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A Day’s Wage for an Hour’s Work? 

June 13, 2017
Christ’s parable of the 11th hour workers that got a day’s wage (Matthew 20) is about His offer to us!
“He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we do our part in His wedding parable, but we will be beaten with “stripes” if we ignore this, Lk 12:44-48. This is important or He wouldn’t be mixing the highest possible reward and the fear of loss and a beating as a motivation for us, and this is real, not an internet scam!
The Good News is that we can do it if we understand (stand under, support) the meaning of His words. A key to understanding is that this is a wedding parable (Lk 12:36) and “every prophecy is an explana-tion of some other prophecy.” Educ Pioneers gave the ‘midnight cry’ in 1844, but it didn’t fit as they expected. The Angel told John who typified their experience that he must prophesy again, Rev 10:11.
Pioneers overlooked the context of the judgment in Daniel 7:10. Verses before and after refer to “great words” of the little horn,” but after Napoleon took the pope prisoner, not many great words in 1844. But in 2015, the pope had “great words” for the Congress and the UN was on the Day of Atonement! With missing ingredients from 1844 satisfied, we can and “must prophesy again,” Rev 10:11.
“Again” means to give the same messages that pioneers misunderstood. The 1st angel’s message is not about the world burning. The Greek word in Rev 14:7 is krisis, and it’s appropriate now. “The Bride-groom comes” is not about a rapture. God executed judgment on Egypt and took Israel to a covenant that He regarded as marriage, Jer 3:14. In that same way, we will have an opportunity to marry Christ because Paul included the Exodus in “all those things happened to them for examples,” 1Cor 10:1,11.
Egypt killed babies; the US has aborted 60 million. Egypt enslaved people; the US has enslaved nearly all with alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, Rx drugs falsely called ‘healthcare’ when it’s the #1 cause of death, gambling, sex, perversion, crime, violence on TV, movies, rock or rap music; we’re ripe for judgment.
Adventism is focused on ‘Sunday,’ but the world hasn’t heard the 1st angel’s message of judgment.
It takes judgment to marry wisely and “the Bridegroom comes” fits with the 1st angel’s message. As a “sudden, unlooked-for calamity” fell on Egypt, Ellen White applies those words for us in COL 412. This is a stern introduction to the wedding parables where the ‘remnant’ have their city burned for no interest in the wedding feast, Matt 22:6,7, KJV. We should rather be the “king’s servants” who bid others to the feast, but how is the wedding a feast?

A Dozen Reasons for Christians to Observe the Biblical Festivals, and Why They’re Not Jewish!

#1. Before Jews, God created the sun and moon for mo’ed, appointed times, Gen 1:14. Appointed for whom?

#2. These mo’ed applied to “the feasts of the Lord” in Leviticus 23:2,44. It doesn’t say Jewish, but God wanted Jews to evangelize the world with open borders to friendly “strangers within thy gates.” Exod 20:10

#3. They were enforced as a “statute forever.” Lev 23 Did God forget they would be ‘nailed to the cross’?

#4. God says, “I change not.” Mal 3:6. Christ affirmed this–“Till heaven and earth pass, not one yod… (smallest letter of Hebrew alphabet) shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18.

#5. Christ fulfilled the sacrificial part of those times so that we don’t need to kill lambs, but Passover also included judgment (Exod 12:12) and they “are a shadow of things to come.” Col 2:17. [Note: Catholic trans-lators added “is” and changed the meaning; the text could read, Don’t let any person judge how you keep these times; the body of Christ (local church) decides. Zeph 1:7,8 supports end-time judgment at Passover.

#6. Paul kept those times with Greek believers in Acts 20:6; 1Cor 5:8 & said to follow his example. 1Cor 11

#7. Paul’s fear for the Galatians was their efforts to earn salvation by works. The meaning of the Greek in Gal 4:10 was observing the law to the minutest detail. As ‘hair-splitters’ they lost the Spirit of the festival.

#8. The Protestant reformers all saw the papacy as the little horn of Daniel 7:25 that would change time law The papacy admits changing Sabbath to Sunday and abolishing the Jewish festivals (God’s feasts, Lev 23).

#9. Before His return, Christ said Elijah “shall first come and restore all things.” Matt 17:11. The context is seen as the law of Moses with statutes enforcing the appointed times in Lev 23, Mal 4:4,5; Ezek 20:11,12

#10. Readiness for His return is based on those times! Christ’s last six parables have timing specific for 2nd Passover, “as the days of Noah” when the Flood had Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Gen 7:11 The next parable begins, “Then shall two be in the field…” Then means at the same time! The next parable has the goodman not knowing when to watch, but Prov 7:19,20 shows he is on a long journey and returns at yom kece, full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but ‘long journey’ means 2nd Passover, Num 9:10,11

The evil servant begins to smite, ‘Then’ [same timing] it’s like 10 virgins, but when five missed a wedding Christ said, You don’t eido/understand, for [because] it’s like a man traveling to a far country, Num 9:10,11 2nd Passover is a clue for the last 3 parables also. Laodicea is ‘naked,’–loins not girded with truth, Eph 6:14.

#11. The wedding parables have links or imagery to Passover. “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we are ‘watching’ (gregoreo means awake and it was only commanded at Passover, Exod 12; Matt 26:38 in contrast to the servant who isn’t watching–he’s beaten with stripes. Please read Luke 12:35-48. It shows we have everything to gain and only sleep to lose one night in order to claim this richest promise. Why not?

#12. Many will say, ‘Lord, we did many good things’ and He will say, ‘I never knew you.’ Matt 7:14. The Greek word, ginosko, means intimate love as in the marriage covenant. The wedding parables all have Passover timing. To be ready, we need to observe these times in a spiritual way. As one commentator says…

“As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” DA 652. There is no biblical basis for quarterly, monthly or weekly communion. The Lord’s Supper prepares us for the greatest night of Old & New Testament events–‘watch and pray’ as Christ asks, Matt 26:38-41.  Watching would protect the goodman to prevent loss, Matt 24:43, sudden destruction in 1Thess 5:1-6; Rev 3:3. ‘Judgment begins at the house of God’ at (2nd) Passover, See Zeph 1:8 cited in 9T 93,95 The types that relate to the 2nd advent [judgment] must be fulfilled at time of symbolic service GC399.4 Ex 12:12

Questions or wish to discuss? Please call Richard Ruhling, 928 583 7543 (8-8 PT) or email Ruhling7@juno.com

To the intent that “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.”

PS: If we are tempted to ‘wait and see,’ we won’t be ready for ‘immediately’ in Luke 12:36—please call!

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