COMING SOON: ONE FOLD, AND ONE SHEPHERD
(John 10:1-5) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some
other way, the same is a thief [one who steals in secret]
and a robber [one who plunders openly with violence]. But he
that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the
porter [“doorkeeper” NKJV; “watchman” NIV] [a type and shadow
of the Holy Spirit] openeth; and the sheep hear his voice:
and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out
[of the fold]. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth
before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will
flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: sheepfold
= Gk: a yard (as open to the wind); by impl. a mansion:--court, fold, hall,
palace /// (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by anal. to blow );
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: fold =
first signifies “an open courtyard” before a house; then “an enclosure” in
the open, “a sheepfold,” John 10:1,16.
(John 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way [Gk: road,
route], the truth, and the life [eternal]: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(Gen 3:24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east
of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword [the Holy
Spirit] which turned every way, to keep [Heb:
guard, protect: preserve] the way of the tree of life [Jesus
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:
Commentary: “And a stranger will they not follow” = what
shocking conclusion must we then draw from the fact that the half of the
population of the United States is following Obama?
(John 10:6) This parable spake Jesus unto
them [Jesus spoke this parable utilizing the gift of “divers kinds of
tongues: 1 Cor 12:10]: but they [His disciples]
understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
(John 10:7-10) Then said Jesus unto them again
[Jesus again spoke to His disciples but now utilizing the gift of the
interpretation of tongues: 1 Cor 12:10], Verily, verily, I say unto you,
I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door:
by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall
go in and out [of “the tabernacle of God” Rev 21:3],
and find pasture [i.e., life-giving nourishment]. The
thief cometh not, but for to steal [your soul], and to kill
[you to end any possibility of you continuing to do good works],
and to destroy [the good godly works that you have done]: I am
come that they might have life [eternal], and that they
might have it more abundantly [now in this basic-training
world, and then in the world into which we shall graduate].
(John 10:11-13) I am the good shepherd
[Gk: pastor]: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling [Gk: a wage-worker (good or
bad): hired servant], and not the shepherd, whose own the
sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the
sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth
the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and
careth not for the sheep.
(John 10:14-16) I am the good shepherd, and
know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know
I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other
sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must
bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold,
and one shepherd.
(Mat 13:47-50) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net,
that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when
it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good
into vessels [what kind of vessels?], but cast the bad
away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come
forth, and sever the wicked [unsaved] from among the just
[saved], And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there
shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
(Mark 16:15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world
[Gk: kosmos; “cosmos” (universe)], and preach the gospel
[of love] to every creature [a category of living creations
that includes man].
(Rev 21:1-3) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was
no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem
[i.e., “one fold” John 10:16], coming down [the Holy
City is a mobile vessel (container)] from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice
out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and
he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall
be with them, and be their God.
(Rev 21:16) And the city lieth foursquare [Gk:
four-cornered, square], and the length is as large as the breadth: and
he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs
[about 1,500 miles]. The length and the breadth and the height of it are
equal [the Holy City, New Jerusalem, is a cube].
The Full Life Study Bible: “the city lieth foursquare”
= The size of the city indicates that it will have sufficient space for the
believers of all ages. The city is portrayed as a cube. In the O.T. the holy
of holies where God met His people was a perfect cube. The entire city will
be filled with God’s glory and holiness. The new Jerusalem does not include
the whole new earth, for the city has gates through which the righteous may
enter and leave. The new Jerusalem may be the capital of the new earth.
Commentary: Just as Jesus, our perfect example, was
“sent” to this planet to bring salvation to its inhabitants, so shall we be
“sent” each to another planet to bring salvation to its inhabitants by
preaching “the everlasting gospel” (Rev 14:6) of love “to every creature”