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Temple Baptist Church - 11-22-2020Revelation 6:12-17 Introduction: A. The Seven Sealed Book of the Judgments of God is now being opened by THE Judge, Christ Jesus. Revelation 5:5-7 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (7) And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 1. The First Seal – The White Horse – Antichrist. The Great Pretender who is GIVEN a crown by the masses of unsaved. 2. The Second Seal – The Red Horse – Dictatorship and Socialism. Big government with uncontrolled power and little people with no power. 3. The Third Seal – The Black Horse – The Famine. Socialism is “Robin Hood Economics: rob from the rich who have excelled in business through hard work and give to the poor who sit at home and live off the government. 4. The Fourth Seal – The Pale Horse – Death and Hell. Socialism ALWAYS maligns or destroys the voices and people who oppose its policies. 5. The Fifth Seal – The Souls of the Martyrs – Those who held to the Word of God and the Testimony of Christ Jesus. As the world hated Christ and tries to destroy His people, Antichrist hates Christ and tries to destroy His people. B. Will the Judge of the earth do right? As the Angel of the Lord approached Sodom, where Lot chose to live, Abraham bargained with God over the impending judgment. In his bargaining with the Lord, Abraham asked a question that he already knew the answer to: 1) Abraham's Question – Genesis 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 2) The Martyred Saints Question – Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? C. The Judge of all the earth will do right! Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. (17) I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 1. The Place of Judgment speaks of the final judgment of the unrighteous. Found temporally hell individually for those who are lost but have died and in temporally but corporately in the Tribulation Period for those who are lost but remain. But also, individually, and eternally at the Great White Throne. 2. The Place of the Righteous speaks of the final judgment of their iniquity. Found in the precious blood of Christ for those who have died in the Lord and are in Paradise (to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord) zwith Him but also for those who live in the Tribulation Period and have washed their garments in the Blood of the Lamb. D. As these seals begin to open, one of the four beasts says, “Come and see.” Revelation 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 1. It is important to the Judge of all the earth that God's people see that He has not forgotten them and that every sin and situation on earth will be ultimately dealt with. God has not forgotten! I want to look at a couple of important things found in the Sixth Seal. We find in this Seal a great contrast. 2. A Great Earthquake and Signs in the heavens. The Words earthquake and earthquakes are found 19x in 16 verses in your King James Bible. a) First Mention: Earthquakes are not generally a sign for the saved as the Lord told Elijah that He was not found in the wind or the earthquake or the fire but in a still small inner voice. 1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: b) The Earthquake is the judgment of God upon the wicked. Isaiah 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire. c) There are other notable mentions of earthquakes that I will not take the time do deal with but with simply reference them for your information. 1) The Great Earthquake during Uzziah's reign and the prophecy of Isaiah. Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. (This Earthquake was referenced in Zachariah's prophecy of the Second Coming of Christ at the end of Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period.) Zechariah 14:1-9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. (2) For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (3) Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. (4) And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (5) And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. (6) And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: (7) But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. (8) And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. (9) And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. 2) Earthquakes, a Sign of the end-time and impending judgment of God. Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 3) Earthquake, the Judgment for sin found in the death of Christ on the cross. Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 4) Earthquake at the Resurrection of Christ. Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 5) Earthquake of Deliverance. Acts 16:25-26 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. (26) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 6) Earthquakes of Judgement during the Tribulation Period – Revelation, chapters 6,8,11, and 16. E. Now, the Great Earthquake of the Sixth Seal. It shows a couple of things: 1. The Lord is still in control of His Creation. The world has accepted the Antichrist and his kingdom, but the Lord shows Antichrist and his followers that He is still and always will be in control! a) Power over the Elements. God sends an earthquake so powerful that the sun is darkened, and the moon looks like blood because of the dust it causes. Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; b) Power over the Heavens. I take these verses literally. God created these heavenly lights and placed the stars in place and can cause them to fall to the earth and the heavens depart as a scroll when it is rolled together. Revelation 6:13-14a And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. (14) And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together … Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (30) And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. c) Power over the Earth. As the Lord created the earth, He can also rearrange the topography of the earth at His command. Psalms 33:8-9 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. (9) For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Revelation 6:14b … and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 2. The Lord is still in control over Men. Revelation 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; (16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: (17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? a) The Tribulation Saints resting in Peace. Job 3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. Hebrews 4:9-10 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. b) The Tribulation Sinners restless without Peace. Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked. Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 3. The Question is asked, “Who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2020Hebrews 13:5-6 Introduction: A. The last part of verse five is one of the more notable and quotable phrases in the Bible. “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. B. After the word “have,” we find the punctuation mark, the colon. Colons are used to show that what follows the colon amplifies or explains what went before it. C. After the colon, we find the word “For.” For can be used either for a preposition or a conjunction in a sentence. Here, it is used as a conjunction which joins words or groups of words together. It explains why we do not have to covet or be discontent with things. D. It is also used as a primary article which gives empirical evidence to a value or truth. We have seen this evidence proven throughout the Bible. 1. Genesis 12:1-2 – God told Abraham to leave the land of his nativity and God would bless him and make him a great nation. 2. Genesis 28:15, God told Jacob to go down to Egypt and He would be with him and keep him. 3. Deuteronomy 31:6-8, God, through Moses, told Israel that He would go before them and keep them. 4. Joshua 1:5-9, God told Joshua that as He was with Moses, so He would be with him and would not fail him. 5. I Chronicles 28:20 – David told Solomon to be strong and of good courage … to fear not for God would be with him, would not fail him, nor forsake him. 6. Psalms 37:25-28 – David declared that God had never forsaken the righteous. 7. Isaiah 41:8-14 – God told Israel that would not cast them away, he would strengthen them, He would hold their hand. 8. Isaiah 41:17 – The Lord told Israel that when they were poor and needy, He would hear them and would not forsake them. 9. Isaiah 43:1-2 – God told Israel that when they came through waters, rivers, and fire—He would protect them. 10. In the New Testament, God delivered Peter from prison, Paul from prison and the “mouth of the lion,” John on the Ilse of Patmos, the Tribulation saints, and on and on. 11. John 16:7, Our Lord promised us the Holy Ghost who would dwell within us 12. Numerous times in both Old and New Testaments, we find God's faithfulness to His people. E. This is called empirical evidence that gives credence to truth. These strangers scattered in Asia had need of assurance of biblical promises that we know. We have the completed canon of Scripture, but they only had parts. 1. It is the Lord who meets our individual needs. Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (32) (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. (33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 2. It is the Lord who protects and keeps us. Psalms 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalms 121:4-8 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (5) The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. (6) The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. (7) The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. (8) The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. 3. It is the Lord who fights for us. 1 Samuel 17:45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. (46) This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. (47) And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands. Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 4. It is the Lord who guides us through this life. Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. a. Follow the Spirit of God. b. Follow the Bible. c. Follow the Pastor. d. Follow the Old Paths. 5. It is the Lord who is always with us and for us. 2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. (17) Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (18) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-29-2020John 1:1-3A. As we approach Christmas this year again, our thoughts need to turn to the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the four gospels, we find the fullness of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. The perfection of the Bible shows in these four gospels the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. a. Matthew portrays Christ as the King of Israel and its genealogy is reckoned from Abraham. b. Mark portrays Christ as the Servant of Man and has no recorded genealogy as servants birth was not recorded. c. Luke portrays Christ as the Son of Man and its genealogy is reckoned from Joseph back to Adam who was the son of God. d. John portrays Christ as the Word and speaks of His divinity. John has no genealogy because God has none. It is in John that we see the Person and eternality of Christ. B. All cults believe something wrong concerning the person of Christ, heaven, hell, and salvation. Much of the wrong theology in so called “Christianity” about our Lord Jesus Christ has to do with who He was before the incarnation. 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.1. Islam portrays Him as merely a prophet or an ordinary but good man. 2. Jehovah's Witnesses portray Him as merely a “son of God.” 3. Mormons portray Him as Satan's brother, a created being—a mere angel who came to die for sin. 4. Catholics portray Him is the “crucified” son of Mary, The Mother Of God, and continually show Him as a baby in her arms. 5. Pictures portray Him as some long haired, Anglo-Saxon effeminate. 6. Religionists portray Him as their “little buddy” instead of the Almighty LORD God. 7. Most “isms” and “Schisms” simply ignore Him and worship idols. 8. Many Baptists portray Him as a non-judgmental Savior who is not Lord and offers a salvation that does not reflect a change of lifestyle. 9. Atheists and agnostics just try to ignore Him, but He will not go away! 10. BUT, the Scriptures portray Him in a full and wonderful light as the God of all ages! The Bible shows the true picture of Christ: who He was, who He became, what He did, and who He is. John, chapter 1, does so in 14 verses. C. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Here are a few profound verses dealing with the perpetually of our never changing Lord Jesus Christ: Almighty Jehovah God.) Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (God – Elohim – the plural name of God. Our Lord Jesus spoke, and it was done. Our Lord Jesus created and it was very good. Our Lord Jesus commanded and it still stands fast.) Psalms 90:1-2 Psalms 90:1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. (Our Lord Jesus Christ has no time as He is the great “I AM.” He is on both sides of eternity at the same time because He has no limitation.) Psalms 93:1-2 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. (2) Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. (Our Lord Jesus Christ has reigned, is reigning, and shall forever reign. At the name of Jesus, everyone should bow and, one day, everyone shall bow.) Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Our Lord Jesus Christ “inhabiteth” eternity. A present perfect tense! There He lives; there He resides; there He controls. He always has and He always will.) Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Our Lord Jesus Christ became flesh and dwelt among us: The Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. This reference can only be applied to the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ thus declaring that Christ is Jehovah God, and He is eternal.) 1. Who He Was. Verses 1-3. Jesus Christ, as Jehovah God, has always existed! John 1:1 corresponds with Genesis 1:1. a. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God!” This is the most profound statement in theology. 1) Nowhere in the Bible is there an effort to prove the existence of God; Genesis 1:1 is a statement of fact. God is infinite in His person! 2) Eternity or infinity is a concept impossible to grasp because, in our finite minds, everything that we see or how we perceive the things that see seemingly has both a beginning and an end. 3) God has always existed and will always exist: He is eternal. In Isaiah 57:15, the Bible declares that God “inhabiteth eternity.” (The word “inhabiteth” is in a continuing sense and means to perpetually reside or to abide. God does not live in time. In the midst of eternity, God created 7,000 years of time with eternity stretching both before and after.) b. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word.” 1) Once again, this is a declaration of fact, not one for argument or discussion. In this chapter, we find the Word was with God, the Word was God, the Word was Creator, and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. (Verses 1-3) 2) The Word was and is Jesus Christ. Thus eliminating the flawed theology of Christ deniers listed previously. (Verse 14) c. John 8:57-58 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? (58) Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (Jesus used the words “I am” in many instances to reveal to Israel who He was. He not only declared Himself to be the Son of God but also Jehovah God, the Eternal One. The Jews fully understood the ramifications of this statement and took up stones to stone Him.)
Temple Baptist Church - 11-29-2020Revelation 7:1-8 Introduction: A. Chapter 7 begins with a parenthetical or interlude. It is the first of several found in the Book of the Revelation. B. In Chapter 6, we saw the opening of seals 1-6. Seals 1-4 were the introduction of the Antichrist and setting up of his government of socialism. C. The Fifth Seal was the martyrdom of those Tribulation Saints who stood for the Word of God and held to the Testimony of Christ. D. The Sixth Seal was a display of God's power over heaven and earth. Antichrist can only rule as God gives him liberty. God still controls both the heavens and the earth and places the fear of God in all mankind. Instead of repenting and turning to the Lord, they pray to the mountains and rocks to fall on them and hide them from “the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the Wrath of the Lamb.” E. Amid the destruction and a never seen display of the glory of God's power, Chapter 7 puts everything on hold for a while. The Sixth Seal has been opened but the Seventh Seal will not be opened until we get to Chapter 8:1. F. The Seals Stayed – Chapter 7:1-3. The Constraint of the Seals. 1. Verse 1 – Four angels holding the winds of the earth. A great silence on earth. The calm before the storm! Not a breath of air stirs and, after the great earthquake and the shaking of the heavens, the silence is deafening. Wind in the Bible often refers to the judgment of God. Hosea 13:15-16 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels. (16) Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. (Here, the angels hold still the judgment of God upon this world until His servants are sealed.) 2. The world receives a reprieve. Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 3. The world continues to refuse to repent. How many times have sinful people cried out in fear but, during a reprieve, continued down the same path? My mind goes back to 9-11-2001. People across our land flocked into churches because of fear but, when nothing else happened, the churches saw them stop coming to services. I think of Agag in the Old Testament: 1 Samuel 15:32-33 Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. (33) And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. G. The Servants Sealed – Chapter 7:4-8. 1. Who are the 144,000? No, they are not Jehovah's Witnesses. The Jehovah's Witnesses are a cult that claims that the 144,000 are “spiritual Jehovah's Witnesses” and will be the only ones in heaven while the remainder of Jehovah's Witnesses will inherit the earth. 2. These are 12,000 from each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. a) The Gospel to the Jew First. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. b) Tribulation is to the Jew First. Romans 2:8-9 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (9) Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; c) Glory, Honor, and Peace to the Jew First. Romans 2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 3. The names of the Twelve Tribes are not given in birth order. a) Judah is mentioned first because it is out of this tribe that the Christ was born. b) Dan is not mentioned, and I believe that it is clear why. It is probable that Antichrist will be of the Tribe of Dan and will judge Israel in the Tribulation Period or Jacob's Trouble. Genesis 49:16-17 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. (17) Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. c) Manasseh is mentioned but not Ephraim. In Judges, Chapter 18, 1 Kings 11:26, Ephraim went into idolatry. Jacob placed the blessing upon Ephraim, but Joseph took his place of blessing in the Book of Revelation. Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted by Jacob, giving Joseph a double portion. Genesis 48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. d) Ephraim's sin came through Jeroboam, an Ephrathite. 1 Kings 11:26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. 1 Kings 12:25-31 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel. (26) And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: (27) If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. (28) Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. (29) And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. (30) And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. (31) And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 1 Kings 14:16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin. Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone. e) There is no reason given for their sealing in Chapter 7 but a further description of the 144,000 who were sealed will be given when we get to Revelation, Chapter 14. f) What we do know is that they will be servants of God who will receive a seal in their foreheads. 1) These are sealed for Purpose. Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. 2) These are sealed for Protection.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-24-2021Genesis 3:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:13-17Introduction: A. Last week, we saw the necessity of spiritual “landmarks” that define all that we believe. Once again, a “landmark” defines a boundary and is a point from whence all other points can be measured. It is to be both stationary and unchanging! 1. If these “landmarks” are removed, we will soon find ourselves drifting from the spiritual truths that we once held dear. Today's denominations have drifted far from the “moorings” of their founder's intentions. Most denominations were started by godly men who revered and feared the Lord while remaining true to the Word of God. 2. If these “landmarks” are removed, these spiritual truths that we once held dear will not be known by our posterity. Today's children are a lost generation! With little or no values, either spiritual or moral—the have become the children of apostasy! B. Eleven times in the first two chapters of Genesis it is recorded that “God said.” The first times that what God had said was recorded. What God commanded was done and stood fast. C. In chapter 3, we find the first mention of something questioning what “God said.” It was satanic in nature so to question what God has said is both evil and devastating to mankind. D. The first attack upon a scriptural “landmark” is found in our text as Satan questioned the Word of God thus deceiving Eve and causing Adam to fall. E. I am preaching on the Landmark of Scripture first because of its importance. Our Bible is the foundation upon which our faith stands. Not upon the original manuscripts because we have never seen one much less owned one. Not upon men who are quick to generate doubt and then constantly change their theology. Our Foundation is the Bible that we hold in our hands this morning. F. Our text, found in 2 Timothy, tells us all that we need to know about God's Word. 1. The Word of God is inspired. Verse 15-16. Paul is speaking of the scriptures that Timothy had, not original autographs. What Timothy had was called “holy scriptures.” The Word of God declares that what Timothy held was “given by inspiration of God.” 2. The Word of God is profitable. Verse 16. If the intent of verse 16 was to show that the original autographs were inspired, then—because Timothy did not have one—then Timothy could not profit from what he did not have. The Bible is profitable doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. 3. The Word of God is perfecting. It will “throughly furnish” God's men and God's people.G. I will stop with that because, if you do not believe that “all scripture” refers to “all scripture,” then nothing else that I have to say will convince you. H. The Bible is the foundation for our faith and the practice of our faith. It is the ABSOLUTE FINAL AUTHORITY! Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (The answer to this question is understood: WE CAN DO NOTHING! If the Bible errs, then all that we know and believe becomes unsure. If the Bible errs, then our authority must be shifted to those who translate and re-interpret. To those who know where every error occurs and can “straighten us out?” I THINK NOT!) J. The Bible is THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE! The Bible is not a man book, it is a God Book. The Bible is our Foundation! 1. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Sovereign God. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (He is, He was, and He will forever be the Creator and Owner of the universe.) 2. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Sinfulness - Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (From Adam to Self, the Bible is clear on the matter of sinfulness.) 3. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Saviour - Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, (All we need to know about God's gift of His Son, Jesus Christ is found there.) 4. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Salvation - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Saving faith is found in the Bible through repentance and belief.) 5. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Security - John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (Salvation is eternal life.) 6. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Satisfaction - Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (How sweet to the taste is the Word of God.) 7. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Stability - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (In the Bible, we have all that we need to live for Christ in this life.) 8. In The Landmark of Scripture We Find Our Surety - Revelation 22:20-21 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Our Lord is coming, we are leaving, and everything will be alright.)
Temple Baptist Church - 1-24-2021Revelation 10:1-11 A. In chapter 7, we saw the first “parenthetical” as God sealed the 144,000 Jews and a Great Revival broke out on earth as “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands … These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” B. By “parenthetical,” I do not mean that the Tribulation Period on earth came to a standstill. It means that, during all that is going on upon the earth, God gives another vision of great importance that happens simultaneously. C. In the last two verses of chapter 9, we find—despite the plagues of locusts from hell and the horsemen from the Euphrates River—man continues to refuse the Lord of lords and King of kings, Jesus Christ, and his gracious and free salvation to all mankind. The greatest reason for people not being saved is that they want heaven or the “pie-in-the-sky” without repentance. Without repentance, there is no salvation because there is no desire for the sinner to change. Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: (21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. D. Verse 1-2. Here we find another “mighty angel” from heaven. Angels have a myriad of purposes for existence but one of the main purposes is that of messengers. This angel is clothed with a cloud. The first mention of the word “cloud” or “clouds” in found on Mount Sinai. God has always used clouds to hide and to guide. Clouds speak of great glory, power, and fearfulness. Mankind has rejected God because they believe that they can defeat God's purposes. Nothing can defeat God! Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: (The Guidance of the Lord) Clouds express The Glory of the LORD - Exodus 16:9-10 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the LORD: for he hath heard your murmurings. (10) And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. Leviticus 16:2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Clouds express The Power of the LORD - Psalms 104:1-3 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. (2) Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: (3) Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Deuteronomy 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. Psalms 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. The Rainbow expresses The Promise of the LORD - There is the “rainbow” of God's promise upon his head. There is a rainbow around the throne of God, like unto an emerald, in chapter 4. What God has promised shall come to pass. His feet show the unrelenting Judgment of the LORD - upon both land and sea. In chapter 13, we will see two “beasts.” The first beast coming from the sea and the second beast coming from the earth. God's power is greater than all that mankind can bring forth. God's judgements are both righteous and appropriate. E. Verses 3-4. The angel cries out and the “seven thunders utter their voices.” Thunder occurs when a lightning bolt splits the atmosphere causing a void and then, as the atmosphere comes back together, it makes a thunderous noise. Sometimes the lightening is visible, and at other times, it is not. The seven thunders spoke in a voice that was heard and understood by John. What these said was not to be recorded, therefore, something either took place or was to take place that God does not want us to know. They are sealed to be opened later. Psalms 29:3-9 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters. (4) The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (5) The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. (6) He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. (7) The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire. (8) The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. (9) The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. F. Verse 5-7. The angel swears by Him who created all things that God will now finish His work of judgment and time, as we know it, will cease to exist. How often do we ask God “how long” or “why?” God, in His grace, has held off the final judgment for sin, giving time for every man to repent. 2 Peter 3:7-10 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Amid eternity's “eternal moment,” God said, “In the beginning” which indicates the start of time as we know it measured in 24-hour days periods. One day, God will end time as we know it, and we will enter that “eternal moment” where God lives, and time does not exist. G. Verses 8-10. The angel holds a “little book” which is open which John is commanded to take and eat. The contents of the book are sweet as honey to the taste but bring bitterness to the belly. Judgment is a bitter/sweet thing. We desire and ask for things to be made right and ultimately, they will be, but it also brings about a bitterness afterward when we see that mankind has rejected the grace of God which brings about destruction. A mystery in the Bible is something that cannot be understood by the natural man but is revealed to the spiritual man through revelation. H. Though exiled on the Isle of Patmos, John has God's promise that he will write and preach again both in word and through the Revelation. The book contained the prophecy of things to come during the end time and are the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the Book of the Revelation that we now have. Revelation 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-17-2021Revelation 9:12-21 A. We saw God's reprieve in Chapter 7 where the 144,000 were sealed, the Gospel preached with an innumerable people saved and martyred. Yet there was also an innumerable number of people who, when the pressure was off, continued to reject our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank God for every soul saved. Heaven is going to be a crowded, busy place. These Tribulation saints paid a great price for their redemption but not as much of a price as Christ paid for it. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision who will never come to know Christ because of the god of self and their rejection of our Lord. B. In Chapter 8, we saw the “locusts from hell” unleashed upon mankind with 5 months of unthinkable pain and suffering. Men sought to die but death could not be found. I am glad that you and I who are saved will be rejoicing in heaven while the unsaved will suffer hell on earth and, after death, the lake of fire. C. Verse 12 says, “One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.” There is an old saying, “The best is yet to come.” Here, we find the judgment of God building, not fading away. “The worst is yet to come.” The Second Woe is about to be unleashed. Mankind may reject and attempt to withstand Almighty God, but the outcome will not bode well for them. Mankind cannot outlast God nor can they change His venue. As we cannot know all that God has prepared for us, neither can mankind know all that He has prepared for them. D. Verse 13. The sixth angel sounds, and a voice comes from the Golden Altar which is before God. In both the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the 2 great Temples (Solomon's Temple and Zerubbabel's Temple which was rebuilt in the days of Ezra), the Golden Altar of Incense, were the incense was burned and the prayers of the priests were offered, stood in front of the Veil that stood between God and man was hung. I placed this replica of the Golden Altar of Incense here as a visual aid to understand what and where it stood in both the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and both Solomon and Zerubbabel's Temple. The scene here may not be exactly like the Temple in Heaven but the one on earth was made after the pattern of the heavenly. E. The voice heard was the prayers of God's people for justice and reparation for the injustices of humanity upon them. Revelation 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? F. Verse 14. The voice commanded the sixth angel to loosen the four angels bound in the Euphrates. These are evil, fallen angels as God's angels are not bound; these are special angels that are bound in the great Euphrates River; these are angels bound by God to be loosed for special purpose: to judge those who have rejected the Great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is sobering to think that these angels and creatures are bound there in our day to be loosed in God's time for God's purposes. G. Verse 15. Bound here for millenniums, the time of their loosing is at hand. In Revelation 6:8, we saw the death of one fourth of mankind, 2 billion if it were today. Now, men will once again be given their wish: death. One third, billions, of mankind will die at the hands of these “horsemen from hell!” There are app. 8 Billion people on earth today so one third will be 3.7 billion who will die here. To give you an indication of just how many 3.7 billion is, it is 11.3 times the population of the United States (326.7 million). H. Verse 16. The number of these “horsemen from hell” is an astonishing one: 200,000,000. The greatest army ever assembled. These “horsemen from hell” are not to be confused with the great army from the East found in Chapter 16. The reason for this confusion is a figure given to the ability of China to bring forth an army of 200,000,00 a few years ago. Some expositors reference that number in correlation with the number given in this verse. Chapter references the army from the East that will cross the dried Euphrates River on their way the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period. J. Verse 17-18. The description of these “horsemen from hell” is a terrifying one. Those setting upon these horses have breastplates of fire (not as it were fire but actual fire), jacinth (a gem of deep blue color-the color of royalty), and brimstone (“flashing sulfurous” material). Sulfur burns with a blue flame in oxygen to produce a gas called sulfur dioxide. This gas smells like rotting eggs and is poisonous to breathe. Their lionlike heads, a fearful sight, will issue forth the fire, smoke, and brimstone. Imagine the fire breathing dragons of folklore. One third of mankind will be killed by fire, smoke, and the poisonous gas produced by the brimstone exposed to oxygen. K. Verses 19. Their destructive power is found on both ends of these “horsemen from hell.” The afore mentioned fire, smoke, and brimstone will proceed from their mouths while they will have tails like poisonous serpents that can strike and bite, producing a painful death. The bite of a poisonous snake is a painful one and, unattended to, often brings about a painful death. L. Verse 20. Though they see God's judgment, the do not repent of the things that they worship. Though seeing and fleeing from these horrendous beasts, those who do not die will not repent of the worship that they give to the “gods” and “god of this world.” Devils, idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood. As one preacher said, “There are idols that are metal and idols that are mental.” Man's “god” is what or whom he places before Almighty God. Psalms 115:4-8 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. (5) They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: (6) They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: (7) They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. (8) They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. M. Verse 21. Though they see God's judgment, they will not repent of the sins that they commit: murders, sorceries (phar-ma-kia, from which we get the word “pharmacy:” drugs), fornication (unlawful sexual relations), thefts. N. God will not have mercy upon their souls!
Temple Baptist Church - 1-17-2021Proverbs 22:28 Introduction: A. We live in a rapidly changing world and the changes are not for the better. 1. The World is changing. We are seeing the anti-God movement as people become reprobate concerning the faith. There is a general forsaking of the local church; a general lack of concern for things that are eternal; a general turn away from the beliefs of our fathers. People today think that they have to re-invent the wheel and that their fathers and mothers were wrong on almost everything that they taught. 2. Churches are changing. Quantity over Quality. They have become “numbers” oriented instead of maintaining the traditions of the fathers. Their ploy is that the world is changing, and we must change with it. Both young and old are forsaking traditional churches for the contemporary ones where they are entertained instead of being preached to. Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 3. Doctrine is changing. Thus, we come to our text for the next few weeks. I have often said: “We must have an Anchor in the shifting sands of human theology.” We must have something that is right; something that is not moving; otherwise, we get “spiritual vertigo.” Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? B. Before I dissect our text for this morning, I want you to turn to 2 Timothy, chapter 3. The introduction to the context found here is simple: 1. Verses 1-5 – The Spiritual Condition of the Last Days. 2. Verses 6-9 – The Spiritual Confusion of the Last Days. 3. Verses 10-17 – The Spiritual Constancy of the Last Days. C. How do we know what is right? The key is found in Verse 14: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” I will look at these verses in a later message but now I want to go back to our text. D. Let us look at the words of our text as words in the Bible are important. I will also take a closer look at that in the weeks to come. E. Our text verse says, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” F. LAND'MARK, n. [land and mark.] 1828 Webster's Dictionary: A mark to designate the boundary of land; any mark or fixed object; as a marked tree, a stone, a ditch, or a heap of stones, by which the limits of a farm, a town or other portion of territory may be known and preserved. G. The Bible has much to say concerning “landmarks.” 1. These landmarks were given by God - Deuteronomy 19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it. 2. The Lord curses those who remove them - Deuteronomy 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. 3. These landmarks belong to others also - Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 4. There is an ulterior motive for removing them - Job 24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. H. The longer we hold to the “Old Paths” or “Ancient Landmarks,” the farther away from this rapidly advancing, present evil world we get! 1. W become the spiritual “stick in the mud” or “narrow minded” fundamentalists! Our theology becomes less and less acceptable in both the world and the religious community. 2. The farther we get from the world (it is the world that is moving away from God, not us moving away from the world) the more of as oddity and threat we become. We will become more maligned and persecuted for an unbending faith in both Christ and the Bible. 3. The world will hate us because it hated Christ but the danger is this: a) If we move or remove the ancient landmarks, we will think about them less and be more apt to “get used to the dark” of sinfulness. b) If we move or remove the ancient landmarks, our children will never know them! They will only know the pseudo-spirituality of the Antichrist and his one world religion of the end-time. 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 1. The Command of the Landmark – “remove not” (If these landmarks get either moved or removed, it will be done by us, not the world.) 2. The Antiquity of the Landmark – “ancient” (“New” may be good in some things, but not in the spiritual realm. We are to seek and walk in the “Old Paths” wherein is the good way.) 3. The Fixture of the Landmark – “landmark” (We need to make sure that these landmarks not only are left for our children but also that they do not “move!”) 4. The Setters of the Landmark – “fathers” (These landmarks come from our spiritual forefathers who loved God, loved God's Word, loved God's church, and loved God's people!) 5. The Permanence of the Landmark – “set” (If these landmarks are right (and they are) then they need to be driven so deep in our hearts and lives that they can never be either moved or removed!)
Temple Baptist Church - 1-13-2021Hebrews 13:7 Introduction: A. I know that I am spending a lot of time on this verse, but it is an important one concerning the person and work of the pastor coupled with the obligation of the church toward the pastor. B. To remember is to reflect on: 1. The Person of the Pastor. The gift of God to the local church. He is God's man, and he is your man. 2. The Position of the Pastor. He is to rightly, biblically, compassionately, and justly to rule over the local church flock of God. His position is God ordained, not self-ordained one. 3. The Preaching of the Pastor. Tonight, I will look at his work and labor in the Word of God. C. “Have spoken” is to reflect back upon his work and labor of love in the Word of God. 1. This is not based on a Future Expectation of his work. 2. But is based on Past Example of his performance. D. There are different aspects of the pastor's preaching that are essential to God's command. 1. The Aspect of Study. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. (10) The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. (11) The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. (12) And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (13) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (14) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 2. The Aspect of Teaching. Expounding the Word of Truth. Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. Habakkuk 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Luke 24:25-27 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: (26) Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Acts 8:30-31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? (31) And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 3. The Aspect of Preaching. Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. a. Preach the Word. Not opinion but God's Truth. b. Preach in Season. When it applies to our circumstances. c. Preach out of Season. Preventive maintenance before our circumstances. 1) Preaching involves Reproof. 2) Preaching involves Rebuke. 3) Preaching involves Exhortation. 4) Preaching involves Balance. The whole counsel of God. 5. Preaching must be done Compassionately and with Doctrinal Correctness.
Temple Baptist Church - 1-3-2021Revelation 9:1-12 Introduction: A. The inhibiters of the earth are those who have rejected the preaching of the gospel by the 144,000 sealed witnesses. Verse 4 tells us that not all people on earth will be tormented because those who have not rejected the gospel are sealed and protected. Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! Woe – “Alas, grief!” Alas defined - “unhappiness, pity, sorrow, regret”Grief defined – “deep and poignant emotional distress caused by or as if by bereavement such as death.” B. Choices have consequences! It takes a foolish man to reject God! Twice in Psalms, the Bible declares that “The fool hath said in heart, There is no God!” Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. C. At this point we have a Horror Story of horrendous proportions! Over the years, Hollywood has made movies about ants, scorpions, spiders, and birds that have mutated and taken over the earth. Destroying everything in their path. In the movies, mankind survives, and the insects or animals are destroyed. These movies always brought about both fear and a good ending. This is not a fictional story nor will the ending be pretty! D. Verse 1. The 5th Angel sounded and the star that fell from heaven is an angel, not a celestial body. We are literalists and take the bible literally, but there are places in the Bible where we find allegories or metaphors. This is one of those occasions. In the Book of Revelation, we find the phrase “as it were” used 11 times. This “star” is an Angel. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. This angel was given the “key” to the bottomless pit. The word “key” is mentioned in your Bible 6x. The First Mention, an actual key to a door – Judges 3:25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. The next 5x that “key” is mentioned are not actual keys to open an actual door, but a specific way to open something. A metaphor for the “power to open”: i.e., “key of David” 2x – “key of knowledge”1x – “key of the bottomless pit” 2x. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. The “bottomless pit” is a reference to hell within the earth. I find the word “bottomless” interesting. As people go to hell, they evidently sink down into the magma of the earth but, as the earth turns, the bottom is never found. I saw a commercial years ago about Prell Shampoo where they dropped a pearl into a bottle of it and the pearl sand slowly toward the bottom of the bottle. If at any time you rotated the bottle, the pearl could not come to rest because it was simply falling in the opposite direction. Thus, it may be with the lost sinner in hell. Always falling but never coming to rest. E. Verse 2. There arose smoke out of the pit. I think of volcanoes, when they erupt, produce great amounts of smoke and ash. Yellowstone National Park is a place where magma is either exposed or encounters colder water to produce smoke and geysers. Hell, when opened to the atmosphere, will produce such great smoke that the sun will be darkened. Forest fires in the west create this effect to a lesser degree. F. Verse 3. Out of the smoke will come creatures that only God could have created. Locust plagues have been a part of this earth's history over the ages. Locusts are very destructive armies that destroy every living thing (plant life) that they come upon. During their infestation out West that when they walked over the top of houses that they could hardly hear each other talk because of the noise. They will come out of the smoke, but God has given them a power that normal locusts do not have, the power of a scorpion to hurt but not the power to kill. The power to torture those it stings. 2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; G. Verse 4. These locusts that have been unleashed have a command given them, not to do what they want to do, but they will do what they are they are designed to do. They are not designed to hurt the grass or anything green. They are there to hurt the people who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. This means that there are still people that are sealed on this earth at that time. People that are saved and yet not yet martyred. The destructive abilities of the locusts are specifically limited by the permission of God. H. These locusts are there to torment men. There are scorpions out west of a very large variety that can actually be fatal to some if stung but here in South Carolina, we have a smaller species whose stings are very painful but not fatal unless you have a allergy to insect stings or bites. These are sent to torment men for beer to five months and that is a long time. J. Verse 6. Men will desire death but cannot die. They can neither be killed or kill themselves. I find this interesting that they think death is far better than living. Evolution teaches that when you die everything ceases to exist. Like a an animal that has no soul, you just go to sleep and cease to exist, but that is not the case. It is a fool's way of thinking! When you die without Christ, Hell awaits. “All this and hell too!” Then there is the Lake of fire for an eternity. I call this leaping out of the frying pan and into the fire. These individuals want nothing to do with God. They just want to put an end to their suffering here on earth. They want the suffering to stop but do not want the God who can stop it. Job 3:20-22 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; (21) Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; (22) Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? K. Verses 7-10. In verses 7 through 9 we found a description of these creatures that God has created for a special time and use. Verse 7. Like unto horses prepared for battle. In war, horses were powerful instruments of war. Swift to run and powerful to stop. This speaks of readiness to fight. Crowns on their heads speaks of the authority to rule. Power and authority over mankind. Mankind does not want God to rule so He will give them devilish creatures to rule them. The Gold speaks of authority given by God. They are created by God for this purpose. Verse 8. Their faces as the faces of men but their hair was that of a woman. This speaks of shame. A haunting affect! These will not be subject to God's authority, so we find an unnatural ruling. These locusts cannot be ruled by man as their authority is given by God and can only be revoked by God. Their teeth will be like the teeth of Lions. Lions are carnivorous animals of great power. They have huge teeth, and those teeth are able to rip and to tear, giving them a fearful look. Verse 9. They had breastplates to protect their vitals so they cannot be either hurt of killed. Man will have no power over them, and the sound of their wings is a frightful one. As chariots running to battle. They are coming and nothing can be done to stop them. that means that you can't hurt them as the breastplates of iron these you can't perish them you can't shoot one of 'em you can't stab 'em you can't do anything because they are protected from mankind in the sound of their wing as the sound of chair it's in many horses run to battle great noise I mean multitudes of these things flying together create a lot of noise and therefore they create a lot of fear you know there coming and there's not a thing you can do about it Verse 10. Scorpions will normally grab their prey and hold their prey down with their legs while they bring that tail over the back and sting them. There is no power over them and no place to hide from them. No relief from their pain. L. Verse 11. Special angels are found in the Bible and this is one of them. The king of the locust/scorpion creatures is called Abaddon in Hebrew or The Destroying Angel and Apollyon in the Greek, a destroyer. The Angel of Destruction. Throughout the Bible, we have seen angels that God has sent to destroy men. Though some would say that this angel was a fallen angel, I believe that he is one of God's special angels who guards the bottomless pit where men suffer and will command the locusts that will cause men to suffer. 2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. M. Verse 12. One woe is now past but the world will know the other two woes well!
Temple Baptist Church - 1-3-20212 Corinthians 8:10-11Introduction: A. Last week, I preached on “I Want To Finish Right.” 1. That is a very personal decision that I hope and pray that everyone here at Temple will make this New Year. 2. Don't give up; don't quit; don't give in to either the flesh or the ways of the world. 3. Stay prayed up; stay paid up; stay pure; stay faithful; STAY PUT! B. This morning, I want to preach on “I Want Our Church To Finish Right!” Paul admonishes the Corinthian church to continue in the work. In this chapter, Paul uses 2 examples. 1. Verses 1-5. The example of the churches of Macedonia. “we do you to wit” “Wit” – to certify or to make known something. a) Their Predicament. Verse 2. Their joy in affliction and liberality in poverty – verse 2 b) Their Power. Verse 3. “their power” was what they had to give and “beyond their power” was their faith in giving. c) Their Prayer. Verse 4. Their fellowship in both giving and ministering. d) Their Prospering. Verse 5. “And this they did!” 2. Verse 9. The example of our Lord Jesus Christ. a) His Grace. Our Lord's willingness to do all that was necessary. b) His Giving. Our Lord's willingness to give up all that He had. c) His Goal. Our Lord's willingness to place our welfare above His. C. Verses 10-11. Paul's advice. “expedient for you” expedient – to be good or profitable. 2 Corinthians 8:10-11 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. (11) Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. D. One of the best ways to know if the local church is shifting in its position is to allow missionaries who have been on the field for 4-6 years come in and ask them if we have changed. 1. One of the dangers of both personal and church conviction is the membership “getting used to the dark.” 2. Though we are not going to become apostate, slipping is a problem common to all people. We never get tired of “the way” but often get tired “in the way.” Daily battling to maintain our Christian integrity in an ever-changing, wicked world. 3. As Bible believers, we are not in danger of “falling away” from our former position but do tend to decay spiritually if are not watchful. 4. This morning, we need to realize that we are no better than the churches that have gone liberal or the brethren who have “failed of the grace of God” and sit at home this morning blaming everyone and everything else for doing so! Romans 7:21-24 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (22) For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: (23) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (24) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? E. I am not much on New Year's Resolutions, but I am big on Remembering, Resolving, and Relying. 1. Remembering the Past. “as he had begun” – verse 6. a) We here at Temple Baptist have had an illustrious past. Our church has been used as an example repeatedly concerning its mission program and old-fashioned stance in the Old Paths of its fathers. b) We have had great years and I have little regret concerning them. Some of the greatest people on earth have graced these hallowed pews that you and I now sit upon. c) Most of us got it and everyone got over it – someone said that you can have COVID for a week or so or you can have COVID all year – I am glad that we got it and got over it! d. Despite COVID, we had a great year and God richly blessed our church: spiritually, physically, and financially. 2. Resolving in the Present. “be forward” – verse 10. “readiness to will” – verse 11. a) Like all churches, there are things that we would change if possible. We did not do everything right. b) Some things we can change and some things we learn from and must live with. c) Resolving to live for Christ in obedience to His Word this year. d) We have now finished 2020 and begun 2021. We will now have to get used to putting “21” after the “20” when we write the date. e) Last year's blessings will not suffice us for this year! We need to resolve to make 2021 our greatest year! 3. Relying on the Person: Jesus Christ. “beyond their power” a) God's Grace. If anything gets done this year, it will be through His Power. b) God's Glory. If anything gets done this year, it will be to His Praise. c) Our Good. God only wants the best for us but we must rely on His power and His way.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-30-2020Hebrews 13:7 Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to continue to explore the biblical relationship of the pastor to the local church. We looked at: 1. The Pastor – God's Gift to the Local Church. 2. The Dual Obligations of the Pastor and the Local Church. B. Tonight, I want to look at the word “rule.” What does it mean when the pastor is to rule over the flock or local church? We need to remember that God is a God of order! 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order. C. I have heard the saying, “Anything with two heads is a freak and will normally die.” Thus, the local church. If there are more than one in charge, the church will normally implode to some degree. D. The word “rule” in all its different forms is used 259x in 247 verses in your Bible. Because of this fact, you do not want me to study them all tonight! God established divine authority in all things that He did. 1. The Authority of God – we are all accountable to God! 2. The Authority in marriage – the man. 3. The Authority in the Nation of Israel – the Priesthood and kings. 4. The Authority in government – God set up government and commanded obedience. 5. The Authority of the local church – The Lord Jesus Christ and the pastor He sends. E. All of us are to be under authority of some type and human nature rebels against it. F. First, I want to apply a couple principles of Biblical Hermeneutics. 1. First Mention - Genesis 1:16-18 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. (17) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, (18) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. The sun, moon, and stars were given for benefit of those under them. Three main reasons are for them is to give: a) Sun – to give Light –Man is work in the day – the pastor is to guide the work. b) Moon – to give Comfort – a light in the darkness of this world – the pastor is to give comfort. c) Stars – to give Guidance – the pastor is to guide you right. 2. Last Mention - Revelation 19:15-16 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (16) And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Divine Authority (the Word of God - out of His mouth) and Strict Adherence (Authority - a rod of iron). G. How should a pastor rule over the flock and individuals in a spiritual manner that is consistent with the Word of God? 1. That is the “resting place” or “mid-point” of a pendulum's swing. The pendulum's swings far to the left and far to the right but finds its balance in the middle. 2. To the far to the left and the people must rule themselves; to far to the right and the pastor becomes a dictator. 1. Ruling right must be done justly and in the fear of God. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. a. Just – to be right; to be moral. b. In the fear of God – moral reverence; in the fear of the Lord. 2. Ruling right must be done in equality. Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God. James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 3. Ruling right must be done in compassion. 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 4. Ruling right must be done in realization. 1 Peter 5:2-4 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (4) And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. A pastor must have the spiritual maturity (not a novice), wisdom, and boldness (taking the oversight thereof - “the flock of God”). The “flock of God” must have the spiritual maturity, wisdom, and meekness to allow the pastor to do such!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-27-2020Revelation 8:6-13 A. The reprieve found in chapter 7 is over! God has given men on earth a space of repentance. Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. B. God has given men on earth a chance to be saved. 144,000 witnesses have been called and sealed to preach the gospel. Multitudes accepted God's salvation but, more than likely, the majority rejoiced in the reprieve but rejected salvation. C. In verses 3-4, the angel offers incense along with the prayers of the saints before the throne of God. I believe that these are not prayers for mercy but prayers for the judgement of God on the wickedness of both past and present rebellion, persecution of the saints, and rejection of all that is holy and good. The altar is a place of judgement and the coals of fire are the execution thereof. The Lord has always used fire to try works. The fire and incense are cast into the earth to show that God D. Verse 5. When the Seven Trumpets get ready to sound, there is silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. It reminds me of this scenario: a child facing punishment for something done and the child's father chooses to give the child another chance. The child says emphatically “NO” to the father, showing both rejection and disrespect. All becomes silent as the other children, in disbelief, look at the face of the father and see his reaction along with impending judgement! E. As the Lamb of God prepares to open the seventh seal, there is a solemn silence in heaven. The saint's prayers, along with the incense have been and the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepare themselves to sound. There is a similarity between the judgments found here and the physical, literal judgments which God poured out upon Egypt. In these seven trumpets, we will find F. Verse 7. The first trumpet sounds and we find the beginning of God's destruction of nature. This judgement is three-fold: 1. Hail – the destruction of vegetation: trees, crops, flowers, and grass. Hail makes one run for cover. Over the years, I have seen golf ball sized hail that left great destruction in its wake. The hail in verse 7 is not a “killing hail” for the bible is specific in that it is a vegetation killing one. First Mention: Exodus 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. 2. Fire – the burning of wild-fires everywhere. Likened to the wildfires out west that destroy everything in their path. These fires are around the world. They burn one third of the trees. This means that people will be surrounded with fire because the one third will be consistent everywhere. Imagine every third tree around you one fire. It will also kill all grass. A world on fire with no place to escape it. Fire is a fearful thing! 3. Mingled with blood – a repayment for the death of God's people in the Tribulation Period and in the past from the blood of righteous Abel forward. Blood everywhere and on everything. Not as blood but blood. I will speculate at this point but it is actual blood, that blood had to be found in either man or animal life. I wonder if God has not gathered the blood of every sacrifice made and the blood of every martyred saint through out the ages? G. The Ecology of the earth destroyed. The Ecosystem of this earth is delicately balanced. This is an ecological disaster without parallel to this point in the history of mankind; its results are incalculable. The destruction of plant life, one third of the trees and all grass, will affect the air quality. Plant life is our source of breathable air as they, through photosynthesis, take in sunshine, water, nutrients from the soil, and carbon dioxide (CO2) —which we exhale—and release oxygen (O2) into the air. Our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen and 20.9% oxygen. The canary in the cage that was taken into the coal mines was to show oxygen levels. The death of the canary was a sign for miners to evacuate because of low oxygen levels. The destruction of plant life will affect our main food source. I have been told that America keeps approximately 45 days of food supply in many areas. I know that we have canned goods but the Tribulation Period is SEVEN YEARS long and it takes a while for new growth to come back and produce. H. Verse 8-9 – the second trumpet sounded and “as it were” a great mountain burning, or a gigantic ball of fire, was cast into the sea. One third of the sea became as blood, possibly coagulated and sticky. One third of the creatures in the sea die along with the destruction of a third of all ships. How we love the Atlantic Ocean! I love to go to the coast and could sit and watch the waves come in and scan the waters for “fins” or ships all day. They are a part of our recreation and just “getting away” from it all. The seas of earth are all important in sustaining life. I call the oceans and seas the “septic tanks” of the world as they are used, through agitation and salt, to cleanse our waters. They are important in the earth's water cycle as they produce fresh water through cleansing and the evaporation. If the seas cannot operate right, what water that we get from them will not be right. A catastrophe of great proportion. J. Verse 10-11 – the third trumpet sounded, and a star called Wormwood, burning as it were a lamp, fell upon a third of rivers and springs or fountains of waters. The word “Wormwood” means bitterness and calamity. Wormwood has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Long considered a cause of hallucinations and potentially poisonous, wormwood was banned in the United States for nearly a century, from 1912 until 2007. It is now legally available in the United States as are so many once illegal “drugs.” Witchcraft – the Greek word is φαρμακεία or pharmakeia - far-mak-i'-ah- medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): - sorcery, witchcraft. The drinking water of earth became undrinkable because the waters were bitter, and many men died. With the earth burning, the oceans bitter, and the fresh drinking water contaminated, this earth becomes uninhabitable to the who are doomed to inhabit it. K. Verses 12-13 – the fourth trumpet sounded the universe was stricken. A third part of the sun, moon, and stars were darkened. It was darkened for both day and night. “Where were you when the lights went out?” How we love our universe! We are all “star gazers” of one sort or another. So many times (as we live in the country with no streetlights) my wife will look up as we get out of the car and say, “Look at those stars.” What a comfort; what a joy; what an overwhelming sight! People all over the world are spellbound by eclipses of both sun and moon, meteor showers, the “Bethlehem Star,” and such. With the darkening of much of the universe, there would be a fright like this world has never known. Darkness is depressing to those who are in it. It is not like the short, self-induced darkness of night when sleep. It is a darkness amid the destruction mentioned previously. Fear will grip the hearts of those left on earth. Another angel pronounces the impending three “Woes” that are to follow. Joel 2:30-32 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. L. During the destruction of God's judgement, there will also be a standing offer of salvation to all who will call upon the name of the LORD! I am glad that God never gives up on mankind!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-27-20202 Timothy 4:6-8 Introduction: A. l Christmas is over, and a New Year is at hand. 1. 2020 has been a year of uncertainty and challenges that has become history. 2. God was good to us last year; God protected us last year; God fed us last year. God has been SO good to us! B. A new year is on the horizon now. We see it quickly approaching and next week, it will be here. 1. Some of us are getting old; all of us are getting older; the time of His appearing or our departure is nearing. One way or the other, we will be leaving for home soon. 2. We lost a good man of God on Christmas Day, Pastor Jim Rutland. Jim was a good preacher, a good pastor, and a friend to most of us. He finished his course; he kept the faith; he is home! 3. I told Barbara that I want to finish right; I told others this past week that I want to finish right. C. As I read 2 Timothy, chapter 4, I see the end of a great life, a life spent for Christ. The Apostle Paul was one of the greatest Christians who ever lived. He fought a good fight; he finished his course; he kept the faith. D. That is what I desire. That is what you should desire. The world's problems and America's problems stem from one thing. A rejection of God, His Son—Christ Jesus, and salvation. E. How to finish right? I believe that Paul gave us 4 things in these verses to help us answer that question. 1. Paul Fought A Good Fight. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 2. Paul Finished His Course. Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 3. Paul Kept the Faith. Jude 3-4 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (4) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 4. Paul Loved His Appearing. 1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Conclusion: This is simple: in 2021, I want to be right so that I can finish right. There are so many distractions in this world, therefore, let us keep our eye on Christ and our hand to the plough in 2021!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-20-2020Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18-25 Introduction: A. It is the Christmas season, in which we normally celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God, the Seed of the Woman. B. The Virgin Birth of Christ Prophesied – 6,000 years ago in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 1. It was about Sin. Disobedience to God and God's hatred for sin. 2. It was about Sinners. God's love for the sinner despite sinfulness. 3. It was about Separation. Man hiding and God seeking. 4. It was about Substitution. The innocent died for the guilty that the guilty could become innocent. 5. It was about a Saviour. The coming of Messiah, Christ Jesus, the Saviour of the world. 6. It was about Salvation. Free to all who would repent and believe. 7. It was about Security. Eternal restoration, eternal life, eternal joy. C. The Seed of the Woman – The Virgin Birth of Christ. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 1. One of the most precious of all doctrines is that of the Virgin Birth of Christ. How important it is to the salvation of the child of God! The Virgin Birth of Christ is often referred to as “The Doctrine of Holy Ground!” 2. The wording in Matthew 1:18 differentiates the birth of Christ from the series of “begats” found in the preceding verses. a) “Espoused wife” and “before they came together” declares a birth like none other that preceded it. b) A birth like none that would come after it. 3. No man or woman since Adam and Eve, except for Jesus Christ, came into the world through a virgin birth or without the seed of man involved. As God created the world to bring forth after its own kind, so man brings forth after his own kind. Adam and Eve had no predecessors and the Father of Jesus Christ was God. D. The world celebrates a Christmas without God and while others make Christmas about Mary as much as about the birth of Christ. Christmas is not Christmas without Christ! IT IS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, ISRAEL'S MESSIAH, OUR SAVIOUR. E. The Virgin Birth Was Performed - Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (“On this wise” sets the birth of Christ apart from the “begats” of the first 17 verses!) F. The virgin birth of Christ was the pivotal point between Prophecy and Performance. 1. It is a doctrine both Sweetly Adored and Severely Attacked. It the mystery of mysteries, the jewel of all ages, the hope of mankind, and the love of God manifested. 2. It was a miraculous event. A miracle is a phenomenon that cannot be explained outside the realm of supernatural intervention. It is an event that supersedes natural law. No other child born of man has been born without the seed of the man. The “seed of the woman” combined with the seed of the Holy Ghost to bring forth the God-Man! 3. The immortal became mortal that the mortal may become immortal - 1 Timothy 6:16a Who only hath immortality 1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 4. The untouchable became touchable that mortal may touch Him - 1 Timothy 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;. G. The Virgin Birth was a thing beyond human comprehension! Dr. Herbert Lockyer said it this way, “The incarnation is the most stupendous miracle comprehending and involving all other miracles, and because it is a theme both deep and delicate, infinite and incomprehensible, how about “finding out acceptable words”. The ground we approach is holy calling for the putting off of our shoes.” The Importance Of The Virgin Birth: 1. Scriptural Credibility Depends Upon It - Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (If the Scripture errs on this point, how can we trust any other supernatural event such as the death, burial, and resurrection?) 2. The Deity Of Christ Depends Upon It - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then anyone could have been His father and He would not be the only begotten Son of God!) Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 3. The Sinless Humanity Of Christ Depends Upon It - John 1:1-2, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ was tainted with the sin of Adam and Christ would have had an Adamic nature!) 1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4. The Vicarious Atonement Of Christ Depends Upon It - Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ could not save!) 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 5. The Ultimate Defeat Of Evil Depends Upon It - Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (If the Scripture errs on this point, then evil would ultimately win and Satan would reign!) 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 6. The Security Of The Believer Depends Upon It - Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; (If the Scripture errs on this point, then the blood of Christ would ultimately corrupt and we who were lost would perish!) 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-6-2020Revelation 7:9-17 A. In these last days of Laodicea, we find little interest concerning the things of God but in and outside of the local church. People are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good. People who profess to be born again have little interest in faithfulness or service. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Revelation 3:15-17 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. (16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: B. People who are lost are either atheistic or care nothing about salvation. Truly, few there be that find it! To find something, you must put forth an effort to look for it. Matthew 7:13-15 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. C. In verse 9, we find the result of Great Revival during Jacob's Trouble. “After these things” refers to the sealing of the 144,000 who may have been the ones who shared the gospel with these saved. A Great Revival during Great Tribulation! It has always been that way. Persecution always caused personal soul searching and a turning to God. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. D. Though it cost them their lives, in verse 9 we see a number that cannot be numbered will come to Christ during Jacob's Trouble. All nations, Jews and Gentiles, all kindreds and people, and every tongues or language. Here we find true obedience to God's command of missions. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. E. Here in verse 9, they stand before the throne of God. Martyrs for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Here we find the end of martyrdom for Christ is exceeding joy! It is so much better to die for Christ than to live on this earth. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. Jude 24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. F. Chapter 8 begins with the word “And” and the opening of the Seventh Seal of God's Wrath. While these who have died for the Word of God and the Testimony of Christ are rejoicing, the wrath of God begins to fall once again on the earth. G. Here in verse 9, they stand righteous (white robes) before the throne of God. Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 7:13-14 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? (14) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. H. In verses 10-12, we find these Tribulation Martyrs, along with angels, the elders, and four beasts falling on their faces before the Lord worshipping God. There will be no indictment of God in heaven as He does all things well. 1. The martyred saints are worshipping because of their great salvation in Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2. The angels, elders, and four beasts “Amen” the worship of salvation with a 7 fold blessing to God. “Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever.” Revelation 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: J. In verse 13, one of the elders “answered” and spoke to John. This implies that John had asked the elder the question about who this multitude was, and John answered, “Thou knowest,” indicating that John did not know for sure but the elder did know because he answered the question. The Holy spirit wants us to know that heaven will be filled with these precious martyred saints along with our loved ones who have gone on before us. Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words. K. In verse 14, we find that salvation in the Tribulation Period is consistent with the salvation of all men who went before. 1. The Act of Cleansing – “and have washed their robes” 2. The Agent of Cleansing – “and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” L. In verse 15, the Tribulation Saints who have been martyred remain in the presence of the Lord and He dwells among them. Not just us dwelling before the Lord but the Lord dwelling among us. We are in Him and He dwells within us! Oh, what joy, what delight! a. The First Mention of “for ever”- Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: b. The Last Mention of ‘for ever” - Revelation 22:3-5 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. c. “For ever and ever” are one word in the Greek, “aiōn” meaning perpetuity or not ending. M. In verse 16, we find eternal supply and comfort: no hunger, no thirst, no discomfort, no cares as the Lord will not only take care of us, as a Shepherd who leads us beside the still waters of eternity, He will also remove all sorrow and wipe all tears from our eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-13-2020Luke 2:1-20 Introduction: A. It is hard for us to imagine what it must have been like on that wonderful night when the Son of God who became the Son of man made his first appearance in human flesh in a manger in Bethlehem. 1. Dark was the night. a. 400 Years of Silence with no prophetic voice. From the last of the Old Testament Books, Malachi, to the first of the New Testament Books, Matthew, God spoke not one word. b. Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 2. Desperate was the need.a. Israel was in a sad spiritual state. b. The blight of sin filled the land. c. Pagan kings ruled. d. Immorality flourished. e. Religion was dead, formalistic, and powerless to meet the deep need of man's heart. 3. Divine was the remedy. a. God's Remedy For Israel's Plight Was Born. b. God's Remedy For Man's Sin Was Born. 1) He was absolutely God - 2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. a) He was God before Bethlehem - Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. b) He was God before Time - John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 2) He was absolutely Man - John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. a) He had Adam's flesh - Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: b) He had God's blood - Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 3) He was absolutely Sinless - 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. B. In Luke 2:11, we find the three-fold identity of the Christ. 1. Saviour – The Title of Acceptance. a. This child's mission was not to save the wealthy, or the righteous. He came to make the sinner free. Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. b. He came for those no one else wanted.Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 1) He loved us when we were Disobedient - Titus 3:3-6 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 2) He loved us when we were Destitute - Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 3) He loved us when we were Depraved - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. c. As Saviour, Jesus provided 3 essential services to the sinner: 1) We are Accepted in Him – Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 2) We are Delivered in Him – Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 3) We are Preserved in Him - 1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. d. Thank God, He came not as Judge, but as Saviour – John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 2. Christ – The Title of Access. a. This child came to do more than provide simple salvation. He came to allow us access into the very presence of Almighty God. b. Through Jesus, we can: 1) Approach the Father – Jesus is the only means of access. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2) Appeal to the Father – John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. c. The Name "Christ" refers to Jesus as the "Anointed High Priest." 1) He talks to the Father on our behalf – Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 2) He pleads our case before the throne of God – 1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (Advocate - one who pleads the cause of another in a court of civil law.) 3. LORD – The Title of Authority. a. Lord - He was referring to One who was to be in absolute control. - Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) b. This title of our Lord is a reminder to every Christian that Jesus Christ is to be the absolute authority in our lives. - Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. c. God's demand for total obedience is not too much to ask. He knows that true love is always shown by obedience to Him. 1) As Saviour - He Is Worthy of Our Worship. 2) As Christ - He Is Worthy of Our Dependence. 3) As Lord - He Is Worthy of Our Obedience. Conclusion: 1. Jesus – A name worthy of our praise.2. Jesus – A name that brings hope to the lost.3. Jesus – A name that brings fear to the devil.4. Jesus – A name that brings comfort to the bereaved.5. Jesus – A name that encourages the disheartened.6. Jesus – A name that gives peace amid the storm.7. Jesus – A name that is above every name.8. Jesus – “the sweetest Name on mortal tongue, the sweetest carol ever sung, Jesus, Blessed Jesus!” A. He was born the Saviour of the world - Salvation in not an experience – salvation is a person! 1. He is the Bread of Life to the spiritually hungry. 2. He is the Bright and Morning Star in the darkness of night. 3. He is the Counselor in the midst of confusion. 4. He is the Light in a dark night. 5. He is the Rock in a weary land. 6. He is the Source of salvation to the lost. B. He was born the Lord of all – many calls Him Saviour, but few call Him Lord. 1. He should be Lord of your body. 2. He should be Lord of your mind. 3. He should be Lord of your talents. 4. He should be Lord of your job. 5. He should be Lord of your pocketbook. 6. He should be Lord of your home. 7. He should be Lord of your marriage. 8. He should be Lord of your courtship. 9. He should be Lord of your life.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-13-2020Revelation 8:1-5 A. The opening of the Seventh Seal, chapter 8, begins with the word “and,” which ties it to chapter 7 and the scene around the throne in heaven. In chapter 7, we saw the reprieve in God's judgment; the sealing of the 144,000; and a great revival that saved an untold number of people on earth who were martyred for their faith. B. As God unleased the first six seals, the earth's inhabitants experienced the horrific judgments that befell them. God in His mercy gave a reprieve, sent 144,000 sealed Jews as witnesses on the earth, and saved “whosoever will.” It is “whosoever will” or it is “whosoever will not!” 1. How can this many people be saved in so short of time? A question that needs to be answered. 2. The people of earth gave power to Antichrist in the opening of the first seal and expected his reign to be the answer to all problems. 3. In the opening of seals 2-4, multitudes saw the “error of their ways” as Antichrist ushered in a world system of socialism which brought great famine alone with the punishment of all who opposed it. One fourth of the world's population are put to death. 4. In the opening of the seal 5, they saw the awesome power of God's judgement that cause the unsaved to cry out to the hills and mountains to fall upon them and hide them for it. 5. They were not privy to the opening of seal 6, as it took place in heaven, but they were privy to the sudden reprieve coupled with 144,000 of the greatest preachers who ever lived giving the gospel to the world. Peter preached and 3,000 got saved in a short time, 5,000 more were saved under another message a few days later. 6. These lost but disenchanted people on earth knew the power of God, the consequences of unrepentant sinfulness, and chose salvation at the cost of their lives at the hands of Antichrist's governing. Jude 22-23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: (23) And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. C. Though there were many who entered the Tribulation Period of Jacob's Trouble with no hope of salvation (those who had heard the gospel and rejected it prior to the Rapture of the Church), there are multitudes who could be saved living during this time. Salvation is a personal choice and choice have consequences. D. The opening of the Seventh Seal is a consequence. As the Word of God was preached, a multitude was saved and delivered through death into the presence of the Lord. E. In verse 1, the Lamb of God opens the judgements of the Seventh Seal. Notice that these are judgements, not jut one judgement. These judgements will be so great that there is silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. The rejoicing of the martyred saints, angels, and elders is silenced! There are no pronouncements given from the throne and no praises offered up. Total silence. F. Total silence can be a terrible thing. I often use the phrase, “The silence is deafening.” Silence is a powerful tool. I often use silence during preaching to drive home a point. Constant preaching can put you to sleep but the silence will wake you up! We often use the phrase “the lull before the storm.” Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. Psalms 76:8-9 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still, (9) When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. Zephaniah 1:7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. Zechariah 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. G. The people of earth will not hear or heed the Word of the Lord and continue in their rebellion. All in heaven understand the power of an omnipotent God and fall silent in anticipation of that which is to come. Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. H. In verse 2, we find seven angels standing before God with seven trumpets, ready to do the bidding of God. Trumpets were important in Israel. They were used for assembly, to begin a journey, to sound an alarm, to call to war, for worship. They were used in the military for many of these same purposes. To call assembly, charge, retreat, recall, taps, etc. On army posts, they would play reveille in the mornings and taps at night. Wherever I was on post, I had to come to attention and salute until it was finished. J. The Seven Trumpets will be a series of judgements: a great earthquake along with the 3 Woes in chapter 9 and the 7 Golden Vials of God and 7 Plagues in chapter 15. K. Verse 3. An angel stands at the altar, having a golden censer in his hand. He is given much incense, a type of prayers, to be offered along with the prayers of the saints. This altar is before the Throne of God. Chapter 11 shows the presence of the Temple of God in heaven. The golden censer was always located at the golden altar of incense before the veil. It was used for the high priest to offer incense daily before God and once a year, it was carried into the holy of holies by the high priest when offering the atonement. L. Both the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and the Temple in Jerusalem were patterned after the Temple in heaven. Exodus 25:8-9 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (9) According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. M. Before the throne tells us that these prayers are being offered withing the holy of holies in heaven before the presence of almighty God. These are prayers that have been kept by God but not yet answered along with those prayers of the saints being offered in heaven. God does not always answer our prayers when we pray them because his time is not our time and his ways are not our ways, but God also does not forget our prayers and will answer when the time is right. Psalms 50:14-15 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: (15) And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. N. These prayers contained in the golden censer also belong to the martyred saints of chapter 6 when they cried out to God. Revelation 6:10-11 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (11) And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. O. Verse 4-5, these prayers now ascend before God. The time is right, the judgements of God are at hand, the earth is now ready, and God's will be finished. The censer is filled with fire of the altar (the burning of the prayers is the fulfillment of their request for the judgment of God) and cast into the earth. This was followed by voices, thunderings, lightenings, and an earthquake. P. There was an immediate response in both heaven and earth. 1. Prayers in heaven from under the altar. Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 2. Past prayers on earth. a. For the past 2,000 years, God's people have prayed after the pattern of the Model Prayer. Luke 11:1-2 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. b. For 4,000 years before Christ's coming, God's people have prayed for the judgment of God to fall because of sinfulness. 26x in the Poetical Books of Job, Psalms, and Proverbs, God's people asked the question, “How long?” How long, O Lord is about to come to pass. Q. These prayers for justice are about to be answered!
Temple Baptist Church - 12-6-2020Philippians 2:5-11 Introduction: A. With the approach of Christmas, I thought about these verses of Scripture that still thrill my heart. B. In these verses, we find the plan of God in redemption. 1. The undying love of the Father, expressed in His relationship to both His Son and sinful man, is clearly shown. 2. In Romans 5:8, the Bible clearly says, “in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” 3. Oh, what love, what wisdom that Jesus Christ should die in our place that we might live in His. “That God should love a sinner such as I; how wonderful is love like this!” C. Not only did He die for us but here we find His expectation concerning sinful man. This will be a very simple message 1. His Existence – 5-6 – Who He Was (The Alpha and Omega – Creator and Lord of All – Sovereign of the Universe – Potentate and God Almighty – I AM THAT I AM – The Word of God) a. Our Eternal God - John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. b. Gives Eternal Life - 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. 2. His Emptying – 7 – Who He Became (He left heavens glory for me – He who never knew pain, hunger, physical weakness. He left the realm and praise of angels – He left it all that we might gain all.) a. His Incarnation - John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. b. His Testing - Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. c. His Purity - Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 3. His Example – 5 – How He Behaved – Obedient (He always did the will of His Father in heaven, kept the laws of man, and became subject to his oppressors.) a. His Life - 1 Peter 2:21-25 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: (22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. b. His Ministry - Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 4. His Expiring – 8 – Why He Came and What He Did (He set His face toward Calvary like a flint – He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.) a. The Reason For His Death - Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, (5) To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. b. The Result Of His Death - Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 5. His Exaltation – 9 – What He Deserves and What God did for Him(“Jesus Christ: he is Lord of all!” What more can be said?) a. His Adoration - Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. b. His Position - 1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
Temple Baptist Church - 12-2-2020Hebrews 13:7; Ephesians 4:11-16 Introduction: A. Hebrews 13:7 is close to being a Full Mention verse on the pastor. I want to take time with this verse to establish the purpose and work of the pastorate with the local church. Thus: Ephesians, chapter 4. B. So many in both the pulpit and the pew are ignorant of the proper relationship of the pastor to the church. It was meant to be a working relationship that works! In our day: 1. Families or individuals who run churches are running pastors off. These do not want pastors, they want preacher/visiting men who allow them to run the church. Because some of them have experienced a pastor who has gone bad, they will not allow another to take their biblical place of oversight in the local church. 2. Or, charlatan or dictatorial pastors are running the people off. God's men are not to be either self-serving or are they to be lords over God's heritage. Many pastors who have had bad experiences with bad churches insulate themselves from further injury through isolation or separation from the people. C. For the local church to properly function, both the pulpit and the pew are to be working in biblical harmony! D. Along with the evangelist—the missionary—the pastor/teacher is God's gift to the local church. The local church cannot biblically function without him. I emphasize “HIM” because the woman is neither qualified nor called to be a pastor. 1. The pastor needs to be a God called man. Never be afraid of asking a potential pastor about both is salvation experience and call to the ministry. 2. The pastor needs to be a biblically qualified man. Never be afraid to ask a potential pastor about his family, life, or convictions. 3. The pastor needs to be a God sent man. Though there is a time and place for pulpit committees, allow the Lord to lead in the selection of a new pastor to get the right one. God wants the local church to get the right pastor more than the people do. 4. The pastor needs to be a joy to the local church. As a minister, he is to minister or give his life to the people. E. Remember the pastor's obligation to and work within the local church. 1. The Perfecting of the Saints. (vs 12). To bring to a place of spiritual maturity, service, and then leadership. Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. (3) And this will we do, if God permit. 2. The Work of the Ministry. (vs 12). The work of the pastor is not to maintain the church; it is not to be “soul winner in chief;” it is not to plan everything or run everything. This is the work of the saints within and without the local church. The man of God is to spend his time in the Word and Prayer while ministering to the saints. Being there with them and for them when needed. Acts 6:2-4 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. (3) Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. (4) But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 3. The Edification of the Local Church. (vs 12). Edifying – architecture – to structure – to make sure that the local church is biblical in its work: in Jerusalem, Judah, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth. Not as Lord of God's heritage but taking the oversight thereof. 1 Peter 5:1-3 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4. The Consistency of the Faith. (vs 13). “Till we all” It is a ceaseless work as we have babes in Christ, “babies” in Christ, and the mature in Christ. There is preaching that must be re-enforcement; again and again and again because, while we have older saints, we have saints and children of all ages. Hebrews 5:11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (12) For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (13) For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 5. The Unity of the Faith. (vs 13). Earnestly contending for the Faith; continually following the Old Paths of the Faith in an ever changing world; studying the Word (rightly dividing the Word of Truth) - teaching and preaching sound doctrine; feeding the sheep (both milk and meat); protecting the unity of the Faith. Jeremiah 6:16-17 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (17) Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 6. The Defense of the Local Church (vs 14). Wolf watching! False teachers and false “brethren” are everywhere. They are teachers, not students; they are leaders, not followers; they are eloquent and articulate in their speech but doctrinally incorrect! We are Biblicists; we are textualists; we are Bible believers. Acts 20:28-31 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (31) Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 7. The Love of the Saints. (vs 15-16). A pastor's love must be real; it must be universal; it must be overlooking! Two things that I emphasis to young preachers: 1) Love your people beyond their faults 2) never take the ministry personal. 2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-7-2020Hebrews 12:25-29 Introduction: A. We saw the contrasts of several things in the preceding verses: 1. Mount Sinai vs. Mount Sion2. The Old Covenant (Law) vs. The New Covenant (Grace)3. Israel vs. The Church4. Abel's Blood vs. Christ's Blood5. Moses' Mediation vs. Christ our Mediator6. A World that is Shaking vs. The Unshaken B. Thank the Lord for allowing us to live in such a time as this with a blessed faith in God's promises which cannot be shaken. We know Who holds tomorrow and that He also holds our hand! C. While the world shakes, we are to have stability and that stability is in Christ.The Kingdom of God cannot be moved because what He has determined will come to pass. God knows where this world is spiritually and has given to the believer all that is needed to withstand and having done all, to stand. 2 Peter 1:1-4 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (3) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (4) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. D. In verse 28, we who serve the living God are instructed to: 1. Have Grace. The confidence that what God has promised, He is able to deliver on. Knowing that our sin is covered, our race is set, our future secure. Everything will be alright! Have grace, not with grace. We need to have grace to serve God and have grace to serve others. Our day takes a lot of grace but God's grace is abundant and sufficient. a. Grace to Live b. Grace to Serve c. Grace to Endure d. Grace to Others 2. Serve the Lord Acceptably. a. Not Acceptable to Self – We are not to serve as we Desire. b. But serve Acceptable unto God – We are to serve as He Demands. 3. Serve the Lord with Reverence. Shamefacedness, downcast eyes, bashfulness, modesty. First Mention - Leviticus 19:30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. a. Reverence in knowing who we are. b. Reverence in know who He is. John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 4. Serve the Lord with Fear. One of the characteristics of these las days is a TOTAL lack of the fear of the Lord. Luke 23:39-41 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. (40) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? (41) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. a. The Fear of the Lord is the difference between Heaven and Hell. b. The Fear of the Lord is the difference between Reward and Recompense. Conclusion: Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. (God is not to be “trifled with!”)
Temple Baptist Church - 10-11-2020Galatians 5:22 Introduction: A. Now that we have the inward man taken care of: love, joy, and peace. B. And the outward man taken care of: longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness. C. We can now establish a right relationship with the Lord. The Seventh aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit is Faith. D. **Hebrews 11:1-6. The biblical definition of faith is as good as it gets. Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (2) For by it the elders obtained a good report. (3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 1. The substance of things hoped for. “Substance” is something that can be touched or seen. Through others in similar situations, we can see the “hand of God” in both their victories and defeats. “Hoped for” are future events that will follow the pattern of history. Things that we are persuaded of: when tornados came, my mom would always say, “God knows where I am!” 2. The evidence of things not seen. “Evidence” means persuaded by something witnessed. In verse 3, we find the evidence of nature's creation. Perfect, synchronized, uniform in procreation, designed to work together as nothing that is made is without purpose. Supernatural things that are happening both to us and around us. E. Our relationship with God is faith based upon and then continued through Faith! Without faith, nothing else matters. a. Faith points to God – Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. b. Faith pleases God – Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 1. Our Salvation is Faith Based. Hebrews 11:6a “cometh to God must believe that he is” a) The agent of saving faith - Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: b) The action of saving faith - Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; c) The assurance of saving faith - Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 2. Our Service is Faith Based. Hebrews 11:6b “and that he is a rewarder” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) a. It produces results in the believer – Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Hebrews 11:26-27 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. (27) By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. b. It promises reward to the believer – Hebrews 12: 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Psalms 31:23-24 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. (24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. 3. Our Spiritual Communion is Faith Based. Hebrews 6c “them that diligently seek him.” John 20:28-29 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. a. Our Prayers are Faith Based - Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. b. Our Worship is Faith Based - John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-11-2020Revelation 6:1-2 Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the conditioning of this present evil world before the introduction of Antichrist. Like anything else, to introduce something so drastic and dramatic with no preparation or conditioning would bring about rejection. There needed to be a conditioning or “getting used to the dark” by the unbeliever. 1. The Conditioning of the Pulpit of the local churches. 2. The Conditioning of the Pew of the local churches. 3. The Conditioning of the People without the local church. B. The First Seal is the introduction of the Person of Sin, Antichrist. 1. He will be a Pretender – He comes on a white horse. The “good guys” wear the white hats and ride on a white horse. His acceptance relies on pretense. 2. He will be a man of Peace – He will bring a pseudo peace that the world looks for. He comes with a bow but no arrows in hand. This world in general is desirous of peace, not war and look for someone who can bring it. 3. He will be a man of Position – He will be given a crown. Not take a crown. 4. He will be a man of Power – He will go forth conquering. 5. He will be a man of Purpose – He will desire to conquer this present world. C. Tonight, we will take a short look at the Prophecies of Antichrist's coming. 1. The Seed of the Serpent. Genesis 3:13-15 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (14) And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: (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. 2. The Judge of His People. Genesis 49:16-18 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. (17) Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. (18) I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD. 3. The Wicked Prince of Israel. Ezekiel 21:25-27 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel (Jewish Birth), whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, (26) Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. (27) I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give 4. The Little Horn. Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. Daniel 8:9-14 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. (10) And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. (11) Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. (12) And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. (13) Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? (14) And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. By Interpretation, Antiochus (The Illustrious One) Epiphanes (The Mad Man). Prophetically, Antichrist. Antiochus Epiphanes – a Syrian King came with peace but destroyed 80,000 men—women—children and sold 40,000 into slavery. He was a God hater and a Jew hater who sought to destroy. It is a matter of historical record as to the desire of Antiochus to destroy the Jewish nation and their religion. When Antiochus set up the image of Jupiter in the Holy Place in Jerusalem and desecrated the sanctuary and its holy vessels, he was unwittingly portraying a future defilement. Daniel referred to this incident as the “abomination that maketh desolate” (Dan. 11:31; 12:11). Jesus linked this event to Matthew 24:15 when he declared: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand).” It is said by some that he offered a sow on the altar of the Temple. 5. The King of Fierce Countenance. Daniel 8:20-25 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media (Darius) and Persia (Cyrus). (21) And the rough goat is the king of Grecia (Alexander the Great): and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. (22) Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. (23) And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. (24) And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. (25) And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. 6. The Prince of the People. Daniel 9:24-27 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. (27) And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 11:36-38 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (37) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (38) But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. 7. The Man of Sin … The Son of Perdition … That Wicked. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-10 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (5) Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? (6) And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. (7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. (8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-18-2020Galatians 5:22 Introduction: A. The Fruit of the Spirit is one fruit that manifest itself in 9 different aspects. 3 Inward—love, joy, peace—3 Outward—longsuffering, goodness, gentleness—3 Upward—faith, meekness, temperance. B. Man is a trichotomy and a dichotomy. A trichotomy in the image of God—soul, body, spirit—and a dichotomy—the natural man and the spiritual man. C. This morning, I want to look at meekness, a virtue that is missing in many people. In days of a humanistic view of life (you are your own “god” and responsible mainly to self), I find little biblical meekness in this world. D. Meekness is our reaction to what others do to us. E. The Opposite of Meekness is Pride: MEE'KNESS, Softness of temper; mildness; gentleness; forbearance under injuries and provocations. In an evangelical sense, humility; resignation; submission to the divine will, without murmuring or peevishness; opposed to pride, arrogance and refractoriness. PRIDE, Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others. Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. F. I want to look at meekness in two areas: Meekness toward the Lord and Meekness toward Men. 1. Meekness before the Lord. A recognition of who and what we are. Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Meekness comes through humility. Paul, who could have had much to glory in displayed meekness.) a. Paul did not think that he was someone special-- 2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: b. Paul did not think that he was spiritual —1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. c. Did not think the was even a great Christian -- Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; d. Knew that what little he had accomplished was by the grace of God – 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (May the Lord help us as God's men to have a meek attitude!) b. Meekness comes through ssubmission – James 4:6-7 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. c. Resignation – acceptance of the will of God. James 5:10-11 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. (11) Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. (7) For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 2. Meekness toward Men. Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; Philippians 3:4-10 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: (5) Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; (6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. (7) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. (8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; a. We Should Not Have To Be Recognized - Luke 14:10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. b. We Should Not Have To Be In Charge - 1 Corinthians 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. c. We Should Not Have To Have Our Own Way - Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. d. We Should Remember What We Were And We Would Be If It Were Not For The Grace Of God - Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (May the Lord help us as Christians to have a meek attitude!) Conclusion: Things that meekness will do. 1. Meekness Will Keep You Satisfied - Psalms 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 2. Meekness Will Keep You In The Will Of The Lord - Psalms 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (The proud know it all and cannot be taught.) 3. Meekness Will Give You An Internal Peace - Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (You have nothing to prove.) 4. Meekness Will Elevate You In God's Time - Psalms 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 5. Meekness Brings You Favor With The Lord - Psalms 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 6. Meekness Brings Joy In The Lord - Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (We are nothing and He is everything.) 7. Meekness Brings Rest - Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-18-2020Revelation 6:1-2 Introduction: A. Over the past two weeks, we have seen: 1. The Preparation of Antichrist. a) The Conditioning of the Pulpit, the Pew, and the People in general. b) This world is ready for Antichrist's entrance. He will be their “saviour.” 2. The Prophecy of Antichrist. a) The Seed of the Serpent. b) Probably an Israelite, possibly of the Tribe of Dan. 3. The Person of Antichrist. a) He will be a Pretender – He comes on a white horse. The “good guys” wear the white hats and ride on a white horse. His acceptance relies on pretense. b) He will be a man of Peace – He will bring a pseudo peace that the world looks for. He comes with a bow but no arrows in hand. This world in general is desirous of peace, not war and look for someone who can bring it. c) He will be a man of Position – He will be given a crown. Not take a crown. d) He will be a man of Power – He will go forth conquering. e) He will be a man of Purpose – He will desire to conquer this present world. B. To understand the differences between the true Christ and the false “christ” is to understand the meaning of “antichrist.” C. “Anti” – the prefix “anti” means (1) Opposed to (2) Against. D. The Biblical Definition is one of revelation and stark contrast. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 1. Antichrist will “oppose God.” 2. Antichrist will “exalt” himself above God. 3. Antichrist will attempt to “shew” himself as God. E. When Antichrist comes on the world scene, he will portray himself as “good”—“behold a white horse and he that sat on him”—but he will be spiritually and morally bankrupt—called “that Wicked” in 2 Thessalonians 2:8. F. Antichrist—a stark contrast to the true Christ. 1. Jesus Christ is from heaven - John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. Antichrist is from hell - 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (Perdition-spiritual loss, eternal) Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 2. Jesus Christ came in His Father's name - John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. Antichrist will come in his own name - John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. It amazes me that Antichrist will not be disguised, Satan incarnate and will be accepted by the world. 3. Jesus Christ came in humility - Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Antichrist will exalt himself – 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. A public individual who takes the “center stage.” 4. Jesus Christ was despised and rejected by men - Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Antichrist will be worshipped by men - Revelation 13:3-4 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (4) And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? No matter what he does, how he acts, how wicked he is, he will be worshipped. Look at our politics today: baby killers, lovers of sodomy, anarchists, and no one seems to care. 5. Jesus Christ will be highly exalted by the Father - Philippians 2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; Antichrist will cast into hell by the Father - Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 6. Jesus Christ will do the will of the Father - John 6:38-39 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. Antichrist will do his own will - Daniel 11:36-37 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (37) Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. 7. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners - 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Antichrist will come into the world to destroy sinners - Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.8. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd - John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Antichrist will be the idol shepherd - Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. 9. Jesus Christ is the True Vine - John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Antichrist is the vine of the earth - Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 10. Jesus Christ is the Truth - John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Antichrist will be a liar - 2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 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. 11. Jesus Christ was a man of purity - 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Antichrist will be a man of sin - 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 12. Jesus Christ was the mystery of godliness - 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Antichrist will be the mystery of iniquity - 2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

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