Psalm 90:4 -
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
One of the most difficult things to understand through scriptures is the factor time. The Hebrew word 'shaneh' which is translated as year in today's message simply means a division of time and comes from the root word 'shanah' which means change or second time. So in short this division of time was between a set of events that repeated.
In the olden days, time was calculated on the position of the Sun and moon and its revolutions (moons revolution around the earth and earth's around the Sun and rotation around itself). Though the calculation of time was not very accurate but it gave quite a good guideline for people. But there are factors which people ignore that effect our calculation of time, like the floods at the time of Noah were caused due to a great earthquake which shifted the axis of the earth (some claim it to be triggered by a large asteroid impact which happened somewhere around 17th September - around the time when the Feast of Trumpets which symbolizes the coming of Judgement Day is celebrated).
Before the floods the year had 360 days and that is where we get 360 degrees for a circle. Historians have found the Aztecs, Chinese and ancient Hebrew calculated a year as 360 days from before the Noah floods. That is why the Aztec Sundial not only reflected time as in of a day, but also of month and year. After the floods 5.25 days were added to the year by the shifting of the earth axis by 5 degrees (that is why we see most mountains ranges are at an angel to the earth's current axis). But if one checks in the prophecies of Moses, time is still accurately calculated on 360days a year and not 365.25 days year.
The Hebrew word 'ethmowl' translated as yesterday does not really mean the day before but means the time before or the time that is gone.
We need to understand everything that the Lord did in the time before were not incidents which we can ignore today. He is telling us they all had a purpose not only for that time but also for our future. The Old Testament is a shadow and so also is time (things God did as written in the Word) a shadow of things to come.
In the book of Ezekiel the Lord says He will do better things from the things He has done before. When one thing is set against another or compared against another we get to know somewhat of what that new thing would be.
The Lord is telling us not to ignore history but to learn from it. We should not repeat the mistakes that our forefather did but learn from them. From Adam to Noah to Abraham to Moses to David to people before Jesus and those after Jesus including unto Peter, Paul and John, all of them made mistakes, none were perfect as Jesus was. Jesus is the one who divides time. It is by Him time is set and by Him all things are set in time. Today He is telling us to be in His Spirit, His Word and in His time, learning what to do and what not to do for the end is like the night, of which things are already declared.
Even if we know Judgment Day would come in September (Feast of Trumpets) yet Bible does not reveal which year but gives a time period of about 200years within which it would happen. That is why when God (the Son) came as man Jesus, being 100 percent man He had to learn all things through scriptures. Learned men, Angels and Holy Spirit helped Him to understand scriptures. That is the reason Jesus said He did not know the hour (exact day) and is only known to the Father for what God has not said no one knows, even Angels in Heaven do not know.
We too like Jesus have learned men, Angels and the Spirit of God to minister to us, we may not know the hour the end will come but we can know the season and many other things that happen before the end comes. Therefore let us be watchful that we do not get consumed by them as fruitless trees.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, all things that would affect your people and their salvation have been written in your Word. We pray Lord, You give us more and more wisdom and open our minds to understand your Word. Help us to understand the seasons of the fig tree and not be cursed and destroyed for not bearing fruit in its season. We pray You strengthen our hearts that we may not make the same mistakes our ancestors did but by your Spirit and your Word walk in righteousness...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Ezekiel 36:11 - And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
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