TWO GOSPELS?


Some Evangelical Christian Churches teach two Gospels: the Kingdom Gospel and the Gospel of Grace. Since there are two peoples, the Jew and the Gentile Christian what the apostle Paul preached was his gospel, which he directed to the Gentiles. Paul specifically spoke of being grafted into the cultivated olive tree by grace, which the Jew is.

[Romans 11:24] For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

Paul used the term ‘my gospel’ three times, (Romans 2:16, 16:25 & 2Timothy 2:8). Paul’s gospel was the gospel of grace after the cross and although he saw Jesus in a vision and heard his voice on the way to Damascus Paul did not know Jesus the way the twelve knew Him; hence he uses this expression:

[2Corinthians 5:16] Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

Today we have disputes about these two gospels, which are being interpreted as: one is meant for Judaism and the Jews; and the other for the church and Gentile Christians.

Once you make two camps out of God’s people the cultivated and the grafted, you start to organize, define, indoctrinate and then control. This futile work of flesh leads to nowhere else but to even more confusion and complication of something plain.

THE KINGDOM GOSPEL


[Matthew 24:14] This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

In the gospels this expression gospel of the kingdom is being used five times; three times the gospel of grace and three times my gospel - in Paul’s letters. Paul almost singlehandedly created the Christian Church, which for the greater part excluded the Jew from its ranks. 

Why it is being interpreted this way is hard to explain for there are too many twists and turns making it a very tedious work. So we won’t even go there. What we will signify is the two schools of thought and that in my view comes from dualism.

Dualism is a watered-down polytheism, out of many we come down to two forces, entities or even divinities, the Almighty God vis-à-vis Satan. This dualistic thinking constantly departs from one God and interprets the Bible with exactly this dualistic frame of mind. Consequently, all other ideas follow suit.

The Kingdom Gospel is comprised into one.

[Matthew 10:5-6]  These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; [6] but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” [15:24] But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

[Luke 15:4, 6] What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? [6] And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!

These views portray the gospel of the kingdom to be for the Jews only and Paul’s gospel of grace for the Gentiles only. This organization of thoughts—and with those thoughts also camps—leads only but to a rift and more confusion. Based on these renditions, the Christian Church is then labeled as the Bride of Christ and it goes in rapture before tribulation; while the Jew stays on earth during this final holocaust. Another supposition is this: the Christian Church cannot function in the Jewish camp that’s why it must go before the Jew goes through tribulation.

What a terrible fix we find ourselves in. This totally unnecessary mulling over the New Testament brings only confusion. It’s a waste of time, but not according to the proponents of these ideas. They honestly think that they teach the truth and are on the right track with their thinking.Yet, it is only thinking, and believing to be so, or ought to be so.

FAITH = RIGHTEOUSNESS


Believing itself, in the Christian mind, constitutes righteousness; and based on that belief there is nothing else to do but only believe. 100% of the time the word believing is being used in the context of something magical and miraculous. There is more to believing or accepting something as being true. There is the little faith, great faith and God's gift of faith, which moves mountains. 

[Romans 4:3] For what does the Scripture say? “ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” [Galatians 3:6] Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. – Apostle Paul.

But Jacob the brother of Jesus said,

[James 2:19-25] You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. [20] But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? [21] Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? [22] You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; [23] and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. 2[4] You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. [25] In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? [26] For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

The point James is making is that Abraham did indeed take his son Isaac to Mt. Moriah, which was three days walk, and he was about to sacrifice him on the alter. Thus Abraham activated his faith. God intervened and Abraham’s fruit of faith was no longer mental (acceptance of something as being true), but actual. This supernatural intervention can be deemed as being miraculous, and such it was. Can we conclude that without the work of faith the miraculous is inactive? Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 & 20 “You will know them by their fruits.” – Therefore, words and deeds.

This leads to two places. Let’s start with [Genesis 9:27] May God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.

Everyone knows that Japheth was the ancestor of the Greek people through Javan. Apostle Paul spread his gospel of grace mostly to the Greek people. Christianity became a separate religious camp although it was an offshoot of the Hebrews and no longer dwelled in the tent of Shem. By developing its own theology, separate from the Jewish root, Christianity went a bit too far in exalting itself. God abases the proud and exalts the humble; therefore no matter how much you believe in what you teach and hear it will not happen according to your belief. It will happen the God’s way, which in all humility being subject to the guidance of the Holy Spirit we must study.  

See or not see death
The other verse is from the Gospel of [John 8:51] Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death. Jesus’ brother Jacob (James) grasped it well for it was the doing and KEEPING of the word and not just believing that bypasses death. Not seeing any kind of death is quite interesting; a prize one should go after at any cost. Man’s way is to settle things in theology. But God’s way is to leave things undefined and moving in the progression of time. Let God have His own way; in time He will perfectly explain it all to us because exactly for this reason He had sent the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). When the Spirit of Truth really teaches us; it is in such a way that no one can disagree. It is tight, logical and perfect.     

Finally, Jesus said in [John 14:15] if you love Me, you will keep My commandments. These words are quickly converted into believing only, which to the Gentile mind means keeping. Why? Greeks loved philosophy, thinking and imagining. These characteristics are typical Greek and these ideas were used to Hellenize the Jews.

Love is a deed and not only an emotion. Love requires connection, cooperation and exchange.


Hellenization had the profoundest impact on the monotheistic Jewish mind. Besides it being already impaired in Medo-Persia where Jews played with Zoroastrianism and from which came dualism; it also passed through the Greek philosophizing, imagining; mental ramblings from which also came the Book of Jubilees, the Watchers and the Book of Enoch. These three pieces or literature are imbecilic for they draw us away from God and His oneness. The Almighty is sovereign over all of His creation and fully in charge of it, yet human idiots dared to take away from Him that authority and power. These fools not only led themselves astray but through their writings the countless many. Anyone attributing gaps and even the tiniest impotence to God is mentally impaired.

These strong words are being used on purpose and here are the reasons.

  
1.   Heaven contains no boundary and no measurable territory one can fight over; hence, war is out of question. How does one war without weapons? Whose weapon is more powerful; God’s breath of life, which gives and takes; or Satan’s His created angel?  
2.   Heaven is spiritual in which physical objects measure no time. No time means eternity. To plot one needs time. How high is heaven? Is it not among us and within us? So from which height did Lucifer fall? If Satan fell then where did he go? We can speculate until cows come home. There is no Satan’s Bible for he wrote none, God did.
3.    Heaven has no darkness, no moon and no stars; God is the light; hence, no plot can be hidden for heaven is the Kingdom of the Truth and perfect light. There is nothing hidden and no lie can be found therein; all is open like the letter one reads.
4.    Angels do not have the free will, as the flesh-and–blood humans do, their will is God’s will. The Firstborn Son of God exemplified this characteristic by saying, [John 6:38] For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
5.     Angels are winds, flames (Psalms 104:4) and ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:7) and we shall be like them after resurrection (Luke 20:34-36. Like angels who are genderless and do not marry and so we shall also be. This also speaks of conception and birth of the will of man (John 1:13). Angels are incompatible with human flesh; therefore, the emergence of giants has to do with the sons of God (Luke 3:38), which Adam was.
6.   In John 14:27 Jesus gives us His kind of peace, not of this world… From where did He get this peace?
7.  God is perfect; heaven is perfect with perfect peace that surpasses all understanding; perfect love that casts out fear; and perfect joy, which is its fullness. Perfect means complete, tight with no gaps. The only gaps are in man’s mind regarding the Almighty God.          

When rapture comes then to what kind of heaven will the believers go? The same one from which Lucifer fell with the subordinate to him one third of angels. If one third then what is a myriad? Etc.
 
There is so much more to explain, but in this short narrative we cannot cover all ideas and make all ways straight. It takes time to be fully reformed.

THE ATTAINMENT OF PERFECTION


The mistake of separating the Gentile from the Jew is rooted in silly rivalries. The Gentile was not trained in God’s ways as the Jew was. Therefore Jesus said, Salvation is from the Jews (John 4:22). Something remains incomplete and even off-track when the Gentile does not learn anything from the Jew. Gentiles developed their own philosophy/theology and did not learn anything from the writers of the Bible. By distancing themselves from the Jewish culture, language and train of thought the Jewish Bible was viewed through the (proud) Gentile eye. Consequently, Christian theology contains many gaps and discrepancies.

Believing in the rapture, before tribulation, or rapture after tribulation is only a belief and it has no legs to stand on. It is Greek philosophizing and a waste of time, which could have been used on the improvement of our spiritual cognizance and the strengthening of our righteousness. After righteousness comes holiness, and after holiness comes perfection. And although it starts with the procurement of the liberating truth; it goes on to the development of righteous, holiness and perfection; something that is indeed compatible with God our Creator.

The source scripture: [Matthew 5:48] Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Since believing is the norm of righteousness then believing in perfection makes no sense; hence, in most people's minds perfection is unattainable. Yet, in 1John 1:8-9 we start the journey with sin confession and in 1John 3:9 & 5:18 we complete the journey with not sinning anymore. Theologically these two scriptures are discordant. But those who took the journey attain, and the closer they come to their destination the more they know that perfection is obtainable; hence TELEIOS applies to maturing... until perfection. In that sense, and when that happens; they are no longer under any religious earthly authority, but under God’s authority directly.

Since God is God, and He does not mature, nor does He attain; we must continue in the Spirit of Jesus when we use this Greek word TELEIOS. God is perfect. He does not attain. He is. We attain, grow and mature. 

[NOTE] In John 3:3-8 we read about seeing the Kingdom, entering and being born of the Spirit and becoming like wind whereas no one knows whence one comes and where one goes. These three stages of development are compared to three births. Theologically these three stages (John 3:3-8) do not agree, but when experienced they are beyond the scope of anyone’s interpretation or (correct or incorrect) theology.   

For this reason…

[Ephesians 4:11-13] And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, [12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a (perfect) mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

[Hebrews 6:1]  Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to (perfection) maturity.

In these three places we find the word perfection translated as maturity. This word TELEIOS, (TELEIOSETA and TELEION) means both maturity as well as perfection and it is used in Ephesians 4:13 as well as in Hebrews 6:1. Regardless how differently translations treat these two words in the context, there is the attainment, maturity and perfection; and it is not by thinking alone, but also practicing and keeping what one knows.

SALVATION & THE KINGDOM


Now we came to the point of understanding that God actually hardened and blinded the Jewish people, but only partially; until the fullness of the Gentiles have come in. When that final number of the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, as seen by God, is *complete then will come resurrection (Rom. 11:15). If I have surprised you here then that’s good.

*[NOTE] In Genesis 15:16 God said to Abraham that the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete; for that reason Abraham's descendants had to go to Egypt. After 470 years they conquered Canaan because by then Amorite iniquity was complete. 

The Lost sheep of the House of Israel are really Israel, which was dispersed and was mixed with the Goyim (nations) and lost its original identity as the (10) tribes of Israel. Only Judah and Levi (priests) remained, but the ten tribes were lost. Nonetheless the original covenant of God with Abraham, regarding his descendants, remains. If you will, you can call it the original and everlasting anointing, for God’s callings and gifts are irrevocable (Rom. 11:29). The timeless God sees it all; only we move in segments and periods; hence we see fragments. God sees it all at once without the interference of time’s intervals.

The dragnet that catches the fish (finds the lost sheep) is Christianity today in many forms. That was the prime call of Paul (not a Jew but a Benjaminate convert to Judaism) and exactly for this task.

God seeks His children and not converted into sheep wolfs. The prodigal son was lost and returned back to his father’s house. So it is with the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. The Gentile Christians, if they are really born again, are not really Gentiles. If they hate the *Jew then they hate their brother Yehuda the Jews.

*[NOTE] Only Judah was exiled to Babylon, not the ten tribes of Israel; by which time Israel was already dispersed and only remnants remained; hence the expression, Galilee of the Gentiles (Isaiah 9:1). When Judah returned from exile under Ezra and Nehemiah they were then called Jews. In Hebrew “Yehuda” means both Judah and Jews (Yehudeem in plural).

When one is saved one enters and that is not the final stage. One is saved by grace and lives by grace, thereby; one advances by going deeper into God’s Kingdom. What Kingdom? – The same Kingdom, which the Gospel of the Kingdom proclaims. There are not two gospels but one.

The apostle Paul was called to the Gentiles for Jesus had made him a fisherman of men; and yes, to find the lost sheep of the house of Israel dispersed among and mixed with the gentiles. Paul’s success was not fully understood by Peter and the Jerusalem church, which was still composed of Jewish believers only. They did not understand God’s plan, nor did they understand the words of their Master, “Do not go in the way of the Gentiles” because Israelites were lost through the loss of their original identity. They adopted the Gentile ways and blended; these, Jesus came to find, and bring in to the fold.

[John 10:16] I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

Reverberating the Old Testament prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah God in His omniscient (timeless) mind saw it all.

There are not two gospels and there is nothing special about the Church, just as there is nothing special about the Jew. Rivalry is futile. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). What it all leads to is self-nullification, which then acquires the God-identity, which Jesus had practiced. All things are then explained and made simple. 

IN CLOSING


Being saved is not the ultimate goal for as the word implies one is only saved from… One is in, and lives forever. But just as there are gradations of attainment, even perfection; we should not rest in the Gospel of Grace reassuring ourselves of being saved, but rather going deeper into God’s Kingdom. When you drown, and someone throws you a lifesaver, you do not sit on the lifesaver and drift to nowhere, but you get to the shore, or into a boat that brings you to the shore. Why this is so important? – Because of the danger of falling away and losing one’s soul.

Enjoying just the border is not enough for you can slip out of the Kingdom falling into a trap of just the fleshly pursuits and yes, even lose your salvation. Go deeper. Study God, His character, and the laws of the Kingdom for that is His will for you.


[Matthew 10:28] Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to *destroy (Greek APOLESAI) both soul and body in hell (*Gehenna).

*[NOTE] The Hebrew word “Abaddon” and its Greek equivalent “Apollyon” speak of utter destruction. It is also believed that an angel of destruction brings this about. Gehenna is a derivative of the Hebrew Gehinnom a valley of Ben Hinnom outside Jerusalem where refuse was being burned day and night. From this allegory comes hell.

Clearly, Jesus uses the word “destroy” and not eternal torment.           

Partake of the rich (Jewish) root of the cultivated olive tree (Rom. 11:17); these riches are not to be wasted. God’s dealings with Israel and then with Judah were for no other reason, but to introduce to the Gentiles His glory and His absolute sovereignty over the entire creation. For this God used Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel to show the kings of Babylon and Persia that there are no other gods. He shone His bright light into their darkened minds and revealed Himself as the only One God. The result was: the three kings, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and Cyrus proclaimed the God of the Jews to be the only one God in the whole world. Success! Mission accomplished. Jews returned home to Zion.

The same is happening today. As Jews return to Zion they leave behind Christianity, but only the remnant will be perfected. These changes happen right now. Those of us who are Israeli Jews (émigré) are called to teach the Gentile Christians their heritage today, and then close the chapter.   

God had temporarily and partially hardened, and blinded the Jew (Romans 11:8); until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. This fullness means the complete number of the lost sheep. All Israelites are then brought into the fold - the number only God knows about.

Just as Joseph in Egypt no longer looked like an Israelite, but like an Egyptian, so is the case with the lost sheep. They are not recognizable, except when they hear the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Grace. Whichever gospel stirs and triggers response it acts like a fisherman’s dragnet catching the fish God has in mind.

[Romans 10:14; 17] How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? [17] So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Clearly, there must be an evangelist, a sound and the addressing of a hearer. After that sound heaven is stirred bringing the heavenly gift of faith (1Corinthians 12:9). God's faith then comes to save.

Our faith accepts that which is being preached. In other words our faith makes room for God’s faith and that is called NAVEH in Hebrew, faith’s habitation.

Jews could not accept Christ as their Messiah 2000 years ago because it was not yet the time. In His omniscience God saw it all. He saw His lost sheep for He does not give up on something He Himself affixed to eternity. How could He? The means of finding them may be questionable to a Jew, but not to the Christian. Nonetheless, it is God’s way and not our theological way.

Look at God’s grace. God gave one dispensation to the Jew and another to the Gentile who still searches for identity. That identity is no race, culture, or religious belonging, but the Father of us all. Until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Rom. 11:25)… until then these two dispensations remain. By grace the Gentile is saved and grafted into the cultivated olive tree. But is the Gentile really partaking of this rich root?

We are in the overlapping period where God is about to humble the Christian pride in order to show even more grace, which leads to perfection and even the immortality Jesus had promised.   

[Ezekiel 37:19] ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’

Joseph was not integrated into Israel’s tribes, but instead his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Joseph is a type of Jesus. Egypt is synonymously called the world. Jesus is taken for a Christian god and does not look Jewish anymore. Joseph became the Egyptian god, unrecognizable to his brothers. Joseph and Ephraim and his companions… This is the Christian Church. There will come a time when only in famine Jesus can be recognized as the Messiah. This famine is coming.

[Amos 8:11] “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.”

God’s words are never complicated, but very clear for it is His truth. 

[Zechariah 12:10] I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

Jesus is not the only begotten, but the Firstborn Son of God. We are His siblings and so He gave us the right (John 1:12) to return to God as His children; not hirelings or laborers, but sons. Jesus was born in heaven and on earth, but born. The God of Israel was never born. Through the Firstborn we can return to our God.   

[Romans 11:32] For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.

If you have been blessed and your understanding has been augmented then please do not remain silent.

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  1. I read the whole script today and can only once again say thank you for this clear, simple and logical words of explanation. It was the thing to me with the rapture very confusing because I've heard so many different views and then for myself came to the conclusion just to give the no longer so much attention. Should I really need to know this, I'll find the right time and so this is now done in turn by Joseph Levi Ben. Thanks and thanks again for this wonderful simple explanation.

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