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The Two Epistles to Timothy:

These are Acts Writings.

A Follow-up of previous articles in this topic.

 

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ You may already have noticed that I have articles in my web site​​ on the Pastoral Epistles of Paul, written years ago.

Proving that they all were written during Acts period, which was before Paul had his revelation of the​​ Mystery​​ and that the Law of Moses was abolished (Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:14). I also published writings of​​ Irene Walther​​ in this regard. Very systematic and in full University-standard, with a word-by-word scrutiny. Much like that of Charles Welch’s way of systematizing things.

At that time, I was​​ unfortunate to overlook​​ a strong proof of this Bible​​ truth, in that I did not notice well enough the importance of Paul’s opening greetings in Colossians!

The truth is actually ‘Hidden-in-plain-sight’ as we say. Staring at you… without you grasping the important truth presented there. I shall explain.

The dispute among Acts-28 believers has been whether such epistles as Philippians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus – were written pre-Acts 28 or post-Acts.

Both E.W. Bullinger and Charles Welch, and also Stuart Allen, and other followers of the three – including Oscar Baker, all held the listed epistles as post-Acts and thus to be part of faith doctrine for the Church dispensation.

I think I have proven otherwise.

And the ‘Nail-in-the-coffin’ will be this latter ‘discovery’ which I missed when I wrote the previous articles:

We find that​​ Timothy​​ was present with Paul​​ as he wrote Colossians!​​ ​​ So, why would Paul ever try to write pastoral exhortations to him if he actually sat face-to-face with the apostle in the jail house in Rome? As the revelation of the Mystery was just a few days old. Ephesians and Colossians are held as ‘Twin-epistles’ by scholars…written both within just a couple days or so. They are considered as circular writings, and were to be read in all the assemblies in the districts of Ephesus, Hierapolis, Laodicea, Colossae and others. If Timothy was present when Paul wrote Colossians, then he was there also when Ephesians was written. Paul told him of the Mystery revelation face to face, and thus we know that the two epistles to Timothy never held anything​​ regarding the Mystery.

Col. 1:1, 2, - AMP Bible net version,

«1Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally​​ chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,​​ 

2To the saints and faithful believers in Christ [who are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father.”

These two short verses, containing Paul’s AND Timothy’s greetings to the Colossians hereby kills the entire dispute on 1 and 2 Tim. being Acts-writings. They certainly were!

ONLY TWO WRITINGS HOLD THE MYSTERY​​ REVELATION

 

Sometimes we must have a look at​​ what is​​ not​​ present​​ in certain Biblical writings, - more than what is present there.

Such as in this present case.

We have to ask, “What​​ cannot​​ be found or seen in Philippians, 1 and 2 Tim, and Titus?”

The answer is quite simple really, - we​​ cannot find​​ any clue of the two most important factors taught by Paul in Ephesians and Colossians, namely the abolishing of the Law of Moses; and the mention of the Mystery revealed to Paul. These two factors HAS TO BE PRESENT if a writing is a post-Acts work or not.​​ 

Of course,​​ Philemon​​ is a clear exemption since this contains no doctrine of faith. It is rather to be held as a display of how Paul took responsibility for the fugitive slave, Onesimus, and compensated Philemon for his loss. It was written post-Acts for sure. Paul actually wrote​​ same type of greeting​​ to him as he wrote to Colossians,

“Paul, a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), and​​ our brother Timothy,” Phil.v. 1.

These three epistles were written during a few days interval only, and Timothy was present with Paul in the same interval of days.

The simple conclusion is then: Only Ephesians and Colossians contain these two important Bible facts: The Law abolished and the Mystery revealed. End of dispute.

I will friendly appeal to my fellow Acts-28 believers out there: Please do retract or re-write any material published in favor of these epistles (Philippians, 1 & 2 Tim. and Titus) as being post-Acts epistles, for these are not. The Law​​ of Moses was in effect as well as the New Covenant offered to Israel by the return of Christ at Israel’s repentance. Even the known aspect of works together with Law as it was in Acts-period can be seen in these writings. It crashes with the Mystery revelation of faith and NO works. Eph. 2:8, 9.

If you are a true Acts-28 believer, you certainly would not like to drag the abolished Law of Moses with you when preaching Christ and His free Grace Gospel!

There exists a​​ dispute regarding the time-aspect​​ though.​​ Some hold to the year 63 CE regarding Paul in his (second) prison in Rome writing Ephesians and Colossians, while other scholars anticipate it can have been 64-65 CE – after the great city fire, when Emperor Nero in his rage mass-arrested ‘suspects’ to punish them for that fire. History tells of Nero lighting up his big garden with martyrs nailed to poles and set to burn. We have seen document-dramas on TV of this horror. But such dispute cannot rock the very truth of Timothy being​​ present with Paul​​ in the​​ exact time that Paul wrote his new revelation in his two Church epistles, Ephesians and Colossians.

 

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2 Tim ​​ 2:24:

SCRUTINIZING A VERSE

JAN LILLEBY

 

Why would I​​ go​​ scrutinizing this one singular verse?

I will come to that shortly.

Below I have enlisted this verse as it reads in the major Bible translations.

Just so you, if you want to, can​​ compare​​ these verses to see if any one of these stands out.

Well, I admit that I have made this an easy pick: In​​ emphasized fonts​​ I have marked the translations which seem the most Biblical ones, since they are true to the actual meaning of this verse.

These are: ​​ Berean Literal Bible, New American Standard Bible, NASB 1995, NASB 1977, Legacy Standard Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible,​​ New American Bible, NET Bible, Weymouth New Testament,

A majority of these translations are in general reading,​​ ..And the Lord’s servant must not….

And in 9 of these enlisted, it reads either,​​ …The bond-servant of the Lord,​​ or it reads,​​ …The Lord’s slave…

When John addressed his Book of Revelation, he addressed it to the APOSTLES AND THEIR ASSEMBLIES – and definitely not to the entire world, globally speaking. Revelation was written to the Kingdom-believers during Acts period, represented by the apostles, who were ‘Bond-servants’ – or ‘Slaves’ if you like!

Rev. 1:1 in NASB,

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to​​ His bond-servants,​​ the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated​​ it​​ by His angel to His bond-servant John.”

What about it?

In those times, as the apostles ministered to Israel and proselytes, they were the Lord’s servants in this meaning: 1. They were personally chosen by Christ for the ministry. ​​ 2. They – being Jews – were under the Old Covenant (Law of Moses) and also of the New Covenant which was laid on-top of the old one (Heb. 9:15).

The dispensation of the church had not yet begun.​​ 

And in my exposition of both first and second epistle to Timothy, which you can read here in my web, it is clear that these were written by Paul pre-Acts 28.

So, when telling Timothy that he, as a servant of the Lord, should act in this or that manner, or doing this or that and so forth – he wrote to him as​​ one who was under same kind of chosen status, namely​​ chosen personally by Christ​​ – via the authority of Paul’s apostolic calling.

All the verses are right. But some of these are ‘better’ translated, because the uses​​ of ‘bond-servant’ and of ‘slave’ are what the Greek originals means. They were all totally obedient to the Lord, led by the Holy Spirit, and operating with the sign-gifts and miracles in their ministries.

In short, they were nothing like us today. They had an entirely different lifestyle, in that they did and spoke exactly what the Lord wanted them to. They were all in perfect order, not ridden by human error or false preaching and the like.

Thus we, in this present dispensation of the ‘One New Man’ – the Body of Christ, according to Paul’s Gospel of the free grace,​​ must not be confused​​ with the exhortations Paul displayed in his writings to Timothy.

In the post-Acts epistles Ephesians and Colossians, we cannot find anything which corresponds with the doctrinal advice given to Timothy. Take for instance Paul’s very detailed​​ listing of qualifications​​ he charged for Timothy:

 

1 Tim. 1:1-11, ​​ AMP Bible net version -

Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus by the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) our Hope [the fulfillment of our salvation],​​ 

2to Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.​​ 

3As I urged you when I was on my way to Macedonia, stay on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain individuals not to teach any different doctrines,​​ 

4nor to pay attention to legends (fables, myths) and endless genealogies, which give rise to useless speculation​​ and​​ meaningless arguments rather than advancing God’s program​​ of instruction​​ which is grounded in faith [and requires surrendering the entire self to God in absolute trust and confidence].​​ 

5But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.​​ 

6Some individuals have wandered away from these things into empty arguments​​ and​​ useless discussions,​​ 

7wanting to be teachers of the​​ Law [of Moses],​​ even though they do not understand the terms they use or the subjects about which they make [such] confident declarations.​​ 

8Now we know [without any doubt] that the​​ Law is good, if one uses it lawfully​​ and​​ appropriately,​​ 

9understanding the fact that​​ law is not enacted for the righteous person​​ [the one in right standing with God], but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinful, for the irreverent and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,​​ 

10for sexually immoral persons, for homosexuals, for kidnappers​​ and​​ slave traders, for liars, for perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,​​ 

11according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.​​ 

 

Notice Paul’s references to the Law of Moses. He called it for ‘good’ if one USES IT LAWFULLY. Which confirms that the Law was in effect in the Acts period, and Paul’s pointing to​​ it here confirms that it was in effect. Everything Paul taught Timothy he taught under the Law of Moses and of the New Covenant.

If we try to apply any of the rules he charged Timothy to follow, we will make the error in applying the Law in the dispensation of the free Grace of God.

The Law has been long gone. It died with Christ at the cross in 28 CE, but this​​ abolishment​​ of the Law was held in secrecy until Paul was told by Christ as he wrote Ephesians and Colossians. Paul revealed to the believers that​​ Christ had abolished (Greek,​​ katargesas,​​ which also can mean thrown away, littered, annulled, and so forth).

And I am so pleased with that: We are not under the Law of Moses or under the New Covenant to Israel. The Law was abolished entirely, Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:14.

We are NOT the Lord’s slaves! ​​ We are not the Lord’s bond-servants. We are His Body – the One New Man – for which Christ had to abolish the Law to be able to create this Body.​​ We died with Christ and we rose with Christ, Col. 2:20; 3:1.

We, the believers of 2023 and on, are voluntary ministering/working​​ on behalf of the word of God, just as each one of us chooses. None​​ of us has been ‘told by the Lord’ to go and do this, do that, go to that place, or go to this place’ – no, God is not revealing Himself to any of us in this dispensation. He sent his one sole apostle Paul to tell us the good news of salvation by faith in Christ, as told in Ephesians and Colossians.

This post-Acts Body did not exist when Paul wrote to Timothy. They only preached the Kingdom-gospel to Israel and proselytes.

A friendly advice to all my fellow-believers in Acts-28 communities around the world: ​​ Please be aware not to confuse Acts-writings with its​​ Law based doctrine of ‘Faith plus works’ – like this one example I brought you here, Paul’s letters to Timothy – with the post-Acts free Gospel of Grace found in the two final epistles.

Regarding Mystery-doctrine and its free Gospel of Grace, we can only find this in Ephesians and Colossians.

You cannot find the Mystery at all in any pastoral epistle,​​ or in Philippians. Only in the twin-epistles…Ephesians/Colossians can we read the doctrine of faith for the post-Acts Body!

 

Check out ​​ 2 Tim. 4:1-5 ​​​​ …exhortation by Paul in the light of Acts hope: Kingdom of God on earth,

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to​​ judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:​​ 

2preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and​​ even​​ when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], warn [those who sin], exhort​​ and​​ encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching.​​ 

3For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine​​ and​​ accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but​​ wanting​​ to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires​​ and​​ to support the errors they hold,

​​ 4and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths​​ and​​ man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable].​​ 

5But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.​​ 

We readily understand this​​ last quotation​​ as​​ Acts-doctrine, Paul referring to the second coming of Christ to judge the living and the dead – it is the​​ Parousia -​​ Greek for coming to earth visibly.​​ Timothy to operate as an​​ Evangelist​​ has ties to 1 Cor. 12-14 on the five ministry offices.

Enjoy the study of these verse-variants below.

 

New International Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.


New Living Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.


English Standard Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,


Berean Standard Bible
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but must be kind to​​ 
everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.

Berean Literal Bible
And it behooves​​ 
the​​ bond-servant of​​ the​​ Lord not to quarrel, but to be gentle toward all, able to teach, forbearing,

King James Bible
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all​​ 
men, apt to teach, patient,

New King James Version
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,


New American Standard Bible
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, skillful in teaching, patient when wronged,


NASB 1995
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,


NASB 1977​​ 
And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,


Legacy Standard Bible​​ 
And the Lord’s slave must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,


Amplified Bible
The servant of the Lord must not participate in quarrels, but must be kind to everyone [even-tempered, preserving peace, and he must be], skilled in teaching, patient​​ 
and​​ tolerant when wronged.

Christian Standard Bible
The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to​​ 
teach, and patient,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord’s slave must not quarrel, but must be gentle to everyone, able to teach, and patient,​​ 

American Standard Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,


Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But a Servant of our Lord ought not to fight, but to be humble toward every person, instructive and long-suffering,


Contemporary English Version
and God's servants must not be troublemakers. They must be kind to everyone, and they must be good teachers and very patient.​​ 


Douay-Rheims Bible
But the servant of the Lord must not wrangle: but be mild towards all men, apt to teach, patient,​​ 


English Revised Version
And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,


GOD'S WORD® Translation
A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.


Good News Translation
As the Lord's servant, you must not quarrel. You must be kind toward all, a good and patient teacher,​​ 


International Standard Version
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,​​ 


Literal Standard Version
and a servant of the LORD must not quarrel, but to be gentle to all, apt to teach, patient under evil,


Majority Standard Bible
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.


New American Bible
A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant,


NET Bible
And the Lord's slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient,


New Revised Standard Version
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient,


New Heart English Bible
The Lord's servant must not quarrel, but be gentle towards all, able to teach, patient,


Webster's Bible Translation
And the servant of the Lord must not contend; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,


Weymouth New Testament
and a bondservant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be inoffensive towards all men, a skilful teacher, and patient under wrongs.


World English Bible
The Lord’s servant must not quarrel, but be gentle toward all, able to teach, patient,​​ 


Young's Literal Translation
and a servant of the Lord it behoveth not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient under evil,

Keep up the good work, stay faithful and expect to be ‘Appearing with Christ in Glory’ one of the days in near future! ​​ (Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 4:30).

 

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SIGNS AND MIRACLES WERE

TONED DOWN ​​ BEFORE

THE CRUCIFIXION

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ We learn from the New​​ Testament that the apostles continued​​ the ministry of Jesus after He had gone up to heaven. They were given SIGNS to attesting that they were sent by God to Israel.

The twelve should bring the Gospel of the Kingdom of God on earth to Israel, and Jesus should return from heaven as soon as Israel had repented as a nation.

The SIGNS and miracles followed their ministries…as we can see throughout Acts period.

The final miracles and healings reported in Acts were those performed by Paul, as he cured several sick people at Malta, Acts 28:7-10 – however, notice that prior to these healings Paul had performed a SIGN – in that he did not have any negative effects after a snake bit his hand. The islanders there started to speculate whether Paul was one of the gods! ​​ Thus – the Lord had started to have these heathens pay Paul special attention. And THEN Paul went on and he cured many sick people. ​​​​ AMP Bible web version -

In the vicinity of that place there were estates belonging to the leading man of the island, named Publius, who welcomed and entertained us hospitably for three days.​​ 

8And it happened that the father of Publius was sick [in bed] with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to him, and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him.​​ 

9After this occurred, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases were coming to him and being healed.​​ 

10They also gave us many honors [gifts and courtesies expressing respect]; and when we were setting sail, they supplied us with all the things we needed.

This healing of Publius’ sick father, is the only incident telling of an apostle​​ first​​ praying, and then laying hands on the sick. A similar incident to what Peter did when raising Tabitha from the dead. FIRST he prayed, and then he called Tabitha to stand up. The Lord had to make a SIGN regarding Paul…and He used the incident with the snakebite. I believe that this sign opened up for Paul to care for the sick ones.

This passage in Acts 28 of Paul at Malta, may be the only passage where I dare ‘read in’ …even though it says nothing of it…that Paul most probably must have told them of Jesus Christ. It seems logical since after all, it is Paul we are talking of…and not just some ‘nobody’ hanging around. Why Luke did not mention this in his writing, I cannot find a plausible reason. At least: Paul must have prayed in​​ Jesus’ name​​ when healing Publius’ father.

But as for Jesus, and His ministry on earth before He was crucified, such SIGNS were seen with Him in the early period of it. But as it drew nigh to the Passover in 28 CE, when He would be crucified, Jesus began to tone down the testimonies of His miracles.

He started to tell people to keep quiet about all His miracles and SIGNS, and even He told them not to tell anyone that He was the Messiah.

So, many Christians are puzzled over this. Jesus came on at​​ full force early, starting with the wedding in Cana. He made vine out of water! He multiplied a little food supply in a basket, some fish and some loaves of bread – and God performed a miracle so great that nobody could really explain what happened. They fed 5000 people, and there were lots of food left over after the meal!​​ (John 6:1-14).​​ He did same thing not much later​​ feeding 4000​​ (Mat. 15:32-39)…so this kind of miracle happened twice. He walked on the Sea of Galilee, He stilled the storm by saying a word.​​ He raised Lazarus from the dead…and a vast number of miracles, which were healings of the sick and setting demon possessed free.

But – as it closed in on the Passover when He would be crucified, He toned it all down. He​​ deliberately wanted​​ to ensure that the evidence of the SIGNS and healings and these wonders, did not convince their leadership that He really was Messiah of God. He had to be hung on that cross – He had to ensure He would take upon Him all the sin of the world, and so giving mankind salvation, as many who would take to the faith in Him.

But after this was done, and He finally sent out His apostles as we see in Acts, there were no more restrictive attitude in regard to SIGNS and miracles.​​ God​​ wanted these SIGNS to follow​​ His apostles everywhere they came, to attesting to the people that they were sent by Him.

Mark 16:20 is a perfect testimony of this,

“And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord was working with them and confirming the word by​​ the signs​​ that followed.]”

SCRIPTURE PASSAGES OF SIGNS BEING TONED DOWN

 

Mat. 16:16-21, AMP Bible web version -

“Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the Son of the living God.”​​ 

17Then Jesus answered him, “Blessed [happy, spiritually secure, favored by God] are you, Simon son of Jonah, because flesh and blood (mortal man) did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.​​ 

18And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ].​​ 

19“I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound​​ in heaven, and whatever you lose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”​​ 

20Then He gave the disciples strict orders to​​ tell no one​​ that He was the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

21From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples [clearly] that He must go to Jerusalem, and endure many things at the hands of the elders and the chief priests and scribes (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), and be killed, and be raised [from death to life] on the third day.”​​ 

Mat. 17:9 - after the transfiguration at​​ the mount,

And as they were going down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone​​ what you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

They had not only seen Jesus enveloped in a sharp super-natural heavenly light; they actually heard the voice of God speak to them, and they also witnessed Moses and Elijah appearing and talking with Jesus! The voice from above said:​​ 

“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased​​ and​​ delighted! Listen to Him!”​​ 

God Himself talked to them and saying straight forward, that Jesus was His beloved Son!

Even if we find Jesus performing healings in the temple just two days before His crucifixion, He did so since​​ He knew that the Sanhedrin Counsel of Priests already had decided to kill Him.​​ Thus He got on with full measure of miracles and healings again. He received great cheer calls from many children who saw what Jesus did for the sick.

Mat. 21:14-17 is very touching, and could bring on tears in our eyes -

And the blind and the lame came to Him in [the porticoes and courts of] the temple​​ area,​​ and He healed them.​​ 

15But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful​​ and​​ miraculous things that Jesus had done, and​​ heard​​ the boys who were shouting in [the porticoes and courts of] the temple [in praise and adoration], “Hosanna to the Son of David (the Messiah),” they became indignant​​ 

16and they said to Him, “Do You hear what these​​ children​​ are saying?” And Jesus replied to them, “Yes; have you never read [in the Scripture], ‘OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED​​ and​​ PROVIDED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?”​​ 

17Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.

Notice verse 15 and the madness and evil having possessed that flock of Pharisees with the Chief Priests​​ and scribes – the very leaders of Israel, who should rather embraced Jesus, kissed Him and welcomed Him in the temple! Can you imagine such spiritual​​ almost possessive​​ blindness? They were so filled with hate and indignation against Jesus, that they admitted He had done marvelous miracles, and yet – they would have Him killed.

THE ISAIAH 6 SYNDROM OF ISRAEL

 

Ah…but I think I can explain this phenomenon. We find Jesus’ own teaching of this in​​ Mat. 13:10-17​​ – quoting Isa. 6 to them; the very same passage also quoted by Paul in the presence of the Sanhedrin Counsel in Rome 60 CE, told in Acts 28:25-28. ​​​​ AMP Bible web version -

«10Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?”

​​ 11Jesus replied to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.​​ 

12For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to God’s word], to him​​ more​​ will be given, and he will be richly​​ and​​ abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued God’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him.​​ 

13This is the reason I speak to the crowds in parables: because while [having the power of] seeing they do not see, and while [having the power of] hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand​​ and​​ grasp [spiritual things].(Editor’s emphasize)​​ 

14In them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, ‘YOU WILL HEAR​​ and​​ KEEP ON HEARING, BUT NEVER UNDERSTAND;​​ 
AND YOU WILL LOOK​​ and​​ KEEP ON LOOKING, BUT NEVER COMPREHEND;​​ 

15FOR THIS NATION’s HEART HAS GROWN HARD,​​ 
AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY HARDLY HEAR,​​ 
AND THEY HAVE [tightly] CLOSED THEIR EYES,​​ 
OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,​​ 
AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,​​ 
AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND TURN [to Me]​​ 
AND I WOULD HEAL THEM [spiritually].’​​ 

16But blessed [spiritually aware, and favored by God] are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.​​ 

17I assure you​​ and​​ most solemnly say to you, many prophets and righteous men [who were honorable and in right standing with God] longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”​​ 

God allowed Israel to become​​ stricken with spiritual blindness, deafness and a blocked mind​​ which could not comprehend what God spoke to them.

Jesus knew this, and as I wrote above – He​​ willfully​​ played with it: He toned down His miracles, like,​​ Hush-hush, when Calvary came in sight…some time​​ before this He had also began to speak to the people in parables. So they could understand? ​​ No, so they SHOULD​​ NOT​​ UNDERSTAND and thus reject the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He knew He had to be crucified for the sin of this world. He knew He was the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice and so He willfully played along so He would end up at the cross.​​ No​​ wonder He said the prayer as He hung on the cross,​​ Forgive them Father, for they know not what they are doing.​​ God had stricken them with this blindness, deafness and lack of understanding.

This is why Christ sent out His apostles to them, after His ascension. Since now the sin had been atoned for at the cross, it was the​​ will of God​​ that Israel should repent and believe on Jesus and be baptized. God no longer wanted His people to be spiritually blind and deaf and not understanding. The apostles followed their calling to the very end, as told in Acts. Jesus would have come back from heaven in the times of the apostles, if only Israel, the entire nation had repented and believed​​ on​​ Jesus Christ. Peter’s second speech in Acts 3 tells all about it. Heaven should house Jesus​​ until the times​​ of refreshing​​ arrived (when Israel had repented) - and the Kingdom of God on earth, in Israel, would have been established.​​ 

This Kingdom on earth shall indeed be established; it is no longer so far into the future. But before this can happen, God shall take the Church into heaven like told in Col. 3:1-4 – and we shall be​​ appearing with Christ in glory​​ up in the heavens. Then God will send down to Israel Moses and Elijah (Rev. 11) to set things straight with Israel, to bring her back as a nation for God.

In our time, since the apostles died in the first century there has been no signs, no miracles, no divine healings, no casting out of demons,….no nothing!

Signs and such were​​ only given for the sake of Israel​​ so they could come to faith in Christ. After Israel’s destruction in 70 CE it is definitely over what concerns SIGNS and miracles. Such super-natural works of the Holy Spirit seen with the apostles​​ were never inherited by​​ Christendom. The Church, the Body of Christ has no such mandate including miracles and signs. Not in the least!

Paul taught this straight out from the​​ Law of Moses, as he wrote 1 Cor. 14:21, 22,

It is written in​​ the Law, “BY MEN OF STRANGE TONGUES AND BY THE LIPS OF FOREIGNERS I WILL SPEAK TO THIS PEOPLE, AND NOT EVEN THEN WILL THEY LISTEN TO ME,” says the Lord.​​ 

22Therefore, [unknown] tongues are [meant] for a [supernatural] sign, not to believers but to unbelievers [who might be receptive]; while prophecy [foretelling the future, speaking a new message from God to the people] is not for unbelievers but for believers.” (Editor’s emphasize)

Paul quoted​​ some of the Law of Moses​​ when teaching on tongues: It was thus without doubt a SIGN meant only for Israel. And so it went, - Israel would not listen to Christ or His apostles, in spite of all the SIGNS they had in their ministry to Israel, like​​ Tongues, miracles, healings, casting out of demons, raising dead persons….all SIGNS mentioned in Acts.​​ Paul used this one spiritual gift,​​ tongues, as an example for all the signs which followed the apostles in ministry. So this solidly proves that SIGNS were only for Israel; never for the Church, the Body of Christ. The Church was kept secret in God from before creation, but​​ revealed​​ to Paul shortly before he wrote Ephesians and Colossians​​ in 63 CE. Ref. Eph. 3:1-9 in which he gives a declaration of the​​ Mystery revealed,​​ the Body of Christ.

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BEFORE AND AFTER ACTS 28:28

BY OSCAR M. BAKER

Editor’s intro: ​​​​ Oscar M. Baker was a minister who took

E.W. Bullinger’s system of Bible interpretation serious, and

he wrote a​​ substantial number of articles to prove that

Bullinger’s Bible views are correct, - and this present

article is one of many in this topic.

You may find more interesting material of Oscar M. Baker,

visiting the website of Truth for Today.

Jan Lilleby.



“Before. Israel were urged to turn again in order that God might send the Christ unto them, even Jesus.​​ Ye men of Israel ...turn again... that He may send the Christ Who hath been appointed for you, even Jesus​​ (AC 3:12-21).

After. Israel's hope of the Lord's return was deferred, for Paul declared, in the words of Isaiah, that they were too blind to fulfil the required condition of turning again.​​ After that Paul had spoken one word ...Go thou unto this People, and say...their eyes have they closed; lest haply​​ they should ...turn again, and I should heal them​​ (Ac 28:25-27).

Before. The. word of salvation was sent to Israel with a warning concerning what might come if they failed to give heed.​​ Children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you that feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent...Beware therefore, test that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets​​ (Ac 13:26,40).

After. The salvation of God was sent to the Gentiles in consequence of Israel's failure to give heed.​​ Be it​​ known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it​​ (Ac 28:28).

Before. Believing Gentiles, like Cornelius, were permitted to partake of the word which God had sent unto Israel.​​ The word which God sent​​ unto the children of Israel​​ (Ac 10:36).

After. The Gentiles received in the dispensation of the mystery committed to Paul, a word which God had sent especially to them.​​ You Gentiles, it ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given​​ me to you-ward: How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery​​ (Eph. 3:1-3).

Before. Paul was bound for the hope of Israel.​​ Because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain​​ (Ac 28:20).

After. He became a prisoner for the Gentiles​​ in connection with the revelation of the mystery given to him for them.​​ I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles...how that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery​​ (Eph. 3:1-3).

Before. Paul's sufferings concerned the hope of the promise made unto Israel's fathers.​​ And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hopes sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews​​ (Ac 26:6-7).

After. He suffered in making known the hope of the mystery to the Gentiles.​​ Who now rejoice in my suffering for you...according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you ...even the mystery ...among the Gentiles;​​ which is Christ among you, the hope of glory​​ (Col 1:24-27, margin).

Before: A calling was in view whose blessings are associated with a time "from" the foundation of the world.​​ Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world​​ (M't. 25:34).

After. A calling came into view whose blessings are associated with a time "before" the foundation of the world.​​ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world​​ (Eph 1:3,4).

Before. Believers were said to have been identified with Christ in His burial and resurrection.​​ We are buried with Him by baptism Into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life​​ (Rom. 6:4).

After. They are said to have the added blessing of being raised and seated with Him.​​ Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus​​ (Eph. 2:5,6).

Before. Some believers had a place of blessing where angels dwell.​​ But ye are come onto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels​​ (Heb. 12:22).

After. A higher place of blessing was revealed, for as seated with Christ in the heavenly places we are far above all principality and power.​​ Set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, tar above all principality and power (Eph. 1:20,21, compare 2:6). Ye are complete in Him, Which is the head of ail principality and power​​ (Col 2:10).

Before. The "hope" connected with​​ the day of the Lord was something the believers knew perfectly.​​ For what is our hope,...Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? (1Th. 2:19). The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven...But of the times and seasons brethren,​​ ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly​​ (1Th. 4:16 to 5:2).

After. Prayers for enlightenment are necessary that the "hope" of this time might be known.​​ Prayers that...The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye​​ may know what​​ is the hope of His calling​​ (Eph 1:16-18).

Before. Believers looked to meet the Lord in the air during His descent from far above all, that event is termed His revelation (apokalupsis) or coming (parousia).​​ waiting for the revelation (apokalupsis) of our Lord Jesus Christ (1Co 1:7, margin). I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming (parousia) of our Lord Jesus Christ.

After. Blessings​​ of believers are with Christ. He is far above all. So they look for the​​ manifestation in Glory where He is. The terms​​ apokalupsis and parousia are not​​ used here.​​ When Christ, Who is our life, shaft appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory​​ (Col:4).

Before. Paul was a minister of the New Covenant. This had​​ been promised to Israel, not ever to Gentiles.​​ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, .and with the house of Judah​​ (Jer ,31:31).​​ Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament​​ (new covenant) (2 Co. 3:6).

After. Paul was made a minister of the mystery which had been hid from ages and from generations.​​ Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil (complete) the Word of God; even​​ the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints​​ (Col 1:25,26).

Before. The mystery was no part of Paul's ministry. All that he said was limited to those things written in Moses and the prophets.​​ I continue unto this day...saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come​​ (Ac 26:22).

After.​​ Paul was a prisoner. He received a truth distinct from anything he had spoken earlier because it had not been seen by the prophets.​​ Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given ...to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which from the beginning of the world bath been hid in God​​ (Eph 3:8,9).

Before. 'there was more than one baptism. In​​ the house of Cornelius there was both a baptism of spirit and of water.​​ The holy ghost fell on all them which heard the word...Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the holy ghost as weft as we?​​ (Ac 10:4J-48, cf.​​ 10:15-16).

After. In the unity of the Spirit, there can be only one baptism. Which is it?​​ Even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism​​ (Eph 4:4,5).

Before. Paul healed the sick by laying on of his hands. Evidential​​ gifts accompanied the preaching of the hope of Israel. They were a part of the kingdom of heaven.​​ The father of Publius lay sick of a fever and a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and heated him​​ (Ac 28:8).

After.​​ Paul no longer healed in this way. The mystery was not proven by signs. Healing might be granted, but only by the sovereign power of God at His discretion. Epaphroditus was nigh unto death, but no miracle of healing was granted. See Ph'p. 2:25-30.​​ Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick​​ (2 Tim. 4:20).

Before: A calling was in view whose blessings are associated with a time "from" the foundation «f the world. Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world​​ (M't 25:34).

After. A calling came into view whose blessings are associated with a time "before" the foundation of the world. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:3,4).

Before. Believers were said to have been identified with Christ in His burial and resurrection. We are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ​​ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Ro 6:4).

After. They are said to have the added blessing of being raised and seated with Him. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:5,6).

Before. Some believers had a place of blessing where angels dwell. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels (Heb 12:22).

After. A higher place of blessing was revealed, for as seated with Christ in the heavenly places we are far above all principality and power. Set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power (Eph 1:20,21, compare 2:6). Ye are complete in Him, Which is the head of all principality and power (Col 2:10).

Before. The "hope" connected with the day of the Lord was something the believers knew perfectly. For what is our hope,...Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? (1Th 2:19). The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven...But of the times and seasons brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly (1Th 4:16 to 5:2).

After. Prayers for enlightenment are necessary that the "hope" of this time might be known. Prayers that ...The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of​​ His calling (Eph 1:16-18).

Before. Believers looked to meet the Lord in the air during His descent from far above all, that event is termed His revelation (apokalupsis) or coming (parousia). waiting for the revelation (apokalupsis) of our Lard Jesus Christ (1Co 1:7, margin). 1 pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming (parousia) of our Lord Jesus Christ

AFTER.​​  Believers looked to be manifested with Christ IN GLORY far above all heavens. This event is called the​​ epiphany​​ or appearing. (Col. 3:1-4) where the believer is said to be seated in the heavenly places. Eph. 2:6

 

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THOUGHTS ON HEAVEN

AND HOW DIFFERENT

THAT WILL BE FROM OUR

PRESENT EARTHLY LIFE

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ It is completely impossible​​ for​​ us even to try a little bit of comparison!

Our thoughts and capabilities will not manage such a massive task for us, and really comprehending that heavenly future which has been given to all Christian believers in Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul understood this, and therefore​​ wrote the following, Eph. 4:30, AMP Bible web version -

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].

It is all so immensely huge, enormous and overwhelming humanly speaking, that Paul was given these​​ exact comforting words​​ to tell us – that we, as a matter of fact, have gotten a guarantee from God: The Holy Spirit in us as we entered the faith in Christ. He will be in us and with us until we actually enter the up-above-heavens (Greek,​​ Epiouranos) as the ‘Day of Redemption’ comes. It is this immense might and bright glory in Christ we find Paul pointing us to in Col. 3:1-4…having us keep our minds​​ set for heaven up above, and not on things here on earth.

So, let me list up a few important thoughts of this narrative of what it may be like, the heavenly life to come.

It is quite incomprehensible, and entirely impossible to understand due to our limited brain capacity. We are not capable to understand the greatness of God and the heavenly things up there, - but still…let’s have a glimpse, shall we?

The Greek word mentioned above,​​ epiouranos’​​ means ‘The heaven up above the heavens’ – or ‘The Uppermost High Heaven’, in which now Christ is residing at the right hand of His Father, God Almighty in glory and power.

Where is heaven then?

It is found outside of and​​ over, the universe we can see. In other words it is an unknown​​ dimension of existence​​ than that of the earth. You cannot get there by rockets or spaceships. Only God, the Father of Christ, can bring us super-naturally into His high eternal heaven, by His great endless might and power.

I hinted at Col. 3:1-4​​ above, and it​​ concludes for us that we shall be brought together with Christ in glory, - verse 4,

When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will​​ appear with Him in glory.” ​​​​ (Editor’s emphasize).

This glory is, as we all understands, not on earth, it is found in heaven…in that super-heaven where Christ now is with His Father.

No science on earth will ever manage to explain this greatness of God; no one can ever explain what it is or how it is.

We already know, by having studied the Bible,​​ -​​ that we are not demanded by God to know or understand, but we are only asked to BELIEVE ON Christ our Savior.

Knowledge cannot bring you to God and His salvation, but faith in Christ can!

Eph. 2:8, 9 cannot be questioned in regard to​​ faith as the means​​ of our salvation,

«8For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life]​​ through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;​​ 9not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast​​ or​​ take credit in any way [for his salvation].(Editor’s emphasize).

THE HEAVENLY BLESSINGS IN A HEAVENLY LIFE

 

# ​​ We shall live forever – it will never end. The clock is thus irrelevant.

# ​​ There will be no sickness, no pain, no plagues of any kind, we will have an eternal heavenly super-body.

# ​​ No one will be in lack of anything and no one will have sufferings, unforeseen problems and so on.

# ​​ We shall neither be ‘unemployed’ – there will be activities and tasks to go to, for everything is perfect with God.

# ​​ Earthly feelings and opinions are non-existent: We are not taken with boredom, we will not get angry and start to hate others. We will have no psychological troubles, fear, anxiety, paranoias, depression or other negative soulish/spiritual sufferings.

# ​​ Everyone is a ‘Zillionaire’ if monetary values should be brought into this equation; we will possess everything that God has got for us abundantly. To be with God and Christ up in the heavens, that is so indescribably rich that no values on earth can be used to describe such immense richness. Compared to heaven, we find that money is a total joke!

# ​​ Probably we will not have to get sleep or rest of any kind; nobody will ever get tired, weary and burnt out, or falling into boredom. In heaven everything is beyond great, bright, pleasant, encouraging, positive, happily…we shall be ‘drowning’ in the presence of God and His power and life, indescribably brilliant and exceedingly​​ glorious compared to things here on earth.

# ​​ We will not be sitting in a sterile front room, staring at a white wall as we take in messages and orders from the Lord. No, it is a​​ real life​​ and with normal surroundings (though heavenly ones) and so forth. I personally believe there are beautiful landscapes and an overwhelming glorious colorfulness. If there will be music in heaven I think it will be super-harmonically and pleasant beyond anything we have heard here on earth.

When Jesus was born, it was reported of God’s angels appearing to the shepherds at the fields of Bethlehem…they heard angels sing for them, Luke 2:12-15,

And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.”​​ 

13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,​​ 14“Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”​​ 

15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds​​ began​​ saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

# ​​ And I can keep on and on telling of the heavenly reality, using earthly words and expressions. But heaven will exceed by far everything I have tried to write here. It is actually and literarily indescribable. We only have experience from what is here on earth, haven’t we?

All the earthly things which have a minus to them will be blown away for good. Everything will be super-glorious…no death, no sickness, no suffering,​​ no​​ poverty, etcetera….it will all be totally heavenly.

As already told above, this heaven cannot be experienced by knowledge or science. Heaven is​​ only given​​ as a gift​​ to those who believe​​ on Jesus Christ for salvation.

The Grace Gospel of the heavenly calling is found only by the teachings of Paul, our apostle as he has described it all in his two Church epistles, the Ephesians and Colossians. Salvation is presented as​​ a​​ pure gift of God as we believe on His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

 

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PETER SENT TO ROME

IS TOTAL NONSENSE!

PART II

 

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​ ​​​​ Peter’s whereabouts​​ was the focus of the first part in this article-series.

We found out that he never left Israel to arrive at Rome. Peter in Rome,​​ -​​ that is a pure human fantasy and not Biblical facts. I will narrow it down to ​​ Roman Catholic legends,​​ since they are the ones to propagate such a theory as if it is a Biblical and historical fact.

This​​ Part II​​ of my article is to display more specifically​​ what Acts 9:33​​ ​​ means, quote:​​ 

​​ “Now as Peter was traveling throughout​​ the land,​​ he went down to [visit] the saints (God’s people) who lived at Lydda.”

There were more​​ places inside Israel​​ which​​ Peter went to, or could have visited in his​​ travelling around.​​ 

Notice that the words indicate to us that Lydda as well as Joppa thereafter, were just two of those towns he went to. They are specifically named in Acts because of the great miracles God performed through Peter’s ministry. Peter might just as well have done other kind of healings/miracles in the other towns, but probably not so astonishing as the healing of Aeneas and the raising of Tabitha from the dead. The only other apostle mentioned in Acts, raising a dead person up, is Paul (Acts​​ 20:7-12).

To be sure to supply the reader with as correct information as possible, I have taken the liberty to ‘zizzor’ from Wikipedia a substantial paragraph naming the most important towns in the time of the apostles. Towns that most probably had​​ Messianic believers among the population – just like Joppa, Samaria, Caesarea and Lydda which are recorded by Luke, the author of the Book of Acts.

This just goes to utterly confirm that Peter’s travelling was never outside of Israel. This must be the final conclusion – and it dismisses sternly the fabricated ‘history’ of Peter having arrived at Rome in the first century.

Just the​​ mere​​ idea​​ of Peter (and the other eleven) ever having travelled outside to preach to the Gentile nations/provinces is feeble speculation.

Matthew 28 and the Great Commission has been translated very incomplete and is a source of misleading​​ most​​ Bible students. The commission goes only for preaching inside of Israel’s land.

Again, the​​ recorded history of the apostles in the Acts​​ confirms to us that their mission was only for the nation Israel, as they offered the Second Advent of Christ,​​ to come establish His Kingdom on earth, with His throne on Zion. Peter had all the opportunity in the world to take the first ship out of there, and set course for Greece, or​​ some other nation by the Mediterranean coasts.​​ But he didn’t. He never decided for himself to leave Israel,​​ neither was he directed or told by Christ​​ to go to foreign lands to preach.​​ Peter was not taken by force and sent to Rome neither. Luke would have written if Peter was arrested and sent abroad.​​ 

He was only commissioned to go to Israel. Acts confirms this in many ways. Check out the list below and get learned in Biblical geography…it could really come handy!

Peter must have visited several of these towns – which are: ​​ Gadara, Amathus, Jericho, Sepphoris, Gophna, Akrabatta, Thamna, Lod (Lydda), Emmaus, Pella, Idumaea, Ein Gedi, Herodeion. In addition to these, he might as well have visited​​ his hometown Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee, we can just speculate. Peter’s wife is​​ only mentioned​​ indirectly​​ in Luke 4:38-40, as we learn that Jesus healed his​​ mother in law of Typhus fever. It is probable that Peter’s wife was still alive​​ 36 CE, even his mother in law. Why not go to visit them?​​ On route up to Galilee he might have come by through Samaria, where​​ he and John had been ​​ earlier​​ to assist Philip (Acts 8). Peter must have had lots of friends/believers in Christ there.

 

Wikipedia web on Early Roman period

See also:​​ Judaea (Roman province)

Judea lost its independence to the Romans in the 1st century BCE, becoming first a tributary kingdom, then a province, of the Roman Empire. The Romans had allied themselves to the​​ Maccabees​​ and interfered again in 63 BCE, at the end of the​​ Third Mithridatic War, when the​​ proconsul​​ Pompey​​ ("Pompey the Great") stayed behind to make the area secure for Rome, including his​​ siege of Jerusalem in 63 BCE. Queen​​ Salome Alexandra​​ had recently died, and a civil war broke out between her sons,​​ Hyrcanus II​​ and​​ Aristobulus II. Pompeius restored Hyrcanus but political rule passed to the​​ Herodian dynasty, who ruled as​​ client kings.​​ 

In 6 CE, Judea came under direct Roman rule as the southern part of the province of​​ Judaea, although Jews living there still maintained some form of independence and could judge offenders by their own laws, including capital offences, until c. 28 CE.[25]​​ The province of Judea, during the late​​ Hellenistic period​​ and early​​ Roman Empire​​ was also divided into five conclaves: Jerusalem,​​ Gadara,​​ Amathus,​​ Jericho, and​​ Sepphoris,[26]​​ and during the Roman period had eleven administrative districts (toparchies): Jerusalem,​​ Gophna,​​ Akrabatta,​​ Thamna,​​ Lod,​​ Emmaus,​​ Pella,​​ Idumaea,​​ Ein Gedi,​​ Herodeion, and​​ Jericho.[27]

END OF WIKIPEDIA QUOTE​​ 

 

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IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS​​ 

TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE

ENTIRE WORLD:

How Come the Wall of Partition

Was Still Standing High?

PART II

JAN LILLEBY

 ​​​​ In the first part of this article-series I focused on the​​ contradiction​​ with Paul being sent out, in spite of the twelve apostles having been sent many years before Paul – presumably that the twelve really were sent out to Gentiles.

In this Part II – I shall focus on the other great​​ contradiction:​​ The wall of partition (which was the Law of Moses) was still standing high, when Jesus sent out His apostles, Acts 2 and on.​​ It contradicts the thought that the twelve apostles were sent to us Gentiles.

In Ephesians as well as Colossians we learn from Paul that the wall of partition had been torn down as Jesus Christ established the Body of Christ, the Church, also called ‘One new Man’ – Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:15.

Paul’s reference to this is the crucifixion of Christ – as He took with Him the Law of Moses on the cross, and had the Law​​ blotted out, abolished, cast into the litter box forever.​​ Col. 2:13-15 is quite sternly saying,

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of​​ life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins,​​ 14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside​​ and​​ completely removed by nailing it to the cross.​​ 15When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.”​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

Paul wrote Ephesians/Colossians in 63 CE according to most scholars, while he sat jailed in​​ Carcere Mamertino​​ jailhouse, in Rome. He was jailed a second time by Nero’s police guard. (It is​​ disputed​​ whether it could have been in 64-65 CE as a consequence of the great city fire​​ in Rome. Nero started a mass-arresting of suspects).

This actually means that the act of Christ abolishing the Law​​ over​​ 30 years earlier, was kept a secret. Since we find that the Christ believers in Acts period​​ kept the Law – even Paul did so.​​ In other words, this act by Christ was a part of the Mystery revealed to Paul, ref. Eph. 3:3, 4.

THE TWELVE APOSTLES OPERATED ON

THE INSIDE OF THE WALL OF PARTITION

 

So here we have another piece of​​ hard evidence​​ that the twelve apostles operated only inside Israel. The wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles was still standing, throughout Acts period!​​ They operated when still the Law of Moses was in effect.

All the miracles, wonders, signs and the lot…were happening as the apostles preached to Israel on the​​ inside of that fence, that separating spiritual wall constituted by the Law of Moses.​​ This also means that the New Covenant was NOT replacing that Law in the time of Acts. It was laid ‘on top’ of the Law, so that the believers in Christ were forgiven their sins in cases where the Law would have them punished and condemned.​​ Check out Heb. 9:15.

Paul’s message to the Jews in the dispersion – namely at​​ Antioch in Pisidia, Acts 13:38, 39 – AMP Bible Web version –​​ tells of this very clearly,

So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you;​​ 39and through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him] is justified​​ and​​ declared free of guilt from all things, from which you could not be justified​​ and​​ freed of guilt through the Law of Moses.

Rom. 3:31 may be the headline for the entire period of Acts, in matters of the Law,

Do we then nullify the Law by this faith [making the Law of no effect, overthrowing it]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm​​ and​​ establish​​ and​​ uphold the Law [since it convicts us all of sin, pointing to the need for salvation].

They upheld​​ it​​ and lived according to the Law, and were blessed by the New Covenant’s over-rulings if sin were committed. Jesus died on the cross for them so that breaking the Law would not condemn them. They should for that reason confess their sins, ref. James 5:13-16,

Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God].​​ 14Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;​​ 15and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.​​ 16Therefore,​​ confess your sins to one another​​ [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed​​ and​​ restored. The heartfelt​​ and​​ persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

This is how it was in​​ the time of Acts and all the believers at that time, 28 – 63 CE. We can actually call this same time period for​​ ‘Messianic Israel’s life Behind the Wall’​​ – for it was not revealed to them by God that the wall was ‘killed’ at the cross when Jesus died Wednesday 28 April, in the year 28 CE.

It is​​ obvious​​ that Jesus could never have sent His twelve apostles out to us Gentiles in this time period.​​ The wall was to keep Jews from any fellowship with us Gentiles.​​ Comprende?

Was it not Jesus Who told His disciples NOT to go on the road out to the Gentiles? (Mat.10:5, 6).He told them to rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel!

It was the very same rules as it was during the time of Moses and the Hebrews at Sinai – we cannot find any clue of Moses going to the Gentile world commanding them to keep the Law! The Law was given them (Israel) to prevent idolatry such as seen with Gentiles. Comprende?​​ 

When we​​ really​​ search the Scriptures we are bound to find proof upon proof how it all went down,​​ before​​ God revealed His Mystery to Paul, as told in Ephesians and Colossians.

 

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IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS​​ 

TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE

ENTIRE WORLD:

How Come He ‘Added’ a Thirteenth One

​​ To the Flock?

 

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ The question made in this headline is of course very rhetorical.

I happen to sit with the answer to this…and thus I want your attention.

Some of you may have the view that the Great Commission in Mat. 28 is an order bestowed upon the twelve apostles, to go to the whole world, - which then would mean, going to us Gentiles​​ in the nations outside of Israel.​​ (I recommend to you my other substantial article on this topic, found in my web site).

In many articles, even in several of my books, I have thoroughly explained this narrative over and over again.

And this article is now​​ laid on top​​ of all of my earlier works in this topic.

Why?

I’ll tell you why: Because the average Christian believer out there has been misled by many factors, inherited heresies from a lot of sects and denominations, giving the erroneous impression that the Great Commission was for us Gentiles. So in this article, we shall turn it all up-side-down so you can understand even better how it all went down…the ministry of the twelve apostles.

Jesus​​ never told His twelve apostles​​ to go out into the entire Global world. He told them to go to Israel – and they did. Book of Acts has the full story of it and all the proof we need to get this right.

THE LOGICAL ORDER OF THINGS

 

It takes but just one singular verse from Acts to torpedo​​ the whole ‘Great Commission’​​ as if this was to send the twelve into the entire world:

Acts 9:15,  ​​​​ (AMP Bible web version) –

​​ But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a [deliberately] chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name​​ before the Gentiles​​ and kings and the sons of Israel” ​​​​ (Editors emphasize)

Here we come to the crucial question, which none of us can escape: Why – on God’s green earth – should Jesus call Paul and send him out to us Gentiles, if He already had 12 (!) apostles working it? They had been ministering for 8-9 years already…and​​ all of a sudden – giving no particular explanation (Jesus did not mention the twelve in this narrative)​​ Jesus was adding an ‘extra apostle’ to this flock?!?

Can you see the contradiction in this?

If you cannot, then you are really out of it.​​ You need to​​ get ‘unlearned’ before you can get learned​​ - (a quote originally said by rev. Stuart Allen, the follower of Charles Welch). You have to get rid of your​​ twisted understanding​​ of how it all went down in the early days of the Gospel.

It is entirely illogical to add an extra apostle​​ to the existing twelve, - and on top of that, doing so this late​​ after​​ they were sent out in the year 28 CE, right after Pentecost in Acts 2.

So you see, the narrative of Jesus sending out His twelve apostles to the entire world, gets ‘shipwrecked’ already in Acts 9:15. It is totally impossible that God and Christ eventually should have sent out Paul, the thirteenth apostle, to the Gentiles, if that ministry already was covered by the twelve.​​ The ministry was already taken and in​​ full operation​​ by them.

There was​​ no need​​ to add Paul to the flock.

And, even more so: Paul was the​​ furious persecutor​​ of the Messianic church and he even saw to it that many of these believers were thrown in jail and executed.

Which raise another contradicting issue: Why – on God’s green earth – could not Jesus just grab hold of Paul​​ BEFORE HE STARTED HIS PERSECUTION?

Now Saul, still​​ breathing threats and murder against the disciples​​ of the Lord [and relentless in his search for believers], went to the high priest,​​ 2and he asked for letters [of authority] from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any men or women there belonging to the Way [believers, followers of Jesus the Messiah], men and women alike, he could arrest them​​ and​​ bring them bound [with chains] to Jerusalem.

Some may think that Jesus did this with Paul, and so could end the harsh persecution of the believers.

But this is not so. Jesus called him out so he should preach to the Jews, Gentiles, and kings. All in due time…a story we can successively follow all the way until Acts 28:31 when Luke stopped his historic accounts.

ONLY PETER HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH GENTILES

 

When reading Acts 10, of Peter being sent to the house of Cornelius in Caesarea, the apostle denied that he ever had been in any kind of fellowship with an ‘unclean’ Gentile. In Jewry it was common to view Gentiles as unclean dogs, unworthy of God’s attention.​​ Most of us have read the incident which took place on top of the house of Simon the tanner, at Joppa – Peter was​​ persuaded​​ by God in a vision to go to Cornelius’ house to speak to Gentiles. He objected at first, but after three exchanges of visionary intervention by God, Peter said yes. Verses 9-16.

Peter’s denial of having ever been with Gentiles in his ministry (8-9 years after Pentecost in Acts 2) – is a clear and true statement from him that​​ he never went out into all the world preaching.​​ In other words: He and the twelve went only to Jews inside of Israel.​​ The Great Commission is one of the most mistranslated Bible passages in the entire Bible Canon! Almost every denomination holds to this passage as if the twelve were sent to us Gentiles!

Acts 11 testifies of Peter (and the brethren) that they continued as before Peter had this vision, - namely, they preached to JEWS ONLY.​​ Peter never changed his ministry – just because he went once to a Gentile.​​ Verse 19,

So then [since they were unaware of these developments] those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with [the stoning of] Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, without telling the message [of salvation through Christ]​​ to anyone except Jews.”

GEOGRAPHY HAS A LOT TO SAY OF IT

 

Acts 5:12-16 says a lot of​​ where exactly​​ on the map​​ they spent these 8-9 years,

At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were​​ continually​​ taking place among the people.​​ And by common consent they all​​ met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico.​​ 13But none of the rest [of the people, the non-believers] dared to associate with them; however, the people were holding them in high esteem​​ and​​ were speaking highly of them.​​ 14More​​ and​​ more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to​​ their number,​​ 15to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power].​​ 16And the people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.” ​​ (Editors emphasize)

Now, how is it that we read of the entire flock of apostles staying in Jerusalem – after 8 years of ministry, RIGHT THERE IN THE STRONGHOLD OF JUDAISM, THE TEMPLE, IN SOLOMON’S PORTICO?

And entirely in line with what we just read of Peter having preached to Gentiles in Caesarea: He WENT UP TO JERUSALEM TO REPORT TO THE BRETHREN AND THE APOSTLES, STILL STAYING THERE! (Acts 11:2).

How on God’s green earth could the twelve have been at ‘two places at the same time’?​​ We can only find them inside of Israel’s borders.

You see what I am telling?

THUS PAUL IS PROVEN TO HAVING BEEN

THE ONLY APOSTLE WHOM GOD

SENT OUT ESPECIALLY TO US GENTILES

 

Turning the usual heretic interpretations of the Great Commission topic, all around, we find that it cannot ever have been any kind of Gentile-mission performed by the twelve apostles, as if Jesus actually told them to go to us Gentiles. It is rendered impossible as we read and learn from Acts how these things really went down.

Vast majority of Christendom in the world, are in error regarding the Great Commission.

In the New Testament, we cannot find any direct​​ worldwide​​ mission to us Gentiles, before we get to Ephesians and Colossians!

Eph. 3:1-9 is the main ‘heralding’ of the international free Grace Gospel,

“For this reason [because I preach that you and believing Jews are joint heirs] I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus​​ on behalf of you Gentiles—​​ 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me [to share with you] for your benefit;​​ 3and that by [divine] revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have already written in brief.​​ 4By referring to this, when you read it you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,​​ 5which in other generations was not disclosed to mankind, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit;​​ 6[it is this:] that the Gentiles are now joint heirs [with the Jews] and members of the same body, and joint partakers [sharing] in the [same divine] promise in Christ Jesus through [their faith in] the good news [of salvation].​​ 7Of this [gospel] I was made a minister by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power.​​ 8To me, [though I am] the very least of all the saints (God’s people), this grace [which is undeserved] was graciously given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the good news of the incomprehensible riches of Christ [that spiritual wealth which no one can fully understand],​​ 9and to make plain [to everyone] the plan of the mystery [regarding the uniting of believing Jews and Gentiles into one body] which [until now] was kept hidden through the ages in [the mind of] God who created all things.​​ (Editors emphasize)

You just read the real Gospel Commission, given to us by the real apostle to us Gentiles, Paul.

Isn’t it time for you to take this to heart and get things right in your life in the faith?

 

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HEALING AND MIRACLES:

THESE ARE NOT PERFORMED

IN ACTS AMONG REGULAR MEMBERS

OF THE APOSTOLIC ASSEMBLIES!

PART IV

 

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ In the first article​​ (3 Parts)​​ in this series, we learned that all reported healings and miracles – without exception – were​​ performed by God at the hands of, and the ministries of the apostles.

This remains a non-negotiable Biblical historical fact.

What I am now about to hold forth, should​​ already​​ have been the conclusion made by each and every reader of the first article: ​​ If it is so that Acts’ healings and miracles were performed by God at the​​ ministries of the apostles​​ and their helpers/church leaders/elders/, then we​​ must also conclude​​ firmly that, since we do not have any apostles or otherwise inspired personally chosen servants of God and Christ in our time, - healings and miracles​​ cannot possibly be performed in this dispensation of the church, the Body of Christ.

It has been, and it still is – a substantial misunderstanding inside of Christendom; the misconception of​​ God performing miracles​​ every now and then…even if a majority of Christians are convinced that we have no such apostolic authorities among us in our time.​​ The idea of God still performing miracles, but without any real apostle involved, is a collision – a crash!​​ 

There can be no doubt, compared to Biblical historic writings (Acts being one of those), that since we have no God-chosen​​ inspired​​ apostles among us, there is no possibility of God performing any kind of miraculous healings​​ and things pertaining to this.​​ 

In Acts period it took an apostle, one or several, to have God perform miraculous healings. It’s been proven already in my first article.

There are no proofs of regular private believers in Acts who eventually received a miracle/healing as an answer of his own​​ private​​ prayers. Not one.

All healings were done by God’s elect servants, the apostles.

HERETIC MOVEMENTS PLAGUEING CHISTIANITY

 

There have always been lying and fraudulent preachers trying to convince the public of their ‘ministries’.

The well known ‘Azusa Street’​​ revival in 1906-1913, resulting in the start of the Pentecostal Movement.​​ Followed by a lot of same kind of fraud, such as ‘Latter Rain Movement’, The ‘Healing Movement’​​ (Oral Roberts, William Branham, T.L. Osborn, A.A. Allen and others)​​ in the 1950’s to late 1960’s,​​ -​​ followed by ‘Word of Faith’ the so-called ‘Prosperity Movement’, and​​ then​​ the Toronto Revival, and variables of this, until our time when we have the​​ infamous ‘New Apostolic Reformation’.​​ It has already gotten over twenty years old.​​ 

These (NAR) believers try to convince the world that they are God’s new​​ modern time​​ apostles, with the same power and miracles as the first apostles.

But we cannot see, after more than twenty years in business,​​ even​​ one singular​​ ‘miracle’ having taken place by any of those imposters.

It all started as C. Peter Wagner went along and declared that a​​ ‘New Apostolic Reformation’​​ had started – in 2001​​ if I remember right. He propagated among other things the so-called ‘Dominion Theology’ – that this movement and its ‘apostles’ had been given power and authority over all demonic spirituality and could​​ therefore​​ defeat Satan. Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, Reading, as well as Kenneth Copeland,​​ ‘Eagle Mountain Church’​​ Newark, Texas,​​ (disciple of Kenneth Hagin Sr.) and many other infamous faith-healers, now let their ministries be identified as a part of NAR.

Lying, and​​ fantasizing of themselves​​ as ‘God’s chosen apostles’ is not enough to make these real apostles. That is for sure. There hasn’t been one single miracle performed by any one of these, as I mentioned! Instead, they have made themselves look like a bunch of childish spiritual clowns.

I could not foretell to you what will​​ eventually be the next​​ new maniacal fabrication of any ‘movement’ coming on stage.​​ This craze​​ among certain believers seems​​ to​​ never​​ be​​ ending….but one day it will end.​​ 

In the meanwhile, let us not be deceived by such humanly fabricated ‘movements’ – but rather stand firm on God’s word as it was given to us by Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.​​ 

Especially by​​ his faith doctrine in​​ Ephesians and Colossians, the two arch-epistles to the Church dispensation.

Eph. 4:30 says, AMP Bible Web version,

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own]​​ for the day of redemption​​ [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].

 

 

 




BULLINGER AND ME

JAN LILLEBY

 

What impression have I got of​​ Ethelbert William Bullinger,​​ the ‘Father’ of the modern ‘Acts-28’ Bible interpretation framework?

This question can only be asked as pure rhetorical in nature. Because I could only have genuine impressions of Dr. Bullinger if we both were alive and knew each​​ other well in life.​​ He died in 1913 at the age of seventy​​ five.

Our knowledge can only be had from what is written of him, and by him.​​ Some has written bad things of him, but many has appreciated his extensive Bible based works. Bullinger has not gone unnoticed in history!

Even if many a writer has done much work on Bullinger and his immense influence on how we should read the Holy Bible, these many writers are – as we speak – still writing. At least we can see this checking out Wikipedia TALK dept. ​​ I personally do not engage into working with the Wikipedia. But it is a very useful tool to gain knowledge in certain issues.

I went to the website for Bullinger’s books (ewbullingerbooks.com)​​ and zizzored this short info paragraph, which is a good starter for those who want to learn a bit regarding Bullinger, ​​​​ (editor has added photo of Kings College) -

Ethelbert William Bullinger was born December 15th in Canterbury, Kent, England. He was the youngest of five children of William and Mary (Bent) Bullinger. His family traced their ancestry back to Heinrich Bullinger, the Swiss Reformer, a covenant theologian. His father succeeded Zwingli in Zurich in December of 1531.

Being educated at King’s College, London, he was a recognized scholar in the field of biblical languages. The Archbishop of Canterbury granted him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1881 in recognition of his biblical scholarship. After graduation, on October 15, 1861, he married Emma Dobson, thirteen years his​​ senior. Bullinger’s friends included well-known Zionist Dr. Theodor Herzl. This was a personal friendship, but accorded with Bullinger’s belief in a Biblical distinction between the Church and the Jewish People.

Dr. E W Bullinger believed in and taught the pretribulation, premillennial rapture. He is considered an untradispensationalist. This was because he taught that the gospels and Acts were under the dispensation of law. He further taught the church actually began at Paul’s ministry after Acts 28:28.

His three major works were:

As an interesting side note: Bullinger was also a practiced musician. As part of his support for the Breton Mission, he collected and harmonized several previously untranscribed Breton hymns on his visits to Trémel, Brittany.

BULLINGERS IMMENSE INFLUENCE

 

It is to me evident that Bullinger’s influence can be compared to that of Elvis Presley! ​​ I heard it said​​ of Elvis, that he sold more records AFTER he died than when he still was alive. ​​​​ (I guess you understand this very dry joke?)

Bullinger has become more and more influential as a Bible teacher after his death. For believers in Christ have taken his writings serious and expanded upon these. I am one of them.​​ His ‘Companion Bible’ is available to all.

It is clear to all that Bullinger was​​ not perfect​​ or in any manner to be compared to any of the apostles of the Bible story. He was an Anglican clergyman, well respected, and much and well educated in languages in particular. Mainly Biblical Greek. Which caused the Archbishop of Canterbury​​ to honor him with the ​​​​ ‘Doctor of Divinity’ degree​​ in 1881.

E. W. Bullinger can be looked upon as one who ‘Opened the Gates’ for a fuller understanding of the Holy Bible.

He was the first known minister who held forth​​ in public​​ the​​ Bible truth, of Acts 28​​ as the boundary for when the Church dispensation started, and the dispensation of Law ended.

WHAT HAVE I GOT TO DO WITH IT?

 

Bullinger, as told in Wikipedia, as well​​ as​​ here in the excerpt from the web, once taught that the Church would be ‘Raptured’ before the Great Tribulation (see 1 Thes. 4 ff). ​​ But I have come to another conclusion on the Rapture-issue: This scenario​​ could only be possible​​ if Jesus’ Second Advent occurred in Acts period. See my article on this, here on my website.​​ Rev. 20:4 dismisses the ‘Rapture’ entirely, for we only find​​ resurrection​​ mentioned of the saints to enter the millennial reign with Christ for a thousand years!​​  ​​ ​​​​ PHOTO: Me – portrait taken in 2017.

Likewise, I​​ disagree with Bullinger’s classification on the epistles of Paul.

He classified Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, 1 Tim, and 2 Tim as written post-Acts, thus putting them as Church epistles for our time.

I (and several other Bible teachers) classifies ONLY Ephesians and Colossians as Church epistles,​​ plus​​ the non-doctrinal one to Philemon. The four​​ others were written during​​ Acts, and are​​ thus​​ Acts-epistles. Only Ephesians and Colossians mention, ​​​​ A:​​ The Mystery revealed. ​​ B:​​ The abolishment of the Law of Moses. ​​​​ See my articles on this in my website. I have dealt with Philippians, Titus, and 1 & 2 Timothy in​​ separate​​ articles.

Had Bullinger been alive today, I would not have been surprised if he would​​ have​​ altered his views​​ on​​ his classification.​​ One can only speculate.

CONCLUSION

 

None of us are perfect in any way. We can fail in many things. But yet, there seem to me that God has made it so that​​ at least we get hold of the Biblical things WHICH COMES MOST IMPORTANT to a Christian believer.

It pays off to study the Bible, and to take in whatever​​ changes​​ one have to make accordingly.

I come from a spiritual background in the Pentecostal movement. I happened also, unfortunately, to sidestep into ‘Word of Faith’ spheres, but finally I got awakened when I discovered the importance of the ministry of the apostle Paul. First I came into Mid-Acts beliefs, but shortly after I discovered the Acts-28 interpretation frame, which to my mind is the​​ correct frame for interpreting​​ the Bible.​​ My website was started in 2004 as a result of this discovery of Bible truths.

E. W. Bullinger, ​​ a​​ former vicar in the Church of England under the Archbishop of Canterbury, in his time, opened the gates for greater and better understanding of the Bible. In particular, the​​ right division​​ of The New Testament scriptures.

Thank God for having given Bullinger such advice and insight in the Bible.