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Volume 3, No. 6 Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor September 2011
THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR
Jane S. Hancock
I’ve mentioned before in this column how much our Los Angeles group enjoys sitting in a circle and reading from one of Otis Q. Sellers’ studies, stopping along the way to ask for clarification, to delve more deeply into the subject, to look up Scripture references. This way everyone who wants to can participate and others can quietly listen and learn.
One Sunday we read from the little pamphlet This I Believe, written by OQS in 1963. What are some of the things he believes? He believes that the Messiah of the Old Testament is the Christ of the new. He believes that Jesus, the Son of God, is the Christ. He believes that the Bible never speaks of the end of the world but only of the salvation of the world. He believes that Christ will save the world.
It was my turn to read and when I finished my section, I was astounded by the fact that the three pages I had read were all one sentence—and what a fantastic sentence! In this one sentence we find many of the promises—all from the Old Testament—that are revealed in the Word of God, promises that will be fulfilled when Christ rules the world.
As the pages of the Old Testament are turned, one reads of a time to come when the entire flow of satanic evil will be overwhelmed by a greater flow of righteousness from one who is the seed of the woman, even Christ (Gen 3:15). He goes on to read of a time when all the ends of the earth will remember and be turned to the Lord (Psa. 22:27); when all the earth will fear the Lord and all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him (Psa. 33:8); when the meek will inherit the earth and delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psa. 37:11): when the streams of God’s river will make glad the city of God (Psa. 46:4); when wars will cease and God will be exalted among the nations (Psa. 46:8-10); when God’s way will be known upon the earth and His saving health will be the portion of all nations (Psa. 67:2); when God will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon the earth (Psa. 67:3-4); when God will bless Israel and all the ends of the earth will fear Him (Psa. 67:7); when all nations will call Him blessed and the whole earth be filled with His glory (Psa. 72:17, 19); when the world will be established so that it cannot be disrupted (Psa. 96:10); when the nations will fear the name of the Lord (Psa. 102:15); when one generation will praise His works to another and declare His mighty acts (Psa. 145:4); when God will turn His hand upon Israel and purge away her dross (Isa. 1:25); when the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established in the top of the mountains and all nations will flow unto it (Isa. 2:2); when nations will beat their swords into plowshares and turn all instruments of destruction into instruments of peace (Isa. 2:4); when the wolf will dwell with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the kid and a little child will lead them (Isa. 11:6); when none will hurt or destroy, and the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isa. 11:9); when God’s judgments will be in the earth and the inhabitants of the earth will learn righteousness (Isa. 26:9); when the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of ‘the deaf’ be unstopped; when the lame will leap as a hart and the tongue of the dumb sing (Isa. 35:5, 6); when the glory of the Lord will be revealed and all flesh will see it together (Isa. 40:5); when God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, put His law in their inward parts and write it upon their hearts (Jer. 31:27, 33): when God will fulfill His great promise to Israel to seek them out, bring them out from all peoples and all countries and bring them to their own land, and to set one shepherd over them, even David (Ezek. 34:11-24); when out of Bethlehem will come One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2); when the Lord will be king over all the earth (Zech. 14:9).
(From This I Believe by Otis Q. Sellers, pp. 23-25.)
After reading this sentence, did you feel the same way that I did? Were you stunned by how powerful the message is? How complete? How clear? How wonderful the promises? Do you want more than this one sentence? We are enclosing the pamphlet This I Believe with this mailing. Perhaps you would like to get a group together and read it out loud. I strongly recommend it.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
David R. Hettema
Recently, this Director has attempted to devote his study of God’s Word to the timing of the coming events of the Kingdom of God. By accurately locating these prophesies in God’s Word and finding the “time posts” given for that event, you will uncover a prophetic time chart. For instance: the 490 years (the seventy sevens) time period that our God has determined for the nation of Israel, directly, and the other nations, indirectly. It is a definite unbroken time period of 490 years that will occur within the total of the more than 1,500 years of the Government of God. (It is a period of time that includes the first day of His Government, continuing all the way through to the New Heavens and New Earth.)
Israel’s special seventy sevens (490 years) are revealed by God through His Prophet Daniel (see Dan. 9:24-27). The prophecy has a “time clock” beginning and ending for us to follow God’s prophetic words concerning Israel in that time. Daniel’s ninth chapter also gives us a prophetic events calendar for the nations to trace out the who, what, and where as God’s Words are being fulfilled before their eyes.
When this present dispensation of God’s grace is completed, the present silence of God will become His voice calling Israel to return to their promised land: “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you” (Isa. 44:22).
When God does intervene, that time clock of 70 weeks does not start at the same time that God’s Government begins. That time frame waits for a prophetic sign from God to begin the 490-year’s clock (Isa. 44:25).
The First Day of God’s Government
(Below is some commentary and verses, which speak for themselves.)
A Dispensational Change Comes to the Earth, The God of Every Grace Now Becomes the Judge of All the Earth
On that day, God’s Spirit will bring life and light to all the living upon the earth. Resurrections will begin in their order, and Elijah the prophet will be sent to Jerusalem (Mal.4:5-6).
“Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory; and in His name Gentiles (nations) will trust” (Matt. 12:18-21, NKJV).
The following portion of inspired Scripture is God speaking of the former Temple site in Jerusalem, which originally was the great stone threshing floor that King David bought from Araunah the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:21-25). It was the future site for Solomon’s Temple.
Let’s turn to Isaiah 60:1-22 (NKJV) and read:
1.) “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.”
Over 2,000 years ago, Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by warfare and fire, then covered and buried by the Romans so as to wipe it off the earth forever. When God determines to assume sovereignty, and to restore and rule His earth, Jerusalem will become the center of His attention and His presence.
2.) “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
Throughout the Old Testament, when the words “the glory of the Lord” appeared, it indicated God’s presence at that scene. God through His Spirit will be ruling the earth from Jerusalem.
3.) “The Gentiles (nations) shall come to thy light and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
In Zechariah 14:17 we read of the annual requirements for the Nations to send their representatives to Jerusalem and the penalties of avoiding meeting with the God of all the earth.
4.) “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.”
Within a period of time all of the living and the resurrected of Israel will be returned to the land, joined together in the New Covenant with their God.
(Editor’s Note: This is just a beginning. Look for more commentary on verses 5 through 22 in the next Word of Truth Bulletin.)
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