© 1999 - Donald P. Moss
NEW BEGINNING AND A NEW
By Donald P. Moss
The following study reviews how the flood affected man's life. Man's life after the flood was considerably different, physically and spiritually.
Physically, the earth was dramatically different because of the collapse of the water canopy exposed the earth to solar and cosmic radiation. This will be discussed later in this study.
Spiritually, prior to the flood, the Holy Spirit strove with the righteous descendents of Seth to keep them devoted and centered on God. Noah preached for decades trying to reach all men descended from Adam, but "every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time" - Genesis 6:5. God was grieved that He has made man and brought the flood. After the flood God changed things. God moves to work with man differently.
In pre-flood times through the Holy Spirit, God worked with man to prevent his total descent into mortality. But, man failed to respond to the efforts of God to lead him in the way of righteousness and save him from the pending disaster of the flood.
The pre-flood earthly environment was unchanged from the time of the creation of the water canopy in Genesis 1:6 until the time of the flood. Unlike the pre-flood environment the post flood environment changed and it will be more difficult to derive a living from the ground. There will be a greater need for the intervention of God in life's difficulties.
God's Objective For Changing the Environment
In post-flood times, fallen man will need God's provisional intervention to sustain his life. He will also need God's provision to transform his thinking towards spiritual matters, so he can enter the kingdom of heaven.
God is sovereign over all creation and He created man for Himself. It is God's provisional objective to bring an end to things which result in spiritual death, so eternal life in Him can prevail. Death has no part in the kingdom of God. So, God's plan deals with the sin condition more forthrightly in post-flood time, to bring man out of his mortal state and establish him as an immortality. In post flood times, beginning from the time of the flood to the first advent of Messiah through the second advent of Messiah, God moves closer to His creation and intervenes in his life to complete His objective of "us in Christ".
God will make known this plan in post flood times.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (KJV) - So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. (55) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
God's plan calls for fallen mortal man to put on immortality, experiencing victory over death. God's work in the earth through Christ always moves towards this objective.
2 Tim 1:10 (KJV) - But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
God opens the eyes of man and reveals His plan through the gospel, to those who choose to follow Christ across the great divide between eternal life and death.
This study looks at the agenda of God for post flood times.
END OF THE OLD WORLD ORDER
Genesis 6: 5-8 (NIV) - The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth - men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air - for I am grieved that I have made them." Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
This scripture reflects God's heart felt grief as a result of mankind's thoughts and desires of his heart were continuously wicked (twisted thinking). God was grieved because He saw the desires and thoughts of the heart, which rules and motivates man, resulted in his complete descent into mortality (apart from God).
Prior to Genesis 6:5, God worked to prevent mankind's fall into depravity. For approximately 1,650 years after the fall of Adam, the Spirit of God strove with man, to rule his heart and bring him back to God. The Holy Spirit desired to empower him to live by resisting the temptation to disobey God. But man was ruled by his self centered, self willed carnal nature and he chose to follow after pleasures and things of his world.
The earthly natured man did not commune with the Holy Spirit, nor was he inclined toward the spiritual because the desires (inclinations) of his heart were toward himself rather than God. Man's desires motivated him to live his life through his senses (sense knowledge and sensual cravings). The five senses gave man a self-centered perspective of life.
The crossroad of man's decision making is set between his desire to follow the commands of God and his self-centered desire to satisfy the cravings and lusts of his self-centered carnal nature.
God's Judgment Against Sin
Genesis 6:3 (KJV) - And the Lord said, `My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years'.
"Strive" is taken from the Hebrew root word "duwn" (doon) which means "to rule". The Spirit of God was striving to rule man, working to keep righteous descendants of Seth from being self ruled by their self centered natures.
Man was created from the dust of the earth, but he did not become a living, eternal soul until God breathed the Holy Spirit into his nostrils. Man was designed to be a creature ruled by the Spirit of God. But, man is free-willed and must choose to follow God by obeying His Word.
First and foremost man is a spiritual creation and spiritually ruled. He is a physical creation, secondly. All men are ruled by either the Holy Spirit or self ruled by carnal spirits.
Note: At this point in time when God was grieved because He created man, He made the decision to end the world with a flood. A controversy in the interpretation scriptures surrounding this event exists. This controversy is referred to as a theory of "fallen angels marrying the daughters of men and having children" by them. For an in-depth study of this controversy - See Fallen Angels
Genesis 6:3 (Con't) (KJV) - And the Lord said, `My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years'.
"Hundred and twenty years" - From the moment that God made His just decision to end the world until the time He would bring the flood would be 120 years. These 120 years provided Noah adequate time to preach God's commands and build the ark.
Note: A common interpretation of the 120 years, as used in this scripture, supposedly reflects the number of years in the average life span of mankind after the flood. There's a problem with this interpretation. The 120 years as used in this scripture is tied to the subject of the Spirit of God striving with mankind prior to the flood. This is seen as two subjects being part of the same sentence (thought continuance) and separated only by a colon punctuation following the word "flesh". The 120 years have nothing to do with years after the flood.
At the end of these 120 years only Noah had favor with God and he and his family were saved.
The flood ushered in the wrath of God against sin. The flood established the fact that God is a God of judgment against sin. After the flood future generations will not doubt God's judgment and retribution against sin.
Genesis 7:1-3 (KJV) - And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.(2) Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.(3) Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
"Thou and all thy house"- Although God found Noah to be the only one righteous in Noah's family, God saved all members of his family.
To some this may mean that God allowed the other members of his family to be saved because they were needed to reproduce and subdue the earth. On the other hand, God is a family God and all that were under the righteous covering of Noah were saved.
"For thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation"
Noah was the righteous man through whom God chose to save mankind from the flood.
Genesis 6:8-9 (KJV) - But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (9) These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Metaphorically, the correct interpretation of this scripture reveals God's will, to save all family members under the headship of a righteous father.
Acts 11:14 (KJV) - Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
Acts 16:31 (KJV) - And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
God Brings Certain Animals to Noah for Boarding the Ark
Genesis 7:8-9 (KJV) - Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,(9) There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
"Unto Noah into the ark" - God selected the animals to be saved and caused them to go to Noah and enter the ark. Noah was not involved in animal selection. Noah did not have to round-up the animals that were to be on the ark. They came unto Noah. Therefore, God caused the animals to come to Noah. God brought only animals that could survive in the post flood earth where plant life would be much smaller in size and the areas of vegetation on the earth would be far less. Plant life for the first time would be exposed to the radiant heat of the sun; there would be deserts and polar ice caps where vegetation could not grow; there would be droughts and disastrous storms affecting the abundance of plant life. So, large dinosaurs not suited for life in the post-flood earth were left behind and became extinct in the flood.
The Flood Came Suddenly
Genesis 7: 11-12 (KJV) - In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (12) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
"Window" is taken from the Hebrew word 'arubbah (ar-oob-baw') - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #699 - feminine participle passive of #693 (as if for lurking); a lattice; (by implication) a window, dove-cot (because of the pigeon holes), a chimney (with its apertures for smoke), sluice (with openings for water).
`Arubbah is taken from the root word 'arab (aw-rab') - Strong's Concordance #693; a primitive root; to lurk.
This word is used in the KJV with the following meanings -- (lie in) ambush (-ment), lay (lie in) wait.
Window implies God let the water canopy above the firmament (sky) to flow through a lattice-covered window. In other words, had the lattice not covered the window the water would fall at a much faster rate. Meaning, the water did not fall all at once, but over a period of forty days and nights. Additionally, the flood came upon those on the earth like an ambush because the inhabitants of the earth did not believe Noah's preaching and prophecy that the flood was coming. Rather, they thought he was not in his right mind, building such a large ship so far away from the sea, especially since it had never rained on the earth. So, the flood came upon mankind suddenly, as in an ambush. Additionally, the root word `arab means the water was lurking or laying in wait. The waters were set in place above the sky (canopy) reserved for God's judgment.
Likewise, in the end time of this current dimension of life, the end will come suddenly. God's judgment against sin lies waiting.
Luke 21:34-36 (NIV) - "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. (35) For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. (36) Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand.
For a study on the source of the flood waters see Chapter 4 of Volume I - "For the Eyes of Your Understanding"
Pre-flood Earth Versus Post Food Earth
Knowledge of God
The account of creation was handed down by elders beginning with Adam. This is refereed to as "living history". Since man lived with very long life spans, the accuracy of biblical accounts was very accurate. There were many elders around to correct even the slightest error in teaching history. For example, Enosh, Adam's grandson, died when Noah was 84. So, the word was handed down from Adam to Enosh and from Enosh to Noah. Other elders and their ages who were alive when Noah was born are Mahalalel @ 234, Jared @ 366 and Methuselah @ 369 years of age. What Noah heard concerning the historical account of Adam's experiences with God and with death was, in a way, third generation accuracy. These facts of history were reliable because of the many other elders, who taught history during Enosh's life span, were taught by Adam directly. There was not much room for error for one of the elders to alter historical accounts.
Genesis 5: 3-32; 9:28 -
Age Summary of Noah's Ancestors
Age @ Years After Total
Father / Son .............Firstborn .......Firstborn ......Age
Adam / Seth ...................130................ 800............... 930
Seth / Enosh ...................105................ 807............... 912
Enosh / Kenan ..................90................ 815............... 905
Kenan / Mahalalel............. 70................ 840............... 910
Mahalalel / Jared............... 65................ 830............... 895
Jared / Enoch.................. 162................ 800............... 962
Enoch / Methuselah........... 65................ 300............... 365
Methuselah /Lamech........ 187................ 782............... 969
Lamech / Noah................ 182__1056.... 595............... 777
Noah / Shem, Ham
and Japeth........... 500................ 450................ 950
Noah was 600 years old at the flood - Genesis 7:6. Noah lived 350 years after the flood - Gen. 9:28. From the creation of Adam to the birth of Noah 1,056 years had passed. Adam died 126 years before Noah was born. Seth died 14 years before Noah was born. So, Noah sat at the feet of Enosh, Adam's grandson, and hear the account of God in the garden.
Enosh's teachings did an excellent work in Noah because Noah walked with God - Genesis 6:9. Noah's heart was faithfully open to God's instructions thorugh the Holy Spirit.
With the passing of the old world order, God is moving in the earth to do things differently with new earthly environment, including physical and spiritual environments. The old earthly environment prior to the fall of Adam, was ideal and provided elements suitable for eternal life on the earth. But, mankind resisted the Spirit of God striving to keep him from a total descent into mortality and did not repent of his sin and turn back to God. Therefore, in the new earthly environment the elements will be changed to deal more forthrightly with sin. The new earthly environment will enhance God's plan to bring mankind into a state of consciousness concerning his sin and the resulting curse in his life.
How will the new earthly environment enhance God's plan to bring mankind to repentance?
In the post-flood earth the ground will still be cursed and will not produce sustenance for his livelihood in the same way as the pre-flood environment produced a much greater abundance. Plant life will not be protected from solar radiation and extreme heat and drought. Man's struggle in his efforts to survive will be intensified. Man living by the sweat of his brow will bring greater stress into his life. This curse was pronounced by God in the Garden when Adam sinned - Genesis 3:17 (KJV) - And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. But, God did not fully manifest this curse until after the flood when the water canopy was removed as a protective shield over the earth. After the flood mankind will have greater trouble toiling for his survival and many will cry out to God for divine intervention in their lives. God knows man will not turn to Him when he lives with abundance and believes he has no need for God's intervention to sustain him.
God inaugurates this post-flood world order with a covenant promise and a foreshadow of His redemptive agenda. He will begin to move to redeem the earth and mankind from the curse of sin and impending death. Remember, God's objective for mankind is "us in Him".
God's Promise to Noah and His Descendants
Genesis 8: 20-21 (NIV) - Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done."
"Never again will I curse the ground because of man"- This is a post-flood confirmation that the pre-flood curse pronounced by God in Genesis 3:17 was not completely made manifest until after the flood.
"Even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood" - This statement, spoken after the flood, confirms the fact that there were members of Noah's family whose hearts are inclined towards evil. God also made this statement in the pre-flood scriptures when God made the decision to destroy mankind. Thus, the sin condition that existed in the previous era is present in the new era.
Noah makes sacrifices to the Lord to atone for the sins of his family and he expresses his submission and devotion to the Lord by making burnt offerings.
God responds by making a covenant with Noah and his descendants. The rainbow was a covenant sign God gave to Noah. The rainbow was a unique sign to Noah. Since it never rain prior to the flood, this was the first rainbow ever to appear.
God establishes this covenant with mankind as a promise never again to destroy the earth with a flood. Otherwise, throughout the history of mankind there would have been many arks built in anticipation of other floods coming to destroy man because of his sinful way of life. It was this covenant with Noah that assured Noah's family and their descendents, including mankind today, that there would never be another flood that would cover the entire planet to destroy man.
The post-flood (present) world order is a time for covenants. God always provides a covenant, a covering which establishes His close "hands on" presence and His promises concerning what is yet to come. God's covenants give mankind hope for what lies ahead.
Genesis 8:22 (KJV) - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. This is a definitive statement concerning the post flood environment that will remain in effect until God changes the earth at the end of the millennium period of time.
"While" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew Dictionary) #5750 - `owd (ode); or `od (ode); from #5749; properly, iteration or continuance; used only adverbially, again, repeatedly, still, more.
#5749 - `uwd (ood); a primitive root; to duplicate or repeat; by implication, to protest, testify (as by reiteration); intensively, to encompass, restore (as a sort of reduplication).
The Hebrew translation of the word "while" represents the old world order has passed, but the earth will remain until it is restored or re-created. The scriptures tell us the earth will be new again in Revelation 21:1 (KJV) - And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
"While" reveals the present earthly environment will continue until God restores the earth at the end of the millennium period.
The root word "`uwd" also reveals the new restored earth after the millennium period will be a thing of restoration or duplication. God will repeat what He did at the first creation, prior to the fall of man. Between the creation of the first heaven and earth and the the second heaven and earth (restoration) in Revelation 21:1, God's work in the earth is to destroy the work of satan by fulfilling His decree to satan that one of the offspring of Eve (Jesus) will come and crush his head. What is this decree?
Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
"Enmity" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #342 - 'eybah (ay-baw'); taken from #340; hostility.
#340 - 'ayab (aw-yab'); a primitive root; to hate (as one of an opposite tribe or party); hence to be hostile.
KJV use -- be an enemy.
God, in the post flood world, will move and work to bring conflict (adversity) between the offspring of Eve (her seed Jesus) and satan. There will be no fellowship between the powers of darkness and the offspring of Eve. There will be opposition and hostility. One offspring will be the enemy of the other.
This enmity is established in the heart of man when he turns back to God. In his mind, old patterns of belief and behavior will come into conflict with new beliefs and commitments to God. This conflict will endure until his mindset is renewed by faith in the Word of God. It is a transformational process that will produce a child of God in the likeness of Christ. Then the work of satan is destroyed.
Genesis 8:22 (Con't) - "The earth remaineth" - Remaineth (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #3117 - yowm (yome); from an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours).
The Hebrew translation of the word "remaineth" represents the post flood earth will have hot days until the creation of the second heaven and earth. This time of "hot days" is a result of the earth's exposure to the sun's radiation and heat because the water canopy was removed from above the sky during the flood.
"While the earth remaineth" is a King James phrase. In the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible this phrase is interpreted as "for as long as the earth endures".
"Endures" - This implies the environment of the earth will be harsh and requires endurance until the earth is restored. The elements of the earth will be affected tremendously by being exposed to the cosmic elements of the solar system. The earth needs to endure because the post flood environment is different from the new environment of Revelation 21:1. Prior to the flood the earth did not endure exposure to the solar system and other parts of the cosmos. But, in the post flood world, exposure to the sun and cosmos stresses the earth and endurance is required until God re-creates the earth.
Revelation 21:1 (KJV) - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. This scripture is concerned with three physical elements - heaven (atmosphere), earth and the sea. As previously mentioned, I believe this scripture prophetically reveals God's re-establishing the water canopy above the firmament (sky) to duplicate the physical environment suitable for eternal life on the earth, as it was in pre-flood heaven and earth.
For a in-depth study of the original pre-flood environment and for the new second heavens and earth - See Chapter 4 of Volume I - "For the Eyes of Your Understanding"
Genesis 8:22 (Con't) - "Seedtime and Harvest" - During post flood times as the earth endures, there will be a time to sow seed and a time to harvest based on seasonal times. Man will sow and harvest by the sweat of his brow and exposure to the sun's elements will make his living difficult as weather fluctuations will affect his sowing and reaping.
Literally speaking, post flood weather fluctuations create difficulties in sowing and reaping a bountiful harvest. Spiritually and figuratively speaking, it is good to remember God is also a farmer. God sowed His seed (His Word is a seed) through His Son Jesus, who only spoke what God told Him to speak. That Word is seeded in the heart of man by faith. Faith in the spoken promises of God will see each of His children through each difficulty in life's issues. In this manner God sows, causes the seed to grow - watered by prayer, and then provides a harvest to the believer when his season is due - Galatians 6:9 (KJV) - And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
I believe this phrase of "seedtime and harvest" reveals God's proclamation that mankind will be held accountable under this spiritual law. A law based on sowing and reaping principles is revealed in scriptures and is paramount to man's understanding of God's plan. This is a plan that calls for man to sow himself to God and reap a harvest from God. There will be no harvest time if there is no sowing. I believe this precept is validated by the Hebrew definition of the word seedtime.
"Seedtime" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #2233 zera` (zeh'-rah); from #2232; seed; figuratively, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity.
Use in KJV -- X carnally, child, fruitful, seed (-time), sowing time.
#2232 - zara` (zaw-rah'); a primitive root; to sow; figuratively, to disseminate, plant, fructify.
Use in KJV use -- bear, conceive seed, set with sow (-er), yield.
The Hebrew word "zera" is figuratively used to represent sowing of seeds for posterity. Figuratively, zera also means sowing spiritual seed (Word of God) for spiritual posterity. The Word is sown by Christians, sowing by faith into one's personal life and sowing by faith into the lives of others by witness and by example. The Word takes root by faith and grows to produce a fruitful harvest.
Spiritual seeds will yield a abundant harvest of spiritual fruit. The seedtime and harvest methodology of God is to sow His Seed into carnal natural children and through faith harvest spiritual children for the Kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 15:42 (NIV) - So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
1 Corinthians 15:46 (NIV) - The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
1 Corinthians 15:44 (NIV) - It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
"Harvest" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7105 - qatsiyr (kaw-tseer'); from #7114; severed, i.e., harvest (as reaped), the crop, the time, the reaper, or figuratively; also a limb (of a tree, or simply foliage).
Use in KJV -- bough, branch, harvest (man).
#7114 - qatsar (kaw-tsar'); a primitive root; to dock off, i.e., curtail (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative); especially to harvest (grass or grain).
The Hebrew word "qatsiyr" figuratively represents branches. This foreshadows the growth and harvest of the church. "Branch" is used by Christ to represent Christians in John 15:5 (KJV) - I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
As a result of the seedtime and harvest methodology of God, carnal man when seeded with the Word will become a branch of Christ. When man receives God's seed (Word) by faith, the seed takes root in his heart. Redemption occurs and fruit will be born by the branch and a great harvest will take place at God's appointed time for harvesting.
Qatsar is the root word from which qatsiyr is derived. Qatsar means to dock off or sever the fruit from the tree for harvesting. Qatsar also is used to metaphorically reveal the end time harvest of God. Meaning, during man's time on the earth while Christ is in heaven, the Word of God (a sharp double edged sword) divides between things that are common to natural man and the things that are holy. This division separates (sanctifies) man unto God. This pruning action refines the mindset of Christians and increases the harvest. The final harvest is conducted in the end time when those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life are separated (docked off) from those who aren't listed in the book.
Sowing and reaping is a spiritual dynamic set in place by God for the post flood dimension of time. Since man's will is involved with his personal growth in his salvation process, his willingness to sow himself to God affects his transformation as a Christian.
I believe the greater truth of "sowing and reaping" is perceive man sowing himself fully to God and reaping the fullness of God. This is the only deal God makes with each Christian. I don't believe God desires a family that is not fully His. God's workmanship in each Christian's life is to bring him to a place of total commitment and devotion, placing God on the throne of his heart above all other things. Then all the fullness of God is his through his love and devotion to Christ.
This does mean that sowing material things to the church's ministry of the gospel of mercy and love is a good thing. But, if material things are sown to the church motivated by personal gain, it is not a good thing. It's selfishness. Sowing must be motivated by love for God and others and come from the heart, anticipating nothing in return. Sowing is always a gift, not an investment! I encourage each Christian to think twice, when he hears a message centered on sowing in order gain an abundance of material things. I encourage each Christian to sow yourself from the heart and God will provide what is needed. Sow in order to express your love, do not sow inorder to obtain what you need - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NIV) - Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (7) Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (8) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Sowing and Reaping - God's Methodology for Post Flood Times
Galatians 6: 7-9 (KJV) - Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (9) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
"God is not mocked" - Meaning God cannot be ridiculed or sneered at concerning this spiritual law. This law has been set in place and cannot be changed by the vain imaginations or philosophies of men. Sowing and reaping principles have been established by God and will be the governing factor for man's life. Sow yourself to God and God will use your gifts (seeds) to reap a bountiful harvest.
Life began as a seed sown by the flesh. All are born with a sin nature, passed on to each generation by the sin of Adam and Eve. God set enmity between the seed of satan and the seed of the woman (Eve). But, God's agenda provides for temporal life to come to an end and eternal life to begin as a result of our faith, a seed of faith sown into the spirit realm. Christ was the seed of God, a covenant seed sown into the earth by God through Mary. The Word of God is the seed of God.
When Jesus was born and lived on the earth was a great time of God sowing. Between Christ's resurrection and His second coming is a time of sowing by the body of Christ (Christians). When Christ returns it will be a magnificent time of harvesting and Christ and His followers will get the glory.
Now, is a time for sowing by the corporate church because the fields are white for harvesting - John 4:35-36(KJV)- …….… Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (36) And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
SPIRITUAL SEEDTIME - By the word
The seed of faith is sown into the heart of man and new life begins as man hears and accepts the fact that he must be born again through faith in Christ as Savior and Lord of his life. As the Christian studies the Word of God and appropriates the Word in his life, he is transformed by the renewing of his mind. He grows up in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ.
Luke 8:11 - "The seed is the word of God."
Sowing the things learned from the Word of God will bring a harvest.
Luke 6:38 (NIV) - ".....for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
2 Corinthians 9:6 - Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
The harvest is measured by the seed sown. The Christian who sows generously will "reap a harvest that will be more than what was sown, better than what was sown and later than it was sown' - Re: Dr. Charles Stanley, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Ga.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) - Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
The Word of God brings faith to the believer and prepares him for the harvest.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NIV) - I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. (7) So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
Paul and Apollos were sowers and caretakers of the Word that they preached and taught, but their faith was in God as the One who reaps the harvest.
Galatians 6:8-9 (NIV) - The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
We are spiritual farmers sowing to please the Spirit and reaping a spiritual harvest of eternal life. Else, we are sowing to the sinful nature and reaping spiritual death.
The Word of God is seeded in the heart of man through his faith in what he has heard. That Word takes root when he commits himself to Christ. God "anoints him, sets his seal of ownership on him, and puts his Spirit in his heart as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come." - 2 Corinthians 1: 21b-22. The deposit of the Holy Spirit is a spiritual seed from God that empowers the spoken seed from God to grow until the man attains to the whole measure the fullness (spiritual maturity) of Christ.
Sowing by the Word and reaping from the Word (promises of God) is the seedtime/harvest methodology of God for man "while the earth remaineth". This methodology of spiritual transformation is paramount to man's learning experiences and represents a major element of God's plan for man until the earth and heaven are re-created.
Man, willfully giving up sinful things to which he is bonded, will sow (submit) himself to Christ. Things that separate him from Christ will be replaced with new spiritual things, which will bond him to Christ (reaping eternal life).
"HARVEST" - To Harvest Is To Reap
Personal Harvest -
2 Corinthians 5: 4b-7 (NIV) - "to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore, we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight".
Immortality is reaped by Christians who live a Spirit inspired life even while living in this time, in the body, away from the physical presence of the Lord. A Spirit inspired life is a life of faith in things unseen (Christ is seated in heaven), not a life by sight or sense knowledge. Christians do not rely on worldly sense knowledge for life's provision. They rely on God's blessings for provision.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) - Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) - Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Our personal harvest is a result of our life of steadfast faith in Christ.
Kingdom "Harvest" -
Does the sowing and reaping law apply only to mankind? Does God Himself also abide by this law? If so, when did God sow a seed?
God foretold of a seed in Genesis 3:15 (KJV) - "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." God states that a seed (descendant) of the woman would come and bruise the head of satan.
Was Christ the seed of God and the seed of the woman? Yes! Biblical genealogical records reveal Jesus to be the seed of Adam and Eve through Seth's lineage. The gospel of Luke reveals Jesus to be the seed (Son) of God - Luke 1:35-36 (NIV) - The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
In John 1:1, 14 (NIV) - In the beginning was the WORD, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
If Jesus was the Word and the Word is the seed (Luke 8:11), then Jesus is the seed of God because the Word was God.
Even Jesus saw himself as the seed of God in John 12:24 when he was predicting his death at Calvary. John 12: 23-24 (NIV) - Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." Without a doubt, God produces fruit for His kingdom by sowing Himself through Christ into the hearts of men.
When reflecting on his crucifixion Christ saw himself as a seed. Therefore, God does abide by the sowing and reaping law He established in Genesis 8:22. God, sowing Himself into the earthly realm through His Seed, His begotten Son Jesus, was the single greatest miracle since the beginning of time. This event is the life giving center piece or the nourishing fountain for the landscape of life for post-flood times. His death on Calvary's cross opens the door to the kingdom of heaven because our sins are remitted. His ressurrection is the hope for eternal life with God, our Father; God, our Elder Brother; and God, the Holy Spirit. Had not God sowed His Seed, we would still be without hope; we would remain a slave to sin and we would perish when we die. Praise God for His Seed, Christ Jesus!
When does God reap? God will harvest (reap) the earth for the Kingdom of God through the raptures and by the resurrection of the dead in Christ.
See Volume 5 - For the Eyes of Your Understanding for an in-depth study of the end time harvest of God.
Genesis 8:22 con't - "Cold and Heat" / "Summer and Winter" -
"Cold" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7119 - qar (kar); contracted from an unused root meaning to chill; cool; quiet.
"Heat" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #2552 - chamam (khaw-mam'); a primitive root; to be hot.
Use in KJV -- inflame self, get (have) heat, be (wax) hot, (be, wax) warm (self, at).
The Hebrew words qar and chamam (cold and heat) reveals the exposure of the earth to the sun's heat in post-flood earth which is unlike pre-flood earth. Figuratively, these words can be used to depict emotional conflict which man will experience as he endures intensified stress in his life.
POST FLOOD ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL CONFLICTS
Environmental conflicts and spiritual conflicts are intregal parts of God's workmanship in each Christian. Why are these conflicts present in our lives?
Environmental troubles skake man's livelihood and places him in a state of humbleness and he becomes needful of God's intervention and grace.
Hebrews 12:25-27 (NIV) - See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? (26) At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." (27) The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken - that is, created things - so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Faith in God is what can't be shaken. Created things can be taken away in an instance, but faith in God shall remain.
The new earthly environment will have fluctuations ranging from one extreme to the other. Man's crops, his survival, are at risk due to sudden fluctuations in weather conditions from season to season. These fluctuations did not occur during pre-flood times.
When the canopy of water fell from above the sky (firmament), uniform heat from the earth (trapped by the canopy) was lost. Then the heat from the sun would heat the earth in a different way because temperatures would vary depending on the earth's position to the sun. Days will be warm and nights will be cooler. The north and south poles of the earth will be covered with ice while the equator will be very hot (area between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer). Seas in the tropic areas will be warmer than the seas near the pole areas will be cold. Ocean currents are created, as warm waters meet cold waters, and produce warm air currents called the Trade winds. Warm air currents encounter the cooler Jet streams resulting in storms. Weather patterns are unpredictable and from season to season will bring devastation to man's crops. These environmental disturbances will greatly distress man's ability to live from the land.
Geographical areas that were filled with the plants of the earth will become deserts because the prevailing winds will dry out the ground and fail to bring adequate rain. Conversely, floods will sporadically destroy vast crops. Too much rain will rot the root systems of crops. There will be no consistency in crop production. Is it any wonder most farmers are Godly men.
Even as there is a environmental physical stress on the earth, there will be spiritual stress in the heavens, conflict (enmity) between good and evil spiritual forces.
There will be spiritual conflict in the souls of men. Man's ability to sustain a living is greatly impaired because man is not capable of controlling the environment. He will experience failure in working with the land. When he does, he will turn to a higher spiritual power, seeking a blessing to ensure productivity from the land, the fruit of his labor. Since the time of the flood, some men will form their own gods for intervention and blessings on their harvests, because they need the intervention of a higher power. Other men will turn to Jehovah God seeking His divine intervention and help.
Even in today's time many will not seek to know God until there is a need for God's intervention to help in his welfare.
Revelation 3:17 - You say, `I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing'. But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
This scripture reflects man's nature to trust in wealth for his security and sense of welfare. When man has his needs met, he feels that he does not need anything. The riches of this world can blind a man and keep him from realizing his need for God as Provider. Most men will trust in the wealth he amasses for his sense of security, rather than in God promised provision. God desires that his children rely on Him for all their provisional needs; spiritual posterity, financial welfare, physical well-being, emotional well-being, family welfare, and all other needs.
Matthew 13:22 (NIV) - The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
When man's livelihood is taken away from him, his sense of security and welfare is breached. A single flood can wipe out a man's job, his dwelling and all his possessions in just a few days of heavy rain. In this world man hangs by a thread at all times. When one sees the stress that comes upon mankind through natural disasters, he realizes he is very vulnerable. Many men will turn to God when faced with a sense of helplessness concerning their ability to survive.
Prior to the flood, mankind did not have to contend with environmental fluctuations. He had a rather easy time of providing for himself. Thus, no one needed God. God found only one righteous man, through which He could start the new world. When carnal man is comfortable and needs nothing, he does not seek after God. Is it any wonder God shakes man's environment to humble him and turn him to Himself.
Hebrews 12:27 (NIV) - The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken - that is, created things - so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
"Created things" represent not only earthly things, but things created by vain imaginations and philosophy of men. This also includes trouble created by man's disobedience (sin) towards God.
How many would have repented at the preaching of Noah had they believed the flood was coming? They did not believe the flood was coming because they had never seen nor experienced such a disaster. No one had ever experienced a total loss of their crops for the year. Prior to the flood man never had to ask himself questions, such as, how will I be able to feed my family? How will I pay for the house and all the farm equipment? How will I clothe my children? These are but some of the stresses that give man a sense of helplessness concerning his livelihood from the earth.
Genesis 8:22 con't - "day and night" - There was day and night prior to the flood and there will be day and night until the time comes for God to restore the earth to paradise at the end of the millennium reign. At that time the canopy of water is re-established above the sky (firmament). Revelation 21:1 -....for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. The sea supplies the water for the canopy above the firmament. The heaven, earth and sea in the above scripture are all physical elements of the newly restored earth. Therefore, the proper interpretation of the phrase "and there was no sea" should reflect forming a new environment of paradise. the new water canopy will block out the light of the sun and there will be no day or night.
There will be no day or night in the new heaven and earth -
Revelation 21: 23-25 (KJV) - And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it and the Lamb is the light thereof. (24) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (25) And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
The glory of God radiating from the city illuminates the entire surface of the planet as light reflects off the inside surface of the water canopy at all angles because the canopy surrounds the planet. The nations outside the city will walk by its light. The kings of the earth (the royal priesthood) who oversee those nations will bring their splendor into the city. The kings' splendor (glory) is from God and is the result of the transformational work of Christ through the Holy Spirit. The kings who serve Christ in the millennium are revealed in the Parable of the Minas - Luke 19:12-17 (NIV) - He said: "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. (13) So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.' Put this money to work,' he said, 'until I come back.' (14) "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.' (15) "He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. (16)"The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.' (17) "'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' This parable is concerned with the servants of Christ who are charged with taking the gospel of salvation to the world while He remains in heaven. When He returns to judge the House of God, He will reward those servants according to their deeds of ministry of grace and love to others who need to know Him and His love for man.
The bible teaches that the city has no need for the sun or moon to shine on it because the glory of God will give it light through the Lamp, who is the Lamb - Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:23). I believe the sun or moon does not shine on the New Jerusalem because the water canopy contains much more water than the original canopy mentioned in Genesis. In Genesis God divided the waters, but the water canopy did not block out the light of the sun and moon. In Revelation God uses all the sea water, He does not divide the waters. The sunlight and moonlight cannot penetrate the new canopy as they did with the first canopy. All things that live will be sustained by the glory of God. Thus, day and night will exist until the end of the millennium period of time.
When the water canopy is restored above the sky, the curse on the ground causing man to labor by the sweat of his brow to make a living is removed forever.
Revelation 22:3 (NIV) - No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
Life spans shorten and the rate of population growth accelerated.
The pre-flood average age for giving birth to first born was biblically recorded at 75-90 years of age. Life spans ranged from 600 to 900 years of age. This immediately changed in post flood time due to the abrupt change in the earth's physical environment.
The post flood average age for giving birth to first born was recorded at 30 +<-> years of age. This is 45 to 60 years sooner than pre-flood times. Below are listed life spans ranged from Shem, Noah's son, to Abram;
Shem ...........500 years of age
Arphaxad ....403 " " "
Shelah .........403 " " "
Eber .............430 " " "
Peleg ...........209 " " "
Reu ..............207 " " "
Serug ...........200 " " "
Nahor .......... 119 " " "
Terah ............205 " " "
Abraham. .... 125 " " "
As life spans shorten, the age of puberty was lowered by 45 to 60 years. Assuming puberty age can be associated with the age of the parent at the time of their firstborn. This is logical since no birth controls were established in those times.
Additionally, this decrease in the age of puberty reflects the diminished environment (caused by the collapse of the water canopy), which in turn, diminished the physical life spans of post flood man due to exposure to solar and cosmic elements. Decreased life spans and age of puberty are important factors to consider when comparing the physical environment of pre-flood and post flood earth.
More people were being born at an earlier parental age so population growth was increased and the earth was subdued at a faster rate of population expansion.
Life spans were shortened, so generation turnover increased. This represents an increase in the potential harvest rate for the kingdom of God. The greater number of souls available for harvest, potentially increases population growth in the kingdom of God. God is definitely a farmer!
In summation, the post flood world environment will create stress in man's life, leading him to a place of needing God for his provisional blessing. It is through man's needs that God makes Himself known as the Provincial God. The population rate is increased and the earth will be inhabited much faster. This new world provides just the right elements and ingredients for populating the Kingdom of God.
Spiritual Light Is Separated From Spiritual Darkness - A prophetic proclamation from God
This separation is proclaimed by God at the very beginning of Genesis.
Genesis 1: 3-4 (KJV) - And God said, "Let there be light": and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
"Light" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #216 'owr (ore); from #215; illumination or (concrete) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.).
#215 'owr (ore); a primitive root; to be luminous (literally and metaphorically).
"Darkness" - (Strong's concordance - Hebrew) #2822 choshek (kho-shek'); from #2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
#2821 chashak (khaw-shak'); a primitive root; to be dark (as withholding light); transitively, to darken.
Prophetically, in the above scripture God has revealed the spiritual dynamics for pre-flood times - separation between light and darkness. Enmity (adversity) is established between the opposing forces of light and darkness. Paul, who was given surpassingly great revelations by Christ had this revelation in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) - For God who said, `Let light shine out of darkness', made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
So, the church should interpret Genesis 1: 3-4 the same way as Paul interpreted, as a prophetic declaration that out of darkness God will bring light. Another way of saying the same thing is to say "God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world" - Ephesians 1:4. God always intended that man would be born in darkness and then He would divide darkness from light through Christ.
Note: Some interpret this scripture literally, meaning God established physical day and night. But, this is not the same light as mentioned in Genesis 1: 14-15 (NIV) - And God said, "let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark the seasons and days and years, and let them be light in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth". And it was so. This is daylight, moonlight and starlight which marks our days, nights, seasons and years. Verses 17-18 - God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.
God is not repeating the same separation of verses 3-4, He is establishing day and night in verses 14-17. In verses 3-4 He is prophetically proclaiming and establishing spiritual enmity (adversity) between eternal life and death.
Again, the proper interpretation for Genesis 1:3-4 is to see this scripture as a prophetic declaration from God of the pending separation that will occur between spiritual darkness and light in the spiritual realm and the heart of mankind.
Therefore, the very first verses in Genesis 1:1-2 metaphorically reveal the darkness (sin potential) that exists in the earth in the very beginning.
Genesis 1: 1-2 (KJV) - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Darkness" - Darkness foreshadows the sin that was included in the design of the earthly spiritual environment; symbolically revealed as God put the snake in the garden before He created Adam and Eve.
Isaiah 45:7 (NIV) - I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
Isaiah 54:16 (NIV) - "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who created the destroyer to work havoc.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Face" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #6437 - panah (paw-naw'); a primitive root; to turn; by implication, to face, i.e. appear, look, etc.
Darkness was facing all who would live on the earth. "Face" implies the presence of darkness would confront (face) man to lure and tempt him to choose and to seek its offerings. The face of darkness is manifested by the lure and lust for physical things; worldly things and lustful things of the flesh and things that are (sensed) seen, felt, heard, smelled or tasted. The face of darkness is self centered and sense-oriented. All fallen men face the deceitfulness of darkness because he is blind to unseen spiritual things.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Deep" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #8415 - tehowm (the-home'); or tehom (the-home'); (usually feminine) from #1949; an abyss, especially the deep, the main sea.
#1949 - huwm (hoom); a primitive root [compare 2000]; to make an uproar, or agitate greatly.
Use in KJV -- destroy, move, make a noise, put, ring again.
#2000 - hamam (haw-mam'); a primitive root [compare #1949, #1993]; properly, to put in commotion; by implication, to disturb, drive, destroy:
Use in KJV use -- break, consume, crush, destroy, discomfit, trouble, vex.
Out of the abyss comes the one who destroys - Isaiah 54:16 (NIV) - "See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who created the destroyer to work havoc.
The darkness that faces man will destroy him if he yields to its lure or temptation. It is a direct counterfeit of eternal life. Darkness faces the deep inner part of man (heart) as it is upon the face of the deep. Darkness' point-of-entry into the heart of man is through his self-centered perception of life which rules his mind (mental thinking process and rational reasoning). This darkness is found in the tree of (sense) knowledge of good and evil, of which God told Adam not to eat its fruit or else he would die. But, satan appealed to his earthly nature and free-will to tempt him to sin.
God moves upon the face of the waters -
But, God manifest in His Son (Seed) to destroy the works of the devil - 1 John 3:8 (KJV) - He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Mankind is given a choice between living under the destructive influence of the destroyer or living under faith in the Son of God who seeks to destroy the works of the destroyer.
John 10:7-11 (KJV) - Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. (8) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. (9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Moved" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7363 - rachaph (raw-khaf'); a primitive root; to brood; by implication, to be relaxed.
The Spirit of God brooded above the waters; ever present and available to Adam to stand and do the will of God. The Spirit of God still broods above the waters as He moves upon the whole earth seeking hearts that are fully devoted to Him - 2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) - For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Waters" - (Brown-Driver-Brigg's Concordance) # 4325 - mayim - water, waters; used of danger, violence, transitory things.
When studying the Hebrew words in the above scripture verse, the figurative meanings of the words paint a picture or foreshadow of the sin condition in the earthly realm. "Darkness was upon the face of the deep" means the powers of darkness operate in the deep parts of the waters and represents danger, violence and transitory things. Darkness operates in the deep parts of man (inner man) and deceives him into a perception of life which distorts reality. Man is deceived into believing selfish desires and motivations are life-giving. Man in darkness lives in ignorance of truth. The source of this darkness is from the deep, the abyss or Sheol (hell). Out of the abyss come the waters (danger, violence and transitory things) to affect man's life. The waters are intent on sweeping man away and destroy him and all that he possesses. The destroyer abides in the abyss and uses danger, violence and transitory things to reek havoc.
Note: Often, the word "waters" in the Old Testament is figuratively used to represent the afflictions that are upon mankind as a result of sin. Afflictions which become obstacles for the believer in his efforts to follow God through the transformation and sanctification processes. God will see His followers through the waters of affliction. When God delivers man from a place of darkness, He parts the waters. God provided a Way for men to be blessed. The Way (parting of the waters) is provided through faith in Christ Jesus, so man can worship God in truth and spirit and obtain the eternal blessings of God.
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV) - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isaiah 30: 20 (NIV) - Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
Waters of affliction (danger, violence, transitory things) are set in place as our teachers, teaching us the way of faith. When we pass through the waters we will realize that God is with us and working out our spiritual transformation through faith in Him.
Verse 2 (Con't) - "Spirit of God" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) # 7307 - taken from the Hebrew word ruwach (roo'-akh); from #7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e., a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger.
God exhaled and the Spirit of God covered the waters of the deep. Hovering over the waters is God's breath of life. The Spirit of God, through Christ, brings life and strength to those who pass through the waters of darkness, enabling them to stand steadfast and trust God. The Spirit of God brings God's wrath and anger against darkness and breaks the yoke of death and destruction for those who repent of their sins and give themselves wholeheartedly to following Christ. Christ sets a hedge around his followers and the waters (life's circumstances) will not overflow them. The waters are parted and a way is provided into the promise land - See "For the Eyes of Your Understanding" - Volume 4 - Crossing the Jordan River, a Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile
It is evident that God included Genesis 1:2 as a prophetic declaration of the spiritual environment set in place prior to day one of creation. This declaration is still in effect today.
Division and Separation - Theology for Post Flood Times
Division between God's people and people of the world
Genesis 3:15 (NIV) - "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." This separation occurs at the time of a person's acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. Rather than be a friend of sin (in agreement with sin), sin will be his adversary, his enemy.
Luke 12:51 (NIV) - "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division." The work of Christ is to divide between life and death in those who follow Him. When a person accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit will brood (hover) over his life and grant him victory in his battles with sin and the temptation to continue in sin.
John 3:7-10 (NIV) - He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because
the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son
of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. (9) No one who
is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in
him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
Division by Personal Sanctification
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) - For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The Word of God (real truth) divides.
SALVATION takes the man out of darkness
God establishes enmity between man and his sin. He no longer is in bondage to sin and death. Sin and death are his enemies, hostile to a God breathed life. He is forgiven and reconciled to God.
John 8:34-36 (KJV) - Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (35) And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. (36) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
SANCTIFICATION takes the darkness out of man
The sanctifying work of God is conducted through the power of the Holy Spirit. God will teach His followers to be like His Son in mind, body and spirit. Those who follow Christ will trust him to see them through their circumstances and afflictions. They will know Christ and trust their very lives into his hands. Sanctification is a process of proving faith during times of affliction and difficulty in life, consecrating man to Christ. Through faith man will learn that God is sovereign over his life. God becomes known in the heart of man as God provides victory over all afflictions.
Acts 26:18 (NIV) - To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
God's people will learn to walk by faith in the Son of God, rather than by sight or carnal desires.
See Comments on God's Agenda for Salvation
The Old Testament foreshadows the salvation of the Christian man and his family in the account of the flood when Noah and his family were saved. During the flood God used two symbols to foreshadow His plan for the salvation of man. These symbols are not often understood by biblical scholars or preachers who do not seek to uncover the deepest parts of the hidden manna of God.
TWO IMPORTANT FORESHADOWS FOR POST FLOOD TIMES
The spiritual dynamics of salvation in the post flood world order is reflected in the account of the raven and dove. God uses the symbols of the raven and dove to foreshadow spiritual dynamics for the post flood world order.
Why didn't the raven return to Noah and the ark, as the dove returned? Literally, this does not make any sense because no bird can continually fly without having some place to land and rest. The answer is seen in the light of a foreshadow.
"Raven" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #6158 - "oreb" (o-rabe) and means "from its dusky hue". "Oreb" is derived from the root word (#6150) "arab"(aw-rab) and means to "cover with a texture"; "to grow dusky at sundown"; "to be darkened"; "toward evening".
"Toward evening", "to be darkened" - The word "raven" and the word "evening" are taken from the same Hebrew word "arab". Metaphorically, "raven" represents sin and spiritual darkness. Remember in Genesis 1:2 - Darkness is upon the surface of the deep. Sin natured man will live his days on the earth as a sinner until the day of salvation arrives.
The raven is used as a biblical symbol that proclaims the same sin condition upon the earth after the flood, as existed prior to the flood.
Genesis 8:7 (KJV) Con't - "Fro" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7725 - derived from a Hebrew root word "shuwb" (shoob) means to "turn back". Literally or figuratively, not necessarily with the idea of returning to the starting point.
Noah never reached out and received the raven back into the ark as he did the dove. The raven flies back and forth upon the surface of the water, never returning to the ark. Literally speaking, it would not be possible for the raven to fly without returning to the ark, because the flood waters did not begin to recede until 150 days had passed - Genesis 8:3.
Therefore, this is a metaphor for post-flood times and is the same metaphor as recorded in Genesis 1:2 ....darkness was upon the face of the deep. The first day of creation is associated with God setting in place environmental spiritual dynamics for the inhabitants of his creation. The same is true for the beginning of the new post-flood world.
Genesis 8:22 (NIV) - "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
At the beginning of the post flood world, the scriptures prophetically proclaim the spiritual environment in which man will live "for as long as the earth endures".
"For as long as the earth endures" represents the raven is a covering of darkness upon the post-flood world until the end of the millennium reign of Christ when satan is released one more time to tempt the nations into sin - Revelation 20:7-8 (KJV) - And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth. Darkness is always accusing Christians of not believing and trusting God. Darkness tests the faith of God's family because darkness is facing the heart of man and ever present with accusations of unfaithfulness. "Darkness facing the deep parts of the heart of man" is a picture of sin crouching at the door to man's heart seeking to make him a slave to sin - Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV) - Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? (7) If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
The raven files to and fro throughout the earth. Darkness fills the day of mankind until God divinely intervenes. The raven flies back and forth over each day of mankind looking for whom he may devour - 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. The forces of darkness devour man by enticing him to doubt God's Word, not rely on God while working through the issues of life. These are issues which destroys his hope for the future and which eventually causes him much despair, if he does not trust God to get him through.
Job 1:7 (KJV) - And the LORD said unto satan, Whence comest thou? Then satan answered the LORD, and said, "From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."
Satan roams back and forth like the raven flies until the waters (mayim) are dried from the earth. Metaphorically, the waters (danger, violence and transitory things) will not be dried from the earth until satan is cast into hell at the end of the millennium. However, for as long as satan is bound by God's chains; danger, violence and transitory things are bound also - Revelation 20:1-3 (NIV) - And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. (2) He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. (3) He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
Revelation 20: 7-10 (KJV) - And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. (10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Spiritually speaking, when satan is cast into the lake of fire forever, the waters (danger, violence and transitory things) are forever dried from the earth at the end of the millennium period.
Revelation 21:1 (KJV) - And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Literally, the sea has been set in the sky providing a water canopy under which will be an eternal life without the evil influence of satan and the powers of darkness. Figuratively, there will be no afflictions from sin - sickness, sorrow, weeping, bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, greed, adultery, betrayal, favoritism, rejection, poverty, sadness, or anything else that is related to death. The curse of sin has been removed from the earth - Revelation 22:3 (NIV) - No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
Therefore, for all believers there will be no need that goes un-met. So the waters are removed and satan is eternally gone.
God's New Approach to Mankind in the Post-Flood World
In post-flood times, the Holy Spirit still hovers above the waters of the deep (danger, violence and transitory things). Symbolically, Noah sent out the dove there three times and God sends Christ with a three phased mission.
At the heart of God's plan "for as long as the earth endures" are the THREE PHASES TO THE MISSION OF CHRIST.
All that God does to deliver mankind from sin and transform men into His adopted sons is purposed through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1: 4-5 (NIV) - For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will....
When I saw the missionary work of Jesus Christ in the earth as the Messiah, for the first time I saw the big picture of the gospel. The three phases of the mission of Christ forms an umbrella under which the handiwork of God is performed during the age of the gospel and the millennium, bringing salvation and transformation to the spiritual nature of mankind. God's agenda and time frame for salvation is revealed by the three phases.
Symbolically, the three phrases of the mission of Christ is a foreshadow of a new thing that God is doing in this new era of time - sending a dove, Jesus Christ, to destroy the works of the raven, the sin condition in the earth.
Genesis 8: 8-9 (KJV) - Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; (9) But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
"Effervesce" (Webster Dictionary) means "to show high spirits or vivacity."
What a great symbol to be used in this foreshadow. The dove is the Spirit of God effervescing (radiating) from God and sent into the world through Jesus to re-instate (breathe) spiritual life into God's creation. The effect of this spiritual awakening is spiritually intoxicating. The glory of God (effervescing from God) will fill the souls of His children, giving them joy and power to become immortal.
Symbolically, the first release of the dove represents the first phase of the mission of Christ as THE SON OF MAN. This mission began at his baptism and the Holy Spirit descended upon HIm like a dove - Matthew 3:16 (KJV) - And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.
During the first flight of the dove, water covered the surface of the earth and Noah's dove returned to him because it found no rest for the soles of her feet. Likewise, when God sent Jesus (the dove) to the Jews (God's covenant people), the Jews were hardened in their hearts toward Jesus and he found no rest for the soles of his feet. He was rejected as the Messiah, the one sent by God. Jesus' testimony could find no place to rest in the hearts of the Jew as He was rejected as the Dove sent by God. Meaning, Jesus had no place to set His feet, establish Himself in the hearts of the Jews as Messiah. Instead they called Him a blasphemer and He was rejected.
John 6:64-66 (KJV) - But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. (65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (66) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Genesis 8:9 (KJV) Con't - "Rest" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #4494 - manowach (maw-no'-akh); quiet, i.e., (concretely) a settled spot, or (figuratively) a home.
The dove could find no rest for its feet. The dove found no place that He could call His home. So it returned to Noah in the the Ark. Likewise, Jesus returned to God in heaven when He was resurrected.
This foreshadows Jesus who had no place where He could call his spiritual home because of harden hearts.
John 1:11(KJV) - He came unto his own, and his own received him not. Jesus preached the gospel to the Jews, but the Jews rejected Him as the Messiah.
Matthew 8:20 (KJV) - And Jesus saith unto him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
In Christ there was life for mankind, and he preached this life to men, but men did not understand it because their minds and hearts were darkened by worldliness and self righteousness.
John 1: 4-5 (KJV) - In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The Son of man knew He would have no place to rest during this part of His work in the earth because it was prophesied by Isaiah.
Isaiah 53:3 - (KJV) - He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Matthew 27:41 (KJV) - Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders.
He was betrayed by one of his own disciples, Judas.
Matthew 26: 48-49 (KJV) - Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. (49) And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, `Hail, master' and kissed him.
He was denied by one of His apostles.
Matthew 26: 69-75 - He was denied by Peter three times.
When He was arrested by the Romans His apostles scattered, except John. The Bible reveals only John was at the cross the moment Jesus gave up His Spirit.
The Jews and Romans (Gentiles) crucified him at Calvary. Three days later, he was resurrected from among the dead (Colossians 1:18) and returned to God in heaven. God reached out his hand and brought Jesus back to Himself into the throne room. Even as Noah reached out his hand and brought the dove back to himself in the ark. This foreshadows the end of the first phase of the mission of Jesus.
Genesis 8: 10-11 (KJV) - And he stayed yet other seven days and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off; so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
This is what God is doing in the second phase of the mission of the dove - To bring the things of the world into contempt (contrast) with the divine nature of the Holy Spirit while Jesus is seated in heaven.
The contrast between matters of darkness and the essence of the Holy Spirit grows, as the number of people on the earth who have turn to God grows and they will be despised by those who follow after things of this world.
John 15:18-19 (KJV) - If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Isaiah 23: 8-9 (KJV) - Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth? (9) The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
Matthew 10:22 (KJV) - And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
The second phase of the mission of the dove foreshadows the Christ as HIGH PRIEST OVER THE CHURCH. This ministry occurs during the "mystery" time for the gospel, during which the gospel is sown into the world through the holy and true church - the royal priesthood under the power of the Holy Spirit. This phase began in the upper room when the Holy Spirit anointed the disciples of Christ with power for ministry on Pentecost Sabbath.
Acts 2:1-3 (KJV) - And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
"Cloven" - (Strong's Concordance- Hebrew) #1266 - taken from the Greek word diamerizo (dee-am-er-id'-zo); to partition thoroughly (literally in distribution, figuratively in dissension).
I believe the literal interpretation of the Greek word diamerizo is accurate and God does apportion or distribute the Holy Spirit to each believer. But, I believe the figurative meaning offers a greater insight to spiritual baptism. John said in Matthew 3:11 (KJV) - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire.
"Dissension" defined in the Random House College Dictionary - Strong disagreement, contentious or discord.
In addition to baptism with the Holy Spirit, Christ also baptizes with fire. This is a refining fire that brings sin and the sin nature into contention with the essence of the Holy Spirit, consecrating each Christian unto Christ. As a Christian lives his life, his sins will be in contrast with the nature of the Holy Spirit, resulting in conviction. Conviction leads to repentance and repentance divides between life (light) and death (darkness). Baptism by fire is a refinement process - the handiwork of God. Jesus states in Luke 12:49-51 that He came to bring fire on the earth. But, before He could do that He must undergo baptism. He also states that He is distressed until His baptism is completed. The fire He brings will result in division - Luke 12:49-51 (NIV) - "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! (50) But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! (51) Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
Division consecrates Christians to Christ. The 120 disciples in the upper room were consecrated to Christ for purity in ministry. Not only were they endued with power for ministry, but they were also called (set apart) from the world for the ministry of the gospel.
Acts 2:1-3 (KJV) Con't - "It sat" (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #2523 kathizo (kath-id'-zo); to seat down, i.e., set (figuratively, appoint); intransitively, to sit (down); figuratively, to settle (hover, dwell).
The Holy Spirit did not come upon each of the disciples and then depart. He stayed and settled in, dwelling in their hearts and bodies.
The second phase of the mission of Christ will end when Christ returns to the earth with all the saints for the Battle of Armageddon.
Note: An interesting comparison of each phase reveals Christ's presence on the earth during the first phase; His absence on earth during the second phase and His presence again on the earth during the third phase. The second phase is different from phase one and three in this respect - in Christ's absence from the earth, He left us with two things that is sufficient to do the work of God in the earth, the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. All that God wants to do in this second phase is done through the Christian's faith in the Word empowered by the Holy Spirit. God through the power of the Holy Spirit imparts all the promises of God, as contained in the bible, to each Christian who does not waver in his faith and love for others. When each Christian stands faithfully through the trials in his life, trusting God to do what He has promised, then the promise is made manifest and the Christian grows in his personal relationship and knowledge of God. Although the Christian has never seen Christ or the Father, he knows them personally through personal experiences of supernatural events. Hebrews 2:3-4 (KJV) - How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (4) God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
While Christ remains unseen, God's will and purpose for the second mission of Christ is to send the gospel throughout the earth through His followers. This is the time appointed for building faith in things unseen.
John 20:29 (KJV) - Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.
Genesis 8: 10-11 (KJV) con't - The freshly plucked olive leaf represents the work of Christ through the Holy Spirit, during the second phase.
Soon after the flood, God called Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. After 400+ years in Egyptian captivity, God delivered His covenant people from Egyptian slavery through Moses and gave the Israelites the law. The law defined sin. Sin was then brought it into contrast between worldly beliefs and Godly matters of the heart. Additionally, the law established procedures for worshipping God and provided a spiritual direction for life.
When the set time for fulfilling the law arrived, God sent His Son to complete the covenant and usher in the age of grace. God provides grace and love to all His creation because man's sin debt was met by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell His faithful covenant people and empower them to become His children (branches). Then the time for grafting in the Gentiles (non-Hebrews) to the covenant had arrived. This is the meaning of the olive branch that was carried back to the ark. The olive tree branch symbolically represents the covenant growth of the nation of Israel and all those who are grafted into the covenant.
Romans 11:17-18 (The Living Bible) - But some of these branches from Abraham's tree, some of the Jews, have been broken off. And you Gentiles who were branches from, we might say, a wild olive tree, were grafted in. So now you, too, receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in God's rich nourishment of his own special olive tree. (18) But you must be careful not to brag about being put in to replace the branches that were broken off. Remember that you are important only because you are now a part of God's tree; you are just a branch, not a root.
The work of the Holy Spirit is showing up in the growth of the olive branches, symbolizing spiritual covenant growth by the engrafting of the Gentiles through the gospel -
Romans 11:11 (KJV) - I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall, salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Romans 11: 17-20 (NIV) - If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this; You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, `Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in'. Granted, But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith." This verse reveals the growth of the spiritual nation of God (the olive tree) when the gospel was preached to the Gentiles. The Gentiles could not be grafted into the covenant with Abraham's descendants until after Jesus paid the sin debt for their sin. The Gentiles were not a part of the natural descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Therefore, their adoption could not be offered until the New Blood covenant was completed.
Remember the Hebrew word for "harvest" also figuratively represents the branch of a tree. The olive branch in the dove's mouth represents the harvest of souls from the spirit empowered preaching and teaching of God's Word through the church to both Jew and Gentile throughout the earth.
"Harvest" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #7105 - qatsiyr (kaw-tseer'); from #7114; severed, i.e., harvest (as reaped), the crop, the time, the reaper, or figuratively; also a limb (of a tree, or simply foliage).
Isaiah 27:6 - In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom, and fill the world with fruit.
The olive tree took root during the first phase of the mission of Jesus as he taught God's Word to the nation of Israel under the Abrahamic Covenant. After His death and resurrection and the Holy Spirit's baptism of the 120 disciples at Pentecost under the New Blood Covenant, the tree began to sprout. This sprouting of the olive tree began in Act 2:14 -
Acts 2:14, 36-41 (KJV) - But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:..........(36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. (37) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (39) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (40) And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (41) Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Peter's preaching was toward the nation of Israel. When they heard the Word, they were pricked in their hearts (brought into contention with the Word of truth). They sought instruction from the apostles. The apostles called them to repentance in order to save them from an untoward generation (no fruitful spiritual direction). They repented and God gave them the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Approximately three thousand were added to the one hundred and twenty, those who were in the upper room. The olive branch began to grow on Pentecost Sabbath.
This symbolizes the third phase of the mission of Christ - THE MILLENNIUM KING. Christ will come back to the earth and will be accepted as the King of the Jews. He does not return to heaven. He remains on the earth, even as the dove did not return to Noah when released the third time. At the end of this third phase, one thousand years later, God will come to the earth.
What shall we say is the purpose of the third mission of Christ? The answer can be seen by observing what will happen at the end of this phase of His mission. God will come back to the earth once again! For this to happen, all the saints who were harvested out of the second phase of His mission will live with Christ on the earth for a thousand years. After a thousand years of maturation, they will no longer be short of the glory of God and will be able to look God in the face and not die. I believe this is the purpose of this third phase - to restore the saints to full glorification. It will require one thousand years of living with Christ, as King, to accomplish this objective. One can realize just how far Adam fell when he died to his divine nature through selfishness and self-centerness. In a moment of disobedience, the fall of Adam and the resulting decline of man into mortality, created a separation between God, the Creator, and His creation. It will take approximately three thousand years of salvation, sanctification, and glorification to restore man to full glorification in God through the incarnate, intercessory work of Christ Jesus.
The first mission of the dove foreshadows the first phase of the mission of Christ and was a SEEDTIME mission. He was rejected by His own people. He had no place to set His feet. He was crucified by His own people. He became the true sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Having paid the sin debt for mankind's sins, He opened the way to reconciliation with God. He seeded his testimony into the hearts of the disciples. He raised up apostles to author the gospel. He established Himself to be the Messiah by fulfilling Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.
The second phase of the mission of Christ is a mission of HARVEST. A freshly plucked olive leaf represents sowing and reaping by the church's ministry of the gospel. Men believed Jesus was the Messiah and trusted in his testimony about God and the need to repent and receive salvation. The Word was preached to the Jews and through out the earth to the Gentiles and many souls are saved. At the end of this mission there will be harvests, gathering all saints together for the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Then the earth will be cleansed of all unrighteousness, including nations, peoples and governmental systems.
The third phase of the mission of Christ will be a mission of GLORIFICATION. Maturing the saints into full glorification so God, the Father, can come back and walk with His counterpart in the paradise of God, once again. Christ will not return to heaven. He will remain on the earth as King of Kings with His bride, the body of Christ.
This is the seedtime harvest theology fulfilled through the three phased mission of Christ "while the earth remaineth."
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