Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s Laying The Foundation Series (Part 8) titled “At The End Of Time” which was recorded in New Zealand, December 1994.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
So now we’ll come to our proclamation. This one is taken from the last two verses of the epistle of Jude. Very familiar words to many because it’s often used in church services.
Jude 1:24-25: Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
Just think, that He is able to present us faultless before the presence of His glory. What a wonderful God we serve!
Now, I have dealt in the previous sessions with the first four of the foundation doctrines. Let me see if I can recapitulate them. Repentance from dead works, faith toward God, the doctrine of baptism, and the laying on of hands.
Now, my message this morning was entitled ‘Transmitting God’s Power,’ and it dealt with that specific issue of laying on of hands. I’m sure for some of you it was quite a surprise to discover what an important part laying on of hands plays in the work and life of the church.
Now we have two remaining doctrines, very exciting ones: The resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
DO YOU LIVE IN THIS WORLD OR IN THE NEXT?
But before I do those, I plan to do them in the next two sessions, I want to do this one on a theme that I’ve called ‘At The End of Time.’
Because you have to understand that when we come to these final two doctrines, they take us out of time and into eternity. That is one of their important functions, that we should not focus only on this life. I find so many Christians today only think in terms of what God will do for them in this life. But that’s just a tiny fraction of all that God has for us.
I want to read a Scripture from Revelation 10. I have to be very careful because with my background in philosophy, I can sometimes get taken over by certain thoughts.
This speaks in Revelation 10:5-6 of an angel: who lifted up his hand and swore by Him who lives forever and ever — that’s God — who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, the sea and the things that are in it, there should be time no longer.
Now, all your versions will say ‘there will be no more delay’ which may be the correct meaning. But what the Scripture actually says is: ‘there shall be no more time.’ And we are coming to a point, sooner or later in every one of our lives when there will be no more time.
Somebody has said the clock behind all clocks is the human heart, and, when the human heart ceases to beat all clocks cease to tick. And each of us individually passes out of time into a new realm, an eternal realm.
Remember, eternity is not just a very long period of time. It’s a total different realm of being, one that we can scarcely understand.
And I really appreciate the statement ‘the mystery that God has created’ because time is a mystery. This is something that I was deeply involved in as a philosopher more than fifty years ago but it appeals to me because the Bible says it so clearly. Time is a mystery.
Physicists tell us that if some scientists could get on board a spaceship that travels maybe at half the speed of light and visit some distant planet or star and come back, by their time they would have been two weeks on the journey, but by earth’s time it would have been two generations. And when they come back they’d meet their great-grandchildren. That boggles our minds, doesn’t it?
You see, time is a mystery. Let me say something else about the measurement of time. As we understand it, it depends on a human observer. For instance, a scientist might say: Well, because of the accumulation of a certain deposit on a certain stone or in a certain valley, whatever it might be or the accumulation of atomic dust, we believe that one million years have passed. And I could say I believe that, too, but I believe it happened one million times faster than you say.
So, only one year passed. Now there would be no difference whatever in the evidence. In other words, it’s the input of a personal observer that makes time what it is. And I’m content to say it’s a mystery. But bear in mind, one day we’re going to pass out of time into eternity.
Second Corinthians 4:17-18 speak about the difference between the eternal and the temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18: Paul says: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment. And when you think of all that Paul went through, when he speaks about a light affliction, my dear brother and sister, what are you worrying about? What have you got to compare with that? Don’t tell us about your deep afflictions until you’ve measured yourself by Paul. Don’t let me speak about my afflictions.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Always bear that in mind when you’re under pressure. It’s doing something for you. It’s working for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Now in the Hebrew language, the word for weight and the word for glory are essentially the same. So Paul is thinking as a Jew in Hebrew, he’s speaking about a weight of glory which God is preparing for us.
And then he says: While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. Now bear that in mind, affliction only works good in your life while you keep your eyes on the eternal. If you take your eyes off the eternal and just focus on your problems and start to feel sorry for yourself, your affliction is not doing you any good. It only works for you, for us: