Time is fulfilled
This may not make a lot of sense to some people, but if you have read my book online for free it may fill in some interesting gaps. I do not know if it is significant for others, but the time sequences in my life seem to happen in circles. I kept pondering this and had to write it so I could sleep.
14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Here I sit at my computer at 1:30 in the morning. Why am I doing that because certain things that have been happening lately? It has bought me a feeling that I am approaching the end of another circle in my life. My book “A Little Further Down the Path” shares several of the circles I have experienced in my life. To me the Bible talks and shares things in several circles. Some long and some short, but they are circles which end up back where they started. It has been fifty years this month since I left home and started a large circle in my life.
In Genesis 15 God told Abraham what land would be a big circle in Israel’s experience. He told them they would go into captivity for four hundred years and then they would "return to their land".in the fourth generation. Over the years the length of a generation has been a point of discussion in many of my conversations about the Bible. Israel has been removed from their land and returned several times in history. God makes it pretty clear on two points, it will be 400 years and they will return in the fourth generation. I am not a mathematician or a Bible scholar but common sense tells me those generations have to be more than 100 years. The only place I find God giving a time frame longer than 100 years is Genesis 6:3 where he says man’s time will be limited to 120 years. The strange thing is that Moses lived 120 years and yet he never entered the Promised Land. With the wondering in the wilderness 470 years had passed when they reentered the Promised Land. Four times 120 would be 480 so they did return in the 4th generation. You would be amazed how many preachers have told me I am wrong about that number because it does not fit “their” calculations.
Most of this is in my book and I need to not repeat that stuff but explain why I find the circles of time in my life significant. It is mainly because they are getting much shorter. I tell how I went to Vietnam and returned back to the very point I started.
Another circle started about 1981 and ended about 1990. It started when I asked the Lord to show me how he would punish a man if I turned the matter over to him. I did and he did. I certainly did not expect it to happen. It was a very humbling experience when it did, because how he did it, which was to give me that man’s job.
The next circle started on 7 February 1992 with the crash of a military C-130 into a hotel in Evansville, IN. I was interviewed by CNN and it restored a long lost friendship with a person I grew up with and had lost contact with. I had a heart attack on the 22 January 2004 in Baltimore, MD ending my trucking career. That circle ended when I flew into Louisville, KY and looked down on the fleet of C-130’s parked on the tarmac. It was the home base of the aircraft than crashed into the hotel. It started before I got my own truck and ended with the end of my driving career.
In August 2010 my youngest daughter, Glenda Lynn, passed away after a seven year battle with a brain tumor. She left me her Boston Terrier, Forrest Gump, in her Will. She also left her home for her sister to administer till her children are of age to receive it. Glenda was a nurse by profession. This month my grandson and his girlfriend who had been taking care of the home moved out. We decided to rent the house rather than let it sit empty. The lady who is going to rent it is the niece of the lady who owned it before my daughter bought it. She is a x-ray technician and she has two Boston Terriers. A strange coincidence?
In March 2011 I started a blog with the encouragement of my daughter Angel. She had done one for a class she had taken. She teaches Spanish. She knew I liked to write and she encouraged me in that direction. In May of 2012 I went to my first writer’s conference. It was at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It was a rewarding experience and had many neat people. I am a bit of a people watcher and one lady caught my attention. She walked with a large stick much like they used in the Lord of the Rings. Her attire was a little different also. While curious I did not approach her. My mind muddled over the matter for a year. In May of this year I returned to the conference. After signing in I went upstairs and sat down. The first person I had a long talk with happened to be the 80+ year old mother of the lady I had seen the year before. She informed me of the details of her life and her daughters and all I had to do is listen. That was another time I had asked the Lord to open my understanding and he did. The Bible verse that says, “You have not, because you ask not.” has taken on new meaning for me.
It may mean nothing but my circles seem to be getting smaller and quicker. On May 5th I went to the Indiana State Gourd show for the first time. I make crafts from gourds and have started growing my own. At the state show I saw a neat looking and very large gourd and did not think at the time to ask who made it. On my way to the writing conference in Ridgecrest, NC I decided to stop by the Kentucky State Gourd show on the way. Several people I met in Indiana were at the Kentucky Show. One was the Indiana secretary. She told me the story of the gourd and then pointed out a man in the crowd. He was the one who had made it several years before. I wanted the information because I hope to write an article about it. So that circle was finished in less than a month.
All this got me to pondering the meaning of it all. That was when I realized the fifty year cycle for me. The 50th year of Jubilee is very significant in the Bible. It signifies the beginning and ending of time. One of the reasons I did ponder so hard was that the keynote speaker told a story about a man who laid hands on him when he was a kid. The experience had never left him. It made me ponder a man in my own home town that I had not heard of or thought of since leaving over fifty years ago. Today, well I guess in reality, yesterday I was looking at Facebook and guess whose picture is on my time line. It was that old man that I thought of at the conference. It is a strange coincidence, but I could not get it out of my head and so here I sit. This brings me back to the Biblical sequences of time.
If we go back to my opening statement. When the Jesus made the above statement he was telling the Jewish people that they had reached a point where the Gentiles would take over world affairs.
22For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
It is my belief that when Israel returned to the land in 1948 that prophecy was fulfilled. Which also remind me of the verse in 2nd Peter 3:8 where it says,
8 Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day. 9 The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.
Based on that logic we are entering the seventh day. Roughly two days were before the flood. Two days were from the flood till Christ and two more from Christ till now. So is it time to enter the millennium and the Lord’s Day of Rest. I really do not know, but I feel I can now lay down and sleep, having cleared my mind.
Like I said before I could die before I get out of this chair, but I believe I will be here when the Lord returns in power and glory and I am getting the feeling by looking around me that, that time is not that far off.
There is a verse in Luke 9:62 that says to never look back when you have put your hand to the plow. The reason is really simple. In the course of life we travel in the circles and seasons of life and sooner or later we come back to where we started. We can then see the crookedness of our paths and hopefully correct them as we move on in life.