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The Tearing of the Veil

Pastor John.

When Jesus was crucified, what did the tearing of the veil in the temple mean?

Thanks Jacob F.

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Hi Jacob.

Good to hear from you.

The tearing of the veil represented the fact that a different priesthood was about to be instituted by God, a priesthood “after the order of Melchizedek” and ordained by the power of an endless life instead of on the basis of being a descendant of Aaron. This new High Priest, Jesus of Nazareth, was about to enter into the Most Holy Place in heaven to offer himself for our sins, by which act, the Old Testament figure would lose all its glory.

Pastor John

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Paul’s Time Line

Pastor John,

We’re up to the New Testament part in your book, Suffering and the Saints, and Brad asked me when does the New Testament start. I answered correctly that commonly it’s thought to be the book of Matthew but that we know it really started when the holy Ghost was sent back and filled the disciples.

My question was what is the length of time between the disciples receiving the holy Ghost and Paul going forth to teach the Gentiles, as it feels like that is the real beginning of the New Testament.

And, Brad wants to know how many years transpired between Paul beginning his ministry and Peter preaching to Cornelius’ house?

Lots of love!!!

Allison

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Hi Allison!

Concerning your first question, it cannot be determined from the scriptures exactly how much time passed from there day of Pentecost until God sent Paul with his gospel for the Gentiles. It was obviously a matter of years, not months. According to Paul, after his conversion, he went away to Mount Sinai (“Arabia”) to meet with God, alone:

Galatians 1
15. But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased
16. to reveal His Son to me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,
17. nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; rather, I went away into Arabia, and then returned again to Damascus.

It was there at Mount Sinai, I suppose, that Paul was caught up to the third heaven and received his incredible revelation of a new gospel:

2Corinthians 12
2. If in the body, I do not know, or if out of the body, I do not know; God knows. Such a man was caught up to the third heaven.
3. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows,
4. how that he was snatched up into Paradise and heard inexpressible things which are unlawful for a man to speak.

Paul’s gospel was indeed, as you say, a beginning, but it was not the beginning of the anew Testament. Paul’s gospel was the beginning of the full knowledge of God, the beginning of the eternal gospel, instead of the gospel for the Jews which Peter and the other apostles, which passed away when God finished dealing with the Jews as Jews.

The story of Paul’s conversion is told in Acts 9, and Peter’s preaching at Cornelius’ house is in Acts 10; however, that does not mean that Paul had begun preaching his new gospel before Peter was sent to that Gentile’s house. As you have seen, Paul spent a significant amount of time seeking God (and no doubt studying the scriptures and learning of Him) after his conversion. Moreover, if Peter had heard of Paul’s gospel before God sent Peter to preach at Cornelius’ house, then Peter and the Jewish brothers who were with him would not have been surprised when God poured out the holy Ghost on the Gentiles:

Acts 10
44. While Peter was still saying these things, the holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the Word.
45. And those of the circumcision who believed, as many as came with Peter, were astonished because the gift of the holy Spirit had also been poured out on the Gentiles!
46. They knew this because they heard them speaking in tongues and magnifying God.

I hope this helps. It was good to hear from you!

Pastor John

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Ancient Holy Men and Speaking in Tongues

Pastor John,

Did Jewish prophets like Moses or other ministers speak in tongues when they were anointed by the Holy Spirit before the birth of Jesus Christ?

Jacob,

Hamilton, Ontario.

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Hi Jacob.

Thank you for the question.

The Mormon sect, and perhaps others, teaches that righteous people were given the holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, etc., from the beginning of the world. But that is not true. The holy Spirit, which brought with it the experience of speaking in tongues, was not given to man until after Jesus was slain, ascended, and was gloried to sit at God’s right hand (John 7:39). Jesus had to come and die in order to purchase that blessing for us, and when he ascended to the Father and offered his own blood to Him for our sins, God accepted His Son’s sacrifice and poured out of His own bosom His eternal life, which we call the holy Spirit, upon Jesus’ followers who were waiting in Jerusalem for that “promise of the father”. 

Most of the confusion, Jacob, concerning the baptism of the Spirit springs from ignorance of when a person is born again. The disciples were born again on Pentecost morning, not before. If you concentrate on the issue of the new birth, you will find answers to many otherwise unresolvable questions. You can start here: https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_books.html?tname=afterjesusdied

Let us know what you learn, and feel free to send us any further questions or comments.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John

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Slander in the World

Hey John,

In chapter three, you mentioned the three spiritual conditions that have to be present for slander to occur. All of the spiritual conditions are describing children of God. The one doing the slander is defined as the unwise believer (Chapter 2 also calls them the foolish virgins in the body of Christ). But I was thinking on the case of institutionalized slander that is done by Christians who are not necessarily in the body of Christ. That case doesn’t seem to fit the definition of the unwise believer – someone with the holy Ghost.

I do understand how Christian ministers fool the innocent because they claim to be the body of Christ and the innocent don’t know any better than to trust them (i.e., because everybody just “knows” Christianity is the religion of Christ). Is it because the backslidden true body of Christ is entangled in that institution that gives it and its ministers the same effect as of a trusted unwise believer? Or is it that the spirit of Satan (being the original slanderer and unwise believer) is the one behind that religion. I’m trying to make the connection between the institutionalized form of slander and the definitions that you’ve given. Do you explain this in the book?

Thanks,

Lyn

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Hi Lyn.

Slander can and does happen in the world at large among sinners. I am concentrating only on how slander works in the body of Christ. I have not made that clear in the book, yet, but I need to. Others have asked about that, as well.

Thanks for bringing it up.

Pastor John

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Hi Pastor John,

I was thinking about the emails we have read on slander, and I had a question. I understand in Chapter 3 how ministers (“foolish virgins”) in Christianity with the holy Ghost are slandering Jesus with their teachings about joining a church, water baptism, communion with bread and wine etc.

My question is, are those ministers in Christianity who do not have the holy Ghost slandering Jesus when they teach the same thing as the ministers with the holy ghost? Those ministers do not qualify as foolish virgins, or even as believers, since they have not received the Spirit, and I want a right understanding of how they fit into slander.

Hope this week has been as wonderful as last week!

Love you and your teachings,

Randell

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Hi Randell.

Yes, Christian ministers who do not have the holy Ghost are slandering Jesus because Christianity itself is slander against him. That is why God is calling His people out of that abomination.

Thanks for asking.

Pastor John

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The Third Kind of Soil

Hi, Pastor John.

I’m sure the lot of us have been reading and listening to the Slander readings and manuscripts. In one recording from the beach, it was said that the “Four kinds of soils” is the most important parable. I can only speak of myself, but the third type of soil is very sobering to any of us that have been around a while. We want to bear fruit and we want to be planted in good soil. We don’t want to be among the slanderers or let foolishness abound in our hearts.

I have a question; maybe others have the same question, and I’m sure you have been asked in the past about this question. We may think you’re okay and doing well, but Jesus weighs the hearts and actions. We may think we know Jesus and may have been around for years, but we read about those in Revelation whom Jesus speaks about “I never knew you”, who have done miracles and mighty works.

My question: If one is in the third type of soil can they be replanted into good soil and bear good fruit? Or, are they “reserved” for the lake of fire no matter what?

I know you preached on Livestream that sincerity is an answer for slander, but if you have slandered someone, is there hope, or, once reserved, always reserved for damnation?

Love always,

Billy

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Hi Billy.

All such things are in God’s hands, and I have to believe that, as the saying goes, as long as there is life, there is hope. I think that Solomon said something like that, too, in Ecclesiastes.

Billy, a person can commit a sin without being classified as a sinner. A sinner is someone who lives continually in sin, but even a righteous person can grow weak in spirit and commit a sin (and repenting for it). So, a person could be caught in a weak moment and commit a slander (and repent for it), but that would not make him and a “slanderer” because he doesn’t live that way all the time.

God is able to heal and forgive anybody, even an unwise person who has become a slanderer, but I would not want to be one and then hope He would heal and forgive me.

Hope this answers your question.

Pastor John

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Communion Services

Pastor John,

As a Christian since 1977 at the age of 34, I have always found the communion service, be it in Presbyterian, Pentecostal or Independent churches to be lifeless. I have accepted it as a necessary reminder of the death of Christ – that we should always be brought back to His death as the foundation of our faith. I consider myself a fairly spiritual person, being both born again of the Spirit of God and being baptized in the Holy Spirit, but I am always amazed by persons who may be only nominal Christians who sat how blessed they are by the communion service, how they feel the real presence of God in the ceremony. While I feel nothing and never have.

I have recently dared to think that the communion service might be idolatrous – we must worship a person, not his blood.

Your website is the first confirmation I have ever found of my unease in the communion, this after 43 years of Christian service.

I would appreciate your further thoughts on the matter

Yours Faithfully

Edgar Bradley

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Hi Brother Bradley!

It is the Spirit of God, not your own mind, that is telling you that the Christian ceremony called communion is worthless. That is not what Jesus suffered and died for. Sometimes, God reveals things to us that we dare not think, and I have found that many of His children even condemn themselves for having the thoughts that God gives them, not realizing that those thoughts are from Jesus!

As you have seen, God will bless people who believe in Him wherever they are, even in a Christian “communion service”. He is good, and He is looking for faith, not knowledge. He has in the past blessed you and me, and all His people, even though at the time, we believed things which we later learned were not true. But how much better is it, Brother Bradley, to learn the truth and be made “free indeed”? How much more pleasing to God is it for us to be free and love Him than to be bound by superstitious ritual and love Him?

You might be interested in these short gospel tracts that are related to the issue you mentioned in your email:

https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_tracts.html?tname=tract-028-works
https://goingtojesus.com/gtj_tracts.html?tname=tract-064-communion

Please stay in touch! We love to hear from brothers and sisters around the world. I hope to see you face-to-face someday, whether in this life or the next.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John

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Does Satan Know?

Pastor John,

Does Satan understand who Jesus is, or is he still in the dark about the fact God had a Son?

Leah and myself got talking about it and I said everything became aware of the fact who Jesus was after he ascended to the father.

Steven W.

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Hi, Steven.

I have wondered about that. Satan may know it, factually, but he doesn’t believe it. And he certainly does not know the Son the way the holy Ghost reveals the Son to the hearts of those who receive it.

Pastor John

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I know you have said that Satan and the fallen angels look on and do not understand because they have no knowledge of God’s life (the holy Ghost). I assumed that after Satan was cast down and the Son was revealed, that meant revealed to everyone and everything.

Steven

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No. The Son is truly revealed only by the holy Ghost. Those “in the flesh” who “know” the Son, only know him and believe in him the same way they know George Washington and believe he was the first President of this country.

Pastor John

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Ok, got it.

SW

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The Book of Enoch

Pastor John,

I’ve been reading the book of Enoch and the book of Jasher. When I was a kid I heard the story of Enoch but his story is so short in Genesis 5:24.  “And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.” I amazed of that story until now of what kind of Enoch was. Enoch is an upright man.

Then the book of Jude said Enoch had a prophecy – Jude 1:14-15. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.'” And I did not find it in the Old Testament that he prophesied.

I came across of the book of Enoch that I didn’t know that exist and it is not part of the Bible. The prophecy that is written in Jude is found in the book of Enoch. That means that the book of Enoch is true…the same prophecy of John in Revelation and Ezekiel. Pastor John, have you read the book of Enoch? And why it is not part of the Bible? Enoch is so detailed of his prophecy and I wonder of his heart towards God.

Leika

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Hi Leika.

I have read the book of Enoch. That book and others in the Apocrypha have some parts that sound true, but they are not completely trustworthy. Most of them appear to have been tampered with by early Christians. They have a different spirit in them from the Spirit that is in the New Testament books. Sometimes, those who made up parts of this book said ridiculous things, such as this, about the giants mentioned in Genesis, chapter 6: 7.1 “And they took wives for themselves and everyone chose for himself one each. And they began to go into them and were promiscuous with them. And they taught them charms and spells, and they showed them the cutting of roots and trees. 7.2 And they became pregnant and bore large giants. And their height was three thousand cubits.” That is nonsense. Three thousand cubits is close to a mile! Giants close to a mile high?!?

The book of Jasher is much the same, with pages of fictitious conversations between real biblical characters, and with much made-up information, building upon the true Bible story.

All the apocryphal books are a mixture of true and false, and they cannot be trusted.

Thank you for the question.

Pastor John

 

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Exodus 6:12

Evening Pastor John,

Can you shed some light on The verse below.

“And Moses spake before the Lord , saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?”

Exodus 6:12 KJV

What does that mean? Uncircumcised lips??

Steve

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Yes, that is an odd phrase, but all Moses was saying is that he was not able to speak well.

Good question.

Pastor John

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