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Legion: The Man Among The Tombs and The Lord’s Touch of Grace

Although the idea of demonic oppression and possession is often viewed as non existent in the western world, I do think Satan and his agents are still active. Even in the Christian community the idea of Satanic Attack is often mysterious, but the Bible is clear that spiritual warfare is real, but the believet should not fear the devil, but submit to the Lord’s will and avoid Satan.  

In one incidence we see a man among the tombs who was sorely oppressed by demons but the Lord Jesus gave him his life back!

(Mark 5:1-17) They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!’ For Jesus had said to him, ‘Come out of this man, you impure spirit!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘My name is Legion,’ he replied, ‘for we are many.’ And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.’ He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man  and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. 

Demonic oppression and mental illness I think are often closely interconnected, although to say every mental illness is caused by evil spiritual forces is not wise, but someone who has had their minds swallowed in lies have many characteristics of mental illness.

In an exogetical break down if we were to outline what a mind afflicted with torment of lies looks like, we would get many of the same characteristics that this poor man had.

1.) He lived isolated and lonely, no one could reason with him or restrain him. He was driven from common people and prefered the life of that in a graveyard among the dead as opposed to life among the living. 

2.) He was self destructive, he cut himself, he probably believed lies about who he was and in some sick perverse way found relief through self mutilation

3.) He cried out, most likely wailed in his mental agony and displayed a wild man tendency as one who had gone mad.

4.) Most bizarrely enough is “When he saw Jesus at a distance he ran a fell on his knees before him” and like an isane person he had a irresistable draw to Christ but at the very same time pulled away, because his mind was divided and he (or the demons in reality) and whether they controlled his tongue or rather created feelings of terror and hostility in the man when he saw Jesus, the text does not say.

But he shrieked- “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!’”
No it was not Jesus’s goal to destroy the poor fellow but these unclean spirits did not want to be sent out, namely be sent into the “abyss” meaning hell, 

(Luke 8:30-31) Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 

Luke recounts that the demons were afraid of “The Abyss” and these things that hijacked this poor fellow’s mind had convinced him that the Lord meant him harm. So he ran to Jesus but in a strange flip of a switch flipped out and pulled away.

5.) Jesus asked the man, “What is your name?” but look at how the demons reply, “‘My name is Legion,’ he replied, ‘for we are many.’ 

Notice the actual man did not say his name but the demons spoke on his behalf. Isn’t this true when Satan deceives those in darkness or even believers? He defines people by who he says they are, who he wants them to be and not who God sees us as. 

Now demonic residence and occupation is quite different then being demonically deceived by strongholds of the thinking. We do not know exactly what real inhabitation would look like- or as an American Christian the closest thing I can think of is my own personal struggles with mental oppression, as if something is whispering lies in my ear or creating strong reasoning to think a certain way or believe negative things and react in a negative way. It is possible that the man still could excercise voluntary function over his physical body but his mind had been so entrapped in deception that his body went right along with his deceived thinking. After all, an analogy is those brainwashed by cults or victimizers of abuse, they brainwash the victems in such a way that the victims do not run away even when they can or have freedom to do so and probably get away.
This is mental leashing, chains of the mind that yoke a person to the spell called deception and Satan succeeds well at it.

If he can convince a non Christian or a Christian who is not biblically literate or gives him no thought then he has already won the most key piece in the battle, who fights an enemy they do not perceive? Theives do not break in often in the day time but when your sleeping, unware, so they can rob you blind.

(John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

The Lord wants us to be free, full of freedom and wholeness, not chained by deception to whatever ball in chain we think is just who we are, fear, pride, anger, bitterness, addiction, lust, selfishness or envy. Balls of dense iron that are often ones of guilt, shame, terrible views of ourself and others, and whatever else binds us to misery.

How can the devil succeed over the people who do not know Christ. Plainly, he convinces them Jesus and God are tyranical monsters with chains called unbelief, just like a diabolical criminal convinces his victim the police are bad and wont believe them but put them in jail if they tell. After all, this is deception that is more binding then actual ropes or physical restraints. At least with ropes their is the possibility of escape, but with a bound mind then who can be free unless they know the Truth

(John 8:32) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ 
The Truth- is the only thing sharp enough to cut the binds of deception, and as Jesus declared “I Am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me”

Jesus goes on to say in (John 8:34-38) Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it for ever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.’ 

In this scenario the Jews reply inprotest that they are descendents of Abraham,

(John 8:42-47) Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.’ 

1.) “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil,”
SEE: (2 Corinthians 4:4) The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

2.) These people although religious by birth were still unredeemed, as Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again, he will not enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:3)

3.) “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” 
Jesus was saying their desires were emulating the devil’s and the devil loves to “steal, kill and destroy” he is referred to in Greek as Diabolos- meaning “devil and slanderer”

He is refered to as “The Great Deceiver” and “Masquerades as an angel of light”
(2 Corinthians 11:14-15) And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 

We also know of Jesus’s parable of the “wheat and tares” the parable of real disciples over false ones in Matthew 13

(Matthew 13:24-30) Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared. ‘The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?” ‘“An enemy did this,” he replied. ‘The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?” ‘“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’ 

Satan is strategic but evil, so it is not surprising that he would incorporate religiousity into his strategy to turn people away from Christ. We see how often Jesus got on the religious leaders and Pharisees because here is what they did

(Luke 11:46-52) Jesus replied, ‘And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. ‘Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. Because of this, God in his wisdom said, “I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.” Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. ‘Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.’ 
They would load people up with religious demands for starters and then condemn them for not bearing them right, yet, they were too unconcerned for the people to actually help them do the right things- they just got on their cases if they did not.

We see Jesus say also, “Woe to you experts of the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.’ ”
So not only did these religious devils not enter heaven themselves but they grabbed the truth as a monopoly but failed to let those who would enter come through- this can happen in different forms often, for one, 1.) if someone seeking truth is not permited to read the scripture themselves by some church hierchy then that is wrong, 2.) For someone to talk of knowlege yet make it intentionally unpalatable through lifestyle of sin and hypocrisy.

Now we all, even as Christians have been guilty of giving Christ a bad name at times- Or I can say this about myself, but the distinguishing difference is a “Wheat weeps and a tare dont care”

I think a person who really loves Jesus and is on fire for his mission as to why he came would feel terrible to know they made someone really not want to follow Christ because of a sin they had done. Yet if a Christian finds out they drove someone away from Christ and knew it was not a matter of sharing truth in a gentle way but by a sin of the mouth or sin of another sort, and if that does not bother them at all, then they may not know the love of Christ at all. Yet, the Lord alone will know!

(2 Timothy 2:19) Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’ 

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Yoke of the day

Joke of the day: July 13, 2016

11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

The Danger of Unfair Criticism of Other Christians.

(1 Corinthians 1:10- 13) I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? 

This is the question we too must ask, for there are those who talk of this preacher, teacher or pastor, and those who talk about these and those. Yet is Christ divided? Is he not still the Bridegroom of His Church? Or is he not still the Head of His Body, the Church, whom, “the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. ” 

(Colossians 2:19)
Some say “well John Calvin taught this, and Luther taught that,” or one person says “my pastor taught this and the man or woman says my pastor said this.”
Yet who are these esteemed people in the faith? Only slaves of the Lord and his gospel they were also indebted. Even great men like Spurgeon, Tozer, C.S Lewis, Wesley, Luther, or any other esteemed messenger is as the great Apostle Paul said, 

“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-17)

As great as these folks were used and as great as the esteemed Pastors of our day who people dispute over “who is a better teacher?” Or “Are they this or that in theology?” – Not to say theology is not important because it is very important yet do we see churches split over trivial matters? Yes. I have heard people bash Rick Warren, and others bash John Piper, some call him a heritic from one side and then those on the other side say, “No your teacher is a heretic”
We must call this what it is, nothing more the what our midevil ancestors screamed, “Witch, burn them at the stake”

People can only do one of too things, sow seed or scatter it, build up the kingdom of the Lord, or tear it down.
I enjoy both Rick Warren, John Piper, Billy Graham and all those I have not seen from my scriptural view point “Heretics” 

There are false teachers abounding in America but be careful not to be the boy who always “cried wolf”

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 

The immediate context implies “our bodies are the temple” yet another insight I felt the Lord impress on my understanding, “believers are also the temple” so there is a danger in tearing down those who are not truly false believers with false accusations and slander! If someone says “Christ is only one way to God,” or “He is not really God’s Son, God in the flesh” or “You can be saved another way, by works not just grace” or any other thing that is black and white heresy, then such people should be exposed for preaching falsehood, but when we call anyone a false teacher just because we do not like their preaching style or this or that, we must examine their words and unless they say anything that is real heresy then we must be careful not to

1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, 

 ⁃ and it goes on to say, “God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. 

Christians: Interjurisdictional Disagreements

Police often have a mutual agreement with neighboring city’s police force called a “Interjurisdictional Agreement” which means if a suspect flees the police in one city into another, that other department picks up the pursuit.

Yet Christianity should opperate similarly in this way:

(Jeremiah 29:7) Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 

Multifaceted applications lie in this verse, for one, as it relates to just Christians, you can pray for churches and denominations within the Christian faith that you may not even belong to. If the Christians in the Church down the road or across the country prosper spiritually, then so do you!

(1 Corinthians 12:26-27) If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 

Even if you think a denomination in Christianity is suffering through bad theology or compromise with sin, then intercede to the Lord of the Church so he may restore the sinning brethren or confused in the scriptures, but do not seek to be divisive! After all if one branch of the Vine looks shriveled or weak then won’t the lost in the realm of the unredeemed accuse the whole Vine as being flawed? And this is not honoring to Christ, the vine, nor those who are his branches intended to bear fruit. 

The goal is love: Love does not promote error or agree with sin, however, it does not seek to slander or tear down another but delights in repentance and or growth in “grace and knowledge of the truth” yes, “Grow in the grace and knowledge of the truth” (2 Peter 3:18)

Here are also some divisions, some are just differences in theology and not black and white right or wrong or departure from core truth:

Armenian vs Calvinist (Reformed Theology)

Charismatic vs Baptists

Cessationists vs those who believe that certain spiritual gifts stl are active.

Born again Catholica va Born again Protestants.

Born again liberal Christians vs born again conservative Christians.

[Now of course I am not a liberal in my view of certain scriptural teachings- Yet I have had conversations with more liberal Christians but I did not doubt their salvation even though on some things I disagreed with their reasoning] I also am not a total cessationist except for the fact that I do not believe modern, “Apostles” exist: because the original Apostles were like the original founding fathers, both roles cannot be recreated. I believe in apostleship as a spiritual gift not as a title or office. The Apostles were directly commissioned by Christ and were the appointed catalysts to get the early church in the air but now that this machine is running, apostolic gifts are more like that of “Church planters” or those who oversee many churches they helped establish, kind of like that of the role of a regional manager in a corporation, but in the church the apostolic gift is similar in the sense from my scriptural knowledge, that such people with this gift have the Spirit’s equipping to do the tasks that involve church establishment.

The whole point is, praying for the well being of the Church, even one’s that have fallen into serious error, not mere denominational differences, is important because:

(1 Peter 4:7-8) The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

And “The prayer of a righteous person availeth much” James 5:28

(James 5:13-16) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 

And now if a church is sick? Or if a congregation of professing followers of Jesus have sinned, shouldn’t a prayer also be lifted up?

Yes!

How this applies on a national level is similar, so we must also intercede for leaders, citizens, authorities, rich people and poor, and all men and women.
(1 Timothy 2:8) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 
(1 Timothy 2:1-5) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 

Christ’s Redeemed: Don’t Say Your Unclean!

Acts 10:14-15 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 
Peter fell into a trance and saw a vision and this served not only as a ammendment to abolish the ceremonial law to prohibit eating of certain meat, but is more deep then merely that.
When truly come to Christ in faith and repentence we are made clean, declared guiltless because of Christ Jesus. To still beat ourselves up over our falleness and sins is to “bring a charge against God’s elect”

And it says, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:33-34)

If God won’t accuse us, or the devil cannot condemn us, then who do we think we are to call ourselves “sinful unclean wretches”?

Yes we may still have points that need growth and besetting sins and habits we are trying to overcome but our standing in God’s sight remains the same, “Not guilty! Payed for by the blood of Christ” 
We should not slander and condemn what God has saved, not other believers, not ourselves.

The Danger of Anti Israel Mentalities Among Some Christians

I hear many Christian's even nearly cross the line of boasting, some even go over that line in my opinion. The argument these believers have in their opinion has Biblical basis but is imcomplete Biblical underatanding. Here is what many say, "The real remnant and true children of God are we who have faith, and Israel is not God's chosen." First part of such as statement is true but the second is error

To state the children of Israel are no longer chosen by God is false- but the part that is true is that those who are believing in the Messiah by faith are Abrahams real descendents. Yet the danger is the arrogance that the Apostle Paul warns in Romans 11

(Romans 11:17-21) But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 

When Paul refers to the "natural branches" he is refering to Israel, God's original "chosen people" under the Old Mosaic Covenant called the Law.

The problem with the Law was not that it was bad but had no way to change mankinds internal sin problem. So the Christian who lives by faith do to the power of God's indwelling Holy Spirit have no basis for boasting, after all:

(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

So a Christ follower under the New Covenant of Grace and The Spirit, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact is we have no boasting rights in regards to salvation. 

The truth is that originally Israel was God's means to reveal Himself as God to the other nations who were by technical definition "Gentile" yet although for a time Israel has not been in this position due as Paul would say, "unbelief" in their appointed Messiah, The Christ, yet this has not disqualified them entirely because many are prophesied to eventually come to the faith in their own Messiah, a descendent of Israel itself, (Jacob wh was later renamed Israel was the Son of Isaac, son of Abraham) who it was promised to in scripture "Through your seed, all the nations of the earth will be blessed."

We see the fulfillment of this through Jesus Christ who was a descendent of King David, who was a descendent of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel.

Yet in throughout the OT God had appointed Israel as his chosen, but when they failed to represent God and fell into idolatry, sin and became like the other nations God did send them into exile in Assyria/Babylonia but eventually restored them to the promised land he gave them. This appears symbolic, although it was a literal captivity and a literal later restoration to the land given them, the symbology is that these who are of Israel in faith receive their appointed Messiah by faith, they will also once again be the people of God. Not merely by natural descent but spiritual reinstatment. The returned once was to a earthly promised land yet when they who turn in faith to the Great King and Savior, they will again return to a Promised Land of Heavenly origins, not amongst the Caanenites of this world and the Philistines, Ammorites, Amelekites of sin, but a new heaven and new earth removed of evil.

(Revelation 21:9-27) Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel's measurement. The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life. 

The Lord Jesus Christ will take his throne permanently in Jerusalem in time and be once again the King, unlike in former years in Israel's history, these will accept God as their king and not say, "We want a king like all the other nations" no but as it is written:

"And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7-9)

Yet one day in keeping with the prophesies in the Law, God will "circumcise the hearts" of the descendents of Israel, as it says:

 "And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. And the Lord your God will put all these curses on your foes and enemies who persecuted you." (Deuteronomy 30:6-7)

These curses? The curses sin brings and the unrepentent in the end will be driven far from the presence of God forever, the fallen sons of Cannan, as well as the first Adam, the sinful nature and sin will be banished forever. 

(Revelation 21:1-8) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 

The Hidden Gospel In The Torrah, The Prophets, The Law and other OT texts.


-Isaiah, Moses, King David, Solomon’s book of Proverbs, and Abraham made astounding prophesies that Christ has fulfilled, if you consider carefully and look closely you can find them but if your intent is to disprove them then God indeed is:

” Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.” (Isaiah 45:15)

” All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:34-35) [The Gospel Writer Matthew citing from OT)

(Proverbs 2:4-22) says the earnest and persistent will discover truth, not the insincere one’s trying to just put God to the test for a show. However, God in his mercy even saves the most ignorant and stubborn of men who tried to disprove the gospel then later were saved as a result of their study, that is because He us so merciful and kind!

if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it, but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it. (Proverbs 2:4-22)

Although as a general rule of thumb with the occassional exception of just an act of mercy on God’s part, God will most often only reveal himself to someone sincerely seeking him, not just trying to get something out of him or treat him as a circus performer,

He saved me even though I was not being drawn to seek him earnestly- an act of pure mercy. That is all I can call it in my case and in all cases really since even our earnest seeking of truth about God has it’s origin in Him moving in our hearts to draw us.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ISAIAH

The bad news,

Isaiah 8:19-22 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn. Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God. Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
The ray of hope,

Isaiah 9:1-7 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MOSES

(Deuteronomy 30:6) The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

Key word “Descendents”- those to follow, he did not say, “Your generation” but “your descendents”

(Deuteronomy 18:15-19) The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.

The Israelites rebelled at the messages of many of the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord, Ezekial, Jeremiah, Habakkuk and Jeremiah but they were not totally rejected forever even in the land of exile and captivity. We know they eventually return to the land God swore to give Abraham and his descendents to possess forever, so who is the “prophet” that “God will raise up” from among the very Israelites?

Peter, one of the twelve disciples who was later the Apostle Peter declared

(Acts 3:13-26) The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’ [Citation from Deuteronomy 18] “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ [Peter cites what we know as now as, Genesis 21:12 and Genesis 22:18) ] When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

What about the other authors that we know were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write? All these authors of books that have been compiled into one called “The Bible” lived often years, centuries and milinuems apart, yet all these people seem to have the same hidden message. If the Bible is only a mere collection of the words of man, why has all these things taken place? We see prophesies of Jesus’s suffering in Psalm 22 as well as Isaiah 53.
These both describe the crucifixion spot on.

We have verses like
(Psalm 2:1-12) Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
“Kiss his son”

(Proverbs 30:4) Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!
“What is the name of his son?”

Little clues all scattered throughout the law, the prophets, and the Old Testament texts we have.

In the time of King Solomon, third king and son of David.

(1 Kings 9:4-9) “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ “But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’”

Yet we do know historically speaking Israel and Judah were both taken away into exile when they backslid into rebellion and idol worship that they did not repent of. They eventually were restored after 70 years of captivity and the Persian king Cyrus was favorably disposed to issuing a decree to allow the Jews to rebuild their temple to the God of Israel, yet “I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ “But if you or your descendants turn away from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and will scoff and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord their God, who brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why the Lord brought all this disaster on them.’”

This did not fail, because through the geneology of King David, and even further back thousands of years earlier the promise was given to Abraham,

Genesis 22:9-18 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

It is said that the very same mountain Abraham was about to offer up his only son, “the son whom you love” was the very same mountain known in Aramaic called Galgotha, which is also known as Calvary.

John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS (ONLY SON) THAT WHOSOEVER SHALL BELIEVE IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE”

“His Son, whom he loves”