C H U R C H R E F O R M S E R I E S
By Biblicism Institute
The direct result of having lost sight of God’s true intent for imparting salvation to us has been a complete lack of positive impact by modern Christians on our society. No wonder people are saying that things aren’t getting any better, and that the rapture is near.
WHY THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER
In the past decades, grace has been taught so much that Christians seem to have lost sight of the law. Unfortunately, the act of following God’s commands has been labeled by some as legalism, a pejorative term that is simply an excuse to avoid obeying God’s law. See Of Legalism and Christians
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.” 1 John 2:1
Without the law there can be no kingdom of God. The law is the basis for Christian cultural dominion. Everywhere we hear the “saved by faith not by works” mantra, but rarely do we hear preached the last words of our Lord Jesus before He was taken up to heaven:
“…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” Mat 28:20
A command is a law and is by no stretch of the imagination a suggestion. Therefore, we must obey the whole law as remedied by the New Covenant, which renders many Old Testament ordinances – like the tithe – obsolete.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.…” Matthew 5: 38,39
Another example of a superseded command would be how God now bestows salvation. It can no longer be received by sacrificing a lamb for Passover, as was the case for the Old Covenant Hebrews. That’s been remedied by Christ’s New Covenant.
Eternal salvation is now the free gift by grace of the indwelling Christ in our spirit. We can’t work for that. We receive it free by faith. However, the reason Jesus gives Himself to us as a gift is for the express purpose of making us like Him, a doer of good works and a conqueror. In other words, He helps us follow His enduring laws and do the things we need to do.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10
When we Christians become doers of the law, wonderful things take place and society is content. But when we don’t, we become quite ineffective and fruitless. Nothing feels right, nothing is right. A malaise spreads like wildfire, while a sense of despair descends upon all and disseminates the unsettling feeling that things are heading the wrong way.
All because the salt (i.e., Christians) has lost its flavor.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13
To cover its failure, the modern Protestant Church espouses an old heretical excuse: the erroneous futuristic and defeatist eschatology of dispensationalism, otherwise known by its nickname of rapture theology.
Said doctrine took its formative and twisted futuristic shape in 1590 with Francisco Ribera, a Catholic Jesuit priest. It was then picked up and transformed by the Puritan preachers Increase and Cotton Mather, popularized in the 1830s by John Darby, and propagated in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible (never buy a bible with commentaries).
It is nothing more than a sickening anti-gospel heresy in which Christians become weaker and weaker and the non-believers stronger and stronger, while God has yet to fulfill all his land and third temple promises to Old Testament Israel.
Supposedly, as Christians slowly lose the spiritual and moral conquest entrusted to them, God will interrupt the course of history to rapture His vanquished bride – not a conquering one as He had promised – out of her great tribulation. It follows that the earth will be given over to non-Christians for a thousand years, and finally Jesus will come back with His saints to judge the world and rule from Jerusalem.
The believers in this doctrine do not realize that if the Saints are raptured, the earth loses its salt. Yet, strangely enough, they purport that non-Christians will manage to subdue the earth for a thousand-year period, when not even Sodom and Gomorrah survived one week once their salt (i.e., Lot and his family) was removed by the Angel of the Lord.
As their theory stands, the gates of hell will – contrary to Christ’s promises – prevail against Christ’s Church Assembly. With this eschatology in mind, the Saints are on their knees desperately wanting Christ to rapture them out this miserable place called earth.
Such a belief system will never allow good to come about in society. It displays in sharp relief that the Bride of Christ, with all its morality, is bound to lose. So why should Christians bother? Why should they do anything at all?
Brethren, the rapture theology is pure heresy.
The great tribulation was intended for the unbelieving Hebrews who had rejected and killed the Messiah.
“Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.” Micah 3:12
It already occurred in AD 70 when God destroyed Jerusalem, the Temple, and the Hebrew nation.
“Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.’ ” Luke 23:28
“But he responded, ‘Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!'” Matthew 24: 2
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city.” Luke 21: 20,21
“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” Matthew 24:34
“And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.” Rev 11:8
Thus the entire Hebrew race was wiped out, except for those who accepted Christ and fled beforehand.
“And I will silence in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, for the land shall become a waste.” Jeremiah 7:34
“Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!” Matthew 23:38
Consequently, the Christian Hebrews who escaped those infernal LAST DAYS of the Old Covenant did not have the mark of the beast and embodied “all Israel shall be saved”‘ of Romans 11:26. Their symbolic number in Revelation is 144,000 (12 tribes squared/Father & Son x 1000/many or 12² x 1000). Those with the mark of the beast were annihilated.
In other words, there are NO LOST TRIBES of Israel roaming about. They’re all DEAD. Besides, if they’re lost, why don’t they pick up a cell phone and call someone. After all, this is the 21st century.🙂
God then rebuilt the third temple in us, the believers, for we are now His temple.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Cor 3:16
The land promises are now to us Christians, the New Israel. We have been given the whole world, so that our work can cause it to be covered with God’s glory and love.
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'” Mark 16:15
The slaughter of the ancient Hebrews, along with the downfall of Jerusalem and the Old Temple in AD 70, was God’s way of releasing Himself from His marriage to them via the Old Covenant, thus legally permitting His marriage to the whole world via the New.
As per the law, God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable (Romans 11: 28-31). So God had to irrevocably kill all the remaining non-Christian Hebrews, otherwise he would have had to keep the Old Covenant alive and thereby undercut and undermine His Son’s New Covenant.
God does not have both the Old and the New Covenants being enforced at the same time. He only has one. The New. And contrary to what many would have you believe, He’s not married to His bride, the Church Assembly, on the one hand while having an affair with his mistress, the modern state of Israel, on the other. Modern-day Israel is comprised of converted Jews and not of Hebrews – with whom God had the Old Contract – and therefore it is a state that has nothing to do with God’s word in the Bible.
“By calling this covenant ‘new,’ he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete is outdated.” Hebrews 8:13
When Christ returns to end the world, it will be like a great harvest. This is how Jesus described it:
“…at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ” Matthew 13:30
The tares will be gathered first. Not the Saints.
“Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17
“We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15: 21,22
The Book of Revelation and all the other epistles were letters written by the Apostles to their contemporaries – many to their fellow Hebrews and not to the converted Jews of today – admonishing them, warning them of what was to come, and urging them to prepare by accepting Christ and living accordingly. They were all written prior to AD 70. See Addendum.
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
In essence, from the time of Christ’s crucifixion in AD 30 to AD 70, God gave the disobedient Hebrews 40 years to repent and accept Jesus as the Messiah. The reason God patiently waited was because:
“…they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.” Romans 11: 28-31
But, in 70 AD, after waiting 40 years, God dropped the hammer on all those who did not repent. Just like during Ancient Israel’s 40-year wilderness wandering, God was not about to lead the unbelieving ones into the promised land of the New Covenant. They all had to die so He could start anew.
“Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:33
“The LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight… And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.” 2 Kings 17:18,20
Besides, has anyone ever written a letter specifically to be read only 2000 years or more from its drafting? Have you ever done so?
The heretic covenantal duality, coupled with a defeatist rapture mentality, is tearing the Church apart and making Christianity look like a sinking ship. No wonder Christians are being trampled underfoot and are losing the battle for cultural dominion. No one likes a loser.
The Church has lost sight of the kingdom doctrine. God wants Christians to be conquerors.
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
That’s why He has given us all things for our edification, so we may build His Kingdom of love, peace, and morality on earth as it is in heaven.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Let us go on and build a better world without fear, because the gates of hell will not prevail against us.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
[This is an excerpt from Dr. Gentry’s article]
I hold that Revelation was produced prior to the death of Nero in June, A.D. 68, and even before the formal engagement of the Judean War by Vespasian in Spring, A.D. 67. My position is that Revelation was written in A.D. 65 or 66. This would be after the outbreak of the Neronic persecution in November, 64, and before the engagement of Vespasian’s forces in Spring of 67.
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:9
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