ABOUT OUR ETERNAL SALATION, AND THE PROPHECY: A MIGHTY FAMINE
06-18-17 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the video, audio, and study notes are archived.
The brightness of our revelations depends upon the correctness of our doctrines (our building blocks)
(Rom 10:17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [Gk: rhema; revelations] of God.
THE BIGGEST PICTURE: THE WORLD
(Luke 15:1-7) Then drew near unto him [Jesus] all the publicans [Gk: tax collectors] and sinners  for to hear [Gk: understand] him. And the Pharisees [Heb: separated ones] and scribes [Gk: writers] murmured [Gk: to complain throughout a crowd /// grumbled], saying, This man receiveth [Gk: has intercourse with] [is intimate with] sinners, and eateth with them [i.e., shares with them]. And he spake this parable [Gk: a fictitious narrative of common life conveying a moral] unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them , doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness [i.e., the world] , and go after that which is lost [wandered off], until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders [4,5], rejoicing [abundant joy, delight]. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends [known well, favorably] and neighbours [known favorably], saying unto them, Rejoice with me [share with me in abundant joy, delight]; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy [Gk: delight] shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth [Gk: to think differently, reconsider], more than over ninety and nine just persons [Gk: holy: righteous], which need no repentance.
1. sinners = Gk: to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), to err, especially (morally) to sin: offend.
2. Commentary: “if he lose one of them” = How/why? Because the sheep wandered off on its own, i.e., the sheep was not paying attention to the shepherd, and the sheep became distracted by the world, descriptive of a person “among the thorns.” The profile of a backslider.
3. wilderness = Gk: lonesome, by implication (waste): desert, desolate, solitary, wilderness. [the world]
4. Commentary: “layeth it on his shoulders” = sometimes, after breaking one of its legs, like/as the uncooperative (sacrifice withheld) saved men of Succoth who were “taught” with the “thorns of the wilderness and briers” Judg 8:16; also read a book “A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller.
5. (Mat 13:22) He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth [Gk: understands] the word; and the care [Gk: distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness [Gk: delusions] of riches [e.g., “money will make you happy”], choke [Gk: to strangle completely /// take by the throat] the word, and he [although saved] becometh [a backslider] unfruitful [Gk: barren: without fruit].
THE LESSER BIG PICTURE WITHIN THE BIGGEST PICTURE: THE HOUSE
(Luke 15:8-10) Either [or] what woman [symbolizing the church] having ten pieces of silver , if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle  [for more illumination she shall open the Bible (John 1:14), and pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ], and sweep the house [thoroughly examine (cleanse) the church and herself] [3,4], and seek [search] diligently [Gk: carefully] [i.e., full of care] till she find it [this verse is expressing the temporary loss (the absence) of something (someone) of great personal value]? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth [in this case, one soldier (piece of silver) who was not yet fully trained up (Prov 22:6)].
1. Commentary: “ten pieces of silver” = “ten” is the number that symbolizes complete; “silver” is the metal that symbolizes redemption (salvation). Ten pieces of silver represent the complete army of the redeemed of God (all imputed for righteousness/saved persons).
a. (Exo 26:19) And thou shalt make forty sockets [shoes] of silver [metaphorically, the shoes of salvation] under the twenty boards; two sockets under one board [priest-board] for his two tenons [feet], and two sockets under another board [priest-board] for his two tenons [feet].
b. (Eph 6:15) And [having] your feet shod [Gk: to put on your shoes] [your two shoes are the Old Testament and the New Testament – walk in them] with the preparation of [Gk: to prepare] [oneself to preach “the everlasting gospel” Rev 14:6] the gospel of peace;
2. (Psa 18:28) For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
3. (1 Cor 11:28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
4. (2 Cor 13:5) Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove [Gk: test] your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except [unless] ye be reprobates [Gk: worthless, rejected]?
THE SMALLEST PICTURE WITHIN THE BIG PICTURE WITHIN THE BIGGEST PICTURE:
(Luke 15:11-16) And he said, A certain man had two [saved] sons [types and shadows of the saved (1) Old Testament persons and (2) New Testament persons]: And the younger [a New Testament person] of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods [Gk: substance, property (possessions)] that falleth to me [a request for his pre-death inheritance]. And he divided unto them [to both the younger son 1/3 and the elder son 2/3 of their inheritance, i.e., the father, in essence, retired] his living [Gk: livelihood]. And not many days after the younger son gathered all [the substance of his inheritance] together, and took his journey into a far country [a journey far away from a spiritual heavenly culture (the Garden of Eden) and into a secular earthly culture (the world)], and there wasted [Gk: dissipated, separated (himself from), squandered: scattered] his substance with riotous [Gk: unsavedness: excess] [“loose-from-restraint” Amplif. Bible] living . And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine [Gk: a scarcity of food] [i.e., both physical and spiritual] in that land [yes, that is happening to us now]; and he began to be in want [Gk: suffer need] [many are suffering now, and soon, all will suffer]. And he went and joined [Gk: to glue: cleave, keep company] himself to a [unsaved] citizen of that country; and he [the unsaved citizen] sent him [controlled the younger son, (big government)] into his fields to feed swine [Gk: hogs (pigs)] [unclean (defiled) animals] [Exo 1:7-14]. And he would fain [in his lust] have filled [(but he did not fill)] his belly with the husks that the swine did eat : and no man gave unto him [i.e., no man returned anything now in his time of need, not even a token of the smallest portion of the younger son’s previous largess (generous giving)].
1. (Php 4:5) Let your moderation [Gk: appropriate, mildness: gentleness, patience] be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand [i.e., present, and watching].
2. Commentary: “with the husks” = like heads of corn, the dead decaying outer coverings of the (absent) nutritious inside seeds; metaphorically, the logos (husk) and rhema (seed) word of God: Rom 10:17.
(Luke 15:17-24) And when he came to himself , he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee [he had thoughts of a confession], And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants [the son finally has good intentions]. And he arose, and came to his father [and he did as he intended (which is not always the case)]. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him . And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight [he spoke the confession: Rom 10:9], and am no more worthy to be called thy son [“But let a man examine himself” 1 Cor 11:28 & 2 Cor 13:5]. But the father said to his servants [angels (in the following context)], Bring forth the best robe [covering, i.e., the white robe of righteousness], and put it on him; and put a ring [of authority] on his hand, and shoes on his feet [Old Testament and New Testament: Eph 6:15]: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again [born again]; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
1. (Luke 8:35) Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the [previously wild] man, out of whom the devils [Gk: demons] [“the legion” Mark 5:15] were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed [tamed, domesticated], and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
2. (James 4:8) Draw nigh [Gk: near] to God, and he will draw nigh [Gk: near] to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. [How can we draw near to God? Answer: “with the washing of water by the word” Eph 5:26, i.e., READ IT]
(Luke 15:25-32) Now his elder son [an Old Testament Jew, symbolizing all imputed for righteousness O.T. Jews] was [walking in Old Testament faith] in the field: and as he came and drew nigh [James 4:8] to the house [N.T. church], he heard musick and dancing [merriment]. And he called one of the servants [angels], and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound [Gk: be well in body; fig. to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine)]. And he was angry [and mostly still is], and would not go in [to experience the N.T. joy]: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet [“fitting” Amplif.] that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again [born again]; and was lost, and is found.