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Bible Fundamentals 2019

Clear Examples of Sin in the Flesh

 

As we begin, let us recall that scripture declares:  "sin is a transgression of God's law"

(I John 3: 4).  It is likewise revealed that, according to the mind of God,  desiring to do that which is sin is to desire to break God's law.  That fact is proven by the fact that the Tenth Commandment (Deuteronomy 5: 21) was a law that forbade a man to desire his neighbor's wife; or anything that belonged to his neighbor.  In Exodus 20: 3-17 we also find the Ten Commandments of God in which Verse 17 sets forth the Tenth Commandment as does Deuteronomy 5: 21.  In Exodus, we see the term "covet;” to desire a neighbor's wife or his other possessions is to covet them.  Webster defines the term "covet" in this manner: "To desire ardently (especially, something that another person has).”

 

Webster also defines "lust" as: "1. bodily appetite; esp. excessive sexual desire;

2. over-mastering desire: as, a lust for power, or to feel an intense desire..."

 

Therefore, when the Tenth Commandment is broken, a man has desired, coveted, or lusted after that which he should not seek to possess.  Let us not forget that in

James 1: 13-15 we are told that: "Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, (desire, or covet ) and enticed.” 

 

Therefore,  it is beyond doubt that God's mind, regarding desiring that which belongs to one's neighbor is the same in both Testaments.  Desiring, coveting and lusting each take place within the mind or flesh of a person and are not outward transgressions, although, they often result in outward action which violates the law of God.  It should now be obvious how the words of Jesus tell the truth when he says in Matthew 15: 19: "For out of the heart (or mind) proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications; thefts, false witness, blasphemies."

 

It is according to the truth of God that every sin that can be committed, begins with the desire to commit the act.  The desire is as much a transgression of God's law as is the committing of the act (Deuteronomy 5: 21), and, no sin is ever committed unless the desire first enters the mind.  To deny the existence of "sin in the flesh" is to commit the same sin as committed by the serpent in Eden (Genesis 3:  1-5), that is, God’s spoken truth is denied.

 

A Sin in the Flesh

II Samuel 11: 1-27 relates how desire within a man results in outward transgression of God's law.  As David arose and walked upon his roof, he saw a beautiful married woman bathing herself.  Immediately, David broke the Tenth Commandment, for he desired his neighbor's wife, which was a transgression of that law.  As he stood on his roof watching the woman, he had not yet committed the sin of action, but God's commandment was already broken by David's desire for his neighbor's wife. Subsequent activity then led to the transgression of adultery (Deuteronomy 5: 18), thus, David broke two of the Ten Commandments:  1, the desire for his neighbor's wife; and 2, the action of committing adultery.  Therefore, sin was present in David's flesh before the desire developed into the activity of adultery.  No sin is ever committed by anyone, without the desire to do that which is forbidden, first enters the mind, which is in the flesh of man. Therefore, there is 1, "sin in the flesh" and 2, an outward, personal sin results. 

Another Instance

In Numbers 22: 1-41:  We read of the sin of Balaam who greedily desired (Jude 11) the wages offered him, which were "the wages of unrighteousness ( II Peter 2: 15).  Is it not abundantly clear that before Balaam left home and traveled toward the place where Israel could be cursed, that the desire for the wages was in his mind prior to making any move toward where he was asked to go?  Therefore, his sin began in his mnd before any action occurred.  Consequently, his desire for those wages caused God to send his angel to opposed Balaam.  Thus, there is in the narrative both 1, "Sin in the flesh,” and 2, The outward committing of sin of seeking to earn the wages he should never have desired.

 

There are plenty of other examples to be found in Scripture.  However, if these two examples do not prove the point, then those who deny these truths will never be turned from those errors.  Our prayer is that God's truth will be seen and allow those opposing truth can reap the blessing that soon will be bestowed upon many servant of God from all Ages.

                          Wayne R. Tanner, March 20, 2017

 

 

            In the Beginning, was the Word

Introduction

This small group,  the Christadelphians is among the most blessed of people anywhere in the world of seven billion people, for Matthew 18: 20 assures us that Jesus is in the midst of every small group of even two or three who are truly "in Christ."  Does it occur to everyone what a blessing it is to truly be "in Christ" and to be truly his servants unto whom Jesus will be returning?

Question what does it mean, to “be in Christ?” 

Regarding the Old Testament,  Hebrews 11th Chapter  speaks volumes,  for verses 13 and 40 calls our attention the fact that all those mentioned in the chapter,  await God's blessings that were promised so long ago.  The point is, that that which was and is to be believed has been since the beginning, although almost the entire world of religion greatly misunderstands it, therefore do not believe it.  Yet,  as John wrote,  "It was all from the beginning,"  not just from New Testament times; that was John's message in the first chapter of the Gospel according to John – that is,  it began in Eden,  not just a few years before John wrote.

Hebrews 11th chapter makes the point that the class of people mentioned throughout the chapter,  believed God's "word"  and had strong faith in it, knowing that what God had promised,  He was fully able to perform (Romans 4:  21).  Those who heard and believed the "word"  are promised by Hebrews 11th Chapter to be blessed eternally by the Father (Hebrews 11: 40).  Those who heard not and believed not are said in Psalms 78: 39 to be destined to "pass away and come not again."  Mark 16:  15-16 says of such that they are "damned” if they believed not what was preached, that is, the gospel of Jesus Christ  (Romans 1: 16) which has been since "the beginning".

The Apostle Paul in Acts 19:  1-7 encountered just such a group.  They were a small group of men  who had failed to understand and revere God's logos or word of truth that they had heard preached.  They could not answer the all-important question Paul asked them concerning Jesus and the truth in him.  Therefore, he set about to teach what they needed to know and immersed them again.  Why would the re-immersion be necessary if it is not required that we fully understand the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1: 16) prior to baptism?  Those men thought they were in Christ, but really, they were not because of a lack of belief. 

Therefore, 2 Timothy 4:  2-4 should be a sober warning to everyone, especially all who have turned their ears away from the truth and turned unto fables, or things that are not true.  We must keep in mind  Mark 16: 15-16, “whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved,  and those who do not are eternally lost.” 

Also, the account of the Philippian jailer is vital to keep in mind (Acts 16: 25-31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."

It is a fact that every single truth of God found in the New Testament, can be found in the stated truths as well as the types and shadows of the Old Testament. 

Beloved ones, how very fortunate is this small group, for you, along with all other such small groups believing the truth, await the return of Jesus.  At that precious time, those who have lived lives pleasing to our Father in heaven will become as the immortal angels in heaven; and as Jesus himself now is and even as God Himself is.  And that is possible only if we continue in the logos or word of God's truth which has been from the beginning.

 

The Logos from the Beginning

We read in John 1: 1, “In the beginning was the word”. The term “word is translated from the Greek term “logoV” (logos).   The Apostle John is saying, “In The Beginning was the truth,” “the word of God,” “logos tou Theos", "the gospel of Jesus Christ." (Luke 8: 4-11, Romans 1: 16).  Luke, in his version of the parable of the sower ( Luke 8: 11), refers to the “seed that is sown, as “the word of God,” an English phrase from the Greek logoV tou qeou. Also, in Rom. 9:9  we encounter the phrase “word of promise”  from the Greek phrase logoV epaggeliaV  (logos epangelias) meaning  “word of promise”.

In Acts 7: 22 we read in Stephen’s last account where “Moses was mighty in deed and word” (ergoiV xai logoV);  In Acts 20: 7, Paul is said to have continued his speech or (logos) ... until midnight.  Since Jesus had sent his apostles through the world to preach the gospel (Mark 16: 15-16), logos in the passage speaks of the “preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ”. Interestingly, the term “doctrine” in Hebrews 6: 1 is translated from the Greek term logos.

In 11 Peter 1: 19 we read where the fulfilled prophesies concerning Christ made the word of prophesy "more sure” since they had witnessed the fulfillment of all those prophesies, Greek "projhticon logoV ".

We must keep in mind that the term logoV (logos) is translated  ”word” 208 times in the New Testament.  It always refers to something that was said or written,  referring to the Old Testament that God had spoken to his prophets,  who then wrote that logoV  which they had received from God. 

Twelve of the occurrences of Logos occur in the book of Revelation referring to something that was yet future from the time of John’s prophetic vision.  It spoke of the word or truth of that which comes from God either in spoken word or in writing.  Logos is translated “speech” 8 times; and is translated “saying” 50 times.  It is never translated “Jesus” or “Christ” even one time.

“The word was with God” – That is, God’s logoV or truth was always with Him, or in His mind, for He has taught it to every generation of believers for six thousand years.  Also, God’s promises, His plan and purpose, were always in His mind and therefore, were “with Him. 

Again, in Romans 9: 9 we see the Greek phrase paggaliaV o logoV  (word of promise).  This passage refers to a truth that was present with every promise God ever made, even to the promise by God to Abram in Gen.  15: 12-17, that his seed or descendants would be in a strange land for 400 years.  That passage with Acts 7: 6-17 shows how this Logos or “word of promise was with God for those 400 years, for “when the time of the promise drew nigh,” God fulfilled that promise.  So when God speaks his Logos or word, it stays with Him until to time to fulfill the Logos of promise.”

Therefore, it is an established fact that of God’s doctrines,  His prophecies and His promises all remain “with Him” never passing from His mind.

“The word (logoV) was God.” The apostate world of religion misunderstands that statement to mean that Jesus was God.  That is not even close to what the passage says or means. Many times, the statement that something “is” or “was,” speaks of “representation.”  For instance:

1 Cor.  10:  4 speaks of the rock that WAS Jesus. Here Paul writes of a rock in the Sinai out of which water to drink was brought forth.  The truth is that the rock was a type or a representation of Christ.  Christ was not a lifeless rock that had been situated at that spot for years, even for centuries in the wilderness of Sinai.  Out of Jesus comes life giving substance that a person needs, for it springs up into everlasting life (John 4: 9-14).

Also, on the night before Jesus was crucified, he instituted the first memorial service for his disciples and others to keep until his return.  He first took the loaf and said “This IS my body.”  It is important to keep in mind that Christ’s body had not yet been crucified.  Therefore, Jesus meant that “the loaf represented his body” that would soon be crucified.  He then took the cup and speaking of the “fruit of the vine,” said of what was in the cup, “This IS my blood.” Literal blood was not in that cup, because the blood of Jesus was still flowing through his body. 

Therefore, the contents of the cup represented his blood, Today, we still put the fruit of the vine in the cup and say, this IS or represents “the blood of Jesus.”  Yet, even small children in our midst know that literal blood is not drunk by those partaking of the memorial service. What we drink is a representation of the blood of Jesus. 

Therefore,  the phrase “was God” simply states that the word or truth that had been from the beginning was representative of God,  His plan and purpose that has continued from the beginning.

The Apostle John, in these verses was simply telling his readers that everything they had witnessed in the last three and a half years, was not something that had unexpectedly happened.  Therefore, it was all laid out at the time of the Garden of Eden in the logoV (or the word of promise and prophecy). All that had happened was fully expected by the servants of God, for it was all foretold in the logos or word of God in “the beginning.” 

As stated above, it is informative when we are told in the parable of the sower (Luke 8: 11) that the seed that was sown was “the word or logoV of God that had been from the                                                beginning,  and was all written in the Old Testament which was the only Bible in existence at that time, and for two hundred more years.

John's words in John 1: 1-2 are simply saying that for 4000 years from the beginning, words came forth from God giving his servants the gospel of truth, who then wrote it down,  using many words (logos) .  For those 4000 years, the entire truth of God could be known from the written word.  When those 4000 years of knowing the truth from words;  there suddenly appeared the man about whom the words spoke, a man who was flesh and blood, having been born of a woman. Now, since the man was born, the Old Testament,  the written word was no longer the only source of the truth.  It could now be heard from the mouth of Jesus himself, and his apostles.

 

All Things were Made by Him

John 1: 3

Nearly every version of the New Testament goes astray in this verse.  The Emphatic Diaglott presents the truth regarding this verse.  The Logos does not speak of a person,  but speaks only of things that were either said or written. Instead of the pronoun “him” that is used by so many in the translation of the Greek “autou”(autou), the Diaglott renders the word by the English “it,” and that is the proper translation because the passage is not referring to a person, but to the principle of speaking or writing.

It should also be noted that Jesus, speaking of himself in John 5: 30, says“I can of mine own self, do nothing,  I hear; I judge; and my judgment in just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father who sent me.”

How senseless is the very idea that Jesus is the maker of all things, when he himself testifies that he could do nothing of himself.  It is also true that Jesus himself declared in John 14: 10: “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  The words that I speak unto you,  I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me,  he doeth the works.”

Also, in Acts 2: 22, the Apostle Peter stood up and said to that vast number of assembled Jews: “Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.”

It is Bible truth that every single miraculous thing that Jesus is said to have done during his earthly mission, was done by God through Jesus. Notice the word “by” in both John 1: 3 and Acts 2: 22. That English word “by” is translated from the Greek term “dia” (dia in English).  The Greek term “dia” is translated by the English term “through” 87 times.  “Dia” is Strong’s number 1223 as dealt with on page 22 of the Greek Dictionary in the back.  Strong’s defines the term “dia” as “denoting the channel of an act.”  Therefore, in such instances, God is the doer of the act, while Jesus is the channel through which God performs the acts.

It must also be remembered that God himself often declared that he himself is the Creator of all things and everything that is therein.  Notice:

Isaiah 45: 24 -  “Thus saith the Lord (Yahveh),  thy redeemer, and he who formed thee from the womb: I am the Lord who maketh all things ; who stretcheth forth the heavens alone; who spreadeth abroad the earth by myself”.

Isaiah 45:  18 -  “For thus saith the Lord (Yahveh) who created the heavens,  God himself who formed the earth and made it;  he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited.  I am the Lord (Yahveh) and there is none else.”

It is written that Jesus came in his Father’s name (John 5: 43), that is, his Fathers purpose, but not called by the name of the Father.  Jesus was not even the redeemer alone and by himself.  God declared in Isaiah 45: 24 that He was Israel’s redeemer as He had said in Chapter 43:11, “beside me there is no savior”.  Again in Isaiah 45: 21, Yahveh declared,  “There is no God else beside me, a just God and a savior; there is none else beside me”.

A reasonable question then is, how is it that when Jesus was born, an angel said to the shepherds,  “in the city of David, a saviour is born?”  Also, “… grace, mercy and peace, from God, the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, our savior.”

There are a number of other passages of scripture referring to Jesus as our savior. It is a Bible truth that often Yahveh works through other individuals, and God declares Himself to be in such individuals , carrying out His purpose through them.

We see that same circumstance with the angel sent before Israel at the time of the Exodus.  God told Moses in Exodus 23: 20-21 that he should beware and not provoke that angel because my name is in him”.  In other words, Moses is told to consider the angel to be God Himself.  From the time of the Exodus that angel was even called Yahveh; and Yahveh Elohim (the Lord God).  We are also told that the Lord (Yahveh) saved Israel that day (Exodus 14: 30).  Yet, we are informed that it was “the angel of His presence” (Isa. 63: 9) that saved them.  Which is right?  They are both right, for God saved Israel by the angel He sent before them.

 

The Consequences of Being From the Beginning

1.  The promised one must be a descendant of Eve.  If Christ was from the beginning as Adam and Eve were, He would not be her descendant, and death should not be upon him.

2.  If he was to be able to die as was necessary, he must be mortal and could not have lived from the beginning to 4000 years later. No mortal has lived 1000 years, much less 4000 years.

3.  If he was to die for anyone, he had to either have sinned himself, or inherited mortality from someone else.  Who? 

4.  He must offer for himself and for the people, which meant he himself needed atonement ((Heb.  5:4; 7:27.  Why, if he was not descended from Adam or Eve?

5.  Daniel 9:  24-27 - 483 years from 457 to 27 A. D. when Jesus was baptized to become the Messiah.

That Which was From the Beginning

I John 1: 1

The Apostle John wrote of Christ in I John 1:  1, and refers to him, "that was in the beginning",  "which we have heard,  which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon,  our hands have handled of the Word of life".

It must be remembered that God spoke His word to the writers of the O. T. the same as to the writers of the New Testament.  What is true of one, is true of the other.  In the Old Testament, God spoke of others than Jesus who, to him had pre-existed to him in a fashion, though they did not appear to anyone else on the earth. This applies to anyone, and everyone who God planned in advance to utilize in His plan and purpose for the earth and mankind.  Let us examine:

Jeremiah 1: 5

Psalms 139:  14-16

Isaiah 44: 28;  45:  1

I Came Down from Heaven

In John 6:  38, Jesus declared that he himself was "from heaven above".  Many who read such passages, imagining the scriptures are teaching the pre-existence of Jesus.  Such statements mean no such thing, for it is also declared in John 1: 6 that John also came from God who is in heaven. No one believes that John pre-existed in heaven and that he came down to the earth from heaven.  John came down from God in the sense that foretold John's certainty to exist in Malachi 3: 1. 

John 1: 7 declares that the messenger who was to mentioned in verse 1 was John.  Therefore,  God's power descended from heaven to bring John into existence as had been prophesied.

So it was also with Jesus.  He was foretold all through Scripture. Then God's angel appeared to Mary the mother of Jesus in Luke 1:  26-38 assuring her of the coming birth of Jesus.  Luke 1:  35 assures Mary that the power of the Holy Spirit from God would overshadow her and cause the existence of Jesus to become a fact.  The existence of Jesus began with the descent of the Holy Spirit from heaven, just as was true (in a different sense – that of primal knowledge and approval) of John.  In that sense, they both descended from God, therefore, since he caused both of them to come into being by His power that descended from Him.

It is important that we understand that the "holy city" also comes down from heaven and from God (Revelation 21: 2). We also read in Revelation 21: 8-12 that the holy city is constituted by the resurrected saints as "The Bride of Christ."  Proverbs 10:  30 assures us that none of the righteous will ever be removed from the earth, so they will never have been in heaven.  However, “the holy city" was foretold by God in heaven and will be brought into existence by God, just as were Jesus and John.

In the Beginning, the Creation of Man

In Genesis 2: 7 we read: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,  and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”                                          

Question:  What is a soul ? What Adam became was a "Chai Nephesh" in Hebrew.               

The Hebrew term "Nephesh" is translated "soul" 428 times. 

Nephesh  is translated "life" 119 times. 

Nephesh is translated "mind" 15 times. times.              

 It is also true that souls are born (Exodus 1: 5; Exodus 46:  22-27. 

Souls are destroyed, slain (Joshua 9th through the 11th chapter; Ezekiel 18: 4, 20.    Question:  Does not Matt.  10:  28 prove the soul is not mortal” Answer:  No, it does

not, for Verse 28 say God is able to destroy both soul and body.  Also compare Matt. 10: 28 with Luke 12:  4-5 to see what Jesus' message really was.

In the New Testament the Greek word "psuche" is translated "soul" 58 times.

Psuche is also translated "life" 40 times.

Jesus gave his life as a ransom (Matt. 20: 28; Mark 10: 45.  Is it logical that a ransom, after it is paid, is still the possession of the one paying the ransom?  If Jesus' soul was immortal,  he could not have given it up to anything or anyone.

The record does not at all indicate that when formed of the dust, man received anything from anywhere, no soul or anything, only the breath of life.  The record declares that what was made of the dust BECAME what it was afterward, “a living soul.”

At this point,  let us consider the dust before it was formed into a man.  Was there any knowledge or any form of existence in that dust before it was formed into a man?  No!  Absolutely nothing was in that dust before it became a man.  After it became a man, then became “a living soul”, there was knowledge and ability in it.

Now, let us notice that after the man failed the test, transgressing the law of God, as he was sentenced for his disobedience, he was told, “dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return (Genesis 3: 19). In other words, Adam was sentenced to return to what he was before he was formed into a man.  In our reasoning on the subject, did we find that he was a conscious entity with a thinking, acting ability?  No, we did not, and he was sentenced to return to what he was before he was formed.

Now, let us consider this.  If we compare Psalms 146:  3-4, we find that death for man is the exact opposite of the creative process, dust, then the man, then the life.  In death, we find that in death. there is life,  then death with no life,  then to dust.  In other words, he was to return to what he was when he was the dust of the earth.  That does not sound anything like the popular, apostate doctrine of man’s nature and destiny,  for in that,  we hear them seek to teach us, that in death, there is a continuance of life in heaven where man was never promised he would or could go.  In other words, that is a repetition of the serpents lie, that “thou shalt not surely die”.  That is in opposition to God’s truth.  Let us begin to examine the Bible doctrine of death and see what we find.

 

The State of the Dead

1.    Job 14th chapter - "Man lieth down and riseth not.  Also,  if a man die, shal he live again?

2.    Genesis  3: 17- 19- Thou shalt surely die.  John 3:  13 - No man hath ascended  into heaven but he that came down from heaven..."

3.    Genesis 15: 12 - On Abram an horror of great darkness - death.

4.    Joshua 6: 20-21 -They utterly destroyed every man, woman and child.

5.    Joshua 10: 8, 28, 30-43 - Israel destroyed every soul in those cities.

6.    Joshua 11: 8-21 - They smote all the souls, destroyed them utterly.

7.    Psalms 115:  17 - The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that goes down into silence."

8.    Psa.  49: 8, 20 - Man who understands not is like the beasts that perish.   

      9.   Ecclesiastes 9: 5,10 "Dead know not anything,  no work nor device in the grave.

10.    Ecclesiastes 3:  17-22 - As the beast dies,  so does the man.

11.  Isaiah 38: 1-32  The grave cannot praise thee,  down into the pit.

12.  Isaiah  26:  13-14,  19-20.  Some dead rise not, earth casts out the dead.

13.  Jeremiah 51:  39, 57- Babylonians sleep a perpetual sleep and not awake.

14.  John 3: 16 - God gave his only son that they that believes should not perish.

 

 If a Man Die, Shall He Live Again?

Isaiah 26:  13-14; 9-20. "Some will never rise; God's dead will rise"                         

John 3:16  “should not perish”.  How could they perish if they are in heaven? Also, a time is coming when death will be no more.                                                                         

I Corinthians 15: 22  In Adam all die;  All in Christ shall be made alive."                               

Genesis 3:  15  "... shall bruise the head of the serpent.  Heb. 2: 14  "power of death".

Genesis 13:  13-14.  Promise to Abraham  15: 8-12;  Heb.  11:  13  "saw afar off".

2 Samuel  7:  8-12 -  Promise to David  (Acts 2: 29-30, 34).

Job 14: 12-15 -  Thou shall call and I will answer thee.

Job. 19:  26-27  "In my flesh shall I see God"

Daniel 12:  1-3 -  "Many of the who sleep in the dust shall awake"

John 5:  28-29  "All that are in the graves shall awake..."

Phil.  3:  10-14 - That I might attain to the resurrection of the dead

1 Thess.  4:  16-18  - "The dead in Christ shall rise first".

1 Cor.  15:  35-57-  How will the dead come forth.

John 11: 23-25-  "I am the resurrection and the life. Lazarus shall live again.” When Lazarus was raised, from where did he come,  from heaven, or the tomb ?

Luke 14: 14 –“Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just."

Matt. 22:  31 -  Which say there is no resurrection.  Heaven going also denies the resurrection.

Acts 23: 6  The hope of the resurrection".

Acts 24:`14-16 - There shall be a resurrection of the dead.                         

 Matt.  28: 1-10 - Jesus was the first to be resurrected as the antitype or forerunner of all of us (Heb. 6: 20).  Jesus did not come down from heaven at His resurrection but emerged from the tomb, and more than forty days later, he ascended bodily to heaven, after telling his apostle they could not come to heaven (John  13:  32-33). The importance of the resurrection subject is not just that a man lived again.  The importance is that it is a resurrection unto something far greater, the promises of God.          

 Wayne Tanner, Bulverde, Texas, USA 

                                                                                                                                                                

Have the Abrahamic Promises been Fulfilled?        

         Nearly two hundred years ago, a young, English physician named John Thomas, decided to migrate to America.  As their ship was not far from their destination, they ran into trouble and feared that the ship was about to be destroyed.   John Thomas went into prayer to God, promising that if the ship was allowed to safely reach port, that he would spend the rest of his life in search of God’s truth and be in God’s service.

         The ship did reach port safely in spite of their fears that it would not.  True to his promise, as the young physician started his life in America, he began to examine various religious groups.  He finally joined up with an apostate group of religious thinkers.  He even began to produce some monthly writings for them.

         In his continued to search the Scriptures, he became quite aware of God’s promises to Abraham and was certain that those promises had a definite connection with the subject of God’s plan for a kingdom on the earth.  He found no help from his apostate companions, for their doctrine embraced the hope of eternity in heaven for the righteous, and any promises pertaining to eternal life on the earth was of no value to them.

         The Apostate’s answers to the passages that pertained to God’s promises to “Abraham” was that God had fulfilled all his promises to Abraham in giving the descendants of Abraham possession of the land of Israel for their kingdom.  However, they also projected that since the Israelites had rebelled, that God was eternally through with Abraham’s descendants forever.  Many apostate groups have, for many years, taught that their church is the kingdom of God that God had promised, and that their churches were the pathway to heaven.

         Such promises as I Kings 8: 56 and Joshua 21: 43-45 are clear references to messages spoken to Israel through Moses rather than to Abraham.  The possibility of the promise to Abraham in Genesis 13: 14-15 having been fulfilled absolutely did not exist.  Galatians 3: 16 declares that the “seed” mentioned in that promises was not to the many persons in the nation of Israel.  The Apostle Paul clearly declares Christ was the Seed of Genesis 13: 14-15.  Yet, Abraham and Jesus never lived at the same time.  When Abraham lived, the life of Jesus was two thousand years into the future.  Likewise, when Jesus was born Abraham had been dead to two thousand years.  Therefore, the fulfillment of the promise required both Jesus and Abraham to be present at the same time.  That can only be when Jesus returns to the earth; and Abraham comes forth from the grave.

         Therefore, Joshua 21: 43-45 and I Kings 8: 56 are not relative to the promise to Abraham and Christ, and those in Christ (Galatians 3: 29), but to things God later said to Israel through Moses.  Imagine being made an heir by baptism to a promise that some claim was fulfilled 1500 years before their baptism. This clearly demonstrates how apostate error disannuls the perfect and clear word of God.

         The “fathers” referred to in Joshua 43: 43 were thought to be a reference to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  That is clearly a mistake. All we have to do is back up to verses 1, 2 of the same chapter and we find that those “fathers” were the heads of the tribes of Israel.

         The apostasy has long held such passages as Joshua 21: 43-45 as proof of their position.   The true brethren consistently always dealt with such passages by reference to Acts 7: 4-5 where Stephen declared that God gave Abraham no inheritance in the land; and Hebrews 11: 13 where the Apostle Paul declared that all those mentioned there,  died not having inherited the promises, but saw them afar off.  That was good, appropriate defense, and served the purpose.

         This was additional proof that demonstrated the true application of the passages to God speaking through Moses would have served a good purpose, and proved that the passages had no reference to the promise of God to Moses.

         The message of Joshua 21: 43-45 needs to have it proven, first, that the passage speaks of a message given directly to Israel from Moses.  Israel did not exist in Abraham’s day. In fact Jacob was the first Israelite (Genesis 32: 28).  Moses also lived 400 years later than Abraham, so the promises to Abraham had nothing to do with a message from Moses.  However, that message of God to Israel from Moses is found in Deuteronomy 27: 9 through 28: 14.  God’s conversation with Abraham is completely a different matter than Joshua 21: 43-45 contains  

         The claims of such false teachers point to the possession of the land of Israel in the time they possessed the land under the law.  In Romans 4: 13, the inspired Apostle Paul clearly declared that the times “under the law” were in no way related to the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham.  Also, Acts, 7: 5 discourses on God making promises to Abraham, then he says, “GOD GAVE HIM NO INHERITANCE IN IT, NOT ENOUGH TO SET HIS FOOT ON.”

         Who shall we believe? ... God? ... Or Apostates?

         Therefore, both Abraham and Christ must be present at fulfillment.  When Abraham lived, Christ was to live two thousand years into the future, therefore, it could not be fulfilled to both in Abraham’s time.  Additionally, when Jesus lived on the earth, Abraham had been dead for two thousand years.                                             

         It is absolutely certain that the promise can only be fulfilled when Abraham and Christ are present on the earth at the same time.  That can only be when Jesus returns to the earth, and Abraham rises from the dead at the end of the age.   Therefore Joshua 21: 43-45 and I Kings 8: 56 are not in reference to the promise to Abraham and Christ.                                                                                                                             

       We do find as we search the scriptures, a message God sent to Israel by the hand of Moses (as the two passages require), in Deuteronomy 27: 9 through 28: 14.  As long as Israel was obedient, the blessings there were enjoyed by Israel and fulfilled to the letter.  When Israel disobeyed, the conditions of Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 prevailed.  Beyond any doubt, this is what was referred to in those passages referred to by the apostasy.  The promises to Abraham have not been fulfilled as they claimed.

Was Israel’s Kingdom Ended Forever?

         Let us consider Ezekiel 21:  25-27.  Here God declares that by three overturnings, He was ending the “kingdom of Israel.”  Notice God’s words, “... it shall be no more UNTIL he comes whose right it is, and I will give it him.” How can it be given to anyone if it never exists again? Therefore, we see that even as God’s speaks of ending the kingdom of Israel, in the same verse He shows that it will again be restored and given to Christ. The UNTIL in the verse speaks of a time when the conditions can and will change.

         This entire message was produced after Israel did not exist as a nation any longer.  Ezekiel 1: 1-3 shows that Ezekiel was among the captives at the river Che’bar in the land of the Chaldeans when he wrote this work.  In Chapter 36, at verse 8, God begins to speak of a time when Israel will bear fruit again.  In verse 11, God even declares a future time when He will do with Israel “better than at their beginnings..” In Verses 25-26, God even declares a time when He will clear the filthiness from Israel, and give her a new “heart,” and a new spirit. Verse 31 even declares that Israel will remember her evil ways, and loathe herself.  Verses 36-38 declare that at the time, the nations round about Israel shall know that God has done these wonderful things with Israel.

         In the 37th chapter of Ezekiel God causes Ezekiel to foretell of a resurrection (meaning a rising again) of the nation of Israel.  In Verse 11 God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones (the bones of a dead nation).

         Verse 11 says “these bones are the “whole house of Israel.”  In verse 12, God declares “Oh my people, I will open your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.”

         In verses 21-22 God explains   the meaning of the chapter when he declares: Verse 21: “Thus saith the Lord God:  Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and I will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land. 22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”                                                                                                                                

      When has anything like this been done since the Babylonian captivity?  Are these things expected to happen, or are they just empty words thrown into the wind with no intentions to accomplish them?

          If God does not intend to restore Israel, why is it that the same expectations carry over into the New Testament?  Let us consider the purpose for the birth of Jesus as the angel Gabriel explains to Mary regarding the purpose of the child she was soon to bear miraculously.

        Luke 1: 32-33:  His name shall be great, and he shall be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father, David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” How can this be, the kingdom of Israel has ended forever?  If that is so, the promises and prophecies of God have no meaning at all.

         Jesus, in his answer to the Apostle Peter’s question confirms the future of the kingdom of Israel.  Peter asked Jesus what the apostles would receive for having forsaken all and followed Jesus.  Jesus’ answer was:“In the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

         That will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel.  In Isaiah 1: 26 we read, “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and my counselors as at the beginning.”

         If the kingdom of Israel is gone forever, then Isaiah 2: 2-4 has no meaning at all and just fills empty space.  Notice: “It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and be exalted above the hills, and all nations will flow unto it….”And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

        At that time Jerusalem is to be the capital of the world (Jeremiah 3: 17).  Why would the law, and God’s word go out from Jerusalem, if the Kingdom of Israel has not at that time, been restored? Yes, the promise to Abraham and his Seed, Christ is just as much waiting for fulfillment as anything elsewhere in the Bible.

 The Gospel of Jesus Christ

         As New Testament time begin, Both John and Jesus began to declare, “The kingdom is at hand” Matthew 3: 2; 4: 17”.  That was over two thousand years ago and the kingdom still has not been established. Therefore, how can it be that “the kingdom was “at hand?” 

         Jesus answers that question for us.  He declared to the Jews in Matthew 23: 37-39: “…how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and ye would not?” Verses 38-39 “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate…. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

         Therefore, the words of John and Jesus declared that the kingdom of Israel could be restored any time the Jesus accepted Jesus as their savior and king. Their kingdom could have been restored as promised in Ezekiel 21: 27.  In that passage God had declared, “It shall be no more till he comes whose right it is; and I will give it him.”  The required condition was that the Jews accept the one sent to them for the purpose of restoring their kingdom.  However, their response was, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19: 14). Therefore, their

kingdom was delayed until after their Messiah “suffered many things and (was) rejected by this generation” (Luke 17: 25).   

         The “Gospel of Jesus Christs” is set forth as the “Gospel of the Kingdom” which was the kingdom of Israel restored (Luke 1: 32-33). As Jesus prepared to ascend to his Father’s right hand (Psalm 110: 1-2), he instructed his apostles: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16: 15).

        We must remember the gospel of Jesus Christ is” the gospel of the Kingdom” which was nothing more than the kingdom of Israel restored. The apostles went through the populated world, preaching Christ’s message.  The apostle Paul  took up this responsibility and his message brought him into conflict with the Jewish world, for he was preaching the restored kingdom of God with Jesus as the king. The Jews had already rejected the very thought of Jesus ruling over them.

         The Apostle Paul referred to the gospel he had been preaching as “The Hope of Israel” (Acts 28: 20).  There he speaks of the hope of Israel – that their kingdom would be restored.  It is a fact that after Jesus spent forty days after his resurrection, teaching his apostle of “things pertaining to the kingdom of God,” they were inspired by Jesus’ teaching, and asked, “Wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”  The apostles had gleaned that truth from the teaching of Jesus over forty days.  It was in harmony with the “gospel of the kingdom,” and therefore was taught as the apostle preached the gospel to every creature.  Therefore, the Jews had caused Paul to be sent to Jail for having preached that truth regarding “the “Hope of Israel.”

         Finally, apostates ask us to believe that all that was planned and prepared in the Old Testament is canceled and that the New Testament is a whole new ball game.

         Consider:  The promise to King David is thought by them to be canceled, but on the day of Pentecost,  Peter told all that crowd of Jews that David knew that God’s promise meant that God would raise up Christ to sit on David’s throne (Acts 2: 30).  No, God never changed his plan concerning Jesus.

         Consider again:  God declared in Amos 9:  11-12 The Tabernacle of David was to be rebuilt that all men would seek after the Lord.  In Acts 15: 15-18, James, the flesh-brother of Jesus, assures us that Jesus is to accomplish that very prophecy. No, the plan has not changed at all.

         Isaiah 2:  2-5 declares the earth to be the capital of the earth, with ALL people going to the mountain of the Lord to walk in God’s way.  From Jerusalem God’s truth and law will flow forth to all the earth, and no enemy will be left anywhere on the earth. Paul, in I Corinthian 15:  24-28 attributes all that still to be God’s plan.  No change at all from the Old Testament to the New Testament.   Wayne R. Tanner

                                                                                      

Israel Dwelling Safely With Jesus as King

When the Gogian Host invades.

 There are several strong points to be made that the LORD Jesus is in the earth and has conquered the nations “round about” and established peace and tranquility before the Gogian host arrives, for that is a pre-condition for Gog’s invasion: that the people have returned and are dwelling in peace and safety. 

Wayne Tanner wrote this note, October, 2017:

“Notice: Ezekiel 38: 11 declares that Russia will come against a people gathered back from the sword, who are AT REST, dwelling safely. 

“When will Israel dwell without walls, and dwell safely? Notice Ezekiel 28: 25-26;   “They (Israel) shall dwell safely in it, and shall build houses and plant vineyards yea, they shall dwell with confidence,  when I have executed judgments upon all that despise them round about them ….” (This “when” is a marker of the time when their safety is assured). 

“There it is.  For Russia finding them in that condition, the “nations round about” them of Psalms 83rd Chapter will have already suffered God’s judgment and are a thing of the past. 

“The Saints will have also been t work with the Lord (Psalms 149: 9), for Ezekiel 38th chapter is one of God’s judgments that is written; ad that honor belongs to the “Saints.” 

Jeremiah 23: 6 proves that at the time Israel “dwells safely” (prior to the Gogian assault), that Christ is in the land. The entirety of Jeremiah 23: 1-6 gives the details of Christ’s return to Israel. Vs. 6 proves that His return is necessary in order for Israel to “dwell safely,” which is prerequisite to Gog’s invasion, for Gog beholds a people dwelling without bars or gates, dwelling in safety …

Jer 23:1  Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

Jer 23:2  Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

Jer 23:3  And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

Jer 23:4  And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jer 23:6  In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jeremiah 32: 37 "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely...and I will make an everlasting covenant with them:" 

He must return to them personally before He can make this covenant, so when they “dwell safely,” He is in their midst.

Hebrews 8: 8-13 gives added details which indicate that He is present when this covenant is made…

Ezekiel 34: 23-25 proves the same point. First, My servant David becomes a shepherd to them in vs. 23. In the next verse David My Servant becomes a prince to them. Then in vs. 25 he makes His covenant with them and causes them to “dwell safely” in the woods, and to “sleep in the wilderness,” an impossibility at this present time.

Eze 34:28  And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

Zechariah 14:11 ... "And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited."  Comment:  Although the words "dwell" and "safely" do not appear side by side here, this verse is the last in the description when "his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives." They follow upon that event!! <HEL> 


Does the Exit of Britain (Brexit) from the European Union Prove the Existence of God?

 We live in an age in which only a minority believes that God really exists.  It is a fact that Bible students have witnessed many prophecies given in the Bible that came to pass with unerring accuracy.  Only from an individual who is able to foretell the future as God can assures us He can and could accomplish such a thing.

For instance, in Daniel 9: 24-27 God foretold that from a date in which a decree to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem (457 B.C.), to the appearance of Israel's Messiah in her midst would be 483 years.  It is a fact that 483 years from that decree, to 27 A.D. when Jesus was anointed (Acts 10: 38) to be the Messiah (the anointed one) was exactly 483 years.  Other such prophecies fall into that same category with accurately fulfilled dates, etc.  However, our interest at this time is the prophecy given by God in a dream to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (Daniel 2: 1-10).  Daniel turned to God who showed Daniel not only the dream but also the interpretation of it Daniel 2: 17-45.

As Daniel’s interpretation flows forward, it is revealed that God declared in that dream that four great Empires from Daniel's time would rule the empire over which Nebuchadnezzar first ruled. There was to be:

1.  Babylon over which Nebuchadnezzar ruled.

2.  In 538 B.C. the Medes /Persians wrested the empire away from Babylon.

3.  In 332 B.C. the Empire of Greece wrested the Empire from the Medes and Persians, an entity known today as Iran which in 1935 A.D. changed her name.

4.  In 64 B.C. Rome wrested the empire from Greece and still rules that empire.

Our main consideration at this time is that fourth empire named "Rome."  It was revealed to Daniel that near the end of that empire, just before the empire developed into the kingdom of God, an entity would develop in that fourth empire that held a union of 10 kings or powers.  Those powers were depicted as ten toes of the image of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.  About 700 years later God revealed to the Revelator John those same 10 powers and referred them as "10 horns," for beasts fight with their horns; also, the Roman Empire in the Revelation is referred to as "a beast."

We should marvel at the fact that here in our time, more than 2600 years later than Daniel's time, a union of 10 defensive nations ("horns") did develop in that fourth empire,  just as God prophecied over two thousand years ago, and it came to pass with unerring accuracy.

It is well known that for years, in his business, the writer traveled 35 states. On November 1, 1993, the day that United Europe united, I stopped for breakfast in Hope, Arkansas. I bought a copy of the Arkansas Democrat/Gazette newspaper and sat down.  The Headline read, “RECESSION REIGNS AS EUROPEANS UNITE." 

The article was continued on page 5A.  Paragraph 6 of page 5A reads:

"The treaty also calls for the nations to forge common foreign and eventually defense policies.  The Western European Union, a security grouping of 10 nations, will one day be the defense arm."

I almost had to pick myself up off the floor.  There in my hands, as though it had jumped off the pages of Daniel’s 2nd chapter was set out a plan for a union of 10 nations or horns within that united group of nations just as God foretold over 2600 years ago. Who else in the universe could or did know such a thing?

The Western European Union was formed as they planned and was given the power of the defense arm of Europe with the provision that after a few years, the power they possessed would be passed to all the nations of United Europe as was prophesied in Revelation 17:13.

The Western European Union was brought to an end in the year 2006 and the power of the defense arm of the empire now belongs to United Europe, and the defense arm is now known as NATO. One can call this up on their computer by typing into their "search" area "WEU."  Many leads will come forward and the number of 10 nations will be seen before your eyes, and you will be looking at God's fulfillment of prophecy over 2600 years after He made that prophecy. 

The Mother Lion 

The national insignia of Britain is that of a lion.  Ezekiel 38: 13 speaks of a union of "young lions" along with the mother lion referring to the mother and the younger nations that emerged from her. They are shown in that passage to be pro-Israeli nations speaking in defense of her. Yet for several decades Britain had been one of the 10 nations furnishing troops to the European defense arm, being one of her 10 kings. This writer has projected for more than twenty-five years that Britain had to come out of the European Common Market group, for United Europe is anti-Israeli while Britain is shown in scripture to be a pro-Israeli nation as the three great conflicts of the latter days begins. So God had shown a need for Britain to make the move out of the Common Market Union. God had foretold that in Jeremiah 51: 45 as He outlined the latter-day Babylon's destruction.  God had said in that passage: “My people, go out of the midst of her, and deliver every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord."

Britain was God's people in that politically she was on the side of the prophecy approved by God.  Britain harkened to the warning of God and is coming forth out of her who is to be the target of God's fierce anger soon in the future. Only God could have known this over 2600 years ago!

Yes, thankfully, there is beyond any doubt, a God up there.     Wayne R.  Tanner

“The Mighty God” and the “Everlasting Father”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Question:  In view of the fact that Isaiah 9:6 declares that Jesus would be known as “The Mighty God” and the “Everlasting Father,” why do some Christians reject the idea that Jesus was himself “the Mighty God?”

Answer:  There has been a tampering with Isaiah 9:6 of which most are unaware.   Around 285 B.C., seventy Hebrew/Greek translators were sent by Israel to Egypt at the request of Ptolemy, King of Egypt, for the purpose of translating the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek, the language of the Hellenistic empire which included Palestine. 

Their rendering of Isaiah 9:6 in their translation from Hebrew to Greek demonstrates that the verse did not originally read as we now see it.   The Greek (Septuagint, LXX) version of the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 9:6 when translated to English reads as follows:

“For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of the great counsel: for I will bring peace upon the princes and health to him.”

       It is clear that for about 400 years from the eighth century B.C., when the prophecy of Isaiah was written, until after 300 B.C. when it was translated by Jewish scholars from Hebrew scrolls, Isaiah 9:6 DID NOT read as we now find it in all Bibles.

       It is also a fact that the present reading of Isaiah 9:6 is a clear contradiction of the doctrine regarding the oneness of God written by the same inspired author.

 Notice:

 Isaiah 43: 11 – “I am the LORD, and beside me there is no savior.”

 Isaiah 44: 6 – “… I am the LORD, the king of Israel and his redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God.” 

 Isaiah 44:8 -  “… Is there a God beside me?  Yea, there is no God.  I know not any.”

 Isaiah 44: 24 -  “… I am the LORD who maketh all things; who stretcheth for the heavens alone; who spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”          

 In addition to the above from the testimony of Isaiah, the present reading of Isaiah 9:6 also contradicts clear New Testament witness as well.

 Mark 12: 29-34, When asked which was the “first,” that is, greatest or foremost “commandment of all,” Jesus cited Deuteronomy 6:4, saying this is the “most important” of “all the commandments” (NIV).  The enquiring scribe agreed, answering, “… for there is one God, and there is no other than he.”  Notice that Jesus approved the statement, commending that the man “had answered wisely.”

 John 17:3 – Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

 I Corinthians 8:6- “But to us (the believers) there is one God the Father…”

Ephesians 4:6 – “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”       

As for the prophetic phrase that Messiah would be called “The everlasting Father,” the Hebrew is abi (meaning chief, principal, or father) and ad (meaning perpetual or everlasting).  In  Adam Clarke’s Commentary  (unabridged, 1836) Vol. IV Page 65, at the end of verse 6, Dr. Clarke states De Rossi mistakenly (or perhaps intentionally) inserted the word abezer (father helps) in place of abi ad, commenting, “evidently the corruption of some Jew, who did not like any evidence in favor of the Christian Messiah.” (Clarke’s reference is apparently attributed to Giovanni Bernardo de Rossi, a prominent Christian Hebraist, of Jewish anti-Christian polemics, 1742-1831).

 “Father” (abi) is not necessarily a proper noun and even Trinitarians themselves do not believe Jesus to be “the Father.”  Certainly, as Abraham was given that name by God as the “father of many nations,” so also Messiah is (will be) the “principal,”  that is, the father of the “everlasting” age of “peace” yet to come with his reign as King on the throne of his father David in Jerusalem.  As Isaiah continues in verse 7, “His (Messiah’s) government shall be great, and of his peace there is no end: it shall be upon the throne of David” (LXX). 

Readers will recall that this same sentiment of Isaiah 9:6-7 was reiterated by the angel Gabriel to Mary the mother of Jesus.  Notice the similarity, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David; And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end ” (Luke 1:32-33).  This coincides exactly with the apostle Paul’s instruction to the men of Athens about the “unknown God” who “has appointed a day, in the which he (God) will judge (rule) the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained (Messiah); whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he (God) hath raised him (Jesus Christ) from the dead” (Acts 17:31)In this passage alone, it is evident that Jesus is not God, but rather is “that man” who acts on behalf of the Father by whom he was ordained and given “all power.” 

Another factor is important.  All of the pronouns pertaining to LORD are singular.  Not one plural occurs anywhere. We find, “my footstool” (Isaiah 66:1), “HIS” footstool (Psa. 99: 5).  Never is there a plural pronoun such as “ours,” “theirs,” “we,” “us,” or others.  The claim of a plurality cannot be proven.

     The term Elohim, however, is plural, but the term is used when God is manifested in others that do His bidding, such as angels, or “mighty ones.”  Moses was God to Pharaoh (Exod. 7:1).  God spoke through Moses, therefore Moses and God formed a plural, but Moses was not God.  Genesis 1:1 contains Elohim.  The Father alone is also a plural because, as Fairbairin’s Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. 2m, p. 23 and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 1254  explain,  Elohim is appropriate for God, for he alone possesses many attributes and manifests himself through others.         

The producers of those encyclopedias are Trinitarians, but they admit to that truth.  Also, Deuteronomy 4: 35, 39 both say the LORD (from Yahveh, a singular, the personal name of the Father) “He is God” (Elohim).  Only God alone can form a plurality because of the multitude of attributes that He possesses. Nearly all encyclopedias admit to that truth.                  

 Yes, there is clear evidence of tampering with Isaiah 9:6 just as in 1John 5:6 where some have changed the truth of God to suit their own subjective beliefs.  At 1John 5:7, most good margins state that this verse is spurious and has been added to the text.  The Scofield Bible at this verse makes the following footnote under footnote #1: “It is generally agreed that this verse has no Manuscript authority and has been inserted.” 

   In I Corinthians 8:5 the apostle Paul remarked that in the world, there were gods many and lords many.  Since the doctrine of the Trinity was invented at the council of Nicea in 325 A.D. by the Roman church, (more than six hundred years after the Septuagint text shown above—Ed.) the clergy was desperately in need of some “proof” for their doctrine.  Therefore, they added text of their own since nowhere in God’s word, was there a single passage that supported their attempted coup and control of Biblical teaching.  Therefore, they tampered with Isaiah 9:6, and added 1John 5:7 and began subjectively forcing other texts to support their imagined triune “god.” 

We must not teach “doctrines of men,” as did the Pharisees of Jesus’ day (Matthew 15: 8-9).  Wayne R. Tanner


The Nations Round About (Israel)

(A testimony to God’s existence)

         Can it be substantiated that the Bible was written longer than two thousand years ago?  It is a fact that there exist in the world many persons who demand that the Bible is a forgery; that it is the work of men and not the work of God. 

         If we had only the English Bible in hand, our work would be a bit harder.  However, it is a matter of history that Ptolemy, king of Egypt requested of Israel that translators from Israel come to Egypt and translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek which had become the language of the Empire.  Israel responded to Ptolemy’s request by sending seventy translators, who actually translated the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek.  The work of those translators was given the name The Septuagint, a name which speaks of the number seventy which designated the number of translators who produced the work. 

         The Septuagint reads exactly as the Hebrews Scriptures read, as do the English translation of those works.  All the references that we shall quote can be compared with the Septuagint which is known to be over twenty three hundred years old.  Likewise, the Hebrews scriptures from which the Septuagint was translated were older than twenty three hundred years old.

 

The Prophecy of the Intent to Destroy Israel

         In Psalm 83, both the Septuagint and the English Bible foretells that a number of named peoples who are family-related to Israel are said to band themselves together with the Intent to destroy Israel, that “the name of Israel will be no more.”  It is a fact the all of those nation named in the chapter form the population of the nations “round about Israel” today.

         It is also true that all those prophecies which relate to the “Nations Round About” date from 1000B.C. to 400B.C. No man who was alive during the times those prophecies were written was still alive at the time Jesus and his apostles lived.  It is also true that no man has ever lived who had the power to bring any of God’s prophecies to fulfillment.  Only God has that power. 

         How telling it is that today, several thousand years after those prophecies were written,  we see that only the nations that exist “round about” Israel are threatening to destroy Israel, just as those ancient prophecies foretold.  Not one nation that exists far away from that restored nation of Israel is threatening the existence of Israel.  Only the nations that are “round about” Israel are making those threats.

         Zechariah 14: 14 declares that Judah shall fight at Jerusalem, resulting in the wealth of “the nations round about” being gathered to Jerusalem.  This speaks of the fact that only the people of the kingdom of Judah alone has been gathered back to their land as was prophesied by Zechariah 12: 7; also that the only “nations round about” are involved against Israel in that particular assault.

         Ezekiel 28: 25-26 declares that after God executes His judgments on the “nations round about,” Israel will dwell secure and safely.

         Ezekiel 38: 11 declares that when the Gogian host makes the decision to go down against the nation of Israel whose people “are dwelling safely, and are at rest,” the nations “round about” will have ceased to exist.

         This all proves beyond doubt that only the God of Israel, who prophesied all these things is the only Power which is able to make those prophesies, and that only He also has the power also to bring them to pass with unerring accuracy.

          Woe unto anyone who dares to call into question the existence of the only individual in the universe with the ability to foretell such things, and to bring them to pass exactly as foretold.

                                                                                             Wayne R. Tanner                                           

And I Saw Heaven Opened

(Revelation 19: 11-21)

The wording of the above title connects the text of Revelation 19: 11-21 with the text of Revelation 4th chapter where John had previously seen "heaven opened" and the saints going forth with the sword proceeding out of their mouth as they preached the "Word of God" that was sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4: 12). The informed student of God's word must not think the sword of Revelation 19: 14-15 is the murderous sword of bloodshed and carnal war, for again, this sword was proceeding out of their mouths as they rode "white horses" and must be equated with preaching the Word of Truth.

            The flow of the texts of Revelation 19: 11-21 and Revelation 4th chapters are identical.

            We see in Revelation four, Jesus as a member of the race of man, a flesh and blood individual, who progressed on to perfection in nature and finally sits upon a great throne over the whole earth. The humanity of Jesus is shown forth in the Sardius or Odem (Adam) stone which progresses into a stone most precious (Revelation 21: 11; Philippians 3: 20-21). In Revelation 19: 12-13 we see Jesus whose began life with the nature of flesh and blood and progressing into a glorious individual with many crowns. These figures show Jesus as a redeemed "MAN"  having progressed as our forerunner into the perfection we all hope to achieve as we put off these filthy garments of mortality to be clothed upon with our "house from heaven" (II Corinthians 5: 1 - 4).

            The nature with which Jesus had previously been clothed was unclean and filthy (Zechariah 3: 1-4), but he was allowed a change of raiment (nature) and we see him in Revelation 21: 11-21 clothed in that new raiment along with those who had also been clothed upon with the raiment from heaven. The only conflict that takes place in Revelation 21: 11-16 sees the sharp sword  proceeding from the mouth of Jesus and the saints going forth  in a way similar to Revelation 6: 1-2; Revelation 14th chapter where the warfare was a spreading of the word of God from a white (peaceful) horse. The warfare of death and destruction in Revelation 19th chapter does not begin until after verse 17 as the kings of the earth, the beast, and the false prophet come into conflict with Jesus and the saints as Genesis 3: 15 finds complete fulfillment.  Zech. 14: 5 shows the saints with Jesus even in the first battle. The Apostasy views Revelation 19: 13 as indicating only Jesus has already fought in battle. The servants of God reject that error and see the truth that Jesus began life in a nature dipped in blood, then was finally clothed upon with a house from heaven.

          These truths agree with the position with which God began that latter-day ecclesial era and for more than a century, the ecclesia has believed the above truths in reference to Christ's nature. We direct the reader’s attention to the last volume of Eureka under the subheadings of:

                                            1. TRANSLATION RESUMED

                                            2. THE SCENE

                                            3. THE TIME OF THE SCENE

                                            4. THE NAME WRITTEN

                                            5. THE WHITE HORSES

                                            6. TRANSLATION RESUMED

         I agree with the explanation of the visions in this portion of Eureka. It agrees completely with prophecy as a whole, as the time of the Gentiles winds down.

                                                                                      Wayne R. Tanner        

An Everlasting Inheritance for Israel

(Genesis 13: 15, 16)

Brethren everywhere are advised to look around the world at conditions that are current.  We surely realize that everything that is going on in the world in which we live was foretold by God and His prophets (including Jesus), to be events that would be taking place as God brings to an end the world that exists today.  We are thrilled to ponder the new world that will replace this present evil world as wonderful changes transpire.

God, for over 6000 years, has been disappointed with the worlds that developed and disappeared since His creation of them 6000 years ago.   As a matter of fact, as God prepared to speak to Noah in Genesis chapter 6, He caused it to be recorded in Genesis 6: 6-8 that the severe wickedness that had developed, caused God to repent of having created man upon the earth.  Therefore, God decided to destroy that evil world that had developed.

In 2 Peter 3rd chapter we see God inspiring Peter to refer to the "world" before the flood as "heaven and earth" which constituted "the world.”  In the words of Peter, three different "worlds" are noted. 

1. The world before the flood, 

2. The heaven and earth (world) which is now, reserved unto fire; and

3. The new heaven and earth (world) wherein dwelleth righteousness for which we look, and which God has promised. 

We can be certain that God has not and does not "LOVE" the first two worlds, or He would not reserve them to destruction by water and fire.

Yet, the world of apostate Christendom views John 3: 16 and the statement that God so loved the world..." as evidence that God loves this present  evil world of lust,  rebellion and idolatry.  N0. God does not love the world that now exists, for he warns us in I John 2: 15-17 to "love not the world, nor the things of the world, for those things are not of God, but of the world.”  God has been working toward this perfect world referred to in I Corinthians 15:24-28; 2 Peter 3: 13,) for six thousand years.  This wonderful world of righteousness will soon be established upon the earth. 

God, immediately after six days of creation, showed that He was very attentive to the matter of a kingdom for before the first sin occurred, God told Adam in Genesis 1: 28 to subdue the earth and rule it.  Sin delayed that purpose, and God has subjected mankind to six thousand years of evil rule by man.  Finally He decided to create a kingdom among the descendants of Abraham.  Sadly that kingdom rebelled against God, and taught doctrines of men instead of God’s truths (Matthew 15: 8).  However, God kept working toward a perfect kingdom ruled by a perfected man, his Son Jesus.  The kingdom of Jesus is shown in scripture to be planted upon the restored kingdom of Israel and based on the promises made to Abraham.

(1)   It is noteworthy that throughout all generations from Abraham until the time of Jesus, this promise to Abraham was and still is "The Hope of Israel.” All of the prophecies of God since Abraham have been based upon God’s promise of God to Abraham.  The fundamental oracles of God have never departed from this expectation. 

God knew this in advance for we are told in Acts 15: 18, "Known unto God are all His works from beginning of the age."

Again, the gospel of Jesus Christ has been based on the promises of God to Abraham. After the kingdom of Israel came to an end, God sent his angel Gabriel to Mary to advise her of the birth of the Son of God who would one day restore the kingdom of Israel. However, the doctrinal expectations of almost all of the world of religion (except those in the body of Christ), is almost devoid of any expectation that the kingdom of God is to be the restored “Kingdom of Israel” (Isaiah 2: 2-5; Matthew 19:  27-29).

As the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary regarding the impending birth of Jesus, the sole purpose of Jesus is shown to be related to God's promise to Abraham, for the angel said to Mary:

"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father David... and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:  32-35)

(2)   It is also noteworthy that after the resurrection of Jesus,   Jesus spent forty days with his apostles "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1: 3).  As we ponder this, we must keep in mind that even the men of Israel recognized and confessed that there was no one in Israel who ever taught as this man did (Mark. 1: 27-28).  Now, consider that this one teacher, with ability and capabilities above every other man, taught concerning the "kingdom of God" for forty days. Can we doubt that the apostles, after forty days, clearly understood what Jesus had taught them for forty days?

Therefore, let us now consider that this master of all teachers, was known to be, was clearly understood, for his words and works were God's word and works (John 14; 10).  After he had taught them for forty days concerning the kingdom of God, and just before he ascended to the right hand of his Father in heaven, they asked him,  "Wilt thou  at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" 

WHAT?  Are we to understand that after Jesus taught them those truths for forty days, the apostles misunderstood what Jesus taught them?   What Jesus taught them, was that Israel was still in the purpose of God, and their question to him was based on that Gospel truth. Yes! These facts verify that the “hope of Israel” was still very much alive and well.  The preaching of the gospel of Christ that was preached to the nations included the hope of Israel (Acts 24: 14-15; Acts 28: 20).

Also, at the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15: 16),  James, the blood brother of Jesus, quoted Jesus regarding the purpose and promise of Jesus, "I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again its ruins, and I will set it up." 

This shows that the gospel of Jesus Christ that the apostles were sent forth to preach, included the plan and purpose of God included re-gathered Israel, for the throne of David never had anything to do with any nation other than Israel.  (Romans 4: 13).  Let us also keep in mind that Abraham understood that the promise from God specified him as the heir of the world, not just Israel (Romans 4:13).  Therefore the world-wide kingdom of God was to begin with the kingdom of Israel, and grow to cover the whole world (Daniel 2: 35-44).  Also, Paul, in his epistle to the Hebrews, reminded them that even though Abraham died having never received the promises, he surely saw them afar off in the future (Hebrews 11: 13; Acts 7: 1-8; John 8: 51-18).

Prophecy and Promise of the Purpose of God

We should be aware that the subject of the kingdom of God is the basis of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The kingdom of Christ, when it is established, will be the kingdom of Israel restored (Acts 1: 6; Luke 1: 31-35).

As we ponder the prophetic factor concerning the scattering and re-gathering of Israel, we are aware that God knows the end from the beginning (Acts 15: 18).  Therefore,  God knew when He made those promises to Abraham what would happen at any time during the 1400 years of the history of the kingdom of Israel; as well as what would be His response to Israel’s rebellion.  He even knew all of this as events took place in the Garden of Eden.

With all of this in our awareness, we are well aware of the fact that the world of Christianity boasts of multiple millions of so called “Christians.” Yet, almost none of the groups of "Christians" have as their doctrine, anything to do with the restoration of the kingdom of Israel.  Practically none of them support the doctrine of “the hope of Israel.”  Only a few of us teach the eternity of the kingdom of Israel.  The doctrine of the apostasy, teaches “heaven” as the eternal home of the righteous.  Yet, Proverns 10: 30 declares that "the righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inherit the earth.”   Question:  "Since the righteous will never be removed, who is this that the apostasy claims will inherit heaven.  Surely the wicked will not do so.

The world of the apostasy looks to John 3: 16 as the basis of their hope, not really knowing what it does say.  They believe when they ponder, "God so loved the world, that God dearly loved this present evil world which included churches with apostate teachings, as well as seven billion lustful, addictive people.  Would God forbid us to love the world he loves as in I John 2: 15-17.  That world is to "pass away.”  It is reserved unto fire (II Peter 3: 7).  The world God loved is described in II Peter 3: 13, the heaven and earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Revelation 3: 14 says Jesus is the firstborn of that world, meaning he is the first one redeemed from among men and made immortal as all future inhabitants of the world wherein dwelleth righteousness will be.

Nothing was a Surprise to God

The apostasy of Israel was known by God in the very beginning, and certainly right after the Exodus out of Egypt.  In Deuteronomy 28th chapter, God warns Israel as to what would happen to her in the event of apostasy and disobedience.  Verse 64 foretells the scattering of Israel, which was to happen in the event of her disobedience, so this proves he foreknew of her unrighteous course, and the punishment that was to follow, and the final re-gathering of her as an everlasting, recovered wife.(Jeremiah 3: 17-20; Hosea 2: 14-18.)

Most religions will respond to the above, with, “do you mean that old, evil nation who apostatized from God and murdered his Son?  Are you telling us that that evil nation will again be a nation blessed by God? “They ask, “What do you think A. D. 70 was about?” The correct answer bewilders most folks. The truth is, that A.D. 70 was in fulfillment of prophecy of Jesus in Luke 21: 34 where Jesus foretold, "they shall fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem would be trodden down of the Gentile UNTIL the time of the Gentile were fulfilled.”   Notice the "UNTIL" just as the “until” in Matthew 23: 37-39 and Zechariah 12th chapter which shows every household of Israel mourning for Jesus when they see the nail prints in his hands.  Also, what of the "until” of Ezekiel 21: 25-27?

Question:  Does God always fulfill His prophetic promises?  Most folks will agree that He does.  Therefore  we ask, “What of Isaiah 1: 26, in which God promised Israel he was going to restore her judges as at the first?  He certainly has not done so yet.  Jesus, in Matthew 19: 27-28 did show the certainty of such a fulfillment, for he promised his twelve apostles they were going to be those very, restored judges.  That event is yet in the future and it is certainly a dependable promise.

Isaiah 9: 6-7,  "Unto us a child is given, unto us a son is born... of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom from henceforth forever.... " 

 We must consider the fact that no one can tell us when Jesus sat on the throne of David, and when peace was present in abundance that was to last forever, and if peace is a fact today.  Also, Ezekiel 36th and 37th Chapters and the valley of dry bones show the two tribes re-joining with the ten tribes , and emphasizing verses 21 and 22 which foretell both the scattering and the re-gathering in two verses: "I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, to which they are gone... and I will make them one nation upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them ; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all."

Let us consider Micah 5: 2 and Jesus born in Bethlehem and the fact of Jesus bringing Israel to safety and peace as seven shepherds and eight principle men are raised against the invader, which is surely the time when the Lord with his saints comes to Israel's rescue (Zechariah 14: 5).

Then there are chapters three, and chapters thirty one through thirty three of Jeremiah, all of which demand the presence of Israel back in the land, a fact that has not been seen for the last 2000 years until our generation.  Also, Zechariah 14: 1-9 when Jesus, after rescuing Israel, is "king over all the earth.”  Also the building of the new, millennial temple in Ezekiel chapters 40-48 with the sacrificial system restored to natural Israel as he rules over them according to the prophecies of God's word  (Zechariah 6: 13-14).

Yes,  the “Kingdom of God” is the restored “Kingdom of  Israel” which will grow to fill the whole earth, as Jesus is given the throne of his Father David to rule over the house of Jacob, forever, “and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:  32-33).        Wayne R. Tanner   

 

Have the Stick of Judah and the Stick of Ephraim been Joined as Prophesied?

          The gospel of the kingdom that was preached by Jesus and his apostles two thousand years ago was a message to the world that the twelve tribe kingdom of Israel would be completely restored and ruled over by a one king forever.  The message which the angel Gabriel in (Luke 1: 31-33) spoke to Mary as he informed her of the impending birth of Jesus, verifies that very important purpose of God.  Notice:  “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David; and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom, there shall be no end.”

         Most religious-minded students of the Bible are aware that Jesus came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4: 23).  Both John and Jesus, in their approach to the Jews stated “The kingdom is at hand” (Matthew 3: 2; Matthew 4: 17).

         That statement is a mystery to most Bible students, for that was over two thousand years ago and the world-wide kingdom of God as described in the scriptures still is a matter of expectation.

         The mystery vanishes as we consider Jesus’ message to those Jews in Matthew 23: 37-39.  In that message, Jesus tells those Jews, “... how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not.”

         This tells us the kingdom was at hand. Jesus was offering to restore the Jews’ kingdom, but their attitude was, “We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19: 14).  It was known from the beginning that this would be their response (Acts 15: 18).

         Therefore, Jesus knew the restoration of their Kingdom would have to be postponed. Few Bible students associate the New Testament “kingdom of God” with the restoration of the kingdom of Israel.  How can there be any doubt whatsoever?  The angel’s message to Mary (Luke 1: 31-33); and Jesus’ answer to Peter in Matthew 19: 27-28 prove that fact beyond question.  Luke 19: 28 shows the answer to Peter’s question to be, “when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

         That will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel in Isaiah 1: 26 which reads,  “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning.”  Likewise, as Jesus was taken to heaven from the midst of his disciples (Acts 1: 3-7), and after forty days, being taught of him of the “kingdom of God,” they asked him, “wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” 

         His answer to them did not indicate that the expectation that the kingdom would be restored was wrong.  His only answer to them was that the time of that restoration was known only to God, and that he could not answer their question as to the time.

         Likewise, Paul declared in Acts 28: 20 that “for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” Had Paul not been preaching the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel (Acts 25: 6-7; Acts 24: 14-15; Acts 26: 6-7) the Jews would not have falsely accused Paul.  Also, if Paul’s preaching of truth did not encompass the doctrine of the restoration of Israel’s kingdom with Jesus as King, he would not have been accused by the Jews.

Is the Doctrine of the Restoration of the Ancient

Kingdom of Israel a Fundamental Truth?

         Yes, it is certainly a fundamental truth, a truth that finds no place in the teaching of apostate religions of the world.  Of over four hundred religious groups in The United States, we know of no none other than ourselves who hold that important doctrine. All others we know of reject it.  There is a group of so-called “witnesses” who no longer knock on our door, who reject that the kingdom of Israel will ever be restored

         It has long been known that they once believed in the restoration of Israel’s kingdom, apparently because Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah refer to prophecies of that fact very often.  However, it is also known that they came to believe that the forecasts of those prophecies were fulfilled in the return of the people after the Babylonian captivity as recorded in Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai and Micah.  Such an idea proves to be a serious error when we consider the following facts.

         It is a fact that only the tribes of Benjamin and Judah constituted the kingdom of Judah.  Not all twelve tribes were taken captive to Babylon.  The northern ten tribes went into captivity to Assyria over a hundred years before the Babylonian captivity, and only that two tribe kingdom returned to Israel, not all twelve tribes at all.

         In Ezekiel 37th chapter Ezekiel is shown a valley of dry bones awaiting a political resurrection.  Those bones are the whole house of Israel, not just two tribes of Israel.  In Ezekiel 37: 16, God tells Ezekiel to take in his hand one stick representing the ten tribes of Northern Israel and a second stick representing the Southern two tribes of the kingdom of Judah.  Together the two stick means 12 tribes. In verses 21-22 God sums up His meaning.  He says: “Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, to which they are gone, and I will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”

         We have to ask: Is it proper reasoning to take a prophecy of what is to happen with twelve tribes, and proclaim it to be fulfilled by an event that involved only two tribes?  That is the sort of reasoning that leads to apostasy. 

         Every prophecy in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Haggai Micah etc., speaks of the restoration of the whole twelve tribe kingdom of Israel, not just two tribes.  One of the sticks in Ezekiel’s hand represented ten tribes; the other stick represented two tribes. This prophecy requires the restoration of twelve tribes the same as does Matthew 19: 28.  The togetherness of two tribes does not in any way relate to God’s forecast to revive the twelve tribe kingdom of Israel.

         Isaiah 61: 4-11 proclaims a wonderful future for Israel, even an everlasting covenant between God and Israel (verse 8).  Consider chapters 61 through chapter 66 and the wonderful things foretold for that restitution.  That “everlasting covenant” mentioned there and elsewhere proves not to be so everlasting, if it be true as the apostasy declares – that no covenant with them will ever be everlasting again.

         Also, the inspired Apostle Paul in Hebrews 8: 7-13 settles the matter once and for all.  More than thirty years after Jesus left the earth to go to his Father’s right hand, Paul carefully speaks of the old covenant which God had made with Israel ... and speaks further about another Covenant which God is to make with Israel in the future.

         Notice in Hebrews 8: 8, 10, God speaks first of his old covenant with Israel which no longer exists, then says:  “Behold, the days come, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel  and with the house of Judah…”  Verse 10- “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts…”

         This is all still in the future, not in the past.  Who shall we believe? Shall we believe God? Or apostates who have wandered astray?

    Finally, in Zechariah 12: 7, it is recorded, “The Lord shall save the tents of Judah first,” indicating that the salvation of all the others will follow later.   Beyond a doubt, this speaks of the fact that the rest of the tribes shall join Judah in her salvation, and that the twelve tribes of Israel will once again take their place in the land which they are to possess as an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:  8.     Wayne R. Tanner


All That are in the Graves

(John 5: 28-29) 

            Isaiah 26: 13-14 clearly declares that non-covenanted persons will never rise from the dead; and Jeremiah 51:37-39, 56-57 declare the same truth.  Also, I Thessalonians 4: 16-17 declares that it is the dead “in Christ” who are resurrected from the dead.  Importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that only baptism of believing persons constitutes being “in Christ” (Galatians 3: 26-29; Mark 16: 15).

            In spite of the above truths,  John 5: 28-29 reads that all that are in the graves shall hear his voice and come forth, either to the resurrection of life; or to the resurrection of damnation.  Immediately, after noting the above facts, it is often believed by some that the Bible contradicts itself.  Also, practically the entire world of religion, on the basis of the phrase “all that are in the graves,” has adopted the false doctrine of universal resurrection, which supposes that everyone who has ever lived will be raised again from the dead.  What is the problem here?

            The usual terms translated “grave”, are the Hebrew “sheol” (Ecclesiastes 9: 10) in the Old Testament; and the Greek “hades” (I Corinthians 15:55). 

            However, the Greek term translated “grave” in John 5: 28 is neither “sheol” nor “hades.”  Young’s Concordance as well as Thayer’s Greek Lexicon show that the term translated “grave” at John 5: 28 is the Greek term “mnemeion.”  Both render the term to mean “memorial” or “remembrance.”  Again, Scripture clearly shows the existence of graves which will not be disturbed as Jesus descends back to the earth.

            In opposition, the Apostle Paul in Romans 6:3-5, explains the fact and meaning of baptism into Christ.  In Verse 5 Paul declares:  “If we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.”

            Therefore, all who die after a valid baptism into Christ, are said to be sleeping in a grave marked for remembrance – therefore a “mnemeion,” meaning a memorial grave marked for remembrance. This means, just as Jesus remarked, “All in a mnemeion will hear his voice and shall come forth…”  Therefore, the dead in Christ shall rise first (I Thessalonians 4: 16).  “Then we who are alive shall be caught up together…”

Truly, as Jesus remarked, “All who sleep in a memorial grave shall hear his voice and shall come forth….”

We must be aware that it is written in Psalms 78:38-39, speaking of faithless Israelites at the time of the Exodus, were as “a wind that passeth away and cometh not again.”  So it is with all unbelievers (Mark 16: 16).”                         Wayne R. Tanner                

 

                                                                                                                    

For the Hope of Israel  (1)

Acts 28:20

The entire Bible holds that Israel holds a special place in the plan and purpose of God.  Although the kingdom of Israel was brought to an end (Ezekiel 21: 25-27), Believers hold that  a bright and wonderful future awaits the nation of Israel.  Most of the religious of the religious world denies that Israel has any more to do with anything in the purpose of God.

Jesus is shown to be the seed of Abraham who is to possess forever, all the land that Abraham could see (Genesis 13: 13-14 with Galatians 3: 16). The promise to Abraham in Genesis 13: 13-14 defines the territory of God’s kingdom.

The promise f Genesis 15th and 17th Chapters concerns “seeds as of many.” Two Tribes are in the land now. As for the Ten Tribes, where are they?

The promise to David regards the government for the world-wide kingdom of God.  It is also from the throne of David (which is the throne from which Israel was originally ruled), from which the world is to be ruled in the “kingdom of God” (Zechariah 14: 9; II Samuel 7: 10-15; Acts 2: 30).  Also, in Luke 1: 26-35, as the angel from God announced to Mary that she was to bear the Son of God, the angel associated the purpose of God regarding Christ, to the throne of David and rulership over “the house of Jacob”  which is the “house of Israel.” 

Why is this so, if Israel has no further purpose in the plan of God?  This passage declares the association of the house of Israel with the eternal purpose of God in Jesus. The Temple at Jerusalem is called “the house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56: 6-7; Isaiah 2: 2-5; Jeremiah 3: 17).

To deny the restoration of the kingdom of Israel is to deny the setting up of the kingdom of God, for Israel will be the capital of the world-wide kingdom of God (Luke 1: 32;  Jeremiah 3: 17.

Consider Acts 28: 20 and the “hope of Israel.”  Mark 16: 15-16 shows that apostles were sent to preach the gospel to every creature.  Paul joined the effort, and he would not have preached the restoration of Israel’s kingdom, had that subject not been a part of the gospel they were to preach.  Note that John came preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 3: 2).  Jesus did also: Matthew 4: 17, 23. Therefore, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of the kingdom. 

How was the kingdom “at hand” as Jesus told the Jews?  Matthew 23: 37-39 reveals how “the kingdom was at hand.”  It was being offered to them, but they did not want it from Jesus.

 Their belief was that when their Messiah came, he would restore their kingdom, and set them free from Rome.  That was the “hope of Israel.” (See also Acts 1: 3-6).  Also, in Acts 24: 14-15; 26: 22, the Apostle Paul declared that he had neither believed nor preached anything other than “the prophet that Moses has said would come.”  Apparently, since he was imprisoned because of the “hope of Israel,” he was therefore, preaching the hope of Israel, that is, the restoration of their kingdom.  

Since he believed and preached the same that was preached by the prophets and Moses, let us examine the message of the prophets of Israel regarding Israel and her purpose in God’s plan.

Since Zechariah 14: 9 declares Jesus to be the king “in that day,” how large is the area of his kingdom?  Psalm 72: 8 says, “His dominion shall be from sea to sea, from the river unto the ends of the earth”, in other words, His dominion is the whole earth. Compare Romans 4: 13.

Act 15: 15-18.  “I will return and build against the tabernacle of David, that the rest of men…” Why so, if Israel has no more to do with God’s plan? Notice also, it will happen “when He returns.

 What more did the prophets say should come?

Notice Ezek. 21: 27- “UNTIL,” and Matthew 23: 39 - “Until,” not forever.  See Zechariah 13th chapter.

Isaiah 1: 26 “I will restore thy judges as at the first.”

Isaiah 9 6-7 “The government shall be upon his shoulder…”

Jeremiah 3: 17 Jerusalem: the throne of the Lord. ALL the nations gathered to it. 

Jeremiah 31: 17, 31-35    God and Israel.

Jeremiah 33: 14-26 God and Israel.

Isaiah 2: 2-5 ; Psa. 48: 2 “All nations shall flow into the Lord's house.” “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem,” Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth.”

Isaiah 56:  6-7- A house of prayer for all people.”

Ezekiel 36th Chapter: the conquest of the nations.

Ezekiel 37th Chapter. He shall join sticks of Judah and Israel together

Ezekiel 20:  35-40 - God shall join all Israel together as one nation, one king shall be over them

Zechariah 12: 7 - He shall save tents of Judah first.

Ezekiel 38th Chapter - God gathered them back from the sword.

Jeremiah 3: 7-19 - Israel returns to be God’s wife.

Hosea 2: 14-23 - Israel returned to God who speaks tenderly to her.

Yes, Paul preached the same message as the prophets and set forth “the hope of Israel.”

The kingdom of God will cover the earth with Jerusalem as the capital of the kingdom, which shall cover the entire earth! (Jeremiah 3: 17).                             Wayne R. Tanner

For the Hope of Israel (2)

God created the earth and immediately declared His interest in a kingdom upon the earth (Genesis 1: 28).

Adam failed the test to be the ruler of the earth and all that was upon it. Thus, God began to think toward a plan B which worked toward a second Adam (Who was Christ I Corinthians 15: 45). God’s plan allowed for an early kingdom of God upon the earth.  Such a kingdom was in preparation as he made the promise to Abraham that concerned the territory of the kingdom; and a promise to King David regarding the government of the kingdom.

 After two thousand years of toleration of pagan belief and activity upon the earth, God thought to make a two-fold covenant with a man named Abraham. 

 The first portion of that covenant concerned a plan that covered eternity; it pertained to Abraham and a future descendant of Abraham named Jesus (Galatians 3: 16), who also would be the son of God. That covenant is found in Genesis 13: 14-15.  Galatians 3: 16 declares that the covenant was not to the fleshly descendants of Abraham, but to Abraham and Jesus Christ and all who would be a part of a multitudinous Christ (Galatians 3: 29).

The other consideration of the covenant concerned the fleshly descendants of Abraham and a kingdom that would begin after those descendants had been in bondage for four hundred years, after which a servant of God (Moses) would lead them freedom – and to a special Land prepared for their kingdom.

This kingdom existed upon the earth as “The Kingdom of Israel.”  Because of extreme disobedience and rebellion, God divided that kingdom into two nations and finally ended the existence of the kingdom, promising to restore that kingdom in the future, for God had promised that the kingdom would constitute an everlasting possession of the righteous (Genesis 17: 7-8). Therefore everlasting possession would be a feature of the everlasting kingdom of God.

Of the four hundred or more “religious” denominations that we view today, only one of those denominations believes and teaches the restoration of that kingdom, although God clearly foretold the restoration of the kingdom.  A couple of other denominations teach the restoration of that kingdom, but they also teach the error that after one thousand years of that kingdom, the earth is destroyed and all the righteous  are taken into heaven for eternity. That contradicts the fact that God had promised that the possession of the land on which that kingdom would be restored, would be an everlasting possession.

 Also, Proverbs 10: 30 declares to the righteous will never be removed from the earth.  Jesus himself declared in Matthew 5: 5 - Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  Psalms 37: 29 says, “The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever.”

A number of the four hundred religious denominations claim that I Kings 8: 56 and Joshua 23: 13-14 prove that the promises made to Abraham are declared by God to have been completely, and totally fulfilled to the letter.

However, both those passages state that that which was said to have been fulfilled were promises spoken to Moses, and not to Abraham.  They concerned those things concerned the division of the land and how the nation would fare in their own land.  The promises to Abraham were clearly declared to be an everlasting possession.  Acts 7: 3-5 clearly declares that God gave Abraham no part of the land for a possession, not even the size of his foot.  Hebrews 11: 13 also assures us, that Abraham and the others “died in faith, not having received the promises, but saw them afar off (into the future).”

It is, therefore a grave error to believe and teach that those promises have been fulfilled, and do not await fulfillment shortly into our future.

Therefore, we have examined the territory involved in God’s plan for Israel, and for the everlasting kingdom of God.

However, any kingdom must also have a king ruling over the kingdom.  David was God’s favorite king over the kingdom of Israel during its first period of existence.  God made a promise to King David regarding a king for the future and throughout eternity.  We see that promise in II Samuel 7:10-17. The certainty of fulfillment is found in Psalms 89: 20-37 where God promises to honor his covenant. 

A King is referred to and promised in this passage.  What was God saying in the chapter, and who is the promised King?  In Acts 2nd chapter, the apostle Peter stood up and addressed the multitude of Israelites concerning that King and His Kingdom.

In Acts 2: 29 - 30, Peter tells us what God said in II Samuel 7: 10-37 Note: “David, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne .” 

So, Jesus, the Son of God is the king who shall sit on David’s throne forever.

The kingdom of Israel came to an end, (Ezekiel 21: 25-27) and that land laid waste for nearly 3000 years with no king on any throne.  Nearly every religious community proclaims that Israel is gone forever, and will never have a part in God’s plan and purpose again.

Is that true, or is it an error to be rejected?

QUESTION:   Was the shutdown of the kingdom of Israel a final shutdown, or was it declared to be temporary?  Notice the words of  Ezekiel 21: 27 –“I will overturn, overturn, overturn and it and it shall be no more UNTIL He come whose right it is…”

Matthew 23:38-39 – “…your house is left unto you desolate… and you shall see me no more UNTIL you shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

So, we see there is an “until” involved.  It was not an eternal shutdown at all. There is a time set for “the restitution of all things spoken of by the holy prophets since the world began.”

God promises in the O.T. that His promises are fully guaranteed. Isaiah 61st chapter; Ezekiel 36th chapter and Ezekiel 37th chapter all prophesy the restoration of Israel’s kingdom and her king.

The New Testament is just as certain: Luke 1: 26- 32; Acts 1: 4-8; Acts 15: 16-17.

These truths constitute the “gospel of Jesus Christ.”  Mark 16: 15-16 Acts 28: 20: the hope of Israel is the kingdom of God which restores Israel’s kingdom as the capital of the world-wide kingdom of God (Jeremiah 3: 17; 31: 17,31-35;  33:26; Isaiah 2: 2-5, Psalms 72: 8).

I Corinthians 15: 24-28.

                                                                                                                                Wayne R. Tanner

 

The Dead Shall be Raised Incorruptible

(I Corinthians 15: 52)

               The Apostle Paul wrote, in 1Corinthans 15:52 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

If a person is not well informed regarding the vital subject of resurrection and judgment, to them I Corinthians 15: 52 might be understood to say that the dead rise from the grave already having put on incorruption and immortality.

               The problem with such a conclusion is that in 2 Corinthians 5: 10, the inspired Apostle Paul declares to the Ecclesia at Corinth that: “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive things done in his (Christ’s) body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

               In other words, each person must “stand” (Revelation 20: 12) before the judgment seat in order to receive a reward for what we have done.

That cannot be accomplished in the grave where there is neither “work nor device ... knowledge or wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9: 10).

               Also, in Matthew 25: 31-46, the Apostle Matthew shows that after the righteous (verses 25: 34-36) are dealt with; and the rejected are dismissed, verse 46 declares: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.”

               Now it is a definite truth that the judgment seat of Christ is not in the grave, but is to happen above ground – upon the earth. 

Also, Revelation 20: 12-13 clearly says that the dead “stand” before the judgment before they receive the change of nature.  It does not happen in the grave; rather, it happens after the resurrection. 

Strange to some, that is what Paul is teaching in 1 Corinthians 15: 35-55.

               Again, the term “the dead” does not always refer to persons who are without life and still sleeping in the grave.  We see for certain in Revelation 20: 12 where John writes that he saw the dead “stand” before God, and the book of remembrance (Malachi 3: 16) – and the book of life are opened (Revelation 20: 12) are opened. 

It is impossible for dead persons to stand. Therefore, John saw persons who had been dead, but had now been resurrected to life, stand before the judgment seat.  That is Paul’s meaning in I Corinthians 15: 52 where he saw those dead who were “cast out” (of the ground) as a natural, flesh and blood person in verse 42.

               Since that nature cannot enter God’s kingdom (verse 50), he shows that a further raising up to a different, acceptable nature has to occur (verses 52-54).  That is why Jesus when he returns from heaven, resurrects the dead, and changes the saints’ lowly, vile bodies to be like his own glorious body, to possess an incorruptible, immortal nature (Philippians 3: 20-21). 

With what Body do they come?

               Paul, in I Corinthians 15: 35, suggests that some will ask, “With what body do they come?” As Paul begins to address the question that some may ask he refers to the profession of farming, and the raising of grain. For well over three thousand years, Israel had been an agriculture civilization.  He knew his readers would understand his meaning.

               Paul reminds the Corinthians that that which is made alive is similar to the grain that is planted in the ground. After the stalk has developed from the seed that was planted, the old seed that was planted cannot be found, for that grain of seed has developed into the stalk that is standing.

               The expected grain that develops is not attached to the seed that was planted, but is now on the new stalk that has emerged and is above the ground.

               So it is with the natural, lowly body that emerges from the ground; the body which rises from the ground is changed to a body raised up from corruption and mortality to incorruption and immortality (I Corinthians 15: 50-54).  At that point “death is swallowed up in victory” (verse 54).

               In verse 37, Paul begins to use the principle of “sowing seed.”  That is because in those days, long before the era of modern machinery, a farmer sowed seed by having a sack of seed hanging around his neck.  He would reach into his bag, and bring out a handful of seed and cast it out of his hand onto the ground.  I witnessed my father doing that many times.

It is vital to know that God, through Isaiah 26: 19 declared, “The earth shall cast out the dead.” That was what was understood by “sowing” seed in those days of ancient agriculture.

               Again, verse 37 declares that “the body” that comes from the grave is not ‘THE BODY THAT SHALL BE,” meaning the future incorruptible, immortal body, but a body that is “corruptible” and “mortal” and which has yet to put on incorruption and immortality (verses 53-54).

               The immortalization of Jesus also was after his resurrection.  He did not come out of the tomb already in possession of his Father’s nature. This is evident from John 20: 17. Jesus evidently had the defilement of the grave still upon him as Mary rushed forward, seeking to touch him. His words to her in verse 17 are very meaningful, even if hard to understand. His words were:  “Touch me not: for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend to my Father and your Father, and unto my God and your God.”

               Evidently, the change happened after Mary left him, for later, when he appeared to the disciple in John 20: 17, Jesus invited Thomas to touch his side and see that he really was the crucified One. Why could Mary not touch him, when Thomas was invited to do what Mary was forbidden to do? The answer is that the grave, according to the Law of Moses (Numbers 19 16), defiled a person and required the person to undergo a cleansing process. Mary would herself have been defiled if she had touched him. If Jesus had already ascended to the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4), the defilement would have already been removed and Mary would have been able to touch him just as Thomas did.

               Also, Mark 16: 12 declares that “afterward, He appeared to them “in another form.” Therefore, scripture proves that a change of nature occurred after Mary left him, not while he was dead inside the tomb.

               Also, one might ask, to what was Jesus referring as he stated, “I have not yet ascended to my Father?”  It was a fact that Jesus did not ascend to heaven where his Father was until more than a month later.  It is recorded that Jesus was with his apostles for forty days, teaching them of things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1: 3).  He had ample time personally to tell his apostles that He would be ascending to heaven.

               Therefore, the ascent mentioned in John 20: 17 certainly was that Jesus was about to ascend to the divine nature of his Father.  That ascent made it quite “legal” for anyone to touch him, for defilement is not present in anyone that possesses the divine nature.  This being true, it is clearly shown that Jesus did not rise from the dead already in possession of the divine nature. 

Jesus is also our forerunner (Hebrews 6: 20).  Therefore, what he experienced prior to us, we shall experience as we tread the same path that he travelled.

Therefore, we must clearly understand Paul’s true statement that the dead do not come forth from the grave in possession of “the body that shall be” (Verse 37).  Paul stated in Verse 43 that the dead rise “a natural body.”  For six thousand years, men’s “natural body” has been an unclean (Job 25: 34), i.e., a mortal body (Romans 5: 12).

               The life of all men for the last six thousand years is expressed by the Greek word psuche which is translated  ”life” 40 times, and mind 3 times.  The phrase translated a “natural body” in I Corinthians 15: 42 is “soma psuchikon,” that is, “a body natural.”

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, page 677 says of “psuchikon: belonging to the psuche;  borrowed from Genesis 2: 7;  governed by the psuche; the principle of animal life, which men have common with the brutes; the sensuous nature with its subjection to appetite and passion as though made up of nothing but psuche.”

               A natural body is possessed by seven billion people on the earth today.  That will be the nature of the body that is “cast out” of the earth in the resurrection, which may then put on incorruption and immortality.    

Wayne R. Tanner    


 We Shall Not all Sleep

1 Corinthians 15: 51

          It is unfortunate that I Corinthians 15: 52 the text is often mistaken to mean that the dead come out of their graves incorruptible and immortal, a teaching known as Immortal Emergence.

         In believing in “immortal emergence” from the grave, a person has to deny the important, fundamental doctrine of the “judgment seat of Christ.” 

         Notice: Ecclesiastes 12: 1: “God shall bring every work into judgment.”

         Matthew 25: 31-46 shows those there will be some from every nation being judged by Christ.  In verses 34-37, Jesus addresses and accepts the approved.  Then, in verses 41-43 Jesus addresses and rejects those not approved.  Now notice that in verse 46, Jesus declares that those who are approved “go away into everlasting life,” while those who are not approved “go away into everlasting punishment.”  That does not happen as one emerges from the grave!  It happens after being examined at the judgment seat.                  2 Corinthians 5: 9: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

         Can anyone imagine the folly of believing that if we emerge from the grave already in possession of the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4), that we, as immortals, still have to be judged in order to receive a reward for what we have done?  Away with such foolishness!  It does not happen as one awakes from the dead.               Notice carefully that in Romans 14: 10-12, verse 12 clearly says, “So, then, every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.”  

         Again, can anyone believe that if we approved and glorified coming out of the grave, that we still have to give an account of ourselves before God?  Scripture declares in Luke 20: 36 that when one is approved and rewarded, that such “are equal unto the angels.” Can it be thought that an angel has to give an account of himself to God?  Neither shall we, after obtaining the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4). 

Therefore, what is Paul Saying?        

         It is important to consider from I Corinthians 15:35-55 that God is inspiring the Apostle Paul to compare the resurrection to eternal life to the raising and harvesting of grain.  All Israelites, long before the advent of modern machinery, knew that in the sowing of grain, a farmer simply reached into his bag and CASTS OUT the seed upon the ground as in Isaiah 26: 19, “the earth shall cast out the dead.”

         Paul uses the term “sow” very often in his reasoning on this matter of the earth “casting out” the dead in the resurrection.” 

         In verse 42, Paul says the resurrection body is CAST OUT in corruption (just as it now) then RAISED to incorruption.

         In Verse 43, Paul says it is sown (cast out) in dishonor, then (after judgment) raised in glory.  He also says it is sown (cast out) in weakness, then raised in power.  

         In verse 44, Paul declares the resurrection body is sown (cast out) “a natural body.”  The Greek phrase for “natural body” is “soma psuchekon.”  Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, on page 677, declares that “soma psuchekon” means “the principle of animal life which men have in common with the brutes” (compare Ecclesiastes 3: 17-20).

        Therefore, a natural body means a flesh and blood body as in I Corinthians 15: 50 – one that cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  Therefore, says Paul by inspiration, that a person’s nature must be raised from that “natural body” state to the incorruptible and immortal state as in verses 53-54.  The term “raised” in verse 52 is the Greek “egiero,” not anastasis as in verse 42. To stand up from a sitting position is “egiero;” to raise one’s arm to a different position is also “egiero.”

         The term “raised” in verse 52 causes some to associate the term with being “raised from the dead,” which the term “anastasis” would mean. Paul is clearly showing that since the resurrection body cannot inherit the kingdom without being changed, it must be “raised” from that natural state to that of the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4). Verses 51-54 considered together teaches that very thing. Verses 51-52 show that it happens to those raised from the dead at the same time it happens to those who are alive and remain for it says it happens to both “in a moment in the twinkling of an eye.”

         So Paul does not say it happens to the dead as they arise, but that it happens to those who are living later on. No! It happens to both in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (I Corinthians 15: 51-52).

         Immortal Emergence is an apostate theory and must not be tolerated in the Ecclesias.  The Apostle Paul in I Thessalonians 5: 21 instructs us, “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”                                                                                       Wayne R. Tanner

Was Jesus the Angel of the Lord?

             The title question can be answered as “Yes,” for even mortals who served God throughout the history of the world have had the same words applied to them as is applied to the angels from heaven.  The Old Testament Hebrew word for angel is “Malak;” and the New Testament Greek word for angel is “Aggelos.” 

            It is a fact that in 2 Peter 2:4 , Peter refers to the evil “Korah” along with his evil followers by the term “aggelos,” since for a while,they had been helpers of God in the affairs of Israel (Numbers 16: 8-9).

However, we see from Numbers 16th chapter that Korah sought to get certain Israelites to do his own will rather than the will of God.  Peter in his epistle refers to those rebels as “angels that sinned,” and says they were cast down to “tartarus” (a deep abyss) to await the Day of Judgment. Notice Numbers 16: 32- 33: “And the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods …. They and all that appertained unto them went down into the pit, and the earth closed upon them …”

We find also that the Hebrew term for angel was applied to John the Baptist in Malachi in Malachi 3: 1; as is the Greek term aggelos in Matthew 11: 10. In both passages, the terms are translated “messenger.” Jesus was likewise a messenger of God in the greatest sense.  Therefore, Jesus was, in fact, the Malak as well as the Aggelos of God. 

However, Jesus was never the Malak or Aggelos of God sent from heaven to appear to men upon the earth during Old Testament times.

Members of the apostasy are known to teach that Jesus was the “angel of God” sent from heaven on a mission for God, as in Judges 2: 1, 4; Genesis 3: 11; 14:19.  They say that “the angel of the Lord” was none other than Jesus the Christ in every occurrence of the phrase. See footnotes (1), (2) and (3) of Scofield’s New Translation of the Bible.

 What does Scripture Say About That?

          The Apostle Paul makes several denials of the claim that Jesus was formerly one of the angels, per se.  The apostate theorists failed to notice that their doctrine was a denial of Bible truth.  They, therefore, were in ignorance of the fact that their position fell into the error which Paul foretold in II Timothy 4: 4 – that the apostates would be turning God’s truth into fables.

         Hebrews 1: 5 clearly denies the fable of Jesus formerly being an angel, when he asks the pertinent question, “To which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee and again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a son?”

         Therefore, we ask any apostate to answer Paul’s question.  To which angel did God ever say either of the two questions in Hebrews 1: 5? Paul’s point clearly is that God never said that to any angel, only to Jesus. This tells us clearly that Jesus was not formerly one of the heavenly orders of angels who encamp around the throne of God.

          Again in Hebrews 1: 13 Paul asks, “To which of the angels said he at any time, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”

         Certainly, if Jesus was the “Angel of the Lord” of Old Testament times, the fact that Psalms 110: 1, which speaks of Jesus, would mean that God did say to one of His angels these words, and the Apostle Paul’s point falls flat and was an absolute lie. Since God inspired the Apostle Paul to make these points, the truth is that Jesus never was one of the angels, and it is Scofield’s point that falls flat and is without truth.

 Was Jesus a part of a Trinitarian God?

         After Jesus left his disciples and ascended to his Father in heaven, the disciples did as Jesus had commanded them and traveled through the Pagan world preaching the “gospel of Jesus Christ.” The apostles knew that the Pagans they would encounter worshipped gods many and lords many (I Corinthians 8: 4-6).

         Paul, after expressing that fact, declared in verse 4, “there is no God but one,” and in verse 6 Paul declared, “But to us (the believers) there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

         It is vital to know that the word “by” in the above verse is translated from the Greek term “di” which is translated from the Greek “dia” which absolutely means “through,” as it is translated in the Emphatic Diaglott. It is “through” the work of Jesus and his sacrifice, that we can obtain salvation.  The passage, therefore declares that there is only one God by whom are all things; and one Jesus Christ through whom are all things.

         Again, this inspired Apostle expressed the seven pillars of wisdom’s house (Proverbs 9:1; Ephesians 4: 4-6), that there is only “one Lord” (Jesus: verse 3); and “One God” – verse 6).  The vital message that there is absolute agreement through the Old Testament; and the New Testament; is noted by the Apostle Paul as he calls attention to the fact that the Old Testament (Romans 15: 4) was written for our learning.

            Since that is correct, it is proven by God’s own words that the Old Testament message concerning Himself is in complete harmony with New Testament expressions. 

Notice: Deuteronomy 6: 4 – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.”

Let it be recognized that Trinitarians are quick to point out that the term “God” in that passage is “Elohim” which is a plural, and say that it refers to a plural God. 

In this, they are in ignorance of the fact that encyclopedias published even by Trinitarians explain that “Elohim,” when referring to God, “... awakens attention to the infinite riches and the inexhaustible fullness which are contained in the one divine Being; so that if men might imagine innumerable Gods and invest them with perfections, these should all be comprised in the one Elohim….” (Fairbairin’s Imperial Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. iii, page 23)

 Let us now hear more of God’s own testimony concerning Himself:

Isaiah 43: 11 “I, even I, am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior.”  (Notice the singular pronouns “I” and “me.”)

            Isaiah 44: 6 “I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God.”

            Isaiah 44: 8 “… Is there a God beside me? Yea there is no God; I know not any.” Notice again the singular pronouns. There is no plurality with the God of Israel, except regarding His plurality of attributes.

            Isaiah 44: 24 “… he that formed thee from the womb; I am the Lord that maketh all things; who stretcheth the heavens alone; who spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”  Again, there is no plurality with God all the way through the Bible.  The only plurality that is found to be “fables” concerning Him, and concerns those who have turned away their ears from the truth and have turned unto fables, meaning “things that are not true”– Webster (2 Timothy 4: 4).

                                                                                 Wayne R. Tanner

  

Out of Zion Shall go forth the Law

... and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem

Isaiah 2: 2-4

 Conflicting plan and purpose

         The plan and purpose of the Palestinian occupation of the Middle East are not that there is to be a two-state presence in the land of Israel. The vision of the Palestinians is that there shall not be a single Israelite left in the Middle East; and that only Palestinians will continue to exist in what is now known as “The Land of Israel.” 

         All Jerusalem, the Palestinians expect, is to be the capital of the Palestinian state.

         However, the plan of Israel, backed by the United States, is that only Jews and Israelites shall be occupants of the ancient land of Israel.  That plan and purpose is vividly shown to also be the plan and purpose of the God of heaven.  The prophecies of God certainly show this to be His purpose in the Middle East.

         It will be recognized that our title above, comes from Isaiah 2: 2-4. A reading of those three verses informs us of the existence of the following conditions at the time of the fulfillment of that prophecy:

  “A mountain”  Scripture foretells of a great earthquake which forms that mountain as Jesus goes forth against the enemies of Israel. The last nine chapters of Ezekiel describe a great and high mountain around which is to be built the millennial temple.  (Ezekiel 40: 2; Zechariah 14: 10;  Matthew 4: 8 (that mountain is not yet in existence); Isaiah 66: 20; Isaiah 56: 7.

 “God’s temple, or house around the mountain”.  (Ezekiel Chapters 40-49; Isaiah 56: 5-7; John 2: 15-16;  John 14: 1)

All nations flowing into it: (Isaiah 2: 2; Isaiah 55: 7; Isaiah 4th  chapter; Zechariah 14:16-21.

  No nations left with dangerous weapons:  (Isaiah 2: 5; Micah 4: 3.

 Israel with no Enemies any Longer

         Every latter-day prophecy regarding Israel depicts the fact that every nation in The Middle East and many other locations is a hateful enemy of Israel with the desire to destroy her (Zechariah 14th chapter; Psalm 83: 2-9; Ezekiel 28: 20-26).  The events of the latter days leave Israel in complete safety with no Islamic enemies left to desire her destruction.

         Obadiah 1:18 foretells that in those latter-day attempts to terminate the nation of Israel, there is not one descendant of Esau left in existence. Throughout the history of Israel, she has been at odds with the descendants of Esau.

         Likewise, the balance of Israel’s kindred enemies is outlined by name in Psalm 83: 6-7.  These nations constitute “The Nations Round About.”

         In Psalm 83: 9-12, God decrees that of all those named nations, it is to be done to them, just what the early Israelites had done to the Midianites.

           In Numbers 31: 7, we learn that early Israel completely slew “all of the males of the nation of Midian.”  Therefore, the “Nations Round About” Israel will no longer exist.  We also are aware from Ezekiel 28: 25-26, that when God has executed His judgments of the ”Nations Round About” Israel, Israel will dwell safely and will prosper greatly.  We also learn that Russia later finds Israel in the ‘safe’ and ‘confident’ position as she makes her advance against Israel (Ezekiel 38th and 39th chapters). But the Gogian host is also utterly destroyed...

         Then one more battle will ensue before the world is forever a safe and peaceful planet toward which God has been working for six thousand years.  In that, we speak of the troops of NATO, the defense forces of Europe, which will finally move against Jesus and his saints, because they shall think he is “the anti-Christ.” 

         After those forces are utterly defeated (Daniel 2: 34-35; Revelation 17: 14), it is prophesied: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”  (Isaiah 11: 9). 

         The immediate result of the title action is that “... round about the throne there was a sea of glass (still waters, meaning a still, peaceful population) like crystal, and round about the throne were four living creatures (meaning immortal creatures) full of eyes before and behind (meaning all-seeing ones).” (Revelation 4: 6). These represent the Cherubim of Ezekiel one, and will spread and consolidate the sovereignty of the King, Jesus, as the nascent kingdom expands throughout all nations.

                                                                                     Wayne R. Tanner


Have the Promises to Abraham been fulfilled?

 Anyone who has debated that subject of the Kingdom of God with the Church of Christ has had to refute the false doctrine that teaches that the promises to Abraham were completely fulfilled in Old Testament times. Below are passages they quote in the effort to prove their claim: 

I Kings 8: 56 -  “Blessed be the Lord, who hath given rest to his people, Israel, according to all that he promised; There hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses.”

Joshua 21: 43-45 – “And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he swore to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it and dwelt in it.” … And the Lord gave them rest round about according to all that he swore unto their fathers…. There failed nothing of all the good things which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.”

As Moses was about to die, he spoke the following words to Israel: Joshua 23: 14-15 - “… NOT ONE SINGLE THING HAS FAILED OF ALL THE GOOD THINGS WHICH THE Lord your God spoke concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing has failed thereof.”

 It is vital that we take particular care to notice that every one of the above passages mention things that were said to Moses, and unto Israel; not to Abraham. When the above passages speak of promises to the “fathers,” the “fathers of the tribes” at the time of the Exodus is meant (Joshua 14: 1).  The above passage speaks only of promises God spoke to Moses concerning Israel in the land.  Not one of above passages speaks of things said to Abraham.  

We should take notice of the fact that all of the passages above speak of Israel’s inheritance in Israel “under the law.”  The inspired Apostle Paul makes the strong point in Romans 4: 13 that “the promise that he should be heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” 

 If it is true that those promises were fulfilled under the law as Israel possessed the land, then the inspired Apostle Paul was not so inspired after all. However, if we ignore apostate claims and believe the word of God, it is clear that the Apostle Paul was fully inspired. 

 We know that the writer of the Acts of the Apostles, records in Acts 7: 5: “And he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on; yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession. and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.” This proves that the eternal promises – those with lasting substance – had not been fulfilled at the time when Luke penned the Acts of the Apostles. 

Again the inspired Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 11: 13: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers, and pilgrims in the earth.” 

Therefore, who shall we believe? Shall we believe apostate opponents of the truth; or the inspired word of God?  As for me and my house, we shall believe the pure truth of the word of the God of Israel.

                                                    Wayne R. Tanner

 

                                                                                          

 

 

 Defining the Soul

(What is it?)

The subject of the soul has suffered more violence from the world of religion than most other subjects.   II Timothy 4: 4 foretold that the Ecclesia of Christ would experience a turning away their ears from the truth and turning unto fables.  This prophecy has come to pass as we see in the apostate doctrines of world religions.

Let us peruse the account of the creation of Adam, the first man, and see if the popular idea of a separate and immortal soul is scriptural.  We believe that the idea of such a soul is one of the worst errors to be found in the world of religion.

In Genesis 2: 7 we read:“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (underlining is mine).

There is no way around the truth that what was formed of the dust “became” a living soul.  There is no indication that Adam received a “living soul.”   Adam himself became a “living soul.”

It is vital to know that the term “living soul” is a translation of the Hebrew phrase “chai nephesh.”  Adam was not the first “chai nephesh” that had been created, for, in Genesis 1: 20, we find the phrase “chai nephesh” in the statement “every living creature that moveth.”  Again, in Verse 21 we find “chai nephesh” applied to every animal that moveth; and every fowl that flies. Therefore,  scripture informs us that Adam became exactly what every other living thing had become, “a chai nephesh.”

The belief held by those in the apostate world of religious thinking, that the soul is a separate entity within the body of a man, constitutes “the doctrine of men” (Isaiah 29: 13; Matthew 15: 9), and their description of the soul of man, cannot be found in the truth of God.                                                                                                                                               

The Hebrew term “nephesh” is translated:

Soul- 428 times.

Dead - 8 times.

Mind -15 times.

Heart- 15 times, meaning the mind (Proverbs 23: 7; Exodus 23: 9; Leviticus 26: 16, etc.).

Never does the term “immortal” occur in connection with the word “soul.”

Rather, scripture clearly declares that the soul is capable of death and that the soul, in fact, does die.  Notice:

1.              Souls die:

Ezekiel 18: 4-“The soul that sinneth, it shall die” 

Psalm 78: 50, “He spared not their soul from death’  

Job 7: 15 –Job said, “So my soul chooseth strangling and death rather than life.”

James 5: 20- “… he that converts a sinner has saved a soul from death.”

Joshua 10: 28, 32, 35, 37, 39 – ‘Joshua destroyed all the souls that were therein….”

2.              Souls are born - Exodus 1: 5 - seventy souls out of Jacob’s loins.

3.              Animals have souls - Numbers 31:28 – “souls of men, of persons, of oxen; of asses and of the sheep.

a.    Jesus said in Matthew 26: 38- “My soul is exceedingly

sorrowful, even unto death’. These things happen in the mind, proving that the terms “mind” and “soul” are synonyms.

Never do the scriptures speak of a soul that cannot die.  There is one passage of Scripture, which believers in an immortal soul interpret

to mean a deathless soul, and that is Matthew 10: 28 where Jesus is

thought to have said that no one can kill the soul.

That certainly is not Jesus’ meaning, for in the same verse Jesus told his apostles, “fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body.” 

No being can destroy that which cannot be destroyed. 

The literal meaning of Jesus’ words may be understood by comparing this scripture with Luke 12: 4-5. “…be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do…  Verse 5- “But I forewarn you whom ye shall fear. Fear him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell.”

The term “hell” in the above passage is “Gehenna” which speaks of the fiery “Valley of Hinnom” south of Jerusalem in which a continuous fire was kept burning for the destruction of refuse and waste [it perpetually burned because waste and trash were being continuously added as fuel – Ed].  The passage has no reference to the imaginary burning hell of apostate belief.

Now that we have seen the actual meaning of Jesus’ warning, no one has any excuse for believing that Jesus’ reference in Matthew 10: 28 had reference to an indestructible, immortal soul.  The Bible knows nothing of such an imaginary soul.

Therefore, both man and beasts, as well as fowl of the air are “chai nephesh.”  All constitute a soul.  When either beasts or men die,  Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 3: 19 declares, “what befalleth man, befalleth beasts.”   And verse 20 says, all go to one place ... all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.” Because of these truths, Psalms 49: 20 states: “Man that is in honor, and understandeth not is like the beasts that perish.”

 We must take note of the fact that believers in the different nature of man and beasts perceive that Ecclesiastes 3: 21 is teaching their beliefs, instead of the truth that the nature of men and beasts are the same.   Notice what Solomon did say:  “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward?”  It is a challenging question only, and not a statement of divine truth.  He had just stated that both go unto one place.  Thus, he is showing the pagan belief to be just that, a false, pagan belief.     Wayne R. Tanner

 

“I Will Be Who I Will Be”      

             Exodus 3: 14, in response to Moses' question as to who was sending him to Egypt to lead Israel to freedom, God, through His angel replied: "Eyeh asher Eyeh" which, when correctly translated says, "I will be who I will be."

It is evident in Exodus 3: 12 that the Hebrew term “Eyeh” means “I will be.”  In that phrase, the one-word “Eyeh” is translated by three English words, “I will be.” 

Neither God nor His representative angel said simply the words “I am” hath sent me.     

In this one chapter we find evidence of God being identified in whomsoever He manifested Himself.

Notice verse 6 where the angel (Exodus 3: 1- 2; Acts 7; 30), said:  I am the Father of Abraham, the God of Isaac, Jacob, and the God of Jacob.”  It is a known fact that the individual who was in the burning bush was an angelic being – not the literal Father of Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob.

            God, who no man has seen (John 1:16), was and is the Father of those three Israeli forefathers.  But Yahveh in heaven was “in” the angel who was speaking to Moses from the fiery bush, and the angel was representing God as he spoke.

Again, in Exodus 14: 19, we are told that God’s angel was in the cloud that went before Israel.  Yet, in verse 24 it says that “God looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar and the cloud.”

 Was this a falsehood, or the truth, since it was the angel of God that was in the cloud? 

The fact is, that God was in the angel that went before Israel (Exodus 23: 20-21). 

Therefore, as the angel looked unto the Egyptians, it was true also that God looked unto the Egyptians, for God was in the angel.  For one to see the angel was to see God also, for they were both present just as in Exodus 24: 10. 

In that passage we are told that seventy Israelite elders and Moses “saw the God (Elohim) of Israel.”  Since God was “in the angel,” the angel and Yahveh himself formed a plural.  Thus they saw a plural, for God was there also, but they literally saw only the angel in whom God was manifested.

Therefore, the truth of the phrase I will be who I will be” was put into reality, for to see the angel, was to see God, for God was doing the works which the angel performed, just as in the case of God's being in Jesus and working in Jesus (John 14: 9,  10).

The same principle is seen in 2 Corinthians 5: 19 where this phrase explains, that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.”  

There is an exact parallel of this concept expressed in Acts 2: 22: “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you...”  

Since God was working “in Christ” to see Christ perform those miracles, we clearly see God performing those miracles for Jesus, Who confessed that of himself He “could do nothing” (John 5: 30).

         Therefore, Exodus 3: 14 was God’s promise to mankind that He would at various times, appear to the prophets, to kings, to His Son, to his Son’s disciples, and to others. 

Someday in future time He will even appear Himself personally when God will be “all in all” (I CorinthiansHe H 15: 24-28 and Revelation 21: 3-4).          Wayne R. Tanner: Posted May 10, 2019

 

Are God and Jesus Forgeries? 

            The national news recently reported that more than a hundred or more churches are closing each month because church attendance has declined nationwide.  Jesus foretold two thousand years ago (Luke 18: 8), that when he returned he would scarcely find the faith for which he and his apostles were responsible.  Likewise, the apostle Paul in I Timothy 4: 1-3 foretold that in the “latter times, some shall be depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy.”

            Who could have known this and foretold it two thousand years ago, and have it come to pass with unerring accuracy, other than someone who was more than an average person living upon the earth?  Only God through His servants could tell the future in such a manner.

            One other Person in the history of mankind has demonstrated the ability to foretell future events to come upon the earth, and have those forecasts come to pass with such unerring accuracy that they cannot deny.  That one Person is Jesus Christ the Son of the God of Israel in whom God manifested Himself  (II Corinthians 5:19).

            No so long ago, persons driving on I-35 through Milwaukee, Wisconsin, suddenly approached a large sign that read:

                                    “No one died for our sins;

                                        Jesus Christ is a myth.”                 

            If that sign holds forth an ounce of truth, then perhaps those who erected that sign can explain the fact that only God and His Son foretold future events; and not in one instance has one of those forecasts failed to come to pass exactly as was foretold many hundreds of years ago, except a few which clearly still await fulfillment.   

Several Forecasts of God Himself

            It would be very easy to begin in Genesis, examining types and shadows foretelling future conditions, but there are so many that are found in the latter portion of Old Testament times, that we will consider several of those. 

            Around 600 A.D. God delivered the rebellious kingdom of Judah into captivity to Babylon.  While Israel was there in captivity, God gave a dream to king Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, which foretold the course of his and succeeding empires for the next 2600 years.  Daniel, God’s prophet, revealed to Nebuchadnezzar not only exactly the dream’s content but also what his dream had foretold.  How amazing it is that for more than 2500 years, events of the empire have followed the exact pattern laid out in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.

First, God showed the king that throughout the many years of future history, exactly four empires would have control over that region.

We ask this question, as we look back over the twenty-five hundred years of that region, how many empires have maintained control over that area? Why exactly four empires have controlled it, just as was foretold in 600 B.C. How amazing is it, that three of those empires, together, (1. Babylon; 2. The Medes and Persians; 3. Greece), ruled it for six hundred years. The fourth one (Rome) was said to control the region longer than the first three empires all put together.  Rome which later developed into Europe still holds the dominion over its people and will continue until a fifth kingdom (the kingdom of God) is set up in its place. 

            Doesn’t anyone wonder why, during those twenty-five hundred years, only those four empires ever gained control?  For twenty-five hundred years, the prophecy has followed the exact pattern that the king Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream that God sent to him.  No other empire ever entered into the picture.  No man could have foretold that and brought it to pass as it actually happened.

            Three thousand years ago, in Psalm 83:1-10; and again 2400 years ago in Ezekiel 28: 25-26 and Zechariah 14: 14, God foretold that the specific, named nations “round about” Israel would band together in an attempt to destroy ”Israel’s” existence. How interesting that now, three thousand years later, in the Middle East only THESE nations are daily threatening to destroy Israel’s very existence. Where are all those nations that threaten to destroy Israel? How amazing that those very nations are all the “nations round about Israel.” 

What man knew all of this three thousand years ago, and was able to bring it to pass three thousand years later?  The answer is obvious, and only the fool says “there is no God” (Psalm 14: 1; Psalm 53: 1).

The Appearance of Israel’s Messiah

            While the two-tribe kingdom of Judah was captive in Babylon, God revealed to the Prophet Daniel how long it would be until Israel’s Messiah (the Anointed One) would appear in their midst. How does He do this?

In Daniel 9:25, God reveals to Daniel a number of weeks. Even apostate Bible students, who often deny that “a day” in Bible prophesy represent a year, agree that in this prophecy a day represent a year, for none of the time periods given saw anything happen within the number of literal days specified that would fulfill the prophecy. Such critics mention three different decrees relative to the rebuilding of Jerusalem while ignoring a fourth date in which such a decree was given. 

Counting from one of the decrees given to rebuild Jerusalem would make Jesus to have been forty-five years old as he was crucified. A second supposed date would have made him a teenager at his crucifixion.  A third one also makes him the wrong age at his crucifixion, which the scriptures reveal as thirty-three and one-half years.

            There is another one which brings us to his crucifixion at the age of thirty-three and one-half years. That one was given by the Persian king in the year 457 B.C. The seven weeks and sixty-two weeks of verse 25 amounts to 69 weeks (483 years); calculation of those years brings one to 27 A.D., the year when Jesus was baptized by John and verbally approved by the Almighty’s thunderous voice from heaven, “This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased,” (Matthew 3: 17) making Him “the Anointed One” (Acts 10: 38).

            What man ever lived who could have foretold exactly four hundred eighty-three years in advance the exact time when Jesus would become Israel’s Messiah? But God did! Therefore, we recognize the only Person in the universe who possesses that ability, the God of Israel.

            Finally, though there are many other instances, consider Ezekiel 21: 25-27. God grew very tired of Israel’s rebellious ways and announced to her that he was, for a considerable period, bringing her kingdom to an end.

Through three “overturnings,” God ended her kingdom. 

The first overturning was to break up the twelve kingdoms, forming two separate kingdoms.   

            The second overturning was in sending the Assyrian forces, taking the northern kingdom hostage into Assyria from which they never returned. 

Overturn number three was Babylon coming into the land around 600 B.C., taking Judah captive.  There has been no Israeli kingdom since that time until the modern day. Judah returned to her land but was always ruled by foreign kings until again dispersed.                         

            In Ezekiel 21: 27, God says Israel’s kingdom “shall be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it Him.” That was 2600 years ago, and no king has restored Israel’s throne and kingdom during all that time. 

What man knew that the kingdom would not be rebuilt for over two thousand years?  Only God knew, and he kept it from happening until these end-times, just as he announced over two thousand years ago. 

The Bible knows of literal 24 hour days, of the day-for-a-year principle, and of a thousand-year millennial day (Psalms 90: 4; 2 Peter 3: 8).  In Hosea 6: 1-3 Israel was informed that her smiting would end after two millennial days and that she would be revived in the third day.  We now are well into the third millennia day since Israel’s smiting. Her great spiritual revival is about to happen as God promised it would (Ezekiel 37:11-22; Luke 1: 32-33). 

Was Jesus Sent by the God of Israel?

            Jesus often declared that he was sent by God, his Father (John 4: 24; John 14: 10; 2 Corinthians 5: 19).  Jesus often foretold of events to come, just as his Father did.  Whatever he foretold has either come to pass, or is yet due to be fulfilled, for a few thing he foretold are yet to be fulfilled.  Let us take notice of some things he foretold, that came to pass with unerring accuracy.

            In Matthew 23: 37-39, Jesus told the Jews who rejected him, that their dwelling place was to left desolate “UNTIL” they accepted him.   

            In Luke 21: 24 Jesus declared that the Jews would fall by the edge of the sword, and led away captive into all nations and Jerusalem would be trodden down by non-Jewish people (the Gentiles) “UNTIL” the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 

See Ezekiel 21: 27 for another “UNTIL” which shows that an end to the punishment against Israel was to come to an end.

And these references are perfectly parallel with Micah 5: 1-3!

            Jerusalem was in fact trodden down by Gentiles for close to two thousand years. The Jews that were in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., when Rome surrounded and destroyed the city, were scattered into every nation under the sun. In 1517 A.D., the Ottoman Turks invaded the Middle East as foretold in Daniel 11: 40-45. The Turkish ruling house held Jerusalem until 1917 when the English army drove the Turk out of Jerusalem and out of Palestine in preparation for Israel to establish her rulership over the land once again.

Therefore, we see that the “UNTIL” mentioned by Jesus in Luke 21; 24 and Matthew 23: 39 was by special, meaningful design – and fitted into God’s forecasts quite beautifully.

            Yes, every word of the Bible can be proven not to have been written by anyone except by Him who foretold it all hundreds and thousands of years in advance, and lived much longer than any man has ever lived; and brought every prophecy to pass with unerring accuracy.     

            Soon upon this earth, those who deny the existence of God, and the facts concerning the Son of God will be removed from existence. However, the God of Israel will rule the whole Universe throughout eternity. Contrary to the self-appointed “philosophers” who paid for the false Milwaukee signage, God and his Son Jesus DO exist, and will continue to exist, and will rule the entire earth forever, and forever.            Wayne R. Tanner

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