the Peninsular of Grace
Giles at Bradford, Maine
I was talking with a couple of people today, they used the phrase
“the peninsular of grace”. That phrase is borrowed from Brother
John Jeffreys who has such a wonderful way with words. When he spoke
this, it excited me and it brought some understanding to me of where
we are at this time. I want to take some time to add a few little
things to that, that the Lord showed me as I meditated on it. The
whole idea of a peninsular of grace is very, very scriptural. This
peninsular of grace, which I do believe we are on, is not the first
time God has done it and it’s quite an exciting study.
I’ll explain what the peninsular of grace is, just in case you are
wondering what this is all about. When the Apostle Peter was dealing
with the last day scoffers and dealing with that whole subject of
the promise of the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ, in 2 Peter
chapter 3, he tells everybody who is saying, “Where’s the promise
of His coming?”—Peter said to them, “Look back in history and you’ll
see that this isn’t the first heaven and first earth that we are
in; this is the second heaven and second earth that we’re in.” There
was one before and that came to an end. So, there is evidence already
that God brings heavens and earths to an end because He’s done it
once before! We’re in the second one; the first one ended in the
days of Noah when the earth was destroyed by flood. That’s one thing
to remember as we consider the time that we are in. This is not
going to be a new experience, although the method of destruction
is different; nevertheless, God has done this before!
Peter says a second thing and we who have read the passage are so
used to it that we sometimes don’t get the impact of it. He goes
into Psalm 90 and pulls a verse (vs.4) that, on the face of it,
you would have thought would be one of the last verses a man would
come up with when talking about the promise of Jesus’ return.
Peter 3:8 ‘But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that
one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years
as one day.’
is a very surprising verse for him to say and he underlines it by
saying, “Be mindful of this! This is the one thing that you really
ought to know about the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ!” We
ought to say, “Wow! Fancy him picking on that verse!” It’s quite
Peter is inspired by the Holy Spirit to do is to draw our attention,
I believe, to the pattern that’s set before us in the week of creation,
which you will mostly be familiar with, how in six days God created
the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day He rested. If we
take each one of those days not as a 24-hour period or any other
period of time but a thousand years, we find that brings us right
up to 1996.
say, why 1996? Well, there was a man some years ago called Bishop
James Usher who I believe was an Irishman, actually (not that I’m
Irish, but I live there). He worked out from the scriptures, working
back just from the Bible and the chronology that’s set forth
there. He determined that Adam’s life began in the year 4004 B.C.
A couple of years ago I was at Haines and I was talking with Brother
Del Burge, who loves digging deep into these things, and he said,
“I’ve done the exercise and it works! It does come back to 4004
B.C.!” Of course, we are basing our understanding on the Bible and
what the Holy Spirit teaches us from it. So there was a second witness.
I have never done the exercise myself; I am willing to rest on what
these two fine scholars have done. I agree with 4004 B.C. being
the beginning of Adam’s life.
six millennial days from that takes us on to 1996. Also in the scriptures,
we often find reference to the phrase, ‘after two days and on the
third day’. In the book of Hosea, it says,
6:2 ‘After two days will he revive us: in the third day, he will
raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.’
then Jesus said:
13:32 ‘And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold,
I cast out devils, and I do cures to day, and to morrow, and the
third day, I shall be perfected.’
get the idea that there’s something very special about a two-day
period and that two-day period, I believe, starts at the beginning
of Jesus’ life. That would mean that if it were to match the pattern,
Jesus’ life would have to have started not in the year 0, but in
the year 4 B.C.
back in the years when I was in the Baptist church, I remember somebody
coming along and saying, “Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas Day on
the year 0—for two reasons: 1) they didn’t have a year 0, and 2)
because that’s the wrong year anyway. They said then that Jesus
was born during the years 3 to 5 B.C.
quite another context, I have done a fairly in-depth study on the
seven feasts of Israel and I refer now particularly the Feast of
Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. I formed the conclusion,
which is the conclusion that many people would not accept—the Thomson
Chain Reference Bible, for example, doesn’t accept; Brother Danny
Robertson, doesn’t accept; and Sister Martha Mills in Canton, Ohio
had a different view, but I tried to go with a “clean sheet”. I
came to the conclusion that Jesus was crucified in the Passion Week
right in the middle of the week, as the Bible said He would be cut
off in the midst of the week. I believe He was actually crucified
don’t want to go into a lot of detail on this, but Passover was
on the 14 th day of the first month, which is either called Abib
or Nisan, depending on which language is being used in the Bible
at that moment. The Feast of the Unleavened Bread started on the
15 th and ran for seven days. What confuses people as they look
at this subject is that they do not realize that the first day of
the Feast of Unleavened Bread was a Holy Convocation. Passover was
not a Holy Convocation, but the Feast of Unleavened Bread
started with a Holy Convocation, which would also be called in the
scriptures, “a Sabbath”. So as you read in the story of the death
of Jesus, the Bible keeps talking about the Sabbath and you have
to understand whether it’s talking about a Sabbath, which would
be the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread or whether it’s
talking about a Saturday; and both come up in the story in the New
also took an unyielding view that Jesus was in the tomb for three
days and three nights. A lot of those who like to say that Jesus
died on a Friday have to say that He was in the tomb part of Friday,
all of Saturday, and part of Sunday and that’s how they get three
days and three nights. To me, I don’t think that is satisfactory;
I think it needs to be a 72-hour, full three days and three nights.
Others differ on that; you can take it as you like.
in my understanding of the scriptures, and I really spent a lot
of time on this, I have Jesus in the garden on Tuesday evening of
that final week and He was arrested. He was being dealt with before
the tribunal—the Sanhedrin—overnight. On Wednesday morning, He’s
taken in front of Pilate and Pilate’s wife said, “I had a dream
last night”, which dream would have been on Tuesday night. Jesus
is taken out and at 9:00 on Wednesday morning, He is crucified.
Darkness came at midday and at 3:00 in the afternoon, He cries out
with a loud voice, “It is finished!” and they have to hurry to get
Him in the tomb because it is the Day of Preparation and the next
day is the Sabbath, which is the Holy Convocation of the Feast of
Unleavened Bread. He is put into the tomb by 6:00 on Wednesday evening.
the whole of the Passover was in a 24-hour period, you could observe
the Passover at any time within that 24-hours. Jesus observed the
Passover on Tuesday evening (the beginning of the 24-hour period)
with His disciples, but the Jews who had been involved in the overnight
sitting—the hearing of Jesus’ case—they observed their Passover
at the end of the 24-hour period, just in time to finish it before
the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
is in the tomb then from the evening of Wednesday, all through to
the evening of Thursday, to the evening of Friday, to the evening
of Saturday—three days and three nights in the tomb; the last day
of which was the Sabbath and so they couldn’t do anything about
bringing spices to the tomb on that day, but very early—and the
scriptures are very strong on this— very early, while
it was still dark, on the first day of the week, which is clearly
Sunday, which would have been the 18 th , they go down to the tomb
and they find the tomb is empty and Jesus is risen from the dead.
I believe He would have risen anytime after 6:00 on Saturday evening.
They found Him sometime on Sunday morning.
only year close to that time when the days and dates of the week
correspond like this is A.D. 30—because of course, just like us,
January 1 st could be on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday, Saturday, or Sunday so with them the 14 th of Abib could
be been any day of the week, but if it was Tuesday 6 p.m. to Wednesday
6 p.m., Jesus had to have died in A.D. 30.
did all this study apart from the “peninsular of grace” thoughts,
but if you say then that this is right (and that’s all for you to
consider and I haven’t given you all the evidence), Jesus would
have died at Passover in A.D. 30. His ministry, as you know, started
when He was 30 years of age; the Bible says that Jesus’ ministry
started when He was 30. You can work it through that His ministry
was 3 ½ years long. The scripture doesn’t actually say that, but
from all the things that happened it’s clear that it was 3 ½ years
died at Passover, which is sometime near April in A.D. 30. You work
back from there 33 ½ years, which would have been the age when He
died; take out the year 0 and you will find that He was born at
or around the Feast of Tabernacles in B.C. 4.
me, it worked perfectly; the timetable is perfect and fits in perfectly
with what I have studied out as being Passover Week and He had to
die in A.D. 30. This is a long way around of saying that the evidence
points to the fact that Jesus was born in B.C. 4. I’ve come at it
from different angles and I think the clock works. God’s calendar
is perfectly on time.
we then go another two thousand years—two days—from B.C. 4 and we
reach 1996. As you know, Brother Buddy Cobb was talking about 1996
back then, just before it happened. He was saying from 1996 onwards,
everything is in place, as far as God’s calendar is concerned, for
the return or the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
all this that I have said is right and true, we have been now for
13 years in a period of time after the moment when the calendar
flipped over into the seventh day—the 7,000 th year—on Bible timing
from Adam. We are into the Third Millennium from the Lord Jesus
question then arises, why hasn’t Jesus appeared? John Jeffreys said
in one of his words that we are given a peninsular of grace. He
used the picture, which is set out for us in short description in
Hebrews 11 where it talks about Sara conceiving and that she received
strength to deliver when she was past age. John said she
was in a time scale, which meant that God had given her something—some
strength—past the time when something would normally happen; when
you would have expected something to happen. She was given strength
to deliver when she was past age.
a very exciting story for us because, as I have shared, we are looking
to be a people who bring forth what the Bible calls the manchild—like
Sara brought forth a manchild, in picture, in Isaac. We are the
ones who want to be the fulfillment of that prophetic picture by
bringing forth out of us the likeness and nature of the Lord Jesus
was where John Jeffreys left it, but this teaching got me thinking,
“Well, are there other occasions in the scriptures where God gave
a peninsular of grace?” I found that there are. I want to mention
three more of those tonight, apart from Sara.
first one is Joshua and is found in Joshua chapter 10. The story
is that the Gibeonites dressed up in their old clothes and found
stale bread and came to Joshua and the people of Israel and said
“We’ve come a long, long way and we want to make a league with you.
We want to come into agreement with you that we’ll be your friends.
If people come against us, you’ll fight for us. We are in agreement
together.” They, as it were, tricked the Israelites into signing
nations round about discovered this and said, “Gibeon is a really
strong city. If they’ve given in without a fight! We’re really in
trouble!” Five of the nations got together and said, “We must attack
the Gibeonites! They have done the wrong thing by making a league
with Israel and we need to give them a good “hiding” and convert
them back to sound thinking. So, they (five nations which were occupying
the Promised Land) went out to war against the Gibeonites.
Gibeonites called for help and Joshua went to their rescue in accordance
with the league that had made. There was a battle and God had said
to Joshua ahead of time, “I’m going to give them to you.” The battle
came together and because the Lord was fighting for the Israelites,
there was a tremendous victory that day and the enemies of the Gibeonites
were slain and the Lord and the Israelites smote them all through
the day of battle.
say, “Great!” But, God hadn’t finished with these five kings. At
the end of the day, God sent a hailstorm and it says in the scripture
that more were killed by the hail than were killed in the battle
by the sword. At that point you could have said, “Well, this is
great! Victory for Israel and there’s been a “double whammy”! Not
just the sword, but also the hail. This says something to us—hasn’t
God dealt with us this way?
came to the Lord in a Baptist church. I’m really grateful for the
foundation that was laid in my heart even though there were things
that I was taught that I don’t believe now. It was a foundation
that was based on an understanding of the scriptures—a limited understanding,
but it was a good foundation. The word of the Lord was sufficient
in that place, and through my parents as well, to bring me to a
place where I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m really
grateful for that word. A victory was won in my life. Territory
was taken in my heart because of the word—because of the sword.
later on, I met a group of people, given a nickname of, “The Move”;
perhaps you’ve heard of them (laughter). The word that came amongst
this group of people was very different from the word that I heard
in the Baptist church. It was very much harder than the word that
I heard in the Baptist church. It said things like, “Sin will kill
you; you have to stop!” “What God says, He means and you have to
obey Him.”…things like that; you may have heard one or two people
say those things.
was a work done in my life of an increasing seriousness in terms
of my walk. The previous easy way in which I had slipped in and
out of my relationship with the Lord—it was not a big thing for
me to go off for days and weeks and do my own thing and then every
now and again come back, repent and put it right. But, after I started
to hear the hail word—the hard word—I realized that wasn’t going
to be the sort of relationship with God that would do and it wasn’t
the calling that God had put on my life. A further part of the territory
was taken by the hail; a further victory was won.
you say, “Great!” But, 1996 came and went and I would have to say,
and maybe some of you would have the same testimony, that if the
Lord had appeared in 1996 I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I wouldn’t
have necessarily known in 1996 how unready I was, but the 13 years
that have gone by since that time have shown me how much more is
still to be done inside my heart. I don’t know whether God would
consider me ready yet, but the peninsular of grace hasn’t run out
yet; it might run out today; I don’t know, but because of His grace
in deferring His appearing from 1996 to at least 2009, He has given
me, at least, opportunity for repentance which I can only put down
as His longsuffering.
were previously in Peter’s epistle where we read together that ‘God
is longsuffering toward us; not wishing that any should perish but
all should come to repentance.’ I pointed out how we’ve said, “God
doesn’t want any to perish!” We’ve pointed the finger to all of
creation—all the world out there - and we’ve said, “God doesn’t
want anyone to perish!” Well, that may be true, but that’s not what
the scripture is saying. That scripture is saying that He is longsuffering
toward us ! He’s holding back; He’s staying in His grace,
His love, His compassion, and His bowels of mercy to give you and
me opportunity to repent! I am grateful for His longsuffering that
has held back His hand from 1996 to 2009! It’s His longsuffering
that has done that.
do believe I have taken some steps on from 1996 and I hope that
He’ll give enough of this peninsular for me to do whatever He considers
is necessary for me to fulfill my obedience. Maybe others of you
would say “Amen” to that. This has been 13 years, as far as I am
concerned, of grace and all grace is undeserved, but this
is especially undeserved grace because the clock has already
gone over. The page is already flipped on the calendar. His delay
in His appearing—if it’s not been for your benefit, it certainly
has been for mine.
Joshua did next was at the end of this hail storm. He heard the
Lord say to him a word that made him turn around and speak to the
sun and moon, “Stand still!” And never before has there been a day
like that, the Bible says. This was a unique day because time
stood still . And you know, time doesn’t do that!
doesn’t stand still except in this story; time stood still. What
happened during the extension of the day was Joshua was able to
have further time to defeat the enemy that had come into the land
against the people of God. Let’s read:
10:13-17 ‘And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the
people had avenged themselves upon their enemies, Is not this written
in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven,
and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day
like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the
voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel. And Joshua returned,
and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. But these five
kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.’
can see the five kings as speaking of the senses and that which
is sensual—earthy, sensual, and devilish is wisdom that comes from
beneath; that’s a way of looking at that.
10:17-20 ‘And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found
hid in a cave at Makkedah. And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon
the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them: And stay
ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of
them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the Lord your
God hath delivered them into your hand. And it came to pass, when
Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them
with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest
which remained of them entered into fenced cities.’
came back to the kings, as you know, and Joshua got the stones rolled
away and he brought the five kings out and he got those who had
been in the army of Israel—the captains—and he said, “Stand on their
that didn’t happen until the extension of the day. You see during
the day, the enemy was smitten and there was a slaughter, but in
the extension of the day, there was a ‘very great slaughter’; it
says, ‘till they were consumed’ and the kings were brought
out and the kings were slain in the extension of the day!
are we today? We’re in the extension of the day. This is the day
for finishing the work and finishing the work in glorious triumph!
God is going to do this for us! He is saying to us, “Look, the things
that have assaulted you and held you captive all this time— this
is the day to stand on their necks! This is the day
for final victory! This is the time He has extended grace
to us and how wonderful it is to read, “for the Lord fought for
them! God delivered them into their hand!”
know perfectly well anything that is being accomplished in my life
is by God because unless God does it for me, it’s not going to get
done. There’s been enough failure for me to know this. Every time,
without fail, when I think in my own heart, “I’m really getting
somewhere,” “I haven’t done that sin for awhile,” or any thought
like that, then that’s a perfect recipe for a fall. ‘Pride comes
before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.’ That slightest
bit of “I’m making progress” and He comes along and He shows me
that I haven’t made any progress and any victory in my life is entirely
His doing; not mine, but His.
He’s on our side! He’s extended grace to us not just simply to give
us more time, but so that this time can be used for the final defeat
of our enemies! And that’s what He’s about! I think it’s tremendous!
Any extension of the day—the peninsular of grace—is really a profitable
time. Are you finding that?
think this is the time; this is so exciting because God is really
on our case. Don’t you find the Holy Spirit really “picky” sometimes?
He’s “fussy” about the details, but He’s doing a work of bringing
a people to perfection! If you are going on to perfection, you can’t
have anything other than a “fussy” Holy Spirit on your case. The
things, which you wish He’d leave alone, He doesn’t leave them alone.
He’s talking about every word and every thought and every moment.
I scribble, for example; I want to write things down in a hurry.
I look at it afterwards and I feel like the Lord is saying to me,
“That’s a mess.” I’ll write a note to somebody and I’ll get a scrap
bit of paper—(now this is fine if you do this - if the Holy Spirit
is not speaking this to you, carry on doing what you’re doing; don’t
copy me)—but sometimes I’ve got to write a little note to somebody
and I get a scrappy bit of paper or an envelope out of the waste
paper basket or something, you know; I’ll pull it out and I’ll write
a note to them and then afterwards the Holy Spirit says to me, “Did
I do that or did you?” He’s so fussy about the details!
I’m walking through the hallway or somewhere and somebody in our
community left a coffee mug or they dropped something on the floor.
I want to walk past it! I want to! I try, but I can’t because He’s
telling me, “Take that coffee mug back to the kitchen; it doesn’t
belong there!” And I say, “But I didn’t leave it there!”
He says, “So what; I’m telling you to move it! Stop arguing!”
not just perfecting our actions; He’s perfecting our obedience.
He’s destroying those giants. It’s the day to get them destroyed
and it really is exciting.
been having fun in the book of Judges recently. I started a Bible
study and after several months, I’m still doing a Bible study with
the young people, working through the book of Judges. Samson is
there and I think he’s another example of the peninsular of grace.
It’s different, but it’s still an example of the peninsular of grace.
know Samson’s story over in Judges. He really messed up. He was
a Nazarite in calling, but he really messed up. He would go down
to the vineyards; he went with the Philistine women; he did everything
wrong and finally got his hair cut, which is not what a Nazarite
should do. He got it all wrong. He ended up with his eyes put out
and in the Philistine prison going round and round and round with
you just imagine what was going through his mind? He could look
back and think, “I was called to something more than this.” The
book is called “Judges”, but really you will find these judges were
deliverers; some were judges as well, but they were really deliverers.
Samson was called to bring salvation to the nation and he messed
up because of his flesh; he did not walk in his calling.
think every turn of that millstone it was a turn of, “It could have
been different. If only I hadn’t…” I think he had to work through
self-condemnation, a feeling of failure, and all that sort of stuff.
In his blindness, as he just went round and round and the Philistines
taunting him; I think he reach a place of true brokenness.
neat thing is, and you may have heard this before, when you break
a Nazarite vow, the book of Leviticus says you can start over. The
thing that you have to do to start over is you have to get your
hair cut—your head shaved. Isn’t that neat? What did Delilah do
to him? She cut his hair! That’s exactly what has to happen to re-start
your Nazarite vow! If you mess up with a Nazarite vow, you can re-start,
but God says, “Get your hair cut!”
is in the Philistine prison and his hair starts to grow again, but
it’s a picture of a Nazarite vow being restored. In all that brokenness
and penitence and awareness of his own failure, God gives him a
peninsular of grace and He restores to him the opportunity to walk
in the calling that he had missed all the while when the time was
right. God said, “Alright, I’ll give you more time; I’ll do something
more with you!”
know how the “Prayer of Jabez” got to be such a popular prayer because
of that nice little book that was written. But then it was commercialized
with such things as the “Prayer of Jabez for Young People” and the
“Prayer of Jabez for Women” and “Prayer of Jabez” t-shirts, and
“Prayer of Jabez” baseball caps, and the “Prayer of Jabez” pens.
I want to make an offer to you that nobody—nobody—has yet discovered.
Think of the commercial possibilities in the “Prayer of Samson”.
I want to say if you would like to take advantage of this, I won’t
hold you back; I won’t claim royalties. The prayer of Samson was
“Let me die!” You could have “Let Me Die!” t-shirts and “Let Me
Die! for Children” and “Let me Die! for Women”. (laughter)
Samson got to the prayer, “Let me die”, he had accomplished what
the peninsular of grace was there for in his life. All that strength
that he had that had made him rise up so high, feel so important,
so able, and so self-confident was broken and he came to the place
where he said, “Let me die!”
day was the day they had taken him and put him in the place where
the lords of the Philistines were partying. 3,000 of them were there.
You know the story; he “brought the house down”. He killed more
in his death than he did in his life. More was accomplished when
he said, “Let me die”, than had ever been accomplished when he was
alive. I forget the number I worked out, but in his life, he could
not have killed more than 1,500 Philistines. In his death, he killed
3,000 of the lords of the Philistines. Just like the five
kings were destroyed in the peninsular of grace, in Samson’s peninsular
of grace it was the lords that were destroyed—the chief
we are; do you not feel God is bringing us to a place where we are
beginning to understand that the prayer, “Let me die”, isn’t such
a bad prayer after all. “Lord, I don’t want glory; I don’t want
position; I don’t want acknowledgement; I’m not looking for something
for myself; I want You to have the glory; this is all about You;
it’s not about me; it’s not bless me, Lord; it’s let me bless You,
Lord; let me be nothing and You be everything.” That’s beginning
to resonate in our prayer times and in our walk. “Let me die!”
we assume that attitude in our praying and in our lives, in our
daily walk before the Lord, “Lord, it doesn’t matter about me; it
matters about You. I want Your glory to be seen and if it can be
seen in me, Lord, then that would be an awesome privilege, but let
it be seen. You increase and me decrease.”
peninsular of grace is working that prayer into us. In a way, it
certainly wasn’t in my life 13 years ago. The enemies—the lords
of the Philistines—are getting both their powers and their lives
terminated, in our hearts and in our lives, in these days on the
another peninsular and I don’t remember noticing this one at the
time when John preached about the peninsular, but it came to me
today as I was thinking about this. Another person who got on the
peninsular of grace was Hezekiah.
know Hezekiah’s story about how he was sick and was going to die.
Isaiah came to him and said, “Hezekiah, prepare to die. Get everything
in order; you’re going to die.” The story is actually in the Bible
three times, amazingly. It’s in Kings, Chronicles, and Isaiah, which
makes it significant, doesn’t it?
turn to Isaiah chapter 38. This is one of the accounts of the story
38:1-6 ‘In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the
prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith
the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not
live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed
unto the Lord, And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how
I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and
have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to
Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have
heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto
thy days fifteen years. And I will deliver thee and this city out
of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.’
then He turns the shadow on the sundial back 10 degrees as an evidence
that He was going to do this. This was clearly a peninsular of grace
that was given to him; he was given 15 years more life.
Hezekiah realizes this has happened, he prays a prayer of thanksgiving
to the Lord and it’s a lovely prayer. Let’s just read in it as Hezekiah
38:15- ‘What shall I say? He hath both spoken unto me, and himself
hath done it: (He’s talking
about God there. God spoke to me and He did what He said!) I
shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.’
I think Hezekiah is saying here is, “I am now going to walk really,
really carefully because I know I am in a period of extended grace
of the Lord to me. I knew the bitterness of soul in the time of
my sickness, but now the Lord has dealt bountifully with me and
has brought me through that time of bitter sickness. Because of
that experience, now I am going to be really careful how I walk
the story doesn’t end very well because not everybody is going to
use the peninsular of grace correctly. Hezekiah is one with a bad
ending because his recovery gets known around the place and the
nations round about are interested in what God had done for him
and that includes the Babylonians. Hezekiah really ought to have
been wise to this.
Babylonians are not quite the same as the Assyrians, but it’s pretty
close. There is a slight distinction—I think it’s a bit technical
in terms of the two kingdoms. Sennacherib who had come and been
destroyed in the time of Hezekiah was an Assyrian and we’re going
to read about the Babylonians, but their kingdoms were right in
the same region. There’s not really much difference between them.
Hezekiah really ought to have been sharper than he was on this.
39:1-2 ‘At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of
Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he
had heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. And Hezekiah
was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious things,
the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment,
and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures:
there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah
shewed them not.’
was not a very clever thing to do with the men from Babylon, really.
39:3-4 ‘Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said
unto him, What said these men? And from whence came they unto thee?
And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even
from Babylon. Then said he, What have they seen in thine house?
And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen:
there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them.’
the word of the Lord comes in judgment. I was pondering this; his
heart was turned by a gift. The chapter starts out by the fact that
they brought a present. Then what Hezekiah did, was took the “calling
to separation” that was on his life and took it “out there” and
mixed it—opened it up—shared it with people with a different calling.
don’t want to be in any way wrongly judgmental here, but we have
seen this happen, brethren. We have seen this in recent times happen;
where people, who we felt, had this calling have taken it and have
put it out there in Babylonish church areas and what has happened
is, the distinctness and the separateness and the uniqueness of
our calling has been dissipated by a mixture. Maybe, part of what
has turned their hearts has been the gift realm. The gift realm
is very, very subtle.
easy and what fun it would have been if, as we were singing tonight
“I am the Lord that healeth thee”, we could have said, “Every sickness
in this room—gone!” Wouldn’t that have been so amazing if we could
have done that? We could have seen Sister Martha here skipping out
the door and her cane left there. Others of us with our aches and
pains—we would all start behaving like we’re 15 again! Wouldn’t
you just love it - and wouldn’t it do something in our hearts? It’s
very, very alluring—the gift realm. There’s something about it that
can take us right out.
I was in the early days of having been baptized in the Holy Spirit,
we were involved in leading a youth meeting, which met weekly in
a home. The young people in that meeting were getting baptized in
the Holy Spirit. We were trying to encourage them, as the leadership
of that group, that they would bring things to the meeting. We would
say, “When we gather together, each of you has a song, a hymn, a
spiritual song, whatever it might be.” And then we would encourage
them, “Now look, let’s have some prophecy; let’s have some speaking
in tongues and interpretation. Come on, you’ve received the Holy
Spirit, you can do it!” And we would exhort them and we would exhort
them and we would exhort them more! Very little ever happened. I,
for a long time, scratched my head and said, “Why? All the other
charismatic groups around us seem to have all this stuff!” And we
didn’t get much of it. The young people were very definitely filled
with the Holy Spirit and could speak in tongues. We would sing in
the Spirit, but the exercise and manifestation of the spiritual
gifts were pretty rare.
I look back, I see that was the goodness of God because we could
have so easily gone down the road of excess and reveling in that
stream where there are gifts and manifestations and it’s all froth
and bubble. There’s no pressing into God for Him , but it’s
just the gifts.
thank Him today for keeping us out of that and keeping me for this
calling. I think this is a higher calling where we seek Him and
know Him for Himself and not just for what He gives us.
had a peninsular of grace but he lost it—he missed it because a
present from Babylon pulled him out and turned his head. He shared
everything that the Lord had given to him that was so special, so
valuable, so precious and he put it out there in front of the Babylonians
and the prophecy came from Isaiah and said that everything he had
shown was going to be taken, which was fulfilled in the time of
it’s serious as well, this peninsular of grace. Well, it’s grace!
It’s such a blessing that God has held back His hand and delayed
His return. Sometimes, one half of me prays, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
and the other half of me prays, “Well, don’t come just yet.” What
a blessing that God has given us this time to get the work finished!
Don’t receive the grace of God in vain. Hezekiah had that opportunity
and he missed out; he wasted the peninsular.
think we are on the peninsular of grace. I think it’s an opportunity
to bring final victory in our lives and to defeat the enemies—not
by our own power, but because God is ready to fight for us and finish
this work and cut it short in righteousness.
going to have to be the people who are like Joshua—the one who called
on the sun to stand still. It says there had never been another
day when that happened; a man did that, but the Lord was on his
side. Isn’t the Lord on our side in these days? The amount of divine
help we’re getting in these days feels far in excess in what I’ve
known at other times in my life; so much divine help. I know God
is really with us to bring us to the point where He can see His
face in our lives and be revealed in us in glory. That’s exciting,
but we’re going to have to make this the priority in our lives.
doubt there’s very much more time left. I can’t put numbers on it;
He’s not given that sort of revelation, but I do believe we are
past the date of the ending of the sixth day. We are in the seventh
or the third day, depending from where you do the count; I do really
believe that. Now is the time therefore, when He could appear—He
could appear at any time.
scriptures never say, “Get ready.” They say, “Be ready!” So, now,
if you are not ready, you need to do something about it. He’s going
to come like a thief in the night; it’s going to be a time when
we don’t expect Him. But when He comes, if you’re ready and if you’ve
availed of the peninsular of grace, you’ll find it will be such
a great day. You’ll see Him as He is and He’ll see you and Himself
in you And He will say again, “This is my son in whom I am well