Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Day of The Lord

What Day is it?

“Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”
Everywhere you look, people have a sence that something major is about to happen. Yet we live in a time where most seem to be deceived into thinking that this is the way life has always been. People in the big cities like New York and everywhere else think it has always been this way; going to shops, buying the latest designer fashion, the work a day world, and so on. We are eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage (Mt:24:38). We have our nice churches and Sunday rituals all set. We think we have God in our nice little box and, not to worry if it gets really bad we will be Raptured out and escape. When people look back at history they must lose site of what has gone on. They don’t see God bringing things to a point. America is a flash in the pan, Egypt was around as an empire for over a thousand years. How blind we are, lost in our own little world. God is in control of history, and his hand can be seen throughout. We are so short sighted, and forget so quickly. 2Pt:3:8:
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, ( in other words if we are ignorant of anything else, don't let it be this) that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
With this in mind, let us look at Biblical history. If we use the Bible to trace back the time through out history from now to Adam, using the genealogies provided and other references, Adam lived about 6 thousand years ago. WOW, that means that to God it hasn’t even been a week since creation fell. Interesting, since that would mean that this is the end of the 6th day and beginning of the 7th. Wouldn’t it be possible and just like God to put things right under our nose, and to put the entire history of the world in the first chapter of Genesis. Isa:46:10:
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Let us look at those first 6 days and think of them as thousand year periods in history, and compare.

On the first day
God separated light from darkness. It was in that first day that Adam fell, and light was separated from darkness. Remember God said in the day you eat ye shall surely die. They didn't die that 24 hour day but not one of them lived to be a thousand years old, Methuselah the oldest was 969. So we see in that first day, first thousand years, Light (God) seperated from darkness (the fallen creation).

The second day, we see waters and a firmament in the midst. It was that second day or second thousand years that the flood occurred. The firmament is the Ark ( the ark is a type of the kingdom of God) God sat on the Ark. It was the place of refuge. I could expound a lot more on all of this but I believe most will see the picture.

The third day God said let the waters be gathered together unto one place and let the dry land appear. Ex:14:21: And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. (gathered together and stood on heap and the dry land appeared).”and he called the waters seas (the Red Sea).:22: And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Then they were led to the Promised Land where there were fruit trees yielding fruit. This occurred in that third millennium or third day.

The forth day
we see lights in the firmament. It was that forth day that Christ appeared. Remember light had already existed, but now we have the manifestation of that light. God has made the creation as a picture of understanding spiritual truth. The Sun is a type of Jesus. He is the “light of the world “ it is the giver of life, it sets and rises again as Jesus was buried and rose again. We are the children of the day and not of the night. The Day Star. Mal:4:2: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” The moon is a type of Satan. It has no light of it’s own but appears as though it has light. It is the ruler of darkness. Lunar is where we get the word Lunatic. Now again the devil (darkness) was here from the beginning, but it was Jesus that exposed him for what and who he is. The Stars are a type of the saints and angels. They are lights in a dark place.

The fifth day
we see the fish. The fish has always been a symbol of the church, and the fowl are symbolic of antichrists, that steal the word and devour it. This is the church age, and all things after their kind.

Then we come to the sixth day and the last thing God does on the sixth day before he creates man is The BEAST of the earth after his kind. This is the beast that has been prophisied in Revelation and Daniel to come. The Antichrist being revealed. If we open our eyes, and look at this system and world, you will know that He has been revealed. 2Thes:2:3: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, (the blindness of the church, they are decieved, and don’t see who it is in the White House) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” After the beast is revealed then the very last thing God says is “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” True spiritual man in the likeness of Christ. “And Let them have Dominion”. This is that Last Trump spoken of in 1Cor:15:52 and 1Thes:4:16 When the Lord speaks, it is many times likened to a Trumpet in the scripture. Rv:1:10: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” This happens on the Lords day: the seventh day, which is the day of rest. We are giving birth to the new day.

If that is not a strong enough picture, let us look at more. We as Christians believe we are the body of Christ. What does that mean? The Fundamentalists because of their lack of true faith dispensationalize the power of God away because they don’t see it. They try to tell you that we don’t need it any more because we have the Bible. My God is the same yesterday, today and forever. When Peter walked, if just his shadow fell on someone, they were healed. Where is that today? The church has been in effect, dead since the early church. There were the Dark Ages, which were part of the “Great falling away” 2Thes:2:3. Then God began to restore truth to the church. The Renaissance, and the printing of the Bible. The body of Christ was in the grave for two days and on the third day he rose again. We are that body of Christ. Hosea:6: 1-3:
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. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
“The Glory of the latter house (end time church) shall be greater than that of the former.”
Now one more little thing. The early church fathers held another epistle in high esteem if not even as Scripture. This was the Epistle of Barnabas. It wasn’t until the Nicene Council when they set the New Testament Cannon, that they excluded it. They excluded it for this one verse that they didn’t like. They were expecting an imminent return of Jesus, they didn’t want to wait almost another two thousand years. I will let the scholars fight over this issue of Cannon, but let’s look at what it said in Barnabas 15.

Moreover concerning the Sabbath likewise it is written in the Ten Commandments, in which He spake to Moses face to face on Mount Sinai; and ye shall hollow the Sabbath of the Lord with pure hands and a pure heart (no 666 in the hand or heart). And in another place He saith; If my sons observe the Sabbath, then I will bestow my mercy upon them. Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of creation; and God made the works of His hands in six days, and he ended on the seventh day, and rested on it, and he hallowed it. Give heed, children what this meaneth; He ended in six days. He meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all things to an end; for the day with Him signifieth a thousand years; and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; Behold, the day of the Lord shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end. And He rested on the seventh day. This He meaneth; when his Son shall come, and shall abolish the time of The Lawless One, (Antichrist) and shall judge the ungodly……"

I have not written this to strike terror in anyone’s heart, but hope and joy of a better time.
The world is not coming to an end, it is just coming to a start. When we look at the corruption and evil, I cry Come Lord Jesus. He is not going to deliver us from tribulation but through it.
“Blessed are ye that hunger and thirst for righteousness sake, for YE SHALL BE SATISFIED!!!” The Day of the Lord has begun.