|Deuteronomy 18 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the [burnt] offerings to the LORD burned by fire, which is His portion.
2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.
3 And this shall be the priest's due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is and ox or a sheep; and they shall give the priest the shoulder, the two cheeks, and the stomach.
4 You shall also give him [the Levite] the first fruit of your grain, of your wine, of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep.
5 For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, both him and his sons forever.
6 And if a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he resided, and comes with all the desire of his mind to the place which the LORD shall choose;
7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brothers the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD.
8 They shall have equal portions to eat, besides what comes from the sale of his family possessions.
9 When you have come into the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to follow after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or who uses divination, one who interprets omens, an enchanter, a witch,
11 A charmer, a medium with familiar spirits, a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD; and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out [of the land in battle] from before you.
13 You shall be perfect with the LORD your God.1
14 For these nations, which you shall possess, have listened to interpreters of omens, and to diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.
16 According to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, so that I will not die.'
17 And the LORD said to me, 'They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not heed [listen to and obey] my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.2 [The prophet is Jesus, the new covenant of light given to all nations; so this warning applies to all nations, all men. Jesus, the light given to every man that comes into the world, so they might believe, John 1:7,9, anonymously pleads with every man to turn from his evil ways; and when a man dies, those words he heard and ignored will be remembered, and will judge him. John 12:48.]
21 And if you say in your heart, 'How will we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?'
22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not follow or come to pass, those are the words that the LORD has not spoken, but the prophet has spoken them presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."
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1 You shall be perfect with the LORD your God. Being perfect: What Christendom wants to deny as possible because if they accept its possibility, then they have to get busy and go to work to kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry. Col 3:5. Then they have to through the Spirit mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body, to live. Rom 8:13. Then they have to admit that For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8. Then they would have to admit the intention of the Holy Spirit's appointing preachers and teachers was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church), until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the knowledge of the Son of God, that at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ's own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. Ephesians 4:11-13.
2 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not heed [listen to and obey] my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. That prophet to be raised up like Moses was Jesus Christ, who only spoke what he heard the Father say, only did what he saw the Father do, and only judged as he heard the Father judge. Jesus said:
And the Jews did not listen to him. Instead they insisted that the Romans crucify him: They [the multitude of Jews] all said to him [Pilate, the Roman governor],
"Let him be crucified." Mat 27:22-23.
We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God." John 19:7
Then all the people answered, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children." Mat 27:25
And so, thirty-seven years later, the curse came to pass:
The end of the Jewish Kingdom was in 70 AD. In the first of several Jewish rebellions against Rome, most of the Jews were massacred and the temple in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Roman Prince, Titus, in 70 AD. Titus, who later became emperor of Rome, was the son of the Emperor Vespasian. Josephus, a first century historian, wrote that 1.1 million Jews died and hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country and into exile and slavery. The severity of Rome's destruction of Israel stemmed from The Great Revolt of the Jews against the Roman Empire in which Jewish rebels defeated the XII Roman Legion, killing 6,000 Roman troops and wounding many more — it was one of the worst defeats in Roman history, a humiliating defeat by a Jewish rag-tag group of rebels, and with loss of the legion's aquilla or Eagle, (Rome's standard); and because the Eagle symbolized Rome, (Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost), Rome was insulted, shocked, outraged, and resolved to inflict severe retribution on the Jews.
In a later Jewish rebellion against Rome in 135 AD, the Roman Emperor Hadrian further destroyed Jerusalem and Israel. Cassius Dio, a second century historian, counted 580,000 Jews killed, 50 fortified towns and 985 villages destroyed, and all the remaining Jews exiled to countries throughout the Roman Empire and eventually scattered and re-scattered throughout the world.
And God's warning: whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him, came to pass for each man when they experienced the Day of the Lord at their death. See Howgill's outstanding writing describing the Day of the Lord for the righteous and the wicked.
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