- From the Cedar Street Times, Pacific Grove
What does God say about the clocks He has placed in our world?
God has left us clues, in all of His creation, to help us find our way to Him. His prophetic messages include clocks with specific dates and times, most of which have already been fulfilled. But, He also placed clocks throughout His creation, so that even the most adamant of us cannot deny the clues, Rom 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Everything God does is intentional, including the perfect harmony of His creation, which provides the evidence of His existence, if we would only try to understand it, Ps 8:3-4, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” We can look at the sky and see the perfectly predictable movement of all of the heavenly bodies, which God has used to interact with our planet and our human bodies. He has done all of this for our benefit. And, so, He tells us what is man and how important man is to Him, 2 Cor 6:18, “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
1 Cor 12:18, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” The miracle, which is our human bodies, naturally leads us to know our creator, God, if we are only open to the idea of His existence. Our unwillingness to reason with God is the only thing stopping us from finding Him, Is 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Let us explore some of the connections between our bodies and the rest of His creation:
Our bodies have daily cycles called circadian rhythms, which coincide with the earth making a single rotation.
Our bodies have weekly cycles called circaseptan rhythms, which coincide with the weekly calendar God gave us at the creation event.
Our hormones produce monthly cycles in both men and women, which coincide with the moon circling the earth a single time.
Our bodies have yearly cycles, marked by reduced hormone levels and fewer cells dividing to replace themselves, which coincide with the earth circling the sun a single time.
Our human bodies have a predetermined maximum life expectancy, Gen 6:3, “Then the LORD said, My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Consider the Hayflick Phenomenon as described in Wikipedia: “The Hayflick limit was discovered by Leonard Hayflick in 1961, at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, when Hayflick demonstrated that a population of normal human fetal cells in a cell culture divide between 40 and 60 times. It then enters a senescence phase. Each mitosis shortens the telomeres on the DNA of the cell. Telomere shortening in humans eventually makes cell division impossible, and it is presumed to correlate with aging.” It is interesting to note how Dr. Hayflick’s discovery led him to use human DNA to estimate our maximum life expectancy to be about 120 years and that is exactly what God told us some 3,500 years ago, after the flood. Only one person in modern history, Jeanne Calment, is documented to have lived past 120 years, from 1875 to 1997, 122 years. Shouldn’t our many medical advances have allowed someone to reach age 130 by now?
All of God’s creation works together toward the completion of His eternal plan!
The clock God created for the completion of His plan begins with the seven-day week, which is a metaphor for His complete plan. God’s creation account concludes with Him resting on the seventh day after He worked six days to complete His creation. His complete plan concludes with us ruling with Him for one thousand years, after we have worked six thousand years dividing ourselves into two groups, the sheep and goats, Rev 20:6, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” and Matt 25:31-34, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”
From this we might conclude that His plan for salvation includes seven-thousand years, after which it all ends with the destruction of the old and the creation of the new, Rev 21:1-4, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
We have this life to observe His clocks and accept His invitation to salvation. God calls all of us to pick Him and the eternal future He has planned, Eze 33:11, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
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