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REFORMATION RUMBLINGS
BUFF SCOTT, JR.
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Solving The Old “Everlasting” And
“Forever” Declarations

    How should we understand those Old scriptures that speak of the Land of Canaan, Jerusalem, Aaronic priesthood, Sabbath, Passover, and circumcision being everlasting or forever? Many of these old prophecies that are understood by many believers as futuristic are actually typified by elements of the new era. Allow me a few examples.
 
     Circumcision was issued as an “everlasting” covenant at the same time the Land of Canaan was promised as an “everlasting” possession [Gen. 17:8 & 17:13]. In one form or another, these promises are good until time shall be no more, but not as they were initially given. Circumcision of the heart typifies physical circumcision [Rom. 2:29].
 
    Although some of you will disagree with me on this point, it is my strong opinion that the grace era typifies the old Land of Canaan [Gal. 6:16]. If I’m correct, new Israel—the redeemed community—has “occupied” the spiritual Land of Canaan for 2,000 years.
 
    The Jewish Sabbath was issued as a lasting covenant and a sign between God and the Israelites “forever” [Exodus 31:16-17]. Yet we know that this worshipful, holy day for the Jews is not to be observed by believers today in the form it was commanded initially.
 
     Incessant worship by committed believers symbolizes the Jewish Sabbath, for Jesus said the time would come when worship would be anytime and the place where we are [John 4:21-24]. In other words, worshipful and holy days can no longer be confined to certain days on the calendar—such as our Sundays—or to specific places, such as inside church structures.
 
    The Jewish Passover was to last “forever,” but not in the form it was designed. Jesus and His blood typify the Passover. He passed through the world and shed His blood. He is our Passover Lamb! Those who come to Him are saved by His blood. The Aaronic priesthood was given as an ordinance “forever” [Exodus 29:9]. In the grace era, the priesthood of all believers represents the Aaronic priesthood [1 Peter 2:9.
 
    As we can see, it would seem that many of God’s promises respecting Israel, the Land of Canaan, circumcision, priesthood, Passover, and Sabbath are still intact, but not in the form they were initially designed!
 
    Meaningful Endnotes— Many evangelical believers hold that most if not all of the Jewish regulations and practices—the Temple, the Priesthood, and Jewish festivals will be reinstated when Jesus initiates His [highly hypothetical]1,000-year-reign in Jerusalem. I discount this view entirely!
 
     Why would God, at some future date, restore the old carnal regulations and practices when something far better, with transcendent promises, has arrived? God has made everything new! The new order eclipses the old regulations and practices, which were only shadows of the good things to come [Heb. 10:1].
 
    To put it another way, why would God return to the Old after having created the New? This would be regression, not progression. Or, why would God retreat by reinstating the carnal when He has resurrected the spiritual? Why would any believer want to surrender his spiritual status in this new age and return to the carnal, external, and legalistic arrangements under Moses—a system that was incapable of abolishing sin? Well, why?
 
     The great apostle Paul reprimanded the Galatian believers for trying to return to certain entities of the Old Law of Moses for justification and salvation. He said, “I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain” [Gal. 4:9-11]. If it was wrong 2,000 years ago to fall back on the old Law of Moses for justification and salvation, and it was, then would it not be equally wrong to fall back and lean upon the same Law at a future date? I leave you with the question.
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Re: Solving The Old “Everlasting” & “Forever” Declarations
« Reply #1 on: Sat Aug 28, 2021 - 21:16:10 »
EXPIATORY NOTE -
 
    As a matter of simplicity, I have done a little revising of the above column, as well as reducing the size of it.

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Re: Solving The Old “Everlasting” & “Forever” Declarations
« Reply #2 on: Tue Aug 31, 2021 - 04:54:06 »
EXPIATORY NOTE -
 
    As a matter of simplicity, I have done a little revising of the above column, as well as reducing the size of it.

Buff

I meant to respond in this thread, but it appears you have "revised" the bits I was interested in right out of the article!

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« Reply #3 on: Tue Aug 31, 2021 - 21:35:36 »

Jarrod:

    "I meant to respond in this thread, but it appears you have 'revised' the bits I was interested in right out of the article!"

    Sorry about that, brother, but it did need to be revised. It was too long and a little disorganized.

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