Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. - Matthew 24:34 (NIV)
Show me a man who is a good loser and I'll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss. James Patrick Murray
What is a loser or who is a loser?
Normally, if we refer to a loser, we probably know one, think we know one or would like to point one out. A loser might be a person who makes bad choices, blames others, serves oneself, lacks the capacity to act, feels worry and cerebral consideration is action and expects others for their happiness. The person who always loses in competition is a loser. Someone always loses in competition because there can only be one winner. Even the winner might lose a match or two before becoming the overall winner.
In light of this generation who will live through "all things that have to happen" is the loser who is in question. "All things that have to happen" is a specific period of time which will lead to an outcome which actually is good and eternal. This specific generation may be in this "specific period of time" where "all things that have to happen" means working. Working is doing what needs to be done so "all things can happen".
For the most part, this generation is "loitering" and "sleeping in the stairwells". If they are not sleeping or loitering, they are doing busy things that have nothing to do with what needs to be done to help with "all things that have to happen". I happen to be a part of this generation.
The concept or activity when "all things that have to happen" in light of the generation who will pass away is the First Resurrection Week, the seven year week with a Eight Day, the day of the resurrection of the dead and the living. If you are considering a "tribulation week" which contends to be a "seven year week with a rapture", you are either loitering or sleeping. You are waiting on someone else to do the work of the week. The simpliest understanding of "what needs to be done" in this time period of "where all things that have to happen" is we need to die. At least, a great portion of us will have to die so that "all things that have to happen" can move forward to the main end event which is the resurrection in the Eighth Day. To be honest, there is no one teaching how to "do" what needs to be "done" in this seven year week so "all things that have to happen happens". If you are looking to me to tell you, what you need to do. The main thing that we have to die so all things can happen which in the First Resurrection week is on the Eighth Day, the resurrection. Where did others do something so "all things that have to happen happened". If I was a pastor today, I would guess that one would be begin with discipleship. Who really can make disciples today outside of some formal or informal church "management, personal building, company loyalty setting and income producing" scheme? Where do and who are the people who do the things that they need to do so "all things that has to happen" happens? Some good examples happens in people who work a week. Some examples are disciples. Some actually take an active part in making things happen. Some people fall into the situation and do what they need to do to make "all things happen".
How do we make things happen?
Someone told me long ago. There's a calm before the storm. - John Fogerty
"What will we do with a drunken sailor?" - The Irish Rovers
Noah builds a ship. On his ship, he gathers a zoo. When the rain comes, his ship floats. When the rain stops and the waters subsides, he leaves his ship and has a one man party. Noah gets drunk naked. Good old drunken Noah found favor in the "eyes of the Lord".
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. . . . Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
Genesis 6:8-9 (NIV)
Noah is born directly in the middle of a week, the Immanuel Week which begins with First Adam and ends with Second Adam, Immanuel. Noah had luck and more so time because an hour was one hundred years. Noah had 600 years to build the ship before the first drop of rain fell and the sacrifice would take place. Noah could have waited to the last year to build the ship. One man building a ship the size of the ark in one year with only hammers and crude saws. There was no trucks to hall the large pieces of lumber for the ship. The task would be impossible. Noah used his time wisely to navigate the week and was finished all time with the boat completed. The zoo loaded in the boat. Is this generation who will not pass away using the time in a timely manner.
This "generation who will not pass away until all these things have happened" has only three and half days to "build a ship". The three and half days is more than Noah had because Noah only had 6 hours. The value of the hour is the problem. Noah's hour was one hundred years. In the time of the generation who will not pass away, the three and half days is only three and half years. More specifically, forty two months with an hour being a month.
How does this generation build a ship? Is it a space ship? Hopefully, this generation does not have to gather animals for this ship. Could the ship be a "spiritual ark"? For a spiritual ark to rise, it has to fall. How does one build a spiritual ark in the seven year week? When does this ark rise? If it is a space ship, some billionaire group is probably secretly building one to get off this planet. Some billionaires are already offering rides into space.
Could you afford a ride into space?
Let's do a sacrifice, son.
In Genesis, Abraham is told to sacrifice his son. This event is part of a metaphor of a week meaning it is not one of the "weeks" that have to be fulfilled. It is a story. The complete story begins with Abraham. Isaac is the sacrifice to mark the middle of the story. When Jacob receives a new name, Israel, the story is complete. In real week, this story is a metaphor for the Benjamin week, Israel's seventh week. The Benjamin Week begins with the birth of Abraham. The middle of the week is the death of Rachel's children at the birth of Jesus. The story is complete when Israel becomes a nation in 1948.
Stepping away from the metaphor week and the Benjamin week, the act of Abraham going through the steps to sacrifice Isaac is the matter of focus.
When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
Genesis 22:9-11 (NIV)
Sacrificing of "animals" was a normal practice in Abraham's time, but sacrificing humans was an act that also happen in the time of early Mesopotamia. Abraham was born a Chaldean in early Mesopotamia. Abraham is actively engaged in this "metaphoric week" which God commands him to sacrifice his son. A father murdering his son is not an act of a winner, but is an act that a loser would do. Actually, winner or loser cannot describe the person of this whole affair. Abraham plans, acts, follows God's wishes and is most of all, proactive in carrying out the ceremony.
Is Abraham's action a good example of action for the "all things that have to happen" generation to follow? Should this generation be preparing a sacrifice? In Abraham's case, God provided the sacrifice.
"I'd always rather be a jerk than a loser." - Sean Gunn
"This thing called love. I must get 'round to it. I ain't ready. Crazy little thing called love." Queen
When reading the story about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the narratives give a feeling about who these men were. Abraham was faithful. Isaac was prosperous. Jacob was manipulative, a swindler, meddler and dodger. Jacob was not a nice guy. We can say when Jacob sees something of value that he wants, he will do whatever has to be done to acquire what he wants. Jacob was not driven by want. He was driven by love, his love for Rachel. Jacob works fourteen years. He works for Laban for seven years for Leah and seven years for Rachel.
These two weeks give an understanding of working a week. God works a week when we look at the Genesis Week which will fulfill "God is light". Jesus works a week when we look at the Passion Week which fulfills "God is touched". Jacob works two weeks to get his two brides for love.
Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”
Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.
Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”
Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”
So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”
Genesis 29:15-21 (NIV)
Jacob would get more women than he had planned for working these fourteen years. His love life would get complicated. God blessed Jacob and gave him twelve sons and one daughter.
In the case of Abraham, we see a man who is faithful to God even if his faith would cost the life of his son. Jacob who was possessed with love for Rachel worked fourteen years or two weeks.
Which is the better path for the "all things that have to happen" generation to follow to fulfill a week? Would it faith? Could it be love? Even a loser can fall in love.
"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves." — Henry David Thoreau
Joseph said, “Let me tell you about my dream. Genesis 37:6 (NIV)
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph remained in slavery for fourteen years. He may have gotten out early on the seventh day if a day was two years. This is the Joseph in egypt or slavery week. This is the first week that Israel has to complete. The week is a curse just like Joshua 6:26 is a curse about the eldest and the youngest. Joseph fulfills the week and curse. The curse in this case is the eldest dies to set the foundation. The baker undertakes the task of dying.
Through all the hardship that Joseph endures, he is faithful, obedient and mindful in all that he is given to do in his hardship. He works the week very well.
Can the generation where all these things will happen work the week very well? The seven year week with a 8th day is half as long as the week that Joseph had to work. This generation knows when it will be over and what happens on the Eighth Day, the Resurrection of the dead and the living. Joseph had no idea what was going to happen to him after the baker and the cupbearer returned to pharaoh. We, the generation that all things will happen know what awaits us on the 8th Day. We, the generation when all these things will happen are not doing a very good job working the Seven year week with a 8th day, the First Resurrection Week.
There was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead. - Exodus 12:30
Our journey is just beginning. – Moses
This whole journey, story or week begins on a mountain and ends on a mountain. God in a bush mets with Moses on a mountain. When Moses gets the ten commandments is again on a mountain. The mountain was the same mountain, Sinai. Sinai means "bush or enmity". The story begins with the burning bush. The story ends with the completion of the ark of the covenant.
This journey from the burning bush to the passover to the completion of the Ark of the Covenant is called the "Ark of the Covenant Week". It could also be named a "Simeon" Week. Simeon means "hearing" or "there is sin." The revelation of this week is "God is holy".
Moses speaks and interacts directly with God. The story begins at Exodus 3 with the burning bush. The passover is the middle of the story. The end or the fulfillment of this story is when the Ark of the Covenant is completed which can be read in Exodus 37, and the stone tablets of the ten commandments are put inside the Ark. Under the God of Israel, Moses works through the bush to the ark story. In this story, God confronts and demonstrates through his power to Pharaoh and all of Egypt that there is the living God of Israel. Who was moses? Moses was from the tribe of Levi, a leader, a educated man, a physically strong man, a man of faith, an obedient man, and most of all, a humble man.
Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3
The Generation when all these things will happen is definitely not a humble generation. Of all the Christian generations who have lived in the last two thousand years, we are the wealthiest, the most powerful, the most intellectual, the demanding, the most influential, the most organized, the most denominational, and the most arrogant, but definitely not humble. Could being humble be the key to hearing, listening and following God through the week where this generation will not pass away?
"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need" ― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat
Tell me why youre crying, my son I know youre frightened, like everyone Is it the thunder in the distance you fear? Will it help if I stay very near? I am here.
Who are the three men in a boat? Peter, Paul and John are the three men in a boat. They all travelled on a boat to meet the middle of the Issachar Week which the action of the first hour begins in 64 AD in Rome for the barbecue with the Christians. The middle event of the week is the fall of Jerusalem, 70 AD.
The three did not travel together to Rome. Paul went willingly to Rome. Peter went unwillingly to Rome. John did not go to Rome. John had a writer's vacation on the island, Patmos, where he inked out the book of Revelation.
Peter and Paul were not barbecued in 64 AD. Peter lost his head, and Paul was hung upside down. John who was stuck on Patmos wondered who would get him across the sea. Some believe John was speaking about crossing the sea back to the coast of the mainland. Others believe the "sea" meant something very spiritual dark. Patmos which means "my killing" is where the end of the world began.
These three men were apostles of the Lord. They should know how to take on a week. Peter and John had first hand accounts of how Jesus took on the Passion Week. In understanding the death of Jesus, John was at the foot of the cross when Jesus died.
On the road to Damascus, Saul encountered Jesus after the resurrection. Saul changed his name to Paul. After his conversion, Paul took on the first half of the Issachar Week with more "passion" than any other apostle. Paul paid with his life his zeal for the Lord.
Should this "generation" take on the week with the understanding that it will cost our lives? Whether this week or the next week, should we live every day with the same zeal that drove Paul to serve the Lord?
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
God at work. "Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder. You better run, you better take cover" - Men at Work
The story of Jesus working the Passion Week is covered in four Gospels. A condensed version is Isaiah 53. How does he work the week? We begin with the name Reuben, "behold a son". Jesus enters Jerusalem on the first day. On the second day, we call the day, Simeon, "hearing or there is sin". Jesus cleanses the temple. On the third day, Jesus is confronted with a question about his authority. We call the day, Levi, "joined to". On the fourth day, Jesus spends the day with a dead man named Lazarus. A man named Judas betrays Jesus. The day is called Judah, "praise", but there is no praise.
Jesus resets the day and the fifth day is again "Judah". Jesus celebrates the passover and the last supper. Jesus becomes the "lamb of god". The sixth day, Good Friday, is called Issachar, "the hired man". Jesus, the hired man, works and is paid in full everyone's sin. Jesus lays in the tomb on the seventh day. The day is quiet and is called Zebulun, "the glorious dwelling place".
On the eighth day, Jesus rises from the dead. The names of the day are two: Dinah and Shechem. Dinah means "vindicated" and Shechem means "back or shoulders".
Can we do it? Can you do it? The whole week, First Resurrection Week which is seven years with 8th Day, will be very personal in decision and action.
“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
We are more than conquerors!
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?
It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)