Tag: Prophecy

5May

Demographic Reality

This is the direct result of our narcissist, me first culture. Marriage isn’t about falling in love. Marriage isn’t about personal fulfillment. Marriage isn’t about societal status. In the end, it’s about having children. As we destroy marriage in our society, we destroy the soceity itself, pulled up by its roots.

For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? Luke 23:29-31

19Mar

The Fourth Cup

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. Matthew 26:26-29

This is the origin of the rite we call The Lord’s Supper.

Paul describes the resulting rite, as well.

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

There are a couple of interesting things about the Lord’s Supper, and Paul’s description of it, that are interesting to contemplate. We tend to forget is this was a Passover meal, and there are four cups given in the Passover meal. The four cups are based on this verse:

Say therefore to the people of Israel, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. Exodus 6:6-7

So the four cups represent:

  • God will bring Israel out from Egypt
  • God will bring Israel out from slavery
  • God will deliver Israel with great acts of judgment
  • Israel will be God’s people

The cup Jesus used to institute the Lord’s Supper was the third cup, the cup of judgment. It represents the judgment He was about to undergo on our behalf, judgment that would bring us out of the world, or Egypt, and judgment that would bring us out of slavery, through justification. Of the fourth cup, Jesus said:

I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father?s kingdom.

What we know from this is while we are justified now, we are not accepted until some time later. When is later? Has the acceptance already occurred, so we live in the Kingdom of God now? Not according to Paul. He says we should eat the bread, and drink the cup, until Christ returns. This obviously means Christ had not returned when Paul wrote these words, the letter to the Corinthians. And since we still perform the Lord’s Supper today, He has not returned yet, and we do not yet live in His Kingdom.

We look forward to the day when we stop drinking the third cup, and drink the fourth cup instead, the cup of acceptance, when will truly be People of God.

Signifies the completion of the bride of Christ.

Matthew 26:29 & 1 Cor 11:26

Note the ’til he comes in 1 Cor.

Jewish wedding customs. Supper was the highlight of the marriage. Note the entire marriage concept.

10Nov

I Don't Have Time for Discussion about Doctrine?

I was in a discussion with someone this last week, and the subject turned to a specific piece of doctrine. The question, from my point of view, was: Have you really investigated this belief? There are some apparent contradictions in what you’re saying to me. The answer I received was surprising, to say the least; it essentially ran along the lines of: “I don’t have time to argue doctrine, I’m far too busy telling people about the end times, and teaching people about prophecy.”

Now, I will be quite honest–I happen to like studying prophecy a great deal. I even like trying to trace the outlines of past history and current events, and trying to figure out what might happen next, or trying to place current events within a prophetic context. But to place the discussion of prophecy above the discussion of doctrine…. Well, I don’t think I can go there.

In fact, the primary point of prophecy is to prove doctrine. The point of prophecy is to:

  • Prove God keeps His promises
  • Prove the Scriptures are God’s Word
  • Prove God is the God who created the universe
  • Provide comfort in times of great trial

I think this is concept of “I don’t have time to talk about, or learn, doctrine, because we’re living in the end times,” is a rather dangerous development in the life of a believer.

Christians, over time, have always tended to fixate on specific issues, including things like:

  • Authority
  • Prophecy
  • Righteous Living
  • Finding God’s purpose for my life

While each of these might, or might not, be interesting areas to study (and I would, personally, quibble with a couple of these being interesting or fruitful areas to study at all), any time they become a fixation, they are dangerous to your spiritual life. Anything we study and live should be placed in the context of God, and God’s place in our lives–the essential point of doctrine. Focusing on anything to the point that you can’t, or won’t, discuss doctrine with a fellow believer–even pointing them to a link defending what you believe-is a dangerous development, and should be avoided.

10Nov

I Don’t Have Time for Discussion about Doctrine?

I was in a discussion with someone this last week, and the subject turned to a specific piece of doctrine. The question, from my point of view, was: Have you really investigated this belief? There are some apparent contradictions in what you’re saying to me. The answer I received was surprising, to say the least; it essentially ran along the lines of: “I don’t have time to argue doctrine, I’m far too busy telling people about the end times, and teaching people about prophecy.”

Now, I will be quite honest–I happen to like studying prophecy a great deal. I even like trying to trace the outlines of past history and current events, and trying to figure out what might happen next, or trying to place current events within a prophetic context. But to place the discussion of prophecy above the discussion of doctrine…. Well, I don’t think I can go there.

In fact, the primary point of prophecy is to prove doctrine. The point of prophecy is to:

  • Prove God keeps His promises
  • Prove the Scriptures are God’s Word
  • Prove God is the God who created the universe
  • Provide comfort in times of great trial

I think this is concept of “I don’t have time to talk about, or learn, doctrine, because we’re living in the end times,” is a rather dangerous development in the life of a believer.

Christians, over time, have always tended to fixate on specific issues, including things like:

  • Authority
  • Prophecy
  • Righteous Living
  • Finding God’s purpose for my life

While each of these might, or might not, be interesting areas to study (and I would, personally, quibble with a couple of these being interesting or fruitful areas to study at all), any time they become a fixation, they are dangerous to your spiritual life. Anything we study and live should be placed in the context of God, and God’s place in our lives–the essential point of doctrine. Focusing on anything to the point that you can’t, or won’t, discuss doctrine with a fellow believer–even pointing them to a link defending what you believe-is a dangerous development, and should be avoided.

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