Matthew 24 and 25 – The Olivet Discourse and a look at how Jesus described the endtimes

Matthew 24 and 25 – The Olivet Discourse and a look at how Jesus described the endtimes, describing The difference between the antichrist and those that have received the righteousness of Jesus.

Introduction

I would like to review these two chapters the way I believe Jesus wrote it and what He meant to convey with it as opposed to the view held by the people that follow the rapture theory, which is the view that the antichrist is promoting. I want to start off by quoting from the letters of the apostle John who was the only person in the Bible that gave us the definition of the antichrist. “1Jn_2:18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1Jn_2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 1Jn_4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  2Jn_1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.”

These passages are especially important for us today, as it was also the subject that Jesus addressed in the second part of this discourse from where earth as we know it is destroyed, up and to the final judgement of Matthew 25.

Let us start with the first two verses of Matthew 24. This is where Jesus started, and as we progress we will see that Jesus actually covers eight different sections.

The first incidents as an introduction

The chapter starts with the following: “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Mat 24:1-2) Jesus points out to His disciples what is the first thing that will happen after His death. The temple as it was in their days will be completely destroyed. Not one stone will be left in its place, as the people will move every stone to see if anything was hidden underneath it. That is exactly what happened between 65AD and 70AD. Josephus, the historian, says that 1,1 million people were killed during this time in and around Jerusalem and that a huge number were taken hostage. This was the wrath of God towards those people who He once elected to be His nation, for not accepting Jesus as the Messiah. So their judgement was completed. This is exactly as was prophesied by Isaiah in chapter 5: “And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” (Isa 5:5-7)

Jesus now continues with what will happen to those that believed He is the Christ. “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Mat 24:3-14)

Just like us today, many of these people did not understand the impact of the words that Jesus spoke, and they asked Him to explain it to them. This scripture still confuses people today and everybody wants to apply their own understanding to this scripture. For this reason we have to examine what Jesus meant with this passage.

The first sign

Jesus now starts with the first part about the temple. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Mat 24:15-22) This part of what Jesus teaches explains what will happen to the temple after His death and resurrection. He also tells us who will destroy the temple, as He refers to the prophet Daniel, and described in Daniel 9:26. “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined”.  Jesus declares here that He as the Messiah will be killed after his ministry of three and a half years, but that it will be of no benefit to Him. He then continues and says that the prince or head of a nation that was not a great worldly kingdom during the time of Daniel, will destroy the temple, the sanctuary and Jerusalem, and that Jerusalem will be a place of desolations and war for the Jewish people until the end of time. The soldiers will run over Jerusalem like a flood of water, and no soldier will be left standing trying to defend Jerusalem. If we look at other passage in the book of Daniel we find that he mostly refer to soldiers as a flood, as he also uses this example in chapter 11 verse 40: “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.”

So the first part of this teaching of Jesus tells us what will happen to Jerusalem. He now continues and tells what His followers should do when they see that the Romans are coming to destroy Jerusalem. He emphasizes that they should not depend on people that will tell them that the LORD will protect them during this siege, but that they should flee to the mountains. They have to believe what He is telling them and they themselves have to take action. This is also what Paul was saying to the people in Rome when he wrote his letter to them, that they will form the core of those spared during this destruction of Jerusalem. Paul writes as follows in Romans 11 verse 5: “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” So this is the end of that period with the destruction of Jerusalem.

The time we are living in currently

Jesus now explains to His followers what will happen after the destruction of Jerusalem up to the time of His return. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” (Mat 24:23-28) Here we see that the one outstanding feature of this time will be how the antichrist will seduce people is by appointing so-called kings, and getting people to follow their lies and deceptions. How many times have we heard of a new “revival” and all you have to do is go there and you are as good as being in heaven already, as it is definitely a new move of God. A part that I remember nearly all my life is that when the LORD called Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, He called Moses at the back of the mountain, a place where very few people ever come. We always want to be in the limelight, the front of the mountain, and definitaly not the back of the mountain.

Jesus tells us and His disciples that that we will have to endure many attempts by the enemy of Christ, the antichrist, as he will try and convince as many people as is possible to follow him and his teachings into hell, a place where I know most people do not want to end up in. Who does John says is the antichrist again? “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1Jn 4:3) “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” (2Jn 1:7) The Apostle Paul also gives us another description of who the antichrist will comprise of. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Rom 1:28-32) So not only will the antichrist comprise of those who do not confess that Jesus is the Messiah, but also those that claim that Jesus has to return in the flesh again to earth to convince those who did not believe that Jesus was the Christ while He was on earth during His ministry time, to convince them during His second return when the Jews will convert en mass to accept Him as the Christ, the Messiah. They not only say that He has to return again, but actually declare that He is a liar as when Jesus said “It is finished” on the cross, he was actually not finished yet. He still has to return to earth again and reign in Jerusalem for three and a half years, but they fail to see that He is already reigning in the heavenly Jerusalem. So this includes all those who teach the dispensasionalist doctrine as they not only support the Jews, but they also claim that God has changed His ways with each of their dispensations. So the fact that the writer of Hebrews says the following: Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” is according to them not correct as the LORD can change His mind depending on who He is working with. So we can never be sure that a passage is correct and that we can trust it, as the LORD can change His mind.

The return of Christ

Jesus now describes what it will be like when He returns to earth. This is also described in Revelation 6 when the sixth seal is opened: And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev 6:12-17) We now find exactly what people are saying today will happen to the people who are supposedly “left behind” at the time of the rapture”. People will try to run to the mountains, but we read here that heaven will depart like a scroll that is rolled together, and the earth will be completely destroyed. No single person will survive. Only those that know Jesus as their Saviour and that is clothed with His righteousness will find themselves in Paradise exactly like Jesus described it when he was cruxified.

Now the words from Jesus Himself: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mat 24:27-51)

This section describes how this earth and this timeframe will pass. We have to be ready at all times to meet our Saviour, and not postphone till tomorrow to do what is required to be saved. We just cannot sit around and think that we have lots of time, as no one knows when the end will be.The one part I emphasized in this scripture above that has a huge impact on how we interpret this passage is as follows: “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. This proves to us that there are different parts in heaven for people who believe differently from others. I explain these areas in three of my previous books, “The Revelation of John Revealed”, “Is Egypt in Heaven?”, and the final one “A Wakeup Call”. All three these books explain how the prophets of the Old Testament prophesied over different nations, and what will happen to them. And this will all happen in heaven. You can download all these books for free from my website at http://shamaministries.org.za/wp/download-links/ These books may just assist you in your search and may cause that you end up in Jerusalem in heaven when Jesus returns on the clouds, or when you die. The choice is yours.

Chapter 25 – The separation between the sheep and the goats

We can now start with chapter 25. This is where Jesus will start His seperation process between those who really believed Him as their Saviour, and those that went through the motions of being a Christian, but never really believed in Him. The first measurement will be if the people allowed the Holy Spirit in their lives, and displayed the working and anoiting of the Holy Spirit in their lives. That is what the parrable of the ten bridesmaids is all about. This shows us that half of all people who call themselves Christians will fail this test even though they saw Jesus as their saviour. They will not be allowed at the wedding as detailed in Revelation 19: “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:6-10) And this is only the first separation.

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Mat 25:1-13)

This passage shows us that we must at all times be ready to expect the Bridegroom. Should we decide to wait we will miss this wedding. That is one of the reasons John tells us to do the works expected of us, as that will be our clothing for this wedding feast. “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (Rev 19:6-8) Without righteousness and deeds of righteousness which accompany our conversion from sinner to child of the Most High, it is impossible to attend the wedding feast. That is what Paul preached to the people also: “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.” (Act 26:19-23)

The second reason how the goats will be seperated from the sheep

We now come to the second separation. “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mat 25:14-30) What do you do with the talents that the LORD has given you? Do you sit back and enjoy life, or do you actively work with it in order to ensure that your talents are used to enhance your own life and those around you? We have to remember that not every person received the same talents, but according to 1 Corinthians 12 we all have received talents. So what will the LORD find on His return? Did you cultivate it or didn’t you?

The final separation – The brotherly love

After we have passed the first part of the law of love, which covered our love towards the LORD, we now get to the second part, the love your neighbour part. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Mat 25:31-46)

How do you treat your neighbour? Just remember that your closest neighbour happens to be the person you are married to. Did you live in harmony, or did you treat your partner as a slave? Then we can expand that to include or children. What do they think of you? Did you raise them as required by the Bible, or did you leave them to find their own discoveries? Did you show the love of Jesus to every person in your household? John gave us a very useful description of what it means to love your neighbour. “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” (1Jn 3:11-24) I do not believe that it is necessary to expand on this portion of scripture, as John did an excellent job of describing brotherly love in a language that every person will understand.

So this is how Jesus will do the final sifting to separate the goats from the sheep. So this will be His final action, with the sheep going with Him, and the other sent to everlasting darkness.

I trust that this short study will unlock the endtimes for us so that we do not have to look or listen to every other person’s explanation of the endtimes. Jesus in these two chapters gave us all the information required to show us what to do in order to spend eternity with Him. But He also showed us how easy it is to miss the destination He has planned for every person as well as what will happen if we are not prepared for His return. It is really not rocket science or smoke and mirrors type of things that so many people dish up everyday,  but a straight forward choice that we have to make everyday and every moment of our lives that will ensure that we spend eternity with Him. I trust that I will meet you at the feet of Jesus one day in eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattheus 24 en 25 verduidelik Olyfberg prediking van Jesus(Olivet Discourse)

Mattheus 24 en 25 – Die olyfberg prediking – ‘n kykie na hoe Jesus die eindtyd beskryf het en hoe Hy die verskil tussen die antichris en die wat Jesus se geregtigheid besit beskryf het.

Inleiding

In die stuk wil ek graag die twee hoofstukke behandel soos wat ek glo Jesus dit verwoord het, teenoor dit wat volgens my die antichristelike leerstelling van die antichris is. Ek wil net as agtergrond gedeeltes uit die briewe van Johannes aanhaal waar Johannes die antichris definiëer. Dit is die enigste plekke in die Bybel waar die woorde direk gebruik word. 1Jo_2:18  Kinders, dit is die laaste uur; en soos julle gehoor het dat die Antichris kom, bestaan daar ook nou baie antichriste, waaruit ons weet dat dit die laaste uur is. 1Jo_2:22  Wie is die leuenaar, behalwe hy wat ontken dat Jesus die Christus is? Dit is die Antichris wat die Vader en die Seun loën. 1Jo_4:3  en elke gees wat nie bely dat Jesus Christus in die vlees gekom het nie, is nie uit God nie; en dit is die gees van die Antichris waarvan julle gehoor het dat hy kom, en hy is nou al in die wêreld. 2Jo_1:7  Want baie verleiers het in die wêreld ingekom: die wat nie bely dat Jesus Christus in die vlees gekom het nie. Dit is die verleier en die Antichris.”

Die gedeeltes is veral nodig vir die interpretering van die tweede onderwerp wat Jesus aanhaal, vanaf die einde van die wêreld soos ons dit vandag ken tot en met die finale oordeel van Matteus 25.

So kom ons begin met Matteus 24 verse 1 tot 2. Hier begin Hy dan met die eerste onderwerp. Ons sal in die twee hoofstukke sien dat daar agt gedeeltes is waaroor Jesus praat.

Die eerste gebeure as inleiding

So kom ons begin by die begin: “En Jesus het uitgegaan en van die tempel vertrek, en sy dissipels het nader gekom om Hom die geboue van die tempel te wys. En Jesus sê vir hulle: Sien julle al hierdie dinge? Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, daar sal hier sekerlik nie een klip op die ander gelaat word, wat nie afgebreek sal word nie.” (Mat24:1-2) Hier vertel Jesus vir die dissipels wat eerste sal gebeur. Hier wys Jesus dat die tempel soos dit in Jesus se tyd gewees het, totaal en al verwoes sal word. Daar sal nie een klip bo-op die ander een bly nie, want almal sal die tempel deursoek om te kyk wat hulle kan plunder. Dit is presies wat gebeur het tydens die verwoesting van die tempel in 70NC. Josephus reken dat gedurende die tydperk 65NC tot 70NC, 1,1 miljoen mense gedood is in Jerusalem en omliggende gebiede deur Roomse magte. Daar is nog ‘n verdere klomp gevange geneem, maar dit was die straf wat die HERE gehad het vir die Jode wat Jesus nie as Messias gesien het nie. So is hulle vonnis voltrek. Dit is presies wat Jesaja na verwys het in Jesaja 5: “Laat My julle dan nou te kenne gee wat Ek met my wingerd gaan doen: Ek sal sy doringheining wegneem, sodat dit verwoes word; Ek sal sy muur stukkend breek, sodat dit vertrap word. En Ek sal dit ‘n wildernis maak: dit sal nie gesnoei of omgespit word nie, maar opskiet met dorings en distels; en Ek sal die wolke gebied om nie daarop te reën nie. Want die wingerd van die HERE van die leërskare is die huis van Israel, en die manne van Juda is die tuin van sy verlustiging; en Hy het gewag op reg, maar kyk, dit was bloedvergieting; op geregtigheid, maar kyk, dit was geskreeu!” (Jes 5:5-7)

Nou gaan Jesus verder en sê wat daarna sal gebeur met die wat glo dat Jesus die Christus is. “En toe Hy op die Olyfberg gaan sit het, kom die dissipels alleen na Hom en sê: Vertel ons, wanneer sal hierdie dinge wees, en wat is die teken van u koms en van die voleinding van die wêreld? En Jesus antwoord en sê vir hulle: Pas op dat niemand julle mislei nie. Want baie sal onder my Naam kom en sê: Ek is die Christus! en hulle sal baie mense mislei. En julle sal hoor van oorloë en gerugte van oorloë. Pas op, moenie verskrik word nie, want alles moet plaasvind, maar dit is nog nie die einde nie. Want die een nasie sal teen die ander opstaan en die een koninkryk teen die ander; en daar sal hongersnode wees en pessiektes en aardbewings op verskillende plekke. Maar al hierdie dinge is ‘n begin van die smarte. Dan sal hulle jul aan verdrukking oorgee en julle doodmaak; en julle sal deur al die nasies gehaat word ter wille van my Naam. En dan sal baie tot struikel gebring word en mekaar verraai en mekaar haat. En baie valse profete sal opstaan en baie mense mislei. En omdat die ongeregtigheid vermeerder word, sal die liefde van die meeste verkoel. Maar wie volhard tot die einde toe, hy sal gered word. En hierdie evangelie van die koninkryk sal verkondig word in die  en wat moet gebeurhele wêreld tot ‘n getuienis vir al die nasies; en dan sal die einde kom.” (Mat 24:3-14)

Soos ons ook maar is het hierdie volgelinge ook nie alles dadelik gesnap nie, en het hulle gevra dat Jesus die gedeeltes moet verduidelik. Die gedeelte maak vandag nog baie mense deurmekaar wat hulle eie interpretasie daaraan wil koppel. Vir die rede moet ons baie mooi verstaan wat Jesus bedoel het met die gedeeltes.

Die eerste teken

Nou begin Hy by die eerste gedeelte oor die tempel. “Wanneer julle dan die gruwel van die verwoesting, waarvan gespreek is deur die profeet Daniël, sien staan in die heiligdom—laat hy wat lees, oplet— dan moet die wat in Judéa is, na die berge vlug; wie op die dak is, moet nie afkom om iets uit sy huis weg te neem nie; en wie op die land is, moet nie omdraai om sy klere weg te neem nie. Maar wee die vroue wat swanger is en die wat nog soog, in daardie dae. En bid dat julle vlug nie in die winter of op die sabbat mag plaasvind nie. Want dan sal daar groot verdrukking wees soos daar van die begin van die wêreld af tot nou toe nie gewees het en ook nooit sal wees nie. En as daardie dae nie verkort was nie, sou geen vlees gered word nie; maar ter wille van die uitverkorenes sal daardie dae verkort word.” (Matt 24:15-22) So die gedeelte handel oor die verwoesting van Jerusalem en die tempel na sy dood en opstanding. Nou gee Jesus vir almal hier ‘n aanduiding wie dit gaan wees wat hierdie oordeel oor die mense van Jerusalem en die tempel gaan laat kom. Jesus verwys na dit wat Daniël in Daniël 9 opgeten het. “En ná die twee en sestig sewetalle sal ‘n Gesalfde uitgeroei word, maar sonder iets vir Hom; en die volk van ‘n vors wat sal kom, sal die stad en die heiligdom verwoes, maar sy einde sal met ‘n oorstroming wees, en tot die einde toe sal dit oorlog wees, vasbeslote verwoestings.” (Dan 9:26) Nou beskryf Jesus dat Hyself, die Gesalfde sal gedood word, sonder dat dit enige voordeel vit Hom inhou. Dan gaan die Engel voort en sê dat die vors van ‘n volk wat sal kom, so nie ‘n vors wat daardie tyd al ‘n vors was nie, sal die einde van Jerusalem bring en dit sal soos ‘n oorstroming wees soos die soldate deur die stad sal beweeg. Geen persoon sal kan staande bly teen hierdie golf van soldate nie. Daniël gebruik die voorbeeld van soldate as ‘n oorstroming ook in ander gedeeltes soos in Daniël 11 vers 40 word soldate ook as ‘n vloed bespreek “en hy sal daarmee in die lande inkom en instroom en dit oorvloei.”

So die eerste gedeelte verklap dus vir ons wat sal gebeur van Jesus se dood tot en met die verwoesting van die tempel. Nou gaan Jesus voort en gee te kenne wat Sy volgelinge moet doen wanneer hierdie gebeure gaan plaasvind. Jesus waarsku hulle dus om nie te dink dat die HERE hulle sal beskerm gedurende die tydperk nie. Jesus gee hulle net te kenne wat hulle moet doen en dan moet hulle self optree. So hulle moet die woord glo wat Hy hier tot hulle spreek, want soos Paulus tereg daarna verwys in Romeine 11, het die HERE vir Hom ‘n oorblyfsel gehou wat nie gedood is tydens die val van Jerusalem nie, en hierdie is die mense waarmee Jesus hier praat en moet hulle Sy getuies wees tot aan die einde van die aarde. “Rom 11:5  Net so is daar dan ook in die teenwoordige tyd ‘n oorblyfsel, ooreenkomstig die verkiesing van die genade.”

Die tydperk waarin ons huidiglik lewe

Nou kom Jesus by wat sal gebeur met ons as Christene vanaf die tyd van verwoesting van die tempel en Jerusalem, tot Sy wederkoms. “As iemand dán vir julle sê: Kyk, hier is die Christus! of: Daar! —moet dit nie glo nie. Want daar sal valse christusse en valse profete opstaan, en hulle sal groot tekens en wonders doen om, as dit moontlik was, ook die uitverkorenes te mislei. Kyk, Ek het dit vir julle vooruit gesê. As hulle dan vir julle sê: Kyk, Hy is in die woestyn—moenie uitgaan nie; kyk, Hy is in die binnekamer—moet dit nie glo nie.” So die kenmerk van die antichris gaan wees om mense te mislei, en vir hulle mens gemaakte “konings” gaan aanstel wat leuens gaan verkondig. Hoeveel kere hoor ons nie dat daar herlewing hier uitgebreek het en al wat jy moet doen is net soontoe gaan en jy is so goed soos in die hemel, want die HERE is verseker daar. ‘n Gedeelte wat my opgeval het jare gelede, is dat die HERE vir Moses ook geroep het terwyl hy agter die berg was. Hy het hom nie geroep in die voorkant van die berg waar al die aandag was nie, maar in die agterkant van die berg, die plek waar min mense ooit kom. Meeste mense wil mos in die kalklig wees, die voorkant van die berg, verseker nie in die agterkant van die berg nie.

So Jesus gee ons tekenne dat ons wat nou in hierdie tyd leef, baie aanslae sal moet verduur van die vyand, want die antichris gaan probeer om soveel as moontlik mense saam met hom te vat na die plek wat ek verseker nie wil wees nie. Wie sê Johannes nou weer is die antichris? “1Jo_4:3  en elke gees wat nie bely dat Jesus Christus in die vlees gekom het nie, is nie uit God nie; en dit is die gees van die Antichris waarvan julle gehoor het dat hy kom, en hy is nou al in die wêreld. 2Jo_1:7  Want baie verleiers het in die wêreld ingekom: die wat nie bely dat Jesus Christus in die vlees gekom het nie. Dit is die verleier en die Antichris. Nou gee Paulus ook vir ons ‘n verdere riglyn wie ook saam met die mense daar gaan wees wat ontken dat Jesus die Christus en Messias is. “En omdat hulle dit nie die moeite werd geag het om God in erkentenis te hou nie, het God hulle oorgegee aan ‘n slegte gesindheid, om te doen wat nie betaam nie: hulle is vervul met allerhande ongeregtigheid, hoerery, boosheid, hebsug, ondeug; vol nydigheid, moord, twis, bedrog, kwaadaardigheid; nuusdraers, kwaadsprekers, haters van God, geweldenaars, trotsaards, grootpraters, uitvinders van slegte dinge, ongehoorsaam aan die ouers; onverstandig, ontrou, sonder natuurlike liefde, onversoenlik, onbarmhartig, mense wat al ken hulle die verordening van God goed, dat die wat sulke dinge doen, die dood verdien dié dinge nie alleen self doen nie, maar ook hulle goedkeuring skenk aan die wat dit doen.” (Rom 1:28-32) So dit is nie net die wat ontken dat Jesus die Christus is nie, maar die wat saampraat en sê dat Jesus weer moet kom om die wat van die begin af al nie glo dat Jesus die Seun van God is nie, te kom oortuig en massas Jode tot bekering gaan kom, hulle word ook getel onder die antichris. So dit sluit al die dispensasioniliste in. Hulle glo nie dat toe Jesus aan die kruis gesê het “Dit is volbring”, dat dit werklik so was nie. Nee, vir hulle moet Jesus weer kom om in Jerusalem te kom regeer, maar Hy regeer alreeds in die Hemelse Jerusalem. So hulle maak Jesus tot leuenaar, en daarom sal hulle nie deel hê aan wat gebeur nadat die aarde vergaan nie, maar sal hulle skuldig staan by die wit troon oordeel, en in die vuur gewerp word, saam met die persone wat die Joodse geloof aanhang. Verder glo hulle ook dat die HERE veranderbaar is aangesien Hy verskillend met mense optree in elk van hulle sogenaamde dispensasies. Dit tenspyte van die feit dat Hebreërs verklaar datHeb 13:8  Jesus Christus is gister en vandag dieselfde en tot in ewigheid.” So ons sal nooit seker wees of wat daar staan nog geldig is vandag nie, want die HERE tree verskillend op gedurende elke dispensasie, so Hy kan dus anders vandag optree as gister.

Die wederkoms

Nou beskryf Jesus hoe die wederkoms sal wees. So dit is die tyd wat bespreek word in Openbaring 6 wanneer die sesde seel oopgemaak word. “En ek het gesien toe Hy die sesde seël oopgemaak het, en kyk, daar was ‘n groot aardbewing; en die son het swart geword soos ‘n harige sak, en die maan het geword soos bloed; en die sterre van die hemel het op die aarde geval, soos ‘n vyeboom wat deur ‘n groot wind geskud word, sy navye laat afval; en die hemel het weggewyk soos ‘n boek wat toegerol word, en al die berge en eilande is uit hulle plekke versit; en die konings van die aarde en die grotes en die rykes en die owerstes oor duisend en die magtiges en al die slawe en al die vrymense het hulle weggesteek in die spelonke en in die rotse van die berge, en vir die berge en die rotse gesê: Val op ons en verberg ons vir die aangesig van Hom wat op die troon sit, en vir die toorn van die Lam; want die groot dag van sy toorn het gekom, en wie kan bestaan?” (Opn 6:12-17) Hier sien ons wat tipies vandag verkondig word. Wanneer die einde kom sal die persone dink dit is wat Jesus bedoel het toe hy sy volgelinge opdrag gegee het om uit Jerusalem te vlug voor die verwoesting van Jerusalem. Nou sal die persone probeer vlug, maar wanneer die maan word soos bloed, en die hemel wegwyk soos ‘n boekrol wat wat toegerol word, so sal die aarde verwoes word, en niemand sal oorleef nie. Slegs die wat Jesus as verlosser ken, en Sy geregtigheid besit, sal hulle nou vind in die hemelruim of die paradys die woorde wat Jesus gebruik het om dit te beskryf toe Hy aan die kruis gehang het.

Nou Jesus se eie woorde: “Want soos die weerlig uit die ooste uitslaan en tot in die weste skyn, so sal ook die koms van die Seun van die mens wees. Want oral waar die dooie liggaam lê, daar sal die aasvoëls saamkom. En dadelik ná die verdrukking van daardie dae sal die son verduister word, en die maan sal sy glans nie gee nie, en die sterre sal van die hemel val, en die kragte van die hemele sal geskud word. En dan sal die teken van die Seun van die mens in die hemel verskyn, en dan sal al die stamme van die aarde rou bedryf en die Seun van die mens sien kom op die wolke van die hemel met groot krag en heerlikheid. En Hy sal sy engele uitstuur met harde trompetgeluid, en hulle sal sy uitverkorenes versamel uit die vier windstreke, van die een einde van die hemele af tot die ander einde daarvan. En leer van die vyeboom hierdie gelykenis: Wanneer sy tak al sag word en sy blare uitbot, weet julle dat die somer naby is. So weet julle ook, wanneer julle ál hierdie dinge sien, dat dit naby is, voor die deur. Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, hierdie geslag sal sekerlik nie verbygaan voordat al hierdie dinge gebeur het nie. Die hemel en die aarde sal verbygaan, maar my woorde sal nooit verbygaan nie. Maar van dié dag en dié uur weet niemand nie, ook die engele van die hemele nie, maar net my Vader alleen. En net soos die dae van Noag was, so sal ook die koms van die Seun van die mens wees. Want net soos hulle was in die dae voor die sondvloed toe hulle geëet en gedrink het, getrou en in die huwelik uitgegee het, tot op die dag dat Noag in die ark gegaan het, en dit nie verstaan het voordat die sondvloed gekom en almal weggevoer het nie, so sal ook die koms van die Seun van die mens wees. Dan sal daar twee op die land wees; die een word aangeneem en die ander word verlaat. Twee vroue sal by die meul maal; die een word aangeneem en die ander word verlaat. Waak dan, omdat julle nie weet watter uur julle Here kom nie. Maar weet dit: as die huisheer geweet het in watter nagwaak die dief sou kom, sou hy gewaak en nie toegelaat het dat in sy huis ingebreek word nie. Daarom moet julle ook gereed wees, want die Seun van die mens kom op ‘n uur dat julle dit nie verwag nie. Wie is dan die getroue en verstandige dienskneg vir wie sy heer oor sy diensvolk aangestel het om hulle hul voedsel op tyd te gee? Gelukkig is daardie dienskneg vir wie sy heer, as hy kom, op hierdie manier besig sal vind. Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, hy sal hom oor al sy besittings aanstel. Maar as daardie slegte dienskneg in sy hart sê: My heer talm om te kom— en hy sy medediensknegte begin slaan en saam met die dronkaards begin eet en drink, dan sal die heer van dié dienskneg kom op ‘n dag dat hy dit nie verwag nie en op ‘n uur dat hy dit nie weet nie; en sal hom pynig en hom ‘n deelgenoot van die geveinsdes maak. Daar sal geween wees en gekners van die tande.” (Mat 24:27-51)

Die gedeelte handel dus oor hoe die einde van hierdie aarde en hierdie tydvak verby sal gaan. Ons moet ten alle tye gereed wees om te kan gaan, en nie uitstel tot more om te doen wat van ons verwag word nie. Ons kan ook nie talm en dink daar is nog baie tyd nie, want niemand weet wanneer die einde sal kom nie. Die een gedeelte wat ek regtig wil uitlig uit die gedeelte is die gedeelte wat ek in vetdruk ook beklemtoon het, naamlik: “En Hy sal sy engele uitstuur met harde trompetgeluid, en hulle sal sy uitverkorenes versamel uit die vier windstreke, van die een einde van die hemele af tot die ander einde daarvan.” Dit bewys vir ons dat daar verskillende gedeeltes is in die hemel vir die verskillende Christene. Dit is iets wat ek verduidelik in my boek: “Die openbaring van die Openbaring van Johannes”, asook my boek “Is Egipte in die Hemel?” Dit word ook beskryf in ‘n ander boek van my “Ontwaak jy wat slaap”. In al drie die boeke bespreek ek hoe die Ou Testamentiese profete gesien het hoe verskillende volke verskillende oordele sal ontvang. Al hierdie verskillende volke word in verskillende gedeeltes van die hemel gevind. Laai gerus die boeke gratis af en sien wie waar gaan wees. Miskien help dit net om te verseker dat u verstaan wat u moet doen om te verseker dat u reeds in die hemelse Jerusalem sal wees wanneer Jesus op die wolke kom. Die skakel is http://shamaministries.org.za/wp/gratis-boeke/

Hoofstuk 25 – die eerste skieding tussen die bokke en die skape

Nou kom ons by hoofstuk 25. Dit is nou hier waar Jesus die wat Hom as verlosser aangehang het, gaan oordeel tussen die wat werklik Sy kinders is, en die wat deur die “motions” gegaan het, maar nie werklik Sy kinders is nie. Die eerste skeiding gaan wees oor wie die Heilige Gees in hul lewe toegelaat het, en die salwing van die Heilige Gees gehad het. Dit is waaroor die verhaal van die tien maagde gaan. Dit is regtig moeilik om te verstaan dat die persone hulle tog rein gehou het, maar nie die werking van die Gees ervaar of toegelaat het in hul lewe nie. Hier vind ons dat die helfde van al die mense wat wel Jesus as verlosser gesien het, nie by die bruilof sal toegelaat word nie soos beskryf in Openbaring 19 nie : “En ek het iets gehoor soos die stem van ‘n groot menigte en soos die geluid van baie waters en soos die geluid van sterk donderslae wat sê: Halleluja! want die Here God, die Almagtige, het die koningskap aanvaar. Laat ons bly wees en ons verheug en aan Hom die heerlikheid gee, want die bruilof van die Lam het gekom en sy vrou het haar gereed gemaak. En aan haar is gegee om bekleed te wees met rein en blink fyn linne, want die fyn linne is die regverdige dade van die heiliges. Toe sê hy vir my: Skryf salig is die wat genooi is na die bruilofsmaal van die Lam. En hy sê vir my: Dit is die waaragtige woorde van God. En ek het voor sy voete neergeval om hom te aanbid; maar hy het vir my gesê: Moenie! Ek is ‘n mededienskneg van jou en van jou broeders wat die getuienis van Jesus het. Aanbid God. Want die getuienis van Jesus is die gees van die profesie.” (Rev 19:6-10) En dit is maar die eerste skeiding.

“Dan sal die koninkryk van die hemele wees soos tien maagde wat hulle lampe geneem en uitgegaan het om die bruidegom te ontmoet. En vyf van hulle was verstandig en vyf dwaas. En toe die wat dwaas was, hul lampe neem, het hulle geen olie met hulle saamgeneem nie. Maar die verstandiges het olie in hulle kanne saam met hul lampe geneem. En terwyl die bruidegom talm om te kom, het hulle almal vaak geword en aan die slaap geraak. En middernag was daar ‘n geroep: Daar kom die bruidegom; gaan uit hom tegemoet! Toe staan al daardie maagde op en maak hulle lampe gereed. En die wat dwaas was, sê aan die verstandiges: Gee vir ons van julle olie, want ons lampe gaan uit. Maar die verstandiges antwoord en sê: Miskien sal daar nie genoeg wees vir ons en vir julle nie. Maar gaan liewer na die verkopers en koop vir julleself. En onderwyl hulle gaan om te koop, het die bruidegom gekom. En die wat gereed was, het saam met hom ingegaan na die bruilof, en die deur is gesluit. Later kom toe die ander maagde ook en sê: Meneer, meneer, maak vir ons oop! Maar hy antwoord en sê: Voorwaar ek sê vir julle, ek ken julle nie. Waak dan, omdat julle die dag en die uur nie weet waarop die Seun van die mens kom nie.” (Mat 25:1-13)

Dit wys net weer daarop dat ons elke oomblik van die dag moet reg wees om die Bruidegom te ontmoet. Indien ons talm, sal ons nie die bruilof kan bywoon nie. Daarom dat Johannes dit beskryf dat dit wat ons op aarde gedoen het, ons kleding sal wees, en niemand sonder klere by die bruilof sal wees nie. “En ek het iets gehoor soos die stem van ‘n groot menigte en soos die geluid van baie waters en soos die geluid van sterk donderslae wat sê: Halleluja! want die Here God, die Almagtige, het die koningskap aanvaar. Laat ons bly wees en ons verheug en aan Hom die heerlikheid gee, want die bruilof van die Lam het gekom en sy vrou het haar gereed gemaak. En aan haar is gegee om bekleed te wees met rein en blink fyn linne, want die fyn linne is die regverdige dade van die heiliges. (Opn 19:6-8) Sonder om dade te doen wat by die bekering pas, kan jy nie die bruilof bywoon nie. Hoe stel Paulus dit: “Daarom, koning Agríppa, was ek aan die hemelse gesig nie ongehoorsaam nie, maar ek het eers aan die mense in Damaskus en in Jerusalem en in die hele land van Judéa en aan die heidene verkondig dat hulle tot inkeer moet kom en hulle tot God bekeer deur werke te doen wat by die bekering pas. Om hierdie rede het die Jode my in die tempel gevang en my probeer ombring. Maar omdat ek hulp van God verkry het, staan ek tot vandag toe en getuig aan klein en groot, en spreek niks buiten wat die profete en ook Moses gesê het dat sou gebeur nie: dat die Christus moes ly en die eerste wees uit die opstanding van die dode, en ‘n lig aan die volk en die heidene sou verkondig.”(Hnd 26:19-23)

Die tweede rede van die skeiding tussen die bokke en die skape

Nou kom ons by die tweede skeiding. “Want dit is soos ‘n man wat op reis wou gaan en sy diensknegte roep en aan hulle sy besittings toevertrou. En aan die een gee hy vyf talente en aan die ander twee en aan die ander een, aan elkeen na sy vermoë; en hy het dadelik op reis gegaan. En die een wat die vyf talente ontvang het, het daarmee gaan werk en vyf ander talente gewin. Net so het die een wat die twee ontvang het, self ook twee ander verdien. Maar hy wat die een ontvang het, het in die grond gaan grawe en die geld van sy heer weggesteek. En ná ‘n lang tyd het die heer van daardie diensknegte gekom en met hulle afgereken. En die een wat die vyf talente ontvang het, kom en bring vyf ander talente en sê: Meneer, vyf talente het u aan my toevertrou; hier het ek vyf ander talente daarby verdien. En sy heer sê vir hom: Mooi so, goeie en getroue dienskneg, oor weinig was jy getrou, oor veel sal ek jou aanstel. Gaan in in die vreugde van jou heer. En die een wat die twee talente ontvang het, kom ook en sê: Meneer, twee talente het u aan my toevertrou; hier het ek twee ander talente daarby verdien. Sy heer sê vir hom: Mooi so, goeie en getroue dienskneg, oor weinig was jy getrou, oor veel sal ek jou aanstel. Gaan in in die vreugde van jou heer. En die een wat die een talent ontvang het, kom ook en sê: Meneer, ek het u geken, dat u ‘n harde man is wat maai waar u nie gesaai het nie, en bymekaarmaak waar u nie uitgestrooi het nie; omdat ek bang was, het ek gegaan en u talent in die grond weggesteek. Hier het u wat aan u behoort. Maar sy heer antwoord en sê vir hom: Jou slegte en luie dienskneg, jy het geweet dat ek maai waar ek nie gesaai het nie, en bymekaarmaak waar ek nie uitgestrooi het nie. Daarom moes jy my geld by die wisselaars gestort het, en ek sou by my koms wat aan my behoort, met rente ontvang het. Neem dan die talent van hom weg en gee dit aan die een wat die tien talente het; want aan elkeen wat het, sal gegee word, en hy sal oorvloed hê; maar van hom wat nie het nie, van hom sal weggeneem word ook wat hy het. En werp die nuttelose dienskneg uit in die buitenste duisternis; daar sal geween wees en gekners van die tande.” (Mat 25:14-30) Wat doen jy met die talente wat die HERE vir jou gegee het? Sit jy maar net agteroor en doen niks, of ontwikkel jy dit wat jy van die HERE ontvang het, sodat daar vrug op jou arbeid is. Onthou net ons almal het nie dieselfde talente ontvang nie, maar ons almal het wel talente ontvang volgens 1 Korintiërs 12. Wat gaan jou antwoord wees wanneer jy voor Jesus verskyn? Het jy jou talente ontwikkel of nie?

Nou die finale skeiding – die naaste liefde

Nou kom ons by die tweede gedeelte nadat daar na ons lewens gekyk is of ons die eerste helfde van die gebod van Jesus onderhou het. Die eerste gedeelte het gehandel oor die liefde teenoor die HERE. Nou kom ons by die tweede gedeelte, die gedeelte wat handel oor liefde teenoor my naaste. “En wanneer die Seun van die mens in sy heerlikheid kom en al die heilige engele saam met Hom, dan sal Hy op sy heerlike troon sit; en voor Hom sal al die nasies versamel word, en Hy sal hulle van mekaar afskei soos die herder die skape van die bokke afskei; en Hy sal die skape aan sy regterhand en die bokke aan sy linkerhand sit. Dan sal die Koning vir die wat aan sy regterhand is, sê: Kom, julle geseëndes van my Vader, beërf die koninkryk wat vir julle berei is van die grondlegging van die wêreld af. Want Ek het honger gehad, en julle het My te ete gegee; Ek het dors gehad, en julle het My te drinke gegee; Ek was ‘n vreemdeling, en julle het My herberg gegee; Ek was naak, en julle het My geklee; Ek was siek, en julle het My besoek; in die gevangenis was Ek, en julle het na My gekom. Dan sal die regverdiges Hom antwoord en sê: Here, wanneer het ons U honger gesien en gevoed; of dors, en te drinke gegee? En wanneer het ons U ‘n vreemdeling gesien, en herberg gegee; of naak, en geklee? En wanneer het ons U siek gesien of in die gevangenis, en na U gekom? En die Koning sal antwoord en vir hulle sê: Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, vir sover julle dit gedoen het aan een van die geringstes van hierdie broeders van My, het julle dit aan My gedoen. Dan sal Hy ook vir dié aan sy linkerhand sê: Gaan weg van My, julle vervloektes, in die ewige vuur wat berei is vir die duiwel en sy engele. Want Ek het honger gehad, en julle het My nie te ete gegee nie; Ek het dors gehad, en julle het My nie te drinke gegee nie. Ek was ‘n vreemdeling, en julle het vir My nie herberg gegee nie; naak, en julle het My nie geklee nie; siek en in die gevangenis, en julle het My nie besoek nie. Dan sal hulle Hom ook antwoord en sê: Here, wanneer het ons U honger gesien of dors of ‘n vreemdeling of naak of siek of in die gevangenis, en U nie gedien nie? Dan sal Hy hulle antwoord en sê: Voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, vir sover julle dit nie gedoen het aan een van hierdie geringstes nie, het julle dit aan My ook nie gedoen nie. En hulle sal weggaan in die ewige straf, maar die regverdiges in die ewige lewe.” (Mat 25:31-46)

Hoe het jy teenoor jou naaste opgetree? En onthou jou naaste naaste is jou wederhelf indien jy getroud is. Het jy in vrede gelewe, of het jy vir hom of haar soos ‘n slaaf gebruik? Dan kan ons uitkring na ons kinders. Wat dink jou kinders van jou? Het jy hulle opgevoed soos die Bybel verlang, of het jy hulle maar gelos dat hulle self hulle eie ontdekkings moes doen? Het jy die liefde van Jesus na hulle en jou huisgesin uitgestraal? Johannes gee vir ons ‘n goeie handleiding waaroor naaste liefde gaan. En dit is hoe ons as Christen teenoor ander Christene moet optree. “Want dit is die boodskap wat julle van die begin af gehoor het, dat ons mekaar moet liefhê; nie soos Kain wat uit die Bose was en sy broer doodgeslaan het nie. En waarom het hy hom doodgeslaan? Omdat sy werke boos was en dié van sy broer regverdig. Verwonder julle nie, my broeders, as die wêreld julle haat nie. Ons weet dat ons oorgegaan het uit die dood in die lewe, omdat ons die broeders liefhet. Hy wat sy broeder nie liefhet nie, bly in die dood. Elkeen wat sy broeder haat, is ‘n moordenaar; en julle weet dat geen moordenaar die ewige lewe as iets blywends in hom het nie. Hieraan het ons die liefde leer ken, dat Hy sy lewe vir ons afgelê het; en ons behoort ons lewe vir die broeders af te lê. Maar wie die goed van die wêreld het en sy broeder sien gebrek ly en sy hart vir hom toesluit, hoe bly die liefde van God in hom? My kinders, laat ons nie liefhê met woorde of met die tong nie, maar met die daad en in waarheid. En hieraan weet ons dat ons uit die waarheid is; en ons sal ons harte voor Hom gerusstel, want as ons hart ons veroordeel, God is meer as ons hart, en Hy weet alles. Geliefdes, as ons hart ons nie veroordeel nie, dan het ons vrymoedigheid teenoor God; en wat ons ook al bid, ontvang ons van Hom, omdat ons sy gebooie bewaar en doen wat welgevallig is voor Hom. En dit is sy gebod, dat ons in die Naam van sy Seun, Jesus Christus, moet glo en mekaar liefhê soos Hy ons ‘n gebod gegee het. En hy wat sy gebooie bewaar, bly in Hom, en Hy in hom. En hieraan weet ons dat Hy in ons bly aan die Gees wat Hy ons gegee het.” (1Jo 3:11-24) Ek glo nie ek het nodig om verder hieroor uit te brei nie.

So dit is hoe Jesus nie net die eindtyd nie, maar ook die finale skeiding tussen die skape en die bokke sal doen. So tussen Sy kinders en die kinders van die duisternis.

Ek vertrou dat die kort gedeelte die eindtyd vir ons sal ontsluit sodat ons nie hoef te kyk, lees en hoor hoe mense dink dit gaan wees nie. Jesus het self vir ons uitgewys hoe maklik die paadjie is om te volg, maar ook hoe maklik dit is om afvallig te word, of nie voorbereid te wees vir dit wat kom nie. Dit is regtig nie “rocket science” om te verstaan wat Jesus se verduideliking is nie, maar keuses wat ons elke dag en elke oomblik van die dag moet maak om saam met Hom vir ewig te wees. Ek vertrou dat ek u ook eendag by die voete van Jesus sal ontmoet en jou daar sal sien.

Op ‘n drafstap deur Romeine

Ek het probeer om ‘n onpartydige interpretasie van Romeine te doen. Dit is nie te sê dat ek nie verkeerde interpretasies uitlos nie, maar gee ek spesiaal aan die gedeeltes baie aandag, want ons vind dat groot stromings van beide Calvyn en Darby die boek heeltemal ander interpreteer. En dit doen elkeen tot sy eie voordeel. So ek probeer egter net duidelik maak wat Paulus se siening was, en waarom hy die brief geskryf het. Dan kan ons ook die brief gebruik om die hele evangelie van Jesus te verduidelik,vir beide die Jood en die nie Jood.

Ek hoop dat u dit ook so sal aanvaar. Die boek kan afgelaai word by http://www.shamaministries.org.za/boeke/Op ‘n drafstap deur Romeine.pdf

My testimony and why I write

My testimony and why do I write and what subjects do I write about?

Most people ask me why I quote passages from the Old Testament to confirm a point of view, and why do I not use the New Testament to do this. I was difficult for me when I started my intense walk with the LORD at age 30, and started writing at age 50, that was also the time I was ordained as a pastor. To be quite honest I mentioned to Hettie that I cannot believe that there are so many answers in the Old Testament that I never knew about. At times I felt that I did not need to use the New Testament, as everything I required to answer people and to place them in a living relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit I could do straight from the Old Testament. But I also know that most people want to refer to the New Testament to see what the Apostles and disciples said about it, and then you will find that the Pentecostal/Charismatic type churches would always try and explain Daniel and Revelation, as this is basically all that matters to them.

As a background, I need to give you some of the incidents in our family life that had a major impact on the way I live, and the road I am on. This will explain why I am on this roller coaster ride with the LORD.

Both Hettie and I always participated at our local congregation as young adults after our marriage in 1972, as well as our time as youngsters and children. We actually met at church as she just one day suddenly changed from a young girl to this amazing looking teenager. I had to make my move before anyone else did it at church, and after some years decided to get married. So our lives were centred around the local church, and later on in life I actually surprised one of our ministers when I gave him our attestation and introduced him to our family. At that stage we moved from Amanzimtoti back to the Johannesburg area. He was so used to the fact that the previous congregation would send all the documents by mail and then it was up to them to find the people, and here he found the complete opposite. I explained to him that I was the person that handled all attestations in our previous congregations, so I was aware of all the pitfalls and that was why I could bring it myself. Hettie also told me that I have a two year syndrome, as we moved just about every second year. To be honest during the time from our marriage in 1972 and the year 2000, we actually moved 14 times during those 28 years, so she was bang on. But I have to say that we sometimes only lasted six months in a place as we would move from one apartment to the next to increase space, or like on our return to Johannesburg from Amanzimtoti we rented a house for six months before we bought our own house again. Then we also moved a number of times due to working situations which required me to move to different parts of the country.

But back to the original story. I had an extreme situation that had a lasting effect on my life and relationship with the LORD during 1982. While still at high school 15 years earlier, I broke my nose in gymnastics when my nose and knee collided when I reached the ground after a double summersault. This left me with difficult breathing and I decided it was time to sort it out. They removed section of the cartilage in the front of the nose plus some fragments of bone and it was a major success. But there was a dark side to this episode also. Hettie came to visit me the Saturday morning and left the kids with our nanny. On her return from hospital she heard that Barney, our oldest son, asked to go and play at one of his friend’s house and took his younger sister with him. Hettie told the nanny that she had to go and call them as she told the nanny not to do it in the first place. On their return Barney let go of the nanny’s hand and ran across the road, but unfortunately for him he ran straight in front of an oncoming car.

He ended up with a fractured skull, and also nearly lost his left foot as his foot was caught between the tyre and the road while the driver was trying to stop. The only thing that was left of his left foot was the sole part of his foot and the bones. It looked so bad that I fainted when they showed it to me later that day. I was discharged immediately and went with him to another hospital that specialized in head trauma as he was unconscious and he had bleeding in his brain. He ended up spending more than three months in hospital and had multiple skin grafts and pins in his feet. But the thing that I want to highlight is something that happened about 10 days after the accident. I went to the hospital every morning on my way to work, and that particular morning I prayed something that I still feel was the right thing to do, but it was also the most difficult thing to do. I prayed that morning in the car before entering the hospital that the LORD would either let him die as I could not take this any longer, or if it was His will, that Barney would wake up that morning.

When I arrived at the nurses station at ICU they told me that there was no change, and that I can go through to see him as they already changed his dressings. That was all they could do at that point as they could only start reconstruction of the foot once he regained his consciousness again. I took his hand in mine and greeted him in an audible voice, and his immediate response was to greet me and to open his eyes. I was not the only one crying that morning, but all the staff cried with me, especially when I told them what I prayed for before coming into the hospital.

That was the first life changing experience for me.

The second one was four years later when I had to have surgery to my bladder and the result was the words that nobody really wants to hear, that they found the obstruction in my bladder but that it was a malignant tumour. I asked the LORD to give me more time with my children as my youngest daughter was only 4 years old. I did not want to let them grow up without a father figure in their lives, and I am still here today, 30+ years later. Little did I know that our older daughter would only have her first child eight years after the youngest daughter’s youngest child. I was declared cancer free three years later as they could not find any other tumours in the bladder. But eight years later I was diagnosed with Carcinoid Syndrome, a slow growing cancer that I have been living with for 22 years now. I could quite easily have had this before my bladder cancer, and will also explain some of my problems as a young teenager where I would just fall down like a bag of potatoes when the bottom opens up when you lift it up. Every time I went to the doctors they could not find anything wrong, and I learned to live with it as I learned how to identify this feeling and how to avoid falling down.

After my first operation for the bladder cancer we as a family would get together in the morning in our bed where I would share a small passage of the Bible with them, and sing a song and pray together. During the winter months the kids would bring their own duvets to sit under or just lift our at the feet end of the bed and crawl in and use our duvet to escape the cold. That was also the time that I really started studying the bible in order to share something with the family every morning.

Something that I just could not understand at that time was that I would end up most times reading from the Old Testament. And it was not that it was a Psalm or something from Ecclesiastics or even some of the well known stories of David or some other well known person, that I would share, but something quite different. As the kids grew older they decided that they could do this on their own, and also got tired of singing the same old songs, as they needed to sing something newer that they enjoyed. During that time we were still members of the Reformed Church, and later changed to the Dutch Reformed Church for about two years and then joined the original Corpus Christi congregation of the AFM in Brooklyn Pretoria. Just after we joined Corpus Christi, the formed Doxa Deo with multiple campuses across Pretoria, and now even have congregations in Australia, New Zealand and England. During this time Hettie and I worked with others showing the original Jesus film and I still have my original VHS version of the film and a VHS machine in full working order.

The third time I really felt the closeness of the LORD was during August 1995. I woke up with an extremely sore place on the right-hand side of my abdomen, and was forced to see the local doctor after work that afternoon. I was sent to hospital immediately with a diagnoses of acute appendicitis and told they had to operate that night as it was about to burst. I was operated on fairly late that night, but even the surgeon told me that he believes it was meant to be, as during the operation they got more than they bargained for. Apparently the surgeon could not get a decent grip on the appendix and decided to make a larger incision and to pull out a small portion of my small intestine in order for him to be able to have space to work. While he was doing this, he was talking to the anaesthetist and then suddenly found something in his hand that was bigger in size than the rest of the small intestine. When he looked down, he found a tumour of about 100 millimetres in length and when he looked at it he recognised it as cancer. According to him he probably could have stopped earlier, but he just continued. He told me that if he did not find it that night, there was a high probability that my family would have had a funeral the next year. The appendix also ended up as malignant, also with Carcinoid. According to the medical profession it is one of the major places where this type of cancer forms its primary tumour. He told me that I had to undergo another operation eight weeks later as they had to do a thorough scan of the abdomen to ensure that there was no metastasis to the lymph nodes or even more tumours. So that was nearly 22 years ago, but I still suffer from this cancer as they found a tumour that they could not remove as that would have cost my life as it encases the main mesenteric blood vessel between the small intestine and the liver. I was told that there were two things that I could do. I had to go for chemo and as the surgeon put it, he knew that the LORD could heal me.

After the follow up operation, I ended up with a very unusual experience It was the most heavenly choir that I have ever heard in my life. I could not make out what song it was, but it really was out of this world. I was in a ward with three other people, and as they were all sleeping, I got out of bed to see if any one of them had a radio on where this music could come from. Just remember we are talking about a time before music on cell phones. In fact CD’s were new technology back then. I could not find any source of this music, and I knew I was in trouble when I asked the one nurse if she could hear the music and she gave me a look that said to me I must be off my rocker.

Then I saw this strange vision. Living in South Africa we are used to platforms when visiting a game park or game farm that you have shelters above the tree line from where you can watch the game come to their favourite drinking spots, or just observe the wild life without disturbing them at all. I was standing on top of one of these platforms, and as far as the eye could see I saw people clothed in white walking up towards a hill that was so bright that I felt I needed some sunglasses to shield this brightness. There was not a split amongst these people as they were all walking shoulder to shoulder towards this bright hill. Hettie, my wife, came to visit me but left after a while as I was not really talking to her, as all I was doing was listening to this angelic song and watching these people. I eventually got up and went to the bathroom and pressed my face against the wall, but this vision did not go away. I tried closing my eyes but it was still there. All I can remember was that there were two other persons with me on this platform, and I just knew the one person was Moses. Don’t ask me how I know, all I know was that the one person was Moses.

This vision was also one of the reasons we left our local church at that time as our minister told me to put this behind me and continue as before, as this would cause me to end up in an asylum for mentally ill patients. I actually thought he could help be as he was not just an ordinary minister, he also had a doctorate in Biblical studies.

So this is where my walk with the LORD took a dramatic turn. I wanted to know exactly what and why people ended up in heaven or hell, as I did not want to lose this out of this world vision I had in hospital. I started spending more time listening to various other people and their views about redemption, and the one evening a very well known evangelist in South Africa looked at me and told me that he could see that I have a very high standard to differentiate between believers and non believers. He also told my wife that he knew that she had a very close relationship with the LORD. I know for someone who has never experienced this type of input in your life that it can be challenging to understand.

I know the first time something like this happened in my life I could not handle it. I was in charge of the elders at our congregation when our minister was not there, and also the guy that was supposed to ensure that a professor or some other minister would deliver two sermons on a Sunday when our minister was on annual leave.  I thought I had all bases covered when the professor I organised for the Sunday gave his secretary instruction that she should inform me that he had made alternate arrangements for the weekend, and could not come to us. I asked one of my fellow elder, an ex headmaster at a local school to help me and we decided that we would each read a sermon from a book we had at church in case of emergencies. After the service the Sunday night, people asked me why I did not study to become a minister, and I told them it was difficult to go to seminary school at age 40 with three children at school, and no cash reserves to cover the seven year studies. And then I would only have 20 years before I would retire, so it was not feasible. That Wednesday evening friend of ours asked us to come to their preschool hall as they had a couple of people that would get together in song , worship and prayer, but that they had a special host that would be playing the piano. While we were singing, this person stopped playing, turned around and looked me straight in the eyes and told me that the LORD was calling me to serve Him, and that He had a special calling for me. That gave me such a fright as I have never heard or seen something like this happen before. We attended a very  orthodox church at that time and that was the first time something like this happened to me.

So back to my original story 5 years later after leaving the hospital, After the experience in the hospital, I had this urge to study the Bible, and to start writing down the explanations I found from various references. I also had this urge to share this with other people. I still have the book where I wrote down the first couple of items I felt the LORD showed me in the Bible, and still believe that He gave that to me as a calling, and I am still following that calling. The first scripture He gave me was when I asked Him what would happen to me after now having had three operations for cancer. Was it my end, or what would happen? I opened my Bible and the passage that just leaped out at me was from Jeremiah 45 Jer 45:5 And seek you great things for yourself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil on all flesh, said the LORD: but your life will I give to you for a prey in all places where you go.

Now for someone who was told six months earlier that I only had a couple of years before I would die. Those are words that I still cling to 22 years later.

I also know today why I did not accept all the offers for financial support to study to become a minister, as I then enrolled at a Bible school to get myself qualified and ordained as a pastor. What you learn at these places are not really what the Bible teaches, but it is more about how to preach, what the various theological views are, how to interpret Greek and Hebrew texts, and then things like how to run a successful church. I finished this and started a Bible school at a local congregation, and within months people asked me to move to another part of town and start a new church there. We did this and it was a flop. It fell apart within the first couple of months, but I knew the reason for it, as the LORD gave me a second scripture even before I started studying, and that came from Jeremiah 30 verse 2: Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write you all the words that I have spoken to you in a book.

He did not tell me to start a new church, but He told me to write down everything that he would teach me. That taught me one major lesson in life, and that is to be obedient. During the time while studying and working, He always spoke to me about the exodus of Israel from Egypt, and how they came to Canaan, the land He promised Abraham. So He took me on a journey through the Old Testament, and then would show me confirmations in the New Testament. Sometimes I also found answers not in the Bible, but in some of the books that did not make it in our western Bible.

Fortunately I am not the only person doing this. The first person that I know that took this route was Jesus himself. We find the following in Luke 16: “But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from there. Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house: For I have five brothers; that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will repent. And he said to him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luk 16:25-31)

The two sections I emphasized is actually extremely informative. Jesus says that we only need Moses and the Prophets to believe in Him, and He also shows them that He would die and they would still not believe in Him even after He was resurrected.

Paul also used this method. “Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.” (1Co 10:1-11)

And then there is the whole book of Hebrews that we can use to find answers to our questions, as it is written to those who understand the Old Covenant, and leads us to the New Covenant. It shows us that Jesus went through the heavenly tabernacle to pay for our sins with His own blood.

So the first book I wrote was named the Book of Moses. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, I use the exodus of Israel to show people how to ensure that they are serving the God of the Bible, and the second reason because of a custom we had when I was still a kid. When you had to prove a point you had to use scripture to support your argument, and if you could not find a quick answer your answer was always that it is somewhere in Moses. So Moses 3 verse 3 in our household was always: Do not worry.

The book of Moses also brought me to another book in the Bible, the Gospel according to Mark. He was the first person to actually write a Gospel, as he was the official scribe for Barnabas and Paul. He worked with them and documented everything they preached. It was also Barnabas who was the reason Paul started his ministry, and then they later parted also because of Mark. “And some days after Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brothers in every city where we have preached the word of the LORD, and see how they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed to Cyprus; And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brothers to the grace of God.” (Act 15:36-40)

Mark also wrote about this instance in his Acts of Barnabas. “And I found Paul in bed in Antioch from the toil of the journey, who also seeing me, was exceedingly grieved on account of my delaying in Pamphylia. And Barnabas coming, encouraged him, and tasted bread, and he took a little of it. And they preached the word of the Lord, and enlightened many of the Jews and Greeks. And I only attended to them, and was afraid of Paul to come near him, both because he held me as having spent much time in Pamphylia, and because he was quite enraged against me. And I gave repentance on my knees upon the earth to Paul, and he would not endure it. And when I remained for three Sabbaths in entreaty and prayer on my knees, I was unable to prevail upon him about myself; for his great grievance against me was on account of my keeping several parchments in Pamphylia.

And when it came to pass that they finished teaching in Antioch, on the first of the week they took counsel together to set out for the places of the East, and after that to go into Cyprus, and oversee all the churches in which they had spoken the word of God. And Barnabas entreated Paul to go first to Cyprus, and oversee his own in his village; and Lucius entreated him to take the oversight of his city Cyrene. And a vision was seen by Paul in sleep, that he should hasten to Jerusalem, because the brethren expected him there. But Barnabas urged that they should go to Cyprus, and pass the winter, and then that they should go to Jerusalem at the feast. Great contention, therefore, arose between them. And Barnabas urged me also to accompany them, on account of my being their servant from the beginning, and on account of my having served them in all Cyprus until they came to Perga of Pamphylia; and I there had remained many days. But Paul cried out against Barnabas, saying: It is impossible for him to go with us. And those who were with us there urged me also to accompany them, because there was a vow upon me to follow them to the end. So that Paul said to Barnabas: If you want to take John who also is surnamed Mark with you, go another road; for he shall not come with us. And Barnabas coming to himself, said: The grace of God does not desert him who has once served the Gospel and journeyed with us. If, therefore, this be agreeable to you, Father Paul, I take him and go. And he said: Go you in the grace of Christ, and we in the power of the Spirit.

Therefore, bending their knees, they prayed to God. And Paul, groaning aloud, wept, and in like manner also Barnabas, saying to one another: It would have been good for us, as at first, so also at last, to work in common among men; but since it has thus seemed good to you, Father Paul, pray for me that my labour may be made perfect to commendation: for you know how I have served you also to the grace of Christ that has been given to you. For I go to Cyprus, and hasten to be made perfect; for I know that I shall no more see your face, O Father Paul. And failing on the ground at his feet, he wept long. And Paul said to him: The Lord stood by me also this night, saying, Do not force Barnabas not to go to Cyprus, for there it has been prepared for him to enlighten many; and do you also, in the grace that has been given to you, go to Jerusalem to worship in the holy place, and there it shall be shown you where your martyrdom has been prepared. And we saluted one another, and Barnabas took me to himself.

After this episode we never ever read anything about Barnabas and Mark, as they worked in Cyprus and never returned to Jerusalem. But why do I want to use Mark? Many people have a problem with the last section of the last chapter, as it seems that some of the early copies excluded the last verses, and because it is to us today controversial. But when I look at my own writings I find that I would make changes or even add new chapters to the book. So if I look at the various samples of the Gospel of Mark it might not include the last verses, but he was there and saw the snake bite Paul and nothing happened. So it is possible that some of the original copies did not include this section.

I also wonder at times if Mark was also the writer of the Book of Hebrews, as we still do not know who wrote it. Some say Paul, others Barnabas, and some other people. Mark knew what both Paul and Barnabas taught at the various synagogues they went to visit these Jews.

We find that Mark wrote two additional books that never made it into the Bible as they worked separately from the other Apostles and disciples. The one book is the Acts of Barnabas that describes what Barnabas did after splitting up with Paul, and tells us how Barnabas was killed by the Jews in Cyprus, and then we find the Epistle of Barnabas, a book that took the Old Testament happenings, and explained the significance in a spiritual form. It ties in with what Luke wrote down in The Acts of the Apostles, that Paul and Barnabas always first went to the Jews at the local synagogue and explained what Jesus came to do to fulfil the Old Covenant and to start the New Covenant. “And the brothers immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. “ (Act 17:10-12)

So it looks to me that I am not alone in using the Old Testament in proclaiming the Gospel message of Jesus. Here are some passages that shows that Paul and Barnabas also first tried to convince the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.” So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off to Antioch. Then when he arrived and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Act 11:18-26)

Act 13:14  “But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.

Act 13:42  “As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.” Act 13:43  “Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.”

Act 14:1  In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.”

Act 16:1-3  “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek,  (2)  and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.  (3)  Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Act 17:1-3  “Now when they had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.  (2)  And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,  (3)  explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

Act 17:10  “The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.”

Act 17:16-17  “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols.  (17)  So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing  Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.

Act 18:1-4  “After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth.  (2)  And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them,  (3)  and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.  (4)  And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

Act 18:19  “They came to Ephesus, and he left them there. Now he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.”

Act 11:25-26  “And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul;  (26)  and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Reading through the above I see that they only explained Moses and the prophets, and why Jesus came and for what purpose He came. So this is where I start differing from most other people, as I believe that there are no new theologies in the New Covenant, and hence we cannot through out the Old Testament and build a new theology on the New Testament only. If I do not find a corresponding reference in the Old Testament then I know that it is a man made doctrine. So the same theology that was embraced by Abraham, is the same theology in force today. When people rejected the LORD in the Old Testament, we do not find them featuring in any form in later on in the Bible. So that says to me that they will not be with Jesus in heaven.

Paul uses the same approach in 1 Corinthians 10: “Moreover, brothers, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized to Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” (1Co 10:1-6)

Then we also find what happened during the time of Jeremiah when the people of Jerusalem when they thought they could go and hide in Egypt: “Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah. And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even to the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach. For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.” (Jer 44:11-14) The only people that returned from Egypt were Jeremiah and Baruch and their families. They did not choose to go back, but were forced to go back.

So what else can I say about my viewpoints. Not much except that many years after I started on this journey through the Old Covenant and started writing my first book, The Book of Moses, I found the verse following the one that told me to write everything down: “Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write you all the words that I have spoken to you in a book. For, see, the days come, said the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, said the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. (Jer 30:2-3) So this scripture declares that we as Christians will end up in our Canaan, and all we have to do is follow the path that Israel followed, but without all their mistakes and sins. Most of the commentaries of this portion of scripture agrees that this has not happened yet. This is what John Gill had to say about it: “which cannot be understood of their return from the Babylonish captivity; for, as Kimchi rightly observes, only Judah and Benjamin returned from thence; and though there were some few of the other tribes that came with them, especially of the tribe of Levi, yet not sufficient to answer to so great a prophecy as this, which refers to the same time as that in Hos_3:5; as appears by comparing that with Jer_30:9; and when, as the Apostle Paul says, “all Israel shall be saved”, Rom_11:25;”

This also agrees with what we read in verse 9 of the same passage: But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up to them. Fortunately for myself I do not live in the times of the reformation, as I would have been burned at the stake many years ago. And this despite quoting Jeremiah and Paul. All these passages are there as examples for us in order for us not to make the same mistakes Israel made. But then we have to use these verses and the whole Bible within context. The same Jeremiah tells the people the fillowing in chapter 7; “Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these. For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.” (Jer 7:3-8) He then continues in verse 21: “Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat flesh. For I spoke not to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people: and walk you in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you.” (Jer 7:21-23)This is then followed up in chapter 21: “Thus said the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the middle of this city. And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath. And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence. And afterward, said the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy. And to this people you shall say, Thus said the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. He that stays in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goes out, and falls to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be to him for a prey. For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, said the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.” (Jer 21:4-10)

So this is what formed my life and my relationship with the LORD. And this is what I still write about every day. What I have found that everyday something happens in my life to either confirm that which I have written about, or something new that I never thought about pops up for me to investigate. Sometimes it is only a confirmation of what I believe the Bible is to us today, a “Workshop Manual” for Christians. I do not have to believe in all these other writings and “junk” that people believe in, as if I cannot confirm it from the Old Covenant, it does not fit in the New Covenant, and can hence be thrown away. If you look at some of the things Christians spend millions of dollars on, and it only enriches their “king”, but what he says never happens, and we continue to believe them.  I have seen videos put up by some of these “big name” pastors that said the antichrist will come on 5 May 2016, and when it did not happen the title was changed to 28 August, and when that did not happen it was changed to 28 December, but people still spend millions on his books when it is obvious that he is a false prophet.

That is why my motto in life is a quote from Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed to the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder, which brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.

And then probably one of the most important things we can learn from the Bible and that is to be obedient. That is also where the name of ministry, Shama Ministries in South Africa, comes from. The meaning of the word is as follows from Strong’s:

H8085 שָׁמַע shâmaʻ, shaw-mah’; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.):—× attentively, call (gather) together, × carefully, × certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, × diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear(-ken, tell), ×indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim(-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, × surely, tell, understand, whosoever (heareth), witness.

What challenges do I face today. I still have Carcinoid Syndrome (NET) and everyday and it is still a battle 22 years every day after they found it the first time, and at the time of writing this my wife was receiving her first chemo after  a bilateral mastectomy in January 2017, and after the chemo it will be a month of radiation treatment. So this is my story and what I try and live every day of my life.

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Jews – Nation or Church grouping?

I want to look at our belief system of today and will try and prove to you the reader that Israel was never a nation as portrayed today, but should in reality be seen as the first Church.

Why am I saying this? Even from the days of Moses up and to the times that Jesus came they operated as a Church under the Old Covenant. It will then also clear up so many misconceptions about the difference between Church and Israel or Jews. These are the people that label you as someone preaching replacement theology the moment that you mention that the Church is also Israel or Jews. This article will try and prove that the Church has been there from the early days, and I believe that is also the way the people of the Old Covenant saw it.

Where did the CHURCH start? To me it started with Abraham. The LORD started talking to Abraham long before He entered into a covenant with him. Abraham had to listen and do everything the LORD told him to do. So what does this teach us? There are two actions that speak volumes about this relationship. The first principle is that Abraham had to believe the LORD and then he had to obey the LORD. This to me speaks of how a church should respond. We have to believe what He tells us to do, and then have to obey Him in everything we do. This is also what we read of in Hebrews 6 verse 1: Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, (Heb 6:1) So we see that Abraham had to lay down his life, repentance, and do what the LORD commanded him to do, so believe Him, which is faith..

After this we find that the covenant is started with communion, where Melchizidek brought the wine and break. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)   And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;  and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Gen 14:18-20)

What we learn from this is that even before the LORD made the covenant with Abraham, that peoples from other nations were also serving the LORD, even to the point where they had their own priests.

Only now do we find that the LORD enters into a covenant relationship with Abraham: “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.”   (Gen 15:1-7)

What does this mean? That he believed and it counted him as righteousness. Without righteousness it is impossible to be part of the CHURCH of the LORD. We now find that Abraham only had to supply the livestock needed for the covenant. He had to cut the heifer in two and lay the sides next to each other. The meaning being that if either one of the partners of the covenant could do this to the other partner should they break the covenant. This also features when the LORD told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac. So for Abraham it was not difficult to follow the instructions of the LORD, as the LORD told Abraham that his descendants will come from Isaac. The LORD had to stay true to His word, and had two choices. He either had to provide a substitute for Isaac, or He had to bring Isaac back from the dead if Abraham sacrificed Isaac, as the LORD promised that Abraham’s family would come from Isaac. So Abraham knew that the LORD cannot lie, so he knew that if the LORD expected him to sacrifice his son, then the LORD had to be willing to do the same. He also knew it was impossible to kill the LORD, so he obeyed Him. This also points to us the first time that Jesus would become God’s sacrificial Lamb for our sins. That is also why Jesus can only come once to fulfil the covenant and pay for all sins, and not have a shuttle service during the end times.

For those who want to know more about what the Covenant of Righteousness means, you can read it here. I do suggest that you read this or if you have the time, look at the YouTube version which will run as a playlist for about 4 hours.

The next step only followed 25 years later when the LORD instituted circumcision as a sign of the covenant. A very interesting part we find here is that we find a sequence of events from this piece of history. It started with Abraham deciding to change his life and to follow the LORD, he then had to believe the LORD (faith), and then he had to have communion. Then only do we find circumcision. We find the same sequence after Jesus came to be the complete sacrifice, in that we have to repent from our sinful life, put out faith in Him alone, and then share communion. That is one reason we find so many arguments in Church today, as we find that leaders of churches have done these steps, but their hearts have not been circumcised. This is why we find so many leaders trying to justify the sins of people being enforced onto the church.

So we find that the church started with Abraham, and that every person who puts their faith in the completed works of Jesus, is part of CHURCH. Only now can we start with Israel.

So the first question is why do I say that the Old Testament Israel is the Church? Before Israel left Egypt we find the first clue. People from all nations could join Israel before the Exodus. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” (Exo 12:47-49) “You shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 24:22)

This already intimates that the people that left Egypt with Moses did not only belong to the Jewish tribe, but also included foreigners. So they all shared the same theology and believed in the one LORD. So this already shows us that they operate as a Church, and not as a nation. This confirms the promise made to Abraham: “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be you perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations.” (Gen 17:1-9)

So here we find that even before the exodus and the long trek to Canaan that Israel operated as a Church and not as a nation. That is what they are referred to, as a congregation in Exodus 12 verse 47 above, and not as a nation.

This is also what the whole book to the Hebrews in the New Testament is all about.

Quite a number of very influential people including Martin Luther wanted to keep this book from the Bible as they believed it had no relevance to us as Christians. But they are the people who believe that the book was only applicable to Israel or Jews as a nation, and not to all believers.

But this is exactly where I start differing from them. But why? Because even today we find that most Christians see Israel as nation and not as the first Church. That is one of the most prominent teachings of today across all types of Christians. But they fail to see that the book of Hebrews actually has the covenant as a central theme and not Israel as a central theme.

So it was not written for Israel as nation, but to Israel or the Jews as Church. But what is the difference? I want to use certain texts from Paul to Corinth and John in Revelation to explain my viewpoint. Paul says the following: “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur you, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come. (1Co 10:6-11)

We find the words of Jesus as recorded by John: “I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Rev 2:9) “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” (Rev 3:9)

So I will use this as a basis to show that Israel functioned as a Church and not as a nation. But let us start at the beginning. Who will end up in heaven? I believe those that are there already are people like Moses, David, Samuel and many more of the people of the Old Testament. If we look at the New Testament it would be people like Peter, Paul and John. You might wonder why I only mention the names of people that descended from Jacob. The reason being is that they will definitely be there, as they belonged to the nation of the LORD, Israel. We learn from the Old Testament that only those people that were chosen by the LORD ended up in heaven, in other words only people from Israel. “But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.” (1Co 10:5)

The LORD says the following through Moses to Israel: ““For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, ” (Deu 7:6-9) This sounds more like a promise to a Church than a promise to a specific nation.

I want to start at the beginning. Now when I quote from the book of Revelation you might think that I am starting at the end, but fortunately Jesus is speaking. He was there right at the beginning of time, even when Adam and Eve were formed. Revelation 3:9: “‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie–I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. ” Jesus is telling us here that even though people are from the synagogue of Satan; they are still saying that they are Jews. These people are from Philadelphia, and definitely not Jews from Israel. This confirms the scripture from Revelation 2:9: “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” This piece of information is extremely important, in that Jesus is saying that all believers are Jews, and that only Jews will be saved. This confirms the scripture that Moses gave to Israel in Deuteronomy 7:6-7: “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.”

Once we realise that God does not and will not change His word, we will realise that there seems to be a problem with interpreting this verse in the light of the verses from Revelation. How is it possible then that God declares in one place that He has chosen only Israel, and then later on declares that all true believers are Jews? The answer comes partly from the book of Acts chapter 10:34-35: “Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,  but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. ” So all people who fear God and accept His righteousness, is accepted. This however still does not satisfy the requirement of Revelation, as we are still not Jews. The answer is given to us as part of the exodus from Egypt. Here the LORD gave them a commandment that they had to keep forever. The scripture comes from Numbers 15 verse 15 and 16: “’As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the alien who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before the LORD. ‘There is to be one law and one ordinance for you and for the alien who sojourns with you.'” Exodus 12 verse 48 gives us the final answer: But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it; and he shall be like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat of it. The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.

In the history of Israel we find that whenever someone from another nation wanted to join them to Israel, they had to do whatever was required to become part of the covenant and then they were treated as people from Israel. A very good example is Ruth. Although she had the right to return to her people after her husband’s death, she chose to go with Naomi. Her words were as follows: Ruth 1 verses 15 to 17: “Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. “Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” Ruth answers that she chooses to go with Naomi, and that only death will part them, but that she, Ruth will die where Naomi dies. She will worship Naomi’s God, and never return to her original nation. Who was Ruth? David’s great grandma. Where did Jesus come from? From David’s tribe.

How do all these various pieces fit together? The LORD chose Israel as His nation. We as gentiles must chose to become Jews by joining Israel and its tribes. How is this done? The same way it was done in Israel’s time, by becoming part of the covenant with the LORD. In the time of Israel it was by circumcision, and after Christ it is by being born again. That means we have to receive the righteousness of Jesus. As we know that Jesus came to fulfil the Old Covenant by fulfilling all its requirements, it now gives us the opportunity to become part of the Israel of God. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and on the Israel of God. (Gal 6:14-16) This sounds again more like a promise to the Church that a promise to a nation. So Israel did not receive a blanket redemption from the LORD, but only those that became part of the covenant and kept His commandments, were His children.

Where do we find the first apostasy from the Church? It happened when each tribe received their inheritance in Canaan. The Rubenites, the descendants from Gad, and the descendants from Manasseh all decided that they wanted to stay outside of Canaan, the Promised Land, and not receive that which the LORD had in store for them. So they chose not to get what they were promised. If we look at the descendants of these tribes we find that they did not feature in the history of Israel after deciding to follow their own plans. That is exactly what is happening today. People are leaving the Church and cannot be counted as Christians any longer as only people who confess Jesus as the Christ, and live a life worthy of Him forms part of the real Church. This is how Hebrews 6 puts it: “And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Heb 6:3-6) That is also what happened to Saul after he visited the medium at Endor. “Then said Saul to his servants, Seek me a woman that has a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that has a familiar spirit at Endor.” (1Sa 28:7) This also meant that he died as a sinner, and did not receive everlasting life, but everlasting death. When Israel sinned, and was chastised by the LORD to bring them back to Him, they were safe. If they continued in their wickedness they died as sinners. Even after David the Church, or Israel, divided into two camps. We find very little of the grouping that moved away from David in the Bible. So they started their own ‘church” and was rejected by the LORD. We also see in the New Testament that Jesus did not speak to the two factions of the “church”, the Pharisees and Sadducees, but He went and spoke to the people. In fact He always pitted the two groups against each other. And they were the “church”.

So in the history of Israel we find that the tribes started serving other gods and religions, the same people they were supposed to exterminate when they went into Canaan. Now we find people today saying that Jesus first have to return to the physical earth to save the Jewish faith people or the lost tribes although they already made their choices years ago. The LORD did not choose a specific nation, but only those people who believe that Jesus is the Christ. That is what all the prophets tried to say. They were preaching revival messages to the Jews to get them to return to the God of their fathers. There were some specific messages that pointed to the coming Saviour, but it always asked them to return to the LORD. So all these messages we expect to find in the Church of today, and not messages to a specific nation.

We also found then and today that membership of a church grouping or nation can never mean that you receive everlasting life, but only belief in Jesus can make that possible.

So Israel was the Church under the Old Covenant, and we are Church under the New Covenant. So there is no replacement theology as people would like you to believe, but only messages to the Church of the LORD. And this all started with Moses who gave them the following choice they had to make: “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess it. But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce to you this day, that you shall surely perish, and that you shall not prolong your days on the land, where you pass over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live: That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may hold to him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deu 30:11-20)

So just like Israel had to choose to follow the LORD, we have to make the same choice today. I do not find a blanket statement in the Old Covenant that every person will receive everlasting life. No, I only find that people, who chose to follow and obey Him, were His children and His nation.

So when we return to the book of Hebrews, we see that it describes the different viewpoints of the Churches. There are those that understand the New Covenant and believe that Jesus did everything to fulfil the Old Covenant. Then we find those that believe that Jesus is the Christ, but they also believe that you have to do certain things to get saved. So they still believe you have to comply with certain rules, rules like the Sabbath etc. And then there are those of the Jewish faith today, those that reject Jesus as the Christ. And that is what the writer of Hebrews is trying to show people, that Jesus did everything that was necessary according to the law, and that He went through the Heavenly Tabernacle for us in order for us to receive everlasting life. No works will make that we are part of the real Church.

So the writer shows us that we do not have to work to get our way into heaven, as Jesus did away with all the works and that only faith in His completed work will bring everlasting life. That is what Hebrews 3 and 4 are about. You must have faith, because without it you are condemned, and stuck in the sixth day and do not enter into the rest promised by the LORD.

That is why we find new prescriptions of how we should live our lives under the New Covenant in Hebrews chapter 13.

“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Why Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Heb 13:1-21)

So these are commandments to the Church. This now enables you as an ordinary member to see if you are taught the correct message of the Bible or not. I do not find any scripture or clause in the New Covenant anywhere in the Bible that teaches that you can turn your back on the LORD, and then get a second chance. So this also indicates that He chose Israel as a Church, and not as a nation or piece of real estate. And that Church includes me in you that have decided to become part of His covenant.

So there is now replacement theology. You either believe this Truth and receive everlasting life, or you do not believe this Truth and die the second death. Those people who serve the LORD are part of His Israel, the Church. “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and on the Israel of God.” (Gal 6:16) So the Bible only teaches the Church, and cannot be used to judge the unbelievers.

We also have to remember that the first people who became Christians were Jews, and they were also the first people to be called Christians. “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life. Now they which were scattered abroad on the persecution that arose about Stephen traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but to the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spoke to the Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned to the Lord. Then tidings of these things came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would hold to the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added to the Lord. Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” (Act 11:18-26)

So these people were Jews, but were called Christians. So those that speaks about replacement theology only shows their lack of knowledge of the Bible.

So there won’t be a rapture to allow the Jews to come to Christ and all the other people to get a second chance. If we believe that then Jesus and the Bible does not mean anything at all. So run from these people before they take you down the canyon of death with them. I know that you might feel that I am taking on people that have such a passion for Christ, but unfortunately only those that believe the full message of the Bible will be saved. I only confirm that which Jesus spoke about when He told them that they were rejected. “Jesus said to them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spoke of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” (Mat 21:42-46) The original was already mentioned in Isaiah 5 verses 1 to 7. “Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the middle of it, and also made a wine press therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? why, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor dig; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.” (Isa 5:1-7)

“Jesus also speaks about a nation as the true Church, the Bride, did not yet exist, as He was still alive.

That is why the book of Revelation says that two thirds of the people that call themselves Christians will die the second death, as they believe the Bible, but only through their interpretation of the Bible. They will fight with you to prove you wrong and quote large parts of the Bible to convince you, but did you know that the Satan also quoted the Bible to convince Jesus, but Jesus showed him all the flaws in his quotes of scripture. My only purpose is to show you that we there are incorrect interpretations of scripture, that we must take personal responsibility for our own lives, and not depend on the teachings of others to receive everlasting life. The same story is used in the Bible, there were ten woman who waited for the Bridegroom, but only five expected Him and were prepared for His coming, while the others waited for the rapture and all its stories, but they missed the wedding feast.

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1Ti 6:3-6)

Paul declares the following: “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside to vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for murderers, For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for enslavers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” (1Ti 1:5-11)

So if someone wants to place you back under the law, know that according to Paul that he is not righteous. So he will try to convince you that you have to believe his interpretation. They will tell you to ignore days like Christmas, Easter and numerous other days, but all that they are trying is to place you under the law again. “Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female slave, the other by a free woman. But he who was of the female slave was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which engenders to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren that bore not; break forth and cry, you that travail not: for the desolate has many more children than she which has an husband. Now we, brothers, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what said the scripture? Cast out the female slave and her son: for the son of the female slave shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. So then, brothers, we are not children of the female slave, but of the free.” (Gal 4:21-31)

So those that believe that Jesus is the Christ and that He came to take us from the bondage of the law are the true Church of the LORD, and not those that keep the law and boast in their heritage. “However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain. Brothers, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as you are: you have not injured me at all. You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh you despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.” (Gal 4:8-14)

So who is the real Israel? Those people that do what the LORD commands to become part of His Covenant, and that started with Moses. So only those that choose Him are His Church.

 

Jode – Nasie of Kerkgroep?

Ek wil graag na die Joodse geloof van vandag kyk, en vir u as leser probeer wys dat die Jode van die Bybel nie ‘n nasie is soos vandag deur meeste mense verstaan word nie, maar in werklikheid, as die eerste Kerk gesien moet word.

Waarvan praat ek nou? Dat die Joodse geloof en mense in die Ou Verbond voor Jesus se koms, nie as ‘n nasie gesien moet word nie, maar dat deur al die eeue heen van voor Moses se dae af as Kerk van die HERE gesien word. Dit sal ook dan vir ons duidelik word dat die geveg wat deur sovele mense geveg word dat wanneer iemand praat van die Kerk versus die Joodse geloof, ons van vervangingsteologie praat, van alle waarheid gestroop word aangesien die Jode en Israel van die Ou Testament as die eerste Kerk gesien moet word. Dit is hoe die Bybel dit gestel het, en dit is hoe die mense van die Ou Testament dit gesien het.

Kom ons begin by die begin van die KERK. En dit begin met Abraham. Die HERE begin met Abram (Abraham) praat lank voor die verbond wat Hy met hom sluit. En Abram luister elke keer en doen wat die HERE vir hom sê om te doen. So wat leer ons hieruit? Daar is twee faktore wat ‘n massiewe rol speel. Eerstens glo Abram die HERE en dan is hy gehoorsaam. Dit is die kenmerke van mense wat in die Kerk van die HERE hoort. Ons moet geloof hê en glo wat Hy vir ons sê, en moet ons gehoorsaam wees en doen wat Hy verwag. Dit val saam met Hebreërs 6 vers 1: “Daarom moet ons nie bly by die begin van die prediking aangaande Christus nie, maar na die volmaaktheid voortgaan sonder om weer die fondament te lê van die bekering uit dooie werke en van die geloof in God,”. So Abram lê sy eie lewe neer, bekering, en dan glo hy die HERE, geloof, die tweede kenmerk.

Nou vind ons dat die verbond ingestel word met nagmaal, waar Melgisedek die brood en die wyn bring. “En Melgisédek, die koning van Salem, wat ‘n priester van God, die Allerhoogste, was, het brood en wyn gebring en hom geseën en gesê: Geseënd is Abram deur God, die Allerhoogste, die Skepper van hemel en aarde. En geseënd is God, die Allerhoogste, wat u vyande in u hand gegee het. Toe gee hy hom die tiende van alles.” (Gen 14:18-20)

So ons vind dat daar toe alreeds ander mense was wat die HERE aanbid het en as priesters opgetree het. So Abram was nie alleen nie, daar was ander volke wat toe alreeds aan die HERE behoort het.

Nou kom die HERE eers met die verbond. “Ná hierdie dinge het die woord van die HERE tot Abram gekom in ‘n gesig en gesê: Vrees nie, Abram, Ek is vir jou ‘n skild en jou loon is baie groot. Toe vra Abram: Here HERE, wat sal U my gee, aangesien ek sonder kinders heengaan en die erfgenaam van my huis die Damaskéner Eliëser is? Verder het Abram gesê: Aan my het U geen nageslag gegee nie; so sal dan die bediende van my huis my erfgenaam wees. Toe kom die woord van die HERE tot hom en sê: Hierdie een sal jou erfgenaam nie wees nie, maar die een wat uit jou liggaam sal voortkom, hy sal jou erfgenaam wees. Daarop lei Hy hom uit na buite met die woorde: Kyk nou op na die hemel en tel die sterre as jy hulle kan tel. En Hy sê vir hom: So sal jou nageslag wees. En hy het in die HERE geglo; en Hy het hom dit tot geregtigheid gereken. Verder het Hy vir hom gesê: Ek is die HERE wat jou uitgelei het uit Ur van die Chaldeërs om jou hierdie land in besit te gee.” (Gen 15:1-7)

Wat beteken hierdie twee eienskappe vir Abram. Dat dit vir hom as geregtigheid gereken is. Sonder geregtigheid is dit onmoontlik om deel van God se Kerk te wees. En nou vind ons hoe die HERE die verbond instel en Abram geen deel daaraan het nie. Hy moes net die diere voorsien. Hier lees ons dat Abram moes die vee middeldeur sny en teenoor mekaar lê. Die betekenis daarvan was dat indien enigeen die verbond sou verbreek, die ander persoon die reg gehad het om so met sy verbondsvennoot op te tree. Nou het God vir Abram, hy het eers later Abraham geword, gesê dat uit Isak sou sy nageslag kom. So vir Abraham was dit nie moeilik om die besluit te neem om Isak te offer toe God hom gevra het nie, want die Here moes weer vir Isak uit die dood opwek, want uit Isak sou Abraham se nageslag kom. God kan nie lieg nie. Indien God dit nie doen nie, kon Abram met God maak soos met die diere gemaak is, en hy het geweet dat God nie kan lieg nie, en dat dit onmoontlik is om God dood te maak.

Verder, as een van die partye van ‘n verbond iets van die ander een verwag het om te doen, moes die ander party dieselfde verwagting hê. Omdat God van Abram verwag het om sy seun te offer, het die HERE daar verklaar dat Hy vir Jesus sou stuur om te sterwe, want Jesus is Sy seun. Dit is hoekom Jesus moes kom, om die gedeelte van die eerste verbond te vervul. Dit is ook hoekom Jesus net een keer kon kom om vir ons sonde te sterwe.

Vir die wat wil lees oor wat die verbond van Geregtigheid beteken kan u hier  lees.

So na hierdie gedeelte vind ons 25 jaar later dat die HERE die besnydenis instel as teken van die verbond. Nou die interessante gedeelte is dat wanneer ons na die volgorde kyk vind ons dat Abram moes glo, dan nagmaal vier, en dan volg die besnydenis. Na Abraham vind ons hulle moes eers besny word, dan glo, en dan nagmaal vir. So hier vind ons dit in ‘n halwe omgekeerde volgorde maar met Jesus vind ons dat Hy dit weer instel volgens Abraham se volgorde, so eers glo, dan nagmaal, en dan eers vind besnydenis van die hart plaas. Daarom dat ons so baie stryery kry vandag onder teoloë, want die harte is nie besny nie, alhoewel hulle nagmaal gebruik, weier hulle dat die HERE hul harte kan besny, en wil hulle hul verkeerde lewenswyses en insigte afdwing op hul kerkgenootskap.

So die Kerk begin met Abraham, en almal wat glo en deel geword het van die verbond, was Kerk.

Nou kom ons eers by Israel uit. En hier vind ons die volgende beginsel is dat mense van alle volke hulle by die volk kon voeg voor hul trek uit Egipte begin het. “Die hele vergadering van Israel moet dit hou. En as ‘n vreemdeling by jou vertoef en tot eer van die HERE die pasga wil vier, moet by hom almal wat manlik is, besny word; en dan mag hy nader kom om dit te vier, en hy sal soos ‘n kind van die land wees. Maar géén onbesnedene mag daarvan eet nie. Een wet moet geld vir die kind van die land en vir die vreemdeling wat onder julle vertoef.” (Exo 12:48-49) Die Engelse vertalings stel vers 47 egter as ‘n gemeente (congregation), en dit is ook hoe die woord in Strongs se Hebreeus beskryf word. “Net een wet moet daar vir julle wees die vreemdeling moet soos die kind van die land wees; want Ek is die HERE julle God.” (Lev 24:22)

So hier vind ons alreeds dat Israel nie ‘n spesifieke nasie is nie, maar almal wat besluit om die HERE as hul God te dien. So almal het dieselfde geloofsoortuiging gehad. So dit wys alreeds vir ons dat hulle eerder as Kerk funksioneer as volk. Dit sluit aan by die belofte wat die HERE aan Abraham gemaak het. “Toe Abram nege en negentig jaar oud was, het die HERE aan Abram verskyn en vir hom gesê: Ek is God, die Almagtige; wandel voor my aangesig, dan sal jy opreg wees. En Ek wil my verbond sluit tussen My en jou, en jou buitengewoon vermeerder. Toe val Abram op sy aangesig, en God het met hom gespreek en gesê: Wat My aangaan, kyk, my verbond is met jou, en jy sal die vader van ‘n menigte van nasies word. Daarom sal hulle jou nie meer Abram noem nie, maar jou naam sal wees Abraham, want Ek maak jou ‘n vader van ‘n menigte van nasies. En Ek sal jou buitengewoon vrugbaar maak: Ek sal jou tot nasies maak, en konings sal uit jou voortkom. En Ek sal my verbond oprig tussen My en jou en jou nageslag ná jou in hulle geslagte as ‘n ewige verbond, om vir jou ‘n God te wees en vir jou nageslag ná jou. En Ek sal aan jou en jou nageslag ná jou die land van jou vreemdelingskap gee, die hele land Kanaän, as ‘n ewige besitting; en Ek sal vir hulle ‘n God wees. Verder het God aan Abraham gesê: Maar jy moet my verbond hou, jy en jou nageslag ná jou, van geslag tot geslag.” (Gen 17:1-9)

So hier vind ons nog voor en tydens die trek na Kanaän, dat Israel as Kerk funksioneer en nie net as nasie nie. Soos vroeër genoem in Eksodus 12 vers 47, word hulle as ‘n gemeente beskryf en nie as a volk of nasie nie.

Dit is ook waaroor die hele boek van Hebreërs gaan.

Baie mense verstaan nie die boek in die Bybel nie, en daar is baie, soos selfs Martin Luther, wat voel dat die boek nie in die Bybel hoort nie. Dit is maar mense wat voel dat die boek juis aan Jode geskryf is en dat dit ons as Christene nie raak nie.

Maar, nou het ek ‘n probleem met die siening. Hoekom? Aangesien mense die Jode as volk sien en nie as Kerk nie. Dit is seker die grootste verskil wat ons vandag leer. Almal wil dat die boek slegs op die Jode van daardie tyd van toepassing was, maar wil of kan nie verstaan dat die sentrale punt van die boek gaan oor verbond nie.

So dit is nie net geskryf vir die Jode as nasie nie, maar aan die Jode as Kerk. Nou wat is die verskil? Ek wil dit graag verduidelik aan die hand van wat Paulus aan Korinte skryf, en wat Jesus vir Johannes openbaar in Openbaring. Paulus skryf die volgende: “En hierdie dinge was voorbeelde vir ons, dat ons nie begerig moet wees na slegte dinge soos hulle begerig was nie. En wees ook nie afgodedienaars soos sommige van hulle was nie, soos geskrywe is: Die volk het gaan sit om te eet en te drink en het opgestaan om te speel. En laat ons nie hoereer soos sommige van hulle gehoereer het nie, en daar het op een dag drie en twintig duisend geval. En laat ons Christus nie versoek soos ook sommige van hulle gedoen het nie, en hulle het deur die slange omgekom. En moenie murmureer soos ook sommige van hulle gemurmureer het nie, en hulle het deur die verderwer omgekom. Maar al hierdie dinge het hulle oorgekom as voorbeelde en is opgeskrywe as ‘n waarskuwing aan ons op wie die eindes van die eeue gekom het. (1Kor 10:6-11)

Jesus se woorde in Openbaring is weer as volg: “Ek ken jou werke en verdrukking en armoede maar jy is ryk en die lastering van die wat sê dat hulle Jode is en dit nie is nie, maar ‘n sinagoge van die Satan.” Open 2:9. “Kyk, Ek gee jou uit die sinagoge van die Satan, van die wat sê dat hulle Jode is en dit nie is nie, maar lieg Ek sal maak dat hulle kom en voor jou voete neerbuig en erken dat Ek jou liefgehad het.” Open 3:9.

So ek gaan eerstens bewys dat Israel as Kerk funksioneer het, en nie as volk nie. Maar, kom ons begin by die begin. Wie is alreeds, en wie gaan nog hemel toe. Die wat reeds in die hemel is, is mense soos Moses, Dawid, Samuel, en nog baie ander persone van die Ou Testament. As ons na Nuwe Testamentiese mense soek is dit seker mense soos Petrus, Paulus en Johannes. Wat u dalk mag opval is dat ek slegs name van mense noem wat uit Israel afkomstig is. Die rede hiervoor is om vir u te wys dat hulle sekerlik daar is, omdat hulle aan die volk en Kerk van die HERE, Israel behoort het. Wat ek leer uit die Ou Testament is dat slegs persone wat die HERE behaag het en in Hom geglo het die ewige lewe beërwe het en nie alle Israeliete nie. Daarom dat ons lees dat die HERE in die meeste van hulle geen behae gehad het nie en hulle neergevel is in die woestyn, en so in die hel opgeëindig het. “Maar God het in die meeste van hulle geen welgevalle gehad nie, want hulle is neergeslaan in die woestyn.” (1Kor 10:5)

Die HERE spreek die volgende woorde uit oor Israel: “Want jy is ‘n volk heilig aan die HERE jou God; jou het die HERE jou God uitverkies om uit al die volke wat op die aarde is, sy eiendomsvolk te wees. Die HERE het ‘n welgevalle aan julle gehad en julle uitverkies, nie omdat julle meer was as al die ander volke nie, want julle was die geringste van al die volke. Maar omdat die HERE julle liefgehad en die eed gehou het wat Hy vir julle vaders gesweer het, het die HERE julle met ‘n sterke hand uitgelei en jou uit die slawehuis, uit die hand van Farao, die koning van Egipte, verlos. Jy moet dan weet dat die HERE jou God God is, die getroue God wat die verbond en die goedertierenheid hou vir die wat Hom lief het en sy gebooie onderhou, in duisend geslagte.” (Deu 7:6-9) Hierdie gedeelte klink vir my eerder as ‘n belofte aan ‘n Kerk, as ‘n belofte aan ‘n spesifieke volk.

Maar hoe nou gemaak met ander mense van ander nasies?

Ek wil begin by die begin. Nou mag jy dink dat as ek na Openbaring verwys, ek aan die einde begin, maar Christus is aan die woord, en Hy was van die begin van die aarde al daar. Openbaring 3 vers 9: “Kyk, Ek gee jou uit die sinagoge van die Satan, van die wat sê dat hulle Jode is en dit nie is nie, maar lieg”. Hier sien ons dat Jesus aan die gemeente skryf en sê dat sommige voorgee dat hulle Jode is maar lieg. Die gemeente is in Filedelfia, verseker nie in Israel nie. Dit is ook ‘n bevestiging van Openbaring 2 vers 9: “Ek ken jou werke en verdrukking en armoede maar jy is ryk en die lastering van die wat sê dat hulle Jode is en dit nie is nie, maar ‘n sinagoge van die Satan.” So hier gee Jesus vir ons ‘n belangrike stukkie inligting. Slegs ware Jode sal gered word. Dit stem saam met wat Moses meedeel in Deuteronomium 7 verse 6 en 7: “Want jy is ‘n volk heilig aan die HERE jou God; jou het die HERE jou God uitverkies om uit al die volke wat op die aarde is, sy eiendomsvolk te wees.  Die HERE het ‘n welgevalle aan julle gehad en julle uitverkies, nie omdat julle meer was as al die ander volke nie, want julle was die geringste van al die volke”.

Sodra ons besef dat God nooit Sy beloftes sal verander nie, sal ons besef dat daar iets is wat nie pluis is nie. Hoe kan God ons as heidene dan ook red as Sy Woord verklaar dat slegs Jode gered word? Die antwoord kom uit Handelinge 10 vers 34 en 35 :” En Petrus het sy mond geopen en gesê: Ek sien waarlik dat God geen aannemer van die persoon is nie,  maar dat in elke nasie die een wat Hom vrees en geregtigheid doen, Hom welgevallig is.” Hier sien ons dat as ons Hom vrees en geregtigheid doen, ons Hom welgevallig is. Dit los egter nog nie die probleem van Openbaring op nie, want ons is nog nie Jode nie. Die antwoord moet ons gaan soek in Israel se geskiedenis met die uittog uit Egipte. Hier gee die HERE vir die Israeliete ‘n wet wat hulle moet gehoorsaam. Numeri 15 vers 15 en 16: “Wat die vergadering aangaan, een en dieselfde insetting geld vir julle en vir die vreemdeling wat by julle vertoef. ‘n Ewige insetting in julle geslagte is dit: soos julle, so moet die vreemdeling voor die aangesig van die HERE wees.  Een wet en een reg moet geld vir julle en vir die vreemdeling wat by julle vertoef.”  Eksodus 12 vers 48 gee die finale antwoord vir ons: “En as ‘n vreemdeling by jou vertoef en tot eer van die HERE die pasga wil vier, moet by hom almal wat manlik is, besny word; en dan mag hy nader kom om dit te vier, en hy sal soos ‘n kind van die land wees. Maar géén onbesnedene mag daarvan eet nie.

In Israel se geskiedenis sien ons dat wanneer iemand uit ‘n ander volk hom of haar verbind het met die Israeliete, hulle as volksgenote, of deel van die Kerk geag is. ‘n Baie goeie voorbeeld vir ons is Rut. Alhoewel sy die reg gehad het om na haar mense terug te gaan na haar man se dood, het sy gekies om saam met Naomi na haar land te gaan. Die woorde wat Rut ook gespreek het, ontsluit die waarheid verder. Rut 1:16 “Maar Rut sê: Moenie by my aandring dat ek u moet verlaat om agter u om te draai nie; want waar u gaan, sal ek gaan; en waar u vertoef, sal ek vertoef; u volk is my volk, en u God is my God. 17  Waar u sterwe, sal ek sterwe en daar begrawe word! Mag die HERE so aan my doen en so daaraan toedoen–net die dood sal skeiding maak tussen my en u.” Hier gee sy te kenne dat sy kies om deel te word van Naomi se volk, en saam met Naomi haar God sal aanbid. Wie was Rut? Dawid se grootouma. Waar kom Jesus vandaan? Uit Dawid se geslag.

Nou hoe pas al hierdie stukke in mekaar? Die HERE het Israel uitgekies as Sy Kerk. Ons, as heidene moet dus kies om by die Kerk van die HERE gevoeg te word. Hoe doen ons dit? Deur deel te word van die verbond met die HERE. Dit is om Christus se geregtigheid te besit. So ons moet weet wat Jesus kom doen het op aarde, en dit is om die Ou Verbond te vervul deur aan al die voorwaardes te voldoen. Dan gee dit ons die geleentheid om deel te word van die Israel van die HERE, soos Paulus vir ons in Galasiërs dit opgeteken het. “Want in Christus Jesus het nòg die besnydenis nòg die onbesnedenheid enige krag, maar ‘n nuwe skepsel. En mag daar vrede en barmhartigheid wees oor almal wat sal wandel volgens hierdie reël, en oor die Israel van God!” (Gal 6:15-16) So hierdie gedeelte klink vir my baie meer as beleidenis skrifte van ’n Kerk, as beloftes aan ‘n spesifieke volk. So Israel is nie as volk uitverkies nie, maar as Kerk want slegs die wat deel was van die verbond en geglo het dat slegs die HERE hulle God was, het die ewige lewe verkry.

Waar vind ons die eerste afval van die Kerk? Met die onderverdeling van Kanaän. Die Rubeniete en Gadiete en die halwe stam van Manasse het besluit om nie hulle erfdeel in Kanaän in besit te neem nie. Hulle wou hulle eie kop volg en buite die beloofde land hul erfenis ontvang. So hulle het gekies om nie dit wat die HERE vir hulle wou gee nie, te aanvaar nie. So hier sien ons die eerste afval. Wanneer ons in die geskiedenis van Israel gaan kyk, sien ons dat hulle geen invloed later op die geskiedenis van Israel gehad het nie. Dit is presies wat vandag gebeur. Mense besluit om die Kerk te verlaat en kan nie as gelowiges getel word nie, want slegs mense wat Jesus as hul verlosser bely en lewe soos kinders van die HERE vorm deel van die werklike Kerk. Dit is hoe Hebreërs 6 dit stel : “Want dit is onmoontlik om die wat eenmaal verlig geword het en die hemelse gawe gesmaak en die Heilige Gees deelagtig geword het, en die goeie woord van God gesmaak het en die kragte van die toekomstige wêreld, en afvallig geword het—om dié weer tot bekering te vernuwe, omdat hulle ten opsigte van hulleself die Seun van God weer kruisig en openlik tot skande maak.” (Heb 6:4-6) Dit is ook wat in de Ou Verbond gebeur het. Saul raadpleeg die heks van Endor en sterf as ongelowige. Wanneer Israel gesondig het is hulle gestraf om hulle terug te bring na die HERE toe, maar wanneer hulle nie meer aan die HERE vasgehou het nie, vind ons hulle nie verder in die Bybel nie. Alreeds net na Dawid skeur die koninkryk in twee, en sien ons nooit weer die ander stamme in die geskiedenis nie. So die ander het hul eie “kerk: begin, en is deur die HERE verstoot. Jesus praat ook nie met die mense van die “kerk” nie, behalwe om hulle teen mekaar op te sweep. Dit is wat Hy elke keer met die Fariseërs en Saduseërs gedoen het. En hulle was die “kerk”.

Nou kan ons maar deur Israel se geskiedenis sien hoe meeste van die stamme afvallig word, afgode aanbid en hulle voeg by die nasies wat hulle veronderstel was om uit te roei. Vandag vind ons dat mense sê dat Jesus moet nou eers die mense van die verlore stamme moet kom red, maar hulle het reeds hulle keuses gemaak en besluit om nie deel van die HERE se Kerk te wees nie. Die HERE het nie ‘n spesifieke volk gekies nie, maar ‘n spesifieke groep mense wat in Hom glo as hulle God. Dit is waaroor al die profete gepraat het. Al hul geskrifte is eintlik herlewings boodskappe wat hulle vir die mense gebring het. Almal het vir hulle voorgehou wat hulle moes doen, en dit was om terug te keer na die HERE toe. Daar was wel ook van die boodskappe wat hulle gebring het wat gewys het op Jesus en Sy verlossing wat Hy kom bring het. Maar dit was nogsteeds boodskappe om mense nader aan die HERE te bring. So al hierdie boodskappe gaan oor wat van ons as Kerk verwag word, en nie boodskappe aan ‘n volk nie.

Verder vind ons net soos vandag dat lidmaatskap aan ‘n Kerk groep nie beteken dat jy die ewige lewe gaan beërf nie, maar slegs geloof in Jesus Christus as verlosser.

So Israel was die Kerk onder die Ou Verbond, en ons vorm deel van die Kerk onder die Nuwe Verbond. So daar bestaan nie iets soos vervangings teologie nie, maar slegs boodskappe aan die Kerk van die HERE. En dit het al begin met Moses wat die volgende keuse aan die mense gee: “Want hierdie gebod wat ek jou vandag beveel, is vir jou nie te swaar nie en is nie ver nie. Dit is nie in die hemel nie, sodat jy moet sê: Wie sal vir ons na die hemel opklim en dit vir ons gaan haal en ons dit laat hoor, dat ons dit kan doen? Dit is ook nie oorkant die see nie, sodat jy moet sê: Wie sal vir ons na die oorkant van die see oorvaar en dit vir ons gaan haal en ons dit laat hoor, dat ons dit kan doen? Maar baie naby jou is die woord, in jou mond en in jou hart, om dit te doen. Kyk, ek het jou vandag voorgehou die lewe en die geluk, en die dood en die ongeluk. Wat ek jou vandag beveel, is om die HERE jou God lief te hê, in sy weë te wandel en sy gebooie en sy insettinge en sy verordeninge te hou, sodat jy kan lewe en vermenigvuldig en die HERE jou God jou mag seën in die land waarheen jy gaan om dit in besit te neem. Maar as jou hart hom afwend en jy nie luister nie en jy jou laat verlei, sodat jy jou voor ander gode neerbuig en hulle dien, dan verkondig ek julle vandag dat julle sekerlik sal omkom; julle sal die dae nie verleng in die land waarheen jy oor die Jordaan trek om dit in besit te gaan neem nie. Ek neem vandag die hemel en die aarde as getuies teen julle; die lewe en die dood, die seën en die vloek het ek jou voorgehou. Kies dan die lewe, dat jy kan lewe, jy en jou nageslag, deur die HERE jou God lief te hê, na sy stem te luister en Hom aan te hang; want dit is jou lewe en die lengte van jou dae, sodat jy kan woon in die land wat die HERE aan jou vaders Abraham, Isak en Jakob met ‘n eed beloof het om dit aan hulle te gee. (Deu 30:11-20)

So Israel moes kies om die HERE te volg, en dit klink soos iemand wat moet kies vandag om kind van die HERE te word, en nie ‘n blanko uitspraak dat al Israel se mense die ewige lewe sal ontvang nie. Nee, slegs mense wat Hom gekies het, sal Sy kinders of volk wees.

So om terug te keer na die boek aan die Hebreërs, sien ons dat die boek handel oor die verskillende standpunte in die verskillende Kerke. Daar is eerstens die wat glo dat Jesus alles volbring het en dat slegs deur geloof in Hom ons as Kerk kan funksioneer. Dan is die tweede groep die wat glo dat Jesus die verlosser is, maar tog nog sekere van die Ou Testamentiese werke aan wil vashou om verlossing te kry, en dan die wat nog in die Ou Verbond vashou as die enigste manier om God se kinders gereken te word. En dit is wat die skrywer probeer bespreek, om te wys daarop dat Jesus al die voorskrifte aan voldoen het, en dat slegs volle oorgawe aan Hom en volle vertroue in Hom, die ewige lewe vir ons as mense kan verkry. Geen werke kan maak dat ons as Kerk gereken kan word nie.

So die skrywer wys daarop dat geen werke of nakoming van die Ou Verbond se voorskrifte vir ons die ewige lewe kan gee nie, aangesien Jesus ‘n einde daaraan gemaak het toe hy deur die hemelse tabernakel gegaan het. Dit is wat Hebreërs 3 en 4 oor gaan. Dat ons geloof moet hê dat Jesus die Christus is en dat dit onmoontlik is om in Sy rus te gaan daarsonder. Dit is die betekenis van die Sabbat, dat ons oorgaan van ‘n werke godsdiens na ‘n geloofs godsdiens.

Dit is waarom die nuwe voorskrifte in Hebreërs 13 opgeteken is, en wat dit vir ons beteken. Dit is vir ons al die vereistes om aan te voldoen.

“Die broederliefde moet bly. Vergeet die gasvryheid nie, want daardeur het sommige, sonder om dit te weet, engele as gaste geherberg. Dink aan die gevangenes asof julle medegevangenes is, en aan die wat mishandel word, as mense wat self ook ‘n liggaam het. Laat die huwelik in alle opsigte eerbaar wees en die bed onbesmet; want God sal hoereerders en egbrekers oordeel. Julle gedrag moet vry van geldgierigheid wees. Wees tevrede met wat julle het, want Hy het gesê: Ek sal jou nooit begewe en jou nooit verlaat nie. Daarom kan ons met alle vrymoedigheid sê: Die Here is vir my ‘n Helper, en ek sal nie vrees nie; wat sal ‘n mens aan my doen? Gedenk julle voorgangers wat die woord van God aan julle verkondig het; aanskou die uiteinde van hulle lewenswandel en volg hulle geloof na. Jesus Christus is gister en vandag dieselfde en tot in ewigheid. Moenie rondgeslinger word deur allerhande en vreemde leringe nie; want dit is goed dat die hart versterk word deur genade, nie deur voedsel nie, waarvan die wat daarin gewandel het, geen voordeel gehad het nie. Ons het ‘n altaar waarvan die wat die tabernakel bedien, geen reg het om te eet nie; want die diere waarvan die bloed vir die sonde deur die hoëpriester in die heiligdom ingedra word—hulle liggame word buitekant die laer verbrand. Daarom het Jesus ook, om die volk deur sy eie bloed te heilig, buitekant die poort gely. Laat ons dan uitgaan na Hom toe buitekant die laer en sy smaad dra. Want ons het hier geen blywende stad nie, maar ons soek die toekomstige. Laat ons dan gedurig deur Hom aan God ‘n lofoffer bring, dit is die vrug van die lippe wat sy Naam bely. Vergeet die weldadigheid en mededeelsaamheid nie, want God het ‘n welbehae aan sulke offers. Wees gehoorsaam aan julle voorgangers en onderdanig, want hulle waak vir julle siele as diegene wat rekenskap moet gee, sodat hulle dit met blydskap kan doen en nie al sugtende nie; want dit is vir julle nie nuttig nie. Bid vir ons, want ons is oortuig dat ons ‘n goeie gewete het, omdat ons in alles goed wil wandel. Des te meer vermaan ek julle om dit te doen, sodat ek gouer aan julle teruggegee kan word. Mag die God van die vrede, wat die groot Herder van die skape, naamlik onse Here Jesus Christus, deur die bloed van die ewige testament uit die dode teruggebring het, julle volmaak in elke goeie werk, om sy wil te doen, deur in julle te werk wat welbehaaglik is voor Hom deur Jesus Christus aan wie die heerlikheid toekom t6ot in alle ewigheid! Amen. En ek vermaan julle, broeders, verdra die woord van vermaning, want ek het ook maar kort aan julle geskrywe. Julle moet weet dat die broeder Timótheüs vrygelaat is, saam met wie ek julle sal sien as hy spoedig kom. Groet al julle voorgangers en al die heiliges. Die wat van Italië is, groet julle. Die genade sy met julle almal! Amen.” (Heb 13:1-25)

So dit is die voorskrifte vir Sy Kerk. Nou kan jy self sien of jou gemeente of van die lerings wat hulle huldig aan die vereistes voldoen. Nêrens lees ek in die Nuwe Verbond dat die HERE mense wat hul rug op Hom gekeer het weer ‘n geleentheid sal kry om Hom te sien vir wie Hy is nie. Dit beteken ook dat Hy nie Israel as ‘n spesiale volk verkies het nie, maar Israel as Kerk gekies het.

So daar bestaan nie iets soos vervangingsteologie nie. Of jy glo die waarheid en beërf die ewige lewe, of jy sterf die tweede dood. Ek en jy wat die HERE dien is deel van Sy Israel, soos vroeër genoem in die aanhaling uit Galasiërs. 6:16 “En mag daar vrede en barmhartigheid wees oor almal wat sal wandel volgens hierdie reël, en oor die Israel van God!” So dit gaan alles oor Sy Kerk.

Ons moet onthou dat die eerste mense wat tot bekering gekom het Jode was. En hulle is ook Christene genoem. “En toe hulle dit hoor, het hulle geswyg en God verheerlik en gesê: So het God dan ook aan die heidene die bekering tot die lewe geskenk. Die wat dan verstrooi was deur die verdrukking wat oor Stéfanus ontstaan het, het die land deurgegaan tot by Fenícië en Ciprus en Antiochíë sonder om tot iemand die woord te spreek, behalwe tot die Jode alleen. En daar was sommige van hulle, Cipriese en Cirenése manne, wat in Antiochíë gekom het en met die Griekssprekende Jode gepraat en die evangelie van die Here Jesus verkondig het. En die hand van die Here was met hulle, en ‘n groot getal het gelowig geword en hulle tot die Here bekeer. En die berig hiervan het die gemeente wat in Jerusalem was, ter ore gekom en hulle het Bárnabas afgestuur om die land deur te gaan tot by Antiochíë. Toe hy daar kom en die genade van God sien, was hy bly en het almal vermaan om met hartlike voorneme aan die Here getrou te bly; want hy was ‘n goeie man en vol van die Heilige Gees en geloof; en ‘n aansienlike skare is aan die Here toegebring. Toe vertrek Bárnabas na Tarsus om Saulus te soek, en toe hy hom kry, het hy hom na Antiochíë gebring. En hulle het ‘n hele jaar lank in die gemeente saam vergader en aan ‘n aansienlike skare onderwys gegee; en die dissipels is in Antiochíë vir die eerste keer Christene genoem.” (Hand 11:18-26)

So die mense was eerstens Jode, maar het toe bekend gestaan as Christene. So die wat praat oor vervangingingsteologie bewys net hulle onkunde, en hulle tekort aan kennis wat in die Bybel staan.

So daar sal nie ‘n wegraping wees om die Jode te kom red nie, want dan moet almal wat nie in Jesus glo ook ‘n tweede kans kry, en dan beteken die Bybel en Jesus niks nie. So hardloop weg van die mense voordat hulle jou saam met hulle in die afgrond trek. Dit is so dat daar pragtige mense is wat jy dalk voel ek nou aanvat, maar weet jy net mense wat glo in die volle boodskap van die Bybel sal gered word. Jesus het in elk geval vir hulle meegedeel dat hulle verwerp is: “Jesus sê vir hulle: Het julle nooit in die Skrifte gelees nie: Die steen wat die bouers verwerp het, dit het ‘n hoeksteen geword. Hy het van die Here gekom en is wonderbaar in ons oë? Daarom sê Ek vir julle: Die koninkryk van God sal van julle weggeneem en aan ‘n volk gegee word wat die vrugte daarvan sal dra. En hy wat op hierdie steen val, sal verpletter word; maar elkeen op wie hy val, dié sal hy vermorsel. En toe die owerpriesters en die Fariseërs sy gelykenisse hoor, het hulle begryp dat Hy van hulle spreek. En hulle het probeer om Hom in hulle mag te kry, maar hulle was bang vir die skare, omdat dié Hom vir ‘n profeet gehou het.” (Mat 21:42-46) Hier gebruik Jesus ook die woord volk, want die ware Kerk, of Bruid, het nog nie bestaan nie, want Hy het nog gelewe. Die is die vervulling van die gedeelte in Jesaja 5. “Laat my tog sing van my Beminde; ‘n lied van my Beminde oor sy wingerd! My Beminde het ‘n wingerd op ‘n vrugbare heuwel. En Hy het dit omgespit en die klippe daar uitgehaal en dit beplant met edel wingerdstokke; en Hy het ‘n toring daar binne-in gebou en ook ‘n parskuip daarin uitgekap; en Hy het verwag dat dit druiwe sou dra, maar dit het wilde druiwe voortgebring. Nou dan, inwoners van Jerusalem en manne van Juda, oordeel tog tussen My en my wingerd. Wat is daar meer te doen aan my wingerd wat Ek daar nie aan gedoen het nie? Waarom het Ek verwag dat dit druiwe sou dra, en dit het wilde druiwe voortgebring? Laat My julle dan nou te kenne gee wat Ek met my wingerd gaan doen: Ek sal sy doringheining wegneem, sodat dit verwoes word; Ek sal sy muur stukkend breek, sodat dit vertrap word. En Ek sal dit ‘n wildernis maak: dit sal nie gesnoei of omgespit word nie, maar opskiet met dorings en distels; en Ek sal die wolke gebied om nie daarop te reën nie. Want die wingerd van die HERE van die leërskare is die huis van Israel, en die manne van Juda is die tuin van sy verlustiging; en Hy het gewag op reg, maar kyk, dit was bloedvergieting; op geregtigheid, maar kyk, dit was geskreeu!” (Isa 5:1-7)

Die dat Openbaring daarop wys dat twee derdes van alle Christene verlore sal gaan, want hulle glo die boodskap van die Bybel, plus hulle interpretasie. Hulle sal veg dat hulle interpretasie reg is en verse kwoteer om jou te probeer oortuig, maar weet jy die duiwel het ook vir Jesus aangevat deur die Bybel te kwoteer, maar Jesus het hom elke keer op sy foute gewys. So ek wil net graag wys dat daar foute is in party van ons lerings, en ons moet self verantwoordelikheid neem vir ons eie lewe, en nie vertrou op mense nie. Dieselfde storie geld vir die tien maagde. Vyf het Hom verwag, en vyf het eers gewag vir die wegraping en al sy gevolge, en het die bruilof gemis.

“As iemand iets anders leer en nie instem met die gesonde woorde van onse Here Jesus Christus en met die leer wat volgens die godsaligheid is nie, dié is verwaand en verstaan niks nie, maar het ‘n sieklike sug na twisvrae en woordestryd waaruit ontstaan afguns, twis, lasteringe, bose agterdog, nuttelose stryery van mense wat verdorwe in hulle verstand en van die waarheid beroof is en dink dat die godsaligheid winsgewend is. Onttrek jou aan sulke mense.” (1Ti 6:3-5)

Verder verklaar Paulus die volgende: “Maar die doel van die gebod is liefde uit ‘n rein hart en ‘n goeie gewete en ‘n ongeveinsde geloof waarvan sommige mense afgedwaal en hulle afgewend het na onsinnige praatjies; hulle wil leraars van die wet wees, alhoewel hulle wat hulle sê, of die dinge wat hulle beslis beweer, nie verstaan nie. Maar ons weet dat die wet goed is as iemand dit wettiglik gebruik en as hy weet dat die wet nie gegee is vir die regverdige nie, maar vir die wettelose en tugtelose mense, goddelose en sondaars, onheiliges en ongewydes, vadermoorders en moedermoorders, moordenaars, hoereerders, sodomiete, mensediewe, leuenaars, meinediges en wat daar anders met die gesonde leer in stryd is, volgens die evangelie van die heerlikheid van die salige God wat aan my toevertrou is.”  (1Ti 1:5-11)

So indien iemand met jou wil redeneer oor die wet, weet dat hy volgens die vorige gedeelte praat asof hy dink jy is nie geregverdig nie, en dalk is hy nie geregverdig nie. Die wet is slegs ‘n tugmeester na die regverdigheid toe, en in sigself kan net die dood beteken. “Maar voordat die geloof gekom het, is ons onder die wet in bewaring gehou, ingesluit met die oog op die geloof wat geopenbaar sou word. Die wet was dus ons tugmeester na Christus toe, sodat ons geregverdig kan word uit die geloof. Maar nou dat die geloof gekom het, is ons nie meer onder ‘n tugmeester nie.” (Gal 3:23-25)

So indien iemand jou wil dwing of “reg help” deur die wet te verkondig, weet dat die persoon nie die Bybel verstaan nie, en slegs sy interpretasie vir jou wil leer. So sal hulle jou probeer oortuig om kersfees te vermy, die paas naweek nie te vier en nog ‘n klomp ander dae nie, maar ons weet hulle probeer om jou weer onder die wet te plaas. Maar Paulus skryf as volg: “Julle wat onder die wet wil wees, sê vir my, luister julle nie na die wet nie? Want daar is geskrywe dat Abraham twee seuns gehad het, een uit die slavin en een uit die vrye. Maar die een uit die slavin is gebore na die vlees, en die ander een uit die vrye deur die belofte. Dit is sinnebeelde, want dié vroue staan vir twee verbonde: een, van die berg Sinai afkomstig, wat vir die slawerny kinders baar—dit is Hagar; want Hagar staan vir die berg Sinai in Arabië en kom ooreen met die teenswoordige Jerusalem en is met haar kinders saam in slawerny. Maar Jerusalem daarbo is vry; en dit is die moeder van ons almal. Want daar is geskrywe: Verbly jou, onvrugbare wat nie baar nie; breek uit en roep, jy wat geen barensnood het nie, want die kinders van die eensame is meer as van haar wat ‘n man het. Maar ons, broeders, is soos Isak, kinders van die belofte; maar soos destyds hy wat na die vlees gebore is, hom wat na die Gees was, vervolg het, so is dit nou ook. Maar wat sê die Skrif? Werp die slavin en haar seun uit, want nooit mag die seun van die slavin saam met die seun van die vrye erwe nie. Daarom, broeders, ons is nie kinders van die slavin nie, maar van die vrye.” (Gal 4:21-31)

So die wat glo dat Jesus die Christus is en ons kom vrymaak het van die wet en Sy geregtigheid besit, is die Kerk van die HERE, en nie die volgens geslagsregisters en onderhouers van die wet nie. “Maar destyds, toe julle God nie geken het nie, het julle dié gedien wat van nature geen gode is nie; maar nou dat julle God ken, of liewer deur God geken is, hoe keer julle weer terug tot die swakke en armoedige eerste beginsels wat julle weer van voor af aan wil dien? Julle neem dae en en maande en tye en jare waar. Ek vrees vir julle dat ek miskien tevergeefs aan julle gearbei het. Broeders, ek bid julle, word soos ek, want ek is ook soos julle. Julle het my geen onreg aangedoen nie; maar julle weet dat ek ten gevolge van krankheid van die vlees die eerste keer die evangelie aan julle verkondig het; en julle het my beproewing in my vlees nie verag of verfoei nie, maar julle het my ontvang as ‘n engel van God, ja, as Christus Jesus.” (Gal 4:8-14)

So wie is Israel? Die wat die wil van die HERE doen om te deel in die Nuwe Verbond, en dit geld al van Moses se tyd af. So dié mense is Kerk.

Openbaring van die Openbaring van Johannes

My siening van die Openbaring van Johannes en waar kom Johannes aan die merk van die dier as 666.

Die merk van die dier. Die 666. Waar kom Johannes aan die nommer van die dier as 666? Wanneer ons na Openbaring kyk, sien ons dat die sesde oordeel altyd gaan oor die persone wat nie die HERE dien nie. Om dit te verstaan moet ons gaan kyk na die sesde seël, die sesde basuin, en dan die sesde skaal, en is dit as volg:

  1. Eerste 6 – “En ek het gesien toe Hy die sesde seël oopgemaak het, en kyk, daar was ‘n groot aardbewing; en die son het swart geword soos ‘n harige sak, en die maan het geword soos bloed; en die sterre van die hemel het op die aarde geval, soos ‘n vyeboom wat deur ‘n groot wind geskud word, sy navye laat afval; en die hemel het weggewyk soos ‘n boek wat toegerol word, en al die berge en eilande is uit hulle plekke versit; en die konings van die aarde en die grotes en die rykes en die owerstes oor duisend en die magtiges en al die slawe en al die vrymense het hulle weggesteek in die spelonke en in die rotse van die berge, en vir die berge en die rotse gesê: Val op ons en verberg ons vir die aangesig van Hom wat op die troon sit, en vir die toorn van die Lam; want die groot dag van sy toorn het gekom, en wie kan bestaan?” (Open 6:12-17) So die eerste ses gaan oor die mense wat nie die HERE as hul HERE erken het nie, en sal saam met die fisiese aarde vergaan wat hier aangekondig word. En, daar is geen omdraai later nie. So geen wegraping of enige waarskuwing nie, net die einde van die wêreld soos ons dit ken vandag.
  2. Tweede 6 – “En die sesde engel het geblaas, en ek het ‘n stem gehoor uit die vier horings van die goue altaar wat voor God is, en dié het aan die sesde engel met die basuin gesê: Maak die vier engele los wat gebind is by die groot rivier, die Eufraat. Toe is die vier engele losgemaak wat gereed gehou was vir die uur en dag en maand en jaar, om ‘n derde van die mense dood te maak. En die getal van die leërs van perderuiters was twee maal tien duisend maal tien duisend; en ek het hulle getal gehoor. En só het ek in hierdie gesig die perde gesien en die wat op hulle sit, met vuurrooi en blou en swawelgeel borsharnasse. En die koppe van die perde was soos leeukoppe, en uit hulle bekke het vuur en rook en swawel uitgegaan. Deur hierdie drie plae is ‘n derde van die mense gedood, deur die vuur en deur die rook en deur die swawel wat uit hulle bekke uitgegaan het; want hulle mag is in hulle bek en in hulle sterte; want hulle sterte is soos slange en het koppe, en daarmee rig hulle skade aan. En die orige mense wat deur hierdie plae nie gedood is nie, het hulle nie bekeer van die werke van hul hande, om die duiwels te aanbid, of die afgode van goud en silwer en koper en klip en hout wat nie kan sien of hoor of loop nie. En hulle het hul nie bekeer van hul moorde en hul towerye en hul hoerery en hul diefstalle nie.” (Open 9:13-21) Dit is die mense wat ten spyte van die feit dat hulle deel van die verbond was, so hulle het die fisiese verwoesting van die aarde oorleef, maar hulle het nie geglo dat daar bekering moet plaasvind nie. So hulle het wel die Paradys gesien, maar nogsteeds geglo dat die HERE nie teenoor hulle ook sal optree nie.
  3. Die derde 6 – “En die sesde engel het sy skaal uitgegooi op die groot rivier, die Eufraat, en sy water het opgedroog, sodat die pad van die konings wat van die ooste af kom, reggemaak kon word. En ek het uit die bek van die draak en uit die bek van die dier en uit die mond van die valse profeet drie onreine geeste soos paddas sien kom. Want dit is geeste van duiwels wat tekens doen, wat uitgaan na die konings van die aarde en die hele wêreld, om hulle te versamel vir die oorlog van daardie groot dag van die almagtige God. Kyk, Ek kom soos ‘n dief. Salig is hy wat waak en sy klere bewaar, sodat hy nie miskien naak rondloop en hulle sy skaamte sien nie. En hulle het hul versamel op die plek wat in Hebreeus genoem word Armagéddon.” (Open 16:12-16) Die mense wat naak bevind word is die wat glo dat jy geen werke hoef te doen as Christen nie, so hulle is naak. Ons lees eers later in Openbaring “Laat ons bly wees en ons verheug en aan Hom die heerlikheid gee, want die bruilof van die Lam het gekom en sy vrou het haar gereed gemaak. En aan haar is gegee om bekleed te wees met rein en blink fyn linne, want die fyn linne is die regverdige dade van die heiliges. Toe sê hy vir my: Skryf salig is die wat genooi is na die bruilofsmaal van die Lam. En hy sê vir my: Dit is die waaragtige woorde van God”. (Open 19:7-9) Hulle is ook die mense wat agter leiers aanloop wat wonders doen, maar waar die wonders nie van die HERE afkomstig is nie.

So die eerste ses is wanneer die ongelowiges geoordeel word wanneer die fisiese aarde verwoes word, die tweede ses handel oor die wat deel is van die verbond maar met hulle sondes aangegaan het en nie heiligmaking gesoek het nie, en die derde ses die wat glo dat jy maar net kan aangaan met jou lewe, sonder om ‘n verskil in die wêreld te maak.

Die probleem waarmee ek sit is dat volgens Openbaring die aarde en die heelal soos ons dit vandag ken met die oopmaak van die sesde seël verwoes word. Nou indien die aarde dus nie meer bestaan nie, sê my logika vir my dan dat Rome ook nie meer kan bestaan nie, en dus val almal se argumente van daardie punt af vorentoe weg. As iets verwoes word kan dit mos nie meer verder bestaan nie. Dit is hoe my logika werk.

So met dit as ‘n gegewe, moes ek dus Openbaring en almal se sienings by die venster uitgooi en van vooraf begin. As iets nie sin maak nie, moet ek dit ondersoek totdat ek ‘n antwoord kry wat vir my logies verduidelik kan word.

So my hoof indelings is dat tot en met die vyfde seël verband hou met ons lewe op aarde, dan wat met ons in die Paradys gaan gebeur, aangesien Jesus se uitspraak ook is vir die een wat saam met Hom gekruisig is dat hy saam met Hom in die Paradys sal wees, so dit is waaroor die basuine gaan hoe ons as Christene van ons eie oortuigings geskei word om Jesus te sien vir wie Hy werklik is en met die sesde basuin die wat nogsteeds vashou aan hul geloofsoortuiging geskei word, en dan die sesde skaal wat al die ongelowiges verwoes.

Dit is wat ek bedoel met by die venster uitgooi, want die ander verklarings moet verkeerd wees want dit is onmoontlik dat Rome nog kan bestaan. Dit is hoe my logika werk.

Ek vergelyk Openbaring met Esegiël, en beide volg dieselfde volgorde, die een in Ou Testamentiese siening met ‘n nuwe tempel, en Openbaring met ‘n nuwe testamentiese siening, met ‘n nuwe Jerusalem.

So die eerste ses is wanneer die ongelowiges geoordeel word wanneer die fisiese aarde verwoes word, die tweede ses handel oor die wat deel is van die verbond maar met hulle sondes aangegaan het en nie heiligmaking gesoek het nie, en die derde ses die wat glo dat jy maar net kan aangaan met jou lewe, sonder om ‘n verskil in die wêreld te maak.

Ek weet dit klink snaaks en anders, maar dit is hoe ek dit sien. U kan my hele uiteensetting van Openbaring asook al die ander boeke wat ek geskryf het aflaai by:

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Revelation Explained

My summary of Revelation

To me, all prophesies must be able to stand the test of time. So if we look at Amos as an example, we find that he describes what is wrong with Israel as Church. We can now, as New Testament church, read the same prophesy and see how it applies to us. As a basis I use Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth where he says in chapter 10 “1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come.” So we can use Israel as our example in seeing what will happen when we do things and how the LORD will react.

The second point is that I read in Revelation what is going to happen, as well as what has already happened. We see in the letter to the first Church in Ephesus the following: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent.” (Rev 2:4-5) So as far as I can see this refers to the people that left the Roman church, and they are asked to do the first works again, and that is to repent as described in Hebrews 6 verse 1. Each type of church is then addressed up to the end of chapter 3. All these messages follow the same sequence as all the Old Testament prophesies in that the people are told what is wrong with them, how to fix the problem, and what the two outcomes are, if you follow the recommendation or what would happen if you reject the recommendation.

We then move on to the throne room where Jesus is standing and He is the only one who can open the first book that is there. This first book, as far as I can see, tells us why people’s names will not be found in the second book that is also with him, which is only opened in chapter 20. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Rev 20:12)

When I read chapter 6 the seals are opened, something happens. When the sixth seal is opened, and the earth as we know it today is destroyed, those who are still alive and believe in Jesus are taken with Jesus to Paradise, as that is where all believers will be. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, see, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev 6:12-17)

The scene now shifts to Paradise, where all those who died believing in Jesus and became part of the New Covenant, will end up. Jesus’ words to the person on the cross: But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do not you fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:40-43)

Here we will see what will happen as described by Jesus in Matthew 25. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Mat 25:31-33)

This is what will happen from Chapter 7 to 14 in Revelation. So seeing that we are no longer on earth but in Paradise, the mark of the beast will not be a physical sign, but as confirmed in Exodus 13, a sign of whom we believe in. Exodus 13:8-10: “8 On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.”

So we find those that believed Jesus but their deeds and thoughts were not that of a disciple of Jesus, but a disciple of the antichrist, will be separated from the true believers. So yes the antichrist is alive and well in our mainstream churches today.

“And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.” (Rev 14:8-12) We are told that if our thoughts and deeds were not acceptable to the LORD, that we will drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality. So the people, who had the mark of the beast on their foreheads, so their thoughts were sinful, and the mark on their hands, so their deeds confirmed that they did not serve the LORD, will be judged. So we can really stop looking at every new invention to see if it is the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast is already known, and comprises of your thoughts and deeds.

The same thing is happening with the message of salvation. People only need to repeat this sinner’s prayer or someone will pray it on behalf of you and then you are saved. This is absolute rubbish and without any truth. I first have to realise that I am a sinner and that I need a saviour, and then call out to Him as David did in Psalms 51: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you might be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge.” (Psa 51:1-4). We then have to understand what the love of Jesus and the Father is, and believe that He has already paid the price for my sins. I need to trust Him for salvation, not a quick 10 second prayer. I cannot give my heart to the LORD as I am then still in control. John gives us some insight into salvation. “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” (1Jn 4:15-21)

There are so many preachers that preach the message of the whore today, preachers that will take you on if you dare to mention that you must change your ways to be acceptable to the LORD. You must stop with your sinful life, you cannot continue on the road that you were on before you met your Maker, and there must be sanctification. Jesus said the following through Peter: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behaviour; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.  (1Pe 1:13-16)

When you talk to the leaders of these congregations you get shunned by them because you rose up against “their” authority. If you do not agree with the rapture lie, you are on your way to hell according to them. Unfortunately the Bible is the one that declares that the antichrist is the one that does not see Jesus as the Messiah. “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.” (2Jn 1:7-8) With their support of Israel and the Jews these people side themselves with the antichrist and become one with the whore, and hence the beast.

These people will write books and sell them by the million and when things does not happen as they said it would, write another book to say(lie) something new and sell even more copies than the first lies. Or put their sermons on YouTube and when the date comes and nothing happens, a new date is put into the title. This has happened three times that I know of so far this year. First the antichrist was supposed to be exposed on 5 May, then 30 August and now 29 December 2016. And when you point this out to them, they close their comments so that nobody can see their trial of lies.

We see that the followers of William Smith, the Mormons, are not seen as true Christians, but those following another false prophet, John Nelson Darby, are seen today as mainstream Christians, although they support the message of the Antichrist as defined by the Apostle John.

So I rest my case.

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Wie verkondig jy? Die vermoorde of die moordenaar?

Vandag het ek iets op my hart wat vir my baie moeilik is om neer te pen. Ek kan net sê dit is nie die eerste keer dat ek so voel nie. Toe ek in 2002 baie geskryf het, was daar een spesifieke onderwerp  wat vir my baie vreemd was, en wat jare gevat het om te verwerk en uiteindelik te boekstaaf.

Vandag s’n weet ek nou al baie jare van, sedert 16 April 1996, maar het ek tog die gevoel dat mense wat dit lees dit sal ignoreer soos hulle maar met meeste van my goed doen. Maar, ek is gehoorsaam aan Hom en doen dit wat Hy my beveel het om te doen.

So wat pla my vandag?

Die kort en die lank is dat ek wonder hoeveel mense daar wêreldwyd is wat die teologie van ‘n moordenaar volg. Ek glo in Suid Afrika is daar seker 80% van die mense wat sê dat hulle Christene is, wat die moordenaar se teologie volg. Ek wil graag die boodskap van Jesus met sy teologie vergelyk.

Jesus.   Is onskuldig gedood. Hy is vermoor.  Pilatus sê vir hulle: Wat moet ek dan doen met Jesus wat genoem word Christus? Hulle sê almal vir hom: Laat Hom gekruisig word! En die goewerneur sê: Watter kwaad het Hy dan gedoen? Maar hulle skreeu nog harder en sê: Laat Hom gekruisig word! En toe Pilatus sien dat niks help nie, maar dat daar eerder ‘n oproer kom, het hy water geneem en sy hande voor die skare gewas en gesê: Ek is onskuldig aan die bloed van hierdie regverdige man; julle kan toesien! En die hele volk antwoord en sê: Laat sy bloed op ons en op ons kinders kom! Toe laat hy vir hulle Barábbas los, maar Jesus het hy laat gésel en oorgelewer om gekruisig te word.” (Mat 27:22-26)

Calvyn. – Aanvaar aanspreeklikheid vir moord en moedig mense aan om mense te dood. Calvyn se eie uitspraak is as volg: “Honour, glory, and riches shall be the reward of your pains; but above all, do not fail to rid the country of those scoundrels, who stir up the people to revolt against us. Such monsters should be exterminated, as I have exterminated Michael Servetus the Spaniard.” http://www.bcbsr.com/topics/servetus.html Die Bybel verklaar die volgende oor leiers: Heb 13:7 “Gedenk julle voorgangers wat die woord van God aan julle verkondig het; aanskou die uiteinde van hulle lewenswandel en volg hulle geloof na. Ek glo nie ek wil ‘n self erkende moordenaar navolg nie.

Jesus. Alle mense kan gered word. Maar Ek sê julle die waarheid: Dit is vir julle voordelig dat Ek weggaan; want as Ek nie weggaan nie, sal die Trooster nie na julle kom nie; maar as Ek weggaan, sal Ek Hom na julle stuur; en as Hy kom, sal Hy die wêreld oortuig van sonde en van geregtigheid en van oordeel: van sonde, omdat hulle in My nie glo nie; en van geregtigheid, omdat Ek na my Vader gaan en julle My nie meer sal sien nie; en van oordeel, omdat die owerste van hierdie wêreld geoordeel is.” (Joh 16:7-11) So die Helige Gees sal almal oortuig van sonde. Dit is Sy eerste werk, en eers wanneer ons oortuig is van ons sonde, het ons die vermoë om die HERE te nader sodat Hy ons kan red. “Toe sê die HERE God: Nou het die mens geword soos een van Ons deur goed en kwaad te ken. As hy nou maar nie sy hand uitsteek en ook van die boom van die lewe neem en eet en lewe in ewigheid nie! Toe stuur die HERE God hom weg uit die tuin van Eden om die grond te bewerk waaruit hy geneem is.” (Gen 3:22-23) Hierdie gedeelte is verkeerd vertaal in die 1983 vertaling omdat dit lynreg teenoor Calvyn se leer staan. Daarom is dit die enigste vertaling waar dit staan: Toe het die Here God gesê: “Die mens het nou soos een van Ons geword deurdat hy alles kan ken.” Geen mens ken alles nie, maar die gedeelte is spesifiek so vertaal sodat dit nie strydig is met Calvyn se leerstellings nie. Ek weet wat is reg en ek weet wat is verkeerd, en het die vermoë om tussen die twee te onderskei. So ek moet verantwoordelikheid neem vir al my dade.

Verder verklaar Johannes se evangelie dit as volg: God het nie sy Seun na die wêreld toe gestuur om die wêreld te veroordeel nie, maar sodat die wêreld deur Hom gered kan word. Wie in Hom glo, word nie veroordeel nie; wie nie glo nie, is reeds veroordeel omdat hy nie in die enigste Seun van God glo nie. En so kom die skeiding: die lig het na die wêreld toe gekom, en tog het die mense eerder die duisternis as die lig liefgehad, want hulle dade was sleg. Elkeen wat kwaad doen, haat immers die lig en kom nie na die lig toe nie, sodat sy dade nie aan die kaak gestel moet word nie. Maar wie volgens die waarheid handel, kom na die lig toe, sodat dit duidelik kan blyk dat sy dade in gehoorsaamheid aan God gedoen is.” (Joh 3:17-21) Jesus se liefde is vir alle mense, nie net sekere mense nie.

Calvyn. God se genade, soos Calvyn dit verstaan het, was baie beperk. Hy lê die grootste klem op God se regverdigheid, en sê dat God regverdiglik die hele menslike ras kan verdoem. Die werklike vraag is egter of ‘n God wat liefde is, sal nalaat om verlossing aan enigeen aan te bied. Die Bybel beklemtoon God se liefde vir alle mense duidelik, asook sy begeerte dat almal gered sal word. Dit is ter wille van die verdediging van God se liefde en karakter dat ons Calvinisme aan ‘n skriftoets moet onderwerp.

Volgens Calvyn het redding niks daarmee te doen of ‘n persoon die evangelie glo of nie. Volgens hom kan niemand geloof tot redding beoefen voordat God hom wederbaar het en geloof in diegene wat Hy uitverkies het, se harte geskep het nie. Calvyn beweer dat ‘n mens só verdorwe is dat daar by hom ‘n totale onvermoë is om die Here aan te neem en gered te word. God laat mense dus glo, net soos wat Hy sommiges laat sondig. Hy red sommige mense, en verwerp ander mense. Hoekom? Dit kan ons nie verklaar nie want dit is God se geheim.

Die gevolgtrekking hiervan is dat God, wat liefde is, nie alle mense genoeg liefhet om hulle van die ewige verderf te red nie, want Hy reserveer sy liefde net vir ‘n selektiewe groep mense wat Hy tot saligheid uitverkies het. Calvyn probeer om hierdie gebrek aan liefde te verklaar deur dit aan die misterie van God se wil en doel toe te skryf.

Verder verkondig Calvyn dat die HERE alles laat gebeur op aarde en verantwoordelik is vir alles, en dat die mens nie enigsins iets daaraan kan doen nie, en daarom nie verantwoordelikheid vir enigiets hoef te aanvaar nie. Indien jy uitverkies is sal jy reg lewe, indien nie is dit nogsteeds jou fout want jy is nie uitverkies nie. Ek lees weer die volgende in Genesis: Verder het die HERE gesê: Die geroep oor Sodom en Gomorra is waarlik groot, en hulle sonde is waarlik baie swaar. Ek wil neerdaal en sien of hulle werklik gehandel het soos die geroep oor hulle is wat by My gekom het; en so nie, Ek wil dit weet.” (Gen 18:20-21) Hoe is dit dan dat die HERE self moes kom kyk of Sodom en Gommora regtig so sleg was indien Hy alles laat gebeur en vooraf al bepaal het?

Gevolgtrekking.

Wanneer jy die teologie van ‘n moordenaar aanhang, kan jy nie glo in die werking van die Heilige Gees nie, want jy weet nie wat Hy in jou lewe beteken nie. Daarom dat die geloofsbelydenis van die Calvinistiese gemeentes slegs sê: “ Ek glo in die Heilige Gees”. Wat die Heilige Gees kom doen het en hoe Hy vandag nog werk is vir hulle duister. Hulle is nie veel anders as die Fariseers van Jesus se tyd nie, want dit is soos Jesaja dit uitdruk: “Vir wie wil hy dan kennis leer, en vir wie wil hy die openbaring verstaanbaar maak? Vir die wat van die melk gespeen, wat van die moederborste weggeneem is? Want dit is gebod op gebod, gebod op gebod, reël op reël, reël op reël, hier ‘n bietjie, daar ‘n bietjie. Ja, Hy sal deur lippe wat hakkel, en deur ‘n vreemde tong met hierdie volk spreek, Hy wat aan hulle gesê het: Dit is die rus, gee rus aan die vermoeides, en dit is die verkwikking. Maar hulle wou nie luister nie. Daarom sal die woord van die HERE vir hulle wees gebod op gebod, gebod op gebod, reël op reël, reël op reël, hier ‘n bietjie, daar ‘n bietjie, sodat hulle kan heengaan en agteruit struikel en verbreek en verstrik en gevang word.”  (Isa 28:9-13) Lees dit in die nuwe verdwaling, en dan lag jy oor hoe dit vertaal is.

Wat gaan jy doen? Gaan jy voort deur ‘n moordenaar se teologie te volg, of gaan jy toelaat dat die Heilige Gees jou lei in alles wat jy doen? Dat Hy jou oortuig van sonde, dat Hy jou kan lei om uit te roep na die HERE vir vergifnis, dat jy kan glo dat net die HERE jou kan red, dat net Sy bloed jou skuld kan betaal, en dan dat jy deur die doopwater kan gaan om weg te kom van die land waar die Satan heers en jou onder Sy leiding te plaas. Gaan lees maar Hebreërs 6 verse 1 en 2 en sien wat die volgorde is om kind van God te word. Dit stem ooreen met Paulus se hele rede aan die Romeine ook, wat begin met bekering en dan elke stap soos in Hebreërs uitlig.

Dit is my vraag vir jou. Volg jy die moordenaar of volg jy die Vermoorde?