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Friday, April 13 2012

Nisan 21: The End From The Beginning

The original instructions for the Days of Unleavened Bread, as given by Jesus Christ ("10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV; see also Appearances Of The LORD God) to His people, of all time:

The Jordan River

"12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt [see Christ's Crossing Of The Sea]: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 12:20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread." (Leviticus 12:15-20 KJV)

The Days of Unleavened Bread (see the Calendar of Christ's Holy Days for detailed studies and sermons for all of the true Christian Holy Days) symbolize the repentant life of those who choose to accept Christ's Passover Sacrifice (see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God) by obeying Him (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). That journey to eternal life is a one-way street because Jesus Christ (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is the only way ("way" means road e.g. highway, freeway) to salvation, in the "way" that He has established - the Son of God never left it up to humans to decide how to properly worship and obey Him, only if they will choose to properly worship and obey Him. By the Messiah's own words ("for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat" Matthew 7:13 KJV), the "many different roads to the same place" idea refers to the lake of fire, not to salvation (see Friends Of Jesus and The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

Salvation is a one-way street on which there is no turning back, to life (see the Fact Finder question below). Those who reverse course will not find eternal life, only eternal death.

"2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV)

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins"

The time of Judgment will come to everyone, sooner or later (see Could Christ Return Tonight?). When it does, there is only one opportunity (the opportunity is not a "chance" because one's inevitable calling is neither accidental nor unpredictable) to accept Christ's Sacrifice.

Fruit

"6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 6:7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." (Hebrews 6:4-8 KJV)

The Messiah's offer of life should be welcomed with joyous acceptance as we grow toward the future birth as children of God (see Growing In The Grace And Knowledge and Spiritual Conception).

"10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]; 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [see Living Waters]. 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised; 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good Works: 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul." (Hebrews 10:19-39 KJV)

Fact Finder: What kind of fruit must Christians produce?
See The Manner Of Fruit


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This Day In History, April 13

1059: Pope Nicholas II decreed that future popes would be elected only by cardinals (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1598: The Edict of Nantes was promulgated by Henry IV of France. It granted political rights and some degree of religious freedom to the French Huguenots. The edict remained in effect for 87 years.

1759: French forces defeated the European allies at the Battle of Bergen.

1829: The British Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics in Britain.

1849: The Hungarian Republic was proclaimed.

1861: After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate forces.

1913: An assassination attempt on King Alphonso XIII of Spain by an anarchist failed.

1959: A Vatican edict prohibited Roman Catholics from voting for communists.

1960: France became the 4th nation with atomic "weapons of mass destruction."

1960: The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth orbit.

1970: An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, causing an abort of the moon landing and near loss of the crew.

1999: Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for murder - the killing of a terminally ill man who wanted to commit suicide. He taped the killing which was shown on the CBS program 60 Minutes. Kevorkian claimed to have assisted over 130 deaths during the previous 10 years.





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