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Archive for April 2009

The LORD of Hosts

Apr 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Doctrine, Miscellanious Topics

The heavens are the works of God’s fingers so we are told in Psalm 8. Scripture after scripture tells how God stretched out the heavens like a curtain and that he knows each star and planet by name.

To us the Universe is unlimited, but to God it is not. We say that the universe is so vast that it cannot contain God and we are right! God is not within our universe but above it. Psalm 148:13 gives us that clue. In Deuteronomy it makes a distinction between the heaven and the Heaven of heavens giving us another pause for thought. The great Creator, the one who created our physical universe is not constrained live within its boundaries. We are but like grass before Him, we are the proverbial bug in the rug and our universe is the rug. But thank God that Man’s importance is measured by his love and reverence for God, and that is why He is mindful of us.

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Delegates walk out on Ahmadinejad at Geneva

Apr 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

As Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the eradication of Israel in his address to the United Nations anti-racism conference which opened its week long event in Geneva on Monday, delegates walked out, hecklers wearing clown-wigs shouted ‘racist’ towards him and were escorted out by security personnel and his speech was continually interrupted.

“Governments must be encouraged and supported in their fights at eradicating this barbaric racism. Efforts must be made to put an end to Zionism,” he said in the rambling speech he gave at the podium.

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The Father does the drawing

Apr 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Doctrine, Miscellanious Topics

The Word says that “no man can come to me except the Father draw him.” John 6:44 and in 1 John 4:19 that “we loved him because He first loved us.” This sermon looks in detail on various ones God called during Jesus’ ministry, such as Nathanael, the Israelite in whom there was no guile, Simon who was prophetically given the name Peter on his first meeting with Jesus. Zacchaeus who just wanted a glimpse of the master whom he had never seen, but when Jesus came by, he called him by name. The woman at the well who Jesus told her life story to. Upon meeting these people who God called, Jesus did some remarkable things to show God’s calling. 1) He told Nathanael what he was just doing. 2) He prophesied a name change to Peter. 3) He knew Zachaeus’ name and said he was going to have dinner at his house. 4) He knew the life story of a Samaritan woman. The four that we have just mentioned were searching for Messiah and God answered their prayers.

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Doctrine

Apr 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Doctrine

Bible Study/Discourse: Doctrines are a scriptural teaching or understanding. Not all doctrines carry the same weight of importance. For instance, there are fundamental doctrines such as: the Ransom, Baptism, Righteousness, Repentance, Salvation. Then there aredispensational doctrines that are relevant to different time periods. The doctrine “truth” that a great flood is coming to destroy everything is notrelevant to today, but it was of the utmost importance in the days of Noah. It was a matter of salvation!There are also doctrines of demons (universal salvation) and also unsound doctrine. A thing can be true, but is not edifying, such as “endless”genealogies.

As a Christian it behooves us to weigh and discern doctrines. 1) is it a fundamental doctrine–that is not open to interpretation and if not taught correctly will affect salvation? 2) is it a prophetic doctrine? Being that it has to do with future events, it by nature can be open to interpretations because the light is not yet clear on the matter. 3) Is it a doctrine of demons which will lead a Christiandown a very dangerous path of denying scripture or causes divisions (because of a bad heart motive not in accordance with the Word.), orunprofitable in that it does not edify anyone?

Once we categorize the doctrine what do we do? There is a time to speak and a time to keep silent, there is a time to embrace adn a time to refrain from embracing. This Bible study explores many different scenarios that a Christian may come up against and how to judge what one should do in that instance.

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Elijah’s Return and Victory Part 2

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

OUR lesson is interesting as we find it simply recorded in the Bible, but the interest of Bible students increases from the time they learn that Elijah was not only a Prophet of the Lord, but also a type of the Church’s earthly experiences. The Book of Revelation (2:20-25; 18:7) pictures to us Queen Jezebel as representing a great religious system of this Gospel Age which did great violence to the Truth. Ahab represented the worldly governments. His wife represented a false Christian Church system married to earthly governments. As Ahab represented the worldly governments claiming to be Christ’s kingdoms, so Queen Jezebel pictured, or typified, a false Church system, which, instead of maintaining its purity as the virgin Church of Christ, became married or united to these earthly systems. Contrary to this, the true virgin Church of Christ was to remain faithful to her Heavenly Lord, awaiting His Second Coming; and her marriage to Him was then to be accomplished.

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Biden warns Israel against Iran strike

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

In an interview to The Atlantic magazine on March 31, the prime minister noted that “the Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.”

Netanyahu went on to say that the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a “hinge of history” and added that “Western civilization” will have failed if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

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Holy Incense

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, Tabernacle or Temple

Sermon: God gave Israel a recipe for a special incense that was only to be used in the Tabernacle. The penalty for making this for private use or curiosity was death! What was so special about this incense that God wanted it all for Himself? We are given four ingredients: stacte, onycha, galbanum; and frankincense. All four are a resin or gum, and all four involve the “bleeding” or “wounding” of the plant, something of a sacrifice, and all four have very special spiritual significance for the Christian. Find out the spiritual meanings of these “sweet perfumes” that the Lord is pleased with and wants offered to Him.

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Ezekiel Chapter 4

Apr 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Miscellanious Topics, Prophetic

This Bible study on the 4th Chapter of Ezekiel is significant in that it proves that the period of the Kings (Saul to Zedekiah) is 513 years. This is an important figure in Chronology. Ezekiel is instructed to make special cakes to eat and to lie on his side for 390 days. We are told that the 390 days prefigure 390 years. Which is where we get the usage of a day for a year in prophetic matters. We have the 40 year reign each of Saul, David and Solomon, which gives us 120 years. Then we have 3 years of Rehoboam before the dividing of the land. We are now at 123 years. It is from this point that the 390 years comes into play, terminating in the reign of Zedekiah the last king of Israel. The division of the Kingdom in Rehoboam’s day was 996 BC and 390 years later would bring us to 606 BC the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The prophecy also talks about a 40 year period which corresponds to the 13th year of Josiah King of Judah. What happened at this date? Josiah started his great reformation cleansing out the land of idolatry and held a great Passover. Also this was the year Jeremiah the great prophet started his ministry. At the end of the 40 years the land lay desolate.

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Golden Incense Altar

Apr 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, Tabernacle or Temple

This Bible study on the Golden Prayer and Incense altar goes into great detail on its construction and purpose. The more we understand the literal details the more we are able to understand and see the spiritual significance. The Altar was situated right before the 2nd veil, the spiritual reason for that is to show the importance to prayer. God’s presence is in the Most Holy and the smoke from the incense would go over the veil and into the Most Holy, the presence of God Himself. Also brought out in this study is how we as Christians can offer strange incense like Nadab and Abihu. We are told elsewhere that God will not accept our prayers if we have aught with our brother until we first go and rectify things, or if we are living in a sinful way, our prayers can become sin if we are unrepentant and unchanging.

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Ezekiel Chapters 36-43 An Overview

Apr 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Miscellanious Topics, Prophetic, Psalm 83 and Gog & Magog, Tabernacle or Temple

This discourse considers chapters 36-42 of the Book of Ezekiel together to get the whole scenario of this End-Time prophecy. The message in Chapter 36 is to encourage Israel that they will again be settled in their land and that He (God) will humble the gentile nations (specially Gog of Magog) in the future. Next we travel to the vision of the “Valley of Dry Bones.” We see the bones have come back together with sinew and flesh, but the “Breath” cannot occur until after the destruction of Gog in Jacob’s Trouble. The analogy of the graves in this vision is explained in the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus, which has to do with the Nation of Israel. Next we go onto the building of Ezekiel’s Temple (the Third Temple), which also occurs after Jacob’s Trouble because of the promise that there will be no Canaanite in the house of the Lord!

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