The Apostate, chapter 11

To: In home churches of God, His 10th month, Tivet 17, 5,781. 1/1/21

    Followers of Jesus can emphatically say with Him, ‘my kingdom isn’t of this world.’ When this is true there’s maturity in Christ; concerns for world politics aren’t what they may have once been. When it isn’t, ‘ones claiming to be Christian should look at themselves in Jesus’ light.’ After His ascension, Jesus said the following to His apostles. (Luke 24:44-49; “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then Jesus opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”)

   Jesus had said to Pilate, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would be fighting to keep Me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities . But as it is, My kingdom is not from here. For this reason I was born.

   Jesus said; repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations. This isn’t happening today in full measure, but it’ll happen when His two witnesses miraculously proclaim His good news from Jerusalem. See Rev 11. It will continue during His millennial reign.

    Jesus’ apostles were gifted to understand the scriptures only after He returned, revealed Himself, and showed His scars. His apostles stayed in Jerusalem expecting the fulfillment of His words. Also likely, remembering Jesus’ words to Nicodemus about the imputation of His Holy Spirit. See John 3:8 b, “the wind blows wherever it will, you hear the sound, but don’t know where it comes or goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the spirit.” On that Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension, God made the Holy Spirit likeness to wind as it was gifted to each; ’the miracle was both noisy and visible.’

    The apostasy Jude saw taking placed ignored these miraculous spiritual events.  (Acts 2:1-4; Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.)

     Israelites from distant places were in Jerusalem celebrating Pentecost, ‘the third of seven annual Sabbath.’ Many of these were by then using the languages of the people who’s lands they dispersed to. God made this special miracle to be heard and seen.

    (Acts 2:6-8; When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language?”)

    The apostate Jude saw coming ignored God’s Sabbaths’ importance in keeping His people from demonic paganism’s destructive path. The word, ‘Pentecost’ means to count fifty. It is fifty days from the seventh day weekly Sabbath, ‘called the Wave Sheaf Sabbath,’ during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Google a Jewish calendar, each month begins on a new moon.) It was revealed to Jesus’ apostle Paul and he wrote that God had entrusting the tribe of Judea with the keeping of His oracles. It’s one reason Jews are persecuted by the world’s gentile populations to this day.

    (Romans 3:1-4; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.) (See Psalms 51:2-6 for David’s confession regarding sin.) (Rom 3:5-8; But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? For if by my lie the truth of God enhances His glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it?” as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their condemnation is deserved!)

(Rom 3:9-18; What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery are in their paths, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”) Paul is using quotes from, Psalms 5:9, 36:1, 140:3. 143:2 and Isaiah 59:7-8..

    The whole world is under the law so God holds all accountable.

 (Rom 3:19-20; Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For, no one is declared righteous before Him by the works of the law, for, through the law comes the knowledge of sin.)

    When the Holy Spirit is gifted, individuals are declared righteous by Jesus, ‘the law givers faith.’ The love of God’s law is imputed to the mind, so the Holy Spirit’s recipients guardian is Jesus. (Galatians 3:24-25; 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, you were going astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.)

      Israelites were expecting the prophesied millennium Messiah when Jesus came. They ask Him if He was going to restore the kingdom.

     (Acts 1:6-8; So when they had gathered together, they began to ask Him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.)

    Judaism is still expecting a delivering Messiah likened to Moses. He is coming and will deliver Israel back to the perpetual borders promised Abraham. For starters see; Isaiah 22, 35, 51:-53:, 65: Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15. Judaism maintains God’s oracles, including His calendar as given through Moses with its weekly and annual Sabbaths. 

A mother asked Jesus if He’d allow her sons a part in His kingdom.

    (Matt 20:20-23; Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked Him for a favor. He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, “Permit these two sons of mine to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He told them, “You will drink My cup, but to sit at My right and at My left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”)

    Zebedee’s sons and Jesus apostles endured persecutions likened to Jesus’. Paul was told of his cup at the beginning of his ministry, and was aware of the apostate he’s have to deal with.

    (Acts 20:25-35; Paul wrote, “And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of you all. For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God. Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that He obtained with the blood of His own Son. I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among your own group men will arise, teaching perversions of the truth to draw the disciples away after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears. And now I entrust you to God and to the message of His grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have desired no one’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine provided for my needs and the needs of those who were with me. By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When Paul had said these things, he knelt down with them all and prayed.”)

   The good news from Jesus and His apostles is about His coming kingdom, and resurrection of sanctified believers to eternal life. There’s a first resurrection and other resurrections, in their own order. People were not taught to trust their own intellect or look to gentile philosophies. Part of the apostate Jude saw taking place was unbelieving people omitting Jesus’ resurrection doctrine, in lieu of the demonic pagan philosophy about immortality. Teaching everyone is born to live forever someplace, “good to heaven and bad to ever burning fire.”

    (1Corinthians 15:12-28; Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality He did not raise Him, if indeed the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. For, if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone.”

    “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man, For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. For He, must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be eliminated is death. For He, has put everything in subjection under His, feet. But when it says everything has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the One who put everything in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will be subjected to the One, who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”) NOTE: Paul’s prophecy at verse 24 jumps past Jesus’ millennial rule to when New Jerusalem comes down.)

   (1Cor 15:29-34; Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? Why too are we in danger every hour? Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God – I say this to your shame!”

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