Mark 4:3 & 26 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: & So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
If you have not taken the time to read and mark the book of Job signifying who was speaking at each interval, please do so. It will clarify so much and help you to avoid stumbling into false doctrines and traditions of men that would make the Word of God powerless in your life. Having made a thorough study of the book of Job, I am convinced now, more than ever, that the events that played out in his life is a type and shadow of the American church in the hour in which we live. The imagery set forth in Job is so clear and powerful, and when understood, offers to us a great hope of the work of Jehovah in the final hours of the church in the earth. It is to explain this picture and reveal the future of the church that this series of Second Milers will be written.
To move forward, I need to make some identifications that will make more understandable how to view, not only events of the past two decades, but also help set the stage for what it to come. I have already stated that I am convinced that the book of Job paints a clear picture of the church, especially in America, in the last days of this age. Allow me to set down the elements of identification for our study.
- Job – the Church, especially in America, with all the elements of life it touches
- God – Jehovah God
- Satan – the devil
- Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar – Job’s “friends;” the media, politicians, and educated elite
- Job’s wife – certain voices within the church
- Elihu – a fresh voice with a clear revelation; a voice of preparation for a final word from the Lord
- Job’s servants – voices of people who see natural events, but have no spiritual insight about them; often deceived voices.
The book of Job is a marvelously interesting read in and of itself. But when we understand that it is a previewing of the church age of our time, understanding who is speaking at each point becomes keenly important. For proper interpretation of the Scriptures, certain rules need to be followed. Too often, a passage of Scripture intended for a certain person or people at a certain time for a certain purpose is take out of context in an attempt to force its application on someone else’s situation in life, and even worse, on society as a whole. In our next Second Miler, I will deal with some of those examples, pointing to our need to NOT fall into that trap. Selah!
Manna for Today – Mark 4; Genesis 3:7 & 21; Hebrews 9:22; Psalm 91; Isaiah 54:17; Ephesians 2:10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Matthew 24; Luke 17:26; Genesis 6:11; Job