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Context is critical to the study of God's Word. When beginning a study of a book of the Bible it is essential to discover its historical context. Every good commentary will cover authorship, date, recipients and historical circumstances in its introduction. An excellent online resource for historical context of each New Testament book is Dr. Daniel Wallace's New Testament:  Introductions and Outlines. 

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Category:Hebrews -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Some of us don't realize it, but we have a desperate need for rescue, and that is exactly what Jesus Christ brought us. Some of us don't realize that ultimately what we celebrate each Christmas is our joy in the fact that God has sent us a rescuer… it is the God-Man Jesus Christ! We were trapped in sin, but God worked a major rescue operation. The Jews in Jesus’ day were looking for rescue from their Messiah. They have been in bondage for just about all of their existence, and at that point they are under the bondage of the Romans. They want rescue! They are expecting political and military rescue, but miss that Jesus was coming to give them a far greater rescue than that! Read Matthew 21:1-9

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Category:The Purpose of Christmas -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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Christmas is a party. Specifically, it's a birthday party for Jesus, celebrating His becoming a human so that He could perform the greatest act of love and sacrifice anyone has ever performed. That act was death upon a cross… The result was forgiveness of sins and salvation for us! Ironically at most Christmas parties the guest of honor is completely ignored! Prayerfully for us here that doesn’t become the case!

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Category:The Purpose of Christmas -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Jesus is and will forever be the most unique person in all reality. We struggle to comprehend Him. Our struggle is reflected in heresies about Jesus that developed early in the history of the church and even now exist in the cults.

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Category:Special -- posted at: 10:30am PST

I know that many of you come from a Roman Catholic background and I want you to know that my desire is that you would simply know the truth of what the Gospel actually teaches and be freed from the lies and heresy of the Roman Catholic Church. In order to do that I am going to simply take you through the most important aspects of Scripture and show you why Catholicism doesn't square with them. These are the most important things to share with your Catholic friends and family members.

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:30pm PST

As we prepare our hearts to remember Jesus through the bread and cup, we’re going to discover that as Jesus celebrated the final Passover of His first coming, He was thinking about the first Passover of His second coming!
In the Law of Moses, God established seven annual feasts to be observed by the nation of Israel.  The Feast of Passover commemorates God’s deliverance of the Israelites from physical death on the night of Passover through the blood sacrifice of the passover lamb.

As thousands of Jewish families gathered at the Passover meal and looked back at God’s deliverance Jesus gathered with His disciples for the Passover meal and looked forward to Passover’s ultimate fulfillment in the Millennial Kingdom. Read Luke 22:14-20.

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It is easy to shake our heads in disgust when we see some of the atrocities happening in the Middle East at the hands of many of the Muslim faith. However, we cannot expect people that no know little else, especially little about the hope of Jesus Christ, to change. It has been said, "The only thing it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing." My prayer is that as a result of this series we are not okay with doing nothing. That we will have a deeper love for the lost and stronger confidence in reaching them.

Today we will simply compare the two most important aspects of Islam and Christianity: (1) Their holy books and (2) their founders. This means we will be comparing the Koran with the Bible and Mohammed with Jesus!

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

This morning, it is our joy to commission two of our brothers to the office of Deacon. In preparation we will study the origin of and the qualifications for the office of Deacon. Please turn in your Bibles to Acts 6:1-6 where is recorded the beginning of the office of deacon.

THE NEED FOR DEACONS (ACTS 6:1-6)

The church in Jerusalem had grown considerably since the Feast of Pentecost 33A.D. at which time 3000 Jews came to faith in Jesus and were baptized (Acts 2:40-41). Apparently, many who had visited Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost and were converted settled in Jerusalem to grow in their new-found faith in Christ.  This influx of Greek-speaking Jews (Hellenists) required the native Hebrew-speaking Jews to temporarily pool their resources to meet their brethren's needs (Acts 4:32). Among those dependent upon the charitable giving of the church were widows who were served food on a daily basis. A problem arose when the Greek-speaking Jews (Hellenists) felt their widows were being neglected in favor of the native Jews.

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Category:Special -- posted at: 7:30am PST

The sermon preached by the apostle Peter in Acts 4:5-12 while speaking to the rulers and the people and elders of Israel is a far cry from what the Muslim faith teaches. In fact part of its creed is that there is one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. The Bible and the Muslim faith cannot both be true since they are completely contradictory in who and what one must believe in in order to enter into heaven.

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

We are called to love; the first and second commands teach us to love God and others. Can anyone disagree that these should be the two greatest commands? It's the doing that's tough; particularly loving others. Even for those who have made progress dying to self and living to Christ, loving others is challenging; it's not always clear how to love certain people in certain situations. We find ourselves asking, "What does love look like in this situation?" It's the right question and needs to be asked far more often than it is. We're really asking for discernment. This is exactly what God wants us to ask and what the Apostle Paul prayed for on behalf of the church at Philippi. God wants to make us better lovers.

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Today we will close another chapter in our Faithology series as we wrap up the teachings of the Jehovah's Witnesses and continue to explore how to share the truth of the Gospel with them. Today's journey takes us into the exploration of salvation as taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, what they teach regarding the soul at the moment of death, and an examination of their prophecies that have been made over the years. Let's start with the crucial topic of salvation according to the JW’s and compare that to what the Bible actually teaches. This particular topic is of utmost importance as it either affirms Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross or it greatly diminishes it!

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

The words of Revelation 22:6-21 are the last words of the book of Revelation; what is called an epilogue. In these final verses we're given the bottom line of the book: trust the book, expect Christ’s return. As we read this passage pay special attention to things repeated; they guide us in understanding the emphases of these final words.

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

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Category:Special -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Jehovah's Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) reported the largest membership increases in a year, according to the National Council of Churches' 2008 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. Although Jehovah's Witnesses currently rank 25th in size with over 1.06 million members, they reported a 2.25% increase since the publication of the 2007 Yearbook. The Mormon church grew 1.56% and is listed by the NCC as the 4th largest "church."

Due to the fact that cults and false religions are taking seriously spreading their message, and due to the fact that many people are buying the lies, we must continue to tackle this tough topic of discovering what some of these cults believe, why it matters, and how to refute them as well as lead them to the truth! Today we will tackle 2 very important topics in regards to what JW’s teach and the biblical refutations. (Jesus and the Holy Spirit)

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

God doesn't reveal future events to satisfy our curiousity; He reveals future events to change our lives. I am impressed by this fact as I study Revelation 22:6-21; it is a call for the reader to respond in obedience to the prophecies of this book. Failure to heed its warnings will have dire consequences for a Christian. Obedience will bring blessing. So how should we respond to the book of Revelation?

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Revelation 21:9-22:5 gives a more detailed description of the New Jerusalem, our eternal home. I want to emphasize again the physicality of our future. At the Rapture, whether we are resurrected from the dead or we are alive and translated, we will receive glorified, physical bodies. Our glorified bodies will be like the glorified body of Jesus which was very physical though it had qualities that differ from our present, mortal bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-49). Jesus invited Thomas to touch His scars (Jn. 20:24-29). Jesus ate food in the presence of His disciples (Luke 24:36-49). Jesus talked to His disciples and they heard Him by way of their physical ears. All this is to drive home the fact that just as Jesus' glorified body is a physical body so also our glorified bodies will be physical bodies. We need to get clear in our minds that our future will be a very physical experience in very physical places starting with the New Jerusalem in which we will take up residence at the Rapture.

To be clear, all Old Testament saints and Church Age saints who have died up to this moment in history are in the Third Heaven in Paradise, but they are in a disembodied state (Lk. 23:39-43; Eph. 4:8-9; 2 Cor. 5:1-10). They await the First Resurrection - the resurrection to life (Jn. 5:29). Jesus is the first stage of the First Resurrection. Church Age saints are the second stage and will be resurrected at the Rapture.  Old Testament and Tribulation saints are the third and fourth stages and will be resurrected in the 75 day interval between the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. All of us will physically live together for eternity in the physical New Jerusalem of which John is given detailed revelation in Revelation 21 starting with verse 9. 

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Today we will continue our series called "Faithology" and we will specifically be looking at the false teachings of the false religion of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Specifically we will look at 2 major aspects of the Jehovah’s Witnesses - 1. The Watchtower Society: The supposed organization God set up on the earth to carry forth His message. 2. The divine name of God which is supposedly Jehovah and that that is the only name which He should be called and the only name by which one can be saved. So we need to be able to answer whether or not the Watchtower Society is God’s true organization and whether or not Jehovah is His true name. 

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

We enter the home stretch of our studies in Revelation as we open to Revelation chapter 21. By way of review using the Chronology of Eschatology chart, we are living in The Dispensation of Grace, specifically, The Church Age. We are awaiting the Rapture of the Church which, after an unspecificed amount of time, will be followed by the Tribulation. The seven year Tribulation will be brought to completion by the Second Coming of Christ to the earth. Jesus will then reign as King of kings and Lord of lords during the one thousand years of The Millennial Kingdom here on earth.

At the conclusion of The Millennial Kingdom, Satan will be released from the abyss and mount one last rebellion against Jesus. Jesus will prevail after which He will convene The Great White Throne Judgment. As a result of The Great White Throne Judgment, Satan, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, all demons, all unrighteous human beings, the process/experience of death and even the place of the dead (Hades) will all be confined to the Lake of Fire for eternity. Then the wonders revealed in Revelation 21 will unfold: the New Heaven, the New Earth and the New Jerusalem coming to earth. 

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Today we're going to look at how we as believers are to relate to unbelievers and how to make an effective impact in their lives so as to bring them into the Body of Christ. Now notice I said make an "effective impact". This is hard work that takes intentionality. Christ Himself lived daily with intentionality. He lived each day with a plan for what He was going to accomplish through His life. In our fast paced society it is extremely easy to lose sight of that. So let me ask you today, why did you get up this morning? "Because I had to" leaves us with a sense of aimlessness and complacency. Well the same is true when it comes to sharing our faith in Jesus Christ. So, today we are going to look at how the Apostle Paul intentionally shared Jesus with a group of people and what lessons we can glean from that that will help us intentionally and effectively share Christ.

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I have options as to what I could take for my headache...Skittles, Laundry detergent, or Ibuprofen. Why take the Ibuprofen? Because it has been proven to work! When it comes to who we will trust with our eternal salvation there is one who has been proven trustworthy, and there are thousands who can and have been proven to be false saviors, gods, ideologies. Due to the fact that dealing with our eternal salvation is of far greater concern than dealing with a headache, wouldn’t we want to know that what we are placing our trust in is solid? Let's remind ourselves of what God says about believing or following a false Jesus and a false Gospel...Read John 3:16-18; Acts 4:12; 2 Cor. 11:3-4; Galatians 1:8-9

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

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Today we will continue our exploration of the Mormon faith and continue to look at the false theologies and ideologies that they teach, show you how to loving share the truth with them, and continue to discuss why all of this matters so much!

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife.  Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell.  One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

The first judgment is the Judgment Seat of Christ which will involve Church Age saints for the purposes of purification and reward (2 Cor. 5:1-10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15). This is the judgment you want to be part of. The second judgment will be the Sheep & Goats Judgment which will involve gentile survivors of the Tribulation for the purpose of determining which of them will enter the Millennial Kingdom (Matt. 25:31-46). The third and final judgment will be The Great White Throne Judgment which will involve every human being who failed to be reconciled to God for the purpose of determining degree of punishment in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15). You do not want to be at  The Great White Throne Judgment. As we will see, the destiny of every defendant at The Great White Throne Judgment is the Lake of Fire. The Great White Throne Judgment is revealed in Revelation 20:11-15. Studied in context, it is clear that The Great White Throne Judgment will take place after the Millennial Kingdom is completed and Satan is defeated (20:7-10).

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Two contradictory claims can't both be true, and what we have are thousands of them in the U.S. alone in regards to truth about who God is, what book about God is accurate, the way of salvation, and more. What we will do for the next few months is look at the "what" false religions teach, "why" it matters, and "how" to share the truth of the Gospel with them in truth and love. For the next 3 weeks we will be honing in on what the Mormons teach, why it matters, and how to share the truth with them. But, let's start with a "why" question. Many people have said to me, "Why can't we just leave people alone and let them believe what they want?

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Category:Faithology -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Jesus will defeat the army of the Antichrist and bring the seven year Tribulation to an end. Following the Tribulation, Jesus will establish His Kingdom here on earth. In fulfillment of God's unconditional covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their descendants many passages in the Old Testament speak of a future kingdom ruled by the Messiah during which time Israel will dwell securely in the land area God promised.  Further, the nation of Israel will be brought into the New Covenant as a nation and every Jew will know the Lord during the Messianic Kingdom (Jer. 31:31-40; 50:17-20). The expectation of a Messianic Kingdom is based on a large amount of material in the Old Testament Scriptures.

The contribution of Revelation 20:1-10 to the revelation of the Messianic Kingdom is that this passage reveals the duration of the Messianic Kingdom. It is stated six times in these ten verses that the Messianic Kingdom will last for one thousand years. The duration of the Messianic Kingdom was not revealed in the Old Testament. Revelation 20:1-10 clearly reveals a duration of one thousand years. When we refer to the Kingdom as the Millennial Kingdom we are emphasizing its duration. 

According to Daniel 12:11-13 there will be a seventy-five day interval between the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennial Kingdom. Many things will  take place in this interval including the binding of Satan and the resurrection of martyred Tribulation saints. 

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Life is full of choices and full of surprises. Life often gives us multiple opportunities and many doors to walk through and that’s when we seek wisdom from others and the Lord. What should I do? It is one question we will ask all through life and it is one that scripture answers for us today. What Should I Do When I’m...Faced with having to be honest in a difficult situation, when I am suffering, when I am doing well, when I am weary, when someone is going astray, etc.

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Revelation 19:11-21 reveals the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth at the end of the 7 year Tribulation. He will come to make war against the Antichrist and False Prophet. In order to fully understand the situation at the time of Jesus’ second coming we need to do some review and some supplementing of our passage. We discovered in Revelation 12 that midway through the 7 year Tribulation, Satan and his demonic forces will be defeated in battle by Michael the Archangel and his angelic forces. As a result, Satan will be cast to the earth (Rev. 12:7-9). Knowing prophecy, Satan will be enraged knowing he has only 3 1/2 years before the second coming of Christ to the earth. His rage will be directed at Israel, the Jews, and at the followers of Jesus (Rev. 12:13-17). Working through the Antichrist and False Prophet Satan’s persecution of the Jews will be the most severe in human history.

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I heard a commercial on the radio the other day that jokingly said they were developing a new kind of soda. They said this new soda was going to be so convenient that when you went to the convenience store to buy it, you would actually be able to walk out of the store 30 seconds before you walked in.  We are an impatient people, aren't we? I read a poem about patience this week. I'm not a poet, but this one struck home for me. "Patience is a virtue. Possess it if you can. Found seldom in a woman. Never in a man." Well, by the grace of God, I want us to change that today. In order to do that, we’re going to look at three reasons we are to have patience. 

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Cathy and I had a terrible two years of dating before our engagement. I was in a period of spiritual rebellion. Cathy was not sure about marriage. We call it two years of "kicking each other in the shins". But we loved each other and by God’s grace in December 1983 we were engaged. Initially we thought it would be a twelve month engagement, but encouraged by the counsel of my father, we shortened it to four and a half. April 28th, 1984 we were wed. We then honeymooned on the central coast of California.

Dating, engagement, wedding and honeymoon are traditionally the four stages of our western wedding system. In Jesus' day there were four stages as well in the Jewish wedding system: the arrangement, fetching, ceremony and feast. As the Bride of Christ, we will experience each of the four stages. In fact, we've already experienced the first stage – the arrangment. We're looking forward to the second stage – the fetching. And then we’ll experience the third and fourth stages revealed in Revelation 19:6-10 - the ceremony and the feast. But before we get to this, verses one through five of Revelation 19 vibrate with heaven's celebration at the fall of Babylon.

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Money does funny things to people, doesn't it? Actually, money doesn't do anything to people. Money is an inanimate object. It's a thing. It can't do anything. It can't really change people. But what happens is, money reveals who a person really is on the inside. It removes many of the barriers that keep people from acting like they really want to act. From showing who they truly are. From uncovering their innermost self. Over the past two sermons in James, we've seen who we really are in our innermost self, haven't we? Apart from Christ, we are all full of ourselves. That's called pride. Pride is placing our selfish nature and desires in the place where only the Lord should be. A few weeks ago, we saw what happens when we place our selfish desires above God's desire. Last week, we saw what happens when we place our personal plans above God's plan. Today, we're looking at the final part about pride in James. This third part of the pride test that James covers in our passage today deals with our pocketbooks. More specifically, talking about the greedy pride that can come from using our money the wrong way. Today we are going to look at how to avoid just that and end with how to live generously as opposed to greedily.

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I need to correct something I taught in our previous study. The outline of the book of Revelation is such that from Revelation 6 through 19 the chronological sequence of Tribulation events is "interrupted" by interludes or explanatory breaks in the action (e.g. Rev. 7:1-17, 10:1-11:14, 12:1-15:4, 17:1-18). The phrase after these things (meta; tau:ta) is the signal in the Greek text that the sequence of events is resuming.

In our previous study I stated that chapters 17 & 18 were an interlude following the chronological sequence of the 7 Bowl Judgments revealed in chapter 16. That is incorrect. Chapter 18 begins with the phrase after these things (meta; tau:ta) indicating that the sequence of events is resumed in chapter 18 (Unfortunately, the ESV mistranslates this phrase as "After this."
 
Chapters 17 & 18 both deal with the destruction of Babylon; chapter 17 with the destruction of ecclesiastical Babylon (the one-world church) and chapter 18 the destruction of commercial Babylon (the economic system of the Antichrist). Careful observation of the text makes clear that these are separate and distinct events. Here are two significant ways in which these events differ: Ecclesiastical Babylon will be destroyed by the Antichrist and 10 king coalition (17:16), but commercial Babylon will be destroyed by God (18:4-8).

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The last time we were in James, we started a section of his letter that runs all the way from chapter 4:1 through 5:6. This large section that we started last week is a three part section on what I call the pride test. James 4:1-12 - Selfish Pride. James 4:13-17 - Presumptive Pride. James 5:1-6 – Greedy Pride.

If you were to come up with the most basic definition of pride you could, what would it be? The most basic definition of pride I can think of is to say that pride is...putting ourselves in the place where only God should be. When we looked at selfish pride last week, we saw what happens when we elevate our selfish desires above God’s desire. Today we’re going to see what happens when we elevate our personal plans above God's plan. When we think we know more about the future than He does. When we pridefully presume upon God by placing our worries over His providence. I want us this coming year to be able to say with Him, "Not my will, but yours." In order to do that, we're going to look at three characteristics of presumptive pride. Read James 4:13-17

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Revelation chapters 17 and 18 are an interlude in the sequence of Tribulation events. These chapters deal with the destruction of religious and economic Babylon. Revelation 17 reveals the destruction of Babylon in its religious aspect.

Religion will flourish during the first half of the Tribulation in the false religious system called Babylon, the great prostitute. This system may be centered in the rebuilt city of Babylon or perhaps in Rome. It will be ecumenical including numerous apostate religious groups. This one-world church will enjoy the support of the state and use the power of the state to push its agenda. For the first half of the Tribulation, the prostitute will reign unchallenged; but at the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will see her as a challenge to his own power and program. With the coalition of ten nations under his control, he will destroy the one-world religious system and declare himself God, demanding to be worshiped.

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The church at Jerusalem where James pastored was a church that was made up of real people. And because it was made up of real people, there was conflict.

James asks his readers where their continual desire to fight amongst themselves comes from. And his answer is surprising. Rather than point his finger at an outward cause of their strife, he tells them it is because of each of their individual selfishness. Selfishness that is rooted in their pride. He doesn’t address it as a problem with the church body as a whole. It's not a problem with the group. It's not a problem with other people. He tells them it’s a problem with each of them. And that problem with each of them is causing problems for the body as a whole. Today I want each of us to identify and recognize the areas in our lives where we harbor selfish pride. And when the Holy Spirit shows us those areas, I want us to turn from them and turn to the better way of selflessness that Christ offers. In order to do that, we're going to ask and answer three questions concerning selfish pride. Those questions and their answers are found in James 4:1-12.

 

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Chapters 12-14 have revealed personalities and events of the middle of the seven-year Tribulation. The Antichrist will come to power. The False Prophet will be advancing worship of the Antichrist through the image and the mark. Violent persecution of the Jews will break out with a remnant of Jews kept safe by God in a city of refuge. Followers of Jesus Christ will find themselves enemies of the state subject to arrest and execution. Chapters 15 & 16 now resume the chronological sequence of Tribulation events. God's wrath against the counterfeit Trinity and its followers will reach its zenith in the form of the seven Bowl Judgments.

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Last week we learned how to be wise with our words and how to practically apply that to our lives by becoming familiar with James and Proverbs, by thinking before speaking, by talking less, by encouraging more, and by really focusing on what has been influencing our minds. The reason I wanted to begin by focusing on how we’re living the sermons is because that’s one of the main themes that Pastor James is teaching us in his letter. If we say we believe it, we better behave accordingly. Read James 3:13-18.

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Jesus taught a number of parables revealing the nature of the Kingdom between His first and second comings. The Parable of the Weeds is one such parable. The Parable of the Weeds follows the Parable of the Soils which explained why the good seed Jesus had sown had not taken root; it was because of the rocky soil that characterized the hearts of Israel's spiritual leaders. But there was another power at work as well which is the subject of the Parable of the Weeds.

In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus gives the parable. The Greek noun translated "weeds" (zizania, used only here in the N.T.) refers to a plant similar in appearance to wheat which does not produce any grain. Before the genuine wheat produces grain, it is virtually impossible to tell the difference. Thus the master's prohibition against weeding out the zizania before the harvest.

In verses 36-43 Jesus explains the parable. Jesus is teaching that during the Church Age, wherever the good seed of God's Word is sown, Satan is right there sowing counterfeit seed. When is the time of the harvest?

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Today, I want to give you some practical steps that will help you tame your tongue. The stakes are high. Your words can either bring life, or they can bring death. Listen to what is written in James 1:19, 26: "...Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry...if anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."

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Category:James -- posted at: 3:00pm PST

Midway through the 7 year Tribulation, the Antichrist will achieve his ultimate goal of world domination. 3 1/2 years into the 7 year treaty which he will sign with the nation of Israel, the Antichrist will violate the security treaty, invade Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish temple (Dan. 9:27). He will seat himself in the temple and declare himself god (2 Thess. 2:4). A second entity, the second beast of Revelation 13, the False Prophet, will command an image of the Antichrist be fashioned and set up in the temple (Matt. 24:15; Rev. 13:14). Empowered to animate the image, the False Prophet will coerce mankind to worship the image; those refusing will be killed (Rev. 13:15). The False Prophet will also inaugurate operation "Mark" requiring citizens of the world to take the mark of the beast (Antichrist) on their right hand or forehead as an act of worship. Those refusing will be barred from buying or selling (Rev.13:16-18). In his drive to be worshipped exclusively, the Antichrist and False Prophet will undoubtedly ban all religions and suppress the teaching of all sacred texts; especially the preaching of the Word of God.

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Revelation 14 contains three sections each of which begins with the phrase kai eidon (then I looked, 14:1; then I saw, 14:6; then I looked, 14:14). This study is of the second section (14:6-13) which contains three angelic pronouncements and an affirmation of the Holy Spirit. These pronouncements will be made mid-tribulation; the time at which the Antichrist will achieve world domination. Supported by the False Prophet, he will declare himself god and demand the world worship him. His image will be set up in the Temple; those refusing to worship it will be killed (13:15). The worldwide campaign of "the mark" will force people to worship; without the mark, one will not be able to buy food (13:16-17). Jews and Jesus followers will be hunted, imprisoned and many murdered.

As this nightmare begins to unfold, God will send angelic preachers to warn the world's people not to worship the beast nor take his mark, but to worship the one true God. It will be yet another manifestation of God’s love and grace. The first angelic preacher will warn the citizens of the earth to worship the true God because His judgment is imminent.

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Picture two groups of people discussing evangelism. One knows all the techniques, but never does it. The other group is actively sharing their faith daily. Whose discussion is going to be more vibrant and energized? Today we will view a passage that contrasts a mature or vibrant faith versus an immature or dead faith. This passage does not contrast a real versus a false faith like many of you may have been taught. So let's look at what James does say... 

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A brilliant medical doctor discovered the use of blood plasma that resulted in saving thousands of lives in World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. At Pearl Harbor, for example, 96% of those who received plasma, survived. After World War II Charles Drew was named director of the National Blood Bank Program, and devoted himself to teaching doctors at Howard University Medical School. On April 1, 1950, while driving some young doctors to a conference he was involved in an automobile accident in Burlington, N.C. He was rushed to a hospital where his life could have been saved by plasma. But Dr. Drew was denied admission to the hospital because his skin was black. He died on the way to another hospital 26 miles away.

The church is also riddled with prejudice and favoritism that causes many divisions which have become extremely unappealing to the world and we must be careful to not allow them to rear their ugly head. Some of those prejudices and favoritisms include: The young looking down on the elderly and vice versa, Doctrinal divisions over nonessentials (Predestination vs. free-will), and Divisions over music preference.

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Revelation chapters 12 & 13 reveal the darkest time in human history. Satan (the dragon) cast down to earth will vent his rage against Israel through the Antichrist (beast out of the sea) and the False Prophet (beast out of the earth). Rising to world power, the Antichrist will crush mankind under the heel of his totalitarian regime. Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion will be persecuted under the False Prophet's campaign to replace all religions with the worship of the Antichrist. Dissent will not be tolerated. Those refusing to worship the image of the Antichrist will be executed. Those refusing to take the mark of the Antichrist will be denied access to basic necessities. Millions the world over will die.It will be the darkest, most brutal period in human history.

Against the dark backdrop of Revelation 13, Revelation chapter 14 shines a ray of hope. All will not be lost. The unholy trinity will not win. The Lamb will stand on Mt. Zion with His redeemed!

The vision given the Apostle John in Revelation 14:1-5 was given as a direct contrast to Revelation 13. The vision is of the future. It is a vision of the Millennial Kingdom. The purpose of this vision is to encourage believers that as terrible as the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation will be it will not last; Jesus and His saints will triumph. 

 

As we read Revelation 14:1-5 keep in mind the dark days of the Antichrist's regime revealed in chapter 13.

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Charles Spurgeon once told of sitting in a nice restaurant. As he ate he kept noticing a rather angry looking man across the dining room who scowled at him every time he looked his way. Finally Spurgeon decided to go over and speak to the man to see what his problem was. However, as he stood he realized that what he had been seeing was his own reflection in mirrors that lined the walls across the room. We may not always like what we see in the mirror of God's Word but what we see there is always the truth.

At least once each day, and probably several times, we stand before a mirror and review the way we look. If an adjustment is necessary, and it usually is, then we straighten our clothes or comb our hair all because the mirror has helped us by revealing things about how we really look. The word of God is a moral mirror which the Holy Spirit uses to enable us to see ourselves as we really are. The view we get is not what we think based on experience or what others think based on their observations, it is how God sees us. But the problem is that many people today don’t read or understand the Bible. This is not because they don't have a Bible. The Bible is present in almost every home in America. The problem is that it is not read and applied. 

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Revelation 12 revealed that midway through the Tribulation Satan will be cast to the earth. Knowing his time is short; Satan will work through the Antichrist and the False Prophet to receive the worship he craves. This is the theme of Revelation 13.
Revelation 13:1–2 (ESV) 1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to  it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. This beast that rises from the sea is the Antichrist. The meaning of the symbols used to describe the Antichrist have been explained in previous sermons available on both our church website and smartphone app.

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Temptation cannot be avoided, but it can be defeated. You don’t have to give in to the temptations and schemes of the devil. Here in James 1:13-18 we will see that James gives us 3 facts we need to consider if we are to defeat temptation and live in Christlike victory. You will see from looking at the passage right before it that James connects trials and temptations. The reason is simple: If we are not careful the trials on the outside can become temptations on the inside.

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In our previous study we were thinking about this long period of time in human history called the Times of the Gentiles. Please reference the Times of the Gentiles chart on page two of your notes. The Times of the Gentiles stretches from 586 B.C. to the end of the Tribulation. Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 reveal that from God’s prophetic perspective, four Gentile empires dominate Jerusalem over the course of the Times of the Gentiles.

We discovered that the first three Gentile empires - the Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Hellenistic – were represented symbolically by animals – a lion, bear and leopard. The fourth Gentile empire, however, is so powerful and brutal, it is described as a beast that crushes. The fourth Gentile empire began with the Roman empire. The Roman empire came to an end but the fourth Gentile empire has not. The Roman empire was a stage of the fourth Gentile empire but is not the totality of the fourth Gentile empire. The fourth Gentile empire and the Roman empire are not one in the same. The fourth Gentile empire which began with the Roman empire continues to dominate Jerusalem until the end of the Tribulation.

So what is this fourth Gentile empire that began with the Roman empire but extends beyond it?

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It's not a matter of "if" we will face trials, it is a matter of "when" we will face them and "how" we will handle them! Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). We will have trials and troubles, but God is bigger! This means that our trials can be turned into triumphs! So the answer as to whether your trials will turn into triumphs or defeat lie in your response to the trials that come your way.

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Midway through the 7 year Tribulation persecution will break out against the Jewish people on a scale unequalled in human history. Revelation 12 reveals the reasons: 1) Satan hates Israel because it is the source of the Messiah (12:1-6), 2) Satan will be defeated by Michael the Archangel and cast down to earth for the final 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation (12:7-12) and 3) Satan will attempt to annihilate the Jews but God will protect a Remnant in the Wilderness (12:13-17). The final words of Revelation 12 set us up for chapter 13: Revelation 12:17 (ESV) 17 …And he (the dragon) stood on the sand of the sea.

Picture Satan standing on the seashore furious and filled with rage. He knows his time is short – only 3 1/2 years before the 2nd coming. He's been defeated by Michael the Archangel. He no longer has access to the presence of God.  He can't attack Jesus directly so he will vent his rage on Jesus' people, the Jews. He still craves to be worshipped by mankind.

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Beginning a study through a book of the Bible can be a lot like going on a trip: It is good to know where you are going and what you expect to see when you get there. When my wife and I went to Yosemite for our 1 year anniversary in 2002 we spent many hours looking up the different sights we would see, where they would be located, and what we would do once we got to there. So what we will do is start off answering 4 important questions that will tell us where we are going in James and what we can expect through our study of it. Our 4 big questions will be... 1. Who was James? 2. Who did James write to? 3. Why did James write? 4. How can we get the most out of James?

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It's not a matter of "if" we will face trials, it is a matter of "when" we will face them and "how" we will handle them! Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33). We will have trials and troubles, but God is bigger! This means that our trials can be turned into triumphs! So the answer as to whether your trials will turn into triumphs or defeat lie in your response to the trials that come your way.

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Let me start today by asking you a couple of questions, "What in the world are you supposed to be doing with your life? What should your everyday life and activities look like?" Jesus gave us an answer to that in the book of Matthew, chapter 6. Apparently how we live on earth, God’s will for His people, should reflect what is happening in heaven. So what is happening and will continue to happen in heaven? The answers to that are vast depending on who you ask. Thankfully God’s Word doesn’t leave us in the dark when it comes to what we will do in heaven. So lets ask some of the big questions about everyday life in heaven and then let the Word of God give us the answers...

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1/3 of the world population of Jews were murdered in the WWII Holocaust.  2/3s of the world population of Jews will be murdered in the Tribulation Holocaust (Zech. 13:8). Who will be driving this anti-Semitism and why? Poised to begin the second half of the Tribulation, Revelation 12 reveals the who and why of the Tribulation Holocaust.
Several of the symbols are interpreted in the chapter itself so we will read the entire chapter.

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The fact of a literal heaven permeates the pages of God’s Word. It appears about 550 times in the Bible.

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We are studying Revelation 11:15-19. On the Tribulation Timeline this places us very near the midpoint of the Tribulation. It is at the midpoint of the Tribulation that the activities of the counterfeit trinity will kick in to high gear.  The parentheses of chapters 12-14 explain the "why" and "what" of the counterfeit trinity’s intensified campaign. Revelation 11:1-2 reveals that a third Jewish temple will be operational at the beginning of the Tribulation. This Tribulation Temple will not be sanctioned by God and, in fact, will be censured by the Two Witnesses who's ministry during the first half of the Tribulation is revealed in 11:3-13. As we come to Revelation 11:15-19, 6 of the 7 Trumpet Judgments have already been executed. Here, near the midpoint of the Tribulation, the 7th Trumpet is sounded.

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A headline in a Michigan newspaper read the following a few years ago "It May Be Harder to Get to Hell This Year."

There was a bridge that was the only way into the town that was going to be repaired and was going to take about a year for the project to be completed... A project that could cause Hell, Michigan to go bankrupt.

Unfortunately the real place called hell in the Bible is not going bankrupt and it is not hard to get to. In fact to get there all you have to do is nothing. Just pretend like there are no absolutes, that sin is no big deal, that Jesus is just a nice option, and that a loving God would never send people to hell if there even is a God. First off we must note that God absolutely exists as proven by scientific laws such as the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of First Cause, and the laws of Thermodynamics. Second, God has clearly taught us that there is a literal place called "hell" as taught in Luke 16:19-31. It may surprise you to know that 11 of the 12 times the word "gehenna" (hell) occurs in the New Testament it is from the lips of the Savior Himself. Make no mistake about it, Jesus believed in a literal hell.

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Throughout history various men have sought to rule the world. None succeeded. In the Tribulation a man will succeed. How will this come about? The Scriptures reveal that…

2 Thessalonians 2:9–11 (ESV) 

9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

Antichrist will achieve world dominion. He will be energized and enabled by Satan. Citizens of the Tribulation who have no commitment to truth will fall prey to his deceptions. Chief among his deceptions will be his resurrection from the dead. The Antichrist will be part of a counterfeit trinity consisting of himself, Satan and the False Prophet. Mimicking Jesus’ death and resurrection, Antichrist will be killed and will rise from the dead. Three times this counterfeit resurrection is mentioned in Revelation 13. When will the death and resurrection of the Antichrist take place? Our study of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 enables us to identify when on the Tribulation timeline Antichrist will die and be resurrected. First, Revelation 11:3 reveals the Two Witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days (3 1/2 years).

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Introduction:

4,000 years ago in the midst of intense tragedy and pain a man named Job asked the question of the ages, "If a man dies, will he come back to life?" (Job 14:14).

Not long ago the Discovery Channel featured a show about the ten great mysteries of the world. Some of those mysteries included the lost city of Atlantis, UFO's, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster. But the overwhelming number one mystery was life after death. 

Transition:

So in the next 6 weeks we will be taking a look at what the Bible says about what lies behind the veil of death, what happens when we take our final breath, what heaven will be like and what we will do there, what hell will be like and what people will do there, whether purgatory is a real place, and other topics like whether animals will be in heaven, those that commit suicide will be in heaven and a host of other fun topics. 

Here's how we're going to tackle the topic of life after death... We are going to ask a host of questions that many people seem to be asking and discover the answers from the Word of God! So, here we go...

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A Muslim mosque, The Dome of the Rock, presently dominates the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Two Jewish Temples have stood on this site. The first, built by King Solomon, was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The second, built by Zerubbabel, was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.

In 637 A.D. Muslim forces conquered Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock was completed in 691 A.D. Just a few meters south of The Dome of the Rock is a second mosque even more sacred to the Muslims which is called the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Scriptures make clear that a third Jewish Temple will be built on the Temple Mount. It will be operative during the Tribulation. The Antichrist will desecrate this temple by erecting in it a statue of himself (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; Rev. 13:11-14). This is called the abomination of desolation by our Lord (Matt. 24:15). It will take place mid way through the seven year Tribulation.

At present, building a third Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount seems impossible. How it will come about is not revealed in Scripture. That there will be a Third Jewish Temple is certain. That is the clear message of the first two verses of Revelation 11.

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In our lives, we all have a race to run and we are all called to follow Christ.

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Jesus lived a sinless life, was the perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins and thus giving us direct access to the Father as shown by the tearing of the curtain in the Temple that separated man from the presence of God, and He rose again from the dead giving us hope beyond the grave. Now here is the bummer news… We will all go to the grave someday. Nobody knows how or when their time will come, but it will come. 

If Jesus didn't rise from the dead people like Natalia truly have no hope beyond the grave. In fact, if Jesus didn't rise from the dead it was the most vicious and wicked hoax of all time due to the fact that it has given countless millions of people false hope. 

Many skeptics today claim that Jesus’ resurrection was a hoax and a scam… However, if I had faked the resurrection there are numerous things I wouldn't have done and neither would anyone else in their right mind… let’s look at those right now. 

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Why did Jesus come and suffer the things He suffered? Why did Jesus passionately urge people to believe in Him for salvation? From what did they need to be saved? Do we need to be saved as well? The answer is found in the last book of the Bible; the book of Revelation. If you are just joining us, we have been studying Revelation on Sunday mornings.  Previous studies are available both on our website and our mobile app.

The reason Jesus came and suffered what He did is found in Revelation 20. All His appeals to being "saved" are related to being saved from the event revealed in Revelation 20. Everything Jesus suffered in the crucifixion and in His death were for the purpose of delivering you and me from the event revealed in Revelation 20. That event is The Great White Throne Judgment.

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Dr. Steve Austin
Five Signs on the Day of the Cross: What happened on history's most momentous day?

About Dr. Steve Austin
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Big Idea: Jesus loves the lowly, broken, and sinful.

I’d like to take a short quiz here today. Don’t worry, there are no wrong answers. I’d just like to poll this group to see who had childhoods like mine. For example, by a show of hands, how many of us here have actually cried over spilled milk? How many hid your vegetables or gave them to the dog rather than cleaning your plate? How many remember blaming a brother or sister for things you did - and getting away with it? How many recall reading in bed with a flashlight? How many put Jell-O in the fishbowl just to see what would happen? How many put fish in the Jell-O bowl? Okay, maybe that last one was just me.

I’m pretty sure we all misbehaved as children. And some of us just never got out of the habit. But do you remember what it was like when you had done something wrong, and you had to face your mother or father, or teacher or pastor? Do you remember how that felt? How you expected judgment; how you knew you deserved to be punished; how anticipating someone’s disapproval was as bad or worse than anything they could do to you? It’s natural to feel that way. It’s a very human response—a guilt reflex. However, very often it becomes more than that. Our guilt festers and grows, and sometimes leads to shame, where we not only know we’ve done a bad thing, we end up thinking that is all we will ever be, a screw up! And sometimes we make adjustments to that feeling or that suspicion. We learn to accept it. We live with it. And it drags us down. It poisons our minds. It shrivels our souls. 

Last week in our study we saw Jesus revealed as "the Son of Man," a messianic title that also refers to the fact that He identifies with us in our humanity. He gets it. He is as approachable as He is authoritative and amazing. And this week, we see another facet, another answer, and that is this- He is: The Sinner's Friend.

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Following the sixth Trumpet Judgment (9:13-21) the Apostle John saw another mighty angel. This is another angel (Grk., "another of the same kind") distinct from the sixth angel who sounded the sixth trumpet (9:13). He is coming down from heaven emphasizing his origin and his heavenly authority. Clouds are often associated with divine intervention and judgment (Dan. 7:13; 1 Thess. 4:17). His being clothed with a cloud symbolizes his role in executing God's judgment.  The rainbow encircling his head reminds us of the rainbow around God’s throne and signals this angel is acting with divine authority (4:3). His face reflects God’s Shekinah glory and his legs like pillars of fire symbolize divine judgment.

The little scroll open in his hand is not the seven-sealed scroll of 5:1. A different word is used in the Greek to distinguish this scroll from the former. Based on what happens in this vision, this little scroll contains revelation concerning the final series of judgments, the Bowl Judgments.

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Big Idea: Jesus identifies with us in our human condition to accept, forgive, and heal us.

You have probably heard it before. It is a saying commonly attributed to Marie Antoinette, the Austrian princess who became queen of France after marrying Louis the 16th. Legend says that when she was informed that her subjects, the French peasants, were starving because they had no bread, she naively answered, "Let them eat cake!"

She has come to symbolize a person who is spoiled and privileged, and out of touch with common people and everyday life-like a queen who would assume that someone who has run out of bread could eat cake instead.

It is a common failing of the rich and powerful. Someone who has been raised in a wealthy family may have trouble understanding what it is like to work hard and still not be able to make ends meet.

Politicians and presidents are sometimes lampooned because they don’t know how to use a grocery store scanner, or because they're caught without cash in a sandwich shop. And then there's the rest of us. We get an overdraft notice or a shutoff notice, and we wonder if there’s anyone who really knows how bad that feels. Someone treats us like dirt, and we sense there’s no one else who truly understands how that feels. We doubt ourselves, disappoint ourselves, and think that no one could possibly identify with us. If any of that is close to what it feels like to be you, you are not alone today. In fact, you couldn’t be less alone because of what God has to say to you through His Word today.

Today we begin a series of messages and worship experiences called "Who Do You Say That I Am?" 

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If you were to walk into the teaching room on Barangonan Island you would see two miniature boats suspended from the rafters. One boat is painted black and is sailing towards the Lake of Fire. The other boat, painted white, is sailing to the New Earth. We are in one or the other of these boats. We are sailing either to the Lake of Fire or to the New Earth. These boats speak not only of destination, but alignment. Those in the black boat are aligned with Satan and the demonic world. Those in the white with Jesus.

To the secular, naturalistic mind, Satan and demons are the stuff of fantasy. The Bible clearly reveals that Satan is a created angel who rebelled against God, deceived a third of the angelic host to worship him and is the avowed enemy of God, of righteous angels and humanity.  Regarding Satan the secular man scoffs and dismisses as religious fanatics those who believe in his existence.

But a day is coming when all such scoffing will cease.  In the fifth and sixth Trumpet Judgment the stuff of nightmares will be reality. Let’s review where we’ve been and where we are in our study of end-time events.

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Christlikeness/holiness will cost you! It will cost you the expense of laziness because now there is no more coasting through life! You will now need to be aware everyday of where your heart is going and what you are allowing in. It will cost you precious idols and false comforters as you begin to give those up and put Jesus back on the throne. It may cost you relationships as you get looked at as odd because you won’t watch the same movies, listen to the same music, or engage in the same forms of entertainment as others. It may cost you sleepless nights, not because you’re up worrying, but because you are up praying for the salvation of the lost, for strength for believers, for strongholds to be broken, and a host of other things! It may cause you the degree of loneliness that Jesus experienced because few people want to give what it takes to truly be like Jesus!

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The Chronology of Eschatology chart gives an overview of the present age and major endtime events. We are living in The Dispensation of Grace; specifically The Church Age. At any time Jesus could come to fetch His bride, the Church and take her to heaven through the Rapture event (Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-5:11). When Antichrist signs a 7 year covenant with Israel, the 7 year Tribulation will commence (Dan. 9:27). The Tribulation will end when Jesus comes again to the earth to deliver Israel and defeat Antichrist (Rev. 19:11-21). Jesus' triumph will usher in the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom (Rev. 20:1-6). With its conclusion the Great White Throne Judgment will take place during the Aftermath resulting in the consignment of Satan, demons and unrighteous humanity to the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Then The Eternal Order will commence resulting in the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Rev. 21).

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In John Eldredge’s book "The Utter Relief of Holiness" he describes how when a surfer catches a wave there is a little effort on his part to get into the barrel through paddling but once in that barrel you simply go with it. You don’t create the wave; that is entirely beyond you. Once you are in the wave your part is to cooperate.

Holiness and Christlikeness work in the same way! We cannot muster any holiness on our own, we can simply cooperate with the work Christ is doing in us. Read Philippians 2:12-13

Did you catch that? God is the one who enables you to desire and live out holiness... Our job is to simply cooperate with what He wants to do in us! So how do I cooperate with what God is wanting to do in me?

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We are in the third division of the book of Revelation - those (things) that are to take place after this (1:19). Chapters 6-18 reveal the events of the seven year Tribulation. The Tribulation will begin with the signing of the seven year covenant between Antichrist and Israel (Dan. 9:27). Chapter six reveals the first of three series of judgments that take place during the Tribulation. Some scholars believe the Seven Seal Judgments will take place in the first quarter of the seven year Tribulation, that is, during the first 21 months of the Tribulation (see Chart on page 5). The first four seal judgments follow one another in a cause and effect relationship: the Antichrist sets out to conquer the world, war breaks out resulting in famine and mass death from starvation, disease and wild animals (6:1-8). The fifth seal judgment reveals that all during the first half of the Tribulation persecution and martyrdom will break out against followers of Jesus (6:9-11). With the sixth seal judgment, God will shake heaven and earth producing catastrophic destruction (6:12-17). The seventh seal judgment reveals a half hour of silence in heaven and preparation of the next series of judgments called the Trumpet Judgments (8:1-2). Notice in your Bible that the seventh seal judgment (8:1-2) is separated from the sixth seal judgment (6:12-17) by chapter 7. Chapter 7 is a parentheses, an interlude in the flow of action for the purpose of explaining something mentioned in chapter six. Let's begin by reviewing the sixth Seal Judgment paying particular attention to the closing statement of verse 17.

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Jesus has a way of compelling people to change at the soul level that no amount of behavior modification could ever do. There are numerous examples in Scripture from the prostitute in Luke 7 who went through a radical change in lifestyle to the woman at the well in John 4 who also went through a radical lifestyle change. Now I want to look at another radical change in lifestyle in a guy by the name of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

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We are in the third division of the book of Revelation - those (things) that are to take place after this (1:19). Chapters 6-18 reveal the events of the seven year Tribulation. The Tribulation will begin with the signing of the seven year covenant between Antichrist and Israel (Dan. 9:27).

Revelation chapters 6-18 reveal that during the Tribulation there will be three series of Judgments: the Seven Seal Judgments (6:1-8:1), the Seven Trumpet Judgments (8:2-11:19) and the Seven Bowl Judgments (15:1-18:24).

With the signing of the covenant, the Seven Seal Judgments will commence.

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Sin has plagued mankind since it first entered the world as recorded in Genesis 3. It has caused a relational breakdown between man and God and between man and man. In Genesis 3 God made clear that man would die when they sinned. The word "die" has to mean something more than just a physical death since the day Adam and Eve sinned they didn't physically die. Given the context it means "separation" between man and God and man and man, which includes both physical and spiritual death, or separation. Look at the words Moses records here. Read Genesis 3:16-24

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We are in the third division of the book of Revelation, what Jesus referred to as those (things) that are to take place after this (1:19). These events follow the Rapture of the Church. Chapters 6-19 reveal the events of the seven year Tribulation.

Having taken the seven sealed scroll from the Father's hand, Jesus our kinsman redeemer will break the seals thus commencing the first of three series of judgments that will take place during the Tribulation. The first series of judgments are aptly called the Seal Judgments. These judgments begin as a result of the signing of the Seven Year Covenant between the Antichrist and the nation of Israel (Dan. 9:27).

The breaking of the first seal brings forth a man wearing a crown, riding a white horse and going forth conquering, and to conquer. Please read with me Revelation 6:1-2.

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One of the most important moments of a wedding ceremony takes place when I ask the father of the bride, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?" In that moment, he publicly relinquishes authority over his daughter and entrusts her to the authority of her husband. If a father cherishes his daughter he will not do this lightly. He will verify that the young man is worthy. He must; the well being of his beloved daughter is at stake. So too Jesus insists that those who exercise authority over His Bride be worthy. That is why He has given clear qualifications for those men who would serve as elders of the Church.

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The elderly Apostle John was given this revelation of Jesus Christ and the end times in 96 A.D. while a political prisoner of Rome exiled on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. Revelation 1:19 is the outline of the book. The things you have seen was the vision of Jesus John saw and recorded in Revelation 1:9-20. Those (things) that are refers to the letters written to the seven churches (1:11). Chapters 2 & 3 contain these letters. Those (things) that are pertains to the Church Age which began Pentecost 33 A.D. and will end with the Rapture of the Church (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Those (things) that are to take place after this refers to the events that will take place following the Rapture of the Church. These future events are revealed in chapters 4-22. The vision of chapters 4-5 reveals that following the Rapture of the Church, somewhere in the heavens, thrones will be set up (Dan. 7:9-10). Jesus our kinsman-redeemer will take the seven-sealed scroll and break the seals. With the breaking of the seals the judgments of the Tribulation begin.

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

In the first century A.D. a scroll sealed with seven seals would have been recognized as a legal document; specifically, a will. This scroll is the title deed of our inheritance. It is the restoration of that which was lost in the Fall (Gen. 3). Not just anyone will be able to open the scroll in that day. The one who opens the scroll must be a kinsman-redeemer for the human race. He must be our blood relative, but without sin. He must desire to redeem us. He must pay the redemption price. According to the elder, a kinsman-redeemer exists. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He is the Root of David. He has conquered. He will be worthy to open the scroll in that day. The Apostle John’s gaze was met with a shocking sight.

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The Apostle John was distraught. No one in all the universe is worthy to open the scroll; not the Father, not the Spirit, not an angel, not a human being. John weeps. But then..

Revelation 5:5 (ESV) 

5 ..one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."

Who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah? Who is the Root of David? Who is He and what has He done so that He is the only One in all the universe qualified to open the scroll? Because we have the completed canon of Scripture, we know that He is Jesus.  But do not let that knowledge diminish our contemplation of who He is in all His fullness.  Again, the questions guiding our study this morning are these: Who is He and what has He done so that He is the only One in all the universe qualified to open the scroll? Jesus is Worthy Because He Is the One Designated by God to rule the earth (Rev. 5:5).

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

In Revelation chapter 4 we were brought into John’s vision of the heavenly courtroom convened for the Tribulation judgments. John was privileged to see the throne, God the Father seated upon it, the Holy Spirit before the throne, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders. Chapter 5 continues John’s vision of the heavenly courtroom. 

What is this scroll and it’s significance such that John weeps when, initially, it appears no one is worthy to open it?

And what is required in order to be worthy? Let’s observe carefully what John saw. According to verse one, where was the scroll?  It was in the right hand of the One seated on the throne; in other words it was in the right hand of God the Father.  God the Father is the author, the source of the scroll and its contents, therefore, whatever it contains is true and whatever plans it holds will be carried out. John saw that the scroll was written within and on the back indicating that it was full and comprehensive, nothing more could be added because it is complete. Finally, John saw that the scroll was sealed with seven seals. Seven is the number of perfection or completeness, again indicating that the contents of the scroll are complete. The scroll may have looked something like this with the wax seals all along the exposed edge of the scroll.

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

Courtrooms are a very sobering place to me. The wood panelled walls, the banister separating spectators from litigants, jurors, lawyers and judge, the armed bailiff – all these impress upon me the seriousness of the courtroom. I have witnessed, firsthand, the power and authority of a judge, robed and seated above all delivering life changing judgments. Revelation chapters 4 and 5 usher us into God’s courtroom from which the most severe, earth shattering judgments will be delivered. Please turn in your Bibles and read along with me as I read Revelation 4:1-11.

Revelation chapters 4 and 5 usher us into God’s courtroom which, I believe, is specifically setup to render divine judgment upon the earth during the Tribulation (Rev. 6-19). Revelation chapters 2 and 3 deal with the Church Age, that period of human history from Pentecost 33 A.D. to the Rapture of the Church (2014 + x years). Following the book’s outline, Revelation chapters 2 and 3 constitute the second division of the book, the things… that are (1:19). Presently, we are living in this period of time; we are living in the Church Age prior to the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Chapters 4-5 transition us into the third division of the book of Revelation, the things… that are to take place after this. (1:19).

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Category:Revelation -- posted at: 7:30am PST

The greatest threat to the spiritual vitality of the Church is not persecution, but prosperity. Prosperity has undermined God's people for millennia. On the eve of entering the Promised Land, God warned the twelve tribes of Israel of prosperity's corrosive effects. 

The traveler from Philadelphia would go forty-five miles southeast to Laodicea on the same major postal road that stretches from Pergamum through Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia to the Mediterranean. The city was also one hundred miles east of Ephesus on the main Roman trade route to eastern Asia Minor. Philadelphia and Laodicea were situated on the only two routes into Phrygia (the eastern province) from the west. This confluence of major trade routes made Laodicea critical for trade and communications in the province. Laodicea was the more important member of a tri-city formation with Hierapolis six miles north and Colosse ten miles east; all three cities were part of Phrygia. It eventually became a banking center and an increasingly wealthy city. Known for its soft, raven-black wool, it outstripped other garment manufacturers in the district and became wealthier still. There was a famous school of medicine at Laodicea, connected with the temple of Men Karou ("god of the valley"), the god of healing. Followers of the teaching of Herophilos believed in compound medicines for complex diseases and developed a compound for curing eye diseases called "Phrygian powder," which brought Laodicea even more fame and money. There were only two drawbacks to Laodicea. First, like Philadelphia it lay in a region prone to earthquakes. An earthquake in a.d. 60 virtually destroyed the city, but unlike Philadelphia (and Hierapolis), Laodicea wanted no financial aid from Rome. Instead, the wealthy citizens rebuilt their city. Second, Laodicea had no water supply. They had to pipe in water from Denizli, six miles south, via an aqueduct that left the city vulnerable to weather and enemies.

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The Church of Philadelphia was one of two churches that received only commendation and no critique from the Lord Jesus. The outstanding characteristic of the Philadelphian believers was their faithfulness amidst persecution to reach out to unbelievers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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