The Apostle Paul consistently applies Temple language metaphorically to the church of Jesus Christ.
In his letters, Paul referred to the church as the “sanctuary of God,” and he applied related terms to the saints that were applied first to the Tabernacle and Temple in the Hebrew Bible. While the language is metaphorical, it describes new realities that have resulted from the death, resurrection, and exaltation of Jesus.
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OVERVIEW – Jesus came to fulfill the “Law and Prophets,” the entire Old Testament revelation that prepared the way for Israel’s Messiah – Matthew 5:17-21.
The theme of fulfillment is pronounced in the Gospel of Matthew. With the arrival of the Messiah, the age of fulfillment had arrived, the “kingdom of God” had commenced its “invasion” of the old fallen age. But what were the implications for the Law provided by Yahweh at Mount Sinai? Rather than simply reaffirm the Law, Jesus declared that all the “law and prophets” would be fulfilled.
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The prologue presents the basic themes of the book and declares that the season of fulfillment has arrived – Revelation 1:1-3.
Revelation’s first paragraph details its purpose, key themes, main characters, and how it communicates. Its purpose is to reveal, and its protagonists are God, Jesus, and the “his servants.”It is “the prophecy,” and its source is God. The contents concern “what things must come to pass,” which provides its chronological perspective (“soon”).
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In Revelation, the “last days,” the “season of the end” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus – Revelation 1:1-4.
The book of Revelation is the “revelation of Jesus Christ” for his “servants,” the “seven churches of Asia.” It concerns “what things must come to pass soon,” information that is vital because the “season is at hand,” and therefore, “blessed is he who reads, and they who heed the words of the prophecy.” With the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the end-times have commenced.
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SYNOPSIS: Unlike the book of Daniel, the scroll is unsealed in Revelation. The messianic age and the time of fulfillment arrived in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus – Revelation 1:1-3.
At the close of his visions, an angel commanded Daniel “to shut up the words and seal the book until the season of the end.” One school of prophecy sees this as a promise that the meaning of his prophecies will be disclosed in History’s final years, to the “last generation” to live before the end of the age. Continue reading The Unsealed Scroll – The Season is Now!
SYNOPSIS – The Fullness and Grace of God are found only in the “Word made Flesh,” Jesus – John 1:14-18.
The prologue to the gospel of John introduces key themes – Life, Light, Witness, Truth, Grace. Jesus is the Light of the world, the source of Grace and Truth, and the True Tabernacle, the only-born Son of God, and the only one who has seen the Father. The prologue ends with the conclusion that Jesus is the only one who interprets the unseen God – (John 1:14-18).
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