The Bible refers to the chronos plan of redemption that we are highlighting as the “mystery of His will” (Eph. 1:9). The Greek word for mystery is musterion. In the New Testament it means that which is known to the initiated; that which is outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension; that which can be made known only by Divine revelation, and which is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God.
Let’s put that in plain English: (1) It takes the Spirit of God to reveal it; (2) it takes a seeking heart to receive it; and (3) it must be the right time to see it. In other words, we cannot figure out this mystery on our own. It requires spiritual revelation from above. The mystery does not refer to God Himself, but to the plan placed throughout God’s Word. Specifically, it relates to God’s plans and purposes as they pertain to the human race.
As we’ve seen, mountains play a prominent role in the plan, particularly as God relates to His people. We previously saw what happened to the counterfeit “mountain” or temple tower in Babel. Isaiah 19:19-20 describes a pillar and altar to the Lord built by the people of Shem (Noah’s godly son). We know it today as the Great Pyramid. “In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.”
We see it again in a prominent prophecy recorded in Isaiah 2:2 (emphasis added). “Now it shall come to pass in the latter Days that the Mountain of the Lord’s House shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.” In the Day of the Lord (the 7th Day), the Mountain of the Lord’s House will be established on the top of other mountains.
One such mountain abode shall be established by the revived Jewish remnant during Christ’s millennial reign. All the nations shall flow to it. More on that later. The prophet Daniel tells us about a Stone Mountain that shall crush the Gentile empires that seek to destroy the Jews. More on that later.
A prophecy from Zechariah 4:7 declares. “Who are you, O Great Mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And He shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it.’ ” The fact that the formation of this mysterious capstone would require shouts of grace in order to complete it speaks to us in these last Days, during the New Covenant of grace.
Yet another mountain shall appear at the end of the Days. The heavenly Mt. Zion and heavenly New Jerusalem shall descend to the new earth when God merges His Heaven with the new earth. More on that later, too.
The Chronos Lesson: We will not understand our place at such a time as this, let alone mankind’s place in the cosmos, unless we comprehend this mystery of God’s will or divine agenda. This is the purpose of this series. It’s time to make it known.
“Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.” (Rom. 16:25-27)