Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Calendar Follies


Jesus is the Light and the Life
It is September, the “season” of the Hebrew new year, Rosh Hashanah, when “God promises a special blessing from Heaven,” one of the “divine dates on God's calendar,” etc.
        Well, truth be told, it is what has become the annual three-ring circus when (far too) many “Charismatic leaders” attempt to divine the future by calendrical cycles and year numbers. Never mind the Apostle’s words, “how do you turn back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments to which you desire again to be enslaved? You narrowly observe days, and months, and seasons, and years.” “Let no man judge you in food or drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the coming things; but the body is of Christ.”
Nowhere in the Old or New Testament do we find righteous men using astrological signs, lunar cycles or the Hebrew calendar to predict the future or divine God’s will, although “monthly prognosticators” and “stargazers” do not fare well in the book of Isaiah. God’s gracious gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, have been exchanged for the arts of divination; astrology, numerology, even augury. The (former) Charismatic movement has devolved into a kludge of New Age Gnosticism and Kabbalah mysticism; its “leaders” knowing neither the scriptures nor the power of God.
Boil it down and the fundamental issue (and battle) becomes clear: Who and What is the center of the faith – Jesus or [fill in the blank].
Jesus is the true “seed of Abraham” that brings all God’s promises to fruition, not the “types and shadows” of the Old Testament.
Jesus is the key that unlocks the scriptures and prophecy, NOT Israel, Torah, territory, lunar cycles, solar eclipses, Hebrew letters, calendar dates, or your personal angelic “spirit guide.”
Christ crucified is “God’s power and God’s wisdom,” NOT angelic visitations, weekend jaunts to the “third heaven,” dreams, visions, signs and wonders, spirit orbs, heavenly gold dust, or portals into one "spirit world" or another.
Jesus is the “body,” the substance that casts the shadows, the fulfillment of “the Law and the Prophets,” God’s final and complete spoken “word” that supersedes the incomplete word “spoken in the prophets.” To return to the shadows when you have the substance, or to exchange it for the supposedly “deeper things of God” found in some “spirit realm,” which things are, in fact, “the deeper things of Satan,” is folly.

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