Jesus’ revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 16

    TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Av 1, 5,780. 7/22/2020……   All Mighty God: please keep each of us in Your will, and when necessary take us to Your Potters wheel for loving discipline. Thanks for revealing Yourself and keeping us mindful of Your Way, we pray asking in Jesus’ holy name. AMEN.

    When the events written about in Luke 1and 2 were unfolding the Israelites, tribe of Judah particularly, were reading Moses and the Prophets in Synagogues each Sabbath. Expecting a Messiah, the likes of Moses, to come and restore Israel to its former glory years. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea and others told of such a future restoration. See Isaiah 22:, 35:, 51: -53:, 65:, Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15.

    God made two primary perpetual promises, one between Himself and all living creatures, that He’d never entirely flood the earth again. See Genesis 17:7.

    (Second perpetual are promises, primarily to Abraham and his descendents of promise, as in Isaac through Descendent Jesus. See Gen 17:19) Perpetual commands were given Israel that they keep weekly and annual Sabbaths throughout generations. They were never to take up the ways of the pagan nations around them. Never consume blood etc. See Exodus 28:43, 29:9-28, 30:20-21, 31:16, Leviticus 3:17, 16:31-34 and chapter 23.

    Borders promised Abraham and descendents are perpetual, the whole, house of Israel is to be delivered, saved and guide other nations. (Gen 17:8; I will give the whole land of Canaan — the land where you are now residing — to you and your descendants after you as a permanent possession. I will be their God.) Also See Ezekiel 37, with the restoration chapters above. Understanding these things and through Jesus’ revelations, Jesus’ apostle Paul could write to gentiles in God’s church at Rome. (Romans 11:26-29; And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.” In regard to the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but in regard to election they are dearly loved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.)      

    The New Covenant is by promise, as in Isaac the son of promise. The fleshly nature inherited from Adam is a sin nature, we’re all born in, and our sin nature can only be changed by God the Father’s choosing and fathering. People created in God’s image and likeness, makes us different from animals, making it possible for us to work at changing habits, fleshly weaknesses, become better citizens, parents etc. but to change our nature, and be born from above is God’s prerogative. The New Covenant is with called believers in Jesus, giving recipients a circumcision of heart and a new nature, as being born again.

    God’s Old Covenant with Israel as promised Abraham and they agreed to through, Moses, was fleshly. God’s New Covenant is a covenant of promise as in Isaac the son born of promise, promising Abraham through His Descendent Jesus, eternal life to believers. A gifted love of God Covenant, with His laws imputed to the minds of spirit recipients. For these, sins are remitted through Jesus’ shed blood when gifted to believe in. For others, the Old Covenant law and Jesus’ word will judge according to deeds. People who aren’t called to be born from above in this New Covenant age will be physically resurrected at a time of God’s choosing as was Lazarus. Only called out people gifted to believe in Jesus are recipients of God’s Spirit and His New Covenant blessings through the Descendent, Jesus. Jesus’ apostle Paul attempted to explain the law of covenants.

    (Galatians 3:15-16; Brothers and sisters, I offer an example from everyday life: When a covenant has been ratified, even though it is only a human contract, no one can set it aside or add anything to it. Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to His Descendant. Scripture does not say, “and to the descendants,” referring to many, but “and to your Descendant,” referring to One, who is Christ.)

    Commentary: His Descendent forever refers to God the Father’s Descendent, Jesus. See Gen 12:7. (Genesis 13:15, I will give all the land that you see to you and your descendants forever.) (Gen 17:7-8; I will confirm My covenant as a perpetual covenant between Me and you. It will extend to your descendants after you throughout their generations. I will be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give the whole land of Canaan — the land where you are now residing — to you and your descendants after you as a permanent possession. I will be their God.) Also see Gen 24:7. Jesus’ apostle Paul continues speaking of this ratification not hindered by the law.

    (Gal 3:17-18; What I am saying is this: The law that came four hundred thirty years later does not cancel a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to invalidate the promise. For, if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise, but God graciously gave it to Abraham through the promise.)

    Commentary: promises to Abraham looked beyond deliverance from Egypt to spiritual deliverances from our inherited nature and this world’s system of things.

    (Gal 3:19-20; Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the Descendant to whom the promise had been made. It was administered through angels by an intermediary. Now an intermediary is not for one party alone, but God is one.)

    Commentary: God the Father and Son are One in purpose, planning and when New Jerusalem comes down from heaven, God the son will yield all to the Father. See Rev 21:2. New Jerusalem’s foundations are name for Jesus’ apostles and its gates for the tribes of Israel. The New Covenant is with called believers in Jesus and about gifted eternal life in Christ. Thus Paul could write.

     (Gal 3:21-23; Is the law therefore opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then, righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given — because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ — to those who believe. Now before faith came we were held in custody under the law, being kept as prisoners until the coming faith would be revealed.)

    Commentary: We above is referencing those called to follow Jesus, gifted recipients of Jesus’ faith, people believing IN Him as the life giver and His deeds revealing God the Father.

    (Gal 3:24-27; Thus the law had become our guardian until Christ, so that we could be declared righteous by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.)

    Commentary: Our and You above make reference to called out Christians who’re born from above, New Covenant recipients, Sons of God now through having been gifted to believe in Jesus’ shed blood for the remission of their sins. Such are clothed, immersed in, and spiritually buried with Jesus. It’s all about believing in God’s promises by gifted faith, as is the example of Abraham’s. Jesus’ Good News is about His kingdom on earth, binding Satan, restoring Israel to the promised lands, and delivering each the Father gives Him to inherit eternal life.  

    (Gal 3;28-29; There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female — for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.)

    Commentary: The word Israel means, God fights or fights for, all followers of Jesus become spiritual Israelites, heirs of Jesus and with Abraham.

    God promises to bind Satan for one thousand years, then afterward release him to go out and deceive. Our Creator knows who Satan will be most successful with. Jesus revealed to John, how, to who and when Satan will be allowed to go out and cause havoc. It’s revealed why God is allowing Satan to have, lording power over people. Overcoming the lawless nature inherited from Adam and Satan’s deceptions purifies people as Jesus is pure. Remember He too learned from things suffered. It’s God’s will that His called out people be purified through Jesus’ Word, be at one with Himself and God the Son and members in His church family. Called out believing IN people need to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, develop a character like His, overcome our inherited nature and demonic obstacles.

    The Elect Saints of God will be in His first resurrection, living Saints will meet Jesus and them in the air. The annual Holy Sabbath, Trumpets foreshadows this miraculous event. Jesus’ apostle Paul was inspired to share.

     (1Thess 4:16-18; For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.)

    Many call this event, the rapture. Afterward physical resurrections and supernatural deliverances will fulfill the Lord God’s promises to Abraham. Israelites will be miraculously delivered to the borders promised. 

     (Revelations 20:7-10; Now when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, ‘Gog and Magog’ to bring them together for the ‘end battle.’ They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. They went up on the broad plain of the earth and encircled the camp of the Saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.)

    Commentary: They above, indicated those Satan successfully deceives. See also Isaiah 35:, 37:21-38, Ezekiel 38: & 39. The word, forever can mean until something ceases to exist. Satan is more powerful than this world’s unbelieving populations realize. He’s the deceiver of the whole world! He, demons and people he deceives are about the business of teaching lawlessness to this earth’s unbelieving naïve people. Unless God the Father chooses to shorten His planned end of this age, these forces will deceive all but the Elect with their defiant message and magic like miracles. Now is a good time to reflect on how the demonic Egyptian false prophets competed with Moses and Aaron prior to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.

     Those who know God’s message will not be deceived. As studied previously, Jesus’ coming will not be secretive, it’s planned that the heavens will be shaken, before Jesus’ appearing. Unless God the Father chooses to shorten, time, no flesh would be saved.

     (Matthew 24:29-31; Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather His Elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.) THE TRIBES of the earth will mourn! WHY? People love the ways of this world’s system of things as Satan has confused it.

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