Friday, November 24, 2017

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!

Friday, November 17, 2017

GOD WANTS ALL TO BE SAVED!

ALL

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 believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  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.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED."

John 6:44-45 - "No man can come to Me, except the Father Who hath sent Me draw him:  and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be ALL taught of God.  Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me."

John 12:32-33 - "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL MEN unto Me.  This He said, signifying what death He should die."

Acts 17:29-31 - "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth ALL MEN everywhere to repent:  because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto ALL MEN, in that He hath raised Him from the dead."

Romans 1:7-8 - "To ALL that be 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."

Romans 5:18 - "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life."

Ephesians 3:7-9 - "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make ALL MEN see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created ALL things by Jesus Christ."

1 Timothy 2:1-4 - "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for ALL MEN; for kings, and for ALL that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in ALL godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."

1 Timothy 4:9-11 - "This is a faithful saying and worthy of ALL (acceptance).  For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, Who is the Savior of ALL MEN, especially of those that believe.  These things command and teach."

Titus 2:11-13 - "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL MEN, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ."

2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering (toward us), not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance."

1 John 2:1-2 - "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  and He is the propitiation for our sins:  and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD."

IT IS TRUE, SOME ARE CHOSEN!
IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT ALL ARE CALLED!


SOME THOUGHTS ON THE FALSE TRINITY

REVELATION 13
THE FIRST BEAST:  THE ANTICHRIST
LIKE CHRIST, HE IS THE IMAGE OF  HIS FATHER:  SATAN!


[1] And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea (Gentile Nations - Rev. 17:15), having seven heads and ten horns (Revived Roman Empire - Dan. 2:41-42; 7:7), and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy (Antichrist - Mt. 24:5; Jn. 5:43; 1 Jn. 2:22).
[2] And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard (Greek Empire - Dan. 8:20-21), and his feet were as the feet of a bear (Medo-Persian Empire - Dan. 5:28), and his mouth as the mouth of a lion (Babylonian Empire -Dan. 7:4) and the dragon (Satan - Rev. 20:2) gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  [Note:  The Antichrist's Revived Roman Empire includes the lands controlled by the four Empires (Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome):  the "Stone that crushes him," crushes all four - see Dan. 2:41-45]
[3] And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
[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?
[5] And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
[6] And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
[7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
[8] And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
[9] If any man have an ear, let him hear.
[10] He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

THE SECOND BEAST:  THE FALSE PROPHET
LIKE THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE PROMOTES THE ANTICHRIST!

[11] And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth (the Greek γῆ (), which is translated "country" in Mt. 9:31; Acts 7:3; Heb. 11:9 - I believe it is "The Land," Israel); and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
[12] And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
[13] And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
[14] And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
[15] And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
[16] And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
[17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
[18] Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [Note:  Just a crazy thought:  The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is VAV (V), so six, six, six, is the same as VVV.  Because the German Theologians seemed to be bent on misinterpreting God's Word, to them, VVV is WWW!  Could it have something to do with the World-Wide Web?]

REGARDLESS OF THE INTERPRETATION - JESUS CHRIST WINS!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

SCRIPTURE CANNOT CONTRADICT ITSELF!

According to God's Word, the Book of books, it is 100% accurate, 100% truth!  The Apostle Paul wrote:  "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the (child) of God may be perfect, (thoroughly) furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  And he ought to know; the Apostle Peter included Paul's writings as "Scripture" (2 Pet. 3:15-16). 

The word "inspiration of God" is from the Greek θεόπνευστος (theopneustos), which is defined as "the breath of God."  And since God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18), it is therefore absolute truth!  Therefore, if a student of God's Word comes to a passage of Scripture that appears to contradict another passage, he or she should "dig deeper" to hopefully discover a solution to the obvious problem.  One of two things will happen:  the student will "rightly divide the Word of Truth" and solve the dilemma (2 Timothy 2:15), or will, by faith, accept the fact that some things are beyond his or her understanding (Examples:  The Trinity; The Eternal Son of God dying; and perhaps the greatest example:  why does God love me?)!  The worst thing a student can do, is to accept one statement as true, and totally ignore the one he or she likes least!

An excellent example is Calvin's teaching on Election, known as "Limited Atonement."  Calvinists hold that all souls that come to faith in Christ, are chosen by God to be saved.  Conversely, all who do not trust in Christ, are not chosen by Him, and will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire!  Their position is based upon far too many references to list here.

Critics of Calvin's position say that their position is inconsistent with a loving, just, and merciful God.  They do not believe that mankind has a free will and can accept Christ's Atonement, or reject it.  They, too, have far too many reference to list here.

I have studied these two "polar opposites" for over forty-five years, and the best solution I have found is in a single passage spoken by Jesus in a parable (Matthew 22:1-14) which reads:

And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said, "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call those who were bidden to the wedding:  and they would not come.  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner:  my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready:  come unto the marriage.'  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:  and the remnant took his servants, and treated them spitefully, and slew them.  But when the king heard thereof, he was (filled with wrath): and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  Then said he to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were bidden were not worthy.  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.'  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good:  and the wedding was furnished with guests.  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment:  and he said unto him, Friend, how came thou in hither not having a wedding garment?'  And he was speechless.  Then said the king to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are called, but few are chosen.'"   

Jesus called His twelve disciples follow Him;
He chose the Apostle Paul (Matthew 4:21; Act 9:15)!

THE LAST KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH

NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S PROPHETIC DREAM  

Daniel 2:31-35 - Thou, O king, saw, and behold a great image.  This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
 
       *This image's head was of fine gold
                [Babylon:  Dan. 2:38; 7:4; Rev. 13:2]
       *His breast and his arms of silver
                [Medo-Persia:  Dan. 2:39; 5:28; 7:5; 8:20; Rev. 13:2]
       *His belly and his thighs of brass
                [Greece:  Dan.  2:39; 7:6; 8:21; 10:20; Rev. 13:2]
       *His legs of iron
                [Rome:  Dan. 2:40; 7:7; 9:26; Rev. 13:2]
       *His feet part of iron and part of clay
                [New World Order/Revived Roman Empire/Antichrist): 
                Dan. 2:41-43; 7:7-8; 8:9-12; 9:27; 2 Th. 2:3-10; Rev. 13:1-10; etc.]

THE FINAL KING:  JESUS, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!

       *Thou saw 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.  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass,
                the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and
                became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors;
                and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them:
                and the Stone that smote the image became a great mountain,
                and filled the whole earth
                [Mt. 21:42-44; Mk. 12:10; Lk. 20:17-18; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20;
                1 Pet. 2:4-8; Rev. 19:1 -20:15; etc.]!

AT THE NAME OF JESUS, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW!
Isaiah 45:23   -   Romans 14:11   -   Philippians 2:10

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WE WILL ALL KNEEL BEFORE JESUS - SOME TO HONOR HIM, AND SOME TO BE SENTENCED BY HIM!

THERE ARE DIFFERING DEGREES OF TORMENT IN HELL!

Matthew 10:14-15 - "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."

Matthew 11:20-24 - "Then began (Jesus) to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not:  Woe unto thee, Chorazin!  Woe unto thee, Bethsaida!  For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.  And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell:  for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."

Matthew 12:34-37 - "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things:  and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

2 Peter 2:4-10 - "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; 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; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy (behavior) of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds); the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  but chiefly (those who) walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.  Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities."

2 Peter 3:3-7 - "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 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.  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:  whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  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."

THERE ARE DIFFERING DEGREES OF REWARD IN HEAVEN!

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 - "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon.  But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

1 John 4:13-19 - "Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has to us.  God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:  because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear:  because fear has torment.  He that fears is not made perfect in love.  We love Him, because He first loved us."

TODAY MAY BE THE LAST DAY FOR YOU TO CHOOSE BETWEEN 
HEAVEN AND HELL!  IF YOU WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN, TRUST JESUS!
IF YOU WANT TO GO TO HELL, JUST IGNORE JESUS!  IT IS UP TO YOU!

THE CHURCH CONSISTS OF BELIEVING JEWS AND GENTILES

THE CHURCH FOUNDED UPON FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST

Fifty days after Christ's Resurrection, and ten days after His Ascension, His Church was born.  The Feast of Pentecost, the day on which the Holy Spirit first indwelt Christ's disciples, is described in Acts 2:1-47.  And, just as the Spring Feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits), and the Fall Feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles) picture Christ's First and Second Advents, Pentecost was a picture of a unique event:  the uniting of Jewish and Gentile believers into one body, the Church.  Look with me at Leviticus 23:15-22.  In verse seventeen, we read:  "Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals:  they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD."

Much like the Spring Feasts, the spiritual meaning of Pentecost was revealed after the event they represented took place.  No one knew that Jesus would be the true Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7).  Yes, John (the Baptizer) called Jesus the Lamb of God (Jn. 1:29, 36), but no one understood the meaning of John's prophetic word, until after Jesus was Resurrected.  The fact that Jesus was sinless (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15) is pictured in the Feast of Unleavened Bread (leaven being a picture of sin), and His Resurrection fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits (1 Cor. 15:20, 23)!  Pentecost's two leavened loaves are a picture of believing Jews and Gentiles united to make up the Church (the loaves were leavened because members of the Church still sin; we will not be like Christ until we are in His presence - 1 Jn. 3:2)!

Even though Jesus told His disciples that Gentiles would come to faith in Him (Mt. 4:15-16; 12:18, 21; Lk. 2:30-32), it was not until Peter's vision and the conversion of Cornelius, a centurion, in Acts Chapter Ten, that Peter understood.  The Apostles, hesitant to accept Gentile believers as equals, finally did so in the "Council of Jerusalem" in Acts Chapter Fifteen:

Acts 15:1-19 - "And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the Apostles and Elders about this question.  And being brought on their way by the Church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles:  and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Moses.  And the Apostles and Elders came together for to consider of this matter.  And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the Word of the Gospel, and believe.  And God, (Who knows their) hearts, bore them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:  Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name.  And to this agree the words of the Prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:  that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called, said the Lord, Who does all these things.  Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.  Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, who from among the Gentiles are turned to God...."

THANKS BE TO GOD FOR MAKING SALVATION A FREE GIFT TO ALL
WHO BELIEVE AND ARE WILLING TO CONFESS JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

THE SAVED CANNOT HELP BUT TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS!

BY FAITH, WE ARE SAVED FROM THE PENALTY OF SIN!
BY FAITH, WE ARE SAVED FROM THE POWER OF SIN!
AND ONE DAY, WE SHALL BE SAVED FROM THE PRESENCE OF SIN!

Matthew 10:22 - "And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake:  but he that endures to the end shall be saved."

Mark 16:16 - "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that (does not believe) shall be damned."

John 3:17 - "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through (faith in) Him might be saved."

John 10:9 - "I AM the door:  by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

Acts 2:21 - "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Acts 4:10, 12 - "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole....Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

Acts 11:14 - "(Peter) shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved."

Acts 15:11 - "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved...."

Acts 16:30-31 - "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

Romans 5:9-10 - "Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

Romans 9:27 - "(Isaiah prophesied) concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved...."
[Note:  Compare with Romans 11:26 - "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of (Zion) the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob...."]

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."

1 Corinthians 5:5 - "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

1 Corinthians 10:33 - "Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved."

1 Timothy 2:4 - "(God desires that) all men be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
[Note:  Compare 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering (toward us), not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."]

JESUS HAS DONE ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO BE SAVED!
BELIEVE THE GOSPEL AND PASS IT ON!

Romans 10:9, 13 - "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved....For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ALL WHO TRUST IN JESUS SHALL BE SAVED!

THE GOSPEL, GOD'S GOOD NEWS, IS THAT HE LOVES YOU!

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

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 - "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:  and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:  after that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present (day), but some are fallen asleep."

SALVATION IS BY FAITH IN GOD'S MERCY AND GRACE!

Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Romans 3:25-26 - Jesus, "Whom God hath set forth to (pay in full the debt we owe God due to our sins) through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness:  that He might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus."

Romans 5:8-11 - "But God (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom we have now received the atonement."

Romans 10:2-4 - "For I bear (Israel) record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believeth."

Ephesians 2:4-9 - "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  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."

Philippians 3:9 - "And be found in (Jesus), not having mine own righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."

Titus 3:4-7 - "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."

TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST TODAY!


JESUS: THE SON OF GOD!

NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S DECLARATION

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."

THE SPIRITS RECOGNIZED HIM

Mark 3:11 - "And unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God."

Luke 1:35 - "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:  therefore also that (Holy One Who) shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

Luke 4:41 - "And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God.  And He rebuking them suffered them not to speak:  for they knew that He was Christ."

HIS ENEMIES KNEW WHO HE WAS CLAIMING TO BE

Matthew 27:41-43 - "Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save.  If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.  He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him:  for He said, I AM the Son of God."  

Matthew 27:54 - "Now when the Centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God."

John 5:18 - "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God."

John 10:36 - "Say ye of Him, Whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world,  Thou blasphemes; because I said, I AM the Son of God?"

John 19:7 - "The Jews answered him, We have a Law, and by our Law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God."

THE WORD OF THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN HIM

Matthew 14:33 - "Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art the Son of God."

Mark 1:1 - "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God...."

John 1:34, 49 - "And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God....Nathanael answered and saith unto Him, Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God; Thou art the King of Israel."

John 9:35-38 - "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talks with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe.  And he worshipped Him."

John 11:4, 27 - "When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby....She said unto Him, Yea, Lord:  I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, (Who) should come into the world."

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."

THE TESTIMONY OF HIS FORMER ENEMY

Philippians 2:5-11 - "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  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; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

IF SOMEONE WERE TO ASK YOU IF YOU BELIEVED JESUS 
IS THE RESURRECTED SON OF GOD, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?