This is the Gospel revelation, or the revelation in the Gospel The speech of God throughout the ages past was not unbroken chatter but given in episodes of speech punctuating seasons of silence (eg 400 silent years of the inter-testament period) This phrase is first in the Greek construction for emphasis (emphatic position) and refers to the incremental and progressive revelation (Genesis gives some truth, Exodus some more truth, etc) in which God disclosed Himself in portions of truth at different times until the appearance of the Son, Who Himself is the consummation of Truth (Jn 1:17, Jn 14:6), the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets (Mt 5:17-note). As someone has well said, the Old is the New concealed and the New is the Old revealed. See survey of uses of the phrase through Him = through Christ, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" and that "all things came into being by (dia = through) Him ("the Word"), and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." Symbol and parable, vision and metaphor, type and historic foreshadowing, all in turn served the divine end; like the ray which is broken into many prismatic hues. Hebrews 1:2. (NLT), through Whom He made the ages" (NJB, WNT), by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]" (Amp), through Whom also He constituted the ages; " (Wuest). It is God’s revelation, His progressive revelation preparing His people for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The irony is that the Son, Who is Heir of all things, also created all things. In the last days (Lxx = eschatos hemera [ep eschaton ton hemeron]) you will clearly understand it. In all, there is the full inspiration of the Spirit of God, by whom all Scripture has been given. Jesus "knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands" (Jn 13:3) and that "all things that the Father has are Mine" (Jn 16:15) declared that "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." From Way Into the Holiest. First, there were the prophets, God's ancient spokesmen (Hebrews 1:1-3); then the angels, Israel's guardians (Hebrews 1:4-2:18); then Israel's great leader, Moses (Hebrews 3:1-4:7); Israel's godly general, Joshua (Hebrews 4:8-13); and finally the founder of Israel's priesthood, Aaron (Hebrews 4:14-7:28). And here we discover the reason. John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Hebrews 1:2-note in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. Hebrews chapter 1. NIDNTT summarizes the sense of eschatos as used in the Septuagint translation - Yahweh will make it possible for his people to turn back (Hos. "In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." and before the second temple was destroyed; and he was to come at "He spake unto the fathers in the prophets… He hath spoken unto us in his Son." The prophetic revelation was fragmentary, piece by piece in 39 OT books delivered over some 1500 years by forty-plus writers, each contributing "portions" of divine revelation, none in themselves complete. Holy men spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, … searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify" (2Ti 3:16 ; 2Pe 1:20, 21 ; 1Pe 1:2). And with that name we commence our attempt to gather up some of the glowing lessons which were first addressed to the persecuted and wavering Hebrews in the primitive age, but have ever been most highly prized by believing Gentiles throughout the universal Church. ) ( Numbers Moody Press), MacDonald nicely summarizes the purifying work of the Son writing that "The Creator and the Sustainer became the Sin-bearer. Mark 12:22 and so all seven left no children. the tradition of the house of Elias; which teaches, that the 1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. We can therefore conclude that the last days were inaugurated by the First Coming of Christ. be understood of him not as God, and Creator; for as such he has The Zondervan Corporation), John MacArthur observes that "The last days are days of fulfillment. With this issue we begin a series of studies through the New Testament book of Hebrews. 3:5). OF THE WORD ESCHATOLOGY, Eschatology (eschatos + logos - the "last word") refers to the last things or final events in God’s relationship with history and creation. Each was ordained by God and proper in its intended place. Speak (spoke, spoken, speaking) is clearly a key word in Hebrews (Click 18 occurrences in Hebrews in NAS). frequent in their writings, and prayer books F17, to 2:10 ) . (Lk 24:27). That distinction is of utmost importance. He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart. F14: but it is best to understand this Sic. (Ex 7:1) (MacArthur, John: Hebrews. In the last days promises would stop and fulfillments begin. They put the whole Bible into a blender, and they really mix it up! God spoke in different ways. Corinthians 10:11 ) and quickly after Jesus, the true Messiah Each was intrusted with one or two syllables in the mighty sentences of God's speech. Hebrews 1:1-4 introduces a contrast that is the central theme throughout Hebrews: the climactic revelation of God in Christ, surpassing every way that God spoke and worked prior to Christ’s coming. but as an efficient cause with him; for by him were all things Indeed, God "has made known" (Da 2:28, 29) to His children who have eyes to see and ears to hear "what the Spirit says to the churches" (cp Rev 2:7) regarding "what will take place upon the last days!". If you try to mix these promises, it will cause utter confusion. In all this Yahweh will reveal himself as holy (Ezek 38:16, 23). Fit for reproof and comfort, too. 2:2ff. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! ", Mark 10:31 "But many who are first will be last, and the last, first. they call them the world of angels (where they dwell), the world 731, the utmost ends of the earth), temporally the last events of a series (e.g. Note that God took the initiative to speak in the past and at the last! (1Pe 1:21-note), The prophet John the Baptist quoting another prophet Isaiah explaining that he was but "a voice of One who is crying out in the wilderness (Jn 1:23), The One giving the message was God, John being His voice, "a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. The Holy Spirit establishes the divine authorship of the Old Testament, its accuracy and its authority, through the fact that it was given to and delivered by God’s prophets." Their hands are linked and locked so tightly that where one goes all must follow. Hebrews 1 – A Superior Savior A. Jesus, the superior Savior. Each was a voice from Israel's past that needed to be heard but that was woefully inadequate if followed alone. Each structure must rest on him as foundation; each tree must spring from him as root; each design and enterprise must originate in him as source. and Jewish worship, will never be restored again; that the Gospel So the writer of Hebrews is referring to the incarnation of God's Son at His First Coming. We need not deny that other men have been illuminated; but the difference between illumination and inspiration is as far as the east is from the west. Or as someone else has said "The Old Testament slopes upward to Christ". James 5:3 Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. Matthew. Most quoted Psalm. Kleronomos signifies not only one who inherits or obtains a portion but also signifies one who takes into possession of the portion. Hebrews exposes the inadequacy of that kind of formal religion and shows that we must have an enduring faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Brown, Colin, Editor. (College Press NIV Commentary), in many fragments and in many fashions" (K Hughes). ", Comment: The Jewish reader should have been familiar with Balaam's last and greatest prophecy regarding Israel and the Messiah as Balaam informed King Balak (Nu 24:14) "what (Israel would) do to (his) people in the days to come (= the last days)" going on to foretell of the Messiah, saying "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. This "special revelation" contrasts with "natural revelation" described by Paul as "that which is known about God is evident within (all men) for God made it evident to them. The idea is not merely what Jesus said, but what He is. Admittedly I have given you a "cheat sheet" below, but don't let that stop you for observing carefully (and marking distinctively) the words in your Bible. The heart of man bears witness to this. Matthew 20:14 'Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Many portions (4181) (polumeros from polús = many + méros = part) (only use in the NT) is literally "many parts". KJV: Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; NLT: And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. In the Old Testament the Jew saw the last days as the time when all the promises would be fulfilled. (Ezekiel 38:16). LAST DAYS IN THE SEPTUAGINT. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. David Guzik comments: Some see this Antiochus and Antichrist connection, and some do not. The hope of the child of God today is that Christ is coming to take us out of this world. (Acts 13:32 33). thing for them: and there is a difference between these two made, whether visible or invisible; and the preposition "by" does Luke 11:26 "Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Jesus as God's "Agent" created both matter and history. As illustrations of this we may refer to the gradual making known of the Divine character through His different titles (Click Studies on the Names of God), or to the prophesies concerning the coming Messiah. Spurgeon - I love to think that He who created all things is also our Savior, for then He can create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. In order to create the universe, He only had to speak. Moody Press), ESCHATOS IN THE OT: Filling A Fatigued Faith Series Contributed by Perry Greene on Aug 17, 2020 | 724 views. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. may be called the last days of the natural world, according to Indeed, He is one with the Father, so that there is no separating them, as He Himself said, in reply to Philip’s request, “Show us the Father”; “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:8, 11). The heavenly treasure is in vessels of earth. Wuest: in the last of these days spoke to us in One who by nature is [His] Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He constituted the ages; Young's Literal: in these last days did speak to us in a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He did make the ages; IN THESE LAST DAYS: ep eschatou ton hemeron touton: In these last days is rendered variously as - "at the end of these days" (DNT), "But now in these final days" (NLT), "at the end of the present age" (Phillips), "in the last of these days." 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