Water & Fire 2006:
Initially partially e-published as
the Sukkot 2006 Seminar Series for the
“J” is to “P” as Stone is to Spirit
disciple practicing typological exegesis “reads” the history of
Yes, the argumentative claim
being made is that the Church is today spiritually lifeless through having lost
the Holy Spirit, the divine Breath of God, in the 1st-Century when
the age of “miracles,” the speech-acts of the Father executed in
this physical realm, ceased to occur. This claim will further declare that the
spiritual Body of Christ, the Church, died while the Apostle Paul yet lived
physically (all of Asia had left him before he was killed in Rome – 2 Tim
1:15); that this spiritual corpse hung historically visible but lifeless as
Jesus’ body hung on the Cross from 3:00 pm to almost sundown; that this
spiritual corpse ceased to be visible when the mystery of lawlessness, at work
when Paul wrote his second epistle to the Thessalonians, caused disciples to quit
living and walking as Jesus lived and walked (1 John 2:3-6). When disciples
could no longer say that they knew Christ
Jesus by how they lived, a statement evident by disciples not just
practicing lawlessness but glorying in sin, the lifeless Body of Christ disappeared
into the heart of the earth as Jesus’ physical body had when placed in
the garden tomb, and as Jonah had when swallowed by the great fish.
Additionally, this claim declares that the Body of Christ will again live when
the Holy Spirit [Πνευμα
Άγιον] empowers the Church in a manner foreshadowed by
what occurred on that day of Pentecost following
The claim is not that self-identified Christians are not the Body of Christ, but that these disciples do not today have the Holy Spirit, the divine Breath of God … how does a “Christian” know whether he or she has been truly born of Spirit? Does baptism into the Body of Christ mean that the person has automatically received the Holy Spirit? It does not, does it? For baptism is into death, the death of Christ Jesus. Through baptism, the disciple dies with Christ and becomes part of the dead Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote,
Therefore, as the trespass of one [alternate reading] led to condemnation for all men, so the act of righteousness of one [alternate reading] leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. (Rom 5:18–6:5 emphasis added)
Sin reigns in the Church.
Yes, it does! Just look at which day the Church, with a few exceptions,
assembles together. Not on the Sabbath, but on the following day, when no one
can enter into the rest of God; when attempted entrance into God’s rest
is disobedience to God. Historically, the Church failed to enter into
God’s rest while the promise of entrance stood (Heb 3:16–4:11); so
as the Lord delivered to ancient
The “Christian Church” willfully transgresses the Sabbath commandment, and to break the Law in one point is to break the Law (Jas 2:10). Thus, the Church can be likened to the nation that left Egyptian slavery only to die in the wilderness of Sin/Zin for its unbelief and disobedience. This nation was dead when it refused to enter into God’s rest by faith when the spies returned (Num chap 14). Instead of entering into God’s rest (Ps 95:10-11), this nation rebelled against God. And in forty years that were as forty days, all of the nation counted in the census (Num 1:1-2), except for Joshua and Caleb, perished as a man perishes when raised up on a cross. This is correct! The cross doesn’t kill immediately, but slowly suffocates the person raised up by taking away his or her breath—in the forty years when neither sandals nor clothes wore out (Deu 29:5), the men counted in the census, one by one, lost their breath and returned to dust where they await resurrection (Ezek 37:1-6). The Church lost its Breath, the Holy Spirit, and now awaits resurrection.
How does a person know whether he or she has the Holy Spirit? The Apostle Paul wrote,
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. (Rom 8:5-7)
The mind set on the flesh; the mind that does not and cannot submit to God’s law; the mind that has not been renewed through spiritual birth—this mind remains consigned to disobedience (Rom 11:32), to lawlessness, to the prince of this world. This mind has not been set free from bondage to disobedience. It cannot keep the commandments; it has to break the commandments in at least one point. And again, to break the commandments in one point is to break the Law. Thus, false apostles, deceitful workmen, servants of Satan who has disguised himself as an angel of light [it is no wonder then that his ministers also “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” – 2 Cor 11:14-15] inevitably teach “Christians” to keep nine of the commandments, or eight of the commandments (depending on whether these false apostles are Protestants or Catholics), but not all of the commandments, thereby causing spiritually lifeless “Christian converts” to confuse warm, fuzzy feelings in their hearts with being born of Spirit … the disciple born of Spirit will keep the commandments, and will spurn all lawlessness, including breaking civil codes that do not conflict with the commandments of God. Therefore, the endtime disciple who, without moral qualms, speeds down the highway five or ten miles an hour over the speed limit willingly and willfully transgresses the law, and needs to realize that he or she is spiritually lifeless. At best, this disciple will be a brand plucked from the Gehenna fire when he or she turns to God and begins to live within both God’s laws and civil laws because of an inner compulsion to be law-abiding.
The person who is born of Spirit has been mentally set free from being a bondservant to disobedience, whereas the person who has not been born of Spirit remains consigned to disobedience, and remains unwilling to keep the commandments, especially the Sabbath commandment. But keeping the Sabbath does not mean that a person has, necessarily, been born of Spirit. Rabbinical Judaism keeps the Sabbath, but remains spiritually lifeless because without faith, a person cannot please God. And the faith necessary for an Observant Jew to receive a spiritually circumcised heart (a euphemistic expression for the equally euphemistic expression of the laws of God being written on the heart and placed in the mind) is to profess that Jesus is Lord and to believe that the Father [whom physically circumcised Israel never knew] raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 10:6-9). The Observant Jew must come to realize that the God [Theos] of the dead Abraham, the dead Isaac, and the dead Jacob died when He came as His Son to die physically and live again spiritually as the firstborn of many brethren, all sons of the Father. Thus, the man Jesus became the living Abraham, the father of the faithful, whose promised offspring is the living Isaac and the living Jacob. The Father is to Him as Yah was to the first Abraham.
The test of whether a person has been born of Spirit is whether the person will, by faith, keep the precepts of the law, and whether this person will, by faith, love God and neighbor more than he or she loves his or her own life. And while many will come claiming to have faith and love, these many will not keep the Sabbath, nor will these many reach out with all of their strength to bring others into covenant with God. They will not serve on the same terms as Paul served (2 Cor 11:12), but will ask for financial compensation for what they have been freely given. They are to be avoided; for it would be better for those who sell the gospel if they had never heard the name Jesus of Nazareth. This is doubly true for all who teach lawlessness to, or within the Church.
Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate to ask for Jesus’ body. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes. The two of them bore away Jesus’ dead body, bound it in linen cloth as was the custom, and laid it in the Garden Tomb as the High Sabbath was about to begin … while Israel roasted with fire the nation’s Passover lambs, killed after the darkness that began with the crucifixion ended with Jesus’ death (Matt 27:45), the Passover Lamb of God laid dead in the heart of the earth, roasting in the fiery sins of Israel that He had taken upon Himself. The Church, today, roasts in its fiery sins that it has taken upon itself through its lawlessness. God will not be mocked. Repentance by the lawless Church has become Peter crying Wolf; for the Church continues in visible sin week after week while believing that through Grace it has been “saved.”
Saved from what? Certainly
not from bondage to disobedience; for the history of Christendom is the sorry
story of idolatry and openly manifest sin in the name of Christ Jesus. How do
the Borgias differ from the Armstrongs? In magnitude only? Before God, does
murder on the
The mantle of Jesus’
righteousness, Grace, put on daily as natural
That the Body died and is
lifeless does not mean, however, that
Scripture has failed; for again, not all who belong to
When the Body of Christ is resurrected in the
darkness of the single long night that began at
Have I then become your enemy by telling you the
truth? They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you
out, that you may make much of them. … I wish I could be present with you
now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you. Tell me, you who desire
to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that
Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son
of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman
was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from
Disciples are not under the Sinai Covenant, but under the Moab Covenant, the second covenant mediated by Moses—it is this second covenant to which better promises were added when its mediator became Christ Jesus. The Sinai Covenant was abolished utterly (Eph 2:14-15) when its Grantor was slain by its Grantee. The ordinances that physically divided peoples have no relevance to the better covenant, initially ratified by a song, not the shedding of blood; for it is the copies of heavenly things that are purified with blood, not the heavenly things themselves for which better sacrifices purify, such as the rainbow (Gen 9:12-17) or the second song of Moses (Deu 32:1-43).
The Circumcision Faction consisted of those Jewish
converts, including some of the leading men at
If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you. (Exod 12:48-49)
Thus says the Lord God: No foreigner,
uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the
Before Christ, anyone who would eat of the
Passover must be physically circumcised. In the Millennium, anyone who enters
God’s sanctuary must be physically and spiritually circumcised, with the
introduction of circumcision of the heart made in the
Can endtime disciples begin to see why the Holy Spirit left the Body of Christ, and left a visible corpse hanging crucified? Thousands of natural Israelites believed that Jesus was the Christ, and believed that the Sinai Covenant still made them the holy nation of God (Exod 19:5-6). Gentile converts were given the decision of the Jerusalem Council that they needed only to abstain from the things polluted by idols, from meats that had been strangled, from blood, from sexual immorality, with whatever else they needed being heard when Moses was read every Sabbath (Acts 15:20-21), which for the Greek living as a Greek would represent a journey of faith of a similar distance and quality as the journey the patriarch Abraham took from Ur of the Chaldeas to Haran, then from Haran to Canaan.
What is wrong with the above picture of the mid-1st
But the situation with the Gentile converts was
even more appalling: only for the Greek who lived as a Greek was abstaining
from meats offered to idols, from meats strangled, from blood, from sexual
morality a journey of faith sufficient to cleanse the heart. For the Greek who
was reared in a “Christian” home, no journey of faith occurred if
this child did only what his or her parents (who had left paganism) did. No
heart was cleansed. Even though this child was “sanctified” because
of one parent’s conversion, the child was only made holy in the manner
that all of natural
The above also applied to the natural Israelite who was the child of a Jewish “Christian” convert: this child must also make a journey of faith equivalent to the journey Abraham made. This child’s parent made such a journey when he or she professed that Jesus is Lord and believed that God the Father, the God this Jew did not previously know, raised Jesus from the dead.
When a generation, descended from Jewish and
Hellenist converts, journeyed no farther than its parents had mentally trekked,
the Body of Christ died even though the Jesus Movement was still visible for
the world to see. Once dead, the Body was made “sweet” smelling by
the addition of pagan doctrines and philosophies [equivalent to the myrrh and
aloes Nicodemus brought to Jesus’ natural body], teachings that were
popularly accepted by learned scholars. But the Body of Christ no longer had the
Holy Spirit. The visible Church became an organization of this world,
controlled by the prince of this world, maintained as a useful tool to control
rebellious elements within his own reigning hierarchy. The lifeless Body of
Christ was buried in the
Scripture has not failed. Christ has not failed.
Metaphors become entangled around ankles, tripping disciples who, as spiritual zombies, stagger about blind and deaf, unable to see the trail markers for a journey of faith of the duration and quality of the journey Abraham had made while still uncircumcised. With pedantic repetition: without making a journey of faith comparable to Abraham’s, hearts are not cleansed, not circumcised, and the disciple is not counted as part of the household of God upon whom judgment has come (1 Pet 4:17). And if not now under judgment, the disciple will not have a part in the first resurrection.
The disciple entangled in figures of speech
advertises that he or she is not under the law but under Grace without
understanding that this disciple has not covered him or herself with Christ
Jesus’ righteousness, but is covered only by natural grace through remaining
a bondservant to disobedience and the prince of this world. Yes, this disciple
has presented him or herself as an obedient servant to sin by attempting to
enter God’s rest on the following day, the eighth day. This disciple (and
the nation of such disciples) is directly analogous to
The lawlessness of the visible Church is covered by its continued servitude to the prince of this world, servitude that remains uninterrupted despite the disciple being born of Spirit. This born again disciple is, until he or she undertakes a journey by faith, as a Hebrew infant of less than eight days of age was in ancient Israel, a potential member of the holy nation if this infant son of God survives for a week and is taken to be circumcised on the eighth day.
The eighth day represents entering into judgment; represents being made a party to the great White Throne Judgment after the Thousand Years conclude. On the sacred calendar, this great White Throne Judgment is represented by Great Last Day, the high Sabbath day following the seven days of Sukkot; the eighth day of the main crop harvest Feast. It is not when disciples who have been, today, born of Spirit want to enter God’s rest.
There are two harvests of God, one at
Christ’s coming for all who were spiritually circumcised on a figurative
eighth day; then a second harvest after the Thousand Years. The early harvest
is that of firstfruits, of whom Jesus was First. This harvest is represented by
The harvest of firstfruits enters or entered into God’s rest, represented by the seventh day Sabbath, through the promise of entrance (Heb 4:1) made to those disciples who hear Jesus’ words and believe Him who sent Jesus (John 5:24). Hearing and believing the Son and the Father are represented through keeping, by faith, the precepts of the law (Rom 2:26) as the outer expression of inner love toward God and neighbor. Upon this person—the one who hears and believes; who keeps the precepts of the law—judgment does not come, for this person has passed from death to life through being spiritually circumcised on that eighth day. Nevertheless, the disciple who journeys far enough to cleans his or her heart, then turns from doing good and does what is evil will be resurrected to condemnation; for the person has voluntarily returned to death when judgment was not upon the person.
In effect, firstfruits are under ongoing judgment without condemnation if the firstfruits remain in covenant with Christ Jesus. Firstfruits leave the covenant through hypocrisy, through knowing good but choosing to do evil when good could have been done; for firstfruits have been mentally liberated from bondage to disobedience. Sin has no dominion over them. They are free to keep the commandments of God. It is only the weakness of the flesh that brings them into disobedience.
But even as these words are being written, within the bowels of the dead Body of Christ, a stirring to life has begun—and spiritually circumcised disciples are aligning themselves as one of two sons by promise, one son hated, one loved but deceitful, a usurper who will not wait for God to breathe His divine Breath into the nostrils of the Body but steals glory as if it were gold as this son seeks to Preach the Gospel & Prepare a People. What this usurper claims, though, will not happen. Rather, the hated son, struggling in the womb of Grace with his righteous brother, will bloody his righteous brother’s nose so that his brother cannot breathe when born, but will die for lack of Breath. Only a remnant of the loved son will see the end of his hated brother.
When the Apostle Paul introduced the literary trope that would have mid-1st Century Christians being the living Isaac, he did not extend the trope to its logical conclusion. But the disciple practicing typology exegesis understands that the two sons of the living Isaac will be born empowered by the Holy Spirit in the near future, with this empowerment constituting their “birth.” And when born empowered, the garment of Grace that will have made both sons acceptable sacrifices to God will be stripped away. The Son of Man will be revealed (Luke 17:30), Head and Body. When revealed, the Son of Man will be covered only by individual obedience.
The mystery of lawlessness has, indeed, been at
work within the bowels of Christendom, causing spiritual dehydration and
diarrhea that weakened the crucified Body and left it unable to long live on
the Cross of Christ. Though presently somewhat restrained, this mystery of
lawlessness defiled the spiritual kinsmen of those early disciples who
practiced typology exegesis … Israel was a vassal nation within the Roman
Empire with control only over the geographical territory representing the
temple mount when the Logos came as
the man Jesus of Nazareth. Then in the physical nation’s rebellion
against Roman rule in 70 CE, the temple was destroyed and
So once Israel’s idolatry reached a certain level, God gave Israel statutes by which the nation could not live, statutes that caused Israel to continue burning the nation’s firstborns (Ezek 20:25-26), thereby transforming Israel into a vessel of wrath, a vessel prepared for destruction in the same way that Christ Jesus as the Master Potter forms lawless disciples into vessels of wrath to be endured for a season, vessels prepared for destruction as Judas Iscariot was given to Jesus as a son of destruction.
The mystery of lawlessness served as a bacterial inflection producing weakness in the Body that led to an early demise—the Body was destined to die through loss of the Holy Spirit. This is what the metaphor reveals. But instead of stripes, the lungs of the Body filled with fluid as if pneumonia, the drowning in its own fluids, were the cause of its death. Thus, as Jonah prayed from the belly of the fish, so too prays the Body today:
Out of the belly of the grave, I cried, and you, O Lord, heard me. For you cast me into the darkness that passed over me as waves. Then I said, “I am driven from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.” Death took my life, darkness surrounded me. Metaphors were wrapped about my head until I could not longer think straight. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought me to life again. When my breath was fading away, I remembered you, O Lord. My prayer came to you, to your holy temple. Those who paid respect to idols have passed into nothingness; they forsook their hope of your steadfast love. They have returned to their vomit where they perished as dogs among wolves. But I, with the voice of thanksgiving, will offer sacrifice to you. I will hear your words. I will keep the precepts of your law. And what I have vowed, I will pay, for salvation belongs only to you.
doesn’t belong to the Buddhist, or to the Muslim, or to the Hindi. It
doesn’t belong to the urban atheist who worships this world. It
isn’t a many-spoke wheel with many paths to heaven. Salvation belongs
the perspective of hindsight, it is not difficult to understand what happened
to the Church in especially the 2nd and 3rd Centuries CE:
the decision made at the Jerusalem Council created the standard or benchmark of
faith/belief that cleansed hearts so that they could be spiritually circumcised.
This benchmark was the faith displayed by Abraham before he was circumcised
(Rom 4:11-12). Whereas Abraham had taken a physical journey from Ur to the
Promised Land, then had believed God that his offspring would come from his
dead loins, with this belief counted to him as righteousness (Gen 15:2), the
Jerusalem Council determined converts needed to make a mental journey of an
equivalent distance, and then needed to have belief equivalent to
Abraham’s. For a Pharisee, the mental journey and belief would be
professing that Jesus is Lord, and believing that the Father raised Jesus from
the dead (Rom 10:9), and this certainly was a difficult journey for a Pharisee to
For a Gentile convert who came from polytheism, acknowledging a second deity was not a difficult journey. However, beginning to live as a Judean was an extremely difficult journey. For a Greek to abstain from blood, from meats strangled (so as to retain the blood), and from meats offered to idols; then to abstain from sexual immortality (meaning no more visits to temple prostitutes)—well, this journey of changed lifestyle was as long a trek for the pagan Greek to make from his former culture as Abraham’s journey to Canaan was geographically distant from Chaldea.
The same quality of mental journey was required for both the Jew and for the Greek, with the same standard of belief through faith for cleansing hearts (Acts 15:9) also required. But because the Jew and the Greek didn’t start their journeys from the same mental territory, they don’t end up in the same place even though the one has journeyed as far as the other. It would take at least the journey of a second generation before Gentile converts arrived at the same mental landscape as where Jewish converts arrived in the first generation. And here is where and why the Church left Paul: the second generation of Gentile converts was taught by immature leaders that it needed to physically do no more than the first generation did. The children of Greek converts were taught that all that was required of Christians was to abstain from blood, strangled meats, idolatry, and sexual immorality. Today, those ministers of spiritual Israel who champion sola scriptura still teach disciples that nothing more is required of Christians than was set forth by the Jerusalem Council.
If a young person grows up in a home professing that Jesus is Lord and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, grows up in a home that does not eat blood or meats strangled, grows up in a home that doesn’t knowingly practice idolatry or sexual immorality, how far from home does this young person journey when the young person continues in the faith of his or her parents? Does this child of faith journey far enough to cleanse his or her heart? No! Absolutely not! And if a person wants to know how sin and death became so imbedded within the Christian Church, a person doesn’t have to look any further than the Jerusalem Council: the decision of the Council was not understood by those who received benefit of that decision. Immature Greek converts, not understanding the secret and hidden things of God, thought that they were mature. Thus, they all left Paul while Paul still lived (cf. 2 Tim 1:15; Phil 3:18), taking with them the epistles of Paul, but twisting these epistles into instruments for their own destruction (2 Pet 3:16).
Every disciple must take—baseline
requirement—a mental journey of faith [physical pilgrimages don’t
count] equivalent to the physical journey Abraham made from
But the route from
If a fellow in, say, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spurns the materialistic and amoral values of 21st-Century America and chooses to live a simple life of serving others, this fellow has, like Anabaptists in the 16th-Century, started that long journey from Babylon to Jerusalem. How far this fellow has to go on his journey is between him and God. Greek converts were expected, once they quit eating blood and frequenting prostitutes, to listen to Moses read every Sabbath. Coming before God on the Sabbath was entering into God’s rest, something that cannot be done on the following day. So for this fellow in Philadelphia who has started well as a 1st-Century Greek who had quit eating meats strangled or offered to idols would have started well, growth in grace and knowledge remains before him through listening to Moses read every Sabbath. The expectation of God is that the fellow will enter into God’s rest while the promise of entering remains (Heb 4:1), for this promise ends if continued lawlessness causes Christ Jesus to form the fellow into a vessel of wrath, a certain reality for all who do not keep the percepts of the law.
Today, the spiritual condition of the lifeless Christian
Church can be discerned by the amount of knowledge and the understanding
disciples, collectively, possess—and what is observable to all who are
spiritual is that the greater Church continues to dwell comfortably in
spiritual Babylon where it worships the Adversary’s golden idol.
Actually, spiritually circumcised Israelites almost don’t exist. The
world has absorbed those who would be of
The Christian Church spiritually looks like how
An assertion will here be made that the return of
a remnant of
The assertion that the return of physical
When the prince of this world hijacked Christendom
(this capture made through the mystery of lawlessness when the Jesus Movement
was without form or structure but existed as an energetic fog of electrons
surrounding an atom’s nucleus exists), the prince of this world needed to
create a structure by which he could compel disobedience to God while not
seeming to reject or rebel against God. The first Eve rebelled against God when
she listened to the serpent, then decided for herself to determine good and
evil. The last Eve rebelled by determining for herself what is good and evil.
The woman taking upon herself the authority to determine good and evil was,
itself, evil; for the woman is to remain silent, learning from her husband. She
is not to speak words that are not her Husband’s. But the
As in the story of the Philistines, the hand of the Lord was heavy against the early Universal Church, causing many to be martyred (including Justin Martyr) as they errantly practiced lawlessness in the name of Christ Jesus … the martyrdom of so many saints, especially during the reign of Nero, wasn’t because of how righteous these saints were, but rather, occurred so that God could see if they loved their physical lives more than Him; for these saints were unwilling to openly obey God, unwilling to keep the commandments of God, unwilling to practice Sabbath observance or observe the High Sabbaths of God. These saints were unwilling to do any thing that might be perceived as “Jewish.” They derided, ridiculed, and spurned disciples who, by faith, clung to the traditions of the first Apostles. Therefore, because the majority of then visible Christendom was unwilling to be openly identified with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God brought open demonstration of faith to them in the form of mass martyrdom.
Jesus said that a disciple isn’t above his or her teacher or a servant above his (or her) master (Matt 10:24), that it is enough for a disciple to be like the teacher. ‘“If they called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household”’ (v. 25). Hellenist converts rejected the teachings of Christ Jesus rather than be maligned as Jews. And the spiritual glory that should have been theirs returned to God when they denied Christ by their lawless practices.
The dead, wood Ark of the Covenant disappeared
when the glory of the Lord left the temple (Ezek chap 10). It never returned:
neither the Ark of the Covenant, nor the glory of God returned to the destroyed
temple. Nor did the
The glory of God wasn’t in the Church once
God delivered this last Eve into the hand of Satan for the destruction of the flesh,
but God’s absence was barely noticed as the Church dealt with emperors
and despots, generals and infidels. God’s absence wasn’t noticed as
the Church sent forth crusades to capture a
The Ark wasn’t returned when Cyrus, king of
Persia, brought out the vessels of the house of God that King Nebuchadnezzar
had carried away (Ezra 1:7-11). The physical
Many disciples have wondered about why no
miracles; why isn’t God working in the same way now as He worked in the 1st-Century?
The answer is simple: the Body died. The glory of God left the Body, the
spiritual temple, when God delivered
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Prior to the giving of the Law from atop Mount Sinai, sin or lawless was not
counted or reckoned against human beings even though all men sinned and were
under the penalty of death (Rom 5:13); thus, the giving of the law increased
the trespass, thereby making those to whom the law was given responsible for
sin. Thus, the death penalty for
sin had to be “covered” through animal sacrifices, added because of
the lawlessness of