Part Three

In part two we find that the golden lampstand, or menorah, represents God’s Word and accurately divides the books of the Bible into subjects. We begin with the fourth branch, which is the center of the menorah. This position is also known as the Servant Lamp.

IV – The next set contains twelve books and is very clear. It is the twelve books of so-called “minor” prophets. They are called minor only because their works are smaller. They are not minor in importance.

V – The next set of nine books includes Matthew through Galatians. These books were written to a Hebrew audience. The Book of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25 have you ever wondered why the bride is not mentioned? It is because the groom is Jesus the Christ and the bride is the Christian Gentile nations! Matthew through Galatians were written to Jews. Galatians uses Jewish pictures for its Jewish audience (Galatians 4:8-10, 4:21-31, 6:12-16).

VI – The center set of nine books in the New Testament includes Ephesians through Philemon. Ephesians does not use the Jewish pictures as does Galatians. In fact, Paul tells the Ephesians that he is a preacher to the Gentiles in chapter three.

The little Book of Philemon concludes the Gentile portion of the New Testament. It is a picture of the Church coming home! It is a story of the Rapture! Onesimus, the worthless slave, is a type of the Church. Paul, in this story, is a type of Jesus. Onesimus was a slave to sin and Paul paid his debts, even though Onesimus owed Paul his life. Onesimus, which means “profitable”, then returned home.

VII – The last set of nine books is addressed again to a Hebrew audience. It starts with Hebrews and concludes with The Revelation, which tells the story of the tribulation of the Jews in the final days and the final atonement for Israel. In Jeremiah 30:1-7 the prophet is telling of a time when the Lord will bring Israel back from captivity. He describes it as a day like no other. “It will be awful. None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob.” (verse 7). Another name for Jacob is Israel. The time of trouble, or tribulation, will be for the Children of Israel.

Please notice that the “Gentile books” of the New Testament are bracketed by the Jewish books. There are nine books addressed to a Jewish audience, then nine books addressed to a Gentile audience, then nine more books addressed to Jews. This explains the statement of Jesus that “the first will be last and the last will be first”. The Jews were the first to receive the Word, but will be the last to be blessed by it. The Gentiles were the last to receive the Word, but are the first to be blessed by it. Praise His Name!!

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