“That in the dispensation of the fullness of time he might gather…(Eph.1:10)”
What is a prophecy? Is it not Time set forward? The Spirit resets time so we are adopted in Core Will of God as though foreordained. By the same token we are set forward and it is what our lives hid in Christ would indicate. It is in this context we need look at this verse “…while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: For we walk by faith….(2 Cor.5:6-7)”
Faith is what differentiates a child of God from a carnal man. For the worldly his expectations in life end with death but faith is the quality of the Lord God and it is what makes a child of promise receive blessings of eternal life.
So for all intent and purpose a child of God has moved to heavenly places (Col.3:3) because God made it possible. “(God) hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Eph.1:3-4)” Consequently we have been moved forward in time while in body. How we walk must determine the quality of faith operating in us.
We have a sure basis in the Father-Son relationship to explain how predestination works. God the Father has his Will and how the Son fulfils it shall be deemed as foreordained. Our lives are witness to it. It is as though God has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world. If we move forward in Time what do we have? In the fullness of times when God gather together as the key verse indicates, all things in Christ, both which were in heaven, and which are on earth’ we are included. This is the key to predestination.
When we have escaped the earth time and are in heavenly places God’s Time ought to give us a new insight into our roles in Christ. God told Abimelech of Gerar in a dream that Abraham was a prophet (Gen.20:7). So are we as heirs of promise. Prophecies ceased with the Advent of Jesus Christ. All those who have escaped the wrath to come were they not forewarned? Having escaped condemnation they are prophets since they heeded the warning beforehand.
We have an incident in the well known story of Jonah and the great fish how prophecy works. God sent the prophet to preach before the city of Nineveh but Jonah tried to escape from his charge. God sent a great fish to swallow Jonah and vomit him out before Nineveh and he realized it was impossible to resist the divine command. The point is that Jonah had no clue as to what he represented in divine Will. The great fish also served as a sign for the death and burial of Jesus Christ.(Mt.12:40) Similarly we are signs and wonders for others of which we shall never know but God alone.
David while speaking of his own case inserts this verse ‘…Mine own friend..(Ps.41:9).’ The Spirit demonstrates narrative mode in order to tie up narrative passages together. It applies to Judas. (Acts.1:16) .The primary use of Kangaroo Word is to tie up persons, events across a time reconstituted. Time as employed by the Holy Spirit is God’s Time. Ps.109:8: Through David the Jesus-Judas link is set foretold (Ac..1:16-20).
‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb.11:1). It is what empowers the word of God to achieve in us.