410 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 2 - Book 35 - Reproof In Righteousness

410: Reproof In Righteousness – Lesson 1 Part 2 Book 35

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Through the Bible with Les Feldick



Now we’re going to look at something just a little bit different this lesson. Instead of the timeline of all of Scripture, we’re going to look at a different timeline that covers Paul’s Church Epistles. The reason I like to teach these things is to show how intrinsically, how beautifully, all the Bible fits together. Everything fits from Genesis to Revelation, and everything is so programmed that no human could have ever dreamed it up. Now we’re going to see that there are seven of Paul’s epistles that were written to the Church, and they’re called the Church epistles. Now do you think that the apostle Paul sat there and beat his brains out wondering, “Well how can I divide this up so I can come up with the number `seven?'” And we know `seven’ is God’s perfect number.

Paul didn’t do that, I mean Paul just wrote those letters as it was appropriate and it just fell out that there were seven of them that were written directly for the Church. In the Book of Romans we find that he comes out with seven distinct things that God had accomplished with the Nation of Israel. Now do you think Paul sat there trying to figure all that out? No way! All of this just points out the inspiration of everything, even to the way they were lined up in our New Testament, which is not according to the chronological order that he wrote them.But the Holy Spirit put them in the way they were supposed to be when men of God put the New Testament together.

Now I’ve previously made the point that all the Books of the New Testament are sometimes in various copies of antiquity in different orders. In other words, New Testaments in libraries across the world are not always Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Even the Four Gospels may be mixed up, and the same way with the little epistles of Peter and John, as they’re not always in that order. But every one of Paul’s epistles are always (in every copy of the New Testament that’s available) in the same order that we have them today. Now that tells us that the Holy Spirit was in total control when the men who met (in approximately 350 AD) put the cannon of Scripture together, formulating our New Testament. So always remember that God has particularly brooded over these Pauline epistles because they are the one appropriate for us today. Now let’s turn for a moment to II Timothy 3. Our lesson is going to be in Ephesians chapter 1, and we’ll be looking at Ephesians verse by verse, but before we do that let’s look at II Timothy, where the apostle Paul writes in verse 16 –

II Timothy 3:16

“All scripture (the whole Bible from cover to cover) is given by inspiration of God,…”

Now you know nothing irks me more when (even) good men, and I’m sure they mean well, for example will say Luke was a Gentile. Remember Luke wrote a good portion of our New Testament, the Book of Luke and Acts and I’ve said for years that he was not a Gentile, but rather he was a Jew. And now I’m getting articles from out in television land proving almost beyond a shadow of doubt that Luke was indeed a Jew. I always just based it on a verse in Romans where Paul says –

Romans 3:1-2

“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2. Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them (the Jew) were committed the oracles (Word) of God.”

Now how in the world can you make a statement like that and then have something like the Book of Luke and Acts written by a Gentile? Well I’m sorry but it just won’t fit, and so on that basis I’ve always felt that Luke was a Jew. Now granted he had a Roman name, but Paul did also (see Saul was Paul’s Jewish name). Paul was a Roman name and I think much of the same thing happened with Luke. You know they tell us Luke must have been a tremendous diarist. In other words he must have kept a perfect diary every day, especially as he traveled. No. I’m sure a lot of these things were in Luke’s mind, as he remembered things that took place, but he didn’t write the Scripture from what was in his memory. Luke wrote the Scripture as the Holy Spirit inspired him to write it, and it was the same way with the gospel writers.

They may have remembered a lot of the things that took place in Christ’s earthly ministry, but they didn’t write from what they remembered. They wrote from what the Holy Spirit inspired them to write, and always remember that. All writers of Scripture even though they were part and parcel of that point in time and their personality shines through because of it, yet what they wrote was not from notes they had gathered, it wasn’t from hearsay, but as the Holy Spirit moved them to write. Now looking at verse 16 again.

II Timothy 3:16a

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctorine, (good teaching) for reproof, (when things have to be straightened out) for correction,…” (for someone who gets off course)

Now driving up here today I was mulling this word correction over in my mind, and I remembered when we were putting men on the moon. And as those rockets were going though space that they had to constantly correct their trajectory because if they were off just a fraction of a degree with the distance involved they would have missed the moon by who knows how much. So what did they constantly have to do? Correct. Now that’s what the Scripture has to do. It’s so easy to get off course, but the Scripture is here to bring us back on course, and that’s what correction stands for. So the Scriptures are profitable –

II Timothy 3:16b

“…for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Now it’s kind of unique then that all of Paul’s Church letters especially the seven that we’re going to put on the board, all fall into doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. I’ve said before that all Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is a progressive revelation. In other word, as we come up through the Old Testament, God is always revealing something that the fellows back there didn’t know. We come into the New Testament, and God begins to reveal things that weren’t in the Old Testament, and especially when we get to the apostle Paul’s writings. Revelations that were never hinted in the Old Testament, revelation that Jesus never spoke of.

But within the letters of Paul and especially the seven Church letters that we’re going to be looking at on the board, again it’s a progressive revelation going from the beginning of his writings to the end, but it’s going to be under this format. First doctrine, then reproof, then correction, and last instruction in righteousness. Now I point that out only to show you how beautifully this Book is put together. Paul didn’t sit down and say, “Now how can I do this, I’ve got to be able to put doctrine first, I’ve got to somehow be able to write in the area of reproof.” No. I don’t think the apostle Paul, when he wrote his letters, even realized that he was writing Scripture. I think that he would have been aghast if he could have seen down through the corridors of history what his writing has become. Paul just wrote as the Holy Spirit inspired him to write, and fired the letter off to these various Churches by courier.

The Book of Romans he sent to Rome from Corinth with Phoebe, a lady. Other letters went with some of his other friends such as Titus and Timothy, but I don’t think he had any idea that this was going to become what we call cannon of Scripture. But whether he knew it or not he put it out with this very format of doctrine, reproof, correction and then instruction in righteousness.

Now I’m going to put again a timeline of sort dealing with Paul’s epistles and we’ll start back here with his letter that was written during early missionary travels. Most people are aware of his missionary travel when he left Antioch and went up into Asia Minor, Derbe, and so forth. And then later on in his second journey he went all the way over to Greece, and so forth. Those journeys began about 40 AD, when he came back from Arabia and his three years of instruction with the Lord and Mount Sinai which began about 37 AD. These letters then became what we now know as Romans, I Corinthians and II Corinthians, and then came the Book of Galatians.

Romans was written about 64 AD, and Galatians was written earlier than that in about 60 AD. Then the Corinthian letters were written somewhere around 61 or 62 AD. Those four letters then were written during his time of missionary travels and so forth. By virtue of the Jews being in every city in the Roman Empire, wherever the apostle Paul went, where did he go first? To the Jew, to the Synagogue. So being a Jew himself and having been steeped in Judaism, having a love for his kinsman according to the flesh as he calls them, he would always go first to the Jew. He would expound to them out of the Old Testament because you want to remember that there is no New Testament. Even the Four Gospels weren’t written until after Paul had written his letters, so he couldn’t even tell people, “If you want to know a little more about Jesus and His earthly ministry, then read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.” So, everywhere he went he had to simply speak the Word verbally, because there was nothing written until he began his letters.

Now over here on the far right of our makeshift timeline we’re going to come to I & II Thessalonians which are going to be at the very end of the seven letters to the churches, and they’re going to be the ones that are “instruction in righteousness.” But the amazing thing is, even though they’re at the end of the line of revelation given Paul, these were written first, probably about 57 or 58 AD. But the Holy Spirit, even though He prompted the apostle Paul to write them early, saw fit to put them at the end in our New Testament order. Now then, I want you to turn to Acts chapter 28. Now again, this is all history as well as Bible study, because if you understand the historical setting, then you can understand where the apostle is coming from and why the Holy Spirit does what He does.

Now remember his missionaries journeys up into Asia Minor beginning about 40 AD around the city of Antioch up in Syria. During those years from 40 AD until he goes to prison probably in about 64 AD, but during this period of time of about 25 years, he is constantly appealing to the Jew on the basis of the Old Testament, but he has now written Romans which is the Book of Doctrine. So even though Galatians was written earlier, yet the Holy Spirit put Romans in our New Testament exactly where it belongs because all Scripture is given and is profitable for first of all “Doctrine.” Then the next 2 Books that we studied I & II Corinthians were for the next part of the format and that was for “Reproof.” You’ll remember when we studied the Corinthian letters, what did they need reproof in? All the problems they were having. They had immorality, they had dissension in the Church, they had divisions, they were having problems with legal matters with one another. They had problems with what they could eat and couldn’t eat. The Church was just beset with all kinds of problems. So Paul had to reproof them with those two letters of I & II Corinthians. But they’re still appropriate for us even today.

Then you come to the Book of Galatians, even though it was written earlier, but is 4th in the order of the Church epistles. Now we have a Book that was written for “correction.” Do you remember what the Galatians needed to correct? Where were they slipping off course to? Legalism. They were slipping off course, and going back into legalism. So the Book of Galatians was written to simply bring them back on course. You’re not under Law, but rather under Grace, the whole six chapters of that little Book were on that theme, and that theme alone. But if you remember when we were in Galatians, what was he constantly referring to? Abraham. And then we used the allegory of Isaac and Ishmael as pictures of Law and Grace, see? Constantly flipping back into the Old Testament, and using the Jews as examples and appealing to the Jews to come out of their blindness, and out of their legalism, and step into the light of God’s Grace. Now that covered this whole period of time while Paul was roaming the Roman Empire, establishing Churches. Now do you still have Acts 28? All of a sudden there’s an interruption in Paul’s ministry, and he’s going to be arrested, and he’s going to be taken to prison in Rome. So let’s look at that. Remember Paul had arrived at Rome after all the shipwrecks and turmoil of getting from Caeserea in Israel.

Acts 28:17

“And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews (that is the Jewish community in Rome.) together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, (Israel) or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans;”

Now you all remember how the Jews hated the apostle Paul. They treated him just like he treated them earlier. So they were constantly after his life, trying to kill him one way or another. Then you remember the Romans took him under their wings and he had to appeal to Caesar, now he is in Rome waiting for justice to be meted out. Now verse 18 & 19.

Acts 28:18-20

“Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19. But when the Jews spake against it, (that is his message of salvation) I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; (and that’s why he’s in Rome.) not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20. For this cause (because he had no controversy that had caused his arrest) therefore have I called for you, to see you, and speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”

See the man never lost his love for his kinsmen according to the flesh. Even in spite of the fact that they were constantly trying to put him to death. They were trying to upset his ministry, but Paul never lost his love for them. Now after these Jewish leaders in Rome had come to meet with him where he was under house arrest. We find in verse 25-

Acts 28:25-27

“And when they agreed not among themselves, (that is these Jewish leaders at home) they departed, (in other words they left. They couldn’t agree on anything) after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias (Isaiah) the prophet unto our fathers, 26. Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

In other words, Israel has been constantly covered with a veneer of blindness even way back in Isaiah’s day. And here Paul is saying the same thing. “I’m in the same situation. I have tried to get you see the truth, but you would not.” All right now, verse 28. Now remember where Paul is. He’s in Rome in prison. Now he says-

Acts 28:28

“Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”

Now he had told them earlier in his ministry that if they’re not going to believe it, then we’ll go to the Gentiles, so this isn’t the first time, but it’s the final time. He told them earlier, “I’m going to go to the Gentles,” and of course he always did, but he would still come back and appeal to the Nation of Israel. But now it’s final as we saw in verse 28.

Acts 28:28

“Be know therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” It doesn’t say they will all believe it, but rather they will hear it. And now verse 29.

Acts 28:29

“And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning (or arguing) among themselves.”

Now you say, “What are you bringing all this out for?” Well, you see this makes again a point of departure of the Jews in Paul’s writing of the Gospel of Grace written to the Church, and I’m going to do it like this. On our timeline we have Romans, I & II Corinthians and Galatians. But now I would like to draw another timeline above the first elementary timeline. And now we reach a plateau that goes above Romans, I & II Corinthians and Galatians and when we get now up to the letter of Ephesians we come to what we call the prison epistles or prison letters. After Acts 28, while in prison, Paul writes Ephesians, Philippians and Colossian, we’re going to have the same format that we had on the first line with Romans, I & II Corinthians, and Galatians. Except now Ephesians is now going to be a higher level of doctrine. Philippians is going to be a higher level of reproof, and Colossians is going to be a higher level of correction. Now you won’t see that until we get to it verse by verse, but now here’s the point I want to make. Once Paul makes this jump up into higher or deeper spiritual truths you will find there is no longer any mention of a Jew or the Old Testament. Now isn’t that amazing? After the statement of Acts 28-

Acts 28:28

“Be it know therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and that they will hear it.”

There is not another word out of the Old Testament, and not once is the Jew mentioned again in the inspired letters of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, and what’s the purpose? Well, as soon as we get into these prison epistles and higher or deeper Church truths, we’re no longer concerned with that demarcation between Jew and Gentiles because now God is dealing with the whole human race on one level. Every person that is saved comes into the Body of Christ on the same level whether he’s Jew or Gentile.

The Jew has lost his identity so far as the Church Age is concerned as such. And this is what we have to be aware of that this is in God’s purposes that now the whole idea is the bringing together of Jew and Gentile into one Body, and there is no difference. Now this is what a lot of even our messianic Jews, I think, are beginning to turn away from, and this is this Pauline teaching that for the Age of Grace there is no difference. A Jew has to be saved today as a sinner, as a fallen son of Adam just exactly like you and I (Gentiles), and too many of them are losing sight of that. They’re trying to jump back up into that place of privilege that they enjoyed before, and listen it’s not there, and they have to understand that. We are now all one in Christ, and in these prison epistles of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. there is no dividing between Jew and Gentiles. There is no reference to the Old Testament, and it’s all for a purpose.

Now this again leads to my teaching over and over that people have to get out of the Four Gospels and get into Paul’s writings because the Four Gospels are still 90% Jewish. All of that has now been set aside, and is no longer in God’s program. Now that doesn’t mean that you throw it away anymore than you throw away the Old Testament. But it’s just as ridiculous to say, “Well I go by what Jesus says” as it is what we discussed in the first lesson about touching dead things, and bringing a sacrifice to the Temple. It’s the same difference. So we have to put all these things in the perspective of the unfolding and the progressive revelation even of the letters of the apostle Paul. So in our next lesson we’re going to start a verse by verse study of Ephesians and be constantly aware that God is no longer making any reference to the Jew or to the Old Testament, and it’s for His own purposes.

409 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 1 - Part 1 - Book 35 - Doctrine In Righteousness

409: Doctrine In Righteousness – Lesson 1 Part 1 Book 35

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Through the Bible with Les Feldick



Before we continue on with our verse by verse study, let’s do a quick review from Genesis through Revelation as the history unfolds.

Many people think history is a boring subject, but when you begin to look at history in the light of Biblical teaching, you’ll find it’s the most exciting subject on earth. History, you see, is simply God’s Sovereign control of the events in time. I’ve said so often one of the things that is hard to comprehend is God turned man loose with a free will – he is not just a puppet on a string. And yet, in spite of that free will, here we are nearly 6000 years after it all began with man, and here we are right on God’s timetable. His timetable is not off 1 month, and this is one of the miracles of Biblical history.

Now I’m going to go to the timeline. For so long chronologers assumed that Christ was born at what we call 0, and that in 4000 BC Adam was created. Then, thanks to archeology, some years ago they put together the fact that because of King Herod’s rule and reign and death, that Christ had to have been born at 4 BC according to our now Gregorian calendar. So, if Adam was created 4004 BC instead of 4000 and Christ was born 4 BC, then that puts Christ crucifixion at 29 AD instead of 33 AD. I know a lot of people wonder, “Well, why do you put His crucifixion at 29 AD? I always thought He was crucified at 33? Well He was but I’m going with the newer findings that Christ was born at 4 BC instead of 0.

Now that brings up another thing which amazes me and that is how many will call or write and ask, “What does AD stand for?” I had a lady call and say, “I asked my pastor, and he didn’t know. I asked everybody in my Church, and nobody could tell me what AD stood for. Some said after death, but that doesn’t figure.” And it doesn’t because AD goes back to 0 according to the Gregorian calendar. So I’m also going to put that on the board for the sake of so many. AD comes from the two Latin words Anno Domini. And of course from Anno we get our word Annual, and Domini means Master or Lord. So then AD stands for the year of our Lord. And everything before His birth is referred to as BC. And everything on this side of His birth we refer to as the year of our Lord or AD.

Now thanks to the powers that be and archeology etc., they’ve got to get Christ out of the picture one way or another so they’ve changed these nomenclatures from BC (Before Christ) to BCE (Before Common Era.) And AD (year of our Lord) is now referred to as CE or (Common Era.) Now where they get all of this I don’t know, but this is what they are now doing. I told one of our guides in Israel one time, “You know, it’s amazing what people will do just to push God out of the picture.” Now that’s all they’re trying to do when they change things like this. There’s no other reason. Instead of recognizing our calendars are based on Christ’s birth they’ve pushed that out of men’s thinking and changed it to something that means nothing – “common era.” But I guess it’s the best thing they could come up with – I guess that still has a reference to the letter C. So be aware of these things. Our normal approach to these things will still be BC and AD.

Now getting back to the timeline, we find Adam was created way back in 4004 BC. Adam’s race and that whole generation up to the flood covered a period of approximately 1600 years. I always tell people that this is all in round figures. So that means at about 2400 BC the flood took place. I think it’s worthy of mention that this first 1600 years of mankind is recorded in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. Just the first 11 chapters of Genesis cover that 1600- year period of time from the creation of Adam until that whole Generation was destroyed by Noah’s flood.

Then the time of Noah’s flood to the next event in Biblical history, which was the Tower of Babel, and that is only 200 years after the flood, or 2200 years BC. And at the Tower of Babel the nations made their appearance and God separated them by virtue of the confusion of languages and so forth. Then another 200 years of time goes by, and as a result of the false and pagan religions and idolatry that came about at the Tower of Babel.

God now has to do something totally different at approximately 2000 BC, and He lets this whole human race coming from Adam, just flow on like a river; and out of that river of humanity we have the call of one man that we call Abraham. As a result we have the appearance of the Nation of Israel, the Jew. That covers everything then from Genesis chapter 12 until we go into the Book of Acts chapter 8. God at that time is dealing with Jew only with a few exceptions. So everything from Genesis chapter 12 and the Abrahamic Covenant to Acts chapter 8 is dealing with the Nation of Israel, giving them the Law and the Temple, with the idea that one day God would funnel them back in that filthy, ungodly river of humanity, and bring them a knowledge of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now that was the noble plan of God and His Sovereignty. Of course we know that it didn’t work because Israel didn’t believe it, but at least God offered it to the Nation of Israel.

Now on our timeline then we go from 2000 BC (from the call of Abraham) to 1500 BC and we have Moses – and Moses gives Israel the Law. Then, 1000 BC brings about the appearance of King David, and Solomon, his son. Solomon builds the first Temple, and that is all within a few years of 1000 BC. Then we can go all the way to the birth of Christ at 4 BC and then we have the Cross of Christ and that took place at 29 AD.

King David and Solomon and his glorious Temple that he built were only on the scene about 350 to 400 years. Now in our reckoning of time that’s a long time, but over a time span of 2000 years that’s not very long. Now Solomon’s Temple, or the first Temple, was a glorious one. It was so beautiful, and it took about 40 years to construct. It was one of the wonders of the ancient world, yet it only stood about 360 years. Then the next real important thing on our timeline is at about 606 BC in history or about 400 years after the Temple was built. Nebucchadnezzar comes into Jerusalem and the Babylonian Empire destroys the Temple and Jerusalem, and Israel goes into captivity, and you know about the Babylonian captivity.

Now the reason I like to bring out the Babylonian captivity is again, it points out a fact of history that most people totally overlook, and that is common to the activities of those conquering empires, they literally emptied the land of Israel of most of the Jews. They took them East to Babylon, and then 70 years later the next empire, the Medes and Persians under King Cyrus gave them a decree that the Jews were now free to go back to their homeland in Jerusalem, and they also had the permission to rebuild their Temple. Now here’s where a part of history comes in that you’ll pick up when we get into the New Testament. Most of the Jews that were out there in Babylonian as a result of the captivity did not go back to Palestine and Jerusalem. Only 44,000 went back out of several million. What happened to the rest of them? Well they got comfortable out there in the Gentile world and became astute at banking and business, and so as a result those Jews began to migrate to every corner of the then-known world. Now why am I making a point of that? Now turn in your Bible if you will to Acts chapter 2. Now if you don’t know history then this don’t make much sense, but if you realize that the Jews from 606 BC had now been migrating all over the then known world. Any place where there was a city of any population of note, Jews established businesses, and synagogues and what have you. Now you see that makes sense then when you read Acts chapter 2 as you come down to verse 5.

Acts 2:5

“And there were (for this feast at Pentecost) dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, (it doesn’t say Jews and Gentiles) devout men, (keepers of the Law and Temple worship) out of every nation under heaven.”

Well how did they get into every nation under Heaven? Because when they were taken out to Babylon in 606 BC instead of going back to Jerusalem when they were free to do so, they scattered throughout the then known world. Now the other thing I like to point out on this same basis is a little later on in the Book of Acts we come to the apostle Paul who begins his missionary journeys first through out Asia Minor then over to Greece and finally to Rome. And every place the apostle goes what does he find? Jews and synagogues. Now they’ve been out there several hundred years because those Jews in the Babylonian captivity never chose to go back to the land of Israel. Now do you see how history has to be understood? Otherwise this verse in Acts wouldn’t make sense when we read that they were from every nation under Heaven.

Then another important reason I use 606 BC is because Jesus spoke of it as the beginning of the time of the Gentiles. And what He meant by that was from that point in time when the Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 606 BC all the way up until we have the 2d coming of Christ, Jerusalem, for the most part, has been under the heavy boot of Gentile armies. Since Nebuchadnezzar’sg overthrow of Jerusalem the Nation of Israel has been under one Gentile power after another. Now, lately we feel that they are more or less a sovereign state, but if you know anything about the land of Israel they are anything but. They are still under the heavy hand of the UN and the United States government and they’re not as free as we’d like to think they are. Now when the anti-Christ comes in and sets up his rule and reign from the Temple during the Tribulation, then they will surely be back under the boot of the Gentile armies.

Now back to our timeline. We have in about 400 BC, the restored Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah. And that was the Temple that was in Jerusalem when Jesus makes His appearance at His first coming. It was a restored Temple and remember Ezra and Nehemiah had limited resources so they couldn’t make a beautiful Temple like Solomon had built. Then old King Herod (who wasn’t even a believer, but he loved to build) took it upon himself to make the Temple on Mount Moriah, once again, a wonder of the ancient world. So when Christ began His earthly ministry the Temple was once again simply beautiful. That Temple then in turn was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman general Titus, and at that time the Jews were once again sent out into a complete dispersion. A few stayed in Jerusalem and the areas of Israel, but for the most part the Jews were once again sent out into every nation under Heaven. That all took place in 70 AD.

Shortly before that and after the original day of Pentecost when Israel was no longer going to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, God sent them back into the mainstream of humanity, not now to be the evangelist, but simply to be that wondering Jew, that nation of people who was steeped in spiritual blindness, and unbelief. Now God is going to do something totally different and on our timeline I usually mark it like this (Church Age) It’s the out-calling of the Body of Christ which we call the Church Age. Now that is only a Pauline revelation so that is going to prepare the world then for the next event on God’s calendar and our timeline which is the Rapture or the out calling of the Church, which is His Body.

Now since this is all a Pauline revelation and has nothing to do with Old Testament prophecy, it has nothing to do with Christ and His earthly ministry and the Nation of Israel, so consequently I feel it has to be taken out of the way before God can pick up with the Nation of Israel and bring about that final seven years of the Tribulation and the appearance of the Anti-christ. Now, hopefully my timeline will make some sense, especially if you’ll just put it down on paper yourself. I wish people could just get to the place where they can sit down with a sheet of paper, draw a line across it and then just begin to unfold all these historical events. This is the easiest way to witness that I can possibly think of.

Folks have got to understand that all of these things lead up to the crucifixion of Christ. And through the crucifixion of Christ, Israel continued to reject that He was the promised one so God raised up that other apostle, the Apostle Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles whom we will be looking at in our next lesson as we begin our study in Ephesians. So Paul becomes the apostle to the Gentiles, he becomes the spokesman for God now during this age of Grace, the Church Age. This is where so many people are missing it, they simply don’t know how to rightly divide the Word of God as Paul instructed us to do. Most think that the Word is divided with the beginning of the New Testament, but if you read carefully you will find that everything from Genesis chapter 12 to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus in Acts chapter 9 is God primarily dealing with the Nation of Israel, which is completely separate from the Church, and all you have to do is look at the language in the Four Gospels and the first 8 chapters of Acts. Don’t try to fit something in the Scriptures that God didn’t fit in. It’s so obvious that God was only dealing with the Nation of Israel until we get to Paul.

Nothing gets my hackles up more than when someone calls or writes and says, “I’m not going to go by what Paul says, but rather I’m going to go by what Jesus says because what Jesus says is in the Bible, and if the Bible says it then I believe it.” Well I’ve gotten to the place when I get a response like that, that I say, “Well, OK so you’re going to do what the Bible says? If that’s the case then turn with me to the Book of Leviticus chapter 5, and then you’re still going to sit there and tell me you’re going to do what the Bible says?” See this is where it gets ridiculous, and this is just one example. I could stand here all afternoon and give you example after example. You can’t do what the Bible says all the time because not everything the Bible says is for us. Most of it is really written to the Nation of Israel. What the Bible says for us, you’d better confine yourself from Romans to Hebrews. In fact even Hebrews is written primarily to Jews. So let’s just look at Leviticus chapter 5.

Leviticus 5:2

“Or if a soul (or person) touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcass of an unclean beast, or a carcass of unclean cattle, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him: he also shall be unclean, and guilty.”

You might say you’ll never touch a dead cow. Hey this is touching anything that is dead. You might be out mowing your lawn, and you see a dead bird – you’re going to move it out of the way to the trash can and therefore you’ve touched something dead. Let’s read on, and the only way a person can overcome that situation is in verse 6.

Leviticus 5:6

“And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.”

Now how many people are going to do that? If they have a brain in their head, then nobody will, for this isn’t for us today. This is Israel under the Law. My goodness if I had to go to the Temple in Jerusalem every time I touched a dead animal I’d be spending most of my time on overseas flights. But we don’t. We’re not under that kind of Law. And this is just one example. Over and over the Old Testament gives instructions that don’t apply to us, and it would be ridiculous if you tried to keep all of this. But the Bible says it, of course it does, but it said it to Israel under the Law. A good one in the New Testament is during Jesus’ ministry that doesn’t apply to us and the Church Age is found in Mark chapter 16. Remember this was written to the Nation of Israel under the Law. Matthew 15:24 & Romans 15:8 tell us that Jesus came only to the Nation of Israel. God hadn’t forgotten about the Gentiles, but it just wasn’t time for the apostle Paul to come on the scene for us. God is an orderly God and never mixed Law and Grace.

Mark 16:15-18

“And he (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye (the believing Jew) into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (remember the Gospel we believe for salvation had not been revealed to Paul at this time. Paul doesn’t come on the scene for several more years with the Gospel of Grace as we find in I Corinthians 15:1-4) 16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues: 18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly things, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

So here is where it becomes so appropriate to recognize that the apostle Paul is the Gentile apostle. The apostle Paul writes that which pertains to us as Gentiles in the Church Age, and all we can do with our Old Testament is use it for building blocks of learning. This is what the apostle Paul tells us in another verse on that same line. Come back to Romans chapter 15:4.

Romans 15:4

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime (in the Old Testament) were written for our learning, (not for our doctrine, but rather for our learning) that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Now getting back to our timeline, we find that after the Church is gone (and we feel we’re getting very close to that time), since the Church is completely insulated from everything written to the Nation of Israel under prophecy we feel it has to be taken out, and then the next great event in human history will be the appearance of the anti-Christ, the seven years of Tribulation (and don’t forget that’s exactly according to God’s timetable coming all the way from the Book of Daniel). And then at the end of the seven years of Tribulation, Christ will return at His 2nd coming and then as soon as He sets up His Kingdom there with His capital in Jerusalem, we enter into that 1000-year millennial reign of Christ, and when that ends we’ll go into eternity. Now that is basically the whole scheme of everything from Genesis to Revelation. And when you’ve got that understood then you have the battle 3/4 won.

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