God’s 12th month, Adar 1, 5777: 2/23/17. To in resident and small study groups.
Look up and observe God’s new moon; it’s the first day of His 12th month and 44 days to Passover. In a week or so we intend to reveal how Easter became Christendom’s centralized holiday. No person, denomination or government can alter God’s month beginnings or the timing of His seventh day of the week. The foundation of God’s calendar began in Jerusalem, as the earth turns, sunsets and rises occur over the earth. God’s day two began at the next sunset. Thus His day count cannot be altered.
As noted in the last study, Abraham was careful not to accept the king of Sodom’s offer, less he might say, “I made Abram rich.” Abraham knew The Most High God delivered his enemies. In Paul’s letter to the Hebrews and all spiritual Israelites “Christians.” he stresses his disappointment regarding their spiritual sluggishness. As we read, consider the fit to modern Christendom.
Paul considered these Hebrews sluggish and needing to Move on to Maturity.
(Heb 5:11; On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing ‘understanding’. For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”) Next Paul teaches the elementary doctrine of Jesus’ good news doctrine with the admonishment to move on to perfection. He identifies seven doctrines naming the seventh first.
(Heb 6:1-2; “Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and (7) move on to maturity, (1) not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and (2) faith in God, (3) teaching about baptisms, (4) laying on of hands, (5) resurrection of the dead, and (6) eternal judgment.”)
(Heb 6:3-6; “And this is what we intend to do, if God permits. For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, and then have committed apostasy, ‘a falling away’ to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding Him up to contempt.”) Once miraculously gifted with God’s Holy Spirit and believing IN Him as He manifest Himself to be; then fall back to this world’s system of things; surely it’s difficult to regain Jesus’ imputed faith.
(Heb 6:7-8; “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. (8) But if it ’the ground’ produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned.) Referencing the second death. See Rev 2:11, 20:6, 20:14 and 21:8.
(Heb 6:9-12; “But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for His name, ’practices - characteristics’ in having served and continuing to serve the Saints. (11) But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.”) Consider; how is the promise of salvation obtained?
Salvation parallel to promises to Abraham.
(Heb 6:13-20; “Now when God made His promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” (15) And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise.) ’By holding to his gifted faith in God unwaveringly, Abraham inherited.”
For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. (17) In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that His purpose was unchangeable, and so He intervened with an oath, so that we who have found refuge in Him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, (1) since it is impossible for God to lie. (2) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, (20) where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since He became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”)
Jesus, “our Forerunner - the Pioneer of our salvation, is our priest forever and will be “serving as King of Peace.” Remember, the holy of holiness was behind the curtain where priest only went once a year and God’s purpose was and is unchangeable. Christendom has a similar problem as did the Israelites in Joshua and Samuel’s day. “Though with God’s imputed energizing spirit” we understand the mystery of “God’s spirit in us” knowledge they did not have.
Nature of Melchizedek’s Priesthood
(Heb 7:1-10; “Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. To Him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. His ’Melchizedek’s’ name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. (3) Without father, without mother, without genealogy, He has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the Son of God, and He remains a priest for all time.”) We believe Melchizedek was Jesus in human form. Remember Jesus presented Himself in various ways. As a rock for example. See also Deut 8:15, 32:13-18.
(Exodus 33:19-23; And the Lord said, “I will make all My goodness pass before your face, and I will proclaim the Lord by name before you; I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.” But He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The Lord said, “Here is a place by Me; you will station yourself on a rock. When My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you will see My back, but My face must not be seen.”) Take time to observe Job’s understanding.
Job 19:23-29; “O that my words were written down, O that they were written on a scroll, that with an iron chisel and with lead they were engraved in a rock forever! As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God, whom I will see for myself, and whom my own eyes will behold, and not another.
My heart grows faint within me. If you say, ‘How we will pursue Him, since the root of the trouble is found in Him!’ (29) Fear the sword yourselves, for wrath brings the punishment by the sword, so that you may know that there is judgment.”)
(Hebrews 7:4-10; “But see how great He ‘Melchizedek’ must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder. And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham. (6) But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one, ‘Abraham’ who possessed the promise. Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior, and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by Him who is affirmed to be alive. And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham. For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him.”) When tithing was instituted in Abraham through Samuel’s time for people of God, “the governing authority was God as He administered through His called.” Only the gentile populations were taxed according to the whims of Emperor and King types.
What we have here is Jesus’ revelations through Paul that fits perfectly with His prophetic Word through His prophets, apostles and His direct revelations to His apostle John as recorded in, “Revelations of Jesus to John.”