Anchor School of Theology: Prophetic Principles

The Sabbath and Redemption

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Stephen Bohr


Series Code: ASTPP

Program Code: ASTPP000009

00:15 Alright, welcome again to Anchor Bible school.
00:18 We're glad you're here.
00:19 Has it been a blessing?
00:21 Praise the Lord.
00:22 I'm glad to hear that hearty amen.
00:24 It's very encouraging.
00:26 It makes it all worthwhile.
00:28 We are going to look now at the document that is titled,
00:32 A Providential Election.
00:34 You should have that in your materials,
00:37 A Providential Election.
00:39 And basically, we are going to study about the election
00:45 of the successor of Judas.
00:48 And there's a lot of important principles involved there
00:51 that we're going to bring to view.
00:53 Like the importance of biblical numbers,
00:56 the importance of sola scriptura,
00:58 the importance of finding Jesus Christ in prophecy.
01:02 All of those will be illustrated in this particular presentation.
01:06 We're going to follow the material quite closely.
01:09 You have it before you. That's my PowerPoint.
01:12 See, this is much better PowerPoint than projecting
01:15 it on the wall, because you can't take the wall home.
01:19 But you can take this written material home.
01:22 In the future, what we'll do is we'll probably do this
01:24 electronically to save a lot of trees.
01:27 Because several of you mentioned that you would like to have
01:30 this in electronic form.
01:32 And if you would like to, please make sure that you
01:34 give Aileen your email address.
01:38 And we'll make sure that you get it in an electronic form
01:40 so that you can use it for preaching and speaking.
01:42 I hope that you'll share these things.
01:44 Go back to your churches and you share this stuff,
01:46 and other people can get excited about studying the Bible
01:49 and studying Bible prophecy.
01:51 That's what it's all about. Not only for us.
01:53 You know, television audiences are going to be watching
01:55 this series, but you know, it can go a lot farther than that
01:58 if you go home and you share what you've learned here
02:01 and inspire other people.
02:04 The Sanctuary begins in the camp where sinners live.
02:09 Jesus came and camped with us and lived a life without sin
02:15 in our place.
02:17 In this way, He wove a spotless robe of righteousness
02:21 by His perfect life in the camp.
02:24 So Jesus wove the robe of righteousness by His obedience.
02:29 The law demands absolute sinlessness.
02:34 And we cannot offer this to the law.
02:37 So Jesus came to live in our midst a perfect life
02:41 in our place.
02:42 So His work begins in the camp by His perfect life
02:46 that can stand in place of our life.
02:50 Then we find the work of Jesus in the court.
02:54 The law demands our death,
02:57 because the wages of sin is death.
03:00 And all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
03:05 In the court of the Sanctuary, Jesus suffered the death
03:09 that we should all suffer.
03:11 So on earth Jesus lived for us and died for us.
03:16 Lived in our place and died in our place.
03:20 Those are the benefits of His atonement.
03:23 And then Jesus resurrected at the laver.
03:28 We've already mentioned that.
03:29 And when did that happen?
03:32 That happened very early on the first day of the week.
03:35 So He lived in the camp for three and a half years.
03:38 Actually, longer than that. His whole lifetime.
03:40 But His ministry lasted three and a half years.
03:43 Jesus performed the work of the court.
03:46 In the court, in the...
03:51 I want to say, on Thursday in the garden
03:53 and on Friday on the cross...
03:55 And I might make a little parenthesis here.
03:58 Somebody was asking about the three days and three nights.
04:02 You know, most people think that the three days and three nights
04:05 begin from the time that Jesus was buried.
04:08 And the chronology doesn't work.
04:10 Even the inclusive reckoning does not work.
04:14 Because three days and three nights, if you believe that
04:16 it's from the time that He was put in the grave,
04:19 you only have, actually you only have Friday night
04:23 and you have Saturday night.
04:25 And as far as days, you have Friday, Sabbath,
04:27 and Sunday as days.
04:28 You only have three days and two nights.
04:31 So you have to include Thursday night.
04:33 Because that's when the passion of Jesus begins.
04:36 You see, the expression, "in the heart of the earth,"
04:39 is a symbolic expression.
04:40 The heart of the earth is the furthest place from God
04:44 that you could go.
04:47 Jesus did not literally go to the heart of the earth.
04:50 He was buried above the earth in a cave.
04:53 So it's a symbolic expression that means the furthest
04:56 and darkest place that you can be away from God.
04:59 The darkest place would certainly be
05:00 the center of the earth, or the heart of the earth.
05:03 And the furthest place from God as well.
05:06 Now in the Sanctuary service, the lamb was alive
05:11 while the sins were placed upon him.
05:15 True or false?
05:16 True.
05:17 The lamb was brought alive, the sins were placed upon his head,
05:21 then he was slain for sin.
05:24 In the same way, Jesus in Gethsemane,
05:27 the sins were placed upon Him while He was alive.
05:30 Read the chapter, Gethsemane, in Desire Of Ages.
05:34 He could not see beyond the portals of the tomb.
05:37 He felt that separation from God was going to be eternal.
05:41 Ellen White, several times, says that He was
05:43 drinking the cup of the wrath of God.
05:47 He felt separation from His Father.
05:49 That happened while He was alive in the garden.
05:51 And then the next day He went to the cross and He died,
05:54 like the lamb died.
05:55 Are you with me or not?
05:56 So the three days and three nights include Thursday night,
06:00 which is when the sins of the world were placed upon Him.
06:03 In fact, Ellen White says that when He left the garden,
06:05 He was at peace.
06:07 The struggle was basically over
06:09 when He left the garden of Gethsemane.
06:11 Okay, back to the material.
06:12 That was just a little extra. That's a bonus.
06:17 So Jesus resurrected on Sunday morning.
06:20 And then after Jesus resurrected, He spent
06:22 40 days on planet earth.
06:27 Now have you ever wondered why Jesus spent 40 days
06:30 on planet earth between His resurrection and His ascension?
06:35 Two reasons.
06:36 They're given in Acts chapter 1 and verse 3.
06:40 I'm not going to read the verse.
06:42 But basically it says that, first of all, Jesus needed
06:45 to appear to different groups of people to give indubitable
06:50 proofs that He had resurrected.
06:52 In other words, it was proof that He had resurrected
06:55 by the post resurrection appearances.
06:58 But secondly, He stayed here because He had to
07:02 teach His disciples the things concerning the kingdom of God.
07:06 In other words, Jesus had to explain to His disciples
07:10 the prophecies that had been fulfilled in Him.
07:14 And He had to explain to them the prophecies that would be
07:18 fulfilled just a few days later on the day of Pentecost.
07:22 He had to explain prophecy to them.
07:25 He talked to them about the things concerning
07:28 the kingdom of God.
07:30 And then Jesus ascended to heaven.
07:35 John 14 verses 1 to 3 tells us why Jesus left.
07:41 It says there, Jesus is speaking,
07:44 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God,
07:48 believe also in Me.
07:50 In My Father's house are many mansions;
07:54 if it were not so, I would have told you.
07:56 I go to prepare a place for you.
07:58 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
08:02 and receive you to Myself; that where I am,
08:05 there you may be also."
08:08 And so Jesus went to heaven.
08:09 What did He go to heaven for?
08:11 To prepare a place for us.
08:13 How does Jesus prepare a place for us in heaven?
08:16 He prepares a place in heaven for us by His work
08:18 in the heavenly Sanctuary.
08:21 Just read the book of Hebrews.
08:23 There you have a full description of what
08:24 Jesus does in heaven.
08:26 Read the Sanctuary scenes in the book of Revelation.
08:29 It tells us what Jesus went to heaven to do.
08:32 He prepares a place by His work in the Holy and Most Holy places
08:38 of the heavenly Sanctuary.
08:41 And then when the 40 days ended, Jesus ascended.
08:45 Let's read about it in our material
08:47 in Acts 1 and verses 9 through 11.
08:53 It says there, "Now when He had spoken these things,
08:57 while they watched, He was taken up,
09:00 and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
09:03 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven
09:06 as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
09:10 who also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand
09:14 gazing up into heaven?
09:16 This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
09:21 will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'"
09:26 And so now Jesus leaves, He goes to heaven
09:29 to prepare a place for His people.
09:34 Now after the ascension, the apostles returned
09:36 to the upper room from the Mount of Olives
09:40 and waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
09:44 During those ten days, we know that the disciples prayed,
09:49 they studied the prophecies,
09:52 they ironed out their differences,
09:54 they emptied themselves of self.
09:57 And in this way, they prepared for the outpouring
10:01 of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
10:04 We know what the disciples were doing in the upper room.
10:08 But the big question is, what was Jesus doing
10:11 during those ten days?
10:13 We know what the disciples were doing.
10:15 But what was happening with Jesus during those ten days?
10:20 This is the central theme of the study that we're doing
10:24 right now.
10:25 Now let's take a look at who was present in the upper room.
10:29 The names are given in Acts chapter 1 and verse 13.
10:34 Let's read that verse to see who was present.
10:37 They're mentioned by name.
10:39 "And when they had entered," that is when they came back
10:43 from the Mount of Olives, "they went up into the upper room
10:46 where they were staying."
10:47 And now I'm going to innumerate them.
10:50 Number one, Peter; number two, James;
10:53 number three, John; number four, Andrew;
10:57 number five, Philip; number six, Thomas;
11:00 number seven, Bartholomew; number eight, Matthew;
11:04 number nine, James the son of Alphaeus;
11:07 number ten, Simon the Zealot;
11:09 and number eleven, Judas the son of James.
11:14 What strikes you as strange about this list?
11:18 There are only eleven apostles.
11:23 And so Peter feels that it is necessary to stand up
11:27 and explain what happened with the missing disciple.
11:31 Because there were individuals present there
11:34 besides the twelve.
11:35 Actually, Mary the mother of Jesus was there.
11:38 And there were others present there that perhaps didn't
11:40 know what had happened to Judas.
11:42 And so Peter now stands in the upper room
11:45 and he's going to explain what happened
11:47 to apostle number twelve.
11:49 And that's found in verses 18 and 19.
11:54 "Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity;
11:59 and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle
12:03 and all his entrails gushed out."
12:06 Very vivid description.
12:08 "And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem;
12:11 so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama,
12:15 that is, Field of Blood."
12:18 Now as I mentioned, this might appear to contradict
12:21 the account in the gospels where it says that Judas
12:24 went and he committed suicide; he hung himself.
12:27 I want to read the explanation that is given by Ellen White
12:30 in, Desire Of Ages, page 722, where she reconciles
12:33 beautifully the story that is found in the gospels
12:36 and the story that is found in the book of Acts.
12:40 She says this, "Later that same day, on the road from
12:44 Pilate's hall to Calvary, there came an interruption to the
12:49 shouts and jeers of the wicked throng who were leading Jesus
12:54 to the place of crucifixion.
12:56 As they passed a retired spot, they saw at the foot of a
13:01 lifeless tree, the body of Judas.
13:04 It was a most revolting sight.
13:07 His weight had broken the cord by which he had
13:11 hanged himself to the tree.
13:13 In falling, his body had been horribly mangled,
13:17 and dogs were now devouring it."
13:21 And so he fell headlong, his stomach burst open,
13:26 and his entrails came out.
13:29 And elsewhere, Ellen White says that Judas was the largest
13:34 of the apostles, physically speaking.
13:37 He stood above all of the disciples.
13:40 And of course, they thought that he would be a great
13:42 asset to the church.
13:44 Even till the very end they thought he would be an
13:47 asset to the church.
13:49 Now after Peter explained what had happened
13:52 to apostle number twelve, he now says, "We need to elect
13:58 a successor for Judas.
14:01 We need to elect apostle number twelve."
14:06 And you know, I always wondered why they felt
14:08 it was necessary to elect apostle number twelve,
14:13 and why it had to happen before the outpouring
14:17 of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
14:19 Those were questions that I asked of the passage.
14:21 You know, it would have been beautiful to start in
14:24 Acts chapter 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
14:27 And then having the Holy Spirit, now you have the story of
14:30 how they elect the successor of Judas.
14:31 Because now they have divine wisdom.
14:33 They have the Holy Spirit.
14:34 But why did they elect the successor before
14:39 the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
14:41 Why was there an urgency to elect the successor?
14:45 Well, I discovered by reading the passage carefully
14:49 that the reason why they felt they needed to elect
14:51 a successor was because Bible prophecy required it.
14:57 Bible prophecy required that a successor be elected.
15:02 You see, there were two prophecies in the Old Testament
15:05 that made it absolutely imperative to elect
15:09 a successor for Judas.
15:11 Those two prophecies are mentioned by Peter in
15:14 Acts chapter 1 and verses 16 and 20.
15:17 Acts chapter 1 verses 16 and 20.
15:20 And we're going to skip verses 17 through 19,
15:23 because that is where Peter described what happened
15:26 to the apostle that was missing.
15:28 And so verse 16 says, "Men and brethren,
15:31 this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit
15:37 spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas..."
15:40 So there was a prophecy spoken by David concerning Judas.
15:44 "...who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus."
15:49 And now let's go to verse 20, because it mentions
15:51 the two prophecies.
15:52 Both of them are from David.
15:55 Verse 20, "For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
16:00 'Let his dwelling place be desolate,
16:04 and let no one live in it.'"
16:07 In other words, Judas was not going to return to his home.
16:10 His house would be left desolate.
16:13 And that's Psalm 69 and verse 25.
16:16 And then Peter quotes Psalm 109 verses 7 and 8 when he said,
16:21 "And, 'Let another take his office.'"
16:27 So you see very clearly, prophecy predicted that
16:29 Judas would not return to his home,
16:31 his house would be desolate.
16:33 And prophecy predicted that it was necessary
16:36 to elect a successor.
16:38 I wonder, how did Peter know that these prophecies
16:42 applied specifically to this situation?
16:45 Jesus spent what?
16:47 Jesus spent 40 days teaching His disciples about the things
16:53 concerning the kingdom of God.
16:55 Jesus had explained to the apostles the meaning
16:59 of these specific prophecies from the book of Psalms.
17:04 Now sometimes in the Adventist church, we develop these
17:07 myths that are passed on from generation to generation
17:12 as gospel truths.
17:14 I'm not talking about the large doctrines of the church.
17:16 I'm talking about some smaller things.
17:20 Smaller details like, you know, the one that I mentioned
17:24 yesterday from Daniel chapter 12 and verse 4 where it says,
17:28 "Knowledge shall be increased."
17:30 And other minor things.
17:32 And one of those myths that is passed along
17:34 is that it was God's intention that Saul of Tarsus
17:38 be apostle number twelve.
17:40 But that the disciples jumped the gun.
17:43 In other words, the disciples were so anxious to elect
17:46 a successor that they elected the wrong individual.
17:50 That if they had waited a while, God would have shown
17:53 that He wanted Saul of Tarsus to be apostle number twelve.
17:58 Well folks, this is an unfounded myth.
18:05 And it has no biblical foundation.
18:07 I made up my mind a few years ago that I am not
18:10 going to simply repeat what is said or what I read.
18:17 I'm going to go to Scripture and I'm going to
18:18 study it out for myself to see if it is so.
18:22 Because even within the church, we pass on sometimes
18:25 these traditions as gospel truth.
18:28 And really they have no basis in Scripture,
18:31 or even in the spirit of prophecy.
18:33 Now there are four reasons that I want to share at this moment
18:37 why Paul could not have been apostle number twelve.
18:42 And towards the end of our study, I'm going to give you
18:45 an additional reason, a reason number five.
18:49 Reason number 1 is found in Acts chapter 1 verses 21 and 22.
18:55 Very clearly, the qualifications of the successor are given.
19:00 It says there in Acts 1 verses 21 and 22,
19:04 "Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us
19:08 all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
19:14 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He
19:19 was taken up from us, one of these must become
19:23 a witness with us of His resurrection."
19:26 Question, would the apostle Paul fit in with this qualification?
19:32 Absolutely not.
19:33 The successor had to be with the apostles
19:37 from the time of the baptism of John the Baptist
19:41 until the ascension of Jesus Christ.
19:43 Saul of Tarsus was converted three and a half years
19:46 after the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
19:50 So Saul, or Paul, is disqualified by this one point.
19:56 There's a second point.
19:57 And it's found in Acts chapter 1 verses 24 to 26.
20:01 Acts 1:24-26
20:04 Did the apostles follow the correct procedure
20:08 in electing the successor?
20:10 Yes they did.
20:12 It says there in verse 24, "And they prayed,
20:16 and said, 'You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all,
20:21 show which of these two You have chosen..."
20:26 What are they praying?
20:28 "Lord, show us whom You have chosen,
20:31 to take part in this ministry, and apostleship,
20:34 from which Judas by transgression fell,
20:37 that he might go to his own place.
20:39 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias;
20:43 and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."
20:47 So did they follow the right procedure?
20:49 Yes they did.
20:51 Did they ask the Lord that He should show
20:53 which the successor should be?
20:56 Absolutely.
20:57 Now let's notice reason number three.
20:59 Ellen White has this comment in the book, Spirit Of Prophecy,
21:02 volume 3, page 264.
21:07 Very clearly, this statement indicates that they
21:09 followed the right process, and that the apostle
21:11 that was chosen was God's choice.
21:14 It says, "Two men were selected who, in the careful judgment
21:21 of the believers, were best qualified for the place.
21:25 But the disciples, distrusting their ability to decide
21:31 the question further, referred it to One that knew all hearts.
21:36 They sought the Lord in prayer to ascertain which of the
21:40 two men was more suitable for the important position of trust
21:44 as an apostle of Christ."
21:46 Now listen carefully.
21:47 "The Spirit of God selected Matthias for the office."
21:54 Was it the apostles who selected?
21:56 No.
21:57 The Spirit of God selected the successor of Judas.
22:02 First of all, Paul is disqualified because
22:05 he does not fit the characteristic of being
22:08 with the apostles from the times of John the Baptist
22:10 until the ascension of Christ.
22:12 Secondly, we're told that they prayed to the Lord
22:16 for the Lord to show which He had chosen.
22:19 Ellen White, in the third place, clearly says that
22:22 the Holy Spirit made the choice.
22:24 And the disciples were careful, they used careful judgment,
22:27 and they distrusted their own ability to decide.
22:31 There's a fourth reason.
22:33 And the fourth reason is that Saul was not to take
22:37 the place of Judas.
22:39 He was to take the place of Stephen.
22:42 Notice this statement from, Acts Of The Apostles, page 102.
22:47 See, you know, my name is Stephen Paul.
22:51 Isn't that interesting?
22:52 I have the name of the martyr and the martyrizer.
22:57 My parents wanted me to be like the martyrizer
22:59 after his conversion.
23:03 And I want you to notice, Ellen White is clear on this.
23:08 "A Mightier than Satan had chosen Saul to take the place
23:13 of the martyred Stephen, to preach and suffer for His name,
23:17 and spread far and wide the tidings of salvation
23:21 through His blood."
23:22 So was it God's plan that Saul of Tarsus
23:25 be the successor of Judas?
23:27 Absolutely not.
23:28 And the fifth reason is going to be the most definitive of all.
23:32 But we still ask the question, why the urgency
23:36 to elect the successor of Judas before the day of Pentecost?
23:41 Why not wait until the Holy Spirit was poured out
23:44 and maybe they had more discernment?
23:47 Why did they even need to elect apostle number twelve?
23:51 Well, the answer is in the significance
23:55 of the number twelve.
23:56 One of the principles that we're going to study later one
23:58 when we deal with biblical symbols is that numbers
24:01 in the Bible are extremely important.
24:05 Numbers have symbolic value.
24:08 The number 4 has symbolic value.
24:10 The number 40, the number 3.
24:13 We all know the number 666, the number 144,000.
24:18 Numbers have important symbolic significance in Scripture.
24:21 And we need to know what these numbers represent
24:24 in the totality of Scripture.
24:26 So the question is, why was it necessary
24:29 to have twelve apostles?
24:31 The reason is simple.
24:32 We have to understand the importance and meaning
24:34 of the symbolic number 12.
24:37 Now let's go to Revelation chapter 12 and verse 1.
24:41 Let me ask you, how do you suppose I found
24:44 this verse that we're going to now?
24:48 Sola scriptura.
24:51 You look up the number 12 in the concordance,
24:54 and then you see if they're dealing with the same themes.
24:57 And if they're dealing with the same themes,
24:59 you can connect the verses.
25:01 Are you with me?
25:02 Now, you're not going to connect two verses
25:04 that don't have anything to do with each other.
25:06 They have to deal with the same subject
25:09 in order to be able to connect them.
25:11 Now, the number 12 is very important.
25:15 Because you will notice that in Acts chapter 1,
25:18 it says that Judas was numbered with the apostles.
25:22 And then when Matthias was elected,
25:25 it says that he was numbered with the apostles.
25:29 So is the number significant?
25:31 The number is extremely significant.
25:34 There's something special about the number 12.
25:37 And let's go to Revelation chapter 12 and verse 1
25:40 to find out what the number 12 means symbolically.
25:44 It says, "Now a great sign appeared in heaven;
25:47 a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
25:54 and on her head a garland of twelve stars."
26:00 Or a crown of twelve stars.
26:04 Now what does a woman represent?
26:06 The woman represents the church;
26:08 I'll give you half credit for that.
26:11 Because the woman represents the church,
26:13 but it really represents the faithful church.
26:17 It represents the faithful church.
26:20 Now how do we know that the woman represents
26:22 the saints, or the faithful church?
26:24 Usually what we do is we use, say, Ephesians chapter 5
26:28 where it says, "Husbands love your wives
26:30 as Christ loved the church."
26:31 And we say, "Well, see, as the husband,
26:35 the relationship between the husband and the wife
26:37 is illustrative of the relationship between
26:39 Christ and His church.
26:40 Christ, the husband; the church, the wife.
26:42 Just like you have the literal husband and his literal wife.
26:45 And so we say, "See, here the woman represents the church."
26:49 But we don't really need to go outside of Daniel and Revelation
26:52 to discover what the woman represents.
26:55 Let's compare two verses.
26:56 Daniel chapter 7 verse 25,
26:58 and then let's go to Revelation 12 verse 14.
27:01 Daniel 7:25 and Revelation 12 verse 14.
27:05 Daniel 7:25 is speaking of the little horn.
27:07 Which represents what power?
27:10 It represents the Roman Catholic Papacy.
27:12 "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
27:15 shall persecute the saints of the Most High..."
27:18 Remember that expression,
27:19 "...he shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
27:23 shall intend to change times and laws."
27:25 And then it tells us how long the saints will
27:27 be under his power.
27:28 "The saints shall be given into his hand
27:31 for a time, times, and half a time."
27:33 So what I want you to remember is, you have a little horn,
27:36 the little horn persecutes the saints of the Most High,
27:40 and he does it for time, times, and the dividing of time.
27:44 Now let's go to Revelation chapter 12 and verse 14.
27:48 And we'll read verses I think it's 13 and 14.
27:51 Revelation chapter 12.
27:53 Notice it says, "Now when the dragon saw that he had been
27:58 cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman."
28:03 Hmmm.
28:05 Who did the little horn persecute?
28:08 The saints.
28:09 So who does the dragon persecute?
28:12 The woman. So who's the woman?
28:14 The saints.
28:16 You say, "But how do you know this is the same time period?"
28:18 Well let's continue reading.
28:20 "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth,
28:22 he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.
28:25 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle
28:28 that she might fly into the wilderness to her place
28:30 where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time
28:34 from the presence of the serpent."
28:36 Same time period as Daniel 7:25?
28:39 Yes, but if you notice, in Daniel 7:25
28:42 it is the little horn that persecutes the saints.
28:45 In Revelation 12, it is the dragon that persecutes
28:48 the woman.
28:49 So the woman is equal to the saints.
28:53 And incidentally, when you connect the two,
28:55 there's a very important truth.
28:56 And that is, that the little horn is the emissary
29:00 of the dragon.
29:02 It is really the dragon who's persecuting the saints.
29:05 Because Daniel 7 speaks of the earthly power,
29:08 Revelation 12 speaks of the power behind
29:10 the earthly power.
29:11 Are you following me or not?
29:13 Now, so do Daniel and Revelation interpret
29:17 what is meant by the woman?
29:18 Yeah, the woman are the saints of the Most High.
29:21 The woman represents Christ's faithful church.
29:25 But now the question comes up, in Revelation 12 verse 1,
29:28 this woman who has a crown of twelve stars
29:30 when John see her in Revelation 12 verse 1,
29:33 is this the Old Testament church
29:34 or is this the New Testament church?
29:37 It's the Old Testament church when John see her
29:40 in Revelation 12 verse 1.
29:42 I'm not talking about later in the chapter.
29:43 But in Revelation 12 verse 1, it represents
29:46 the Old Testament church.
29:47 Because the child hasn't been born yet.
29:50 You can't have a New Testament church before the child is born.
29:52 Because the child is Jesus.
29:54 Are you with me or not?
29:55 And so you have the Old Testament church
29:58 who is crying out in anguish because
30:00 she wants the Deliverer to be born.
30:03 The Old Testament church longing for the coming of the Messiah.
30:08 And then, of course, later on the woman represents
30:12 the New Testament church.
30:13 By the way, it's just an extension of the same church,
30:16 because it's the same woman.
30:17 Right?
30:18 Because she flees to the wilderness for 1260 years.
30:22 Which means that's after the child is born.
30:25 And so the woman represents both the Old Testament church
30:28 and the New Testament church.
30:30 Now, what is represented by the fact that this woman
30:34 has twelve stars on her crown.
30:35 Does she have twelve stars on her crown
30:37 during the Old Testament period?
30:40 Before the child is born? Yes.
30:41 Does she still have the crown with twelve stars
30:43 after the child is born?
30:45 Yes, so she has twelve stars before and after.
30:48 Now the question is, what is represented
30:50 by the twelve stars?
30:52 Well, let's see what it represents.
30:57 Go with me to Genesis 37 verses 9 and 10.
31:00 We're going forward a little bit in the material.
31:02 Genesis 37 verses 9 and 10.
31:04 The top of the next page.
31:06 This is a dream that Joseph had.
31:09 Remember that Joseph was a dreamer?
31:12 Joseph had a dream.
31:14 And in that dream he saw sun, moon, and stars.
31:18 Does that ring a bell?
31:21 That's what you find in Revelation 12 verse 1.
31:23 See, you have to apply the sola scriptura principle.
31:27 So it says there in Genesis 37 verse 9,
31:30 "Then he," that is Joseph, "dreamed still another dream
31:34 and told it to his brothers, and said,
31:36 'Look, I have dreamed another dream.
31:39 And this time the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars
31:43 bowed down to me.'"
31:46 And you say, "It doesn't say twelve stars there.
31:48 It says eleven stars."
31:49 Let me ask you, who was star number twelve?
31:51 Joseph.
31:53 Joseph.
31:54 So what do the twelve stars represent?
31:56 They represent the sons of Jacob.
32:00 So let's finish reading.
32:01 It becomes clear in verse 10.
32:03 "So he told it to his father and his brothers.
32:06 And his father rebuked him and said to him,
32:08 'What is this dream that you have dreamed?
32:11 Shall your mother and I and your brothers
32:15 indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?'"
32:20 So the twelve stars represent the twelve sons of Jacob.
32:23 But the interesting thing is, that the twelve sons of Jacob
32:26 then multiplied and became a great nation.
32:30 The twelve tribes.
32:32 Let's read Genesis 49 and verse 28.
32:34 Genesis 49 and verse 28.
32:37 Here you have the twelve founders multiplying
32:40 into a great nation.
32:42 It says there in Genesis 49:28...
32:44 And incidentally, the context of this is that Jacob has
32:48 called all of his sons before him, he's about to die.
32:51 And he's going to give the characteristics of each
32:53 of his sons, the character manifestation of
32:56 each of his sons in the future.
32:58 And I want you to notice that after mentioning all of his
33:02 twelve sons and their characteristics,
33:04 we have this summary statement.
33:05 "All these are the twelve tribes of Israel,
33:10 and this is what their father spoke to them.
33:13 And he blessed them, and he blessed each one
33:16 according to his own blessing."
33:20 And so, the twelve stars, with regards to the
33:24 Old Testament church, represent the twelve founders
33:29 of God's godly nation in the Old Testament.
33:32 Twelve individuals that then multiply
33:36 and become a great nation.
33:39 Now let's go to the New Testament.
33:41 How many apostles did Jesus appoint?
33:45 Jesus appointed twelve apostles.
33:49 Notice I didn't say He chose twelve apostles.
33:52 Because Judas offered his services.
33:55 But Jesus appointed twelve.
33:57 Why would Jesus appoint twelve?
33:59 Do you think Jesus said, "Now let Me think.
34:01 Uh, what number can I choose?
34:02 Seven; perfection? No, no, I don't like that one.
34:06 Uh, four; universality? No.
34:08 Um, definitely not six.
34:12 Um, three for the Godhead?
34:15 I think I'll choose twelve."
34:16 Is that the way that He decided?
34:18 No, No. He's purposely choosing twelve.
34:22 Because they are going to be the founders of the
34:24 New Testament church.
34:27 Go with me to Mark chapter 3 verses 14 through 19.
34:30 Mark chapter 3 verses 14 through 19.
34:33 Very important.
34:35 It says here, "Then He appointed twelve
34:38 that they might be with Him, and that He might send them
34:42 out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses,
34:46 and to cast out demons."
34:47 And then notice, they're listed.
34:49 "Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter;
34:52 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James,
34:56 to whom He gave the name, Boanerges, that is,
34:59 sons of thunder."
35:00 They must have had a violent temper.
35:05 "Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas,
35:10 James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus,
35:14 Simon the Canaanite,
35:15 and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him."
35:21 How many apostles?
35:23 Twelve.
35:25 Did the twelve apostles become the foundations
35:27 of the Christian church?
35:29 Did they go out and preach, and then multiply
35:32 and become a great nation?
35:33 Twelve spiritual tribes, so to speak.
35:36 Because we're dealing with spiritual Israel now.
35:39 Twelve spiritual tribes now multiplied from the twelve
35:43 individual founders.
35:45 Now you say, "Pastor Bohr, are you on the right track here?"
35:49 Well, let's see what the prophet had to say.
35:52 Go with me to, Acts Of The Apostles, page 19.
35:54 Listen carefully.
35:56 "As in the Old Testament the twelve patriarchs
36:00 stood as representatives of Israel, so the twelve apostles
36:06 stood as representatives of..." What?
36:09 "...representatives of the gospel church."
36:13 See, there it is clear.
36:15 So what is represented by the number 12?
36:18 The number 12 is the number of God's people.
36:22 It's the number of God's church.
36:24 Twelve individual founders, twelve persons,
36:28 then multiply and become the Old Testament church;
36:32 a great nation.
36:33 And then the twelve founders in the New Testament
36:36 multiply through their preaching and they form a large
36:41 nation, or New Testament church, which is a continuation of
36:44 God's plan for the Old Testament church.
36:47 So the number 12 is the number that is used
36:51 in connection with the church.
36:53 There had to be twelve, because the number 12
36:57 is the number of God's church.
37:00 If there were twelve founders in the Old Testament,
37:02 there had to be twelve founders in the New,
37:05 because the New Testament church is a continuation
37:08 of the legacy of the Old Testament church.
37:12 Now you'll notice, this is at the top of the next page
37:15 where it says, "Only One Woman."
37:17 It is important to remember that there is only one woman
37:21 before Jesus was born.
37:23 Right?
37:24 When Jesus was born, when the church was persecuted
37:29 for 1260 years, and when the final remnant is persecuted;
37:33 is it only one woman during all those stages?
37:35 Yes.
37:36 God has only one true church.
37:39 He does not have two separable peoples
37:41 with two different plans.
37:43 That's contrary to Daniel and Revelation.
37:45 There is no such thing as one plan for literal Israel
37:48 and another for the Christian church.
37:50 They form an indivisible unity.
37:53 Dispensationalists are totally wrong when they say that
37:57 God has two mutually separable peoples;
38:00 literal Israel and the Christian church.
38:03 Revelation 12 tells us that there is only one Messiah,
38:07 and there is only one people of the Messiah,
38:09 and there is only one dragon who is active in all of
38:12 the stages against the Messiah and the people of the Messiah.
38:17 And now we need to ask the question...
38:18 We know now why it had to be twelve.
38:20 You understand why it had to be twelve?
38:22 The significance of this symbolic number?
38:24 But now we need to return to our original question.
38:27 Why before the day of Pentecost?
38:29 Okay, they needed to have twelve.
38:31 Fine, that's alright.
38:32 But why did they need to elect a successor before
38:35 the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost?
38:38 The answer is found in what was taking place with Jesus
38:43 in heaven during the ten days that the disciples
38:46 were in the upper room.
38:48 Now we're going to take a peak into the heavenly throne room.
38:51 And we're going to find out that something was happening
38:54 during those ten days with Jesus.
38:57 You say, "What was happening during those ten days?"
39:00 Well, we need to go to Leviticus chapter 8.
39:04 Leviticus chapter 8 and verses 6 through 12.
39:09 Three things happened.
39:11 And I want you to notice what the three things
39:13 that took place...
39:15 I want you to notice the three things that took place
39:17 here in Leviticus chapter 8 verses 6 through 12.
39:21 Now Leviticus 8 has the type.
39:25 It has the Old Testament scenario, the Old Testament
39:27 picture, that is fulfilled during those ten days by Jesus.
39:31 In other words, we're going to study now the type,
39:33 or the shadow.
39:35 But if we understand the shadow, we're going to understand
39:39 what it represents in the future on a broader and larger scale.
39:43 What happened in the little tent in the wilderness
39:45 is going to happen with the heavenly Sanctuary,
39:48 which is huge.
39:50 You know the earthly Sanctuary was made to scale.
39:53 We don't know how large the heavenly Sanctuary is.
39:56 It's huge.
39:57 It fits millions and millions of angels,
39:59 so it has to be a huge place.
40:03 But we have the small scale model that we're
40:05 going to look at now.
40:06 And then we are going to look at what it represents symbolically.
40:10 So let's go to Leviticus 8 verses 6 through 12.
40:13 "Then Moses..."
40:14 This is before the Sanctuary in the wilderness
40:17 began its services.
40:18 This is before the inauguration.
40:20 This is the inauguration service.
40:22 It says, "Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons,
40:25 and washed them with water."
40:28 And now he's going to do something very interesting
40:30 with Aaron.
40:32 "And he put the tunic on him, girded him with the sash,
40:38 clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him.
40:43 And he girded him with the intricately woven band
40:46 of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him.
40:50 Then he put the breastplate on him.
40:53 And he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate.
40:57 And he put the turban on his head.
41:00 Also on the turban, on its front, he put the golden plate,
41:04 the holy crown; as the Lord had commanded Moses.
41:08 Also Moses took the anointing oil..."
41:11 Now notice there's a second function that's
41:13 going to take place here, right?
41:15 What was the first function?
41:17 Moses clothed Aaron as the what?
41:23 The high priest.
41:25 The first task before the Sanctuary services could begin,
41:29 in the tent, Aaron had to be clothed as the high priest.
41:36 But then something else happens. Verse 10.
41:38 "And Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle,
41:42 and all that was in it, and consecrated them."
41:45 Did he anoint the entire tabernacle?
41:48 Yes. Why?
41:49 It had to be set apart because Aaron was
41:51 going to serve in there.
41:53 Not only did Aaron have to be set apart,
41:55 the Sanctuary had to be sanctified or set apart.
41:59 And so it says in verse 11, "He sprinkled some of it
42:02 on the altar seven times, anointed the altar
42:05 and all its utensils, and the laver and its base,
42:07 to consecrate them."
42:09 And now notice the third function.
42:11 "And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head,
42:18 and anointed him, to consecrate him."
42:21 Three things.
42:22 Number one, clothe the high priest.
42:25 Number two, anoint the Sanctuary where the
42:27 high priest was going to serve.
42:29 And number three, anoint the high priest with oil.
42:34 Now you say, what does this symbolize?
42:38 Well let's go to Psalm 133.
42:41 It's a very short psalm.
42:43 Psalm 133.
42:46 And let's notice something very interesting here.
42:50 This is what I call, a Pentecostal psalm.
42:53 Not because it belongs to the Pentecostals,
42:55 but because it has to do with Pentecost.
42:59 And immediately you're going to see.
43:01 When we read the first verse, another verse is
43:03 going to come to mind immediately.
43:05 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
43:09 to dwell together in unity."
43:11 What verse comes to mind?
43:14 Is there any verse that comes to mind?
43:17 When the day of Pentecost had fully come,
43:20 they were all in one accord.
43:24 Brethren meeting together or dwelling together in what?
43:30 In unity.
43:31 Now notice verse two.
43:32 "It is like the precious oil upon the head..."
43:37 And I want you to notice, this is not just a little
43:39 trickling of oil like when we anoint sick people.
43:43 "...the precious oil upon the head, running down the beard,
43:48 the beard of Aaron."
43:49 Ah, now we know that this is reminiscent
43:51 of Leviticus 8, don't we.
43:53 "...the beard of Aaron, running down on the
43:56 edge of his garments."
43:57 Wow, this is a lot of oil to have it run down your face,
44:01 down your beard, onto your garments.
44:03 Even to the bottom of the border of the garments.
44:05 This is an abundance of oil.
44:08 And so it says, "...running down on the beard,
44:10 the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments."
44:13 And it not only runs down onto the edge of his garments,
44:16 but it says, "It is like the dew of Hermon
44:19 descending upon the mountains of Zion.
44:22 For there the Lord commanded the blessing,
44:24 life forever more."
44:25 Let me ask you, who was gathered on the mountains of Zion?
44:30 The twelve apostles in the upper room.
44:34 And so you have this picture of the oil being poured on the head
44:38 going down the beard, going down to the border of the garments.
44:42 And it's so abundant that some of the trickle
44:45 falls on the mountains of Zion, where the apostles
44:48 are gathered together in unity.
44:53 What am I saying, folks?
44:54 What I'm simply saying is that the Holy Spirit
44:57 that fell on earth was just a little trickling of the
45:01 gift that Jesus had received from His Father in heaven.
45:04 During those ten days, God the Father was clothing Jesus
45:09 as the High Priest.
45:11 Piece by piece, God the Father clothed Jesus
45:15 as the High Priest to serve as the High Priest of His people.
45:19 Not only was Jesus clothed, but then the Sanctuary
45:24 was set apart, or was sanctified, because that
45:27 is where Jesus was going to serve as the High Priest.
45:32 And then Jesus received from His Father...
45:35 You can read it in Acts 2 verse 33.
45:37 He received the promise of the Spirit of His Father.
45:40 And it was so abundant that it dripped down into the upper room
45:45 where the disciples were gathered together
45:47 on the day of Pentecost.
45:51 So where was the significant event?
45:54 The significant event was not on earth at all.
45:58 The earthly event was an announcement
46:01 that Jesus, the sacrifice of Jesus, had been
46:04 accepted by the Father.
46:06 He had presented Himself before His Father.
46:08 And He said, "Father, is My sacrifice sufficient?"
46:11 Jesus says, "Yes, it is sufficient."
46:13 And so now, the Holy Spirit, the Father gives Jesus
46:16 the promise of the Holy Spirit to pour out upon His disciples
46:20 so that they would have the power to proclaim
46:23 what Jesus had done and what He was willing to do
46:26 for each individual that comes to Him in faith.
46:29 Wow.
46:31 So is Jesus the High Priest?
46:34 Notice what it says in Hebrews chapter 8 verses 1 and 2.
46:37 "Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:
46:40 We have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand
46:45 of the throne of the majesty in the heavens;
46:47 a minister of the Sanctuary and of the true tabernacle,
46:51 which the Lord erected and not man."
46:53 You see, that little tabernacle in the wilderness
46:55 was only a little scale model of what Jesus went to do
47:00 in heaven in the Holy Place.
47:02 Of course, we still haven't answered the question,
47:05 why did they have to elect a successor before
47:08 the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
47:10 Now we're ready for the answer.
47:12 And we're going to have reason number five,
47:14 why it could not be Saul of Tarsus.
47:17 One of the pieces of clothing that the high priest wore,
47:22 and which undoubtedly Jesus wears in heaven
47:25 because He is clothed as the High Priest,
47:28 was what is called, the breastplate.
47:32 Now let's read in Exodus chapter 28 verse 21,
47:35 and then we'll jump to verses 29 and 30,
47:40 about the breastplate.
47:42 It covered the heart of the high priest.
47:45 It says there in Exodus 28 verse 21,
47:48 "And the stones shall have the names of the sons of Israel."
47:55 So what did the stones have, the twelve stones?
47:59 They had the names of the sons of Israel;
48:01 the founders of the Old Testament church.
48:04 "Twelve, according to their names,
48:06 like the engravings of a signet; each one with its own name.
48:11 They shall be according to the twelve tribes."
48:14 Do you notice that it goes from the names of individuals
48:17 to the tribes?
48:18 In other words, in the individuals is represented
48:21 the entire people.
48:23 And then notice verses 29 and 30.
48:26 "So Aaron..." Listen to this.
48:28 "So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel
48:32 on the breastplate of judgment..."
48:34 Notice, it's called the breastplate of judgment.
48:36 That's significant.
48:37 "...over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place
48:41 as a memorial before the Lord continually.
48:44 And you shall put in the breastplate of judgment
48:48 the Urim and Thummim.
48:50 And they shall be over Aaron's heart when he
48:52 goes in before the Lord."
48:54 Now here comes an important point.
48:56 "So Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children
49:00 of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually."
49:05 What does Aaron bear on his heart?
49:07 The judgment of the children of Israel.
49:11 Now what does that mean?
49:14 It means, folks, that when we come to Jesus Christ
49:17 and claim what Jesus did for us, we claim His life and His death
49:22 as our own.
49:24 The breastplate of judgment says, "I bore the judgment
49:29 that you deserve."
49:32 Jesus bears the judgment of His people upon His heart.
49:37 "If anyone sins, we have..." What?
49:40 " advocate with the Father."
49:42 When we repent of our sins and we confess our sins,
49:44 and we come to Jesus and say, "Jesus, I'm sorry I did this.
49:48 And I recognize I'm a sinner, and I confess my sin to You.
49:51 But Jesus, You bore the punishment,
49:55 You bore the judgment that I deserve.
49:58 Please, Jesus, take Your life and Your death
50:00 and place them to my account."
50:02 Then Jesus, with His breastplate, says,
50:05 "I bear your judgment."
50:09 What an amazing truth we find in the Most Holy Place.
50:14 Notice Isaiah 53 where we find this idea of Jesus bearing
50:18 the judgment of His people.
50:19 The very same word, "bear," that is used here in Exodus 28.
50:25 It says in Isaiah 53 verses 4 and 5,
50:27 a Messianic prophecy, "Surely he has..." What?
50:32 "...born..." That's the same Hebrew word.
50:35 "He has born..."
50:36 Where did He bear it?
50:37 On His heart.
50:38 His heart exploded on the cross, did it not?
50:42 When they, you know, pierced His side with the spear,
50:47 blood and water came out.
50:49 Because they pierced His heart.
50:52 And so it says, "Surely he has born our griefs
50:54 and carried our sorrows.
50:57 Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted."
51:01 Did He bear our judgment, yes or no?
51:03 He sure did.
51:04 "But he was wounded for our transgressions,
51:07 he was bruised for our iniquities.
51:10 The chastisement for our peace was upon him.
51:13 And by his stripes we are healed.
51:17 All we like sheep have gone astray;
51:20 we have turned every one to his own way.
51:22 And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."
51:26 He bore our judgment.
51:28 And when He comes before the Father, He says,
51:30 "Father, don't look at Pastor Bohr.
51:32 Look at Me. Because I bore his judgment."
51:35 Wow.
51:37 No reason to be depressed.
51:40 We have to be happy people.
51:42 No reason to feel guilt if we have come and met
51:45 the conditions, and we've come to Christ.
51:47 We can have peace with God.
51:49 There's no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
51:52 You know, as Adventists we say, "Well, you know, I have to
51:54 wait until my name goes through a process in the judgment."
51:59 And we're always scared, you know, because our name
52:00 might appear before the judgment.
52:02 Well, we wouldn't be scared if we are in Christ.
52:06 If we constantly, through the power of God, are repenting
52:09 of sin and confessing our sin and recognizing our
52:12 need of Christ, we wouldn't have any problems.
52:14 And you know, there's some people who say,
52:16 like Desmond Ford, they say, "Well, you know, believing
52:18 that Christ takes the sins and puts them in the Sanctuary,
52:21 that takes away our security of salvation.
52:24 Because, you know, they're taken from us
52:26 and they're put in there."
52:27 But let me tell you something; my greatest assurance of
52:29 salvation is to have my sins in the Sanctuary,
52:32 and going in there through the blood.
52:34 Because if they're not there, they're here.
52:38 So you better make sure you put them in there,
52:39 covered with the blood of Jesus.
52:41 Our greatest assurance is to have our sins in the Sanctuary
52:45 covered by the blood of Jesus.
52:46 Because if they're not there, they're here.
52:51 Now... Thank you, brother.
52:54 I was wondering when you were going to warm up.
52:58 Now, let's finish this up.
53:04 How many stones did the breastplate have?
53:06 It had twelve stones.
53:09 Representing the twelve sons of Jacob.
53:13 But also the what?
53:15 The twelve apostles.
53:17 Remember the number twelve of the crown of the woman?
53:20 The twelve apostles from where a great nation grows.
53:25 Now, how many apostles were there on earth
53:30 when the disciples first met in the upper room?
53:33 Eleven.
53:37 But Jesus was going to be clothed with what?
53:40 He was going to be clothed with the breastplate
53:42 that had twelve stones.
53:44 So the question is, how could Jesus be clothed
53:47 with the breastplate that had twelve stones
53:50 if there were only eleven apostles?
53:53 It was necessary first to elect apostle number twelve.
53:59 And then Jesus could wear the breastplate
54:02 with the twelve stones.
54:04 There is a reason for everything in Scripture.
54:07 Every detail is important.
54:09 Nothing is wasted.
54:11 Nothing is a filler.
54:15 You know, every little detail has some nuance
54:19 connected with Jesus Christ.
54:20 Is this Christ centered what we've studied?
54:23 It all revolves around Jesus, folks.
54:25 All of these prophecies of the Old Testament.
54:27 Psalm 133, Leviticus chapter 8.
54:32 They find their fulfillment and their beauty in Jesus Christ.
54:36 Without Jesus Christ, they are totally meaningless.
54:40 Now one final point.
54:43 This is a beautiful thing.
54:48 The New Jerusalem is going to have people
54:52 from the Old Testament church
54:54 and from the New Testament church all together...
54:58 one city.
55:00 Like you have one woman, you have one city.
55:03 You say, "How do you know that?"
55:05 Go with me to the book of Revelation.
55:08 Revelation chapter 21 and verse 12.
55:11 And then we'll read verse 14 as we close.
55:14 Revelation chapter 21 and verse 12.
55:19 Speaking about the city, the new, the holy city Jerusalem.
55:23 It says, "Also she had a great and high wall..."
55:28 And then what does it say?
55:30 "...with twelve gates,
55:33 and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them;
55:38 which are the names of the twelve tribes
55:41 of the children of Israel."
55:43 So is the Old Testament church represented in the city?
55:46 Absolutely.
55:47 They're represented where?
55:49 They're represented on the foundations of the walls.
55:53 What about the New Testament church?
55:55 Let's go to verse 14.
55:57 "Now the wall of the city..."
56:00 By the way, previously it was the gates, not the walls.
56:03 But notice, Revelation 21 verse 14, "Now the wall
56:07 of the city had twelve foundations, and on them
56:11 where the names of..." What?
56:13 "...of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
56:18 So the gates have the names of the tribes,
56:21 and the foundations have the names of the apostles.
56:26 So in one city you have all of God's people represented.
56:32 One city that gathers all of God's people from all ages.
56:37 The Old Testament church and the New Testament church.
56:39 God does not have one plan for Israel
56:43 and another plan for the church.
56:47 He just had one plan, and that one plan centers
56:50 on Jesus Christ.
56:52 In the Old Testament it was Jesus Christ predicted,
56:55 foreshadowed, announced beforehand
56:58 through symbols, through ceremonies.
57:01 In the New Testament, those ceremonies
57:03 find their fulfillment and their meaning.
57:07 And so do we have a message for the Jews today particularly?
57:10 They don't understand their own religion.
57:12 They're still waiting for the Messiah.
57:15 We have a message to say, "Folks, He's already here.
57:18 He already came.
57:20 Receive Him, and then you'll understand
57:22 what your religion is all about."
57:25 So the Scriptures are centered in Jesus Christ.
57:30 Not only the New Testament Scriptures,
57:32 but the Old Testament Scriptures as well.
57:35 What an incredible book the Holy Scripture is.
57:39 May we enjoy studying it and living it in our lives.


Revised 2015-02-12