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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?

Righteousness of Jesus – The new covenant

 

A new theology I bring to you

A new theology I bring to you. An age old theology based on a covenant with Abraham, of Jesus and of righteousness. This may sound like a dichotomy, but please bear with me as I will try and explain this dilemma.

I have spent the last twenty or so years trying to find a theology that I believe is the real message of hope from the Bible. This has taken me from the typical Calvinist churches, to Pentecostal, charismatic, and even home churches. Some of these churches I attended as a member, some as a visitor, some as a pastor and yet others by visiting their websites.

What did I find?

I believe in a LORD whose word is consistent throughout the ages. I believe in an age old covenant with Abraham, the fulfilment in Jesus Christ His son who showed the way to a covenant of righteousness.

The LORD took me on a trip through the Old Testament and that is one of the reasons you will find a lot of quotations from the Old Testament throughout this document.  But there is a specific reason for this. Most times when Jesus spoke to people He used parables to detail what His Kingdom looks like and these utterances were recorded for us in the New Testament. However, something that we hardly find mentioned in the Gospels, is what Jesus told His disciples about what Moses and the prophets of old said about Him, especially when they were alone. We find in Luke 24 three different references where Jesus refers to these times.

“”Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”(Luke 24:24-27). “When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:30-32). “Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:44-47)

The final part that I would like to use concerning this, is what Paul wrote to the people of Corinth : “Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2Co 3:12-17)

What does this covenant entail?

For me, we have to start with Abraham, the father of all believers. We also have to remember that Abraham had eight sons in total. The eldest was Ishmael, then Isaac, and later on six more sons. “Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah.” (Gen 25:1-2) The Bible teaches us about the life of the one son He had a special covenant with, Isaac. “But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.” (Gen 17:21) The Bible does not teach us anything about the lives of the other sons including Ishmael even though they were sons of Abraham.

Is Israel the only nation of the LORD? No. “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.”No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you.”I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. (Gen 17:4-9)

Ephesians chapter 2 teaches the following: “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands– remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Eph 2:11-22)

In Genesis 14 we learn of someone else. “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.” (Gen 14:18-20). So even before Isaac, there were peoples from other nations that served the LORD. Israel is given to us as an example as confirmed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 verse 11. “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”

Here we find that the first covenant was celebrated with communion between Abraham and Melchizedek, where Melchizedek brought the wine and bread. If we look at the book of Hebrews in chapter 5 from verse 5 we find the following scripture: “So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”; just as He says also in another passage, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek”. (Heb 5:5-10)

What does this scripture mean? Melchizedek was a priest and was appointed by the LORD himself. He was not a priest appointed because of his heritage, and also not related to Abraham. Jesus was appointed as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, in other words, by the Father himself. That is the reason he instituted communion again the night before He was crucified with wine and bread. He had to show the world he was not a priest according to the tradition of the Levites, but appointed again by the Father, and also made King of God’s people as Melchizedek was also a king.

But what did the covenant with Israel entail? The first point I want to emphasize is that there are always two sides to a covenant. There is a positive side telling us what the benefits are, and a negative side that tells us what the detrimental effects would be if we do not keep the rules governing the covenant. If we look at Deuteronomy chapter 30 we find the rules of both sides of the covenant: “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today 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 that the LORD your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (Deut 30:15-20)

The last part of the passage is extremely important to me. I have to choose to keep my side of the covenant, and then the LORD will keep His side. The ability to choose between right and wrong was given to us and recorded for us in Genesis 3:22 “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”. This confirms that because of Adam and Eve’s sin, they knew what was right and what was wrong. So my whole life is about choices I make, some that are beneficial to me and some detrimental.

Steps to follow in this covenant

The second point I want to investigate is the steps required in a covenant relationship. This is clearly described to us during the exodus of Israel from Egypt. Israel had to get to Canaan, the Promised Land, and they had to confirm all the steps of the covenant during this time. That is what Israel had to do physically, and what we have to do to inherit our Canaan, our destination as Gods people. That is what the LORD has in store for us. I will look at what Israel had to do and then explain what we as Christians should do.

But firstly, why did the LORD decide that it was time for Israel to leave Egypt? “Now it came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died. And the sons of Israel sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel, and God took notice of them.” (Exo 2:23-25) “The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. “So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. “Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.” (Exo 3:7-9)

1. Circumcision

  • Covenant before Christ: Circumcision, as they had to have a physical sign that they belonged to the LORD. : “The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: no foreigner is to eat of it; but every man’s slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it. “A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it.” It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it. “All the congregation of Israel are to celebrate this.” 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.” (Exo 12:43-49)
  • Covenant with Christ as the Lamb: Our hearts have to be circumcised. All people are born in Egypt, a life separate from the LORD, a life in bondage to Satan (Pharaoh). Just like Israel cried out to the LORD for mercy and for Him to lead them out of Israel, I have to call out to the LORD to lead me to His land, Canaan. I have to change my ways and leave my sinful life behind me. I have to come to the realisation that I cannot do anything to save myself. I have to believe that Jesus did everything required to put me in a right relationship with the LORD. I have to realise that I am a sinner and that I will perish if I continue with my life on my own. I have to start living a life of love as explained in 1 John 3. I have to start showing in my daily life that I am forgiven. “So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”(Mal 3:18) “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people”. Jer 31:33.

And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God. “But as for those whose hearts go after their detestable things and abominations, I will bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord GOD. (Eze 11:19-21)

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.”(Col 2:9-12)

What does Paul say about this? “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” (Rom 3:29-31) “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God”. (Rom 2:29)

2. Bread

  • Covenant before Christ: They had to eat unleavened bread, as yeast has the same effect as sin, it makes you puffed up. Eating unleavened bread indicates that you have received forgiveness of sin.
  • Covenant with Christ as the Lamb: Jesus is the bread of life. He was sinless as He is also God. “”Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.”I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:49-51) While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” (Mat 26:26)

3. Slaughter a lamb

  • Covenant before Christ: They had to slaughter a lamb as the blood would bring forgiveness of sin. “”Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. ‘Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbour nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. ‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. ‘You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight”. (Exo 12:3-6)
  • Covenant with Christ as Lamb: And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing.” (Rev 5:6-12)

4. Blood of the Lamb

  • Covenant before Christ: They had to put some of the blood on the doorposts and lintels. “’For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments–I am the LORD. ‘The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exo 12:12-13)
  • Covenant with Christ as Lamb: We have to place ourselves under His blood. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” (Mat 26:27-28) This confirms to us that when we share communion death has no hold on me as I have received everlasting life.

5. Where was the law?

  • Covenant before Christ: on stone tablets. Exodus 20. Moses also highlights another aspect: “’Moreover, the LORD showed great and distressing signs and wonders before our eyes against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his household; He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.’ “So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.” It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the LORD our God, just as He commanded us.”(Deu 6:22-25) So their righteousness was obtained through keeping of the law.
  • Covenant with Christ as the Lamb: Written on our hearts. “And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer 31:33) “”Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. “In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The LORD our righteousness.’” (Jer 23:5-6). Our righteousness will be through Christ alone.

 6. Who was the covenant applicable to?

  • Covenant before Jesus: Both Israel and foreigners. “The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.” (Exo 12:49) “A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.”(Exo 12:38) This scripture confirms that strangers became part of the covenant nation during the exodus of Egypt. This is a confirmation of what the LORD promised Abraham. “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” (Gen 17:5)
  • Covenant with Christ as Lamb: There is no change as it does not need to change. The rules governing the covenant already made provision for everyone to become part of God’s people, His nation. Jesus did not need to change any provisions as He had to come and take the sins of the world and die in order for everyone, Jew and gentile, to be saved by His blood only. This covenant is for everyone that believes that Jesus is the Lamb, both Jew and gentile. “’In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness.’ (Jer 33:16) We can now live in righteousness, as Jesus is our righteousness.Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. “(Heb 4:16)

Righteousness

Paul writes the following to the Romans: “For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation”. (Rom 10:3-10)

When do I become a member of this covenant? The first time I share communion, when I make that public announcement that I share in His blood and His body. This also means that no uncircumcised person may share in communion, as communion shows that I have submitted myself to the lordship and obedience of the LORD.

What does the New Testament teach about this? When do I become an overcomer, and how do I overcome? “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” (Rev 12:11)

What are the similarities with the covenant before Christ?

  • overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb (Blood on the door posts)
  • because of the word of their testimony (Circumcision)
  • they did not love their life even when faced with death. We have to take up our cross daily and die of our own will. “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”(Luk 9:23-24)

This then is a quick explanation of the covenant. We all become partakers of this covenant when we find that we need to receive forgiveness of our sins, and decide to follow Christ and lay down our lives at the cross. Everyone that knows the Bible has to follow Israel and their example of how to get to Canaan, in our case, that which the LORD has prepared for us. When we die, that is all people who became part of the covenant with Abraham; we will learn to know who the LORD really is in order to live forever in the New Jerusalem.  “And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Isa 2:3, Micah 4:2)

The Holy Spirit is the one who will work in us and in every human being on earth to get us to this point in our lives. “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” (John 16:7-11)

This clearly shows that all people have the ability to choose as the Bible declares that the Holy Spirit came to earth to convict all people of their sin, and then to teach them the way of righteousness. “”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Joh 3:16-18)

We have to believe that Christ was the perfect offering for sin, and that only through what He did, we can receive forgiveness and everlasting life.

If you decide that this “religion thing” is not for you even though you heard about it, you will not see the thousand year rule of Christ, and will be found guilty at the final judgement. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Rev 20:11-15)

What then is the true meaning of the covenant of righteousness?

I believe the following is an apt definition.

The right to enter into the presence of the LORD, without guilt, condemnation or inferiority. It is to be in the right relationship with Him the Creator. This can only be achieved when we have received an overwhelming gift of righteousness.

What happens after I become part of the covenant with the LORD?

We have to leave Egypt, by getting baptised. That is the place where the might of Satan, in Israel’s time the Pharaoh, is broken in your life and you will live a life totally devoted to the LORD. That is the time when you find out that you longer have to make bricks to expand Satan’s empire, but you can now work on expanding the LORD’s empire. That is the time when you find out that sin no longer has a hold on you. “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?” (Rom 6:11-16)

Then, like Israel we have to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again. But two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone out to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp. So a young man ran and told Moses and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!” (Num 11:25-29)

How did Jesus put it? “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)

Once we reach Sinai we will spend time to learn the LORD’s ways. That is when we will receive the law written on our hearts, where we will learn to distinguish between right and wrong. That is what our local congregation is supposed to teach us, as that is what happened to Israel at Sinai. During this time in the dessert the LORD will take us under His wings and provide for us like He did for Israel by providing manna and quails.

As soon as our training is completed, we will be told by the Holy Spirit what our ministry will entail in Canaan. That is when we move on from the sixth day to the seventh day of the LORD, when we realise that nothing that we can do will save us from damnation. We can only get there through faith in Jesus Christ. This is what we learn in the book of Hebrews: Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.” Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” (Heb 4:1-11)

Remember that we cannot wait to enter into the rest of the LORD, as each day is today. We cannot delay this calling in saying we can do it later, as the Bible clearly says that today when you hear My voice. We all have a calling on our lives, and that is to make disciples of people, to show people what true love is. That is the difference between the sixth day and the seventh day. If you do not believe that you have a calling to make disciples of all people, you will die like most of the people in the dessert even though they were baptised as the seventh day is the day of rest, and that is what the LORD wants from us.

Most of the people who enter into Canaan will believe that they have to serve a king like Israel did. (A king is someone that will rule over you and could be a spiritual father or your church grouping.) The first book of Samuel recorded it as follows: “But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD. The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. “Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day–in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods–so they are doing to you also. “Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.” (1Sa 8:6-9)

The majority of these people that enter into Canaan will die whilst serving this king, while a remnant will be called to go into captivity. “You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.” He who dwells in this city will die by the sword and by famine and by pestilence; but he who goes out and falls away to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live, and he will have his own life as booty.” (Jer 21:8-9)

But what does it mean to go into exile, or captivity?

Let us examine a number of scriptures on this subject. The first scripture is about the physical captivity. During the Biblical times it was custom for the loser of a war to be taken captive as slaves and to be taken to the captors land. The loser lost all his physical assets and became a slave to his captor. This meant that when someone went into captivity, he had to bring out all of his moveable assets, his furniture, his shoes, his rod, etc., outside of his home and then went into captivity. The only thing he left behind was his house. But what does this mean to us today? We have to lose the war against God in order to become his slave and to be taken away to His Land, His Canaan. I have to place my full trust in Him in order to become completely dependent on Him for all my needs. Just like in the Biblical times He will have to provide for shelter and food, but it means that I have to do His work. He already won the war and paid the price for me. He purchased us with His blood, as He overcame death and can now free us from all our sins. I cannot go into exile by myself; I have to surrender to the LORD.

The second scripture which describes our spiritual captivity, comes from Jeremiah 48 verse 11: “Moab has been at ease since his youth; He has also been undisturbed, like wine on its dregs, And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into exile. Therefore he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed”  What the LORD is trying to tell us is that we cannot continue saying that I am clean, but as soon as someone disturbs me, all the murkiness in my life shows. I have to allow the LORD to empty me from vessel to vessel, meaning that He will change my life by getting rid of the lees or dregs in my life. This can only be done after giving my life over to the LORD. If I do not allow Him to empty me from vessel to vessel, then I will take on the taste of the lees or dregs. I must therefore allow Him to separate me from my lees, which is contaminating my life.

This cleansing process is also something that does not happen overnight. I have to allow time in between sessions for the lees to settle at the bottom again before being emptied from vessel to vessel. The LORD explains to them here that they must decide to go into captivity, in order to live. It was not a forceful removal, no; it was a decision that each inhabitant of Jerusalem had to take. Only once they decided to go, could the LORD free them from their lees, that which they depended on.

We found people then that said they will stay put in Jerusalem and that they will not go into captivity, much like people today that says that they are all right, they do not have to be separated from their lees. The answer that the LORD had to them was that should they stay in Jerusalem, they would either die by the sword, or the famine, or the pestilence. There are two questions we can ask to see if we fall into this category. The first question is if you still get taught at your congregation. Can you take a new convert and teach him what the life of a Christian comprises of? Do you know exactly what the doctrine of laying on of hands mean, how it should be used, and if it is still applicable today? This is what happens when we get comfortable as Christians. We stop learning. The moment this happens, we will die of starvation, because if anything in life stops growing, it is either dying or already dead. Have you learned anything this year?

The second question, and that is the reason that Jeremiah gave to the people, is that they will die of the pestilence. How do I know if I have the pestilence? As soon as I declare that my group of people, be it a congregation, church group, or followers of a specific doctrine, have eternal life and that all of them will be saved, I have the pestilence. Why? Because we do not like introspection, as it means that I have to examine my life, and have to eye ball and change the areas I find that I am not sure is from the LORD. It also means that I have to look at every principal in my life to ensure that it is from the LORD, and can be Biblically explained. How many habits do you have that is not from the LORD? Another symptom of having the pestilence is when I declare that people can continue with their calls for repentance and debating all the issues of the Bible, as they will someday find out that it doesn’t matter at all. My life is all right, and we shouldn’t over exaggerate these issues. This is the group that Jeremiah declares will die of the pestilence.

The third reason why people will die if they stay in Jerusalem is that they will die by the sword. That is the group that decide that they will separate themselves from the others, and thus remove themselves from other Christians and their congregation. They want to go out to the neighbouring areas around Jerusalem, and hence will not have anything to do with those in Jerusalem. Ezekiel also declares in his prophecies the same punishment to those that leave Christianity; that they will die by the sword. We cannot survive without other Christians. It is this group that will get a hold of a passage and build a complete doctrine around it, just to justify them. The Word of God will be the sword that will judge us.

We find that some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem insisted that they wanted to return to Egypt. They took Jeremiah with them to Egypt, but none of these people ever returned to Jerusalem. “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am going to set My face against you for woe, even to cut off all Judah. ‘And I will take away the remnant of Judah who have set their mind on entering the land of Egypt to reside there, and they will all meet their end in the land of Egypt; they will fall by the sword and meet their end by famine. Both small and great will die by the sword and famine; and they will become a curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach. ‘And I will punish those who live in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, with the sword, with famine and with pestilence. ‘So there will be no refugees or survivors for the remnant of Judah who have entered the land of Egypt to reside there and then to return to the land of Judah, to which they are longing to return and live; for none will return except a few refugees.'” (Jer 44:11-14) The few refugees that did return to Jerusalem were the family members of Jeremiah and Baruch who were taken to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar took over Egypt, as they were forcefully taken to Egypt. This means I cannot return to my previous life in Egypt, as I will then face the second death we read of in Revelation. This is what we read in the book of Hebrews about the same subject: “For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.” (Heb 6:4-6)

The reason for this is that the LORD wants us to come out from under the ruling of our earthly king, be it our local congregation or even our church grouping, and put our trust in Him alone. We have to separate ourselves from the idea that our membership of our congregation ensures our everlasting life. We have to declare that we belong to the Church that the LORD is building. You see He is not preparing many brides, no He is preparing His bride, and She has to be perfect and without blemish. This does not mean that you have to end your membership of your congregation and now become a “churchless member” of the Church of Jesus Christ. No, I have to put my trust in Jesus alone. This will invariably mean that we would be willing to take a stand for God, even like Daniel did when told that he could not pray to the LORD.

This group of believers not only asks for revival, but for true reformation. What is the difference? To me revival means that I have to find the method that brings life to something that was alive before, and proclaim this. If there was life before, this message will then bring this person back to life again. Reformation on the other hand means that I will rid myself of everything that is not from the LORD, and start anew. That is the reason the LORD uses the term of captivity or exile, as one has to be separated from that which is not from Him.

How do I know this is true? The same question is asked to the believers in Revelation. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

This subject tells us that if we do not go into captivity, we are busy with religion, and religion is the same sin as adultery, leaving us as members of the whore of Revelation 18. I know I want to be, and I am sure that you want to be part of the Bride of Christ, and hence will go into captivity.

As soon as these people have served their time in captivity they will return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple and Jerusalem, the real church.

This then the short explanation of the everlasting covenant, and what it means to us as Christians.

What are the consequences of this covenant on our common theological viewpoints?

Consequences of the covenant of righteousness on Israel

What about Israel as nation and country today? They also have to become partakers of the covenant with Jesus. As we have noted earlier there is one law for Jew and Gentile. The nation of Israel and the country of Israel have NOTHING in common with the Israel of the Bible. How did Jesus put them? ““Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. “When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce.”The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. “Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them.”But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ “But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ “They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?” They said to Him, “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?”Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. “And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.” (Mat 21:33-46)

Luke documented another saying of Jesus: “When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation. (Luke 19:41-44)

This shows us that Israel and its inhabitants and all people who practice the Jewish faith world wide, have to become partakers of the covenant with Jesus to receive everlasting life. Jesus is the only way, the life, He alone. That was the message that Paul Barnabas and all the other Apostles preached. They did not have one message for the Jews and a different message for the gentiles.

In fact, when we look at the book of Acts, we find that both Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue every time they arrived in a city. Many people believe that they only preached to the gentiles, but the book of Acts gives us a different story.

Acts 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.”

Acts 13:42 “As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Acts 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.”

Acts 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 17:1  “Now when they had travelled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Acts 17:2  And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, Acts 17:3  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.”

Acts 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.”

Acts 17:16  “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. Acts 17:17  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.

Acts 18:1  “After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth Acts 18:4  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  “And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; Act 11:26  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.”

So, if we say that Paul knew a mystery and that mystery is that there is a difference between the Church (Christians as from the passage above) and the Jews and use that as an argument why there would be a rapture of the saints in order for Christ to come back to earth and become the physical king of the Jews, his ministry was in vain as he always went to the Jewish synagogues to convince the Jews and others that Jesus is the Christ. They were already known as Christians and the church.

These were also the same Jews, the unbelieving ones, that left Paul for dead after stoning him, and which we read of in the Acts of Barnabas: “And having bound him to take him away to the governor, and a pious Jebusite, a kinsman of Nero, having count to Cyprus, the Jews, learning this, took Barnabas by night, and bound him with a rope by the neck; and having dragged him to the hippodrome from the synagogue, and having gone out of the city, standing round him, they burned him with fire, so that even his bones became dust.” To now try and convince people that Christ has to come to earth again to save these people, who have exactly the same status as any other non believer, is utter rubbish and insane and in direct conflict with events in, and the message of, the Bible.

Concequences of the covenant of righteousness on Calvinism

Then what about Calvin and his doctrine of election? My own viewpoint is that it finds acceptance by people who likes philosophy. They can think and write about subjects from all sides and enjoy coming to conclusions that ask questions from their readers. These results most of the time cannot be substantiated by the real message of the Bible. And then, like so many other people before and after him, they do not want to look at Israel as an example for us to follow, as they are worried that the LORD will reject them as He did Israel. I remember a service I attended years ago where the preacher used Israel as an example in his sermon, and he was immediately confronted by the elders following his message and nearly got shunned by them for using Israel as a parallel in his sermon. So Calvin built a philosophy and doctrine only on the New Testament disregarding the covenant, or only taking parts of the covenant that will enhance his doctrine. But, that is what happens when you build your doctrine only on selected parts of the Bible, just like the Catholics, Luther and his saying, and a bunch of other groupings. Remember that Luther and Calvin both came from the Roman Catholic Church and only modified their doctrine where they disagreed with the official standpoint. The fact that the apostles and disciples only had the Old Testament to use and to preach the gospel of Jesus is apparently not important. Acts chapter 17 teaches us the following: “The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.” (Act 17:10-12) I assume the only scriptures they could check were Moses and the prophets. Something else that negates Calvin as someone to follow comes from Hebrews: “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” Calvin’s own testimony is as follows: “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.” Calvin disqualifies himself by his own admission in not only that he took someone else’s life, but encourages his followers to follow him and commit murder, and is certainly not something worth following. “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. “These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. “But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you”. (Joh 16:1-4)

They also do not believe that you must first come to the realisation of the need for a redeemer, as you are one of the elect. That means that you do not have to come to the cross and accept what Jesus did for you to establish the covenant of righteousness, as you are fine just as you are. With the exodus of Israel from Egypt and their rebellion over the Promised Land, the LORD did not punish the children under the age of twenty years old. No, the Bible declares it is follows: Num 14:29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.” Thus the children first had to reach the age of 21 before they were treated as adults. Only then can they decide that they need to leave Egypt and take responsibility for their own lives. Only then can they be baptised. Trying to baptise infants has absolutely no effect on their lives. That is one of the reasons Calvinists give in to temptation more quickly than those who were not baptised as babies, as they still find themselves under the jurisdiction of the Pharaoh. They are still in Egypt and have to make bricks to expand his kingdom. They are members of the covenant, and that is one reason they will only learn after they die who the LORD really is. “And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.” (Zec 14:17-19) What is so special about the Feast of Booths? “It had to remind them of the time the time they left Egypt. “”Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. ‘On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. ‘For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work. ‘These are the appointed times of the LORD which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the LORD–burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each day’s matter on its own day– besides those of the sabbaths of the LORD, and besides your gifts and besides all your votive and freewill offerings, which you give to the LORD. ‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. ‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. ‘You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. ‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.'” (Lev 23:34-43)

Children that have not come of age yet is the responsibility of the father and he has to take responsibility for them and what they do. “Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.” (Gal 4:1-2)

A further major problem I have with Calvin and his teachings is his limited atonement as Jesus only came for the elect. John recorded Jesus as saying: And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;” (John 16:8-9) So no person in the world will be able to say that they did know about sin and righteousness, as that is the work of the Holy Spirit. So that in a nutshell negates the limited atonement of his teaching.

I also have to admit that many of the doctrines of Calvin and Luther are well motivated and based on scripture. However over the ages these doctrines have been given different meanings and now differ from what both Calvin and Luther meant.

Concequences of the covenant of righteousness on Dispensationalist doctrine

They are trying so hard to make the Bible fit their doctrine that they sometimes say and do hilarious things, and off course also rejecting what Jesus himself said. On the cross Jesus said “It is finished”. But apparently not so. Jesus has to return to earth and restore the physical nation of Israel, even though He told them that He will take away their heirloom, which I quoted earlier. Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.” And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.This parable does not have an additional section telling the Jews that they will be forgiven and that the LORD will change his mind and appoint them again as heirlooms of the vineyard. If it was to happen surely Jesus would have told them so as He is God and knows everything.

That is exactly what Israel was expecting in the days of Jesus. They wanted a physical kingdom. Now these people are doing exactly the same, expecting a physical kingdom on earth.

I want to quote part of the doctrine of a local church that believes this doctrine. “Just because Daniel does not say that 2000 years will pass between two verses in Chapter 9, and that Zechariah 9 also not specify 2000 years between verses 9 and 10, and that Micah also does not mention the 2000 year gap in chapter 5 between verses 1 and 3, does not mean that these prophesies have to be continuous and have to be fulfilled during the same time. THE KEY IS THE MYSTERY.” Their attitude is that those who oppose this view, does not belong to the LORD as they do not understand the mystery. The fact that Paul spells out this mystery in many of his letters to the different congregations, does not carry any weight. “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.(Col 1:25-27)

Another belief is that they do not believe that Jesus came to do away with the difference between Israel and the Church. But the covenant shows clearly that all people who become partakers of this covenant will be His people. Paul declares that it is the mystery which the prophets did not know of, as quoted above. If these people would only accept the Bible alone as their teachings, and not those of people. The covenant teaches us that there is no difference. These people make the same mistake as the Muslims, the Mormons and so many other people in clinging to the doctrines of man. I actually want to use the quotation I used earlier just to cement this fact. Ephesians chapter 2 teaches the following: “Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands– remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Eph 2:11-22)

They also teach that there will be a secret rapture of the saints when Jesus returns the first time. (According to them Jesus will return more than once, sort of like a shuttle service.) They say it will be a secret, yet they use a verse that says the opposite. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (1Th 4:16-17) Now I am just wondering how nobody will know about it if it says the opposite.

“And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Apparently this verse is also not applicable to them, as they can even pray a short sinner’s prayer on behalf of someone and then that person is saved. The fact that only the LORD can add people to His nation does not worry them at all. “Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Gal 6:12-16) (See circumcision earlier in this document) The last part of the passage is very interesting. It is not the God of Israel, but the Israel of God, so not the physical Israel, but the new Israel; those who choose to serve Him and become part of the covenant.

Concequences of the covenant of righteousness on the Rapture theory

We find these people in all sorts of belief systems. They span the whole spectrum from starting at the Dispensationalists, Calvinists, Pentecostal, Israel vision, British Jews, Charismatics and a whole bunch of different people. Their prime scripture is Daniel’s prophesy in chapter 9 concerning the seventy weeks and that it will only be completed during and after the seven year tribulation. According to them we as ‘non Jews”, or Christians, will be in heaven, whilst Christ will rule on earth during the millennial age. According to them, there are still things for Christ to do on earth and that He lied on the cross when He said: “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (Joh 19:30)

This doctrine is based on the fact that we are living in a dispensation of grace, that Jesus would come to rapture the Church before, during or after the tribulation, that the Jews would be restored to their former state, and that they will be given a second chance to come to Jesus, and that Jesus would then judge the people of the earth. The advocates of this doctrine maintain that there is a difference between Israel and the Church, and then refer to a mystery that Paul says was revealed to him. These advocates then claim that only certain people have the ability to interpret certain sections of scriptures, and that Paul’s mystery is one of these scriptures as it refers to the difference between the Church and Israel and the way the LORD will deal with them. They use the prophecy of Daniel regarding the seventy weeks as their main argument that the last week of this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled, and that this is part of the mystery of what Paul refers to. The fact that both Jesus and Paul tell us what the mystery is, and that the gospel will be preached all over the world, is apparently not the mystery. “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”(Col 1:25-27)

However, we have already concluded that there is no difference between Israel and the Church. How do we then interpret Daniels prophecy, and has the seventieth week been fulfilled? I know that people have written many books about the rapture and its effect, and that many people have used it as scripts for their doctorate degrees, but is this doctrine correct?

The rapture is one of those doctrines that have a very calming effect on Christians, as it gives us a sense of relief that we do not have to worry about all these nasty things that will happen during the tribulation. The tribulation is only for Israel and the unbelievers, or that is what we are taught. If we however see ourselves as the new Israel, we end up with a problem in that we have to face the tribulation, and then things get slightly out of hand.

Many people have written books concerning Daniel’s seventy weeks, and how it must be interpreted. The first 69 weeks we find that most people agree with in that it gives us the time from the return of Israel from exile, up to the coming of Jesus. And then we also have the fiction writers with their Left Behind series that many people take as the absolute truth, even though the writers themselves declare that their books are fiction. For this they have even received prizes as the best Christian fiction writers.

The last week is the week that all the fuss is about. This fuss only started about 160 years ago when a certain Darby gave a different meaning to this, and now we find that most people who are not strong in their faith, are running after him. Before Darby there was no doctrine about the rapture or someone claiming that there is a difference between the Church and the latter day Jews. This doctrine has the effect that people are spending lots of money to go to Israel and to celebrate Shabbat, to fight for Israel’s right to the temple mount, and to try and establish new sacrifices to the LORD, as Jesus did not do away with animal sacrifices. The fact that most of these Jews came from Europe are also disputed by these people. The majority of Ashkenazi Jews are descended from prehistoric European women, and are the people that occupy Israel and are known as Jews today. They have very little in common with the Jews in the time of Jesus. They are the people that Hitler murdered, and they were also the theme for Luthers book, “On the Jews and their lies”. In this book he urged the Germans to burn their synagogues and a host of things that I will not use in this document. This will also never be used in any sermon by any preacher, as it promotes anti semetism.

What a great many people do not know is that the reason the rapturers believe that we now live in a period of grace that fits in between week 69 an 70 of Daniel, is that both Jesus Christ and God the Father did not know that the Jews would reject Jesus. There are so many writings that hold on to this belief. I must admit that it is extremely difficult to find a single definition of why there will be a rapture as almost every teacher of this theory has his own interpretation.

But what does the seventieth week of Daniel actually proclaim “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”  (Dan 9:27) Daniel, in this prophecy, says that in the last week, which is actually seven years, a new covenant will come in effect. When we examine our Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry on earth, we find that He spent three and a half years trying to convince the Jews that He was the Christ, and that they had to change their ways and accept Him as the Christ. After this period, and as Daniel puts it, in the middle of the week, Jesus was crucified. We know that Jesus was the complete and perfect sacrifice and accepted by the Father, which is why the daily sacrifice seized in the middle of the week, as it was no longer required.

Let us examine this scripture chronological as Daniel wrote it. The covenant that Jesus entered into with the God the Father is the strong covenant that Daniel prophesied about, as it is the covenant between God the father and His Son, Jesus Christ. This covenant was established on our behalf. We also know that Jesus Himself said that He came to fulfil and not to establish something new. That is why He was sacrificed, and that is the reason why this is the strongest covenant that can be entered into. “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Mat 5:17) This confirms then that the covenant Abraham entered into was fulfilled, which required all male persons to be circumcised, and that only those that were circumcised were treated as children of Abraham. When the LORD asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac his son, the LORD declared that He would sacrifice His Son, as one rule applied to both parties of the covenant. By asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, the LORD declared that He would do the same. This first covenant had to be confirmed by continually bringing sacrifices, and by circumcising all males. In addition to this the Israelites had to bring their tithes to the Levites for their service at the temple, and all first born had to be sacrificed to the LORD. The circumcision and sacrifice of the first-born was required as the LORD cursed the entire first born in Egypt as part of the plagues in Egypt. That is another reason Jesus had to die, as he had to nullify that curse.

The following is a short from summary of the vision Daniel received and the interpretation he received from Gabriël.

“At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.” Daniel 9:23

1 – “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city” ( also see Lev 25:9 “You are also to count off seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years”) So the seventy weeks is actually 490 years.

2 – to finish the transgression,” That during this last week the ungodliness of the LORD’s nation will end after they received the gift of the Holy Spirit, where the heart of stone is replaced by a heart of flesh. We will be purchased by Jesus as He died for our transgressions.

3 – “to make an end of sin,” That an end will be made to the time of the law, as Jesus will be the complete sacrifice for sin and the law will be abolished as measurement of our salvation.

4 – “make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness,” That was the prime reason for Jesus to come to earth as He would bring everlasting righteousness to those who believe that He was the Messiah, and the righteousness of fulfilling the law was done away with. So we are no longer seen as sinners, but are seen as a people washed by the blood of Jesus.

5 – “to seal up vision and prophecy” To bring an end to all the prophecies surrounding the first coming of the LORD Jesus Christ.

6 – “and to anoint the most holy”. Jesus also had to be anointed as King, Redeemer, and Prophet.

This is what was spoken of by Gabriël to Daniel. He then goes further and explains in detail what was going to happen during this 490 years or 70 weeks.

  • “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks”. So 49 years after their return from exile the temple will be rebuilt.
  • “and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.” |So from the time of rebuilding the temple to the start of the ministry of Jesus would be 434 years. (62×7)
  • Dan 9:26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off, (so during the 70th week) and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.” So Gabriel explains to Daniel that Jesus will be cut off or killed with no benefit for Him, and then continues with what will happen to Jerusalem. The end of Jerusalem will come by the people of a prince to come, in other words someone who was not a prince in the days of Daniel, exactly as it actually happened when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. Gabriel says that it will be by a flood but we find that in Daniel 11 verses 22, 26 and 40 soldiers are said to come as a flood. The last part Gabriel says that right up to the end of time there will be wars and desolations in, around and over the jurisdiction of Jerusalem , exactly as is still the case today.
  • Dan 9:27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Here we learn that a new covenant will be formed during the last week of the prophecy. When we look at the ministry of Jesus we find that He went through the land of Israel for three and a half years doing wonders and preaching to the people that He is the Christ. So as Daniel puts it, in the middle of the week, thus three and a half years into the ministry of Jesus, He was crucified. We know that His sacrifice was acceptable to the Father, and that is why the sacrifices would stop, because it was no longer required, as Jesus was accepted as the complete sacrifice. That was also the start of the new covenant, or the covenant of righteousness, and was the firm covenant that Daniel wrote about. The covenant was made between God the Father and Jesus Christ His son, who took our place for our sins. Jesus declared this in Matthew 5:17:“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” This shows that Jesus did away with the laws governing the old covenant. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, He also knew that He had to give His son as a sacrifice. And that is what Jesus came to do. He also did away with the circumcision and did away with the law surrounding the first born. We also do not need any Levites as a go between us and the Lord as we now appear before the Father covered by the blood of Jesus.

Many of the advocates of the rapture says that the daily sacrifice only ended when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D., and that we cannot use this as an indicator. What they forget however, is that if we believe that Jesus was the Christ, no sacrifices were required after His death. He was the perfect sacrifice required by the Law of Moses. So no sacrifices were required anymore. So if they want to use this as an excuse, then they actually declare that Jesus was not the Christ as the LORD still accepted the sacrifices done in the temple by the Levites.

We find another reason why Jesus could be sacrificed and why He was acceptable to the LORD, and why the Father did not look favourably on the offer of the High Priest. The following events took place the day Jesus was brought before the High Priest: “And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.” (Mat 26:61-65) The clothing of the High priest had to be made of a single cloth, without any seams. “These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of checker work, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests. They shall receive gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. And they shall make the ephod of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and of fine twined linen, skillfully worked. It shall have two shoulder pieces attached to its two edges, so that it may be joined together. And the skillfully woven band on it shall be made like it and be of one piece with it, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen.” Ex 28:4-8. By tearing his clothing, the High Priest could not enter into the temple the next day for the sacrifice. The only way he could do it, was by sewing it together, but then it would have a seam, and would thus be rejected by the Father, as it did not comply with the Law of Moses. That is why the sacrifice Jesus brought was accepted, and the reason why His clothes were not torn, but the lot cast over it. “And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.” (Mar 15:24) Here we see that His clothes were not torn but given as complete clothing which complied with the Law of Moses.

We have to remember that Jesus was crucified at the time of the morning sacrifice, and that He died six hours later. He was crucified outside the town, as He also had to complete that sacrifice that had to be slain outside the town. “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. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” (Heb 13:10-13) As mentioned earlier He also did not bring His sacrifice in the earthly tabernacle, but in the heavenly one: “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Heb 9:23-28)

When the veil was rent in the temple, Jesus was accepted in the Heavenly tabernacle. That was also the end of the first half of the last week of Daniels’ prophecy.

The second half of the week was the time the apostles spent in Jerusalem to convince the Jews that Jesus was the Christ, and ended with the vision of Peter: “On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” (Act 10:9-15) This was also about the same time that Stephen was killed by the Jews. This was the end of the last half of the week as seen by Daniel, and at this time we as believers became part of the LORDS’ nation. The one thing we have to remember is that the Jews expected a physical king to rule over them again like in the days of Saul and David, but failed to realise that these kings only ruled over them because they rejected the LORD. “And the LORD said to Samuel, Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.” (1Sa 8:7)

Daniel also declares that at the end of the week abominations will start and it will continue until the end of time. As a consequence of this, Satan is now trying to destroy all flesh, and as Daniel says, it will last till the end of the earth.

I mentioned earlier that the advocates of the rapture also refer to the mystery of Paul. These words are normally used completely out of context in order for them to deceive the people and to convince people of their doctrine.

To conclude the last week then; it started with the ministry of Jesus to the Jews, and ended when the message of the gospel came to us as gentiles. From this we can also conclude that there will not be a separate rapture of the Church, but that we as gentiles are one with all believers. Jesus himself said that we must hold on to our faith till the end, and not to think that we will not go through the tribulation. Even in Paul’s time we had people that did not understand the message of the gospel: “As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 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 unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” (1Ti 1:3-7)

So in summary, the covenant that Jesus made on the cross was the strong covenant of Daniel, as it removed the curse of the first born, and fulfilled all the sacrifices the Levites and high priest had to bring. Jesus also paid for all our sins in order for us to appear in righteousness before the Father without blemish or sin. So He is our righteousness, and now we can do what the writer of Hebrews says: “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16) This we can only do because of what Jesus did for us.

One major problem I also have with the doctrine of the rapture and those who believe this, is that they form part of the antichrist. The apostle John gives us a very clear definition of this: “2Jn 1:7  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. The Jews do not believe that Jesus was the Christ, and by siding with and supporting the Jews of today, they become part of the antichrist.

Summary

So my point of view is that we all live once, and then we die. Those that became partakers of the covenant will live with Christ in the millennial age to rid ourselves of how to serve the LORD, about who is saved and who is condemned. After the battle in which Gog and Magog, the Satan and all the people that did not serve the LORD, will be defeated, will we appear before the white throne. Those that lived as overcomers will live in the New Jerusalem forever.

As a closing comment I would like to stress that whoever partakes in the LORD’s supper as a sign to show his faith and to show that he enters into a covenant with the LORD, will be part of the first awakening. Exactly where we will find ourselves, is a different story.

 

Other books by the author:

  • The Book of Moses. This is a complete guide for any Christian explaining the way of a Christian, and answers most doctrinal questions, questions you have in you everyday walk with the LORD, on the end times and what heaven will look like, as well as questions about Church.

 

  • Is Egypt in Heaven? The book is based on a time in my life when I received major surgery in my fight against Carcinoid cancer, and had a near death experience. Some sections are based on the truth, and some is fiction to explain what heaven will look like.

 

  • A Wake Up Call. The book examines the doctrine of election, and then draws on the result to explain the effect on our everyday life..

 

  • Evidences of a Christian. Do I have to exhibit a different lifestyle as a non Christian, and if so, what should it be like?

 

  • DVD’s Some of the books have also been recorded as DVD’s. These DVD sets contain most of the information in the book with the same name, but some points are expanded upon and it also includes a section on my life with Carcinoid cancer and the effect on my daily life. These DVD’s are available in HD format.

 

Geregtigheid van Jesus – Die nuwe verbond

 

‘n Nuwe teologie bring ek vir julle

‘n Nuwe teologie bring ek vir julle. ‘n Eeu oue teologie van ‘n verbond met Abraham, van Jesus en van geregtigheid. Dit mag dalk vir u soos ‘n teenstrydigheid klink, maar ek wil graag die dilemma vir u verduidelik.

Ek het die afgelope twintig of meer jare spandeer om uit te vind wat die regte teologie is soos ek dit verstaan, en om uit te vind wat vir my die regte boodskap van hoop is wat die Bybel verkondig. Dit het my geneem van Calvinistiese gemeentes, na Pinksterkerke, Charismatiesekerke, huiskerke en alles tussen in. Party as lidmaat, ander as leraar, en ander as besoeker, en nog ander na hulle webtuistes.

Wat het ek gevind?

Ek glo aan ‘n HERE wat Sy woord gestand hou. Aan ‘n eeue ou verbond en belofte aan Abraham,  die vervulling deur Jesus Christus wat vir ons die baan weg na ‘n verbond van geregtigheid.

Die HERE het my op ‘n tog deur die Ou Testament geneem en daarom sal u ook agterkom dat ek baie van die Ou Testament gebruik om standpunte mee te verduidelik, maar daar is ‘n spesifieke rede daarvoor. Meeste kere wat Jesus met die mense gepraat het, en wat vir ons opgeteken is, het hy probeer verduidelik hoe die Koninkryk van God werk. Iets wat wel baie min van opgeteken is, is wat Jesus oor Homself gesê oor wat die profete en Moses oor Hom geleer het wanneer Hy en die dissipels alleen was. Tog vind ons in Lukas 24 drie gedeeltes, wat alles handel oor hierdie een waarheid wat ontsettend belangrik is, en waaruit ons baie kan leer.

Hier dan die drie gedeeltes: “En sommige van die wat saam met ons was, het na die graf gegaan en dit net so gevind soos die vroue ook gesê het; maar Hom het hulle nie gesien nie. En Hy sê vir hulle: o Onverstandiges, met harte wat traag is om te glo alles wat die profete gespreek het! Moes die Christus nie hierdie dinge ly en in sy heerlikheid ingaan nie? En Hy het begin van Moses en al die profete af en vir hulle uitgelê in al die Skrifte die dinge wat op Hom betrekking het”. (Luk 24:24-27). “En toe Hy met hulle aan tafel was, neem Hy die brood en dank; en Hy breek dit en gee dit aan hulle. Toe is hulle oë geopen en hulle het Hom herken, en Hy het uit hulle gesig verdwyn. En hulle sê vir mekaar: Was ons hart nie brandende in ons toe Hy met ons op die pad gepraat en vir ons die Skrifte uitgelê het nie?” (Luk 24:30-32). “En Hy sê vir hulle: Dit is die woorde wat Ek met julle gespreek het toe Ek nog by julle was, dat alles wat oor My geskrywe is in die wet van Moses en die profete en die psalms, vervul moet word. Toe open Hy hulle verstand om die Skrifte te verstaan. En Hy sê vir hulle: So is dit geskrywe, en so moes die Christus ly en op die derde dag uit die dode opstaan, en bekering en vergewing van sondes in sy Naam verkondig word aan al die nasies, van Jerusalem af en verder.” (Luk 24:44-47)

Die laaste gedeelte wat ek graag aanhaal is wat Paulus vir ons hieroor geskryf het, en kom uit 2 Korintiërs 3: “Terwyl ons dan sodanige hoop het, gebruik ons baie vrymoedigheid; nie soos Moses nie, wat ‘n bedekking oor sy aangesig gesit het, sodat die kinders van Israel nie die oë kon vestig op die einde van wat moes vergaan nie. Maar hulle sinne is verhard. Want tot vandag toe bly by die lesing van die Ou Testament dieselfde bedekking sonder dat dit opgelig word, die bedekking wat in Christus vernietig word. Ja, tot vandag toe, wanneer Moses gelees word, lê daar ‘n bedekking oor hulle hart; maar wanneer hulle tot die Here bekeer is, word die bedekking weggeneem. Die Here is die Gees, en waar die Gees van die Here is, daar is vryheid.” (2Co 3:12-17)

Wat behels hierdie verbond?

Vir my moet ons begin by Abraham, die vader van alle gelowiges. Ons moet onthou Abraham het agt seuns gehad. Die oudste was Ismael, daarna Isak, en daarna nog ses seuns. “En Abraham het weer ‘n vrou geneem met die naam van Ketúra. En sy het vir hom Simran en Joksan en Medan en Mídian en Jisbak en Suag gebaar” . (Gen 25:1-2) Die Bybel leer ons oor een seun se toekoms waarmee die HERE ‘n spesiale verbond mee gesluit het, die van Isak. “Maar my verbond sal Ek oprig met Isak wat Sara vir jou anderjaar op hierdie tyd sal baar.”(Gen 17:21) Ismael en die ander seuns leer ons nie van in die Bybel nie, maar tog was hulle uit die nageslag van Abraham.

Behoort net Israel as nasie dan aan die HERE? Nee. “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 17:4-9)

In Efesiërs 2 leer ons die volgende: “Daarom, onthou dat julle wat vroeër heidene in die vlees was en onbesnedenes genoem word deur die sogenaamde besnydenis wat in die vlees met hande verrig word, dat julle in dié tyd sonder Christus was, vervreemd van die burgerskap van Israel en vreemdelinge ten aansien van die verbonde van die belofte, sonder hoop en sonder God in die wêreld. Maar nou in Christus Jesus het julle wat vroeër ver was, naby gekom deur die bloed van Christus. Want Hy is ons vrede, Hy wat albei een gemaak en die middelmuur van skeiding afgebreek het deurdat Hy in sy vlees die vyandskap tot niet gemaak het, naamlik die wet van gebooie wat in insettinge bestaan; sodat Hy, deur vrede te maak, die twee in Homself tot een nuwe mens kon skep en albei in een liggaam met God kon versoen deur die kruis, nadat Hy daaraan die vyandskap doodgemaak het. En Hy het die evangelie van vrede kom verkondig aan julle wat ver was en aan die wat naby was; want deur Hom het ons albei die toegang deur een Gees tot die Vader. So is julle dan nie meer vreemdelinge en bywoners nie, maar medeburgers van die heiliges en huisgenote van God, gebou op die fondament van die apostels en profete, terwyl Jesus Christus self die hoeksteen is, in wie die hele gebou, goed saamgevoeg, verrys tot ‘n heilige tempel in die Here, in wie julle ook saam opgebou word tot ‘n woning van God in die Gees. (Eph 2:11-22)

In Genesis 14 leer ons ook van iemand anders. “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 voor Isak was daar al ander nasies wat ook die HERE gedien het. Israel word vir ons as voorbeeld voorgehou soos in 1 Korintiërs 10 in die Bybel vir ons uitgelig word. “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 10:11)

Die eerste verbond met Abraham, is gevier met nagmaal tussen Abraham en Melgisedek, waar Melgisedek die wyn en die brood gebring het. Nou lees ons in Hebreërs die volgende: “So het Christus ook Homself nie verheerlik om Hoëpriester te word nie, maar Hy het Hom verheerlik wat vir Hom gesê het: U is my Seun, vandag het Ek U gegenereer. Soos Hy ook op ‘n ander plek sê: U is priester vir ewig volgens die orde van Melgisédek. Hy wat in die dae van sy vlees gebede en smekinge met sterk geroep en trane aan Hóm geoffer het wat Hom uit die dood kon red, en ook verhoor is uit die angs— Hy, al was Hy die Seun, het gehoorsaamheid geleer uit wat Hy gely het; en nadat Hy volmaak is, het Hy vir almal wat Hom gehoorsaam is, ‘n bewerker van ewige saligheid geword en is deur God genoem ‘n hoëpriester volgens die orde van Melgisédek; (Heb 5:5-10)

Wat beteken dit? Melgisedek was ‘n priester van die HERE en deur die HERE self aangestel. Hy het nie uit ‘n stam gekom wat priesters was soos die Leviete nie, om die waarheid te sê was hy nie eers enigsins aan Abraham verwant nie. Nou kom Jesus en word hy weer aangestel volgens die orde van Melgisedek, met ander woorde, deur die HERE self aangestel. Daarom ook dat Jesus weer die Nagmaal instel met brood en wyn, soos dit gevier is deur Abraham en Melgisedek. Verder was Melgisedek ook koning, en so word Jesus dus ook as koning van God se volk aangestel.

Maar wat is die verbond wat die Bybel van praat wat die HERE met Abraham aangegaan het? Kom ons kyk na ‘n opsomming van die verbond. Die eerste punt wat ek wil maak is dat daar voordele en nadele in ‘n verbond is. ‘n Verbond het altyd twee kante, die een kant leer ons wat sal gebeur indien ons by die verbond hou, en dan die anderkant wat sal gebeur indien ons dit nie doen nie. Ek wil dit graag verduidelik aan die hand van Deuteronomium 30 vanaf vers 15: “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 30:15-20)

Die laaste gedeelte is vir my ontsettend belangrik. Ek moet kies om my kant van die verbond te hou, dan sal die HERE Sy kant hou. Die vermoë om te kies is al aan ons gegee in Genesis 3:22 “Toe sê die HERE God: Nou het die mens geword soos een van Ons deur goed en kwaad te ken.” Indien jou Bybel nie so sê nie, is dit omdat die vertalers dit verander het in die nuwe vertaling om by hulle dogma in te pas. En verder is dit die enigste vertaling wat dit so stel. Geen van die Engelse of ander vertalings stel dit soos dit in die nuwe verdwaling gestel is nie. Die mens het as deel van die sondeval die vermoê verkry om te weet wat is goed en wat is kwaad. So my hele lewe gaan dus oor keuses, keuses wat of goeie gevolge gaan hê, of wat kwade gevolge gaan hê.

Stappe van verbond

Nou, met die tweede punt wil ek graag kyk wat die stappe van ‘n verbond is. Dit word volledig vir ons beskryf met die uittog van Israel uit Egipte na die land Kanaän. Dit is immers wat die HERE vir Abraham beloof het waar sy nageslag hulle sal vestig. Dit is dan ook my rigtingwyser vir vandag, aangesien ek ook in Kanaän wil uitkom. Die enigste verskil is Israel het die fisiese tog gemaak, terwyl ons vandag die geestelike tog kan meemaak om by ons Kanaän uit te kom. Dit is die plek wat die HERE vir my bestem het. Ek sal eers beskryf wat Israel moes doen, en dan volg wat dit vir ons as Nuwe Verbondsgenote moet doen en wat dit beteken.

Maar hoekom het die HERE hulle uit Egipte laat trek? “En in daardie lang tyd het die koning van Egipte gesterwe. En die kinders van Israel het gesug en geweeklaag vanweë die slawerny. En hulle geroep om hulp oor hulle slawerny het opgeklim tot God. En God het hulle gekerm gehoor, en God het gedink aan sy verbond met Abraham, met Isak en met Jakob. En God het die kinders van Israel aangesien, en God het hulle geken. (Exo 2:23-25) “En die HERE sê: Ek het duidelik gesien die ellende van my volk wat in Egipte is; en Ek het hulle jammerklagte oor hulle drywers gehoor, ja, Ek ken hulle smarte. Daarom het Ek neergedaal om hulle uit die hand van die Egiptenaars te verlos en hulle te laat optrek uit daardie land na ‘n goeie en wye land, na ‘n land wat oorloop van melk en heuning, na die woonplek van die Kanaäniete en Hetiete en Amoriete en Feresiete en Hewiete en Jebusiete. En nou, kyk, die jammerklagte van die kinders van Israel het tot by My gekom. Ook het Ek die verdrukking gesien waarmee die Egiptenaars hulle verdruk.”(Exo 3:7-9)

1. Besnydenis

  • Verbond voor Christus: Besnydenis van die voorhuid. Dit moes hulle herinner dat hulle deel is van God se uitverkore volk. “Verder het die HERE aan Moses en Aäron gesê: Dit is die insetting van die pasga: Géén uitlander mag daarvan eet nie. Maar elke slaaf wat ‘n man met geld gekoop het, dié moet hy besny; dan kan hy daarvan eet. Geen vreemde inwoner of huurling mag daarvan eet nie. In een huis moet dit geëet word; jy mag niks van die vleis uit die huis buitentoe bring nie; en julle mag geen been daarvan breek nie. 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 12:43-49)
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: Besnydenis van die hart. Alle mense word in Egipte gebore, ‘n lewe sonder die HERE, ‘n lewe waar ek onder die gesag van Satan(Farao) staan. Soos Israel moet ek uitroep na die HERE om my te bevry van Egipte. So my optrede moet verander. Ek moet besef dat ek niks kan doen om myself te red nie. Ek moet glo dat Jesus alles gedoen het om die verhouding tussen my en die Vader te herstel. Ek moet besef dat ek ‘n sondaar is en dat ek verlore sal gaan as ek volhou om my eie lewe te lei. Ek moet tot bekering kom. Ek moet soos ‘n kind van die HERE optree. Ek moet die liefde van die HERE volgens 1 Johannes 3 begin uitleef op aarde. My optrede moet die bewys wees dat ek kind van God is. Geen uitwendige besnydenis is nodig nie. Maleagi 3:18: “Dan sal julle weer die onderskeid sien tussen die regverdige en die goddelose, tussen die wat God dien en die wat Hom nie dien nie”. Jer 31:33:  “Maar dit is die verbond wat Ek ná dié dae met die huis van Israel sal sluit, spreek die HERE: Ek gee my wet in hulle binneste en skrywe dit op hulle hart; en Ek sal vir hulle ‘n God wees, en hulle sal vir My ‘n volk wees.

“En Ek sal hulle een hart gee, en ‘n nuwe gees in julle binneste gee; en Ek sal die hart van klip uit hulle vlees verwyder en hulle ‘n hart van vlees gee, sodat hulle in my insettinge kan wandel en my verordeninge kan hou en dit doen; en hulle sal vir my ‘n volk wees, en Ek sal vir hulle ‘n God wees. Maar hulle wie se hart agter die hart van hulle verfoeisels en hulle gruwels aan loop—hulle wandel laat Ek op hul hoof neerkom, spreek die Here HERE.” (Eze 11:19-21)

Kolossense 2:9 “Want in Hom woon al die volheid van die Godheid liggaamlik; 10 en julle het die volheid in Hom wat die Hoof is van alle owerheid en mag; 11 in wie julle ook besny is met ‘n besnydenis wat nie met hande verrig word nie, deur die liggaam van die sondige vlees af te lê in die besnydenis van Christus, 12 omdat julle saam met Hom begrawe is in die doop, waarin julle ook saam opgewek is deur die geloof in die werking van God wat Hom uit die dode opgewek het”.

Wat sê Paulus oor ons as onbesnedenis na die vlees: “Of behoort God net aan die Jode, en nie ook aan die heidene nie? Ja, ook aan die heidene, aangesien dit inderdaad een God is wat die besnedenes sal regverdig uit die geloof en die onbesnedenes deur die geloof. Maak ons dan die wet tot niet deur die geloof? Nee, stellig nie! Inteendeel, ons bevestig die wet.” (Rom 3:29-31) maar hy is ‘n Jood wat dit in die verborgene is, en besnydenis is dié van die hart, in die gees, nie na die letter nie. Sy lof is nie uit mense nie, maar uit God.” (Rom 2:29)

2. Brood

  • Verbond voor Christus: Brood sonder suurdeeg moes geëet word. Suurdeeg was ‘n teken dat jy opgepof was en dat jy sonde gehad het. So hulle brood moes wys dat daar nie sonde was nie. Ons vind die volgende skrif in Korintiërs: “Julle roem is nie mooi nie. Weet julle nie dat ‘n bietjie suurdeeg die hele deeg suur maak nie? Suiwer dan die ou suurdeeg uit, sodat julle ‘n nuwe deeg kan wees—soos julle inderdaad ongesuurd is—want ook ons paaslam is vir ons geslag, naamlik Christus. Laat ons dan feesvier, nie met die ou suurdeeg of met die suurdeeg van ondeug en boosheid nie, maar met die ongesuurde brode van reinheid en waarheid.” (1 Kor 5:6-8)
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: Jesus is die brood van die lewe. Hy kon geen sonde hê nie, want Hy is ook God. “Julle vaders het die manna in die woestyn geëet en het gesterwe. Dít is die brood wat uit die hemel neerdaal, sodat iemand daarvan kan eet en nie sterwe nie. Ek is die lewende brood wat uit die hemel neergedaal het. As iemand van hierdie brood eet, sal hy lewe tot in ewigheid. En die brood wat Ek sal gee, is my vlees wat Ek vir die lewe van die wêreld sal gee.”(Joh 6:49-51) “En terwyl hulle eet, neem Jesus die brood, en nadat Hy gedank het, breek Hy dit en gee dit aan sy dissipels en sê: Neem, eet, dit is my liggaam.” (Mat 26:26)

3. Lam slag

  • Verbond voor Christus: Hulle moes ‘n lam slag en eet. “Spreek tot die hele vergadering van Israel en sê: Op die tiende van hierdie maand moet hulle elkeen ‘n lam neem volgens die families, ‘n lam vir ‘n huisgesin. Maar as ‘n huisgesin te klein is vir ‘n lam, dan moet hy en sy buurman wat die naaste aan sy huis is, dit neem volgens die sieletal; na wat elkeen gewoond is om te eet, moet julle die getal op die lam bereken. Julle moet ‘n lam hê sonder gebrek, ‘n jaaroud rammetjie. Van die skape of van die bokke kan julle dit neem. En julle moet dit in bewaring hou tot die veertiende dag van hierdie maand; en die hele vergadering van die gemeente van Israel moet dit slag teen die aand.” (Exo 12:3-6)
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: “En ek het gesien, en kyk, in die middel van die troon en die vier lewende wesens en in die midde van die ouderlinge staan daar ‘n Lam asof Hy geslag is, met sewe horings en sewe oë, wat die sewe Geeste van God is wat uitgestuur is oor die hele aarde. Hy het gekom en die boek geneem uit die regterhand van Hom wat op die troon sit; en toe Hy die boek neem, val die vier lewende wesens en die vier en twintig ouderlinge voor die Lam neer, elkeen met siters en goue skale vol reukwerk, wat die gebede van die heiliges is. Toe sing hulle ‘n nuwe lied en sê: U is waardig om die boek te neem en sy seëls oop te maak, want U is geslag en het ons vir God met u bloed gekoop uit elke stam en taal en volk en nasie, en het ons konings en priesters vir onse God gemaak, en ons sal as konings op die aarde heers”. (Open 5:6-10)

4. Bloed van die Lam

  • Verbond voor Christus: Hulle moes die bloed aan die deurposte smeer. Dit het beteken dat die dood by die huis verby gegaan het. Exo 12:12-13: “Want Ek sal in hierdie nag deur Egipteland trek en al die eersgeborenes in Egipteland tref, van mense sowel as van diere. En Ek sal strafgerigte oefen aan al die gode van Egipte, Ek, die HERE. Maar die bloed sal vir julle ‘n teken wees aan die huise waarin julle is: as Ek die bloed sien, sal Ek by julle verbygaan. En daar sal geen verderflike plaag onder julle wees wanneer Ek Egipteland tref nie.”
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: Ons moet onder die bloed van Jesus kom. “Toe neem Hy die beker, en nadat Hy gedank het, gee Hy dit aan hulle en sê: Drink almal daaruit. Want dit is my bloed, die bloed van die nuwe testament, wat vir baie uitgestort word tot vergifnis van sondes. (Mat 26:27-28) So indien ek nagmaal gebruik sal die doodsengel my nie kan aanraak nie, en verkry ek die ewige lewe.

5. Waar was die wet?

  • Verbond voor Christus: Wet op kliptafels geskryf soos opgeskrywe in Eksodus 20. Moses beskryf die gevolge ook daarvan verder: “En die HERE het groot en onheilbrengende tekens en wonders voor ons oë in Egipte aan Farao en sy hele huis gedoen. En Hy het ons daarvandaan uitgelei om ons in te bring, sodat Hy ons die land kan gee wat Hy aan ons vaders met ‘n eed beloof het. En die HERE het ons beveel om al hierdie insettinge te volbring, om die Here onse God te vrees, dat dit met ons altyd goed mag gaan, om ons in die lewe te hou soos dit vandag is. En dit sal geregtigheid vir ons wees as ons sorgvuldig al hierdie gebooie hou voor die aangesig van die HERE onse God soos Hy ons beveel het.” (Deu 6:22-25) So hul geregtigheid was uit onderhouding van die wet.
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: Wet op die hart geskryf. Jer 31:33:  “Maar dit is die verbond wat Ek ná dié dae met die huis van Israel sal sluit, spreek die HERE: Ek gee my wet in hulle binneste en skrywe dit op hulle hart; en Ek sal vir hulle ‘n God wees, en hulle sal vir My ‘n volk wees.” Die Hebreërs skrywer druk dit as volg uit: “Want dit is die verbond wat Ek ná dié dae sal sluit met die huis van Israel, spreek die Here: Ek sal my wette in hulle verstand gee en dit op hulle hart skrywe; en Ek sal vir hulle ‘n God wees, en hulle sal vir My ‘n volk wees.” (Heb 8:10) “Kyk, daar kom dae, spreek die HERE, dat Ek vir Dawid ‘n regverdige Spruit sal verwek, en as Koning sal Hy regeer en verstandig handel en reg en geregtigheid doen in die land. In sy dae sal Juda verlos word en Israel veilig woon; en dit is sy naam waarmee Hy genoem sal word: DIE HERE ONS GEREGTIGHEID. (Jer 23:5-6) So ons geregtigheid is Jesus as verlosser.

6. Op wie was dit van toepassing?

  • Verbond voor Christus: Beide Israel en buitelanders. Eks 12:49 Een wet moet geld vir die kind van die land en vir die vreemdeling wat onder julle vertoef. Eks 12:38  En ‘n menigte mense van gemengde bloed het ook saam met hulle opgetrek, en kleinvee en beeste—’n groot hoeveelheid vee.”  So selfs in Moses se tyd was vreemdelinge deel van die verbondsvolk. Dit bevestig ook wat die HERE vir Abraham beloof het. “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”.
  • Verbond met Christus as Lam: Daar is geen verandering nie. Want dit is nie nodig nie. Daar was reeds vir ons voorsiening gemaak. Jesus het net dit kom volbring wat nodig was sodat Hy dit wat op Hom gewys het gedoen het en alle sonde op Hom kon neem en ons in die regte verhouding met die Vader geplaas. Dit geld vir elke persoon wat glo dat Jesus die Lam is, Israel en vreemdeling. Nou kan ons in die geregtigheid van Jesus lewe, want Hy is ons geregtigheid. Soos Jeremia dit stel: “In dié dae sal Juda verlos word en Jerusalem veilig woon; en dit sal die naam daarvan wees: DIE HERE ONS GEREGTIGHEID. Jer 33:16 Wanneer ons Sy geregtigheid besit dan kan ons met vrymoedigheid na die HERE gaan : Laat ons dan met vrymoedigheid na die troon van die genade gaan, sodat ons barmhartigheid kan verkry en genade vind om op die regte tyd gehelp te word.” Heb 4:16.

Geregtigheid

Paulus beskryf Jesus se geregtigheid as volg: “Want omdat hulle die geregtigheid van God nie ken nie en hulle eie geregtigheid probeer oprig, het hulle hul aan die geregtigheid van God nie onderwerp nie. Want Christus is die einde van die wet tot geregtigheid vir elkeen wat glo. Want Moses beskrywe die geregtigheid wat uit die wet is: Die mens wat hierdie dinge doen, sal daardeur lewe. Maar die geregtigheid wat uit die geloof is, sê dit: Moenie in jou hart sê nie: Wie sal in die hemel opvaar, naamlik om Christus af te bring; of: Wie sal in die afgrond neerdaal, naamlik om Christus uit die dode op te bring? Maar wat sê dit? Naby jou is die woord, in jou mond en in jou hart. Dit is die woord van die geloof wat ons verkondig: As jy met jou mond die Here Jesus bely en met jou hart glo dat God Hom uit die dode opgewek het, sal jy gered word; want met die hart glo ons tot geregtigheid en met die mond bely ons tot redding.” (Rom 10:3-10)

Wanneer word ek dus deel van die Verbond met Christus as Lam? Met Nagmaal, soos in Israel se tyd met die pasga. So dit beteken ook dat geen onbesnedene mag deel hê aan die nagmaal nie, aangesien die nagmaal die bewys is dat ek my lewe prys gegee het, en ‘n lewe kies wat ek in gehoorsaamheid aan die Vader sal leef.

Wat sê die Nuwe Testament daaroor? Wanneer sal ek oorwin en hoe oorwin ons? “En hulle het hom(Satan) oorwin deur die bloed van die Lam en deur die woord van hulle getuienis, en hulle het tot die dood toe hulle lewe nie liefgehad nie”. Openbaring 12 vers 11.

Wat is die ooreenkoms met die verbond voor Christus?

  • Met die bloed van die Lam (Bloed aan die deurposte)
  • Woord van hulle getuienis (Besnyding)
  • En hulle het tot die dood hulle lewe nie liefgehad nie. Ons moet ons kruis elke dag opneem en sterf aan ons eie wil. “En Hy sê vir almal: As iemand agter My aan wil kom, moet hy homself verloën en sy kruis elke dag opneem en My volg. Want elkeen wat sy lewe wil red, sal dit verloor; maar elkeen wat sy lewe om My ontwil verloor, hy sal dit red” (Luk 9:23-24)

So is dit met ons as kinders van die HERE. Ons almal word deel van die verbond wanneer ons besluit om Hom te volg en ons lewe neer te lê. Ons almal wat die Bybel ken volg Israel en die pad wat hulle moes neem tot in Kanaän, omdat dit die voorbeeld is wat vir ons opgeskrywe is en wat ons stap vir stap kan navolg. Dit is ook die land wat aan Abraham as ‘n ewige besitting gegee is. Na ons dood gaan ons almal, al Abraham se nageslag, leer om die HERE te dien vir wie Hy is, en om eendag saam in die Nuwe Jerusalem te kan woon. “En baie volke sal heengaan en sê: Kom laat ons optrek na die berg van die HERE, na die huis van die God van Jakob, dat Hy ons sy weë kan leer en ons in sy paaie kan wandel. Want uit Sion sal die wet uitgaan en die woord van die HERE uit Jerusalem.”(Jes 2:3, Miga 4:2)

Dit is ook die eerste stap wat die Heilige Gees in elke persoon op aarde kom doen. “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 alle persone het die vermoë om te kies aangesien die Bybel onomwonde bevestig dat die Heilige Gees gekom het om die wêreld te oortuig van sonde, en te leer wat geregtigheid is. So sal almal wat die lewe kies, gered word. “Want so lief het God die wêreld gehad, dat Hy sy eniggebore Seun gegee het, sodat elkeen wat in Hom glo, nie verlore mag gaan nie, maar die ewige lewe kan hê. Want God het sy Seun in die wêreld gestuur nie om die wêreld te veroordeel nie, maar dat die wêreld deur Hom gered kan word. Hy wat in Hom glo, word nie veroordeel nie; maar hy wat nie glo nie, is alreeds veroordeel omdat hy nie geglo het in die Naam van die eniggebore Seun van God nie”(Joh 3:16-18)

Ons moet dus glo dat Jesus die volmaakte offer vir sonde was, en dat ons slegs deur dit wat Hy gedoen het vir ons, die reg het om kinders van God genoem te word.

Indien u nie die HERE kies in hierdie lewe nie, so u glo nie dat die enigste weg na die Vader Jesus is nie, sal u skuldig staan by die wit troon oordeel. “En die ander dode het nie herlewe totdat die duisend jaar voleindig was nie. Dit is die eerste opstanding.”(Open 20:5). “En ek het ‘n groot wit troon gesien en Hom wat daarop sit, voor wie se aangesig die aarde en die hemel weggevlug het; en daar is geen plek vir hulle gevind nie. En ek het die dode, klein en groot, voor God sien staan, en die boeke is geopen; en ‘n ander boek, die boek van die lewe, is geopen. En die dode is geoordeel na wat in die boeke geskryf is, volgens hulle werke. En die see het die dode gegee wat daarin was, en die dood en die doderyk het die dode gegee wat daarin was; en hulle is geoordeel, elkeen volgens sy werke. En die dood en die doderyk is in die poel van vuur gewerp. Dit is die tweede dood. En as dit bevind is dat iemand nie opgeskryf was in die boek van die lewe nie, is hy in die poel van vuur gewerp.”(Open 20:11-15)

Wat beteken Jesus se verbond van geregtigheid dus?

Die definisie wat ek daaraan wil gee is as volg:

Die reg om voor God te staan sonder skuld, veroordeling en minderwaardigheid. Dit is om in die regte verhouding voor die Skepper te staan, skepsel teenoor Skepper. Dit kan ons slegs doen wanneer ons ‘n oorvloed van die gawe van geregtigheid ontvang. En dit is wat Jesus kom doen het.

Watter stappe volg dan na die verbond?

Ons moet uit Egipte trek, deur gedoop te word. Dit is waar die krag van Satan, in Israel se tyd, die Farao, gebreek word in jou lewe, en jy jou onder die heerskappy van die Vader plaas. Hier verlaat jy die gebied waaroor die Satan heers, en hoef jy nie meer bakstene te maak om Satan se koninkryk uit te brei nie. Na die doop het die sonde nie meer mag oor jou nie. “So moet julle ook reken dat julle wel vir die sonde dood is, maar lewend is vir God in Christus Jesus, onse Here. Laat die sonde dan in julle sterflike liggaam nie heers dat julle aan sy begeerlikhede gehoorsaam sou wees nie. En moenie julle lede stel tot beskikking van die sonde as werktuie van ongeregtigheid nie, maar stel julleself tot beskikking van God as mense wat uit die dode lewend geword het, en julle lede as werktuie van geregtigheid in die diens van God. Want die sonde sal oor julle nie heers nie; want julle is nie onder die wet nie, maar onder die genade. Wat dan? Sal ons sonde doen, omdat ons nie onder die wet is nie maar onder die genade? Nee, stellig nie! Weet julle nie dat aan wie julle julself as diensknegte tot beskikking stel om hom gehoorsaam te wees, julle diensknegte is van hom aan wie julle gehoorsaam is nie òf van die sonde tot die dood, òf van die gehoorsaamheid tot geregtigheid?” (Rom 6:11-16)

Soos Israel moet ons ook die doping in die Heilige Gees ontvang. “Daarop het die HERE neergedaal in die wolk en met hom gespreek; en Hy het van die Gees wat op hom was, afgesonder en op die sewentig oudstes gelê. En terwyl die Gees op hulle rus, het hulle geprofeteer; maar daarna nie meer nie. Maar twee manne het in die laer agtergebly: die naam van die een was Eldad en die naam van die ander Medad; en die Gees het op hulle gerus—hulle het behoort by die wat opgeskrywe was, hoewel hulle nie na die tent uitgegaan het nie—en hulle het in die laer geprofeteer. Toe hardloop ‘n seun en vertel dit aan Moses en sê: Eldad en Medad profeteer in die laer. En Josua, die seun van Nun, die dienaar van Moses van sy jeug af, antwoord en sê: My heer Moses, belet hulle dit! Maar Moses sê vir hom: Ywer jy vir my? Ag, as die hele volk van die HERE maar profete was, dat die HERE sy Gees oor hulle mag gee!” (Num 11:25-29)

Hoe het Jesus dit gestel: “En op die laaste dag, die groot dag van die fees, het Jesus gestaan en uitgeroep en gesê: As iemand dors het, laat hom na My toe kom en drink! Hy wat in My glo, soos die Skrif sê: strome van lewende water sal uit sy binneste vloei. En dit het Hy gesê van die Gees wat dié sou ontvang wat in Hom glo; want die Heilige Gees was daar nog nie, omdat Jesus nog nie verheerlik was nie.” (Joh 7:37-39)

By Sinai gaan ons tyd spandeer om die wet van die HERE in ons harte te ontvang. Hierdie is die leer gedeelte van ons lewe waar ons sal uitvind wat is reg en wat is verkeerd vir die HERE, en dit is wat ons plaaslike leraar moet doen. Dit is wat met Israel by Sinai gebeur het. Gedurende die tyd sal die HERE Homself openbaar vir wie Hy is. Hy sal vir ons bonatuurlik sorg soos vir Israel van ouds met brood en vleis, kwartels en manna.

Sodra ons opleiding verby is, sal ons ‘n roeping ervaar om in Kanaan te gaan. Dit is die tyd wanneer ons oorgaan van die sesde dag na die sewende dag van die HERE, wanneer ons besef dat niks wat ons kan doen ooit sal maak dat ons in die Koninkryk van God sal kan ingaan nie, maar slegs geloof in Jesus Christus. Dit is waarvan ons in die Hebreërs boek lees in hoofstuk drie en vier: “Laat ons dan vrees dat, terwyl die belofte om in sy rus in te gaan nog standhou, dit nie miskien sal blyk dat iemand van julle agtergebly het nie. Want aan ons is die evangelie ook verkondig net soos aan hulle; maar die woord van die prediking het hulle nie gebaat nie, omdat dit by die hoorders nie met die geloof verenig was nie. Want ons wat geglo het, gaan die rus in, soos Hy gesê het: Daarom het Ek in my toorn gesweer, hulle sal in my rus nie ingaan nie—alhoewel sy werke van die grondlegging van die wêreld af volbring is. Want Hy het êrens van die sewende dag so gespreek: En God het op die sewende dag van al sy werke gerus; en nou hier weer: Hulle sal in my rus nie ingaan nie. Terwyl dit dan so is dat sommige daar ingaan, en diegene aan wie die evangelie eers verkondig is, deur ongehoorsaamheid nie ingegaan het nie, bepaal Hy weer ‘n sekere dag, naamlik vandag, as Hy soveel later deur Dawid spreek, soos gesê is: Vandag as julle sy stem hoor, verhard julle harte nie. Want as Josua aan hulle rus gegee het, sou Hy nie van ‘n ander dag daarná spreek nie. Daar bly dus ‘n sabbatsrus oor vir die volk van God; want wie in sy rus ingegaan het, rus ook self van sy werke soos God van syne. Laat ons ons dan beywer om in te gaan in dié rus, sodat niemand in dieselfde voorbeeld van ongehoorsaamheid mag val nie.” (Heb 4:1-11)

Onthou net dat ‘n persoon nie moet wag om in die HERE se rus in te gaan nie, want elke dag is vandag. Ek kan nie uitstel en sê ek sal dit more doen nie, want die Bybel sê duidelik vandag as jy My stem hoor. Ons almal het ‘n roeping, en dit is om mense dissipels te maak, om Jesus se beeld uit te straal. Sommige persone sal die oproep aanvaar en Kanaan ingaan, terwyl die res sal sterf in die woestyn. Dit is die verskil, die sesde dag is in die woestyn alhoewel jy gedoop is, maar die sewende dag is die rusdag en Kanaan, dit waar die HERE wil hê dat ek en jy moet ingaan.

Die meeste mense wat in Kanaan ingaan sal glo dat hulle ‘n koning moet dien soos Israel. (‘n Koning is iemand wat oor jou sal heers en mag ‘n geestelike vader wees of selfs jou kerkverband.) Die eerste boek van Samuel doen verslag as volg: “Toe sê die HERE vir Samuel: Luister na die volk in alles wat hulle aan jou sê, want nie jou het hulle verwerp nie, maar My het hulle verwerp om nie koning oor hulle te wees nie. Soos al die werke wat hulle gedoen het, van dié dag af dat Ek hulle uit Egipte laat optrek het tot vandag toe, dat hulle My verlaat en ander gode gedien het—so doen hulle ook met jou. Luister dan nou na hulle: jy moet hulle net ernstig waarsku en hulle die reg van die koning meedeel wat oor hulle sal regeer.” (1Sa 8:7-9)

Meeste van die mense wat in Kanaan ingaan, sal sterf terwyl hulle hierdie koning dien, terwyl ‘n oorblyfsel geroep sal word om in ballingskap te gaan. “En aan hierdie volk moet jy sê: So spreek die HERE: Kyk, Ek hou julle die weg van die lewe voor én die weg van die dood: hy wat in hierdie stad bly, sal sterwe deur die swaard of die hongersnood of die pes; maar hy wat uitgaan en oorloop na die Chaldeërs wat julle beleër, sal lewe, en sy lewe sal vir hom ‘n buit wees.”(Jer 21:8-9)

Ballingskap

Wat is dit dan met ballingskap? Kom ons kyk na ‘n paar verse en verklarings oor ballingskap. Die eerste is die fisiese ballingskap. In die Bybelse tyd is die verloorder in ‘n oorlog altyd in ballingskap weggevoer na die oorwinnaar se land toe. Die verloorder het al sy roerende bates verloor en moes die oorwinnaar se slaaf word. Wanneer iemand dus in ballingskap gegaan het, is sy hele huis se meubels, sy skoene, sy staf ensovoorts, na buite gedra en dan het die persoon vertrek. Al wat agter gebly het was sy huis. Wat is die betekenis vir ons vandag? Ek moet die oorlog teen die HERE verloor, sodat ek Sy slaaf kan word, en weggevoer kan word na Sy land, Sy Kanaän. Ek moet my hele vertroue in Hom plaas sodat ek soos ‘n slaaf ten volle van Hom afhanklik moet wees vir dit wat ek moet doen en dit wat ek nodig het om te oorleef. Hy moet soos in die tye van ouds vir my sorg vir huisvesting en vir die daaglikse voedsel. Hy het duur betaal vir my, met Sy bloed. U sien Hy het die dood wat vir my bestem was, oorwin, maar dit het Sy lewe gekos. So vir my beteken dit dat ek fisies my lewe by die kruis moet gaan neerlê, en my onderdanig aan Hom stel, sodat Hy vir my kan sorg. So sal ek dan tot die besef kom dat alles wat ek het, en alles wat ek is, net genade is en van die HERE afkomstig is.

Die tweede gedeelte, oor ons geestelike ballingskap, kom uit Jeremia 48 vanaf vers 11 : “Moab was gerus van sy jeug af en het stil gelê op sy afsaksel, sonder dat hy leeggemaak is van vat in vat: hy het nie in ballingskap gegaan nie; daarom het sy smaak in hom gebly en sy geur nie verander nie.”  Hierdie gedeelte het my vir maande gepla, aangesien ek dit regtig nie kon uitpluis nie. Wat die HERE egter hier vir ons wil leer, is dat ons die mense probeer beïndruk met hoe skoon ons is, maar sodra iemand aan ons karring, kom al die onreinheid skielik te voorskyn. Ek moet dus toelaat dat die HERE eers nadat ek Sy slaaf geword het, my van vat na vat sal skei van dit wat vuil is in my lewe. Indien ek dit nie doen nie, verander my geur aanhoudend aangesien ek die afsaksel se geur aanneem. Ek moet my dus self ledig van alles wat my lewe vuil maak en my besmet.

Hierdie skoonmaak proses is ook nie iets wat skielik kan plaasvind nie, aangesien ek tyd moet toelaat vir die afsaksel om weer op die bodem te gaan lê voordat ek weer afgegooi kan word. Dit is ook nie ‘n proses wat op jou afgedwing word nie. Jy moet self besluit om deur hierdie proses te gaan om introspeksie te hou in jou lewe sodat alles wat nie reg is in jou lewe, verwyder kan word.

Daar was wel van die Israeliete wat gesê dat hulle in Jerusalem wou bly, want dit help nie om weg te hardloop nie, al was hulle beleër. Die antwoord wat die HERE vir hulle gehad het, was dat die wat in Jerusalem sou bly, sou sterf, of deur die hongersnood, of deur die pes, of deur die swaard. So as u wil weet of u in die groep val, is daar ‘n paar vrae wat vir u ‘n antwoord sal verskaf. Die eerste vraag is of u nog iets by u gemeente leer? Kan u ‘n nuwe bekeerling  leer aangaande al die vereistes wat daar is om te verseker dat hy ‘n kind van die HERE is? Weet u presies wat die leerstelling van handoplegging behels, hoe dit gebruik moet  word en of dit nog van pas is? Dit is wat gebeur wanneer ons tevrede raak met ons stand as Christene. Ons hou op om te leer, en sodoende sal ons sterf aan hongersnood. Wat het u die afgelope jaar geleer?

Die tweede vraag, en dit is die rede wat Jeremia vir die mense gee, is dat hulle sal sterf aan die pes. Hoe weet ek of ek die pes het? Die pes hier beteken vir ons dat ons verklaar dat ons groep alles reg doen en dat ons seker is dat almal wat aan ons groep behoort, die ewige lewe sal beërwe. U sien ons hou nie van introspeksie nie, want dit beteken dat ek die goed wat ek nie mee tevrede is in my lewe, weer in die oog moet kyk. Dit beteken ook dat ek die vraag moet vra of elke beginsel wat ek aan vashou, Bybels is.Hoeveel gewoontes en beginsels het u wat dalk nie in die Bybel gevind kan word nie? Ek besit ook die pes as ek verklaar dat die mense maar kan aangaan met al hulle waarskuwings en debatte, want hulle sal ook eendag “bykom”. My lewe is mos heel goed, en ons moet ook nie ‘n “te” by alles sit nie. Dit is die groep wat Jeremia verklaar sal sterf van die pes.

Die derde rede hoekom hulle sal sterf is deur die swaard. Wie is die groep dan? Dit is die groep wat besluit dat hulle nie in die eerste twee pas nie, en hulle dus onttrek van hulle gemeente en mede Christene. Hulle wil soos in Jeremia se tyd uit Jerusalem gaan en in die naburige dele gaan woon. Maar Esegiël het ook verklaar dat hulle sal sterf deur die swaard as hulle uit die stad uitgaan. Weet u ons kan nie sonder mede Christene klaar kom nie? Indien ons dit probeer doen is dit dan dat ons na die Bybel gryp en allerhande snaakse leerstellings mee kom, wat uiteindelik ons dood beteken. Die Woord van God is die swaard wat ons sal oordeel.

Dan is daar ook die mense wat aangedring het om na Egipte terug te keer. In die geskiedenis het hulle Jeremia saam met hulle terug geneem, maar weet u, hulle het nooit weer die geleentheid gekry om terug te keer na Jerusalem nie. “Daarom, so sê die HERE van die leërskare, die God van Israel: Kyk, Ek rig my aangesig teen julle ten kwade en om die hele Juda uit te roei. En Ek sal die oorblyfsel van Juda wegneem, wat hulle aangesig gerig het om na Egipteland te trek, om daar as vreemdelinge te vertoef; en hulle sal almal in Egipteland omkom. Deur die swaard sal hulle val, deur die hongersnood sal hulle verteer word, groot sowel as klein; deur die swaard en die hongersnood sal hulle sterwe; en hulle sal ‘n voorwerp van verwensing, van verbasing en van vervloeking en smaad word. En Ek sal besoeking doen oor die wat in Egipteland woon, soos Ek besoeking gedoen het oor Jerusalem deur die swaard, die hongersnood en die pes; sodat daar geeneen sal wees wat ontvlug of vryraak vir die oorblyfsel van Juda wat in Egipteland gekom het om daar as vreemdelinge te vertoef nie, dat hulle kan teruggaan in die land Juda waar hulle siel na verlang om terug te gaan, om daar te woon; want hulle sal nie teruggaan behalwe enkele vlugtelinge nie.”(Jer 44:11-14) Die enkele vlugtelinge wat wel kon terugkeer was Jeremia en Barug se mense aangesien hulle gedwing was om na Egipte te gaan. Hulle is later deur Nebukadnésar na Babilon geneem toe hy Egipte beset het. So ek kan nie terugkeer na my vorige lewe van Egipte nie, want dan sal ek die tweede dood van Openbaring sterf. Dit is hoe ons dit in Hebreërs lees: “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)

U sien die HERE vra ons om uit te kom onder die heerskappy van ons aardse “koning”, of in ons geval ons gemeente of kerk groep, en dat ons nie moet vertrou op ons lidmaatskap van ‘n gemeente om sodoende die ewige lewe te beërf nie. Nee, ons moet ons losmaak van die gedagte dat lidmaatskap ons kan red, en ons skaar by die Kerk wat Jesus bou. U sien Hy is nie besig om ‘n klomp bruide voor te berei nie, nee Hy wil een bruid hê, maar sy moet skoon en heilig voor Hom kan staan. Dit beteken nie dat ek my lidmaatskap van my gemeente moet opsê en nou kerkloos rond te loop nie. Nee, ek moet my vertroue alleen op die HERE stel, dit is wat gevra word. Verder word van ons verwag om soos ‘n Daniël en sy vriende die regering tee te staan as hulle allerhande verkeerde norme op ons wil afdwing. Daniël het nie gehuiwer om in die openbaar te bid nie. Hy het geweet dat die aardse gesag nie die opperste gesag is nie, maar dat slegs die HERE enige gesag mag afdwing.

Die gelowiges van die groep verwag nie net herlewing nie, maar ware hervorming, of ballingskap. Wat is die verskil tussen die twee begrippe? Herlewing vir my beteken dat ek net moet gaan soek na dit wat lewe bring, en dit dan verkondig. Indien daar lewe was by iemand, sal dit weer die lewe laat vlam vat. Hervorming aan die ander kant beteken dat ek ontslae raak van dit wat nie van die HERE is nie, en ‘n nuwe lewe begin. Dit is dan ook hoekom die HERE die term van ballingskap gebruik, want ek moet van my afsaksel geskei word.

Hoe weet ek dit is waar? Dieselfde vraag as die een in Jeremia word in Openbaring gevra. Openbaring 18:4 “En ek het ‘n ander stem uit die hemel hoor sê: Gaan uit haar uit, my volk, sodat julle nie gemeenskap met haar sondes mag hê en van haar plae ontvang nie”.

U sien as u nie in ballingskap gaan nie, is u besig met godsdiens. En godsdiens is dieselfde as hoerery, en dan is ons deel van die hoer van Openbaring 18. Ek weet ek wil, en ek is seker u wil, deel wees van die Bruid van Christus, daarom moet ek in ballingskap gaan.

Sodra die mense hulle tyd in ballingskap volbring het, sal hulle terugkeer na Jerusalem, die gelowiges, en die ware tempel van die HERE (die Kerk) herstel.

Dit dan ‘n kort oorsig van die eeu oue verbond en wat dit vir ons vandag beteken.

Wat is die gevolge van die verbond op ons huidige teologiese standpunte?

Gevolge van die verbond van geregtigheid vir Israel

Wat dan van Israel as nasie vandag? Hulle moet ook deel word van die verbond wat met Jesus bekragtig is. Soos ons vroeër al gesien het  moet alle mense deel word van die verbond. Die volk Israel van vandag en die land Israel van vandag het NIKS met die Bybel te doen nie. Jesus het self verklaar dat hulle verwerp is, omdat hulle Hom verwerp het. In Matteus kom die volgende gelykenis voor: “Luister na ‘n ander gelykenis: Daar was ‘n sekere huisheer wat ‘n wingerd geplant het; en hy het ‘n heining daarom gesit en ‘n parskuip daarin gegrawe en ‘n wagtoring gebou, en hy het dit aan landbouers verhuur en op reis gegaan. En toe die vrugtetyd nader kom, stuur hy sy diensknegte na die landbouers om sy vrugte te ontvang. Maar die landbouers het sy diensknegte geneem en een geslaan en ‘n ander een doodgemaak en ‘n ander een gestenig. Weer het hy ander diensknegte gestuur, meer as die eerstes, en hulle het met dié net so gemaak. Oplaas het hy sy seun na hulle gestuur en gesê: Hulle sal my seun ontsien. Maar toe die landbouers die seun sien, het hulle onder mekaar gesê: Dit is die erfgenaam; kom laat ons hom doodmaak en sy erfdeel in besit neem. En hulle het hom geneem en buitekant die wingerd uitgewerp en doodgemaak. Wanneer die eienaar van die wingerd dan kom, wat sal hy met daardie landbouers doen? Hulle antwoord Hom: Die slegte mense—hy sal hulle ‘n slegte dood laat sterwe en die wingerd verhuur aan ander landbouers wat hom die vrugte op die regte tyd sal gee. 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 21:33-46)

Lukas het weer ‘n ander gedeelte opgeteken: “En toe Hy naby kom en die stad sien, het Hy daaroor geween en gesê: As jy tog maar geweet het, ja, ook in hierdie dag van jou, die dinge wat tot jou vrede dien! Maar nou is dit vir jou oë bedek. Want daar sal dae oor jou kom dat jou vyande ‘n skans rondom jou sal opwerp en jou omsingel en jou van alle kante insluit. En hulle sal jou en jou kinders in jou teen die grond verpletter; en hulle sal in jou nie een klip op die ander laat bly nie, omdat jy die gunstige tyd toe God jou besoek het, nie opgemerk het nie. (Luk 19:41-44)

Dit bewys weereens vir ons dat Israel en sy bewoners, en almal wat die Joodse geloof aanhang wêreldwyd, moet deel word van die verbond met Jesus, om die ewige lewe te beërf. Jesus is die weg en die lewe, Hy alleen. Dit is wat Paulus, Barnabas en al die Apostels verkondig het. Daar is nie ‘n ander plan vir hulle nie.

Wanneer ons na die boek van Handelinge kyk, vind ons dat beide Paulus en Barnabas, wat baie mense dink net die heidene bedien het, elke keer wanneer hulle in ‘n gebied aangekom het na die Joodse sinagoge toe gegaan het om daar te leer.

Hier dan ‘n verkorte lys van die gebeure:

Hand 13:14  “Maar hulle het van Perge af verder gegaan en in Antiochíë in Pisídië aangekom, en hulle het op die sabbatdag in die sinagoge gegaan en gaan sit.”

Hand 13:42 “En toe die Jode uit die sinagoge gaan, het die heidene versoek dat daardie woorde op die volgende sabbat tot hulle gespreek sou word. Hand 13:43  En toe die sinagoge uit was, het baie van die Jode en die godsdienstige Jodegenote Paulus en Bárnabas gevolg. Dié het hulle toegespreek en hulle probeer beweeg om in die genade van God te bly.”

Hand 14:1  “En op dieselfde wyse het hulle in Ikónium in die sinagoge van die Jode ingegaan en so gespreek dat ‘n groot menigte Jode sowel as Grieke gelowig geword het.”

Hand 17:1  “Toe het hulle deur Amfípolis en Apollónië gereis en in Thessaloníka gekom, waar ‘n sinagoge van die Jode was. Hand 17:2  En volgens sy gewoonte het Paulus na hulle gegaan en drie sabbatte lank met hulle gespreek uit die Skrifte  Hand 17:3  en dit uitgelê en aangetoon dat die Christus moes ly en uit die dode opstaan, en gesê: Hierdie Jesus wat ek aan julle verkondig, is die Christus.”

Hand 17:10  “Daarop het die broeders dadelik in die nag Paulus en Silas na Beréa weggestuur. En toe hulle daar kom, het hulle na die sinagoge van die Jode gegaan. ”

Hand 17:16  “En terwyl Paulus in Athéne vir hulle wag, het sy gees in hom opstandig geword toe hy sien dat die stad vol afgodsbeelde was. Hand 17:17  Hy het toe in die sinagoge met die Jode gespreek en met die godsdienstige mense, en elke dag op die mark met die wat hom teëkom. ”

Hand 18:1  “En daarna het Paulus uit Athéne vertrek en in Korinthe gekom. Hand 18:4  En hy het elke sabbat in die sinagoge gespreek en Jode sowel as Grieke oortuig. ”

Hand 18:19  “En hy het in Éfese aan kom en hulle daar laat bly, maar self in die sinagoge gegaan en met die Jode gespreek.”

Hand 11:25 “Toe vertrek Bárnabas na Tarsus om Saulus te soek, en toe hy hom kry, het hy hom na Antiochíë gebring. Hand 11:26  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.”

So indien Paulus dus ‘n geheimenis gehad het dat daar ‘n verskil tussen Israel en die Kerk (Christene) is en daar dus ‘n wegraping moet wees sodat Christus weer fisies die koning van die Jode moes word het hy mos sy tyd gemors om elke keer na die sinagoge toe te gaan en vir die Jode te probeer oortuig dat Jesus die Christus is. Hulle, die bekeerde Jode en Grieke, het dan reeds as Kerk(Christene) bekend gestaan in Paulus se tyd. Dit is ook hierdie selfde Jode wat Paulus gestenig het en gelos het vir dood, en Barnabas van ‘n tempel in Cyprus geneem het en hom aan sy nek opgehang het en terwyl hy nog lewend was, hom verbrand het. Om nou te probeer bewys dat die HERE weer vir Christus sal stuur om hierdie mense wat dieselfde stand as enige ander nie gelowige het, te kom red is waansinnigheid en in stryd met die gebeure in die Bybel.

Gevolge van die verbond van geregtigheid vir Calvinisme

En wat van Calvyn se uitverkiesings leer? My persoonlike siening is dat sy leer aanklank vind by die persone wat filosofie verkies. Dan kan hulle baie filosofeer oor die saak, en by allerhande slotsomme kom sonder om enigsins by die Bybelse antwoord uit te kom. En dan het Calvyn, soos sovele ander, die voorbeeld van Israel verwerp, want hulle is bang dat die HERE met hulle ook sal doen soos Hy met Israel gedoen het. Ek was eendag teenwoordig toe ‘n dominee juis oor Israel as voorbeeld gepreek het, en is hy onmiddelik na die diens aangevat deur van die ouderlinge wat hom summier wou skors uit die gemeente omdat hy dit durf waag het om ‘n parallel te trek tussen Israel en gelowiges. So Calvyn het sy hele filosofie en geloofstelsel gebou op slegs die Nuwe Testament en dele wat hy uit die Ou Testament kon gebruik om sy punt mee te bewys. Dit is wat gebeur as jy jou hele leerstellings bou op slegs die nuwe testament, soos die Katolieke, Luther met sy eie gesegdes en haat teenoor die Jode, en sommer ‘n hele klomp ander bewegings ook. Onthou net dat beide Luther en Calvyn uit die Rooms Katolieke kerk gekom het, en slegs die gedeeltes van hulle standpunte verander het waarmee hulle nie saamgestem het nie. Die feit dat die apostels en dissipels net die Ou Verbond gehad het om met mense te deel en onderig, is blykbaar nie belangrik nie. Handelinge 17 leer ons juis die volgende: “Daarop het die broeders dadelik in die nag Paulus en Silas na Beréa weggestuur. En toe hulle daar kom, het hulle na die sinagoge van die Jode gegaan. En hierdie mense was edelmoediger as dié in Thessaloníka; hulle het die woord met alle welwillendheid ontvang en elke dag die Skrifte ondersoek of hierdie dinge so was. Baie van hulle het dan ook gelowig geword, en van die aansienlike Grieke ‘n groot aantal, vroue en manne.(Hand 17:10-12).” Ek neem aan die enigste skrifte wat hulle kon ondersoek was die wet en die profete. Wat Calvyn se leer nog verder negeer, is dat hy persoonlik nie juis aan Hebreërs se voorskrifte voldoen nie. 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.” 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.” Calvyn aanvaar hier dat hy moord gepleeg het, en ek wil sekerlik nie iemand volg wat ‘n self verklaarde moordenaar is en ander aanmoedig om te moor nie. Jesus het ook oor hierdie mense gewaarsku. “Hierdie dinge het Ek vir julle gesê, sodat julle nie mag struikel nie. Hulle sal julle uit die sinagoges ban. Ja, daar kom ‘n uur dat elkeen wat julle om die lewe bring, sal dink dat hy ‘n diens aan God bewys. En dit sal hulle aan julle doen, omdat hulle die Vader nie ken nie en My ook nie. Maar hierdie dinge het Ek vir julle gesê, sodat wanneer die uur kom, julle kan onthou dat Ek julle dit gesê het. Maar Ek het julle dit nie van die begin af gesê nie, omdat Ek saam met julle was”. (Joh 16:1-4)

En dan wil hulle nie glo dat jy eers moet besef dat jy ‘n verlosser nodig het voordat kan dink om jou lewe neer te lê by die kruis en deel te word van die verbond nie. Met die uittog uit Egipte het die HERE nie die kinders gestraf omdat hulle vaders nie in die beloofde land gegaan het nie. Nee, die Bybel stel dit so: Num 14:29  Julle lyke sal in hierdie woestyn lê, naamlik al julle geteldes, volgens julle volle getal, van twintig jaar oud en daarbo, julle wat teen My gemurmureer het.” So die kinders moet eers mondig wees voordat hulle uit Egipte kan trek en self verantwoordelikheid neem vir hulle lewe. Baba doop het geen invloed op jou lewe nie en bly jy in Egipte. Dit is hoekom die Calviniste so maklik swig vir versoekings, want hulle staan nog onder die koningskap van die Farao. En omdat hulle nog onder die heerskappy van die Farao staan maak hulle bakstene vir hom, en bou hulle sy ryk uit. Hulle is wel deel van die verbond, maar dit is een rede waarom hulle nog na die dood eers sal moet leer wie die HERE werklik is. “En wie uit die geslagte van die aarde nie na Jerusalem optrek om voor die Koning, die HERE van die leërskare, te aanbid nie—hulle sal geen reën kry nie. En as die geslag van Egipte nie optrek en nie kom nie, op wie geen reën sal val nie, dan sal tog die plaag hulle tref waarmee die HERE die nasies tref wat nie opgaan om die huttefees te vier nie. Dit sal die straf van Egipte wees en die straf van al die nasies wat nie optrek om die huttefees te vier nie.”(Zec 14:17-19) Hoekom die huttefees? Want dit is die fees wat Israel moes vier om hulle te herinner aan die uittog uit Egipte. “Spreek met die kinders van Israel en sê: Op die vyftiende dag van hierdie sewende maand is dit sewe dae lank die huttefees vir die HERE. Op die eerste dag moet daar ‘n heilige vierdag wees; géén beroepswerk mag julle doen nie. Sewe dae lank moet julle aan die HERE ‘n vuuroffer bring. Op die agtste dag moet daar vir julle ‘n heilige vierdag wees, en julle moet aan die HERE ‘n vuuroffer bring. Dit is ‘n feestyd; julle mag geen beroepswerk doen nie. Dit is die feestye van die HERE wat julle moet uitroep as heilige vierdae om aan die HERE ‘n vuuroffer te bring: ‘n brandoffer en spysoffer, ‘n slagoffer en drankoffers soos vir elke dag voorgeskrywe; behalwe die sabbatte van die HERE en behalwe julle gawes en behalwe al julle geloftes en behalwe al julle vrywillige offers wat julle aan die HERE gee. Maar op die vyftiende dag van die sewende maand, as julle die opbrings van die land insamel, moet julle die fees van die HERE sewe dae lank vier; op die eerste dag is dit rusdag, en op die agtste dag is dit rusdag. En op die eerste dag moet julle vir julle vrugte neem van sierlike bome, met palmtakke en takke van digte bome en rivierwilgers, en sewe dae lank voor die aangesig van die HERE julle God vrolik wees. En julle moet dit as fees van die HERE sewe dae in die jaar vier. Dit is ‘n ewige insetting vir julle geslagte. In die sewende maand moet julle dit vier. Sewe dae lank moet julle in hutte woon; almal wat in Israel gebore is, moet in hutte woon, sodat julle geslagte kan weet dat Ek die kinders van Israel in hutte laat woon het toe Ek hulle uit Egipteland uitgelei het. Ek is die HERE julle God.” (Lev 23:34-43)

Kinders wat nog nie mondig is nie moet die vader van die huis voor verantwoordelikheid doen by die HERE. “Maar ek sê: So lank as die erfgenaam ‘n kind is, verskil hy niks van ‘n dienskneg nie, al is hy heer van alles; maar hy staan onder voogde en bestuurders tot op die tyd tevore deur die vader bepaal.” (Gal 4:1-2)

‘n Verdere probleem wat ek met Calvyn se standpunt het is dat Jesus nie vir alle mense gestref het nie, maar slegs vir die wat Hy uitverkies het. 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;” (Joh 16:8-9) Volgens die gedeelte is dit juis die eerste rede waarom die Heilige Gees gekom het, om die wêreld, nie net die sogenaamde “uitverkiestes”, te oortuig van sonde sodat niemand met die oordeelsdag kan kla dat hulle nie geweet het nie. So dit vir my negeer Calvyn se standpunt.

Nou moet ek ook erken dat daar tog baie van die leerstellings van die Calviniste baie goed gemotiveerd en Bybels beantwoord word. Oor die eeue heen het daar soos met enige ander begrip ook maar interpretasies gekom wat nie altyd is soos wat beide Calvyn en Luther dit bedoel het nie.

Dan wil ek ook net noem dat vanaf die 1983 vertaling van die Bybel, die teoloë en vertalers, wat ek aanneem meeste met ‘n Calvinistiese agtergrond, die begrip van en die woord geregtigheid heeltemal afgewater het of soos in die 2008 vertaling heeltemal verwyder het. Die woord geregtigheid kom 322 keer voor in 305 verse in die 1953 vertaling, en slegs 40 keer voor in die 1983 vertaling.

Gevolge van die verbond van geregtigheid vir Dispensasionelisme

Hierdie klomp mense probeer so hard om die Bybel by hulle geloof aan te pas dat hulle met baie snaakse voorbeelde kom, en dan ook uitsprake van Jesus verwerp. Aan die kruis het Jesus gesê Dit is volbring”. Maar hulle glo dat Jesus weer fisies moet kom om Israel te herstel, nadat Jesus alreeds vir hulle vertel het toe Hy op aarde was dat Hy hulle koningkryk weg geneem het. Soos ek vroeër ook aangehaal het: 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”. Die gelykenis gaan nie verder om te kenne te gee dat die Jode weer herstel sal word nie. En ons moet onthou dat dit Jesus is wat aan die woord is, so Hy sou sekerlik dit vir hulle gesê het as dit so beplan was, want Hy is darem God en weet alles.

Dit is juis wat Israel in Jesus se tyd verwag het, hulle het ‘n fisiese koning verwag, en nou maak hierdie mense dieselfde fout deur ‘n fisiese koninkryk te verwag op aarde.

Ek wil graag ‘n gedeelte aanhaal van wat ‘n leraar van hierdie leer op hulle webtuiste gepubliseer het na aanleiding van hulle leerstellings. “Maar om bloot op grond van die feit dat Daniël 9 nie praat van 2000 jaar tussen twee verse nie, en dat Sagaria 9 nie praat van 2000 jaar tussen vers 9 en 10 nie, en dat Jesaja 9 nie praat van 2000 jaar en Miga 5 nie praat van 2000 jaar tussen verse 1 en 3 nie, maak sekerlik en gewis nog nie dat die twee dele van die profesie in een en dieselfde tyd moet afspeel nie. Die sleutel is DIE VERBORGENHEID”. Volgens hulle is iemand wat nie die gedeelte glo nie, die behoort glo nie aan die HERE nie, want ons verstaan mos glo nie die verborgenheid nie. Die feit dat Jesus en Paulus presies vir ons vertel wat die verborgenheid is, dat die evangelie aan die ganse mensdom verkondig sal word, is glo nie die verborgenheid nie. “waarvan ek ‘n dienaar geword het volgens die bediening van God wat aan my gegee is in julle belang, om die woord van God te vervul, naamlik die verborgenheid wat van die eeue en geslagte af verborge was, maar nou geopenbaar is aan sy heiliges, aan wie God wou bekend maak wat die rykdom van die heerlikheid van hierdie verborgenheid onder die heidene is, dit is Christus onder julle, die hoop van die heerlikheid.” (Col 1:25-27)

En dan wil hulle ook nie glo dat Jesus die skeiding tussen Israel en Kerk afgebreek het nie.  Maar die verbond bewys geheel en al dat alle mense wat deel van die verbond word, Sy volk is. Paulus verklaar dat dit die geheimenis is wat wat die profete nie van geweet het nie, soos ek hierbo aangehaal het. Ai tog, as hulle maar net die Bybel en Jesus se uitsprake wil glo. As hierdie mense net die Bybel se uitsprake as die enigste leeringe aanvaar, en nie die leerstellings van mense nie. Net om die gedeelte weer te bevestig is die volgende in Eksodus vir ons opgeteken: “Eks 12:49 Een wet moet geld vir die kind van die land en vir die vreemdeling wat onder julle vertoef. Eks 12:38  En ‘n menigte mense van gemengde bloed het ook saam met hulle opgetrek, en kleinvee en beeste—’n groot hoeveelheid vee.”  So selfs in Moses se tyd is nie-Jode ook as verbondsgenote gereken. Hierdie mense maak dieselfde fout as die Moslems, Mormone en sovele ander mense deur vas te hou aan die leerstellings van mense. Ek wil graag net weer herhaal wat Paulus gesê het en wat ek vroeër aangehaal het oor die Kerk en Israel: In Efesiërs 2 leer ons die volgende: “Daarom, onthou dat julle wat vroeër heidene in die vlees was en onbesnedenes genoem word deur die sogenaamde besnydenis wat in die vlees met hande verrig word, dat julle in dié tyd sonder Christus was, vervreemd van die burgerskap van Israel en vreemdelinge ten aansien van die verbonde van die belofte, sonder hoop en sonder God in die wêreld. Maar nou in Christus Jesus het julle wat vroeër ver was, naby gekom deur die bloed van Christus. Want Hy is ons vrede, Hy wat albei een gemaak en die middelmuur van skeiding afgebreek het deurdat Hy in sy vlees die vyandskap tot niet gemaak het, naamlik die wet van gebooie wat in insettinge bestaan; sodat Hy, deur vrede te maak, die twee in Homself tot een nuwe mens kon skep en albei in een liggaam met God kon versoen deur die kruis, nadat Hy daaraan die vyandskap doodgemaak het. En Hy het die evangelie van vrede kom verkondig aan julle wat ver was en aan die wat naby was; want deur Hom het ons albei die toegang deur een Gees tot die Vader. So is julle dan nie meer vreemdelinge en bywoners nie, maar medeburgers van die heiliges en huisgenote van God, gebou op die fondament van die apostels en profete, terwyl Jesus Christus self die hoeksteen is, in wie die hele gebou, goed saamgevoeg, verrys tot ‘n heilige tempel in die Here, in wie julle ook saam opgebou word tot ‘n woning van God in die Gees. (Eph 2:11-22)

Dan leer hulle ook dat daar ‘n geheime wegraping sal plaasvind met die eerste koms van Jesus. (Volgens hulle sal Jesus nie net eenkeer terug kom aarde toe nie). Nou wonder ek net of een van hulle eie verse wat hulle aanhang om hulle leer mee te staaf, dit kan bevestig of weerlê. Dit is wat die Bybel sê: “1Th 4:16-17  Want die Here self sal van die hemel neerdaal met ‘n geroep, met die stem van ‘n aartsengel en met geklank van die basuin van God; en die wat in Christus gesterf het, sal eerste opstaan. Daarna sal ons wat in die lewe oorbly, saam met hulle in wolke weggevoer word die Here tegemoet in die lug; en so sal ons altyd by die Here wees.” Nou wonder ek net hoe dit ‘n geheim sal wees as dit met basuin geklank aangekondig gaan word?

“En die Here het daagliks by die gemeente gevoeg die wat gered is”. Skynbaar is hierdie vers ook nie op hulle van toepassing nie. Hulle kan mos sommer net ‘n kort gebedjie doen saam met iemand, of sommer namens iemand, en dan is die persoon gered. Die feit dat slegs die HERE mense in Sy koninkryk kan byvoeg dra geen gewig by hulle nie. “Almal wat ‘n mooi vertoning in die vlees wil maak, dié dwing julle om julle te laat besny net om nie ter wille van die kruis van Christus vervolg te word nie. Want ook hulle wat besny word, hou self nie die wet nie; maar hulle wil hê dat julle besny moet word, sodat hulle in julle vlees kan roem. Maar wat my betref, mag ek nooit roem nie, behalwe in die kruis van onse Here Jesus Christus, deur wie die wêreld vir my gekruisig is en ek vir die wêreld. 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 6:12-16) (Sien besnydenis vroeër in hierdie boek.) Die laaste reel is baie interesant. Dit is nie die God van Israel nie, maar die Israel van God, so nie die fisiese Israel nie, maar die nuwe Israel, die wat kies om Hom te dien en deel word van die verbond.

Gevolge van die verbond van geregtigheid op die Wegraping leerstelling

Hierdie mense kry jy onder baie verskillende teologiese opvattings, van Calviniste tot Pinkster, Israelvisie, Brits-Joods, Charismatiese lidmate en sommer ‘n hele klomp tussen in. Hulle hoofrede is dat hulle glo dat Daniel 9 se laaste verse nog nie vervul is nie, en dat dit eers in die sewejarige verdrukking en daarna vervul sal word. Volgens hulle sal ons as “nie Jode” in die hemel wees en Christus sal op aarde saam met die Jode wees vir ‘n duisend jaar. Volgens hulle is daar vyf of ses goed wat Jesus nog moet kom doen op aarde. So hulle glo nie Jesus se uitspraak aan die kruis volgens Johannes nie: “Joh 19:30 Nadat Jesus die suur wyn gekry het, het Hy gesê: “Dit is volbring!” Toe het Hy sy kop vooroor laat sak en die laaste asem uitgeblaas”.

Die leer is gegrond op die feit dat ons nou in ‘n genade tyd leef, dat Jesus sal kom om die Kerk voor, gedurende of na die verdrukking weg te vat, dat die HERE dan vir Israel sal herstel, en dat Jesus dan weer sal kom om finaal die wêreld te oordeel. Die aanhangers van die leer beweer dat daar ‘n verskil tussen die Kerk en Israel is, en dan verwys hulle na die geheimenis waarvan Paulus praat wat aan hom toevertrou is. Nou word daar beweer dat daar sekere gedeeltes in die Bybel is wat net sekere persone insae oor het, en dit handel oor die feit dat die HERE verskillend gaan optree teenoor die Kerk, as ons dit vergelyk met die Jode. Hulle grootste bewys wat gebruik word, is die gedeelte in Daniël 9 waar die 70 weke bespreek word, en word daar geleer dat die laaste week nog nie aangebreek het nie, en dat dit deel is van die geheimenis waarna Paulus verwys. Die feit dat Jesus en Paulus presies vir ons vertel dat die verborgenheid is, dat die evangelie aan die ganse mensdom verkondig sal word, is glo nie die verborgenheid nie. “waarvan ek ‘n dienaar geword het volgens die bediening van God wat aan my gegee is in julle belang, om die woord van God te vervul, naamlik die verborgenheid wat van die eeue en geslagte af verborge was, maar nou geopenbaar is aan sy heiliges, aan wie God wou bekend maak wat die rykdom van die heerlikheid van hierdie verborgenheid onder die heidene is, dit is Christus onder julle, die hoop van die heerlikheid.” (Col 1:25-27)

Maar ons het so pas bewys dat daar nie ‘n verskil tussen Israel en die Kerk is nie. So hoe bewys ek dan dat gedeeltes soos Daniël se sewentig weke reeds vervul is? Ek is bewus daarvan dat baie boeke al oor die wegraping geskryf is en dat persone al hul doktorsgrade verwerf het deur hieroor te skryf. Maar is hierdie leerstelling korrek?

Die wegraping is seker ook een van die leerstellings wat baie Christene gerus maak omdat hulle nie hoef bang te wees dat hulle deur die verdrukking hoef te gaan nie, want die verdrukking is mos net vir Israel en die ongelowiges, of dit is hoe die mense geleer word. Indien ons besef dat ons as Kerk nou Israel geword het, sit ons dus met die probleem dat ons dan ook die verdrukking sal moet deurgaan, en dan raak dinge ‘n bietjie moeilik.

Die hele leer van die wegraping is gebaseer op ’n lering dat ons nou in ‘n genade tyd leef wat inpas tussen weke 69 en 70 van Daniël. Daar is al baie boeke geskryf oor Daniel se sewentig weke, en hoe dit geïnterpreteer moet word. Oor die eerste 69 weke is almal dit min of meer een dat dit al verby is en dat dit dui op die tydperk van die terugkeer uit ballingskap tot en met die koms van Jesus. En dan is daar ook die fiksie skrywers met hulle Left Behind reeks wat baie mense as die waarheid glo, alhoewel hulle self verklaar en pryse ontvang het as fiksie skrywers.

Die laaste week is die een wat skielik so 160 jaar gelede deur ‘n sekere Darby nuwe betekenis aan gegee is, en nou hardloop almal wat nie sterk is in die geloof nie, agter hom aan. Voor hom was daar geen lering oor ‘n wegraping ooit deur die Kerk verkondig nie. Hy was ook die eerste persoon wat weer onderskeid tussen Israel en die Kerk gemaak het. Die lering het gemaak dat mense vandag duisende rande spandeer om na Israel te gaan en vir die Jode probeer namaak deur weer Shabbat te hou net sodat hulle gesien kan word dat hulle deel wil wees van die beweging om weer die tempel in Jerusalem te vestig, en weer allerhande offers in te stel aangesien Jesus nie geslaag het om diereoffers af te stel nie. Die feit dat meeste van vandag se Jode nie kan bewys dat hulle uit die oorspronklike Israel gekoppel kan word nie, word ook deur die mense ontken. Ons lees egter in die geskiedenis van Europa dat seker 90% van vandag se Jode, Ashkenazi Jode is en uit Europa afstam. So hulle is Europeërs en nie gebore Jode of Israeliete nie. Dit is ook hierdie Jode wat Hitler vermoor het, en die wat Luther in sy boek, “On the Jews and their lies”, beskryf het dat die Duitsers hulle sinagoges moet afbrand en ‘n hele klomp ander goed wat nie in hierdie dokument pas nie, en nooit deur enige teoloog aan sy gemeente sal voorhou nie.

Wat baie van die mense nie weet wat in die wegraping glo, is dat die enigste rede dat daar nou skielik 2000+ jaar as genade tyd gegee is, gebaseer is op ‘n lering dat God die Vader en Jesus Christus nie geweet het dat die Jode vir Christus sou verwerp nie. Daar is hoevele geskrifte wat hierdie standpunt huldig. Nou moet ek ook erken dat dit baie moeilik is om vas te stel wat die leer van die wegraping eintlik is, aangesien daar seker net soveel verklarings is as wat daar mense is wat die lering aanhang. Elke leraar van die leer het sy eie interpretasie, en maak baie geld daarmee.

Maar hoe lui Daniël se profesie oor die sewentigste week? “En hy sal een week lank met baie ‘n sterk verbond sluit, en gedurende die helfte van die week sal hy slagoffer en spysoffer laat ophou; en op die vleuel van gruwels sal daar ‘n verwoester wees, en wel tot aan die einde; en wat vas besluit is, sal oor wat woes is, uitgestort word.” (Dan 9:27) Hier profeteer Daniël dat in die laaste week, wat eintlik jare is, daar ‘n nuwe verbond gesluit sal word. Wanneer ons na Jesus se bediening kyk, sien ons dat Hy vir drie en ‘n halwe jaar deur Israel gegaan het om die Israeliete te oortuig dat Hy die Christus is, en dat hulle hul moes bekeer en Hom sien vir wie Hy was. Na drie en ‘n half jaar, soos Daniël dit uitdruk, in die middel van die week, is Jesus gekruisig. Ons weet ook dat Jesus die volmaakte offer was en vir die Vader aanvaarbaar was, daarom het die offer soos Daniël dit noem dus ook opgehou, want dit was nie meer nodig nie. Daarna sal Jerusalem verwoes word. Dit word verder bespreek hieronder.

Kom ons behandel die gedeeltes kronologies soos deur Daniël geskryf. Die verbond wat Jesus gesluit het met ons as Nuwe Testamentiese Christene is die sterkste verbond wat daar kan wees, want die verbond is tussen God die Vader en Jesus Sy Seun namens ons gesluit. Ons weet dat Jesus self gesê het dat Hy gekom het om die verbond te vervul, daarom is Hy self geoffer, en daarom is dit die sterkste verbond wat daar kan wees. Mat 5:17 “Moenie dink dat Ek gekom het om die wet of die profete te ontbind nie. Ek het nie gekom om te ontbind nie, maar om te vervul. So het Hy die verbond met Abraham vervul, wat bepaal het dat mans besny moes word en slegs besnydes nasate van Abraham en daarom erfgename en kinders van God genoem kon word.  Ons moet onthou dat die HERE vir Abraham gevra het om Isak te offer, maar deur hom te vra om sy seun te offer, moes die Maker van die verbond dieselfde doen, en dit is hoekom Jesus geoffer moes word. Die eerste verbond moes aanhoudend bevestig word deur offers te bring aan die HERE, en moes alle manspersone besny word op die agste dag. Verder moes die volk tiendes betaal aan die Leviete vir hulle diens by die tempel, en moes alle eerstelinge aan die HERE geoffer word. Die besnydenis en offers was nodig omrede die HERE ‘n vloek op elke eersteling geplaas het met die uittog uit Egipte. So moes Jesus dus self sterf en opstaan uit die dood om as eersteling die vloek van Egipte te verwyder.

Die volgende is ‘n kort opsomming van Daniël se gesig en profesie wat hy van Gabriël ontvang het.

“By die begin van jou smekinge het ‘n woord uitgegaan, en ek het gekom om dit mee te deel, want jy is ‘n geliefde man; gee dan ag op die woord en verstaan die gesig.” Daniël 9:23.

1 – “Sewentig sewetalle is oor jou volk en jou heilige stad bepaal,” (Sien ook Lev 25:9 “Jy moet ook sewe jaarweke tel, sewe maal sewe jaar, sodat die dae van die sewe jaarweke vir jou nege en veertig jaar is”). So die sewentig sewe talle is dus 490 weke waar een week getel word vir elke jaar.

2 – “om die goddeloosheid te voleindig” Dat gedurende die tyd die goddeloosheid van die HERE se volk sal verdwyn na die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees, waar almal wat die Heilige Gees ontvang ‘n hart van vlees ontvang sodat hulle nie meer goddeloos sal optree nie. Verder sal hulle dus deur die bloed van Jesus vrygekoop word aangesien Hy reeds vir ons sondes gesterf het.

3 – “en om die maat van die sondes vol te maak”. Dat daar ‘n einde sal kom aan die tydperk waar sonde heers oor God se kinders deur die wet, en Jesus die volmaakte offer vir sonde sal wees.

4 – “en om die ongeregtigheid te versoen en om ewige geregtigheid aan te bring” Dit is waarvoor Jesus gekom het; om versoening te bring sodat ons Sy geregtigheid kan ontvang wat ons sin word as deel van die Nuwe Verbond, waar ons nie meer gesien word deur ons sonde nie, maar onder die Bloed van Jesus, en dus sonder sonde voor die genadetroon van die Vader kan verskyn.

5 – “en om gesig en profeet te beseël” Om ‘n einde te bring aan al die profesië rondom die eerste koms van Jesus as verlosser.

6 – “en om wat hoogheilig is, te salf.” Jesus moes dus ook gedurende die tydperk gesalf word as Koning, Verlosser, en Profeet.

So dit is alles wat gedurende die 490 weke moes gebeur. Nou begin Gabriël eers met ‘n uiteensetting van wat sal gedurende watter tydperk gebeur.

  • Nou moet jy weet en verstaan: van die uitgang van die woord af om Jerusalem te herstel en op te bou tot op ‘n Gesalfde, ‘n Vors, is sewe sewetalle;” maw 49 jaar voor die tempel herstel is.
  •  “en twee en sestig sewetalle lank sal dit herstel en opgebou word, met pleine en slote, maar in tye van benoudheid”. So na die herstel tot en met Jesus sal dit dus 434 jaar wees.(62 x 7)
  • “En ná die twee en sestig sewetalle sal ‘n Gesalfde uitgeroei word”, (so gedurende die 70 ste week) “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” Nou gee Gabriël hier te kenne dat Jesus gedurende die sewentigste week uitgeroei sal word, soos vroeër genoem, in die middel van die week sonder dat dit enige voordeel vir Homself inhou en dan ook wat met Jerusalem sal gebeur. Jerusalem sal deur ‘n vors wat sal kom, met ander woorde ‘n vors wat nie gedurende Daniël se tyd ‘n vors was nie, verwoes word, en Jerusalem se einde sal wees soos dit gebeur het, met die leërs wat soos ‘n vloed sal inkom en Jerusalem sal verwoes. Verwys maar gerus na Daniël 11:22, 26 en 40 waar soldate na as ‘n vloed verwys word. “en tot die einde toe sal dit oorlog wees, vasbeslote verwoestings”.  Dit is vasbeslote verwoestings wat nooit sal ophou nie, dit is waarom daar tot vandag toe nog aanhoudende oorlog in, oor en om Jerusalem is.
  • Dan 9:27 “En hy sal een week lank met baie ‘n sterk verbond sluit, en gedurende die helfte van die week sal hy slagoffer en spysoffer laat ophou; en op die vleuel van gruwels sal daar ‘n verwoester wees, en wel tot aan die einde; en wat vas besluit is, sal oor wat woes is, uitgestort word.” Hier profeteer Daniël dat in die laaste week daar ‘n nuwe verbond gesluit sal word. Wanneer ons na Jesus se bediening kyk, sien ons dat Hy vir drie en ‘n halwe jaar deur Israel gegaan het om die Israeliete te oortuig dat Hy die Christus is, en dat hulle hul moes bekeer en Hom sien vir wie Hy was. Na drie en ‘n half jaar, soos Daniël dit uitdruk, in die middel van die week, is Jesus gekruisig. Ons weet ook dat Jesus die volmaakte offer was en vir die Vader aanvaarbaar was, daarom het die offer soos Daniël dit noem dus ook opgehou, want dit was nie meer nodig nie. Die verbond wat Jesus gesluit het met ons as Nuwe Testamentiese Christene is die sterkste verbond wat daar kan wees, want die verbond is tussen God die Vader en Jesus Sy Seun namens ons gesluit. Ons weet dat Jesus self gesê het dat Hy gekom het om die verbond te vervul, daarom is Hy self geoffer, en daarom is dit die sterkste verbond wat daar kan wees. Mat 5:17 “Moenie dink dat Ek gekom het om die wet of die profete te ontbind nie. Ek het nie gekom om te ontbind nie, maar om te vervul.” So is die verbond met Abraham vervul, wat bepaal het dat mans besny moes word en slegs besnydes nasate van Abraham en daarom erfgename en kinders van God genoem kon word. Ons moet onthou dat die HERE vir Abraham gevra het om Isak te offer, maar deur hom te vra om sy seun te offer, moes die Maker van die verbond dieselfde doen, en dit is hoekom Jesus geoffer moes word. Die eerste verbond moes aanhoudend bevestig word deur offers te bring aan die HERE, en moes alle manspersone besny word op die agste dag. Verder moes die volk tiendes betaal aan die Leviete vir hulle diens by die tempel, en moes alle eerstelinge aan die HERE geoffer word. Die besnydenis en offers was nodig omrede die HERE ‘n vloek op elke eersteling geplaas het met die uittog uit Egipte. So moes Jesus dus self sterf as eersteling om die vloek van Egipte te verwyder, alle offers te beëindig, en ook die wette rondom die Leviete te volbring. So ons het nie meer nodig om tiendes aan iemand te betaal om namens ons offers aan die HERE te bring nie. Soos die val deur een persoon, Adam, veroorsaak is, so moes dit deur een persoon, Jesus Christus, weer voor betaal word sodat elkeen wat glo vrygespreek kan word. Een voorbeeld wat ons reg deur die Bybel kry, is dat die eerste, of menslike besluit, altyd verwerping bewerk het, terwyl die tweede altyd die Goddelike oplossing wys. Soos genoem het, die eerste Adam het die val bewerkstellig, en Christus as die tweede Adam, die verlossing bring. So sien ons dit tussen Kain en Abel, Ismael en Isak, Esau en Jacob, die eerste tablette met die wet wat slegs vir Israel was maar deur hulle verbreek is deur afgodery, en dus die tweede tablette vir ons almal sal geld. So is Saul ook as eerste koning gesalf en aangestel omdat Israel die HERE verwerp het en het hy ook verkeerd gedoen en is deur die HERE onttroon terwyl Dawid as tweede koning gesalf en aangestel is en wat vriend van die HERE was. Al die ander konings na Dawid is deur mense aangestel en nie gesalf en nie een van die hulle is weer deur die HERE gesalf nie. So geld dit ook vir Israel en Kerk vandag, met Israel wat eersteling was en deur die HERE as Sy gesalfde volk geleef het maar Christus verwerp het, en ons as Kerk wat as die volmaakte oplossing van die Vader daar gestel is sodat elkeen wat glo in Christus, gered is en sal word. Die eerste geregtigheid was verkry deur die onderhouding van die wet (En dit sal geregtigheid vir ons wees as ons sorgvuldig al hierdie gebooie hou voor die aangesig van die HERE onse God soos Hy ons beveel het. Deut 6:25) en die tweede geregtigheid, Jesus Christus as verbondsoffer. “Want omdat hulle die geregtigheid van God nie ken nie en hulle eie geregtigheid probeer oprig, het hulle hul aan die geregtigheid van God nie onderwerp nie. Want Christus is die einde van die wet tot geregtigheid vir elkeen wat glo. Want Moses beskrywe die geregtigheid wat uit die wet is: Die mens wat hierdie dinge doen, sal daardeur lewe. (Rom 10:3-5) Jer 23:6  “In sy dae sal Juda verlos word en Israel veilig woon; en dit is sy naam waarmee Hy genoem sal word: DIE HERE ONS GEREGTIGHEID.”

Baie van die aanhangers van die leer oor die wegraping, wys daarop dat die daaglikse offer eers met die verwoesting van die tempel opgehou het, en dat ons dit eintlik nie kan gebruik as maatstaf nie. Wat hulle vergeet, is dat indien Jesus die Christus was, was dit nie meer nodig om te offer na Sy dood nie, want Hy was die volmaakte offer vir alle offers wat deur Moses voorgeskryf is. Geen offers was meer nodig daarna nie. So indien hulle die verklaring so wil gebruik, verklaar hulle dus dat Jesus nie die Christus was nie, en dat die HERE nog steeds die offers in die tempel aanvaar het.

Daar is ook ‘n ander gedeelte wat vir ons verklaar hoekom Jesus geoffer kon word, en hoekom die Vader spesifiek Jesus se offer raakgesien het en nie die offer wat deur die hoëpriester gebring is die dag van Jesus se kruisiging nie. Toe Jesus deur die hoëpriester ondervra is, het die volgende verhaal hom afgespeel. “Maar oplaas kom daar twee valse getuies en sê: Hierdie man het gesê: Ek kan die tempel van God afbreek en dit in drie dae opbou. Daarop staan die hoëpriester op en sê vir Hom: Antwoord U niks nie? Wat getuig hierdie manne teen U? Maar Jesus het stilgebly. En die hoëpriester antwoord en sê vir Hom: Ek besweer U by die lewende God dat U vir ons sê of U die Christus, die Seun van God, is? Jesus antwoord hom: U het dit gesê. Maar Ek sê vir u almal: Van nou af sal u die Seun van die mens sien sit aan die regterhand van die krag van God en kom op die wolke van die hemel. Toe verskeur die hoëpriester sy klere en sê: Hy het godslasterlik gespreek, wat het ons nog getuies nodig? Kyk, nou het julle sy godslastering gehoor!” (Mat 26:61-65) Die klere van die hoëpriester moes van een stuk materiaal gemaak word, sonder dat daar nate aan was. Die klere van die hoë priester moes van ‘n enkele stuk materiaal gemaak word. “En dit is die klere wat hulle moet maak: ‘n borstas en ‘n skouerkleed en ‘n mantel en ‘n kunstig bewerkte rok, ‘n tulband en ‘n gordel; so moet hulle dan vir Aäron, jou broer, heilige klere maak, en vir sy seuns, dat hy vir My die priesteramp kan bedien. En hulle moet die goud en die pers en purperrooi en bloedrooi stowwe en die fyn linne neem. En hulle moet die skouerkleed maak van goud, pers en purperrooi en bloedrooi stowwe en fyn dubbeldraad-linne, as kunstige werk. Dit moet twee skouerstukke hê wat aan mekaar vas is; aan die twee bo-ente moet dit saamgevoeg word. En die band wat daaraan is om dit vas te bind, moet van dieselfde werk en, daarmee saam, uit een stuk wees, van goud, pers en purperrooi en bloedrooi stowwe en fyn dubbeldraad-linne.” (Exo 28:4-8) Die hoëpriester kon dus nie met gelapte klere in die tempel gaan om te offer die volgende dag nie, want sy klere was geskeur. So daar was geen manier wat hy voor die HERE kon verskyn sonder om sy klere weer reg te maak nie, maar dit sou nog steeds nate gehad het. Dus kon die Vader nie sy offer aanneem nie omdat hy nie aan die voorskrifte van Moses voldoen het nie, en daarom is Jesus se offer aangeneem, en het die daaglikse offer opgehou. Daaroor ook dat Sy klere nie verdeel is nie, maar dat hulle die lot daaroor gewerp het.

U moet onthou dat Jesus aan die kruis gehang het van die tyd dat die oggend offer geoffer moes word, tot die tyd dat die aandoffer gedoen moes word, of van nege uur in die oggend tot drie uur die middag. Hy is ook buite die laer gekruisig, sodat Hy ook diè offer kon volbring. “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” (Heb 13:10-13) So het Jesus dus ‘n einde gebring aan alle offers wat deur die hoëpriester en ander Leviete gebring moes word. Hy het dit ook nie in die aardse tempel gedoen nie maar in die hemelse tabernakel. “Dit was dus nodig dat die afbeeldinge van die dinge in die hemele deur hierdie offers gereinig moes word, maar die hemelse dinge self deur beter offers as hierdie. Want Christus het nie ingegaan in ‘n heiligdom met hande gemaak, ‘n teëbeeld van die ware nie, maar in die hemel self om nou voor die aangesig van God vir ons te verskyn; ook nie om Homself dikwels te offer, soos die hoëpriester elke jaar in die heiligdom ingaan met bloed wat nie sy eie is nie, want dan moes Hy dikwels gely het van die grondlegging van die wêreld af. Maar nou het Hy een maal in die voleinding van die eeue verskyn om die sonde deur sy offer weg te doen. En net soos die mense bestem is om een maal te sterwe en daarna die oordeel, so sal Christus ook, nadat Hy een maal geoffer is om die sondes van baie weg te neem, vir die tweede maal sonder sonde verskyn aan die wat Hom verwag tot saligheid.” (Heb 9:23-28).

Daarom ook dat die voorhangsel van die tempel geskeur het met Sy dood want ons het nou vrye toegang na die Vader. Dit was dus die einde van die eerste helfte van die sewentigste week, met Jesus se bediening op aarde wat drie en ‘n half jaar geduur het, wat in Daniël se profesie ‘n halwe week was.

Die laaste gedeelte van die week was die tydperk tot en met die gesig wat Petrus gesien het van die onrein diere wat op ‘n laken neergedaal het. “En die volgende dag, terwyl hulle op pad was en naby die stad kom, het Petrus omtrent die sesde uur op die dak geklim om te bid; en hy het baie honger geword en wou eet; en terwyl hulle besig was om klaar te maak, het daar ‘n verrukking van sinne oor hom gekom: hy sien die hemel geopend en ‘n voorwerp soos ‘n groot laken na hom afdaal, wat aan die vier hoeke vasgebind is en op die aarde neergelaat word. Daarin was al die viervoetige diere van die aarde en die wilde en kruipende diere en die voëls van die hemel. Toe kom daar ‘n stem na hom: Staan op, Petrus, slag en eet! En Petrus sê: Nooit nie, Here, want ek het nooit iets onheiligs of onreins geëet nie. En weer het die stem vir die tweede keer na hom gekom: Wat God rein gemaak het, mag jy nie onheilig ag nie.”(Hand 10:9-15) Dit was weereens drie en ‘n half jaar na Jesus se kruisiging. Gedurende die tyd het die Jode tyd gekry om hulle te bekeer en te erken dat Jesus die Christus was. Met die dood van Stephanus, het die tydperk opgehou, en het die evangelie na ons as heidene gekom. So is Daniël se profesie dus vervul, en het ons as heidene wat glo dat Jesus die Seun van God is  en deel van die verbond van geregtigheid geword het, deel van Sy verbondsvolk geword. Ons moet onthou dat die Jode ‘n fisiese koning verwag het om te regeer soos in die dae van Dawid en Saul, maar het nie onthou dat die konings oor hulle geheers het omdat hulle Hom verwerp het nie. 1Sa 8:7: “Toe sê die HERE vir Samuel: Luister na die volk in alles wat hulle aan jou sê, want nie jou het hulle verwerp nie, maar My het hulle verwerp om nie koning oor hulle te wees nie.”

Daniël wys verder dat daar ‘n verwoester sal kom op die vleuels of vlerke van gruwels, en dit sal tot die einde duur. Hier het die Satan as verwoester opgestaan om teen alle vlees oorlog te voer en sodoende te probeer om sy koningkryk uit te brei. Die werke van Satan sal duur tot die einde van die aarde toe.

So het die sewentigste week begin met Jesus se bediening op aarde, en het geëindig met die uit dra van die evangelie aan die heidene. Dit dan die interpretasie van Daniël se sewentigste week asook die bewys dat daar geen wegraping is of sal wees soos dit deur baie persone verkondig word nie. Jesus het self male sonder tal gewaarsku dat ons moet volhard tot die einde toe, en nie verwag om nie deur foltering te gaan nie. In Paulus se tyd was daar ook persone wat nie verstaan het waaroor die evangelie gaan nie. Paulus skryf aan Timótheüs die volgende: “Soos ek jou versoek het toe ek na Macedónië op reis was, moet jy in Éfese wag om sekere persone te beveel dat hulle geen ander leer moet leer nie, en hulle nie besig hou met fabels en eindelose geslagsregisters nie, wat net twisvrae bevorder meer as stigting van God wat in die geloof is. 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. (1Ti 1:3-7)

So om saam te vat. Die verbond wat Jesus kom vestig het, was die sterk verbond waarvan Daniël geskryf het, want dit het die vloek van die dood van die eerstelinge verwyder, asook alle offers wat die volk moes bring. Verder het Hy al ons sondeskuld betaal sodat ons vlekkeloos in geregtigheid voor die Vader kan verskyn. So Hy is ons geregtigheid, wat vir ons beteken die reg om voor God te staan sonder skuld, veroordeling en minderwaardigheid. Dit is om in die regte verhouding voor die Skepper te staan, skepsel teenoor Skepper. Dit kan ons slegs doen wanneer ons ‘n oorvloed van die gawe van geregtigheid ontvang. En dit is wat Jesus kom doen het.

‘n Regtige groot probleem wat ek het met die hele leer rondom die wegraping en die wat daarin glo, is dat hulle leer hulle deel maak van die antichris. Die enigste persoon in die Bybel wat direk verwys na die antichris vind ons in die briewe van Johannes. Sy definisie wat ek graag gebruik is as volg: 2Jn 1:7 Daar het baie misleiers te voorskyn gekom in die wêreld. Hulle erken nie dat Jesus die Christus is wat mens geword het nie. Dit is wat ek met “die misleier”, “die antichris”, bedoel”. Die Jode glo nie dat Jesus die Messias was nie, en dit maak hulle volgens Johannes dus deel van die antichris. Die wegrapers deur hul ondersteuning van die Jode, skaar hulle by die Jode en dus by die antichris.

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So my standpunt is dat alle mense een maal lewe, en dan sterf. Die wat deel is van die verbond met Jesus en Sy geregtigheid besit, sal in die duisendjarige vrederyk leer hoe om die HERE te dien en ontslae te raak van ons seining van wie gered word, en wie nie. Na die oorwinning oor Satan en sy magte, Gog en Magog, vind die wit troon oordeel plaas, en sal die persone wat oorwin het, saam in die Nuwe Jerusalem lewe.

Ek wil net ter afsluiting uitwys dat alle mense wat nagmaal gebruik, wel deel word van die verbond aangesien dit die verbondsmaal is. Waar ons almal ons sal bevind na die dood, is ‘n perd van ‘n heel ander kleur.

 

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Ander boeke beskikbaar op my webtuiste en by boekwinkels se webtuistes wat ek geskryf het:

  • Die boek van Moses. Die boek neem u stap vir stap deur die hele proses wat ek hier in kort verduidelik het. Verder beantwoord dit ook baie ander vrae wat ek as Christen elke dag het. So is die boek ingedeel in hoofde wat handel oor die beginsels waarop ons geloof gebaseer is, wat beteken bekering, geloof, doop, liefde ens. Verder kyk ek ook na meer algemene vrae soos hoe maak ek my kinders volgens die Bybel se standaarde en riglyne groot, oor my finansies en die Kerk, oor seksualisme, Vigs ens. Dan is daar ook ‘n gedeelte wat ek kyk na wie of wat Kerk is, hoe ek as lidmaat ‘n leraar kan beoordeel en sommer nog baie ander vrae. Die laaste gedeelte kyk ek na hoe die hemel daarna uitsien, gebaseer op dit wat ek in die boek vinnig aangeraak het.
  • Is Egipte in die Hemel? Die boek is gebaseer op my lewe, wat ek ervaar het die eerste keer wat ek ‘n baie groot operasie gehad het om kanker te verwyder, en is deels waar, en dan so ‘n bietjie fiksie om te verduidelik wat ons in die hemel kan verwag.
  • Ontwaak jy wat slaap. Die boek kyk na die uitverkiesingsleer, en dan wat die gevolge daarvan is. Dit is ook die ingesluit in die Boek van Moses as ‘n aparte gedeelte, maar is ook afsonderlik te koop.
  • Kenmerke van ‘n Christen. Hoe moet my optrede as Christen wees. Moet die wêreld kan sien dat ek ‘n Christen is? Wat is die invloed van die HERE op my daaglikse lewens wandel.
  • Die Verbond van Geregtigheid. Die boek beskryf vir ons volledig wat die verbond vir ons as Christene beteken. Jesus het gesê dat Hy gekom het om te vervul, en nie om nuwe lerings te bring nie. Die boek neem u stap vir stap deur die proses van wat Jesus kom doen het om die verbond te vervul, asook wat die uitwerking daarvan op ons huidige groeperings binne Christendom beteken. Glo my, na u die boek gelees het en besef wat Jesus kom doen het, sal u lewe nooit weer dieselfde wees nie.
  • DVD’s Daar is ook ‘n hele paar van die boeke wat ek as DVD’s opgeneem het, en wat gebaseer is op die eboek met dieselfde naam, maar waar addisionele inligting ook beskikbaar is. Die DVD’s is self opgeneem en is beskikbaar in volledige HD (high definition) formaat.