THE GREAT MYSTERY
                                                                        PART 1

                                           THE GREAT MYSTERY
                                   A Prophecy That God Foretold In the Old Testament Concerning
                                               The Blessing of the Nations Through Abraham
                        A Prophecy Whose Revelation the Doctors of the Law Could Never Understand
                                                                           
                                                                 
January 31, 2016

                                                                           By Juan R. Rains


[Author’s Note: This manuscript began as a rebuttal to E.W.
Bullinger's seven part series called Things To Come – his explanation
of The Great Mystery.  Therefore, one will occasionally find Bullinger’s
name and a reference to his position on a given perspective.  The goal
is that the reader will come to understand the truth concerning The
Great Mystery, thereby expanding his knowledge of the bible creating
another stepping-stone to Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth.  JRR]

The Greek word for mystery appears in the Byzantine Majority Greek
New Testament (BYZ) in 27 verses, 6 forms, and 27 hits.  Our
endeavor in this commentary is to study the verses that have to do
with The Great Mystery, in order to understand its revelation.  We will
touch on most of the mysteries of the New Testament along the way.

In the New Testament, Paul refers to The Great Mystery concerning
Christ and the Church*.  Christ and the Church were the revelation of
the mystery – not the mystery itself.  Paul often puts the Mystery for
the “Revelation of the Mystery” – a kind of Metonymy (Me-ton´-y-my):
The Mystery for the Revelation.  The Nations would be the recipients
of the blessings of Abraham through Christ and the Church.  God kept
the revelation of the great mystery hidden from before the ages**.  
The Revelation of The Great Mystery comes in two parts: 1) The
Christ, and 2) The Church.  Yahweh gave Abraham the prophecy that
created The Great Mystery: The prophecy which stymied the Doctors
of the Law down through the ages*** for they could not imagine how
this prophecy would ever take place.  By the time of the ministry of
Christ, it had been more than 2000 years since Yahweh gave Abraham
the prophecy concerning the blessing of all the nations.  Nothing of
significance had occurred as to the fulfilling of the prophecy
concerning the nations during these two millenniums – only a
proselyte here and there; moreover, the Jews were in a position of
servitude to the Romans – seemingly, not a good position for
preaching the gospel** to the world.  Therefore, the Doctors of the
Law, of 30AD, could not visualize any way for the prophecy to ever
transpire.  The prophecy had become a great mystery to the Jews who
were in a position to study and try to understand it, with all of its
ensuing complexities, which they had formed in their minds.  They did
not realize that they were on the cusp of the prophecy’s fulfillment
and that they would not be a part of its revelation.  One should
observe in his study of this subject that God does not call this a great
mystery.  God gave the prophecy to Abraham, which became a
mystery to the Jewish Doctors of the Law living in the time of Christ’s
ministry.  Then, God gave the revelation of the prophecy to the
Apostle Paul who explained it to the Church – the answer to “The
Great Mystery”.

*Ephesians 5:32 This is a (the) great mystery, but I speak concerning
Christ and the Church.

BYZ Ephesians 5:32 This is the great mystery,

**Romans 16:25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to
my gospel and the preaching of Jesus, Christ (Yahshua, Mashiach),
according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world
began

***THE GREAT MYSTERY:

NKJ Genesis 18:18  "since Abraham shall surely become a great and
mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him
(Abraham)?

NKJ Genesis 22:18 "In your (Abraham’s) Seed #02233 (Christ)* all the
nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My
voice.”

**NKJ Galatians 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would
justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham
beforehand, [saying], “In you all the nations shall be blessed”.

Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who
curses you; And in you (Abraham) all the families of the earth shall be
blessed."

Genesis 26:4 "And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars
of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your
(Abraham’s) Seed (Christ) all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

Galatians 3:14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the
Gentiles in Christ, Jesus (Mashiach, Yahshua), that we might receive
the promise of the spirit through faith.

Psalms 72:17 His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue
as long as the sun.  And [men] shall be blessed in Him; All nations
shall call Him blessed.

Paul, who studied at the feet of Gamaliel, would have been well aware
of The Great Mystery that perplexed the Doctors of the Law.  
Therefore, Paul was well suited to receive the revelation and to
disseminate the interpretation of The Great Mystery to the Church*.  
One can comprehend that Paul’s study of the Law at the feet of
Gamaliel was no accident – God was preparing him for his future
ministry to the Church.  Acts 22:3 "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus
of Cilicia, but brought up in this city (Jerusalem) at the feet of
Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and [I]
was zealous toward God as you all are today.

*Ephesians 3:3 how that by revelation He made known (revealed) to
me (Paul) the mystery (as I have briefly written already,

Observe, in the three following verses, how Paul uses the word
mystery for “the revelation of the mystery”.  This is the figure:
Synecdoche (Syn-ek´-do-kee): The exchange of one idea for another
associated idea.

1Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the
hidden [unrevealed] wisdom [knowledge] which God ordained before
the ages for our glory,

Ephesians 3:9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the
mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden
[unrevealed] in God who created all things through Jesus, Christ
(Yahshua, Mashiach);

Colossians 1:26 the mystery, which has been hidden [unrevealed]
from ages and from generations, but now [it] has been revealed to His
saints.

Observe that Paul used the noun “seed” for Christ, in Galatians 3:16*.  
However, Peter used the noun “seed” for Abraham’s posterity, in Acts
3:25**.  Yahweh stated the prophecy to Abraham in such a way as to
hide that part of the revelation that had to do with Christ concerning
what had become the Great Mystery, in Paul’s day.  Here we have a
Metonymy of the Adjunct: “seed” for Christ – the One Seed.  However,
by the figure Heterosis (Het´-e-rō´-sis) of Number, Peter used the
singular “seed” for the plural “seeds” and by Metonymy of the
Adjunct Peter used “seed” as a reference to the “descendants” of
Abraham: “You are the sons of the covenant to Abraham, In your seed
all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.  Keep in mind that Peter
is speaking to the descendants of Abraham after Christ had already
returned to heaven.  Therefore, Peter is not speaking of Christ.  
Moreover, the plural “sons” would require us to understand “seed” in
the plural.

Paul:

* Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed (Christ) were the
promises made.  He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as
of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.

Peter:

**Acts 3:25 "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed
(descendants) all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’

In other words, the nations were originally to have obtained the
blessing through the Israelites; however, they had failed miserably to
accomplish this mission in the Old Covenant - the now dissolved
Covenant.  The New Covenant had begun, as the principal Covenant
on the Day of Pentecost; and Peter was a witness to the Jews
concerning the transition of the two Covenants.  By using figures,
Peter was appealing to their sense of duty, which they could now
accomplish under the New Covenant, as individuals – even though
their leaders had not led them to do so as a nation under the Old
Covenant.  

The word “seed” was an abstract concept to relay a prophecy, in part,
without detailing its revelation until God’s time came to make it
known.  The word “seed” has triple duty in these scriptures; it refers
to the physical descendants of Abraham of the Old Covenant and it
refers to the Christ of the New Covenant as well as the descendants of
Abraham by faith in the New Covenant.  The word “seed” was perfect
for this prophecy for even today, we refer to one seed or a group of
seeds in the singular: “seed”, as in a bushel of seed.  This is also the
usage of the word in the Old and New Testaments in reference to
descendants.  Therefore, Paul and Peter presented the same
prophecy concerning the “seed” of Abraham from two different
perspectives: Paul from the perspective of Christ – the One
Descendant – and Peter from the perspective of the many physical
descendants of Abraham.

Old Testament Usage of Seed:

Singular for Singular:

Genesis 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and
named him Seth, "For God has appointed another seed #02233 – one
descendant for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed (murdered)."

Singular for Plural:

Ruth 4:12 And let your house be like the house of Pharez, whom
Tamar bore to Judah, of the seed #02233 – many descendants which
the LORD (Yahweh) shall give you of this young woman.

New Testament Usage of Seed:

Singular for Singular:

Galatians 3:19 What purpose then [does] the law [serve]?  It was
added because of transgressions, until the Seed - Christ should come
to whom the promise was made; [and it was] appointed through
angels by the hand of a mediator.  [Note: JRR: The law was added
because of their transgressions against the Marriage Covenant – The
Ten Commandants.  The added law was the ritualistic law of the
Temple, which faith in Christ’s death and resurrection replaced, in 30
AD.]

Singular for Plural:

Galatians 3:29 And if you [are] Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.  [The plural “heirs” requires us to
understand “seed” in the plural.]


THE FIRST PART OF THE REVELATION OF THE GREAT MYSTERY

The Apostle Paul revealed the part of The Great Mystery that has to
do with Christ, the Chief Cornerstone of the Church, in 1Timothy 3:
16*.  The Church of God’s righteous relationship with God – our
devotion to God – depends on Christ.  Moreover, the Revelation of the
Great Mystery could not begin before Christ’s earthly ministry, death,
and resurrection, for He is the Foundation – the Cornerstone of the
Church of God – the earthly ministry necessary to bring about the
revelation of the mystery.

*1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified (He was
pronounced righteous) in the spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among
the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

We will study each of these phrases of 1Timothy 3:16, later in Part 4.

The Mystery was the prophecy in the Old Testament concerning how
God would bless all nations through Christ, the Seed of Abraham.  The
Doctors of the Law could not understand this prophecy because God
did not present the information of the Old Testament in such a way
that they could make out the picture.  Hints did exist in the Old
Testament – even of the Revelation of the Prophecy – however these
indications were so mysterious that no one could determine their
meaning.  For example: The Jews of 30AD never comprehended the
“Suffering Christ”; they thought that the Messiah would come as their
Savior from the Roman occupation of the nation of Judah.  With the
information of the New Testament, we can see these illuminations
concerning the revelation of the mystery: We find these points of light
as quotes in the New Testament from the Old Testament concerning
Christ and the Church.  Many of the quotes concerning Christ are well
known; let us look at one quote concerning the covenant of the
Church of God in the New Testament*.  Had the Doctors of the Law
pondered with enlightenment Jeremiah 31:33** they would have known
that God had a plan for the revelation of the great mystery and that it
involved a New Covenant – not a continuation of their tradition.  
Moreover, the New Covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:33 signified a
new marriage!  Therefore, had the Doctors of the Law focused on the
propositions of the promised New Covenant, they would have had to
contemplate that God would in some way dissolve the then current
marriage with Israel and make a New Marriage; for the Covenant
between God and man is a Marriage Covenant.  The Marriage
Covenant between God and Ancient Israel was The Ten
Commandments according to the letter of the law; The Marriage
Covenant between God and the Church in the New Testament is The
Ten Commandments according to the spirit of the law.  In other words,
the traditions of Judaism had blinded the Jewish Doctors of the Law
to the Revelation of what had become the Great Mystery.  God
initiated the Church perspective of the disclosure of the Great Mystery
on the Day of Pentecost in 30AD; and without God’s enlightenment by
means of the holy spirit, no one could have ever grasped The
Revelation of what had become, “The Great Mystery”.

*Hebrews 8:10 "For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, says the LORD (Yahweh): I will put
My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their
God, and they shall be My people.

**Jeremiah 31:33 "But this [is] the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, says the LORD (Yahweh): I will put
My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their
God, and they shall be My people.

Therefore, the prophecy of how God would bring the Gentiles out of
paganism and into the light of His truth had no plausible explanation
for the Jews until God revealed it to the Apostle Paul and he to the
Church.  Of course, the mystery remains for those who will not accept
Christ.  

Israel did not influence the Gentiles to come into the faith under the
Judges, nor did they do so under the Kings.  The House of Israel went
into captivity never having made a dent in proselytizing the Gentiles.  
God gave the House of Israel a certificate of divorce; however, He
continued as a Husband to the House of Judah who also went into
captivity.  After the Babylonian captivity, the Jews made an effort to
faithfully worship God but they never made an effort to bring the
Gentiles into their worship.  Therefore, the Doctors of the Law in New
Testament times were still puzzling over the prophecy of the blessing
of the Gentiles through Abraham.  The prophecy had become a Great
Mystery to them.

E.W. Bullinger wrote seven papers, entitled, “Things to Come” in
which he concluded that the Great Mystery did not form the subject of
Old Testament Prophecy.  The reason he came to this erroneous
conclusion is that he confused the mystery with its revelation.  The
New Covenant Church of God is part of the revelation of the mystery.  
The mystery was concerning the prophecy of the blessing of the
nations through Abraham.  All prophecy is a mystery until revealed.  
The Prophecy that created the Great Mystery was first given in
Genesis 12:3*; and restated afterwards in various ways; moreover,
Paul tied the prophecy to the Gentiles’ justification by faith through
the one Seed, Christ.  To the Doctors of the Law – the Jewish
authorities – the prophecy had no resolution: A correct translation of
Ephesians 3:10 reveals the fact that the Church is one perspective of
God’s wisdom in fulfilling His prophecy concerning the blessing of the
Gentiles.  We will explain this verse later, in Part 3.  In 30AD, the
Prophecy was over two thousands years old.  Neither the Law nor the
Prophets mentioned anything concerning the revelation in a
discernable way; moreover, the Jews could never understand even a
glimmer of the fulfillment of the mystery.  The proposition is that the
obscurity of how God would fulfill the prophecy was so great that,
Paul referred to it as The Great Mystery as he no doubt learned at the
feet of Gamaliel.    

Often, Paul used the noun Mystery in the figure Synecdoche for “the
Revelation of the Prophecy,” which created the great mystery for the
Doctors of the Law: How God said that He would bless the nations
through Abraham’s Seed**.  They, no doubt, understood the noun
“seed” as the descendants (themselves included) – plural – of
Abraham’s seed.  Moreover, as we have already mentioned, Peter
used the word, as they would have understood it***; however, through
Paul, God revealed that, in connection with the revelation of the Great
Mystery, what God had in mind was the one Seed – Christ.

*Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him
who curses you; And in you (Abraham) all the families of the earth
shall be blessed."

**Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises
made.  He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one,
"And to your Seed," who is Christ.  

***Acts 3:25 "You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which
God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all
the families of the earth shall be blessed.’


                               THE MEANING OF MUSTERION

GREEK: Transliteration: musterion – Pronunciation: (moos-TAY-ree-
on): a mystery, what was unknown before.

E.W. Bullinger translated musterion as “the Sacred Secret”.  The
translation of “sacred secret” would be acceptable, if the subject were
the Babylonian Mysteries.  However, it is an improper expression
when referring to the Mysteries of God.  Sometimes it is correct to
translate musterion as a “secret” and other times it is correct to
translate as a “mystery”: These two words have different nuances of
meaning.  In the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, which
he withheld from his wise men to make sure they had a proper
interpretation, by requiring them to first reveal the dream.  In other
words, the dream was the king’s secret; but it was a mystery to the
wise men of Babylon.  The context reveals whether we should
translate the word musterion as a secret or as a mystery.  The Greek
word “musterion” has the meaning of 1) a religious secret confided
only to the initiated, and 2) a “mystery – what was not known before”.  
It is a secret, to the one who knows the answer if he does not reveal
the answer; however, the secret is a mystery, to the one who does not
understand it – providing he knows the mystery exists.  No mystery
can perplex one unless he knows that such mystery or prophecy
exists.  

The second and simpler meaning of the Greek for musterion, “what
was not known before” best describes God’s revelation to the Apostle
Paul and through him to the Church of God.  One must seek out the
potential nuance of the Greek word and use its best shade of meaning
based on the narrow and extensive context of the bible.  In the case of
King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, it is doubtful that it was the king’s
sacred secret – the withheld information had nothing to do with the
king’s religion; rather, it was the king’s secret, which he held from the
wise men of Babylon, to insure that their interpretation of the dream
was valid*: Nebuchadnezzar had not forgotten the dream.  On the
other hand, to the wise men even the dream was a mystery because
the king only revealed that he had a dream and told none of its details;
therefore, the wise men had no clue as to the revelation of the dream,
for they had no details to contemplate.  The case is much the same
with The Great Mystery.  The Doctors of the Law had the prophecy,
and therefore, the mystery; however, they had no clue to the
revelation of the mystery, parts of which God often hid in plain view in
the Old Testament.  However, God used His principle of “Here a Little
and There a Little” so that one could understand only if He gave the
understanding to him by means of His holy spirit**.  

*Daniel 2:9 "if you do not make known the dream to me, [there is only]
one decree for you!  For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt
words before me until the time has changed.  Therefore tell me the
dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation."

**Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD (Yahweh) was to them,
"Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line
upon line, Here a little, [and] there a little," That they might go and fall
backward, and be broken And snared and caught.

1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of
the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know
[them], because they are spiritually discerned.

1John 2:20 But you have an anointing [of the holy spirit] from the Holy
One [God]; and you know (understand) all things.  [Note: JRR: Those
who have the holy spirit have the means to understand all things.]

John 16:13 "However, when the spirit of truth, has come, He will guide
you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority], but
whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  
[Note: JRR: This is a figure of speech - a personification of the holy
spirit – the mind of God.  Literally, “God will guide you into all truth by
means of His holy spirit – His mind, which permeates the universe.]

                  God’s People Can Understand His Mysteries

The members of the Church of God have the holy spirit and therefore,
the capability of understanding the mysteries of God, which He has
revealed, for them to know*.  However, the idea that God initiates the
members of the Church “into the great sacred secret” is too close to
the ideology of the leaders of the Babylonian hierarchy.  The Great
Mystery of the Church of God, from the perspective of its revelation,
is only one aspect of knowledge given to those who become its
members.  The Father calls and draws people into the Church, not for
the sake of bringing them into the Mystery, as in the Babylonian
System, but in order to bring many Sons into Glory**.  One does not
even have to know and understand the mysteries to a great depth in
order to be part of the Church of God.  On the other hand,
understanding the mysteries gives one the capability to defend his
faith, and as a part of one’s devotion to God, they indicate one’s
depth of knowledge: His study of the Word of God.

*Matthew 13:11 He (Yahshua) answered and said to them, "Because it
has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, but to them it has not been given.

1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has
prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed [them] to us through His spirit.  For the spirit
searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

**NKJ Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom [are] all things
and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make
the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Because the Jewish leaders stood in the way of the nations coming to
the truth of God and becoming children of Abraham, God marginalized
them by blindness of the New Covenant and the Revelation of the
Great Mystery, until a portion of the Gentiles – those elected to
become a part of the Bride of Christ – have had a full opportunity to
learn of and accept entrance into the Kingdom of God.

NKJ Romans 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be
ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion
(arrogance), that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the
fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

In other words, Israel’s blindness – foretold in the prophecies* – was
part of the Revelation of the Great Mystery – a hint at how it would
come about.  The prophecies did not put the two ideas of bringing in
the Gentiles and blinding Israel together because that would be
tantamount to a partial revealing of the Prophecy, which came to be
such a mystery to the Doctors of the Law; moreover, they would have
never accepted the idea that they were blind to the word of God.  
However, we have in one place the prophecy of the blessing of the
Gentiles and in another the blinding of Israel and in another the
destruction of Jerusalem, and in another the coming of the suffering
Christ, and in another the coming of a New Covenant.  Therefore, God
gave several hints of the revelation without revealing enough for
anyone to put it together and find out the interpretation.  The one
great part left unclear was how God would make of two peoples
(Gentiles and Jews) one people: The Israel of God.  Of course, that
initially came about because of Christ’s death and resurrection –
something the Jews could not see or understand; although, the
prophets foretold this part of the Great Mystery**.  Another part that
the Jews could not have understood was the destruction of the
Temple – necessary to accomplish the fulfillment of the Great Mystery
– also foretold in the Prophecies of the Old Testament***; as well as
by Yahshua in the New Testament****.  Moreover, the destruction of
the Temple is now history: Accomplished in 70AD by the armies of
Titus of Rome.

*Isaiah 6:10 "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their
ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."

**Isaiah 53:1 Who has (shall) believed (believe) our report (message)?  
And to whom has (shall) the arm (the strength and power) of the
LORD (Yahweh) been (be) revealed?
2 For He (the Christ) shall grow up before Him (God the Father) as a
tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground.  He (the Christ) has
(shall have) no form or comeliness; And when we see Him (the Christ),
There is (shall be) no beauty that we should (shall) desire Him (Christ).
3 He (the Christ) is (shall be) despised and rejected by men, A Man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief.  And we hid (shall hide), as it were,
our faces from Him; He was (shall be) despised, and we did (shall) not
esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne (shall bear) our grief And carried (carry) our
sorrows; Yet we esteemed (shall esteem) Him stricken, Smitten by
God, and afflicted.
5 But He (Christ) was (shall be) wounded for our transgressions, He
was (shall be) bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our
peace was (shall be) upon Him, And by His stripes we are (shall be)
healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to
his own way; And the LORD (HaAdon – The Father) [Masoretic Text
Corruption] has laid on Him (the Christ) the iniquity of us all.
7 He was (shall be) oppressed and He was (shall be) afflicted, Yet He
opened not (shall not open) His mouth; He was (shall be) led as a lamb
to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He
opened not (shall not open) His mouth.
8 He was (shall be) taken from prison (restraint) and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?  For He was (shall be) cut off
from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He
was (shall be) stricken.
9 And they made (shall make) His grave with the wicked––But with the
rich at His death*, Because He had (shall have) done no violence, Nor
was (shall there be) any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet, it pleased (shall be the will of) the LORD [HaAdon – the Father
– Masoretic Corruption] to bruise (smite and crush) Him (the Christ);
He (the Father) has (shall) put Him (the Christ) to grief.  When You [He
– the Christ] make (makes) His soul an offering for sin, He (the Father)
shall see His seed [offspring by faith], He (the Father) shall prolong
His days [raise Him to self-existing life**], And the pleasure of the
LORD [HaAdon – the Father – Masoretic Corruption] shall prosper in
His (the Christ’s) hand.
11 He (the Father) shall see the labor of His (the Christ’s) soul, and be
satisfied.  By His (Christ’s) knowledge, My righteous Servant (Christ)
shall justify many; For He (the Christ) shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him (Christ) a portion with the great, And He
shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He (the Christ) [shall
have] poured out His soul unto death, And He was (shall be) numbered
with the transgressors, And He bore (shall bear) the sin of many, And
made (make) intercession for the transgressors.

[NOTE: JRR: One should read Isaiah 53 without too much stress on
the verb tenses, as translated in the KJV.  The translators have mixed
passed, present, and future tenses in this passage.  However, several
of the verbs are in the aorist tense in the Septuagint – indicating no
statement of time – and several of the verbs are missing, which means
that the translators had to supply the missing verbs for the English
translations.  If one reads the whole passage in the future tense, he
will have a better understanding of it as to the time element, from the
perspective of Isaiah’s prophecy when he first recorded it.  Isaiah’s
report or message is a prophecy concerning the Christ to come – now
history.  Keep in mind that the sacrificed Christ is the first main
branch of The Great Mystery; therefore, by the aorist tense God could
reveal and keep hidden at the same time, information [hid in plain
view] concerning the promise to the world outside Israel, from which
sprung The Great Mystery ready for fulfillment by the Apostle Paul’s
time]

*LXXE Isaiah 53:9 And I will give [appoint] the wicked [wicked ones –
Roman Soldiers who watched over his burial] for his burial, and the
rich for his death [Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus]; {1} for he
practiced no iniquity, nor craft with his mouth. {1) 1Peter 2:22}

1Peter 2:22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His
mouth";

**John 5:26 "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted
the Son to have life in Himself,

***Ezekiel 7:20 ‘As for the beauty of his ornaments, He set it in
majesty; But they made from it The images of their abominations––
Their detestable things; Therefore I have made it Like refuse to them.
21 I will give it as plunder into the hands of strangers, And to the
wicked of the earth as spoil; And they shall defile it.

Ezekiel 24:21  ‘Speak to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord
GOD: ‘Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, your arrogant boast, the
desire of your eyes, the delight of your soul; and your sons and
daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.

****Matthew 24:1 Then Jesus (Yahshua) went out and departed from
the Temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of
the Temple.
2 And Jesus (Yahshua) said to them, "Do you not see all these
things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not [one] stone shall be left here
upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

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