Sermon Text and Outlines

6-16-2024

Hebrews 1:1-3  The Perfect Son

Intro:  My father had a perfect son……My brother….He could do no wrong……. and I couldn’t do anything right.  No one today has a perfect son.  But God did… 1:00

 

  1. The Son Is The King

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways.

 

God used to prophets to prepare the world for Jesus.  Every OT prophet was actually prophesizing about Jesus.  Who would come and be the Lamb of God.  The Prophets told about a kingdom to come and a King who is coming.  2 Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.  Prophets and the apostles talked about the same person…..Jesus Christ!

 

 

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision (the Jews) for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.  Jesus confirmed the promises made to the prophets and the OT patriarchs.  He was the confirmation that God will fulfill the promises He made to them.  Jesus would be King.  Jesus Is KING!

 

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. God has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe….that is, the universe and time and space.

 

A son a lot of times takes over the fathers business or his vocation.  My father and grandfather were both postmasters and I became a postmaster.   Jesus Christ fulfills the Kingship of His Father’s will.

 

Can your son be king?  Not unless you are king!  Kingships are handed down by family heirs.  Jesus is the only heir of God the Father.  Therefore Jesus is King.  Only the Son of a King can be King!  Jesus is the King by the fact that His Father is King!  But more than that….the Son is King because He is God in the flesh!

 

The last days….the days of the church….after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ!  The last of the last days are after Israel is back in their land again.  WE are in the LAST Of The LASTS DAYS!  Jesus is the king of kings and Lord of lords in the last days.  He is King in the hearts of all who trust in Him! Is the world today ready to make Jesus Christ the King?   I don’t think so.  They are fighting Him at every turn and in evil ways.      10:00

 

  1. The Son Is The King 2. The Son Is Just Like The Father

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, He reflects the brightness of God’s glory The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God [reflecting God’s [a]Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine].  Do you reflect your father?   Do you reflect his good qualities or more of his bad qualities.  It’s funny how people become saints after they die.  But it seems to me in all my years of being around families and many funerals that when a dad is a bad dad he becomes worse to his family after death.  The bitterness becomes worse to his kids.  But a good dad becomes more good than he was in life.  His glory is spread among his family.

 

Jesus is the glory of God.  Does the world want to give Jesus the glory?  They want to down play Jesus and God. They want to deflect the glory of Jesus.  The world want Satan to get the glory.  Listen….Satan and Jesus ARE NOT brothers!!  The Mormons believe they are!  Even the JW’s believe that Satan and Jesus are both the same.  The believe that one went bad and the other good.  But according to the Bible…..Jesus get’s all the glory because He is the ONLY begotton Son of God!    He has no rival!!

 

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  Paul is telling us in this verse that Jesus Christ is the glory of God for He is God! The son is exactly like the father!  How much are you like your father?

 

There is no question…no controversy about this…….Jesus is the glory of God and is all that God was and is and is to come!!  If you are wrong about Jesus….you are wrong about everything else!!

 

Hebrews 1:3…..and the express image of his person, and is the exact likeness of God’s own being.  Jesus is the EXACT person of God the Father.  How much are you like your father?  How much is the world like their father the devil?  John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  The first liar was the serpent in the garden.  The second liar was Eve.  God said they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree.  Eve told the serpent God said they were not to eat or TOUCH the fruit of the tree.  She added to the truth which is always a lie.  The Cain told the next lie about murdering his brother.

 

You can tell who the father is by the son and by how much he looks and acts like his father.  How much is the world like their father the devil? How much is the world even looking like their father?  With all the tatoos, clothing and piercings who are they trying to look like?  Not Jesus Christ for sure!  Who are they acting like?  Certainly not like God the father or His Son Jesus Christ!  19:00

 

  1. The Son Is The King 2. The Son Is Just Like The Father
  2. The Son Has All The Power and the Glory

Hebrews 1:3…….and upholding all things by the word of his power, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence, and upholding and maintaining and propelling all things [the entire physical and spiritual universe] by His powerful word [carrying the universe along to its predetermined goal].

 

The word of His power…..Who spoke the world into existence? The Bible says that God did.  Hebrews says that Jesus Christ made all things and holds all things together.  How? By His word!!  John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

Jesus Christ the word of God….the fulfillment of the word of God.  Words mean a lot.  How much did your father teach you from His words?  All of our fathers had words or phrases they said a lot.  My father always said “hey yo” when something surprised him or pleased him.   He also said a lot by saying nothing.  When my father just shook his head at me I knew what he was saying….”you have disappointed me.”  I hated that.  I wished he would have whipped me than give me that look.

 

The world today thinks they have the power of the word.  Their words…that they repeat all the time….Diversity, Equity, and inclusion.  Abortion. My body, my choice.    Climate Change.   Hamas good, Israel bad.  Follow the science.  Government experts.  Gender fluidity.  Digital currency.   The border is secure.  The US is a democracy.   (I read recently where CNN is reporting that anyone who says that the US is a Constitutional republic and not a democracy is a terrorist!)  The world’s words are lies and deceptions.

 

 

Hebrews 1:3………when he had by himself purged our sins, After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, When He [Himself and no other] had [by offering Himself on the cross as a sacrifice for sin] accomplished purification from sins and established our freedom from guilt.

 

God took the initiative and He sent His own Son to die for OUR sins.  He Himself gave Himself for our sins.  What would you do to save your Children?  You would give your own life.  You wouldn’t depend on someone else to do it?  You would save them.

 

The world thinks man is getting better and better.  They are offended by the world “sin.”  They don’t acknowledge man’s sin. They don’t believe that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. They believe that none have sinned….we just need to be more loving, kind, and gracious and then we will be accepted by the ascended masters. (who are demons from hell that have deceived these fools.)

 

Hebrews 1:3…………….sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.  He sat down [revealing His completed work] at the right hand of the Majesty on high [revealing His Divine authority]

 

Jesus Christ is the supreme power of the universe.  Jesus has what Satan and his servants, the elite of this world want….supreme power over the world and the universe!!  As a father you want the best for your children.  You want them to reach their highest potential!  God’s son destiny, His purpose, His essence IS glory and majesty!  He is our life!  He is the source of life!  He is everything to us and to all of creation!

 

The right hand signifies power and authority.  Jesus has ALL power and All authority.  The wicked will NOT succeed in their plans to destroy Israel so that Jesus cannot be King!  They will fail.  They have failed and will continue to fail in their goals.

 

Jesus SAT DOWN.  His work of salvation is done.  He sits and awaits our entrance into heaven.  He sits as our King.  He sits in assurance!  He sits in confidence!  He sits in complete peace!  He sits in glory at the right hand of God!

 

The world hates this Jesus!  They don’t believe this will happen.  They have made up all kinds of lies to deceived people about Jesus.  But the Bible is definitive about Jesus…..Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

We look to Jesus!  We confess Jesus!  No wonder the demonic and their followers hate Him!  No wonder they hate His followers so much!  Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth and the ONLY life!  27:00

 

  1. The Son Is The King 2. The Son Is Just Like The Father
  2. The Son Has All The Power and the Glory

The Perfect Son

As a dad I hope you were a good son and are a good dad.  You cannot be a perfect dad but you can be a good dad.  To be a good earthly father is one who loves his children, does not spoil them, or abuse them, but loves them as God loves us.  God loves us by His instruction, justice, Kindness, compassion, peace, comfort, gifts, joy and salvation!  But only some of us do have a perfect father! If you have trusted in His Son Jesus Christ!  You have a perfect Father.  If you have not you don’t have a father but God is your creator!  He does not know you as a child until you put your faith and trust in Him!  28:04

 

 

 

 

6/9/2024

Jeremiah 32:32-42 God’s Promises of Judgment and Of Hope

Intro:  Jeremiah the prophet lived in the final days of the crumbling nation of Judah. He was, appropriately, the last prophet that God sent to preach to the southern kingdom, which comprised the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. God had repeatedly warned Israel to stop their idolatrous behavior, but they would not listen, so He tore the 12 tribes asunder, sending the 10 northern tribes into captivity at the hands of the Assyrians. Then God sent Jeremiah to give Judah the last warning before He cast them out of the land, decimating the nation and sending them into captivity in the pagan kingdom of Babylon. Jeremiah, a faithful, God-fearing man, was called to tell Judah that, because of their unrepentant sin, their God had turned against them and was now prepared to remove them from the land at the hands of a pagan king.

 

No doubt Jeremiah, who was only about 17 when God called him, had great inner turmoil over the fate of his people, and he begged them to listen. He is known as “the weeping prophet,” because he cried tears of sadness, not only because he knew what was about to happen but because, no matter how hard he tried, the people would not listen. Furthermore, he found no human comfort. God had forbidden him to marry or have children (Jeremiah 16:2), and his friends had turned their backs on him. So, along with the burden of the knowledge of impending judgment, he also must have felt very lonely.

 

Jeremiah preached for 40 years, and not once did he see any real success in changing or softening the hearts and minds of his stubborn, idolatrous people. The other prophets of Israel had witnessed some successes, at least for a little while, but not Jeremiah. He was speaking to a brick wall; however, his words were not wasted. They were pearls being cast before swine, in a sense, and they were convicting every person who heard them and refused to heed the warning.  2:00

 

  1. The Charges Against Israel

Jeremiah 32:32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem….. because of all the evil that has been done by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, together with their kings and leaders, their priests and prophets. because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah which they have done to provoke Me to anger—they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

 

Israel has thumbed their noses at God.  Both Israel and Judah did this….. all of Israel!  The preachers, the teachers led them in their rebellion because they did not preach the word of God.   So have we thumbed our noses at God today and His word?  Have our preachers been faithful to His word?  Have they told truth or lies to the people.  Have our leaders told lies and provoked God’s anger today?

 

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face…. They turned their backs on me; They have turned their back to Me and not their face.  They have no conscience or remorse or fear of God.

 

Have we turned our backs on God and His word today?  Have we changed the word of God to suit our sins?  Have we in our arrogance denied God to His face?  Yes we have!

 

Jeremiah 32:33….. though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. and though I kept on teaching them, they would not listen and learn. though I taught them repeatedly, yet they would not listen and receive instruction.  God did not give up on them despite their stubbornness.  They refused to heed the words from God.

 

God gave us wonderful instructors and we sent them packing or ignored them as ignorant and foolish.  Have we done this to our Biblical leaders today?

 

Jeremiah 32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

. They even placed their disgusting idols in the Temple built for my worship, and they have defiled it. But they put their detestable things (idols) in the house which is called by My [f]Name, to defile it.  they even set up idols in God’s house!!!

 

Have we defiled God’s house today?  Have we committed abominations in His house today? I can think of a few can’t you?

 

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sinThey have built altars to Baal in Hinnom Valley, to sacrifice their sons and daughters to the god Molech. I did not command them to do this, and it did not even enter my mind that they would do such a thing and make the people of Judah sin.” They built the high places [for worship] of Baal in the Valley of Ben-hinnom (son of Hinnom) to make their sons and their daughters pass through the fire to [worship and honor] Molech—which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this repulsive thing, to cause Judah to sin.

 

This is amazing arrogance from Judah!  They not only built places to worship their idols…but they sacrificed their own children to these false gods!!  God never even thought that man would do such a thing!

 

Have we sacrificed our children on the altar of Abortion and the Gay agenda?  Yes we have!!  12:00

 

  1. The Charges Against Israel 2. A Promise of Judgment

Jeremiah 32:36 And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; The Lord, the God of Israel, said to me, “Jeremiah, the people are saying that war, starvation, and disease will make this city fall into the hands of the king of Babylonia. Now listen to what else I have to say. Now therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword and by famine and by virulent disease.’

 

God will judge His own people.    War starvation and disease are promised in the seven year tribulation to the whole world!  It is coming due to God’s charges against the world.  When Noah and His family went into the Ark they were lifted up to safety above the waters.  Noah went up and judgment came down from heaven in the form of waters upon the earth!  17:00

 

.  The Charges Against Israel 2.  A Promise of Judgment   3. A Promise of Hope

Jeremiah 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: I am going to gather the people from all the countries where I have scattered them in my anger and fury, and I am going to bring them back to this place and let them live here in safety. Behold, I will gather them out of all countries to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them live in safety.

 

God promised to bring them back.  The Abrahamic promise.  The Promise to Moses to bring them into their own land to dwell forever and ever!   But they got kicked out for their sin that led to the church age and the day of grace and the end of the law.  God is not through with Israel.  Seven years of gentile domination remain.  The Bible talks about ten kings and 7 mountains which are the seven gentile nations that dominated Israel and will end with the last one being one of the seven but part of the 8th….the anti-Christ who will be the last of the time of the Gentiles to dominate Israel.

 

He brought them back of May 14th 1948 and they will never be put out again.  They will dwell safely one day!  They are in war right now and in serious trouble.  But God has not deserted them entirely nor will He ever leave them……

 

Jeremiah 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: Then they will be my people, and I will be their God. They will be My people, and I will be their God.

 

God is the God of Israel and the land is HIS land!  Israel is God’s chosen people. His betrothed.  His promised ones.  The church is His bride.  Different but saved the same way through faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: I will give them a single purpose in life: to honor me for all time, for their own good and the good of their descendants. and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever, for their own good and for the good of their children after them.

 

Israel’s purpose is to love God and walk humbly with Him.  That is all of our purposes.  But as a nation Israel has not yet fulfilled this purpose.  But they will!  Today they are in disobedience and secularism. They invoke God but they do not really trust in Him and certainly they still reject Jesus Christ.  But one day they will received Him as their Savior!

 

Jeremiah 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. I will make an eternal covenant with them. I will never stop doing good things for them, and I will make them fear me with all their heart, so that they will never turn away from me. I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will do them good and not turn away from them; and I will put in their heart a fear and reverential awe of Me, so that they will not turn away from Me.

 

One day Israel will be faithful to God.  They will never stray again.  They will respect and love God one day and be totally devoted to Him.  Today they are not doing that at all!  But God still will spare some of them as 1/3 will survive the tribulation out of about 14 million in the world.

 

Jeremiah 32:41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul. I will take pleasure in doing good things for them, and I will establish them permanently in this land. I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul.

 

God wants to do good to all of us especially His chosen.  But He cannot due to their disobedience.  But God has planted them in their land and as we said will never uproot them again.  So Hamas, Hezbollah and all the other Islamic enemies will NOT succeed in pushing Israel into the sea!  They will never fulfill the devils prophecy….”From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”

 

No army will defeat them.  The Beast will put them on the run to Petra but God will save them there.

 

Jeremiah 32:42 For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them. Just as I have brought this disaster on these people, so I am going to give them all the good things that I have promised. For thus says the Lord, ‘Just as I have brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them.  27:00

 

Conclusion:  Just as God gave them disaster after disaster to get them to repent….So He will give as many if not more blessings to them to fulfill all of His promises to them!  What an awesome God we serve!  28:04

 

 

 

 

6/9/2024

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5   Things To Pray For

Intro: When you pray do you pray with confidence? What do you pray for when you pray?  Paul gave us some things to pray about and a great reason to keep praying with absolute confidence.  1:00

 

  1. Pray That God’s Word Will Spread

2 Thessalonians 3:1Finally, brethren, pray for us, Finally, our friends, pray for us Finally, brothers and sisters, pray continually for us.  1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you.  Recent surveys say that everyone prays.  But who do they pray to?  It matters. That’s why God leads us to pray in Jesus Name.  that separates Him from every other false god in the world today!  When you can do nothing else……we can always pray.  Hide God’s word in your heart also….but it all comes down to prayer for the Christian. That gives us our power and our strength and our victories!

 

What were they to pray about????  2 Thessalonians 3:1……that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: that the Lord’s message may continue to spread rapidly and be received with honor, just as it was among you. that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be honored [triumphantly celebrated and glorified], just as it was with you.

 

The world today want’s to STOP the spread of God’s word.  But it will not work. Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  God’s word will bless and it will accomplish great things.  James 5:16-18 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.  Pray for each other.  The prayers of a righteous man or a believer in Christ….are heard and answered by God!  When we get to heaven we are going to be saddened by the fact that we did more work than prayer!  God accomplishes more by one hour of prayer than by a thousand sermons!

 

They wanted them to pray that the word of God would spread.  Gideons and others have sent Bibles all over the world!  So the devil is combating that by getting people to call the Bible “hate” speech today.  Is it?  Yes it is…God hates sin but loves sinners!!

 

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  No wonder they hate the Bible!  It cuts them to the heart!  People HATE the Bible!  Literally would stomp on them and burn them all if they could!  10:00

 

  1. Pray That God’s Word Will Spread 2. Pray that We May Be Delivered From the Wicked

2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men……. Pray also that God will rescue us from wicked and evil people.  And [pray] that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men.  News flash…not everyone loves Jesus!  In fact most DO NOT!  I love Him and I tell Him so every day!

 

The world hates His name.  The devils hate His name….so use it!  Another reason  Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  In the book of Acts and over a dozen other passages speak of doing God’s work in the Name of the Lord Jesus!

 

We pray that we will be delivered from wicked and evil people.  Not everyone loves Jesus.  You know you love Jesus when you love others who love Jesus!  When you hate people that love Jesus then you are His enemy.  These people are enemies of the gospel of Christ.  And we sometimes need to be delivered from their evil plans against His followers!

 

2 Thessalonians 3:2……for all men have not faith.; for not everyone believes the message. for not everyone has the faith.   A big DUHHH on this one!  I’m not a smart aleck but the Apostle Paul is stating the obvious…not everyone will have faith in Jesus Christ.  Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many will find it.

 

More people will reject Him than receive Him.  Why are you rejecting Him?  Well… I’m not rejecting Jesus…..I just haven’t received Him yet…The Bible says that He that is not with me is against me.  Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 

 

If you are not WITH Jesus you are AGAINST Jesus!  You are His enemy!   James 4:4 ….know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Who is the friend of the world?  Anyone who is against Jesus Christ or who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

Not all men have faith…..Not all men want to have faith in God.  Many have faith in themselves and the pitiful little lives they have built on grains of sand.  Many have faith in faith….they just believe every things will work out and everyone will be in heaven.  They miss one crucial fact……All have sinned and come short…….of the glory of God.  God is holy and we are far from it.  We need to be made holy and righteous.  Jesus did that for us.

 

We are delivered from the wicked when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  We are not perfect but legally righteous as Christ’s righteousness is applied to our lives…… because of our faith in Him who knew no sin but became sin for us! 19:00

 

  1. Pray That God’s Word Will Spread 2. Pray that We May Be Delivered From the Wicked

3 Pray With Confidence

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and keep you safe from the Evil One. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you [setting you on a firm foundation] and will protect and guard you from the evil one.

 

The Lord is faithful….Lamentations 3:23 ……great is thy faithfulness.  Our God is many things….and being faithful to do what He has said is assured because of who He is.   In a world full of liars, deceivers, users and traitors….the Lord is faithful to us.  Who can you depend upon but God?  If you depend upon a person they are only human they can fail you…..If you depend upon your government….they have proven that they will fail you.    If you depend upon family they can only do so much…..But God is faithful to you in EVERY way and in EVERY thing!

 

Who shall establish you…..He will set you on a firm foundation……He will strengthen you when you need it most.  And we need it now more than ever in this world today that is against the things of God.

 

The world elites are desperately trying to establish themselves as god in this world.  A “little g” God.  The devil is the god of this world and he has been in charge since Adam defaulted when he sinned.  But….he can only go so far and even now he is restrained by the Holy Spirit working through the church of Jesus Christ!

 

They are desperately trying to establish themselves so that they might control the world.  They just need a man who can pull it off….their man is coming….the Bible calls him the “man of sin.”  But we are already established by our faith in Jesus Christ who was and Is and Is to come!

 

2 Thessalonians 3:4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord gives us confidence in you, and we are sure that you are doing and will continue to do what we tell you. We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do the things [which] we command.

 

We have confidence in God in those who follow Jesus Christ not that they are perfect but are living by the word of God.  And that gives us great confidence in those who follow and live by the Bible.  That tells us a lot about them…1 They have the truth the Bible….2 they have the Spirit of God indwelling them 3.  They have the proper motivation…..they simply want to please Jesus their Savior.  They have no other motivation.  We have confidence in God because He is faithful to us.

 

The world is motivated by selfishness and greed and the lust for power.   Why do people want to be famous?  It gives them power and pride.   God hates pride because it gives you credit and takes it from the God who made us.  1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  We have complete confidence in Him because we CAN pray to Him.  The Lord is faithful to hear us when we call.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God…… May the Lord lead you into a greater understanding of God’s love.  May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God . We have hearts full of love for God. It’s hard to love someone who you are unfaithful to.  God is faithful to us and we are faithful to Him because we KNOW that He loves us.  It’s all over the Bible.  For God SO loved the world…..

 

2 Thessalonians 3:5 …..and into the patient waiting for Christ. and the endurance that is given by Christ because we are looking for Him all the time.  And into the steadfastness and patience of Christ for we know that He is coming for us one day.

 

Christ is coming for us one day….and if He is faithful to come the first time as Savior we know that He will not fail to return again as King of kings and Lord of lords!  27:00

 

Conclusion:

  1. Pray That God’s Word Will Spread 2. Pray that We May Be Delivered From the Wicked

3 Pray with Confidence

Things to Pray for

I hope that we pray for the word of God to accomplish His goals for it.  I pray that we will not fall into the clutches of wicked people who deceive us by their lies and deception.  The only way to pray is to be a believer in Jesus Christ.  Jesus the only way, the only truth and the only life….God was faithful to send us His Son as our Savior. And we just have to believe (trust) in Him to have everlasting life and have this great confidence in Him that no amount of money, no amount of power or fame can give. 28:04

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/2/2024

Philippians 1:6-10  Being Confident In God

Intro: In a world of uncertainty and doubt we can know for sure some things because they are found in the inerrant word of God.  The only reliable,  revelatory and truthful book ever written.   We can have not only full assurance but full confidence in the word of God because one person……Jesus Christ! 1:00

 

  1. Confident That God Will Do What He Says.

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing…. And so I am sure. I am convinced. I have no doubt.

and confident of this very thing. WE are confident in God and what He says in His word.  We are sure that God can and will do what He says in all of His word not just here but everywhere!!

 

The problem with the church today is that we are confident in our experiences and not in the word of God!  We are basing everything on emotions and not facts!  It’s great to be emotional about Jesus!  I get emotional when I think about what He has done for me!  But there is a time to work and listen to what God is saying to us in His word.  Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the WORD of God!

 

God WILL Do what He said in His word!!!  5:00

 

  1. Confident That God Will Do What He Says. 2  Confident in the One who Saved You

Philippians 1:6…. that he which hath begun a good work in you that God, who began this good work in you, that He who has begun a good work in you. Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.

 

Jesus died for you so that John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  He came to seek and save that which was lost….you and me!  He is not going to fail to do that job.  He provided salvation for the world.  All we have to do is believe…trust in Him!  How can you not have confidence in the one who loves you?  For God SO loved the world!  I have confidence in everyone who loves me!  They will always be trustworthy until they no longer love me anymore.  But Jesus will never stop loving us.  Jesus is for us! Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Expected end means He will give us a future and a hope.  Hope means stedfast assurance! It will happen! 10:00

 

 

  1. Confident That God Will Do What He Says. 2  Confident in the One who Saved You
  2. Confident that He Will Complete His Work In You

Philippians 1:6……will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus., will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return.

 

He will keep us saved!!  We don’t take a boat ride and worry the whole time the boat will sink. What kind of miserable experience would that be?  We enjoy the ride because we  have confidence in the boat.  We enjoy our salvation because we have confidence in the God who guaranteed our salvation……

 

How long does He guarantee our salvation? Until the day of Jesus Christ!! 1 Corinthians 1:8

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 

 

What is the day of Christ?  2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

 

The day of Christ is the rapture of the church which begins the day of the Lord and His judgments being poured out on the earth and seven years later the revelation of Jesus Christ in all of His glory on this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords!  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 discuss Jesus taking away of the church off the earth.  2 Thessalonians were written to assure the Thessalonians that they HAVE NOT missed that day!

 

Philippians 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart….. You are always in my heart! And so it is only right for me to feel as I do about you. It is right for me to feel this way about you, because [you have me in your heart as] I have you in my heart.

Paul loved His fellow believers in the church at Philippi.  We should love one another.  1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  You know why we love one another?………..

 

Philippians 1:7 ….inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For you have all shared with me in this privilege that God has given me, both now that I am in prison and also while I was free to defend the gospel and establish it firmly.  Since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the good news [regarding salvation], all of you share in [His matchless] grace with me.

 

We are partakers together in the grace of God and we will be together forever!  God put this grace, this gift of love for each other for we are forever people!  We will never part from one another.  We have a spiritual kinship deeper and stronger than any blood relationship!  We share the same trials, the same hardships, the same joys, the same hope and the same Savior Jesus Christ!

 

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. God is my witness that I tell the truth when I say that my deep feeling for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus [whose great love fills me].

 

We should and I think we do long to be with each other each week in church.  If you don’t long and have joy in being together each service and talk about Jesus then there is something wrong with me as pastor, or you as a Christian!  We gather for one reason…..to praise, adore and talk about Jesus!! 17:00

 

  1. Confident That God Will Do What He Says. 2  Confident in the One who Saved You
  2. Confident that He Will Complete His Work In You 4. Preparing Confidently for The Day of Christ….

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment, And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight.

 

How do we prepare for the Day of Christ? 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 tell us how to prepare for the day of Christ…….

*We should be not be trapped in a sin…….

*Abstain and back away from sexual immorality……..

*Don’t cheat your brother in any way….

*God has called us to holiness [to be dedicated, and set apart by behavior that pleases Him, whether in public or in private]…..

*Love one another………

*live quietly and peacefully, mind your own affairs and keep busy…….

*Behave properly toward outsiders [exhibiting good character, personal integrity, and moral courage worthy of the respect of the outside world]……….

*Be dependent on no one and in need of nothing.  Be self-supporting…………

 

Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent….. so that you will be able to choose with Godly wisdom what is best.  So that you may learn by God’s grace to recognize and treasure what is excellent.  God will lead you to identify the best choices and see moral differences.   If you are consistent with a Godly lifestyle God will enable you to maintain that lifestyle.

 

Philippians 1:10 ……that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ.  And that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin.

 

We must take our walk with Christ seriously and be without offense.  We must not give up and lapse into sin.  2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 

Scoffers are everywhere today.  They have given up.  That’s like quitting after running 25.9 miles in a 26 mile marathon and giving up when you are almost at the finished line!  Why would you do that?  You have become distracted by the pain of life, the distractions all around you and you have lost sight of the goal.  Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

We should all be excited to meet Christ!  We walk with Jesus now so that we will be ready to meet Christ then!  Are you excited to meet Him today?  2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  When we are looking for Christ we are always ready to meet Him.  looking for Him encourages us to be ready to see Him!  Do you love His appearing?

 

We may have to suffer before Christ takes us away.  We have no guarantee’s to escape trials and troubles and persecution.  Jesus said if they persecuted me they will persecute you.

 

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.  The crown of life is the Martyrs crown.  There is no way that God will not keep His promise to you or me!  God keeps His word, His integrity is on the line.  God is perfect.  He cannot fail you or me.

 

That is why we are to fear nothing from man.  Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear…… what can man do unto me?  I won’t fear because God is for me.  If God is on my side, what can any man do to me?  He might beat me, he might hurt me or even kill me…… but He cannot keep me from my Savior Jesus Christ!  In fact….. my enemies desperate attempts to stop me actually draw Jesus closer to me.  27:00

 

  1. Confident That God Will Do What He Says. 2  Confident in the One who Saved You
  2. Confident that He Will Complete His Work In You 4. Preparing Confidently for The Day of Christ….

Confidence IN God!!

Man has made some great things that we can be confident will perform every time.  Your car you have to admit will work 99 percent of the time.  Your electric and gas will come on 99 percent of the time.   We can have confidence that many things in this life work.  But would you bet your life’s savings or bet a million dollars that your car will start and drive tomorrow?  No you wouldn’t because there is always that ONE time!  God never has that ONE time of failure.  God cannot fail!  God will not fail!  God couldn’t fail if He wanted to because He has promised not to fail you.

 

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  God cannot fail because the victory has already been one.  The game is fixed.  Christ fixed it for us when He died on the cross for our sins and paid our sin debt.  It is finished!!  28:04

 

 

5/19/2024

Proverbs 14:34 Proverbs of The Righteous Versus the Wicked

Intro:  Who is Righteous?   Romans 4:5-6 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.  All those in Christ are made righteous by His shed blood and our faith in Him.  We who cannot be righteous are made righteous in Christ.

 

Who are The wickedJames 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. The wicked know what is right and what is wrong but would rather do wickedly.   1:00

 

  1. It’s Never Good To Be Wicked

This is a oxymoron but a truth of the universe also.

Proverbs 10:3 The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.  The Lord will not let good people go hungry, but he will keep the wicked from getting what they want.  The Lord will not allow the [a]righteous to hunger [God will meet all his needs],

But He will reject and cast away the craving of the wicked.

 

Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. The righteous get what they want, but the wicked will get what they fear most. What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous [for the blessings of God] will be granted.

 

Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. Storms come, and the wicked are blown away, but honest people are always safe from guilt and condemnation and disastrous results of being evil.  When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

 

Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. Righteous people will always have security, but the wicked will not survive in the land. The [consistently] righteous will never be shaken,  But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

 

Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. Honesty makes a good person’s life easier, but the wicked will cause their own downfall.  The righteousness of the blameless will smooth their way and keep it straight, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.

 

Proverbs 11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. The righteous are protected from trouble; it comes to the wicked instead.  The righteous is rescued from trouble, And the wicked takes his place in that trouble.

 

Proverbs 11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.  A city is happy when honest people have good fortune, and there are joyful shouts when the wicked die. When it goes well for the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.

 

Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.   The wicked always have company.  Always a crowd joins in with the wicked and inspire the wicked. Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, But the descendants of the righteous will be freed. 10:00

 

  1. The Wicked Think They Are Good

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation.  Righteousness [moral and spiritual integrity and virtuous character] exalts a nation, But sin is a horrible shameful disgrace to any people.

 

Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  The Lord hates the ways of evil people, but loves those who do what is right.  The way [of life] of the wicked is hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord,

But He loves one who pursues righteousness [personal integrity, moral courage and honorable character].

 

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble.  The heart of the righteous thinks carefully about how to answer [in a wise and appropriate and timely way],  But the [babbling] mouth of the wicked pours out malevolent things.

 

Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.  When good people pray, the Lord listens, but he ignores those who are evil. The Lord is far from the wicked [and distances Himself from them], But He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous [that is, those with spiritual integrity and moral courage].

 

Proverbs 16:12  It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strongIt is repulsive [to God and man] for kings to behave wickedly, For a throne is established on righteousness (right standing with God).

 

Proverbs 21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.  God, the righteous one, knows what goes on in the homes of the wicked, and he will bring the wicked down to ruin. The righteous one keeps an eye on the house of the wicked—He seeks to learn how the wicked are cast down to ruin so that he will know their tactics and avoid them.  A wise man knows how to recognize the wicked.  He knows their devices.  He knows where they are coming from.   19:00

 

  1. The Wicked Will Fall

Proverbs 24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: Show me a conceited person and I will show you someone who is arrogant, proud, and inconsiderate.   He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” Peoples will curse him, nations will denounce him;   Telling wicked people that they are doing what is right is going to lose you respect and loyalty of the people.  Our president tells the Palestinians they have a just cause. Telling Americans that abortion is a righteous cause.

 

Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.  Keep evil advisers away from the king and his government will be known for its justice.   Bad counselors lead to bad leaders.  Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.   Wicked advisors lead to wicked leaders.  Take the wicked advisors from a leader and he will be righteous.

 

Proverbs 25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.  A good person who gives in to someone who is evil reminds you of a polluted spring or a poisoned well.   Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields and compromises his integrity before the wicked. When a righteous man gives in to the wicked’s demands and bows to the wicked he becomes corrupted himself.  You cannot compromise with the wicked….EVER!

 

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.  The wicked are cowards and run at the first sign of trouble.  The wicked flee when no one pursues them,

But the righteous are as bold as a lion.   The righteous never give up or give in.

You can tell a righteous man or woman by their loyalty, their stedfastness, never-give up attitude and consistency.  Give me person who never changes their attitude, their character, and their demeanor and I’ll show you a righteous person.

 

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Show me a righteous ruler and I will show you a happy people. Show me a wicked ruler and I will show you a miserable people.   When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice; But when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.

 

The people will mourn over their wicked leaders.  But they brag about their good leaders.  Wicked leaders have dwindling support among the righteous and it will eventually be their undoing.  The only hope for the wicked to survive is to repent…………….. or go all in on their wickedness. Which is what we see most world leadership doing today….going all in on the global agenda of wickedness!

 

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.  A good person knows the rights of the poor, but wicked people cannot understand such things.   A righteous person tries to help poor and unfortunate ones.  The wicked just ignore them or make their plight even worse with their attempts to use them for their advantage.  See our homeless crises and border crises in the world!

 

Proverbs 29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. When evil people are in power, crime increases. But the righteous will live to see the downfall of such people.   The righteous man cares for the rights of the poor,  But the wicked man has no interest in such knowledge. 

 

We will see the fall of all the wicked in the world today eventually when Jesus Christ comes to rule in His righteousness.  The wicked will call for the rocks to fall on them to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb of God!  27:00

 

Conclusion:  Which side do you want to be on? Wicked or Righteous?

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness…God’s anger is revealed from heaven against all the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways prevent the truth from being known.   For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth.

 

Do we understand that God is a God of not only love and holiness but of wrath!!!

 

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  For the Lord watches over the righteous

and listens to their prayers;  but he opposes those who do evil.”  For the eyes of the Lord are [looking favorably] upon the righteous (the upright), And His ears are attentive to their prayer (eager to answer).

 

……But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil.”  I know what side I want to be on!!

 

Who is Righteous?   Romans 4:5-6 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness  Those who don’t work for their salvation but those who have faith and trust in the finished work on the cross of Jesus Christ the Lord!  .28:04

 

 

5-19-2024 AND 6/2/2024

When Are the Old Testament Saints Resurrected?

Five resurrections in the Bible. 

There are five bodily resurrections in the Bible…..

  1. Jesus Christ the first

Acts 26:23 that the Messiah must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.  Colossians 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

 

  1. The Church At Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 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. See Also 1 Corinthians 15:51-58  Only the church is the bride of Christ and will go to be with Him at the rapture.  The fact is ALL living believers at the time of the rapture are the church.  And the church was formed at Pentecost. So everyone saved from then to the rapture are the church!   John the Baptist and OT saints are friends of the bridegroom.

 

  1. The Tribulation Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation.

Revelation 20:4-5 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……The first resurrection is for all believers.  The first resurrection refers to the resurrection of all believers, though separated in time Jesus first, then the church, then the tribulation saints, the OT saints.  All the wicked dead are the second resurrection.

 

  1. The Old Testament Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation

Daniel 12:1   And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (The tribulation) and at that time thy people shall be delivered,( the Jews will become tribulation saints) every one that shall be found written in the book. (The Jews who survive go alive into the millennium after the tribulation)

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them (children of thy people– Israel) that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Them…..dead Jewish people during the tribulation.  Clearly this is at the end of the tribulation (for thy people…many of THEM…) Jewish dead believers are resurrected to eternal life.  Those who get  “everlasting contempt” are resurrected at the end of the Millennium according to Revelation 20:5 and 7-14 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. The Unbelievers.

 

  1. Unbelievers of all time And Millennial Saints resurrected after the Millennium

Revelation 20:5 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. (The DEAD are Unbelievers who have died in all of world history including the millennium.  Some believe that NOT ONE believer will die during the millennium.  Hence no millennium saints will need to be resurrected.  We do not know but it would make sense.) 

 

When are the OT saints Resurrected?  At the end of the tribulation.  Will they be at the marriage and the marriage supper of the Lamb to His bride the church?  Let’s see….

 

Daniel 12:1-2

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. The angel wearing linen clothes said, “At that time the great angel Michael, who guards your people, will appear. Then there will be a time of troubles, the worst since nations first came into existence.   When that time comes, all the people of your nation whose names are written in God’s book will be saved.

 

At that [end] time Michael, the great [angelic] prince who stands guard over the children of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; but at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the [a]Book [of Life], will be rescued.

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Many of those of your people who have already died will live again: some will enjoy eternal life, and some will suffer eternal disgrace. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake (resurrect), these to everlasting life, but some to disgrace and everlasting contempt (abhorrence It seems that this prophecy is telling us that the Old Testament saints are resurrected after the tribulation.

 

The church is raptured before the 70th week of Daniel.  More on that in a bit.

 

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  Seven times seventy years is the length of time God has set for freeing your people and your holy city from sin and evil. Sin will be forgiven and eternal justice established, so that the vision and the prophecy will come true, and the holy Temple[b] will be rededicated.

 

Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] [e]have been decreed for your people and for your holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make atonement (reconciliation) for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness for Israel (right-standing with God), to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint the Most Holy Place

 

Daniel 9:24….Thy people….not the church but Daniels people the Jews.  70 weeks is 490 years the Jews will be under Gentile domination.   The church is not Israel so the church will not be present for the last seven years for that would be double jeopardy for God to have His bride and His promised people Israel there also.  God saved His bride the church and will take them to a wedding.  He is preparing His chosen ones Israel for a King and His kingdom.  Not the same things.  One must go to a wedding and one must prepare for a King.

 

The seventieth week is a time of Jacob’s Trouble.  Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. A terrible day is coming;

no other day can compare with it— a time of distress for my people, but they will survive.”  Alas! For that day is great, There is none like it;  It is the time of Jacob’s [unequaled] trouble,  But he will be saved from it.

 

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again.

or [d]at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again].

 

The seventieth week occurs after the first 483 years.  Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Note this and understand it: From the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until God’s chosen leader comes, seven times seven years will pass. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, and will stand for seven times sixty-two years, but this will be a time of troubles.

 

So you are to know and understand that from the issuance of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Messiah (the Anointed One), the Prince, there will be seven weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years]; it will be built again, with [a city] plaza and moat, even in times of trouble.

 

69 weeks or 483 years.

Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: And at the end of that time God’s chosen leader will be killed unjustly.  The end of the 69 weeks of years or 483 years.  Then after the sixty-two weeks [of years] the Anointed One will be cut off [and denied His Messianic kingdom] and have nothing [and no one to defend Him]

 

Danile 9:26….and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  The city and the Temple will be destroyed by the invading army of a powerful ruler. The end will come like a flood, bringing the war and destruction which God has prepared. and the people of the [other] prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

 

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week That ruler will have a firm agreement with many people for seven years,And he will enter into a binding and irrevocable covenant with the many for one week (seven years), The last week of years….seven years.  The tribulation begins with a peace treaty confirmed.   

 

Daniel 9:27…and in the midst of the week and when half this time is past, The mid-point of the tribulation… but in the middle of the week.

 

Daniel 9:27…..he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, he will put an end to sacrifices and offerings. He will stop the temple sacrifices…. He will stop the sacrifice and grain offering [for the remaining three and one-half years];

 

Daniel 9:27…..and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, The Awful Horror[d] will be placed on the highest point of the Temple.  The beast will enter the temple and declare Himself to be God. ….. and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate,

 

Daniel 9:27…..even until the consummation,  Until the end of the tribulation the Beast will continue to declare that he is God. The end of all things…. even until the complete destruction of the wicked.

 

Daniel 9:27…and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. and will remain there until the one who put it there meets the end which God has prepared for him.   The whole world is under the wrath of God.  What is decreed, is poured out on the one who causes the horror.”

 

Meanwhile in heaven during the tribulation there is the judgment seat of Christ.  Only for the church.

Then then there is a wedding ceremony.  The church is married to Christ.

Then there is the marriage supper of the Lamb.  It must be after the tribulation since there will be guests

there.

 

Friend of the Bridegroom. 

John the Baptist called himself the Friend of the Bridegroom.

John 3:28 See yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.  You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’  You yourselves are my witnesses that I stated, ‘I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ but, ‘I have [only] been sent ahead of Him [as His appointed forerunner and messenger to announce and proclaim His coming].’

 

John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

The bridegroom is the one to whom the bride belongs; but the bridegroom’s friend, who stands by and listens, is glad when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This is how my own happiness is made complete.

He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this pleasure and joy of mine is now complete.

 

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.   He must become more important while I become less important.   He must increase [in prominence], but I must decrease.

 

I believe John was important for many reasons….. but one was that He was the last of the OT saints.

 

He was sent……………. to end the OT saints………… and now move onto the New Testament and the church.  John was the last of the OT prophets who were saved looking forward to Jesus.  To make the division between the church and the OT saints who looked forward to the Lamb of God.  As was John’s first words to Jesus the Christ.  John representing the OT law had to decrease but Jesus representing the grace of God had to increase.

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!   Lambs were the OT saints looking forward to the Christ to come.

 

The Bride is the church.

Revelation 22:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. and flowing down the middle of the city’s street. On each side of the river was the tree of life, which bears fruit twelve times a year, once each month; and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.  in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

Revelation 22:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Nothing that is under God’s curse will be found in the city.  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him.   There will no longer exist anything that is cursed [because sin and illness and death are gone]; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve and worship Him [with great awe and joy and loving devotion];

 

Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came to me and said, “Come, and I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.

 

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.  The Spirit took control of me, and the angel carried me to the top of a very high mountain. He showed me Jerusalem, the Holy City, coming down out of heaven from God.  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a vast and lofty mountain, and showed me the holy (sanctified) city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.   Most likely only the church is going to dwell in the New Jerusalem.

 

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe[a] in God and believe also in me.Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me.

 

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so.[b In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.

 

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself.  ] that where I am, there ye may be also.  And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and I will take you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.   The New Jerusalem is the place Jesus is going to prepare for His church.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.  The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”  Everyone who hears this must also say, “Come!”  Come, whoever is thirsty; accept the water of life as a gift, whoever wants it.    The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, believers) say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take and drink the water of life without cost.     ONLY the church (as they preach the gospel) and the Holy Spirit who brings conviction can give this invitation.

 

The marriage and the marriage supper are two different things. 

 

The Marriage

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed. But while they were going away to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut and locked.

 

Some were not ready for the wedding. They missed their chance to be married to the Savior.

 

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Let us rejoice and be glad; let us praise his greatness! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself for it. Let us rejoice and shout for joy [exulting and triumphant]! Let us celebrate and ascribe to Him glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb [at last] has come, and His bride has prepared herself.    The bride is rewarded and all is set for the wedding.  Revelation 4 if the 24 elders are the church they have their crowns.

 

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. She has been given clean shining linen to wear.” The linen is the good deeds of God’s people. She has been permitted to dress in fine (radiant) linen, dazzling and white—for the fine linen is (signifies, represents) the righteousness (the upright, just, and godly living, deeds, and conduct, and right standing with God) of the saints (God’s holy people).

 

 

The Marriage Supper

Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.  Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Happy are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And the angel added, “These are the true words of God.”  Then [the angel] said to me, Write this down: Blessed (happy, [b]to be envied) are those who are summoned (invited, called) to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me [further], These are the true words (the genuine and exact declarations) of God.

 

They are “called” to the supper are the OT and tribulation saints.  The Bride will already be there. This is marriage supper.  The supper is NOT for the bride and groom but the family and friends of the bride and groom.  So I believe this will happen at the end of the tribulation for that reason.  It is only for the friends and family of the bridegroom.   The OT saints and tribulation saints will be there.

5/12/2024

Revelation 17:4-6 Mom’s In The Bible

Intro:    We all have a mom.  Mommy’s baby, Daddy’s maybe.  Good bad or indifferent we all have a person we call mom.  The Bible says a lot about mother.  All types of mothers in the Bible.  Let’s look at the mom’s in the Bible.

 

A Horrible Mother

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and covered with gold ornaments, precious stones, and pearls. In her hand she held a gold cup full of obscene and filthy things, the result of her immorality.  The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold, precious stones and pearls, [and she was] holding in her hand a gold cup full of the abominations and the filth of her [sexual] immorality.

 

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. On her forehead was written a name that has a secret meaning: “Great Babylon, the mother of all prostitutes and perverts in the world.”

And on her forehead a name was written, a mystery: “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES (false religions, heresies) AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

 

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s people and the blood of those who were killed because they had been loyal to Jesus.   When I saw her, I was completely amazed. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints (God’s people), and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus [who were martyred]. When I saw her, I wondered in amazement.

 

This is not a “mother” per say but representative of a woman who commits atrocities against the followers of Jesus Christ down through the years.  Is this the Catholic church?  Don’t know.  She is called “Mystery Babylon.”   She is the mother of those who have prostituted herself out to the abominable activities in God’s sight.  She is a persecutor of Christians down through the years.  She is the religion of doing whatever you happy or gives you pleasure no matter how evil it is.  Why is she called a “mother” and not a “father.”  The devil is called the “father of liars.”  No wonder if the devil had a mate it would be mystery Babylon.  The mother of all evil religions that are against Jesus Christ and His church!

 

A Bad Mom…

Herodias asked her daughter to dance seductively for the head of John the Baptist.

Two starving moms  in 2 Kings 6 who make a deal to eat their sons.

Athaliah in 2nd Chronicles tells us how evil her son Ahaziah was.  She was a terrible influence on him according to 2 Chronicle 22:3 which tells us how evil King Ahaziah was in some measure because of his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly.  This mom was an evil influence on her son.  Normally we think of dad’s being evil influence on their sons…not the mothers.  I know in 15 years of prison ministry I can honestly say I never heard a prisoner say a bad thing about their mothers.

 

The Helicopter Mom

I think this describes most mom’s today.  They are good mom’s…… but they are helicopter mom’s …….hovering over their children.  Jesus confronted a helicopter mom in the Bible.  Now I’m not talking about anyone here today okay!

 

Matthew 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.   7:00

 

Matthew 20:20-22 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. 21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Salome or Mary Salome was the mother of James and John.  Making her Jesus aunt.  Tradition tells us that she was one of the three Mary’s who were daughters of Saint Anne, making her the half-sister of Mary the mother of Jesus.  Mark 15:40 says that Salome was at the crucifixion of Jesus.  And Matthew 27:56 says that the mother of Zebedee’s children was at the crucifixion.  Mark 16:1 tells us that Salome is among the women who went to the tomb to anoint Jesus body.  So she was a good woman and good mother and a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

She came worshipping Jesus.  That’s good!  Then after buttering Jesus up……she made a selfish request of Him.  She wanted her two sons to be seated at Jesus right and left side…… in other words to be given the highest positions of honor and authority in Jesus kingdom.  Did the sons ask her to make this request to Jesus?  It appears that they may have.  And of course Salome thought it was a reasonable request since her sons were obviously better than the other disciples……   Well James and John must have been the instigators of this request because Jesus answered the two boys instead of their mother.  It made the other disciples a little upset to say the least.  And I’m sure it aggravated Jesus.

 

But Jesus handled it correctly.  He said it is not for me to decide, but my Father’s decision who will sit next to Him in glory.  You boys need to be ready to follow me no matter where it takes you.  Was her request selfish and uncalled for? Probably.  But she made it up for it by being with Jesus at His crucifixion and the tomb.  We all make mistakes when we love our children so much and try to prop them up.  It’s best to let God decide what He want’s your children to do and become.  You raised them….. that’s all you can do……Now give them to God…….that’s what Jesus was telling her.

 

A Good Mom…..

Moses mother was named Jocobed.  She was a Hebrew woman living in Slavery in Egypt before the exodus.  She was the daughter of a Levite, and she married Amram also a Levite according to Exodus 2:1

Exodus 1:8-9 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

Exodus 1:22  And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Exodus 2:1-9 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.

6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?

8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother.

9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it.

 

God rewarded the faithfulness of this courageous mother.  She sacrificed her own son to another so that she might save him.  And in turn got to nurse her own son!  14:00

God blessed her courage and faithfulness as a mother.  God rewards the sacrifices that mothers have to make for their sons.  Every son has a mother but not every son has a father present in their lives.

 

A Great Mom

The Proverbs 31:10-30 a great woman.

I think verses 25-30 sum up a great mom, wife and a great woman.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Do you feel that way about your mom?  We all have a mother. NO mother is perfect.  But God blessed us all to have one.  Angels do NOT have mothers.  Only humans.  How blessed we are.

 

The Greatest Mom

Luke 2: 39-41 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.  40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.  41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

 

Jesus mother was faithful to God and gave glory to God. God couldn’t have picked a better person to be the mother of Jesus.  She was humble, loyal and faithful.  When Jesus began His ministry and after His death and resurrection….she never asked for special treatment because she was Jesus mother.

 

Luke 2:51-52 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.  Jesus was subject to his mother.  He obeyed her and was a good son. Under her guidance he increased in wisdom and stature with God and mankind.  He was faithful to God and a good human being. Well liked by everyone.  Well rounded.  Mannerly.  Courteous.  Gracious.  Kind. Gentle, Godly and obedient.  Of course He was the son of God….but He loved His mother even to the  end.

 

She followed Jesus when He began His ministry and took her other sons to check on Him.  She followed her son to the cross and it was there that Jesus showed His undying love and devotion to His mother.

John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  Jesus saw to her protection and care showing His love for her.

 

A Good Child

Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Your mother will get old…… if God gives her a long life.  Be glad she gets old.  That means you have her for a long time.  Some of you lost your mother at a young age.  Is it fair?  No…… but it’s a sinful fallen and unfair world.  But think of how sweet it will be when you meet your mom in heaven!

 

Proverbs 23:25Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

Do your parents rejoice over you?  I didn’t have children….. but I have the children in the church that I have watched grow up that are still here today.  I rejoice over them.  I have step-children that I rejoice over.   I have watched mothers rejoice over their children and grandchildren.  How satisfying it is that you didn’t cause your mother any heartache.  Of course we caused our mother to worry.  But heartache is when she is disappointed and heartbroken over you.   If you have broken your mother’s heart you can always fix that.  Don’t let her leave this world with a broken heart over you.   21:00

 

 

The Greatest Mom To You?

I hope YOUR mom was the greatest mother to you!!  Maybe it was your grandmother who raised you?  Maybe you are adopted? Maybe it was a step-mom? Maybe your  mother-in-law is like your mom?  Maybe your dad had to be both mother and father.    Maybe your mom was absent due to her own demons….. and an aunt raised you?

 

No matter…..do you see to the protection and care for the one you call mom?  Do you look out for her?  Maybe you had a bad mother? If so, I can understand if you keep your distance from her.

 

But if you had a good mother…..do you look out for them?  Check on them?   Visit them?   Show your love for them?  I haven’t seen my mother in 32 years. She had Alzheimer’s and did not know me anymore after I reached the age of about 27-28.  So I haven’t talked to my mother in a real conversation in about 40 years.  My mother has never heard me preach. She never knew I was a deacon.  She never knew my career accomplishments and never knew we built this church.  She never saw her grandchildren.    I envy those of you who have had a mother most of your adult life.  I think that is really when you need them.  I was fortunate to have had a great mother-in-law who treated me like a son……. and still does today.

 

Did you have a mother like that?  A good mother won’t spoil you……… she will groom you….not to be what you want to be…..Not to be what the world wants you to be…….but to be a man or woman of God…..to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who made you….. .to love the Bible and to let God lead you…… and always try do what is right in His eyes.

 

Listen…. Many of you have lost your mother…….We lose the people we love.  We have no guarantees in this world or in this life!  The only guarantee we have is that if we trust in Jesus Christ we will be with Him in heaven when we die…… or when He comes for His church.  And isn’t that enough!  If Jesus didn’t do anything else for you wouldn’t that be enough!   But He does much more for us.

 

We have lots of trials and troubles in this sinful fallen world, but in the midst of them He gives us His salvation, His joy, His peace, His love, His hope, and the anticipation of being with our loved ones again and………… with Jesus Christ forever and ever!   Isn’t that enough for you to trust in Him today?  The gospel is truly good news…It’s God’s new life given to you.  28:04

 

 

4/28 and 5/5/2024

Matthew 24:3-22  It’s beginning to look a Lot like Christ is Coming

Intro: You know the Christmas song…”it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?”  I think Bing Crosby did the most well known version of it.  Well….. you know Christmas is near when you see the Pumpkins appearing, Right?  Halloween is here to scare us and deceive us.  Well the pumpkins are already here!  Actually the Thanksgiving turkey has already been prepared and ready to be consumed.  The world is getting ready for judgment.  it is just at the verge.  Soon Christmas will be here….Jesus is coming!  Not to be born….but He’s coming again to rule and reign this time and judge an unbelieving world.  1:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now

Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. “Tell us when all this will be,” they asked, “and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age.” While Jesus was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, and said, “Tell us, when will this [destruction of the temple] take place, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end (completion, consummation) of the age?”

 

Everybody knows the world is coming to an end.  It is in our DNA it seems….except the globalists and the Evil–lutionists.   They think it will last on and on and a select elite will be in charge of making sure the earth lasts forever!

 

Matthew 24:4And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Jesus answered, “Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you. Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].   Deception, Deception and deception.

 

Matthew 24:5For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will fool many people. For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many.

 

Falst Christs….false messiahs’ giving a false hope to the world.  Bill Gates is a false messiah.  Klaus Swabb is a false messiah.  Climate Crises is a false messiah. Telling us that we are the ones to save the planet and that we must do it.

 

Matthew 24:6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come. You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age].

 

Need I say more?????  Wars everywhere.

 

Matthew 24:7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another. There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

 

Ethnic groups will hate one another.  Division among people is the key to this verse.  There will be a deep division among people and people groups.  Ethnic group against Ethnic group.  No greater division now than the hatred for the Jews that is off the charts right now and growing.

 

Matthew 24:8All these are the beginning of sorrows.  All these things are like the first pains of childbirth. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].

 

These…the things in verses 3-7 are the birth pangs of a world getting ready to be delivered first into judgment and then receive their glorious king!  8:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now 2. The Tribulation First 3 ½ years

Matthew 24:9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. “Then they will hand you over to [endure] tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

 

The tribulation starts when the beast signs a peace treaty with Israel.  They will be at peace dwelling safely.

 

We are already seeing this being set up.  People already hate the Jews.  But this verse says people will be hated because of Jesus Christ and faith in Him.  So this is not secular Jews these are those who are saved at the first part of the tribulation by the preaching of the 144,000 Jews and the two witnesses and the angel.  But this is being set up right now.  People hate Jews right now and this hatred is spreading to anyone who loves Israel and the Jews.  The only group that does that is the Church of Jesus Christ! I don’t know how bad it will get but it will get much worse after the rapture.

 

Many millions of Christians will be martyred in the next 3 ½ years.  Revelation 6 and 7.

 

Matthew 24:10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another. At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another.

 

We are already seeing that people are offended by each other.  We are already seeing that people are spying on each other.  This will get so awful during that tribulation that if don’t follow the Beast they will tell on you and find you with the technology of today.

 

People are offended by everything today.  We can go to jail for simply calling someone the wrong pronoun!  We can go to jail for hurting someone’s feelings.

 

Matthew 24:11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people. Many false prophets will appear and mislead many.

 

Before the mid-point of the tribulation many false Jesus’s will appear.  That’s why Jesus said in verse 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.  Every eye will see Jesus coming in the clouds.

 

But way before that the anti-Christ will begin to deceive people.  He will have the authority to sign a peace treaty with Israel and when he does that the seven year tribulation begins.

The Gog-Magog war will begin sometime before the tribulation or shortly after it begins.  It will take seven years to burn the weapons.  Israel has to be at peace and dwelling securely.  They have been deceived by the beast.

 

Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold. Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. They will pretend to love you.  There will also be open hostility toward one another.  11:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now 2. The Tribulation First 3 ½ years
  2. The Gospel preached from the Beginning until the end of the Tribulation

Matthew 24:13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved.

 

Evidently many of those who receive Jesus Christ aren’t killed.  They will be the only ones who survive til the end.  That includes Jewish people.  Only those that survive are those who have trusted in the true messiah Jesus Christ.  Jews and Gentiles.  But they will suffer much.

 

Matthew 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people; and then the end will come. This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.

 

The gospel will be preached throughout the whole seven year period by the 144 thousand since they have a seal on them and cannot be killed.  But when the gospel has been presented to everyone in the world then Jesus will come.  This will take seven years.   14:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now 2. The Tribulation First 3 ½ years
  2. The Gospel preached from the Beginning until the end of the Tribulation
  3. Mid-point of the Tribulation

Matthew 24:15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) “You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ of which the prophet Daniel spoke. It will be standing in the holy place.” (Note to the reader: understand what this means!) “So when you see the [b]abomination of desolation [the appalling sacrilege that astonishes and makes desolate], spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the [c]reader understand),

 

Now come to the big moment.  The mid-point of the tribulation when Satan and the Beast turn their full anger against God.  Satan is cast of heaven and can no longer go there.  He is angry.  He hates the Jews and his only purpose is to kill them so that Jesus Christ cannot be king and fulfill His promises to them.

 

So he first stops the Jews from worshipping and sacrificing in the temple.  He goes to the temple and he declares and end to all other worship but only to him.  He has as false prophet to proclaim his deity with signs and wonders.

 

The Beast is killed but comes back out of the pit alive.  This astounds the world.  He is full of Satanic power.

 

Matthew 24:16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: “Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills. then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains [for refuge].

 

The Jews are the target and Israel the nation is under Satanic attack from the devil who knows he has but a short time.  He loses the war in heaven to Michael and his angels.   Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

Matthew 24:17Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house Someone who is on the roof of a house must not take the time to go down and get any belongings from the house.: Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things that are in his house [because there will not be enough time].

 

Jews must flee and flee now.  They will go to Petra where they will be saved and protected by God’s holy angels. Only one third of the Jews will make it to safety.  2/3 will die in the last Jewish Holocaust.

 

Matthew 24:18Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. Someone who is in the field must not go back to get a cloak. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his coat.

 

Another reminder to flee as fast as they can. God will provide all they need.  Don’t take anything to slow you down.

 

Matthew 24:19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! How terrible it will be in those days for women who are pregnant and for mothers with little babies! And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

 

John tells us that women with babies probably won’t make it to Petra.  They should have put their faith in Jesus Christ from the preaching of the two witnesses who preached in Jerusalem.   People cannot put off believing in Jesus Christ as Savior.  There will be a time when you won’t have time to repent.

 

Matthew 24:20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: Pray to God that you will not have to run away during the winter or on a Sabbath! Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel].

 

We don’t know what time of year this will happen.  But we will know as soon as the anti-Christ signs a peace treaty or confirms a peace treaty with Israe.  We can count 3 ½ years from that moment.  But the point is that this is going to be a difficult journey that some will not be able to make.  The Sabbath prohibits travel. This tells us that the Jews will be living under the Jewish law at this time.

 

Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  For the trouble at that time will be far more terrible than any there has ever been, from the beginning of the world to this very day. Nor will there ever be anything like it again.

For [d]at that time there will be a great tribulation (pressure, distress, oppression), such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will [again].

 

Great tribulation is the going to last 3 ½ years.  The six trumpet and seven bowl judgments will be completed and about half of the world’s population will die.

 

Matthew 24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. But God has already reduced the number of days; had he not done so, nobody would survive. For the sake of his chosen people, however, God will reduce the days. And if those days [of tribulation] had not been cut short, no human life would be saved; but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.

 

So complete will be God’s judgment and Satan’s wrath that God will stop the carnage or no one would be left alive to enter the millennial kingdom.  1/3 of the Jewish population will survive.  20:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now 2. The Tribulation First 3 ½ years
  2. The Gospel preached from the Beginning until the end of the Tribulation
  3. Mid-point of the Tribulation 5 False Hope’s

Matthew 24:23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it. Then if anyone says to you [during the great tribulation], ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it.

 

People will looking for hope.  So they look for the Messiah.  They will fall for anything so save them from the  wrath of God, the devil, the Beast and False Prophet.   People are looking for hope.  They will look everyone and to anyone who gives them hope except the truth.  There will be so many false sightings of the messiah that people  will eventually give up looking for the real Jesus.  That is why they will be caught not looking for Him when He does come.

 

Matthew 24:24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God’s chosen people, if possible. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).

 

They will be deceived by the great miraculous signs by the false messiah’s and especially the Beast and the False prophet.    The false prophet will have false prophets working for him.   It will be a time of almost zero  truth proclaimed except from the 144 thousand Jewish preachers.  23:00

 

  1. Birth Pangs Right Now 2. The Tribulation First 3 ½ years
  2. The Gospel preached from the Beginning until the end of the Tribulation
  3. Mid-point of the Tribulation 5 False Hope’s 6.  I Have Warned You

Matthew 24:25Behold, I have told you before. Listen! I have told you this ahead of time. Listen carefully, I have told you in advance.

 

Jesus said…..I have told you.  The Olivet discourse is in Luke and Mark also.  Jesus wanted us to know what is going to happen.  He gave us the prophets, Daniel and Revelation to give us detailed explanations of what is going to happen.   So we are without excuse to not be in the position of not being saved when the rapture comes.  Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.

 

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

People are so easily deceived today.  We have not developed our thinking skills.  We have been indoctrinated over the years and don’t even know it.  It began with the so called evolution of man.  It will end with absolute devolution of man to the point that they think of evil 24-7.

 

We don’t think.  We don’t reason.   We don’t care about the  truth especially the truth of God’s word.  27:00

 

Conclusion: It’s not looking like Christmas yet.  No signs of Christmas yet.  But It’s beginning to look a lot like Christ is coming soon.  First for His church and then with His church.    Don’t be deceived into waiting or I don’t believe that it’s going to happen that way.  The Bible has a verse for those people. 2 Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  Where is He?  Well instead of Where is He? They will say He is here!!!! And it’s too late for me.   28:04

 

4/21/2024

Romans 2:4 The Goodness of God

Intro: What does it mean to be good?  We don’t’ know because we are not good.  We have times when we are good.  We have moments.  But God is good all of the time.  That should give us great assurance and confidence in Him.  He will always do what is right, what is best for us in the LONG run.  This is not a sprint……this life we live…… it is an endurance race.  And we WIN!  We win because God is God and God is Good!  1:00

 

  1. The evil of man leads to subjection and repression and rejection of liberty.

Romans 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering…. ? But you think nothing of his kindness.    You despise God’s goodness to you.  you thumb your nose at God’s order in society.  You think God is going to ignore your sin forever.  You don’t care that God is good to you.

 

Man wants to enact laws to suppress free speech and jail people for wrong thinking.  Minority report was a Tom Cruise movie  years ago that was about computers that could tell if a person was even thinking about a crime.  They would arrest those people and charge them for thinking about a crime.  Supposedly this would protect society by preventing future crimes.  It became a dystopian society of fear and reproach, repression and depression.

 

God is so good.  He’s so good to me and you.  People say “why doesn’t God get rid of evil? Two reasons.

Evil is not a thing to get rid of.  Evil is the absence of good.   Darkness is not a thing.  There is no dark light bulb.  Darkness is the absence of light.  If you want to get rid of evil you need to either make everyone good or destroy those who commit evil.  God chose to make everyone good by faith in the righteousness of Christ.

2nd reason.  If God gets rid of evil He would have to start with me and you.  We have to go.  We are not good but evil continually.  Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

But thanks be unto God While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

 

God is so good and man is so bad.  The evil of man wants to create AGI artificial General Intelligence and with it control man’s behavior.  With it he can suppress speech and actions that they deem mis-information.  NO mercy here.  No patience with people.  NO love for people.  Just control.  God does seek to control us but love us.  Yes we have restraints.  We must consider others.  We must consider the requirements of our loving heavenly Father who has given us all things richly to enjoy.  And why would you not want to love a creator like God.  He is loving and gentle and king.   His burden is easy and His yoke is light.

 

There has never been a thing called mis-information in the history of the world.  Everyone has a right to their opinion and ideas and thoughts.  Who is the determiner of what is mis-information?  Did you know that the press and media never used this term until the Covid crises.  Now they have found a way to label everyone who does not agree with them as the arbiters of truth (and we still don’t know who that is…… some sort of Global elite)

 

Man in his sinful fallen state…..in order to create his utopia has to make everyone think the same, act the same and be the same essentially or there would be usurpers and dissidents.   And they can’t have people with different opinions and ideas than the creators of this utopia.    We know that mankind cannot build a utopia.  He is too selfish and arrogant.  See Revelation chapters 8 thru 20.  It’s a disaster.  The Beast has to control everyone and everything.  And the more unrest leads to more control and loss of liberty and freedom.  10:00

 

  1. The evil of man leads to subjection and repression and rejection of liberty.
  2. Not Even knowing…….

Romans 2:4 …..not knowing…..

People are not aware of the truths of God’s love, mercy, patience, Salvation, and judgment.  They don’t seem to care either.  They have been so brainwashed and entertained that they don’t take the time to think soberly about these things of life.  Not even Covid caused people to repent.

 

People today in general need to know about Jesus Christ.  They need to be aware of God’s desire to bring them back to Him.

 

People today are not aware of God’s love…..John 3:16 For God So loved the world

They are not aware of God’s mercy……Psalm 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

The are not aware of God’s patience……Exodus 34:6 he Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

 

They are not Aware that Jesus is the truth of God…..John 14:6  I am the way, the truth and the life….

 

They are not aware of God’s desire For them to be saved……Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

 

They are not aware of God’s judgment….Matthew 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

The saddest words in the human language may be…… TOO LATE….the next saddest words are “I didn’t know”…. “I was not aware”…….Why are people not aware of God’s love, mercy, patience?  No one told them…..or they are not interested enough to find out…..or that information is surpressed by the powers that be.  The media, education, governments, and the powerful don’t want us to know that God is a God of love, mercy, truth and patience.  19:00

 

  1. The evil of man leads to subjection and repression and rejection of liberty.
  2. Not Even knowing…….
  3. The Goodness Of God leads People To Repentance

Romans 2:4  ….not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance.   God has been very kind to you, and he has been patient with you. God has been waiting for you to change and come Him.  Perhaps you do not understand that God is kind to you so that you will change your hearts and lives.

 

God gives man the  freedom to sin or He could not be called good.  God doesn’t strike someone dead when they sin.  Now sin has a sowing and reaping effect.   You reap what you sow.  If you eat a whole chocolate pie everyday and a bag of fudge Rounds and a box of Oreo cookies for a snack everyday you are going to reap sickness and disease.    But God does not hinder us from doing that.  God is pure and good.  Only God is good and in order to be purely good….. God must allow man the freedom to decide what He will do and think.

 

What if God punished us for thinking about a sin?  Wow!  We would be in trouble all the time.

Does God want us to be mindless robots? What would be the point of creating man if that’s all we were. There would be no joy, no peace, so satisfaction, no contentment, no anticipation, no accomplishment, no excitement, no fun, no pleasure, no love and no happiness.  God is very good and patient and loving to allow us to sin and not kill us immediately.

 

Psalm 52:1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Why do you boast about your evil plans, O powerful man? God’s loyal love protects me all day long.  Why do you boast about your evil that you do?  God is good to allow you to do evil without killing you and He is good by not allowing you to kill us all over the evil that you do.

 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord will reward evil one day.  As we learned about the parable of the Tares and the Wheat….God said to let them grow together until the final harvest then the angels will separate them.

 

Because today God is long-suffering….. very patient toward all of us.  The reason He allows sin is that he is not out to destroy sinners but to save them.  Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.  He is does not want anyone go to hell but that eventually all would turn from sin and turn to Him. God wants to change our way of thinking and and seek Him.  1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Jesus Christ is come into the world to save sinners not destroy them.  To give them a chance to repent.  Not destroy them at His first opportunity.   27:00

 

  1. The evil of man leads to subjection and repression and rejection of liberty.
  2. Not Even knowing…….
  3. The Goodness Of God leads People To Repentance

The Goodness Of God…..

We sing “God is so good”…  Because HE IS !!

 

 

 

4/21 and 28/2024

Romans 13:1-6 Give me liberty or give me death

Intro:  Patrick Henry quoted those famous words.  And it has been the clarion call for all nations under God even today.   The key word for citizens in Romans 13 to obey the government is the word “liberty.”  If we don’t have liberty….liberty of worship, property ownership and basic human rights then we must do all that we can to oppose that government, as it clearly opposes God’s mandates for human governance.  We must obey God rather than men which is our first and foremost goal in every part of civil society.

 

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Everyone must obey or submit to state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God. Let every person be subject or submit to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God [granted by His permission and sanction], and those which exist have been put in place by God.

 

The Greek word for Subject is to submit….like wives submit yourselves to your husbands.  Does as wife submit to abuse?  Of course not.  We submit to a good husband and rebel against a wicked one?  Well we must obey God rather than men.  Does God want us to do or approve of the wicked things like drinking, abusing, stealing, cheating that a wicked husband does?  Of course not.  Does a citizen submit to a wicked evil regime?  Only as long as they have the liberty and freedom to worship God.   If they do not have that freedom then they must obey God and disobey the government to worship, to follow Christ in righteousness.  And if it is possible their goal should be to gain their freedom.  Paul told slaves to gain their freedom if possible without doing anything sinful.    Even fleeing to another country if you see no hope of governmental reform.

 

If a government is oppressing the poor and the innocent what is our duty?  To stand up for the weak and the innocent and to voice our protest to the government by helping the poor and the innocent whether the government likes it or not.  Jesus cleared out the temple of buyers and sellers who were abusing the poor.

 

We must understand that America is unique for it is a government FOR the people and BY the people.   We elect representatives so this government of the United States is…. OURs. WE are the leaders in our government!  Therefore we can demand our representatives do not do what WE the people elected them to do.  And if they do evil we can expel them by the ballot box! Or impeachment if it gets that bad.

 

Great Britain tried to oppress the Americans colonialists and put demands on them that were taking away liberty and freedoms from them as British citizens.  They were fleecing the natural resources of their own citizens by unfair and unreasonable taxes that caused the poor great financial hardship.  Colonialists of America decided not to submit to the abuse and the law breaking British government leadership of King George who was a crook himself.

 

Israel threw off the yoke of bondage to the Egyptians.  The pilgrims escaped the limits of worship put on them by Great Britian in the early 1600’s.  One day the church will escape the bonds of this world’s system of wickedness and godlessness.   What do we do today until then?  We occupy until He comes.  We know an escape is coming.  We don’t preach anything but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  The apostles didn’t preach rebellion against governments as along as they were free to preach they carried on even in great poverty.

 

It  is obvious that we have a government today that is trending toward totalitarianism.  We have lost many freedoms in this country.  Freedom of speech and of Assembly has been limited in America if you don’t stand for one parties belief system.

 

We still have freedom to worship in America.  We still have freedom to convert the lost in America to a point.  We cannot condemn the lifestyle of those who are transgender or homosexual in order to convert to Jesus Christ.   So slowly but surely our freedoms will all disappear in America.

 

In the Apostle Paul’s day his job was to preach the gospel of Christ.  He did not preach ebellion against governments especially the Roman government and that is why Paul wrote Romans 13.  Yes it was hard.  The evil Nero was in charge of Roman government when Paul was alive.  Yes Nero’s government was ungodly.  But he allowed the Jews to worship their own way and Christianity was considered a sect of Judaism by the Romans.   Paul was murdered by Judaizers complaints about him.  Rome did not want uprisings within and thought that killing Paul would appease the Jews.  Yes, Romes was evil.  But they had laws of property ownership, and personal rights for every Romans citizen.  Freedom and liberty for Roman citizens meant that a Roman citizen was pretty much free to preach and practice their faith and gain converts. The US constitution was based somewhat on Roman laws of liberty and freedom.

 

God gave the world…..to keep order and to keep power from consolidating to one group or individual……nation states!  In in those nations states He permits men to occupy those positions of power.  As we saw in the Tower of Babel God does not want man to consolidate his power for that leads to rebellion against God and tyranny against the people.  So God gave us nation states so that we might provide checks and balances with each other so that no one person or group can control the world.

 

Let Every soul….every citizen should be subject to their rulers…of course if we did not submit to governments there would be confusion.  God wants order.  God gave us order in society.  It is the only way for Godless, sinners to have orderly governments in this sinful, rebellious world is to have many nation states.  We cannot gang up.  We mentioned Babel earlier.   God split us up into nation states so no one group could gain power over the world.  So the result is hopefully law and order.  People are going to steal, murder, lie, cheat, rape and plunder if they can get away with it.  That’s what sinners do.

 

The powers that be are ordained of God…..You mean God appointed Hitler?  God appointed Pol-Pot?  God appointed Joe Biden?  Well, God ordained nation states after the tower of Babel.  His will is for nation states to create checks and balances so that no one group can lead the world into rebellion against God and to create order for societies.  God allows governments of men and in that of course He allows wicked leaders.  But as far as appointing Hitler?  I think they did it to themselves.  Every wicked leader has come to power by the weakness, wickedness and complacency of the common people of those governments.  And God allowed it for his purposes.  To punish and to purge and to renew.

 

 A nation sometimes gets what they deserve.   If we depart from God…. He will bring us something or someone that will take us to our knees before Him.  Most every communist nation has drifted from their spiritual moorings of years gone by.  Some nations like China have never been Christian.  They are more Christians today under Communism that they would ever have been under Confucius and their eastern religions.  There are more Christians in China than the United States!   Look at India.  India has a stable government which guarantees many liberties.  But you are limited in your liberty as you are only allowed to worship the gods of the Indian people. India’s false gods are mostly peaceful unless you are a Christian.   Christianity has not been well received in India.  India needs a governmental collaspe to bring them to Jesus.  Think about China and Islamic nations how despite the persecution the church grows during that time.  When the only hope we have in Jesus Christ!

 

For India and this is hard to say but Communism would bring more people to Christ than good times and peace with India’s false religions of peace.  Hinduism is the prevailing religion in India so they need something to collapse to get them to come to Christ. And that will happen when the repressive rule of the Anti-Christ comes and rules the world.  Millions will come to Christ.

 

Islam has some of the fastest growing Christians movements in the world.  Iran has the fastest growing church in the world! Because their leaders are so repressive.  Sharia law is repressive.  So think about it. Satan has allowed wicked leaders to turn a society built on a false peaceful religion or no religion like Japan…….that gives India and Japan false hope!  Japan needs a wicked totalitarian leader to give them hope in Christ.  Makes sense then why God allows wicked godless leaders.

 

Satan can give the kingdoms of this world to whomever he wants.  Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.   But God has to allow it.

 

Interestingly we called our United States congress representatives “law makers.”  They are not lawmakers….. they represent us in governmental constitutional matters.  They are not supposed to spend time making laws that further oppress their citizens…… but work on behalf of their constituents to protect their freedoms and to protect the constitution of “WE the People and By the People.”  They are not sent there to support special interest groups and corporations or make laws all day long.

 

It is clear that Romans 13 is talking about a government that punishes evil and rewards good citizenship. The key here is that a government should reward evil and punish evil and that includes a military and police force funded by the government.  They are to punish evil according to God’s standards and reward righteousness according to God’s standards…… not standards that go against the word of God.

 

Romans 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered; and anyone who does so will bring judgment on himself. Therefore whoever [a]resists [governmental] authority resists the ordinance of God. And those who have resisted it will bring judgment (civil penalty) on themselves.

 

God gave us human government as the best way for a fallen sinful people to govern themselves.  God also gave the desire to have nation states. That came about after the tower of Babel when groups had no choice but to gather together with like tongues and independent nation states came about.    Sinful people cannot have a one world government because it always turns our evil, despotic with tin pot rulers trying to force their will upon the people and limit individual liberty.  If nations stay splintered into two hundred plus nation states then governments can stay fragmented then there is less chance that one person can control that nation.  It takes a while to get that kind of power even though it does happen those nations don’t last very long.

 

God establishes leaders and heads of state.  So the people get what they deserve as a reward or judgment for their obedience to God.

 

Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For rulers are not to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil. Would you like to be unafraid of those in authority? Then do what is good, and they will praise you, For [civil] authorities are not a source of fear for [people of] good behavior, but for [those who do] evil. Do you want to be unafraid of authority? Do what is good and you will receive approval and commendation.

 

Many say that Paul wrote this while Nero was persecuting and murdering Christians.  The fact is Nero was only beginning in AD 54-56 when Paul wrote Romans.  Nero ruled from AD 54-68.  He didn’t begin persecuting Christians until after the great fire in AD 64.  So he was NOT killing or greatly persecuting Christians at this point until AD64.  Paul was making a general statement that Christians should be good citizens, actually Christians should be the best citizens by taking part in and encouraging good government.  After AD64 he began using Christians as scapegoats for the fire.  Doing horrible things to them. But Nero soon died but Christianity spread to the whole world as as result of persecution.

 

But…… we should not allow a government to abuse the weak and innocent or any particular group of people.  That’s why slavery was abolished.  That’s why we have civil rights laws.  And we should not allow a government to impede liberty for any person that is a law abiding citizen.  That’s why we have a constitution.  If a government abuses a certain group of people the righteous have an obligation to speak up and stand up for that group.

 

And of course…. we should always obey Acts 5:29 We ought to obey God rather than men.  Christians are always required to stand up and defend the weak and innocent in righteousness.  We should stand up against a government that abuses.  When government becomes the evil and harming good citizens it is our duty to demand righteousness from our government.  Especially in a Constitutional Republic of representative government like the United States.

 

We are a government of the people and by the people and for the people.

We elect people to represent US!  They should reflect our values and Biblical principles and do what a government should do.  Reward the righteous and punish the evil.  If they stray from those principles then it is our duty to make our voice heard.  We do that through the voting process.  But when that becomes tainted then we have no other choice but to fight to take our nation back.

 

But this becomes iffy for the Christian.  If we are allowed to worship fairly freely then we should stay where we are and try to win as many to Christ as we can.  That in time can change the nation.  The pulpits of the world are a force to be reckoned with if Pastors all join together.  But sadly most pastors are already sold out to the government so you get the situation in communist countries and in Fascist Germany under Hitler. Then if we cannot worship freely then we have to go underground……. but we never give up and we must continue to disobey the government.  We always are to obey God first and foremost even if we wind up in jail or dead.

 

Sometimes it’s impossible for a group of Christians to take a country back due to the overwhelming power of the government.  Then we do the best we can.  We work with what we can….doing all with can…. for as long as we can…… or we can leave the country as the Pilgrims did….for a place where we can have liberty again.

 

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. because they are God’s servants working for your own good. But if you do evil, then be afraid of them, because their power to punish is real. They are God’s servants and carry out God’s punishment on those who do evil. For he is God’s servant to you for good. But if you do wrong, [you should] be afraid; for he does not carry the [executioner’s] sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an avenger who brings punishment on the wrongdoer.

Is it our duty to stand up and demand righteousness?  When government becomes evil we should and we must stand up against the evil (not because of our own lives, for we care not what happens to ourselves) but because of those in our care and responsibilities and to defend the weak and the innocent.  Christians should be defenders the weak, the innocent and our families against all enemies of righteousness.

 

God want’s father to instruct his children in righteousness.  Joshua 24:15 ….but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  That means we lead our families to stand on the righteousness of God.  That means to lead our family in the ways of the Lord God of the Bible.   So if we demand righteousness in our families shouldn’t we demand it in our government?

 

There comes a time to take a stand against evil.   Psalm 94:16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   Clearly we are to stand against evil of our day to protect our families and our neighbors. 

 

Romans 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this reason you must obey the authorities—not just because of God’s punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. Therefore one must be subject [to civil authorities], not only to escape the punishment [that comes with wrongdoing], but also as a matter of principle [knowing what is right before God].

 

Romans 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties. For this same reason you pay taxes, for civil authorities are God’s servants, devoting themselves to governance.  Taxation without representation is evil. That is why America declared it’s freedom from Great Britian in 1776.   After that constitutional republic of the Untied States of American was formed.  Not a democracy….but a government based on the rule of law.  The laws of liberty.  The pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for each citizen.  We elect representatives to Washington.  Not law makers….but representatives of us!!  The will of the people.  The fundamental rights of every citizen must be protected at all times.   God was behind the creation of America!

 

Bottom line……We must obey God and reject wicked governments and the best way to defeat the wicked is to convert them to faith in Jesus Christ…….Which is our reasonable service.   If every Christian in America would preach the gospel in our daily lives…..we could change this country.    Should we preach politics??….Absolutely!!!

Politics….the Activities associated with the governance of a country or other area like a company, club, school and even a church.  It is the activity especially the DEBATE or CONFLICT among individuals or parties hoping to achieve power.

Politics is life….it is the way people living in groups make decisions.

 

Conclusion:

What do We do as United States citizens when we see all this evil coming upon our government?

We first of all…….Preach the gospel.  For it is the power of God.  Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen.  That is our first duty.

 

Secondly….We should gain our freedoms back if we can.  If we cannot…then we can leave or if we cannot….. then we must continue to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified in defiance of the government.  It may require inventive ways and even deceiving the government.

 

Also…

We are in the last of the last days….we know these things from scripture….

Our outlook on governments in these last days reflects the fact that we know from the Bible that evil men will wax worse and worse.  We know that the rapture is soon to come.  We know that there will be no mass turning to Jesus until the tribulation.  We know that all governments will turn against Israel in these days.  We know that a one world government and religion is in the preparation stages.

 

So for us….it’s different than the pilgrims….

It would be futile for us to try to take over a government for that activity would  doomed of failure according to Bible prophecy.  We can only occupy…… Tell the truth, point out the lies and the liars…and most importantly……Preach the gospel until He comes and reach as many people as we can with the truth of Jesus Christ.

 

4/14/2024

Psalm 89:29-37   God Will Keep His Promises To Israel

Intro:  Has it begun?  The end of Israel?  Of course not.  Let me say this…..The Biden Administration has given relief of sanctions and also flat out given lran one hundred BILLION dollars which has allowed Iran to have 200 drones and rockets.  And then the United States has to shoot down their own drones and rockets!!  What did they think Iran would do with that money?  They could care less if their citizens have medicines or food.  They just want to destroy Israel.  This is NOT the Gog-Magog war yet!  Iran is east of Israel.  Maybe slightly north-east.  The Gog-Magog invasion will come from the north of Israel led by Russian, Iran and Turkey at a time when Israel is living in peace.

 

200 drones and missiles attacked Israel last night.  Not one penetrated the defenses of Israel.  Maybe some slight damage to a military base.  The US, Britian, and Jordan helped shoot down some of the drones and missiles.  All were shot down BEFORE they entered Israel’s air space.  God defended His people again.  Why does God keep His promises to Israel?  Why did He protect them again?  Where was He when Hamas attacked them?  Understand this…….Zecharaiah 12:2-3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  3And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

 

As long as God allows the United States to exist Israel cannot be defeated.  But one day the US will go down.  Because of the rapture or we are defeated in a war with our external or internal enemies.  They are seeking to take over the US now and they will eventually succeed.   Then Israel will sign a peace treaty with the Anti-Christ and will dwell safely.  Then God and Magog suddenly attack but God will defeat Gog and Magog but the Beast will take credit for that victory.

 

  1. It’s Not dependant on their Goodness

Psalm 89:29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.

Psalm 89:30    If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;

 

  1. It’s not dependant Upon Their Wickedness

Psalm 89:31    If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;

Psalm 89:32    Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

Psalm 89:33    Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

 

  1. It Is Dependant Upon God’s Holiness and His Promises.

Psalm 89:34    My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Psalm 89:35    Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

Psalm 89:36    His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

Psalm 89:37    It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah

 

 

4/14/2024

Matthew 13:24-30 Weeds Among The Wheat Part Two

Intro:  Let them grow together.  Why doesn’t God get rid of evil in the world?  Well…..He is going to when the last person has come to faith in Jesus Christ.  But why doesn’t He do it now?  Why does He allow suffering and death and war and tragedies?  This passage answers that question for everyone.

 

  1. The Kingdom Of Heaven

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field.  Jesus gave them another parable [to consider], saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

 

A parable is a story that makes a spiritual point.  Jesus is telling us what His kingdom is like.  It is like a field that God sows the seeds of eternal life and truth among mankind.  Matthew 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.   

 

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that is worth everything he owns to get it.   The kingdom of Heaven is God’s kingdom reigning supreme in the hearts of men that live on the earth.   It’s not a place……. it’s people who have given God rule in their hearts and lives.  Now it is spiritual place but soon it will be a physical place called heaven and the new earth.  It’s basically God is our King in our hearts, our minds and in our lives.

 

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [c]weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat, and went away.

 

Men are asleep to the things of God.  They are not guarding their hearts by staying close to their heavenly Father.  Tares closely resemble wheat, but are poisonous to human beings. They are indistinguishable from wheat until the final fruit appears. Farmers would weed out tares with winnowing forks just before the wheat harvest. They are called chaff then and they blow away and leave the wheat.  Until Christ returns, both genuine believers and counterfeits will be allowed to remain together.

 

An enemy is the devil.  The devil has no kingdom but he does sow chaos, confusion and death in God’s kingdom. He does this by putting fake’s among the children of God.  He sows deceit and deception.  He has plenty of willing accomplices among mankind.  He tricks them.  HE lies to them to cause chaos among those in the kingdom of God.

 

He is in opposition to everything God is trying to do.

The tares look like wheat, (they look like me and you. They have churches like we do)

They act like wheat,(they know what to do and what to say to convince you they are wheat)

They behave like wheat, (they act like Christians)

They grow like wheat. (which means the tare led churches will have growth also. They are the largest churches in the world sometimes.)

When It’s time for Harvest it doesn’t look like wheat. Weeds become chaff which easily blows away from the wheat with the winnowing fork.    Angels will easily separate the wheat from the weeds.  The Godly from the ungodly.

 

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared also.

 

Tares are known as weeds.  When you grow a garden you cannot keep the weeds out completely.  You cannot get rid of the weeds in life.  Remember in the garden of Eden God said that because of man’s sin Adam would have to fight weeds now.  Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. 

 

Adam would have to fight the weeds in order to get the food.  This is the result of the fall of man.  Man sins when he is drawn away of his own lust.  James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 

 

Matthew 13:38-40  explains verse 24-26…. 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The field is the world.   The seed are the Godly ones.  The Tares are the ungodly children of the devil. 

 

Who are the children of the Kingdom?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Who are the children of the wicked one?  John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

The enemy is the devil

The harvest is the end of the world.

The reapers are the angels.

Revelation 14: 15-20

Revelation 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  Revelation 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.  Revelation 14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.  Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.  Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

  1. The Kingdom Of Heaven 2  Why Are There Weeds?

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ The servants of the owner came to him and said, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have weeds in it?’

 

Wheat grows weeds called Darnel.  It looks like wheat until the wheat is ready to harvest.  The harvesters use a winnowing fork to separate the wheat from the chaff…the darnel…the weeds.  The chaff blows away and leaves the pure wheat.  It cannot be done until the harvest is ready.

 

You will destroy wheat with the weeds.  God doesn’t want to keep someone from coming to Christ.  Weeds cannot become wheat.  They would have to be changed….born again as wheat.  That is why we must be born again.  We must become wheat.  God gives everyone every chance to be born again by faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

 

Then why are there weeds?  Why does the world have evil in it?  That’s the question that everyone wants to know the answer to.  Well here is the answer…..

 

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. He replied to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’

 

The enemy as we said is Satan.  Satan as we said is the enemy of the kingdom of God.  The prince of the power of the air.  The ruler of the kingdoms of this worlds system.  He has a lot of power.  It’s as though God is goading him to act..…..”go ahead give it your best shot…Let’s see what you got big guy…”

 

Matthew 13:28 …..The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Here is the question that atheists and unbelievers ask us all the time…..”why doesn’t God just put an end to the weeds…the evil?”  It makes sense to them.  It sounds sensible.  God just wave your mighty hand and get rid of evil once and for all!  Makes sense doesn’t it?  Or does it really?

 

The fundamental flaw in this thinking is very simple…..It assumes that not everyone is evil.  It assumes that most people are good.  Let’s see what the Bible says about that….

Matthew 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The fatal flaw that athiests and unbelievers make is that all mankind is evil.  They have sinned.  Well there is a difference in sin and being evil…..Is there?

James 1:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

If you commit ONE infraction of the ten commandments….you are guilty of ALL of them!

1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  If you hate a person for one second you are a murderer!  Nothing is more evil than murder!

 

Yes we know that there is none good but one and that is God.  But in this parable Jesus is talking about the kingdom of God. Those that are Godly and those that are not.  If you take out the weeds, the ungodly wicked when would you do it?  When would anyone have a chance to repent if as soon as you sinned God cast you into hell?  If God got rid of the weeds at what point would He do it?  As soon as they reach the age of accountability?  At the age of 30?  50?  75?  It becomes redundant.  A good farmer waits until the harvest to separate the wheat from the weeds.  That is what God is going to do…..Remember there is a harvest coming!

 

  1. The Kingdom Of Heaven 2  Why Are There Weeds?  3 God Will Separate The Weeds

Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. But he said, ‘No; because as you pull out the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.

 

Here is the answer to why Gods allows evil in the world.  Man cannot uproot the weeds and not uproot the wheat also.  This is not our job.  Not the churches job.  Not your job.  When it is time the weeds can be separated from the wheat.  And the biggest reason….. it is not time yet.  It’s Gods job and He loves us but sin has to have it’s fullness.  Daniel 9………………….No one can say that God didn’t give man every opportunity to reach His own utopia.  And they will see that only God our creator and the only one who loves us truly…..has a wonderful destiny for all of mankind.  God is not being hard.  He is being good to us.  God is not being unfair….He is being loving and kind.  God is a gentleman.  He will not force anyone to follow Him.  Even those He has chosen for a specific task He has had to wait until they  were willing and totally broken to the utter folly of resisting God.

 

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’” Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

 

When it is time….. the wheat is harvested by the HARVESTERS.  It is run through a sifter to separate the wheat from the chaff.  The harvest comes at a specific time.  At the right time the correct time.  God’s time.

 

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.   It is not time yet for the harvest.

When it is His time His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

 

Why is it not time yet?  Very simple……The let them grow together…. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.   Why does God allow evil? As I said before…. He is not willing to let anyone perish….He loves us.  But there is coming a time for the harvest.  It’s not time yet.  Let the evil and the Godly grow together.  Let the evil have a chance to repent.  Let the godly be an influence on the wicked.  Let them live together until the time of the harvest.  To uproot the wicked now would take many wicked that might have been saved including me and you.

 

  1. The Kingdom Of Heaven 2  Why Are There Weeds?  3 God Will Separate The Weed

Weeds Among The Wheat.

Adam sinned and was promised thorns and thistles in his new garden.  Sinful fallen gardening can be successful but you will have weeds.  Just like life.  God allows us to live after Adam and Eve and after the flood but we will have weeds among humans also.  We can defeat the weeds….. the wicked among humans.  But we must have Jesus Christ who claimed the victory of sin, death, hell and the grave in order to defeat the weeds among humans and weeds in the world.

 

Those who do not love God and do not want to be accountable to Him but actually hate Him.  Man loves Himself and as Satan said in Job man will do anything to save his own skin.  Man wants to live on his terms and not on God’s terms.  Man wants to  live his way and not God’s way.

 

Let them grow together…..Until the harvest.  Then God will make everything right.  God will set everything correctly.  He will right every wrong and make straight everything crooked.   He does all things well.

4/7/2024 

Psalm 42:5, 11 and 43:5  Why I Should Never Be Discouraged

Intro:  Matthew Henry speculates that David might have written this psalm when he was prevented from to the sanctuary in Jerusalem, either due to persecution by Saul or because of Absalmon’s revolt.

David was in despair.  Jesus Christ was in despair the night before He was crucified.  Some of this describes Jesus human emotions the night before He was crucified.   Christians….. we have all been in this situation where we get sad and overwhelmed at times.  That will come….. but it’s wasn’t the end for David, Jesus Christ or us today.

 

  1. Why Am I So Sad?

Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Why am I so sad? Why are you in despair, O my soul?

There is much sadness in the world today.  Just go on Facebook or any news site.  It can be overwhelming at times.  Do you have things to be in despair about?

 

Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane the night before he was crucified.

Matthew 26:37-39 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

We know why Jesus was very sorrowful and His heart was heavy the night before He was crucified.  His sorrow was so great that it was like a great weight upon Him that felt like death.  Jesus asked His heavenly Father to let this cup of suffering pass from Him but if not for His will to be done.

 

We know why king David was in despair.  King Saul was after him.  Why are you in despair today?  Just look at the things going on around us.

 

Psalm 42:11 …..and why art thou disquieted within me? Why am I so troubled? Why have I become restless and disquieted, and distressed?

 

David was not only was in despair but he was greatly troubled and restless in his heart.  His heart was heavy.  Jesus Christ’s heart was heavy the night before He was crucified.  He had to bare the sin of the world.  He had the weight of the world upon Him.  That’s what disquieted means. To have a heavy burden.

 

Christians have many burdens to bare.  Things that are heavy upon them.    But things don’t last including troubles.  “It came to pass” is in the Bible over four hundred times.  Tough times don’t last but tough people do……and tough people trust and lean on Jesus Christ who gives them unlimited strength.

Why are you sad and distressed?  Jesus knows how you feel.  He has been there. He knows what it’s like.

 

Now we have the good news……..10:00

 

  1. Why Am I So Sad? 2. I Will Hope In God

Psalm 42:11 …..hope thou in God: Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, I will put my hope in God    Psalm 38:5 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.  Our hope our stedfast assurance is in God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ.  Many put their hope in a better day.  Some put their hope in the right person being elected.  Some put their hope in the promises of man.  Some put their hope in their money and their personal wealth.  Some put their hope in the fact that the sun will come up tomorrow.  The sun may come up but certainly you won’t be under the sun one day.  SUN.  Will you be under the SON?

 

Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.  You can live without a job, a home, a wife, a family, even a church but you cannot live without hope!  Hope is confidence in tomorrow.  Many today are living in a false hope for tomorrow.  And one day they will have no hope for tomorrow for Jesus will have come and you were not looking for Him.

 

We not only have hope but we have a blessed hope…..

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.  If you know Jesus you have more than just hope that the sun will come up tomorrow but a blessed hope…..Jesus will appear one day and come for you and take you to glory and so you will be with the Lord forever and ever!

 

Psalm 42:11….. for I shall yet praise him,

and once again I will praise him, for I shall yet praise Him.  Everyone who knows Jesus Christ will get to praise Him in His presence one day!  Psalm 148: 10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: 11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  Everyone should praise the Lord for His goodness and His mercy and grace.  Even in the midst of trials and troubles we know that we once again will be praising Him.  For troubles don’t last but our God will be standing when the rest of the world is falling apart.  .  Psalm 146:10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.  19:00

 

  1. Why Am I So Sad? 2. I Will Hope In God 3. Who is My Victory and My God

Psalm 42:11…..who is the health of my countenance, Who is my savior. Who is my victory by His presence, my present help, whose presence saves me.  God gives us the victory over sin, death, hell and the grave.  His name is victory!  Now listen times can get tough.  We are in a sinful fallen world.  But all of our pain is deserved because we are sinners in a sinful world. What else could you expect?  But the good news is, the gospel is….. we don’t have to stay that way!!

 

We can have victory over sin.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  That victory only comes through faith in Jesus Christ!  The world hates Him. The devil hates Him.  Shouldn’t that prove something to you?  He is….the only way to salvation!  The only truth…the very truth of God is Jesus Christ.  They are trying to start a new world order that will bring happiness and peace to the world.  John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Jesus has nothing to do with this global peace initiative.  Jesus has nothing to do with the World Economic forum. Jesus has nothing to do with the United Nations peace.  The world cannot give you peace.  Peace in the world or peace in your heart.  Only Jesus can do that!

 

These new world orders think that they are winning.  They don’t have a clue that they are following the plans of God to bring this world to judgment.   I believe they do think that they will win because they are following the devil who is a liar and a deceiver.  Satan thinks he will win.  But all the deceivers are the ones who are really deceived.    2 Timothy 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  The deceivers are the ones who are deceivedGod is going to bring all the world’s systems crashing down during the tribulation.

 

Psalm 42:11 …..and my God. Our God is a personal and never changing God. Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not.   

 

Our God can be known personally.  Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:

 

Our God is with us Always….Isaiah 41:10 ear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

Our God will Never leave us nor forsake us.   Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.    Hebrews 13:5 ….For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  27:00

 

Conclusion:

Why I Should Never Be Discouraged

  1. Why Am I So Sad? 2. I Will Hope In God 3. Who is My Victory and My God

The Psalmist asks these troubling questions in faith, for he knows that God is his Rock, his protector and foundation. He cannot help but hope in Him in the middle of difficult circumstances.  Who is your hope in troubling times?  Family, friends, co-workers, are all good things to lean on.

 

But only Jesus Christ can really give you hope.  Family members, friends or co-workers can only do so much…while Jesus Christ does ALL things well.  He will protect you, provide for you and guide you into all truth.  Joshual 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.  28:04

 

 

 

4/7/2024

Matthew 13:24-30 Weeds Among The Wheat

Intro:  Let them grow together.  Why doesn’t God get rid of evil in the world?  Well…..He is going to when the last person has come to faith in Jesus Christ.  But why doesn’t He do it now?  Why does He allow suffering and death and war and tragedies?  This passage answers that question for everyone.

 

  1. The Kingdom Of Heaven

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field.  Jesus gave them another parable [to consider], saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.

 

A parable is a story that makes a spiritual point.  Jesus is telling us what His kingdom is like.  It is like a field that God sows the seeds of eternal life and truth among mankind.  Matthew 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.   

 

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that is worth everything he owns to get it.   The kingdom of Heaven is God’s kingdom reigning supreme in the hearts of men that live on the earth.   It’s not a place……. it’s people who have given God rule in their hearts and lives.  Now it is spiritual place but soon it will be a physical place called heaven and the new earth.  It’s basically God is our King in our hearts, our minds and in our lives.

 

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [c]weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat, and went away.

 

Men are asleep to the things of God.  They are not guarding their hearts by staying close to their heavenly Father.  Tares closely resemble wheat, but are poisonous to human beings. They are indistinguishable from wheat until the final fruit appears. Farmers would weed out tares with winnowing forks just before the wheat harvest. They are called chaff then and they blow away and leave the wheat.  Until Christ returns, both genuine believers and counterfeits will be allowed to remain together.

 

An enemy is the devil.  The devil has no kingdom but he does sow chaos, confusion and death in God’s kingdom. He does this by putting fake’s among the children of God.  He sows deceit and deception.  He has plenty of willing accomplices among mankind.  He tricks them.  HE lies to them to cause chaos among those in the kingdom of God.

 

He is in opposition to everything God is trying to do.

The tares look like wheat, (they look like me and you. They have churches like we do)

They act like wheat,(they know what to do and what to say to convince you they are wheat)

They behave like wheat, (they act like Christians)

They grow like wheat. (which means the tare led churches will have growth also. They are the largest churches in the world sometimes.)

When It’s time for Harvest it doesn’t look like wheat. Weeds become chaff which easily blows away from the wheat with the winnowing fork.    Angels will easily separate the wheat from the weeds.  The Godly from the ungodly.

 

Matthew 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared also.

 

Tares are known as weeds.  When you grow a garden you cannot keep the weeds out completely.  You cannot get rid of the weeds in life.  Remember in the garden of Eden God said that because of man’s sin Adam would have to fight weeds now.  Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. 

 

Adam would have to fight the weeds in order to get the food.  This is the result of the fall of man.  Man sins when he is drawn away of his own lust.  James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 

 

Matthew 13:38-40  explains verse 24-26…. 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The field is the world.   The seed are the Godly ones.  The Tares are the ungodly children of the devil. 

 

Who are the children of the Kingdom?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 

Who are the children of the wicked one?  John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

The enemy is the devil

The harvest is the end of the world.

The reapers are the angels.

Revelation 14: 15-20

Revelation 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.  Revelation 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.  Revelation 14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.  Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.  Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

Why Are There Weeds?

Matthew 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ The servants of the owner came to him and said, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have weeds in it?’

 

Wheat grows weeds called Darnel.  It looks like wheat until the wheat is ready to harvest.  The harvesters use a winnowing fork to separate the wheat from the chaff…the darnel…the weeds.  The chaff blows away and leaves the pure wheat.  It cannot be done until the harvest is ready.

 

You will destroy wheat with the weeds.  God doesn’t want to keep someone from coming to Christ.  Weeds cannot become wheat.  They would have to be changed….born again as wheat.  That is why we must be born again.  We must become wheat.  God gives everyone every chance to be born again by faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

 

Then why are there weeds?  Why does the world have evil in it?  That’s the question that everyone wants to know the answer to.  Well here is the answer…..

 

Matthew 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. He replied to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants asked him, ‘Then do you want us to go and pull them out?’

 

The enemy as we said is Satan.  Satan as we said is the enemy of the kingdom of God.  The prince of the power of the air.  The ruler of the kingdoms of this worlds system.  He has a lot of power.  It’s as though God is goading him to act..…..”go ahead give it your best shot…Let’s see what you got big guy…”

 

Matthew 13:28 …..The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

Here is the question that atheists and unbelievers ask us all the time…..”why doesn’t God just put an end to the weeds…the evil?”  It makes sense to them.  It sounds sensible.  God just wave your mighty hand and get rid of evil once and for all!  Makes sense doesn’t it?  Or does it really?

 

The fundamental flaw in this thinking is very simple…..It assumes that not everyone is evil.  It assumes that most people are good.  Let’s see what the Bible says about that….

Matthew 19:17  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The fatal flaw that athiests and unbelievers make is that all mankind is evil.  They have sinned.  Well there is a difference in sin and being evil…..Is there?

James 1:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

If you commit ONE infraction of the ten commandments….you are guilty of ALL of them!

1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  If you hate a person for one second you are a murderer!  Nothing is more evil than murder!

 

Yes we know that there is none good but one and that is God.  But in this parable Jesus is talking about the kingdom of God. Those that are Godly and those that are not.  If you take out the weeds, the ungodly wicked when would you do it?  When would anyone have a chance to repent if as soon as you sinned God cast you into hell?  If God got rid of the weeds at what point would He do it?  As soon as they reach the age of accountability?  At the age of 30?  50?  75?  It becomes redundant.  A good farmer waits until the harvest to separate the wheat from the weeds.  That is what God is going to do…..Remember there is a harvest coming!

 

God Will Separate The Weeds

Matthew 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. But he said, ‘No; because as you pull out the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them.

 

Here is the answer to why Gods allows evil in the world.  Man cannot uproot the weeds and not uproot the wheat also.  This is not our job.  Not the churches job.  Not your job.  When it is time the wheat can be separated from the wheat.  And the biggest reason it is not time yet.

 

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’” Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

 

When it is time….. the wheat is harvested by the HARVESTERS.  It is run through a sifter to separate the wheat from the chaff.  The harvest comes at a specific time.  At the right time the correct time.  God’s time.

 

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.   It is not time yet for the harvest.

When it is His time His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

 

Why is it not time yet?  Very simple……The let them grow together verse…….. is 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.   Why does God allow evil? As I said before…. He is not willing to let anyone perish….He loves us.  But there is coming a time for the harvest.  It’s not time yet.  Let the evil and the Godly grow together.  Let the evil have a chance to repent.  Let the godly be an influence on the wicked.  Let them live together until the time of the harvest.  To uproot the wicked now would take many wicked that might have been saved including me and you.

 

 

3/31/2024

Colossians 1:13-19  Jesus Christ—First Among All Things

Intro: We all want to be on the winning team right?  Well Jesus Christ is the first and the last and everything in between.  He wins it all because He was willing to lose His mortal life in order to save us for ever and ever!  And even then He didn’t lose He gained eternal life for everyone.  When He rose on the third day that was our guarantee that He did win over death, hell and the grave and that we will also.  1:00

 

  1. We Have Been Delivered By Jesus Christ

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, He rescued us from the power of darkness.  He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.

 

We have been delivered….Psalm 22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted and you did not let them down…. you rescued them.

 

Colossians 1:13 …… and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, Fand has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Daniel 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.  

 

The power and greatness of all the kingdoms on earth will be given to the people of who have trusted in Jesus Christ. Their royal power will never end, and all rulers on earth will serve and obey Jesus Christ the King!

 

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].

 

We have all that we need in Jesus Christ.  Redemption…..through HIS blood….and most importantly Forgiveness of our Sins!  1 John 1:7 and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  The case against us has been cancelled!!   We are free!!  We are forgiven forever and forever!  All because of the blood that He shed for us!!

 

The global elite want to deliver you also….into their clutches!!   They want blood also……your blood! They don’t want Jesus Christ and His shed blood….. they want your blood shed on the altar of world dominance and control led by the spirit of the anti-Christ.  10:00

 

  1. We Have Been Delivered By Jesus Christ 2. Jesus Is The First Among All

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God….. Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible].  Nebuchadnezzar made an image to be worshipped.  Idols are images.  God hates images of false gods.

 

Jesus Christ is the image of God!  Image means likeness.  The Likeness of God.  Jesus is God in the flesh.  God is Jesus Christ! God is a spirit and we worship Him in spirit and truth.  No man hath seen God.  But we have seen His image….Jesus Christ!  We are made in the image…the likeness of God.

 

Romans 6:5 or if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.  We are dead in trespasses and sins and we have been made alive again by His own resurrection.  John 14:19  Because I live ye shall live also….

 

Colossians 1:15…..the firstborn of every creature: He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation.

In most societies the first born son is the son of inheritance.

 

He gets it all and can do what he pleases.  He is superior to all his siblings.  Jesus Christ is not just firstborn but He the word is used to show you that Jesus Christ is superior to ALL things.  Because He created ALL things.  He IS the creator and originator of ALL things!

 

Colossians 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: For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities.

 

God created the whole universe through him and for him. For [d]by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him.

 

Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  All the people who are mine . I made them for my glory. I formed them; I made them.  Every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes I personally formed and made each one.

 

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] Not only did He create all things…..He is exalted before all things.  He is the force that holds everything together.  God is life….that’s what He does.

 

He is life and He is love…..Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  God works all things to His purposes for His children.  Therefore when things don’t go well we know that God controls the outcome because by Him all things are held together and operate.  So why should we fear?

 

The wicked have a lot to fear.  That’s why they are working so hard to implement their new world order.  They are running out of time.  Jesus is going to come for His church and then it’s game on!  They don’t want Jesus to be first but last.  They don’t want His church to be first but last…..and dead I might add.  Speaking of dead……19:00

 

  1. We Have Been Delivered By Jesus Christ 2. Jesus Is The First Among All
  2. Jesus Is The First Raised From The Dead

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church…… He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life. He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the [e]church.

Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. 

 

Christ Jesus and the church will forever and ever bring praise to God. Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. The marriage relationship is doubtless a great mystery, but I am speaking of something deeper still—the marriage of Christ and his Church.

 

Colossians 1:18…… who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead……. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.  He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things.

 

Luke 2:7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.   Jesus is the firstborn son of Mary and the first to be raised from the dead to walk in newness of life.  The firstborn is the favored son. The inheritor of all things of His father.  We are the church of the first born…first born of heaven, first born to raise from the dead.

 

Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.  To the assembly of God’s firstborn– Jesus Christ and His children (whose names are written in heaven). You have come to a judge (the God of all people) and to the spirits of people who have been justified by faith and have gained eternal life.

 

Colossians 1:18…. that in all things he might have the preeminence. in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. So that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything.

 

Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity—the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son)

 

John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  Jesus is God.  Before Abraham was I Am.   We are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.  Grace for grace.  God’s gift of Jesus Christ for our benefit.  Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Everyone can be saved if they will admit they have sinned against God and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.

 

The world wants to ignore Jesus Christ and the resurrection.  I read yesterday where 70 % of Americans believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  But in 2022 survey only twenty percent go to church each week.  11 % attend almost every week. Whatever that means??

 

The saddest is that 58% never or very seldom ever go to church.   If I believed that Jesus Christ rose from the dead…And claimed to be the only way to salvation…..And that He loved me!  I think I would be following Him every day with every part of my being ……and at least worshipping Him each week…… somewhere!!    27:00

 

  1. We Have Been Delivered By Jesus Christ 2. Jesus Is The First Among All
  2. Jesus Is The First Raised From The Dead

Jesus Christ—First Among All Things

The world of men is at war with Jesus Christ.  The spiritual demonic world is at war with Jesus Christ.  People believe in Him or about Him but they don’t believe on Him.  What’s the difference?

 

The devils believe IN Jesus.   To believe ON Him means to trust in Him.  Lean upon Him.  Depend Upon Him.  Rely upon Him.  He is your life.  Your meaning for being!   Your Lord and Savior!  I believe in a chair.  But I don’t believe ON it until I set ON it!  When I set on it…. I believe ON the chair.  I have put my full trust in the chair.  Put your full trust in Jesus Christ.  Once you’ve made up your mind to set on the chair the rest is easy.  Faith is just as easy as sitting on a chair.  You just have to decide to trust in the chair and then give your body to it.  Just say yes Jesus I trust on you as my Savior and Lord and give your life to Him.  28:04

 

 

3/24/2024

Daniel 9:24-27  Palm Sunday and the Cross in Daniel

Intro:  The Cross and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem is here in Daniel 9:25-26.  This prophecy is for God’s people Israel, the Jewish people.  God is telling them they will be under Gentile domination for 490 years to make up for the seventy sabbaths they missed when they had kings.  God will make them pay seven times for that sin.  70 x 7 equals 490 years.  It begins with rebuilding Israel and ends with the Jesus coming to rule and reign over His people Israel in His land Israel.    1:00

 

1   490 Years Is Determined

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. “Seven times seventy years is the length of time God has set for freeing your people and your holy city from sin and evil. Sin will be forgiven and eternal justice established, so that the vision and the prophecy will come true, and the holy Temple[b] will be rededicated.

 

“Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] [e]have been decreed for your people and for your holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make atonement (reconciliation) for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness (right-standing with God), to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint the Most Holy Place.

 

This is it for God’s People and only God’s people Israel.  Right now they are NOT under Gentile domination or control. But they still owe God seven more years for their iniquity.  So for seven more years they will be under Gentil control. The Beast…the man of sin will sign a peace treaty with Israel and be dominate over them for seven years.

 

It is determined and it will happen.  God determines and brings it to pass in His way and in His time.  This is all to bring an end to their sin and bring in the righteous millennial kingdom of the Jesus Christ and His people Israel.   Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!

 

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: Note this and understand it: From the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until God’s chosen leader comes, seven times seven years will pass….. So you are to know and understand that from the issuance of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until [the coming of] the Messiah (the Anointed One), the Prince, there will be seven weeks [of years] and sixty-two weeks [of years];

 

The command to restore and build Jerusalem may be a reference to (1) the decree of Cyrus in Ezra 1, (2) the decree of Darius in Ezra 6, (3) the decree of Artaxerxes in Ezra 7, or (4) the decree of Artaxerxes in Neh. 2

Know and understand……It will happen.  It is determined by God.  God wants them to understand this prophecy.  It’s pretty simple to understand.   Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  The closer we get to these things the more we understand.  They didn’t understand why Jesus Came the first time.

 

Daniel 9:24….that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:    Jerusalem will be rebuilt and it will take seven weeks of years or 49 years to restore the city and build the wall.  And then 62 weeks of years or 434 years until Jesus appears at Palm Sunday.  John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.  Jesus announces His coming…..His anointing as King on Palm Sunday.  But He won’t be king yet.  This is a prophetic demonstration of something that WILL happen in the future.  Scholars tell us that it was exactly 483 years….69 weeks of years from the decree to Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of the city until Jesus came and died.

 

Daniel 9:25….. the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, and will stand for seven times sixty-two years, but this will be a time of troubles. it will be built again, with [a city] plaza and moat, even in times of trouble.  Nehemiah and Ezra led the people to restore and rebuild the wall and the city.  An amazing prophecy in Daniel.  One of the most if not the most important prophecy in the Bible for us today! 10:00

 

1 490 Years Is Determined  2. The Sinless Messiah Is Killed

Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…. And at the end of that time God’s chosen leader will be killed.  Then after the sixty-two weeks [of years] the Anointed One, will be cut off [and denied His Messianic kingdom]  In that same week where Jesus was anointed, He was killed a few days later on the cross.  Two events mentioned after the term…..threescore and two weeksIn verse 25 unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks that’s the triumphal entry and In verse 26 Messiah the prince…..Prince indicates a Kingdom.   His death on the cross as the Son of the King.  Jesus is the Son of God.  God is our King….. Jesus the prince ……who will be King because He is God!

 

Cut off means killed and denied His kingdom at this time.  He comes in as King on Sunday or some say Monday…. and crucified as a criminal early on Friday or late Thursday.  The prince came to die for our sins.  He came to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

Daniel 9:26…..but not for himself: unjustly killed.  He was killed not for His own transgressions.  He was sinless.  He will have no one to defend Him.

 

He was sinless.  He had no sin.  He was innocent of any transgression.  He died for OUR sins not His own sins.  He died for the sins of the whole world.  2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  He was the Lamb of God without spot or stain.  Prophesized from the Beginning of Time.  He was the seed of the woman (born of a virgin) of Genesis 3:15.  From this point on the focus will be on the church that God determined to save the whole world.  Israel has done it’s job.  Introducing the world to our one Holy, creator, gracious God.  Now God turns His attention to the world.  But He will come back to the last seven years that Israel owes Him.  19:00

 

1 490 Years Is Determined  2.  The Sinless Messiah Is Killed   3. A False Messiah will Come

In between verses 25 and 26 is the church age.  Daniel didn’t see the church.  It was not revealed to Him or the OT prophets. So He skips right to the Beast, the man of sin, some call the Anti-Christ.  Remember 70 weeks of years are determined for THY people….Israel, the Jews.  This prophecy is for them..not the church.   So the next event on this Jewish prophecy is the final week of years.  Seven years.  We call it the tribulation.  A time of Jacobs trouble.  The church is not here for this.

 

Daniel 9:26……and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;

The city and the Temple will be destroyed by the invading army of a powerful ruler called the Beast. Judgments, wars, Angels, demons, natural disasters all bringing the war and destruction which God has prepared. and the people of the [other] prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.

 

The prince that shall come is the far future for Daniel. He will destroy much of Jerusalem and the temple system of sacrifices that the Jews have set up.  He won’t detroy the temple for he will sit on a throne he has constructed there.   The Jews will flee the city to Petra where they will be protected for 3 ½ years.

 

Daniel 9:26…… and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. The end will come like a flood upon Jerusalem and Israel.   Its end will come with a flood of people and judgments upon Jerusalem and  Israel; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.

 

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. That ruler will have a firm agreement with many people for seven years, and when half this time is past, he will put an end to sacrifices and offerings. The Awful Horror[d] will be placed on the highest point of the Temple and will remain there until the one who put it there meets the end which

God has prepared for him.”  And he will enter into a binding and irrevocable covenant with the many for one week (seven years), but in the middle of the week he will stop the sacrifice and grain offering [for the remaining three and one-half years]; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until the complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who causes the horror.”

 

The abomination of Desolation.  Jesus spoke about it.  Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.   The Beast will enter the temple at the mid-point of the tribulation and end the Jewish sacrifices and declare Himself as god.  He will demand through the False Prophet that he be worshipped as God.    

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Conclusion:  Daniel 9:24-26  Palm Sunday and the Cross in Daniel

The amazing prophecies of Daniel.  These four verses to me are the most amazing prophecies of the exact time line of events of Israels future.  These verse alone ought to be enough to convince you that the Bible IS the word of God!  If not then I don’t know what else God can do for you.  On this Palm Sunday and Good Friday and the Resurrection day coming up now would be the perfect time to give you heart and life to Jesus Christ.  Trust in Him today! Make Him your Savior now!  28:04

3/24/2024

Lamentations 3:52-58  Our Enemies Don’t Know The God Who Hears And The God Who is Near

Intro:  The Book of Lamentations was likely written between 586 and 575 B.C., during or soon after Jerusalem’s fall.   Purpose of Writing: As a result of Judah’s continued and unrepentant idolatry, God allowed the Babylonians to besiege, plunder, burn, and destroy the city of Jerusalem. Solomon’s Temple, which had stood for approximately 400 years, was burned to the ground. The Prophet Jeremiah, an eyewitness to these events, wrote the Book of Lamentations as a lament for what occurred to Judah and Jerusalem.

The Book of Lamentations is divided into five chapters. Each chapter represents a separate poem. In the original Hebrew, the verses are acrostic, each verse starting with a succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In the Book of Lamentations, the Prophet Jeremiah understands that the Babylonians were God’s tool for bringing judgment on Jerusalem. Lamentations makes it clear that sin and rebellion were the causes of God’s wrath being poured out. Lamenting is appropriate in a time of distress, but it should quickly give way to contrition and repentance

 

Even in terrible judgment, God is a God of hope (Lamentations 3:24-25). No matter how far we have gone from Him, we have the hope that we can return to Him and find Him compassionate and forgiving (1 John 1:9). Our God is a loving God (Lamentations 3:22), and because of His great love and compassion, He sent His Son so that we would not perish in our sins, but can live eternally with Him (John 3:16). God’s faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23) and deliverance (Lamentations 3:26) are attributes that give us great hope and comfort. He is not a disinterested, capricious god, but a God who will deliver all those who turn to Him, admit they can do nothing to earn His favor, and call upon the Lord’s mercy so that we will not be consumed (Lamentations 3:22).

 

  1. We Have Enemies that Want to Destroy Us

Lamentations 3:52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause. I was trapped like a bird by enemies who had no cause to hate me. Without cause my enemies Hunted me down like a bird;

 

Jeremiah was preaching and prophesying about the Babylonians would come and take them away.  They hated his preaching. They hated Jeremiah himself even more.  Why do we hate those who tell us the truth?  Because we don’t believe them….And they aren’t telling us what we want to hear.  They try to chase us off even off the planet.  (And they will get their way one day soon.)

 

They close their eyes and stop their ears trying to silence us for telling them about Jesus.  They hate the message of salvation and accountability to God.  They don’t want to have to answer for their sin.  They hate that.

 

But it is God that will do the chasing one day.   Isaiah 17:3 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.  Psalm 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them.

 

Lamentations 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. They threw me alive into a pit and closed the opening with a stone. They silenced me in the pit And placed a stone over me.  Jeremiah speaks not only of his own experience of being cast into a pit in Jeremiah 38:4–6. 

 

They tried to put him in a dungeon (actually a hole in the ground) What have they done to their enemies?  Put them in prison. The Apostles, Christians down through the centuries have been put in jail and more in jail today than any other time in history.

 

Lots of stones in the Bible….

Daniel 6:17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Daniel was put in a pit also…. A lion pit with a stone on top.  Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

 

Acts 7:58  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.

 

They tried to destroy Jeremiah and Daniel and killed Stephen with a stone but it was the chief corner stone that saves us.

 

The pit is a metaphor for the grave or extreme danger.  Ps. 28:1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.; 30:3 O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.; 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

 

The people of Tyre will go to the pit forever.  The pit may be a reference to hell.   Ezekiel 36:20 When I shall bring thee (Tyre) down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living; Then I will bring TYRE down with those who descend into the pit (the place of the dead), to the people of old, and I will make you [Tyre] live in the depths of the earth, like the ancient ruins, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set glory and splendor in the land of the living.  I will send you down to the world of the dead to join the people who lived in ancient times. I will make you stay in that underground world among eternal ruins, keeping company with the dead. As a result you will never again be inhabited and take your place in the land of the living.

 

Joseph was placed in a pit by his brothers…. He was dead to them.  But he was brought out alive.  he was sold to the Ishmeelites.  He lived among the Egyptians and was restored and became a ruler.  A reference to Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus was placed in a stone sephulcar….a sort of pit, a hole in the earth.  He came out alive after three days!

 

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. Interesting that the beast will descend out of the bottomless pit when he is miraculously healed from a deadly head wound.

 

Lamentations 3:54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off. Water began to close over me, and I thought death was near. The waters ran down on my head; I said, “I am cut off (destroyed)!”

They intended to drown Jeremiah I guess.  He was in grave danger now.  The “waters” is another danger symbol.  Ps. 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.  Jeremiah 38:6 says Jeremiah was placed in mire or muddy pit.  He might have been swallowed by the watery mire but God moved king Zedekiah to save him.

 

God will save us ultimately.  Whether in this life or in death we are saved and made safe in Him.  That leads us to point number two……..

 

  1. We Have Enemies that Want to Destroy Us 2. We Have A God Who Hears

Lamentations 3:55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon. From the bottom of the pit, O Lord, I cried out to you, I called on Your name, O Lord, Out of the lowest pit. Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.  There is no place where God cannot hear us.  If we are in sin then He will always hear our prayer of repentance.  If we are in trouble He will always hear us and deliver us.  Not the way we think but His way.

 

Lamentations 3:56 Thou hast heard my voice……And when I begged you to listen to my cry, you heard. You have heard my voice, We cannot escape His care and concern for us.  Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  Eve was afraid of God’s voice.  His word.  We don’t have to be afraid of the voice of God or the word of God.  God certainly can hear our voice. But he cannot answer our prayers if we regard sin in our hearts.

 

God always is listening for His children to call upon Him.  God did not leave Jesus in the grave.  He brought Him up out of the grave.   If He lives we shall live also.  The world needs this message more than a politician and more than a new world order!  We need the empty tomb more than we needed anything else and it’s not even close!

 

Lamentations 3:56 …..hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. “Do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, From my cry for help.” God will find us wherever we may be.  No one can hide us from Him.  We have hundreds of scriptures that tell us that God will not turn from us when we turn to Him in faith.  We know that He is the God who hears… Psalm 28:6 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.    The question is do we hear Him?  .John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  To follow Him we have to hear Him.

 

God hears everything this world is plotting and planning today to get rid of Him.  He laughs at their plans and at their words and their works.  He hears their blasphemies.  He hears their cries for more and more of them less and less of God.

 

  1. We Have Enemies that Want to Destroy Us 2. We Have A God Who Hears

3  We have A God Who Is Near

Lamentations 3:57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. You answered me and told me not to be afraid. You drew near on the day I called to You; You said, “Do not fear.” Psalm 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

 

Not only does God hear us….. but He is near to us.  James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  There is not one time that God will not come and draw near a repentant sinner.  Not once.  But people believe that God is through with them.  Yes He is through with some nations…..maybe America but He is never through with one who will come to Him repenting of their sin and trusting in Jesus Christ!  Never…no not ever!!

 

Lamentations 3:58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; You have pleaded my soul’s cause [You have guided my way and protected me]   God will guide and God will protect.  And where He guides He provides.

 

Lamentations 3:58…..thou hast redeemed my life, and saved my life. O Lord, You have rescued and redeemed my life. You came to my rescue, Lord. God is our rescuer!  He saved us from the penalty of sin.  He saved us from eternal judgment by declaring us NOT GUILTY by our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

 

We have a God who is near and that should scare the wicked out of their boots.  But they don’t care.  They are indifferent. They are trusting in the way they think is right instead of God’s way Jesus Christ.  They only want their gods near not the God of the Bible.  They only want their agenda near….. not the word of God…..

 

Conclusion:

Lamentations 3:52-58  Our Enemies Don’t Know The God Who Hears And The God Who is Near

  1. We Have Enemies that Want to Destroy Us 2. We Have A God Who Hears

3  We have A God Who Is Near

 

3/17/2024

Mark 5:14-17  Why Would People Not Want Jesus?

Intro:  The world is rejecting truth for deception and lies.  They have rejected The God of the Bible.  Only a remnant of believers remain in the world today.  Perhaps a billion.  That would be 1 in 8 people in the world follows Jesus Christ.  I would say it’s more like one in 25 Christians in the world which would mean there might be 360 million true followers of Jesus Christ in the world today. Why does the world NOT want Jesus?  We will look at this today.  1:00

Mark 5:1-13   The background of our message today is about the Gadarene Demoniac. 

1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:  4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.  6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 3:00

 

  1. Curiousity About Jesus

Mark 5:14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. The men who had been taking care of the pigs ran away and spread the news in the town and among the farms. People went out to see what had happened, The herdsmen [tending the pigs] ran away and reported it in the city and in the country. And the people came to see what had happened.

 

They were curious about this miracle and the man who performed. It they wanted to see three things…the pigs, the demonic man and Jesus.  Swine are despised by the Arab and Jewish world. They are considered unclean animals.  Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.  Ham is difficult for the human body to digest.  It can cause but not always stomach aches and other problems.  God didn’t want His people on the move being bogged down with Ham.  Ham is very tasty and would be hard to eliminate from their diet once they started eating it.  So God put it away.  However, the owners of these swine might not have been Jewish, since this area was inhabited largely by Gentiles.  But there is no prohibition from Jews raising swine to sell to the gentiles in the area.  So they witnessed quite a site.  Pigs drowned floating in the sea and a crazy wild man in his right mind.

 

They were curious about the demoniac.  Could it be that this insane, wild, out of control man was tamed?  He was insanely powerful and dangerous and an oddity for sure.    They were curious to see what was going on out there.  So their curiosity got the best of them.  We are all curious. We are all interested in something new and different than the normal everyday things.  That’s why we love our sports and entertainment.  We love to be entertained.  We are in an entertainment frenzy right now while the world is burning down.

 

They were curious about the man Jesus who caused all this uproar.  Today I would hope and pray that mostly everyone knows about Jesus in the world today.  And when they find out about Him ought to be curious about Him.  But sadly, for most it’s not enough interest in Jesus to know the truth about Him.  We will be celebrating the resurrection in a few days.  You would think if someone rose from the dead you would find out all you could about Him.  But they treat Jesus like a religious oddity.  They are curious,  maybe even interested in Him.  Maybe they have been to church or listened to a sermon or two but like the sower and the seed it does not fall into rich ground.  Thent the seed is quickly swept away by the enemy who uses three things to accomplish this…….

 

  1. The devil will cause them to question the facts about Jesus….”Yea hath God said” Questioning God He will say there are many religions. There is no such thing as absolute truth. All religions lead to heaven.
  2. The devil will distract them….”My relationships, my sexuality, my popularity, my politics, my beliefs, my drugs, my religions, my gratifications, my riches, my things are more important”
  3. The devil will delay them….”You’ve got plenty of time to follow Jesus…. now is not the time.” 11:00

 

  1. Curiosity About Jesus 2. They Were Afraid Of What They Saw

Mark 5:15 They come to see Jesus…… And when they came to Jesus They came to Jesus the man…. So they came first to Jesus the one who caused all of this uproar.  And low and behold who is with Jesus but the man who used to have the mob of demons in him.  They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed sitting like a perfectly sane man.

 

Mark 5:15….and see him that was possessed with the devil…. they saw the man who used to have the mob of demons in him and saw the man who had [previously] demon-possessed.  The key word here is WAS.  He used to be possessed.  He previously had been possessed by demons.  Jesus definitely removed the demonic from this poor man.  How did he get in such a shape.  The Bible doesn’t say.  But gives us a clue….Luke 11:24-26 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.  When a person becomes demon influenced …..let’s say with an addiction or some kind of sin and wants to change his life and he seeks treatment from a program or a friend, or a drug.  And he cleans up his life by self-effort. He cleans his own house.  Sounds good doesn’t it?  The trouble is it’s the same old house.  You can turn over new leaf but it’s the same old leaf.  So when temptation comes, weakness or whatever……this time the demons find the house or his life empty because the treatment did not give Him the fullness, the satisfaction of joy in Christ but the emptiness, the meaninglessness of the world without Christ.

 

Jesus was not invited in……..So the demonic come in…… stronger and more powerful than ever.  Without the Lord Jesus Christ the demonic come in to a life that is empty of the Spirit of God…making a perfect breeding ground for a new demonic entity or entities! Maybe someone with good intentions tried to help the demoniac with a cure from the world.  Maybe a magician, maybe a doctor, maybe a family member or friend. But it left him empty and meaningless and a breeding ground for more demons!

 

Mark 5:15…..and had the legion…. had the “legion” [of demons].  Many demons perhaps thousand inhabited this man.  Demons are either fallen angels or most likely the spirits of the dead Nephilim from the Genesis 6 flood of Noah.  They need bodies to inhabit.  Angels can take the form of humans or animals.  Demons evidently cannot.

 

Mark 5:15…sitting, clothed in His right mind…. He was sitting there, clothed and in his right mind; sitting down, clothed and in his right mind.  No doubt this was the demoniac but a changed brand new man.  His right mind means he was no longer insane and wildly out of control.  But sitting there like a gentleman.  Sitting means he was submissive, humbled and in control of himself.  Clothes means he was dignified and behaving with respect to others and himself.  Jesus does all this for us.  This is the way a person who follows Jesus should be like.  Submissive, humble, in control and respectful of others.  When a Christian is overbearing, seeking attention, out of control and not respectful of others and themselves they are behaving like a demoniac.

 

Mark 5:15….and they were afraid…. they were all afraid… and they were frightened. Why were they so afraid?  Was it fearful to see a man changed by Jesus?  Were they afraid of Jesus?  I think so. People fear what they don’t understand.   They didn’t know what happened.  So someone explains it to them in detail….

 

Mark 5:16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.  Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the man with the demons, and about the pigs. Those who had seen it described [in detail] to the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man, and [told them all] about the pigs.  They heard the details of what happened.  A possessed man with devils.  They believed in devils. So that they could understand. After the explanation they knew that Jesus had caused the devils to depart from the man and go into the pigs.  So after a full explanation they could understand now what happened. 20:00

 

  1. Curiosity About Jesus 2. They Were Afraid Of What They Saw 3. They Asked Jesus To Leave

Mark 5:17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.  So they asked Jesus to leave their territory. So the people began to beg with Jesus to leave their region.

 

Their response…..They asked Jesus to leave.  They didn’t want this man in their area.  If He could do all this what else could He do? Could He kill them all?  Certainly He was powerful. They did not understand Him.  They didn’t take the time to understand Him. So when we don’t understand something or we fear something we reject it!  1 Samuel 8:7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  John 1:10-12 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

 

People of the world have only two responses to Jesus….

  1. Reject Him John 1:10-12 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 6:66-69 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

  1. Receive Him John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Believe ON Him…. Trust in Him as your Lord and Savior is the only correct response to Jesus.  To not believe or trust in Him is to reject Him.

 

Some say there is a third response….Ignore Jesus. Well the Bible never talks about a middle ground or neutral response to Jesus.   Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? How much more dreadful a punishment will he deserve who has treated as cheap and worthless thing the Son of God sacrifice and treated like dirt the blood of the atonement, and insulted the very grace of God?  If you ignore Jesus this is what you are doing….you are treating as cheap and worthless, not worth your time and attention…… the work that Jesus did on the cross to secure your salvation.

 

Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.  Clearly if you are not with Jesus…if you think you can take a middle ground and be neutral….you are actually against Jesus if you are not for Him.  There is no middle ground.  The middle wall of partsian has been torn in two. Everyman is accountable of God. Everyone must give an account of Himself to God.  27:00

 

  1. Curiosity About Jesus 2. They Were Afraid Of What They Saw 3. They Asked Jesus To Leave 

Why would people NOT want Jesus?

Clearly we are in the last of the last days.  People would rather be entertained they enlightened.  28:04

 

 

 

 

3/17/2024

Psalm 95:3 FALSE GODS THAT STILL INFLUENCE MANKIND TODAY

There are many false “gods’’ of mythology.  Egypt, Mesopotamia, Babylon, Pheonicians, Caannaites, Assyrians, Greeks and other middle eastern peoples are responsible for the vast majority of these false gods which number in the Hundreds.  Many are the same god only with different names in different cultures.  I am only going to mention the ones that are in the Bible and two with the Catholic church.  The reason is that if the word of God mentioned them …..they first of all are Real.  Secondly they are still active today.  The others may be real or not and we are certain that many false gods are in the world that are not mentioned in the Bible.  But these may or may not be active today.  And they may be operating under different names but are really the same false gods mentioned in the Bible.

Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

 

Molech the god of Child sacrifice and children abuse

Molech in the Old Testament (8 times) Leviticus 5 times, 1 Kings one time; 2 Kings once and Jeremiah once.

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

Leviticus 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

Leviticus 20:4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

 

I Kings 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

2 Kings 23:10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

 

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

 

Baal (bail) or (ball)  the god of greed—think Wall street

Baal is mentioned 74 times in the Bible.  73 times in the OT and once in the NT.  Baal is the most mentioned false god in the Bible.  He was related to the use of groves in worship.  Groves were altars and images used by Druids and Wiccans to worship using pagan rituals.  They are located outdoors near a grove of trees.  Hence the name “groves.”  God hated these things.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

Judges 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:

Judges 6:28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.

Judges 6:30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.

Judges 6:31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.

Judges 6:32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

Judges 8:33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.

Judges 9:4 And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.

Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him.

Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.

1 Samuel 7:4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the Lord only.

1 Samuel 12:10 And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.

1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

1 Kings 16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

1 Kings 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

1 Kings 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

1 Kings 22:53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.

2 Kings 1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

2 Kings 1:3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?

2 Kings 1:6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

2 Kings 1:16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

2 Kings 3:2 And he wrought evil in the sight of the Lord; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.

2 Kings 10:18 And Jehu gathered all the people together, and said unto them, Ahab served Baal a little; but Jehu shall serve him much.

2 Kings 10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.

2 Kings 10:20 And Jehu said, Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal. And they proclaimed it.

2 Kings 10:21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another.

2 Kings 10:22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.

2 Kings 10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the Lord, but the worshippers of Baal only.

2 Kings 10:25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth. And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.

2 Kings 10:26 And they brought forth the images out of the house of Baal, and burned them.

2 Kings 10:27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.

2 Kings 10:28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal out of Israel.

2 Kings 11:18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed officers over the house of the Lord.

2 Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

2 Kings 21:3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

2 Kings 23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.

2 Kings 23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

1 Chronicles 4:33 And all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and their genealogy.

1 Chronicles 5:5 Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,

2 Chronicles 17:3 And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;

2 Chronicles 23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

2 Chronicles 24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they bestow upon Baalim.

2 Chronicles 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

2 Chronicles 33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.

2 Chronicles 34:4 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

Psalm 106:28 They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Jeremiah 2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

Jeremiah 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

Jeremiah 11:13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.

Jeremiah 11:17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

Jeremiah 12:16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.

Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

Jeremiah 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Jeremiah 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

Jeremiah 32:29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Jeremiah 40:14 And said unto him, Dost thou certainly know that Baalis the king of the Ammonites hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to slay thee? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.

Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the Lord.

Hosea 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

Hosea 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.

Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Hosea 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

Zephaniah 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;

Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

 

Baalzebub or Beelzebul or Belzebuth  Lord of the flies.  A Philistine god called Baal by the Canaanites.  This is another name for Satan in the Bible.  One of the seven princes of hell.  He is not the same as the god Baal.  As the name is spelled BEELzebub instead of BAAL.

2 Kings 1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.

2 Kings 1:3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?

2 Kings 1:6 And they said unto him, There came a man up to meet us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that thou sendest to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron? therefore thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

 

Tammuz

Also known as the Greek god Adonnis.  A mesopotamian god of fertility and vegetation god associated as the god of seasons.  Also known as the shepherd god.   God is angry with the Hebrews for mourning for this god.  They are mourning the end the summer sun season since Tammuz was also connected to the worship of the sun of some sort.  He supposedly is the son of Semiramis and her son Nimrod. But that is refuted by many scholars.

Ezekiel 8:13-15 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

 

Ashtaroth—Ashtereth, Astarte….Karnaim.

The duke of hell.   He is part of the evil trinity of Beelzebub and Lucifer.  The god of fertility, sexuality and by some the god of war. Sometimes referred to as a goddess even though he is known as a male figure.  Named after the eastern goddess Astarte.

Genesis 14:5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim.

1 Kings 11:5 or Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

  Amos 6:13

1 Samuel 31:10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

 

Ishtar, also in some cultures Astartethe goddess of love and sexuality, and thus fertility; she is responsible for all life, but she is never a mother goddess.  As the goddess of war, she is often shown winged and bearing arms.  She is the planet venus, the morning and evening star.  Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar.  She is the Assryian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex.  Her symbols like the egg and bunny were and still are fertility and sex symbols.  She is the queen of heaven in Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

Jeremiah 44:15-19. Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.  17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.  18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.  19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?  The false Egyptian god Tammuz is her lover.

 

Special note:

There are no females in the angelic realm.  But they can take on other forms even animals.  Did this angel impersonate a female or maybe Ishstar or Ashteroth to became a female in order to seduce other males.  Now we know why transgenderism is satanic.  Was this fallen angel was the first evil fallen angel who evidently became a woman?   We know the reason the angels hate women and tried to corrupt them is because there is nothing like women until Eve came along. And naturally the devil tried to first corrupt this only  bearer of children from the seed of man in the whole creation.

 

Nimrod and Semiramis….who could be Ishstar

I add these two because of their ties to the Catholic church.

Scottish minister and writer Alexander Hislop added to Semiramis’s mythology in his 1853 book The Two Babylons.  Hislop claimed that Semiramis (Not named in the Bible) was the mother to Nimrod and their son was Tammuz.  The Bible does not say.  But the Bible describes Nimrod as “the first on earth to be a mighty man” Genesis 10:8-10 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.  10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

 

Some take “mighty man” to be a reference to one of Nephilim. Nimrod established or conquered Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar, then went to Assyria and built several more cities, including Nineveh. According to Hislop, Semiramis’s greatest accomplishment was aiding her husband Nimrod supposedly in replacing the worship of God with a polytheistic system based on the stars.

 

Semiramis became associated with Ishtar/Astarte/Ashtoreth: the original Queen of Heaven as we read in Jeremiah 44:15–19. Her son Tammuz was fathered by her son Nimrod, or another man, or the rays of the sun sent down by the deceased Nimrod joined her in creating the world’s first mother/son cult. The Semiramis/son pair inspired Isis and Osiris in Egypt, Venus and Adonis in Greece, and Ushas and Vishnu in Hinduism and Madonna and Child of the Catholic church.

 

Hislop also claimed that the Catholic Church adapted mother/son worship into their veneration of Mary. The identity of the son in the myth is unclear; possibilities include Damu (another name for Tammuz mentioned in Ezekiel 8:14), Horus, and Gilgamesh. Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.  It is clear that Semiramis and her/husband/son Nimrod are the basis for the Madonna and child of the Roman Catholic church…. And they attach it now to Mary and Jesus but it is a twist of the truth.

 

Some say I H S on the staff of the pope is a reference to Isis, Horeb and Seb (set or Osiris)  false gods of the mother son cult of the church.  Horus–the god of the sky. The father.   Seb (set or Osiris)– the god of the underworld…the son and Isis the protector goddess.  Mother/Wife.

 

Many little “g” gods still in the world today

“Little g” gods of the 70 nations.  Territorial Spirits OR Rulers

Psalm 82  These “gods” have been assigned to 70 nations or regions are discussed by God in an Assembly in Heaven.  They are told by God they better shape up or He will ship them out.

1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision: God stands in the divine assembly;

He judges among the gods (divine beings).

 

2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. You must stop judging unjustly;  you must no longer be partial to the wicked! How long will you judge unjustly

And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.

 

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Defend the rights of the poor and the orphans; be fair to the needy and the helpless. Vindicate the weak and fatherless;

Do justice and maintain the rights of the afflicted and destitute.

 

4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. Rescue them from the power of evil people. Rescue the weak and needy; Rescue them from the hand of the wicked.

 

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. How ignorant you are! How stupid! You are completely corrupt and justice has disappeared from the world. The rulers do not know nor do they understand; They walk on in the darkness [of complacent satisfaction]; All the foundations of the earth [the fundamental principles of the administration of justice] are shaken.

 

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. You are gods,’ I said; ‘all of you are children of the Most High.’ I said, “You are [a]gods; Indeed, all of you are sons of the Most High.

 

7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. But you will die like mortals; your life will end like that of any prince.” “Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes.”

 

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. Come, O God, and rule the world; all the nations are yours. Arise, O God, judge the earth! For to You belong all the nations.

 

Dueteronomy 32:7-9  Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.  Think of the past, of the time long ago; ask your parents to tell you what happened, ask the old people to tell of the past. “Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.

8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.  The Most High assigned nations their lands; he determined where peoples should live.  He assigned to each nation a heavenly being, “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, When He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples, According to the number of the sons of Israel.

 

For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. but Jacob’s descendants he chose for himself. “For the Lord’s portion and chosen share is His people;  Jacob (Israel) is the allotment of His inheritance.

Genesis chapter 10, commonly known as the Table of Nations, is a list of the patriarchal founders of seventy nations which descended from Noah through his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Twenty-six of the seventy descended from Shem, thirty from Ham, and fourteen from Japheth. Genesis 10:32 sums up the chapter succinctly: “These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, by their nations; and out of these the nations were separated on the earth after the flood.” Chapter 11 recounts their division at Babel.

Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.

Exodus 24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.

Exodus 24:9 Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel.

 

There is a prince or “god” of Persia.  Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

 

Michael is the prince of Israel.  Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:

Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Revelation 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. An angel of the waters….

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  Control of the kingdoms of the world are being taken back from the “gods” or “fallen angels” and given to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought.

 

Jesus said in that what is wrong with calling Him the “Son Of God” when other divine entities or human judges have been called “gods” in the word of God?  John 10:34-35….34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?  Jesus answered, “It is written in your own Law that God said, ‘You are gods.’ Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods [human judges representing God, not divine beings]’? 35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; We know that what the scripture says is true forever; and God called those people gods, the people to whom his message was given.  If He [j]called them gods, men to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be undone or annulled or broken).

 

These “gods” or spirits that rule or influence the “nations” or regions are active today as are all of the “gods” or “wicked “gods” or fallen angels today.  But one day Jesus will put them all out and destroy them in judgment with eternal punishment in the lake of fire forever!

 

Conclusion:

It is clear from the Bible that these false “gods” existed then and today in different forms.  But their goal is clear….turn people away from Jesus Chrsit to myths and fables.  What the Bible says about them is enough.  We don’t need to go off on a deep dive about the false “gods” who are doomed to spend eternity in the lake of fire.  But it does give us the background of how Satan has tried every possible way to deter Jesus Christ from first being born and then secondly not being able to fulfill His mission of redemption and now to not fulfill His kingship over the earth.  They have failed so far and will fail again to their undoing.  There is no God like the God of the Bible, the God of creation, The God of redemption and love….The Lord God almighty– King of Heaven and earth– and His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and our God!

3/10/2024

Acts 13:6-12  Opposition To Christ

Intro: Don’t be shocked but the devil doesn’t want you here today.  The devil hates your Jesus.  The devil hates your Bible.  The Devil hates your church (if it is preaching the word of God)  He will do anything he can to oppose you and literally kill you if he could.  He is fueling all the opponents to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  All the media, news, university elites and world elites are opposed to faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  In fact, most everybody in the world is opposed to the word of God and Jesus Christ!  Paul faced opposition all the time as we do today. What did he do?

 

  1. Opposition To Christ Is Always Lurking Around

Acts 13:6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus……They went all the way across the island to Paphos, where they met a certain magician named Bar-Jesus, a Jew who claimed to be a prophet.  When they had traveled through the entire island [of Cyprus] as far as Paphos, they found a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. The only mention of this name in the Bible.  Bar means “son of” Son of Jesus or Joshua.

A magician and a false prophet.  Most of the time these things work together to defeat faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 13:7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; He was a friend of the governor of the island, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. Who was [closely associated] with the [c]proconsul [of the province], Sergius Paulus, an intelligent and sensible man.

Sergius Paulus was with this false prophet and Jewish man Barjesus for some reason.  Perhaps he was looking for spiritual truth in the magic arts of Barjesus.  Luke presents Sergius Paulus as the first Gentile ruler to believe the gospel. The island of Cyprus was a senatorial island, which means it was Roman controlled. As a Roman official, Sergius was a Gentile. Unlike Cornelius (10:2), there is no evidence that Sergius attended the temple or was a God-fearer.   He was curious.  Many people today are interested in the truth.  We just need to find them and be ready for them to inquire about Jesus.

 

Acts 13:7……who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. The governor called Barnabas and Saul before him because he wanted to hear the word of God. He called for Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ]

This He heard about Jesus and wanted to know more about Him.  Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.  There are curious people out there today that want to know the truth.  Be ready for them when they ask you for the reason for your faith.

 

Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  But they were opposed by the magician Elymas (that is his name in Greek), who tried to turn the governor away from the faith. Elymas was a magician was with Barjesus and heard about Sergius seeking the apostles and wanted to discourage this new faith.   As there are Cornelius’s and Sergius’s there are Elymas’s.  Seeking to put their two cents in and drive people away from the truth.  2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  All the wicked have are fables…untruths….lies just like Satan lied to Eve.  We have the truth.

 

Opposition to the truth of Jesus Christ is always lurking around.  It’s on facebook, Youtube, it’s in our schools, our governments, our sports events, the media, the movies, TV, internet, the nightly news.  It’s in your families, Walmart, the local food mart.  It’s even in our churches! Opposition to Christ is everywhere!  10:00

 

  1. Opposition To Christ Is Always Lurking Around
  2. Opposition To Christ Will Always Be Overcome By The Power of Faith In Christ

Acts 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. Then Saul—also known as Paul—was filled with the Holy Spirit; he looked straight at the magician. But [d]Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Him, looked steadily at Elymas,

 

Paul didn’t cower in fear to the enemies.  Paul didn’t flee or make lame excuses or try to compromise.  How would you have liked to receive one of Paul’s Holy Ghost filled stares?  Paul didn’t like those who tried to oppose the gospel. He was ready for a battle…. for he knew he was wrestling against principalities and powers and the rulers of darkness.

 

In the New Testament John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Zacharias, the 120 at Pentecost, Peter, Paul, and the disciples of Christ are all described as being full of the Holy Spirit.  It is possible to be NOT filled with the Hol y Spirit. The filling is for a specific time and purpose it seems.  We always have the Holy Spirit but does He always have all of us?

 

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief…..and said, You are full of all kinds of evil tricks, and said, “[e]You [Elymas] who are full of every [kind of] deceit, and every [kind of] fraud, ,

Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.  Pretty harsh accusation against Elymas.   But it was true.  We need to sometimes tell it like it is with these awful people.

 

Acts 13:10…..thou child of the devil……“You son of the Devil! you son of the devil.  1 John 3:10 ….the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  This is amazing!  Paul calls it the way he sees it.  But it is true.  John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  Woah!  Jesus told them who they were.  If  you lie, cheat, steal and hate you are the devil’s offspring.

 

Acts 13:10….. thou enemy of all righteousness, You are the enemy of everything that is good.  Enemy of everything that is right and good.  1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary (enemy) the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Acts 13:10….wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? and you always keep trying to turn the Lord’s truths into lies! Will you never stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?  Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

 

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, The Lord’s hand will come down on you now.  Now, watch! The hand of the Lord is on you, This is not going to end good for Elymas….How many of you think the hand of the Lord laid on you is a good thing to the wicked?  No One ever!  I feared my dad words….but was terrified of my mother….she believed in putting her hands upon you!

 

Acts 13:11…..and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. you will be blind and will not see the light of day for a time.”   He and you will be blind, [so blind that you will be] unable to see the sun for a time.” was in spiritual darkness and loved the magic arts of this world so much ….so he will be blinded from the things of this world that he loved so much.  Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.  Blindness of your heart is worse than the eyes.  If your heart is in blindness you cannot see Jesus.

 

Acts 13:11…..And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness.  At once Elymas felt a dark mist cover his eyes. Immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him.

No delay….right now!  God put a mist of confusion upon him and a darkness of soul and all hope is gone in his magic arts.  Paul was struck with scales on his eyes that blinded him. Elymas was given a mist and darkness covered his eyes.  His eyes were darkened.  Like those dark eyed demon possessed creatures that pose as children.

 

Acts 13:11……and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. and he walked around trying to find someone to lead him by the hand. He groped around, seeking people to lead him by the hand.

Humbled before the world.  Pride comes before a fall.  Here is a complete fall described.  The wicked will fall and fall hard becoming a laughing stock and mockery of their former power and boasting and so called wisdom.  Luke 1:51-52 ….he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats….The wicked will lose all credibility, all hint of pride if they continue to mock God and oppose His word.   How many people do we know who fell due to pride and arrogance before God?  19:00

 

  1. Opposition To Christ Is Always Lurking Around
  2. Opposition To Christ Will Always Be Overcome By The Power of Faith In Christ
    3. Simple Faith In Jesus Will Overcome All Opposition

Acts 13:12 Then the deputy, (Sergius Paulus) when he saw what was done….. When the governor saw what had happened.  The proconsul believed [the message of salvation] when he saw what had happened,

The man seeking God saw everything that went on with Elymas the sorcerer.   When we seek God and His righteousness we will see the fall of our enemies and rejoice in their destruction.  Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

Overcoming opposition first comes by seeing the truth. Now you can see but not believe. But when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes, you see for the first time. That’s why Jesus healed blind people symbolizing that people are blinded to the things of God.  Only Jesus can make us truly see.

 

Acts 13:12….believed……. he believed.

He believed in the power of God.  He believed in Jesus Christ.  He was convinced of who the true power belonged to…..the Name of Jesus.

He saw for the first time and now the man believed in Jesus.  He had faith and trusted in Him and His work on the cross.  John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Jesus only asks us to believe trust in Him….that’s all.

 

Acts 13:12…….being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. for he was greatly amazed at the teaching about the Lord. being astonished at the teaching concerning the Lord.

Something Astonishing Happens When We Believe. Something amazing.  Something incredible.  Something miraculous.  The doctrine of the Lord.  Doctrine is a set of beliefs.  Our set of beliefs is centered on a person……the person of Jesus Christ. The very embodiment of the truth of God.

It is a truly something to be astonished about.  A dead man brought back to life.  The blind who see. The dead who live.  Truly nothing compares to that.

 

2 Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, (my teaching, my message)…..Paul had a message and a teaching that was consistent.  As did Jesus Christ.  John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.   Jesus only taught what the Father told Him to teach.  He did not invent it…it came from the Father…GOD!  Doctrine proves it is from God when people live righteous lives,  live consistent lives, and live holy lives that glorifies Jesus Christ!

 

The truth of the Bible. The Power of the word of God.  There is power in the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Bible teachers who correctly handle the word of God are doing powerful and astonishing things in the lives of people…….. and they don’t even know it most of the time.

We should be astonished, amazed that the doctrine of the Bible.  It is always right.  It is always true.  It always blesses and astonishes. 27:00

Opposition to Christ….Expect it, detect it, and deflect it back to them by your faith in Christ…..

 

 

 

3/10/2024

Matthew 27:50-53  Saints Alive

Intro:  One of the most mysterious and interesting things happened at the time of Jesus death and resurrection and is only mentioned in the book of Matthew.  Like Lazarus resurrection is only mentioned in the book of John.  These two are similar in many ways.  But different also. They both center around Jesus of course.  Who broke up two funerals on Jarius Daughter, and the centurions daughter and later Paul through the apostalistic power of Jesus……brought Eutycus back to life after falling out of a window.  So with Jesus being the resurrection and the life He has the power in life and in death and taking up life again.  But what happened after Jesus death?

 

Matthew 27:50 “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.”

“Yielded up the ghost”: A voluntary act.  Luke 23:46 “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”

 

Jesus dismissed His spirit from His body and told it to go to the Father. Even this was in His control and not someone else’s.  He went to hades to take the keys away from the devil, and to preach to those in hades, and bring out those in Abraham’s Bosom…the OT saints and take them to heaven with him.

 

Jesus had everything under control all the time. The cross was no defeat, but the greatest victory mankind has ever known. Jesus is no longer on the cross. He is not the suffering Christ. He is the victorious Christ.

 

Verses 51-53: The events immediately following Jesus’ death are remarkable indeed. “The veil of the temple” refers to the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies (Exodus 26:31). This symbolizes the permanent opening of God’s presence to man and man’s direct access to God through the atoning death of Christ.

 

Matthew 27:51 “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”

Viel torn….Access to God directly through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

“Veil of the temple”: I.e., the curtain that blocked the entrance to the Most Holy Place (Exodus 26:33; Heb. 9:3). The tearing of the veil signified that the way into God’s presence was now open to all through a new and living way (Heb. 10:19-22). The fact that it tore “from top to bottom” showed that no man had split the veil, God did it.   This veil was a heavy curtain separating the holy place in the temple from the holy of holies, behind which the glory of God met with the high priest just once each year on the day of Atonement.  For it to be torn in two, especially from top to bottom, even in an earthquake, would seem to require a miracle, possibly an unseen angelic hand.  Symbolically, this tearing of the veil would mean that Christ had now opened the way for all to enter directly into the presence of God.  We may now have “boldness to enter into the holiest of Holies by the blood of Jesus Christ, by a new and living way, which He hath conscreated for us, through the veil, that is to say His flesh. Hebrews 10:19-20

 

Matthew 27:51….and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Not only was the temple affected but the whole earth shook and rocks split and fell from high places.  Jesus said the “Rocks would cry out.”  All of nature was disturbed at the death of the Son of God.

 

Then it gets really interesting…….Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose….

Known local saints came out of opened graves and went to Jerusalem.  But likely died again like Lazarus.  This tells us that Resurrection power is for ALL people and ALL will go to the NEW Jerusalem after the bodily resurrection at the rapture.

 

The veil was split and the earthquake appeared when Jesus died.   Verse 52 says…MANY not all…….. were raised…… the greek says….TO LIFE. Verses 53 says  this happened AFTER His resurrection….  This is probably natural life according to the Greek language.  Jesus said Lazarus was sleeping and then corrected His disciples when they did not understand and said Lazarus is dead.  Natural death for the believer is sleep. many bodies of the saints … Many were raised: not All….Because the Lord Jesus is the firstborn from the dead (see Col. 1:18; Rev. 1:5) and the first-fruits of those who are asleep (see 1 Cor. 15:20, 23), these people could not have received their resurrection bodies. They probably were raised, as Lazarus was, to ordinary physical life. The fact that the people who were raised appeared to many in the holy city implies that they had been contemporaries or recently dead and knew the people who saw them.

 

Matthew 27: 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Here is what we miss….they came out of the graves…. AFTER HIS RESURRECTION… Jesus resurrection power affected some recently dead OT saints nearby.  But we cannot say what the Bible does NOT say and the Bible does not say whether these risen saints died again or went to heaven with the Lord Jesus.

This is probably not a resurrection but a raising.  What is the difference?  A resurrection is to a new body of flesh and bone like Jesus had.  A raising is to be raised to live in a natural body  but eventually die again.  Many of those in the Bible.  Only Jesus walked this earth after being resurrected.   Moses and Elijah appeared at the mount of transfiguration.

 

Jesus had only ONE ascension.   John 20:17. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

When He said to Mary “do not touch me I have not yet ascended to the Father” that means do not hold on to me. Things have changed.  Jesus would be leaving and in turn leaving the Holy Spirit to abide with His people.  He told Lazarus to “put his finger in His side” and see that He was flesh and bone and truly alive.  His ascension was accompanied by a cloud.  Maybe the cloud was the believers in Abraham’s bosom at the time when He took “captivity captive and gave gifts unto men.”  He took the people in Abraham’s bosom to heaven.  He went a spoke to the spirits in prison.  He announced His victory over Hades, death, sin and the grave had been completed.

OT saints were waiting in Abraham’s Bosom, Sheol, Hell were waiting on Jesus Death and sacrifice and resurrection to take them to heaven.  He gave gifts to men according to Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.

When Kings defeated an enemy they celebrated and escorted their released prisoners of war and gave gifts to them and to all the people  in the celebration.  When Jesus released the prisoners of Hades and took them to heaven He also gifted the church on  earth with power and ministry abilities.

 

1 Peter 3:19-20  By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.   Some interpret these verses as describing Jesus as going to the place where fallen angels in Noah’s day are incarcerated and declaring His final victory over their evil seed war (Genesis 3:15) in His victorious work on the Cross. These commentators suggest that Peter is referring to the days of Noah because these fallen angels were typified by the gross immorality of those “spirits” who married human women at that time. Gen. 6:1–4; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 1:6.   The Bible never gives a second chance for Salvation after death.  Hebrews 9:27. It is appointed unto men ONCE to die and then the judgement. 

 

Notice that these raised saints of Matthew 27 (not resurrected) went to the Holy City…..Not heaven.  We know that the OT saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation….not at this time.  And we know that the rapture is for the church only “the dead in Christ shall rise.”  Concerning the OT saints we read in Daniel 12:1   And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (The tribulation) and at that time thy people shall be delivered,(Old Testament saints or tribulation saints) every one that shall be found written in the book. (The survivors shall go into the millennium after the tribulation)

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (Tribulation and OT saints will be resurrected at the end of the tribulation?  The everlasting contempt are resurrected at the end of the Millennium according to Revelation 20:5 and 7-14 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. (The Unbelievers)

 

Jesus before He could be handled by the disciples as He later was……. went first to heaven.  Did He take these resurrected saints with Him to paradise as He promised the thief on the cross?  “Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.”  The Bible does not say whether these risen saints died again or went to heaven with the Lord Jesus.  So we cannot say for certain what the Bible does not say.  The OT saints resurrection seems to occur later at the end of the tribulation

 

These resurrected from the dead were seen of many in Jerusalem, as Jesus was seen by over 500.  So most likely these saints that came out of their tombs were local believers/saints that probably had died recently and were like Lazarus who did die again….. They were raised saints not resurrected saints it appears.  And the fact that the Bible does not say whether these risen saints died again or went to heaven with the Lord Jesus. So we cannot say for certain what the Bible does not say.  The OT saints resurrection seems to occur later at the end of the tribulation.

 

Verses 54-56: “Truly this was the Son of God:” Whatever happened we know for sure that it affected thousands of people and caused many come to faith in Christ when Peter preached and attested to “ALL these things that happened recently concerning Jesus Christ” in his sermon in Acts that let to thousands being saved at once.  Whether this was an affirmation of genuine faith (based on all they had witnessed), or merely a pagan appreciation by the centurion of the awesomeness of the circumstances is not clear. Certainly, the incident reveals how Jesus’ life and character, even in the face of death, rose above the greatest moments of pagan Rome and even that the whole world ever witnessed…… and led to the birth of the greatest movement of God in world History…..the Church of Jesus Christ!

 

Let’s Review what we know about the five bodily resurrections in the Bible…..

  1. Jesus Christ the first

Acts 26:23 that the Messiah must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles. 

Colossians 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

 

  1. The Church At Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 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. See Also 1 Corinthians 15:51-58  Only the church is the bride of Christ and will go to be with Him at the rapture.  The fact is ALL believers at the time of the rapture are the church.  The church was formed at Pentecost. So everyone saved from then to the rapture are the church!   John the Baptist and all those saved before Pentecost are friends of the bridegroom.  See special note below.

 

  1. The Tribulation Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation.

Revelation 20:4-5 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……This is the first resurrection (of believers) The first resurrection refers to the resurrection of all believers, though separated in time.

 

  1. The Old Testament Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation

Daniel 12:1   And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: (The tribulation) and at that time thy people shall be delivered,( tribulation saints) every one that shall be found written in the book. (they shall go alive into the millennium after the tribulation)

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them (children of thy people– Israel) that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Clearly this is at the end of the tribulation for thy people are delivered from a time of trouble like never before.  The “everlasting contempt” are resurrected at the end of the Millennium according to Revelation 20:5 and 7-14 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. The Unbelievers)

 

REPEAT Special note:  John the Baptist was a friend of the bridegroom.  The OT saints and the Tribulation saints are friends of the bridegroom and invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb but not raptured.  They must be there in their spiritual bodies at this wedding and marriage supper as they don’t get their new bodies, resurrection bodies until the end of the tribulation.  John 3:28-29 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.  The dead IN CHRIST will rise first.  The OT saints are friends of the bridegroom and not married to the groom as the church is will not be resurrected until the end of the tribulation.  Also, remember Jesus is going to have the Judgment seat of Christ after the rapture.  Friends of the bridegroom did not have opportunity to follow Christ.

 

Hosea 2:19-20 says that Israel is God’s betrothed.  And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.  20I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. But of course this is pointing to a time when all things are settled in heaven.  Israel is described as many things to God and God will bring to fulfillment all of these descriptions of them when His kingdom is established.  Betrothed means “promised to.”  It is a marriage contract.  God has made promises to Israel that He will fulfill.   Israel is God’s promised land the people are promised to Him.  Fulfilled in the church age when they Jews and Gentiles would be the bride of Christ at the wedding in Heaven and the marriage supper and in the kingdom and into eternity.

 

Another thing to consider about the wedding…..This wedding and supper occurs in Revelation chapter 18 before Christ comes with His bride to destroy the Beast in Revelation 19.  After the supper He comes to the earth with to destroy the Anti-Christ and set up His kingdom.  So if the wedding and feast comes in heaven during the last part of the tribulation and after the rapture and the Judgment seat of Christ.  So Israel while they may be described as being promised to God is not the bride of Christ.

 

  1. The Great White Throne And Millennial Saints resurrected after the Millennium

Revelation 20:5 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. (The Unbelievers)

Revelation 20:7-14 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 

There may be another resurrection at the end of the Millennium, one which is implied, but never explicitly stated in Scripture. It is possible that some believers will die a physical death during the Millennium.  The prophet Isaiah said, “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his days; for the youth will die at the age of one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed” (Isaiah 65:20). On the other hand, it is also possible that death in the Millennium will only come to the disobedient. In either event, some kind of transformation will be required to fit believers in their natural bodies in the Millennium for pristine existence throughout eternity. Each believer will need to have a “resurrected” type of body.

 

But what will happen to those believers who survived the Tribulation and entered the Millennium in their natural bodies? And what will happen to those who were born during the Millennium, trusted in Jesus, and continued to live in their natural bodies? Paul has made it clear that flesh and blood, which is mortal and able to decay, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. That eternal kingdom is inhabitable only by those with resurrected, glorified bodies that are no longer mortal and are not able to decay (1 Corinthians 15:35-49). Presumably, these believers will be given resurrection bodies without having to die. Precisely when this happens is not explained, but theologically, it must happen somewhere in the transition from the old earth and universe to the new earth and new heaven (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-4).

3/3/2024

Colossians 3:8-11  How To Be Spiritually Dressed

Intro:  We put off old clothes when we want to look our best.  We put on things that make us reflect dignity, beauty, honor and respect.  And the way we look should reflect love and respect for our family, our friends and our community.  We as a church are in the greatest community in the world.  A community of believers in Jesus Christ who are seeking to bring glory and honor to Him and love and respect to each other.  So we know how to dress physically but how do we dress spiritually.  What do we put on for Christ? Christ tells us what to put off and things to put on as we dress ourselves spiritually. 1:00

 

  1. Things to Put Off

Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips. But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth.

 

We put off dirty clothes, we put off clothes that don’t match or don’t fit the occasion.  Here are some things we must put off Spiritually…..

Anger……. bad temperament.  Cruelty.  Inflicting pain on others.

Wrath….explosive temper, Rage, exasperation, furious

malice….. hateful feelings and talk

blasphemy…..slander, cruely speaking to others.

filthy communication….cursing, Obscene filthy language

 

….out of your mouth…..James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. If a person thinks that he is religious but can’t control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person’s religion is worthless. Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.  The heart of the righteous thinks carefully about how to answer [in a wise and appropriate and timely way], But the [babbling] mouth of the wicked pours out malevolent things.

 

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another….. Do not lie to one another….Everyone knows we should not lie to our own advantage.  Now there is a good lie to spare someone’s feelings or save them from harm.  But we don’t tell many of them.  Most of our lies are bad lies.  Revelation 22:15 For without (not in heaven) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.  Some people love to lie.  Some people live to lie.  Advertising is mostly lies.  Very rarely are they proven to be liars.  We just realize that advertisers mostly lie.  Not the small local guys….but the TV commercials are rarely telling the truth.  Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.  God hates lying.  He is pleased with those who tell the truth no matter what the consequences.  If someone points a gun at you and asks “are you a follower of Jesus  Christ?”  What would you say?  John 8:44……Ye are of your father the devil,………for he is a liar, and the father of it.  All liars follower their father the devil the original liar.

 

Colossians 3:9…..seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;, for you have put off the old self with its habits….for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices.  2 Corinthians 5:17 therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  We were sinners, separated from God.  Now we are a new creation, born again and our sins are washed away forever and ever!  Cast into the depths of the sea of God’s forgetfulness.

 

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  Someone asked me the other day if I mind being called an “old man.”  Absolutely not……. its better than being a dead young man. Of course, we don’t mind dying at any age the Lord has for us.  To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

 

But this old man will always cause us trouble.  He always raises his ugly head.  The old man is also called the flesh….that sinful part of us that we will finally cast aside one day when we leave this world.  Where we will be made holy incapable of sinning ever again!

 

The Old man which rules people in the world today…….has put off the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  They have said mockingly “where is He?”  They mock rapture believers just like they mocked Noah and Lot.  But one day it started to rain, and one day sudden destruction came.  Don’t put Off……..coming to faith in Jesus Christ.   One day you might hear the saddest words in history…..TOO LATE!  10:00

 

  1. Things to Put Off 2 Things To Put On

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man……..and you have put on the new self.  You have put on the new [spiritual] self.  We put on the new man like a new set of clothes.  As 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us is the new creation or the new man.  Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Put on a new man who in God’s eyes is righteous and holy.  What an amazing God we serve and His grace is truly Amazing.   Mormons wear holy underwear to make them pure. We put on the Lord Jesus Christ to make us pure…..

 

Romans 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.  But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and forget about satisfying [or give no opportunity to the desires of; or don’t think about ways to gratify] ·your sinful self [the sinful nature; T the flesh].  The flesh, the old man will seek to fulfill what HE wants. Constantly battling with our new man.  We have to continually follow Jesus Christ every day so that we won’t get on the wrong path.   Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…..

 

The world is trying to create their own new man with AI and with modern technology.  Religion tries to create a new man with claims of god-hood and man is central to everything.   We live in a man-centered world….not God-centered.  We live in a world where man is god and God is man.  It’s all upside down.  Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and escape the destruction to come for these evil people.  A person is evil that would turn their backs on their loving parents.  A person is more evil to turn their backs on their loving creator.  Yet 99.9 percent of the internet and media is man-centered and hates their loving creator.  Think about That.  19:00

 

  1. Things to Put Off 2 Things To Put On 3. The Result is that We Are Made In The Image Of Christ

Colossians 3:10……which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self—

 

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

 

New clothes make you feel great. Everyone is that way.  It transforms a person.  You have seen these makeovers and how it totally changes a person on the outside.  Jesus Christ is the only one who can change you on the inside and transform you, renew you, make you….. a new you.  Christ renews, He changes you into a person who knows God personally through faith in Jesus Christ.  We become a child of God, even a friend of God.

 

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, As a result, there is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews.  a renewal in which there is no [distinction between] Greek and Jew.  Everybody is Somebody in Jesus Christ. There are no lower classes of people in heaven.  There are different roles and different rewards but everyone in heaven is somebody to God and to all those who dwell there.  IN Christ there is no difference in a Jew or a Gentle.

 

Colossians 3:11……..circumcision nor uncircumcision, circumcised and uncircumcised, circumcised and uncircumcised.  Jews and Gentiles will be together serving the Lord for all eternity.  Also Jews and gentiles must be saved the same way….by grace…..and become born again by faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians 3:11…..Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: barbarians, savages, slaves, and free, nor between nations whether] [c]barbarian or [d]Scythian, [nor in status whether] slave or free.  Even the enemies of God, savages, barbarians, slave or free…..all are saved when the put there faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  All can be renewed by Him.  Christ unites us all as one with our own unique personalities and abilities.  As all have sinned….all can be saved by Christ and Him alone.

 

Colossians 3:11…….. but Christ is all, and in all., but Christ is all, Christ is in all. [but Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction.  Christ saves to the uttermost all those who come to Him.  We are all equal in Christ but we will be recognized as individuals by Christ.  Revelation 2:17 ……and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.  Christ will give each of us a unique name which means we are all unified but we are all unique to Christ.  Each child will be united but different.  What a thrill that no one will have the same name as another.  Together but unique.

 

How the world today tries to divide, to confuse, to cause chaos while Christ brings us into unity.  We know that unity when we gather together for worship.  There is never an argument at church.  There is never division here.  There is only love and fellowship.  The world wants us to fight and argue.  The world wants us to divide and war among each other.  James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  When some put ME first  you are going to have trouble……. because all of us here in church have put JESUS first.  27:00

 

  1. Things to Put Off 2 Things To Put On 3. The Result is that We Are Made In The Image Of Christ

How To Be Spiritually Dressed

This world today is moving farther and farther away from Christ.  No wonder the devil wants child trafficking and children to be fatherless, and single parent homes.   There are 2.5 billion children under the age of 14 in the world today.  It is the largest demographic in the world.  Child Evangelism Fellowship through their after school good news clubs and other efforts have a vision of reaching every child, every nation, every day.  They have 2,600 clubs in public schools and one thousand in other locations.  They ministered to 102 thousand children last year…. A far cry from 2.5 billion…..but they have impacted those 102 thousand and their families.   Why do I mention this?  We need to Spiritually dress our children with the Lord Jesus Christ for their protection, their salvation and give them hope and joy.  Not only our children but to start with yourself.  Put on the Lord Jesus Christ!  28:04

 

 

 

3/3/2024

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 and Revelation 21 and 22 the Real Normal

Intro: What is normal?  In our world today  that is hard to say .  Everything we thought or think is normal is different.  They  call it the new normal.  Fear is normal.  Hate is normal.  Chaos is normal.  Pleasure is fleeting.  War is normal.  Murder is normal.  Disease is normal.  Tragedy is normal.  And of course order, happiness and joy are limited and peace is very limited.  But that’s normal for this sin cursed world. But what is considered normal for God and His creation?

 

The Bookends of the Bible

Now I don’t have time to go through every verse of these four chapters. But I want to demonstrate from just a few verses that will describe what God’s normal is for His creation.  1:00

 

1 God’s Normal is  Everything is Very Good

Genesis 1:31And God saw every thing that he had made, And God saw everything that He had made.  God is the creator of all things.  That is first and foremost.  In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth.  Man did not create himself. (evolution or EVILution)  This idea is central to all of man’s rebellion.  If evolution happened then why be good?  Why be concerned for your neighbor?  Why care about anyone except yourself.  Our problems are not abortion, sexual confusion, sexual immorality, atheism, new age, communism, Marxism, deception, wickedness and chaos.  Our problems are evolution.  We have said that “WE created ourselves therefore we can do whatever WE feel like.  That is our problem WE have replaced GOD.

 

Fundamental for being human is to know where you came from and where you are going.  The Bible answers that very succinctly.  In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  So if God made everything and He did….He has a purpose for it and He will not be thwarted by any power of heaven or earth from accomplishing His will for HIS creation.

 

Genesis 1:31….and, behold, it was very good. and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. Everything was classified as “good” until man was created and then God called it “very good.”  Everything is in order.  Everything has a purpose.  Everything is glorious and wonderful.  Everything is peaceful.  Everything is delightful.  Nothing will go wrong….. everything we be right.  No boredom.  Everything is exciting and full of pleasure.

 

This is the way God created everything.  Very good.  This is what is normal with God.  Everything is very good…excellent in every way.  How could a perfect God NOT create something perfect or VERY good!  So you and me are fearfully and wonderfully made!  Even in our fallen state.  Can you image what you will be in your glorified state!  No you cannot imagine it…….but one day you will know for certain.  Behold it is very good.  Look at it…..it’s very good.  God looked it over…thought about it…pondered upon it and it passed all of His expectations!

 

Genesis 1:31……And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.   God not only created things but He created the order of time.  He created the natural flow of life.  He created a cadence of life…..more than a routine but a rhythm of life that led to other things like music, song and dance, poetry and art.   Work and play.  Solitude and assemblies.  All the things of the rhythm of life.  Be it daily, weekly, monthly or annually.  Planting and sowing, harvesting and reaping.  All of creation has a rhythm of life.  What a wonderful God we serve!  10:00

 

1 God’s Normal is  Everything is Very Good 2. God’s Normal is  No Shame or Fear

Later in chapter two God makes a wife for Adam because God needed someone to partner with him.  Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary, a partner, an ally for him.”

 

Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.  And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.

 

God trusted Adam with His creation.  They worked together.  There was perfect fellowship between God and Adam.  I suppose that Adam respected and loved God and God loved Adam and enjoyed His fellowship with him.  For it says in chapter 3 that God walked in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve.

Genesis 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed that they might be made to feel inferior in each other’s presence.

There was no shame which means….

There was no fear.

No embarrassment

No inferiority.  Adam and Eve were different but they were not inferior to one another

No jealousy

No sorrow.

There was harmony with nature and the animals

There was family unity and love and companionship.

Productive and rewarding work

No anger.  No divorce.  No hate.  NO revenge.  No secrets.  No jealousy.  No pain.  Good productive work.  Wonder and excitement everyday. Joy and fellowhip with God.  19:00

 

1 God’s Normal is  Everything is Very Good 2. God’s Normal is  No Shame or Fear

  1. God’s Normal Will Return

Revelation 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in.

 

Right now since Adam’s sin creation groans.  It is defiled with sin.  There are liars and detestable things to
God. It is not normal for God’s creation to be cursed by sin.

But God’s normal will return. No more curse.

No defilement which can mean immoral or dishonest

No idolatry.

No abominations or detestable things.

No liars.  Nothing false.

Only salvation in Christ the Lamb of God for those who have their names written in the lambs book of life.

 

Revelation 22:1-5 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  Then he showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

 

A glorious stream of life giving water and the presence of God’s throne and the presence of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ.  We will never be apart from Him again ever…no not ever!  Water means life.  John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  Jesus alone gives life.  Water might stand for Jesus endless abundant flow of water of life.

 

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. It runs down the center of the street in the city. On each side of the river was the tree of life. It gives twelve different kinds of fruit. It gives this fruit twelve times a year, new fruit each month. Its leaves are used to heal the nations.

A street…signifies order

A river….signifies abundant life

A tree of life….signifies eternal life

Abundance of Fruit…..Joy and fulfillment

Every month….order.   no chaos.

Leaves will heal…..Disease or sickness or sorrow or death is not possible.

The nations…I think that this is people groups that will gather again.  But this time they will not seek war or hate or domination but peace, love and joy.

 

Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.  There will no longer exist anything that is a part of the curse [because sin and death are gone]; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve and worship Him [with great awe and joy and loving devotion];  No more curse means an end to the curse of the original sin of Adam.  It is gone forever!

 

Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

They shall see each other face to face.  His name may not be literal but maybe it is their reflection of God is upon their foreheads.  Obviously this means that man will have a personal relationship with Christ.   They shall walk together like they did in the garden in the cool of the day.

 

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Never again will there be any night. No one will need lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs. And they will rule with him forever and ever and ever!

 

No night.  No bad things.  Bad things happen after dark where thieve break through and steal.  No

thieves to break in a steal at dark because there is no dark and no thieves. They are in the lake of fire.

No darkness at all.  No dark alleys.  No dark holes.  No place that God’s light cannot penetrate.

Jesus Christ is light and life.  There is no shadow of turning with God.  He is the source of true light that will not burn out or give out.  His glory will light the heavens.

Eternal light from the glory of God.  27:00

 

1 God’s Normal is  Everything is Very Good 2. God’s Normal is  No Shame or Fear

  1. God’s Normal Will Return

The Real Normal is when God is ruling and reigning over His own people.  If He is not… it is not normal.  We do not have normal now.  And according to God we are in chaos and confusion.  Even though we still have a rhythm of life that God has given us for order and our protection, it is far from what God wants us to have and we will have.  God wants us to put our faith and trust in Him so that we can return to normal.  A wonderful normal with God as our Father, our Savior, our Lord and our King!    28:04

 

 

 

2/25/2024

John 1: 10-17  The Answer To Every Question

Intro:  We have so many questions is life.  Where did we come from?  Where are we going?  What is the purpose to life?  What is life?  Who killed JFK?  Why did God create Duke University?  So many questions.  Well, I have the answer.  The answer is in a person.  The question is not WHAT is the answer to every question but WHO is the answer to every question.  1:00

 

  1. Jesus Is The Creator

John 1:10 He was in the world….. The Word was in the world. He (Christ) was in the world, John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world [giving guidance through My word and works].” Jesus walked the roads of this earth.  He lived on this earth for 33 ½ years.  He WAS in the world.

 

John 1:10…..and the world was made by him……  And though God made the world through him, and though the world was made through Him.  Incredible!

Colossians 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.  When God created everything, it was his Son who did it. His Son made everything that is on earth and in heaven. He created everything that we can see, as well as the things that we cannot see. He made rulers and leaders. He made everything that has power and authority. God gave his Son the authority to create everything, so that his Son would receive praise.

 

Jesus is the creator and sustainer also.  Colossians 1:16 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.

 

John 1:10 ……and the world knew him not yet the world did not recognize him. the world did not recognize Him.   Saddest words in the world.  The world did not know Him.  They rejected Him actually.  Luke 17:25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.  But first He must suffer many things and be repudiated and rejected and considered unfit [to be the Messiah] by this [unbelieving] generation.

 

John 1: 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him.

 

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man who knew grief, who was well acquainted with suffering. Like someone whom people cannot bear to look at, he was despised, and we thought nothing of him.   We….the Jews, the Gentile Romans rejected the creator of the universe.  So great is our sin that we didn’t even recognize the creator of the universe.  We are still rejecting Him today.  We have enough evidence to know that the Bible is the word of God and that Jesus Christ did die for our sins….yet we still reject Him and will not turn to Him.  7:00

 

  1. Jesus Is The Creator 2. Jesus Is The Receiver

John 1: 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God’s children.  But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—Matthew 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.  Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. To find God you must find Him in Jesus Christ.  There is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

 

John 1: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. They did not become God’s children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

 

Ye must be born in the flesh….be a human being and be born spiritually for we are dead in trespasses and sins.  John 3: 3 and 5 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” Flesh gives birth to flesh and spirit gives birth to spirit:  When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

 

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.   Jesus receives all who come to Him.  He is the object of our fait….. and He receives, or takes in, makes brand new, sanctifies….. makes as though we had never sinned all those He receives that have come to Him and He received EVERYONE who believes in Him.  13:00

 

  1. Jesus Is The Creator 2. Jesus Is The Receiver 3 Jesus Is The Word Incarnate

John 1: 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us.  Incarnate means a diety or spirit embodied in human form.  John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The Bible….the word of God is about Creation and redemption and glorification. Jesus Christ is our redeemer and the glory of God.  So He is the word of God in human flesh.   Born of a virgin so that He might die as the perfect sinless man for the sins of humanity.

 

John 1:14……  (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)….. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son. And we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind. Revelation 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

 

John 1:14…..full of grace and truth. who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).   Grace is God’s gift to us. Jesus Christ is our gift from God.   How can a loving God allow such wickedness in the world.  Well that is so simple….. the world was made perfect for us.  Genesis chapter 1 and 2 and Revelation chapters 21 and 22 are the norm.  But we sinned.  That’s the rest of the Bible. Redemption for sinners.  So our loving God sent us His Son to pay for our sins and give us eternal life as a free gift.  How loving is that?  That God loves rebellious sinners!  And suffered the pain of death for these rebels! 

 

Jesus is the truth of God.  Jesus is the way the truth and the life……Pilate looked at Jesus and asked “what is truth.”  He knew Jesus was the truth….He was looking right at the originator of truth.  The epitimy of truth.  The only truth….Jesus Christ!

 

John 1: 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’” John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’”

 

Jesus has always existed. He is the eternal word of God.  John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  John 8:58 Before Abraham was….I AM!    Jesus is the Incarnate Word.  God in human flesh.  19:00

 

  1. Jesus Is The Creator 2. Jesus Is The Receiver 3 Jesus Is The Word Incarnate

4 Jesus Is Grace And Truth

John 1: 16 And of his fulness have all we received, Out of the fullness of himself he has blessed us all. For out of His fullness [the superabundance of who He is.]  Christ in His fulness is our blessing.  Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…..[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly]

 

John 1:16…..and grace for grace., giving us one blessing after another we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift].   In Christ we have one blessing after another.  We have  unseen blessings.  1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  We have blessings we see….Romans 2:4 …..the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Don’t you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?  God is good to us….When we don’t deserve it.

 

John 1: 17 For the law was given by Moses, God gave the Law through Moses, For the Law was given through Moses.  The law was the foundation for the gospel.  The law was necessary.  It is the foundation of the gospel.  If we don’t know we are lost and why we are lost then why would we be saved?  Without the foundation of God’s requirements we would not know three things….. 1. We are accountable to our creator.  2.  God’s law is his requirements for a relationship with Him. 3 We cannot live up to the law of God in our flesh so we cannot have a relationship with God.

 

John 1:17….. but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ.  But thanks be unto God……when we needed grace God gave us what we needed.  Since we cannot ever be good enough to have a relationship with God.  God gave us grace…..a gift…… Jesus Christ who is the only way….the truth….the only way to God is by faith in Him.  That is the truth of God.  25:00

 

  1. Jesus Is The Creator 2. Jesus Is The Receiver 3 Jesus Is The Word Incarnate

4 Jesus Is Grace And Truth

The Answer to Every Question….

You may have questions about many things.   Why am I here?  Jesus created you.  Why do dogs hate cats?  Jesus didn’t make them that way…..sin has placed a curse on this world.  Why do we have a devil?

 

Jesus made him also.   But not as a devil….but a beautiful angel.  But he sinned and became the devil, our adversary.  Every good team needs a tough opponent so that they will be sharper.  We win some battles against the devil and we lose some.  God has only placed the angels who co-habitated with women in chains.  The rest are free….. but one day the devil and his angels will be defeated forever!

 

God did not destroy all of mankind either when he sinned.  Why  does God spare evil angels…so the hoards of hell can never say that they didn’t have every opportunity to destroy God’s crowning achievement….Man!!  And they have failed miserably because of Jesus Christ!   This is the glory of Christ! That He has conquered Death and hell!  That man was made in His image and chose to rebel but God made them holy in Jesus Christ.   God’s plan all along was to make men holy.  Not just innocent as Adam and Eve were, but to make them Holy.  Set apart from Sin forever and ever!  Man cannot be created holy for only God is holy…you have to BECOME Holy!  And only man can do that!  Angels are called Holy angels because they are made that way….. but they don’t have to stay that way as 1/3 of angels sinned.  We were made innocent, and we sinned….. but will be forever holy in Christ.  28:04

 

 

 

 

 

2/18/2024

1 Thessalonians 1:1-7  Thessalonians A Great Church In Tough Times

Intro:  Paul started the church at Thessalonica.  Acts 17:1-4 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:  2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.  Thessalonica was an important Grecian metropolis by the Roman period of history.  It was the second largest city of the Byzantine empire. It was located on the intersection of two Romans roads.  It was a major port.  It was a center of paganism and also a fairly influential Jewish population.  Jews from Thessalonica forced Paul to flee the city for awhile even though in three weeks he established a strong church there made up of mostly gentiles.  Today it is the modern city of Thessaloniki in Greece.  About one million population.  1:00

 

  1. Encouraging The Church

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: ….. From Paul, Silas, and Timothy— To the people of the church in Thessalonica, who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:  Paul, Silvanus (Silas), and Timothy.  To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1 Thessalonians 1:1……Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.  May grace and peace be yours…. Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being from God].

Grace and peace only come from the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s always in this order….to have peace in your life and peace with God you must have faith in Jesus Christ.  Paul uses this phrase 14 times in the New Testament.   Encouraging them by reminding them that they have grace and peace from God through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all…… We always thank God for you all…. We give thanks to God always for all of you.  Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.  They were encouraged by the appreciation that Paul and his group had for them.  And that they thanked God for them.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:2……making mention of you in our prayers;

…and always mention you in our prayers. continually mentioning you in our prayers. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing…be unceasing and persistent in prayer. 1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: And as for me, I would never stop praying for you. If I stopped praying for you, I would be sinning against the Lord.  They were encouraged by Paul’s prayers for them.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, For we remember before our God and Father how you put your faith into practice, recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith.  Romans 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. that is the law of faith.  Paul encouraged them to continue in their faith.  To not waver in faith but to be strong in faith.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:3….and labour of love, how your love made you work so hard, and your service motivated by love.  Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
God is fair. He won’t forget what you’ve done or the love you’ve shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them.  Paul encouraged them by being aware of their hard work in the Lord.  And that their motivation was their love for Christ.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:3……and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; and how your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ is firm., and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.

Let your hope in Christ keep you joyful, be patient in your times of troubles, and pray at all times about everything.  Paul encouraged them to be faithful and endure knowing our hope is in Jesus Christ.  12:00

 

  1. Encouraging The Church 2. Elect Of God

1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. Our friends, we know that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own. [a]Brothers and sisters beloved by God, we know that He has chosen you.  Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect.  Israel is God’s elect….His chosen people for God’s glory and His purposes.

 

Colossians 3:11-12  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God…..The church is God’s elect…chosen to be saved by faith and trust in Jesus Christ for God’s glory and purposes.

 

1 Timothy 5:1 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…Angels are elect of God.  Chosen by God for His glory and purposes.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; For we brought the Good News to you, not with words only, but also with power and the Holy Spirit, and with complete conviction of its truth. For our good news [regarding salvation] came to you not only in word, but also in [its inherent] power and in the Holy Spirit and with great conviction [on our part].  Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Faith gives us assurance, the reality, the evidence that God has elected us, chosen all of those who trust in Jesus Christ to receive salvation.

 

 

1 Thessalonians 1:5……as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. You know how we lived when we were with you; it was for your own good. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your benefit. Matthew 8:27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!  Jesus amazed His disciples!  We may not amaze people but we should make an impression on people so that they will know we are from God. The elect of God who have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior.   20:00

 

  1. Encouraging The Church 2. Elect Of God 3. Good Examples

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, You imitated us and the Lord; You became imitators of us and [through us] of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

What kind of Chirstian will people be that follow you?  What kind of example are you?  To your children, grandchildren, friends, colleagues and family?

 

1 Thessalonians 1:6…..and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. and even though you suffered much, you received the message with the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. after you welcomed our message in [a time of] great trouble with the joy supplied by the Holy Spirit.  2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble.  All trouble is temporary and will not last.  It came to Pass if found over four hundred times in the Bible.  WE set the example when people see how we handle trials and troubles…… and it encourages them that they too can withstand anything thrown at them by the devil.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. So you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. so that you became an example to all the believers in [b]Macedonia and in Achaia.  Their influence spread to not only Thessalonica but beyond.  Never think that your walk in Christ is not an example to others.  The Holy Spirit will make sure you are noticed and His name is glorified by your example of faith and steadfastness.  There is not greater time in history to be an example of faith and fortitude than now in the perilous times we live in.  27:00

 

  1. Encouraging The Church 2. Elect Of God 3. Good Examples

Thessalonians A Great Church In Tough Times

We are living in extremely tough times with tougher times to come.  While we look forward to the Lord’s return we also must occupy until He comes.   Being an example for Christ in our world.  Tough times produce tough people or it can produce defeated people.  Are we going to be defeated?  We already have the victory in Christ!  WE cannot lose!  Death brings victory and glory!  Difficulty leads to blessings and peace.  If we lose our focus on Christ and focus on our circumstances instead of our faith in Christ we will falter.  Don’t stumble to the finish line……run the race of faith with confidence until we see Him! 28:04

 

2/11/2024

Galatians 2:16-21 Can the Works Of The Law Save Us?

Intro: Ninety percent of the world today believes in life after death.  But only a small percentage realize that we are all going to hell.  Most believe we go into this eternal state of bliss and reward without ever knowing God or His Son Jesus Christ.  After all they say…..life goes on because our life is an invisible force of nature.  Man is naturally good.  Religion is evil.  I agree that religion is evil.  But the Bible is crystal clear….we are all sinners in need of a savior. And without that savior we are all doomed to hell.  We have that Savior Jesus Christ…..who saved us from the penalty of our sin.  He saved us by the gift the grace of God.  It’s a gift to us because God loves us because man is made in His own image.   He cares about us.  God introduced Himself by choosing a people and then declaring His requirements for mankind.  Since He is creator He has the right to and we have the need to know His requirements.  So Paul tells us in the classic passage from Galatians  the purpose of the Law and the weakness of the Law….1:00

 

  1. The Law Cannot Save Anyone

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Yet we know that a person is put right with God only through faith in Jesus Christ, never by doing what the Law requires. We, too, have believed in Christ Jesus in order to be put right with God through our faith in Christ, and not by doing what the Law requires. For no one is put right with God by doing what the Law requires. yet we know that a man is not [e]justified [and placed in right standing with God] by works of the Law, but [only] through faith in [God’s beloved Son,] Christ Jesus. And even we [as Jews] have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law. By observing the Law no one will ever be justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty].

 

Mankind is trying to justify himself by good works but they are totally corrupt and fall miserably short of good works that God wants us to perform.  We discussed DEI last week.  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  We also have CEI.  Corporate Equality Index.  This is why corporations don’t care about your morals and your values.  They don’t even care if you boycott them.  Blackrock and Vanguard are trillion dollar bankers that are backed by the Open Society group led by George Soros.  Blackrock and Vanguard control the corporate world.  They want companies to be woke or they go broke.  They lose points in the CEI Corporate Equality Index.  They can’t finance their companies without the approval of Blackrock and Vanguard.  So that’s why Bud light will lose billions and they don’t care…… because in order to be a player in the future new world order they have to please Blackrock and Vanguard.  So they will lose money now to make money in the new world order.  They evidently know it’s coming. Always follow the money.  Corporations don’t care about good works they care about profits at any cost.  Profits are good works to them.

 

No flesh will be saved by keeping the works of the law…not in the past not in the future. Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Mankind is a sinner and he is not good and he needs a savior.  He cannot do anything to bring about his salvation.  But the world has been duped into believing that if his good deeds out weight his bad deeds God will welcome him into life eternal.  God some bad news for those people.  Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth it shall die. There is none righteous no, not one…Not even one!!  So we are hopeless. Good works CANNOT save only God’s works can save and He worked it all out through Jesus Christ our Lord! Who paid our sin debt on the cruel Roman cross! 10:00

 

  1. The Law Cannot Save Anyone 2 The Law Proves We are Sinners

Galatians 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. If, then, as we try to be put right with God by our union with Christ, we are found to be sinners, as much as the Gentiles are—does this mean that Christ is serving the cause of sin? By no means! But if, while we seek to be justified in Christ [by faith], we ourselves are found to be sinners, does that make Christ an advocate or promoter of our sin? Certainly not!

 

We are still in the flesh even though we are born again. When we sin we have an advocate with the Father…Jesus Christ.  Who paid our sin debt forever!  Just because we sin does not make our salvation invalid or make Christ powerless….No! God would not author such a thing.  We are justified….Just as if we had never sinned.  Can you even comprehend that?  But we are not perfect…..yet!

 

Galatians 3:11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. We are ambassadors for Christ to lead other hopeless sinners to find hope in Christ!  WE are the hope of the hopeless!  God left us as former blind people here to tell other blind people how to find the water of life.    We sin and the Bible says the even Paul died daily because of His fleshly failures.  The law cannot save us therefore religion cannot save us because they are all based on works!

 

But God uses us in our failures to shine the light of Christ’s hope to others….one of the main reasons I have found in my 50 plus years of ministering to others is that most people don’t come to Christ because they think you have to be perfect.  Well they are partly right….we do have to be perfect legally in order to be saved.  And we ge that when Christ’s perfection is given to us.  But in the flesh we cannot ever be perfect. God didn’t come to make us better overall people…which hopefully we do become……but saved by grace people!  We don’t deserve it.  But by God’s grace we receive it.

 

Galatians 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. If I start to rebuild the system of Law that I tore down, then I show myself to be someone who breaks the Law. For if I [or anyone else should] rebuild [through word or by practice] what I once tore down [the belief that observing the Law is essential for salvation], I prove myself to be a transgressor.

 

All religions are based on good works.  ALL!!  We cannot go back to the law because we sin as a believer.  We don’t have to go back.  We can never go back to the law.   Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  Without the law we would know that we have sinned because of our conscience but we would not know how God feels about it as the law sets forth what God calls sin.  Therefore we are now and forever accountable for our sin to God.

 

Mankind wants to justify himself by his deeds.  Man’s problem is he has the wrong premise… He thinks man is basically good and therefore if you clean him up……  Give him all of his basic needs and he will be Ward Cleaver (the perfect dad on the old TV show Leave it to Beaver)  But instead we become Archie Bunker (hateful mean spirited man that had good intentions sometimes he just didn’t ever do much good… but he had a few good moments)  That’s the real man.  We want to do good…. but our selfish heart always gets in the way and then we no longer want to do good except for ME! We are transgressors of the laws of God’s law.  We cannot go back to the law because we have no hope of being lawful.  We are lawless to God   19:00

 

  1. The Law Cannot Save Anyone 2 The Law Proves We are Sinners 3 The Law Kills

Galatians 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. So far as the Law is concerned, however, I am dead—killed by the Law itself—in order that I might live for God. I have been put to death with Christ on his cross, For through the Law I died to the Law and its demands on me [because salvation is provided through the death and resurrection of Christ], so that I might [from now on] live to God. Here is the answer…….We are dead by the law which shows us that we cannot keep the law of God.

 

Ephesians 2:1 and you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;   As we read the law is our schoolmaster. It tells us what God’s expectations are…… in order for us to be saved.  WE cannot keep the law.  We are not good.  We are all sinners from birth.  As Adam sinned so all of children after him are born sinners.  We have no hope!  Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…..The law tells us that we are dead to God due to our sin

 

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.  I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

….We who were dead in sin are made alive in Christ who kept the law perfectly! But He became a law breaker so that He could save all sinners.  He who knew no sin became sin for us! We must be Born again as perfectly righteous legally and we are in Christ!!   The law killed Jesus Christ and it will bring eternal death to all who do not accept Jesus Christ’s payment for their sin.

 

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.  I refuse to reject the grace of God. But if a person is put right with God through the Law, it means that Christ died for nothing! I do not ignore or nullify the [gracious gift of the] grace of God [His amazing, unmerited favor], for if righteousness comes through [observing] the Law, then Christ died needlessly. [His suffering and death would have had no purpose whatsoever.]”

 

If we can be saved by the works of the law then why did we need Christ?  If religion can save us then we don’t need Christ.   But neither can save us we are saved by grace..  the gift of God Jesus Christ!

Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?”  God gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  Our life here in the flesh is our proving ground.  We decide our eternal destiny in this fleshly life.  God gave us life…..but it is corrupted by sin.

 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.    He gives us a chance for eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.  The world wants to live by greed, corruption and wickedness.  They live by eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.  God wants us to be free from the death sentence and give us life in Christ by simple faith and trust in Him.  Christ tasted death for us so that we might live in Him!  27:00

 

  1. The Law Cannot Save Anyone 2 The Law Proves We are Sinners 3 The Law Kills

Can The Works Of The law Save Us? 

Short answer…..NO!  The world is depending upon what they think is right. The law of self and what I think is right for me!  How foolish.  We were created correct?  We are not animals Correct?  We know when we do wrong correct? Then we are accountable to God.  You can have  your sins covered, cast into the depths of the sea of God’s memory.  Justified and made righteous before God.  Isn’t that all that really matters?  Don’t let the devil distract you with silly stuff.  Trust in Jesus Christ and be secured that your greatest problem has been solved forever!  28:04

 

 

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2/4/2024

1 Kings 3:5-14 and 11:1-12 Great Start-Bad Finish

Intro: No one started out as great a Solomon.  He was appointed by God as king.  He built an incredible house of Worship and a house for himself.  God was pleased with him and blessed him greatly.  God ws impressed by Solomons request for wisdom instead of power. And God gave him both.  But Solomon didn’t finish well.  He had a long kingship of 40 years.  But in his later years things crumbly away.  I think Solomon is a microcosm of Israel as a nation.  They started out so well as God’s chosen people with a promise to be a great nation with a land of their own.  The were given the law of God but ended up being scattered throughout the world.  They had a great start but a terrible finish.  But it is not over yet.  Israel is back in their land and is the burdensome stone to the world…… but one day God will save them and be king over them.  1:00

 

  1. Great Start

God was pleased With Solomon

1 Kings 3:5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. That night the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, “What would you like me to give you?” In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask [Me] what I shall give you.”

 

Solomon Acknowledged That God Put Him On The Throne

1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Solomon answered, “You always showed great love for my father David, your servant, and he was good, loyal, and honest in his relation with you. And you have continued to show him your great and constant love by giving him a son who today rules in his place. Then Solomon said, “You have shown Your servant David my father great lovingkindness, because he walked before You in faithfulness and righteousness and with uprightness of heart toward You; and You have kept for him this great lovingkindness, in that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is today.

 

Solomon’s Humility

1 Kings 3:7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. O Lord God, you have let me succeed my father as king, even though I am very young and don’t know how to rule.  Solomon didn’t know how to rule and lead.  He was depending upon God for help.

 

Solomon’s Respect For His People

1 Kings 3:8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted. Your servant is among Your people whom You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.  God made Israel a powerful, wealthy and populous nation.

 

Solomon Asks For Wisdom

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?” So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart [with which] to judge Your people, so that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge and rule this great people of Yours?”  a great request.  A humble request.  A proper request.

 

God is pleased with Solomon’s Request

1 Kings 3:10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this, Now it pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.  God was pleased with Solomon.  He was impressed with Solomon.  God gives grace to the humble.  A broken and contrite heart is a pathway to blessing.

 

Solomon Made An Unselfish Request

1 Kings 3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; and so he said to him, “Because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, God said to him, “Because you have asked this and have not asked for yourself a long life nor for wealth, nor for the lives of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to recognize justice.  He didn’t ask for long life, riches or destruction of your enemies.  How many of us aske for these things in prayer today?   There is a time to ask for the enemies of God to be destroyed for sure.  But not your personal enemies.  Pray for their redemption and salvation.

 

God Answered Solomon’s Request

1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again. behold, I have done as you asked. I have given you a wise and discerning heart (mind), so that no one before you was your equal, nor shall anyone equal to you arise after you.  Simply  said….I have done what  you have asked.

 

God Gave Solomon MORE than He Requested

1 Kings 3:13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. I will also give you what you have not asked for: all your life you will have wealth and honor, more than that of any other king. I have also given you what you have not asked, both wealth and honor, so that there will not be anyone equal to you among the kings, for all your days.  God did more than Solomon asked.  Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

 

There is a Condition To Solomon’s Request

1 Kings 3:14 And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life.” If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and My commandments, as your father David [e]did, then I will lengthen your days.”

 

Bottom line:

Solomon pleased God. Solomon gave glory to God. Solomon was unselfish.  Solomon respected his people.  Solomon asked for wisdom not fame or riches or glory.  God gave Solomon his request and God gave Solomon much more than he requested.  But God gave Him conditions to his request.

 

For us…..We should seek to please God with our lives.  We should glorify God with our lives.  We should be unselfish.  Not living for our glory but for the glory of God.  We should love and respect others.   We should not seek for self glory, fame and riches.  We should ask God for wisdom in every situation.  We should be confident in God’s wisdom.  God will bless us with more than we could ever ask or think.  But we too have conditions.  We have to continue to love Jesus Christ and live for Him in order to be blessed.  Not to be saved….. but because we are saved.  And we know that God will not bless those who are NOT faithful to Him….but He blesses the Faithful. 12:00

 

  1. Great Start 2. Terrible Finish

Solomon failed to follow the conditions God gave Him to walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and My commandments.  Remember the tortoise and the hare?  The rabbit started out with maximum effort and fizzled out at the end.  The tortoise was slow but steady.  Life is a marathon not a sprint.  Hebrews 12:1-2 and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Why do so many pastors quit after two years.  They burn out or they rust up.  They try to save everybody and do everything or they do nothing and accomplish zero because they are not God-called, probably not even saved.

 

Solomons Obession

1 Kings 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites: Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides the daughter of the king of Egypt he married Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. Now king Solomon [defiantly] loved [a]many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women.

 

The love of women is the downfall of many men. And because they can control men that is the downfall of many women.  The sexual attraction that leads to children also leads to many terrible problems if we don’t let God control it within the bounds of marriage.

 

Solomon Ignored God’s Commands

1 Kings 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. He married them even though the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with these people, because they would cause the Israelites to give their loyalty to other gods. from the very nations of whom the Lord said to the Israelites, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for the result will be that they will turn away your hearts to follow their gods.” Yet Solomon clung to these in love.

 

His Heart Wasn’t Right With God

1 Kings 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his

wives turned away his heart. Solomon married seven hundred princesses and also had three hundred concubines. They made him turn away from God, He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred [b]concubines, and his wives turned his heart away [from God].  Solomon’s obsession turned his heart from God.

 

Solomon Was Old When He Turned From God

1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

and by the time he was old they had led him into the worship of foreign gods. He was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not completely devoted to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.

 

At a time when Solomon should have been even wiser he became a dirty old man.  How many of these sexual perverts are dirty old disgusting men?  Child Sex trafficers get children for mostly old creepy men.  Powerful men.  Rich men north of Richmond!

 

Solomon Even Turned To Other Gods

1 Kings 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. He worshiped Astarte, the goddess of Sidon, and Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon.   He turned to Astoreth a demonic God lust and Molech the god of child abuse and sacrifice.  Milcom is ephithet or name for Baal.   There you have them again.  Asteroth, Molech and Baal. Still on the scene today!

 

Solomon’s Actions God Called EVIL

1 Kings 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. He sinned against the Lord and was not true to him as his father David had been. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the [fertility] goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the horror (detestable idol) of the Ammonites.  Solomon did evil [things] in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as his father David had done.   If you are not 100 percent following Jesus you are going to get into trouble!  If you let love for anything else get between you and Jesus….you are headed for trouble.  Jesus is our life…..not a part of our life… or a reason for our life….He IS our LIFE!!! Jesus said Without me ye can do NOTHING!!

 

Solomon Even Built A Worship Center for False Gods!

1 Kings 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. On the mountain east of Jerusalem he built a place to worship Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, and a place to worship Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. Then Solomon built a [c]high place for [worshiping] Chemosh the horror (detestable idol) of Moab, on the hill which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the horror (detestable idol) of the sons of Ammon. So now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of David my father; and as for me, I am but a little boy [[d]in wisdom and experience]; I do not know how to go out or come in [that is, how to conduct business as a king].

 

The next thing is that you worship false gods.  You worship what you love.  You give devotion to what you love and you build altars to what you love and worship.  Our great homes….our great clothes, our great children….our great automobiles and boats and possessions.  We worship our government checks!  We build a life to honor the god of ME!!!   Now it’s not wrong to have all of these things…..it is wrong when all of these things HAVE YOU!!!

 

Solomon Even Built Worship Centers For Each of His Wives gods

1 Kings 11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. He also built places of worship where all his foreign wives could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods. And he did the same for all of his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.   Solomon worshipped their gods!! Can you believe this?  How could he do that?  What happened to him?  will people have to wonder what happened to you?  What happened to that person who used to be there every time the door opened, who used to teach Sunday school, VBS, sing in church or even do ministry?  What happened to Solomon can happen to any of us.

 

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.  It is impossible to get someone who used to be turned around back to Christ’s service.  Why because they have crucified the son of God in their hearts.  They have turned away from Him. They have turned their backs on Jesus.  They are not lost and going to hell……Hebrews 6:8….But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. The are nigh or CLOSE to being burned in hell….but their fruit…the thorns and briers are burned up.  They are lost to service to God and their works will be burned up.

 

God Is Angry With Solomon

1 Kings 11:9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, So the Lord was angry with Solomon So the Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,

 

God Had Warned Solomon Not To Turn To Other Gods

1 Kings 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Even though the Lord, the God of Israel, had appeared to Solomon twice and had commanded him not to worship foreign gods, Solomon did not obey the Lord but turned away from him. and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not follow other gods; but he did not observe (remember, obey) what the Lord had commanded.

 

Solomon Would Lose His Kingdom

1 Kings 11:11 Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. and said to him, “Because you have deliberately broken your covenant with me and disobeyed my commands, I promise that I will take the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your officials. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.

 

God’s Grace Allowed Solomon’s Son  Rehoboam to lose the Kingdom Not Solomon

1 Kings 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. However, for the sake of your father David I will not do this in your lifetime, but during the reign of your son. However, I will not do it in your [d]lifetime, for the sake of your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son (Rehoboam).  27:00

 

Conclusion:

Great Start…Bad Finish

Where are you?  I would say most of you in this building are finishing strong because some of you are older than me.  How about you listening or watching?  Are you going to limp to the finish line for Christ? Have you already dropped out of the race?  Or are you  looking unto Jesus….keeping the focus on the finish and running through the finish line tape with more left in the tank?  28:04

 

 

 

1/28/2024

Philippians 4:4-7  Last Days Advice From Paul

Intro: We all receive advice everyday.  Commercials advise you to buy something because you really will better your life.  We receive phone calls advising us to get their medicare supplement, or something else we cannot live without.  Road signs advise us as to what speed to drive.  The weather man advises us of the tomorrows weather and how to prepare.  Our spouses advise us on what repairs need to be made around the house.  And some advice is very good.  A wise person listens to good counsel.  Paul is giving us great counsel about the last days and how to live.  1:00

 

  1. Rejoice All The Time In Everything.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!  Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.  The greatest joy we have is that Jesus  Christ has paid our sin debt to God and we are saved by His grace!  What could we ever be sad about?  We grieve but in the midst of that there is joy.  Joy and happiness are two different things

 

Habbakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  If everything on earth goes wrong we still have joy in the God of our salvation.  He is still there.  We are still saved.  We are standing upon the solid rock!!

 

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men…… Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people.  2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.   WE are to be gentle and patient with all people….. for Jesus is Gentile and patient with us.

 

We are not to be forceful, or demanding.  The world today is trying to force us to think a certain way.  Not by gentle persuasion but hatful rhetoric.

Have you ever heard of DEI?   DEI is the initials an organization or group must use to operate in the world today and please the globalists.  What does it stand for?

 

Diversity—You must have representation of all races, genders, sexual orientation, and religion (except Christians, white men.)  Diversity is a priority for your organization or your group to get government approval and permission to operate.   Diversity hires and promotes regardless of experience or qualifications but according to quotas.

 

Equity—Everyone has an equal outcome.  Regardless of their ability, gender or sexual orientation or qualifications.  We dumb everything down so that everyone can be successful. (except white men, Christians and Jews.)  You don’t start at the bottom and work your way up….you start at the top  and work your way down to the level of everyone else.   Everyone gets to Inez at the same time.  YOU may live closer or be able to drive or even run to Inez faster than most others.  But you can’t enter Inez until everyone else has arrived.  That’s equity.

 

Inclusion.—No one is excluded based on sex, gender, creed, race or religion (except Jews, Christians and white men)  No ideology is excluded.  All are included (Except White men, Christians and Jews).  While different types of people are included…..Everyone fits in the same box.  Everyone must think the same way.  No one is excluded from the box of conformity.  It sounds like prison actually.

 

What does the Bible say about DEI?

Diversity….God created diversity of life.  Plants animals and climates and geography.  But plants can’t play with your cat.  Elephants are not house pets.  What I am saying is that there are Elephants and there are house cats.  Diverse in creation but all cats are cats and all elephants are elephants.  No diversity in house cats and elephants.  Humans are all the same regardless of skin color.  God is not diverse.  God is one revealed in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  God says Israel is the only apple of His eye.  He says Israel is HIS ONLY chosen people above all the people on the earth.  Jesus is His ONLY begotten Son.  There are diversity of gifts but one Spirit that gives them as He determines.  Jesus is the Only Way to God.  Acts 4:12 There is none other name under heaven given whereby we must be saved.  There are only TWO genders.  There is no diversity in gender.  Only females can have babies.  No diversity there.

 

Equity….Ezekiel 18:20 the soul that sinneth it shall die.   Equity is starting out different and ending up the same.  God does not have an equity program.   God equity plan is the exact opposite.  We start out equal as sinners.  We all start out as sinners and then it is our choice if we become born again or stay as sinners.   All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  We all start out as equals as sinners …….but we can change and become born again.  Equity is that we all start out as sinners and then all of us become born again.  I wish it was that way.  But there is no equity in God’s plan.  Not everyone is going to wind up in heaven.  There is OPPORTUNITY with God.  We all start out the same but we don’t have to stay that way.

 

All have sinned and all CAN be saved.  But not everyone is going to be saved.  Not everyone is going to hell.  We start out sinners bound for hell but we can be saved and escape our fate.  God is no respecter of persons but God does not operate on equity.  He loves us all the same but He doesn’t expect us to all end up the same.  There are rewards in heaven for the faithful believer.  Not everyone gets the same rewards.  There are different stripes or degrees of punishment in hell.  The devils lie is this thing called equity.  We can’t all start out differently and end up the same.

 

That is not God’s plan and no company or parent wants their employees or their children to start out differently and all wind up the same and squash all individual personality, individual growth, insight, and talents!  Opportunity is better than equity.  God gives us opportunity to accept Jesus Christ and change our future.  The world wants to give us no opportunity to change our future.  It must be like everyone else’s future.

 

Inclusion….Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life.  He that believeth on  me hath eternal life.  He that hath the Son hath life and He that Hath NOT the Son Hath NOT life.  Not everyone is included in God’s salvation….only those who have trusted in Jesus Christ.  Narrow is the way that leads to life and broad is the way that leads to destruction.   Instead of Inclusion with God….most will be excluded from eternal life.  It is an exclusive club.  Only faith and trust in Jesus Christ will get you included in God’s salvation.

 

Many will be left behind at the rapture.  The government claims that no child is left behind.  That has been a unmitigated disaster.  You can’t take different children  and they end up the same.  You can include all children in education….but you can’t make them all one type of person.  God made us all unique and the job of education is to train children so that they can become successful INDIVIDUALS!  Not a successful group  that all must fit into a model….but Individuals that are have unique gifts for the betterment of all!    We rejoice in the fact that we started out as sinners but we have opportunity to become born again!  We rejoice that God is not looking to put us all in a box but to let our unique gifts and abilities shine for Him and for His glory!  Rejoice! Because when we trust in Him everything works out for His glory and our good.  13:00

 

  1. Rejoice All The Time In Everything.  2. Rejoice Because The Lord Is Coming Soon

Philippians 4:5…..The Lord is at hand. The Lord is coming soon. The Lord is near.

Last days….Last Hour…..last time….latter days….Day of the Lord…..all are the days before the coming of the Lord.  The church age is the last dispensational age of the world before tribulation and the millenium.  We have had creation, the flood, the tower of Babel scattering, Israel, the Prophets, the captivity, the dispersion for Israel.  Now we are in the church age as Daniel 9:27 tells us.  70 weeks are determined for thy people.  To make an end of the 70 missed sabbath years and to anoint the most holy.  69 weeks were fulfilled from the rebuilding of the wall and the city of Jerusalem til the Messiah is cut off (died on the cross)   Now we have the church age……that will last until the rapture of the churhc and then God picks it up with Israel for that last week of years.  (7 years) then He will come to the earth with His church.  The coming of the Lord is in Two parts. First FOR His church and then WITH His church.  But Israel must finish her transgression of missing 70 sabbath years x 7.  Rejoice that the Lord is at hand…His return is soon!

 

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing….. Don’t worry about anything, Do not be anxious or worried about anything.  How should we live with the knowledge of the Lord’s soon return?  Matthew 6:25-26  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?   Should we be preppers?  Maybe common sense prepping is good.  But whatever you prep for …..because you are a Christian will  have to give to the most unfortunate or you will have everything stolen from you by force probably.  So I would rather use commons sense have a few things but don’t go crazy.  The Lord promised to take care of us if it gets that bad before the rapture.  We don’t know but I still lean on But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Matthew 24:38-39 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  The Lord is coming soon.  Jesus says the world will be caught unprepared for His coming because they will be about their business of living.  Eating, drinking, getting married and giving their children to be married.  Luke says that they will buy and sell and plant and build until the judgment of God comes upon them and it starts with the rapture of the church.  Rejoice that Jesus is coming Soon!  20:00

 

  1. Rejoice All The Time In Everything. 2.Rejoice Because The Lord Is Coming Soon
  2. Rejoice Because We Have Peace

Philippians 4:6….. but in every thing by prayer and supplication but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, but in everything [every circumstance and situation]  be a person of prayer and petition.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. We should be unceasing and persistent and consistent in prayer.  Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  Christians can fell at everything but we cannot fail at anything if we pray.  Rejoice that we can talk to our God everyday and every time we need Him!

 

Philippians 4:6…..with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Always asking him with a thankful heart. with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Be happy that the Lord is your friend. He will give you what you most want.  We pray to God. We love God.  We become like those we love.  We know God and we want what He wants.  His desires become our desires.   Rejoice that God answers our prayers for peace and understanding!

 

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding…… And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding.  Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the peace of Christ the inner calm and assurance of one who walks daily with Him….. be the controlling factor in your hearts helping you to decide and settling all questions that arise.  Rejoice in the peace that God gives us through faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Philippians 4:7 ……shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus., [that peace of God which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus is yours.  Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into habitual and destructive sin, and to present you unblemished blameless and faultless in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable, unbelievable glorius delight.  Rejoice that God will keep you from falling.  27:00

 

  1. Rejoice All The Time In Everything. 2.Rejoice Because The Lord Is Coming Soon
  2. Rejoice Because We Have Peace

Last Days advice From Paul

One word….rejoice!  Rejoice because our names are written the book of life and cannot be blotted out because of Jesus Christ!  28:04

 

 

1/28/2024   2/4/2024 and 2/11/2024

1 and 2 Thessalonians… The Little Revelation and Daniel

Intro: Paul’s two letters to the Thessalonians reveal things about the day of the Lord that expounds upon the words of Daniel and John the Revelator.  The books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians talks a lot about the end times.  It covers the wrath of God, the rapture of the church, preparing for the day of the Lord and the appearance of the anti-Christ, the man of sin and son of perdition.   A wealth of information that fits right in with what we read in Daniel and Revelation.  1 and 2nd Thessalonians is often overlooked and not appreciated by many for it’s last days information…….but not by us here today!

 

I Thessalonians 1:5-10  1. Saved From Wrath To Come

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

For we brought the Good News to you, not with words only, but also with power and the Holy Spirit, and with complete conviction of its truth. You know how we lived when we were with you; it was for your own good.  for our good news [regarding salvation] came to you not only in word, but also in [its inherent] power and in the Holy Spirit and with great conviction [on our part]. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your benefit.

 

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important powerful and wonderful truth in all the universe and we have it.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. 

 

I Thessalonians 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. You imitated us and the Lord; and even though you suffered much, you received the message with the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. You became imitators of us and [through us] of the Lord, after you welcomed our message in [a time of] great trouble with the joy supplied by the Holy Spirit.  Everything Paul taught we based on the word of God and confirmed by the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds.

 

I Thessalonians 1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. So you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. so that you became an example to all the believers in [a]Macedonia and in Achaia.  These early Christians courage and commitment encouraged others to come to Christ.

 

I Thessalonians 1:8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For not only did the message about the Lord go out from you throughout Macedonia and Achaia, but the news about your faith in God has gone everywhere. There is nothing, then, that we need to say. For the word of the Lord has resounded from you and has echoed [like thunder], not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place [the news of] your [great] faith in God has spread, so that we never need to say anything about it.  The early churches spread the gospel to their families and friends and it continues to grow to this day.  It grows because it is real. No one is threatened or jailed or beaten or killed if they DON’T accept Christ… but if they do…..

 

I Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; . All those people speak about how you received us when we visited you, and how you turned away from idols to God, to serve the true and living God.  For they themselves report about us, telling what kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.   Idols don’t satisfy.  Idols can’t fill you with their spirit.  Idols can’t take away your sin.  Only God through Jesus Christ and faith in Him can do all of that.

 

I Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come and to wait for his Son to come from heaven—his Son Jesus, whom he raised from death and who rescues us from God’s anger that is coming. and to [look forward and confidently] wait for [the coming of] His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Jesus, who [personally] rescues us from the coming wrath [and draws us to Himself, granting us all the privileges and rewards of a new life with Him].

 

We wait for Jesus to come from heaven.  As he said when He ascended He is coming back….. that is the hope of every Christian.  But more importantly when He comes again….. He will deliver first the church from His wrath to be poured out upon the world.   So…. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 sets the tone for the rest of Paul’s last days writing to the church at Thessalonica.    The return of Christ to the world…..and the wrath of God to come upon the world.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   2. The Rapture of The Church

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. Our friends, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life].

 

1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. What we are teaching you now is the Lord’s teaching: we who are alive on the day the Lord comes will not go ahead of those who have died. For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death].

 

1 Thessalonians 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: There will be the shout of command, the archangel’s voice, the sound of God’s trumpet, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven. Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life first; For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the [a]archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

 

1 Thessalonians 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. then we who are living at that time will be gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will simultaneously be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord!

 

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. So then, encourage one another with these words. Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died].

 

Here are more scriptural rapture promises……………….

 

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. This might be referring to the resurrection of the Tribulation saints….But it is a rapture of sort and resurrection of the dead awakened to life just like the church is raptured before the tribulation.

 

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Matthew 24 is the Olivet discourse telling the Jews what their future will be.  Jesus will come once in two phases ….FIRST for HIS church….. and then seven years later WITH his church to rule and reign over Israel and the whole world.  So this is a backward reference to the rapture….. by that I mean that Israel is looking for their king to return and the church is looking for their groom to take them away.  Jesus return begins with the rapture…..

 

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  We…. the church are watching for the sudden departure to be with Jesus Christ.  The Jews are watching for Jesus to return to be king of Israel.   The day of the Lord all begins with the rapture.

 

John 14:1–3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

Romans 8:19: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

 

1 Corinthians 1:7–8: “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

1 Corinthians 15:51–53: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

 

Philippians 3:20–21: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

 

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  (The Lord is coming soon)

 

Colossians 3:4: “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

1 Thessalonians 2:19: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

 

 

1 Thessalonians 2:19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

 

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.  This is the return of Christ to the earth with His church so the church had to be taken to heaven first.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4   2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,

that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:23: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

1 Timothy 6:14: “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

2 Timothy 4:1: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom.”

 

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

Titus 2:13: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

 

Hebrews 9:28: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

 

Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

 

James 5:7–9: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.”

 

1 Peter 1:7, 13: “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ….. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

1 John 2:28, 3:2: “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming…. Beloved, now are we the sons of God,

and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

 

Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.  Jesus has to come back with His church but He had to get them there first.

 

Jude 21: “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

 

Revelation 2:25: “But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.”

 

Revelation 3:10: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

 

And we have Enoch who God took…. And Elijah who went to heaven in a chariot….and Phillip who was transferred from Gaza to Azotus about 25 miles to the north….Acts 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. Acts 8:39-40 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.  40 But Philip was found at Azotus….

The God who created and controls time, space and matter has not problem rapturing millions of people.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  3. Preparing For the Day of The Lord

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

There is no need to write you, friends, about the times and occasions when these things will happen. And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.

Now as to the [a]times and dates, [b]brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief comes at night. For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord is coming just as a thief [comes unexpectedly and suddenly] in the night.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. When people say, “Everything is quiet and safe,” then suddenly destruction will hit them! It will come as suddenly as the pains that come upon a woman in labor, and people will not escape. While they are saying, “Peace and safety [all is well and secure!]” then [in a moment unforeseen] destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains on a woman with child, and they will absolutely not escape [for there will be no way to escape the judgment of the Lord].

 

1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

But you, friends, are not in the darkness, and the Day should not take you by surprise like a thief. But you, [c]believers, [all you who believe in Christ as Savior and acknowledge Him as God’s Son] are not in spiritual darkness [nor held by its power], that the day [of judgment] would overtake you [by surprise] like a thief;

1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. All of you are people who belong to the light, who belong to the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We do not belong to the night nor to darkness.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. So then, we should not be sleeping like the others; we should be awake and sober. So then let us not sleep [in spiritual indifference] as the rest [of the world does], but let us keep wide awake [alert and cautious] and let us be sober [self-controlled, calm, and wise].

 

1 Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. It is at night when people sleep; it is at night when they get drunk. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. But we belong to the day, and we should be sober. We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet. But since we [believers] belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope and confident assurance of salvation.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, God did not choose us to suffer his anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. who died for us in order that we might live together with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life].

1 Thessalonians 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye.

Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12    4. The Kingdom of The Anti-Christ

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to be with him: I beg you, my friends, Now in regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our [a]gathering together to meet Him, we ask you, [b]brothers and sisters,

 

2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. not to be so easily confused in your thinking or upset by the claim that the Day of the Lord has come. Perhaps it is thought that we said this while prophesying or preaching, or that we wrote it in a letter. not to be quickly unsettled or alarmed either by a [so-called prophetic revelation of a] spirit or a message or a letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] come.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; . Do not let anyone deceive you in any way. For the Day will not come until the final Rebellion takes place and the Wicked One appears, who is destined to hell. Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the [c]apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed],

 

2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God  He will oppose every so-called god or object of worship and will put himself above them all. He will even go in and sit down in God’s Temple and claim to be God. who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above [d]every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? Don’t you remember? I told you all this while I was with you. Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things?

 

2 Thessalonians 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. Yet there is something that keeps this from happening now, and you know what it is. At the proper time, then, the Wicked One will appear. And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. The Mysterious Wickedness is already at work, but what is going to happen will not happen until the one who holds it back is taken out of the way. For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Then the Wicked One will be revealed, but when the Lord Jesus comes, he will kill him with the breath from his mouth and destroy him with his dazzling presence. Then the lawless one [the Antichrist] will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and bring him to an end by the appearance of His coming.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, The Wicked One will come with the power of Satan and perform all kinds of false miracles and wonders, The coming of the [Antichrist, the lawless] one is through the activity of Satan, [attended] with great power [all kinds of counterfeit miracles] and [deceptive] signs and false wonders [all of them lies],

 

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. and use every kind of wicked deceit on those who will perish. They will perish because they did not welcome and love the truth so as to be saved. and by unlimited seduction to evil and with all the deception of wickedness for those who are perishing, because they did not welcome the love of the truth [of the gospel] so as to be saved [they were spiritually blind, and rejected the truth that would have saved them].

 

2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: And so God sends the power of error to work in them so that they believe what is false. Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie,

 

2 Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. The result is that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken pleasure in sin, will be condemned. in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

1 and 2 Thessalonians 1:10  Thessalonians… The Little Revelation and Daniel

 

 

 

1/21/24

1 Corinthians 1:4-9  Blessings In Christ

Intro: WE don’t know what we have in Christ.  But we need to know.  We are blessed beyond belief actually.  We have everything in Christ.  The world wants everything.  They want to be rich, they want to be gifted and talented, they want to be perfect and approved.  Well, they are all looking in the wrong places.  We have ALL of that in Jesus Christ. 1:00

 

  1. We Are Rich

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, I always give thanks to my God for you I thank my God always for you….Paul thanked God for the Corinthians.  Do you thank God for your church and for other churches that preach the truth?  We should.  Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.

 

1 Corinthians 1:4….for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ. Because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. Because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. We are rich because of the Grace of God. His kindness, His goodness, His mercy, His love and His gift of His salvation.  The world’s elite don’t want this salvation because it means they would have to give loyalty and worship to Jesus Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him….. For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, so that in everything you were [exceedingly] enriched in Him.  Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.   We just don’t know how much we have in Christ.   All the riches of His glory and power and goodness.  If only everyone could just see one glimpse of what is in store by the riches of His grace they would turn away from the world’s elite in a second…..maybe they wouldn’t because their hearts are so hardened.

 

 1 Corinthians 1:5…..in all utterance…. including all speech in all speech [empowered by the spiritual gifts]  Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.  We need not fear what to say the Lord Jesus will give us the words to say when we need them.  So let’s be bold and make the good news known.  Many want to hear it and many do not.  Shake the dust of your feet off those that have rejected your presentation of the gospel.

 

1 Corinthians 1:5 and in all knowledge; and all knowledge. and in all knowledge [with insight into the faith].  2 Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   This is knowing Christ personally and knowing about Christ through His word.  The world has rejected Christ and does not know what is really going on in world events leading up to the return of Christ.  But followers of Jesus Christ do know what is going on….Daniel 12:3 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  10:00

 

  1. We Are Rich 2. We Are Gifted

1 Corinthians 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: The message about Christ has become so firmly established in you. In this way our testimony about Christ was confirmed and established in you.  Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  We confirm our testimony by the way we live.  And we confirm our faith by our testimony by what we say about Christ.  We talk about what we are passionate about.  If it’s grandchildren, you ball team, your army unit, your company, your mother in law…etc.   We see politicians, Hollywood and the singing stars talk a lot about themselves.   They are passionate about themselves.  The elite are passionate about Climate change, and gender transitioning and open borders.  Things that destroy humanity as we know it.  You know a person by what they talk about the most.

 

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift……… that you have not failed to receive a single blessing, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift [which comes from the Holy Spirit].  Christians are gifted by the Holy Spirit with an ability to edify the church.  1 Corinthians 14:12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.  1 Corinthians 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives gifts to each believer…like an ability but more.  It makes you fit like a glove into the body of Christ.  Everyone has their gifts and abilities.   Satan has gifted demonic world that can do different things……

Mollech, The god of child sacrifice and abuse.

Baal the god of greed and power hunger,

Asteroth, Ashtaroth or Astaroth, Asteroth, Astarot.  Is the Duke of hell in the hierarchy with Beelzbub and Lucifer. He is part of the evil trinity.  He is a male figure most likely named after the goddess Astarte.  Ishtar—the goddess of love and sexuality, and thus fertility; she is responsible for all life, but she is never a mother goddess.  As the goddess of war, she is often shown winged and bearing arms.  She is the planet venus, the morning and evening star.   Everyone that is created is unique and special.  Will you be special in God’s service or specially wicked in Satan’s service?

 

1 Corinthians 1:7 waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. as you eagerly wait [with confident trust] for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ [when He returns].  This is the rapture.  Jesus is returning once.  FOR His church in the air and then seven years later to the earth WITH His church.  Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.  We are looking for Jesus and His blessed kingdom.  The wicked are looking for Lucifer and his wicked kingdom of the Anti-Christ.  They are planning it and have been for centuries and now it has reached the apex.  Satan is coming in the form of the Man of Sin.  He will claim to be Christ…but is the exact opposite of Christ.  19:00

 

  1. We Are Rich 2. We Are Gifted  3. We Are Blameless

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end………….. He will also keep you firm to the end

And He will also confirm you to the end [keeping you strong and free of any accusation.  1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  We are kept, confirmed to the end of the world.  No one but Jesus has a claim on us.   Satan keeps his people too.  Once you take the Mark of the Beast you are doomed forever!  You are confirmed for the Lake of fire.  YOU have your reservation sealed.  But the church is sealed also but by the Holy Spirit of God!  Ephesians 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.  Satan counterfeits everything God does to mock Him and as he proudly contradicts God.

 

1 Corinthians 1:8 that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. , so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. so that you will be] blameless and beyond reproach in the day [of the return] of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.  No one should be able to accuse us of joining the wicked and crooked people around us today.  We should NOT be aligned with wicked plans and schemes of the people of the world today.  Like abortion, transgenderism, evil-lution, false religions, cults, fear mongering, climate change, and open borders,(yes God is for borders ever since the tower of Babel nations are a check against one person gaining world power and forcing THEIR will upon the whole world)   We are expected to stand for God’s standards in His word in the last days!  God wants His church to be blameless for any wrong in the world today……the world wants to blame the church for everything wrong in the world today.

 

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise—He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  2 Timothy 2:13 if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  Even if we don’t believe God can do something, even if we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

 

The world today kills those who defect from their religions and kills those who don’t tow the line.  But God is merciful, and good, and gracious to all of us even if we defect from believing Him…..or we would all be dead.  But after death there remains only judgment. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Did Jesus take your judgment or will you be judged yourself?

 

Our God is a faithful God.  He will keep ALL of His promises to Israel and to His church!  You can guarantee that!  And He promised to present us blameless before the Father.  2 Timothy 1:12 for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  If you don’t like that verse how about this one…..Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless (blameless) before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.  27:55

 

  1. We Are Rich 2. We Are Gifted  3. We Are Blameless

All these and more are the Blessings we have In Christ  28:04

1/14/2024

Romans 7:14-25  Conflict Between Two Natures.

Intro:  Man is conflicted.  Do we do what is right or do what we want?  Do we do the good or follow the evil?  We make these decisions every day.  Paul understands this more than any of us.  He was conflicted. What causes this conflict?  Our sinful nature or as the Bible calls it “the flesh”  that we cannot escape from until we shed it in death or the rapture. Until then we can still have victory every day over the flesh when we  understand the conflict. 1:00

 

  1. What is The Law?

Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual…… We know that the Law is spiritual; We know that the Law is spiritual…The Law was given by our eternal God.  Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  This is the purpose of the law.  To bring us to faith in Christ.  For no one can be saved by the works of the law.  The law comes from God.

 

Romans 7:14…..but I am carnal…… but I am a mortal, . but I am a creature of the flesh [worldly, self-reliant—carnal and unspiritual]. John 3:18……but he that believeth NOT is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. In contrast, Paul said his problem and that of all believers is that he was carnal.  A mortal not capable of being good.

 

Romans 7:14 …..sold under sin….sold as a slave to sin. sold into slavery to sin [and serving under its control].  John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  The law showed us that we are indeed sinners in need of a Savior. He was like a slave sold over to sin. Even though Paul was a Christian dedicated to serving God he continued to fall short of God’s moral standards.5:00

 

  1. What is The Law? 2. The Conflict within All Of Us

Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate. For I do not understand my own actions [I am baffled and bewildered by them]. I do not practice what I want to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate [and yielding to my human nature, my worldliness—my sinful capacity].  We yield to our human desires and wants that over come our common sense a lot of times.

 

Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.  Paul was conflicted about living and dying.  He wanted to be with Jesus but he also didn’t want to leave his churches.  We all have conflicts between what is best or better.  Or between what is worse or worster.  Is that a word?

 

Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Since what I do is what I don’t want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right. Now if I habitually do what I do not want to do, [that means] I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good (morally excellent).  Our spirit guides us to obey the moral law of God.  The Law is the moral law of God.  As Christians the Holy Spirit guides to the moral law which is of God and is very good.

 

Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. So now [if that is the case, then] it is no longer I who do it [the disobedient thing which I despise], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

 

Being sold over to sin, involves a conflict that mystifies Paul and other believers. Paul feels he does not understand himself. He finds himself defeated, not doing what he wants to do, and doing what he hates to do. The conflict indicates that there is battle between two identities in the believer. First there is something that acknowledges that the law … is good. Second there is something within, called sin, which produces evil. 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness—my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not.   The problem is the flesh, the part of the believer in which there is nothing good. The will is the desire to do good. Yet the ability to perform is lacking. Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 

 

Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

 

Romans 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.  But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.

 

Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. So I find it to be the law [of my inner self], that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.

 

The apostle Paul described three such laws. The first is called “the law of sin” in this verse 21…. which was operating through his flesh, causing him to sin. Paul, like all other believers, needed another law to overcome “the law of sin”: this is “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus,” which makes us “free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). By following this law, believers can actually fulfill the righteous requirements of God’s law (Romans 8:4)—which is the third law in this section; it is the standard for human action that corresponds to the righteous nature of God.

 

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: My inner being delights in the law of God. For I joyfully delight in the law of God in my inner self [with my new nature]  The inward man is the same as the Spirit Of God that dwell in man. 2 Cor 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.   Eph. 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. The inner man finds delight in the law of God. This delight causes believers in Christ to want to align themselves with the new nature God has imparted to them.  We are glad that God has given us his requirements.  We are glad that we can live up to them through Jesus Christ.

 

If you are worried about sinning…if you care that you sin against God take heart that is where you need to be.  How many people in the world today could care less if they sin against God?  Most of them!!!! If you care you are in a good place with God!!!.

 

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. but I see a different law and rule of action in the members of my body [in its appetites and desires], waging war against the law of my mind and subduing me and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is within my members. The law of sin is a reference to the sinful nature’s rejection of the law of the mind that seeks after God. The sinful nature seeks to draw us away from following God’s work in us.  19:00

 

  1. What is The Law? 2. The Conflict within All Of Us 3. Jesus Alone Will Deliver Us From This Conflict

Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death?

Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]?  The wretched, or “distressed, miserable,” man is the believer whenever he or she is defeated by sin. This defeat occurs whenever the believer fails to live in the power supplied by the Spirit.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.  Wretched means miserable unhappy human being.  Of no good to anyone or anything.

….body of death: This is a figurative expression for sin nature. Paul wants to be freed from sin, which leads to death.

 

Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. …thank God: Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ! Paul breaks forth in jubilant praise to God that there is victory through Jesus Christ, who delivers believers from the body of death, the flesh.  

 

Romans 7:25…..So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind serve the law of God, 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  We are think like Christ. We can only think like Him when we know Him and His Spirit dwells within us.

 

Romans 7:25…..but with the flesh the law of sin.

but on the other, with my flesh [my human nature, my worldliness, my sinful capacity—I serve] the law of sin.  Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:8 o then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  That is why we must be born again.  Born from above by the Spirit of God.

 

So then: Paul concludes that the problem is not the law; the problem is the flesh. From this argument, Paul moves into the solution, salvation found in Jesus Christ.  The law is God’s requirements. That is good.  The problem is we can’t keep the law because of our sinful nature.  27:00

 

  1. What is The Law? 2. The Conflict within All Of Us 3. Jesus Alone Will Deliver Us From This Conflict

The Conflict between Two natures. 

 

 

1/7/2024

Titus 2:2-10  Christian Character

Intro: Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: But as for you, teach the things which are in agreement which produces men and women of good character whose lifestyle identifies them as true Christians.  Character is what  you are when no one is watching.  The Bible tells us what good Christian Character looks like.  1:00

 

1 Examples of Proper Character of Older Men

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

Instruct the older men to be sober, sensible, and self-controlled; to be sound in their faith, love, and endurance. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in steadfastness [Christlike in character].

Aged men…..Older men. Older men means mature men past 30 years of age.  By then men should have a wife, a family and a career and able to lead his family to faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Sober…..not a habitual drinker.   How much drinking is shown on TV and the movies?  Our country music today is all about drinking beer and whiskey.

Grave….Sensible.  Showing widom.  How many people today don’t have any common sense today?

Temperate….Self control. Having good sense.  How many times have you said “why did they do that don’t they have any sense?”

Sound in faith….know what they believe and why they believe it.  People in the church today know very little about the Bible and don’t read the Bible and don’t love the Bible.  I saw a list of 52 books you MUST read this year on facebook and the Bible was not listed.  It should have been number one!  That should tell you why our country and the world is in trouble with God!

In charity….a person who loves others and shows that love.  People don’t help others anymore.  I’m guilty of not wanting to get involved with someone’s problems because there are so many people with problems it is overwhelming and it’s going to get worse.  While you can’t help EVERYone you can help SOMEone.

In Patience….Endurance and stedfastness.  We must endure to the end.  A Christian who is in the word of God and prayer and fellowhip with other believers will endure because we have the Holy Spirit giving us strength and power to finish our race! It’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be fun but it will be glorious!   8:00

 

1 Examples of Character of Older Men 2. Examples of Character Of Older Women

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;  In the same way instruct the older women to behave as women should who live a holy life. They must not be slanderers or slaves to wine. They must teach what is good, Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good.

Aged women are those who have raised their children and are grandmothers or who are above the age of child bearing.

 

behaviour that becometh holiness……Live a life that is full of goodness, righteousness and reverence…respectful behavior that does not bring shame upon their children and family. Acting your age.  How many older women today are acting shamefully and their lives are a mess.  What a shame that in your golden years to have tarnished your life with your behavior.   Bad things happen to everyone and the older we get the more trouble we might see….but we need to behave with class and respect so that your life will bring glory to our Lord.

Not false accusers……..Not slandering others with malicious gossip and tale bearing.   This is difficult.  It’s not wrong to discuss people in order to pray for them and understand them better.  It’s wrong to tell hurtful gossip about others with the result to harm them.

 

Not given to much wine…..Both mature men and women are not be addicted to alcohol or be a slave to strong drink.  Not party goers.    Wow…… like men alcohol is a problem and can get really bad in our mature years when we should have learned to be sober and put away harmful things and quit hanging around harmful people.

 

Teachers of good things…..Teach what is good.  Be an example to others of what a good Christian woman is and does.  How many women teach good things by their lives today?  What are we teaching our girls?  That it’s okay to be a boy?  That you should be number one and the prettiest and best at everything? That I’m going to get everything my girl wants no matter who it harms?  We should be teaching our girls these things in our passage today to make them great women of God.

 

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, in order to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, so that they may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children.  A women will naturally love her husband and children. We need to teach them that is good and leads to a happy life.  There is an order of things.  Women and men and children all have different roles.  Women today are not teaching their girls their proper roles.  Women can’t be men and men can’t be women as far as roles go.  God set it up this way.  Properly following our roles lead to happiness and joy.  Today there is so much confusion about men and women so it’s no wonder that each are trying to be the other.

 

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. to be self-controlled and pure, and to be good housewives who submit themselves to their husbands, so that no one will speak evil of the message that comes from God. to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

 

To be discreet…..self controlled and sensible.  The wisdom of grandma.  My grandma could do anything I thought….. from killing snakes to raising a huge garden to cooking a meal for 15 people and she would invite you to sit in her lap in her rocking chair. How many have grandmothers like that today?

 

Keepers at Home….Home making used to be taught in High school called Home Economics.  I think it still is today but it’s not the same.  They teach you how to cook not how to run a home.

 

Good…..good natured.  Not angry.  Not abusive.  Kind and gentile.  Like Jesus!  Tough when you need to be….How many mothers today are like this…..they go overboard and will fight you in a second over their children.  That’s not a good mother….a good mother teaches their children to stand on their own for themselves and clean up their own mess.  Of course our job is to protect our children….. but we protect them the most when we teach them to stand on their own.

 

Obedient to their Own Husbands….. I’m going to get in trouble with this….so here goes.  This simply means that for Women your children are NOT FIRST in your life.  Your spouse is comes first!    And naturally women love and raise their children so they can become a parent and adult like you and your husband.  But your husband will be with you for life.  Your children for 18 years and then you send them out into the world.  Mom’s you do the best for your children when you love your husband and support him and the family unit.  This gives the children an example to follow in their families.  Children cannot come between parents.  You must agree on discipline and other decision involving your children.  You must be seen as loving each other by your children.  They are most secure when they know their parents love each other.

 

I cringe when I hear moms say that their children ARE THEIR LIFE!  It is Christ who is our life…and you are commanded in the Bible to be a good wife not a good mom!   The Bible teaches parents things like spare the rod and spoil the child.  Bring your children up in the fear and nurture of the Lord.  And it tells Children to obey your parents.   And as we saw in verse 4 it tell mothers to love their children.

 

But think about this….The church is the spouse of Jesus Christ.  We would never put anyone before Jesus would we?  He is first.  God knew that if we love our spouse first…..the children will grow up happy and secure.

 

And husbands you are commanded to love your wife….wives don’t have to be told to love their husbands in scripture because God knew that they would.  Divorce occurs when one spouse loves something else more than their spouse.  Bottom line. Next to Jesus Loving your spouse is your priority for they are with you til the end of your life.  And please let your children go and become the adults God created them to be…….. and they will give you grandchildren.  Spoil your children and you will ruin them.  Spoil your grandchildren and you have a loyal friend for life.

 

That the word of God be not blasphemed……So know one can say that Christians are hypocrites. If we have order in our lives and follow our God-ordained roles then we have peace and joy.   The world is full of confusion and chaos. God wants us to have order so that we can be free to enjoy the love of family and joy of serving our Lord.  If your life is full of chaos then God is not glorified.  God is not in confusion.  That is the devils world.  Satan wants us bring shame upon the word of God by our not living by God’s order.  It brings doubt on the word of God and people who are looking for hope in Christ.  18:00

 

1 Examples of Character of Older Men 2. Example of Character Of Older Women  3 Examples of Character Of Young Men

Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In the same way urge the young men to be self-controlled. In a similar way urge the young men to be sensible and self-controlled and to behave wisely [taking life seriously].

 

Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, In all things you yourself must be an example of good behavior. Be sincere and serious in your teaching. And in all things show yourself to be an example of good works, with purity in doctrine [having the strictest regard for integrity and truth], dignified,

 

Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Use sound words that cannot be criticized, so that your enemies may be put to shame by not having anything bad to say about us. sound and beyond reproach in instruction, so that the opponent [of the faith] will be shamed, having nothing bad to say about us.  23:00

 

1 Examples of Character of Older Men 2. Example of Character Of Older Women  3 Examples of Character Of Young Men 4 Examples of Character of Employees

Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Slaves are to submit themselves to their masters and please them in all things. They must not talk back to them Urge bond-servants to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be pleasing and not talk back.

 

Obedient to unto their own masters…..this can be applied to employees.  Be loyal and obedient to your employer  until they ask you to do something ungodly.  Be the best employee in your school,  your office, your workplace.  Instead the employee employer are at odds with each other.   Bickering an complaining about each other.  This never pleases God.

 

….and to please them well in all things…..do a good job for your employer..  we are to work as if we are working for the Lord Himself.  Go beyond was expected be excellent. Exceed expectations.

How many employees today just get by or barely do enough to get by.  How is the work ethic in America these days.  I hear all the time….good work is hard to find today.  Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. 

 

Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  Do not steal from them. Instead, they must show that they are always good and faithful, so as to bring credit to the teaching about God our Savior in all they do. not stealing [things, regardless of value], but proving themselves trustworthy, so that in every respect they will adorn and do credit to the teaching of God our Savior.

Not purloining….Don’t steal from your employer.  That’s it.  that’s a terrible witness for Christ.  Terrible.

 

But Shewing all Good fidelity….be trustworthy and reliable and dependable.  To be late, not reliable is a terrible witness for Christ also.  You should be the first person your employer turns to for help in a crises in the work place.  Sadly that doesn’t happen very much.

 

That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things….Being a good example of what a Christian should be in the work place.  Being a credit to our Lord and Savior by the way you conduct yourself.  Oh if only Christians would strive to bring glory to Christ not only at work but everywhere we are what a difference we would make in the world.   The churches problem is not failing to evangelize others it’s failing to be a real Christian around others.  People expect Christians to behave like Christ. We would have churches full if we all lived like Christ at work and at Walmart! 28:04

 

 

 

1/7/2024

1 Kings 2:1-10  Eliminating the Opposition

Intro: David has died and Solomon is tasked by his father David to purge the traitors from Solomon’s kingdom.  God is going to purge the traitors from His kingdom run by His Son Jesus Christ.  God is not going to put up with half-hearted effort.  There is no fence to sit on.  Either you for Christ or you are against Him.  Some think this was very harsh for David to tell his son to eliminate any treachorious people.  You cannot lead a people righteously if you have wicked traitors in the house.  This is what is wrong with America today.  Trump did not eliminate traitors from his government.  He tried I think….. but he failed to eliminate those who were not 100% loyal to him.  Now we have chaos today and confusion……a lack of law and order and the sense that things are falling apart.  God did not want that for His people Israel.  He wanted law and order and prosperity for His people.  He does not want that for the milliennial regin of Christ.  That’s why the Bible tells us that Christ will rule with a rod of iron.  No opposition will be allowed in His peaceful, righteous and blessed kingdom.  Why would anyone oppose that? 1:00

 

1 Kings 2:1-46

  1. David’s Final Instructions to His Son Solomon

1Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, When David was about to die, he called his son Solomon and gave him his last instructions:

 

2I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; “My time to die has come. Be confident and determined,

 

3And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: and do what the Lord your God orders you to do. Obey all his laws and commands, as written in the Law of Moses, so that wherever you go you may prosper in everything you do.

 

4That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel. If you obey him, the Lord will keep the promise he made when he told me that my descendants would rule Israel as long as they were careful to obey his commands faithfully with all their heart and soul.

  1. Cleansing the Kingdom

5Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. “There is something else. You remember what Joab did to me by killing the two commanders of Israel’s armies, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. You remember how he murdered them in time of peace as revenge for deaths they had caused in time of war. He killed innocent men,[a] and now I bear the responsibility for what he did, and I suffer[b] the consequences.

 

6Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. You know what to do; you must not let him die a natural death.

 

7But show kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother. “But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai from Gilead and take care of them, because they were kind to me when I was fleeing from your brother Absalom.

 

8And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. “There is also Shimei son of Gera, from the town of Bahurim in Benjamin. He cursed me bitterly the day I went to Mahanaim, but when he met me at the Jordan River, I gave him my solemn promise in the name of the Lord that I would not have him killed.

 

9Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood. But you must not let him go unpunished. You know what to do, and you must see to it that he is put to death.”

 

  1. Solomon Is King

10So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. David died and was buried in David’s City.

 

11And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. He had been king of Israel for forty years, ruling seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem

 

12Then sat Solomon upon the throne of David his father; and his kingdom was established greatly. Solomon succeeded his father David as king, and his royal power was firmly established.

 

  1. Solomon’s Brother Adonijah and Solomon’s Mother Bathsheba’s Conspiracy

13And Adonijah the son of Haggith came to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon. And she said, Comest thou peaceably? And he said, Peaceably. 13 Then Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, went to Bathsheba, who was Solomon’s mother. “Is this a friendly visit?” she asked. “It is,” he answered,  

 

14He said moreover, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And she said, Say on. and then he added, “I have something to ask of you.” “What is it?” she asked.What is it?” Bathsheba askedHaggith was Adonijah’s motherAdonijah, the oldest surviving son, might have assumed that he would inherit the crown even though Solomon had been designated as successor. Adonijah evidently knew of the intended royal succession, because he deliberately avoided inviting those who would support the king’s choice.  Adonijah thus exalted himself against God’s will.

 

 

 

 

15And he said, Thou knowest that the kingdom was mine, and that all Israel set their faces on me, that I should reign: howbeit the kingdom is turned about, and is become my brother’s: for it was his from the LORD. He answered, “You know that I should have become king and that everyone in Israel expected it. But it happened differently, and my brother became king because it was the Lord’s will. 16

 

16And now I ask one petition of thee, deny me not. And she said unto him, Say on. And now I have one request to make; please do not refuse me.”

 

17And he said, Speak, I pray thee, unto Solomon the king, (for he will not say thee nay,) that he give me Abishag the Shunammite to wife. He answered, “Please ask King Solomon—I know he won’t refuse you—to let me have Abishag, the young woman from Shunem, as my wife.”

 

18And Bathsheba said, Well; I will speak for thee unto the king. Very well,” she answered. “I will speak to the king for you.”

 

19Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand. So Bathsheba went to the king to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. The king stood up to greet his mother and bowed to her. Then he sat on his throne and had another one brought in on which she sat at his right.

 

20Then she said, I desire one small petition of thee; I pray thee, say me not nay. And the king said unto her, Ask on, my mother: for I will not say thee nay. She said, “I have a small favor to ask of you; please do not refuse me.” “What is it, mother?” he asked. “I will not refuse you.

 

21And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife. She answered, “Let your brother Adonijah have Abishag as his wife.”

 

22And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. “Why do you ask me to give Abishag to him?” the king asked. “You might as well ask me to give him the throne too. After all, he is my older brother, and Abiathar the priest and Joab are on his side!”[

 

  1. Adonijah is Eliminated

23Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life. Then Solomon made a solemn promise in the Lord’s name, “May God strike me dead if I don’t make Adonijah pay with his life for asking this!

 

24Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.

The Lord has firmly established me on the throne of my father David; he has kept his promise and given the kingdom to me and my descendants. I swear by the living Lord that Adonijah will die this very day!”

25And king Solomon sent by the hand of Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; and he fell upon him that he died. So King Solomon gave orders to Benaiah, who went out and killed Adonijah.

 

  1. Abiathar is Eliminated By Being Fired From Being Priest

26And unto Abiathar the priest said the king, Get thee to Anathoth, unto thine own fields; for thou art worthy of death: but I will not at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of the Lord GOD before David my father, and because thou hast been afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted. Then King Solomon said to Abiathar the priest, “Go to your country home in Anathoth. You deserve to die, but I will not have you put to death now, for you were in charge of the Lord’s Covenant Box while you were with my father David, and you shared in all his troubles.”

 

27So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh. Then Solomon dismissed Abiathar from serving as a priest of the Lord, and so made come true what the Lord had said in Shiloh about the priest Eli and his descendants.

 

  1. Joab is Eliminated

28Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar. Joab heard what had happened. (He had supported Adonijah, but not Absalom.) So he fled to the Tent of the Lord’s presence and took hold of the corners of the altar.[d]

 

29And it was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD; and, behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying, Go, fall upon him. When the news reached King Solomon that Joab had fled to the Tent and was by the altar, Solomon sent a messenger to Joab to ask him why he had fled to the altar. Joab answered that he had fled to the Lord because he was afraid of Solomon. So King Solomon sent Benaiah[e] to kill Joab.

 

30And Benaiah came to the tabernacle of the LORD, and said unto him, Thus saith the king, Come forth. And he said, Nay; but I will die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus said Joab, and thus he answered me. He went to the Tent of the Lord’s presence and said to Joab, “The king orders you to come out.” “No,” Joab answered. “I will die here.” Benaiah went back to the king and told him what Joab had said.

 

31And the king said unto him, Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him; that thou mayest take away the innocent blood, which Joab shed, from me, and from the house of my father. “Do what Joab says,” Solomon answered. “Kill him and bury him. Then neither I nor any other of David’s descendants will any longer be held responsible for what Joab did when he killed innocent men.

 

32And the LORD shall return his blood upon his own head, who fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit, Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah. The Lord will punish Joab for those murders, which he committed[f] without my father David’s knowledge. Joab killed two innocent men who were better men than he: Abner, commander of the army of Israel, and Amasa, commander of the army of Judah.

 

33Their blood shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever: but upon David, and upon his seed, and upon his house, and upon his throne, shall there be peace for ever from the LORD. The punishment for their murders will fall on Joab and on his descendants forever. But the Lord will always give success to David’s descendants who sit on his throne.”

 

34So Benaiah the son of Jehoiada went up, and fell upon him, and slew him: and he was buried in his own house in the wilderness. So Benaiah went to the Tent of the Lord’s presence and killed Joab, and he was buried at his home in the open country.

 

35And the king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his room over the host: and Zadok the priest did the king put in the room of Abiathar. The king made Benaiah commander of the army in Joab’s place and put Zadok the priest in Abiathar’s place.   Solomon then decisively appointed his two loyalists to the positions vacated. Benaiah became the captain of the army and Zadok the high priest. Zadok was a descendant of Eleazar, the son of Aaron.

 

  1. Shimei is Eliminated

36And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Build thee an house in Jerusalem, and dwell there, and go not forth thence any whither. Then the king sent for Shimei and said to him, “Build a house for yourself here in Jerusalem. Live in it and don’t leave the city. At first Solomon placed Shimei under an extended house arrest rather than executing him outright for his shameful treatment of David. Shimei had openly opposed and cursed David.   2 Samuel 16:5-6  And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.  6And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. Shimei is also in 2 Samuel 19:16-23

 

37For it shall be, that on the day thou goest out, and passest over the brook Kidron, thou shalt know for certain that thou shalt surely die: thy blood shall be upon thine own head. If you ever leave and go beyond Kidron Brook, you will certainly die—and you yourself will be to blame.”

 

38And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days. “Very well, Your Majesty,” Shimei answered. “I will do what you say.” So he lived in Jerusalem a long time.

39And it came to pass at the end of three years, that two of the servants of Shimei ran away unto Achish son of Maachah king of Gath. And they told Shimei, saying, Behold, thy servants be in Gath.

Three years later, however, two of Shimei’s slaves ran away to the king of Gath, Achish son of Maacah. When Shimei heard that they were in Gath,

 

40And Shimei arose, and saddled his ass, and went to Gath to Achish to seek his servants: and Shimei went, and brought his servants from Gath. he saddled his donkey and went to King Achish in Gath, to find his slaves. He found them and brought them back home.

 

41And it was told Solomon that Shimei had gone from Jerusalem to Gath, and was come again. When Solomon heard what Shimei had done,

 

42And the king sent and called for Shimei, and said unto him, Did I not make thee to swear by the LORD, and protested unto thee, saying, Know for a certain, on the day thou goest out, and walkest abroad any whither, that thou shalt surely die? and thou saidst unto me, The word that I have heard is good. he sent for him and said, “I made you promise in the Lord’s name not to leave Jerusalem. And I warned you that if you ever did, you would certainly die. Did you not agree to it and say that you would obey me?

 

43Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that I have charged thee with? Why, then, have you broken your promise and disobeyed my command?

 

44The king said moreover to Shimei, Thou knowest all the wickedness which thine heart is privy to, that thou didst to David my father: therefore the LORD shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head; You know very well all the wrong that you did to my father David. The Lord will punish you for it.

 

45And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD for ever.

 

46So the king commanded Benaiah the son of Jehoiada; which went out, and fell upon him, that he died. But he will bless me, and he will make David’s kingdom secure forever.”  However, Shimei felt he must pursue two slaves that had run away. This disobedience led to his death. all the wickedness: He openly violated the terms of the agreement with Solomon. By executing Joab and Shimei and removing Abiathar, Solomon fulfilled David’s instructions to him and also solved the problem of a hostile high priest.

 

Conclusion: 

46……And the kingdom was established in the hand of Solomon. Then the king gave orders to Benaiah, who went out and killed Shimei. Solomon was now in complete control.

God anointed Solomon to be king.  Remember a kingship was not God’s ideal plan for Israel.  The Israelites brought it on themselves by rejecting God as their king.  This would lead to them missing 70 sabbath years or 490 years.  Kings cannot let the land be fallow every seven years that would lead to loss of income and revenue needed to operate the kings domain.  Having a series of kings would lead to 70 years of Babylonian captivity and 490 years of Gentile domination by the Assryians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and finally the Romans.  483 years have been fulfilled there is seven years left that Israel must atone for.  The amazing word of God.

 

What is the meaning behind the meaning of this passage?  Solomon had to eradicate all those who would usurp His kingdom.  After the last king of Judah, they were captured by the Babylonians. Israel will atone for all of their sins with no king for 490 years.  Then finally their king will come and will be established forever.  The Lord Jesus Christ.  Solomon established his kingdom with a time of judgment on His opponents.  Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom after seven years of judgment on His opponents.

 

12/31/2023

Romans 2:5-11 The Bible Verse No One Likes To Hear

Intro: No one likes to hear certain things…..how could you be so stupid?  What were you thinking?  Or you have messed up!  Or Gas prices are going up again!  There are millions of things we don’t like to hear.  But there is one thing I promise you every person is NOT going to want to hear or read.  We are going to look at the verse no one likes to hear.  1:00

 

  1. You are Storing Up God’s Wrath Against You

Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; But you have a hard and stubborn heart, and so you are making your own punishment even greater on the Day when God’s anger and righteous judgments will be revealed. But because of your callous stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are [deliberately] storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.  What people did in the year 2023 won’t be forgotten by God.  They don’t get to turn over a new leaf for 2024 and forget what happened in 2023.  They have stored up another year of sin and rebellion against God.

 

Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: For God will reward each of us according to what we have done. He will pay back to each person according to his deeds [justly, as his deeds deserve]: God will reward you for exactly what you have done.  No more no less.  You are not graded on a curve.  You are not given any credit for good deeds.  You do not get a reduced sentence for good behavior.  There is none righteous no, not one.  There is none good but one and that is God!

 

This is the one verse that no one likes to hear. They won’t read it….but they might know about it.  They don’t like it at all.  Why? Because God will give you exactly what you deserve.  And its called the great white throne of……… equality? NO! …….of equity? NO!  …….Of Justice? NO!  ……..Of fairness? NO!  It’s the great white throne…….of JUDGMENT!

 

Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.     This is a twin to Romans 2:6………YOU are on your own before God!  There is no one to help you.  NO one to stand with you.  NO one to give you advice.  NO one to hold you.  NO one to prepare you.  NO one to speak for you.  NO one to help you in any way.   It’s a terrible day for you.  The worst day you could ever imagine!  You and God!  8:00

 

  1. You are Storing Up God’s Wrath Against You 2. Some People Do Well And Some Don’t

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: Some people keep on doing good, and seek glory, honor, and immortal life; to them God will give eternal life. to those who by persistence in doing good seek [unseen but certain heavenly] glory, honor, and immortality, [He will give the gift of] eternal life.  We are NOT saved by works but by God’s grace.  But grace leads to good works and some people keep on doing good for the glory of God.  They seek the glory of God, the honor of God and eternal life in Christ.   You ought to want to do good to Christ’s glory and your good!  And we need never give up and keep on keeping on.  Philippians 3:4 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  For the year 2024 we need to continue on doing the things that glorify God and do us and everyone around us good.

 

Patience is a virtue for Believers.  We wait upon the Lord….. many times we are told that in the Bible.  He will never let us down.  He is always on time. Never early, never late.  Always on time.  His time is not our time.  Patiently waiting on Him.  He will not fail us.  He will not let us down.  What we think is terrible and we can’t take it any more….He tells us hundreds of times in the Bible….”it came to pass….”   It will pass into our memory.  EVERY bad thing will pass.

 

And every time we are patient…… we learn to be more patient. We learn that He will not fail us.  We learn that He always comes through for us.   We are like this…..”Lord teach me to be patient….NOW!”

 

Romans 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Other people are selfish and reject what is right, in order to follow what is wrong; on them God will pour out his anger and fury. But for those who are selfishly ambitious and self-seeking and disobedient to the truth but responsive to wickedness, [there will be] wrath and indignation.

 

Selfish and self seeking people are rarely patient.  When they are patient is when they are waiting for evil plans to develop.  But most of the time the evil are in a hurry. They want chaos and confusion so that they can use that for their advantage.  They want is all and they want it now!  If Satan had been more patient he wouldn’t have been in the mess he is in now.  he tried to corrupt the gene pool of man so that Jesus would not be born….way back in Genesis!  He tried to get man to build a flood proof tower to heaven and that didn’t work.  He tried to destroy the Jews in Egypt. That didn’t work because it led to a great nation!  He tried to usurp God as king over his people and that led to the throne of David.  He tried to destroy the Jews by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and the Romans and that led to Jesus Christ being crucified for the sins of the whole world!

 

Now he is trying to destroy the Jews once again by the hand of their neighbors and turning the whole world against them.  And then by Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lybia and Ethiopia/Sudan.   When that fails he will bring his man, the Beast, the man of sin, the Anti-Christ to seek to kill the Jews and he will almost succeed as he kills 2/3 of them.  But it is not enough! And Satan will fail miserably every time.

 

Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; There will be suffering and pain for all those who do what is evil, for the Jews first and also for the Gentiles. There will be tribulation and anguish [torturing confinement] for every human soul who does [or permits] evil, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

 

Satan and all of his followers will wind up in the lake of fire forever and ever!  There is no pardon, no reprieve, no hope and no reduction of the sentence.  The Jew first means that they have been punished before and will be the first to be introduced to God and the first to be punished.  We have seen it in the Bible. The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, The Greeks and the Romans……. The Romans would include Hitler as Germany is in the Roman empire.  These have all been used of God to punish Israel.

 

But don’t think that you will escape and march happily into heaven.   Jeremiah 11:11

Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. People will cry and wail in the lake of fire but no one will hear them.  Hebrews 12:25 For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. 

If they didn’t listen to the a preacher on earth how will they escape if they turned away the Holy Spirit or the Son of God from heaven who spoke to them. 19:00

 

  1. You are Storing Up God’s Wrath Against You 2. Some People Do Well And Some Don’t
  2. God shows No Favoritism.

Romans 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: But God will give glory, honor, and peace to all who do what is good, to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles. but glory and honor and inner peace [will be given] to everyone who habitually does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

 

The Jews first because they heard the message first.  God has no pets.  God has no favorites.  He loves us all equally.  He loves us differently but the same.  Like a parent.  You treat them according to their personalities.  Some you have to love on more and some you have to let them roam.  But God is love and that is one thing He does that is different from all religions. Their gods don’t love anybody.  They are pleased by those who perform the best and pleased by those who kill the most.

 

Worketh good means to do the work of God.  What work can we do for God?  Only one….Faith in Christ! 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.  2 Thessalonians 1:11 and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power.   We are saved by grace through faith. The only work we can do for God is to have faith in Jesus Christ. That is how we escape judgment.

 

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. For God judges everyone by the same standard. For God shows no partiality [no arbitrary favoritism; with Him one person is not more important than another].

 

God will judge everyone the same way by the same standards.  HIS standards!!  His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  People have to realize that just because you think you are special doesn’t mean you are with God!  Because you think you are okay doesn’t mean that God thinks you are.  We have to meet His standards not ours!!!  God loves you but His standards for a relationship with Him are clear.  The ten commandments!  Perfection!  So I’ve got bad news for you.  You have ZERO chance of pleasing God.  ZERO!  There is NONE righteous no not one!  Not even one!

 

But God is pleased by one thing…..faith in Christ.  Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  when we have faith in Christ God adopts us into His family.  We are not longer under the wrath or judgment of God.  We now have a relationship with Jesus Christ and favor with God through Jesus Christ.  Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.  27:00

 

 

 

  1. You are Storing Up God’s Wrath Against You 2. Some People Do Well And Some Don’t
  2. God shows No Favoritism.   The Bible Verse no one likes to hear……Romans 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.     Wouldn’t it be better for you to accept God’s judgment for your sins…… placed on Jesus.  …..than to have to judge you alone for your sins?   That’s a no brainer.  Why don’t people do this.  They don’t know or they think they have plenty of time to decide.  Hell is full of people right now who intended to trust in Christ in their old age.  They want to give their riches to the devil and their trash to Christ.  They want to give their good years to the devil and their weakest years to Jesus.  Does that make sense?  Come let us reason together saith the Lord……28:04

 

 

 

12/24/2023

Luke 1:26-33  The Angel Gabriel

Intro:  The Angel Gabriel is mentioned in four verses in the Bible.  He appears to Daniel twice to Daniel in Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. And in Daniel 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.  In Luke 1:19 He appears to John the Baptists father Zacharias.   And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And in Luke 1:26 as we will look at today.  God always lets His people know what is going on.  He does not leave us in the dark. That’s why we have the Bible and prophecy.  He is letting us know what is going to happen and what will take place.  1:00

 

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God

Luke 1:26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth.

 

An Angel…..Gabriel…Daniel 8:16 and Daniel 9:21 and Luke 1:19  Angels have names.  Angels have assignments.  Angels have a message.  Michael the arc-angel is mentioned in Daniel 10:13, Jude 1:9  and Revelation 12:7.  Not all angels are named.  Two angels came to Sodom.  Jacob encountered angels.  Angels ministered to Jesus.  Angels were at the tomb of Jesus announcing it was empty.  An Angel was at the ascencion of Jesus.  An angel freed Peter from prison.  There are 31 angels mentioned in Revelation and we can entertain angels unaware.

 

Sent By God….Angels have assignments and Gabriel had an important one.  Michael is assigned to Israe. Evil angels are assigned to the middle east.

There are named evil fallen angels.  Baal, Ashteroth, Molech, Chemosh, Dagon, Belial, Beelzebub, and Satan Himself are their names.  They are still around today.

 

To a City….Nazareth.  Why Nazareth?  That’s where Jesus family was living.  It was a tiny community just north of Jerusalem.  Nazareth was the location of the Roman garrison in northern Galilee. Those who lived there were suspected of compromise with the enemy.  At that time, calling someone a “Nazarene” indicated utter contempt for that person. Having come from Nazareth, Jesus was despised in the eyes of many Jews. Even Jesus’ disciples initially harbored such feelings about a person from Nazareth. When Nathanael heard that Jesus was from Nazareth, he scoffed, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). The fact that Jesus was despised because of His Nazarene background aptly fits several Old Testament prophecies that speak of the humble and rejected character of the Messiah.

 

Mary and Joseph were both evidently lived at Nazareth because they were engaged at Nazareth and later after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea they came back there to raise Jesus as a child.  6:00

 

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God 2. Gabriel Was sent to a Virgin…

Luke 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. to a virgin [j]betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

 

An Angel sent to a Man….Joseph was the man engaged to Mary.    Mary ….a virgin or a young unmarried woman.

 

A man of the house of David……He was a descendant Of King David.  Which would make Jesus eligible for the Throne of David even though Joseph was not his natural father he was his LEGAL father.  Joseph could not have had children by a previous marriage, as some suppose, for then Jesus would not have been heir to the Davidic throne as the oldest son of Joseph.

 

The virgins name was Mary…..Mary was her name…************The most popular girls name is of Hebrew origin and means “drop of the sea.” “Bitterness” and “beloved.”  It is derived from the name “maria” or in the Hebrew “Miriam.”  Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron.  She helped deliver Moses from the Nile river.  She led the Hebrews in song and dancing after they crossed the Red sea.  Hench the name “drop of the sea.” Or “Drop of the Red Sea.”

 

Luke 1:28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you.  And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one!

 

Luke 1:28 ……blessed art thou among women. and has greatly blessed you!” The Lord is with you in a special way.

 

Luke 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, But she was greatly perplexed at what he said,

 

Luke 1:29…..and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. and she wondered what his words meant. and kept carefully considering what kind of greeting this was.

 

Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

 

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son.  12:00

 

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God 2. Gabriel Was sent to a Virgin…3.Gabriel Gives The Child A Name

Luke 1:31….. and shalt call his name Jesus. and you will name him Jesus. and you shall name Him Jesus.

The angel told Zacharius what to name his son….John.  John the Baptist.  Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sinsJesus name means “the Lord is Salvation.”  It is the name above all names.  Philippians 2:9-10  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. 

 

It is the only name whereby we can call upon and be saved….

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

Isaiah 45:22-23 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.  You better trust in the name of Jesus now.  If not now you will later in judgement for rejecting the name of Jesus….that’s for sure.  18:00

 

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God 2. Gabriel Was sent to a Virgin…3.Gabriel Gives The Child A Name

4.Gabriel Says the Child is The Son Of God

Luke 1:32 He shall be great, He will be great. He will be great and eminent

Same thing said about John the Baptist….Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. John the Baptist was great because He was separated from men for God’s purposes and he was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth.

 

Luke 1:32…..and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  Jesus Christ is great because He is the Son of God and will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Revelation 17:14 for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.    Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.  22:00

 

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God 2. Gabriel Was sent to a Virgin…3.Gabriel Gives The Child A Name

4.Gabriel Says the Child is The Son Of God 5. Gabriel Says the Child Will Have An Everlasting Kingdom

Luke 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever…. and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever.. Amos 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.  2/3 will die by the Beast, the man of sin but 1/3 will survive into the Millennium.  Thus God will keep His promise to Abraham and the house of Jacob.   

 

Luke 1:33……and of his kingdom there shall be no end. his kingdom will never end!” and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Daniel 4:34 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

Daniel 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine.

understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

2 Peter 2:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  26:00

 

Conclusion:

  1. Gabriel Was Sent From God 2. Gabriel Was sent to a Virgin…3.Gabriel Gives The Child A Name

4.Gabriel Says the Child is The Son Of God 5. Gabriel Says the Child Will Have An Everlasting Kingdom. The Angel Gabriel

God always does His best work through angels. 31 angels are mentioned in the book of Revelation.  Only two angels are named.  Gabriel and Michael.  Michael is one you don’t want to mess with.  He is the most powerful angel.  A defender of the Throne of God.  Gabriel appears to Daniel, to John the Baptist’s father Zacharias..…and to Mary the mother of Jesus.  He comes to give Daniel a prophecy of the time of the end and he comes to give a prophecy to Zacharias and Mary about what is going to happen to them so that they would know the greatness of their children.  God has not needed angels to tell us today of the greatness of Jesus.  We who know Him know how great He is!  He is our life.  He is life and life everlasting.  It is our job to tell others about Jesus.  We the church have been tasked to tell others about Jesus.  Only a thirsty man can tell another thirsty man how to find water.  Only sinners can tell other sinners how to find salvation.  That is God’s plan.  Are you telling thirsty people how to find Jesus? You know that just before people die of dehydration they aren’t thirsty anymore.  They don’t know they are dying.  They need to be convinced that they are dying to take water.  That’s where people are today.  We have to convince people by our witness and the Holy Spirit’s convicting power that they need Jesus.  28:04

 

12/17/2023

Numbers 24:15-18   The Prophecy Of Balaam 

Intro:  Balaam was a wicked prophet in the Bible and is noteworthy because, although he was a wicked prophet, he was not a false prophet. That is, Balaam did hear from God, and God did give him some true prophecies to speak. Balaam’s donkey talked and told Balaam he refused to walk and laid down fearing the angel of the Lord that Balaam could not see.  However, Balaam’s heart was not right with God, and eventually he showed his true colors by betraying Israel and leading them astray.  Balaam was not a Moabite but was a Aramean.  Numbers 22:37 Balak has brought me from Aram.  Balaam’s three prophecies of blessing on Israel infuriated the king of Moab, who told the prophet to prophesy against Israel…told him to go back home with no reward: Before he left, Balaam reminded the king that he had said from the very beginning he could only say what God told him to say. Then he gave the king four more prophecies.  In the fourth prophecy, Balaam foretold of the Messiah.

 

Balaam’s name and story became infamous, and he is referred to several times in the New Testament. Peter compares false teachers to Balaam, “who loved the wages of wickedness” (2 Peter 2:15). Jude echoes this sentiment, associating Balaam with the selling of one’s soul for financial gain (Jude 1:11). Finally, Jesus speaks of Balaam when He warns the church in Pergamum of their sin: “There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality” (Revelation 2:14).

 

By the way…..Satan’s tactics haven’t changed all that much. If he cannot curse God’s people directly, he will try the back-door approach, and idolatry and sexual immorality are his go-to temptations.  Here is Balaam’s incredible fourth prophecy about Jesus Christ.  2:00

 

  1. The Prophet

Numbers 24:15 And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: Then he uttered this prophecy: “The message of Balaam son of Beor,  The words of the man who can see clearly,[c] He took up his [fourth] discourse (oracle) and said: “The oracle of Balaam the son of Beor, The oracle of the man whose eye is opened.  God is going to speak to and through a pagan.  God speaks through wicked people from time to time.  He used evil leaders like Nebuchadnezzer, Darius the Mede, and several others to accomplish his purposes.  So if God revealed something to a pagan it had to be very ironic that God would speak to a pagan to tell the pagan world, the gentile world what He is about to do.  And of course it had to be very important!

 

Numbers 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: Who can hear what God is saying and receive the knowledge that comes from the Most High. With staring eyes I see in a trance a vision from Almighty God. The oracle of him who hears the words of God And knows the knowledge of the [c]Most High, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, but having his eyes open and uncovered.  Balaam was gifted by God.  God gifts all people including pagans with incredible talents and abilities.  God revealed what He is going to do in the future that would affect all people of all the world.  A king is coming over all the earth…..Let’s see what Balaam heard from God….10:00

 

 

  1. The Prophet 2. The King

Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: I look into the future, I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near.  He is seeing a king out in the future.  It is a person…a man.  Not just any man.  It’s a great king who is coming.  2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus is coming in great power and great glory and great power!!

 

Numbers 24:17….there shall come a Star out of Jacob, Like a comet he will come from Israel. He will come suddenly and quickly the second time out of heaven like a comet.  And I see the nation of Israel. A king, like a bright star, will arise in that nation.  A star shall come forth from [the descendants of] Jacob. A Star shall come out of Jacob: He was visible from afar. He was like a Star, radiant and beautiful.

 

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  Jesus is light a brilliant light to the world. Like the morning star.  Jesus is the star of David.  A star signified His birth.  Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.  He is the star of all creation.  All creation points to his star of brightness.

 

A Star out of Jacob….He is Jewish.  He was born of the Jews…the King of the Jews. The light of Israel.

 

Numbers 24:17 …..and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, A scepter shall rise out of [the descendants of] Israel .  Not only a star but a sceptre signifying kingship and power.

 

This poetic language clearly refers to the Messiah. The pagan Balaam had a vision of the coming of the Hebrew Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ! He was like a Scepter, majestic and powerful. And He is the victor over His enemies, including Moab—the nation that hired Balaam to curse Israel!

 

A Sceptre Shall rise out of Israel…..Because a king would often hold a scepter, it became a symbol of a king, especially the kingship of the Messiah: He would rule God’s people Gen. 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. 1 Corinthians 15:24–28 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  25For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.   26The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  27For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 

Jesus Christ will be king.  Jesus Christ is King!!  Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  The prophets told us that He is going to be a wonderful, wise, mighty, eternal King of Kings!

 

A Sceptre Shall rise out of Israel…..Yet when this Hebrew word sceptre is translated staff, it symbolizes the concern and care of a shepherd for his sheep, the kind of care the Lord has for His people.  Micah 7:14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. When the word is translated rod it symbolizes judgment. Psalm 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.   Prophets tell us that Jesus Christ will rule with care and with all power and might!  Let His enemies beware!

 

The Christ child is going to be king of the all creation and will be taking His throne very soon!  That’s why Christmas is so important!  Bible prophecy tells us that Jesus came as the lamb of God and will come back as the King of Kings!!  19:00

 

  1. The Prophet 2. The King  3 The Nation

Numbers 24:17…. and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. He will strike the leaders of Moab And beat down all the people of Seth.  And shall crush the forehead of Moab And destroy all the sons of Sheth.  Moab sometimes is a symbol of the evil world. It could also mean that Moab will be destroyed.  The sons of Sheth could be speaking of the sons of Seth, or the entire race of people who are of this earth.  Jesus Will destroy evil…. even the age old evils of the earth…the Moabites who represent the opponents of God’s people down through the ages and the entire people of the earth who have rejected Him at His coming.

 

Numbers 24:18 And Edom shall be a possession, He will conquer his enemies in Edom and make their land his property, Edom shall be [taken as] a possession.   All nations who resisted Israel and God’s work would come under the curse they unwittingly embraced. Among them was Edom, who rejected the request of Moses for safe passage as seen in Numbers 20:14–21.   The Edmonites became the servants of David at one point and eventually they joined themselves to the Jews, and embraced their laws. But in a spiritual sense, this represents the greater fulfillment in the calling of the Gentiles, and introducing them into salvation and part of the church of Jesus Christ.

 

Numbers 24:18…..Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies……. “ [Mount] Seir, Israel’s enemies, also will be a possession.  Which was a mount in the land of Edom where Esau formerly dwelt. The strongest and fortified places of the land should fall into the hands of Israel.  Jesus will defeat every enemy and destroy all of their strongholds.

 

Numbers 24:18…..and Israel shall do valiantly. While Israel continues victorious. While Israel performs valiantly. Israel shall do valiantly”: In fighting with and conquering the Edomites. Or shall get much wealth and riches by the spoil of them. Psalm 60:9 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? This and the following verse, are in some ancient writings of the Jews pertain to the times of the Gentiles during the millennium.  They will do great things under Jesus Christ as their king!

 

Numbers 24:19 Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, The nation of Israel will trample them down. One from [the descendants of] Jacob shall have dominion…. The One out of Jacob, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. This is also applied to the days of the Messiah, in the ancient writings of the Jews.

This King, that Balaam sees in the vision, is no less than Christ Himself. When He reigns as King, He will have total dominion of everything, and everyone.  Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.

 

Numbers 24:19…..and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city. And wipe out the last survivors. “And will destroy the remnant from the city.”  The messiah Jesus will be victor over all His foes. Psalms 2:6-8 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

 

Psalm 110:1-2 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  The Lord will cleanse the earth of all that is left of the people that took the mark of the Beast and the Devil, the Beast and the False Prophet.  The Beast and the False Prophet are in the lake of fire the wicked are held in hell for judgment at the end of the millennium.

 

Revelation 19:15-16 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.  When the Lord returns it is with a vengeance against His enemies.  He then will rule with a rod of iron during the millennium as the undisputed King of all creation!  And it all started with the birth of a baby!!! 27:00

 

  1. The Prophet 2. The King  3 The Nation  The Prophecy Of Balaam

God is letting a pagan prophecy about Jesus coming as King.  Balaam didn’t see the church or the birth of a child but the coming of a great King!  He didn’t see the cross He saw the kingdom!  Because Jesus was born of the Jews and died as a Jewish Lamb of God, pagan gentile Balaam was representing the Gentile world who would only know Jesus as Savior and King of the Gentiles.  Do you know this Savior and King?  He WAS born, He DID die……. but Now He IS the Savior of the world and the coming King!  28:04

 

 

12/17/2023

1 Timothy 4:1-7   The Ways Of The Wicked In The Last Days

Intro: The Bible tells us that evil men shall wax worse and worse.  And that makes sense.  The further you get from the beginning the worse things get.  A spinning top loses it momentum the longer it spins.  That’s the world today.  The farther we get from God the more we lose our moral direction.  A top weebles and wobbles until it finally falls over.   People are weebling and wobbling on the brink of destruction right now.  No walk with God.  No strength of moral character.  Just confusion and chaos.  It’s sad.  But Jesus warned us about these days.  Our job, our ONLY JOB….is to be faithful to Him and preach the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ.  1:00

 

  1. They Will Listen To Devils

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly….., The Spirit says clearly.  But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares…Paul begins a series of instructions specifically for Timothy.  Paul might be speaking of a revelation the Spirit had given to him. Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.  God reveals to us by the Spirit of God through the word of God what is going to happen.

 

1 Timothy 4:1…..that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, that some people will abandon the faith in later times; that in later times some will turn away from the faith.   The latter times, the last days..people will depart from God.  Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  As we get farther from our Godly moorings we will drift in our faith.  It’s inevitable.

 

Psalm 107:11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High.  The hate the Bible. They hate Christians who follow the Bible.  They hate Jesus the hero of the Bible.

 

1 Timothy 4:1….. giving heed to seducing spirits, they will obey lying spirits paying attention instead to deceitful spirits. and seductive spirits. Matthew 8:12……and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick.  Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out….evil spirits seduce and tempt and deceive.  These are fallen angels some believe.

 

1 Timothy 4:1….and doctrines of devils; and follow the teachings of demons. and doctrines of demons,

There are 37 references to the word devils in Matthew, Mark and Luke and only 11 in the rest of the Bible.  Jesus brought out the worst of the enemies attacks.  Devils are demonic and are also called spirits in Matthew 8:12.  Demons are usually disembodied spirits of the Nephilim from the pre-flood days.  Either way they have a doctrine of lies and deceit.  That’s what they always do.

 

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy….. Such teachings are spread by deceitful liars[misled] by the hypocrisy of liars.   We know the devil is a liar and the father of it.  But his followers will tell a lie and accuse you of the things that they do and deny that they do it.  Matthew 23:3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.  They say they do something but they don’t.  That is lying in hypocrisy.  Saying they do something but they don’t do it at all.

 

1 Timothy 4:2…..having their conscience seared with a hot iron;, whose consciences are dead, as if burnt with a hot iron. whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning],  Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  They have a hard heart toward that is dead.  They cannot think right or act right.  They will listen to the deception of the devil though.  Their wisdom is the only wisdom.  They are arrogant and above the law.  10:00

 

  1. They Will Listen To Devils 2. They Will Do Abnormal Things

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry…… Such people teach that it is wrong to marry who forbid marriage.  They seek to change sexual behavior to something aberrant and evil.   Homosexuality, Transgenderism, pedophilia, beastiality.  They say there are 125 genders….no there are 125 sexually deviant behaviors!  Romans 1:26-27 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly….what else can you say.  Marriage is out and every other sexual expression is in!  Marriage is old-fashioned and the family is dull and useless.  “It takes a village to raise a child” remember that? That is the lie of the devil.  Parents raise children period!!

 

Listen very carefully….. Homosexual’s are not looking for an exclusion but they are looking for an exemption!  In other words they want God to accept them hoping that God will look over their sin because they were made that way.  Well, God won’t do it and they don’t get it!

 

1 Timothy 4:3…..and commanding to abstain from meats,  and advocate abstaining from [certain kinds of] foods…. and to eat certain foods.  The King James has “meats” which are general foods not just “meat.” Normal food…like grains, vegatables, poultry, beef, pork, and fish.  At cop 24 or whatever number it was last week they pretty much outlawed meat.  Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.  Cows pass gas and farm animals exhume CO2.  Humans emit Co2 when they breathe out!  So It’s no guess to who they really want to eliminate. Humans!!  See how they have fallen into the lies of the devil who wants to destroy humanity!  The Bible, the KJV has it correctly. They want to keep us from eating meat!  Cows especially!  Cattle have fed the world for six thousand years and all of a sudden it’s dangerous!  It’s a lie.

 

1 Timothy 4:3 …..which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. But God created those foods to be eaten, after a prayer of thanks, by those who are believers and have come to know the truth which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and have [a clear] knowledge of the truth.

 

You can eat anything you want.  It is not a sin!  Mark 7:18-20 …..that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  That which comes from the heart of man that can defile him with God.  If a man’s heart is not right with God nothing good will come out.

 

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, : Everything that God has created is good; For everything God has created is good.   Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.  God’s creatures cannot sin. They are creatures neither moral nor immoral.  They are neither good nor bad.  So how we use them is up to us.  Now we should not abuse our animals and the Bible forbids that.  But if you want to eat your cow or your pet rabbit.  It’s okay.

 

1 Timothy 4:4 …..and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving    nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude. If you can thank God for it you can eat it!  Revelation 7:12…. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.  Psalm 100:4 be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  What else could we add to that?

 

1 Timothy 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. because the word of God and the prayer make it acceptable to God. for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.   John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.  If you love God we read His word period.  We feed on His word.  We need God’s word to fill us with strength, wisdom and courage.

 

  1. They Will Listen To Devils 2. They Will Do Abnormal Things 3. How To Please God In These Times

1 Timothy 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, ,If you give these instructions to the believers…. If you point out these instructions to the brothers and sisters. Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. The goal is not only to teach but to be repetitive so that your students remember what they are taught.

 

1 Timothy 4:6 …..thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ…. you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus. A Good Servant of Christ Jesus, 1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Minister means to serve.  We should be good servants for Jesus Christ.  A good minister is a good steward as he takes care of his masters property in this case His people.  A good servant is faithful to his master.  A good servant is loyal.  He will not turn against his master.  People today are not faithful and are not loyal.  I put in 37 years with the same company in the same place.  But when I started everyone stayed with the Postal Service for life.  Now they come and go.  No faithfulness no loyalty in the workplace anymore or with anything.  Ball players change teams several times in a career.  Even college players now can change schools. That used to be unheard of.  Now players can go wherever they want to pretty much.

 

1 Timothy 4:6….nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. as you feed yourself spiritually on the words of faith and of the true teaching which you have followed. constantly nourished [through study] on the words of the faith and of the good [Christian] doctrine which you have closely followed.  John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  We are to teach and be taught the things of God.  The word of God.  Not the words of men.  Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….Only the word of God will help us and grow us in our faith in Christ.  The world has rejected the word of God and no wonder that they are floundering around back and forth not knowing where to turn for truth and wisdom.

 

1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables….. But keep away from those godless legends, which are not worth telling. But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore and silly myths. 2 Timothy 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.  Keep away from profane and foolish discussions, which only drive people farther away from God.  People are saying that 9-11 the US government was behind it.  They say that Kennedy was killed by the CIA.  Area 47.  Aliens from another planet.  We are wasting our time on these things that we will never no for sure in this life.  Concentrate instead on things we know….the word of God and Bible prophecy!

 

1 Timohty 4:7 ……and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.  Keep yourself in training for a godly life. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit].  Don’t waste time arguing over foolish ideas and silly myths and legends. Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit.

Read The Bible…Pray….Attend Church….minister to others.  That’s the only way to please God in these days that we are in.  28:04

 

 

 

 

 

12/10/2023

Ephesians 5:11-14 Be Awake Or Stay Asleep

Intro:  The World today is full of activity, wars and rumors of wars, evil doings and evil goings on.  It seems they never stop to rest.  But let me tell you they aren’t the ones I’m worried about. They are what they are ……and they are going to do evil and stay at it.  My worry is the church or at least those who claim to know God. They are asleep.  They are not aware of what is going on and the true depth of the wicked and the purposes the wicked have.  More than 90% of Christians do not know the basics of Bible prophecy.  They are generally aware …..but they don’t know any specific prophecies.  Most churches don’t believe in the rapture or even in Israel’s future kingdom.   That’s okay but they are missing a great blessing and comfort.  The Bible gives two blessings for reading and understanding the book of Revelation and comfort for looking for the blessed hope….the rapture of the church.  It’s not a salvation issue if you don’t believe in the rapture….but it sure is a comfort and blessing issue!!  It’s time to wake up though to Biblical maturity and understanding.  Get off the couch and get into the word of God.  Get off your feet that are swift to run to sin……. and get on your knees daily talking to the Father in Jesus name!  1:00

 

  1. Shameful Works of Darkness

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness. John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  Until the few years of human history have people been able to work at night.  The reason?  The electric light bulb!!!  We cannot work in the darkness.  We will stumble and fall. But Satan works in the darkness because his deeds are evil and he does not want to be discovered.  Thieves steal at night so they cannot be seen.  So evil works in the darkness because their deeds are evil and they want to operate under the cover of darkness!

 

John 3:19-20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. Now that the light of the world is come through Jesus Christ men are accountable for their deeds. They have been exposed because of Jesus.  They are evil and since Jesus has paid for our sin debt they must hide their deeds in the darkness of their hearts.

 

Unfruitful….or Shameful works of darkness….Jeremiah 11:13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.  Shameful things are to worship another god instead of the True God.  Baal is a false god.  A fallen angel entity that has been worshipped since man fell into sin.   God calls it shameful to follow the works of darkness which is led by the enemy of our souls (Satan and his hoard of fallen angels and the demonic world.)

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Satan is DISGUISED as an angel of light but he belongs to the darkness. He is darkness and there is no light in him.  Everyone who does not know Jesus Christ is walking in darkness.    If we are awake and alert we can spot the darkness. If we are living in the light the darkness cannot overpower us.  If we are awake we are in the light of the day of Christ.  If we are asleep we are in the darkness of the power of  the evil one.

 

Ephesians 5:11…..but rather reprove them.

Instead, bring them out to the light. but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character].  John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life How do we reprove or expose the darkness?.  If you want to expose the darkness, to be free from the influence of darkness….. follow Jesus and you will not be free from the darkness.  You will have the pathway of the light of Christ!  Light exposes the darkness. There is no such thing as darkness. It cannot ever overpower the light.  We don’t turn on the dark we turn off the light!

 

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret. Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.  Everyone has secrets.  Not all secrets are innocent.  Some are despicable and vile and wicked.  What is secret now will be shouted on the rooftops by the justice of God.  So remember what sin you think you are getting away with will be known in at your judgment!

 

Many wise people have told us that nothing good happens after midnight.  People do things in the dark hoping not to be seen or discovered.  Usually if you don’t want to be seen you are doing something that is not good!  So you want to hide it.  Where has shame gone?  No one has any shame any more.  What used to be done in the dark is not marched down the streets of our major cities.  It’s unbelievable!  What used to be shameful is now paraded in the streets and shouted on the housetops for all to see.  What God calls shameful men call “woke.” What God calls shameful men call “progressive.”  What God calls shameful men call “pride.”  What God calls shameful men call “justice.”  One day they will receive the very justice they ask for.

 

  1. Shameful Works of Darkness 2. The Light Reveals. 

Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for [a]it is light that makes everything visible.

 

We the church are the light of the world while we are in Christ who is the true light of the world.  John 8:12 makes this perfectly clear.  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  Jesus said two incredible things here.  “I Am”  Jesus is God.   And he said “I am the light of the world.”  He is the only light in a world full of the darkness of sin.  He is the only light, the only way and the only truth.  The Bible says “God is light and in Him is NO Darkness at all.”

 

Ephesian 5:13…. for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.  Light dispels darkness.  Light reveals.  Darkness hides.  Light reveals.  God word brings light and reveal sin.  Darkness is not a thing.  Darkness is absence of light.  That’s why the world dwells in darkness for we have rejected the God of light.

 

Epheisians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light…….ALL things are subject to light.  Nothing can be hidden from the light of God’s word.  All things are reproved or shown by the light of God’s word the Lord Jesus Christ!  Romans 2:19  And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness.   Blindness goes with darkness.  You can’t see in the dark. You are in a sense blind!  And that is a very uncomfortable feeling.  Every been in total darkness? Like a cave or a mine?  People say it is very unnerving and a strange feeling.  A blind person adapts in time as their other senses take over.  The wicked adapt to the darkness and use it to their advantage.  They love the darkness they are in for their deeds are evil.

 

And there is a form of darkness that doesn’t have anything to do with light.  You can be kept in the dark as to the truth.  You can claim to be the light but actually work in darkness.  People who lie to others are not revealing the truth and keeping people in darkness.  Satan is as liar and the father of it.  He keeps people in the dark concerning the light of truth.

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  His greatest lie, his greatest trick is to make people think he is good and is good for them.  We are preaching on Luciferianism on Sunday nights.  That’s where people actually believe that Lucifer is the good guy and God is the bad guy.  It’s a trick, a lie, a performance by the devil to destroy and murder humans.  The true light reveals that is Jesus Christ and the word of God. 19:00

 

  1. Shameful Works of Darkness 2. The Light Reveals.    3. Awake Before It’s Too Late

Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, “Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.” For this reason He says, “Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”

 

Being asleep is not being aware and being out of touch with what’s going on around you.

Ephesians 5:14 ….Awake thou that sleepest…..1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  We should be alert as Christians to what is going on in our world.  We should be spiritually awake.  We should be knowledgeable about spiritual things.  WE should be in the word of God and in prayer everyday!

We should take up our cross daily.  Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  That is the only recipe for being awake…the be following Jesus Christ…daily!  Many of us forget the daily part.  Don’t you wake up from physical sleep everyday? Then we need to keep awake each day by spending time with Jesus.

 

The world is seeking to be “woke” or awakened progression and change of old moralities.  The Bible talks about being “woke.”   Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  We are all going to be “woke” one day.  Some to everlasting life and some to everlasting torment.  But we are all going to be awakened from the physical sleep of death.

 

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  It’s time to be awake.  When you know it’s almost time for your spouse to get home or it’s almost time to get ready for work…you begin to wake up…you know the signs.  People today don’t know the signs because they are not making it a priority because they are asleep to Bible prophecy.  It’s almost time to go home. Our salvation is near Paul is saying.  Wake up. It’s now or never!

 

Ephesians 5:14 ……and arise from the dead….

Christians should be dead to these things…

Sin Romans 6:2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  We are freed from the penalty sin called  death. We are freed from the power of sin in our lives.  We are dead to sin.

Self.    Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

But we should NOT be dead in our faith in Christ. Because He lives we live too.  James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  Faith without any results without any tangible evidence is dead.  If you are not growing in Christ you are dead.  Not dead in your sins but dead in your walk with Christ?  Christ doesn’t want to drag a dead body behind Him.  He wants you WALK closely behind Him as HE leads YOU.   We follow Christ….He doesn’t drag us along!  You can alive in Christ but dead in your walk.  Doing nothing.  Not Reading the Bible, not praying, not sharing your faith, not going to church, not able to give and answer to a person who asks you about your reason for believing in Jesus because you aren’t living like you believe in Him!!!  27:00

 

Conclusion: 

Ephesians 5:14….. and Christ shall give thee light.  Jesus promises us to give us the power to live in these times and in any circumstance.  I want to work in the light.  I want to live in the light. Everyone likes summer better than winter unless they are lazy like me.  We love the long times of daylight and short nights of darkness.  Jesus wants us to walk in His light.  John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.  It won’t be long until this world turns gloriously dark.  You better walk with the light of the Lord while you can.  He that walketh in darkness does not know where he is going?  Do you know where you are going?  Do you know where you are right now with Christ?  28:04

 

12/3/2023

Mark 15:11-13 The King Of Israel

Intro:  Trump Derangment syndrome.  Now we have Israel derangement syndrome or Jewish derangement syndrome.  Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. It is God who is determined to bless Israel because they will carry salvation to the whole world.  This salvation will come through the Jewish Jesus Christ and through the word of God written by God’s hand through the Jewish Moses, prophets and apostles.  Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Name’s sake are followers of Jesus and Jews in general.  Jesus was a Jew.  Christians and Jews are the most hated people in the world.  God and Satan both have agenda’s.  Israel.  Satan wants to destroy her and God has promised to reign over her through Jesus Christ.  1:00

 

  1. Synagogue of Satan

Mark 15:11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

The Jews chose a murderer and insurrectionist instead of the Son of God.  But God knew their cold hearts. They were so into Abraham, Moses and the law they could not received Jesus Christ.  People were easily led astray just like today.  They were convinced that evil is actually good.  Evil Barrabas over the good, the perfect Jesus Christ!

 

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Those who say they are Jews and are not are either Jewish proselytes or Jews who refuse to believe the scriptural proof that Jesus is the promised Messiah.  Romans 2:28, 29  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Calling these Jews a synagogue of Satan probably indicates that they were persecuting the believers.  The true Jews ultimate purpose is to follow Jesus Christ.  If you are not in Christ and a Jews you are following Satan and his lies.  Not all Jews are good or love God even the Old Testament law of Moses.  They are the synagogue of Satan…Jews who do not follow Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 11:1-4 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,  3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  Pretty clear from Paul that God is not done with His people or the land.  Not all will come to Christ though but only a remnant of 1/3 will follow Christ at the end.

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  God had determined to bring Israel to their land in the last days and rule over them through Jesus Christ. That has been set in stone. It will happen!!  This synagogue of Satan will be no more as every Jew that survives will come to faith in Christ.

 

Romans 11:25-26 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. The focus is off Israel but now on the whole world so that they might be saved.  God will save Jews.  But’s God’s focus is on everyone in the world including Jews and Gentiles.  God’s focus is not the law but Grace.  God’s focus is not the land but the whole world until the last days.  Then His focus will slowly come back to Israel.  As we are seeing now and have seen since 1948.  God is focused on the last while at the same time He is preparing Israel for a kingdom to come.

 

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: When Jesus returns all the Jews will receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and enter into the millennial reign with Christ.    10:00

 

  1. Synagogue of Satan 2. The Gentiles hate The Jews

Mark 15:12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?   Gentiles have to ask themselves the same question Pilate, a gentile asked himself?  What are you going to do with Jesus?  He is going to be the king of the Jews but He is also our king as He reigns in our hearts and minds.  What are we going to do with Jesus?

 

The gentiles had distain for the Jews and their religion.  Pilate only tolerated them because he tried to keep the peace in order to keep his job.  But you can tell he had great distain for the Jews.

 

John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.   This is what Israel’s reaction should have been to Pilates question…they said this when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey just a few days before.  Now they have to consider…..is He their king or not?  They will cry this again when Jesus Come to rule and reign for that is what will happen the next time He comes to Jerusalem….

 

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.  Call on the name of the Lord….His name is Jesus.  God is not done with Jews or the land of Israel.  Israel is the land of God and his deliverance from man’s sin.   Whosoever means Jews and Gentiles…the whole world will be saved only through Jesus.  15:00

 

  1. Synagogue of Satan 2. The Gentiles hate The Jews
  2. They Really hate Jesus the King of The Jews the salvation of Israel and the World

Mark 15:13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

These Jews the synagogue of Satan turned on Jesus and agreed with the Jewish leaders who were jealous of Jesus.  And conspired along with the Romans, the gentiles to destroy Jesus.

 

Luke 1: 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  This prophecy was given by the angel Gabriel to Mary that her son would be great and king over Israel and in turn the whole world.

 

John 16:2-3  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.  This is true today.  Millions of people who kill Jews think they will be rewarded in the next life.  Can you imagine such evil. This is inspired by Satan Himself!  Jesus predicted the events we have seen in the last two thousand years of Jewish contempt by the world.

 

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

God chose to save the world through Jesus Christ born a Jew. God introduced Himself to the world through the Jewish nation.  God’s laws were given to the Jews to be an example to the whole world.  The Bible…the Lord Jesus Christ all came about because of the Jewish people.  We owe them everything.  They had it rough having to keep the Jewish laws.  It was hard almost impossible at times.  And they failed many times but God promised to give them a king and a land forever!  Jesus will be their king and Israel is THEIR land forever and they will never be put out again!

 

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.   God revealed to Nathaniel who and what Jesus was.

 

Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.  One king.  All the earthly kings failed the Jewish people except maybe a few were good. This king will not fail them.  Also they will never be divided again as a nation.  That means any country that tries to divide them will pay the price.

 

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  In the last days God’s people will almost be exterminated by the Beast but God will protect His people and bring l1/3 into the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ!

 

Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.  God is working to bring His people to Himself.  And this prophecy will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ comes to rule and reign FROM JERUSALEM!  So world you might as well get ready for it.  Jesus is not going to allow His people to be exterminated or destroyed.  27:00

 

 

Conclusion:

  1. Synagogue of Satan 2. The Gentiles hate The Jews
  2. They Really hate Jesus the King of The Jews the salvation of Israel and the World

Is there any doubt who the King of Israel is?

Joel 3: 16-20 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. 18And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.  19Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.  20But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

 

A powerful prophecy from Joel.  There is coming a day when God will shake the world and put His people under the rule of Jesus Christ from Jerusalem.  And their will never again be anyone against Israel.  In fact people will grab a Jewish person and ask them how to know the Lord.  They certainly wouldn’t do that today!! But that will change when Jesus returns.  Where will you be at that time?   27:00

11/19/2023

Psalm 118:1-14 Why Do We Give Thanks?

Intro:  A recent survey said this is the most unthankful generation in history.  We are not thankful or grateful to parents, grandparents or friends.  We are not appreciative but we expect people to serve us and to please us.  Tips are at an all time low.  Thank you is rarely said.  And giving thanks to god abounds.  What??? Yes thanks to god “little g” you thank your god.  Who is  your god?  It’s YOU!  the god of self, self righteousness and selfishness.  Why do you thank someone who has no power to do anything for you?  You can’t guarantee your next breath!  You can’t guarantee your next step!  You can’t guarantee your next heartbeat….yet you trust in yourself and give thanks to all the gods of self that give you a moment of your own evil selfish desires.  1:00

 

  1. Because He is Good And His mercy is Forever

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness endures forever.  Psalm 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; He forgives your sins—every one. He saves you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—and gives you a crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always special in his presence.

 

We should never cease to give thanks for His mercy to us that lasts forever and ever and ever!

 

Psalm 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the people of Israel say,  “His love is eternal.” Oh let Israel say, “His lovingkindness endures forever.”  Israel is God’s chosen, the apple of His eye and His glory!  The salvation of the Lord was shown to them through Jesus Christ is forever and ever!

 

Psalm 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the priests of God say, “His love is eternal.” Oh let the house of Aaron say, “His lovingkindness endures forever.” Aaron and the priests who went into the Holy of Holies to atone for the peoples sins.  Now we need them no more we have Jesus Christ our great high priest who gave Himself on the altar for our sins forever!

 

Psalm 118:4 Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.   Let all who worship him say, “His love is eternal.” Oh let those who [reverently] fear the Lord, say, “His lovingkindness endures forever.”  Let all those who trust in the Lord say because they know that God’s mercy upon them will last forever and ever!   10:00

 

  1. Because He is Good And His mercy is Forever 2. Because He Protects His Own

Psalm 118:5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

In my distress I called to the Lord; he answered me and set me free. Out of my distress I called on the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me free.  2 Samuel 22:20 and Psalm 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me. He brought me out to an open place; he rescued me, because he took pleasure in me.  When I was fenced in, you freed and rescued me because you love me.

 

Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid; what can anyone do to me? The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can [mere] man do to me?  Psalm 124:1-3  If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;2  If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: 3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: then they would have swallowed us alive in their furious anger against us….but God….Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. But God shall deliver my soul from the power of the grave; for he WILL receive me. 

 

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. So keep a firm faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word ! He will always protect His own.  Like a good father we learn from out bumps and bruises and then eventually we can stand with Him.

 

Psalm 118:7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is the Lord who helps me, and I will see my enemies defeated. The Lord is on my side, He is among those who help me; Therefore I will look [in triumph] on those who hate me. Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the wicked spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession. 19:00

 

  1. Because He is Good And His mercy is Forever 2. Because He Protects His Own
  2. Because He Never Fails Us

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord  than to depend on people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

 

Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.  It is better to trust in the Lord  than to depend on human leaders. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

 

Psalm 118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them.

Many enemies were around me; but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord! All nations encompassed me; In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.

Joel 3:10-16  Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3 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.let the weak say, I am strong.  This is the Millennium.  Exact opposite here in this passage in Joel which is about the battle of Armegeddon.  God will exact revenge for the last time against all those who come against his people.

 

Joel 3:11 continues….Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.  God will bring His children out of the grip of the world’s hatred.  Have you ever seen anything like it?  Have you ever seen such vicious lies and threats against God’s people?

 

The UN votes all the time to chastise the only democracy in the middle east.  The only nation in the middle east that has a booming economy.  The only nation in the middle east that helps their neighbors.  The only nation in the middle east that takes in their enemies.  This is a satanic hatred of Israel that makes no sense.  Look at the size of the muslim nations.  Why do they  want this dot…this speck called Israel.  What does it have?  Satan wants her destroyed so that Jesus  Christ cannot be King of the Jews and the ruler of this world….Satan wants to destroy the Jews so He can destroy Jesus Christ forever!  That’s what’s at stake here.  If the Jews are eliminated Satan wins!  Now you see what is really going on.

 

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

The Jews are deceived by the devil thinking that they don’t need Jesus Christ and that they don’t need God.  They are very secular right now.  They are very godless.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  Satan is a liar and a murderer.  That kind of person is as bad as it gets.  There is NO truth in Him.  He turns everything into a lie.  He starts out with truth and turns it into a lie.  He is the best ever at lying…He is a dangerous liar…..because he makes people believe him.  Sort of like our government about C19er.

 

Psalm 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They were around me on every side; but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord!

They encompassed me, yes, they surrounded me [on every side]; In the name of the Lord I will cut them off.  Zechariah 12:2-3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto ALL the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, Any nation that tries to lift it will be hurt….all who lift it will be severely injured though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 

 

All the nations of the world will join forces to attack her.   Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling (staggering) to all the surrounding peoples; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3 And in that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples;. Any nation that tries to lift it will be hurt….all who lift it will be severely injured.  And all the nations of the earth will come and be gathered against it.

 

Psalm 118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They swarmed around me like bees, but they burned out as quickly as a brush fire; by the power of the Lord I destroyed them. They swarmed around me like bees;

They flare up and are extinguished like a fire of thorns; In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.

Three times God says He will destroy their enemies.  He will destroy all of your enemies eventually.  You’ll never have to worry about an enemy.  They might win a battle but you have already won the war.

 

Psalm 118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me. I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated, but the Lord helped me. You [my enemy] pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the Lord helped me.  27:00

 

  1. Because He is Good And His mercy is Forever 2. Because He Protects His Own
  2. Because He Never Fails Us and…. Conclusion… Because He Is Our Salvation

Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The Lord makes me powerful and strong; he has saved me. The Lord is my strength and song, And He is my salvation from my enemies and the greatest enemy is death and punishment and judgment.  We are lost without Christ.  You will fall to the enemy of death and sin.  Salvation is being freed from the penalty of sin which is eternal death in the lake of fire.  Do you realize that?  Make Jesus Christ YOUR salvation now!!!! 28:04

 

 

11/12/2023

1 Chronicles 5:18-26  Blessing Or Judgment

Intro: Verses 18-22: These verses contain a further notice of the “Hagarites” of Trans-Jordan (east of the Jordan river) and their battles against the two and one-half tribes that settled east of the Jordan. This section is important for its recognition of “God’s” divine government in operation, directing political affairs among men in accordance with His intended purposes. Reuben was the son of Jacob and Leah.  Gad was the son of Jacob and Leah’s handmaid Zilpah and Manasseh was the son of Joseph who was the son of Jacob his beloved Rachel.  Only half of the tribe of Manasseh was in this area east of the Jordan.

Blessing or Judgment is the choice of nations and people.   If you follow Jesus Christ you will be blessed if you follow yourself and what you think is right the result is judgment and death.  1:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God

1 Chronicles 5:18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.  In the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh there were 44,760 soldiers, well-trained in the use of shields, swords, and bows. The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh—valiant men able to bear shield and sword, and to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war—were 44,760 who went to war.

 

God blessed the sons of Rueben, Gad and Manasseh with skillful and courageous men and plenty of them.  God has blessed the world with skillful and courageous men down through the years and plenty of them.  Now they are tearing down the statues of these men and women.

 

1 Chronicles 5:19And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.

They went to war against the Hagrite tribes of Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And these Israelites, [on the east side of the Jordan River] made war with the Hagrites [a tribe of northern Arabia], Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. The Hagrites and their allies were probably desert peoples who felt increasing pressure from the expanding Israelite population. Their efforts at resisting the Israelites took place in the days of Saul (v. 10), though the narratives of Saul do not mention them.

 

God gave them men of principle and were not afraid to fight for what they believed in.  They were not afraid to say no to those who sought to hinder them.  6:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God 2 Victory Given By God

1 Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him. They put their trust in God and prayed to him for help, and God answered their prayers and made them victorious over the Hagrites and their allies. They were given help against them, and the Hagrites were handed over to them, and all who were allied with them; for they cried out to God [for help] in the battle; and He granted their entreaty because they relied on and trusted in Him.  they were helped: The help here came from God Himself in answer to their prayers. The people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh fielded an army of more then 44,000 men (v. 18), but ultimately it was God who brought success.

 

God gave us victory time after time in the history of America.  God has given you victory time after time in your own life.  When we walk with the Lord He gives us victory!

 

1 Chronicles 5:21 And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand. They captured from the enemy 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys, and took 100,000 prisoners of war. These Israelites took away their livestock: their 50,000 camels, and 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys; and 100,000 [c]people.

 

Not only victory but the spoils of war.   God will give you not only victory over your enemies but God will give you the enemies possessions as your own.  How does that apply to you?  God will give you favor in the eyes of your enemies.  Your enemies will give to you….peace with your them.  Your enemies will give you friendship and favor and you will work together for the same goals.

 

1 Chronicles 5:22 For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity. They killed many of the enemy, because the war was God’s will. And they went on living in that territory until the exile.[a] For a great number of the enemy fell mortally wounded, because the battle was of God. And these Israelites settled in their territory until the exile [by Assyria more than five centuries later] in 722 BC

 

God eliminates our enemies he is at war with if we trust in Him.  The war is Gods to win. We may lose some battles, but God will win the wars in our lives.   If you think you can win a war with God you a sadly mistaken.  God gave them five hundred years in this land.  God will establish you while his enemies will perish.  12:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God 2 Victory Given By God 3. Increase in Power and Leadership Is Given By God

1 Chronicles 5:23 And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon. The people of East Manasseh settled in the territory of Bashan as far north as Baal Hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon, and their population increased greatly. Now the sons (people) of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land; their settlements spread from Bashan to Baal-hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon.  Baal Hermon is Mount Hermon is a famous mountain that many think the Son’s of God descended to when they married women.  Sacrifices were made to Baal by the people who lived there before.

 

More population means more power for nations.  More people means more strength and more chance of great people being born.

 

This is a good land rich and fertile.  The cattle of Bashan was well known for their fatness in ancient times.  The land increased their wealth and the people increased in population.  God blesses a people by giving them a rich fertile land and increasing the population.  The wicked want to destroy the land and depopulate the people.  God gives power,

 

1 Chronicles 5:24 And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers. The following were the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. They were all outstanding soldiers, well-known leaders of their clans. These were the heads of their fathers’ households: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, warriors of valor [willing and able to encounter danger], famous men, and heads of the households of their fathers.

 

God gave them great godly men, courageous men and wise leadership and a great army.  A nation is blessed with great Godly leaders.  A nation is on the downward spiral away from God went it has poor godless leadership.  A nation has departed from God when their have a poor military and poor military leadership.  17:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God 2 Victory Given By God 3. Increase in Power and Leadership Is Given By God
  2. The Tribes Departed From Their God

1 Chronicles 5:25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.  But the people were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and deserted him to worship the gods of the nations whom God had driven out of the land. But they acted treacherously against the God of their fathers and played the prostitute with the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.

 

The folly of Trans-Jordan Manasseh is immediately apparent: they had stupidly turned from the God who had given them the victory (vv. 18–22). Therefore, God must, in turn, send judgment against them. That judgment would likewise take the form of warfare (v. 26).

 

If we turn from God, God will turn on us.  Romans 1 tells that we get what we deserve as a nation when we depart from trusting in the living God.  We have trusted in science and evil-ution more than our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

God destroyed their enemies now they have destroyed Godly influence.  They have departed from God.

 

They chased false gods.  They went after them!  22:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God 2 Victory Given By God 3. Increase in Power and Leadership Is Given By God
  2. The Tribes Departed From Their God 5. Judgment Upon the Tribes By God

1 Chronicles 5:26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day. So God caused Emperor Pul of Assyria (also known as Tiglath Pileser) to invade their country. He deported the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh and settled them permanently in Halah, Habor, and Hara, and by the Gozan River. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, [that is,] the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away into exile—the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh—and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, [where they remain] to this day.

 

This is why the Northern tribe was taken by the Assyrians.  They were judged by God.  They were taken to places they did not want to go.  And they never came back as the northern tribe again.   Sin will take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.

 

God will stir up a nations opposition against them.  God will stir up your enemies if you depart from Him.  God will stir up trouble for you….and you will not even realize it is God trying to wake you up until it’s too late.  27:00

 

  1. Blessings Given By God 2 Victory Given By God 3. Increase in Power and Leadership Is Given By God
  2. The Tribes Departed From Their God 5. Judgment Upon the Tribes By God

Blessing or Judgment?  what will you choose for it is up to you…28:04

 

11-5-2023

1  Peter 1:10-13  God Has Worked It All Out

Intro: God is in control.  He is in control of cancer. He is in control of when loved ones die.  He is in control of the Middle East!  He is in control of governments!  He is in control in all the chaos.  He just wants you to trust the process that the world is going to have to go through.  I heard someone say this week….. We are going to a wedding the world is going to war!  God has worked it all out for His glory and our good!  1:00

 

  1. Prophets Foretold That Grace Would Come

1  Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, It was concerning this salvation that the prophets made careful search and investigation. Regarding this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace [of God] that was intended for you.  Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.  The mystery is that God would save the world by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.   Jesus Christ was born in due time and with Him came salvation for the entire world. We preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world.

 

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  Godliness is a mystery in that it is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone.  He was justified by the Holy Spirit alighting on Him as a dove, Testified of angels, preached and received by the Gentiles as further proof when they believed on Him.  Jesus was further manifested when He ascended into heaven.  There is no argument here.  Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the Life.

 

 1 Peter 1:10……who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:, and they prophesied about this gift which God would give you. searched carefully and inquired [about this future way of salvation],

Ester 2:7 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.   Ester is Israel who were given grace by the king…that represents God and grace that would come to the Jews, and through the Jews to the whole world.

 

Ruth 2:10 ……Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? Ruth was a gentile….she represents the gentiles who would find grace in Boaz the kinsman redeemer who represents Jesus Christ!

 

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  We have John 3:16, Acts 16:31, John 14:6 but Ephesians 2:8 is the bedrock of the doctrine of Grace as it spells it out perfectly.  You are saved by God’s gift…It cannot be earned so no one can be good enough to be saved without Jesus Christ!  8:00

 

  1. Prophets Foretold That Grace Would Come 2 Jesus Came at The Right Time

1  Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, They tried to find out when the time would be and how it would come.  Seeking to find out what person or what time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating.  The prophets did not know when Jesus would come.  Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. We could not save ourselves but at just the right time in history Jesus came and gave Himself for our sins.

 

1 Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  Just as animal sacrifices were done at the proper time…so Jesus came at the proper time, the right time, at the best time according to God’s timing in history.  The right time in history.  No Roman cross  until around 100 BC and they quit using it around 100 AD.  Remember Daniel predicted four nations would dominate Israel.  Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.  Rome would be the last nation to dominate Israel but they would return in the last seven years to dominate Israel and finish the job.  Jesus came at the right time, the right place, and to the right people.  11:00

 

  1. Prophets Foretold That Grace Would Come 2 Jesus Came at The Right Time
  2. They Predicted Christ’s Sacrifice

1 Peter 1:11……..when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.] This was the time to which Christ’s Spirit in the prophets was pointing, in predicting the sufferings that Christ would have to endure and the glory that would follow. as prophets foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories [destined] to follow.  Isaiah 53:3-4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.  Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.  The OT prophets predicted the Gentiles would turn to Jesus Christ for salvation by grace through faith…just simple trust and faith in Jesus Christ!!!!

 

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.  Christ took our grief, our sins upon Himself and died a physical death but three days later rose from the dead as the firstfruits of them who sleep (are dead) So we all will live again who trust in Him!

 

1  Peter 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves…. God revealed to these prophets that their work was not for their own benefit, . It was revealed to them that their services [their prophecies regarding grace] were not [meant] for themselves and their time.  Thank God we were born in this time in history! 18:00

 

  1. Prophets Foretold That Grace Would Come 2 Jesus Came at The Right Time
  2. They Predicted Christ’s Sacrifice 4. Now We All Get To Hear One Message…..The Gospel

1 Peter 1:12 ……but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; but for yours, as they spoke about those things which you have now heard from the messengers who announced the Good News by the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.   But for you, in these things [the death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus Christ] which have now been told to you by those who preached the gospel to you by the [power of the] Holy Spirit [who was] sent from heaven. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. The gospel is the power of God.  We can only be saved from our sins by the power of God.  Everyone can hear this message and respond in faith to the Gospel.

 

1 Peter 1:12….. which things the angels desire to look into. These are things which even the angels would like to understand. Into these things even the angels long to look.

 

This is a strange statement.  Angels, who are not themselves objects of redemption, desire to look into (lit., “desire to stoop to look into”): This is the same word used of Peter at the empty tomb of God in Luke 24:12.   Angels are curious about Humans.  For several reasons 1. We are made in the image of God.  2. God loves us unconditionally despite our sin and rebellion and 3. We can procreate.  Which has led to all kinds of problems for angels. 4. And we can be born again from darkness into light, from death to life.  WE can be resurrected and restored to our original state of perfection.  5. We went from innocence to holiness.  That process required us to make our own choices and mistakes called sin….in order to become holy as God is holy.

 

1  Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, So then, have your minds ready for action. Keep alert.  So prepare your minds for action, be completely sober [in spirit—steadfast, self-disciplined, spiritually and morally alert],   There is nothing more serious than the Gospel.  If the angels are interested in the gospel then we should realize what we have.  How powerful the gospel is. The death buriel and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of the world.  If the angels know that….the why don’t we?

 

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.  Satan will do anything to stop us from spreading the gospel….but he will fail miserably!  Having an opponent keeps us sharp and prepared and over whom we can have victory. Nothing sweeter in life than victory over sin, victory over death, victory over sickness, victory over setbacks! But we must be vigilant….know what’s going on…Be serious about winning!  Winners are serious about preparing to win.  Prepare to win!  Pray to your heavenly Father in Jesus name, read your Bible to know and walk with Jesus and train with other believers.  Iron sharpens iron!

 

1 Peter 1:13……and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and set your hope completely on the blessing which will be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. fix your hope completely on the grace [of God] that is coming to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.   In the last days people will be more concerned with buying, selling, marrying and giving in marriage than on the things of God.  They will be more interested in THINGS, MONEY, and SEX than in the things of God.  Who won the game is more important than what is going on in Israel right now.  Football and Basketball is more important than the fullfillment of Bible prophecy right before our eyes!

 

Did you know the only team who did not have a GAY celebration night….just won the world series! The Texas Rangers are the only team who did not have a Gay/Trans celebration during the 2023 baseball season!  They shocked the world when they won the world series!!! Was that a God thing?  What do you think?   Did God work that out?  26:00

 

  1. Prophets Foretold That Grace Would Come 2 Jesus Came at The Right Time
  2. They Predicted Christ’s Sacrifice 4. Now We All Get To Hear One Message…..The Gospel

God Has Worked It All Out!

He wants to work in your life.  He wants to BE your life!  The question is do you want all things to work together for your good and God’s glory or to total uncertainty.  That’s a word we need to study sometime in the Bible….certainty or certain.  The only thing certain for a person who rejects Jesus Christ is judgment and the lake of fire!  Do you believe that?  Do you think you are smarter than the Bible?  Do  you know why people disagree on prophecy and minor Biblical things? Because it IS the word of God!  Do you think that we in the flesh can know everything in a book written by God?  We all agree on the seven essentials.  The diety of Christ….The virgin birth…..Jesus substitutionary blood atonement…..The bodily resurrection of Christ…..Salvation by grace through faith alone……the inerrancy of the Bible….the depravity of sinners.    But you would expect disagreement on the non-essentials because God wrote it.  His ways are higher than our and His thoughts are greater than ours.  Don’t use excuses Come to God through faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  28:04

 

 

 

 

Psalm 2 Rebellion Against God—the Luciferian Agenda

Intro:  This world is in rebellion against God pure and simple.  They hate Biblical values, they hate Biblical morals, they hate Biblical Exclusivity, They hate Biblical creation and Biblical stewardship of the earth.  I’m not done yet….They hate Biblical government, They hate Biblical reasoning, They hate the Bible! They hate God’s people Israel, and they hate you and me who are a part of God’s church!   These are called Luciferians.  They serve Satan as much as we serve God.  They are entrenched in our governments, the media, Education, military, and big Business.  Psalm 2 describes these people to a tee.  1:00

 

  1. Why Do They Hate God?
  2. They hate God so much they plot against Him.

Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Why do the nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots? Why are the [a]nations in an [b]uproar [in turmoil against God], And why do the people devise a vain and hopeless plot?  A good question.  Why do people hate God? WE know why they hate Jesus.  John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

 

And we know why they love darkness…..John 3:19 and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Luciferianism is a belief system that venerates the essential characteristics that are affixed to Lucifer, who they call not the devil but as a destroyer, a guardian, a liborator, light bringer, or guiding spirit to darkness or even the true God who is Lucifer.   Luciferianism is not satanism.  Lucifier is the morning star and is a symbol of enlightenment, independence and human progression.  For Luciferians enlightenment is the ultimate goal.  Truth and freedom of will, worshipping the inner self and one’s ultimate potential.  They feel that humans should not need deities or fear of eternal punishment to distinguish right from wrong and to do good.  Knowledge and understanding are fluid.  Lucifer is ultimate knowledge exploration and humanity’s savior and a champion of personal growth and enlightenment.

 

Theistic Luciferians believe in Lucifer as an actual deity.  He is not worshipped as the Abrahamic God but is followed as a teacher and friend.  They focus heavily on ceremonial magic and the occult.  There is a connection between Lucifer and demons were originally gods of the ancient civilizations that were demonized by the Bible.   Basically Luciferianism believes that Lucifer is good and God is bad.  Lucifer freed humans from the shackles placed upon them by God.

 

Psalm 2:1…..and the people imagine a vain thing.   Why would Luciferians think that Satan can defeat God? Why does Satan think he can defeat God?  That is one reason why Luciferians believe in him.  Satan is the most intelligent of all of God’s angels.  So why would he do something so impossible?  One word PRIDE!  Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 

Pride led to Satan’s fall. Once he fell he had no choice but to try to defeat God.  It’s not that he thinks he can but what choice does he have since he rebelled against God?    God has allowed him to be an adversary for his own purposes.   God does not destroy angels.  He imprisons them and will eventually send them to the lake of fire.  Until then he uses them for his own reasons.  Which is most likely to be an adversary against man so that man can have every opportunity to either follow God or not.  Good angels are with us and so are the fallen angels.  As sinners are not destroyed so fallen angels are not destroyed.  Man must have every available opportunity to sin or to repent or God is not just.  Even if it means having an adversary like the devil and his fallen angels and demonic hoard.   It’s seems to be a complicated spiritual dichotomy but actually its very simple.

 

We all have a choice to make.  Either hear the word of God and trust in Jesus or listen to words of Satan and our own lusts and stay on the path to hell.  It would not be just of God if we had the word of God and did not have influences tempting us away from God.  God wants an even playing field until the last person that will has come to Christ.

 

Every man wants to follow His own will and no man can say that God didn’t give him every opportunity to follow his own will.  In Dante’s inferno the devil said “I would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven.”  Every person gets that opportunity to the fullest to make his decision.  Satan has been allowed all the resources of hell and earth to turn people from FROM faith in God. See the book of Job.   So…. God has given all the resources of heaven and earth in His own Son……… to turn man TO faith in Him through Jesus Christ.

 

So Luciferians are mistaken that Lucifer would not be so foolish to rebel against an all powerful God.  His pride overcame him as it does us…….. all the time even very intelligent people who know better still rebel against God over and over again every day.   It was all about Satan.  He was infatuated with Himself!  He is the originator of the “Me” philosophy.   Satan could no more serve God than ants can avoid food on the ground. They just have to do it.

 

Why did God create such a creature……how could he not is the question?  God created Satan to lead the worship of God.  How could he not be wonderful in every way?  God is not afraid to give choices to Angels or humans.  He didn’t want robots He wanted living, loving, emotion capable creatures like Himself.  Angels are NOT made in the image of God but are heavenly creatures that serve God and in doing so are like Him in many ways.  Intelligence, emotions and choice.

 

Humans are like God in all ways.  Intelligence, emotions, choice but some other things……Man was made from the earth.  He is flesh and blood.  Man can procreate and build societies, and one other thing………. man can co-rule with God.  Angels do not pro-create, Angels are not flesh and cannot die and they cannot be resurrected either.  They do not co-rule with God as Adam did….. and the new Adam Jesus Christ will rule and reign WITH US!

 

You can see by this description that Luciferians sound just like the humanists and Satan himself that generate much of the philosophies of people today.  MY will be done.  It’s all about ME.  I Can become….if I just believe in myself.   Satan was the ultimate self help guru.  I am great. I can do anything if I just believe it!

 

Some Luciferians believe Lucifer and Satan are two separate entities.  Satan is God’s antagonist and the emblem of carnality and rebellion against God.  To Luciferians Lucifer is the light bearer and brings enlightenment and human progression.  But the Biblical stance is that Lucifer is another name for Satan. Satan was once and angel of light 2 Corinthains 11:4  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

Luciferians claim that He is the true light bearer….the true enlightenment.  But the Bible says He TRANSFORMED himself into an angel of light.  He is not light but darkness.  He is deceiving these people  Jesus is the light of the world.  Satan is tricking these poor fools.   John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  He is lying to these Luciferians about being the light bearer.

 

Luciferians claim they follow reason and logic.  Remember Spock from Star Trek.  He was a Luciferian concept.  They claim reason and logic.  God said come let us reason together…..

 

God only mentions Lucifer one time in the Bible.  Isaiah 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Lucifer most certainly refers to Satan. Now we see the real power behind the Gentile monarchs. Thus Isaiah uses that fall of Satan, to illustrate the fall of the Babylonian king.

 

The name Lucifer is actually the Latin designation for the morning star (lit., “Light-bearer”). The Hebrew (hēlēl) means the “bright one.” As the morning star speedily disappears before the rising sun, so Satan, the angel of light, will be banished to outer darkness by the coming of the Son of God.    We know that Satan, Beelzebub (the prince of the devils), Lucifer, the serpent all are names of the devil. Satan rebelled against God over pride and has set out to usurp God and His creation as our great antagonist who has aspirations of usurping God. But because he has rebelled against God he has no choice now but to defeat God……. which he knows he can never do but if he can but destroy the Jews he can do the impossible.

 

  1. Luciferian leaders lead their people away from God

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Their kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the Lord and against the king he chose. The kings of the earth take their stand; And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and His Anointed (the Davidic King, the  Messiah, the Christ).  Wicked leaders led by Lucifer lead their people away from God. Abortion, Gender transitioning, Homosexuality, open borders (allows people in that do not share our core beliefs), climate change, and evolution is endorsed by our leadership.  They believe that they are enlightened and that these things are man’s progression not regression.  The Bible says that evil men are waxing worse and worse….we are regressing nor progressing.  Progressives are a political group.  We are progressing…..progressing away from God and closer to hell!!

 

  1. Why do they hate God? Luciferians want to break free from God

Psalm 2:3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. “Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say; “let us throw off their control.” “Let us break apart their [divine] bands [of restraint] And cast away their cords [of control] from us.” They have been blinded by the light of Lucifer. Not a pure light but a false light leading the way to hell.  They don’t want to serve God. They don’t want to be Christians. They think Lucifer is the way of true enlightenment.  They have been deceived by the great deceiver himself.

 

Romans 1:21-32 describes the Luciferians perfectly.

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  They believe in God is just that Lucifer is better way to enlightenment.

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.  The fool hath said in his heart no God for me.

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  They love creation more than the creator.  Man created Himself without God that’s called evolution. (EVILution)

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.  Most Luciferians seem to be Gay or sexual deviants.

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  They love the earth and the progression of things more than God.

Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.  Many Luciferians are gay.

Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  Many Luciferians seem to be sexual deviants.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.  Luciferians are deceived because they have rejected the truth of God revealed in the Bible.  They have things upside down in order to accomplish their agenda of eventual enlightenment and secret knowledge.

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers.  Morality means nothing to them.  Only enlightenment and progressive knowledge.

Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.  Luciferians are haters of God, proud, arrogant, the evil they do is being progressive, they reject all earthly authority other than fellow Luciferians.

Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.  As Luciferians they are cold, calculating and will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals of enlightenment and progressiveness.

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.  They think that they will be better off and gain greater glory and enlightenment by rejecting God who they believe in….and following Lucifier.  They are as confident in Him as we are in Jesus Christ.  Their confidence is not based on facts but a lie of the great deceiver Satan himself.

 

Are Masons Luciferians?  Well Albert Pike who wrote the definitive rules of the Masonic Lodge said that in the book Morals and Dogma’s page 321.  “Lucifer the light bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give the Spirit of Darkness!  Lucifer, the son of the morning! Is it he who bears the light, and with its splendors intolerable blind feeble, sensual, or selfish souls?  Doubt it not!”

 

July 4 1889 Albert Pike issued instructions to the 23 Supreme Councils on the true doctrines and beliefs of Freemasonry stating: “That which we must say to the crowd is—We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.  To you Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st and 30th degrees—the Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine….Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God.” (Occult Theocrasy Page 220-221)

 

Yes, Freemasonry is Luciferian.  Most Freemasons today have no idea the occult symbols and language they are using.  Luciferians have secret closed meetings.  The Freemason have secret closed meetings.  Hidden Knowledge, secret societies, ancient wisdom. Luciferians claim the Bible is all propaganda to create a supreme God who cannot be defeated.  They think Lucifer will defeat God because Lucifer is God!!  Lucifer knows better.  He only wants to destroy Jews. That is his plan to defeat God to kill the Jews so Jesus cannot rule over them.

 

If Lucifer is God then why kill and hate the Jews? What is going on here?  It’s obvious that the Jews have a special hatred from the world.  If Jesus is not going to rule and reign over them then why bother with the Jews?  Please explain that Luciferians.  Why are Jews hated in the world and why is Israel the object of the world’s attention since 1948?  Maybe because God said so in Zechariah 12:2-3. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

 

Where are your prophecies Luciferians?  Show us your Bible and it’s fulfilled prophecies!  Hmmm. You don’t have one….so sorry!  All they can do is attempt to refute the word of God. That’s like trying to defeat the New York Yankees or the Pittsburgh Steelers by talking them to death instead of getting on the field with them.  Show us your 66 books written by 40 authors over 1600 years and it has a scarlet thread woven all through it….the blood of Jesus Christ!  Ohh you don’t have one.  So sorry…get out of here!

 

The age old lie Satan told Eve….”ye shall become as gods knowing good and evil.”  Man has been pursuing this with the god of this world (Satan) since then.  Man went from innocence to guilt and sin and but God turned Satan’s plan of man’s destruction into glorious victory for now man cannot return to innocence but man can now become HOLY when they place their faith and trust in the HOLY one Jesus Christ!

 

Luciferians know that God is the creator of all things….but they created evolution to make it more man centered or chance oriented turning man from believing in the Bible that God created the world.  They don’t care about the masses they only care about the enlightened ones.  They don’t care if the whole world population died tomorrow……. in fact they want that…they believe in keeping the masses in darkness while the enlightened ones, the elite get to become gods when Lucifer wins his war with God.

 

Luciferians are adamant that Satan and Lucifer are NOT the same person.  Satan is the antagonist, the evil one, the creator of Chaos.  Luciferians feel that He is the light bearer of knowledge, order, wisdom, and even some say that Lucifer is Jesus!!.  They even claim that Lucifer will defeat God in the end!  No wonder they are trying to carry out His agenda!

 

If Lucifer is going to win where is His Bible?  What are his fulfilled prophecies?  Where are his servants?  Where is the good that he is doing?  What hospitals have Luciferians built?  What has Lucifer done about the sin problem?  What good have Luciferians done for the world?  What is Lucifer’s plan to defeat evil?  Where is the proof of all of this?  Oh…. that’s right it’s secret information.  If he is so powerful why is everything secret.  God does things publicly, openly, He has a book for goodness sake!  What about Jesus?  What evil has He done?  What can Lucifer accuse Jesus of doing wrong?  If God’s word is just propaganda then where is Lucifer’s rebuttal?  Is Lucifer so weak that he cannot come forward.

 

What is wrong with Jesus saving us by grace trough faith? What is Lucifer’s plan?  Oh… he doesn’t have one. His plan is to give the hidden knowledge to only the elite ones.  Jesus came to save the whole world by grace through faith in Him.

 

This secret lie has been going on for centuries.  It does not get public traction because first of all …only the wisest can discern it.  It’s not for everyone.  It’s the age old lie told to Eve.  Ye shall become as gods.  Well …they ate the forbidden fruit and what happened? They didn’t become gods… but they sure knew about evil for the first time!  Luciferianism is about a select few  that have some hidden knowledge.  Of course that’s what motivates the Luciferians. They think arrogantly that they are the elite.

 

Now we see where this is all going to….the elite trying to control the world for Lucifer and reach his agenda.  They are the ones who are deluded into thinking that mankind is divine and just needs to transcend into this great divinity.  What about Evil?  Luciferians say it’s just a stepping stone to greatness!

 

Give me Jesus who loves me over Lucifer who wants to use me…….the Son of the living God is Christ….or we all will become Christ.  Luciferianism sounds just like Buddhism, the New age, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormonism.

 

Only Christianity tells us that we worship a living Savior. We are NOT the Savior or will become Jesus. We are adopted into God’s family as His children forever!  We have a Father…God!  If we are all to become gods who is the big guy? Lucifer?  He’s not a nice person. We would all be in trouble wouldn’t we?  Name me one good thing a Luciferian has done?  One thing!  God is love.  And I know that’s true because I want to love everyone.  I know God is truth because the Bible is full of prophecy that has come true.  I know God is good because I am not good………but I want to be good since I have found Jesus.

 

  1. Why Do They Hate God? 2. God’s Response To Them
  2. First he laughs

Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans. He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion]; The [Sovereign] [c]Lord scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].  God is not impressed with their so called enlightenment and progressiveness.  Let God be true and every man a liar.

 

  1. Then he gets angry

Psalm 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury. Then He will speak to them in His [profound] anger

And terrify them with His displeasure, saying.  Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.  Things visible and invisible are all made by God and understood by human nature.  Even the Luciferians understand that…they just reject it. They offer no excuse…they just want to be enlightened and believe Lucifer is winning and going to win.

 

  1. Why Do They Hate God? 2. God’s Response To Them 3. A Righteous King Is Coming
  2. He will reign from Jerusalem

Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. On Zion,[a] my sacred hill,” he says,“I have installed my king.” “Yet as for Me, I have anointed and firmly installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  God has a land and a city.  Jerusalem is His city.  He declares this to be true in the face of the devil and his followers.  This city is mine you might think you are winning but I am a jealous God for my city Jerusalem and my people Israel.

 

  1. His name will be declared

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. I will announce,” says the king, “what the Lord has declared. He said to me: ‘You are my son; today I have become your father. “I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son; This day [I proclaim] I have begotten You.  Jesus is endorsed by God Himself.  His very Son!  One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  Even the Luciferians will bow and confess.

 

  1. He will rule all nations

Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Ask, and I will give you all the nations; the whole earth will be yours. ‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give [You] the nations as Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth as Your possession.   The Luciferians will be given over to Judgment by the Son of God. Al that they have will be taken from them by Jesus Christ the Lord!

 

  1. He will rule with a rod of iron

Psalm 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. You will break them with an iron rod; you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’” ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall shatter them [in pieces] like earthenware.’”   Those born during the millennium will not rebel against Jesus Christ the king or face disaster or even death.   Jesus is not the meek Jesus who restrained Himself against the hatred of men……When He returns He will be the King of kings and Lord of lords and will rule with absolute power and authority and will break the Luciferians with His rod of iron.

 

  1. Why Do They Hate God? 2. God’s Response To Them 3. A Righteous King Is Coming
  2. Final Warning To Earthly Rulers
  3. Learn a lesson

Psalm 2:10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Now listen to this warning, you kings, learn this lesson, you rulers of the world: Now therefore, O kings, act wisely; Be instructed and take warning, O leaders (judges, rulers) of the earth.  Luciferians and all who seek to positions of influence you better beware.  Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  This is the one truth that all Luciferians hate…they do not want to be accountable to God!

 

  1. Submit to God’s will now

Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Serve the Lord with fear;

Tremble. Worship the Lord and serve Him with reverence [with awe-inspired fear and submissive wonder]; Rejoice [yet do so] with trembling.  Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  A few Luciferians have turned to the Lord Jesus Christ and rejected this evil way.   We should respect and allegiance to our creator….not an entity that offers empty promises and obvious ideas that’ can’t possible succeed.  That is a fool.  A fool will give what He cannot afford to lose for something he has no chance to win.  That’s taking all your paycheck and spending it all on lottery tickets.  That is a fool!  Taking your life and giving it to Lucifer is a fools game!

 

On the other hand…..A man is no fool to give that which he cannot keep to gain that which He cannot lose.  When we trust in Jesus Christ we give our lives (that are going to die anyway)…… to gain life that is everlasting.   That is very reasonable thing to do.  God said in Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 

 

God wants us to worship and love Him.  He loves us.  Luciferians want all people to die and the elite to become gods. Where is the love in Luciferianism, in Buddhism, in Islam, In JW’s, in mormonism, in the new age?  There IS NONE!

 

  1. Worship the Son of God Who is the Righteous King

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  Bow down to him, or else his anger will be quickly aroused, and you will suddenly die.  Happy are all who go to him for protection. Kiss (pay respect to) the [d]Son, so that He does not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled and set aflame. How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] are all those who take refuge in Him!

 

Kiss means love and affection.  We love Him because He first loved us.  For God so loved the world.  You won’t find any of those words in all the world’s religions.  Doesn’t that tell you something?  We are people who love and care for others.  Why turn to a religion that hates people?  Why not turn to the God of love of order of good in the midst of an evil world?

 

Blessed are they who put their trust in Him!  Blessed means happy, full of joy!  I don’t know ONE person who has ever regretted coming to Jesus!  I don’t know one person who became filled with hate after trusting in Jesus!  It’s just the opposite. We are filled with peace and love and joy and hope for heaven!

 

We are given assurance, confidence even in the face of death!  Where are your martyrs Luciferians?  Where are those who have died for Lucifer?  Yes muslims become martyrs by murdering infidels.  Why do Chrsitians die for Jesus?  For love..always for love for Christ and for others.  Willing to die so that others might know Him!  Not murdering others so that YOU might gain a reward.  That is not in the Bible but it is in the Quran.  What does that tell you about Luciferians? They only care about being the elite and will allow others to be murdered in order to reach that goal.  I need say no more about this most evil group of people disquised in many forms.  Freemasonry, Islam, mormanism, JW’s, Buddhism, and the new age.

 

I am persuaded of better things concerning you… Hebrews 6:9  But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.

 

 

Conclusion:

  1. Why Do They Hate God? 2. God’s Response To Them 3. A Righteous King Is Coming 4. Final Warning To Earthly Rulers

Rebellion against God.  The Luciferian Agenda

Did you know that everyone who has not accepted Jesus Christ is in rebellion against God?  They might as well be a Luciferian.  They might as well be a Satanist.  Either way they are going to hell and then to the great while throne and the lake of fire.   Are you going to trust in the one who loves you and loves everyone, every person, the whole world and died to save the whole world….or trust in someone who promises hope only to the elite who follow Lucifer who does not love you, and wants you to follow the path to enlightenment  that you must discover yourself?

 

Come to Jesus…Even His name evokes love and emotion from us.   I know in my heart that Jesus loves me.  I’ve always known that.  As a child I knew that the moment I heard His name for the first time!  It is a wonderful name, a name that is above all names.  He does love you.  Would you come to Him today!

 

10/29/2023

Isaiah 50:10  Stay Upon God

Intro:  What a time we live in.  I get up every morning and I do three things.  First…I get over the surprise that I am still here.  Second….. I quickly check the news to see what Israel and her enemies are doing.  And third…. I read the Bible and pray.  The third thing is the most important.  I want to stay in the Bible and in my walk with Jesus.  There has never been a time like this in our lives.  No nor will they ever be like this the Bible says.  Even the most ardent skeptic has to agree that this is a time like no other.  The whole world is involved and the whole world is connected moment by moment.  How do we “stay” upon God and what does that mean?  1:00

 

  1. Fear The Lord

Isaiah 50:10  Who is among you that feareth the Lord… All of you that honor the Lord and obey the words of his servant, Who is among you who fears the Lord, Who obeys the voice of His Servant.

*This question by the prophet Isaiah is directed to those who fear the Lord….Do you fear the Lord? Respect Him, honor Him, want to please Him?

 

*Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

* Fear leads to trust and trust leads to love and love casts out all fear!

 

*Fear Him who can cast body and soul into hell

*Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare…

*Most fear terrorists, war, the government, disease, pain and death more than we fear the judgment of God.

 

*People will do anything to keep from changing their lives.

*What Isaiah is really saying is who is on the Lord’s side?   They asked Abraham Lincoln…”Mr President do you glad God is on our side!”  The president answered “We better not be confident in God unless we find out if WE are on God’s side!”  Are you on God’s side?  Only by faith and trust in Jesus Christ can you please God. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

*Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.   If you don’t fear God, respect His word, love God, and trust in His Son Jesus Christ you are just spinning your wheels in this life.  7:00

 

  1. Fear The Lord 2. We Are In A Dark World

Isaiah 50:10…..that walketh in darkness and hath no light? the path you walk may be dark indeed, Yet you walk in darkness and have no light. Adrian Rogers always said “the world is getting gloriously dark.”

*WE live in a dark sin cursed world.

*We live in an unprecedented time of sin and wickedness.

*The church today is more Laodecian than Philadelphian.

Laodecia……Revelation 3:15-17 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Lukewarm… a form of godliness but not the power thereof.  17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

Jesus is not happy with the church today that is lukewarm…what makes a luke warm church.  They were proud.  They thought they were great and doing great things for God.  What was missing for the church at Laodecia?  First we have to see why Jesus never had anything bad to say about the church at Philadelphia.

 

Philadelphia…..Revelation 3:8-10 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

Smryna  was encouraged by Jesus. Revelation 2:9-10 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

 

*Philadelphia…..Kept the word of God and did not deny Jesus. Small (little Strength) but Faithful. Suffered from attacks from the Jews who denied Jesus.

*Smryna—Good works, suffered persecution, poverty, prison and also was attacked from Jews but they were faithful.

*bottom line:  Preach the word of God…The Bible is central to all that we do.  Be faithful to Jesus and don’t quit or give up even if you have to attacks from scoffers or suffer persecution or even prison.  We are in a dark world But we have the light of Jesus Christ and His glory! What did the church at Laodecia lack?  Faithfulness to Jesus!  They did great things but were not doing them for Jesus but were busy for the sake of busyness not for Jesus Sake!  And they did not suffer any attacks because of their faith.  I believe their pastor and teachers compromised the word of God.  If you preach what everyone likes no one is going to hate you!

 

Be bold and brave in these last days.  I’ve had several videos banned on Youtube.  I’ve been shadow banned on facebook.  I’ve had awful comments online.  You can’t please everybody but you can please Jesus and that’s all that matters.  Trust in Jesus and stay with Jesus!  16:00

 

  1. Fear The Lord 2. We Are In A Dark World 3 Trust and Then Stay

Isaiah 50:10.….Let him trust in the name of the Lord,   Let him trust and be confident in the name of the Lord….

*Proverbs 29:25 ………whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.

*Our only hope is in Jesus Christ alone

*Jesus is our creator and sustainer

*He will never leave us nor forsake us

*Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

*Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

*Man can do great things.  But he has the potential to do great evil also.  Man can be deceived.  Jesus is the truth and cannot be deceived.

*Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

 

*Isaiah 50:10…..and stay upon his God.” and let him completely rely on and be unwavering in his commitment to his God.

*We sing the song “trust and obey” we ought to change it to “trust and then stay” Stay upon our God.

 

*what does it mean to “stay?”

*In fierce storms,” said an old seaman, “we can do but one thing, there is only one way: We must put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.”  This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you; and then you can do but one thing; there is only one way.

 

*When Reason cannot help you…..The wisdom of man is foolishness with God.

*When Past experiences give you no light……

*When even prayer fetches no consolation……

*Only a single course is left: You must put your soul in one position and keep it there. You must stay upon the Lord; come what may–winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightning, frowning rocks, roaring breakers–no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm, and hold fast your confidence in God’s faithfulness, His covenant engagement, His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.

 

*Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  We trust in Him whom we cannot see to do things for us that we cannot deny.  That is faith and trust.

 

*Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  We are rewarded for faithfulness not faith-less ness.  Without faith it is impossible to please a God who makes all things possible!!

 

*God never promised to give us freedom from pain or death.  He did promise to give us grace and peace and joy though.  To which I say…which is better?  Freedom from pain? Or the peace of God?  So as the apostle Paul rejoiced through his troubles we too should rejoice for on the other side of the valley there is the mountain top.

 

*People who do great things for God….stay with it despite the discouragements, the disappointments, the persecution, the pain, the defeat and the disasters.  Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Much more than conquerors!!!   *Trust and Stay!!! 24:00

 

 

Conclusion:

Fear The Lord 2. We Are In A Dark World   3 Trust and Then Stay

Why do I tell you all of this today?…….So we can be awake and not sleep as other do…..

*The world…..is a cesspool of sin and rebellion against God.  God always has a remnant of those who trust in Him.  Be in that remnant…..why?

*The church can be raptured at any moment as God prepares to pour out His wrath upon the unbelieving Christ rejecting world.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

*The church will go through the wrath of man but not the wrath of God.  1 Thessalonians 1:10

1 Thessalonians 5:9

 

Right now we are seeing Bible prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes!!!!

*Israel is surrounded by it’s border enemies.  Psalm 83 (this is happening now)

*Israel will defeat their enemies Psalm 83

*while Israel (God’s billboard( is in war the world is still buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage life is fairly normal.  No one is aware of the things coming upon them just like Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah

*Israel will have temporary peace without walls and borders…Ezekiel 38

*Israel will be attacked by Gog and Magog…(Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, and Sudan.)

*God will defeat their enemies for them…Ezekiel 38

*The Anti-Christ will take credit and enter into a peace agreement with Israel. Daniel 9

*The Tribulation begins.   Seven years.

*This the time of Jacob’s trouble….Jeremiah 30:7

*70 weeks are determined for THY people…Daniel 9:24-27 69 week of years (483 years from the rebuilding of the wall in Nehemiah and the crucifixion of Christ.  483 Jewish years. 7 years left)

*144 thousand Jewish virgin men will be sealed and protected and preach the gospel. Revelation 7 and 13.

*The Two witnesses, Angels are everywhere  (31 angels mentioned in the book of Revelation) Saints martyred by the millions, the Harlot, the ten kings and ten heads of the dragon, and 1/3 of all people killed and most all are those who accept Jesus  Christ as their Savior. Revelation 6, Daniel 10-11

*The mid-point of the tribulation all hell breaks loose on the earth.  2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 9:27 God pours His wrath out upon the earth through 6 seals, which include the 6 trumpet and 7 bowl judgments.  Daniel 9:24-27, Revelation 8-18.

*The false prophet arises to lead the world in the worship of the Beast.  The mark of the beast.  The Beast comes back from the dead after a fatal wound.  War in heaven as Michael defeats Satan and Satan is cast to the earth and he is bent on destroying every Jew in the world.

* two Babylon’s destroyed, 200 million demons from the east torment people and kill many.    ½ of population dead from God’s judgments.

*1/3 of the Jews flee Israel to Meggido for protection.  2/3 of the Jews are killed.

*the battle of Armegeddon… Christ returns with His bride and defeats His enemies and the devil, the Beast and the False Prophet.  The later two are sent to the lake of fire. Satan goes to the pit for one thousand years.

*Millennium—one thousand year reign of Christ.  Isaiah chapter 11 and 64-65 and many others.

*Satan is released from the pit after the millennium and many humans rebel with him and are all killed and the devil is sent to the lake of fire for eternity!

*New heaven and a new earth and eternity….Isaiah 65-66 and Revelation 21

 

Special note:

Jesus said I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

Satan will overcome the saints in the tribulation.   So how could this be the church?

The church is not the saints of tribulation.  The saints are those who are saved by the gospel preached by the 144 thousand Jewish evangelists.  The church is in heaven during the tribulation for the Judgment seat of Christ and the marriage ceremony. (the church is judged not for sins but rewarded for faithfulness.)  (Marriage supper takes place after the tribulation and before the Millennium with the OT and Tribulation saints as guests of the bridegroom.  John the Baptist was a guest of the bridegroom). Matthew 24:44 Be ye therefore ready…in an hour ye think not the son of man cometh.

10/22/2023

Luke 18:7-8 Delay is Not Defeat

Intro:   The world is falling apart.  But for the Christian it’s only falling into place.  God is still in control. Sin has to reach it’s apex. God  is going to judge the world.  God is going to rescue His children.  What did you think the last days would be like?  A stroll into heaven?  We are the most privileged of all generations to be here and see the rapture of the church and the return of Christ being set up to an unbelieving world. Lord how long? We cry.  Where Is God?  He is there.  He hasn’t moved.  He will do things always on time, at the right time and in His time!  We must learn that delay is not defeat. 1:00

 

  1. God Knows What’s Going On

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect,….. Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people God will respond to injustice and religious persecution meted out to His people.  The elect are God’s people.  Sometimes it refers to Israel and sometimes it refers to the church and sometimes it refers to ALL of God’s people who put their trust in Him…. church or Jew.  Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  shall God not avenge His own elect: God will respond to injustice and religious persecution meted out to His people. In the end, He will avenge.

 

God will set all things straight.   Shall not the Lord of heaven and earth do what is right?

*No one gets away with anything.

*What is done in secret will be revealed on the rooftops.

 

*God Will avenge His people. Revelation 6:11-12 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

 

Luke 18:7…..which cry day and night unto him who cry to him day and night for help?  Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. 

*We never stop praying.  Pray without ceasing

*Prayer strengthens us while we wait.

*never give up….the reward is Christ not your answer to prayer.  As you pray you get closer to Jesus.

 

Luke 18:7…… though he bear long with them? Will he be slow to help them? The Lord loves His creation.  He loves people.  He is patient.

 

*God is always on time.  His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

 

*There is reason for what we think is delay….2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.   More on this later…..

 

*God knows what is going on.  Delay is not defeat….what we mistakenly think is delay…… is God’s love for lost mankind.  10:00

 

  1. God Knows What’s Going On 2. When God Moves it Will Be Quickly

Luke 18: 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily….. . I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly. And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones quickly. I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly.

 

*Behold I come quickly and my reward is with me.  Once the judgment starts there is no turning back.  Daniels 70th week will be here and all hell will break lose on this earth.  Right now we are in the birth pangs that will soon give birth to judgment!

 

*God is on our side—Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  God is going to work it all out for our good.  Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

*You better be ready.  Israel is at war with the enemies prophesied in Psalm 83.  This will lead to the Gog-magog war and a peace treaty with Israel signed by the Beast, the Anti-Christ.  Are you ready to meet Jesus?  You have been told there is no excuse for you now!  Delay does not mean Jesus is defeated and doesn’t know what to do.

 

*Delay is to give you time to repent, change your mind and come to Jesus!  At the twinkling of an eye…without a chance to say…wait Lord I’m not ready!  19:00

 

  1. God Knows What’s Going On 2. When God Moves it Will Be Quickly   3. Delay Is Not Defeat

Luke 18:8 …..Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? But will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes?  However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] faith on the earth?

 

*Will He really find faith: Jesus’ question here is whether upon His return believers will still be looking for Him. Why will people not be looking for Jesus?

 

*Jesus delay can cause the faithful to lose their enthusiasm.  “I’ve heard this all my life.” 2 Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  Where is he then?

 

*Ignorance will cause people not to be looking for Him.  Many people are not aware. We need to warn them.  They don’t know what the Bible says about Jesus return.

 

*Pursuing life instead of pursuing Jesus.  Jesus is not a priority.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.

 

*Fun instead of faith.  We love pleasure more than we love God.  Pleasure of sin for a season.  There is pleasure is sin for a moment….then the wages are due….the wages of sin is death.

 

*Ignorance of Bible prophecy.  Pastors and preachers will answer for this.

 

*Could care less about what the Bible says.  People will answer for this.

 

*Unbelief—False religions…humanism… evolution….all lead to atheism or ignoring God.

 

*In asking this question, Will the son of man find faith on the earth…..Jesus is exhorting believers not to lose heart (v. 1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

 

*will He find faith: Jesus’ question here is whether upon His return believers will still be looking for Him. 27:00

 

Conclusion:

Delay is not Defeat.  Peter tells us about delay in the judgment of God.

*One….. He is merciful and offers grace to the sinner.  2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

Two…Then he tells us about three judgments that took a long time coming but they did happen.  2 Peter 2:4-6 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.

 

God will wait several millennia before He will judge the angels of Genesis 6. At the great white throne.

God waited 120 years to judge the world in Noah’s day.

God waited for 5 righteous people before he judged Sodom and Gomorrah.  (he didn’t find them)

 

While you are breathing you can make things right with God.  Today is the day of salvation, of change, of a new life…being born again…or renewing your walk with Christ.  28:04

 

 

10/22/2023 Warfield MBC Revival

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8  Wake Up!

Intro: As long as people can go on vacation, go to Walmart, Go to a sporting event or concert or go fishing or watch a sporting event they are oblivious to what is going on in the world.  During Noah’s time people were asleep.  During Sodom and Gomorrah, people were asleep.  During the first coming of Jesus people were asleep. Now for Jesus second coming people are asleep. What will it take to wake them up?  1:00

 

  1. Wake Up

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep…..We should not be asleep.

Noah’s ark.  Sodom and Gomorrah.  Matthew 24 Luke 21.  Days of Noah.  Days of Lot. People were asleep. What woke them up?  The door closed on the Ark and they realized it was too late!  People today are “woke.”  Woke to sin and rebellion against God but asleep to the word of God.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6 ….as do others…Broad is the way that leads to destruction.  Narrow is the way that leads to life…

*Most people will not wake up.

*Interesting that the world has coined the phrase “woke” for those who are supposed awoke to the atrocities that gay, BLM, Illegal aliens, and left leaning people go through.

 

*The are “woke” and we are the ones who are asleep.

 

*The ones who trust in Jesus Christ, who believe the Bible, believe in creation, believe in the rapture of the church and believe that the Jews are to be blessed by us and prayed for by us…..we are asleep to modernism.  To evolution.  To man is God and God is man.

 

*But the Bible tells us that we are only awake if we are looking for Jesus.  Looking for Jesus.  Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.  People who are asleep are not “looking” for the blessed hope!

 

*We had better wake up from being “woke.”  Or we are going never rest again in the depths of the lake of fire!  Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

 

*Our only rest is in Jesus…. Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  10:00

 

  1. Wake Up 2. Be Sober

1 Thessalonians 5:6…..but let us be sober.  Take this seriously!  Jesus could come at any moment.  Why are we not looking for Him? We are promised a blessing if we are looking for Him.

 

*We are to occupy until He comes!  We are to work with one hand on the trow and one hand on the sword.  Living the Lord and ready to go at a moments notice!

*We are to BE LIVING for the Lord and ready to be LEAVING WITH THE LORD!  1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Peter has it right….be serious and stay alert and prepared.  Satan is always seeking to devour you and destroy your testimony before others.  Stay in the word of God and in prayer.  One day away from the Bible and prayer makes ONE WEAK!  How many days did it take Jesus parents to find Him again after He went missing? Three days!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; Night is for sleeping.  Refreshing.  Resting. Preparing. Work while it is day the night cometh when no man can work.  There is a time for rest.  There is a time to refresh.  Rest and refresh does not mean quit and give up our work for the Lord.  We can change our ministry location but we can’t change our call.  The election of God is without repentance.  God has a purpose for you to be fulfilled.  Not every need is your call but every call is a need!

 

*We can work WITH the darkness.  WE cannot work IN the darkness.   We all work IN the darkness of this world.  We see through the darkness by the light and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  A person IN the darkness is lost and unable to see his way and is of no use to anyone.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:7 ……and they that be drunken in the night.  Nothing good happens after midnight.   Sin happens mostly after dark when they cannot be seen.  Thieve break in and steal at night when the world is asleep.  People drink at night for all kinds of reasons.  To forget the troubles of the day.  To sleep or to pass out.  Most people have to work and drinking is not allowed…so they get drunk at night so they can be sober by the morning.  But that rarely happens as they must drink every morning before work to feel like working and the cycle starts all over again.

 

*Bad things mostly happens mostly in the dark when they cannot be detected.  Dracula is known as the prince of darkness….He cannot stand the light of day!  Sinners are mostly cowards. They don’t want to get caught and pay the consequences of their actions.  No one burglarizes a business in broad daylight unless they are incredibly arrogant!  But today thieves will strike anytime because they are arrogant brought on by drug and alcohol abuse.

 

*Sin and wickedness cannot stand to be revealed in the light.  Satan hates the light of Christ!  He was once an angel of light.  NO wonder he hates it so as it reminds him of his own arrogance and foolishness!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober.  We are of the day We have to be of the day….the light…the glory of God.  Work while it is day.

 

*Today is the day of salvation.  Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!  God created the world during six days.  And morning and evening were the first day!

 

*God worked to create days not nights!  No one worked at night before modern industrial revolution. So it hasn’t been that long that we all worked during the day!

 

*Be sober….again take this seriously.   We can’t be serious all the time but should think responsibly and hopefully all of the time! 19:00

 

  1. Wake Up 2. Be Sober 3. Put On Faith and Salvation

1 Thessalonians 5:8……putting on the breastplate of faith and love;   Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate…..

*The breastplate protects the heart and vital organs.  Faith comes from the heart.  With the heart man believeth unto righteousness!

 

*Man is saved when He believes with all of His heart that Jesus is the Son of God and died and rose again for our sins.  Love comes from the heart of man.

 

*Faith, hope and love the greatest of these is love. Do you love God?  God certainly loves you!

* faith and love always go together.  We can’t have faith in a god who hates us!  How could we trust someone who hates us?  but we have faith because we KNOW that God loves us and will never harm us in anyway but is always with and brings everything to our good and His glory!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 ……and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  Hope means full assurance.  Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head…..

With the heart man believeth unto righteousness with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.   *The mouth says what the mind thinks.   We must think right.  We must consider the things of God.

 

*Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  We process the word of God with our minds and with our hearts believe it and are saved.

 

*Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Not the words of men.  Not the songs we sing.  Music touches the heart and the emotions.  We are saved when we repent…change our minds about Christ and trust in Him as Savior.

 

*1 Corinthians 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. We have to know what we believe and WHY we believe it. That is the mind of Christ that we must have.  We must think like Christ and we can do that by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 …..The hope or the assurance, stedfast certainty of salvation.  WE have a KNOW So salvation.  I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day!  1 John 5:13 hese things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 

 

Conclusion:

  1. Wake Up 2. Be Sober 3. Put On Faith and Salvation

*Put on faith and salvation.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Believe means to trust in.  Trust in Jesus Christ.  And He WILL save YOU!  yes you.  If you are saved….and many people want assurance. Many people doubt their salvation.  I’ll tell you I used to doubt all the time until I began to read the Bible every day.  Funny how your doubts disappear when your faith increases!

 

*Another thing that causes doubt…..I don’t guess I’m saved or hope I’m saved or don’t know if I’m saved….Our salvation is not certain if the one who claims to save us is a liar and not dependable.

 

*But Jesus is the way, the truth and the life!  He cannot lie.  He cannot fail you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you!  He is the living God! Creator and sustainer of ALL things!  He is truth.  He is life!  He is the door of salvation, the author and finisher of our salvation and the source of our salvation!  If He can’t save you and keep you…then who can?  YOU?  I don’t think so!  I give unto them eternal life and they shall NEVER perish!  NEVER means will you can take yourself out of God’s hands.  REALLY! Now why would you do that?  And if you could do that then you would be God …..so it is a mute point!

 

*Jesus came to save sinner of whom I am chief!  He didn’t come to save the righteous.   Because they ain’t none!  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  ALL.  Come to Jesus today.  Trust in Him right now.

 

*Wake up! Don’t leave here uncertain about the certainty of eternity….settle it tonight!  28:04

 

10/15/2023

Nehemiah 4:14-16 Enemies Around Are Around Us

Intro: The days are numbered since birth.  Our days are numbered here on earth.  For the Lord will come for us in death or in the rapture.  So we should work while it is day….night cometh when no man can work.  And we will always have opposition from our enemies while we do God’s work and do His will. That cannot discourage us.

 

We have war in the Middle east.  I think is the Psalm 83 war which we will look at tonight.  First of all….I want to say to those who say that Israel allowed this Hamas attack so that they could justify attacking Iran or finishing Hamas are out of their minds and actually anti-semitic.  Are you serious!  You think that Benjamin Netanyau would allow these animals to attack his people for some gloabl political reasons?  I know that Israel is not perfect….but they are very patriotic (not like our leaders) They would never allow Hamas to enact such cruelty on their people!

 

I have never seen so much anti-semitism…hatred for Jews than I have in the last week especially among Christians! Some say that Israel had their defense systems hacked…..but we know one thing for sure…… that God allowed it.  Perhaps so His people can dwell in safety and get rid of their enemies and threats from their neighbors that surround them once and for all…..As we see in Ezekiel 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.  This is the Gog-Magog war in which Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya come down and attack Israel.  Not their neighbors….they have been defeated.   This will happen after this skirmish is settled.  So Nehemiah has a lot to say about Jew hatred and their enemies.  We too will see an increase in enemies to the Christian faith.  For it they hate Jews they will hate us also.  2:00

 

  1. Enemies will try to Make Us Fear

Nehemiah 4:14 And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: I saw that the people were worried, so I said to them and to their leaders and officials, “Don’t be afraid of our enemies. When I saw their fear, I stood and said to the nobles and officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; [confidently] Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Fear is our greatest fear.  We should have healthy fear of danger.  But we can’t obsess about our fears.

 

Nehemiah 4:14 ….. remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.  Remember how great and terrifying the Lord is, and fight for your relatives, your children, your wives, and your homes.” remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and [with courage from Him] fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and for your homes.”  Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Jesus will take care of us and never forsake us to the wicked.  We may suffer persecution but they can only go so far and we know that Christ wins in the end.   1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 10:00

 

  1. Enemies will try to Make Us Fear 2. God Ruins The Plans of Our Enemies

Nehemiah 4:15 And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, Our enemies heard that we had found out what they were plotting, and they realized that God had defeated their plans. Now when our enemies heard that we knew about their plot against us, and that God had frustrated their plan.  Psalm 33:10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

 

Nehemiah 4:15.…..that we returned all of us to the wall, Then all of us went back to rebuilding the wall. we all returned to the wall.   Luke 19:13…..and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  Stay at it.  Don’t quit, don’t be discouraged or dismayed.  Trust in the Lord….stay on the wall…

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.  Our only success is to know and live by the Bible…the infallible word of God.

 

Nehemiah 4:15……every one unto his work. each one to his work. Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Our jobs are gifts from God.  Our talents are gifts from God.  Our spiritual gifts are from God.  We are all unique and as I always say…not every call or need is your to do or fulfill….you do what God has given you….. the talent, the spiritual gift and the place He has put you.  Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  Just stay at it.  don’t quit.  Jesus is coming soon now is not the time to scale back, to be afraid, to hesitate in the Lord’s work in your life.  19:00

 

  1. Enemies will try to Make Us Fear 2. God Ruins The Plans of Our Enemies
  2. We Must Always Be Diligent.

Nehemiah 4:16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, From then on half of my men worked.  From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work

Half worked…they were skilled in what they did.  That was their calling…their talent and their gift.  You do what God has called you to do and gifted you to do.  Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.

 

And despite the threats they stayed on the wall and continued to work on the wall.

Nehemiah 4:16……and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and half stood guard, wearing coats of armor and armed with spears, shields, and bows. while the other half held the spears, shields, bows, and breastplates.  These were not gifted in building but they could wield a sword, or hold a shield or shoot a bow while wearing armor.  Which was not easy to do.  But they did what they could.  And they did it faithfully.

 

Nehemiah 4:16……and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah. And our leaders gave their full support to the people.  and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah.  The people were all in full support of one another.  That’s the great thing about being in a church. NO one can do it alone in this world. We need help and support and encouragement.  1 Thessalonians 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  27:00

 

  1. Enemies will try to Make Us Fear 2. God Ruins The Plans of Our Enemies
  2. We Must Always Be Diligent.

Enemies Are All Around Us   28:04

 

 

10/15/2023 and 10/29/2023

Psalm 83  Are We Close To Something Big?

Intro:  First of all, I don’t know for sure if this passage describes a war or a skirmish that happened in 1948, 1967, 1973 or in Israel’s distant past or if it is for today. There are many similarities to those past attacks and the Psalm 83 war.   But I want us to take a closer look at Psalm 83 and see what God is saying to us here.   Is it for today or has it already occurred. In the Past?  Asaph who wrote it was not a poet, or a musician, he was a prophet.  2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer (prophet). And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.  Prophet’s prophecy.  So this definitely is a prophecy.  1:00

 

  1. The Hatred For Israel

Psalm 83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

Do not keep silent, O God; O God, do not remain silent. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. Do not keep quiet, O God. Do not hold Your peace or be still, O God.  This is a real prophecy as Asaph implores God to tell him what is going to happen.  Asaph is a prophet.   Asaph knows something big is coming in the future to Israel.

 

There is a supernatural hatred of Israel in the world.  Zechariah 12:2-3 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

 

We are in these days…. and it may have begun Saturday, October 7th.  First of all….I want to say to those who say that Israel allowed this Hamas attack so that they could justify attacking Iran or finishing Hamas are out of their minds and actually anti-semitic.  I have never seen so much anti-semitism…hatred for Jews than I have in the last week especially among Christians! Some say that Israel had their defense systems hacked…..but we know one thing for sure…… that God allowed it.  Perhaps so His people can dwell in safety and get rid of their enemies and threats from their neighbors taht surround them once and for all…..As we see in Ezekiel 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.  This is the Gog-Magog war in which Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya come down and attack Israel.  Not their neighbors….they have been defeated.   This will happen after this skirmish is settled.

 

Psalm 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

Look, your enemies are in an uproar. Those who hate you hold their heads high. For behold, Your enemies are in tumult, And those who hate You have raised their heads [in hatred of You].  Israel has enemies that hate them.  That is well-known to everyone in the world.    Their enemies are not quiet about their hatred for Israel.  They want everyone to know it.  I don’t call it Anti-semitism.  Semite’s could be any people from the Levant area of the Middle East.  That area is the land of Israel and her bordering neighbors. This is not anti-semitism but just plain and simple hatred of just the Jews!!

 

Their enemies are in a tumult and uproar! They are fired up and ready to attack!  These are Israel’s traditional enemies that have always hated them.  The old Philistines, the Old Canaanites from ages past.  Their neighbors!  They lift up their head and proclaim their hate and threats to all who will listen.  They have threatened big things against Israel for years.  Now they want to do something big against Israel.

 

Psalm 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

They make plans in secret against your people and plot together against those you treasure. They concoct crafty schemes against Your people, And conspire together against Your hidden and precious ones.  They have plotted and planned and schemed and managed to keep those plans secret against THY or YOUR people who are hidden (small and inconspicuous) and precious to God.  Israel is small in number.  Less than 15 million in the world and less than 7 million in Israel.  This recent attack was kept quiet and suddenly came upon Israel.   But once it happened it was organized and big.  But something bigger is coming as Israel seeks revenge and God will help them get that revenge.

 

Psalm 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. They say, “Let’s wipe out their nation so that the name of Israel will no longer be remembered.” They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; Let the name of Israel be remembered no more.”  This is the main and only reason for any attacks on Israel.  They hate them and they want them wiped off the map.  Arab school maps do not have Israel on them.  Their one and only goal is to destroy, kill, remove every Jew on the planet and take their land!  Is this true today?  YES!  they tell you exactly what they want to do….push Israel into the sea.  Death to Israel and the United States!  This is their big plan to get rid of Israel. And their unreasonable hatred fed by Satan himself will lead to bigger and bigger attempts to destroy Israel.   People in America left hate Israel. People in the church today hate Israel.  Most churches hate Israel.  What has happened to Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  Do these Jew haters pray the Psalm 122:6 prayer?  Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.   Something big is about to happen because of the world-wide hatred of Jews and Israel!

 

  1. The Hatred For Israel 2. The Group of Ten Conspirators.

Psalm 83:5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

They agree completely on their plan. They form an alliance against you: For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant— With cunning they conspire

They plot.  They want Israel to be wiped out.  They want Jews wiped out and the land for their own. That is the bottom line.  There is a confederacy, a group of combatants seeking to destroy Israel. They want to do something big as we said.

 

Psalm 83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

Here are the conspirators against Israe.  The tents from Edom and Ishmael, Moab and Hagar, The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Of Moab and the Hagrites.  This is big!  Ten groups coming against Israel.  Something big is happening right now in Israel.

 

Psalm 83  is about War.    Led by what some call the Inner ring of fire.  All these nations are bordering Israel.  The outer ring of fire is the Ezekiel 38 and 39 nations…..Russia, Iran, Turkey and Lybia that will attack Israel in the Gog-magog war in the future.  These outer ring groups have not been Israels’ traditional enemies. The inner ring are their traditional enemies.  It’s big now with this war, it will be bigger with the Gog-Magog invasion.  It will get bigger still with a war in Heaven between Michael and His angels versus Satan and his angels.  That’s who Jesus saw fall from heaven to the earth. And even bigger is the battle of Armegeddon coming at the end of the tribulation and then the Satanic rebellion led Gog-magog war at the end of the Millennium.    Something big is happening.  It’s the four end time wars and one rebellion.

 

Psalm 83 war—Now???

Gog-Magog war—Soon??

War in Heaven—Mid-point of the tribulation

Battle of Armegeddon—End of the tribulation

Gog-magog millennium rebellion—end of the Millennium

 

Psalm 83 mentions a Ten member coalition…..

  1. Tents of Edom—Palestinian refugees and Southern Jordan. The Hezzbolah trains and recruits there.
  2. Ishmaliets—Saudi people who are going to be indirectly involved like 9-11 in the US
  3. Moab—Palestinians and Central Jordan. Jordan is where the Palestinians originated and were created.
  4. Hagrites—Egyptians (hagar is the Matriarch of Egypt) they are indirectly involved.

 

Isaiah 11:14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.  Philistines…Palestinians and Gaza strip.  Edom—Jordan.  Moab.  Palestinians from Central Jordan.  Ammon—Palestinians from Northern Jordan.

 

Zephanniah 2:4-5 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.   Gaza shall be forsaken.  Gaza strip is on the west coast of Israel on the sea.  Hamas is there representing Iran and the Palestinians. Two million people live there.   5000 rockets fired On October 7th from Gaza. This started on the western coast region of the Gaza strip.  FLY means without any warning.  Didn’t ultra-light parachute aircraft hang gliders attack Israel among other things?

 

Palestinians are descendants Edom and are bascially Jordanian refugees.  There is no “P” sound in Arabic languages.  It is the “F” sound.  Palestinians are Phalistinians or Philistines!  “F” sound.  Ezekiel 25:13-15 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD. 15Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

 

Old hatred….The Palestinians being the OLD Philistines.  Goliath was working for the Philistines!  They are old enemies of Israel that are still here today!!  All these ten conspirators are old Hatreds for Israel.

 

Perfect opportunity for Hamas and Hezbollah who are Iranian Proxies who act for them.  Teman are not known but could be the current Jordanians who dwell there.  Remember Palestinians are basically Jordan refugees.  God has nothing against the current people of Jordan who dwell there but the Palestinian refugees from there who dwell in Palestine. Dedan may be Palestinian refugees.

 

The Peace initiative that The US wants to push basically calls for Israel to give up East Jerusalem for peace.  That is not going to happen according to God.  He will not let their land be divided by world leaders.  But the Palestinian narrative is a lie.  To have peace in the Middle East you have to have a deal between Palestinians and Israel.    This is simply not true! The nations in the middle east fight each other all the time.  This is just a Satanic ruse.  Peace between Israel and the Palestinians will not cause the Arabs to love each other and get along!!

 

Psalm 83:7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

More of the ten groups in Psalm 83.  Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia, along with those who live in Tyre. Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.

  1. Gebal/Byblos—Hezbollah and Northern Lebanese. Lebanon is the training base for Hezzbolah and Hamas.
  2. Ammon—Palestians and Northern Jordanians. Palestinians are refugees from Jordan.
  3. Amalek—Arabs of the Sinai Area. Groups to the south of Israel that hate them.
  4. Philistia—Hamas of the Gaza Strip. The instigators of this war as we saw on October 7th.
  5. Tyre—Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese. Lebanon again. Their training and recruiting center

 

Psalm 83:8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

Even Assyria has joined them. They helped the descendants of Lot. Selah Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot [the Ammonites and the Moabites] and have been an arm [of strength] to them. Selah.

10.Assyria—Syrians and Northern Iraqi’s.  They can launch missiles from there and Gaza.  This is big. Ten groups are conspiring to destroy Israel.  Will they come to Hama’s aid?  Will they come to free the people of the Gaza Strip?  Something is going to get all ten involved in this war.  It’s going to be big.  But God is much bigger!!!

 

  1. The Hatred For Israel 2. The Group of Ten Conspirators. 3. The Destruction of the Conspirators. 

Psalm 83:9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

Do to them what you did to Midian, to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

Deal with them as [You did] with Midian, As with Sisera and Jabin at the brook of Kishon. Asaph recites God’s great victories against the formidable foes of Israel. God’s victory at Midian was accomplished through Gideon (Judg. 7). God’s victory over Sisera was accomplished through Deborah and Barak (Judg. 4; 5). The same God who had battled Israel’s enemies in the past would fight all those who might oppose His people in the future.

 

Psalm 83:10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. They were destroyed at Endor. They became manure to fertilize the ground. Who were destroyed at En-dor, Who became like dung for the earth.   Not a good ending for Israel’s enemies when God fights for them.  The King of Canaan, and Sisera, his commander in chief, were killed at En Dor after a disastrous defeat at the Brook Kishon (Judg. 4). Their decaying carcasses became fertilizer for Israel’s soil.

 

Psalm 83:11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Treat their influential people as you treated Oreb and Zeeb. Treat all their leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb And all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

Two princes of Midian, were killed and decapitated (Judg. 7:23–25). According to Isaiah (10:26), it was an epic slaughter.  Old hatreds and the descendants are alive today.

 

Two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, had threatened to occupy “the pastures of God.” They managed to escape from the Israelites when Oreb and Zeeb were slain, but they were subsequently overtaken and executed by Gideon (Judg. 8).  Old hatreds.

 

Psalm 83:12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

They said, “Let’s take God’s pasturelands for ourselves.”Who said, “Let us possess for ourselves. The pastures of God.”  They want to loot and plunder Israel and posses the land.  Exactly what they want to do today with their recent attack on Israel.  They want control of the temple mount so that God’s people cannot build their temple.  Well, the temple will be built because the Anti-Christ, the beast will sit on that throne and proclaim to be God!  The Muslims will be gone from Israel with the Psalm 83 war leading to Israel living without walls and border and dwelling safely?  Maybe???

 

Psalm 83:13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

O my God, make them like [a]whirling dust, O my God, blow them away like tumbleweeds,[a] like husks in the wind. Like chaff before the wind [worthless and without substance].  Asaph prays that God will sent them flying like a cloud of dust.

 

Psalm 83:14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;

Pursue them with your storms, and terrify them with your windstorms Like fire consumes the forest, And like the flame sets the mountains on fire.

 

Psalm 83:15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.

the way fire burns a forest and flames set mountains on fire.[b] So pursue them with Your tempest.  And terrify them with [the violence of] Your storm. Asaph prays that God will burn them with the tempest of His Holy Anger!

 

Psalm 83:16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.

Let their faces blush with shame, O Lord, so that they must look to you for help. Fill their faces with shame and disgrace, That they may [persistently] seek Your name, O Lord.  Asaph prays that they will be ashamed of themselves over their great folly of attacking Israel.

 

Psalm 83:17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

Let them be put to shame and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace.  Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be humiliated and perish.  Asaph prays that they will die in disgrace and infamy!

 

Psalm 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth. so that they must acknowledge you. Your name is the Lord. You alone are the Most High God of the whole earth. That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth. Asaph prays that they will know the name of God who is God over all creation!

 

Psalm 2

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

 

Jeremiah 49:35-39.   Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, (Iran) the chief of their might. 36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come. 37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the Lord; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them: 38 And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the Lord.  39 But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the Lord.    Elam is now Iran

 

Conclusion: 

We are very close to something Big!!!  We have never seen it like it is today!

Ezekiel 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.  Israel will be dwelling securely after the Psalm 83 neighbors are destroyed.  Remember that Asaph is a prophet.   As I said.  Israel defeats their enemies in Psalm 83 and is at peace so that they can take down their walls….not get rid of border checkpoints but normal security as a nation at peace with it’s neighbors.  This enrages Iran and Russia and Turkey who plan this attack on Israel…the Gog-Magog war.

 

A lot of similarities with 1948 and 1967 and 1973 and Psalm 83

Verse 12  They want Israel’s land.  Same as 1948 and 1967 and 1973

Verses 13-18  God did not deal with the attackers and cause them to not be a nation in 1948 and 1967 and 1973.  Wheresas in Psalm 83 it appears that they are shamed and confounded and troubled and even perish.

 

Destruction of Damascus  Isaiah 17:1  The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. Damascus has never not been a city since It’s beginningSo this prophecy has NOT yet been fulfilled.    Israel will act in self defense and destroy the Iranian proxies in Syria and destroy Damascus as a result to fulfill Isaiah 17:1.  The IDF has promised to destroy Damascus in recent news articles  if enemy compounds are found there.

 

Israel will attack Iran’s proxies in Psalm 83 war.  That’s why Iran’s proxies attack Israel before the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog-Magog war and why that Iran and Russia and Turkey conspire to attack Israel a few months or maybe a year or so in the Gog-Magog war.  Israel has to have to time to dwell in peace and safety without walls.  They will be secure finally but it will not last!!  Then after God defeats and kills 5 out of every 6 enemy combatants they will agree to join a peace accord with the Anti-Christ, the Beast, the man of sin to begin the tribulation.

 

10/8/2023

Haggai 1:3-8  God Will Build His House

Intro:   The Book of Haggai was written in approximately 520 B.C.   Haggai sought to challenge the people of God concerning their priorities. He exhorted them to turn from the uncleanness of their ways and to trust in God. The Book of Haggai is a reminder of the problems the people of God faced at this time, how the people courageously trusted in God, and how God provided for their needs.

 

Haggai asks us……..

1) Are we are more interested in our own pleasures than doing the work of God?

2) to not give up….. be tough because we WILL run into opposition or discouragements.

3) to confess our sins and seek to live lives that please God.

4) to be bold and courageous because we know that He is always with us and is in full control of our circumstances.

5) to know that we are in God’s hands and He will abundantly bless us as we faithfully serve Him.

God WILL build His house….the question is……are we going to build with Him or against Him?  2:00

 

  1. Wrong Priorities

Haggai 1:2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built. The Lord Almighty said to Haggai, “These people say that this is not the right time to rebuild the Temple.” “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘These people say, “The time has not come that the Lord’s house (temple) should be [b]rebuilt.”’

 

They said “The time is not right.”  Caution is always good.  But sometimes we can be over cautious.  God’s timing is always right though.  If God lays upon our hearts to do something we need to get with it.  How do we know God wants us to do something?  How do we know God’s will?  First of all…..You can’t know God’s will if you don’t know God!  And you can’t know God if you aren’t following Jesus Christ each day!  John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..

 

If you follow Him… you will seek Him first. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. What will be added unto us if we follow Jesus every day?  31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 

Food, drink, clothing, the basic human needs of sustenance, comfort and shelter.  What everyone needs!!! We get in Jesus Christ!   Follow Jesus every day.

 

Always do the basics…..Read the Bible daily…. So God can speak to you

Pray daily in your prayer closet….So you can speak to God.

Go to your church faithfully and fellowship with others and worship corporately together….where you can hear from and speak to your brothers and sisters in Christ…..where Jesus our favorite topic and the favorite person in our lives! The one who is OUR LIFE!!  For Christ who is our life….Colossians 3:4

 

God will lay upon your heart everything else He wants you to do.  He will confirm it through others or a need that you hear about or something that you just want to do.  Remember EVERY NEED is not a call from God.   But every CALL of God…. WILL FILL A NEED!  Example:  going to Haiti to serve God.   Not everyone can go to Haiti.  If the trip stirs your heart and the way is possible and you get excited about it then that might be your calling! What gets you motivated, what fulfills you in your service for Jesus Christ?  That is your call!!  It might be teaching a class, driving a bus, opening the church, singing, cleaning, doing maintenance, giving, evangelizing, cooking, working with kids, working with prisoners, organizing events, changing the light bulbs….1 Corinthains 10:31 whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

 

Everyone has different personalities and different talents and different likes and dislikes and different determination.  Listen…..If you are following Jesus each day…..and you pray daily, read the Bible daily and are faithful to your church…..God will put you where He wants you….Most of the time you will just wind up there without any fan fare or great struggle.

 

Example:  I never dreamed I would be a preacher.  It took God 44 years to get me ready to pastor and I’m still learning.  But here I am!! I’ve been preaching for the last 30 years and 23 years as pastor! A long road for me……..because God had very little to work with.

 

The point is….. I can’t do anything…..But He can!!  John 15:5 for without me ye can do nothing.   And He can use you in ways you never dreamed or imagined!  Make yourself available for God and He will use you!  Get your priorities right!  God will build His house and you are part of that house.

 

Haggai 1:3 Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying….. The Lord then gave this message to the people through the prophet Haggai: Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet…. God’s will get his word out to His people.  He will speak to His people through His word and through His preachers and prophets.  Prophets fore tell (the future) and forthtell (preach God’s word)  But all of us forth tell the word of God.  We are all preachers.  We tell others the word of God.  By the way we live.  By the things we say. By the things we do.  Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.  The words of the Lord are true, and all his works are dependable.

 

Haggai 1:4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? My people, why should you be living in well-built houses while my Temple lies in ruins? “Is it time for you yourselves to live in your [expensive] paneled houses while this house [of the Lord] lies in ruins?”  God’s people when they came back from Babylonian captivity built their own homes first before considering the temple or God’s house!  And they continued lavishly decorating their homes.

 

Nothing wrong with having a nice home when God is in your home!  But these people left God out of everything and made matters worse as they left OFF building God’s house because the time was not right!   If we wait for perfect time we will never get anything done!  Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.

 

Their priorities were not right.  God was not a priority in their lives.  Just do it…is the motto of a shoe company.  We would be much better off in our lives if we just got things done as soon as possible!  Especially the things of God.  “I’m going to start going to church again.”  Just Do it!  “I’m going to start reading the Bible everyday.”  Just Do it!  “I’m going to tell my co-worker about Jesus.”  Just do it!

 

Hebrews 4:7 To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.  If you hear God’s voice today, do not be stubborn.   How do we hear God’s voice?  Through the Bible that speaks to our hearts after we hear His word.  Don’t put things off.  Don’t talk about it…. just do it!  Good intentions never saved anybody.  Good actions saved you!  You realized you were lost in sin and needed Jesus Christ as your Savior.  You DID something!  You called upon the Lord and were saved!

 

Muscle memory gained by doing something over and over again (until your muscle actually thinks so you don’t have to) is the secret to playing an instrument, hitting a baseball, hitting a jump shot, or doing any repetitive task that requires memory.   Today is the day.  2 Corinthians 6:2 ….behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Listen! This is the hour to receive God’s favor; today is the day to be saved, this is the day to start living for Jesus Christ!  Get your priorities right.  God will build His house will you be a part of it? 10:00

 

1 Wrong Priorities   2.  Consider Your Ways

Haggai 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Don’t you see what is happening to you? Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways and reflect on your conduct!  Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Paul says Here is a last piece of advice. If you value the approval of God, fix your minds on the things which are holy and right and pure and beautiful and good. Model your conduct on what you have learned from me, on what I have told you and shown you, and you will find the God of peace will be with you.  Consider, think about a right relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Haggai 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. You have planted much, but you harvest little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have enough to be intoxicated; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns wages earns them just to put them in a bag with holes in it.

 

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant. Consider what you plant.  Consider the life you are building.  You work hard and nothing goes right.  You try to live life on your terms and you’re never happy.  You are trying to build your own house your way.  God will build His house and you are not a part of what God is doing.

 

Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Can’t you see why this has happened? Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways and thoughtfully reflect on your conduct!  Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.  God wants us to open our eyes to the truth and open our hearts to Him.  He has the only path to life.  John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  Consider your ways, consider you’re life is a building.  God is going to build His house….have you considered being a part of what God is building with your life?  You cannot  have success with Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. It will all fall apart eventually. Consider your ways. 19:00

 

1 Wrong Priorities   2.  Consider Your Ways 3.  Do The Work Of God

Haggai 1:8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Now go up into the hills, get lumber, and rebuild the Temple; then I will be pleased and will be worshiped as I should be. Go up to the hill country, bring lumber and rebuild My house (temple), that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord [accepting it as done for My glory].  God is going to be so pleased when His people would start building their lives with Him!!

 

We live to glorify God………Psalm 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. I will praise you with all my heart, O Lord my God; I will proclaim your greatness forever.  We live to do His work and His will.  His ways are not hard.  Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” because Jesus is with us every step of the way.  Do the work of God.  God is building His house are you going to be building with Him and know the blessings of pleasing Him?

 

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Your conduct should be so good that when they accuse you of being evildoers, they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God on the Day of his coming.  Do the work of God and that means doing good which pleases God and glorifies God…..

 

Doing good pleases our creator.  Who loves us and blesses us.  the People of Israel never thought about pleasing God but only about pleasing themselves.  If we please God He will bless us.  Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.   No one ever said…”I wish I hadn’t tried to please God with my life.”  God brings us joy in our sorrows and peace in the storms.  He overcomes our pain.  He will build His house and I want to do the work of God because that is the only thing that will please God and please my heart.  It’s the only thing that will last in my life and your life!

 

Everyone wants to be rich and successful.   It is the Lord’s blessing that makes you wealthy. Hard work cannot make you truly rich.  You might make a lot of money but you are also making a mess of your life.   27:00

 

Conclusion:

How is God pleased?  Hebrews 11:6   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God is the source of life and joy and that He will reward those who diligently seek after him, who want to know Him personally and walk with Him each day.  God is building His house.  It is a house built on faith and trust in Him.  That is what pleases Him and gives you a great life and eternal joy!   28:04

10/1/2023

Acts 6:8-10 How To Be Feared By The Enemy

Intro:  We have enemies. Some of them are not so obvious.  We have people that get mad at us and may even try to fight against us.  the US has enemies.  We have an adversary called the devil.  So if you are a Christian you have an enemy who will use every means he can to stop you from serving Jesus Christ!  How would you like for the devil and his friends to fear you?  Little ol me!  Yes you!  1:00

 

  1. Stephen Had Faith

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

Stephen, a man richly blessed by God and full of power, performed great miracles and wonders among the people.  Now Stephen, full of grace (divine blessing, favor) and power, was doing great wonders and signs (attesting miracles) among the people.                                                             Stephen was a man of faith and power and DID great things…….among the people.  Now I believe the apostles and early church did signs and miracles with power from God.  They laid the foundation of the church.  Jesus is the cornerstone and we are the church built from their foundation.

 

Stephen had faith….Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Stephen’s greatest attribute is his faith.  That is the first thing and the greatest thing we have to do if we are going to do great things for God.  It all starts with faith and trust and belief in Jesus Christ.  How do you get great faith?  Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God….It begins and ends with the Bible.  The Bible is the story of faith.

 

Luke 17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.   How much faith does it take?  Just enough to place your eternal destiny in the hands of Jesus Christ….that’s all.  It’s a little but it’s a lot.  James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.  Three times the Bible says that Abraham believed God.  He believed what God said, Believed IN what God did and Acted on that belief.

 

Stephen Had Power…..Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

Stephen DID…great wonders and miracles…..He had an effect on the people around him.  He was known.  He got around.  He didn’t sit at home on his blessed assurance.  He DID.  We can do great things for Christ.  We can do wonderful things in His power.  We make a difference in the world by our faith.  We can do miracles in this world.  Every time a person comes to faith in Christ by your efforts that is a miracle of the new birth.  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

For your faith to work you must work your faith.  Faith is like a muscle, it’s got to be exercised.  James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  Expect God to do great things in your life.  Stephen DID…..get up and do great things for God.  Just about everything you do can be used of God.  Be the best you can be at everything you do for the glory of God.  What will your neighbors think of your Jesus if you are hateful and stay hidden in the house?  Be a good neighbor.  Be the best employee.  Help others, be kind to that check out person.  Be a light to people. We really don’t have much time in this world.   I Corinthians 10:31 hether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  You never know what things you do that can touch someone for Jesus until you get out and do it.  Whatever you do it all starts with faith in Jesus Christ! 10:00

 

  1. Stephen Had Faith 2. Stephen Had Oppostion

Acts 6:9 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.

But he was opposed by some men who were members of the synagogue of the Freedmen[a] (as it was called), which had Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria. They and other Jews from the provinces of Cilicia and Asia started arguing with Stephen. However, some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (freed Jewish slaves), both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and [the province of] Asia, rose up and questioned and argued with Stephen.

 

I think it is interesting that the King James version calls the Jews as Libertines or liberals.  Liberal’s are those who are liberal in their belief’s.  They are open to compromise and open to change.   They are still opposing the work of God today. They are religious and they are agnostic today.  They oppose everything that is the truth of Jesus Christ in the world.

 

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  You will have opposition when you try to serve the Lord.  Don’t let it stop you. Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  We should be wise in our work for the Lord. We should never seek to harm anyone and seek to be peaceful at all times.  But we have to be fearless in our defense of the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

It was religious that opposed the faith, the power and the things Stephen did.  But you will certainly get resistance from the wicked also.  We see that in our world today!  It has become increasingly dangerous to be a Christian and live by Christian values in our world today and one day they will hate your guts for following and even mentioning Jesus Christ and even try to kill you!  Hey….. wait a minute this is already happening!  Matthew 28:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

 

Stephen was attacked mercilously by his opponents. They will pull no punches with us.  they hate Jesus that much.  We are really seeing it today.  Matthew 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.   They lied about Stephen.  They will lie about you.  They reviled Stephen.  They will revile or insult you.  They persecuted Stephen.  They will persecute or harass you.  They killed Stephen.  They would love to kill you and every Christian in the world.  They will get their wish…not our death but our removal from this world very soon!  Expect Opposition.  We have an adversary the devil.  He is wise and powerful so that should make us sharp and ready for anything.   A good opponent makes us sharper and wiser and prepared.  19:00

 

  1. Stephen Had Faith 2. Stephen Had Oppostion 3.  Stephen Could not Lose

Acts 6:10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.  But the Spirit gave Stephen such wisdom that when he spoke, they could not refute him.  He could not lose.  But they were not able to successfully withstand and cope with the wisdom and the intelligence [and the power and inspiration] of the Spirit by whom he was speaking.

 

The good news is that WE WIN! We cannot lose.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 

He could not lose because…….

He knew the Scriptures….he preached a scripture filled sermon in chapter seven.   Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

He could not lose because His faith  gave Him great wisdom and confidence. Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

 

He could not lose because He was filled with the Holy Spirit.  John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 

He could not lose because He spake the word of God….2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

 

He could not lose because Christ would not let Him lose.  He will not let us lose.  Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.  1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God].  27:00

 

Conclusion:

  1. Stephen Had Faith 2. Stephen Had Oppostion 3.  Stephen Could not Lose

Faith is where is all begins.  You are what you believe in.  If you believe in yourself as all our songs and self help books and guru’s tells us to do….. then good luck you are very very limited.  If you believe in science…Good luck for science once believed that blood letting was good and that the earth was flat.  If you believe in man….Good luck for the ways of man are in opposition to God.  If you believe in Jesus Christ…you will have success and victory and eternal life! 28:04

10/1/2023

Judges 21:25  People Do What They Think Is Right

Intro: The Book of Judges does not specifically name its author. The tradition is that the Prophet Samuel

was the author of Judges. Internal evidence indicates that the author of Judges lived shortly after the

period of the Judges. Samuel fits this qualification.  The Book of Judges was likely written between 1045

and 1000 B.C.

 

The Book of Judges can be divided into two sections: 1) Chapters 1-16 which gives an account of the wars of deliverance beginning with the Israelites’ defeat of the Canaanites and ending with the defeat of the Philistines and the death of Samson; 2) Chapters 17-21 which is referred to as an appendix and does not relate to the previous chapters. These chapters are noted as a time “when there was no king in Israel (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25).” The Book of Ruth was originally a part of the Book of Judges, but in A.D. 450 it was removed to become a book of its own.

 

The Book of Judges covers about 330 years of Israel’s history (c. 1383 BC to c. 1052 BC) and is a tragic account of how God was taken for granted by His children year after year, century after century. Judges is a sad contrast to the book of Joshua which chronicles the blessings God bestowed on the Israelites for their obedience in conquering the land. In Judges, they were disobedient and idolatrous, leading to their many defeats. Yet God has never failed to open His arms in love to His people whenever they repent from their wicked ways and call upon His name. Through the twelve judges of Israel, God honored His promise to Abraham to protect and bless his offspring.

 

After the death of Joshua and his contemporaries, the Israelites returned to serving Baal and Ashtaroth. God allowed the Israelites to suffer the consequences of worshiping false gods. It was then that the people of God would cry out to Yahweh for help. God sent His children judges to lead them in righteous living. But time after time they would turn their backs on God and return to their lives of wickedness. However, keeping His part of the covenant with Abraham, God would save His people from their oppressors throughout the 480-year span of the Book of Judges.

 

Probably the most notable judge was the 12th judge, Samson, who came to lead the Israelites after a 40-year captivity under the rule of the ruthless Philistines. Samson led God’s people to victory over the Philistines where he lost his own life after 20 years as judge of Israel.

 

I want this evening to look at the LAST verse in the of Judges.  This verse is a duplicate of Judges 17:6.  It is a sobering comment on what went wrong with God’s people and with all people in general. 3:00

 

  1. No Godly Leadership

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel…..

Judges 18:1 and 19:1 says there was no king in Israel.  No leadership. No one who understands the word of God.  No man to unify the people under God.   Sound like our nation?  No leader who will name the name of Jesus Christ.  No leader who will pray for our nation.  No leader who seeks God for help.  In fact our leadership are evolutionists and agnostics.  They absolutely hate God!  Else they would not promote unbiblical ideas and practices like abortion and same sex marriage and gender fluidity.   Eventually in about 330 years Israel would get a king, a bunch of kings and be divided and go into Assyrian defeat and in 470 years Judah would go into Babylonian captivity.

 

Soon the people would tire of Judges and ask for a king.  They were not content for God to be their king. They wanted to be like the other nations who had kingdoms.  1 Samuel 8:7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  How foolish for any nation to reject God.  God sets up human governments to bring order in society.   And He was going to give them a king one day…the Lord Jesus Christ….As He promised Abraham.  But they could not wait for that.

 

When we cannot trust in God or will not trust in God we are asking for trouble as a nation.  No nation in the world has been blessed more than the  United States.  Founded on faith and trust in God and His word and the Lord Jesus Christ!  We have only a small remnant of believers in Jesus Christ left.  We have  left Him for our own way.  We have rejected God as our king and have made men our kings and rulers.

 

Soon the world will be asking for a world leader…. A man who can give them peace and safety.  We know who that is…

 

  1. No Godly Leadership 2. No Godly Man

Judges 21:25 …..Every Man…

Where are the godly Men and women?  Is there no watchmen on the wall?  Psalm 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long?  Nobody knows what is going on or who to believe so they believe anything but the truth.  Who is telling the truth today?  Bible believing, Bible reading Christians!  They are understanding…the only ones who understand.  Daniel 12:9-10 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  Only the wise will understand. Who are the wise?

 

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? The reason the world is going crazy today is this is what they are…fools who have rejected the God of the Bible.  They have rejected the only begotten Son of God.

 

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  The wise of this world are foolish with God.  God turns their stupidity on them. That’s why God have given us a terrible B movie evil leader with a fake German accent actually leading the World Economic Forum named Klaus Swabb.  He’s even got a hilarious name!!   You can not make this stuff up!! Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.   A fool will reject God.  Fools reject Jesus Christ when they know He can save them from their sins.

 

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  Don’t trust your feelings, your instinct, your emotions…trust in the Lord. Pray and read you Bible.  Ask Jesus Christ to reveal Himself to you and lead you and guide you.  Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  The only way to be good is to be in Jesus Christ covered by His righteousness by faith and trust in Him.

 

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.   Man’s laws are not perfect.  They have to be amended and updated.  Our Constitution is good but only the word of God is perfect.  We only know how to be converted from sinner to saint through the word of God.  True wisdom comes from the word of God…the Bible.  John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

 

Isaiah 5:20-21 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  This sums up our world today.  Every leader today is calling evil good and good evil.  We have no one to turn to in leadership today!  They are all corrupt and bought off and led by the devil.  There are good Christians in Local leadership.  But beyond that they are evil.  How did this happen?  Slowly at first then quickly so that now we have NO godly man!

 

  1. No Godly Leadership 2. No Godly Man   3. No One Called Upon God

Judges 21:25…Did what was right in his own eyes.

God’s people decided that they would reject God and do what they think is right.  They have totally rejected God.  They have instead taken up evolution and new age ideas.  God as creator is laughed at.

Creation is rejected by men today.

 

Ever heard of uniformity?  That is the belief that everything happens slowly in nature.  Except of course the big bang!  Where a dead rock exploded and out of millions of dead rocks… life formed.  (why did it explode and why would it explode?)

 

They believe this way….

This in uniformity.  They don’t see the car wreck…they only see the result of the crash and say it took millions of years for the car’s hood to get crinkled.

 

Or take an oil change…. They only see the drip of the oil out of the crank case that will take millions of  years…not the initial burst of oil when you loosened the oil plug.  That’s uniformity.  Nothing has changed over millions of years.

 

The car wreck is creation….the loosening of the oil plug is Noah’s flood.  Both of these events changed the world.  Creation created it and the flood altered it.

 

The Bible also teaches uniformity……after the flood and creation….2 Peter 3:4-7 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (all things continue uniformly since God created everything in the beginning.) 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. ( the flood changed that uniformity and what resulted after the flood has been uniform ever since) The Bible is answering the question of uniformity.   The world is uniform….since creation and the flood.  This passage explains that to those who believe in evolution and in millions of years. The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun.  

 

If someone tells you the earth is billions of years old what do you say?  Very simple.  There cannot be death before Adam.  Death is the result of sin.  Death and corruption cannot have occurred before Adam.  God said 5 times about His creation “it is good” and when man was created “it is very good.”  Sin did not begin until Adam sinned.  Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.  It does not appear that there was a bunch of war and chaos before man got here.  The earth was void and in chaos because it did not have order.  But it did not BECOME that way because there was NO sin in the world.  Satan rebelled and sinned in heaven but there is no way that He sinned in the world until Adam sinned.  The world did not have sin until Adam sinned!

 

Jesus said that He made males and females at the beginning.  Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female. So the evidence from nature and the word of God is that the earth is young as sin is! About six thousand years.   Silt from the Mississippi river..… Stars created at once and light is instant.

 

The wicked believe in creation also but THEY created the evolution delusion and it is accepted as their religion as fact today!  It’s a belief system that takes faith.   More faith to believe that than to believe in Genesis!

 

Man got in this mess because we have quit calling upon God.  In the 50’s and 60’s Billy Graham was on prime time TV major network channels.  You will never see that again!

 

We cannot and will not call upon God and we cannot do right because we are evil.  There is none righteous no not one!  We are all sinners by nature.  We need to come to our creator for wisdom and knowledge.  Man can do great things without God. They made the tower of Bable. They have made great cities and inventions all because of God’s grace and His mercy and His love.  But they cannot create a utopia without Jesus Christ!  Because God will not bless it and man cannot be good without God.  And man is not eternal and will die and everything he makes is corrupted and wears out and changes and gets old and worn out.  Only what God builds is eternal and glorious!

 

No leader in the world calls upon God!  NONE!  They do what they think is right. They follow the devil and his world agenda!

 

Conclusion:

Judges 21:25  People Do What They Think Is Right

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  I saved the best verse to the last.  This sums it all up.

9/24/2023

Philippians 4:19-20  He Will Meet Your Needs

Intro:  We hear of food shortages, runaway inflation, gas shortages, electricity being rationed, health care costs rising.  The end of fossil fuels.  The end of life as we know it.  Twenty thousand car loans are defaulted every month.  Thousands of home loans are defaulted every month.  People are having a tough time today.  Fear and dread are at every turn.  But let me ask you this….what did you think the last days would look like?  A stroll into heaven?  We are going to see and are seeing the birth pangs ever since Israel became a nation in 1947.  The wicked one has been working overtime to bring about a one world government under the control of the Beast, the man of sin, the anti-Christ!  We  are moving quickly toward this.

 

Israel is in their land in unbelief.  They are about the sign a peace treaty brokered by the  United States that will give the West Bank which is Judea and Samaria over to the Palestinians to complete the two state solution.  God does not want any one to divide the land of Israel.  Daniel 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. 

The anti-Christ will divide the land of Israel in the last days.

 

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The Anti-Christ will sign a peace treaty with Israel that will be for seven years but he will break after 3 ½ years.

 

Genesis 12:3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

When did this verse cease to be in affect?

Psalm 72:5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

Psalm 105:9-10 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

It is an everlasting covenant with Israel and the land.  It has not been usurped by the church.

70 weeks of  years are determined for thy people (israel.)  69 weeks have been fulfilled.  One more  week of years to bring judgement, and end of sin, anoint Jesus as King and bring in everlasting righteousness.

 

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will

 plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the

nations, and parted my land.  The United States has brought It’s destruction upon itself.  God may spare

us because of the His remnant church.  I don’t know.

 

Satan is trying to destroy the foundations….Psalm 112:3-4  If the foundations be destroyed, what can

the righteous do? 4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his

eyelids try, the children of men. 7:00

 

So……what are we to do….. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

1 But My God Shall Supply

My God will liberally fill until full…. God will supply you.

God Knows what’s going on

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  If we reap a life lived in faith and trust in God He will not leave us nor forsake us.

 

God is not surprisedPsalm 140:1-3 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; 2 Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war. 3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips.

 

God is has all power2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, (troubles) 2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

 

God is on your sideRomans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Jesus told us….Don’t be troubled…Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

God will supply….   God is never late, never early. Always on time.  12:00

 

  1. …..All your need

all your needs. Your every need

God will give us our needs.  He knows what we need.  He delights to give you what you need.  Not your greeds but your needs.

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Seek God, trust in Him, love Him and He will take care of you.

Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  If your heart is attuned to God….He will give you what your heart desires because your heart is His heart.  God will take care of your needs.  I know people want to sell you freeze dried food.  Of course you should have food stored up for bad times….that’s life.  But remember the Bible says….Matthew 24:37-39 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  It’s going to get bad but we are seeing the birth pangs.  The set up of the Beast kingdom.  The Lord said when He comes is anyone going to be watching for Him.  Answer….NOT MANY!!  Life is going to keep on to some degree of normalcy.  People are still getting married, eating out, drinking and Luke says they will be buying and selling.  So take heart…. How have gas prices stayed normal?  How has food stayed available?  How has the economy not tanked? God is holding it all together.  17:00

 

  1. …..According To His Riches IN Glory

And with all his abundant wealth… according to His riches in glory

God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. (They won’t be taking our meat til God says they can)  God owns it all and Jesus Christ created it all!  We are rich in Christ!  We have it all it we have Jesus!

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  We don’t realize what we have in Jesus Christ!  We worry and fret and fear.  I know life can throw you some curves and can be very depressing at times.  No one wants to be sick and see loved ones suffer.  But God can give you peace in any circumstance.  I don’t know what can be worse than losing your spouse of 34 years….but I survived…glory to Jesus Christ who gave me peace and strength.  You say I can never do that.  You can’t.  But He can!  He will give you strength and peace WHEN you need it.  So what you imagine will destroy you will only make you stronger in Him! 22:00

 

  1. …..By Christ Jesus

through Christ Jesus…in Christ Jesus and for His sake alone.

It’s all about Jesus….He is our Savior from our sin.  But He is our savior from all evil things.  He will because He can!

 

God won’t let you fail because Jesus Christ won’t fail!  John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  If Jesus lives….and He does…then your new life is guaranteed!!

 

John 17:20-21 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  Christ prayed for you.  God’s word and name depend upon you being delivered whole to Christ as His bride.  We are to be His witnesses to Jesus Christ and His wonderful salvation.  27:00

 

Conclusion:

 To God Be The Glory

Philippians 4:20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

To God be the glory! He is being glorified by all that is going on today!  He told us these things were coming!  He told us exactly what would happen and we are living to see it today!  What a blessing to live in this day!  Don’t look at it as fear and dread but excitement every day for this might be the day!  But we get to see God make fools of these wicked, godless people as they try to be god.

 

God is making fun of them.  Look at our president.  Look at Klaus Swabb….he looks and sounds like a bad movie villain.  And these wicked leaders are so old and out of touch with reality it’s comical.  It’s like watching Tim Conway skit.   God is humbling these people and He is going to humble everyone who does not come to Jesus Christ.  So take heart….we are not winning!! We have already won the victory!!!

Trust in Jesus Christ as you Savior today…right now! Pray and ask Him to save you from your sin  28:04

9/3/2023

Hebrews 10:24-39 The Day Is Approaching

Intro:   I don’t mean to harp on the end times all the time….but it is the last time. 1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  How should we act?  What should we be doing?  How should we live?     2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness…  We should………1:00

 

  1. Encourage The People Of God

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good…. and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,

Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer….. Not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.   The easiest thing you can do is go to church.   (now I’m not talking about shut ins that cannot go)  Yet so many people today talk about Jesus…ask for prayers….talk  about the Bible….but never go to church!  I would say that if you aren’t going to church you probably aren’t reading the Bible or witnessing to very many people.  How can you invite someone to church if you don’t go yourself!

Approaching may also be translated “at hand” (Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.; Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  James 5:8; Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.  1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.) Knowing that Christ’s return is imminent, the believers were to encourage each other even more to remain faithful to Him (Hebrews 3:13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  This goes for anytime.  We should always be aware like the New Testament writers that Jesus could come any time.  So How should we live?  Encouraging and exhorting one another.    7:00

  1. Encourage The People Of God 2. Avoid The Judgment Of God

Hebrews 10:26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, For there is no longer any sacrifice that will take away sins if we purposely go on sinning after the truth has been made known to us……..For if we go on willfully and deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [to atone] for our sins [that is, no further offering to anticipate] sin willfully: The reference here is not to an occasional act of sin (which can be confessed and forgiven.) 1 John 1:8, 9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.   9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. but to a conscious rejection of God. The Old Testament speaks in Num. 15:30, 31 of committing willful sin. A person who sinned presumptuously was to be cut off from the people. To sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth is apostasy. If a Christian rejects God’s provision for his or her salvation, there is no other remedy for sins (see also Num. 15:29–31), since forgiveness of sins can only be found in Christ’s perfect sacrifice there is not avoiding the judgment of God except through Him.

 

Hebrews 10:27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. Instead, all that is left is to wait in fear for the coming Judgment and the fierce fire which will destroy those who oppose God!……. But a kind of awful and terrifying divine judgment and the fury of a fire and burning wrath which will consume the adversaries [those who put themselves in opposition to God].    With no hope of forgiveness all that one can expect is judgment, described here as a fiery indignation. Those who choose to disobey God become His adversaries.  James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

 

Hebrews 10:28He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses Anyone who disobeys the Law of Moses is put to death without any mercy when judged guilty from the evidence of two or more witnesses……. Anyone who has ignored and set aside the Law of Moses is put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. The specific sin in the Old Testament that required two or three witnesses was idolatry (see Deut. 17:2–7). The judgment for idolatry was death by stoning. If idolatry was punished with physical death, how much worse punishment should someone receive who treats the word of Christ with disrespect or disdain?

 

Hebrews 10:29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve!…….How much greater punishment do you think he will deserve who has rejected and trampled under foot the Son of God, and has considered unclean and common the blood of the covenant that [d]sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of grace [who imparts the unmerited favor and blessing of God]?

 

Counted the blood …means a common thing…the blood of Christ is treated as no different from the blood of an ordinary man or the blood of an animal sacrifice. Insulted the Spirit of grace is a reference to the Holy Spirit, the agent of God’s gracious gift of salvation. A believer who commits these offenses will be judged with a punishment worse than physical death.

 

Hebrews 10:30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. For we know who said, “I will take revenge, I will repay”; and who also said, “The Lord will judge his people.”……..For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the deliverance of justice rest with Me], I will repay [the wrongdoer].” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

 

The author of Hebrews quotes two passages from Deut. 32 to support his claim that judgment belongs to the Lord and that God’s people are not excused from God’s judgment. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God because there is no other sacrifice for sin than Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross only a fearful expectation of judgment. All sin not covered by the blood of Christ will result in great loss at the judgment seat.  1 Corinthians. 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

Hebrews 10:31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! It is a fearful and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God [incurring His judgment and wrath. 17:00

 

  1. Encourage The People Of God 2. Avoid The Judgment Of God  
  2. Acknowledge The Faithfulness Of God

Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; Remember how it was with you in the past. In those days, after God’s light had shone on you, you suffered many things, yet were not defeated by the struggle…….. But remember the earlier days of your faith, when, after being [spiritually] enlightened, you [patiently] endured a great conflict of sufferings.  God did not let you be defeated.   1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Hebrews 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. You were at times publicly insulted and mistreated, and at other times when you were not being persecuted, you were ready to join those who were being treated in this way. ……..sometimes by being made a spectacle, publicly exposed to insults and distress, and sometimes by becoming companions with those who were so treated.  You were not afraid to suffer yourself or join those who were suffering for their faith.

 

Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. You shared the sufferings of prisoners, and when all your belongings were seized, you endured your loss gladly, because you knew that you still possessed something much better, which would last forever……..For you showed sympathy and deep concern for those who were imprisoned, and you joyfully accepted the [unjust] seizure of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, conscious of the fact that you have a better possession and a lasting one [prepared for you in heaven].  An enduring hope in Christ.  1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

Hebrews 10:35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. Do not lose your courage, your confidence in what you believe and who you believe in, because it brings with it a great reward……. Do not, therefore, cast away your confidence in Christ, for it has a glorious and great reward.  1  John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

 

Hebrews 10:36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. You need to be patient and endure sometimes especially in the day we live in, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises.…….. For you have need to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising your faith, so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.

 

Hebrews 10:37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. “Here is our great hope…Just a little while longer  and he who is coming will come; he will not delay……. It’s only going a little while and He who is coming will come, and will not delay…….

 

Hebrews 10:38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. My righteous people, however, will believe and live; but if any of them turns back,  I will not be pleased with them……But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith because you are relationship to God and trusting Him]; And if you draw back [shrinking in fear of the things that are happening, My soul has no delight in him.  God not pleased with quiters!  Jesus didn’t quit on us! Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Jesus kept His eye on the goal…the prize…We have goal… a prize….1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  Philippians 3:14 I press (on) toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  27:00

 

Conclusion:

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.  We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.

…..But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul.

 

This is not saying that you can lose  your salvation…but it’s like Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  Only those who can endure to the end are the saved!    A saved person will not draw back and be lost.  They cannot.  A lost person will give up and join the Beast System or quit church or quit the Bible.  A Christian who gives up could lose their lives but definitely lose their rewards.  Hebrews 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.  1 Corinthians 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  28:04

 

8/27/2023

2 Peter 3:14-16 The Enemy Wants To Get Us Off Track

Intro: The Devil will try anything to distract from the word of God and the work of God.  He will use any tactic.  Even things that seem to be harmless can distract us.  Even things that seem helpful can be harmful.  Peter tells us to be diligent…that is make every effort to not be distracted from following the Lord Jesus Christ and His word.  1:00

 

  1. Why Does The Enemy Want To Sidetrack us?

2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? as you wait for the Day of God and do your best to make it come soon—the Day when the heavens will burn up and be destroyed, and the heavenly bodies will be melted by the heat. [while you earnestly] look for and await the coming of the day of God. For on this day the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the [material] elements will melt with intense heat!.

 

This is why the enemy wants to sidetrack us.  He does not want us to know or believe these that the world is heading for judgment and will come to an end.  So if this is true then naturally wouldn’t this should be our concern in these days…..preaching the word of God and the gospel and telling others about Salvation in Jesus Christ and teaching the Bible to them.   If the bridge is out 5 miles up the road are you going to tell people to avoid a bad restaurant on this road?  Are you going to tell them to watch out for deer?  Are you going to tell them to look at the beautiful mountains on the road?  Are you going to tell them to keep driving it will be okay?

 

NO!!! you are going to tell them the Bridge is out!   Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. A simple message.  If want to keep driving after that….if they ignore the warning about a soon judgment of God.  it’s on them..

 

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.  Last days will have many scoffers and liars.  We should expect it always but especially in these days of social media and the internet that can reach everywhere with their messages scoffing the word of God.  7:00

 

  1. Why Does The Enemy Want To Sidetrack us? 2.Why Should We Continue to Live For Christ?

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. But in accordance with His promise we expectantly await new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.  But we wait for what God has promised: new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will be at home forever and ever.  That’s why we never give up and never back down!!  WE have a fantastic future!!   No more evil.  No more sin.  No more pain.  NO more sickness.  No more war.  No more liars.  No more immorality!  No more death!!  Of course the devil would want to distract people from this truth.  He wants you to be confused, depressed, have a life filled with Chaos and disappointment and discouragement.  I have never known a person in my life disappointed in Jesus!!

 

2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And so, my friends, as you wait for that Day, do your best to be pure and faultless in God’s sight and to be at peace with him. So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him].

 

Our focus should be on Christ and a lost and dying world and getting ready to meet the Lord either in the air or in death.  We should keep our focus on Christ and not the silly arguments and useless banter and false teachers who seek to put doubt in our minds.

 

One thing they all agreed upon and we all agree upon…..befroe the new heaven and the new earth Jesus is returning to the earth to rule and reign with us for a thousand years!  So what manner of person should we be?  We should stick together and not fall for deceptive teachers and preachers who seek to undermine the word of God!  14:00

 

  1. Why Does The Enemy Want To Sidetrack us? 2.Why Should We Continue to Live For Christ?
  2. We Must Be Diligent and Not side tracked with Useless Arguments and deception

2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you.   There are many things the enemy is doing to discredit the Bible and the word of God.  One of them is the apostle Paul.

 

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.  Peter called Paul’s espistles SCRIPTURE!  That’s a pretty high regard for Paul!  Yet the Apostle Paul has been maligned and discounted all the way back to the first century.  Did you know that many people today say that Paul changed the Gospel.  I heard a guy say that Paul and James the brother of Jesus were against each other.  How is that possible?  Peter endorsed Paul and the entire Jerusalem church Pastored by James the half-brother of Jesus endorsed Paul.

 

Look at Acts chapter 15…. Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brethren:  Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,  26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul was endorsed and loved by the apostles and leaders of the Jerusalem church!  How then could he be an enemy of Peter and James and John.

 

I heard a show where the speakers were saying that the ancient texts changed the Bible over the years to fit the agenda that each had and that Paul changed the church doctrine and the Mark(the first gospel written) never said Jesus was God and that Peter and James contradicted Paul’s doctrine.  Well…. what would you expect in the last days?  No one to attack the Bible?  These were supposedly Christian ancient text researchers.  One thing they never mentioned was Bible Prophecy!  Bible prophecy has and is being fulfilled.  Of course they didn’t talk about that.  I agreed with one thing that they said…”we have to keep it simple…it’s not that complicated!” it is not it is simple.  After they said that they went on to make it complicated with the unfounded and untrue accusations!  I’m not going to defend grace and the rapture. That is been proven to be all through the Bible.  I am going to show you that Paul was accepted and beloved by ALL of the church during his time on earth!  There are people out there that are focusing on fables and ancient texts and extra-Biblical books like Enoch, Jubilee, the Assumption of Moses and many others….and have gotten themselves completely away from the truth of the Bible.  Many today have their focus on giants and extra biblical texts instead of the Bible we have and the gospel it contains.  It’s pretty….its entertaining and interesting…..but it’s not endorsed by Jesus or the Apostles.  Yes they quoted from them at times.  It doesn’t mean that it was endorsed.  Some aspects of the extra-biblical book are true like the giants of Genesis six….. but we are not to take that over the Bible we have that is endorsed by the apostles and Jesus Christ Himself!

 

Paul went to the third heaven but he knew that story would not save anyone….so he stuck with the gospel.  Jesus Forbade him to talk about his experiences….I know why now….  It would distract people from the main thing….the word of God and the salvation of mankind!   It’s like a farmer buying a 90 thousand dollar truck to do farm work.  All you need is an old reliable truck.  Pretty soon He’s going to go out of business because he won’t put anything to help his farm in his new truck.  His focus is the truck instead of farming.

 

Jesus said to follow Him and take up His cross daily.  That’s not spectacular.  It’s not romantic.  It’s not fun.  It can be scary.  But that’s what we are to do……. focus on Christ and the cross.  The glory of the cross is the fact that we have the opportunity to suffer with Him…. and then we will reign with Him.

 

I know now why God did not include these books in the Bible.  While the information might be true about fallen angels….it is so fascinating that it causes us to lose focus on the gospel and fill our minds with useless information that while interesting….. can totally distract us from the main thing….the gospel.

 

Here’s another one….  They said that Mark the first gospel written…. never called Jesus the son of God and that Jesus never said He was God and that disciples never called Him that in the book of Mark.  This is important they say because it was the first gospel written.  The other gospels added all that later according to them.

 

Let me tell you the facts.  No Mark did not use the phrase the son of God.  But he did use son of man.  But the implication is there that Jesus was God and the son of God.   Jesus forgave sins in the Book of Mark. Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?   Mark 2:10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)

 

Mark said…Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.  Mark 3:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

 

He healed the sick, the deaf and dumb and blind and raised the dead in Mark.  He controlled the weather in the book of Mark.  He cast out devils in the book of Mark.  He called Himself the Son of Man in the book of Mark.  He fed the 4000 in the book of Mark.  He promised to take people to heaven who believed in Him.  He promised to bring the kingdom of God to earth.  He transfigured before Peter, James and John and God said this is my beloved Son.  He predicted His own death and resurrection and He rose from the dead!  If that is not God, the son of God, then I don’t know who is!

 

Don’t listen to those who try to discredit the Bible.  But we should expect it always.  But the Bible is still here and many of the critics are dead and in hell.  Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

More books have been written about Jesus than any other person in  the history of the world.  Even our calendar reflects Jesus  Christ!   AD And BC.  And the Bible accurately tells His salvation story!  John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 

Jesus said the Bible would be the truth of God.  John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.   27:00

 

  1. Why Does The Enemy Want To Sidetrack us? 2.Why Should We Continue to Live For Christ?
  2. We Must Be Diligent and Not side tracked with Useless Arguments and deception

The Enemy Wants to Get Us Off Track

In war you want to  lie to the enemy.  Deceive the enemy.  Do anything to distract them and get them off your trail.  Our enemy knows we are on His trail.  We are shedding light on the evil of this world and He doesn’t have time to mess around….he is pulling out all the stops in these last days.  It’s more important than ever to know what you believe and why you believe it.   Trust in the word of God and believe in Jesus Christ and the gospel….. that Jesus died for our sins and rose again the third day.  That is the bedrock of our faith.  It’s all about Jesus!  Follow Him and you will never be distracted.  28:04

 

8-20-2023

John 6:39-40 The Last Day

Intro:  Six times Jesus mentions the last day in the book of John.  John is the only one who uses that term in His gospel.   What is the last day?  When is the last day?  We will see what the Bible says about the last day.  Three definite truths we find in this passage…1:00

 

  1. Jesus Said There Is Going To Be a Last day

John 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And it is the will of him who sent me that I should not lose any of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them all to life on the last day. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but that I [give new life and] raise it up at the last day.

 

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. For this is My Father’s will and purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him [as Savior] will have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.” For what my Father wants is that all who see the Son and believe in him should have eternal life. And I will raise them to life on the last day.”

 

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. No man can come to me, except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him [giving him the desire to come to Me; and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.

 

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. Whosoever eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.

 

There is going to be a day when God will wrap things up and bring in the new heaven and the new earth where we are meant to be for eternity.  Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  This is why God is going to end the world as we know it.  God has been preparing for the kingdom of God since the dawn of time.  God created man, man sinned at no surprise to God, God prepared a Savior so that we can go to heaven as CO-regents with God. Not just servants…. but sons and daughters of the Father through Jesus Christ the Son of God!  This is God’s grand plan.  To have a personal relationship with His children who have trusted in Him by faith and proven their love for Him by accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

We are co-regents with Christ. This was God’s plan from the beginning.   Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.  Revelation 22:4-5 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. 

 

Also to judge the world and bring an end to sin.  Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression,(to bring an end to the missed 70 Sabbaths) and to make an end of sins,(to end sinners and end sin forever) and to make reconciliation for iniquity,(Judgement for sin and sinners) and to bring in everlasting righteousness, (The kingdom of God) and to seal up the vision and prophecy,(to fulfill and end all prophecy) and to anoint the most Holy (Jesus Christ to be revealed as Lord of Lords and King of Kings).  There is going to be a last day!  10:00

 

  1. Jesus Said There Is Going To Be a Last day
  2. Jesus Said there is Going to Be a Resurrection on the Last Day

John 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day..  it” is the whole body of believers at once.  The church if you will.  It’s a resurrection.

Jesus said I should lose nothing and I should raise them up.  He said I WILL raise Him up…. three times.  This is our security as the body of Christ.  He will raise us all up together. He will lose nothing.  He will means I WILL and I only can!!!   There is going to be a resurrection on the last day.

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. I will Jesus said.  If He wills it who can prevent it?    No on can stop the resurrection on the last day.

 

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. No man WILL or has EVER come to Christ without the Holy Spirit’s drawing and convicting!     He will resurrect those that come to Him.

 

John 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.   There are three last days…. (1) The last day of the church when Jesus comes for His bride…(2) the last day of the tribulation when Christ returns  (3)and the last day of the earth at the end of the Millennium and then eternity.  There are three beginings and endings for the Babylonian captivity.  Any time the last day referring to believers during the church age is the rapture of the church.  I believe Jesus is referring to this.   It’s a mass resurrection of millions at once.

 

Believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for our salvation.  It is a personal decision.  That’s why each individual has to do that for Himself.  We don’t join and religious group to be saved.   We don’t believe an ideology to be saved….we believe in a person and receive that person the Lord Jesus Christ by faith.

 

Jesus left the 90 and 9 and went after that one lost sheep.  Doesn’t mean that the sheep was lost and going to hell but that the sheepfold belongs all to the great shepherd.   Jesus the perfect shepherd is going to keep us all together as one.  He said that He has not lost one sheep….. and He won’t, not only He won’t but He can’t!

 

Jesus’ keeping ministry applies not only to this life, but also to the next. His constant allusion to the Father who gave him the believers, who sent him to give eternal life, and who draws believers to him indicates his close relationship with the Father—that of a Son who fulfills the Father’s purpose (v.40). His prerogative of resurrection is the final proof of his authority.

 

There are five bodily resurrections in the Bible…..

  1. Jesus Christ the first

Acts 26:23 that the Messiah must suffer, and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles. 

Colossians 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

 

  1. The Church At Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 Also 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

 

  1. The Tribulation Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation.

Revelation 20:4-5 The first resurrection refers to the resurrection of all believers, though separated in time.

 

  1. The Old Testament Saints At His Second Coming and the end of the Tribulation.

Daniel 12:1   (The tribulation) and at that time thy people shall be delivered,(Old Testament saints the Jews to whom Michael was talking to Daniel about) every one that shall be found written in the book.

Daniel 12:2 (Old Testament saints the Jews to whom Michael was talking to Daniel about and they shall go into the millennium)  some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt (the everlasting contemptable are resurrected at the end of the Millennium according to Revelation 20:5 and 7-14 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. (The Unbelievers)

 

  1. The Great White Throne And Millennial Saints resurrected after the Millennium

Revelation 20:5 ……But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. (The Unbelieving wicked dead)

Revelation 20:7-14 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

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.

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.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

 

It is possible that some believers will die a physical death during the Millennium but I don’t think so. Through the prophet Isaiah, God said, “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his days; for the youth will die at the age of one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed” (Isaiah 65:20).  It seems that death in the Millennium will only come to the disobedient. In either event, some kind of transformation will be required to fit believers in their natural bodies in the Millennium for pristine existence throughout eternity. Each believer will need to be transformed from the mortal to immortal and will have a “resurrected” type of body.

 

Paul has made it clear that flesh and blood, which is mortal and able to decay, cannot inherit the kingdom of God. That eternal kingdom is inhabitable only by those with resurrected, glorified bodies.  So the last day is a day of resurrection as dead bodies are brought to life.

 

  1. Jesus Said There Is Going To Be a Last day
  2. Jesus Said there is Going to Be a Resurrection on the Last Day
  3. Jesus Tells Us That The Last Day is a Settling of Things Forever!

John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  Jesus was speaking of the Feast of Tabernacles.  There are Seven feasts that Israel observes…..

  1. Feast of Passover

Held: At the beginning of Spring, the first full moon of spring. Usually April

Represents:  Our salvation in Christ. The crucifixion of Christ.

 

  1. Feast of Unleavened Bread

Held: The day after the Passover

Represents: The Bread of Life, the Lord Jesus, Burial of Christ.

 

  1. Feast of First Fruits

Held:  Sunday following Unleavened Bread, usually April

Represents: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Feast Of Harvest or Pentecost

Held: 50 days after the Feast of First Fruits, late May or early June

Represents: The beginning of the Harvest of souls, the church at Pentecost.

 

  1. Feast of Trumpets

Held: The First day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.  September in our calendar.

Represents:  The gathering of the Church at the Rapture.

 

  1. Day of Atonement

Held: Tenth day of Tishrei, the seventh month on the Jewish calendar.

Also Called Yom Kipper.

Represents: Second coming of Christ when Israel and the church will be accepted (atoned) by God.

 

  1. Feast Of Tabernacles

Held: 15th day of the seventh month or seventh full moon of the year.  September, October in our Calendar. The Feast of Tabernacles lasted seven days plus a holy convocation on the 8th day.

Represents: The great tabernacle to come, when men will dwell with God in heaven for eternity.  The last day is the end of the Jewish feast of tabernacles. Held: 15th day of the seventh month or seventh full moon of the year.  September, October in our Calendar.  The last feast of the Jewish calendar year.

 

In John 7:37 Jesus is talking about the last day of the feast of Tabernacles.  He is telling us what the Last day is a day where God puts everything and everyone where it is supposed to be.

It’s a day of the kingdom of God fulfilled as we have seen…..but it’ also a day of judgment and a settling of things!!!

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. He that refuseth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, it shall judge him in the last day.  Some for glory, many for judgment.    Everything will be set.

 

Revelation 22:10-12 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

The Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes a time of everything being set for all eternity.  God is a God of order and not chaos.  Right now the world is full of chaos, confusion, decay, destruction, change and disorder.   God is a God who does not change.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!  God is going to set everything for eternity.  Nothing will grow old.  Nothing will decay or rust.  Nothing will be damaged or destroyed.   No one will get sick or die.

 

At that point everything will be changed, a new heaven and a new earth and the New Jerusalem will come down to earth.   It will be the LAST change! From now on everything is settled forever!

 

  1. Jesus Said There Is Going To Be a Last day
  2. Jesus Said there is Going to Be a Resurrection on the Last Day
  3. Jesus Tells Us That The Last Day is a Settling of Things Forever!

Conclusion:

The Last day is a Theme throughout the New Testament. 

Jesus said “last Day”….. but John, Peter and Jude mentioned the term “Last time”….

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  Many are against Christ in these days.  Many false Christ’s or false religions and cults in the these days.  More cults now by far than anytime in history of the world!  So we know it is the last time or the last of the last days.

 

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time

Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

In his last book Paul used the phrase “last days” one time.   2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 

These phrases last day, last time, last days all mean one thing…..the day of Christ is the day He is revealed or His appearing on earth.  First in the sky for His church and then on earth at His return!

Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed

1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.  (his first appearance on earth)

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

 

We sing what a day that will be………We can only imagine but one day our faith will be sight!!  Are you ready?  Are you ready for the the last day? We all will have a last day of mortality on this earth!  28:04

 

 

8/20/23

Daniel 9:2  Why Seventy Weeks of Years?

Daniel 9:2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

8/13/2023

Revelation 13:1  The Beast Is Almost Here

Intro:   The Beast, The Anti-Christ, the man of sin, the son of perdition will be the leader that the world is looking for.  Jesus lived until  in 30 AD but the world didn’t want Him.  The Son of God was despised and rejected by men.  But not this man of sin….He will be loved and received by men and praised by men and be the man the world has longed for.  He is almost here.  I can hear the hoofbeats of the apocalypse now and the final rider of the white horse…the final world dictator is almost here. The man the world has dreamed of is almost here…..8/6/2023

1 Peter 4:12-13 Don’t Be Sad…Be Glad!

Intro: People today are sad, depressed, and some are just scared of the future and haunted by the past.  Jesus came to set us free from all that.  He never said we wouldn’t have tough times but that He would make us tougher than the times by warning us and preparing us and filling us with His joy and His victory! 1:00

 

  1. Expect Persecution

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you.  Jesus said in John 15:20 If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  Expect Persecution.

Expect that The world doesn’t like Jesus

Expect that The world has rejected Jesus

Expect that The world has rejected you.

Expect that The world used to respect Christians.  Now they respect the sinner more than the sin bearer Jesus.

Expect that The world used to respect people who stood for righteousness.  Now the world only respects those who stand up for their sin.

 

Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. “How terrible when all people speak well of you; their ancestors said the very same things about the false prophets.  Woe to you when all the people speak well of you and praise you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.   People pleasers may not experience persecution but they can experience weakness, compromise, fear, hate and distrust on a life built on their own lies.  Failure to stand up for the truth will slowly destroy your soul and make you a sad and depressed person for all the wrong reasons.

 

So Don’t be sad…be glad in that expect persecution and get the victory through Christ.  1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We are conquerors.  Romans 8:37   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].10:00

 

  1. Expect Persecution 2. Experience Suffering

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings….. Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing.

We will experience bad things some times.  It rains on the just and the unjust.

We will experience sadness some times.

We will experience sorrow some times.

We will experience tears some times

We will experience hard times some times.

Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance.

Experience leads to victory.  The more experienced people have suffering the stronger they become.  The more adversity you face the more you can strengthen other people.  The more experience you have the better you become at anything.  The difference between a novice guitar player and expert is only one thing…..one hour…..   One hour a day you can be an expert at anything.  Experience is the greatest teacher.  Romans 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope.  19:00

 

  1. Expect Persecution 2. Experience Suffering 3. Expect Joy

1 Peter 4:13….that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy.

 

Expect Joy when Jesus shares His own joy with you.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne.  looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, [b]disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

 

Expect joy when your weakness is turned to strength.  You don’t know how strong you are until you are tested.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. But his answer was: “My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak.” I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ’s power over me. 10 I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  Moreover, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them [for training us]; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of [e]spirits, and live [by learning from His discipline]? 10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for only a short time as seemed best to them; but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.

 

Expect the Joy of the Power of knowing Jesus Christ as your savior, your friend, your Lord!

Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];  All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death,

 

Expect joy when you are Blessed….

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted. Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [c]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever]. “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. 12 Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Expect to be blessed and filled with joy when you are persecuted.  Not at the first moment but as you are going through it.  As the persecution process progresses Expect Joy in the process. 27:00

 

  1. Expect Persecution 2. Experience Suffering 3. Expect Joy

Don’t Be Sad, Be Glad!

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. When these things begin to happen, (last days events like persecution, chaos, confusion, wickedness) then stand up and raise your heads, because your salvation is near.  Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”  A good basketball coach studies his opponent so they know what to expect.  So that they are not surprised by anything they throw at them.   Jesus knows our opponent better than us…we follow Jesus and He will show us what to expect to experience so we can be fit soldiers for Jesus Christ!  28:04

 

8/6/2023  And 8/13/2023

Daniel 2:48-49  The Rapture In Daniel  

Intro:   The Old Testament prophets foretold the New Testament. Especially some of the end time events.  I believe the rapture is right here in the book of Daniel.  1:00

 

  1. Daniel Is In The Kings Court

This is from Got Questions.org……Here we see Daniel answering the Kings dream and the king took Daniel to the Kings house.  The king erects a statue that he commands everyone to fall down and worship. The king dreamed about an image.  Daniel 2:32This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.  34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

 

The dream featured a huge, statue of a man. Its head was “made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay” (Daniel 2:32-33). Then a rock cut “not by human hands” (Daniel 2:34) hit the foot of the statue, and the whole image “became like chaff on a threshing floor,” while the rock “became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).

 

Daniel’s Response: The Interpretation

Daniel’s interpretation, given to him by God, explains that the statue represents a series of kingdoms, each less glorious than the one before, as indicated by the decreasing value of the metals. Daniel identifies Nebuchadnezzar as the head of gold, stating that God had given Nebuchadnezzar much power (Daniel 2:37-38). The next kingdom to arise will be inferior to Babylon, as will the next. “Finally, there will come a fourth kingdom, strong as iron. . . . It will crush and break all the others” (Daniel 2:40).

 

Finally, the feet of mixed clay and iron “will be a divided kingdom” (Daniel 2:41). During the time of this final world empire, the “rock” will smash them all to bits, a prediction that “God . . . will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44). All previous earthly kingdoms will be brought to an end.

 

The Dream for Today

The first four kingdoms have been identified as the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman Empires. This identification has come from the workings of history matching further prophecies. Daniel already said that Babylon, specifically Nebuchadnezzar, was the head of gold (Daniel 2:38). Babylon fell to the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians (Daniel 5:26-31). Greece became the successor to the Medo-Persian Empire (Daniel 8:20-21; 10:20 – 11:14). The “iron” empire can only be Rome.

 

Opinions differ on the fifth empire. Most believe that the kingdom of the Antichrist will be a “revived Roman Empire.” We know, according to Revelation 17:12-13, that the Antichrist will lead a coalition of ten nations (the statue’s ten toes?). And we know that Christ will defeat the forces of the Antichrist (Revelation 17:14). After that, Jesus will set up His kingdom—the rock smashes the image—and the kingdoms of this world will “become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

 

Back to the sermon from Daniel 2:48-49

Daniel 2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.

Then he gave Daniel a high position, presented him with many splendid gifts, put him in charge of the province of Babylon, and made him the head of all the royal advisers. Then the king promoted Daniel [to an exalted position] and gave him many great gifts, and he made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon.

 

Daniel was taken to the Kings house and was rewarded and made a ruler…..

 

The church will be taken to heaven…God’s house and also be rewarded 1 Corinthians 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward……and we will be made rulers.  Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

Daniel 2:49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. At Daniel’s request the king put Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in charge of the affairs of the province of Babylon; Daniel, however, remained at the royal court. And Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon, while Daniel was at the court of the king.

 

Daniel’s friends were left in charge of the affairs of Babylon…..They were left behind to live among the people of Babylon.  Some will be left behind in the world at the rapture.  Unbelieving Jews will be left behind.    Israel is the friend of the church…..we owe everything to the Jews.  The Bible.  Jesus was a Jew.  The holy land is God’s land.  But they are in the world and will be left behind at the rapture because they are in the promised land Israel but in un-belief.

 

Daniel 2:49…..but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.   But Daniel…..was in the kings house.  We will be taken to God….1 Thessalonians 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.  The Lord dwells in Heaven.  Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool….So we are going to be with God and the Lord Jesus Christ…..Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.   Daniel was in the King’s house.  We are going to the King’s…. the Lord Jesus Christ’s house.  10:00

 

  1. Daniel Is In The Kings Court
  2. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego face tribulation Seven Times Over

Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and his facial expression changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then he gave a command that the furnace was to be heated seven [c]times hotter than usual.   So King Nebbuchadnezzer puts up a image.  Probably like the one in his dream.  Which tells us there will be ten kings or regions with rulers or ten elite rulers working with the Anti-Christ and centered around European Union.  And Nebuchadnezzer demands his image to be worshipped.  There is going to be an image of he Beast in the book of Revelation that will be worshipped.  He will demand that people take the mark of the beast.  The bowing down means submission.  Satan wants submission to him and to his man of sin…the Beast!  Jews will not submit they will flee to Petra and be protected until Christ comes!

 

Daniel 3:19 …..and his facial expression changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego…..Daniel tells us that Nebuchadnezzer changed.  He was enraged!  At the midpoint of the tribulation there is going to be a war in heaven and Satan will be cast out of heaven.   At the same time the Beast will come back from a deadly wound .  So they will change at the mid-point of the tribulation and show great rage against Israel.   Just Like Nebuchadnezzer changed in his rage toward the three Jews.  Satan will seek to destroy the Jews.  And God knowing this will lead them to flee to Petra and be fed and clothed by angels until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom.

 

Daniel 3:19 …..Then he gave a command that the furnace was to be heated seven times hotter than usual.  Seven times hotter…….Seven years of tribulation?  Great tribulation the last 3 ½ years.  It takes time for the furnace to get seven time hotter..…..Daniel tells us in Daniel 9:27 tells us how long the tribulation is  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (seven years) and in the midst of the week (3 ½ years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, (He’s going to get enraged against Israel )and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, He’s going to go into the temple and claim to be God.) even until the consummation, (evil will reach it’s climax) and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.  (Complete destruction of the Devil and the Beast and the False prophet)  19:00

 

  1. Daniel Is In The Kings Court
  2. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego face tribulation Seven Times Over
  3. The Son Of God comes to Rescue them

Daniel 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [looked and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, “Did we not throw three men who were tied up into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.”  Nebuchadnezzer is confused.  What happened?  Who rescued them?  How can this be?  Satan will be flustered as he tries to kill the Jews for God hides them at the mountain Wilderness fortress of Petra.

 

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  He answered, “Look! I see four men untied, walking around in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the appearance of the fourth is like [d]a son of the gods!”   Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He will save the Jews by sending them to Petra and then comes back to rule and reign over them.

 

Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the blazing furnace and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, servants of the Most High God, come out [of there]! Come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.   Nebuchadnezzer confesses the Lord.  As everyone will finally do at the end of the tribulation or die in horror! Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

Daniel 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.  The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s counselors gathered around them and saw that in regard to these men the fire had no effect on their bodies—their hair was not singed, their clothes were not scorched or damaged, even the smell of smoke was not on them.

 

Nothing was burned…..No injuries…..their clothes were fine…..no smell of fire.  God will completely protect His people Israel and bring them into the kingdom of God under King Jesus!  NO so for the tribulation saints they will be martyred.  Jesus is going to be the king of the Jews.  Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.  And we will rule with Him!

 

God will protect His people during the tribulation.  Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: Israel is doing sacrifices in the temple under the Beast’s peace treaty.  Then at the mid-point of the tribulation Satan is kicked out of heaven the Beast suffers a deadly wound and comes back to life.  He is completely filled by Satan and Satan is angry for he knows his time is short. So he uses the Beast who seeks to destroy the Jews so that Jesus Cannot rule over them in the Kingdom age of one thousand years.

 

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.  God….. just before the war in heaven between Satan and Michael the Archangel God sends His people to safety.  Only 1/3 of the Jews will go 2/3 of Jews will be killed by the Beast.  27:00

 

  1. Daniel Is In The Kings Court
  2. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego face tribulation Seven Times Over
  3. The Son Of God comes to Rescue them

The Rapture is in Daniel. The second Coming is in Daniel. It’s all there plainly seen.  Are you ready to be in the King’s house?  Is He coming for you?  Are you ready when He comes?  Be ye therefore ready in an hour ye think not the Son of Man cometh….28:04

7/30/2023

1 Chronicles 16:23-34 Where Do We Go?

Intro:  The Book of 1 Chronicles was likely written between 450 and 425 B.C.  The Books of 1 & 2 Chronicles cover mostly the same information as 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings. Perhaps the biggest distinction is that 1 & 2 Chronicles focus more on the priestly aspect of the time period. The Book of 1 Chronicles was written after the exile to help those returning to Israel understand how to worship God. The history focused on the Southern Kingdom, the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. These tribes tended to be more faithful to God.

 

The first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles are dedicated to lists and genealogies. Further lists and genealogies are scattered throughout the rest of 1 Chronicles. In between, the Book of 1 Chronicles records David’s ascension to the throne and his actions thereafter. The book concludes with David’s son Solomon becoming King of Israel.   We used to sing the song “the King is coming…the king is coming praise God He’s coming for me.”  He is on His way…things are being prepared as we sit here today! Where do we go but unto the Lord?  Peter said where do we go thou hast  the words of eternal life.  1:00

 

  1. Only God Has Salvation

1 Chronicles 16:23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Sing to the Lord, all the world!  Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us. Sing to the Lord, all the earth;  Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

The most important thing is the salvation from our sin….. that comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.  Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  We praise God for our salvation and all the earth should praise God for his great salvation and should proclaim His salvation day after day.  Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation.  This is why we proclaim it.  We cannot escape the judgment of God if we neglect..ignore…fail to receive the free offer of Salvation.  Only God can save.  Only God will Save. Only God wants to save.   No little “g” god can save you…. Will save you or wants to save you!

 

Isaiah 52:10 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. This is true.  We see it today. The salvation of God through faith in Christ alone!

 

1 Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.  Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples. Declare His glory among the nations,

His marvelous works among all peoples.  Non-believers will see the error of their stupidity.  We declare His glorious salvation to those who have not heard.  We declare Him by living for Him.    Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.  We are all saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.  All the way back to Abraham and the promises to His descendants to be blessed.  We have been blessed by the Jewish people but the greatest blessing is the salvation given to us through faith and trust in Jesus Christ….a Jewish Savior and King of the Jews but lover and creator and Savior of all mankind!

 

1 Chronicles 16:25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; he is to be honored more than all the gods. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared with awe-filled reverence above all gods.

(the gods of old.  The Nephilim of antiquity.)   Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  It only makes sense to hold in deep respect, awe, love and regard to the one who created us and all other things.

 

1 Chronicles 16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. The gods of all other nations are only idols, For all the gods of the peoples are [lifeless] idols, But the Lord made the heavens. but the Lord created the heavens.  This is a  quote from Psalm 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.  1 Chronicles says People, Psalms says Nations.  Same thing.  All gods….little “g” are false or powerless compared to the one true God who is revealed in Jesus Christ.  Only the true God can bring a true eternal salvation to the whole world.  10:00

 

  1. Only God Can Bring Salvation 2 Only God Deserves Glory

1 Chronicles 16:27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Glory and majesty surround him, power and joy fill his Temple. Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence; Strength and joy are [found] in His place sanctuary.  Revelation 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.  We will be saying these words in our heavenly language.  Glory and honour….to who…..unto the Lord  OUR God.  He is OUR God our personal Savior.  We will give Him glory and honour for His great love and salvation.

 

1 Chronicles 16:28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Praise the Lord, all people on earth, praise his glory and might. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the Lord glory and honor and strength.  Psalm 96:7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.  God in His glory is all powerful.  He is strong and mighty.  All-mighty God….El Shaddi.  God almighty.   We have a mighty God able to pull down the strongholds of the devil and all the evil people in this world.   2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.  God will pull them down….don’t you doubt it.

 

I have warned you over and over again.  Don’t get involved with anything Catholic or Mormon or Free Masonry backed.  The “Sound of Freedom” is backed by Catholics and the star of the film is devout Catholic Jim Cavezil.  A man who believes that Mary is the Co-Redemptrix.   This movie was produced by Angel Studios. Mormon.  Named for the Mormon Angel Moroni.  The lead character in the film is a Mormon.  The film is financially backed by richest Free Masons. All of these are cults.

 

The movie blames the Jewish power brokers for causing all this child trafficking.  It gets you emotionally fired up and angry.  Just like they want to get you jacked up emotionally during Covid, BLM, War, and the arrest of Donald Trump.  Pure senseless emotion is the enemy of the word of God.  Emotion is good about those you love and things you believe in….but only when we can be emotionally abject. That is…. be emotional about the truth but be able to see past the emotion and see the truth.  Get emotional about our great salvation.  Get emotional when someone you love has something good happen to them.  Get emotional when your team wins.  But keep it under check until you know the truth about something.  Lynchings always occurred when emotions ran high.   Riots and fights occur when emotions run high.   When you try to play a sport and you get all emotional…you lose focus…you lose control and you lose the fight.  That’s what they want you to do.  Lose focus….lose control…. And lose the fight.

 

But why would they bring attention to their child trafficking in a popular movie?  They don’t care about children.  The movies always tell you what the wicked are doing.  They want to kill children and Christians and Jews.  The world is so intrenched in child trafficking that they know they can’t be stopped.  When every world leader is involved in this, the media, the educational system, the judicial system, the governmental system and the religious leaders of Rome and Islam are all involved in this.  Who is going to stop them?  Only Jesus Christ at His coming!!

 

Now I believe that Child trafficking is real and is absolutely a major problem in the world.  But these people want to get you fired up emotionally about it so that you miss the truth.  But I believe that all the money spent on this movie is going back to the true child traffickers, the Satanists in Washington and the global Cabal.  Yes… Jewish people can be involved in this just like Gentiles are involved.  But it’s a satanic cabal that is behind the abuse and hatred of children and Jewish people!   The Jews are not behind all of this.  There is no proof at all of this.  This is part of the Satanic plan to destroy the Jews.

 

By the way this world has many, many problems.  The greatest problem in the world is not a real problem called Child Trafficking and we should do all we can to stop it.  The greatest problem in the world is not the globalists.  The greatest problem in the world is not sexual perversion.  The greatest problem in the world is not climate change.  The greatest problem in the world is not China and Russia and North Korea and war.  The greatest problem in the world is People going to hell everyday because they have rejected Jesus Christ.  The greatest problem is that…people are lost…the only cure is faith and trust in Jesus Christ!

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Praise the Lord’s glorious name;  bring an offering and come into his Temple. Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;[b] Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name; Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him; Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  We offer ourselves to God as He offered Himself for us.  And God is pleased with the offering of His only begotten Son.  19:00

 

  1. Only God Can Bring Salvation 2 Only God Deserves Glory 3. Only God Blesses

1 Chronicles 16:30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. tremble before him, all the earth! The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved. Tremble [reverently] before Him, all the earth; The world is firmly established, it will not be moved.  I like the phrase about the world being stable, firmly in place, established and cannot be moved.  God made the world and He can surely keep it the way it is.  Order.  God is a God of order.  Genesis 8:22  While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.  Seasons will not cease until the new heaven and the new Earth.  This is as blessing of God.  Security.  Order.

 

Verses 31-33 are from Psalm 96:11-13 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Be glad, earth and sky! Tell the nations that the Lord is king. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Aren’t you glad a loving God is in control of the universe?  I sure am.  All the devil does is try to cause chaos and disorder and confusion.  Death, darkness and destruction.  But our Lord is in charge!  He is on the throne!  God blesses us in that He reigns!

 

1 Chronicles 16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Roar, sea, and every creature in you; be glad, fields, and everything in you! Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.   Even the rivers, the lakes, the seas and the oceans will rejoice.  The fields of crops and grass will rejoice.   Nature rejoices.

 

1 Chronicles 16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth. The trees in the woods will shout for joy when the Lord comes to rule the earth. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; For He comes to judge and govern the earth.   The trees of which there are trillions will sing.  Trees are alive you know…. and they do sing when the wind passes through them.  Only God can be praised by nature.

 

1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good;  his love is eternal. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His lovingkindness endures forever.  Bottom line…….God is good.  God is merciful.  God is love!

Mark 10:18 d Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.   God alone is good.    Mankind can DO good.  But only God IS good.  God alone is Love.  We as humans CAN love but ONLY God IS love.  1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for ONLY God is love.

27:00

 

  1. Only God Can Bring Salvation 2 Only God Deserves Glory 3. Only God Blesses

Where Do We Go?

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.  Smartest things Peter ever did.  When other walk away from Jesus….you walk toward Him.  Never give up on the Son of God.  You may give up on yourself…but never give up on Jesus.   If Jesus is in you then how can you give up on yourself?  That’s the devils trick.  YOU are a child of the King!  Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  We ought to be glad to go to church.  We ought to be glad to go to the Lord in prayer….in Bible reading….in fellowship with others who love Jesus.  Where do you go?  When you need help?  When you need strength?  When you need wisdom?  When you need forgiveness?  When you need peace?  Jesus is the only answer.  28:04

7-23-2023

Titus 1:2-4  What Gives us Assurance Of Eternal Life?

Intro:  The phrase Eternal life is not in the Old Testament.  It is in the New Testament.  It is assumed in the Old Testament.  Everlasting is in the Old Testament 65 times describing God and the covenant with Israel and one in Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Until Jesus came and salvation through Him eternal life came through Him.  Of course Eternal life existed in Old Testament times but it is fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the sacrifice of Lambs, Bulls and Goat and to of Course the Lamb of God Jesus Christ.  1:00

 

  1. God Cannot Lie and Cannot Break A Promise

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.

which is based on the hope for eternal life. God, who does not lie, promised us this life before the beginning of time, based on the hope and divine guarantee of eternal life, [the life] which God, who is ever truthful and without deceit, promised before the ages of time began.   John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 

Hope is stedfast assurance….it’s going to happen.  2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  God keeps His promises to Israel and to us.  And all of His promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  God cannot lie,  will not lie, would not lie, doesn’t need to lie.  He sent us the truth embodied in a person…Jesus Christ.  He told us the truth.  No one can come to me except through faith in Jesus Christ!

 

God promised eternal life before time began. This may be understood in two ways. First, God determined in past eternity to give eternal life to all who would believe on the Lord Jesus, and what He determined was the same as a promise. That all the blessings of salvation were contained in the promise of the Messiah found in Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. This was before the dispensations (creation, the flood, the tower of Babel, Israel, the law, the church age, end times, the millennium) began to unfold.

 

The NT speaks of eternal life as both a present possession and a future hope. The word hope does not imply uncertainty. The moment we trust Christ as Savior we have eternal life as a present possession (John 5:24) and become heirs to all the benefits of His redemptive work, but we will not experience the practical enjoyment of all of them until we reach our eternal home. We hope in the sense that we are looking forward to eternal life in its final form when we will receive our glorified bodies and be forever free from sin, sickness, sorrow, suffering, and death (Philippians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 

The hope is sure because it was promised by God. Nothing is as sure as the word of God, who cannot lie, who cannot be deceived, and who would not deceive. There is no risk in believing what He says. In fact nothing is more reasonable than for a human to believe his Creator.

 

Have you ever heard about the things that God cannot do. This is one: God cannot lie. Do you also know that you see something every day that God has never seen? You have seen your equal; God has never seen His equal. Why cannot God lie when we can? Well, you can do something God cannot do.

 

You see, God must be true to Himself. He is holy and He is righteous—that is His nature, and there are certain things He cannot do because of His nature. It is not because it is impossible for Him to do it; but because God is true to His nature, He cannot do it. He is righteous, He is just, and He never deceives. He is One you can depend upon.

 

Promised before the world began”—this promise was made back in eternity.  It was God’s plan all along to give man made in His image the ability to truly BE.  To truly LIVE.  In order to truly live we have to have atominity over our lives.  We have to be able to decide, to choose.   God allowed Satan and the angels to choose to serve or rebel… but there is a difference.  They cannot be redeemed.  For they started out perfect and left their first estate.  Man started out as sinners and can choose to leave their first estate to gain eternal life.  

 

So God makes this great promise……….John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.   God cannot lie so eternal life is gift to be received…(you can’t work for gift for then it is not a gift)   And God will never take it back.  He can’t for He has promised us eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  God cannot lie and cannot fail to do what He promised us.  That is our Assurance.  10:00

 

  1. 1. God Cannot Lie and Cannot Break A Promise 2. God’s Timing Is Perfect

Titus 1:3 But hath in due times….. and at the right and at the appointed time.  Just at the right time…..Christ came to the world.  Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  Jesus came to the right place, Israel,  the right way, through virgin,  and the right time when the Romans were in charge….the last of the four beasts mentioned in Daniel. The Babylonians, the Medes and Persians, the Greeks and the Romans would dominate Israel for 70 weeks of years (490 years)  according to Daniel 9.   69 weeks have already passed us….the rebuilding of Jerusalem 444 BC to the crucifixion of Jesus AD 30.  (minus 7 years for the Jewish calendar brings you to 483 years from Cyrus decree to the crucifixion of Jesus.)

 

God does everything on time.  God is never early, never late, always on time.  And when Jesus comes for His church it will be right on time.

 

Titus 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching…. and at the right time he revealed it in his message., and I proclaim it and at the appointed time has made known His word and revealed it as His message, through preaching.  Preaching is Forth Telling.  Telling what you know to everyone who will listen.  Fore telling is prophesying the future.

 

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This is the job not only of the preacher but all of us preach the gospel.  In our daily lives by the way we live and the things we do and say.  But it is by preaching that God chose to save the world.

1 Corinthians 1:21  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  The world thinks it’s foolish.  How many times are preachers scorned and laughed at by the world in our books and movies and TV shows.  They are always portrayed as stupid, bigoted, idiots and evil.     But God in HIS wisdom chose preaching to get the gospel out.  Preaching means to forth tell.  To go forth telling the gospel.

 

Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  As we go we are to preach and teach others about Jesus Christ.  Christ wants us to teach others the truth about Him.  We can go in many ways now in this modern world.  We can talk to people while at work or vacation or shopping and all other going to and fro.  We can fly to other countries in a day or less.  We can drive hundreds of miles in a day.  We can sit in our homes and reach people around the world through the  internet and social media.   Anyone today can go….What has God called you to do and where has He sent you?

 

You can have good preachers and bad preachers.  What is the difference.  Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  How can they hear without someone to tell them?  Preacher means forthteller.  You go forth telling…giving information.  A good preacher preaches.   Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   A good preachers preaches from the word of God!  A good preacher uses the Bible.  Preaches Bible Texts and never strays from the Bible!  And preaches what the Bible says….. not what He thinks or wants it to say!  2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine……19:00

 

  1. God Cannot Lie and Cannot Break A Promise 2. God’s Timing Is Perfect  3. Christ is Savior And God

Titus 1:3……which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. This was entrusted to me by order of God our Savior. which was entrusted to me according to the command of God our Savior—I write to Titus, my true son in the faith that we have in common.  May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace. To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

 

Titus 1:3 says God is our Savior….Titus 1:4  says the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior.  They both are one.  Christ is God in the flesh.  We don’t have two Saviors…We have one Lord, One faith and one Baptism.  Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.   This is the declaration that God is one God.  Not two Gods.  Not three Gods in one.  Our God is one God revealed in three distinct persons.

 

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? The Lord Jesus is God.  He is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  He is God.   That’s why Jesus Christ can save us and give us eternal life.  That’s why eternal life is certain for those who trust in Jesus Christ.  He is God! The only God. The creator God.  The sustainer of all things.  The Alpha and Omega.  The beginning and  the End.

 

How can you miss this?  The trinity….the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All three are one but each distinct as the God-head.  You are a Body, soul and spirit.   Your body is your flesh.   Your soul is your personality, the real you….your spirit is that part of you that lives forever and is how we relate to God.  We are spiritual creatures.  We are meant to be in relationship to God.  Our spirits cannot die they are eternal.  You soul goes with your Spirit.  They cannot be separated that’s why they are used interchangeably in the Bible.  The soul that sinneth it shall die for example.  The Spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets.  But we will be separated from this sinful body one day and get a new body…a spiritual body that is fit for heaven and can house our soul and our spirit in total unity.  Today our flesh fights against our spirits when we know Jesus Christ.  Our new bodies won’t do that anymore.  Total unity.

 

Just Like the Father, son and Holy Spirit are in total unity.  Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, (the Son) when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, (the Father) saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Christ is God. The Holy Spirit is God.  The Father is God.    My body is Jack, My soul is Jack,  My Spirit is Jack. They are all distinct but all Jack.  I am revealed in my body, soul and Spirit.

 

John 3:34-35 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.  35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.  Jesus is filled with the Holy Spirit because He is the Holy Spirit.  In the flesh Jesus had certain limitations handed to Him.  Just as we do in our flesh.  But Jesus did not sin.  Jesus could not be everywhere.  He did not know the day or the hour of His return.  He was limited in His flesh.  He is not limited now in His glorified body at the right hand of God.  As we will not be limited either as we serve and glorify our Lord forever and ever without limitations.

 

Christ therefore is now and forever Savior and God.  27:00

What Gives us Assurance of Eternal life?

  1. God Cannot Lie and Cannot Break A Promise 2. God’s Timing Is Perfect 3. Christ is Savior And God

If you are in Christ Jesus.  If you have received Him by faith as your Savior….If you have agreed with God that you cannot save yourself….then you are in Christ and have eternal life.   I didn’t ask you if you had been baptized (even though you ought to be as your first act of obedience and identification with Christ) I didn’t ask you if you were a church member.  I didn’t ask you if you believed in God and even if you believe in Jesus.  The devils believe in God and Jesus and that doesn’t save them.  You aren’t saved by intellectual belief but by faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your sin bearer.   He took your sins upon Himself and made you righteous before God.  You believe that and trust in Christ as your savior from the penalty of Sin.  That’s what gives you assurance.   28:04

 

7/16/2023

Genesis 15:1  God Gives Us Victory Over Our Enemies

Intro:   In Genesis chapter 14 Four kings, Amraphel of Babylonia, Arioch of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer of Elam, and Tidal of Goiim, went to war against five other kings: Bera of Sodom, Birsha of Gomorrah, Shinab of Admah, Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (or Zoar).  Then the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela drew up their armies for battle in Siddim Valley and fought against the kings of Elam, Goiim, Babylonia, and Ellasar, five kings against four. The four kings took everything in Sodom and Gomorrah, including the food, and went away.

 

Lot, Abram’s nephew, was living in Sodom, so they took him and all his possessions.  When Abram heard that his nephew had been captured, he called together all the fighting men in his camp, 318 in all, and pursued the four kings all the way to Dan.  There he divided his men into groups, attacked the enemy by night, and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus, and got back all the loot that had been taken. He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other prisoners. When Abram came back from his victory over Chedorlaomer and the other kings, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in Shaveh Valley (also called King’s Valley). And Melchizedek, who was king of Salem and also a priest of the Most High God, brought bread and wine to Abram,  blessed him, and said, “May the Most High God, who made heaven and earth, bless Abram!  May the Most High God, who gave you victory over your enemies, be praised!” And Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the loot he had recovered.   Notice Sodom and Lot living there is mentioned.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed in Genesis chapter 19.

 

We are at the close of  the church age.  God will have the victory over all of His enemies.  We had better be on God’s side for any other side is going to lose.  2:00

 

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram:, and thy exceeding great reward.

 

  1. Fear Not

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision. After the things that happened in chapter 14, Abram had a vision. After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision.  About 140 times the phrase the “word of the Lord came” to someone in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament the word of the Lord was revealed as Jesus Christ.  So that phrase is not used in the New Testament.  But in the Old Testament God spoke directly to His servants.  Either through a prophet or directly such as in this case with Abraham.  We don’t need that today because God has spoken to us in these last days by His Son…Jesus Christ and His word.  Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers (various) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…..

 

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that God spoke “at various times and in various ways.” The use of a vision is only one of the means by which God interacts with His servants. This was the third appearance of the Lord to Abram since his arrival in the land of Canaan (the first at 12:7; the second at 13:14–17).

 

God came to Abram in a vision…what is a vision?  Dreams from God are more detailed and mysterious such as in the book of Daniel.  Visions are exact messages from God and are more personal to the recipient.  We don’t have these today because we have the Bible, the scriptures.  But the Bible does say that in the later days some will dream dreams and have visions.  Which probably means during the last days people won’t have access to the word of God and God will speak through these means or it could mean during the tribulation period when the church is removed that God will speak through these methods.  We have to remember that the church is based on the revealed word of God in the Bible and the word of God is their sword and their truth.  The word of God is Jesus Christ.  The word became flesh and dwelt among usRevelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

Genesis 15:1….saying Fear Not Abram…. And heard the Lord say to him. “Do not be afraid, Abram.

saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram.  God’s word to Abram…don’t be afraid. Don’t dread the future.  Don’t be in despair.  Don’t give up on hope.  It’s going to be okay.  To everyone who is suffering some kind of heartache today…this is God’s message to you today.   Fear not.  Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  God is with us.  He is OUR God.  He will give us strength that we didn’t know we had.  He will help us when no one else can or will.  He will hold us up when we cannot stand any longer.  God is good and he will always work our everything in our lives to our good and His glory!  Every Time….time after time!  He knows the end from the beginning.  God knows how to deliver His people!

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  We don’t get fear from the Holy Spirit of God.  We get wisdom and discernment. But not fear from the spirit of God.  The spirit of fear comes from the evil one.  God gives us power and love and a sound mind… not given to superstitions and wild imaginations.

 

It is said that there are 365 fear nots or Do not be afraid type encouragements in the Bible.  But only one verse has both of these phrases. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.    We are given strength we didn’t no we had and courage to face any obstacle.  So we CAN fear not nor be afraid.  What is the difference in Fear being afraid?  Fear is about the unknown. What we think might happen.   Being afraid is the known and what we know will happen.    Fearing you might fail a medical test is fear of the unknown.   Knowing you failed the medical test is being afraid of the known.

 

I believe it’s a sin to fear for it shows a lack of trust in the God who holds our future in His hands.  Psalm 78:32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous worksRomans 14:23  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.   But we are to fear only God.  For the fear…respect for God is the beginning of wisdom.  This kind of fear is respect and awe.   Not terror or dread.  The wicked should have terror and dread from God…but not the righteous!  We don’t have to fear anything from God.  Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit11:00

 

  1. Fear Not 2.  I Am Thy Shield

Genesis 15:1  …..I am thy shield…. I will shield you from danger. I am your shield  Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.   The Lord is our strength and He is our shield to keep us from danger and fatal attacks. The enemy cannot kill us unless the Lord allows it.  The enemy cannot harm us unless the Lord allows it.  So our fate is in the loving God and not our hateful enemies.  God always takes the bad and turns it into good….so how can we lose!  Can you think of a time the Lord shielded you from danger?  Danger means being close to disaster.  We are always close to disaster in this fallen sinful world.   You pass within 3 feet or less of a speeding automobile weighing 6000 pounds.  That’s 3 tons of vehicle passing you or you passing it or even worse coming straight at you if you are on a two land road!!   But we don’t think a thing about it do we?     Good thing God is our shield and nothing will happen to us unless He allows it.

 

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  The shields purpose is to protect the soldier from the arrows of the enemy.   It had to be fire proof and was made of hardened leather to keep it lighter and to prevent it from burning from fiery arrows.   The wicked are always trying to destroy us.  They want us to burn up or burn out it doesn’t matter to them as long as we are stopped.

 

The New Testament word for danger is Peril.  Listen to the Apostle Pauls’ dangers he faced.  2 Corinthians 11: 25-27 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;  27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

 

What was Paul’s answer to all of this?  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  We are made strong in the Lord each time we have danger.   For when we face danger or peril we exercise our faith muscle.  And we soon become ten feet tall and bullet proof.  In other words it doesn’t matter what the world throws at us….it cannot shake our faith….. but rather does the opposite…it strengthens it.  19:00

 

  1. Fear Not   2.  I Am Thy Shield  3.  I Am Thy Exceeding Great Reward

Genesis 15:1 ……and thy exceeding great reward. and give you a great reward.”  Your reward [for obedience] shall be very great.” The greatest thing in all of life is relationship to God.

The righteous will be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ.  We are rewarded when we just give a cup of cold water in the name of the Lord.  There are tangible rewards……

 

1 Corinthians 3:8-14   8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  Gold sliver and precious stones are good rewards for our faithfulness to Christ.  And Wood, hay and stubble is the reward for unfaithful Christians.  Big difference.  But I’m talking about our great reward is none of these things….but Jesus Himself!

 

Hebrews 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Yes we are rewarded for our faithfulness to Christ.  But our great reward is not gold and silver.  But Christ Jesus Himself!  This verse is telling us that God Himself is our reward.  Jesus Christ is our reward.  He is our life, our joy.  If we have Christ we don’t need anything else!

 

John 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Jesus is the A to the Z.  He is everything to us and to all of creation.  He is life and truth and purpose and our reason for living.  HE is our reward….So if we get nothing else in life but Jesus Christ…..I could ask for nothing more than Him!  That’s how great Jesus is!  HE is our reward.  27:00

 

  1. Fear Not 2.  I Am Thy Shield  3.  I Am Thy Exceeding Great Reward

God Gives Us Victory Over Our Enemies

We don’t need to fear…..

He is our shield….

He is our reward….

How can we be so blessed in the midst of a sinful, chaotic world….there is Jesus!

In the midst of all the troubles and trials….there is Jesus!

In the midst of your troubles and problems…. There is Jesus!

Thanks be unto God who always giveth us the victory in the Lord Jesus Christ!  28:04

 

 

7-9-2023

John 14:6 The Second Greatest Bible Verse

Intro:  The greatest Bible verse in my humble opinion is John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 tells us all we need to know.  God loves us, God gave us a Son who died for us so that we might have eternal life.  Not just a quantity of life but an eternal great and perfect life.  John 14:6 gives us the exclusivity of Jesus Christ.  There is no one above and beside Jesus.  1:00

 

  1. I Am

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There are several “I am’s in John.  Around 70.   Here are some of them….

I am the Bread of life—I am the light of the world—-Before Abraham was I Am—-I am the door of the sheep—-I Am the good shepherd—–I am the vine—–I Am the resurrection and the life

I Am…. in John 14:6  Who is the great I Am……God.   Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.  6:00

 

  1. The way.

I Am The way….

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Jesus is not “one” way.  Jesus is not “a” way.  Jesus is not “the best way”  He is the only way.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  11:00

 

  1. The Truth

I am the way, the truth…

Not just a man who tells the truth.  Not just a man who points to the truth.  No Jesus IS truth.  He is the truth of God wrapped up in all that He is.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

John 18:37 To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

In a world full of lies and deception and confusion.  Jesus stands alone as the only real truth!

 

Psalm 116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  16:00

 

  1. The Life

I am the way, the truth and the life…

Jesus is the source of life

Jesus is the creator of life.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Without Christ we are dead.  We are dead spiritually.  Without hope.   21:00

 

  1. Exculsive

I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

No man means no one….Not one will get to God without Jesus Christ.  John 15:5 am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

No one can…No one can come to God based on his own efforts….Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

No one will…No one will come to God without Jesus.  No one wants to. They want to follow their own way…their own will.  Luke 13:34 …. how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

No one else…but Jesus can get us back in fellowship with God.  John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

The Father…the father, the son and the Holy Spirit.  All three are our triune God. Reveled in three persons.    If you want to find God you have to know Jesus.  It’s that simple and that profound! 27:00

 

Conclusion: Follow Jesus

I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

Don’t follow your dreams…Eccesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Don’t follow your heart…Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Don’t follow your instincts…Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Follow Jesus Christ….John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life..  28:04

 

 

7/2/2023 

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  We Are In A War

Intro: Is world war III around the corner?  Maybe but we are already in the last days battle for the souls of men and control of all things.  Time is running out for this world.  Time is running out for America.  Our pride month now has become a summer of pride.  Now some are even saying it the year of pride.  We are in a war my friends for the soul of America and the world.  1:00

 

  1. But…We Have Weapons

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh. We have a defender of our faith….Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.

 

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who trust in Christ and not their good works. [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].  We are in a spiritual fight.  We walk in the Spirit.  2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.  We walk with Jesus Christ each day.  Take up our cross daily and you will never be afraid of anyone or anything.  The flesh is willing but the flesh is weak.  There is a reason that we must walk in the Spirit.  The flesh isn’t going to heaven with us. We are getting a resurrection body.  We learned in 1 Corinthians that our flesh, our mortal body is corrupt.  So we cannot trust what we think and what we feel.  Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

 

2 Corinthians 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay? does it mean that we are fickle? Do you think I plan with my tongue in my cheek, saying “yes” and meaning “no”? We solemnly assure you that as certainly as God is faithful so we have never given you a message meaning “yes” and “no”.  Human nature is fickle.  We can be wrong and change our minds.  But when we walk in the Spirit of God we will know the truth and stand firm in that.  We don’t waffle back and forth.  Do you think Paul was uncertain or a waffler? Do you think that Peter was fickle?  I don’t think so.

 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal……

We don’t use the weapons of man. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons. The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  The Law can never succeed in producing righteousness—the failure was always the weakness of human nature. But God has conquered this by sending his own Son Jesus Christ to live in us our human nature which causes the trouble.  We are able to meet the Law’s requirements, so long as we are living no longer by the dictates of our sinful nature, but by walking with Christ, we are walking in the Spirit.

 

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.  He will swallow up death [and abolish it] for all time.  We are victorious for all time, forever and ever in Christ Jesus!!  He is our weapon.  It is our faith and trust in Jesus Christ that Satan cannot stand.  10:00

 

  1. But…We Have Weapons 2. We Have The Weapon Of Truth

 2 Corinthians 10:4……but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.  The opposite of truth is to imagine a lie and live by that fantasy.  Isaiah 23:11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.  God shakes the earth and destroys the strong holds, the fortresses, The secure places of men and their power is shaken.  God knows how to handle the wicked.  The wicked have taken a strong hold in the world.  Right now Satan has set these men up and their dark, secret power bases.  God appoints world leaders….Satan appoints those who work in the darkness…behind the scenes….the global cabal of elite men and women who control the world right now.  And let’s face it they have gained control of every sector of humanity.  Media, Medicine, government, information, sports, and legal system.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations….. we pull down every proud obstacle. We destroy false arguments;  We are destroying sophisticated arguments. Lamentations 3:60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.   Our battle is to bring down every deceptive fantasy and every trick that men use against the true knowledge of God.  They hate God and imagine a world without Him that is impossible. They imagine the impossible.  It is impossible to get rid of God.   Romans 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.   So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  I would feel sorry for these idiots who are so deceived that they think that they can ignore God by setting up their own kingdom. Do they really think that this will work? What a delusion that is?  The joke will be on them.

 

You can imagine all you want that God doesn’t exist….but the truth will set you free a lie will cost you dearly.  To believe a fantasy instead of the truth about God and your soul and spirit and body will be cast into the lake of fire.   We have the greatest weapon of all…… the truth of God found in Jesus Christ.  Jesus said I am the WAY, The TRUTH and the LIFE.  No man comes to the Father (God) Except through Jesus Christ.

 

We have the truth of God and no fantasy contrived by men.  2 Peter 1:16  For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.   We do not follow fables as good as they might seem….I don’t think they are very good….it makes much more sense to follow Jesus Christ than anything you could ever imagine actually.  Their strong holds are based on lies and fantasy and imaginations of men and deception of the devil.  Our strong hold is the Lord Jesus Christ.  We just follow Him and trust in Him.  WHO IS THE TRUTH!  Truth is a person not a creed or a fanstasy.  It is a person who is real and alive today!   Peter said that we were eye witnesses of His majesty (He saw the transfiguration)  Peter heard and saw who Jesus was!  We have the greatest weapon of all….truth!!  19:00

 

  1. But…We Have Weapons 2. We Have The Weapon Of Truth
  2. We Have the Weapon Of Knowing God

 2 Corinthians 10:5….and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God….. that is raised against the knowledge of God; and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God,  Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days… We know the creator God.  The God of the universe.   He is our Savior, our friend, our Father who adopted us, our defender, our guide, our advocate, and our strength.

 

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? What does it matter who is against us if God is for us!  But we have an enemy who has already been defeated.  He can only aggravate those who follow Jesus Christ.  He has no power over us at all.  But he can lie to us, deceive us and generally harass us.  But that’s all he can do.  He has not power over the Christian.  Only what power we give him when we believe his lies.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5….and every high thing that exalteth itself…..    We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing.  Pride again.  I know I spoken a lot about pride lately.  Here is another example of pride not going well for the proud.  Before pride cometh a fall the Bible says.

 

Man exalts himself.  He wants to be god.  He has created evolution to destroy God.  He has made up homosexuality and transgenderism to mock God.  He has invented the United Nations to anger God.  Have you idiots at the United Nations ever heard of the tower of Babel?  I guess not.  The devil and his minions are in control of the exalted people in this world.  Name me a famous person alive today that is following Jesus Christ with all of their heart?  Who goes to church every Sunday and has a family that is being raised in the fear and knowledge of God?  I can’t name one….not even one! There might be one I’ve never heard of….then they aren’t very famous are they if I have never heard of them?

 

The rich and famous will howl and weep one day.  James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.  They will be shaking in their boots one day.  Revelation 6:15-16 nd the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.  Don’t they read the Bible?  Of course not.  Do they realize what is going to happen to those who reject Jesus Christ?   I hear that Luciferians actually think that the Bible will not be fulfilled because Satan will win the war in heaven.

 

That’s a bet I wouldn’t want to take….would you? He is already defeated.  Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Satan’s defeat was predicted in the first book of the Bible! Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Jesus saw Satan fall from heaven.  A prediction of his defeat by Michael the archangel during the tribulation.  Revelation 12:7-8 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  If Satan can’t beat Michael the archangel how is he going to defeat God?  Answer….it’s impossible luciferians.  You are being lied to by the father of lies.

 

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  They are scared to death of God!  Does that sound like a group that you want to fight with?  If Satan is going to defeat God, he better find a better bunch of demons!

 

Jesus cast out demons several times while on this earth.  If Satan can’t defeat Jesus who as God walked on this earth…… how is He going to defeat Him in heaven. Answer….It’s impossible!!  Satan didn’t defeat Jesus on the cross.  Jesus defeated the devil on the cross when He gave Himself as the lamb of God to take away the sin of the world and then rose again to seal the deal!!

 

Isaiah 14:16-17 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;  17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?  Satan’s defeat will be so total that people will be amazed and even insult him when they see who he really is….weak and powerless after God is done with Him.

 

Revelation 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. He’s going to the lake of fire.  God gave us the devil as an adversary.  Having an adversary sharpens us and makes it interesting.  God gave us an adversary until we won’t need one any more when we are incorruptible in heaven.

 

Is it better to Know God or be led by the Devil? The devil doesn’t want to know you intimately.  He can’t do that even if he wanted to.  He has to have the demonic and fallen angel realm to speak to you.  He is not omni-present.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5…….and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ.  Our motive’s our desires are all to please the Lord Jesus Christ when we know God.  We obey Christ not because we have to but because we want to.  As a wife seeks to please her husband and vice versa….so the church seeks to please Christ. After all He is our life and we owe everything to Him because He first loved us.  so we love Him!

 

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  Following Jesus is being obeying Him.  We follow Him because He is the light of the world and the light of our lives.  Why would we follow anyone or anything else.  Everybody follows somebody or something.  To follow is to obey.  So we look at obedience as not to a set of rules……. but devotion to a person.  That person is our greatest weapon our faith in Jesus Christ.  27:00

 

  1. But…We Have Weapons 2. We Have The Weapon Of Truth
  2. We Have the Weapon Of Knowing God

We are In A War……And we can only have the victory through faith and trust in Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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7/2/2023–7/9/2023–7/16/2023

1 Timothy 4:1  True Revival sweeping the world Is The Doctrines of Demons

Intro:  We are having a revival in America.  Not of the Bible or repentance toward God. But a revival of the doctrine of demons.  Devil worship.  Not openly not even knowingly.  But if you worship yourself, your agenda, your plans, your hopes then you are worshipping the same thing the devil does.  Himself!

 

  1. Last Days Departure.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; The Spirit says clearly that some people will abandon the faith in later times; they will obey lying spirits and follow the teachings of demons. But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons.

 

There will be two departures in the last days…. The departure of the church in the rapture and the departure of people from true Biblical Christianity.  John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  The church is departing.  Two ways to go with Jesus but first departing from truth.  And in this revival of the doctrine of demons or devils what else would you expect?  What did you think the last days would look like?

 

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith….Latter days is a term only used in the Old Testament. Always talking about the end times.   This is the only mention of the phrase “latter times” in the Bible.  Which means the last days.  The phrase
“Last days” is mentioned ten times in the Bible.  2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  It always means what it says….the last of the last days.  The end of days as we know it now.  A big change is coming.  The church will be changed into a glorious body…the wicked will be changed into hell and the lake of fire!  A big change is coming for the wicked.  They are having a revival!  A revival of wickedness that we have never seen before.  Following the doctrine of demons.

 

People will depart from truth.  Meaning the church will depart from the truth.  2 Thessalonians 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.  They will believe lies and be easily deceived.  Reprobate minds as we have talked about frequently.  They can’t believe the truth any longer. They are ripe for the judgment of God.  A true revival is sweeping the world today.  A revival of the doctrine of demons.

 

What is the doctrine of demons?  James 3:15-16 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

 

The doctrine of demons is…..Sensual—Sexual–Devilish—Wicked—Envy—desire for greatness instead of holiness–Strife...hatefulness, fighting and fussing, arguing and wars  Confusion—division and wrong is right and right is wrong.   Every evil work—murder, deception and cold hearted people.

 

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Such teachings are spread by deceitful liars, whose consciences are dead, as if burnt with a hot iron. [misled] by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning],

 

Devil worship is not having a red suit and candles and darkness.  It is light and flashiness.  2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  2 Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.  Satan puts on a big show with all the lights and fan fare and production.  People get excited and jump up and down and sing and shout for the devil!  You see devil worship is not in the darkness but right out in the open in many of our churches today!  We are seeing an explosion of false churches and false preachers and false teachers today.  Now thank God we have some of the greatest preachers alive today and doing well and churches that are remnant churches that are standing firm on the word of God.  But sadly many churches are actually devil worshipping centers and some even know it but most are fooled by them.

 

How do you know you are in a devil worshipping church?

  1. It’s all about me and you….What does this passage say to you and me?
  2. No cross or no blood of Jesus in the music or the teaching
  3. No Biblical preaching…. just stories and emotional appeals
  4. No prophecy teaching of the last days and the return of Jesus (not always the case some preachers are just afraid to teach it)
  5. Sexual deviants are accepted in leadership positions
  6. “My experience” is above Scriptures.

 

Six is the number of man. That’s why there are six signs of a devil worshipping church.  You and the devil worship the same person…yourself!

 

Pride parades that have naked men dancing in front of children.  700,000 people turned out for a pride parade in Columbus Ohio!!!    There was nudity and ludeness.  In New York city they chanted..”We are coming for your children.”  Gay people can’t have children so they want to groom your children.  Your babies!!  It’s all because of a revival that is sweeping our nation….the revival of the demonic!

 

Lying and deception is all that matters to these wicked people and devil worshippers. But the deceviers will be the ones who are deceived.  They don’t have any empathy for life.  Abortion, Child trafficking, child mutilation, pedophilia.  They don’t care.

Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

 

They love their idols.  They love their drugs. They love their deviance.  They love to kill and molest babies.  They want a normal life but they want their sins also.  They can be good neighbors, good citizens and good church members.  Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.

 

The worship of demons will increase in the last days.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  Satan is cast out of heaven in the war with Michael the good angels.  Most says that this is going to happen at the mid-point of the tribulation or sometime during the tribulation. 

The dragon is the devil.  Satan. The deceiver of the all the planet Earth.  Are cast out of heaven where now they have access to accuse the brethren to the earth only.  And he is mad!

Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

worship of the Satan and the Beast, the man of sin, the anti-Christ.  Believe it or not it is going to get worse than it is today.  Much worse because we are in a revival of the doctrine of demons… 10:00

 

  1. Last Days Departure. 2.  Changing The Natural Order of Things.

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, Such people teach that it is wrong to marry.  They forbid natural marriage. Changing marriage between a man and a woman. It all started with the Catholic church forbidding their priests to marry and that led to rampant homosexuality and child abuse.  Then they changed the laws that allows same sexes to marry one another.  Now they say you can marry your cat or your car.  It’s not insanity….it’s devil influenced and devil backed.

 

1 Timothy 4:3 …..and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. It is wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten, after a prayer of thanks, by those who are believers and have come to know the truth. and advocate abstaining from [certain kinds of] foods which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and have [a clear] knowledge of the truth.

 

They have convinced stupid ignorant godless people that cows are deadly.  Many people are vegetarians. They believe eating meat is wrong and immoral.  That’s their right.  But don’t make the rest of us believe like you do.  Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

 

Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can eat or drink or what or how to celebrate or observe special occasions.    In other words you have liberty to live your life the way you see fit.  Of course you must observe law and order….but in your home anything goes basically as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.  And eating meat does not harm anyone!

 

Don’t let anyone stop you from living your life the way you want to.  But today the wicked want us to do what they do.  The devil wants us to follow his wicked ways that limit freedom and joy and acceptance and peace.  He wants to divide everyone and everything.  To have war and fighting and fussing about everything.  Live and let live is NOT the devil’s motto.  Live and let die is his motto!  Death to freedom and liberty!  Eating meat is wrong.  Going to a restaurant is wrong.  Going to church is wrong.  Going to a fourth of July celebration is wrong.  Speaking the truth is wrong.  Speaking out is wrong.  Because you are being judged by those who supposedly hate being judged!  Don’t judge me they whine…while they are judging you for not accepting what they believe!  Why do people believe this stuff? Because a revival is taking place. A revival of the doctrine of demons.  A people are coming to faith in demons every day!! 19:00

 

  1. Last Days Departure. 2.  Changing The Natural Order of Things.
  2. God Has A Natural Order of Things

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: Everything that God has created is good; nothing is to be rejected, but everything is to be received with a prayer of thanks, For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;

 

God says we can eat meat.  We should receive all food with thanksgiving to God.  That’s natural to us.  As bad as ti can be for the animal. It is natural to eat meat.  It won’t always be that way.  We are a sinful fallen world.  8 billion people cannot survive without meat to eat.

 

God does everything good and orderly even in this evil and chaotic world.  Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  God is good and his goodness leads people to turn to Him…not His threats….it is His love and mercy that turns us toward Him.  Many despise the goodness of God. They don’t want His goodness.  They don’t want His blessings!  They want to do what satisfies their own lusts and desires!

 

1 Timothy 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.  because the word of God and the prayer make it acceptable to God. for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.

 

God’s word guides into proper diet.  And prayer makes it acceptable to God and to us.  God’s word is our guide to life and life choices.  God speaks to us in His word and we speak to God in prayers. We thank Him and praise Him in our prayer lives and that sets us apart from the rest of the world.

 

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  Truth will stand when nothing else will.  Truth is not a set of ideas….but truth is a person…the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A genius came to faith in Christ by this simple deduction.   “Muslims, Hindu’s, JW’s, Mormons, New age Christ consciousness….every religion believes Jesus to be great….but not the only way… Well…. he said…If Jesus is so great according to all these religions…. then shouldn’t we believe what Jesus said about Himself?  When Jesus said in John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me…..then don’t we have to take His word for fact? If Jesus said He is the only way then He must be the only way…for that is what this great man said about Himself.” 27:00

 

  1. Last Days Departure. 2.  Changing The Natural Order of Things. 3.  God Has A Natural Order of Things     True Revival sweeping the world Is The Doctrines of Demons  28:04

6/25/2023

Isaiah 14:11-15 The Proud and the Humble

Intro: In honor of the last Sunday of “Pride month”  Let’s talk about  the king of pride.  And let’s talk about the most humble men in the Bible. And see the outcome of both.  1:00

 

  1. The King of Pride

Isaiah 14:11. Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. You used to be honored with the music of harps, but now here you are in the world of the dead. You lie on a bed of maggots and are covered with a blanket of worms.’” Your pomp and magnificence have been brought down to Sheol, Along with the music of your harps; The maggots [which prey on the dead] are spread out under you [as a bed] And worms are your covering [Babylonian rulers].’

 

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! King of Babylon, bright morning star, you have fallen from heaven! In the past you conquered nations, but now you have been thrown to the ground.

 

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the “How you have fallen from heaven, O [b]star of the morning [light-bringer], son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, You who have weakened the nations [king of Babylon]!

stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: You were determined to climb up to heaven and to place your throne above the highest stars. You thought you would sit like a king on that mountain in the north where the gods assemble. “But you said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly

In the remote parts of the north.

 

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. You said you would climb to the tops of the clouds and be like the Almighty. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

 

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. But instead, you have been brought down to the deepest part of the world of the dead. “But [in fact] you will be brought down to Sheol, To the remote recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).  10:00

 

  1. The King of Pride 2.  The Most Humble Man on the Earth

Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Moses was a humble man, more humble than anyone else on earth. Now the man Moses was very humble (gentle, kind, devoid of self-righteousness), more than any man who was on the face of the earth.

 

Luke 18:14 ….for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. ……For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great. Moses name is mentioned 794 times in the Bible.  Even the law the God established is called “the Law of Moses.”  How exalted was Moses?   God Himself buried him.  How exalted was Moses?  The Devil and Michael fought over the body of Moses.  Jude 1:9  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil (Satan), and arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

 

Pride is the complete opposite of a redeeming characteristic.  Now you can be proud of someone else….your grandchildren….you ball team.  But you cannot have self pride because that leads to self-exaltation and self-righteousness and self-Assurance and self-salvation.  You don’t need God you only need yourself and what you think and do.   You’re pride in your good works can earn you salvation.

 

The gospel of works.  Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.  He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but because of His own compassion and mercy, by the cleansing of the new birth (spiritual transformation, regeneration) and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

 

We are not even rewarded by our works but by our faithfulness to Christ.  Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’   19:00

 

  1. The King of Pride 2.  The Most Humble Man on the Earth  3.  The Most Humble Of ALL The Lord Jesus……. Is the Most Exalted

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

Jesus was even born in a humble fashion.  Luke 2:7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a [manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a feeding trough —there was no place for them to stay in the inn.

 

Matthew 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.

 

Jesus left glory to become a man in order to save mankind from the penalty of sin.  Now He is glorified and we glorify His name as the name above every name and we bow before His name.  27:00

 

 

6/18/2023

John 8:42-45 and 47 Who Is Your Father?

Intro:  I hope everyone had a good father.  All fathers on this earth are not perfect but hopefully he did the best he knew to teach you the things of life and guide you into what will help you in life.  Maybe he could care less.  Some fathers even teach their children how to do evil.  Some people don’t ever know their biological father.  Some have step fathers.  Some have grandfathers that are their father figure.  Some have no father figure on this earth.  But the question today is not who WAS your father but who IS your father today?

 

  1. The True Father Points Us To Jesus

John 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Jesus said to them, “If God really were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own authority, but he sent me. Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father [but He is not], you would love and recognize Me, for I came from God [out of His very presence] and have arrived here. For I have not even come on My own initiative [as self-appointed], but He [is the One who] sent Me.

 

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  Jesus gives good advice.  He quotes Dueteronomy 6:5.  We should seek God and love God and we will love God when we know Him.  Why shouldn’t we love God?  He created us.  He loved us first.  1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.  He gave us salvation by grace through simple faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  And God became a man.  John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  God took on flesh to save us not to harm us.  His grace is His gift to us and His truth is all truth.  Why would we not love Him and follow Him?

 

Jesus is the Son of God.  All God does is to point us to Jesus.  Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.   A Good, loving, true Father points His creation to His Son so that we might be saved and that we might love Him and walk with Him in truth and loving fellowship.  10:00

 

  1. The True Father Points Us To Jesus 2. Their Father Points Us Away From the Word

John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word.

 

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.   If you don’t want to know God then you cannot understand His word because you don’t want to understand.  Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  People can understand that Jesus is the only way to God but they just don’t want to.  Their hearts are not right toward God.  They don’t want to hear God’s word they want to hear from their father the devil.

 

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…… Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. You are of your father the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father.  1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.   How is the devil a person’s father?  Everyone who does not righteousness is a child of the devil.  His adopted child you could say.  They have made the devil their father by doing what he would do.  There are only two paths, two spiritual fathers…..God or the devil.  A good God or an evil devil.

 

But mans sins of his own accord and choices.  James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   The devil then comes along and encourages you to continue to follow your lusts and consummate your sins.  James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  the devils goal is the kill  you physically and spiritually.

 

What a wonderful father he is…..NOT!!!  What kind of father seeks to kill you?  But….he gives you temporary pleasure. Temporary joy.  Temporary peace.  Just enough to get you hooked.  He is like rat poison.  Just enough to get you to eat and enjoy and then die!  Poor Eve.  Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  She didn’t know the value of saying no to temporary pleasure.  She didn’t know how to say NO!   She looked at the present and didn’t think about the future.

 

That’s what a bad father does.  He doesn’t prepare you or warn you about the consequences of your present actions.  He just says “do it!”  His word is “do it.”  Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? yea hath God said”…..The devil doesn’t have a Bible. The satanic Bible is not his creation per say.  His Bible is this…..to contradict the real word of God.  He doesn’t have a Bible…He lives to contradict the Bible we have.  The word of God we have.  He will always try to point us to the errors of the Bible.  “Yea hath God said…”  to put doubt in your mind.

 

And to turn you from the Bible He will turn you to yourself and your desires.  Again James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Poor Eve.  She doubted God’s word and it cost her dearly.  She may have loved the forbidden fruit but what at first is sweet soon turn  disastrous.

 

How can we keep from doubting God’s word?  Two ways…..Read it every day and secondly read it every day….You get it…..the more you read God’s word the more God reveals Himself to you.  It is HIS word!  Satan doesn’t have a Bible.  He can only deceive and contradict.  Any contradiction or anything pulling you from the Bible is the devil.  19:00

 

  1. The True Father Points Us To Jesus 2. Their Father Points Us Away From the Word
  2. The Attributes Of Their Father

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…. Their Father the devil has three attributes…..

  1. He is a murderer

John 8:44……He was a murderer from the beginning…. He was a murderer from the beginning.  Their father murders people.  There are several ways to murder someone.   Kill their body.  Kill their reputation.  Kill their hope.  Kill their joy.   Kill their purpose. Kill their soul.   The devil does all of that.  What a great father he is…..

 

  1. He is a liar and deceiver

John 8:44 …….and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.  Their father is a liar and deceiver.

 

There is NO Truth in the devil.  Even a bad earthly father tells the truth sometimes.  But this father NEVER tells the truth.  He tells half truths.  As he did to Eve.  But His end is to deceive and lie.

 

  1. His Children Do Not Follow Jesus

John 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [and continue in your unbelief].  Their father has children that do not trust in Jesus or follow Him.  No person who father is the devil follows Jesus.  It is impossible. Light and darkness do not mix.  The light always overcomes the darkness! 23:00

 

  1. The True Father Points Us To Jesus 2. Their Father Points Us Away From the Word
  2. The Attributes Of Their Father 4. The Attributes Of Our Father

John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.   He who comes from God listens to God’s words. You, however, are not from God, and that is why you will not listen.”  Whoever is of God and belongs to Him hears [the truth of] God’s words; for this reason you do not hear them: because you are not of God and you are not in fellowship with Him.”

Jesus said in John 10:27  My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.   Can we follow our father’s word?  Can we trust in the word of our Father?

 

God word is Truth….thy word is truth…John 17:17

God word is Love….God is love 1 John 4:8

God word is faithful….Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

God word is good…And have tasted the good word of God, Hebrews 6:5

heir father the devil is NONE of these things.  In fact he is the exact opposite of these things.  27:30

 

  1. The True Father Points Us To Jesus 2. Their Father Points Us Away From the Word
  2. The Attributes Of Their Father 4. The Attributes Of Our FatherWho is your father?

Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  God is not only a good father but He is your dad…reachable.  Available.  28:04

 

 

6/11/2023

Micah 6:6-8 How Does Man Please God?

Intro:  The Book of Micah was likely written between 735 and 700 B.C.  The message of the Book of Micah is a mixture of judgment and hope. The prophecies announce judgment upon Israel for social evils, corrupt leadership and idolatry. This judgment was expected to culminate in the destruction of Samaria and Jerusalem. The book proclaims not merely the restoration of the nation, but the transformation and exaltation of Israel and Jerusalem.

 

The prophet condemns the rulers, priests, and prophets of Israel who exploit and mislead the people. It is because of their deeds that Jerusalem will be destroyed. The ideal ruler would come from Bethlehem to defend the nation, and the prophet proclaims the triumph of the remnant of Jacob and foresees a day when Yahweh will purge the nation of idolatry and reliance on military might. The prophet sets forth a powerful and concise summary of Yahweh’s requirement for justice and loyalty and announces judgment upon those who have followed the ways of Omri and Ahab. The book closes as Israel confesses its sin and is assured of deliverance through Yahweh’s mighty acts.

 

God gives warnings so we will not have to suffer His wrath. Judgment is certain if God’s warnings are not heeded and His provision for sin in the sacrifice of His Son is rejected. For the believer in Christ, God will discipline us—not from hate—but because He loves us. He knows that sin destroys and He wants us to be whole. This wholeness which is the promise of restoration awaits those who remain obedient to Him.  But Micah’s great question maybe the greatest question is How Does man please God?1:00

 

  1. Does Man Please God with Offerings?

Micah 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God…. What shall I bring to the Lord, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him? With what shall I come before the Lord [to honor Him] Micah attempts to answer the question of the ages.   How can I stand up before God and show proper respect to the high God?

 

Michal 6:6…..shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to him? And bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? Should I bring an armload of offerings topped off with yearling calves? Yearling calves were regarded as the choicest sacrifices.

 

Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  Noah gave the first burnt offering in the Bible after he got off of the Ark.

 

Burnt offerings do not please God anymore.  Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  They don’t please God because Jesus Christ has been offered for our sins.  That fulfilled the offerings given in the Old Testament.    Leviticus 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.  A sin offering was a sacrifice, made according to the Mosaic Law, which provided atonement for sin. The Hebrew phrase for “sin offering” literally means “fault offering.” The sin offering was made for sins committed in ignorance, or unintentional sins. The ritualistic method of the sin offering and the animal to be offered varied depending on the status of the sinner. For example, a high priest who sinned unintentionally would offer a young bull. A king or a prince would offer a young male goat. People in the private sector would sacrifice a young female goat or lamb, unless they were too poor, in which case they were only required to offer two turtledoves or pigeons.

 

There are five offerings There are five main types of sacrifices, or offerings, in the Old Testament.

  1. The burnt offering (Leviticus 1; 6:8–13; 8:18-21; 16:24),
  2. the grain offering (Leviticus 2; 6:14–23),
  3. the peace offering (Leviticus 3; 7:11–34),
  4. the sin offering (Leviticus 4; 5:1–13; 6:24–30; 8:14–17; 16:3–22), and
  5. the trespass offering (Leviticus 5:14–19; 6:1–7; 7:1–6). Each of these sacrifices involved certain elements, either animal or fruit of the field, and had a specific purpose. Most were split into two or three portions—God’s portion, the portion for the Levites or priests, and, if there was a third, a portion kept by the person offering the sacrifice. The sacrifices can be broadly categorized as either voluntary or mandatory offerings.

 

The first was the burnt offering, a voluntary act of worship to express devotion or commitment to God. It was also used as an atonement for unintentional sin. The elements of the burnt offering were a bull, a bird, or a ram without blemish. The meat and bones and organs of the animal were to be totally burnt, and this was God’s portion. The animal’s hide was given to the Levites, who could later sell it to earn money for themselves.

 

2 Chronicles 29:21 And they brought seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judah. And he commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the Lord.   The sin offering.  Without the shedding of blood there is not remission of sin.  As horrible as the offering was so is our sin horrible to God.  The soul that sinneth it shall die.  So someone dies for their sin.  A sinless life has to die to pay for the sinful.

 

Micah 6:7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, Will the Lord be delighted with thousands of rams, Will the Lord be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep? “Thousands of rams” suggests the large quantity of animals that one might offer to get God’s favor. But God is interested neither in the choicest animals nor in the number offered.

Micah 6:7 …..or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? or endless streams of olive oil? Or with ten thousand rivers of oil? Even great quantities of oil will not bring the worshiper into fellowship with God. Oil was used by pagans to please their gods.  Oil is used by God’s people to please God.  It represents the Holy Spirit.  10:00

 

  1. Does Man Please God with Offerings? 2. Does Man Please God By Sacrifices?

Micah 6:7  …….shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? Shall I offer him my first-born child to pay for my sins? Shall I present my firstborn for my acts of rebellion, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  The list reaches a shocking climax in the mention of the firstborn. Child sacrifice was carried out by certain Israelites on occasion (2Ki 3:27-16:3; Isa 57:5). The firstborn represents the most precious thing one could give to God. Again, this was not what God wants.

 

Would God be impressed with thousands of rams, with buckets and barrels of olive oil? Would he be moved if I sacrificed my firstborn child, my precious baby, to cancel my sin?  The answer is no!  He cannot be pleased by the death of animals alone.  The death of innocent animals points to the death of Jesus Christ who shed His blood for our sins.  That is the only sacrifice, the only offering that pleases God! Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Even if we gained the whole world and all the animals and all the children and gave them to God….it would not cover our sins.  It would not please God for we are still sinners.  19:00

 

  1. Does Man Please God with Offerings? 2. Does Man Please God By Sacrifices? 
  2. The Answer Is Simple

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; No, the Lord has told us what is good. He has told you, O man, what is good.  Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  What is good? Doing what God’s will is.  Who is Good?  God!  There is none good but one and that is God. But hasn’t God already made it plain how to live, what to do…..follow Him!  Follow Christ!

 

Micah 6:8 ……and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple…..What he requires of us is this: to do what is just…. And what does the Lord require of you Except to be just, Do what is fair and just to your neighbor.  God is holy and just and does what is right.  Do what is right like God does.

 

Micah 6:8…..and to love mercy, to show love… to diligently practice kindness and compassion. be compassionate and loyal in your love.  Love like God for God is love.  People that love know God.

 

Micah 6:8….. and to walk humbly with thy God?, , and to live in humble fellowship with our God. and  , And to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]? It ends with a question mark? Like God is saying haven’t  I have told you time and time again? , And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously?  Be committed To walk with God.  Be obedient to God in your walk with Him.

 

God answers the questions with a question.  Hasn’t he shown you what is good and what the Lord requires….to do right, be kind to others and walk with your God?  How simple is that?   Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  To know God you have to deny the world is the arbiter of truth. You have to trust in the truth of the word of God and trust in God Himself above all others…… and love Him above all things!   27:00

 

  1. Does Man Please God with Offerings? 2. Does Man Please God By Sacrifices? 
  2. The Answer Is Simple……. How Does Man Please God?    By loving Him and trusting in Him.  28:04

6/4/2023

Proverbs 6:16-19     Pride

God hates pride.  Man loves to be proud.   It’s okay to be proud of your grandchildren and children even proud of your accomplishments…..as long as you give glory and praise to God!  Man wants to only glorify himself and what he is.   Pride month is the glorification not only of man….but glorifying their sin…..

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

 

6/4/2023  and 6/11/2023

1 Thessalonians 1:10 Why I Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Intro: The Pre-tribulation rapture is unique and very special in God’s creation and purposes.  There is nothing like it nor ever will be like it!  It is  shock and awe like we have never seen it except maybe the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth.   Every believer can take hope and encouragement from the rapture of the church.

 

  1. What is the Tribulation?

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

The tribulation is the seven worst years in human history.  Some believe in a post tribulation rapture.  Some believe in a Mid-tribulaton rapture.  Some believe in a pre-wrath rapture.

 

First of all let’s get one thing clear.  The tribulation is seven years of the wrath of God being poured out on the world.  It is the time of Jacob’s trouble.  Jeremiah 30:7. It is the fulfillment of the 70 weeks of years in Daniel chapter 9 for God’s people.  So don’t let anyone tell you that the last 3 ½ years or the great tribulation is only when the wrath of God is being poured out.  It will intensify in the last 3 ½ years.  But it is still the tribulation.

 

I’ve been studying the end times since 1970 as a young man.  53 years.  I’ve heard it all and seen all the graphs and charts.  I don’t care about all of that.  I want to show you what the Bible says about it and Just the Bible.

 

  1. What is the Tribulation? 2. The entire Tribulation is the wrath of God.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.   Revelation chapter six is a summary of the world history up to and including the tribulation.  The tribulation is seven years the great tribulation is the last 3 ½ of those years.  The wrath of God against those who have rejected Jesus Christ and God’s plans.  Including Israel who must pay for their rejection of 70 sabbath years that they missed and rejecting God as their God and Jesus as their Messiah and it continues even as they became a nation in unbelief on TODAY!!!! May 14th, 1948.  75 years!!

 

It’s a time of Jacob’s Trouble not the church’s trouble.  Jeremiah 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. Israel will be saved physically and spiritually……well….only those left alive as only 1/3 of the Jews will survive the tribulation by fleeing to Petra.  The land will survive.  Israel is the apple of God’s eye. The people and the land.

 

70 weeks are determined for thy people.  Daniel 9:24. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.  69 weeks of years were complete when Jesus was crucified.

 

This is the history of Israel from the return of Babylonians captivity and rebuilding the wall around the city and rebuilding the city to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  483 years then it pauses.  Where is the last seven years?     Look at Daniel 9:27 again….…..One week….490 years….70 weeks…of years!

 

God’s wrath is poured out on the world during the seven year period, the seventieth week of years.  Seven years are owed to Israel, the Jews….….not the church!  The church age will end….the time of the gentiles will end.  Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  AD 70 Rome took Jews captive and they spread around the world.  The gentiles have ruled and controlled Israel ever since.  Even today they tell Israel what they can do.  That will end when the church is raptured.  The Beast will build upon the current treaty to allow Israel to build their temple and do their own thing.  Islam will be virtually wiped out by God during the Gog-magog war of Ezekiel chapters 38-39.  God will be acknowledged for defeating Israel’s enemies. But the Beast will arise and deceive the whole world as they may acknowledge God they will not receive Him as Savior.

 

The lost people of the world will be blinded by the Anti-Christ to believe a strong delusion.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

The Day of the Lord is a common theme in the Bible.  The day begins with the rapture of the church.

Zechariah 14:1-4 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather ALL nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (They will flee to Petra for 3 ½ years) 3 Then shall the Lord go forth,(Jesus will come at the end of the tribulation) and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

 

It is called the day of the Lord’s wrath……. for on that day….His wrath will begin to be poured out on the earth and will get progressively worse beginning with the seal judgments that tell us about the final day trumpet and Bowl judgements.  The tribulation period is not going to be good any of it.  God wrath will be poured out.   The day of His wrath is coming!

 

Psalm 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

Psalm 79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Zephaniah 1:14-15 The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Colossians 3:5-6 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.

Revelation 6:16-17 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

The day of the Lord starts with the rapture of the church….

God is not mad at the church.  He loves His church….His bride.

 

Jesus saved us from the wrath of God.  Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? John the Baptist knew the wrath of God was coming upon this earth!

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

  1. What is the Tribulation? 2. The entire Tribulation is the wrath of God.
  2. The church is saved by the Rapture.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 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. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 

Revelation 3:10  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 

  1. What is the Tribulation? 2. The entire Tribulation is the wrath of God.
  2. The church is saved by the Rapture.

4 There is no divine protection for even those who get saved During the Tribulation. 

Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcom