THE MEANING OF WORDS, FIGURES OF SPEECH, TENSES, WHOLE SENTENCES, ENTIRE CHAPTERS & PUNCTUATION PUT SCRIPTURE INTO ITS RIGHTFUL CONTEXT AND MAKE IT EASY TO UNDERSTAND

Do you take note of what the Bible says when reading it, such as tenses (past, present and future), the actual meaning of words, punctuation, figures of speech such as similes, metaphors, et cetera? Particularly the words BUT NOW, NOW, YOU ARE or HENCEFORTH, words the Apostle Paul uses so many times which obviously pertain to the present tense.

Romans 16:

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Paul could easily have said, “To him that is of the power to stablish you according to THE gospel…..” but he didn’t.  He clearly stated, “NOW to him that is of the power to stablish you according to MY gospel…..”

What else did he mention in relation to his gospel (“my gospel”) which concerns the present tense (“now”)?

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to institutionalized, mainline denominationalism?

or

The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the Kingdom Gospel?

NO.

He clearly said:

“….. and the preaching of Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY

26 BUT NOW is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Paul could have said, “Is made manifest”, or he could’ve stated, “Was made manifest by the 12 Apostles”, or even, “Was made manifest in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John”, but he didn’t.  He clearly said “BUT NOW is made manifest”.

What is NOW made manifest?  The revelation of the mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ.

And how else is it made manifest?  By the scriptures of the prophets.  What was made manifest by the scriptures of the prophets in Israel’s Old Covenant?  HOW that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – He suffered on Calvary cross, He died in our stead, He was a propitiation for our sins.  And that He was buried ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – for 3 days and 3 nights.  His burial confirms that He died and it also confirms that He rose again from the dead on the 3rd day.  If he wasn’t buried, He didn’t die, therefore He couldn’t resurrect from the dead.  Common sense.

If there was no confirmation in the Old Covenant by the prophets how that Christ died for sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, it goes without saying that there would be no proof of Christ having died for our sins, being buried and rising again from the dead on the third day, and in turn no-one would be able to prove there is an ascended Christ who revealed a mystery to the Apostle Paul.

The mystery revealed to Paul by the ascended Christ is based on Christ’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection on the third day for our justification.    It’s all about Him and what He did, His plan of salvation which was given directly to the Gentiles as opposed to Gentiles having prostelyze or having to go through Israel in order to be saved, because there is no Israel today one can prostelyze through in order to be saved.

Because He rose from the dead, we are justified.  Why?  Because He lives, we as believers will live eternally with Him in glory.  And why will we live in glory with Him for eternity?  Because we are justified.  Why are we justified?  Because we believe in His finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, which means we believe what HE DID for us.  When we believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) a change in our judicial standing and spiritual status takes place.

Romans 3:21-25:

21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Yet contrary to this scripture, mainline, institutionalized denominationalists still proclaim to keep the law in order to gain righteousness, and in so doing seek to be justified in the eyes of God by their own good works instead of by faith alone in Christ’s finished work on the cross and His resurrection alone.

And not only that, but we gain God’s righteousness by the faith of Jesus Christ (Pauline doctrine) today, meaning that salvation is only to be found in Pauline doctrine, particularly 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).  Pauline doctrine is a faith, namely the faith of Jesus Christ in this current dispensation which we are to believe.

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The spiritual status of mankind in his unsaved state – sinners who have come short of the glory of God.

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Justified freely by His grace.   Freely means freely.  It doesn’t mean one has to do anything/something in order to gain justification in the eyes of God.  All it takes if faith/trust/belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary Cross for one’s sins, as well as His resurrection for one’s salvation.

So what was the Apostle Paul referring to before verse 21?

He was asking what advantage the Jew had in times past, and what did circumcision profit anyone in times past?  His answer was that the Oracles of God were committed to the Jews in times past – Genesis was written by Moses, they were given the Law, they were set apart from the Gentile nations, salvation was of the Jews (John 4:22).

Yet, even if Jews do not believe,today it will not make the faith of God of none effect today because Gentiles no longer have to prostelyze in order to be saved.

Jews no longer have a spiritual advantage over Gentiles.  All people have been declared guilty before God.

No-one is justified by the law today, instead the law is there to give us the knowledge of sin – where we have and do go wrong.

I have noted two areas in Paul’s epistles where he states to NOW and BUT NOW.  It’s up to you to study further….

 

 

 

A LETTER (DISPENSATIONALLY DISCERNED) TO THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE DURING THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE (THE TRIBULATION)

I’m not sure if most people will ever be able to discern the times they are living in (in times to come) because for one, peoples’ love will grow cold, and secondly, they will continue living their lives as if the world (as they know it) will continue unabated forever, marrying, being given in marriage, having children, going about their everyday lives as per the norm…

I can only IMAGINE how things will be during the tribulation, and from my PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE I would say that at the first sign of trouble, e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, solar eclipses, immense hatred and famine, people will be terrified and fill apostate churches as they do today as most will be totally clueless as to what is happening and why, so most will follow the person who claims to be the Messiah, and who performs miracles along with his spokesperson and representative, namely the False Prophet.

Given, the world as we currently know it is a Godless, evil world where most are biblically illiterate, Christ denying and foolish Atheists and religionists, so one can only imagine how this mindset would multiply, grow and take hold during the time of Jacob’s Trouble.

Today, most want an “experience” or a feeling, they rely on their emotions, they want to feel good which is in direct contrast to heeding the doctrine given to the Apostle Paul pertaining to this current dispensation.  So one can only think what will be taught or instilled into their children and their children’s children and ensuing generations (which will one day live through the time of Jacob’s Trouble).   Not to mention the current degree of anti-semitism in the world which will only worsen in times to come.

What most people fail to realise during this current dispensation is that one has to cut oneself off from fellow believers who propagate rank heresy.  Why?  In order for sound doctrine to survive and so do God’s will to make men see, and one cannot make all men SEE with apostate doctrine.In reality it is those who propagate heresy who are the ones who in reality cause the division.   The same can be said for the ensuing dispensation (time of Jacob’s Trouble), only then will it have dire consequences, which is the fact that one can and will lose one’s salvation if one preaches, follows or believes falsities or heresies.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.  Yet many today see this as dividing the body of Christ and/or not exercising or practising Christian love, but what love is there to be had if there is no sound doctrine which reflects love for one’s fellow man by conveying unadulterated truth and getting people saved and edifying them?  The same can be said for every dispensation.  When Israel took on the ways of the heathen and backslid she took on the status of a whore. It is therefore apostate Israel who is the whore in question during the tribulation period.  Not every Jew during the tribulation will be a Messianic Jew (believer), in fact they will turn against one another with a large portion following the Antichrist.  Read the book of Matthew.

During the tribulation period Israel is born-again.  After having divorced her, God remarries her, hence she is aptly called the Bride of Christ.  (Jeremiah 3:8, Isaiah 54:5).

The Apostle Paul tells us that evil men will wax worse and worse  (2 Timothy 3:13), and that men will deceive others and themselves be deceived.  Since this is written to Timothy who was a leader (a Pastor), it means MOST spiritual leaders today are seducers, so if it is like this today, one can only imagine the seducers who will be present during the tribulation, and they are referred to as false Christs (Matthew 24:24).

Although there aren’t any signs, wonders and miracles taking place during this current dispensation, circumstances and events dictate that we are on a downward spiral and preparation is taking place for the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  One only has to look at the current state of the world to confirm this in relation to how drastically the world is changed in just the last 20 – 30 years.  It is almost as if evil is increasing faster these days, which makes me PERSONALLY believe that the Time of Jacob’s Trouble isn’t too far in the distant future.

Unfortunately, in every dispensation men tend to follow or believe every way BUT God’s  way.  It happened in Adam & Eve’s time, it happened in Noah’s time, it happened to Israel, and it is currently happening in this current dispensation.  God gave doctrine to the Apostle Paul for Gentiles (who were never under a Covenant) and to Jews (who rejected the Covenant God made with them) and He made salvation easy for both, yet there is a problem with salvation as most believe they HAVE TO accomplish something in the works department in order to be acceptable to God.

The Holy Ghost Himself will dictate that men’s (biblical) knowledge will increase in times to come, which I see as righteous men who will understand what is taking place and why, and who themselves will follow God’s way, realising that the Kingdom Gospel will be preached throughout the world before the end of the world (as they know it) comes, and that men will either have to bless the true Israel (Messianic Jews) and assist them during these troubled times (Genesis 12:3) as many Gentiles aided/assisted the Jews in times past (Joshua 2), or on the other hand will have to believe that Christ is the Son of God and justify their faith in Him in accordance to works of the law, i.e. prostelyzing.

The doctrine for the time of Jacob’s Trouble is to be found between Hebrews and Revelation, as well as in unfulfilled prophecy of the Old Covenant.

The book of Hebrews opens up with a reminder to the Jews concerning who Jesus is and what He accomplished on Calvary’s cross:  the perfect sacrifice without spot or blemish who they will place their sin on in times to come, their Messiah.  (Hebrews 1-2).

There is also the realisation that most in the world today want a leader who “can make the world a better place, a world where all can live in peace and harmony” a leader who will herald in a New World Order, a golden age which is preparation for a world leader in times to come, the Antichrist.  Men’s minds are already being influenced in order to propagate the same line of thinking to ensuing generations, more so now than ever.

Some state that since the god of this world takes scripture and twists it, he will take Pauline scripture (Paul’s 13 epistles) and influence Man during the tribulation into the “realisation” that Pauline scripture (faith without works) will be applicable during that time (doctrine for the wrong dispensation), just as he is currently blinding men to Pauline scripture and they are believing tribulation doctrine and Old Covenant doctrine for their salvation today.

There could and probably will be a number of current day Gentile churches who will take faith without works doctrine into the tribulation, but the tribulation won’t be about Gentile Christian Churches (so-called), it will be about Israel, and Gentile churches, especially the Roman Catholic church for one will be classed as unbelievers because the times of the Gentiles will be over when the tribulation begins.

Many make the mistake of putting a Gentile apostate church at the forefront of the tribulation as the “whore”, but in reality Gentile (apostate) churches will have nothing to do with Hebrew doctrine and events at this time.  They were never classed in God’s eyes as being right to begin with, so they never went of the spiritual tracks (so to speak), therefore can never be classified as the “whore” Hebrew doctrine mentions.  There WAS never a time God approved of Roman Catholicism, and God never mentions an apostate Gentile church during the dispensation of grace in the Old Covenant nor the New Covenant, and modern day churches aren’t referred to as “she”, i.e., a woman.  The body of Christ (those who are saved) are referred to as the One New MAN – masculine.

The reason for the tribulation is for God to bring Israel back into the fold, for her to once again be the light unto the world through which Gentile (heathen) nations can and will prostelyze in order to be saved, where salvation is no longer directly given to the Gentiles as it is during this current dispensation.   Doctrine in accordance to the revelation of mystery is that God gave individual salvation DIRECTLY to the Gentiles (Acts 28).  During the tribulation this will no longer be the case.

The time of Jacob’s Trouble is when God will fulfill all His covenant promises to Israel, and those Gentiles who believe and bless the Messianic Jews will be saved to live through the Millennium and partake of the blessings.

The best information or advice one can offer those Gentiles living during the tribulation period is to either bless Israel (Messianic Jews) or to prostelyze to Israel’s new covenant doctrine and believe her Kingdom Gospel.  Concerning the Jews during that time, there will be the two witnesses (prophets) whom God will raise up at that time, not to mention the 144 000 who will preach to the Jews at that time.  Matthew talks about Jews of the same household and family turning against one another, the Old Covenant speaks about hunger and famine so great that Jews will turn to cannibalism.  It’s called being refined in the fire as gold – if they give into the needs of their flesh they will be condemned because their works will not justify their faith.

BUT

More importantly during this time we need to be more concerned with preaching Paul’s Grace Gospel to the lost  than be concerned with the salvation of people during a future time when we will no longer exist on this earth and salvation during a future dispensation isn’t our responsibility at all.

We as believers are living during this current time where we can make all men see……. let us not forget that because one day soon we will be judged according to this (a good work) as opposed to being saved and not caring how many OTHERS land up in hell for eternity.

We live in a very selfish world where ME, MYSELF and I hold sway.  It’s about MY happiness, it’s about how good I am…… it’s about what I can do, it’s about how I am drawing closer to God and how I can see exclusive doctrine and others can’t, and how bad everyone else’s behaviour is in comparison to MINE.  I’ve made it, you haven’t.  I’m perfect, in fact, I’m the only perfect person on this planet along with those who think and behave like do.  Their belief system boils down to performance and the renewing of the rotten flesh as opposed to the crucifying of the flesh which amounts to the innerman exercising self-control.

That’s the line of thinking of most:  politically correct, too saccharine to be sincere and putting the emphasis on the outerman to prove the spiritual condition of the innerman – this is what is known as love in the world, hence the difficulty in getting most people saved (by the preaching of the Gospel, which isn’t based on one’s performance).

We live in a world of “go-getters” who DO things in order to climb the corporate ladder, to become rich, to become better people………… so why wouldn’t gaining salvation be any different to them?  “Your words make you who you are”, “Words have power”.  Yes, words do have power in that they can either put you down or build you up, but on the other hand, people cannot insult you without your permission, so in fact it boils down to whether you believe what people tell you, so giving power to their words.

 

2 Corinthians 5:16

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

*though we have known Christ after the flesh” – according to His earthly ministry to Israel, when He walked this earth, when He came to offer Israel their Kingdom.

“yet now HENCEFORTH know we Him no more” – henceforth = from this time on know we Him no more…….. that is,  Christ according to His earthly ministry, according to the flesh.  Why?

(a)  Because Christ’s earthly ministry/according to the flesh was to Israel only.  Proof : Matthew 15:24, Matthew 10:5.  Look it up.

(b) Israel and her prophetic programme have been set-aside until a future (unknown) date.  Proof : Romans 11.

So if we do not follow or know Christ according to His earthly ministry in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.   What are we to do?

Romans 16:25 – we preach Christ (the ascended Christ) according to the revelation of the mystery.   Romans to Philemon.

 

 

 

LOOKING AT DOGS FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

Leviticus 11:27 And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.

That would include dogs.  Unclean animals – they have paws and walk on all fours

Matthew 15:27 And she said , Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Gentiles in Old Testament times were referred to as dogs.

Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Old Testament to New Testament.

Unclean to clean.

But it’s not in effect today.   Peter isn’t our Apostle, and never was the Apostle to the body of Christ.

THE ERROR IN MAINLINE INSTITUTIONALIZED CHRISTIANITY TODAY

All of mainline denominationalism follow Jesus Christ according to His earthly ministry.  Their mantra is – why follow the Apostle Paul when one can follow Christ Himself?

If they read and truly believed the King James Bible, they’d see their gross error in following Christ according to His earthly ministry which was solely to Israel and Gentile converts to the Jewish faith.

2 Corinthians 5:16 has this to say :

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

Plain and simple, but none of them can bring themselves to believe it as it goes against everything they believe and have been taught.

YET HENCEFORTH KNOW WE HIM NO MORE…….

Why?

Matthew 10:5 ~ These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

GO NOT INTO THE WAY OF THE GENTILES.

The Samaritans were Gentiles too.

Matthew 15:24 ~ But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

I AM NOT SENT BUT UNTO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.

Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry was to Israel and Israel alone – that means it didn’t include the Gentile nations.

Yet 100% of institutionalized Christian churches so-called don’t believe Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10:5.

It is for the same reason why in Matthew 15 the Lord initially turned the woman from Canaan (a Gentile away) :

And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

The children being Israel.  The dogs being the pagan Gentiles.  Words that make the politically correct squirm today.  People cannot handle unadulterated truth.

But when she said this :

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Which basically amounts to this :

Genesis 12:3 ~ And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

She basically acknowledged that Gentiles in those days had to go through Israel in order to be saved or blessed – there was no other way like there is today.

When she said that, this is what happened :

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

In the time of Christ’s earthly ministry, Gentiles had to either bless Israel (the Jews), prostelyze or acknowledge Israel as being the to salvation.

Yet mainline institutionalized Christianity is blind to this fact, hence the reason they follow Christ according to His earthly ministry (which was solely to Israel) and their faith is in vain.

Let’s take a look at Acts, chapter 2 as a good example of their error, and the chapter which is the baseline for the Pentecostal faith today :

First off, the people who were present in Acts 2 spoke real and actual, known languages – not gobbly gook like Pentecostals do today :

8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

The tongue wherein they were born.   They could understand them, but hadn’t received any lessons. Enough said.

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

These people were Jews – strangers, prostelytes.  Strangers are Jews who lived abroad.

And what did the Apostle Peter say :

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Prostelytes, Jews, Strangers = Jews period.

Then in verse 17 he says :

……………….. and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Whose sons and daughters?

The sons and daughters of Gentile nations in this current dispensation of Grace?

No.

The sons and daughters of the strangers, prostelytes and Jews mentioned above.

And when will it happen?

Verse 17 :  …………….. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God……

The last days.

Are we currently living in the last days (The day of the Lord or the Tribulation)?

No.

As stated this is the dispensation of Grace.

And to confirm who the Apostle Peter was speaking to, he says this :

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

YE MEN OF ISRAEL.

Is this our gospel (good news) for today?

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Do we call on the name of the Lord to be saved today?

No.

We believe 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 :

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

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What do you believe?

The Apostle Paul says :

1 Corinthians 11:1 ~ Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

We no longer follow Christ according to His earthly ministry, we preach Christ according to the revelation of the mystery :

Romans 16:25 ~ Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began:

Why?

Because of this reason :

Acts 28:

26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:

27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

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

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Israel is currently lo-ammi.  Not God’s people.  Therefore we cannot bless her, nor curse her for that matter, neither can we prostelyze to the Jewish faith in order to be saved.

The ascended Christ revelead a mystery to the Apostle Paul, a mystery that was hid in God before the foundation of the world :

Ephesians 3:

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (4) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) (5) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (6) That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (7) Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.