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Luke 22:16

Speaking of the Passover, Christ told the disciples, “I will not eat any more of it until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God”. What a comfort and joy it is to be given to realize that the sacrifice is finished and the anti-type fulfilled but what is it. Exodus tells of the division that God had placed between the Egyptians and Israel. When God brought them into the land and they tended sheep (which was abominable to the Egyptians) no Egyptian wanted to become and Israelite. When the Pharaoh arose who knew not Joseph and enslaved the Israelites, no Egyptian wanted to join their ranks and when God brought forth His judgment against Egypt the people just wanted them to go and leave them alone. No proselytizing, no door to door ministry to bring in any wild olive branches. Jehovah had “put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel” and nothing could change it. There was a great gulf fixed between those whose names were written in the Lambs book of life from before the foundation of the world and all who were of the kingdom of darkness.

God brought forth His signs and wonders for the house of Pharaoh to see and although they did not perceive the hand of God, they were judged accordingly. Finally Jehovah destroyed the inheritance and the sacrifice of Satan’s kingdom as He killed the firstborn of the4 house of Pharaoh, man and beast. But when the Angel of Death saw the blood of the kid struck on the door posts, He observed the mark of the redemption and that judgment had been served.

This is what Christ said was to be fulfilled for His people on that last Passover day. He was to be offered up for His people whom He had separated unto Himself and He was to endure the fierceness of the wrath of the judgment of God. He also was to bring forth that judgment against Satan and his kingdom with that sword that proceeded from His mouth, the Word of God.

If someone is waiting for a kingdom to come then they are also waiting for the sacrifice to be completed. If the sacrifice has not been slain then deliverance has not happened and we all still dwell in the bondage of the kingdom of darkness.

May the Spirit give us all to think on these things.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
12-13-2009