February 21st, 2018

Reformations throughout History and the Bible

“…And the distant coastlands will pant for His Law…” Isaiah 42
The Power of the Spirit of God Glorifying the Son of God in Scripture and History

The Reformation “Sine Curve” of Psalm 107

Psalm 107 (below) gives us a paradigm of the reformation and revival history in one of the most underscored doctrines of the Christian faith… reformation.

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Most think of “The Protestant Reformation” when they speak of the term. But, the Scriptures show us the Biblical record testifies to MANY reformations throughout history the reformation church which grew with them.

Here are the major movements of the reformation church since the days of Moses (which is what this site emphasizes), though there are clear indications of other, earlier reformations – more limited in their power and scope – among the Semitic peoples.

The Reformation ideal takes on a Sine Curve configuration as the poetic element in this Psalm portrays.

The outline of each historical Reformation is shown by this Sine Curve in which the fortunes of the Visible Church of the era in question is presented on the Curve at any given time. The “high point” of the Curve always corresponds to the Church in society riding visibly in its prosperity and ease, formally honored among the people of the culture. However, such a high point is the low point spiritually, with the Church Visible terribly compromised, often dominated by heresy, lawless behavior, weakness, and hypocrisy.

The key to understanding her compromised and confused state is that, in all cases of pre-reformation, the soon to be reformation church is a Law-denying Church. Her apostasy is a direct result of her failure to understand the functions of the Law of the Lord (See Romans 7; Psalm 19; Psalm 119).

Jonah & the Reformation at Nineveh

In every Reformation, the Church descends down the Sine Wave of the Curve. She is being chastened by the Lord. If it truly is “Reformation” then, the chastisements of Deuteronomy 28 falling upon society, will chasten but not destroy the Church Visible. Such “curses” sent upon the disobedient culture and its churches will cleanse the Church and uproot the unbelieving culture.

The Reformations and its “reformation church” are found in Scripture… and history as an extension of the same Spirit’s work among men. Those Reformatons are the following:

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1. The Mosaic Reformation (Moses – Joshua)
2. The several reformations in the Book of Judges (not evaluated at length on this site for the paucity of information and the relatively shallow depth of each)
3. The Samuel – Davidic – Solomonic Reformation
4. The Reformation era of Elijah – Elisha
5. The Reformation at Nineveh
6. The Isaiah – Hezekiah Reformation
7. The Reformation of Josiah - Jeremiah
8. The Reformation of Esther – Ezra – Nehemiah
9. The Maccabean Reformation
10. The Apostolic Reformation (John – Christ the Lord – the Apostolic Foundation)
11. The Nicene Reformation
The Great Falling Away of the Middle Ages (See Revelation pages of SolomonsToolbox.com)
12. The Great Protestant Reformation (actually, many reformations and revivals throughout the era 1517 – 1689)
13. The Early Colonial American Reformation
14. The Great Awakening
15. The Opening of Africa and Asia (reformations in Korea, China, portions of Africa) – later to be added to the site.
16. The Modern Reformation in its first generation today.

The Psalm 107: The Reformation Psalm and the structure of all true reformation (as opposed to the shorter bursts of often called revivals, with their admixture of truth and compromised belief). This picture shows the overall structure of each reformation and within it the behavior of the reformation church.

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Color coded from the reformation Psalm to show the similar – parallelisms of the Psalm and the systematic structure: Green and White colors shows parallels as they develop in two sections of the Psalm. The Green and Whites are parallel passages, indicating what Hebrew parallelisms most often are designed to show: differing perspectives elaborating upon the same issue. In this Psalm, the repetitive parallels BOTH show the repetition of history and the differing characteristics of the
same stage of different reformations.

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The Samuel – Davidic – Solomonic Reformation: One example of many reformation eras.

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