Originally posted by Eventide,
And it's for one simple reason.. removing the word of God from its own living and powerful, miraculous context... and summarizing the entire matter in either the past, or the here and now.
You keep saying this as if I and some others have been trying to convince you that scripture has no future application. The Truth is, as I have pointed out in every exchange we've had, that the Words of Christ have an IS, Was and IS TO COME character and quality to them because "they are spirit."
Let's be honest; what you are apparently really asking is 'Why can't the Biblical writers be speaking only of the future?' Let's face it; that is what you are REALLY asking. I come to this conclusion because I have said and documented over a dozen times now that God's Word is to be understood as being "IS, Was, and Is To Come," and you continue to ignore this fact.
Let me just come out and say it: The Biblical writers DO speak of things that are future. Things that are future to you however are "treated that way alone, (meaning they are treated as in the future only, with no present application)," because you fail to see the spiritual significance of Christ's Words, and know Him "only after the flesh."
Christ spoke in parables to keep the multitudes from "understanding the mysteries of the kingdom of God." Most believe it is the opposite, but it is not. Jesus spoke in parables because He DID NOT want the people to understand the mysteries of the kingdom!
- Matthew 13:10 "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."
Where are those mysteries to be lived out and experienced? Again, while it is true that there is eschatology, while it is true there is a timetable to God's Work, that timetable is never to be the primary focus of those in Christ. The primary focus for those who are in Christ is always on the "IS" part of Christ. What is past 'was IS' for those who have lived in the past. What is future 'will be IS' for those who will be living at that moment.
That is why Christ emphasizes that He "IS, Was and Is To Come." Christ is all three of those facets of Himself. We must never leave out any one of those parts of who He is. Nevertheless, 'IS' is primary to knowing Christ. So why did Christ not want the multitudes to "understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God?"
Amazingly enough here again is the answer to where the "mysteries of the kingdom of God" are to be understood and lived:
- Luke 17:20 "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Do you want a "second witness" to what "THE MYSTERY" is that you fail to see? Here you go:
- Colossians 1:26 "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory."
So the parables of Christ, with all of their signs and symbols, just like the book of Revelation, are to be lived and experienced by those who are truly IN CHRIST, who know 'the mystery' - which is CHRIST IN YOU - the KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU - YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD - YOU ARE LIVINGS STONES MAKING UP GOD'S SPIRITUAL TEMPLE.
I believed as you do for the first 20 years of my walk, and I must warn you Eventide; Satan has a dummy antichrist set up, a horrible creature who will never appear. And the Christian Church is busily engaged in wasting their time and ammunition on this dummy. They are telling their naive followers what a terrible creature he will be, all the while ignorant of the fact that the true criminal is in their very midst!
If the adversary can get the people of God to look for some imaginary man of sin yet to appear, some fictitious son of perdition to come, then he has won a victory, because then WE WILL NEVER DISCOVER THE MAN OF SIN and WHERE HE ACTUALLY IS ABIDING.
Do you realize the magnitude of the detrimental and deceiving effect of the notion of antichrist being some world leader yet to arise? While people have their eyes focused on the future, they are not alert to discern his presence now - and that gives him opportunity to do a great deceptive work right in their midst, just as he has with you - and me before you.
That old serpent, called the devil, and Satan is no less cunning and subtle then when he was in the Garden, and if he can keep us peering through unfocused binoculars out in the mists of the future for the events we have been warned about, we will overlook them in our own generation and time, and within our very own lives.
1 John 2:18 "Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time."
The Christian Church, for the past 1,900 years, has been literally filled with antichrists. And the present-day crop are busily engaged in pointing the finger of accusation at some fictitious being who is supposed to appear at some indefinite period in the future. That is Satan's trick to keep men's eyes off of the real culprit. Satan is the sole author of the doctrines which keep men looking ahead to some character who will never appear, thus aiding his present-day emissaries to carry on his work without interruption.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:7 "For the mystery of iniquity does already work"
Paul said that the mystery of iniquity "does ALREADY WORK." This statement cannot fit in with something that is to start some two thousand years later!
You've already seen all of the verses concerning WE being the Temple in several threads, so I do not think I need to post them again. But those verses are there because God's purpose from the foundation of the world has been the building a spiritual house, a holy temple, an eternal abiding place in which He can be at home, and in which place He and His creation can meet.
It is a temple made up of living stones. Every stone is a redeemed person and every stone is a person that was laid by the hand of God. Solomon built a magnificent temple of stone and precious materials. He overlaid it with gold and adorned it with silver. It was so awesome, the Queen of Sheba was blown away. But the temple built by Solomon was only a primitive, earthly foreshadow of the living temple which Christ would build by the Spirit - a temple not made with hands.
If you think that this "man of sin/son of perdition" is a supernatural world ruler that will appear on the scene like the whole world thinks, or some man who will come on the scene in the one generation just before the establishing of "God's kingdom of the world," then you do not know or believe that "the kingdom of God is within you;" you do not know or believe that YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD!
The "man of sin/perdition" who is sitting on the throne of God is Me for Me. He is you for you, and he is Adam in each and every man who has, is, or will ever live.
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