What COVENANTS WITH GOD mean

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WHAT COVENANTS MEAN

By Venerable Dr. Ifechukwu U. Ibeme

To BELIEVE in God in accordance with the Scriptures is to enter into COVENANT with Him.

The word COVENANT (from ancient French covenir) implies COMING TOGETHER of two or more parties to share in offered, granted or demanded responsibilities. Covenant (translating the Hebrew= berit, and Greek= diatheke) in the Scriptures, is a solemn agreement between two parties for self-giving entrustment and sacrificial loyalty. A covenant is jealously guaranteed by the covenanting parties with an oath. The words “Covenant” and “Testament” are used interchangeably in the KJV to translate the same Greek word (Grk= diatheke Heb_9:4; Mat_26:28; 1Co_11:25; Heb_9:15-17) because a covenant document sealed with death/blood/oath of the testator is called a testament, so that “book of the covenant” (Exo_24:7; 2Kin_23:21) is a “testament”. In the New Testament, diatheke occurs 33 times and is translated in the KJV 20 times as “covenant” and 13 times as “testament.” In the RSV and the NASB, only “covenant” is used.

The Gospels are the testamentary record of “word and deed” (Acts_1:1) depositions and dispositions of Christ’s New Covenant which are elaborated upon in the books of Acts, the Epistles and the Revelation. Old Testament Scriptures record the Old Covenant provisions mediated by Moses in the Torah which are elaborated upon in the Prophets and the Writings. Covenants are the solemn agreements while Testaments are their authentic documents. So, covenants and testaments in the Scriptures do not differ in purpose and meaning.

The Scriptures show that God Who created all humanity also calls them to loyally worship Him and intimately commune with Him, not casually or arbitrarily but according to His clearly commanded covenant terms. Divine Covenant is God’s loving initiative to offer His blessed resources and redemptive grace as means of bringing humanity into loyal stewardship and intimate communion according to His commands and counsels. Those who answer this loving and redemptive call to loyal intimacy are admitted into peculiar relationship through definite act of covenant faith and covenanting rite by which they subscribe to the provisions and precepts of God’s COVENANT COMMANDS and God’s covenant promises.

 

When God conceives and commands His redemptive covenant, God calls humanity to commit to it for their redemption. Through God’s divinely commanded Covenants, humanity is brought into covenant relationships with God in which God becomes their God and they become God’s people (Lev 26:9-15; Jer 7:22-23; Jer 11:2-5). Every commandment in the Scripture is a COVENANT COMMAND (Deu_4:13; Deu_4:13; Deu_29:1; Josh_7:11; Judg 2:20; Neh 1:5; Psa 105:8; Psa 111:9; Mat 9:20; Heb 9:20) and every blessing in the Scripture is a COVENANT BLESSING. So also, every keeping of commandments in the Scripture is keeping of COVENANT COMMANDS, and every claiming of promises in the Scripture is claiming of COVENANT PROMISES. God relates with all His creation only on the basis of some covenant He has commanded. God calls us to commit and conform to His covenant commands in order to possess and steward His covenant heritage according to His good pleasure.

A COVENANT is specifically a formal agreement based on some commands and/or consents while a TESTAMENT is specifically a formulary document of some covenant commands and/or consents. Therefore, a TESTAMENT is the written testimonial document containing all aspects of authenticated narrative and stipulations of a COVENANT. While the Old Testament Scriptures record the narrative and stipulations of the Old Covenant as authenticated for the nation of Israel, the New Testament Scriptures record those of the New Covenant as authenticated for the Church of Christ.

In the Scriptures, God reveals Himself as the only One Who is the sole Creator Who owns all creation and Giver of all things and blessings found in creation: both visible and invisible, spiritual and physical, temporal and eternal – whether present, past and future. At creation, God beforehand entrusted innocent Adam with regency over His wondrous creation and brought Him to dwelling in Eden for covenant fellowship with Him subject to God’s stipulated command (Gen_1:26-31; Gen_2:15-17).

The rebellious fall of Adam into sin and shame (Gen_3:1-12; Hos_6:7) evoked God’s covenant justice on Adam; thus requiring provision for the restoration of Adamic humanity from sin and judgment (Gen_3:13-24). Fortunately, God revealed that by His testamentary deposition and disposals, He has wisely and mercifully provided for restoration of humanity into future Messianic Heritage if we acknowledge such redemptive covenant in Christ (Rom_6:23). Through His Covenant terms, God invites all humanity to receive divinely sworn and sealed rights of eternal heritage and be entrusted with fruitful privileges of faithful stewardship in every aspect of His rich resources (grace and blessings) as He has commanded (Rom_6:20-22).

So in every divine covenant, God is the owner, testator, initiator, inviter, censor and guarantor while we are His believers, invitees, beneficiaries, stewards, and inheritors of the disposed resources. Every Divine Covenant of redemption from sin is commanded and enacted with blood, sworn on loyal oath or faith, and administered by a mediator (Exo_24:7-8; Heb_12:24). Since the beginning of human history, individuals, nations and royalties have used similar covenant principles in their compacts and contracts, treaties and testaments.

The Scripture shows that God comes to man in covenant as a means of revealing himself, otherwise worship of God would be a guesswork or mere uncertain groping (Act 17:27). According to plain Scriptures,

  • God made immutable covenant with the Created Order (Jer 33:20, 25)
  • God also made progressively successive covenants with Humanity through:
  1. Adam (Hos 6:7)
  2. Noah (Gen. 9:9-17)
  3. Abraham (Gen. 17:2-21)
  4. Israel – at Sinai (Exd 24:4-8; 34: 10-28)
    • at Moab (Deut 29:1ff)
    • under Joshua (Josh 24)
    • under Jehoiada (2Chron 23:3)
    • under Hezekiah (2Chron 29:10)
    • under Josiah (2Kin 23:3)
    • under Ezra (Ezr 10:3)
  5. Levi (Malachi 2:4) and  Phinehas (Num 25:12-13)
  6. David (2Sam 7; 1Chron 17)
  7. All Peoples through Christ (Isa 49:8; Jer 58:5; 31:31-33; Heb 8)

Covenants with God involve God taking the initiative to graciously make and mediate promises (grace and glory) and issue counsels (precepts and commandments) as well as curses and cures, with invitation to humans who then pledge to loyally walk in the precepts, accept the promises as well as the penalties. Covenants have four or five elements (terms and curse/cure, oath and symbols) binding the covenanting parties:

  1. the terms or precepts and basis, commandments and counsels, provisions and promises, responsibility and benefit as stipulated and consented to;
  2. the curse or penalties for disloyal violation;
  3. the cure or propitiation for penitent violator;
  4. the oath or binding pledge or loyal faith in God’s name subscribing to the covenant basis, commandments, counsels, benefits, responsibilities and penalties;
  5. the sign-seal or guaranteeing symbol and memorial mark/token for initial ratification and continuous commemoration.

Not all covenants in the Scriptures were conditional and not all covenants were sealed with blood. A covenant may be:

  1. MUTUALLY negotiated and CONTRACTED between two equals (also agreement/consent e.g. Luk 22:15, Greek= suntheke) as with peace treaties for civil alliances, compacts for social relationships and self-plighting troths for marriages).

Here, blood covenants are cut to bind the parties into a lifelong brotherhood/friendship/partnership/union and carry the penalty of condemnation and ostracism on the violator. (Gen_31:44-54; Joshua 9).

  1. UNILATERALLY stipulated and COMMANDED by a superior (e.g. God or any potentate) with the inferior graciously invited to pledge commitment (as in Divine worship Testaments and Suzerain royal Ordinances).

Here, blood covenants are cut to bind the invited beneficiaries to irrevocably unending allegiance, and usually impose the curse or sentence of death on the violator, who is inevitably the inferior party. (Exo_24:4-8; Jer_34:18). But there is usually a provision for atonement.

In God’s eyes, BLOOD has life in it (Gen_9:4; Lev_17:11a). Blood Covenants save/give life (Joh_6:53-54; Lev_17:11b; Heb_2:14) and cost life (Gen_9:5; Jer_34:18), such that their power last beyond life (Heb_9:12-15; Heb_12:24).

Christian Marriage is a good example of mutual covenant of intimacy and loyalty between a husband and a wife plighting their life, love and livelihood to each other in the Lord, (NOT demanding love and service from, BUT devoting such to each other).

UNILATERALLY COMMANDED COVENANTS could offer God’s redemptive love:

  1. either as conditional law (gives promises for commitment to pleasing God – “If you will …, then I will …”) for regulation of hard-heartedness and lawlessness; or

 

  1. or as unconditional grace (gives the promises of endowments to please God) which could be:

(i)  reward for past merit (“Because you have …, I will surely …” e.g. the covenant with David) or

(ii) grant/gift for no merit (“Because I have …, I will surely …e.g. the New Covenant in Christ).

 

The New Testament salvation in Christ is unilaterally granted by God to all who pledge their commitment to Christ. Christ is both the Mediator (Finisher/Perfecter) of the New Covenant (Heb_8:6; Heb_9:15; Heb_12:24) and the Testator (Author/Pioneer) of the New Testament (Heb_9:16-17; Heb_12:2). Christ’s WORD AND DEED which the Apostles SAW AND HEARD (Act 4:20; 1John 1:1-3) are the New Covenant commands and terms which He died to mediate and which we are mandated and commissioned in Christ’s Name to believe, witness to, preach, be baptized into, teach and observe (Mat 28:18-20; Luk 24:44-49). New Covenant is whatever Christ DID AND TAUGHT (Act 1:1) for which he died to mediate through His Blood and in Christ’s Name for us to be convincingly committed to for salvation. Through His death Christ activated His Gospel Testament once-for-all: and by His resurrection from death, He lives forever to administer His New Covenant perpetually (Heb_7:24-28).

The Scriptures make it clear that the first covenant of royalty over imperfect heritage, with priesthood and sanctuary for ritual propitiation in Israeli Kingdom is called the Old Covenant (2Co_3:14; Heb_8:13). The final covenant of royalty over perfect heritage, with priesthood and sanctuary for spiritual salvation in Christ’s Kingdom is called the New Covenant (Heb_9:6-15). WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE NEW COVENANT, EVERY OTHER COVENANT FADES TO VANISH AWAY (Heb_8:13). No wonder the New Covenant was, in apostolic times, known even among Jewish Christians as the covenant which is “better” (Heb_7:22), “second” (Heb_8:7) and “new” (Heb_9:15), “perfect and eternal” (Heb_5:6; Heb_9:11).

The Old Covenant of natural Promised Land which was for Jacob’s national Political Israel, partitioned and FAVOURED Israelites APART FROM other nations, only stands temporally in this world; but the New Covenant of messianic Heavenly Paradise which was for Jesus’ universal Commonwealth ‘Israel’, unpartitioned and SAVED Christians FROM BOTH natural Israel and all natural nations, endures eternally beyond this world. So Israel and her Old Covenant is the SHADOW of that which the Church and her New Covenant is the REALITY (Heb_8:5; Col_2:17). These two covenants should not be confused, substituted or antagonised with each other.

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Distinguishing God’s WILL, PURPOSE and LEADING

God_s Mind includes His Will and His Plan*GOD’S WILL vs GOD’S PURPOSE*

When people think or theologize that God’s pleasing demands or WILL means the same thing as His predetermined decrees or PURPOSE, they run into problems with many Scriptures. This also leads to strange problematic concept that The Perfect God has imperfect permissive will and perfect non-permissive will. The MIND of God consists of His PLEASURE (Demands/Will) and His PURPOSE (Decrees/Plan). Fact is that it is possible to fail to do God’s will but it is impossible to alter God’s purpose.

Ephesians 1:4-5

(4)  According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

(5)  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

 

Ephesians 1:9, 11

(9)  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself:

…..

(11)  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will:

 

Ephesians 3:11

(11)  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

 

GOD’S WILL or His principled DEMANDS are what pleases God when it is done, what is acceptable to Him, what fits His goodness and what fits His perfection. God PERMITS attempts to disobey His will but failure to do God’s will attracts God’s judgment or punishment. God’s will or demands that are pleasing to Him are usually revealed in His inspired commands.

GOD’S PURPOSE or His sovereign DECREES are God’s plan and goal which will surely come to pass, directly or indirectly. God FORBIDS, disallows and overrules any attempt to thwart His purpose. God’s purpose or decrees that are His sovereign goal are usually hidden in His secret counsel.

Deuteronomy 29:29

(29)  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

 

Romans 12:2

(2)  And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Since then fall of Adam, humanity became disqualified and disabled to do God’s will in a way agreeable to His purity and dignity. But none can counter or alter God’s sovereign purpose or decree.

 

*GOD’S WILL vs GOD’S LEADING (e.g. in MARRIAGE CHOICES)*

God’s WILL on the pattern of principles and persons to marry is invariable ideal WITHOUT CHOICE demanding conformity and obedience.

God’s LEADING on a particular person to marry is variable deal WITH CHOICE depending on commitment and experience.

 

GOD’S WILL for marriage is conceptual or in principles (not in particular persons) that we marry in order to do all things UNTO THE LORD (i.e. marry in order to fulfil His purpose Col 3:23) and that we should be married IN THE LORD (i.e. married to a believing spouse covenanted among believers 1Cor 7:10, 39).

GOD’S LEADING for our choice of the particular person we marry and particular time we marry is circumstantial, depending on how we walk with Him and live for Him.

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Turn not the Grace of God into Licentiousness (Jude 4)

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Worship Days and Sunday vs Holidays and Sabbath

SUNDAY WORSHIP vs DAILY FELLOWSHIP

To the Apostles, Sunday worship was for Breaking of Bread (Act 20:7; 1Cor 16:2) and remembrance of the Lord’s Day (Rev 1:10) of His Resurrection on the First Day of the week (Mat 28:1; Mar 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 10, 26) but it is not commanded or expected to be the only day of worship. CONTINUOUS and steadfast Church meeting means DAILY fellowship.

The Apostles exemplified for us in the Scriptures that the New Testament Church is meant to meet DAILY not Sundays only:  

Acts 2:46-47

(46)  And they, continuing DAILY with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their food with gladness and sincerity of heart,

(47)  Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church DAILY such as were being saved.

Acts 5:42

(42)  And DAILY in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Acts 6:1

(1)  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the DAILY distribution.

Acts 16:5

(5)  And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number DAILY.

Acts 17:11

(11)  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures DAILY, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:17

(17)  Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market DAILY with them that met with him.

Acts 19:9

(9)  But when some people became stubborn, refused to believe, and slandered the Way before the people, he left them, took his disciples away from them, and had DAILY discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

SUNDAY HOLIDAY vs SABBATH HOLIDAY

Initially, the Apostolic Church used Sunday (i.e. the First Day or the Lord’s Day) for only evening worship in addition to their daily evening meetings; but when Sunday became an international public holiday for all religions to worship and pray for the Roman Empire (321 AD), Christians began to also use it as a day of rest similar to the Sabbath. The non-Christian public however misused it for many frivolities which later led to prohibition of Sunday theatre and sports, to ensure that people attend worship of their various religions to pray for the Empire.

Christ and the Apostles joined their fellow Jews at the Synagogues for Sabbath worship in the Jewish homeland (Luk 4:15-16; Act 17:1-2; 21:20-26). But sometimes when necessity so demands, they refused to fully observe it as a day of rest as prescribed by the tradition of the elders (Matt 12:1-12; Luk 6:1-11). Early Christian Jews joined the weekly Jewish morning worship held on the Sabbath at the Synagogue if the other Jews allowed them, but also had to fellowship daily with the Church in the evenings. To the Church, every day is holy not only Sabbath or even Sunday (Rom 14:5-6; Col 2:16-17).

As Europeans, the Romans did not have weeks but calends (Month beginning) and ides (Mid-month) during the time of Christ and His Apostles. The seven-day week came into Rome partly through the influence of Jews, Christians and Egyptians. But today apart from in England the pagan Rome’s “the Day of the Sun” failed to gain prominence in Europe not even in Italy, over the Church’s “the Lord’s Day” (whence came the Latin Dominica, the Italian Domenica, the Spanish Domingo or the French Dimanche).

The Babylonians first began the seven-day week from antiquity long before Moses, and named the week-days after the Sun and Moon and the then known five “wandering stars” called planets, but it was from Egypt that the seven-day week and calendar was formally adopted by Rome in the fourth century AD – long after the Apostles had all died. Before the First Day of the Week began to be called Sunday in the Roman Empire, the Apostolic Church had already established Church Eucharistic (the *Lord’s Table* 1Cor 10:21) worship on the First Day of the Week which they called the *Lord’s Day* (Rev 1:10).

The Jewish Christians outside the Jewish homeland continued to join their non-Christian folks at the weekly Sabbath Synagogues, because the Roman Empire granted Jews the rights of exemption from work on their Sabbath. Non-Jewish Christians, most of whom were not prominent enough to have personal liberties, could not enjoy this privilege, but had to work for their masters and so did not observe the Sabbath Rest with the Jews. These only met with their Jewish Christian brethren at the evenings of the next day, being Sundays (or the *Lord’s Day*), for Eucharistic worship (The *Lord’s Supper* Act 20:7; 1Cor 11:20) after their day’s work.

For congregational activities other than the Lord’s Supper, the early Church in the Apostolic period customarily met DAILY, usually in the evenings after the day’s business (Acts 2:46-47; 5:42; 6:1; 16:5; 17:11&17; 19:9).

By I. U. Ibeme

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REALITY, HUMANITY AND VERITY: Dimensions of Human Explorations.

REALITY, HUMANITY AND VERITY: Dimensions of Human Explorations.
Humanity has been able to approach, appreciate and apply reality of existence in several ways:
Ø by SPIRITUAL contemplation,
Ø by PHILOSOPHICAL speculation, and
Ø by SCIENTIFIC experimentation, observation and application.
SPIRITUALITY is more about superstitious myth, contemplated guess or revealed TRUTH about the unseen: why things are and how things OUGHT (or ought not) to be done.
SPECULATION through its assumptions, intuitions, imaginations and deductions, could in addition to SCIENTIFIC hypothesis go into PHILOSOPHICAL ideas, innovative and theoretical ABSTRACTIONS.
1. RELIGION and SPIRITUALITY involve the loving reverential submission to either divinely revealed invitation or curious pursuit of mystical exploration for human RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CREATOR, THE SUPERNATURAL AND THE NATURAL.
Through Spirituality and Religion we seek to ENTER MYSTICAL RELATIONSHIP with the ineffable and infinite (the Creator, spirit beings, and numinous powers).
Spirituality deals with OUGHT and FACT but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
Apart from the dimension of SPIRITUALITY or RELIGION as described above, two other DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN EXPLORATION into known and unknown reality are PHILOSOPHY and SCIENCE. Each human individual is fully responsible for how goodly or badly one utilizes each dimension.
NOTE: Religion is the product of revelation, intuition, reason and historical experience as well as the mother of Philosophy and Science. Science is the product of physical experience (observable and measurable) subset of Philosophy. SCIENCE IS A FINITE EMPIRICAL STUDY whose scope ends at the limits of time and space and collapses at the realms of moral values, cosmological metaphysics, intuitive insights, revelation and divine intervention. Science cannot disprove nor antagonize infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Only those who lack the understanding of the limitations of science clash science against infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity. Religion involves everything scientific (reasonable, measurable, observable) as well as everything unscientific (insights and intuition into infinity, morality, metaphysics, revelation and divinity).
2. PHILOSOPHY: search for rational principles for the EXPLANATION OF NATURE AND EXISTENCE.
Through Philosophy we seek to MAKE SENSE OF ISSUES finite and infinite.
Philosophy deals with OUGHT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
PHILOSOPHY is the speculative application of human mind or WISDOM (by analysis, criticism and speculation) to understand and explain the ISSUES of human existence. Systematic Philosophy seeks to comprehensively deal with: theory of natural reality (Physics), theory of the nature of being (Metaphysics and Ontology), theory of knowledge (Epistemology), theory of reasoning (Logic), theory of moral behaviour (Ethics), and theory of beauty (Aesthetics).
3. SCIENCE: search for empirical and theoretical EXPLANATION AND USAGES OF NATURAL PROPERTIES OF MATTER.
Through Science we seek to DISCOVER, DESCRIBE, DEVISE AND UTILISE ALL THINGS finite.
Science deals with FACT and SENSE but needs Faith in Christ Jesus for access to TRUTH and Eternal Life.
SCIENCE is merely about observable FACTS and their empirically deducible FORMULAE: what things are and how things FUNCTION.
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THE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM (Luke 19:11) SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

Four Endtime ViewsTHE APPEARANCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM (Luke 19:11)

SHALL TERMINATE “THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES” (Luke 21:24)

Since the fall of humanity and the beginning of civilization, Gentile nations controlled by Satan have dominated the earth. The Antichrist reign shall be the worst and last phase of the “Times of the Gentiles” (Luk 21:24; Rev 11:2). Soon, when Christ comes again in glory to reign on the earth, the Times of the Gentile shall be terminated and the whole earth taken over by Christ’s Kingdom (Dan 7:13-28). Then, all eyes of all nations shall see the coming Christ appear to resurrect/rapture together as one undivided Church and Bride, all His Elect Saints from among all nations and all generations (Mat 24:25-31; Rev 1:7; 14:14-16), to reign from His heavenly New Jerusalem with them as His priests and kings over all the earth in the Millennium (Rev 3:12; 5:10; 20:1-6), until Final Judgment and final rest in Eternal Felicity.

 

Formerly, Amillennialists theorized their delete-and-paste “Replacement Theology” which denies Israel it nationality by replacing the natural national Israel with the visible Church of Christ, but they forgot to also deny other nations their nationalities and that universally sovereign Spiritual and heavenly Israel of Jesus (which includes the saints from Israel nation and all Gentile nations) does not replace the locally sovereign Natural and national Israel of Jacob (Rom 9:6; Gal 3:29). Recently, Dispensationalists have theorized their cut-and-paste “Partition Theology” which denies the visible Church its international unity by partitioning it into “pre-tribulation” Gentile Church to be raptured separately apart from their often speculated “left-behind” tribulation Israel Church, but they forget that Christ will do only one gathering for His One Church from all nations (Mat 24:29-31; 2Thes 2:1-7; 2Pet 3:11-17). To be sure, every generation of Saints must have their own Tribulation to overcome but the Saints of the Antichrist Tribulation are not “left-behind” by any imagined or postulated secret rapture or resurrection prior to Christ’s Second Coming but are last batch remnant of faithful Church who would still be alive to overcome during that final generation of the Times of the Gentiles (Rev 12:11, 17).

The Dispensationalist theory was predicated on the argument that eschatological prophecies for national Israel are difficult to coexist (by their perception) with eschatological prophecies for the universal Church, so the Church has to give way somehow, hence the secret rapture theory. They forgot that the “Stone cut without hands” was revealed and surely interpreted to come and grow into a mountain “in the days of these kings” of iron and clay era (Dan 2:33-34, 44-45). The danger of these rationalized dispensationalist theories is that they doubt the Scriptures and do not allow any Scriptural text to speak by itself in its context.

The truth as found in contextually plain Scriptures is that the visible Church of Christ is one Body without partition (John 10:16; Rom 9:23-26; Eph 2:14) and does not replace any nation but unites all believers of all nations who shall together be gathered only once as one Bride when Christ comes again in glory. Then shall the one glorious Church reign with Christ over Israel nation (Ezek 37:24-27; Joel 3:16-31) and all Gentile nations (1Cor 15:24-28).

 

Remember, the Scriptures are plainly consistent that there shall be only one second coming of Christ, only one last trumpet call and only one first resurrection with rapture of only one unpartitioned Church. Therefore, all modern popular Dispensationalist theories of twisted multiple second comings, multiple last trumpets, multiple raptures and multiple first resurrections of multiple partitioned Churches are humanly devised schemes should be disregarded as unscriptural. These dangerous theoretical schemes are capable of weakening the Church in the day of the Lord so that many would fall away to follow the Antichrist during the time of toughest trial of our faith. True saints love the truth and believe only the truth and determine to overcome unto the very last end! Beware of the abominable deception that would cause the desolating apostasy (2Thes 2:7-13), when civility and morality are taken out of the way by the licentious world, and the verity of divine truth is rejected by the licentious Church (2Tim 3:1-13).

 

Take note of this prophetic admonition from the Apostles of Christ:

2 Thessalonians 2:1-13

(1)  NOW CONCERNING THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND OUR BEING GATHERED TOGETHER TO HIM, WE ASK YOU, BROTHERS,

(2)  not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

(3)  LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU IN ANY WAY. FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME, UNLESS THE REBELLION COMES FIRST, AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, THE SON OF DESTRUCTION,

(4)  who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

(5)  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

(6)  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.

(7)  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.

(8)  And then THE LAWLESS ONE WILL BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD JESUS WILL KILL with the breath of his mouth AND BRING TO NOTHING BY THE APPEARANCE OF HIS COMING.

(9)  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,

(10)  and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH AND SO BE SAVED.

(11)  Therefore GOD SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION, SO THAT THEY MAY BELIEVE WHAT IS FALSE,

(12)  in order that ALL MAY BE CONDEMNED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(13)  But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and BELIEF IN THE TRUTH.

 

 

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This is the Salvation offered through the Gospel of Christ.

Three Tenses of Salvation

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