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The Everlasting Gospel: The Mystery of the Bread of Life

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)

The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved.

For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the “how” didn’t work, or in case we didn’t do it right. :( But it is meant to be joyful. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved! Jesus, our God and Savior! Our Deliverer! Yeshua the Messiah!

“There is born to you this day....”

For those sitting in the region of the shadow of death (Heb. 10:1, Matt. 4:16, Luke 1:79), could there be any greater news than that light and life have come? Good news, people! Your light has come! (Is. 52:7, 2 Cor. 4:3-4)

Sadly, the joy did not last for the house of Israel. The Apostle John tells us what happened: He came unto His brethren, but they despised and rejected Him: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:11-12; see also John 5:18) Ultimately they killed him, not knowing this was the plan all along (1 Cor. 2:7-8) so He would rise from the dead and become the perfect sacrifice and the perfect priest (Heb. 7:22-25).

The rejection and the redemption of the Messiah is hidden in prophetic shadow in one of my favorite typologies of Christ: Joseph. His brothers also despised him. They were jealous of their father's love for his son, who was born to Rachel following many years of barrenness. They mocked his dreams (Genesis 37:18-28) and plotted to kill him, but rather sold him as a slave until the appointed time. 

Until the 7 years of famine.

“And the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” (Gen. 41:54-55) 

“Then they made the present ready for Joseph’s coming at noon, for they heard that they would eat bread there.” (Gen. 43:25) 

“Now his heart yearned for his brother; so Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to weep. And he went into his chamber and wept there. Then he washed his face and came out; and he restrained himself, and said, “Serve the bread.” (Gen. 43:30-31)

We see that, eventually, the famine grew worse: 

“Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.” (Gen. 47:13)

And the famine grew worse after that:

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matt. 4:4) 

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, But shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)

The Revelation

The hunger for bread brought Joseph’s brothers to him. They did not know him, of course. They had sold him into slavery at seventeen years old (Gen. 37:2), and now, many years later, presumed him to be dead. They did not recognize this man, a powerful ruler in Egypt who had married a Gentile bride before the famine came. In a seven-year time of distress and famine, the only man who could save them was their own flesh and blood.

But he knew them. Listen to the longing in his heart to be known!

“Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Make everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; does my father still live?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence. And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. [H6413, peletah: “an escape.”] So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:1-8)

When I realized the astonishing prophetic nature of this story, these words left me in belly sobs and messy tears.

“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” 

And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (Gen. 50:15-21)

It is salvation by G R A C E.

The brothers of a dreamer named Joseph came to Egypt to be saved by bread. Thousands of years later, by the hand of a dreamer named Joseph, bread came from Egypt to save. 

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” (Matt. 2:13-14)

The Bread of Life

Jesus explained this mystery to the Rabbis of Israel in John 6:26-58. Here He is laying the foundation for salvation that is found not through the laboring that perishes, which are the continual works and sacrifices for righteousness (perfection), but through Him alone.

I know this is long, but please take the time to read the following several passages. They are profound and powerful and will help bring understanding for what is to come:

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:26-58)

Notice that the Jews glorified and admired the mystical bread in the wilderness. It did nothing to bring eternal life, yet Jesus, the Living Bread From Heaven, stood before them in the flesh, offering eternal life

But they wanted a sign. They continued in unbelief and mockery. They complained about Him, murmured among themselves, and quarreled over the message. How quickly they forgot that their fathers did the same, even about that miraculous manna!

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”

So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:4-9)

To this day I cannot hold back my adoration for God and His wisdom in giving us all things, including salvation and Scripture! For even here in the wilderness, with fiery serpents and complaining wanderers, we are given so much if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Look at this:

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:1-17)

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of Man must be lifted up. 

“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

They looked.
We believe.

(AS...) Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness.

  • The people looked at it and lived.
  • The people did not look at it, then say a special prayer.*
  • The people did not look at it and apply poultices to the serpent bites.
  • They did not look at it and offer burnt offerings or sacrifices.
  • They looked and lived.

(EVEN SO...) Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again.

  • We believe He did this and receive eternal life.
  • We do not believe and say a special prayer.*
  • We do not believe and keep the laws of Moses.
  • We do not believe and offer burnt offerings or sacrifices.
  • We believe and live.

*Prayer may accompany salvation, and confession of faith (2 Cor. 4:13), but these things do not of themselves save. It is the heart that matters. “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Matt. 15:8)

This message is important to truly understand because it is the everlasting gospel, which tells us who God is and how we can be saved. And it offers pristine clarity for some of the more difficult passages in the Bible, which must be understood in context.

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Cor. 1:21

Salvation, the free gift of eternal life, is clearly laid out in Scripture as a gift that comes by grace through faith (belief) that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again the third day. Our works, which include how we live as believers and how we serve the Lord, are part of our lifelong journey with the Lord.

(See Romans 4:4, Rom. 11:5-7, Eph. 2:8-9, et. al.)

All passages of Scripture must be understood and interpreted in the light of the gospel. If there seems to be a contradiction, that just means full understanding has not been reached yet, or the passages are not being read in the proper context. This is an invitation to go deeper and pray constantly for wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit.

The pleasure of the Lord

Isaiah 53 tells us a mystery:

“It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.”

It pleased the Lord? Pleasure!?

The book of Hebrews magnificently unveils this mystery!

“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’ ”

Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb. 10:1-10)

“He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.”
“It is finished.” (From John 19:30)

The pleasure of the Lord: one perfect sacrifice that once, for all, takes away sins and makes those who approach perfect.

What is pleasure to the Lord: faith. (Heb. 11:5-6)

What is not pleasure to the Lord: Unbelief.

“Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb. 10:38-39)

“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do [go on to perfection] if God permits. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” (Heb. 6:1-6)

“If they fall away.” Interestingly, this word (G3895) is similar to, but does not translate the same as, apostasia in the Greek. It is is used only once in the Bible. It describes falling away as falling back, as in returning to the old ways of seeking forgiveness and atonement for sin. This is why the writer urges them in Hebrews 10:20 to approach boldly, in a new and living way, through the veil of His flesh. Not the old way of burnt offerings and sacrifice of bulls and goats, with scarlet wool and ashes or hyssop.

But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

Remember? God did not desire this; He had no pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices. But He did have pleasure in one perfect sacrifice that took away sin forever. He had pleasure in the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

Saints of the Lord in grace, this is not about you. This is not about me. It is written to testify and bear witness to the Hebrews, who were introduced to the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus, and warn them to not draw back to the old sacrificial system of atonement.

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We are living in a day and time where this message is as relevant as it was almost two thousand years ago. On Monday, December 10, 2018, the last day of Hanukkah, Israel dedicated the third temple altar. A sheep was slaughtered and a portion burned on the altar. This altar, and the third temple, are in satanic opposition to the once-for-all sacrifice of our beloved Lamb of God. This is exactly what the writer of Hebrews warns against. He writes, clearly, “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” There was ONE perfect sacrifice; it happened around 33AD when Yeshua was crucified for you. No other sacrifice or offering will be accepted. If you reject that, there are no more sacrifices or offerings you can bring that will atone for your sin. (See Heb. 10:11-18)

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? (Heb. 10:29) 

“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24

The entire context of this passage is for those whose souls, just like in the wilderness with Moses, “loathed this worthless bread.”

Remember what the Lord did when the people complained? Hundreds of years after Moses, the prophet Jeremiah declared, “For behold, I will send serpents among you, vipers which cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you,” says the Lord.” (Jer. 8:17) God does not overlook the rejection of His Son, the living bread of God who gives life to the world. The day of His vengeance is coming.

Soon, we don't know when, but soon, once the Church has departed from the earth to be with the Lord, an angel will come with a message. It will be different than when the shepherds were feeding their flock by night and the glory of the Lord shone around. This time, the angel does not say, “Don't be afraid.” He tells them to be afraid. He says, “Fear God.” He reveals who God is: “Worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Another angel tells how to be saved:

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Rev. 14:6-13)

Today we live during the astonishing age of grace, where we can become a child of God through believing from the heart that Jesus paid the debt for our sins through His death on the cross. It has never been, and never will be, as free and simple as it is now. “Take, eat,” Jesus says. He stands before you, the Living Bread from Heaven, offering eternal life.

One bread. One body.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matt. 26:26-28)

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. (1 Cor. 10:16-17) 

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7) 

This is truly good tidings of great joy!

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  2. Magnificent! GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!!

  3. There's so much to chew on here. For starters, in light of Christ and the Gospel, Hebrews might present the clearest case for Sola Fide in the entire Bible, even more so than Romans and Galatians. It is strong and stark appeal to Jews to enter the rest of God in Christ and not to remain under (or return to) the Mosaic covenant.

    The Mosaic covenant is "holy and righteous and good." But it is also the "law of sin and death". It has only the power to condemn, not to give life.

    Jesus gives life when you believe in Him.

    He atones for sin.

    He makes perfect.

    And the sin in mind in Heb. 10:26 is clearly, unequivocally, the sin of returning to works for salvation.


    Second, I'm stewing on the prophetic nature of Numbers 21, the "worthless bread", and the fiery serpents.

    That is exactly how this age and the end of the age is transpiring.

    *The Israelites... AGAIN... have been sent bread from Heaven. This time the bread is the true bread from Heaven (Jesus).

    *Yet they regard this bread... AGAIN... as worthless bread. They handed over the Lord of Glory to be crucified.

    *So... God sends them fiery serpents... AGAIN... (see Rev. 12:3-17)

    *And when He does that the Israelites finally recognize that Jesus is the once-for-all atoning sacrifice... and they believe on Him... and all Israel is saved (towards the end of the Trib).

    1. I know this study is quite wieldy and a bit sprawling, but I hope everyone will stick with it. I'm so glad you got exactly what I was trying to say. Here at the end of the age we are again face with the very same thing that happened before. That's why Jer. 8:17 struck me so much but I did not even connect Rev. 12:3-17 until you mentioned it here!

      I too believe that Hebrews is an incredible book for salvation by grace through faith alone. Thanks for reading and breaking this into life-giving, bite-sized morsels.

    2. Oops! I should say, "unwieldy!" 😂

    3. I thought it was pretty wieldy overall! Really appreciated the connection made between the bread in the wilderness and the bread in the city.

    4. Thank you for reading, Cy and Cy! Glad that you were able to see and appreciate the connection. God is so good. <3

  4. Once again, you write an article about the Gospel which is everlasting and then end it by saying it expires. That's not what Everlasting means.

    1. Because it does not expire :) Putting a limit on it is what us humans have done because are minds are limited and fallen. We know the gospel does not expire because of verses like these: "I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so THAT HIS SPIRIT MAY BE SAVED IN THE DAY OF THE LORD." 1 Cor. 5:5

      This is one of my favorites: "It is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the savior of ALL men, especially of those who believe." 1 Tim. 4:10

      God does not and will not give up on us or expire His gospel <3

    2. Nik, every dispensation has its own salvation message aka gospel. Of course the church age gospel "expires" when church age ends and tribulation begins. The tribulation gospel (Revelation 14:6-7) is "everlasting" because it declares God as creator and judge to be feared. This is basic overall truth and not expiring ever but always being true and applicable the same.

    3. Annabel. Grace has always been and will always be. Dispensationalism is useful to understand the progressive revelation of God to man but when you go jiggering with it and saying there will come a time in the future when salvation is by anything other than the grace of God, then you've stepped over the line into blasphemy. That's what Hillary does in these articles. She gets a lot right and then trips on the banana peel. In her other articles, she teaches that salvation during the tribulation will be EARNED by faith PLUS works because the Gospel expires when the Tribulation begins. This isn't just wrong. It's dangerous.

    4. Yes Nik, grace has always been first. BUT there's no other dispensation like church age that tells the believer 'grace ALONE'. All other dispensations combined more or less works with it, be it keeping commandments, doing animal sacrifices or not taking the mark of the beast. Church age is the very exception in all history of mankind ever. MARANATHA!

    5. The everlasting Gospel is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Nowhere have I said the gospel expires. Salvation has always been by grace. All have sinned. If my use of the widely-used term “age of grace” is a stumbling block to you, I would gladly endeavor to just stick to “church age” in my articles if that would be more helpful?

      When we (Jew or Gentile) become saved in the church age, let’s see what happens:

      We receive the right to become a child of God. (John 1:11-13)
      We are part of the new covenant (Luke 22:20, 1 Cor. 11:25, whole book of Hebrews)
      We become a new creation reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus (2 Cor. 5:16-18)
      We have circumcision of the heart (Rom. 2:26-29)
      We receive the righteousness of Christ by faith (Rom. 3:21-23, Rom. 5:1, Phil. 3:9, 2 Pet. 1:1, Rom. 4:5, 2 Cor. 5:21)
      We are justified by faith, not by works (Rom. 3:28, Gal. 3:11, Gal. 3:24-25)
      We receive the Holy Spirit, sealed until the day of redemption (Gal. 3:14, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 4:30)
      We become part of the Lord’s body, the church that is made up of all believers (Jew or Gentile) (Rom. 12:5, Eph. 5:20, Col. 1:24)

      All of these things happen instantly at the moment of salvation.

      Also, as we live out our faith and grow in sanctification, Jesus intercedes for us and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us (Rom. 8). The Holy Spirit comforts, leads and guides us. Moreover, when we die we are with the Lord (absent from the body, present with the Lord.).

      Scripture shows that these things are unique to this time. I’m sure you will agree that this is not the same experience of those in other ages? For instance, David pleaded with God not to take the Holy Spirit from him after he sinned. Today, believers have the promise of Eph. 1:13-14 and Eph. 4:30.

      There is only one gospel. It reveals who God is (the Savior, the Lamb, the Creator) so we may be saved. The audience / time is different through the ages. The "Church age" is coming to a close very soon. I believe that the rapture of the Church brings this age to a close.

      Rev. 14:13 is different than Matt. 11:28-30 and Eph. 2:8-10. This doesn't mean the gospel is different, nor does it "expire."

      Does the above list instantly apply to all who become saved after the rapture? Or before the cross? No. It is unique to this time we live in today.

      PS: Stepping over the line into blasphemy is a serious charge.

  5. This poetically-wonderful work of art is ten times better than any gospel tract I've ever read or handed out! Sure, you have to read carefully from beginning to end in order to catch the heart of your message. However, the blessing is immense once you finish.

    Thank you, Hillary! I love the connections from the OT and the book of Hebrews. Also, I had never "seen" that verse in Jeremiah that way before (Jer. 8:17). Wow.

    1. What a kind thing to say, Jeff. Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to wade through this and I thank God that it was meaningful.

      Many blessings!

    2. Jeff, a gospel tract is for the unsaved and 'starters'. This article cannot be indepth understood by them but only by true children of God. Each target group gets its own "BREAD" to break and chew on to LIVE. ;-)

  6. My attention went to the fact that Joseph (a picture of Christ) saved them two years into the famine. Could this have meaning for the tribulation? Precious article Hillary!

    1. There is something here, BC! I noticed it, too! I don't know exactly how it all fits, but the details are too precise to be ignored. Many blessings!

  7. YES!


    The Spirit is welling up within me in the form of JOY and THANKSGIVING for JESUS, The Savior.

    1. Agreed! The truth brings great joy and thanksgiving. I've been sharing and texting this article to family trying to get them to read it.

  8. Hillary, Sister, speaking as a writer and a Brother, your work, here, glows on the page, amen. Watching as you Glorify and Magnify Our Lord, so Adroitly and Elegantly is likely the closest we will come to hearing angels sing, this side of the Calling Home. Thank you. Praise Him from who ALL Good Blessings Flow and He Is ALL Over this one, amen.

    One thought concerning Nicodemus' response to the idea of being 'born again', and that being a type of Israel's response, individually and corporately, to much of what Our Lord Put before them. Our Lord, as His Tool to Impart Higher Truths, while also Enlightening those He Chooses, is Parable and Metaphor, intermingled with details often making them inseparable from manifest reality (i.e. NOT Metaphor) to the un-directed/informed mind/soul.

    What resonated in my spirit, as I sat in the room with Our Lord and Nicodemus and watched, again, as Nicodemus struggles, is the logic of his struggle in light of the larger frame of your article exposing troublesome predispositions in the Hebrew mind. Immediately I resonate with struggles in The Body since the Rev 12 Great Sign, where I see the EXACT same interchange happening again, and the larger issue here outlined bleeds through, as you highlight. Ofc, THAT was all stuff going by out the window as I drove up to the REAL point:

    Though 'oft criticized, yea condemned, by Scoffing 'Authorities' among the Brethren, with a 'how dare you?!' attitude as we passionately dissect events and plough through Strong's and identify associations and themes as Led of His Hand (John 14:26), the space we are working in, as so wonderfully shown, over and over, in your Wonderful article, is the SAME SPACE IN WHICH OUR LORD TAUGHT, TEACHES, SPEAKS AND MINISTERS AS WELL, to ALL, Maranatha! This one we will enjoy on the Fridge Door in Eternity, surely, Praise Him!

    1. "This one we will enjoy on the Fridge Door in Eternity, surely, Praise Him!" This made me smile and want to cry at the same time. All glory and praise to God! His word is LIFE and I love diving into the labyrinths and corridors of it. It reminds me of all the pathways of the body...arteries and veins and those little root-looking things that have nerve-endings everywhere. There is so much to discover and explore and it's so breathtaking.

      Thank you for sharing your takeaways from this article and what came to mind for you. Indeed, there is one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one Faith and one Baptism, one God and Father of all!

      May God bless you so abundantly as we watch and wait for His beloved Son.

  9. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    Grateful to share in the beauty, discipleship and wisdom of your heart.


    1. Thank you for your kind and humbling words. All glory & praise to God.

      I hope you & your family are well!

  10. In the Garden of Eden God presented Himself as food: the tree of life, which fruit may be eaten.

    From that point forward *food* is a way God presents Himself. All the way to Revelation where, once again, food is still presented.

    We become what we eat. What we eat is, literally, reconstituting our bodies...whether for good or bad.

    "what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them."
    Rom 1:19

    1. This is so true, Ben. I have been preparing a creative program for women that touches on eating disorders and other issues related to the body (physical body), and was struck how it was through a bite of food that the serpent tempted Eve. And through food that satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness. I love how you pointed out God's way of revealing Himself through food all through scripture, and how so of course this is one way the enemy tries to undermine God and take His children captive. It's so subtle and deadly because we can't live without food.

      Thank you, Ben.

    2. Yes, very insightful Ben! So true, Hillary--the enemy is still taking God's children captive through food (Col. 2:16; 1 Tim. 4:3).

  11. Thank you very much Hillary. You have made me wonder anew and encouraged me to delve deeper into the story of Joseph. I have a feeling that when we look at the Bible with our soon to be glorified minds, we will find out that we have only barely touched the surface. He is amazing!

    1. I so agree! I think when we get to heaven and God shows us everything that was before our eyes the whole time we will be like, AHHH! Why didn't I see that!? :) His word is amazing. He is amazing. And I'm so glad this article blessed you and brought you deeper into the word!

  12. @Hillary, I learned great revelation today.

    Great encouragement.

    1. I'm so glad to know this, Ryan. God bless you!

  13. Thanks so much Hillary - really well written and importantly grace based : )

    It made me think of another Joseph - Jesus prophetic parallel that I like. When everything is going wrong for Joseph's brothers in the 7 years of famine, it is interesting to see how they interpret it and what it makes them think of...

    "They said to one another, "Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that's why this distress has come upon us." Reuben replied, "Didn't I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn't listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood." They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter. He turned away from them and began to weep..." (Gen 42:21-24)

    The distress that comes upon Joseph's brothers causes then to remember what they did to Joseph all those many years ago... and that they are guilty of Joseph's blood! I'm stating the obvious but what an awesome prophetic pointer to what the Jews will remember during their coming day of Jacob's trouble. When the power of the holy people is finally broken (Dan 12:7) they will see that they rejected and condemned their own Messiah, Jesus! They will realize His blood on on their hands. But of course, the prophetic story doesn't end there but with bitter weeping and reconciliation between Joseph and his brothers (as you wonderfully pointed out!) - just as Zech 12:10-13:2 states will occur between Jesus and His natural brethren Israel in the days to come.

    It is one incredible ancient story that is playing out before our eyes!

    1. YES! The whole story is so prophetic and beautiful! I wanted to add so much more from Joseph but this was getting so long. (I actually had put the Zech. 12 passage in and removed it due to the length of this article.) If we are "still here" I may write something more in depth about Joseph because his story is so layered and packed with amazing revelations. For instance, when he was in prison, remember he was with a cupbearer and baker? As in, bread and wine? Take this cup, and take this bread...I get so teary seeing how God wove it all together.

      So many blessings to you!

    2. Hillary, if you want to dig deeper into the Joseph story I would urge you to read also the books of Jasher and Jubilees (Moses being the author of the latter as well) for much more of details to harmonize with. Blessings to you!

    3. Do it Hillary, do it! : )

      It makes for a great study and I can see that it will be far far more than just an intellectual exercise with you. As you say, there is just so much in it and the cool thing is that it includes both the first and second comings of Jesus - confirming things past and providing insight into things still to come!

      The 'bread and wine' is awesome as you say. God loves to hide these things in plain sight for those with eyes to see! And of those two with Joseph in prison, one found life (and was exalted) and one death - as per the two criminals on the cross with Jesus.

      Heaps of types and pictures. Do it Hillary!

      God Bless.

    4. Thanks, elgordo. :) I'll keep adding to my notes and see what becomes of them. Thanks for the encouragement.

  14. Thank you. Reminiscing on our daily bread!

  15. Thank you for this study, very deep.

  16. Hillary thank you for taking your time to present such a breathtaking study, praise the LORD for this wonderful piece of "hidden Manna" (Rev2:17) while we still have to roam around in the wilderness of spiritual darkness (getting thicker by the minute) on earth! All glory to God!

    I was wondering though how you didn't mention the connection of the "dying corn of wheat" in John 12:24 and the resurrection mystery in 1 Corinthians 15:37 as this is the very beginning, purpose and substance of every BREAD (of life). Much love and blessings to you! MARANATHA!

    1. Sister, it was a challenge to keep it this "short." 😂 I honestly think a book could be written. There are so many illuminating and wondrous layers here. "Give us this day our daily bread." Thank you for sharing the dying & resurrection connection! It's so perfect. Many blessing to you, too!

  17. Hillary,
    This definitely is worth a re-reading (or two or three...) So much to chew on. There is nothing new under the sun. Love how you declared the purity of the grace message, it takes courage these days.

    1. Agree - it does take courage and it reminds me of a quote from J. Vernon McGee:

      "My friend, the legalist hates the gospel of the free grace of God. When I was first ordained to the ministry, I preached a sermon on prophecy and made the comment that preaching on prophecy would get me into trouble. After the service, an elder came to me and said, "Vernon, you are mistaken. Preaching on prophecy will never get you into trouble. In fact, you'll generally get a good crowd. People like to hear prophecy. But if you preach the grace of God, you're going to get into trouble." This is the reason that the gospel is trimmed down as it is today. I hear very little gospel, that is, the pure grace of God, preached these days. And I know why—if you preach that, you get a barrage of criticism."


    2. Thank you, Megan. I didn't always understand the gospel of grace. Besides the fact that it is life itself, and I long for everyone to understand and be saved, there's something about the sweetness of it that can't help but be shared. Thank you for reading and reaching out with your kind words. God bless you.

  18. Rayati ‘ere the Dawn
    Some time ago, unbeknownst to him, I sat under the YTC teaching of Alan Horvath and was most blessed by his sharing of the Otiot. Surely his is a name most will recognize to greater, or lesser degree, and Alan, like all, has his share of + and (-) in the opinion of most, in terms of his approach, message, etc. I no longer consider myself his student but continue to treasure much of what I learned; back to the Otiot. In short, as Alan presents it (and I recall), the Otiot is the original cuneiform text OT was written in. I truly don’t get that, chronologically, and don’t really care to get into it, rather, as I recall, Alan’s presentation was satisfactory for me at the time. He believes we will all get back to that form when we are restored to the Father’s Tongue. Oddly enough, as I’ve thought about it, our current language will be much too clunky when we share a common Glorified Mind. A pictorial language would make much more sense in that context, esp as a single picture tells a thousand ‘words’, so true, and more so when drawn from a common visual library.

    My study of the Otiot was more topical than trying to ‘learn’ it in any way. One phrase which Our Lord, I feel, emblazoned upon my spirit, was the Otiot for “wait(ing) upon the Lord” (Isaiah 40:31). It is 3 symbols profoundly simple, erudite and vast in this context. The 1st is a horizontal line supporting a half circle, the rising sun; the 2nd is a Tent Peg, to dwell with, plant your life there; and the 3rd is a stick figure with uplifted arms, the ‘Spirit-Filled Man’. It is at every workstation I occupy, somewhere. I have meditated on those 3 figures many hours since meeting them. Likely God-Breathed, IF, in fact, THESE ARE the original Otiot, as Alan describes, but even still, standing tall on their own merit.

    I believe that we Westerners, by default, picture ‘waiting upon the Lord’ somewhat like waiting for your Lottery Numbers. We learn it means otherwise, and we mentally so, ‘OK’, but still picture this milling around, wondering if this bus route is still in operation, or not. Listen to the Otiot, possibly from His Pen, Oh No, He is LIKE THE RISING OF THE SUN. DWELL there a while, PLANT YOUR TENT RIGHT THERE. Is the Sun going to be late, tomorrow morning? Will it simply take the day off? Apart from Divine Actions to do so, no, there is NOTHING more symbolic of FAITHFULNESS. Rayati KNOWS this like you know the sound of your own breathing.

    In a time of light, conversational prayer, a few nights ago, Our Lord Nudged me into thinking about the Parable of the Virgins in its True context, and from the mindset of the Betrothed awaiting her snatching away, as done then in that Tradition. Our Lord urged me to share this, so that we, also, may be reminded of this perspective of unshakable understanding in the INEVITBILITY of her GROOM’s ARRIVAL, which Rayati captures for us.

    “I slept, but my heart was awake, when I heard my lover knocking and calling: "Open to me, my treasure, my darling (‘rayati’), my dove, my perfect one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.” SoS 5:2

  19. Rayati sighed as she set her mind to try and get some sleep. Where could HE be? Sigh. The girls are getting cold, half of them are already out of oil, they won’t be able to chase him in the dark. She feels a pout coming on. All other suitors would’ve come by now, what will they say? Still, she quickly sees, in her mind, as she tries to settle in to the blankets, his catching her eyes so often from across the market, and that special zing where they connect. HE is different, oh yes, she smiles. WHAT IS HE UP TO?! Oh, this will be an INTERESTING celebration of our new family, surely.

    Rayati smiles as she deliberately pulls blankets up over her shoulders. A prayer for His Safe and Quick Arrival up to ABBA, not a hint of concern allowed to peek out. Whenever He pulls a stunt it’s ALWAYS been amazing, but still. Sigh. One last look. Quiet night, clear sky, beautiful stars, not a sound. Sigh.

    Oh, He WILL come, she smiles. He is Faithful, if Creative, He Knows The Traditions, oh yes. The sun of morning is coming, and the Groom’s snatching of His Bride is always before the dawn, oh yes, he will come. But its late, and the girls are cold. Come soon, my Love, soon, as Rayati drifts off, wondering…

  20. "All passages of Scripture must be understood and interpreted in the light of the gospel. If there seems to be a contradiction, that just means full understanding has not been reached yet, or the passages are not being read in the proper context. This is an invitation to go deeper and pray constantly for wisdom and revelation from the Holy Spirit."

    "You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about me; and you are unwilling to come to me so that you may have life." (John 5:39-40)

  21. Hillary, what a beautiful, inspired, thoughtful piece you’ve written! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your insights with us. I was so very blessed to read this.

  22. Great article Hilary. All I can say is Amen to all the other comments.

    Yeah the "2 years into the Famine", would make one think, hmmm, do we see 2 years of the Tribulation? I really hope not. I cant wait to discard this meat bag for my glorified body. (I am sure I can hear a chorus of Amen's to that statement from all my brothers and sisters in Christ)

    I am only thinking out loud here. I wonder could the Rapture be a 2 year warning to Israel, that things are about to get very bad, very soon. possibly!!?

    1. Thanks, Jordan!

      I don't have any solid thoughts regarding the 2 years, but if it does apply somehow I would think it would be strictly for Israel, in keeping with the context of the brothers of Joseph, his immediate biological family. But I don't know what that would be. If if something we can know, I pray the Lord shows us!

    2. Yesterday I stumbled upon a very interesting YTC and video that MAY perhaps give some connection to the "two years" (of the Cyrus reign / D. Trump government):


      Leeland Jones / Hidden (Third) Temple for the 70 Elders Dedicated on Hanukkah

      As Jesus said that the "days shall be shortened" for the elect sake couldn't it be there might be some allover 'shortened' period of 7 years? Personally, I have a hard time to imagine things will go on like this for a whole 7 year period during the tribulation...

  23. What a day it will be when my Jesus I shall see. Powerful article. I am just blown away by the beauty of it. God bless.

    1. What a humbling and lovely comment. Thank you! All praise to the Lord God. <3 "And what a day it will be when my Jesus I shall see"....amen!!



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