Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we are faithing. Belief is in the mind. It can be activated at the front. The abc’s of faith: action, based upon belief, sustained by confidence but the King James translated a lot of times belief, for a myriad number of reasons. Faithe. To faithe, faithers, faithing ones. The King James actually did a pretty good job when they translated that passage, except; of course there has to be a but attached to everything; except I’m going to – we use the King James here. The King James Bible and very seldom will I say something is better translated.
This is one time where the Revised Standard Version helps us to understand what Paul is saying a little bit better. I’m not abandoning the King James. I’m just telling you this is one time, an exception to the rule. Verse 19 in the Revised Standard reads “and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us” the power in us. Now what’s in a little word? “power to usward,” I had the text up here last week, the little particle, which is a relative particle, which is the word eis. Eis, that particle, which has a relationship to something, it’s going somewhere. Usually it’s going into or towards. So the King James did right to say “to usward.” but the Spirit of what Paul is saying is captured brilliantly in this translation. “the power in us who believe” – they should have said “who faithe” then it would have been perfect! “according to the working of His great might” I had to add that in.
Now if you can see what I’m going to say. The power to usward sounds like that it’s there, it’s coming my way, but it might not be in me.
Now God is not playing some game where He says randomly, “Hey, I hope it will work out this time. Good luck to you!” He has put out a plan. Throughout His book, in Daniel, Revelation, Zechariah, all of these things are put out for us to see crystal clear. Nothing is ambiguous to cause us to say, “Well what am I supposed to think?” The feasts that will be fulfilled are yet to be fulfilled in the future, which are spoken of many, many times over.
And the time schedule laid out in Daniel’s prophecy will be very important for us to see when we come to that final missing week: before that seventieth week can begin, something has to happen. Today I won’t go into all of God’s set times, except those three feasts that haven’t been fulfilled: Tabernacles, Atonement and Trumpets.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we started at Revelation 1:10 with the sound of the trumpet. You read of it again in Revelation 4. That sound as of a trumpet is not a mistake. It’s not a confused imagery. I will leave you with this. The Feast of Trumpets, like every other feast, must be carried out and fulfilled before the seventy weeks begin to happen. All of those feasts were shadows and types, and Jesus is the One who cast the shadow and the light, simultaneously, unfolding all these things for us.
So when people ask, “What about the rapture?” Well, aside from all the other things I’ve laid out for you, God has with such precision laid a roadmap of things not yet; some have and some not yet fulfilled in these seventy weeks prophesied, and there is a final “week” to be fulfilled. And if you read the many Scriptures where it talks about that final week, then I’m going to look back at my Bible when it talks about the Feast of Trumpets and I’m going to earnestly read that and understand that the blowing of those trumpets will be a glorious sound in my ears and yours and for the church: it means we’re out of here! That’s my message.
Go back in Genesis 48 and 49; that’s where you’re going to find the origins of “thy people.” Let’s go to the word “Jewish” first. That word was not used until the kingdom was divided after Solomon’s death. No one has a precise date, but the division of the kingdom occurred somewhere in the 920′s. Before then, the word “Jewish” was not used to describe the people. After the death of king Solomon, the kingdom splits into two parts: one to the north and one to the south. Rehoboam becomes the king of the house of Judah in the south; Jeroboam becomes the king of the house of Israel in the north. The northern kingdom was composed of 10 tribes. The southern kingdom encompassed the tribe of Judah, Benjamin and the Levites. And the citizens of that southern kingdom were known as the Yahudahe or Jahudahe, which became the words Judah and Jewish. That is the first time this name for the people came into use.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that and we make a mistake thinking that all Hebrews are Jewish. Throughout history, the Jewish people want to claim Abraham. If you read our Christian Bible, we also claim Abraham. And if you read the Muslim Koran, they claim Abraham, too. You must trace back where this all begins. You go back to the book of Genesis where God called a man out of Ur whose name is Abram. Read Genesis 48 and 49 and follow the flow of the birthright and the promises given through Abraham to Isaac, not Ishmael; Isaac was the child of promise, not the child of other things. Then it was passed on to Jacob, not Esau. Jacob, when he came out of his mother’s womb, was described as what he would become: a conniver and heel-catcher. Amongst other things, he lies to his brother, cheats his brother, lies to his dad, and cheats his uncle. Then came the time when he wrestled with the angel and he became broken, clinging and reduced to nothing, and God changed his name from Jacob to Israel.
You watch that whole progression of the promises being woven and handed down over time, and this is where people get into trouble: they come to the end of the road and they’ll say, “Well, the promises couldn’t have all been fulfilled. Because the promise says that the people would be as numerous as the sand of the sea and the stars of heaven. And if the promise was to the Jewish people, we know that didn’t happen. And the promise says that there would be simultaneous kings ruling kingdoms, and that didn’t happen, either. Initially, there was a small fulfillment of the promise, but it didn’t happen on a large scale. The promise also said that they would possess the gates of their enemies. But the Jewish people have been probably the most persecuted people throughout the Bible and throughout time.