The Lord has been urging me to take some time . . .
The free gift of salvation can never be severed from Judgment Day. Our global society thrives on human rights, and a growing number of people do not want to hear conversations or sermons on Judgment Day. It is as though they find the thought of “judgment” offensive, and to some extent . . .
At a pre-destined appointed moment in TIME, the exact appointed time, the PLAN of salvation established IN CHRIST JESUS THE MESSIAH, was administrated by the Father.
In order to fully appreciate what the Father provided through grace in His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, it might benefit us to examine our view of the gospel in context of the complete Word of God. Let us first consider that salvation, trough grace, by faith, is not limited to New Testament believer. We tend to associate grace SOLELY to the time frame following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In some way we assert God, in the Old Testament, as relentless and unforgiving.
Hyper grace, due to a false sense of security and passiveness, can easily lead to licentious living, which will inevitably result in unholy living, (Eph 5:1-17). Legalism, on the other hand, will prompt “self-attempt,” which will inevitably result in exchanging the liberty in Christ to “works of the flesh,” (Gal 5:1-26).
We have to learn from Israel. Grace, as a gift of God in any respect, should be cherished and not taken for granted. It becomes clear from Israel’s history, in the account of the prophets, that Almighty God required stewardship in regard to that which He imparted to Israel as a gift. He entrusted ALL to her, not on account of her own merit, yet He required stewardship over that which He entrusted to her. Thus we also read of the consequences of unfaithfulness.
The phenomenal record of the flood is found in the archives of almost every ancient culture and is foundational in our understanding of God’s “favour” or “grace.” Noah found this favour because he “sought to walk with God,” and the only way he could “walk with God,” was to walk in righteousness. As such, God called Noah to “provide a way of salvation” for those who would “seek” redemption from the coming judgment through the destruction of the flood. He commanded Noah to build an Ark.
To be separated from the Eternal God who possesses all that pertains to eternal life and glory is the direst situation for those who have been created in His image. Even though every human being may breathe, and live life on earth according to his own wisdom and devises, true life and peace can only be experienced in reconciliation with the One who created. Yet, no human being can initiate or establish reconciliation through any personal or human effort. The standard is too high!
The age of grace has in some way presented an opportunity among men to familiarize God. Not because the Father intended this familiarisation, but because man so easily create for himself the more acceptable option in any dire situation. We are indeed grateful for God’s grace, and so grateful for what He accomplished for us through it; yet, it is to our own advantage to keep in mind exactly what Almighty God intended for man through His grace, namely, reconciliation!
If we love Jesus Christ, we will allow His Word to change us (Eph 5:25-27; James 1:22-25); for indeed, HE IS THE WORD, (John 1:1-4; 1 John 1:1-4). We do not need to be theologians or learned men and woman to comply with this basic principle! Yet, we can by no means adhere to this important principle if we do not KNOW the Word of God, and we can only know the Word by reading it regularly and studying it in context of its full coverage.
It is inevitable that stumbling blocks would come, (Luke 17:1-2); moreover, we are also warned that false prophets and false doctrines will creep into the gatherings of Believers unnoticed, (Jude 1:3-4; 2 Peter 2). This latter-day deception, subtly brought in through the spirit of Antichrist (1 John 2:18-19), will be utterly refined, and will even be accompanied by great signs and wonders (Mat 24:24; 2 Thes 2:1-12; Rev 13:11-15). How then, shall we prepare ourselves for this hour?
‘My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured out upon Thy lips; therefore God has blessed Thee forever. Such praises were addressed to Messiah in the revelation of His grace, mighty strength, and glorious splendour – a love song addressed to a King setting apart a beautiful Bride for Himself. And such is the song in my heart as I contemplate the VICTORY we have in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Why should we at all bother to take a stand regarding the doctrine on the Rapture? Does it really matter? Why do we not just accept the different opinions? There are those who choose to believe in a Pre- Mid- or Post Tribulation Rapture on the one hand; and a few others who call the brethren to be alert and ready for a time of great tribulation. Why then should be bother? Indeed, we should!
Confusion sets in as soon as one attempts to read the book of Revelation through the lens of the doctrine on the Rapture. In teaching on the layout, themes, and time frames in the book of Revelation, the first question in the audience is usually, “So what about the Rapture?” And rightly so, for the doctrine on the Rapture . . .
Revelation 7 is an interlude explaining God’s incentive to seal ALL HIS BOND-SERVANTS BEFORE the earth would be harmed by the execution of His foretold wrath. A symbolic 144,000 will be sealed from the 12 Tribes of Israel. According to Revelation 12, the woman, Israel, who gave birth to Messiah, will be severely persecuted by the dragon of old, and in a rage, he will pursue to annihilate her. Yet, she will be given help from the earth in order to flee into the wilderness where she will be protected and nourished for a period of three-and-a-half-years, the time of God’s wrath . . .
The word “rapture” does not appear in the word of God! Nevertheless, most Believers use this word interchangeable in association with the resurrection. Very few scholars and Believers use the term “resurrection” today, and there is hardly any teaching on the very subject of the resurrection. In this writing, we will pursue to establish the basic doctrine of this teaching . . .
In an effort to establish Scriptures regarding Messiah’s Second Appearance on a firm foundation, we studied various passages in order to gain a better understanding. In this particular writing, we will draw these studies together in order to establish, if possible, a firm foundation in our expectation . . .
The parables related by Messiah in regard to His Second Appearance have a central theme, namely to be “alert” and “ready,” for, “the day will come as a thief in the night . . .
The whole earth, and even the heavens, will be conscious of Messiah’s Second Appearance! In briefing the disciples on the signs of the end of the age and His Second Appearance, Messiah stated clearly that those who will be alive at that time should not seek for Him in secret secluded places, saying, ‘If therefore they say to you, “Behold, He is in the wilderness,” do not go forth, or, “Behold, He is in the inner rooms,” do not believe them . . .
The resurrection is the hope of every Believer, the promise of receiving a glorified body as the final stage of redemption. This final stage of redemption, namely the redemption of the body, is in fact part of the Believer’s eternal inheritance. The apostle Paul explains that this final stage of redemption, namely the resurrection of our bodies into an eternal state of glory, is in fact . . .
Death had become a subject of fear in the circle of many faithful Believers. It seems as though our minds have been captivated by fearful images, which in many ways are real because of the reality of the futility of this present age; yet, they are far removed from the victorious work of the cross . . .