106 – The Bride

Christ-Centered wedding

Psalm 99:5 King James Version (KJV)

“Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy”

Every bride is a beautiful bride! The video shows such beauty. But, what had to have taken place for the bride to become the bride?

Consider a wedding. Consider the things that happened that led to the wedding. Consider the bride; she had to be pursued. Consider the groom; he was the pursuer. As is the case of many bride and groom situations, the female shows no interest in having anything to do with the pursuing male, but the male “doesn’t give up” his pursuit. As time passes, the male shows the female all of the reasons that she should accept his offer of, a date, a relationship, and finally of being the bride of the male who would never gave up his pursuit of the “ever alluding female.” The female finally “gave up,” and joined the male in the marriage that some may have said, “would never happen.”

Key in any wedding ceremony is the time when the Father gives the Bride away to the Bridegroom.”

Every bride is beautiful, including the bride of Christ. Consider the things that had to have happened for the bride of Christ to become the bride of Christ?

Consider every person that has ever been born. All of us came into the world being totally depraved in body, soul and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23), which is a state that we inherited from our original parents, “Adam and Eve.” (The following discussion of Adam and Eve comes from Genesis 2 and 3.)

God created Adam and provided all of the things that Adam would need in life, including a job, which was “to tend and keep the garden” where God had placed him. God provided for all of Adam’s needs including a wife, whom Adam called, “Eve.” Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God. God would walk with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, “in the cool of the day.”

All of life’s necessities were provided for Adam and Eve by God. God gave Adam and Eve total freedom in life, except to sin. God provided a warning to Adam of a great consequence that would come on the Edenic duo if they were to disobey God. The consequence of sin would be death, which would be the death of their total being, “their body, soul and spirit.” The body is a person’s “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul allows us to be aware that we have “eyes, nose and toes.” The soul is our mind, our intellect, our reasoning, our emotions. We have control over our body and soul. The spirit is the part of us which imparts either sin or righteous thoughts into our mind, which will also affect that which we do with our “eyes, nose and toes.” Christ told the Apostles that God’s Holy Spirit would convict them of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-10). We have no control over our spirit. It is controlled either by God or by Satan, in whomever our spirit dwells.

The sin to which Adam and Eve succumbed may seem to be quite harmless, eating of the tree of good and evil”

Genesis 2:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

The motivation for that sin was of the mind of Adam and Eve.

1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”

Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, they were removed from the Garden of Eden, from the immediate presence of God. They became totally depraved in “body, soul and spirit,” because of their disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. An immediate death spiral began, with the first victim being the spirit. The body and soul began an aging process that would result in death, which was not a part of God’s plan. As Adam and Eve had children, each child entered the world with no desire to have a personal relationship with God, because of their fallen and depraved state in life. There was nothing present in their depraved souls and spirits that would cause them to seek a relationship with a holy and righteous God. The children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unholy and unrighteous human beings because of the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve. Just as the children of Adam and Eve were conceived and born to be unrighteous, so has been every succeeding person that has been conceived. Just as the penalty for Adam and Eve was death, “permanent death,” of their body, soul and spirit, so is the penalty for every man, woman and child that has ever been conceived. The state of every human being from the time of Adam and Eve is summed up in the following verse of scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:22 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”

It is only because of God’s plan of redemption through Christ that any of us can have a relationship with Him, and escape the penalty of eternal death. By being born again (born from above) we have been made holy and righteous, with our spirit being anchored in the Holy Spirit of God, never to be removed. It is only through our new birth that the depraved state that we inherited from our parents has been negated. It is only by being born again that we will not have an eternal death of our body, soul and spirit. It is only by being born again believers in Christ, that we are also made to be saints, and also made to be the “bride of Christ.” In spite of God’s Holy Spirit calling us, from our state of depravity to one of righteousness, many rebelled. But, God never gave up on us; He continued his pursuit of us. We could never have imagined being “the bride of Christ!” But, many of us gave in! We came to saving faith in Christ and became His bride. The “we,” are those of us which have been born again. We have been made to be holy and righteous, as righteous as that of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), because of that which He did for us.

Consider the path that leads believers in Christ to the marriage of the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8).

We were born again of spirit (John 3:3-8); we can’t be “unborn”. We believed in Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18). We were spiritually baptized into Christ, and put on Christ by our spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Galatians 3:27). We received the spiritual indwelling of Christ (Colossians 1:27). Our spirit was made new, and placed within the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), which made our spirit to be as pure as the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). We were betrothed to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2), and are now waiting for our marriage to the lamb (Revelation 19:7-8). Prior to the rapture of the church, Christ will come for us in the air and take us to Heaven with Him (John 14:1-6; 1 Thessalonaians 4:13-18). We will arrive in our glorified and eternal “body, soul and spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:50, 51-54). We will be taken to the Judgment Seat Of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will not be judged for the purposes of salvation, but will receive spiritual gifts. We were saved when we were born again, and can not be unborn. At the end of the tribulation, we will be taken to the marriage of the Lamb, where “the Father gives us (the bride of Christ) away to the Bridegroom (Christ) (Revelation 19:7-8).” Consider the things that will be going on in Heaven, preceding the marriage of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Fourfold Hallelujah

19 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying,

“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 2 because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her.” 3 And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And a voice came from the throne, saying,

“Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Consider the marriage ceremony of the bride of Christ to the Bridegroom, “Christ.”

Revelation 19:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Marriage of the Lamb

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Consider the following video that shows the marriage of the Lamb. Consider the beauty of the bride. The elderly man in the video is the Apostle John.

After the marriage of the Lamb occurs, Christ and His bride will ascend from heaven to earth. After Christ defeats the enemies of God at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21), Christ, the bride and the guests will proceed to the marriage supper which will take place on earth during the millennium. The guests will be the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints. It is amazing to think that we, the born again believers in Christ, will have a place of special importance at the marriage supper.

Revelation 19:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

In a marriage, it’s not a matter of what the man and woman do to take their love to the wedding altar. It’s simply the love of a man and a woman which causes them to join their lives in marriage. It’s very much the same in the spiritual sense when someone comes to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.

A lot of verses have been mentioned in this discussion about the bridegroom and the bride. But, please know that it is simply an intimacy of relationship with Christ as our Lord and Savior that makes all of those verses tell us that we have been born again, and that we will spend eternity with Christ.

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”

We are saved by grace through faith.

Ephesians 2:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

We don’t have to be perfect to be saved; we have to be born again. Once that happens, our eternity with Christ has been “set in stone.” From the moment that we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we enter into eternal life with Christ. Try it! You’ll like it!.

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Nearer To God

Nearer My God To Thee

John 20:28 King James Version (KJV)

“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Matthew 10:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Matthew 6:33 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew – Chapter 6

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The teaching of God to the children of Israel, in the year 1451 B.C., can not be lessened in the world in which we live today. The application is directed to parents, in that our children should be taught the Words of God on an ongoing basis.

The articles that appear in this blog, provide scriptural teachings to the body of Christ, so that we will be more effective in fulfilling the Great Commission that was given to the Church (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.) In order to achieve such an effectiveness, it is necessary for believers in Christ to have an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by the empowerment of God The Holy Spirit. God will lay a path before us that we should follow. He will equip us for the completion of that trip and ministry. There are scriptures that will help us to prepare for the ministry that God has ordained for our lives. The following scriptures are key to our being prepared for the fulfillment of God’s call on our lives; they revolve around the keys of: 1. Knowing, 2. Being, 3. Abiding, and 4. Going. Please consider the scriptures of those four points of intimacy and ministry.

1. Knowing

Philippians 3:10, “That I might know Him.”

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

In this verse we see a text book definition of “eternal life,” which is an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son. To “know” is to be intimate. The intimacy of this verse is parallel to that of Genesis 4:1, where it is written that Adam “knew” Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain. To know someone is to have the highest degree of intimacy with that person that is possible. For us to “know” God is to have the highest degree of intimacy with Him that is possible.

In respect to knowing God, we also should consider the words of Philippians 3:10.

Philippians 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

The aspect of knowing God, is something that involves the ups and downs of having that holy relationship. Whether times are good or times are bad, we must understand that our response must be to always love God. If we win, we’ll praise Him. If we lose, we’ll praise Him. Whatever the case may be, we will always praise our Lord and Savior Jesus.

In respect to knowing God, we should also know the compassion of Christ, and the compassionate Christ.

Knowing God is also to know about the compassion of Christ, as it relates to the less-fortunate:

Matthew 25:40 New King James Version (NKJV)

40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know the compassionate Christ:

Matthew 9:36 New King James Version (NKJV)

36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

In order for us to know Jesus, we should also know how the compassionate Christ responded to the needs of the needy:

Matthew 15:32 New King James Version (NKJV)

Feeding the Four Thousand

32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

2. Being

Mark 3:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

The disciples were not only appointed/chosen by Jesus, they were appointed to “be with Jesus.” That relationship of “being” with Jesus prepared the disciples to be better able to go out and preach the Gospel of Jesus.

3. Abiding

John 15:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

The aspect of abiding in Christ is two-fold. First, we are to have no known sin that is unconfessed, and of no interest in our life into which God is not brought into. It is for us to have no life in which God can not also share. Secondly, the believer in Christ takes all of their burdens to God, and gets all wisdom, life, and strength from God. It is not a ceasing of consciousness of the things of the world. But, it is a relationship with God in which nothing is allowed in the life of the believer which separates the believer from an intimate relationship with God.

4. Going

Matthew 28:19 New King James Version (NKJV)

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

The disciples of Jesus, who were soon to be apostles, were commissioned to “go,” teach,” “baptize,” and “teach” (vs 20), the things that they had been taught by Jesus (vs 18). The apostles died. Their commission has been passed onto others who were made disciples, who are to make disciples of others, and others, and others.

The highest point of ministry is to lead people to a place where they will know, personally and intimately, “Christ,” who is “God with us,” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23), so that when they come across a need in a person’s life, they will know the answer to the question:

“What would Jesus do?” (WWJD)

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Dinner With Jesus

Dinner With Jesus

This message is written to all of my friends that reside in nations all around the world. “Jesus is God!” The “religious leaders” who have lived from the beginning of time are dead and gone. Their graves are usually marked by some sort of shrine; their bones stay in their graves until the bones decay. The difference with Jesus is that His tomb has been empty ever since His resurrection, three days after His crucifixion.” And, do you know what? His bones were never left in the tomb to decay. He never suffered decay! (Acts 2:27). He has risen from the dead! He is alive! (Luke 24:1-7) And, He lives within every person’s spirit who knows Him (Jesus) as their Lord and Savior (John 14:20). Eternal life with God begins at the very exact moment that a person comes to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior (John 17:3). No one has to prove their love to God by doing “anything,” except by believing in Jesus with a belief of trust that He is their Lord and Savior (John 3:16). Jesus is love (1 John 4:18). He is not a vengeful God who tells His followers to kill people who don’t believe that He is God; but, it is true that Jesus is God (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:18-25; John 10:30; John 14:9). Here is a very stern warning. Jesus is the only way for anyone to have eternal life in Heaven (John 14:6). Otherwise, a person’s eternity is in the Lake Of Fire (Revelation 20:15) that burns forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). Won’t you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

The Perfect Stranger – Introduction

“THE PERFECT STRANGER” tells the story of Nikki, a troubled attorney who one day receives a mysterious dinner invitation from a man claiming to be Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout their evening of conversation, arguments and spirited debate, Nikki learns things she never knew about life, the universe, and most importantly, herself. Written by Pate Walters.

Consider how you would react if you were to have an invitation to have dinner with Jesus. What if you had been having a bad day? What would you think about the invitation? What would you think about your first meeting with Jesus? Would you have any questions for Him? What would those questions be? The introduction to the movie, “The Perfect Stranger,” will prepare you for the complete movie that follows at the bottom of the page. Follow the way that Jesus relates and reacts to the situation at hand. It is important for us to understand the meaning of the scripture:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28).

As you watch “The Perfect Stranger,” consider the way that Jesus approaches Nikki and presents Himself as God. If you were to have a similar encounter with Jesus, what would you expect it to be like? Consider that Jesus is “God with us,” and that God’s Holy Spirit is involved in every incident where an unbeliever is being drawn to make a decision as to whether they will accept or reject Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. The invitation is easily accepted:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).

The link to the movie follows:

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https://www.tbn.org/programs/perfect-stranger/watch/perfect-stranger

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105 – The Second Coming Of Christ

Differences Between the Rapture And Second Coming

The second coming of Christ is the subject of this post. This prophetic return of Christ to earth from heaven will take place at the end of the seven-year tribulation, at the Battle of Armageddon. Following the second coming of Christ will be the 1,000 year reign of Christ, which is also called the millennium and the Kingdom of God. The marriage supper of the Lamb will take place on earth, during the millennium. Immediately preceding the second coming of Christ will be the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven, between Christ (the Bridegroom) and the raptured church (the bride). A distinction will be made between the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ; the rapture occurs first.

A description of these future events can be found in the following chapters and verses of the Bible:

Concerning the return of Christ to earth by “the saints,” or by “the holy ones:”

Zechariah 14:1-16: vs 5 says that Christ will be accompanied by: “6918. qadosh.” Definition: sacred, holy. NASB Translation: consecrated (1), Holy (8), holy (50), Holy One (44), holy one (3), holy ones (6), one is holy (1), saints (2).

Zechariah 14:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You.

Zechariah 14:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.

Of the translations that say that Christ will return with “the saints” are the KJV and NKJV. Of the translations that say that Christ will return with “the holy ones,” are the NASB, NIV, HCSB, NLT, ESV.

Zechariah’s prophecy was made to Jews, about a Jewish matter, which is the return of Messiah to defeat the attackers of Israel (all of the nations) at the Battle of Armageddon (Zech 14:1-3) (487 B.C.). Consider the significance of the words, “all of the nations.” Relate that phrase to the world of today where the majority of the nations of the world oppose Israel, especially through the United Nations. Consider where the United States Of America might fit into such a scenario.

Zechariah would not have had any knowledge of: “the New Testament saints of God, the born again believers of Christ, or the church” (the church having been caught up to heaven, having gone before the judgment seat of Christ, and standing with Christ at the marriage of the lamb, awaiting their return to earth, with Christ to stand on the Mount Of Olives). “Holy ones,” best suits the New Testament saints, which are the bride of Christ; Israel is not the bride of Christ. Consider 2 Corinthians 11:2, where the Apostle Paul addresses the church as being the bride of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

A number of years ago, a Christian magazine wrote an article about the differences in the preaching and teaching of Christ, as opposed to that of the Apostle Paul. Whereas, Paul emphasized “salvation by grace through faith,” Christ’s teachings were more related to “the Kingdom.” Consider the following verse of scripture that relates to the time of tribulation. Our Lord’s Words have been changed and taken out of context by many people.

Matthew 24:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 And this “gospel of the kingdom” will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Note: Many people say, “the end will not come until the gospel of Christ has been preached to all of the world.” The correct wording of Christ is, “the gospel of the kingdom” must be preached, and then the end will come (“with that end being the second coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation,” my words). Christ had taught about the Kingdom to Jews in the past. Now, in the Mount of Olives discourse, He explains the importance of teaching “that same gospel of the Kingdom.” In the Gospel of Matthew, there are 55 verses that relate to “the kingdom” (New King James Version translation). This note is not designed to diminish the importance of teaching the Gospel of Christ, but to state the correct words that our Lord spoke in relation to a very important time of future history.

Consider also the next verse of scripture that, too, has been incorrectly taught. The words of the verse relate directly to the second coming of Christ, and not to the rapture of the church. No one knows the day when the rapture will take place, either, but it is important to be correct when applying scriptures to sermons and lessons.

Matthew 24:36 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Matthew 24:29-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Note: Vs 30-31 Christ returns with angels. The angels will gather Jews from all over the world (Deu 7:6) to Jerusalem for judgment (Matthew 24:40-41). These Jews had missed the rapture because of their lack of belief and saving faith in Christ when the rapture took place.

Mark 13:24-27: vs 24 Christ returns with His angels, who will gather His elect from all over the world (the Jews, Deu 7:6).

Luke 21:25-28: No mention is made of anyone accompanying Christ. Note: Luke was not an eyewitness of Christ; he was “an investigative reporter” (Luke 1:1-4) who interviewed eyewitnesses.

Note. The message of Christ to the disciples in the Mount of Olives discourse dealt with Jews. There was no detailed teaching by Christ to Jews about “the church.” Christ said that He would “build His church” (Matthew 16:18), but it would be His disciples who would take that message to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles, which would not take place until after the events of the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), when the Holy Spirit began to dwell within the spirits of previously unbelieving Jews that came to belief in Christ as Messiah (Acts 2). However, it was in John 14:1-6 that Christ told His disciples that He would come back to earth from Heaven, and would take them back to Heaven with Him. This passage is a teaching of the rapture of the church, of which all believing Jews and Gentiles become members through their belief in Christ as Messiah.

Just as Christ discussed the rapture of the church in John 14:1-6, the Apostle Paul, also spoke about Christ’s catching up of the New Testament saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). In Paul’s letters, he shows that when Christ comes for His followers that He will come in the air, and will not touch planet earth until the time that He sets foot on the Mount of Olives at the Battle of Armageddon (Zech 14, Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Rev 19).

Notice that in each scripture of the rapture of the church (believers in Christ), it is a joyous occasion. However, at the second coming of Christ, His purpose is judgment, with earth-dwelling unbelievers being in great fear and uncertainty, with Christ’s judgment imminent (Zech 14:12-14; Matt 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 13:25-27).

Notice that at the time of the rapture of the Church, Christ will take all born again believers in Christ with Him to Heaven (John 14:6). At the second coming of Christ, Christ will return to earth with His raptured believers, where He will stand on the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4).

From the Revelation verses below, consider the judgment and fear that Christ is inflicting on the unbelieving earth dwellers at the Battle of Armageddon. (Rev 19:11-16; 17-18; 19-21). Consider the words, “earth dwellers.”

Revelation 3:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.

Revelation 6:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”

Revelation 13:8 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.

It should be known that The Swindoll Study Bible uses the New Living Translation. Many people trust the judgment of Dr. Swindoll in choosing the NLT. Consider the following information on Dr. Swindoll.

http://insight.org/
http://store.insight.org/p-1816-the-swindoll-study-bible-nlt.aspx

From the Revelation verses below, notice that the marriage of the lamb takes place in heaven. (Rev 19:7-8)

Christ, the bridegroom, and His bride (the raptured church/born again believers in Christ) return to earth from heaven. Christ will speak victory over the forces of the Anti-Christ. The marriage supper will take place on earth after the victory at Armageddon, at the end of the tribulation. The Bride, the Bridegroom, and the guests will be present at the marriage supper during the millennium. The guests are the Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints (Rev 19:9; 11-21).

Revelation 19 New King James Version (NKJV)

Heaven Exults over Babylon

1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

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Christ Above All

Above All

2 Corinthians 11:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus…”

Ephesians 2:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Galatians 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Romans 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Colossians 1:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

John 10:28 New King James Version (NKJV)

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Luke 1:46-47 King James Version (KJV)

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

104 – World At War

Left Behind III World at War

The movie begins with the time of tribulation that is nearing the end of its seven-year duration. As has been said in earlier discussions, a great number of people are missing from the earth, due to the rapture of all born again believers in Christ, to include children. Some of those whom were left behind are coming to saving faith in Christ; these people missed the rapture, but are now tribulation saints. The world is being led by people whom have no relationship with Christ; they were left behind from the rapture too, due to their lack of saving faith in Christ. Earth dweller leaders also have the opportunity to come to saving faith in Christ. The Anti-Christ, through the United Nations, is strengthening his grip of control and oppression over the world. Tribulation saints, Jew and Gentile, are experiencing great persecution and murders. The world has fallen into a state of extreme lawlessness. Assassinations of the enemies of the Anti-Christ have become common place. Tribulation saints are holding fast to their faith in Christ. Links at the bottom of this page provide interesting information about the team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.

A description of these future events can be found in the following chapters and verses of the Bible: Ezekiel 38-39; Zechariah 14:1-15; Matthew 24:3-31; Mark 13:5-27; Luke 21:7-19; 25-28; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-14; Revelation 13:1-8; Revelation 16:13-19:21.

The following verses of the 24th Chapter of Matthew provide a quick look at the events of the tribulation. The second coming of Christ will not occur until at the end of the tribulation (Matthew 24:29).

Matthew 24:3-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation

15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.

26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Consider the author and team of writers of the Left Behind series of books and movies.

Dr. Tim La Haye (Deceased). Leader of the Left Behind team.

http://leftbehind.com/
http://www.pre-trib.org/about/dr-lahaye
http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2016/july/tim-lahaye-dies-left-behind-coauthor-stroke.html

New Year?

Jerusalem Shofar at Sunrise – Rosh Hashanah 2017

Consider Rosh Hashanah, which is the celebration of the Jewish new year, and is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. The date of Rosh Hashanah varies from year to year. In the current Jewish year (5778), Rosh Hashanah began at sundown on September 20, and continued through sundown on September 22. Consider the New Year’s celebration that most of the world celebrates each December 31 through January 1. Consider the great personal depression that many people deal with each New Year’s Eve. Even with terrorist threats, thousands of people gather for the New Year’s Eve “ball-drop” in Times Square, and in other places around the world each December 31. As opposed to the world’s humanistic view of “New Year’s celebrations, Jews have a far greater appreciation for their New Year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Anyone who has any kind of relationship with a Jew, whether it is business, social or personal, should try to have an understanding of Jewish “religion, culture and history.” Consider the following information that discusses the Jewish New Year’s celebration of Rosh Hashanah. But, first, view the video of the stresses of secular New Year’s Eve. Then, consider whether you think that “the world has it right,” or, if the Jews have a better way of bringing in a hew year.

NYPD ramps up security for Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebration

How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Consider the following discussions on Rosh Hashanah (Feast Of Trumpets).

https://www.oneforisrael.org/bible-based-teaching-from-israel/the-feast-of-trumpets/

Rosh HaShana is the first of the three fall holidays (Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles). The ten days between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the Jewish calendar), are called the “Days of Awe”, where people are encouraged to contemplate their position before God, and it’s very special time in Israel.

The world considers New Year’s Day to be a holiday. But, Jews considers such a day as being a “holy day, a feast of the Lord, an appointed time, a holy convocation.” (Leviticus 23:2)

Leviticus 23:2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

2 “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these:

Jews give the respect of Leviticus 23:2 to all of their “holy days.” Jews don’t consider God’s appointed times to be, “just days off from work.” Consider how Jews would treat the world’s “New Year’s Eve,” if it were to fall on the Sabbath, which is sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. (Leviticus 23:3)

Leviticus 23:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 ‘For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a sabbath to the Lord in all your dwellings.

Consider the Old Testament discussion of the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah).

Leviticus 23:23-32 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Feast of Trumpets

23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”

The following notes were made by Dr. John MacArthur.

23:1–44 This section points to days which are sacred to the Lord. After the Sabbath (v. 3), the feasts are given in the order of the calendar (vv. 4–44).

23:23–43 Three events were commemorated in Sept./Oct.: 1) Feast of Trumpets on the 1st (vv. 23–25); 2) Day of Atonement on the 10th (vv. 26–32); and 3) Feast of Tabernacles on the 15th-21st (vv….

23:23–25 memorial of blowing of trumpets. This feast, called the Feast of Trumpets, consecrated the seventh month (Sept./Oct.) as a sabbatical month (cf. Num. 29:1–6).

Christians see the Feast Of Trumpets as being fulfilled in the New Testament book of Matthew (Mt 24:31).

Consider the following descriptions of Rosh Hashanah which are made on Jewish sites.

What Is Rosh Hashanah?

“The Jewish New Year, anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, a day of judgment and coronation, and sounding of the shofar”

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn, on both days of the holiday (except if the first day is Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day).

Rosh Hashanah

What: It is the birthday of the universe, the day G‑d created Adam and Eve. It is celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.

When: The first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall on September 22 (see more details here).

Other Jewish Rosh Hashanah Information (Click onto the Jewish Chabad.org link)

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4762/jewish/What-Is-Rosh-Hashanah.htm

List of Dates

https://www.hebcal.com/
Sun, 31 December 2017 13th of Tevet, 5778

Jewish holiday calendars & Hebrew date converter
https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-hashana

Rosh Hashana begins on:
Sun, 02 October 2016 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5777)
Wed, 20 September 2017 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5778)
Sun, 09 September 2018 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5779)
Sun, 29 September 2019 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5780)
Fri, 18 September 2020 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5781)
Mon, 06 September 2021 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5782)
Sun, 25 September 2022 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5783)
Fri, 15 September 2023 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5784)
Wed, 02 October 2024 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5785)
Mon, 22 September 2025 at sundown (1st of Tishrei, 5786)