Another key to Bible study:
Many people today are not able to fit all of the Bible together in such a way as to fully understand it. I fault many “right divider” ,“mid acts division”, “grace believers” and other groups out there for teaching doctrine that places distinctions and “divisions” where non exist and are not necessary, the end result being that it misleads and confuses a lot of people who are diligently seeking understanding.
Much of the hindrance today goes back more than a hundred years. When “commentary bibles” such as Scofield’s, came into popular use. Ruckman is another commentary Bible that has caused a lot of confusion.
Many people today give commentary much more weight than it deserves. STUDY. Don’t rely on commentaries or Youtube. STUDY.
No doubt the individuals who write commentaries are well intentioned, but many people mistakenly take their opinion as truth over the scriptures. All men are fallible, no one is perfect. STUDY.
One “key” That clears up a lot of misunderstanding is one that is right before our eyes in Paul’s epistles. While Paul says it in no uncertain terms, many people refuse to allow his words to really sink in , nor do they realize the implications of Eph 3:6. They claim Paul, then outright ignore what he says about the Gentiles with regard to the coming Kingdom and the melleniel reign of Christ.
Paul speaks of “a mystery” in Ephesians chapter three: This “mystery” was known to the prophets and Paul himself. It was something the Pharisees never wanted to accept . It is one key to Bible study that will help your understanding immensely.
Ephesians chapter 3: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Now, let that last verse sink in: “fellow heirs”.. “same body”.. “partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” …What is the implication there? There is an easy answer. Whatever was promised to Abraham and the Jews is also promised to us as well. The Jew is Naomi, The gentile is Ruth.
Well? What all were the promises? Here are a few verses of Scripture for clarification. I will allow the scriptures to paint a picture for you.
Ezekial 34:24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. (Jew, Naomi)
Ezekial 37:24 and David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. (Jew, Naomi)
IS 66:1 This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house that you would build for me, and where will my resting place be?
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Jew, Naomi)
1 Cor 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?(Ruth)
Revelation 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (To Jew and Gentile, Naomi and Ruth)
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Naomi and Ruth).
Yes, that’s us there folks. Revelation 1:6. That’s who John is referring to. Any believer. Jew, gentile, no difference. This is not difficult, but many would have you believe differently.
Some will dispute “who” revelation was written to: It was not written to “Israel” because Israel had ceased to exist 25 yrs before John wrote Revelation.
Revelation was written in 96AD, long after the fall of Israel. The internal proof is Jesus mention of Antipas, who was killed ca 92 ad.
Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.(Pergamos).
Revelation 5:9-10 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Naomi and Ruth). Note that this takes place before the tribulation begins, and is in keeping with pre trib rapture and the Jewish wedding.
And now in Revelation 19, we find this same bunch, but with many more guests, the tribulation saints “friends of the bridegroom” and late arrivals to the wedding, which is about to commence.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. Here we are again, the same bunch from Revelation 5 (the bride is Ruth, Naomi’s daughter by adoption).
Here we are folks, the bride of the Lamb. The OT saints are “friends of the bridegroom”. Just one verse later, we return with Christ back to the earth.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
This verse here makes it about as clear as it can be. If one understands the first resurrection being a harvest from Jesus resurrection up to the second coming, then this makes perfect sense. (see my blog about the first resurrection, and revelation 21).
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Jews and Gentiles, Naomi and Ruth).
1Thess 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts un blamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. (Naomi and Ruth)
Here is God setting up the kingdom on the earth at his return. And when Jesus returns, he will bring ALL his saints with him. You and I will receive a commission. We will have a job to do. If you are lazy, tough stuff. LOL!
This is not difficult to understand. Do not allow any so called teacher to tell you otherwise.
If you do your homework, and as you study, you will find MANY more scriptures that support the premise of this post. It is intentionally short, my hope is that this information will be a help to you. An inspiration whereby you can arrive at the truth through your own verification and study.
ANYONE who teaches differently lacks understanding. Avoid such a person.
In closing: Ephesians 3:6. That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: