OUTREACH SITE: Snow is falling from Jerusalem north into Lebanon and Syria, making driving
treacherous and some roads impassable. The weather and the fact that a US armada is sailing for the region and is not expected to arrive until late Feb may mean that fighting in Syria slows until spring.
For pics and the story on the flooding an dcollapse of Gaza tunnels and much more. Israel and Region Inundated Under Heavy Rain and Snow
NEWS: There are 12 inches of snow in Jerusalem and heavy rain or snow from southern Israel north through Lebanon and Syria. The US armada heading to the Middle East will not sail for several weeks yet.
Livni is self destructing and it appears that Likud/Beitbeinu will be the largest bloc in the Jan 22nd election. Who will be asked to try and form a government and the make up of any resulting coalition will be of critical importance for the immediate future.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tomorrow a post on DREAMS.
This post is in response to some questions about the third or poor tithe.
I am going to assume that the brethren know the scriptures on the subject so this will be an overview of the entire tithing system rather than a point by point on the many arguments.
Abraham gave Christ a tenth of the spoils of the victory over Chedorlaomer; this in acknowledgment that Christ gave that king into the hand of Abraham.
Jacob [probably having been taught this principle from Abraham] promised Christ a tenth of all that God would give him. The story is a very interesting one, for Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder to heaven and a promise directly from Christ, which inspired the promise of the tithe.
Notice that it was God who first promised blessings to Jacob and the ladder to heaven was indicative that Jacob had access to God in heaven, and that God’s angels were surrounding Jacob.
I will not dwell on this long, because I will be going through Genesis after ULB. Remember that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel and his descendants were physical Israel, which is a type of spiritual Israel. Physical Israel being called out of Egypt, and spiritual Israel is being called out of the spiritual Egypt of Satan’s world.
The Jacob Cvenant is an allegory of how God will care for his saints even in serious troubles if they will only obey trust in HIM. Notice that Jacob [Israel] promised a tithe of ALL that God would give him.
Gen 28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful [awesome, wonderful] is this place! this is none other but the house of God [Beth-El], and this is the gate of heaven.
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel [the house of God]: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
The following is a covenant between Israel [Jacob] and God [Christ]; with Jacob vowing to give back to God one tenth of the blessings that God gives them, as an allegory of the obligations of spiritual Israel.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
As of this point tithing is not a law; it is a covenant between God and Jacob; that God will bless the obedient, and that the obedient [Jacob, Israel] will return back to God one tenth of ALL their increase. Again I say that this is an allegory of what is expected of the [at that time] future Mosaic and New Covenant spiritual Israels.
Tithing was a covenant between God and Israel [Jacob] and not a law, until Sinai; when God commanded the tithing system and made tithing a commandment or law.
Notice that Jacob went down into Egypt with his children and families and there was no tithing except for Abraham and Jacob to Christ [Melchesidec] nor priesthood until Sinai, when Israel married Christ and the Mosaic Marriage Covenant was established between Christ and physical Israel.
At Sinai a new kind of kingdom was set up on the earth with the very Creator Jesus Christ, being the King of a physical nation.
It was intended from Sinai that this system of God and Israel, should be an example for the whole world, and an allegory of the future Kingdom of God; we know that physical Israel failed miserably to be an example of a godly kingdom.
Israel being called out of Egypt was an allegory of the spiritually called out of the spiritual Egypt of this society, but the analogy was not intended to end there. The physical kingdom of Israel was intended to be an allegory of the coming spiritual Kingdom of God!
The physical laws of the Mosaic Covenant were to be the same laws [expanded to include their spirit and intent] of the still coming Kingdom of God. That includes tithing!
The government was to be the priesthood and Israel was to be a theocratic nation in which the people tithed their increase to the priesthood, who then tithed to the high priest who payed for the Temple expenses. The priests were to officiate at the Tabernacle / Temple and were to teach all the people in the ways of God, for which local schools or synagogues were established in each city.
We know that Israel soon sought out human kings and turned away from God, but it was God’s intention to set up an example of his future Kingdom of God and how that would work.
In the coming kingdom of God, the whole world will adopt the tithing system, tithing a tenth of all their increase to the priesthood, who will in turn administer the government as kings and priests; teaching and ruling all nations.
There will be no war and need for expensive armies, no artificial government debts, no massive health problems, and no vast waste money schemes; in the Kingdom of God.
The Mosaic Covenant was a Marriage Covenant between Christ and Israel; in which Christ agreed to give physical blessings in exchange for obedience to everything that he would command. Israel failed to obey and that Covenant was a failure because of the stony hearts of the people,
The Mosaic Covenant was an instructional allegory for all those called into the New Spiritual Covenant which would write the law of God upon the hearts of those called into that Covenant, by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jer 31 and Hebrews 8.
Those called into the New Covenant are to keep all the commandments of God Mat 4:4 and to live by every word of God, which would be written on their hearts by the spirit of God; and if the New covenant called out refuse to obey, they will be destroyed, as the sinning Israelites were destroyed in the wilderness when they sought to go back into Egypt.
One of the laws to be written on our hearts and obeyed is the law of tithing. The law of tithing was how the Theocracy of Israel was financed and it is how the coming Kingdom of God will be financed.
The Interregnum between the Mosaic Covenant and the establishment of the New Covenant with all humanity, at the coming of Messiah and the kingdom of God.
The Mosaic covenant ended with the death of the husband Jesus Christ. The New Covenant Kingdom of God has not yet begun. The question must be asked; What about the time between 31 AD and the coming KOG?
When we are baptized we are baptized into the Father and into Christ and into the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a marriage espousal to Jesus Christ and causes the baptized person to come under the Passover Sacrifice blood protection of Jesus Christ, as a part of his bride; BOUGHT with a tremendous price. Being espoused to Christ the son, and through the application of his sacrifice we are reconciled to the Father we then become the sons [collective daughter (bride of the son)] in law of the Father.
This espousal requires us to obey all that our espoused Husband may ask of us, including all of his commandments; which will now be written on our hearts if we follow God’s spirit as it leads us and writes the commandments in us.
The Mosaic Covenant was entered by birth or assimilation into Israel. The New Covenant is different in that it first requires a trial period in this physical life, before the worthy are separated from the unworthy, and chosen to be a part of the bride.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
We know that historically the sect of the Jews which followed Christ was driven out of Judea and spread abroad and there was no Aaronic priesthood to tithe to. Indeed the priesthood was transferred from the priesthood of Aaron to the priesthood of Jesus Christ, who was accepted by the Father as our High Priest and ONLY Intercessor on Wave Offering Sunday after his resurrection.
We also know that every one of the called out, has been called to become a priest of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ. That means that every one of the called out today, has the right to take tithes of the people, if he is doing a godly work, just like the priests of Aaron.
1 Cor 9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
This has nothing to do with any ordination of men, for what man ordained Paul, Acts 9, or Jesus or Apollos? Even HWA, contrary to his own doctrine, did NOT have the hands of an elder laid on him in ordination!
All the brethren are called to become priests of the Most High God!
We are to support those who are faithfully doing the work of God with our tithes.
How do we know who these people are?
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
What are the fruits of godliness? Simply to be like God! To be totally zealous for God and ALL of his commandments! To be faithful to the doctrines, teachings and commandments of the Father and Jesus Christ! To abhor and despise sin and never to teach tolerance for any other doctrine; then that Christ died to atone for the sins of the repentant, and that the repentant are to then continue in commandment keeping and never to again sin wilfully. We are NOT to continue in sin and thereby make a mockery of the sacrifice of our Creator and Master.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Those who teach tolerance for doctrinal diversity to achieve organizational unity; are anathema from Christ; and are accursed from Christ! No wonder certain COG Groups are under a curse and do not realize it, this is because they are estranged from Christ by their tolerance of teachings about a false Christ and lukewarmness for the practical application of the commandmets of God, Rev 3:16. UCG, LCG Bob Thiel and many other Groups have estranged themselves from Christ.
According to the law we are to tithe one tenth of all our increase to those doing the work of God. Increase means gain after expenses are deducted.
God gave Israel the land and he asked for ten percent of the increase in return. Today we are not given any land and so the expenses of reasonable housing and food which we would normally grow for ourselves is deductible before tithing.
A second tithe is to be saved to be spent at the Festivals of God. The offerings were intended to cover the expenses of holding the Festivals and a so called tithe of a tithe is NOT required by God to be given for this purpose. That is an HWA money grab. If you want to do this, alright; but do not feel morally obligated.
Third Tithe is only mentioned in one place.
Deu 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
The seventh year being the year of release; this means that on the third and sixth years of a seven year cycle a tithe of all our increase should be shared with the needy. Remember that God gave Israel the land and he asked for ten percent of the increase in return. Today we are not given any land and so the expenses of reasonable housing and food which we would normally grow for ourselves is deductible before tithing.
Take care about this. there is a big difference between a basic home and a million dollar extravagance. Do not abuse this privilege.
Since many governments operate welfare systems and already take heavy taxes for this purpose, and since Christ is coming in the immediate future to correct this situation; I would leave this subject up to personal conscience before God.
As for me I do not run an organization and I have no means to take or distribute third tithe.
If a person is themselves needy and in need of assistance, they need not be giving what they do not have.