Genesis and the New Covenant, chapter 11

To: 12,002 Persons being made temples of God’s spirit: “God’s Church ”

7/23/18, God’s 5th month, AV 11, 5778 until sunset.

     The Lord God Jesus promised: “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, even though the inclination of their minds is evil from childhood on. I will never again destroy everything that lives, as I have just done. (Gen 8:22; “While the earth continues to exist, planting time, harvest, cold, heat, summer, winter, day and night will not cease.”)

      That promise was made about 4,000 years ago. The same Jesus came in the linage of David as prophesied, fathered by God the Father in the womb of a virgin and called twelve apostles. (New Jerusalem’s twelve foundations are named for these.) When ask by the twelve about when He would come to rule, Jesus said; (“Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:4-8)

      (Matt 24:9-14; “Then they, ’unbelievers’ will hand you ‘believers’ over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. (13) But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end, ’of the age’ will come.”)

      (Matt 24:15-29; “So when you see the abomination of desolation

(Referring specifically to the Antichrist’s appearing during the period of the great tribulation at the end of the age (See Mark 13:14, 19, 24; & Rev 3:10) spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let readers understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. The one on the roof must not come down to take anything out of his house, and the one in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. (23) Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe him. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect. Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”)

       (Matt 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 be shaken. (30) 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.”) (Always study the whole.)

      God’s starting over with Noah didn’t alter Noah and family’s inherited, creative choice mechanism from Adam. Noah’s three sons represent the three main ethnicities. God’s plan to increase His family was and is on schedule. His next beginning was with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Changing Jacob’s name to Israel: “Israel meaning God fights.” Israel’s history is documented for our learning. This was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul who shares: (Rom 15:4-6; “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you ’Believers’ may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

       Israelite’s didn’t keep their covenant promises and God scattered them as promised, but they will be redeemed as promised. It seems that soon after Jesus’ ascension, “the time of the gentiles commenced.”  

      God began revealing Himself to non-Israelites. Peter was first called to Cornelius’ home and the whole family gifted with God’s spirit. Shortly afterward Paul and Barnabas were called back from their mission, to Jerusalem to explain their ‘gentile’ experience to God’s church. Our Lord’s brother “James” had become a leader in the Jerusalem church.

      (Acts 15:12-21; “The whole group kept quiet and listened to Barnabas and Paul while they explained all the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. After they stopped speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon “Peter” has explained how God first concerned Himself to select from among the Gentiles a people for His name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written, (16) ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David; I will rebuild its ruins and restore it, so that the rest of humanity may seek the Lord, namely, all the Gentiles I have called to be My own, says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.”)

       (To be my own? indicates God’s ownership, “all the Gentiles who belong to Me.” ““all the Gentiles whom I have called to be My own.” Is a quotation from Amos 9:11-12.)

       James demonstrated a high degree of cultural sensitivity when he cited a version of the text (the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament) that Gentiles would use.) He continues.

       (Acts 15:19-21; “Therefore I conclude that we should not cause extra difficulty for those among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things defiled by idols and from sexual immorality and from what has been strangled and from blood. For Moses has had those who proclaim him in every town from ancient times, because he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath.”)

      It’s reasonable to conclude that, “non-Israelite Christians would grow spiritually and refrain from meats God made unclean. It is obvious that some animals are made to clean the land and others are not. When God set the Israelites apart for His own purpose, He gave clear instruction regarding the characteristics of the clean animals they were to use for food. (See Deuteronomy 14)

      The sin nature we all inherited from Adam has a self serving agenda. Every child is born with it, every child needs training. (When God’s people, “the Israelites” turned to other gods after having made a covenant with their Creator, God referred to them as spiritual adulterers. Likened to people who broke their marriage covenant.) God’s new covenant is with Himself and a people He calls to believe IN Himself and Jesus. These are His church, His Elect. As prophesied these would be hindered by Satan and the fleshly side of their nature.

      Leaders and teachers desiring to make merchandise of God’s called were destined to interfere. Peter, Paul, John, Jude and James all witnessed the apostate that began to shape the thinking of people who had earlier professed belief in Jesus. The pleasures of sin, “a love of Satan’s world wide system of things” began to hinder true worship.

      (James 4:1-4: “You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is ENMITY with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”)

       You’d think professing Christians would investigate the traditions they practice, but Jesus told us why they do not.

      (Luke 6:46-49; “Why call you Me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say? Whosoever comes to Me, and hears “understands” My sayings, and DOES them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”) Paul was commissioned to continue Jesus’ message.

      (Ephesians 2:11-22; “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh – who are called “uncircumcised” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who used to be far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, the One who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility, when He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and non-citizens, but you are fellow citizens with the Saints and members of God’s household, (20) because you have been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”)

       The same “Son of God” who communed with Noah and Abraham, planned to come in human flesh and shed His blood for the remission of the sins of the world. From the time of Adam, Jesus knew He would ultimately destroy the deceiver, “Satan” and set up His Kingdom on earth.

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