Archive for the ‘Future’ Category

Light in the darkest time

December 13, 2016

I’m sad about the circumstances of our time. But in these sadness I’m happy too. In the darkness is light going to come.

Chanukkah is about to come. The feast of the light. Christmas also, the lights are all around us. Chanukkah was born in the 9th (biblical) month, a month of fasting and praying. There the miracle happened.

I hope this miracle will happen to us too. We desperately are in need of.

I’m thinking about those people in Syria. They are butchered. This is an example of our age. Where are we become? No one of Europe or America is helping. Their corrupt policies made by those dark lefties who called themselves enlightened, made it impossible to help without entering into another war. And the only country that helps is Russia, completely neglected in Western media. How bad is everything gone. Western people from the old times of christianity… now completely gone astray.

We need light. The world needs light. Common layman are starving from spiritual power due to left anti christian policy makers who want to destroy everything christian.

And God is hiding his face because the amount of sin has become full. But He is also hiding because he will reveal Himself to spread light at the greatest dawn ever!

I’m just looking forward my friends. Great times are coming! When our true King comes on stage!

Baruch Haba

“To open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Is.42:7)

Celebrating Sukkoth

October 24, 2016

The Jewish attitude towards Christians is changing. They will see lovers of Israel, alongside growing antisemitism. The sides are set. Those who are for, and those who are against God. Hundreds of thousands of Christians are celebrating the feast of the tabernacles as foretold by the prophet Zechariah.

See this video message: Why Jews should throw candy at the Christian marchers in Jerusalem from The Land of Israel network.

 

 

Make yourself up, be happy, we live in an amazing time!

February 12, 2015

It is true, it looks like everything is going to be bad. The righteous man are wiped off the earth and the wicked rule. How can we be happy? We feel like we are ‘on the rivers of Babylon’. True christians are starving along with faithful Jews in this devastating times for us. It seems like there is no future. But the opposite is true. There is future, certainly, the best you can think of! Let your complains behind and open your eyes!

  • for thousands of years Israel was exiled, now they are back in their land
  • God is restoring Israel because of his covenant made up with them
  • There are also many prayers from martyrs for the Christian community, God will restore them too.
  • Although great wars happened, Israel prospers
  • Although Israel is in trouble right now, God is going to deliver them
  • I seems like War, but we are heading Peace!
  • Because no Obama, Putin, or ISIS prevails, but the True King has prevailed and will show Himself King soon
  • There will come a time of peace, like thousands years.
  • Where’s the dead? Children of God will live!
  • No nuclear disaster, no Islam, even no Christianity or Judaism, but there will be One Name we will serve.

The Great Day where so many prophets and disciples spoke about, will come! Thrust Him Who has all the power and is already King over the world. He will comfort those who abide Him! HalleluJah!

Shalom!

Joseph Mede and Millenianism

May 19, 2014

I recently came across a very thoroughly research about Joseph Mede (1586-1638). I was very happy to see this study and revision of the ideas of this very important man who founded the basement of Millenianism. Many Puritan and modern Evangelic views on this subject can be traced back to this man.

dr. jeffrey k. jue

dr. Jeffrey K. Jue

This is the book: Jeffrey.K. Jue: Heaven Upon Earth. Joseph Mede (1586-1638) and the Legacy of Millenarianism. 2006.

It is important to know that this research shows that it is not Mede who caused Millenium activism. It were rather his fellows who abused his views and gain political profit from it. Or theologians who rejected (some of) his views on millenianism, because they missed the base and view of this well learned man. It is really sad that also in my own church the legacy of these controverses caused the denial of a future of a 1000 years of peace and kingship of our Lord Jesus. What are they doing with His glorious reign? How do they bless and seek the glory of God? Do they see it now, or in history? I can’t get it not to see it in the future.

But this study encourages me! For years a had still in mind, and it developed over time, that the saying ” the day of the Lord” or “the judgement day” would be that millenial day. And now I see here that this already was an insight of Mede! He stressed that this was a Jewish idea, what the Jewish apostles had in mind. And even the apostle Peter mentioned para-biblical Rabbinical sources and not only Ps.90. I undoubtedly was led to this insight by Rabbinical guidance in exposing biblical scriptures. Only some understanding of Hebrew is enough to go on that way.

Another point were I highly agree with, is the view on the Pope as the Antichrist. A reign dominated by the antichrist for 1260 years with a rise and a fall, that is what we live in now, and thereafter the redemption of the Jews, together with the re-establishing of the real Ecclesia and  the resurrection of the righteous and a peaceful age of people who shall come the mountain of Zion, shall emerge. (Is.2) Most Evangelicals and others differ from this view by placing the 70th week of Daniel 9 into the future, expecting thus a future Antichrist.

I’m really impressed by the work of Jeffry K. Jue. It’s worth it to reconsider Joseph Mede. It will give great benefit to the church if they will listen carefully.

I was lucky to got the book from our university library. It costs above 200 Dollars!

To give you just one citation:

“Logically, Christianity shares numerous similarities with Judaism which are not subjected to criticism. Why then should chiliasm? Mede listed a few of the most salient common beliefs. First both Christians and Jews agree that there will be a paradise in the world to come. Mede asked, “Doe not we Christians consent with the Jewes in these things? Have not we names likewise (of the Kingdome of Heaven…) from the Jewish Rabbins?” Second, Christians and Jews both concur that there will be a day of judgement. In fact, Mede argued that the Apostle Peter’s use of the term “day of judgement” was taken from the common Jewish expression – the “Vulgare form and manner of the Jewes” and not the more commonly assumed source, the book of Psalms. Mede’s intent was to demonstrate that mere similarities with Judaism were no ground in itself for dismissing chiliasm as heretical or erroneous. Therefore dismissing chiliasm because it resembled doctrines found in Judaism was neither an adequate nor persuasive accusation.” (page 131/132).

 

All Israel will be saved

October 4, 2011

All Israel will be saved, this is what Paul said in Roman 11:26. He also said: as it is written. This got my attention. Because actually it isn’t written in the Tenach. It triggered me when I was studying the resurrection.

Sanhedrin 90b

I came along this statement in Sanhedrin 90b: All Israel have portion in the world to come, for it is written, Thy people are all righteous; they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.’(Is.60:21) (To be clear: This is meant for the Jews and the land of Israel.)

And not only this statement of the Misnah says it, this saying is also found before every chapter of the Pirkei Avot. It seems to be very well known in the old times, inclusive the time of Paul. I don’t know where it is all to find, but it looks like that it is an old known saying from oral tradition. Hence it must be in the mind of Paul when he was about to wrote All Israel shall be saved. Otherwise how could he say this?

But why does he say: As it is written? For there is not that text in the written Tenach to find. That leaves us with a problem. If Paul had the written Torah in mind then it would be a derivative from Is.60:21.

Paul however gives us the following text: There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom.11:26-27)

But this text isn’t found either in de Tenach, And you also can’t make up from these words that ALL Israel will be saved. So what is Paul doing here?

One solution is that Paul had in mind the Oral Torah when he said All Israel will be saved, and was paraphrasing it and backing it up with the text of the Written Torah, what would be, then, Ps.14:7 (Oh that the salvation of Israel [were come] out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, [and] Israel shall be glad.) and Is.27:9. (By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged…) This is not as clear as I would like, but it is satisfactory to some extend. I think that you have to know the Oral Torah to understand where he is referring to. I don’t know that.

But it let me stay with one question. Why doesn’t Paul refer to Is.60:21: Thy people are ALL righteous? Because there is referred to in the Talmud. Perhaps because at that time they were not as righteous as they had to be. Yet they had the state of unrighteousness, but they should become righteous in the future. In that sense quoting Is.60:21 wouldn’t benefit his case to state All Israel will be saved (in the future). But now, refering to the future, it makes sense to say that the Deliverer shall come out of Sion.

While I was thinking of it I came along Peter Tomson who dealt extensively with Law and Halakha issues used by Paul. He shows that Paul uses many halachic rules and sayings, only you have to know it to confirm. He said: “Once again this confirms the theological principle proposed earlier: halakha and Law polimic exists independently and are not mutual exclusive.” [1] The connection between the written Torah and the oral Torah was so obvious by the Jews he wrote to, that they easily could understand and proof it.

So we have something to do as Christians from the gentiles, learn the oral Torah. It’s too long neglected!

Does anyone know a (scholarly) article or book what deals with this topic?

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[1] Paul and he Jewish Law, Halakha in the Letters of the Apostle to the Gentiles, Peter J. Tomson, p.89.

The New Jerusalem

November 22, 2010

Thinking about my latest post about the “glory of the cross” I was drawn to a book entitled The New Jerusalem of William (or Maximiliaan) Teellinck. It is one of the old pearls (1635) of Holland. These people we usually called old fathers. And this one really is a father. He draws you to Christ, the fulfiller of all the need you have. In his little book he writes a dialog between Mary and Jesus. Let me give you some insights.

Mary: Lord Jesus, how sweet and precious are your words! Your lips are honey and milk is beneath your tongue, your clothes are like the smell of the Libanon. You speak only truth and comfort. I can’t tell you enough, lord Jesus, what a pleasure, comfort and joy it is in my heart that you are pleased to come to me. Oh, how happy would it be for me to sit down at your feet and to be always at your presence!

Jesus: My dear, my physical presence is not what you really need. But it pleased me that you paid such an attention to my words. These are the words of eternal life. When you hold them firmly in your heart with mutual faith, you’ll live also eternal.

Some pages further Mary said: O Lord, how fragile and poor is the natural men. (Opposed to the spiritual) We all looking for freedom by nature, but I know Lord, the natural freedom wherein many are enjoying, is nothing more then a baneful slavery of sin. But your service, o most sweet Lord, is a perfect freedom. Draw my heart to it so I may enjoy myself more to serve your word.

Jesus: The more you need me, the more it shall be so. And another profit of serving is that all things of the ungodly men are cursed and will end the worst. But for the godly men that will keep my commands and counsel, shall be blessed in everything. It all will turn good.

The premise of this book is clear: The New Jerusalem is yet begun and it can be found in the heart by the Spirit. Yeshua is the beginning of the fulfillment of everything. What in the heart initiates, shall be in the World to come into existence. Yeshua is the first and the last. And his first coming to earth (despised) does not take away his second coming and the many prophecies therefore. He will come in glory. His name shall be glorious on earth too!

Glory of the Cross?

November 19, 2010

I’m in doubt. Why is the very heart of Christianity the glory on the cross? Yes I can see the greatness of the glory of Jesus there and the redemption He brought. It’s the most important event worth to wonder about every day. But it is no glory on earth.

Yesterday I heard a lecture of a scholar and pastor who recently promoted with a dissertation about The glory of the Lord in the Old Testament and especially in Ezekiel. I had great expectations but I was disappointed. He rooted in replacement-theology. He wouldn’t say that his own I guess, but I understand this clearly. Oh, he prays for the conversion of the Jews, he is very friendly, is taking part of boards of church and synagogue relationships etc. But he shows a difference, a strong “church-side” is his exegeses.

The very interesting prophecy of Ezekiel is all about the departure of the Shekhinah (appearing glory of God on earth) and the return of it in the re-established (3th) temple. It’s about the glory of God. Once Moses saw it at mount Sinai (Ex.34) where the glory of God made great sense on earth but for the Israelites. (Torah given) However it was departed from the world with the exile. Though there was left a little sanctuary. (I’ll be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come, Ez.11:16)

Afterwards it was only seen in heaven. (Shepherds by night when Jesus was born, and at the transfiguration, Luke 9) I can’t see any glory on earth since the exile of the Jews.

When you put all the glory on the cross (Jesus time on earth) what are you doing with all the prophecies of the glory of God on earth? (Like Is.2 and Za.14) I think you will lose the glory entirely at the end of that viewpoint. What do you think?


John Howe, Expectations of the Spirit in the latter days

August 13, 2009

As I said in my last post, many old English theologians gave clear explanations on bible texts concerning the future. John Howe (died 1705) is one of them and he wrote 15 sermons on Ezekiel 39:29. “Neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah.” This treatise was added later to “all the works of John Howe” by John Evans in 1725. You can find it here in a copy from 1835.john howe

I’ll summarize some beautiful sayings here. He expected a prosperous state of the nation of Israel and the church (body/people of Christ) before the end of time, e.g. when the conversion of the Jews takes place, as he said. “We can not in a few words have a fuller account given of a happy state.”

He points out (Sermon1):
—1. The import of this negative expression, “Neither will I hide my face any more from them ;” and,
—2. How to understand the subject of the promised favour here, as it is designed by this name, “the house of Israel.”

He said about point 1:

It must mean, that He would put them into a prosperous condition; the course of his providence toward them should be such as would import favour and kindness to them. And, it imports the permanency and settledness of this happy and prosperous state ; that it should not be a short, lucid interval only; but through a very considerable and continued tract of time this should be the posture and course of his providence towards them.

And point 2 about the house of Israel, he said:

I doubt not but that it hath a meaning included, as it is literally taken, of that very people wont to be known by that name, the house of Israel, the seed of Jacob. But I as little doubt, that it hath a further meaning too. And it is an obvious observation, than which none more obvious, that the universal church, even of the Gospel constitution, is frequently in the prophetical scriptures of the Old Testament represented by this, and by the equivalent names of Jerusalem and Zion, and the like.

He shows that the chapters 36-39 of Ezekiel spoke of the people of Israel. (Sermon2) He said the following will happen to that people:

1. Their reduction from their captivity; that they shall all be brought back and gathered out of the several heathen nations of the world, where they were scattered and dispersed to and fro.
2. The reparation of all desolation, the great building of their wasted cities.
3. The great fruitfulness of their land. I will not direct you to the particular passages, where these things are mentioned; but you may at your leisure view over these chapters, and you will find them all.
4. The great multiplication and numerousness of their inhabitants.
5. Their most entire victory and conquest over their most potent and troublesome enemies.
6. Their entire union among themselves, under one king ; as you may see in the 37th chapter. The making of that scattered people entirely one, that so divided people, so broken from themselves, Israel and Judah, one stick in God’s own hand. And,
7. God’s owning them visibly as his people, and taking them anew into covenant with himself, having pardoned their iniquities, and cleansed them from all their filthiness and their idols, and so restored the relation between himself and them. Certainly the concurrence of all these things cannot but make a very happy state.

In Sermon 5 he argues that family order and religion will be restored by the Spirit in the latter days.

I make no doubt, but when it shall be so, this will be found to do a great deal towards the reviving and restoring religion amongst men. There will be a time, when it shall be said severally and singly concerning the families of Israel, that God is the God of all their families, (as it is in Jer. xxxi. 1.) and they shall be his people; so as that the relation shall not be only with the bulk and body of the people in gross, but even with particular families. And this, it is said, should be in the latter days, if you look back to the close of the foregoing chapter, chap. xxx. 24. In the latter days, ye shall consider it. And at the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. And it is said, it should be at such a time, as wherein there should be planting of vines upon the mountains of Samaria, (chap. 31:5.) and when the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim should cry, ” Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion, unto the Lord our God ;” (ver. 6.) when the people of Ephraim, that is, of the other ten tribes that use to go under that name, and those that did belong to Samaria, should go to Zion, as heretofore; a thing which certainly hath not yet been.

John Howe is very clear in his expectation of the conversion of the Jews and a very happy and fruitful Jewish nation extended with the gentile nations. One big family with in particular a relationship with God.

Such numerous accessions to the church (read to the followers of Yeshua, JW) by the power of the Holy Ghost in converting work

would take place. (Isaiah 54:1) And about the community/ecclesia of the latter days he said:

There should be a far greater fruitfulness, than in the time of their more formed, stable church state, when they appeared a people in covenant-relation, married to God.

The numerous increase of converts

is most emphatically signified by the apt and elegant metaphor used Psalm 110:3. Where it is said the subjects of Christ’s kingdom should be multiplied ‘as dew from the womb of the morning.’ That is a vast and spacious womb; imagine, how innumerable drops of dew distil out from thence; such shall the multitude of the converts be.

He argues further that there would be a great calling. Many scriptures

seem to intimate, that there shall be a time of far more general calling, than hath been hitherto; when the receiving and gathering in ‘of the Jews shall be as life from the dead,’ as a resurrection from the dead, Rom. 11:15.

If you like this, I suggest to read sermon 5 (preached 1679), pag. 576-579, The work of the holy Spirit in reference to the Christian church, All the Works, John Howe, New York, 1835.

He closed with a little prayer:

Lord, that Spirit of thine that shall one day so flow down upon the world, may not I have some portion of it to answer my present necessities? and that Spirit, that can new-make the world, that can create new heavens and a new earth, cannot that new-make one poor soul! cannot it better one poor heart? – To have a new heart and a right spirit created and renewed in us, is better to us, than all the world; and we have no reason to look up diffidently and with despondency, but with hearts full of expectation. He will give his Spirit to them that ask him.