There are many religious philosophies that we are to be aware of because they contain empty deceit. It is after the traditions of man and after the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. How often do we follow tradition? How many Traditions does your church have? And what is the Bible have to say about tradition?
The Roman Catholic Church, for example, relies heavily on Apostolic Authority coming from the Vatican City and the Pope. The New Apostolic Reformation in 2002 restored the apostolic office themselves. They were self-ordained much like David C Pack of the Restored Church of God made himself an apostle. In Revelation Jezebel ordained herself a prophetess. Maybe I can ordain myself as Superman? All this is ridiculous and pits Apostolic Authority against scripture. Judaism regards the Torah or the first five books of the Bible highly but not quite as high as the Talmud which is Jewish tradition. Tradition can be classified as a philosophy written by men. Whether you believe it or not the Bible was not written by men per se but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Christadelphians and Bible students also follow their own traditions which supersedes the word of God and each Congregation of those bodies believe differently as there is no uniform Doctrine. Just like in the Book of Judges when everyone did what was right in their own eyes yes. I follow the word of God and place very little impetus on tradition.
I will conclude this series in part 3.
This was the remains of Nehemiah’s Great Wall. Remember the Great Wall between East and West Germany? Ronald Reagan told Gorbachev, tear down that wall! And down it came. How about the Great Wall of China? That magnificent structure has withstood time itself. And it boggles the imagination as to how it was constructed in the first place. Then there’s a wall between Israel and the Palestinian state. Every time a wall is built resistance comes before it just as it has in the United States today. Pope Francis was highly critical of Trumps wall. However Pope Francis himself is a hypocrite. Why? Because his own Vatican City is surrounded by walls! In part 3, I’ll show you how Nehemiah finish the wall in just 62 days.
The restored Church of God has their worship services on the Sabbath, that being Saturday. They Follow Jewish law in that regard. They also follow the ten commandments and the dietary laws. But do they meet in the prescribed place of worship that being the synagogue? NO! Why not since that is the prescribed place of worship on the Sabbath? Do they honor the Torah in their ceremonies? The Torah was Central to their worship on the Sabbath? If they do they would line up well with the Messianic Jews. Why not just combine with them? The Restored Church of God is a works based Church. Galatians 5:4 says, he who attempts to be justified by law, he has fallen from Grace. Wow! How do they get around that verse? If righteousness came by the law then Christ died in vain. Wow! How do they handle that verse? These are good questions for the Restored Church of God. They largely follow the gospel of Peter to the circumcised or the Jewish people. They also believe they are the only true church on the planet Earth. That by itself marks them out as a cult. Do you know they have three levels of tithing? Do you know they cannot question the leader of their Church, David C Pack? Those that disagree with him are shown the back door. The punishment of the prophet Shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired. That is from Ezekiel 14:10. You can’t pick and choose what elements of the Sabbath you’re going to honor or dishonor. Amen.
THE CHURCH IS NOT SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. Those that believe this are not rightly dividing the word of Truth. God has promised an Everlasting Covenant with Israel.
My second graphic is concerning the body of Christ. This was our position until Paul came on the scene. The body of Christ did not have an Everlasting Covenant with God, Israel did and still does. How do I know this?
Like the Apostle Paul, I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery. Presently Israel has been hardened IN PART until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. In part! This is not rocket science people! Israel yet has a future.
There is not just Israel and the Gentile as many replacement people seem to believe.
Here there are three entities those being the Jews, the Greeks, or the Church of God. Three folks, not two. Those that rightly divide the truth know that Israel is found in times past and yet future. The body of Christ is but now. Read Ephesians 2 and 3. To the body of Christ the entire Bible is for our learning but for the doctrine of the body of Christ it is found solely in the Pauline Epistles.
Israel is under the prophecy program whereas the body of Christ is under the mystery program. That is why for Israel there is much to come.
Again this is not rocket science folks. Don’t make it so!
Messianic Jews, the Hebrew Roots movement, and the restored Church of God all fall under this fable that the law coexists with Grace.Messianic Jews I hope I have spoken the truth in love.
The 7th and last period of signs and wonders is yet future. It will occur during the millennial Kingdom when Jesus sets up his throne on Earth. Not only will signs and wonders appear but for a Time sacrifices will also be given until Israel an unsaved Gentiles that have made it through the Great Tribulation except their Messiah. All the Fantastic signs and wonders the Jesus did during his Earthly lifetime will be found in the millennial Kingdom. This will be the Earthly Kingdom for the Jews. Where is the body of Christ? In the Heavenly Kingdom since the rapture. If you remember in Revelation 22, there will be a new Heaven and Earth. Can’t you just wait?!
Now we come to the good soil. But the crop to harvest is still in doubt. How much will we profit by this soil? Some 30, some 60, or some 100? This soil depends on how much you put into it. Remember this is a Jewish parable and Jews put a lot of stock into good works. Some will produce a crop of about 30% While others 60%. While others who devote themselves entirely to the law May reap a harvest of a hundred percent. It’s what the laborer does to the soil. How much of himself does he put into the soil? Ezekiel 47 regards the depth of water somewhat differently. The person is no longer in ankle, knee, or waist-deep water. He now is able to swim in the depth of water he finds himself. I Often refer to this as swimming in the spirit. He doesn’t allow externals to scare him out of the water at various depths. He doesn’t concern himself with 30 or 60% immersion. He goes all the way! 100%! Both the soil and the water examples require work on the part of the recipient. For that is the Jewish way. Remember, this parable is not directed to the body of Christ. We can learn from it but it is not our Doctrine. Our salvation is based on faith alone or faith plus nothing. Ephesians 2:8-9 bears that out.
Should there even be a Palestinian state? A Palestinian state as it exists today is the benefactor of both the United States and Israel. A few days ago president Trump suggested pulling financial support away from the Palestinian state. The honest reality is that the Palestinian State exists today as a Perpetual Thorn in the side of Israel. If the Islamic World truly cared about the Palestinian state any number of their countries can absorb them. They could then be supported by Arab countries. Without the support of the United States and Israel the Palestinian state could not exist. The UN Security Council consistently backs the Palestinian state to no one’s surprise. What nation on the Earth would permit a terrorist state to be located right next to them? When will the United States wise up? We pay the vast support of both the Palestinian state and the United Nations. What do you say?