginning of the 8,000 range. Let's relate this to Christ, "Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray" (Luke 9:28, do not be stressed about Mark 9:2, how many times can Jesus say "But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."? Certainly more than once, for did not the Jews repeat themselves to convey deep meaning.). We find the 7 sandwiched between the 6 of Mark 9:2 and the 8 of Luke 9:28. Interesting, because both passages are about our Lord Jesus being transfigured!
There are references to 1,260, 1,290, and 1,335 days. 1,260 days is exactly three and a half years (for 360 day years). There are Biblical references for these day ranges, such as:
It appears God outlines that there is significance for the events related to His plan at time periods of 3 ½ within a period of 7, be it days, weeks, years, and thousands of years. Hear the words of the prophet Hosea: "He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him" (Hosea 6:2). And, this as recorded by the Apostle John, that on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were called to the wedding - and they were present at the wedding, yet we are not told what the three days are after (John 2:1-3). Jesus prophecies His crucifixion then His resurrection on the third day (Luke 18:33). Jesus announces the fulfillment of His prophecies of His suffering as well as that He would rise from the dead on the 3rd day (Luke 24:46). This is the account of that 3rd day morning (Luke 24:1-12).
I was told that seven in English is sabone in Hebrew. That the meaning of sabone has two meanings, (1) seven and (2) satisified, to be complete. The fellow verbally said, listen to seven, seben, sabone, satisfied. So, I looked it up, and I found that there is a slight difference between the Hebrew shin letter (it looks a little like a w in English) for the Hebrew word for seven (Lexicon :: Strong's H7651 - sheba`) and the Hebrew word for satisfied (Lexicon :: Strong's H7650 - shaba`); however, Strong's indicates the etymology of seven (sheba`) is "to be complete, but used only as a denominative from H7651; to seven oneself, i.e. swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times)" (shaba`).
It is clear that there is significance for each period within seven, and at the conclusion of seven is the culmination.
An additional thought, respecting the northern 10 tribes, Israel, at the time of the Assyrian dispersion (which predates the Babylonian exile), it is recorded that YHWH preserved unto Himself a remnant of 7,000 that did not bow the knee to idols (1 Kings 19:18, Romans 11:4).This genealogical/timeline study link contains a Scripture examination from year 1 with Adam until the 4,000th year with the birth of our Sovereign King Jesus. Something wonderful is revealed in the translation of the names of the first 10 generations - from the beginning - please recall Isaiah 46:10 that God reveals the end from the beginning.
Please take a moment to read not only the rows of this table of names of the pre-flood geneaology, in order, but also read it columnar wise.
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God|
|Jared||Shall Come Down|
|Methuselah||His Death shall Bring|
I'd like to look at that in sentence form.
Man Appointed Mortal Sorrow The Blessed God Shall Come Down Preaching His Death shall Bring The Despairing Rest
Adam Seth Enosh Kenan Mahalalel Jared Enoch Methuselah Lamech Noah
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ! In Whom alone, is salvation!Luke 9, Luke 10, Matthew 21:2), but it was highly focused on matters of the Kingdom of God. Jesus disciplined the disciples. Jesus discipled. Now, we know that as disciples of Jesus we abide in Him (John 8:31, John 15:4), and He is our example (1 Peter 2:21). To confess Christ is to be conformed to His likeness (Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18). We are consumed into holiness by the Spirit of Righteousness (1 Peter 1:15). The Apostle Paul wrote people will be lovers of pleasure in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-5). This "pleasure" is entertainment (and more). Is entertainment Hollywood (Disney, ESPN, news, etc)? Yes. Is entertainment leagues here in this city? As in bowling league, baseball league, soccer league? The answer is in the next question! Who does it serve? The Creator of everything, the Lord Jesus Christ, when tempted by the Satan, answered in Wisdom, the Word "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" Again, seek the Master, how did He disciple? Did He send those He had been given by the Father (John 10:29) off on destructive endeavors? NO!!! The Lord Jesus Christ gave us an example to follow in His steps, yes, He gave us the deliberate pattern of Godly discipling! Be separate (1 Peter 2:9), be clean! Fellowship is gathering in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for His good pleasure! The deep, rich joy that is the love in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:14-21) reaches a magnitude that far exceeds any and all earthly pleasures (2 Corinthians 4:18)! God paints a fine portrait of family and relationships in Scripture, so we, who believe, do not fear the one who can only kill the body, rather we fear the one can can kill the body and soul (Matthew 10:28)! Men and women, be devoted to God in all things at all times (Romans 12:1), and love one another (Romans 12-10), serving as Loving Jesus served (John 13:1-17), that the world may see true love (John 13:35)! Husbands and wives, marriage is a picture of Christ and His Bride, do not defile the picture, rather keep it clean and beautiful (Ephesians 5:22-32! Christ's Bride prepares the way for Christ's return, and so it is with wives preparing the way for husbands to go out to evangelize about the Head of the Body, Christ Himself. Men work diligently (2 Thessalonians 3:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:9), that the unbelieving see you work heartily as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23) that the unbeliever may ask about your honesty and fortitude that is the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15), and each husband among you love your wife, serving her tirelessly while, additionally, you fathers teach the Word of God to your children in the Spirit of God! As we parents are so aptly commanded by God, do not raise your children to pursue the American dream because in the end the U.S.A. as well as all other nations will be no more since Jesus' kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36, Luke 9:58), rather raise your children in the fear and admonition of the LORD (Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:7, Proverbs 23:13-14, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 3:11-12, Proverbs 22:6, Matthew 19:14, John 17:3). Children, be attentive to the Holy Scripture (2 Timothy 1:5), obey your parents because this pleases the Lord (also, this is a picture of the Father in heaven's children obedience in Christ Jesus) (Colossians 3:20, Ephesians 6:1-3), and pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!
As it was in the time of Noah (Genesis 6), so it will be in the last days (Luke 17:27). People will be indulged in themselves with the cares of this passing world. Man will be eating and drinking, buying and selling, marrying, and giving in marriage (it is interesting that when Jesus, the Son of God, made reference to the days of Noah, that He did not mention the violence, violence against God, they loved violence, today people get thrilled about violence in the theater and on the sports field, and worse), and like the great flood of Noah's day, the wrath of God will come upon them, yet some under the very wrath of God will be aware without understanding of punishment of God. The evidence of their very lives and words, the fruit (Galatians 5:19-21), of being still caught up in the cares of this world, caught up in selfish passions; moreover, those people will be under the delusion of Satan that they THOUGHT THEY WERE JESUS'S OWN (Matthew 7:21-23)!
It all started with the selfishness and self-centeredness of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, when they committed that haneous crime against God, when they sinned. Yes, they disobeyed God, and, yes, they were tempted by the devil; furthermore, they fled from God (Genesis 3). They fled from Light. God is light. Fleeing from light is racing into darkness. Consequently, this desire for darkness (John 3:19) has been the condition of man since the time of Adam and Eve (Romans 5:19). How will people know this precious truth unless someone tells them (Romans 10:14)? Man, every person, inherits the selfishness and self-centeredness, the lust of the flesh (money, power, and beauty), even grotesque sin including the love of the darkness from the first man Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45).
The matter is urgent, Urgent, URGENT! There is no time for dalliances (Luke 12:41-48). To the Jews, there are Israelites and non-Israelites, and the Jews call non-Israelites "gentiles". The time of the gentiles is almost over (Luke 21:24); in other words, we are near the time when the last of God's called and chosen among the gentiles will be saved (Matthew 22:14) thus indicating the end (Matthew 24:14). Where your treasure is, there your heart is (Matthew 6:21), blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6), and blessed are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)! Know who you are by looking to the Master, Jesus came to make peace with God to the Jews first then to the gentiles. Praise the Lord of my salvation, the last Adam, the life-giving spirit, the Lord jesus Christ!
Our nothing-ness is clearly visible in His awesome majesty. Our rebellion against God is entirely evident in the Law (Romans 7:9). God identified the Messiah (one example is the prophecies about the crucifixion and the actual crucifixion separated by more than 1,000 years, prophesied even 600 years before the first recorded utilization of crucifixion as a punishment 479 BC Psalm 22:1-18; Matthew 27:33-54; Luke 23:33-49) (Crucifixion, Wikipedia). We are at His mercy. King Jesus controls all (2 Corinthians 5:14) for everything is held together by Him (Colossians 1:17), and everything was created by Him, for Him, and through Him (Colossians 1:15). We cry out "Abba Father." We cry out "Save me, Lord Jesus." (like Peter sinking after being called to walk on the water [Matthew 14:30]). The Lord takes us (John 15:16). Our rebellion against God is entirely evident in the Law, and we can see that we deserve His judgement and condemnation to hell (Matthew 25:41, John 3:36), Christ bore the judgement of the world on the cross (Isaiah 53:4 and Hebrews 9:28). We, that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (we know we can do nothing without Him [John 15:5]), receive from Him selfless love that He lovingly imparts into us, His sheep that hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27-30) bearing fruit of the Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20, Galatians 5:22-23). It is Love (1 John 4:8) that redeems us to the Holy God! The Spirit of the Living God gives us faith, feeding us moment to moment (oh, so many verses to quote, how about John 16:7 and John 10:27-30).
I used specific numbers such as 4,999, but it's actually more precise than that, but I used numbers like this in order to avoid writing much more explanatory info about the precise date in a year. For example, Scripture demonstrates a 360 day year as opposed to our 365 day Gregorian calendar.
God knows His plan for all time. If I have read something into the Word of God, I beg forgiveness and mercy from my Loving Father.
I believe in one God, eternally existing as three distinct and equal persons being Love (Genesis 1:26 [plurality], Isaiah 48:16 [all three mentioned], Romans 1:7 [Father], John 8:58 [Son, referring back to Exodus 3:14], John 15:26 [Spirit], 1 John 4:8 [Love]).
I love my God, my heavenly Father, Who loves me. I was formerly a slave to sin, dead in my trespasses against the Mighty and Just God, yet now I live for God opened my eyes to see that I was purchased, the ransom for my crimes against God paid by the very blood of His Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. God has given me the precious gift of His indwelling Holy Spirit. When the Father in heaven looks at me, I am safe and heard because I am covered by the blood of Jesus! I know God loves me because He disciplines me (Psalm 94:12, Proverbs 3:12, Hebrews 12:6, Revelation 3:19), and in the time of writing this essay was great testing to which my God exercised the Holy Spirit filled loving family that He generously gives me for which I am absolutely grateful and thankful to my Lord Jesus. There is no greater joy than knowing my God, and being known by Him! May I, unworthy as I am yet this Lord's House, be an instrument of peace.
To those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, remember, the promise of God the Father in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Holy Spirit bringing communion with the Father in heaven. Eternal life is the joy of being with God, and in His lovingkindness He bestows it on His children! Do not grow weary, proclaim the Gospel in Love! Rejoice, for the day draws very, very near.
Kermos, Wed May 13 10:45:50 PDT 2015: At 2:43 am on 13 May 2015 I received word from a Jewish business associate in Israel that the "shemita (fallow) year of the seven year cycle" is under way. Could there be signifiance of this in the the recurring 3½ years (360 * 3.5 = 1,260 a.k.a 42 months which is 42 * 30 [days per month] = 1,260) (some references that refer to 1,260/42 months and 1290 days/43 months 1,335 days for mediation not for drawing conclusions Revelation 11:2-3, Revelation 12:14, Revelation 13:5, Daniel 7:25-26, Daniel 12:7, Daniel 12:11-12)? Could there be significance in the 7 year cycle to leave the ground fallow - that is - rest? God knows whether this bears significance on the 2018-ish date or the 2022-ish date (I use "-ish" because there is year number crossover between the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar).