Deuteronomy – Deu 24:5 Christ as Husband to the Church

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Deu 24:5 Christ as Husband to the Church

[Study Aired June 4, 2021]

Deu 24:5  When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.

In the study of Deuteronomy 20:5-9 we went over a similar verse, and it had a totally different application, the negative application to the subject. Below is a quote from that study.

Today we will see this verse in the light of it speaking of Christ, as the Husband of the church.

Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

We know that the literal is a peek into the spiritual, and whatever we see in the natural is a light into the spiritual.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

Let’s look at our verses today in the spiritual, Christ the Husband of the church, and all who are in Christ from the resurrection of Christ until today make up the church. Christ has taken a wife (us), and He is at this time free from any business or war and at home with us, cheering us up. So, let’s ask these questions:

1) What does it mean that Christ is not warring at this time or doing any business?
2) Where is home?
3) What does it mean that He is cheering us up?
4) What does the one year represent?

Jesus Christ has been united to His church since His resurrection, in earnest. His home is within each of His elect, and collectively we make up His body, as we just read in Ephesians 5. Although this is all true, again, we have it only in earnest, the down payment, which is the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit of Christ is the hope set before us, that gives us the desire to continually look for the redemption of this body.

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2Co 1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2Co 5:5  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

From the beginning, this was the truth that was being said, but because Christ had not literally come and secured His wife by His death and resurrection, it had been kept a secret. If we examine these verses, we see that it is clear what the plan of God is, was and will be.

Exo 29:42  This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. 
Exo 29:43  And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall be sanctified by my glory.
Exo 29:44  And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, to minister to me in the priest’s office.
Exo 29:45  And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
Exo 29:46  And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.

These verses are explaining about the future coming of Christ and how He would take His wife (us), all who were betrothed to Him from before the world was created. It is explained how He would dwell among us, within us, and we would become bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. This is done in earnest, down-payment form. It is not the whole, but partial, as a sealing of that which will be in whole in the future.

Zec 2:10  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
Zec 2:11  And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
Zec 2:12  And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Zec 2:13  Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

These verses are foretelling of Christ’s coming to His people. Although it is speaking in several different ways , it must be seen as inward before we can see how it happened the past or be accomplished ordinally in the future. The daughter of Zion is the wife of Christ, us, in whom Christ is dwelling. All the nations in us will be joined to the LORD because we give all authority to our King and Husband. All flesh in us will “be silent” because we will see Him rise up out of His holy habitation, which means we see Him as planning our lives from before the world began to be betrothed to Him, which is His holy habitation.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Christ’s judgment of this world is still to come, after the thousand-year reign, at the white throne judgment. He is currently inside us, His wife, in earnest. This earnest is the hope that we have in us, the belief of the truth that when we see Him again, it will be when He comes to us, at the beginning of the thousand-year reign, or as our scripture say today, the one year where there is no war.

Why no war for one year? Because Christ will be cheering us up. We have waited for this time, we are waiting for this time, for the appearing of our hope, Jesus Christ. At this time the world will no longer learn war, because they will be ruled for a thousand symbolic years, which we are studying today, called the year of Christ with His wife. Let’s let scripture tell us of this future truth.

Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man [Christ] leave [in future tense-G5692] his father and mother, and shall be joined [Future tense-G5701] unto his wife, and they two shall be [future tense-G5704] one flesh.
Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Cheering us up means that we are being shown the mind of Christ and what we have yet to receive being married to Christ. He is teaching us how to be obedient to Him in the throne, how to rule. This is the time of the thousand-year reign, a time when the nations will beat their weapons into plowshares, and there will be no war during the thousand-year reign.

Isa 2:1  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah [the elect of Christ] and Jerusalem. [the elect united together as the city from above, at the beginning of the thousand year reign]
Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. [all nations coming under the authority of Christ and His Christ, called Jerusalem from above, the church of the living God.  The last days is the end of all flesh and the thousand years are exactly that, the last days of all flesh.]
Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isa 2:5  O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

If you notice I highlighted and underlined the word “among” in verse four above, for it is very important that we understand that this word is in scripture 261 time and translated “between”, 196 of those times and “betwixt 14 times, a total of 210 out of 261.

During the thousand-year reign Christ will be teaching us, cheering us up, with the process of judgment, through the judgment He shows us “between” the nations, outwardly and ordinally. Yes, it is happening now, between the nations of the old man and the nations of the new man within us, but within us only, not outwardly to the nations outside of us.

1Co 5:12  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

The word “year” in Deuteronomy 24:5 means the following:

One can see that its definition shows not really a literal year but a plurality of years, of an age or of even a lifetime full of years. The KJC really brings this out, because it shows that the word is overwhemingly translated meaning a plurality of years and not a single year.

While we are being taught to rule the nations within now in this age, there is a time when we as one united body rule the nations outwardly; the very last days of all flesh.

Gen 6:13  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

There, during this age, we will be cheered up from the LORD, and we will be taught in whole – not in downpayment form, not in earnest – but in full. As the nations of the old man within us are not saved but defeated and brought into subjection, so, too, outwardly, ORDINALLY, will all nations be brought to Zion (us) with Christ as our head, to be brought into subjection to the law of the flesh; not to be saved, but to unite the body of Christ under one Head, Christ, learning the mind of Christ in full, awaiting the time when all flesh will unite together once more and at that time be totally defeated. We will not have our own sinful flesh to contend with. It will be gone, and we will be in new spirit bodies. It will be as when Eve was told that her husband shall rule over her, and it was said that her desire would be against that rulership. We will rule them, but their desire will still be against us.

Gen 3:16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to [against-H413] thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

The sin of self-righteousness lies at the door of each of our hearts and that is exactly what He is speaking of, because that was the temptation, “You shall be as gods, KNOWING good and evil.” However, we cannot know the way because we are flesh, separate from Christ. Once He has opened our eyes we become one with Him and begin to learn truth. The sin of self-righteousness is always lying at our door. We always want to see that we have the answers and that we need not take every little detail to our Husband. This worldly thinking is contrary to scripture and is in fact contrary to Christ. How can a body operate unless it gets its orders from the brain? Christ, our Husband, is our brain. He is living within us now, recreating us into the wife He has predestined us to be in the thousand-year reign. This is the time of cheering us up, the time we are, as a united body, united with Peter, James, Paul, John, and all those down the line who have come to know the truth. We will be united as ONE Body, the Body of Christ, to rule the earth for a symbolic thousand years. This is the first resurrection!

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 

When His ways are our ways, we are one and we have no independent free will from Him, for as one body we operate together. This is the time of cheering us, called a year, a whole age, the age of the thousand-year reign. After this symbolic year, He will go out to war against His enemies and do the business of taking over all nations, tearing them down. Although Christ is in control of all that now, and is in fact setting them up and tearing them down, the world does not know this truth. The time is coming the nations will know that Christ has come to conquer all nations.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

We are betrothed to Christ. We are engaged to Jesus Christ, King of kings and LORD of lords now, but because we are still in flesh that truth is in hope, hope that is not seen, and is why we are hoping for His appearing.

Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit [the earnest, the down payment], even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

The payment has been made, Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection is the downpayment, the dowry that is paid to the Father for the securing of the bride – us. This is brought out in the downpayment, and the truth of that downpayment is the sealing of the spirit of Christ. This truth is brought out in old testament type and shadow.

Gen 24:1  And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
Gen 24:2  And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
Gen 24:3  And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
Gen 24:4  But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
Gen 24:10  And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
Gen 24:15  And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Gen 24:16  And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

Gen 24:51  Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
Gen 24:52  And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
Gen 24:53  And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

Christ has given the price for us. He has paid with His own blood. We are awaiting His return to receive the purchased possession.

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

After this age of cheering us up, war will begin; a short war and the great last war.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 
Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them [no more flesh].
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [the second death is for all who were not in the first resurrection, whose names were not written in the book of life.]
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. [no flesh is found in the book of life, only those who had already died in the 1st resurrection.]

We have been betrothed to Christ. We are engaged, and we are awaiting His return to transform us into His image in full. We are seen as Him now, in this age, but only in earnest, in downpayment form. As long as we have flesh we are not perfected in full. We are BEING perfected, in aorist tense, but not yet totally perfected. When the last trumpet sounds, we will be changed in a twinkling of a eye, and we will be known as we are known, as the image of Christ, as the bride of Christ.

Rev 14:1  And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. [first resurrection]
Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall bebut we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1Jn 3:3  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

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