Sunday, January 11, 2015
Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth – Part 41 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
At the end of my blog I always make the statement “God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question.” In over 40 years attending church in America, I have found very few people questioning the doctrines presented by the pastor, Bible teacher, evangelist, or prophet. What they have believed for decades must be the truth because no one has presented anything different. Yet, if someone presents something different he/she is marginalized, rather than considered.
Let me give you an example. When I first published my book in 2008 on the subject of my blog, which solves the riddles, enigmas & esoteric imagery of Revelation, while proving through historical documentation that most of Daniel, Olivet Discourse, and Revelation have been fulfilled, all Christian bookstores kicked me out, refusing to even read it – none would put it on their shelves.
We must look at the scriptures with new eyes and let them speak for themselves, not what tradition dictates. The only unity that I have seen in the mainstream denominations is their agreement on the modern end-time doctrine – a false doctrine outlined in the Scofield Study Bible, published in 1909 and integrated into the curriculum of Bible schools all over America within a decade. Scofield’s end-time doctrine contradicted 1800 years of understanding on this subject.
When we were last together, we were studying the prophecy of Jesus Christ in the Parable of the Wedding Feast. I asked, “Why did God call the man without the Wedding Garment – friend?” When God came into the Wedding Hall…he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment…so he said to him, friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?…Matt. 22:12.
The word friend in the original Greek language is hetairos meaning: clansman – tribe. By calling this man friend God was acknowledging him as part of His heavenly family – tribe. But since he was not wearing a Wedding Garment – robe of righteousness – he could not participate in the marriage supper of the Lamb.
God had to call His servants to unceremoniously escort the improperly clothed friend out of the Wedding Hall – then the king said to the servants, bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…Matt. 22:13. I was taught that this man was cast into Hell, but my question bothered and stymied my Bible teachers – “How did this man wander into the Wedding Hall if he wasn’t a resident of Heaven?”
What is the meaning of the symbolism bind him hand and foot? Metaphorically, binding the man hand and foot symbolizes the bondage he still experiences, though he is in Heaven, because he did not pursue the righteousness of God while he lived on the earth.
Only by renewing his mind to the things of God could this believer be set free from the bondage of the world, and its enticements that made him earthly minded, rather than heavenly minded…as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall bear the image of the heavenly Man…I Cor. 15:49.
Although this man is saved, the house he built on the earth burned up at the Great White Throne judgment, because he did not bear the image of the heavenly Man. God was not glorified by the works accomplished by this believer when he was on the earth. No darkness of error is able to survive the brilliance of the glory of God, so this believer, who wasted his life on the earth, squandering the talents God had given him, was cast into outer darkness – exterior of Heaven – far from the brilliance of the Throne of God.
I explained in my last blog that outer darkness is not Hell or the Lake of Fire like I had been taught by my denomination – I looked up the Greek meaning of the words, prompting more investigation for the truth. When a believer stands before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment, all secrets are revealed by His penetrating gaze – who knows all things.
If the house this believer built on the earth burns up in the presence of His brilliant glory – he will be cast into outer darkness – where he will suffer great loss…I Cor. 3:15. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…Matt. 22:13. What is the great loss that could cause such intense sobbing, inconsolable sorrow, mourning, grief and rage – after all, he is in Heaven.
Believers have always told me they don’t care about anything else, rewards and the like, just seeing the face of Jesus is enough. If seeing Jesus face-to-face could cause great loss I must find out what is the great loss that I could suffer, and how to prevent it. I don’t want to see this face of Jesus!
I already know that the great loss is being denied the privilege of attending the Wedding of God’s Son – will historical documentation and scripture prove my claim? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…