quick study is a sub-topic validation for the foreshadows
7 - CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE
- A Foreshadow of Redemption
Makes a Distinction Between His People and the People Outside
that God has made a distinction between His covenant people
and people outside the covenant is integral to covenant
faith and hope for the future. This distinction is made
known to each believer by faith in His Word with signs and
wonders following. In delivering His people from Egypt,
God used the plagues to make a distinction between
the people of God and the people of Egypt.
8:22-23 (NIV) - "'But on that day I will deal differently
with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms
of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the
LORD, am in this land. (23) I will make a distinction
between my people and your people."
distinction separates God's people from the rest of the
world. The rest of the world will eventually know that the
true God is with the Israelites and at a later time, that
Christ Jesus is Lord of all. There are many scriptures that
reveal this distinction.
statement to the spies Joshua sent into Jericho - Joshua
2:8-11(NIV) - Before the spies lay down for the night, she
went up on the roof (9) and said to them, "I know
that the LORD has given this land to you and that a
great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live
in this country are melting in fear because of you. (10)
We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the
Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what
you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites
east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. (11)
When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone's
courage failed because of you, for the LORD your
God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
response to Daniel's interpretation of his dream - Daniel
2:46-47 (NIV) - Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate
before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering
and incense be presented to him. (47) The king said to Daniel,
"Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord
of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able
to reveal this mystery."
everyone who has ever lived will acknowledge Christ as Lord
- Philippians 2:9-11(N IV) - Therefore God exalted him
to the highest place and gave him the name that is above
every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
(11) and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
the End Time God Makes a Distinction in the House of God
book of Malachi, being the last book of the Old Testament,
offers an important Messianic prophecy. Malachi was a prophet
or messenger of God who lived in the time of Israel having
returned from Babylonian exile under Nehemiah. The temple
had been re-built and the Israelites were expecting God's
Messiah to return to His temple with majesty and power to
exalt His kingdom in the presence of the nations. But, Messiah
tarried. The Israelites began to doubt God's covenant love,
they no longer trusted His declarations of justice and they
began to lose hope. They began to no longer take the law
seriously. Malachi rebukes their doubt and unfaithfulness.
3:1 (NIV) - "See, I will send my messenger,
who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the
Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger
of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,"
says the LORD Almighty.
my messenger " - The Israelites may have believed
Malachi was the Messianic messenger, the name Malachi means
"messenger". Thus, they may have been expecting
Messiah to come to His temple soon after this prophecy was
spoken by Malachi. But, it appeared God was tarrying because
Messiah did not come as soon as expected. On the other hand,
this prophecy was actually concerned with John the baptist,
who was the messenger proclaiming the arrival of Messiah.
the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple" -
the arrival of Jesus will be sudden and He will
come to His temple. "His temple" is a Messianic
of the covenant" - John the baptist is God's
messenger of the covenant and Jesus is the finisher of the
"Whom you desire" - Jesus is the Messiah
of Israel, whom they have longed to see arrive to deliver
them from their enemies.
3:2-4 (NIV - But who can endure the day of his coming?
Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a
refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. (3) He will sit
as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the
Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then
the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
(4) and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable
to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when
he appears?" - Messiah will arrive to bring
division between the righteous and the unrighteous, between
things that are common to man and things that are holy.
By faith each believer must endure this division between
good and evil in his heart.
will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify
the Levites and refine them like gold and silver" -
Messiah will bring fire to purge sin and self-righteousness
from the Israelites.
the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness"
- Tithes and offerings will be brought to the Lord
in righteousness, with a willing heart (without expecting
anything in return). Selfish motivation (seeking righteousness
through sacrifice) will not be a part of righteous men,
who bring offerings to the Lord.
3:5-7 (NIV) - "So I will come near to you for judgment.
I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers
and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their
wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive
aliens of justice, but do not fear me," says
the LORD Almighty. (6) "I the LORD do not change. So
you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. (7)
Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned
away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to
me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty.
"But you ask, 'How are we to return?'
will come near to you for judgment" -
Jesus will come to judge those under the covenant, including
the Gentiles because they are grafted into the covenant.
His judgment will begin with the house of God (1 Peter
do not fear me" - Judgment
will be against those who mistreat others, deprive them
of justice and do not revere God (love God).
you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed" - Although
Israel is judged and refined, God will not destroy them.
to me, and I will return to you" - This
time of judgment and refinement is to give the Israelites
an opportunity to return to God and be made whole though
their acceptance and faith in Messiah.
are we to return?' -
The Israelites will return to God through their faith in
Messiah and righteously make their tithes and offerings
because they love God, not because they are seeking to gain
by God's intervention. Their focus will be on the Giver,
not the gift.
3:8-12 (NIV) - "In tithes and offerings. (9) You are
under a curse - the whole nation of you - because you
are robbing me. (10) Bring the whole tithe into the
storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test
me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and
pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough
for it. (11) I will prevent pests from devouring your crops,
and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,"
says the LORD Almighty. (12) "Then all the nations
will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,"
says the LORD Almighty.
you are robbing me " -
Tithes belong to God, else it would not be robbery if the
Israelites fail to bring the tithe to God. Tithes do not
belong to the Israelites. Taking the tithe to God is an
act of stewardship over what belongs to God. Therefore,
the Israelites cannot give the tithe to God. How can the
Israelites give to God what already belongs to Him? Offerings
are also God's, because freewill offerings are an expression
of love and devotion to God. Freewill offerings are a part
of their relationship with God, apart from stewardship.
the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food
in my house " -
The tithe is used by God in the ministry of grace and mercy
to those in need and to sustain the priesthood who are called
by God for this purpose.
me in this" - God
challenges His people, who are not seeking selfish gain,
to test this principle of being a steward of His tithe.
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and
pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough
for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops,
and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit"
reference to taking the tithe to the storehouse, God's blessing
does not preclude the tithe. The blessing follows the tithe.
Tithes brought into the storehouse by believers, who see
the tithe as belonging to God and their part is one of stewardship,
is the correct understanding. In their hearts the tithe
belongs to God, it is not a gift or freewill offering. Their
stewardship is a heart perspective and an act of obedience.
3:13 -18 (NIV) - "You have said harsh things against
me," says the LORD. Yet you ask, 'What have
we said against you?' "You have said, 'It is
futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying
out his requirements and going about like mourners before
the LORD Almighty? (15) But now we call the arrogant
blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even
those who challenge God escape.'" (16) Then those
who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD
listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written
in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and
honored his name. (17) "They will be mine,"
says the LORD Almighty, "in the day when I make
up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just
as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. (18)
And you will again see the
distinction between the righteous and the wicked,
between those who serve God and those who do not.
have said harsh things against me" - God is
offended by the Israelites' words which are motivated by
a selfish attitude of personal gain (righteousness through
is futile to serve God " - This scripture is
directed at those in the House of God who serve the Lord
for selfish reasons.
did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about
like mourners before the LORD Almighty?" - This
is a statement implying legalism. The Israelites serve God
for personal gain of self-righteousness.
the evildoers prosper" - Self-righteousness
sees the prosperity of the unrighteous and cannot understand
why they prosper. What have they done to serve God? Even
today there are those in the House of God who desire that
God only prosper those who serve Him and merit His favor.
God loves the righteous and unrighteous - Matthew 5:44-45
(NIV) - But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those
who persecute you, (45) that you may be sons of your Father
in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and
the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the
those who challenge God escape" - Self-righteousness
sees those who challenge God as deserving of His punishment.
Self-righteousness has difficulty seeing the mercy and love
of God for those who challenge Him. I am reminded of Jonah
who did not want to obey God to go and preach to the Ninevites
because he did not think they were worthy of God mercy and
who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD
listened and heard" - Those who revered the
Lord came together and discussed this matter. Hearts were
changed and repentance is apparent, a scroll of remembrance
was written in his presence concerning those who feared
the LORD and honored his name. This scroll contains
names of the "men who will bring offerings in righteousness".
desires that all who love Him abandon self-righteousness
and turn to Him, bringing the tithe and offerings to Him
with love and reverence.
will be mine" - God's favor will be theirs
in the day when He makes up His treasured possession. God
has become their treasure and reward because they seek Him
instead of prosperity. Their eyes and hearts are fixed on
the day when I make up my treasured possession" - The
day of God making up His treasured possession is the end
time separation between those who serve God and those who
do not serve Him.
will again see the distinction
between the righteous and the wicked" - "Again"
denotes previous times when God made a distinction between
the righteous and the wicked.
- (Strong's Concordance / Hebrew) #7563 rasha` (raw-shaw');
from #7561; morally wrong; concretely, an (actively)
means morally wrong. This is a Christian whose thinking
is wicked or twisted from the truth of God. Rasha' does
not necessarily mean an evil person or one condemned.
distinction is made In the day when God is making up His
treasured possession at the pre-tribulation judgment of
the House of God. This will be a day when the servants of
God, whose names are written in His "scroll of remembrance"
will be rewarded. The distinction will be visibly detectable
by the wicked.
Tithes, freewill offerings and generosity are an integral
part of doing warfare with the god of mammon (love of money),
re: Bishop Malcomb Smith.
Day When God Makes Up His Treasured Possession
following scripture is concerned with fulfilling Malachi's
prophecy of God making up His treasured possession of silver,
gold and costly stones. This is the Day (Jesus) when He
judges every Christian's work.
Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV) - By the grace God has given me,
I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else
is building on it. But each one should be careful how
he builds. (11) For no one can lay any foundation
other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
(12) If any man builds on this foundation using gold,
silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, (13) his
work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will
bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire,
and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.
(14) If what he has built survives, he will receive
his reward. (15) If it is burned up, he will
suffer loss; he himself will
be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
one should be careful how he builds"- This
phrase emphasizes the need for Christians to careful consider
what they believe is true, else they will lay an incorrect
foundation for their faith and what they build will be skewed
from God's truth.
one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid,
which is Jesus Christ" - A true foundation
is based on God's truth, not a compromised Word. What he
believes to be true must be centered on Christ's message
of truth. His beliefs concerning salvation, baptism, sanctification,
renewing the mind, faith, servanthood, stewardship, tithing,
freewill offerings, etc. must be centered on Christ, rather
than a compromised Word influenced by selfish motives.
any man builds on this foundation" - This foundation
is Jesus Christ words, His testimony.
"Using gold, silver, costly stones" - Represents
building on the foundation of Jesus Christ with correct
understandings of biblical truth. All scriptures will be
harmonious with each other. There will be no contradictions
in a person's understanding truth as revealed in the scriptures.
HIs faith will be of full persuasion.
"Wood, hay or straw" - Represents building
on the foundation of Jesus Christ with incorrect understandings
of biblical truth. When scriptures are not interpreted correctly
or compromised, then harmony between all scriptures will
be compromised and truth will stumble in the heart of the
believer. Likewise, his life is affected by what he believes
to be true. His faith will waiver accordingly.
work will be shown for what it is" - The fruit
of his life as a Christian will be judged by the true light
of the gospel. His work will be judged by the very words
of Christ -
12:47-50 (NIV) - "As for the person who hears my
words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For
I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. (48)
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not
accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn
him at the last day. (49) For I did not speak of
my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded
me what to say and how to say it. (50) I know that his
command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just
what the Father has told me to say."
will be revealed with fire" - Each Christian's
work will be revealed with fire, a time of distress and
tribulation (furnace of affliction).
fire will test the quality of each man's work" - When
tribulation and distress comes, will the believer's faith
be steadfast? Or will he waiver in his faith and doubt what
the Word has spoken to him?
what he has built survives, he will receive
his reward" - If his work survives the
furnace of affliction, he will receive his reward. The following
scripture is an example of the end time distress and tribulation
that will come upon Jews and Gentiles to test what they
believe to be true -
3:10-29 (NIV) - You have issued a decree, O king,
that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither,
lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music must fall down
and worship the image of gold, (11) and that whoever
does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing
furnace. (12) But there are some Jews whom you have
set over the affairs of the province of Babylon - Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego - who pay no attention to you, O king.
They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of
gold you have set up."
This event is repeated in the seven year tribulation - Another
decree will be issued by the anti-christ at mid-trubulation
stating that all must fall down and worship the image set
up on the wing of the temple. Whoever does not fall down
and worship the image will be subject to death. When Christians
do not fall down, the anti-christ will be furious with rage.
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the
king, (14) and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is
it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not
serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?
(15) Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither,
lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready
to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But
if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately
into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue
you from my hand?"
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O
Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before
you in this matter. (17) If we are thrown into the blazing
furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it,
and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. (18) But
even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that
we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold
you have set up."
(19) Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach
and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered
the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual (20)
and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army
to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them
into the blazing furnace. (21) So these men, wearing their
robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and
thrown into the blazing furnace. (22) The king's command
was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of
the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach
and Abednego, (23) and these three men, firmly tied, fell
into the blazing furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement
and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men
that we tied up and threw into the fire?" They
replied, "Certainly, O king." (25) He said, "Look!
I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound
and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the
gods." (26) Nebuchadnezzar then approached the
opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come
out! Come here!"
So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire,
(27) and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers
crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed
their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their
robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God
of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his
angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and
defied the king's command and were willing to
give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god
except their own God. (29) Therefore I decree that the
people of any nation or language who say anything against
the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces
and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no
other god can save in this way."
Then the king promoted Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Meshach and Abednego were steadfastly faithful to God, even
if it meant they would perish in the fire that was seven
times hotter than usual. This fire was prepared to be the
most intense test they had ever faced. I am reminded of
the end time tribulation that is coming upon the whole world
- Matthew 24:21 (NIV) - For then there will be great
distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until
now - and never to be equaled again. The end time
tribulation is a furnace of affliction that is a great distress,
distress that is greater than any distress ever known to
man. You could say that it is seven times greater than usual
distress - a seven year time of great distress and tribulation.
In the seven year tribulation the saints must be willing
to give up their lives rather that serve or worship any
god except their own, Christ Jesus. The Son of God will
send His angels to walk through the end time flames with
the believers. During their time in the furnace, their hands
were no longer bound (representing their release from the
bondage of Nebuchadnezzar. Or it might be said, Christians
are released from the bondage of sin during the refining
flames of the furnace of affliction). At the appointed
time Christ will harvest (rapture) the saints to save them
out of the flames and they will not smell of smoke, as though,
they were never harmed by their past sins. They will be
free and they will be a new creation of God because they
passed through the flames. Then, (even as Nebuchadnezzar
said) the rest of the inhabitants of the earth will say,
"no other god can save in this way". Afterward,
even as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were rewarded with
a promotion, the saints will be rewarded with an eternal
presence with the Lord, Christ Jesus.
it is burned up, he will suffer loss;
he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through
the flames" - He who builds using wood, hay
and stubble, his work will not survive the distress and
affliction that tests his faith. His faith will waver and
he will lose his reward. He will still be saved, but only
as one who goes through the flames of the great tribulation.
He will be tested again after a short time, in which he
repents and gives himself wholeheartedly to Christ. Then
he will be reward, even as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
were rewarded for their steadfast faith.
judgment of every man's work is the judgment seat of Christ,
when He judges the House of God. This is pre-tribulation
judgment for making a distinction between works of gold,
silver and costly stones and the works of wood, hay and
stubble. Christians with works of wood, hay and stubble
will see this distinction that Christ has made in the church
and realize they have been left behind to endure the next
round of tribulation and distress. This will a most influential
event in bringing them to repentance. They will not miss
the next harvest (rapture to come at mid-tribulation when
all Israel has been saved). Christ will deliver them, along
with the Jews, from the furnace of affliction during the
first half of the great tribulation.
realize there are differing opinions concerning the rapture
of the church. Some believe it occurs at pre-tribulation,
others at mid-tribulation and still others at post-tribulation.
Because the Bible says Christians with works of silver,
gold and costly stones will receive their reward and Christians
with works of wood, hay and stubble will lose the reward,
but are saved through the flames of tribulation and distress;
I believe the end time is structured to accommodate a time
for their repentance prior to their harvest or rapture.
This perspective is one of Christ giving carnal Christians
another chance to repent and turn to Him with a whole heart.
God is a God of another chance! God will provide opportunities
for Christians to repent and draw closer to Him through
their faith in Him.
believe the end time is structured to provide a pre-tribulation
furnace of distress and affliction, a furnace for
the first half of tribulation and a furnace for the
second half of tribulation. The hottest of which is
the second half furnace - the rule of the anti-christ (mark
of the beast). Each furnace will refine and purge impurities
from the children of God, even those with the most calloused
is this Distinction Made in the Church?
any given congregation of believers, Christians vary in
spiritual maturity, knowledge and wisdom. Some have matured,
trusting God to see them through the issues of life. Some
have grown to be great servants of God in the ministry of
grace and mercy. Others of lesser maturity are struggling
with the issues of their lives and in the process of growing
in their faith. Others have grown and at the early stages
of serving God, but still hold on to some worldly things
that are deeply embedded in their hearts.
5:10-21 (KJV) - Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
(11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them. (12 ) For it is a shame
even to speak of those things which are done of them in
secret. (13) But all things that are reproved are made manifest
by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
(14) Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
(15) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools,
but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the
days are evil. (17) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding
what the will of the Lord is. (18) And be not drunk
with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
(19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
(20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the
Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (21) Submitting
yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
- (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words
) - katheudo
#2518, "to go to sleep," In the epistles of Paul
it is used as follows: (a) of natural "sleep,"
e. g., 1 Thessalonians. 5:7;
(b) of carnal
indifference to spiritual things
on the part of believers, Ephesians. 5:14;
1 Thessalonians 5:6,10
(as in Mark 13:36), a condition of insensibility
to divine things involving conformity to the world.
the Lord returns to harvest the earth and separate the righteous
from the unrighteous and then judge the House of God, will
He find the church perfect? Or will He find a church with
believer's at varying stages of spiritual maturity?
He will come suddenly, He will find Christians who serve
Him with whole hearts and He will find others who are not
as mature. He will find some who are carnally indifferent
to spiritual things.
will be the greatest in the kingdom and who will be the
least? Both will make it into the kingdom, but the rewards
will be according to their deeds while serving Him in the
ministry of grace and mercy.
20:20-23 (NIV) - Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came
to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor
of him. (21) "What is it you want?" he asked.
She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine
may sit at your right and the other at your left in your
kingdom." (22) "You don't know what you
are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you
drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can,"
they answered. (23) Jesus said to them, "You will indeed
drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is
not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom
they have been prepared by my Father."
has prepared a special place for certain Christians who
"drink the cup He drinks" and who meet
the Father's criteria.
20:24-28 (NIV) - When the ten heard about this, they were
indignant with the two brothers. (25) Jesus called them
together and said, "You know that the rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise
authority over them. (26) Not so with you. Instead, whoever
wants to become great among you must be your servant,
(27) and whoever wants to be first must be your
slave - (28) just as the Son of Man did not come
to be served, but to serve, and to give
his life as a ransom for many."
great among you"; "be your servant" -
To become the greatest among the congregation of the brethren
is not a selfish ambition, but a desire to serve Christ
in truth and spirit with a whole heart. Servanthood always
entails serving those in the congregation who are in need
of the Lord's intervention and blessing.
to be first"; "be your slave" - To
be first among the congregation of brethren requires being
their slave, devoted to those who are in need. Through love
for those who are in need of the Lord's intervention, a
bond exists between those in need and the slave (devoted
servant). When they see the devotion of the servant, they
will see the Lord's presence. Just as Christ gave His life
as a servant to all who needed Him, even to those who rejected
is the high calling of God - To give your life for the good
of others. These will be the first and greatest in the kingdom
of God, even though they are the least in the world.
will make a pre-tribulation distinction between those who
serve Him and those who do not serve Him.
3:22-25 (NIV) - Slaves, obey your earthly masters in
everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on
you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart
and reverence for the Lord. (23) Whatever you do,
work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,
not for men, (24) since you know that you will receive
an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (25) Anyone
who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is
inheritance for silver, gold and costly stone servants is
a crown reward, the same crown given to the Philadelphia
Christian (Revelation 3:11) and is a distinction
Christ makes in the House of God at pre-tribulation. Crowns
are for those who will judge the twelve tribes of Israel
during the millennium reign of Christ. Philadelphia Christians
will be positioned as "pillars" in the temple
of God, global representatives of Christ . They will be
put in charge of governing over the people. These Christians
must be Christ minded and vessels of His grace and love,
priests and servants of the people.
seven letters are intended to awaken the House of God from
spiritual slumber and complacency in today's time in order
to lead Christians into a higher level of spiritual maturity
and servanthood. God desires the entire House of God be
prepared and watchful for His second coming.
is prudent to have an understanding of the pre-tribulation
judgment of the House of God. With this understanding of
receiving rewards based on spiritual maturation and servanthood.
Christians will be encouraged to know more about pre-tribulation
judgment criteria. Insight to this criteria can be known
by studying the seven letters to the seven churches in the
book of Revelation. This is why God included the letters
in the book of Revelation. He desires that all Christians
know the defects He will find in the corporate church of
believers (Protestants, Greek Orthodox and Catholics). With
this knowledge Christians will be encouraged to repent of
the things put forth in the letters so they can be rewarded
at the pre-tribulation judgment. Then they will be assured
they will hear Christ say, "Well done thy good and
faithful servant". Amen! Amen!
reading in this series of books is Volume
6 - The Seven Letters to the Seven Churches