The Angel with the Censer and the Golden Altar : The angel here, is not identified by rank, but is clearly subordinate to the elders from whom he receives the incense , and is likewise not a member of either the college of the cherubim or the archangels. Given the important nature of his duties, he may very well be of the fourth elect angelic rank, the "authorities". Angels frequently carry out God's responses to the prayers of His people e.
The earthly counterpart for the altar mentioned here is not the "brazen altar" which speaks of the cross , but the golden altar of incense in the holy place see part 2B. This second, earthly altar which stood beside the inner veil of the Holy of Holies was necessary to represent the heavenly altar we see here, and was so closely connected with the Holy of Holies that Paul in Hebrews can accurately describe it as actually "in" the Holy of Holies Heb.
That is entirely appropriate when we consider the symbolism of the golden altar, namely, a picture of the glorified Christ entering into the presence of the Father on our behalf. As we pointed out in our last installment of this series, there is no place for a brazen altar of sacrifice in heaven. To redeem sinful mankind, Christ had to come to earth, taking on true humanity in order to die for all humanity. After this victory of victories, having passed through the veil of the heavens, Christ is shown through His session at the Father's right hand to have successfully and acceptably performed His blessed sacrifice on behalf of us all.
But while a brazen altar in the presence of the Father would be inappropriate for this reason, the presence of this memorial altar of incense is most fitting, in order to recall and to affirm the validity of His sacrifice recalling in its fire the intensity of His suffering, and in the aroma it produces the acceptability of that work. That is the chief function of both the earthly and heavenly golden altars, whereon no animal sacrifice is ever placed, only the incense whose fragrant aroma brings these wonderful truths back to memory. The heavenly golden altar thus stands for the verification and proclamation of the acceptability of Christ's work, both symbolizing the resurrected and glorified victorious Messiah entering into the presence of the Father on our behalf exactly the same symbolism portrayed by the earthly golden altar , and recalling His work in the sweet savor of the incense burned thereon.
The sum of what we have said is this: we have a High Priest of such [amazing] quality that He has [actually] taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in heaven, a Minister of the holy things and of the true tabernacle which the Lord has pitched, not man. Hebrews While the Levitical high priest offered every year an animal sacrifice on his own behalf and then sacrificed for the people, Christ offered Himself once for all Heb.
As a result, we see here in our context our prayers being quickened by His work on the cross which the incense recalls, a sweet smell to our God. Jesus, our advocate seated at the right hand of the Father, makes intercession for us, for our prayers Heb. The incense, a memorial to His sacrificial death and the Father's acceptance of it, here is seen to blend indistinguishably with the prayers of those He has bought, rendering them valid and acceptable as they rise up before the Father. The Saints and their Prayers : As we have seen many times in the past, the true biblical meaning of the word "saint" is much different from the general notion of it in our popular culture.
For while it has been all too possible in relatively good times for believers to appear and function as if they were just another part of the world, during that time to come the immense intensity of suffering, of demonic attack, of spiritual polarization, and of pressure to apostatize will render partial complicity with the world a virtual impossibility — except at extreme risk to one's faith cf.
During the Tribulation, as we have repeatedly said, there will be almost no middle ground, so that believers who hold fast to their faith will be clearly visible as saints indeed, not perfect in this world, but unmistakably separated from it in their reliance upon Him whose Kingdom is not of this world Dan. While this passage teaches the principle of the rendering of our prayers acceptable to the Father through the Son's sacrifice, a pleasing aroma before our God, the specific prayers in question here have to do with judgment upon evil and the bringing of justice through divine rule to the earth.
To put things in terms of "the Lord's prayer", these prayers are those which respond to the first half of that model prayer Matt. For while the second half of our Lord's model prayer for us deals with the three essential spiritual aspects of our own personal situations i. Matthew A worldwide fear and respect for God, the establishment of His Son's Kingdom on the earth, and the implementation of divine rule on earth, His "will", is an appropriate desire and longing for all believers at all times in history, given the ubiquitous evil of the this world now in the grip of the evil one.
These are the prayers we see rising up before Him in our context, prayers offered since the world of man began, but growing in number and intensity throughout the Tribulation.
God has always answered these prayers in His own way, and now, commencing with the beginning of the Tribulation, is answering them literally and word for word. For the Tribulation is, as we have said many times before, the time of "birth pangs" which must proceed the Messiah's return and the glorious day of His reign. Judgment must come before blessing, and it is through His divine judgments of the Tribulation which precede the blessings of the coming Kingdom that all of these prayers find their ultimate fulfillment. And when He i.
And they cried out with a loud voice, saying "How long, O Master, holy and true, will you [wait and] not render judgment and vindication for our blood upon those who dwell on the earth? Hear what the unrighteous judge [in this parable] says!
And [if he is compelled to do right] will not God perform vindication for His elect who call out to Him day and night? Indeed, He is patient with them i.
And I tell you that He will perform their vindication swiftly. Is anyone you know able to do this? Isaiah Your personal interpretation is much closer to the truth than what your religion actually teaches. The whole point of the Gospel Good News! Where did you get that? There you go again! Did you call long distance, because you thought I would deny that?
Your assumption of bad faith is appalling, Sir. You cannot even trouble yourself enough to ask me how I understand the Scriptures that I accept, can you, Sir? Do you think that I am so stupid, or so dishonest or both! That is because it is not possible for true faith to be alone [See James ; dead faith is not true faith. Do you think that doing works means that one has no faith or grace?
If those with faith do no works, are they any better off than devils, who also believe, but work no righteousness [See James ]? A tall order, yes; but it is exactly what God requires of us. We are commanded to be perfect, even as Jesus and the Father are perfect. Your personal interpretation is much closer to the truth than what your religion actually teaches. I cannot pretend to be an expert in Catholicism, much less Buddhism or Islam.
However, my Catholic friends would probably disagree with your description of their faith. The Bible is full of exhortations to action. When the rich young ruler asked Jesus what he could do to inherit eternal life, Jesus told him to keep the commandments. Perhaps my reading of the Bible is too literal, but I see Jesus as telling the rich young ruler to do something to receive eternal life. Jesus said nothing to him about grace; he spoke of obedience and works. I do not see how any effort on my part could somehow nullify the Atonement.
Quite the contrary. The Atonement makes it possible for me to follow Jesus Christ. Following Jesus requires great effort. That is only possible through the grace of God. There is no attempt at mind reading. I want to know how you can resolve that. Your assumptions towards me are equally as appalling.
As is your vilifying my every statement. Am I reading your mind, or will you say that you truly regard me with respect?
As is your vilifying my every statement. Without presiding authority, each bishop became independent. Article Categories Biblical Beliefs For while it has been all too possible in relatively good times for believers to appear and function as if they were just another part of the world, during that time to come the immense intensity of suffering, of demonic attack, of spiritual polarization, and of pressure to apostatize will render partial complicity with the world a virtual impossibility — except at extreme risk to one's faith cf. How is that for a better first or second paragraph? I appreciate the posting. Your assumptions towards me are equally as appalling.
No, I do not think you are stupid. Not at all. Nor do I think you are dishonest. I do, however, think you have been deceived. After all, if you can get saved in a Baptist church, why does the Mormon church bother to exist?
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Your 28 years as a Mormon surely has shown you the differences, right? What part is the restoration? Please tell me what YOU believe. First of all, WOW!
I really like how you put those little gray lines to denote my quotes. That is really neat. But, here it goes…. Yes, I do, but I think it teaches faith comes first, then as a result of faith there will be repentance and baptism. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. It is possible that some would. I see the man as wanting to prove his righteousness and Jesus called him on it. It was a matter of the heart not a matter of works. There is no bait here.
Would you describe your understanding of the atonement so that I can understand where you are coming from? Why do you insist that we can only mean the latter sense? I am more than happy to answer your legitimate questions. All I ask in return is for you to behave civilly, instead of acting offended when I admonish you about your uncivil behaviour. You think wrongly, Sir.