THE PATH FOR BEAUTIFUL FEET



By Ken Blue
November 3rd, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES, Evangelism, Soulwinning.

THE PATH FOR BEAUTIFUL FEET

  1. IT BEGINS WITH THE RESURRECTED CHRIST-
  2. IT IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR OWN HEART AND MOUTH-
  3. IT IS THE SUBJECT OF EVANGELISTIC PREACHING-
  4. IT IS THE GIFT TO THE BELIEVING HEART-
  5. IT IS GIVEN TO ALL WHO HEAR AND RECEIVE IT-
  6. IT IS THE REWARD TO THOSE WITH BEAUTIFUL FEET-

“But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:6-15.

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WHAT IS A CHURCH?



By Ken Blue
November 3rd, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

WHAT IS A CHURCH?

It is strange but true that most people — even the great majority of religious people — do not know what a church is. Ask the average man what a church is, and he’s apt to reply: “Well, anybody knows that! A church is a building where people go to worship God.” But this is not correct. The word translated church, in our Bibles, simply means assembly. A church is not a building, but the assembly that meets in the building. Technically, a church is not even a religious gathering, for the same word is used in Acts 19:32 of a riotous mob which had assembled at Ephesus, and this verse says that this assembly was confused and that “the greater part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Perhaps this could apply to many a church today, but the point is that a church is not a building but an assembly of people.

 

The church of which the Bible has most to say is “the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), and St. Paul calls the church of this present dispensation, “the Body of Christ,” or “the Church which is His Body” (I Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:22,23).

 

Men cannot join this Church by water baptism or any other religious rite, but only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. With regard to believers in Christ St. Paul declares: “By one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body” (I Cor. 12:13). And in Rom. 12:5 the Apostle says that “ye, being many, are one body in Christ.”

Many sincere people have had their names on local church rolls for many years before learning this great truth — that the true Church of God is not a building, but the assembly of those who trust in Christ as their Savior. Doubtless, people in and out of many of the religious organizations we call churches belong to this one great Bible Church, while others, with all their religious profession, do not. The question is: Have we sincerely trusted in Christ as the Savior who died for our sins?” C. S.

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THE MYTH ABOUT A RED HEIFER



By Ken Blue
October 28th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

THE MYTH ABOUT A RED HEIFER

There is much speculation about a Red Heifer arriving as the SIGN that Jesus is about to return. I have been hearing this for years. If anyone knows of a Bible prophecy that states it so, please let us know. We don’t need another myth. Only Bible fact, please.

 “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:  And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face:  And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:  And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:  And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.  Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.  And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.  And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.  And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.”
Numbers 19:1-10

 

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SHE SAID, “NO MAN IS GOING TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.”



By Ken Blue
October 28th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

SHE SAID, “NO MAN IS GOING TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.”

I SAID, “NO MAM, YOU WILL NOT DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO. YOU ARE YOUR OWN GOD.”  “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1. “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4.

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SHE SAID, “NO MAN IS GOING TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.”



By Ken Blue
October 28th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

SHE SAID, “NO MAN IS GOING TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO.” I SAID, “NO MAM, YOU WILL NOT DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO. YOU ARE YOUR OWN GOD.”  


“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1. “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4.

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THE SUBTLE REVOLUTION TACTICS OF SAUL ALINSKY



By Ken Blue
October 27th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

THE SUBTLE REVOLUTION TACTICS OF SAUL ALINSKY

IN RULES FOR RADICALS, SAUL ALINSKY SAYS ON PAGE 36-37, “THE TENTH RULE OF ETHICS OF MEANS AND ENDS IS THAT YOU DO WHAT YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AND CLOTHE IT IN WITH MORAL GARMENTS.” HE CONTINUES, “A NAKED ILLUSTRATION OF THIS POINT IS TO BE FOUND IN TROTSKY’S SUMMARY OF LENIN’S FAMOUS APRIL THESIS, ISSUED SHORTLY AFTER LENIN’S RELEASE FROM EXILE… THE ESSEN’S OF LENIN’S SPEECH WAS, ‘THEY HAVE THE GUNS; THEREFOR WE ARE FOR PEACE AND REFORMATION THROUGH BALLOT. WHEN WE HAVE THE GUNS, THEN IT WILL BE THROUGH THE BULLET. AND IT WAS.’”

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JEHOVAH GOD-



By Ken Blue
October 26th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES.

JEHOVAH GOD-
 

 THE MEANING OF THE WORD APPEARS FROM EXO_3:14 TO BE “THE UNCHANGING, ETERNAL, SELF-EXISTENT GOD,” THE “I AM THAT I AM,” A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD. (COMPARE MAL_3:6; HOS_12:5; REV_1:4, REV_1:8.

THE SPECIAL AND SIGNIFICANT NAME (NOT MERELY AN APPELLATIVE TITLE SUCH AS LORD) BY WHICH GOD REVEALED HIMSELF TO THE ANCIENT HEBREWS (EXO_6:2, EXO_6:3). This name, the Tetragrammaton of the Greeks, was held by the later Jews to be so sacred that it was never pronounced except by the high priest on the great Day of Atonement, when he entered into the most holy place. WHENEVER THIS NAME OCCURRED IN THE SACRED BOOKS THEY PRONOUNCED IT, AS THEY STILL DO, “ADONAI” (I.E., LORD), THUS USING ANOTHER WORD IN ITS STEAD. The Massorets gave to it the vowel-points appropriate to this word. This Jewish practice was founded on a false interpretation of Lev_24:16. THE MEANING OF THE WORD APPEARS FROM EXO_3:14 TO BE “THE UNCHANGING, ETERNAL, SELF-EXISTENT GOD,” THE “I AM THAT I AM,” A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD. (COMPARE MAL_3:6; HOS_12:5; REV_1:4, REV_1:8.)

The Hebrew name “Jehovah” is generally translated in the Authorized Version (and the Revised Version has not departed from this rule) by the word lord printed in small capitals, to distinguish it from the rendering of the Hebrew Adonai and the Greek Kurios, which are also rendered Lord, but printed in the usual type. The Hebrew word is translated “Jehovah” only in Exo_6:3; Psa_83:18; Isa_12:2; Isa_26:4, and in the compound names mentioned below.

It is worthy of notice that this name is never used in the LXX., the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Apocrypha, or in the New Testament. It is found, however, on the “Moabite stone” (q.v.), and consequently it must have been in the days of Mesba so commonly pronounced by the Hebrews as to be familiar to their heathen neighbors.

 

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T. V. HOST, OPRAH WINFREY Said…



By Ken Blue
October 16th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES, Religions.
  1. V. HOST, OPRAH WINFREY Said When She Heard A Preacher Say, “God Is A Jealous God.” St. 

Now, Why Do You Think Oprah and leading atheist, Richard Dawkins, Copyright© their Books and Shows? You Know Oprah Does. But Do You Know Why? Think Carefully. Why Anyone Would Copyright Their Work And State That No Part May Be Reproduced Without Written Permission? Let Me Help You. They Are JEALOUS OF THEIR WORK AND DON’T WANT ANYONE DISTORTING OR CLAIMING IT FOR THEIR OWN.

JEALOUSY.—The conception of idolatry as adultery and of Jehovah as the Husband of Israel led the OT writers frequently to speak of Him as a jealous God (Exo_20:5, Deu_5:9, Jos_24:19, 1Ki_14:22, Psa_78:58, Eze_36:6, Nah_1:2). THIS JEALOUSY IS THE INDICATION OF JEHOVAH’S DESIRE TO MAINTAIN THE PURITY OF THE SPIRITUAL RELATION BETWEEN HIMSELF AND HIS PEOPLE. Extraordinary zeal for this same end is characteristic of the servants of Jehovah, and is sometimes called jealousy with them (2Co_11:2, Num_25:11; Num_25:13, 1Ki_19:10). A few times the word is used in a bad sense (Rom_13:13, 1Co_3:3, 2Co_12:20, Gal_5:20, Jas_3:14; Jas_3:16).D. A. Hayes.

Jealousy

(קַנְאָה, ζῆλος), properly the feeling of suspicion of a wife’s purity (Numbers 5, 14); often used of Jehovah’s sensitive regard for the true faith of his Church (Exo_20:5, etc.; 2Co_11:2). SEE MARRIAGE. The same term is sometimes used for anger or indignation, or an intense interest for the honor and prosperity of another (Psa_79:5; 1Co_10:22; Zec_1:14; Zec_8:2). Conjugal jealousy is one of the strongest passions of our nature (Pro_6:34; Son_8:6). When God is said to be a jealous God, or to be moved to jealousy, or when the still stronger expression is used, “Jehovah, whose name is Jealous (Exo_24:14), we are to understand this language as employed to illustrate, rather than to represent, the emotions of the divine mind. The same causes operating upon the human mind would produce what we call anger, jealousy, repentance, grief, etc.; and therefore, when these emotions are ascribed to the mind of God, this language is used because such emotions can be represented to us by no other. Thus God is represented to us as a husband, related to his Church by a marriage covenant that binds her to be wholly for him, and not for another. The more sincere and constant the love, the more sensitive is the heart to the approach of a rival and the thought of such affection being alienated or corrupted fills the soul with grief and indignation. So God commends the purity, the fervency, and the sincerity of his love to his Church by the most terrific expressions of jealousy. SEE IDOLATRY.

 

 

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THE SERPENT OF GENESIS 3. PT. 1-4



By Ken Blue
October 14th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES, Bible Studies, Bible Study.

THE SERPENT OF GENESIS 3. PT. 1-4
By E. B.
In Genesis 3 we have neither allegory, myth, legend, nor fable, but literal historical facts set forth, and emphasized by the use of certain Figures of speech.

All the confusion of thought and conflicting exegesis have arisen from taking literally what is expressed by Figures, or from taking figuratively what is literal.  A FIGURE OF SPEECH IS NEVER USED EXCEPT FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALLING ATTENTION TO, EMPHASIZING, AND INTENSIFYING, THE REALITY OF THE LITERAL SENSE, AND THE TRUTH OF THE HISTORICAL FACTS; SO THAT, WHILE THE WORDS EMPLOYED MAY NOT BE SO STRICTLY TRUE TO THE LETTER, THEY ARE ALL THE MORE TRUE TO THE TRUTH CONVEYED BY THEM, AND TO THE HISTORICAL EVENTS CONNECTED WITH THEM.

But for the figurative language of verses 14 and 15 no one would have thought of referring the third chapter of Genesis to a snake:  no more than he does when reading the third chapter from the end of Revelation (Ch. 20:2).  Indeed, the explanation added there, that the “old serpent” is the Devil and Satan, would immediately lead one to connect the word “old” with the earlier and former mention of the serpent in Gen. 3:  and the fact that it was Satan himself who tempted “the second man”, “the last Adam”, would force conclusion that no other than the personal Satan could have been the tempter of “the first man, Adam”.

THE SERPENT OF GENESIS 3. PT. 2

The Hebrew word rendered “serpent” in Gen. 3:1 is Nachash (from the root Nachash, to shine), and means a shining one.  Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper, because of its shining.  Hence also, the word Nehushtan, a piece of brass, in 2Kings 18:4. In the same way Saraph, in Isa. 6:2, 6, means a burning one, and, because the serpents mentioned in Num. 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Saraphim, or Saraphs.

But with the LORD said unto Moses, “Make thee a fiery serpent” (Num. 21:8), He said, “Make thee a Saraph”, and , in obeying this command, we read in v. 9, “Moses made a Nachash of brass”.  Nachash is thus used as being interchangeable with Saraph. Now, if Saraph is used of a serpent because its bite was burning, and is also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a burning one), why should not Nachash be used of a serpent because its appearance was shining, and be also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a shining one)?

Indeed, a reference to the structure of Gen. 3 (on p. 7) will show that the Cherubim (which are similar celestial or spirit-beings) of the last verse (Gen. 3:24) require a similar spirit-being to correspond with them in the first verse (for the structure of the whole chapter is a great Introversion).  The Nachash, or serpent, who beguiled Eve (2Cor. 11:3) is not spoken of as “an angel of light” in v. 14.  Have we not, in this, a clear intimation that it was not a snake, but a glorious shining being, apparently as angel, to whom Eve paid such great deference, acknowledging him as one who seemed to possess superior knowledge, and who was evidently a being of a superior (not of an inferior) order?  Moreover, in the description of Satan as “the king of Tyre” (*1) it is distinctly implied that the latter being was of a supernatural order when he is called “a cherub” (Ezek. 28:14, 16, read from vv. 11-19).  His presence “in Eden, the garden of ‘Elohim” (v. 13), is also clearly stated, as well as his being “perfect in beauty” (v. 12), his being “perfect in his ways from the day he was created till iniquity was found in him” (v. 15), and as being “lifted up because of his beauty” (v. 17).

These all compel the belief that Satan was the shining one (Nachash) in Gen. 3, and especially because the followin 1000 g words could be addressed to him :– “Thing heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness :  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee” (v. 17). Even supposing that these things were spoken to, and of, an exalted human being in later days (in Ezek. 28), still “the king of Tyre” is not compared to a being who was non-existent; and facts and circumstances which never happened are not introduced into the comparison.

SATAN IN GENESIS PT. 3

There is more about “the king of Tyre” in Ezek. 28:11-19 than was literally true of “the prince of Tyre” (vv. 1-10).  The words can be understood only of the mightiest and most exalted supernatural being that God ever created; and this for the purpose of showing how great would be his fall.  The history must be true to make the prophecy of any weight.

Again, the word rendered “subtle” in Gen. 3:1 means wise, in a good sense as well as in a bad sense.  In Ezek. 28:12 we have the good sense, “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom”; and the bad sense in v. 17, “thou hast corrupted thy wisdom” (referring, of course, to his fall).  So the word rendered “subtle” is rendered “prudent” in Prov. 1:4; 8:12; 12:23; 14:8; and in a bad sense in Job 15:5.  1Sam. 23:22.  Ps. 83:3.

The word “beast” also, in Gen. 3:1, chay, denotes a living being, and it is as wrong to translate zoa “beasts” in Rev. 4, as it is to translate chay “beast” in Gen. 3.  Both mean living creature.  Satan is thus spoken of as being “more wise than any other living creature which Jehovah Elohim had made”.  Even if the word “beast” be retained, it does not say that either a serpent or Satan was a “beast”, but only that he was “more wise” than any other living being. We cannot conceive Eve as holding converse with a snake, but we can understand her being fascinated (*2) by one, apparently “an angel of light” (i.e. a glorious angel), possessing superior and supernatural knowledge.

When Satan is spoken of as a “serpent”, it is the figure Hypocatastasis  or Implication; it no more means snake than it does when Dan is so called in Gen. 49:17; or an animal when Nero is called a “lion” (2Tim. 4:17), or when Herod is called a “fox” (Luke 13:32); or when Judah is called “a lion’s whelp”.  It is the same figure when “doctrine” is called “leaven” (Matt. 16:6).  It shows that something much more real and truer to truth is impressively; and is intended to be a figure of something much more real than the letter of the word.

Other Figures of speech are used in vv. 14, 15, but only for the same purpose of emphasizing the truth and the reality of what is said. When it is said in v. 15, “thou shalt bruise His heel”, it cannot mean His literal heal of flesh and blood, but suffering, more temporary in character.  When it is said (v. 15), “He shall crush thy head”, it means something more than a skull of bone, and brain, and hair.  It means that all Satan’s plans and plots, policy and purposes, will one day be finally crushed and ended, never more to mar or to hinder the purposes of God.  This will be effected when Satan shall be bruised under our feet (Rom. 16:20).  This again, will not be our literal feet, but something much more real.

The bruising of Christ’s heel is the most eloquent and impressive way of foretelling the most solemn events; and to point out that the effort made by Satan to evade his doom, then threatened, would become the very means of insuring its accomplishment; for it was through the death of Christ that he who had the power of death would be destroyed; and all Satan’s power and policy brought to an end, and all his works destroyed (Heb. 2:14.  1John 3:8.  Rev. 20:1-3, 10).  What literal words could portray these literal facts so wonderfully as these expressive Figures of speech?

It is the same with the other Figures used in v. 14, “On thy belly shalt thou go”.  This Figure means infinitely more than the literal belly of flesh and blood; just as the words “heel” and “head” do in v. 15.  It paints for the eyes of our mind the picture of Satan’s ultimate humiliation; for prostration was ever the most eloquent sign of subjection.  When it is said “our belly cleaveth unto the ground” (Ps. 44:25), it denotes such a prolonged prostration and such a depth of submission as could never be conveyed or expressed in literal words.

SATAN IN GENESIS PT. 4

So with the other prophecy, “Dust shalt thou eat”.  This is not true to the letter, or to fact, but it is all the more true to truth.  It tells of constant, continuous disappointment, failure, and mortification; as when deceitful ways are spoken of as feeding on deceitful food, which is “sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth shall be filled with gravel” (Prov. 20:17).  This does not mean literal “gravel”, but something far more disagreeable.  It means disappointment so great that it would gladly be exchanged for the literal “gravel”.  So when Christians are rebuked for “biting and devouring one another” (Gal. 3:14, 15), something more heart-breaking is meant than the literal words used in the Figure.

When “His enemies shall lick the dust” (Ps. 72:9) they will not do it on their knees with their literal tongues; but they will be so prostrated and so utterly defeated, that no words could literally depict their overthrow and subjugation.  If a serpent was afterward called a nachash, it was because it was more shining than any other creature; and if it became known as “wise”, it was not because of its own innate positive knowledge, but of its wisdom in hiding away from all observation; and because of its association with one of the names of Satan (that old serpent) who “beguiled Eve” (2Cor. 11:3, 14).

It is wonderful how a snake could ever be supposed to speak without the organs of speech, or that Satan should be supposed able to accomplish so great a miracle (*3). It only shows the power of tradition, which has, from the infancy of each one of us, put before our eyes and written on our minds the picture of a “snake” and an “apple” :  the former being based on a wrong interpretation, and the latter being a pure invention, about which there is not one word said in Holy Scripture.

Never was Satan’s wisdom so craftily used as when he secured universal acceptance of this traditional belief :  for it has succeeded in fixing the attention of mankind on the letter and the means, and thus blinding the eyes to the solemn fact that the Fall of man had to do solely with the Word of God, and is centered in the sin of believing Satan’s lie instead of Jehovah’s truth.

The temptation of “the first man Adam” began with the question “Hath God said?”  The temptation of “the second man, the Lord from heaven” began with the similar question “If thou be the Son of God”, when the voice of the Father had scarcely died away, which said “This IS My beloved Son”.  All turned on the truth of what Jehovah had said. The Word of God being questioned, led Eve, in her reply, (1) to omit the word “freely” (3:2, cp. 2:16); then (2) to add the words “neither shalt thou touch it” (3:3, cp. 2:17); and finally (3) to alter a certainty into a contingency by changing “thou SHALT SURELY die” (2:17) into “LEST ye die” (3:3).

It is not without significance that the first Ministerial words of “the second Man” were “It is written”, three times repeated; and that His last Ministerial words contained a similar threefold reference to the written Word of God (John 17:8, 14, 17).  The former temptation succeeded because the Word of God was three times misrepresented; the latter temptation was successfully defeated because the same Word was faithfully repeated.

The history of Gen. 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime and immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart.  We are not to look for Satan’s activities to-day in the newspaper press, or the police courts; but in the pulpit, and in professors’ chairs.  Whenever the Word of God is called in question, there we see the trail of “that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”.  This is why anything against the true interests of the Word of God (as being such) finds a ready admission into the newspapers of the world, and is treated as “general literature”.  This is why anything in favor of its inspiration and Divine origin and its spiritual truth is rigidly excluded as being “controversial”.

This is why Satan is quite content that the letter of Scripture should be accepted in Gen. 3, as he himself accepted the letter of Ps. 91:11.  He himself could say “It is written” (Matt. 4:6) so long as the letter of what is “written” could be put instead of the truth that is conveyed by it; and so long as it is misquoted or misapplied. This is his object in perpetuating the traditions of the “snake” and the “apple”, because it ministers to the acceptance of his lie, the hiding of God’s truth, the support of tradition, the jeers of the infidel, the opposition of the critics, and the stumbling of the weak in faith.

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ISRAEL’S TEMPORARY BLINDNESS



By Ken Blue
October 9th, 2018. Filed under: ARTICLES, Bible Studies.

ISRAEL’S TEMPORARY BLINDNESS

  1. Mystery-something previously hid, but now fully revealed. In the New Testament, it always means any doctrine that has not, in former times, been made fully known to people. It is found 27 times in the New Testament and not once in the Old Testament. This truth was unrevealed until revealed to and through Paul.
  2. The blindness of Israel consisted of their crucifixion of their King and Messiah, their temporary blindness that God would create a new man called THE CHURCH consisting of Jews and Gentiles. That there would be a dispensation of grace and that Paul would be the Apostle to the Gentiles and the CHURCH. There is blindness to their own Scriptures. “But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.  Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away…”2 Corinthians 3:15-17.
  3. There will be an end to Israel’s rejection and the Gentile’s favor. That will end at the Second Advent of Christ to Israel. “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.  As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.” Isaiah 59:20-21.
  4. God turned Israel’s rejection and enmity toward Christ into the greatest blessing this world has ever witnessed. However, God’s original plan for the world through a converted Israel is going to be realized. God’s calling and promises to them will never fail.

 “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Romans 11:25-29.

 

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