The following Scripture passages are offered to aid beginning fellowships. The readings and commentary for this week are more in line with what has become usual; for the following will most likely be familiar observations. The concept behind this Sabbath’s selection is The time of the end.
For the Sabbath of June 2, 2007
The person conducting the Sabbath service should open services with two or three hymns, or psalms, followed by an opening prayer acknowledging that two or three (or more) are gathered together in Christ Jesus’ name, and inviting the Lord to be with them.
It has been a year since John chapters five through seven were directly addressed, a year that has seen continued growth in knowledge: the recorded miracles Jesus performed on the weekly Sabbath and on high Sabbaths were not the only miracles Jesus performed, but they were recorded for the edification of those disciples upon whom the end of the age would come, just as the things that took place in Israel’s exodus from Egypt were written down as instruction to those upon whom the end of the ages had come while the Apostle Paul yet lived (1 Cor 10:11). … There is only one period that is correctly identified as the end of the age[s], and that one period is represented by the seven Days of Unleavened Bread, when leavening from yeast forms a lively shadow or type of sin. As an unleavened lump of dough (flour, oil, and water) left unbaked collects, harbors, and nourishes wild yeast spores from the air that surrounds the lump [these spores grow and multiple and soon leavens the entire lump], a disciple—barley grain that by repentance has been ground into fine flour—is born of Spirit [oil] and is born sin-free and not in subjection to sin (Rom 6:14; 8:2), and is born into a body of flesh consigned or concluded to sin. A disciple is born into a containment vessel poisoned by sin; thus, the Pentecost or Feast of Firstfruits offering is the only time when bread, two loaves, offered to God is baked with leavening.
Jesus is the ‘“spring of water welling up to eternal life”’ (John 4:14). A disciple who has the indwelling Spirit of Christ (Rom 8:9) and who has been born of the Holy Spirit (Pnuema ’Agion) and thus has the indwelling Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 8:11) is metaphorically a lump of unbaked bread dough in an atmosphere of yeast spores. And since the new creature, born of Spirit, who is a son of God and a potential younger sibling of Christ Jesus, is left as an unbaked lump of dough, the disciple who says that he or she is without sin is a liar, and Christ’s words are not in this person (1 John 8-10). Just as every lump of unbaked bread dough left sitting in a bowl will gather and support wild spores and eventually become a lump of sourdough, every disciple left in a tent of flesh will eventually become a sinner, and usually sooner than later. Therefore, every disciple in this portion of the end of the age needs to have his  sins covered by the mantle or garment of Christ Jesus’ righteousness, with this mantle taken on when sins are confessed to God, not to another man, a similar lump of sinful dough.
Disciples are to become “Christ-like,” and Christ Jesus is the Bread of Life, which when eaten causes the disciple to never again hunger or thirst (John 6:35) … perhaps it is again time to read these chapters of John’s gospel:
The person conducting the service should read or assign to be read John chapters 4, 5, 6, & 7 (because these chapters form a rather long reading, the person conducting services might assign two or more individuals to share the reading responsibility).
Commentary: The above chapters introduce the subject of
worshiping God “‘in spirit and in truth’” (4:24). The
reason Jesus gives worshiping the Father in
spirit and truth is that “‘God is spirit’”; God
will not, in spirit and truth, be
worshiped from either present day Jerusalem or from any other physical location
(4:21). Deities formed from carved sticks and chiseled stones are worshiped
from specific geographical locations. Likewise, the only God that natural
Israel knew—YHWH Israel’s
Elohim, represented by Yah, whom Moses and the seventy saw (Ex
24:9-11)—was worshiped from
present day Jerusalem; natural Israel never knew the Father, and rejected Yah when He came as His only Son, the
man Jesus. Thus, present day
God can only
be worshiped in heavenly
The house or
· The end of this present evil age began when disciples, as living stones hewn from disobedience through repentance, were joined together in fellowships.
all of the fellowships in Asia left Paul while he still lived (2 Tim 1:15); the
Roman sacking and burning of physical
In all things pertaining to Scripture, the physical
precedes the spiritual (1 Cor 15:46)—physical
No natural descendants of
An element of confusion over when “the time
of the end” begins is unavoidable, considering that the Apostle Paul
wrote that the end of the age had
already begun while he still lived … all of spiritually circumcised
Israel, not a physical people but a spiritual nation consisting entirely of
sons of God who have been born into earthenware jars [these jars the tents of
flesh that are outwardly male or female, Jew or Greek], entered into the
spiritual reality of Unleavened Bread when Jesus breathed on ten of His first
disciples and said, ‘“Receive the Holy Spirit”’ (John
20:22). Previously, spiritually circumcised
· The time of the end begins when the creation begins, for this creation does not renew itself but is passing away, along with its desires (1 John 2:15-17).
· All of the physical creation is complete in Genesis 1:1 … what part of the heavens, including the sun and moon, has not been created in the declaratory statement, “In the beginning, God created the heavens [plural] and the earth”?
· The “Spirit of God” or Holy Spirit is visibly present in Genesis 1:2; therefore, from this point on, the described creation is no longer physical, but the dark portion of day one which is defined by when Jesus comes as the light of this world.
· As the physical body of Jesus lay dead in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights (Wednesday through Saturday, the second half of the physical weekly cycle), the spiritual Body of the glorified Jesus will lay dead through the first half of the spiritual week that began with Jesus coming as the light of this world.
The interesting juxtaposition now is in the relationship between the single spiritual week and the seven endtime years of tribulation, perhaps a relationship that the Apostle Paul did not fully understand for he indicates elsewhere that he expected to be alive when Christ Jesus returned.
· Again, the single spiritual week began with Yah’s [the Logos’s, Theos’s – John 1:1-3] creation of all that physically exists, but the dark portion of the first day does not end until Yah or Theos entered His creation as His only Son (John 3:16), the man Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore, the dark portion of this first day is not defined by geological or gravitational time, but by the appearance of Jesus as the light of this world.
Day one ended
at Calvary, when the
· The dark portion of day two, unlike the almost indeterminable (in terms of gravitational time) length of the dark portion of day one, is three earth days and three earth nights long.
· The light portion of day two began with Jesus’ resurrection on the fourth day of Unleavened Bread, and continued through the forty days that He was with His first disciples.
· The dark portion of day three began when the glorified Jesus was lifted up and concealed by a cloud (Acts 1:9-11). The light portion will begin when Jesus will come in the same way as He was taken; thus, the light portion of day three sees the events described in Revelation chapter 19.
Day four will
be the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, when the great light that will rule the
heavens is created through the resurrection to glory of the firstfruits. The
lesser light that will rule the darkness (the physical creation) will be
The seven endtime years of tribulation will form
the lively shadow of the single spiritual week, when all of
Scripture does not account for what happened in the
dark portion of the 18th of Abib, 31 CE, the first day of the week.
But the account of the first Elijah resurrecting the son of the widow of
Zarephath coupled to the historical account of natural
Time and its passage are elements of this
world—with God, there is no “time.” Thus, while a couple of
centuries pass here on earth before there is another attempt to resurrect the
Body, with God no time passes. The moment remains the same. So He can wait
until He is certain that the Body will not “breathe” on its own
before He again breathes life into the nostrils of the dead Body … this
second attempt occurs during the “Great Awaking,” and this second
attempt lasts until 1962, when its last theologically growing remnant rejects
did not leave Babylon in a mass exodus, but left in a couple of movements with
Ezra not being in the same group as left with Sheshbazzar (cf. Ezra 1:8; 7:1-6) in the first year of Cyrus. Rather, Ezra when
But it was
Nehemiah, who left
attempts were necessary to populate present day
The time of the end as an expression is more limited in scope than the end of the age, which begins when Jesus breathes on ten of His first disciples and says, “‘Receive the Holy Spirit’” (again, John 20:22) and continues until He returns in a manner like His first disciples saw Him leave. The time of the end is a specific period when the third attempt to revive the Body of Christ begins. The seven endtime years, now, is a period within the time of the end that forms the time-linked earthly shadow Jesus’ seven years of ministry, half having already occurred and resulting in the death of Jesus, and half to occur when the 144,000 follow the glorified Lamb wherever He leads. The half that has already occurred will see the restored Body of Christ slain as Jesus was, with the exception of the remnant that has the spirit of prophecy (cf. Rev 12:17; 19:10) and the 144,000. The second half will see the relationship/ministry of Christ Jesus with the 144,000 paralleled by, or being the reality of the remnant’s relationship with the third part of humankind (Zech 13:9) born of Spirit when the Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh halfway through these seven endtime years.
· Jesus first came to His own, and they rejected Him (John 1:11). His first three and a half years of ministry is the story of His own rejecting Him.
· Jesus will again come to His own, but a remnant of His own will not reject Him a second time; for this remnant will have cleansed their hearts through a journey of faith, a journey that begins when the seven endtime years begin.
All who keep
the commandments—who are Judaizers—will
be delivered into the hand of Death and the man of perdition when the seven
endtime years begin. And they will be persecuted by greater Christendom for
keeping the commandments as natural
As has been stated many times before, the problem
with Scripture is what is revealed. The problem with prophecy is what has been
prophesied. The problem with typology is the sinfulness of the type or
shadow—and it is this sinfulness that caused God to give natural
Today, the patriarch Isaac’s hated son
Esau—as well as his loved son Jacob—are covered by Grace, the
mantle of Christ’s righteousness, so that no sin is imputed to either.
But all of this changes when the seven endtime years begin: then, the mantle of
Grace ends, for when disciples are liberated from indwelling sin and death
(when yeast spores are removed from the atmosphere surrounding an unleavened lump
of dough), there will be no need for Grace. The only reason a disciple will not
then keep the commandments (sin is the transgression of the law – 1 John
3:4) is because the disciple refuses to love the truth (2 Thess 2:10). Yes, the
disciple who loves what is false (v.
11) will not now keep the commandments, and will not when liberated from
indwelling sin keep the commandments. Thus, God will send over these disciples
a great delusion so that they cannot
repent (v. 12). They will be
firstfruits that are burned in the lake of fire as sinful ancient
The time of the end begins when prophecies about the end can be understood—and this understanding began in January 2002, forty years to the day after the last remnant of the second revival died from its rejection of revelation.
To summarize, the
end of this age began immediately post
The person conducting the Sabbath service should close services with two hymns, or psalms, followed by a prayer asking God’s dismissal.
 Masculine pronoun is appropriate, for the disciple is not the “tent of flesh” that can be male or female, but the son of God born into this tent of flesh.
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