Friday, November 24, 2017

A DESCRIPTION OF THIS WORLD TODAY!

ROMANS CHAPTER ONE:  PAUL'S ENCOURAGEMENT TO BELIEVERS

       Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God, which He had promised before by His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, Who was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by His Resurrection from the dead:  by Whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for His name:  among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ:  to all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:  grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
       First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.  For God is my witness, Whom I serve with my spirit in the Gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.  For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; that is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
       Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles.  I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also.  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

ROMANS CHAPTER ONE:  PAUL'S CRITICISM OF UNBELIEVERS

       The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it unto them.  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:  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.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.         Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:  who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever.  Amen.
       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:  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 the consequences of their error which is just.
       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; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, back-biters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  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.

THERE ARE BUT TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD:
THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH IN JESUS, AND THOSE WHO DON'T!
I BEG YOU TO CONSIDER TRUSTING JESUS WHILE YOU CAN:
HE IS COMING BACK, AND THIS TIME, IT IS AS THE
KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS!

JESUS: OUR PASSOVER LAMB!

CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US!
1 Corinthians 5:7

Acts 20:28 - "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which (Jesus) purchased with His own blood."

Hebrews 9:11-17, 22 - "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh:  how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is of force after men are dead:  otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives....without shedding of blood is no remission."

Hebrews 13:9-12 - "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.  For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.  For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned (outside of) the camp.  Wherefore, Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered (outside of) the gate."

Revelation 1:1-6 - "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:  who bares record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia:  Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, Who is The Faithful Witness, and The First Begotten of the Dead, and The Prince of the Kings of the Earth.  Unto Him Who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen."

THREE MAJOR EVENTS THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY
WILL HAVE MARKED MAN'S FAILURE TO OBEY GOD: 
THE FLOOD, THE CROSS, AND CHRIST'S SECOND COMING!
ARE YOU READY FOR THE LAST ONE? 

MATTHEW 25:13-30 IN MY WORDS

THE LORD'S TEACHING TO THE JEWS
       Be alert, for you do not know the day, nor the hour, in which I, your king, shall return.  For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who summoned his employees, and divided, among them, his money to invest.  He entrusted one employee with five thousand dollars, to another, two thousand, and to a third, one thousand; he entrusted them according to each one's ability; and then, he immediately departed on his journey. 
       While he was gone, the one who had received five thousand dollars, went and invested them, doubling his portion of his employer's investment!  And likewise, he that had received two thousand, also doubled his employer's money.  But he that had received but one thousand, went and hid away his portion of his employer's money. 
       After a long time, their employer returned, and took note of their stewardship.  He saw that the one he trusted to handle the five thousand, had doubled his investment.  He was very pleased, and said, Well done, my most trusted employee:  you have been faithful over a small amount, so I will place you in charge of much more, for you have made me exceedingly happy!
       The one who had received two thousand dollars to invest, came and said, Sir, you entrusted me with two thousand dollars:  see here, I have also doubled them.  His boss said unto him, Well done, my good and faithful employee; you have been faithful over a small amount, I will put you in charge of much more; for you, too, have made me very happy!
       Then he, to whom one thousand dollars was given, came and said, Sir, I knew that you are a very demanding boss, expecting your employees to do all the work while you rake in the benefits of our labor; and I was afraid that if I lost your money, you would fire me!  Therefore, I hid your money in a safe place, and look, I have not lost a cent!  His boss was very disappointed with him, and said, If you knew I am a very demanding boss, and that I was expecting you to increase the money which I entrusted to your care, why then did you not invest it?  You should have at least put it in a bank and drawn interest on it!  You have proven that I cannot count on you to handle my money, so give me my one thousand dollars, and leave; you are fired!  I will let my most trusted employee invest it, as he has proven to be both wise and faithful!
       The moral of the story is this: those who have demonstrated wisdom and faithfulness here in this world, will be held in high esteem in the Kingdom of Heaven; those who showed they did not trust their King to be fair and just, will regret their failure for the rest of eternity!

A very important note:  Jesus taught this to His disciples who were Jews.  They were expecting Him to assume the role of their Messiah, their Christ, the King of Israel, and to free them from Roman rule!  They were living during "Daniel's Sixty-ninth Week," not knowing that their Messiah would be killed, and His earthly Kingdom delayed for at least 2000 years (Daniel 9:24-27; Lk. 21:24)!  Under the Mosaic Law, earthly religious works were rewarded with health, wealth, and a peaceful life.  During the parenthetical period between the "Sixty-ninth Week" and the "Seventieth Week," God would gather a people unto Himself from the Gentile nations; He would reveal the mystery that is the Church Age (Rom. 11:25; Eph. 5:32; Col. 1:26-27; 1 Tim. 3:16; etc.)!  Rewards for faithful service to God are not received by Christians while here on earth; our rewards are reserved for us in heaven (1 Cor. 3:10-15; 1 Pet. 1:4)!

DANIEL'S SEVENTIETH WEEK IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. 
THAT MEANS THE LORD IS ABOUT TO CLOSE THE CHURCH AGE.
BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS WILL SOON LEAVE THIS WORLD VIA THE RAPTURE!
THE SEVEN YEARS FOLLOWING OUR DEPARTURE, WILL BE HELL ON EARTH!
TRUST IN JESUS TODAY WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

THE BLOOD OF OUR PASSOVER REDEEMS BELIEVERS!

The Word of God makes is very clear that the Feast of Passover was a picture of the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.  The Apostle Paul literally called Jesus "our Passover" (1 Cor. 5:7)!  John the Baptizer's identification of Jesus was very specific as well; the Apostle John quoted him as saying:

John 1:29, 36 - "The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world....And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God!"

Luke referred to the connection when he wrote of Philip's encounter with the eunuch:

Acts 8:32-35 - "The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before His shearer, so opened He not His mouth:  in His humiliation His judgment was taken away:  and who shall declare His generation?  For His life is taken from the earth.  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of Whom (does the Prophet speak)?  Of himself, or of some other man?  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus."

The Apostle Peter also made the simile clear:

1 Peter 1:17-19 - "And if ye call on the Father, Who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:  forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain (way of life) received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot...."

Finally, in the Book of Revelation, a book known for John's vivid description of Jesus as "the Lion of the Tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5 - the only time He is called such in the entire Bible), a book with Jesus described in all His glory throughout its pages, He still has the Apostle John ("The Revelator") identify Him as the Lamb of God twenty-eight times!  [See:  Rev. 5:6, 8, 12, 13; 6:1, 16; 7:9, 10, 14, 17; 12:11; 13:8; 14:1, 4 (twice), 10; 15:3; 17:14 (twice); 19:7, 9; 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27; 22:1, 3]

IN HUMILITY, HE CAME; HE DIED; AND HIS FATHER RAISED HIM
FROM THE DEAD (Jn. 10:18; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; etc.)! 

THAT IS HOW VERY MUCH HE LOVES YOU! 

TURN TO HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR TODAY!
I PROMISE YOU, IT WILL BE THE BEST THANKSGIVING OF YOUR LIFE!



THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON TO BE THANKFUL!


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Ghost,
be with you all. Amen.


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Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and
thanksgiving,
and honor, and power, and might,
be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE ONE REASON WE ALL NEED A SAVIOR!

THE SIMPLE LAW THAT CANNOT BE OBEYED

Leviticus 19:18 - "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself:  I am the LORD."

Matthew 5:43-44 - "Ye have heard that it has been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you...."

Matthew 7:12 - "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:  for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 22:37-40 - "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.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Mark 12:29-33 - "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:  this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.  And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth:  for there is one God; and there is none other but He:  and to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

Romans 13:8-10 - "Owe no man anything, but to love one another:  for he that loves another hath fulfilled the Law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law."

Galatians 5:13-14 - "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 - "Now God Himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.  And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  to the end He may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints."

1 Timothy 1:5 - "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned...."

James 2:8-9 - "If ye fulfill the Royal Law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well:  but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are (convicted by) the Law as transgressors."

1 John 3:23 - "And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment."

OUR SIN SENTENCED US TO DEATH - JESUS DIED FOR US!
OUR LACK OF LOVE CONDEMNED US - JESUS' LOVE SAVED US!







CHRIST'S COMING FOR THE CHURCH AND HIS SECOND COMING ARE TWO SEPARATE EVENTS!

THE LORD'S DISCIPLES SEE THE LORD'S ASCENSION.

Acts 1:9-12 - "And when (Jesus) had spoken these things, while (His disciples) beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; (who) said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  THIS SAME JESUS, WHO IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day's journey."

THE APOSTLE JOHN DESCRIBES CHRIST'S SECOND COMING.

Revelation 19:11-16 - "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.  And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:  and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations:  and He shall rule them with a rod of iron:  and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

CHRIST'S SECOND COMING IS NOT THE FULFILLMENT OF ACTS 1:11.
THE EVENT THAT MOST RESEMBLES ACTS 1:11 IS 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."

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.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.  For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not (precede) them which are asleep.  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:  THEN WE WHO 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.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

CHURCH:  LOOK UP!  -  WORLD:  LOOK OUT!





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TRUE FAITH RESULTS IN THANKSGIVING!

ALL THANKSGIVING BELONGS TO GOD!

1 Chronicles 16:34-36 - "O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.  And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy Holy Name, and glory in Thy praise.  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel forever and ever.  And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD."

Psalm 100:1-5 - "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD, He is God:  it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:  be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations."

Romans 1:20-22 - "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:  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.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools...."

Colossians 3:15-17 - "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 Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  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."

Revelation 7:9-12 - "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen:  blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever.  Amen."

GOD GAVE US LIFE; HIS SON PAID FOR OUR SINS; HIS SPIRIT HAS REVEALED
TO US THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS, AND SEALED THOSE WHO BELIEVE!
TRULY, GOD HAS EARNED OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING!


BIBLE PROPHECY IS ALWAYS LITERALLY FULFILLED!

THE TIMES OF MANKIND ARE CONTROLLED BY A TIME-LESS GOD!

Daniel 8:19 - "And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be."

Daniel 9:24-27 - "Seventy weeks (of years - 490 years) are determined upon thy people (Israel) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), 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 (Jesus, The Christ).  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 (49 years), and (+) threescore and two weeks (434 years, for a total of 483 years):  the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  And after threescore and two weeks (at the end of the 483 years) shall Messiah be cut off (Jesus was crucified), but not for Himself (not because he deserved it - Jesus was without sin - Jesus died for the sins of the world - 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15: 1 Jn. 2:2): and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70 - so Antichrist will come from the Revived Roman Empire); and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  And he (Antichrist) 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 (Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:5), and for the over-spreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." 

Daniel 11:27, 29, 35-36 - "And both these kings' hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper:  for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.... At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter....And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished:  for that that is determined shall be done."

Luke 22:21-22 - "But, behold, the hand of him that betrays Me is with Me on the table.  And truly the Son of man goes, as it was determined:  but woe unto that man by whom He is betrayed!"

Acts 17:24-26 - "God Who made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation...."

Ephesians 1:9-12 - "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself:  that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one, all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:  in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His own will:  that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ."

1 Peter 1:18-21 - "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (religious way of life) received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe in God, Who raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."

READY OR NOT, GOD HAS DETERMINED THE TIME OF THE END!






Monday, November 20, 2017

FINALLY: WE SHALL BE LIKE JESUS!

GOD MADE MANKIND IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS.

Genesis 1:26 - "And God said, Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness:  and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."  [See Gen. 5:1]

BUT ADAM SINNED AND CEASED TO BE IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD!

Romans 5:12; 6:23 - "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 wages of sin is death...."

STILL, GOD LOVED MANKIND MORE THAN YOU AND I CAN IMAGINE!

John 3:14-17 - "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."

HIS LOVE IS SO GREAT THAT HE KNEW WHAT SAVING US
WOULD COST HIM EVEN BEFORE HE CREATED US!


Ephesians 1:4-6 - "According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved."

1 Peter 1:18-21 - "For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as  silver and gold, from your vain beliefs received by tradition from your fathers;  but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by Him do believe in God, Who raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."

Revelation 13:8 - Our names were "...written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."  [See Rev. 17:8]

WHEN WE SEE THE RISEN CHRIST, WE SHALL FINALLY BE LIKE HIM!

1 John 3:2 - "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."

Sunday, November 19, 2017

END-TIME EVENTS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

THE OLIVET DISCOURSE

In Matthew Chapters 24-25, Jesus responded to three questions from His disciples concerning future events, in what has become known as "The Olivet Discourse."  In Mt. 24:1-3, we read:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the Temple:  and His disciples came to Him for to show Him the buildings of the Temple.  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things?  Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, [1] when shall these things be?  [2] And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and [3] of the end of the world?"

First, note that Jesus does not answer their first question.  However, History records the destruction of the Temple, by Rome, in A.D. 70.  Jesus answered their third question first [The King James Version says "the world," but the Greek is αἰών (aiōn), from which we get the word "ion" meaning "an age."] Verse 14 says:  "And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Here, the word "world" is the Greek οἰκουμένη (oikoumenē), which refers to our planet, Earth.  In other words, verses 4-14 describe the events leading up to "the end of the age."  The "end" itself, is described in verses 15-28.

It is clear from several passages, that the "age" to which Jesus is referring, is not the "Church Age."  According to Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-54; 1 Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; and Rev. 3:10, the Church will be removed prior to the events in Mt.24-25.   Because "The Tribulation" (Mt. 24:29) the period described in verses 15-28, is also known as "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7) and "Daniel's Seventieth Week" (Dan. 9:24-27), I believe the age to which Jesus is referring, is the Mosaic Age.  After all, what He is teaching refers to a people awaiting their Messiah (Mt. 24:5, 23-24); those "in Judaea flee into the mountains" (v. 16), and the Sabbath restrictions are part of the Mosaic Law (v. 20)!

In Matthew 24:29 - 25:46, Jesus answers their second question, and describes His Second Coming, and the events which lead up to the establishment of His Millennial Kingdom.  Verses 24:7, 14; and 25:1, 14, 34; specifically mention His Kingdom as yet future.  That Kingdom, the 1000 year reign of Christ on this earth, is the subject of Revelation 20:1-15.  Note that the Church is last mentioned at the end of Chapter Three, and Chapters 6-18 describe the Tribulation itself.  This is significant, in that, the Book of Revelation is in chronological order:  Church Age; Tribulation; Millennium; New Heaven and New Earth.  This can also be seen in Matthew:  Jesus uses the words "then shall" to show the order of events eleven times (24:9, 10, 14, 21, 30, 40; 25:1, 31, 34, 37, 41)!

THE TIMING OF END-TIME EVENTS IS FAR LESS IMPORTANT THAN
THE QUESTION, "DO YOU BELIEVE JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS, THAT
HE WAS BURIED, AND THAT HIS FATHER RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD?"
IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR, THEN
REJOICE, FOR YOUR REDEEMER "DRAWETH NIGH!"

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BEING ADOPTED BY FAITH, WE SHALL SOON BE AT HOME WITH OUR FATHER!

GOD ADOPTS THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE 

Romans 8:14-16 - "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the (children) of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit (Himself) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God...!"

Galatians 4:1-7 - "Now I say, That the heir, as long as he (or she) is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he (or she) be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:  but when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem (those who) were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption (of children).  And because ye are (children), God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but (His child); and if (His child), then an heir of God through Christ."

Ephesians 1:1-14 - "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.  In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself:  that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:  in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will:  that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.  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 the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory."

JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS, HE WAS BURIED AND GOD RAISED
FROM THE GRAVE, ALL ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES! 
IT IS OUR FAITH IN THE RISEN LORD THAT RESULTS IN OUR SALVATION
AND OUR ADOPTION AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD!  PRAISE THE LORD!

RELIGIOUS WORKS

RELIGIOUS WORKS ARE EVIDENCE OF SALVATION!

Matthew 5:16 - Jesus, according to Matthew, said:  "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify YOUR FATHER Who is in heaven."  [Note:  The only good works that count are the works of those who are already born again, that is, those who are the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ, and then, only those works that glorify Him!]

John 6:28-29 - The crowd following Jesus, according to John, said:  "Then said they unto (Jesus), What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of (My Father), that ye believe on (Me) Whom He hath sent."  [See Jn. 3:16-17; 17:3, 18, 21, 23, 25; etc.]

Acts 26:19-20 - The Apostle Paul, according to Luke, said:  "Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:  but showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance." [Note:  Paul preached the same message to Jews and Gentiles - "repent AND turn to God," AND THEN do works that clearly indicate you have been saved!  Repentance is not a work that earns salvation, but rather, one that shows one's faith in the Gospel - See Lk. 24:27; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; etc.]

Galatians 2:15-16 - Paul wrote:  "We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 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."  [Note:  "Justified" from the Greek δικαιόω (dikaioō), which means "to be made righteous, to be as one ought to be in the eyes of God."]

Ephesians 2:8-10 - Paul wrote:  "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.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."  [Note:  "Grace" is "unmerited favor"; it is IN CHRIST JESUS that a believer is to do good works!]

Titus 3:4-8 - Paul wrote:  "But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 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; Whom He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."  [Note:  Again, it is God's mercy and grace that saves, and not religious works; good works FOLLOW those who believe!]

TRUST IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED!