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    Sat, Jan 28th - 4:44PM



    GOD'S PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL AND THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST
    STUDY # 1

      Dear reader, if you have Jewish friends or know Jewish people, I will be grateful if you give this link to them http://blogs.christiansunite.com/hpesoj  It is necessary for Jewish people to confess their sins and repent of them and ask our LORD Jesus Christ to forgive them of their sins and receive him into their hearts as their Savior/Messiah. It will be then, and only then, that they will have the assurance of spending eternity with God, in the Holy City, the new Jerusalem.

     GOD'S PURPOSE FOR ISRAEL 

     1) To create a people for himself

          "I will say, 'They are my people', and they will say, 'The Lord is our God'" (Zech.13:9). (See also Psalm 33:12).

     2) To bring forth the Messiah 

      God said to Abram:

         "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you" (Gen. 12:2-3).

        "The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. 'Scripture does not say 'and to seeds', meaning many people, but 'and to your seed', meaning one person, who is Christ" (Gal. 3: 16).

        "It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith" (Rom.4: 13). 

        "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father' " (Gal. 4: 4-6).

      3)To record the Scriptures 

      The entire Bible, with the exception of the Gospel of Luke and Acts, was written by Jewish authors. The Gospel of Luke and Acts were written by Dr. Luke, a medical doctor (Col. 4:14).

        "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2Tim. 3:16).

        "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Pet. 1: 20-21).

       4) To expand the Kingdom of God

      Israel failed to expand the Kingdom. As a result, the Kingdom was taken away from her. Jesus said:

       "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit" (Matt. 21:43).

       Jesus said to his disciples: 

       "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

       "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matt. 28: 18-20).

      5) To receive her Messiah 

       The religious leaders of the Jews and the majority of the Jewish people rejected our Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. "Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, 'Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?' But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, 'I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God!' you have said so,' Jesus replied.' But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.' Then the high priest tore his clothes and said,' He has spoken blasphemy! why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think? 'He is worthy of death; they answered. Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, 'prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you? (Matt. 26: 62-68).

       "For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God" (John 5: 18).

      Let us recall what God the Father said about Jesus. "But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom' (Heb 1:8).

       "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, 'before Abraham was born, I am!' At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds' (John 8:58-59). 

       "But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him." yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words" (Luke 19: 47-48). "As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him they shouted, Crucify! Crucify!" (John 19:6).

      THE FIRST COVENANT 

      The first covenant was made with the people of Israel. God gave Moses this message. "This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel. You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation! These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites" ( Exod. 19:3-6). 

      Under the first covenant, Israel was God's chosen people. 

       "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance" (Psalm 33: 12). 

      God, through Moses, gave the Israelites The Ten Commandments and a number of laws and regulations. God also gave them feasts to celebrate, holy days and a Sabbath. During the wilderness wandering the Israelites worshiped in a Tabernacle (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). When Israel entered The Promised Land, Tabernacle worship was replaced with Temple worship.

     THE TEMPLE - BUILT AND DEDICATED

      King Solomon ordered the building of the temple for the Name of the Lord (2 Chron. 2: 1-2). When construction was completed, he dedicated it.  "When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the LORD filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the Glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, 'He is good; his love endures forever'" (2 Chron. 7: 1-3).

       "... So the King and all the people dedicated the temple of God" (2 Chron. 7:5).


    CALLED TO BE WITNESSES

       God called the people of Israel to be witnesses. But the religious leaders did not heed the call. Instead, they tried to kill the Son of God, the Savior of the world.

        "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, 'and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no God was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no Savior (Isa. 43: 10-11).

      Because of their unfaithfulness, God allowed the Babylonians and the Assyrians to take the Israelites into captivity. The LORD says:

       "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught" (Isa. 29: 13). 

        " Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: 'Because you have not listened to my words, I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,' declares the LORD, 'and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin. I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. This whole country will become a desolate wasteland, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon seventy years. ...' " (Jer. 25: 8-11). 

        "The Israelites secretly did things against the LORD their God that were not right. From watchtower to fortified city they built themselves high places in all their towns. They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. At every high place they burned incense, as the nations whom the LORD had driven out before them had done. They did wicked things that aroused the LORD'S anger. They worshiped idols, though the LORD had said, 'You shall not do this! The LORD warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: 'Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets! But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the LORD their God. ... They forsook all the commands of the LORD their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger. So the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left, and even Judah did not keep the commands of the LORD their God. They followed the practices Israel had introduced. ... So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there" (2 Kings 17: 9 - 14, 16 - 19, 23).




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    Sat, Jan 28th - 4:41PM




    GOD FOUND FAULT

     God made the first covenant with the Israelites. The covenant utilized animal sacrifices. The people were not faithful to the covenant and God promised to make a new covenant with them.

       "For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said: 'The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the LORD. This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the LORD. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more" (Heb. 8: 7-12). (See Jer. 31: 31-34).

     WHO IS JESUS? 

        "For in Christ all the fulness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fulness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. ... " (Col. 2: 9 - 10).

     THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST 

      "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 3:6). 

     THE NEW COVENANT

     The new covenant was put into effect through the precious blood of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Although God, through the prophet Jeremiah, announced the new covenant to the people of Israel and the people of Judah (Jer. 31-34), Scripture asserts that the new covenant is for the world. 

       "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3: 16).

      Under the first covenant, the Israelites were God's chosen people (Exod. 19: 5-6; Psalm 33: 12), but under the new covenant, believers, both Jews and Gentiles are God's chosen people (Col. 3: 11-1 (4; 1 Pet. 2: 9-10; Gal. 3: 26-29).

     The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians.

      "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" (Col. 3: 11-14).

       The apostle Peter penned the following to believers " who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, ... " (1 Pet. 1:2). 

       "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2: 9-10). 

     The apostle Paul informed the Galatians. 

       "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3: 26-29). 

     WHEN JESUS DIED 

      When Jesus breathed his last, "the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom" (Matt. 27: 51; Mark 15: 38). As a result, the Holy of Holies was exposed. No longer was there a need for animal sacrifices and a human high priest. The exposure of the Holy of Holies made the first covenant obsolete as well as all the practices under it, including Judaism. The new covenant was then in effect. A believer in Jesus could now communicate with God the Father in the name of Jesus (John 14: 6). 


     THE TEMPLE’S CURTAIN

       The curtain separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place: Only the high priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies once a year. It was on the Day of Atonement, when he atoned for his sins and the sins of the Jewish people. The curtain was four inches thick. The tearing of the curtain from top to bottom when Jesus breathed his last was a supernatural act. It was impossible for the tearing to occur naturally.

     JESUS AND THE FIRST COVENANT 

       The death of Jesus was relevant to Old Testament believers, those who functioned under the first covenant. 

      We read:

         “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance - now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant” (Heb. 9:15). 

     A GREAT HIGH PRIEST

       “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb. 4: 14-16).

     God said concerning Jesus:

      “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 5:6).


     WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN

      When believers in our Lord Jesus Christ die, their souls/spirits go to heaven (Phil. 1:23; Eccl. 12:7). 

      When our Lord returns on the day of judgment, he will bring those souls/spirits who are in heaven (1 Thess. 4: 14). At his coming the resurrection of all the dead will take place (Dan. 12: 2; John 5: 28-29; John 6: 39-40; Acts 24: 15). The judgment of all nations will follow the resurrection (Matt. 25: 31-46; 2 Tim. 4: 1; 1 Pet.4: 4-5). Believers will go into eternal life in the Holy City, the new Jerusalem ( Matt. 25:46; Phil. 3: 20-21; Rev. 21: 1-4) and unbelievers into eternal punishment, in the “the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (Rev. 21: 8).
     

     WHAT ABOUT ISRAEL? 

      The prophet Isaiah penned the following:

       “The Redeemer will come to Zion to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the LORD (Isa. 59: 20). 

       The prophet Zechariah paints a bleak word picture for the Israelites. He writes: 

       “In the whole land,” declares the LORD, ‘two - thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one - third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God' " (Zech. 13: 8-9).

       Dear Jewish friends, please give heed to the following information. Remember that eternity in “THE FIERY LAKE OF BURNING SULFUR” is beyond human comprehension. 

      The apostle John wrote: 

       “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believers in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3: 16). 

      Dr. Luke informs us about Jesus. 

      “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4: 8-12).

    THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

       God has appointed a day on which he will judge the world. God the Father is the only one who knows that day ( Mark 13: 32).

       “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17: 31).

       On the day of judgment, all those who have received salvation through Jesus Christ our LORD will live with God eternally, in the Holy City, the new Jerusalem (John 3: 16; Heb. 9: 15). What about people before the new covenant?  Abram believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. All those who believed in God will be saved. 

       "Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness" (Gen. 15: 6). 


     A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH 

     The apostle John was given the privilege of seeing what lies in the future for believers and unbelievers. 

        “Then I saw a new heaven and ‘a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ …. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Rev. 21: 1-4, 8).

       “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22: 20). 

    NOTE -  (italic - mine)

      Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® CopyrightⒸ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

     The “NIV,” “New International Version,” “Biblica,”  “International Bible Society” and the Biblica Logo are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc. Used with permission.

       CopyrightⒸ 2022 by Joseph E. Mahabir (B.A Hons. Psy. (York University, Tor.), M.Ed. Educ. Admin. (University of Toronto), M.A Biblical Studies, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA).



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    Sat, Jan 28th - 4:36PM



    THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
    STUDY # 2

      God has fixed a day when he will judge the world with justice. He will do it through his Son, our LORD Jesus Christ. He has made this clear to all people by raising him from the dead (Acts 17: 31)All humanity will stand before the judgment seat of our LORD Jesus Christ. He will reward people for what they have done during their lifetime (2 Cor. 5: 10).

        " ... For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. … Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you" (1 Cor. 3:10-16). 

      Everything that we think, say or do is known by GOD. Our lives will be evaluated by him (Heb. 4: 13).

      On the day of judgment, when Jesus comes in blazing fire with his angels, he will punish unbelievers who "do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus" (v. 8). Their punishment will be everlasting destruction. They will not witness the "presence of the Lord and the majesty of his power" (v. 9) (2 Thess. 1: 7 - 9).

     When our Lord Jesus Christ comes with his angels, he will sit on his throne with great power and glory. All people, from the creation of the world to the day of his coming, will stand before him. He will put the righteous on his right and the unrighteous on his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (v. 34). "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (v. 41) .... The unrighteous will go away to eternal punishment, and the righteous to eternal life (Matt. 25: 31 - 46).

    GOD'S CALL

     If God calls you to do something, I would like to encourage you to do it. God will always enable you to accomplish whatever He has called you to do. I am speaking from my own experience and the experiences of others. 

     NOTE - (italic - mine)

     "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers." 


     WHAT IS A COVENANT?

     STUDY # 3 

      A covenant is a solemn agreement between God and man. God initiates the covenant.

     THE FIRST COVENANT 

     God made the first covenant with the Israelites. Under this covenant, they were God's chosen people. The covenant utilized laws, regulations, feasts, holy days, a Sabbath day observance, animal sacrifices, a human high priest and a tabernacle for worship. Tabernacle worship was replaced with temple worship when the Israelites entered the promise land. God gave the Israelites the Sabbath as a sign between them and himself (Ezek. 20: 10 - 20). God found fault with the people because of their unfaithfulness and he promised to make a new covenant with them, both to Israel and Judah (Jer. 31: 31 - 34; Heb. 8: 8). Although the new covenant was promised to Israel and Judah, Scripture asserts that the new covenant is for the world.

       "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3: 16). 

     THE NEW COVENANT 

       When our Lord Jesus Christ breathed his last "the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom" exposing the Holy of Holies. No longer was there a need for a human high priest and animal sacrifices. Our Lord's death was the final sacrifice. The new covenant was then in effect thus making the first covenant and all the practices that were associated with it obsolete, including Judaism. Under the new covenant, anyone, Jew or Gentile who receives Jesus Christ as Savior/Messiah becomes a child of God. 

      "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - " (John 1: 12).

       The apostle Peter wrote to Christians who were scattered throughout the Roman world. 

      "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Pet. 2: 9).

     The apostle Paul informed the Galatians:

     "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3: 26 - 29).

     As children of God we are indwelt by God's Holy Spirit. 

      The apostle Paul writing to Corinthian believers stated:

      "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you" (1 Cor. 3: 16).

     Since believers are sealed with God's Holy Spirit (Eph. 1: 13 - 14); we can live lives that are pleasing to God by manifesting the fruit of the Spirit in our daily walk.

      "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law" (Gal. 5: 22 - 23).

       We can also live lives that are displeasing to God and in so doing grieve the Holy Spirit. 

       "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Eph. 4: 30). 

     A WARNING TO BELIEVERS 

       The apostle wrote to the Galatians:

     "All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law' " (Gal. 3: 10).

     Your faith in Jesus Christ make you children of God, for those who were baptized into Christ have been clothed in Christ.

       "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3: 26 - 29). 

       The Colossians had strict counsel from the apostle Paul:

     "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath Day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Col. 2: 16 - 17). 

       The new covenant is based on faith and faith alone.

      "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, ...He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit" (Gal. 3: 13, 14).

        As children of God, how should we live?

      1) proclaim the death of our LORD by engaging in Holy Communion (1 Cor. 11: 26)

      2) do the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do (Eph. 2: 10) 

      3) live holy lives (Heb. 12: 14)

      "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12: 14).

      NOTE - (italic - mine)

      "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."



     THE RAPTURE 

     STUDY # 4

      What is the rapture? The rapture is:

      1) The gathering of people before Jesus (Matt. 25: 32).

       2) The gathering of people to Jesus (2 Thess. 2: 1). 

      3) The catching up of people in  the clouds to meet Jesus (1 Thess. 4: 17). 

     4) Appearing with Christ in glory (Col. 3: 4). 

       5) The gathering of our Lord's elect (Matt. 24: 29 - 31). 

      The word rapture is not found in the Scriptures. It is derived from the Latin verb "rapio" which is used in the Latin Bible. It means seize, snatch or catch up. Many books have been written about the rapture. Theories abound.

       They are: 

      1) The pretribulation 

      2) The midtribulation

      3) The prewrath 

      4) The posttribulation (The last day, the end of the age) 

      Of all the rapture theories, the pretribulation is the most popular. A number of Bible Colleges teach the theory and many ministries preach it. But, is it scriptural? Satan did not stop with Adam and Eve. Lies! lies! lies! The pretribulation, midtribulation and prewrath rapture theories are BIG LIES. The pretribulation theory had its origin in 1830. A woman, Margaret Mc Donald, in a church in Scotland pastored by Edward Irving, in an utterance claimed that there will be a "secret rapture of the church before the Great Tribulation." The concept was spread by John Darby, a pastor and author, and it was kept alive by the Scofield Reference Bible.

       Today, all over the globe, pastors, authors and Bible teachers feed believers with the BIG LIE of a pretribulation rapture by falsely referencing 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 - 17. These verses describe future activities but they do not state when they will occur. The apostle Peter informs us that there will be one future coming of our LORD and it will take place on the day of judgment (THE DAY OF THE LORD - THE DAY OF GOD), thus proving that the second coming and the coming down from heaven for the rapture are the same event (Matt. 25: 31 - 46; 1 Thess. 4: 16 - 17; 2 Pet. 3: 3 - 13). 

      The apostle's teaching proves unequivocally that the pretribulation, midtribulation and the prewrath rapture theories are false. The pretribulation, midtribulation and prewrath rapture theories are Satanic. They reject the teaching of our LORD and his apostles and that of Dr. Luke. 

       Those who preach, teach or believe in a pretribulation, midtribulation or prewrath rapture, all state that the righteous will go into eternity before the unrighteous. But the one whose voice will cause the dead to rise and whose command will make the rapture happen, taught that all people will go into eternity at the same time. 

       " ... The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. ... They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear" (Matt. 13: 39, 42 - 43).

       "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory." ... He will put the righteous on his right and the unrighteous on his left. "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world." And to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels' " (Matt. 25: 31, 33, 34,46). 

      Our LORD taught that the resurrection will take place at the last day, thus making the last day the time of the rapture.

        "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day" (John 6: 39). 

      The apostle Paul informed the Thessalonians that the rapture will occur on the day of the Lord after "the man of lawlessness" (the Antichrist) is revealed (NIV). 

      "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, ..." (2 Thess. 2: 1 - 3). 

      The apostle Paul shared a mystery with the Corinthian believers. The resurrection, the transformation and the rapture will happen after the last trumpet is sounded.

      "Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" (1 Corinthians 15: 51 - 52). 

       The apostle John stated that the time for judging the dead will be after the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Since there will be one resurrection of all the dead (John 5: 28 - 29), therefore, the rapture will take place after the sounding of the seventh trumpet. 

      "The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great - and for destroying those who destroy the earth" (Rev. 11: 18). 

        Dr. Luke informs us that our LORD must remain in heaven until the time when God will restore everything. 

        "He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets" (Acts 3: 21).

       Since God will restore everything on the day of judgment by creating a new heaven and a new earth, therefore, our LORD will remain in heaven until the day of judgment. The rapture will take place on the day of judgment (the day of the Lord - the day of God). 

     "By the same word the present heaven and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (2 Pet. 3: 7). 

     The rapture will take place when our LORD sends out his angels to gather his elect "immediately after the distress of those days" (NIV), "immediately after the tribulation" (KJV) (Matt. 24: 29 - 31).

     The rapture will take place when "the Son of Man comes in his glory" (Matt. 25: 31 - 32).

      The rapture will take place when "the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels" (2 Thess. 1: 7).

      On the authority of the word of God, we conclude that the rapture will take place: 

      1) At the last day (John 6: 39). 

      2) On the day of the Lord (2 Thess. 1 - 2; 2 Pet. 3: 10).

      3) After the last trumpet (1 Cor. 15: 51 - 52).

      4) After the seventh trumpe(Rev. 11: 18). 

       5) On the day of judgment (2 Pet. 3: 7). 

      6) Immediately after the distress of those day, immediately after the tribulation (Matt. 24: 29 - 31).

      7) When the Son of Man comes in his glory (Matt. 25: 31 - 32).

     8) When our Lord is revealed from heaven in blazing fire (2 Thess. 1: 7).

       " ... Come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22: 20). 

      NOTE - (italic - mine)

      "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers." 

       CopyrightⒸ 2022 by Joseph E. Mahabir (B.A Hons. Psy. (York University, Tor.), M.Ed. Educ. Admin. (University of Toronto), M.A Biblical Studies, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, USA). 




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     IS SALVATION PERMANENT OR CONDITIONAL?

     STUDY #5

         Many ministries and authors teach that once a person is saved, he/she is always saved. Dr. Charles F. Stanley, in his "Handbook For Christian Living," writes: "When you believe in Christ, you receive His life, and He forgives you of your sin debt. Christ's death was a permanent transaction. Because the transaction was permanent, so were the results: forgiveness and eternal life (John 6: 40). Your belief in Christ's death on the cross as the payment for your sin assures you of eternal life" (p. 187).

     We learn in Ephesians: When a person believes in Jesus, Jew or Gentile, that person is sealed with the Holy Spirit. This is a deposit which guarantees the redemption of that person when our LORD returns (1: 13 - 14). 

      After reading what is recorded on the pages of Scripture, perhaps you will be able to answer the question - Is salvation permanent or conditional? 

      We will now share with you what we find on the pages of Scripture. As Jesus was sitting on the mount of Olives, his disciples went to him and asked a question. What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Our LORD warned that they should not allow anyone to deceive them. He told them that many will come claiming to be Him but they should not be deceived. He told them that they will hear of wars and rumors of wars but that they should not be alarmed. He told them that there will be conflict between nation and nation and kingdom and kingdom, as well as famines and earthquakes, but there will be more trouble to come. He also told them that many people will become faithless and betray and hate one another. He warned that many people will be deceived by false prophets. He also told them that there will be an increase in wickedness. 

       "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved" (vss. 12 - 13) (Matt. 24: 3 - 13).

      Our LORD said to the church in Ephesus, I know about your hard work and perseverance. I know that you have carefully checked those who pretended to be apostles but are not. I know about the hardship you underwent for my name. But I have a major complaint against you. You have forsaken your first love. I am asking you to repent and become involved in the things that you did previously. Failure to repent will result in your "lampstand" (church) being removed from its place.
     
     " ... To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God" (v. 7) (Rev. 2: 1 - 7).

      Our LORD said to the church in Smyrna, I know what you have suffered and about your poverty. Despite that, you are rich. Do not be afraid of future suffering. Satan will test you and you will be persecuted for a while. But I want to encourage you.

       "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life (v. 10) ... He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death" (v. 11) (Rev. 2: 8 - 11)

     Our LORD said to the church in Pergamum, I know that you live where Satan has his throne. Despite that, you remain faithful to my name. You did not give up your faith in me. But, I have some things against you. There are people who believe false teaching. He urged them to repent. 

       " ...To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it" (Rev. 2: 16 - 17). 

      Our LORD said to the church in Thyatira, I know what you have done, your love, faith, service and perseverance. What you are doing now is more than you did previously. But, I have this against you. You allow false teaching which leads some servants into sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols. I have given this false prophetess an opportunity to repent of her immorality, but she is not willing to do so.

        "Only hold on to what you have until I come. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations -" (Rev. 2: 25 - 26). 

       Our LORD said to the church in Sardis, I know what you have done. People say that you are alive but you are really dead. Become alive and strengthen what you have left which will soon die. Call to memory what you have received and heard. You must obey and repent. You have some people who have remained faithful. 

        " He who overcomes will like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Rev. 3: 5 - 6).

        Our LORD said to the church in Philadelphia, I know what you have done. You have an open door that will always remain open. I know that your strength has been diminished but you still keep my word and have not denied me. 

        " Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God" (Rev. 3: 12).

         Our LORD said to the church in Laodicea, I know what you have done. You are lukewarm, you are neither cold nor hot. I am about to get rid of you. You claim that you are wealthy and do not need anything.

        "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne" (Rev. 3: 21). 

     The author of Hebrews penned the following:

      "We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first" (3: 14).

        Again from the author of Hebrews:

      "It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace" (Heb. 6: 4 - 6). 

       Our Lord Jesus Christ declared that he is the vine and believers are the branches. If a believer remains in him and he remains in the believer, the person will bear much fruit. He said that apart from him a believer can do nothing. If a believer does not remain in him, that person is like a branch that is cut and thrown away and withers. Those branches are good only for burning. If a believer remains in him and his words remain in the believer, that person can ask him for anything and it will be granted (John 15: 5 - 7). 

      The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy: 

      Regarding the prophecies made about you, I advise you to hold on to your faith and a good conscience and you will be successful. Some believers have rejected these, and so have become faithless. Two of them are Hymenaeus and Alexander who became blasphemers (1 Tim. 1: 18 - 20).

     Is salvation permanent or conditional?

     NOTE - (italic - mine )

      "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."

     ONE GOD BUT THREE PERSONS

        "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Deut. 6: 4). 

      There is one God but he is revealed in three persons - God the Father (Matt. 3: 17; John 17: 24)God the Son (Jesus Christ) (John 1: 18; John 3: 16) and God the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1: 2; John 14: 26; Acts 16: 6 - 7; Eph. 4: 30).

        In each of the three persons dwell the other two. Jesus said: "Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me" (John 14: 10). 

       "If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him" (John 14: 7).

       "When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to" (Acts 16: 7). (The Spirit of Jesus is identified as the Holy Spirit in Acts 16: 6). (... having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia" (Acts 16: 6). 

     The apostle Paul states: "Now it is God who makes both of us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come" (2 Cor. 1: 21 - 22).

      The Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1: 13). The Spirit of Jesus is the Holy Spirit (Acts 16: 6 - 7). 

     Concerning the Holy Spirit, Peter said to Ananias: " ... You have not lied to men but to God" (Acts 5: 4). 

      The first man and the first woman, Adam and Eve, were created to live forever but they gave in to the temptation that Satan, the devil, brought to them, thus causing death, spiritual (separation from God) and physical death. You see when they gave in to Satan they broke God's commandment (Gen. 2: 17; Gen. 3: 6). Thus sin came into the human race. The sin of Adam and Eve has been passed on to all mankind; so whether we live good lives or not, do kind acts or not, we are still sinners because we cannot do anything to rid ourselves of this inherited or original sin. 

       King David said that he was sinful from the time that he was conceived (Psalm 51: 5). 

      The Scriptures clearly teach that all have sinned (Rom. 3: 23) and that all will die because of sin (Rom. 6: 23). However, there is good news! God has provided a way out for mankind because He loves us. God the Father sent his one and only Son (John 3: 16), who is himself God (Isa. 9: 6; John 1: 1 - 3, 14; Heb. 1: 8, 10), to die for the sins of the world so that those who believe in Him will have everlasting life (John 3: 16; John 3: 36). 

     You have a choice to make, what will you do with Jesus? Will you accept Him? or will you reject him? Please remember that he loves you. He took your sins on himself and died for you. He wants you to spend eternity with Him.

      Jesus said to Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish Ruling Council: "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again" (John 3: 3).

      The apostle Paul and Silas said to the Philippian jailer who inquired of them: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved - you and your household" (Acts 16: 30 - 31). 

     A PRAYER TO BE BORN AGAIN/SAVED

        Almighty God, I thank you that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world. LORD Jesus, I thank you that you died on the cross for my sins. I believe that God raised you from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures declare. Lord, I confess my sins to you and I repent of them. Please forgive me of my sins, I pray. I believe that you are sitting at the right hand of God, interceding for me. I invite you to come into my heart to be my Savior and LORD. I promise to live a life that is pleasing to you with the help of your Holy Spirit who lives in me. LORD Jesus in your holy name I pray. Amen.

      On the day of judgment, our LORD Jesus Christ will gather all people before him, from Adam and Eve to the last person to be born prior to his coming. He will place all people who have received his salvation on his right and those who have refused his salvation on his left. He will say to those on his right: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (Matt. 25: 34). To those on his left, he will say: "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25: 41). Will you be on our Lord's RIGHT OR LEFT?

       OTHERS GAVE SOMETHING - GOD GAVE SOMEONE

     GOD - God gave his one and only Son to die on the cross for the sins of the world (John 3: 16; Luke 23: 44 - 49). But our LORD was not alone, since in each person of the Godhead the other two reside (John 14: 7, 10; Acts 5: 4; Acts 16: 6 -7; 2 Cor. 1: 21 -22). 

     Mary She gave herself, her reputation was in question. The angel Gabriel announced to her that she will become pregnant through a miracle by the Holy Spirit and she will have a son. She was asked to name the child, Jesus. The angel informed her that the child will be called "the Son of the Most High" (Luke 1: 26 - 33). 

     The angel - The angel gave Mary a message. "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you" (Luke 1: 28). He gave her comfort"Do not be afraid" (Luke 1: 30).

    Caesar Augustus The Emperor gave an order for a census to be taken in the regions governed by Rome (Luke 2: 1).

     Joseph gave his loyalty, time and protection. 

    Mary and Joseph -  They gave their time and devotion. Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph and they lived in Nazareth. They traveled to Bethlehem to register because Joseph was from the family line of King David whose ancestral town was Bethlehem. When they were there, the time came for her baby to be delivered. They sought a room in the inn but none was available. The innkeeper housed them in the stable (Luke 2: 1 - 7). 

     The angel - He gave comfort and a message. When he appeared to the shepherds, the glory of the Lord overshadowed them. This caused them to be afraid. The angel comforted them. He said: " ... Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2: 10 - 11). 

     The shepherds - They gave their time and testimony (Luke 2: 15 - 16)They praised and glorified God (Luke 2: 20). When the angel left, the shepherds went away quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. When the shepherds returned they praised and glorified God "for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told" (Luke 2: 20).

    Some Jews gave their hearts - After our Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, many of the Jews who went to visit Mary put their faith in Jesus (John 11: 45).

    The Samaritan woman She gave a testimony. She went back to the village and said to the people: "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ" (John 4: 29)? 

    The centurion - He gave credit to Jesus. He acknowledged our Lord's power and authority. " ... just say the word and my servant will be healed" ( Matt. 8: 8).

    The chief priests - They gave their disapproval. "So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him" (John 12: 10 - 11).

    Our Lord -  Our Lord gave his life as a ransom for many. He testified about himself. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14: 6).

     You - What will you give? Will you give him your heart? He loves you. He died for you. He wants you to spend eternity with him, in the Holy City, the new Jerusalem.

     Please remember that at death your fate is sealed. The day of judgment will be too late for you to find out the truth. Only those who have received salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior/Messiah and LORD will spend eternity with God in the Holy City. My prayer is that you will receive Jesus Christ as your Savior/Messiah.



     "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."




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    EXPOSING FALSE TEACHING 

    STUDY # 6 

            As a minister of the gospel, I am committed to "correctly handle the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2: 15). God's word is truth (Psalm 119: 160). Please remember that man's interpretation can never, never, never take precedence over the Word of God. I believe that there will be a consequence for rejecting the inspired Word and the consequence will be more severe for those who teach and those who write influencing their hearers and readers to do the same. Remember Moses!

     BEFORE CHRISTMAS - THE STORY OF JESUS

        Rev. Bill Crowder


        Rev. Bill Crowder, pastor, author and Bible College professor, made a serious error when writing "Before Christmas." I wrote him a letter pointing out the error but he did not reply. I sent a copy of the letter to the Canadian Office of OUR DAILY BREAD ministries requesting them to forward it to Rev. Crowder. The letter was sent and still he did not reply. As a result, I decided to write this message so that those who have read the book or those who will read it, will not be lead astray by unscriptural teaching. 

       He writes: "From all eternity - long before His birth - Jesus was equal to the Father" (p.13). His statement is false. He repeated this unscriptural teaching on the following pages: p. 26, p. 28, p. 32, p. 36, p. 84

       In Matthew's gospel, Jesus said that all authority was given to him. 

        "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matt. 28: 18-20).

     Who gave him the authority? God the Father. 

      The one who gives the authority must be greater than the one to whom the authority is given. 

      In John's gospel, we are informed that God gave his only Son. 

      "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3: 16).

       The one who gave is greater than the one who was given.

     Our Lord Jesus Christ said that he always did exactly what His Father commanded him. 

       "I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me" (John 14:30-31).

       The one who commands must be greater than the one who carries out the command.

       Our Lord Jesus Christ made an unequivocal statement concerning His Father and himself

       "You heard me say, "I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I" (John 14: 28). 

       The apostle Paul reinforces the concept that the Father is greater than the Son.

      "When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15: 28).

        God the Father is supreme. He is the only person in the universe who knows when this age will end and when eternity will commence.

       "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13:32; Matt. 24:36). 

     NOTE: (italic - mine) 

     PRAISE TO GOD THE FATHER, PRAISE TO GOD THE SON, PRAISE TO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, BLESS JEHOVAH, THREE IN ONE. 

     "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers." 


     HANDBOOK FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING
    Dr. Charles F. Stanley
     
       Dr. Charles F. Stanley, pastor and author, in his book, HANDBOOK FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING, made many false statements in his chapters on the end times. I wrote more than five letters to his ministry pointing out the errors and gave the scriptural corrections. I was informed that Dr. Stanley believes what he has written. Please remember that man's interpretation can never, never, never take precedence over the truth of Scripture. 

      Dr. Stanley - "Teaches a pretribulation rapture (p. 279).

     COMMENT -   Our Lord taught that he will raise up at the last day all those that the Father has given him.

     SCRIPTURE - "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day" (John 6: 39).

     COMMENT - This Scripture makes the last day the time of the resurrection and the rapture. 

     Dr. Stanley - "Teaches a seven year tribulation period (p. 282).

     COMMENT - Dr. Stanley used the seventieth week of Daniel's prophecy to teach a seven-year tribulation period. But a careful reading of Dan. 9: 24 - 26 will show that the Anointed One was cut off after the sixty-ninth week, that is, during the seventieth week. Daniel's seventieth week is fulfilled prophecy. 

     COMMENT - The Scriptures teach a tribulation period of forty-two months or three and a half years. 

     SCRIPTURE - "He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time" (Dan. 7: 25). (see Rev. 13: 5, 7).

     Dr. Stanley - Teaches that Israel and the church are two distinct entities (p. 275). 

     COMMENT - In teaching this concept, Dr. Stanley minimized the significance of our LORD's death and resurrection and ignored "the mystery of Christ." 

     SCRIPTURE - "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 3:6). 

     COMMENT - Dr. Stanley's teaching that Israel and the church are two distinct entities is false. 

     Dr. StanleyTeaches that the Jewish nation will be restored-including the repossession of the ancient land when Christ returns to earth" (p. 276).

     SCRIPTURE - Our LORD and the apostle Peter taught that the judgment will take place at the second coming. After the judgment, the righteous will go into eternal life in the Holy City, the new Jerusalem and the unrighteous will go into eternal punishment in the fiery lake of burning sulfur (Matt. 25: 31 - 46; 2 Pet. 3: 3 - 13; Rev. 21: 1 - 8).

    COMMENT - Dr. Stanley's concept that Israel will be restored as a nation and she will repossess the ancient land following the second coming of our LORD is false. 

     Dr. Stanley - "the second coming of Christ will occur before (pre) the Millennium-the thousand-year reign of Christ" (p. 276). 

     SCRIPTURE - The apostle Peter informs us that there will be one future coming of our LORD. It will take place on the day of judgment. Thus making the second coming and the coming down from heaven for the rapture the same event ( 2 Pet. 3: 4, 10, 13; Heb. 9: 27 - 28; 1 Thess. 4: 16 - 17; Matt. 25: 31 - 33). 

     COMMENT - Since eternity will commence on the day of judgment (Matt. 25: 31 - 46), therefore the thousand years recorded in Revelation 20: 1 - 7 cannot follow the second coming. They must precede it. The thousand years are now in progress. 

       Dr. Stanley's concept of a millennial reign following the second coming is false. In teaching this concept, Dr. Stanley rejected the word of God. Our LORD Jesus Christ taught that at his second coming he will judge all nations and usher in eternity (Matt. 25: 31 - 46). 

     SUMMARY - Dr. Stanley is deceiving his readers by teaching a pretribulation rapture, a millennial reign following the second coming of our LORD and the restoration of Israel as a nation, repossessing the land that God promised to Abraham. There will be no nations after the judgment, since the righteous will go into eternal life and the unrighteous into eternal punishment. The land that God promised to Abraham was in the possession of Israel during King Solomon's reign. 

     "And Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the River (Euphrates) to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt " (1 Kings 4: 21). 

       Please give heed to the apostle Paul's charge to Timothy. 

       " ... Preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. ..." (2 Tim. 4: 2 - 3). 

     NOTE - (italic - mine) 

     "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers." 

     WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?
    Dr. David Jeremiah

       Dr. David Jeremiah is the host of the television ministry Turning Point and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. After reading the above named book, I sent Dr. Jeremiah two Bible studies, namely, "THE RAPTURE" and "QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND ANSWERS FROM THE WORD OF GOD."

        Dr. Jeremiah, like Dr. Stanley, teaches a pretribulation rapture, a seven year tribulation period and a millennium following the second coming in which Israel will continue as a nation possessing the land that God promised to Abram. The Scriptures and comments used in connection with Dr. Stanley's teaching apply to Dr. Jeremiah.
     
     SUMMARY - Dr. Jeremiah is deceiving his readers and listeners by teaching a pretribulation rapture, a seven year tribulation period, a millennial reign following the second coming of our Lord and the continuation of Israel as a nation, possessing the land that God promised to Abraham.
      By teaching the continuation of Israel as a nation after the judgment at the second coming, Dr. Jeremiah minimized the significance of the death and resurrection of our Lord, and completely ignored the mystery of Christ. 

      "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 3: 6).

       He also rejected the Scriptures. 

     Our Lord Jesus Christ taught that at his coming, he will judge all nations and usher in eternity (Matt. 25: 31 - 46). The apostle Peter informs us that God will create a new heaven and a new earth on the day of judgment (2 Pet. 3: 3 - 13)). 

    MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU, AS YOU READ AND STUDY HIS WORD.

     "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."


     THE TEMPLE

     Will the temple be rebuilt? There are some ministries, authors and Bible teachers who believe and teach that the temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. Let us ask the question. What will be the function of the Temple? Let us remember that when the new covenant was established, the activities associated with the temple became obsolete. Dr. Charles F. Stanley writes concerning the Antichrist. "He will bring great persecution on Israel (Dan. 7: 25) and even establish a center of worship in the temple in Jerusalem" (2 Thess. 2: 3 - 4) (Handbook For Christian Living, p. 283). 

      There are two things wrong with the preceding statement. Firstly, Daniel 7: 25 does not mention Israel. Here is what the Scripture states. " ... The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time" (Dan. 7: 25). Secondly, the Scriptures do not support the rebuilding of the temple. What does the following verse mean? 

         "He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God" (2 Thess. 2: 4).     

       The apostle Paul's mention of the temple in 2 Thessalonians 2: 4 could be symbolic. The apostle Peter says of the apostle Paul:

         " ... His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, ..." (2 Pet. 3: 16).

       Could his mention of the temple be one of those hard things? Could it mean that the Antichrist will be as despicable as Antiochus Epiphanes, who, after he conquered Jerusalem set himself up in God's temple proclaiming himself to be equal to God? He installed an altar to Zeus in the temple and abolished the daily sacrifice. History tells us that Antiochus sacrificed a sow on the altar. 

       We read in the Book of Daniel: 

      " ... It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host, it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground" (Dan. 8: 11 - 12).

      In December 164, Judas Maccabeus was able to tear down the altar of Zeus. The Temple was later rededicated. When our Lord Jesus Christ breathed his last the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 

        "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. ..." (Matt. 27: 50 - 51). 

     When the curtain in the temple was torn in two exposing the Holy of Holies, the first covenant became obsolete and so too were activities associated with it. Animal sacrifice became obsolete. A day of atonement became obsolete. A human high priest became obsolete. The temple became obsolete. Passover became obsolete. Judaism had run its course.

     Hanukkah became obsolete because the temple became obsolete. As far as the miracle of the lights is concerned, He, who caused the little oil to become much to provide lights for several days, entered into our world which he created and gave his life for us and became the true light who gives light to everyone. 

        "The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world" (John 1: 9).

      Let us have a closer look at the mystery of Christ.

       "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 3: 6).

      When the Holy of Holies was exposed, the new covenant was established. Under the new covenant, we celebrate Him. We celebrate the one who gave his life for us. We celebrate our LORD and Savior/Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

          He is our light and salvation (Psalm 27: 1).

     He is the true light that gives light to every person (John 1: 9). 

     He is our eternal high priest (Heb. 4: 14).

          He is "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19: 16). 

         Born again believers are God's temple. This is made very clear in the apostle's letter to the Corinthians. 

        "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God" (1 Cor. 6: 19). 

         Let us recall the apostle's statement to the Galatians.

       "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed  yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3: 26 - 29).


      "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."


    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND ANSWERS FROM THE WORD OF GOD

    STUDY # 7


     God speaks to us through his word. When we reject his word, we are disobedient. There will be a consequence for dis-obedience. Remember Moses!

      We are informed about Scripture.

      1) All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3: 16).
      2) Prophecy came about as the Holy Spirit spoke to God's servants (2 Pet. 1: 20 = 21).
      3) Servants of God should correctly handle the word of truth (2 Tim. 2: 15).

      QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

      1) Will the saints be exposed to the rule of the Antichrist? Certainly!

       a) "The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time" (Dan. 7: 25).
       b) The Antichrist will make war against the saints. "He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. ... " (Rev. 13: 7).

     2) How long will the tribulation last?

       There is scriptural evidence that the tribulation will last for three and a half years or forty-two months.

      a) The saints will be given over to him "for a time, times and half a time" or forty-two months (Dan. 7: 25).
     b) The beast will speak "proud words and blasphemies" and his authority will last for forty-two months (Rev. 13: 5).

     3)  Will there be more than one future coming (appearing) of our Lord? No! (Matt. 24: 29 - 31, 36 - 41; Matt. 25: 31 - 46; Col. 3: 4; 2 Thess. 1: 6 - 10; 2 Tim. 4: 1; Titus 2: 13; Heb. 9: 27 - 28; 2 Pet. 3; Rev. 1: 7).

     4)  Will there be more than one future bodily resurrection? No! (Dan. 12: 2; John 5: 28 - 29; Acts 24: 15).

     5) Will there be more than one day of judgment? No! (John12: 48; Acts 17: 31; 2 Tim. 4: 1; Heb. 9: 27; 1 Pet. 4: 4 - 5;  2 Pet. 3: 7; Rev. 11: 18).

     6)  What is the rapture?

           The rapture is the gathering of people before Jesus (Matt. 25: 32; 2 Thess. 2: 1; 1 Thess. 4: 17; Col. 3: 4; Matt. 24: 31).

     7)  When will the rapture take place?

          Since there will be only one future bodily resurrection as shown previously, therefore, the rapture will take place when the resurrection occurs.

     8)  When will the resurrection happen?

          The resurrection will take place at the end of the age after the seventh angel sounds his trumpet (Rev. 11: 15 - 18).

     9) What is the day of the Lord/

          The day of the Lord is not an extended period of time, as some teach. The day of the Lord is a moment in the future known only by God the Father. "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Mark 13: 32).
     When that moment arrives, God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will interrupt and terminate time and usher in eternity.

    10) When will the thousand years recorded in Revelation 20: 1 - 7  be fulfilled?

         The apostle Peter informs us that there will be one future coming of our Lord. It will occur on the day of judgment, when God will restore everything by creating a new heaven and a new earth (Acts 3: 21; 2 Pet. 3: 3 - 13).
         Since eternity will commence after the judgment at the second coming, and since time and eternity cannot coexist, therefore, the thousand years (the millennium) cannot follow the second coming; they must precede it. The thousand years (the millennium) are now in progress (Matt. 25: 31 - 46).

     11) What is the first resurrection (Rev. 20: 4)?

     Since there will be one bodily resurrection of all the dead as shown previously, therefore, the first resurrection must be a spiritual one. We observe that there are souls in heaven before the resurrection of all the dead at the last day. Who are those souls and from where did they come? "When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained" (Rev. 6: 9).

     Those souls are the souls of the righteous dead. As believers die, their souls/spirits go to heaven. 

     The apostle Paul made it very clear that when a believer dies his/her soul goes to be with the Lord. "I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body" (Phil. 1: 23 - 24).

     "Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years" (Rev. 20: 6)
     
     12)  What about our Lord' s millennial reign and believers' millennial reign?

      Since our Lord is reigning at the present time, and since God will create a new heaven and a new earth when our Lord returns on the day of judgment, when our Lord will commence his eternal reign, therefore his present reign must be his millennial because time and eternity cannot coexist (1 Cor. 15: 25 - 26; 2 Pet. 3: 3 - 13; Rev. 11: 15).

     The souls who are in heaven are reigning with our Lord. " ... And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. ... They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years" (Rev. 20: 4). 

       All born again believers are also reigning with our Lord, since our Lord indwells us through his Holy Spirit and we are in him. "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (Col. 3: 1).

       "On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you" (John 14: 20).

     13)   Are the thousand years literal? The thousand years are not literal. They are symbolic and cover an extended period of time.

     14)  Are both thousand years of the same duration (Rev. 20: 2; Rev. 20: 4)?

     Both thousand years are of the same duration, since our Lord's ministry was three and a half years long and the tribulation period will be three and a half years long (Dan. 7: 25; Rev. 13: 5 - 8).

     15)  When did the thousand years begin and when will they end?

        a) In the case of Satan, the thousand years began at the commencement of our Lord's ministry (Rev. 20: 2; Matt. 12: 29), and they will end when he is set free for a short time (Rev. 12: 12; Rev. 20: 3). 

      b) Regarding our Lord, the thousand years began at his ascension (Rev. 20: 4; Acts 1: 9 - 11), and they will end when he comes again (Matt. 25: 31; 1 Cor. 15: 22 - 23; 1 Thess. 4: 16 - 17; 2 Thess. 1: 6 - 10; Heb. 9: 27 - 28; 1 Pet. 4: 4 - 5; 2 Pet. 3: 7 - 10).

    16) When will the eternal reign commence?

    The eternal reign will commence after the judgment.

    When our LORD returns, the resurrection of all the dead will occur (John 5: 28 - 29; 1 Cor. 15: 23; Rev. 20: 5). He will gather all nations before him. He will put the righteous on his right and the unrighteous on his left (Matt. 25: 31 - 33).
     
    "Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (v. 34). "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (v. 41).

     The righteous will go into eternal life and the unrighteous into eternal punishment (Matt. 25: 46).

     After the judgment, our LORD will hand over the kingdom to God the Father and God will reign for ever and ever (1 Cor. 15: 24; Rev. 11: 15; Rev. 22: 3).

     "Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death" (1 Cor. 15: 24 - 26).

     After the sounding of the seventh trumpet, loud voices in heaven will proclaim: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11: 15).

     " ... The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him" (Rev. 22: 3).

      Note : italic - mine

     

     
          
     


      "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright c 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."


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