Our dear brother J. Preston Eby shares some remarkable insight into an important piece of scripture (that IMO,as we do with many
of the words of Jesus) have been misunderstood and mis-applied. I believe that's how much of the ET doctrine is built, i.e, "Jesus said more about hell than He did about Heaven", etc., when Jesus was actually often discussing natural Israel, the impending loss of their privilege, and the coming in of the Gentiles - the nations - us. How we were to become sons through His death, blood, and resurrection...the cross and the empty grave!
For instance, Gehenna (ET's 'hell') was
in 70 A.D., in which to throw the bodies of the Jewish priesthood, where they were burned in the unquenced fire (until it had served its purpose); where the worms died not (they lived by eating the corpses), and there was spiritual (and possibly literal) gnashing of teeth. Also, the rich man and Lazarus; the rich man representing the Jewish priesthood (dressed in purple) who had brothers (the other tribes), and Lazarus representing the nations (the dogs) that were about to be adopted. http://www.godfire.net/eby/abrahams.html
I had been to a recent orthodox Bible study in which many of these verses were all mixed in together to attempt to prove points about hell and ET that IMO, were not accurate.
I was personally wondering about the Sheep and Goats, what a good explanation of that might be. I found this from Brother Eby. The paragraph just prior to this one was about the misapplications he has apparently heard of this passage, often by preachers during fundraising efforts, etc. Brother Eby says we should
give and help the less fortunate, but that the usual usage of this passage is not the correct one. So he says,
"The remarkable words of Jesus are' "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of one of these' my brethren' ye have done it unto me." The subject is not the starving in India' the poor in Africa' the drunk in the gutter' or any other sinner in the world. The subject is the LORD'S BRETHREN. These brethren of the Lord are members of the Christ-body' kings and priests in His Kingdom' participators in the government of God. That is the issue. It,s about how the people of the nations act in respect to the Lord's brethren' not how Christians act in respect to the needy in the nations! The preachers' as usual, have it backwards. "And before Him shall be gathered all NATIONS: and He shall separate them (the nations) one from another' as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats." The nations who respect' assist' bless and minister to the Lord's brethren in the Kingdom are set at the right hand of the King to receive the blessings and benefits of the Kingdom of God. Those who hate' mock' resist' persecute or ignore the Lord's brethren are set at the left hand of the King to receive the purification of judgmental fire. The way the nations will be dealt with relates precisely to their response to the sons of God, the "least" of His brethren, the "little child" who though humble' meek' unpresuming, unpretentious, and esteemed as the least of all is, nevertheless' THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD!"
I highly recommend anyone just entering into UR to scour the articles here by Brother Eby. He was one of, if not the
very first person God led me to when He began to show me UR. IMO, many of us that have been in UR for awhile could still use a good dose as well, as Brother Eby is much farther down the road in this than most of us are. I believe he's believed UR, studied it, taught it, for 30+ years. http://www.godfire.net/eby/saviour_of_the_world.html
God's blessing, James.