The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 22

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (12/31/18, God 10th month, Tevet 24 until sunset.

Prophecies Jesus gave through Joel and Matthew are parallel in many ways. Chapter one and part of two is about God allowing Israel’s punishment by their enemies. Afterward, restoration, blessings and God’s revealing. (Joel 2: 28 (3:1) After all of this I will pour out My Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your elderly will have revelatory dreams; your young men will see prophetic visions. Even on male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (30) I will produce portents both in the sky and on the earth – blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sunlight will be turned to darkness and the moon to the color of blood, before the day of the Lord comes – that great and terrible day! (32) It will so happen that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who survive, just as the Lord has promised; the remnant will be those whom the Lord will call.”) Study the whole and compare with Matthew 24:

On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through Joel was fulfilled and continues through God the Father’s calling and giving His desire that we be atOne with Jesus. A fulfillment, greater is coming during His millennial rule on earth. On that first Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension Peter explained. Acts 2:16-21; “But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it will be, God says,that I will pour out My Spirit on all people, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. (19) And I will perform wonders in the sky above and miraculous signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes. And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”) Review Jesus’ prophecy through Ezekiel in the last study.

Now is a good time to think through, “how it is that Jesus became the first begotten Son of God.” From a beginning, Jesus is the created spirit Son of God, “the Alpha and Omega, the spokesman that said, let us make man in our image” All things were created by and for Jesus. (See Hebrews 1:1-13, John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20) Jesus was the first to be spirit begotten at conception, thus He became the first spiritually begotten flesh and blood person. (Miraculously fathering made Jesus the first fleshly begotten Son of God.) All people imputed with, “fathered by” God’s spirit, are members of and in His family, His church. Joel’s prophecy was for this and the coming millennial age, when all Israel, “those God fights for” will be saved.

(John 10:14-18; Jesus said, “I am the good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father – and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to My voice, so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me – because I lay down My life, so that I may take it back again. No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down of My own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from My Father.”) Worldly religions have conjured up many images of a Jesus fitting their imagination. These religious types, whose prayers may as well be to a scarecrow in a cucumber patch. Long before Jesus’ fleshly first coming, the Israelites had reverted to serving imaginary gods much like Christendom practices are today. Jesus had Jeremiah write.

(Jeremiah 10:1-5; “You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.”)

 

(Luke 12:49-53; Jesus said; “I have come to bring fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is finished! Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! For from now on there will be five in one household divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”) This can’t be helped in this, “before His millennial” age! We called out people are spirit compelled, to think and live different than worldly unbelievers.

(Luke 12:54-59; “Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A rainstorm is coming,’ and it does. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and there is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how can you not know how to interpret the present time? (57) “And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, so that he will not drag you before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the very last cent!”

(Luke 13:1-5; “Now there were some present on that occasion who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. He answered them, “Do you think these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered these things? No, I tell you! But unless you repent, you will all perish as well! Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower in Siloam fell on them, do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you! But unless you repent you will all perish as well!”) Compare with 1Corinthians 15:, particularly verses 20-28, “all to be resurrected, each in their own order.”

(Luke 13:6-9; “Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, ‘For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to deplete the soil?’ But the worker answered Him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down.’”) Individually, many are like this fig tree. Refusing to believe IN and practice revealed understanding. People should see us practicing, “The Way.” Jesus inspired Isaiah to write.

(Isaiah 3:11-12; “Too bad for the wicked sinners! For they will get exactly what they deserve. Oppressors treat My people cruelly; creditors rule over them. My people’s leaders mislead them; they give you confusing directions.”) Jesus had Isaiah write about future good days for Jerusalem.

(Isaiah 40:1-11; “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and tell her that her time of warfare is over, that her punishment is completed. For the Lord has made her pay double for all her sins.” (3-4; “A voice cries out, “In the wilderness clear a way for the Lord; construct in the desert a road for our God. Every valley must be elevated, and every mountain and hill leveled. The rough terrain will become a level plain, the rugged landscape a wide valley. (5-8; “The splendor of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it at the same time. For the Lord has decreed it.” A voice says, “Cry out!” Another asks, “What should I cry out?” The first voice responds: “All people are like grass, and all their promises are like the flowers in the field. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, when the wind sent by the Lord blows on them. Surely humanity is like grass. The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.” (9-11; “Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion! Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Look, the sovereign Lord comes as a victorious warrior; His military power establishes His rule. Look, His reward is with Him; His prize goes before Him. Like a shepherd He tends His flock; He gathers up the lambs with His arm; He carries them close to His heart; He leads the ewes along.”)

How awesome our Creator and His plans.

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