BIBLE STUDY #168 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2022
TITLE: WORKING IN THE MISSIONARY WORK
WITH A POSITIVE MIND
Dr. William Soto Santiago
Tuesday, August 25, 1998
Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:5-23
THE ANOINTED STONE IN BETHEL
Dr. William Soto Santiago
Thursday, August 6, 1998
Waco, Texas, United States
Now look, Nimrod wanted to build a tower1 that rested on the Earth and its upper part reached the sky, that is, he wanted to imitate what God would later show Jacob. What did Nimrod want to imitate? He wanted to imitate the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that is why God didn’t allow him to do what he wanted to do.
(…) And now notice, everything that is outside the Divine Program, pertaining to the House of God, to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ (the House of God represented in Bethel, and also represented in that ladder that rested on earth and its other end reached heaven), everything that is not the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ (which is represented there), everything that is different from the Church of Jesus Christ, will be in what? In confusion.
Like Nimrod and the people of his time who built the tower: It wasn’t the tower of Babel, but when God confused the people who were working there and confused their tongues, it became the tower of Babel; in other words, with what God did, the name came to that tower, in other words, to that building they were building.
Surely the name they would give it was the name of Nimrod, who was the king of that territory, the first king, the first powerful one and the first man who had an army. And now, God gave it the relevant name, because he wanted to do what God would do in His Program.
(…) Notice, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has also been going through a path to the promised land of the glorious Millennial Kingdom. But notice, about two thousand years have already passed from Christ until now; and some people who have become desperate through this journey, at some age they have become desperate, because they have wished that the Millennial Kingdom is on Earth, in other words, they have wished to reach the promised land of the glorious Millennial Kingdom and the promised land of the new body; but there is a purpose in all this journey, which we need to understand because otherwise we despair and we think that we will never arrive.
And do you know who didn’t show up? Those who were desperate and thought they would never arrive. But Joshua and Caleb believed that they would arrive because they went out to arrive; and they arrived to the promised land. They remained faithful to God. There is the secret. Staying faithful to God and the prophet Moses, guaranteed them the departure from Egypt and the arrival to the promised land.
Now, look what happens when you are in that stage where the person leaves the world by receiving Christ as their Savior and enters that journey in their life; and also the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, in chapter 8, verse 1 and on, from Deuteronomy, it says:
“All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.
And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”
Why did He bring them out into the wilderness for forty years? To test them and to know what was in their heart; for when one goes through trials is when what is in people’s hearts comes out. And in order to know whether or not they would keep the commandments of God; because when people are in the good stages, they say: “Oh, how good is our God,” and they thank God and they are very happy; but when difficult times come in people’s lives, some think that God is not with them or that God doesn’t exist, and some depart from God and speak things that it is not convenient for them to speak. And that is what happened with the Hebrew people.
(…) Now, since Moses broke the type and figure there, the Second Coming of Christ will be persecuted as the First Coming of Christ was persecuted, and it will have the equivalent to what was the crucifixion of the First Coming of Christ; in other words, it will not be a physical crucifixion but a spiritual crucifixion, for those who will reject the Second Coming of Christ.
And the builders who casted aside, rejected the First Coming of Christ and asked for His death, His crucifixion, the builders of the Last Day, of Christianity, that are found fighting against the Second Coming of Christ: will be held by God in the same way as those who rejected the First Coming of Christ, the builders, the religious leaders of Judaism, who rejected the First Coming of Christ, the Coming of the Cornerstone, the Stone that the builders rejected, which has become the head of the corner.2
Now, there will be builders in the midst of the spiritual Israel, in the midst of Christianity, that in the fulfillment of the Second Coming of Christ will rise against the Second Coming of Christ; and they will be held accountable just as those who rejected, those who cast away the First Coming of Christ, they rejected the Cornerstone that came in the midst of the Hebrew people, they rejected the Rock that Moses wounded with his rod there in front of Mount Sinai.
And now, for the Last Day there will be some who will reject the Stone not cut by hands in His Second Coming, which the prophet Daniel saw and interpreted to king Nebuchadnezzar in the dream he had when he saw an image (in other words, a statue) that represents the kingdom of the gentiles; and he saw a stone come out of the mountain, not cut out by hands, and smote the image in the feet of iron and clay, and shred them into pieces; and so He shredded the iron and clay into pieces, and shredded into pieces the legs of iron, and shredded into pieces the thighs and the belly of brass, and shredded into pieces the breast and the arms of silver, and the head of gold. That Stone is the Second Coming of Christ.
(…) And now, notice how for this end time, for the Age of the Cornerstone, which is the top of Jacob’s Ladder, it is that the Stone not cut from hands comes with a new name, that Rock comes, that Stone with a new name.
And to smite that Rock means, for the people who do it, the same as it meant for Moses and Aaron: that they will not enter the promised land. They can’t be transformed and raptured and taken to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven nor to the glorious Millennial Kingdom of Christ.
Because Moses, you see, by wounding the rock with anger… Notice, many people will do so too, with anger, as they did in the First Coming of Christ, who were filled with anger and asked for the death of Christ, and was crucified by the Romans.
And now many will rise in this end time against the Second Coming of Christ with anger, in the fulfillment of the Coming of the Stone not cut from hands, and they will be held accountable for Christ’s crucifixion just as those people.
(…) Notice, Moses would only see the promised land. He wouldn’t enter the promised land in his physical body, on the other side of the Jordan, because of what he did. Even though he did God’s will, to give water to the people from the rock, he did it in the wrong way: by wounding the rock, when he had to speak to the rock.
That is why we can’t do the Work of God, work in the Work of God with anger, but with divine love, so that God may be pleased with us. God wasn’t pleased with Moses with the way that he did the Work of God at that time, although it produced the water.
And so it is with us: if we do the Work of God with anger: The Message will always reach people and it will be a blessing for people, but for us, if we are doing it out of anger, we don’t have God’s blessing, and God will not be happy with us. But if we do all the work in the Kingdom of God with divine love, God will be very happy with us; and the Word, the Message, will reach the people, the Water of Eternal Life will come. He says: “To him that is thirsty, I will give of the Fountain of the Water of Life.” (Revelation, chapter 21, verse 6).
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1 Genesis 11:1-9
2 1 Peter 2:6-8