5.26.2010

The Council in Acts 15

We've had this mentioned/ asked about several times lately so I thought I'd do up a quick posts about it. :)


Ac 15:1 ¶ 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.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
12 Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.


So... let's review what went on here. Did they tell them they needed to do nothing but those 4 things?



So are we saying those are the only 4 things we must do that were in the old law? If so we've left out some pretty big one's (like love GOD)

Also, let's look at the entire chapter to get some context here..

What were the false brethren preaching?

Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

They were teaching that circumcision and keeping the law of moses was what SAVED you.

What did the disciples say to that?

we gave no such commandment:

Of course not.. what did they teach saved you?

Belief in Christ.

It's that simple. They of course were not saying the only those 4 things were what still needed to be kept out of the old law... it makes no sense at all to take that stance. We wouldn't have to love our neighbor, love God, love Christ, etc.. etc..

They instead said.. get these 4 pagan worship rituals out and then come and worship me.. and what else did they say?

Ac 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

We can NOT ignore that verse! They told them.. right now get these 4 pagan rituals out of the worship.. and then they will what? HEAR THE LAW OF MOSES BEING TAUGHT EVERY SABBATH DAY IN THE SYNAGOGUES!

Sometimes it seems that the context of that council gets ignored, and verse 21 gets skipped completley.

We can't do that.. we have to take all the verses together and realize that they said that the gentiles would hear the LAW of MOSES every SABBATH in the SYNAGOGUE. WE can't just take an eraser and mark that verse out of our bibles. We also can't take an eraser and mark out the context (that the were preaching you had to do those things TO BE SAVED) Again... it's just another example of needing to take it all together as one big picture.

We Are Israel

We Are Israel

Re 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Re 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The two passages in Revelations 2:9 and 3:9 give us two sets of people. Either you are a Jew, or you are part of the synagogue of Satan. There is not a third choice: the Gentile Christian who seeks to distance himself from the Jews and their “old” law ways, even though the Messiah and Paul kept it, and all the authors of the new testament writings were Jews. The new covenant wasn’t given to the Gentiles. Look at Jeremiah chapter 31:

Jer 31: 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

Is there anywhere in this chapter a mention of Gentiles getting the new covenant and the Jews being cut down and rejected, in favor of the Gentiles? Again, read what God said:

35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.

Nope, Israel is not getting dropped in the trash can and God all the sudden saying OK, I give up on you guys, so I’ll just save the Gentiles now, and while I’m at it I’ll make a whole new law that is easier than the one I laid down at Mt. Sinai.

Again, read what God said:

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Whose sins will He remember no more? Who is the covenant with? The house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Again, read what God said:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

What law? His law. What law was His law? What law can we read about in the bible? Can you find mention of His law being defined anywhere but at Mt. Sinai? If He meant a new law, He would have said this. This is prophesy about the new covenant. And this is how it is different and better. Two things: I’ll write My law on your hearts (who? The house of Israel), and I’ll forgive and forget your sins (done by His own Son, who acts as High Priest and King and became the one and final sacrifice.)

Consider this passage about Jesus:

Lu 1:31 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.

He will be the king of the house of Jacob, which is Israel. His kingdom is the throne of David, the King of Israel, all 12 tribes.

So, what about the Gentiles? How can they be Jews and not the synagogue of Satan?

Ro 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
18 And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Paul shows the Jews that just because they were of the lineage of Judah, this didn’t give them a ticket to righteousness. If they didn’t keep the law, they were no better than the Gentiles. In fact, they were worse than the Gentiles who actually lived a noble lifestyle according to the law God wrote on their hearts, and their consciences. These Gentiles God considered more righteous than those of the Jews who had the law, but chose to break it and their conscience. God judges the heart. So He requires the circumcision of the heart, in order for one to be considered a Jew. This was always the case, for Jew and Gentile, if you wanted to be righteous before God.

De 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
De 30:6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
Jer 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Circumcising the heart is the same thing as dying to the flesh and walking after the Spirit. You cut off the fleshly desires in your heart and walk after Spiritual things. “To be carnally minded is death.” “Set your affections on things above.” Having this change of heart is the result of faith, and the next step is baptism, which symbolizes the death to the old man of sin and the flesh, and the rising up to walk out a new life in obedience to God.

How do we know what God wants us to do? How do we know what things would be walking after the flesh, and what things would be walking after the Spirit? Paul tells us the answer here in some more verses about the adoption of the Gentiles in the family of God.

Ga 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Ga 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

We are adopted through Christ, into the family of Abraham, to whom the promises and covenants were given (including the new covenant.) The law was given to teach us what sin is, and therefore teach us that since we broke it, we need a Savior. The law, and the lineage of Abraham, are not what puts people into the new covenant with God, it is faith. Does this make the law obsolete? Is Paul telling the Galatians the law is done away with because of justification by faith and not the law? Here is the answer, in case you are reading this idea into the scriptures:

Ro 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

We need the law just as much now as we did before the Messiah came. It is by the law we are convicted we need Him in the first place, and then we need the law to know how to live in the Spirit, we have to know the law for Him to write it on our hearts. When you were baptized, did you automatically have a new greater bible knowledge or understanding of the Word? No. This comes later with effort and the help of the Holy Spirit. Paul said here:

Ga 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Paul said I use the law to die to the law. What law does he use, and what law does he die to?

Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul uses the law of God to die to the fleshly law of sin.

Ro 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Ro 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God

The law of sin and death is defined by Paul in Romans 6, the wages of sin is death. The only way to get free of the penalty of death is to die to the flesh and sin and live with Christ (the first part of Romans 7) We are considered the children of God if we have the Spirit of Christ in us. Paul explains what God’s plan is with the Jew and Gentile in chapters 9 and 11 of Romans:

Ro 9:1 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.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The Jews were trying to get righteous by following the law, but they lacked faith, and love. They were drawing night with their lips, but their heart was far from God. They also had created their own religion, and Jesus told them they “taught for commandments the doctrines of men.” This was their stumbling block, they couldn’t let go of their traditions and believe the Messiah when He actually came and lived and worked miracles right before their eyes. He wasn’t what they expected Him to be in their minds. I wonder if it would be the same with us today? Would the average church look at Jesus, and recognize Him? He was a dark skinned, shaggy haired guy who spoke like an Arab. He taught things that were different than what the current religious authorities taught. He broke man made traditions and laws. He hung out with sinners and poor folks, and was poor. He wandered about like a bum, probably smelled, and didn’t have a clean shaven face. Sometimes He got mad at people. He not only drank wine but he BROUGHT his best wine to a wedding. He called people names. He forgave adulteresses. He ate with a tax collector. He died defenseless and humiliated on a cross, with no friend to stand beside Him. Would you love someone like this if they wandered into your church? Have we become blinded like the Scribes and Pharisees?

Again, we see another illustration of how we are part of Israel if we have faith, whether we are Jew by lineage or Gentile, faith is the determining factor as to who is considered by God to be a real Israelite.

Ro 11:1 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.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
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.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

We are the wild olive tree, us Gentiles. We were producing no olives, and were nothing more than an ugly scrubby tree that was used for firewood. Yet, through faith, God cut off some unfruitful branches in a beautiful, cultivated olive tree that had a strong Root (Jesus, the Root of Jesse), and He put us in their place. Now we enjoy the health of that Root, and we bear fruit, if we remain faithful. (Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches”.) If we also lose faith, and become disobedient, then we will also be cut off and burned. We are AMONGST the original remaining branches, and SOME of the original branches were cut off. God has not cut down Israel as a whole. In fact, the Jews were the only tribe (Judah) in the land at the time this cutting off happened. The northern ten tribes were dispersed among the Gentile nations as punishment from 722 BC when the northern kingdom fell and went into captivity. About AD 58 (780 years, the fulfillment of God’s promised punishment to Ezekiel) the Apostle Paul started his mission to the Gentiles, at the end of the punishment to those tribes. Many of the Gentiles who believed, then and now, are descendants of those lost ten tribes, and are both physically and spiritually heirs to the promises. The true Israel is not identified by lineage or family trees, but under the new covenant, is identified by these two things:

Re 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Re 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

It takes two things, faith in the Messiah, and keeping His commandments. This makes you a Jew, and not one of the synagogue of Satan. The Jews who were not all Jews, were those that tried to keep a law but had no faith, and the synagogue of Satan was those that professed to follow the Messiah, yet not only lacked faith, but rejected the law of God. This trend of course is still continuing, as the article I pasted said. People preach once saved always saved, keep Easter and Christmas, and other similar Nicolaitan ideas. For an explanation of the Nicolaitans and more study of Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9, read the post The synagogue of Satan and the Jews who are not Jews.

Jesus speaks about our adoption into His family:

Mt 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Mr 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

According to Jesus teaching, there is more than just faith. Faith only doctrine isolates Paul’s teachings and twists them to come to a limited understanding of our duty as followers of the Messiah and His terms of salvation. Jesus said, whoever does what? Says a prayer and believes? No. Whoever DOES the will of MY FATHER. Now, just common sense reasoning here: if you were adopted by a Chinese family, what nationality would you be? If your mother, father, and brother were all Chinese, would you be part of an American family still? Your blood runs red white and blue, but your family is Chinese, your last name is Chinese. You, regardless of blonde hair and blue eyes, are now legally Chinese. This is how it works in the Kingdom of Heaven. You are called out from the world, from whatever nation you are in, and are now part of His family. What family was Jesus from? Israel. We are Israel by adoption, heirs of Abraham’s promises by faith. There is another promise to Abraham’s children, aside from salvation by Jesus blood. That is the everlasting land covenant, the promised land, which the Lord has stated in no unclear terms in entire books of prophesy, He will gather His people in that land once more.

Paul tells us more about the adoption in Ephesians.

Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

This was the plan from the beginning, to bring the Gentiles together with the children of Israel as one house of God. It is still the house of Israel: And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Paul elaborated further in the next chapter:

Eph 2:11 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.

If we aren’t part of Israel, we aren’t part of the CovenantS (plural!!) of promise, and we have no hope. There is only salvation in one covenant, the new one, bought by the blood of the Lamb. If you don’t like God’s law, or the culture He designed for His chosen people, you aren’t, by Jesus definition, part of His family: Mt 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Consider this analogy. You are an immigrant, coming to Ellis Island, beholding the Statue of Liberty (fashioned after the statue of Zeus, with a solar wheel head piece) and you are overjoyed to escape the persecution and poverty of your previous nation and people. When you agree to follow America's rules, and accept the authority of America's government, and you pass your tests for citizenship, and the requirements of the government to get citizenship, you are very proud to call yourself and American and be part of the land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE! The same applies to becoming part of God's chosen, called out, set apart nation, Israel. When you agree to the terms of the contract, the covenant, you become an Israelite. This is a spiritual transition of the people you identify yourself with. Your bloodline doesn't change, you simply choose to become a member of a different nation. If you fail to adhere to the law of the Israel nation, and submit to the God of Israel, and His living Word, and accept the admission through faith in His Son, then you are rejected and not part of the FREEDOM that is in this nation of God's chosen people.

Now, most people are glad to accept that the new Covenant is given to Israel and will admit they are part of Israel by faith in the Messiah, yet they want to say that the law given to Israel applies only to the physical blood line of Israel. How is it that the Covenant can transcend from the physical to the spiritual Israel, yet the law can't? Consider Paul's words:

Ro 7:14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

The law is given to the people of God, and it is not possible to change or be abolished. The very definition of the Messiah, and any true prophet of God is one that would not tamper with or attempt to annul this law.

De 13:1 ¶ If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

If the Messiah came and taught a new law, or His Apostles taught a new law, then they were not the real Messiah or Apostles. If we read the new testament with the understanding that the old testament is God's infallible, inspired, living WORD, and that Jesus was that Word made flesh, and we understand that God warned His people to not listen to anyone that tries to lead you from my Law, then we can see that there is no support for the idea that a "new" law was ever taught, or that the "old" law was done away with, as this would be impossible, by the words of God himself in both the new and old testament writings. (See the Word on the WORD article for tons of examples of this).

Here are a few of the laws given to the children of Israel for ever, that are left out of modern Christianity (it wasn't left out by Polycarp and Polycrates, two of the oldest "church fathers" we have record of, nor were these laws broken by Paul).

Ex 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
Ex 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Ex 31:17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

When Paul spoke of the Covenants of promise, that we were alienated from as Gentiles, he was referring to these covenants:

Ex 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

Ge 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed

Ge 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
Ge 17:12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

Ge 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Ge 17:4 ¶ As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 ¶ And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Do covenants made with Abraham and his seed apply to us, who are Gentiles?

29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

What promise are we heirs of?

Ga 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Did you catch what Paul said? By faith we ARE the CHILDREN of ABRAHAM, and, if we are Christ's then WE ARE ABRAHAM's SEED. What covenants are given to his seed? The ones that we are now part of, being brought "nigh" by the blood of Christ. The covenantS of promise.

Paul makes it even more plain what God has done with the Gentiles in His new covenant with Israel by quoting prophesy:

Isa 11:10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Ro 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

Ro 9:25 ¶ As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

This was a quote of the prophesy in Hosea:

Ho 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 ¶ Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

God has not finished the promise of the land. It is an everlasting inheritance, and yet ten of the tribes are still scattered all over the earth, in exile for punishment. He will make good on this promise and bring them back. Look for a future study looking at the volumes of prophesy that says this will happen.

5.25.2010

The Synagogue of Satan and Jews who are not Jews.

Re 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Re 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Who were the Nicolaitans and the synagogue of Satan? Here are two short articles about them.
Nicolaitans: One of the heretical sects that plagued the churches at Ephesus and at Pergamum, and perhaps elsewhere. Irenaeus identifies the Nicolaitans as a Gnostic sect: “John, the disciple of the Lord, preaches this faith (the deity of Christ), and seeks, by the proclamation of the Gospel, to remove that error which by Cerinthus had been disseminated among men, and a long time previously by those termed Nicolaitans, who are an offset of that “knowledge” falsely so called, that he might confound them, and persuade them that there is but one God, who made all things by His Word” (see Irenaeus Against Heresies iii 11. 1; ANF vol. 1, p. 426) There is also historical evidence of a Gnostic sect called Nitolaitans a century or so later.
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianism. (Antinomianism: A belief that is based upon a recognition of the mercy of God as the ground of salvation, but it makes the fatal mistake that man can freely partake in sin because the Law of God is no longer binding. It held the truth on the gratuitous reckoning of righteousness; but supposed that a mere intellectual “belief” in this truth had a saving power. The Apostle James refuted this error in James 2:19 with the admonition, "The devils also believe, and tremble"; reminding us that true faith is an active principle which works by love and it goes beyond a profession of belief. "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:20) The Bible teaches us that salvation is a free gift, based upon God's grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9) However, the very next verse tells us that "we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10) True faith produce action, as well as a desire for holiness and obedience. (1 John 3:18, Titus 2:11-15, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Revelation 14:12)
Nicolaitans of the 2nd century seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st century adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh and sin, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that Christians are supposed to "die" to sin and the deeds of our "flesh": "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2) "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:11-13)
Today, the doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made God's law of no effect: that by “believing” we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned in the book of Revelation. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)
Who are the “Nicolaitans”?

A mysterious group of wicked religious imposters
were the “Nicolaitans.” Who were they? What did
they teach? Do they still exist today? Why should
they even concern you? In the warnings to the seven
churches of Revelation, we are told to beware of them.
Why are they dangerous and how would you recognize
them, today?

William F. Dankenbring

In Revelation, chapter 2, we read of an enigmatic sect or group called the Nicolaitans who post a great threat to the churches of God. The Messiah, Yeshua, says to the Ephesus church: “But this you have, that you hate the DEEDS of the Nicoaitans, which I also HATE” (Rev.2:6). Notice that they hated and rejected the doctrines, works, and doctrines of the “Nicolaitans.”

The Ephesus church was historically a type or antitype of the first and second century churches of God – essentially, the first generation of the church and their early descendents. But Christ said, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to [all] the churches” (v.7).

Then, to the Pergamos church, who existed in a succeeding period of the church, Yeshua declares again: “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus [i.e. therefore] you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Niicolaitans, which thing I hate. REPENT, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” (vs.14-16).

Doctrine of Balaam

Notice that their teachings are comparable or the same as the doctrine of Balaam, the arch apostate deceiver and prophet who tried to divine magic against Israel when they came out of Egypt. When God would not allow him to place a curse on Israel, he later taught the Midianites and their allies to “seduce” Israel from their faithfulness to God, by sending their daughters and wives to use their sexual charms on them, and to entice them to commit immorality and the partake of pagan festivities and idolatrous worship, combining paganism with the worship of God – something which God abominates and thoroughly detests! The blending of the truth of God with paganism and wicked pagan festivals and practices is an abhorrence to God. It is called religious “syncretism.”

The word “Nicolaitans,” in Greek, means “followers of Nicolas.” The name “Nicolas” means “victor of the people.”

Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary says of them, “They seem to have held that it was lawful to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit the immoral excesses of the heathen, in opposition to the decree of the Church rendered in Acts 15:20, 29. Mingling themselves in the orgies of idolatrous feasts, they brought the impurities of those feasts into the meetings of the Christian Church. And all this was done, it must be remembered, not simply as an indulgence of appetite, but as a part of a SYSTEM, supported by a “doctrine,” accompanied by the boasts of a prophetic illumination” (p.449).

Early Church Syncretism

The Nicolaitans, therefore, were the early Christian-pagan syncretists, the false teachers that crept into the church, who disguised themselves as followers of Christ – who professed to be His ministers and servants – but who led the people astray.

Peter wrote of them, saying, “But there were also false prophets among the people [such as Balaam], even as there will be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who will secretly bring in DESTRUCTIVE HERESIES, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed” – by the world around, which will paint all true Christians with the same brush-stroke, as being corrupt, immoral, and evil, because of the shenanigans and wicked works of these “Nicolaitans” or false Christians, false teachers who claim to represent Messiah and His truth (II Pet.2:1-2).

Peter goes on, “By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (v.2). He says of them, that they “despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed,” and like brutish beasts “speak evil of the things they do not understand” (verse10, 12). “They are spots and blemishes [in the churches], carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you . . . They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, FOLLOWING THE WAY OF BALAAM the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness” (verses 13-15).

These are the ‘Nicolaitans.” Halley’s Bible Handbook tells us of them, “Sexual vice was actually a part of heathen worship, and recognized as a proper thing in heathen festivals. Priestesses of Diana and kindred deities were public prostitutes. The thing had been a troublesome question for Gentile churches from the start. . . Meantime great multitudes of heathen had become Christians, and had carried some of their old ideas into their new religion. . . Naturally there were all sorts of attempts to harmonize these heathen practices with the Christian religion. Many professing Christian teachers, claiming inspiration from God, were advocating the right to free participation in heathen immoralities. In Ephesus, the Christian pastors, as a body, excluded such teachers. But in Pergamum and Thyatira, while we are not to think that the main body of pastors held such teachings, yet they tolerated within their ranks those who did” (p.694).

Ancient Pergamos was a city where the worship of Zeus and Asclepios were endemic, whose symbol was a serpent entwined around a rod or staff. It was a city where paganism and politics were closely entwined and allied. Nicolaitan pressures were very strong in this city where pressures to “compromise” would have been very heavy.

“Sacrificed to Idols”

The Nicolaitans seduced God’s people to “eat things sacrificed to idols” – that is, participate in heathen, pagan festivals, including sexual immorality – in other words, to commit spiritual fornication and adultery – which is IDOLATRY! This convergence of Christianity with pagan beliefs and practices was sheer APOSTASY in the eyes of God!

The Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary tells us, “Since the same practice and teaching of immorality and of idolatry appear in the church of Thyatira, the Nicolaitans, though not named, were probably present also in this church (Rev.2:20-25)” (p.547). By the time of the Thyatira church age, the problem had grown into a much greater state or condition, for at that time a woman, “Jezebel,” represented the group of apostate heretics and their heresy – a powerful church in conflict with the true Church, masquerading as the true Church. John wrote, to Thyatira, “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because YOU ALLOW THAT WOMAN JEZEBEL, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols” (Rev.2:20). God says of that heathen “church,” which inculcated massive pagan practices and festivals into its church calendar, “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit ADULTERY [idolatry!] with her into GREAT TRIBULATION, unless they repent of their deeds” (v.22).

Down Through Church History

It is clear from the evidence that this heresy, which began as a small group, in the first century, mushroomed and became a strong, dominant CHURCH by the third and fourth centuries, and became the foundation of the Church of Rome and the papacy. It is described in Revelation 17 as a “woman sitting on a scarlet beast” with the name: “Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth” (Rev.17:3-5).

By the Middle Ages this church became the great persecuting church and was guilty of spilling massive amounts of the blood of the true saints and servants of God (Rev.17:6).

What was the main crime of this church? Spiritual fornication – or spiritual adultery! Combining pagan practices and doctrines with the Word of God, or replacing the teachings of God’s Word with corrupt, pagan deceptions and lies, straight from the bowels of Satan the devil!

Says The Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary, “Pagan feasts might thus foster immorality, which is understood literally as licentiousness, or possibly in an allegorical way as unfaithfulness to God. . . . At Thyatira followers of Jezebel claim to know the deep things of Satan. . . . This claim to special knowledge of deep mysteries marks the incipient Gnosticism which flourished a century later (Iren.Her.II.2.2). The Nicolaitans may be taken to be a heretical sect, who retained pagan practices like idolatry [such as image worship, observing pagan holidays like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc.] and immorality contrary to the thought and the conduct required in Christian churches” (p.548).

The early church fathers also spoke of the Nicolaitans. “Tertullian reports the lust and luxury of the Nicolaitans, cites evidence from Revelation, and adds that there was another sort of Nicolaitans, a satanic sect, called the Gaian heresy [worship of Mother Earth, which has reared its ugly head today] . . . Clement of Alexandria knows of followers of Nicolaus, ‘lascivious goats,’ who perverted his saying that it was necessary to abuse the flesh . . . Clement undertakes to show that Nicolaus [the deacon mentioned in Acts 6:1-6, a faithful servant of God] was a true ascetic and that the later, immoral Nicolaitans were not his followers, though they claimed him as their teacher . . . Later their name flourished as a designation for heretics.”

The “Synagogue of Satan”

When the Nicolaitans become powerful and the apostasy becomes full blown, and matures, then it changes into a whole Church – but no longer in any degree or sense a part of God’s true Church but an entirely apostate Church body! When Satan the devil takes over the church body, it becomes literally a “synagogue of Satan”!

This was prophesied to happen during the course of history, and a vast parallel church would be formed of people who think they are Christian, but they are far removed from the original true teachings of the apostles during the first century.

John, in the book of Revelation, spoke of it in the message to the Philadelphia church. He wrote, to this faithful and true body of believers, who held fast to the truth, and did not deny His Name, “you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed [for this reason] I will make those of the SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN, who say they are Jews [spiritual Jews or true Christians] and are NOT but LIE [they are deceived frauds, impostors, phony as a $6 dollar bill] – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Rev.3:8-10).

Christ warns this church body, the genuine “Philadelphia” church, called that because God names things according to their dominant characteristics, and this church is characterized by “brotherly love,” for the Greek word philadelphos literally means “brother love.” He warns it, “Behold, I am coming quickly! HOLD FAST what you have, that no one may take your CROWN” (verse 11).
This church does not slip into the apostasy of the Nicolaitans. In fact, it has conquered them and their full-blown image – the “synagogue of Satan” by remaining faithful to God’s Word and doctrine!

But many, not knowing or understanding, fall victim to the “conquerors” – the “victors over the people.” Speaking of such religious leaders, Paul declared, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (II Cor.11:13-15).

Church history has been replete with such splinter groups, heresies, sects, denominations, cults of all bizarre types and sizes and beliefs. They are all part and parcel of the “great apostasy” that developed over the centuries from the original church of God.

Paul warned the brethren in Ephesus, “For I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:29-30).

He was especially concerned about the church in Galatia, and wrote to them, exclaiming, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to PERVERT the gospel of Christ” (Gal.1:6-7).

This was already beginning to occur during the very FIRST generation and Age of the church! The apostasy and heresy has developed and grown massively since that era, with thousands of Octopus-like tentacles reaching throughout the world.

How did it all begin? When did the real apostasy really start?

The Real Nicolas Identified

Who was the original founder of this apostasy? There is no evidence to support the idea that an early deacon in the church named Nicolas was the one who began this heretical movement. The New Testament nowhere says that he later went astray. Rather, he was a man who was chosen for a special task, along with Stephen, one of “seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom” (Acts 6:5).

However, God calls things what they are – He names people according to their major characteristic. A look at the name “Nicholas” will be helpful. It literally means “victor of the people.” A synonym of “victor” would be “one who vanquishes an enemy; a conqueror” (The Winston Dictionary).

Who was the great conqueror, who first led the world into APOSTASY?

“Cush began Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a might hunter before [or, Hebrew, “against”] the LORD” (Gen.10:8-10). He was the first world despot or tyrant upon the earth after the Flood. Alexander Hislop, in The Two Babylons, tells us, “He [Ninus] was the first who carried on war against his neighbors, and he conquered all nations from Assyria to Libya, as they were yet unacquainted with the arts of war” (p.23, Hislop quoting Justin’s “Trogus Popeius”). Ninus was Nimrod, the most ancient king of the Assyrians and Babylonians.

Nimrod “began to be mighty upon the earth.” He was a great dictator, autocrat, and ruled with an iron hand. He was very contentious and brooked no insult or disobedience to his iron-fisted rule. He was also the religious leader of the world, leading mankind away from the worship of the true God and into incredible idolatry. He was the founder of the “Babylonians Mysteries” (compare Rev.17:1-5).


Cush and Religious “Chaos”

Says Hislop, “Cush [Nimrod’s father] is generally represented as having been a ringleader in the great apostasy” (p.25). Cush was also known as Hermes [“son of Ham”], or Mercury, and was “the great original prophet of idolatry; for he was recognized by the pagans as the author of their religious rites, and the interpreter of the gods” (ibid., p.25-26). Cush was also known as Bel, “The Confounder,” who confounded the truth with his replacement lies and deceptions. He was also called Janus, “the god of gods,” who said of himself, “The ancients . . . called me Chaos.”

He was the one who brought “Chaos” into the world after the Deluge.

Nimrod: The Original “Nicolas” and Arch Apostate

Cush’s son Nimrod (or “Ninus”) “inherited his father’s titles, and was the first king over the Babylonian Empire, which he created by conquest. Nimrod also led the great rebellion against God by building the tower of Babel, in an attempt to unite all mankind under his rulership and in defiance of the ordinances of heaven.

Hislop goes on to say that when the deification of mortals began, “the ‘mighty son’ of Cush was deified, the father, especially considering the part which he seems to have had in concocting the whole idolatrous system, would have to be deified too, and of course, in his character as the Father of the ‘Mighty one,’ and of all the immortals that succeeded him. But, in point of fact, we shall find, in the course of our inquiry, that Nimrod was the actual Father of the gods, as being the first of deified mortals” (p.32).

Josephus, in Antiquities of the Jews, tells us, “Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah – a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it was through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage that procured their happiness. He also gradually changed the government into a tyranny, -- seeing no other way to turn men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his power” (Bk.I, iv, 2).

Nimrod was the first great “victor of [or over] the people.” He was the first “Nicolaus.” He is the one for whom the WHOLE SYSTEM is named! His name is stamped on the forehead of this “Mystery, Babylon,” religious system which seeks to bring the whole world into one unified religious system of belief, doctrines, and religious globalization.

To compromise with that entire system or any part of it, God says He HATES – He is passionately against it – it is utterly idolatrous, the horrendous religious system inspired and created by Satan the arch-enemy of God – the devil who deceives the WHOLE WORLD by masking truth of God and replacing it with his nefarious, devious, enticing doctrines (see Rev.12:9)!

5.24.2010

Jesus said there are 12 hours in a day.

Author: Maria Marola

English Translators Confuse Messiah's Resurrection

The first thing that we have to understand before moving forward in this study, is what these terminologies mean in scripture:

The term "evening" is the Hebrew word erev:

#6153 `ereb eh'-reb from 6150; dusk:--+ day, even(-ing, tide), night.

It comes from the root word "arab" and it means this:

#6150 `arab aw-rab' a primitive root (identical with 6148 through the idea of covering with a texture); to grow dusky at sundown:--be darkened, (toward) evening.

The period that is called "evening" in Genesis 1:5 means dusk, and is a period that lasts from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. But this verse in Genesis 1:5 says that there was a period called "evening" (noon until sundown) and then a period called morning (from sunrise to twelve noon) and that completed a 12 hour "day."

John 11:9 Yahu'shua answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?

Okay, so we have established that there are 12 hours in a day---not 24 hours. The idea of a 24 hour cycle for a day comes from ancient Babylon. The 24 hour day is a picture of "mixture."

God always separated the night from the day, the darkness from the light. They are never co-mingled and treated as one time period:

2nd Corinthians 6:14...... and what communion hath light with darkness?

Hence these terms in scripture, mean the following things:

Morning: sunrise until noon
Evening: noon until sundown (dusk or twilight)
Night: after sundown until before dawn the next morning (total darkness)
Day: a twelve hour cycle from sunrise to sunset

The term called "night" in scripture is "Laila" in Hebrew and it is not the same thing as "evening."

There are 4 Watches in a Night and each one is 3 hours long totaling 12 hours to a "night."

The Hebrew word for "day" is "Yom" and it most often means "from sunrise to sunset" or during the warm hours of the day. It can also mean "the full period from sunset to sunset" or a 24 hour period.

But most often, in scripture, the term "day" means the period of 12 hours from sunrise to sunset as our Messiah established in John 11:9.

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

In Hebrew, one can say "Good Night" or "Night Good" and the order of the words does not matter like it does in English. Therefore, the order in which the evening and the morning are being described in Genesis 1:5 does not matter.

When reading Genesis 1:5, it would appear that because "evening" (sundown) comes first and then "morning," (from sunrise to noon) comes next in the sentence, that this is in chronological order. It would appear to the reader then that the "first day" is speaking of a 24-hour period from sunset to sunset. But now I realize that is not what this verse is describing. It is describing a 12-hour period in each "day" (from sunrise to sunset).

Morning began at sunrise and ended at 12 noon, and the evening began at 12 noon and ended at sundown. The entire period being spoken of in Genesis 1:5 is a 12 hour day as Yahu'shua said in John 11:9.

We know that this is true, because the "Morning & Evening" sacrifices in the temple were done within a 12 hour period as follows:

2nd Chronicles 13:11 And they burn unto YHWH every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of YHWH our Elohim (God); but ye have forsaken him.

The "Morning Sacrifices" were done at sunrise and the "Evening Sacrifices" were done at sundown. These two daily sacrifices are done as "bookends" at the beginning and end of a day.

So Let's Define the terms:

1.) The New Calendar "Date" Begins at sundown

2.) The "Day" begins at sunrise and is 12 hours long

With this understanding, we can see that morning came first (sunrise to noon) and the evening came after wards (12 noon until sunset) but this shows that the "Calendar Date" changes at the close of "evening" not at the close of "night" at sunrise.

So When Did Messiah Resurrect?

Most people assume that he resurrected on Sunday Morning because of this verse in Matthew 28:1.

The problem with Matthew 28:1 is that the word "dawn" is a mistranslation. The Greek word there for "dawn" is the equivalent of a word in Hebrew that means "a mixture of light and dark" hence the word should really be "dusk" as the sun was going down.

The Strong's Hebrew Concordance reveals that at sundown, the "dawning of the day" is at twilight or dusk:

#5399 nesheph neh'-shef from 5398; properly, a breeze, i.e. (by implication) dusk (when the evening breeze prevails):--dark, dawning of the day (morning), night, twilight.

The Greek words are as follows:

#2020. epiphosko ep-ee-foce'-ko a form of 2017; to begin to grow light:--begin to dawn, X draw on.

#2017. epiphauo ep-ee-fow'-o a form of 2014; to illuminate (figuratively):--give light.

You can see why the English translators thought that the word should be "dawn" as in early in the morning, just before sunrise, but the word epiphosko can mean "....to draw on" and it can mean "the beginning of something" as in the "dawn of a new era." Hence for something to "dawn" meant that something new was approaching. The term is much more broad than the English word that we use to describe "sunrise."

Murdock's Translation on e-sword has it translated correctly:

Matthew 28:1 And in the evening of the Sabbath as it was dusk, as the first (day) of the week began to dawn, came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary, to view the sepulcher.

You will notice that Murdock is calling this time of day "dusk" but he is saying that the "week" (Sabbaton in Greek) was beginning to "dawn" or to "draw on." In other words it was not sunrise, but it was the end of the Sabbath at sundown, as the new week was approaching (dawning).

The MRC Translation on e-sword translates it like this:

Matthew 28:1 Now late on the Shabbat, as it began to draw toward the first of the week, Miriam of Magdala and the other Miriam went to look at the grave.

Andrew Gabriel Roth who translated the Aramaic Peshitta also agrees with this interpretation. Here is what he says:

"Aramaic literally reads 'b'ramsha din b'shabata' or 'in the evening of the shabbat.' What is true for dawning is also true for setting in the sense of 'conclusion' as is meant here....Murdock and Etheridge also confirm this idiomatic reading in their translations."

Something that one must understand is that the Calendar Date changes at sunset each day--- not at midnight. It was Pope Gregory who made the date change at midnight in 1532 C.E., thus fulfilling the role of the Beast in Daniel 7:23-25. "The Beast shall think to change times and laws..." The new day was"dawning" at sunset and the word "day" here is in italics in the King James Version. Whenever you see a word in italics in the KJV, that means it was not there originally.

The verse should read like this in the King James Version:

Matthew 28

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to draw on toward the first of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Now think about this logically. The Sabbath ends on Saturday night at sundown right? It says here that it was the "end of the Sabbath" so how in the world could it be early Sunday morning if the Sabbath had not ended yet? It was still approaching the end of the Sabbath on Saturday Night before sundown. Hence, when it says "towards the first of the week" it is telling us that Saturday Night sundown had not arrived yet, but it was moving towards sundown on Saturday Night-----the first Calendar Date of the week!

This period is called "Havdalah" in Hebrew which means "exiting the Sabbath."

We see this occurring in Acts 20:7:

Acts 20:7 And upon the first (day) of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

Most Christians use this as an excuse to say that "Sunday" is the true "Christian Sabbath" and they think that they have "proof" that the disciples "broke bread" on the first "day" of the week. The natural conclusion would be to think that this is speaking of "Sunday Morning" but the word "day" does not appear in the orginal text! In the King James Version, it reads like this:

Acts 20:7: And upon the first of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

You will then realize that this was not speaking about Sunday Morning, but it is speaking about the "first calendar date" of the week called "Havdalah" (exiting the Sabbath). It is further validated by the fact that Paul preached until midnight that same night. If this had been Sunday Morning, he would've preached from early Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (approximately) until 12 midnight that same night and this means he would've preached for 15 hours straight! It is absurd to believe that Paul preached that many hours in one day!

One of the things that I like about the King James Version, is that it italicizes words that were not originally there in the text. The word "day" is in italics here in John 20:1:

John 20:1 The first (day) of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Notice that it was "yet dark" and the word "day" was not there in the original text.

Hence it does not say "the first day of the week" it says "the first of the week" meaning the first calendar date of the week. Y'shua said in John 11:9 that there are 12 hours in a day.

Did you ever wonder why our Messiah made a point of separating 3 days from 3 nights? If a "day" is 24 hours long, why did he not say that he would be in the heart of the earth for "three days?" Why did he make a point of saying "three days & three nights?"

The word Greek word for "half" in Revelation 11:11 is a word that means "a part of" something, and not necessarily "fifty percent of something."

#2255. hemisu hay'-mee-soo neuter of a derivative from an inseparable prefix akin to 260 (through the idea of partition involved in connection) and meaning semi-; (as noun) half:--half.

Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

If scripture sets a precedence of defining a "half of a day" as only a part of a day and it does not round off the partition of the day to a full day, then one cannot use the full day of Wednesday (Messiah's Crucifixion) to mean the entire "day one" of the "3 days and 3 nights" prophecy. The first "day" of this prophecy must then commence on Thursday at sunrise (the morning after his crucifixion).

This means 6-12 hour cycles:

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. = 1/2 of a day
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.- Thursday 6:00 a.m. = #1 night
Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. = #1 day
Thursday 6:00 p.m. - Friday 6:00 a.m. = #2 night
Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. = # 2 day
Friday 6:00 p.m. - Saturday 6:00 a.m. # 3 night
Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. = # 3 day

Grand Total = 3 days & 3 nights (and a half of a day on Wednesday like the 2 witnesses in Revelation 11).

The idea of a calling a 24-hour cycle a "day" comes from Babylon. The fact that it was the "first" calendar date of the week, and it was dark means that it was after sundown on Saturday night when the women were able to go to the tomb. The Roman Soldiers were ordered to stand guard until the end of the three day watch, and so the women would've been arrested had they gone to the tomb sooner. By the time the women arrived, the stone had already been rolled away earlier that day and the angel was there waiting to give them the good news!

Messiah resurrected before the end of Sabbath while it was still daylight!

A new light to an old story..

I've always loved the story about Yeshua healing the blind man but have always wondered about a few things..

Joh 9:1 ¶ And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
8 ¶ The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
13 ¶ They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.


Why would Yeshua go through so much trouble to heal a man? Why wouldn't he just say.. you are HEALED! and then he would be? Why do all of those steps? After studying a bit more it's amazing to me! Yeshua has always been our teacher. He took this opportunity to heal a man to once again teach!

When he healed this blind man he did several things which the rabbis had declared "unlawful" on the sabbath. At this point and time the Rabbi's had set up all sorts of man-made laws. These laws were SUPPOSED to help the people.. keep them from even getting close to breaking an ACTUAL law of the Lord. However, the rabbis had begun teaching that their laws were of equal importance to God's law. For instance.. you can't eat with dirty hands! You can't eat of a dirty pot! You can't make mud on the sabbath! You can't walk more than an 1/8th of a mile on the Sabbath! You can't heal or help people on the Sabbath! (see where this is going? LOL)

However, these were not the LORD'S actual laws! So Yeshua sits down, heals a man.. and in doing so.. he

makes mud
heals someone
tells them to walk more than an 1/8th of a mile.

So he breaks none of the actual laws concerning the Sabbath, yet breaks at least 3 of their man-made laws! It's so obvious here and in other places exactly what Yeshua thought about adding man-made laws to the law of the Lord. He HATED it. (remember him in the temple tearing things up?)

In another place he even tried to get them to admit to this..

Lu 6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?

They couldn't answer him.. sometimes it's hard to admit when the law we've set up and teach adamantly isn't actually a law of God.. but a man made one instead.


Sometimes I think we need to take heed of this!

Mt 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

I know I've wrongly judged people in the past. Sort of looked down my nose at them for doing something I thought was "wrong." Why.. they'll go to HELL for doing that thing! But upon actually looking at it I realize they broke no laws of our Lord! They only broke my man-made laws.. Man-made laws which my Lord hates! How prideful of me to put myself in a postition to judge others for laws that aren't even there. I pray that I'll become a better light and less of an outward judge of people I meet from day to day.

5.20.2010

Meet our family..

I thought I'd throw some personal posts in here amidst all the info. :) Our family took a vacation to Disney a few weeks ago and ended up with some pictures of our entire crew that I loved. :)

Here are a few..


Our passover table :)

We didn't have much time to prepare for passover this year. :) We had just came to the conclusion that we should keep it the very week of passover (first week in April).. so it was a bit spur of the moment.. but a true blessing to be able to partake. :)

5.19.2010

Did Jesus Break the Sabbath?

Ga 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

It says he was born UNDER the law. True, he didn't have to be ... but he was. why? so he could live the law to perfection to redeem us. (next verse)

So 1- he chose to be born under the law.. which means he was subject to the law... if he wasn't he couldn't have redeemed us.

2- Heb 4:15 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

He was tempted like us but was without sin..
What is sin?
The transgression of the law

3- 1Jo 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

What law was he born under? The law at the time.. the mosiacal law. So it says he was 1- born under the mosaical law, 2- he was tempted, and 3- he never broke the law.
We've got to take scripture as truth.. he lived under the law and never broke it. He didn't have too of course.. he's GOD! He didn't have to die either.. but to be our spotless
sacrifice he had to be spotless which means he had to live under the law and be without sin. Saying Jesus broke the sabbath is a very dangerous path because scriptures clearly say he never broke the law. He broke the "fences" or rabbinical laws yes.. but never the actual laws given for the sabbath.

Let me add this:

While living under the Authority of the Law Jesus placed Himself under it and in the flesh, He was also obligated to do this part of the law:

De 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
De 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Again, Jesus meant what He said and said what He meant here:

Mt 5:17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Notice two things. Jesus was against the "righteousness" of the scribes and Pharisees. Why?

Mt 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mr 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Please stop confusing the Law of God with the doctrines of men, and doctrines of demons, as I think this would be fairly insulting to God, seeing it is the Word, which is Jesus.

Second, notice what else Jesus says:

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Are we saying Jesus was preaching at Himself and calling Himself the least in the kingdom of heaven? If He broke the Sabbath and taught us to do the same then He has now done several things He just told us here that He would not do:

1. Jots and Titles are falling when they are not supposed to.
2. Jesus is not come to destroy the law, but then goes and destroys the law.
3. Jesus is breaking and teaching others to break the law.

Jesus taught nothing against the law, nor did Paul. Consider the words from Paul's own mouth:

Ac 25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.

We can be thankful that Jesus only broke the Pharisees rules and not the Sabbath. Those that make this statement obviously have no idea of the implications of this accusation. Some say Jesus broke the Sabbath so it was not one of the Ten Commandments but a ceremonial law. The fourth Commandment the Sabbath was never practised because of sin. Breaking the Sabbath is sin and was made before sin existed. 1 John 3:4 says that sin is transgression of the law and if Jesus broke the Sabbath then he would have broken His own law and would have become a sinner. Jesus was there when the Ten Commandments were given, but that does not mean that He can murder or break any one of the Ten Commandments. As a sinner He could not have been our one and final perfect sacrifice and redeemer. Let's look at the verses in contention just to clear up this fallacy anyway. The main passage is found in the book of John where Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, and so the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath. Note that John is quoting the words of the Pharisees in this passage pretty much verbatim and are not John's personal opinion. We will see evidence of this soon. This is what Jesus said about the Pharisees in Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” These are those who also had Jesus crucified. Whose words do you think we should listen to? The words of Jesus or the words of the Pharisees?
John 5:5-18 “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. … 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up your bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath. … 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”
The Pharisees also accused Jesus of blasphemy because He made Himself equal with the Father. Were the Pharisees correct? They were no more correct on this allegation than they were on their accusation of Jesus breaking the Sabbath. In the book of Matthew, we have another account of Jesus healing someone and the Pharisees once again accused Him of breaking the Sabbath. However, this time we have the words of Jesus to establish if doing good deeds or things of absolute necessity are lawful on the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:10-12 “And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.”
Why do the proponents quote the Pharisees but ignore the words of their own Lord and Saviour? Why would they put their faith in the Pharisees rather than Jesus Christ? Why do they quote John 5:5-18 but never mention Matthew 12:10-12 where Jesus says it was NOT unlawful to heal and do good on the Sabbath?

Jesus thankfully did not sin and so did not break any of the Ten Commandments as He clarifies in this passage when He says “that it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath,” such as healing people or pulling an animal out of a hole.