EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020
Luke 1: 26 – 33
Romans 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
You will understand that God at first began with the Old Testament saints: the Israelites as a nation; and the Bible says that salvation is of the Jews, but the Jews rejected Him. Then the Lord said “Go ye into the world…” and at that time the church was born.
Paul described the gentile church as being grafted into the main stem of the tree. As an illustration, the church of Christ is like the boy's quarters in a building. A man was building a house but whatever happened, he couldn't continue with the building and he quickly decided to build the boy's quarters.
According to him, “After I have built the boy's quarters, I will move into it and then continue with building of the main house.” The Lord was dealing with Israel as a nation, but because of their rejection of Christ's offer of salvation, He turned to the gentiles, the church. After He has gotten the church to Himself, He will return to Israel.
We are informed of the seventy (70) weeks of Daniel's vision. “Seventy weeks shall be accomplished ….” Actually sixty–nine (69) weeks have been accomplished and it remains just one week. That is the one week that will witness Christ's return to the world to be the King of Israel after the throne of David. That one week is what we are all waiting for.
Nevertheless, that one week will not meet the believers on earth. God would have accomplished His program with the gentiles and the church; and would have carried them out of the earth into heaven in the rapture. It is then He will return to Israel and those who died in righteousness in God before Christ or before the church age shall remain in the grave because their souls shall not resurrect at the rapture, for they are not part of the church age.
But when Christ shall finish His program with the gentiles briefly, He will return to the Jews and the Jewish saints shall resurrect at that time.
Thought for the day:
God has His timetable of events He is executing on earth.
Song for the day:
When You come to collect Your people, remember me O Lord
Bible reading for the day:
2 Chronicles 26-28; John 17
PASTOR PAUL RIKA