council of elders in the bible
Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: Mark 15:1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. We understand that Jesus’ ministry lasted about three-and-a-half years, half of a prophetic week. It was an office derived from the Jewish usage of elders or rulers of the synagogues. If you require more immediate assistance please visit our “Contact Us” page. And He [?] There are numerous examples in Scripture where the antecedent of a pronoun is not always clear without investigation. Concerning the question of a seven-year treaty (covenant) by a Roman prince, the Council feels it prudent to state we do not want to be dogmatic about it at this time. The meaning of verse 27 is a bit more ambiguous. If there is a duality, this means we have the seventieth week fulfilled by Christ and a totally separate week referring to what the Roman prince does. Paul refers to the elders at Ephesus as “overseers” in his farewell sermon of Acts 20:17–35. Take Exodus 34:28 as one example. The immediate antecedent is clearly Moses, but the translators capitalized “He.” Why? However, the wording of Daniel 9:27 appears on the surface to refer to the prince, possibly referring to his cutting off of the sacrifices that are prophesied to be restarted and stopped before Christ’s return (Daniel 12:11; Mark 13:14). We often discuss how better to do the Work, how better to serve the members, and how to understand prophecy more clearly as we draw closer to the end of the age. However, the wording of Daniel 9:27 appears on the surface to refer to the prince, possibly referring to his cutting off of the sacrifices that are prophesied to be restarted and stopped before Christ’s return (Daniel 12:11; Mark 13:14). From arche and hiereus; the high-priest; by extension a chief priest. The purposes of the 70th week are clearly stated in Daniel 9:24. We discussed a wide range of topics during our May 2019 Council of Elders meetings, and there is one area of discussion that I particularly want to share with you. To lead, carry, take away; met: To be led astray, seduced. We recognize that there will be a transition period, during which the ruling Jesus Christ puts down His enemies and establishes the New Covenant with Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 8:8–13; Hebrews 10:16–17). A strong case can be made for either opinion, or for a combination of the two, which would be duality. In the New Testament Church the elders or presbyters were the same as the bishops. It is possible that both the prince and the Messiah are intended—a duality in prophecy—but this is far from certain. Concerning the importance of the last of those examples, if we discuss, say, proper attire for Sabbath services, it is critical to understand how “dressing up” is different in different cultures. (An antecedent is an earlier word or phrase to which a pronoun refers.) And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying. Some have greater technical knowledge, others have greater wisdom in how to use knowledge, and some are more familiar with ethnic customs that differ from those of Western culture. Is the subject here the Messiah or the Roman prince, both of whom are mentioned in verse 26? We understand that Jesus’ ministry lasted about three-and-a-half years, half of a prophetic week. But having a crown does not always mean that one was victorious over sin. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Gospels: Luke 22:66 As soon as it was day (Luke Lu Lk) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. Dr. Meredith was not the first to see the wisdom in having a council, as Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong had one before him. The elders of the people.--Literally, the presbytery of the people. In the Millennium, the Messiah will anoint the “Most Holy,” or—as the Hebrew indicates—the “Most Holy Place.”. From apo and ago; to take off. Hebrews 12:17 contains a similar example: “For you know that afterward, when he [Esau] wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” Some think the antecedent of “it” is “repentance,” indicating that poor Esau diligently and tearfully sought repentance—but that is not correct. Dr. Roderick C. Meredith wisely established a Council of Elders for the Living Church of God to discuss a variety of subjects that concern the Church. A council, tribunal; the Sanhedrin, the meeting place of the Sanhedrin. scribe or secretary. Note that the capitalization of the pronouns—“he” and “He”—provide no clues; the original Hebrew did not possess capital letters, so those differences only reflect the interpretations of the translators. The, the definite article. Verse one of this chapter clarifies what otherwise would be an enigma. Whether there is a duality to these verses, we do not know. And Jesus tells us the abomination of desolation is a sign that it is time to flee. Read Genesis 27:32–38. , and one of those events is the abomination of desolation being set up, as spoken of by Daniel (Matthew 24:15; Daniel 12:11). Appropriate attire in America or Britain is not the same today as it was in Jesus’ day, but every civilized culture has standards of decorum that must be maintained. High priest, chief priest. A full discussion of Daniel 9:27 would require more attention than I can give here, but this is the point the Council and I want to convey: Many in both the Church and the world look for the countdown to the return of Christ to begin with a seven-year peace treaty (though the scripture does not say “peace treaty” but “a covenant”). Does that mean that we all view every topic through the same eyes? cut off in the middle of the week—that is clear! wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant.” Who wrote them—God or Moses? And Jesus tells us the abomination of desolation is a sign that it is time to flee. Our council is composed of members from different backgrounds with different talents.