Jesus’ Revelations to His apostles and commentary, chapter 17

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    Matthew reported Jesus to have said these latter days would be like Sodom, Gomorrah and before the Noah day flood. (Matt 24:29-31; Immediately after the suffering of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be 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. 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.)

    Trumpet blast? Indicates Jesus’ second coming is pre-planned to fit His and our annual Sabbath, Trumpets. As Jesus’ crucifixion was pre-planned to be on the 14th day of His first month, Passover, and God‘s sending His Holy Spirit of truth on the Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension as pre-planned. Pentecost, meaning to count 50, is always 50 days from the Wave Sheaf Sabbath during the days of Unleavened Bread. It’s obvious, set aside annual holy days are significant in God’s planning.

    Worldly religions don’t realize, our Creator is all knowing and is the architect of the future. King David was led to understand the characteristics of his Lord. David is said to have been a man after God’s own heart. He desired to build a temple for worship of his God, likened to what God had the Israelites construct under Moses. However God would not allow David to follow through on its completion because of his previous sins. God did allow David and the Israelites make preparations. NOW consider David’s gifted understanding, about our Creator. He understood, God is Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer of all and the God of Jacob whose names was changed to Israel.

    (1Chronicles 29:10-12; David praised the Lord before the entire assembly: “O Lord God of our father Israel, You deserve praise forevermore! O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt Yourself as the ruler of all. You are the source of wealth and honor; You rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all.) At this point it’d be good to re-study John 1:1-5, Colossians 1:15-20, and Hebrews 1:1-4, for an overview of Jesus’ deity.

    (1Chronicles 29:13-16; Now, our God, we give thanks to You and praise Your majestic name! “But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? Indeed, everything comes from You, and we have simply given back to You what is Yours. For we are resident foreigners and nomads in Your presence, like all our ancestors; our days are like a shadow on the earth, without security. O Lord our God, all this wealth, which we have collected to build a temple for You, to honor Your holy name, comes from You; it all belongs to You.”)

    Arrogance was to be removed, if we each knew God as David. We’d know its GOD that gives people and nations their wealth. He can build up and take down. He can allow Satan free reign or free people from His evil schemes. God can give people strength to overcome their inherited nature and Satan’s influences. David continues.

    (1Chronicles 29:17-18; I know, my God, that You examine thoughts and are pleased with integrity. With pure motives I contribute all this, and now I look with joy as Your people who have gathered here contribute to You. O Lord God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, maintain the motives of Your people and keep them devoted to You.)

    God can give pure motives, understanding and keep people devoted to Himself. Consider, does God have A PEOPLE today, a people called His own? YES! They’re Believers IN Jesus, a people gifted to know His message; His church. Realizing too, their knowing His Way is not from within their own intellect, but gifted, as to David.

    (1Chronicles 29:19; Make my son Solomon willing to obey Your commands, rules, regulations, and to complete building the palace for which I have made preparations.)

     Solomon did complete this Temple, and we know of his great fleshly successes. Likely successes contributed to his failures. Satan was able to use Solomon’s grandeur and powers, to turn them to worldly pride. He married pagan wives, and built them pagan temples. The lesson for us, don’t under estimate Satan.

           People who’re Recipients of God’s Spirit of Truth are His church.

          And, have been since Jesus’ ascension. His apostles were gifted

          to understand and share. (1Cor 3:16-23; Do you not know you are

          God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys

          God’s temple, God will destroy him. For, God’s temple is holy, which is

          what you are. Guard against self-deception, each of you. If someone

          among you thinks he is wise in this age, let him become foolish so he can

          become wise. For the wisdom of this age is foolishness with God. As it

          is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” And again, “The Lord

          knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting

          about mere mortals! For everything belongs to you, whether Paul, Apollos

          Cephas, the world, life, death, the present or the future.  Everything belongs

          to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.)

          See Job 5:13 and Psalms 94:11. Again in chapter 6 Paul shares.

 (1Cor 6:16-20; Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” — but the  immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that’s in you, whom you have from God, and, you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.) See Gen 2:24.

    We should rejoice at being sanctified –set aside- for God’s purpose. Holy Sabbaths, God’s attributes, and even foods are set aside for God’s people.

    (Gen 7:1-3; The LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, for I consider you godly among this generation.” You must take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, the male and its mate, two of every kind of unclean animal, the male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird in the sky, male and female, to preserve their offspring on the face of the earth.)

    God miraculously had all these line up accordingly for Noah.

    The Old Covenant was written for God’s selected people and the New Covenant is written for a chosen, selected, called out for God’s purpose people. Worldly denominations can’t grasp its significance because they aren’t Jesus sheep.

    (Jeremiah 50:4-7; When that time comes, says the LORD, “the people of Israel and Judah will return to the land together. They will come back with tears of repentance as they seek the LORD their God. They will ask the way to Zion; they will turn their faces toward it. They will come and bind themselves to the LORD in a lasting covenant that will never be forgotten. “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have allow them to go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. They have forgotten their resting place. All who encountered them devoured them. Their enemies who did this said, ‘We are not liable for punishment! For those people have sinned against the LORD, their true pasture. They have sinned against the LORD in whom their ancestors trusted.’) Jesus may have had this commune with Jeremiah when John quoted Him.

    (John 10:25-30; Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds I do in My Father’s name testify about Me. But you refuse to believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from My Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.)

        Now back to Jesus’ Matthew 24: prophecy.

    (Matthew 24:32-35; Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that He is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away.) As we know Jesus’ message, we know what scoffers are thinking and saying! Scoffers doubt the flood & even that Noah lived.

     (Matthew 24:36-41; But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For, just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left.) Study 1Corinthians 15: where Paul explained the resurrection.

      In Noah’s day as today, people had become oblivious to the Ways of God. People were totally deceived as in this age. Soon after the flood, people again were giving their time, attention and lifestyle practices over to imaginary gods. No doubt, entertainment became the craze of the people.

     (Matthew 24:42-44; Therefore, stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.) The end for people in this age is when we take our last breath.

     NOT ONLY will Jesus’ coming, the first resurrection and to rule this earth catch folks unprepared, the end of people’s current physical lives catch the many unprepared. Jesus’ lesson is to STAY ALERT to world condition and His message. Be attuned to God’s message of truth, rather than looking to personalities, traditions and this world’s system of things. ASK, whose servant am I? We should know, the characteristics of our inherited from Adam nature is enslavement. We should understand, worldly traditions are demonically designed to entrap, deceive and take us away from God’s purpose for our lives.

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