Thus Jews and Gentiles become one as the following verse indicates -. Colossians NASB 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. In this respect, the definition of Jew in the Christian New Testament is not "one who is circumcised with hands" but one whose "circumcision is of the heart" Col For such a person the "Promised Land" is centered in the citizenship of heaven Phil , the place of the "Jerusalem above" Gal , which is also called the "Zion above, the heavenly Jerusalem" Heb One may ask why the Hebrew Bible points to the exclusive promise of the New Covenant for Israelites that is, the biological descendants of Abraham and proselytes, who are ethnic Jews.
The answer is that the narrative of the Christian New Testament indicates that the Gentiles were "grafted" as wild olive branches into the root, who is Jesus Christ Rom This "grafting" was the so-called mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul. In several passages of the Christian New Testament the Apostle Paul speaks about the mystery , concerning which he had received direct and special revelation from heaven.
The verses here indicate that this mystery was not revealed in the Hebrew Bible; that is, the New Covenant would unite Jews and Gentiles into "one" body, and therefore establish peace between Gentiles and Jews through mystical union into the Body of Christ Eph Paul also indicated that the inclusion of Gentiles into the Body of Christ would continue until the "fullness of the Gentiles" was complete. Romans NASB 25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,.
Based on my own limited understanding of the Hebrew Bible both language and narrative , the graph depiction here portrays the general eschatological outlook from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible, which the Apostle Peter had assumed at the time of Pentecost. According to Acts , there was imminent expectation of the establishment of the visible theocratic kingdom on earth. Not surprisingly, in the same chapter of Acts, the Jewish believers at that time and at that place divested themselves of all their worldly possessions Acts The appearance of Gentiles into Christianity then came by complete surprise Acts , for which Jewish believers were caught unawares Acts In Galatians , the Apostle Paul appears to have disclosed this mystery to the Jewish believers in Jerusalem sometime after Paul's first missionary journey.
After the Apostle Paul disclosed the mystery , the graph depiction here portrays the eschatological expectation understood in light of the mystery -- that is, in concert with the Book of Revelation, the mystery appears to be an "intercalation" of time splitting the "70 Weeks" of Daniel. In this regard, the Day of the Lord does not appear to have occurred during the First Century, since Gentile Christians non-Jews living in Thessalonica mainland Greece were worried the Day of the Lord had begun 2 Thess In other words, the Day of the Lord is a time when the not only Israel will be affected, but also the entire world to include places like mainland Greece , and such is the general genre of the Book of Revelation.
In summary, the New Covenant is in partial fulfillment at the current time and includes Gentiles, but only through direct fusion, or union into the mystical Body of Christ. After an unknown point of time, the "wild olive branch" will be broken off Rom because the "Fullness of the Times of the Gentiles" will be completed, and the original olive branch will continue and proclaim the New Covenant during the Day of the Lord i. The Apostle Paul is very clear about his reaffirmation of Israel, which had received the gifts and promises of the Lord in the Hebrew Bible.
Romans NASB 25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery —so that you will not be wise in your own estimation— that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,. However, this "hardening of heart" was "partial" because some Jews such as Paul became converts to Christianity so not all Jews rejected Jesus as the Christ -- these Jews appear in Galatians to be the "Israel of God" Faithful Israeli Remnant during the mystery era.
Notwithstanding that many Jews oppose Christianity in the sense of rejecting Jesus as their Messiah , this opposition never can nullify the gifts and promises made to Israel through the lens and perspective of the Christian New Testament.
Amos Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.
Thus the mystery is only temporary until such time as the "Fullness of the Gentiles" occurs, and Israel continues the eschatological trajectory Day of the Lord as was understood by Peter when the New Covenant began. In summary, the New Covenant forged with Israel will receive its complete fulfillemnt in the future. This fulfillment will include the placement and writing of the Laws of the Lord on the mind and heart, respectively Jer ; the indwelling presence of the Spirit of the Lord Ez and Joel whose power will enable continued and faithful obedience Ez ; the re-gathering of all Israelites into the Promised Land Jer and Ez , which will include resurrection from the dead Ez ; the forgiveness of sins Jer ; and the universal knowledge of the Lord throughout the earth Hab ; Is ; Jer The current time however in the current era is only an intercalation of time, in which Gentiles and Jews have joint access to partial fulfillment of the New Covenant through direct fusion, or union, with the mystical Body of Christ.
This union was not revealed in the Hebrew Bible, and therefore appears as the mystery within the Christian New Testament. For the conclusion of this discussion of the New Covenant, please see this post. Personal note: The single most lifesaving insight I've ever learned other than my initial conversion is the distinction between the prophets and the revelation of the mysteries of the faith thru Paul.
Confusion between the prophets and the mystery had "beaten me up" to the point of complete exasperation with the faith and it was the understanding of the mysteries revealed by Paul that gave me a new lease on Life. Moses told the Israelites that God kept secrets from them but that the things he revealed were for them throughout their generations:. KJV Deut The secret things belong unto the LORD our God : but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
So what Moses was saying is that what had been revealed to them in the law and the prophets were "searchable".
That is, they were not beyond their ability to find out because they were there in the law and the prophets:. KJV John Search the scriptures ; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Paul says that some of the riches of Messiah, however, are so deep in the earth or so high in the heavens that they cannot be reached by human understanding and must be revealed by his spirit:. KJV Eph Unto me , who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ ;.
KJV John He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. The "guiding into all truth" is recorded in the first half of Acts. However, in the second half of Acts is described how Paul was given a dispensation of the secret , specifically to the gentiles:. KJV 1Co For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
KJV Eph That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:. KJV Eph If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward :. KJV Col Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you , to fulfil ["fill out"] the word ["message"] of God;. So Jesus uttered the parable of the sower and the seed and revealed that some would receive him as messiah but others would be hardened.
However, there were deeper mysteries NOT revealed that were only later revealed through Paul. To see what they are one can do a search for the word "mystery" in the KJV in your favorite tool and you'll get something like this. For example, Paul repeats the secret of the partial hardening of the Jews and the election but through him is revealed that the partial hardening was in order to make a way for the gentiles to come in :. KJV Rom For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery IE: secret , lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
So to Paul were revealed several key mysteries and to Paul was given the role of dispensing these secrets to the gentiles in a "hidden wisdom" that "none of the rulers knew". In 1 Timothy Paul wrote that to qualify as a deacon one must "hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience":. This suggests that it is considered by Paul to be fundamental information that every believer should be well knowledgeable of.
I have found it to be of first importance in my own life. The subject, once it is discovered is an endless fountain of insight into the scriptures. Peter did not know this gospel nor did any of the Twelve. They had absolutely no understanding of the significance of Christ's death on the cross and His resurrection as it pertained to sin. Crooked doctrines will be set straight, and the water will become crystal clear. Today, the Lord YHVH is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh- meaning, on people from all nations- yet the apostles taught of a time at the end of the age when the people of God will no longer endure sound doctrine.
Everyone has something to reveal from a dream, trance, vision, or sign, but how many of them are expounding the deep things of Scriptures? Truly it is wonderful to receive personal, prophetic revelations, but only those who truly know the Holy Scriptures will discern with clarity the Divine truths concerning the coming of Messiah, and surrender their denominational nonsense and preconceived ideas that do not correlate with the whole of the Word.
God ignores their homicidal, suicidal false martyrdom, for they are not acceptable before the holy throne.
The Shadow Apocalypse of Prophet Elijah:
Things written over 2, years ago indeed foreshadow what we see today: Muslims are still trying to prove themselves righteous through blood sacrifice, killing of innocents, and destroying for their religion, and God still rejects them. He is too lofty and too high above the creation. Millions of Christians, however, have seen and spoken with the Lord in dreams and visions.
And they leaped upon the altar [acted like savage fools in their religion] which was made. And they cried louder, and cut themselves after their manner [like Islam] with knives [small swords] and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied [raged] until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice [the offering of offerings], that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded [them].
During that last 1, years, Islam has gained over one billion converts through their bloodshed sword, intimidation, terrorism , political infiltration, invasions of nations, and high birthrates. Those who do not honor the False Prophet are tortured in various ways and killed, often beheaded. What readers should glean from the passage above is that it is completely compatible with the raging Islam of today.
And, just like then, their great numbers will not save them. In that day, their numbers will count for nothing.
Their wicked, self-righteous sacrifices and rhetoric will count for nothing, for they have rejected the acceptable Sacrifice of our God for their own blood. During the Apocalypse, the Antichrist will be called to the Battle of Armageddon, and at the end of the war he will be captured and cast into prison. Judgment comes from God, but from the wicked king on down there is an attitude of indifference and pleasure-seeking.
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That is what we see in the story of Elijah awaiting the refreshing rain and the end of the curse. On the seventh time, Christ will come with the clouds of Heaven, and all His enemies will be destroyed before Him. Like Ahab, the Antichrist will flee from the rain- from waters of the Word sent from Heaven- but God will pursue him and all the wicked leaders of the world, to bring them to justice on the Great Sabbath for their manifold evils see Isa. Like Like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Menu Skip to content. During this turbulent period, Elijah was sent to a Gentile widow woman to sustain her and her family during the famine, with God miraculously supplying her with bread and oil. Even the head bishop of Roman Catholicism has erroneously stated that we serve the same god, which is completely untrue scripturally, spiritually, and historically.
Moreover, there is a falling away from the faith, confusion in worship, indifference to moral depravity and evils, and growing persecution of Christians who stand for the Holy Scriptures and original faith in the God of Israel. God gave us warnings of these things over 2, years ago so that we could reflect upon them and repent in our own age. A t this point, some Bible-believers might argue that ancient Israel concerns only Jews, not the Christians, and that perhaps I should not correlate the falling away of the ancient nation to our Gentile faith of today.
Scriptural history, however, begs to differ. The northern nation the House of Israel was scattered throughout Gentile nations during the Assyrian Captivity c. Most Israelites lost their identity, and only scant clues remain that suggest how some of them migrated into Europe and Africa, India, and indeed to the most remote corners of the world.
Everyone who was left in the land after the Assyrian Captivity, even the Levitical priests, eventually became known as Jews and Jewesses , for they were of the nation of Judah- the kingly tribe. Hence, God- wanting to orchestrate a living parable concerning the time directly before the Apocalypse- had Elijah prophesy and work wonders in the northern nation. As it is, Jews of today in Israel are indeed Israelites, but they cannot restore all twelve tribes of Israel, as prophecies predict, because most of them are from the tribes of Judah and Levi, with, to a lesser extent, some of the Benjaminites mixed in.
And Elijah the Tishbite [of Tishbe], who was of the inhabitants [sojourners] of Gilead [lit. After all, who did he think he was to abruptly appear and claim that he would shut the heavens? Where were his supporters, and what was his genealogy? Where were his previous works recorded, and what were his credentials? After all, was he not but a sojourner from across the river divide? How can you, the reader, know that Israelites of the time actually despised Elijah? Further, during the 3. The people had their own religious beliefs and teachers, and most of them were perfectly content not to argue over them.
Further, even after he called fire down from heaven, and the people temporarily turned back their hearts to Elohim YHVH, they did not immediately rebel against Jezebel, and they did not gather unto Elijah at Mount Horeb, where they had previously gathered as a nation under Moses. These clues from the past grant us a realistic picture of things developing now and things to come. The most common reason for not teaching of a coming restoration, however, is a lack of scriptural knowledge and blatant distortion of Scriptures by religious leaders.
Prophet Elijah will have to announce himself to the spiritually lost Israelites, and he must do so in the midst of false Elijah-figures, false prophecies, and false doctrines that render the people obstinate and rebellious, until the vengeance of God is completely poured out upon the renegade nations.
Just as the 3. Those who pray to the Lord will be delivered see Joel The Lord will put an end to the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem see Joel The Lord will be the hope of his people and the strength of his children see Joel Israel will know the Lord and Jerusalem will be holy again see Joel Judah and Jerusalem will be safe for a long time see Joel The Lord will dwell in Zion Joel Conclusion I spent time a few years ago New York and visited the cabin located on the spot where the Church was organized in As I stood in the room, I was reminded that a revelation was given that day to those assembled there.
Appropriately enough, much of the revelation was about following prophets: Behold, there shall be a record kept among you; and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the church through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory. Amos and Joel are, among other things, a divine invitation to us to claim the blessings that come from giving heed to the words of living prophets. Wagner - In December , Alan Alderman could see nothing ahead except expansive, endless water. More than 2, miles from his destination, a seasick Alderman steered a foot-long boat crammed with five men.
While Alderman had initially compared his epic journey across an ocean to those of scriptural giants like Nephi, Noah, and the Jaredites, at that moment Alderman felt more like Laman or Lemuel. What had possessed him to leave his family and the comforts of his home during Christmas to row across the Atlantic Ocean? He was writing around the year , fewer than 20 years after the destruction by Spanish conquistadors of the Inca empire.
This man who thus appeared had great power, insomuch that he could change plains into mountains, and great hills Groberg, excerpted from "Fire of Faith" - As The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith opens in theaters nationwide this weekend, we wanted to share an excerpt from the faith-promoting book on which the film was based. The following account is excerpted from Fire of Faith by John H. It was still dark, a little after A. My wife and I and our older daughters were huddled around the radio in LDS Living Staff - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a series of powerful videos about overcoming pornography, supporting loved ones with a pornography problem, and finding healing from pornography or betrayal trauma.
We will be highlighting these valuable resources over the ensuing weeks. As ChurchofJesusChrist. Packer taught that 'the power of procreation is not an incidental part of the plan; it is the plan of happiness; it is the key to happiness' ' The Plan of Happiness ,' Ensign or Liahona, May , The home is the ideal place for children to learn about sexuality. After our interview, Sheri was helping me brainstorm possible guests for future episodes, and she highly recommended new BYU basketball coach Mark Pope.
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With the comforting doctrine that we can be sealed to our loved ones for eternity, divorce is a conclusion drawn with heavy hearts. The world is taking notice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this is especially evident in mainstream literature.
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But these miracles were What Happened to the 3 Witnesses? Jannalee Sandau - In honor of the th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, LDS Living is sharing a series of articles about early Church history and some of its key figures. The names of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris are familiar to most of us, notably because of their role as witnesses to the reality of the Book of Mormon.
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