Home Bible Study

"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.


Search HBS Bible Lessons

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Who's Following Whom?"


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

Revelation 18:1-18

Announcements:

For those of you who are following along with our Home Bible Study Group via the internet – welcome.  Thank you for taking the time to study Scripture along with us.

We are still working our way through the book of Revelation.  I believe we will complete this study within the next few months.  After this, I plan to begin a study of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and this in turn will lead us into the study of the book of ACTS.  I pray you will join us.

*****

FOLLOW THE LEADER

 “Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…”

Some of you may have no idea what that lead in means or why I’ve chosen to use it. 
I get that.  And this is the reason I’ve I chosen to write this Bible lesson for you.

When I hear someone, in a conversation, boldly claim, “I only follow Jesus.”
I immediately recognize one thing about them.  They do not understand Scripture.
They have been indoctrinated into the four gospels, but their understanding of Paul’s stewardship of the Gospel of Grace and his relationship with the risen Lord Jesus Christ is severely lacking.

Seldom does the Apostle Paul receive the credit or the respect his position requires.

 The Apostle Paul was chosen (called) by the will of God.
Think about that statement and all that it means to say. 

“Called?”  What was the purpose for which Paul was called forth?
When the Creator God calls you believe me, He has a purpose in mind.

Remember the twelve?
Peter, Matthew, James, John, Judas, etc. were they volunteers after they met Jesus or did Jesus call them out by name beforehand?

What is a “Steward?”
A steward performs the duties of a supervisor or administrator of the affairs of another.
And in this instance, Paul is the manager of the Lord Jesus Christ’s affairs here on earth.
Are you following me so far?

Paul’s Stewardship
Ephesians 3

1: For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of (who) you Gentiles –

2: If indeed you have heard of the stewardship (management) of God’s grace which was given to me for you;

3: that by revelation (the revealing of something previously hidden or secret – a mystery.  A revealing of what is believed to be divine will or truth) there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

4: By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the (you’re going to see the word “mystery” often when you read the writings of Paul) mystery of Christ,

5: which in other generations was (what) not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.

6: to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, (Paul’s 1st missionary journey began in the year 46 AD.  Before that time in history Gentiles were NOT included in God’s covenants with the nation of Israel.)

7: (Read slowly, please) of which I (the Apostle Paul) was made a minister, (and not Peter, James, John, and the others) of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.

8: To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,

9: …and to bring to light what is the administration (the management) of the (what) the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things. 

For added emphasis I copied this excerpt from one of Les’s Bible lessons.
I wanted you to see another’s opinion on this subject.

Revelation 18:8

"Therefore shall her plagues come in (how fast) one day (I'm a literalist; I don't think this is a long time; this is instantaneous), death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."

Let's go back for a moment to Luke 21.  I mentioned it in the last lesson, and we'll see how even the words of Jesus Himself, during His earthly ministry spoke of these things.

When I speak of Jesus' earthly ministry, we need to remember that when we come to the letters of the Apostle Paul, they are the words of Christ as well.  And here is where a lot of people get hung up.

When I emphasize Paul and the Pauline doctrines, they will say, "Now wait a minute Les, I go by what Jesus said."  Well where do you think Paul got his words?
He got his words from Jesus, but under a different set of circumstances.


Jesus spoke in the flesh while He was here on the earth, while He was still dealing with Israel under the Law.  But you see Paul gives us the revelation of Jesus Christ who has now finished the work of the Cross; He (Jesus Christ) has defeated death and sin and Satan.  He is now ascended and from His glorified position in glory, Jesus speaks to us (on this side of the cross – emphasis is mine) through the Apostle Paul.

So this is what I mean when I say this is what Jesus said in His earthly ministry:

End of Les’s excerpt.

*****

This problem has always existed in the Body of Christ.  It’s not a “new thing.”
Paul had to address this very subject with the church members in Corinth.

But I think the primary reason this continues to be an issue today stems from a lack of precise Bible teaching in the church today.  And the remainder is a result of an individual’s ignorance.  Please open your Bible to I Corinthians chapter 1.

1 Corinthians 1

1: Paul, called (Read Acts chapter 9) as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
(I don’t believe that needs an explanation.  It is what it is.  Skip down to verse 2.)

2: To the church of God which is at Corinth, (obviously Paul is writing to Believers who belong to the Body of Christ in Corinth, Greece.  Please go to verse 10.)

10: Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no (what is the next word) divisions among you, but that you be made (read carefully) complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11: For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels (in the Greek language this means more than just a disagreement between individuals.  It is a much stronger word meaning: bitter and sometimes violent conflict, struggle, or rivalry) among you.

12: (And here’s the reason for this strife among the Christ’s body) Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul, and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas (Peter),” and “I of Christ.”  (Meaning: there was division in the Body of Christ)

13:  (Here Paul presents his argument for following Christ – and no other!)  Has Christ been divided!  Paul was not crucified for you, was he?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  (Does this sound as if Paul is promoting himself?)

Paul continues to present his case for the Lord Jesus Christ in the following chapters without letup.  Let’s pick up his statement in chapter 3.

1 Corinthians 3

1: And I, brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as to men of (what is the next word) flesh, as to infants in Christ.  (We become Believers as “infants.”  However, the Lord expects each one of us to mature “Spiritually” or progress from this infant stage.  We are NOT to remain Spiritual infants.)

2: I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you not yet able to receive it. 
(Paul’s not speaking of food in the literal sense.  He’s speaking of the Biblical ABC’s, if you will.  For example: your elementary math teacher didn’t begin by teaching you algebra.  You started with simple arithmetic and progressed from there. 
But the point is you were expected to progress.)

3: for you are still fleshly.  For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?

4: For when says “I am of Paul, and another, “I am of Apolllos,” are you not mere men?

5: What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

6: I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
7:  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, (now read carefully Paul’s words) but God who causes the growth.

God causes the growth and not the man or woman who does the planting or watering.

*****

As I said earlier, the Apostle Paul had to respond to these same issues in the early church. People were all over the place with their beliefs systems and who they wanted to follow, etc.  They each held their personnel favorites, likes, and dislikes.

Believe me Les Feldick does not want you following him folks.
I don’t want you following me either my friends.
We follow and believe only the One! 
We are only here to help.  We are guides.

If you pay attention to our teaching materials, that message comes across loud and clear.  The Apostle Paul does not want you following him either.  

But I’ll let him do the telling.

Christian Order
I Corinthians 11

1: Be ye followers of me (the Apostle Paul), even as I also am (a follower) of Christ.
KJV

As a child, did you ever play a game called follow the leader?
The idea is to mimic the actions of the person leading the game. 
To stay in the game you have to imatate the leader’s action accurately.

Here’s the New American Standard’s version of the Bible verse above.

Christian Order
I Corinthians 11

1: Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Leader. 
The Apostle Paul is the Lord Jesus Christ’s steward of the Gospel of Grace.
Anyone who chooses to teach today becomes a steward of that same gospel. 

This responsibility humbles me.

© Copyright 2011
GJ Heitzman’s Ministry
All Rights Reserved


Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Come out of her My People." - Part IV


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

Revelation 18: 1-18

“Come out of Her My people…”

Part IV

I ended the last lesson with this comment. 

I said, “I didn’t think it would be an error to include “Gentiles” in the phrase,
Come out of Her My people. 

Since the book of Revelation is concerned with end time events, God issues this warning to all peoples who have expressed faith in the gospel for their salvation and this would include Gentiles; so this is not a mistake.

*****

Since the Creator God called out Abram from among all the people on the planet, until the stoning of Stephen in Acts chapter 7, the LORD God had been dealing exclusively with the nation of Israel with a few exceptions. 

The people of Nineveh were one such exception.  You may want to read the story of Jonah and the big fish.  (By the way it was NOT a whale.)

After Stephen’s martyrdom by the Jewish religious leaders, God turned His attention to the non-Jews (Gentiles) and the book of ACTS from chapter 8 onward marks this dispensational shift quite clearly.

But God has NOT abandoned His chosen people the Jews.
What does this book say?

Israel Is Not Cast Away
Romans 11

1: I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He?  May it never be!  For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

2: God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew…

God’s Word doesn’t get much clearer than that people.  No mystery there.
Skip down to verse 11 and please read slowly.

Romans 11

11: I say then, (this is still the Apostle Paul writing to Believers in Rome) they did not stumble so as to fall, did they?  (Paul is referring to the Jews who “stumbled” over the “corner stone” who was their Savior/Messiah in unbelief)  May it never be!  But by their transgression (sin) salvation has come to (who) the Gentiles, to make them (these Jews – God’s people) jealous.

Let’s review one more verse.  Please drop down to verse 25. 
Romans 11

25: For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery – (Only the Apostle Paul uses this word “mystery” in Scripture.  Check it out.  You see these “mysteries” found in his writings were kept secret in the mind of God until He chose to reveal them.  And they were revealed ONLY to the Apostle Paul, who in turn has made  them to known to us Believers.  See Deuteronomy 29:29) so that you will not be wise in your own estimation – that a partial hardening has happened to (the nation of) Israel until (you ought to know by now that certain words in Scripture are TIME related words.  UNTIL is one of these.  Until means some time in the future) the (what) fullness of the (who) Gentiles has come in;

…Until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  This is important.

A coffee cup can only contain so much liquid for example and then it’s full.
I think God is telling us the Church-Age Saints or the Body of Christ has a specific number.  I believe God knows the name of the last person who will be saved in this age whether that is a man, woman, or child.  This is the “fullness of the Gentiles” Paul has written about. 

In addition, this “fullness of the Gentiles” Paul writes about, in my opinion, will trigger another significant Church-Age event and this is the rapture of the Church.

The Church-Age Saints will NOT go into the tribulation period.
The Body of Christ will NOT suffer the wrath of God!

I Thessalonians 5

9: For God has (what’s the next word) not destined us (Believers in the gospel – see
I Corinthians 15:1-4) for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10: who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

The rapture of the Church-Age Saints is a pre-tribulation event.
Therefore, the only people left on earth afterwards will be who?  Think…

Did you say unbelievers?  You’d be correct.

There will be thousands of people sitting in a church around this planet wondering why their loved ones are missing but they are still here. 

Emotions will be running high.  Confusion and chaos will reign. 
It’s an ideal setting for the man of sin.  He’s coming. 
And people of this world will welcome him with open arms.

Here the good news. 
Millions will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior during the tribulation.  Both Jew and Gentile will be saved.
But these brave souls will be martyred for their faith almost right away. 

Revelation 6
The Fifth Seal – Martyrs

9: When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

10: and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth.”

11: And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

© Copyright 2011
GJ Heitzman’s Ministry
All Rights Reserved


















Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Come out of Her My People." - Part III


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

Revelation 18: 1-8

Part III

Follow up to: “Come out of Her My people…”

In the previous lessons, I mentioned that it was my opinion when the angel announced, “Come out of Her my people,” (this One World system of finance, government, and religion) which is a quote from Revelation 18, this heavenly being was speaking primarily to the nation of Israel.  

Now I intend as is my custom to take you to a few places in this book to show you where the Lord God refers to the Jews as “His people.”  You can do this yourself.  All you need is a good concordance. 

Please open your Bible at Exodus chapter 3.

Exodus 3

7: The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of (who) My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings…”

Skip down to verse 10.

10:  “…Therefore, come now, and I will send you (Moses) to Pharaoh, so that you may bring (whose people) My people, (and here we have further clarification) the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”

We have time for a couple more.  Please turn to the book of I Kings chapter 6.
This will take us to a time in Israel’s history after their nationality was established.

I Kings 6

13: (Once again this is the Creator God speaking) “I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”

There can be no mistaking the meaning of these verses.  God’s meaning in these verses is crystal clear, and God always says what He mean and means what He says.

One more and then we move on.  Turn to the book of Ezekiel chapter 14.
This of course is a book of prophecy concerning the nation of Israel.

Ezekiel 14

11: …in order that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me and no longer defile themselves with all their transgression.  Thus they (what’s the next word) will be My people, and I shall be their God,” ‘declares the Lord GOD.” 

The nation of Israel, are God’s chosen people.   You’ll find this common thread runs throughout Scripture and begins with a man named Abram.  (See Genesis 12) 
This event occurs approximately 400 years after Noah’s flood.

In this unilateral covenant between the LORD God and Abram, known as the Abrahamic Covenant (which is still in effect today), Abram is promised these things:
Starting with him, God would bring forth a great nation.
They would occupy their own land.
God would send them a King to govern them.

Because the book of Revelation is Jewish prophecy being fulfilled I have no problem in believing that God is once again dealing primarily with “His people” (the Israelites) who will be operating under the Law and all that applies. 

However, since the entire planet is going to come under God’s wrath, I do not believe it is wrong to include Gentiles in the angle’s command, “Come out of Her My people.”

Now I can picture some of you scratching your heads and saying, but you said…
I’ll explain in the next lesson.

(To be continued)

© Copyright 2011
GJ Heitzman’s Ministry
All Rights Reserved