This week in the Book of Mormon we’ll look at chapters 10 to 13 in Alma, but focus on chapter 13 where Alma teaches about God’s Holy Order. Alma presents a number of concepts about this Holy Order that we will discuss and then we’ll expand the concept of holiness by defining what holiness means and detailing the process of Exaltation that we see in the Bible.
This week in the Book of Mormon we’ll review Alma 5 to 9. Our focus will be on chapter five. When we look at chapter 5, Alma appears to be linking a deep sleep he mentions in v7 to both physical and spiritual bondage. Further, the key reason for this physical and spiritual bondage is a lack of God’s word that has power – v5. In the Bible, the remedy for physical and spiritual bondage is temporal and spiritual salvation, which is obtained through God’s word. So we’ll consider how this deep sleep is associated with physical and spiritual bondage and how God’s Word is the remedy through temporal and spiritual salvation.
REVISED: This week we wrap-up our observance of Passover and continue with the Endtime theme of our previous posts. Next week we’ll continue our review of the Book of Mormon. Yeshua prophesies that Elijah will come and restore all things at Matt. 17:11. In conjunction with this restoration, both Ezekiel and Jeremiah predict that at Israel’s Endtime restoration that Yehovah will give His people a new heart and a new spirit – Jeremiah 31,32 and Ezekiel 11,36 – so that Israel will keep His Law as fulfilled in the Messiah. Furthermore, we can link this occurrence with Israel receiving a new heart at the Endtimes and Elijah’s Endtime return because both Ezekiel 36 and Jeremiah 31,32 are set in an Endtime context. This week we’ll consider how Elijah, God’s Endtime Servant, executes Israel’s Endtime restoration in light of Yehovah giving His people a new heart making it possible for Elijah to restore all things.
This week we continue with our observance of Passover. Passover this year is observed the evening of April 15 at sunset. We observe Passover not only as a memorial of Israel's release from captivity to Egypt, but as a renewal and restoration of a covenant relationship with Yehovah-Yeshua, the God of Israel. This restoration is prophesied to occur at the end of the world a second and final time as Yehovah prepares His people to receive Him for His millennial reign. The series of Biblical Holy Days form a sequence of events that indicate a developing relationship with God. First, we have the covenants received during Passover, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits, which initiates a relationship with God. Then we have additional covenants received at Shavuot that completes the covenant relationship, and then finally, a realization of that relationship as we commemorate the millennium and receiving Yehovah-Yeshua as our King and God at Sukkot. Israelites for millennia have begun this series of observances using a Seder to the Passover, which outlines the primary remembrances that God has commanded. Many Seder's have been written for the Passover, but few place an emphasis on covenant renewal. Please consider the Seder here that incorporates covenant renewal in with your observance this year and after.
This week we will pause our review of the Book of Mormon and observe Passover for the next two weeks. The Prophet Isaiah predicts that God will set His hand a second time to recover His people - Israel - during the Endtimes at Isaiah 11:11,12. If that is so, then can we expect that God will employ a different method to recover His people then when He recovered/restored His people the first time? This week we will consider Passover as an Endtime paradigm that God uses to recover the House of Israel at the end of the world.