The Restoration of Time
18.10.2018, Daniel Glimm
Concerning the restoration of time, the apostle Paul spoke to the believers in Ephesus and urged them to redeem the time (see Ephesians 5:15-16).
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
In order to understand the redeeming of time correctly, it is important to realize that time has a value from God's point of view. It is the devils plan to rob this value of time.
The enemy's robbery consists in overwhelming or distracting the people of God with the things of everyday life so that they do not submit themselves to real fellowship with the Heavenly Father.
The Beginning of Time
To understand the process of redeeming time more deeply, it is good to know the origin of temporary time.
Time began with the existence of heaven and earth.
The first measure of time was created when God spoke His word over the earth's “tohuwabohu – without form and void”, by saying that light should come into existence to create the first day - it included the separation of light and darkness (see Genesis 1:1-5).
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The light that God spoke into existence was not sunlight, but the basic source of light from eternity, because the lights of the temporary time (note: sun, moon and stars) were created by God on the fourth day (see Genesis 1:14-19).
The Mystery of the Daylight of God
This eternal light of God is Jesus Christ who reveals the mystery of time from the first day of creation (see John 1:1-5).
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The first day reveals the movement of Jesus before His Heavenly Father, who “played” between the Father's sphere and the world, while He was moved to restore the dimension of “earth” in the order determined by the Father.
I am convinced that Jesus, while taking part in the creation process, always returned into the Father's arms after He had finished “playing” (note: creating) in the sphere on earth which was reflected by evening and morning on earth.
We gain a better understanding of how Jesus played before God and what He created by looking at the Hebrew word for “light/daylight” used in Genesis 1:1-5.
The word used there is “ôr” and means, “to become bright, bright, to shine, to radiate, to inflame; it symbolizes life, joy, well-being, guidance, God's power, glory and grace.”
Jesus actually weaved the life of God, His glory, His passionate love and joy into the earth, into which Adam and Eve should enter later, as well as all generations to come.
Therefore, as people of God, we can look confidently forward to living in eternity in the perfect presence of His eternal light (see Revelation 21:23)!
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
The Value in Time
This explanation shows us that the value in our temporary time comes only into existence when we speak the Word of Truth paired with love and the revelation of God to people, so that they recognize their true value of time and thus will be able to redeem it.
If someone does not recognize a value in time, there is no reason to redeem the time.
Fellowship with God, the Father
God, the Father, has set a value in temporary time, because He longs to have fellowship with us.
To make us as human beings aware of His longing to have fellowship with Him, He has woven dates (note: appointed times) into our time for orientation which He has linked to the seventh day that the Word of God calls Sabbath (see Genesis 2:2-3).
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
The original purpose of the Sabbath is to allow man through this divine set time frame to breathe a sigh of relief before God in order to experience the goodness of God that is accessible for him.
This becomes clear through the creation of Adam, who was created by God on the sixth day and first entered into fellowship with God before he began to do his job in the garden.
This means that God, the Father, is not first and foremost interested in our works, but rather in our heart and relationship to Him.
This expression of love is not a mandatory task, but consists of seeking and worshiping God in Spirit and in truth (see John 4:23-24).
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The Divine Alignment of Time
For this reason, it was important to God to give us as human beings a time of orientation that He had set for us which He linked to the people of Israel in order to give us revelation of His times and the value therein.
For Moses, God even commanded the time to align properly so that every day, every week, every month and every year had to move in the blood of His Son Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and it must still do so today to help us step out of captivity and into the glorious freedom of the sons of God (see Exodus 12:1-2; Deuteronomy 16:1 i.c.w. Romans 8:2)!
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2 “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.
1 Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night.
… 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Through this divine arrangement of the months, time became a powerful instrument that carries the possibility of redemption and life to this day through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God!
It was the blood of the sacrificed lamb that was smeared on the upper threshold and the two doorposts of their houses by the people of Israel in the midst of Egypt, in the biblical month of Aviv/Nissan (see Exodus 12:5-7).
5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.
7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
The Free Decision in Temporary Time
God has given us the temporary time so that we can freely decide for Him and enter into an appointment with Him; this implies an intimate love relationship which results in wisdom, and there we give ourselves to Him, expressing our praise and thanksgiving in Jesus Christ (see Matthew 22:35-40 i.c.w. Ephesians 5:15-20).
35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Presence of the Holy Spirit in the Human Body
In the same way as liquid, when poured into a vessel, fills it, our invisible being (note: spirit and soul) fills the human body, our profile, given to us by God. Through the acceptance of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit flows in our lives so that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 8:9 i.c.w. 1 Corinthians 3:16).
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16:
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
This our inner being, given by God, fills everything in our body, including every part of the body and the organs, so that we can express the power of divine life before the people.
It doesn't matter which part of the body or organ is the center of attention due to its task. It is important to note that every part of the body and every organ has a boundary. This is what Paul meant when he spoke of the church as a body with its various members and functions (see 1 Corinthians 12:14-20).
1 Corinthians 12:14-20:
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
Just as the human body cannot live without oxygen and blood, nothing happens without His blood and spirit in the church. It is the blood (note: Jesus' sacrifice on the cross) that transports the oxygen (note: the Holy Spirit) through the body (note: the church).
The “Brain” of the Body of Christ
In all of this, it is necessary to mention that the brain has an important role to play in this process, because everything is managed and directed from there in order to properly supply the human body with life. The “brain” of the body of Christ is the control center where the ministers of the five fold ministry are located to lead the church into the maturity for each time and season (see Ephesians 4:11-13).
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: …
The Breath of God
In the same way God breathed His breath into Adam's body, He also used the power of His breath (note: It was filled with His instruction) to create the universe with the planets/stars, … as well as the earth and everything in it. All areas created by God carry the effect of His breath, which reflects or expresses His life in some way in their areas of function.
The life of God is also expressed by our inner being (note: spirit and soul) operating through our body in the visible realm within temporary time (note: while we are living on earth).
The Potential of Temporary Time
It is therefore important to understand the value of time according to the Word of God.
The potential of temporary time gives us the opportunity to reveal the eternal life of the Father on earth through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.
Even though time is not visible for us, it is the wisdom and insight of God that enable us to sense the value of time.
The “Head” and the “Body” of Time
In the way, the body of Christ and we as human beings have our own head and bodies, time also has a “head” and a “body” (note: space).
In this case, the biblical month “Tischri/Ethanim” carries within the blessing cycle of God the character of a “brain”, by which God allows the time of blessing to flow through the following months (note: the body/space of time => a period), and thus arranges the blessing on earth over man (see Matthew 5:45b).
… 45b He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
It is therefore no coincidence that the Jewish New Year is also called “Rosh ha-Shana – Head of the Year” which is represented by the biblical month “Tischri/Ethanim”, because it is the month in which the Jewish New Year is celebrated.
The Characters of the Twelve Biblical Months
Each biblical month has a special character and is assigned to one of the twelve tribes of Israel according to the monthly system of the Holy Year within the cycle of redemption. The allocation of the twelve tribes to the months is related to the order of the encampment of the people of Israel in accordance to the scripture of Numbers 2, and we, as people of God, are also on the way of the kingdom (see Hebrews 13:14).
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
God has put a special promise into every month of the year which contains revelation for the people of Israel and for us as the bride of Christ as well, in order to orientate ourselves accordingly every year or rather to position ourselves spiritually to receive the fullness of God.
Just as God has assigned each month to a different climate/season for the earth realm, periods of growth and rest, so the Lord put His spiritual promises into the monthly cycles, too.
Entrance and Exit of Time
Based on the previous explanation regarding the topic of time, it becomes clear that time has an entrance and exit.
The time of the end and the new beginning is to be equated with sitting at the feet of Jesus Christ as our Rabbi in the characteristic of the Alpha and Omega (note: He is the time span of our lives.; see Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:13) in order to obtain wisdom and insight for the time of the future (see Luke 10:39.42 i.c.w. John 6:68b-69).
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. …”
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. …
… 42 but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better (note: recognized the value of this time and redeemed it), and it will not be taken away from her.”
… 68b “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Preparing for the New Time
Therefore, it is important that we as people of God prepare ourselves - especially at the end of a time cycle - for the new time so we may be able to receive Jesus' wisdom for the future.
This preparation involves reviewing things of the past time cycle, where the Holy Spirit reveals grievances, and then removing them to re-position ourselves in Him. By this, the Heavenly Father wants to allow the new measure of the time of blessing to flow through His Son Jesus Christ into our lives. However, if shortcomings of the past time are not resolved, a reduction of blessing can occur.
It is the will of the Heavenly Father to surround us with a new garment of time in Jesus Christ as the Alpha and Omega, in accordance to His time cycles (see Romans 13:14).
The Potential of the Biblical Month Tischri/Ethanim
The greatest potential of the biblical month Tischri/Ethanim lies in its beginning within the cycle of God's blessing, as beginnings are closely related to God's creativity (see Genesis 1:1).
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The Implementation of God's Creativity
God wants that we use the new time He gives to reveal His creativity and plan to the people. This is one example of how to redeem the time.
God requires that we create the things which He planned in advance for us together with Him or rather, that we walk in them (see Ephesians 2:10).
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
May the gift of the new time give us the needed wisdom and insight in Jesus Christ to fulfill His plan for the coming time in full surrender and love towards Him, so that creation will be satisfied in its longing for the sons of God (see Romans 8:19).
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children (note: sons) of God to be revealed.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,