To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, scattered Israelites (1/16/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 10, until sunset.
What about divided worldly organized religion’s foundation? Like the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ day, “they’re hostile’s toward Jesus’ deity, not mindful that He’s God the Son in whom all the Father’s attributes are.” Everything created is through God the Son. (Review Col 1:15-20) The Lord God Jesus made promises to Abraham and carried many out through Moses. Delivering Israel from sinful Egypt on the exact day promised. Not worshiping this Jesus in spirit and truth makes Satan organized religions “including Christendom” it’s god. Jesus to the Symrna church. (Rev2:9; “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews - ’spiritual Israelites’ and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Jesus repeats at Rev 3:9.
Satan blinds and leads “self organizers” to think themselves, “angels of light.” Jesus’ apostles had to contend with these presenters of themselves as equals to His apostles. Paul explains Jesus’ position and the result of false teaching to the Corinthians.
(2Corinthians 11:12-15; “And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”) So, what’s the end result for those who never turn from practices opposing God’s Way?
(Revelations 21:5-8; “And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “John” “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty (one’s desiring to turn from hostile ways opposing God’s) I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. (7) The one who conquers “overcomes to the end” will inherit these things and I will be his God and he will be My son. But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, idol worshipers, and all those who lie, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. That is the second death.”) Consider, “as spiritual understanding was hidden from Jesus’ apostles until the appointed time, spiritual understanding is hidden from all but the called in this age.” God’s plan includes a physical resurrection, “as was Lazarus’ and Saints through His apostles after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus gave us a taste of what’s to occur at His return.
(Matt 27:50-53; “Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit. Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart. (52) And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many Saints who had died were raised. (53) (They came out of the tombs after His resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.”) These things are hidden from the many who think there’s a mythology for being saved, until an appointed time.
Satan wants the world mindful of everything but, “times God set aside for our benefit.” Evil desires made unscrupulous men want to be equal with Jesus’ apostles and use Jesus’ name to support paganism. (Sun worship and all paganism has always been an abomination to God.) All that’s evil from God’s point of view will ultimately be destroyed, including Satan. Things evil, in God’s View are revealed at Revelations 21:8 and throughout His written Word. (Especially the religious leaders among us, who put forth the acceptance of an imaginary Jesus as Lord, while practicing ways designed to honor imaginary gods. will be judged by Jesus’ Words.)
(John 12:48; Jesus said; “the one who rejects Me and does not accept My Words has a judge; the Word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.”) A Last Day for evil is certain. Jesus’ miraculous resurrection of Lazarus, and His feeding thousands, didn’t cause the Pharisees types to believers IN. Why? It wasn’t gifted to them. They could only see that Jesus the man, was disrupting their hold on people. Likewise today, ’as did Cain’ people practice ways that seem okay to human logic, “not perceiving Jesus as the promised Messiah, the One that must be obeyed.”
(Luke 20:20-26; “Then they watched Jesus carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. They wanted to take advantage of what He might say so that they could deliver Him up to the jurisdiction of the governor. (Thus they asked Jesus, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay the tribute tax to Caesar or not?” (23) But Jesus perceived their deceit and said to them, “Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” They said, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Thus they were unable in the presence of the people to trap Jesus with His own words. And stunned by His answer, they fell silent.”)
People in whom it isn’t given to Believe IN, “see Jesus the man” son of a carpenter who came to alter Israel’s God’s commands. In the apostle’s days almost all Israelites were unified regarding “Abraham and their forefathers.” But true to his nature Satan caused division. Some factions believed in strict law keeping and others less so. Many believed in the resurrections and angels others denied both, accepting the pagan doctrine that teaches “people are born to live forever someplace.” (Re-study Genesis 3:, “the first lie.)
(Luke 20:27-40; “Now some Sadducees (who contend that there is no resurrection) came to Jesus. They asked Him, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man must marry the widow and father children for his brother. (See Deut 25:5, this practice was called levirate marriage, See also Ruth 4:1-12) Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died without children. The second and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died too. In the resurrection therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her.” (Knowing the Sadducees thinking regarding immortality, Jesus could have asked, “if you believe they’re born immortal, where do you think they are today?”) (34-40; “So Jesus said to them, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are regarded as worthy to share in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, since they are sons of the resurrection. (37) But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now He is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live before Him.” Then some of the experts in the law answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well!” For they did not dare any longer to ask Him anything.”)
People regarded worthy to be in the first resurrection are spirit, likened to angels, not like in this age, but will no longer die. Jesus gave Sadducees more to think about.
(Luke 20:41-47; “But Jesus said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to My lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ (See Psalms 101:1) If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be His son?”) (45-47; “As all the people were listening, Jesus said to His disciples, “Beware of the experts in the law. They like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ property, and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”) Denominations make merchandise of people, their leaders like to be supported elaborately & hold to views that are popular in political circles.
(Luke 21:1-9; “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on. Now while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So they asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that these things are about to take place?” (8) He said, “Watch out that you are not misled. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! And when you hear of wars and rebellions, do not be afraid. For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.”) Misleading people, using Jesus’ name, saying He is the Messiah but twisting His Word in order to make merchandise of people. Saying the end is near, without knowledge.
(Luke 21:10-19; “Then Jesus said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. But before all this, they will seize you “followers of Me” and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. (13) This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. Therefore be resolved not to rehearse ahead of time how to make your defense. For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. (16) You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”) Christendom has become a condoning culture of “believers that Jesus lived, “not believers IN Jesus.” Why would the worldly hate a follower of Jesus? Satan is it’s divisionary god. Selling divided Christendom denominations erroneous doctrines. Followers of Jesus have always been so outside the world’s thinking they’re hated by worldly religions. (Unless time is cut short for the Elect’s sake, Jerusalem area will be overrun again by gentiles.)
(Luke 21:20-24; “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Those who are inside the city must depart. Those who are out in the country must not enter the city, because these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. (23) Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”)
Time of the Gentiles is this age in which non-Israelites dominate the world! But some are being called as it’s written, “becoming spiritual Israelites whom God does not fight for.” Review what the word Israel means. (When God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, He said; “No longer will your name be Jacob, but Israel, “because you have fought with God and with men and have prevailed.” Gen 32:28) (The name Israel is a common construction, using a verb with a theophoric element (אֵל, ’el) that usually indicates the subject of the verb. Here it means “God fights.” This name replaces the name Jacob; Israel is now both a promise and a call for faith. In essence, the Lord God is saying that Israelites would have victory and receive the promises because God would fight for them.)
Apparently “time of the Gentiles” will expire when Jesus returns. Until then, the gentile mentality dominated by Satan prevails. Until then, from Jesus’ perspective, “His followers are as foreigners, much like the Israelites were in Egypt.”
(Luke 21:33 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. “Then Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. When they sprout leaves, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near. So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”) Being alert, faithfully watching and overcoming to the end, is the duty of Jesus’ followers.