Re: Is the book of Revelation Chronological
Not according to James! Actually you answered your own objection when you asked the question "is that even faith?" A mere intellectual assent and verbal profession is not faith. When I say we must endure in the faith, I mean the Biblical definition of living faith. If we have living faith, we will obey and if we remain in living faith we will endure. We are not saved by faith and works, we are saved by faith that works. Faith without works is dead, works without faith are filthy rags in Gods sight.
Sure. Atleast in part. Enduring in works, and in trials must also have their part.
If it sounds like I'm being picky, isn't this exactly where most pseudo-Christians fall down? "Oh, I believe in Jesus", and that's as far as it goes. They think that saying that gives them a free pass into heaven. But is that even faith? (Rom 5:3-5).
I agree with what you wrote here. I do respectfully disagree with you on the point that God has cast away the nation of Israel forever. Can we can agree to disagree on this point?
An interesting point to consider. Certainly, the sacrifices at the temple ceased. And, no doubt, many other features, which I could not think of, as well. Nevertheless, the law was still in place. The seventy years of desolation was given in accord with law regarding the sabbaths of the land. And, the restoration was fully and repeatedly prophesied, showing that the system itself had not yet come to its conclusion.
Do you mean ten days after Christ's sacrifice was presented in Heaven? For the day of Pentecost was 10 days after the ascension. Are you speaking of Christ entering into the Holy Place in heaven?
It does, yes. But the mediator between men and God allows for a fundamental shift. Spiritual Israel could never be realized prior to this. That is why the outpouring of spirit at Pentecost 33CE was such a significant event (Acts 2:1-4). This took place just 10 days after Christ's sacrifice was presented.
I suppose because Christ had not yet come and fullfilled His work of Redemption, ( death, burial, resurrection, ascension, High priesthood). Yet they were justified by their faith in what christ would do, just as we are justified by faith in what Christ has already done. I believe that justification has always been by faith.
"And yet all these, although they had witness borne to them through their faith, did not get the fulfillment of the promise." Heb 11:39
The mystery of God is the fullfillment of the promises made by God to His servants the prophets. There are many aspects to this mystery. Are we in agreement on this?
So, are we any closer to answering the question of the sacred secret?
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.