the years I have written 20 books in Pdf and Word formats – most of which is in
here is my latest work, now in English. I decided to give it away freely.
is not really about the person Paul, even if that would have been a great
little book is about how to rightly divide the Word of Truth and have
the Bible made understandable and systematized regarding which doctrine
and teachings that belongs to the Church dispensation.
Paul in this regard – as he was the ONLY apostle sent to us Gentiles, will
reveal many Biblical truths and thus make us able to distinguish between what
God promised the Jews and Israel and what He later promised the Church.
book will help us understand the fact that the dispensation of the Grace of God
did not start with the earthly ministry of our Lord, His crucifixion and
resurrection or at Pentecost in Acts 2.
dispensation with the ‘One New Man’ the Church, also called ‘The Body of
Christ’ – emerged out of the fresh new revelation given Paul for us as
we find the fall of Israel in 62 AD, as we read Acts 28:25-28. However, Paul of
course points back 30 years – to the cross – for we are by faith now baptized
into the death of Christ and thus also raised with Him. This baptism takes
place as we first come to faith in Christ, and is performed by God and the Holy
epistle to the Ephesians was a result of God first having revealed to Paul His
mystery, as described in Eph. 3:1-9 and Col. 1:25, 26 – a secret group of
believers chosen in Christ before He created the World – now no longer kept
or any other apostles had no idea of that mystery kept hidden in God. Paul was
alone with this knowledge and only he became the messenger through which God
arranged and organized the Church dispensation.
H A P T E R T I T L E S
time with Jesus and His disciples was not for Gentiles
of Acts is exclusively about the New Covenant to Israel
fall of Israel became the prelude to the dispensation of the church
dispensation of the church came shortly after Israel fell from God
New Covenant aborted when Israel fell, shall be offered to them again
in the Bible translations results in much misinterpretation
hope of the church is up in heaven with Christ
editing of the New Testament
baptism, Holy Communion, the ministerial gifts, the miracle and sign gifts, and
unbiblical ecumenical error
short look at Paul’s life and ministry
church fathers and their heretic Bible interpretations
church dispensation ends when Elijah appears from heaven
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TIME WITH JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES
NOT FOR GENTILES.
teachings of Jesus to the Jews who heard Him, and Gentiles who tried to get His
attention like the heathen woman, were told the following:
was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. Matt.
He told His disciples, when He was about to send them out to proclaim the
Kingdom of God for Israel – before His crucifixion:
nowhere among the Gentiles and do not go into any town of the Samaritans…6: But
go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. Matt.
the multitude of both followers as well as opponents He said of Himself:
you must not be called masters (rabbis), for you have only one Master, the
Christ (Messiah).” Matt. 23:10.
in the apostolic history we find Paul supporting this:
I tell you that Christ (the Messiah) became a servant and a minister to the
circumcised (the Jews, Israel) in order to show God’s truthfulness and honesty
by confirming the promises to our fathers.” Rom. 15:8.
exception Jesus made for the centurion and his sick servant by miraculously
healing him has its own simple explanation:
Roman officer had made for himself a good reputation among the Jews at
Capernaum. Putting it simple, he had blessed Abraham’s children and thus
fulfilled God’s Word about Him blessing anyone who blessed Abraham. God was
obliged to bless this centurion.
that this intelligent and well educated centurion did not come before
the Lord himself, but he had some Jewish Elders sent before Him. Why?
They testified of the centurion’s humble and faithful behavior among them; he
had built them a Synagogue, and thus Jesus knew very well that He would have to
meet this Gentile centurion’s needs and bless him by healing his ill servant.
particular promise of blessing those who first bless Abraham and his heirs, is
out of effect in the dispensation of the Church: Israel has been cut off from
God and has no contact with Him whatsoever. God can bless only those who
believe on Christ – regardless of Jews or Gentiles (Col. 3:11). Israel today is
only considered a nation among other nations, equal to us Gentiles. The
wall of partition was taken down when this dispensation was organized by Paul.
Eph. 2:14, 15.
is now under the Mosaic national curse found in Deut. 28 – in which the
coming horrible ‘Great Tribulation’ is the climax of it. This will occur after
God first ends the present dispensation by sending the real Elijah of the Bible
to smite them.
heathen woman in Matt. 15 was accepted – finally – by Jesus for her persistent
faith and because she was also used by Jesus as a ‘slap in the face’
towards the Pharisees. They taught the heresy of Gentiles being just common
hounds, worthy of no welfare, but to eat the crumbs falling from the mighty
table of the Jews. She had no particular blessing of Abraham’s children to show
fourth like the centurion. She only had her desperation and faith.
the four Gospels, Acts and all epistles written in Acts period, Gentiles could
only become proselytes whether they were in the Mosaic faith or in the
Messianic faith under the apostles. They were always considered secondary.
in other words, did not act in His own random empathy or antipathy – whichever
kind of mood He was in at the times He met heathens and their needs. He acted
always perfectly and righteously as the Word of God – He actually was and still
is the Word of God in person!
came to fulfill the law and the prophets; he came to confirm the promises given
to the fathers just like Paul wrote in Rom. 15:8. They had two kinds of
promises given them. One was the promise of the land for which they are
supposed to become a blessing to the entire world in the millennia, and then
they have the promise of the Kingdom itself, a millennial reign with Messiah
Jesus on the throne.
‘twin promises’ is based upon four covenants or pacts with God Jehova. The
promise and pact with Abraham (which was included into the Law, says Paul),
then it was the Sinai covenant the Law of Moses with all its ordinances and
then the Davidic pact of setting Messiah on David’s throne in Zion. And finally
we have the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus for Israel and proselytes. This
latter was the ministry of the apostles as we find it in Book of Acts.
New Covenant was turned down by Israel as we see their fall in Acts 28:25-28,
but the covenant shall be once again offered to Israel, and then it is through
the Great Tribulation – of which Ezek. 36 is speaking. As we there learn that
Israel will finally accept Christ after first having been punished by
God for their profaning of the name of Christ through history since their
dispersion in 70 AD. (Ref. Ezek. 36:23 in particular).
words of Jesus in Matt. 15:24 of being sent ONLY to Israel’s house, has its
base in Jer. 31:31:
the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the
house of Israel and the house of Judah.”
prophesied of this covenant to once again be offered and preached to Israel in
the Great Tribulation – He knew very well that they would fall as a nation,
even after the 30 years of Book of Acts. Matt. 24:14:
this good news (Gospel) of THE KINGDOM will be preached throughout the whole
land (not World) as a testimony to all the nations (Jews from all the nations,
ref. Acts 2:5), and then will come the end (end of tribulation).”
Jesus stood fourth in 29 AD He came to establish the foundation for this New
Covenant prophesied by Jeremiah and later by Ezekiel. Notice that Paul in Hebr.
8:6-10 has Jer. 31 as basis, and not Ezek. 36. This because Jer. 31 was
pertaining to the times of Jesus and the apostles, while Ezek.36 is pertaining
to and pointing past the destruction in 70 AD – and to the end-time with the
Jer. 31 it is ‘The house of Israel and the house of Judah’ – but in Ezek. 36 it
is just said ‘The house of Israel’. Why? Because in the latter we find Israel
united again as one nation, and not like it was before in old times when there
was the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. See Rev. 7 and 14 as we
learn of the new establishing of the tribal system. Israel will be ‘Together
again’ collected from the entire world after the tribulation when Jesus sits on
the New Covenant to Israel, one of the blessings are that the Holy Spirit is
promised to them, which shall work and drive the Jews into keeping the Law of
God – it will actually be written into their hearts and minds. This was
fulfilled in a limited way at Pentecost in 32 AD, Acts 2 and kept on its effect
throughout Acts; resulting that the Messianic believers in those times were
capable of fully keeping God’s Law, just as Paul wrote in Rom. 3:31 and 8:4,
27. The Spirit made the believers keep the Law by His supernatural power.
once we get to Paul in Eph. 2:15 we find that the Law is abolished! There is no
Law for us to keep. This is very important to notice! Many Christians are
confused to believe that we must have the baptism of the Holy Spirit, because
we are not to keep the Law but have the Grace of God. And so we read in Jer. 31
and Ezek. 36 as well as Hebr. 8 and 9 – that the Holy Spirit was given the
believers to actually keep the Law in a perfect way.
the Church in Christ, Gentiles in majority – have never had the Law…and Eph.
2:12 says straight forward that we were shut out of all things pertaining to
2:14, 15 are clear: Gentiles had not the Law; and it also says
that we had another law, the law of our conscience in that we were ourselves a
law. Thus we had salvation even if we were shut out from all things regarding
Israel. We were not lost, but we had a salvation which was not together with
Israel. But the few proselytes they were saved together with Israel.
promise of the Kingdom of God for Israel made up Peter’s as well as the
eleven’s entire message in Acts 1-12 chapters. And these twelve ministered
inside Israel’s boundaries only. The typical ministry of Peter as one who was
called and sent out to preach to the circumcised only, implied firmly
that it meant that Peter only ministered inside Israel’s boundaries.
Gal. 2:7, 8.
says he went to Babylon, some says he went actually all the way to Britain. But
no sure Word of God says so. We cannot trust in Catholic rumors and legends.
Peter in his first epistle (5:13), greeted from the assembly at Babylon – but
this was the nick-name for the Christ-rejecting Jerusalem, the city which had
crucified Jesus. A nick-name which Peter had learned from reading Revelation
Book (Rev. 17:5 + +).
Pentecost speech, and his speech in Acts 3 a few months later, pointed to that promise
of the Kingdom of God in Israel; and with Messiah on the throne of David.
the promise is to and for you…(Jews)” Acts 2:39.
we have Paul in Galatia in 43 AD, Acts 13:32:
now we are bringing you the good news (the Gospel) that what God promised
to our forefathers.”
first time we find this promise of a kingdom is in Ex. 19:5, 6:
therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you
shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all
peoples; for all the earth is Mine. 6: And you shall be to Me a kingdom of
priests, a holy nation.”
as we learn from Hebr. 8, the first covenant was defected and with faults, in that
nobody managed to keep it with all its commandments and ordinances. The first
covenant was thus given them to be a schoolmaster to point the way to Christ.
The Law of Moses was meant to make the sin unbearable to Israel and thus
acknowledge their need of a mediator, one who could take their sin upon Himself,
Christ, and deliver them.
this, we also can see that we – the Church dispensation in which Gentile and
Jew are sat equally in the faith and no more segregation – are not receivers of
the New Covenant, for the Church is a New Creation and not Israel.
the fall of the nation, its privileges have ceased as well as the New Covenant
offered them has been suspended entirely.
covenants were only offered Israel in their position of having been sat above
all nations in supremacy of becoming (in the millennia) royal priests of
God. Gentiles in that arrangement can only become proselytes.
9:15 says straight forwardly that only such believers who first
had lived under the Law of Moses could lawfully be taken under the New Covenant
– which of course excludes any Gentile from that covenant blessing.
is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of a new agreement (covenant) so that
those who are called (Israel) and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the
PROMISED everlasting inheritance (Greek: aion time – the Kingdom) – since a
death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from
transgressions committed under the (old) first agreement (Law).”
Gentiles were neither under the first covenant, the Law, nor the New Covenant.
One have to have been under the Law of Moses before one could receive the
blessings of the New Covenant, says Scripture!
already now this early in the book we find that Gentiles as such, were not
included in the ministry of Jesus and His apostles in the Gospels. Neither were
we in Acts, other than the possibility to become proselytes in a very limited
contingent, like displayed in Acts – first Peter and the few gentiles in Acts
10, and later on Paul with his Greek which only could be proselytes in the
Messianic assembly if FIRST an unbelieving Jew had been cut off. Rom. 11:11
etc. The two types of proselytism shown in Book of Acts had nothing to do with
us Gentiles as free believers at all. Such ones could only be held as secondary
to Jews, and had no inheritance with Christ like we have now in the Grace – but
their inheritance was the one given with Israel. Big difference.
whole business with Jesus and His apostles in the Gospels and in the Book of
Acts was concerning the promised kingdom of God on earth. This era had
nothing to do with our hope of salvation, the heaven up above the heavens.
was an internal private affair between God and Christ dealing with Israel, and
no regular Gentile had any insight or ‘business’ going into that sphere. We
were shut out of it – we were on the outside of that ‘Wall of partition’.
OF ACTS IS EXCLUSIVELY
THE NEW COVENANT
It can be seen clearly in everything which Acts
testifies of: It was a time when the New Covenant was the doctrinal basis and
the Kingdom of God on earth was their hope of salvation. That Kingdom promised
will be the realization of the promise given Abraham of the land – remember!
But when or where can we ever find any promise given the Church, of any land to
as hope – like we learn from Ephesians – was not the hope spoken of during
Acts. It was Kingdom only. This fact is indisputable!
by referring to several of the speeches made in Acts, let us learn what exactly
was taught and practiced regarding faith-doctrine and their hope. I already
made a few quotes from those speeches, like for instance Acts 2:39 with Peter
and Acts 13:32 with Paul – which in both cases we see that they both pointed to
the promise of the kingdom. And we know now, that our hope is not the
kingdom, but it is heaven where Christ now resides with God. In Greek: Epiouranos.
no free Grace Gospel for us Gentiles whatsoever in which we are placed equally
with the Jews regarding spiritual status. No, we are shown as proselytes only.
The wall of partition was up during all the timeline of the Gospels and Acts
(Matt. 21:33). So that Jews had the greater standing with God, it was ‘Jews
first, then Greek’, Rom. 1:16.
see this also when reading of the Apostolic Conference at Jerusalem in Acts 15.
It was a ‘Them’ (the Gentiles) and ‘Us’ (the Jews).
Jews discussed what to do with us Gentiles! The wall of partition in real practical
it is my opinion that we (Jews) should not put obstacles in the way of and
annoy and disturb those of the Gentiles (proselytes) who turn to God.”Acts
we were given the food ordinances of Lev. 17 to keep, and the commandment of
not committing adultery. Which by the way crashes entirely with what God
revealed to Paul later in Eph. 2:15 of the Law abolished, and Col. 2:16 of
dismissing the food ordinances as well as Sabbath, New Moon and feast days.
learn then that Acts-doctrine is not the same as Grace Doctrine revealed
through Paul in Ephesians and Colossians. That is because in Acts it was the
New Covenant which also had much of the Law in it (!) – While in the epistles
written after Acts (after Israel fell from God) we find no Law, no New
Covenant, no works for salvation. Only faith alone in Christ to make us
righteous from sin (not from the Law) – like Eph. 2:8.
addressed only the national Israel in the speeches referred to, except
the one held in Cornelius’ house in Acts 10.
10:36, 37: “You know the contents of the message HE SENT TO ISRAEL”
10:42: “And He charged us to preach to THE (JEWISH) PEOPLE.”
2:14: “You Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem..”
2:22: “You men of Israel….”
2:36: “Therefore let the whole HOUSE OF ISRAEL (Jer. 31:31)…”
3:12: “You men of Israel…”
11:1: (It is 8-9 years after Pentecost) “Now the apostles and the brethren
who were throughout Judea HEARD WITH ASTONISHMENT that the Gentiles also had
received and accepted the Word of God…”
implies to us that they had not earlier been under the preaching of the message
of the apostles. Which again, refute the bad translation of Matt. 28 and
the ‘Great Commission’ – proving to us that ‘All the nations’ was not Peter and
the eleven’s mission. They went only to Israel inside its boundaries. ‘All the
nations’ were in the sense, ‘Jews from all the nations’ – those seen in
2:7, 8 is clear on this: “…I (Paul) had been entrusted the Gospel to the
uncircumcised as Peter had been entrusted to proclaim the Gospel to the
never went to Gentiles on regular basis. Only Paul got that ministry. So, the
‘Great Commission’ is badly translated indeed.
apostles at Jerusalem and also those in Judea were shocked and astonished by
the event in Cornelius’ house say the Bible. How could they have been shocked
by seeing Gentiles receiving the Word of God, if they already knew that
they should go to Gentiles in accordance with the so-called ‘Great
Commission’? Good point, don’t you think?
opens with Jesus working a 40 days seminar for the disciples right after His
resurrection. Acts 1:3 – “…talking to them about the things of the Kingdom
of God (on earth, the millennia).”
can be no doubt that it concerned what the prophets had called the
reestablishing of Israel and restoring the throne of David with Messiah on that
1:6 testifies of this: “…they asked Him: Lord, is this the time (verse 5,
the Holy Ghost coming) when you will REESTABLISH THE KINGDOM AND RESTORE IT TO
answered them not to speculate wildly on the time aspect of His coming. But He
did not deny the truth within that question from His disciples. In other words,
there shall be a reestablishing of Israel and a restoring of the Davidic
throne in Zion – as promised by the prophets.
on to 54 AD with Paul in Ephesus in Acts 19:8 we still find, now 22 years later
than in Acts 1:3 – THE KINGDOM OF GOD as the message and hope for Israel!
he went into the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, persuading and
arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God.”
up to the very last verse in Acts, verse 31 of Acts 28 – it is still the
Kingdom of God as message and hope:
to them the kingdom of God….”
it be noted that just before, Paul had put forth God’s ultimatum for the Jews
to accept Christ to have Jesus come from heaven to establish the Kingdom, seen
in verses 25-28. A warning of the fact that God would cut them off and no
longer keep them as His nation above all other nations on earth. So that what
we read in verse 31, is Paul trying to make the most of it, in awaiting the
Lord’s decision on when He would cut them off.
He certainly did cut them off! For we learn in the next Scripture after Acts,
the epistle to the Ephesians, that he no longer makes mention of the New
Covenant doctrine or the Kingdom as hope of salvation. Paul introduces us to
heaven up above the heavens for the first time in Biblical time line.
has nothing of the free Grace Gospel as was revealed to Paul in Ephesians and
Colossians. It contains only historical and doctrinal pieces of information and
quotes, to let us know how it was with Israel before God cut them off for their
persistent denial of Christ.
same can be said of Book of Acts, as Moses spoke of the Book of the Law:
this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the Ark of the Covenant of the
Lord your God that it may be there FOR A WITNESS AGAINST YOU.” Deut. 31:26.
FALL OF ISRAEL BECAME THE
TO THE DISPENSATION
For us to be able to fully comprehend how it was that
God arranged and organized the new kind of believers in Christ, after the fall
of Israel in Acts 28:25-28, we have to turn our attention to Paul, the apostle
to the Gentiles.
was the ONLY apostle God sent to us Gentiles – in the sense: He was the one who
God entrusted with that revelation, and Paul of course made his
colleagues Titus, Timothy and many others help him distribute the new Gospel.
in the times past since Paul ministered, no new generations of ‘Apostles and
prophets’ has been sent to the world. Paul was the last and the final one.
sects and movements which propagate such beliefs of yet an era with apostles
are heretical. God did not educate or call other men for apostolic ministry in
the times of the apostles. Their number was frozen – we can count only thirteen
apostles totally since Paul was the last of them.
there exists no Biblical writings telling us of an increasing number of
apostles during Acts period. So there you are. The Charismatic nonsense of ‘God
sending new apostles and prophets’ in our day, is entirely false and finds
no support in the Word of God.
camp hold Acts 2 as the birthday of the Church, as the Holy Ghost came upon the
120 believers gathered in the Upper Room at Pentecost. They also support the
view that Israel fell from God as they crucified Christ.
of those beliefs are true.
23:34 tells us that Jesus prayed for His executioners that God should forgive
them, for they did not know what they were doing. God answered that prayer –
and as a result we find that Israel had the Lord’s apostles sent to them, for
continuously offering them the Kingdom of God and so giving the nation a good
second chance for repentance so Jesus could return from heaven in their life
is what the 30 years of Acts history testifies of.
Israel turned the offer down as seen in Acts 28:25-28 – especially verse 27: They
would not repent so God could heal the nation.
30 years were prophesied by Jesus twice; in Luke 13 with the parable of the
fruitless fig tree (Israel) and in Matt. 22:7 the parable of the Kings
fig tree was to be cut down, for the Lord found no fruit on it, and He could
not allow this tree (Israel) to take up the soil to no avail. But the gardener
pleaded for one more year (this was the 30 years of Acts) to fertilize it and
cultivate the soil (the preaching of the apostles) and see if fruit would come.
Well it did not, and the tree was cut down by the Roman axe in 70 AD.
Matt. 22:7 and the King’s servants, who got themselves persecuted and killed,
for which the King got angry and sent His army against these murderers and
killed them, and burnt down their city, Jerusalem. This happened in 70 AD.
Israel been considered by God to have fallen from Him already at the
crucifixion, we would never have read of Israel being given a second chance
to receive Christ, as it was with the sending out of the apostles from
Pentecost. God would have sent judgment upon them right away.
was God’s elect nation throughout the entire time with the Gospels and the Acts
period. And as such, God could not have any parallel assembly to Israel, for Israel
had monopoly in the right and true faith. God was ISRAEL’S GOD – and
not God of all the other nations. Israel was sat above all the nations.
we find Paul telling us that Israel, in the time line of Acts, was not fallen
first writing saying so, is 2 Thess. 2:3 regarding his mention of Jesus coming
from heaven (Greek: parousia) – he says the following pertaining to an
expected fall of Israel:
no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day (the parousia) will not
come except the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness
(anti-Christ) is revealed, who is the son of doom.”
knew at the time he wrote this – having also read the Book of Revelation – that
Israel would surely fall away from God. But it had not yet happened. Thus he
explains to the bewildered Thessalonians that the day of the Lord had not yet
come. For the anti-Christ had not yet been ‘revealed’ – this false Messiah had
not yet appeared to the Jews, so it was impossible that Jesus had come from
He could come to establish His Kingdom in Israel, two things will have to
happen first; Israel had to fall away from God, and then anti-Christ would
appear to act as a false Messiah to seduce Israel and destroy them.
apostasy, the falling away from God, took place in Acts 28:25-28 in that the
Jews at Rome would not receive Jesus as Messiah offered to them by Paul.
Paul had to give them God’s ultimatum and quoted the stern words from Isaiah 6
of their shut eyes and deaf ears and their unbelief.
almost 2000 years have passed since the fall of Israel, and the only thing
remaining with regards to 2 Thess. 2 is the coming of the false Messiah,
anti-Christ. The epistle was written in 55-56 AD says scholars.
we see his platform being still rigged so he can come with his seduction of the
Jews: The Zionist-state of the illicit and Christ-rejecting Israel established
in 1948 as we know.
denominations have interpreted 2 Thess. 2 as a prediction of a great end-time apostasy
in Christendom, which is entirely wrong. Paul spoke of the expected fall of
second writing in which Paul tells the believers of Israel as a nation which
not yet had fallen from God, is the epistle to the Romans. And most Bible
students remember his well-known words from Rom. 11:17 and Gentiles grafted
into the Jewish olive tree. Romans was written in 58 AD says a majority of
this regard Paul says – in verse 11: “So I ask, have they (Israel) stumbled so
as to fall (the entire nation)? By no means! But through their false step
and transgression (by individual Jews) salvation has come to the proselytes
(Gentiles), so as to arouse Israel and so to make them jealous (unto
he says is, that Israel as a nation had not yet fallen from God, even if
individual unbelieving Jews had been cut off by their unbelief, making vacant
place for proselytes to take their place. So, Israel was still a nation of
God, sat above all other nations in the year of 58 AD, shortly before Paul took
off for Rome and the Appeal Court of Nero.
as late as in spring 60 AD when Paul met the first time with the leaders of the
eleven Synagogues in Rome, we still find Israel as God’s elect nation, and not
is the reason therefore why I have begged to see you and to talk with you,
since it is because of the Hope of Israel that I am bound with this
you see, this expected and long anticipated fall of Israel, because of
the Revelation book issued by John in about 45-47 AD (he was released from
Patmos when Caligula died in the winter of 41 AD and Claudius became Emperor),
did not occur until we come to Paul’s final ‘farewell words’ in Acts
28:25-28….and even two years later we find him at Rome, pounding on the Jewish
door awaiting the sad time when God would say ‘stop’!
abrupt ending of Book of Acts while still most of the apostles
were alive, became a signal in itself: Israel is no longer offered the kingdom
of God, and the mission has been called off, Israel sat aside (for later on to
be scattered) and will have to face the soon coming penalty of being destroyed
by (Matt. 22:7) the angry King’s army and have its grand city Jerusalem burnt
words of Ezek. 36:19 were to be fulfilled:
I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the
countries (Notice plural, which means that the prophecy was not of Babylon, but
the world otherwise); according to their conduct and their (evil) deeds I
judged and punished them.”
fully in accordance with the warnings of Jesus, Peter, John and Paul.
destruction was ‘crowned’ with the fulfillment of the prophesy of Moses in
Deut. 28:68 – testified by General Josephus in his story of the Jewish War:
the Lord shall bring you into Egypt again with ships by the way of which I said
to you, You shall never see it again. And there you shall be sold to your
enemies as bondmen and bondwomen, but no man shall buy you.”
same prophesy was later confirmed by Hosea – see Hos. 8:13. And it happened in
70-71 AD when as a result of this the slave market in Alexandria was
collapsing, and the Romans had to turn them loose again. All men from the age
of seventeen were sent to Egypt on ships, only a few thousand of them ended in
Rome as prisoners of war and to be cast into the Gladiator arenas and a painful
DISPENSATION OF THE CHURCH CAME
AFTER ISRAEL FELL FROM GOD.
Even if we find the destruction of Israel in 70 AD
(in September 10) one must conclude that their actual fall from God happened at
the confrontation between God’s apostle Paul and the Jewish leaders in Rome in
62 AD at the latest.
Word of God allows for a time marginal between the verdict and the execution
and realization of the verdict given. Just as we see in the justice systems of
the World. Only, in the case of Israel we find no Appeal margin. The verdict
had fallen from the Supreme Court of God Almighty!
was this year that Paul wrote the epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians, as
a direct result of God’s revelation of the mystery to Paul.
the Ephesians we find for the first time an entirely new hope of salvation not
revealed in earlier times: The Epiouranos salvation, Greek for ‘Heaven
above the heavens’.
if this kind of salvation has ‘existed’ in God before it was revealed to
mankind – it had in times past not been offered to any man. No longer is it the
earthly Kingdom of God which is the believer’s great hope – no, it was now an
entirely new kind of hope, heaven where Christ resides in glory and power.
above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is
named, not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the
world which are to come. 22: And He has put all things under His feet and has
appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church, 23: Which is His
body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.” Eph. 1:21-23.
of the hope laid up for you in HEAVEN. Of this you heard in the past in the
message of the truth of the Gospel, 6: Which has come to you. Indeed, in the
whole world (whole Empire, not the globe)is bearing fruit and still is growing,
even as it has done among yourselves ever since the day you first heard and
came to know and understand the grace of God in truth.” Col.
blessing be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ Who has blessed us
in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm!” Eph.
are but a few selected quotes and highlights of Paul’s enthusiastic efforts in
describing this fantastic new hope of heaven. But one thing is certain: Never
has such a high hope and high calling been presented to mankind at any time.
this particular ‘Christ image’ we are told to believe and to follow. Paul’s
Christ; He Who first called His own people, the Jews, but gave up on them after
over 30 years of trying to offer them the Kingdom of God on earth because they
first rejected Him. And after that final rejection in Acts 28:25-28 Jesus
turned to us Gentiles and offered us, not the Kingdom of God, but heaven up
above the heavens, where Christ now sits at the Father’s right hand in His
might and power.
formal explanation of that revelation of a mystery hid in God can be found in
Eph. 3:1-9 and Col. 1:25, 26; as well as in several passages in Titus and 2
Timothy. We are an elect number of individuals as well as a particular group of
believers – just as explained in Eph. 1:4:
as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be
us read the ‘Arch Explanation’ of the Mystery revealed to Paul for us:
3:1-9: “For this reason I, Paul, am the prisoner of Jesus the Christ for
the sake and on behalf of you Gentiles – 2: Assuming that you have heard of the
stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me for your benefit, 3: that
the mystery (secret) was made known to me and I was allowed to comprehend it by
direct revelation, as I already (see my quotes above) briefly wrote you. 4:
When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ. 5:
This mystery WAS NEVER DISCLOSED TO HUMAN BEINGS IN PAST GENERATIONS as it has NOW
(62 AD, Paul in Rome) been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the
Spirit. 6: That the Gentiles are now (unlike before, when they only could be
proselytes) to be fellow heirs, members of the same body and joint partakers in
the same divine promise in Christ through the glad tidings. 7: Of this (Gospel,
not earlier revealed to mankind) I was made a minister according to the gift of
God’s free grace which was bestowed on me by the exercise of His power. 8: To
me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was granted and
graciously entrusted: to proclaim to the Gentiles the (Gospel of) unending
riches of Christ. 9: Also to enlighten all men and make plain to them what is
the plan of the mystery kept hidden through the ages and concealed until now in
God Who created all things by Christ Jesus.”
1:25, 26 is backing up this great new Pauline revelation, given for the new
dispensation, the church, the Body of Christ:
it (the church dispensation) I became a minister in accordance with the divine
stewardship which was entrusted to me for you, to make the Word of God fully
known (in other translations: Fulfill, conclude the Word of God). 26: The
mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations, but is now revealed to
His holy people.”
important to note especially the time of the revelation Paul was given for this
new grace dispensation: It was ‘NOW’ – that is, this revelation was triggering
Paul into writing Ephesians and Colossians, and have the message distributed
around in the Empire. The ‘NOW’ in Ephesians and Colossians, was 62 AD – the
same year in which we find the fall of Israel.
particular ‘NOW’ is also found in Titus 1:3 as well as in 2 Tim. 1:10:
in His own appointed time, He has made manifest His Word and revealed it as His
message through the preaching entrusted to me by command of God our Saviour.”
He NOW has made known and has fully disclosed and made real to us
through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, Who annulled death and made
it of no effect and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.”
‘NOW’ is here used as ‘NOW THIS NEWLY GIVEN REVELATION’ so that we can
understand that it was not written because God once again, and again, kept
revealing same thing to Paul. It was revealed first time as he was told to
write the Ephesians. And he refers back to that revelation, which still was
secret mystery and revelation was kept hidden in God Himself the entire
timeline of Old Testament as well as almost the entire New Testament, until God
in 62 AD revealed it to Paul when he sat imprisoned in Rome, as the fall of
Israel became a fact. Out of this we find the new dispensation of the church
and the free grace salvation with heaven as the new hope, emerged and was
preached throughout the Roman Empire.
church is thus NOT replacing Israel – but rather, we are operating with our
kind of Gospel in lack of Israel. Their absence is the reason for our presence.
failed to accept their calling as a nation for God in a millennial Kingdom
promised; so God turned then to the whole world and offered us His
unmerited grace by faith in Christ. Not for a Kingdom, but for heaven up above!
church can be found present in the world only as long as Israel is not taken
back to God as His elect nation above all other nations.
2000 years have passed since the church dispensation was organized by Paul. But
this is soon to end, as one day God shall call up for Himself Israel by sending
Elijah from heaven to first punish and smite them for their long resistance of
Christ, and for having profaned His name among the gentile people which they
have lived among all these centuries (Ezek. 36).
again that in the era with the four Gospels and the Book of Acts – 29 AD to 62
AD – Jesus described a segregation, a fence, a wall of partition was standing
between Gentiles and Jews as in Matt. 23:33 and Mark 12:1.
once we get to Paul’s new revelation, the dispensation of the church in
Eph. 2:14, 15 this very same wall was taken down. Jews and Gentiles are now
equal in the faith. Col. 3:11 declares to us in fact that we are all considered
as the nations – including Israel. There is no Jews, no Greek, no nothing….
group of believers which the Law and it’s ordinances was given to, Israel, as
soon as they had fallen from God there was no longer any relevance in preaching
New Covenant to them. God sat aside the Kingdom offered to them.
Kingdom of God in Israel shall be offered to them again, but it will be done in
the Great Tribulation to come. Matt. 24:14.
– as we have still the dispensation of the church, the ‘One New Man’ in Christ,
there are no ‘Jews first, then Greek’ – for the Jews lost their elevated status
with God in the same instance as they fell from Him in 62 AD in Acts 28:25-28.
NEW COVENANT, ABORTED WHEN ISRAEL
SHALL BE OFFERED TO THEM AGAIN.
will, as I mentioned above, re-open His offer to the Jews to have the promised
Kingdom of God on earth in the end-times. This means of course He will re-open
the offer to them of the New Covenant for Jews and proselytes.
learn of this coming event we have to turn to the prophesies in Ezek. 36 – as
well as others.
start off this period to call up Israel again as His nation segregated and sat
above all nations, He shall send Elijah and also Moses – seen as the two
witnesses in Rev. 11. Elijah shall appear to Israel in the land before the
day of the Lord – that is, before the Great Tribulation. (More of this in
this book’s last chapter).
two will see to it that the tribal system will be set up according to
to Mal. 4 and Matt. 17:11 – which in the latter we find that Elijah ‘does
come and will get EVERYTHING RESTORED AND READY.” It is also
interesting to learn that Malachi 4 mention Moses and the Law in the same breath
as Elijah! And Matt. 17 has established precedence for these two
prophets to operate together as a team. (See also my article “The End-Time
Destruction of Israel and Jerusalem Foretold by Moses” in this website, under
Matt. 17:11 with Acts 1:6 – the disciples asking Jesus about the restoring and
reestablishing of Israel, a question Jesus did not deny the truth of,
which means: The Kingdom will be coming one day, and the restoration shall take
able to get Israel restored before God properly, He sends His two special
‘Generals of War’ Moses together with Elijah to smite and punish and in doing
this – enforcing Israel to accept Jesus or else…..
time it is not the ‘..acceptable year of the Lord’ in Is. 61:2a; this
time it is ‘the day of vengeance of our God’, in Is. 61:2b. This is fully
in line with Scripture, particularly that of Ezek. 36, which actually speaks
of vengeance as the motif for punishing and smiting Israel in the
Revelation book, we find these plagues and punishments described mainly in the Seven
Sevens: Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and Seven Bowls, plus the three Birth
Pangs, starting in Rev. 6 and on.
Seven Sevens are fully in line with, and even exceeds Rev. in that Moses said
that there would come upon them incredible unimaginable plagues and
horrors, of which none was written in the Book of the Law. When reading Rev.
11, we find that the two witnesses were given an extremely high level of
war-power – for it says sternly and in a judgmental way:
witnesses have POWER TO SHUT UP THE SKY, so that no rain may fall during the
days of their prophesying (3 ½ year); and they also HAVE POWER TO TURN THE
WATERS (in Israel) INTO BLOOD and to smite and scourge THE EARTH (land of
Israel only) WITH ALL MANNER OF PLAGUES AS OFTEN AS THEY CHOOSE.” Rev.
prophesy of plagues, which not even was written in his Book of the Law (see
Deut. 28:61 – followed contextually by verse 62 of their reduction to but a
small remnant; same as Zech. 13:8 says) are covered by these words from John in
Rev. 11:6, as well as the peculiar words in verse 5, of fire consuming the
enemies, who attacks the witnesses obviously:
if anyone (it implies that there will actually be those who attacks them) attempts
to injure them, FIRE POURS FROM THEIR MOUTH AND CONSUME THEIR ENEMIES: if
anyone should attempt to harm them, thus he is doomed to be slain.”
Scripture as a whole is saying in these passages, is: Beware Israel! Be sure to
repent when Elijah and Moses appear in the land of Zionist-Israel, you ungodly
lot, profaners of Christ, for if you do not obey this time, you will be utterly
destroyed in the greatest destruction ever to come upon you in all your
sends the two witnesses to start the Great Tribulation, and to ‘administrate’
it during the first half of the seven year period of the tribulation. In
Mid-Trib we find the two getting themselves killed by anti-Christ, ref. Rev.
able to grasp the truth of what really is going to take place in the Great
Tribulation, and not the least WHY – we have to read Ezek. 36 – for in the
chapter we have it all.
36 speak of the revenge coming from Christ because the Jews in their dispersion
since 70 AD have used the centuries to profane and scoffing Jesus – which we
have overwhelming proof of in their Babylonian Talmud scriptures. The written
Pharisaic doctrine, which in the time of Jesus and the apostles only existed as
mutual doctrine, came about in 500 AD the scholars says.
had this foreknowledge about the Israeli future and their restoration through
the Great Tribulation.
he also saw how God would establish the New Covenant and give them the Holy
Ghost so they would be empowered to keep the Law.
see what Ezek. 36 says.
before reading, be aware of Ezekiel’s ministry. He was one of the priests in
the tournament-system of the Temple of God. But God had him sent
super-naturally over to Babylon to reprove the Jews in their exile. He was sent
there in a ‘God’s UFO’ manned by His angels (Ezek. 1).
the prophet speaks of Israel’s coming tribulation and cleansing, he opens with
what happened in 70 AD – and we shall notice that while he was sent but to one
particular nation, Babylon, in his ministry, he turns over into plural tense
when speaking about the end-time tribulation: Referring to what the Jews had
been doing among the nations, and not the nation. Very important! In
other words, Ezek. 36 has no connection with the prophesies concerning Babylon
late 500 BC.
I scattered them among the NATIONS (plural), and they were dispersed through
the countries; according to their conduct (see Luke 13 and Matt. 22:7) and
their deeds I judged and punished them. 22: Therefore say to the house of
Israel (to whom is this command addressed? Answer: The two witnesses in
Rev. 11. They shall repeat this prophesy of punishments), thus says the Lord
God: I do not do this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for My holy
name’s sake, which YOU HAVE PROFANED AMONG THE NATIONS TO WHICH YOU WENT.
23: And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name (Christ Jesus!) and
separate it for it’s holy purpose from all that defiles it – My name, which has
been profaned among them – and the nations will know, understand, and
realize that I am the Lord when I shall be set apart by you and My holiness
vindicated in you before their (the Gentile nations) eyes and yours (Israel).
24: For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the
countries AND BRING YOU INTO YOUR OWN LAND.(Here we see for the first time
how Israel will be lawfully theirs, after first being smitten by the Lord. The
gathering spoken of here, is the same as Matt. 24:31and 2 Thess.2:1). 25: Then
I will sprinkle clean water upon you (the Word of Christ preached by Christ),
and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness; and from all your idols will
I cleanse you. 26: (Here comes the New Covenant’s Holy Ghost infilling again) A
new heart will I give you and a NEW SPIRIT (Holy Ghost) will I put within you,
and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of
flesh. 27: And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My
statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them.”
recommend to you to read for yourself the rest of the chapter.
we see here that it is only when Jesus arrives Israel from heaven, that the
nation can inherit the land lawfully. Their establishing of a nation in
Palestine in 1948 through the UN-mandate was not a move from God, but of Satan.
Through that move Satan created his anti-Christ scheme by having an entire
nation working against Christ, and opening up for a false messiah-type,
the one we find is called Antichrist in the Bible.
learning from Ezek. 36 that the scattered Jews profaned the name of Jesus
Christ from ‘Day One’ (verse 20) – and continuously up through the centuries
without pause – then we also learn that the claims set forth by the Christian
Zionists are false. They are propagating a Zionist-Israel which is already
taken back by God, and their national project since 1948 thus being a result of
God’s blessing upon the nation. No, says Ezekiel, the wrath of God has rested
upon them all of the time since 70 AD, for they have profaned Jesus’ name
continually since then. For which a final judgment is coming upon them in the
Great Tribulation. There is not one chance that God in this time span from 70
AD until now, of Israel having been taken back as a nation under God’s
is a move of the devil and of men; it is not of the Lord. It is another matter
though, that God foresaw this land-theft and the anti-Christ plans.
foreseeing is not the same as acknowledging what He foresaw. Understand?
36:32 gives us a blunt word of the Lords disliking over the entire behavior
of Israel in their days of being Christ-rejecters – even if He now sees that
they are once again a nation for Him:
for your sake (Israel) do I do this, says the Lord God; let that be known to
you. BE ASHAMED AND CONFOUNDED FOR YOUR WICKED WAYS, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL.”
as if the Lord says to them: Don’t you ever try doing this again! No more!!
believe that the same Lord, Christ Jesus, in Whom we believe and love, has
great antipathy with Christian-Zionism anywhere. Or how would you have reacted
if you found that those who called themselves your friend, and loved you, went
about in companionship with those who said they hate you?
that is the case with Christian-Zionists: The say they love Jesus, they love
Israel and so on. But what they are doing is to support and encourage the
Lord’s worst thinkable enemies on earth, those who have been profaning His name
all over the world continuously since 70 AD! Those who have a Babylonian Talmud
scripture in which Jesus is defamed and profaned as a son of a whore, Miriam
(Mary), as she had intercourse with a Roman centurion; and Jesus is said to be
suffering the torment of hell boiling in hot excrement.
a Christian has no proper knowledge in the Word of God rightly divided, he will
most often find himself turning the whole Bible upside down.
the days of the Millennial Kingdom in Israel to come, the wall of partition
between Jews and regular Gentiles will be back up again. It will be a ‘Them’
and an ‘Us’, like we see in Zech. 8:23:
says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men out of all languages of the
nations shall take hold of the robe (a priests robe) of him who is a Jew,
saying, Let us go with you for we have heard THAT GOD IS WITH YOU.”
IN THE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
IN MUCH MISINTERPRETATION.
This topic is much too vast to be fully taught in
this little book of mine. It would have to be written volumes to exhort
believers in all the errors of our Bible translations. If you feel capable,
please go on with such a project!
shall try to deal with a few of these. Those which I consider important to be
able to read and understand the Bible rightly divided.
must learn also to know that in the post-apostolic time, there existed no group
or singular persons that was ‘Anointed of God’ (as it was with Peter and Paul)
to write His Word.
committees has been sat up and governed by regular Christian believers of
various degrees of knowledge and education. But that is all. And that is why it
is each and every Christian believer’s duty – if he has capacity and knowledge
– to speak his mind correcting errors. Our apostle Paul, through the role-model
of Titus and Timothy (for our sake) exhorts us to act and preach with
corrections, reproving false doctrine, as well as strengthening and consoling
the saints of our day.
will try to deal with the following words from Greek, and the doubtful way
these words have been translated.
all that is created, the universe, earth, nations and civilizations etc
timespan, era, periodical ages – for instance the coming millennial era for
the called out ones – groups which are gathered for a given cause whether
secular or Christian
a glad tiding or good news, whether secular or Christian.
experience is of course mostly influenced by the Norwegian translations, but I
also have some knowledge in the English ones – perhaps enough to at least deal
with these four words in particular.
often occurs and causes error regarding which area, place, land, or whether
global or local, in many Bible verses where for instance the Lord is quoted as
He sent His apostles to preach, or when reading prophesy of certain things to
happen at a certain land or place, like in the Revelation.
us look at Acts 1:8 for a starter:
you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and TO THE
ENDS OF THE EARTH.”
is the favorite verse often added to the Great Commission, Matt. 28:19, 20.
ends (bounds) of the COSMOS – should in this case read: To the whole land of
Israel – to its uttermost boundaries. Everywhere in Israel: Jerusalem first,
then all of Judea and don’t forget Samaria…..
we follow Jesus’ intentions right, in that He first speak of two Roman
Provinces, Judea with its city Jerusalem and Samaria, - but do not mention all
the other small provinces in the land, which were: Galilee, Decapolis, Idumea,
Nabataea, Ituraea, Traconitis and Perea, and probably also Phoenicia where
Jesus healed the heathen woman’s daughter (Matt. 15:24) in the village Tyre by
the sea. Jesus simply made it shortly and efficient instead of listing
up all those small Provinces. He was very aware of that His disciples knew
exactly what He meant. But Biblically illiterate Gentile Christians like us
have much strife in knowing all this. The disciples knew that the preaching of
the Kingdom of God was only for the land of Israel within its natural
borders, and not outside in the Gentile nations/Provinces.
Book of Acts bear testimony to that truth – and Peter when explaining his
message to the gentiles in Cornelius’ house said of their mission: ‘He
charged us to go preach to the Jewish people…” (Acts 10:42) – and before
that, Peter had already told Cornelius’ assembly, ‘You know the contents of
the message which He sent to Israel (not outside, to Gentiles)…” (v.
Hebrew we learn that cosmos has a cousin, Ge – as in geography
– meaning soil, land, ground, place, etc. – dependent of the context entirely.
was written in Hebrew. When reading of Jesus speaking of the waste dung in
southern part of Jerusalem, called Gahanna, the Hebrew word Ge was used
to tell that this was a ‘place’ on earth, which was in Jerusalem, and the rest
of the name ‘Hanna’ was the actual name. We could call it ‘The Hanna Place’ or
as in Norwegian Bibles ‘Hinnoms Dal’ which means the valley of Hinnom
(or Hanna). This little valley is today named Wadi-er-Rababi, and in Old
Testament times the place was used for idolatry and sacrifice rituals to the
god Moloch (at the time of Manassas). In the days of Jesus the place was a
perpetually burning dung of all kinds of waste, and He used this ill smelling and
smoke-filled place to warn the Jews that they would risk being cast down there
if the nation did not receive Him as their Messiah. And so it also happened,
when Rome massacred Jerusalem in 70 AD and cast a great number of dead bodies
on the dung, which burnt. Peter warned of the same massacre in Acts 3:23 –
pointing back to Moses in Deut. 18:15-19.
a blunder it is to just let every common man interpret the passage in Acts 1:8
and Matt. 28:19, 20 – without putting an understandable specific verbal ‘Road
Map’ in there, so the poor readers can read –“You shall be my witnesses in
Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the borders of the land of Israel
did not lie when he spoke to the little flock in Cornelius’ house telling them
that the message they had been commissioned to preach, was a message SENT TO ISRAEL,
and that they had been commanded to go and preach it TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN
THE LAND – for Peter had no idea of God allowing them to have fellowship with
Gentiles. They were totally shocked and astonished, says Acts 11:1.
dear fellow believers, don’t you rather think that if the translating Boards
and Committees were chosen and anointed by God or/and the Holy Ghost, such
blunt and obvious faults would never occur? I do. So, obviously those
Committees will have to face reproving and exhortation like this, and
more. They are believers in Christ like you and I, but that is not the same as
having been specially anointed or chosen by God for such a task. No, it
is but an ordinary flock of various scholars and ministers and laymen trying to
do their best. That is all. It was obviously not enough! We have to shape up
we will have to admit that there is a grave difference between ‘going out
into all the world’ – and just ‘going out in all of Israel’, don’t
it occurs to me that such an entity as these translation committees can be
likened with a Clockmaker. They are skilled in the craft of making that
complicated clockwork which turns around the arms of the clock disc. And yet –
it seems to me that these skilled craftsmen are not able to read the time
on the clock disc, which is the whole idea of making a clock in the
have a look upon how things can go askew when cosmos is translated in
error in Revelation, chapter 6:15, 16 –
the kings of the earth and their noblemen and their magnates and
their military chiefs and the wealthy and the strong and slave or free hid
themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16: And they
called to the mountains and the rocks, Fall on us and hide us from the face of
Him Who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.”
kings of the earth?
this case, luckily so, Scripture explains Scripture…even if it should not have
been like that. But as we find Jesus stumbling His painful way up Via Dolorosa
for His crucifixion – He answers back to the crowd of weeping women, Luke
23:28, 30 – telling them and proving to you and I that these scared people of
Rev. 6 calling to the mountains to fall upon them to hide them, were the future
Israelis in the Great Tribulation –
of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your
children. 29: For behold, THE DAYS ARE COMING during which they will say,
Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the breasts that
have never nursed! 30: Then they will begin to say to the MOUNTAINS, FALL ON
US! AND TO THE HILLS, COVER US!”
told them: 1. Weep for yourselves. This was the present generation
which was destroyed by the war in 70 AD. 2. Weep for your children.
These were the descendants of the Jews, which will eventually be punished as
God sends the Great Tribulation against Zionist-Israel, and which I quoted from
Rev. 6:15, 16 when the horror reaches its climax.
kings and noblemen in Rev. 6 are the Jewish leaders in the government ruled by
Antichrist – and most probably the ‘Kings’ (Governors I believe) are each one
leader of a false new tribal-system in Israel, sectioning up the land in small
provinces, just like it was after Joshua took Canaan and later on had the
tribes owning their piece of land. These end-time ‘Kings’ in Revelation are
found in Rev. 17:7 as the ‘Ten horns’ and in verse 12 the angel tells John that
these horns are actually men, kings (governors, rulers) together with the
kings and also their servants (slaves?) and many people in Israel will head for
the hills to hide them, and the caves for shelter – for the wrath of the Lamb
of God, Christ just before His coming; and He will punish them with fire and
judgments of great horror. See 2 Thess. 1:6-10.
is a grave difference between ‘Kings of the earth’ and the real actual
scenery when we learn that these are only rulers in Israel, in the
is sectioned into 20 Counties (we call them Fylke). One of the larger counties
is the Hedmark Fylke, north of Oslo. That county is slightly bigger than Israel
today. The event told of these kings and noblemen trying to find shelter for
the fire and judgment coming from Christ in His second advent, is but a local
phenomenon compared to the smallness of Israel. And this local
occurrence is blown up into gigantic proportions – the entire world, and
kings and royalty on the entire globe will head for the hills and desperately
seek shelter in caves and in mountains for the Great Tribulation!
a way of reading the Bible is totally ‘Bananas’.
is of utmost importance that we learn to read the Bible in proper contexts
and also manage to remove erroneous translations of particular words and
expressions, like I have told you here.
to pursue this topic, cosmos being used to translate as ‘All the
world’ – we take a brief look on Rev. 13:3 and 8: (speaking of the Beast,
the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration.”
And all the inhabitants of the earth will fall down in adoration and pay
is certainly not the whole population on earth who will follow the beast,
Antichrist. It is Israel only, and they shall believe that he is their long
awaited Messiah king, prophesied in the Bible.
I could keep on and on like this showing to you how the Bible is very defected
regarding proper translations of many passages. Cosmos in Greek should have
been translated ‘the land, Israel’ – and the same is a fact when reading Matt.
5:5 the Sermon on the Mount:
are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth!”
they will not! Jesus spoke of the ‘Promised Land’ – Israel – the earlier
Canaan given them by the promises all the way back to Abraham in Gen. 12 and
15. Israel was promised to inherit the land, which is the ground Israel
now occupies in the Middle-East. And this shall be extended somewhat, according
time you read such words and passages, you have to ask yourself, Is it global,
national or local/domestic? COSMOS can be all of these – but the context is
the key to understanding what the Bible is speaking of.
AION WORD (in Hebrew it is Olam).
that we know that all Gospels and also Acts deals only with the hope of
salvation which was the Kingdom of God on earth, the millennial reign of
Christ, then we will also be aware of the fact that when Jesus spoke of
‘Eternity’ or ‘Eternal life’ or ‘Everlasting life’ – His speech was the Olam
(in the Hebrew Matthew) and Aion in all Greek writings.
other words, when Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of heaven to come – He only spoke
of ‘Aion life’ – that is ‘Life in the Millennial Kingdom lasting for one
thousand years’. In Jewish culture and religion there never existed any such ‘Unending
time’ as we often mean when we speak of salvation. They taught only of the
ages in which God had promised them blessings through the prophets.
2:44 is likewise translated in error:
in the days of these kings (see Rev. 17:12) shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to
another people (than Daniel’s, the Jews); but it shall break and crush and
consume all these kingdoms and it shall stand forever.”
it shall not! It shall stand for the prophesied number of years which is
one thousand years – which falls in with the time in which we find God
locking up the devil, Satan, in the Abyss jail (Rev.20:1-3). The devil has to
be jailed in order to keep the entire earth free of wars and other evils in the
days of Christ’s reign as king in Jerusalem.
this coming kingdom it will be, in the matter of punishment for sin, those who
eventually dies at an age of 100 years, die as a young person (Is. 65:20).
lifetime will be like the tree, says Isaiah 65:22 – thus anticipating a
millennia just like many of the early Bible people before the time of the
is about this type of aion life – the millennial blessings for Israel –that
Paul wrote 1 Cor. 15 as well as 1 Thess. 4. God shall resurrect and rapture the
Jewish tribulation saints into an Aion life, a life with Christ on earth
for one thousand years. Understand?
do not find any hope of the heaven up there with Christ, before we come to Paul
writing the epistle to the Ephesians in 62 AD. Corinthians and Thessalonians
were written about 53 AD and 54-55 AD. God had at that time still going His
prophetic program for Israel’s salvation in the New Covenant, having the
apostles preaching the Kingdom to Israel.
Eph. 1-3 chapters we are introduced to – not Aion life – but Epiouranos
life; a life in ‘Heaven up above the heavens’. Nobody had ever heard of
this salvation before Paul was let in on God’s hidden mystery, His well-kept
secret of us chosen in Christ before the creation of the world.
the fall of Israel seen in Acts 28:25-28, God could no longer offer the Jews
the New Covenant deal including the promised Messianic kingdom. He sat aside
the entire kingdom-program, and instead He chose to reveal His secret to Paul,
of a group of believers in Christ chosen to sit with Christ in heaven.
three first chapters of Ephesians deals with this all-new doctrine of salvation
by faith. From that time up to our day, there has been no Kingdom of God on
earth offered to anyone, be it Jews or Gentiles. The program was suspended in
its entirety. It shall be brought back again (Matt. 24:14).
it is: “..be strong in the GRACE that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim. 2:1.
it is He Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy
and leading to holiness; not because of anything of merit that we have done,
but because of and to further His own purpose and grace which was given us in
Christ Jesus before the world began”. 2 Tim. 1:9.
after God revealed His secret to Paul of this new salvation after the fall of
Israel in 62 AD, is it right to think of the ‘Eternal life’ in this
context as literally so. It is never-ending and has no pause or stop or
anything. It is actually without end. But the saints living under the first era
of the apostles, had the Kingdom of God on earth offered to them, and that was
an era to last for only one thousand years. This is a fact.
both the Norwegian as well as the English translations this Greek word is
translated ‘Church’ or ‘Churches’ or ‘Assembly’ – with very few exceptions.
thus we know that Ecclesia are used both secular as well as in Christian
assemblies/churches. Even where it could better have been translated
‘Synagogue’ – many translations are still saying ‘Church’.
huge multitude gathered as a raging mob in the outdoor theatre in Ephesus (Acts
19) was 20 000 people, and yet the word for this non-Christian assembly of
people going against Paul, is Ecclesia.
assembly at Antioch in Syria is likewise Ecclesia (Acts 13).
read a remark made by another Bible scholar who said it like this:
one used the Greek word ‘Ecclesia’ the way many translators are doing, we could
end up as a matter of fact with calling the infamous and feared ‘Die Geheime
Staatspolizei’ (Gestapo) of Hitler, for ‘The Church’.”
have to agree on that. The way many just throws this word around them, is reckless
translators should learn the noble art of directing their translations better;
calling an assembly of Jews, like those at Antioch, for ‘Synagogue’ and even
the assemblies of Paul and of Peter in the early days could perhaps better be
called Synagogues and not Church. Even if there were proselytes present.
since the fall of Israel in Acts 28:25-28 in 62 AD, did God drop away the wall
of partition between them, and made Jew and Gentile into ‘One New Man’ in the
faith. Then they could call such assemblies for Church.
could – just to be diplomatic – suggest that the Acts-assemblies could be
called ‘Messianic Church’ and thus indicate that we read about a Jewish
assembly with its proselytes, and not the actual Church like it became since
Paul got the new revelation from Christ about the ‘One New Man’ and Jew and
Gentile sat on equal level in the faith.
this issue I managed to keep in short. But I think I have made my point.
yourself whenever you read the word ‘Church’ in the New Testament, if this is a
Messianic assembly, or a segregated Jewish Synagogue, or the Church of the free
grace believers given heaven up above as their hope.
is most often translated ‘Gospel’ even if it is actually meaning ‘Good news’ or
if you wish, ‘Glad Tidings’.
is used both in secular and in Christian vocabulary.
word cannot stand alone, but it need to be added the contextual links so
that we may clearly understand that we are talking of the Gospel of the Kingdom
(as it were in Acts period 32 to 62 AD) or the Grace Gospel (as it became after
Paul got revealed to him the mystery, from 62 AD and up to our day).
Here is an example of the word evangelion
translated, in same manner, and still – these are two different Gospels:
Acts. 13:32: “So
now we are bringing you the Gospel of what God promised to our
Eph. 3:8: “…to
proclaim to the Gentiles the Gospel of the unsearchable riches of
The one in Acts
13:32 was the New Covenant to Israel and proselytes, the Gospel OF WHAT GOD
PROMISED TO OUR FOREFATHERS. What promise? The promise of a Kingdom in which
Messiah should reign and the men of Israel should minister as God’s Royal
priesthood. See Ex. 19:5, 6.
This was the
Kingdom-Gospel and not our Grace Gospel.
But the one in
Eph. 3:8 is our Grace Gospel – based on the unsearchable riches of Christ: This
Gospel and this salvation cannot be found (searched) in any Scripture, before
Paul heralded it by writing Ephesians and Colossians. It had previously been
hid in God, not spoken to anyone and had been so from before the creation of
Luckily we find
that in these two passages, the translators have done their job, and told us
WHAT Gospel it means. We can distinguish between the two –in that one was
beforehand promised the forefathers of Israel, and could therefore not
be a Gospel connected to what God had kept secret within Himself.
The other, the
unsearchable riches of Christ – was a Gospel not earlier revealed to anyone,
because it had been and still is, unsearchable what the Scriptures are
concerned. Not until Paul was in Rome in 62 AD, was this Gospel revealed for
the first time since before the creation of the world.
The latter has a
different hope than that given Israel: Heaven above the heavens. While the
first had only the hope (for Israel) of a Kingdom of God on earth for one
thousand years. Not bad, but it faints compared to the Gospel we have been
given, it promises us heaven where Christ now resides with God His Father.
Eph. 2:12 of the exclusion and shutting-out of us Gentiles from the PROMISE,
and from the COVENANTS of Israel, makes it impossible that we ever could be
partakers of the promise first given to the forefathers of Israel. The promise
and the covenants referred to in Eph. 2:12 are the promise of the millennial
kingdom for Israel with their Messiah, and the covenants referred to are of
course the Mosaic Law as well as the New Covenant to Israel, the better pact,
and only offered to those who first had made transgressions under the
Mosaic Law, says Paul in Hebr. 9:15.
Kingdom-Gospel was based upon the promise: The New Covenant in the blood
of Jesus for Israel. This was preached the 30 some years as reported in Acts.
Grace-Gospel given Paul for us, had its start from the moment Paul was given
the said revelation of the mystery (Eph. 3:1-9; Col. 1:25, 26) – and can be
offered to the world only as long as God is not dealing with Israel as a nation
for Him. They fell from God in Acts 28:25-28 as I wrote above – and thus He
suspended and ended the Kingdom-Gospel and the New Covenant. These things will
not be re-introduced to Israel before God has ended the dispensation of the
Church. In Matt. 24:14 we find the re-opening of the offer to Israel of the
Kingdom and the New Covenant. It will be offered them by the two witnesses in
So, again – same
principle as with the three other Greek words we have looked upon, we have to
ask ourselves WHICH GOSPEL, when we read New Testament Scripture.
THE HOPE OF THE
UP IN HEAVEN
When God had excluded Israel from His covenants as we
learn of their fall in Acts 28:25-28, we came to a boundary.
all very clear when we compare what doctrine there was preached before the fall
of Israel, with that after their fall.
Israel – like in the time line with Book of Acts – was God’s elect nation above
all other nations, and Gentile believers had to become proselytes under the
arrangement given Paul for them, many Messianic Churches were established in
the Empire. Reading Acts, we learn that there was a particularly great number
of proselytes with the Messianic Jews at Corinth, Ephesus, and for not to
mention throughout Galatia. Think of the mentioned great number at Ephesus
(Acts 19) – plus the flying start granted Paul in Galatia in Acts 13-14. The
report of the latter is positive reading:
when the (Gentile) proselytes heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the word
of God; and as many as were destined to eternal (aion) life believed. 49: And
so the Word of the Lord scattered and spread throughout the whole region.”
Acts 13:48, 49.
later writing to the Romans, said of his Churches, in which there was Jews and
proselytes together, and called his assemblies ‘the churches of the
proselytes (Gentiles)’ – even if they were a mixed flock. This, because the
contingent of proselytes grew to certain proportions many places (Rom. 16:4).
writings to these assemblies by Paul is called for ‘Acts-epistles’ for the
simple reason that those epistles were written in the time period that Acts
reports from, and thus the epistles were always New Covenant doctrine to Israel
and proselytes. All the other writers in the same time period wrote with same
contents in them – the New Covenant doctrine to Israel.
time line was from 43 AD as we read of Paul and Barnabas going to Galatia in
Acts 13, up until we find Paul in Rome in 62 AD pounding on the partially closed
door of Jewry, Acts 28:31; nineteen years in ministry as a ‘Servant of a New
Covenant to Israel’ (2 Cor. 3:6).
6:16 we find Paul calling such believers for ‘Israel of God’.
assure you all that the ‘Israel of God’ by no means is the Church of the
‘One New Man’ in Eph. 2:15! I hope you comprehend this properly.
Matt. 24:30, 31; 1 Thess. 4:14-18 and 1 Cor. 15 it is first pointed out by
Jesus, then Paul, how God by the parousia of Christ (His second advent)
shall gather all the Messianic believers on earth and rapture them up in clouds
into the air – and then He will fly them (the angels are doing this) to Israel
together with those He first resurrected – and they will find themselves as
members of the established Kingdom of God on earth serving under Christ for one
apostolic assemblies inside Israel (Peter’s domain) and those in the Empire
outside of Israel (Paul’s domain) expected to enter the Kingdom on earth as
soon as Israel could be considered as fully repented and baptized.
wrote of this hope: “Who are being guarded by God’s power through your faith
till you fully inherit that final salvation that is ready to be revealed for
you in the last time.” 1 Pet. 1:5.
all of this was called off because of the severe fall of Israel when Paul sat
jailed in Rome. The New Covenant with its hope of the Kingdom on earth for Jews
and proselytes was entirely suspended, no question about that!
existing believers everywhere, whether those under Peter or those under Paul,
were automatically taken in under the new revealed dispensation given to
Paul for us: They were granted the new hope of the Epiouranos salvation
(Heaven up above the heavens).
epistles to Ephesians and Colossians are re-educational by nature, and Paul
relates to what he had taught them when preaching the Kingdom and the New Covenant
to them, but now pointing to the ‘Mystery’ revealed, the new dispensation of
the Grace of God (Eph. 3:1-9; Col. 1:25, 26).
Col. 3:1-4 Paul is charging the grace-believers everywhere to set their minds
and thoughts on heaven up above, and no longer think of the Kingdom he had
preached to them earlier.
set your minds and keep them set on what is above, not on the things that
are on the earth.” (v. 2).
this with Matt. 5:5 and Jesus promising Israel’s believers to ‘Inherit the
land’ – and we will have to admit that these are two different doctrines.
Paul’s is for the heaven up above the heavens, but Jesus spoke of the Kingdom
in Israel at His second advent.
the point of the epistle to the Ephesians we no longer find Paul speaking in
plural tense when mentioning the Church. It is from then on only in singular,
‘The Body of Christ’, the ‘One New Man’, ‘The Church which is His Body’ and so
on; always singular tense. This is how God sees us, the Body of Christ. We are
one Church, destined for heaven up above. Even if we can gather in groups and
fellowships worldwide, we are still considered being ‘One Body’ (Eph.
can only mean one thing only: God sees us as already gathered with Christ in
heaven, once and for all, and all which is left to achieve is to physically
experience that which is our position with Christ. It is our hope.
Col. 3:11 Paul teaches us that Jews and Gentiles is no longer an issue – for in
this dispensation all believers are equal and Christ is therefore all in all.
Jews in the faith are now only considered as one among all the other nations,
and not above other nations. They fell from that position, remember.
2:19: “…holding fast to the Head (Christ), from Whom the entire BODY,
supplied and knit together by means of its joints and ligaments, grows with a
growth that is from God.”
3:15: “And let the peace from Christ rule in your hearts to which as ONE
BODY you were also called. And be thankful.”
to these, we receive the arch-typical exhortations in Eph. 5 and Col. 3 to stay
away from sinful living and any mischief of this world.
Church dispensation has a calling which says we were chosen in Christ BEFORE
the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4) – and was in God’s mind and thoughts/plans
already in existence in the eternal perspective, outside of all forms of
time-lines. ‘In Christ’ is an extremely huge factor, which frees us from all
things pertaining to earthly/carnal life. We are heaven-bound!
entirely different matter is the fact that we wake up every morning and find
ourselves still on earth, having to go to job and whatever task we have got
upon us. Still, we are definitely heaven-bound.
questions of life and of death, we, the Body of Christ, the ‘One New Man’ has
mainly Paul as our teacher. Yes, I know that we can read many universal
and inter-dispensational truths in the Bible, but we put a decisive priority
on reading Paul’s epistles before anything else. His epistles to us are:
Ephesians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon (teaching us the mind of Christ) and 2
in these five epistles can be found the hope of heaven, however bear in
mind that Philemon is an example of how we are supposed to act with other
believers, which is with compassion and meekness, as Paul acted in the case of
the escaped slave Onesimus. He even took on him the expenses caused by
his escape from Philemon. He had brought away stolen goods from his master’s
house. And Paul still managed to have Onesimus sent back to Philemon – hoping
that he no longer would look upon him as a slave, but rather a dear member of
his family, for Christ’s sake. If any epistle in the New Testament was written
for us to take to our tears, this is the one. What we see here, is the mind/heart
of Christ! Just think of all the bad things which Christ has forgiven us!
There can be several ways of editing and
arranging the contents of N.T. Scriptures.
the first, we shall remember that the title The New Testament is derived
from the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus (Luke 22:20). Given to us Gentiles?
No, given to ‘Israel’s House and the house of Judah’, Jer. 31:31; Hebr. 8:6-10.
We Gentiles were shut out of the covenants, and the promise (Eph. 2:12).
a false doctrine indeed to say that this New Covenant or ‘Testament’ ever was
given the Church dispensation.
should re-edit N.T. Scripture today, I will suggest that we keep all the
epistles/books already there, but extract Ephesians, Colossians, Titus,
Philemon and 2 Timothy from it.
epistles I will recommend under the heading “The Dispensation of the Free
Grace of God to Jew and Gentile alike”.
in the foreword/Introduction I would enlighten the reader by telling of this
dispensation and its differences compared to the N.T. Scriptures.
what would it take to have the committees actually do this editing – and would
it demand an outright spiritual earthquake to get their serious attention?
New Testament title will have to be changed to “The New Testament to Israel”
or something like that. The title should at all costs mirror the fact that
the New Covenant was ONLY for Israel, and not the Church of the One New Man.
on God’s green earth has Christendom at large managed silencing to death
the writings of E.W. Bullinger, a renowned Oxford scholar and early Acts-28
proponent, or his immediate followers Sir Robert Anderson, Charles Welch,
Stuart Allen and many others? What are their arguments for this disrespect of
such renowned Bible scholars? Anyone out there who knows the answer to this
the Old Testament could have been improved in that the title ‘The Old Testament’
really does not begin before we come to Ex.19:2 when God shows Himself to the
people, descending on Mt. Horeb in smoke and lightning and thunder with a sound
of trumpets. But until one of the committees start to react to such
exhortations – we have to make this editing for ourselves in our minds, and
read the Bible as if it has been edited this way!
BAPTISM, HOLY COMMUNION,
MINISTERIAL GIFTS, THE MIRACLE
SIGN GIFTS AND UNBIBLICAL
We have made some short conclusions already – but in
this chapter I intend to through the ‘Highlights’ regarding doctrinal practicing
in Christianity in general.
are different ways of practice among the denominations, but I think it can be
useful still to check out the practices known to most of us.
this word comes up, most Christians think ‘Water baptism’ – which is right. But
with the Pentecostals a baptism with or in the Holy Ghost is included. And the
role model for such a baptism is found with the 120 believers in the Upper Room
on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
in Norway, which is the official Lutheran Religion in Norway, believes in and
practice baptism of little infants. Just as with the Catholic churches around.
There are disputes within Christendom in this regard. So, today we find that
there are a number of various baptisms in Christendom.
Paul made a pretty simple and blunt doctrinal statement on baptism, cutting off
all discussion: There is but ONE baptism.
is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Eph. 4:5.
statement from Paul in 62 AD, shortly after all preaching of the Kingdom of God
on earth to the Jews and proselytes had been called off, totally crashes with
the fact that in the years from 29 AD until 62 AD, there was at least four
types of baptisms practiced.
ministry of John the Baptist’s practicing of water baptism to prepare the
Jewish people for the earthly ministry of Jesus. Such baptism had its origin
from Lev. 16:4 when God ordained Aaron for his High Priest ministry, and if he
would not obey this ordinance (entering the Holy Presence of God without
baptism), he would have to face a swift death! Aaron’s two sons were a blunt
example of such judgment falling, even if it was an incident in which they had
carried unholy fire into the Holy Presence of God (Lev. 10:1, 2). John
baptized Jews so they could become the royal priesthood prophesied in Ex. 19:5,
6. It was for Jews only! The whole people shall become Christ’s priesthood in
the millennial Kingdom.
came, from the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, the water baptism in the name of
Jesus Christ, often called ‘The Apostolic Baptism’ – which was practiced
but closely following water baptism (except for those in Cornelius’
house, Acts 10 and those at Pentecost) there was the baptism with or in the
Holy Ghost – which brought about special power upon the apostles and
their assemblies. Sign gifts are seen in Acts following this power-experience.
finally came the ONE baptism which is the baptism that goes for us today, the
baptism into the death of Christ, also called ‘The circumcision of Christ,
not made with hands’, Col. 2:11.
baptism was also in effect in Acts period – but they had the two other baptisms
as well: The water rite and the Holy Ghost in power for signs.
baptism into the death and burial of Christ is taught in Col. 2:11, 12 – and
verse 12 goes:
were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him THROUGH
FAITH in the working of God (God is the one Who performs this baptism, not man)
when He raised Him up from the dead.”
important to notice that Col. 2:11, 12 are the one and the same thing: The
circumcision of Christ which is not made with hands, is the same as that ONE
baptism into the death of Christ – which is ‘the working of God through faith’.
In other words Paul says that the ONE baptism of Eph. 4:5 is a baptism that
takes place invisibly and only in a spiritual form, in the same instance as a
human being comes to faith in Christ the first time.
fact rules out any other baptisms, whether with water or Holy Ghost.
because of this ONE baptism that Paul says in Col. 2:20:
then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things
and have escaped from the world’s crude and elemental notions and teachings of
externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world?”
line: In the dispensation of the Church which is His body, the ‘One New Man’
(Eph. 2:15) there are but one baptism, as described to you above according to
Paul. And this baptism is done by God once and for all in the same moment as a
person believes on Christ.
memorial rite of Holy Communion is very arch-typical for the New Covenant to
Israel, since the Lord at the last supper said He should give His blood as
sacrifice for Israel’s sins – and He called it the New Covenant in My blood.
commanded His believers (Messianic Israel) to keep such a memorial until He
came back from heaven, just as Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 11:24 –“..do this to
call Me to remembrance.”
memorial sharing of the symbolic bread and wine – the body and the blood of
Jesus given for Israel, was so important with God that if the participants used
the Holy Communion to dine and stuffing themselves, they were punished by God’s
intervention. He caused sickness and death upon them if they did not repent! 1
reading these passages in 1 Cor. 11 go anxious and fear that they have done
something wrong having participated in Holy Communion, since they had gotten
sick shortly thereafter. They think that God is now punishing them according to
1 Cor. 11:29-34. But there is no way that God has this ordinance within this
dispensation of the free unmerited Grace of God. That ordinance ceased in the
same moment as Israel fell from God in Acts 28:25-28 – and God therefore
suspended His New Covenant preaching to them.
now literally the age of the GRACE of God – which means: God is
not in this dispensation making any judgmental punishments of any sort.
did not send the hurricane Katrina to destroy a sinful New Orleans, or any
which disaster you can think of. God is at full rest in regard to any such
the Roman Catholic Church, the Holy Communion has been added an occult factor, like
some ‘White Magic’ - in that the priests during the rite says of the bread
(medallion) ‘This is the body of Christ’ and of the wine ‘This is the blood of
Christ’ – and use the Holy Communion as if it contained magic powers.
have personally overheard Pentecostal evangelists say in meetings: “The bread
in Holy Communion represent Christ’s body, the body upon which we are healed by
His stripes. So when you take the bread, expect God to heal you!” This is just
as wrong as the magical rite performed by the Catholic priests!
line: Holy Communion was a rite only to be kept by Jews and proselytes in the
Acts period, when the New Covenant and the Kingdom of God on earth was offered
Israel. It all ended when Israel fell from God in 62 AD.
GIFTS AND MIRACLES
sign gifts which Paul taught to the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 12 – 14, where given
by The Holy Ghost exclusively to the Messianic Church and their proselytes in
the time described in the Book of Acts. No more, no less. It was given the
‘Israel of God’ (Gal. 6:16) to be equipped with the power for special signs and
healings to convince the unbelieving Jews that the apostles spoke from Him.
if we find that these gifts (9 gifts) were evenly spread in the assemblies
under the apostles, it is evident in Acts that it was the apostles who mainly
had this mandate. The average Christian Jew or proselyte could not cast out
demons or raise the dead or perform extraordinary signs.
out Acts 2:43; 4:10; 5:12; 5:15-16; 19:11-17; 28:5-9; raising of the dead Eutychus
in Acts 20:9-12, or before that, Tabitha raised from the dead by Peter in Acts
9:36-41. The apostles always had a clear lead on things super-natural of which
the Book of Acts is very consistent.
mention by name only three men who had the power to cast out demons, they were
Peter, Paul and Philip.
defended himself boldly against the attacks coming from false lying ‘apostles’
who hung in the tracks of him and tried to steal glory,
the signs that indicate a genuine apostle were performed among you fully and
most patiently in miracles and wonders and mighty works.” 2
named signs and miracles belonged to Israel’s Messianic apostles sent to Israel
to offer them the Kingdom of God on earth. Not only Peter and Paul, but all of
them had this mandate, however it seems to me that Peter and Paul stuck out of
the flock as their undisputed leaders.
means was it like the impression that the Word-Faith movement and Charismatics
are implying, that ‘the whole church is working miracles and healings’.
and wonders and incredible mighty manifestations were nothing new in Israel. Since
the time of Moses, miracles seem to be a constant mandate with Israel’s
the jar in Zarephat, miraculous food supply which was endless during the time
of Elijah’s fight against king Ahab of Israel and his wife, Jezebel. And he
also raised the dead son of the widow. Elisha was the one who was nearest Jesus
in regard to how he worked many miracles. Elisha’s healing of the sick
general Na’aman; the curing of the poisoned stewpot, and raising the dead boy
of the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4. Israel has had miracles throughout their
entire history! But whenever a period of siege and wars because of Israel’s
disobedience, miracles could be held back from them.
Psalm 74:9 we find Asaph lamenting over the lack of Israel’s miracle signs:
do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, neither does any among us
know for how long (how long the siege would last).”
signs and miracles belonged to Israel, and these followed the prophets in
ministry, just like the signs in Acts followed the apostles.
16:17, 18: “And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in
My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; 18: They
will pick up serpents; and even if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt
them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
gifts were given because of the unbelieving Israel as a sign to them. To
illustrate that truth, Paul used an example by the speaking in tongues:
is written in the Law, By men of strange language and by the lips of foreigners
will I speak to this people (Israel), and not even then will they listen to Me,
says the Lord.” 1 Cor. 14: 21; Is.28:11, 12.
as I already have written above repeatedly, all these signs and miracles were
called off at the fall of Israel in Acts 28:25-28. It was only in operation
during the 30 some years of Acts period to testify to Israel of the
truthfulness of God and His apostles to Israel. It belonged only under the New
Covenant offered to Israel. And we, the Church and the body of Christ, have no covenant
with God. We have free and unmerited grace; which is not a pact, but a gift
of salvation by faith! No need of any covenant agreement, (Eph. 2:8).
gifts were never directed at us Gentiles, but only to Israel.
the fall of Israel, these gifts and signs were no longer called for, because
the group of believers which should see these things, was set aside and God
revealed a whole new dispensation to Paul, the dispensation of the Grace
of God (Eph. 3:1-9).
two particular occasions in the Bible, we find that we Gentiles actually react notoriously
wrong in confrontation with the miracles of God. We go into adoration of
the messengers instead of God who worked the said miracles. The first
example found is the incident with Paul and Barnabas at Lustra healing the lame
man, Acts 14:8-13, and the Zeus priests came out to sacrifice oxen and incense
for they thought that Hermes (Greek god) had taken the shape of a human being,
Paul, and Zeus was Barnabas. And they had to rip their robes to show the crowd
that they were only human beings. All this, in spite of the fact that Paul had
preached Jesus to the flock. Mentioning Jesus to such Gentiles (and the Jews
there too) had no significant effect, other than they fell on their knees
before the messengers in adoration….and forgot about Jesus, thinking they had
before them the known idols they had sacrificed animals to all their adult
life. Think about it.
other was the incident at Malta after the shipwrecking. The inhabitants thought
that Paul was being punished by the gods, as they saw the snake which had
bitten him in the hand. But when they noticed that no harm had come to Paul,
they thought perhaps he was one of their gods! This is same hedonistic behavior
as with those at Lustra in Galatian province. We Gentiles have a hang to go adore
the messengers instead of praising God.
and Charismatics are in particular looking past the fact that God had these
miracle-gifts suspended at the fall of Israel in Acts 28:25-28 in 62 AD.
they believe that such things is given for the church of our day; more so with
the Pentecostal camp than seen with the Evangelicals and Lutherans.
has made their own private universe of miracles and signs which are not
at all realistic and true.
line: All sign gifts and miracles as seen in Acts period are entirely
suspended and ceased working. Only in the time seen in Acts, when God offered
Israel His Kingdom on earth and the New Covenant, such things were operating.
now know regarding baptism, Holy Communion, sign gifts, as well as the
ordinance in the Messianic Church of confession of sins, that these things
never was intended for the church dispensation – it made a great difference not
the least regarding the five-fold offices taught by Paul to the Acts saints.
taught these offices: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, Bible teachers and
pastors/elders (1 Cor. 12:28-31). 1 Tim. 3 is detailed on the pastor’s office,
as it was in Acts period of the New Covenant to Israel and proselytes. But in 2
Tim. we find most of this high standard and integrity laid upon an elder/pastor
even if we in 2 Tim. have come over into the church dispensation. (1 Tim. Was
for the Acts saints only).
five-fold ministry offices ceased entirely as is operated in the time of New
Covenant to Israel.
office of the apostle and that of the prophet were set aside together with
Israel because they fell from God, and there no longer was a demand or task to
go to Israel offering the Kingdom anymore.
the remaining ones, evangelist, teacher and elders, are the ones we have
in this church dispensation – but notice that these three offices are not of
the same power/standards as those during Acts-period. For the simple reason
that we no longer have the baptism of the Holy Ghost for a super-powered
ministry including signs, wonders and healings.
Acts-period, even deacons could perform great miracles, like Stephen did before
they stoned him. And evangelists could do the same, even cast out demons, like
Philip. And elders/pastors obviously experienced the same power as we learn
from Paul’s description and ‘attestation’ given Messianic Churches in Galatia:
does He Who supplies you with His marvelous Spirit and works powerfully and
miraculously among you….” Gal. 3:5.
these Holy Ghost miracles and manifestations ceased entirely as we find
Israel’s fall in 62 AD as Paul confronted them (Acts 28:25-28).
God obviously found that the three remaining offices, elders/pastors,
evangelist and teacher – are still good for ministry to make the church
dispensation serve God’s intentions and purposes by preaching the Grace Gospel
of Paul. Only, we are not equipped with power to perform miracles…pardon me for
reminding you repeatedly!
elders/pastors of this dispensation (Greek: presbuteros and episcopalos)
also described as overseers and supervisors or bishops…it all points to a
strict claim from Paul: They have to be experienced in ministry as not to be
ignorant or youthfully arrogant. “Elders” indicate by its title that these
cannot possibly be youngsters void of experience.
1:5 tells us that such leadership has to be in a plural form, that is,
no one-man show is allowed in church! The sick way in which we organize
churches in the Western world, by having a ‘super-pastor’ as a sort of an
almighty dictator and despot, is totally opposed to the Word of God.
Such ministerial blunders have caused many a disaster in Christendom over the
is it Biblical to have a Board of Elders with a pastor on top, simply for the
reason that this one pastor on top will dictate the Board under him to do as he
pleases. Tit. 1:5 is a total equality in leadership, nobody is on
top and nobody is at the bottom. They are told to be submissive to one another.
How can we submit to one another in ministry if one of us is a ‘leader’ ?
English Bibles I have read has in Tit. 1:5 ‘Elders’ written – in a plural form,
which means that Paul had Titus arrange a plural leadership of elders in each
one of the assemblies he had on Crete. No question about that.
the same instance – as we have Tit. 1:5 – it also dismisses the fake idea (often
found among Charismatics and Word-Faith camp) of a restoration of the apostolic
and prophetic ministry offices to come take over the leadership in
churches. To American readers, I guess it is enough just to mention the heretic
Dr. Peter C. Wagner…who has proponed himself as an apostle to churches of
various denominations in USA, causing great confusion and anger. Google
him, and you will get tons of alarming info on his ‘apostle lunacy’. Or go
Google on Kansas Prophets…and you get much the same. Total lunacy in prophesy
and all things pertaining to Holy Ghost power connected to a supposedly
restored apostolic and prophetic movement in our time. We have a few strokes
of this lunacy also over here, in Norway.
Bible says clearly – and that is why I titled this book like I did – that Paul
was the only apostle sent to us Gentiles. This is literally so –
there has not since the time of Paul been sent any other apostles or any new
generation of a perpetual string of apostles and prophets through the history
of the church dispensation. To God it was all-sufficient to send us Paul!
regarding leadership in the local church, we have but one model: A plural form
of elders on equal level leading the church on.
we have the evangelist ministry office.
Pastoral Epistles opens up clearly for the practice of having elders also to
function as evangelists. Like as we read from 2 Tim. 4:5:
for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every
hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your
had more than one duty (to act as a leader or elder in the church at Ephesus) –
he was asked by Paul also to perform an evangelistic ministry and take upon him
the suffering it may cause. The expression ‘all the duties’ – may also
include being a Bible teacher. So – it is safe to say that none of our three
ministry offices are standing by themselves separately and strictly. No, they
can be combined, all depending upon the present situation and needs.
recall, I hope, having read of Paul’s exhortations to Timothy of the necessity
of teaching other believers who are capable to give the same teaching on to
others again…and so on, and so on (2 Tim. 2:2).
story of Timothy suffering crucifixion at Ephesus has its root in that he
functioned also as an evangelist. The legend says that he went out in public
and reproved and protested to the vile hedonistic parades in town in which
shameful sexual acts were performed openly. Probably they paraded both hetero-
and homosexuals in same parade. This parade, it says, was an annual happening
to the honor of the Diana-cult.
then we have the Bible teacher.
have already mentioned this, by anticipating that the three ministries of our
time can often be combined.
conclusions we can make from this, are that both evangelists and teachers
rather springs out from the Elders ministries, than the other way. If you are
an elder/pastor then you can go being an evangelist, for instance in a Gospel
Rally, or in another setting, you are asked to come have a Bible Seminar. No
can consider elders as an administrative type of leadership, working together
on all levels concerning the church and how to reach out to the people in town
and in the districts.
I am most often operating as a Bible Teacher, through this website, this is the
ministry which takes up maybe as much as 80% of my time.
at times I have been asked to come have a Bible Seminar. I cannot say that I
have been so much of an evangelist or run campaigns like that. But who knows?
It may come. I don’t know. But I am very confident with teaching people the
Bible rightly divided.
I say: None of these three ministry offices have any such demonstrative
super-natural Holy Ghost miracle power as seen in Acts period. I have explained
to you why so.
our dispensation we learn that the Holy Ghost is given us in a manner of being
our seal (ticket) to the hope of heaven, and secondly the Holy Ghost is also
our security and guarantee of our inheritance in heaven with Christ
(Eph. 1:13, 14).
the times of the New Covenant preaching to Israel, when sign gifts and the
five-fold ministries were in operation, Paul exhorted them like this:
then brethren? When you meet together, each one has a hymn, a teaching, a
disclosure of special knowledge or information, an utterance in a tongue, or an
interpretation of it, - let everything be constructive and edifying and for the
good of all. 27: If some speak in a tongue, let the number be limited to two or
at the most three, and each one taking his turn, and let one interpret.” 1
Cor. 14:26, 27.
as we come over into the new dispensation, of the ‘One New Man’ – the Church
which is His body, things have changed:
do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled with the
Spirit. 19: Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
offering praise with voices and instruments and making melody with all your
heart to the Lord. 20: At all times and for everything giving thanks in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. 21: Be subject to one another
out of reverence for Christ.” Eph. 5:18-21.
the latter passage of exhortation, Paul has no longer any doctrine for how to
operate with sign gifts; simply because in Ephesians we are over into a new
dispensation – and no longer in the dispensation of the Law and the New
Covenant to Israel. We are into the full unmerited Grace of God by faith alone.
HERESY OF ECUMENISM
paralyzes the right Biblical division in doctrinal consistency!
ecumenism paves the road for heresy of all kinds. I want to include this
important exhortation in this book. We are living in times of great religious
confusion, and Paul our apostle, never gave in to such powers which would try
to make the Gospel and the morals in it to a small and unimportant matter.
Bible itself shows us that this issue is not to be treated in a nonchalant
1977 to late 80’s I worked with the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship
International of Norway. An evangelization-organization started by a
business man in California, Demos Shakarian. His ‘vision’ was to have all
Christians regardless of denomination, to stand together and hold meetings in
neutral localities such as hotels and restaurants, where Christian business men
could give their testimony of Jesus and His salvation. It sounds nice, doesn’t
this work depended upon our willingness to drop several important doctrinal
issues, in order to stand together in our shared cause.
now that this was all wrong. This was and still is – opposing the Pastoral Epistles
indeed. We are told to reprove and warn of heresy at all times, by the
role-models seen with Titus and Timothy.
are the Titus’s and Timothies of our time, bringing to the fore Paul’s
exhortations and warnings. It is now our responsibility to keep a clean
and true Biblical doctrine in rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
a more Biblical practice to stand firmly against all kinds of heresy anywhere. Paul
spoke of parties among Corinthians, as a positive phenomenon – giving people
ability to choose the RIGHT SIDE. This truth is universal and goes for all
times and ages.
I and people like me go warning against heresy, such ecumenical believers will
shout back at me: “But we are commanded by Christ to love all Christians!
Differences in doctrine must not keep us from loving and keep fellowship with
cannot find any such doctrine whatsoever in the Bible.
I do find is Paul’s strict and true words:
4:25: “Therefore rejecting ALL FALSITY and being done now with it, let
everyone express THE TRUTH with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body
and members one of another.”
5:13: “But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made
visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light.”
Tim. 2:25: “He must CORRECT HIS OPPONENTS with courtesy and gentleness, in
the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know THE TRUTH .”
Tim. 4: 2-4: “Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency,
whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. And convince
them, REBUKING AND CORRECTING, WARNING AND URGING, and encouraging them, being
unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching. 3: For the time is
coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but,
having ears itching, they will gather to themselves one teacher after another
to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the
errors they hold. 4: And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off
into myths and man-made fictions.”
tell me, all of you who want so much to love every Christian and keep
fellowship with him doctrinally, how on God’s green earth are we going to
be faithful to the Bible as we have it from Paul our apostle, and hold the Word
of Truth up so people can believe on Jesus Christ?
will not allow you to be faithful to the Word of God; they will rather want to
be scratched in their itching ears with false ‘comforting doctrine’ after their
liking. Paul said that these negative trends would come over us in the
end-times. See 2 Tim. 3 for more!
have already several times mentioned the heretic Pentecostal movement, as well
as the Word-Faith movement, the Kansas Prophets etc. But I will always keep
warning against all such false movements, because we are told to do so by the
Word of God.
never said He would send His angels to reprove and warn Christianity. This
serious task is reserved for us normal believers in Christ.
are to really follow the line of duty which Paul has set forth for us, here it
the Word of God rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15; 4:2)
and convict of Jesus as Savior (2 Tim. 4:2)
and reproving against heresy (2 Tim. 2:25; 4:2)
believers by telling the Truth ( 2 Tim. 4:2)
and correcting to make people respect the faith (Eph. 5:13).
SHORT LOOK AT PAUL’S LIFE AND MINISTRY
are you persecuting Me, Saul?” was the very first words Gamaliel’s disciple,
Saul from Tarsus, heard when he was met by Jesus in the powerful vision which
fell over him by the Damascus road. And got his sinister errand stopped, as he
was on his way to cast into jail the Lord’s disciples at Damascus, in the year
of 35-36 AD.
chose to use the Roman pronouncing of his name, which was Paul. Like Paul’s name
in original Hebrew was Shaoul, but ended up as Paul – so was Peter’s Simon
turned into Cephas (the rock) which in Greek became Petro, or Peter in English.
this short look upon Paul’s life and ministry as we know from the New
Testament, it will not be so many references to Bible verses or passages. You
will have to look these up for yourself, thus perhaps refreshing your knowledge
in the Scriptures.
book does not really deal with Paul as a person, but rather as the minister
of God as it pleased Him to send him to us Gentiles.
book is about the Biblical revelation which God gave to us through Paul’s
I would like us to just refresh our knowledge in this great apostel’s ministry
and whereabouts. It could help some of the readers into a wider view of how God
let His Gospel reach out to us.
more formal and doctrinal passages of Paul are already dealt with in the
previous chapters. And which has to do with this present dispensation – which
by the way – is closing in on its conclusion.
may have somewhere around slightly over half a century left, if we are considering
the ‘Hosea clock’ (Hos. 6:2). This clockwork in the form of Hosea’s
prophesy of Israel being revived after two days (two millennia) leaves
us with around 2070 AD for the Lord’s second advent, since I consider Israel’s
death as a nation, to have occurred when the Romans destroyed them in 70 AD.
you who might object to my idea of the ‘Hosea clock’, know this: There is no
record in the O.T. Scriptures whether Hosea or others, that the ‘Two days’
was just two calendar days, and not two millennia. If this ‘clock’ was just two
ordinary days, then I expect Hosea to tell us about these two days, since he
said that God would ‘Revive’ Israel! Understand? In other words, we have no
other choice than to understand his prophesy as one talking of Israel dead
for two millennia, and then brought back as a nation to Him).
was a student with the Pharisee, Gamaliel, who was the headmaster in the
educational system of the Sanhedrin in the time of early Acts. This headmaster
is displayed in the Word of God with a positive attestation – he had a good
portion of wisdom. He spoke up against the persecution of Peter and the
apostles in the early period of Acts. Gamaliel warned the Sanhedrin of the risk
of fighting against God. The Bible says that Gamaliel was held in high regard
with the Jewish people. Let me quote to you what Gamaliel said:
a certain Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, highly
esteemed by all the (Jewish) people, standing up, ordered that the apostles be
taken outside for a little while. 35: Then he addressed the council, saying,
Men of Israel, take care in regard to what you propose to do concerning these
men. 36: For before our time there arose Theudas, asserting himself to be a
person of importance, with whom a number of men allied themselves, about 400;
but he was killed and all who had listened to and adhered to him were scattered
and brought to nothing. 37: And after this one rose up Judas the Galilean,
during the time of the census, and drew away a popular following after him; he
also perished and all his adherents were scattered. 38: Now in the present case
let me say to you, stand off from these men and let them alone. For if this
doctrine or purpose or undertaking or movement is of human origin, it will
fail; 39: But if it is God, you will not be able to stop or overthrow or
destroy them; you might even be found fighting against God!” Acts
listened to Gamaliel and let the apostles go.
we thus has this background ‘research’ before we come to the young
inexperienced Saul, we notice at once that he was not only young, but he was
foolish! He – without knowing it – was a ‘daredevil’ in that he acted against
the wisdom and wise judgment shown in his teacher Gamaliel. He acted quite
contrary to that which Gamaliel spoke to the Sanhedrin, and raised instead a
furious persecution against the Messianic assembly at Jerusalem and Judea, and
then turning his anger against those which were in Damascus.
whole turmoil seemed to have been triggered by the strong ministry of the
deacon Stephen, as we learn that he had miracle sign gifts and performed great
and astonishing miracles among the people.
some unbelieving men made a conspiracy to stop Stephen, and they started
slandering him with false accusations, that he had spoken against God and
Moses. The conspiracy was driven forth mainly by a group from the synagogue of
the Freedmen and their sympathizers.
Stephen threw their accusations (which also was dumb hypocrisy) back into their
faces, by giving them a lecture of their own Jewish history starting with
Abraham’s calling and ending with their own foolish actions – accusing them of always
resisting the Holy Ghost and not obeying the Law of Moses.
rebuking and reproving these evil-minded Jews was of such a character
that it was only ‘topped’ by Jesus Himself as we read Matt. 23! Oh, I would
really have favored seeing a DVD-recording of this meeting, wouldn’t you also
(well, except for the stoning)? Stephen’s speech and powerful defense should
be read every Sabbath in every Jewish Synagogue worldwide!
all ends by Stephen getting stoned to death outside the walls of Jerusalem.
is here we meet Paul for the first time in Scripture. Notice: He is OUTSIDE
the wall, participating in an illegal killing of a man of God. And it was only
3-4 years since the Jews had killed their Messiah Jesus.
the good Lord revenged this murder as well as the murder of James and other
saints in Acts period, by in the year of 70 AD sending ….quote, the King’s
armies to kill these murderers and to set fire to their city (Jerusalem),
as in the parable of the King’s Servants in Matt. 22:7 etc.
Bible is not saying that Paul started this turmoil, but it clearly comes
to light that he increased it all and turned up the heat substantially –
as we read of his furious actions, described by Luke as follows:
Saul shamefully treated and laid waste the church continuously; and entering
house after house, he dragged out men and women and committed them to prison.”
got the High Priest to hand him letters of authorization to arrest the
Jesus-believers that may be found – searching the synagogues at Damascus.
wanted to take these eventual prisoners back to Jerusalem for conviction and
punishment, eventually to their deaths. Remember, Acts report of a Saul who
was… drawing his breath hard from threatening and murderous desire against
the disciples of the Lord.
we read: “Now as he travelled on, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly a
light from heaven flashed around him, and he fell to the ground. Then he heard
a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? And Saul said,
Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting.”
must have been totally knocked out and his head in a ‘dizzy-spell’ – and to top
it off, he could no longer see! He must have been stricken with fear and
shivering. Would the Lord kill him now, to punish him for persecuting them?
Paul must have been frightened to death, so to speak. I am sure. Well, I would
had to be led by hand into Damascus, and he was blind for three full days.
refused to drink and eat out of the fear for the Lord. Thereafter we find that
the Lord reveals Himself to another disciple, Ananias, asking him to go see
Paul who stayed in the house of Judas, and Paul was then in prayer.
lesson can be learned out of this, spiritually speaking, - for what was
Paul doing when he could NOT see (it is not often we think of Paul as one who
could not see; on the contrary, we think of him as one who really saw…more than
most others!) ? Paul PRAYED. He may even have been praying for hours and
hours. Hoping for the Lord to grant him mercy and give him back his eye sight.
And the answer to his prayers came swiftly….
ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus called Saul, for behold, he is
praying – and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lays his
hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”
we also get to know how Paul really had scared the wits off those
disciples in Damascus as well as in Jerusalem:
I have heard many people tell about this man, especially how much evil and
what great suffering he has brought on Your saints at Jerusalem.”
Lord’s answer to Ananias is the first clue given as to what Jesus had chosen
Paul to do:
for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles
(proselytes) and kings and the descendants of Israel. For I will make clear to
him how much he will be afflicted and must endure and suffer for My name’s
Ananias arrived and laid his hands on Paul giving him his sight back. Luke
tells us that Paul was immediately filled with the Holy Ghost, and shortly
thereafter was baptized in water, entirely in the New Covenant fashion and fully
in line with the Kingdom teaching and practicing of the apostles.
started at once to preach in the synagogues – teaching of Jesus as Israel’s
Messiah, and people were astonished by seeing this persecutor now instead
preaching the same message which he shortly before stood against!
of the disciples – naturally – were still scared of the man - which is
understandable, but a little by little their skepticism fainted and he was
taken into the warmth, and was acquainted with Peter and the others. On his way
into full acceptance, he managed in several occasions to stop the mouths of the
various Jewish groups he opposed.
a little detail in this scenario: While Peter in his time was chosen, Jesus
chose a common fisherman, one of the ‘Working class’ if I dare say so.
notice carefully what happened when He elected and called Paul: He chose an
educated Pharisee, a man of great knowledge and perhaps just as much
personal crave for a career in the upper class spheres in Israel! Okay, I know that
you know, that Paul earlier in his teenager years and on, took on his
father’s craft of making tents of goat hides. But Paul left that craft
obviously, and headed for a full career as a scholar and Pharisee. But later
on, he got a renewed use of his old craft, as the believing couple escaping
Rome, came to assist him in ministry at Corinth – Aquila and Priscilla.
this is why I mentioned Gamaliel so early – no wonder then that Jesus may have
felt right to choose a man from Gamaliel’s class. Paul had at least been in
relatively good hands, thinking of wisdom and knowledge in general. Isn’t it
interesting how things are knit together, even in Scripture? And by the way,
where do you think Paul learned his sharp intelligent use of Rhetoric’s?
you guessed right! It was with Gamaliel and his equally sharp brain and sense
of detail with words and how to run disputes and debates. No wonder
that Peter had to admit, that in the writings of Paul, there were things
which are difficult to understand or comprehend.
did not take long before Paul now became the persecuted one, as in
Damascus, and the disciples had to save him by helping him over the walls so he
could flee to Jerusalem, at night.
was met with great skepticism at his arrival in Jerusalem, but Barnabas took
care of him well. And introduced him to the apostles – as he recollected to
them what Paul had told him of the event with his conversion and his immediate
preaching to the Jews.
courage and boldness took on greater proportions as he went on preaching, but
to avoid dangerous calamities at Jerusalem they persuaded him into going back
home to Tarsus for a while. They probably saved Paul’s life doing this. The
Greek Jews planned to kill him.
this, Luke wrote: “So the church throughout the whole of Judea and Galilee
and Samaria had peace and was edified and walking in the respect and
reverential fear of the Lord and in the consolation and exhortation of the Holy
Spirit, continued to increase and was multiplied.”
Luke leaves Paul out of it for a while. We do not learn what happened at Tarsus;
it probably had no concern for the story of Acts. Even if Luke did not go to
Tarsus with Paul, it would have been an easy thing to have Paul telling of his
stay there once they were back together again.
are introduced to Paul again in connection to Barnabas and his ministry in
holding ‘revival meetings’ at Antioch, Syria. Luke wrote of this:
he was (Barnabas) a good man, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit. And a
large company was added to the Lord. Barnabas went on (from Antioch) to Tarsus
to hunt for Saul.”
so we learn that the two, Barnabas and his fellow co-worker Paul, stayed for
one year at Antioch teaching and preaching a large number of people. And Luke
makes his well-known remark that it was in Antioch where the disciples first
were called Christians, which was taken from the rumors among the people –
of them being so Christ-like – they had miracles and signs and this was
noticed, thus calling them ‘Like-the-Christ’ who worked His miracles when on
find the prophet Agabus arriving Antioch and he prophesied of a great famine to
come upon the Empire; and it happened as the prophet had said, after Claudius
had become Emperor, winter of 41 AD, after Caligula was killed. But Paul and
Barnabas were asked to take on the task of sending a relief to the assemblies
in Judea, after they collected money for this purpose from the church at
was not the sort of ‘puffed-up-apostle’ like those false apostles you find
within Charismatic movements today, who can only stand in a pulpit, talking
nonsense! No, he and Barnabas was the real thing, God’s personally
elected apostles/servants to bring the Kingdom Gospel to Jews and proselytes.
And they were only happy to assist in the needs of the poor and afflicted.
Acts 13 and on, we find that Luke now makes Paul and his co-workers the ‘Stars-of-the-Show’,
if you don’t mind me saying so. We never hear anymore of Peter – except for his
encounter at Jerusalem Acts 15, for whatever the reason. But I guess the reason
was that Peter only had a commission to go within Israel’s land to the Jews,
but Paul had a mandate to go to Jews and proselytes abroad; Paul
mentioning this in Gal. 2.
Peter at Pentecost and on, so it was with Paul as well: Pointing to the PROMISE
of the Kingdom of God on earth, a promise which was given their fathers. Paul in
Acts 13:32 sounds strikingly similar to Peter at Pentecost, pointing to Israel’s
promise and covenant.
the words of Jesus as He called Paul, of Paul having to take on a lot of
suffering and trouble for Jesus’ sake, kicked in already from ‘Day One’ in
ministry in Galatia 43 AD, where the Jews went into a rage over Paul’s message
of the Kingdom and Jesus as Messiah. The Jews were upset and angry as they
observed the huge crowd gathering in the synagogue on the Sabbath.
report Luke gave regarding this event in Galatian province, is pretty good:
when the Gentiles (proselytes) heard this, they rejoiced and glorified the Word
of God (to them); and as many as were destined to eternal life (Greek: Aion
age, the millennia) believed. And so the Word of the Lord scattered and spread
throughout the whole region.”
things repeated themselves more or less throughout the entire ministry of
Paul for the rest of the Book of Acts. Persecution from angry and jealous
Jews as the same Jews had to watch Paul getting well along with the converted
happy proselytes who participated in the synagogues everywhere Jews had a seat
in town. Paul – literally spoken – turned over to where the proselytes
(Greek) sat in the rear of the synagogues, and speaking over the heads of the
angry Jews, and thus used the proselytes present as a form of crowbar to
have the Jews repent to Christ. Only Paul had such a technique in ministry.
learn more on this important (Gentile) subject, please check out my little book
called ‘God, Paul and the Gentiles’ – which is a jewel of a booklet regarding help
to distinguish between the different types of Gentiles in N.T. times! It is
free to be downloaded.
Paul on his several journeys in the Empire, we notice that he went always to
the synagogues – and on the Sabbath of course – for Acts was a time when Jews
kept Sabbath, for sure. Paul even made two Nazirite-wows like only Jews in the
time of the Law as well as in the time of the New Covenant offered to them,
could make. In this time of the Book of Acts Paul always went to ‘Jews first,
then Greek’. The Jewish nation was still sat above all other nations.
went to all the densely populated places and cities in the Empire where Jews
lived and had their synagogues. Like Antioch and Ephesus, the latter which had
a population of about 200 000 inhabitants then. Corinth was slightly
smaller, but they had a large synagogue there, which you can still see the
ruins of today. I was there in 1980 with some friends, and noticed how large that
synagogue really was. I also recall that we read the stone-plaque in the middle
of the market place, of the Roman inscriptions regarding the Governor
(proconsul) Gallio Flores, who was ruling for Rome in 50-52 AD. Luke mentions
Gallio trying to stop the rage against the believers at Corinth. But Gallio
refused to make any judgment in the case of Paul versus the Jews. He drove them
away from his judgment seat (which was at that market place, called a ‘Bema
Seat’). It is from that Roman inscription, that we know that
Paul must have been there between the years of 50 AD and no later than the year
of 52 AD. And his epistles to the Corinthians were written shortly thereafter,
probably 53 AD.
Corinth there was not given us any ‘Miracle report’ – Paul working great
miracles like he did when he later arrived at Ephesus. But Paul himself took
care of that in his second epistle to them, talking of the signs and wonders
and miracles God had worked among them – for those miracles were the very
signs of his apostleship, thus warning them against false apostles in the
region. Paul stayed close to three years at Corinth, just as he would do later
on at Ephesus.
signs and wonders of the Kingdom preaching to Jews and proselytes, followed him
constantly in all the provinces he came; Galatia, Philippi in Macedonia,
Corinth in Achaia, Ephesus in Asia, and Thessalonica; and also Malta and
trouble which should put Paul in chains, started at Jerusalem in 58 AD as he
arrived in time to participate in the Feast of the Weeks, Pentecost. He had
been warned of this trouble to come, by the Holy Ghost.
could have been killed by the angry Jewish lynching mob there at the Temple
Mount. But the Roman Cohort, present in the city, took him into custody and so
his life was spared. From there the journey went to Rome via jailing in
Caesarea for finally to stand before the emperor Nero with his Appeal Court. He
spent near four years in chains and custody.
times over, Paul had heard (and seen) from Christ in visions to strengthen him
in his dramatic ministry. In Jerusalem shortly after he was taken into custody,
Jesus appeared to Paul saying:
courage, Paul, for as you have borne faithful witness concerning Me at
Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”
into all of this please, that Paul was steered via Jerusalem first, in
his ministry to witness to Jews and proselytes for the Kingdom of God on earth.
This was an example of how God can speak twice to His chosen people, the Jews,
to give them a last chance of repentance in a certain matter. This time it was
all about the Kingdom for Israel with Jesus on the throne. But we read of the
furious mob in the city wanting to kill Paul, like they once had killed Jesus,
and shortly thereafter God let Paul be sent on his way to the ultimate ‘Place
of no return’ for the Jews to get their Kingdom, which was Rome in which
there were eleven synagogues at that time.
Rome there lived a considerable number of Jews, and they had eleven large
synagogues there and their own Sanhedrin council, like they had in Jerusalem.
So it seems clear to me that Jesus sent Paul there for a final last talk
with Israel on a national level. Rome was the only place not yet
charged by Paul to answer before God and make a choice of Yes or No in regard
to accepting Christ as Messiah.
became the city in which God bade Israel farewell – as they refused to listen
(in full numbers repenting) to Paul’s message the two years he spent there. And
so we find the grave fall of Israel!
well-known words in Acts 28:28 fell as a judgment upon them and the entire
let it be understood by you then that the salvation of God has been sent to the
Gentiles, and they will listen.” (As opposed to Jewry, which would not!)
last few words of Paul, which also was the last word spoken to Israel from God
– have been fulfilled during the centuries past. Some experts are saying that
we Christians are almost one billion believers in the world. We Gentiles
(but there are also a small contingent of Jews) are considered to be
notoriously Christ-accepters, Christ-believers, but unfortunately Jewry are
considered the opposite.
the three so-called freedom-years 63-66 AD, he spent much time together with
Titus in ministry, mostly on the island of Crete – preaching to them the fresh
new Grace Gospel of Christ like it was revealed to him, explained in Ephesians
and Colossians. He called it ‘The Gospel of the Unsearchable Riches of Christ’.
A Gospel that cannot be found or researched through O.T. Scripture.
was jailed in 67 AD in a raid headed by Nero’s police guards, blamed for having
participated in the arson of Rome 64 AD. He was decapitated in jail right
outside the city late spring 67 AD, historians say.
Paul managed to write the five epistles which deals with our hope of salvation:
The hope of epiouranos, the heaven up above the heavens, where Christ
now resides with His Father. These are Ephesians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon
and 2 Timothy.
was the one and only apostle whom God sent out to us Gentiles.
CHURCH FATHERS AND THEIR
(Much of this chapter
I am using excerpts and quotes from
excellent booklet “The Early Centuries and the Truth”)
It was the so-called ‘Church fathers’ which handed down
to Christianity its inherited and faulty way of interpreting the Bible.
Bible was not edited like one book, but from 70 AD until 400 AD the different
apostolic epistles were interpreted and wrote about of a number of church
fathers in the post-apostolic era.
most well-known names were Clement of Rome 92 AD, Papias 60-150 AD, Ignatius
70-115 AD, Tatian 110-172 AD, Tertullian 160-222 AD, Origen 186-253 AD, and
Justinian the Martyr 100-165 AD.
was early second century that a Bible Canon started to take shape. No such book
was needed in the times of the apostles. The apostles taught the Scriptures in
a perfect manner. Not before 400 AD could we find the New Testament edited as a
collection like the one we have now. In the Eastern Roman Empire this was made
ready in 367 AD, like it was proclaimed in the ninth Easter Letter from Bishop
Athanasius of Alexandria. In the Western Roman Empire a similar conclusion was
made of the New Testament at Carthage in 397 AD.
from the times with the apostolic church fathers, only one or two Gospels were
publicly known, plus Paul’s epistles, however they had doubts about the Epistle
to the Hebrews. But the issue here is: Did they understand Paul’s teaching,
whose writings are the key to the truths of this dispensation? What took place
really, after Paul’s martyrdom?
seems as if – the ministry of Timothy in spite of it – there are no clear
understanding on the church father’s part after Timothy was gone.
earliest teachings we can find after the apostles and Timothy were gone, are Didache,
or as some calls it, ‘Teaching of the Twelve Apostles’, and a scripture called
‘Sheperd of Hermas’.
claims to have been handed down by the twelve apostles named in the Gospels,
whereof Paul is not mentioned. The Didache-scripture was discovered in a Greek
manuscript in Constantinople (Istanbul now) in 1873, and printed and sold by
Bryennius in 1883. A very late discovery and it has its doctrine based upon the
Great Commission in Matt. 28. And this scripture became the early doctrinal
basis for the church. It is dated early second century.
can only conclude: Didache is like entering a totally different world than the
one revealed to us by Paul. The following quotes will show us how this
scripture fails entirely to teach the Grace Gospel of Paul.
not keep stretching out your hands to receive, and drawing them back when it
comes to returning. If through your hands you have earned a ransom for your
sins, you shall not hesitate to give it.” (4:6, 7).
shudder when thinking that these words were taught by the early post-apostolic
church, which became later on the Roman Catholic Church! Salvation by works?
that no one leads you astray from this way of the Teaching, for he teaches you
without God. For if you can bear the whole yoke of the Lord, you will be
perfect, but if you cannot, do what you can.” (6:2).
fasts must not be on the same days as the hypocrites, for they fast on Monday
and Thursday, but you must fast on Wednesday and Friday.” (8:1)
you shall take the first-fruits of the produce of the wine-press and the
threshing floor and of cattle and sheep, and give the first-fruits to the
prophets, for they are your high priests.” (13:3).
whole Didache is a full-blown heresy and a non-Christian doctrine! It is
as far away from Paul’s grace teaching as it can possibly get. Compare this
false doctrine with what Paul wrote in Eph. 2:6-8.
then go to the first letter of Clement (bishop at Rome 88-97 AD), we can read a
few selected quotes. Scholars hold the letter to have been written about 90-95
AD. Clement tried to correct bad attitudes in the church at Corinth.
our children share in Christian instruction, let them learn what power humility
has with God, what pure love can do with God, how good and great His fear is,
and how it saves those who lives in holiness with pure mind. For He is
the searcher of thoughts and desires, His breath is in us and when He pleases,
He will take it away. ( 1 Clement 21:8).
us clothe ourselves with harmony, in humility and self-control, keeping
ourselves from all gossip and slander, and be justified by deeds, not by
could not come farther away from Paul’s Gospel. Getting saved by works….deeds?
bishop at Antioch, lived early in the second century and he was condemned to
death and taken to Rome to be thrown to the lions in the Coliseum. Eusebius
wrote that he was martyred there in 107-108 AD.
of his heretical teachings was that he taught of the bishop’s office as the
superior of all – and which could not be opposed.
wrote letters to Philadelphia, Smyrna, Tralles, Magnesia and Ephesus, and my
quotes are from some of those:
it is clear we must look upon the bishop as the Lord Himself…” (Eph. 4:1).
exhort you, be zealous to do everything in godly harmony, with the bishop
presiding in the place of God.” (Eph. 6:1).
you subordinate yourselves to the bishop as to Jesus Christ, you appear to me
to be living not in the human way, but after the manner of Jesus Christ..”.
should only have known that he, writing such heresy, had planted the first seed
upon which and from which the Roman Catholic Church would emerge…with all its
political power and intrigues not the least because of the extreme power which
was granted the Papal seat. A Papal seat which was …presiding in the place
bishop of Smyrna, (69-155 AD) admitted that he had not quite understood Paul,
when he wrote to the Philippians half a century after Paul’s death:
neither I, nor anyone else like me, can follow the wisdom of the blessed and
glorious Paul, who, when he was among you, face to face with the men of that
time, carefully and steadfastly uttered his teaching about truth…” (Phil. 3:2).
more examples of the church father’s teachings/heresies and untruths could be
quoted, and Stuart Allen has done this in the said booklet. But I shall have to
let this be it for now. However, shortly, I will just mention that the Shepherd
of Hermas is maybe the worst of them all…in which we can read of nonsense
like visits from angels, and that he claimed to be a prophet; his scripture is
mainly dealing with an apocalyptic future event, etc. One can only conclude
that the entire scripture of this confused person is total heresy.
find that the church fathers had not at all comprehended any of the essentials
in Paul’s Grace Gospel revelation as we find in Ephesians and Colossians.
writings are dominated by the influence of the New Covenant offered to Israel
and the Kingdom teaching of Peter and the eleven, plus a lot of fantasy and
wonder then that today we find the Pope and his organization as one which hold
Peter as their first leader – only adding Paul more secondary and not so
important. The Popes have always pointed to Peter and that they have
been his successors.
only the Roman Catholic Church discriminates against Paul, but almost all other
church-systems in Christianity do the same error. They have in no manner proved
to the world that they have understood Paul’s importance of being the ONE AND
ONLY apostle sent to us Gentiles! What a blunder. What a shame.
fragments of attitudes, liturgics and general understanding of the four
gospels as it is with the Catholics, has survived inside Lutheran churches
in spite of the reformation of Luther and Melanchthon.
seems clear to me that Luther did not understand the revealed Mystery given to
Paul for us. When he reformed the Catholic churches in Germany, by pointing to
‘Righteousness by faith’ – he had the epistles to the Romans and the Galatians
in mind. In which we only find ‘Righteousness from the Law of Moses’ – and not
the righteousness from sin, like we find in Ephesians and Colossians. Luther
could not just see that we Gentiles have never been under the Law of Moses.
unfortunately, did not comprehend the historical fact that Peter and the
eleven, as well as Paul in Acts, worked with and for Israel only. It was all a
very private concern and a private setting between God and Israel, from
which we Gentiles were shut out. Only proselytes in controlled numbers were allowed
in the Messianic Jewish faith!
me end this chapter by quoting some of Stuart Allen’s conclusion at the end of
his booklet (page 32):
summing up the teaching of the Apostolic Fathers, what do we find? One is
surprised and even shocked to discover that none of them had a clear conception
of the gospel of grace Divinely delivered to the Apostle Paul and ministered by
him. Rom. 11:6, never really gripped them: ‘And if by grace, then is it no more
of works; otherwise grace is no more grace…”
CHURCH DISPENSATION ENDS
ELIJAH APPEARS FROM HEAVEN.
When studying Elijah’s ministry as
prophet in Israel in ancient times, comparing this with the great task awaiting
him in the end-time Israel and the Great Tribulation there, we find many
matter of fact we can find that Elijah, together with Moses (Rev. 11) not only
shall be on earth in the Great Tribulation, but the two are the ‘Generals of
War’ (as I mentioned in an earlier chapter in my book) sent by God to smite
Israel with the Egyptian plagues and horrors once described by Moses in Deut.
28 (curse) – and later detailed in Revelation. Elijah is coming shortly before
the day of the Lord, and he shall purge and cleanse Israel through a series of
extreme punishments and signs in the company of Moses. Malachi 4 mentions Moses
and Elijah in the same breath.
said in Matt. 17:11: “Elijah does come and will get everything restored and
ready (for Jesus’ Second Advent).”
those three little words restored and ready lays the whole Great
is not coming to restore the world, but only Israel. And the Great
Tribulation is the tool to make them ready for God. We shall have a rather
brief look at some of the ‘High Lights’ so to speak. Just a little glimpse of
what this will look like in the real world. It is not a full exposition of the
topic. Some of this will seem pretty weird and scary to some of you, and to
others this will be well-known material. But what do you think your reaction
would have been, if you had been present when God let loose His gigantic
judgment upon Egypt when Moses told Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go? Right!
So here we go….
gullible and ignorant believers today think that the Great Tribulation is just
appearing/starting out of thin air, by itself or by some mad politicians or
despots going about with their mad ideas. But there will be no such thing…the
Great Tribulation will be triggered off by the mighty and anointed genuine
prophets of God, Elijah and Moses.
tribulation will start with these witnesses proclaiming the harsh punishments
coming upon Israel, and will be referring to Ezek. 36…saying to Israel:
(Probably saying this in Knesset) …..
Lord Christ Jesus will now vindicate the holiness of His great name and
separate it for its holy purpose from all that defiles it – His name, Jesus,
which has been profaned among the nations, which you – Israel – have profaned
among them – and the nations during the tribulation now coming upon you, will
know, understand and realize that He, Christ Jesus, when He shall be set apart
by you and His holiness vindicated in you before their eyes and yours.” (v.23).
one of the first signs of punishment cast upon Israel would immediately be made
effective: The two prophets will shut up heaven for rain! (Rev. 11:6).
There will be no rain in Israel for the 3 ½ years given them to prophesy
punishments, says the Bible.
1260 days of the two witnesses, in Rev. 11:3 - makes out the first half of the
7-year tribulation. And when anti-Christ kills the witnesses, the Gentiles will
have those days ruling Jerusalem as the final half is clocked off, mentioned as
the 42 months. How do we know? By reading Rev. 11:14 where it says, as the
prophets are killed – there has only been fulfilled two of the three Birth
Pangs by this. And still one Birth Pang remains – in other words: When the
1260 days of these two witnesses ends, it is not the end of the tribulation,
but it has come half-way through it. Understand?
third Birth Pang is heard as we read Rev. 18:16, 19 when God let Babylon the harlot,
Jerusalem, have the judgment due, and Jerusalem shall burn for the last time in
history! Verse 24 testifies for certain that the Babylon harlot, Jerusalem,
also is the great city, in which it was found blood after prophets and the
saints and of all who have been killed (for their faith in God) in the land.
And right after this Third Birth Pang, we are told in Rev. 19:11 that Jesus
is coming in His Second Advent. And I have so proved to you that the 1260 days
of the two witnesses are the first half of a 7-year tribulation
11 telling of the two witnesses is essential to be able to understand the Great
tribulation will not come just because Revelation says so – but it will
physically and spiritually be ‘administered’ by Moses and Elijah, as they are prophesying
one punishment following another!
the same manner as we read of Moses when he confronted Pharaoh again and again,
telling him of new and terrible plagues to hit Egypt. And even after
their deaths, that which they prophesied will continue to happen, and Israel
shall be whipped and scorned for their hatred against Christ – and so ultimately
be forced to get on their knees calling up His name for salvation.
plagues are the signs Jesus warned Israel of in Luke 21:25, 26 – and for which
the people in Israel (not in the world elsewhere) shall…I quote:
away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the
things that are coming on the nation; for the very powers of the heavens
will be shaken and caused to totter.”
Bible is correctly translated – because people will be fearfully
looking for the prophesied plague, and seeks shelter! Now you can better
understand how the Great Tribulation will affect the frightened Zionist-Israel
in the tribulation. This is for real!
two prophets will go in details when warning them of God’s next plague to
hit on Israel, because the nation will not take heed to their preaching
of Jesus as Messiah.
Pharaoh of old, when opposing Moses, the Israeli leaders will stand against
the two prophets. For which a new round of horrors is cast upon the
disobedient nation. If we read Revelation, we will see that after certain
terrible plagues, the Jewish people go on blaspheming God! (Rev. 16:9, 11).
of the two will end the tribulation, but it will be Jesus Himself coming down
to stop the horrors and establish the millennial Kingdom (Matt. 24:21, 22).
God starts up or ends something of great importance and significance to Israel,
He always reveals His hidden council to His prophets (Am. 3:7).
pleased God to use His prophet and apostle Paul to proclaim judgment against
Israel for their hard resistance to Christ in his time as we see in Acts
28:25-28. It didn’t just happen out of thin air. God had an elected servant
telling Israel His decision.
that God wants to take up His prophetic program with Israel, soon, He starts
the whole series of events by sending His elected servants for this
purpose, Moses and Elijah. And God will not do one little thing, unless His
prophets FIRST tells the Israeli leadership what is coming upon them, why it is
coming, and in same breath – tell them all to repent to Jesus Christ!
have met Acts-28 believers who are so incredibly ignorant and unaware of the
reality of the Great Tribulation in Israel that I am still astonished over such
lack of knowledge or interest in the topic.
have argued and disputed…long term…with Acts-28 believers over Babylon the
Great Harlot in Rev. 17-18…but they cannot for their bare lives understand
anything of these simple facts.
not saying they lack wisdom/intelligence or understanding as such, but many
today are very hooked up into their own closed ‘Universe’ and will not allow
any outsiders to help them out with a fuller understanding. Some thinks
Revelation is talking of an Iraqi ‘Babylon’ – but Rev. 17 and 18 says it is
Israel, represented by Jerusalem and its seven hills, who is the Mystery
Babylon, and which shall be burnt with fire (just as once happened in 70 AD)
and the city is sat in direct connection to merchant marine vessels which
brings her the riches of this world (Haifa is port for this) – and we know
Babylon-Iraq has no such ports. Jerusalem is several times called ‘The Great
City’ – the place in which the blood of God’s servants and Jesus’ witnesses
were spilled! It can only apply to Jerusalem folks. It’s that simple. I once
checked the distance between Haifa (now a huge container port) and Jerusalem,
and if making a straight line, I came close to 150 kilometers. And we know that
Jerusalem has an altitude of about 800 meters, which leaves us the possibility
to be able to see the smoke from a burning city, even as the sailors will see
it like we read in Rev. 18:10, 17-19 – and the reference in verse 17 is to the
Mediterranean Ocean, not the Persian Gulf or any other seashores.
will not be possible to see, from the shores of the Mediterranean, if Bagdad or
even a supposed imaginary new ‘Babylon’ city on the dessert plains of Iraq was at
fire. Absolutely not! So the scenery displayed to us in Rev. 18, has the geographic
stage-setting frozen to what I said of Haifa – where those sailors will
stand wailing and lamenting over Jerusalem burning, the Mystery Babylon harlot
in the end-times. Rev. 18 definitely tracks the wealth and vast riches pouring
into the Babylon harlot, Jerusalem, from an extensive merchant marine as
the main freight carriers. And so it shall be…you just wait and see.
all these horrors seen in the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and Seven Bowls (from
Rev. 6 and on) plus the three Birth Pangs, are all prophesied forth by the
administrative power given the two prophets, Elijah and Moses.
sorry to say – often find among Acts-28 camp that the fall of Israel is
‘Painted White’ – thus not actually saying what really took place. Let me
fell in Acts 28:25-28 for not wanting (ultimately and finally) to repent to
Christ, God sent upon them a number of punishments, one worse than the other:
He let Israel reap what they recently had sowed, they had sowed rebellion,
murder, unbelief and so God allowed for them to spend four hard years (66-70
AD) in rebellion and uproar against Roman rule, and Rome answered by sending
their tough armies to quench the rebellion.
was prophesied by Moses as a part of the curse in Deut. 28:48-57 in which we
find the Roman army as the ‘Yoke of Iron’ – we recall from Daniel 2:33 and the
vision of the king, that the iron-feet of the image pointed to a future
kingdom, now known as Rome. This yoke caused great starvation in the sieged
Jerusalem, and they cooked their little babies to save themselves from death.
Josephus witnesses about this horror in his books of ‘The Jewish War’.
the same Jewish historian witnessed also another fulfillment of prophesy, as he
saw thousands and thousands of men from age of 17 being sent by ships to
Alexandria, Egypt, to be sold as slaves; and many women as well. But no one
would buy, for the market was inflated totally and collapsed! See Deut. 28:68.
back to Egypt as slaves, sounds not to me as merely a ‘setting
aside’ like Acts-28 camp often says. No, it was an outright annulling and
reversing of the whole nation, back into same hopeless status as when
God took them out by Moses and Aaron: Slaves with NO LAND. Also Hosea
prophesied of the same in Hos. 8:13.
was not just ‘Sat aside’ – they were totally obliterated into a
non-existence as a nation. Returned back to where they came from. It’s
fact that their fall from God in 62 AD, followed by their destruction in 70 AD
is connected by Paul with the coming of anti-Christ shows us that there has not
been any change of status for Israel since that time (2 Thess. 2:3).
in the time span between their fall in 62 AD and the coming of anti-Christ in
the end-time, where we find the present dispensation of the church, the Body of
Christ. We shall be appearing with Christ in heaven right before God sends
Elijah and Moses to smite Israel. And already today we have a scene being
built, the illegal (from God’s point of view) state of Israel, which will be
more than willing to wish welcome this false messiah to come.
is the outcome, the product of the fall of Israel as a nation and of their
rejection of Christ in times past and present. And this evil personality will
be the very climax in the Great Tribulation, as he starts executing Jews who
will not bow to him as their God.
have a much distorted mind concerning Jesus praying for His executioners as He
hung on the cross. They teach the world that since Jesus asked God to forgive
the Jews, then all Jews are now (automatically) forgiven, and so God has
established them therefore in the land.
they are blind to the fact that the entire Book of Acts, shows us the apostles
asking Israel to REPENT so God then, after their repentance,
could send back Jesus to bless the nation!
other words: The prayer of Jesus on the cross, bought the nation 30 years of
repentance-time to get right with their God. But it ended with a
disaster, God said goodbye, and sent them into destruction because of their
attacking Roman armies in 66-70 AD, was a fulfillment of Jesus’ parable of the
King’s Servants in Matt. 22:7, as well as it was of His parable of the
fruitless fig tree in Luke 13 (I repeat what I said in Chapter 3). In Matt. 22,
the Kings army should burn down Jerusalem and kill those murderers who had
recently killed the Kings servants, the apostles. And Luke 13, the tree was
given ‘One more year’ to try to see if fruit would come. The gardeners were the
apostles. But 30 years (the ‘one year’ in the parable) of trying to cultivate
the dry soil around that fig tree was in vain. And the Roman axe came and
chopped it down in 70 AD. Jesus said of this parable and its tree, Israel: It
cannot take up the soil, depleting it. This is the same as saying to Israel:
Israel! You cannot stay in the land as long as you will not believe on your
Roman Empire was not anti-Semitic, they were only one of several world powers
through history, which happened to be used by God to punish and keep at bay His
disobedient adulterous nation. They had no agenda of killing or exterminating
Jews. They took action only after the Jews in 66 AD raised a rebellion
against Rome, and their destiny was set: Destruction.
coming of Elijah – as God also in the same instance will end the dispensation
of the church – is an action taken by Christ for the purpose of first punishing
them for their profaning of His name among the nations in history since 70 AD;
secondly, He will pay them back for all their iniquity and spiritual adultery
in history and their murders – since way back to Abel’s death.
17-18 speaks of a revenge for the spilled blood of martyrs, the
witnesses of Jesus and prophets of God. For which God burns the harlot, by
giving such ideas into the ten Kings and anti-Christ (Rev. 17:17, 18).
God will by such action against the Zionist-Israel set awe in all the nations
so they will understand that He is real, and all atheism will get a final blow
and cease to exist. Ezek. 36:23 once again, ‘…and the nations will know,
understand and realize that I (Christ) am the Lord, when I shall be set apart
by you and My holiness vindicated in you before their eyes and
prime ministers and presidents and royalty around the world will sit shivering
in front of the TV-screens, in awe over the Lord Jesus Christ’s judgment upon
Israel! Ezekiel prophesied that they will know and understand, that it
is an action of the Lord Jesus, by His prophets sent to punish Israel and purge
them from sin.
fourth: The establishing of the millennial Kingdom in Israel with Jesus as
ruler in Jerusalem’s new temple (prophesied in Ezek. 46).
studying Elijah in O.T. Scripture, it is easy to see how his signs and
miracle-powers then are in full compliance with what we read in Rev. 11 of the
two prophets; fire, no rain, perpetual food supply. And of Moses we learn same
thing: The signs displayed before Pharaoh Ramses II, such as hail stones,
extreme lightening, water made to blood, Egyptian super-natural darkness etc.
are found within the plagues described in the Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and
Seven Bowls. Also plagues/diseases not written in the Book of Law (said Moses)
should come to torment Israel in the tribulation. I find that the
locust-monsters of Rev. 9:3-11 (from outer space) certainly are one of those
kinds of ‘Egyptian diseases’ not written in the Law. But God had it written in
the Revelation. These monsters will sting the anti-Christ followers in Israel
with an incredibly cruel pain for five months, and people will try to kill
themselves, but death shall flee from them.
may speculate in how the two prophets will enter our world. Could it be that He
allows for a magnificent and perhaps shocking entré, by sending them in His UFO
– the ‘Chariot of Fire’ like the UFO which beamed up Elijah in ancient times?
will it please the Lord just to let them pop up right outside the entrance to
– speculate – it is alright. But they will come for sure, one way or another.
And Israel will experience a retaliation-raid against them for all the evil
deeds they ever have committed in history, and particularly the evil way which
they have profaned the name of Christ Jesus among us Gentile nations during the
will most probably enter by the same words as he threw at Ahab in 1 Kings 17:1:
the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not
be dew or rain these years but according to My word.”
also “before Whom I stand” – which is the same John wrote of the
prophets in Rev. 11:4 – ‘Which stand before the Lord of the earth
(should read, Land).”
anyone tries to harm them, fire will fall on their enemies and consume them!
tribulation is thus proven to be the very climax in what Moses once called
the curse in Deut. 28. Israel chose the curse by not choosing Jesus. And so
we find that Moses was the first prophet to foretell of a Great Tribulation,
and other prophets have followed. Jesus, Peter, John and Paul spoke of the
tribulation; coming upon Israel, and not the world. Moses said:
you shall be left few in number, whereas you had been as the stars of the
heavens for multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your
28:62. Also in line with Zech. 13:8.
world was not charged to ‘Choose Christ’ or else…., but Israel was.
sincerely hope this little book has cleared much of the reader’s uncertainty or
puzzles, and helped him to the right understanding of the word of Truth.