November 24, 2014

Kingdom Come…later

Posted in Bible Prophesy, Jesus, The Dispensations tagged , , , , at 4:12 PM by E. M.

THE PHARISEE MESSIANIC FANTASY

THE PHARISEE MESSIANIC FANTASY

The 5th Dispensation failed because the Jewish leadership failed to recognize and accept Jesus as their Messiah, despite the enormous evidence that that proved Jesus was the ONLY person who could be the Redeemer.

As with the previous dispensations, the failure was due to the people choosing themselves over God – specifically, they chose the version of the Messiah that THEY wanted, as opposed to the one God actually sent.

But what if the Jews HAD accepted Jesus? This question is interesting for a couple reasons. First, the aftermath of a successful 5th Dispensation would have been unique due to the promises God made to Israel. And secondly, the end of this dispensation will greatly impact the future, as we’ll see later in this post.

Before we get to the answer, we need to revisit some background information. In the 4th Dispensation, God made an unconditional, unbreakable promise to Abraham (the father of the Jews and Israel) that He would make them a great nation and that all the nations of the world would be blessed through them.

That promise was amplified later in the 5th Dispensation through Old Testament prophets who foretold that the Messiah would set up a world-wide kingdom and would rule the nations from Jerusalem.

But this Kingdom would be preceded by God judging, punishing, and generally going all “Old Testament” on the enemies of Israel (I acknowledge that this may be the first appropriate usage of that term).

And this is what the Pharisees were looking for from their Messiah – a Jewish Super hero who would make all their jingoistic fantasies a reality. And their desires weren’t illegitimate! Just ill timed.

In fact, Jesus began His ministry by quoting this Messianic prophesy from Isaiah 6:

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me, To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God;

Except He stopped at the last comma and closed the book. He left off the part about “The day of vengeance of our God”! Or more accurately, He postponed it since the first part of His ministry was to fulfill the law and die unjustly to redeem mankind.

So what would have happened if the Jewish leadership had been contrastive and recognized their Messiah?

First of all, they would have accepted Him as King when He presented Himself as such on the exact day prophesized. His unjust execution would then have likely been initiated by the Romans (who wouldn’t have looked favorably on someone elevating Himself above Caesar) instead of the Jews.

And while they would have been distraught by the brutality of His death, they would have anxiously awaited His resurrection on the third day. The risen Jesus would have presented Himself in the Temple for all of Israel to see (the people would have still been in Jerusalem for spring feasts), and the Jews would have believed on Him and accepted salvation.

Then the entire gentile world would have likely heard this voice coming from heaven. Followed by righteous Judgment raining down upon the enemies of Israel, as well as Satan and his minions for 7 years.

Finally, the long awaited Kingdom would commence with the Jews ruling alongside Jesus.

But as we know, this didn’t happen. Worse, by rejecting their Messiah, the Jews opened themselves up to the curses that God pronounced would occur if they ultimately rejected Him. Jesus cried in despair for His people knowing the horrors and misfortunes that they would have to endure throughout their history as a result of their failure to recognize the Redeemer

Moreover, because they intentionally refused to see the evidence that was staring them in the face for hundreds of years, God justly blinded them to the knowledge they rejected.

[Note: the blindness pronounced by Jesus was a “corporate” curse on national Israel. Individual Jews could obviously be saved since the Jews were almost exclusively the only Christians for several years after Jesus’ resurrection.]

But while the failure of the 5th Dispensation was a tragedy for first-century Israel, it was a boon to the rest of us, because we have the opportunity to fill in the gap. What “gap” you ask?

Allow me to explain:

You see, the aforementioned prophesy in Daniel 9: 24-27 not only gave the exact date of Jesus’ presentation as the Redeemer, it gives timing of the end of the reign of sin and evil in the world!

The prophesy basically said that everything would be wrapped up in 490 years (70 “weeks of years”). As we’ve seen, Jesus presented Himself as Redeemer/Messiah/King after 483 years (69 “weeks of years”). That just leaves 7 years (one week of years) yet to be fulfilled.

But Daniel 9:26 shows that there is an indeterminate gap of time between the 69th week and the 70th week, wherein certain things happened including the crucifixion and resurrection, as well as the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D. (so we know the gap was at least 40 years since the 69th week ended around 30 A.D.)

Now, if the 5th Dispensation had been successful, the gap would have been much shorter – primarily encompassing Christ’s death and resurrection (and probably not the destruction of the temple). However because that dispensation failed, God had to move on to the 6th Dispensation.

But what about those final 7 years?

THEY HAVEN’T HAPPENED YET!!

That’s right, the entire 6th Dispensation occurs in the gap between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel’s prophesy! That a 2000 year (and counting) gap of time!

This gap of time benefits us because everyone reading this blog was born during the 6th Dispensation and has the opportunity to receive the salvation and redemption offered by Jesus and rejected by first century Israel!

This idea obviously has a ton of implications for us that we will begin to explore in the next post, but before we go there, we need to address a couple of burning questions left over from the end of the 5th Dispensation – namely, what happens with the final 7 years, and what’s to become of Israel?

Here’s the thing, as with all the dispensations, God knew the 5th would fail. But since He is Righteous, He had to be contrastive and give Israel the opportunity to succeed. And since He is Just, He had to judge them with blindness because of their failure.

But remember, the promises God made to Abraham and his descendants are unconditional and unbreakable! Those promises HAVE to be fulfilled. That means that God is NOT done with Israel!

There are still 7 years left to account for and those 7 years WILL happen. In fact, those 7 years are among the most documented periods of time in Bible Prophesy! After the gap (the 6th Dispensation), the 5th Dispensation will come back! The blindness WILL be lifted from the eyes of Israel. God WILL judge their enemies. There WILL be a worldwide Kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital.

We will delve into the 70th week of Daniel later, but in the next post we will begin to explore the Dispensation that is the most meaningful to us (because we currently live in it). What is the 6th Dispensation? Why is it unique? And how (and when) will it end? Next time…

 

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November 2, 2014

The Jesus Myth – Part 3: Mission and Message

Posted in Government, Jesus, Salvation, Terminology at 1:34 PM by E. M.

NOT EVEN CLOSE

NOT EVEN CLOSE

In the last few posts, we’ve been looking at the myths created and/or promoted by Satan and the Mystics in order to lead people away from salvation. But how do they succeed and misrepresenting someone who known or acknowledged by most of the worlds population? You’d think the fact that Jesus is such publicly known figure would make this difficult, but its actually just the opposite.

The problem with being a familiar icon in culture is that people take for granted that they know the truth about Jesus as opposed to actually seeking out the truth. This – along with comparative thinking and man’s desire to make God in to his image instead of being conformed to God’s desire, allows Satan and the mystics to use deception to alter, de-emphasize, or eliminate the true message and mission of Jesus.

Let’s look at some of the more popular myths about Jesus’ mission and message.

Jesus came to preach Love and tolerance

Love is the chief attribute ascribed to Jesus, not only by believers, but by secularists and mystics. While believers look at Christ’s redemptive work as the exemplar of His love, the secular world uses the “love” of Jesus to promote the idea that He is universally tolerant and accepting of anything and everything we do.

The problem is that Jesus (and the Bible) do not use “love” as the ill-defined, ambiguous set of emotions and urges that constitute the popular modern notion of the word. Jesus never espoused this kind of love. Biblical love is about commitment and sacrifice – an act of the will, not a feeling. The command to love your enemy (one of the most mis-applied of Jesus’ teachings) () would be contradictory if love was a feeling or emotion. You cannot manufacture an emotion. Emotion is a reaction to stimuli. It is the effect of a cause. The law of cause and effect states that an effect cannot be independently created and Jesus cannot command us to do the impossible. Thus loving your enemy can only be an act initiated by your will.

As far as Jesus being the epitome of tolerance and acceptance – I’m afraid that is total fabrication. A widely pervasive fabrication, but a fabrication none the less. Jesus didn’t say we could enter heaven by being “just the way we are”. He said we have to be perfect! (which we can’t manage on our own, hence the need for a Redeemer). He doesn’t say “a little sin is ok”. He said to stop sinning period. He said that getting into Heaven is going to be difficult and that most of us won’t make it! And (brace yourself) He gave a clear definition of marriage. If Jesus walked the earth today, He’d be ostracized as an intolerant extremist!

He came to teach morality and enlighten all men

Many people want to see Jesus as some kind of cosmic guru who came down to give man instructions on how to live an optimal life. And while that idea is promoted by secular and religious mystics alike, it doesn’t match reality. As we see above (and in the last post), many Jesus’ teachings were inflammatory, difficult, and divisive. Furthermore, there was a point in His ministry after which Jesus deliberately concealed His message from the masses!

Despite the common thinking that Jesus used parables to make His message easier to understand, in truth, the opposite was true! He used parables so that only the chosen few would understand Him.

He came to preach “social justice”.

“Social Justice” is the latest marketing term used by the mystics who want to put a positive spin on their long term goal of decreasing individuality by taking what you’ve earned and giving it to someone who has not earned it (thus making sure everyone is equally poor). They try to make Jesus their spokesperson by using His advocacy to help the less fortunes as proof He was some kind of Social Justice revolutionary (like a first century Che Guevara).

This claim has no real Biblical support  Jesus does speak about the merits of voluntarily giving to the poor, but He never said or implied that the Government should forcibly take from some and give to others in order to create “equality”. Furthermore, there is no record of Jesus ever taking anyone out of poverty during His time on earth.  Moreover, He stated that the poverty would always be prevalent in this age.

In spite of efforts to the contrary, an honest look at Jesus words and deeds show that his mission was clear – He came to fulfill the law, to redeem man, and…to bring forth the Kingdom of God on earth (more on that in a moment).

Jesus stayed “on mission” during His entire ministry and constantly reiterated it to all who would listen. The world resists looking at His mission holistically because of the parts that they find offensive . Instead they pick out their favorite personal characteristics of Jesus or their favorite euphemisms regarding Him and try to make those things His mission. But an truthful and contextual examination of the scriptures does not allow that.

I brought up the idea of the “Kingdom of God on earth” above. That is a part of Jesus’ mission that I didn’t address before because:

  1. It didn’t happen during the 5th dispensation due to the Jews rejection of their Christ.
  2. I plan to detail it much more when we get to the 7th dispensation.

However, in the next post, we will wrap up our examination of the 5th Dispensation with a “tease” of the Kingdom by looking at what would have happened if the Jews didn’t reject their Messiah 2000 years ago…