By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Ephesians 1:9-11
Time. That mysterious component of the universe. I am no scientist, but I have heard very clear, cogent, and convincing argument by physicists declaring that time is a material thing – a very component of the natural order. If fact, we include it in our description of our universe as the “Time – Space Continuum.” And, scientific evidence at hand now reveals that even the vaunted “speed of light,” once thought to be a constant, has been rapidly slowing down since the beginning of creation. Like a manual alarm clock with an unwinding mainspring, time is slowing down. Interesting!! It’s funny how that the more we discover scientifically, the more the world is just catching up with what the saints have known and been singing about all along. In the words of that great gospel artist, Richard Smallwood, “Time is winding up!”
But, I’m not here for an amateur scientific symposium. My burden today is to share a little of what our God has made known to me about the coming end, and about what our job is with reference to that. And, though it is true that time is winding up, we who are faithful in Christ Jesus have absolutely nothing to worry about. Ephesians simply tells us that we should be redeeming the time. That means that we should be giving time a very good reason for continuing, until all things purposed by God are accomplished. And, we will not run out of time, nor will our clock ever stop ticking, for as long as God’s good purpose has not fully been accomplished. In other words, contrary to all disaster films, and doomsday scenarios, no natural or apocalyptic catastrophe of any kind is going to overtake our world unexpectedly, and take us all away. No meteor is going to blast the earth out of the sky. No ice age is going to reappear, because of global warming. No!! Nor will any other unthinkable happen to cut man’s existence short on this planet.
No! Everything is moving by the power of God. And, the word of God rules the whole world, including the order and happenings in the time-space continuum. So, relax and breathe easy. Nothing is coming unexpected to take us away, but JESUS. That’s why the Lord did say, “Be ye ready… Behold, I come quickly [that is, “suddenly and unexpectedly”; at least, to those who are casually wasting time in sin] (Matthew 24:44; Revelation 22:12).
But, to God’s faithful saints, I have an announcement. We have all the time we need to get ready and to get safe. I say this by way of a divine revelation that God gave me a while back. In a vision, God showed me that time is a function of God’s love for us. Time is our servant, and has been subordinated to us, just like everything else God created (1Cor 2:21-23). In this vison, I saw that time is actually riding our back, like a horse bears a man on his back. So, we might say that time is riding us “manback.” In fact, a clearer description might be, that we ARE the hands of time – the hour hand, the minute hand, and the second hand. It is literally true that we ourselves are treading out the sands of time. And, as long as we are being faithful to God’s purpose, nothing will ever slip up on us or catch us unprepared. It is absolutely impossible, by nature of our relationship to time; or rather, time’s relationship to us.
In Ephesians, Paul talks about the “dispensation of the fullness of the times” (Eph 1:10). In theology today, we also talk about dispensations. A dispensation is a division of history in which God performs some segment of his total work for man. Dispensations are allotted by holy anointing to God’s covenant sons, and are progressive. For example, to Adam was allotted the dispensation of original “Dominion;” to Noah, the dispensation of “Preservation;” to Abraham, the dispensation of “Adoption;” to Moses, the dispensation of “Emancipation;” to David, the dispensation of “Administration;” to John the Baptist, the dispensation of “Preparation;” and to our Lord Jesus Christ, the summary dispensations of “Salvation & Summation.” But, we are not done yet, because to Peter was awarded the dispensation of the “Great Commission.”
But, guess what people. There are still more dispensations yet to come. To the Prophet Elijah, is promised the dispensation of “The Restoration of ALL Things” (Acts 3:21, Malachi 4:5,6). Like Jesus assured us, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and restores all things” (Mark 9:12).Following all these comes the millennial, thousand-year reign of Christ, which is followed then by the true end – the time when God will dissolve heaven and earth, and create “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2Peter 3:12,13). So, in light of all this, I am here to assure you that we (nor the world) “ain’t goin’ nowhere soon.”
So, just relax and buckle down in the Spirit. Don’t get off into any habitual sin, because if you do, all bets are off for you. The world may not be going anywhere, but you just might. As the scripture explains, one of the consequences for the sin of a Christian is possibly to “fall asleep,” (1Cor 11:32,30). In other words, you could be sentenced to die prematurely. You will go to heaven, if indeed you are elect, but you’ll get there sooner than you hoped. There’s just no safety zone for sin, none whatsoever. But, for all who are faithfully occupied with doing our Lord’s will, God will be faithful to let you see it through, at least as far his higher purpose is concerned. So, remember these words,
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1Corinthians 15:58). Amen.
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