Ecclesiastes 9:11 “[ The Limitations of Wisdom ] Again I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, or bread to the wise, or riches to the discerning, or favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all of them.”
We are all caught in TIME. We can suffer CHANCE that involves a HAPPENING.
What does that all mean? 1 – 2 – 3 things that come into play.
time >noun 1 the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future, regarded as a whole. 2 a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon. 3 the favorable or appropriate moment to do something. 4 (a time) an indefinite period. 5 (also times) a portion of time characterized by particular events or circumstances: Victorian times. 6 (one’s time) a period regarded as characteristic of a particular stage of one’s life. 7 the length of time taken to complete an activity. 8 time as allotted, available, or used: a waste of time. 9 an instance of something happening or being done. 10 Brit. the moment at which the opening hours of a public house end. 11 informal a prison sentence. 12 an apprenticeship. 13 the normal rate of pay for time spent working. 14 (times) (following a number) expressing multiplication. 15 the rhythmic pattern or tempo of a piece of music.
>verb 1 arrange a time for. 2 perform at a particular time. 3 measure the time taken by. 4 (time out) Computing (of a computer or a program) cancel (an operation) automatically because a predefined interval of time has passed. 5 (times) informal multiply (a number).
-PHRASES about time conveying that something should have happened earlier. all the time 1 at all times. 2 very frequently or regularly. at the same time 1 simultaneously. 2 nevertheless. at a time separately in the specified groups or numbers. behind the times not aware of or using the latest ideas or techniques. for the time being until some other arrangement is made. have no time for 1 be unable or unwilling to spend time on. 2 dislike or disapprove of. in time 1 not late. 2 eventually. 3 in accordance with the appropriate musical rhythm or tempo. keep good (or bad) time 1 (of a clock or watch) record time accurately (or inaccurately). 2 be habitually punctual (or not punctual). keep time play or accompany music in time. on time punctual; punctually. pass the time of day exchange greetings or casual remarks. time and tide wait for no man proverb if you don’t make use of a favorable opportunity, you may never get the same chance again.
time immemorial a point of time in the distant past beyond recall or knowledge. time is money proverb time is a valuable resource, therefore it’s better to do things as quickly as possible. the time of one’s life a period or occasion of exceptional enjoyment. time out of mind another way of saying time immemorial. time will tell the truth about something will be established in the future.
-ORIGIN Old English; related to tide, which it superseded in temporal senses.
chance >noun 1 a possibility of something happening. 2 (chances) the probability of something happening. 3 an opportunity. 4 the occurrence of events in the absence of any obvious design. >verb 1 do something by accident. 2 informal risk.
-PHRASES by any chance possibly. chance one’s arm Brit. informal risk doing something. on the (off) chance just in case. stand a chance have a prospect of success. take a chance (or chances) expose oneself to the risk of danger or failure.
-ORIGIN Old French cheance, from cheoir ‘fall, befall’.
happening >noun 1 an event or occurrence. 2 a partly improvised or spontaneous artistic or theatrical performance. >adjective informal fashionable.
1 Samuel 6:9 “Then watch: If it goes up the road to its homeland toward Beth-shemesh, it is the LORD who has made this terrible trouble for us. However, if it doesn’t, we will know that it was not His hand that punished us—it was just something that happened to us by chance.”
Acts 19:31 “Even some of the provincial officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent word to him, pleading with him not to take a chance by going into the amphitheater.”
Now, think about DESIGN.
design >noun 1 a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of something before it is built or made. 2 the art or action of producing such a plan or drawing. 3 underlying purpose or planning: the appearance of design in the universe. 4 a decorative pattern. >verb 1 conceive and produce a design for. 2 plan or intend for a purpose.
-PHRASES by design intentionally. have designs on aim to obtain, especially in an underhand way.
-ORIGIN from Latin designare ‘mark out, designate’
Father is a designer. Father gives instructions for certain designs. With Michael, it was the design for angels and all else within creation. With others within creation he taught designs:
Exodus 26:31 “You are to make a veil of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen with a design of cherubim worked into it.”
Who is above the Cherubim?
Isaiah 37:15,16 “Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God —You alone —of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth.”
Read all of Isaiah 37 and find what the parallels are with Satan. Locate the other verses that Father has used in other Books of the Word. For example, Satan wanting to rise up and resemble Father. Search under Satan’s other name for one comparison, which is “Gog.” Learn to see and quickly note parallel connections within the Word. They are not by chance, but are by design.
12. 1 Chronicles 5:4
Joel’s sons: his son Shemaiah, his son Gog, his son Shimei,
13. Ezekiel 38:1
[ The Defeat of Gog ] The word of the LORD came to me:
14. Ezekiel 38:2
“Son of man, turn your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him
15. Ezekiel 38:3
and say: This is what the Lord GOD says: Look, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
16. Ezekiel 38:14
“Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog: This is what the Lord GOD says: On that day when My people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know [this]
17. Ezekiel 38:16
You will advance against My people Israel like a cloud covering the land. It will happen in the last days, Gog, that I will bring you against My land so that the nations may know Me, when I show Myself holy through you in their sight.
18. Ezekiel 38:18
Now on that day, the day when Gog comes against the land of Israel”—[this is] the declaration of the Lord GOD —”My wrath will flare up.
19. Ezekiel 39:1
[ The Disposal of Gog ] “As for you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say:This is what the Lord GOD says: Look, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.
20. Ezekiel 39:11
“Now on that day I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel—the Valley of the Travelers east of the Sea. It will block those who travel through, for Gog and all his hordes will be buried there. So [it] will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.
21. Ezekiel 39:15
When they pass through the land and one of them sees a human bone, he will erect a marker next to it until the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamongog.
22. Revelation 20:8
and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea.
Satan began his career within TIME as the Covering Cherub. He took a CHANCE that resulted in a HAPPENING that caused a shipwreck. That shipwreck was the altering of Father’s Divine Plan that is wrapped up within Her WAY of how creation is to behave so that all things within Her remain within balance. Father is NATURE. What happens when Nature gets out of balance? Think about this also, and think about how nature remedies the imbalance. Delve deep, for there is much to discern.
Isaiah 37 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Hezekiah Seeks Isaiah’s Counsel
1 When King Hezekiah heard [their report], he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the house of the LORD. 2 Then he sent Eliakim, who was in charge of the palace, Shebna the scribe, and the older priests, wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 3 They said to him, “Hezekiah says: ‘Today is a day of distress, rebuke, and disgrace, [as] when children come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them. 4 Perhaps the LORD your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master, the king of Assyria, sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke [him for] the words that the LORD your God has heard. Therefore offer a prayer for the surviving remnant.’ ”
5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Say this to your master, ‘The LORD says: Don’t be afraid because of the words you have heard, which the king of Assyria’s attendants have blasphemed Me with. 7 Look! I am putting a spirit in him and he will hear a rumor and return to his own land, where I will cause him to fall by the sword.’ ”
8 When the Rabshakeh heard that the king had left Lachish, he returned and discovered that the king of Assyria was fighting against Libnah. 9 The king had heard this about Tirhakah, king of Cush: “He has set out to fight against you.” So when he heard this, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Say this to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Don’t let your God, whom you trust, deceive you by saying that Jerusalem won’t be handed over to the king of Assyria. 11 Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries; they destroyed them completely. Will you be rescued? 12 Did the gods of the nations that my predecessors destroyed rescue them— Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the Edenites in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah?'”
14 Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers, read it, then went up to the LORD’s house and spread it out before the LORD. 15 Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 “LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God—You alone—of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 17 Listen closely, LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, LORD, and see; hear all the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. 18 LORD, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated all these countries and their lands 19 and have thrown their gods into the fire; for they were not gods but made by human hands —wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 20 Now, LORD our God, save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD—You alone.”
God’s Answer to Hezekiah
21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent [a message] to Hezekiah: “The LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Because you prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: The young woman, Daughter Zion, despises you and scorns you: Daughter Jerusalem shakes [her] head behind your back. 23 Who is it you have mocked and blasphemed? Who have you raised [your] voice against and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel! 24 You have mocked the LORD through your servants. You have said: With my many chariots I have gone up to the heights of the mountains, to the far recesses of Lebanon. I cut down its tallest cedars, its choice cypress trees. I came to its remotest heights, its densest forest.
25 I dug [wells] and drank water. I dried up all the streams of Egypt with the soles of my feet. 26 Have you not heard? I designed it long ago; I planned it in days gone by. I have now brought it to pass, and you have crushed fortified cities into piles of rubble. 27 Their inhabitants have become powerless, dismayed, and ashamed. They are plants of the field, tender grass, grass on the rooftops, blasted by the east wind. 28 But I know your sitting down, your going out and your coming in, and your raging against Me.
29 Because your raging against Me and your arrogance has reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth; I will make you go back the way you came. 30 ” ‘This will be the sign for you: This year you will eat what grows on its own, and in the second year what grows from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 31 The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 For a remnant will go out from Jerusalem, and survivors from Mount Zion. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.’
33 ” ‘Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the king of Assyria: He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or build up an assault ramp against it. 34 He will go back on the road that he came and he will not enter this city. [This is] the LORD’s declaration. 35 I will defend this city and rescue it, because of Me and because of My servant David.’ ”
Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death
36 Then the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the [next] morning—there were all the dead bodies! 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and left. He returned [home] and lived in Nineveh. 38 One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword and escaped to the land of Ararat. Then his son Esar-haddon became king in his place.