Everything in God must grow into a state of completeness. This includes both good and evil.
12 ¶ Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him.
13 God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.
14 “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.
15 “As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.
16 “Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”
Many things had to play out before God’s word to Abraham took root in the physical realm. But for this hour we are looking for more than just going to our fathers in peace as Abraham did. It is not enough to know that “some day” God will bring to completion His plan for His people. Every generation prior to this one has done precisely that; they have gone to their fathers with the hope of a better day in their hearts. But that is not what God has spoken, and is speaking, to this generation. Just as we see the antichrist spirit dominating the world scene in an unprecedented manner, we must also see the hidden work being wrought in His sons. If evil is coming to the full, then so must the righteousness of God. If the darkness of the antichrist spirit is growing and lengthening like a shadow, what is growing to countermand it?
7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.
8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
What is this precious produce of the soil? It is the living word of God implanted in the hearts of His sons. There is nothing that will ever spring forth from our lives that wasn’t first planted there. Peter tells us:
23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 ¶ For, “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,
25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you.
It’s the seed of His word that comes to fruition within us. His word must be completed in a people. We will not be caught up in “end time events” and somehow experience the fulfillment of God’s purposes. Completion will come because of a people who hold His word and believe it until it has its perfect work in them. Several times in the Scriptures eating the word is mentioned. We will read John’s experience.
9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he *said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”
10 I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.
The word is always sweet when we hear it. It is sweet when we speak it. It is easy to mistake the sweetness of hearing and speaking the word for fulfillment. But the proof of the word growing and coming to completion in us is the bitterness in our stomachs. The bitterness is the word crucifying the religious, soul life until there is nothing left to glory in on a human level.
Who can say how close we are? How can we evaluate how thorough His word has become in us? Only the Lord can substantiate this. We can know we are in the season of the farmer waiting patiently for the fruit of the soil. This analogy was given by James in conjunction with Christ being revealed. Fulfillment is not coming because we have heard a smorgasbord of His word from many sources. Fulfillment comes because of a people who have held a word made real to their hearts, and believed it to its completion. The completion of His word in a people is synonymous with sonship. We are in the hour of completion. It is our faith in what God has made real to us that seals us to fulfillment.