Introduction to Hebrews part 1

Teaching by Richard Jordan
Transcribed by Bev Pratt

The Book of Hebrews is the first in a section of books in the New Testament that make up what are called, The Hebrew Epistles. They are also sometimes called "The General Epistles"" and I [Richard Jordan] call them the Circumcision Epistles, meaning those written to the Circumcision, the nation Israel. These books have a special status in the bible. When you understand how the bible is laid out and follow the bible the way God says to follow it (rightly divided) it is not so difficult to understand.

We have seen time and again that there are three basic divisions in the bible, what Paul calls: Time Past, But Now, and The Ages To Come. Of course, that is past, present and future.

In the division of "Time Past", the basic characteristic is this distinction between the Circumcision and the Uncircumcision. When you come to the period of "But Now" that distinction is done away with. In "the Ages To Come" that distinction goes back into being again.

The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John contain the account of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ (while he was on earth). Those books fit in Time Past. Jesus Christ dies, is resurrected and ascends into heaven. The Holy Spirit comes back upon the apostles. The Book of Acts, a transition book, covers from the period that the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles down to the change in the program, where we are today and in this period, the But Now, we have Romans through Philemon.

Man has called the Old Testament, Genesis through Malachi. However, when you come to the book of Matthew, you come from a transition book out of the Old Testament into the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom. Matthew talks to us about the ministry that John the Baptist had, that Christ had and that the twelve apostles had. It looks forward to the Messiah coming back and setting up his kingdom. It tells about the wrath, the Tribulation period, the Lord's coming back to redeem Israel and that through Israel the salvation of God was to go out to the Gentile nations. Matthew is a transition book carrying us from the program of The Law and The Prophets. The law and the prophets were until John.

(Matthew 11:13 KJV) For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Since John the Kingdom of God is preached.

When you come to the Book of Acts you have another transition book. The transition is from the Kingdom Program where the nation Israel is set aside (Acts 7) - the fall of Israel - and through the fall of Israel, salvation goes to the Gentiles, not through their kingdom but through their being set aside. The program today is called a mystery in that it was not a part of the prophetic program. The people back there didn't know about what Christ has made known to us today in the "But Now" time period.

When we get to the book of Hebrews, the first of the Hebrew Epistles, we take up where the books of the prophetic program left off. If you can remember that the Dispensation of Grace is like a parenthesis in a sentence. A parenthetic phrase in a sentence can be removed in its entirety without affecting the meaning of the sentence.

This Mystery Program interrupts the Prophecy Program. It does not negate the prophetic program, but stops it for the duration. When the Mystery Program is over with and we are caught up to be with the Lord into the heavens, at the rapture, then the program that was interrupted takes up again. Those people will then have some books in the bible that were not available to the people of the Circumcision back in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Those books and the book of Acts will not be enough for them to understand what will be happening to them during their time. They will need some information in light of the advanced mystery revelation that they could not read about in those earlier gospel accounts. They will need to know what the Dispensation of Grace means to them and that information was not available to Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Therefore the book of Hebrews is a book that transitions you back into this New Covenant program in the "Ages To Come". It takes you from the Old Testament and puts you into the New Testament and the fullness of understanding of what that New Testament is in light of the completion of the revelation of the cross work of Christ given through the Apostle Paul.

So, I want you to see how these books fit. In these Hebrew epistles, the wall of partition is back in place and therefore these epistles obviously fit in "The Ages To Come". These books take up the program of God right where it left off when God stopped the prophetic program. They are written to the people who had their program interrupted and are in exactly the same spiritual position that the circumcision believers were back there after the interruption. When you begin to understand where these books fit you will understand why these books teach the things they do and the difference in the salvation message for them.

In the Tribulation Period, Israel is going to be in a parallel situation to what she was in the Book of Acts. When you find Israel in this book, you find a remnant is scattered. The word that describes that is - diaspeiro, dee-as-pi'-ro; from G1223 and G4687; to sow throughout, - scattered around and spread abroad.

(Acts 2:5 KJV) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Here are some of these devout men who have gone to Jerusalem who understood the time element, the Jewish time schedule and what was going on. They understood that the 69th week of Daniel 9 was coming to an end, so they left their homeland and scattered among the nations, coming to Jerusalem.

(Acts 2:6-12 ) Now when this was noised abroad,1 the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. {7} And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? {8}And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? {9}Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, {10}Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, {11}Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. {12} And they were all amazed, . . .

These people had come to Jerusalem from all those different countries for the feast of Passover and Pentecost. Their dwelling was from all those various nations and they gathered at Jerusalem. Israel was scattered (dispersed) all among the Gentile nations. When Peter begins to give an invitation to these people after he has preached to them, he says in Verse 39:

(Acts 2:39 KJV) For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

That "all that are afar off" is not a reference to Gentiles; it is a reference to Israel scattered out among the Gentile nations.

You will notice in Chapter Eight that even the Jews that got saved and became part of the Little Flock were scattered.

(Acts 8:1 KJV) And Saul was consenting unto his (Stephen's) death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.

There were only 12 believers left in the city of Jerusalem at this time. All the rest were scattered abroad. There is a scattering of the remnant to the four winds of the heaven.

In James, another of the Hebrew Epistles or the Circumcision Epistles, you will notice it is written to these people who were scattered abroad.

(James 1:1 KJV) James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Compare that with 1 Peter 1 and you will see he too is writing to the dispersed, scattered flock:

(1 Pet 1:1 KJV) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, . . . scattered among the Gentile nations.

Therefore, when you see Israel in the Book of Acts, (both the nation and the remnant) it is in a scattered situation. That is exactly the way Israel will be in the period of the Great Tribulation. There will be a small remnant in Jerusalem but the great mass of them, both of the remnant and the nation, will be scattered among the nations of the earth.

(Luke 21:20-22 KJV) And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. {21} Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. {22} For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

I understand that this passage is generally used as a reference to 70 A.D. and the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and consequently the destruction of the City of Jerusalem. However, verse 22 is very clear that 70 A.D. is not what is being dealt with here. In fact, 70 A.D. does not play into this at all. What is being dealt with here is the Great Tribulation - the "days of vengeance" wherein all the things that God had prophesied he would send in His wrath and vengeance would be fulfilled. That did not happen in 70 A.D. All the things prophesied to happen at the wrath and vengeance of God have not happened yet. Christ was looking forward into the Tribulation Period.

(Luke 21:23-24 ) But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. {24}And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Every bit of this can be found in the Book of the Revelation. We studied it in chapters 11 and 12 where we saw that the city was trodden down by the foot of the Gentiles. We also saw how long a time the city would be trodden down by the Gentiles - 42 months. What this refers to is the Tribulation, when the nation Israel will be led away captive into all nations. The fifth cycle of judgment on Israel in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 is national deportation. That is how you see Israel (as a nation) in the Book of Acts and during the Tribulation; scattered under that fifth cycle of judgment. When you read the Circumcision Epistles - Hebrews through Revelation - it is written to people in light of them being scattered in a parallel situation as in Acts and the Tribulation Period. These epistles, written to one, fits the other.

Not only is the nation Israel scattered but it is in a corrupt and rebellious state in both the Book of Acts and in the Tribulation. You can't read the Book of Acts with even only one eye open and not know that the nation Israel is in a rebellious condition, corrupt before God.

(Acts 4:8-11 KJV) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, {9}If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; {10}Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. {11}This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

These religious leaders, the rulers and elders of Israel, were to be the builders of the nation, building doctrine and truth into the nation causing them to walk in God's truth. Instead of doing that they were corrupted. No matter what age we are in we need truth built into our lives. People like their own viewpoint rather than truth. They like religion, which God is not interested in. "Thy Word is truth" and is needed for any stability to exist. Here are the religious leaders of Israel doing what religious leaders always do, building a lie into people. It results in their being corrupted; destroyed by their traditions. They "set at nought" "the head of the corner." (Vs. 11)

The reason the nation Israel failed to recognize the Lord Jesus Christ when he showed up is because the leaders of Israel had not taught Israel to walk by faith. If they had been taught to recognize God's word when the Word of God showed up they would have recognized him.

(Mark 7:7 KJV) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

That means the worship services these people conducted at their church building was worthless. It was vain. The word vain means empty; worthless; of no value. It's vanity. Here we have a group of people going to church, worshiping God; carrying their bibles and quoting scripture, praying and talking about God. Jesus said it was of no value. They would have been just as well off going fishing! I know that is strong, but I didn't say it; Jesus said it.

(Mark 7:8-9) For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. {9} And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

(Mark 7:13) Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition , which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Instead of walking by faith, these people were tradition loving religionists, observing rituals with all the correct robes, vessels and other things necessary to carry out their ceremonies. The problem was they had corrupted God's truth. Religion always corrupts God's truth. Christianity is not a religion. That is why Grace Believers do not practice religion and should not support religions. Christianity is a life having nothing to do with religion. When people say, "So and so got religion," they don't realize that "religion" will send one to hell when he dies. Spiritually speaking, religion is of no value to man. It is the life of Jesus Christ that the Christian has. The Christian does not keep very correctly a lot of ceremonies, nor a lot of things we don't do so that God will be happy with us. He gives to us his life. The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(1 Pet 1:18 KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain (empty, useless) conversation (worship) received by tradition from your fathers;

I saw a group of men on TV recently made up of a Catholic priest, an Episcopalian priest, a Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Charismatic preacher attempting dialogue with one another. They wanted not to say anything unkind about each other, bending over to be nice to one another. If they weren't being watched on television, it is more normal to expect them to attack each other and each one's beliefs. You can mix any group of religionists you like; the same would be true. However, this group were trying to be nice to each other on television. So, one would say something and another would reply, "Well, in our tradition . . . Another fellow would join in with, "Your tradition is that, but our tradition is . . .". What a confession! They didn't even realize what they were saying!

That is what had happened to Israel. God only gave one religion in all human history and he gave it to the nation Israel, who took the faith God gave them through Moses and made it into the Jew's religion, corrupting them.

Therefore, in the Book of Acts, Israel's people were in a corrupted state of rebellion; blind and deaf to the truth of God. That is exactly the same condition you will find Israel in during the period of the great Tribulation.

These epistles - Hebrews through Revelation - written to people during the Acts period in light of their program, will doctrinally and exactly fit the needs of the people during the Tribulation period. Speaking about this 70th Week of Israel's history Daniel said, "For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: (the antichrist) therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days." (Dan 11:30-33)

In 2 Thessalonians we are told the antichrist will sit in the temple showing himself to be God. He will go into the temple professing to be the Lord Jesus Christ, Israel's Messiah. Then Israel, corrupted and blind to the truth, will fall down and worship him. Israel, by the way, is who tends the temple. Being in a corrupted, rebellious state, they will be seduced by the spirit of antichrist which will be operating to convince the nation so as not to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead she will believe the lie. Antichrist will flatter Israel causing Israel to believe him and follow him, becoming part of his program.

(Mark 13:22 KJV) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Just because you see a miraculous demonstration of something doesn't mean God did it! The Charismatic movement, which has crossed all denominational barriers (an apparent miraculous incident in itself) demonstrates signs and wonders and is growing tremendously. Jesus identifies these as false prophets producing signs and wonders by satanic policy - not by God.

The only way to tell if God is doing something is to read whether that is what he said he is doing. If he said he is not doing that in the Dispensation of Grace, and you see someone who is doing that, at least you know who is not doing it. You will know it is not of God. You may not even know who is doing the sign or wonder but you should know who isn't.

The spirit of seduction by the antichrist during the Tribulation period will be so great as to try to seduce even the believing remnant in Israel.

That is exactly the situation that these circumcision epistles address.

(1 John 2:18 KJV) Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

That which Christ predicted was to come during the Tribulation was also there when John wrote 1 John. They were in exactly the same condition that they will face in the tribulation.

(1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

By the way, this verse has nothing to do with John Doe having a demon. That is simply movie material. This verse is speaking of some preachers. They way you try the spirit of a preacher is to listen the words that come from his mouth. Remember what Paul said: If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (1 Cor. 14:37) Let the words that come from his (the preacher's) mouth are the words you have in the Word of God. If you look at verse one, you can see what the spirits are. (1 Jn. 4:1) False prophets. Where are the spirits working? In the prophets.

(1 Tim 4:1 KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; . . .

The seducing spirits are the preachers teaching doctrines of the devil in an effort to seduce people. It is not the idea people have today of demons. The nicest way I can say it is that these are dumb ideas people have; it is just sensationalism or superstition. There were some people came into church (in another state) one night and heard the preacher teach about the devil and demons. Later, when one couple who had been there, entered their home and turned on the light, the bulb burned out with a pop! They ran out afraid and wouldn't go back until the next day because they thought a demon was after them. These were intelligent, educated, twentieth century Americans, but they were "spook happy". If the mail I get with questions about demons and demonic activity are any indication, many Christians are that way today.

However, this scripture speaking of "trying the spirits", has to do with listening to the words that come out of the mouth of a preacher to see if it lines up with the Word of God. The only way to keep from being seduced is by the doctrine in the bible. That is why 1 John is written. The Hebrews are going to be under the seduction by satanic forces to give them something to stand against.

(1 John 4:2-3) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth [every spirit that "says", the issue being, the words that come out of their mouths] that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: {3} And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Just like those people John was writing to in the Acts period had to face that seductive ministry of the policy of evil of the adversary, and he equipped them to be able to identify whether or not this was a seducing spirit or the testimony of the Spirit of God, (whether true believers or false professors), so the people in the Tribulation Period will face the same problem. Therefore they will be equipped by the book of 1st John to be able to make the evaluation.

The people in the Book of Acts faced the need to leave the temple. In Acts, the Circumcision believers faced a real problem with the necessity to leave the temple because they began there and worshipped in the temple.

(Acts 6:7 KJV) And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Many people, right out of the Jewish priesthood. When Paul went to Jerusalem in Acts 21, he was greeted there by James and all the elders:

(Acts 21:20 KJV) And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

Those Jewish, Circumcision believers were still involved in the Law Program. They were still worshipping at the temple. They needed to be instructed and are instructed (Hebrews) about the necessity of not being caught up in the Judaism of the Old Covenant. They needed to leave the rituals, rites and ceremonies of the old Mosaic Law and go on to the reality available in the New Covenant.

(Heb 8:13 KJV) In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

(Heb 13:10-14 KJV) We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. {11} For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. {12} Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. {13} Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. {14} For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

As we go through HEBREWS we will see that the whole issue is to explain and to motivate the believers in Israel not to go back to the Mosaic system of the Old Covenant, but to leave the temple, leave Judaism and go on to Christ. To leave the Old Covenant and go on to the New Covenant which Christ will inaugurate when he returns. They are severely warned in Hebrews against going back to the Old Covenant. They are also motivated, by all that Jesus Christ is and does, to go on to the New Covenant; to leave the shadow and go on to the reality. The new and living way. The perfection that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Put your eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ; He is the one with the more excellent glory; the higher alternative than angels, Moses, Aaron, Joshua, because he has a better sacrifice, a better covenant and better promises. Warning them against going back and motivating them to go on. That is what these people in Hebrews are going to need in the time of the Great Tribulation because the temple will have been rebuilt. All those old sacrifices from the Mosaic Law system will be re-established during that period.

Henry Oppenheimer was an old orthodox Jew from Selma, Alabama that I used to visit. During World War II, Henry hid from the Nazis in ditches and culverts under roads during the day. At night he hid in the attic of a Belgium family. This he did for three years before he finally escaped to the United States. He was the only orthodox Jew in the whole area of Selma, Alabama and I got to know him. We got to be good friends. When I needed to know something about Hebrew (I was never able to learn Hebrew) I would take my Hebrew bible to Henry's and he would get his same Hebrew bible out. His Hebrew bible is just like the King James Bible; just a different language. He loved to study the Old Testament and taught me a great deal about it. I used to try to talk to him about the Lord Jesus Christ and he would say, "Let's don't talk about that Jesus."

One day I described to him the person who would one day take over Jerusalem, rebuilding the temple and reinstituting the animal sacrifices of the Mosaic system. The priesthood of the Levitical system will be reinstituted for that purpose. "Henry," I said, "You are a 20th Century, modern American. If they start those animal sacrifices over there next week, would you get on an airplane and go over there and offer an animal sacrifice?" He sat there for a minute pondering my question. Finally he looked at me and said, "Yes."

You could have knocked me right off the seat when he said that! I never would have thought anyone would do something like that. Not an enlightened, twentieth century American! Yet, that is exactly what they will face during the Tribulation Period.

When I asked Henry, "Who is that man doing that?", he replied, "That's my Messiah."
"No, Henry. That's the phoney one." I had been describing to him, not Jesus Christ, but the antichrist.

So during the Tribulation, the Jews will see that temple rebuilt and the animal sacrifices being made and will be tempted to go over there and participate. The pressure will be on them strongly. The books of Hebrews through Revelation are written to warn them and motivate them toward truth.

Another parallel thing: the delay in the prophetic program. The delay in establishing the Kingdom Program. The long suffering of God during the Dispensation of Grace is going to need to be explained to these people so they can understand why the Kingdom has not come yet. Those Jews in the Tribulation will need to have some way to understand why, for two thousand years, their program has not been fulfilled. That is exactly what happens in Acts 10 with Peter when he was sent down to Cornelius and he said:

(Acts 10:28 KJV) And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Peter learned in this experience at Cornelius' house that God had changed the program. He did not understand what it was changed to, or why it was changed. He just came face to face with the reality that his program was not going on as it had and that there was a change coming about. Later, in Acts 15, when Paul goes up to Jerusalem, he explained to the apostles what that change was, and they endorsed it. And Peter declares the change in verse 9:

(Acts 15:9-11 KJV) And (God) put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. {10} Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? {11} But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Peter understood here that it was no longer the Gentiles getting saved like the Jews but it was the Jews getting saved like the Gentiles. He grasped the change in the program.

In Acts 18:24-28 you find Apollos who knew nothing but the baptism of John. He came to Priscilla and Aquila's house and they take him aside:

(Acts 18:26) And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

What happened? They bring Apollos up to date regarding the change of program. There were people in the Acts Period that needed to be brought up to date concerning the change of God's program and dealing with them. II Peter 3 does exactly that; in fact it is the main thrust in this book.

(2 Pet 1:16 KJV) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

"We weren't lying to you when we told you about the kingdom that was coming. We saw it and have the Word of God on it." Well then, why hasn't it yet come? He explains why in Chapter Three.

(2 Pet 3:3-4 KJV) Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, {4} And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

He further explains in verse 9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Do you remember what Paul said? "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. (1 Tim 1:16 KJV) The pattern for the Dispensation of Grace is longsuffering.

What is the longsuffering, Peter?

(2 Pet 3:15) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

Peter is saying if you want to understand longsuffering, Paul explains it.

The people in the Tribulation Period will need an explanation about why it has been so long for their program to come to pass. The Books of Hebrews through Revelation will provide for them the explanation about the delay in the Kingdom coming to earth, about the longsuffering of God. Those books will also explain to them when it will be legitimately in operation.

In Isaiah 42:1, we see the first coming of Christ.

(Isa 42:1 KJV) Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

When he came then, he came as the servant of the LORD. He is the elect of God - "in whom my soul delighteth". When he was baptized of John the Holy Spirit came upon him in the form of a dove and a voice spoke from heaven, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." As you go down through the verses you see the ministry of Christ. There is a reference to verse 3 in Matthew 12. Then we see the second coming of Christ in verse 13 of Isaiah:

(Isa 42:13-14 ) The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. {14} I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.

[Longsuffering; patient for a long time; but I'm coming now and I will destroy my enemies.] Why did God wait so long? Because he had another purpose to fulfill first and that purpose is found in Paul's epistles.

Therefore, again, these books from Hebrews through the Book of the Revelation are written for the enlightenment and encouragement of those Christian Jews going through the Great Tribulation in a parallel situation as the Christian Jews found in the Acts Period. Hence, these books turn out to be doctrine for the Tribulation Saints.

  1. Hebrews deals with faith founded in the better substance of the New Covenant.
  2. James deals with works. Faith goes on to maturity and perfection in works.
  3. 1 Peter deals with hope that looks beyond the fires of the tribulation.
  4. 2 Peter deals with growth in their present truth.
  5. The Epistles of John deal with truth; how to distinguish between truth and error.
  6. Jude deals with contending for the truth.
  7. Revelation - reigning with God.

Endnote1 That's these people speaking in tongues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and the circumcision.