Parenthetical Insertion

The Lord chose Abraham, a righteous man, to be the father of a great nation. He made multiple promises to Abraham regarding his posterity. The Lord’s plan was for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to be His chosen, His bride. According to Hebrew tradition, the Lord spoke the Ten Commandments, the spiritual marriage contract, on the Day of Pentecost. Sadly, while Moses was on Mount Sinai to receive the marriage contract, the bride was committing spiritual adultery with the golden calf.

Although the Lord blessed Israel, they continually disobeyed and disregarded Him. As proclaimed in Isaiah 65:1; “I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not: I said, Behold Me, behold Me, unto a nation that was not called by My name.”

The Lord was found by the Gentile peoples, who were not even looking for Him. Praise His name! But, the plan was, and has always been, about the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We Gentiles are a parenthetical insertion into the Plan of God.

This is shown to us in several ways. One is the pattern found in the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. There are nine books addressed to Jews or Jewish subjects (Matthew-Galatians). These are followed by nine books addressed to Gentiles and Gentile churches (Ephesians-Philemon). Then there are nine books again addressed to Jews or Jewish subjects (Hebrews-Revelation). The Church is the Gentile parenthetical insertion.

While on Mount Sinai, Moses received instructions for seven appointed times, commonly called “feasts.” These include three Spring feasts and three Fall feasts. In between these is the feast of Pentecost.

As you know, the Church was first given the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. On that day some three-thousand were baptized, and it is considered by many as the “birthday” of the Church.

Some Bible scholars believe the Church will be called Home (Raptured) on the feast of Trumpets. Others believe this will occur on Pentecost. This latter opinion certainly fits the idea of the Church being a parenthetical insertion. The historian Flavius Josephus adds fuel to the argument with this story:

“Moreover, at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the temple,] as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of a great multitude, saying, ‘Let us remove hence.’” (Wars of the Jews, Book VI, Chapter 5, Paragraph 3, Section 22 – emphasis added)

Of course, I have no idea if the Lord Jesus will call us on Pentecost, and even if so, I do not know which Pentecost. But it is very interesting.

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day.” – First Thessalonians 5:4-5.

Pray for a Great Awakening of the lost. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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