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These days has seen the confluence of steps that lead to the coming Apocalypse taking a frenetic pace. It seems that the world is the cusp of madness and whether you look you find hate, killings, plagues, economic collapse mentality and all of the bad things that you can think off.
Well it turns out that you are not going insane, your perception is accurate, the world is going insane, that is Satanically insane which is the case that Jesus said the world would be prior to His coming.
Pastor Faraq in his weekly update has preached an impassioned and excellent rendition of the prophetic literature that describe the events we are being witnesses today. Take a pad and pencil and annotate the Bible prophecies he so eloquently enumerates to teach you the pertinent facts from God’s perspective as prophesied thousands of years ago for such a time as the one at present.
I have to admit that I personally think that Pastor Faraq is a great man of God who speaks the truth and is knowledgeable and passionate for the Word of God.
It would do you well to find yourself in step with him and heed the advise given, specially about the shortness of time left to chose life and not death by believing and taking Jesus into your heart.
It is telling that this Palestinian Christian Pastor loves Israel and its people more than many Israelis do. Islam is Satanic and Allah is the false god Satan his observations of the word devil and d evil or live reversed is very good.
As these words are written the war between Israel and Hamas is going full throttle with the prospect of an escalating conflict. There seems to be no intermediary that could put an end to this conflict and the belligerents are at each others throat trying to kill each other.
Simultaneous to this crisis an airline Boeing 777 was shot down in Eastern Ukraine by a Russian SA 15 rocket. This event has placed the world on edge and as a consequence it has affected the flights going into Israel by all independent carriers except El Al. This will put economic pressure into Israel in an unacceptable way.
The Bible foresaw these events that are leading to several prophecies being fulfilled, among them the Psalm 83 prophecy and others that are covered by pastor JD Farag of Kaneohe church in Hawaii.
Mr. Bill Salus has also written an excellent book on the subject titled Psalm 83 the missing prophecy revealed. This book is a must read for all who are seeing the situation in the middle east deteriorating by the minute.
There are so many Nations in turmoil and discord that it is a wonder that a bigger conflagration has not erupted already that would engulf the whole world.
It is pathetic that so many people are oblivious and uncaring to everything that is happening in the believe that it is happening over there why should we worry? Well it will affect you no matter where you are living on this planet.
The two videos below see’s Mr. Gary Stearman interviewing Mr. Tom Horn the author of several outstanding books including the one Blood on the Altar.
The subjects covered are of the utmost importance to all humans but specially to those who are Christians.
The one world church that will exist during the Tribulation and will be headed by the False Prophet, the identity of this person, fallen angels, human chimeras, and the supernatural are all covered.
Each of these themes is a book to be written by itself and it takes a brilliant Christian author like Tom Horn to document it and relate it to the Bible as the prophetic scriptures are making today’s newspaper headlines.
The supernatural is infringing in the natural world of today at a vertiginous pace and so is the true God Jesus Christ through His people.
July 16, 2014 The constant barrage of rockets sent by Hamas to Israel and its prophetic implications
Pastor Farag covers the daily rocket bombardment of Israel and the IDF response with a systematic, controlled and accurate targeting of Hamas.
He covers the possibility that we are seeing the very beginnings of the Psalm 83 prophecy and the speech of Israels ambassador to the UN concerning the constant barrage of rockets sent daily to Israel.
The short video below is a well articulated and explained synopsis of the problem in the middle east. Mr. Charles Holler (http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2014/clay713-7.htm ) gave us the link below, thanks.
As a consequence of this hatred against Israel which is a supernatural hatred originating with Lucifer (Satan) the whole world will be involved in horrible wars that will decimate up to 65% of the world population. These wars will take place during a period of seven years called the tribulation or the Apocalypse. During this time the true God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father will protect the chosen ones of Israel (about 1/3 of the Israelis scattered in the whole world .
To those who oppose Israel God will bless those who bless them and will curse those who curse them.
On this prophecy update JD Farag covers the Muslim ISISL that is sweeping Iraq. On a side note today Israel bombarded the Gaza in retaliation to the rocket attacks coming from this territory.
Some of the rockets were capable of reaching Tel Aviv which is a new development in the area.
It looks that the summer is getting very hot and not only for the weather.
Pastor Bob just started a series on the Church the Bride of Jesus Christ and the Rapture of it to heaven.
I have the same belief as he does in a pre-tribulation Rapture. I will place his series in this blog also.
Pastor Bob (29 June 2014)
““The Biblical Theme of The Bride -1″“
All Doves:Studying the “themes” of the Bible offers one of the most rewarding and fulfilling ways of studying the Bible. It certainly offers some of the greatest examples for the reason which God gave us as a “hint” from Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.” If for no other reason than to study the Bible thematically, one will discover a Supernatural nature or dimension to the Bible. I note this because it is easy to dissect the Bible much like a chemist or scientist. The need for rigorous exegesis and hermeneutics ought never be lost without a sense of balance with God’s dimension of the Spiritual or Supernatural.
There are about a hundred or so “key” themes in the Bible, and upwards of a thousand worthy of study and serious consideration. When I left the UMC in 1998, I did pulpit supply, filled in for vacationing pastors, sick leave, and interim supply, while I was candidating with churches searching for a pastor. I had free mornings and afternoons and I decided to take advantage of the idle time by doing something that I had wanted to do for a long time. This was doing independent research, in depth Bible research without accountability to a professor for time constraint reasons. I did a number of “theme” studies but none were quite as exciting as my study on the the “Biblical Theme of the Bride.” My study was exhaustive, lasting nearly a year, roughly about 1,800 hours in actual time spent. I had a two-foot high stack of yellow writing pads with notes.I discoverer that there are 850+ verses that have connections with the amazing “Theme of the Bride.” I was reminded of the words of Isaiah 28:10 & 13 regarding God’s Word (“here a little, there a little”). Since I first did my study in 1999, there have been others that have done similar studies and posted them on the Internet. The scope and degree of their comprehension level in detail varies, however, they all came to have the same conclusion as I had.
I could have posted this under my series: “Absence of Proof is Not Proof of Absence” but since I have so much more to share in the corroborating evidence that supports a Pre-Tribulation Rapture for that series, I decided since this thematic study of the Bride really is the “icing on the cake“, I decided to do it as a separate series. The “Theme of the Bride” motif will bless your socks off, especially if you are a believer in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. You are in for a treat and it should eliminate any doubt as to why the Rapture will be “Pre-Tribulational”. The “Theme of the Bride” motif is God’s quintessential Biblical proof for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine.
To fully understand Bible prophecy about the return of Jesus Christ, we need to understand the ancient Jewish wedding. Because of our Western culture, we miss many of the nuances of Middle Eastern marriage customs and practices. We need to understand the Bride motif in the ancient Jewish wedding, as presented in Scripture, because Jesus Christ spoke of His return with many wedding analogies. Just look at Matthew 22 and 25; Revelation 19 and 21; Luke 12:36, “And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord, when he will return from the wedding…” Many of our western marriage and wedding customs have their roots deep in the Biblical concepts of marriage customs.
The Bible says the Bride of Christ is the Church: Ephesians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 11:2; and Romans 7:4.
The wedding analogy shows the Pre-Tribulation Rapture because the union of the Bride and Groom (the Rapture) takes place at the start of the Bridal Week, which is a “type” of the Tribulation week. The word used for Bridal Week is used in Genesis 29 and Judges 14, and is the same word in Daniel 9:27. The word “week”, or “shavuah’ in Hebrew, simply means a “seven”; it means “seven” days or “seven years”. Furthermore, there are two Old Testament examples where a day from a prophetic “type” turns into a year of judgment: Numbers 14:54 and Ezekiel 4:6. The signature of Deity is all over the Bible when the number “Seven” is tagged. It’s like the tell-tail fingerprint. That was actually one of my other in-depth studies I conducted back then. If we are not Raptured out by the time I have finished this series, I will share the amazing study of “sevens” in the Bible, and it is far more than just the number itself. It extends throughout the Bible like a spider web in an incredible master framework.
Here are a few examples of the significance of the “Bridal Wedding” motif. The bride price is paid by the groom for the bride. Jesus paid for us with His life. The virgin girl shows that she accepts the written covenant agreement of the marriage by drinking a glass of wine, and this became known as the communion ritual that Jesus gave to the Church. The betrothed bride would also have a ritual cleansing bath, and this is like our baptism of water and spirit, or the cleansing of the Word in Ephesians 5. The groom departs to build the bridal chamber, where they will live together, and Jesus said in John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”. In the very next verse John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
When finished the groom would return at a time unexpected “Of that day or hour no man knows” to fetch, or take away (rapture) his bride, like a thief in the night, which is a “type” of the action of the Rapture. At the end of Judges 21, there is a mass bridal abduction. In Deuteronomy 22:25-29 and Exodus 22:15-17 we see the penalty for taking a virgin (through force or seduction) is a permanent marriage with no divorce provision. This is like the “incorruptible immortality” as described 1st Corinthians 15:51-54. Thus, the intimate union between man and wife in the bridal chamber is a picture of being in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ after the Rapture. At the end of Bridal Week, the Bride and Groom emerge at the wedding feast or marriage supper. Even the slaughter at the marriage supper, or Armageddon, pictured in Judges 14 as Samson kills 30 Philistines.
Studies on this “theme” of the Bride motif vary in the specific steps identified; they vary between 8 and 13. That’s fine, however, I believe there at least 18 steps in the process of “connecting the dots” of the “hidden in plain sight” “Theme of the Bride” Motif.
In introducing the reader to the “Theme of the Bride” here, I will first list the eighteen steps so noted in this process. It really is enough for the believer to shout hallelujah and sing “The King is Coming” at the top of your voice. The full Scriptural details of each of these steps or detail will begin in the next post.
1. The Holy Spirit chooses the Bride, and brings people to God through repentance.
2. A Bride price (dowry) is established, Christ gave His Life to purchase and redeem us.
3. The consent: The Bride agrees and choose to accept her husband’s offer.
4. A written document, covenant, agreement, written registry is made.
5 The drinking of a glass of wine; a toast, a communion, seals the covenant agreement.
6. The betrothal: The Bride is espoused/engaged/promised.
7. A ritual cleansing bath: A “Mikveh” or baptism is performed.
8. Gifts are given to the bride.
9. The Bridegroom departed, going back to his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber, apartment, closet (many mansions).
10. The Bride consecrates, set apart, and kept herself ready for the Bridegroom to return, and wore a veil which is like the blood of Jesus Christ covering our sins, the righteousness of the saints.
11. The Bridegroom comes for his Bride in “a day or hour no man knows, but my father only” with a shout, command, last trump, trumpet blast.
12. Jesus comes for (raptures) His Bride as a Thief.
13. Going through the open door into Heaven (at the Rapture).
14. The Bridal Week (a day for a year) in the wedding chamber as the Tribulation week of Daniel 9:27 begins.
15. The Marriage Supper/Wedding Feast commences when the Bride and Groom emerge from the Bridal Chamber at the end of “seven” days (seven years), and the Lord returns with the Bride at the end of the “seven” year Tribulation.
16. The slaughter at the marriage supper.
17. The Bride and Groom were seen as King and Queen, trumpet blasts herald the reign of a new King, at the Rapture at the trumpet blast, Christ and His people begin to rule in Heaven.
18. The Judgment Seat of Christ (pictured by the Feast of Trumpets), is a picture of the Messiah and the Rapture.
Again, you can begin to see the pattern or “Theme of the Bride” Motif, which to me, is just another confirmation of Proverbs 25:2. I would be kind by simply stating that only a fool and the Biblically illiterate dare proclaim there is no such event as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Its hard enough to have people tell you that the Rapture is not found in the Bible, but the problem doesn’t end there. Most of the Church (roughly 90%) today believe in the aberrant teachings and understandings offered up by very misguided people that “spiritualize and render the Bible as allegory”. The fact is the “Covenant/Reformed” hermeneutic obscures the truth from them.
The “Theme of the Bride” Motif is like a children’s connect-the-dots coloring book. I discovered 850+ verses in the Bible, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, that all build a case for one of the most powerful themes in the Bible.
In case any of the readers still question whether the Rapture is Biblical, I will provide a basic lesson here to show that the Rapture is in the Bible. The Biblical word in Greek is “harpazo”, and it is found 14 times [7 x 2] in the New Testament, note the multiple of “7” that I have noted to be a pattern theme in the KJV Bible. The following passages are where the word ‘”harpazo” is found in the Bible. It is a verb.
The definition of “harpazo” means to carry off, take (or) snatch away, catch up, catch away, or seize.
This little lesson will illustrate how Greek or Hebrew words do not necessarily appear exactly the same way in English. It all has to do with the grammatical forms, which are based upon: Gender, Case, Voice, Tense, and Mood. I have included in the following list, the grammatical form for “harpazo” in (brackets) to the right of the English word used in the passage for each of the 14 occurrences of “harpazo”. The 14 occurrences of this word take 10 different grammatical forms. I don’t use the Greek and Hebrew fonts on my computer as a matter of efficiency in my typing. It simply takes too long to find them on an English keyboard.
Matthew 11:12 -the kingdom … and the violent take (harpazousin) it by force.
Matthew 12:29 -and carry off (harpasi) his property, (NASB)
Matthew 13:19 -catcheth away (harpazei) that which was sown in his heart.
John 6:15 -that they would come and take him by force, (harpazein)
John 10:12 -the wolf catcheth (harpazei) them, and scattereth the sheep.
John 10:28 -neither shall any man pluck (harpasei) them out of my hand.
John 10:29 -is able to pluck (harpazien) them out of my Father’s hand.
Acts 8:39 -The Spirit of the Lord caught away (herpasen) Philip.
Acts 23:10 -and to take him by force (harpasai) from among them,
2nd Cor. 12:2 -such an one caught up (harpagenta) to the third heaven.
2nd Cor. 12:4 -How that he was caught up (herpage)into paradise,
1 Thess. 4:17 -shall be caught up (harpagesometha) together with them.
Jude 1:23 -others save with fear, pulling (harpazontes) out of the fire;
Rev. 12:5 -child was caught up (herpasthe) unto God, and to the throne.
The most significant theological contribution of “harpazo”, “to seize, grasp, to snatch”, is the role in the New Testament reference to the “snatching or catching away” of believers at the return of Jesus Christ. But the term also occurs in other important contexts.
In the New Testament “harpazo” appears a total of 14 times, as noted. Most of them are not unusual and pose no special difficulties in understanding. The term functions literally in John 6:15 in reference to the peoples’ desire to make Jesus king “by force”. Similarly in Acts 23:10, the Roman captain instructed his soldiers to “snatch” Paul from the crowd of Jews who were about to tear him to pieces. The “evil one” “takes away” the Word sown in the hearts of listeners -(Matthew 13:19). In the Epistle of Jude the term depicts the rescuing of a sinner from the fire of hell -(vs. 23).
“Harpazo” characterizes the activity of the wolf who “seizes” the sheep when the hired shepherd deserts them -(John 10:12). Then it is echoed in Jesus’ statement that no one can “pluck” anybody out of the hand of the Good Shepherd, Jesus -(John 10:28,29).
Many opinions have been held about the meaning of “harpazo” in Matthew 11:12: “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Some understand “harpazo” in the sense of “men seize the kingdom”. Others conclude that such “seizure” involves using violence against the Kingdom. Still others suggest that it is the kingdom of God itself which spreads and moves forward “forcefully”. The text must be considered in light of he parallel text of Luke 16:16.
In the remaining five places where the term appears, it stands for some kind of “supernatural transfer“. It carries three different meanings under these circumstances.
In 2nd Corinthinians 12:2,4, Paul related that he had been “caught up”, “harpazo”, into the third heaven -(vs. 2) and that he had been “caught up” into paradise -(vs. 4). Paul himself was unable to explain this phenomenon. He did not even know whether he was “in the body” or “out of the body”. But he considered his experience as some form of a “vision or revelation”. This may imply that Paul experienced a spiritual ecstasy similar to the experience of John on the Isle of Patmos -(Rev. 1:10).
In Acts 8:39, “harpazo” refers to a supernatural “relocation” from one place on the Earth to another place. Luke reported that the Spirit of the Lord “caught away” Philip. The eunuch did not see him anymore, but Philip reappeared in Azotus. Philip’s experience resembles the experience that Obadiah feared would happen to the prophet Elijah in 1st Kings 18:12.
1st Thessalonians 4:17 and Revelation 12:5 also contain the word “harpazo” and both of these passages convey a different perspective of transfer than the preceding texts. Whereas Philip was caught away from one location on Earth and relocated to another place, these texts refer to a “relocation” from Earth to the heavenly realm. Paul wrote of a transfer from the temporal to the eternal – to a new form of existence. The phrase in the book of Revelation is “caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
This “transfer” is a literal transfer like the one Philip experienced. The passage speaks of being “caught up in the air”; therefore, a totally new dimension has entered the picture. The events of the Old Testament, of Enoch -(Genesis 5:24, confirmed in Hebrews 11:5) and Elijah -(2 Kings 2:11) are similar events which may anticipate the events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ Jesus -(confirmed in 1st Corinthians 15:51,52).
“Harpazo” in this case denotes a movement from the earthly existence to the eternal condition or state which is a direct result of God’s intervention into the affairs of men. It will take place “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” -(1st Corinthians 15:52). Just as Paul was “snatched away” from the murderous crowd that surrounded him, so, too, the Church will be delivered from its opponents -(2 Thessalonians 1:6). In fact, believers may actually be “snatched” physically away from the temporal and ushered into the realm of the eternal.
It is noteworthy that this expression never occurs in describing the ascension of Jesus. He was taken up or received; and the Greek word is “epairo” where he was lifted up; He ascended; but it is never said that He was “caught up” “harpazo”. When “harpazo” appears in Rev. 12:5 in reference to the male child who is “caught up” to the throne of God, we can be fairly certain that this is not a reference to the ascension of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:1 and following describes a woman who gives birth to a male child which is a dragon that stands ready to devour. But the child escapes when he is “caught away” to heaven. It would seem to be inconsistent if Jesus, following His victorious death on the Cross and His triumphant resurrection, would be “snatched away” to heaven in order to escape the dragon, i.e., Satan. Jesus ascended to return to the Father and to show the victory of the Cross.
When Jesus was lifted up to heaven, it was witnessed by the disciples -(Acts 1:9). When the two witnesses of the last days ascend into heaven, their enemies will also watch -(Rev. 11:12). But when the Church is caught away “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”, humanity will not see or recognize what is happening.
It is important that the reader recognize that the Greek language and even the Hebrew are quite specific in the manner and detail of our word “harpazo” or Rapture. Such specificity is not to be taken lightly or discounted as merely a play on words to describe an event for which we are waiting upon and can’t fully grasp in human understanding.
The next time we will look at the Scriptural passages that affirms the “Theme of the Bride”. When I did my initial research and study back in 1999, I had just bought a new computer and Hermeneutika, a Bible software package which is considered the best and most costly Bible software for academic research.
I am not sure everyone has been on board with all of my posts, however, I have been posting material that clearly builds an iron-clad proof case for the Pre-Tribulational Rapture. I have been building a foundation for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, block-by-block.
Part 2 of the Bride
Pastor Bob (29 June 2014)
““The Biblical Theme of The Bride -2″“
Marriage is a picture of Christ and His Church (believer’s). That picture has been threatened by Lucifer, and when the corporate institution known as the denominational church becomes threatened by the sodomite community you know the end cannot be too far away. That imminent “end” was even heightened more this past week in a sermon Pope Francis made on June 25th, where he said that “Salvation is to only through the Roman Catholic Church.”
We know that is a lie, but most people today are spiritually dull. This Jesuit pope has more “Twitter” fans than anyone in their right mind could fathom as being possible.
This is a “spiritual” battle as well as an earthly struggle against the physical forces of evil manifested in the judicial and societal systems. The mainstream Protestant churches have capitulated to Satan in its greatest attack waged against it heretofore. True believers must exit all churches that embrace, endorse, sanction, or wink at the sodomite agenda. True believers ought to run like you know what and not to return to those churches that have called God a liar!
Where do we draw the line on defining marriage? Is it based upon how someone feels or based on how God feels?
When the courts began to overturn the definition of marriage my thoughts shifted to the horizon in this matter. It will not be too long before the institutional church will be forced to marry sodomites and lesbians, at the risk of losing their 401(3)c tax exempt status, if they refuse.
Twenty years ago I was faced with a previous stage of this Luciferian war on the church. My UMC predecessor was a lesbian, she destroyed four churches, before being appointed to a denominational college position. I was not part of an issue between her and the congregation that I was appointed to as the pastor. She had destroyed the two churches that were involved. I was caught in the fray as the incoming pastor, when she wanted me to deliver an apology to the congregation for the treatment rendered her by certain members of the church’s leaders. In the process, I refused to do so since I was not part of the issue that preceded my appointment. My predecessor’s superintendent was also a female UMC pastor ordained in the UMC, and she demanded that I comply with my predecessor’s demands. I refused and my superiors demanded that my ordination be rescinded, or that I take “sensitivity” language training. To make a long story short, I refused, resigned, and left the United Methodist Church and have not gone back even when invited to speak.
Just last week a defrocked UMC pastor was reinstated because he officiated at his son’s sodomite marriage. This is just one of several examples that proves the UMC has gone, unofficially for now, the way of the United Presbyterian Church and others. The United Church of Christ is actually sponsoring a “gay” conference shortly. The sodomite agenda is Lucifer or Satan’s attack against God’s Bride. The Biblical metaphore for the collective body of believers in Christ Jesus is that of the Bride and the Groom. John the Baptist knew that Jesus Christ was the Messiah and would and could explain it in John 3, that He Who has the Bride is the Bridegroom.
The deeper issue of sodomy is that it is a distortion of God’s theme throughout the Scriptures. The “great counterfeiter” attacks humanity on every level of life, through presenting another false gospel.
Throughout the Bible, the gender of the church is always “She”, not “He”. WHY? It is because Jesus was a man. He is the Groom to His Bride, the believing church. Just as Adam was a man and Eve was a woman, they were a model of the first marriage in Genesis 1-2. Thus, logically, the relationship between Jesus and believers follows.
The Biblical picture of marriage is between “ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN”. It is the language for Christ Jesus and the Church (true believers). This was God’s “Mystery” of the Church made known to us that will play out throughout eternity.
Jewish wedding imagery plays a significant role in our understanding of the New Testament. In the following series of posts, we will go through the “word” pictures of this incredible theme that unpacks the overarching theme of the Father in the Bible. We have a hint in the fact that Jesus’ very first recorded miracle was to change water into wine at a wedding. What an appropriate and fitting choice to illustrate the “Principle of First Mention” by performing His first recorded miracle act and by focusing on the wedding. John 2 even records that the new wine was the best. It was a wedding practice to give the attendees watered-down wine at the end when they were too tipsy to recognize the diluted wine. Jesus gave the best wine possible when he transformed miraculously water into wine.
In the Bibliclal “Principle of First Mention” we have an indicator of immense importance and implication of Jesus’ over all Earthly ministry. This series on the Biblical Theme of the Bride provides a beautiful picture of Christ’s plan for His Bride, and that event is revealed in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.
Keep awake, the sound of the trumpet is not far away,
Pastor BobNandoThe Bride part 3Pastor Bob (29 June 2014)
““The Biblical Theme of Te Bride -3″“
I’m now feeling the pressure of time because there is so much to share but too little time in the next three months.
This study shows that the Bride of Christ will be presented as a chaste virgin to Christ Jesus at the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, just before the “Seven” year Tribulation.
We should study very closely what the Bible says about Weddings and Marriage, before we are told that we are wed to Christ – a great mystery.
Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;”
Ephesians 5:31 – “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:32 – “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”
1 Corinthians 15:51 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”
2 Corinthians 11:2 – “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
And we should pay attention to the wedding stories and examples in the Old Testament because they are parallels and similitudes and prophecies of the end time.
Hosea 12:10 – “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes by the ministry of the prophets.”
1 Corinthians 10:11 – “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon which the ends of the world are come.”
Romans 15:4 – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
The doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and prophecy itself, is given for comfort and hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:18 – “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
2 Thessalonians 2:17 – “Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”
1 Corinthians 14:3 – “But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification and exhortation and comfort.”
Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blesse hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior
Particularly, we should also study parallels about the Feast of Trumpets, the new moon festival, to understand end time theology, because the Feast of Trumpets is also known as the “Wedding of the Messiah.” There are at least a dozen “word” pictures that speak to the theme of the Bridegroom.
Colossians 2:16 – “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:”
Colossians 2:17 – “Which are shadows of things to come; but the body is of Christ.”
Yes, Christians should be married to Jesus, the one who is raised form the dead:
Romans 7:4 – “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”
So let’s study the Wedding of the Messiah and Weddings in the Bible, keeping in mind that Colossians 2:17 says that the Feast of Trumpets Wedding of the Mesiah is a “shadow of things to come”, a prophecy about the return of the Lord Christ Jesus. Also, according to 2 Corinthians 11:2, the Church and the Bride of Christ shall be presented as a chaste virgin to Christ.
There are 18 topical headings, noted in part 1 of this series of posts. 16 of these contain a major comparison between Old Testament verses and New Testament along the theme of Christ Jesus being wed to the Church. They are not necessarily in exact order. Remember the message of Isaiah 28:10,13.
Summary of the Wedding of the Bride of Christ:
1. The Holy Spirit chooses the bride, and brings people to God through repentance.
O.T.: Genesis 24:2-4,12-21,27; Judges 14:3,4; Deuteronomy 7:6,7.
N.T.: John 16:7,8; Matthew 22:14; John 15:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:9.
2. A bride price (dowry) is established; Christ gave His Life to purchase and redeem us.
O.T.: Genesis 12:16; Genesis 29:18; Genesis 34:12,26,31; 1 Samuel 18:25; 2 Samuel 3:14; Ruth 4:10.
N.T.: Ephesians 5:25; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Matthew 13:44; Galatians 3:13; 4:5; Revelation 5:9.
3. Consent: the bride agrees and chooses to accept her husband’s offer.
O.T.: Genesis 24:8; Genesis 24:58; Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15.
N.T.: 1 Peter 1:8; John 20:29; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Matthew 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5.
4. Written document, Covenant agreement, written registry.
O.T.: Nehemiah 7:5; Malachi 2:14.
N.T.: Hebrews 12:24; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Mark 10:4; Matthew 5:31; 19:7.
5. Drinking a glass of wine, a toast, a communion, seals the covenant agreement.
O.T.: Genesis 34:6,8,20; 1 Samuel 18:20-25; 1 Samuel 25:36-39; Exodus 25:22.
N.T.: Luke 22:16-20; Matthew 26:28,29; John 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 24:35; Acts 2:42; 20:7.
6. Betrothal [espoused/engaged/promised].
O.T.: Leviticus 19:20; Hosea 2:19.
N.T.: Matthew 1:18; Luke 2:5; Matthew 10:32; 2 Corinthians 11:2.
7. Ritual Cleansing bath; a Mikveh or Baptism.
O.T.: Leviticus 15:18; Ezekiel 16:9.
N.T.: Ephesians 5:25,27; Acts 1:5; 2:38; 8:38-40.
8. Gifts given to the Bride:
O.T.: Genesis 24:22,53; Genesis 34:12.
N.T.: Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:13; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 12:4; 14:1,12.
9. The bridegroom departed, going back to his father’s house to prepare the bridal chamber, closet, apartment (many mansions).
O.T.: Joel 2:16; Judges 15:1; Judges 16:9,12; Samuel 13:10,11; 1 Kings 1:15; Song of Solomon 1:4; 3:4.
N.T.: John 14:2,3.
(The chamber of the Temple is also a picture of Heaven, in which God’s people are hid).:
1 Kings 20:30; 1 Kings 22:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:26; 1 Chronicles 28:11; Hebrews 9:6,7; Matthew 23:20-22; Hebrews 9:23,24; Psalms 27:5; 31:20; Isaiah 26:19-21.
10. The bride was consecrated, set apart, and kept herself ready for the bridegroom to return, and wore a vail which is like the blood of Jesus covering our sins, the righteousness of the saints.
O.T.: Genesis 24:64-67; Isaiah 1:18.
N.T.: Hebrews 10:20; Revelation 1:5; 1 John 1:7; Matthew 22:11-14; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 19:7,8; Romans 3:22; Philippians 3:9; Romans 10:6; Matthew 25:1-13; Mark 13:34-37.
A veil also covered the Temple, which is the body.
Exodus 26:33; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45; 1Corinthians 6:19; Romans 12:1.
Christians are set apart from the world, as a bride is set apart, and supposed to be ready and watchful.
John 15:18,19; John 17:14,15; 1 John 2:15; 1 Corinthians 5:8-10; Matthew 25:1-13; Mark 13: 34-37.
11. Bridegroom comes for his Bride on a “day or hour no man knows, but my father only” with a shout, command, last trump, trumpet blast. This is an idiomatic expression that pointed to the 2-day Feast of Trumpets.
Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32,33; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:6; 1 Corinthians 15:52; revelation 4:1.
12. Jesus comes back to take His Bride as a Thief.
O.T.: Judges 21:19-25; Exodus 22:15-17; 1 Samuel 8:11-16; 2 Samuel 5:13.
N.T.: John 10:10; Matthew 24:43; Luke 12:39; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 3:3; Revelation 16:15.
13. Going through the open door into heaven, the wife being taken up by the groom as they cross the threshold of the door into the new house.
John 14:2,3; Revelation 1:4; Ezekiel 46:1; Matthew 25:10; Revelation 3:8,10.
14. The bridal week (a day for a year) in the wedding chamber as the Tribulation week of Daniel 9:27.
O.T.: Genesis 29:22-28; Judges 14:1-18; Joel 2:15,16; Numbers 13:34; Ezekiel 4:6; Daniel 9:24,27.
N.T.: Ephesians 5:29; Revelation 3:10.
The seven year Tribulation:
Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11; Revelation 13:4-7; Daniel 7:25; Daniel 7:21; Revelation 11:1-7; Revelation 12:6; Ezekiel 38,39; Ezekiel 39:9; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 4:16; Daniel 12:7; Revelation 12:14.
15. Marriage supper / Wedding Feast) when the bride and groom emerge from the bridal chamber at the end of the seven days, and the Lord returns with the Bride at the end of the seven year Tribulation.
O.T.: Esther 1:5,10,11; Joel 2:15,16; Psalm 19:1-6; Isaiah 61:2,10,11; Isaiah 62:5.
N.T.: Luke 12:36; Revelation 19:1,7-9,14; Zechariah 14:5; Jude 1:14; Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:9-10; Colossians 3:4.
16. The slaughter at the marriage supper.
O.T.: Judges 14:12,19.
N.T.: Revelation 19:17,18.
17. The bridge and groom were seen as king and queen, trumpet blasts herald the reign of a new king, at the Rapture at the trumpet blast, Christ and His people begin to rule in heaven.
O.T.: Daniel 7:9; 1 Kings 1:34,39.
N.T.: Revelation 4:2; 5:3,10,12.
18. The Judgment Seat of Christ (pictured by the Feast of Trumpets), a picture of the wedding of the Messiah and the Rapture.
O.T.: Daniel 7:10; Nehemiah 8:1-5.
N.T.: 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:13-16.
In my next post, I will go into the context of each of these topical headings, looking at the nuances and the skeleton design of this Biblical Theme of the Bride. There is much more than anyone could imagine.
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Mr Avi Lipkin is a very knowledgeable Jew about Islam and the political and military movements they are doing. Gary Stearman asks him point questions that go to the heart of the conflict.
Avi’s answers should resonate a call of wake up for the people of the world and specially for the USA of America. The enemy is already posed to strike again in this nation and the middle east is about to blow up.
Bible students who have visited these sites are well prepared and know that the church will be taken out of this world at the Rapture and that the Jews will fall under the protection of God to preserve a Remanent that could receive the Kingdom promised to Abraham and David.
The following I received via e-mail and it is so pertinent to the above that I am including it here.
Enemies in the White House!
For everyone who wanted change here we go… How about this for change?
Just the messenger!!! It’s up you to decide how you feel about this.
NOW, WHO’S NEW IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
Look who’s new in the white house!
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Homeland Security Adviser
Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC)
Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director
Imam Mohamed Magid-
Obama’s Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America
Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships
This is flat-out scary!!!
The foxes are now officially living in the hen house…
Now ask me why I am very concerned!!!
Do you feel OK with this???
How can this happen, and when will we wake up???
We are quiet while our Country is being drastically changed!!!
If you’re not CONCERNED, DELETE this.
Go to bed tonight…sleep well!
Otherwise, pass it on get the word out!
We’ve got to have some relief starting with the 2014 Elections!
Does this make you feel safe and happy about your country and this administration!?
June 30,2014 Dispensationalism as the history of mankind that culminates in the Rapture of the Church
Pastor Bob has been writing this series on Dispensation and I agree with it as the best way to look at the periods of God dealing with mankind since the creation of Adam and Eve. I also believe in a pre- Tribulation Rapture and in his interpretation of the Daniel prophecy of the 70 weeks of years that resulted in a gap of hundreds of years with the remaining week to become the Tribulation.
Pastor Bob (15 June 2014)
All:Any person who trusts in the Blood of Jesus Christ rather than bringing an annual sacrifice or any person who observes the first day of the week rather than the Sabbath is a Dispensationalist! That has to shock anyone that attacks Dispensationalism.
Christians for the most part do not understand what Dispensationalism really is and yet they attempt to attack it without little substance or knowing what it really is. They think of it as something to do with the Scofield reference Bible. I don’t have a copy of Scofield’s Bible. I recently checked Amazon and of the hundreds of books on the topic, 95% of the titles listed attack Dispensationalism. That tells me a lot.
Any understanding of it must understand that salvation is by grace through faith in every dispensation, found in the Bible. The essence of Dispensationalism is that God dealt with His creation in different ways during in each of the “seven” dispensations.
Dispensationalism is actually a multifacted system of thought. Dispensationalists believe the following:
1. The Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant revelation to mankind. Scripture provides the framework through which we interpret the past, present, and the future. God’s written Word tells us of His Plan for His creation, and His Plan will surely come to fulfillment.
2. Because the Bible is God’s literal Word and His Plan for history [His-Story], we should interpret it literally.
3. The Bible reveals God’s Plan for history. God’s Plan includes different dispensations, ages, or epochs of history through which He tests His creatures (humans and angels). God is instructing His creatures through history as His creation progresses from the Garden of Eden to the Heavenly City.
4. All humanity fell into sin, so each person must individually receive God’s provision for salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ by believing and trusting in the Gospel. Thus, Jesus Christ is the only way to a relationship with God.
5. Scripture teaches that because of mankind’s fall into sin, all humanity is naturally rebellious toward God and the things of God. This is why genuine believers in Christ Jesus are open to the teachings of the Bible. Thus, salvation through Christ Jesus is a prerequisite to properly understand God’s Word.
6. God’s Plan for history includes a purpose for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – that is, the Nation of Israel. This Plan for Israel includes promises that they will have the land of Israel, they will have a seed, and they will be a worldwide blessing to the nations. Many of the promises to National Israel are still yet to be fulfilled. Therefore, God is not finished with Israel.
7. God’s Plan from all eternity past until the close also includes a purpose for the Church. However, this is a temporary phase that will end with the Rapture. After the Rapture, God will complete His Plan for Israel and the Gentiles remaining.
8. God’s main purpose in His Master Plan for history is to glorify Himself through Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus Christ is the goal and hero of history.
Someone posted a statement last time, “Dispensationalism is neither here nor there. That’s because dispensationalism is sectarianism, thinly disguised.” Actually, whether that remark was intended as a ‘noun’ or and ‘adjective’, is in fact, irrelevant, since the term is Biblical. The term “dispensation” “oikonomia” is a means by which God uses to provide the believer with a Biblical World View. This is central to a Christian’s understanding of his or her world. The term is found four times in the New Testament. In fact, the Greek word above is found elsewhere and used in different renderings as well. First, the four uses of the word “dispensation” are found in Paul’s Epistles.
1. 1 Corinthians 9:17 – “For of I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the Gospel is committed unto me.”
2. Ephesians 1:10 – “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”
3. Ephesians 3:2 – “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward.”
4. Colossians 1:25 – “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.”
As I stated, “dispensationalism” provides us a Biblical World View of history [His-Story]. It helps us develop a worldview for living in accordance with God’s will. A believer who has a divine perspective of the past, present, and future is thus able to know what God expects of him in every area of life in this present day.
In the current Church Age or Age of Grace, the New Testament teaches us how to live privately and publicly. Dispensationalists, for example, do not live in this Age of Grace as if we were still under the rule of the Mosaic Law. Instead, we understand that we are now under what the New Testament defines and calls the Law of Christ -(1 Corinthians 9:11; Galatians 6:2). Current dispensational obligations combined with responsiblities from previous ages provide a New Testament believer with a complete Biblical framework for understanding how to relate to God, to please God in every area of our life. Covenant/Reformed theology does not provide the believer a proper Biblical World View, which is absolutely essential for living the Christian life.
Dispensationalism is not the majority view within the universal church; however, it is, as I stated, Biblical and it can be identified throughout the Bible. Case in point, Covenant/Reformed theology identifies basically, 2 covenants in the Bible, the Old and the New. This is contrary to the Word of God and a gross over-simplification of the Word of God, whereas, God has revealed “seven” dispensations. The Bible defines “eight” covenants and not “two” as Covenant/Reformed theology and churches teach.
3. Human Government
6. Grace or the Church Age
In the next post we will identify the outworking of God’s Master Plan with humanity. Charles Ryrie suggests, “Dispensationalism views the world as a household run by God, in this household – world God is dispensing or administering its affairs according to His own will and in various stages of revelation in the process of time. These stages mark off the distinguishably different economies in the outworking of His total purpose, and these economies are the dispensations. The understanding of God’s different economies is essential for a proper interpretation of His revelation within those various economies.”
I previously noted the four uses of the word “dispensation” in Scripture. The same Greek word also appears in Luke 16:2; 16:3; and 16:4, but is rendered in English as “stewardship”. On two other occasions in Ephesians 3:9 and 1 Timothy 1:4 it is rendered “administration” The word “oikenomia” is derived from the word “oikos” (house) and “nemo”, (to deal out) or (to administer).
Those opposed to “Dispensationalism” misconstrue the understanding of what it means. ‘Vine’s comment is appropriate: “A Dispensation is not a period or epoch (a common, but erroneous, use of the word) but rather a mode of dealing with, an arrangement or administrator of affairs” . -(‘Vine’s Expository Dictionary).
To understand the Plan and Obectives of God throughout the ages, one must see the difference and relationship between a “dispensation” and a “covenant”. A “dispensation” is a temporary period of time based on a conditional test to determine if humanity will be faithful to the conditions of God. Scofield defined a “dispensation” as “a period of time during which man is tested in respect to some specific revelation of the will of God”. According to Charles Ryrie “A dispensation is a distinguishable economy in the outworking of God’s purpose. If one were describing a dispensation he would include other things, such as the idea of distinctive revelation, testing, failure and judgment.” Humanity has failed these various testings, and thus, each dispensation ended in judgment.
A Biblical covenant is an eternal agreement God makes with mankind, revealing what He will do for humanity. God made “seven” covenants with humanity, not “two” as Covenant/Reformed theology state, throughout history. Each covenant reveals principles by which God will relate to man. Man has the “free will” to reject the covenant or principles of God, but when he violates the covenant, he suffers the consequences.
There are certain essentials of “Dispensationalism”, and these distinctions are largely between Israel and the Church. This comes out of the dispensationalist’s consistent employment of normal or plain or historical-grammatical interpretation of the basic purpose of God in all His dealing with humanity as that of glorifying Himself through salvation and other purposes as well. Personal salvation is not the primary purpose of God, as most people seem to think. First and foremost, the primary purpose of God is to bring His own Glorification. You will find this fact out by reading the entire Bible. God leaves no doubt in the reader’s mind, God wants ALL the glory! If you doubt it, I can identify as many as 80 passages of Scripture that explicitly state such. This is the purpose of worship.
Keep watching and listening for the trumpet call!
Pastor Bob (29 June 2014)
All Doves:Picking up where I left off, I will address the three key essentials of Dispensational theology. It is important that the reader recognize that this view or interpretation of the Bible is the only view that offers a coherent systematic view of the Bible, where the Biblical narrative offers a connected and integrated grand panorama of His-Story. It begins with and ends with an overarching story, and is not simply a collection of fables or myths. It is a historical record of humanity.
The first essential of Dispensationalism is not just a literal interpretation, but more fully a consistent literal hermeneutic. It is an interpretation that does not “spiritualize” or “allegoricalize”as does Covenant/Reformed interpretation. Simply put, Dispensationalism “makes sense” of the overall puzzle, it’s like having the the box cover of a 1,000 piece puzzle to guide one through the assembling of the pieces in putting the puzzle together.
A literal interpretation is foundational to the Dispensational approach to understanding the Bible. It is really about common sense to first see it as God intended. This is not rocket science and does not require years of Biblical training. Some formal Bible education may even prove to be detrimental, and it really matter where that Biblical education comes from.
The second essential of Dispensationalism keeps Israel and the Church as distinct entities. Again, common sense makes sense. Anyone who fails to distinguish Israel and the Church consistently will inevitably wander aimlessly in attempting to make sense of what becomes nonsense. Dispensationalism is not complex at all.
Dispensationalists believe the Bible teaches that God’s single program for history includes a distinct plan for Israel and the Jews, and a distinct plan for the Church. God’s plan for history has two peoples: Israel/Jews and Church/believers. There is a third people, we call Gentiles but for now our focus is on the Dispensations and the rules for human life. They are not ways of salvation. There is only ONE way of salvation and that is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The third essential of Dispensationalism is aptly summarized in a quote by Dr. Renald Showers, “The ultimate purpose of all history is the glory of God through the demonstration that He alone is the Sovereign God.” Certainly this point is well dispersed throughout the Bible. Citing Ezekiel 36:22, “Therefore say unto the House of Israel. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O House of Israel, but for mine Holy Name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.” This theme is found five times just in the book of Ezekiel: 20:9; 20:14; 20:22; 20:44; and 26:22. This point is explicitly found elsewhere in over 30 passages throughout the Bible.
We believe that Dispensationalism is a system of theology that has been properly developed from the Bible itself. It does not rest on any human before or now. Accusations by those opposed to the Dispensationalist hermeneutic often pontificate by stating that this is the creation of C.I. Scofield, then go on to tell the world had bad he was in their strawman attacks. They then attempt to buttress their words by attacking Dr. Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsey, leading to the idea these men proclaim heresy about the Bible. Then they go on to attack the late Chuch Smith, Chuck Missler, and Jack Van Impe. The fact is most of those critics can’t begin to hold a candle to any of the names noted.
Dispensationalism is essential to correctly understand the Bible, and especially Bible prophecy. No one will be able to “rightly divide God’s Word” without understanding these great truths. Instead of being a hindrance to the “correct” understanding of God’s Word, as critics contend, Dispensationalism is merely a “human” label for the correct approach to and a understanding of Scripture.
Initially, I was not a member of this hermeneutical school of Dispensational theology. I attended and graduated from two theological seminaries that taught the exact opposite of Dispensationalism, they taught the Covenant/Reformed hermeneutic. When I graduated, I was “confused” to put it mildly. I could not offer a coherent understanding of the Bible and I had at that point seven years and thousands of dollars of education, that for all intent and purpose, that was useless babble from the schools of higher criticism. I read all the required readings of Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Juilus Wellhausen, and all the names associated with Christian theology. I saw classmates, drop by the wayside, some became atheists and agnostics, others became drunks and skirt chasers, all because of the nonsense from going to institutions that prided themselves for their academic excellence and superiority. This is often is poked fun of by referring to seminaries as cemeteries. During a personal crisis that resulted when I learned that my wife had a terminal brain illness, I left pastoral ministry in anger at God. In seven years of theological education and not once did anyone teach us why bad things happen to good people. I came to a point where I sat at a rural unprotected railroad grade crossing near my home, planning to take my life by driving in front on an oncoming freight train. That morning, for unknown reasons, the train traffic had stopped. Normally the busy line between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia/New York saw a train at least every fifteen to twenty minutes during the morning hours of 8 and 12 noon. I sat for three hours with not so much as a peep on my railroad scanner. I had picked the spot because it was two hundred yards from an obscure curve in a rock cut hillside. No train traveling at 50-mph can stop in such a short distance and I figured I would leave this world in a story byline that “I tried to beat the train to the crossing and lost”. I had plenty of life insurance that would have covered my children’s future, and after almost three hours of being parked in a convenient spot, I turned my car radio on and strangely as it was, the station was playing “Blessed Assurance” and I was instantly broken! My radio was never previously set to a Christian station, it was always tuned to a local 24-hour news station. I was a caregiver for twenty-five years before my wife died from Huntingdon’s Disease. I worked in the publishing business for two major New York publishers, and served a few small part-time churches before returning to to an Evangelical Seminary to do graduate work in church history and apologetics. As I renewed my study of the Bible, I began to see that everything that I had been taught in the Covenant/Reformed theology seminaries was all excrement. I came to the Dispensational hermeneutic on my own. I had not even heard of C.I. Scofield, would not have recognized his name. Out of curiosity, I came across a book a few years ago, written by someone down south that poisoned the opinions of others concerning C.I. Scofield, and then learned that it was all an effort to destroy and attack Dispensationalism, and it was done by attacking the messenger first.
The well of Hermeneutics was long ago poisoned by Roman Catholic false teachers, subsequently by the Jesuits, who infiltrated Protestant churches and schools, and finally into the Translation Societies. In the 19th century the heresies of the cults came along and further confused the laity of the church.
Getting back to our understanding what a dispensation is, it is seen as an administration of God’s economy that includes the following elements:
++Promises from God
++Commandments from God that test humanity’s obedience
++Principles for humanity to live by
++Humanity’s failure to keep God’s commands
++Progressive revelation of God’s plan for history
I noted the generally accepted periods or dispensations in the first part of this series of posts. For review, they include the following:
3. Human Government
The first dispensation is commonly referred to during the first period or Dispensations as the Edenic and Adamic Covenants. While they are not actually covenants, but for learning purposes, they can be discussed for comparison purposes.
1. The Edenic Covenant and the Dispensation of Innocence. The first covenant involved man’s physical existence on Earth. Adam had no history and therefore no knowledge of how to care for his physical needs. Rather than leaving man to experiment with ways to provide for his necessities, God revealed to Adam how he should care for his human needs. Mankind’s primary needs have not significantly changed throughout time.
When God created Adam sinless in the Garden, He gave Adam certain principles to follow. If Adam kept these principles, he would prosper:
1. Replenish the Earth with children -(Genesis 1:28).
2. Use nature (subdue the Earth) for food, shelter, and clothing -(Genesis 1:28).
3. Have dominion over animal life -(Genesis 1:28).
4. Eat fruit and vegetables -(Genesis 1:28).
5. Work for sustenance -(Genesis 2:15).
6. Obey God (abstaining from eating of the tree that God prohibited) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil -(Genesis 2:17).
The Edenic Covenant is tied to the Dispensation of Innocence, whereby God tested man to see if he would live by God’s conditions. God told man not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil -(Genesis 2:17. The Dispensation ended in man’s failure – Eve was deceived -(1 Timothy 2:14), and Adam deliberately disobeyed. As a result, the first man had personal and experiential knowledge of good and evil. What seemed like a simple, limited act of eating fruit ended in a broad, conscious knowledge of right and wrong. In the next Dispensation, the descendants of Adam were responsible for this new awareness of sin.
Because Adam could not keep the conditions of the first Dispensation, God judged him. The judgment was expulsion from the Garden. The first Dispensation – and the others as well – reveals that natural man is incapable of obeying or pleasing God. Man lost the benefits of living in the innocent environment of Eden. This point should be noted by those that think they will achieve God’s love from strict obedience to the Law will not earn them brownie points. Its a futile effort. But the Covenantal Principle would continue: Man was responsible to provide for his own needs. As a result of man’s failure, God placed cherubim at the entrance to the Garden to keep man from returning -(Genesis 3:24). What does this tell you about God’s character?
Next we will look at the Adamic Covenant and the Dispensation of Conscience. The second covenant grew out of man’s failure in the first Dispensation. The Adamic Covenant promised not only redemption for humanity but also judgment for the one who was responsible for the first sin.
2. The Adamic Covenant and the Dispensation of Conscience. The Adamic Covenant and the Dispensation of Conscience included:
1. God cursed the serpent, Satan’s tool, and reduced it from a beautiful creature to a hated reptile.
2. God promised destruction for Satan in a future blow to the head -(Genesis 3:15). Genesis 3:15 is the very first Biblical prophecy unfolding the master plan of redeeming mankind.
3. God promised that the woman would bear a seed, a redeemer for mankind who would destroy Satan -(Genesis 3:15).
4. God would provide for the physical necessities of life through hard and despised physical work -(Genesis 3:19).
5. God cursed nature (the creation). It reluctantly gives its fruit for man’s necessities, and its beauty is veiled -(Genesis 3:17-19).
6. The woman would have multiplied sorrow in childbirth and be submission to her husband -(Genesis 3:16).
7. The human race would experience physical death -(Romans 5:12).
Because man failed to live up to the test of the Dispensation of Innocence, God gave him a second Dispensational test. Mankind could not go back, so it went forward to its next test. As humanity entered a hostile environment outside the Garden, God gave a second set of conditions to live by. This Dispensation of Conscience is guided by the living by the limited knowledge of right and wrong that Adam and Eve experientially accumulated. God introduced the Adamic Covenant at the beginning of this Dispensation.
During the Dispensation of Conscience, man enjoyed long life but was still not able to follow his conscience. Humanity failed the test and revealed that it would not keep the general principles of goodness. Instead “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” -(Genesis 6:5), and “it repented the Lord that He had made man” -(Genesis 6:6). The Dispensation of Conscience ended in the judgment of the Flood. In the last thirty years we have learned much from archeology, paleontology, medicine, and geology that fills in the gaps of history pertaining to the subject of Genesis 6, as to why God expressed regrets of His creating mankind. God destroyed humanity via the Flood chiefly because the gene pool of man had been polluted and corrupted by intercourse between fallen angels and women. We have evidence today that suggests God’s Flood did not eliminate all of the angelic beings. In fact, there are many examples of how the Genesis 6 account has been discovered to have greater substance than first thought.
After the Flood wiped out society and left only eight people alive, God introduced a new covenant with new promises. It came with a new Dispensation and new tests as well. The principles of the first and second covenant continue (people must provide for themselves and live by their conscience), but now man no longer lives as a private individual, responsible only to himself. We refer to this as the Noachic Covenant and the Dispensation of Human Government.
3. The Noachic Covenant and the Dispensation of Human Government. The Noachic Covenant includes the institution of human government. Mankind is to live in a corporate society. Prior to this, people lived in extended families ruled by tribal heads. But as society became larger, people came to be organized under corporate government.
After the Flood, God made a Covenant with Noah and gave the Rainbow as a sign: “This is the token of the Covenant which I make between Me and you.” -(Genesis 9:12). The Noachic Covenant became the third period of time, the Dispensation of Human Government. God no longer allows the conscience of individuals to be the sole basis of human life. Mankind failed to live according to personal conscience, so God punished mankind through the universal Flood.
In the Covenant of Human Government, God confirms elements of of the previous covenants: man is to subdue the Earth and provide for his necessities -(Genesis 9:3), and the physical laws of the universe will remain ordered -(Genesis 8:22). God also adds a new promise. The Earth will never have another universal Flood -(Genesis 9:15). The core of the Noachic Covenant was the judicial taking of life -(Genesis 9:6), which is the ultimate expression of government.
The test of the Dispensation of Human Government was for humanity to divide into nations or societies and govern itself. The Bible does not tell us a whole lot about how men lived under its test. Most of the generatons of the sons of Noah, and Genesis 10 is only representative of this lengthy and mysterious period of time. However, the judgments that end this era are well known.
Humanity’s failure is evident from the Divine judgment of the Tower of Babel -(Genesis 11:6-8). Even though mankind failed the Dispensation of Government, God did not dissolve the principles He gave Noah. The principles of government and the principles from the first two covenant continued forward.
Everything heretofore is based upon a “Literal” reading of the text. In my next post I will continue with the remaining Covenants that make up the Dispensational Hermeneutic. The fact is that God said what He meant, and meant what He said. Once we begin to “spiritualize” away the “literal” meaning of the words of Scripture, we are in danger of telling “spiritual lies”. The Bible is a historical [His-Story] document with no equal in the story of humanity. It is also prophetic, and tells us how history will conclude. These points are not to be subject of debate because they are self-evident to even the casual reader of the Bible. At the conclusion of my posts on Dispensationalism, I will deal with the Covenant/Reformed theology for you to compare and decide for yourselves which position offers a Biblical Worldview of history and life.
Pastor Bob (29 June 2014)
All Doves:This is the continuation and conclusion of my post on Dispensationalism.
4. The fourth period is the Abrahamic Covenant and the Dispensation of Promise.
When God called Abram, the turning point of man experienced a dramatic turning point. God had previously dealt with all humanity in each of the Dispensations. But with Abram, God chose one man and planned to make from him a single nation as the center of His work. Through this single nation, God planned to save the world. People often ask, why did God choose the Jews. The answer may be in the fact the Hebrews were the only mono-theistic people of the nations all around them. That is offered up as just one reason, however, I believe there are others as well. But it is true, all the other peoples worshiped many gods and were poly-theistic.
The promises of the Abrahamic Covenant include:
1. God would make out of Abraham a great nation – a nation that would influence the other nations, a nation that would continue while others disappeared.
2. God would bless this nation with financial and spiritual prosperity -(Genesis 12:2).
3. God would make the name of Abraham universal and enduring.
4. God would bless Abraham – (Galatians 3:13-14).
5. God would bless the nations that bless the seed of Abraham.
6. God would bless all the families of the Earth all through Abraham’s seed, the Christ -(Genesis 12:3).
7. God led Abraham to that land -(Genesis 12:1) and then promised to give it to him -(Genesis 12:7). It is therefore called the Promised Land.
The most important aspect of God’s covenant to Abraham is its promise. This fourth period, the Dispensation of Promise, tested God’s people’s willingness and ablity to accept and live in light of the promise of God. They were to live in the Promised Land and trust God for the Promised Seed.
Each Dispensation included a test, and the fourth Dispensation reflects man’s inability to live by the Promise of God. The descendants of Abraham refused to live in the Land by faith, so they migrated to Egypt. This Dispensation’s final test and failure of God’s people (Israel) occurred when God attempted to bring them out of Egypt into the Promised Land. At Kadesh-Barnea, the people refused to trust God and enter the Promised Land. God judged them, and everyone of them who did not accept the Promise of God died in the wilderness. Only those of faith (Joshua and Caleb) and those younger than twenty years of age later were permitted to enter the Promised Land.
5. The Mosaic Covenant and the Dispensation of Law. The fifth Dispensation of Law is linked with the Mosaic Covenant. It was given on Mount Sinai where the Law was given to Moses. The Law demonstrated to each individual that he was a sinner before God. During the previous Dispensations, man was a sinner even when he did not have the knowledge of the Law. The Apostle Paul tells us, “Death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression.” -(Romans 5:14). That passage also points out that God uses such things as “similtudes”, “symbology”, “types”, “themes” and many other linguistic tools and object lessons to communicate He Word.
The Mosaic Covenant had three parts to it:
1. The commandments expressing the righteous will of God.
2. The judgments expressing the social life of Israel.
3. The ordinances directing the religious life of Israel.
Jesus called all these “The Law” -(Matthew 5:17), and Paul explained that it was a ministry of condemnation -(2 Corinthians 3:7-9). No one was ever saved by keeping the Law – it was simply God’s way of testing Israel. The nation’s failure to keep the Law ended in judgment, as did all the other Dispensations. Those today that have chose to go back under the Law have been deceived into believing a lie, furthermore, it reflects their ignorance of the Biblical message, since no one was saved by the Law, ever. Paul stated that it was a “schoolmaster” to communicate the hopelessness of trying to live under the Law. Today, many religious groups attempt to get people to believe that things will change if they return to the Law of Moses. This is very common with all the cults, even Jewish believers, in some cases. Salvation comes by ONLY ONE WAY – by the grace of God through faith in the Messiah Christ Jesus! It is Grace + nothing. Anyone that teaches you have to be baptized, be a church member, do good works, perform rituals, tithe, whatever is putting the person under the Mosaic Law which was a failure in itself. There is a real possibility that it nullifies salvation by grace through faith. I have found Biblicl evidence to validate that statement. There is another aspect of the Torah that people fail to know. The Hebrew word for Law is “nomos”, however, the meaning of Torah (referred to as the books of the Law) literally, means “teachings”.
The Dispensation of Law ended with Jesus Christ. He alone, kept the Law (fulfilled it perfectly) -(Matthew 5:17, and then nailed the Law to the Cross -(Colossians 2:14), and “abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the Law of commandments contained in ordinances” -(Ephesians 2:15).
Finally, just as principles from the previous covenants continued into the subsequent Dispensations, so the principles of the Law continue past the Cross of Jesus Christ. He did not take away the wisdom of the Law, or the “Spirit” of the Law, but rather the penalties of the Law. Legalists insist the keeping of the “letter” of the law at the expense of the “spirit” of the Law. Law-keepers may believe seriously they are in Covenant, however, this Dispensation applied strictly to the Jews alone. My experience over five decades has been that they use so-called Law-keeping as a badge of showing off to others, that they are super-spiritual. We see this with Sabbath-keepers, of all stripes. They are quick to boast and undercut those believers that worship formally on Sunday. I would recommend you go back and read my post “SDA Aberration -4″ which addresses this bogus spirituality associated with Sabbath observance. There is only way in dealing with Law-keeprs, or the “Legalists” which most of them are not, truly keepers of the Law, by the things that they continue to do on the Sabbath, and that is to know your Bible. There were more requirements of Sabbatarianism than just worshiping on the Sabbath.
6. The New Covenant is associated with the Dispensation of Grace. The Old Testament looked ahead to the New Covenant, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a New Covenant with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah” -(Jeremiah 31:31). Note that passage affirms the day when the two houses of Judaism will be reunited. Covenant/Reformed theology does not teach that and, for all intent and purpose, rejects the importance of the Jews. It is also called the Second Covenant, in contrast to the Mosaic Covenant of the Law: “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the Second” -(Hebrews 8:7). The New Covenant is “better” than the Old Covenant:
1. It is unconditional. “I will make [a covenant] with the House of Israel” and “I will be to them a God” -(Hebrews 8:10).
2. God guarantees that men will keep its conditions. “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts” -(Hebrews 8:10).
3. It extends to all, “For all shall know me, from the least to the greatest” -(Hebrews 8:11).
4. It will completely eradicate sin, “There sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” -(Hebrews 8:12).
5. It rests upon the sacrifice of Christ, the better Mediator, and assure eternal blessedness from those that accept it.
Jesus Christ predicted the New Covenant on the night of His death, when He instituted the Lord’s Supper. “This is my blood of the New Covenant [Testament] which is shed for many for the remision of sins.” -(Matthew 26:28). The results of the New Covenant apply primarily to the Dispensation of Grace/Church Age, but in the same way that the previous Covenants have all had eternal applications to the future Dispensations, the New Covenant provides the benefits of salvation for believers from previous Dispensations.
The Dispensation of Grace does not test legal obedience. Rather, the question is this: What will a person do with Jesus Christ? The believers in this Dispensation must accept Christ Jesus and live by Grace. The Dispensation of Grace will end with the professing Church rejecting Grace and slides into apostasy. The resulting Tribulation is God’s judgment that ends the era of Grace. The apostasy began with the Church surrendering to the abortion movement, and the recent cave-in to the sodomite movement that has been adopted by nearly all of the mainline Protestant churches.
7. The Davidic Covenant is associated with the Dispensation of the Kingdom. This Covenant is the least understood today by non-Dispensationalists. God’s Covenant with David is unique. An extended gap of time separates God’s past revelation of the Covenant to David from its future accomplishments. The Davidic Covenant had immediate implications for Israel, but it was the basis for a future Dispensation known as the Kingdom Age – the Millennium – when David’s Son will sit on the throne of Israel and rule from Jerusalem. We are talking here about Revelation 20. 90% of the Christian community dogmatically reject the idea of the Millennial earthly reign of Christ Jesus. Just ask people, do you believe Christ is coming back to rule and reign from Jerusalem?
Previously, God had promised Eve she would have a seed who would be the Redeemer -(Genesis 3:15). God later narrowed the line of Promise to the descendants of Shem -(Genesis 9:26), then the family of Abraham -(Genesis 12:3), and finally to the Tribe of Judah -(Genesis 49:10). Now the focus narrows even more and the Redeemer – the Seed of Promise to come from the descendants of David.
The Davidic Covenant -(Psalm 89:20-37) is conditional and based on the nature of God. God established His Nation through the Abrahamic Covenant. He provided laws for the people of the nation through the Mosaic Covenant, and He established a ruler over them in the Davidic Covenant. The Davidic Covenant has a fourfold Promise found in 2 Samuel 7:13.
1. God will establish David’s family line.
2. God will rule over His people through His Son, the Son of David.
3. God will establish His Kingdom.
4. God will recognize David’s reign forever.
This Covenant is perpetual and unbreakable: “My covenant will I not break … once I have sworn by My Holiness that I will not lie unto David” -(Psalm 89:34-35). When Israel disobeyed , God did not abrogate or cancel the Covenant. He only chastised His people for their disobedience. The chastisement came when the Kingdom divided under Rehoaboam. God confirmed the Davidic Covenant by an oath -(Psalm 89), later confirmed it to the Virgin Mary -(Luke 12:31-33), and Peter repeated it on Pentecost -(Acts 2:29-32).
We can know for certainty that God will fulfill this covenant in a future Kingdom. This seventh and last era of time to govern man’s life on Earth will follow the apocalyptic judgment at the end of the Church Age. Man will fail to please God even though He is giving man ample opportunity to do so. In this last Dispensation, man will live in a perfect environment, Jesus Christ, Himself, will rule mankind, and God will remove the curse on nature. But even in these ideal circumstances, man will still fail to please God. This explains why God will release Satan from the abyss for a short while.
The “Dispensation of the Fullness of Times” -(Ephesians 1:10) is another name for the future Kingdom, which David’s son will rule -(2 Samuel 7:8-17; Zechariah 12:8; Luke 1:31-33). This era will be filled with blessings:
1. Christ Jesus will take control of the Kingdom -(Isaiah 11:3-4) and put an end to anarchy and misrule.
2. God will reward mankind and provide rest -(2 Thessalonians 1:6-7).
3. God will glorify those who have suffered -(Romans 8:17-18).
4. God will save all of Israel -(Romans 11:26), cure her blindness -(Corinthians 3:4), and restore her -(Ezekiel 39:25-29).
5. The time of the Gentiles will cease.
6. God will lift the curse on the creation and nature will be magnified -(Genesis 3:17; Isaiah 11:6-8; 65:20-25; Romans 8:19-21).
Even the last Dispensation of ideal circumstances will end in judgment. The test will be for people to submit to the Son of David, Christ Jesus. He will rule with a rod of iron, which means He will be he absolute Ruler who will guide mankind with justice and equity. But at the end of the 1,000 year reign, a group will gather in rebellion against the King -(Revelation 20:7-9). God will judge them along with Satan -(Revelation 20:10). Then at the
final judgment of the ages (Dispensations), those who rejected God will be cast into the lake of fire along with Satan -(Revelation 20:11-15).
Thus God will have demonstrated that in every age (Dispensation), under every circumstance or test, man could not or would not live according to the principles expressed in the covenants nor keep the requirements of the Dispensations.
Those who live with God throughout eternity will do so by the Grace of God. Man has done absolutely nothing to merit salvation. GRACE is “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” Those who suffer eternal separation will realize that God gave mankind multiple opportunities and different tests through which to demonstrate faith in Him. And in every Dispensation, humanity failed. Therefore, in future ages, no person will be able to say that God was unfair or unmerciful.
The Dispensations enabled us to correctly understand God’s prophetic timetable of history. The current era focuses on the Church as the instrument through which God works, not on Israel. Yet for the rest of Daniel’s prophecy -(Daniel 9:25-27) look for it to be fulfilled Literally in the same way the initial sixty-nine weeks were fulfilled, the Church must be removed from the Earth. This event is called the Rapture. It could happen at any moment and it will precede the last “seven” years of God’s decree for Israel, known as the Tribulation.
Dispensationalism is the only Biblical hermeneutic that provides a coherent, “World View”. If you have digested these posts on Dispensationalism, you may have discovered a clearer understanding of many questions that you may have had in the back of your mind. You can see why certain groups of people are so spiteful and hateful of the Dispensational hermeneutic, and anyone that holds to this way of understanding the Bible. It brings out the anger of those that claim they are the true church, or you have to observe the Sabbath, and a host of other things that get in their craw, such as the Pre-Tribulational Rapture!
Blessings from God,
In the post below the author points to very interesting facts that are being orchestrated by Pope Francis. He states unequivocally that once the true church of Jesus Christ is removed from the earth at the Rapture the Pope and those in the Catholic church and other churches that were not fond by Jesus to be true believers will form the false religion that will take over control of the world with the Antichrist.
I agree with his assessment of Pope Francis being the False Prophet of Revelation 13 as I also belief that the role of the Antichrist is to be the present president of the USA Barrack Hussein Obama.
I also agree that the two most probable dates for the Rapture to occur are Pentecost or Rosh Hashanah. It could be this year or the next, I do not see how it could extend any further for the Tribulation to start.
Luis Vega (8 June 2014)
“THE INVITATION TO THE FATHER’S HOUSE – A Mockery of Pentecost”
invitation to the Father’s house
Issue of Spiritual Authority and the Upper Room
A Prophetic Double Entandre Mockery of Pentecost
By Luis B. Vega
In my Father’s House, there are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back to take you to be where I am that where I am you may be also. –John 14
The purpose of this study is to ascertain the possible spiritual implications of the statement made by the current Pope, Frances during his first visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem. This was an unprecedented visit by the Pope to the Middle East in that for the first time in Papal history, the Pope first landed directly in the West Bank instead of Jerusalem. Pope Francis also is the first Pope to call the West Back the ‘State of Palestine’. As the Kerry Peace initiative Peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and the State of Israel have stalled, the Pope has infused the dialog with a personal invitation to Abbas and Peres to unite and meet at the Vatican on June 8, 2014. This date happens to be on Pentecost, as observed in the western traditional calendar.
What was sticking and perhaps prophetic are the words the Pope used for this historic invitation. He stated, ‘I extend a personal invitation to my House, in the Vatican to meet for prayer and discussion’, etc., as the Pope would officiate the religious celebration of Pentecost observance on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church. What might seem unapparent to the average observer of languages, it would seem to be a sensible and polite gesture by the Pope to do so for the cause of peace between the Palestinians and the Jews. What is monumental in prophetic scope is the timing and the place and who gave this ‘Pentecost Invitation’. The Pope is no ordinary personage as Bethlehem is no ordinary place and Pentecost is no ordinary time to have these 3 people meet. What this time and place could prophetically represent is the Vatican’s quest for the spiritual authority over YHVH’s Feast of Pentecost and all that it represents. In a prophetic perspective, it is an issue of who will have ultimate spiritual authority on Earth.
The office of the Pope is the person that claims to be the Vicar of Christ, which is Christ sole representative on Earth, instead of the universal Church or the Holy Spirit in the whole Body of Christ theologically. The Papacy claims sole proprietorship of all things pertaining to Jesus Christ and Christendom. Thus the place at which the ‘Invitation to his House’ was made is likewise equal in possible prophetic significance in the following manner. The place was none other than the birth place of the Jewish Messiah, the Prince of Peace foretold in Isaiah to be born out of the numerous towns called Bethlehem of ancient Israel or Judea. The West Bank is what makes up the ancient regions of Judea and Samaria. These are the very lands that will be at stake if a division of Israel is to be had to accommodate the State of Palestine for the majority Muslim Arabs.
A Double Entandre
This study suggests that the statement made by the Pope at that place and time has some possible prophetic meaning and implications. Specifically as it pertains to Pentecost, it has definite spiritual overtones and of how it mocks the event of what took place on Pentecost and what that event represented since the 1st century in the Upper Room. The issue is about all spiritual authority given to the True Church of Jesus, not Israel or Rome. Pentecost was about a Risen Christ giving His Bride the office to represent King Jesus’ Royal decree, will and purpose and Great Commission to all the nations of the world. This very same Spiritual Authority could last until the end of the Age and precisely end at the point of the Resurrection and Rapture of the Bride by the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Thus this study strongly suggests that the statement by the Pope is analogous to the Father inviting His Church to His House, on a Hill on Mt. Zion in Glory as it will be the same for the Vatican to have another ‘father’, Papa invite his subjects at Pentecost. It is a double entandre of possible Biblical proportions without reading too much into it. The issue also is overshadowed by the Papal contention to seize spiritual control and authority over the Upper Room in Jerusalem which also contains the area of King David’s Tomb allegedly. Why is this significant? The tomb of the King is a monumental symbol of the Political Authority that King David represents to the Jewish nation. Having these two aspects of authority, both the spiritual and political in one location would give the Pope, the Vatican the legitimacy that it is presently and actively seeking perhaps in anticipation of such an event that is soon to take place.
Once the absence of the True Church has been removed from the Earth, basically the Vatican will seek to fill in this spiritual and political vacuum that the Bible foretells will take place after the Rapture. The following is a prophetic comparison of the Pope’s invitation statement. If by accident, coincidence or design, the timing of the visit of Abbas and Peres on Pentecost at the House of the Father, the ‘Papa’ or Pope in the Vatican on a hill is strikingly unique and parallels the Biblical account of the events from Passover to Pentecost of Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth before His crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection and ascension.
The Pope The GOD Head
Papa, A Father The Father
an invitation Christ sent to invite
to his House to the Mansions in the House of GOD
Vatican, on a hill Zion on a Hill
on Pentecost on Pentecost
wanting the Upper Room in the Upper Room
Abbas and Peres Jew and Gentile
To reiterate, the Vatican is attempting to usurp the Spiritual Authority as well as the Political Authority over Jerusalem, Judean and the uttermost parts of the world. It is evident that this new Pope is flexing his Papal authority over the Middle East and Jerusalem that will play a vital role in the conclusion of the Church Age. In effect the Papacy is now actively preparing for what the Bible prophetically calls the coming False Prophet as some interpret the End of Days scenarios.
His mandate from Hell will be to seek to legitimize his spiritual authority over Jerusalem, Judea and the uttermost parts of the world as a mockery of Jesus’ Great Commission to the True Church. This Papal spiritual authority will aid in the worship of the Beast, the coming political AntiChrist that will ultimately lead the whole world to worship the Dragon, aka Lucifer; this is the plan as layout in the book of Daniel and Revelation of the Bible after the Church has been ‘invited’ in, perhaps even at a Pentecost Feast day.
As it pertains to the possible prophetic overtones to Pentecost, the Bible account states that Christ directed His Disciples to unite and pray in that precise location of the Upper Room in Jerusalem. It was at this precise place and time as well at the bequest of the Father; Jesus to invite His Disciples on Pentecost to bestow ALL Spiritual Authority to the True Church on Earth. This theologically would be called the Body of Christ through which by the enabling inner power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit Jesus’ work would continue until the Great Commission of the Church would be completed someday, perhaps even at a Pentecost Feast.
Will the meeting amongst the Pope, Abbas and Peres on Pentecost be also a time of transference that will change the spiritual dynamic and political authority on Earth from that time forward? In essence this Pentecost Invitation is nothing more than a mockery of YHVH’s Pentecost and what it represents spiritually. This study is not insinuating that the Rapture will take place during this particular time but it would be a pleasant occurrence and long awaited one.
Why this date of June 8, 2014 is also unique is that it echoes the unification of Jerusalem in 1967 by Israel during the Six Day War. If the Jubilee Year was in fact 1966, then it is the 49th Year since the Jubilee year of 1966. This study is speculating that perhaps then, this Pentecost Summit meeting is in preparation for the coming division of Jerusalem and a reversal of the 1967 borderlines to accommodate East Jerusalem as the capital of the new Palestinian State.
1. 1966-2014 = 49th Year
2. Eve of 49th year in 2015
3. Yom Kippur 2015 = Year of Jubilee proclaimed
4. Year 2015/2016 = Jewish year count of 5776
The Spiritual UPPER ROOM
The parallels of the Pope’s Pentecost Invitation are striking in terms of the symbolism implied in many aspects. In one such aspect, the Pope implied that he has a ‘House’ in the Vatican. What the Vatican has always known that if it is to be the sole Spiritual Authority on Earth, the ‘House’ has to be procured in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount where the True House of YHVH once stood and perhaps is soon to be rebuilt. Furthermore, not only is the Vatican on a hill in Rome as alluding to the Upper Room but in recent months, the Vatican has had an issue of acquiring the spiritual rights of the Upper Room that encompasses King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem. Why now? Why this place and time? To reiterate, the issue is over the spiritual authority of the whole Earth. It is a prophetic timing perhaps that at this time, the Papacy is immerging over the Middle East as the true Christian witness is being eradicated and decimated by the Muslim onslaught. Perhaps it is sensing prophetically that soon it will have the opportunity to step into the spiritual gap that will ensue after the Rapture of the True Church of Christ.
In this case of the Papacy wanting sole spiritual authority over the Upper Room in Jerusalem the issue came to a head that even Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the supreme Sephardic Rabbi to allow the Papacy to assume spiritual authority over the Upper Room and David’s Tomb. Why? It is because of what the Upper Room and the tome represents and what transpired there. It was a high place in the city of Jerusalem. The Upper Room was a sign of power and place of the royals. In ancient times, the poor and lowly, as those of today that live in such levels of cities are easily overrun and indefensible in times of war. Moreover spiritually, it was at the Upper Room that all Spiritual Authority from the Celestial Father was bestowed through GOD the SON on Pentecost as Christ promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to seal this authority. History can attest to the issue that there is the contention between the False Church and the True Church over this Spiritual Authority on Earth.
The Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries has martyred more Followers of Christ for this Spiritual Authority through their Inquisition that is still on the books and ready to be re-implemented. The Bible speaks of a parlous time to come upon the world in which those that will not give spiritual allegiance to the False Prophet or political allegiance to the AntiChrist will be beheaded; echoes of the coming world Inquisitor during the Tribulation, Muslim style. Presently, it is the True Church of Christ Jesus, the Bride of Christ that was given all Spiritual Authority on Pentecost to carry out the Great Commission. It does so in the Royal power of the Prince of Peace to be exercised over all dominions, nations and powers while on Earth and until the Rapture.
The False Church perhaps is sensing that the Church Age is about to close and the True Church is to be removed. As an anxious tenant wanting to move in due to a vacating, the False Church is eager to claim that very spot from where the true Spiritual Authority was pronounced and given. Perhaps it will be at a coming Pentecost Feast time and place when the True Church will be removed, Rapture in so much as the false church will lay claim to that place in an attempt to legitimize its spiritual authority and political power over the entire world after the Rapture. This is the issue over the Upper Room in Jerusalem by the Papacy.
A Mockery of Pentecost
As stated before, the timing and symbolism of when and where the Papacy, the Palestinians and Jews will meet on June 8, 2014 is prophetic. This will occur on the very celebration of Pentecost in the western tradition. It will be exactly 1 year and 20 days from the prior Pentecost of 2013. This 120 coefficient is perhaps a hidden code to some measure reminiscent of the 120 that were gathered at that first Pentecost to receive all Spiritual Authority and power of the resurrected Jesus Christ that triumphed over Sin, Death and Lucifer.
What is also very peculiar about the Pentecost of 2014 is that it not only falls precisely after 1 year and 20 days or a 120 fractal but it occurs after a sequence of 3 prior Pentecosts (2011, 2012. 2013) in a successive row having occurred in-between a solar and lunar eclipse. This has not happened for hundreds of years in the past nor future according to NASA data. This phenomenon in itself is amazing to consider and its possible prophetic significance.
This study is not to insinuate that the event of June 8, 2014 is to coincide with the Rapture or of the time of the promised celestial ‘Pentecost Invitations’ to go into the Father’s House but it is a striking prophetic allegory. The Papal Pentecost Invitation nonetheless has echoes of how at Passover the LORD promised His Disciples in the very Upper Room of Jerusalem to invite this Bride, His Disciples to His Father’s House. Jesus elaborated that upon His call or ‘invitation’, He would usher them in to the Mansions, at the time of the Blessed Hope.
Thus the Pope’s Pentecost Invitation echoes a type of how the Heavenly Father invited the Disciples to His House. The invitation of the Father is to His Church to enter into His Heavenly Tabernacle, to unite in His Inner Chamber for prayer and fellowship. It is the Heavenly Upper Room, on Mt. Zion. This is foretold to occur at the point of the Resurrection and Rapture of the Church which composed of 2 members as one, the Jew and the Gentile fused as the New Man in Christ, the New creation.
There is the age-old debate of whether the Resurrection and Rapture will be on Pentecost or Rosh HaShana if the Blessed Hope is to occur at a Moedim or Appointed at all. It will be a time of YHVH’s choosing, as it could occur on one of the 7 Feasts of the LORD. The Bible does give enough hidden clues and divine patterns as it pertains to the Rapture type in that it will be connection to a type of harvest. The issue is whether it is the harvest of the Barley or the First Fruits of Wheat at Pentecost that are taken into the House of the LORD. In the 2nd option it is during Pentecost that the 2 loaves with leaven are waived before the LORD by the High Priest.
This is of course of the picture of the Church’s High Priest, Jesus waiving the Jew and Gentile in sin but having atoned for by the very own blood of the High Priest. Or the timing could correspond to the end of the summer when the harvest of the wheat is gathered that corresponds to Rosh HaShana. Again, only on terms of spiritual symbolism, it is interesting that the Pope will taking into his house, the Vatican and be presenting 2 loaves; Abbas and Peres before his Lord as the High Priest of Rome.
The Successor of Peter
Is the Pope the successor to the Apostle Peter? No. There is no Biblical evidence that the Apostle Peter was ever in Rome. It is in fact the case that it was the Apostle Paul that was in Rome and started the church there. This account is recorded in the book of Acts wherein an understanding was reached between the 2 Giant Apostles in terms of Spiritual Authority as it related to the Great Commission. The Apostle Paul would be the Apostle to the Gentiles and headed west while the Apostle Peter was going to be the Apostle to the Jews and headed east. Thus in one of the Epistles that Peter writes, he even references and greets those in Babylon that he had per chance at one time either started a church there, ministered or visited on occasion.
Apostle means the messenger or sent one, as in angel too. In plain definition, Catholicism means ‘universal’ as implying the whole. This connotation when applied to the Body of Christ can infer to the totality of Christendom with all its facets and flavors of the spectrum, true and apostate. The adjective word, ‘Roman’ is a peculiar inference to having this corporate body be influenced, sanctioned and ruled by the political office of the Caesar. The Roman Caesar was both Dictator and Papa. He was both the head of all political authority but also all spiritual authority of the empire.
This office became eclipsed by the bishop of Rome that during the time of the Church Age of Pergamum, the church in a spiritual sense merged with the Roman state or the state merged with the Church as the Roman Empire crumpled from within. Realizing this inevitable misfortune, the office of Caesar abdicated and sought to rule and reign through its spiritual office of the Papacy. Thus in essence, the Pope, el Papa, the ‘Father’ is the defacto political Caesar of the Roman Empire that to this day is alive and well. It is still part of what makes up Nebuchadnezzar’s stature that the Prophet Daniel interpreted to mean that such world empires and kingdoms would be in place until the 2nd Coming of the Stone that will come from Heaven to smash such world empires.
Precisely this last Kingdom will morph out of the 2 legs that have constituted the Western and Eastern Roman Empires throughout history. Both have lasted more than the other world kingdoms and extend into a 10 toe confederation that in turn will last but a short while in comparison to the rest of the empires. In one sense, this represented statue of world empires is also a prophetic clock of a time piece that reveals when Messiah is to come the 2nd time. It will be during the confederation of the 10 toe world empire. If the statue of Nebuchadnezzar is exacting to match the proportions of the human body, then mathematically the delineations of each kingdom corresponding to a particular section of the body can be determined as coefficient of years.
Now whether the morphing of the eastern and western branches of the Kingdom of Rome become the 10 Toe confederation that will rule the last rendition of the New World Order remains to be seen. Some speculate that it will be a 10 regional and geographical division of the world, perhaps. Other speculates more of the traditional notion over the years that it will specifically be centered on the geographical location of the actual Roman Empire that included Europe and North Africa.
Still others in recent years have asserted that it is this precise delineation of a northern and southern flank that will constitute at some point in time a merging of the Catholic and Islamic faiths in that in some way and how the Pope will be instrumental in winning the hearts and minds of the Muslims to have a Chrislam form of world relation during the Tribulation period in so much as the Pope will be the False Prophet. This assertion goes hand in hand in how the False Prophet will condition the masses to follow the coming political AntiChrist that Israel will accept as their long awaited Messiah. This is how some interpret end time scenarios based on Scripture.
To reiterate, the Roman rulers eclipsed their political offices with the religious office. This was not hard to do as it was common practice that since the ancient times of the Roma, as in other civilizations, the ruling monarchs were also the sole custodians and officiates of the spiritual and religious orders. This is seen in the practices of the Pharaohs right up to the Caesars, and the Czars, Kaiser which is the same word for Caesar right down to even the Queen of England as the head of the state and Religion. In essence, the Pope which means ‘father’ is the defacto Caesar of Rome. This office of the Papacy of the House on the Hill, called Vatican is the continuation of the Roman Kingdom that the LORD revealed to the Prophet Daniel that would be in power over the world at the 1st coming of Christ and at the 2nd coming of Christ.
The Vatican in Rome is set on a hill and was a pagan religious place of blood sacrifices even before the Romans came. It later became a Circus Maximus, circus meaning a circle or ring in which chariot races or gladiator fights occurred. It is like in a rink in the modern sense patterned after such a spectacle that in the 1st century involved blood sports and the execution of Christians as Enemies of the State for a blood sport. It was on this hill that Nero sentenced the Apostle Paul to his death by a public beheading as it is held in tradition that occurred.
Astronomically, it has been thoroughly researched that the Vatican layout is a star map or gate configuration with the complex depicting a key that incorporates the Basilica, which means ‘throne’, the nave, and the Castel Sant’ Angelo or the Castle of the Angels still others would see as the ‘stronghold of the Fallen Angel’. Perhaps it is alluding to the stronghold of where the Fallen Angels that it is paying homage came from that are spoke about in Genesis 6 and the Book of Enoch. There is an obelisk in front of the Basilica oval that was brought from Egypt. At the top it is told that the actual piece of the Cross of Christ is fashioned but highly unlikely. In essence it is depicting a sexual union; it has nothing to do with Christ or Christianity nor the Church. The Obelisk is functioning as a phallus as the oval is the womb that draws from its regenerative powers of sexual energies and procreation.
The oval demarks the stations of the solstices and equinoxes as the nave is aligned to the Pleiades. This celestial pattern is also exactly configured in London and the District of Columbia. Like the Vatican, such a similar configuration and alignment is seen in the District of Columbia is to Sirius and even the ancient City of the God’s Avenue of the Dead in Mexico mirrors this Vatican alignment to the Pleiades. All three have the same star map celestial key configuration, perhaps to a star gate or portal of divine power funneled through such a vortex within the spiritual realm opens up to these ‘strongholds’ of the Fallen Angels. These 3 powers attempt to counter weight the Spiritual Authority of the True Church of Jesus on Earth. Such false institutions have been used as the ‘Gates of Hell’ to assault the true economy and authority of the living Body of Christ, i.e., the Church on Earth.
1. London – Financial
2. District of Columbia – Political
3. Roma – Spiritual
It was very strategic to have chosen a Latin American to be the next Pope or ‘Father’ of the Roman Empire as it was due by the mere numbers and demographics in the world. Mexico and Brazil alone constitute the largest populations of Catholics in the world. As the phenomena is also true with Evangelical Christianity, it has been in the 3rd world primarily that the explosion of the Gospel has occurred as the churches in the once strongholds of Europe and America are closing down and/or become converted into Islamic mosques.
A Prophetic Turnover?
To reiterate, the invitation by the Roman Pope to Abbas and Peres to unite and go into ‘my House’ on the hill of the Vatican for fellowship and prayer on Pentecost echoes that of the Heavenly Father inviting His True Church into His House on a Hill in Heaven, in the celestial courts of Zion. This would make good on the Promise of GOD the SON on Passover at the Upper Room in Jerusalem of inviting His Disciples, the First Fruit of the Harvest of Pentecost as He Himself was the First Fruit of the harvest at Passover to unite, fellowship and pray perhaps at a Pentecost season. Wouldn’t it be magnificent if the Rapture did actually take place during that time? What a statement that would make and affect it would have on both the Jew and Gentile as the Bride of Christ gets the Pentecostal Invitation by the Father to go into the Upper Room as it was at the 1st Pentecost directly related to the Church; on the very birth-day of the Church that occurred in Upper Room in Jerusalem.
Why such a big deal about Pentecost and the Upper Room? When the Rapture takes place, there will be a vacuum so huge that the Vatican is positioning itself now to l be the sole and ultimate Spiritual Authority on Earth thereafter. This is why there is such a contention over this very same spot on Earth of the Upper Room in Jerusalem and what Pentecost signifies. It is about the issue of who ultimately has Spiritual Authority on Earth. Such Spiritual Authority and Great Commission has not been bestowed on the Vatican that claims sole ownership and proprietor of such a title of Vicar of Christ, as in that it is ‘Christ’ on Earth. The Spiritual Authority has neither been given to the political nation of Israel.
Satanic Celestial Alignment
Astronomically the alignment at the Vatican precisely during the Pentecost celebration will see the rise of Procyon in line with HaSatan in Perseus as Mercury is dead center next to the Silver Gate. This is not a good omen as Procyon is identified with Sirius is being the Queen of Heaven that the Catholic Church venerates as co-Redeemer with Jesus and immaculately conceived as Christ and ascended as Jesus, basically a Christ in her own right. HaSatan is referred to as the Eye of Lucifer in the face of Medusa that is cut off by Perseus. It is perhaps a depiction of what is rising and to come and that this even is of Satan’s orchestrating. In the Greek, Procyon means ‘Before the Dog’ as in Sirius; of the 2 hound circling Orion associated with god Marduk. It is Al Shira in Arabic meaning the ‘Syrian Sign’ so there could finally be a very big even dealing with the Syrian civil war. This sign on Pentecost echoes the depiction of Jesus on the Cross as stated in Scripture in Psalm 22.These are a clear depiction of Jesus being identified as Orion, at least astronomically.
‘Many bulls (Taurus) surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me… Dogs have surrounded (Procyon and Sirius) me, a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.’
The emblem of the Papacy is the 2 Keys, a Silver and Gold Key in which the Vatican complex is layout out. IN essence, the Vatican/Papacy is claiming all Spiritual Authority of the Universe in-between these 2 star-gates. Mercury is the god of financial gain, of medicine as in the Caduceus and has inferences to Baphomet, the goat-god Pan. Mercury is the Messenger of the ‘god’ as in this case the Pope is the ‘angel’ or messenger to be between the Palestinians and the Jews for perhaps a coming confirmation of a Covenant of Peace that will be initiated between the two in a division of Israel land and capital Jerusalem.
As it is now by divine Royal decree, the highest Spiritual Authority of King rests and is bestowed in the True Church, the Body of Christ while on Earth. It is the true ‘catholic’ church as in universal that is spiritual. Ultimately all spiritual and political authority emanates from the LORD and the Holy Spirit and the Righteous King of Glory. Once the Testimony, the Lampstand of the light and salt of the True Church is removed by King, perhaps it will be the time when the Vatican will usurp the very geographic location of the Upper Room in symbolism of what it represents. It will be a huge victory for the False Prophet as the place of Pentecost has ultimately been obtained to spiritually secure the sole and ultimate spiritual authority on Earth after the Rapture takes place.
At that time the True Church of Jesus Christ will be safe at last in the Pavilions and House of the Father having responded to the invitation, to ‘Come up here’ to be in the presence of Glory forever more. This is the promise Jesus Christ as the Groom to His Bride during the Last Supper; that one day perhaps at a Pentecost He would call for her because the House was made ready, moreover, the Bride had made herself ready.
The Pentecostal Invitation to enter the LORD’s House on His Holy Hill still stands and the door is still open to all those that will come and respond to the personal invitation of Jesus Christ to come in before He shuts the door spiritually speaking He did to the Ark of Noah. Why this is imperative is because the Bible states that a coming Wrath of GOD will be forthcoming thereafter. This Pentecostal Age of the Church that has lasted for over 1980 years is closing fairly soon if what the indicators in the world are pointing towards, perhaps even at Pentecost or sometime yet to be understood and anticipated.