Creation week fourth day

Fourth day

 

On the fourth day God does not create anything. He makes the sun, moon, stars, and all of the heavenly bodies from the materials He created on the first day.

Psalm 8:3

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

I believe that while The Lord was forming the universe He was talking to Lucifer and all of the angels and the angels would sing.

Psalm 19

1  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Abraham is called the father of the faith. He trusted in the Lord as his saviour by looking up at the heavenly bodies and telling their story. It is the story of redemption known is every language. It is called the Mazzaroth. Not to be confused with the Zodiac this is used for astrology and witchcraft. Look at the first verse of our text passage:

Genesis 1:14

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

God said: “let them be for signs.” It is commonly believed that Daniel trained men in Babylon to learn the story in the stars and as a result hundreds of years later a group of kings from the East followed a star to bring gifts to the Christ child.

For the next two years we will experience four “Blood Moons” and they will all happen on Jewish holy days. This is very rare. It has only happened 3 times in the last 500 years. Each time it has happened it meant a significant change for the Jews. We don’t know what will happen but we believe it will bring a change for Israel.

I Corinthians 1:22

For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

We do not know when the seven year period known as Jacob’s trouble will take place. It is designed to bring the Jews to their knees and recognize their Messiah is Jesus.

Ezekiel 33:21 through chapter 39 talks about what the Lord does before the Kingdom Age to bring the Jews to their knees. Over and over in these chapters the Bible says I will ______ then it says that they may know that I am the Lord.

I regret that I am so insensitive to all the God says to me. Why does it take me so long to catch on to what He is saying to me?

Tuesday the double blessed day

Tuesday the third day

 

Many Jewish weddings are planned on Tuesday because of God’s double blessing on that day. Do we value the blessings of God? Are the ancient standards being lost to complacency?

The name of God is very sacred to the Jews. The reason they write G-d is so that His name will not be written on a piece of paper and later get thrown away carelessly. How sacred are the names of God to you? God’s personal name is so sacred that they would not even say it. That is the reason that we do not know how to pronounce it.

Before a scribe could write His name he had to go through ceremonial cleansing. One reason we do not have many old copies of the best manuscripts is that when they became worn they were burned in private. That concept was copied for care of the American flag.

Nehemiah 8:5

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

This is where we got the idea for standing when the Bible is read.

Two years ago I visited Fort McHenry where the British fired on our flag during the war of 1812 and Francis Scott Key watched from a British ship and wrote the Star Spangled Banner. When I went to school we were trained to stand for the National Anthem. At the museum overlooking the actual site when the National Anthem was played all but a handful remained seated during the Anthem.

Several years back I went to the 4th of July fireworks in our local stadium. I counted 8 standing for the National Anthem while over 2,000 remained seated.

The media seems to be setting new standards or should I say the lack of them. Watching TV will lower your standards. Did you know that the standard for a Sit Com is a minimum of 3 violations of the 10 commandments? That is how the world is getting their laughs today.

Are you a part of that audience?

Monday, Not Blessed until the 6th day

Second Day

 

On Monday, the second day, God laid the foundations of the earth, Lucifer led the singing, and the angels shouted for joy. I can just imagine the jokes that may arise about Monday. People that do not like to go to work. Those who live for the weekend and have to return to their job.

Job 38

4 ¶  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

What is the earth built on? What are the foundations? Did the angels see hell being formed? Is that why God did not say the second day was good? Now He did say everything was good at the end of six days. Was that so the angels would have the fear of God after seeing all that He had done?

Here is an interesting verse:

Job 26:7

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Do you have a better definition of gravity that people could understand since the book of Job was written?

If they saw hell being formed they also had to see Paradise. Did God explain it to them then or did He say just wait and see? We don’t have all of the answers but we do have all we need to know to accomplish all we need to do.

If your job is drudgery it is because you have made it so.

Foundations

It appears that God built the earth on two foundations: Paradise & Hell. On the sixth day He placed two trees in the center of the garden for the first couple to chose.

Paradise was in the center of the earth until Jesus took it to heaven when He arose from the dead. There are two reasons people could not go to heaven until after the resurrection:

  1. No one had their sins paid for before the cross.
  2. They did not know Jesus name.

Acts 4:12

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Prior to the cross believers had what we might call “credit card salvation.” That is they believed that their sins would be paid for when the Messiah came. Since the cross we obtain by faith what we might call “debit card salvation.” That takes place when one believes that Jesus died for him personally.

We must make the choice during our time on earth which place we go to for eternity.

 

Responsibility begins with Scheduling Time

Gen 1 1 2

 

Stewardship of Time demonstrates that we are responsible.

This past week I talked with a believer that told me that he had recently learned that there are degrees of punishment in the eternal Lake of Fire. Yes that is true otherwise The Great White Throne Judgment could be done as a group with God saying to all of them at once you never trusted in me therefore I never knew you so depart from me ye accursed into everlasting fire which I prepared for the fallen angels.

As I went on to explain that there is also degrees of reward in heaven based on what every believer does with Jesus he was challenged and groaned saying that means that I will have to get busy.

I Corinthians 3:8

“Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”

The Judgment Seat of Christ is where we finally lose our Old Man. Some refer to the white dog vs. black dog that continues to fight inside of each of us.

I Corinthians 3

11 ¶  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The Old Man (flesh, natural man, black dog) builds with wood, hay, and stubble. The New Man surrenders to the control of Jesus to build with gold, silver, and precious stones. The problem with each of us is that our living sacrifice keeps crawling off the altar.

Every time I fail I must get specific and name it as sin. Then thank Jesus for paying for my sins. When a sinner comes to the cross for forgiveness he confesses that he is a sinner. When a believer comes to the cross he must name his sin and do so by seeing it the way God sees it as an act of rebellion that put Jesus on the cross. That is what it means to confess your sin as a believer. I John 1:9, Psalm 51

God took me through a very thorough cleansing in 1982 11 years after I was saved that lasted 7 weeks.

Building an intimate relationship with the Lord demands that I keep short accounts. How are you doing?

God Creates the Angels on the First Day

Angels created

 

The sun, moon, and stars were created on the fourth day. What was it that He created on the first day that gave off light? Opinions are okay but it is best to have Bible to back up what you say. Angels are light bearing beings and nothing else light bearing was created until the 4th day.

Job 38

4 ¶  Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

5  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

7  When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

The answer to the question in verse 4 is the mind of God. Later we will learn that the foundations of the earth were made on the second day. Now look at verse 7 above and see who is singing and shouting during that event. So we conclude that God taught Lucifer who in turn taught the other angels.

Ezekiel 28:13

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Satan has a beautiful voice. One of Satan’s greatest enticements today is the amusement of his music.

Muse = to think

Amuse = not to think

Amusement = someone else doing your thinking

Amusement park = a place where no one is thinking

Music = a melody to induce thinking

Amusic = a beat to keep you from thinking

How do you know whose music it is? What is the reaction of your body, soul, and spirit? If you think only the words are important you’re not thinking or checking it with scripture.

Ephesians 5

18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Note the first result of being (controlled by) filled with the Spirit is making melody in your heart. Melody is the dominant factor in Godly music. The beat is the dominant factor in Satan’s music.

Genesis 1

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.

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

God works through authorities. One place we see that is Romans 13:1-6. So we conclude that God made Lucifer first.

Ezekiel 28:14

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Then I believe that God trained Lucifer as He created the others angels. Each angel was uniquely created one at a time. God explained what He had in mind for each of them. God has a plan for everything and everyone that He creates. Real joy is in finding that purpose and lining up with it.

We will consider Lucifer’s fall in another lesson. But let’s look at life from his perspective. When he is created there is nothing but time, space, and a large clump of mass not yet formed into anything. So he gets to watch how everything is made. One day he will use that information; see Revelation 13:5.

II Thessalonians 2:7 is often used to say that the Holy Spirit is holding back sin until the rapture if so He is not doing a good job. Look at verse 9 and you will see what He is holding back; “the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”

The closer we get to the end of the end times the more lying we see in science falsely so called, TV, public school, and on goes the list. If you think it is bad now just wait, nothing is improving. Believers need to learn to stand with the Lord.

Are you strong in the power of His strength?

God’s Construction Site

Creation 123

 

I have heard people say that God stepped out on nothing and created everything, cute but not accurate. There was no nothing; bad grammar but accurate theology. God who lives outside of time created time. He did not step out He just spoke and it was so.

After creating time He created nothing so that there would be some (nothing). We call it space. Einstein called it ethos. Next He created earth but we learn from the second verse that it was without form and void. That means He created all of the parts of the atoms in a big heap.

God only created on the 1st,, 5th, & 6th days. The other days He made things from the things that He had already created.

The second thing He creates is the first thing He puts into Time. So what is the second thing? Notice that the word Heaven is singular. What He created was “nothing” because there wasn’t any; there was only the eternal God and then time. That sounds confusing so let’s call it what most call it “space.”

Job 26:7

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

From the above verse you see that it was not my idea to say that He created nothing.

About 6,000 years later Albert Einstein explains that it is not nothing but something and he calls it ethos. So whether or not the processes that Einstein describes were there or came later in the week as needed is not significant for us to ponder here.

Think of space as God’s construction site. In 1970 I obtained a waterfront lot to build a speculation house. That was my “space.”

God’s supply for building materials

Number 3 is the most misunderstood act of creation. (We are not going to debate woman that is another story.) There is no time gap between verse one and verse two. He is describing how He first made it and we will see why later.

What was the third thing He made? To understand this we must look at verse 2 where He says it is without form and void. That means it had no shape and empty of any working parts. He had a pile of matter that was not put together. No atoms, no electrons, no protons just a pile of construction material.

Let’s go back to my illustration of the speculation house. I had obtained a space to build then ordered construction materials delivered. Now then it was up to me to put everything together. Just as I had to put the blocks in place and put the lumber together according to plan so God had all of His building materials that He would need for the rest of the week. After day one He does not create anything again until the 5th and 6th day. On the days in between He made things from the building materials He created on day one.

After we look at the fourth act of Creation and why He spent so much time with it we will go on to see the “building” of the earth.

Is this helping you to understand Creation?

God steps into time

Alf Tau

 

A Greek lesson

 

Revelation 22:13

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

From this little Greek lesson we learn who is in control. Control is the ability to start, finish, and make change in the middle. God does not control like a human dictator. He is a gentleman. He uses the influence of human authorities and circumstances. Sometimes more than others like on Pharaoh when He wanted to move the Israelites out of Egypt. He did not force Pharaoh but He did use a lot of pressure.

John 20:31 makes it clear what that book is about

  1. The promised messiah
  2. Receiving Jesus give you eternal life

We find both of these in every chapter of the book. Chapter one makes it clear that He is the creator. Not just what I see in the sky but my life and a plan for it.

An Ancient Hebrew lesson

Revelation 13:8

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The above verse refers to Jesus being slain by the father from the foundation of the world. First we see that He set an example of faith. In the mind of God Jesus was already dead long before Calvary.

God tried Abraham to see if he would trust Him. God told him to sacrifice his son. At the last second God stopped him and told him to take a ram caught in a thicket instead. (See Genesis 22:12-13)

In Hebrews 11:17 says “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:” is there a contradiction here? No, he did it by faith.

The pictogram that looks like the head of a bullock is the first letter of the Ancient Hebrew alphabet. Since Adam and Eve represented the whole human race Jesus most likely killed a bullock and two rams just as He instructed to be done for a priest in Exodus 29:1.  Then He tore the flesh off of the animals and made coats for them.

Galatians 4:4

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

The Tau is the last letter in the Ancient Hebrew alphabet. Yes it really does look like a cross. Do you think that is some kind of a hint? When the Lamb of God came we tore His flesh off with whips and put Him on a cross. Days earlier He wept because they did not know the time of His coming even though the prophets gave many signs and the date.

God wants us to live expectantly. There are no signs and even Jesus did not know the time of His return to take believers in the rapture of the church.

Am I ready? Am I praying today even so come Lord Jesus? Abraham passed the test am I passing my test?

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Life in a Box

Life in a Box

What was the first thing God created?

 

Look again at the first 3 words of Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning” God who is the self existent eternal one lives outside of time and had to create time. Think of it as a box that He put all of His creation into so that they could prove themselves during time to determine where and how each would spend eternity. We prove ourselves to God by faith.

Eternity past and eternity future

There was only eternity until God created time and changed eternity forever. Time is like an island in the sea of God’s eternity.

Once upon Eternity

Once upon Eternity; God who is love (I John 4:8) determined to create some beings to pour out His love on. Knowing that He must set a standard to live with Him for eternity He limited it to faith; Hebrews 11:6. Because He desired a personal relationship based on obedience He rejected all religion; Galatians 3:26.

With the Sword of His Spirit that proceeds out of His mouth He stabbed a small hole in the fabric of eternity. That tiny hole is about 7,000 years long.

This “box” is our proving ground.

  • Religion or Relationship
  • Fear or Faith
  • My way or His way

One end of the tear He calls Alpha and the other end He calls Omega.

How much time do you think we have left?

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