Hope: Which One Is Yours?Dan S...
Posted on May 18, 2012 by dsheridan
The Hope of Israel
The hope of Israel is to be resurrected and possess the land promised to their fathers. They were given circumcision, the law and ordinances that segregated them from the nations. There is nothing in the Old Testament about anyone going to heaven or having a hope in heaven. They have the “adoption” on earth – see Romans 9:1-5.
The Hope of the Church During Acts
The hope of the Church of God during Acts was to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Then they immediately come back with Him to the earth where He sets up His kingdom. This church was made up of both Jew and Gentile. The Jew had a priority. “The Jew first” was the order of that Church. There were two faiths and two gospels. The middle wall of partition was between them. They all observed baptism; but only the Jews observed the law and took part in the Passover. There is nothing in the Scriptures before Acts 28 about anyone going to heaven or having a hope in heaven. They have the “adoption” and look forward to the New Jerusalem – see Galatians 4 and Hebrews 12.
The Hope of the Body of Christ
The hope of the Church, which is His body, is to have an earlier resurrection. They will be manifested with Christ in the heavenly places where Christ now sits – Col. 3:1-4. This is the coronation of Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords. This happens before both the hope of Israel and the hope of the Church of God in Acts. They have the “adoption” and will enjoy it in the heavenly places – See Ephesians 1.
What About Those Who Aren’t In Any Of These Groups?
The only people left are those among the nations from Adam onward who believe God. The malefactor, Naaman the Syrian, and the Syro-Phonecian woman are examples of those who are among this group. They will appear at the Great White Throne then enjoy the new earth. The malefactor asked for a place in the Lord’s kingdom. But the Lord promised him a place in paradise – see Luke 23:42-43. This Paradise is on the new earth. See Job 14:12 and Rev. 21:1, 24-26; 22:1-5
What About Unbelievers?
The first three groups listed above are partakers of a calling. The fourth group are people who have life but aren’t part of a special calling. But all four groups will be alive during the ages. Unbelievers however will not be made alive until Christ delivers up the kingdom to God. This takes place long after the new heavens and new earth have begun. How long? I have no clue. But why miss out? Believe in God’s Son as you Saviour and have life. Then, believe Paul’s letter to the Ephesians to take part of the highest calling God ever gave to people.
WHICH HOPE IS YOURS? It must be embraced by faith.
Some may wish for more “proof” of what I have written. Please be patient. I will develop this line of teaching in further audios and writings. Search and see. Please think about them before you judge.
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The Key To Scripture: Acts 28:28
Posted on May 16, 2012 by dsheridan
It was a long time before I realized what my hope was; I was confused; Why was the church in Acts so different from the church today?; The last trump resurrection vs. The manifestation in glory; The Key: Acts 28:28; Stealing from the Jews; When you blend truth you nullify truth; Ashamed; Disqualified like Moses; Believing God; You can’t believe God if you don’t know what God said; Do you believe God?; The Scriptures are complete so we don’t need any other sources to learn about God; Paul’s last seven letters.