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It was not by accident that the promised inheritance of Israel in the Old Testament was divided into twelve parts and held in trust by the twelve tribes of Israel. (See Not All Israel Is Israel.) That is but one more bit of evidence to the heirs of the promise that the omniscient God knew beforehand the laws of the “fullness of time” that would govern the distribution of His estate.
Under Roman law it was:
traditional to divide the estate into twelfths.
(A. Watson, The Law of Succession in the Later Roman Republic, Oxford, 1971, p. 47)
As a matter of fact, any will containing such a twelve-fold division was incontestable in a court of law.
Since Jesus held title to the promise of all that had been promised to Corporate Israel, His estate had already been divided into twelfths. (See Not All Israel Is Israel.) After His death, the Twelve—those disciples who were also Apostles—merely stood as trustees for the twelve divisions of His estate (Matt. 19:27–29). (See “Where are Jesus’ Disciples?” The Voice of Elijah®, April 1991.)
Yet a second idiosyncrasy made the testament of a Roman citizen incontestable in a court of law. This peculiarity is of utmost importance for the heirs of the promise to understand what God is about in these, the Last Days:
A Roman will, when written, had to be sealed seven times in order to authenticate it.
(The Expositor’s Greek Testament, Vol. 5, p. 383)
Sometime after the death of the testator, when the time came to divide the estate, the seven seals were then removed and the will read so that the heirs could inherit their share of the estate.
The written testament of God has had seven parabolic “seals” on it for the more than 2500 years it has been in existence. Each parabolic “seal” seals and conceals a portion of the message contained in that testament. The time has now come, however, for the public reading of that will.
“Did Jesus Leave a Will?” The Voice of Elijah®, July 1991, p. 9
|Author||Larry Dee Harper|
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