Date: 12/01/2000 Issue Number: 143
The laws of bondservants are particularly applicable to us today, because we are to be God's bondservants. For this reason Paul calls himself a bondservant (slave) of Jesus Christ in Romans 1:1. In other words, justification sets us free from the slavery of sin and (ultimately) death, but we are now slaves of Jesus Christ and righteousness.
In other words, we have not been redeemed so that we can do as we please; we are slaves purchased by Jesus Christ. Our new Master loves us, but this is no reason why we sho…
Date: 11/01/2000 Issue Number: 142
How to Build an Altar
Israel heard God speak the Ten Commandments by a voice from the mount. But only Moses heard the rest of the law, because all the others refused to hear it directly from God. They wanted Moses to tell them what God said, so he did so. The difference is that the people received the law on external tablets, rather than having it written on their hearts by the spiritual process of hearing God's voice.
As we have seen already, the first law that Moses heard was to have no gods of gold or si…
Date: 10/01/2000 Issue Number: 141
In Exodus 20 God gave Israel the Ten Commandments. By the time God had finished speaking, the people had broken all the Olympic records in their haste to get away as far as possible. They said to Moses in verse 19,
19 . . . Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die.
Moses urged the people to draw near to God, but they refused. So Moses himself went up the mount to receive the rest of the law. He returned and related to them what he had heard. These laws are recorded from Ex…
Date: 09/01/2000 Issue Number: 140
There were three times in the year when all the men of Israel were called to stand before God (Ex. 34:23). The feast of Tabernacles was the third and final time. It was the most joyous of the three festivals, a time of thanksgiving for all the fruits of the land that had been harvested.
The harvests had begun with the firstfruits of the barley offered on the wave-sheaf offering after Passover. Seven weeks later, on Pentecost, the two loaves of wheat that had been baked with leaven were offered to God to remember t…
Date: 08/01/2000 Issue Number: 139
We showed in our last issue the 50-Jubilee cycle from the building of Jerusalem's wall in Nehemiah's day (445 B.C.) to the year 2006 A.D. We saw the importance of this time period after the first 10 Jubilees (490 years), for it concluded with the commissioning of the Apostle Paul on his first missionary journey (Acts 13).
It was also 50 Jubilees (2,450 years) from Adam to the day the 12 spies gave their report in Numbers 13 and 14. In other words, it took a Jubilee of Jubilees for God to bring Israel to …
Date: 07/01/2000 Issue Number: 138
The actual 120th Jubilee from Adam occurred in October 1986. This was when the Church was supposed to declare the Jubilee--but did not do so. If the Church had taken heed to the call to prayer issued by the Net of Prayer (and others) from 1981-1986, I believe God would have given to someone the revelation of timing during that time, and the Church would then have understood what it ought to do. However, they showed a strange and unexplainable lack of interest in seeking the heart of God.
We now understand that w…
Date: 06/01/2000 Issue Number: 137
Having given you a fairly complete picture of the "man of sin" in our previous series, and how he rules from a temple that is not inhabited by the Holy Spirit (i.e., from Herod's temple), modern prophetic events start to become clear. The modern Israeli state is NOT the Kingdom of God, nor will the Jews as a people establish that Kingdom. If they succeed in building a temple there, there will be no outpouring of the Spirit there, nor will that temple ever be inhabited by God's presence.
Date: 05/01/2000 Issue Number: 136
There is only one Church, but it is developing in three stages throughout history. Stage One began with Moses and ended with Jesus. I call it the Passover Church, because it really began at the first Passover, when Israel was called out of Egypt, and it ended at the Cross, when Jesus was crucified at Passover. In Stage One, Israel was "the Church in the wilderness" (Acts 7:38), because "the Church" means the called-out ones. Israel was called out of Egypt.
Between the Cross and the day of Pente…
Date: 04/01/2000 Issue Number: 135
There were two Judases in the New Testament, one good and one not so good. Judas Iscariot, as we have seen, betrayed Jesus. The other Judas was Jesus' half-brother along with James (Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3). The writer of the book of Jude identifies himself in verse 1 in this way:
1 Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.
This good Jude (short for Judas) considered himself to be a bond-servant to his older hal…
Date: 03/01/2000 Issue Number: 134
It has been assumed by most Bible teachers that apostasia refers to an apostasy in the sense of a falling away from the truth. This is generally connected to the man of sin being revealed, as if to say that the forsaking of the truth brings about the manifestation of the man of sin, i.e., the antichrist.
I disagree with this completely. First of all, the so-called "apostasy" is a divorcement, a CASTING AWAY, not a "falling away." Secondly, Paul is telling us that the man of sin is going to be U…
Date: 02/01/2000 Issue Number: 133
Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians speaks of the unveiling of Jesus Christ as well as the unveiling of the man of sin, the son of perdition. We are studying three questions about the unveiling of Jesus Christ. The first question is, "What is the meaning of revealed?"
The second question is, "Who are the mighty angels in 2 Thessalonians 1:7?"
The third question is, "Is Christ to be revealed IN or WITH these mighty angels?"
Unveiling the Temple
In Part 1 we showed that t…
Date: 01/01/2000 Issue Number: 132
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 is a Bible passage that many teachers have taught from their own perspective. Their conclusions are quite different from mine, because they are expecting a rapture of the church, followed by a seven-year tribulation period, during which time an "antichrist" will take over the world and persecute 144,000 Jewish evangelists.
This basic assumption has caused many Christians to believe that the "man of sin" is the antichrist, and that he will build a Jewish temple in Jerusale…