Beware?

You’ve likely read how after Jesus “was raised to life” He walked alongside two followers as they were walking “seven miles to Emmaus”. He was invited to dine with them when they got there, and during the meal “He took bread and broke it”. And their eyes were opened, they knew it was Jesus, and then He disappeared from their sight.

They got up immediately and returned to Jerusalem saying, “didn’t our hearts burn within us as He spoke and walked with us along the way!”

“Spoke with us as we walked along the way…” What a beautiful metaphor, parable, simile of life! Like the words of the song, “He walks with me, and talks with me” (all of us) along this road of life. But does that mean the followers had not walked seven miles to Emmaus that day?

If the scripture says of itself, “holy (separated) men wrote as they were borne along by the Spirit of God”, should we contradict God by saying it is parable, metaphor only, and never actually happened?

Beware the spirit (trend) that says “it’s all merely stories to teach spiritual things” – we may begin to wonder if Jesus really came in the flesh (material) and was lifted up in mankind’s sight, executed on a cross, raised back to life, and became “savior of the world” and is coming back again “like lightning which can be seen from east to west”. And take up the chant “where is this coming of His?!”

Also true however, and thankfully, their hearts did not literally burn (to ashes) in their chests! Lol.

 

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Exactly As The Scriptures Say

A little after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, accompanied by praise, John 12:16 says, “everything has happened, exactly as the scriptures said it would”.

Later, Jesus and His disciples were outside Jerusalem when the disciples asked Him where He wanted them to prepare, so they could have the Passover meal together. As we know, their ‘days’ started at sunset (rather than at midnight). And likely the sun was setting, for John 13:1-5 says of later that evening, “before the festival of Passover.. He rose from supper and washed the feet of the disciples..”

But Mark 14:12, of the same day and hour, says it was the first day of the festival of Unleavened/Thin Bread “when the Passover lamb they were to sacrifice”. (This is how the interlinear word for word phrases it.) And we know the Passover lambs were prepared on Passover, which is the 14th of Nisan, and were sacrificed that same day – which had begun at sunset – at the time of the daily late afternoon, temple sacrifice. And the ‘Passover’ meal – commemorating the exodus out of Egypt during the night – was eaten then, after sunset, which begins the 15th of Nisan. And is the actual “first day of Unleavened Bread”. But it is still called the Passover meal. It was common to call the whole Spring Holy Week either Unleavened Bread, or Passover, blurring the days a little.

Jesus sent the disciples to make arrangements and procure a room, the upstairs room where a little later they shared the humble meal of bread and wine, His “last supper” (in preparation for the events about to occur).

We know He was arrested later that night, in the garden called Mt. of Olives. (Also from where He ascended and will return. Acts 1:11; Zech.14:4)

The next morning, when Jesus was before Pilate, John 19:14,15 says – “It was the day of preparation of Passover. The hour was about the third” (day hours began at six a.m. so third hour would be nine a.m.) “And Pilate said, ‘Behold your king!’.. and they answered ‘we have no king but Caesar!’…”

By a careful reading of verses, we see how He was brought during early morning/late night hours to the priests, to Pilates palace, then to Herod, and then back to Pilate.

And we can see Jesus was sentenced at the very hour of the temple morning sacrifice, which was daily at third hour, 9 a.m.

The soldiers, etc. put a purple robe upon Him and mocked and beat Him. And then there was the carrying of the cross and the procession to Golgotha hill.

And He died that day at 3:00 p.m., the very hour of the second daily temple sacrifice, and the hour on that day (Passover/Nisan 14) of the sacrificing of the annual Passover lamb.

And this, is how Jesus our Passover Lamb, “kept the Passover with His disciples”.

As evening was dawning, He was put into the tomb. Likely right as the sun was setting, for Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were in a hurry to wrap Him with spices and put Him into the tomb before beginning of “the feast day/Sabbath, for that was a high Sabbath” when the actual Passover meal is eaten. And if they had been in touch with a dead body upon that feast day (the 15th) they could not join the feast. But would be “outside the feast”. — The first day of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) is a high Sabbath. And of course, that day begins at sunset (which to us would still be the 14th).

He was placed into the tomb at sunset, just as Unleavened Bread was beginning. He was the unleavened pure bread of life “in the grave for three nights and three days” just as He said He would be.

He rose exactly three sunsets later — as the regular weekly Sabbath was ending, and third Holy Day of the week began, which is called “Firstfruits”. This day always followed the regular weekly Sabbath of Spring Holy Week, thus always falling upon the first day of the week.

1 Corinthians 15:23 calls Him “Jesus the Firstfruits”.

This is the pattern of events, that fulfills the Spring Holy Days. It may perhaps involve a tiny bit of circular reasoning(?) But I believe it is just too perfect, to not be true.

“Everything has happened exactly as the scriptures said it would” – Mark 14:12.

And of course, on Day of Pentecost a few weeks later, the “promised Holy Spirit of God was poured out” upon the believers, and will be ultimately “poured out upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).

Since He so very perfectly fulfilled the pattern of the Spring Holy Days, via His first advent, I believe it is logical to assume the pattern of the Autumn Holy Days of – Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles – will be perfectly fulfilled, via His long second advent.

The three main peaks of that advent being:

~ His return ~ ‘Day’ of Judgment ~ and the “all in all” event..

…when the Son gives the kingdom to the Father “all things subdued/under Jesus’ feet” and the Father makes “all things new” that “He may be all in all”. And God, the Father, “will now tabernacle/dwell with mankind upon Earth made new”.

“A new heavens and Earth wherein righteousness is to dwell”! (1 Cor.15:22-28; Rev.21:1-5; 2 Peter 3:13)

The Autumn Holy Days:

Trumpets – Day of Atonement – Tabernacles

A blowing of trumpets.. And
He returns at the last trump(et). There are “10 days” between Trumpets and Day of Atonement.

Day of Atonement was/is an annual, collective day of repentance and reconciliation, a strict Sabbath/day of no work and whoever will not submit on that day would be cast out and away from the people. (Leviticus 23:26-32)

(However) “Yahweh has sworn/taken an oath/declared and will not take it back, that to Him every knee will bow, every tongue will confess allegiance” (Isaiah 45:23).

Philippians 11:3 – “Every tongue will wholeheartedly confess Jesus is Lord” (per the Greek) “to the glory (praise, compliment) of God”.

“All the ends of Earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all families of the nations will worship before Him” – Psalm 22:27.

There is “five days” between Day Of Atonement and Tabernacles.

It’s not hard to see the trumpets of Bible prophecy and His return at the sounding of the 7th/last one. Then the “1000 years” called His millennial rule. (Represented by the “10 days” between Trumpets and Day of Atonement.)

After which – “the rest of the dead come back to life after the thousand years”. And then begins “the Judgment”.

If the 10 days between Trumpets and Day of Atonement, represent the 1000 years – the Millennium – it seems logical, the 5 days between Day of Atonement and Tabernacles represents 500 years.

Will the Judgment be a great Day of Atonement lasting 500 years? Wherein all enmity/hostility will be vanquished and “put under Jesus’ feet” and “the last enemy to be subdued will be death”. So that the Psalmist cried out “Oh death! Where is thy sting?!”

I understand this is speculation. But I believe it to be very scripture based and logical.

The third Holy Day of Autumn Holy Week of course is Tabernacles. How can we not be reminded of Revelation 21:3 “God will now tabernacle with mankind” upon Earth made new.. When “all things” are “made new”. And God shall be “all in all”. (1 Corinthians 15:22-28; Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20)

The Telescoping Of 3.5

There is a 3.5 in Daniel 12:11,12 with Daniel 9:27. And in Revelation, the two witnesses, lay expired in the street for 3.5 days. Revelation 12:14, the woman (believers?) kept safe from the “face of the adversary” for a 3.5.

So there seems to be three. One is 100’s; one is years, and one is days.

Thinking of eschatology and how it relates to (mingles with?) the growing idea of what’s called Universal Salvation or Christian Universalism. The belief that Jesus will draw all just as He said. (Jn.12:32) The idea that God cannot be less than totally successful at being “the savior of all”. (1Tim.4:10)’

I think perhaps, there is another 3.5 from His crucifixion and resurrection, to that day when God becomes all in all. I’ve begun to think of it as the all in all event. And coinciding with Revelation 21:1-5 when the Father makes all things new.

Now that’s the thing. Where do I get the 3.5? (Raise your hand if you know!)

Well, it’s into the 2000’s now.. since He was here (from His ascension!)

If man’s system implodes in the not far distant future, called apocalypse, and the millennium begin – and lasts a thousand years, that brings us to the 3000.

And if “the Judgment” lasts 500 years – represented by the 5 days between the Fall Holy Days, of Day Of Atonement and Tabernacles, brings it to year 3500, another 3.5.

A 3.5 between His advents.

There’s 10 days between Trumpets and Day of Atonement. (Representing the millennium?)

I think this pattern strongly suggests and supports UR /CU!

(I believe the pattern whether there’s this 3.5 between His advents, or not. Making Day of Judgment to be Day of Atonement. [UR/CU]

The playing out like a telescoping.. 3.5 being used as days, as years, as centuries, and as millenniums.

The It Is All About Me Trap

Sometimes I think we (sheep of the Lord) are taught to personalize everything way too much! As though everything we read, every Bible lesson is about the inner workings of moi! Now I know the Lord said “the Kingdom of God is within you”, but He could just as easily have been saying “the Kingdom of God is in the midst of you (disciples)”. Namely Jesus! [According to the Greek.]

Which is kind of how I’ve come to think of the transfiguration on the mountain. How He said some would see the kingdom in its glory.. then six days later, the transfiguration.. “And when they looked up, they saw (then) Jesus, only”.

That verse just strikes me that way! That they saw “the Kingdom” and it was Jesus.

Yes, we sheep of the Lord need healing, redemption known and happily accepted.. and we definitely need the milk of His Word and those wonderful promises which the “down payment” of, is His Spirit in our heart saying “Father!” – And is the “stamp of His Spirit” – the “pledge, guarantee and promise that all He has promised will occur/be given”. That “His Spirit at work in us, which is the same Spirit which rose Jesus from the grave, is faithful to finish the work He has begun in us”. We can “rest in Him, His burden is light! His yoke is easy!” And we “can approach our Father’s throne of grace with boldness” as the KJ says it. That we may “produce much fruit” which comes by way of “abiding on the vine”. Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches..”

With boldness/“confidence”! Throne of grace.. mercy.. acceptance.. reconciliation.. friendship..

But we also need the “meat of His Word”! Not only who am I? Where am I from? And where am I going? But also what is God creating? What is the important lesson we all are learning and why..?

I was angry (offended?!) and I hid My face for a little moment.”

A natural reaction? A natural law? That God is life and also perfection, thus imperfection is the opposite of life. (And the bottomless abyss [of potential] of Revelation chapter nine? How low can we go? Imperfection that is? That (seeming) ‘separation’ from God. History is our college of life professor? Serving a GREAT purpose?

God bless.. Have a great day!

Bug Out Bag

Today when reading John chapter fourteen – “I will not leave you as orphans and alone, but will come to you” – along with some interlinear and Greek of it, and some commentary, I found myself praying to the Lord how I want to always be able to hear His ‘voice’ and always be perceiving His presence throughout my days. And not be “dull of hearing”. I want to hear Him more clearly than I do.

And what should next come to mind? Bug out bags. Hubby and I have been organizing things around here, and the thought which came to mind was “bug out bags.. what would it hurt to each have a bug out bag?” …Not even that it means we will ever use them, but perhaps it is to hand down the practice to our kids and grand kids. What would it hurt?

[Interesting, to me anyway, the question mark brought this blog post to “144” words. That sort of thing happens to me quite often. He’s SO good at communicating! How can we be so dull of hearing?]

Furthermore, we can make bug out bags (and bug in packs?) for each one, with instructions on updating. (If necessary. I have no idea.) Who knows but one day they could come in handy? In such a day they may have to find their way out of their towns, perhaps to here, which is more rural. How will they be kept safe? Prayer. The Lord is able. As He is totally able to provide necessary water and food and first aid in that day. But not all our loved ones are at that stage in life where their dependence (and faith) is wholly upon Him.

P.S. I’m planning to post a Book of Revelation – “Bare Bones of the Vision” outline this week on my blog, Bible Prophecy For Today.  I’m very happy to say it’s a mere 5.5 pages, if printed. I’ve been wanting to (finally) write this summary outline for quite a long time!

National Identity

Each nation has its true being. Then there are decades and centuries of self interest (politics). And the nation changes. It becomes as though it is two nations. The people, the beautiful, lovely people and families that simply work, and hopefully get to celebrate along their path of life. Then there’s the upper organized class, tirelessly seeking to run the show, often disguising self interest behind great and wonderful causes. If ever there is built a barricade to their reach, self interest will seek a way to be rid of it. Self interest is the opposite of life. And it is, virtually, a dark hole of potential. …But.. that is what we are all here for, to learn this unavoidable lesson. That self interest, as the energy of life – and imperfection – can only ever be apocalyptic. Both individually and collective. Why unavoidable? If we are to enjoy the ability to think, reason and ponder, we must fully understand good from evil (life from death) for with thinking ability, comes the all dangerous ability to make choices. And all this choice is being let to run its course, after all, experience is one of the very best teachers.

The All And The Many

 

Romans 11:32 says – “For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.”

The word for word interlinear reading is “Has bound up indeed God, the all in disobedience, that the all, He may show mercy to.”

The Interlinear

The Greek word, #G3588 is “the”.

Romans 5:15 says – “But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man (Adam) how much more does God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”

The Interlinear

The Greek word, #G3588 is “the”.