posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 05:00 PM
Before you throw up your hands in exasperation thinking that I'm one of those fruitcakes that believe the world is only 6000 years old, understand
this: I don't. I think that the 6000 years of "biblical history" refers to an age or dispensation; an "event", as it were.
There are many phrases (and mistranslations) that we understand according to our usage of those phrases today and not according to the original
That said, there was not a GLOBAL flood where all the nephilim were wiped out because the Hebrews encountered them in Canaan when they went there to
The next is entirely speculation as I have no biblical evidence to prove it: there were either other people around in Adam's time or Eve gave birth
to a lot of children that were not recorded in the Bible since Cain found a wife in the land of Nod.
Flood history and earlier civilizations are the topic of other threads so I'll continue with only the topic of this one.
The Times of Restitution of all things as well as the HARVEST of the Gospel age overlap one upon the other for a period called : The day of wrath."
It will be a time "such as the world has never known." (I think we're there)
The necessary undermining and overturning of the kingdoms of this world under the prince of darkness, the prince of this world, are now visible to
some extent even to the natural eye of the childrenof this world, but are much more clearly seen, as they should be, by those who look upon
transpiring events through the field-glass of God's Word.
Even the worldly-wise can discern the social trouble fomenting, as the dominance of ignorance gives place to greater general knowledge and personal
independence. And though they vainly hope for some unknown and unexpected favorable turn of affairs to occur, yet, as described in the Scriptures,
their hearts are failing them for fear and for looking after the things coming upon the earth, because they see the shaking of the symbolic heavens
now in progress (religious institutions), and perceive that with such a shaking and removal of the power of error, superstitions and religious
restraints from the masses of the people, violence and anarchy must result.
While the first glimpse of God's gracious plan for blessing the whole world through the Church during the millenial age fills the hearts and enlists
the zeal of his faithful children to the utmost, yet as their efforts to enlighten others are coldly received, and they find that only a very few,
comparatively, have "an ear to hear," the tendency is to settle down to the quiet enjoyment of the precious knowledge, in such a manner as will
bring the least reproach and opposition. (guilty as charged)
Seeing this, our natural weakness, the Lord has provided time-prophecies as a spur, to quicken and awaken us fully, and keep us active in his service.
Being already in the "harvest"" time, harvest work should engage the time, service and thoughts of the Lord's servants, who now, like the
disciples at the first advent, are to do the reaping work.
The work of the saints during the harvest marking the close of the "high calling" and the "change" of those saints who "are alive and remain" is
a full and complete corroboration of God's plan of the ages, together with its times and seasons.
"For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain...waiting for the ...deliverance of our body", the body of Christ (Rom. 8:22, 23).
According to God's arrangement, the new order of things cannot be established until the great ruler, the Christ complete, Head and body, has come
fully into power.
Just how long the last living members of the body of Christ will be glorified we are not directly informed, but it certainly will not be until their
work in the flesh is done; nor can we reasonably presume that they will long remain after that work is accomplished.
While there are clear indications that some of the living members of the body will witness the gathering of the storm and share in some of the
troubles it will bring, there is also evidence that none of these will pass entirely through it, nor even far into it.
The Master's words, "Watch, that you may be accounted worthy to escape those things that shall come to pass" seem to indicate this. Yet we know
that we are already passing through the beginning of these troubles, the troubles upon the nominal Church incident to its testing, and that we are
escaping, while many on every hand are falling into error and infidelity.
WE ESCAPE NOT BY BEING TAKEN FROM THE SCENE OF TROUBLE, BUT BY BEING SUPPORTED, STRENGTHENED AND KEPT IN THE VERY MIDST OF IT ALL BY THE WORD OF THE
LORD, OUR SHIELD AND BUCKLER.
While admitting that in like manner some members of the body might remain to the very end of the time of trouble, and pass through it all, and yet
"thus escape" all the trouble coming, it is nevertheless clear that all the members of the body will be fully delivered, exalted to the glorious
condition before the severest features of the trouble come, after the body is complete and the "door shut".
We have seen the storm gathering for years yet we do not fear.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth [the present organization of society]
be removed [unsettled and disorganized], and though the mountains [kingdoms] be carried into the midst of the sea [the lawless and ungovernable
people]; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled [with the disputings of contending factions]; though the mountains [kingdoms] shake [tremble
for fear and insecurity] with the swelling [the threatening and rising power] thereof." (Ps. 46:1-3)
"There is a river [God's Word, a fountain of truth and grace], the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God [the Kingdom of God, the
Church-even in its present embryo condition, before its exaltation to power and glory], the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High [the
sanctuary, the Church wherein the Most High is pleased to dwell]. God is in the midst of her: she shall not be moved: God shall help her" (Ps.
*Excerpts taken from Thy Kingdom Come, pages 226-229 (same author)
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