Sermon 79 - GOD'S ETERNAL KNOWLEDGE.

by J.O. Thomas

Isaiah 46:10 states, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

We can see that the Lord is able to tell you the end from the beginning and as he says: “from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” All of the things, no matter the topic or event, that are yet in the future, he is able to declare them now. He already knows all that will be in the future. He can tell you or show you in a dream, vision or however he wants; all that will occur tomorrow, all that will be in each day of next week, and the future. It is all already past tense to him. He can tell what color of shirt you will be wearing this time tomorrow. He can tell you how many words you are going to speak tomorrow. He can tell you how many people will be in each of the next three cars in front of you on your way to work tomorrow, what they will be discussing and how they will be dressed. He can tell you how many passengers will be in each of the flights of every airline for the next one year, what time each passenger will wake up that day. There is nothing the Lord does not already know.


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He says, “My counsel shall stand”. Only what he wants will stand. When he says “My counsel shall stand”, it also means you can count on every promise of the Bible, irrespective of what anyone else or the devil may say. When he says, in John 3:16, “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, it means just exactly that: whosoever believeth in the Lord Jesus will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here is another scripture, Psalm 90:4 states, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” If I were to ask you what you did yesterday, you might say: “I went to the store and bought some food items”; “I ate at a restaurant”; “I went to the beach with my son and daughter, I took some pictures; I even have a video of my son and daughter running on the beach”; or “I called a good friend of mine and we talked on the phone for over an hour.” These are events of yesterday – they have already taken place. To each year of the next thousand years, you can add another thousand years, and add another thousand years, and so forth, and you can see that the Lord has already been in all of the events of the next trillions years. To him, they have all taken place just like the events of yesterday. The Bible can clearly state, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past.” To the Lord, there is no event of the future that is not already a past event to him. It also means that the Lord has already been into each day of your life on this earth. All of these days are already past to him. The Bible says in Psalm 68:19, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” He already knows what you need each day of your life and that is why he can daily load you with benefits. He has already heard all of your prayers even before you prayed.

Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Your life is in his hand. Praise him who has created the heaven, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Psalm 103:1-2 states: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefit.”

The Lord tells us, in Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” There is no need for you to be burdened by the events of tomorrow. The Lord Jesus owns tomorrow.

Philippians 4:19 states, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Our God shall supply all of your needs. He knows what you need each day for the rest of your life on this earth because he has already been into those days. He has already gone ahead of you to make provisions for you. He already knows how much you need to make a particular payment, ten months from now. He has already been there. He knows you could be run over by a car eighteen days from today. He has already stepped in, slowed that other car down, even though you are still in today.

He says, in Matthew 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” There is nothing the Lord does not already know. The Lord sits in eternity where there is no time. Isaiah 57:15 tells us the realm where the Lord dwells: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy.” He remains the same, he does not change. Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” You will find, the One who dwells in eternity is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 9:6 states, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Lord Jesus, that child that was to be born, that son that was to be given, it says, his name shall be called “The mighty God”. In effect, do not go looking for God somewhere else, you are looking right at him. Colossians 1:16-17 states, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” We read in Ephesians 1:11, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”

The Lord has a purpose, and he ensures all things work in accordance with his will. And for those who truly believe in the Lord Jesus, we have obtained an inheritance that shall be for eternity. Ephesians 1:4-6 states, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

We can see that the Lord chose those who will believe in him before the foundation of the world. It does not state he chose us ten years before the foundation of the world or a trillion years before the foundation of the world. It simply states he chose us before the foundation of the world. There is no time with the Lord. He chose us from eternity that “we should be holy and without blame before him in love” through salvation, and as it states, “To the praise of the glory of his grace”. We shall live with him for eternity. Let us read Psalm 139:1-12, it states, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

As this scripture says, the Lord knows when you sit down and when you wake up. He knows all of your thoughts. He is acquainted with all of your ways. There is no word in your mouth that he does not already know. There is no where that you can go that he is not there. The darkness is the same as the light to him. He can tell you how many birds and how many species of birds there are on this earth. He can tell you how many different types of fish we have, where each of them is right now, where each of them will be seven hours from now, this time tomorrow and every second for the next ten years. He can tell you about the different types of creatures that live way beneath the oceans. He can tell you about the different types of animals roaming this earth; he can tell you where each of them is at this moment. He can tell you about each day of every human being that has been or will be born on this earth. Matthew 10:29 states: “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.”

Isaiah 40:28 states, “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” He can tell you about all of the stars in the heavens that he has also created. Isaiah 45: 18 states, “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited. I am the LORD; and there is none else.” Our God is great. Isaiah 40:25-26 states, “To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names, by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power, not one faileth.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 states, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted: a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

We can see God’s hand in everything. He already knows when each person will be born and when that person will leave this earth. He already knows, way ahead of time, how many people will be on this planet at any one time and at what location. You cannot hide from him. He knows of our sins, but he also knows he has made the provision for the forgiveness of our sins. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Here is a scripture that shows the Lord knows all about us even before we are born. Romans 9:11-13 states, “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, THE ELDER SHALL SERVE THE YOUNGER. As it is written, JACOB HAVE I LOVED, BUT ESAU HAVE I HATED.” Jacob and Esau were not yet even born, but God already had a purpose for them. He already knew where their paths would take them. It says “according to his election.” We serve a God that is not a man.

When the Bible says in Revelation 20:12: “and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works”, the Lord is not just waiting for those events to take place in the future for him to find out about them. He dwells in eternity and has already gone past these events. He already knows what they are. They are past tense to him. They are like events of yesterday that have already taken place and he already knows them all. The Lord has another book for his own children – those “whose names are in the book of life” (Philippians 4: 3), because he already knows all those who will truly believe in him.

This scripture tells us the Lord knows all those that are his. 2nd Timothy 2:19 states, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” We cannot comprehend in this world what the almighty God has in store for all them that have accepted his salvation. 1st Corinthians 2:9 states, “But as it is written, EYE HATH NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NEITHER HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN, THE THINGS WHICH GOD HATH PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM.”


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Ephesians 3:20-21 states, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36 states, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

When he comes for us in the rapture, he will change our mortal body to the immortal. 1st Corinthians 15:52-57 states, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We worship the Lord daily on this earth. And when we get to heaven, we shall continue in his praises. As Revelation 5:12 states, “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory and blessing."



J.O. Thomas,
www. gospelwordministry.com