月別アーカイブ: 2017年10月

Dressing up for Jesus?

1 Tim 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

 

Many churches today exclude the undesireables by setting standards they know they cannot meet.

Whether it be the outer facade of the structure, to the inner design looking like a kings palace, or a bank, to the 2500.00 silk suit and alligator shoes the preacher is wearing , they all serve to filter out the poor, “un desireables” and “shallow pocketed” believers.  Is your church guilty of this?

 

A lady told me the story of a poor man who would take his five children to the biggest church in town. Why? Because it was the closest to his house , and he could not afford a lot of gas, and it was too far to walk, but his wife dressed his kids as best as she could, and he made the trip every Sunday and dropped his five children off at that big old fancy church , in the middle of town across from the courthouse, you know, the one with the stain glass windows and the marble columns? 4 stories high? Yeah, that one.

He didnt go inside because he did not have a fancy clothes, or even a decent pair of shoes to wear, but he sat in that car faithfully for two hours every Sunday so his children would hear the gospel in all that vanity.

The “lady that told me this story is my oldest sister.

 

That man that drove his kids to church and waited outside 2 hours was my father.

He passed away when I was 5 years old.

What a testimony! I’ll talk more about my dad in the future.

 

Next time you “dress up for Jesus” think about how blessed you are to be able to, and how how a poor person would feel in your church. 

Are you too dressed up?  Showing off your clothes?  How would a person of a lesser station and means feel in the pew with you?

The silliness of SDA

To illustrate the silliness of SDA, for one to truly observe the seventh day as the Sabbath day, since our days are not exactly 24 hours long, and our year is not exactly 365 days long, it creates a problem. You would soon be observing sabbath on all the other days of the week also, and would very seldom see sabbath even fall on a Saturday at all.

Thats not mentioning the fact that you would have to backtrack 6000 years, to find the reference point to even begin to figure out what day to call sabbath.

Scofield Errors.

What many believers are taught today is common Scofield doctrine.

Much misundertanding today comes from Scofield, He taught one general resurrection and judgement of the believing dead, at one time, on one day. A plain sense reading of scripture shows several resurrections of the believing dead, at different times, in progression “each in his own order” , The confirmation being it is patterned after the Jewish harvest and the 3 high holy days.
The Bible also shows several judgements and rewards of these companies of saints.

Scofield, while no doubt well intentioned, has misled several generations with his errant “side notes”, and “commentaries”, And his errant doctrines permeate our churches and seminaries. Let the Bible speak.

Again, while no doubt well intentioned, (giving him the benefit of the doubt) Scofield didn’t have a clue about many major doctrines in the bible. One  of his biggest errors concerns the first resurrection,  and his errant teachings have misled generations of preachers ,teachers, missionaries and believers in general. He was a plajerist as well. Most of his doctrines came from others before him , he just put a little different spin on them. Error piled upon error. I hope this commentary helps.

Scofield teaches one resurrection”?

Actually there are TWO. the first resurrection is the resurrection of the believing dead. The Jewish harvest is tge pattern for the first resurrection. It has 3 main harvests (OT, NT, Trib saints) (pesach, shavout, succoth) it started with the first fruits in Matthew 27:52, and ends with the gleanings in Rev 20:4-6 the second resurrection, or “second death” will be at least 1000 years into the future.

This is resurrection of ALL unbelievers from Adams day to that time. Psalms 1:5 the wicked will not stand in the congregation of the righteous in judgement.

You are right about the second coming, there is only one. The rapture is not a second coming, it is a removal of the body of Christ , when it happens, every believer alive on earth, will be removed, it occurs simultaneously with the harvest of the barley, the dead NT saints.

 

The first resurrection harvest

Understanding the first resurrection os vitally important in countless ways. My hop here is to clear up a lot of misunderstanding in today’s prevailimg school of thought concerning this.

Much misundertanding today comes from Scofield, He taught one general resurrection and judgement of the believing dead, at one time, on one day. A plain sense reading of scripture shows several resurrections of the believing dead, at different times, in progression “each in his own order” , The confirmation being it is patterned after the Jewish harvest and the 3 high holy days.
The Bible also shows several judgements and rewards of these companies of saints.

Scofield, while no doubt well intentioned, has misled several generations with his errant “side notes”, and “commentaries”, And his errant doctrines permeate our churches and seminaries. Let the Bible speak.

Here is the short version. It is not all inclusive. There are figs and pomegranites during the harvest as well.

The first resurrection has three main harvest periods, and several crops. The rapture takes ONLY LIVING believers.

The rapture takes the living believers alive at the time, and occurs in conjunction with the harvest of the dead NT saints. 1 thess 4:13-17, completing the barley harvest that began in Matt 27:52-53. The 144k are also “caught up” in Revelation at some point in the tribulation. This qualifies as one of the harvests, but I have not studied it enough to know what to call it. I am leaning towards Figs or pomegranites. (613 Jewish laws, Pomegranites had 613 seeds.)

Other harvests follow, rev 11:11, killed after rapture (the two prophets, the olive trees, and probably all the other martyers up to this point)

, Rev 14:6, (the.wheat, those killed after the olive harvest up to this point),

The grapes are also gathered-UNbelievers killed at armegeddon,

Then the gleanings, . All dead martyers. Rev 20:4-6.

The gleanings are the company of saints killed in the short time after the reaping of the earth in Rev 14 and Christ’s return with all his saints in rev 19. They are raised immortal when Jesus returns. This is the last harvest of the first resurrection.

Matt 24 is a GATHERING of the elect (surviving remnant believers of the nations) via angels to Jerusalem. Not a rapture.

They are given the kingdom in MORTAL bodies. They will be kingdom citizens saints, repopulating the earth.

The living UNBELIEVERS are sent away to hellfire.

WE rule and reign with Christ in his kingdom.

We have a lot to look forward to.

Different fruits of the harvest:
Matt 27:52-53 OT saints, first fruits of the barley, Jesus being the first among them.

1 Thess 4:13-17 dead NT saints, the main barley harvest.

1 Cor 15:52 The rapture of the bride- the company of living believers on earth,occurs also at the time of the resurrection of the dead NT saints.

Several companies of believers come after us. These are ones who come to faith in Christ during the tribulation period. I believe most of these will be Jews, Moslems and Chinese Christians. More on that later.

Revelation 11:6-11 The olives, two prophets, will be resurrected. These are either a first fruit, or representative of all the unbelievers killed up to the midpoint of the tribulation period. Nonetheless, 2 men, or 2 billion men is irrelevant, it is a harvest of the first resurrection.

Revelation 14:6 “and the earth was reaped”, this being the wheat, the dead tribulation martyrs killed after the mid point, or the beginning of the tribulation period (depending on how you view Rev 11:11.)

Revelation 14:19. The grapes are gathered: this being an allegory for the UNBELIEVERS at armegeddon, who are gathered and killed. a harvest of unbelievers.

Rev 20:4-6 the gleanings of the wheat. This is the resurrection of the company of believers killed after the harvest of the wheat up to the return of Jesus with his saints.

The first resurrection mirrors the Jewish harvest. It generally goes in this order. Three main harvest periods flanked by firstfruits and gleanings: (the last period comprising several different fruits) Firstfruits,Pesach, shavout, Succoth,and it ends with the gleanings.

The Jewish harvest:

There are three main harvests of DEAD saints. Matt 27:52-53 (the first fruits of the OT saints) 1 thess 4:13-17 (the dead in Christ shall rise first, being the main barley harvest,the NT saints)

The rapture occurs at this time also. “we who are alive shall be caught up, to meet the Lord in the air”. Ruth met Boaz in the barley harvest. The NT church will meet her groom in the rapture, at the time of the barley harvest.1 thess 4:13-17, 1 Cor 15:52-53 Rev 5:9 Rev 7:9-10,
(see my other post “the catalyst that begins the tribulation).

Remember, the rapture is NOT a “return of Christ”, it is a REMOVAL of the world’s LIVING believers, who return to the father’s house with Jesus for the marriage of the Lamb. After the marriage supper, we return to earth with Christ.

Once again, 1 Thess 4:13-17 speaks of two companies of believers. one alive, the other dead.

The PRETRIBULATION Rapture occurs SIMULTANEOUSLY, but separately with the barley harvest, the resurrection of the dead NT saints.

The rapture involves only the company of living believers at that time.

Companies of believers will come after us. Most will be killed.

We are taken back to the father’s house for the wedding in heaven. rev 5:9-10 This removal-not a return, will be the “taking out of the way” of the Holy Spirit for the NWO and the beast to rise. There will not be a single believer on earth immediately after the rapture. It is not hard to see how the world would change overnight.

After the Barley harvest is over comes the olives, grapes, and the wheat, Rev 14:16 is the next main crop. Olives, figs, grapes and pomegranites also come in at this time.

Next there is the harvest of the olives in Revelation 11. The two prophets, olive trees, are resurrected at this time. I personally believe that the believers killed after the rapture , up to the midpoint of the tribulation will also rise with these two prophets. At present it is just opinion though.

The wheat is the reaping of the earth in Revelation 14:16. This is the resurrection of tribulation martyrs up to this point, the living believers are not taken. The grapes are gathered in Revelation 14:19. These are unbelievers.

There will be a company of dead believers that follow the wheat also, who were killed in the short time after the reaping of the earth up to the return of Christ with all his saints.

Again,with the exception of the grapes-the unbelievers killed in Revelation, No LIVING believers will be caught up after the tribulation begins.

Living believers who survive till Jesus return will be GATHERED, not raptured, to Jerusalem, and given the kingdom in MORTAL bodies.(else you would have no MORTALS to repopulate the earth in the kingdom, which is why a post trib rapture makes no biblical sense.)
See matthew 25 “come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you” Any dead martyrs are raised at this time also. These are the gleanings, the last harvest of the first resurrection. See Revelation 20:4-6. They enter the kingdom in IMMORTAL bodies, just as we do. This company of resurrected dead saints are those martyrs that were killed in the interim from the last reaping to the return of the Lord of the harvest.

The Living remnant of the worlds unbelievers will be judged at the sheep goat judgement, and sent away into everlasting fire. See Matthew 25. This is the burning of the chaff.

In closing.

The rapture of the bride is a one time event. It occurs simultaneously with the barley harvest before the tribulation starts. No living believers go up in the harvests after the rapture or during the tribulation, only martyrs at their harvest times.

At the rapture, WE will return to the fathers house for the marriage of the Lamb. We also return with him. Zech 14:5, 1 thess 3:13

The taking of the bride has no set date.
The marriage lasts 7 days, 7 years in our case to give guests time to
arrive and participate.

Jesus returns with his bride and all the resurrected saints killed in the tribulation EXCEPT those killed after the last harvest and his return. They are raised and glorified in rev 20:4-6.

Surviving believers will be gathered “from the four winds” at this time, surviving UNbelievers will be killed.

The trib saints alive at Jesus return enter the kingdom reign as kingdom saints and citizens, in mortal bodies, WE will rule and reign with Christ in immortal bodies.

Again, the harvest has three main phases. It starts with first fruits, the exact day Jesus arose from the dead, and it ends with the gleanings in rev 20:4-6.

Pesach: OT saints.(first fruits of the barley) Shavout (to remove) NT saints, (main barley harvest)

Succoth: several fruits (olives, figs, pomegranites, grapes and wheat)

And lastly, the gleanings ends this last phase of the harvest of dead saints. This is the first resurrection:

It begins:

IS 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. (Firstfruits of the barley) dead OT saints.

Fulfilled in Matt 27:52-53: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Next: US, and the believing dead after the cross:
1 thess 4:13 “the dead in Christ shall rise first” (barley harvest, dead NT saints)

1 Cor 15:52 “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” the PRETRUBALTION removal of all the world’s LIVING believers, the Rapture simultaneously with  the barley harvest see rev 5:9-10(Ruth met Boaz gkeaning in the barley field)

Next crop:Rev 11 (the two prophets, the olives, and most likely the other dead believers killed after the tribulation started will rise with them also. the beginning of the fruit harvest join the assembly at the marriage in heaven

No living believers in this harvest.

Rev 14:16, “and the earth was reaped” (DEAD trib saints, no living ones.  This is end trib, the wheat)

Rev 14:19 The grapes are the LIVING unbelievers gathered at armegeddon and those killed when Jesus returns with all his saints.

Rev 20:4-6 , end trib DEAD, no living ones are raised at Jesus return. These died in the interim from the last harvest to Jesus return. They are the gleanings of the harvest. This is the end of the first resurrection.

Once again, the LIVING believers that survived the trib are NOT RAPTURED, they are gathered to Jerusalem and given the kingdom as citizen saints. In MORTAL bodies.

One big problem with the post trib rapture doctrine.

At the rapture, ALL living and dead believers will be glorified to immortality.  Few debate that.

Immortals do not marry or give in marriage. So, if the rapture is post trib, it would leave no mortals to repopulate the earth in the kingdom. Logically then, the rapture of the bride occurs before this. It cannot be post trib.

 

There will be a church in the tribulation, and they will go through it. And be persecuted. It will be composed of believers that got saved AFTER the taking of the bride. Id think former muslims and Jews. These are those killed for the faith , and will be raised at different times during the tribulation. I count at least three harvests, including the gleanings in rev 20:4-6 We will NOT be in that number. We will have already left in the rapture before the tribulation begins. And again, in the rapture of the bride, which occurs at one of the harvests of the first resurrection, living believers are caught up and changed. In the harvests that follow, only the dead are resurrected, else you would not have a mortal remnant Israel, or a remnant of mortal gentile nations to repopulate the earth in the kingdom. Immortals dont procreate.

 

Moreover it is pretty difficult to explain away this logical conclusion:   You have people in heaven before, during, and at the end of the tribulation. They had to come from somewhere.

The presence of the elders and an assembly “of all nations” in rev 5 before the trib starts on rev 6 is proof a bride is on the premises.

 

Morever, the marriage cannot begin formalization until the bride is in her chambers at the fathers house. The bride is present. After the groom gets back to his fathers house with his bride, It begins with  the paperwork. Lol!  The signing of the Ketubah in the presence of the elders. The ceremony comes afterwards. The bride gets this document. It is a prenuptial agreement “to him that overcometh I will” its also a marriage license. Documentation and iron clad proof of the marriage.

More food for thought: A Jewish wedding goes like this : the groom prepares a place for his bride in his father’s home. When his father approves the home, he gives his son permission to fetch his bride. He assembles a wedding party, and sers out for her house.   He surprises her, usually late at night.

 

Within hearing distance of her house, with a trumpet blast , to wake her and her friends, and give her time to grab her things, then a shout when he is outside the doors.

She veils herself, meets him in the yard, and they go back to the fathers house. She is then hidden away in the bridal chamber until the wedding. The groom then sits down with both fathers to finalize the ketubah, (Paul said “I have betrothed you to one husband”) tbe Ketuvah, or Ketubah is the prenuptial, unconditional promises of the marriage (“to him that overcometh I will”)

 

This is a legal, binding contract that is signed and given to the bride.

Meanwhile, there is a reception and a one week celebration taking place.

Since the wedding had no set date initially, the week gives family the travel time needed to make arrangements, buy gifts (oil) if they havent already, and to get to the wedding, so as to not miss such a wonderful time, and it gives late arrivals the opportunity to fellowship and be there for the actual ceremony.

The bride and groom are there, and fellowship, she is veiled, and they cannot be in the same room together unveiled until the wedding.

When everyone that is expected to be there has arrived, the bride makes herself ready. (Rev 19:7) She was already technically his wife the night he snatched her away, but the marriage supper formalizes everything to all, and they are then publicly man and wife.

After the ceremonial exchange of rings (crowns in our case), and the supper the party then picks up and proceeds to the brides MOTHERS house (the nation Israel, sic 777 Mt Zion avenue) for ANOTHER, even longer marriage celebration.

The saints that join the marriage supper assembly in Revelation are the< tribulation martyrs, raised at different points in the tribulation. (Wheat, olives, figs, pomegranites) They had to die to get there, none were raptured alive (I’m dying to go to that wedding, lol!) “Blessed are they that die in the Lord from thenceforth” (they get to go to the wedding as friends of the bridegroom) Living believers will not be harvested after the taking of the bride, else there would be no remnant of Israel in mortal bodies at the second coming , or any other mortal believers to repopulate the earth in the kingdom.