Waiting on the Master Timer

Of all the wonderful names and qualities of God, the one I think about most is God being

The Master Timer

You know “My times are in Your hands” (Psa. 31:15).  The One to trust because He knows best when and how.  You don’t so you let Him direct.

So why aren’t my circumstances changing for the good!  Where’s a new exciting open door to walk through and be of greater service!  This is getting old.

In my life God has generally given me a change of opportunity after about five years.  So naturally my eyes are wide open scanning the horizon for what He’s got in mind!  For at least the last six months.   As my Aunt Margaret put it so apropos:  poo-ta-poot!  It’s a good thing we walk by faith and not by sight because I ain’t seein’ nothin’!

Joseph pitJoseph was 17 when he was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers.  They sold him to traders where he ended up a slave to Potiphar.  “The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master” (Gen. 39:2).  Joseph did everything right but when he refused the carnal advances of Potiphar’s wife, that came at him “day after day (verse 10),” off he went to prison.  “The Lord was with Joseph in the prison” (verse 21).  In time it looked like he’d be freed if only the grateful butler would tell how he had predicted his good fortune.  If only!  The butler forgot (40:23), and Joseph got to linger in the prison two more years!  This was getting old!  Till the Master Timer decided it was at last time to make Joseph, who also was getting old—properly mature—at age 30, second in command of Egypt!

Thirteen years!  Undoubtedly Joseph wondered when he was going to get a break!  He had no choice in where his life led him, except he wisely chose to cooperate with all his might with where God had him placed.  God took Joseph from the pit—where the jealous brothers originally planned to kill him!—to the top!  Way over the top of the pit!

The righteous patriarch Jacob had to live 13 years grieving over his lost beloved son before learning that Joseph was alive!

Leading Us to Our Glorious Destiny adThe Master Timer was working with Joseph and Jacob.  Leading them to their glorious destiny like He is us (Psa. 73:24)!

What an important prophet Daniel was 

All the amazing stories and developments in his one book of the Bible.  Fiery furnace!  Lions den!  Sounds like excitement nonstop!  Yet between chapters 9 and 10 passed two years.  What did God do with Daniel for two whole years?

Maybe seemed like a frustrating two long years to Daniel.  Things were getting really old for him too:  in captivity 66 years and probably over 80 years old!  But to the Master Timer, a day is as a 1,000 years.   God’s got plenty of time.  Actually He’s above time.   So we should trust God like there’s no tomorrow!  He’s giving us eternity.

My favorite chapter in the Bible

is Psa. 37 (New Living Translation):
♥   “Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 3).
♥   “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires.  Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you” (verse 4).
♥   “Wait patiently for him to act” (verse 7).  That means long-passioned!

Waiting on the Master Timer is a necessary walk of faith for a Christian.  As the saying puts it so well:  What does a waiter do?  He serves.

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“The Moment You Began Praying”

If you’re ever about to be tossed into a fiery furnace, think of the book of Daniel and the example of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

If it’s a lion’s den, think of the book of Daniel also, and this time the example of Daniel himself.

Hopefully we’ll never face such a threat.

But we do pray—hopefully regularly

and there are two verses in the book of Daniel, again involving Daniel himself, that should really inspire us!

When Daniel was praying in Daniel chapter 9, God sent his top announcing angel, Gabriel, to him.  When?

“The moment you began praying, a command was given.  And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God” (Dan. 9:23 New Living Translation).

God sent Gabriel “the moment” Daniel began praying!

A fluke?  In an example two years later, when Daniel was again praying, an angel—probably Gabriel but the Bible doesn’t say—said:  “”Don’t be afraid, Daniel.  Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, you request has been heard in heaven.  I have come to answer your prayer” (Dan. 10:12 NLT).

God answers our prayers.  God loves us.  We are very precious to Him.

For full disclosure, in both examples Daniel was not only praying but fasting (9:3, 10:2-3).  Some things do require prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:21).

But to live as humans, we can’t be fasting all the time.  Most long-time Christians find that about once a month seems to be a good guideline.

Prayer eBook adBut the Bible gives the guideline of striving to pray three times a day.  David said that but also, wouldn’t you almost expect it, Daniel!  [in Dan. 6:10].  That’s what got Daniel thrown into the lion’s den.  God took care of keeping the lions fasting!  Even the king loved Daniel so much that he was fasting for him to be saved from his own misguided decree that he couldn’t reverse.

Here’s God’s claim-it promise anytime we are praying:  “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

Yes, if we ask that God’s will be done and not ours, John says we know that God hears us and that we have the petitions we have asked of Him.  Yes, we can absolutely count on God to do His will!  May we be in perfect sync with it!

So let’s not wait till we’re tossed into a fiery furnace or a lion’s den to take advantage of God’s encouragement in the book of Daniel.

Let’s pray and start the moment

that God will respond to!  He’d love to because we are very precious to Him!

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The Best Gift I Can Give You

giftOn this day famous for giving each other gifts, here is the best gift I can give you.

The Bible is without doubt the best gift, but you undoubtedly already have one, and if you’re like most, you find it baffling!  That’s because God said He wrote it to be like a puzzle, until He provides teachers  (Rom. 10:14) to show you how to piece it together.

Building the Family of God adI spent the entire year of 2018 writing this 179-page eBook and publishing it here as individual posts.   Now you can have the whole year’s worth in one FREE download.  Actually, it represents 50 years of living God’s wonderful way and learning from His teachers.

This truly is a gift you have to give yourself.   Simply

Download the pdf for FREE

Then you can read it as fast as you want—and check it out thoroughly by looking up the scriptures for yourself in your own Bible.  We have to do that if we’re serious.

I hope God is calling you and working with you special (2 Pet. 1:10).

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Aha! Moment Gives New Focus for Our 6th Year

We begin the 6th year of Broose the Moose!

We count on God’s promise in Isaiah 55:11, and He makes it happen.   Now, readers in 112 countries!   Unexpectedly—how fitting for this blog—more than double the users and views from last year.

Thank you for sharing this blog with your friends and family around the world and recommending it to others!  There are still nations in South America, North Africa, middle Asia, the oceans—and North Korea—to reach.

My aha! moment last night

I’ve always wanted this to be God’s blog, not mine.  We are nothing short of privileged to participate in the Great Commission (Matt. 24:14, 28:19-20).   Please look these scriptures up for yourself because we really need to know these!

The realization came to me that rather than writing to the world’s masses of unconverted people, without realizing it, I’ve always been writing to readers who are called by God now in this end-time to be disciples.  What a pearl-of-great price privilege to be one of the firstfruits who can be in the First Resurrection, become the Bride of Christ, and serve right-off-the-bat in the Kingdom of God!   All of us must make our calling and election sure.   We must keep our hands to the plow, even though that makes it harder to type.

So shall we go another year?   The key word is

“We” 

God first.  Before writing anything I am determined to ask for His inspiration and guidance, for what I say and also what I don’t say.  God knows exactly what you need to read, and can lead me to write it even if I’m not aware what’s taking place!

Leading Us to Our Glorious Destiny adYou next.  Whatever Broose the Moose will accomplish in 2020, you will have a big say in it by your readership and support.

Please help yourself to the 325 posts in the Archives and to the 9 FREE eBooks, including the one to the right.

I would love to hear from you, especially where you are in your Christian journey … or what you would like me to write about.   If you can’t see how to send a Comment easily enough on this website, please email me at robertcurry6@hotmail.com.  Please indicate on the subject line that it involves Broose the Moose so it doesn’t look like spam.

Like one of my pastors said, “If you want to be a Christian, let me help you any way I can!”

Thank YOU!  Let’s keep 2020 vision for Building the Family of God!

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Resurrections: Will There Be More Than Three?

What joy to receive a thought-provoking comment from my dear friend and brother in Christ who is an Elder in the Church of God.   First of all, it’s so nice to receive any iron-sharpens-iron comment, yes, please send yours more often!  But Dave always has a fresh, often thrilling, take on something that we’ve known so long that we take it for granted.

Yes, Rev. 20 teaches three resurrections.   The First one includes all the righteous from Adam until Christ’s return being changed to spirit Beings in the God Family and Kingdom when the seventh trumpet blows.   The Second and Third Resurrections are back to physical life.

So how thought-provoking when my friend asked:

What resurrection will the righteous in the Millennium and in the Great White Throne Judgment be in? 

When will they be changed into God Beings?  Both of these two momentous time periods come after Christ’s return!

Remember, 1 Cor. 15:22 promised: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”  So it’s obvious that all the righteous in the Millennium and GWTJ will be resurrected and changed at some point.  God’s method of salvation to eternal life stays the same for all.

The Bible doesn’t specify when.  Clearly the Master Timer will change the righteous when He deems it’s the right time, either individually or in some kind of group event.

In the Millennium

with pollution gone and the earth being restored in every way, including in food, air and water, people might live long like Methuselah (969 years), Noah (950) and Adam (930).

With the premise that all people must be tested by satan before they will be allowed into the Family of God, as even Jesus was, some believe all people in the Millennium will live to the end to face a final test where satan is released for a lash hurrah (Rev. 20:7-9).  This time allowed satan may be the exact amount of time that he was denied when “those days were shortened” lest no flesh be saved alive (Matt. 24:22).  God is so fair that he will apparently give satan his full 6,000 years of being a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour!  Then you’d expect the faithful survivors to graduate into spirit Beings.

The Great White Throne Judgment

Immediately after that comes the Second Resurrection where those who never had their opportunity for salvation are resurrected back to physical life for their judging period.  Satan won’t be there for this period, but all these people had been tempted by him their first physical go-around—back when they thought “You only go around once!”

Book of Life AdThe Book of Life is opened to them (verse 12), so those who respond righteously will obviously be changed to spirit Beings before the Third where the wicked who are not written in the Book of Life (verse 15) are thrown in and burned up.

Noah will be in the First Resurrection, and no doubt Methuselah and Adam will be so grateful to have to live possibly only another 100 years in the flesh, as Isa. 65:20 indicates for the GWTJ, rather than possibly up to 1,000 for those physical in the Millennium.   I’m sure those in the GWTJ will be given God’s fair amount of time for them to be saved, whatever He decides.

So will there be five group resurrections?

Six resurrections counting Christ?  Well, we do see through a glass darkly, but the Bible mentions only three group resurrections.  The one called “the first” (Rev. 20:6) comes at Christ’s return, about 2,000 years after Christ’s first and most important one.

So resurrections of individuals

don’t seem to count toward the group ones, and  indicates that those righteous in the Millennium and GWTJ will be changed individually when their Judge decides they are ready.

Or should we lump everything into three resurrections like this:  Could it be that since Christ was the first of the firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:23) and the firstfruits will be resurrected in the First Resurrection, then the righteous in the Millennium and GWTJ should all be considered firstfruits in the First Resurrection?

Seems awkward.  That would make the Second Resurrection before the First one is finished!

And this lumping would seem to take away the whole concept of the First one being “a better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35) with a double portion for the firstborn (Deut. 21.17).  Those in the First Resurrection will get to be the Bride of Christ and have access to ground-floor opportunities in the Family and Kingdom, not to mention experiencing the earliest years of the Kingdom before the others would be resurrected into it.

Great, the first one is still the best one, and I want to make my calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10) to be in it!  That’s the best place to watch how many more God has in store and when!

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The Three Resurrections

Sherlock HolmesPaul called the “resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment” (Heb. 6:1-2) “the elementary principles of Christ.”  Like when Sherlock Holmes says “elementary, my dear Watson!”  This is one of the first things we should be taught.

Some know about the first resurrection.   All three resurrections are contained in Rev. 20.  The Bible doesn’t mention a “second” and “third,” but “the first resurrection” in verse 6 proves there has to be at least one more.  The rest of the chapter reveals the last two.

Paul gives a huge clue in 1 Cor. 15:22-24:  “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.  But each in his own order.  Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.  Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

The most important resurrection

That would be the one where I’ll be resurrected!  Nice try, but actually it was the resurrection of Jesus Christ—the first to be resurrected to eternal life.  If He wasn’t resurrected, none of us could be (verse 17).

But He was, and now all humans who will ever live will be resurrected in a certain order.  Each of the three resurrections is unique with its own characteristics.

Here’s the elementary overview:  The first resurrection is for firstfruits; the second for the blinded; and the third for the wicked.

From that simplified description, you can readily see that the first one is the “better resurrection” (Heb. 11:35).  The firstborn gets a “double portion” (Deut. 21:17).

It couldn’t be more crucial that we understand all three resurrections because if we don’t, we are the blinded, the veiled, and headed for the not-as-good second resurrection.

At all costs, we don’t want to be the wicked.  This hopefully very small batch of humans will have been given understanding of God’s offer of salvation, no doubt understanding all three resurrections, but will utterly reject God’s offer.   They will mercifully be burned up in the Lake of Fire.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the first one!  I want to understand all three.  One of the primary reasons to be in the first one will be to work with those in the second.

For a thorough, detailed study of all three resurrections, click here.

If it’s true that we go to heaven when we die, why would we even need to be resurrected?

heaven & hell booklet

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End-Time Events from 70 Weeks Prophecy Depend on … Grammar!

You might say that nobody likes grammar except grandpa.  You probably wouldn’t.

A country music singer, he don’t pay no mind.  They cayn’t.  They’re after Grammy not grammar.

The 70 Weeks Prophecy in Dan. 9:20-27 foretells life-and-death end-time events just ahead of us that, amazingly, come down to … grammar!

This hugely significant prophecy

is one of more than 300 in the Old Testament that find fulfillment in Jesus Christ (Luke 24:27, 44).   God also wants us, like Daniel, to “give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision” (Dan. 9:23).

The 70 Weeks Prophecy begins with a fixed marker:  “that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince…” (verse 25).  We should note “Messiah the Prince” because later another “prince” is thrown into the mix where we will have to use grammar to “rightly divid[e] the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15).

Out of at least four decrees possible, the correct beginning point for calculating the prophecy is the decree of Artaxerxes in 457 B.C. (Ezra 7).  Applying the Bible’s day-for-a-year principle (Num. 4:34, Ezek. 4:6) gives (7 years x 7 = 49) + (62 years x 7 = 434) = 483 years.

Adding 483 years to 457 B.C. brings us to A.D. 27 [adding one for no year “0”].  This remarkable prophecy lets us calculate that

Jesus Christ was baptized and began His public ministry in the fall of A.D. 27

Subtracting backward 30 years makes Jesus born in the fall of 4 B.C.

Now what about the 70th week—the last 7 years?  This is where grammar and context come into vital play!

Verse 24 gives six items that will all be accomplished by Jesus Christ, and not fully until His second coming.  Why would 69 weeks be fulfilled by Christ and then the last by someone else:  a desolator, the Beast ruler, the “prince that is to come” (verse 26)?

Who is the “he” of verse 27?

The “he” “shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” and “in the middle of the week” “He” “shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering …”

The controversy is whether the antecedent for the “he” is “Messiah” or “people of the prince”?

Bring on grammar!  Sorry, Grammarly won’t help!  “Prince” is object of the preposition, not a subject, disqualifying it to be the antecedent.  That leaves the plural “people” which can’t match up with “he,” a third-person singular.   “Messiah” is the nearest and most logical antecedent, and many translations recognize this and capitalize “He.”  Of course, original text has no capitalization.

Jesus the Messiah is the One who confirmed a covenant—the New Covenant—with many.  It’s interesting that in Heb. 9:28 Paul said “many” to refer to those affected by Christ’s sacrifice for sin.  The Hebrew word for covenant (B’RITH) is used six times in the book of Daniel [9:4, 27, 11:22, 28, 30, 32], all initiated by God—not a human treaty between the “king of the north” and the Israelis.

Christ brought an end to sacrifice and offering “in the middle of the week” when He was crucified on a Wednesday (Passover A.D. 31) (Heb. 10:14-18).

Talk about end-time significance!

Those who believe the “he” is the Beast prince believe he will make a 7-year covenant of peace through sly deception with the Israelis, but allow sacrifices and guarantee Israel’s safety in the land for only 3-1/2 years, and then take away the sacrifices and move from Europe into the land of Israel for 3-1/2 years, bringing the Great Tribulation.  Why is there no reference to such a treaty elsewhere in the Bible?

Instead, Jesus the Messiah was cut off in the middle of the 70th week after 3-1/2 years confirming [strengthening] the covenant during His public ministry.   There are yet 3-1/2 years for Christ to fulfill, perhaps in the Place of Safety, perhaps at the start of the Millennium.

What’s at stake:  The Beast and the False Prophet may well guarantee a peace pact for Jerusalem and allow sacrifices to begin, but what if there won’t be 3-1/2 years of peaceful co-existence?   Let’s not be caught off guard! (Luke 21:36).

For a much more detailed discussion:  “The 70 Weeks Prophecy—Prophecy Study Paper

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