Saturday, March 2, 2019
Sorry for the long absence but I had eye surgery four days ago and prior to that my vision while okay for driving was challenged by computer screen.
It seems I have a hereditary eye disease titled Fuch's dystrophy. It involves a buildup of fluid under the cornea which can cause fuzzy vision. Normally it is kept under control by a product called Muro 128 eye drops. It's a salt solution that pulls the moisture out from under the cornea. Unfortunately, if the eyeball is harmed in any way such as by cataract surgery 8 months ago, the condition gets a little bit out of control. For the last eight months it's been an up-and-down roller-coaster ride with my vision improve in one month and then decreasing the next month. 4 days ago I had a partial cornea transplant and now my vision seems to be clearing. The left eye is still fuzzy but it's making a comeback. I've been very fortunate in that I have friends all over the planet who been praying for me as well as my church family. Doesn't get much better than that. By mid March I'll be back and posting. Thank you for being so patient with me.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
The glorious second coming of Jesus will be witnessed by most everyone across the planet with the advent of satellite TV. Christians who came to faith during the tribulation and survived will rejoice. However, very different for the unsaved. I would think that the agnostics would temporarily write off the second coming as fake news and for atheists and those who openly opposed God it will be a terrible recognition that they are lost.
Prior to the tribulation, living and deceased born-again Christians (The Church capitol C) were rapture and judged at the bema seat of Jesus. Those who survive the tribulation will be judged at the sheep and goat judgment.
But I digress, The second coming of Jesus will be as the tribulation is ending and involve several battles. Jesus will defeat the armies of the world creating a feast for the scavengers.
Matthew 24:28, “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” There will be no escaping judgment for the unsaved. The eagles or vultures symbolize impending judgments.
Here Jesus was talking to the disciples about the Coming of the Kingdom, confirming Matthew 24:28. Luke 17:37. “And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.”
And John bears witness, Revelation 19:17, “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
The eagles or vultures are a type of the judgments of God which will be unleashed in the second coming of Jesus.
I believe CM put it somewhat this way that we could either be at the marriage supper or be food for the vultures.
Revelation 19:9, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” The Church is the heavenly Bride, a type of the five wise virgins whose lamps were well supplied with oil when the bridegroom appeared.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
That the Messiah would be executed is hinted at in the garden. Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” God had foreknowledge that man would fall so He had a solution. Satan would be the author of evil and bruise the heel of Jesus, nevertheless, Jesus would ultimately destroy him.
Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them.” God provided coats of skins for Adam and Eve but at the cost of blood. In the same way, we are covered by the blood of Jesus shed on that cross; we are justified before God.
Psalm 22 could have been dictated from the foot of the cross. Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Psalm 22:7-8, “7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”
Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” CM pointed out a child is born, Jesus as a baby and a son is given would be a prophesy that the Messiah would be executed. The balance of the verse refers to the divinity of Jesus and His second coming.
Jonah 1:17, “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Jesus referred to Jonah as prophetic of His death and burial. Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Numbers 21:8, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” Jesus clarified this in John 3:14, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” Again Jesus, a propitiation for sins.
More than a hundred prophecies in Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus.
The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross” – Fulfillment of Prophecy! Revisited
Several years ago Pastor Bruce talked about “The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross.” I found this very inspiring then and I still do today. In fact I was inspired to look into some of the prophecies that were fulfilled while Jesus hung on that cross.
# 1. Forgiveness: Luke 23:34, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Numbers 15:26, “And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.”
Psalm 22:18, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
#2. Salvation: Luke 23:43, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Isaiah 40:3, “The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
John 1:29, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
#3. Relationship: John 19:26-27, “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home
Psalm 69:8 “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.”
#4 Abandonment: Matthew 27:46, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
#5 Distress: John 19:28, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.”
Psaml 69:20, “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”
#6 Reunion John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."
Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
#7 Triumph: Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
Psalm 31:5, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
Jesus was the ultimate propitiation before a righteous God as hinted at in Genesis 3:21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them.” God provided coats of skins for Adam and Eve but at the cost of blood. In the same way, we are covered by the blood of Jesus shed on that cross; we are justified before God.
Monday, November 26, 2018
1 John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
As a believer I have the discernment of the Holy Spirit within me enabling me to overcome the false teachers that will abound as we draw closer to the return of Jesus. 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Again, believers will have the discernment of the indwelling Holy Spirit and turn from these false teachers.
There is another warning in 1 John 4, in verse 3, “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” And in verse 5, “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.”
In Matthew 7 Jesus warns against people who falsely profess to acknowledge Him as Savior
Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Those who are not allowed entrance into the kingdom of heaven then cry, Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And Jesus will say, Matthew 7:23, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
What a horrific statement to hear. Again, we believers are protested from false teachers, 1 John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
We owe our justification before a righteous God to the gift of grace of Jesus who served as our propitiation. The least I can do is to conform to Galatians 5:24-25, “24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Sunday, November 11, 2018
1 Corinthians 7:2, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
Fornication, G4202, harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry: - fornication. to act the harlot, that is, indulge unlawful lust (of either sex), or practise idolatry.
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
"In the beginning God" are first four words of the Bible and are the very foundation for the Judeo-Christian faith. The Bible is not a buffet that you can pick and choose from, either you accept it as the Word of God or you reject it.
Christians often quote John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
However wonderful John 3:16 is, many people failed to internalize the following verses.
John 3:17-18, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Either one believes the first four words of the Bible and that Jesus came to be our propitiation or one is in disbelief. The believer is justified before our righteous God but the serious implication of John 3:18 is that he who believes not is condemned already.
But I digress, so back to the book of Genesis.
Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
There is a well-worn joke on the Internet that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. I don’t know how it could be any clearer, God meant for there to be two sexes, a man and a woman. Obama seemed to be obsessed with the LGTB agenda and promoted transgender bathrooms and more. After the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage, Obama lit up the White House with the LGBT colors of the rainbow, co-opted from God’s rainbow.
The rainbow of Genesis 6 was God’s commitment that he would not destroy the world with water again. Interestingly enough, the next time would be by fire. 2018 has been a year of major wildfires and is continuing in California today.
After the flood, Noah his wife and their three sons and daughter-in-law’s left the ark to repopulate the world. Not only were the humans in pairs, a man and a woman, the animals saved in the ark were also male and female.
Again I don’t see how it could be any plainer. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed not just because of their homosexual population but because of their acceptance of homosexuality. Some writers have speculated that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they did not help the poor, a more politically correct interpretation.
In my opinion, 1 Corinthians 7:2 rules out polygamy as well as homosexual marriage, again, a man and a woman.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
John 8 and Psalm 69 provide insight into the life of Jesus from childhood on. The legibility of Jesus’ was questioned by the Pharisees throughout his ministry and His siblings seem to have rejected Him.
John 8:18, “ I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.”
The Pharisees next question, John 8:19 “Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.”
Again, the legibility of Jesus’ was questioned by the Pharisees throughout his ministry. Jesus was very politically incorrect when speaking to those Pharisees. John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
This disbelief in the deity of Jesus was of the anti-Christ then as it is today.
Psalm 69 not only deals with the crucifixion, it provides insight into the childhood of Jesus. Prior to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus there is no record of his siblings considering him other than mortal. Read his emotional pain of rejection as He cries out in verses 8 and 10.
Psalm 69:4, “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.”
As it was in the time of Jesus, as it is now, it is very difficult to understand the hatred directed at Jesus by the very people He came to offer eternal life. Jesus being without sin was our propitiation, our justification before a righteous God.
Psalm 69:6, “Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.”
Jesus prayed that His death would not be an obstacle to His believers. With the exception of John, all disciples deserted Him while on the cross. After the resurrection a 180 degree turnaround as the disciples proudly proclaimed The Good News.
Psalm 69:8, “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.” Psalm 69:10, “When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.”
Jesus siblings likely rejected and ridiculed Him. After the resurrection, another 180 degree turnaround of at least two of his siblings as James and Jude wrote two books of the Bible.