Without understanding the verse below and the meaning of the key words in it, end time events can pass by and we will not recognize them.
I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type”), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”
Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says about this word #5179: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”
“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”
“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”
Study this carefully. The things that happened in Bible history that were written down have a tremendous lesson for us. They are examples for us to imitate. What happened in the past will be imitated by us, the end time Christians. This certainly does not mean every tiny thing. I do not think we can know for sure until we live and experience events and then confirming signs will follow.
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Ancient Israel, the forefathers that we are imitating, was on their way into the physical Promised Land. All end time Christians are on the way to a Spiritual Promised Land. That is the big difference in how we imitate what our forefathers did. They set a physical example. We will experience a spiritual application of their example. Let us consider a few of the things that will be imitated. There was an original Elijah that we read about in the Old Testament. There was John the Baptist who was considered another Elijah example. There will be an end time Elijah. The verses below promise that.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Mat 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come
11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Study these verses carefully. In Malachi 3:1, Elijah prepares the way before Christ. John the Baptist did that. The end time Elijah will prepare the way before Christ’s Second Coming. In Malachi 4:5-6 the end time Elijah stirs people up to repentance. In Mathew 17:11 the true knowledge to repentance and salvation is restored. This process to salvation has been mixed up by Satan since Christ was on earth originally. The phrase “restore all things” means the things necessary for salvation. Remember: WE DO THE SPIRITUAL APPLICATION. Physical problems in God’s creation will not be among the things restored as the end time work begins. Once we come into contact with the end time Elijah, we will be able to see a clear path to eternal life.
In Luke 1:17 this man makes ready a people prepared for the Lord. In other words, we have to come in contact with what he teaches to be prepared for the Lord. The end time Elijah will be the spearhead in God’s end time work on earth.
This comparison could go on and on. The apostles of the New Testament Church will be imitated. There will be men doing the same work that John, Paul, Peter, and the other apostles did. These men will probably have other names, but they will be doing the same kind of work.
The many physical battles that ancient Israel fought will be fought by us on a spiritual level. Remember that what happened physically to them was written down and we will imitate it spiritually. A lot of what the NewTestament Church did will be imitate or copied by us on a much larger scale. We will be doing and seeing miracles just like the New Testament Church did. We will do and see even greater miracles than Christ performed.
Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
I am sure that every end time Christian will not do greater miracles than Christ, but there will be some among us who will have huge amounts of faith. These mighty miracles will take mighty amounts of faith. You can be one of these mountains of faith if you want it. That is between you and Christ personally. Faith has to be developed and grown. Faith has to be exercised. You exercise faith by asking God for things needed and then trusting Him patiently until He provides these things.
God supplies NEEDS, not WANTS. If you need a new suit or dress, God will supply it. If you want five new suits and five new dresses, God will not supply that.
Understanding 1 Corinthians10:11 opens a map of how the end time work will be done. Most of the “things that happened and were written down” provide a FRAMEWORK for the end time church to work within. We can learn to deal with the many problems that we will face in doing the work by seeing written in the Bible how the New Testament Church dealt with them. Imitating what happened before us will make the work easier to do as we guide people to eternal life.
Caution: When people think of Elijah, they think of miracles. It is very clear from the verses above that John the Baptist was the Second Elijah, yet John the Baptist DID NO MIRACLES.
John 10:41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
John the Baptist’s message was REPENT, REPENT, REPENT. He will be imitated in the end time. Watch for the man who is hammering on repentance. A lot of what he is saying will be new information for us.
Published December 25, 2010
© Edgar Y. Bennett
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