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Currently, I (Dorothy Newton} am a Street Pastor in Ramsbottom, working alongside Christians who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah. Christian, visible unity among the churches.

The Church in Christ Before the Foundation of the World. Part 1

The Church in Christ Before the Foundation of the World.
The magnitude of God the Father’s creation of the universe and the beautiful earth. The fathomless depths, the unreachable heights and his unsearchable riches in Christ our Lord.

John recorded Jesus’ prayer, were Jesus indicates that the church was created in God’s heart and mind before the foundation of the world, before the fall of humanity.
God appointed Jesus and the church, his body of believers to fulfil his purposes and plans, revealed through Jesus and the Holy Spirit to those whose faith is in Jesus. Jesus prayed, “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their (apostles) word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. . . . Father, I desire that they also, who you have given me may be with me where I am, to behold your glory which you have given me in your love before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 20,21,24.

The Greek words used in verse 24 “the foundation of the world.” Foundation -Katabolo –throwing down and the ‘world’ – Kosmos –– world affairs, humanity. The pivotal moment in time, “the fall of humanity.”
Jesus used the word “Before” the foundation of the world,” The church Christ’s body of believers were created in the mind and heart of God before the fall of humanity. Therefore, the devil cannot prevail against it.
The term “from the foundation of the world” relates to when the devil caused the first humans to be separated from God, known as ‘the fall’ of Humanity, termed in the Bible as being “from the foundation of the world.

God created the church in heaven before the fall of humanity, Jesus has revealed the plan of God when he established the church on the earth in his death, resurrection and ascension, uniting his church in heaven and on the earth.

The NIV Theological Dictionary of New Testament Words” Editor Verlyn D Verbrugge. Katabole: foundation, beginning. Katabollo: throw or strike down, found, ground.

 Matt 13: 35. 25: 34. Psalm 78: 2. Rev 13: 8 is a fixed expression for the point from which historical dates are reconned. When God’s free activity is dated ‘before’ this point in time (e.g. Jn 17: 24) where the object of God’s love is Jesus: Eph 1: 4 when God’s providence from the absolute beginning he himself set for human history. The independence enables God to break into history in his loving presence and to bring the course of salvation history to its completion again in his love.”

God created the church before the foundation of the world in heaven. Jesus has revealed the plan of God when he established the church on the earth in his death, resurrection and ascension, uniting his church in heaven and on the earth. Jesus fulfilled his Father’s plan, when he suffered and died on a cross. Peter speaking at Pentecost, in his address he states, “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know– this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” Acts 2: 22,23 Acts 4: 28.

The Jewish leaders and people acted in ignorance when they handed Jesus over to Pilate for sentencing. The jews were taught from the law that the Messiah would not die, he would remain for ever. John 12: 34. The Messiah’s Secret by Dorothy Newton Published 2001

God in his foreknowledge before the foundation of the world, put in place the means of reconciling humanity back to himself through Jesus, his blood being the atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, between God and humanity.

The Church in Christ Before the Foundation of the World. Part 2

Part 2 God created the church before the foundation of the world in heaven. Jesus has revealed the plan of God when he established the church on the earth in his death, resurrection and ascension, uniting his church in heaven and on the earth.

God in his foreknowledge that is before the foundation of the world, put in place the means of reconciling humanity back to himself through Jesus, his blood being the atoning final sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.                                                                                                        

Paul in his letter to the Romans writes, “Not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned. For sin was in the world before the law was given; but sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.” Romans 5: 12-14. One man’s sin brought about separation from God. A Type meaning one man Jesus restored our relationship with God. Jesus sometimes referred to as the second Adam.

Moses’ inspired story of the fall of humanity, he tells us that the first human beings had fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden and instructed them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. They were tempted by the serpent to eat from that tree, he said to them that they would be like God knowing good and evil. Eve was tempted first to eat from the tree, and she gave some to her husband Adam. As a result they became aware of the presence of evil and their nature fell under the influence of the devil and they became subject to eternal death. Their relationship with God changed from knowing God in a personal way, to knowing about God, for him to be revered, but kept at a distance. Genesis 3.

John recorded the words that he heard when Jesus prayed to his Father, Jesus prayed, Father, glorify thou me, in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.” John 17: 5. Jesus saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven. Luke 10: 18. Ezekiel 28: 11-19.

Jesus was tempted by the devil on the earth and was offered the kingdoms of the world if Jesus acknowledged Satan as god. Matthew writes, “Again, the devil took him to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” Matthew 4: 7-10.

 In the plan of God Jesus was sent to restore the relationship between humanity and God. Jesus accomplished this through his death, paying the price for sin, in his life’s blood shed for forgiveness of all that stood against humanities relationship with God.

When Jesus rose from the dead and after his ascension the coming of the Holy Spirit, he established the church.

Paul confirms Jesus’ prayer indicates that the church was in God’s heart and mind before the foundation of the world, before the fall of humanity. God appointed the church to fulfil his purposes and plans, revealed through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians saying that he knew that God had set him apart before he was born. “Set me apart before I was born and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles.” Galatians 1: 15,16. Jeremiah 29: 11,12.

When Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, he encouraged the Gentile Christians that God had planned their inclusion into the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus before the foundation of the world. ”Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Ephesians 1: 4.

God had prepared their ministries, the vessels of mercy. ”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”     Ephesians 2: 10

Responding to God’s call to ‘follow Jesus’ God is able to reach to reach to the deepest depth of sin in a person’s life. In forgiveness he takes a person to the heights of joy, love and peace. The plans he has made will be challenging and need the support of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to fulfil it. The purpose will emerge as his plan unfolds.

The Church in Christ Before the Foundation of the World. Part 3

Every Christian is called to fulfil God’s purposes and plans in their lives.

Jeremiah’s prophecy, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 11,12.

John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3: 16.

The endless possibilities of God’s love and grace to those who believe in Jesus.

 ‘Whoever believes in Jesus’ or is it ‘Predestined?’

In the term ‘whoever’ there will be several people among those who respond to become a follower of Jesus who in the foreknowledge of God (predestined) will serve the Lord our God till the end of their lives. For example, Paul writes in Romans, “We know that everything in God works for good, for those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those who he forknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those he predestined he also called, and those who he called he also justified; and those who he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8: 28-30.                                                                            

The Holy Spirit searches the heart and mind of every person who turns in faith to Christ. Those who seek to do God’s will through loving God in the Spirit of God, have been justified, declared not guilty before God of sin, through their faith in Jesus, as he paid the cost of their freedom from sin in his life laid down on the cross. God glorified Jesus in his resurrection so, every person receives forgiveness from sin and the causes of sin. Mark 9: 42-48.

Jesus’ ‘Sermon on the Mount’ he teaches that we should not judge one another, as every Christian receives the Holy Spirit when we confess that Jesus is our Saviour and Lord. We all are called to fulfil God’s plans and purposes through the gifts of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12: 3-11.

Ephesians 1: 4 “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should holy and blameless before him.”

The parable of ‘The Sower’ gives reasons why not everyone who believes about Jesus will become his disciple. The Sower scattered the word. Those who heard and received the word along the path, however, Satan came and took away the word that was sown in them, and likewise from others, who for various reasons, would accept it for only a short time before turning away and rejecting his message. Only those who accepted the teaching of the kingdom. and repented would bring forth a harvest of varying proportion. Mark 4: 1-20. God embraces both, ‘Whoever believes in Jesus’ and those ‘predestined’ to believe in Jesus. The parables of the dragnet and the banquet present the same principal were God searches the mind and heart of every person who believes in Jesus.

Fetching the BRIDE

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians he confirms to both Jews and Gentiles that Jesus will come and ‘Fetch the Bride’ both the dead and those who are alive to this meeting in the air. Jesus will then take the church to his home in heaven followed by the marriage ceremony which takes place in heaven.

“Fetching the Bride.”                                                                                               

Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians writes concerning Jesus the bridegroom. The church – the Bride. The Jewish term for this is ‘Fetching the bride.’

“Paul writes, “But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  1 Thessalonians 4: 8-18. Mark 13: 24-27.

“Footsteps of the Messiah” by Arnold Fruchtenbaum.                                                                “The marriage was accomplished when the bridegroom would go to the home of the Bride and fetch her and bring her to his home, as he approached his own home, he would be met by a procession of virgins that would conduct (organise) the bride and groom for the marriage ceremony and the marriage feast.”

The church is the virgin Bride of Christ.” Revelation 19: 7. 2 Corinthians 11: 1,2.

Today the church is watching and listening for Jesus calling out  ‘to fetch the bride.’

The creator of this beautiful earth has given humanity stewardship of the world. Genesis 1: 28.                               

God knows that there is an evil power at work in the world (spiritual powers of darkness) that seeks to destroy humanity and all that lives on the earth. Jesus Christ is the hope for all humanity and the continuing existence of this world. Ephesians 2: 1-6.

Jesus is the Saviour of the world, and he will return with his Bride the church from God’s kingdom in heaven and defeat the powers of darkness at work on the earth and bring peace and stability to this world. Revelation 19: 13-20.

Paul’s Teaching Endorses Jeremiah’s Prophecy As Part of the New Covenant in his Letter to the Ephesians

Paul writing to the church at Ephesus to both Jews and Gentile Christians, Jeremiah’s prophecy is found in his teaching as part of the New Covenant that Jesus established in his death, resurrection and ascension.

Jeremiah’s prophecy Chapter 31 verses 31-34. “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each man teach his neighbour and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

God’s covenants and promises were between God and the nation of Israel. The first covenant stemmed from Abram’s relationship with God that from him and Sarah a great nation would emerge and through him all the families (nations) on the earth would be bless themselves. Genesis 12: 1-3

Paul informs the Ephesians that the Gentiles had no covenants with God.

Jeremiah verse 31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”   

Paul in his letter emphasises to the Gentile Christians that before they came to faith in Jesus that the Gentiles had no covenants with the God of Israel. “Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” Ephesians 2: 11,12.    

God revealed to Paul his purposes and plans, “How the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”  Jesus has enabled those whose faith is in him to attain the promise of receiving eternal life. Paul reveals that this news had now been made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. Ephesians 3: 3, 6

Jeremiah’s prophecy verse 32 “Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke.”                                                                                                                                                                                   Jeremiah’s prophecy refers to the incident when God met with Moses on the mountain and gave Moses two tablets of stone on which God had written ten commandments. When Moses returned to the camp at the base of the mountain, he found the people worshipping an idol of a golden calf. In his anger he threw down the stone tablets and broke them. Moses later returned to meet with God on the mountain where he received again the commandments.

Paul reminds both the Jews and the Gentile Christians at Ephesus not to include any gods that they used to worship in their former way of life. Paul writes, “And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 2: 1,2.

Gentiles in the first century worshipped more than one god, often believing in the one god that was the supreme god and all the other gods under his rule. Today, many people hold the same view and incorporate the spirituality of different deities along with their god-fearing beliefs.

Verse 32 Jeremiah’s prophecy speaks of God being a husband to Israel. “Though I was their husband, says the Lord.”                                                                                                          Apostle John records in his gospel, the incident when the Pharisees brought before Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. They asked Jesus what should they do to punish her? In his response, Jesus pointed to Jeremiah’s prophecy of a New Covenant. John’s narrative, the woman I believe represents Israel, the wife of God. Jesus, wrote with his finger twice on the ground, representing the two tablets on which the ten commandments were written, and were broken when Moses brought them down from the mountain into the camp where he found the Israelites worshipping the idol. When Jesus asked those present for those without sin to cast the first stone at her, they were convicted of unconfessed sin in their lives and walked away. They were convicted from the heart of the law of commandments written in their hearts. Jesus I believe endorsed Jeremiah’s prophecy. John 8: 1-11. Matthew 5: 17-19

Verse 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts.”  

In the temple at Jerusalem there was a dividing wall separating Jews from Gentiles. On the Jewish side is where the rituals and sacrifices took place. Jesus having made the final sacrifice for sin and had fulfilled the rituals observed by the Jewish law for both Jews and Gentiles. As a result, he removed the wall of separation making peace.

Paul wrote,  For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” Ephesians 2: 14-17.                                                                                                            

The New Covenant abolishes the commandments and ordinances that took place at the temple at Jerusalem and removes the barriers from knowing about God to knowing God in a personal way. The cross becomes like a bridge, where we pass over from eternal death to eternal life. It is through our repentance, and by Jesus taking our sin upon himself on the cross and dying in our place. His body broken and his blood shed for forgiveness of sin. So, the cross is where we die to sin and death and receive God’s forgiveness and raised in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrection. The Holy Spirit acts upon our faith in Jesus and as a result, a change takes place within a person’s heart. The commandments are not kept as a set of rules, instead they become part of our nature, written in the heart. Ezekiel 11: 19,20. 2 Corinthians 3: 3

Verse 33 “And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  “Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, and soul and mind. This is the first and great commandment. Jesus continued saying, And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbour as yourself.”   Matthew 22: 37-40                                                                                                                                                                               Paul endorses this commandment, “There is one body and one Spirit; just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, (Jesus) one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4: 4-6

One God- three persons in the one God. Paul teaches: one Spirit, one Lord Jesus, one in the Father who is above all and through all and in all.

Only the perfect sacrifice from God himself could make us right with God. Jesus the Son of God made peace between God and humanity through his one sacrifice of himself and at the service of Holy Communion we remember Jesus establishing the New Covenant in his death and resurrection and in his ascension unifying heaven and the earth.  

Jeremiah’s prophecy verse 34 “And no longer shall each man teach his neighbour and each his brother.” It is by example we love our neighbour and brother as ourselves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit

God’s covenant with Moses enabled a Jewish person to earn their righteousness through doing good works and keeping the law. The pharisees and lawyers loved God but added laws to justify earning their righteousness by doing good deeds.

Paul writes in Ephesians teaching them of a change in the New Covenant Chapter 2: 9,10 “Not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  

Christians have entered God’s Sabbath day of rest; we cannot work towards earning our place in God’s kingdom. Jesus has secured a place in God’s kingdom in response to having faith in him.

Ephesians Chapter 4: 25-29 “Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labour, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.”                                               

God’s love in the heart working in every believer by demonstrating their love for their neighbour by acts of kindness and doing charitable deeds that God has prepared for them to do.                                            

Chapter 5: 5 Paul writes, “Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is covetous (that is an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Chapter 6: 1,2. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise). This commandment has the promise of living a long life on the earth.

Jeremiah’s prophecy Verse 34 “Saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”                                                                                                                                                                                              Paul writes, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,(the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us.) 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1: 17,18.

Personal testimony I made my commitment to follow Jesus nine years prior to receiving the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands at a prayer group meeting. Afterwards, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that God was my Father and I felt one with creation. I realised that God had added substance, reality to my faith because I knew spiritually that the gospels gave a true account about Jesus. Since that wonderful day: I know Jesus is God revealed in the flesh and Jesus is the word of God clothed in the flesh and that he is the Son of God and I know the commandments are written in my heart, the Holy Spirit revealing God’s love and I discern his guidance, revealing Jesus through the word and prompting action through stepping out in faith.

                                                                                                                                                                               Jeremiah’s prophecy verse 34 “Says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”                                                                                                                                                                                                Paul writes, “In him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.” Ephesians 1: 7,8. Jesus’ redemption includes sin done in ignorance and generational sin.

Paul writes, “Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4: 22-24

Jesus added a new commandment to ‘love one another.’    Agape love.

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians writes, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have the power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3: 17-19. God reached to the depths of a person’s sin and forgives. Paul writes, God has blessed every Christian with every spiritual blessing in the highest place, heavenly places, in Christ.

Paul’s example of forbearance when writing this letter to the Ephesians, “With all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love.” Ephesians 4: 2

Paul points out the necessity of being trueful, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” Ephesians 4: 15

Jesus dying in agony to fulfil his Father’s will, “Therefore be of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God,” Ephesians 5: 1,2.

Love fulfils the commandments loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves.

Today, a Christians’ love for God, enables God’s love to flow through his Church, Christ’s body. Christ’s love reaching out to love our neighbour and making Christ known to them by sharing the gospel and by faith in action doing charitable deeds.

Fishers and Hunters

Fisherman and the Hunter.

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Jeremiah’s Prophecy

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land which I gave to their fathers” Jeremiah 16: 14,15.

Jeremiah prophesied that the fisher and the hunters would search for the Jewish people scattered across the world, bringing them back to the Promised Land. This was fulfilled through the Persian King Cyrus who encouraged the Jewish exiles in Babylon to return and rebuild their temple at Jerusalem. Ezra 1: 2-4. 2: 1,2. 3: 8.

The rebuilding of the temple was completed in 516 B.C which was 6 years after Darius became king 522 B.C. Ezra 6: 15.

At the time of Jesus

The expectation of God raising the Messiah from among the Jewish people was very great. John records that priests and Levites came to where John was baptising asking him, was he the Christ (Greek) or Messiah (Hebrew)? John 1: 19-27 Luke 3: 15,16.

Andrew disciple of John the Baptist heard John say, “Behold, the Lamb of God’ who takes away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks before me. I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptise with water that he might be revealed to Israel.”

  Andrew then went and told his brother Simon Peter that they ‘had found the Messiah.’ John 1: 29-31,41.

Jeremiah’s prophecy continued, “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the Lord, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks For my eyes are upon all their ways; they are not hid from me, nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.” Jeremiah 16: 16,17.

Jesus fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy, identified as the Messiah by sending out fishermen. Luke recorded Jesus’ fishing with Simon Peter. Luke from his eyewitness accounts writes, “While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he (Jesus) was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. “For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5: 1-11

Jesus during his ministry fulfilled Jeremiah’s prophecy in two ways: Jesus was seeking the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Jesus was gathering those who had fallen away from keeping the Laws of Moses, mainly because of their poverty because they were unable to pay for offerings for sacrifice: grain (cheapest) bird and animal sacrifices. Jesus healed their disabilities: blindness, leprosy, mental illness and disabled and other sicknesses and diseases. Matthew 10: 6. Leviticus 2: 1.

Secondly, Jesus was like the hunter calling people to repent in preparation for the Messiah restoring Israel’s fellowship with God, under the Laws given to Moses by God.

The disciples were fishers and hunters.

Luke recorded Jesus telling his disciples that they would be fishers of men. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”  Jesus commissioned his disciples to go and preach the kingdom message, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” and to heal the sick. On the return of the 70 disciples, they rejoiced as they shared with Jesus what God had done through their ministry. Jesus rejoiced in His Spirit and thanked God his Father. Luke 9: 1,2,10. 10: 17-21.

The woman of Samaria at Jacob’s Well, having heard from Jesus that he was the Messiah, she went fishing and told her friends in the city saying, ”Come see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ? They went out of the city and were coming to him………. When the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; Jesus stayed there two days. And many believed because of his word.” John 4: 25,28-30,40,41.

Jesus’ risen body the temple of God

John wrote that Jesus referred to his body being God’s temple. “Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.” John 2: 19-22.

7 examples of Jesus fulfilling the law with its rituals: Jesus fulfilled the Law in himself. He was the light of the world. John 8: 12. The Menorah Candlestick that gave light in the Court of the Priests. Exodus 25: 31-40. 26: 35. Jesus was the Vine. John 15: 1. A Vine: a golden gigantic vine carving above the entrance into the Holy Place. A Edersheim, “The Temple “ Book page 58. Online ‘Read Now’ page 35. Israel, God’s Vineyard. Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin, he was the Passover Lamb that was slain on the day of preparation when the Passover Lambs were killed at the temple. Exodus 12: 1-13. John 1: 29-31.19: 31. Jesus’ blood shed for the forgiveness of sins. Leviticus 1: 3,4. 17: 11. Matthew 26: 28. In his resurrection. Isaiah 26: 19. Luke 24: 7. Jesus produced the seeds, the first fruit of the wheat harvest. Leviticus 23: 9. John 12: 24. Jesus the living water, the wells of Salvation. Isaiah 12: 3,4. John 7: 37-39.

Every day during the Feast of Tabernacles, a priest drew water from the Pool of Siloam and carried it to the temple, where the priest poured the water either side of the altar.

Alfred Edersheim writes, “It was on that day, after the priest had returned from Siloam with his golden pitcher, and for the last time poured its contents to the base of the altar; after the Hallel’ had been sung to the sound of the flute . . . a voice was raised which resounded through the temple, startled the multitude, and carried fear and hatred to the hearts of their leaders. It was Jesus, who stood and cried, saying, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.” He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” John 7: 37-39. Isaiah 12: 3,4. Alfred Edersheim “The Temple” Book Page 281.

Ezekiel’s prophecy fulfilled by Jesus.

Ezekiel’s prophecy, “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). Ezekiel 47: 1

Jesus fulfilled Ezekiel’s prophecy. The water represents the Holy Spirit flowing from the temple of Jesus’ body. John 20: 20. Luke 3: 16.

“On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink.” He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” “ Now, this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7: 37-39

The apostles received the Holy Spirit on the evening of Jesus’ resurrection and at Pentecost the power of the Holy Spirit. John 20: 20. Luke 24: 49. Acts 2: 1-4.

Ezekiel’s prophecy continued, As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep.  He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.  He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.”

 “Then he led me back along the bank of the river.  As I went back, I saw upon the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other.  And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea,] the water will become fresh.  And wherever the river[c] goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea[d] may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes.  Fishermen will stand beside the sea; from En-ge′di to En-eg′laim it will be a place for the spreading of nets; its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea.  But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt.  And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47: 3-12.

The apostles and followers of Jesus were fishermen and hunters, they reached out with the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and proclaiming if the leaders and people repented God would send the appointed Christ, Jesus. Acts 3: 20.

Thousands of Jews and Proselytes received Jesus as their Saviour, Messiah and received Jesus’ Baptism of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling Joel’s prophecy in the last days the Holy Spirit would be poured out and people would dream dreams and prophesy. Joel 2: 28. Acts 2: 1-4, 17,18,37-39.

Ezekiel describes the water flowing out towards the Dead Sea and the waters of the Salt Sea becoming fresh water. This represented the apostles proclaiming the good news transforming people’s hearts to know that Jesus is Israel’s Saviour, the promised Messiah. The fishermen would spread their nets and catch all kinds of fish. The people from towns around Jerusalem came to Jerusalem (It is 53 miles from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.) “The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts 5: 16. The apostles fulfilled Ezekiel’s prophecy they were expecting Jesus to return within their generation. Mark 13: 30.

The church today is fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy.

Today’s church the fishers of men, women and children and Hunters sent out to find the lost, these are the people from across the world, turning to Jesus Christ in belief that he is the Saviour of the world.

The river flowing out from Christ to his body of believers. The message of faith in Jesus: accepting Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in him will receive eternal life.” John 3: 16.

The measurement of depth of the river represents the levels of a Christians commitment to Jesus.

The hunter                                                                                                                                                                  Ankle deep – sin in life stopping a deeper relationship with the Lord.                                                              Knee deep – A Christian decides the percentage of their time they will give to the Lord’s work. Luke records the man about to embark on a mission saying, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his/her hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 61,62.                                                                                                Waist deep – Fervent in prayer and responding to God’s call to go and tell the good news of God’s saving love.

From the fisher, the river of life flows out, all kinds of fish live in the river. The tree roots taking water from the river are those Christians who are fulfilling their calling to serve Jesus. Those Christians who are passionate about people coming to know Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The hunter – the water reaches the lake of salt, it is like the church meeting unbelievers.

The person of the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, the sin of unbelief in Jesus. The righteousness of God, through the transforming of the heart, the laws of God written in the heart of a person. Judgement: The Bible indicates that God will judge every person who has ever lived on the earth. Christians come before the judgement seat of Christ. John 16: 8-11. Romans 2: 4-7, 29. Revelation 20: 11-15. 1 Corinthians 3: 12-15. 4: 5.

The fishermen are fishing and spreading their nets – Christians sharing the gospel and many people coming to faith in Jesus.

Jesus Calling Out the Church.

For the last three years I have received further understanding from the scriptures concerning ‘The Messiah’s Secret’. The Holy Spirit has revealed more concerning the question as to why Jesus did not return with the generation of the Apostles? This blog is the most recent that I felt I must share with my brothers and sisters in Christ’s body, the Church.

Matthew recorded the disciples asking Jesus the question about the signs of his return and the last days. It is followed by Jesus telling them that God the Father only knows when he will return. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”[1] Jesus continues and gives the example of Noah being commanded by God to build an ark, as God was going to flood the land. Noah went through the process of building the ark and filling the ark with animals and all kinds of creatures. We understand that God was grieved in his heart at the depth of humanities wickedness. Every intent of thought in the heart was continually evil. Noah walked with God and believed God when God said he was going to destroy the earth with a flood.[2] Jesus seems to stress that the flood came upon them suddenly. “For in seven days I will send rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights. . . And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth.”

Matthew continues, Jesus’ parable, “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time.”

The faithful and wise servant, the apostle Peter, at Pentecost proclaimed the food, the good news that would bring Spirit and life to thousands of people, “Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him (Jesus) both Lord and Christ (Messiah), this Jesus whom you crucified.”[3] After he had spoken 3,000 Jews and pros accepted Jesus as their Messiah and were baptised into Jesus’ baptism receiving the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ warning, “Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Truly, I say to you that he will set him over all his possessions. But if that evil servant says to himself, “My master is delayed and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. And will punish him with the hypocrites, there men will weep and nash their teeth.[4]

The Sadducees, the leaders of the Sanhedrin in their attitude towards the apostles were like the people in Noah’s day, they did not believe Noah’s message about the flood  and the Sadducees did not believe that Jesus was their Messiah. When they heard of the miracles and healings taking place at the hands of the apostles. Luke records their response, “But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison.”

The Sadducees were expecting the Messiah to be a man like Moses: a great leader and who would keep the law and circumcision. Theydid not believe in the resurrection of the dead.[5] The continuing discussion by the Jewish Christians over Gentile circumcision and keeping the Laws of Moses, I believe the Jews could see the church was divided on this issue. The apostles message fell on deaf ears.

Peter did not like being challenged by questions that caused him to step out of line with the law. Yet, when he received the vision at Joppa he stepped out in faith and accompanied the two men to Gentile Cornelius home, where after hearing about Jesus Cornelius and his whole household received the Holy Spirit and were baptised. Peter afterwards was criticised by the Circumcision Party for eating with uncircumcised men. Peter gave his account of the vision he had received from God and his meeting with Cornelius and his family. Peter realised that the Holy Spirit had come upon them, in the same way as the apostles and followers had received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Peter said to them, “If God gave them the same gift as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to withstand God?[6] Paul’s letter to the Galatians reveals that Peter at Antioch, sat and ate with the Gentile converts, but when James arrived with other members of the Circumcision Party, Peter separated himself from the Gentiles.[7] Peter in his second letter wrote, that Paul’s words were found to be hard to understand.[8]

Paul’s ministry was to the Gentiles, in his letter to the Ephesians he writes, “The Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”[9]

Paul taught faith and grace, “A Christian is not under law, but is under grace.” Faith in Jesus that he is the Son of God, the Messiah. Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin and it’s causes. Matthew 18: 6. Through repentance and faith we die to sin and by grace we are raised in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrection. The same message to the Jews in the churches he and Barnabas had planted. On Paul’s visit to the church at Jerusalem, Paul was and instructed by James, the Lord’s brother and the elders not to teach that Jews that were among the Gentiles to forsake Moses or calling them not to circumcise their children or observe their customs.[10] Instead of uniting the church by faith and grace, the apostles at Jerusalem were separating the Christian Jews from the Christian Gentiles.

I believe Jesus did not return within the lifetime of Jesus’ apostles because of the continuing insistence, by the Jewish leaders of early church over Gentile circumcision and keeping the Laws of Moses. 

At some point the apostle’s mission to the circumcised Jews and to the uncircumcised Gentiles had to be united before Jesus’ return, becoming one in Jesus the Messiah.

Jesus prayed for his disciples, “Holy Father, keep them through your name those whom you have given me, that they may be one as we are one.”[11] Jesus continued praying for those who believed the apostles words about him. They would also become one with Jesus and the Father. Jesus’ prayer, “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they all may be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

The Jewish peoplewho believe through the apostles’ word and those who believed their words about Jesus were both Jews and Gentiles. United, becoming one in belief that Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ.[12] John in his first letter wrote, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in Christ.” [13]

John the last remaining apostle

John wrote in his gospel, “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to those who did believe in his name, he gave them power to become children of God.”[14] 

John gives us a clear statement of fact; Jesus came to his own people as their Messiah, but the leaders of that generation failed to recognise Jesus as their Messiah.                                                                                                           The Jewish leaders failed to recognise the prophesies that related to the death of the Messiah. John recorded the prophesies that he saw for himself were fulfilled at the scene of the crucifixion of Jesus. He writes, “He who saw it borne witness -his testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth-that you also may believe. For these things took place that the scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of him shall be broken.” And again, another scripture says, “They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.”[15]  The Psalmist and Zechariah’s prophesies that spoke of the death of their Messiah.

John does not record in his gospel, this conversation between Jesus and his disciples about the signs of his coming. I believe John realised when he wrote his gospel that Jesus would not be returning within the apostles’ generation. John writes, “He came to his own home, and his own people received him not.” It was a national calling to the Jewish nation, to receive Jesus as their Messiah and King. The Jewish leaders did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God as he claimed to be and that he was not their Messiah. The apostles were arrested and at their trial Peter and the apostles testified before the council. “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”[16] In response to hearing Peter’s words the Sadducees threatened to kill the apostles.

John knew that God’s New Covenant redeemed the individual person, through faith in Jesus’ blood paying the price for our sin and its’ causes.

John writes, “But to those who did believe in his name, he gave them power to become the children of God.” The Lamb of God has redeemed whosoever, from knowing about God to knowing Him in a personal way. Jesus in his prayer stated, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou hast given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life, that they know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”[17] God had included all people who believed in Jesus. John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” These anointed words have brought many Jews and Gentiles to know God as their personal Saviour.

John continued, “Who were born, not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God.”[18] John like Paul discerned that the Gentiles who were not descendants of Abraham were included in the New Covenant. God had fulfilled his promise to Abraham. “And by you (Abraham) all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.[19]

John is saying it is now personal salvation. “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God.[20] John remembered Jesus’ prayer and discerned that Jesus had included the Gentiles who would believe the apostles’ testimony and the words and prophesies that they had seen fulfilled in Jesus and those prophesies that are yet to be fulfilled.

The Holy Spirit preparing the church for Jesus calling out of the church.

Mark writes,”But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”[21]

Matthew recorded Jesus’ words that Jesus related to the apostles and followers being gathered up by the angels at his appearing.

Jesus said, “Two men will be in the field; one taken, and one is left. Two women will be griding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”[22]

I believe Jesus points to personal salvation of the two people taken up from different places: the man in the field and the woman grinding at the mill.  The man and the woman taken up from the earth was in response to Jesus calling out his church. I believe that both believed that Jesus is the Son of God, that he is the Messiah.

Those who were left were lost, perhaps they had not continued in their belief in Jesus, or they believed that Jesus was just a prophet.

The Holy Spirit is preparing Christians for Jesus calling out of the church. The heart of every Christian wholly Christ centred.

Jesus words, “A house divided against itself will not stand.” A Christian’s belief in Jesus’ identity is paramount, it is necessary to be wholly truthful about our beliefs. If we maintain, and not waver over our belief in Jesus, we will be in the house of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as the Triune God, ‘Elohim’ and Jesus is Lord – Jesus is Jehovah. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.”[23]

Both John and Paul wrote that every Christian is a member of Christ’s body. John recorded Jesus’ words concerning Jesus’ body being the temple of God. In conversation with the Jews “Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you will raise it up in three days!” But Jesus spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore, he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.”[24]

 The apostle Paul gives reference to the church and its’ members being the temple of Christ’s body. Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”[25]

Paul also wrote in his letter to the Romans, ”For just as the body is one and has many members and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit, we were all baptised into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free and were made to drink of the one Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit uniting of the body of believers.

The Ecumenical Movement was founded in 1910 at the World Missionary Conference in Scotland.

(Ecumenical – promoting or relating to unity among the world’s Christian Churches).

The Anglican – Methodist Covenant 2001.

Common statement of the Formal Conversations between the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the Church of England (GS1409).

“The Revd. Prebendary Dr Paul Avis General Secretary for Christian Unity. 2003. Paul Avis states,“They were not tasked with constructing a unity scheme but rather with taking significant bilateral step towards the ultimate goal of the full visible unity of Christ’s Church.”

For the Church to fulfil Jesus’ prayer of the church being one in Christ. We will at some point in the future remove, put aside the denominational labels.

Paul maintains personal salvation in the body of Christ when he writes, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

In his letter to the church at Rome he writes, “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”  [26]    

Salvation means – Individually every Christian has been redeemed from sin and it’s causes, through repentance and faith in Jesus. We are raised up in forgiveness, in the likeness of Jesus’ resurrection. We are complete in Christ, the seed of faith planted in our heart through faith in Jesus.[27] The seed is watered and receives nourishment through the living words in the Bible Each Christian is Christ-like having his Spirit and the Holy Spirit’s gifts.

Thank you, Jesus, for your revealed word, may it be to all who read this book, a lamp to their feet and a light to their path. May it bring understanding to those seeking to know why Jesus kept his death and resurrection a secret. Giving hope to those who are being called by God to witness Jesus’ resurrection and the gift of eternal life.

[1] Matthew 24: 36

[2] Genesis 6: 5-8, 14-21. 7: 4,10.

[3] Acts 2: 36. John 6: 63.

[4] Matthew 45-51.

[5] Acts 23: 6-10.

[6] Acts 11: 1-17.

[7] Galatians 2: 12

[8] 2 Peter

[9] Ephesians 3: 6

[10] Ats 21: 21.

[11] John 17: 11,20, 21

[12]  Romans 2: 9, 10.  3: 29.

[13] 1 John 4: 15.

[14] John 1 v 11

[15] John 19: 35-37. Psalm34: 20. Zechariah 12: 10.

[16] John 5: 16-18, 28-32.Acts 5: 17,18,27-33.

[17] John 17: 1-3.

[18] John 1: 11-13.

[19] Genesis 12: 3.

[20] John 1: 11-13.

[21] Mark 13: 24-27

[22] Matthew 24: 36,40,41

[23] John 10: 30

[24] John 2: 19-22.

[25] 1 Corinthians 3: 16.

[26] 1 Corinthians 12: 27. Romans 12: 4,5.


Taking the Fear out of Hearts and Minds.

Recently, someone asked me, did I know the prophesies in the Bible that relate to our present-day crisis’ in the world?

The Bible gives us insight, prophesies that relate to our present-day, situations and events that are taking place in the world.

Sadly, there are people proclaiming ‘the end of the world is near.’ They will say look at the state of the world: floods, famine and a dictator threatening nuclear war to take over a small area of land belonging to another country. Preachers, using scriptures to make people fear and believe that it will take place soon.                       

Yes, we are looking for answers to climate change that is affecting the world. We recognize the serious problems involved; sea levels rising, and the scorched earth devastating crops across the world. I believe world leaders will find ways to reduce carbon levels and to adapt to these changes.

In the longer term, out of necessity world leaders will come together and form a one world government and it is some time off. It is a recognizable Bible prophecy of a one world government, not like the United Nations comprising of all nations, but of a small number of world leaders, kings that the Apostle John saw in his vision.

The angel interpreted Apostle John’s revelation, “And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as for one hour, together with the beast.” Revelation 17: 12. The ten kings’ prophecy refers to ‘a one world government.’ When it takes place many will identify with this Bible prophesies by billions of people across the world. The beast, the antichrist, will emerge from among the ten kings. At some point during or after this beast identifies himself, Jesus, will call out of the church, before his return to the earth.

God’s love gives us hope, as we look to the scriptures, his love reaches out through Jesus to take away fear. Jesus in his gentle humility, gives us freedom to choose whether we accept him or not as the Saviour of the world.

Thaddaeus asked Jesus why did he not show himself to the world.

Thaddaeus – The Messiah’s Secret Revealed.

Judas the son of James also known as Thaddaeus, in his conversation with Jesus at the last supper Thaddaeus asked Jesus, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14: 22-24. Luke 6: 16. Matthew 10: 2-4.

Jesus told his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. Thomas asked Jesus to show them the way to the Father. Jesus said that the way to the Father was to believe the words that he had taught them during his ministry. Truthful words, that were living words, that give eternal life. Jesus had previously told his disciples that his words were Spirit and life. John 6: 63.

Jesus continued to say while he was away, he would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to them, but the people in the world could neither see or know the Holy Spirit. The reason was because at that time, the people had not the words of Jesus abiding in them, only the disciples had heard the words from Jesus. The people could not understand the parables. Jesus explained the parables to his disciples.

Thaddaeus did not understand why Jesus would not show himself to the world by publicly stating that he was the Messiah. Jesus’ own brothers had thought the same, saying, “For no man works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, (healing and miracles) show yourself to the world.” John added that “his brothers did not believe in him,”  John 7: 3-5.

There was confusion among the people because Jesus and his disciples did not publicly proclaim that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we shall not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks.” The Dispersion was reference to the Jews that had at some point in history exiled across the known world. For instance, after the second world war, many Jewish people living in European countries were displaced and came to live in Manchester, England. The Jews retain their identity as Jews. Polish Jews, Russian Jews etc. Peter wrote his first letter to the exiled Jews of the Dispersion in Pontius, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. John 7: 35, 36. 1 Peter 1: 1.

I believe that Jesus did not show himself to the world because he had to die at Jerusalem. The prophesies that revealed the death and resurrection of the Messiah God hid them from the understanding of disciples and people. The Jews were taught from the law that the Messiah would not die, “We have heard from the law that the Christ will remain for ever.” John 12: 34.

The man in in the crowd indicated that the Son of Man and the Messiah are the same person. “The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ will remain for ever. How can you say the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” The crowd, the people were taught that the Messiah when he was revealed would remain for ever on the earth.

This is confirmed when Jesus was dying on the cross, “The Chief Priests mocked Jesus to one another with the scribes, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Mark 15: 31,32. The leaders of Israel did not believe that the Messiah would die before completing his mission to save Israel and establish God’s kingdom, fulling John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ message “Repent, the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3: 1,2. Mark wrote, Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” Mark 1: 15.

In Acts 3 Peter speaking to the crowd gathered at Solomon’s Portico, informed the people that they had acted ignorance when they handed Jesus over to the Romans, who crucified Jesus. If they repented of their ignorance, then their sins would be blotted out, wiped clean and God would send the ‘times of refreshing’ the restoration of the land and throne of king David by the Messiah. “And that he (God) may send the Christ (Messiah) appointed for  you, Jesus.”  Now was the time for the Jewish leaders to accept Jesus as the Nation’s Messiah. To the Jews at that time, it was a national calling to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The Jews were a nation of priests, they were to take the kingdom message of the Messiah to the rest of the world. Acts 3: 17-21. Exodus 19: 6.   Matthew 28: 19. Luke 24: 47.

Jesus’ promise the Holy Spirit came true when he came into the world at Pentecost. Also, the promise of God indwelling the believer through hearing and receiving God’s word spoken by Jesus to his disciples, “Those who believe on their word,” the disciples repeating and recording Jesus’ words that are found in the Gospels. These words in Jesus’ prayer recorded by John are true, “And this is eternal life, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent.” Every Christian may know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the indwelling presence of God, through faith in Jesus. John 17: 3, 20.


God, please give me understanding of these words that Jesus gave his disciples recorded by John. “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and will come to him and make our home with him.” I want to be right with God, so I am sorry for sin in my life, please forgive me, and take me, fill me with your loving presence in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Messiah’s Jubilee

At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ coming into the world; it is also a celebration of the Messiah’s Jubilee, Jesus coming into our hearts as our redeemer, Lord and Saviour.

In the Bible the Jewish Jubilee took place every 50 years, under the Law of Moses. It commenced on the Day of Atonement. The fields were left fallow, and the people were to eat from last year’s harvest. Hired servants who had been working off their debt, had their debt cancelled. Inheritances were restored, the land returned to the original owners, and slaves set free.[1] God’s justice and generosity demonstrated under law was a shadow of what was to come in with the Messiah’s Jubilee.

The Messiah’s Jubilee was referred to as the “Year of Liberty”[2] or “The Year of Redemption”[3] or “The year of the Lord’s favour.”[4] Jesus, at the beginning of his ministry, went into the synagogue at Nazareth where he read from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord’s favour.”[5]

During his ministry Jesus was setting people free from all kinds of bondage and bringing them into the glorious liberty of Jubilee.  Jesus’ parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son, were about restoration and celebration. “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.”[6] And in the parable of the lost coin: “Rejoice with me, for I have found my coin which was lost.” [7] The parable of the (prodigal) lost son: “Bring the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet and bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let us be merry, for this my son was dead, and is alive again, he was lost and is found, and they began to make merry.” [8]

The Messiah’s Jubilee is also a celebration of Jesus coming into our hearts as our Lord and Saviour.

We celebrate with those across the world who share our faith in Jesus. They, like us, have entered the Messiah’s Jubilee. Having been released, set free from all that used to enslave us. Our debt of sin has been paid for by Jesus on the cross, and we have entered the freedom of God’s forgiveness. We are joint heirs with Christ, sharing Jesus’ complete work of salvation and entering into the ‘Rest of God.”   

[1] Leviticus 25: 39

[2] Ezekiel 46: 17

[3] Isaiah 63:  4

[4] Luke 4: 18, 19

[5] Luke 4: 18, 19. Isaiah 61: 1, 2

[6] Luke 15: 4

[7] Luke 15:  9

[8] Luke 15: 24