This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
A number of very nice, faithful Christians I communicate with, occasionally end their letters with In Him.
In Him is to be in Whom? In whom are we? Are we in anyone? In God, Jesus, The Christ, all two, three or none?
The whole doctrinal mess bequeathed to us from out of the early centuries by a self-seeking leadership of the adulterous bride of Christ makes understanding that quite difficult when the lines between father and son are indistinguishably blurred beyond comprehension.
Is anyone who wears the label Christian in Him? How many inhimians should legitimately exist?
In John's epistles some verses ascribe the in Him to the Father and others to the son.
Did John actually know how fathers and sons come about and how these distinctions arise in the first place? In his waning years of old age on Patmos did John perhaps experience an early visit of Alzheimer's?
When missionaries visited native villages anywhere on doctrinally virgin soil trying to teach them about the biblical father and his son, the men of the village men would would have eagerly and with a measure of pride pointed out their sons to them. They had absolutely no problem understanding the difference - were they not the very ones who fathered them? They knew that the sons did not exist before they had fathered them, did they not?
Yet here were these weird foreign white people come from far away to tell them that where they are doctrinally coming from, father and son are one and the same person - a new and obviously unnatural tradition.
Oh, I forgot about Mystery, which has been commandeered by the whitewashed to justify that. My goodness! Phew!
The Bible's mystery, however, is how Jehovah was ever going to complete or fulfill the original purpose He had clearly outlined in the first two chapters of Genesis.
That became even more mysterious after Israel, the one entrusted to become part of the solution, fell together in a disobedient heap . . . and the mystery deepened into unsolvability, or so it seemed until Israel died in him.
Whom? Uh yes, the son of (generic) man Mary, the Nazarene Jesus, Israel's final Atonement and second Passover lamb. Ok, Ok, so I have referred to this almost ad nauseum on this site.
It's called repetition for emphasis.
It is valuable to make a point in a variety of contexts to broaden appreciative understanding.
As already explained in greater detail on other pages here, Jesus had been born for the purpose of dying in place of Israel, to enable God's firstborn son Israel to continue to run with and fulfil the promises God had made to the fathers.
Difficult though that might seem to some now, even as it had been to the early disciples and perhaps Peter; here from the NKJV:
15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation––as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:15-16
Jehovah's adulterous wife Israel ceased to exist when Israel's second Passover Lamb Jesus died, while His firstborn son Israel, thus saved, continued via a remnant of repentant Jews. Israel's exclusive privilege to become the Kingdom of Priests and Holy Nation of Exodus 19 terminated at the end of Daniel's 70 year prophecy with the baptism of the Roman Centurion Cornelius, the first Gentile, in 36 CE.
The redemption of Israel the son clearly indicated here in Isaiah 44:1-8:
1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel, who I have chosen: 2 Thus saith Jehovah that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, who will help thee: Fear not, O Jacob my servant; and thou, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 and they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by the watercourses. 5 One shall say, I am Jehovah’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto Jehovah, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6 Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I established the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and that shall come to pass, let them declare. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have I not declared unto thee of old, and showed it? and ye are my witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yea, there is no Rock; I know not any. ASV
Yes, Jehovah became his firstborn son's redeemer according to verse 6, not the wife's. She paid with her life in him, Jesus, while in and through him Israel the son experienced salvation - remember Exodus 4:22?
Unusual, sure; strange, perhaps, but eternally beautiful in its outworking of God's purpose regarding mankind.
To gauge the import of the plural personal pronouns in the following NT verses, please
consider Paul's words in
2 Timothy 2:12-13 very carefully:
12 if we endure, we shall also reign with him: if we shall deny him, he also will deny us:
13 if we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for he cannot deny himself. NKJV
In all of the epistles the Apostles only addressed those of the chosen little flock God promised to give the Kingdom to: Luke 12:32 "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom NKJV
Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
Col 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
Col 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, NKJV
Please read the whole of Jeremiah 31 keeping in mind that Israel was never restored again as the kingdom it had been under the law. The throne of David in the line of Judah remained vacant.
After a small remnant returned from Babylonian exile, Israel came under the dominion of foreign Gentile powers. The Ark of the covenant never returned into the Most Holy of the rebuilt temple.
The returning and restoring of Jeremiah 31 will find its fulfillment only in the heavenly realm. Jesus mediated the second of two Kingdom Covenants. The first was through Moses in Exodus 19:3-8. The second mediated through Jesus Luke 22:28-29:
28 you however have remained with me amid my trials; 29 and I covenant to give you, as my Father has covenanted to give me, a Kingdom— Weymouth
see also (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22; 7:37)
1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
1Jo 2:28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
1Jo 3:5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
1Jo 3:6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. NKJV
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