The hands of one enormous universal clock begin to move. Heaven's wheels rotate and time begins. The Alpha and the Omega speaks and God's great order for time is revealed.
by Jerry Gentry
"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exod. 20:11).
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen 1:1).
Like one massive rushing mighty wind filling the darkness and spilling over throughout limitless space, the universe is born. God has spoken. The giant celestial gears and gravitational cogs of our solar system begin to turn instantly. For the first time ever, swiftly and patiently, the earth spins on its axis. Like a top suspended in space earth begins its annual circuit around the sun.
The clock of history ("His" story) starts ticking and time begins, in preparation for man soon to inhabit the earth. In one splendid triunity mirroring the very being of the Creator Himself, energy and matter and phenomena have all come together, created from one stupendous gust of God's awesome breath. Prior to this time, no heavenly clock every existed; no time was ever recorded; no duration was ever known.
The great God of the universe, triune in His being&emdash;Father, Son and Holy Spirit&emdash;now focuses all His skillful resources on creation: "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (v. 2).
He (not she!) had existed without beginning, outside of time and the universe, forever and ever and ever and ever, "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life" (Hebr. 7:3). Of this God, the Bible declares: "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy. . . " (Isa. 57:15). In His being, He is neither three dimensional (spatial), nor two dimensional (planar), nor of a singular dimension. He is God, existing outside of all physical dimensions, even outside of time itself. His past is without beginning; His present is all encompassing; His future is limitless. His creative power is awesome. He is metaphysical.
Much later to Job, this great triune God challenges: "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?. . . When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7).
Understand this Creator God, who "inhabiteth eternity," if you can. Ask yourself: "Who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?" (Prov. 30:4).
How does one inhabit eternity? No man knows! Only a God big enough and powerful enough to speak the stars and planets and galaxies and all the vastness of space into being can know just how to inhabit eternity! He claims: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" (Rev. 1:8). Yet this very infinite, benevolent Creator wants to bring children into a future eternity with Him, though never into the exact same dimension as Himself. It would be impossible for created beings to cross the line into the uncreated Godhead. Lucifer attempted to make that journey and failed miserably. He invaded God's throne, was repelled, cast down to the earth in one historic, pathetic, miserable heap (Isa. 14:12).
No mortal man can fully grasp the concept of this God. No human can understand the magnitude of such a God who exists outside of space and time and the universe. Yet this God of the Bible is such a God. What he declares to be, simply is, bless God!
Try to understand this Creator God, if you can.
Now, to fill His newly created earth of motion and space and time, for the future benefit of man, God says:
"Let there be light, and there was light. . . And the evening and the morning were the first day" (v. 5).
The hands of God's tightly wound solar/lunar clock spring into precise motion. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, the universe echoes.
"And God made the firmament. . . And the evening and the morning were the second day" (v. 7-8).
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Earth spins in orbit around the sun and this giant terrestrial/celestial clock marks out more time in preparation for the upcoming creation of man.
"And God said. . . let the dry land appear: and it was so. . . And the evening and the morning were the third day" (v. 10-13).
The hands of the first universal clock move still further, ticking and tocking in perfect precision all day long, the third day.
Another morning and evening passes. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. And yet another. Tick. Tock. The sun, moon and stars are complete. The animals and fowls and great fishes fill the land and the sea. Heaven's angels sing for joy!
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
On schedule, with perfect timing, the sixth day wake up call to Adam arrives: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen 1:26).
"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day" (Gen 1:31).
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
"And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Gen 2:1-3).
Brother, can you grasp the significance of this series of events of creation week? The God of heaven, later to reveal Himself to Moses as the Great I Am, has come down to earth. He has created all things in seven days. Time is now ordered and events proceed successively as never before. He knows that man will soon fall into sin, and thus will need a regular weekly time of renewal and restoration, both physical and spiritual.
God rested the seventh day, hallowed it, and set it apart for Adam and his children to rest and worship during Adam's seven thousand year journey through time back home to God the Father and His Eternal Kingdom. Adam will fall and paradise will soon be lost, but this God has already made provision, a blood sacrifice in payment for sin, a "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8), slain from before time, by God's own sovereign will, to redeem man. Adam must appropriate this blood sacrifice and follow the Lamb back to glory, as ordered by God the Father throughout that cosmic duration, that blip in eternity, that miniscule successiveness "&emdash;" known as time. All seven thousand years of history on earth, in time, when measured against eternity, is less than one millionth of a single blink of the eye by comparison!
God created the Sabbath day and marked the end of the first week, just as He had created the other days of the week, with their successive events. He labored for six days and made all things, then rested the seventh day, thus setting aside the Sabbath for a time of rest and spiritual renewal. He needed no rest; He simply chose to rest, thus establishing by example for Adam the divinely ordered use of time. Later Jesus Christ reminds us: "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath" (Mark 2:27). How true. From the beginning, God places the Sabbath day in the service of man. Who will believe it and apply this great truth? Who will march in step with the Creator God's heavenly clock, the divine order for the use of time?
We are instructed:
"Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you" (Exod. 31:13). Without keeping in step, in time, with God, man loses contact with Him, even loses the knowledge of who God is and of His great purposes for man.
"For thou [Israel] art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth" (Deut. 14:2). Man has largely lost touch with the Creator simply because man has wandered in darkness, failing to find and appropriate the blood sacrifice of the Lamb (get saved) and then march in step with the Creator King according to the divine prescription for time. Just like the sins of murder and rape and adultery, gross misappropriation of the use of time is a capital crime, punishable by death.
Will you believe the Bible, or will you believe failed "Christian" tradition? Will you march in step with the Creator's prescribed order for time, or will you march to your own idiot drum beat born out of the heart of humanistic tradition? This is a white or black, true or false, right or wrong, no wiggle-room-for-opinions issue. You either agree with the Bible, or you have your own false, failed tradition you follow. If the truth of the Sabbath sends you into orbit, think again. If you don't keep the sabbath, Christian, you are marching out of step with God! Think about it.
This divinely ordered use of time is no laughing matter: "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death" (Exod. 35:2).
Dear reader, this sabbath is not the "Jewish sabbath," which came about much later in time, as a result of Pharisaical "do's" and "don'ts" added which are not found in holy scripture. This is no wimpy law prescribed for a few nomadic desert wanderers who could never settle down. This Sabbath is holy, breathed from "the LORD thy God" who also stretched out the milky way, made the great whales, lifted up the mountains and swung the planets into orbit! The God of this Sabbath day and the other six days as well is GOD!
With the approaching advent of the new millennium, the year 2001AD, man presently experiences the end of the first six thousand years of human history. It is now later than it has ever been before, much later than you think! Time began with creation week and the first Sabbath, which is largely ignored today by the Christian world. Few people are marching in step with God's great order for time. A precious few are personally experiencing the blessings of working six days, resting the seventh, recognizing this is no "Jewish sabbath" at all, but in fact "it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings" (Lev. 23:3).
Soon the divine order for all time will be restored. This means men will work six days and rest the seventh day each week. This new millennial order will be as old as time itself, ordered by God from the beginning, preserved by God among a few believers through time and soon to be restored by God in the coming one thousand year millennial reign of Jesus Christ on this earth.
Concerning a future time, we are told: "And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths" (Ezek. 44:24). God has a controversy with man concerning his Sabbaths. Soon that controversy will end and He will win!
Many Christians through time have held to the belief in a millennial rest, as in: ". . . one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (2Pet. 3:8). This verse and others give rise to the belief that God has given six millennial days of one thousand years each for man to labor, ending with a millennial sabbath of one thousand years during which Christ will rule with his saints. Of such a time the Hebrew writer states:
"For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest [sabbath] to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (Heb 4:4-11).
Christian, will you harden your heart? Or will you honor God's order for all time, by resting and keeping the sabbath day holy? Man must work for six days and rest the Sabbath day. Mankind must labor for six thousand years, then God will usher in His Sabbath rest of one thousand years.
As long as duration exists, God's great order for time remains in force. Praise God for the divinely ordered use of time. Glory to God for the terrestrial/celestial clock which marks every day in time. Praise God for six days of work and one Sabbath of rest every week.