PrayerPsalms 108:1-5, 12-13 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.  (2)  Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.  (3)  I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.  (4)  For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.  (5)  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;  12  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.  (13)  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Leviticus 23:10-12, 14-18, 21 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:  (11) And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. (12) And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.    14  And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  (15) And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:  (16) Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.  21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

Notes:

  • He Lamb without blemish = Jesus
    • He is the first MAN to die and rise from the dead to live forever.
    • Without blemish = without sin
  • Meat offering = Saints
  • Leaven = Sinners who were converted
  • Firstfruit = Jesus
  • Firstfruits/7 lambs = The people in the 1st Resurrection
  • Morrow after the Sabbath = Sunday
  • Jesus represents the sheaf of the first fruits and he had to be accepted by the Father after he was resurrected from the dead.  He came out of the grave just before the END of the Sabbath, which is the 7th day.  On the 8th day, the day after the Sabbath he was accepted.  The same thing will happen with us when we are accepted by the Father on the 8th day when New Jerusalem comes down.
  • Servile = to work a job

Acts 2:1-16, 22-24, 46-47 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  (5) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  (6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  (7) And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  (8) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  (9) Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,  (10) Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,  (11) Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.  (12) And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?  (13) Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.  (14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  (15) For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  (16) But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  (23) Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  (24) Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  (47)  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Notes:

  • Galileans  =  Jews from Galilee
  • Proselytes = Converted Jews; Someone who has been converted
  • There were no non-Israelites present.

Acts 6:1-15 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.  (2) Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.  (3) Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. (4) But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. (5)  And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:  (6)  Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.  (7) And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. (8) And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.  (9) Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. (10) And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake. (11) Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God. (12) And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, (13) And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:  (14) For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.  (15)  And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Notes:

  • Seven men appointed;
    • Stephen, Phillip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas
  • Suborned men = Deceivers
  • Holy Ghost = Word of God
  • Jesus was talking about himself, not the temple.  He was talking about his crucifixion and that he would rise from the grave.

Acts 7:1-10, 17-27, 35-40, 51-60 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?  (2) And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,  (3) And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.  (4) Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.  (5) And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.  (6) And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years.  (7) And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place.  (8) And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. (9) And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,  (10)  And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.  17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,  (18) Till another king arose, which knew not Joseph.  (19) The same dealt subtilly with our kindred, and evil entreated our fathers, so that they cast out their young children, to the end they might not live.  (20) In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father’s house three months:  (21) And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son.  (22) And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.  (23) And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.  (24) And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:  (25) For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.  (26) And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?  (27) But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.  (36) He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.  (37) This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.  (38) This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:  (39) To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, (40)  Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.  (52) Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:  (53)  Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.  (54) When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  (55) But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  (56) And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.  (57) Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, (58) And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.  (59) And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (60) And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Notes:

  • Nation = Egypt
  • Prophet like unto Moses = Jesus
  • Church in the wilderness = Israel
  • Lively oracles = answers of God
  • Holy Ghost = Word of God
  • Just One = Jesus
  • Saul = Apostle Paul

Acts 8:1-4 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.  (2) And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.  (3) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.  (4) Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Notes:

  • Havock = Chaos, mayhem
  • All of these people were Israelites, not strangers (people from other nations).

 

Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

Notes:

  • If a person wasn’t an Israelite, Israel didn’t teach them the Word of God.

Matthew 10:1, 5-6 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  (6) But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Notes:

  • Unclean spirits = fallen angels
  • Jesus gave the directive to teach only Israel because he wanted to regroup all of the Children of Israel under the New Covenant so they could go and teach the rest of the nations about the true and living God.
  • Gentiles are the children of Japheth (One of Noah’s three sons)
    • Europeans/White people
  • Samaritans = Non-Israelites occupying the land of Samaria
  • The 10 Tribes of Israel that were in Samaria were carried away captive by the Assyrians and replaced with another people.

Acts 10:1-29, 34-38, 44-48  There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,  (2) A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.  (3) He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.  (4) And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.  (5) And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:  (6) He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.  (7) And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;  (8) And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.  (9) On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:  (10) And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,  (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.  (13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.  (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.  (15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.  (16) This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.  (17) Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,  (18) And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.  (19) While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.  (20) Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.  (21) Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?  (22) And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.  (23) Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.  (24) And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.  (25) And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.  (26) But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.  (27) And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. (28) And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (29) Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:  (35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.  (36) The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)  (37) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  (38) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.  (45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  (46) For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (47) Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? (48) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Notes:

  • 6th hour = Noon
  • Peter’s trance had nothing to do with eating unclean beasts.
  • The unclean beasts represented the Gentiles and other people, which were brought into the Church by keeping his commandments and doing everything Israel has to do for salvation.

Acts 11:1-4, 11-26 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.  (2) And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, (3) Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. (4) But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying, 11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.  (12) And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house: (13) And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;  (14) Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. (15) And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. (16) Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.  (17) Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? (18) When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (19) Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. (20) And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. (21) And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (22) Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. (23) Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  (24) For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. (25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: (26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Notes:

  • Contend = argue, challenge
  • At the beginning = Day of Pentecost
  • Peter had to defend his actions to the Jews in Jerusalem about the Gentiles he brought the Word to because of what Jesus had said about not going into the way of Gentiles.
  • Grecians = Jews living in Greece
  • Christian = Christ-like

Acts 13:1-3, 14-16, 42-48 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. (2) As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. (3) And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. (15) And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. (16) Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. 42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. (43) Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  (44) And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. (45) But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. (46) Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. (47) For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. (48) And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

{Ref. Isaiah 49}

Notes:

  • Simeon was called Niger because he was darker than the other Israelites there.
  • Everyone kept the Sabbath (7th day) and there was no such thing as Sunday Sabbath at that time and shouldn’t be today.

Romans 11:1-5, 7-29 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  (2) God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,  (3)  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  (4) But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. (5) Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (8) (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. (9) And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:  (10) Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.  (11) I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.  (12) Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? (13) For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: (14) If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. (15) For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? (16) For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. (17) And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (18) Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. (19) Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. (20) Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  (21) For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. (22) Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. (23) And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. (24) For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? (25) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (27) For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (28) As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  (29) For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Notes:

  • Remnant = Israelites with their spiritual eyes open
  • Baal = pagan god
  • Israel fell because of unbelief
  • The Root = Jesus
  • The First Fruit = Jesus
  • The Natural Branches = Israel
  • Wild Olive Tree = Strangers/Gentiles
  • Fullness of Gentiles = End of their rule

Ephesians 2:11-13, 18-20 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  (12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  (13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  (19) Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Notes:

  • One Spirit = One Word
    • We all have to do the same thing for salvation.
  • Apostles = New Testament
  • Prophets = Old Testament

Romans 15:15-16, 25-27 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, (16) That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. 25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. (26) For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.  (27) It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

Notes:

  • Holy Ghost = Word of God
  • Sanctified = Set apart
  • Israel’s spiritual things are:
    • The Adoption
    • The Glory
    • The Covenants
    • The giving of the Law
    • The service of God
    • The Promises
  • Everyone who wants salvation must become a part of the commonwealth of Israel.
  • The Fathers = Abraham, Isaac & Jacob

Romans 9:1-5 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, (2) That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. (3) For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (4) Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; (5) Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Notes:

  • All of the Prophets & the Apostles were Israelites.  Jesus came through an Israelite from the tribe of Judah.  He too was an Israelite in the flesh.

Galatians 2:1-2, 11-15 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.  (2) And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.  (12) For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. (13) And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. (14) But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? (15) We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

Notes:

  • Paul accused Peter of being a respecter of persons because he separated himself from other servants of God because they were Gentiles.

Isaiah 43:1, 7, 9-10, 18-21 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  7  Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. (10) Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.  18  Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  (19)  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.  (20)  The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.  (21) This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Notes:

  • This is Jesus talking.  He is the only God we have ever known as flesh & blood beings.  The Father only deals with Spirit beings.
  • The Children of Israel are the ‘REAL’ Jehovah’s Witnesses.

1 Thessalonians 2:1, 10, 13-16 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.  (14) For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:  (15) Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:  (16) Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

Notes:

  • The Church in Judea, not Rome is God’s real church, which is the Children of Israel.

Ecclesiastes 9:3-6, 10 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. (4) For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. (5) For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. (6) Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun. 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Notes

  • The DEAD sleep and know nothing, they don’t think, they do nothing.
  • It is pointless to pray for the DEAD because their works died with them.
  • Whatever they did, they will be judged by and no prayers will change that.

1 Corinthians 15:21-23 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

John 6:35, 38-40, 44, 54 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Notes:

  • Last day = the Day Jesus returns
  • Eat my flesh and drink my blood = Read the Word of God

Revelation 3:20-21 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  (21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Notes:

  • Door = Your Mind
  • My (Jesus’) throne = David’s throne in Jerusalem
  • My Father’s throne = 3rd Heaven
  • Overcome = to overcome (conquer) ourselves

Luke 1:26-27, 30-33 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  (31) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  (32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  (33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Notes:

  • The name ‘JESUS’ came from Heaven.
  • David’s throne was in Jerusalem.
  • Jesus will reign on the earth with the Saints in Jerusalem for a thousand years.

1 Chronicles 29:26-27 Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel.  (27) And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.

Matthew 19:27-28 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  (28) And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

New Jerusalem

John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  (2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Hebrews 11:1-2, 13-16 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (14) For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. (15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  (16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Notes:

  • Better country = New Jerusalem
  • New City = New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:1-4, 10-12, 21-27 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (11) Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (12) And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. (22) And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. (23) And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (24) And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (25) And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. (26) And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. (27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Notes:

  • It will be light all the time and no darkness in the Father’s kingdom.
  • There will be no more death.
  • It will be the same earth with no more seas.
  • Everyone on the earth will be immortals dwelling in their own nations.
  • Man is the prototype of God and the Nations are the prototype of immortal nations.

In Conclusion

The churches of Judea were Israelites and still are Israelites.  Only the churches of Judea (Israelites) teach what thus sayeth the Lord.  The Church of Rome teaches contrary to the Word of God.  They teach paganism and false doctrine.

Additional Verses:

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

Notes:

  • Feast of Weeks = Pentecost
  • Feast of Tabernacles = Feast of Ingathering
  • Empty = Without money or an offering

Hebrews 8:7-10 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  (8) For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  (9) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  (10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Daniel 7:13-14, 27 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  (14) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Acts 20:16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

Colossians 1:2, 15-18 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  (18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 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;  (2) And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  (3) And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  (4) And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Acts 15:1-7 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.  (2) When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.  (3) And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  (4) And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  (5) But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.  (6) And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.  (7) And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Exodus 12:43-44, 48-49 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:  (44) But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. 48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.  (49) One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Revelation 22:12-15 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  (13) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  (14) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  (15) For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

John 4:5-6, 19-22 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  (6) Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.  (20) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.  (21) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.  (22) Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

Isaiah 56:1-7 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  (2) Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  (3) Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  (4) For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  (5) Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  (6) Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;  (7) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Luke 22:28-30 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.  (29) And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (30) That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matthew 25:31-34 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  (32) And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  (33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  (34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Notes:

  • Throne of his glory = Throne of David

Previous Lessons: 10/24/98, 3/17/01, 8/20/03, 7/01/06, 1/24/09, 1/21/12, 1/17/15

Prayers: Ps.100:1-5, 67, 116:1-7, 16:7-16, 119:105-111, 119:125-129

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