Matthew 19 Part 2 – 10 Commands 7 church ages
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Commandments 1 to 3 reveal Jesus as God and the last 7 Commandments give a spiritual insight to the 7 church ages
- At the end of time we must know the truth
- Only the fifth Commandment is something we must do
- The first 3 commandments reveal the Godhead
- The last 7 commandments then refer to the 7 church ages
- Honour the first church age beliefs of the apostles
- Go outside the church to find Jesus
- No preacher in the 7th church age is infallible
- Only the Bible is the Voice of God
- The apostles had no father and son nepotism
At the end of time we must know the truth
A rich man came to ask Jesus an important question.
MATTHEW 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
A vital question. What can I do? What good work or labour of mine will get me into Heaven?
Remember the two sisters Mary and Martha.
Martha did all the hard work to feed the people but Jesus never complimented her. A woman symbolizes a church. The good works done by a church are to be expected. We must do that. But that is not the key to eternal life. Martha types the foolish virgins. Saved church-goers who try to impress people with their good works.
But Mary sat at the feet of Jesus to learn from Him. The wise virgins search the Scriptures to understand the revealed mysteries of the Bible at the end time. God regards these end-time revelations of Scripture as being very important. The church world ignores them. Martha, the foolish virgin, criticized Mary for not doing enough good works.
Jesus however, only complimented Mary. What Mary learned from Him, the Word of God, was more important than the good public works that Martha did.
DANIEL 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Learning the truth which will enable us to understand the mysteries of Scripture at the end time is far more important than doing good works. But we are obviously expected to do good works. It is just that understanding the Bible is far more important.
So, Jesus is going to shift the focus away from the doing of good works to the understanding of truth.
The emphasis moves from the deeds of the hands to the understanding of the mind.
DANIEL 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
We cannot be part of the wise virgins unless we understand the mysteries of the written Word.
But the rich man had one thing right. He called Jesus, “Good Master”.
Only God is good.
MATTHEW 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good?
there is none good but one, that is, God:
but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Thus, the rich man was recognizing that Jesus was God in the flesh. He understood the Godhead.
Only the fifth Commandment is something we must do
Only the fifth Commandment is a positive action that we must do.
He wanted to know what to do to get into Heaven but only the 5th commandment is positive, telling him what to do. He must honour his father and his mother.
All the rest of the commandments tell him what not to do.
The 10 commandments are often broken up by the church into the first 4 being related to us loving God and the last 6 related to us loving man. But 9 out of 10 commandments are negative. Telling us to NOT do this or that.
Only the 5th commandment is positive as something that we must do. Honour your father and your mother. So this commandment must have a very special spiritual meaning.
- One God… have no other gods
- Do not worship images
- Do not take God’s name in vain
- Remember the Sabbath day…do not do any work
5. Honour your father and mother
6. Do not murder
7. Do not commit adultery
8. Do not steal
9. Do not lie or bear false witness
10. Do not covet
The last 5 commandments, from commandments 6 to 10, are the areas where people go wrong when dealing with each other.
This is a useful analysis but the answer of Jesus does not fit in very well with this analysis.
So, Jesus obviously looks at the ten commandments with a much deeper spiritual insight.
The ministry of Jesus on earth (as God with us) was to lay the foundation for the ministry of Jesus (as God in His church) during the seven church ages.
His First Coming was to die for His church so that He could build up the church over the 7 church ages and then receive all His Christians up to Heaven at His Second Coming.
But during the church ages, church-goers would be fooled into making serious mistakes in their beliefs which would disqualify them from being invited to the Wedding Supper at the end. So Jesus mentions the commandments where the churches made big mistakes.
The rich man asked Him what he should do and Jesus then listed commandments 6, 7, 8, 9 which all tell him what not to do. So Jesus is taking the emphasis off works as the way to Heaven. Something deeper is involved.
Then Jesus mysteriously leaves out commandment 10.
Then Jesus unexpectedly goes back and finally mentions commandment 5. That is something the man can do.
But the first 4 commandments are also left out. Why?
To make sense out of the answer of Jesus, we need to realize that Jesus is actually talking to the end-time church by means of the advice that He is giving to the rich man.
There are two key points in life. Our relationship with God and our attitude towards mankind.
We must love God and then find our place in His Body, the church that formed during the 7 church ages.
MATTHEW 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The first 3 commandments reveal the Godhead
Our relationship with God depends on understanding the Godhead. Realizing that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the three manifestations of God as He deals with humanity.
The first 3 commandments refer to the Godhead. That is why Jesus could leave them out as the man recognized Him as God.
- One God, Jesus. As the Father, He was ABOVE the Jews in the Old Testament.
2. No images. God comes down to earth as a Man, called the Son of God to dwell WITH the Jews. I TIMOTHY 3:16 God was manifest in the flesh.
We are not allowed to make images of God. But God was able to make a human image of Himself.
The rich man recognized Jesus as God living with mankind. That was as far as any person could see in his day.
- Do not take His name in vain. The Human name of God is Jesus. The 3 titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not a name. The Old Testament name of Jehovah is never mentioned again in the New Testament once the name of Jesus is announced. The Holy Spirit is the manifestation of God IN His church throughout all 7 church ages.
Do not take God's name in vain. Do not replace His name with three Titles. You must know the name of Almighty God.
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost mean God above, God with, and God in mankind. That is the only way that God could prepare His church for His Second Coming.
The last 7 commandments then refer to the 7 church ages
God indwelt His people to guide the church into all truth. Jesus died for this church at His First Coming and He will collect this church at His Second Coming.
- Sabbath day was the rest of the Holy Ghost baptism on the day of Pentecost. The inner rest from sin and unbelief.
- Remember the church age of Ephesus. The apostles are our spiritual fathers who had the truth. The early church that they established was our mother church. Honour the New Testament of the apostles and the example of the first church age. Don’t put Bishops in charge of the churches like they did in the second church age.
- Do not murder the Truth as they did at the AD 325 Nicaean Council when they introduced the unscriptural Trinity. Then the churches became more unscriptural and more pagan as Christmas entered on 25 December around the year AD 350. The Bible never asked us to celebrate the Lord's birth.
- Thyatira, a dominating woman. A woman is a church. Do not commit adultery with the Roman Catholic Church that rose up to dominate Europe in the Dark Ages or Middle Ages. The 4th age is the middle of the 7 ages.
- Do not steal. Luther brought in salvation by faith alone and left the Catholics but took with him the Catholic beliefs of Trinity, Christmas, Good Friday, the church being involved in politics, and having a man as the head of each church. These unscriptural beliefs undermined the Protestants and led them to invent even more unscriptural beliefs.
- Get saved and live holy. But their stress on holiness became distorted as they claimed that you had to live holy and do good works in order to be saved. Faith in Christ was not enough, it was faith and good works. This was a false witness.
- Coveting material things made this age rich. But Jesus as the Word gets rejected from the church. Thus, Bible teachers are also rejected by the pastors who now dominate the churches with quotes. The elevated pastors covet the teaching ministry to establish their control over the laity. Being the head of the church means that the pastor covets and collects all the tithes. He pays his yes-men and refuses any church money to be paid to his critics. Thus, he uses his power over the money to maintain his power over the money. Unable to understand the deeper Bible mysteries, pastors focus on their own interpretations of quotes and the church becomes more Bible-illiterate. More spiritually blind.
MATTHEW 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
This list in verse 18 refers to the most serious mistakes that the church-goers made during the church ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. This is when Bible truth was at a low ebb in the churches.
Church Age 3 was able to murder truth with an unscriptural Trinity at Nicaea in AD 325.
Church Age 4 was to be intimidated by ruthless Roman Catholic harlot until they committed adultery with her by being dominated by her pagan and political beliefs.
Church Age 5 saw the Protestants leave Rome but take many Roman Catholic ideas with them.
Church Age 6 (the second-t0-last age) saw salvation by faith alone being replaced by salvation plus good works.
This brings us to the point where the rich man was asking which good work he could do to make Heaven. But if salvation by faith and good works corresponds to the second-to-last commandment about a false witness, then the Lord is giving the man his answer. No good works are good enough to make Heaven.
Of the two sisters, Mary and Martha, Martha did the hard work but Jesus gave her no credit for this.
Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and learned the truth. That is the response that Jesus valued. Learning the truth.
Honour the first church age beliefs of the apostles
Returning to the rich man. He asked for what he could do and has been told what he should not do.
Church ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 also teach us what the church should not do today. Now we learn what the church must do.
MATTHEW 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
So, in verse 19 Jesus finally gives him something that he can do. Honour his father and mother.
What does this mean for the church?
This commandment represents the 2nd church age. This was the fork in the road in church history.
Either they would go back to the beliefs of the first church age or else they would invent new beliefs.
We must honour the apostolic fathers who wrote the New Testament by going back to what they believed. Do not change anything that they wrote. They never put a pastor in charge of a church. They put a group of elders in charge of each local church.
Honour the mother church which is the New Testament church that was established by the apostles at the beginning of the first church age. We must get back to the beliefs of this first church.
The big mistake of the second church age was to appoint Bishops to be in charge of the churches.
After the Reformation, this spirit continued when a pastor became the head of each church.
Having a Bishop or a pastor as head of the church was unscriptural and deviated away from what the first church age did.
MATTHEW 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Everything about the seven church ages is summed up in an attitude, rather than a specific work.
Love your neighbour. That would extend to loving your enemy.
This is an essential foundation for the seventh church age where the angry rejection of the Word by the church will happen until the Word stands outside the quote-filled Bible-illiterate church. Ambition and error will fill the churches so that the rejected Christians must learn to love everyone even though they are not wanted.
MATTHEW 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
The rich man felt that he had kept all these commandments. Yet he knew that something was missing. That is the problem of relying on good works. We can never do enough good works. We will always be unsure about whether we have been good enough.
MATTHEW 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Now finally, Jesus gives the rich man a work that he can do.
He loved money more than he loved truth. He wanted money more than he wanted the truth.
Get rid of his wealth.
Get rid of everything that keeps you away from finding the truth of the revealed Bible mysteries.
This is the stinging rebuke that Jesus gives to the seventh or last church age. The antidote to covetousness (which is the last commandment).
REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;
As soon as people are rich, they assume that they are right with God.
Finally, and almost unnoticed, Jesus addresses the last commandment of coveting that refers to the apostate and wealthy seventh church age. Obsessed with money they lost the desire to understand the deeper Bible mysteries. They no longer can prove what they believe just from Scripture.
How interested is Jesus in the wealth of the Laodicean churches? He says: The church is wealthy but has rejected the Word of God that has to stand outside the church.
Go outside the church to find Jesus
To follow Jesus, go outside the church as that is where He is.
MATTHEW 19:21 … and come and follow me.
Following Jesus through the pages of the Bible requires us to be strictly Scriptural.
When money is more important than being Scriptural then the only wise advice is to get rid of the money that stops you from being Scriptural.
MATTHEW 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
He was more interested in physical gain than in understanding the revealed Word of his day.
The biggest mistake in Laodicea is to suppose that people are right with God because they are rich.
I TIMOTHY 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
“Follow Me” means to be Scriptural. That is what counts, not whether you are rich or poor.
MATTHEW 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The 7th church age is rich but apostate. The last church age is when the rapture happens and the church is caught up to Heaven to meet the Lord in the air. But very few will make it from our age.
MATTHEW 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Why few? The church was more concerned with money and obeying a one-man-is-boss human leader. People are not concerned with revealing what they know just from the Scriptures.
MATTHEW 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Getting a thread through the eye of a needle takes a lot of concentration.
People no longer concentrate hard on being Scriptural.
They lazily and complacently just follow what the pastor says or some idea that they read in some book or see on YouTube.
MATTHEW 19:25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
Can anyone in our churches get saved? Saved from hell? Yes. You just need faith and repentance.
Saved from great Tribulation by going up in the rapture? Very unlikely.
Because you have to know what the Bible verses mean in order to find the narrow way. And Jesus as the Word stands outside every church.
He gave us a warning when all the churches were closed down by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
The medical staff beat the virus, not the churches.
What does that tell us about how useless the churches are in the face of a sudden and unexpected disaster?
MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
No man can save another. Only God can save.
No preacher in the 7th church age is infallible
Human systems like the churches could not stop the virus and will also not save anyone from the oncoming Tribulation.
Man-made church doctrines and traditions, like calling Brother Branham infallible as the Voice of God will not help any saved Christians to escape from the soon-coming great Tribulation.
62-1007 THE KEY TO THE DOOR
… and they're preaching that men should leave their wives and hunt for their spiritual mate,
and that I am perfectly infallible. That there's nothing... And, oh, some of the awfullest things you ever heard.
But God will raise up people that are outside the churches to gain an understanding of the revealed Bible mysteries. God will drag ruffians in from the highways and hedges and give them a desire to be strictly Scriptural.
64-0614 THE ODDBALL
That's what the Angel told me, "Get the people to believe you."
And if I tell the Word of God, it ain't "believe me," it's "believe the Word."
Only the Bible is the Voice of God
63-0630 THE THIRD EXODUS
... for they can hear plainly the God's Voice, calling, through His Word
... Listen to the Bible, the Voice of God calling to you in this day.
The Bible is the Voice of God, William Branham is the voice of the seventh angel.
Do not deify brother Branham by calling him the Voice of God. He is not Jesus Christ, he is only one of the seven stars in the right hand of Jesus Christ.
MATTHEW 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
Peter now reflected on the fact that in following Jesus they had given up everything and were rejected by the Jewish religious leaders.
MATTHEW 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
This is important.
Their reward is due in the next life. Their reward was not wealth and luxury in this life.
The apostles had no father and son nepotism
The early church did not start with a son taking over from the father. (This is called nepotism).
With the exception of the apostle John, they would all be executed for their faith. But John was twice imprisoned on the prison island of Patmos. For the apostles, this life was one of trials and sufferings. They travelled a lot and did not have too much in the way of family life.
This life of hardship ensured that not all the apostles were married and none of the married apostle’s children took over from them.
They did not set up a "father and son" money-making business and call it a church.
MATTHEW 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
However, everyone who has suffered any loss of any sort on this side will gain tremendously on the other side.
The emphasis here is not on what the person has done for God.
The emphasis is rather on what they have lost or forsaken for God.
Sacrifice is more important than good deeds.
God is more impressed with our being rejected as we lose friends and family and possessions because of the truth.
MATTHEW 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
The seventh church age has to return to the beliefs of the first church age that forsook much for Christ.
The church went badly wrong in the 3rd church age of Pergamos when they began to accumulate wealth and church buildings. The first evidence that can be found of a church building comes from around the year AD 220 in the 2nd church age.
We have no evidence that the first church age had church buildings. They never used the term Good Friday as Jesus died on a Thursday. They never celebrated Christmas as that was only invented by the Pope around AD 350. The early church never had a pastor as the head of the church. So we have to get rid of all that baggage if we are to get back to the first church age.
If the last are first and the first are last, then there is no difference between the first and the last church ages because they are interchangeable. We, in the last church age, have to believe exactly what the first church believed before Jesus can come.
So, the secret of getting into Heaven hinges on what we believe.
Can we understand the Bible verses? Do we believe what the early church believed?
Our works must be good, but good works do not open the door to Heaven.