What do we Christians need to know about the Word of God? Here are some questions that need to be answered.
How long was creation? What day is it in Heaven today? Why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven before they died? What are the signs of CHRIST’S RETURN? How will we recognize the antichrist? How will we recognize the false prophet of Israel? Why do we have warnings of all the mountains coming down and all islands being moved out of their places?
We hear many stories about how long it took for creation, ranging from millions of years to seven of our days, therefore let’s review what God says. In Genesis 1:3-5 God created light and separated it from darkness, and called the light day and the darkness night, and the evening and the morning were the first day. This shows that our day and the night have nothing to do with how long the creation day was. You will also note that the stars including the sun along with the moon were not created until the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19), therefore our earthly days have nothing to do with creation days as our days were not created until there was a sun and a moon on the fourth day.
Now in Genesis 2:17 God tells Adam “but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest therefore thou shalt surely die “. Now we know that in earthly days he did not die that day as he lived to be 930 years old. Let’s see what the bible says about time, in 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.” And again in 2 Peter 3:8 ”But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Therefore you will note that in God’s time he did die the day that he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
You will see then that Adam sinned on the seventh day and died on the seventh day, when you use God’s timeline. I will repeat the verses that give you God’s time, Psalm 90:4,” for a thousand years in thy sight are but yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night”, and again in 2 Peter 3:8 ”But, beloved be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
Now that we understand how long a day in God’s terms is we may be able to discern what day it is in heaven. On the sixth day Adam was created and God made a garden for him and placed him in it, this was the garden in Eden, then he brought all the birds of the air and all the beasts of the fields and had Adam name them all. Now God saw that Adam needed a helpmate and created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. This shows us that this was still the sixth day, as the bible tells us God created man and woman on the sixth day. Now we know it would have taken some amount of time for Adam to have named the animals and birds, and we know that Adam and Eve were in the garden when the sixth day ended, Genesis 1:31, “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day”. This shows us that they could not have sinned on the sixth day as God saw that it was all very good. For Adam to die on the day he sinned he would have had to sin on the seventh day, and then to have died on this same day going by God’s days. As Adam lived to be 930 years old before he died God must have been using God’s heavenly time as God’s word is always true. With this for our timeline we can work out what day it is in heaven today.
Adam was born approximately 4000 BC, this was on the six day, therefore 3000 BC was the seventh day, 2000BC was the 1st day of the second week, 1000BC was the 2nd day , 0AD was the 3rd day , 1000AD was the 4th day , 2000AD was the 5th day, and 3000AD will be the 6th day; likewise Adam had sinned and was taken from the garden and had Seth at the age of 130 years or 3870BC which was in the seventh day, therefore 2870BC was in day 1 of the second week, 1870BC was in day 2 , 870BC was in day 3, 130AD was day 4,1130AD was day 5, and 2130 will be in day 6. We know then that day seven will start between 4000 and 3870BC, and day one of the second week started between 3000 and 2870BC, and day two started between 2000 and 1870BC, and day three started between 1000 and 870BC, and day four started between 0 and 130AD, and day five started between 1000 and 1130AD, and day six will start between2000 and 2130AD, and day 7 will start between 3000 and 3130AD.
What we should look at now is how much needs to happen before the seventh day as we know God is going to end his work and rest Genesis 2:2, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made”. So what has to happen? We have seven years of tribulation, and one thousand years of the Millennium, then we have Satan loosed for a little season and last but not least we have a new heaven and a new earth for the former have passed away, and this all has to happen by the seventh day which starts between 3000AD and 3130AD, as this is 2010 we have less than 1120 years to fulfill all this. Likewise if you take the Millennium away this gives you less than 120 years to get it started, and yes we have to take away the time that Satan will be loosed upon the earth, how long this is we do not know, and then there is the seven years of the tribulation reducing the time again to less than 113 years. Now because we know it is going to be less than 113 years we need to ensure we know the signs of Christ’s return so as not to be fooled by false prophets, and to ensure our families also know the signs for the same reasons, as I know you all would probably love to have your families serve God and Christ and not a false Christ.
Now why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven without them dying? Lets first look at who they were and what they were like. Enoch was the son of Jared and the father of Methuselah and in Genesis 5:22-24 ”And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not: for God took him.” This shows us that he was a God following man, and that he did not die but was taken up to Heaven to be with God. Then there is Elijah one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament, 1 Kings 17:1 tells us he was a Tishbite, and was of the inhabitants of Gilead and he was on earth during the reign of Ahab and that God took him during the time of King Ahaziah. During his time on earth he obeyed God and trusted God without question, God was using him to bring the nation of Israel back to worshipping him as they were worshipping Baal. King Ahab had married Jezebel a worshipper of Baal, and he then started to worship Baal and built an altar to Baal in the house of Baal which he had built in Samaria. Elijah challenged the priests of Baal 1 Kings 18:22-40, to build an altar and to place there a bullock and to have their god bring fire down from the sky to burn the sacrifice, this they could not do, but Elijah built an altar and placed his sacrifice another bullock on it, had the whole altar and the ground around all soaked with water then at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice Elijah called upon the Lord, and the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering , the wood, the stones, the dust, and the water that was in the trench. Now we come to 2 Kings 2:11 ”And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Now there must be a reason for God to have taken the two of them to heaven, and there was. In Revelation 11:3 God tells of his two witnesses that will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and threescore days in sackcloth (3 and a half years). The Bible tells us that for the three and a half years they will not be able to be hurt, and that they have power to stop the rain, to turn water into blood and to cause as many plagues to come upon the earth as often as they want. Then at the end of three and a half years God will allow Satan to overcome them and to kill them. No one will be allowed to bury them but after three and a half days the spirit of life of God enters into them and they stand upon their feet and God calls them to Heaven, and they ascend up to Heaven in a cloud. This is why God took them to heaven alive; they are going to have to die at the end of the Tribulation.
Let’s now look at the signs of Christ’s return. First of all it states in the Bible that all will see him come, Matthew 24:25-30 ”Behold I have told you before. Wherefore if they say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold’ he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the power of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and glory.” Now here you see it stated all the tribes of the earth shall see Him, and you probably wonder how this could be possible. Let’s look at what the bible says about this. In Revelations 16:17-20 ”And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, and from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” Then in Acts 1:9-11 ”And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” So this is the scenario, to see Christ return we will have to be on the same side of the world that he arrives on, therefore the maximum degree of longitude would be180 degrees from Israel. Does this mean everyone outside of that is going to be destroyed? I do not believe so , I believe that the great earthquake which moves all islands out of their places, takes the mountains away, and destroys all the worlds cities brings all the land masses to the same side of the world so all can see Christ’s return.