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A World Without End?

A World Without End?

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

—excerpt from Bind Up the Testimony, Seal the Law, a spiritual interpretation of The Revelation together with all related Old and New Testament prophecies: available by order from any local or online bookstore, lowest pricing at Amazon.com

  

Many are familiar with Drs. Jack and Rexella Van Impe, a husband and wife television evangelistic team, who make it a point to state they have doctorate degrees in Biblical theology: our first clue that they have attended man’s seminaries, where they were taught “man’s commandments and traditions” as well as man’s worldly interpretation of The Revelation and related prophecies, as opposed to spiritual interpretations. As one might suppose, this treatise is about the end days in which we live— Laodicea in the midst of Armageddon ongoing— and, more specifically, about what happens when Christ returns.

 

Sunday, 21 January 2007: Dr. Van Impe spoke of Christ’s return to earth, fiercely telling about instruction by some unnamed Christian denominations purportedly teaching that earth will end; utterly destroyed— become asteroids and comets floating about space— and, eventually, a new planet earth will be created apart from this original one. Not! In fact, TSaS does not know of any denomination teaching the end in this manner; though the majority do teach it with many other errors.

 

Van Impe then pointed to Papal Rome and other specific yet unidentified Christian sects he claims speak truth, that teach this world as without end. He even quoted various Old and New Testament verses to support his perception that this present earth will never be destroyed. Based on that perspective, Van Impe said Christ’s millennial reign MUST happen on this old earth; as opposed to heaven. Van Impe is both right and wrong.

 

According to Van Impe, we the people will not go to heaven for even a few days—in previous broadcasts, Van Impe has taught that only “pastors, preachers and theologians will go to heaven when Christ comes in the clouds in either 2007 or 2008, their stay in heaven for period of just seven years in preparation for coming back with Jesus to help Him teach us God’s truth again;” a principle based on claims that the 70-weeks/490-years prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 has 7 years left to be fulfilled as well as supposedly to fulfill the “prophesy again” admonition of Revelation 10:11. Unfortunately, Van Impe and his associates failed to recognize that the “teaching again” was fulfilled in the Philadelphia church age, as set out in Revelation 3:7-8.

 

Van Impe states that, through the Bible’s secret code, each of those pastors, preachers and theologians are actually named. All of this is wholly without Biblical merit, for there is no such thing as a secret code that is found much like working a letter-by-letter word puzzle; choosing a series of letters horizontally, vertically, up and down, and even diagonally and backwards, throughout various books of the Old Testament. While the Bible does reveal God’s “secrets and mysteries,” it does so in plain sight, yet are perceived only by studying the Bible in the manner God prescribed and under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit: topically.

 

Nevertheless, Van Impe concluded his current argument by saying earth cannot be both totally destroyed and lived on at the same time, adamantly directing his next words to everyone believing otherwise, “You cannot have it both ways!” Van Impe is right and wrong. Being both right and wrong is a very dangerous place to be when Christ returns.

 

Earth IS a planet without end, intended to be forever populated with humans, as Van Impe quoted from Ecclesiastes 1:4, but he carefully avoided reciting all relevant scriptures clearly denying his claims for Christ spending Revelation’s 1000 years on this defiled orb; such verses rendering the above Christian organizations and Van Impe’s premise wholly illogical. This lack of logic found in church leaders taught by man, instead of the Holy Spirit, leads people down a path of destruction ending in God’s pit of fire and brimstone. We must remember Paul’s admonition, “Do not be surprised that Satan can manifest himself as an angel of light, and that his ministers can do the same.”

 

Examine God’s perfect logic for Christ and His sheep spending 1000 years in heaven:

 ONE: Since the entire 490 years of Daniel’s prophecy was completely fulfilled— by virtue of Christ’s ministry having been the first 3-1/2 years of the prophecy’s last 7 years and the remaining 3-1/2 years of it meant to end with minister Stephen’s death in 36 AD, as a sign of the prophetic “Time of the Gentiles” beginning, which occurred— then we first need to understand what the Bible means by “earth’s end.” It was obvious in Noah’s day that earth was destroyed by floods, only Noah and his family saved because the people did not listen to Noah’s warnings given over a period of 100 years.

The flood was earth’s first destruction followed by renewal. II Peter 3:5-7 continues from the great flood to say that, since the flood, earth is reserved to perish by fire, fire from heaven— this denies man’s teachings that it will be from nuclear bombs and other of man’s weaponry, which is to render a worldly interpretation of “fire from heaven”— fire is the only way to purify earth of man’s spilled blood and permeating wickedness.

God and only God will effect final destruction; He does not need man’s puny weapons. The Philadelphia age served like Noah’s warning, except the warning of earth’s end by fire was given over a period of 147 years, for Philadelphia ended in 1991; yet, the warning continues even in this Laodicea age. At an appointed time after our redemption, earth will be restored yet again: although, earth’s second restoration will be permanent and forevermore without evil.

It should be clear: while earth is a permanent world, life in and on it perished once and will again for a final time. This latter, however, will be for 1000 years as opposed to the 40 days and nights in Noah’s day, plus the five months it took for the floods to recede. Thus, we review the manner of Christ’s return, for this too will disprove Christ reigning 1000-years on this grossly defiled planet.

TWO: According to Mark 14:62, Jesus will be seen coming “in the clouds of heaven.” I Thessalonians 4:16-17, further states, “Christ comes in the clouds [of heaven] and gathers up His sheep, both the dead and living, to bring them together in the clouds [of heaven] to meet Him in the air; where we shall ever be.” The use of ever, in this case, denotes a long period of time, to-wit: 1000 years. To a finite mind this would seem like forever. “To ever be in the air” clearly means we will be located in the heavens, not on earth.

Additionally, Matthew 24:27 describes Christ’s journey across our skies as beginning in the east like the sun rises and moves to the west where the sun sets: fire preceding Him and the seventh plague of Revelation 16:17-21 following behind Him. Jesus said in John 14:2-3, “I go to prepare a mansion for you in my Father’s house. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again to take you where I am, that you may be there also.”

Considering the fire preceding Jesus and the seventh plague pouring out in His wake, the combined scriptures from Revelation 14:9-11, Psalm 37:20; 114:3-8; Isaiah 26:14, 31:30,33; 33:14; 34:9-10; Habakkuk 3:3-6,11-15; Zephaniah 1:2-3, 3:6; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; II Peter 3:7 and Mark 13:31 reveal the condition of this earth once we are gone (paraphrased): “Earth’s streams are turned into pitch and its dust into fiery stone. The land has become burning tar. Wicked nations have been removed, leaving no living inhabitants, their streets waste and cities destroyed. And, the fires shall not go out night or day, and the smoke and torment of those who worshipped the beast and his image and whosoever bore the mark of his name shall go up for a thousand years, and from generation to generation the earth shall lay a wasteland. No creature, man nor beast, shall pass through it during the thousand years of earth’s Sabbath. For the old heavens and the earth now are reserved for consuming fire on the day of execution and perdition of ungodly men. Then, God will utterly purge all things from off the bloodied land: man and beast, birds and fish, and the stumbling blocks of the wicked.”

Does this sound like what happened to Israel? Indeed, it did; but, as God said, “What was in the beginning is now, and what is now will be, and what will be was in the beginning.” What happened to Israel was to show us what happens when God brings wickedness to an eternal end; for He did say, “There must be an end.” To say the wicked are tormented forever is to allude to Revelation’s 1000 years.

If we are to remain on defiled earth for the next 1000 years, where is the logic in taking us up into “the clouds of heaven” or to have prepared a heavenly mansion for us? Why would Jesus remain in the clouds taking up His sheep across the world from east to west; and, why would we be traveling with Him in the clouds, IF He and we are to remain on earth for this purported reign? Why would Christ or we be staying in the midst of fire and smoke and rotting bodies? God tells us why Christ and we will not be staying here.

THREE: We are advised in II Thessalonians 2:7-10 that the wicked immediately die at the brightness of Christ’s return, and Revelation 20:4-6 states they will not live again for 1000 years; for they have part only in the second resurrection to a second death. Now we have a problem with those dead bodies, what to do with them if Jesus and we are staying on earth. How do so few sheep bury billions of rotting bodies?

Both science and the Bible confirm that, after only a few days, the stench would be unbearable; as noted about Lazarus before Christ resurrected him. Dead bodies also become extremely toxic to the environment and air we breathe. We have seen such decomposition cause all manner of diseases every time there has been a catastrophic event: such as the Indian Ocean tsunami that left over 250,000 dead bodies decomposing. There is no doubt our Lord could speak and all those bodies instantly would disappear; but, this is not what God says will happen.

FOUR: The Lord declares in Jeremiah 25:32-33, that the wicked He slays shall lie dead from one end of earth to the other end and they shall neither be grieved over nor gathered up to bury; in as much as they shall be like dung upon the ground. This being the case, there is no way we or Christ would remain on this old earth, for Jesus is to claim a purified earthly kingdom and Revelation 20:4-6 already rendered the understanding of how long they will lie dead on earth’s surface: 1000 years.

What is the purpose of leaving the wicked dead like dung? Fact: decomposing material, plant or animal or human, and even waste from these life forms, actually enriches soil. There is another requirement, however, adding to the replenishing of earth that she may once again support life. 

FIVE: In order to keep the land healthy, rich and fertile, fully capable of sustaining life, God instructed in both Exodus 23:10-11 and Leviticus 25:2-7, that the land was to have a Sabbath rest every seventh year; which should clarify that earth is a living entity. Leviticus 26:35 and Joshua 14:15 tells us why this planet shall have its seventh thousand years as a Sabbath rest: because it was not given its Sabbath rest while man lived upon it. Man justified not letting the land lie fallow every seventh year by claiming it will not become depleted of nutrients if rotating crops timely. Untrue!

Despite rotation, our land is now so depleted that testing reveals all produce and grains very low in nutrients. Greed was and is motive for not giving earth rest. Thus, between rotting material, ashes from the fire preceding Christ as He crosses our skies, and earth resting for 1000 years, while healing from its wounds of wars, the soil will be totally restored by the time we return from heaven with Christ. All that would remain to be done will be to reduce the resurrected wicked to ashes, whereupon the righteous will walk, and the planet returned to its Eden-like state, then Christ begins His reign over God’s earthly kingdom.

SIX: Further proof of our stay in heaven for 1000 years, instead of earth, is the fact that earth will be at rest therefore producing nothing to sustain mankind. She will lie fallow and unable to support life. This is where the first phase of Satan’s and wicked man’s punishment begins. Revelation 20:1-3 metaphorically describes Satan bound with chains to the bottomless pit of earth. Genesis 1:2 describes earth’s beginning as a void in darkness, which is the same state in which she shall have her Sabbath rest. Therefore, earth becomes a bottomless pit for Satan by virtue of no life upon it.

How apropos that he should be bound to earth with nothing more than the stench of decaying bodies for 1000 years; not one living soul to tempt and torment with his utter cruelty and lies. However, the wicked dead do not sleep, as do those dead in Christ slept before resurrection; instead, the wicked’s spirit beings are conscious and “weeping and wailing and grinding their teeth,” because they know a second death is coming.

All Satan has to look forward to is a short release to tempt again the resurrected wicked, yet three months later he and they will be utterly destroyed: so completely that even the smoke of their ashes will disappear, that God never again be reminded of him and his followers. At this time of our return, we temporarily will be camped at Old Jerusalem with Christ. Now, the final reason Christ’s 1000-years reign with us will be in heaven.

SEVEN: A beautiful description of New Jerusalem’s construction is given in Revelation c.2l; however, we find in Zechariah 6:13,15 that Jesus will build New Jerusalem— God’s temple as it were— and that the sheep will be helping to build it: “they that are far off” refers to the heathens/Gentiles, who before had not known God yet came to accept God and Christ thus forsook their many false gods. Therefore, New Jerusalem becomes the world’s capital from which Christ and God will rule.

It stands to reason that New Jerusalem is built in heaven, because once all wickedness is destroyed upon our return to earth, then Christ makes earth and the heavens new: this is the time where Revelation 21:1-2 reveals New Jerusalem coming down from heaven, adorned like a bride for her Groom: complete in every way and completely pure. Based on the Holy City’s size, it becomes realistic that we will be very busy building it; a feat that will take hundreds of years: following the wedding and great wedding feast.

Once again, God’s truth has concluded with His perfect number seven; seven very sound reasons why neither Christ nor His sheep will remain on earth for the millennial reign. Would you want to remain here under the circumstances God has described? Or, would you prefer the pure heavenly bliss of God’s files being revealed to us, that we understand His judgment, participating in the great wedding, then dining with our Lord, listening to Him speak and, finally, helping Him build New Jerusalem? Indeed, we shall be very busy; and, as for this house, we choose heaven any day and, like Apostle John, we pray that Christ’s return be quickly: for the wicked and filthy grow only worse and worse.

The results herein turn Jack Van Impe’s words back onto him, “You can’t have it both ways.” Van Impe’s way, and those whom he supports, leaves their followers unprepared for Christ’s return; for their teachings pave the wide, wide road to utter destruction.

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27 January 2007 Posted by | Armageddon, Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Christs Return, Church, End Times, Escatology, Faith, God, Groom, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Prophecy, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Resurrection, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Theology, Truth | 8 Comments

The Same Thing Again?

The Same Thing Again?

©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C. 

  

Virtually every Sabbath lesson broadcast by TSaS, past and present, seems different from each other, only to conclude with the same requirement: “God’s Ten Precepts.” Some might think TSaS dwells on “God’s Ten Commandments” only. So, we went to the Holy Spirit in prayer, asking Him to provide a lesson not tied to the Law.

The Spirit said, “ALL things refer to God’s Law: both right and wrong, both life and death.” When various treatises over the years were reviewed as well as research and study conducted for over thirty years, we perceived the truth in Holy Spirit’s adamant declaration. There is not one Biblical event, parable, or prophecy that does not some how and in some way turn to “God’s Doctrine“— in either the New or Old Testaments!

This makes perfect sense; in that God never wanted any laws and/or ordinances for the people, except those which only He first spoke and, finally, wrote with His own finger upon stone and, at last, provided us with the living example of Jesus: the “Statutes of Life” depending upon God’s two Royal Laws of Love; again, as He first declared in the Old Testament: in full opposition to modern teachings that Jesus purportedly gave those two laws as new commandments meant to replace the Ten. They were not at all new and always were meant to work with the Ten.

In fact, the only difference between the Old Testament— wherein God directed that the people love Him and their neighbor as well as obey His Law plus Moses’ various ordinances— and the New Testament is that now God requires we love Him and His Son, our Lord and Saviour, AND obey “The Father’s Doctrine” as given in the beginning. The other difference is that Christ replaced Moses’ ordinances of sacrifice and oblation.

In comparing Exodus to Deuteronomy, where the “Law of Liberty” is recited in each as the same Ten set out in stone, it was determined the ordinances were not, in fact, given in Exodus. Moses broke the first tablets when angered at finding his people worshiping a golden calf they had crafted in his absence: this event noted in Exodus. It was after this occurrence that God called Moses back to the mountain and again wrote His Doctrine in stone but, this time, He also had Moses write ritual ordinances in “a book;” noted in Deuteronomy. Yes, Moses was to include the Ten Statutes and Royal Law in this book, but only because the tablets never were to be touched again after placed in the ark; thus, teaching the Twelve would be done from the book; parchment scrolls, as it were.

Not only did God say His Law was perpetual, thus to stand forever even in the new earth and heavens, but He also wrote them in stone to signify permanence. The ordinances of sacrifice and oblation were written by Moses on parchment, indicating both a temporary nature and the fact they were not God’s desire, rather after man’s worldly lusts, and which God said would be temporary: “a shadow of better to come.”

Parchment and paper eventually return to dust; therefore, the time would come when those temporary ordinances of sacrifice and oblations would cease from old earth, and they did, as Daniel prophesied. These were the ordinances God stated were “not good.”

God also gave ordinances He declared “good”: ordinances for man’s health and for earth’s fertility. Observance of these remains until earth and the heavens are made new: at which time ALL will be restored to perfection then continue in a state of perfection forever by God’s design: no longer a need for any ordinances. While all ordinances are temporary, they do not all end at the same time for various reasons: “on earth, as it is in heaven.” It should be clear why God’s health ordinances remain until earth is made new.

The fact God’s “Law of Righteousness” is permanent, as demonstrated above, another proof is represented by every event, parable, and prophecy always leading back to His Doctrine, to one or more of God’s Precepts exemplified or represented in the event or parable or prophecy; even as demonstrated by His Son Jesus Christ, our Saviour, as well as by His Apostles: who also taught God’s “Law of Blessings.” After all, the Law’s various titles reflect its permanence and what God’s Law represents and its intrinsic value, blessings as it were, to those who believe and obey: those titles set out in quote marks and/or bold font in this study.

The Old Testament reveals that every time Israel obeyed God’s Law they were rewarded; each time they disobeyed, they were punished: 1) Adam and Eve disobeyed and were cast from Eden; 2) Jonah was cast into the belly of a whale for disobeying, freed only when he agreed to obey; 3) Job was struck down by Lucifer as a test and, because of Job’s obedience, God restored Job greater; the people did not enter the promised land for their disobedience, only their children; Moses did not enter the promised land, because he did not control the people’s wayward ways, though he lived the maximum number of years and was redeemed with Christ; Israel was occupied and/or destroyed several times for disobedience; even pagans were told that if they obeyed God’s Law and His fourth Precept Sabbath, He would give them a name greater than sons and daughters —

The list goes on and on, each event directly relating only to God’s Ten Laws and His Royal Law of Love. In fact, for all that the Jews gained or lost, it always was for obeying or disobeying God’s Statutes of Life; it never was for any of the ordinances.

Throughout the New Testament, readers and/or believers repeatedly are told of the rewards for obedience and the punishment for disobedience; the latter being sentenced to “twice dead,” if they refuse to repent and sin no more. Each of Christ’s parables lead to and end with the admonition to believe and obey: even Revelation states three times that we must have the faith of and in Jesus as well as obey God’s Law: two keys required to inherit God’s kingdom.

It is a blatant lie when Christian leaders say it is impossible for us to obey God’s Law and that God said it was impossible. The only law God said was impossible were the ordinances of sacrifice and oblation: NOT His Ten Commandments. It is not even logical to believe such a thing. To obey or not to obey is a choice WE make, a choice influenced by whether or not we truly love God and Christ: “upon these two depend all the Law.”

God also told us why He would send a Messiah: a man more precious than gold, a perfect man to exemplify what God desires of us all: that we become like God. And, Jesus told us exactly why He had come based on what His Father had said of Him in the Old Testament: 1) “to magnify and make honourable God’s Law, which Christ magnified by obeying, thus giving us a living example to follow; and, He made it honourable by teaching others to do the same; and, 2) He came to die for our “past” sins, that we may choose to “go and sin no more.” Bottom line? We choose to obey or not to obey.

Only ordinances of sacrifice and oblation were impossible, for they seemed to allow a person to sin all year, then be cleansed at the end of each year: at least, this is how the Pharisees and the people discerned those ordinance laws; as though by virtue of the annual atonement sacrifice and oblation, they could sin throughout the year without punishment and be cleansed again at the next year’s atonement sacrifice: sin without fee. So, they erroneously continued in sin AND continued to be punished.

Alas, Christian leaders today apply the same discernment to Christ’s sacrifice; despite His crucifixion deemed as being for our “past” sins, with the admonition thereafter to “go and sin no more.” Additional clarification: “for if you willingly sin again, there is no further atonement; only a fearful waiting for judgment.” Note that the verse says, “willingly sin.” This is to commit a sin knowing full well that it is a sin. So many people today are heard saying, “Well, yeah, I know that’s what the Bible says, but it doesn’t apply anymore. Jesus knows I can’t be perfect, so He died for all of my sins; past, present AND future!” This IS to willing, knowingly, deliberately sin; which is to “transgress God’s Law.”

As thoroughly as TSaS searched the Bible for a lesson that does not conclude with God’s Law as a definite requirement in some way or other, we could not find one event or parable or prophecy that omits God’s desire of those who claim belief. Several times God said, “I wish they had a heart to obey my Law.” Jesus taught the same and admonished the Pharisees for teaching and living “man’s commandments and traditions,” which had been influenced by heathen ways and beliefs and icons: instead of God’s Law and Testimony. Christ expounded further when He said, “Anyone who obeys God’s Law and teaches others the same, will be called great in heaven.”

We looked at Bible lessons about of love, yet were again drawn to God’s Statutes; for it is by love that we obey God, it is in love that we care for others, it is by love that we give good for evil, it is in love that we forgive even the worst things. If we truly love God, we want to obey thus choose to obey. If we truly love Jesus, again we choose to believe He is God’s Son and choose to obey His Father’s Doctrine; this latter as Christ directed. If we truly love, we love and care for our brethren and our enemies. We even are told in the New Testament, “We know we love God because we obey His Commandments.”

By God’s grace undeserved, we are CALLED to salvation through His Son. But! By our love we believe and obey thus become CHOSEN. As Jesus said, “Many are called, few are chosen.” And, as the Bible reveals, only the chosen inherit God’s earthly kingdom. There is no denying that, when first saved, we must “grow up” into the same righteousness of God and Christ. This means we may sin thereafter but not be aware. Still, as we grow in God’s Word and learn the weightier matters of the Law, that Christ mentioned, we are to cease any and all sin that we discover or that God reveals to us through the Holy Spirit. When all sin ceases from our life, then we are worthy to be presented as a chaste bride to our Groom.

This exposition deliberately contains no scripture references for two reasons: 1) members should search their Bibles for themselves while allowing the Spirit to prove or disprove the premise herein; and, 2) all related scriptures are referenced and quoted in many of our previous Bible lessons. Beware of “ordained” Christian leaders, who are loaded with many “excuses” for what they teach but not one godly “reason” to teach it, except from the “lusts of their hearts”: they lack both God’s power and the Holy Spirit.

Do not be deceived; for not all who are called are automatically chosen. “ALL things refer to God’s Law: both right and wrong, both life and death,” saith the Spirit.

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20 January 2007 Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Escatology, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Lord's Day, Love, Religion, Remnant, Sabbath, Salvation, Seal, Sign, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth | 10 Comments

Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk

Talk the Walk, Walk the Talk

©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

  

It has been said before, “It is easy to speak all the right words of belief, to speak God’s Word, to speak as a witness of Him and Christ;” however, there is a vast difference between talking the walk Christ instructed both verbally and by His behaviour versus walking the talk: living it as it were. Scripture references herein are taken from the AKJ version Bible coupled with paraphrased excerpts.

In Mark 7:5-9,21-22 Jesus expounded on this subject to the Pharisees and scribes, when they ask why He was not teaching His disciples to obey Jewish traditions: “Isaiah prophesied well of you hypocrites, when he said, ‘These people honour God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. In vain you worship God, teaching man’s commandments for His doctrines.’ You set aside God’s Commandments in favor of men’s traditions. Of course you disobey God’s Commandments, so you can keep your own traditions.'”

To clarify that He was speaking of God’s Statutes, as opposed to the many ordinances Moses wrote, Jesus mentioned several of His Father’s Ten Precepts: God’s Doctrine as written in stone by His own hand, as it were, then added, “You make the word of God ineffectual by men’s traditions you teach the people, and many other such things you do. From the hearts of men come evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within to defile the man.” To remain defiled in any point of God’s Word is to be deemed twice dead; marked for utter destruction.

Nevertheless, Christ again referred to God’s Ten Precepts, every one of them as set out in Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-14,16-21, when He spoke of what proceeds from men’s hearts, noted as reflected in their behaviour. When we review Christ’s entire ministry, it becomes obvious that He obeyed all of His Father’s Doctrine and did so by first loving in accordance with God’s two great Laws of Love. Later, we find that Christ’s Apostles also obeyed all of God’s Statutes of Life and taught their proselytes to obey God’s Law of Righteousness: also known as the Law of Liberty.

The first step we must take in order to walk the talk is to accept that God is God and Jesus is His Son and our Saviour. The second step is to obey God’s directives of love, which then motivates our third step to obey His Doctrine: the only Law God defined as “perpetual, forever, even in the new earth and new heavens.” The various ordinance laws of sacrifice and oblation, which are not precept/statute law, were meant to be temporary; described as “a shadow of better to come.” A shadow is temporary, in that it disappears when flooded with pure light.

Still, there is more to walking the talk; for during His ministry, Christ did far more than obey God’s Doctrine and teach others to do the same. Love inspires much more than obedience to God’s Law, as Christ’s walk reflected: Jesus healed, fed, clothed and housed those who followed Him; the very things we, as professing Christians, are directed to do; which God also said was part of His Sabbath requirement: noted in Isaiah 58:2-8,13-14.

Christ promoted peace within as well as peaceful behaviour in those who claim belief, thus He walked in a peaceful manner; even when He was offended and wrongly accused. So many professing Christians today refuse to forgive; or, they claim to forgive, yet their behaviour reflects the opposite when they file lawsuits against those who have offended them in some way: this does NOT promote peace and neither does it bring about healing in the offender nor the offended. Does not an offender need to be healed of sin? Indeed. Some claim forgiveness yet demand death sentences for those who might have murdered a loved one. Again, neither peace nor healing is promoted. It is not walking in peace when professed believers ignore needs of the homeless, hungry and naked.

Both God and Jesus were in agreement and both expounded on how we should walk the talk, which is to say how to please God. The following reflect the weightier excerpts from scriptures referenced:

GOD: “I am the Almighty God; walk before me and be perfect.” Genesis 17:1

JESUS: “Therefore, you be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Obey God’s Law and sell all that you have and give it to the poor. Then, you shall have treasure in heaven. So, come and follow me; for if you are like me, your Lord, then you will be perfect like your Saviour.” Matthew 5:48; 19:18,21; Luke 6:40; II Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 3:14-15; Colossians 2:27-28; 4:12; I Thessalonians 3:10; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:23; 13:21; James 1:2-4,25; 2:14,20-21,24,26; I Peter 5:8-10; I John 4:16-17 

GOD: “Adversity, that I may test them as to whether or not they will walk in my Law.” Exodus 16:4; 18:20

JESUS: “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfil the lust of your flesh; which wars against the Spirit. If the Spirit leads you, then you obey God’s Doctrine and are not under the Law’s condemnation. Some fleshy lusts are works of adultery, fornication, idolatry, envy, murder, drunkenness and other lascivious acts against God’s Law. These who do those things shall not inherit God’s kingdom.” Galatians 5:16-21 

GOD: “You shall not walk as the heathens walk, for they violate my Statutes and judgments, going after false gods; therefore I abhor them.” Leviticus 20:22-23 (the Judgments define and direct how to execute God’s Law) 18:3 

JESUS: “Do not do as other Gentiles do; they walk in the vanity of their mind, their understanding darkened, alienated from the life of God through their ignorance and blindness of their heart. They have given themselves over to lasciviousness and work all uncleanness with greediness. But, you Gentiles have not learned this in Christ.” Ephesians 4:17-20 (Gentile: heathen, pagan, stranger)

GOD: “I am the Lord your God, IF you obey my Sabbaths and reference my sanctuary; walk in my statutes and obey my commandments by doing them. But, if you walk contrary to my Law, then I will bring seven times more plagues upon you. And if you will not be reformed by me, then I will walk contrary to you and, in fury, I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. My soul shall abhor you.” Leviticus 26:1-3,21-14,30 

JESUS: “You shall love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the prophets hang [depend] upon these two great commandments. I did not come to change God’s Law, for I say to you, ‘Until heaven and earth pass away, not one cross of a T nor one dot of an i will be removed from God’s law. Thus, who ever lives God’s Law and teaches them to others shall be called great in heaven; for I say that, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” As was His custom, Jesus entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and taught. Matthew 22:37-40; 5:17-20; Revelation 21:7-8; 16:1-21; Luke 4:16 

GOD: “You shall walk in all the Commandments, that you may live.” Deuteronomy 5:33; 8:6

JESUS: “Christ’s remnant obey God’s Commandments and have Christ’s Testimony. They have faith in and like that of Jesus and are blessed because they obey God’s Statutes; for they have right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates of the city.” Revelation 12:17; 14:12; 22:14 

GOD: “Fear [Respect] the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, and love Him with all your heart and with all your soul: Obey God’s Commandments, His Statutes, His judgments and testimonies. Teach your children to walk before God in truth with all their heart and will all their soul. You ought to walk in fear of God, because of the criticism of heathens, your enemies.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13; I Kings 2:3-4; 3:14; 6:12; 8:23; II Chronicles 6:14,16,27,31; 34:31; Nehemiah 5:9 

JESUS: “You must love God with all your heart and soul and mind, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the prophets hand [depend] upon these two great commandments. I did not come to change the Law, for I say to you, ‘Until heaven and earth pass away, not one cross of a T nor one dot of an i will be removed from God’s law. Thus, who ever lives God’s Law, and teaches them to others, shall be called great in heaven; for I say that, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 22:37-40; 5:17-20; Revelation 21:7-8; 16:1-21 

GOD: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in God’s Law. So shall I keep God’s Law continually forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I understand God’s Precepts. God’s Law is the Truth. Stand where you are to see and ask for the old way, which is the good way, and walk therein; then you shall find rest for your souls.” Psalm 119:1,44-45,142; Jeremiah 6:16 

JESUS: “Blessed are they that do God’s Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. God’s Commandments are those you had from the beginning and you have heard from the beginning. Also, they who enter God’s seventh day rest have ceased from their own works, as God did from his. Therefore enter into His rest or fall as an example of unbelief.”  I John 2:7; Revelation 22:14; Hebrews c.4 

GOD: “To those who repent, I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; and I will replace their stony heart with a heart of flesh: that they may obey my Statutes and do them. Then, they shall be my people and I will be their God. But, to those who refuse to give up their detestable things and their sinful ways, I will destroy them. Walk in my Statutes and keep my judgments and do them; hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign [seal, token, mark] between me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. For if you obey God’s Law, without committing further sin, you shall surely live: you will not die. He who does the law and does what is right, he surely shall live. I said, ‘My Son shall minister for three and a half years, then cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease by His sacrifice on the cross for men’s past sins.'” Ezekiel 11:21-21; 20:19-20; 33:15,16; Daniel 9:27; Romans 3:25

JESUS: “Today, if you will hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7 

GOD: “The ways of God are right, and the just shall walk in them: but transgressors shall fall therein and be destroyed. Many nations shall come saying, “Let us go up to the mountain of God and to His house; for He will teach us His ways and will walk in His paths: for the Law shall come forth from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem. We will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.” Hosea 14:9; Proverbs 10:29; Micah 4:2,5 

Did Jesus Christ come saying anything new? No. Did He repeat everything God said in the Old Testament? Yes. Old Testament scriptures prove the affirmative answers for these two questions. Still, did not Jesus say to do as He did? Yes. Finally, did not the Apostles also do as Jesus did as well as taught us to do the same? Yes.

Are you only talking the walk, or are you also walking the talk? Only you can study God’s Word, as He has instructed, in order to prove to yourself that you have been approved by God to inherit His earthly kingdom~~ old earth restored to Eden~~ with His Son; our Saviour Jesus Christ, our King of kings.  

TALK THE WALK, WALK THE TALK! Our example must be complete, for it is the only witness that ever has the potential to save others from perishing in the end soon to come.

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11 January 2007 Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Escatology, Faith, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Lord's Day, Love, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Sabbath, Salvation, Saturday, Seal, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth | 6 Comments

Christ’s Wedding Parable

Christ’s Wedding Parable

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

  

All professing Christians recognize Christ as the bridegroom and His small flocks of sheep, the church/people, as His collective Bride. It should be noted: becoming the bride has nothing to do with organized religions and myriad denominations; these latter directly relating only to God’s final call, in this last church age, to “Come out of her, my people.”

This is about only those people who were called, which is to say invited, to the wedding and, ultimately, those who actually are chosen to attend. It is wise to recall: God has provided similitudes on earth of everything in heaven, which aids in understanding Christ’s various parables. And, as the Bible confirms, “On earth, as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 22:1-14 and 25:1-13 are parables Christ taught regarding this great wedding day, of which His flocks eagerly await; the first passage speaks of the invitation issued to prospective guests, both chapters describing those who are called to attend versus those who actually attend: the parable ends with Christ’s enlightening statement in verse 14.

v.2-6: Jesus compares the operations of heaven’s kingdom to that of an earthly kingdom, or nation as it were, where its king has a first son of marriageable age: the king’s prince heir apparent to his throne. As customary, the king chooses a suitable bride for his son, then sends out invitations to a select group of people under his domain; while making all the wedding arrangements. This invitation directly relates to the fact that Christ first witnessed to the Jews, God’s chosen people of old, and instructed His Apostles to do the same while they walked with Him.

Unfortunately, the majority of Jews would not come; but, not willing to give up on them, the king sent more of his servants to announce that the wedding feast had been prepared and, again, bid them to attend. It mentions the menu, quite a feast as it were, which directly relates to Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross for the past sins of those invited and alludes to the great supper to follow the wedding. Alas, many people scoffed and went their way to fulfill their own desires of worldly profit. Still, some of Jews lingered to treat the king’s servants badly, eventually killing them. This relates to the Pharisees’ treatment of both Christ and His Apostles as well as the eventual death of minister Stephen; which latter event marked the prophetic beginning of “Time of the Gentiles.”

v.7-10: The king was enraged when he heard of his servants’ deaths and sent out his armies to destroy the murderers and burned up their city; which refers to Jerusalem ultimately having been destroyed in 70 A.D. The king sent out more servants to out of the way places to gather up as many people who agreed to attend his son’s wedding. Finally, the wedding was furnished with willing guests. This, too, directly relates to the prophecy known as “Time of the Gentiles;” for it was at Stephen’s death in 34 A.D. that Saul-called-Paul was chosen to replace minister Stephen. Paul then was directed to minister to the Gentiles: those idolatrous heathens, also Biblically referred to as strangers and pagans, who had not known God or Jesus.

v.11-13: Alas, among the various guests to arrive, some were not properly dressed in wedding garments. This is to be a very formal affair of great significance and it would be an insult to God that anyone would arrive inappropriately attired. The king had those guests bound hand and foot and carried into outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth; for they clearly understand why they are not included while looking forward only to a second death. (see also Matthew 13:41-42) This scene also refers to the fact that “men came in secretly among the church to learn of their teachings, then left to begin their own form of teaching.” Paul said of them that the only good thing they do is preach Jesus; which is not enough: it must be the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Luke 13:27-29 describes these who are not properly attired as “workers of iniquity” and those who were properly dressed as having come from all over the world for this great event. Matthew 13:50 describes that “outer darkness” as a furnace of fire; which may logically be concluded as the pit of fire and brimstone into which all the wicked and filthy ultimately will be utterly destroyed.

The guests who rejected the wedding invitation as well as those who join in the wedding festivities also are described in Christ’s Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13:3-8 as well as interpreted in v.19-23. The last verse states that those who do attend the wedding are accepted because they both received God’s Truth and live and teach it as instructed.

The above verses beg a crucial question, “What is the proper wedding attire?” Christ’s sheep have been instructed to “take on the whole armour of God.” It is logical that this armour is our wedding attire. Some people might assume all professing Christians are wearing God’s armour; however, scriptures reveal that the majority are not.

As with any formal wear, there are various components to completing the attire: such as a man’s tuxedo must have the appropriate shirt and cuff links, tie and tie tack, cummerbund to gird the waist, appropriate socks and dress shoes and, finally, an appropriate dressy head covering such as a top hat. So it is with God’s Armour; every component must be upon the guests or they are not properly attired for the great wedding soon to begin. Also, wedding guests normally bring a gift for this joyous occasion.

Ephesians 6:11-18 describes God’s Armour as: 1) Loins girded with truth equates to a cummerbund; 2) breastplate of righteousness compares to the dress shirt, cuff links, tie and tack; 3) feet shod with peace is like the proper socks and dress shoes; 4) shield of faith then resembles the tuxedo; and, 5) the helmet of salvation is the dressy top hat. Still, we must have a gift for the happy occasion; therefore, 6) the sword is the Bible, the word by which we live and teach and die. And, finally 7) the guests speak good wishes upon the bride and groom thus always praying for each other. Amazing, isn’t it: God’s perfect number seven that comes forth in so many of His teachings.

The practices in all of corporate Christendom’s denominations, and those who follow them, reveals an apparent piece missing from their armour. Alas, it is Truth, which according to the Bible is God’s Doctrine of Ten Commandments beginning with the two royal laws of love: missing because they promote that we either do not have to worry about obeying God’s Law and/or they are teaching man’s commandments in God’s name. One has only to study the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 to determine where these evicted guests went wrong. 

By not obeying all of God’s Ten Precepts, they also wear a flawed breastplate; for His Law is the Law of Righteousness and they failed to become “more righteous than the Pharisees” and, certainly, not as “righteous as the Father,” both of which directives Christ said we must do or we would neither enter heaven nor reside on New Earth. If this were not enough to get those guests removed, their shield therefore is defiled thus they continue to live in sin. Alas, the helmet too is flawed, and they didn’t bring the gift of having lived God’s Word; instead they had chosen to follow man’s “commandments and traditions,” which lack the power of God, instead of living only God’s Word.

Matthew 25:1-13 finds Jesus comparing the various invited guests as virgins, of which five were wise and five were foolish; in short, those who profess with their mouth and those who profess by the way they live. Since no one knows and cannot know the exact wedding date, all invited guests are expected to be fully prepared and properly dressed. Christ compares being prepared to having plenty of oil for our lanterns, just in case night sets in and the Bridegroom is not yet there to admit His guests into the wedding chamber.

The foolish virgins are those who have heard God’s Truth but hold steadfastly to “man’s commandments and traditions,” thinking that having heard the truth is sufficient but not required. Revelation refers to them as lukewarm. They run out of oil and their light does not shine. When they realize they haven’t enough oil, they leave to buy more. Alas, that is precisely when the Groom arrives and, once the wedding chamber door is closed, they will not be admitted: for only those who were wise will attend heaven’s great wedding.

Who are the guests likened to wise virgins? They are anyone who embraces ALL of God’s Word, believes it and lives it and teaches it to others: despite persecution by those only professing to be Christians. The wise virgins might previously have been defiled by man’s commandments and traditions, i.e. denominational teachings, but they were quick to repent and follow only God’s Commandments and traditions when they heard or read it; therefore, they now can be presented as chaste virgins to the Bridegroom. Does anyone recall that before Princess Diana could marry Prince Charles, she had to be certified a virgin? The kingdom’s bride must be as virtuous as the Prince who will claim its throne. On earth, as it is in heaven.

In Matthew 22:14, Christ concludes the rudiments of this great wedding soon to begin by saying, “Many are invited, but few are chosen to attend,” and He reiterated it in Matthew 20:16. To not be chosen is a death sentence, the second death as it were; death of both the flesh and the spirit being who was inhabiting the body.

Are you a wise virgin who is both properly attired and have plenty of extra oil for your lantern, in case the Groom does not arrive as soon as expected; or, are you a foolish virgin improperly dressed and lacking plenty of oil?

All prophetic signs indicate that Jesus is about to open the door to admit guests into the wedding chapel, His Bride as it were. When He does, it will be too late to get the proper garments and extra oil for lanterns. His guests are “taken up” to heaven for the wedding and where the feast following takes place. What a glorious day this will be! And, soon it shall be.

To be left behind is to experience earth’s furnace, for “fire precedes Christ as He crosses our skies from east to west.” Other scripture states they will “die at the brightness of His coming;” yet, another adds that they will “lay dead from one end of earth to the other end and will be neither mourned nor buried.” Revelation then reveals the seventh plague following in Christ’s wake as He takes up His “small flocks.”  

Where will you be when our Groom comes for His Bride? 

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5 January 2007 Posted by | Armor, Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Bride, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, End Times, Escatology, Faith, God, Groom, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Prophecy, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Resurrection, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth | 2 Comments