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God’s Time Table
© Charles Massegee
2 Peter 3:1-13, Matthew 24:34
v.1 “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder).”
v.2 “That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Apostle Peter wants to stir up our minds concerning the Second Coming of Christ. He points out that the Old Testament prophets, and the New Testament apostles are equal in authority. Both are divine vehicles for delivering the message of God, and he reminds us that he has the knowledge and authority as an Apostle to speak on this matter.
The Apostle Peter wants us to be mindful of the words of the Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Apostles concerning the Second Coming of Christ.
No prediction is stated anymore clearly and positively in the Old and New Testaments than the prediction of the Second Coming of Christ. The Second Coming is mentioned 1,845 times in the Bible. The New Testament mentions the Second Coming 318 times. In the Old Testament, seventeen of the thirty-nine books have as their dominant theme the Second Coming.
Between the First Coming of Christ and the Second Coming Christ is the Christian era, the church age. What the Bible calls the last days, are the days between the First and Second Coming of Christ. During this time period, prophecies will be fulfilled concerning the precursors and birth pangs leading up to the return of Christ to earth.
V.3 “Knowing this first; that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts.”
v.4 “And saying, where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
The Apostle Peter warns us of scoffers who argue that since the Second Coming has not occurred, it would never occur. These scoffers claim that there are no signs of His Second Coming and things have continued just as they have since the world was created.
The Apostle Peter points out four things that these scoffers have forgotten concerning the Second Coming. But first, before we look at these four things these scoffers have forgotten, I would like for us to understand one of God’s principles that the Second Coming of Christ is built on. It is a law. It is a principle. It is the principle of the number “seven”.
First, people who scoff at the Second Coming of Christ have forgotten the creating power of God’s word
v.5 “For this they willfully forget that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water.”
In Hebrews 11:3, the Bible says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
In Genesis 1, seven times God spoke to bring about the existents of all that He created, except man. Man is the only creation that was made out of something already in existents. The body was formed out of the dust of the earth reflecting the physical image of God. The soul was formed out of the intellectual, emotional and volitional image of God reflecting His mind, feelings and capacity to make choices. The spirit of man came from the breath of God reflecting the spiritual image of God and giving man God awareness. Just like the soul gives physical life to the body. The Spirit gives spiritual life to the soul.
But everything else, including all the fish, birds and animals were spoken into existents by the word of God out of nothing. I’m here to tell you things happen when God speaks.
He spoke and with a “big bang,” not from a gas pocket like some scientist claim, but from God’s spoken word, the earth exploded into existence.
In verse 3 “Then God said,” and bang, light invaded the darkness.
In verse 6, “Then God said”, and bang, water appeared and the atmospheric heavens were created.
In verse 9, “Then God said”, and bang, dry land was created.
In verse 11, “Then God said”, and bang, vegetation appeared and it begins to grow.
In verse 14, “Then God said”, and bang, twinkling lights appeared everywhere and the sun and moon erupted into existents.
In verse 20, “Then God said”, and bang, all kinds of beautiful and exotic living creatures suddenly showed up, some swimming, some walking and some flying.
And then in verse 26, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit got together and said, “Let us make man in Our image according to Our likeness.” Man is the only creation in God’s image made out of something already in existents. Everything else God made, He made by His spoken word out of nothing. I must tell you again that things happen when God speaks.
God spoke and Enoch was raptured without dying. God spoke, “come up here” and John was translated to heaven in the spirit to be given a look into the future, Revelation 4:1. God spoke, “come up here” and the two witnesses in Revelation 11 were translated to heaven.
And one day, I think very soon; we are going to hear our blessed Lord say, “come up here” and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, will be fulfilled. What’s He going to be shouting? He is going to be shouting, “come up here.”
God told Noah to “Come in.” God told Lot to, “Get out.” God is going to tell us, “Come up” and the rapture will occur.
God created time in Genesis 1, and then operated on a timetable concerning the creation of the world. God created the world and everything in it in six days and rested on the seventh day. God did not need six days to accomplish this marvelous work. He could have done it all in just a few seconds. There are at least three reasons He took six days.
1. He wanted to call special attention to the uniqueness of each of His creations.
2. He wanted to sanctify the seventh day as a blessed day of rest and worship. It is a medical and scientific fact that man’s heart beasts faster in the morning than in the evening six days out of every seven. The seventh day it beats slower.
3. He wanted to establish the principal of the number “seven”.
Second, people who scoff about the Second Coming of Christ have forgotten the destroying power of God’s word.
v.6 “By which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.”
In Revelations 19:21, the Bible says, “And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.”
It is a scientific fact that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Only God can create and only God can destroy.
Third, people who scoff about the Second Coming of Christ have forgotten the preserving power of God’s word.
v.7 “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the Day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”
Fourth, people who scoff at the Second Coming of Christ have forgotten the timing power of God’s word.
v.8 “But, beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
v.9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
v.10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
v.11 “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of person ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,”
v.12 “Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?”
v.13 “Nevertheless we, according to His promise look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
Everything God does has a preordained purpose and a preordained time to occur. God has a timetable for everything.
The evidence that God operates on a timetable is overwhelming. God has power to set a time for certain things to happen and always be right on time.
(1) God operates on a timetable concerning the earth and the atmospheric heavens.
This earth travels around the sun once in every 365 days or one calendar year, going at the speed of 68,000 miles per hour as it whirls on its axis at 19 miles per second. We are told in the Bible that God has a time for all things. There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to reap. Because of the rotation of the earth, there is wintertime, springtime, summer time and fall. Our astronauts tell us that if they are just a few seconds early or late on a trip to the moon, it will put them in an orbit millions of miles from where they are supposed to be. Our scientists tell us if this earth were just a few degrees closer to the sun, it would burn up in fifteen minutes. If this earth were just a few degrees further from the sun, it would turn into a huge frozen snowball in fifteen minutes.
(2) God operates on a timetable concerning the natural birthing of His creation.
In Genesis 1:14-15, God made all the animals including man, with a different D&A and gestation period based on the principal “seven”.
For example: The mouse gives birth in 21 days, (3×7).
The rat is 28 days (4×7)…
The cat is 56 days (8X7).
The dog is 63 days (9×7).
The lion is 98 days (14×7).
The sheep is 147 days (21×7).
With birds, the gestation is,
For a common chicken it takes 21 days (3×7).
For a duck it takes 42 days (6X7).
With a human it is 280 days (or 40×7).
(3) God operated on a timetable concerning the flood in Noah’s day.
The Flood came exactly according to God’s timetable. God revealed to Enoch, one thousand years before the Flood, the generation in which the Flood would come. No one knew the exact day or the exact hour, but Enoch knew the generation. It is important to note that Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam. God revealed through Methuselah the generation when the Flood would come, Genesis 5-7. The Flood was predicted to come during Methuselah’s generation. To be more specific, the Flood was to come the very year Methuselah died. Methuselah lived longer than any other man in the history of the world. He lived to be 969 years old. The Flood came the year he died. Have you ever wondered why Methuselah lived to be so old? God was operating on a timetable and had to keep the old man alive until He got ready for the Flood. Methuselah was 369 years old when Noah was born, and Noah was 600 years old when the Flood came. Let’s add this up: 369 plus 600 equals 969, the exact age of Methuselah when he died and the exact year the Flood came.
The name of Enoch’s child, Methuselah, intimated that God was giving a warning of the coming deluge of water. The Bible says, “And Enoch lived sixty and five years and begat Methuselah,” Genesis 5:21. The name Methuselah means “When he is dead the deluge of water shall be sent.” God was saying to Enoch through Methuselah that the world as he knew it would last only as long as his son lived. When God gave Enoch the name Methuselah it was as if God was saying, “Enoch! See this little baby boy. I’m going to destroy the world in this baby’s generation. In fact, the year that this baby dies I’m going to send a deluge of water that will wipe man off the face of the earth.”
When Enoch realized this he begins walking with God. The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah,” Genesis 5:22. When Enoch realized that this old earth was just temporary, he became more spiritually minded and began walking with God. Because he walked with God he was raptured (translated) before the judgment of the flood of water came.
(4) God operated on a timetable concerning the Seven Feasts of Jewish worship in the Old Testament.
The Seven Feasts are given in order and arranged according to God’s schedule in prophecy. The Sabbath Day is mentioned first, but not as one of the feast, but only as a measuring stick for the feast, Leviticus 23:1-3. The feasts are God’s calendar for human history, past, present and future.
We do not observe these feasts today as Christians because Christ has fulfilled them spiritually for us. However, they still have a prophetic significance. The Bible says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow (a picture) of things to come”, Col. 2:16-17.
The Sabbath Day is connected to the deliverance of the Jews as slaves in Egypt. When they were slaves they had to work seven days a week. No time to rest or worship God. After their deliverance God told them to set aside a day every week, a Sabbath, when they would rest and come together to worship.
After Pentecost the church was to set aside a day of the week to come together for rest and worship. Sunday was chosen because that is the day of our deliverance. The day Jesus was raised from the dead.
According to the Bible the Sabbath is a shadow, a picture of things to come, Col 2:16-17.
The Seven Feasts are built around Sabbaths (the number 7), and is God’s timetable for the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the Second Coming of Christ.
1. The Feast of the Passover, Leviticus 23:4-5. This feast is a picture of death of Christ on the cross. The Bible says, “For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,” 1 Cor. 5:7.
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread, Leviticus 23:6-8. This feast is a picture of Christians repenting of sin and feeding on Christ, the Bread of life, John 6:35.
3. The Feast of First fruits, Leviticus 23:9-14. This feast is a picture of the resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor. 15:20-23.
4. The Feast of Pentecost, Leviticus 23:15-21. This feast is a picture of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Acts 2:1.
5. The Feast of Trumpets, Leviticus 23:22-25. This feast pictures the rapture of the church, 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
6. The Feast of the Atonement, Leviticus 23:22-15. This feast pictures the day when Christ will be revealed to the Jews during the seven-year tribulation period after the rapture of the church, Zech. 12:10 – 13:1.
7. The Feast of Tabernacles, Leviticus 23:33-44. This feast pictures the time when the King of Kings returns to earth and sets up His earthly reign for 1,000 years.
The Bible says in Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.”
The Feast of Tabernacles is the feast that the Israelites celebrated when they came out of Egypt and is a picture of that day when they celebrate their salvation during the tribulation and enter the millennial reign of Christ on earth, Zech. 14:16.
(5) God operated on a timetable concerning the first coming of Christ.
In Luke 2, verses 25 and 26, God revealed to a man by the name of Simeon the generation in which Jesus Christ would come the first time. God promised Simeon that Jesus would be born in his generation. God promised Simeon that he would not die before he looked upon the face of Jesus. No one knew the exact day or hour when Jesus would come the first time, not even Joseph and Mary. But Simeon knew the generation. It would be his generation. God promised him he would live to see it.
(6) God is operating on a timetable concerning Daniel’s prophecy of the seventy weeks of years.
According to history, today we are living in the time period between the 69th week of years and the 70th week of years. The 70th week of years will be the seven-year tribulation period which will take place immediately after the rapture of God’s people. It will be a week of years.
(7) I believe God is operating on a timetable concerning the Second Coming of Christ.
It is important to remember the significances of the number “seven”. God’s timetable consists of weeks. God operates in weeks. The word “week” means “seven”. A week of days is seven days or one week. A week of weeks is seven weeks. A week of months is seven months. A week of years is seven years. A week of millenniums is seven thousand years.
In the Old Testament the Levitical System was built around a cycle of weeks. A cycle of sevens. The word “Sabbath” literally means “rest” and always came after six specific periods of work. It was always the seventh period and is used as a means of measurement.
After six days of work there was a Sabbath, Ex. 20:3-4.
After six weeks of work there was a Sabbath, Lev. 23:15-16.
After six months of work there was a Sabbath, Lev. 23:24-27.
After six years of work there was a Sabbath, Lev. 25:2-5.
After six thousand years of work there will be a Sabbath. This Sabbath will be a day of rest and will last for 1,000 years. I must put a question mark here because it is a conclusion based on deduction. But if we accept the 4000 B.C. date as the creation of man, according to the Jewish calendar, we are now living on the edge of the seventh thousand years.
2 Peter 3:8-9, the Bible says, “But, beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
According to the Bible, there are 4,000 years from Adam until the first coming of Christ, 4,000 years according to our timetable, but only four days according to God’s timetable. Based on the Jewish calendar from Jesus until today there are about 2,000 more years according to our timetable, but only two days according to God’s timetable.
The word of God makes it very plain that no one knows the day or hour when Jesus Christ will come again. But the word of God does intimate that we can know when it is near and I believe it’s near. If God’s number “seven” principle holds true at this point, that means we are living on the edge of the seventh millennium, the day of rest.
What am I saying here? I’m saying that I believe the Old Testament Sabbath is a shadow, a picture of the New Testament millennium. The word “millennium” is a Latin compound word meaning 1,000 years. The millennium is the long-awaited golden age of world-wide peace to which all the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles and disciples and Bible-believing Christians of all generations have looked forward.
The Bible makes it very clear that this earth is going to be inhabited again after it is destroyed by fire. After God destroyed the earth with water it was inhabited again. And after the earth is destroyed with fire it will be inhabited again. This will become abundantly clear in our Revelations Illustrated Bible Conference. At least 123 times the Bible tells us that this earth will last forever. In Revelation 5:10, people in heaven say, “We shall reign on the earth.” This statement is very important. To understand it we need to open up one of our Seven Secrets to Understanding the Book of Revelation. Secret number 7.
Identify the viewpoint and place of activity. Is the viewpoint from earth or from heaven? Is the activity taking place on earth or in heaven?
At the Second Coming of Christ this earth will be made new. It will last forever and will be one of the seven wonders of the new world to come that will make up the new Heavenly Kingdom of God. The Bible says, in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” We will discuss this in detail in our Revelation Illustrated Conference.
The last promise in the Bible is recorded in Revelation 22:20, next to the last verse in the Bible. It’s the last thing Jesus said. Jesus Christ said, “Surely, I come quickly”.
I was in Blytheville, Arkansas for an area wide crusade several years ago. A man approached me after the service one night scoffing about the Second Coming of Christ. He came from a long line of ministers. He said his great granddad believed that Jesus was coming in his generation and he did not come. He said his granddad believed Jesus was coming in his generation and he did not come. He went on to say his dad believed Jesus was coming in his generation and he did not come. And now here you are beginning another generation, and preaching that you believe Jesus is going to come in your generation. Jesus must have lied. I replied, what do you mean, Jesus lied. He said, well the last promise Jesus gave us in the Bible was, “I will come quickly.” That promise was made 2,000 years ago and he has not come. That’s not very quick. Jesus lied.
I opened my Bible to 2 Peter 3:8-9, and read to him God’s timetable. The Bible says, “But, beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Then I said to him, it may be 2,000 years according to our timetable but it’s only two days according to God’s timetable. Jesus was saying I’ll be back in a couple days. God is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness.
The only way you can be prepared for the Second Coming of Christ is to expect His appearance at any time.