GOD¶S CALENDER: TIMES AND DAYS

DR. V. SAMPATH

God is good.
He is good both to the good and the evil. He is always faithful to those who put their first in Him. God is not a man to lie. If He makes a promise, He fulfills it. He fulfills His promises immediately or after a few days, months or years. But He never goes back on His word. Jesus Christ promised three things to His disciples before He finished His earthly sojourn on the Cross of Calvary: His imminent resurrection, the coming of the Holy spirit into the world and His second coming. Of these three promises, the first two have already been fulfilled. His resurrection took place two days after His crucifixion. This came to pass exactly as Jesus promised. Both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were with the Father when He created the world. Every event in Jesus¶ life on earth was brought to pass according to God¶s eternal plan. The Word of God says that God has made everything beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11). Jesus Christ knew full well God¶s plan to redeem mankind even before He was sent into the world. He knew exactly when He would be sent down to earth. It was revealed to Him. This truth was also revealed to man by His prophets through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also knew full well when He would be sent into the world and what God¶s plan for Him was. God first sent His prophets to speak to humanity. He then sent His son and the Holy Spirit one after the other. Jesus¶ birth, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension took place at God appointed time and place. All this was foretold by His prophets and angels. The coming of the Holy Spirit also happened at God appointed time and place. The disciples were skeptical about His resurrection till they saw Him face to face. Only on seeing Him face to face was their faith fortified. Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit and His second coming both before and after His resurrection. He said: ³I will come again´ (Jn. 14:17). He also said: ³In a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit´ (Acts 1:5). Jesus was with His disciples for FORTY DAYS after his resurrection speaking to them about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3,4). Did the disciples know how long they would have to wait for the comin g of the Holy Spirit? In a way, Yes. The word of God says ³When the day of Pentecost came all of them filled wit the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). The word µPentecost means fifty, the 49th day after His resurrection. It was not only Jesus but also the angles who foretold his second coming. It was the angels who confirmed or attested Jesus¶ resurrection. It was also an angel who foretold Mary of God¶s plan regarding Jesus¶ birth. Angels bring God¶s immediate messages to those who matter most in His, eternal plan. At His resurrection, the angels who where in the tomb said; ³He has risen!´ At His ascension, the angels said: µThis same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into the heaven¶. God uses angels frequently in the New Testament times as He used prophets in the Old Testament times. What have we done about this angelic message? Have we given it the due importance that it deserves? Are we ready to go with Him when He comes?

Do you know that when Jesus Christ comes back into the world again, He will not come alone? (1 Thes. 4:16) Yes, He will come back with His angels. Even with the angels who attested his ascension. God¶s prophets have already done their work. Jesus Christ has already accomplished His earthly mission. The disciples and apostles of Christ have already done their part. What about us? He is giving time for what we have to do. He is waiting patiently for us to prepare ourselves and others for His coming Everyday we are coming closer to His second coming or to our death. Which will proceed? His return or our death? Are we ready for His return? Or do we do works that will qualify us for the resurrection? We really believe in his birth and resurrection. We cannot take His second coming lightly. Are we deceiving or defending or justifying ourselves in the garb of salvation? Jesus rebuked His disciples after His resurrection for their hardness of heart believing His resurrection. In these days of perdition Jesus has to rebuke us also for taking His word concerning His return so lightly and not preparing ourselves for it. His second coming is the only event in God¶s calendar the time of its happening has not been revealed to man or the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ or angels (Mk. 13:32). God in His wisdom has not revealed it because He is good even to the evil. He wants people, especially the sincere seekers of the truth, to find Him. But at the same time, He wants to take by surprise those who are scoffers, double-minded and back-sliders. Is salvation an end in itself? Are we able to discern the times? ³Redeem the time because the days are evil´ (Eph. 4:16). Moses cried out to God: ³Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom´ (Psa. 90:12). Jesus said: ³If any one would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me´ (Lk. 9:23).

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