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Establishing the Day of the Lord

by Richard Rundell

God is a God of time. There is a natural and a spiritual application to scripture. We establish the day of the Lord.

1 Cor. 15:44-45, "It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." See the two types. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul (natural); the last Adam was made a quickening spirit (spiritual).

1 Cor. 15:46, "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." That can apply to anything.

We will see TIME as a natural body (our own body) and as the spiritual (the body of Christ). You see a person on the outside - the natural. You cannot see the real person, the spiritual, on the inside. On the natural you have weight, height, age, etc., things you see with the natural eyes.

1 Cor. 15:47, "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven." If God is a God of time, we are running on God's calendar and not man's.

Thus the first application of establishing the day of the Lord is that there is a natural and there is a spiritual. 1 Cor. 15:48, "As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly." 1 Cor. 15:49 NKJV, "And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also (Gr.: let us) bear the image of the heavenly Man."

It is God who has made the universe (Job 38), and set it up on time. God sets the time - He has set the time for Himself, set the time for the universe, and He set the time for man. For man, time is measured by death. Had man not had death, man would have operated in God's (spiritual) time and not his own (natural) time. Gen. 2:15, "Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it." Gen. 2:17, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the DAY that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Heb.: BE DYING).

Using the term DAY, God was not talking in the natural. God is spirit and He speaks to us spiritually. And we speak spiritually through the Holy Spirit. In the natural a day is 24 hours. In the spiritual it is 1000 years, in the prophetical 360 years and in the creative it is 7000 years. God called the time element that we would work by "DAY" and he introduced a penalty in the day as DEATH. Here we have the idea of time, day and death. If you didn't eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you would surely not be dying. Instead, you would function on a different level or realm.

The prophets spoke of this time. Ps. 90:4 NKJV, "For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night." David gives us yesterday or a day gone by as 1000. When it is past, it is a watch in the night.

Ps. 102.13, "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the TIME to favour her, yea, THE SET TIME, is come." Ps. 102:18-20, "This shall be written for the generation (that is us today) to come: and THE PEOPLE WHICH SHALL BE CREATED SHALL PRAISE THE LORD. For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to LOOSE those that are appointed to death;"

At the set time of Zion, the appointment of death is loosed. There is a 1000-year day. During this set time of favoring Zion the appointment with death should be loosed.

Hos. 6:1-2, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in (Heb.: during) the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight." Revival breaks out after two days, when the people that should be created should praise the Lord. The charismatic movement went worldwide praising the Lord. We are in the end time. When the people are created that will praise the Lord, He looses the appointment of death.

When this appointment of death is loosed, you see the making of a new day. Two days are equal to 2000 years. Thus, after 2000 years He will revive us. Already we have had 2000 years gone by. We are actually 13 years off the Gregorian calendar or the year 2013. We are already into that two days past and revival has broken out. Hosea says, DURING the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in His sight. The appointment of death has been loosed so we can now LIVE (Zoe life, not the life we live in now) in His sight.

Jesus speaks of the time. John. 4:21 "...the hour is coming ..." and in Jn 12:23. ...the hour is come..." Key verse: Jn. 2: 19-21, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in (Gr.: "during"; it's a process) three days (the same three days as Hosea) I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body."

The Jews were functioning in the natural but Jesus functions in spirit- He spoke what the Father said, and God is spirit. In three 24-hour periods his natural body was out of the tomb. But his body in the spiritual is us. The prophecies that you have heard are now coming into fulfillment. Jesus is saying, "In the third day I will fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Hosea." Jesus is bringing the reality of the prophecy and He spoke of how He would do it - in the temple of His body. We are that body. We will not be raised in 24-hour segments, but in the third day we will rise- not from gravity but be revived. We are talking about putting on immortality.

This was confirmed by Peter and by Paul. 2 Pe. 3:8, "But, beloved (He's talking to you and I), be not ignorant (unlearned) of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

Peter got that from Hosea, from Jesus and from the Psalmist David and from the tabernacle of Moses being 1000 cubits long. Thus Peter confirms everything.

1 Thess. 5:1-2, "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." 1 Thess. 4:17, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

1 Thess 5:3-4, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." But of the times - and seasons you have no need. We are supposed to know what time it is; we are supposed to have the day of the Lord established in our hearts. You don't have to worry about being alive and remain, or worry about being caught up; I don't need to write to you about Him coming any minute, you know what time it is. But I need to write to others who don't know. From verse two, concerning the day of the Lord, how does a thief come? Quietly, unexpectedly, unobservedly. The day of the Lord comes as a thief, unobservedly. The kingdom of God comes not by observation. 1 Thess. 5:5, "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." What day? The third day. We are not in darkness. After 2000 years He is going to revive us. Jesus told the Pharisees, No sign will be given you but the sign of the prophet Jonah as Jonah was three days and nights in the belly of the whale, so shall He be in the heart of the earth. He was not talking about down in the ground. When he died, they did not place Him in the ground but in a tomb. He did not go into the dust realm. God said He would not allow His Holy One to see corruption (Acts 2:27). When He broke the power of death in the grave, everybody came out with Him. That's this day. e corruption. He broke death; He tasted death for every man.

Gen. 1:3, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." There is a natural and there is a spiritual. He wasn't just talking about the natural light. There is a light besides the natural. If in the year 2000 there is a light besides the natural, there was a light besides the natural back then. In the N.T. Jesus is the light of the world (John. 1). In our day, we are the light of the world (Matt. 4:14).

Gen. 1:3, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." There is a natural and there is a spiritual. He wasn't just talking about the natural light. There is a light besides the natural. If in the year 2000 there is a light besides the natural, there was a light besides the natural back then. In the N.T. Jesus is the light of the world (John. 1). In our day, we are the light of the world (Matt. 4:14).

Gen. 1:6, "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters" (this is day 2). God called the firmament heaven (v. 8). Heaven is not in the sky. but the perpendicular to the parallel. On the third day He brings forth land and vegetation. On the fourth day God said, let there be light. We are the children of the day. We need light to divide us. God made two great lights, the greater to rule the day, the lesser to rule the night. If He had natural light in day one and made the sun on day four, how do you reconcile that? "Made" in Hebrew means "caused to be seen". He didn't make the sun on the fourth day. It was always here. He caused it to be seen. Likewise Jesus came, was seen on the fourth day, He was crucified between the fourth and fifth day. Lazarus lay in the grave four days. Jesus loosed him and let him go. Man has lain in the grave four days or 4000 years. On the fourth day, he calls the son to be seen.

There is a natural day of 24 hours, a spiritual day of 1000 years. The seventh from Adam is the third day from the cross or from Jesus. The millennium is the next 1000 years or 1000 year day, the last of the seventh or last of three, speaking from the cross.

The new day is the day of the Lord we are now living in. The day of the Lord is the next 1000 yrs. We will not leave the planet. We will redeem the world in righteousness. The next event is the manifestation of the sons of God. (Rom. 8:19). He said destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. We will live in His sight. How? l Cor. 15:53, "This mortal shall put on immortality, this corruption shall put on incorruption." O death where is thy sting? When you don't sin, you don't die. God has set the time. The prophets spoke of the time, Jesus speaks of the time, and the Apostles confirmed the time. Now we are the children of the time, the children of the day. Paul said, I don't need to write to you concerning the times and seasons for you know the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. While the church world is looking in the sky, God is bringing in the kingdom, for the kingdom of God is among you (Luke. 17:21). The kingdom of God cometh not by observation. But He'll come to you in revelation.

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