October 31, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
I apologize for not posting last week. I want to continue this time talking about what could be coming on the much discussed date of December 21, 2012. We have been laying a great deal of foundation for this sharing with you the various patterns and cycles found in history and throughout scripture. Our foundational principles for this have been: 1) God has hidden the future in the past, and 2) History does indeed repeat itself.
The Bible says, 9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure. [Isa. 46:9 – 11 NKJV] Our God has declared the end from the beginning. That is an awesome concept. The word translated, declaring in the New King James Version is from the Hebrew nagad which is a primitive root that carries with it the idea of to manifest, figuratively to announce by word of mouth, expose, predict, and explain. This is what our God has done with respect to future events.
Another of our foundational scriptures is found in Ecclesiastes 1:9. There the Word says, 9 That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. [Eccl. 1:9 NKJV] A similar truth is found in Ecclesiastes 3:15. As we stated earlier, God has hidden the future in the past. You may be wondering what all of this has to do with the possible events of 2012. I will show a connection. I am laying some necessary foundation.
Last time, you will recall we discussed the prophetic patterns in the seven Feasts of the Lord outlined in Leviticus 23. These are God’s moeds or appointed times. They are prophetic appointments on God’s calendar if you will. They foreshadowed future events. They painted a picture of God’s eternal plan all the way from Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, burial, resurrection, the catching away of the Church, and the Lord’s triumphant Return. As we stated last time, the design of God’s Word is amazing. It gives testimony to the divine inspiration of the Bible.
Many years ago when I began to really dig deeply into the Word; I have to admit that I found the genealogies quite tedious. You know the “so and so begat so and so” portions of scripture. You may have found these portions of God’s Word a bit difficult as well. Interestingly, the Lord even hid information about future events in at least one of the genealogies. In Genesis 5 we have the entire redemptive plan hidden in the meaning of the names in the genealogy of Adam – Noah. I won’t take the space to write this entire passage. You may want to turn to this particular scripture and read verses 1 – 32. I will however list the names, as well as their meanings.
- Adam = Man (5:2)
- Seth = Appointed (5:8)
- Enos = Mortal (5:11)
- Cainan = Sorrow (5:14)
- Mahalaleel = Blessed God (5:17)
- Jared = Shall come down (5:20)
- Enoch = Teaching (5:24)
- Methuselah = His death shall bring (5:27)
- Lamech = Despairing (5:28)
- Noah = Rest (5:32)
If we put this all together, we see the redemption story spelled out. “Man is appointed to mortal sorrow but the blessed God shall down teaching that His death shall bring the despairing rest.” This is the gospel! It was laid out in the beginning. Interestingly enough, this is chapter 5 and 5 is understood to be the number of grace. [See Eph. 5:8, 9] There is more however. If you combine the genealogy of chapter 5 with the information in chapter 11, you discover that from that from Adam to the birth of Abraham is exactly 1,948 years.
What is so significant about that? Abraham is considered to the first Hebrew, since he was the first to cross the Jordan River. Hebrew means, “One who has crossed over.” He is also considered to be the father of the nation of Israel. The Jewish people were in Diaspora, scattered to the nations of the world. However, on May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation once again! This was a true miracle of the Lord. Also, it was exactly 1,948 years after the birth of Christ!
God has hidden the future in the past! I will have much more on this to share next time.
The Weekly Word is found in 1 Thess. 5:3. Here the Bible says,
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. [1 Thess. 5:3 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson