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If you’ve ever studied a catechism, you probably know that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 16:11). God’s primary purpose is to make Himself known to His creatures through His creation (Psalm 19:1), through His written Word (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16 17), and through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). When He saves someone, He usually leaves him/her here on earth for a little while to bear witness to His power to transform our lives into a Christ likeness (Galatians 2:20; 4:19; Isaiah 64:8). Let’s consider –

The Jews In Israel

Having chosen them, not because of their size (Deuteronomy 7:7, 8) but for reasons fully known only to Himself, God gave them the honor and privilege of bearing witness for Him as the heathen people from other nations traveled through Israel on their way to Africa, Asia, or Europe. These foreigners could have witnessed the magnificence of the God of the Jews who dwelt between the cherubim in the Temple built by King Solomon (Isaiah 43:10, 12; 44:8). But rather than drawing the heathen to the true and living God, the Jews began to live like their heathen neighbors (Isaiah 2:8; Jeremiah 44:17ff).

As a result of this, God withdrew His presence from the Temple and the Shekinah glory cloud departed (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4, 18; 11:23). Ichabod (i.e. “the glory has departed”) could have been written over the Jewish nation (1 Samuel 4:21). It would be about 400 more years before the glory of God would be seen in the rebuilt Temple when the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ made His appearance in the Temple as a baby for the first time (Luke 2:34, 41-50). Because the Jewish people disregarded the Old Testament Prophets and their warnings, God used enemy nations to deport them to foreign lands (Luke 11:49-51; Daniel 1:1, 2).

Even though there have been other deportations and holocausts in the past, there will be an even greater holocaust in the future (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). It may not be far off. God has not permanently forsaken the Jewish nation and He never will (Romans 11:1ff). The believing remnant will be restored to the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his descendents (Romans 11:5; Genesis 15:18-21).

The Shekinah glory of the Lord’s presence will be seen again during the millennium. The people living on earth during this time will be able to see Christ every day as the light from His presence shines down on the earth from the heavenly New Jerusalem in the second heaven (Matthew 24:29ff; Ezekiel 44:4; Zechariah 12:10; 14:4ff; Revelation 21:22ff). This is where He and the Church will be residing for 1,000 years.

The Christians In The World

The true Church began on the Day of Pentecost and will come to its completion at the Rapture when all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him (John 6:37; Acts 2-1; Romans 11:25; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). It is made up of all true believers from Jewish and Gentile backgrounds (Galatians 3:28). We have been given the privilege and opportunity to bear witness for God in a sinful world (Acts 1:8).

In spite of the divine power that has been given to us from the Holy Spirit, and being indwelt by Christ (Colossians 1:27), and having the modern tools of technology, the church as a whole is not making much progress in the evangelizing of the lost people in the world with the Gospel concerning Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Why? False teachers are presenting to people around the world other gospels and other plans of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4). But they have no saving power to transform lives (Romans 1:15, 17). What is the Gospel [1] and how are people saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  Don’t be misled yourself and don’t mislead others whom you’re trying to win to Christ.

When we, as Christians, stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Bema Seat Judgment, I often wonder how I personally will measure up to what God expected of me (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). I like to ask myself the questions posed by Dr. Howard Hendricks: “Is the Lord well pleased? Is the Work well done? Is the Word well used (i.e. being applied to my life)? Each Christian needs to be examining his/her life by the standard of God’s Word that is addressed to Christians (1 Corinthians 11:28; Titus 1:9).

Do you know if you will receive the Crown of Rejoicing for having had a part in the salvation of other people (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? What about the other four Crowns you and I can earn?

The 144,000 Witnesses Among The Nations

These men will be Jews who come from the 12 tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:4-8). Don’t worry. God knows where all the Jews are and to which tribe they belong. They will be dispatched during the Tribulation to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth – Matthew 4:23; 16:20; 24:14) throughout the whole world. This is necessary because of the Church’s failure to do what she was supposed to do.

During Christ’s days on earth His disciples were to go only to other Jews (Matthew 10:5ff). But during the seven years of the Tribulation, these Jewish witnesses will go to Jews and non-Jews (Matthew 24:14). Daniel prophesied that the Messiah (God’s Anointed One) would come to rule over the whole earth. It will begin with 1,000 years and then go on into eternity (Daniel 9:24-27; See Deuteronomy 18:15; Isaiah 9:6, 7; 61:1-3; Revelation 19:16ff; 20:1-6).

When Jesus stood before Pilate He said, “My kingdom is not of [i.e. out of] his world” (John 18:36). It will be a literal kingdom on/over the earth for 1,000 years. It will be completely different than the kingdoms of men (Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, or the revived Roman empire – Daniel 2:36-43; 7:1-8).

The responses of the people to the 144,000 Jewish witnesses in giving them some food to eat or water to drink will indicate whether they believe in their message concerning Christ and His coming Kingdom or not (Matthew 25:312-46). No one ever was or can be saved by his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Our good works are the evidence we provide to other people who can’t see our faith (James 2:19, 20). God knows and can see our faith when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel (Acts 16:31: 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:3, 16; 10:16).

The Millennials In The Kingdom

The first generation of those who enter the Kingdom of the Heavens will be saved people (Matthew 25:34). But they will have children who will need to believe on Christ to be saved. God has no grandchildren. Every one will have an innate knowledge of God (Jeremiah 31:34) and there will be no need to evangelize others. But knowledge alone is not enough to save someone. There must be a transfer of trust from one’s self to Christ alone.

Because of the severe penalties associated with sinful behavior during the millennium, most of the unbelievers will comply with the rules of the Kingdom (Matthew 5:29, 30). It’s hard to imagine that people who will be living on a Paradise like earth would even think about not believing on Christ and obeying Him.

During the millennium the devil will be bound in the Abyss (Revelation 20:1-3). The world system that was devised by the devil, will have been abolished (1 John 2:15-17). Even though the sin nature of man will be curbed, by virtue of having his every need supplied, the unsaved people will still long for the day when they can make one last stab at God and throw off His rule over them (See Psalm 2). They will join the devil when he is released out of the Abyss at the end of the millennium.

This will be the last time there will ever be a rebellion against God. Jesus will cast all these rebels into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Matthew 26:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:7-9).

Then He will raise up all the other unsaved dead people who will stand before Judge Jesus at the Great White Throne (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 15:24). These unsaved people will be judged according to their works done on the earth to determine the degree of suffering they will experience in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10-15). We certainly hope that you won’t be among those to whom Jesus says, “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23; 25:41)!

The Real Problem

No matter what kind of rules for living (dispensations) that God imposes on all or some of mankind, unaided man always fails the tests because he has a heart that is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But “[You and I as Christians] can do all things through Him who strengthens [us]” (Philippians 4:13).

Every Christian who walks (orders his life) by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) has the potential to live a life that pleases and brings glory to God (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31). The choice is yours. What will you do?

If you, as a Christian, have any known sins that haven’t been confessed to God, confess them to Him now and to others if you have sinned against them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). We’re all sending verbal and non-verbal messages to others all the time. What is the message that other people are getting from you and me? What needs to change?

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[1] Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Audio of Clear Gospel: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

Social Gospel: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/greatcom.htm

 

 

Beggars. Most people shy away from them but a few have mercy on them. What would you have done? One day, while the Apostles Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, they encountered a lame man who was begging for alms (Acts 3). Rather than giving the man what he wanted, they gave him something better. In the name of Jesus they healed the man and enabled him to walk. His excitement was contagious and those who were there wondered what had happened to him. This in turn led to a crowd’s gathering around Peter and his being able to explain to them what had happened. About 5,000 people got saved but not without opposition from the religious authorities (Acts 4:1ff).

Opposition. Early in His ministry, Jesus performed a similar miracle and it also resulted in the religious leader’s opposition to Jesus. Not only did they hate Him, they wanted to kill Him (John 5:16). But why would there be such opposition to such an act of mercy? They were filled with envy (Matthew 27:18).

Sabbath. Jesus deliberately healed a man on the Sabbath (John 5:9). This infuriated the religious leaders who had added extra rules (legalism) to the Sabbath and imposed them on the common people. Perhaps they thought, How dare this man Jesus violate our rules?

Creation. Let’s go back to the beginning.  We’re told that after the six days of creation God rested (Genesis 2:2, 3). Why? It wasn’t because He was tired. He’s not a man who gets worn out. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). There simply was no more work for Him to do at that time.

Resumption. But after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), there was plenty of work for God to do on man’s behalf.  When that man got down into the ditch of sin, the Lord Jesus and the Father could no longer rest on the Sabbath Day. Although God rested after the creation of the physical universe, after the fall of man He didn’t rest, because man, like an ox, had gotten down into the ditch.” – J. Vernon McGee (See Luke 13:15; 14:5)

Relief. God graciously established the Sabbath as a day of rest for the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years without any rest (Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:15). It wasn’t imposed on the people (for about 2,500 years) who were living before the giving of the Mosaic Law nor on the non-Jews after the giving of the Law. Not only was the Sabbath (seventh) day designed to give man a day of rest, every seventh year God told the Jews to give the land rest (Leviticus 25:1ff; 26:34-43). It also gave the Jews an opportunity to trust God to supply their need for food while the land rested. But they didn’t trust God for 490 years straight. So God removed them from their land, by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Daniel 1:1, 2). King Cyrus of Persian (Iran) allowed the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the temple and reestablish their worship of God (2 Chronicles 36:22ff; Ezra 1:1ff).  Wouldn’t it be great to see the current leaders in Iran treat the Jews as King Cyrus did?

Today. Although 9 or the 10 commandments are repeated in the New Testament, the 4th commandment regarding the Sabbath day of rest is not imposed on Christians (Colossians 2:16). Yes, the Apostle Paul went into the synagogues on the Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 18:4), but it was to preach the Good News concerning the Jewish Messiah Jesus and His work on their behalf to save them from sin and its consequences (Acts 13:15ff; 17:1ff; 18:4ff; Romans 6:23). But the early church assembled on the first day of the week to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to stimulate each other to love and good works (John 20:19; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Tribulation. During the (perhaps soon) coming seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), know also as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the judgment of the rebellious nations (Psalm 2) and the Jews will take place with the 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and the 7 bowl judgments. Jesus told the Jews who would be living in Jerusalem in the future when the Antichrist will have his image set up in the holy place in the rebuilt temple on the current “Temple Mount” to pray that your flight [from Jerusalem to Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1ff] may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” (Matthew 24:15-20; See Revelation 13:11-18).

Millennium. During Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth, the Sabbath day rest will also be restored (Ezekiel 44:24; 46:1-3). It will be a time of peace and great prosperity (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff) when Christ and His Bride, the Church rule over the earth from the heavenly (satellite) New Jerusalem (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7). King David and other Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth.  Under him there will be other Gentile kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Some of the resurrected Old Testament Jews will rule as  judges who can’t/won’t be bribed. (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17). Try to imagine what that will be like.

Sabbath Rest. There is another type of Sabbath rest that was/is available to the people of God who know and claim God’s promises (Hebrews 4:2). God assured Abraham and the Jews that He would deliver them from their 400 years of bondage in Egypt and take them into the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:13-18). While they have inhabited some of the land that was promised to them, they are yet to get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. This will happen during the millennial reign of Christ. After leaving Egypt, God instructed them to go in and take the land away from the wicked Amorites and Canaanites by force (Genesis 15:15; Deuteronomy 7:1).  God often uses one nation to punish another wicked nation.  This is one reason why God is opposed to man’s attempts to establish a one world government and a one world religion.  But it’s coming as predicted (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  The stage is being set.  Thankfully it will only last for seven years.  Otherwise no one would survive this holocaust when over 1/2 of the population will die (Matthew 24:22; Revelation 6:8; 9:15).  We sincerely hope that you won’t be here on earth during these days.  Will you be left behind when the Lord returns?  (Read John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9).

Discouraged. When the 12 spies came back from the land of Canaan with their report concerning the “Promised Land,” 10 of them gave the people a bad report and caused them to doubt God’s ability to give them the land. So they revolted against God and Moses and refused to claim God’s promises. This is one of the reasons why the Jews had to spend 40 miserable years in the wilderness (Numbers 13:26ff; 14:33ff). Learn what not to do from their bad example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Promises. Just as God gave the Jews promises and has kept them, so God has given New Testament believers promises that we can claim so we can enjoy the abundant life consisting of, among other things, the peace of God (John 10:10; Philippians 4:4-6; Galatians 5:22). This gives us hope. It is the confident expectation that God will keep His promises to us too (Romans 15:4). Make sure that you don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Jews. The Church has not replaced Israel (Romans 11:1ff).  This is called “Replacement Theology.” [1] . Christians have plenty of promises to claim but most of them will go unclaimed. This is why many Christians are miserable and filled with anxiety, fear, and doubt (John 14:1; Philippians 4:6). Are you one of them? Would you like a list of promises for Christians to claim? You can’t claim them if you’re not saved.  What is the command and promise to an unsaved person? (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13).

Christian. You can become a Christian, and have peace with God (Romans 5:1) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). There are no good works that you can/must do to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). Salvation is a free gift from God to all who will believe on Christ.  (Beware of the “Lordship Salvation” requirements for salvation. They’re very confusing and can leave a person without assurance of salvation.) [2]

Formula. Here is the right formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works. This is the wrong formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. If you get this mixed up, you’ll end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). We’re here to help you avoid that awful place that lasts forever. Contrary to what some cults teach, there are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation either.

Help. We’re here to assist sincere people who want to know what God’s Word says.  We interpret the Bible normally (literally), historically, and grammatically.  This leads us to a “Dispensational” perspective.  Would you like our FREE “Dispensational Chart”?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please share the helpful articles with others.

[1] Replacement Theology: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

[2] Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Sabbath: http://nowtheendbegins.com/pages/israel/are-christians-required-to-keep-the-sabbath.htm

In order for a caterpillar to become a beautiful butterfly, there must be a transformation that only God can perform. God made butterflies – male and female. “A butterfly lays an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar larva forms a cocoon known as the pupa, where most of the transformation takes place, and a few weeks later, out comes the butterfly! This rapid process is known as metamorphosis” – Paul Twist

Transformation. No matter how sinful you and I have been in the eyes of God or of man (1 Timothy 1:15), God can save and miraculously transform a sinner into a saint. Consider the types of people whom God washed, sanctified, and justified: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners et al. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; See Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8). He can transform the life of anyone who places his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Does this interest you? Would you like to be transformed? If so, read on.

The Plan. In the beginning God decided (Ephesians 1:11) to create the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3). He then formed man (Adam) out of the dust of the ground, provided him with a counterpart (Eve) and placed them in a beautiful garden (Genesis 1:26; 2:7). He gave them a free will to obey or disobey His command not to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). Being omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24), He knew that they would disobey Him and bring on themselves spiritual and physical death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Not wanting them to have to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46), God had devised a unique plan to maintain His justice (righteousness) and at the same time provide a pardon and a way of escape from hell for us sinners (1 Peter 3:18).

The Persons. The Scriptures teach that there is only one God who exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; See Genesis 1:26). There are no completely adequate explanations or earthly analogies for this truth concerning God. Each Person in the Godhead shares the same divine nature and attributes (John 5:18; 10:30; Colossians 2:9). It was determined that each Person would be involved in the plan of redemption (deliverance after the ransom payment had been made). God the Father would send God the Son into the world (John 3:16) with a true human nature and body (Hebrews 10:5). The Father provided the Divine seed that was to be implanted by God the Holy Spirit in the virgin, Mary’s womb for Jesus Christ the Savior to be born like we are yet without sin (Matthew 1:21-23; Luke 1:35; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:15). The Lord Jesus Christ was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:9). He chose to lay down His life as our Substitute (John 10:11-18) and die for all our sins…and then rise again bodily from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). His bodily resurrection and ascension back to heaven prove to us that God the Father accepted His payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; John 16:10; Acts 1:11).

The Plot. Lucifer, the highest of God’s created spirit beings (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-17), rebelled against God and became His enemy. He has opposed and will continue to oppose God’s plan of salvation. He tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-5). He tried to prevent the promised Messiah from coming to this earth by contaminating the human race with fallen angels (demons) who, with human women, produced the hybrid giants on the earth (Genesis 6:1-7). This is why God destroyed all of sinful humanity except Noah and his family (1 Peter 3:20). He tried to contaminate the Jewish race through intermarriage with the Egyptians to keep the Messiah from coming through the Jews (Exodus 1:16; Genesis 49:10). He used King Herod to try to kill Jesus after He was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18). He will try again to annihilate the Jews during the upcoming seven years of Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff; Revelation 12:13-17). But God kept and will keep a believing remnant alive to inherit the land that God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants (Romans 11:5; Genesis 15:18-21).

The Provision. Only an infinitely wise God (1 Timothy 1:17) could come up with such a unique plan of salvation that would enable God to maintain His justice (righteousness) and extend deliverance to us the unjust ones (1 Peter 3:18). Song writer, Charles Wesley penned these words, “Amazing love how can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me.” The only condition for our salvation is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31). Don’t be deceived by those who make good works a condition for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

The Point. You have a choice to make. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ yet? If not, why not now? Tomorrow may never come (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul [life]” (Mark 8:36). God is omnipotent and is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20; See Revelation 1:8; Hebrews 7:25). He can/will transform the lives of believers who present their bodies to Him as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2).

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Myths?

No, the Scriptures are completely reliable and they reveal the real life stories of people who lived and died just as we do. They had feet of clay and were subject to the same kinds of temptations and trials that we face today. They were recorded to warn us not to make the same mistakes that they did.

“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted…Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:6).

Abraham

He is known as the “Father of faith” (Hebrews 11:8). But not long after he was saved (Genesis 15:6) he listened to his wife’s bad counsel and took her handmaid, Hagar and had a son (Ishmael) by her. But when Abraham and his wife Sarah had a son (Isaac) the 4,000 year struggle and feud began between the descendants of these two half brothers. As predicted (Genesis 16:12), the Arabs (sons of Ishmael) can’t seem to get along with anyone including the Jews (sons of Isaac and Jacob).

This “everlasting hatred” won’t be resolved until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to reign initially for 1,000 years as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16) before eternity future begins (Revelation 21). But in the meantime, woe to those who mistreat the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3). God isn’t finished with them (Romans 11).

We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.”* This heresy, that is taught in some “Christian churches,” will lead to the greatest holocaust for the Jews (Jeremiah 30:7). It will also result in the deaths of one half of the world’s population during the seven years of Tribulation that seems to be just around the corner (Revelation 6:8; 9:15).

Do you attend and support a church that believes Christians have replaced the Jews? Do you know when God’s time clock will start up again for the Jews (Romans 11:25)?

Lesson: One bad decision on Abraham’s part led to the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews. Lest we cause untold harm to others, let us seek good counsel from God’s Word and from those who rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Do you know the difference between the Scriptures that are to be believed and the Scriptures that are to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9)? As someone has said, “All the Scripture is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us.” Do you understand what this means?

Jacob

He was the younger of the fraternal twins who came from Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 25:19ff). Jacob lied and cheated his brother, Esau out of his birthright and engaged in all kinds of deception throughout most of his life until he had a unique encounter with the Angel of the Lord one night (Genesis 32:24ff). Many Bible scholars believe that this was the time he was saved and his life changed dramatically. But many of his 12 sons picked up their father’s bad traits and engaged in some awful behavior.

What evil tendencies and sinful habits did you learn from your parents? Are you suffering emotionally or physically because of the sins of others? Do you know how avoid making the same mistakes in your own life? Is your attention focused on the person you don’t want to be like or upon the Lord Himself?

Samson

He had been dedicated to God. But instead of fighting and defeating the Philistines he flirted with their wicked and seductive women. This led to his downfall and having his eyes gouged out and serving his enemies until his death.

But after getting right with God, he was able to bring down the house (literally) on himself and God’s enemies (Judges 16). His sins had terrible consequences and so can our sins harm ourselves and many others.

If you think you can overcome the temptations that come from the devil, your own sin nature,** and the present world system without God’s power and provisions you’re sure to fall. Each enemy must be overcome by using the appropriate means that God has provided for Christians. Do you live a victorious Christian life or are you constantly knocked down? Do you know how to get up and get going again (1 John 1:9)?

King David

Even the “man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14) yielded to the lust of his flesh (sin nature) and engaged in adultery and murder (2 Samuel 11). But when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan he confessed his sins to God and was forgiven (2 Samuel 12). But some terrible consequences came about because of his sin.

Don’t believe those who tell you that Christians don’t retain their sin nature** even after they are saved (1 John 1:8). Even the Apostle Paul confessed to his struggle with it after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). Thankfully he learned the secret to victory over his sin nature and shared it with us (Galatians 5:16, 25).

You And I

Are you tired of getting beat up all the time by your spiritual enemies? I was. Would you like to live without sinning? Is it possible? The Apostle John wrote, “My little children [i.e. Christians], these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins [and we will periodically], we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). When we, as Christians, sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) we are to confess our sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9). We also need to ask others to forgive us if we have sinned against them (James 5:16).

God has provided everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). But many Christians still live in the dark and don’t know what God has provided for us to live as victorious Christians.

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We’re here to assist those who want to know the truth from God’s Word that can set them free (John 8:32). If you’re teachable and willing to change, there is hope for you (2 Timothy 2:2, 14; 3:16, 17).  We can be reached at 805-238-3549. For additional help, go to www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Tell a friend too.  If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” 

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Throughout human history there have been people with great oratorical skills. They have dynamic personalities and dramatic voices. They can stir people up and move them to action. Sometimes it’s for a good cause. On other occasions it is for sinister purposes. We’ve seen a lot of this in our day.

Most of us can talk. Our speech can be destructive or edifying. If you’re a Christian, Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6; See 1 Peter 3:15). Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and the good of others (Galatians 6:10). Remember, we will be held accountable for the words we use (Matthew 12:36) and the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5).

John The Baptist

Sorry. He wasn’t the first Baptist and he didn’t found the First Baptist Church. The Church that is the “Body of Christ” didn’t come into existence until the Day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2). By the way, don’t confuse Israel with the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). The Bible doesn’t teach that the Church has replaced Israel. This is called “Replacement Theology.”* It is a very dangerous teaching that will result in a greater holocaust for the Israelite people (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff). John the Baptist (not the Apostle John) was the forerunner of Christ and his coming was predicted in the Old Testament (Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 40:3). When asked as to who he was, he claimed that he was not the Messiah that was promised to the Jews (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53), nor Elijah the prophet (Isaiah 18:24, 38; Matthew 17:3, 10-12), nor the Prophet who would come and be like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).

Voice. John the Baptist referred to himself simply as the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John 1:23). He saw himself as an insignificant one who was allowed to announce to the Jewish nation the arrival of their Messiah and King (John 1:27; 3:30). Problem – Too many people want to draw attention to themselves rather than be a humble servant of the Lord. Believers are told not to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think (Romans 12:3). The Apostle Paul wrote, “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8; See 1 Corinthians 4:7; Proverbs 8:13).

You And Me

Witness. Just as John the Baptist bore witness to the Person and work of Christ, so God wants all whom He saves to bear a witness to others concerning Christ’s offer of salvation to everyone (Acts 1:8; John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). We don’t believe the Scriptures teach “Limited Atonement” (John 3:16; 6:37; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2) or “Baptismal Regeneration.”** Water baptism (immersion) identifies us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3, 4). If you’re a Christian, have you been immersed? It displays your obedience to God (Matthew 28:19, 20), serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:38), and enables you to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

Service. If you’re a Christian, will you let God use your body and your voice for His glory (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yourself teachable and willing to change? Are you maturing in the faith and sharing what you know with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you glorifying Him by the things you do and say (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Or are you grieving and/or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is God well pleased with your conduct (2 Corinthians 5:9)? If not, confess your sins to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on (1 John 1:9).

Help

We’re here to help those who sincerely want to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and then grow spiritually in the sphere of grace (2 Peter 3:18).  He is the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [One who gives eternal] life (John 14:6) to believers. God’s Word is truthful and totally reliable in everything it says (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It can set people free (John 8:32). You can be liberated from your bondage to the devil (Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 2:15; Ephesians 6:10-17), your own sin nature (1 John 1:8; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 7:15-25), and the present world system in which we all live (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). We can be reached at 805-238-3549. Visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” if you want to receive future articles as they come out. Please help us get the Word out to others in need. If this article has helped you, pass it on to someone else.

*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

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When God is about to do something good, He starts with a difficulty. When He is about to do something great, He starts with an impossibility.”

King Jesus. It’s not surprising. Who wouldn’t want as their King someone who could take five small loves and a couple of fish and feed 5,000 men plus women and children (John 6), heal the sick (Matthew 8:16), and raise the dead (John 11:43, 44)? It was a logical choice on the part of the people who followed Jesus. They would have loved to have had such a welfare state. There were concerned about their physical well being but not about their spiritual condition (John 6:26-29). Isn’t that they way many people are today? Are you one of them? The Jews wanted to get out from under the heel of Rome with its oppressive taxes.

Rejected. But to their surprise, Jesus turned them down (John 6:15). You might ask “Why?” Hadn’t He come to be the King of the Jews? Yes, He did. His credentials as the rightful King of the Jews are given to us in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 1. So why did He turn them down? Simply because had He been voted in by will of the people, they would have been in charge. But His becoming the King of the Jews will be carried out by God the Father when He chooses to make His Son the King of kings and Lord of lords (Psalm 2:7-9; Revelation 19:16). We won’t crown Him King as some of our songs suggest. God the Father will do that but true believers will be there to observe it and rejoice to see it happen (Revelation 11:15). That will be an exciting day and may not be that far off from now. Do you know the order of things to come? Ask about our FREE charts.

Timing. The Jews will come back into God’s favor when the Jewish remnant repents (changes their mind) about the One whom they had crucified by the Romans. God holds all mankind responsible for Christ’s death, not just the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 23:37-39; Zechariah 12:10; Acts 2:36-38; 3:12-16; 4:25-28; Romans 9:27; 11:5). The Jewish remnant will repent at the end of “The times of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) known also as the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15ff). Until then, the Jews will be subjected to the oppression of the Gentile nations (Luke 21:24). Anti-Semitism is growing in the world even at this time. Another holocaust is coming. But woe to those who mistreat the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3). They will be crushed by Christ at the end of the campaign of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). Consider the gruesome death that will come upon those who try to annihilate the Jews (Zechariah 14:12—15). Do you know when Russia and her allies will be destroyed and the one whom God will use to crush them (Ezekiel 38, 39; Revelation 13:1ff)?

Hope. God is not done with the Jews as a nation. (We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology”*). The believing Jewish remnant has a very bright future awaiting them (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff; Zechariah 12, 14). They will inherit all the land that God promised to give to them. Do you know what it includes (Genesis 15:18-21)? They will become the head nation and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13) during Christ’s millennial reign (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). King David and other Old Testament believers will resurrected 75 days after the end of the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth (Jeremiah 30:9) under Christ and His Bride, the Church (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Delayed. Since most of the Jewish leaders and many of the people rejected His claims to be the Christ/Messiah and the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 8:58, 59; 10:30, 31), even though He had performed many miracles and signs for them (John 20:30, 31), He decided to postpone the setting up of His kingdom on this earth. A key turning point occurred right after Peter made his famous declaration, “Your are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus went on to tell His disciples that no longer were they to refer to Him as the Christ/Messiah. He was going to go to the cross to die for the sins of the whole world – Jews and Gentiles (Matthew 16:20; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2). Peter opposed Christ’s words and had to be rebuked sharply by the Lord (Matthew 16:21-23). Sadly, there are many Christians today who also oppose God’s plan and support the wrong causes. Do you know why the Apostle Paul rebuked the Apostle Peter on one occasion (Galatians 2:11-14)?

Church. After declaring to Peter that he didn’t come up with this truth on his own, Jesus told His disciples that He would build His church and that He Himself would be the foundation upon which it would be built (Matthew 16:18; See Ephesians 2:20). If the church had Peter as its foundation, it would have crumbled. The Church, which is the “Body of Christ” is made up of all true Christians. It had its beginning on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and it will be complete by the time Jesus returns at the Rapture (John 6:37; 10:16; 14:1-3). Will you be in that number? Don’t confuse Israel with the Church as some do.**

Deluded. The unadulterated Gospel*** concerning Christ is that “[He] died for our sins [yours and mine]…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Having heard this, if you don’t believe on Him as your personal Savior before the Rapture happens (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), you will not be given another opportunity to be saved after this event when you’re left behind. Instead you will believe “The lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12). Do you know what it is (Romans 1:25)?

Today. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). You have no guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Nowhere in Scripture do you find the annihilation of the wicked (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8) or reincarnation. Jesus, the just One, came to take your place and mine and die for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). But a dead Savior is of no value to us. Therefore, after being dead for three days, God the Father raised Him from the dead with a real body consisting of flesh and bones, but no blood (1 Corinthians 15:50). He did this to let us know that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross met the righteous demands that God had set for those who have sinned (Romans 3:10-23; 4:25; 6:23; John 16:10).

Gift. Eternal life (God’s quality of life) is available right now to all mankind, not just to a few chosen ones**** (John 3:16; 5:24; 1 John 2:2; 5:11-13). Have you received it by faith yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?  If not, why not now?

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*Replacement Theology http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

**Distinctions between Israel and the Church http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispen/israelch.htm

***Clear Gospel http://www.cleargospel.org/

****Dangers of “Limited Atonement” http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

For Holocaust Deniers http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/this-is-for-all-those-holocaust-deniers-dont-you-dare

 

Some people just love to fight with others. “There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. But God’s Word says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you [as individual Christians], live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance in Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:18, 19).

Government. This doesn’t mean that the government shouldn’t protect its citizens from those who would inflict harm or want to kill them. Not all wars are evil (Exodus 32:27; Numbers 33:52-56; Joshua 6:21; 8:24; 13:22; Revelation 19:11). When Christ returns to this earth He will crush His enemies with His metaphorical rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 19:15).

Self Defense. Just before He went to the cross, Jesus told His disciples to buy swords for their own protection (Luke 22:36-38). They didn’t have guns in those days. “But if anyone does not provide [food and clothing] for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8; 6:8). It makes sense to believe that God expects us to protect those in our care even if it means the sacrifice of our own lives (1 John 3:16, 17).

Universal Salvation? The Scriptures don’t teach the eventual, universal salvation of all men and the Devil. God predicted that the descendants of a certain man would be wild and whose hand would be against every man (Genesis 16:11, 12). Do you know of whom He spoke? Believe it or not, they too are people for whom Christ died and can be saved (1 John 2:2).

One Race. All of us come from Adam and Eve, our first parents (Acts 17:26; Genesis 1:26; 2:7). Jesus Himself validated the legitimate, heterosexual marriage of a man and a women (Matthew 19:4-6). There is only one race – the human race. Furthermore, we all came from one of Noah’s three sons who survived the universal flood (Genesis 7-10). When man disobeyed God and refused to scatter out and fill the earth, God came down and confused their language at the tower of Babel (Genesis 11). As these people with different languages scattered and intermarried closely with each other, certain physical characteristics developed and tribes and nations were formed. Do you know when the continents came into being (Genesis 10:25)?

God’s Tools. God is also the one who sets up rulers (Psalm 75:7; Daniel 4:17, 25), nations, and their boundaries, and determines the length of their existence. God predicted the rise and fall of the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman empires (Daniel 2, 7). When a nation (including the Jews) got too far out of line, God often used another nation as His sword to punish and bring it down (Ezekiel 30:24, 25). “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

Future. But God isn’t finished with the Jews as a nation (Romans 11). He will give them the land that He promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. Do you know the boundaries of it (Genesis 15:18-21)? Take God’s advice – Don’t curse them (Genesis 12:1-3). Do you know what “Replacement Theology” is?  Click here – http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html

One World Government. God is opposed to the one world government that seems to be on the horizon. It will be controlled by a mortal man (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). He will be empowered by the Devil (Revelation 13:2). God will allow this wicked beast like man to try to bring lasting peace to this earth without Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Yes, there will be a one world government and religion but God will limit this experiment to a 7 year period of time (Daniel 2:41-43; 9:27; Revelation 17, 18). Otherwise, no one would survive on planet earth (Matthew 24:22). Do the math to figure out how many people will perish during this time (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Do you know what the four horsemen represent?

Tribulation. God will use this time of Jacob’s trouble (The Great Tribulation – Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-28; Revelation 6-19) to punish the wicked men of the earth and to bring a remnant of believing Jews and Gentiles through this awful holocaust and cause them to enter Christ’s millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:1-7). They will repopulate the renovated earth (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1-10; 35:1-10; 40:4; Luke 3:5) along with Gentile believers who survive the tribulation (Zechariah 12, 14; Matthew 25:31-40; Romans 9:27).

Captivity. By the way, do you know why the Jews were taken into captivity in Babylon for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21) and why they have suffered as they have even to the present time (Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy 28; Jeremiah 50:34; Matthew 27:25)? What is “the time of the Gentiles?” When did it begin and when will it end (Luke 21:24; Daniel 2:34, 35, 44; Revelation 19:11- 21). What is “the fullness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:25; John 6:37)? What happens right after this (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 51)? Are you ready for it? What happens to those who have heard and rejected the Gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12; John 3:18, 36)?  When was the last time you shared the Gospel with someone?

Capital Punishment. God expects the government to use the sword (capital punishment) against those who murder others unjustly (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7). When it fails to administer justice swiftly, crime increases. “Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11). “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).

Corruption. God is opposed to corrupt judges who take bribes (Isaiah 33:15; Amos 5:12). Don’t kid yourself, He knows everything (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24) and will hold all of us accountable for our words and actions (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12; 1 Peter 4:5). Jesus will be the Righteous Judge on judgment day (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 3:11-14; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). Pastors and teachers also will be judged by stricter standards (James 3:1; Hebrews 13:17; Ezekiel 34:1-10). Those who do their job the way Christ wants it done will receive the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4). But the everlasting doom of false prophets and teachers is almost beyond description (2 Peter 2; Jude 1). There is no annihilation or reincarnation of the wicked taught in the Scriptures (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Hebrews 9:27).

Pray. We, as Christians, should pray for those in authority over us so we can lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence. Those in positions of authority should submit to God’s authority or face His wrath (Psalm 2). God desires all men to be saved from the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). If you’re a true Christian, are you doing your part in telling the lost about Jesus (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8)?

Fights. When carnal Christians get into fights with other people because of their greed and selfishness (James 4:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4), they should recognize that this grieves God greatly (Ephesians 4:30). James, the Lord’s half brother, tells us that we need to lament, mourn, weep, and stop laughing about such sinful behavior (James 4:9, 10; Psalm 10:3-11). Instead, we’re supposed to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and confess our sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). When we do this, and order our lives by means of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25), He will exalt us in His time and way (James 4:9, 10).

Destiny. Where are you headed when you die? Are you sure? You can be (1 John 5:13). “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Help. If you aren’t sure about your personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, we’re here to help you. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).

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The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

            All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ will come back as He said He would (John 14:1-3; Matthew 23:39; Acts 1:10, 11). But there isn’t agreement among them as to when this will take place. Some believe that Jesus will return to earth at the very end of time. Others believe that He will return at the end of the Tribulation, and still others believe that He will return before the Tribulation.

            Confusion. Part of the confusion stems from a failure to understand that the Rapture of the Church to heaven and the second coming of Christ to earth with the Church to reign for 1,000 years are two separate events. A careful student of the Scriptures will recognize the differences between the Rapture and the Second Coming.*

            Anticipated. The Jews who understood the interpretation to King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, that was unveiled for him by the prophet Daniel, were looking forward to God’s establishing a real kingdom here on earth after He destroyed all the kingdoms of mankind (Daniel 2:44, 45). Daniel’s vision went on to convey to the Jews God’s program for the future. It involved “Seventy Weeks” of years (490 years) in which God would accomplish His plan and the promised Messiah would come to rule over this earth (Daniel 9:24-27).

            Parenthesis. Because most the nation of Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah and had Him crucified by the Romans (John 1:11; Luke 19:14; Acts 4:27, 28), God postponed His program for the Jews and the setting up of Christ’s kingdom on earth (Matthew 16:20; 23:39; Zechariah 12:10). But God isn’t finished with the Jews as a nation (Romans 11:1). Since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) God has been showing special mercy to the Gentiles and saving many of them.  He’s making them a part of a new creation that consists of believing Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 2:14-22). This new creation is called “The Christ.”  Jesus Christ is the Head of the true Church that also is called the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:22, 23). Shortly after the true Church is taken from earth to heaven (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), God’s time clock with the Jews will start up again as soon as the Antichrist makes a seven year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27).

            Rescued. Toward the end of the Tribulation, when a remnant of the repentant, believing Jews are about to be annihilated by the invading armies of the world at Armageddon (Revelation 16:16), the Lord Jesus Christ will return with His bride, the Church, from heaven in the nick of time.  The believing Jews will cry out to Him for help (Zechariah 12:10-14). His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives and it will split in two. He will destroy and take righteous vengeance on His enemies with a very gruesome death (Zechariah 14:1-15; Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19).

            Purpose. God’s primary purpose is to demonstrate to mankind that He alone is the living and true God (Genesis 15:7; Ezekiel 6:2-29; Isaiah 45:5, 6; Jeremiah 10:10). He will keep all His promises whether we believe them or not. He is the truth and always tells the truth (John 14:6; 17:17).  He is also all powerful, good, righteous, omniscient, holy, and love. These attributes all work in harmony with each other.

            Promises. God promised Adam and Eve that He would crush the devil’s head (Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:7-9; Revelation 20:1-10). He promised Abraham that He would give to him and his descendants the land that extends from the River in Egypt to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21; Deuteronomy 30). He promised to restore His theocratic kingdom rule to this earth (Psalm 2; 2 Samuel 7:16; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 7:13, 14). He promised to remove the curse from nature and cause the desert to blossom as the rose (Genesis 3:17; Isaiah 11:1-9; 35:1ff; Romans 8:22). All these and many more promises will be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth after the seven years of tribulation on earth. For 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7) this earth will enjoy a time without any wars (Isaiah 2:4).

            New Jerusalem. During the seven years of the Tribulation, Christ and His bride (the true Church) will reside in the New Jerusalem that will be located in the third heaven. It is the place that Jesus went to prepare for us (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9-27). We believe that this city (1,500 miles square at the base and 1,500 miles high, either in the shape of a cube or a pyramid) will descend from the third heaven with Christ and the Church when He and His Bride, the true Church return to earth to reign over all the earth (Matthew 24:29, 30). Because of the size of this city, we believe that it will be like a satellite that circles the earth every day and will be visible to the inhabitants on earth. It seems to us that the intense light from the person of Christ (1 Timothy 6:16; Acts 26:13; Psalm 104:2), that shines through this city of transparent gold, will be the source of light for the earth during the millennium (Zechariah 14:6, 7; Revelation 21:23, 24). Since the sun will go out at the end of the Tribulation (Isaiah 30:26; Revelation 16:8, 9; Matthew 24:29), it seems logical to conclude that the earth will need such a light as this for men, animals, and plants to live on earth.

            Rebels. Some believers who physically survive the Tribulation and who enter the millennial kingdom will have children who may not place their faith in Christ alone for their salvation. Outwardly they will need to be submissive to Christ or suffer terrible consequences (Matthew 5:29, 20), but inwardly they will be rebelling against the Lord. Even though the devil will be bound in the sides of the Abyss for 1,000 years, and all of man’s physical needs will be met, man’s sin nature (1 John 1:8; Jeremiah 17:9) will be active and alive and resist the Lord. When the devil is released from the Abyss at the end of the millennium, he will gather all the rebels who will follow him in one final attempt to overthrow God. But that rebellion will be crushed quickly and the devil and all his followers will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:1-15; Matthew 25:41, 46).

            Choice. Right now, before the Rapture and the Tribulation take place, you have a choice to accept or reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior or not. Those who believe on Him will not perish, but have everlasting [eternal] life (John 3:16, 18, 36).  Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.  Trust Him today!

            Help.  If you have questions/comments, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for more help: www.kelseypeach.com.  

* Contrasting the Rapture with the Second Coming

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/proph/cht2phas.pdf

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/proph/rapt2com.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm

http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/rapture-versus-second-coming.html?p=2

The Seven Years Of Tribulation

                Jesus forewarned His disciples that they should expect to be persecuted by the devil and his crowd and suffer tribulation (John 15:20; 16:2, 33; 2 Timothy 3:12).  But this opposition is not to be confused with the “The 70th Week of Daniel” (also known as “The Tribulation”) that will follow shortly after the Rapture of the true church takes place on earth (Daniel 9:27).

Interval.  Between the Rapture and “The Tribulation” apparently something will happen that will cause most of the Jews from around the world to return to Israel to be there when the 7 year peace agreement is made between them and the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27).  Ten kings (rulers) from the Revived Roman Empire must also be in power (Revelation 17:13) and the world wide harlot religion must also be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3).

Singed.  Once this peace agreement is signed, the last 7 years of Daniel’s prophecy will begin to take place.  It appears that the diplomats of our world are working very hard to bring about peace in the middle east.  But they aren’t recognizing God in this peace process even though the United Nation uses a phrase from the prophecy of Isaiah on one of their buildings.  “He [Jesus the Messiah] shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).

Seals.  The “Seven Seal Judgments” will take place for 3 ½ years during the first half of “The Tribulation” (Revelation 6:1-6; 8:1).  These seal judgments won’t hurt the Jews.  The four horses represent conditions on the earth: The white horse represents a false peace agreement made by Antichrist and Israel.  The Red horse represents a time of war when the Antichrist will destroy three of the kings who helped put him in power (Daniel 2:43; 7:23ff; Revelation 13:1).  The black horse represents famine that will follow war.  The pale horse represents death when one fourth of the world’s population will die.  The martyrs of the fifth seal will be Gentile believers who oppose the apostate church.  The sixth seal seems to involve the war between the Russians (Ezekiel 38:2, 22) and their Arab allies (Ezekiel 38:5) who will come to take a spoil from the land of Israel who will be prospering at this time (Ezekiel 38:11ff).  The Antichrist and the western confederacy will come to the aid of Israel (Ezekiel 38:13ff).  During this battle (that seems to involve nuclear weapons) the Antichrist will be killed but will come back to life (Revelation 13:3, 12, 14).  During the seventh seal there will be silence in heaven because, for the first time, a man will have complete world wide domination as never before.

Middle.  At the middle point of the Tribulation things will drastically change for the worse.  When the Jews fail to bow down to the Antichrist’s image that will be set up in the rebuilt temple by the false prophet and they refuse to accept the Antichrist as the Messiah (Revelation 13:11-18), he will break his agreement with the Jews (Daniel 9:27), stop their sacrifices and begin to persecute and try to annihilate them (Matthew 24:15ff).  During this time Satan will lose a battle in heaven with Michael and his angels and he (devil) will be cast down to earth (Revelation 12:7-10).  The majority of the Jews will flee to the wilderness where God will protect them for the last 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation in Petra/Sela (Isaiah 16:1).  The Jews will begin to realize that God is dealing with them (Ezekiel 39:7).  He isn’t dealing with them as a nation today (Romans 11:25).  At this time a 144,000 Jews from the twelve tribes will be sealed and go forth to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world (Matthew 24:14).  Two Jewish witnesses will be in Jerusalem performing miracles for 3 1/2 years (Revelation 11:3-12; Malachi 4:5). 

Trumpets.  The seven trumpet judgments seem to be related primarily to the Jewish nation (Revelation 8:2-9:21; 11:15-19).  They will suffer from hail and fire in the first judgment.  The second judgment will involve a meteor falling into the Sea where 1/3 of it turns to blood.  During the third judgment wormwood will pollute 1/3 of the streams and rivers.  The days on earth will be shortened to 16 hour days during the fourth judgment (Revelation 8:12; Matthew 24:22). During the fifth judgment demons will be released from the Abyss to torment the men on earth for five months if they don’t have God’s seal on them. The sixth judgment will involve the deaths of 1/3 more of the world’s population. The seventh judgment will usher in God’s kingdom.

Bowls.  These seven judgments seem to affect the Gentiles the most(Revelation 15, 16).  The first judgment will bring boils on men with the mark of the beast.  During the second judgment all the seas will turn to blood.  People will have to drink bloody water during the third judgment.  The sun will heat up seven times during the fourth judgment (Isaiah 30:26).  Darkness will come on the Beast’s throne in Rome during the fifth seal.  All the armies of the world will converge on the Jews at Armageddon in northern Israel during the sixth judgment.  The seventh judgment will involve a great earthquake and Jerusalem will be divided.

Strange.  It seems strange that many people within Christendom accept the plagues that took place in Egypt as being literal (Exodus 5-11) but when it comes to these future judgments they want to allegorize them by changing the intended meaning of some of these symbols.

Peace.  We all want peace on earth.  But when and how will it come?  Who will bring it in?  Before God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to this earth to rule and reign, the men of the world will do their best to try to bring in peace without the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7).  On whose side do you want to be – on God’s side or the devil’s?  Will you escape this awful time that is coming to this earth?

Urgent.  With all that is happening in our world today, it doesn’t seem that these events mentioned in the Scriptures are far off.  Now is the day of salvation.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for all our sins (once for all)…and who rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15;3, 4).  He alone can save you from hell and take you to heaven.  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Help.  If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, we’d be happy to show you from the Scriptures how you can be certain that you will go to heaven when you die (1 John 5:13).  Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

To be continued.  “The Second Coming Of Christ,”  “Eternity Future.”

   Many people are wondering what the Bible says about “Things To Come.”  We believe that the following information is the result of a normal interpretation of the Scriptures.  Take time to look up the verses used to confirm these truths in your mind.

The Rapture Of The True Church

John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

Church = Believers from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture

 The Seven Years Of Tribulation

“Daniel’s 70th Week” Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24; Revelation 6-19

After the Rapture but before the Tribulation –

  Most Jews must be in the land of Israel for the signing of a 7 year peace agreement.  Daniel 9:27

  Ten Kings from the Revived Roman Empire must be in power. Revelation 17:13

  The world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power.  Revelation 17:3

 The First 3 ½ Years Of The Tribulation

Jews will be at peace and protected by the “Man of Sin” until the middle of the Tribulation

The Seven Seal Judgments. (Revelation 6:1-16; 8:1) Coming upon non-Jews

  1. White Horse – False peace. Covenant between Anti-Christ and Israel. Daniel 9:27

  2. Red Horse – War.  Anti-Christ vs Three kings. (Jews safe) Daniel 2:43; 7:23ff 

  3. Black Horse – Famine

  4. Pale Horse – Death. (¼ of population dies) (Later 1/3 more die. Revelation 9:15)

  5. Martyrs – Gentile believers who oppose the apostate church

  6. War. Russians versus Anti-Christ who is killed and raised. Revelation 13:3, 12, 14; Ezekiel 38:2, 22; Russia’s Allies:  Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya,  Gomer (Turkey) Ezekiel 38:5,  vs. Western confederacy: Ezekiel 38:13;  Revelation 6:12  Sun darkened. Nuclear war.  vs. Sun blows up and goes out at end of Tribulation.  Revelation 8:12 (4th Trumpet); Matthew 24:29

  7. Silence in heaven. (8:1) When the Anti-Christ gains world domination. 1st time in human history.

 At The Middle Of The Tribulation

Anti-Christ will break his covenant, stop the sacrifices, have his image placed in the rebuilt Temple. Matthes 24:15; Daniel 9:27

Anti-Christ will rule the world for 42 months = 3 ½ yrs. Revelation 13:5, 18; Mark=666)

144,000 Jews will be sealed. Revelation 7 (12 Tribes) Preach Gospel of Kingdom. Matthew 24:14

Satan will be cast down to the earth. Rev. 12:7-10 (Tries to destroy Jews)

Two witnesses will be in Jerusalem for 3 ½ years. Revelation 11:3; Malachi 4:5 (Elijah + ?)

Jews will flee to the wilderness. (Petra / Selah). Matthew 24:15;  Isaiah 16:1; Revelation 12:6 (3 ½ yrs)

Jews will realize that God is dealing with them. Ezekiel 39:7  (Not today. Romans 11:25)

 The Last 3 ½ Years Of The Tribulation

The Seven Trumpet Judgments (Revelation 8:2-9:21; 11:15-19) (Primarily for the Jews)

The Seven Bowl Judgments (Revelation 15, 16) (Primarily for the Gentiles)

 The Second Coming Of Christ – 1,000 Year Reign

Matthew 24:29, 30; Revelation 19-22; Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff

 Eternity Future

Isaiah 65:17; 1 Corinthians 15:28; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1

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