The Mystery of God (Part 3)

We are continuing our search through scripture that supports the idea that the mystery of God in Revelation chapter 10 is the fulfillment of our gospel.  There are four questions that we are looking at that scripture over and over again answers.  These are those questions pertaining to the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

Paul lets the church in Rome know that he preaches the gospel, the proclamation of Christ, according to opening up of the mystery that has been hidden.  His proclamation of Christ is the revelation of this mystery.  This mystery was spoken of by the prophets and was written down for us at God’s command so that all nations might believe and obey God.  Again in every way Paul has demonstrated that the mystery of God is our gospel.

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, (which was kept secret since the world began) but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.[1]

Paul elaborates on a new idea that has not been introduced yet in this study.  The mystery is the grafting in of the gentiles into the promises of Israel, though the hardening or their hearts.  To this all us gentiles say. Praise God.

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.[2]

We will see that the more we look into the mystery of God the more and more scripture describes this mystery as our gospel.  Paul teaches us the mystery reveals we will be like the man from heaven, when we will be gathered at the last trumpet.  The mystery is we will no longer be cursed by sin and death.  We understand that when the last trumpet shall sound death will be swallowed up.

And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.  I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.[3]

God has made know to us the mystery of His will as it has pleased Him.  This mystery was purposed in Christ and will be put into effect at the time of the end.  The mystery of His will reveals that when it is put into effect all things will be under Christ.  By the purpose of His will we were chosen before the creation of the world for adoption.  The mystery of His will is done with all wisdom and understanding.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.[4]

In another place scripture talks in depth of this mystery.  This mystery was revealed to Paul, explaining why he wrote of it so much.  It was also made know to the Prophets and other Apostles.  It is confirmed that this great mystery includes us gentiles sharing in the promises of Christ and heirs with Israel.  And lastly, Paul’s purposes is to make plain the administration of this mystery which has been hidden from the beginning of the world.  Note how many times Paul uses the word mystery in this portion of his letter.

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.  In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.  This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.  Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.[5]

We have discovered that the more we look into the mystery of God we find our gospel.  We find Christ and gentiles who share in the blessings of Israel.  We find we will be like the man from heaven and the curse of death will be broken.  All of this will be accomplished when the death is swallowed up at the last trumpet.  All of this will take place when Jesus takes His kingdom at the last trumpet.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”[6]

Again what does this mean for the debate over the pre-trib rapture?

[1] Romans 16:25-27

[2]Romans 11:25

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:49-57

[4] Ephesians 1:3-10

[5] Ephesians 3:2-9

[6] Revelation 11:15

The Mystery of God (Part 2)

In the Mystery of God (Part 1) we answered four questions about the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

We discovered that this mystery was ordained before the world began.  This mystery was revealed to the prophets and Paul mentions it.  We learned this mystery does impact us because it is the completion of the gospel of God.

I am going to give more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God being accomplished in Revelation 10 is our gospel.  The understanding of this mystery being finished at the last of the seven trumpets has some very interesting implications for the debate over a pre- trib rapture.

Paul declares he was a minister of the mysteries of God.  Again this answers the question of who knows about this mystery. 

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.[1]

Paul not only was one who new of such mystery and was willing to be accountable to it, he charges deacons to hold this mystery of the faith (our gospel) with a pure conscience.  So our church leadership should know what it is.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongue, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.[2]

Paul lets us know that not only was he preacher of this mystery.  What did Paul preach, but our gospel.  He was also in chains because of this mystery (gospel).  Paul asked for prayer that he may declare this mystery (gospel) with out fear.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.[3]

There is one source were we can find all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge and this place is found in another mystery.  Paul wants believers to have a complete understanding of the mystery of Christ (who is our gospel) which is were we find all hidden treasures.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.[4]

Paul again declares he is in chains but this time he doesn’t call it the mystery of the gospel but of Christ.  Again he wants prayer that he may boldly the mystery of Christ (our gospel) as he should.

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.[5]

Paul teaches us that Christ is the mystery of godliness (our gospel).  Our gospel is a mystery about God imputing us righteousness and our being dead to sin through the cross.

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.[6]

Paul uses the example of marriage to describe to us the mystery of our being united to Christ (our gospel).  Our gospel is a profound mystery.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.[7]

Tomorrow we will look at more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God that is accomplished in the days of the last trumpet.  Until then what implications do you think this has on the pre-trib rapture position?

[1] 1 Corinthians 4:1

[2] 1 Timothy 3:8-9

[3] Ephesians 6:19-20

[4] Colossians 2:2-3

[5] Colossians 4:3-4

[6] 1 Timothy 3:16

[7] Ephesians 5:31-32

The mystery of God (Part 1)

There is a future day when without delay the mystery of God will be finished.

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.[1]

Something takes place in the book of Revelation when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet.  Something is said by the seven thunders and John was not allowed to write it down.

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.[2]

What ever was said by the seven thunders prompted an angel to sware by God there will be no more delay.  But no more delay for what?

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:[3]

This is when it is announced the mystery of God will be accomplished.  For some reason we can not hear what the seven thunders spoke but we can know that what ever was said, it has made it so the mystery of God will be completed without any more delay.

There are some questions that need to be asked here.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

The scripture in Revelation gives us a hint that the prophets had this mystery declared to them.  So we need to look at what the prophets knew or look to one who could tell us what this mystery is these servants knew.

Paul sounds like the kind of guy who would know about this mystery.  He too says it was ordained before the world.  This answers the question of when the mystery of God was started. 

Of course Paul speaking of the mystery answers the second question of who knew about this mystery of God.  He could give insight to what the prophets knew.

Paul also answers the third question when he alludes that the mystery does impact us.  Paul says this mystery is unto our glory.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:[4]

The only question left to be answered is, what is this mystery?  It was ordained before the world for our glory and spoken of by the prophets.  Is there anything in scripture that we can find ordained before the word began for our glory?  Why yes there is, it is called the gospel.

We have a promise of salvation before the world began, a lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world, an inheritance prepared before the foundation of the world and our names written in the Lambs book of life before the world began, we hope.  It is our gospel that in every way was prepared in advance for us before time began and announced to the prophets. 

God during the blast of the seventh trumpet will without delay accomplish His gospel.

[1] Revelation 10:7

[2] Revelation 10:4

[3] Revelation 10:6

[4] 1 Corinthians 2:7

Hot off the presses!

Nothing new here

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt amongst men.  He was obedient to the Father even unto death.  Now raised to life and ascended into heaven, sitting at the right hand of God the Father.  With such a great testimony of how God redeemed mankind from their sins, what was the message that was being spread as fast as they could?  What message was so hot off the presses, they made haste to spread this good news?

Concerning us gentiles, did the delivery boys look for new sources to proclaim the gospel?  Did they sit down with eye witnesses to give an account of all they knew and could gather concerning what took place?  Or was that done latter so the believers in the message, hot off the presses, could have a better account of the events they believed.  Don’t we call these the four gospels?

So if the delivery boys with the greatest news to come to mankind didn’t travel with the four gospels hot off the presses as a testimony to what had taken place, what did these men deliver to those who heard their message.  It was old articles and from dusty old news that these boys were peddling.  Nothing new and pristine was commended to the people to put their trust in, but the old and stuffy.

Peter after speaking to the gentiles by giving a short paragraph of an eye witness account, whips out the old news print at the household of Cornelius.  He doesn’t quote anything from Mathew, Mark, Luke, John or even Jesus Himself.  Instead he invokes all the old news about what we consider a New Testament exclusive teaching.  He said all the old news already testified that everyone who believes in the messiah would receive forgiveness of sins.

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”[1]

In fact the news these delivery boys were tasked to spread was so old and common, this old news print lying around concerning what they had to say was read every weekend.  It was as if they didn’t have a fresh Sabbath morning paper, so they read the old stuff lying around instead.

The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.[2]

Now we today who have fresh news at our fingertips at any moment of the day toss aside this old news as Old Testament.  Who wants that?  We reject it because who wants to get our hands dirty from the ink of the Law from this old print.  But it was not rejected by the delivery boys.  Instead when standing before kings we learn the old printed stuff even the Law agrees with the gospel.

However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,[3]

Who was prompting these delivery boys to carry around old news print to proclaim what is hot off the presses?  What newspaper editor would want that kind of news circulation?

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–[4]

It was our eternal God who had commanded the revelation of Jesus Christ to come through the writings of the old news.  Not through something new hot off the presses.

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I advocate that we have a gospel that was first preached at Mt. Sinai as testified by our New Testament.  It further testifies that the message and hope of Jesus was found not only in the prophets but the Law of Moses.  I like to say, we put our hope in the faith of the Law not the Law of the faith.  Law of the faith is works and faith of the Law is our gospel of grace that all the prophets testify to. 

I advocate that we the church have wandered into many an error in our understanding of our gospel since we have made the assumption that grace started at the cross and not in the books of Moses.  See what the New Testament teaches about our gospel, that the church refuses to believe.  Please check out Uncommon Belief to see what our gospel really says.  After going there and reading you will conclude that I have not said anything beyond what the prophets and Moses said.

But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–[5]

[1] Acts10:43

[2] Acts 13:27

[3] Acts 24:14

[4] Romans 16:25-26

[5] Acts 26:22

Antichrist – in place of Christ

We are all familiar with the tragedy of Nicholas Berge.  He was abducted by Muslims, who were practicing the religion of peace, and they filmed themselves cutting off his head while he screamed. 

The West was horrified that men could stoop so low in their barbarism to commit such a horrific act of violence.  Unlike many people I still can’t get myself to watch the event.  I heard his screaming on the Micheal Savage Show and that was more than I could take.

I assume that many of you share my disgust with the whole affair and understand these men who did this deserve what they get when their end comes.  We condemn these men and their actions for leaving their understanding of God and what can be know of Him through creation.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.[1]

But while we stand in judgment against them, we too have ignored a better word of God and hold a knife in our hands that have cut off a head.  We too are guilty of ignoring what has been revealed to us in scripture about the eternal God just as these Muslims have.  At least these Muslims were a strange to Nickolas Berge and with the most vaporous connections considered him and enemy.  We on the other hand have severed the head of someone who is dear to us.

For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.[2]

We say that Christ is our head and we are His body with our lips but what do our hearts do?  Tell me, since Christ is our head and he has given us offices and gifts in the church, why don’t we see them in our churches?

And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.[3]

These offices and gifts are given to us by the one who loves us for our benefit, not His.  Even if it was for His benefit, shouldn’t we want to do it anyway?  Our head has given us these so that we can be ready for works of service then become mature as the body of Christ.  Hence if we do not have what God has given us to become mature, in all of our boasting we are not even close to being what He has called us to be.  Yes, even the mega ministries are not what they aught to be, nor those within its walls.  God has ordered the vehicle to prepare the saints for works of service and we have a lot of service outside of these gifts given to us.

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.[4]

We the church claim to be the body of the Lord who would be manifest in our midst.  But we do not have moving in the body of Christ those gifts that were given so the Spirit can manifest in our midst.  Scripture teaches that to each believer a manifestation of the Spirit is given.  Not only given, but exactly what gift for the manifestation of the Spirit and to whom as He determines.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.[5]

We as the body of Christ have cut off our head and instead have a man as our head that tells the Prophet, the Apostle, the Teacher, the Evangelist what to say, when to say, how to say, if they can say in our churches.  They are not allowed in our churches and we scorn them at a distance even as an itinerary.

We squelch the true manifestation of the Spirit and the power of the gospel that Paul preached by.  Again we have the one man who has replaced the head and allows or disallows prophecy, speaking in tongues, healings, word or knowledge in the church to fit the one mans understanding.

So let us condemn the Muslims and ignore the condemnation we deserve for cutting off the head of the body of Christ so we can have a man over us.  I have always understood Antichrist not to mean against Christ, but to mean in place of Christ.  If this is true, God help us all. 

Man of God who is head of the church, stop squelching what God our head has ordained lest you not only be compared to the atrocities of cutting off heads, but Jack the ripper for dismembering the gift of the body as well.

[1] Romans 1:20-21

[2] Ephesians 5:23


[4] Ephesians 4:11-13

[5] I Corinthians 12:4-11

Are you ready to cry Uncle?

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel I spend much time trying to persuade believers that their gospel didn’t start in the book of Matthew.  Instead it started with Abraham and was preached at Mt. Sinai as Hebrews teaches.  It is my hope that all will come to the understanding that those from Abraham on had the hope of salvation just as we find preached in our New Testament gospel.  So here is more proof from the New Testament to prove this.

Mary, when she went to see Elisabeth praised God for what He was doing.  She praised Him because God was acting in the remembrance of His mercy that He had spoken to Abraham.  Mary saw the birth of the savior as a fulfillment of the promise of mercy God made with our father Abraham.  Wonderfully this promise was for Abraham and all his seed forever!  Praise God!

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  He hath showed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.[1]

We also have Zacharias who prophesied of what God was doing with the coming of the savior.  Is it irony only that he saw this event the same as Mary, or did God actually announce the gospel in advance to Abraham as scripture teaches?  I am going with scripture on this one.  I say not only did God announce to Abraham our gospel He swore to Abraham He would perform this mercy.  Now Zacharias speaking by the Holy Spirit makes a testimony of this fact again, for us to gain understanding of this truth in our gospel.

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,[2]

The first sermon after the Holy Ghost came upon the church brought up again this same fact.  So again we have scripture saying this promise of Christ was given as a covenant to Abraham.

Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.[3]

No wonder Jesus said Abraham rejoiced at he thought of seeing His day.  Abraham knew what mercies God would give through His covenant that He swore to Abraham.

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.[4]

So are we going to change our profession of faith and our understanding of our gospel?  Are we finally going to admit our gospel was preached and hoped in and believed in long before the book of Matthew?  Are your now ready to cry uncle, and confess that we do not believe in a New Testament gospel, but one promised to Abraham?  Let’s not resist the Holy Spirit who made it abundantly clear our gospel starts with the oath God swore to our father Abraham.  Cry Uncle!

[1] Luke 1:49-55

[2] Luke 1:72-73

[3] Acts 3:25-26

[4] John 8:56

Are we sure Hal Lindsey has it right?

Hal Lindsey has been saying for years that the Antichrist will come out of one of ten nations in Europe.  He has been advocating that these ten nations represent the ten toes in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Saying the ten toes are the revived Roman empire.

Scripture teaches that ten kings will arise at one time only to give their power to the beast.  These kings will only have power for one hour.  Are we to believe that these existing countries in Europe will have an election then inaugurations that end at the same time, giving these men the power for the same hour?

“The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.[1]

I’ve always understood Hal Lindsey to hint at these ten European nations as being strong, that the Euro was the back bone of this confederacy and it was going to grow to dominance.

Instead we have articles coming out where economist are saying the Euro will collapse.  Even though our main stream media never reported on it, Greece has been have a terrible time financially for over a year, with civil unrest at the same time.  Now the austerity measures put in place by Greece has caused money to flee their country and destroy their economy.  Consequently they have lost their voting rights in the European Union.  Now I thought Greece was part of the old Roman Empire.  The rest of Europe is at a loss what to do with Greece because its financial troubles will spread to the other European nations.

Portugal just got downgraded and guess what they recently did.  They put in place their own austerity measures.  Now Portugal is expected to go the way of Greece.

Great Brittan has been having discussions about austerity measures themselves.  However they have seen what has happened in other nations and are resisting it.  Article out of the UK are saying the numbers say they have 25% unemployment.  Economist are also expecting the British pound to collapse. 

All of this adds up to a collapsing European Union and a collapsing Euro.  The only reason our dollar is strong right now is because other currencies are failing.  Not that our own dollar will not fail.  Last week we had a failed Bond market on 44 billion of two year treasury notes.  We have to raise three trillion in new debt and debt to be rolled over and we have no investors.  It is one thing to think our 30 year treasuries would be risky, but nations are rejecting our two year treasuries.  Nations don’t trust our financial predicament either.

The way I see it is the world economies, including the European Union, are collapsing.  Everybody is sinking at the same time.  If I were to guess, we are going to see more and more nations collapse financially until we are all wiped out with civil unrest accompanying.  Then out of those ashes we will have ten regional leaders be appointed to have power over the whole globe, not just Europe.  Then after that one hour the beast will be revealed to mankind.

It seems to me we are on the precipice of major change that will come through much turmoil with the loss of many lives and all liberty.  Especially for believers.  If Hal Lindsey is right, I would expect things to go a little differently, but it seems all things are pointing in other directions.

[1] Revelations 17:12