Pastor Giardino started by asking for a volunteer to go through the New Testament time-line at the white board in front of the class. After getting the name straight, our volunteer was Gabriel Jeremiah, who walked & talked us through the significant events. Erminio is our volunteer for next week. This was followed by a general discussion on many of the points along the time-line.
- Rev 4:1 introduces the”things which must be here after” the time of the seven churches. We are in the time of the Laodicean church, which Pastor G. said started in the 1850s. Rev 4:1 is he point in which prophecy begins again. The words “come up hither” in the verse refers to the rapture of the church. As the 7 years of tribulation begin, the church is presented before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Rom 14:10, II Cor 5:10) to be cleaned up before the marriage supper of the lamb (Rev 19:9).
- After the tribulation, the nations are judged. This at at the beginning of the millennium (Matt 25:31-33).
- It was shown that both John the Baptist (Matt 3:2) and Jesus (Matt 4:17) both taught repentance.
- Pastor G. had us read from Matt 1:22-25, Matt 2:1-6 to show that Jesus was the legal heir to be King through Joseph and the physical line through Mary (via David). The problem was, Jesus was rejected by the Pharisees. King David is told “I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom” 2 Sam 7:12. But the Jews are blind and reject the very one that can set up the kingdom. “The Pharisees knew the law but had problems with the spirit of the law”, Pastor Giardino explained, calling them “religious con artists”.
- In Matt 12:22-32, when Jesus healed “one possessed with a devil”, the people saw something extraordinary in Jesus: “Is not this the son of David?”. However, the Pharisees claimed that Jesus cast out devils “by Beelzebub the prince of the devils”. Jesus was a threat to the Pharisees who wanted the power. Jesus says that the Pharisees crossed the line into blasphemy (v 32). The power of the Holy Ghost was being attributed to Satan. The kingdom is rejected and Jesus begins to make the transition in his ministry to the disciples and the Gentiles.