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"Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen.
Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is both helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible often doesn't tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Come out of Her My people"

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(II Timothy 2:15)

Come out of Her My people…”

Revelation 18:1-8

(Part II)


Welcome back.  I know there are people visiting our Home Bible Study via the Internet regularly and I want to take the time to acknowledge you.  Thank you for taking the time to study God’s Word along with us here in Lutz, Florida.


I started this new series for our Home Bible Study Group a couple of weeks ago for a few reasons of my own.  The primary reason is to address the majority of people who just choose to read their Bibles.  And here’s why.  They’ll come across this phrase “Come out of Her My people…” and they just keep right on reading without seeing…


Two things to remember:
1.      Slow down while you’re reading.  Consider each word, each punctuation mark.  The writer of Scripture did.
2.      Consider the book as a whole and not just the verse and chapter you are currently reading.


Come out of Her My people…”


Believe it or not; there’s a lot going on in those few words.  

Let’s explore Scripture.  This is Bible study.  Throughout Scripture when God refers to “His people,” I contend He is speaking of the Jews.  These are His people, or His elect, and this begins at Genesis 12.  There are plenty of folks who like to include us gentiles in that phrase but I’m not one of these.    And the reason for that is simple.  We gentiles don’t fit in there.  Of course this did change.

In Romans chapter 9, the Apostle Paul recites a passage from the prophet Hosea who is God’s spokesperson; and he’s speaking of a time in the future.

Romans 9

25: Concerning (who?) the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, “Those who were not my people, I will now call my people.  And I will love those whom I did not love before.”  (NLT)


After the Jews rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of the Kingdom, crucified Him, and finally stoned Stephen to death; after he gave his testimony of faith to the Jewish leaders (see Acts chapter 7-8) convicting of their sins, I believe this is when God’s dispensation of salvation based on faith alone in the gospel of grace began.    


And God chose the most unlikely candidate of all to be the bearer of this new gospel to those who beforehand were the “unclean” (literally) the gentiles who would hear it and who would respond to it by the thousands.  His name was Saul from Tarsus.


I will continue to preach and teach the division of Jew and Gentile in Scripture until the day the Lord Jesus Christ calls me home.  (See II Timothy 2:15)


Remember what we are about. Come out of Her My people…”                                                                                                                 


I like to remind people that the tribulation period is God dealing primarily with His covenant people the Jews, who will be operating under the Law once again, and to fulfill Daniel’s 490 year prophecy concerning the nation of Israel.  The entire earth’s population will suffer God’s wrath but never lose sight of this truth.  The main focus is the Jew.  


When you read the book of Revelation, keep this in mind.


After God called out the man Abram, from the land of Ur, and Abram believed God, The LORD God promised that Abram’s descendants would become a great nation, He would place them in a land all their own, and then God would send them a Redeemer/King to  lead them.  
(Read Genesis chapter 12.)


When you return to the book of Exodus, you’ll find that the original command was stay away from those gentiles My people!


Before the Hebrews crossed the river Jordan and began the process of taking possession of the Promised Land, God commanded the Israelites (this was not a suggestion) not to mingle, mix, or
inter-marry with any of the heathen or gentile nations that lived in the land they were about to occupy, and for good reason.   


And now it’s time to go to the book.  We skipped over all this information and so much more in our haste to study the end time events.   In time, we’ll get back to it.


Conquest of the Land
 Exodus 23


20: “Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.


21: “Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him.


22: “But if you truly obey his voice and do all (all means all – there’s no leeway here) that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.


23: “For My angel will go before you and bring you in to the land of the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I will completely destroy them (in case you missed it – God and not the Israelites is going to destroy the inhabitants of the Promised Land.)


24: “(Here are the conditions God expected His people to abide by and take note of the first condition listed :) You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their sacred pillars in pieces.


25: “But you shall serve the LORD your God (only is implied), and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.

26: “There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.


27: (Take note of the “I will’s” that follow.  According to the God’s original plan –all the Jews had to do was follow God, walk into the land, and take over.  God would do all the work.  Of course it didn’t turn out that way, but that’s another Bible lesson) “I will send My terror ahead of you, and throw into confusion all the people among whom you come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you (don’t just read over that last bit – think on it.  The Israelites would not be meeting these “ites” on the battlefield, according to this plan.  All the Israelites would see of them, if they saw them at all would be their backsides and here’s how God planned on doing this).


28: “I will send hornets ahead of you so that they will drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites before you.


29: (And here’s and extra added bonus) “I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you (in other words, God would accomplish the task of driving out the “ites” but not all at once and not by destroying property, crops, or livestock.  This way the Israelites could come in and just move into the vacated buildings and occupy them as they were without having to rebuild).


30: “I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.


31: “I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; (Are these Israel’s boundaries today?  No.              They are not) for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.


32: (You cannot make this command any clearer!) “You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods.


33: (…or this one) “They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”


But what did the Omniscient God discern beforehand?   God knew His people, in time, would not expel these heathens from their land, as He commanded them to do.  God knew His people would accept and adopt the lifestyles and ungodly habits of the gentiles in the land.


But God would not abandon His people.  God does not break His covenants!
He has punished His people repeatedly over the centuries for their disobedience.
But they are and always have been His people.
We find this truth still in place in the book of Revelation.

(To Be Continued)

Be Ye Not of This World                                                                                                                     
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Come out of Her..."


Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
(II Timothy 2:15)

Revelation 18:1-8

Come out of her…

(Part One)

Revelation 18

4: I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her (this ungodly one-world order.  This is a warning to all peoples and not just those who find themselves immersed in the plagues of the tribulation.  You can pick the book up and read it now), my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.”

In the upcoming Bible lesson, Les makes a comment that I want to expand upon.

We must function in this world, but we are not to live as the ungodly prefer to do. 

Les goes on to say that it is getting more difficult to recognize a Christian operating in our society today because they “blend” in so well with all the other people out there.  I’m paraphrasing of course but you get the idea.

Should we be “blending” in with the God rejecting world so much so that we become scarcely noticeable?  Is this what the Lord Jesus Christ expects from us Believers?

Are we to mix with the unbelieving population at all?

Or, are we to be different?  If so, how are we to be different? 

Why is it difficult, in some cases, to do the right thing at the right time, in your opinion?

These are just a few of the questions I’d like to address in this series of Bible lessons. 

Scripture holds the answers to these questions and the Word is quite clear.
In other words, there’s no mystery here.

*****


The world is getting smaller by the day.  Agreed?  If something happens in Iraq at noon, fifteen minutes later it’s on the news here in America.  If the stock market in Asia has a bad day, then you can bet when the NYSE opens the following day so will they.

Greece’s financial problems affect how many nations?  On and on it goes you see.
The earth isn’t in the process of becoming a “world community” it is already a world community.  The earth has some distance to go before it gets to where it must be Biblically, as we’ve been studying the events in the book of Revelation.
But look around and take notice.  Are we on the way there?  Yes, we are.

That being said, let’s get back on topic.  You and I, we get out of bed each day, get dressed, leave home, and then we all must function in this world no matter where we have chosen to live on this planet.  That being the case you need to aware of this truth. 

We are subject to covetous desires. 

Why do places like Wall Street exist? 
Places like Wall Street, Las Vegas, Reno, Nevada, the Florida Lotto System, and so many others, exist to feed a specific yearning or desire which is evident in every man and woman.  And that’s GREED. 

Mankind is never satisfied with what they have.  They are always searching.
Just this week Apple came out with their new I pad.  Did you see the marketing hype that preceded this event?  Anyway, the thing is not out on the street yet, but there is a sign-up sheet and you can pre-order yours.  The price is right around $500. 
My advice is to wait!  Next year the new one will be out. 

People with the “old” I Pad are already trying to dump it so they can pick up the new one.  There isn’t anything wrong with their old one.  It works just fine. 
But you see…it isn’t NEW.  These folks COVET the New I Pad.  They WANT it.
They don’t need it.  They WANT it.  I pray you see the difference.

There is such a difference between a Want and a need.
We need things like food, shelter, clothing, love, acceptance, etc.
Where we tend to get into trouble is in the area of “the wants.”
People this is Satan’s territory.  Why do I say this?  It’s simply the truth.

You see God is in the business, if you will, of taking care of our NEEDS.
Satan is only interested in the area of our WANTS.
What is another word for wants?  How about desires?
Is this beginning to come into focus?

Take this concept, please, all the way back to the Garden of Eden experience.
It was utopia on the earth, a perfect relationship between the Creator God and His creation existed at that time, it was absolutely ideal.  Until…the Woman (Eve) was deceived by the serpent and became “unsatisfied” with her present situation and hoped for better conditions after she ate the forbidden fruit…  Get the picture?
My co-worker received a new 3G cell phone at Christmas last year; knew nothing about that technology at the time so there was quite the learning curve.
Now it is one year later and all I am hearing are complaints about this free gift.
The new ones have a better camera. 
The new ones are faster, smaller, prettier; the list seems endless. 

There is nothing wrong with the cell phone you understand?  
It works just fine.  It does everything it’s supposed to do. 
My co-worker is no longer satisfied with it.
GOT TO HAVE THE NEW ONE…  THAT’S THE MESSAGE I’M GETTING.

Les taught me something a few years back and I’d like to share it with you now.
Remember the Ten Commandments? 

Are you aware that you cannot break a single commandment without first coveting? 

Why do people steal?  They covet an item belonging to another.
Why do people tell a lie, murder, cheat on their spouse, etc? 
You cannot commit a sin, any sin, without first coveting.

Covetous and greed are synonymous.  They’re back-yard buddies.
Are you in a safe position because you’re a Christian?

We’re you misled?  Did someone tell you that the Christian life was going to be easy? 

What was it the Apostle Paul said?
Please turn to the book of Romans chapter seven.

The Conflict of Two Natures
Romans 7

19: For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

20: But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

Take heart Believers!  You’re normal.  Please skip down to verse 25.

25: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. 

And now for two of the greatest Bible verses ever put to paper.
Romans 8

1: Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has (what) set you free from the law of sin and of death. 


(To be Continued)

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