God has a plan. Amen?
Knowing this, we should earnestly seek His Face, and His guidance, to bring us into agreement with Him. When we are in agreement, and our desire becomes solely for Him and for His will, our will aligns with His, and we will find ourselves walking with Him, in the Spirit. To be in His Will, and guided by Him, is to obey His call when He calls, because God’s plan involves perfect timing. Noah walked with God, knew Him, and knew His Will. God said,
“My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3
In this, scholars claim that God meant from the very moment He said it, there would be only 120 years until destruction came. Interestingly, we see that Noah was 500 years old when he had his three sons, and 600 years old when the flood came. That’s a difference of only 100 years. Since the Bible teaches of Noah having his three sons and then God telling him to build an ark, it is easily conceivable that God made a decision to bring judgment, but waited at least 20 years to tell Noah to build the ark. This is the heart of El Rachum, our merciful God. He gave time for repentance, even after acknowledging the sinfulness of all mankind. In His perfect timing, knowing the length of time to build such an ark (and being outside of our concept of time anyway), He gave Noah the command to do so after this pause. Noah spent the next hundred years building the boat, and God then sent the animals to be loaded within, all in perfect accordance with His original proclamation of 120 years to destruction.
Take also the prophet Elijah, who, after telling Ahab there would be no rain unless he said so, was commanded by The Lord to, “Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.” (I Kings 17:3) There, Elijah would remain drinking from the river and feasting on ravens brought by God until Cherith dried up due to the lack of rain. Only then did The Lord tell him to move on to Zarephath where He commanded a widow to sustain him. (I Kings 17:9) The Lord said that He had commanded her to sustain him, yet, when Elijah gets there, and asks for bread, she informs him that what meal and oil she possesses is the last bit and she intends to make two cakes for her and her son, and then they will die (vs 12). Elijah replies that she needs make him a cake, and then make cakes for her and her son because The Lord said neither the meal nor the oil would fail. This miracle lasted three and a half years. (vs 14&15) The Lord had Elijah wait by that brook, which was controlled by Jehovah, until every last drop was gone. The last of this brook was spent in the perfect timing of The Lord so that in the very moment Elijah arrives in Zarephath, the widow has but one meal worth of provision left, and then only enough for her and her son, not Elijah, and must therefore, by faith, feed first the prophet.
Let us then consider The Lord Jesus Himself. When told by a messenger that Lazarus was sick, He chose to wait. He waited two days before departing to go to Lazarus. By the time He got there, Lazarus had been dead four full days (John 11:3-6, 17). God had a plan and it was known that Lazarus had been buried long enough that surely he would smell bad (vs 39), so that when Jesus would call him forth from the grave alive and well, none could argue the miracle!
God’s timing is impeccable. He chooses to do what must be done, or allows what must to happen, in the perfect time. Which is why we must look today at what we Biblically know of what God has done and allowed up to this point. Without going into detail about all the prophecies which are foretold in scripture, we can still look at our world today and see where we are in God’s plan.
Biblically, the world was created 6,000 years ago, or somewhere thereabouts. Since then, God spent 4,000 years in instruction to us about justification, sanctification, and sin, all pointing to His Only Begotten Son, that we might understand that we can do nothing without Him. Since the arrival of Christ, and the fulfillment of the prophecies of Him, God has spent the remainder of the last 2,000 years fulfilling all other prophecies which must be fulfilled before the rapture of the church, and using the church Body to witness to all mankind of the Truth of Who He is. So, understanding what He has done, and understanding the meaning of the sabbaths, we have to realize that the seventh millennium, the thousand years of peaceful, restful living under Jesus as King, or the time of the millennial reign is upon us. We are facing the end of this age, as foretold. We were created and brought into this world right here and right now to be present for the rapture of the church and to proclaim it to the world up to the last moment. The time is short, and in fact, is close to being no more.
“And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:” Rev 10:5&6
God says, “if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him.” (Deut 4:29) So, simply put, seeking Him, you’ll find Him. He wants this to be just as easy the other way around. When Christ returns, seeking His own, we need to be just as easy to find. If we stay hidden in Christ, then our place is assured, as we will be in Him, with Him, and He in us. If our lamps are filled, they will be brightly lit and our banner, Jehovah Nissi, will be clear and held high. The time is about to be no more. There will shortly no longer be a delay, and Christ will return. Get ready!