Saturday, January 12, 2013

A time and times and the dividing of time

  A Time and Times and the Dividing of Time

                                                                                                                                                                                     B. Keith Chadwell

This is the first of a series of 4 studies;
1. A Time and Times the Dividing of Time
2. Morning by Morning
3. The Bright and Morning Star
4. Full Daylight Comes
Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time

For thousands of years after Adam, mankind lived a natural life in the earth, his flesh being, pretty much, the "big dog" trying to run the show.   Since the fall of Adam and Eve most men had not known much of the Spirit of God and the mysteries of His will for His mankind and His creation.  This history of spiritual and cultural darkness is documented.  The wickedness of man and the resulting evil fruit without Gods direct, personal, governing hand in their lives is chronicled, beginning in Genesis and goes on. 

We see the wickedness of man in the earth peak in the days of Noah, followed by God's judgment.  God has plans unknown to flesh and blood.  In that plan for His man and His creation there was included a culture change at that time.  God chose to make that change in His time, to serve His purpose, in His way.  Build an ark? Can you hear the masses ridicule as Noah is building it?  Not so ridiculous later, as I imagine walls of water cascading upon them.

Much later on, after man fell back into the same dark wicked pattern as before, there was another culture change.  God confounds the language of evil men who are now working in unity.  This culture change scatters these men abroad.  Men in the earth then are speaking different languages and therefore now develop many dark cultures and kingdoms in the earth.  These separate cultures and kingdoms, no longer united, selfishly turn on each other.

Later, God speaks to a Chaldean, the son of an idol maker, about a plan by which, through him, would come; Isaac and Jacob and a chosen people.  A people God would use to blueprint, hide and implement His plan to redeem His mankind and His creation from cultural and spiritual darkness. This was, yet, another change in mankind's business as usual.

Note; Like Noah, God's word is all Abraham needed to hear and then… he obeyed.  No confirmation, no committee, no study group, no vote.

Gen 12:1-4  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

The natural types and shadows in the "Old Testament" were ordained, by God, for His purposes and at His direction were to serve as a hiding place for the Mysteries of the Kingdom to come.   Before Christ (BC), it was impossible for the Jews, Gentiles or principalities and powers to see or understand anything about the Kingdom of God that was to come. 

Without Christ, seeing the possibilities of such a government would be impossible for the natural man.  And, none of the princes of this world knew; for if they had known they would have tried to foil the plan.

The arrival of Jesus initiated the greatest division in times and changes in world cultures in the history of creation.  It was; "a time (BC) and times (AD) and a dividing of these times.    BC AD         God had arrived in the earth …in Spirit and in Truth.  This new culture in the earth would be established at this point in time and eternity and from that division in time henceforth it would grow, fill the earth and last…. forever more.

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

The Jewish people, with notable exceptions, came to the focal point of this greatest division of time and culture in history and failed to make the transition.  Jesus came unto His own and they did not acknowledge or receive Him, to their own destruction.

With the coming of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man into the earth, the darkness once again would be separated from the light. It was the beginning of the first day of a new creation.

2nd Corinthians 5:16-17 (New Int. K.J.V.); "So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; THE OLD HAS GONE () THE NEW HAS COME!"

Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.



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