Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Important Recall Notice! - Author Unknown


The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to the serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed “Subsequential Internal Non- Morality” or more commonly known as SIN, as it is primarily characterized by loss of moral judgment. Some other symptoms are:

Loss of direction
Foul vocal emissions
Amnesia of origin
Lack of peace and joy
Selfish or violent behavior
Depression or confusion in mental component
Fearful

The manufacturer, who is neither liable or at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service FREE of charge to correct the SIN defect. [The number to call in your area is F-A-I-T-H. Simply believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried and rose again, and your unit will be regenerated. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Christ will repair and replace it with]:

Forgiveness
Love
Joy
Peace
Longsuffering
Gentleness
Goodness
Faith
Meekness
Temperance

Please see operating manual HOLY BIBLE for further details on the use of these fixes. [See sections I Cor. 15:1-4; Eph. 1:7; and Gal. 5:16-26].

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human unit without correction voids the manufacturer’s warranty, exposing the owner to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. [For free emergency service before it’s too late: call upon the Lord Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself a ransom for our sins].

DANGER: The human units not receiving this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace.

This action was authorized by the Creator.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Israel’s Future! - By John D. LaVier



When the Lord Jesus was here as a minister of the circumcision, sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He often warned them of what would be the result of their perverseness and unbelief. One such occasion is narrated in Matthew 8:5-13 when a Roman centurion came to Him on behalf of his servant who was ill. This Gentile showed such faith as to Jesus’ person and power that the Lord was filled with wonder. We read: “When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said unto them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.” The Gentiles mentioned here are not any Gentiles saved in the present dispensation of grace who become members of the Body of Christ, for their hope is not to sit down in the kingdom with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When the gospel of the kingdom is again preached, as by the 144,000 in the tribulation, a great multitude of Gentiles will be saved out of all nations, and these will indeed come from the east and the west and will sit down with Israel in the kingdom. Having mentioned these Gentiles the Lord continued to speak and foretold the judgment that was to be visited on the favored nation when He said, “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Cast out into darkness is the spiritual condition of Israel today. Is this to be permanent? Some would say yes, in spite of the fact there are scores of Scripture passages which state clearly and plainly the regathering and restoration of Israel to a future far more glorious than anything ever enjoyed in their past. The blindness, and the darkness, is only for a season and the cry will soon go out, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”(Isaiah 60:1). In Romans 11:1 the question is asked: “Hath God cast away his people?” and the answer is given, “God forbid.” These two words ought to settle it.True, the once favored nation is now the forsaken nation. True, Israel is now Loammi, not acknowledged by God as being His people. True, they are scattered among all the nations of the world, and the few who have a toe-hold in Palestine are surrounded by their enemies, while they talk about peace when there is no peace. But all this is to end. Israel’s banishment and fall began with the ushering in of the dispensation of grace. When this dispensation is concluded with the Church raptured home to glory, God will begin again to deal with Israel. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left” … “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me” (Isaiah 11:11 and 12:1).

In the contest with Pharaoh, when God was to bring His people out of thehouse of bondage, He said, “That ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel” (Exodus 11:7) and all during Israel’s history in the Old Testament God continued to put a difference between them and the other nations. If Gentiles desired the knowledge and blessing of God they had to come to Israel and become proselytes, or Jews by religion. That difference was still there in the New Testament when Jesus of Nazareth was here in Israel’s midst. There was certainly a difference when a Greek woman came pleading for her demon-possessed daughter and Jesus told her, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs” (Mark 7:27). There was surely a difference when He told the Samaritan woman, “Ye worship ye know not what; we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22), and there was still a difference when He sent forth the twelve apostles and instructed them, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not; but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6). This was all changed, though, when God raised up the Apostle Paul and brought in the dispensation of grace. For many years there had been a difference between Jew and Gentile, but no longer. Paul wrote: “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:12-13). That grand word “whosoever” takes everybody in, and any person regardless of place or race, realizing their sin and their need, has only to call upon the name of the Lord and He will hear and answer and meet their need.

During the past centuries Israel has been in disfavor with God. Soon, however, God will have completed His purpose in the present dispensation, the Church will have been raptured home to glory, and God will begin working toward the restoration of Israel to its former place of ascendancy. Before the nation assumes this role there must be a period of preparation. In the passage in Ezekiel 22:17-22 God charges the nation with having become dross and declares it will be put in the fire and melted down. A like passage in Zechariah 13:9 reads: “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them; I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” Israel will be put in the fire during the time of their trouble, the Great Tribulation; the rebels will be purged, and out of it shall come an elect, select, and purified remnant who will govern the nations in the kingdom.

A preacher once told of getting off a train at a station in Maryland and his curiosity was aroused when he saw them taking a large basket of birds from the express car. He went over and observed the express agent and his helper making a record of the time; then they opened the basket and released about fifty pigeons. The birds rose into the air, circled round and round, and then, as if by common consent, started in a straight line for home. The agent said they came from a point in New Jersey exactly one hundred miles away and it would take three or four hours to get there. Israel is a nation of homing pigeons. They have been scattered for years but the day is coming when the world will be amazed to see them heading for home and they will have to acknowledge this is the hand of God. God has promised such a homecoming. He said, “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again into this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely” (Jeremiah 32:37); and again, “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you” (Ezekiel 36:24-26).

The nation will be born again, born of water and of the Spirit. God’s Word cannot fail. Viewing Israel today all must acknowledge that the scattering of the nation was actual and literal, and most certainly their regathering will be just as actual and literal.

The prophet Ezekiel had a vision which graphically pictures the present condition of the Jewish nation and then also their future. In the opening verses of the 37th chapter of his prophecy we read: “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, and caused me to pass by them round about; and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” Get the picture: a valley full of old, dried-up bones. This is certainly descriptive of Israel today, a nation devoid of spiritual life and their national hopes dried up. But something happened to those bones in Ezekiel’s vision, and that which happened portrays that which will happen in the future to Israel. In verses 7-10, as the prophet watched, the bones came together, sinews and flesh came up upon them, and skin covered them. Then breath, or the spirit of life, came into them and there was a resurrection; they lived, and became an exceeding great army. What a picture of Israel’s future. Israel is now dead and lifeless insofar as God is concerned but there will be a resurrection, life from the dead, and in the hand of God they will be an exceeding great army to bring all nations to the feet of King Jesus. Many other passages could be quoted which speak of the restoration and blessed future of Abraham’s seed, the nation Israel. A most beautiful passage is Isaiah 62:1-4, which reads: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, unto the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah; for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.”

God’s purpose for the nation Israel was, and is, that they should be blessed and then in turn become a channel of blessing to all the world. This was inheritent in the covenant God made with Abraham concerning him and his seed. Peter referred to this in his message in Acts 3:25-26, “Yes are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Israel was to be the channel through which the blessing would flow out to others, but the channel is blocked because of Israel’s sin and unbelief. The day is coming, though, when the channel will be cleared, when Israel will again be blessed of God and the means through which the other nations will be blessed. Meanwhile God has opened a new channel through which His blessings flow out to all mankind; that channel is His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The blessings we enjoy today as members of the Church, the Body of Christ, do not come to us on the basis of any covenant. The covenants belong to Israel (Romans 9:4) and we are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise. Our blessings come freely from God’s throne of grace and they come from the One who is Head of the Church, His Body, even our Lord Jesus Christ. We have been “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” and we stand before God complete, accepted, and perfect in HIM.

One purpose of these lessons has been to show it is of the utmost importance to rightly divide the Word of truth. The various portions of Scripture are like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and it is only when we get each piece in its proper place in relation to the others that we see the beautiful picture; God’s perfect plan of the ages and where we fit into the picture. The following quotation is from the book, How to Study the Bible, written by Dr. I. M. Haldeman. He was a great man of God, a devoted servant of Christ, and for nearly fifty years pastor of a great soulwinning church in New York City. He wrote: “No matter what may be the equipment of the Christian, no matter what intellectual, moral, or spiritual endowment he may have, unless he understands dispensational truth he will never fully lay hold of Bible doctrine; while many of the wondrous testimonies of the Word will be unto him but as the tangled threads in endless labyrinth.”

Our attention has been called to the fact that Israel had a commission but failed to obey it and the result was disastrous for them. What about our commission as members of the Church of this dispensation of grace? We have been commissioned as ambassadors for Christ, sent to a world lost in sin with a message from the court of heaven. We are not to settle down at ease as if this world was our home. We are here as pilgrims and strangers and we are to deliver the message. We are to preach the Word, not just to members of the household of faith, for our main message is to the worldlings around us. We are to go to them with the gospel of Christ, warning them to flee from the wrath to come, pointing them to the Saviour who died to save them from their sins. We are to be instant in season, out of season, beseeching men to be reconciled to God. This is our commission. One may give much time to community service or to civic affairs, which may be good, but if that one has not been making the gospel known to others they have not obeyed their commission.

We close with another quote from Dr. Haldeman in which he refers to the Apostle Paul, of whom he writes: “In dealing with the world’s evil he relied wholly on the gospel. He did not stand on the public corners and arraign the municipal corruption of Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, or Rome. He did not take the field for clearer and more popular government. He neither acted the part of a secret detective nor a political partisan. He saw the whole world given over to sin. He saw vice in its most tempting form; he saw it in statues, sculptured in marble, and painted on canvas. He knew that virtue was the exception and vice the rule. Lasciviousness and wantonness touched him on every side, yet he never thought of lifting a crusade against them. Whether it was corruption in office, the squandering of the people’s money, or the shameless, open sin in temples of Venus, he did one thing, and one thing only; he preached the Gospel of Christ, declared that it was the power of God unto salvation, and by it ploughed the furrows of truth so deep that the temples of sin fell into them, were buried, and forgotten.” Would that all of us, like Paul, would be found faithfully preaching the Gospel of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and beseeching men to be reconciled to God.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Law Given to Israel! - By John D. LaVier


The Law Given to Israel!
John D. LaVier

The first word of 2nd Timothy 2:14 is the word “study.” This is the Greek spoudazo and means to give diligence, to labor, etc. For what are we to givediligence, to be ambitious to attain? The answer is that we are to earnestly striveto stand approved before God, and not to be a workman who is negligent and whoblushes for shame. However, if we want God’s approval it is important that weknow what it is that He desires and expects of us, and there is only one place toacquire this knowledge and that is the Word of truth. We may therefore aptlyapply this word “study” to the Holy Scriptures. We are to be diligent students ofthe Word, gaining an intimate knowledge of it and walking in obedience to it.Further, this verse tells us we are to rightly divide the Word of truth. What is meant by that? It means we are to recognize there are certain divisions in the word, called dispensations, and the instructions given to God’s people in one dispensation may not be binding on His people in another.

Perhaps the word “dispensation” may not be too familiar to some, although it is a Bible word. A more common term would be the word “administration.” All are aware that when there is a change of the administration at Washington there may be changes in the laws governing the conduct of the citizens. What may have been the law of the land under one administration may no longer be valid in another. Thus it is with the dispensational distinctions in the Word. The laws which govern the Lord’s people in one dispensation may not be binding on His people when the dispensation has changed and a new set of rules has been given. We are not to assume that wherever we open the Bible to read the Lord is speaking directly to us. We must take into consideration the time, or dispensation, and the ones who are being addressed. All Scripture is for us, and profitable, but not all Scripture is addressed directly to us. There are some things common to all dispensations, while other things may be quite different. In rightly dividing we are the test the things that differ and certainly two things that differ greatly are law andgrace. This present lesson will deal with the former, the law, and will note whatthe Scripture has to say in its regard. The law in view is the law given to Moses at Sinai for the children of Israel. Many think only of the ten commandments whenthe law is mentioned, but it included much more, it also embraced the ceremonial law with its multitudinous rules and rites and ceremonies.

The holy writerdescribed this law program when he said, “Which stood only in meats and drinksand divers washings (baptisms), and carnal (fleshly) ordinances, imposed on themuntil the times of reformation” (Hebrews 9:10). Paul refers to it as “the Jews’religion” (Galatians 1:13).

Romans 5:13-14 refers to a period from Adam to Moses. This covered the first 2500 years of man’s history and during this time there was no law. About 1490 B.C. the law entered (Romans 5:20) and this was shortly after Israel’s deliverance from the Egyptian bondage. The opening verses of Exodus 20 relate to this: “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” God is here speaking to Abraham’s seed, the nation Israel. God never brought any Gentiles out of the land of Egypt so He is not speaking to them. Here God gives Israel the commandments judgments and ordinances which were to govern the national, moral, social and religious life of the nation.

Sin was in the world prior to the entrance of the law, but the law was not givento take away sin. Quite the contrary. The law was given that the offence might abound (Romans 5:20) and that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful (Romans 7:13). All the law could do was to show man his sinful condition and his inability to attain by his own doing to the righteousness whicGodemands. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God’s glory has been revealed in a perfect law and in the only perfect Man who ever perfectly kept that perfect law. Measured by either of these all have come short. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight; for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). Notice, by the law is simply the knowledge of sin. By Adam was the entrance of sin, by Moses the knowledge of sin, and by Christ alone is the forgiveness of sin. The law was like a mirror. A mirror reveals a dirty face but another cleansing agent is needed to be rid of the dirt. The law reveals man’s sin but the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is needed to be cleansed from that sin.

The law was given to Israel and included the whole legal system with its commandments, rites, offerings, sabbath keeping, etc. No Gentiles were ever under the law. The law was Israel’s schoolmaster (pedagogue) or child conductor to bring them up to, or until, Christ. The law was never intended to be permanent. Galatians 3:19 says it was added and verse 26 states it was only needed until Christ. To what was it added? It was added to the promises and the covenant made with Abraham and his seed, and it was only to be in force until the advent of Messiah. When Messiah came the pedagogue, child trainer, would no longer be necessary. Sadly, when Messiah came the nation did not receive Him, and as a result have experienced this long period of rejection when they are Lo-ammi, not recognized as God’s people.

When the Lord Jesus was here in the flesh as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah and King, He was here as one under the law. Galatians 4:4 reads: “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” In Luke 2 we have the story of His birth and in that chapter the law is mentioned five times. When Jesus was eight days old He was circumcised according to the law. Forty days after His birth He was taken to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord and this was according to the law. He was a firstborn son and so an offering was required, and they brought either a pair of turtledoves ortwo young pigeons. Why did His parents bring this particular type of offering? In Leviticus 12:8 we read: “And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons.” Because they brought the latter it is evident they were poor, and this indicates the Magi had not yet visited them, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Later, as Jesus was about to begin His public ministry He came obediently as one under the law to be baptized of John at Jordan. When John remonstrated, Jesus replied, “Suffer it to be sonow; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” He was careful to fulfil all the righteous requirements of the law. We discern from Luke 4:16 that His custom was to worship at the synagogue on the sabbath day as prescribed by the Mosaic law. Those under the law were to be obedient to their religious leaders and Jesus reminded His listeners of this. “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat; all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do” (Matthew 23:1-3).

In the reference to Moses’ seat the word for seat is kathedra, a seat or throne of authority. It is true that Jesus was here under the law, but we are not under the aw and we do not follow Him in any of these things.

They were under the law administration at that time and we are not.

The mistake made by many is to assume that the death and resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit brought an end to the dispensation of law and ushered in the dispensation of grace. This is certainly not so. The dispensation of grace for us Gentiles did not begin with Peter on a Jewish feast day preaching to a Jewish audience and using the keys to open the door to kingdom blessings. In his salutation in Acts 1:1 Luke says, “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.” What Jesus began in the gospel account He continued, at least for a season, to do inthe book of Acts. The law regime continued in operation. Many years after Pentecost the Apostle Paul visited Jerusalem and the church elders there said to him, “thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe;and they are all zealous of the law” (Acts 21:20). Most of these Jews were perhaps among the thousands converted at Pentecost and later through the ministry of Peter and the Twelve. They were zealots for the law, following Moses, but they were believers. They believed that Jesus of Nazareth, who died on the cross and was raised from the dead, was their rightful King. They were saved under the gospel of circumcision and entertained a kingdom hope in which they continued. Meanwhile, Paul had been sent with the gospel of the uncircumcision to the Gentiles and this twofold program continued during the remainder of Acts, the transition period, with the one fading out and the other expanding.

It is important that we distinguish between that which was done at the cross and that which was done by the cross. Certain things were done at the cross; things done once and for all and never to be repeated. Other things were done by, or as a result of, the cross, and some of those things were not made known until much later. With the Apostle Paul the Lord brought in a new program, the calling out of the church, sinners saved by grace, baptized into Christ and made members of His Body. Through Paul the Lord revealed some wonderful things accomplished for us by His death on the cross. One of these is that in the cross of Christ we died, not only to sin and to the world, but we died to he law as well.

“Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto god” (Romans 7:4). As a result we are no longer under the law, but under grace (6:15). By His death on the cross the Lord Jesus Christ did away with the law, as stated in Colossians 2:14, “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” A few verses further (vs. 17) it says that the handwriting of ordinances, that whole religious system, was nothing more then
a shadow of the good things to come. We have the good things so let us leave the shadows and glory in the substance, which is Christ. He took that law, which was against us and contrary to us, and nailed it to His cross. Let us not get a crowbar and try to pry it loose, but leave it there, and begin to rejoice in the glorious liberty of the children of God. The renowned Dr. I. M. Haldeman wrote many years ago: “In the far East when a mortgage is to be canceled, it is taken and nailed up over the door of the house and then blotted out, madeillegible; so that every passerby may know that it no longer has any claim on the resident.

Precisely so, in that far day on the cross, the Son of God for us and our salvation,took this law and all its ordinances of condemnation and restriction, and nailed them to His cross, blotting them out in the blood which, answering to every demand of justice against us, cried, ‘It is finished.’ That old law is crucified to every Christian, and buried in the grave of Jesus Christ, from whence we have risen withHim in the liberty of the Spirit and of life, above all ordinances for the flesh.”

Does the fact we are not under the law mean that we are lawless? Certainly not. There is another law now operating in our members that controls our life and conduct. It is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. We read of this in Romans 8:2-4, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” There was something the law could not do; not that there was anything wrong with the law, but the trouble was with us because of the weakness of the flesh. What the law could not do was to enable us to attain either to salvation or sanctification. Now this new law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, is working in our members, energizing and enabling us to live in the revealed will and Word of God. Many are struggling with the law and endeavoring to live the Christian life when they really have no life to live. When truly saved by the grace of God through faith in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ we come into possession of a new life, the very life of Christ Himself. Then we may truly say, “For me to live is Christ” and “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, what a blessed law by which to be governed. The Pauline epistles show us our high and holy position, and they also inform us that our condition should correspond to our position. The exhortations addressed to us are as much to be obeyed as were the thunderings of Sinai to be obeyed by Israel, but unlike them we have been given the empowerment needed to obey.

Run, John, and do, the law commands;
And gives him neither legs nor hands.
But better news the gospel brings;
It bids him fly and gives him wings.


Following the church age there will be on earth a time of trouble such as never was before. This is the 70th week of Daniel’s great prophecy, the latter half of which is the Great Tribulation. The false Christ will be on the scene. He is referred to in 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” This is the personal antichrist of the end-time, called here “that Wicked” or the marginal reading is “that lawless one.” It will be a time characterized by lawlessness, but it will be in the main a rebellion against the lawsof the Godof heaven. It will be puny man shaking his fist toward heaven and saying, “I’ll do it my way.” As the black clouds foretell a coming storm so the lawlessness abroad today presages the fearsome end-time. On every hand there is a rising tide of rebellion against all rule and authority, a refusal to be governed by any laws or values, just do as one may desire. As a result there is anarchy in the streets, the home, schools, and the workplace. Alas, this spirit has also invaded our churches, with members unwilling to accept the spirit of our Lord and Master. Christians need to be on guard against the increasing spirit of lawlessness that prevails, all of which stems from a revolt against God and an unwillingness to submit to Him and His laws.

It has been said that it is darkest just before the dawn. The Great Tribulation will certainly be the darkest period in human history but the return of Him who is the Bright and Morning Star will herald the dawn of a new day. Christ returns to banish those who have defied His laws, and to usher in His millennial reign. In that day those who enter the Millennium will have God’s law in their hearts. “After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).

Those born after the beginning of the Millennium will be born sinners, even as today, and will need to be born again, hence sin will be possible but will be summarily dealt with. The Millennium is not the golden age; that will follow in the eternal state with the new heavens and the new earth. The Millennium is the iron age. The Lord will be King and ruling with a rod of iron. The earth will have its Divine Dictator and lawlessness will not be tolerated. Man believes Satan’s lies and has two delusions: 1) that he can save himself, and 2) that he can govern himself. Thank God the true Governor is coming and He will bring in a truly great society when righteousness will prevail. “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for thou shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth” (Psalm 67:3-4).

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