This is the second book in the series, and it builds upon the knowledge presented in the first. Just like the first book, it is written to take our understanding of scripture further. This process gets us closer to understanding the truth that was staring us in the face for centuries.
I do hope and pray that with this knowledge your relationship with God strengthens and the love in understanding the mysteries that have been reserved until this time grows. This knowledge will provide the strength necessary to stand firm as the divide deepens.
It may appear that the reader is the main recipient and the audience of this book but, this work is not commissioned and undertaken for the reader, but for God.
In 2 Timothy 2:4-7 it says, no soldier on active duty entangles himself with civilian affairs, that he may please the enlisting officer. Anyone who competes as an athlete is not rewarded without competing legally. The farmer who labors should be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I am saying, and may the Lord grant you understanding in all things. M1
This work is written for the commanding officer and not to seek the approval of readers. In 2 Timothy 2:14 it asks that we, remind them of these things, commanding them before the Lord that they not argue about words, which leads to nothing of value and to the destruction of those who hear them. M2
Let us not argue about what is written in this book for in 1 Corinthians 1:19-31 it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of this world foolish? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom. But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks. But to those who are called both Jews and Greeks, we preach Christ as the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For observe your calling, brothers. Among you, not many wise men according to the flesh, not many mighty men, and not many noble men were called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And God has chosen the base things of the world and things which are despised. Yes, and He chose things which did not exist to bring to nothing things that do, so that no flesh should boast in His presence. But because of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, whom God made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” M3
Therefore, let us keep aside any arguments about mere words but boast in the Divine wisdom of the Lord to keep knowledge hidden in plain sight.
This book will help empower the Gentiles to bring about the fullness that is both needed and spoken about in Romans 11:25.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you be wise in your own estimation, for a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.M4
As the Gentiles come to fullness, the hearts of Israel will be softened like that of a child. For until this occurs, God will wait patiently before He sends Jesus.
There is no doubt that knowledge has increased exponentially, and this has been prophesied about in Habakkuk 2:14 where the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas. M5
As this book is going to be building upon the previous book, the information presented will be even more challenging to understand and accept. But take comfort in these words spoken by Jesus in John 14:26.
The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. M6
In Hosea 4:6 it says, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from being My priest. And because you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children. M7
God’s people are destroyed because they have rejected knowledge. These strong words are among those found in Hosea 4:1-10, words written without padded gloves.
Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a dispute with the inhabitants of the land:
There is no truth or mercy, and no knowledge of God in the land.
Swearing, lying, and killing, and stealing and adultery break out, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore, the land dries up, and everyone who lives in it withers with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky; even the fish of the sea disappear.
Yet let no one contend, and let none reprove another, for your people are like those that contend with a priest.
You will stumble in the day, and the prophet also will stumble with you in the night, and I will destroy your mother.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from being My priest. And because you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
As they increased, so they sinned against Me. I will change their glory into shame.
They feed upon the sin of My people, and they are greedy for their iniquity.
It will be like people, like priest. I will punish them for their ways and reward them for their deeds.
They will eat, but not be satisfied; they will play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the Lord by devoting themselves to harlotry; wine and new wine take away understanding. M8
We need to understand that the Lord has a dispute with the inhabitants of the land because there is no truth or mercy, and no knowledge of God in the land.
This dispute can be corrected when the inhabitants of the land dwell within the knowledge of God. It is through this knowledge they can find truth and mercy. For the laws of God are not easy to understand or digest, but by increasing our knowledge in the ways of God, the dispute brought forth can be settled, and God can heal the land.
In 2 Chronicles 7:12-16, the Lord appeared to Solomon at night, and He said to Solomon, “I have heard your prayer, and I have chosen for Myself in this place a house of sacrifice.
“When I shut up the heaven and there is no rain, or when I command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence on My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer of this place. So now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name be there continually. My eyes and heart will be there for all days. M9
There is a house that the Gentiles belong to which is spoken about in Jeremiah 31:31-34.
Surely, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
It will not be according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, because they broke My covenant, although I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law within them and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
They shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. M10
To fully understand what is spoken about in Jerimiah, about the Gentiles, and the new covenant with the house of Israel we need to remember these words from Philippians 2:5-11.
Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.
But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M11
Jesus Christ is Lord and as He said in Jeremiah 31:31-32. Surely, the days are coming, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
It will not be according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, because they broke My covenant, although I was a husband to them, says the Lord. M12
There are three things that Jesus speaks about in this verse.
- A new covenant with the house of Israel.
- A new covenant with the house of Judah.
- A different covenant from when He was a husband to them, because they broke His covenant.
Jesus is able to make a new covenant with the two houses because the covenant made with their fathers was broken by the people Jesus led out of Egypt.
HE IS COMING FOR HIS NEW BRIDE
Therefore, Jesus is coming for His new bride as spoken about in Revelation 19:6-8.
Then I heard something like the sound like a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying:
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
It was granted her to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white.”
Fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. M13
His wife has made herself ready and in Revelation 7:4, I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand out of every tribe of the children of Israel:
Twelve thousand from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Reuben were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Gad were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Asher were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Naphtali were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Manasseh were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Simeon were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Levi were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Issachar were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Zebulun were sealed,
twelve thousand from the tribe of Joseph were sealed,
and twelve thousand from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.M14
One hundred and forty-four thousand (144,000) from every tribe of the children of Israel from the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Let the Gentiles through the fullness of knowledge remember their house, and these words from Paul in Romans 11:1-10.
I say then, has God rejected His people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah? How he pleads with God against Israel, saying, “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and destroyed Your altars. I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what is the divine reply to him? “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So then at this present time, there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. But if it is by works, then is it no longer by grace; otherwise, work would no longer be work.
What then? Israel has not obtained what it was seeking. But the elect obtained it, and the rest were hardened. As it is written:
“God has given them a spirit of slumber, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, to this very day.”
And David says:
“Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution to them.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they may not see, and always bow down their backs.” M15
If Israel did not obtain it, but the elect did. Who then are the elect?
Who are the elect that has been elected through the election process of grace?
The answer to that can be found in the remaining chapter of Romans 11:11-24.
I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid! But through their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression means riches for the world, and their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fullness mean?
For I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I may make my kinsmen jealous and may save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the first portion of the dough is holy, the batch is also holy. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them and became a partaker with them of the root and richness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. If you boast, remember you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you. You will say then, “The branches were broken off, so that I might be grafted in.” This is correct. They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.
Therefore, consider the goodness and severity of God—severity toward those who fell, but goodness toward you, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And these also, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? M16
Have the Gentiles forgotten the house to which they belong; the house that they entered in through faith?
Is it not written in Romans 11:25-36?
For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, lest you be wise in your own estimation, for a partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will remove ungodliness from Jacob”; “for this is My covenant with them, when I shall take away their sins.”
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sake, but as regarding the election, they are beloved for the sake of the patriarchs. For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but have now received mercy through their disobedience, so these also have now been disobedient, that they also may receive mercy by the mercy shown to you. For God has imprisoned them all in disobedience, so that He might be merciful to all.
O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable are His ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
“Or who has first given to Him, and it shall be repaid to him?”
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever! Amen. M17
Do we the Gentiles now know our house?
Or have we read those words so fast, that we need to re-read them again. For when we read words alone, they shall always be words, but we are not told to read them alone. Have we already forgotten who will teach us as we read?
Does John 14:26 not tell us?
Then let us read those words again, but slower so that; the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. M18