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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Introduction to the Book of Revelation - Part XVIII

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Introduction to the book of Revelation
Part XVIII

Please know this.
I do not teach the opinion of others, or my own opinion for that matter, when it comes to reporting on Scripture.  The information I bring to you I have painstakingly researched, and covered with my prayers beforehand.  And here’s the bottom line; if the answer cannot be found in Scripture, it is best to accept the fact and move on.

Here’s the thing to remember Bible students, Scripture may not tell us all that we “want” to know, but it certainly tells us everything we “need” to know.  Man struggles with this to be sure.  
But it is what it is.

After all is said and done; it will come down to this, as if by design…
Scripture is addressed to FAITH and not to reason.

What is faith exactly?  Faith = taking God at His Word
In other words, if God said it, I believe it; end of story.
But, did God really say it?  Refer back to paragraph one above.
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And now we’ll continue with a series of Bible lessons I started some months ago which are meant to lay the “groundwork,” if you will, for our study of Revelation.
Starting June 27, Les will begin teaching the book of Revelation.

Always keep this thought in the back of your mind; the book of Revelation is the culmination of Jewish Prophecy put on “hold” by God some 2,000(+) years ago.

The Church-Age ends at the Rapture.  When the Body of Christ unites with the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds above, there will be no more Grace-Age Doctrine to follow and no more personnel salvation by believing in His death, burial, and resurrection, which is Paul’s gospel.

The LORD God will pick up where He purposely left off after His Elect (the Israelites) rejected Him and His message of the Kingdom way back in the year 29 AD.

Which means by the way, all those folks that will be left behind, and are facing the Tribulation, will have to acknowledge His Lordship, His Sovereignty, and His coming Kingdom on earth in order to be saved.

Even the Apostle Paul alludes to this change.
I bet I have read this Bible verse a hundred times.
I know many people who have committed it to memory.
You’ll even find this Bible verse in a few church songs/hymns.
But did you ever stop to consider what this verse is truly saying?
Remember, the Apostle Paul carries the Gospel of Grace in his heart.

Philippians 2

10: …so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, (Has this happened yet?  No.  It is a future event) of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth (This speaks of the multiple resurrections to come and these, in their own order, will come face to face with their Righteous Maker),

11: and that every tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST (died, was laid in a tomb, and was resurrected on the third day, according to the Scriptures?  Nope.  What does the book say) is Lord, (This is the gist of the message carried in John 3:16) to the glory of God the Father.

You’ll find the companion verse to this at Isaiah 45:23.

The Philippians verse above carries the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom which is found in one of the most memorized Bible verses of all – John 3:16.

John 3

16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in (His death, burial, and resurrection according to the Scriptures?  No.
What does it say?  …Believes in) Him shall not perish, but have eternal life…”

I pray you are able to see the difference between the gospel our Risen Lord taught the Apostle Paul, commanding him that he teach it and preach it to the gentiles, and all others, from the Gospel of the Kingdom above.  If not, take the time to compare the two.  They are as different as night is to day.

Compare John 3:16 with Paul’s gospel of grace found at I Corinthians 15:1-4.
Will Gentiles be involved in the end time setting?  Most certainly!

However, that does not change the fact that the book of Revelation is Jewish in disposition and language.  In my opinion, the entire book is Jewish.

Also remember once the “Believers” have been raptured, the only people remaining on this planet will be unbelievers…and that is their only distinction.  For Jesus died and paid the price God demanded for the sins of all.

Romans 6

10: For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

All means all!
Therefore, Jesus bore the sins of everyone on that Roman cross.  “It is finished,” indeed!

The people “left behind” shall fall into two distinct categories:
a.  Those that chose not to believe God.
These remain behind to face the Tribulation because of their UNBELIEF and not because they did not confess their sins or ask Jesus for forgiveness.

b.  And those who believed and/or were taught the wrong salvation message.

This is a good spot to park for a while and speak to you about the importance of faith in or believing the Apostle Paul’s, “Gospel of Grace.”

I never want to go for very long before reporting the need for personnel salvation and how that may be achieved.  So, if you are “walking” new in your faith, or if you are searching for Truth and have just found this material on line, please read carefully.  This “Good News” is for you.

I then ask that you open your Bible and check these facts out for yourself.
Don’t own a Bible?  Not a problem.  I recommend these on-line Bibles:
Never allow someone to “spoon feed” Scripture to you without checking their words.
These are perilous times…

Left Behind…

I am certain that many of the people “left behind” are going to be in a state of shock.
They are going to be standing around with mouths agape and with dazed expressions on their faces because they honestly believed they were saved.

Why were these left behind?  Why did they miss the most important “altar call” of all?
The answer:  Misguided faith  They missed the “mark” or “standard” set by God in His Word.

I believe the responsibility for this and therefore the shame shall fall on all those who teach/preach a watered down Grace-Age theology!

People will miss being raptured because they put their faith in what they heard somewhere instead of believing the Truth found in the Bible.

What do I mean by a “watered-down Grace-Age” theology?
I’m glad you asked…my, I could do a series of lessons on this topic…later perhaps.

I won’t take the time to list all the “false teaching” being taught today in regard to individual salvation…only the top seven.  Shout amen, if you’ve heard any of these statements.

Personal Salvation is obtainable by:
  1. Responding to an “altar call.”  
  2. Praying the “sinner’s prayer.”
  3. Ask Jesus to “come into your heart.”
  4. Repent of your sins; and be saved!”
  5. Begin a personnel relationship with Jesus.”
  6. Believe that Jesus died for yours sins and be saved.”
  7. Be baptized “and your sins shall be forgiven.”
It breaks my heart when I hear these invitations being given out in any church.  Why?  
They are “void” of promise my friends.  Salvation does not exist in any one or any combination of these seven examples.  Where do I begin?

I think the reason why I am so “moved” by this particular variety of false instruction is because I was responsible for teaching this rubbish to so many and for so long.  If I could have a “do-over,” Lord, I would be eternally grateful.

Like so many others, I placed my trust in my church leadership and I taught my classes using the material provided, instead of using the Bible.  I should have known.  I missed all the warning signs.  And there were plenty.  I’m not using that as an excuse.
I don’t believe the Lord is interested in my excuses.  Clearly, I should have/could have known what the Bible says.  It was my mistake.  …Won’t happen again.
My eyes and my heart have been opened to the Truth.

Each one of us is to not only know what the Bible says; but why it is so.
That’s a responsibility I take seriously as should you.

Let me be clear.  Anyone who preaches you can be saved by any one of these seven examples I cited above is teaching a “False Salvation” and they are leading their congregation astray.  

Here are the facts:

Altar Call:
…come forward and give your life to Jesus…
Many churches present a salvation invitation and/or altar call and use an incomplete gospel which is much different from the one given in the Bible…missing several essential elements; and there is but one gospel.

Let’s look at some of these other examples of False Salvation.

Pray the sinner’s prayer:  
This message is not in the Bible; therefore, it is not Biblical Doctrine.

Ask Jesus to come into your heart and be saved:
Ditto.  Also not Biblical Doctrine.

Repent of your sins and be saved:  
This phrase is also not found in Scripture.  It is not Biblical Doctrine.

Begin a personnel relationship with Jesus today:
This information is not found anywhere in Scripture.  But a Believer can begin to build a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, once he/she acknowledges Him as their Savior through faith in His death, burial, and resurrection plus nothing else.
 
Believe that Jesus died for your sins and be saved:
Faith in His burial and His resurrection are missing.  The gospel is incomplete.

Baptism washes all your sins away and saves you too:
Water baptism makes you wet; but it will not remove sin(s) at any time and has no power to save anyone Jew or Gentile.

You must learn to come to grips with this Bible truth.  The apostle to the Gentiles is Paul.

Galatians 1

1:  Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead),

To locate Church-Age Doctrine you need to be reading his “mail.”
When you are reading Romans thru Philemon you are on “Church Ground.”

As to the one and only gospel being preached today, Paul writes,

Galatians 1

6: I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;

7: which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

8: But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

9: As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

The Greek word for “accursed” means to be eternally damned to hell!
Pretty strong language; but that’s what Paul said and that’s what Paul meant.
Never fool around with the Lord’s gospel.

Since Paul is the apostle to the gentiles, per the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, and that works for me, it is he you need to go to regarding salvation information in this Grace-Age and all other Church Doctrine.  

Follow me please.

I dare say that the majority of church-goers don’t even know these verses are in their Bibles; but they are…so you have to deal with them.

Galatians 1  

11: For I would have you know (insert your name here), brethren, that (take note that Paul does not say “a” gospel as if you can pick and choose but) the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.  (Paul did not attend seminary and he did not travel to see Peter and the others to be taught this Gospel of Grace.  As a matter of fact, they knew nothing of it.)

12: For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through (What) a revelation (by whom) of Jesus Christ.  (And where was the Lord at this time in history?  He is in heaven.  He ascended.   Remember?)

There’s more.

Galatians 1

15: But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace (Saul was the first person saved by God’s grace.  
He did nothing to earn salvation), was pleased
 
16: to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the (whom) Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood,

17: nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.

18: Then (after) three years (of the Lord’s instruction) later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and stayed with him fifteen days

The Risen Lord was Saul/Paul’s educator.
All that Paul writes about he spent three years learning it from Jesus Christ.    
This is where these Church-Age mysteries came from.
And this is where all Believers should be directed to learn Church-Age Doctrine.   …Nowhere else.

So, what is the one and only gospel by which one is saved today?

Please turn to I Corinthians 15:1-4 and read it carefully.
This is the Gospel of Grace by which an individual may be saved today.

Believe that Jesus died for the sins of all, was buried, and then rose again on the third day, according to the Word of God.

Faith in this gospel, meaning this is what I believe and I shall not be moved, will guarantee your salvation.  I know this sounds too easy, but this is what the Bible says.

Faith in God and in what He has chosen to reveal to His created is a Big Deal to Him.
Scripture tells us this is so.

Hebrews 11

6: And without (what’s the next word) faith it is impossible to please Him,

If you want to put a smile on the Lord’s face, put your trust (faith) in Him and in what he has said. That’s the simplest definition of worship you’ll ever find.




























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