The Lord’s invitation, “Come, let us reason together,” implies that we are to reason with Him, inside these lines which He has erected for our preservation from error, and not that we should abandon His Word to reason for ourselves.
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Ever since the representative of our race was tried in Eden, and transgressed God’s commandment, the curse of that broken law has rested upon him and upon all whom he in trial represented –all the Adamic race.
We are told that it will be worse than anything we can imagine. The Great Time of Trouble starts after the Little Flock are put to death by the Papacy during the hour of power of the beast, and ends with the deliverance of Israel in Jacob’s Trouble, Revelation describes it as when the 4 winds are let loose.
The principles laid down in David’s Psalms are very helpful to us as Christians. As we consider the precious promises, the Apostle Peter tells us to add to our faith the quality of virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, etc. If we do these things, taking inventory and striving and looking forward, we shall never fall (2 Pet. 1:4-11).
Man was created with an inherent and intimate connection with the land. Our connection to the ground is probably more intimate than most people would like to admit.
With natural Israel, the “former rain” refers to their earlier period of favor. Israel had prophets, the Law, the Tabernacle, the Temple of Solomon, etc. The early rain ended with the Diaspora, the great gulf fixed between the Jews and God, as shown in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Now the dry bones (Ezekiel 37) are beginning to come together. Sinews (organizations) are attached to the bones, and flesh has even appeared on the body state of Israel. However, from God’s standpoint, the breath of life has not yet entered Israel.
Not until Jacob’s Trouble will that happen—when the nation of Israel will stand on its feet in a real way. When God fights for Israel as He did in days of old, that will be like an awakening from the dead (Zech. 14:3). There will be a mighty shaking and a resurrection, as it were, both figuratively and literally (the Ancient Worthies).
Verse 5 is like saying to the Holy Remnant that the hopeless condition both the ten- and the two-tribe kingdoms were in necessitated the Lord’s turning His face from Israel for a long period of time so that they would get the lesson. In the past, through the prophets, God warned of the sinful condition, but Ephraim and Judah turned a deaf ear to the need for repentance. God “cut … [them] in pieces with the prophets” (NIV). It is as if at this end of the age, God is explaining about the warnings given to the ten- and the two-tribe kingdoms before they got so corrupt, and then, when they were in an unfit condition, what the necessary steps of repentance were. Because the warnings were ignored, judgment was necessary. Hewing the nation by the mouth of the prophets sounds like Jeremiah’s ministry.
Evidently, Cain was pleased with his offering to the Lord because it was a result of his own labors, and he was probably a good farmer. Now the curse hit him where he felt it most—in his vocation. From henceforth, Cain would be a bedouin or a vagabond, taking of that which grew of itself or taking from another man’s labors. Nomads picked dates when they were ripe, etc., and just wandered, living from hand to mouth with no harvesting and storage.
Notice that Cain put being excluded from God’s “face” (that is, from His presence) second, not first, as it should have been. Instead Cain first mentioned being driven out from “the face of the earth.” No doubt Cain had a big farm, and having to leave his “earth,” his possessions, his home, was his first concern. He felt that loss very keenly. And then he realized a third thing: that his rejection would follow him into succeeding generations as men would begin to multiply. Cain felt this burden was too much. The statement “My punishment is greater than I can bear” brings in all three aspects of what Cain felt was his punishment: (1) being excluded from his home and property, (2) being excluded from God’s favor, and (3) fear of what others would do to him (that they would “slay” him).
The question is, When will this prophecy be fulfilled? Verse 5 refers to the deliverance of the Holy Remnant out of Jacob’s Trouble and the inauguration of the Kingdom. At the time of Jacob’s Trouble, God’s fury will rise up into His face, and He will make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations (Ezek. 38:18; Isa. 52:10). “God speaketh once, yea twice,” and the third time He thundereth from on high (Job 33:14). Pertaining to the inauguration of the Kingdom, He said, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psa. 46:10). The angry waves will be stilled. From other pictures, we see that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, will be the central agent, but the Church will be with him. Eventually, so many Jews will be going back to Israel that there will not be enough room, and the people will burst over into the land of Gilead (Zech. 10:10; Obadiah 19).
Back there the priesthood was defiled, the prophets gave false messages, and the court (the judges) accepted bribes. When Jesus came as the Messiah, the scribes and Pharisees regarded him as a youngster. Their attitude was, “He is only 30 years old, yet he talks to us as if he is somebody.” Because Jesus lacked formal education, they detested him and considered him a pretender with ulterior motives. Moreover, the people were convinced he was a pretender when he was crucified and hanging naked on the Cross. “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Gal. 3:13; Deut. 21:23). Although the people marveled when Jesus raised Lazarus shortly before the Crucifixion, they soon forgot the miracle when he was put to death as a criminal. Thus he was tainted as a false prophet and priest—until his resurrection.
Jesus is the true High Priest—he is the Christian’s High Priest now, and he will be the world’s High Priest in the next age—and he performed that function even during his earthly ministry.
In the Book of Zechariah, Joshua and Zerubbabel were both types of Christ, and what was done with Zerubbabel’s Temple back there will be done with Ezekiel’s Temple in the Kingdom Age. The Zadok priesthood, the Ancient Worthies, and civil authorities will all be part of the Kingdom arrangement. These types were not perceived at the First Advent, and Satan was an adversary of Jesus, doing everything he could to demean and defile the antitypical Joshua, especially at the beginning and the close of his ministry. The First Advent is contrasted with the next age, when Jesus will be reclothed.
Ezekiel tells us that a sixth of this host will survive the destruction (their purpose being to bury the dead and go back to their homeland to tell the great miracles of the Lord and that He fought for Israel and saved them. It will take 7 months to bury the dead.
There are many other things that happen at this time, with the Ancient Worthies (Hebrews 11)being resurrected and in power (fathers will become princes–Psa 45:16) They will be the visible government for Jesus and his Bride who are of the Divine Nature like God. But that is another study.