ECCLESIASTES

Chapter 3

"Man, Times for his Labor."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

There is a purpose to every business under heaven. That means your labors while in the flesh body. In the Hebrew text the next verses talk about the fact that there is a time and place for everything that happens to occur, and the wise man can do those thing that must be done at the proper times.

We see that the year is divided into season, and the day is divided into day and night. There is a season, and timing for all your labor. There are twenty eight times that Solomon mentions "A time to...", and each of these twenty eight things will more than likely come into your life. Notice also that there are fourteen sets of items named, both positive and negative, and we know that "fourteen" in biblical numerics is for "salvation". "Twenty eight" in biblical numerics stands for "eternal life".

Ecclesiastes 3:2 "A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;"

Did you chose the time that you were born? No it was your season to be born. We will be covering the time to die in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes. When you plant a crop, you expect a harvest in the proper season, or time of year. The wise man will always be sure to harvest the crop he has planted.

Ecclesiastes 3:3 "A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;"

It is never a time to murder, but there is a time to get your livestock to market, and to kill the enemy that is attacking your nation, or the thief that is breaking into your house, and threatening your family. That is called self defense."

There is also a time to tare down the old, and decaying part of your property and build up the new. This can also apply to your work habits, and mental blocks.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"

Jesus talked about this in Luke 6:20, 21; "And he lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said, "Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God." [20] "Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh." [21]

It is natural that we weep during the times of sorrow and loss of loved ones in our flesh bodies. It is good for it when the times of those seasons and stresses come. It is also good to enjoy the good times of joy and laughter in the highlights of our life.

Ecclesiastes 3:5 "A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;"

The "time to cast away stones," is when you clear away the vineyard, and get ready for the planting time, and the time to gather those stones together, is the time to make a memorial to times that need to be remembered by the generations to come.

The time to embrace, is dealing with marriage, and Paul addresses this in I Corinthians 7:29-31. "But This I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;" [29] "And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoice not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;" [30] "And they that use this world, as not abusing it; for the fashion of this world passeth away."

Ecclesiastes 3:6 "A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;"

All these things will happen in your life, and what Solomon is telling us here is that they are very natural. They are called "seasons of life, and there are twenty eight of them, and all mankind will face them in the flesh. All the seasons will happen many times during your life, however, you only are born once in the flesh, and you will only die once in the flesh.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 "A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;"

The time to rend, is the time when you become so angry that you tare your cloths, and the time to sew is when you fix yourself up for those special occasions. There is nothing wrong with showing your anger, it is very natural when the times call for it. Don't think bad of yourself if something is done to you or your family to cause you such sorrow, there are seasons for sorrow and grief.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

God's love is the strongest force in the world, and the hate should come when directed to those things that Satan brings into our lives. There is a time to war, for the warring is what keeps us a free nation. The time of peace that we are coming upon today, is a false peace, as the entire world is positioning itself for the coming of the Antichrist [Satan]. It was through war that insured the freedoms that are enjoyed today.

We are entering into a time of great spiritual battle warfare, as written in Ephesians 6:10-13.

Ephesians 6:10; "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."

Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principles, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

The fight will be against Satan, the Antichrist and the realm of darkness that is his world. It is time now to prepare for that spiritual battle, and be ready to stand firm with our spiritual armor on. The next eight verses tell you how to put on your spiritual armor.

Ecclesiastes 3:9 "What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?"

Ecclesiastes 3:10 "I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it."

The "travail" should be translated "business" from the manuscripts. So this is saying that Solomon has seen the business that God has given the sons of men, to keep them busy.

There are twenty eight seasons that come to pass in your life, and each of them are part of everyday life. We must not think that it is odd when they enter our lives, but the man or woman of God must learn to adjust to them when they become part of our lives. We must learn to control our lives so that when the physical and spiritual seasons come, it will draw us to God, and not separate us from Him.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end."

In each of the seasons of time, their is a completely different scenery, yet each of the seasons are beautiful of itself.

How could our heavenly Father have set the world in our heart, or mind, and keep it hid? God has hid the knowledge in our minds of how the very beginning was, or how the the very end shall be. Through His word we have glimpses of the truth, however the key here is in the word "world". It is # 5769 in Strong's Hebrew dictionary, and is "Owlam, to conceal, the vanishing point in time, out of mind, eternity. It is a time that the mind cannot retain, past or future."

Solomon is talking about the different ages of time, and not the earth that we walk upon, and our houses are built upon. God hid the ages from each of us, in our minds, and revealed it to only those that study His Word, and believe upon it. Many times the ages are hidden by their own pastors who are bound in their traditions. They say that this earth is only 6,000 years old, when God's word in contrary to that tradition.

If you desire to understand the ages of time, and the seasons that are within them, it takes a great deal of studying in His word, for it is all there for those that desire to know the truth. Our spirit comes to understand the truths of His Word, as His Holy Spirit reveals them to us, through His Word. These truths are already in the mind, but it is hidden there from flesh man.

John 14:26; "But the Comforter, Which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

This is why we ask God for the knowledge in our studies, and His Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance, and teach you what those matters mean to your life. Remember that this entire book of Ecclesiastes is written to the flesh man that walks under the sun. It is written for you to understand and apply it to your everyday life.

Ecclesiastes 3:12 "I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life."

This is why God created man, to rejoice, and to do good in his or her life. God loves his children, with the exception of a few, that is recorded in His Word, such as Esau. The fact that you are doing good, brings the reasons to rejoice. God will then bless you for it.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 "And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God."

Each man is to eat and drink and enjoy the good of his labor, not someone else's. It is the gift of God, and that is the way that you can find peace of mind. You should work hard from what you get, and then enjoy what you have to the fullest. It is God's blessings to you.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear [revere] before Him."

We see that eternity is entering into this promise from God. When we look up the word, "for ever" we see that it is the same word that was used earlier for "world", and that is why you must be careful in your studies. It means that the good is properly concealed, God placed it in your mind, and as it is used here it is applied to the future. God controls it in all ages, even into eternity. Men change their minds occasionally, but what God says, you can count on it, and for that, you can revere Him.

When you fall short of God's word, and sin, that is the time to repent and those sins are blotted out. It is then time to learn from those mistakes, and keep on trying to live the way God would have you live. When you try and fall short and then repent we become overcomers.

Ecclesiastes 3:15 "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past."

This applies to I Corinthians 10:11; "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." This is the way that God teaches His children from His Word; things that happened in the past are ensamples or lessons for us today. Mankind doesn't change in his habits, and when you go against God's laws, His Word tells us exactly what we can expect the results to be.

What happened in the Old Testament, are types that will befall us in the end times. Even down to Noah's ark is a type of the five months period when Satan's flood comes forth of lies and deceptions, and when you are sealed in the ark of God's Word, God seals you from those flood of lies that will happen very shortly.

Revelation 12:14 "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."

Revelation 12:15 "And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood."

The truth of God's Word sealed in the minds of the woman, God's elect, will protect each of them in that great hour of temptation. God has placed the seal of God inside of their forehead, meaning in their minds the understanding the events of the past, present and future that our heavenly Father will bring upon us that will complete and finish this earth age. All the events are written in His Word, and God is not going to change what is going to happen, from what He has already promised. That is why it is important to read God's Word with understanding.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 "And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there."

Remember, "I saw under the sun" refers to flesh man that walks under the sun on this earth. This is referring to those places of earthly judgment and righteousness, meaning the places of worship where the truth and righteousness is suppose to be taught. In many of those places where righteousness, there was wickedness, vanity and much emptiness. It seems that one verse is all many of them can ever squeak out in a weekly service, and then it is used to start their story-telling fairy tale, and folklore.

More time should be spent in God's Word, learning to communicate with Him, and what He would have us know and understand. Now is the time for your preparation for the great deception and trial that will come upon us. You have the right to seal truth and understanding in your mind, but at the arrival of Satan, the Antichrist you will either be sealed or you will not.

God is saying that when there is suppose to be judgment there, all I see is plea bargains. They let the wicked go free rather then give the punishment that God has set forth. An example of this is when a murderer is caught, judged and found guilty, he should be killed and his soul set back to the heavenly Father that gave it. This is the law.

Deuteronomy 19:11, 12; "But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:" [11] "Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die." [12]

That is how you clean up these acts from your communities. It's God's way. They are suppose to be killed publicly as an example to the people. This is the same punishment for rape. It shows the loving way of our heavenly Father in the care of His people.

Thank God for the cross, that in repentance, even though the judgment requires physical death to the wicked, there is also forgiveness to them in repentance, and salvation for their soul.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 "I said in mine heart, `God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.' "

I said to myself, that everything has its proper time and season. If you understand our heavenly Fathers time schedule, you will know the beginning from the end, and it is all recorded in His letter written to you, your Bible. Everything has its season and purpose, and it is recorded in His Word, and God shall judge the righteous and the wicked for what they did in the times and seasons, and for every work that was done. Nothing happens that isn't recorded in the books that we will all be judged out of in the end.

God allows things to happen to us, and when we live our lives in accordance to what is written in His Word, we find happiness in our flesh body, as we live under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 "I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts."

It tried to take a real good look at those flesh bodies, and understand how they react as God tests them. Think flesh here, it is applying to the flesh only, and not to the spiritual. The flesh body of man is no better then an animal body. They all came from the dirt of the earth, and upon death, return to the dust that it came from. What ever goes into your mouth for food, came from the earth, even in the form of meat, and that is what your flesh body is made of. Both man and animals are made of the soil of the earth. In that sense, both man and animal are just alike.

In the deeper sense, that is why God placed man's soul in the flesh body, so that He could test them, and give them free will, to test them to see if they will love Him, read His Word, and learn to live with peace of mind. Without that Word, they will live and be like the animals. The test is for the soul, and not the flesh, for all flesh will go back to the soil at death, but the soul is tested to see if it shall have eternal life, or be destroyed with Satan, and all evil in the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:13, 14; "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." [13] "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." [14]

Ecclesiastes 3:19 "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even on thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity."

Solomon is pointing out that all is the same between man and beast. The are born the same, they eat the same things, and breath the same air. In the flesh each lives for itself, and places its life over all other life, whether it be man or beast. The nature of the flesh is the same in both man beast, all is vanity, or emptiness, with no lasting eternal thought. Theu are the same earth, same soil, same clay, same food, same air, and formed by the same potter, the heavenly Father.

Don't lose sight that this is not in reference to ones soul, but to the man in the flesh body only. This is why we must learn to make our flesh man, come under the control of the spiritual man that is within us. We are made up of two bodies, the flesh and the spiritual bodies, and when the flesh man is in control, then the actions and thought of that person is under the control of the flesh or beast nature within us, and that is why the actions are that of the beast. The flesh within itself is nothing more than an animal, as it cries out for the same needs that an animal does.

The higher man within each of us is our spiritual nature, or inner man that is contained in a spiritual body. That spiritual body is eternal, if through the test you become an overcomer.

Remember that this book of Ecclesiastes is written to the flesh man, whereby he could find peace of mind, while dwelling within this house of clay, we call our flesh body. That is what this book is written for and about.

Ecclesiastes 3:20 "All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again."

There is no resurrection of the flesh body, and it doesn't matter what you think you believe, the flesh body goes back to the dust of the earth that it came from, for it's season is past and over. When the flesh is dead it will never be used again for that purpose. However a different thing is about to happen to man, that separates him from the beast.

Ecclesiastes 3:21 "Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

The spirit of man is like the wind. Man does have a higher spirit here, and this goes to the eternal life that man has. To understand this more, lets go back to the 11th and 14th verses of this chapter, and the word "world" or "olam" or ages. God does have a past, present and future; and mans soul, or spiritual body also lived in the ages past, in the world that was; and he will also live and be judged in the age to come, after death at the close of the Millennium age.

Let's look at this a little closer. Before you were born, you were with God, and lived in the age that was. God created you, your soul in the eons past, in the age that was, and you lived with Him in your spirit body. Then just as you were with Him before in the ages past, you will also be with Him again when your spirit leaves your flesh body, that God created to test that spirit body of yours. Whether you like it or not, you will face your heavenly Father face to face, and be held accountable for all those thing that you have done while being tested in this flesh body.

The important thing to Solomon, the man of wisdom, is that he could see that there was eternal life in the spirit and soul of man, that returned to the father that sent it. However, as long as you are on the earth, don't try to make the flesh heavenly. "Flesh and blood can not enter into the kingdom of God." I Corinthians 15:50. Sometimes when you think you are perfect in your flesh, be careful, for the fall is right ahead of you.

We are to keep our flesh bodies as pure as possible, for it is the temple of the not only our spirit, but the Holy Spirit of God. We are to keep it healthy, wise and in order with the instruction God gave us for maintaining it in His Word. God only gives a man or woman what he can take care of, and if you gain more than that, someone will just take it away from you.

Ecclesiastes 3:22 "Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?"

That is your lot in life, that you rejoice in the works that you have done. You may not see who it is that gathers the rewards of the works of your hands, so while you are doing the work, and enjoying what you are doing, don't do without the life's necessities and pleasures that you have earned with your hands. That also applies to your estate, and your planning, that lawyers and the courts won't steal your inheritance from your loved ones. Do your planning while your of good physical and mental health.

Enjoy yourself and take advantage of what you have, for you have earned it, and God expects it of you. Wisdom and common sense tells you also to set aside a part of what you have, for that rainy day and the unexpected that will come upon you.

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