Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sharing Right Division - by Pastor John Fredericksen



   Sharing Right Division
  by Pastor John Fredericksen

Do you remember how dispensational truth was first shared with you? This writer cannot think about rightly dividing God’s Word without remembering the wonderfully gracious way these truths were patiently shared with him and his wife. No one acted like they were superior to us, that they were smarter than we, nor did they attempt to attack key doctrines where we might disagree. No one sought to win a scriptural argument. We were not embarrassed by public questioning. There were no threats, implied or otherwise, that fellowship might be withdrawn if our convictions remained unchanged, nor was there any hint of frustration with our understandings.

Those who first shared dispensational truths with us did so as it should be done, in a gracious and godly manner. As the saying goes, “You can attract more bees with honey than vinegar.” So, those who ministered to us did so in an extremely loving manner. They followed the instruction Paul gave to Timothy: “The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves” (II Timothy 2:24-25).

Nonetheless, there certainly was opposition on our part when these servants of the Lord began to shed new light on traditionally held doctrines. Yet, with tenderness, they put Colossians 4:6 into practice: “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” These discussions were frequent and sometimes lasted into the wee hours of the morning, but there was diligence on the part of these soldiers of Christ. Their method of ministry made the doctrines they believed in palatable to us. We thank God this was the approach that was taken with us, and it is probably the only one that would have worked. As we read this testimony, may each of us be encouraged to share dispensational truth with others and always be certain to do so in such a tender way that we “adorn the doctrine” we believe


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Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Standing, Walking And Running For God - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam




Standing, Walking And Running For God
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

But the Christian life is even more than a walk; it is a race. Sad to say, many Christians whose “walk” is consistent and commendable, have never come to look upon the Christian life as a race. These never put enough into it so that it might be said of them that they are running. Yet the same great Apostle wrote, by divine inspiration:

“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).

The word “patience” in this passage points up the fact that the Christian life is not a short “hundred-yard dash”; it requires much endurance. Thus we should put into it all that we have. “They which run in a race,” says the Apostle, “run all,” but they do not all receive the prize. Hence the admonition: “So run that ye may obtain” (I Corinthians 9:24).

Those who have not trusted Christ as Savior have not even begun to stand, or walk, much less to run a race for Him. These might as well forget rewards until they first accept “the gift of God… eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Lord's Prayer Dispensationally Considered by Pastor Paul M. Sadler




Scripture Reading:

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.”— Matthew 6:7,8

Religious leaders love to have their people recite the Lord’s Prayer. It’s been the religious thing to do for centuries. The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most beautiful, meaningful, and touching prayers in the Prophetic Scriptures, but those who recite it today are committing two major blunders. First, the Lord warned the disciples that they were not to pray this prayer, or any prayer for that matter, repetitiously (Matthew 6:5-7). Prayer is not a religious exercise, but rather communication with God; therefore, it should always be spoken from the heart. Second, the Disciples Prayer, which is the correct connotation for this prayer, was given as a model for those who would be called upon to endure the Tribulation. Since the Body of Christ is delivered from the wrath to come, this prayer does not apply to us in this dispensation (I Thessalonians 5:9).

The Disciples’ Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.The reference here to “our Father” is to the God and Father of Israel — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In prophecy, heaven was His throne and earth His footstool. His name was so holy that the Jews feared they might inadvertently speak it in vain, consequently they changed it from Yahweh to Adonai — Master, Ruler (Deuteronomy 5:11; Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 15:31; Luke 1:68).

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.The hope of every Israelite was the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom. God’s will for the earth is to overthrow the kingdoms of this world and establish the millennial kingdom of His dear Son (II  Samuel 7:8-17; Luke 1:68-72; Revelation 11:15; 20:6).

Give us this day our daily bread.In the future Tribulation, God will set a table in the wilderness for His people, as He did in time past. The saints in that day will find it necessary to pray for their daily provision of food, since they will be unable to buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast. Subsequently, God will supernaturally nourish the chosen nation (Revelation 12:14 cf. Revelation 13:13-18).

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.Today we are to forgive others, even as God for Christs sake has forgiven us, but under the kingdom gospel, forgiveness was based upon a like-spirit (Matthew 18:21-35 cf. Eph. 4:32).

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Monday, January 25, 2016

THE GOD OF LOVE - By Author Unknown


Scripture Reading: I John 4:7-10

The Apostle Paul offered fervent prayer for the saints, "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19). God's love embraces the entire scope of His personality, intents and purposes. Were it not for His love, we never could have known Him. But for His love, there would never have been an escape from our imprisonment in the bondage of sin and hopelessness. 


"0 the love that drew salvation's plan! 0 the grace that brought it down to man!" These words from the beloved old hymn declare the essence of the work of God's love. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8).

The magnitude of the love of God is beyond our com- prehension. The result of His having exercised His love toward us is best defined by our apostle: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). God is love!


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Enemies Of God And Worshippers Of Satan by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Enemies Of God And Worshippers Of Satan
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


“…we were enemies…” (Romans 5:10).

“…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” (II Corinthians 4:4).

Many religious but unsaved people will not accept the fact that they are enemies of God, and fail to understand why the Bible should insist that they are.But the God who says that they are sinners, worthy of everlasting judgment; that their only hope of salvation lies in the One who poured out His life’s blood to pay the penalty for their sins — this God, the God of the Bible, they cannot abide. Let one of His servants tell them what He says about them and they are insulted. When this God, the true God, refuses to accept their “good” works or their “righteous” conduct they react like Cain, of whom we read: “And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell” (Genesis 4:5). They simply will not bow to this God, and their attitude betrays their enmity against Him.

But why will they not turn away from their self-righteousness and trust in Christ, who died for their sins?

Simply because they worship Satan, “the god of this age,” who “hath blinded the minds of those who believe not.” Worship Satan? This too is hard for the unregenerate man to believe about himself. As he has his own conception of God, he also has his own conception of Satan — a wrong one.

Unbelievers do not know that the real Satan, the Satan of the Bible, has a vast wardrobe and, in this dispensation of grace, doubtless appears most often as “an angel of light” with “ministers of righteousness” (II Corinthians 11:14,15). This Satan they do indeed worship. They adore him, and try to live by his precepts, convinced that the way to salvation is to do and be good.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

GOD, GIVER OF LIFE - By Author Unknown

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Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:7

"The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." There are those who would have us believe that the beginning of life occurred when, millions of years ago, a manner of weird creatures until gradually you and 1 were produced as the direct progeny of a society of apes. May we respectfully submit that this analysis is categorically untrue! God has been the source and the bestower of life from the beginning.

When God the Son walked the earth, the power oflife was in His hands. Writing tobelievers, John declared, "This is the His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (I John 5:11,12). "For as the vestFather raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them [makes them alive] even so the Son quickeneth whom He will" (John 5:21).

As is the case with all of God's characteristics, all three entities of the Godhead are in control of the essence and infusion of life. "If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness" (Romans 8:10). We cannot define or analyze life, neither can we understand the process of the giving and taking of it. There are both temporary and permanent aspects of life. " ... For what and thenivanisheth away (James 4:14b). "When Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:4).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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The Cross And The Christian - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam




Nothing will prove so helpful to a Christian in overcoming sin as an appreciation of Christ’s death for sin at Calvary .The Bible teaches that:

1. The cross stands between the believer and his SINS: the wrong things he does, or is prone to do, in thought, word and deed.

“And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled, in the body of His flesh, through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His sight” (Colossians 1:21,22).

2. The cross stands between the believer and his SIN. It is not only men’s sins that keep them out of heaven, but their sin; not merely what they have done, but what they are and what they will do; not merely their deeds, but their nature. But Christ’s death took care of this too.

“…by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin… But… much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many… That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:12,15,21).

“For [God] hath made Him to be sin for us, [Him] who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (II Corinthians 5:21).

3. The cross stands between the believer and his SINNING.

“What shall we say, then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? … Our old man [nature] has been crucified with Him… that henceforth we should not serve sin… let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof; neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:1,2, 6,12,13).

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

 Les Feldick Why We Stand On a Pre Trib

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Will We Judge Angels? - by Pastor Ricky Kurth



“Will we judge fallen or unfallen angels (I Corinthians 6:3), and how will we judge them? I understand that Christ is the judge.”

The reason Paul reminded the Corinthians that we will judge angels was to suggest that they should be able to settle disputes among believers (vv. 1-8). This implies that the angels we will judge are likewise unfallen. It is doubtful we’d be involved in judging fallen angels, or any beings, to eternal damnation.

The word judge has different meanings. Courtroom judges decide guilt or innocence and determine levels of punishment, while Olympic judges judge the performance of athletes and award them different degrees of reward. The Bible uses the word judge these ways, but in another way as well. The entire Book of Judges is all about the men who ruled over Israel. This is what the Lord meant when He told the twelve they would “sit upon twelve thrones, judging the tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28). We know that judge here also means to rule over since the Jews they will rule over will in turn rule “over” the cities of the world in the kingdom (Luke 19:17,19).

Psalm 82:1 said of God that “He judgeth among the gods,” i.e., the angels. While God will eventually condemn fallen angels to hell (Matthew 25:41), I Kings 22 shows how He judged among the angels in time past (vv. 19-22), and suggests how we will judge them in the ages to come.
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The Noble Bereans And Paul's Gospel - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam





We have said that the Bereans were commended for listening with open minds to teachings which they had never heard before. Yes, when they were confronted with them. It was the Athenians, not the Bereans, who made it their policy to consider as many viewpoints as possible on every subject (Acts 17:18-21).
The strength of the Bereans was that they kept close to the Scriptures. When confronted with some new doctrine, they did indeed give it an interested hearing, but then“searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). Had they found anything in Paul’s message which contradicted the Scriptures they would immediately have rejected it. And for this God calls them “noble”. They were the truly great, the spiritual aristocracy of their day.
To many believers today aspire to be like the Athenians rather than the Bereans. They say they wish to have open minds, and this is good if it is remembered that an open mind is like an open mouth; not everything should be put into it.
The Athenians went to the other extreme from the Thessalonians, who would not even consider a new doctrine when confronted with it — would not even consider it in the light of the Scriptures.
The Bereans were the wisest of the three. They kept close to that blessed Book, and, when confronted with unfamiliar teachings, immediately subjected them to the test of Scripture.
This is the wisest course, even if only because we are all limited in time and strength. Obviously we cannot spend a great deal of time looking into the conflicting teachings of men without sacrificing a great deal of much-needed time for Bible study, and in the measure that we do this we are bound to grow spiritually weaker.

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

 Les Feldick Why We Stand On a Pre Trib

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Light Out Of Darkness - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us” (II Corinthians 4:6,7).

Any instructed Christian reading this passage from the pen of the Apostle Paul naturally goes back in his mind to the time when God first said: “Let there be light,” and dispelled the darkness of the primeval world.

He might also recall the incident related in the book of Judges, when Gideon’s army went to battle against the Midianites, each man with a sword in one hand, and a lamp hidden within a pitcher in the other. At Gideon’s command the soldiers broke the earthen vessels and the lights shone out to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy, who could not account for the crash and the blaze of light at this midnight hour.

For every believer God has caused light, wonderful light, to shine out of the darkness and fill the heart, just as once He said to the dark and chaotic earth: “Let there be light - and there was light.”

But we believers have come into “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God” by coming to know Christ. Our Lord rightly said: “No man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6). God is unknown and unknowable apart from Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh. It was He who lived a perfect life and then died a sinner’s death in order to bring us into relationship and fellowship with God.


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Twelve Apostles And Paul - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam





 
The Twelve Apostles And Paul
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

In comparing the ministry of the twelve apostles with that of the Apostle Paul, we must observe carefully:

1. The twelve were chosen by Christ ON EARTH (Luke 6:13) while Paul was later chosen by Christ IN HEAVEN(Acts 9:3-5; 26:16).


2. Prior to Paul’s conversion the twelve had known Christ only ON EARTH (I John 1:1). Even at His ascension to heaven “a cloud received Him OUT OF THEIR SIGHT” (Acts 1:9). But Paul knew Christ only IN HEAVEN, having never seen Him on earth (Acts 26:16; ICORINTHIANS 15:8).


3. The twelve represented their own nation. The number twelve has no connection with the “one Body” of Christ. As we know, Jacob of old “begat the twelve patriarchs” (Acts 7:8). From these sprang the twelve tribes of Israel. These tribes had twelve princes over them (Numbers 1:16). Even when Israel was ruled by kings there were still to be twelve princes - one over each tribe (I Chronicles 27:22). Thus, as He went forth proclaiming “the gospel of the kingdom” our Lord chose twelve princes for the twelve thrones in the kingdom to come (MATTHEW 19:28).


On the other hand, Paul, as one apostle, represents the “one Body,” the Church of today (ROMANS12:5; ICORINTHIANS 12:13; EPHESIANS4:4). However, he was both a born Hebrew and a born Roman, so represented believing Jews and Gentiles “reconciled…unto God in one body by the cross…” (EPHESIANS2:16).


4. The twelve were sent to proclaim Christ’s kingdom “at hand” (MATTHEW 10:7), and later to offer its establishment on earth (Acts 3:19-26). But Paul was sent to proclaim “the gospel of the grace of God”(Acts 20:24), while the kingdom is held in abeyance.


5. The ministry of the twelve was based on covenant promises (Isaiah 60:1-3; Luke 1:70-79; Acts 3:22-26). Paul’s ministry was not based on covenant promises, but wholly of God.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture - By Les Feldick



The closer we get to this great event the louder the doubters and scoffers scream. “There is no such thing as a rapture. The word rapture is not in our Bible. The church will not be raptured until the middle of the 7 years…” on and on they go adnauseam. The worst offence of all is how doubters and scoffers used the story of Margaret McDonald. Margaret was supposedly a 17 year old girl with mental disabilities who lived back in the 1800’s. According to the story, in 1860 she supposedly convinced the great theologian John Darby that there would be a rapture of the church. From her so called persuasion Darby was the first to promote this “new” revelation. There are many reasons to seriously question and doubt such a story. For one, why would Darby associate with Margaret (keep in mind the time period, an educated man would not be discussing Theology with a mentally handicapped 17 year old girl). So, for the last 40 years or so I have been looking for a few statements from the early church fathers confirming this great departure before the Anti-Christ appears. I could find evidence of a belief in a post tribulation millennium, but not a pre-tribulation rapture until now! One of my Florida listeners found Thessalianse statements between AD 170 and AD 373. Read them carefully. Keep in mind Augustine in 410 AD put an end to most true prophecy with the confirmation of Origen’s idea of Replacement Theology (which teaches that when Israel lost the temple, Jerusalem and the nation of Israel, along with all of Israel’s promises of Prophetic events were transferred to the “church”. In other words the “church” replaced Israel. Now remember all prophecy revolves around the nation of Israel. No Israel, No Prophecy.) So from Augustine to Darby that was the norm, but God promised in Daniel 12:9 that their truths would once again be made known. So beginning with Darby in the 1860’s until present, prophecy has been more and more revealed. Plus Israel is now back in the land becoming the center of all the end time events. So Look up, our trumPeter call is getting nearer every day!

Denial Of The Pre-Tribulation Resurrection/Rapture


A denial of the Church’s removal from the earth prior to the Great 7 Year Tribulation event, is subscribing unto the R.C.C. doctrine that the Church requires a PENANCE for its sanctification. In their opinion, Christ Jesus’ finished the work upon the Cross replete with His shed blood is not adequate for the Church’s justification and sanctification.

Many critics of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture/ Resurrection have based their foundation belief on the teachings of John Nelson Darby (1800- 1882) and the C.I. Scofield’s Reference System Bible. Thessalianse critics make the false declaration that the Pre-Tribulation catching away doctrine originated in the time of Thessalianse men. They choose to blindly ignore that the early Church Fathers taught the doctrine of a Pre- Tribulation Rapture/ Resurrection.

1. AD 170 – IRENACUS “Against Heresies” 5:29:


“When in the end that the Church will suddenly be caught-up from this, it is said, there will be tribulation such as not been since the beginning, nor will be.”

2. AD 207 – TERTULLIAN “ Against Marcion” 5:16:


“He (Paul) says those who remain unto the coming of Christ, along with the dead in Christ, will rise first, being caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”

3. AD 150 – SHEPHERD OF HERMAS 2.2-6:


“Go therefore and declare to the elect of the Lord His mighty deeds and say to them that this beast is a type of the Great Tribulation which is to come. If ye therefore prepare yourselves and with your whole heart turn to the Lord in repentance, then shall ye be able to escape it, if your heart is pure and blameless… the golden color stands for you who have escaped from this world… Now ye know the symbol of the Great Tribulation to come. But if ye are willing, it shall be nothing.

4. AD 240 – VICTORINUS “Commentary on the Apocalypse”


(Revelation 15:1) “And I saw another great and wonderful sign, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is the completed the Wrath of God, and Thessalianse shall be in the last time, when the Church shall have gone out of the midst.”(2 RThessalonians2:7) (Revelation 6:14) “The sky being split apart like a scroll is the Church being taken away.”

5. AD – 250 CYPRIAN “ Treatises of Cyprian” 21-26


“We who see the terrible things have begun, and know that still more terrible things are imminent, may regard it as the greatest advantage to depart from it as quickly as possible. Do you not give God thanks, do you not congratulate yourself, that by any early departure you are taken away, and delivered from the shipwrecks and disasters that are imminent? Let us greet the day which assigns each of us to his own home, which snatches us hence, and sets us free from the snares of the world, and restores us to paradise and the kingdom.”

6. AD 373 – EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN “ One the Last Times” 2


“…because all saints and the elect of the Lord are gathered together before the Tribulation which is about to come and be taken to the Lord…”

We can readily see that the early Church Fathers believed and taught a gathering of the saints (Church) snatched away from the earth prior to the Great Tribulation event. The Church is not appointed unto God’s wrath which will be released upon the earth during this 7 year tribulation event. (1 RThessalonians5:9)

This event involves the breaking of the 7 seals of the scroll, which is the mortgage papers of the kingdom of the world that Satan temporarily holds and tempted Jesus with in MT 4:8-9. As the seals are broken one by one, and plagues poured out upon Satan and his minions upon the earth, the mortgage is finally being alleviated for the kingdoms of the world by the Lord God.

2 Peter 3:3) Knowing the first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers walking after their own lusts 4) And saying Where is the promise of his coming for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the begning of the Creation.

In our time, there is great increase of the scoffers, as it has been approximately two thousand years of patient waiting by the Church. Many are declaring there is no First Resurrection/Rapture prior to the Great Tribulation.


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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FAILING CHRISTIAN LEADERS - by C. R. Stam

 
     Have you been disappointed in your pastor or the officers of your church or perhaps in Christian leaders in general? Have you placed great faith in some spiritual leader only to be disillusioned and to find out that your faith has been misplaced? Have you observed the growing popularity of some evangelist or Bible teacher whom you "know" to be insincere, while noting that another, whose fidelity and sincerity are beyond question, seems to get nowhere?

 How it helps, in such situations, to be able to "rightly divide the Word of truth," and to enjoy "the full assurance of understanding" that comes with "the full knowledge [Gr., epignosis] of the mystery"! (Colossians 2:2).

 In "this present evil age" we are living under "the dispensation of the grace of God."


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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Rightful Heir Who is worthy to open the book? By John LaVier


The Rightful Heir Who is worthy to open the book?
John LaVier

 The title of the last book of the Bible is not "The Revelation of St. John the Divine" as shown in the heading. The correct title is in the very first verse. It is "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." He is the book's great theme and the dominant figure throughout, and all is leading up to the grand and glorious consummation when He returns to take unto Himself His great power and to reign.

 Concerning that wonderful Person who is to be revealed the apostle wrote, "In him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). Indeed, in Him is hidden all the fulness of the Godhead, so it might be apropos to refer to our Lord Jesus as the hidden Christ. In Old Testament times, as the pre-incarnate Christ, He was hidden. There were a few times He appeared in what we call a theophany but in the main He was hidden. When the fulness of time was come He was hidden for nine months in the womb of the virgin, and after His birth He was hidden in Egypt because of Herod's decree. On returning to the land He was hidden for many years in the carpenter's home in Nazareth and we have only one glimpse of Him, when at the age of twelve He went to Jerusalem with His parents. At about the age of thirty He began His public ministry and for a few brief years He went about doing the works of the Father who sent Him. Rejected and crucified He was hidden for three days and three nights in Joseph's tomb. After His resurrection He was seen of them for forty days until His ascension, and now for many centuries He has been hidden beyond the blue and discernible only to the eye of faith. But praise His name, the day is coming when He will be hidden no longer; there will be the revelation (Gr. apokalupsis), the unveiling of Jesus Christ. Then every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him. Then all creation will bow down before the unveiled Christ in worship and wonder.

 The fifth chapter of the Revelation is most important, and one should have a good understanding of it, for it is the key to all that follows. The word "and" at the beginning of this chapter ties it in with the preceding. In the fourth chapter the inspired writer, the Apostle John, has a glimpse of the throne in heaven and of the One seated on that throne, who is the Lord God Almighty Himself. Now in 5:1 John sees a book, or scroll, in the right hand of the Throne-Sitter. This book has writing both within and without and is sealed with seven seals. What is this book? It is, of course, a book of judgment, for as the seals are broken, judgments are visited upon the earth. The day of grace has ended and the day of judgment has begun. More importantly, however, the book is the Title-Deed to the earth and all therein.

 Our Lord, the great Creator, gave the title to this earth to Adam, but because of his sin it was lost and now a usurper is in control. That usurper is Satan, who is called the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air, and we read the whole world lieth in the wicked one. The world is now waiting for redemption to be an accomplished fact, and to be brought back to its rightful owner. In Romans eight we read that all creation is groaning and travailing in pain and is waiting for redemption. And we read that even we, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, waiting for the redemption of our bodies. The redemption price has been paid, but something more is needed. It reminds us of Israel of old waiting to be delivered from Egypt. The blood was on the doorposts which gave them safety in their homes from the death angel. But now they needed power to be delivered from their enemies and to get them out of the land of bondage. When they had come safely through the Red Sea, with all their foes destroyed behind them, theirs was a twofold redemption. They were redeemed by blood, the blood of the passover lamb, and they were redeemed by power, the mighty outstretched arm of Jehovah. The redemption price for earth has been paid by Christ. Now this seven-sealed book gives to the one worthy to open it the authority to manifest his power in dislodging the usurper and claiming the purchased possession. This brings us to the question as to who is worthy.

 John had been gazing at the book and now his attention is diverted as he sees a strong angel and hears him crying out, "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?" There is no response, only a great silence, for no one in heaven, earth, or hell is found worthy, and John weeps. He doubtless knew something of the significance of that book. If it remained sealed, redemption unaccomplished, the inheritance unclaimed, then all the purposes of God in connection with earth and mankind would remain unfulfilled. Little wonder that John wept. Would that God would touch our hearts so that we also might weep over an unredeemed world. But John's tears are soon allayed. One of the elders tells him, "Weep not; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." Notice the titles given to this One who alone is worthy: "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" and "The Root of David." Certainly, these titles are here most significant. Israel has long been set aside, estranged from Jehovah, but now they are to be reconciled and God is to begin again to work on their behalf, so Christ is given these titles that speak of the renewal of His relationship to them. The reference to the lion is also of interest. He is now about to show His kingly, lion like character and to manifest His power in subduing His foes and claiming that which is rightfully His own.

 At the word of the elder, John ceased weeping and turned to see this Lion who was worthy and who had prevailed to open the book. What was his surprise when he saw, not a Lion, but a Lamb; a Lamb that had been slain, with the marks of sacrifice upon Him. This was the Lamb of God, the Lamb foreordained before the foundation of the world, the Lamb typified by every offering on every Jewish altar, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. As John looked, he began to understand that the power to redeem belonged to the Person who had paid the price to redeem. And what a price He paid; His life laid down and His precious blood shed on the Cross of Calvary. The Hebrew epistle opens with these words: "God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things." Now, as John watches, he sees the Throne-Sitter place the book in the hands of the Lamb, for He has paid the price. He is the appointed Heir, and He now holds the title to all.

 As the Lamb takes the book from the hand of the Throne-Sitter, the cherubim and elders fall before Him in worship and praise. They sing what is here called a new song, which is really the old song the redeemed saints of God have ever loved to sing. In the words of the King James Version these heavenly beings were singing about themselves, but insofar as we know, these were unfallen creatures who had no need of redemption. All other versions make their song impersonal such as the American Revised Version: "Worthy art thou to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and did purchase unto God men of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, and madest them to be unto our God a kingdom and priests; and they shall reign upon the earth." Even though we are not in view here, we, as members of the Body of Christ, saved by the grace of God and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, will never tire of singing a like song, and we will certainly be able to make it personal. He loved "us" and redeemed "us" by His blood out of every people and nation.

 Lamb of God! Thou now art seated
 High upon Thy Father's throne;
 All Thy gracious work completed,
 All Thy mighty vict'ry won.
 Ev'ry knee in heaven is bending
 To the Lamb for sinners slain;
 Ev'ry voice and harp is swelling,
 Worthy is the Lamb to reign
.

 The singers are soon joined by the heavenly angelic host, their number, ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, an innumerable throng. Their theme is the same: "Worthy is the Lamb." It would be good to note their sevenfold doxology and then to ask ourselves some heart-searching questions. (1) The Lamb is worthy to receive power. All power in heaven and in earth has been given to Him. He has authority. Have we yielded our all to His control, to His authority? (2) The Lamb is worthy to receive riches. He was rich but for our sake He became poor so that we might be made rich. Have we given ourselves to Him and done all we can to enrich Him? (3) The Lamb is worthy to receive wisdom. Christ has been made unto us the wisdom of God. Have we given Him our minds, our intellect, to be used on His behalf, and do we seek His divine wisdom to guide us in all our affairs? (4) The Lamb is worthy to receive strength. "Who is a strong Lord like unto thee?" Have we given of our strength and energy to bring others to Him? Are we able to say: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me?" (5) The Lamb is worthy to receive honor. In heaven the Lamb is honored, but on earth He is dishonored. Do we seek to live in such a way as to bring honor to Him? (6) The Lamb is worthy to receive glory. To Him be glory both now and forever. Do we endeavor in all things to give Him all the glory? (7) The Lamb is worthy to receive blessing. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Do we just seek our own happiness or do we seek to bless the Lord, to make Him happy? He is worthy!

 The Lamb is here seen standing. As Head of the Church, Christ has been seated at the Father's right hand. Now the Church age is ended, the Church is safe home in glory and Christ's mediatorial work is done, and He now stands to judge and to make war. The Lamb is not weak. He has seven horns which denote His great power. In Daniel's visions there are several references to horns and they speak of authority, governmental authority. After His resurrection the Lord told the disciples, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth," and now the Lamb is preparing to show that power. He stands, with the Title-Deed in hand and possessing all power. None can gainsay Him as He is about to claim His inheritance. He has incontestable right and unparalleled might.

 The Lamb is also seen as Judge. "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22). He is seen as having seven eyes and this speaks of His perfection of vision. He sees all, nothing is hid from His eyes, and He knows all. In the seven horns and seven eyes are the attributes of deity. The horns speak of omnipotence, all power, and the eyes speak of omniscience, all knowledge. The psalmist said, "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. ... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it" (Psalm 139:1-6). Among men, right judgment is not always rendered because all the facts may not be known. With the Divine Judge there will be no miscarriage of justice, "For he cometh to judge the earth; he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth" (Psalm 96:13). In thinking of the Judge, all should take heed. Dealings with the Lord Jesus Christ are inescapable; either we meet Him now and claim Him as our Saviour or we will meet Him in that future day and then He will be our Judge.

 This fifth chapter of Revelation is important and most outstanding for several reasons. First of all, it does mark the ending of man's day and the beginning of the Lord's Day. In fact, the book of the Revelation has to do with that Day. This is what John referred to when he wrote: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day" (1:10). He did not mean he was meditating on the first day of the week. He meant he was projected in spirit into that future Day of the Lord. That day begins here with the Lord Himself rising to begin the process which will culminate in His enthronement and with all things in subjection under His feet. He alone is to be seen, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb for sinners slain. He alone is worthy and is the Object of worship and praise by all. How little we know of all this today. In our worship services there is usually not a trace of genuine Spirit-directed worship. Man is always most prominent, the flesh all too evident, and little or no reference to the Lamb of God. He should be the subject of our songs, our speech, our prayers, our thoughts.

 A grand and glorious oratorio is spread before us in this chapter. It is a veritable Hallelujah Chorus. First the cherubim and elders come on the scene, falling before the Lamb with their harps and golden vials, and singing "Thou art worthy." Soon they are joined by the angelic host, thousands upon thousands, with their sevenfold ascription of praise. And finally all creation joins in, saying, "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Our hearts are thrilled as the universe echoes and re-echoes to this symphony of praise. The psalmist said, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord." What shall we say to all this? We can only fall on our face in adoring worship and say, AMEN! HALLELUJAH!


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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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