THE BOOK OF AGES
THE TEACHER LED me into the Chamber of Scrolls. There on two wooden stands rested two open scrolls, one next to the other. The scroll on the left was opened to its beginning and the scroll on the right, to its end. “This, on the left,” said the teacher, “is the Book of Genesis. And on the right is the Book of Revelation. What do they have in common?”
Genesis is the first book of Scripture and Revelation is the last.”
“The beginning and the end,” he said, “written over a millennium apart, one in Hebrew, the other in Greek. We’re going to look at the beginning of the beginning and the end of the end, the first three chapters of Genesis and the last three last chapters of Revelation. It is here in the beginning, in Genesis, that the curse begins. And it’s here at the end, in Revelation, that it’s written, ‘There shall be no more curse.’ In Genesis, death begins. At the end of Revelation there is no more death. In Genesis, the tree of life is taken from man and disappears. In Revelation, the tree of life reappears and is given back to man.
In Genesis, the first act of creation is God calling the light into being. In Revelation, God Himself becomes the light. And in Genesis God creates the heavens and the earth. In Revelation, He creates a new heaven and a new earth . . . That which begins at the beginning of Genesis only finds its resolution, and perfectly, at the end of Revelation. Think of it . . . The Bible was written in a span of ages, and not by one writer but by a multitude, each at a different point of time within those ages . . . No one person was alive to direct it or coordinate it . . . except one . . . God. Only He could have woven it all together from Genesis to Revelation, from the beginning to the end.
So too perfectly does He work His plan of salvation from the creation to the New Jerusalem. And no less perfectly will He work the plan and story of your life. And as it is in the middle of His story, you can’t quite see where it’s all heading, so in the midst of yours. But at the end, it all comes home. In the end you’ll see it all perfectly woven together from the beginning. Until then you must trust His perfect working in what you don’t see and press on to the end when you will see.
For as perfectly as He has written His story from Genesis to Revelation, so perfectly is He writing and will He write your story . . . from the beginning to the end.”
The Mission: Don’t try to understand your life from the middle. But know that as you follow His leading, your story will, in the end, become perfect.
Genesis 1–3; Hebrews 3:14; 12:2; Revelation 20:1–22:3
THE SEVEN MYSTERIES OF THE AGE
THE TEACHER LED me into one of the chambers in the main building in which stood seven pillars of light golden stone. Each pillar was capped with a square stone slab, on top of which rested an object or group of objects.
“The seven mysteries of the age,” he said. “We’ve looked at them separately, but now we bring them all together to see the mystery of the age itself.”
He led me to the first pillar on which was a cup and a piece of matzah.
“God has set up the present age according to the pattern of the sacred Hebrew year. The sacred year begins with Passover. Its mystery foreshadows the death of the Lamb that begins the age with salvation.
He led me to the second pillar, on top of which was a sheaf of barley.
“The second mystery,” he said, “Yom Resheet, the day the firstfruits of the spring harvest is lifted up to God. Its mystery foreshadows the second appointed event of the age, the Day of the Firstfruits. Messiah is lifted up from the dead, the raising up of the firstfruits of new life, the resurrection.”
On the third pillar rested sheaves of wheat and two loaves of bread.
“The third mystery, the Feast of Shavuot, the launching of the summer harvest. Its mystery foreshadows the third appointed event, the Feast of Pentecost, Shavuot, the giving of the Spirit, launching the harvest of the age.”
On the fourth pillar were grains, figs, grapes, and olives.
“The fourth mystery. The great summer harvest, the time of reaping the fields. Its mystery speaks of the harvest of nations, the time of the Gospel, of sowing, and reaping, and going to the ends of the earth with the word of salvation, the time that is now.”
On the fifth pillar was a shofar.
“The fifth mystery, the Feast of Trumpets, what is next to come. Its mystery foretells the the sounding of the trumpets at the end of the age to herald the coming of the King.”
On the sixth pillar was a cloth, a piece of veil, embroidered with cherubim.
“The sixth mystery, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, man and God, face-to-face. Its mystery foreshadows the Day of Judgment and salvation, of man and God, standing face-to-face.”
On the seventh pillar were the branches of the lulav and a citrus fruit.
“The seventh mystery, the Feast of Tabernacles, the Feast of Dwellings. Its mystery foretells the age of the kingdom, when God will tabernacle among us and we with Him…
And the mystery of the age will be fulfilled.”
The Mission: Time is framed by the holy days of God. Live today as a holy day, a sacred day, centered in the presence of God. And it will be so.
The Seven Mysteries of the Age I–VII”
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l