ON THE EDGE
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of
you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace”. Galatians 5:4.
INTRODUCTION: To begin with the Title
would at first glance give you the idea that this document would be a Novel, about a murder scene. It is not. Second thought
could it be about a Skating Rink. I don’t think so. Ok, so now you know what I am going to talk about, construction
workers working 25 stories above the ground and just horsing around. O, No. I am not talking about this kind of edge; rather
allow me to introduce you to three of the most dangerous Mountains that God created; Mount Nebo of 11000 thousand feet in
Canaan of the far east; Mount Rainier 14,000 feet in height; located in the State of Washington, USA; Mount Ararat
the highest peak in the world 17,000 feet high. These three mountains are the most dangerous mountains in the world historically
speaking. Snow remains on the mountains year round, one cannot tell when he has danced to close to a Precipitous cliff. On
any large mountain there are always Precipitous cliff’s, the climber always has with him a long feeler rod to prevent
falling over a Precipitous cliff, and dying without anyone ever finding him.
Professional climbers spend years upon years studying the mountain he intends to
climb. He engages a Tutor, one who is skilled and has superior knowledge of the mountain, he is taught what to look for to
avoid walking too close to a Precipitous cliff. This reminds me of an event that happened when I was in military service in
Fort Lewis Washington in 1949. Three young men took very little training in climbing, so they met at the foot of Mount Rainier
to plan their first move it was told by the remaining young man that he asked one of the young men are you going to climb
the mountain? and he said I am going to give it my best shot. He asked the second, are you going to climb the mountain? his
reply was I am going to try. So the two asked the third are you going to climb the mountain? His reply was as he told the
story. I will prove to you that I can climb the mountain, this young man lived to tell the story.
AT THE TWO ABOVE PARAGRAPHS AGAIN. There is more Biblical Truth here than what meets the eye at first glance. (Study, Prove,
Let’s get into the meat of the subject now. We used three mountains and the
dangers which one occurs when climbing any of the three.
Now lets use three of the most dangerous Doctrines taught
in religion and Christianity today. Which also provides Precipitous cliff’s to fall from. (The doctrines of instrumental
music in worship). (Calvinism, which includes Humanism, Paganism, Gnosticism, Premillennialism). (The doctrine of future fulfillment).
Once saved always saved. The failure to study and prove what the will of God is. (To accept only the approved Biblical doctrines).
NUMBER 1. INSTRUMENTAL
MUSIC IN WORSHIP TO GOD.
First you are going to say. “O, No you are wrong”. Well then you study
sufficiently and Prove to me what the will of God is regarding Instrumental music in worship. You are required to do this
Romans 12:2. I will Debate the issue. Any time.
Humanism discovered the instruments. So what does Humanism have to do with musical instruments? Remember in Genesis
chapter 3, after God had created Adam and Eve in His image Gen. 1:26, “And God said, let Us make man in our image, after
our likeness”. Gen.1:27, “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him”. Now
read Genesis chapter 3, God informed the pair to eat of all the fruits of the garden, but do not eat of
the fruit of the tree of good and evil which is in the center of the garden, for in the day you eat of this fruit you shall
surely die! Well Humanism came along in the form of a Serpent and applied itself to the human side of Adam and the Serpent
said you shall not surely die. They ate of the forbidden fruit, and they surely died. They died the Spiritual death! They
danced too close to the Precipitous cliff. Adam and Eve were created with two spirits inside the one body. One spirit is Spiritual,
the other is evil. Gal. 5:16. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body, 1 Cor. 15:44. Human wisdom is Demonic.
This says that God created man as a free moral agent, he can follow the patterns of Humanism, and die a spiritual death,
or obey God, live faithfully and never die Spiritually, 1 Corinthians 2:12-15, If this was not true each human being would
be a mere Robot without choice.
The Humanist Manifesto, demands that its followers
obey the laws of the Manifesto, deny that God exists, deny the teaching of the Holy Spirit. Sex of any
kind are permitted, enjoy life to the fullness of pleasure. Do what pleases the body. Engage in events which brings the body
to its highest peak of entertainment. There is more in the Manifesto 2, here we have said enough to show what Humanism embodies
Look up to the first paragraph on
page 2, “humanism discovered musical instruments”. Remember that God destroyed the people of the Adam era in the
great flood. Why did He destroy all these people in the great flood of Genesis chapters 6, 7, 8? They were involved in Pagan
worship, and practiced Humanism. These things the Bible confirms. Notice Genesis 4:21, “And his brothers name was Jubal,
he was the father of all such as handle the Harp and Organ”. The instruments which causes excitement and stimulation
to the human body, and which leads people to a perfidious fall, this in itself involves a breach of faith. There was few of
the people who remained faithful, Gen. 5:21-24, Enoch and his family, and especially Enoch for God took him. Gen. 6:1-5 fully
describes the condition of the people before the flood.
In Gen. Chapters 6, 7, and 8. God alone informed Noah of each living thing to carry into the Ark, and the just number.
BUT, notice 6:21-22, God said, “And as for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to
yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them”. It seems odd that God would not allow Noah to carry at least
one Organ aboard the Ark. After all, 12 months on a boat full of animals riding the waves of a rough Sea, seems that some
form of entertainment would have been approved. They had God each mile of the way. BUT, not a word is mentioned
of Noah carrying musical instruments into the Ark for entertainment. Do you wonder why? God did not authorize it, He would
have sunk this great boat had Noah hauled an Organ into the Ark. Has God authorized musical instruments in worship unto Him
in the New Testament? God allowed the Pagan world to use the instrument, but did not at first allow the 12 tribes of Israel
to use the instrument, even before the tribes were fully organized the people were going back into Paganism and Humanism along
with the nations of the world. The book of Deuteronomy God clearly reveals what action He would take if they continued to
worship false god’s and took of their insane religion. Especially is God very clear in Deut. 28:1-14, what He would
do in their behalf if they remained faithful. BUT, Deut. 28:15-47 God makes it very clear what action he would take against
them. Deut. 28: 48-66, it was the last straw for Israel. Israel used the instrument against God’s Will. Deut. 29:10-28;
Deut. 30:15-20; Deut. 31:16-21. Keep in mind in Deut. 28:1-14, God names all the things in which He would bless and allow
Israel to possess, but, musical instruments is not mentioned.
Please read the Prophet Amos chapters 4 and 5, see what God says, especially Amos 5:21-27, “I hate, I reject
your festivals, Nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to me burnt offerings and your grain
offering, I will not accept them, And I will not even look at the peace offering of your fatlings. Take away from Me the noise
of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters”.
God spoke this some 600 years before He totally
used the armies of Rome to destroy Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple. Israel danced too close to the precipitous cliff, and
fell, it was a perfidious fall. Daniel chapter 7.1-26.
So why do most Churches of Christ not use instruments of music?
The twelve Apostles was guided
by the Holy Spirit in ALL they would teach, and write, Acts 2:4; Acts 26:25; 2 Cor. 8:7; Eph. 6:19; Col. 4:3; Especially look
at the instructions given by Christ in Luke 21:15. So what the Lord’s Church in Acts 2:41-47, was receiving was instructions
given by the Holy Spirit, The Church established here in Jerusalem is shown to be practicing what the Holy Spirit ordained.
No mention of instruments of music is seen. This was the Jewish Church of Christ, as was foretold through prophecy by the
Prophets, and by Christ Matt. 16:18, “MY CHURCH”. Then the Apostles wrote in Acts 20:28, “Shepherd the Church
of God which Christ purchased with His own Blood. Special notice here is the word, (“THE”) Britannica World language,
Vol. 2, P. 1351, states, “The- Her, His, one, etc.” So Christ purchased the Church of God from God, thus
receiving the Title and Mandate from God as new owner, and HEAD of the Church of Christ, Rom. 16:16; Dan. 7:13-14;
Luke 19:12-26; Acts 10:42, “And He ordered
us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the ONE who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living
and the dead.”
Thus the Holy Spirit using the Apostles clearly shows in the New Testament the transition from the Law of Moses. Showing
the Covenant of Israel as being obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. Heb. 8:1-13. Written months before the Apostle
Paul was beheaded by Emperor Nero in 64 A. D.
Hear Christ, not Moses (Matt.17:5).
the Gospel to all nations (Matt. 28:18-20).
Judged by Christ’s words (John 12:48).
Loosed/ delivered from the law (Rom.7:1-7).
“Christ is the end of the law” (Rom. 10:4).
Old nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14).
Change in priesthood required change in law (Heb. 7:12;9-11).
Christ came to take away the first law to establish the second (Heb. 10:9).
The transition to the New Testament, and to a New Covenant
shows evidence that only a Pagan, or Humanist could deny. Jeremiah 31: 31-35. A new law changed humanity’s response
to God. Christians no longer offer animal sacrifice, they no longer keep the Passover, they no longer observe the Sabbaths
and new moons, or avoid pork and catfish, Col.2:14-17. Therefore the transition proves one thing for sure. If the new Testament
and its teaching by the Apostles and the Holy Spirit has not been fulfilled, Matt. 5:17, “Do not think that I came to
abolish the Law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill”. Then why are we practicing Christianity
today? Does it not seem strange that God chose Paul as the Apostle to the Gentiles, Acts 9:15, and Paul goes and teaches the
Gentiles a Gospel that has not been fulfilled yet? Acts 10:1-48. Acts 10:48, “And he (Peter) ordered them to be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ”. Why baptize them if there is no new Covenant? If baptism is of the new Covenant, then
Jesus fulfilled the Covenant as promised. In all the Gospel teaching of the early Church, there is no mention of any Church
using the musical instrument in worship to God and Christ. Why?
RECORDED HISTORY OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
The proving of all things indicates we hold fast that which is good and pleasing to God, Rom. 12:2; 1 Thess. 5:21;
Eph. 5:17, Col. 3:16. “Study to present thyself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling
accurately the word of truth”. 2 Tim. 2:15. Recorded history of acappella singing is given in Eph. 5:18-19, “Speaking
to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord”. Also
Col.3:16. No man made instrument is mentioned. Emil Nauman wrote in the history of music, “There can be no doubt that
originally the music of the divine service was everywhere entirely of a vocal nature, Vol. 1, p. 177. Wycliffe Bible Dictionary
says, “there is no record in the New Testament of the use of mechanical instruments in the musical worship of the Lord’s
Church. The catholic Encyclopedia reads “ the first Christians were of too spiritual a fiber to substitute lifeless
instruments for or to use them to accompany the human voice.
More than five hundred years passed before instruments were used in the pagan catholic church. Chambers
Encyclopedia notes, “The organ is said to have been introduced into the catholic church by Pope Vitalian in 666 A. D.
And in 1054 the organ led to a split between the catholic and Eastern Orthodox church.
No other history is known until 1800, A.D. However, Martin Luther founder of the
Lutheran Church called the instrument “an ensign of Baal”. John Calvin founder of the Presbyterian Church, wrote,
“Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than burning incense, or lighting lamps”.
John Wesley the founder of the Methodist Church wrote, (1703-1791) “I have no objection to instruments of music in the
chapels, provided they are not seen or heard”. Adam Clark, (1762-1832) “Music as a science, I esteem and admire:
but instruments of music in the house of the God I abominate and abhor”. All these men came out of the Pagan catholic
church. Charles Spurgeon, widely recognized Baptist preacher wrote in his comments on Psalm 42: “We might as well pray
by machinery as pray by it”.
To Substitute what God has
ordained in Ephesians 5:18-19, is to add to the written word, the penalty is death, Deut. 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19.
Men who add to the written
word, can surely be called humanistic, because they disregard the written Oracles of God in order to please themselves; they
are Baal worshippers to say the least, in, or out of the Church.
Why does most of
the Churches of Christ, and the 1800 present day denominations teach against the statement Jesus made in Matt. 5:17?
Is it because there is among them a seed of humanism, and paganism? After all the seed of Paganism
and Humanism came down from the era of Adam and Eve, during the creation period. Not all together. There are some of the Churches
of Christ who has incorporated musical instruments into their worship, and some in Texas and California who has changed their
names. Such is incompetent, and unable to do what is required. But the greater problem is, “And their parties are accompanied
by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the Lord, nor do they consider
the work of His hands, Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of Knowledge”. Isaiah 5:12-13.
NUMBER TWO THE STUDY OF CALVINISM AND ASSOCIATED
Calvinism is a system of
Humanism, and Paganism brought forth from the early Creation period. John Calvin (1509-1564) a French theologian, and a recent
out cast from the Roman catholic church. Calvin’s best known writing is the Institute of the Christian Religion. His
system has five major points defined by his own method. These five points God does not recognize, however, in his period of
history the catholic church had suppressed the people for almost 1100 years, the catholic church directed the people to obey
its Oracles, or die, so when John Calvin began to teach his theology the people ran to him hoping to be relieved from slavery,
under the catholic rule. They did not understand his theology. He had great followings. The people of this age in history
was dancing on the edge of eternity, and was not aware of it. They were climbing the mountain without first studying and seeking
qualified instructions, in regards to the consequences.
1. TOTAL DEPRAVITY! Calvinism says that because of the fall of Adam, every child is born into the
world COMPLETELY SINFUL! and CORRUPT! Only the direct operation of the Holy Spirit can bring SINFUL MAN to Christ Jesus.
First lets investigate the early creation. Genesis 1:26, “Then God said,
Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness, (Spiritual). Regardless of how old, how large; they were spiritual
when created. Gen. 5:3, “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years he became the father of a son”. There
is no record of how long Adam existed before God created the garden. Yet Gen. 2:7, informs us that God formed man from the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Spiritual life. God was spiritual, God created Adam
in His image and likeness, spiritual. Here is the PATTERN for all creation, throughout eternity. When man and woman meet in
conception God breathes into that conception the breath of life. God does not breath into that conception the breath of EVIL!
Such would destroy God’s PATTERN for creation. The pattern for creation was used in the conception of Jesus,
the Holy Spirit blessed and planted the seed during the conception period. Jesus was not born into the world a sinful child,
neither was He CORRUPT. Jesus gives an illustration in Matthew 18:1, the disciples said, “Who then is the greatest in
the in the kingdom of heaven. 18:2, Jesus called a child to Himself and stood him in their midst. 18:3, and said, “Truly
I say to you unless you are converted and become LIKE children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of heaven. This child was
a young boy, most scholars come close to agreeing that the child was 8 to 10 years of age, he was not yet the age of accountability.
So this child God breathed the breath of life into this conception and he became a living soul. 18:4, “Whoever then
humbles himself as this child”. Indicates that this child was safe and spiritual. THINK If John Calvin’s
theory is correct, then this child was a sinner, and was corrupt, and you have Jesus saying this child is Heavens MODEL, and
the Apostles should pattern their life after him! Calvin’s doctrine is found to be DISPOSABLE Matt.
18:1-8, and is disputable.
Study and Meditate upon this. ---- The doctrine of John Calvin says that “EVERY CHILD BORN INTO THE WORLD IS
COMPLETELY SINFUL AND CORRUPT!—Can you imagine this; Jesus was born of woman, was He a sinful being, a corrupt being?
Regardless of who he was, He was born into the world. The world was full of sin, but that did not make Jesus a sinner; nor
any other child. Jesus was a pattern for eternity, and for salvation. He was baptized at the age of THIRTY years for an example
and pattern to all humanity, the Holy Spirit came upon Him at baptism to give Him miraculous powers through baptism. The pattern
today is at Baptism we receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:38, (the Grace of God). We do not receive miraculous powers.
For many years since 1509 A. D. many Churches have been invaded with these doctrines, and have caused many Churches to split,
and become Perfidious which involves a breach of faith. But why does such a thing happen to Churches? 2 Timothy 2:15, and
2 Timothy 3:16, as well as Romans 12:1-2, “Prove what the Will of God is”. No study, No knowledge. No discussions
with those who have knowledge, no problems solved.
2. CALVINISM, UNCONDITIONAL PREDESTINATION.
Calvinism says, “that God in His sovereignty chooses or predestines some to be saved, and
others lost. The sinner has no ability or free will to choose or reject God.”. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow
about His Promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing, (WILLING). for any to perish but for all
to come to repentance”. Paul the Apostle knew nothing about Calvinistic doctrines when he said, “ In the sight
of God our Saviour who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. 1 Timothy 2:3-4.
Calvinism is nothing more than theology, or
opinions, which God will not accept.
Notice the following: “The sinner has no ability or free choice to choose or reject”. For just one more
evidence against Calvinism look at Daniel 1:1-8, Daniel was taken prisoner from Jerusalem as many more thousands by King Nebuchadnezzar
of Babylon, God sent the King down to Israel to destroy, to kill, to take prisoners from Israel because of the mass falling
away from God back to Paganism, they were sinners. Dan.1:8, “But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself”.
God did not make up Daniel’s mind for him. Question. But Calvinism says that Daniel could not do this, who is correct,
Daniel or John Calvin?
This is some of the things that Humanism, and Paganism taught, and yet teaches.
Although Calvin came out of Catholicism when he was middle age, he sought to establish
another religious empire. “One name is as good as another”. Why did he then leave Catholicism? If one name is
as good as another why did he not establish a Baptist, or Methodist empire? Even a Pentecostal why? Well these are the things
that Calvin set in his law. But what did Christ say? Acts 4:11-12, Referring to verse 11, what did the Holy Spirit say? “And
there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other NAME under heaven that has been given among men which we must be
3. CALVINISM, LIMITED ATONEMENT.
“Calvinism says that the atoning work of Christ was ONLY for the Elect but not
for all men”. And yet the Scripture teaches in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. 1 John 2:1-2, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not
for our only, but also for those of the whole world”. A second look at 1 John 4:14, “And we have beheld and bear
witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world”. John 4:42, “ And they were saying to
the woman, It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One
is indeed the Savior of the whole world”. 1 Timothy 4:9-10, “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we
have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men who believe”.
4. Calvin says that Christ’s Atonement was ONLY
for the elect”.
OPEN your Bible to Matthew 24: 29-34, and pay close attention to verse 31, here is the “Elect”. The Elect
was the Righteous from the creation until Christ’s death. Christ paid the Ransom price to Satan before Satan would release
the departed spirits, the Ransom price was Christ’s life and blood. (SEE Heb. 2:14-15). John 12:31;
John 16:11; 1 John 3:8. Only after Satan being destroyed could the Ancient spirits of the “ELECT” be raised in
Resurrection, Hosea 6:1-3, Isaiah 26:19, “Your dead will live; their Corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake
and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits”. Daniel
12:2; Hosea 13:14. Matthew 27: 51-53. John Calvin was really Dancing on the edge here. Do not follow him,
lest you fall over the Precipitous cliff.
5. CALVINISM, IRRESISTIBLE GRACE.
Calvinism says, “That there
is a special call by the Holy Spirit, separate and apart from the revealed Word of God, which comes irresistibly to the sinner
who is among the “Elect”. The written Word thus has no power until the Holy Spirit makes the sinner respond”.
NOTICE—“The Holy Spirit makes the sinner respond”. The word means that the sinner involved cannot respond.
Does not have the right to say no. Therefore, this violates scripture which clearly shows that in creation God created man
to have a choice, to be made a free moral agent of his life. Such doctrine emphatically violates the God given autonomy to
mankind. It is ludicrous to say the least. I am reluctant to say that since many Churches in this generation
has engaged in Nebulous and mixed ideas in regards to what the Scripture means and teaches. It becomes inevitable that Nebulous
ideas results in brethren castigating each other, and further resulting in Churches splitting. Brethren should not be cynical,
rather in full unanimity. Scripture teaches that anyone who responds to the Gospel message by studying the Scriptures to see
what the message of the Scriptures are and prove what the Will of God is, Romans 12:1-2, then respond to Mark 16:15-16. (See
Paul tried to pray through to obtain salvation, yet he could not. Notice 9:9-10, he was there three days and nights without
food or drink, but was praying through 3 days, when Ananias the servant of the Lord came in and said, the Lord has sent me
to you arise and be baptized. Acts 22:1-18, Paul gives his defense of his salvation before the people. He had to prove that
it was the Will of God for him to be baptized, Rom. 12:1-2. God responds to the sinner in Mark 16:16, be baptized, you cannot
come to the Alter and pray through. God’s Word is indubitable.
6. CALVANISM, PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS.
Calvinism says, “that the elect
(those chosen by God), cannot fall from grace or turn their backs on God”. This is very important for Christian, or
non Christian to meditate upon, it is unequivocally IMPORTANT to learn what is meant by this sentence. (1) Notice the words
“That the Elect those chosen by God cannot fall from Grace”. (2) The “Elect” was the righteous spirits
held in bondage by Satan until the death of Christ. At which time Christ paid the ransom price to Satan (His blood and life)
for the release of all Ancient spirits, Heb. 2:14-15; 2 Timothy 1:10; 1 Corinthians, 15:51-56. (3) So now, John Calvin, withheld
knowledge, or did not possess knowledge as to his doctrine of the “Elect”. (4) See Matthew 24:31, Here the “Elect”
is being gathered from over the universe, from one end of the sky to the other, these are righteous spirits of the dead which
would rise up before the end of the generation which Christ lived, Matt. 24:34, Emphatically in 70 A. D. Luke 21:20, 22-32.
These Scriptures have been,
and are yet controversial with those whom God says they lack knowledge and proof, 2 Tim. 2:15, and Rom.12:1-2, Lack of knowledge
among Church leaders results in leaders not fulfilling their responsibility as leaders, Elders, Deacons, 2 Tim. 3:16, Unequivocally
and clearly states what leaders MUST do
To meet their qualifications as an Elder. 1 Timothy 2:1-7. “Able to teach”. “Able to discuss events
of Scripture”. “ Trustworthy”.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,
17, that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.
8. But, now ask your church leader, preacher, or teacher,
or Elder to discuss Matthew chapter 24 with you. Reluctant he will begin, but soon you will hear that Matt. 24 is yet future
in fulfillment, and when you point out verse 34, he will give you Nebulous ideas not proven by Scripture. Righteous
people of the New Testament are called by Scripture “Saints”.
9. Beware, Calvin’s teaching
it will lead to the Baptist teaching which is Calvinism, and both says, “Once saved, always saved”. But Galatians
5:4 “Ye are fallen from grace”. 2 Peter 3:17, “Being carried away by unprincipled men you fall”.
See, Matt. 10:29; Mark 14:27; 1 Cor. 10:12; 1 Timothy 3:6; Heb. 6:4-6.
are dancing on the edge when you believe and practice Calvinistic doctrines which says, “ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS
NOTE----WE HAVE COVERED TWO OF THE PRECIPITOUS DOCTRINES, INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, AND SECOND CALVINISM. NOW WE WILL ENGAGE
IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD.
FIRST, we must understand TWO things in regards to the Old Testament.
Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, he wrote a brief history
of the beginning of creation, included in the first book of Genesis, in this book we see and understand that this book is
full of Types, Shadows, Patterns, Mysteries, and Prophecy. The completed Old Testament is also recorded history, Types, Patterns,
Shadows, Mysteries, and prophecy.
At this time, please allow me to give you
at least two examples of types, Patterns, Mysteries, and Prophecy. First turn in your Bible to Genesis chapter 22, and read
the account of Abraham and his son Isaac; how that Abraham was to offer his son as a living sacrifice at the request of God
the Father. This was a type of Sacrifice which God would offer His Son, Hebrews 9:26, compare the likeness, and remember to
look back at Gen. 22:12-13.
Now lets look at an example using
Metaphoric language, this is a language that at this time in history the people could not understand the language given by
God. The meaning was hidden until later. Turn now to Genesis chapter 37:3-10, Joseph had a dream verse 7, he told the dream
to his brothers; they hated him. Joseph had another dream, verse 9 and 10, this time it was about the sun, moon, and eleven
stars they were bowing down to him. He related this to his father, and his father said “what is this dream you have
had? Shall I (the sun) your mother(the moon) and your brothers (11 stars). Bow down to you, Indeed Jacob, his wife and the
eleven brothers did bow down to Joseph, there was the severe famine in the land of Canaan the nation, or tribes of Jacob went
down into Egypt to trade for wheat. Unaware to his family Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers, he arrived in
Egypt, God blessed Joseph and the ruler of Egypt made Joseph second in command. When Joseph’s family arrived in Egypt
they did not recognize Joseph, thus they bowed down and begged for food. So, the sun, moon, and 11 stars, did not represent
the sun, moon, and stars in the heavens; they represented people, tribes, especially the 12 tribes of Israel, religion, and
let me show you the Type, and pattern for the Metaphoric use of, the sun, the moon, the stars. Look at Isaiah 13:1-19. You
see the “Lord coming” stars falling, sun and moon not giving their light, hearts melting with extreme heat. All
this represented God’s judgment against Babylon. In Isaiah 13:1-19, the sun represented the nation of Babylon being
destroyed. The moon not giving its light represented the Pagan religion of Babylon and no longer would the people be able
to call upon their Idol god. The stars represented the common people. Be sure to look in your Bible at Daniel 8:8-10, observe
verse 10, is it possible for mere man to pull down the literal stars out of heaven? Isa. 13:1, “The Oracle against Babylon.
So. One more example. Look at Genesis 49:8-10. Just before the death of Jacob, the father of the
12 sons, each being a leader of his appointed tribe, consisting of the 12 tribes of Israel or 12 stars, gave each son a prophecy
as to what would happen to each one 49:8-10 deals with Judah one of the tribes of Israel. Judah would not be destroyed until
after the birth of Christ, God planned that Christ would come through Judah. The other 11 tribes had already fallen from God,
and returned to Paganism. Only Judah remains.
Christ was born through Judah, lived and preached,
yet He was not ready to destroy Judah, He gave them another 40 years to wonder in the wilderness of sin.
and then when the 40 years had passed. SHILOH comes (CHRIST) he will remove the rulers staff from Judah as well as
the Scepter, Gen. 49:8-10. (Authority to rule). So we ask the question, When was Israel and Judah destroyed by the Roman army?
All Christian and secular history records the event happening in 70 A. D.
STUDY. 2 Tim. 2:15. Prove what is The Will of God is, Rom. 12:1-2.
We have introduced examples of Types, Shadows, Patterns, Mysteries,
as well as Prophecy. Now I ask that you use common sense with the Scriptural discussion of the subject of “MYSTERIES”
Number 1. Mystery. First read Daniel chapter 2.
Now that you have read about the Kings dream, and how Daniel prayed to God for the interpretation. See and understand that
the great Statue with 4 different materials represented 4 World empires, Dan 2:36-43, in Daniel 7:1-8, these same kingdoms
is represented as four beast arising from the sea, ( But later in Dan. 7:17). The angel informs Daniel that these 4 beast
would arise from the earth. First was Babylon, then Medo Persia, Greece, and the fourth Rome who would destroy Israel. The
interpretation was not known to the common people, Daniel was commanded to seal up the book until the end time of Israel,
Dan. 12:9. Secular history, as well as Biblical informs us that these nations rose, and fell in the order given here. (Read
So the four world Empires represented in the great Statue has been fulfilled. But now lets look at another Mystery.
Look at Daniel 2:32-33, notice the part of the statue that is partly of iron and partly of clay is the Roman Empire. So during
the rule of Rome we see another mystery look at Dan. 2:34, “A stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and it
crushed the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.”
Common sense tells us that Christ was the Rock, 1 Corinthians 10:4. Christ would establish His Kingdom during the reign
of the fourth beast. No longer would Pagan kings rule over His people, Dan. 2:44-45, (You must read this). Daniel 7:13-14
shows us that Christ did during the reign of that Kingdom, (Rome). Receive His Kingdom, Power, and dominion and now rules
over His people. That is the mystery revealed. Do you believe that? If you do not please read Luke 19:12-26. Christ received
the kingdom and RETURNED during the life time of His slaves. Do you believe what the Scripture reveals? You have the choice.
If you do not, then do not CASTIGATE those who believe the truth. If you read Daniel chapter 7, you see the war between the
fourth beast and Israel which were to last three and one half years, then read Dan. 12:1-13, the complete END of Israel.
I will initiate the mysteries of the New Testament, and show their fulfillment Scripturally. I ASK THAT YOU NOT BELIEVE ME
AND WHAT I SAY. BUT WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH MIRACLEOUS UTTERANCES GAVE TO THE APOSTLES. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE AUTHOR
OF BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT. HE SAID WHAT HE WANTED TO SAY, AND MEANT EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID. Acts 2:1-4.
1 Cor. 1:10,”Now
I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but
you be complete in the same mind and in the same judgment”.
Matt. 13:11, mystery revealed to the Apostles, concerning the burning of Israel. But was not revealed to the people,
this was left for the Apostles.
1 Cor. 2:4-9, Mystery revealed from
all ages past to our Glory.
1 Cor. 4:1, Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of the mysteries.
1Cor. 13:2, And
know all mysteries and knowledge.
Eph. 1:1-10, summing up and revealing in Christ, things in heaven and things upon the earth, He predestined us to adoption
as sons of God. Rom. 8:4-17. Revealing of Grace, the gift of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:38. Revealing of redemption which never
before existed. Forgiveness of sins through His blood. Verse 9, He has made known to us the mystery of His Will.
Eph. 3:3-6, the
mystery of salvation to the Gentiles revealed. Past tense.
Eph. 3:9-10, to bring to light by
revealing the hidden mystery of the administration of God which were hidden in God for ages past, NOW revealed in order that
the wisdom of God might NOW be known through the Church to the rulers and the authorities in heavenly places the Church.
Eph. 5:32, “This
mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and His Church”.
Eph. 6:19, Pray
on my behalf, that Utterances may be given me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the Mystery of the Gospel.
the Father delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son. Early Christians
after 70 A.D. Taught the Christianity is simply a fulfillment of the prophecy of the O. T. The Apologists stake everything
on the old Testament prophecy; they taught as had been taught by the Apostles, that the main evidence for Christianity, therefore
is fulfilled prophecy. Aristides Apology 74-143 A. D. Justin Martyr, Apologists 76- 149 A. D. Manuel of Church History, by
A Henry Newman. P-239. Verse 26, That is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has NOW
BEEN REVEALED TO HIS SAINTS Verse 27, wealth that comes from full assurance of UNDERSTANDING, resulting in a TRUE knowledge
of God’s mystery.
Col. 1:18, Christ is the head of THE body, THE Church. This Church was purchased with His blood, Acts 2O:28. Think,
if the second coming is yet future, then being head of the Church is yet future, and we are still under the law of Moses.
On this subject how do you deal with, Gen. 49:8-10? Israel was destroyed near 2000 years ago. The Jews that was sent to the
far east in 1946 does not constitute Israel. The nations of Europe and the United States paid Billions of dollars to move
the Jews out of these countries just so they could form an alliance in the far east. God did not give them
the land, they grabbed.
Col. 2:2, Attaining to
all wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery of Christ.
Col. 4:3, praying that God will open the door to reveal
the mystery of Christ.
Romans 11:25, I do not want you to be uninformed of this mystery. the fullness of the Gentiles HAS COME IN. past tense,
Romans 16:25-26, Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according
to the revelation of the mystery. But now manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment
of the eternal God, HAS NOW BEEN MADE KNOWN TO ALL NATIONS.
1 Timothy 3:9. Hold to the mystery
with faith and a clear conscience.
Rev. 10:7, But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the Mystery of God is
fulfilled, as He preached to His servants the prophets.
Daniel 12:5-13, Daniel has some closing thoughts given him by God, read what is said in these verses. Look now at V
7, as soon as they(Rome) finish shattering the power of the holy people, ALL THESE EVENTS WILL BE COMPLETED. V 13, the end
of the age. Not the end of the world. The end of the Jewish age ended in 70 A. D.
Heb. 8:1-13. And Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the law
or the prophets; I did not come to abolish but to Fulfill, Matt. 5:17.
Do you as a student see the Churches today being taken over by people of very little Biblical education, have you noticed
that what they believe and teach comes from tradition, and tradition comes from Paganism, Humanism and Calvinism?
is intent upon conquering the religious world. It has been around since the days of the Apostles. Today more so than any other
time in history. Today in the Churches if you asked 15 people if they believe that Christ’s second coming is future
fourteen would say yes He has not come yet, when He does that is the end of the world. That is what Premillennalism, and humanism
teaches. The One would say the Bible is fulfilled. This is the One that has not just read; but has studied the Scriptures
and has proven what the will of God is. These doctrines are foreign to God, and are very dangerous they get you to dancing
close to the edge. I would encourage people who are thinking about Church to do as the professional Mountain climber
does, seek out an instructor on Biblical affairs ( not a preacher, not a Pastor) But a person skilled in the Gospel
laws of Christ, Spiritually qualified.
DANGER! The US Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers can be prosecuted for
promoting their faith. 100,000 Christians are killed annually because of their faith, the statements were released to Fox
news. U. S. Government calls born again Christians a top national threat!
CAUTION-----The Scripture used herein is God breathed. The Holy Spirit is the Author. What He said, He meant. Revelation
22:18-19, does not authorize anyone to make any change in Scripture. To Deny what the Holy Spirit has said is to Blaspheme
the Holy Spirit. Matt. 12:32!
Matthew 12:32, “And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever
shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age, or the age to come? What will you do
with this lesson? Will you believe the Holy Spirit? Or will you deny the Holy Spirit? There is something, or some one who
will always try to destroy that which was once created. ARE YOU DANCING ON THE EDGE?
Think about our children, and grand
children, and you can see that Anti Christianity is on the rise in this country, Look at the amount of young people leaving
the Church for entertainment. Is this unsustainable?
E. Mills, DM. PH.D
The International School of Biblical Research
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