“There’s Only One Tenno Heika”

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Bible Prophecy, Bible Study, Christian Life, Promises, Salvation, Tribulation

  The Japanese people often refer to their emperor as “Heaven’s Descended Majesty.”  When World War II was over, my parents returned to Japan to continue their work as missionaries.  My younger brother and I went to a Japanese grade school (Gakushuin – “Peers School”)  with the current emperor’s younger sister.  Needless to say, it was a unique experience.

  Radio.  Having gone to a Japanese University (Waseda) before the war, my father studied Japanese history and became very proficient in their language.  It is one of the most difficult languages in the world.  Some time after his return, he began to preach in Japanese on Japanese radio and did so for about 35 years.  His broadcasts covered most of Japan.      

  Risky Business.  One more than one occasion my father told the Japanese people that the Lord Jesus Christ was the only true “Heaven’s Descended Majesty”  (John 1:1-18; 6:38).  Later in life he told my brother and me that he often wondered if some Japanese might try to kill him for saying such a thing on the radio.

  Why?  Have you ever wondered why God the Son came to this earth?  Among other things, the Lord Jesus Christ came to –

  Learn Obedience.  Yes, as a true human being, it was necessary for Him to learn to be obedient to God His Father and do everything that He wanted Him (Jesus) to do (Hebrews 5:8, 9). Like other children, Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 3:52).

  Two Natures.  Unlike us, Jesus had a divine and human nature (John 4:6, 32-34).  Believe it or not, He got tired and hungry just like we do.  But to prove to us that He was the God-man, He performed three kinds of miracles (John 20:30, 31; Acts 2:22).  Likewise, the credentials of a true New Testament apostle was his ability to perform these kinds of miracles (2 Corinthians 12:12; Acts 5:22; 19:11).  Do you know any so called “Apostles and Prophets” today that truly heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Matthew 10:8ff)?  Jesus’ apostles did.  And by the way, Christ’s disciples didn’t get rich from doing this as some “faith healers” are doing today.

  Deceived.  During the coming seven years of tribulation, the “lawless one” (the Anti-christ) will deceive many people by performing the same kinds of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did (2 Thessalonians 2:9).  He will be empowered by Satan himself (Revelation 13:4).  Jesus said, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive many, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24).  We hope you won’t be here when these things happen on earth.  (Read Matthew 24, 25, Revelation 6-19, Zechariah 12, 14 for more information about this awful time that is coming to planet earth and perhaps very soon.)

  Qualified.  Having successfully overcome all the temptations that Satan hurled at Him, Jesus maintained His sinlessness and became qualified to die as “the Lamb of God who [would take] away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  While on the cross, God the Father placed the sins of the whole world on Jesus (Isaiah 53:6-10).  Since God is omniscient He foresaw all your sins and mine and laid them on Jesus too.

  High Priest.  In New Testament times every believer is called a priest (1 Peter 2:5, 9).  We are to offer up spiritual sacrifices rather than bloody sacrifices to God.  These sacrifices include: our bodies (Romans 12:1, 2), our praise, thanks, doing good works, and sharing of our material goods with others in need (Hebrews 13:15, 16).

  Intercession.  As the High Priest, Jesus Christ intercedes for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).  He is equal to God the Father in every way (John 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9).  Thus, we grieve God when we complain about our circumstances and/or the people whom He brings or allows to come into our lives (Ephesians 4:30; 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:1).

  Kingdom. Israel’s King David was promised a descendant who would sit on his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:12).  Jesus qualified to be the rightful King of the Jews. Both His step father, Joseph and His mother Mary came from the line of King David (Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 3:23-38).  It was a unique plan devised in heaven before creation (Ephesians 1:11; Hebrews 10:5-10).

  Rejected.  When He came the first time Jesus was rejected by His own people the Jews who had the Romans crucify Him.  But we’re all considered “Christ killers” by God (John 1:11; Acts 3:14, 15; 4:27, 28).  After His death for our sins and His bodily resurrection, He ascended back to heaven with a promise to return (John 14:1-3; Acts1:11).  Are you ready for His return?

  Hope.  Without Christ’s first coming we wouldn’t have hope for the future.  The promises concerning His first coming were fulfilled literally and we believe that those made concerning His second coming will also be fulfilled literally, not allegorically.  Our hope is based on the promises contained in the Scriptures (Hebrews 11:1; John 14:1-3).  God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made to the Jewish nation and separate ones that He made to the church.  He isn’t done with the Jewish nation and woe to those who try to annihilate them (Romans 11:1; Genesis 12:3; Zechariah 2:8).

  Information.  If you’d like more information, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.  These articles usually correspond to our Sunday morning talks.

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