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God's Invitation to Human Obedience
  THE SEVEN-PHASED HISTORICAL PROCESS OF GOD'S INVITATION TO PERSONAL HUMAN OBEDIENCE  
The Bible tells us about both history and prophecy in its Old and New Testaments, but the purpose of the Bible is not to tell us about the past, or about the future.
The Bible is written to tell us about God. It does this by describing God's continuing response to the changing human situation,
so as to make it as easy as possible for us to know His true character, and therefore to trust Him beyond our own understanding…
Genesis
Regarding the beginning of all things that pertain to our human experience, our first ancestors are described as living in a specially prepared head-water garden in the southern Caucasus mountains (known in Moses' time as Eden), the drainage from which became four rivers, two of which are identified in the text as the Tigris and the Euphrates.
 
 
This garden of human innocence is presented in Genesis as the place of the first test of human obedience to the Creator of all things, with Whom up to then they had had a positive relationship, until they faced the choice of trusting their Creator in contradiction of their own perceptions. They failed this test and consequently disobeyed Him.
Distrust leads
to disobedience
The story in
God's Word which then follows describes the changing ways of human history, in which God in mercy specifically adapts His invitation-to-obedience to the changing human condition.
 
The
purpose of this invitation-process is so that human beings may come to know God and so fully trust His character. Genesis shows us how this principle of 'choosing to trust', which failed in humanity's first failure, is then demonstrated in Abraham, who thereby becomes the spiritual ancestor of all who have spiritual life by that essential principle –
Genesis 15:5-6.

 
"Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham...
...And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise."
Galatians 3:7,14,29
written to Christians living in central Anatolia who were a mixture of Greeks and descedants of ancient Gauls who had previously settled the region.
What it is not
But this historical process of God's invitation-to-obedience is not designed to simply harmonise the rule of God within His universe by bringing humanity into the same obedient relationship to their Creator as that of the angels of God before His throne. Yes, God's angels joyously obey the decisions which flow from His throne in awe of His infinite wisdom. But for a humanity, redeemed in Christ by the compassion of God, there is much much more.
God's
wisdom is the practical application of God's infinite moral character – being applied to specific situations as they arise in the history of humanity, and therefore implemented by the 'civil-service' of God's universe, His holy angels.
Divine Wisdom
What It is. . .
In contrast to simply obeying judicial decisions of God's Throne as His angels do, God's historical process with humanity is designed to bring humanity into immediate and direct harmony with the inner source of His wisdom, His infinite eternal moral character — and not merely to the application of that wisdom in a particular situation, such as proceeds from His throne concerning the specifics of that history. This moral character of God is His infinite selfless love and nothing less.
That character which was demonstrated in the Lord Jesus Christ.
God IS Love
 
The ultimate effect (of this implementation of God's moral character in every human decision) means that in principle humanity itself then bears the moral character of God and thereby eventually becomes the throne of God's rule in practice – that from which the wise government of God is to be expressed for all eternity.
 
This then
is the ultimate aim of all human history – and it is beautifully symbolized in God's resurrected people represented (in the Bible's climactic conclusion) as the 'New Jerusalem' within which is the Throne of God (Rev.22:3), and so the centre from which God's rule over-all will therefore be expressed forever-after.
 
         So our story of the invitation-process of human history now begins after the loss of human innocence:
 
TERMINAL EVENT  EDEN EXPULSION But the Garden Remains
as a Sign of Hope
Phase ONE: 
  Pre-Flood 1
After
expulsion of our first parents from the special garden in Eden, food production becomes more labour intensive and social relationships begin to deteriorate.
 
Change – Cain answers God: "Behold, You have driven me today away from the ground [his occupation] and from Your face I shall be hidden [from being near to the Garden]. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me." (Gen.4:14).  
  "Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD [near the Garden] and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden" (Gen.4:16 נוד nôd, 'wandering'), thus fulfilling the change-of-occupation prophecy of God's judgment "When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth" (Gen 4:12) – as nomadic herder?  
  "And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah." (Gen.4:19) General Decline
  "To Seth [son of Adam] also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh [אנושׁ 'man']. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD." (Gen.4:26 לקרא qârâ', 'upon'; not 'by' as Calvin gives to explain the terms 'sons of God' marrying 'daughters of men' in Gen.6:2 as being religious miscegenation). It simply means that prayer now begins!  
 
Human corruption now leads to such a degree of demonic interference that biological mutation occurs to create heroes of disobedience. This is the 'last straw' of God's patience with humanity.
 
TERMINAL EVENT  GLOBAL FLOOD WIPE OUT  
Phase TWO: 
  Pre-Babel 2
After
the global surge of the world-flood annihilates every form of air-breathing life, except for one family and breeding stock of wild and domesticated animals and birds, in the resulting changed physical environment the average length of human life drops by about 55% (from c.900 to c.400 years).
 
  "And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them,
'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you [from now on]. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything'."
Genesis 9:1-3.
Change – Humanity is commanded to spread out and repopulate the planet.  
 
Instead of leaning upon God in its insecurity during their migration to new homelands as they multiply, the human race tries to create its own security through organised unity which becomes an obstacle to them knowing God in their need.
General Decline
TERMINAL EVENT  BABEL DIVISION The Scattering
Phase THREE: 
  Post-Babel 3
 
After
social fragmentation, humanity disperses from southern Iraq. As a result of this changed psycho-social circumstance the average length of human life eventually drops by about 50% (from c.400 to c.200). Humanity spreads out in clans and family groupings in different directions from southern Mesopotamia, migrating to all continents, developing differing cultural traditions and adapting to the demands of widely differing environments.
 
Change – "He [God] made from one man [Adam] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him." Acts 17:26-27.
 
In all ages the parameters of this migration process and the rise and fall of civilizations is managed by the angels of God according to the 'writing of truth' given them as a management plan (Dan.10:21), such as illustrated in the seven-year suspension of Nebuchadnezzar's rule "by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones" (Dan.4:17).
 
  "When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when He divided mankind, He fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number [administration] of the sons [angels] of God." Deuteronomy 32:8.
 
However, the residual rebellion of humanity remains, and in spite of the vulnerabilities designed to motivate humanity to turn to trust God more than themselves, they seek the superstitious manipulative route of gods they could 'use'.
 
  "For although they knew God, they did not honour Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonouring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." General Decline


Romans 1:18-25.
 
From the clan of Eber, God chooses Abraham and His family to be a vehicle of the revelation of God's character, giving them promises to believe in a relationship of trust. Egypt, the super-power of their day, becomes the womb to develop this family into a nation. It is in this developing community that the written revelation of God is to be born (Rom.3:1-2).
See: Jethro
TERMINAL EVENT  SINAI COVENANT Jesus on Horeb
Phase FOUR: 
  Post-Sinai 4
 
  "You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you [Israel] on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you [Israel] shall be to Me a kingdom of priests [for humanity] and a holy nation." Exodus 19:4-6.
After
the adoption of a nation to be the core witness of the Creator's character to the world, the descendants of God's Promise of the Land become the basis for the revelation of God's character to all humanity, and the Bible is born.
 
Change –
The elect nation's recurring spiritual unfaithfulness eventually, after a succession of warnings and promises through God's prophets to encourage obedience which grows Holy Scripture, results in expulsion from their Promised Land and the later return of a representative minority, to whom the Christ ultimately came in a corrective ministry of 3½ years.
General Decline
TERMINAL EVENT  MESSIAH PRESENTED Palm Sunday Entrance
Phase FIVE: 
Fullness Now Revealed Post- Pentecost 5
 
  "The Stone that the builders rejected [His crucifixion] has become the cornerstone [His resurrection]." Psalm 118:22; Mark 12:19; Acts 4:11.
After
the Christ's Four Jerusalem Works are completed, the people of God now become the Body of the Christ to extend His mission toward all humanity – in all the world – until He comes.
General Decline
  "...this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14.
 
We are told in this regard that the Christ's return is contingent upon His victory over His enemies being fulfilled first, as expressed in the words of His Father to Him at His ascension, as prophesied through David –
 
  "The LORD says to my Lord: 'Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool'." Psalm 110:1.
  For this reason therefore, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter urged Christian obedience –  
Change – "...what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God" 2 Peter 3:12.
  "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth." 2 Timothy 3:1-7.
  "...knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation'." 2 Peter 3:3-4.
You Are Now Here! 
That which was given at Pentecost is given
"until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..."
(Ephesians 4:13).
And so – because of the enduring faithfulness of the Holy Spirit, the result will be –
"Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready..."
(Revelation 19:7)
Restoration
TERMINAL EVENT  MISSION COMPLETED Whole Church Maturity
Phase SIX: 
Expulsion of Satan as Accuser* Consequently Antichrist Is Revealed 6
*Revelation 12:10.
 
The ultimate contrastive condition in the history of humanity has now arrived.
 
Change –
Christ's Church now begins its final witness concerning God's righteous authority (His justice) over all things. This power-filled witness leads to the glory of the Christian Church's greatest time of suffering as part of its completing witness during this 3½ years, 42 months, or 1260 days. During this worst of times Israel's existence as a nation is preserved as God preserved her in the wilderness before she arrived in the Promised Land (Rev.12).
The 'Elijah' Witness
  "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be." Matthew 24:21.
TERMINAL EVENT  DECEIVER UNMASKED Gospel Delivery-Cost Ends
Phase SEVEN: 
Restoration of All Things CHRIST JESUS COMES 7
Christ rules from Melchizedek's city
Change –
the rule of God is made physically visible in His resurrected people, restoring society and nature to its original design for a renewed opportunity as at the beginning on a world scale.
 
  "They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the root of Jesse [Jesus], who shall stand as a signal for the peoples--of Him shall the nations inquire, and His resting place shall be glorious. In that day the Lord will extend His hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of His people [then Israel is restored], from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea." (Isaiah 11:9).
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14).
 
  "And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea." (Revelation 20:7). The Last Rebellion
TERMINAL EVENT  HEAVEN DESTROYS THE LAST REBELLION AND REORDERS OUR GALAXY Revelation 20:7-10.
  "But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens [sky] will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed [for Final Judgment]." 2 Peter 3:10
Heaven Shuts Down
And Forever Begins –
The Throne of God now relocates to Christ's Resurrected People who rule over All The 'New Jerusalem'
Rev.21:3, 22; 22:3,

cubic 'holy of holies' fulfilled!
The fully restored human race now multiplies and spreads across this universe as originally intended, from the seed-plot of a renewed planet earth, under the presence of God dwelling within the resurrected People of God of all ages. Hallelujah!
   GODCARES!
Elect in Christ The Whole Gospel A Biblical Structure of History God Comes!

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