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Saturday
Sep302006

Lion of Judah

At session 3 we talked about the significance of Jesus portrayed as a Lamb. What is the significance of Him being portrayed as a lion? Besides in Jeremiah is this the image of the risen Christ? We see the Lion in our media and hear of him in our music.

The "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" is the Messianic title applied to Christ to symbolize strength, majestic power, and victory. The lion itself is the emblem of dignity and courage. Afraid of no other animal, it has the ability to dominate all other species. With its great power, agility, and strength, it truly is the king of all beasts and a brilliant symbol of the King of kings. The origin of this title is seen in Genesis 49 as Jacob gathers his sons: the patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel. Once around him, he delivers his blessing, a blessing which becomes the initial prophecy of the future Kingdom of God on earth as it foretells the supremacy of the tribe of Judah, which finds its ultimate fulfillment in the "Root of David", Jesus Christ. Jacob praises Judah describing him in the image of a young lion, Gur Aryeh. "Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: He stooped down, he crouched as a lion, And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?" (Gen 49:9) This blessing, of great importance, is intensified by the fact that it did not go to the first born son, but rather to the young lion who patiently crouched in the shadows as his brothers before him eagerly pounced on worldly temptations without repentance. Judah was no stranger himself to the snares of temptation and sin, but unlike his brothers his heart was transformed by the suffering of his sin. This conversion led to the ultimate reward being bestowed upon him in Gen 49:10. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet." Taken literally, one pictures Judah going to his grave holding a scepter in his tightly closed fist, but in view of the customs and colloquialism during the time of Jacob, the meaning of this idiom is understood as, there shall always be a king from the lineage of Judah. This prophecy looks forward not only to an earthly dynasty, but also to the royal dynasty of the Messiah as it continues, "until Shiloh comes: And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be."

The Jews from the time of Jacob understood this blessing to mean that the Messiah would come from the line of Judah. Their belief, rooted in the covenant God first made with Noah's family and then with Abraham's tribe, held that the messiah would come like a lion with great religious zeal, strength, and military power and defeat the enemies of the Jewish nation. This military victory would usher in a time of justice and peace and yield Israel the most powerful and indestructible kingdom. The original audience of book of Revelation would have recognized the "Lion of the tribe of Judah" as the Messiah and would have received much encouragement in learning. "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed, enabling him to open the scroll with seven seals." (Rev 5:5) They would have seen this passage as the fulfillment of prophecy and understood that the redemptive victory had been won for them by Jesus Christ, who fulfills the title "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" and is the ultimate King of kings!

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Saturday
Sep302006

Sig Figs of Scripture

Ever notice that things happen in threes? In fact, even our existence can be broken down into three stages: birth, life, and death. Every moment of our life falls into one of three time periods: past, present, or future. Our very being is a makeup of body, mind, and spirit. Thought, word, and deed complete our human capabilities. There are three kingdoms of matter (animal, plant, and mineral), three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), three parts to any story (beginning, middle, and end), and three goals in a hat-trick. OK, that last one may be a reach, but all the same, in every instance the number three signifies entirety. The number three points to what is real, essential, and substantial. The number three is perfect completion.

In Scripture, the denotation of the number three as completion is upgraded to Divine completion. When used in Scripture, the number three shares in the perfection of the number seven and epitomizes what is perfect, complete, and divine. The supreme instance of Divine perfection is the Trinity: three persons in one God: God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit. In Isaiah 6:3, the Seraphim cry, "Holy, holy, holy." One 'holy' is said in honor of each of the three persons of the Trinity. So too, in Rev 4:8, the living creatures also praise each person of the Holy Trinity by singing, "Holy, holy, holy."

Throughout Scripture, the number three reveals completion in a multitude of examples. In the Old Testament, God's covenant with His people involves three promises: land, dynasty, and world wide blessing. In Exodus 5:3 the Israelites leave the bonds of Egypt by taking a "three days journey into the wilderness." The Ark of the Covenant held the Ten Commandments, a bowl of manna, and Aaron's staff. In Num 6:23-24, three priestly blessings are bestowed upon the Israelites. Solomon's downfall is the result of a tri-fold multitude: wives, gold, and horses, and the list goes on... and on... and on.

In the New Testament, we see the fullness of God's perfect plan in the number three. Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant, holds in her womb the Word made flesh, the Bread of life, and the King of kings. With His three-fold "it is written" response to the devil during the temptation in the desert (Mt 4), Jesus shows that the Word of God is complete perfection. Three times a voice is heard from heaven proclaiming Christ as the Son of God (Mt 3:17, 17:5; Jn 12:28) and each occurrence confirms an aspect of the three fold office of Christ: that of prophet, priest, and king. It is three times that Jesus says to Peter, "Peter, do you love me?" and directs Peter to shepherd his flock. (Jn 21:15-19) Think about it. What is being completed by this action? (The answer might just be three-fold) Then we see the perfect sacrifice, the completion of the covenant, and the totality of salvation as Jesus is crucified at the third hour and on the third day rises from the dead. In Revelation 1:3 a Divine blessing is bestowed upon the reader, the hearer, and the keeper of the prophecy that is written and the list goes on... and on... and on.

The number three symbolizes fullness, completeness, and Divine perfection. The examples of this in Sacred Scripture as well as everyday life are plentiful; and as I look at my three kids, born three years apart, in three consecutive months, each on a date divisible by three, I realize that God has blessed me with the perfect family and that perhaps those three hours of uninterrupted sleep I get each night are just His way of reminding me!

Kelly Wahlquist

Saturday
Sep302006

Before Christ Died, Where Were The Righteous?

Is Abraham in Heaven and How Did He Achieve His Divine Nature?

According to The Catechism of Pope Pius X, the souls of the holy Fathers were not admitted into heaven before the death of Jesus Christ, because heaven was closed by the sin of Adam, and it was but fitting that Jesus Christ, who reopened it by His death, should be the first to enter it.

This teaching can be further explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as it addresses Article Five of the Apostles' Creed (631-637), which states:

"He descended into hell on the third day he rose again.""This 'hell' was different from the hell of the damned. It was the state of all those, righteous and evil, who died before Christ. With his soul united to his divine Person Jesus went down to the just in hell who were awaiting their Redeemer so they could enter at last into the vision of God. When he had conquered by his death both death and the devil 'who has the power of death' (Hebrews 2:14), he freed the just who looked forward to the Redeemer and opened for them the gates of Heaven." (Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), USCCB 2006) (See CCC 635)

The Church refers to this state as Limbo: (Late Lat. limbus) a word of Teutonic derivation, meaning literally "hem" or "border," as of a garment, or anything joined on (cf. Italian lembo or English limb).

In theological usage the name is applied to (a) the temporary place or state of the souls of the just who, although purified from sin, were excluded from the beatific vision until Christ's triumphant ascension into Heaven (the "limbus patrum"); or (b) to the permanent place or state of those unbaptized children and others who, dying without grievous personal sin, are excluded from the beatific vision on account of original sin alone (the "limbus infantium" or "puerorum"). Taken from the New Advent dictionary.

* This latter definition dealing with children who die without Baptism, has come into question recently as the Vatican has assigned an International Commission of Catholic Theologians to review this teaching from the 13 century. Limbo has never been a defined dogma of the Church, but is instead a concept worked out by theologians as a way to try to solve a conflict between the necessity of Baptism and the mercy of God. In view of that, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God...In fact the great mercy of God, who wants all men to be saved, and the tenderness of Jesus towards children... allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who die without baptism." (CCC, Article 1261)

Saturday
Sep302006

Three Millennium Views

There are three popular views when speaking about the millennium (thousand years).

1. Premillennial View (Held by most non-denominational Christians). They see this chapter (Revelation 20) as a literal one thousand year reign of Christ on earth after his second coming and before the end of time. He will come when it becomes so bad and he will reign with a thousand years of peace.

2. Postmillennial View (Held by Reformed Protestants) understand the 1000 years as either a figurative or literal period of time prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ. This view holds that many will accept the Gospel and live in peace.

3. Amillennial View (Held by Catholics, Lutherans & Episcopalians and Methodists). The word speaks of "no literal millennium." This view was first held by St. Augustine in his book The City of God. The 1000 years symbolize the time that began when Jesus Christ established his Church, and now the Church is reigning with him until the consummation of time. According to Augustine, the first time Jesus came was the beginning of the initial stage of the kingdom. He defeated the devil and restricted his powers on the earth. The final stage of the kingdom will be fully established at the second coming of Jesus Christ at the end of time. This is when the enemy will be thrown into the lake of fire forever.

Saturday
Sep302006

Salvation History in Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3

Recapitulation of Covenantal History

The imagery used to describe the seven churches of Asia (Revelation 2 & 3) progresses chronologically from the Garden of Eden to the situation in the 1st century.

Recapitulation

Ephesus: The Early World

The language of paradise is used throughout this passage.

- the one who walks among the lamp stands, as God walked through the garden Gen 3:8.

- the angel is guarding the church as Adam was told to guard the guarded and his wife in Eden Gen 2:15.

- the angel, like Adam has fallen having left his first love. Christ therefore comes to him in judgment and remove his lamp stand, as he banished Adam & Eve. The reward for overcoming is the Tree of Life.

Recapitulation

Smyrna Rev2:8-11  The Patriarchs and Egypt are reflected here.

- "he who was dead and has come to life" reflects Isaac (Gen22:1-14; and Joesph Gen 37:18-36; 39:20-41:45; 45:4-8; 50:20).

- false Jews persecuted the true heirs as Ishmael persecuted Isaac (Gen 21:19; cf. Gal 4:22-31.)

- the danger of imprisonment at the instigation of a slanderer is paralleled in the life of Joseph (Gen 39:13-20).

- The "tribulation of ten days" followed by victory reflects the story of Israel's endurance through the ten plagues in Exodus.

Recapitulation

Pergamum Rev 2:12-17  Wilderness Wanderings.

- The enemies of the Church are described as Blaam and Barak, the false prophet and evil king who tried to destroy Israel by tempting them to idolatry and fornication (Num 25:1-3; 31:16).

- Like the Angel of the Lord and Phineas the priest, Christ threatens to make war against the Balaamites with the sword (Num 22:31; 24:7-8).

- To those who overcome they receive manna and a white stone (Heb 9:4).

Recapitulation

Thyatira Rev 2:18-29  Royal Kingdom into the Divided Kingdom

- Christ announces himself as the Son of God, the greater David (Ps 2:7; Ps 89:19-37).

- He rebukes the angel of Thyatira, whose toleration of his "wife, Jezebel," is leading to the apostasy of God's people (1 Kings 16:29-34; 21:25-26).

- He who overcomes will be granted, like David, "authority over the nations" (2 Sam 7:19; 8:1-14).

- The concluding promise alludes to David's Messianic psalm of dominion: "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; like the vessels of a potter they shall be broken to pieces, as I also have received from My Father" (Ps 2:9).

Recapitulation

Sardis Rev 3:1-6 Divided Kingdom & Exile

- The description of the church's reputation for "life" when it is really "dead," the exhortations to "wake up" and to "strengthen the things that remain," the acknowledgement that there are "few people" what have remained faithful, all are reminiscent of prophetic language about the Remnant in a time of apostasy (Is 1:5-23; 6:9-13; 65:8-16; Jer 7:1-7; Ezek 37:1-14).

Recapitulation

Philadelphia Rev 3:7-13 The Return

The reference to the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews when they are not recalls the conflicts with "false Jews" in Ezra 4 and Nehemiah 4, Nehemiah 6 and Nehemiah13.

- The warning of a coming testing reminds us of the tribulation suffered under Antiochus Epiphanes in Daniel 8 and Daniel 11.

Recapitulation

Laodicea Rev 3:14-22 Judaism of Jesus Day, The Last Days (Pharisaic Judaism).

The Lukewarm Church boasting of its wealth and self-sufficiency, yet blind to its actual poverty and nakedness (Luke 18:9-14; Rev 18:7).