'Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved' (Acts 4:12).
There can be no mingling between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. The privilege of choice between the two kingdoms remains our own, but it must be made in this lifetime. There is no second chance after we die as Jesus explained in His account of Lazarus the pauper and the rich man who found himself in Hades. If we make a concession shortly before death, as did one of the thieves on the cross, then in His great love and mercy He will say, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise". The other thief, overwhelmed with bitterness in what life has dealt him, chose to remain angry and went down to Hades.
How it is possible for God to give us the freedom of choice and still enable His plan for the history of the Earth to proceed according to His predestined wish is a miracle. Somebody had to betray Jesus, somebody had to deny Him justice, but it didn't have to be the people who ended up performing the deed. God would have found someone else to play the part! That too is a miracle. Nothing is too hard for the powerful God who created the vast cosmos and the tiniest of microbes.
According to the counsel of the trinity before the creation, the Father knew all that would unfold in history - but it still had to be processed and manifested in 'flesh'. He knew that man would disobey and fall which is why Jesus, the lamb of God, was foreordained before the creation to cover sins. God was not caught napping.
'...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you' (1Peter 1:18-20).
God knows the end from the beginning. Its supernatural beyond the understanding of man. This is why God has given us the Word of God written by redeemed men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In accordance with our finite understanding we simply have to accept that God has a predetermined plan that runs like clockwork. By closely examining the scriptures we find that He strictly works according to patterns which we can deduce, and have deduced, in the articles on this website. Some of these patterns have been known by certain churches for decades.
In the book of Galatians the Greek word used for 'time' was "chronos" from which we arrived at the word 'chronology' - the special measurement of time. However, 'The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos (χρόνος) and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. Kairos also means weather in Modern Greek' (Wikipedia). In working through the Scripture we find that God has preordained history according to patterns and precise timings which actually have been prophetically revealed if we choose to look for the evidence. This is why God commanded Moses to strictly build the Tabernacle according to the instructions received on Mount Horeb. Why? Because the pattern for world history is hidden within the cubit measures and priestly functions of the Tabernacle. God hid it there in secret for us to find out at the culmination of world history for our benefit. According to the Bible we have been made kings and priests in Christ, haven't we? Therefore God's secrets can be made known:
'It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter'
Through these observations we can deduce many things about world history, the true age of the Earth and the true length of time God took for the creation. Thus we provide timelines in appropriate sections of this website as we discuss historical and prophetic matters.
Likewise, concerning the final harvest of souls at the time of the end, 'And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe' (Revelation 14:18). For His judgment to be righteous and without opposition, God is allowing time for wickedness to reach its ultimate peak. The Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, best-selling New York Times author of 'The Harbinger' and 'The Paradigm' fame, has said that from a study of the Feasts of Israel he can do a mathematical countdown for the Second Coming of Christ. We have done that too in the 15 articles of the true age of the Earth.
When considering the time-frame of world history, the apostle Peter prefaced his comments by linking the Creation with Noah's Flood and the final judgment of the world: 'For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men' (2Peter 3:5-7). Peter's prophecy was given by the Holy Spirit Who knows that God will accomplish His intentions on Earth and heaven according to His will. The prophecy will surely come to pass at the set time.
END-TIME DIVINE UNITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST
I quote from a most wonderful book I recently came across - the writings of George H Warnock - possibly the best I have ever read on 'The Feast of Tabernacles' and the great ingathering that will soon take place. I quote 'It is amazing how unbelieving a believer can become. One might as well call Christ a liar, and His apostles false witnesses of God, as to deny that God is going to have a Body functioning in absolute unity of the Spirit, with each member in his proper place, and all members working together as one harmonious whole. Here again, there is only one reason why "believers" refuse to believe it, and it is because we have never seen it either in our experience or in the history of the Church, and it is scarcely visible in the days of the early apostolic Church....If God said it, it is going to come to pass: and if Jesus prayed for it, not all the devices of Satan can prevent the glorious fulfillment of that prayer of faith. For God has established a sure and certain means by which this inexpressible unity is going to be brought into being, even the ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are given by the resurrected Jesus Himself, we are told, for the perfecting of the saints....till we all come in the unity of the faith.......unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ' (Ephesians 4:13). This is certain to come to pass under shepherds chosen by Christ and the Father, not by boards or man. Their ministry will become self-evident and approved in the Church by those truly seeking the heart of God. They deserve due honour and recognition.
THE SOURCE OF MY UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
I believe the 66 books of the authorized Bible to be the divinely-inspired instructions for eternal life in the same way as DNA contains the divinely inspired ‘words’ for biological life (ie. the four nucleotide bases or letters A,T, C and G). How God has managed to guard the Scriptures, our spiritual instructions for eternal life, through all the centuries and millennia is a miracle in itself. Let's face it. Anything to do with God involves the supernatural. You may as well have faith and settle on that fact.
I have been taught by many great women and men of God for 41 years. These, in turn, received from other great women and men of God and so on, and so on. '....what do you have that you did not receive and if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it' (1 Corinthians 4:7)? To supplement these teachings God also gave me visions and dreams over the years to place scriptures into proper context. Every good thing comes from God whether by instruction or by personal revelation.
I honour all these men and women for their hours of godly labour irrespective of their home denominations. God will be their true reward. Above all else, to God Himself be the praise!
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THE TIME FRAME OF CREATION
If you wish to take this subject seriously I would invite you to consider two crucial pieces of evidence:
1. Have a good look at my manuscript on this website "END TIMES: ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE". It is an early pdf release of a draft of this book which was accepted for publication in August 2021.
2. Allow some time to watch two videos by Derek Walker of the Oxford Bible Church in Oxford , UK, who graciously allowed us to use his YouTube presentations.
There is, therefore, an urgency to take the word of the Lord seriously and to look forward to our final redemption which is the redemption of our bodies,
'Now when these things begin to take place stand up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near' (Luke 21:28).
'....and not only the creation, but we ourselves who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see we wait for it with patience' (Romans 8:23-25).
and finally dear brothers and sisters,
'First of all you must understand this that, in the last days, scoffers will come scoffing and indulging their own lusts saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? For, ever since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation"! They deliberately ignore this fact that, by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water, and by means of water through which the world, of that time, was deluged with water and perished. But, by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire being kept until the day of judgement and destruction of the godless.
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. (This is at the Second Coming)
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of person ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace without spot or blemish' (2Peter 3:3-14).