XIII. The 1st. Cent. Church did not complete the blueprint

             Using the example of Samson to typify the New Tesament Church.

             "There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites,
             whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared
             unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt
           conceive
, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink,
             and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come
           on his head
: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver
             Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
(Judges.13:1-5 / Rom.15:4, 2Tim.3:16-17)

            
 A. The angel of the Lord appeared to Samson's mother (Judges.13:2-7)
                       
                    The angel told her that Samson would deliver them from their enemy. The angel of the Lord 
                    appeared to Mary, and was told that Jesus (who is the head of the body, the Church) would deliver
                    those in bondage to the god of this world.
(Luke.1:28, 2Cor.4:4, Eph.2:1-11, Rom.3:23; 5:12-21)

         
   B. Samson was to be separate unto the Lord.
                    
                    He was to take the vow of a "Nazarite."
(Num.6:1-12)  The Church, the body of Christ was to be 
                    separated unto God fulfilling this law.
(Matt.5:17-19, John.14:30, 2Cor.6:14-18)  

         C. Samson experienced victories over the Philistines
                    
                    The Lord blessed him and the Spirit of God began to move upon him.
(Judges.13:24-25)  The
                    1st.Century Church had God's blessing and the Spirit of God upon them, and within them.























         D. The Church like Samson was warned   (Judges.13:4-5; 14:1-3)
                   
                   The 1st. Century Church was warned in the epistles of the coming danger and spiritual decline.
                   (Note how these epistles were written during 60-90 AD) a short time before the spiritual decline
                   would take place after the death of John.

























                  1. To the Ephesian Church - 60 AD
                        
                           Paul said, "...after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
                           Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things..."
(Acts.20:29-30)  Watch for
                           the "cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive."
(Eph.4:14)  Be "strong in the
                           Lord...put on the whole armor of God...to stand against the wiles (tricks) of the devil."
                          
 (Eph.6:10-11)

                
    2. General Epistle of Jude - 65 AD.
                       
                           "For there are  certain men crept in unawares (Stealthy, under the radar)...turning the grace of
                           our God into lasciviousness, and denying...our Lord Jesus Christ." 
(Jude.1:3-4) 

             
       3. To the Corinthian Church - 56 AD
                        
                            Watch for those that "...preacheth another Jesus...another spirit...or another Gospel...For
                            such are false apostles, deceitful workers...transforming themselves as the ministers of  
​                            righteousness..." 
(2Cor.11:1-4) Watch for those "which corrupt the Word of God..." (2Cor.2:14)

                  
  4. To the Churches of Galatia - 56 AD
                            "...there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."
(Gal.1:1-8) 

                   
  5. To the Church at Philippi - 60 AD
                        
                           "Beware of dogs (unsaved, unredeemed, those that reject Christ's Deity)...evil workers...
                           concision." 
(Phil.3:2) "...they are the enemies of the cross of Christ." (Phil.3:18) 
  
                    
 6. To the Church at Colosse - 60 AD
                        
                           "Let no man beguile you...in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those
                           things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind."
(Col.2:18) 

               
     7. The General epistles of John - 90 AD
                        
                           John warned that "...antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists;...they went
                           out from us; for...they were not all of us."
(1John.2:18-27) These things have I written unto you
                           concerning them that seduce you."
(1John.2:26-27)

                
   8. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us - 60-68 AD
                        
                          There will be those that "are unlearned and unstable wrest (twist, torture)..the...scriptures,
                          unto their own destruction."
 (2Peter.3:16)

                          These warnings were NOT heeded and the Church turned aside as Samson did.
                          (Historical record /
Judges.14:1-8)

          E. The Church, like Samson, failed to have a hearing ear
            

                   The Church "turned aside" to see the carcase / the dead works (Heb.6:1, Eph.2:1, Matt.23:27) of our
                   adversary (
1Peter.5:8) the defeated (Col.2:15) and imitation lion." (Judges.14:5-8)  The Church like
                   Samson handled it and tasted the honey in it and it defiled their vow of separation, as a Nazarite. 
                 
   (Col.2:21) The result of this mixture and lack of separation from the "philosophy and vain deceit,
                   after the tradition of men,"
(Col.2:8) was the replacement of Apostle and Prophet ministries by 
                   man's government and authority. (100 AD?) They did not take heed to the warnings of the
                apostles Paul, John and Peter. 


                   Note: The responsibility of the apostle and prophet is for the foundation of the Church, Jesus
                   Christ. 
(Matt.16:18, Eph.2:20-22, 1Cor.3:10-11, Psa.11:3)  This forsaking of the apostle and
                prophet
 began the decay of the Church because the foundation was gone.
(Eph.2:20-22)  






























  









              F. By the second century, the "laying on of hands" vanished(Heb.6:2) [32]
               
                   The doctrine of the "laying on of hands of the presbytery" became a dead ritual.
[32] (1Tim.4:14) is
                   one of the "first principles of the doctrine of Christ," who has never changed His doctrine. 
                   
(Heb.6:1-2; 13:8)  The doctrine of the "laying on of hands" is God confirming how He has "set" you
                   in the body as it has "pleased Him." The Church decided they would appoint leaders as it pleased
                   them.
(1Tim.4:14, 2Tim.1:6, 1Cor.12:18)
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Note: With this decay of truth came also the corruption of God's Word. The Greek manuscripts were "notoriously"
                        corrupted within 100 years and agreement between them was hopeless.
[31] What is interesting, they were claiming to be
                        correcting them just as the modern translations do today. This corruption and decay is the foundation for our modern
                        translations.
(Review Phase.1)

                        (Compare this period of time with the Church at Ephesus (Rev.2:1-7) and the parable of the Sower. (Matt.13:1-23
)





















          G. Baptism in the Holy Ghost / Gifts of the Spirit. Gone 150 AD.(?) [32]
           
                   Only a "form of godliness" remained. Jesus told the apostles they needed "the promise of the Father"
                   and He has not changed His doctrine.
(Acts.1:1-8, Heb.6:1-3; 13:8) 

                   It was man that changed his mind!  God did not stop!

                   Paul, (who was taught by the revelation of Jesus Christ -
Gal.1:11-12) says that tongues will not cease 
                   until that perfect man (Church, Bride, Building, Temple) has come. 
(1Cor.13:9-12, Eph.4:11-16)  Peter
                   declared the gift of the Holy Ghost is given to "as many as the Lord our God shall call,"
(Acts.2:39)
                   and God has not stopped calling yet.

 
        H. Then the plurality of eldership was replaced[32]
           
                   Monarchical bishops selected because of their natural ability. 160 AD.(?)
[32] This is to be expected  
                   because there was no leading of the Holy Spirit and man became the leader. By this time
180 AD.(?)
                    
Churches were looking to Rome for direction.[35] Now there was a giant gap forming between
                   doctrine and experience. The external form remained the same, but the spiritual awareness began
​                   to vanish.


​                     Note: It was about this time (185 AD?)[32] infant baptism took the place of Baptism by immersion. 
                  Later in this century, Pope Stephen declared baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ invalid.[]



















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                      Note: During this next period of time (202-325 AD ?)Clement and Origen were "two prominent fathers...chief
                       representatives of the School of Alexandria"
[33] This School blended Plato with Biblical concepts, and denied the Deity
                       of the Lord Jesus Christ. Origen is recorded in history as a early Christian Theologian. A Foremost, celebrated Christian writer,
                       teacher and theologian of antiquity. Yet he was a Platoist. He taught that Christ was "subordinate to the father in power and
                       dignity." He taught that Jesus was created, not eternal. (Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, Vol.19, p.441 / Encyclopedia
                       Britannica, Vol.16. p.900-1939 Edition / Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia, 1996) Question: "Why then do Theologians today
                       consider Origen a "celebrated Christian Writer," when he denies the Deity of Christ?  

                       Compare this period with the Church at Smyrna(Rev.2:8-17) and the parable of the Wheat and the Tares.
                        (Matt.13:24-30, 36-43)



​        I.  An acute distinction between the clergy and laity 210 AD.(?)[32]

                   The "priesthood" of all believers was now replaced with designated priests in direct opposition to 
                   God's Word and they became the interpreters of the Word of God to the people. According to the 
                   pattern (blueprint) God has designated the entire Church is to be "a royal priesthood"
(1Peter.2:9) 
                   with the responsibility to teach, guard, protection and supervised the copying of the

                   Word. (1Peter.2:5-9, Rev.1:6; 5:10, 2Tim.2:15; 4:2, Deut.17:8; 24:8; 31:9-13, 2Chron.15:3; 34:15, Neh.8:2) 




















         J.  By the3rd, Cent. worldliness had crept into the Church[32]

                   Some recognized this problem and began the first monasteries,
[32] which created a double
                   standard. There were "average" Christians and the ascetic who tried to a lead the "deeper life," which    
                   lead to an over emphasis on works as a sort of eternal life. God's Words say our salvation is not by
                   works.
(Eph.2:8-9)

         K. 313 AD?Constantine[32]
       
                   He now becomes the ruler of the Roman Empire and chooses Christianity
[35] as the best of
                   religions and began to control the affairs of the Church. God's Word says that Jesus is supposed to 
                   be the head and control the Church.
(Eph.1:22-23, Col.1:18) The Church was declining fast! (The
                   "...locust...caterpillar...palmerworm" was taking it's toll.  
Joel.2:23-32)
     
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Note: By the beginning of the 3rd. Century, Biblical interpretation was greatly influenced by the Catechetical
                        School of
Alexandria, which had become the great melting pot of Greek philosophy and  Judaism. Origen was the chief
                      representative of this School and DID NOT believe in the Deity of Christ
. (i.e. that Jesus Christ was God manifest in the
                        flesh) Alexandria was a theological ferment where "philosophers attempted to fuse the doctrine of Christianity with the
                        ideal's of Greek philosophy" 
Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia, 96 / Funk & Wagnalls  Encyclopedia, Vol.1. p.372  (Review Phase 1)













​         
L. By323 AD?A threatened split in the Christian Church
[32]
                  
                   This quarrel was over Arius (Arian) and the doctrine of the Godhead (i.e. the trinity). Arius was a
                   priest of  Alexandria that denied the Deity of Christ. (That Jesus was God manifest in the flesh
                 
 (John.1:1-14; Matt.1:23; John.5:17-18; 17:1-5 / Isa.42:8, John.7:39; 14:15--26, Acts.2:1) As in the
                   illustration of Samson, the Church was not  to "come at no dead body"
(Num.6:6, Judges.13:5,
                    1Cor.3:17; 6:15-20, James.4:1-4, 2Cor.11:1-3) 
Dead meaning, "dead works," (Heb.6:1, Eph.2:1) our self
                   righteousness. Samson did not remain consecrated (separated) to God and neither did the Church.
                   By the
2nd. Century the Church had become "entangled"
[32] with "affairs in this life" (2Tim.2:3-4) 
                   and spiritually declining to the Dark Ages.
     
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                   Note: Not only was the Church forsaking truth, this Arian heresy was corrupting the scribes who were hand copying the 
                        Greek manuscripts and 
changing the Greek manuscripts leaving out words that proclaimed Jesus as Deity, and the creator
                        of the worlds. (Remember: Every thing was hand copied because the printing press would not be invented until the 
14th. 
​                        century.

                        (Compare this time with the Church at Pergamos,
(Rev.2:12-17) and the parable of the Fowls of the air lodging in the
                        branches. 
(Matt.13:31-33) 
(Review Phase 1)

        M. Constantine called for the Council of Nicaea. 325 AD. [32]
                  
                   This was an ecumenical, or worldwide council of Bishops to correct the Arian heresy. (The denial of
                   the Deity of Christ)  The Nicene Council overwhelmingly condemned the Arian heresy, and drew up
                   the "Nicene Creed." In spite of the (Nicene) council's decisions' the problem of Arianism was not
                   solved for some decades. The Emperor Constantine II, Constantine's son, supported Arianism, as
                   did Valens, one of his successors. This doctrine persisted until at least the 7th century. Arianism
                   today, is held by 
Unitarians, Jehovah Witnesses. The next 300 years, all the Bishops in the Roman
                   Catholic Church were Arian in belief.
[34]
     
                   Like that of Samson's brethren,
(Judges.15:9-10) the Church under the hand of Constantine, gave up
                   truth to the Philistines. (i.e. the vain deceit, philosophy and traditions of men -
Col.2:8, Matt.15:6) This
                   would eventually lead the Church to the captivity of the "dark ages" as it did to Samson.

                 "Constantine, the wolf of paganism openly assumed the sheep's clothing of the Christian    
                   religion."
[34]
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         N. 350 AD, Now Christianity is the religion of the state. (Rome)      
         
                   Heathens (unsaved, unredeemed) were forced into the Church without being born again. Many
                   heathen preferred to be called Christians rather than face the sword. Needless to say, the doctrine
                   of Justification by Faith and the new birth were no longer emphasized.
[32]

         O. By392 AD, Theodosius
          
                   He went even further when he outlawed heathen worship. It now came under penalty of
                   death for any one to have any religious connection other than that of the established Roman
                   Church.
[32]
       
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Note: During the Dark Ages very little translation was attempted...the Word of God was locked up in the Latin tongue which
                       was unknown to the common people.  Thompson Chain Ref. Bible. Condensed Encyclopedia, p.181

                       Compare this time with the Church at Pergamos, (Rev.2:12-17) and the parable of the Fowls of the air lodging in the 
​                       branches.
(Matt.13:31-33) 
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