LATTER DAYS, LAST DAYS, FULLNESS OF TIME
BY: CHARLES W. WELLER
THE LAST DAYS
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
THE FULLNESS OF TIMES
God would not have us ignorant of the times that we live in. If we are intelligent enough to know that a red sky is a warning in the natural, we also should be spiritual enough to read the signs of the times. We must see and understand that we are not children of the night, and that HE will not appear without us knowing it.
Let us quote 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 “Concerning the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write you, for you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night… But you, brethren, ARE NOT IN THE DARKNESS, so that this day should overtake you as a thief.” (NKJV)
Contrary to popular opinion or theological thought and teaching, the Christian should be aware and knowing the GENERAL time, but not the specific moment, for we are to be looking for His appearing.
Daniel begins the interpretation of the King’s dream in chapter 2:28. He tells the King of Babylon what this golden head, silver shouldered, bronze breasted, iron legged, clay and iron toed monstrosity is. It is a kingdom of worldly ways (economically, politically, socially, religiously). Yet, it is even more corrupt than we can express.
As we read verse 28 we note the words: “LATTER DAYS.” Daniel told the king that this statue would USHER IN the LATTER DAYS. In other words, the king, Nebuchadnezzar, and his empire (golden head) were the beginning of the LATTER DAYS. The kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar began approximately in 604 B. C. So, we can see that the end of all things started almost 2,600 years ago! From that point on it was a descending of world power. In other words, any evil power coming to the foreground would have LESS power than what Nebuchadnezzar had.
The greatest power of the antichrist system was in its BEGINNING. Yet, the church system teaches that there will be one world order which will EXCEED that of Nebuchadnezzar. Something is wrong. Not only that the church system teaches that the Common Market of Europe is the “ten toes” of the vision of Daniel but that there are more members than 10. The 1992 Eurpoean Confederation (as of this date – 1/91) has 12 members.
The church system fails in its personal interpretation of the Scriptures in Daniel – forgetting to see that the large idol Daniel described was a continuous one. His body was not separated from his feet by 2600 years! The church system agrees that the Gold head represents Babylon. They agree that Medo-Persia represents the silver. They agree that the bronze represents Greece and the iron Rome. But the clay and iron toes has to wait for 2600 years to be fulfilled. God does not break up his prophecies in such a manner. Private interpretation will destroy truth. The toes were represented by the Popes who held together a coalition after the fall of Rome – a political system (some even say Charlemagne kingdom fulfilled it).
The church system has not only misinterpreted the Bible but also has assumed that in the LATTER TIMES the last system (their idea of the common market) would be MORE powerful than the head – which is totally unscriptural. We can rejoice that we do not wrestle against principalities and powers that are as formidable as Babylon! THE LATTER DAYS HAVE BEEN WITH US SINCE 604 B. C. – ALMOST 2,600 YEARS!
We also find in Daniel that the kingdom of God was also founded at that time. Daniel 2:44 states: And the days of these kings (Babylon, Medo-Persia etc.) the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.”
Now, some would say that “in the days of these kings” refers not to the beginning of the worldly kingdoms but DURING one of these kingdoms, God’s kingdom would be set up. In other words, some would teach that when Jesus came during the Roman times (the iron kingdom), it is when the kingdom of God would be set up. There is no doubt a truth to that.
But, based on what Paul said in Acts 28:23 “…to whom he (Paul) explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God persuading them concerning Jesus from BOTH the Law and the prophets, from morning until night.” We can see that the prophets knew of the kingdom. Many places in the Old Testament do confirm such, too numerous to mention here.
There are two kingdoms in this world. Daniel helped to start the one even as Nebuchadnezzar started the other. One kingdom has been decreasing since then. But the INCREASE OF HIS GOVERNMENT shall never end. (Isaiah 9:7) Some church system teachers teach that there is an antichrist worldly system coming together – the BIBLE teaches it is falling apart and will never exceed the power of the toes!
The kingdom of God has been increasing. It grew in a few men of faith (Hebrews 11) and was made manifest completely in Jesus (Romans 16:24-26), who will bring and gather all creation (1 Corinthians 15:22, 28, 1 Timothy 4:10, John 3:17) into Himself. A remnant has seen it from afar off, embraced it as their own, and wait for the fullness of its appearing. (Hebrews 11:38-40) Mammon decreases. The kingdom of God increases.
THE LAST DAYS
Hebrews 1:1-2 states: “God who at various times and in different ways spoke in times past to the fathers by prophets, has in these LAST DAYS spoken to us by His Son.” The LAST DAYS are a PART OF THE LARGER TIME PERIOD OF THE LATTER DAYS. The LAST DAYS were ushered in with the physical appearance of Jesus Christ and his ministry of three and one-half years.
Now, Jesus appeared during the Roman Empire and this would correspond to the waist of IRON. Each leg would represent the divided Roman empire (East and West). The LAST DAYS were ushered in by Jesus. Jesus also clearly established the kingdom – “Now Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom.” (Matthew 4:23)
The LATTER DAYS began the kingdom, but the LAST DAYS began the MANIFESTATION of the kingdom. What many had seen from afar, embraced with their heart, Jesus did manifest and show that it was possible to live. As we are part of the LAST DAYS, we shall reveal the very same truth. The church age lasts but for 2,000 years/two days. But the kingdom of God last eons.
THE FULLNESS OF TIME
Galatians 4:4 states: “But when the FULLNESS OF TIME had come God sent forth His Son…” The phrase “fullness of time” means a time of bearing. A woman’s birth time is a fullness of time. It is a time appointed; a certain period that calls forth a specific action. THE BIRTH OF CHRIST ON THIS EARTH BEGAN THE FULLNESS OF TIME. So, we see that there are two things going on at the same time. The birth of Christ ushers in the FULLNESS OF TIME and also begins the LAST DAYS. We do find in other locations of Scripture that various events overlap too. In the trumpets in Revelation one blows and another is still blowing. Eventually all seven are blowing at the same time.
It is the LAST DAYS because the end of the world system should come shortly, and the FULLNESS OF TIME shows that it is the Christ-nature that will accomplish the end of all man made kingdoms. But there is a far greater meaning to the FULLNESS OF TIME.
While Galatians shows that the FULLNESS OF TIME refers to the birth of Jesus on the natural side, there is also a spiritual side to this. The LAST DAYS began with Jesus because he has called a many-membered body to be conformed to His Image. This group of believers, conformed to His image (Romans 8:19-20), will deliver creation from the bondage of corruption. So, in the LAST DAYS and in the FULLNESS OF TIME there will come forth a spiritual birth of a many-membered son company.
Jesus even spoke about the same when He stated: “Go tell that old fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures, today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall be perfected.'” (Luke 13:31) As we all know, Jesus was perfect, so He was NOT talking about Himself. What He was expressing was the thought that a many-membered body would come to perfection and the end of two prophetic days. Peter states that a day is as a thousand years.
The FULLNESS OF TIME came with the natural birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. But there is yet to be a spiritual birth which is spoken of in Revelation 12 which comes forth out of the woman (church order). This child carried by the church, but not of the church (even as Jesus was not of Mary but carried by her) is in the birth canal now. Darkness surrounds this spiritual child as it is now coming forth, pain encompasses it as the child comes. Those that are being birthed in these LAST DAYS, have to have the LIFE before they come forth – or they will be still-born. Jesus conquered the cross in the Garden, not on the cross. He won the battle before the event. Thus, He could raise Himself from the dead because of the LIFE in Him.
THE FULLNESS OF TIMES
Ephesians 1:10 states: “in regard to the administration of the FULLNESS OF TIMES to reunite all things under one head, even the Anointed One; – the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth – under Him” (Wilson’s Emphatic Diaglott).
The FULLNESS OF TIME is different from the FULLNESS OF TIMES. It is the birth of the sons of God, who shall do greater works than the Lord. It will be the sons who will bring all creation into subjection unto the Lord. The FULLNESS OF TIME ends with the revealing or the manifestation of the sons of God. But the FULLNESS OF TIMES just begins when the sons are manifested. It is this time period which will take eons of time to be fulfilled.
Our booklet, THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, shows that this time period will take about 7,000 years before all things are gathered together in Christ Jesus. The FULLNESS OF TIMES takes in ALL other time periods. It is, in one sense an all inclusive circle and within it lie the other smaller time periods. In fact, the FULLNESS OF TIMES sums up all things in Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:28. This summing up of things covers everything in death (from Adam) into life (Jesus).
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