The last installment of Twin Timelines
demonstrated how numerous behavioral elements found in the Israelites in their
wilderness journey under Moses, anticipated similar aspects seen
in the early Christian era of the Spiritual Israelites under the leadership of
the Apostle Paul.
These Prophetic Parallels are largely found in
the epic book of I Corinthians, where Paul details how the events in the
wilderness, were strangely similar to the condition of the Born Again
Israelites in Corinth. The reader will recall he connected the Exodus
passage through the Red Sea with the baptism into eternal life in the Spiritual
realm, as seen in the born again experience.
“All our fathers…passed through the
sea” (I Corinthians 10:1).
He further connected the Manna from heaven, which fed
the Israelites, with the Spiritual sustenance which the LORD provides the
Christian. He then connected the water which came out of a rock which
Moses struck with his rod (with the “rock” also a similitude of JESUS), to the living
water which Christ gives to all believers.
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
Paul noted that all of the Israelites –
regardless of each individual’s Spiritual purity (or lack thereof)
– were counted as Israelites because they all passed through
the sea. This was compared to the fact that all the Spiritual
Israelites in the church in Corinth – regardless of each
individual’s Spiritual purity – were counted as believers in
Christ. However, Paul then noted that God was unhappy with the behavior of many
of the Israelites in the wilderness:
“But with many of them God was not well pleased” (I
As the Apostle was pointing to a temporal
recapitulation indicating the events in the Exodus foreshadowed
the Spiritual Wilderness experience of the Corinthian Christians, the founder
of the church in Corinth was telling the believers the LORD “was not well
pleased” with the behavior of “many” of the Christians. The
Apostle then proceeded to mention specific shortcomings on the part of certain
of the children of Israel in the wilderness, prophetically paralleling
those infractions to deficiencies on the part of the Corinthian believers. For
example, Paul compared the idolatry in the wilderness seen in
Exodus 32:6 (the golden calf episode) with the idolatry he had observed within
the Corinthian church.
“I have written unto you not to keep company [with] any
that is called …an idolater” (I Corinthians 5:10).
The learned Apostle then continued to enumerate the story of
Israel in the place the Scriptures call the Wilderness of Sin
(Numbers 33:11). Describing the sexual impurity among the Israelites detailed
in Numbers 25:1-9 (the incident with the Moabite women), Paul compared the sin
to the sexual impurity among the Born Again Israelites within the
“Know ye not that he that is joined to an harlot is one
body?” (I Corinthians 6:16).
Obviously using these Old Testament cycles as analogy, Paul
prophesied that the entire tale of Israel under the Old Covenant, was a
literal, historic series of events which occurred to point the Christians to
the Spiritual equivalent in their time. In this regard, reminding the reader of
how certain Israelites in the wilderness spoke evil about the LORD (an offense
described in Numbers 21:5), Paul indicated that blaspheming the LORD
(and His mediator Moses in that timeline), resulted in the deaths
of a significant number of believers.
“Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted
him, and were destroyed by serpents” (I Corinthians 10:9).
We concluded the previous chapter by re-affirming how
Paul’s instructions to the Christians indicated he understood the triune
concept of the two flesh and blood factions of the Jews and the
Gentiles, as distinctly separate from what the prophet Zechariah
(Zechariah 13:8-11) calls the redeemed “third part,” which is the
body of Christ:
“Whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give no
offense, neither to the Jews , nor to the Gentiles , nor to the church of
God ” (I Corinthians 10:31, 32).
The instruction set that Paul provided to the
Corinthian Christians can only be viewed accurately when we realize the
phenomenon of the Twin Timelines has never ceased, as they
continue right up to the present day. For instance, Paul
continued his critique of the Christian misbehavior, by stating that it was ordained
that heresies must occur in the church, so that they who are
approved in the eyes of God can be discerned in their timeline.
“For there must be also heresies among you,
that they who are approved may be made manifest among you” (I Corinthians
In fact, when we compare the conditions of the church of God
in Corinth with the conditions of the church in our time, after
stripping away the cultural and temporal anomalies, we find the modern body of
Christ is virtually identical in its characteristics. For instance, the
practice of communion had become a social occasion, and Paul plainly stated
that instead of coming together in one place to honour the last supper of
Christ and the breaking of His physical body as a substitutionary atonement for
our sins, it had become a celebratory practice that was almost feast like.
“When ye come together, therefore, into one place, this is
not to eat the Lord’s supper” (I Corinthians 11:20).
Paul even notes the Corinthians had come to view the ritual
of communion as a meal to be enjoyed. Further, he stated that in eating and
drinking for sustenance, the unity of the body of Christ was disrupted, as
every person eats and drinks for himself.
“For in eating everyone taketh before the
other his own supper; and one is hungry, and another is drunk” (I
Even though Paul clearly stated that the sacrament of
communion was a private act of contrition between ourselves and the LORD (as
opposed to a public ceremony to be performed communally), we might ask
ourselves how many of us have periodically conducted a remembrance of the shed
blood of Christ (and the broken bread commemorating His tortured body) at our
own household table? Indeed, a virtual mini-industry exists in the manufacture
and marketing of tiny cups which are sold by the millions to churches
across the land.
In segregating the practice of communion from the general
assembly of the believers, Paul continues the concept that all
the believers are not automatically viewed by the LORD favorably. Just as Paul
said all of the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, “but
with many of them God was not well pleased” (I Corinthians 10:5), the
same analogy occurs in Corinth when the Apostle points out the deficiencies of
This is not an issue of salvation, for all
who passed through the Red Sea – regardless if they were in full accord
with the will of the LORD or not – were still Israelites. Thus,
analogously speaking, all who profess JESUS CHRIST as their LORD and Saviour are saved
(Romans 10:9), and part of the temple the LORD has constructed. In fact, it is
in this very letter to the Corinthians we learn that the Gospel of salvation in
Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Spiritual city seen in Revelation.
“For we are laborers together with God…ye are
God’s building” (I Corinthians 3:9).
However, just as God was “not well pleased” with
every Israelite who came out of Egypt under Moses,
God was “not well pleased” with every Spiritual Israelite who came
out of the world under Paul. Moreover, Paul
continues the analogy of the body of Christ as a Spiritual building, and
acknowledges that the grace of God allowed him to lay the foundation for that
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, stubble – every man’s work shall be
made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be
revealed by fire” (I Corinthians 3:12, 13).
This is the same “fire” which Zechariah
said God will use to purify the “third part” – whereas the
“two parts” which are not of the LORD will be “cut off and
“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith
the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third
shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire,
and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried:
they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people:
and they shall say, The Lord is my God” (Zechariah 13:8, 9).
Thus, if the “foundation” of the Gospel is used
to construct a building consisting of “hay” or
“stubble,” the “fire” of the LORD will burn away the chaff
– an agrarian term for the useless waste left over after the harvest.
“He will…gather his wheat into the [barn]; but he
will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew
When this purifying process occurs, if the
“building” was constructed with anything other than the truth, the
foundation is all that will remain.
“If any man’s work abide which he hath built up it,
he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss; but himself shall be saved” (I Corinthians 3:14, 15).
In this regard, we once again note how Paul is using the narratives
in the Old Testament (in this case, the writings of Zechariah),
to apply the timeless truth to the Christians in the New Testament church in
For instance, when Zechariah says that the
triune man consisting of Flesh, Blood, and Spirit will see the “third
part” (obviously the Spirit) “left therein” after the
Flesh and Blood have long since dissolved, the prophet goes on to tell us the
“two parts…shall be divided [when] the day of the Lord
cometh” (Zechariah 14:1).
This is the same “day of the Lord” that Paul
says will reveal our true Spiritual construction.
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest; for
the day [of the LORD] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by
fire” (I Corinthians 3:12, 13).
The reader may well remember that John the Baptist said that
JESUS CHRIST will
baptize His people with “fire” (something that could not possibly
occur literally), and that fire is the same Spiritual cleansing
that Zechariah said the LORD will utilize, when He
“bring[s] the third part through the fire [to] refine them”
Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of how Paul continued
to articulate the Spiritual reality of salvation was related to consuming
things sacrificed to idols. This complex truth is difficult to articulate, for
even though the ancients were commonly confronted with the opportunity to share
in a meal consisting of meat which was sacrificed to various devils, modern
Christians never see “Barbecued Beef Butchered For Baal” on
the menu at a favoured restaurant.
And yet, this cautionary note was a central theme seen
throughout the Scriptures. For example, when Paul disputed with
the legalists in Jerusalem (who wanted to require circumcision of the Gentile
Christians), the one point they all easily agreed upon was to avoid things
sacrificed unto idols.
“Wherefore, my sentence is, that we trouble not…the
Gentiles [who ] are turned to God; But that we write unto them, that they
abstain from pollutions of idols…” (Acts 15:20).
In fact, it is the same offense which Revelation
condemns in the mysterious Jezebel, as well as those who held to
the doctrine of Balaam – both figures from centuries
earlier in the Old Testament, and long gone in the Christian era.
“Thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam,
who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to
eat things sacrificed unto idols…” (Revelation 2:14).
Likewise, the Spiritual similitude of the wicked queen Jezebel,
was also mentioned:
“Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a
prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and
to eat things sacrificed unto idols” (Revelation 2:20).
Considering the fact that Paul was also adamant on
this very same subject in his reproof of the Corinthian Christians (I
Corinthians 8:4), we will undoubtedly benefit if we discern the contemporary
equivalent, for it is surely present in the Twin Timelines.
However, that probe will have to wait for our next installment.
To Be Continued
-- James Lloyd
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