Archive for April, 2009

Is Your Weapon a ……… Butter Knife?

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/04/29 by howtobesaved

King James Bible = Sword of the Spirit
NIV Bible = Butter Knife

If you were lucifer…?

(Lucifer is deleted from the NIV, by the way) that is quite a magick trick…

If you were the Devil, would you not try to attack and destroy Gods Holy Words first thing…?

Look at the very first time that the Devil is mentioned in the Bible…

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

The Serpent (Satan) talked Eve into listening to him and ignoring God.

He questioned God’s word…

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This Temporary Life

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/04/24 by howtobesaved

All that we enjoy, and all that we suffer here must soon vanish and disappear. The most splendid palace will decay; the most costly pile will molder to dust; the most magnificent city will fall to ruins; the most exquisite earthly pleasures will soon come to an end; and the most extended possessions can be enjoyed but a little time. So too the acutest pain will soon be over; the most lingering disease will soon cease; the evils of the deepest poverty, want, and suffering will soon be passed. There is nothing on which the eye can fix, nothing that the heart can desire here, which will not soon fade away; or, if it survives, it is temporary in regard to us. We must soon leave it to others; and if enjoyed, it will be enjoyed while our bodies are slumbering in the grave … How foolish, then, to make these our portion, and to fix our affections supremely on the things of this life! How foolish also to be very deeply affected by the trials of this life, which at the furthest CAN be endured but a little longer before we shall be for ever beyond their reach!

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
II Corinthians 4:18
This Temporary Life
“And all things are of God …” (II Corinthians 5:18).
Albert Barnes
(1798–1870)

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We live in a Signless Age

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/04/24 by howtobesaved

With the setting aside of Israel, God turned from His “sign” program, and brought in the present dispensation of grace, which is a “signless” dispensation.

As long as the message was being proclaimed to Israel as a nation, signs were in evidence, “For the Jews require a sign” (I Corinthians 1:22). They required a sign because their Old Testament Scriptures had foretold the fact that when Messiah came and the kingdom was established, signs, visions, etc. would be the order of the day. See Isaiah 35:5-6 and Joel 2:28-31. The miracles of Christ were thus His credentials to Israel, as stated by Peter on the day of Pentecost: “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know” (Acts 2:22).

During the Book of Acts the Jew is being given another opportunity to repent and receive the blessing of God. It is true that there is a gradual turning away from Israel, the apostle of the circumcision giving place to the apostle of the Gentiles, yet during all this period, and in every place, the Jew is still accorded a priority in the offer of blessing. Paul said, “It was necessary that the Word of God should first have been spoken to you” (Acts 13:46), and it is not until, in every place from Jerusalem to Rome, that the blessing had been despised and rejected by the Jew, that solemn words of Acts 28:28 are spoken to that once highly favored nation: “Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”

During the time that Israel was first, miracles, signs, healings and visions were the common order of things. … However, after the setting aside of Israel, and the solemn pronouncement of Acts 28:28, the Scriptures will be searched in vain to find the record of even one such miracle.

The following, which is so clearly stated, is from the pen of Sir Robert Anderson:

The purpose of the miracles was to accredit the Messiah to Israel, and not, as generally supposed, to accredit Christianity to the heathen, and therefore, as Scripture plainly indicates, they continued so long as the testimony was addressed to the Jew, but ceased when, the Jew being set aside, the Gospel went out to the Gentile world.

Mr. Anderson also wrote:

We shall be prepared to find that so long as the kingdom was being preached to the Jews, miracles abounded, but that when the gospel appealed to the heathen world, miracles lost their prominence, and soon entirely ceased.

There were three periods in Israel’s history which were characterized by miracles; the days of Moses and Joshua, the days of Elijah and Elisha, and the days of Christ and the apostles. Each one of these periods was also characterized by great apostasy on the part of God’s people. The next time that miracles are in evidence will be during the most apostate days of all, when the man of sin shall be revealed, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders” (II Thessalonians 2:9) …

During this present age “the just shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11). “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). We are not to look for signs, but to walk by faith alone in the written Word of God. The Lord rebuked those of His day, and said, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe” (John 4:48). Later on He said, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

John LaVier (1906-2005)

What Grace Teaches us about God

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/04/22 by howtobesaved

by Pastor Richard C. Church

It is only by God’s grace that we can truly know God. It comes as no surprise, then, that the lost world, both secular and religious, is so confused about who God is. Some suppose that God is merely a benevolent being who will never condemn or judge anyone. Others live in constant fear of God, suspecting that at any moment He will bring calamity on them because of their sin. Yet neither of these is a true representation of who God is. In order to know God, we must reject the worldly philosophies of men (Col 2:8) and of “science falsely so called” (1 Tim 6:20), receive what God has said about Himself in the Bible.

First, the Bible declares to us that God is just. With God, every sin receives its just reward. Our society has become so confused by philosophy, religion, and pseudo-science that most people have no real conception of what justice is. We suppose that the just penalty for murder is life imprisonment, rather than God’s just sentence of death (Num 35:30-31). We suppose that the just penalty for theft is a jail sentence, rather than God’s just penalty of restitution (Ex 22:1-15). Many of the things that God calls crimes worthy of punishment, such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, etc., we defend as merely a lifestyle choice.

But ultimately, no one will escape the justice of God. For we are told that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23), and “the soul that sinneth it shall die” (Eze 18:4).

But not only does God’s grace teach us of His justice, but it also declares to us His mercy. Thought we were deserving of death, God chose to bear that penalty Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.

Rom 3:24-26 (KJV) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

The severe justice of God inflicted on Jesus Christ at Calvary is a propitiation, or a fully satisfying sacrifice to God. It satisfies God’s justice and allows him to remain just while also justifying the sinner that believes in Jesus. How great is the mercy and wisdom of Almighty God (Rom 11:33)!

What does the grace of God teach us about Him? It teaches us that God is no longer holding man’s sins against him today, as they were all dealt with nearly 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Though the lost person should certainly live in fear of God, those of us who have received God’s grace have no need for fear. God Himself has declared us to be righteous, not on the basis of our works, but on the basis of Christ’s work which He completed at Calvary. Stop working and start trusting on Him!

http://www.friendshipbiblechurch.com/articles/gracegod.html

Arrayed in Purple and Scarlet and precious stones…

Posted in Times Past, But Now and Times to Come on 2009/04/18 by howtobesaved

Something to ponder…

Posted in Gospel of Grace on 2009/04/18 by howtobesaved

A false teacher will almost never undermine your morals as some false teachers are the most pious, upstanding, morally upright human beings on planet earth, and generally they are the most likeable people as well. In fact, they revel in their self-righteousness.

BUT…….

False teachers will always succeed in undermining your FAITH because Satan is more interested in your spiritual condition, and if he can make you lose your Christian testimony, he’s succeeded in making you totally inept in spreading the Gospel because you feel totally worthless.

Selah.

The Great Harlot – Apostate Israel

Posted in Times Past, But Now and Times to Come on 2009/04/16 by howtobesaved

The Great Harlot depicted in Revelation 17 and 18 is not a Gentile church, nor is it a Gentile nation simply because neither have ever qualified for the title of Great Harlot by corrupting a covenant relationship with God which is likened unto a marriage. Amos 3:2 – “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities”

Only Israel as a nation came to know God through His revelation of Himself to her. In biblical terms, a whore is a woman who is unfaithful to a covenant. Israel had God’s way of life initimately revealed to her. No other nation ever entered into a covenant with God. So Israel alone is unfaithful to this exclusive union.

Revelation 17:
“The woman whom you saw is the great city which has dominion over the kings of the earth” .

Revelation 11:8:
“And [the two witnesses’] bodies will lie in the street of the GREAT CITY which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, WHERE ALSO THEIR LORD WAS CRUCIFIED”.

Revelation 16:19
“And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell”

The Harlot is arrayed in purple and scarlet, with gold and precious stones and pearls. This is identical to the Jewish High Priest’s garments by the way, and Jerusalem has always been associated with the Jewish priestly system, not so?

Revelation 17
“the great harlot … with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”

“the mother of harlots”

The Old Testament prophets, and the people or city committing adultery or being called a Harlot are consistently referenced to being unfaithful to a covenant. So one cannot commit adultery against God if you are not married to Him.

Israel is consistently depicted and called the Harlot in Old Testament prophecy. In Revelation the Apostle John basically applies the contents of the Prophet Ezekiel which is about Jerusalem’s approaching destruction because of her great adultery.

Revelation 17:5
“And upon her forehead a name was written a name, a mystery, ‘Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth’”

This also seems to also occur in two Old Testament scriptures, both of which incriminate Jerusalem as the Harlot: In Jeremiah 3:3-67 it states, “You had a harlot’s forehead”, and Exodus 28:36-38 where the High Priest’s cap (which is made from the same materials as his garments) has written on it “Holy to the LORD”.

The Prophet Jeremiah also warns faithless Judah that, even though she was dressed in scarlet as she was, her lovers had turned upon her and were seeking to kill her. By the same token, in Revelation 17:16, the Beast with the ten horns turns on the Harlot and destroys her.

Compare:

Revelation 18:24
“in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints and all who have been slain upon the earth”

and

Matthew 23:34-35
“I am sending to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in
your synagogues and persecute from city to city, so that upon you might fall the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from
the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.”

and

Luke 11:50–51
“… in order that the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world may be required from this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary; yes, I say to you, it will be required of this generation.”

The Harlot’s desolation in Revelation 17 also ties in with Ezekiel 23:25-29, “Your survivors will be devoured by the fire….. they will strip you of your clothes…… and they will deal with you in hatred…. and leave you naked and bare. And the nakedness of your harlotries will be uncovered….. they will burn their houses with fire. Ezekiel 16:37-41, “I will gather together all your lovers with whom you have consorted….. they will break down your house of harlotry….. and they will leave you naked….. they will burn your houses with fire”. Hosea 2:3, “… wil strip her naked and…. make her desolate”. See also Jeremiah 10:25.

Compare Jeremiah 3 where God divorces Israel to Revelation where the Harlot is dismissed by God as an unfit wife for Christ.

Jerusalem rejected her Messiah. So He chooses a new bride called the “New Jerusalem”, which is in contrast to the Old Jerusalem of The Apocalypse.

So is Jerusalem situated on seven hills?

Ancient Jerusalem was built between seven hills which are now included in the municipal boundaries of modern Jerusalem.

They are:

1) Scopus Hill
2) Nob Hill
3) The Mount of Corruption or the Mount of Offence
4) The ridge between the Kedron and Tyropoeon valleys.
5) The Ophel Mount
6) Fort Antonia
7) Mount Zion

The last world empire will have it’s headquarters in Jerusalem. The Antichrist will come to Jerusalem like he is Jesus Christ Himself.

He will in all likelihood come to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and his image will be placed in the Holy of Holies and will probably quote Exodus 25:18-22.