Donald D. Karnes - Mystery of God - 2006

Revelation 10:7 - "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he sounds the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servant the prophets." John is definite: He reports, "In the days," not in the day. The "finish" covers a space of time. God's ultimate purpose is called a “mystery." Our relationship to it is also a mystery! God's Way is a mystery to the world; it is at "cross purposes" with a world system.  There will be a culmination. John deals with judgments. The seven trumpets include the seven vials. "Total judgment!" God rejects the world's system! No room for compromise. It is smashed - followed by the Wrath of the Lamb!  Christ moves against the Usurper! The Prince of this world is evicted!  Prepares the way for Christ to rule 1000 years! What part does the "saved" have in these events?

1 Corinthians 15: 51-52 - "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." For the saved - there is a last trumpet! There is also a last trumpet for the world system! And a last trumpet for those who have lived in the world but have not been a part of it! The last trumpet must sound for the saints before the last trumpet can sound for this God-resisting world system! The saved shall be changed! The greatest in history shall take place: A Blessed Moment! Not a sad note! The "elect shall be caught up to meet Him in the Air!" Some things that have been going on for generations shall be concluded! Suddenly it will be gone! The Christian graves will be empty!  The dead shall be raised incorruptibly in a second, in a twinkling of an eye: We shall be changed! Not the end of the church! Rather the end of an age! There is a finish as well as a beginning!

On the cross, Jesus said:  "It is finished." He did not mean the mystery of God! Or the mystery of iniquity! Not even His work, as He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, making intercession. His sacrifice and example: the offering for sin was done; nothing to be added! Reconciled to God by the death of His Son and saved by His life in us. We become accustomed to meetings, conventions, Bible studies. "Behold, I show you a mystery:" All comes to an end; in a twinkling of an eye, it will all be over! It doesn’t mean God doesn't have any more to say! He'll not use the church; it will be away celebrating the Marriage of the Lamb! God will make His Will and Way clear!  Pharaoh finally understood, so will a heedless world, but too late!

Colossians 2:2 - "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and all riches of full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of the Christ!" In Him are hid all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge!  There are two sides of God's dealings: the Blessed side and the Judgment side. Jesus is our Message, Ministry of Reconciliation, the Blessed side of God's approach. Make the Gospel real, living! "God so loved the world that He gave His son that they perish not, but have eternal life."

Luke 4 - as Jesus stood up in the Spirit to find and read from Isaiah 61, He read until verse 19, "to preach the acceptable year of the Lord," and He closed the Book. Why didn't He read further? Where He stopped, it reads, "And the Day of Vengeance of our God." He didn’t come for judgment the first time; He'll return for that. Not our business either, except when it’s a question of discernment; we all need that kind of judgment. True Christians don't look forward to Judgment, rather to the coming of our Lord! His coming fills our soul with rapture! A love affair between my soul and the Lord! How to be ready for His coming?

Hebrews 11 - Keep faith! Without faith it is impossible to please God! Enoch had this testimony that he pleased God; do we? The devil will try to deceive the very elect! Fight a good fight of faith! Enoch knew judgment was due centuries before it came! When age 65, he had a son and called him Methuselah, meaning, "After him, it shall come!"  He lived 869 years and then the storm broke! His Mercy lasted for centuries! People propagated the status quo; make adjustments to the times; abandon the idea of judgment, get along with sin, too much good and beauty to think of leaving it! So they built, bought and sold, married and gave in marriage! They lost the sense of time! They knew not until the Day came and swept them all away! Not interested in mysteries! Too busy in profit and pleasure! Noah was different; "he walked with God," sought revelation and found it! "He was warned of God of things not seen as yet!" Judgment!  They chose to follow the Plan and Purpose of God! There is a storm ahead:  Judgment! There is the Blessed Side: caught up to be with Christ!

Romans 8:22-23 - "not only they, but ourselves which have also the fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Also Philippians 3:20 - "for our conversation is in heaven; from hence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, etc." That's the great experience of this Blessed Side. How?

1 Corinthians 15:53 - “When this corruptible (which is in the graves) will put on incorruptible (shall be risen) and the mortal (man that liveth) shall put on immortality: The Blessed Side, the Redemption of the Saints. No one should feel there is plenty of time! For it doesn't say:  When these things shall come to pass; but when these things begin to come to pass, then look for His return.

Revelation 7 - Sealed Book: Jesus purchased this earth; has a legal mandate to eject the Usurper forcibly and take control of the purchased possession! The Occupant must be forcibly removed!  Satan and his world system kicked out! Redemption of the purchased possession: Price has been paid in full on Calvary, only the full realization of the Purpose remains! We are heading rapidly in that direction:  Our Redemption draweth nigh!

Romans 2:5 - Day of Wrath and Revelation of the Righteous Judgment of God!

1 Thessalonians 6:9 - A glorious something is in prospect: God had not appointed us unto wrath. Quite different for those not redeemed, not caught up.

Revelation 9:6 - "Seek death and shall not find it." No man can sin with impunity. Note the exception when it came to Sodom and also the Flood! (1) Enoch! (2) Noah and family! God-given illustrations indicate a pattern God has set: Enoch was caught up; he was not, for God took him! It happened in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye!  Nothing said about Mrs. Enoch or members of the family! God suddenly removed this man of faith: This preceded the flood, God’s judgment!

Genesis 19:22 - Angel to Lot: I cannot do anything till thou are come hither!

Jude 14, 15 - The Gospel Truth! What happened to Noah and family is different; they went through the flood and were preserved in it. One witness (Israel) is sealed and preserved to form the nucleus of the new nation! Both Israel and the True Church - An antagonistic world system is bent on destroying them! It will take God's intervention to preserve them both.