Canaanite and Luke 21
Today I want to talk about Luke chapter 21, and I just want to start reading in verse 25 where the Bible reads "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." And of course that is the same that we saw in Mathew 24 and Mark 13 about the sun and moon being darkened, the stars falling from the sky, the tribes of the earth mourning, and the powers of heaven being shaken. But listen to the next verse. It says in verse 28, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
So right there, he tells us that when we see the sun and moon darkened, at that point we should look up, and lift up our heads for our redemption draweth nigh. Now a lot of people will say "well, Luke 21 is not talking toe us as believers, he's talking to the Jews", well, he was talking to his disciples, at this time, he's talking to the twelve disciples. And people will say "well yeah, but they were all Jewish." Oh,
you mean Simon that Canaanite? It's funny how people will say that when Jesus is talking to his disciples in Luke 21, "He's talking to them as a picture of the nation of Israel because they were all Jews". No they were not all Jews.
The Bible is very careful to tell us that one of Jesus' disciples was not a Jew, but rather he was a Canaanite, he was "Simon the Canaanite", he was a proselyte into the Jewish religion, he was obviously circumcised as the book of Esther says many people BECAME Jews. But ethnically, the Bible tells us clearly that he was a Canaanite. Somebody once told me "well, he was just from Canaan, but he was ethnically a Jew." Well, the whole land of Israel is Canaan! That whole area is called Canaan, the promised land is called Canaan. The reason that he is called a Canaanite is because ethnically he descended from the man Canaan, from the nation of the Canaanites, from before the children of Israel took over that land.
And so not only did Jesus Christ speak to this group that included Simon the Canaanite, BUT, other passages where Jesus spoke to his twelve disciples, these same people who believe in a pre-trib rapture will always say "he was talking to the CHURCH in this passage". For example the great commission, he's talking to the same men when he gives the
great commission and people say the great commission is given unto the church. But it's the same group.
Okay, what about the last supper? Jesus Christ celebrated the last supper with these very men, the disciples. And yet when they look at a passage on the last supper, they'll say "oh, communion, the Lord's supper, is something that is for the CHURCH to celebrate, see that's the church there, these 12 guys are the CHURCH", when he gives the great commission, it's "the church", and then when he preaches on end times prophecy in Mathew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21... All of a sudden, they hypocritically change their stance and say "No". Suddenly these 12 men represent the nation of Israel, or the Jews, or "he's not talking to Christians, he's talking to Jews." No, he's talking to the saints. He's talking to believers. And in Mark 13:37 he said "what I say unto you, I say unto all, watch."
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Pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church