The Evil of Replacement Theology, Part 1

The Evil of Replacement Theology, Part 1

Published on Aug 25, 2015
Who taught the Christian Church to despise the Jewish people? Find out with Dr. David Reagan on the show Christ in Prophecy.

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. ” (Deuteronomy 7:6)

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Deuteronomy 7:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Chosen People

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Leader And Nation, Draw Near To The Lord Jesus

In The Presence Of Jehovah – Draw near to the Lord Jesus. Consider the view of the throne room in heaven that was given to John the Apostle. Consider the apostle’s view of the seven-fold fullness of God, as stated in verse 5. Consider the “glory and honor and power” of God, and all that is entailed in that brief description of our Lord’s Holy attributes, as stated in verse 11. Consider our nation. Consider our leader. Consider heaven without the presence of our president. Prayers are needed.

Leader And Nation, Draw Near To The Lord Jesus

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Revelation 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Scene in Heaven

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

The Throne and Worship of the Creator

5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”

9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

God Is Holy; Consider His Holiness

.”I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3)

God Is Holy; Consider His Holiness

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Isaiah 10:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Returning Remnant of Israel

20 And it shall come to pass in that day
That the remnant of Israel,
And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
Will never again depend on him who defeated them,
But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,
To the Mighty God.

Isaiah 6:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it,and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Psalm 99:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His holy hill;
For the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 99:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at His footstool—
He is holy.

Psalm 97:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 47:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.

Psalm 33:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.

Psalm 30:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Psalm 28:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 24:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 22:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

Nehemiah 8:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

2 Chronicles 30:27 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.

1 Chronicles 16:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!

1 Kings 8:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Nothing was in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 “No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.

Joshua 5:15 New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Deuteronomy 28:9 New King James Version (NKJV)

9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.

Deuteronomy 14:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

Numbers 29:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For you it is a day of blowing the trumpets.

Leviticus 20:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

26 And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.

Leviticus 20:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

Exodus 3:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Hebrews 12:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Psalm 29:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:29 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

Exodus 15:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?

“Leader And Nation,” Humble Yourselves Before God!

“if My people who are called by My name will “humble themselves,” ………..and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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2 Chronicles 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Then Solomon spoke: “The Lord said He would dwell in the dark cloud. 2 I have surely built You an exalted house, And a place for You to dwell in forever.”

Solomon’s Speech upon Completion of the Work Of The Temple

3 Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. 4 And he said: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication

12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands 13 (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven);14 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.

18 “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! 19 Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You: 20 that Your eyes may be open toward this temple day and night, toward the place where You said You would put Your name, that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place. 21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.

22 “If anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, 23 then hear from heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the wicked by bringing his way on his own head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

24 “Or if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and return and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to them and their fathers.

26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, 27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.

28 “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; 29 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: 30 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), 31 that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

32 “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for the sake of Your great name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray in this temple; 33 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

34 “When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, wherever You send them, and when they pray to You toward this city which You have chosen and the temple which I have built for Your name, 35 then hear from heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

36 “When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin), and You become angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and they take them captive to a land far or near; 37 yet when they come to themselves in the land where they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, and have committed wickedness’; 38 and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, where they have been carried captive, and pray toward their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and toward the temple which I have built for Your name: 39 then hear from heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You. 40 Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place.

2 Chronicles 7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Solomon Dedicates the Temple

1 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. 3 When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.” 6 And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the Lord, which King David had made to praise the Lord, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.

God’s Second Appearance to Solomon

12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

God’s Holiness – Our Worship

“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.” Habakkuk 2:20..”Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34-35..It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the Lord,so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord”..1 Kings 8:10-11…”in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, ‘He indeed is good for His loving kindness is everlasting,’ then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14..”But you are holy, you who inhabit the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:3..”You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:22-24.

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Midnight Cry – Central Church of God Choir, Charlotte, NC

Monday morning is rolling in (early) on the eastern seaboard of the “good ole’ USA.” God has been good to me today/or was it yesterday? He gave me some amazing ideas. My post on the Marriage and Wrath of the Lamb is one that God gave to me in bits and pieces throughout the day; I am really blessed. This video is one of “those spiritual accidents;” one that I, “just sorta ran into. (It “is” midnight) I will have to say that it was a “good spiritual collision.” I have really been blessed by the song, the soloist, and the congregation. I trust that God will richly bless this body of believers, “red and yellow, and, black and white,” (please! somebody! tell Washington!) Well, you know the end of the “red and yellow – black and white” saying; it is very, very true. And, yes! Jesus loves us. And, yes! The Bible told me so… So, for those of you who are living in the four corners of God’s created world (there is no mother nature!), let me wish you a wonderful day, and a very blessed day in Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

The Marriage Of The Lamb vs The Wrath Of The Lamb

The Cathedrals – Wedding Music

The video, “Wedding Music,” deals with the marriage of the Lamb to His bride, who is the Church. That sacred ceremony takes place in heaven, per Rev 19:7-8. This post will discuss the Marriage of The Lamb, as well as the Wrath of The Lamb. The purpose of the discussion will be to show that the body of Christ, the bride of Christ, the born again believers in Christ, will be present at the marriage of the lamb in Heaven, as opposed to being present in the tribulation, and experiencing the Lamb’s wrath that will be poured out on the whole world of people who have been left behind from when the catching up of believers took place to take “the bride of Christ,” out of the world.

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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.

The marriage of the lamb takes place in heaven before Jesus escorts His bride back to earth from heaven; the destination will be the prophetic Battle of Armageddon. It will be a quick victory for the “Lamb of God,” per Rev 19:15.

Revelation 19:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

“I Believe He’s Coming Back”

The video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” tells us, who are born-again believers in Christ, how we will find ourselves in heaven where we will meet the Lord Jesus, The Lamb Of God, The Lion Of The Tribe Of Jesus, for the wedding of all weddings. The scripture references that are a part of the song provide that answer.

Acts 1:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – The Ascension Of Jesus –

Angels tell the disciples that Jesus will come back for them, and will take them to heaven.

9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. 11 They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

In John 14:1-3, Jesus had previously told His disciples that He would come back for them, and that He would take them away to be with Him in Heaven.

John 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

In Matthew 16:15-18, we see the words of Jesus, “I will build My Church.” Why did Jesus make that statement? It was because there was no church. Jesus said that upon the confession of Peter, “NOT PETER,” that Jesus would build His church. The church of Christ would become a spiritual body. The spiritual body of Christ would meet in buildings, but not all people who would meet in “church buildings” would necessarily be those who are “the Church.” “Unless one is born again, he can not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him,“Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

The message of the New Testament is that of Christ and the Church, per Ephesians 5:32.

Ephesians 5:32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Per Colossians 1:18. Jesus is the head of Church

Colossians 1:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

As born-again believers in Christ, we constitute His body, which is a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 12:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

The promise of Jesus, that He gives to “the church, His bride,” is that of a faithful groom to His loving bride, who is “we, the born again believers in Christ.”

In Ephesians 5:25, we read that the love of Christ for His bride, who is the Church, is an example for husbands in marriage. But, this illustration also explains the amazing love that Jesus has for “His” bride. He gave Himself for his bride, which is “us,” who are the born again body of Christ.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

In the video, “I Believe He’s Coming Back,” the words of 1 Corinthians 15:52 explain the event that will raise up believers in Christ, whether “dead of alive,” at the sound of the trumpet’s call.

1 Corinthians 15:52 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

The following verses relate to the “catching up,” to the “dead in Christ,” and “we who are alive and remain.” This promise is to those who are “in Christ,” who have been born again. The promise is not given to those who have not been born again, such as the unbelieving Jews of Matthew 24. Again, this promise has been given to “us, the born again believers in Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The videos of “Wedding Music” and “I Believe He’s Coming Back” tell a story of comfort for those of us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The promise of being “caught up” to be with Christ was given to the disciples, who have become apostles of Christ, in John 14:1-3, and verified by the angels in Acts 1:9-11. The coming of Jesus “in the air” to catch up His church” is known as the “rapture of the church.” There is now the question of how the rapture of the church differs from the “second coming of Christ.”

The rapture of the church “takes believers away,” for spiritual gifts and for the wedding of the Lamb.” Read, very carefully, the words of this passage. Nothing is mentioned about “motives.” We receive rewards, or lack of rewards. It is important to not relate this passage to other scriptures that do not have this context of “rewards, or lack of rewards,” for what we have done,” whether good or worthless.” It is also important to know that other references to this event clearly relate to this “Judgment Seat Of Christ,” for rewards, or lack of rewards.

2 Corinthians 5:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

“We, “the bride of the Lamb, the bride of Christ,” are treated with the greatest of respect that Jesus demands of husbands for “their wives,” (“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Eph 5:25). Relate this time in heaven, after the church has been raptured up, to the time that an earthly bride awaits her wedding to her earthly groom. How is the earthly bride treated as she awaits the wedding. Is her earthly groom going to “grill her” immediately prior to their wedding ceremony, on her motives? As was said earlier, the marriage of the Lamb takes place in Revelation 19:7-8, while the bride, the church, is still in heaven, after having been caught up to be with Jesus.

Zechariah 14:1-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The second coming of Jesus to earth, is described in the following verses of scripture where He will ,”stand on the Mount of Olives,” and that He will “come with all the holy ones with Him.” This event is the same one of Revelation 19:15, where Jesus defeats the enemies of God, in a spiritual victory in the Battle of Armageddon. We, the caught up “holy ones,” accompany Jesus. The battle is a spiritual one” (Zechariah 14:3, “Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle;” also Rev 19:15, “From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations.”)

The Lord’s Triumph and Reign (Zechariah 14:1-5)

1 A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south. 5 You will flee by My mountain valley, for the valley of the mountains will extend to Azal. 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.

The catching up of the church where the saints of Christ are taken away from earth, is not the same event as the second coming of Christ, where He will stand on earth at the Mount Of Olives, where He will set up His millennial kingdom. It is important to note 20:4, “those who had been beheaded,” refers to those who had accepted Jesus during the tribulation, “because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God.”

Revelation 19:11-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Doom of the Beast and False Prophet

20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 20:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Satan Bound

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

More will be discussed about the time of the second coming of Christ which takes place at the end of the time of tribulation. The following statement is very important!!! There are signs of the second coming of Jesus; no signs are given that tell of the rapture of the church.

Matthew 24:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

The times of tribulation will be much greater than anything that will have ever happened. It will not be the purpose of Jesus to put “His bride,” in the midst of such a time.

Matthew 24:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.

The purpose of the tribulation will be to judge sin and to bring unbelieving Jews to acceptance of Jesus as Messiah, as follows:

Daniel 9:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

The church, the bride of Christ, has no purpose in the tribulation. There is a great purpose for unbelieving Israel to come to faith in Jesus. There is also a great purpose for God to judge sin. We, who have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, have no need to be tested; “we have passed the test when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.” “Dwellers on the earth,” relates to unbelievers, and is mentioned throughout Revelation as those who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. As believers in Christ, “our citizenship is in heaven,” Philippians 3:20. Dwellers of the earth have an allegiance to things of the earth, as opposed to the “heavenlies.” (Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3)

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

The time of tribulation will be much worse than that of anything that has ever happened in history. Consider the bomb that exploded over Hiroshima that ended World War II. Consider the great world-wide flood of Noah’s time. The tribulation period will be greater than anything that our minds can imagine. The wrath of God’s judgment on sin and unbelief will be poured out on the earth, as is described below. God will not be a “bystander;” He will be “in charge” of everything that happens.

Revelation 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Book with Seven Seals

1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Revelation 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse
1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals

The Second Seal—War
3 When He broke the second seal

The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal

The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal

The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal

It is not God’s purpose for His church, the bride of Christ, to endure the wrath of God which will be poured out on the whole earth, which will affect all of those who are left behind; those who did not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

The following video tells of the salvation of Jesus that is given to all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior, as opposed to the condemnation that is the penalty for unbelief.

John 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Jesus Saves

Amen.

Is There A Screamer In The House?

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19 Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord. 20 Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Honor Christ by submitting to each other. 22 You wives must submit to your husbands’ leadership in the same way you submit to the Lord. 23 For a husband is in charge of his wife in the same way Christ is in charge of his body the Church. (He gave his very life to take care of it and be its Savior!)24 So you wives must willingly obey your husbands in everything, just as the Church obeys Christ.

25 And you husbands, show the same kind of love to your wives as Christ showed to the Church when he died for her, 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s Word; 27 so that he could give her to himself as a glorious Church without a single spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, being holy and without a single fault. 28 That is how husbands should treat their wives, loving them as parts of themselves. For since a man and his wife are now one, a man is really doing himself a favor and loving himself when he loves his wife! 29-30 No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body the Church, of which we are parts.

31 (That the husband and wife are one body is proved by the Scripture, which says, “A man must leave his father and mother when he marries so that he can be perfectly joined to his wife, and the two shall be one.”) 32 I know this is hard to understand, but it is an illustration of the way we are parts of the body of Christ.

33 So again I say, a man must love his wife as a part of himself; and the wife must see to it that she deeply respects her husband—obeying, praising, and honoring him. (Ephesians 5:19-33, Living Bible)

Nothing in the above passage identifies “screaming,” individually or as a “two-some,” as being a way to strengthen a marriage. Click onto the following link and watch the full Fire Proof movie (Courtesy of Trinity Broadcasting Network). Look for yourself. Are you Caleb? Are you Catherine?

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Proclaim A Solemn Assembly – Holiness, Confession, Repentance

The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida is the scene of the songs of worship and praise that were sung by Daniel Crews. The Senior Pastor of FBC, JAX is Dr. Mac Brunson. The congregation is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Revelation Song/Holy, Holy, Holy was performed by Daniel Crews with the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. (Pastors’ Conference 2012).

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This evening has been a good time of worship and praise to Jesus, our Lord and Savior. It was a blessing for me to research videos for songs that fit the spiritual design that God’s Holy Spirit has provided for me. Now, it’s time for the reason to be revealed for this evening’s time of worship. Consider our personal, and our nation’s, need for a “Solemn Assembly.” Consider the situation that the prophet Joel made known to the people of Israel.

Joel 1:14-15; New American Standard Bible

“Consecrate a fast, Proclaim a solemn assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land To the house of the LORD your God, And cry out to the LORD. Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty. ”

Beginning this Thursday (August 20) CCM will begin a series of Solemn Assemblies. We hold this time of meeting at our Elm Street location; our time for the Solemn Assemblies will be from 11:00 A.M., and will continue until around noon. If anyone would like to stay later, that’s okay; no one will be “run out” due to a time piece. God has been impressing upon me the need to have such Solemn Assemblies for quite some time. The focus of our times of meeting will be holiness, confession and repentance. There is an obvious reason for us to humble ourselves before our Holy God and confess our sins, both personal and national. Consider the order of repentance that we find written in the following scripture.

2 Chronicles 7:14; King James Bible

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

The words of God to Solomon are very clear if are to find personal and national healing. 1. Realize that God is the One who is calling us. 2. We are being called to approach Him in a state of humility. 3. We are to pray to God, with no barriers limiting our honesty with Him. 4. We are to seek the face of God, with no barriers blocking us. 5. We are to change our life from sin to holiness.

It is my prayer that the desire to return to God will be realized by many people in our local community. For those who do not reside in our fair city, I encourage you to set aside a time for your own time of spiritual replenishing. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to be a part of our extended Solemn Assembly, regardless of your location around God’s created world. Consider Joel’s second appeal for a solemn assembly.

Joel 2:

15 Blow a trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and the nursing infants.
Let the bridegroom come out of his room
And the bride out of her bridal chamber.
17 Let the priests, the Lord’s ministers,
Weep between the porch and the altar,
And let them say, “Spare Your people, O Lord,
And do not make Your inheritance a reproach,

Remember: Proclaim A Solemn Assembly – Call for “Holiness, Confession, Repentance.”

Midnight Cry – Prestonwood Baptist Church

This is one of my favorite songs of worship and praise. Prestonwood Baptist Church has three locations in the area of Plano, Prosper and Dallas, TX (Ft. Worth – Dallas area). This particular choir has 500 voices. Prestonwood Baptist Church is a congregation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Its Senior Pastor is Dr. Jack Graham; he will speak briefly at the end of the song. I trust that you will receive a rich blessing from this song of encouragement for believers in Christ.

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Solo by Andy Edwards with Dr. Jack Graham, The Prestonwood Baptist Choir and Orchestra. Taken from one of our Sunday Services.

This is one of those moments where you can almost look up to heaven and see Jesus Coming. Andy just pours out his heart and soul, Bradley is playing the keys off the keyboard and the choir is just about ready to jump out of the choir loft. Praise to God I got to sing that day

What A Wonderful World ( 1967 ) – LOUIS ARMSTRONG

This is my last post for this wonderful night that “the Lord hath made.” When I am awakened by the dawn’s early light, I will say, “this is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

So, to my special blog friends who are seeing differing views of our Lord’s wonderful creation around the world, let me wish you a very special good night from the eastern seaboard of the USA. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you.

Genesis Chapter 1 New King James Version

The History of Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Chapter 2

1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

“To Him Who Sits On The Throne, And Unto The Lamb”

“To Him Who Sits On The Throne, And Unto The Lamb.” The One who is seated on the throne is none other than “The Lamb Of God,” who is now “The Lion Of The Tribe Of Judah,” the Redeemer of mankind, the Messiah, the Savior, Immanuel; And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He is none other than “Jesus!” JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

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Revelation 5 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Worthy Is the Lamb

8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10 And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

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“Even So, Come Lord Jesus”

“Even so, come Lord Jesus” The next to last sentence in God’s Holy Word! Such words of anticipation and comfort!

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“Even So, Come Lord Jesus”

Revelation 22 New King James Version (NKJV)

The River of Life

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

The Time Is Near

6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I Am Coming Quickly

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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The Throne Room Of Heaven

“In the Presence of God.” That is where we are; the born again believers in Christ; we are caught up to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Can we even imagine such a happening? The time for rewards, and the time for our marriage to the Lamb of God, as we, “the Bride of Christ,” begin an eternity of favor that no other bride could ever have imagined.

The Throne Room Of Heaven

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In God’s Presence

Revelation 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Throne Room of Heaven

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

Verse 1 From “Scofield’s Study Notes”

Come up hither

This call seems clearly to indicate the fulfilment of 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. The word “church” does not again occur in the Revelation till all is fulfilled.

This is how we got to the Throne Room Of Heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

This is the situation that John views in Heaven, of those who have been raptured/caught up to be with God, forever.
The Jeremiah Study Bible has the following comments: 4:1-11: “A new section in the book begins here, revealing the terrible events of the Tribulation and God’s purpose in bringing the judgments. When John allows readers a glimpse through the door of heaven, and worship is what they see – all of heaven’s inhabitants gathered around the throne of God. This is the worship of the glorified Christ and Creator, whose judgment (symbolized by lightnings, thunderings, and voices) is about to fall on the earth.

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Sermon Notes: Genesis 3:15 And Forward – Jesus, The Redeemer (Aug 15, 2015)

“I Will Sing of My Redeemer.” Job knew of the Redeemer. The song has been around for a long time, but its message is fresh – for today. Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither performing “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” (feat. Shane McConnell and Larry Ford)

Sermon Notes: Genesis 3:15 And Forward – Jesus, The Redeemer (August 15, 2015)

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Genesis 3:15 New King James Version (NKJV) The first prophecy of the virgin birth of the Messiah/Redeemer/Savior/Jesus and of the doom of Satan.

15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

Genesis 3:17 King James Version (KJV) The penalty of the fall of Adam was the curse, which has affected the totality of God’s creation. Anything that is not like it would have been in the Garden of Eden is a result of the fall and resulting curse. Consider all of the horrible things of the world in which we live; things of life, things of nature, anything that dies, anything that creates death. You can add to this list, based on your own life’s experiences and observations.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Job 19:25 New King James Version (NKJV) Job knew of the Redeemer and of His triumphant return to earth to bring deliverance.

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;

The Day Of The Lord

Zechariah 14:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV) – The fulfillment of Job 19:25

1 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

The Redemption. The sheep of the Shepherd. Other sheep.

John 10:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV) – Israel is God’s chosen; Gentiles will also be called and chosen.

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Death in Adam; Life in Christ

Romans 5:12 New King James Version (NKJV) – No death before the Sin of Adam.

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 New King James Version (NKJV) – Death came by Adam. Eternal life came by Christ.

21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

John’s Special Relationship With Jesus – Consider the writings of John The Apostle.

John 13:23 New King James Version (NKJV) – An obvious intimate relationship between Jesus and John.

23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.

John 20:31 New King James Version (NKJV) – Proof of salvation is by belief in Christ.

31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Revelation 1:3 New King James Version (NKJV) – The truth of the blessings of reading Revelation.

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

The Lamb Of God

John 1:29 New King James Version (NKJV) – The sin of the world, not the sins of the world.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 1:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV) – The spiritual new birth gives eternal life.

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3:3-8 New King James Version (NKJV) – The born again experience is necessary for eternal life. Only God’s Holy Spirit can bring about the new birth.

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

This is not referring to water baptism, but to a spiritual cleansing of a flawed spirit. Everyone who has been born into this world, or who has been conceived, has a flawed spirit which must be regenerated, cleansed, born again.

John 3:15-18 New King James Version (NKJV) – The sin of the world (Jn 1:29) is unbelief. The unpardonable sin is that of “unbelief.” The purpose of Jesus coming into the world was not to condemn but to call flawed people to Him for eternal life with Him.

15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:36 New King James Version (NKJV) – The wrath of God awaits those who die in a state of unbelief, and those who find themselves missing the rapture of Jesus and present in the time of Tribulation (Matt 24; Rev 4-19)

36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 4:22-24 New King James Version (NKJV) – God chose the Jews to bring the Savior (Deu 7:6)

22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New King James Version (NKJV) –

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

NOT “HOLY GHOST:” Matt 28:19; Mk 1:8; Lk 3:22; John 14:26. HOLY SPIRIT IS CORRECT. GOD IS NOT A GHOST.

Worship in spirit and in truth. “All of us for all of Him.”

John 17:3 New King James Version (NKJV) – A text book definition of eternal life. “Knowing God, intimately.” The word “know” is the same as in Gen 4:1 (Adam knew Eve and she conceived.) and Matt 1:23-25 (Joseph did not “know” Mary until after Jesus was born.) Eternal life begins when we have an intimate relationship with God, (“Father, Son, Holy Spirit”). This is accomplished by the new birth. If we are born again we believe. If we believe we have been born again.

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

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Unborn Sacrifices ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Unborn Sacrafices ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~

On the altar of lust,
built upon immorality
sacrificing unborn babies
has become our new reality.

To the world, they’re just tissue,
to God, His very own creation
yet, we terminate their lives . . .
in the name of legalized abortion.

One by one we disregard,
their tiny body parts . . .
sell them to those interested
in livers, kidneys and hearts.

Whatever the cost or profit,
these tiny body parts bring in
it will not be worth the price . . .
when God judges this murderous sin.

If Planned Parenthood could sell a soul,
I believe they would really try to
but, God they can’t barter with . . .
what from the start belonged to You.

Oh, Father please forgive them,
for they do know ~ what they do . . .
while over red wine and a salad
on their evil plans, they sip and chew!

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Matthew 24 – The Rapture Of Jesus, Or His Second Coming?

The subjects of the rapture of the church and of the second coming of Christ have been discussed many times, and by many people, but it has been my experience that a lot of bad information has been passed around during those studies and times of discussion. Through a lot of personal observation and study, I have found that many people use the two terms (rapture and 2nd coming) interchangeably, without providing sound documentation for having come to their conclusions. It is easy for any student of scripture to observe that Jesus discussed “Jewish things” with Jews, and that the Apostle Paul discussed Christian things with Christians. In the context of this 24th Chapter of Matthew the term “elect” refers to Jews. In Paul’s letters, he relates to the elect as being “the called” of the born again Body of Christ, which is the spiritual church of Christ. In relation to the rapture/catching up of the church, the event deals with Christ coming down from heaven, not landing on Earth, but calling His born-again body of Christ, the spiritual church, up to heaven where it will receive rewards at the judgment seat of Christ, and take place in the marriage of the Lamb. (During this time of rapture, rewards, and marriage, the tribulation is taking place on Earth). In Paul’s discussion with Christians, He does not talk about Jewish matters. Why, one might ask? It is because Jewish matters don’t relate to Christians in this matter. The second coming of Christ relates to Jesus coming from Heaven to Earth, with His saints (who were raptured, and have been in Heaven with Him during the time of tribulation on earth) where He will stand on the Mount of Olives. On His descent to Earth, He will win the Battle of Armageddon and set up his Millennial reign (1,000 years). Jesus uses Jewish terms to explain His second coming to Jews.

The 24th Chapter of Matthew follows. Passages of scripture will then be shown to illustrate the differences between the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. I have not included scripture references for many other comments that will be found in this post. I have provided those scriptures many times in the past and will gladly provide them again, based on reader requests.

Matthew 24:1-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Signs of Christ’s Return

1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2 And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Perilous Times

15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. 24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told you in advance. 26 So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. 27 For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

The Glorious Return

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

Rapture Of The Church

John 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Nothing is mentioned about the tribulation. The disciples, soon to be apostles, will become part of the born-again church. Jesus is now talking to “these Jews,” just like the Apostle Paul will discuss the event with Christians. Jesus will explain the events of the tribulation to the Jews in Matthew 24, because unbelieving Jews will be “left behind,” will miss the rapture, and will find themselves in the midst of the murderous reign of the Antichrist.

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

“1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

vs 3: “I will come again and receive you to be with Me in Heaven.” No mention of the tribulation is made.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Jesus will come in the air and catch up His believers to be with Him, “with the Lord.” Again, no mention of the tribulation.

1 Corinthians 15:50-54 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.

This statement shows that those who are dead and alive, will be raised and changed, to have imperishable bodies, when Jesus comes in the air. No mention is made to these Christians of the tribulation. Why? Because born again believers in Christ will be caught up in the rapture and will not be present on earth while the tribulation is taking place.

Second Coming Of Christ

Matthew 24:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (This happens after the tribulation)

The Glorious Return

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

The “elect,” the Jews, are the object of this passage. Jesus is seen by everyone on earth as He returns to earth.The elect (dead and alive) Jews are gathered together from all areas of the earth. (The regathering of Israel). These conditions of atmospheric rebellion will not be discussed with the future Christians by the Apostle Paul as something that they will have to endure.

Zechariah 14:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south

Jesus returns to earth and stands on the Mount of Olives. Jesus was seated on the Mount of Olives while he was speaking with His disciples in Matthew Chapter 24:3.

Revelation 19:14-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

This is the same occurrence as that of Zechariah 14:1-4. In this passage, it shows that the armies of heaven (the saints who had been raptured) will be with Jesus during His descent to Earth.

In conclusion, it is easy to understand that Jesus uses Matthew Chapter 24 to explain the events of His return to earth, in what we call “The Second Coming Of Christ.” In John 14, Jesus will discuss the rapture of the church with His disciples, who will soon become his apostles, and who will convey the same message to the gentiles and unbelieving Jews, as they carry out their ministry of apostleship.

 

Pastor, Dr. John Osteen (Deceased). Truly, a mighty man of Jesus. Final Televised Sermon: My Destination Is Heaven (1998)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6). John Osteen passed from this life to Glory in January 1999. John Osteen never shied away from the truth of Jesus being the only way to salvation.

Dr. Osteen founded Lakewood Church in 1959 in Houston, Texas and developed Lakewood into a body of approximately 15,000 members with active ministries in televangelism, conferences, missionary support, and food distribution. He hosted the weekly John Osteen television program for 16 years, reaching millions in the U.S. and in many other countries with his preaching. On January 23, 1999 he died after a heart attack at the age of 77. His youngest son Joel Osteen later succeeded him as pastor. The congregation was started from scratch by the senior Osteen and his wife, Dodie. Since his passing, the weekly attendance has grown to more than 43,500.

John Osteen was a very knowledgeable and firm preacher of the gospel of Christ. His sermons consistently dealt with righteousness and sin, belief and unbelief, Heaven and Hell, Jesus and Satan, and the need for all people of the world to be born again in order for them to enter into Heaven. The sermon that is shown as a part of this post is the last one that Dr. Osteen preached before he died. All of the topics that are listed in this paragraph were parts of that sermon. It is amazing how the attendance of Lakewood Church has grown so much under the preaching of its current pastor.

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Pastor, Dr. E.V. Hill (Deceased), Truly, A Mighty Man Of Jesus

2 I made up my mind that I would talk about only one thing while I was with you. That one thing was Jesus Christ and his death on a cross. (1 Corinthians 2:2.) 34 Then the man from Ethiopia asked Philip, `Please tell me, who is the prophet talking about, himself or some other man?’35 Then Philip told him about Jesus. He began with what the man read in the book. 36 While they were going along, they came to some water by the road. The man said, `See, here is water. What is there to stop me from being baptised?’ 37 Philip answered, `If you believe with all your heart, you may be baptised.’ The man said, `I do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’ 38 The man told the driver to stop. Then both he and Philip went down into the water, and Philip baptised him. (Acts 8:34-38) (Both passages are from the Worldwide English New Testament). In the above scriptures we see two examples of effective ministry. In 1 Corinthians, Paul said that his message was that of Jesus. In Acts, Philip “preached Jesus.” Dr. E.V. Hill was a preacher of the Gospel of Christ who maintained a ministry of telling people about Jesus. Oh, how we need such a Pastor to minister to the leader of the United States Of America!

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The Road To, And Through, Revelation (Pillar 6)

“For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matthew 24:21). As we look back in the history of our world, many horrible things have happened. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that drew the USA into World War II. The atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the USA on August 7, 1945, that ended World War II. The “911” attack on New York City by Muslim terrorists. Tidal waves and earthquakes…The global flood of Genesis 7:11…

“Step By Step,” we are studying the Book Of Revelation.” Key pillars of “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” are being discussed, as opposed to a verse by verse study of one of the most neglected books of the Bible.

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As horrible as the previous, and other, events in world history have been, there is another event that will occur that will be far greater than anything that has ever happened…The four horsemen of the apocalypse. Antichrist. War. Famine. Death and Hell. Martyrs in heaven. Universal upheaval and devastation. The beginning of the great day of God’s wrath! I say again! “The beginning of the great day of God’s wrath!” God is in heaven in control of everything that has ever happened, is happening, and will ever happen, on Earth and elsewhere in His created world. The events of the future will be neither haphazard, nor random. They will occur, per the Sovereign work and design of God. (Mine)

No matter how frightening or devastating the time of tribulation may be, it will all be ordered by God, who will be seated on His throne. During this seven-year period, the purpose of God’s wrath will be to draw Israel to Jesus, as Messiah, and to judge sin. The judgment of the sins of believers in Christ has taken place on the cross on Calvary. The rapture of the church has removed the believers who are living from the earth. Their souls have already been cleansed and regenerated at the time that they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, with their spirits being born again. Sin no longer indwells their spirits; but those Jews and Gentiles who have not been born again, have spirits that are full of sin and need to be regenerated with the indwelling Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); that will be the purpose of the tribulation. (Mine)

References: SSB (Scofield Study Bible) SRN (Scofield’s Reference Notes). MAC (MacArthur Study Bible). JER (Jeremiah Study Bible). RYR (Ryrie Study Bible).

This time of tribulation is also known as Jacob’s Trouble, and the 70th Week of Daniel, as follows:(Mine)

Jeremiah 30:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Jacob’s Trouble

7 ‘Alas! for that day is great, There is none like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s distress, But he will be saved from it.

MAC. (30:7) time of Jacob’s distress. This period of unprecedented difficulty of Israel, as the verse defines, is set in a context of Israel’s final restoration. It is best equated with the time of tribulation (cf vv 8,9) just before Christ’s Second Advent, mentioned elsewhere (Dan 12:1; Matt 24:21,22) and described in detail by Rev chapters 6-19.

JER. (30:7) The time of Jacob’s trouble during the exile was a preview of the period of unparalleled suffering for Israel during the time of the Great Tribulation following the Rapture of the church (Dan 9:12; Joel 2:11; Amos 5:18). After this time of divine purging and judgment against the people of Israel, the Lord will break the yoke of foreign oppression for His people and they will live under the rule of Jesus, their Messiah.

SSB. (30:7) time of distress for Jacob. The time of trouble for Jacob is identical to the tribulation. See Rev 7:14 note:

SRN (Rev 7:14) See link below.
http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/view.cgi?bk=65&ch=7.

MAC (7:14) “the great tribulation.” These people didn’t go with the raptured church, since they were not yet saved. During the 7 year period they will be saved, martyred, and enter heaven. Though it is a time of unparalleled judgment, it is also a time of unparalleled grace in salvation (Mt 24:12-14). “washed their robes.” (cf 19:8. Salvation’s cleansing is in view (see Tit 2:11-14). “blood of the Lamb.” This refers to the atoning sacrifice of Christ (cf 1:5; 5:9; Rom 3:24, 25; 5:9).

JER (7:14). The ones who will be saved during the great tribulation, during this seven-year period, will be martyred for their faith. The Tribulation will be a time of both unparalleled affliction and unprecedented grace.

The following scripture is very important to understanding the purpose of the tribulation.(Mine)

Daniel 9:24 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Daniel’s 70th Week

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

SRN (9:24) See link below.
http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/view.cgi?bk=26&ch=9

MAC (9:24) The purpose of Daniel’s 70th week. This prophecy tells of the future of Israel in the final end of the age. God promises 2 sets of 3 accomplishments each.

First, those related to sin are:

1. “finish the transgression,” i.e., restrain sin, and Israel’s in its long trend of apostasy, as in v 11).
2. “make an end to sin,” i.e., to judge it with finality (cf. Heb 9:26)
3. “make atonement for iniquity,” signifies to furnish the actual basis of covering sin by full atonement, the blood of the crucified Messiah who is “cut off” (vs 26), which affects the first two realities (cf. the fountain, Zechariah 13:1).

Second, those accomplishments related to righteousness are:

1. “bring in righteousness,” the eternal righteousness of Daniel’s people (Jews) in their great change from centuries of apostasy
2.”seal up vision,” i.e., no more revelation is needed and God will bring these anticipations to completion by their fulfillment in Israel’s blessing as a nation
3. “anoint the most holy place,” consecrate the Holy Place in a temple of the future that will be the center of worship in the millennial kingdom (cf. Ezek 40-48). Clearly this must be understood to sweep to the end of Gentile power and the time of Antichrist right before Christ’s return.

Summing up, the first 3 accomplishments are fulfilled in principle at Christ’s first coming, in full at His return. The last 3 complete the plan at His Second Advent.

RYR (9:24) “Seventy years.” Lit 70 sevens. This period of 490 years concerns “your people” (the Jews) and “your holy city” (Jerusalem). “to finish transgression.” To end the apostasy of the Jews. “to make atonement for iniquity.” Refers to the death of Christ on the cross, which is the basis for Israel’s future forgiveness (Zech 12:10; Rom 11:26-27), “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” In the millennial kingdom of Messiah (Jer 23:5-6). “to seal up vision and prophecy.” To set God’s seal of fulfillment on all the prophecies concerning the Jewish people and Jerusalem. “to anoint the most holy place.” The anointing of the Holy of Holies in the millennial Temple.

Seals, Trumpets, Bowls. Judgments of “the Lamb” that are poured out onto a sinful world. This judgment is accomplished by the Lord Jesus. He would not make his “bride” the object of such punishment. His “bride,” the church, has been removed from the earth when the rapture/catching up of the church took place (John 4:1-3, Ephesians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54). There are seven trumpets, seven bowls, and seven judgments. Out of the seventh seal will come another series of seven trumpets, and out of the seventh trumpet will come another series of seven bowls of the wrath of God. The judgments culminate in the second coming of Christ. (Mine)
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Revelation 6:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The First Seal—Rider on White Horse

1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” 2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

First Seal Judgment: The rider of the white horse had a bow and a crown. He went out conquering and to conquer. He is the Antichrist. (RYR)

The rider of the white horse is “the prince to come,”(Daniel 9:26) who will head up the revived Roman Empire and, ultimately, become the world ruler. He is Satan’s masterpiece and the counterfeit of all that Christ is, or claims to be. He is, therefore, cast in the role of conqueror, which seems to be the significance of a the white horse. (Walvoord Commentary)

Revelation 6:3-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Second Seal—War

3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him

Second Seal Judgment: Red horse. Indicates bloodshed (e.g.,”red horse; take peace from; sword.”)(RYR).

“He was given a great sword.” The sword was given to the Antichrist by God, who is in charge (Mine).

Revelation 6:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Third Seal—Famine

5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

Third Seal Judgment: Black horse. Famine. (RYR)

“A denarius.” A person will have to spend a day’s wages for a loaf of bread with no money left to buy anything else (Walvoord Commentary).

Revelation 6:7-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Fourth Seal—Death

7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Fourth Seal Judgment. Ashen horse; yellowish-green. Probably represents the inevitable result of disease that accompanies war and famine. “Death” claims the bodies, and “Hades” the souls and spirits of one-fourth of the world’s population. (RYR)

Hades is the abode of the dead. The horsemen have power over 1/4 part of the earth, to kill with the sword, hunger, and wild animals (Walvoord Commentary).

Revelation 6:9-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

Fifth seal judgment. 9. “The souls of those who had been slain.” The martyrs of the first months of the tribulation period. 10. The martyrs are alive and speaking with the Lord in His presence. 11. “Rest for a little while.” i.e., wait a little while. It is difficult for these martyrs to understand why God would allow their murderers to live; yet God asks these saints to trust Him. (RYR)

Consider the following bullets of information, as is seen by John from Heaven:(Mine)

“those who dwell on the earth (vs 10).” They were persecutors of the Antichrist who murdered those who came to Christ in the tribulation…”their brethren who were to be killed, even as they had been killed (vs 11). (More tribulation saints will be murdered.) The murders will continue until the time of Christ’s return (second coming). Those who will be martyred during the tribulation will not receive their resurrection bodies until the end of the tribulation, according to Rev 20:4. In summary, there will be two classes of tribulation martyrs, as viewed by John from Heaven; those already slain, and those who are yet to be slain. The “dead in Christ” (those who had accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior prior to the tribulation) will have been raptured/caught up prior to the time of the deaths of the tribulation martyrs/saints being put to death for their faith in Christ. (Walvoord Commentary)

Revelation 6:12-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Sixth Seal—Terror

12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Sixth Seal Judgment. 12. These cosmic disturbances are predicted elsewhere in Scripture (Isa 34:4; Joel 2:30-31; Matt 24:29). 16, When the Tribulation comes, men will act as if they believe the end of the world is at hand. (RYR)

All of the elements of a great catastrophic judgment of God are present, and that God is still in control and is undertaking a direct intervention into human affairs. Remember! The church-age “believers in Christ” are not present; they have been raptured out of the world before the tribulation began. God has inflicted His divine punishment upon a blasphemous world. (Walvoord Commentary)

Consider the wrath of God, in view that it is from the Lamb of God that these judgments are taking place on “those who dwell on the earth.” (Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). The church has been raptured and translated to Heaven before the outpouring of God’s wrath. The church was very prominent in Chapters 2 and 3, but is not mentioned again until 22:16, except as the wife of the Lamb at the close at the close of the tribulation. Nowhere in scenes of earth that describe the end times (chap 6-19) is the church pictured as involved in the earthly struggle. Consider the following scriptures as they relate to the fact that believers will be delivered from God’s wrath, which point to the protection and removal of the church during these days of the wrath of God. (Mine)

1 Thessalonians 1:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

Revelation 3:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

“from the hour of testing.” As believers in Christ, we passed the test when we accepted Christ as out Lord and Savior, were born again, and were the recipients of His Holy Spirit which is “Christ in us” (Col 1:27)(Mine)

“keep you from.” Many have observed that the preposition, “from” (Gr., ek) is best understood as “out of,” rather than simply “from.” As the horrors of this tribulation period are unfolded in the following chapters of Revelation, it is evident that the promise to the church at Philadelphia is one of deliverance from this time of trouble. (Walvoord Commentary)

“the whole world.” The judgments will affect “every one,” in every corner of the earth. (Mine)

“those who dwell on the earth.” The tem, “earth dwellers,” is listed in the following scriptures: (Mine)

(Rev 3:10, 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8). (Mine)

Believers in Christ are called citizens of heaven, as opposed to “dwellers of earth.” (Mine)

Philippians 3:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
Earth dwellers relate to those who choose the things of man, as opposed to things of God in heaven.

The Greek word for “who dwell” is katoikeó (2730), and means, “am established in (permanently).” (Mine)

Throughout Scripture, the husband is responsible for providing for the love, care, and welfare of his wife and family. Consider one of the most clearly directive of those passages: (Mine)

Ephesians 5:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

The husband has the responsibility of loving and providing the utmost protection for his bride. It is consistent in view of this scripture to understand that Jesus, “the bridegroom of all bridegrooms,”will protect the church, who is His bride. It is easy to understand that Jesus will not put His bride, “the church,” in the midst of His own wrath that is being poured out on a world of unbelieving Jews and gentiles, who are not His bride.(Mine)

There may be those who say that the wrath of God does not occur until after the first four seals are poured out. It is, however, a truth that God is in control of everything that takes place, in every word, verse, and chapter of the book of Revelation. God is not simply an “onlooker..” He is totally in charge of every judgment that is described. The proof is clear, as follows:(Mine)

Psalm 103:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,

And His sovereignty rules over all.(Mine)

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“In The Presence Of Jehovah,” By Chonda Pierce

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (NASB)

Prepare yourself. Enter into the throne room of Heaven and fall down and worship God. Revelation, Chapter 4:11, Our “Lord,” Kurios, Master, Sir; the Lord…Our “God,” Theos, Creator and Owner of all things.

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Our “Lord.”

kurios: lord, master
Original Word: κύριος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: kurios
Phonetic Spelling: (koo’-ree-os)
Short Definition: lord, Lord, master, sir
Definition: lord, master, sir; the Lord.
HELPS Word-studies
2962 kýrios – properly, a person exercising absolute ownership rights;lord (Lord).
[In the papyri, 2962 (kýrios) likewise denotes an owner (master) exercising full rights.]

Our “God”

theos: God, a god
Original Word: θεός, οῦ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine; Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: theos
Phonetic Spelling: (theh’-os)
Short Definition: God, a god
Definition: (a) God, (b) a god, generally.
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2316 theós – properly, God, the Creator and owner of all things (Jn 1:3; Gen 1 – 3).
[Long before the NT was written, 2316 (theós) referred to the supreme being who owns and sustains all things.]

Revelation, 4:1-11 (HCSB)

The Throne Room of Heaven

1 After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was set there in heaven. One was seated on the throne, 3 and the One seated looked like jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. 4 Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads. 5 Flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. 6 Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne. Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were in the middle and around the throne. 7 The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop,saying:

Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is coming.

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever, 10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:

11 Our Lord and God,
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.

Considering Love

Let’s consider love – God’s love. Sometimes, “it’s hard to explain.” When we consider the scope of God’s love, it goes “far, far, away,” from the place that we live, to the great expanses of outer space” (good news for astronauts). God’s love is truly, “beyond this world,” which explains “how much He loves us.” Let us now relate these thoughts about God’s love to the tender love story of a young man and young woman in the song and movie that are a part of this post. This subject has been posted in times past. I trust that you will learn a bit more about me through the things that I write, especially in this post.

The year was 1962. I was fourteen years old. My home was in New Orleans, Louisiana, actually Gretna and Algiers. One afternoon, I looked at the movie section of the New Orleans Times Picayune and tried to figure out a good movie to see. There were many theaters in “The Crescent City,” so it took a while to decide on which one would have the best movie. I decided on the Avalon Theater, which was located in the downtown area of what is now known as “Algiers Point.” I road a city bus from the Mc Donoughville community of Gretna, where I lived, all the way to the theater. That is a time in my life that I will never forget, and would not want to forget.

The movie that was being shown was “Rome Adventure.” At my “tender age,” I was in love with the idea of being in love. The movie was about a young woman whose name was Prudence. She worked as a librarian somewhere in America. She wanted to go “to where they really know what love is all about – Italy.” So, she went! The role of Prudence was played by Suzanne Pleshette.

Almost magically upon her arrival in Italy, Prudence met a young man who had recently broken up with his girl friend. That man was Don, and was played by Troy Donahue. Love was truly in the air as Prudence and Don toured Italy together. As is shown in the movie, the love grows between Don and Prudence – love that is tender and innocent. You can not imagine how much I would love to have been Don as he was gaining the favor of the beautiful Suzanne Pleshette.

The Rome Adventure theme song, Al Di La, has been in my mind throughout the years. While Don and Prudence were on a date, and listening to Emilio Pericolli sing that song, Prudence asked Don to explain the meaning of “Al Di La.” He explained it like this. “It’s hard to explain. It’s “far far away, beyond the beyond, beyond this world; that’s how much he loves her in this song.”

Rome Adventure was truly a love story, because it was just that – a story about love – young love. There was nothing out of taste or character for either Suzanne Pleshette or Troy Donahue; oh how we need movies like that today. To help you to understand some of my thoughts about this movie, I have provided two links. The first, and opening, one will take you to the scene where Al Di La is being sung. The second one will show various film clips of the movie. I trust that you will get a feeling deep inside of you that will help you to remember, or appreciate, such a time in life.When we also consider the love story of Naomi and Ruth, and the illustration of God’s love, may we never forget the following scripture:

“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette later married, although I am not certain how long the marriage lasted. They are both dead now; such a great loss for the world.

Film Clips – Rome Adventure

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Considering, “Good Morning Vietnam.”

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). During these times in which we live, there is a great lack of respect for those who have served our nation in the military services. May we never forget to honor and thank those who have served in all of our nation’s wars and other military campaigns. This post has been published two or three times in the past. It’s subject matter is still fresh in my mind.

The innocence of the 50s and early 60s had come and gone. Our nation was at war in Southeast Asia, or better known as Vietnam. The movie, “Good Morning Vietnam,” shows how a group of radio disc jockeys tried to make things better for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen who were spending a year of their life trying to hold back the communist forces of North Vietnam. Robin Williams plays such a dj. I was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. My time was spent in Thailand and The Republic of The Philippines, in support of the war effort, so I was very blessed and thankful that I didn’t have to enter an area of combat. I can remember the great service that the djs of the Armed Forces Radio And Television Service did to strengthen the morale of our military and civilian folks who were assigned to areas of Southeast Asia. Armed Forces Vietnam Network, and other AFRTS organizations did a great job of bringing the music of “back home” to a land that was a third world country. In my Air Force barracks in the Philippines, we had a group of those wonderful djs living with us. They were members of the Army, Navy, and of course, the Air Force. I can remember a great Navy dj; I think that his name was Ray Lorio. I trust that life was good to him after he left the Philippines. My tours of duty ended in 1971 in the Philippines, and 1974 in Thailand. Please consider the value of the video. It shows scenes from a movie that was about a very unpopular war. Horrible things were happening, as the movie shows, and the song may seem to be out-of-place. But, such songs were very important to our troops who would be spat upon once they returned home, due to the war’s unpopularity. So, sit back for two minutes and thirty-nine seconds and view a video about a very telling movie that starred a great actor, entertainer, and comedian, Robin Williams. Following the video, you will find a link to a site that will tell you more about the hero djs of the Vietnam War.

AFVN – American Forces Vietnam Network Home Page – OoCities
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Hear AFVN Vietnam military radio again or watch military tv news again on your computer – authentic shows heard or seen years ago. See pictures of the GI’s …

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