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Louwrens and Hettie Erasmus are two people called by the LORD to make a difference in the lives of others. Hettie has been doing counselling for almost as long as she can remember, and has studied both formally and informally. She is still lead and taught by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis in her ministry.

Louwrens, that’s me, is the person who wrote all the books and articles you will find on our website and on Amazon, Kindle and others. Unfortunately for myself, I am suffering from Carcinoid cancer, nowadays called NET cancer or Neuro Endoctrine Tumour cancer, a slow growing but devious cancer. My current situation is that I am spending just about all my time at home, sitting down and either reading up on subjects, writing new articles that I feel I need to give a Biblical perspective to, or just enjoying the companionship of my wife. We started talking when we met, and we still continue with that for the past nearly 50 years and married for nearly 48 years. Unfortunately I live on medication as I take around 16 pain killers per day, and then some cortizone for rheumatiod arthritus and to combat the excessive histamine that these tumours produce. The biggest problem with this type of cancer is that you do not know what to expect will happen in the next 15 minutes. We visited some of our neighbours one evening and while walking to the front door and saying our goodbyes, I had a sudden onset of diarrhea and within the next 15 minutes visited the bathroom 9 times. Sometimes I would get to the front door and then had to turn around, and the last couple of times I actually made to halfway accross the road before I had to run and this continued for a couple of more visits and then it was all over and I was fine.

So as I said it is a strange cancer and has spread to the scull, the ribs, neck, back and collar bones. I had an operation to declutter my intestines as they were blocked and I was fitted with a 90cm bypass, and half my liver was removed. The main mass is something they had to leave in 1995 as it was already to difficult to get it away from my bottom aorta, and is now the cause of loosing feeling in my legs and lower body as it is cutting off the supply of blood at times to the lower parts of my body. But that is where I am currently in 2020. Other symptoms are dimentia, right heart valve blockage because of a plague like substance that makes itself stick to the valve and you can actually see it on my BP meter when you check the pulse and you find three quick pulses in place of one normal pulse. What will happen next? I do not have a clue, as my blood pressure is “normal at around 140+ over 88 on a good day”, but normally will be in the 150’s over 98+. So I am a walking stroke patient but it does not really bother me, or loose sleep over it. Both Hettie and myself knows that when we go to bed that I may not wake up in the morning, or that when I fall down in the garden like a sack of patatoes, it might be my last fall.

So enough about me.

Our contact details are:

Website: http://www.shama.org.za

Email: louwrens at shama dot org dot za. Replace the words with normal characters as in a normal email address, as we are trying to keep junk mail and spammers to the minimum.

The following books can be downloaded for free from our site:

The latest book is the Antichrist Revealed.
In this book I look at two prominent Christian Pastors and writers and how they promote the Antichrist. This looks at how one denies that Jesus came to earth for the Jews, to one that does not want to answer the question about who will be saved according to the Revelation of John. You can download it here.

On Stumbling Blocks and the Cornerstone

In my first English book for 2018, On Stumblingblocks and the Cornerstone, I take a look at what the Bible says about both subjects. What are the stumblingblocks that we can expect in our daily walk with the LORD, and who is the real Cornerstone, that we as Church should be building our own spiritual temple on. I take a fairly critical view over the ages from the days of Paul where we already found that people were undermining the real message of the Bible, through the year including the reformation and the major explosions we found in the 19th century all the way to today. So I start with Paul and Barnabas, look at Calvin and Luther , look at Darby and Scofield, and then only do I start to look at the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. I also look specifically what Peter had to say in his two letters as Jesus declared that he will use Peter to build His Church. The book can also be downloaded here.This will probably be my last original work as it is the culmination of 20+ years of studies, research and just sitting at the feet of the Holy Spirit to be taught by Him. I have tried to incorporate everything that I know in this book although I make reference to most of my other works and writings throughout this book. As far as I know this will probably be my last new work as I get the feeling that I have done what I should have done. Their is one additional book that will be added at a later stage but it is already written and available in Afrikaans, my first language. So I still need to translate my take on the first 35 or so chapters of Isaiah and how that impacts our lives today as Christians today. The one task that now lays ahead of me is to promote these works as best I can in order to help people to get back to the road they should be on. But unfortunately it will not be possible, and I touch on that subject in this book also, is that once people believe in the rapture theory as promoted by Darby and Schofield it is near impossible to get them away from this antichrist teaching. Most of these people does not even know that the whole theory is based on the fact that they call Jesus a liar, but it is so well hidden that most people never realize that it is the only reason that the rapture theory is based on. I have a special name for these people as I call them Christian Zionists.

An explanation of the Prophet Isaiah for the Church in the New Covenant

This is probably one of the Old Testament books most people know parts of. There are the parts that we always hear at Christmas time, parts that are read when we share communion, and yet other parts that are read when a new pastor or reverend is confirmed in a new congregation. But what do we know about the rest of the book?

Right here in the introduction I want to quote a scripture from Paul where he wrote to the congregation at Corinth why the Old Covenant and the history of Israel as nation was widely written down, Paul points out that they, the Church in Corinth must look at how the LORD worked with Israel in order for us to be able to understand how He will handle us, as He is still the same God and LORD, and He does not change ever. “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye 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 ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?” (1Co 10:1-22) Download link here

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 your everyday walk with the LORD, on the end times and what heaven will look like, as well as questions about Church. Download link here

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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. Download link here

A Wake Up CallThe book examines the doctrine of election, and then draws on the result to explain the effect on our everyday life. Download link here

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

The Covenant of RighteousnessThis book does a detailed study of what the Covenant entails, what Jesus came to fulfil and then describes all the ramifications on all the various doctrines of today. Download link here

The Revelation of John Revealed. This book takes a completely different approach to how to interpret the book of Revelation. It uses as a basis the exact same lessons that are described in this book using Israel as our example, and then what the affect this has on our views of this book today. This book is absolutely different from anything you have read or heard. We have to remember that all the current viewpoints started somewhere in the Roman Catholic Church and was modified or still viewed as the only view. They leave Israel as example completely out of all interpretations.Download link here

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The Olivet Discourse – A description of the message about what will happen from the time of His death until the time He returns. I also look at how He will separate His sheep from the goats. You can download it from here.

On a trot through Romans – In this book I tried to publish a non partisan view of how to interpret the Letter to Romans. This does not mean that I do not ignore incorrect interpretations, but I spend a lot of time on those part that both John Calvin and then another part that John Darby spent time on and completely missed the boat. I trust that you will also accept it in this light. You can download the book here

Jews – Church or Nation? In this short booklet I look at the reference to Israel in the Old Testament to find out if they were seen as a congregation of the LORD’s people, or as a nation.There are so many antichrist messages found in the Church today, and I believe that this information will shock you as it shocked me when I looked at the subject. This is also possibly the biggest stepping stone used by the antichrist doctrine of the rapture. You can download it here

Books by other writers that can also be downloaded from this site include a book about the biblical interpretation of dreams and visions. Download link here. I also have an old windows help file that cover dreams and visions, but can only run on PC’s still running Windows 7 or older. If you want to run it on newer versions follow step 4 from this page. The link for the .hlp file is here. Another book I referred to in some of my writings is The Epistle of Barnabas written by Mark. Download link here. The book on the Protocols of Zion which is made out as being a forgery can be downloaded here.

Other articles that you will find on my website are as follows:

  • Matthew 24 and 25 – The Olivet Discourse and a look at how Jesus described the endtimes
  • The Jews and the Book of Acts
  • My testimony and why I write
  • How do I spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • Escape from Christendom   
  • Evidences of a Christian   
  • Wedding day sermon
  • Charles Finney Letter 3 – conversion  
  • SETTLERS and the PIONEERS theology   
  • Who do you preach? The murdered or the murderer? Jesus or John Calvin   
  • Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats? Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)   
  • Israelvision or British-Israel World Federation

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 and can be requested by sending me an email at louwrens at shama dot org dot za. The cost per set is R400 and is sent via speed couriers post office to post office service.

YouTube All the DVD’s that I recorded of some of these books are also available on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/LouwErasmus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That was the first life changing experience for me.

The second one was four years later when I had to have surgery to my bladder and the result was the words that nobody really wants to hear, that they found the obstruction in my bladder but that it was a malignant tumour. I asked the LORD to give me more time with my children as my youngest daughter was only 4 years old. I did not want to let them grow up without a father figure in their lives, and I am still here today, 30+ years later. Little did I know that our older daughter would only have her first child eight years after the youngest daughter’s youngest child. I was declared cancer free three years later as they could not find any other tumours in the bladder. But eight years later I was diagnosed with Carcinoid Syndrome or NET cancer, a slow growing cancer that I have been living with for 25 years now after they removed the tumours they found on that dreadful day. I could quite easily have had this before my bladder cancer, and will also explain some of my problems as a young teenager where I would just fall down like a bag of potatoes when the bottom opens up when you lift it up. Every time I went to the doctors they could not find anything wrong, and I learned to live with it as I learned how to identify this feeling and how to avoid falling down. And I was only 16 years old when these symptoms started.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for someone who was told six months earlier that I only had a couple of years before I would die. Those are words that I still cling to 25 years later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What challenges do I face today? I still have Carcinoid Syndrome (NET) and everyday and it is still a battle 25 years after they found it the first time, and at the time of writing this my wife was receiving her first chemo after a bilateral mastectomy in January 2017, and after the chemo it will be a month of radiation treatment. So this is my story and what I try and live every day of my life.

 

Moses 4 vers 5 – Jode – Nasie of Kerkgroep?

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 of vergadering beskryf en nie as a volk of nasie nie. Indien ons verder gaan soek in die Bybel, vind ons dat die woord vergadering wat na alle volgelinge van die HERE verwys, in 219 verse in die Ou Vertaling gebruik word. Die Engelse King James Version gee die volgende statistieke: “One further point to make here is that when we look at the first five books of the Bible, and especially those written by Moses, we find that the word congregation, referring to those people who left Egypt, is used 250 times in these books. This I believe is enough proof that even Moses and the LORD saw them as a Church, a congregation, and not as a nation.

If we include the rest of the Old Testament we find that they are referred to as a congregation 363 times in 330 verses.”

So ek neem aan die genoemde statistiek hierbo is voldoende bewys dat Israel deur die eeue na die vergadering van Israel verwys, en nie na Israel as 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.

 

 

 

Shama Ministries – Die verbond van geregtigheid – The Covenant of Righteousness

English introduction here

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Die webtuiste handel oor die verbond van geregtigheid, en wat dit vir ons as Christene beteken.

“Meester, wat is die groot gebod in die wet? En Jesus antwoord hom: Jy moet die Here jou God liefhê met jou hele hart en met jou hele siel en met jou hele verstand. Dit is die eerste en groot gebod. En die tweede wat hiermee gelykstaan: Jy moet jou naaste liefhê soos jouself. Aan hierdie twee gebooie hang die hele wet en die profete.” (Mat 22:36-40)

“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)

My eie bede vir myself elke dag, kom maar van Dawid en is as volg: “Skep vir my ‘n rein hart, o God, en gee opnuut in die binneste van my ‘n vaste gees. Verwerp my nie van u aangesig nie en neem u Heilige Gees nie van my weg nie.  Gee my weer die vreugde van u heil, en ondersteun my deur ‘n gewillige gees. Ek wil die oortreders u weë leer, dat die sondaars hulle tot U kan bekeer.” (Psa 51:10-13)

Wees verseker van die feit dat ek elke leerstelling gaan ondersoek en of bevestig of verwerp. Ek weet verseker dat dit kognitiewe dissonansie by jou gaan veroorsaak, met ander woorde ek gaan jou kop deurmekaar maak, maak nie saak hoe jy glo nie. Jy gaan of baie kwaad raak vir my, want alles wat jy lees gaan jy of probeer verwerp of probeer om verkeerd te bewys, of jy gaan saam met sekere van my stellings stem en ander verwerp. Ek moet nog iemand kry wat in alles met my saamstem. Ek is gelukkig daarmee, want dalk net gaan dit jou op die pad sit wat die HERE vir jou beplan het. Dit is wat Hy met my gemaak het.

Soos ek die geskiedenis van die Kerk sien, is daar verskeie fases waardeur die Kerk beweeg het. Daar was eers die apostoliese Kerk, so die wat deur die apostels self begin is en op slegs hulle uitleg van die Ou Verbond en hoe Jesus inpas, gebou was. Toe word dit geskaak deur die Roomse Kerk en Konstantyn en die Ortodokse Kerke wat nie by die Roomse Kerk wou inskakel nie, want hulle het nie geglo dat die pous net ‘n voortsetting van Petrus was nie. Gedurende die tydperk het die Roomse kerk ook deur Mohammed se vrou die Moslems begin omrede die Afrika Kerk nie deel wou word van die Roomse kerk nie. So het die Koran dan eers dertig of veertig jaar na Mohammed se dood die lig gesien en bevat meeste van die Ou Testament. Dit is vandag nog die rede hoekom die oorlog nog voort gaan in Afrika tussen die Moslems en die Christenne. Daarna het Martin Luther opgestaan teen die gesag van die Roomse Kerk en hoe hy gevoel het dat elke gemeente self kan besluit en goed soos doop en nagmaal bedien, en dit nie nodig was vir ‘n priester om waar te neem nie. Sy bekendste werke is die verklaring van Galasiers, en dan die drie papiermure van die Roomse kerk en dan sy “haat” boek oor The Jews and Their Lies. Die boek was dan ook die een wat deur Hitler en die Duitsers gevolg is in die tweede wereld oorlog. Toe het Calvyn gekom en die Ou Testament heeltemal by die venster uitgegooi, en homself aangestel as die nuwe pous wat vir ewig sal bestaan. En almal sal altyd sy interpretasie volg en niemand mag iets bevraagteken nie. Indien jy iets bevraagteken het, is jy gedood soos Michael Servetus. So hy is vandag nog hoof van die Calvinistiese beweging, en in Suid Afrika hoof van die susterskerke. Daarna het daar ‘n hele klomp mense opgestaan met hul eie insig en so hul eie gemeentes begin. Die volgende groot groep wat ontstaan het was eers die persone wat weer die mens gestel het om sy eie keuse te maak of hy die HERE wil dien of nie. Dit is tot vandag toe die geval, en baie van wat u hier gaan leer is op daardie grondslag gebou aangesien Jesus dit vooraf aangekondig het dat die Heilige Gees sal kom en die se eerste werk is om die mense te oortuig van sonde en dan besef hulle dat hulle ‘n verlosser nodig het. Dan kan hulle deur die stappe van die verbond gaan wat u hier gaan leer. Dan is daar die Christelike Sioniste wat glo dat Jesus weer moet kom om die Jode te red en waar ons afhangende van watter skrywer jy glo, weggeraap sal word. Die Ou Testament en selfs die Nuwe Testament by van die leeraars is net vir die Jode en ons is so ‘n nagedagte omdat die Jode die eerstekeer toe Jesus hier was, Hom nie as Saligmaker gesien het nie. Kyk maar na my boek in Engels oor The Antichrist waar mense soos ‘n John Hagee ontken dat Jesus gekom het om as verlosser op te tree. Dit is die lering van die Antichris en dit is maar my geveg elke dag met mense wat dit nie wil glo nie. So wees baie versigtig vir die NAR mense (New Apostolic Reformation) want hulle is vol van die Antichris lering oor die wegraping. Kyk maar na die lys van boeke en artikels en sal u sien dat selfs Jesus vir die ryk jongman wat ‘n Jood was vertel dat hulle ook ‘n keuse moet maak. So almal wat in die Joodse geloof glo gaan nie die hemel maak nie. En die ergste is dat Paulus in Romeine almal waarsku as volg: “En omdat hulle dit nie die moeite werd geag het om God in erkentenis te hou nie, het God hulle oorgegee aan ‘n slegte gesindheid, om te doen wat nie betaam nie: hulle is vervul met allerhande ongeregtigheid, hoerery, boosheid, hebsug, ondeug; vol nydigheid, moord, twis, bedrog, kwaadaardigheid; nuusdraers, kwaadsprekers, haters van God, geweldenaars, trotsaards, grootpraters, uitvinders van slegte dinge, ongehoorsaam aan die ouers; onverstandig, ontrou, sonder natuurlike liefde, onversoenlik, onbarmhartig, mense wat al ken hulle die verordening van God goed, dat die wat sulke dinge doen, die dood verdien dié dinge nie alleen self doen nie, maar ook hulle goedkeuring skenk aan die wat dit doen.” (Rom 1:28-32) So indien jy nie glo dat Jesus alreeds vir almal gekom het nie maar dat Hy weer moet kom om die Jode te red, gaan dieselfde lot jou tref.

Die hoof tema handel oor die verbond van geregtigheid, so dit beantwoord die vraag of vrae wat u dalk het oor of ek regtig geloofsekerheid kan verkry hier op aarde, en indien wel, hoe gebeur dit. Ek wil sommer hier met die intrapslag al vir u daarop wys dat alle mense dieselfde paadjie moet loop om in die hemel te kom en dat daar nie aparte paadjies is vir ons as Kerk en vir die sogenaamde Israel nie. Jesus stel dit duidelik in die gelykenis van Lasarus en die ryk man, waar die rykman wat in die warmkant van die hemel sit (hel) AL WAS HY ‘n JOOD en dus volgens die Christelike Sioniste gered sal wees, vra dat Abraham vir Lasarus moet stuur om sy broers te waarsku wat OOK JODE WAS. So etnisieteit gaan jou nie in die Hemel by Jesus bring nie, net of jy deel in die verbond wat die HERE met Abraham aangegaan het met met Christus as verlosser en Lam. En daar is nie ‘n tweede kans vir die Jode nie, anders sou die ryk man nie bekommerd oor sy broers wees nie. Jy kry een geleentheid op aarde en dit is dit. So lees gerus my boek Oor Struikelblokke en Hoekstene om te sien hoe ‘n groot skelm die Jode saam met Scofield is.

 Die rede hoekom ek dit die verbond van geregtigheid noem is omdat Moses geregtigheid beskryf as dit wat jy moet besit om in die hemel saam met die HERE te wees, of na Jesus se tyd dit weer gedefinieer word dat ons net deur Jesus se geregtigheid die hemel kan verkry as ewige tuiste. Moses se uitspraak is in Deut. 6 net na hy die wet weer vir Israel voorgehou het: “As jou seun jou later vra en sê: Wat beteken die getuienisse en die insettinge en die verordeninge wat die HERE onse God julle beveel het? dan moet jy aan jou seun sê: Ons was slawe van Farao in Egipte; maar die HERE het ons deur ‘n sterke hand uit Egipte uitgelei. 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 6:20-25) En dan Paulus in Romeine: Maar nou is die geregtigheid van God geopenbaar sonder die wet, terwyl die wet en die profete daarvan getuig, die geregtigheid naamlik van God deur die geloof in Jesus Christus vir almal en oor almal wat glo, want daar is geen onderskeid nie; want almal het gesondig en dit ontbreek hulle aan die heerlikheid van God, en hulle word deur sy genade sonder verdienste geregverdig deur die verlossing wat in Christus Jesus is. Hom het God voorgestel in sy bloed as ‘n versoening deur die geloof, om sy geregtigheid te bewys deurdat Hy die sondes ongestraf laat bly het wat tevore gedoen is onder die verdraagsaamheid van God om sy geregtigheid te toon in die teenwoordige tyd, sodat Hy self regverdig kan wees en regverdig maak wie uit die geloof in Jesus is.” (Rom 3:21-26)

Die artikels en boeke wat u op die webtuiste vind, neem u op ‘n tog vanaf Egipte, ‘n lewe sonder die HERE waar ons onder die koningskap van die farao (satan) staan, na Kanaän, ‘n lewe met die HERE en waar Hy die Koning van ons lewens is. U sal dan in ‘n posisie wees om u liefde aan die HERE en u medemens te bewys. Die gedeelte in Eksodus wat ek as basis gebruik stel dit as volg:” Eks 7:1 En die HERE het aan Moses gesê: Kyk, Ek stel jou as ‘n god vir Farao, en jou broer Aäron sal jou profeet wees.” So hier stel die HERE Moses aan as Sy verteenwoordiger, en die Farao as die Satan, en dan Aäron as die HERE se profeet. Ons moet onthou dat die HERE altyd met Israel gepraat het deur profete in die Ou Verbond, en deur die Heilige Gees in die Nuwe Verbond. Dit is ook waaroor ek die kwotasie van Paulus aan die gemeente van Korinte gebruik, want hy het ook vir hulle aangeraai om te kyk na hoe die HERE met Israel opgetree het, en dan sou hulle en ons vandag weet hoe Hy teenoor ons sal optree. So die hele verhaal van Israel is vir ons ‘n voorbeeld, en kan ons dit naspeur om antwoorde vir vrae van vandag te kry. Sommige van die artikels is nie deel van enige boek nie, maar u kan elke artikel druk deur op die “print friendly” skakel voor elke artikel te druk.

Wat gemaak nou dat ek in die beloofde land ingekom het. Dit is hier waar ons moet kyk na wat ons gaan leer, en dit vind ons in my boek oor Struikelblokke en die Hoeksteen. Daar sal u leer dat ons elke dag leer deur dit wat die Heilige Gees vir ons openbaar. Dit is ‘n paadjie wat ek persoonlik nou al meer as 25 jaar lank loop, en ek leer nogsteeds elke dag. Die boek is net daar om vir u ‘n kort weergawe te gee wat u vir die res van u lewe kan volg. En dan beskryf dit ook natuurlik vir u hoe die vyand u gaan probeer oortuig dat u nie eintlik die regte pad volg nie. So verwag maar aanvalle van alle kante af. Jesus het nie verniet vir ons verklaar dat ons selfs deur ons kinders, ouers en vriende aangevat sal word en gehaat sal word, maar gelukkig vind ons die antwoord in Mattheus 2 dat die wat uithou tot die einde toe, sal gered word.

Ek wil net byvoeg dat ek verseker nie vra dat jy jou gemeente of Kerkverband moet verlaat nie, maar dat jy sal leer wat die Verbond beteken en soos ek sekerheid kon kry dat ek na my sterfte op hierdie aarde, of indien Jesus terugkom om Sy bruid te kom haal met Sy tweede koms, ons almal saam in die Nuwe Jerusalem sal wees.

Alle fondse wat hier gegenereer word, word aangewend in my stryd teen Carcinoid kanker of soos die nuwe banaming is, NET kanker, en my oorlewing, asook wat ons nou onlangs uitgevind het, my vrou se stryd teen borskanker. Sy is vinnig besig om te herstel na ‘n bilaterale mastektomie en chemo, en haar hare is al weer ‘n redelike lengte, maar my stryd het sy laaste fase ingegaan, en hoop ek nog om my laaste skrywe klaar te kry voor ek met my saligmaker Jesus Christus verenig sal word.

U kan hier verder lees oor wat u hier sal leer.

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Dit is al die boeke wat u gratis kan aflaai. Onthou net die volgende aanhaling uit die Bybel:“Want die Skrif sê: Jy mag ‘n os wat graan dors, nie muilband nie; en: Die arbeider is sy loon werd.” (1Ti 5:18). So daar is voorsiening gemaak in my winkel waar u net ‘n donasie kan maak vir ons bediening en te help met my stryd teen fase 4 kanker.