Christian's Handbook 4

Handbook 4 highlights God's appointed times and appointed works while emphasizing their importance and urgency for His people throughout their generations.

God and Time

Handbook 4: Article 2 - Part 1: Time and the Works of God: An Introduction

God does not speak of Himself in measures or terms of time; He simply states, "I Am!" He enfolds, encloses, all measures of time within Himself.

"'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'"

Revelation 1:8

Jesus also speaks of Himself in this way:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham came into being I AM."

John 6:38

"And He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation. For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created through Him or for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together."

Colossians 1:15-17

However, the Scriptures speak often in terms of time.

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven --

A time to give birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to tear down, and a time to build up...
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones...
A time to search and a time to give up as lost...
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is even a time for wickedness.

"I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. I said in my heart, 'God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,' for a time for every matter and for every deed is there."

Ecclesiastes 3:16, 17

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  1. Revelation and Beyond: A Journey in the Midst of the Years
  2. God and Time
  3. God and Appointed Times
  4. The "Greater Works" and the First Century Church
  5. An Appointment From the Beginning
  6. Working the Works of God
  7. Reviewing the "Order of Things"
  8. God's Workman, a Portrait
  9. The Revelation Revisited

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