The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 25

To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, & scattered Israelites (1/4/19, God 10th month, Tevet 27 until sunset.

Jesus’ apostle John was banished to the Island of Patmos for teaching Jesus, some time after His ascension He gave John revelations about His churches, the Kingdom of God and the future. John’s revelations are to the seven churches in the providence of Asia, from himself, Jesus and the seven spirits before Jesus’ throne. Addressing Jesus’ followers as a people set free from their sins, appointed a kingdom, as priest serving God the Father at the cost of His own blood. (Rev 1:4-6; “From John, to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from “He who is,” and who was, and who is still to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, (5) and from Jesus Christ – the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the One who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of His own blood and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.”) This same John was inspired to write.

(1John 4:18-19; “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. We love because He loved us first.”) Followers of Jesus are led to realize the need for repentance beyond a conjured up desire to live decently. A gifted turning from the old nature to the nature of Jesus, “a supernatural clothing, an immersing in Jesus.” After expressing His anger and punishments of His people for their evil practices, Jesus spoke of the need for nature change. A gifted NEW nature that Jesus had long since promised through Joel and other prophets. Let’s review Jesus’ revelations through Joel about His millennial rule on earth.

(Joel 2:28-32; “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. 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.”) God’s annual holy day, “Pentecost” always looked forward to this new nature being gifted to people. This passage is key to the apostles explanation of the holy spirit’s coming on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2:17-21; Peter’s quoting Jesus’ words through Joel’s passage. “this is that spoken by the prophet Joel.” (Acts 2:16)

The New Testament experience on that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension is a partial fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy through Joel. Some portions of Joel’s prophecy have no precise counterpart in the experience. Parts are written in the past tense because God’s Word is certain. For example, there is nothing in the experience recorded in Acts 2, that exactly corresponds to the earthly and heavenly signs described in Joel 3:3-4. But inasmuch as the messianic age had already begun and the “last days” had already commenced with the coming of the Messiah, “Jesus” (See. Heb 1:1-2)

(In Acts 2: Peter’s pointing to Joel 3:1-5, the text is relevant to the advent of Jesus and the bestowal of the Spirit. The language Peter employs (“this is that”) stresses an incipient fulfillment of the Joel passage without precluding or minimizing a yet future and more exhaustive fulfillment in events associated with the return of Christ as supreme ruler.”) Jesus spoke the same principle regarding what He liken the kingdom of God to. The Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension when people’s minds were opened and their nature changed; “is a sampling of what’s yet to be.” (See Mark 4”40 & Luke 13:20) God’s beginning with Abraham and choosing a people for Himself, was all planned from the beginning. Remember the meaning of the name Israel is, (God fights for.) Remember who are heirs with Abraham. (Gal 3:29; “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.” We can rejoice over the prophetic words Jesus gives us through Isaiah.

(Isaiah 41:1-4; “The Lord Challenges the Nations “Listen to Me in silence, you coastlands! Let the nations find renewed strength! Let them approach and then speak; let us come together for debate! Who stirs up this one from the east? Who officially commissions him for service? He hands nations over to him, and enables him to subdue kings. He makes them like dust with His sword, like windblown straw with His bow. He pursues them and passes by unharmed; He advances with great speed. Who acts and carries out decrees? Who summons the successive generations from the beginning? I, the Lord, am present at the very beginning, and at the very end – I am the One. (5-14; “The coastlands see and are afraid; the whole earth trembles; they approach and come. They help one another; one says to the other, ‘Be strong!’ The craftsman encourages the metal smith, the one who wields the hammer encourages the one who pounds on the anvil. He approves the quality of the welding, and nails it down so it won’t fall over.” “You, My servant Israel, Jacob whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham My friend, you whom I am bringing back from the earth’s extremities, and have summoned from the remote regions – I told you, “You are My servant.” I have chosen you and not rejected you. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you! Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! I strengthen you – yes, I help you – yes, I uphold you with My saving right hand! Look, all who were angry at you will be ashamed and humiliated; your adversaries will be reduced to nothing and perish. When you will look for your opponents, you will not find them; your enemies will be reduced to absolutely nothing. For I am the Lord your God, the one who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’ Don’t be afraid, despised insignificant Jacob, men of Israel. I am helping you,” says the Lord, your protector, the Holy One of Israel.

(15-20; “Look, I am making you like a sharp threshing sledge, new and double-edged. You will thresh the mountains and crush them; you will make the hills like straw. You will winnow them and the wind will blow them away; the wind will scatter them. You will rejoice in the Lord; you will boast in the Holy One of Israel. The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched from thirst. I, the Lord, will respond to their prayers; I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them. I will make streams flow down the slopes and produce springs in the middle of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water and the arid land into springs. I will make cedars, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees grow in the wilderness; I will make evergreens, firs, and cypresses grow together in the desert. I will do this so people will observe and recognize, so they will pay attention and understand that the Lord’s power has accomplished this, and that the Holy One of Israel has brought it into being.”

(21-2; “Present your argument,” says the Lord. “Produce your evidence,” says Jacob’s king. “Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen! Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, so we may examine them and see how they were fulfilled. Or decree for us some future events! Predict how future events will turn out, so we might know you are gods. Yes, do something good or bad, so we might be frightened and in awe. Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent; the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. I have stirred up one out of the north and he advances, one from the eastern horizon who prays in My name. He steps on rulers as if they were clay, like a potter treading the clay. Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know? Who announced it ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’? Indeed, none of them decreed it! Indeed, none of them announced it! Indeed, no one heard you say anything! (27-28; I first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen!’ I sent a herald to Jerusalem. I look, but there is no one, among them there is no one who serves as an adviser, that I might ask questions and receive answers. Look, all of them are nothing, their accomplishments are nonexistent; their metal images lack any real substance.”)

(This same Jesus inspiring Joel and Isaiah came fulfilling the Messianic promises, demonstrating His loyalty to God the Father and that He is Creator. (See John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20 & Hebrews 1: Jesus’ prophetic words recorded in Matthew 24: & His revelations to His servant John are preplanned and certain. (EXCEPT: “for the Elect’s sake, those days will be cut short.” Matt 24:21-22)

(Luke 14:34-35; “Salt is good, but if salt loses its flavor, how can its flavor be restored? It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”) Jesus repeats this same principle to the spirits of the seven churches. (See Revelations 2: & 3:) Jesus came announcing the kingdom of God’s presence and His return. His called people’s minds were opened supernaturally and to the general public Jesus spoke in parables “less they NOT understand.” (Luke 15:1-24; “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Returning home, he calls together His friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ (7) I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent. “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ (10) In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents. Then Jesus said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will belong to me.’ So he divided his assets between them. After a few days, the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered his wealth with a wild lifestyle. Then after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and worked for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him. Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet! Bring the fattened calf and kill it! Let us eat and celebrate, (24) because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.”) Individuals and Israel’s return to God will be much like this repentant son’s return. All those God’s fights for, are spiritual Israelites and will be awakened to reality and be led to repentance.

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