Featured Articles

[Featured][twocolumns]

Hidden in Hosea: The Church's Death-Defying Escape from Hell on Earth



Greetings, brothers and sisters in the Lord! I hope this message finds you standing firmly in the faith and eagerly awaiting the return of our beloved Savior, Jesus. We are getting closer and closer to the day of our departure and arrival into His glorious presence.

For those who have read some of my past articles, you know that I have been busy mining the depths of the mystery of Christ and His body. I really did not set out to make this my niche, so to speak, but the Spirit keeps prodding me along and providing more insight into many Old Testament passages that relate to the mystery now made known and revealed to the Church (cf. Rom. 16:25-26; Eph. 3:3-11; 5:32).

Back in September 2017 right before the sign of Revelation 12:1-2 came to pass later that month, I wrote a piece entitled Birthday Break-away. In that study I traced the mystery of "two nations" born out of "one womb" back to the beginning of the Bible. Moreover, I showed how the continuity and discontinuity of Israel and the Church was prefigured in the birth narrative of Perez and Zerah (Gen. 38:27-30).

At the close of that article, I cited a passage from the prophet Hosea that further developed the Perez/Zerah typology (see Hos. 13:12-14). Ephraim, a prominent northern tribe representing the entire nation of Israel, was portrayed as a son who refused to be born when the time of labor arrived. Yet, in a surprise plot twist already prefigured in Gen. 38:29, there is another son in hiding who seizes the opportunity and bursts forth out of the womb to become the firstborn (for further development of this profound Perez typology, see my Church of the Firstborn series: Parts One, Two, and Three).

Though the birth (i.e. resurrection) of "the Church of the firstborn" (Heb. 12:23) is not explicitly stated in Hosea 13:12-14, there are apparently enough clues in this Old Testament passage to warrant the blessing of the apostle Paul who makes a direct reference to Hosea 13:14 in his explanation of the mystery of the resurrection/rapture of the Church in 1 Corinthians 15:55.

And so, for the purposes of this article, I am going to explore the tight-knit connection between Hosea 13 and 1 Corinthians 15 and explain how the apostle Paul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, intentionally or inadvertently "flips the script" of Hosea 13:14. Bridging the gap between these two texts written over 700 years apart gets a little murky at times and some things still remain unclear. Nevertheless, there is hidden treasure in this study, and I pray that your joy may abound at finding another gem in the fertile field of God's word (Prov. 2:1-6; Matt. 13:44).


First Things First: What is the Text? What is the Context?

To fully appreciate the interplay between these two end-time passages from Hosea and Paul, we need to first take a closer look at the textual evidence in context. The Greek text of 1 Corinthians 15:55 is a good place to start; however, to complicate matters further, Paul's incorporation of Hosea 13:14 deviates (ever-so-slightly) from the Hebrew and favors the Greek version of the OT (LXX). And, since Paul weaves together two different OT texts in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 to make his point, it will be helpful to look at Isaiah 25:8 and examine the apostle's overall intent in his message to the Corinthians.

Defeating Death—One Resurrection at a Time...

In the context of chapter 15, Paul caps off his letter to the Corinthians with a lively discussion about the necessity of a bodily, or physical resurrection. The believers at Corinth had erroneously rejected the future resurrection of the body of Christ, because they had already received the gifts of the Spirit and believed they were reigning in the kingdom of God already (for an in-depth look at the eschatological error at Corinth, see my previous post: Kingdom Now).

To set the record straight, Paul gives a bullet-point rundown of the gospel (note: the bodily resurrection of Jesus mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:4) and reaffirms the necessity of the resurrection of the dead. The apostle goes on to explain that Christ's resurrection is only the "firstfruits"—a prelude to the bodily resurrection of all believers at a future point in time (1 Cor. 15:20-28).

And before we get to one of the key "Rapture" passages in the New Testament, Paul states that the resurrection of believers will occur in a progression, "...just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all [believers] will be made alive. But each in his own order..." (1 Cor. 15:22-23). In other words, some folks are gettin' raised first ahead of the rest; namely, a group of believers whom Paul refers to as "the people of Christ" [in the Greek, lit. "the ones of Christ"]. Notice also that "the people of Christ" are raised before "the end [of this present age]" (1 Cor. 15:24), before Christ reigns on the earth putting every opponent under His complete authority (1 Cor. 15:25), and before death, "the last enemy," is done away with forever (1 Cor. 15:26).

Moving along to 1 Corinthians 15:50-58, we have been primed to embrace the wonderful and blessed implications of the mystery of the Resurrection and Rapture of the Church. "The people of Christ" (i.e. His body) are the first of all redeemed humanity to fully defeat death and receive glorified bodies! Furthermore, when the dead in Christ are raised and the living are transformed at the final trumpet sound, the Church will have fulfilled the words of two separate OT prophets both named "Yah[weh] is salvation" (Isaiah + Hosea).

At the time when Christ comes for His people, the Church (cf. 1 Cor. 15:23):

...when this corruptible [body] is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal [body] is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 15:54, HCSB).

The "mystery" of the Resurrection/Rapture of the Church in this context (cf. 1 Cor. 15:51) is not that there would be a resurrection of the dead in the future (cf. Jn. 11:24), or even that the Messiah would be raised (Paul already said as much in 1 Cor. 15:3-4)—on the contrary, the mystery that was once hidden but now revealed is about a people (predominantly Gentile in number) who will be raised and glorified first—before the nation of Israel.

To say it another way, the remnant (i.e. "survivors") in the Church alive at the Rapture will be instantly transformed from mortality to immortality and taken up in glory. The same cannot be said for the believing remnant who survive the entire Tribulation period—Scripture is clear that these people enter the Millennial kingdom with their old, corruptible nature. Surely then, this mystery of Christ and His body is great, and God's wisdom is needed to comprehend what has been plainly revealed (1 Cor. 1:21; Eph. 3:10; 5:32)!

Someone might object that Isaiah 25:8 can't be fulfilled at any other point in time if the Church fulfills this text at the Rapture. However, the Bible contains several instances of multiple, progressive fulfillments of a single prophecy (e.g. Jn. 19:37 + Rev. 1:7; Hos. 11:1 + Matt. 2:15); therefore, Isaiah 25:8 absolutely can and will be fulfilled again and again when God raises even more groups of people long after the Church has been glorified (e.g. during the Tribulation, the two witnesses are raised - Rev. 11:11-12; at the end of the Tribulation, the martyred saints are raised - Rev. 20:4; and, at the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, all of the believing dead will be raised and the rest of the living transformed - Rev. 20:11-15).

Interestingly, Paul's incorporation of Isa. 25:8 aligns more with the Hebrew text against the Greek. In the Hebrew there is clear parallelism going on with the word balah ("to swallow up, eat, engulf") in verses 7 and 8 (see here). Also, in Isaiah 5:14 God judges Israel by allowing Sheol (a.k.a. Death) to swallow up His people, "...Sheol enlarges its throat and opens wide its enormous jaws..." However, once God's judgment concludes and His wrath is quenched, it is Sheol/Death who is swallowed up by the LORD (as the saying goes, "there's always a bigger fish"...that is, unless you're Almighty God)!

So then, Paul weaves in Isa. 25:8 to establish that the LORD will "swallow up" and defeat death for the people of Christ at the Rapture. Next, he adds a couple of lines from Hosea 13:14, although in this instance, the apostle seems to lean on the Greek text versus the Hebrew. Even so, there is more going on here than a copy/paste scenario—Paul is doing something really profound with this reference to Hosea:

O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting? (1 Cor. 15:55, HCSB).

It appears the tables have turned, and Paul is now dishing out a verbal put-down directed at Death itself. Thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, at the time of the Rapture, the Church will escape "the jaws of defeat" forever and experience total and complete victory over the power of sin and death (cf. 1 Cor. 15:56-57). Paul's death-taunt in 1 Cor. 15:55 is like a football player silencing his opponent's home crowd after scoring the game-winning touchdown and rubbing it in with a choreographed dance routine in the end zone. After Jesus comes to raise up and glorify His people, Death will be a dog that is all bark and no bite, muzzled and deprived of the buried bones in his backyard! Hallelujah!

Based on what we have seen so far from the context of 1 Corinthians 15, Paul utilizes a shortened version of Hosea 13:14 to build his case that every single member of the body of Christ will be raised up and glorified, fully and completely conquering Death once and for all at the time of the Rapture.

Let's go now to the text of Hosea 13:14 and see what's going on there. In order to appreciate Hosea's context, we must travel over 700 years back from Paul's day to a prosperous nation that had drifted away from her covenant Lord. By God's grace and mercy, Israel had many prophets sent to her, but the dire warnings went unheeded before judgment came like a flood.


Hosea 13:14: Salvation or Judgment? Or Both?

Isaiah and Hosea were contemporaries, but they had separate assignments during a time when the nation of Israel was divided. While Isaiah confronted Judah in the south, Hosea was busy in the north dealing with Ephraim (the northern tribe representing the headship of Israel). Ironically, the prophet Hosea was given the same name as the last king of Israel prior to the Assyrian invasion and exile of 723-722 BC (in Hebrew, the spelling is "Hoshea"). Thus, Hosea's message would indeed mean last-minute "salvation" for some, but it largely meant overwhelming death and destruction for the rest of his fellow countrymen during King Hoshea's final days.

Before we get to chapter 13, it will help to get a birds-eye view of the book. If we are able to see the whole picture, then navigating our way through chapter and verse will become a whole lot easier. Plus, knowing where we are thematically will be the key to interpreting and translating 13:14 accurately.

For example, one way to look at Hosea is through the lens of alternating cycles of judgment and salvation:

Judgment                           Salvation
1:2-9                                    1:10-2:1
2:2-13                                  2:14-3:5
4:1-5:14                               5:15-6:3
6:4-11:7                               11:8-11
11:12-13:16                        14:1-9

*Chart adapted from Kenneth G. Hanna, From Moses to Malachi: Surveying the Old Testament, "Hosea," 320.

As you can see, there is symmetry and balance throughout the book between God's wrath and His mercy/compassion. Even with all of the inexcusable sins mentioned in the judgment sections of Hosea, we discover that the LORD will nevertheless remain faithful to the irrevocable covenant that He made with His people, Israel (cf. Rom. 11:29). In the end, the faithful husband (YHWH) will win back his wayward wife (Israel) once judgment has run its course.

To narrow things down even further, I have highlighted the section relevant to our comparison of 1 Corinthians 15 and Hosea 13. Notice that chapter 13, verse 14, falls under the last "judgment" section right before Israel's final restoration. Having this thematic overview in mind will be helpful as we seek to understand why the English versions are so divided when it comes to translating the text of Hosea 13:14.

Take a look for yourself at the various English translations of Hosea 13:14 (e.g. see Bible Hub). You'll soon discover they are split down the middle based on two interpretative approaches:

Approach #1: Go with the LXX (Septuagint/Greek version of the OT) and read 1 Corinthians 15:55 back into Hosea

Approach #2: Go with the Hebrew (Masoretic Text) and translate based on the immediate context of Hosea (i.e. the judgment section of 11:12-13:16)

I'll post examples from both the Greek and the Hebrew versions in order to compare and contrast the two. Next, once we have arrived at a reasonable estimation of the original text of Hosea 13:14, then we will be in a better position to figure out what Paul is doing with Hosea's message of judgment and discern why the Spirit led him to reference the Greek over the Hebrew.

On the Bible Hub compilation of Hosea 13:14 linked above, there is an English translation of the Septuagint (LXX/Greek version of the OT) that will give us the root behind Approach #1:

I will deliver them out of the power of Hades, and [I] will redeem them from death: where is thy penalty, O death? O Hades, where is thy sting? Comfort is hidden from mine eyes (Brenton Septuagint Translation)

Other English versions that follow the lead of the LXX include: the KJV, NIV, ESV, HSCB, et al.

Next up, here is an example of Approach #2 based on the Hebrew (Masoretic Text) and the surrounding context of Hosea chapter 13:

Should I ransom them from the grave? Should I redeem them from death? O death, bring on your terrors! O grave, bring on your plagues! For I will not take pity on them" (NLT)

Other English versions that follow the lead of the Masoretic Text include: the NASB, NET, NRSV, CEV, et al.

Despite the differences between the two approaches, there is one major similarity that makes Approach #1 more problematic contextually: The last line is exactly the same in both the Greek and the Hebrew, the LORD says to Ephraim/Israel, "...Comfort [or, compassion] is hidden from my eyes."

Therefore, based on the context of Hosea 13, the positive spin of the Greek version appears to jump the gun. Rather than offering a promise to escape the judgments of Death and Hell, the LORD is actually beckoning Death and Hell to attack Ephraim/Israel. Moreover, despite centuries of long-suffering and patience, the time of God's mercy and restraint is over.

Here is a clarifying explanation from Dr. Chisholm (my former Hebrew professor!) concerning the Hebrew text of Hosea 13:14:

Traditionally, verse 14a has been interpreted as an expression of hope and a promise of salvation. However, this view is contextually problematic. Though Hosea's prophecy is characterized by abrupt changes in tone, such a shift appears to be premature here (the shift in this section appears to come in 14:1) and would leave 13:14a awkwardly connected with what follows (cf. 13:14b, 'I will have no compassion'). The first two statements may be translated better as rhetorical questions implying a negative answer: 'Shall I redeem them from death?' (RSV). The next two questions (Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?) would then be appeals for death to unleash its 'plagues' and 'destruction' against Ephraim (cf. vv. 14b-16), not a triumphant cry of victory over death. Of course the Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, applied the language of this text in the latter sense (cf. 1 Cor. 15:55-56). However, in that context Paul was drawing on the language of Scripture as traditionally understood (cf. the LXX); he was not offering a textual and exegetical analysis of Hosea 13:14" (Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., "Hosea," in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, vol. 1, 1405-1406)

For clarification: Some may be wondering why we can't just look at the Hebrew text and determine whether the first two lines have question marks or not. Well, that would make things easier for us; however, the original manuscripts of the Bible contain no punctuation marks whatsoever. We're totally dependent on the context to figure out whether we should understand God as saying declaratively "I will," or interrogatively, "Will I?"

Nevertheless, while Approach #2 provides a firm foundation and gets us closer to the original text of Hosea 13:14, we are still left wondering why the apostle Paul suddenly "flips the script" and turns a verse about certain judgment into a triumphant cry of victory over death. What exactly is Paul seeing in this passage that would cause him to rejoice rather than faint out of sheer terror at what is coming upon God's people? 

I mean, we don't have to go very far contextually to see the outcome of the LORD's invitation to Death and Hell to bring on their worst—just look at Hosea 13:15-16. These concluding verses of chapter 13 correspond to the "plagues" and "destruction" in verse 14 (cf. Hos. 7:13, and see the covenant curses of Lev. 26:25; Deut. 28:21; 32:24-25; and the seal judgments of Rev. 6).

A triumph over death in Hosea 13:14? Really? For whom exactly, because we know Ephraim/Israel (and Judah, for that matter - Hos. 5:5) will not escape the final judgment to come.

In order to solve this interpretative mystery, we must behold and believe yet another mystery—the mystery hidden for past ages but now revealed to the saints (cf. Rom. 16:25-26; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:26-27). If we don't appreciate the mystery of Christ and His Body, the Church Age, the Dispensation of Grace, etc., then we will continue to stumble over many Old Testament fulfillments that are referenced in the New Testament.

Therefore, to truly comprehend what Paul is doing with Hosea 13:14 in 1 Corinthians 15:55, we have to understand the overarching narrative of the entire Bible. Paul and the rest of the apostles do not teach replacement theology (i.e. the Church replaces Israel as God's people). However, it's not a stretch at all to call the mystery of the Church something like "temporary displacement" theology.

The big clue in Hosea 13:14 that really unlocks the mystery is the last phrase, "Compassion is hidden from My eyes." In other words, God is going to withhold His mercy/compassion from Ephraim/Israel when the time of labor arrives (a.k.a. The Tribulation/Jacob's Trouble; cf. Hos. 13:13).

But, that's only half the story...


The Surprise Ending

Now where else in Scripture have we heard about the LORD rescuing and showing compassion to another nation besides Israel? Well, come to think of it, right in the middle of a swan song that details the horrific judgments that will befall God's covenant people, Moses writes...and/or sings:

Then [the LORD] said, 'I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, sons in whom is no faithfulness. They have made Me jealous with what is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation (Deut. 32:20-21, NASB).

And, isn't there a place in the New Testament where Paul cites Deuteronomy 32:21 and invites Hosea to join his conversation regarding God's purpose for Israel during this age of the Church?

Yes there is! Romans 9–11 is an oft misunderstood but absolutely essential discourse on the mystery of the Church in light of God's irrevocable covenant with Israel. Here are the relevant passages that shed light on our current study:

What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us [the Church], whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. As He says also in Hosea, 'I will call those who were not My people, 'My people,' and her who was not beloved, 'Beloved.' And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' there they shall be called sons of the living God (Rom. 9:22-26, NASB, bracketed explanation mine).

Again I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, 'I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry" (Rom. 10:19, RSV).

At this point, maybe you can see why we could legitimately call God's plan for the Church "temporary displacement" as opposed to the insidious and indefensible teaching of replacement theology. Israel replaced by the Church? No. Temporarily displaced? Yes.

To fully understand Paul's rationale for "flipping the script" in Hosea 13:14, we must have a firm grasp on the roles for both Israel and the Church in God's story. It is, after all, the greatest love story ever told! Or, better yet, it's the greatest love story ever lived out—by each and every one of us who are now called "God's people."

Note: Paul is not the only one to pick up what the Spirit has put down. Even Peter caught on to the hidden truth embedded in Hosea (see 1 Pet. 2:9-10; in the context, the apostle states that the Church is being built up into a spiritual temple with Jesus as the Rock and Cornerstone that the builders [Israel] rejected).

Finally, to summarize what we've covered in this study, I will conclude with a brief commentary on select passages from Hosea. Hopefully, these highlighted verses will uphold and clarify Paul's use of Hosea 13:14 in 1 Corinthians 15:55 as a hidden, yet Spirit-inspired reference to the resurrection and departure of the Church.

In surveying Hosea from beginning to end, take note of the recurring theme of the LORD's imminent departure from Israel as a means of judgment. This devastating departure comes in response to Israel's spiritual departure from the LORD and will also leave her vulnerable to the "wild beasts" that seek her ultimate destruction. Therefore, the historical departure of the LORD back in Hosea's day serves as a prophetic template that will be fulfilled again through the departure of the body of Christ at the time of Israel's final Labor (cf. Isa. 26:17-21; 66:7-9; Mic. 5:3; 2 Thess. 2:3, 6-7; Rev. 12:5).

1) Hosea 1:10; 2:23 - In these passages where God promises to eventually restore Israel in the end, the mystery of the Church can be found if we read between the lines. In other words, the implied assumption is that during the period of time when Israel is called "Not My People" and "No Compassion," there will be another nation who is shown compassion by the LORD and called His people (see above: Deut. 32:21; Rom. 9:23-26)

2) Hosea 5:6 - The LORD "withdraws" and hides from Israel

3) Hosea 5:15 - A very explicit reference to the LORD's departure followed by Israel's time of distress (cf. Deut. 4:30; Jer. 30:7; notice that God says, "I will return and depart to My place..."– see also "His place" in Isa. 26:19-21)

4) Hosea 9:11-12 - Ephraim's glory that "flies away" is parallel to "Woe to them, when I depart..."

5) Hosea 13:12-14 - The time of final Labor arrives, but Ephraim/Israel is not ready to be born. Death and Hell are given the green light to unleash their plagues and destruction against Israel (cf. Isa. 28:14-22; Dan. 9:27; Hos. 12:1; 1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 6:7-8). However, there is one nation...under God...in Christ...who makes a down-to-the-wire, death-defying escape from this end-time judgment. And this undeserving bunch who were once "Not a People" and shown "No Compassion" will get taken up in glory via the Pre-Labor Resurrection and Rapture (1 Cor. 15:51-55; cf. Isa. 66:7; Rev. 12:5).

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57; cf. Matt. 16:18)!

Amen!

Post A Comment

54 comments :

  1. Great study. Thanks Jeff.

    ReplyDelete
  2. How do Jacob (Israel) and Esau fit into this? Esau born first but Israel gets the blessing of the first born? I am convinced of a pre-Tribulation Rapture but how does the Esau/Israel thing fit in? Or maybe it doesn’t have to???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. More of the perpetual biblical theme of the younger gaining the advantage over the firstborn.

      Cain and Seth
      Ishmael and Isaac
      Esau and Jacob
      Zerah and Perez
      Jesse's elder sons and David
      ....And Israel and the Church

      Delete
    2. Absolutely magnificent! I always wondered about the repetitive story of the younger gaining dominance over the older in the Bible. And it is a great teaching to deter others away from Dominionist theology due to the clarity and common sense of it all! Blessings!

      Delete
  3. This has blown me away. I think even more pieces of the puzzle are connecting now in my mind. I already had the hunch there might be something bigger in Hosea because of the 1 Corinthians 15 references. This makes me want to more carefully peruse the OT prophets.

    Happy 4th everyone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One would be wise to look a little closer to those Old Testament prophets and heed the prophetic message that the Holy Spirit is revealing through them. Especially given what reporredly happened the other day between a Russian submarine and an American submarine in American territorial waters near Alaska. Looks like a very serious confrontation between Russia and America is brewing.

      AMERICAN SUBMARINE TORPEDOED AND SUNK OFF ALASKAN COAST
      https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/report-american-submarine-torpedoed-and-sunk-off-alaska-coast

      With Both Russia And America Holding Emergency Meetings Following Mysterious Incident In The Arctic Ocean, Are We On The Edge Of Armageddon? Global Events Appear To Be Spiraling Out Of Control
      http://allnewspipeline.com/Russia_America_Emergency_Meetings_Is_WW3_Ahead.php

      There is an Old Testament story that contains a prophetic clue regarding the timing of the rapture and it's association with a bear attack. This being the case, it's time for rapture watchers to closely consider the events between America and Russia when considering the nearness of the rapture. It's a huge rapture sign in my estimation. I've posted the below article before, but given above mentioned events, it is now more timely than ever.

      THE BEAR RAPTURE PROPHECY
      https://endtimesdarknessdescending.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/the-bear-rapture/

      Delete
    2. What Attacked a Russian Submarine On a Retrieval Mission In the Arctic?
      https://thecommonsenseshow.com/conspiracy-united-states-war/what-attacked-russian-submarine-retrieval-mission-arctic

      Delete
    3. It would be impossible to hide the loss of a US sub. If such a loss occurred we should be learning of it soon.

      Research suggests this is part of a system formerly known as Status-6 and involves the development, deployment, testing and potential installation of sea-bed based autonomous nuclear-powered systems.

      Here are a few sources to get you started for anyone who is interested,

      Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System

      UPDATED: 14 Sailors Die on Secretive Russian Nuclear Submarine; Putin Calls Incident ‘Great Loss’


      My condolences to the families of the lost. May the Lord Jesus meet you and minister to you in your time of loss.

      Although the AS-12 may have been capable of cutting deep-sea floor cables like the intercontinental Internet lines; I see reason to believe the AS-12 was conducting operations related to Status-6 -- the testing, deployment and maintenance of nuclear-powered launch sites for nuclear-powered autonomous sub-surface weapons known by code name Kanyon.

      Delete
  4. Keep coming back to the Parable of the Prodigal son. :)

    Most people seem to skip the stuff about the elder brother...

    Definitely a Gentile vs Israel thing going on here. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hear ya. The popular parable in Luke 15 should actually be called the "Parable of the Two Sons."

      Delete
    2. I agree, Jeff, and so do the French!

      Delete
  5. Covenant theology, yes.

    Replacement theology, no.

    That is a straw man argument Jeff.

    While the church has not replaced Israel, neither do the 'Jews'/Israelis come to Christ any differently from us. There's nothing special about them. God deals with them the same way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Of course. No one is arguing any differently. Christ is the Messiah and the only way to the Father. But Scripture offers a clear order of events and the order of events is thus:

      1. A primarily, but not exclusively, Gentile body of believers is glorified, meeting the LORD in the air.

      2. Israel's time of distress/labor/trouble ensues (the Trib and end-of-the-age events).

      3. Israel finally comes to believe in Christ.

      4. Christ returns and David's fallen tent is restored. Kingdom returned to Israel. Davidic dynasty reestablished.

      Delete
  6. Jeff!!! Wow!!! I had always wondered about the awkwardness off Paul’s Hosea quotes in 1 Cor 15. Thank you. And my mind is still blown over this realization:

    “Therefore, the historical departure of the LORD back in Hosea's day serves as a prophetic template that will be fulfilled again through the departure of the body of Christ at the time of Israel's final Labor (cf. Isa. 26:17-21; 66:7-9; Mic. 5:3; 2 Thess. 2:3, 6-7; Rev. 12:5).“

    Thank You, LORD, for sending timely encouragement!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Very encouraging to hear, Daniel! Thank you!

      Delete
  7. Way to go, Brother! Wonderful journey the Holy Spirit took you on into what is for the most part an obscure section of Scripture but filled with gems! I recently dove into 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 when I was studying the revealing of the Rapture Mystery:

    "...I learned that the Resurrection/Rapture of the Church is a military action by God.

    For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. - 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 KJV

    “But every man in his own order”

    The word “order” is translated from the Greek word tagma meaning “that which has been arranged in order, a division, rank” and signifies a military division. There are two tagma or “ranks” of the resurrection host; the Captain and the rest of the army now sleeping, to rise at His trumpet’s sound (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16)." [excerpt from: https://lynmelvin.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-rapture-mystery.html]

    Captain Jesus leads in His resurrection, then we go next!

    LOVED this part you wrote:
    "...the mystery that was once hidden but now revealed is about a people (predominantly Gentile in number) who will be raised and glorified first—before the nation of Israel."
    Ok, that's as far as I got for now. Can't wait to dive back in later! Thanks, Jeff♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I used to be disheartened or maybe a little jealous each time I saw the words "first to the Jew, then to the gentile". Then I realized that WE get to go first!!! And our rewards are waiting for us!

      Delete
  8. So very expertly penned and studied out, brother Jeff! Enjoyed reading about all the gems you gleaned out of Hosea 13:14 and I Cor. 15:55. Loved the Isaiah 25:8 progression that you see and prove with death being swallowed up in victory with succeeding resurrections after Christ, the firstfruit. It all makes perfect sense in your study as you have it here. I even asked a brother on YT just last night to explain when death was swallowed up in victory finally once and for all. And he said it was when we are in eternity after the new heaven and earth are made, Rev. 21:4b, also Rev. 20:16.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great teaching. The July 4 EQ in CA happened at 10:33AM pacific time. Strong’s Hebrew says 1033 means “place of a lamb.” Now, to convince my brother to fly to Baltimore since another 7.1 happened last night as we were messaging each other. He said “My apartment just moved.”

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Archangel. Grace and peace to you!

      Delete
  10. Last night’s EQ happened at 8:19PM. 819 in Strong’s Hebrew means guiltiness, dishonor. There are too many evil things happening in CA to even begin to list. I guess NY is next.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some interesting keywords here,

      "Strongest earthquake in TWO decades", "the SECOND earthquake to hit Southern California in TWO days". Time of the event was 2021 (local time according to live newscasters who were on-air during the quake).

      More twos...and as you observed Gary, could it be part of a countdown? If so then the local time of 2021 is interesting as it is TWO year from 2019 and next in the count of 2015, 2017 and 2019.

      Going to see what comes to the surface on this one.

      Blessings

      Delete
    2. And 2021 would be the upper limit **if** we can apply Psalm 90:10 (which I think is a strong possibility). We're close brothers and sisters...

      4... 3... 2... 1... GO!

      Delete
  11. @Archangel,

    I'm sure you didn't mean any offense with your California assessment, but I live in Ridgecrest, and it is a very conservative city adjacent to a Naval air weapons test base. There are many Christians here, and people have joked in the past that we have more churches than restaurants. Thus, a more appropriate assessment might be comparing this situation to 1 Peter 4:17, “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” This is not to say that everyone here is a saint, but that the majority of people here are God loving and God fearing brothers and sisters in Christ.

    The last few days have been very stressful for all of us who live in Ridgecrest. A big quake is one thing, but when you’re experiencing aftershocks continually throughout the day and night, it is difficult to rest.

    Right now everyone in Ridgecrest can use prayer, not judgement.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just noticed today that Ridgecrest is rather close to Death Valley and it reminded me of the Psalm... 'Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are beside me...'

      Also not far from 'Devil's Playground.' These earthquakes seem to be pointing at the general area... The highways from Los Angeles to Los Vegas running right through there.

      Hope everyone in Ridgecrest is doing alright in general, I remember being there a few times while out with my dad on his service calls.

      Delete
  12. Ryan L, you are correct; I meant no offense. I live in the People’s Republic of Maryland which isn’t too dissimilar from CA in terms of leftist ideology. We have conservatives here too mostly in the western counties. I have been messaging my brother in Glendale all day which probably annoys him but he won’t admit it. God bless and protect Ridgecrest. I don’t want my brother or anyone else hurt or worse.

    With Matthew 545 in mind: ......that our Father in Heaven makes His sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and unjust.

    We all need His love, protection and forgiveness.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Aftershock count surpasses 1,700. Holy cow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. @Gary,

      In the 90's we had one year with over 8000 Earthquakes (I think it was 95). At that time we were called the "Earthquake capital of the world." With so many quakes in one year, Sony decided to use Ridgecrest to promote their latest CD Walkman with "Super ESP" (Electronic Shock Protection). Below is a link to that commercial. It's entertaining.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k8f2gJjXkQ

      Delete
  14. Great study, rich, rich serving, thank you. Blessings on all as we weather the storm going down on our section of the island, be it as it may, Maranatha!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S. Get in da Choppah!

      Delete
    2. Thanks, brother. Good of you to chime in here. Airlift coming soon!

      Delete
  15. Hi Jeff, thank you for revealing what has been revealed to you. Not to be a nit-picking... but your interpretation of "...just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all [believers] will be made alive. But each in his own order..." (1 Cor. 15:22-23).You add an insert [believers] to this verse which could be bad hermeneutics. I believe the word "all" in this verse, actually means all, not just believers. "Daniel 12:2

    Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt." ... My point is, is that Christ's power of the resurrection is so powerful "all" will be made alive again, some to glory and others to the Great White Throne judgment to face the second death for rejecting the pardon the Lord has provided.
    Thanks again for your studies.
    John

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey John, I see your point but I'll raise ya one:

      Check out Romans 5:17-18. Paul uses almost the exact same phrasing as in 1 Cor. 15:22. Yet, "all" cannot mean "all humankind" in that context. If so, then bye-bye orthodoxy, hello universalism. I don't believe it was too much of a stretch to insert a bracketed all [believers], because I am interpreting the "all" based on the immediate context of Paul's discussion about believers (i.e. "those who have fallen asleep" (1 Cor. 15:20) ---"asleep" being a loving euphemism for believers used by Jesus himself (cf. Matt. 9:24).

      I don't doubt what Dan. 12:2 and Rev. 20 says, but I do question whether these texts should be forced into Paul's context here.

      Thank you for keeping me on my toes, though! I appreciate it.

      Delete
  16. Have u ever researched the perversion of modern bible versions and the men behind them? Do u know that God preserved His Words in KJV only?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. @Anonymous,

      Be careful with saying the word was preserved "in KJV only," as that is a translation based on Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts. We're all thankful for the wisdom and understanding God has provided mankind as a result of the Holy scriptures being translated into the King James English, but English has its faults. The problem is that the English language does not always provide the full depth of meaning which is found in the original texts. For example, "Thou Shalt not Kill" in the KJV is what was first transcribed into English, but today most scholars believe "Thou shalt not commit murder" is the correct translation of the original Hebrew text. Ultimately, I think the best approach is to simply say that God preserved his words in the original language it was written in.

      Delete
    2. We're having a good ongoing discussion about this here. Check it out.

      I second Ryan. The God-breathed Scriptures were written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Not in English.

      Delete
    3. I think anonymous MAY have been referring to the watered-down, too many versions to count editions that change/distort/detract from the meaning of God’s Holy Words which is surely the work of the enemy who tries to steal from and fool as many souls as possible.

      Delete
  17. Gary, in Matthew 15 we find out that Jesus was sent only to the Jews. Matthew 15:21-28; Jesus states that he is the bread of Israel and then he calls the Canaanite woman a dog. BUT, it is the faith that saves her daughter. Just like us our faith in Jesus Christ will heal us completely. Oh death where is the sting. It's obvious that the Lord will continue to focus on bringing Israel back to himself. At least that what I get when I read my Bible. Great study a ton of info to chew on here.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Well done, Jeff!

    Would I take it then that you think of Paul's "flipping the script" as reflecting a temporal perspective of Calvary? Hosea on one side, in the past, while Paul on the other side, after the cross?

    I believe that we are seeing Paul declare that the mystery was revealed in Christ while in the time of the prophets the mystery was yet to be revealed.

    As you said, context is the key and the key is Christ.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, PR!

      Yes, that's a good way to put it: Hosea on one side (pre-Calvary); Paul on the other side (post-Calvary). Like the other OT prophets, Hosea wrote what was given to him, but he did not comprehend everything (cf. 1 Pet. 1:10-12).

      Christ is the key, indeed. I thought of Col. 2:2-3 when I saw your comment :)

      Delete
  19. PIN-POINT: CALIFORNIA EQ

    Quoting, CNN,

    "The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook California on Friday also ripped open a fissure.

    When the shaking started at 8:19 p.m..."


    Some interesting numbers in this, 7.1 (7/1) and 8:19 pm (20:19 PST) or 2019. A date perhaps?

    7/1/2019

    Another pointer to M7D1 on the Ecclesiastic calendar?

    Maybe? Maybe not?

    But a fissure visible from space? That sounds major to me and slightly representative of a opening. A doorway even?

    Conjecture I know but we're treasure hunters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jumping further down the rabbit hole...

      2019 PDT is 0619 IDT on the morning of Monday, September 2, 2019. The Day of Shouting, Feast of Trumpets, Head of the Year, Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashana. Turning to Timeanddate.com for sunrise data for Jerusalem, Israel we find the following,

      Sunrise in Jerusalem will be at 0614 (IDT) on 7/2. If the magnitude of 7.1 and local California time of the quake at 2019 (PDT) was a time stamp, then the time as projected onto the Spiritual (Torah) calendar would be equivalent to 5-minutes after sunrise in Judea on 7/2/2019. The sun will be breaking the horizon in Jerusalem at that hour.

      But that's not all...

      1. The head of Leo will rise in the pre-dawn twilight
      2. Regulus (King Star) will rise next with
      a) Mercury close behind abreast the Sun
      b) Mars in conjunction with the Sun
      c) Followed closely by Venus

      A triple conjunction in Leo in the rising Sun over Israel. And what's just below the horizon? The New Moon in the womb of Virgo. Where's Jupiter? Still at the feet of the snake handler, Ophiuchus tucked in right behind Scorpius below Serpens.

      Multiple conjunctions are not rare, but all of the inner planets lined-up with the Sun on a date and at a time that are potentially suggested by major events displaced by months and two different calendar systems that fall on such significant holy days?

      I think that's interesting.

      Delete
  20. Hi Pastor Rich ;

    I don't think the 2550 day count fits if Torah calendar is correct for FOT ( 9/1 ). Jewish calendar has FOT on 9/29-30 and this does fit 2550 day count.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, my model sees the same thing.

      It's not so much that (9/2) would be "The Day", as the Civil calendar FoT fits where (9/2) does not...but on the Spiritual calendar (9/27-9/28) begins the annual Torah reading for the New Year/Season. (Parashat Bereshit)

      This time of year marks the completion of the agricultural cycle. The in-gathering is complete. The work in the fields and orchards are finished. That may be a parallel to Nehemiah when all Jerusalem gathered before the Watergate to hear the reading of the Book of the Law after work on the wall was finished. That happened on FoT in their day.

      A lot of symbolism and days on which we may see significant events.

      Delete
    2. DAY 2,550: EREV YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement Eve)

      Some interesting excerpts from Hayyim Schauss' book, "The Jewish Festivals - A Guide to Their History and Observance", pg. 132,

      "The Day before Yom Kippur...The High Priest stands at the eastern gate of the Temple in the morning."

      Day 2,550 of my study time-line falls on the day before (erev) the Day of Atonement or, Erev Yom Kippur. (Day of Atonement Eve as we may say in the west). The evening of that day (sundown) begins Yom Kippur itself.

      Yom Kippur Eve...As the sun sets there is a "sanctified peace" resting over the Temple. The High Priest eats little in preparation for an all-nighter with the elders of the priesthood. He spends the night with them often reading and teaching from lesser books of the Bible (Torah) and they, "sing Psalms to him."

      "Ordinarily, preparation for the Temple service begin at dawn, but for this occasion the preparations are started in the middle of the night. Long before the cock has crowed, the court of the Temple is filled with people. In the meantime priests, stationed on the roof of the Temple, look for the first light of dawn. When the light is sufficient for them to see Hebron between the hills to the southeast they call out, "The light of morning has reached Hebron." And the service begins.


      It makes one wonder if this is the scene that will play out again as the remnant of Israel returns from the wilderness?

      More data-points along your journey.

      Study well.

      Delete
  21. 9/28/19 is also the EXACT four year anniversary of the 4th and final blood moon of the 2014-15 tetrad.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, whaddya know? It sure is!

      Monday, September 28, 2015 to Saturday, September 28, 2019 is 1,461 (non-inclusive) days or 48 months or 208 weeks. I have not included the blood moon tetrad in my model -- only the R12S.

      Thanks for the tip!

      Here is some data on that event from Timeanddate.com. We missed ALL of the blood moons of the tetrad here due to weather. It was an Atlantic event with South America the ONLY continent that was fell completely under 100% totality.

      The event began on Monday morning at 12:11 am (UTC); that's 3:11 am (IDT) in Jerusalem and 8:11 pm (EDT) on Sunday evening in New York City and lasted a duration of about 1-hour 12-minutes.

      Time to do more digging...

      Thanks!

      Delete
    2. ...and when you say "EXACT" being the 28th of the month; that means the 28th of September from Greenwich, England and eastward. It was still the 27th in the Americas when the blood moon began.

      According to Torahcalendar.com (9/27/15-9/28/15) was the day before the Eve of Sukkot but Chabad.org has (9/26/15-9/27/15) as Tishrei 14, 5776 (Erev Sukkot) and 9/27/15-9/28/15) as Tishrei 15, 5776 (Sukkot I). REMEMBER: Hebrew days begin and end at sunset so they overlap the western 24-hour midnight-to-midnight 24-hour day.

      My time-line uses BOTH calendars as sometimes things line-up on one but not the other. At other times everything lines up.

      Looking ahead at coming eclipses...

      I found this interesting about the Great American Solar Eclipse 2.0 coming on 4/8/24. Maximum eclipse will occur at 18:17:16 (UTC). This is Omer Day 14 according to Torahcalendar.com and 29 Adar II, 5784 (Rosh Chodesh) or New Moon and the last day of the leap month on the eve of the month of Nisan.

      This date is one-year after the AoD and inside of the 1,260 days that Israel is being nourished in the wilderness according to my study model. (Not hunting dates, it's just a study model).

      Another thing that catches me about the hour of greatest totality, 1800 (UTC). 18 is the numeric value of an important Hebrew word, "חי" meaning "live".

      More data points...

      Delete
    3. Six rafters go over the falls in their raft (flood picture) after failing to heed "three different sets of warning signs of danger ahead." Sound familiar?

      https://www.foxnews.com/us/pennsylvania-rafters-rescued-after-being-tossed-over-waterfall-caught-on-video

      They were in Pennsylvania but 'not of Philadelphia'. 6 rafters- 6,000 years and we are at the precipice. The plunge awaits and comes quickly- before people will know it. In a single day as it were.

      "They really didn't do anything wrong other than missing the signs,"

      speechless-



      Luke 21:36 "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."


      Delete


Recommended

[Top Post][grids]

World News

[Top World News][bleft]

Highlights

[Highlights][twocolumns]

Bible Study

[Bible Study][list]

Astronomy

[Astronomy][bleft]

Politics

[Political][twocolumns]

Wolf Watch

[Wolves][bsummary]

Birth Pangs

[Birth Pangs][bleft]

Archaeology

[Archaeology][twocolumns]

Science

[Top Science][list]

In-Depth Articles

[In-Depth][bleft]