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Malachi Chapter 2: What God thinks of the Disobedient, Levi, Divorce

Mar 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Malachi, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

It is hard to “turn many away from iniquity” if one is not a good example himself of walking properly before God. The priesthood of Malachi’s day was doing the opposite and, consequently, was leading many into iniquity.


Proverbs 30 The Burden of Agur

Jul 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Proverbs, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

“The man spake unto … Ithiel and Ucal.” The logical conclusion would be that Agur was talking to these two scholars, disciples, or friends, but based on the context, that is not the case. “Ithiel” means “God is with us.” “Ucal” means “I am strong.” In other words, Agur is saying, “God is with me, and I am speaking in His strength.” The superscription or heading indicates that Agur is giving an important message: a prophecy, a burden. “God is with me, and I am strong because of that. Therefore, the message is not mine but God’s.”

Before uttering the message, Agur said, “This message is not of me.” This reminds us of the Apostle Peter’s words: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Agur continues, “This message is not the product of my own capability. In fact, I am not an educated person.”


Ezekiel Chapter 8 The Secret Abominations Exposed

Jun 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Ezekiel, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The time setting was now about 611 BC, the sixth year of Zedekiah, or the sixth year of Jehoiachin’s (Jeconiah’s/Coniah’s) captivity. As the elders of Judah were seated before Ezekiel in his own house, honoring him and wanting his counsel, a trance seized the prophet. This chapter, recorded later, is the record of what he saw.

The vision began with a representation of God, the One seated on the throne. It was like the earlier vision by the river Chebar (Ezek. 1:1).

A hand lifted up Ezekiel by a lock of his hair to a position between heaven and earth and took him to Jerusalem. Ezekiel was about to see things and hear God speaking to him, yet he would be unobserved by those in the Temple. He would get an insight into the abominations committed by God’s nominal or professed people.


The Book of Jude

Jun 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Jude, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

It seems providential that the Book of Jude is found next to the final book in the Bible, the Book of Revelation, which is one of the last books to be understood this side of the veil. The Epistles of John (not the Gospel), the Epistle of Jude, and the Revelation of John—all three of these last messages to the Church—each contain special prophetic warnings and admonitions with respect to the future. Moreover, each sequential message, as it is given, contains increasingly greater detail and thus ascends in importance. First, there is John’s allusion in his epistle to Antichrist and its identity; then comes Jude’s stern message; and finally the Apocalyptic scene of events of the Gospel Age provides an overview that helps us, in turn, to locate, identify, and further understand the climactic predictions of the age, particularly its conclusion.

Let us observe how strange it is that Jude’s epistle is sandwiched between the two messages of the same apostle John—between his epistles and his Apocalypse. Does not this placement of Jude suggest to us the possibility—nay, the probability—that these last three perhaps least-studied, least-understood books are to be considered as a special triad or unit unto themselves, which in due process of time would assume greater import?

The Book of Jude seems to have been written especially for the end of the age. What is the evidence or proof for such a statement? Verses 14 and 15 of the epistle inform us that Enoch prophesied of conditions that would prevail in the last time or day, and this prophecy of Enoch was directed against a class that Jude himself repeatedly refers to in his epistle. This book provides a rather startling revelation of conditions that will exist not in the world but in the Church, and it is from this standpoint that we will consider the letter.


1 Corinthians 10:1-21

Mar 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, Memorial Theme, Miscellanious Topics, MP3 Sermons (Click on Sermon name)

Many Christians like to discount the Old Testament as passé and unimportant to the Christian, but in the book of Corinthians the 10th chapter the Apostle Paul is informing the Christian of the importance of understanding the Old Testament. Here he shows us how the typical Israelite during the time of the Exodus pictures us. How they were baptized under the cloud and ate manna and were given water to drink under the direction of Moses, a great than Moses is here and we are given spiritual food and water by Christ. We as Christians also have the tendency to murmur and complain against the Lord. Just as God was displeased with Israel for that, H will likewise be wroth with us for our lack of appreciation of all that He has given to us. Let us not fall into the same temptations that natural Israel did. Next Paul explains the spiritual significance of the Passover and the emblems of the bread and the wine and our participation in Christ’s sufferings.