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The "Delay"

The “Delay” - Part 1 

January 31, 2021


I thought we would do something different today, in light of a question that we received in BMI's Question & Answer segment last week. The caller had mentioned that he was looking for verses to support the idea that has been taught regarding a “delay in drawing” those whom God saved during the period of time known as the “day of salvation” which lasted 13,023 years, and ended on May 21, 2011, when God finished His salvation program for mankind.  That date was the 7000th anniversary from Noah’s Flood which occurred on the 17th day of the second month in 4990 BC. when God shut the door to the Ark that housed Noah and his family (and the animals on board) for a period of 370 days. I very much appreciate the question because it so relevant to all of us that have loved ones we are deeply concerned about, much less the great multitude that is scattered throughout the world that God has assigned us to feed with the Word of Life.   


Please bear with me as I am going to try, Lord willing, to lay some groundwork for anybody that is listening who is new to the Bible. I will be quoting from the Holy Bible which is God’s communication to mankind, utilizing the King James Version (also known as the Authorized Version). The original language texts of the Authorized Version are known as the Hebrew (and Aramaic) Masoretic Text and the Greek Received Text (or Textus Receptus). These original language texts are perfect and without error. Moreover, God informs us that He has sovereignly preserved His Word the Holy Bible, for every generation of Christians as Psalm 12:6 and Isaiah 55:9 and 11 respectively teach:


The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.


For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. ... {11} So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.


In today’s study I will try to cover the following points if I’m able to, but this might also require another study or two:


  1. The Human Dilemma
  2. Why do we need salvation?
  3. What do we need to be saved from?
  4. What does the Bible teach with regard to the drawing of one of God's elect during the day of salvation?
  5. Does the Bible reveal that there is an element of time in the “drawing” process during the day of salvation ?
  6. Since there is no salvation possible during our present day of judgment, is there a distinction between the drawing that took place before the door of salvation shut, and now when it is closed?
  7. Does the Old Testament address this question?
  8. Does the New Testament address this question?


1. The Human Dilemma


The Bible teaches that every human being is born into a sin, which is a direct result of our first parents’ (Adam and Eve) sin or disobedience to God’s Law in the Garden of Eden, even though initially they were created perfectly and without sin. However God presented a test to Adam and Eve which they failed. The creation of man, and the task that God assigned him, as well as this test is found in Genesis 2:7-9 and 15-17, 


And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. {8} And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. {9} And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. ... {15} And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. {16} And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: {17} But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  


The expression thou shalt surely die in Hebrew literally reads this way: “dying thou shalt die.” We then learn that Eve was deceived by Satan who took on the form of a very wise (but deceitful) serpent, and Adam instead of challenging his wife, went along with this act of willful disobedience according to Genesis 3:1-19,


Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? {2} And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: {3} But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. {4} And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: {5} For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. {6} And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. {7} And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. {8} And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. {9} And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou? {10} And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself. {11} And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? {12} And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. {13} And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. {14} And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: {15} And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it [He, i.e., Christ] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. {16} Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. {17} 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; {18} Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; {19} In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.


2. Why Do We Need Salvation?


Did Adam and Eve die immediately after eating the forbidden fruit? No. Was God lying when He said that they would? No. Was Satan right when he told Eve that they would not die if they eat the fruit? No. So what’s going on here? They died spiritually that day in their soul, which means that the image of God after which they were created was shattered so it could no longer reflect properly, as if one were to throw a rock at a mirror, and shatter it into pieces. As a result, Adam and Eve could no longer reflect the glory of God that He has bestowed upon them. And yes, eventually Adam and Eve did die physically, but that did not take place for another 900 years or so. 


Referring to this account, Romans 5:12 announces the profound consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience:


Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:


Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, but once they sinned all of their descendants - which would include every member of the human race - would be conceived with a sin nature, after the image - not of God - but of Adam: a fallen image... a shattered image...a corrupt image.


This is also why Psalm 51:5 declares, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.


Romans 6:23 likewise concurs: For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


3. What Do We Need To Be Saved From?


Salvation is the only remedy for escaping death and annihilation, which is the end result of all sin, as James 1:13-15 explains:


Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: {14} But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away [exelko:G1828] of his own lust, and enticed. {15} Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


Salvation is first and foremost an act of God. What do I mean by an “act of God.” Insurance companies refer to “acts of God” such as natural disasters - earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, volcanoes. Yes, these are calamities that God allows for His own purposes, but that is not what is in view. The Bible acknowledges that God provided salvation for a select group of individuals whom He refers to as His elect. These individuals were not any “better” or “holier” that anybody else on the planet. As a matter of fact, God chose these individuals before this universe was even created! In other words, it was prior to the events that we read about earlier regarding Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve died spiritually that very day they ate the forbidden fruit, and thus each of their descendants were subsequently conceived with a sin nature. That sin nature means that they have a willful desire to disobey God’s Law, which is the Bible. You don’t have to teach any child (or any other human being) to disobey. Why? It comes very naturally, in fact effortlessly, simply because we want our will to be satisfied, not God’s. Thus one is spiritually dead while being physically alive. 


God goes on to explain His process of choosing some individuals for salvation (while passing others by) in Romans 9:12-18 regarding two twin brothers named Jacob and Esau, sons of Isaac and Rebekah:


(For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) {12}  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. {13} As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. {14} What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness with God? God forbid. {15} For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. {16} So then [it is] not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. {17} For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. {18} Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will [have mercy], and whom he will he hardeneth.


Please notice that in spite of man’s desire te exercise his ego-centered will, he cannot do so in the matter of salvation, because God placed it out of his reach as Jeremiah 13:23 underscores:


Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.


The election process that Romans 9 speaks about is also confirmed in Ephesians 2:1-9,


And you [hath he quickened] [“made alive”], who were dead in trespasses and sins; {2} Wherein in time past ye walked [or “lived”] according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: {3} Among whom also we all had our conversation [“lifestyle”] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. {4} But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, {5} Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened [“made alive”] us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) {6} And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: {7} That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. {8} For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast. 


Allow me to clarify a few terms before proceeding. What is grace? Simply put grace is getting a gift one does not deserve, in this case eternal life, which is why it cannot be attained by our works. This concept is presented very succinctly in Romans 11:6 and 2 Timothy 1:9 as God highlights these two words - grace and works:


And if by grace, then [is it] no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if [it be] of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.


2 Timothy 1:9, Who hath saved us [the elect], and called [us] [the elect] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,


Before the world began...keep that phrase in mind. Essentially what the Lord Jesus Christ (He is Eternal God) did before He created this universe was to take upon Himself the sins of all the elect, and in doing so He became guilty with their sin (even though He Himself was sinless). That voluntary sacrificial act subjected Him to the punishment for sin - namely, death and annihilation - which is the sentence that each of the elect deserves. It is important to recognize, however, that He did not remain in that state (as any human being would) since He is Eternal God, and because He was able to successfully satisfy the justice of God (since all sin must be punished), He then rose victoriously from death and annihilation, proving that He had defeated sin, death, and annihilation (“hell”). Revelation 5:6 and 9-10 and 13:8 describe the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for His elect ...at the foundation of the world:


And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. ... {9} And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; {10} And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth…{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.


1 Peter 3:18 also affirms:  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring [prosago:G4317] us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:


Ephesians 2:8 also mentioned “faith.” What is Faith? Faith or Faithful  is actually one of the hundreds of titles that the Lord Jesus possesses. His Faith is His personal possession. It belongs to Him, and it the means whereby He secured eternal life for each of His elect at the foundation of the world, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21, which reveals this divine “exchange” that took place at the foundation of the world, in which God took the sins of the elect upon Himself. But as incomprehensible as that is, He did not stop there but did something even more amazing which was to forgive their sins, by virtue of His perfect sacrifice on their behalf, and to give them eternal life in their souls, so they would live forever with Him, and even more astounding, to actually marry them spiritually as His “Bride,” also known as His “Body”


For he [God the Father] hath made him [Christ] [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him


Romans 10:17 also acknowledges that God utilizes the words of the Bible to confer eternal life or His Faith to His elect during that very, very long day of salvation that lasted 13,023 years: So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 


Incidentally, the hearing that was just mentioned in this verse is not the ability to hear physically, but rather to hear spiritually, which is part of the gift of eternal life, which is spiritual understanding or comprehension, as 1 Corinthians 2:11-13 sets forth (and in so doing also presents God’s - not man’s - methodology for arriving at Truth, by means of comparing spiritual with spiritual, or “scripture with scripture”):


For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. {12} Now we [the elect] have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. {13} Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. {14} But the natural man [“non-elect”] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. 


There is also another “step” if you will, that we need to discuss with regards to salvation. It is best illustrated by the event known as the Passover in the Old Testament, which was being observed at the same time that Christ was hanging on the Cross, demonstrating in “real time” what He had accomplished at the foundation of the world for each of the elect, as He was The Passover Lamb. The Passover and  the Feast of Unleavened Bread served to commemorate the deliverance from Egypt (“Egypt” spiritually typifies slavery to sin and to Satan) which is a tremendous spiritual portrait of salvation, and the greatest miracle in the Old Testament. Here are some of the instructions that God gave with regard to the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, taken from Exodus 12:21-23,


Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. {22} And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. {23} For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite [you].

I mention this because of the hyssop which was used to spread the blood on the lintel and side posts of the doors of the Israelites’ homes. This picture is helpful because it illustrates how God “applied” the salvation that He had secured at the foundation of the world to the souls of God’s elect at some point during their physical lifetime. In light of this... 

 

4. What Does The Bible Teach With Regard To The Drawing Of One Of God's Elect During The Day Of Salvation?


One of the main Greek words that is translated draw [helko:G1670] is found in these significant passages; this term is characterized by a forcible drawing against a person’s will. And please remember whose will is in view as James 1:18 points out:


Of his own will begat [“born from above”] he us with the word of truth [i.e., the words of the Bible], that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.


How can the words of the Bible confer eternal life? God’s words are not like the words of men, because they are divine. More than that they are alive. How can that be? The reason for that is that God is alive.  Someone might reply that “we are also alive so our words must be alive too, right”? Even though we are alive physically (and even if we have been granted eternal life) our words are not living because they lack power. What do I mean “they lack power”? God’s words have the power to create as well as to destroy according to His will. Our words are incapable of doing both of these things. Please recall the words of Isaiah 55:9 and 11 that was quoted at the beginning of this study:


For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. ... {11} So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.


Effectively, the words of God from His Mouth have the power to accomplish HIS WILL in any given situation without needing a “recall” or a “new and improved” version because of defects or flaws found in the product. Each purpose of God is fulfilled PERFECTLY and EFFICIENTLY and in His PROPER TIMING as He wastes no energy in all that He sets out to do, and in the process, He  GLORIFIES Himself,  because He alone is God, as He solemnly affirms in Isaiah 46:9-10, 


Isaiah 46:9-10, Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me, {10} Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:


5. Does The Bible Reveal That There Is An Element Of Time In The Drawing Process During The Day Of Salvation?


As I mentioned a little earlier, salvation for each (and all) of the elect was secured at the foundation of the world. However the manner in which God applied His Word by means of the Holy Spirit to regenerate one’s soul took place at a specific time in an individual’s life. This was not necessarily known to the individual either. Furthermore the time when this new birth occurred in an elect person’s life would vary greatly from person to person. Let’s consider a couple of examples:


John the Baptist was saved in his mother’s (Elizabeth) womb we are told in Luke 1:44, when she was in the 6th month of her pregnancy, and both terms leaped and joy are associated with salvation.


For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.


Another example is that of the Apostle Paul in Acts 9:8-18 in which a time element of three days is introduced:


And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus. {9} And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. {10} And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I [am here], Lord. {11} And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for [one] called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, {12} And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight. {13} Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: {14} And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. {15} But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: {16} For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. {17} And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. {18} And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.


One more account that we can look at is the historical parable of the raising of the dead son of the Shunammite by Elisha in 2 Kings 4:32-36, in which we note the passage of time:


And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, [and] laid upon his bed. {33} He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. {34} And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. {35} Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. {36} And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 

Let’s stop here. Lord willing we will continue examining this question and how it can be understood in our day next week (and possibly the week following if necessary) and then we will resume our study in the book of Hebrews.

The “Delay” - Part 2

February 7, 2021 



Welcome to BMI’s Sunday Online Fellowship. Thank you for joining us, and shall we ask for God’s blessing as we open His Word…

This will be Part 2 of a new series, titled The Delay, and today’s date is February 7, 2021. In our previous study we spent some time looking at the nature of the Gospel of the Bible along with when the salvation of God’s elect took place (which was at the foundation of the world). We also discovered that the timing of when God applied His salvation to the souls of His elect at some point in their physical lifetime, varied greatly, Most significantly we also learned that there was also a passage of time that was associated with salvation (during the day of salvation) that differed from one individual to another: 


  • In the case of John the Baptist in his mother Elizabeth’s womb it appears to have been activated (if you will) by the salutation of her cousin Mary in Luke 1:39-41, And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; {40} And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. {41} And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. We understand that Elizabeth was in her sixth month at this point, according to Luke 1:36, And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Luke 1:15 also confirms that John the Baptist was saved in his mother’s womb: For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. Even though in this instance the salvation of John the Baptist would appear (and I say that cautiously) to be instantaneous, we do not know what transpired between mother and child or even with Zacharias his father during those six months prior. Did they sing psalms to John the Baptist or speak of the Scriptures to him and among themselves? Babies absorb much from their external environment even as they do from their internal abode. We simply do not know. However,  if that were the case God could have used that spiritual stimuli in the “drawing” process. Nonetheless in his case we can not only pinpoint that when he heard Mary’s salutation, he leaped, and even more amazingly Elizabeth was also filled with the Holy Spirit at that same time.  


  • We also discussed the passage of time with regard to Saul of Tarsus (aka, the Apostle Paul)  receiving the Holy Spirit after three days had elapsed, as Acts 9:9, 12, and 17-18 mention him receiving both physical as well as spiritual sight (mentioned 4 times) and he too was filled with Holy Spirit and was baptized:

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink... {12} And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting [his] hand on him, that he might receive his sight... {17} And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. {18} And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.


  • The third example we ran across was the raising of the young son of the Shunammite in 2 Kings 4:34-35, in which we also note the passage of time: And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. {35} Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.


As I mentioned the foregoing illustrations are related to the day of salvation, in which God applied the salvation that He had secured for each of His elect at the foundation of the world at some point during their physical lifetime by means of that wonderful life-giving principle found in Romans 10:17,


So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

   

Today I would like to cover the following points:


  1. Since there is no salvation possible during our present day of judgment, is there a distinction between the drawing that took place before the door of salvation shut, and now after it is closed?
  2. Does the Old Testament provide examples of this? 
  3. Does the New Testament furnish any such cases?


1. Since There Is No Salvation Possible During Our Present Day Of Judgment, Is There A Distinction Between The Drawing That Took Place Before The Door Of Salvation Shut, And Now When It Is Closed?


We want to bear in mind that the Great Commission ended on May 21, 2011, and the spiritual Temple comprising all the elect was completed on that auspicious date. This is why we read in Matthew 24:14, 


And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


As a result, God is no longer actively saving as He had done previously when the Great Commission was in effect. We understand that a great multitude of people were saved during the 17 years of the Great Tribulation, known as the Latter Rain (September 7, 1994 - May 21, 2011) in which the Gospel penetrated the world as never before, primarily through the ministry of Family Radio. This great multitude are in view in  Revelation 7:9-10, and 13-14, 


 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great [polus:G4183] multitude [ochlos:G3793], which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; {10} And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. ... {13} And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 


The two expressions, a great or polus and multitude or ochlos generally refer to a crowd, but in Revelation 19:1 and 6 the elect are in view just as they are in Revelation 7:9; these two words are rendered of much people and of a great multitude respectively:


And after these things I heard a great voice of much [polus:G4183] people [ochlos:G3793] in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: ... {6} And I heard as it were the voice of a great [polus:G4183] multitude [ochlos:G3793], and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 


For the remainder of this series I would like for us to focus on this great multitude, which God has already saved, as indicated by their white robes - as the fine white linen represents the righteousness of the saints as Revelation 19:7-8 explains, 


Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. {8} And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.


So the question we are trying to ascertain is: Is there a similar kind of delay now in the day of judgment as far as individuals recognizing that God had already done a work of grace in their souls, prior to the door of salvation shutting?  


Let’s turn to another passage which also relates to the great multitude which is described as an hundred and fifty and three great fishes in John 21:1-11. This was the passage that the caller to our Sunday Q & A was perplexed about as he did not see the idea of a “delay” in this account, which we now want to investigate. Bear in mind that this is the third time that the Lord appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, and given the context of “feeding sheep” immediately following this portion of Scripture, we understand that the time and season in view is our current day of judgment:


After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he [himself]. {2} There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the [sons] of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. {3} Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. {4} But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. {5} Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. {6} And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw [helko:G1670] it for the multitude of fishes. {7} Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt [his] fisher's coat [unto him], (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. {8} And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging [suro:G4951] the net with fishes. {9} As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. {10} Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. {11} Simon Peter went up, and drew [helko:G1670] the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.


For the time being I would like to discuss some of the key words in this critical passage. The first ones are the two terms, multitude and of fishes


Multitude [plethos:G4128] Of Fishes [ichthus:G2486]


These two only appear together again in a similar passage in verse 6 of Luke 5:4-10,


Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. {5} And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. {6} And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude [plethos:G4128] of fishes [ichthus:G2486]: and their net brake. {7} And they beckoned unto [their] partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. {8} When Simon Peter saw [it], he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. {9} For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: {10} And so [was] also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.


Notice how the Lord Jesus makes the point that these “fishermen” would cease from catching literal fish (their primary occupation up to this point in time), and instead would be engaged in a new line of work, namely to catch men (i.e., the Great Commission) One of the significant differences that one notices between these two accounts is the net breaking in the latter, but not in the former. That is because the latter is a spiritual portrait of the era of the church age, when God was utilizing the churches and denominations as His divine organism. During that time and season both wheat (symbolizing the elect) and tares (representing the non-elect) were in the congregations simultaneously. With regards to this predicament the Lord gives His wise counsel in Matthew 13:27-30,


So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? {28} He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?{29} But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. {30} Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.


In John 21 there are two different terms that are rendered as draw/drew or helko and dragging or suro. We also want to keep in mind the location of where the net was being drawn or dragged to, which is twofold. The first is to the shore which was 200 cubits away, or roughly 300 feet the size of a football field, minus the two end zones. Now keep in mind that there were 7 disciples on hand (as mentioned in verse 2 but only 6 are named) including the disciple whom Jesus loved (in verse 7 and 20) who is Lazarus.  All of them appear to be involved in pulling the very heavy net close to shore. These 153 great fish are common to the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias, and are called musht; they can weigh up to 3.3 pounds (and apparently are called St. Peter’s fish to this day), which would equal about 505 lbs. I’m sure that dragging that kind of weight in the water would be easier than on shore, but even with seven men would take some time to cross the length of a football field in the water. The second location was when the Lord commanded the disciples to drag the net on land (because it was presumably still in the water close to the shoreline) as we read in John 21:10-11,


Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. {11} Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.


This is somewhat speculative as the Bible does not offer specific details, but not entirely unreasonable. The crux of the matter is the all-important question: Is there a correlation between the time that elapsed from dragging the net in the water close to shore, and then later on when Peter pulled the net on to land with the idea that those whom God saved prior to the door shutting require time for them to recognize the work of grace that God had done in their souls?


With that in mind, let’s consider how God employs these two different words for draw/drew or helko besides John 21:6 and 11,


To Draw...Drew [helko:G1670] 


John 6:44-45 affirms that the drawing process is rooted in the Father’s will (even though all the Members of the Godhead are involved): No man can [dunamai:G1610 - from the verb form, dunamis (G1411): power, mighty work, strength, and miracle predominantly] come [erchomai:G2064] to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw  [helko:G1670] him: and I will raise him up at the last day. {45} It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught [didaktos:G1318] of God. Every man therefore that hath heard [akouo:G191], and hath learned [manthano:G3129] of the Father, cometh [erchomai:G2064] unto me.


I included verse 45 because it is a crucial verse in amplifying what is being stated in verse 44; moreover, it affords a “word bridge” back to the Old Testament because it is quoting Isaiah 54:13. I will read verses 1-13 and please note the references to being barren and desolate (even as Elizabeth, Sarah, and Hannah were), and then the stretching forth of the curtains, the lengthening of the cords, and strengthening of the tent stakes pointing to the arrival of a great multitude requiring such enlargement, along with the inclusion of the waters of Noah, pointing to our present day of judgment, when there is spiritual desolation and barrenness because salvation has ended. Additionally, the telltale statements for a small moment have I forsaken thee and in a little wrath I hid my face from thee are indicative of our time which is characterized by spiritual “night time,” according to the time and season of John 9: 4, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man [i.e., Christ] can work. 


This is the spiritual environment in which the drawing process is taking place.


Taught [didaktos:G1318]...That Hath Heard [akouo:G191] ...Hath Learned [manthano:G3129]...Come/Cometh [erchomai:G2064] (To Me/Unto Me)


In Greek there are two main words for teach or didaktos and learn or manthano, and they are both found here in John 6:45. Incidentally, Hebrew has one main term, the lamed “word family” that encompasses both ideas of teaching and learning.


Taught [didaktos:G1318]


The only other reference in which didaktos emerges is in an exceedingly significant passage, namely 1 Corinthians 2:13, in which it is translated twice as teacheth: 


Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth [didaktos:G1318], but which the Holy Ghost teacheth [didaktos:G1318];  comparing spiritual things with spiritual.


That Hath Heard [akouo:G191]


The term that hath heard or akouo is found over 400 times in the New Testament as the verb hear. A noteworthy example is Romans 10:14-18 in which this word crops up in verses 14 and 18. Please note that this would have taken place during the day of salvation, and especially over the course of the latter rain (September 7, 1994 - May 21, 2011), which included the last 17 years of the Great Tribulation:


How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have [akouo:G191 (verb)] not heard [akouo:G191] ? and how shall they hear [akouo:G191 (verb)] without a preacher? {15} And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! {16} But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? {17} So then faith [cometh] by hearing [akoe:G191 (noun)], and hearing [akoe:G191(noun)] by the word of God. {18} But I say, Have [akouo:G191 (verb)] they not heard [akouo:G191 (verb)] ? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.


The word hearing in verse 17 is very significant because God links that spiritual hearing with the Faith of Christ (see Galatians 2:16). Hearing or akoe is a noun that stems from the verb, hear or akouo.     


Hath Learned [manthano:G3129]


The expression, hath learned, or manthano occurs 25 times, and primarily as a form of the verb learn, and once as understood. Here are two illustrations:


We were just discussing faith, which is also the subject of Galatians 3:2, and contains the same word for hearing as in Romans 10:17, This only would I learn [manthano:G3129] of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing [akoe:G191(noun)] of faith?


In 2 Timothy 3:14 this word manthano is repeated twice as thou hast learned: But continue [meno:G3306] thou in the things which thou hast learned [manthano:G3129] and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [manthano:G3129] [them];


Please note the term, continue or meno (G3306) which is the same word found in the statement the Savior gave in John 8:31,


Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [meno:G3306] in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed


Come/Cometh [erchomai:G2064] 


The word come or cometh is erchomai  which is found over 600 times in the Greek and in the main as some form of the verb come, as the following Scriptures in John 6:35, 37, 65, and 7:37 affirm (besides John 6:44-45):


And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh [erchomai:G2064] to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ... {37} All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh [erchomai:G2064] to me I will in no wise cast out. ... {65} And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come [erchomai:G2064] unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father… {7:37} In the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come [erchomai:G2064] unto me, and drink.


John 6:45 quotes Isaiah 54:13, but I will read verses 1-13 for the sake of the context which is crucial:


 Sing, O barren [`aqar:H6135/TWOT:1682a], thou [that] didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou [that] didst not travail with child: for more [are] the children of the desolate [shamem:H8074/TWOT:2409] than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. {2} Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; {3} For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate [shamem:H8074/TWOT:2409] cities to be inhabited. {4} Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. {5} For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. {6} For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. {7} For a small moment have I forsaken thee; . {8} In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. {9} For this [is as] the waters of Noah unto me: for [as] I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. {10} For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. {11} O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, [and] not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. {12} And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. {13} And all thy children [shall be] taught [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a] of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.


The expression [shall be] taught in Isaiah 54:13 and is quoted in John 6:45 is the Hebrew word limmuwd which pertains to the lamed “word family” which is primarily rendered as teaching or learning.


In verse 16 of Isaiah 8:16-18 those who know God’s Law are classified as disciples, or limmuwd: Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a]  {17} And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. {18} Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. 


In verse 4 of Isaiah 50:2-7 this term is rendered of learned ones, in reference to the Messiah Who has both the ear as well as the tongue of the learned ones: 


Wherefore, when I came, [was there] no man? when I called, [was there] none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because [there is] no water, and dieth for thirst. {3} I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering. {4} The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a], that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a] {5} The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. {6} I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. {7} For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.


Lord willing, next Sunday we will continue this study on The “Delay.”

The “Delay” - Part 3

February 14, 2021


Welcome to BMI’s Sunday Online Fellowship. Thank you for joining us, and shall we ask for God’s blessing as we open His Word…

This will be Part 3 of a new series, titled The Delay, and today’s date is February 14, 2021. In Part 1 we spent some time looking at the nature of the Gospel of the Bible along with when the salvation of God’s elect took place (which was at the foundation of the world). We also discovered that the timing of when God applied His salvation to the souls of His elect at some point in their physical lifetime, varied greatly. Most significantly we also learned that there was also a passage of time that was associated with salvation (during the day of salvation) that differed from one individual to another. Then in Part 2 we took a closer look at some of the key words in John 21 such as multitude of fishes and we touched upon the terms draw/drew or helko (G1670). We also discovered that John 6:45 was quoting Isaiah 54:13 and these two passages helped to amplify our understanding of the current time and season that is in view as well as the stages in the drawing process that are mentioned in John 6:45 which were briefly discussed:  taught [didaktos:G1318]...that hath heard [akouo:G191] ...hath learned [manthano:G3129]...come/cometh [erchomai:G2064]. Today I would like to explore Isaiah 54:13 in greater detail which is set against the spiritual backdrop of our present day of judgment in order  to understand the parabolic connection between the four stages mentioned in John 6:45 and the one stage in Isaiah 54:13 expressed as taught or limmuwd. So, the Lord helping us, we want to try to answer the following questions: 


  • What is the significance of these four stages (pointing to “universality” or the four points of the compass) that appear to identify with the day of salvation?
  • Why is there but one stage in Isaiah 54:13 (which is being quoted in John 6:45) and is that one stage - being taught or limmuwd - indicative of our present day of judgment which is the underlying time and season in Isaiah 54? 
  • How are we to understand the two stages in John 21, in which the great multitude that are caught in the net are dragged through the water first, and then secondly, are dragged on to shore? 


Let’s begin by first looking at this term, dragged or suro (G4951), and how God has chosen to use this word in the following five verses where it is found, starting with John 21:8, that introduces us to the first stage, when the net was being dragged through the water with the aid of the disciples and the little ship. Incidentally there were two such ships, although this is not spelled out in John 21. However we do recognize that Peter and his brother Andrew were business partners with James and John (aka the sons of Zebedee) according to Luke 5:1-7, which is a similar account to John 21, albeit the net broke because it represents the fact that during the era of the church age there were both wheat and tares simultaneously in the congregations: 


And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret. {2} And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing [their] nets. {3} And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. {4} Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. {5} And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. {6} And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. {7} And they beckoned unto [their] partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 


The other outstanding fact about the location of the Sea of Galilee or Tiberias, is that it was a focal point of Jesus’ ministry and really formed the basis for “fishing for men” which was the thrust of the Great Commission throughout the day of salvation. The term Gennesaret (G1082) is from the Hebrew Chinnereth (H3672), which stems from kinnor (H3658/TWOT:1004a), and is always translated as harp 42 times. The harp pictures the declaration of the Word of God which is why Luke 5:1 reveals:


And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret


(Apparently the Lake of Galilee or Tiberias is similar in shape to a harp or lyre, and is the lowest freshwater lake on earth.) The following Scriptures illustrate this Hebrew term for harp, or kinnor (H3658/TWOT:1004a):


Psalm  43:4 maintains: Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp [kinnor:H3658/TWOT:1004a] will I praise thee, O God my God.


Psalm 49:4 points to the parabolic nature of God’s Word which He purposefully hides and only reveals to the elect in His own timing: I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. [kinnor:H3658/TWOT:1004a] 


John 21:1 includes the term shewed (predominantly translated as make manifest) (for the third time, as verse 14 later explains), 


After these things Jesus shewed [phaneroo:G5319] himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed [phaneroo:G5319] he [himself].


A very striking example of God’s judgment that began at His own house first (1 Peter 4:17; Jeremiah 25:29) is expressed by the harp no longer being heard in the churches and denominations. This transitioned to the entire world, when salvation ceased, once  the day of judgment began:


Isaiah 24:8 affirms: The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp [kinnor:H3658/TWOT:1004a]  ceaseth.


Ezekiel 26:13 likewise concurs: And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps [kinnor:H3658/TWOT:1004a] shall be no more heard.


Dragged [suro:G4951]


Here then are the five references that contain this word, dragging or suro:


John 21:8 records: And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging [suro:G4951] the net with fishes.


Verse 4 of Revelation 12:1-4 characterizes the essence of this word which is a violent, forcible action: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman [the elect] clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: {2} And she being with child [Christ] cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. {3} And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon [Satan], having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. {4} And his tail drew [suro:G4951] the third part of the stars of heaven [the fallen angels], and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child  [Christ] as soon as it was born. {5} And she brought forth a man child, [Christ] who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child [Christ] was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne. 


Verse 3 of Acts 8:1-3 records the fierce steps that Paul took by throwing men and women into prison for their faith: And Saul was consenting unto his [Stephen’s] death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. {2} And devout men carried Stephen [to his burial], and made great lamentation over him. {3} As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling [suro:G4951] men and women committed [them] to prison.


Acts 14:19 further confirms the brutal nature of this word, as Paul, by contrast,  becomes the recipient instead of the perpetrator:  And there came thither [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew [suro:G4951] [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead.


Verse 6 of Acts 17:1-6 reveals a similar incident with respect to Jason since they could not find Paul: Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: {2} And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, {3} Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. {4} And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. {5} But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. {6} And when they found them not, they drew [suro:G4951] Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;


We can understand that the weight of the fish would have been difficult to bring to shore even if attached to the small boat (or boats), with 6-7 men helping. I had mentioned in Part 2 that the fish might have been around 3.3 lbs., but the larger version can average 15 lbs. each, bringing the weight of a 153 great fish to over a ton possibly, but this is also speculative as we don’t have enough information. It’s not entirely clear if Peter was among them, as he swam to the shore, possibly as a tableau of Christ as represented by Jonah who was thrown overboard. [You might recall that Peter (or Simon) is the [son] of Jonas as mentioned three times in John 21:15-17) The take away point of  this term, dragging or suro is that it signifies a coercive action against one’s will. 


What is the difference between dragging or suro (G4951) and the expression draw/drew or helko (G1670) which is the other term used in John 21? 


Let’s now turn our attention to this important expression:


Draw/Drew [helko:G1670]


This word surfaces in the following 8 citations, starting with John 21:6 and 11 which symbolize the great multitude that were saved during the last 17 years of the Great Tribulation, known as the latter rain:


And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw [helko:G1670] it for the multitude of fishes. ... {11} Simon Peter went up, and drew [helko:G1670] the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.


John 12:32 makes this affirmation regarding Christ’s resurrection at the foundation of the world, and the subsequent demonstration in 33 AD with respect to all of the elect:  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw [helko:G1670] all [men] unto me.


However, these next four passages are more aggressive in nature as we saw with the previous term dragging or suro:


John 18:10 records: Then Simon Peter having a sword drew [helko:G1670] it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.


And in Acts 16:19 we see Paul and Silas being forcibly brought to the rulers in the marketplace of Philippi because of the anger of the soothsayers over the loss of one of their fortune tellers:  And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [helko:G1670] [them] into the marketplace unto the rulers,


In Acts 21:30 we read again what happened to Paul because the Jews presumed that he had brought a Gentile into the Temple: And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew [helko:G1670] him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.


Verse 6 of James 2:1-9 makes the point, under divine inspiration, that those who are physically rich (and by extension those who think they are spiritually rich according to Revelation 3:17) are the very ones that perpetrate oppression and draw the elect into court as it were: My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons. {2} For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; {3} And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: {4} Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? {5} Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? {6} But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw [helko:G1670] you before the judgment seats?


The last entry is verse 44 of John 6:44-45 is highly significant: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [helko:G1670] him: and I will raise him up at [should be] in the last day. {45} It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught [didaktos:G1318] of God. Every man therefore that hath heard [akouo:G191], and hath learned [manthano:G3129] of the Father, cometh [erchomai:G2064] unto me.


In Part 2 we looked at the following four key words in verse 45, which is quoting Isaiah 54:13. We recognize that no man can (i.e., has the power or ability) [to] come to me  [Christ], unless the Father draw him. Then we learn...


  • They shall all be taught [didaktos:G1318] of God.


We discovered that this word [shall be] taught is rendered limmuwd and is part of the lamed “word-family,” in Isaiah 54:13. The phrase, And all thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD… matches John 6:45a, It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught [didaktos:G1318] of God.  


And all thy children [shall be] taught [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a] of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.


However then Isaiah 54:13 goes in an entirely different direction from John 6:45b, by the phrase … and great [shall be] the peace of thy children, whereas John 6:45b focuses on the following three verbs which are all aspects or “stages” if you will, of being taught [didaktos:G1318] of God, which we considered in Part 2: 


  • that hath heard [akouo:G191]
  • hath learned [manthano:G3129]
  • cometh [erchomai:G2064] 


So, in light of that, let’s take a closer look at the phrase in Isaiah 54:13, and great [shall be] the peace of thy children, and please note how peace is the result of being taught by the LORD.


And Great [rab:H7227/TWOT:2099a,b] [Shall Be] The Peace [shalowm:H7965/TWOT:2401a] Of Thy Children [ben:H1121/TWOT:254]


Notice how children or ben are mentioned twice in Isaiah 54:13. The terms and great along with [shall be] the peace are found together for instance in eight other references, and I’ll just mention two of them:


Verse 5 of 2 Chronicles 15:1-7 speaks about good King Asa, who was  succeeded by good King Jehoshaphat: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: {2} And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD [is] with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. {3} Now for a long season Israel [hath been] without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. {4} But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. {5} And in those times [there was] no peace [shalowm:H7965/TWOT:2401a] to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great [rab:H7227/TWOT:2099a,b] vexations [were] upon all the inhabitants of the countries. {6} And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. {7} Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.


Psalm 119:165 announces: Great [rab:H7227/TWOT:2099a,b] peace [shalowm:H7965/TWOT:2401a] have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. 


The contrast between 2 Chronicles 15:5-6 and Psalm 119:165 is quite obvious. The former relates to our present day of judgment marked by tremendous division as the non-elect are under God’s wrath, and are destroying each other, as Satan’s kingdom is being systematically dismantled. Isaiah 57:19-20 also compares the wicked that have no peace with the righteous who do possess God’s peace:


I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to [him that is] far off, and to [him that is] near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. {20} But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. {21} [There is] no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. 


Paul, under divine inspiration picks up this same theme of peace in salvation (during the day of salvation) in verse 17 of Ephesians 2:13-17, which is quoting Isaiah 57:19,


But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. {14} For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; {15} Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; {16} And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: {17} And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

On the other hand, the elect as revealed in Psalm 119:165 are enjoying the gift of God’s peace that passeth understanding, according to Philippians 4:7,


And the peace [eirene:G1515] of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


I would like to read Isaiah 54:1-13 again and please note once again the backdrop of barrenness and desolation which aptly describes our current environment today which exudes no life and no peace, and yet, amazingly there is life and peace for God’s elect, who like their Savior, are like ...a root out of a dry ground... as Isaiah 53:2 insists,


For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root [sheresh:H8328/TWOT:2471a] out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. 


Isaiah 54:1-13 teaches: Sing, O barren [`aqar:H6135/TWOT:1682a], thou [that] didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou [that] didst not travail with child: for more [are] the children of the desolate [shamem:H8074/TWOT:2409] than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. {2} Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; {3} For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate [shamem:H8074/TWOT:2409] cities to be inhabited. {4} Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. {5} For thy Maker [is] thine husband; the LORD of hosts [is] his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. {6} For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. {7} For a small moment have I forsaken thee; . {8} In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. {9} For this [is as] the waters of Noah unto me: for [as] I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. {10} For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace [shalowm:H7965/TWOT:2401a] be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. {11} O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, [and] not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. {12} And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. {13} And all thy children [shall be] taught [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:1116a] of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace [shalowm:H7965/TWOT:2401a] of thy children.


I would like to repeat again what we have discovered with regard to the 4 “stages”  of the drawing in John 6:45 during the day of salvation as opposed to the 1 “stage” as revealed in Isaiah 54:13, in which those that God saved already have God’s peace, which is a result of God having already taught them, before the door of salvation closed on May 21, 2011. 


I’m sure somebody will then ask, if these individuals were already saved before the door was shut, why do they not recognize this fact? And that is a fair question, which I hope to be able to answer in our next study, Lord willing. Please stay tuned for the remainder of our Hymn Sing. 

The “Delay” - Part 4

February 21, 2021


Welcome to BMI’s Sunday Online Fellowship. Thank you for joining us, and shall we ask for God’s blessing as we open His Word…


This will be Part 4 of a new series, titled The Delay, and today’s date is February 21, 2021. In Part 1 we spent some time looking at the nature of the Gospel of the Bible along with when the salvation of God’s elect took place (which was at the foundation of the world). We also discovered that the timing of when God applied His salvation to the souls of His elect at some point in their physical lifetime, varied greatly. Most significantly we also learned that there was also a passage of time that was associated with salvation (during the day of salvation) that differed from one individual to another. Then in Part 2 we took a closer look at some of the key words in John 21 such as the multitude of fishes and we touched upon the terms draw/drew or helko (G1670). We also discovered that John 6:45 was quoting Isaiah 54:13 and these two passages helped to amplify our understanding of the current time and season that is in view as well as the stages in the drawing process that are mentioned in John 6:45 which were briefly discussed:  taught [didaktos:G1318]...that hath heard [akouo:G191] ...hath learned [manthano:G3129]...come/cometh [erchomai:G2064]. Then in Part 3 we explored Isaiah 54:13, which reveals the spiritual backdrop of our present day of judgment in order  to understand the parabolic connection between the four stages mentioned in John 6:45 (pointing to “universality” or the four points of the compass that identify with the day of salvation) and the one stage in Isaiah 54:13. In Isaiah 54:13, God links the term taught or limmuwd with peace  which would have occurred prior to God shutting the door to salvation; true peace has everything with salvation which is the result of being taught by God.  Isaiah 54:13 acknowledges:


And all thy children [ben:H1121/TWOT:254] [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children. [ben:H1121/TWOT:254] 


We looked at this verse in some detail and I believe it is crucial in understanding “the delay.” I also mentioned at the close of Part 3 the legitimate question that some might ask: “...if these individuals were already saved before the door was shut, why do they not recognize this fact and why is there not an immediate manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives? that I said we would address today, along with the two stages in John 21 of first dragging [suro:G4951] the net through the sea (The term water is not used here - why?) and then secondly, when Peter drew [helko:G1670] the net to land. Let me begin with the last part of the question, “why is there not an immediate manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives?”


Why Is There Not An Immediate Manifestation Of The Fruit Of The Spirit In Their Lives?


We want to bear in mind that in this series I have attempted to show that even during the day of salvation there was a passage of time with regards to God drawing a person that was already one of God's Elect and at some point applying the salvation that was secured for that person at the foundation of the world. And that drawing process for each of God’s elect varied considerably, as we saw in the three examples of John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, as well as the son of the Shunammite. One of the Lord’s parables regarding spiritual growth is explained in Mark 4:26-29, in which God likens it to what takes place when planting grain, in which the term harvest, is representative of our present day: 


And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; {27} And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. {28} For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. {29} But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle [drepanon:G1407], because the harvest [therismos:G2326] is come.


What is very significant about these two expressions, sickle and harvest is the fact that they only surface together again in verse 15 of Revelation 14:15-16. Sickle also crops up in verse 18 as well. I’ll read verses 19-20 for the sake of the context:


Earth [ge:G1093]


And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle [drepanon:G1407], and reap [therizo:G2325]: for the time is come for thee to reap [therizo:G2325]; for the harvest [therismos:G2326 - a noun, from the verb G2325] of the earth [ge:G1093] is ripe. {16} And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle [drepanon:G1407] on the earth [ge:G1093]; and the earth [ge:G1093] was reaped. [therizo:G2325] ... {18} And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle [drepanon:G1407], saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle [drepanon:G1407], and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. {19} And the angel thrust in his sickle [drepanon:G1407] into the earth [ge:G1093], and gathered the vine of the earth [ge:G1093], and cast [it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God. {20} And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [and] six hundred furlongs. 


In the foregoing passage we find the terms sickle and earth mentioned 5 times  apiece (typifying either judgment or salvation); the expression reap[ed] surfaces 3 times (pointing to the purpose of God). (By the way, the word earth is the same term translated land in John 21:11, when Peter drew the unbroken net to land.) This passage underscores the two types of individuals that are being reaped today, each of which exemplify the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan that have always been in opposition to each other, as we read in Revelation 22:11-12,


He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. {12} And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 


Going back to Isaiah 54:13, please note that the term children or ben  is mentioned twice. This is not accidental as the first three verses in Isaiah 54:1-3 are focused on the children of the barren or desolate (a vivid reminder of Sarah, Hannah, and Rachel to name a few) which greatly outnumber the children of the married wife, and serve to highlight the atmosphere of spiritual barrenness and desolation that exists in the world today, in which the miracle of life emerges from the confines of death: 


Sing, O barren, thou [that] didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou [that] didst not travail with child: for more [are] the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. {2} Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; {3} For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.


 The other thing to remember is that word [shall be] taught [limmuwd:H3928/TWOT:116a] in Isaiah 54:13 is part of the lamed (H3925/TWOT:1116) “word family” (the 12th letter of the Hebrew alphabet). You might recall that lamed is primarily rendered as teach or learn as these next important references illustrate:


Teach/Learn [lamed:H3925/TWOT:1116]


Jeremiah 31:34 translates this word as and they shall teach, in this passage that is referring to our day, and the great multitude from nations and kindreds and peoples and tongues according to Revelation 7:9, which the 153 great fishes portray in John 21:11. In other words these fishes typify a much larger group of people, not just one individual child of God:   


And they shall teach [lamed:H3925] no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.


Isaiah 26:9-10 is similar to Revelation 22:11-12 with respect to making a distinction between the elect and the non-elect: With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn [lamed:H3925/TWOT:1116] righteousness. {10} Let favour be shewed to the wicked, [yet] will he not learn [lamed:H3925/TWOT:1116] righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.


Going back to John 21 let’s consider the term sea in verses 6-8, as the word water curiously does not appear in this passage:


And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. {7} Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt [his] fisher's coat [unto him], (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. [thalassa:G2281] {8} And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land [ge:G1093], but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.


Sea [thalassa:G2281]


Let’s see how God employs this word, sea, which is referring to the sea of Tiberias or Galilee or Gennesaret, which stems from the Hebrew term, kinnor (H3658/TWOT:1004a) which means harp, and pictures the declaration of God’s Word. This is why we read in Mark 4:1 that Jesus taught the people by the sea, which is repeated 3 times in this citation:


And he began again to teach [didasko:G1321] by the sea side:[thalassa:G2281] and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; [thalassa:G2281] and the whole multitude was by the sea [thalassa:G2281]on the land. [ge:G1093]


This also ties into the Great Commission and the outreach of the church age to the Gentiles or nations, in Mark 4:13-17,  


And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: {14} That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, {15} The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of the sea [thalassa:G2281] , beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; {16} The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. {17} From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Mark 4:14 is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 9:1-2, some 1000 years earlier, in which one discovers the corresponding Hebrew word yam (H3220) that matches the Greek expression, thalassa:


Nevertheless the dimness [shall] not [be] such as [was] in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict [her by] the way of the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a], beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. {2} The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.


The other thing to bear in mind is that the sea - the Red Sea or the Mediterranean sea in which the whale that swallowed up Jonah was located - typifies “hell” or the grave as these next references indicate, in which the corresponding Hebrew word yam (H3220) is also found: 


Jonah 1:15 and 2:3 affirm: So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]: and the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a] ceased from her raging… {2:3} For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.


This is also the case with the Red Sea, according to the song of triumph in Exodus 15, in which this expression yam or sea appears no less than 7 times illustrating the perfection of God’s judgment against Satan and his kingdom in verses 1, 4, 8, 10, 19, and 21-22,


Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]  ... {4} Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.[H3220] ... {8} And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, [and] the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]  ... {10} Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a] covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. ... {19} For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a], and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea[H3220] upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry [land] in the midst of the sea. [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]   ... {21} And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a]   {22} So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea [yam:H3220/TWOT:871a], and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.


Here are some more examples of the Greek term, sea or thalassa:


Matthew 13:47 also identifies the kingdom of heaven as a net that was cast into the sea: Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, [thalassa:G2281] and gathered of every kind:


Romans 9:27 (quoting Isaiah 10:22-23, and the word yam again) further pinpoints the fact that the elect only constitute a remnant from national Israel and additionally a remnant with respect to all human beings that have ever lived: Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, [thalassa:G2281] a remnant shall be saved:


Verse 12 of Hebrews 11:11-12 is a most important declaration that fits into our current day of judgment and reiterates the spiritual environment that Isaiah 54 (and for that matter Isaiah 26) portray: 

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. {12}Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea [thalassa:G2281] shore innumerable.


Hebrews 11:11-12 dovetails with Romans 4:17-21(verse 17 quotes Genesis 17:5):


(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. {18} Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. {19} And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: {20}  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; {21} And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 


Lastly, in the declaration of Revelation 10:5-6 both words, sea or thalassa and earth or ge surface in both of these verses:  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea [thalassa:G2281] and upon the earth [ge:G1093] lifted up his hand to heaven, {6} And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth [ge:G1093], and the things that therein are, and the sea, [thalassa:G2281] and the things which are therein, that there should be time [chronos:G5550] no [ou:G3756] longer [eti:G2089]


The picture of the Lord Jesus in lift[ing] up his hand or taking an oath before God is also seen Isaiah 26:11, LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: [but] they shall see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.


Time [chronos:G5550] No [ou:G3756] Longer [eti:G2089] 


What does time no longer signify? We know that it can’t be referring to the celestial clock because that is still functioning as usual. One day is still 24 hours, and one week is still seven days. So how are we to understand this spiritually? These three Greek words are only found together again in John 12:35, in which they are rendered as yet, while, and not in this highly significant Scripture:


Then Jesus said unto them, Yet [eti:G2089] a little while [chronos:G5550]  is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not [ou:G3756] whither he goeth.


This of course remind us of the statement in verse 4 of John 9:4-5, pointing once again to our present time and season:


I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man [Christ is the “man” in view] can work. {5} As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 


Additionally we can also reference Ecclesiastes 3:6a, A time to get, and a time to lose... which would be better translated as A time to seek [baqash:H12145/TWOT:276] (which is how this term is primarily rendered) and a time to perish [’abad:H6/TWOT:2] (which is how this term is predominantly expressed). 


Daniel 2:20-21 makes the point that it is God’s prerogative to transition from one particular time and season to another, in accordance to God’s supreme wisdom, and the revealing of more truth to His elect people: 


Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: {21} And he changeth the times [`iddan:H5732/TWOT:2900] and the seasons [z@man:H2166/TWOT:2709a] he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:


Something Else To Consider


There is an interesting verse in 1 Corinthians 15:20 that impinges on this study of “the delay” that I would like to explore with you:


But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept. [koimao:G2837]


Historically we have looked at this verse with our previous understanding of the resurrection in 33 AD, but I for one, have not examined this statement in the light of the resurrection at the foundation of the world, which gives this passage a completely different slant. One key word is the term firstfruits or (aparche:G536), which was discussed in BMI’s Christmas video series on the Treasure of the Lamb. This Greek expression, aparche corresponds to the Hebrew firstfruits or beginning, which is the word, resit (H7225/TWOT:2097e),  which stems from the ro’sh (the 20th letter of the Hebrew alphabet) “word family” and is actually the very first word in the book of Genesis, In the beginning. This is phenomenally relevant, because what happened before that statement, outside of time?  Christ rose from the dead at the foundation of the world  to become (the first of) the firstfruits of them that slept as we read in 1 Corinthians 15:20. This also comports with what we read in James 1:18, and by extension, includes all the elect:


Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits [aparche:G536] of his creatures. 


Of Them That Slept [koimao:G2837]


However I would like us to focus on another term that I have not investigated previously, which is the expression, of them that slept, but because I want to devote enough time to the spiritual ramifications of that word, I think it would be better to wait until next Sunday to develop that in some detail. 


Please stay tuned for the remainder of our Hymn Sing.    












High Time


[Rev 14:15 KJV] 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time[G5610] is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.