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Good News of the Epistle to the Hebrews Series Part 3

Gospel 11B – Good News of the Epistle to the Hebrews Part 3

Many self-made leaders use their talent to deceive and control the minds of their listeners who would eventually become faithful followers.  This is how the notion of false interpretation spreads out; such as the notion about the Antichrist and the Rapture, Hell and Purgatory, and the truth about the Seventh-Day rest which has not been proven nor confirmed if it is either Sabbath or Sunday rest.  Which one? The Old Testament believers had no issue about it, which leaves the New Testament believers to adopt the Sunday worship.  Is it acceptable for God to divide the word of truth? This is another topic which will be discussed in the Religion-Sabbath or Sunday worship series.  

Did we stop calling God the Almighty Father?  Do we still have to call the Name of the LORD? Or, do we remain under the shadow of the cross of the Mighty Son, and call the name of Jesus, every time we open our mouth?  Is calling the Name a part of worship or praise?  Who is coming at the end time?  Is it God Almighty or the Mighty Son? Jesus said that we only have one judge and that is the Father Almighty. Why is there a notion that Jesus the Son of God will judge the living and the dead?  Are other Christians who are in disobedience with the Sabbath Day rest commanded by God be subject to judgment?

Many popular interpretations of Revelation to this day are focused on the destruction of the wicked and eternal life for the righteous. Some said that the Revelation should not even be included in the New Testament, while others claim that the book of Revelation should only contain the judgment to the 7 churches. It also being claimed that others such as ,the Battle of Armageddon, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Beast with number 666 on the forehead, the Seven Kings, sounding of the 7 trumpets, the opening of the 7 seals, and 7 bowls had been fulfilled and happened in the Old and the New Testament. What remains unforetold is the terrifying future and unsettling circumstances of the human race.  There are many that remain confused about who, what and where these seven churches are that this revelation is more likely initially and originally addressed to these seven churches only. The focus was distracted by things to come—the judgment.

Although it seems the judgment to the seven churches is being forgotten, we must not stop calling the Name of the One true God and refocusing to please Him by presenting ourselves as an approved worker who does not need to be ashamed and rightly dividing the word of truth. Are we wrongfully dividing the word of truth by acknowledging the Son more than Him? Why do some  Christians are so focused in Christ-centered worship instead of the Father? Why is the Father almost non-existence in our 7th day of rest? Isn’t it that the Father is a jealous God and will not share His glory to anyone else?

Are we lost in translation when Jesus declared that the Father is mightier than Him, the only judge, and that he is only a faithful witness? In revelation 1:5, Jesus is referred to as the faithful witness. Then, expanded this description too, “the Amen, the faithful and true witness”—Rev 3:14. The LORD, our God says he will raise a chief witness, or servant, out of Israel, who will be the light to the nations and bring salvation (Isaiah 42:19-20; 43:10; 49:6).

We did not turn our back on Jesus.  We know that he loves us and even gave up his life so we can have a new life with the Father, that without the reconciliation with the Father we are still doomed to the old sin brought by Adam, the father of mankind. Through Jesus, we are born again and our love and respect for him will never depart from our hearts. He is our living legend. The ruler of the kings of the earth, and when God gives him the rulership we can say hallelujah praise the King of kings.  To him, that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood now is the time to do good things in reverence of the Father by sending us our brother the would-be king of the earth, the Kings of kings, and Lord of lords.  

Revelation 1:5-6 “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood,’ ‘who has made us be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and power forever and ever! Amen.…”  Revelation 19:16 made it clear that Jesus is the “King of kings, and Lord of lords”—and will rule over the whole earth and every earthly ruler, and even the heavenly places before it extinguish— Revelation 19:15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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