7.28.2010

Excellent thoughts

These thoughts were from a friend on my facebook wall this morning. I liked them so much I thought I'd share here.


These are the questions that have destroyed many Rome centered theological

paradigms. These questions could be the number one cause of the

"delete" function on many a Pastor's facebook wall. They can not be

addressed in concert with Scripture and mainstream doctrine, so they are

... instead ignored, deleted, or redirected along with all other types of Truth avoiding tactics.
 
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‎1) Matthew 5:17-19 clearly teaches that no commandments are to pass away at least until Heaven and Earth pass and all of the Law and Prophets are fulfilled. In addition, believers that teach others that commandments have passed away (thus ......teaching others to sin as sin is defined as transgressing the law) will be least in the kingdom of Heaven. But those who strive to keep all of God's law and teach others to do the same will be great in the Kingdom. What do His words teach you here and how can we be comfortable teaching that some commandments have passed away?




2) When Jesus commanded us to observe and do everything taught out of Moses seat (Matthew 23:1-3), what does that mean to you and why? What was the Moses' seat and what was taught out of it?



3) When Paul stated several times that he believes, practices, and teaches God's law (as written by Moses)(Ac 21:20-26;24:13-14;25:8) and also that there is no difference between the Jew and Geek in Christ (1 Cor 12:12-14;Gal 3:27-29;Col 3:10-12), how can we be comfortable using Paul's letters to teach that we are not to observe all of God's law? How can Paul be teaching God's law (as written by Moses) and teaching against God's law (as written by Moses) at the same time? Wouldn't all those instances Paul was accused of not practicing and teaching the Law of Moses actually be true accusations instead of false accusations like Paul asserted and demonstrated? Who is right in these accusations, Paul or mainstream Christianity? It should also be considered that God’s law (as written by Moses) also teaches that the alien/foreigner (those grafted in) is to keep it as well. Thus if Paul is indeed teaching converted Gentiles to not keep God’s law then he is in effect teaching against God’s law (as written by Moses). In other words, Paul can not state that he teaches and practices God’s law (as written by Moses) when both the Law AND the Prophets clearly state that God’s law is for the converted Gentiles and still teach converted Gentiles that they do not have to keep God’s law (as written by Moses) This would make Paul a liar. (Ex 12:19) (Ex 12:38) (Ex 12:49) (Lev 19:34) (Lev 24:22) (Num 9:14) (Num 15-16) (Num 15:29) (ie: Ruth) (Is 42:6) (Is 60:3) (Mat 5:14) (Eph 2:10-13) (Ac 13:47) (Ro 11:16-27) (Jer31:31-34) (Ez 37) (1 Jo 2:10) (1 Jo 1:7).



4) When scripture states in the NT we are to keep God's commandments in our love back to Him (1 Jn 5:3) as a response to His grace or love for us (1 Jn 4:19), how can we conclude that we are to keep only some of God's commandments? Are commandments in Leviticus 23 or Leviticus 11 God’s commandments or not?



5) If God is His Word and has been since the beginning (Jn 1:1-2) and we are stating for example that Leviticus 23 has changed and no longer exists, then how can we be comfortable with that when God says He (the Word) does not change (Mal. 3:6)?



6) If ALL scripture is True and are to be used as instructions in righteousness and as a standard in which we correct and rebuke (2 Tim. 3:16-17) can we still teach that Leviticus 23 is no longer True and is no longer instructions in righteousness?



Is it that Leviticus 23 (for example) IS True or WAS True? How would you answer that and why? And if it is that it WAS True, why is Leviticus 23 suddenly True again and practiced again when Jesus returns (ie: Zech 14)(Ez. 40-48)? Why the supposed 2,000+/- year pause and restart in these commandments in particular?



7) If the response to all or any of the above is that Christianity is a "new group" or "new people" or "new body" and thus has "new rules" as opposed to the law given to Israel then how do we answer this? Romans 11 teaches that we are grafted into Israel (the "cultivated olive" tree as being "their tree") and taken away from the wild olive tree (nations/Gentiles). Eph. 2 teaches the same in the sense that it declares that we were once Gentiles and are now made to be citizens of the commonwealth of Israel in our faith. Countless examples in scripture demonstrate that Israel has always allowed the foreigner/alien to be grafted in and become Israel (Egyptians coming out of Egypt with Israel, Ruth the Moabite, etc.) Jer. 31:31-32 declares that the New Covenant is made for only the House of Judah (Jews)(2 tribes) and the House of Israel (divorced 10 tribes scattered into the nations as Gentiles - Jer. 3:8-10). There is no mention of a new group being made part of the New Covenant but only the 12 tribes of Israel (all of Israel). So the question is this, how can Christianity be supposedly a new group (to avoid the law given to Israel) and yet still be Israel at the same time? How can we be part of something and not part of it at the same time? If we are Israel, why are we not doing the commandments given to Israel that were to be perpetual, everlasting, and forever according to His own Word?

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Lk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Mt 7:21 . Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.




Mt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?



Mt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 
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Yes it can be embarrassing to discover error, but it is more embarrassing to still continue to embrace it after it is exposed. Ac 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
 
Contrary to new and modern (Roman) Christian doctrine, this is what God's Word says:




1. The Law blesses (obey) and curses (disobey).

(Deut 11:26-27)(Ps 112:1)(Ps 119:1-2)(Ps 128:1)(Prov 8:32)(Is 56:2)(Mat 5:6)(Mat 5:10)(Luke 11:28)(Jam 1:25......)(1 Pe 3:14)(Rev 22:14)



2. The Law defines sin.

(Jer 44:23)(Ez 18:21)(Dan 9:11)(Ro 3:20)(Ro 7:7)(1 Jo 3:4)



2. The Law is perfect.

(Ps 19:7)(Jam 1:25)



3. The Law is liberty.

(Ps 119:45)(Jam 1:25, 2:12)



4. The Law is the way.

(Ex 18:20)(Deut 10:12)(Josh 22:5)(1 King 2:3)(Ps 119:1)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:3)(Mal 2:8)(Mark 12:14)(Ac 24:14)



5. The Law is the truth.

(Ps 119:142)(Mal 2:6)(Ro 2:20)(Gal 5:7)(Ps 43:2-4)(Jo 8:31-32)



6. The Law is life.

(Job 33:30)(Ps 36:9)(Prov 6:23)(Rev 22:14)



7. The Law is light.

(Job 24:13)(Job 29:3)(Ps 36:9)(Ps 43:2-4)(Ps 119:105)(Prov 6:23)(Is 2:5) (Is 8:20)(Is 51:4)(2 Cor 6:14)(1 John 1:7)



8. The Law is Jesus, the Word made flesh.

(PERFECT-LIBERTY-WAY-TRUTH-LIFE-LIGHT).

(Ps 27:1)(Jo 1:1-14)(Jo 14:5-11)(1 Jo 1:7)



9. The Law is also for the Gentiles (foreigner/alien) who are grafted in.

(Ex 12:19) (Ex 12:38) (Ex 12:49) (Lev 19:34) (Lev 24:22) (Num 9:14) (Num 15-16) (Num 15:29) (ie: Ruth) (Is 42:6) (Is 60:3) (Mat 5:14) (Eph 2:10-13) (Ac 13:47) (Ro 11:16-27) (Jer31:31-34) (Ez 37) (1 Jo 2:10) (1 Jo 1:7)



10. The Law is God’s instructions on how to love God, how to love others, and how to not love yourself.

(Ex 20:6)(Deut 5:10)(Deut 7:10)(Deut 11:13)(Deut 11:22)(Deut 30:16)(Deut 6:5)(Lev 19:18)(Neh 1:5)(Dan 9:4)(Mat 22:35-37)(Matthew 10:39)(Mat 16:25)(Jo 14:15)(Jo 14:21)(Ro 13:9)(1 Jo 5:2-3)(2 Jo 1:6)
 
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If God asked us these questions, would we be able to answer them?




1) Can perfect be made better?



2) Can we be freed from freedom?

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3) Can Truth be made not Truth?



4) Can the path of righteousness be changed into a new path?



5) Can the Ways of God change into a different way?



6) Can forever, perpetual, and lasting throughout the generations to come turn into intermittent and sporadic?



7) Can what defines sin be nullified?



8) Can what is light change into a different light?



9) Can what is life no longer be life?



10) If God is the Word can the Word (and thus God) change?



11) Can something we are to delight in become something we teach against?



12) Can walking as Jesus walked mean not walking as Jesus walked?



13) If Jesus is the Word made flesh, did He get on the cross to abolish Himself?



14) Can instructions for love one day be worthless instructions the next day?



15) Can what is stated to be made for us and to bless us no longer bless us?



Some may need to start preparing their answers as it might take a while to prepare a good defense when YHWH asks these questions at the Bema Seat. This is the judgment for all believers when we get our rewards/crown for obedience to His Word and we find out if we are to be least or great in His Kingdom for all eternity. I actually say nothing new here in what Christian teachers already understand and teach. However, now here comes the practical application:



You might ask, "Why would one even need to ask these questions?"



Do you believe the new and modern Christian doctrine of today?



1) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that God's law has been made better in the New Covenant.



2) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that God's law is bondage and that Christ came to set us free from His Law.



3) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that some things in God's Word are no longer True (i.e. Leviticus 11 and 23).



4) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that what scripture defines as a path and instructions in righteousness are no longer instructions in righteousness.



5) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that God changed His Way to a new Way.



6) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine abolishes God's written commandments that are clearly established to be forever in the context in which it was used. Select commandments become something that are applicable before Christ, not applicable after Christ (now), and suddenly applicable again when Christ returns (1000 year reign).



7) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine changes what scripture defines as sin and says it is no longer sin.



8) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine changes what scripture says is a light to our path to something that is no longer a light to our path.



9) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine takes commandments that were stated to be made for us and to benefit us are now taken away and no longer for us.



10) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine changes God's Word when God says He is the Word.



11) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches against parts of God's Word that God's Word says we are to delight in.



12) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that we should not walk as Jesus walked.



13) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that Christ (the living Word) abolished Himself on the cross (abolished the Word).



14) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that commandments that are stated to be given to us to love God and love others now suddenly does neither.



15) ...because new and modern Christian doctrine teaches that obedience to certain select commandments now suddenly curses us instead of blesses us.

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7.16.2010

What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Mt 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mt 5:3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We see that Jesus was preaching the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand, or happening at that time, or shortly coming into being. The poor in spirit, or the meek and humble of heart would get to be part of the kingdom of heaven. Why is that? The proud, like the scribes and pharisees, would miss the message because they were so wrapped up in their man made religion and laws that they refused to accept the Christ and the truth of the simple law of God that Jesus taught, which conflicted with many of their man made laws. Rather than accept they were wrong and teaching other people wrongly, and relinquish their control over people, they crucified their own long anticipated Redeemer and Savior.

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.

We see that the time frame in which the law of God, the law of Moses, the one Jesus lived under perfectly and taught to the fullest, would last during the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven. At the end of this study we will see when that is and how long it lasts. A big hint is that it will last till heaven and earth passes. Lu 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Also we see that we are the least of the kingdom of heaven if we break and teach others to break any of the laws of God that are applicable to us based on our gender, age, and occupation.

Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

The Kingdom of heaven is one you have to enter into.

Mt 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

Many people will enter into the kingdom, and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are in it.

Mt 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mt 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Mt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. {suffereth...: or, is gotten by force, and they that thrust men}

The Kingdom of Heaven was in existence during the time of John the Baptist, thus predating the crucifixion.

Mt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Jesus taught about the Kingdom of Heaven in parables and it had mysteries to be revealed.

We see some of those parables and mysteries revealed in Matt 13:

Mt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The prophets wanted to see and understand what Jesus is teaching about this Kingdom.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

This is universally understood to be speaking of the Gospel. The Kingdom of Heaven's message is the Gospel, the good news that Jesus is the Messiah and has brought salvation.

24 ¶ Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

This is universally understood to be speaking of the age of the church, and how there are allowed to live amongst the followers of Jesus those that are not truly followers. A tare looks just like wheat, but doesn't produce fruit during harvest, and so is easily identified and weeded out during harvest. The harvest is the judgement. The evil will be burned. The good will be taken to the barn (the new heaven and earth, new Jerusalem, etc.)

31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

The Kingdom of Heaven started with Jesus and 12 Apostles and has spread across the planet and the Gospel message is known by virtually every culture and nation.

33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

There is continuation of the Kingdom after the end of the world. It is called the Kingdom of the Father.

44 ¶ Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

This describes how precious the Gospel message should be to us. It should be the most important thing in our lives.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Again, there should be no argument as to what time period the Kingdom of Heaven encompasses. So far we have established it was at least from John the Baptist until the day of judgment, possibly farther if the Kingdom of the Father is the same Kingdom.

Mt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Mt 18:1 ¶ At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Mt 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Again, only the humble will be entering the Kingdom. Faith like a little child. No doubt, total trust in their Father, and willingness to listen, learn, and obey only the Father's commands.
18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

This shows us that our sins are forgiven, and how massive that debt is. It shows also how ridiculous it is for us to not be forgiving to each other.

Mt 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
Mt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 19:23 ¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Why is it so hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Because they trust in their own wealth and not God, money and the worldly things around us distract us from serving God, and money corrupts us.

Mt 20:1 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

He will save anyone who believes and obeys, no matter how late in life. We aren't earning more than someone else by working harder or longer in the vineyard. Some teach that you will get a greater reward by doing more work. I am not sure this is true. That will be a study for another day! Till then let's focus on the point of this study.

It would get obnoxious to keep pointing out the time period of the kingdom of heaven, and how purely blatant it has become that the church is the Kingdom of Heaven. Only someone seeking to distort the obvious truth and avoid keeping all the commandments of God would attempt at this point to say the Kingdom of Heaven of Matt 5:17-20 is a different kingdom that only lasted till Jesus died on the cross and did the opposite of what He just said He DID NOT COME TO DO, which was destroy the law. But, let's keep reading.

Mt 22:1 ¶ And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Again, many are called, but few choose to hear the call and believe and obey. The marriage of the Lamb, will happen on some future day. For now, we are as the church, spiritual Israel, betrothed. We are legally married, but not living physically together in the consummated state of matrimony. We need to have the right garment on. What garment is that?

Ro 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. {true...: or, holiness of truth}
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Mt 23:13 ¶ But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Man made traditions and false doctrines have a way of doing this. We have one more chapter in which Jesus teaches of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Mt 25:1 ¶ Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

The oil in the lamp is the knowledge of the Word of God and whether or not we are living according to it. Ps 119:105 ¶ NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Are we following what the lamp shows us to do? If not we aren't going to be ready because we won't be doing what He said to do, and we won't be watching for His return.

14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Does this Kingdom of Heaven sound like something that expired when Jesus died on the cross? Or does it sound like something that is going on right now, which will end at His second coming? Take careful note of the following verse:

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Who is the King at the end of time? Christ, who calls His subjects blessed of His Father. Then what happens? Come, inherit THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. Wait, they just lived and died in the Kingdom of Heaven that was in existence at least as far back as John the Baptist. What kingdom is this they are getting to be a part of now? Christ's literal thousand year reign on the earth, the one prophesied in every single old testament book of prophesy and here in Revelations:

Re 20:1 ¶ And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 ¶ And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Let me ask three simple questions. Did Jesus come again and win a war and have a 1,000 year reign according to this passage? Where was this reign? What happened after the nations were deceived (who live on the earth, not heaven) when the Devil was loosed from being bound? Now, if the reign of Christ as King in heaven, after His crucifixion, is the fulfillment of all the prophesy that speaks of His reign in Jerusalem with Israel returned from their captivity, why has this reign:

1. Lasted 2,000 years.
2. The Devil is not bound, clearly.
3. Israel wasn't even a nation till 1948.
4. The northern 10 tribes are still scattered.
5. Jerusalem does not dwell safely.
6. Christ is seated in heaven waiting for His enemies to be made His footstool. Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
7. The end time prophesies that speak of the reign and ingathering of the tribes tell us that we will be keeping Sabbath, Tabernacles, and the whole law given at Mt Sinai. (Isa 66, Zach 14, Deut 30

Another verse to consider:

2Ti 4:1 ¶ I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

Appearing of the kingdom when? AT HIS SECOND COMING. I thought we were in the kingdom already? This means there must be two, one we are in now, the kingdom of heaven, because Jesus is the King of Spiritual Israel sitting on the right hand of the throne of God IN HEAVEN, and when He comes again, according to Rev 20, He will reign a 1,000 years on earth. Again, all the prophets of the old testament writings speak of the restoration of Israel to thier promised land, the everlasting land covenant with them being fulfilled, and the coming of the Messiah King who will rule the nations with a rod of iron. This was what ther were looking for when He came the first time, and they were not understanding He had to come and die and leave and then He would could come again and reign on David's literal throne over the literal land of Israel.

One more passage to consider:

Lu 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
29 ¶ And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

The Kingdom of God is night at hand, then Jesus comes again in power and glory. Hmmm, I thought we are in the kingdom of God. There are many verses just like these we have looked at that use the phrase kingdom of God instead of kingdom of heaven. The two are interchangeable terms, look the passages up. Again, there is yet another kingdom of heaven / God that happens at the end of this current kingdom of heaven / God. And that kingdom begins at the second coming, much like this kingdom began at the frist coming. Technically, the message of the kingdom of heaven began at John the Baptist, but according to other verses, it sounds like the resurrection of Jesus was the beginning of the kingdom.

Continuing on with the teaching in Matt 25:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Not doing what Jesus asked us to do, and showed us to do, will result in eternal punishment. Of course we aren't expected to be perfect, or even understand everything in the bible perfectly, but willfully disobeying and rejecting Jesus or His law (which is Jesus made flesh) will result in eternal punishment and is called the Spirit of Anti Christ and the spirit of disobedience at work in the world even at the time of the Apostles.

1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

All of this to make it crystal clear, the meaning of this passage of scripture that is messed with to try to make it not say what it clearly means:

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.

Folks, in every other scripture that Jesus uses the phrase Kingdom of Heaven, we get the idea, it is the age of the church. In addition to that, you can play with this passage in Matt 5:17 all day to avoid admitting the law is still valid by using the word fulfilled, but then there is this passage:

Lu 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail


7.14.2010

God Doesn’t Change or lie.

This might seem like a pretty basic thing, yet this fact is ignored by modern Christian bible interpretation and theology. Let’s make a quick examination of some scriptures that are ignored because they contradict the very basis of dispensationalism. The entire foundation of the “Old law bad, done away with and New law good, but nobody agrees exactly what it is” doctrine will topple with admitting that God doesn’t change or lie. Let’s investigate. Read with all honesty and a fair minded approach.

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

This tells us that God is not wishy washy. You can depend on Him. Put your trust in Him, because He won’t ever let you down. If He promises, He will deliver. He won’t change His mind. He won’t sneak out of holding up His end of the bargain. He won’t turn on you, He is faithful to the uttermost. Now, what is the word of truth that He begat us with? The word of truth. What is this defined as in the bible? We find Pilate wondered this same thing.

Joh 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?

What truth did Jesus come to bear witness to?

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

OK, what word is the truth? The letters of Paul? That seems to be the only thing people want to read. Let’s see what the bible defines as the Word of truth.

Ps 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy LAW is the truth.

Da 9:13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

Ro 2:17 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; (wow, His will is 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.

Mal 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Ps 119:151 Thou art near, O LORD (got to love the King James Version editing out the actual name of God Yod He Vav He and replacing it with a generic title used in Feudal Europe for wealthy land owners); and all thy COMMANDMENTS are truth.

1Jo 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Can the law and commandments of God be the truth and Jesus be the truth also? Again, basic verses but they are overlooked when theology is created apparently. Take careful note of the following verses as they will be referred to again to make another very important point that people refuse to admit.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Re 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Now that we know the Word of Truth is the law, and that Jesus was the law made flesh, and was the Word and law and truth from the beginning, the creative power that spoke the world into existence, and the voice thundering from heaven giving the law at Mount Sinai, let’s consider this verse:

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

What did Jesus teach? What truth did He come to bear witness to? What word was He made flesh? The letters by Paul written after He died? Are we taught by Jesus or by twisted scriptures interpreted by men from Paul’s letters that were being twisted even in the culture, time, and language he wrote them in? What did Paul say to do himself?

1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

If we were to do as instructed here, what would we be doing? Let’s see if the bible confirms that he lived the same way Jesus did according to the law.

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.

Would teaching a new law that was the same as the old law but missing some things be offensive to the law of the Jews?

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.

Just to concrete the truth of how Paul lived and taught, lets read another passage:

Ac 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

At the point of being obnoxious, let me make sure you caught the message in this verse, lest someone who refuses to admit the truth tries to twist this up to not mean what it says. James said: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, ARE NOTHING; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and KEEPEST THE LAW.

What did Paul teach?

Ac 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

All scripture in this verse means, all the stuff that man has decided to call Old Testament in your bible. Why? The new Testament writings in your bible didn’t exist when Timothy was a child, and letters by Apostles are not considered scripture by the Jewish author in the process of writing those letters.

Some truth Jesus taught, that we are not taught in church:

Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

What commandments did Jesus keep? What commandments were His Father’s? Simple question we all know. I’ll post it again, because this verse is written by Paul after Jesus death:

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

I implore you. If you want to know the truth, and know exactly how God wants you to live, read and do what Jesus did and taught!!

The Apostle John had the same message:

1Jo 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 ¶ Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

What Word are we to keep? What commandments is John talking about? "The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning."

Now, let’s look at some more verses that explain that God doesn’t change or lie.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Nu 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

The obvious has been stated. Now, let’s look at some verses with this basic foundational truth in our mind.

Ge 17:8 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.

Is this covenant of promise done away with? What about this promise we see over and over again in scriptures:

De 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
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.
7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

In case you haven’t read history, the northern kingdom of Israel that went into captivity some 500 years before Jesus came is still scattered. It was still scattered after Jesus died:

Jas 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

When they are gathered together and God makes good on this promise, what law did it say they will they be keeping?

Now for the dissolving of a massive contradiction that is the core of dispensationalism. Read carefully, this is very important.

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

What is Jesus?

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Re 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Isa 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 ¶ For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

I have to stop and point two things out.

1. If Jesus is the Word, and Peter quotes Isaiah who says the word endures forever, and will stand forever, long past the lives of men, then how can we say the Jesus who is the Word did away with His own Words when He died on the cross. In fact, Peter says it is by the Gospel that this Word is taught to them. What word? The Gospel of Jesus which does away with the law? That makes no sense. The Word that predated the Gospel. God's instructions on how we are to live if we want to be in covenant with Him. The covenant Jesus blood radified requires us to keep our end of the deal up, and true faith is obedience out of love, it is a verb, not an abstract beliefe, but action. And that action is guarding, or keeping His covenantal laws, the ones He said He would write on our hearts, the same set of instructions He always had, the law Jesus said He came to make full, or fulfill. Again, look at what Peter says after he quotes Isaiah's statement the Word stands forever. In the context, Peter explains we are born again by the Word of God. Why? We are born again as citizens of Israel, and the bride of Christ, and children of Abraham. We are dead to sin, and alive to Christ. How do we die to sin and the flesh? We have to know what sin is. 1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is the transgression of THE LAW. Paul explains explicitly in Romans 6-8 how we die sin and the law of sin and death, but we delight after the law of God in the inward man. So, by being born again, we are not breaking the law, not sinning. We are born, Peter says, by the Word of God. How? Jesus is the Word, the message of Jesus and how He showed us how to live is the Word, and He lived the law of God. We are alive with Christ when we die to sin, being made a new man, a new creature in the body of Christ. Now, Peter quotes Isaiah, says the word of the Lord stands forever, and then he says this Word is preach to you BY THE GOSPEL. He doesn't say the word that stands forever is only the Gospel. But the Gospel is the delivery of the Word of God. The whole, true, unedited message of Jesus includes what he taught, and He intended for us to do what He did and teach what He taught! Not what church tradition teaches. Not a Gospel message that claims the Word of the Lord can be nailed to the cross and abolished in direct opposition to what Jesus said HE DID NOT COME TO DO. The Word of the Lord is an entity that is contained within the Gospel message being taught. The Gospel was never the abolition of previous Words spoken by Jesus.

John said this best here:

1Jo 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 ¶ Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

It's really this simple. Do what Jesus did if you love God and Jesus. Keep His Word. What are His words teaching us? What message did Jesus give us while on earth?

Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

The church teaches the Apostles taught new commanments and the abolishing of the ones Jesus lived and said to keep if you want to abide in His love. Perhaps the church is twisting the words of Paul to say what they want to say and not what he meant. The bible can't contradict. Peter verified this was happening and would keep happening:

2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Again, the Apostles turn us to look and learn from Jesus and what He did and taught. Clearly this was their doctrine, not a new one that mysteriously waives the commandments Jesus said if you love me you will keep. If Jesus told Peter that people no longer had to follow the dietary laws found in Leviticus, why was he still keeping those laws when he got the vision in Acts 9 and defending himself with God that he hadn't broken those laws?

Consider this bit of logic with me:

Now, put on your thinking cap, this is really hard. If the Word of God is the truth, and the truth is the law, and the law was spoken from heaven with the sound of trumpets and Mount Sinai on fire, and it is the Word of God, then:

1. Jesus was the word (law) made flesh. It is called the way, truth, and life, and light, just as He said He was.
2. Jesus can’t change. Jesus = Word = Law. Therefore: THE LAW CAN’T change.
3. The Words of Jesus stand and endure forever.

Now, this is what the bible clearly teaches us. Everyone at this point should agree. Go back and read the verses. This is the truth. Here is a scripture that is interpreted wrong on purpose to create a doctrine that says the law of God changed and therefore must all be done away with. This interpretation contradicts the very nature of God and His Word. Read this carefully, but you will read into it your bias. You will look through the glasses you were forced to wear your whole life and read this verse to say a contradiction and be just fine with it. You shouldn’t be fine with contradictions. You can’t shrug your shoulders and go to sleep at night when the way you believe causes scriptures to contradict the nature of God and His Son and His Word. OK, read this and then I will explain the true meaning which doesn’t contradict.

Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

I placed a large amount of the context of the verse in question to help us understand. The bible clearly says: For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Here is the apparent contradiction: the law can’t change, in the sense that one jot or title falls from it or anything is added to or taken away.
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.

The passage here and in Hebrews are traditionally misinterpreted. We have proven that the law can’t change to a new law or a reduced law. Yet, that is exactly what is taught. This passage in Hebrews is interpreted to mean the entire law of God, which is the Word of God, and is eternal and unchanging by nature, is replaced with the teachings we find only in the letters of the Apostles and Acts and Revelations. The passage in Matthew 5 is interpreted to say: don’t think I came to destroy (annul, change, eliminate, replace) the law, but heaven and earth won’t pass till I die on the cross in a year or so and destroy the law. Now, pretty sad contradiction, and a nonsense interpretation. Also, the kingdom of heaven is clearly the time frame we are living in now, as there is another kingdom He will reign in which will be on the earth for 1,000 years (see the previous post about this subject). This is also evidenced by:

Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

So He is king now, but where is He? In heaven, waiting till His enemies be made His footstool. Now, put on that thinking cap again: If He is king and high priest now, and He is in heaven waiting, then the kingdom is in heaven, and we are living in the period of time that Jesus said: whoever breaks one of these commandments or teaches others to do the same will be the least in the kingdom.

Just to erase any doubt, the twisting of Matt 5:17-20 is all done around the words involving fulfilling. Let’s look at that word in verse 18: and it’s meaning:

1096. ginomai ginomai, ghin'-om-ahee

a prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literal, figurative, intensive, etc.):--arise, be assembled, be(-come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), CONTINUE, be divided, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, BE MARRIED, be ordained to be, partake, pass, BE PERFORMED, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.

When is Christ married to Israel, the church? Upon the second coming. When are the heaven and earth remade? After He comes again. When will all things prophesied be fulfilled? At the second coming. How long did Jesus say the law will remain intact completely?

Now, let’s look at the word fulfill in verse 17:

4137. plhrow pleroo, play-ro'-o

from 4134; to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:--accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.

What was Jesus doing on the sermon on the mount? He was preaching the law in a perfect, fully preached way. He lived it in a perfect, fully lived out way. From the heart with love and grace.

OK, so if this passage in Matthew is interpreted this way, it definitely corresponds with the truth that the WORD can’t change. Interpreting it the traditional way does not work with that basic truth. If we interpret Matt 5 to mean what it clearly says, then if we interpret Hebrews 7 wrong, we have a contradiction (big surprise here). When we see the word changed, we are taught to understand that it means the law is made different or swapped out with a whole entire new law that is defined by men and their understanding of a letter written in a different language in a different culture 2,000 years ago. We see how this has worked for us. The problem is this contradicts the truth that the Word is the Law and is Christ, who can’t change. God didn’t mess up when He gave the law. The law isn’t bad, read Psalms 119, please. Really. Don’t make me post it! It also contradicts Jesus statement that the law won’t undergo any edits till the earth is passed away. In fact, He said it again, without the whole troublesome fulfilled wording:

Lu 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

There, plain and simple. It’s not going anywhere or changing. So, what is the correct way to interpret Hebrews 7? Let’s look at the greek definition of the word changed and see the obvious answer:

3346. metatiyhmi metatithemi, met-at-ith'-ay-mee

from 3326 and 5087; to transfer, i.e. (literally) transport, (by implication) exchange, (reflexively) change sides, or (figuratively) pervert:--carry over, change, remove, translate, turn.

Now, I can change my clothes and the old ones I was wearing are not altered in any way. They are left intact. If the laws of physics were to state that my old shirt can’t change or be altered, much like the Word of God states His law to be, then you would understand easily that when I say I had to change my shirt, you would immediately realize I was taking it off, laying it aside, and putting on another one, a new one, a better one. I didn’t mean that I was taking scissors and chopping up the old shirt to create a new one, or throwing the old one away and exclusively wearing the new one. Both shirts exist, one is newer and better. Now, this context is completely about the priesthood and the law stating that the high priest must come from the tribe of Levi. The passage speaking of the covenants, and the old covenant being waxed away, is not even in this subject of what is changed. So, let’s read Heb 7 with the correct words from the greek definition in place:

Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being TRANSFERED, there is made of necessity a TRANSFER also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, NOT AFTER THE LAW OF A CARNAL COMMANDMENT (capitalized for emphasis), but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)
22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an UNTRANSFERABLE priesthood.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Now, what happens to the Levitical priesthood? Have jots and tiltes fallen from the law? Is the Levitical priesthood no more? Or is it like the old shirt taken off and put on a hanger in the closet while the new and better shirt is worn? Let’s find out. First, can the Levitical priesthood be eliminated?

Ex 40:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.

Nu 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.

God can’t lie. So, this priesthood remains, but the high priest will not be from the Levites, but always from Jesus the High Priest forever after the order of a different priesthood, from a different law, one that predated the law at Mount Sinai and the Levites, one made by a more sure word of Oath, also the Word of God. It cancels out the continuance of the Levitical high priest office being in effect, but not the office of priests from that tribe, and the laws at Mount Sinai and the word of oath both must stand intact, or the Word is changing and diminishing, which Jesus said would not happen till the earth and heavens pass, and He is the Word and does not change. Note the capitalized part of our passage in Heb 7 that makes it clear Jesus is made high priest not by the law. That law hasn’t changed or been eliminated, it was over ruled by the word of oath that came before.

Here is further scriptural proof of this interpretation:

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
4 FOR IF HE WERE ON EARTH, HE SHOULD NOT BE A PRIEST, SEEING THAT THERE ARE PRIESTS THAT OFFER GIFTS ACCORDING TO THE LAW:
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

Why would it matter if Jesus were on earth, if the Levitical priesthood and all the laws revolving around it were done away with upon His death? If there are no longer laws stating there needs to be a priest, and a sin offering, what is the point of Him being those two things now? But the teaching here states that IN EFFECT, there is the Levitical priesthood and LAW still intact and valid that states He can’t be a high priest in that temple after the Levitical priesthood. Since He is in heaven, and He is from a different priesthood, He stands in the gap, acting as a better priest with a better sacrifice that actually takes away sins forever and saves us to the uttermost! Now we have no contradictions.

Here is further evidence of the continuance of the Levitical priesthood, which God said was everlasting, and the reign of the Messiah as a literal king on the earth in Israel.

Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

There can be no doubt this is the end times prophesy. He says, I will take priests for Levites. Also in end time prophesy in Ezekiel chapters 36-48 God tells us after He brings back the scattered tribes of Israel, He will have a temple and there will be Levites ministering in it in Jerusalem. The prince, earlier identified as the Messiah, will be in the temple.

Eze 34:24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.

Eze 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

Remember the code word for David reigning over Israel in prophesy?

Ho 3:4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:
5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

Ac 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Eze 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

Jer 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Jer 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
19 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,
20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

That passage just plainly states what I am trying to say. God makes good His promises. We will see a return of the king on the throne of Israel and the Levitical priests in the temple. Now it is all done by Jesus in heaven, and He reigns in heaven, but the tribes of Israel are scattered and the land of Israel is divided among the descendants of Esau and Ishmael who seek to destroy the nation of Israel, which is all part of the prophesied plan.

Eze 43:19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
Eze 44:10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.
Eze 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:
Eze 45:17 And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

In the same way that God's promise of a man to sit on David's throne had times where there was no throne or Jerusalem for a king to sit on, the Levitical Priesthood is also interupted. The point is that the office of the priesthood and the kingly lineage will never end. Right now there is no temple or daily sacrifice. It sure looks like in the future there will be. Does this mean the laws that enforce the Levitical priesthood and temple service are abolished? It sure didn't during the Babylonian captivity that lasted seventy years. Had God cast off His people during thaat time? No, He gave prophesy to Daniel and protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then He returned that captivity and they rebuilt the temple and Jerusalem for the coming of the Messiah. Everyone agrees the laws were still valid during the captivity, yet there was no priest to stand before God or a King to sit on the throne during that time. Once again the priesthood and temple is gone, yet once again I submit the laws are not abolished. The office of the Levitical priesthood was never said to be abolished in scripture. It is taken away that a better way could be established:

Heb 10:1 ¶ For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 ¶ Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

The reason there is no more sin sacrifice at this time is because there is no sin to be atoned for. Jesus sacrifice wiped it completely away. The law doesn't have to be abolished to take away the animal sacrifice for sin. The sin is abolished, so there is no longer a need to do that law. It would be like a law to stop at the stop sign at a four way intersection. When that same intersection gets a traffice light, the laws of the land that state you must stop at the stop sign aren't abolished, there is just a better system in place with different laws at that particular intersection. Remember, the law can't change or pass away, per Jesus and the nature of God Himself and His Word. If our interpretation seeks to violate those basic principles, we need to work on our interpretation some more. Why in Ezekiel do we see a new temple during the reign of Messiah and the uniting of all 12 tribes in the land? Why is the prince offering a sin sacrifice in this temple? I have no idea! Perhaps because Messiah is on earth, in a temple here, and not the heavenly temple. Perhaps because it is the restoration of what He wanted for Israel to begin with, it just took over 2,500 years to whip us in shape. I don't have all the answers, but again, God can't change or lie. That fact will continue to control the way I approach His Word.