Good day to each of you reading about time – whether it be God’s or our time and the significance God places on time.
When reading the Bible, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how God organizes every jot and tittle. Like a precise puzzle, God makes sure every piece fits perfectly and leaves no question as to his perfect design.
If you read the middle verse in the Bible is Psalm 118:8—It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in man. Yes, this the traditional viewand since I am a traditionalist, this is the view that I take.
From the beginning, God had the perfect plan for creation to which he took six days and the seventh day he rested. When looking at a time frame, was it 24 hours to create, 1000 years per day or some other amount of time?
I truly don’t have an answer for the above question and am in hopes that maybe you, the reader, can shed some light. My personal interest in reading the creation is how he started in the first few verses up to how he created man and woman.
As I read each verse of the creation, I had to wonder how any man or woman could think that there is some other explanation for the creation. Each of the theories provided is that man was involved in some shape or form.
From the ‘big bang theory” to the “evolution theory”, it is quite evident that none of these folks went to head with God and Job.
Before we get involved in God’s time, please review Job 38-41 where God answers Job. Can you, as a Christian or as one who believes in the Lord, darken the Lord’s counsel with words without knowledge. I am quoting the explanation of verse 1 of Job 38 for the NIV – Out of a mighty storm, God spoke, surprisingly, he didn’t answer any of Job’s questions; Job’s questions were not at the heart of the issue. Instead, God used Job’s ignorance of the earth’s natural order to reveal his ignorance of God’s moral order. If Job did not understand the working’s of God’s physical creation, how could he possibly understand God’s mind and character? There is no standard or criterion higher than God himself by which to judge. God himself is the standard. Our only option is to submit to his authority and rest in his care.
Fellow Christian, have you taken the time to actually read God’s creation and how God formed our earth’s natural order. To those of you who are agnostic or an atheist, please read Job 38-41 and see if you can answer the many questions that God asks Job and the many answers that God gives to Job.
Please take the time to read Job 38-41 in a quiet area and as you read each verse, I urge you to place yourself in the place of Job and then ask yourself, how would you approach God in these three chapters of Job.
The day is coming that each of us will have that opportunity to stand before the king and when we do, will the Lord say. Well done, my faithful servant?
Time—sometimes we need more, sometimes less, and sometimes it goes by quicker than we expect. As we get older, time goes by quicker and when we are young, it doesn’t go by fast enough for we wish we were older.
Ah, the dilemma of time and how was time created by God?
When researching the above subject, I turned to the Christian courier,
The Biblical Concept of “Time”
Courtesy of the Christian Courier
One thing is certain, the Scriptures make a distinction between the “temporal” and the “eternal.” Paul says that the things that are seen are “temporal” but the things not seen are “eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). In describing God, the psalmist declares: “. . . from everlasting to everlasting, you are God . . .” (Psa. 90:2). Yet, in the same context, of man it is said: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten . . .” (v. 10). “Time” clearly does not relate to God and man in the same way.
Eternity is endless, but time is measured by a “beginning” and an “end.” The Bible commences with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Jesus once said: “But from the beginning of the creation, Male and female made he them” (Mk. 10:6).
Days are also measured in the Bible for we read in Genesis 1:3-5 (NIV) And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, God saw that the light was good, he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light, “day,” and the darkness he called “night”. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
It is interesting to note when reading the creation that the only day named is the sabbath for all the other days are named by consecutive numbers.
Turn to 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV) But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day.
As a double witness, turn to Psalm 90:4 (NIV) For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
When reading the Bible, the reference to one day is so interesting as it denotes the prophetic day of 360 years (a time is 360: the degin duration which is called “time” in scripture, per Howard Rand in the study of Revelation on page 280.
Please turn to Revelation 18:19 (kjv) where John sees merchants standing afar weeping and crying and saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
Upon reading this verse, notice the one hour in time where Babylon has fallen—One hour in the Bible denotes 15 years of time in scripture.
After reading the study of Revelation by Howard Rand, it was easy o put together the pieces of the Biblical time puzzle of 15 years or one hour and how it is has affected our American history.
Let’s look at “key” economic events in the USA based on the prophetic hour of 15 years beginning in 1903 according to 1903 in the United States:
1903 in the United States
Courtesy of Wikipedia
- Oxnard Strike of 1903 becomes the first time in U.S. history that a labor union is formed from members of different races.
- February 23 – Cuba leases Guantanamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
- March 14 – The Hay–Herrán Treaty, granting the United States the right to build the Panama Canal, is ratified by the United States Senate. The Colombian Senate later rejects the treaty.
- November 18 – The Hay–Bunau-Varilla Treaty is signed by the United States and Panama, giving the U.S. exclusive rights over the Panama Canal Zone.
Let’s look at 1918 in the United States:
1918 in the United States
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- January – 1918 flu pandemic: The “Spanish flu” (influenza) is first observed in Haskell County, Kansas.
- June–August – The “Spanish ‘flu” becomes pandemic. Over 30 million people die in the following 6 months.
- End of WWI: Armistice of 11 November 1918 – Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies, between 5:12 AM and 5:20 AM, in the “Compiègne Wagon”, Marshal Foch’s railroad car, in the Forest of Compiègne in France. It becomes official on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. At 10:59 U.S. soldier Henry Gunther becomes (probably) the last killed in action.
On December 22, 1918, the Federal Reserve Board observed it’s 5th birthday, ushering in, according to History of the Federal Reserve System Courtesy of Wikipedia:
US spending on WWI was massive even before the US officially entered the war. Federal spending increased fifteen-fold from 1916 to 1918, as the US lent an enormous amount of funds to US allies and as the military mobilized. The Federal Reserve offered below-market-rate interest rates to banks who used the funds to buy government bonds and treasury certificates. This “discount rate” was the primary tool the Fed used during this time. Because of these actions, the money supply increased and consequently prices inflated.
Let’s look at 1933 in the United States:
1933 in the United States
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- February 1 – Adolf Hitler gives his “Proclamation to the German People” in Berlin.
- February 3 – Adolf Hitler gives a secret speech to his military leaders, outlining his plans to rearm Germany in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, and to adopt a policy of Lebensraum in eastern Europe.
- March 5 – The Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a “Bank holiday”, closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions (the ‘holiday’ ends on March 13).
- April 5 – President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a –national emergency and issues Executive Order 6102, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to own substantial amounts of monetary gold or bullion.
What was the purpose of Executive Order 6102? It was to force Americans to hand over their gold—in bullion, coins, and other forms—to the U.S. Treasury. In turn, the Treasury transferred its control of gold to the Federal Reserve.Courtesy of the Lombardi Letter
- June 5 – The U.S. Congress abrogates the United States’ use of the gold standard, by enacting a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.
- November 11 – Dust Bowl: In South Dakota, a very strong dust storm (“the great black blizzard”) strips topsoil from desiccated farmlands (one of a series of disastrous dust storms this year).
Note: In the study of Revelation by Howard Rand, on page 281 he says, “by 1933 the judgment process was clearly evident in the passing of the gold standard and “one” hour or 15 years later, by 1948, unsolvable economic problems were in the ascendancy.
Let us turn our attention to the next fifteen years, 1948 in the United States:
1948 in the United States
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- January 1 – General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) is inaugurated.
- March 8 – McCollum v. Board of Education: The United States Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools violates the U.S. Constitution.
- May 14 – The United States recognizes Israel as a country.
Let us turn our attention to the next fifteen years, 1963 in the United States:
1963 in the United States
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- June 4 – President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 11110. Executive Order 11110 was issued by U.S. President John F. Kennedy on June 4, 1963.
This executive order amended Executive Order 10289 (dated September 17, 1951) by delegating to the Secretary of the Treasury the president’s authority to issue silver certificates under the Thomas Amendment of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended by the Gold Reserve Act. The order allowed the Secretary to issue silver certificates, if any were needed, during the transition period under President Kennedy’s plan to eliminate Silver Certificates and use Federal Reserve Notes.
- June 17 – Abington School District v. Schempp: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that state-mandated Bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional.
- November 22 – John F. Kennedy assassination: In Dallas, President John F. Kennedy is shot to death, Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the 36th President. All television coverage for the next three days is devoted to the assassination, its aftermath, the procession of the horse drawn casket to the Capitol Rotunda, and the funeral of President Kennedy. Stores and businesses shut down for the entire weekend and Monday, in tribute.
- November 24 – Vietnam War: President Johnson confirms that the United States intends to continue supporting South Vietnam militarily and economically.
I want you to be the judge on executive order 11110 and its effects that it had when implemented, its far-reaching effects and the mysterious assassination of President Kennedy.
As one examines the prophetic hour, it is quite evident that God has created all events, whether large or small, and that God is revealing all events effecting mankind in his time.
Turn to Mark 4:21-25 (NIV)
21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?
22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
As a Christian, let us have ears to hear and eyes to see to discern what is truth for the light of Jesus truth is revealed to us and is not hidden.
This completes the first four prophetic hours of fifteen years and the events that shaped our country.
Our next lesson begins with four more prophetic hours of 15 years and events that will shape the American economy and social issues.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading God’s time part 1.
Please feel free to add any respectable comments, opinions, or Bible resources.
Before I begin part 2, I have been asked to write about the mid-term elections in the USA and provide a Biblical theme with this election.
Upon finishing the writing above, I will begin with part 2 of God’s time.
As I close, please take the time to read the Bible daily—God will bless you and will open your mind o draw closer to him in these times of trouble.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1 (KJV).