God died to give us freedom of choice. The devil’s plan is force and coercion, and at the end of the world, there will be a choice of a broad way that leads to destruction or a narrow way that leads to life. Consider well before choosing; the results are forever!
God declares the end from the beginning (Isa 46:10) and in 457 BC, God moved the heart of a heathen king, Artaxerxes, to give Israel freedom to return to their land. It was a jubilee event that initiated the most famous time prophecy in the Bible–70 weeks of years, that also pointed to Messiah, Daniel 9:24,25.
But those 70 weeks (490 years) spanning to 34 AD (no year “0”) were also 10 jubilees. They came every 49 year because the 50th year was the 1st year of the next sequence. Forward from 34 AD, 40 more jubilees is 1994-95–the 50th–the jubilee of jubilees, when on the Day of Atonement in 1995, Pope John Paul went to the UN Gen Assembly. The Day of Atonement was when jubilee was proclaimed in Bible times, Lev 25:9,10.
So while Christ is in heaven before the Father, seeking a heavenly kingdom (Dan 7:13) His adversary is before the UN seeking an earthly kingdom. And 20 years later, Pope Francis ALSO goes to the UN on the Day of Atonement, 2015. Why a 20-year gap?
God gives man six days to do all his work, Exodus 20:9. And a thousand years are as a day, 2Peter 3:8. Integrating this with the jubilees offers insight. 490 years = 10 jubilees, 20 jubilees = 980 years with 20 years at the end, signaled by those papal visits!
This suggests that the 6,000 years are up when there is no more tarrying (the meaning of the Greek word, braduno, in 2Peter 3:9, so “the day of the Lord” is at hand. verse 10, when “the Bridegroom comes.” This message from Matthew’s wedding parable is explained further in Luke’s wedding parable–please consider our great opportunity…
“Ruler Over All that He Has,” or “Beaten With Stripes”?
Experts say the two greatest motivations are high reward and fear of loss. Christ embodied both in the wedding parable of Luke 12:32-48.
It suggests an importance to Him that we don’t understand…
Peter didn’t understand the parable and he asked if it was for them or all. Christ replied, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has…and that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will shall be beaten with stripes.”
Since signs of the times suggest the Master may return soon, this article considers the key ingredients of “so doing.” The parable begins in verse 32 with the encouraging words, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Christ linked the setting up of His kingdom to the phrase, ‘times and seasons’ found in Daniel 2, but also in 1Thessalonians 5 where Paul said it comes with the day of the Lord, the end-time period that comes as a thief when they are saying ‘Peace and safety,’ and sudden destruction comes on them.
Since the Iran Nuclear Treaty could be considered ‘Peace-and-safety,’ it suggests relevance in our quest to understand how we become part of the kingdom. Did we note Paul’s context of destruction? It’s like “travail on a woman with child,” an echo of Egypt’s travail in birthing Israel, God’s first-born.
God ‘executed judgment’ (sudden destruction cited by Paul) and took Israel to a covenant which made them His kingdom and He later said, “I am married to you.” All of this is included in Paul’s summary– “All these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
America’s parallels to Egypt are unmistakable. They killed babies; the US has aborted 60 million unborn; they were the breadbasket in time of famine and the greatest military; the same for America. Their cattle got disease; we have Mad Cow Disease.
It may seem like the US is not like Egypt because they were in bondage, but the US participated in the slavery of millions brought to America and has since then made slaves of many more millions to alcohol, tobacco, caffeine—slaves to appetites, passions and perversion. This nation is in greater bondage than they were and yet we may have to go into martial law to recognize our loss of freedom and bondage.
Martial law could be the equivalent of “the abomination” that Christ cited as the reason to flee when we see it “standing where it ought not.” In addition to the Iran Nuclear (Peace & safety) Treaty, we had the first-ever military drill on US soil last summer.
Early believers understood Christ’s reference to the abomination as the Roman army, but Rome also came last year, “standing where it ought not” in the US Congress. How many signs do we need before we under-stand the Savior’s next line in Luke 12:33, “Sell what you have”? Re this, please consider “Duty in View of the Time of Trouble” Early Writings, 56.
We are immersed in a lukewarm Christian culture, and not eager for a sudden change that Bible imagery suggests is coming. Secular writers on strategic relocation suggest moving from high density population to smaller or rural communities. The biblical counterpart in Egypt was the land of Goshen, suitable for agriculture, where the Israelites lived.
A year early is better than a day late. Waiting till we see martial law being set up means leaving our things in order to flee to freedom if we understand Christ’s words. How do we expect Christ to save us if we don’t do what He says? And besides sparing ourselves big trouble by obedience, our example may have a saving influence on others.
Luke’s wedding parable supports parallel history for us. They had “loins girded” in Egypt and we should too. Luke also says to have our lamps burning. The Rule of 1st Use offers insight: where a word or phrase is first found, it often has a context to consider for end-times because Christ is the Word, the First and the Last.
The first use of burning lamp is Genesis 15 where we find God, as a burning lamp, making a covenant with Abram. God was the initiator.
For us to have our lamps burning suggests a similar role to initiate the making of a covenant when the biblical context is satisfied.
We are to “be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks [we] may open to him immediately,” but how will we recognize His ‘knock”?
Since the Bible is its own expositor, we gain insight from the only other place where Christ knocks, Revelation 3:20. But we could be misled by the popular Evangelical meaning. We like the idea of gentle Jesus always knocking at the door of our hearts, but it doesn’t fit the end-time focus to open “immediately.”
“One may read the whole Bible through and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend its deep and hidden meaning.” The deeper meaning of “knock” is to realize that the lukewarm materialistic church where Christ knocked, ended in an earthquake that destroyed the city circa 63 AD.
This fits with the “sudden destruction” that comes as a thief and also the midnight cry in Christ’s parable; it’s an echo of the cry in Egypt, when God executed judgment and took His people to a covenant (marriage).
The covenant was 50 days later at Pentecost, but in Luke’s wedding parable, Christ said to ‘open to Him immediately.’ The next verse offers insight. If we’re watching and we open to Him, “he will gird himself and have [us] sit down to eat and will come and serve [us],” Luke 12:37.
“Watching” is translated from the Greek word, gregoreo, meaning to be awake. It would be unfair for Christ to ask us to be awake without clues for when, because we can’t be awake every night, but Passover was the only night in the year that being awake was commanded.
Passover is the context in each wedding parable. The man without a wedding garment in Matthew 22 should have his loins girded as in Exodus 12:11. The midnight cry in Matthew 25 is a link to the cry in Egypt. Christ’s saying He will gird Himself and serve us is also what He did at the Last Supper, Passover.
This doesn’t mean we have to kill lambs or eat bitter herbs. “As He ate the Passover with His disciples, [Christ] instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.”
“In its place” suggests doing the Lord’s Supper on the eve of Passover as a growing number of church groups do in seeking an authentic service. Doing so is a perfect time to eat the Lamb in a spiritual sense, reviewing the closing scenes of His life and what He bore for us. “It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day…” Why not on Passover?
According to Dr. Selye, father of the modern stress theory, gratitude is the most healing of all emotions and Christians should see it as one of the purest forms of worship. Why couldn’t every church be open on the eve of Passover with the invitation for neighbors to come and share the blessing, and pray that God will pass over us in judgment that originally fell on that same night, and it did again for Christ.
“In like manner the types which relate to the second advent must be fulfilled at the time pointed out in the symbolic service.” This suggests that judgments may fall at a Passover someday soon because that’s when God executed judgment on Egypt. Several passages suggest that our doing so is protective. This could be important for us re this vision of an earthquake, 9T 92-95. Passover is implied by her citing Zeph 1:8.
“If the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” If we don’t watch, Christ comes as a thief.
His teaching suggests we could be like the goodman who has his house broken by the earthquake [knock in Luke 12:36] if we don’t watch as the passage says. The King James Bible has further insight; the Bible explains.
“The goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He has a bag of money with him and will come home at the yom kece [full moon]. Israelites didn’t travel in winter, and if they took a long journey in spring and couldn’t get back to Jerusalem for Passover, they were to keep it a month later, a provision for travel in the law of Numbers 9:10,11.
This text is a surprise basis of timing for FIVE of Christ’s mini-parables inserted parenthetically between His 2nd coming in Matthew 24:30 and same event in Matthew 25:31.
- When five women missed the wedding, Christ said to watch (be awake at Passover) for you know neither the day nor the hour. The Greek means because you don’t understand, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country.” Christ is linking the reason they don’t understand to it being like a long journey—a clue for 2nd Passover in Numbers 9:10,11. Christ would be taking the far journey. His return as Bridegroom must conform to the law that He said is in effect “till heaven and earth pass.”
- That wording was also His introduction to the last parable on the talents and the wise stewards seemed to know when to expect Him and they were ready.
- In the last parable of Matthew 24, the evil servant begins to smite his fellow servants. “THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be like 10 virgins…” which we showed has 2nd Passover timing.
- The goodman in Matthew 24:43 is ALSO on a long journey, shown above, 2nd
- “As the days of Noah,” the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Methuselah’s name meant, at his death, the sending forth of waters. He died the year of the Flood. and Noah had to bury his grandfather. He was unclean by reason of contact with a dead body as the in Numbers 9:10,11 shows; and the Flood coming in the 2nd spring month fit that law.
The Flood had Passover timing because Noah entered the ark on the 10th day, the same day that the sacrifice was selected in Egypt. When people refused Noah’s invitation, they selected themselves for sacrifice.
God assures us that He won’t do anything without revealing it. Most readers don’t see a connection with the next verse–what does He want to reveal? It says, “A lion has roared; who will not fear?” It sounds unrelated until we see that Amos begins with “before the earthquake, he said, The LORD will roar.” “The LORD also shall roar…and the heavens and the earth shall shake.”
This suggests an impending apocalyptic event that is revealed, if we can believe it…as the days of Noah. “Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the word of God and striving to conform their lives to its precepts.” We must “watch.”
A huge benefit in the wedding parables that we’ve overlooked is that the 144,000 who get to follow Christ wherever He goes in eternity are virgins. Since the Bible explains itself, they must be the wise virgins that get into the marriage–those who respond “immediately” in Luke’s parable.
The Rule of 1st Use is helpful to see what an immediate response looks like. When Christ called James and John, “they immediately left the ship and their father and followed Him.” Are we ready to leave our livelihood and close family ties for the sake of His kingdom?
Those who are “so doing” when He comes must have lights burning. This includes sharing the light we have so others can have the same opportunity, even if our invitation is scorned or ridiculed as we see in Matthew 22 where the King sends His servants to bid others to the feast.
We are talking about the Lord’s Supper on the eve of Passover as we’ve seen, with the modification of it being a month later, “as the days of Noah,” or “like a man traveling to a far country.”
That would be about a month after the Jews observe Passover and precisely two weeks from when we see the New Moon crescent (chodesh, as specified by God to Moses) in the western sky 20 minutes or so after sundown. It’s usually a night after calendars show a new moon because they go by a dark moon in conjunction; God gave a visible sign of the new month and the pure woman in Revelation 12 is standing on the moon—she has a lunar foundation.
Celebrating the Lord’s Supper with time spent reviewing the closing scenes of our Savior’s life as in The Desire of Ages, and praying that God will pass over us in judgment is a perfect way to be ready if He should knock. We are living when we may expect Him and we must be ready.
God gave Israel a system of feasts, mikvah—rehearsals that they practiced for 1400 years, yet when Christ died as the Lamb at Passover, they failed to see the connection. Could we be failing too?
We don’t set times; God set them. They are called appointed times mo’ed, first found in Genesis 1:14 before sin or Jews and enforced by statutes forever. Paul kept them and said don’t let any one person judge how you keep them but the body of Christ (the local church should decide), but pro-catholic translators added an “is” making it sound like they are only shadows, the substance is Christ, so forget those shadows, and most Christians are clueless now.
May God help us to be ready as we invite others to share the blessing of the Christian’s Passover when we may expect the Master who took the far journey to return in conformity to His law; it’s still in effect “till heaven and earth pass.” This isn’t hard if we want to be part of 144,000– “ruler over all that He has” and not “beaten with many stripes.” Lk 12:44
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 Luke 12:43-47, NKJV unless specified
 Acts 1:6,7
 Exodus 4:22
 Exodus 12:12
 Exodus 19:5,6
 Jeremiah 3:14
 1Corinthians 10:1,11
 Mark 13:14
 Matthew 24:15-22
 Exodus 12:10; Luke 12:35
 Revelation 1:11
 Steps to Christ, p 90
 Christ’s Object Lessons, p 412
 Exodus 12:10, Matthew 26:38-41
 Desire of Ages, p 652
 Desire of Ages, p 83
 Great Controversy, p 399
 Matthew 24:43, KJV
 Revelation 3:3
 Proverbs 7:19,20, KJV
 Matthew 5:18
 Story of Redemption, p 63
 Genesis 7:4,11; Exodus 12:3
 Amos 3:7
 Amos 1:1,2
 Joel 3:16
 Prophets & Kings, p 626
 Matthew 4:22
 Exodus 12:2
 Leviticus 23:14
 Acts 20:6,16; 1Corinthians 5:8