Break the Code

Introduction

Such recent “code” books such as the Bible Code and the Da Vinci Code exemplify mankind’s fascination with codes. Probably because people like to keep secrets, they opt to encode their documents or financial information. What if God encoded a special message within His Word, what would it look like? While one would have to forget the fact that God wants people to know and understand what He has to say, there might be some information that is not readily available to the casual, if not intense, reader.

As far as the Bible is concerned, its secret code is hidden in plain sight, literally, as you will see.

A Mystery

Jesus equates the hidden code or mystery to the Kingdom of God, which is in itself enigmatic. Few understand what the Kingdom is except that God rules it. The way Mark wrote the following verse one might be tempted to search for the key to the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

Mark 4:11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

Matt. 11:25 ¶ At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

In another place, Paul states that God has revealed the mystery of His will. The mystery of God’s will and plan is that Gentiles would become part of Israel, actually, the Abrahamic faith, which says Abraham believed what God promised, that he would have a great nation from his son. Those who would believe God’s promise of life through His Son would have the same faith as Abraham and receive a similar promise of life in Christ.

Gal. 3:7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
Gal. 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.”

The mystery of the Gospel is the Kingdom of God, that still enigmatic promise. That Kingdom of God refers to Jesus’ rule from God. However, we need to know how Jesus’ rule affects those with the faith of Abraham.

Eph. 3:4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Eph. 3:5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
Eph. 3:6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
Eph. 3:7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
Eph. 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
Eph. 3:9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things;

When Gentiles believe that God gave them eternal life through Jesus, they have begun to unlock the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Since God appointed Jesus as the ruler of the Kingdom of God, those who apply for citizenship in the Kingdom, must accept Jesus as their Ruler or Lord.

1Tim. 1:16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
2Tim. 1:10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

In spite of all the confusing parables regarding the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom is the land ruled by God through Jesus. However, the Kingdom has no territory on Earth as of now, and God chose its citizens to be in His Kingdom, and furthermore, all its citizens are sons and daughters — except for Jesus, adopted children — of the King, God. Nonetheless, a person must accept Jesus as the one anointed of God to be, not only the head of the Kingdom, but also as the head of the Church, the living sons and daughters of the living God. Everything points to Jesus, whose rule unlocks the mystery, and breaks the code.

The Fourth Dimension Key

Yet, the final key to unlock the mystery of the code remains hidden. The key is the fourth dimension. Without this key, Jesus remains some character in the Bible even with his sacrifice to pay the death penalty for mankind’s sin. This key opens the door to the Kingdom of God, and only those turning the key can enter eternal life.

The fourth dimension is time. We must take a little time examining time to find how and why God uses this key alone to unlock the mystery of the Kingdom of God. This key is not a mystery to the Jews, but it is to the Gentiles.

In linguistics, time has its grammatical quality: tense — past, present and future. In this case, grammar imitates reality because it must be true to actuality. Time began at the Big Bang. Time is related to speed, the faster the speed the slower the time and vice versa. Time is related to gravity, the greater the gravity the slower the time and vice versa. While time is relative when considered scientifically, on Earth in everyday activities time might as well be a constant, which www.usno.com (the United States Naval Observatory, the keeper of time) might remind people. They even have atomic clocks in order to measure the time accurately to the nth decimal place. How accurately time must be measured is open to debate.

Two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The universal law makes the universe work, if not cause an accident or two when people try to mangle the law. Time is the basis of the universe as well as its being controlled by it. For example, it took God a time period of six days (see Genesis and the Big Bang by Schroeder to see how a literal six day creation is quite timely) to create an inhabitable Earth, life on the planet and mankind. Each event took time, and God built it on the previous event of the past.

Did God say that? You shall not die. Worldly deceptions influence mankind’s thinking to the point that even readers of the Bible understand it through misconceptions well learned. Even the learned find unrelated scriptures to prove their erroneous beliefs.

Time is related to events. A series of events during the past time lead to a result at a certain time of the events at the present time as the creation shows. One cannot get to the end of a baseball game until (usually) nine innings of various times of events (six outs, three for each team) for each inning results in the end time of runs for each team. Then each team rests until the next game.

Some events have undetermined amount of time and others depend on a previously considered time. A day must have twenty-four hours, but certain things may take more or less than a day to complete the activity. Football, basketball and other sports, must take an hour of activity with time outs stopping the time, as it were.

Obviously, God the author of time has an end time in which all events must take place to complete God’s purpose.

You cannot have a period of rest w/o having periods of activities.

What determines periods of activities and the time it takes to complete the activity? On earth, a day is the time it takes for the earth to rotate. A year is the time it takes the earth to complete an orbit. What man has done is made a determination or a unit within a day or a year to have some way of measurement — twenty-four units, or hours, to a day, and 365 1/4 days to a year. The solar system determines time, i.e., for the earth.

A philosopher might tell you that you only have one time, the present. How we get to that present is important. Is it predetermined? On the other hand, do the series of chosen events lead to a certain conclusion?

The question of time concerns the universal seven-day week. Why seven days? There is nothing in the physical universe that counts to seven except the lunar month of twenty-eight days, seven times four. The Hebrew calendar uses a lunar-solar year, which adds various days or a month to count a year. God created a part of the solar system based on His unit of seven, the moon particularly. The mystery thickens.

He put the sun and the moon in the heavens for His Sabbath and Holy Days. He appointed the sun to set on the beginning of the seventh day to signal the beginning of His all-important Sabbath (Biblical days begin at sunset, not midnight). He appointed full moons to signal the time of His Feast Days.

Gen. 1:14 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons [Hebrew: 4150. dEowøm mow, mo-ade´; or dEoOm moled, mo-ade´; or (feminine) h&Mac182;dDowøm moweadah (2 Chronicles 8:13), mo-aw-daw´; from 3259; properly, an appointment, i.e. a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand)] and for days and years;

This innocent looking verse in the middle of the creation narrative makes a monumental statement. From the time of the Big Bang to all the events leading up to basic creation of the solar system, God placed the sun, the planets, particularly the Earth and its moon, in such a way to have, not only life, but to give a cosmic sign for His Sabbath and Holy Days. We need the sun’s energy for a portion of the day to give light and heat on the planet but as importantly we need its setting each seventh day to signal the beginning of God’s Sabbath. We need the tides from the moon, but as importantly, we need the moon for signs of the times, God’s Festivals.

God hid the key to the mystery that breaks the code in plain view.

Seventh Day Completion

The Jews know the importance of the Sabbath day’s holy rest, but God allowed this fact to be largely hidden from the Gentiles.

Matt. 11:28 ¶ “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

As noted above, periods of activity must be followed by periods of rest. Football teams take a week off after the efforts the game. God determined that all living beings must rest after six days of activities. Since the creation reflects the Creator, God demonstrated the nature of the universe by resting after six days of intense activities. Few understand this hidden code.

Not only did God determine that man must rest each seventh day as plainly shown in the heavens, but God’s resting made the day holy. In spite of what some Sabbath haters say, the Sabbath is a sign of the Creation because the creation has the Sabbath sign built into it, the setting sun. How does the time, the seventh day, unlock the code, the mystery of the Kingdom of God?

Gen. 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Gen. 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Ex. 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

The Hebrew meaning of Sabbath has to do with completion. In verse 3 above, God “rested from all His work.” God completed the creation, or one might say, God “sabbathized” the creation. When He rested on the seventh day, He finalized it, like a Covenant of life, the creation. The sign of this Covenant is the setting sun each week. Nonetheless, we must continue to ask, how does the Sabbath time explain the mystery of the Kingdom of God. How does the Sabbath determine eternal life?

Here are some helpful definitions of Sabbath:

7673 shabath [991d]; a prim. root; to cease, desist, rest:—.

7650. shaba{, shaw-bah´; a primitive root; propr. to be complete, but used only as a denominative from 7651; to seven oneself, i.e. swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times

7651. sheba{, sheh´-bah; or (masculine) shibrah, shib-aw´; from 7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication, a week; by extension, an indefinite number.

The Jewish people know the Sabbath; it is no mystery to them. However, it is a mystery to Gentiles, who become adopted sons of Abraham, and especially of God. These Gentiles unlock the code of the time of Sabbath when they understand its meaning. The whole meaning of the creation comes into focus with the Sabbath.

Passover

Passover continues to help us to unlock the mystery. Passover, as all Feasts of the Lord, relates to the moon (the seven times four time period). Passover comes on the full moon, two sevens. That first eventful Passover many years ago also completed the age of alienation and brought about a period of rest from antagonism toward God. Not many but at least, Israel then learned of God’s way and many followed it. Through Israel, many others encountered God’s Way.

In another Passover, God “Sabbathized” His plan of redemption. In brief, He gave up His Son to die for the sins of mankind, and later raised him from the dead to restore people to Him. At that time, the mystery began to envelope the Jews, who could not imagine a Messiah like Jesus, and to clear away that cloud, which enveloped the Gentiles.

1Cor. 15:17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

Gal. 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

The Sabbath

Heb. 3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Gentiles dislike the Sabbath, for whatever reason.

Heb. 4:9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
Heb. 4:10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
Heb. 4:11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

Jesus Is Lord

The Sabbath completed the work God began in the beginning and brought a rest of accordance and peace with Him. The Passover completed the restoration of mankind to God through Jesus. Because of that Passover, God made Jesus Lord. However, the mystery is not quite solved.

Eph. 1:19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
Eph. 1:20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph. 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Eph. 1:22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

The Bible insists that a person must have faith in Jesus to be saved and receive eternal life. James correctly explains that faith must go beyond thoughts and words; deeds prove the existence of faith. What deed must a person have to prove his faith in Jesus?

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
James 2:18 ¶ But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Jesus explains for all time the purpose of the Sabbath; God made it for man’s good, for life, for eternal life, as a covenant of life.

Mark 2:27 Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made [came into being] for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

Additionally, Jesus being the Lord of the Sabbath a person who proves his faith in Jesus will keep the day Jesus is Lord of.

Mark 2:28 “So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Suddenly, the scales fall from a person’s eyes, the cloud of mystery blows away. The key to the mystery that unlocks the code is Jesus completes the Sabbath. Time and events result in the revelation that only by keeping the faith in Jesus by resting on every Sabbath God made holy can a person receive life eternal.

Faith in Jesus

Rom. 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

John 3:16 ¶ “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

In Jesus’ Name — as the Lord of the Sabbath,

Amen

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