In the process of showing ( Tribulation and why ) we have seen where God spoke to three men. Adam, Noah and Abram. I shared with you that; after Abram, which became Abraham, God spoke through many different men during the period we call ( the age of law ). That period of time lasted somewhere around 2000 to 2500 years. If you remember, back in a previous segment . I shared two verses of scripture: ( Hebrews 1:1-2 ). In that verse of scripture it tells us that ( in the last days ) ( God spoke to them ) by his Son, Jesus Christ.

The Bible says in ( Romans 10:4 ) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.

We can look at that verse actually in two different ways. The most important is that ( he ) Jesus Christ is ( the righteousness of those that believe ). He became righteousness for everyone that could not be righteous for themselves. When he says that ( he is the end of the law for those that believe ); what that means is that we that believe are ( freed from the law of sin ). However, any person that doesn’t believe on him is still accountable to the law. That is a whole different study.

However, he also lived in the ( age of law ) and, his death brought an end to that concept of how God dealt with men. I realize that as I say that, it needs to be proven. Since I’m actually seeking to used by God’s spirit to explain ( Tribulation ), I’ll just say a few things here.

So, in essence, what ( was ) Jesus Christ? He was, and still is the ( Perfect Lamb of God ) the ( Perfect Sacrificed Lamb ). A good place to read about that is ( Hebrews 10 ). One of the best verses is ( verse 4 ) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. ( 5 ) Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offerings thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.

During the period of law; Israel had to bring a lamd we’ll say to the high priest each year to be sacrificed for their sin. This lamb had to meet certian criteria, just any lamb would not do. Often, when I saying this I’m reminded of a fact: when each family brought their lamb to be offered each year, the high priest never paid any attention to the man or, any member of his family. He didn’t look at any of them and asked them what sins that had committed or why. His total focus was on the lamb. He wanted to make sure the lamb was ( the perfect sacrifice ).

Jesus Christ became that ( perfect sacrifice for every sinner ). When we place our faith on his finished work then, God the Father is looking at that perfect sacrifice and never at our imperfection. Now, I’d like to make a comparison here. Since we read here in ( Hebrews ) that the blood they offered from those animals was not sufficient for their sin, yet they, by faith done it each year; what happened to those people when they died?

( I believe ) this is something we are never taught but, it is something we need to see and, understand. We can use several verses of scripture to see this. When ( Old Testament saints ) died; they could not go to the place we call heaven. Why? Because the perfect sacrifice had not been offered. The same way that ( New Teatament saints ) look back to the cross of Calvary by faith; the ( Old Testament saints ) looked foward to that same cross by faith. Thet put their trust in God that the perfect sacrifice would come.

When they died, the went to a place called ( paradise ). At that time, it was in the center of the earth. So, let’s prove this. The first place we’ll look is in ( Luke 16:26 ) And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

If you study this you will see that when the Lazarus died he was seen in Abraham’s bosom. That means he was in the same place Abraham was. However, when the rich man died, he lift up his eyes in hell! The only thing that seperated them was a great gulf. Now, if we go to ( Luke 23:43 ) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. This was Jesus on the cross speaking to the thief that asked him to remember him when he came into his kingdom.

Now, let’s look at ( Ephesians 4:8-10 ) Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. ( 9 ) ( Now that he ascened, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? ( 10 ) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above the all heavens, that he might fill all things.

( 1 Peter 3:19 ) By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

Here we see where Jesus went into ( hell ) ( paradise ). Personally, I believe he went to the paradise side of hell to deliver those saints that had ( believed on credit ) waiting for the perfect lamb to be crucified or offered; to which Jesus Christ was that lamb.

So, look what happened on the day that Jesus Christ was crucified; the time right after he gave up the ghost. ( Matthew 27:50-53 ) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. ( 51 ) And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; ( 52 ) And the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, ( 52 ) And came out of the graves after the resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

I’d like to share something here that I see and, might very well be true. I just notice little things in scripture. I showed you the scripture in ( 1 Peter 3:19 ). If you continue to read in ( verse 20 ) Which sometime were disobient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the Ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

I only point this out to show ( the longsuffering of God ). ( I believe ) it’s very possible that the very second the Jesus Christ ( gave up the Ghost ) many Old Testament saints were completely prepared at that second to then be carried up to their heavenly home. However, there might have been those that lived before the flood of Noah that did not understand the whole concept of faith and, possible had never even heard of any part of what Noah preached. Therefore, although many went up the second Christ gave up the ghost, many needed to be preached to at that time and therefore make a choice. I know that many people might not consisder this, but I do. As a matter of fact, there’s another verse we see in ( Acts 17:30 ) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

( I believe ) we can see ( the longsuffering of God ) in that verse all the way back to the beginning and, that’s why Jesus Christ went and preached to the ( spirits ) in prison. You see, these spirits were not necessarily believers but, God’s longsuffering reached out to them; even to this end.

We see that same concept during ( Tribulation period ). I’ll be addressing that when we get to that section in scripture. If we consider what happened when Jesus Christ Died on the cross, we see an end to something the Jews were privy to. The Bible says the ( the veil of the temple ) was rent from top to bottom. That means that; at that minute any person could walk right up to the very throne of God and present their request.

It’s so much to see and learn about the whole word of God. I can’t say it all. However, we must understand that God’s desire was to open the door of salvation to all men. As we see this unfold, that is exactly what he is doing. Do you remember we stated that this was the end of the ( 69 weeks ) spoken of by Daniel? Understanding all this is not a simple thing. God designed it not to be. His desire is for his people to care enough to seek him and allow him to teach them. So, what else happened at the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

We’ll look at that in the next segment as we see the ( Church ) begin to unfold. Also, where is Israel? We speak of ( Tribulation ). There is an understanding to be known. God’s desire is for his people to understand it all.

If God can use me to help you see something, to me; WHAT A GREAT HONOR! To be used by God’s spirit to teach, his word, through my body of flesh!

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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