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God's Perfect Time

By

Lawrence Ekdahl

 

This treatise was sent in by daughter Sylvia.

 

 

God's Perfect Time

 

When Jesus came the first time, there were few who were watching for him.  Matthew 2:1-12 tells of the wise men from the east, who came looking for the promised king. 

 One must remember that Daniel spent most of his life in Babylon/Medo-Persia.  He was considered the wisest of the wise men there.  Everyone knew that he was close to God.  I believe Daniel recited scriptures to his contemporaries and this information was passed down either written or by word of mouth for 450 years.  The wise men who came believed Daniel and the scriptures and when the star appeared, they remembered that a star would come out of Judah according to Numbers 24:17. 

After a long journey they came and found the young child who had been born about 2 years earlier.  The religious leaders in Israel should also have known but, they either ignored the prophecies or were unwilling to believe them.  However, there were some who believed.  There was Simeon and AnnaLuke 2:25-38. “And, Behold. There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then he took him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel, and Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.  And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, behold, this child is set for a fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.  And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanu’el of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And she coming in that instant gave thanks like wise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

 

Later after Jesus, was grown, baptized and suffered temptation in the wilderness, he called his disciples and began his ministry performing miracles which proved he was the Messiah, there came another who believed.  John 3:1-16:  “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, how can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?  Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound there of, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit.  Nicodemus answered and said unto him, how can these things be?  Jesus answered and said unto him, art thou a master of Israel, and knoweth not these things?  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, we speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen: and ye receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (Num 21:7-9) even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” 

 

There was also Joseph of Arimathea.  John 19:38-39 “And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave.  He came there fore, and took the  body of Jesus.  And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night and brought a mixture of Myrrh and Aloes, about an hundred pound weight”.   Both Joseph and Nicodemus were afraid of the Jews and not without cause.  They had seen the rejection and ill treatment of Jesus whom they believed to be the Messiah.  There certainly was no excuse for the spiritual rulers of Israel.  They should have known.

 Then, after Jesus’ resurrection the two walking along the road to Emaus were sorrowful.  Jesus met them and said, Luke 24:25-27 “O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His Glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” 

 How about today?  Are we going to be fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken?  There is really even less excuse for us.  We have everyone the scriptures written in one book; the Holy King James Bible.  We are commanded to be sober and watch.  1st Thes 5:1-6, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye brethren are no in darkness, that that day should over take you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day;: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do other, but let us watch and be sober.”  Notice the phrase “that that day”.  The day of the Lord has been predetermined by our God and we are not in darkness.  We are commanded to watch and be sober 1st Thes. 4:13-18 and 1st Cor 15:51-58 speak of the redemption of our bodies being changed like unto his glorious body and of our being called up at the “Rapture”, or as the Bible says, our translation.

 We should not be like those in 2nd Peter who had lost their patience and had ceased to watch. 2 Peter 3:3-9  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Just because the Lord is not willing that any should perish does not mean that there is not a day which was appointed by the Lord from the beginning.  Notice the phrase of “That day” in Matthew.24:36a “but of that day and hour knoweth no man.”   One can see that there is a day already appointed by God.  We are not to be like the blinded unbelievers, both in Jesus’ time and in our own time.

 Referring back to 1st Thes. 5.  For what are we to watch and be sober?  I submit we should be aware that there will be a series of trumpet blasts and the last trump shall be loudest, changing our bodies from mortal and corruptible to immortal and incorruptible like unto Jesus’ glorified body.  Why do I think there will be seven trumps?  I believe the Josh 6:3-5 is a type of the rapture. “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.” 

I believe this generation is seeing all the pre tribulation (ergo pre translation) signs in Matthew 24.  It is close, VERY CLOSE.  Israel has been under God’s judgment prophesied in Hosea 6 for almost 2000 years.  I believe at the end of Israel’s 2000 years of judgment will be the rapture and the millennium. Hosea 6:1-2  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

I submit that the above 2 days are 2000 years and the 3rd day is the millennium.  Referring to 2nd Peter “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.”

 Brethren!  It is high time we are about God’s business immersing ourselves in the God’s word and in prayer, winning as many to salvation as possible.

‘ BUT LET US WATCH AND BE SOBER.”

AMEN!

 

Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

John Wycliffe 1320-1384

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John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

 

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