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Walt Lee

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Christian Futurist Interpretations
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:06:25 AM »
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If the New Testament writer's were saying these things to come about the things which would take place thousands of years in future, then what was the benefit for the 1st century believer from them?

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Re: Christian Futurist Interpretations
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 02:38:30 PM »
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

In God's perfect justice, he reveals all things with patterns so that we can all recognize them.  He repeats things in a pattern to incrementally add details, and because we are slow to believe, and to demonstrate His faithfulness.  The cycle of life is a pattern of birth, youth, maturity, old age and death.  The number seven helps define patterns, seven days, years, ages.  Together these things help us grasp the temporality and death of the creature and Gods recreation into something that can transcend death.

Now back to your question.  The Holy Spirit moved the NT writers to prepare us for the most important transition, death of this physical body and earth and rebirth of the body into eternal life free from sin and death.  But they also prepared the 1st century believers for the death of the OT Davidic church and birth into the next temporal visible church in the NT.  (Unfortunately, Preterists get this wrong, ignoring the ultimate eternal application.)  While there is a final great tribulation, its pattern was partially illustrated in the tribulation of those Hebrew believers from the cross to 70AD.  And looking further back, it was illustrated in the transition from the Judges to the Davidic kingdom.  And as we shall see in this next description, it is a pattern from the Exodus and even from the Creation.

Hebrews chapter 4 ties together the pattern of distant transitions and identifies the most important lesson to them and to us.
We are all being brought out of Egypt, the Old Covenant bondage to works, sin and death.  And we find rest in the completed work of Christ alone.  And Christ, the Word of God will sharply divide the old physical church from the new eternal spiritual
body and bride of Christ.

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
  2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
  3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
  4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
  5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
  6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
  7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
  8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.  9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
  10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
  14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
  15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
  16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 




 


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