“FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU...”


Old Testament:

God’s plan was and is to create a beautifully joined Heaven and Earth.  God made man in His image and designed a home for us to be with Him.  His will was and is for us to be able to discern right from wrong.  He created us to dwell in eternity with Him, to enjoy Him and to choose Him.   Beginning with the circle of the clasp, Time, as illustrated by the length of the necklace, is created by God to accomplish His purpose.


In the beginning, God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Elohim, desired to create something beautiful and so He/They created the Heavens and the Earth.  And The Spirit of God God said, “let Us go down and make man in our image”...in the image of God, He created man, Adam, and Eve,   


Now the serpent (Satan) was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD had made and he tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. So the LORD banished them, Adam and Evefrom the Garden of Eden, and He placed cherubim angels, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.


And so, Mankind falls from Grace.


Adam lay with Eve and she brought forth first Cain and then Abel.  While theyCain and Abel, were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him.   


The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the Earth had become .. and the LORD was grieved...but Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.  The LORD said to Noah, “ Go into the ark...” and  the waters flooded the Earth.   But God remembered Noah and the waters receded.  Then God blessed Noah saying, “Be fruitful and fill the Earth. I have set my rainbow (paralleling God in His throne room)  in the clouds as my covenant with the Earth and you.” 


The LORD came down to see the City of Babel (foreshadowing Babylon) and the LORD scattered the people all over the Earth.  


Job’s story parallels the time of the Patriarchs.  With God’s permission, Job is afflicted by Satan and cries out for God.  


Abraham and his wife, Sarahreceive God’s promise of blessing. They are visited by three strangers,: the LORD, and 2 angels.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed by God’s wrath (foreshadowing  God’s  ultimate Wrath  and the Lake of Fire).  In failing to trust God’s promise, Abraham and Sarah involve Hagar.  With the birth of Ishmael, the Moslem nation is born.  As promised, Sarah gives birth to Isaac. Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son, Isaac,  foretells the sacrifice of God’s son, Christ.  Isaac’s son, Jacob, produces 12 sonsincluding Josephwho become the  12 tribes of Israel, the Nation of Israel (to be redeemed as the 144,000). 


Moses, born a slave but raised by pharaoh’s daughter, is commanded by The LORD, God, in the Burning Bush, (paralleling Pentecost’s flames of fire) to rescue His people from their captivity in Egypt.  Egypt is visited by the Angel of Death, and Moses  leads God’s people into the desert for 40 years. Moses encounters God in the Cloud and delivers the 10 Commandments (foreshadowing Christ’s Greatest Commandment ) to the people, the Nation of Israel.  Joshua leads the people into the promised land. 


Ruth follows her mother-in -law home to the promised land and becomes the grandmother of King David. 


King David (God’s chosen earthly king preceding Christ Jesus) unites the Nation of Israel in Jerusalem but sins against God in adultery with Bathsheba and by murder of her husband.  David’s son, Solomon, builds God’s temple, foreshadowing the New Jerusalem in the prophecy of John’s Book of Revelation. 


Esther fights for God’s people while in exile in Persia.


In Exile, The Major Prophets, Isaiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekiel hear God’s words of anger and despair.  They deliver prophecy concerning Israel’s rejection of God.  Angels act as messengers to the Prophet; these include the angel in the furnace, the Angel Michael and the cherubim.



New Testament:


Once you reach the cross on your necklace, you will be starting the symbolic upswing of mankind’s return to God through grace.  


Joseph, the carpenter, and His betrothed, the virgin, Mary, are separately visited by God’s messenger, the angel, Gabriel.  They are told that The Holy Spirit of God has come upon Mary and she will birth the Son of God.  John the Baptist precedes and announces  Christ Jesus.  Jesus gathers The 12 Disciples.  He ushers in the Kingdom of God as He fulfills the law.  The 10 Commandments are replaced by Jesus'  Greatest Commandment, " Love the LORD with all your soul and with all your mind.  And love your neighbor as yourself”.  Jesus appears Transfigured to Peter, James,  and John.  Jesus renames Simon; “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church...”  The 12 Disciples also include Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, Simon, Thomas , Thaddaeus and Judas. The gospel is opened up to the gentiles through the syrian woman who begs for Christ’s “crumbs” Sisters, Mary and Martha, learn faith and trust.  Jesus offers the Samaritan woman at the well “Living Water” Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus.  Satan tempts Judas.  The Jewish Passover becomes Jesus’ Last Supper.  Jesus is rejected by God’s beloved Nation of Israel and crucified on a cross. 


Mankind’s fall from grace has been arrested. By Christ’s sacrifice, God’s creation has been redeemed and atoned for. On the 3rd day, following His death, an angel announces Christ’s resurrection; the tomb is empty.


After Christ’s ascension and return to His Father, God, on the Day of Pentecosttongues of fire appear on the Disciples, and they are filled with The Holy Spirit Saul, renamed Paul, becomes the apostle to the Gentiles.  Mark and Luke, along with Matthew, and John write the gospels.  John, the beloved, records The Book of Revelation.


The Church Age:

  

All time following the writings of the Bible and prior to The Second Coming of Christ is part of “The Church Age”.  Therefore, everyone of us, as members of the church, as part of The Body of Christare awaiting The Second Coming.  The 4 beads of green, red, creamand blue, represent the separation of the present day Earth from the present day  Heavens by  Satan and sin.  The cream bead is us, the church, the bride of Christ, waiting for God and Christ. 


John’s Book of Revelation, the Second Coming of Christ:


John is taken up to Heaven in a vision and hears and sees One Like a Son of Man wearing a white robe with a golden sash.  He witnesses God in His throne room surrounded by a rainbow.  He hears Christ’s exhortations and admonitions to The 7 Churches,  Christ is presented to God as the sacrificed lamb.  Christ, God and The Holy Spirit prepare for the final battle against Satan, the beasts one and two, Babylon, the prostitute, and the red dragon of old.  The Angelic Host, God’s messengers and agents of destruction, are assembled.  The battle will be won by the Blood of the Lamb and the testimony of the saints.  But first, God commands the sealing of the 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel; God’s promise to Abraham will be fulfilled.  The old, broken Earth will be destroyed by God’s Wrath.  Satan, the beasts, and Babylon will be thrown into the Lake of Fire The Bride of Christ, the Church, washed white in the blood of Christ will be gathered up by The Holy Spirit and taken to the new Earth and the new Heavens to dwell with God and Christ in the New Jerusalem.  God’s gift of time is over.   God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reign and dwell with man forever in eternity.  


Your necklace will reflect this return to God and His plan by the joining of the clasp.