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FORETOLD… Scriptural Eschatology: its Relation to Israel and its Implication for New Testament Apostolicism

Apostasy or revival? I may need some forgiveness here, but permit me to make a few objective remarks concerning Apostolicism as it exists in our twenty-first century. The observation has been made, by more than a few Apostolic-Pentecostal preachers, that we are living in a time of incredible potential for revival and yet we also dwell under the shadow of very real dangers of apostasy within the Apostolic movement. Some of our own men have prophesied of the things going on today—I have it on tape. From my own vantage point, I must agree with them, although it grieves me to have to admit to having family affected by the latter. What a difference a century can make!

There are those who today speak of great end time revival before Jesus comes. Not all who name it have it, but there is a great chorus of “Souls, souls, souls! Revival, revival, revival!” which resonates from some corners. Although the motivation of some—who never speak a peep of the dangers of apostasy among us—may or may not be rooted in God-inspired conviction, yet the potential for a move of God among His people cannot be denied. This conclusion, too, rests on the personal record of having prayed several hundred souls through to the baptism of the Holy Ghost over several years. (Note: this did not occur on the foreign field either.)

The reality is that both of these trends are undeniably presented in several New Testament passages. To be in denial or unaware of either has grave consequences. We must be objective enough to see about us, and yet believe in the potential for Apostolic revival, realizing that a move of God will not happen among an apostatizing people. It may occur in spite of them when they are in the minority, but the a posteriorian ethos and the faith-based drive for revival are fundamentally antithetic. They are entirely different courses. We as preachers and pastors must recognize this and build the framework required in seeking the move of God which tangibly advances the Kingdom within our assemblies. We must have it!

That being said, it is tragic that the great discipline of Bible eschatology has been inadequately attended to by Apostolic-Pentecostals. Too often prophecy is treated as insignificant, or incomprehensible, or even as vaguely defined within the Holy Writ itself. These preconceptions are a serious handicap to understanding the fullness of the original Apostolic message and its wide ranging implications.

Israel, the was-all and end-all. The entire body of Old Testament prophecy was originally given to and for national Israel. Whether sotereological, covenantal, messianic or eschatological, the original addressees of these sacred messages were the people of Israel, for they alone were the entire people of God at the time.

But then came the introduction of the New Testament in the earth. Who would have ever thought that the promises and benefits offered “to the Jew first” would have fallen to a predominantly Gentile people?

Fully known to the Apostles. Acts 15:13-21 reveals that the Apostles fully understood the Old Testament covenants and promises to national Israel as being fulfilled in a future age “after this” (Acts 15:16). Regarding “this” interruption of the Hebrew program, it was also known that there would be a work accomplished among the Gentiles “first” (Acts 15:14 w. Luke 2:25-32). Jesus further added that “the end” of this Gentile, “all nations” age would be followed “in Judea” by “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:14-21), cueing us to the resumption of God’s program for Israel. The prophet of this “time of Jacob’s trouble” had also described the crisis as an unprecedented universal event (Jer. 25:31-33). Here is the global Tribulation of which both Daniel (12:1) and Christ prophesied (Matt. 24:21).

The Scriptures, meanwhile, abounded with examples of God’s people being spared from such times of Judgment. In Lot’s case, he was specifically pressed, “Haste thee, escape hither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come hither…” (Gen. 19:22). We also have Noah’s experience. This principle of divine deliverance continued with the Apostles’ doctrine and, for the early Apostolic Church, the rapture was this “escape” of which Christ had taught in Luke 21:36. And preparation was they key! When the Apostles spoke of the “day of Christ” to their followers, it was always in reference to the expectation of this rapture of the Church before the great world crisis would begin. As the work among the Gentiles began at Pentecost with the advent of the Spirit, so it would also close with a withdrawal of the Spirit (II Thess. 2:7) and, of course, of all those filled with the same.

The present Church age is not the mere passing of yet another dispensation, but is marked by the signal revelation of Salvation which previous dispensations could but foreshadow. The New Covenant plan of Salvation is the Gospel and the Gospel is Salvation—Acts 2:38-39 Salvation. While there will be a clear hiatus of its application during the global Tribulation (the angel of Revelation 14 declares it in principle not in application), it is equally obvious that if Israel is to be in reality “saved out of it” (i.e. of the Tribulation) and if her people come to actual personal Salvation that “shall be for ever,” then the multitude of Old Testament prophecies of Israel’s induction into the New Covenant must include the key Acts 2 revelation of its Salvational aspect (Matt. 16:17-19).

Which brings us again to the future, “after this” age. The inhabitants of the next dispensation will simply not be saved by mere virtue of participation in the era. The Millennium will not be a time of auto-Salvation for people, nor of any universalism in that context. This fact has been manifested by the prophesied international rebellion which closes the period (Rev. 20:7-9).

It can be seen that Millennialism in itself will not eradicate the sin-nature or fallen state of man. Even then, he will require conversion; and that, we know, only comes through the fullness of Acts 2:38 Salvation. So that the Apostolic Gospel of Salvation, prophetically declared to be “everlasting” must remain in force through man’s entire future history as the premium distinction of the New Covenant. This is demanded by the prophets. It is required of a fallen race. And it was fully known to the Apostles.

Be it ours to seek revival of its fullness.

Deep-Time Geology; Science or Sci-fi?

“…in all the sciences except geology, facts and theories are kept separate and distinct in all textbooks to be used by students in academies and colleges… But in geology, facts and theories are still inextricably commingled; and in the ordinary college textbooks of science, the most absurd and fantastic speculations are still taught to the students with all the solemnity and pompous importance which might be allowable in speaking of the facts of chemistry or physics….only geology has developed much more slowly than some of the other sciences, and has not yet escaped from the period of a priori methods and metaphysical speculation.” –G. McC. Price in his textbook The New Geology (1923).

Things haven’t changed. In 2016, the science-theory blend (What can we call such a thing?) remains firmly imbedded in the studies of geology. The problem stems from the intimate attachment of the evolutionary hypothesis (which is only a ‘theory’ in the minds of those who see it as plausible) and its imposition of deep-time ages upon an otherwise legitimate and highly interesting field of study. Evolution is a hypothesis which has yet to prove itself in the real world of geology: the rocks. Deep-time (so necessary to uphold the evolutionary concept) becomes, as they themselves say, the miracle-worker of life. Evolutionism has ever attempted to legitimize itself, not excluding by use of a mask of science. Deep-time geology exists because evolution demands it; and evolution is ‘true,’ not because of any evidence from the fossil record, but because of the proposed geological ages. This is known as circular reasoning, which does nothing to establish the facts of reality. But we must admit that at least in one sense deep-time has been around for a great while… Once Upon a Time Longgg Longgg ago, in Place called Never-never Land… Fairytales still exist.

ONENESS OR TRINITY? It all comes down to this…

God the Father, or God the Son?

Within the realm of Christianity, there are two main views concerning God. The Trinitarian point of view believes that there is One God in three persons, and three persons in One God; all being truly distinct from one another; co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent. “The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion— the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another.” – (The dogma of the Trinity – Catholic Encyclopedia online @ newadvent.org).

The Oneness, or Apostolic point of view is that there is One God and Father of all. God, who is a Spirit, overshadowed Mary and she conceived Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to the world as The Son of God. Jesus became the visible manifestation of the invisible God. Jesus still abides with us, comforts us, and empowers us today through the indwelling of The Holy Spirit. These are not three separate and distinct persons, but rather three expressions of the One God of the bible. He is Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit in regeneration.

It is important to note that the New Testament church began in approximately 33AD. The dogma of The Trinity was not officially developed as doctrine until 325AD, and later revised in 381AD. (See New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1977, vol. 13, pg. 1021 & American Encyclopedia Dictionary, pg 4189) It is also important to note that neither Jesus, the prophets, nor the apostles ever mentioned the terms, “The Trinity”, “One God in three persons”, “God the Son”, or “God the Holy Ghost”. Jewish believers and early Christians were Monotheistic: they believed in One God who cannot be divided and cannot have and equal:

Deuteronomy 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Isaiah 46: 5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? (See also Isaiah 42: 8)

Ephesians 4: 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all…

In short, the Trinitarian belief is that God was a SEPERATE PERSON from Christ; sending the Son down to earth. The Apostolic belief is that God was IN Christ, reconciling the world to himself. While both viewpoints believe Jesus to be Deity and to be the Son of God, Trinitarians believe He was “God the Son” in human flesh. The Apostolic belief is that Jesus was the revelation of God the Father in human flesh: God Himself came down to dwell among men through the person of Jesus Christ.

If He was GOD THE SON, a separate and co-equal person, then the controversy is over, and The Trinity exists. However, if Jesus was the human manifestation of GOD THE FATHER, The Trinitarian doctrine has to crumble, and it should be forever settled that God is One.

In the Bible, when the word, “God”, is mentioned, it speaks of “The Father”. If you read these four scriptures, substituting “The Father” for “God”, it may make easier to understand who Jesus was:

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God (The Father) with us. KJV

1 Timothy 3: 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God (The Father) was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. KJV

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God (The Father), because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. KJV

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God (The Father), which he hath purchased with his own blood. KJV

Here is another very simple method of understanding the Oneness of God:

1. There is only one God. Isaiah 45: 5 ; Malachi 2: 10
2. God was manifest in the flesh. 1 Timothy 3:16;John 1: 1,10,14
3. Jesus is God. Matthew 1: 23; John 10: 31 – 33; John 20: 28

Jesus was the personification (manifestation) of the one and only God

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