Kerry Huish wrote:
A fact, the anointed are encouraged to meet together and discuss their revelations and teachings, this is borne out here: -
(1 Cor 14:26-33)
This statement by brother Huish is absolutely correct and scripturally based. And in fact it is completely scriptural in ANY setting or context, or otherwise regardless of whether the associations and interchanges of encouragement among the anointed are occurring in a setting of a broken kingdom covenant or one that is in good standing between themselves and Jehovah.
Nevertheless based on seemingly countless comments I have read on this website as well as others over the last few years, I feel compelled to point out that the setting being considered here in first Corinthians is specifically one in which the holy covenant was in good standing. The Apostle Paul had written this particular letter sometime around 55 CE. This means the kingdom or even "marriage" covenant had just been renewed and inaugurated with blood around 22 years earlier for the fifth foretold "time." In other words, the fifth foretold "birth" (Jer 15:9) of the nation that was foretold to occur during the time frame of foreign exile and captivity had already transpired, and on this occasion the covenant that established this "kingdom of the son of his love" would remain in good standing until sometime around 98-100 CE according to the Apostle John. (Col 1:13) (1 Joh 2:18)
This prophetic time frame along with its corresponding "births" or even "plantings and harvests" is also referred to in the scriptures as the "times of the nations." (Da 4:23) (Lu 21:24 22:29) (He 9:16-18) (1 Sa 2:5) (Jer 15:9) (Ge 41:22-24) We might find it noteworthy in fact that the expression found here in Luke 21:24 was specifically "TIMES of the nations" as opposed to- TIME of the nations.
But why might it be important for us to understand things such as this?
Well for one thing if we FAILED to take these things into account, we would likely find at least SOME of Paul's words here in First Corinthians as rather confusing, mysterious, or even contradictory. For example in OUR case, while there never seems to be any shortage of teachings or even interpretations of scripture among us, we obviously are not experiencing or witnessing things like speaking in tongues. Moreover while the setting here in 1 Corinthians is clearly described as a gathering together of MANY prophets, we currently find ourselves in a situation in which few if ANY of us would even dare to CLAIM such an identity. Would these two issues alone actually qualify as merely among MANY indicators that we are not currently in this same setting as found here in First Corinthians?
Yes the fact is that the setting we currently find ourselves in is one of yet another BROKEN kingdom or marriage covenant, which in turn is ALWAYS the very reason we find ourselves in dire need of yet ANOTHER "coming of the kingdom" or "nation" in the first place. This broken marriage covenant is the very reason that the anointed ones in these pre-kingdom time frames are identified with terms such as spiritual "virgins" and "widows," and in fact even ones who are desperately endeavoring to make it to the NEXT foretold "marriage feast." (Mt 25:1, 2, 10) (Isa 54:4)
As pointed out in accounts like this very same chapter of Matthew, as opposed to finding themselves in a position in which they need to feed OTHERS spiritually, these "brothers" of Jesus in these time frames find THEMSELVES in need of being fed. (Mt 25:35-40) Worse yet, as opposed to MANY prophets or divinely "APPOINTED" teachers being available in these periods to actually PERFORM this feeding, the anointed ones find themselves pondering questions like---is there even ANY SUCH THING as prophets of Jehovah any more, and if so, "who really IS this faithful and discreet slave that his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time"? (Mt 24:45)
These pre-kingdom time frames in which Jehovah's prophets DO arrive to perform this feeding and even "inspecting" (Lu 19:44) of the anointed ones is illustrated or even DEMONSTRATED for us with examples such as the rather brief period in which John the Baptist and Jesus were ministering to their disciples out in the spiritual "wilderness" which on this occasion was created with the spiritual adultery or "harlotry" of the Chief priests, scribes and Pharisees. (Mt 3:1, 2) As opposed to MANY prophets such as found in accounts or settings like 1 Corinthians 14:26-33, these appointed teachers or even figurative "spies" are identified as comprising only two or three people on the entire earth! (Re 11:3) (Jos 2:1) (Mt 18:16)
Would it be important for the anointed ones in this time period to take scriptural information such as this into account? Well regardless of whether it is or not, unfortunately scriptures like Matthew 22:14 or for that matter even examples such as found in the early part of the first century make it perfectly clear that ultimately "few" of the anointed in these prophetic time frames EVER actually succeed in doing so. (Ro 15:4) (Ez 33:32, 33) (Am 6:5, 6) This might prompt us to consider the following questions:
If I personally AM indeed taking information like this into account, should it perhaps be affecting a change in the way I am currently approaching things. If so, what exactly might these changes be?