The American Wisdom Series

Presents
Pamphlet #1087

"Find and Fill in the Gaps"
or you may someday hear the Lord say,
"... I never knew you; depart from me, ..."
Read Matt. 7:21-23

Throughout the Bible there are many remarkable breaks
[unmentioned events or periods of time],
sometimes within verses,
sometimes between verses,
that, if never learned,
make the Bible seem mysterious
and hard to understand.

Jesus Himself taught us about one of these breaks,
within a verse from the book of Isaiah

In the synagogue at Nazareth the book Esaias was delivered unto Jesus.
He found and read, to the people in attendance,
where it is written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor;
He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to the captives,
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord,
And He CLOSED THE BOOK, without finishing verse 2,
and He gave it again to the minister,
and sat down" (Luke 4: 18-20)

Why , this mysterious action?
Why didn't He continue the reading of Isa.61:1-2?

Because He could not;
for the words which immediately follow
refer to the end of this present Dispensation of Grace,
and speak of the coming Dispensation of Judgment.

Had He continued to read Isa. 61:1-2,
the next line would have been
"and the day of vengeance of our God;"
But this part of the prophecy was not then to be fulfilled.

As far as He read,
He could truly say,
"This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."

But He could not have said,
"This day is the Scripture fulfilled",
had He not "closed the book",
but gone on to read the next line.

Yet, in the Bible,
there is only a comma between the two lines,
while there is a period of nearly 2000 years between the two statements.
 [In the original MSS, there is no punctuation at all]

In this example Jesus shows us the importance
of "searching"
and "looking into"'
the "manner of time"
of which the prophets wrote.

Other examples of breaks may be found in:
Gen. 1, between versus 1 and 2. 

If you don't understand what happened between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 you will not understand anything you read in your Bible!   

 See Pamphlet  #1003  "Is There a Conflict Between Science and the Bible?" and The Pre- Adamic World and the People that lived in it! and  #1026 "God's Elect 

Ps. 22, between versus 21 and 22.
Ps.118, in the middle of verse 22.
Isa. 9:6, after the first clause.
Isa. 53, in the middle of verse 10.
Isa. 61, in the middle of verse 2 (see above)
Lam. 4, between verses 21 and 22.
Dan. 9, between verses 26 and 27. 

Then in the middle of this 26th verse, Daniel jumps two thousand years later, all the way to the time of the end, and the time when Satan will fulfill his role as the Antichrist, the "instead of Christ" it is the time of the sixth trumpet, when Satan will come and flood the entire world with his lies. Though Daniel prophesied that this final period to be seven years, Jesus later shortened the final half of that prophetic week from three and one half years, for the elect's sake, to a five months period of time.

Dan. 11, between verses 20 and 21.
Hos. 2, between verses 13 and 14.
Hos. 3, between verses 4 and 5.
Amos 9, between verses 10 and 11.
Micah 5, between verses 2 and 3.
Hab. 2, between verses 13 and 14.
Zeph. 3, between verses 7 and 8.
Zech. 9, between verses 9 and 10.
Matt. 10, in the middle of verse 23.
Matt. 12, in the middle of verse 20.
Luke 1, between verses 31 and 32.
Luke 21, in the middle of verse 24.
John 1, between verses 5 and 6.

I Corinthians 15, in the middle of verse 53. and also in the middle of verse 54.

I Corinthians 15:53 "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, [This happens at Christ's return to set up His Millenniul Kingdom] and this mortal must put on immortality. [at the end of Christ's Millenniul Kingdom, after the Great White Throne of Judgment]"

I Corinthians 15:54 "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,[at Christ's return] and this mortal shall have put on immortality, [at the end of the Millennium and the "Great White Throne of Judgment] then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory." [no chance for any soul to die.]

 
I Peter 1, in the middle of verse 11.
Rev. 12, between verses 5 and 6.
(see"Gaps in Scripture"

If you first recognize a break exists
and search for the missing information
you will find it, somewhere else, in the Bible.

How do I know?
Because Christ has said we have been told all things.

  Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise,
and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce,
if it were possible, even the elect.

[23] But take ye heed: behold,
I have foretold you all things.
You may ask,
why would the Lord hide part of a truth
at some other location in the Bible?

Why would He not tell it all at one time,
in one verse or one book?

The answer to that question is,
so you will have to search for the complete truth.

Why, you ask?
Why, would He make us search for truth?

The answer is, so that only those who truly love the Lord and hunger for truth will find it.

Kind of separates the true believers
from the pretenders,
doesn't it?

Some people refuse to search the scriptures
and "look into" these things,
and profanely speak of it as the "gap theory".

Whether it be "theory",
let the Scriptures decide,
and the Savior Himself teach.

Yes, some call it "Gap Theory",
but without filling the Gaps the Bible can not be understood.

He that has eyes to see, let him see
and
He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

There are two major points to keep in mind.

First, it is important to keep an open mind
and consider carefully that which is being discussed.
I have often said that "if you do not know something,
then you do not know that you don't know it."

That is the very essence of deception, i.e.,
if a person is deceived,
they don't know they are deceived,
they believe they have truth.

The reason this is so important is that most Christians
with whom I come in contact believe
that they already "know" and understand the Bible.

However, the manuscripts declare
that which is mostly contrary to the "traditions of men".

The second major concept to keep in mind is,
"Do not take man's word as being God's Word."
When studying the Bible, in depth,
you will often be confronted with a choice,
"Am I to believe what I just read in God's Word,
or should I discard it and continue to believe that which I grew up believing?"

The choice is yours.

The apostle Paul gave us instruction as to how to handle
"listening to man":

1 Thes. 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
If you can document from God's Word that which you believe,
then you do well,
even if we disagree.
For if your attitude and mine is to believe our Father's Word,
regardless of man's traditions,
then we will eventually, through growth, harmonize in unity of thought.

If you can't document it, you may be harboring a tradition,
which could well be a lie,
disguised as truth.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Again, the choice is simple,
continue to be conformed to traditions,
or PROVE that which is good and acceptable.

Find and fill in the Gaps!
Read Ezekiel chapter 13, especially 13:5.  (Live Link)to-chapter 13,
Chapter 13 of Ezekiel is written explicitly for our pastors and teachers!

Ezekiel 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.


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