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Temple Baptist Church - 7-18-2021Jeremiah 17:1-10 Introduction: A. A couple of weeks ago, I preached on the issues of life that proceed from the heart (the soul of man, the seat of man's affections, where the things that he treasures are found). So much is said in the Bible concerning the heart. Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (10) I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. B. As we read these verses together this morning, we find: 1. A Depraved Heart – Verse 1. First Mention of Table in the Bible were the tables of stone upon which the Commandments were written. “Adamant as stone” Here we find the sin of Judah engraved WITH A PEN OF IRON AND A POINT OF DIAMOND. 2. A Departing Heart – Verse 5. Departing from the Lord. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” 3. A Deceitful Heart – Verse 9. Deceitful above ALL things. Who can know it? Self-deception is the worst form of deception. 4. A Defiled Heart – Verse 10. God tries the reins and gives judgment according to the “fruit” produced by the heart. 1. The Danger of our Heart. The heart is a source of “heartache” for each of us this morning. Our “heart,” by its sinful nature is naturally depraved. I will be so glad when eternity begins for me, and this sinful flesh is gone. (1) It matters not if you are male or female; (2) it matters not how much you love the Lord; (3) it matters not how godly a life that you try to live; your heart, my heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. That is the total depravity of the flesh. a. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. I find it interesting that the Bible says “above all things.” I have been deceived by others; I have been deceived by circumstances; but the greatest deception that you and I face is an i51) You need to take heed to yourselves. Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; (Heed – to hedge about or to pay strict attention to something. Yourselves! We spend more time worrying about others than self when the greatest enemy that we face is the one who faces us in the mirror.) 2) Never trust your heart. Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (One of the times that God calls a man or woman a fool is when they place trust in their feelings and thoughts. Right and wrong are dictated by God's Word, not what we think of feel.) 3) Never follow your heart. Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (The heart will lead you in the wrong direction. “If I know my heart” is a deceptive phrase to follow.) a) Religion Can Deceive Your Heart - James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. b) Promiscuity Can Deceive Your Heart - Job 31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; c) Alcohol Can Deceive Your Heart - Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. d) Pride Can Deceive Your Heart - Jeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. e) False Prophets Can Deceive Your Heart - Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. b. The Heart Is Desperately Wicked. Desperate – having urgent need; dangerous. The desires of the heart of an individual drive them to do hideous, wicked, perverted things. Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. c. The Heart Is Depraved. Who can know it? The answer is understood: no one. 2. The Defense of our Heart. a. Our Heart's Defense Takes Diligence. Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Keep-protect with vigilance. All-priority. Diligence-Meticulously.) b. Our Heart's Defense Takes Desire. Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (There are few in these last days who are willing to serve God with all their heart. Most only follow their heart. Desire dictates direction.) c. Our Heart's Defense Takes Determination. Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (I am in this thing for the “long run.” Better men than I have fallen to the wayside over the years. I am not speaking evil of them because they are my friends and I believe that they love the Lord but, for various reasons, they followed their heart instead of determining their hearts.) Conclusion: The importance of our heart is that, for out of out heart are the “issues” of life. a. The Heart Dictates What We Do - Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. b. The Heart Declares What We Are - Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Temple Baptist Church - 7-25-2021Proverbs 17:22 Introduction: A. My theme verse is Proverbs 4:23, which says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 1. I continue to emphasize that we are made in the image of God: a trichotomy, body-world conscious, soul-self-conscious, and spirit, God conscious. 2. If out of the heart (or the soul) are the “issues” of life, and the bible says that it is so, then that which proceeds from with the soul of each of us is what we allow to issue forth. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” 3. If the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and it is, then the natural man is utterly depraved and nothing that proceeds from the natural can be good! “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” 4. Therefore, I can reasonably say that we, as God's children, have the responsibility of controlling our “issues.” 5. It all comes down to this: if you want to be sad and have a broken (downcast, disquieted, disappointed, discouraged) spirit that drieth the bones, you have that choice. Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood … (And the blood comes from the marrow of the bone. Dried bones equal a lack of life giving blood.) 6. Or you can choose to put a merriment in your soul and a smile on your face. 7. Problems neither go away through tears or laughter so choose the later. B. This morning, I want to deal with one of my favorite verses: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” 1. I love this verse! I love to laugh, joke around, and have a great time. You can ask my wife, I meet no strangers. One of my sons said, “One day, Dad is going to get maced!” That may be but, in a world full of trouble and worry, laughter is essential for survival. 2. For the most part, I have found people to have a sense of humor and laughter is good for the soul. I lady in the checkout line at Wal-Mart (I was picking at her) said, “Never lose your joy. I lost mine a few months ago.” She was referring to the death of her husband but what she said stuck with me. People need to laugh. 3. Remember the words: “Smile a while and give your face a rest.” It takes a lot fewer muscles to smile than to frown and frowning will give you a headache! C. The word “merry” is found 28x in your King James Bible. It is an outward thing whereas Joy is an inward thing. Merry can but does not necessarily mean happy which relies upon our happenings. D. “Merry:” Cheerful in a lively sense, to cheer up; to be glad; to have joy; to brighten up. There are three verses dealing with a “merry heart” that I want to look at for a few minutes: 1. A Merry Heart Maketh A Cheerful Countenance – Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. a) Most people today look like a mule that has been eating saw briers! Everywhere you go in this world, you see sad faces, hear cursing and complaining! Men live lives of quiet desperation! b) People are dissatisfied and disgruntled. This should not be the lot of the child of God. We should be a satisfied, happy people. We are someone going somewhere! 2. A Merry Heart Maketh A Continual Feast – Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. a) Enjoyment of life! We are so blessed and yet people are still not satisfied and often live lives of quiet desperation! A feast is a merry event! I am not talking about vacations; I am talking about all day and every day! The joy of the Lord is your strength! b) I remember the old family reunions back in the 50's and 60's when our family would come from all over and spend the day together eating, pitching horse shoes, and just sitting around catching up on family news. It was a day looked for with great anticipation. c) I sure miss those days. We had a ball. 3. A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like A Medicine – Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. a) A smiling face or “drieth the bones?” A choice that we make. I tell people that you can laugh about your problems, or you can cry about them. Neither will change the problems, but laughter can lessen the pain. For to me to live is Christ! When Christ, who is your life, shall appear. b) Laughter is a medicine with no ill side effects. Can you imagine a medicine prescribed for you with all good and no bad side effects? Today, they send you several pages of what may happen to you if you take the meds prescribed. E. HOW TO HAVE A MERRY HEART 1. A Merry Heart Comes Through Conversion – You will never be happy until you know Christ. Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 2. A Merry Heart Comes Through Contentment – You will never be happy until you know contentment. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 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. 3. A Merry Heart Comes Through Commitment – trusting the Lord in every part of your life. (Whatever my lot thou hast TAUGHT me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul!”) 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheles I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 4. A Merry Heart Comes Through Consecration - Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. lose life and find it – most people never find their lives because they never lose their lives! “Let me lose my life and find it, Lord, in thee!” Conclusion: God wants you to be merry, happy, in this life even though it is full of troubles and sorrows. You will never be happy until you are converted! You will never be happy until you are content! You will never be happy until you are committed! You will never be happy until you are consecrated!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-1-20212 Timothy 3:1-5 Introduction: A. As Paul writes to Timothy in this second epistle, he describes the characteristics of religion 2,000 years ago. Religion, not salvation! 1. If this was so 2000 years ago, look around you today! Sunday is just another day; the Bible is an unread book; biblical Christianity has gone the way of the world; churches are emptying; faithfulness is a relic of the past. 2. What we just read is a “picture” of what religion looks like when the “power thereof” is missing! B. Paul's admonition is “from such turn away.” We live in days of “universal acceptance!” People are good with today's religion because it is comfortable and makes no demands. 1. Religion says, “It does not matter what doctrine you believe as long as you go to church.” 2. Religion says, “It does not matter where you go to church as long as you go to church.” 3. Religion says, “Doctrine divides but love unifies.” Doctrine has always divided because true doctrine is bible based, not based in denominationalism. C. Now, here is the situation of our day: 1. Morals are gone. 2. National pride is gone. 3. Common sense is dead. 4. Religion is hodge-podge. 5. And conversion is a rarity. D. It all “boils down to this:” Religion without the Power of Change. Salvation is something that God does; therefore, salvation always works! We bring a bankrupt sinner to Christ through repentance and faith and God gives us eternal life to come and a new life now! 1. The Holy Spirit used the word “denying,” which means to refuse, reject, or to contradict. This world has heard and known the Truth but is in a constant state of denying it. I want to look at a verse this morning that we are all familiar with. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. a) You can deny the existence of change. There is no change of life in salvation. This is contrary to “he is a new creature: old things are passed away; BEHOLD, all things are become new.” b) You can deny the relevance of change. Your life may be changed but my life does not have to change. This is contrary to “Therefore if any man be in Christ.” Change is not individual. The Bible declares change to be universal in salvation. 2. THE WORLD DOES NOT WANT WHAT WE HAVE, therefore, they refuse it and contradict it. Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. E. Salvation is a Powerful experience. A “change of life” is ALWAYS there when one gets saved because it is “breathed out unconsciously.” We do not necessarily feel a change but, suddenly, things take on a different perspective. Change in the life of the believer is a natural part of our salvation. F. I want to look at the “power thereof” for a few minutes. Things in our lives that automatically take place. The word “thereof” is an interesting word. From that cause or from that origin; therefrom. It comes from a root word meaning “to breathe unconsciously.” Breathing has two essential parts: inspiration or to breathe air in and expiration or to breathe air out. G. Breathing is one of the body's Auto-nomic Responses of the nervous system: heart beat and breathing are two of the most significant of these responses. 1. These are things that we do without thinking. The beat of the heart is the more regulated of the two as, when, you think about it, you can hold your breath or change the way that you breathe. 2. Thus it is with the life of the child of God. We are new creatures by birth and have a new nature that is an Autonomic Response to the work of the New Birth. H. Here are several things that are found “thereof” in true salvation. 1. The Power of Conversion. The world wants “A Salvation without a Conversion.” True biblical salvation ALWAYS makes a change in your life! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Raised to walk in newness of life.) a. A changed life. (Conversion is an automatic response that is done spiritually without thinking. When I was saved, something forever changed in my life.) b. A changed mind. After our conversion, we think differently. We see things through spiritual eyes. c. A changed desire. “For to me to live is Christ.” 2. The Power of Conviction. The world wants “A Spirit without Conviction.” When we are saved, the Holy Ghost of God begins to dwell within us. John 16:13-14 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. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. a. A sensitivity to sin. When we sin, we know it because we become sensitive to it. b. A conviction about sin. Sinfulness becomes wrong to the child of God. c. A desire to change from sin. A turning away from sin to Christ. 3. The Power of Conformity. The world wants “A Scripture without Conformity.” If the Bible is the pure Word of God, and it is, then it demands obedience. Philippians 3:8-11 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; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. a. Conformity to the Son of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-1-2021Revelation 15:1-4IntroductionA. Chapter 15 of the Book of Revelation is the shortest chapter in the book. It, like the Minor Prophets, is not short because of lack of importance. It is important for you and me to know what is happening in heaven during the Tribulation Period. B. During this seven-year period, we will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We will also have some knowledge of what is transpiring on earth. This brings us to the question: “Do God's people in heaven know what is happening upon earth?” Let me answer this way: yes and no. I do not often used oxymorons but, in this case, “Yes and No” is the right answer. 1. No. We will not know of all the sufferings, sinfulness, disappointments, discouragements of our loved ones on earth. That would bring heaven's perfection down to the level of this ungodly world. Heaven will be a wonderful, perfect place of joy and peace. 2. Yes. a) We will know when a sinner becomes a saint on earth through the new birth. Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. b) We will know to some degree what transpires upon earth concerning the righteous judgment of God upon the ungodly. I do not presume to know that extend but these verse tend to say that there is some degree of knowledge. 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? Revelation 21:4 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. C. Verse 1. The seven angels are now ready to aid God in the judgment of those who have rejected the gospel and aligned themselves with the world's system. God's judgment will be both appropriate and timely! Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. You “be still and know that I AM GOD!” BECAUSE “I will be exalted among the heathen … I will be exalted in the earth!” Trust in the Lord with all your heart because He is still able to do all things. D. These seven last plagues (God used plagues to judge Egypt and deliver Israel) which the angels hold will be so terrible as to fill up or complete the wrath of God against this wicked world. “To fill up” means to complete, be concluded, to satisfy the wrath of God upon this sinful, cursed world. The number “7” is the bible speaks of completeness or perfection. 1. These seven plagues are called great because God's judgment will transcend all judgments in the past. When we study the bible, we see the greatness of God's power in judgment but these last plagues will be the greatest ever seen on earth. 2. These seven plagues are called marvelous because of its supernatural nature. Never has there been such a thing happen on earth including the universal flood of Noah's day. These plagues will be things that only God can do. They will not be natural phenomenon. E.Verse 2. We see in heaven a sea like unto glass. What a beautiful sight it would be to look out over the Atlantic Ocean and see its surface perfectly flat, made like unto glass, reflecting the glory of the sun or moon. Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. F. This sea of glass will be mingled with fire. Possibly relating to the “fiery trials” that have befallen these Tribulation Period saints who have suffered the loss of their lives. Fiery trials have always been a way of life to God's people. These saints have gotten victory over the beast, not defeated by the beast. I want to use a verse written to the “strangers scattered” or dispersed Jews who paid a terrible price of their stand for Christ. These tribulation saints will die for their faith! 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: G. Here we find a four-fold victory achieved by these martyred saints: 1. Victory over the beast –the political system of antichrist on earth. The end-time socialistic dictatorship under Antichrist will not tolerate disobedience of any form! These tribulation saints will put their faith in God instead of faith in Antichrist and his ungodly political system. Instead of looking to the political system, they will look to God for provision and the necessities of life. 2. Victory over his image – failure to worship the political system on earth. In chapter 13, we find that the people on earth were commanded to bow to an image just as the three Hebrew children were commanded to bow to the image in their days. These tribulation saints will bow only to Christ! Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 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. 3. Victory over his mark – failure to take the mark of the political system on earth. The end-time government will attempt to force compliance. We are getting a small taste of this in our day. These tribulation saints will starve before they die! Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 4. Victory over the number of his name – failure to identify with the political system on earth. God's children are to obey government if that obedience does not contradict scripture, but our obedience does not mean that we identify with government. We, as God's children, are not to identify to an ungodly government. We have to live in this world and should strive to live a life acceptable unto God and visible to men! These tribulation saints made little effort to hide their Christianity! H. Verses 2-4. These martyrs are given harps, instruments used to worship God. What a thrill, what a position. They use these harps to sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. The content of their songs: 1. The Song of Moses (this is not the song of victory found in Exodus, chapter 15, which was a song of victory) is about the Nation of Israel and is found in Deuteronomy 32:1-43, just prior to his death on Mount Nebo. God told Moses what to write and to teach it to Israel before his death in Deuteronomy 31:19-22. Then Moses commanded the Levites to put the book into the Ark of the Covenant as a witness against the people. The Song of Moses prophesied of Israel's departure from God to follow the gods of Canaan, His judgement upon Israel for their sin, God's faithfulness to Israel, and Israel's restoration back to God. This song is prophetic of Israel's rejection of the Messiah, national blindness and judgment, and restoration at the end of the Tribulation Period. 2. The Song of the Lamb is about the Tribulation Saints who overcome the beast through rejection of the mark and, ultimately death. 3. Both songs hold the same truths: a) God's glory is found in His works. “Great and marvelous are thy works” – Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? b) God's glory is found in His Person. “Lord God Almighty” Lord, His supremacy; God, His Divinity; Almighty, His sovereignty. Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. c) God's glory is found in His Holiness. “Just and true are they ways” God is impeccable and immutable. In Him is no darkness at all and all His ways and works are righteous. Psalms 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. d) God's glory is found in His Position. “thou King of saints” King of kings and Lord of lords, He is our Sovereign for eternity. J. Verse 4 also gives a prophetic picture of the Millennial Reign of Christ: 1. The Fear of the Lord. “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, He will be feared as he rules with a rod of iron from the throne of David. 2. The Glory of the Lord. “and glorify thy name?” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, His name will truly match His position: King of kings and Lord of lords. 3. The Holiness of the Lord. “for thou only art holy:” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, righteousness will reign on this earth. 4. The Worship of the Lord. “for all nations shall come and worship before thee;” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, all nations will bring their offerings to Christ. 5. The Judgments of the Lord. “for thy judgments are made manifest.” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, justice will be swift and appropriate!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-18-2021Revelation 14:12-13 Introduction: As we get to these verses tonight, we need to interpret them within the context in which they were written. Then, we will get the real meaning instead of the usual application. Most apply these verses to the saints of God who have gone on before us and that is a good application but not the biblical interpretation. In Matthew, chapter 23, we find 8 times that our Lord said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” Matthew chapter 23 precedes chapter 24 in which our Lord gives the prophecy of the last days before and during the Tribulation Period. It was these religious zealots who continued in the ungodly tradition of their predecessors. They persecuted God's prophets and His people. A. Here, in our text, we find more martyrs who were to die during the Tribulation Period. God's people have always paid a horrific price for faith. Such payment began with the first family unit and continues through the prophecy of the end-time. Matthew 23:34-35 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: (35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. B. Throughout the bible, we find obedience to God and death by man tied together. Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! C. From Abel (the second born son of Adam and Eve) and the prophets of the Old Testament to John the Baptist, Stephen, James, the apostles, along with saints by the millions during times of religious persecution in the Dark and Middle Ages. There are still people around the world paying for their willingness to stand for Christ. D. Tonight, I want to look at verses 12-13 within the context of chapter 14. Chapter 14 gives a prophetic view of what will transpire in the second half of the Tribulation Period or Jacob's Trouble. In the middle of Daniel's Seventh Week, we find this chapter. At the beginning of the second half, we find that several things transpire. 1. The abomination that maketh desolate has taken place in the holy temple on Mount Sion. Here we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 2. Israel flees to the wilderness. Here, we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Matthew 24:15-16 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:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 3. There is war in heaven and Satan is cast down to the earth having great wrath because he knows that his time is short. Here, we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Ezekiel 28:16-17 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. (17) Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 12:7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. (9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 4. The political and religious systems are now in place and the mark of the beast is essential for survival by individuals. E. We have set the context so now we will look at verses 12-13 of chapter 14. The Patience of the saints is found in a two-fold manner. 1. These believers in verse 12 keep the commandments of God. a) During these past two years, we have heard much about submission to human government. Submission if the right thing to do if it does not violate scripture. 1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. b) We are to submit to every ordinance of man if that ordinance does not violate a clear command of God from the bible. When the bible gives the believer a mandate, it ALWAYS supersedes man's mandate. Let us look at a biblical comparison between our day and our prophetic context in chapter 14. Acts 5:28-29 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. (29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. c) The command - Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. d) The Submission - Revelation 14:12a Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God … 1) The Physical Consequence – Verse 13 – “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth” 2) The Spiritual Consequence – “Blessed are the dead…” F. Their patience and faith brought about a martyr's death. These precious Tribulation saints will choose death over life that they may have life over death! They will “die in the Lord from henceforth!” Our Lord spoke of this day: Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 1. There is a spiritual salvation found in the bible and it is all “by grace through faith.” This salvation is an act of God and, therefore eternal. 2. There is a physical salvation found in the bible and it is a deliverance from this life to the next. Matthew 24:13 speaks of a physical deliverance, not a spiritual one. These martyrs die because of their faith in God's deliverance. Philippians 1:20-21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. G. Their martyr's death brought about a blessed reward. 1. They will Rest – “They may rest from their labours.” 2. They will be Rewarded – “Their works do follow them.” Hebrews 6:9-10 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. (10) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-4-2021Revelation 14:6-10 As the Tribulation systematically unfolds, the judgments of God systematically increase. Though we have finished the first half of the Tribulation, marked by the Abomination of Desolation and the fall of Satan, there is no visible break on earth. A. Throughout the Bible, we have seen different types of angels with different purposes. In the last half of the Tribulation Period, angels carry out different tasks for God. 1. Tonight, I want to look at the three pronouncements made by angels in these verses. These seven angels will also later introduce the Seven Trumpet Judgments. 2. The first three proclamations are prophetic in nature. They are an explanation of what will transpire during the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period. 3. Once again, I want to reiterate that there is no pause in the Tribulation Period on earth while these last few chapters are taking place. Time on earth has not stood still as these chapters are a parenthetical and explain the second half. B. The First Angel: The Pronouncement of the Everlasting Gospel. For the first time in history, an angel is given the responsibility to preach the gospel. Up until this time, the preaching of the gospel has been committed to men. Because the Church has been raptured out, the 144,000 along with those saved being martyred, God now sends a special angel with a special message for the inhabitants of the earth: the Everlasting Gospel. (The reason for the Everlasting Gospel is prophesy that Jesus Christ will win and the Beast will not! Verse 7 – “the hour of his judgment is come.” Verse 8 – “Babylon is fallen.” Verses 9-11 – Those who “worship the beast” will be “tormented with fire and brimstone … for ever and ever.” Nothing can defeat the gospel, the work of Jesus Christ in redemption.) Revelation 14:6-7 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (7) Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 1. This angel will not ascend to earth but will fly in the midst of heaven so as to be seen and heard of all mankind: to every nation, to every kindred (ethnic group), to every tongue, and to all people. “Every creature needs a preacher.” Here, we find that God is STILL no respecter of persons. Jesus Christ died for all mankind and the true gospel is inclusive, not exclusive. 2. “For God so loved the world … to every creature … who will have all men to be saved … the whole world … not willing that any should perish!” This truth is made plain throughout the Bible. In the Tribulation Period, this gospel is not to the Jew first but to all people at the same time. 3. The Everlasting Gospel is the last hour message of the gospel to the earth because eternity is at hand. During great tribulation, it is the good news that mankind does not have to perish but place their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The message has not and never will change as salvation is all about what God did for mankind, not what mankind does for God. a) The Angel cries, “Fear God.” An ingredient necessary for both repentance from sin and acknowledgement of the Person of almighty God. Jesus Christ was declared to be God through His resurrection from the dead. Do not fear Satan, do not fear the antichrist, do not fear death, fear God! (We live in days of “No Fear.” The man who has no fear is fooling himself. God is to be greatly feared because He holds both life and death in His hands.) b) The angel cries, “Give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come.” A declaration by God that all glory belongs to God and unrepentant sin will be dealt with both here on earth and in eternity to come. The last invitation has come. Be saved now, or join the rest of the world living under God's judgment. Flee the wrath to come. c) The Angel cries, “Worship Him!” For He has created all things in heaven and earth. All things are by Him, through Him, and to Him! He is certainly worthy of all glory and praise. The greatest proof for God is found in His perfect creation. (As the natural follows nature, glorification follows God. The heavens, the earth, and all that in them is glorifies the Creator.) C. The Second Angel: The Pronouncement of the Fall of Babylon. Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 1. “Babylon is fallen.” The culmination of almost 6,000 years of anti-God government is coming to an end. From the Plains of Shinar to the City of Seven Hills, the progressions has spired downward spiritually. This worldly system is not atheistic, it is anti-God. The final political empire of the Antichrist will end in utter destruction and God's enemies ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire. 2. “That Great City.” A reference to the city of Rome, as this is where the last and enduring world power began and where the end-time religious system is situated. 3. “Because.” Through her great power and influence, ALL nations will drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Wine here is a metaphor for the intoxicating influence of this system of government that causes the people of earth to con-habituate with her and not with almighty God. Intoxicated with her pleasures, her rebellion, her hatred, and her idolatry God. 4. As fornication is an illicit joining of two people, thus it is with the One World System and those who willingly join it. Their judgement will be together because they have become one. D. The Third Angel: The Pronouncement of the Judgement of The Worshippers of the Beast. Revelation 14:9-10 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (10) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 1. Those who worship the beast will receive his mark. You and I do not know what this mark is, but I believe that it will be both visible and damning. It is the ultimate spiritual fornication where the bearer of this mark has rejected God for the final time. This judgment alludes to the fact that those who cross this line will be eternally reprobate. No chance of salvation though they will hear the preaching of the First Angel. As they have drank from the cup of her fornication, they will also drink at the cup of God's indignation. 2. As they were intoxicated with the wine of fornication of the beast, they will also be made to drink of the wine of wrath of God which will be poured out unmingled with His mercy and grace. At the White Throne Judgment, even the heavenly bodies will flee from the face of Him who sits on the throne. 3. I have always found this last statement to be horrifying. In the Lake of Fire, these will be tormented for ever “in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” They will always see the Lamb of God who died for them and whom they chose to reject with NO hope of salvation! Those in the Lake of Fire will realize the ultimate wrath of a holy God for all eternity.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-13-2021Revelation 14:1-5 Introduction: A. Chapter 12 signaled the middle of the Tribulation Period. 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation has expired and the Abomination that maketh Desolate has taken place. 1. We have seen the “falling way” in the day of Laodicea, both doctrinally and individually. 2. We have seen the Delusion of those who have rejected Christ prior to the Rapture. 3. We have seen the Introduction of the Antichrist and the setting up of his kingdom on earth. 4. We have seen the Martyrdom of the multitudes who are saved during the Tribulation Period. 5. We have seen the Abomination of Desolation and War in heaven. Satan has been cast out and is now come down to earth with great wrath because he knows that his time is short. B. Chapters 13-15 are what is called in Theology a parenthetical. It simply means that during these three chapters, no time has expired. The Bible is simply explaining what has and is about to take place in the final 3 ½ years of Great Tribulation. C. Chapter 13 gives a preview of the two beasts that will arise in the last days: one that is political and the other a system of religion that honors the political system. The religious system will “ride” the political system, but the political system will rule the religious system. D. Tonight, we will re-visit the 144,000 witness that were sealed in Revelation 7:1-8. Evidently, through the preaching of these witnesses, a multitude of every kindred, nation, and tongue were saved and martyred. E. Verse 1. In chapter 13, we saw that the beast will reign over the earth in the last 3 ½ years but here we see the vision of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, stand upon Mount Sion. 1. He will, as creator, sustainer, and owner—stand upon what He has both created and purchased! Mount Moriah of the Old Testament and Mount Sion of the New Testament. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Colossians 1:16-17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1. He has descended to this earth and now stands on the very spot where He died for the sins of the world. This verse shows the absolute sovereignty of Christ in its vision of the heavenly realm where justice will finally be realized, and all wrongs made right. Abraham was offered there in type but was given the promise of God himself, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. 2. Mount Moriah or Sion is the place where the New Jerusalem will descend out of heaven and rest for eternity. Hebrews give a description that thrills my soul! Hebrews 12:22-23 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, Micah 4:1-8 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. (2) And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (3) And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (4) But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. (5) For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. (6) In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; (7) And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (8) And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. F. As the Lamb stands on Mount Sion, the 144,000 will stand with Him. In chapter 7, these sealed Jews were on earth but here, they evidently descend with Him to the earth. Possibly because that the 144,000 were martyred. They have the name of the Father written in their foreheads. G. Verses 2-3. The voice of God (voice … many waters … thunder – Revelation 1:15) is accompanied by the voice of harpers from heaven. These sung a new song in heaven before God's throne along with the beasts and elders that could only be learned by the 144,000 who were “redeemed from the earth.” Their experience has been unique. H. Verse 4. In this verse, we see a clearer picture of who these 144,000 Jews are. 1. They are virgins. Here the Bible uses the words “not defiled with women.” They were both chaste and morally pure. The word “defiled” is used because it is not only speaking of their physically chaste state but also of their morally chaste state. Defiled with women is to have committed fornication or adultery as the man/woman relationship has the approval of God. Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 2. They are faithful. They follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth. From their youth until now, they have chosen that which is better: following Christ. 3. They are the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. They are the beginning of the conversion of Israel in these last days. Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 4. And their mouth sanctified for the Master's use. John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! (guile – to entrap, deceit) 1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: J. In chapter 15, we will see the Temple in Heaven from which the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was patterned open just prior to the Seven Vials of God's Wrath to poured out in chapter 16.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-27-2021Proverbs 4:20-23 Introduction: A. We have read a familiar portion of scripture this morning: familiar because of its importance to both life and eternity. For the most part, when the Bible speaks of the heart, it is not speaking of the organ that pumps your blood, but of the very soul of man. (Out of the mention of heart and hearts, 833 + 113 = 946 only 3 possibly refer to the physical heart) 1. Therefore, when I speak of heart this morning, I am not referring to the physical organ but rather to who and what we are. 2. Man is a trinity: the body, the soul, and the spirit—made in the likeness of God through His marvelous creation: fearfully and wonderfully made. We are created in God's image while Jesus Christ is referred to as the “express image of his person.” a) The body is world conscious with five senses: hearing, sight, taste, smell, and touch. It is with our bodies that we perceive the world around us. b) The soul is self-conscious: it is what we desire and what we desire is what we are. It is with the soul that we have thoughts, emotions, desires, likes and dislikes, our treasures, our love or lack of it, our faith and our fears. c) The spirit is God conscious: it is with the spirit that man seeks after God and worships in His presence. It is with our spirit that we have a relationship with God. d) The Soul of man is strategically positioned between the flesh which is world conscious or carnal and the spirit which is God conscious and spiritual. e) Thus, the battle rages within the soul of man which is self-conscious! It is the “court system” which stands between law and obedience. B. I want to deal with the heart this morning because it is the heart that dictates what we do with both body and spirit! Again, this heart is not the physical organ. This heart is the center of our affections, desires, intellect, imaginations, dreams, and will. Principle of First Mention - Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. 1. In the First Mention of Heart in your Bible, God ties the mind with the soul! 2. The heart or soul of man controls the body by either suppressing or encouraging its desires. 3. The heart or soul of man controls the spirit by either turning to God or turning away from God. 4. Thus, the heart, mind, and body are fundamentally tied together. Psalms 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. C. The heart or soul is vitally important: 1. To our Salvation - Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 2. To our Sanctification - Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. 3. To our Service - Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, D. Now, let us look at Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 1. Keep means to guard or protect. We keep things that are important to us: keepsakes: things that we treasure! Everyone here this morning keeps things that are important to us, things that remind us of good things, souvenirs, or mementos. The Lord should be the most important “keepsake” of all. Castle Keep – a place where treasures were protected. A high place easily defended. Enemies were kept in dungeons. 2. Issues comes from a root word that carries two meaning: boundaries that are concise and goings forth or what issues from within these boundaries. We are to guard or keep our boundaries clear and concise. Old Testament walls were boundaries or landmarks were used to both protected and define an area of safety. 3. Diligence - DILIGENCE, n. [L., to love earnestly; to choose.] Steady application in business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind without unnecessary delay or sloth; due attention; industry; assiduity. E. It is of no wonder that the Bible says to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of HOW TO KEEP YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE 1. You Keep Your Heart Through Examination - Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? a. The Secrets Of The Heart - Psalms 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. b. The Control Of The Heart - Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. c. The Leading Of The Heart - Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 2. You Keep Your Heart Through Meditation - Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. a. Meditate Upon The Law Of God - Psalms 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. b. Meditate Upon The Son Of God - Psalms 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. c. Meditate Upon The Work Of God - Psalms 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 3. You Keep Your Heart Through Saturation - 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. (God's word is more necessary than physical nourishment!) Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with [my] whole heart. Psalms 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with [my] whole heart.
Temple Baptist Church - 6-9-2021James 1:1-4 Introduction: A. Patience, one of the most hated words in our vocabulary. Patience means that we do not get what we want when we want it. Patience means that we have to sit tight and wait. 1. I want what I want when I want it! Do not look at me wide-eyed as you are just like me and most others. I have always been one to 2. I am not a “waiter,” I am a “worker.” I hate to have a job sitting and staring at me. 3. I am over punctual! If I am on time, I am 15 minutes late. I will not make others wait on me; I wait on others because I value their time. B. That being said, my prayer is: “Lord, give me patience right now!” PATIENCE - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset: C. As a husband, father, and pastor—I strive to be patient with others. Patience is essential and therefore a qualification for the pastorate. 1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 1 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. D. Patience is a virtue to be added to our faith. 2 Peter 1:5-6 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; (6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;” 1. Patiently waiting upon the Lord. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:” (Psalm 37:7) He only works on His time schedule. 2. Patience in continuance. “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:” (Romans 2:7) 3. Patience in tribulation. “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” (Romans 12:12) 4. Patience with all men. “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” (1 Timothy 5:14) 5. Patience in suffering. “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” (1 Peter 2:20) 6. Patience in hope. “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 12:12) Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. E. Patience, patience, patience! Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: F. Now, to our text. We joy in temptations because of who and what God does but we also joy because the trying of our faith worketh patience! 1. Knowing this! All of us need to understand that the trying of our faith is a good thing, not something to be hated. We NEED patience! Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 2. Worketh! Patience is not an immediate thing; it is a progression that takes time. Worketh - To fully accomplish, to finish, to fashion, 3. But let! To allow patience or not to allow patience is our part. We have nothing to do with the “trying” of our faith because, as humans, we would never allow trials to happen in the first place. 4. Have her perfect work! Perfect – completeness, of full age, to accomplish, finish, fashion, to perform. 5. The ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Mature, complete, satisfied with the result!
Temple Baptist Church - 6-13-2021Psalm 23:1-6 Introduction: This morning, I want to look at one of the most notable, quoted of all Psalms as David, a man after God's own heart—while still just a lad—meditated on his relationship—as a shepherd—with the flock of sheep placed in his care and thought of the Lord—the great Shepherd of the sheep—and His relationship with those who belong to Him. A. The 23rd Psalm is placed in the funeral service memorial paper and read often at funerals to give peace, but it has nothing to do with the unsaved. B. The 23rd Psalm is a Psalm for the saved, not the unsaved. Though beautiful, it cannot be understood by the natural man as it may only be spiritually discerned by God's children. C. The 23rd Psalm is ALL about our relationship to the Lord and His relationship with us. D. The 23rd Psalm is ALL you need to know about the Christian life. E. The 23rd Psalm gives blessed assurance and hope to the child of God. 1. The Person of our Salvation – Verse 1a. “The Lord is my shepherd.” a. He is our Lord. b. He is our Leader. 2. The Pleasure of our Salvation – Verse 1b. “I shall not want” a. Our Satisfaction in His Lordship. b. Our Satisfaction in His Leadership. 3. The Provision of our Salvation. Verse 2 – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” a. He meets our Physical Needs. b. He meets our Spiritual Needs. 4. The Path of our Salvation – Verse 3. “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” a. The Path of Restoration. b. The Path of Righteousness. 5. The Peace of our Salvation – Verse 4. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” a. He Calms us in the Valley. b. He Comforts us in the Valley. 6. The Protection of our Salvation – Verse 5. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” a. He gives us Deliverance. b. He gives us Delight. 7. The Promise of our Salvation – Verse 6a “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” a. The Goodness of God. b. The Grace of God. 8. The Permanence of our Salvation – Verse 6b “and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” a. The Promise of our Home. b. The Permanence of our Home. 9. The Prerogative of our Salvation. a. The Lord is MY Shepherd. b. The Lord can be YOUR Shepherd.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-30-2021Revelation 13:1-10 A. Last week, we saw the progression of the “beast from the sea” from Babel to the end-time political system: the revived Roman Empire. Tonight, we will explore this first “beast” by expounding the next 9 verses of chapter 13. Daniel 2:40-45 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. (41) And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. (42) And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. (43) And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (44) And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (45) Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. Daniel 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. B. In verse 2, we find Daniel's vision in reverse. Daniel saw the lion (Babylon) first, then the bear (Medo-Persia), then the leopard (Grecian) last. Daniel saw it from a prophetic view from his day until the end of time. 1. The lion is a formidable beast for sure but is kingly in nature. We call the lion the “King of the Beast.” Though powerful and aggressive, Babylon was a place of elegance and a power to be respected. 2. The bear is equally ferocious but is more of a scavenger and much less respected. This is a good analogy for Medio-Persia. 3. The leopard is also a power to be respected and is very quick in its attack. The Grecian Empire, under Alexander the Great, could move armies with unparalleled speed and attack with great ferocity. C. In the Revelation, John sees these world powers from the end of time back to their beginning. 1. The leopard because now the culmination of world power comes very quickly in the end time. 2. The bear because it is a power to be feared and destructive in its nature. 3. The lion because of its great power and authority. Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. D. Verse 3 is one of those verses where there are differing opinions concerning its meaning. 1. Some hold that Antichrist will be dealt a death blow in battle or an attempted assassination and will resurrect again with the whole world knowing it. I find no place in the Bible where either Satan or man has the power of resurrection. Jesus said that He was the “resurrection and the life!” Therefore, I reject this interpretation of verse 3. 2. I believe that the Bible gives us light in this area. This was one of the “7 heads” that is being spoken of here. I believe that these were the 7 great world empires that lead up to the end-time political system. Each of the first 6 empires eventually fell to their enemies to never rise again though the “baton” was handed to the 7th and final empire. 3. The Roman Empire fell due to internal decay, military anarchy, and constant attack by the Vandals from North Africa who cut off Rome's grain supply as well as waged war, the Visigoths from the north who sacked Rome continually, and the Asiatic Huns attacked from the east. Though the official fall of Rome was in 476 AD, the fall came by degrees over a period of 200 years under the wicked hands of the Caesars. 3. These empires all died but the 7th empire, Rome, has never completely gone away and will rise again in the last days. 4. In verse 3, I find the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the 7th and last world empire. E. Verse 4, we see Satan Worship because it is he that gives power to the beast and because of this power, no man or nation can stand before it militarily. F. Verse 5, the beast is given a “mouth” or spokesperson, probably Antichrist, who will have nothing but evil to speak of God (blasphemy-to speak evil against God) and allowed of God to continue for the span of 42 months or 3 ½ years until the end of the Tribulation Period. G. Verse 6, the direction of his blasphemy. He will curse God; he will curse God's name; he will curse His Tabernacle (this will include all places of God's worship including local Bible believing churches; and he will curse God's people. An all-out attack on everything and anything that stands for or speaks for God. H. Verse 7, Antichrist will make war against the saints and put them to death. He will also war against all people in all places. Today, foolish, and blinded people give their freedom and wealth to socialism which is an enemy that will ultimately destroy them. J. Verse 8, the saved will reject the Antichrist while ALL the world will worship him. I have often said, “There is no benign state of neutrality with God!” Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Mark 9:40 For he that is not against us is on our part. K. Verse 9, TAKE HEED! If you have ears, you need to hear. There is a great separating taking place today as those who reject God are becoming more “in His face” with their lack of faith and sinful lives. 1. The deceivers are being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2. Those who sin or, in this case kill, will live, or die in the same way. Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 3. Here we find the patience and faith of the saints. They will patiently endure amid the Tribulation Period because their faith is in God, not in circumstances. Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-30-2021Proverbs 14:34 Introduction: A. As we look forward to Memorial Day tomorrow, I want us here at Temple Baptist Church to keep upon our minds and hearts the sacrifices that have made the day possible. 1. “All gave some and some gave all” is a quote that we often hear around Memorial Day. President Ronald Reagan said that these who have died gave up two lives: the one that they had and the one that they should have had. 2. As far as I can tell (in all wars) app. 1,309,552 men and women have died in defense of our freedom while app. 1,500,000 have been wounded (excluding wounded who did not require hospitalization. These statistics also do not include POW's. B. I watched a series not long ago on World War II called “A World At War.” I was once again made horrifically aware of the great price paid for our being able to assemble in church this morning. 1. I saw the battles; I saw the bodies of our boys floating in the ocean foam on the shores of both Normandy and the islands of the South Pacific; I saw the faces of the wives, children, and parents as they waited not knowing. I saw the bodies swollen in the heat and the flies that covered them. I watched as they took their dog tags from around their necks so that they could inform the fathers, mothers, wives, loved ones, and children back home of their fate. 2. These were young men: teens and early twenties. Just kids who were made to grow up on the beaches of the South Pacific, on the shores of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Normandy. Children who became young men and then old men in a matter of months! These were young men who gave up their hopes and dreams that we may hope and live out those dreams for them. Women who gave up the comforts of America to tend to the wounded 3. They lived, they loved, and they died. They were white, brown, red, yellow, and black; but they were Americans! They were from many different nations, but they were Americans! They were mill workers, coal miners, farmers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, preachers, salesmen, and a myriad of other professions; men and women from every walk of life brought together in a cause that was greater and more dear than their lives. I watched as families had every male in them who were of age join. 4. My Aunt Edna (my father's older sister) had a letter from my dad, who fought with Patton in North Africa-Sicily-Italy where he was wounded, written on a long piece of calculator paper because it was all he had to write home on. She had a letter from dad's older brother, Austin, written from Iran. All of the sons joined and served as well as did your fathers and family members. They paid so that we could enjoy the benefits. We have reaped what they have lost! C. Our nation was founded by men and their families who left England, Europe, as well as other nations in search of a utopia which was framed in their minds. They had little but expected much as they came to the “New World” in search of freedom and prosperity. They carved out for us the greatest nation on the face of the earth. Righteousness exalteth a nation! America is known for its integrity. D. We are so blessed and should be so thankful for the sacrifices of these pilgrims! God bless the memories of those who made these blessings possible for us. We inherited that which they paid so dearly for. “What Made America A Great Nation?” 1. The Principles Upon Which It Was Founded – Liberty and justice for all. Men who could never be free left their homes and families that they might find freedom and liberty on foreign soil. They bought and paid for our liberty through their foresight and sacrifice. These freedoms our Constitution upholds today. We have liberty to worship; liberty of speech; liberty to travel; liberty to personally excel in life; liberty to be all that we can be. We are free, praise the Lord, we are free! “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Never let anyone take our freedom from us or our children. 2. The Values That Our Forefathers Bore – They were honest and principled. They were men of integrity and their word was their bond. Their values were Bible based, even those who were not saved. We call it “Old School” but its precepts are anchored deeply in biblical principles. Our people were honest and hard working with no time for deadbeats. They had character instead of being characters. They loved their families, their church, and their nation. They were Americans! 3. The Courage Of Our Military To Die And Our People To Sacrifice – “Give me liberty or give me death” has been the motto of every American fighting man in all wars. I gave some statistics of those who died but could not count the countless millions who have served in all branches of the military. They lay behind the bodies of their dead brothers while the bullets whizzed past their heads and returned fire. They still join up; they still fight; and they still die. Their crosses are around the world from Normandy to the South Pacific to North Africa to Arlington National Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) are engraved with these words: “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.” The willingness of our nation to sacrifice – families have sacrificed their sons and daughters; they have sacrificed their moneys and possessions; they have sacrificed their personal desires for the betterment of the nation. 4. The Diversity Of America's People – The greatness of America is in its diversity! We are not all the same but we all have the same rights. We are not all the same but we accept and love those who are not like us. Different cultures and ethnic backgrounds and yet united. We are of every race and every creed; we are from every country on the face of the earth. We do not look the same or act the same, but we all love the same! We love America and are willing to both die and live for her. 5. The Natural Resources That God Gave – God has given to our nation the capability to both be and remain self-sufficient. We are indebted to others because of greed and ignorance. From shore to shore and boundary to boundary, our nation is the most beautiful and blessed of all nations. America is truly a nation flowing with milk and honey. We have all and abound! We are blessed! 6. The Benevolence Of America – In natural disasters as well as war and genocide, the United States of America is the first to respond. We get relief and medical aid to other countries while other governments are thinking about it. America gives many times what all of the other nations give combined. God blesses benevolence! “It is more blessed to give than to receive” has always been America's motto. 7. The System Of Government That We Have – America was founded as a republic, not a democracy! Three branches of government set up with checks and balances that keep us both safe and directed. Every two years we have elections to correct the mistakes that we made in the last elections. Both veto power and the power to overcome veto! The men who set up our government had divine foresight. What a magnificent piece of legislative work our Constitution is! Wise men made sure that we remain both free and prosperous. 8. The Love Of America For Israel – “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” God still blesses those who bless Israel, and He still curses those who curse Israel. To this point, we have stood with God's covenant people and God has blessed us for it. “Hang on to Israel's coat tails, America, hang on!” 9. The Possibility Of Impossibility – Young man, young lady, you can be anything that you want to be. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a business owner, or any other thing that you wish. You can excel both in school and the workplace. You can go to college, work in the career of your choice, start your own business, and be the president of the United States of America. You are limited only by the limitations that you place on yourself! 10. The God Who Gave Her Birth – America is blessed because “In God We Trust” is still on our money and in the hearts of most. The blessed gospel can be preached and missionaries are being sent around the world. Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” May God bless the memory of our war dead and those who served! May God bless our nation! May we bless God for His blessings upon us!
Temple Baptist Church - 6-2-2021James 1:1-4 Introduction: A. To understand the Book of James, we must keep in mind that the theme of the Book is “A Faith That Works!” B. We live in days when professing Christians either know nothing about God and the Bible or are “walking at a guilty distance from God.” Paul said, “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.” In the context of that verse, we find the worldliness and ungodliness of the perilous times or last days. C. Since they are not here tonight nor will they be here on Sunday either, I choose to preach to you and me. D. First, let me say that there is a difference between tribulations and temptations though both work patience in the believer. 1. Tribulation comes from a root work meaning “narrow” or “a tight place.” afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble 2. Temptation is “putting to proof by the experiencing of evil and the implementation of doing good. To be enticed, tested, scrutinize, to discipline, and then to go about doing good. Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. E. The temptations that are spoken of here are not temptations to sin but the trying of our faith according to verse 3. When I see this verse, I think of Abraham in Genesis, chapter 22. Genesis 22:1-3 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. (2) And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (3) And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. F. Tonight, I want to break down verse 2. James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Faith and TemptationJames 1:13-181) There is a difference between trials and temptations:A) Trials James 1:2-3 & 1:121. To Test the Genuineness of our Faith… (is it real)2. To Perfect our faith. James 1:3-41Pe 1: 6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, ifneed be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That thetrial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold thatperisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praiseand honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:B)Temptation …. Entice to disobey God's will.1. Adam tempted to disobey God's WillGe 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Ofevery tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of theknowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day thatthou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.2. The Lord Jesus tempted to disobey God's WillHe was not tested by the Father to prove anything.He was tempted by the devil so Christ could expose sinfor what it is.2) Temptation are Common (Shared) to all People.A) All are Tempted.As long as we are in this flesh, temptations will comeB) Different Temptations will have different affect3) The Steps of Temptation . Jas.1:14-15A. Desire (Lust)Mt 15:18-19 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forthfrom the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evilthoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,blasphemies:B. DeceptionDrawn away… baiting a trap…. AllurementEntice .. To bait a hookThe thought is as a hunter or fisherman puts a bait out toallure a catch. Within that bait, there is a hidden hook.There is a desire within… the right bait comes along…We are tempted, will we take the bait or not.C. Disobedience1) If we are tempted and say no to it, we have not sinned.Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched withthe feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as weare, yet without sin.The Lord was tempted and did not yield…. No sin.2) If we are tempted and say yield, then we have sinnedDesire of the heart and the bait of allurement cometogether they produce a child, called sin.D. DeathWhen sin has run its course… brings deathRo 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ our Lord.All these points can be seen in Gen. 3Desire v.1-3 Deception v.4-5Disobedience v.6 Death v.8-214) If we do Yield to temptation, there is Hope.A. The Lord Jesus1Jo 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And ifany man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:Advocate… one who pleads the cause of another.Heb 2:16 -18 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he tookon him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to bemade like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful highpriest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of thepeople. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able tosuccour them that are tempted.Succour… to give help or supportIf we will acknowledge to the Lord we have sinned. 1John 1:9We can be forgiven by the Lord.B. The New Nature. 1:18At our physical birth we got the Adamic natureAt new birth we got our Godly nature.C. The Bible 1:18 (The Word of Truth)1) It will help us to identify the bait.2) It will help us to remember the consequences of yieldingDesire… Deception … Disobedience… Death a. In these verses, there are two things found in which we are to glory: our salvation and our tribulation. Most would totally agree with the first but have some difficulty with the second. We will look at them in the biblical order to get the mind of God on both subjects. b. Last week, we looked at glorying in our salvation which glorifies God. c. The second thing that we are to glory in are our tribulations. Verse 3. We who are older understand the hardness and brevity of life. Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. d. At this point, I doubt if any of us would raise our hands when asked, “Do you really like to suffer?” God answers that question for us in 1 Peter: 1 Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: e. I would say that the Apostle Paul was a spiritual man who loved God. Paul asked God thrice to remove the thorn in his flesh. f. Going back to 1 Peter, the next verse shows the importance of trials in the life of God's people. 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: g. Our text shows the reason for our glorying in tribulation. There is a progression that follows tribulation. Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; (4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope: (5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 1. Tribulation – this comes from a root word that means to “crowd or pressure.” This shows that tribulations are troubles which are both hard and lengthy in nature. Though we do not enjoy troubles, especially lengthy ones, they are the basis for our spiritual growth. Children grow into adults through hardship, not easy times. 2. Patience – to stay under or to persevere, to have fortitude or to bear with continuance, hopeful waiting. Patience is, though we want our troubles to come to an end, spiritual endurance or not quitting when things do not go our way. 3. Experience – to be properly approved or trustworthy. Experience cause one to know how to get something done. There is an old saying that “experience is the best teacher.” As we learn how to handle life, we can teach others who follow us. 4. Hope – expectation or confidence. As we learn to patiently endure our problems, we find the faithfulness of God which instills more confidence. Before our next trial begins, we know that everything will be alright. Proverbs 3:5-6 becomes a reality instead of just a memory verse. 5. Not ashamed – the word “not” is an absolute negative. It means never for any reason. “Ashamed” means to be disgraced. The ultimate sign of spirituality is to never be ashamed of our heavenly Father, our wonderful Saviour, or the precious Holy Spirit who indwells us. I had still rather be an old time Christian than anything that I know. Conclusion: Life is as hard as it is short! Though our troubles may vary, it through the corporate trials of the members of the local church that we God in all our tribulations and can be an encouragement to others. If we suffer for Christ, we will reign with Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-7-2021Revelation 11:1-14 A. Verses 1-2 – During the first half of the Tribulation Period, the Third Temple will be rebuilt, and the daily sacrifice reinstituted. 1. Solomon's Temple (Also called The First Temple) was the first one built. It was completed in 957 BC. It took 7 years to build. It was destroyed when Israel was taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar during the Babylonish Captivity in app. 586 B.C. 2. Zerubbabel's Temple (Also called The Second Temple) was which was built at the end of the Babylonish Captivity. Its foundation was laid in 536 BC, but the work was halted 2 years later in 534 BC because of opposition from Sanballat the Horonite and Tobias the Ammonite in Nehemiah, chapter 6. Work was resumed in 520 BC. It took 46 years to build according to John 2:20 and was destroyed by Titus of Rome in 70 A.D. Some interesting facts about The Second Temple. a. It was larger in dimensions compared to Solomon's Temple. b. It was not nearly as beautiful as Solomon's Temple. Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? c. It did not contain the original Ark of the Covenant which was taken to heaven when Solomon's Temple was destroyed. Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. John 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? Daniel 12:11 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (10) Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (11) And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Notice in verse 11 of Daniel, chapter 12, that the time from the Abomination of Desolation until the end of the Tribulation Period will be 1, 290 days instead of 1,260 days or 3 ½ years by the Jewish Calendar which uses a 30-day month. 30 days prior to the exact middle of the Tribulation Period, the newly started daily sacrifice will forcibly be stopped, and the Abomination of Desolation will take place. 30 days or one month later, the Gentiles will trod underfoot the outer court of that temple for 3 ½ years: “forty and two months” or the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period. B. Verses 3-11 – Here we see God's two witnesses, the two olive trees or candlesticks, begin to preach when Jerusalem was overrun by the Gentiles. Though the Bible does not name these two men, it is generally accepted that they will be Moses and Elijah. 1. These were the two who were seen with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Matthew 17:1-3 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, (2) And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (3) And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 2. Verse 6 also gives a vivid description of their powers which, though not conclusive, would lend themselves to Moses and Elijah. Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. Exodus 9:13-14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. (14) For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. James 5:17-18 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. C. These 2 “witnesses” will preach “a thousand two hundred and three score days” beginning from the middle of the Tribulation Period until the end thereof. During these 3 ½ years, they will be protected from all those who hate them and would put them to death. Their death marks the end of the 70th week called Jacob's Trouble. D. Verses 7-10 – They are overcome by the beast who ascended from the bottomless pit and the world is rejoicing while watching as their bodies lie in the street of Jerusalem for 3 ½ days, a number that represents one day for each of the 3 ½ years that they preached. E. Verses 11-12, the two witnesses come back to life and are caught up to heaven by the Lord in the sight of all the people. F. Verse 13 – Then there will be another great earthquake to pronounce the judgment of God to come. One tenth of Jerusalem will be destroyed along with 7,000 people. There will be a remnant among the survivors of the earthquake that will recognize the righteous judgment of God upon the people of earth and give glory to God. Romans 9:27-29 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: (28) For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (29) And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha. G. Verse 13 – The pronouncement of the end of the second woe and the impending third woe. I believe that this second woe is pronounced upon these who heard the preaching of the two witnesses and repented not. This falls in line with the “woes” pronounced upon the cities that heard the preaching of God's Word in Matthew, chapter 11. Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: (21) Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (22) But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. (23) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (24) But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. These “woes” will be followed by the righteous judgment of God upon these cities that rejected the preaching of God's Word during the times of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ. H. The Second Woe is now ended by the death, resurrection, and ascension of the two witnesses and the pronouncement of Third Woe that is quickly to follow.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-7-2021Philippians 3:7-11 Introduction: A. As the great Apostle Paul writes to the believers at Philippi, he is imprisoned. The Book of Philippians is often called “Jailhouse Joy.” B. The key verse of the book is “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4) Circumstances are not to dictate our joy or rejoicing; our joy and rejoicing are despite our trials of life. C. God wants His children to be happy people. So often, when witnessing to a lost person, they give the impression of experiencing that of a mother giving their children a dose of Castor Oil! D. Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say Rejoice.” The second “Rejoice” is also capitalized because it is an exclamatory one-word sentence. REJOICE! E. Paul exhorts God's children he encourages them to love life; to love living for Christ; to look forward to being with Christ! Our greatest joy in life will be found in Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:20-23 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (22) But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. (23) For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 1. To know for sure that you are in Christ: Verse 9 – “be found in Him” Faith and not of works. Our spiritual life will be based upon our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (5) And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 1 Corinthians 3:10-12 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. (11) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 2. To grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ: Verse 10 – “That I may know Him” Do not stay a babe in Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (15) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 3. To have experienced the change that comes through Christ: Verse 10 – “the power of His resurrection” I know that we hear this verse often but what a blessing to have3 experienced it. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 4. To suffer with Christ and for Christ: Verse 10 – “the fellowship of His sufferings” 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 5. To daily die for Christ: Verse 10 – “being made conformable unto His death” As He gave all for us, may our lives reflect Him. To be like Him. 1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 6. To ultimately be with Him: Verse 11 – “the resurrection of the dead” Then we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is! Finally, home! Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-2021Exodus 17:9-16 Introduction: A. The Amalekites were the perpetual enemies of Israel. They ALWAYS fought them. The Amalekites are a type of both the devil, the world, and our flesh in this regard. B. This passage is an excellent example of the church/pastor relationship. Just as Israel needed Moses, the church needs a pastor. But just as Moses needed Aaron and Hur, the pastor needs men to hold up his hands. C. This is a message of how much we need one another at Temple Baptist Church. The pastor needs the people as much, if not more, than they need him. Our is a reciprocal relationship. I want to look at the story for a minute and then draw some biblical conclusions that we help our church. 1. The War a) Against The Flesh - Romans 7:23 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. b) Against The Devil - Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 2. The Weariness a) God's People Get Weary - 2 Thessalonians 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. b) God's Preachers Get Weary - Jeremiah 20:7-9 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 3. The Warning a) The People Could Not Prevail Without God's Preacher - Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. B) The Preacher Could Not Persevere Without God's People - Romans 16:1-6 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: 2 That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: 4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. 4. The Winning – Together they overcame Amalek! a) Israel Needed Moses During The Battle b) Moses Needed Israel During The Battle 5. The Witness – vs. 14-15 a) God's Men Need To Realize It – “Rehearse it in the ears of Joshua!” b) God's People Need To Realize It – “And Moses built an altar” D. It is important that the pastor realize his importance to the spiritual well being of his people. 1. Moses Guided Them – vs. 9 2. Moses Watched Over Them – vs. 10 3. Moses Prayed For Them – vs. 11E. It is important that God's people realize their importance to the spiritual well being of their pastor. 1. Aaron And Hur Accompanied Him – vs. 10 2. Aaron And Hur Comforted Him – vs. 12 3. Aaron And Hur Steadied Him – vs. 12 4. Aaron And Hur Stayed With Him – vs. 12 Ecclesiastes 4:7 –12 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 1. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Prayer – You pray for me as I pray for you! a. I pray for you and your individual needs. b. You pray for me and my individual needs. 2. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Encouragement – Do not always have to be encouraged, but be an encouragement! a. We find our encouragement in the Lord. b. We also find our encouragement in each other. 3. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Faithfulness – You be as faithful to me as I am to you! a. You do not have to come find me at services times. b. You be as faithful as you can be to attend. 4. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Service – Help with both the physical and spiritual work of the ministry! a. There are things that need to be done at the church. b. There are people to be called and visited. c. There is a gospel to be shared. 5. You Need To Hold Up Your Pastor In Battle – Be there for me when trouble comes. I will be there for you! a. There will be times when you are in trouble. b. There will be times when I am in trouble.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-2021Revelation 11:15-19 A. Last week, we saw the end of the first 3 ½ years, marked by the building of the Temple-the Abomination of Desolation-the trodding under foot the outer court of the Temple-and the two witnesses. B. This week, we will prophetically see the beginning of the last 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation Period. C. It begins with the sounding of the Seventh Angel's trumpet. An announcement of things to come. God has judged the nations of the world in the first part of Jacob's Trouble but notice with me the title of the Tribulation Period: Jacob's Trouble. D. From this point on, the primary target of God's judgement (though it will continue to affect the world) will be the Nation of Israel. Daniel's Seventieth Week is about the judgment and restoration of the Nation of Israel. The Lord has preemptively gathered them back into their homeland of Israel for such a time as this. E. Today, we see them blinded and spiritually sleeping as their rejection of their Messiah and our Saviour, Jesus Christ has blinded their eyes and veiled their hearts to the gospel. Peter preached Christ to the Jews at Pentecost. Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. F. I am glad that the Second Half begins in heaven, totally protected from all that has and will transpire during this terrible time. As God's people, both Old and New Testament, will be with the Lord and not have to endure the wrath of God on earth. The Old Testament Saints - Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? (10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) The New Testament Saints - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) 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. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (10) Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. (11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. G. We hear “great voices from heaven,” pronouncing the beginning of the end, “saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” H. Because of sin, rejection of Christ, and rebellion against God—God has given this world to its own desires and the consequences thereof. Eden was destroyed by sin and mankind became sinful. Choices have consequences. The Kingdoms lost until Righteousness once again reigns. The Kingdoms of this World are of Satan – Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9) And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. The “god” of this World is Satan – 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. The People of the World are Disobedient - Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: The Governments of this World are Satanic – Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. J. Verse 15. The kingdoms of this world will once again become the property of God the Father and God the Son for ever and ever! K. Verses 16-17. Here we see the worship of both Old and New Testament Saints found in the four and twenty elders. Representing the 12 Tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament. On their faces before the throne of God worshipping Him for: Who He is – “O Lord God Almighty” The Person of God! Psalms 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) What He is – “which art, and wast, and art to come” The Immutability of God! Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. What He will do – “because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” L. Verse 18. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged.” The impending judgment of God upon the Earth because the nations were still angry with God. Unrepentant! M. Verse 18. “and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great.” The Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place in this time. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Revelation 19:6-9 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. N. Verse 18. The destruction of this humanistic, satanic world so as to set up the Kingdom Age or Millennial Reign of Christ and Eternity. O. Verse 19. The “temple of God was opened in heaven” where the “ark of his testament” is. The place where the precious blood of Christ is applied shows our eternal security and position. Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: (14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? P. Verse 19. “and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” Now, the Second Half of the Tribulation begins!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-23-2021Revelation 13:1 A. As we begin the Second Half of the Tribulation, we find two beasts: one who rises out of the sea and the second who comes up out of the earth. 1. The first beast will be a political system and the second beast will be a spiritual system. Both beasts are the end-result of 6,000 years of decline in humanity. This decline began in the Garden of Eden with the first sin and has consistently escalated over the millenniums. 2. Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul addressed these same systems when writingThe Ephesians Epistle. The battle continued to rage in their day, continues to rage in our day, and will culminate in the Tribulation Period. Ephesians 6:12-13 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (This was 2,000 years ago!) B. John now leaves heaven to stand upon the sands of the sea. As to what sea, no indication is given but let me speculate for a moment if you will. 1. The Mediterranean Sea borders not only Israel but most of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa where the antiquity of nations lies. As we interpret verse 1, we will see that, for the most part, the balance of power around the world has always remained in these nations and it is here that the end-time prophecies will be fulfilled. 2. The word “sea” is a metaphor for masses of humanity. We see this metaphor explained in Revelation 17:15: Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. C. The form that John saw rise out of the sea was that of a beast: a wild, destructive animal. As we see the advancement of socialism and globalism in our day, we cannot but help see the destructive nature of the impending government of the last days. They use ignorance and fear to gain control over the masses while defaming or destroying every voice that is raised against it. D. To understand chapter 13 and the two beasts, we need to understand that both beasts, political and religious, had the same beginnings, progressions, and ultimately the same ends. As things begin, they progress, and have the same judgments. To understand this, let us look at a derailment of train cars. My dad was an engineer on the L&N Railroad. Occasionally, train cars will jump rail. You have to re-rail the train cars where they get off or they will tear up every cross tie for miles, causing great destruction. They place a re-railer on the track and as they pull the train forward, it re-rails all the cars. You have to get back on track where you get off track spiritually. E. As we look at these 7 heads, or world powers, both politically and spiritually, they came from the same source. Let us take a prophetical and historical look at the description of this beast. The beast has seven heads. These seven “heads” possibly represent the 7 world powers from the plains of Shinar to the end-time power. Here is the full list of the biblical empires that reigned. F. I will deal with these seven in 2 different groups. Pre-Daniel and Post-Daniel. In Daniel, chapter 7, Daniel did not mention the first 3 because he was interpreting Belshazzar's, king of Babylon, dream. 1. First - Babel in the Plains of Shinar: Nimrod. Babel was the beginning of world power and Babylon will be the end of world power. Genesis 10:8-11 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. (9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. (10) And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. (11) Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, Genesis 11:1-8 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (2) And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. (3) And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. (4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. (5) And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. (6) And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (7) Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. (8) So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 2. Second – The Egyptian Empire: various Pharaohs. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all went down to Egypt during famines as Egypt was the greatest and most powerful nation on earth. 3. Third – The Assyrian Empire: Tiglath-Pileser III, Sargon II, Sennacherib, and Ashur-banipal (the first 3 named in the Bible) Nineveh was the flourishing capital of the Assyrian Empire and was the home of King Sennacherib, King of Assyria, during the Biblical reign of King Hezekiah and the lifetime of Judean prophet Isaiah. Daniel's Prophecy: 4. Fourth – The Babylonish Empire. 5. Fifth – The Persian Empire. 6. Sixth – The Grecian Empire. 7. Seventh – The Roman Empire. In Daniel's prophecy, only the last 4 “heads of the beast” because Daniel is speaking in the present concerning the Babylonish nation of his captivity and prophetically concerning the end-time. Daniel 7:1-8 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. (2) Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. (3) And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. (4) The first Babylonian Empire: Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. (5) And behold another beast, a second (Medio-Persian Empire under Darius, Cyrus), like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. (6) After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard (Grecian Empire under Alexander the Great), which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. (7) After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast (Roman Empire: various Caesars), dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. Ten Horns possibly represents the European Common Market. These 10 nations give their power (crowns) to the beast. (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. The little horn is probably Antichrist, who will rule the one world system of the end time. G. The beast will have 10 horns and ten crowns. This will comprise the end-time revived Roman Empire. In 2020, the European Common Market or Community was comprised of these nations: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany. The number of counties fluctuates because, in my lifetime, nations in Europe have been renamed, combined, etc. I believe that the last number will be 10. They will control the finances of the world with their Euro as they are constantly devaluating our dollar along with other currencies. H. Upon his heads (notice “his” and not “its” because this system will be the person of Antichrist and upon his head will be blasphemy (to speak evil of God). I will stop here for tonight but we will continue to look at these beasts next week.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-26-2021James 1:1 Introduction: 1. The Author of the Book of James. Though the name James was a popular one in the 1st century, there are only 3 men named James mentioned in the Bible that would need to be considered as the author of the Book of James. a. James, the son of Zebedee - Matthew 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 1) James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were called the “sons of thunder.” Mark 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:” 2) James was one of the 12 Apostles and headed up the church at Jerusalem. 3) James was martyred in app. 42 A.D. Acts 12:1-2 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. (2) And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 4) The Book of James is dated around 60 A.D., thus eliminating this James from being the author of the Book of James. b. James, the son of Alphaeus - Matthew 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; 1) James, the son of Alphaeus, was named among the 12 Apostles. Matthew 10:2-4 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; (3) Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; (4) Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. 2) Though an Apostles, little is known or said about him in the Bible so I would rule him out as the author of the Book of James. c. James, the Lord's brother - Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. (There was a time when Jesus' half brothers and sisters did not believe that He was the Messiah! At some time, they too began to believe upon Him.) 1) Also known as James the Less - Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 2) This James was the half-brother of our Lord with the same mother but different fathers - Galatians 1:19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother. Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (James is always listed first and, therefore, probably the eldest of the children of Joseph and Mary.) 3) James was also the full brother of Jude, who wrote the Book of Jude. Jude 1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 4) This James, according to tradition, pastored the church at Jerusalem and was also known as “Old Camel Knees,” evidently because of his calloused knees from hours in prayer to God. 5) James was the spokesperson in the First Jerusalem Council. Acts 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 6) James saw Jesus in His resurrected body. 1 Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 7) Tradition says that he was martyred in 62 A.D. 8) This James, the brother of the Lord, would be my guess as to who authored the Book of James as his brother, Jude, authored the Book of Jude. 2. The Authenticity of the Book of James. a. The Canon of Scriptures. The word “Canon” means “rod.” The “rod” was a stick used by carpenters and builders for precise measurements. We use devices in our day to give precise measurements and they are still essential in in carpentry and building. b. The Canon of Scriptures are the “measuring stick” for the books of the Bible that we hold in our hands tonight. The canonization of Scripture was finished for the New Testament app, 170-200 A.D. c. The Old Testament canonization was probably done in two parts, called the Law and the Prophets in the New Testament. The Law, Torah, refers to the five books of Moses while the Prophets is a general term compassing the other 34 books (historical, poetical, and prophetic). 1) The Torah was possibly canonized around 400 BC. 2) The Prophets were possibly canonized around 200 BC. d. The reason for canonization. 1) The Old Testament because of the Apocrypha. These writings were available for canonization but were rejected. Though they do have some historical value, they were never valued as inspired scripture. They were placed between the Old and New Testaments for historical value but were later taken out because of the confusion that they may have caused. 2) The New Testament because of the “letters as from us” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2. 2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3) These false letters or manuscripts were causing confusion in the churches. 4) As late as the 1500's, Martin Luther rejected the Book of James because, in his thinking because of his Roman Catholic background, thought it contradicted the doctrine of sola fide, or justification by faith alone. e. “That which is perfect” was the completion of the work of canonization and we now have confidence that the King James Bible is the completed Word of God for the English-speaking people. 3. The Addressee of the Book of James. a. One of the Hebrew Christian Epistles written “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” – “are scattered abroad,” diaspora – converted Jews that resident in Gentile countries. The same believers that Peter and Paul were writing to. To “the strangers scattered:” dispersed, hated Jewish believers in Asia. b. One of the Hebrew Christian Epistles: the epistles of Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, and Jude. 4. The Aim of the Book of James. Faith's Evidence. a. Chapter one. Found in how we face our trials. b. Chapter two. Found in how we treat people. c. Chapter three. Found in how we control our tongue. d. Chapter four. Found in how we handle sinfulness in our lives. e. Chapter five. Found in how we pray.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-19-2021Hebrews 13:22-25 Introduction: A. It is a little sad for me to close the Book of Hebrews. By close, I do not mean that we will not read and preach the Book but this is the 107th message that I have preached in Hebrews. B. Paul said that he had “written a letter … in few words” and I have preached through Hebrews in “a lot of words.” I asked a young boy last Sunday if he was listening to me as I preached and he answered, “Yes.” I asked him, “What did I preach?” and he answered, “A lot of things!” Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings. C. The purpose of the Book of Hebrews was to transition these “strangers scattered,” dispersed Jews, from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant: from “do” to “done.” The key word of Hebrews is “better.” D. Now, Paul speaks to them as mature Christians and not as to babes in Christ. Here are four things that Paul left them with: 1. The Exhortation of “suffer the word of exhortation.” Verse 22. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: a. To listen to God's Word. Not to just hear with ears that cannot hear but to listen and allow the Holy Spirit to work in their hearts through the Word of God. b. To receive God's Word as it is, the Word of God and not the word of man. c. To allow God's Word to have “free course.” To go where it needs to go without restriction. 2. The Exhortation of Acceptance. Verse 23. a. These dispersed Jewish believers had suffered much under the persecution of Saul of Tarsus, Paul's name as an unbeliever. They did not trust him in Jerusalem nor did these dispersed Jews trust him. That is why Paul did not sign his name to the epistle but left his salutation (2 Thessalonians 3:17-18) at the end of the epistle to identify its authenticity. b. These dispersed Jews DID trust Timothy because he had been circumcised after the Jewish tradition. Paul knew that, if he went to them with Timothy, they would accept him. c. We are to forget people's past when it is under the blood of Christ and accept them into the brotherhood of Christianity. 3. The Exhortation of Equality. Verse 24. a. Jews, as a nation, had trouble with accepting “outsiders” or “strangers.” b. Salute them that have the rule over you. Paul stresses the importance of obedience to both spiritual and civil rulers. c. Salute all the saints. Equality of men and women in Christ. Equality of ethnicity in Christ. 4. The Exhortation of Grace. Verse 25. Paul's salutation in every epistle that he wrote. a. The knowledge of God's Grace: abundant, sufficient, and manifested. b. The acceptance of God's Grace. Though abundant, sufficient, and manifested—God's grace must be accepted and applied to each individual saint. 5. The Exhortation of Amen. Verse 25. Surely, trustworthy, “so be it.” What God says you can trust!
Temple Baptist Church - 5-16-2021Revelation 12:9-17 A. The first half or 3 ½ years of the Tribulation Period are now history and it was “hell on earth” for those inhabitants that were left behind. 1. By “left behind,” I am speaking of those who heard a clear presentation of the gospel prior to the Rapture of God's Church, received “strong delusion,” believed a lie and are the “walking dead” of humanity. Alive with no hope of eternal salvation! 2. Ignorant men have both written and received the “Left Behind Series” which in no way lines up with the Scriptures. There will be no second chances after the Rapture for those who have heard a clear presentation of the gospel prior. 3. Those who have never had a clear presentation of the gospel prior to the Rapture of God's Church and will have opportunity to hear (through the witness of the 144,000 and an angel who will be preaching the Everlasting Gospel) and be saved. B. Now, let us look at prophecies concerning the second half. C. Verses 10-11. 1. First, we see a multitude which cannot be numbered were saved under the witness of the 144,000. Multitudes have been saved in the first half. Those mentioned are the souls under the altar who were martyred during the reign of Anti-Christ. Revelation 6:9-11 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? (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. Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, 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; Revelation 7:13-17 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. (15) Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (16) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. (17) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. Their salvation is through the blood of Christ (7:14) and their suffering is no more through the comfort and provision of Christ in heaven (7:15-17). 2. Second, we see a multitude which cannot be number being saved during the second half of the Tribulation Period through the witness of an angel. Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Revelation 12:10-11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. a) These are saved by the blood of the Lamb. Verse 10 – “brethren” b) These overcome through the blood of the Lamb. Verse 11. c) These overcome by the word of their testimony. Verse 11. d) These are martyred because of their faith. Verse 11. D. Verse 12. 1. Heaven is rejoicing because of Satan's defeat and cast down to the earth never to return. 2. A woe is pronounced to the inhabitants of the earth because Satan comes down having great wrath. You think Satan is destroying today, his fall will create far greater consequences! Isaiah 14:16-17 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; (17) That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? E. Verses 13-16. 1. Verse 13, Satan turns his hatred and wrath upon Israel because it was the Nation of Israel that gave birth to Jesus Christ, the Promised Seed of the Woman—Messiah of the Nation of Israel—and Saviour of the World. Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 2. Verse 14, God supernaturally hides Israel in “her place” from the face of the serpent, where she is “nourished” for 3 ½ years (“time, times, and half a time”—three and one half years, forty two months, or 1260 days). Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Some teach that the “two wings of a great eagle speak of a great airlift that will carry Israel away but I personally believe that is the power of God that carries them. I do not think that “her place” will be in Petra, the Hidden City of the Dead, because many people think that, and Satan knows where Petra is.) I said that I believe that God supernaturally hides Israel from all prying eyes including Satan's. Here are a couple of examples as to what God can do. Luke 4:29-30 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. (30) But he passing through the midst of them went his way, John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. 3. Verse 15. Satan's followers on earth will seek to find Israel but cannot. “Water” is a metaphor for masses of humanity as Satan sends his followers on earth to find and destroy Israel. Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 4. Verse 16. Whatever Satan uses to try to find and destroy Israel, God will again use supernatural means to thwart his plans. Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. Jacob's Trouble or the Tribulation Period is not about Satan punishing or taking his wrath out upon Israel. It is about Daniel's Seventy Week, where God will once again deal personally with Israel and use this time to restore Israel (graft the natural branch back in) for His glory. This is between God and Israel! F. Verse 17. When Satan cannot find Israel, he will turn his wrath upon those Jews that have converted to Christ and are not hidden. These have “the testimony of Jesus Christ” and Satan hates them. Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-16-2021Psalms 134 Introduction: Psalm 134 is one of my favorite Psalm. I normally preach on this Psalm in just one way but, because of the importance of the Psalm, I want to preach more than one service on Psalm 134. A. While the Bible emphasizes the importance of the House of the Lord in the last days, the world minimizes it. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 1. There are Morning Psalms, Evening Psalms, and Psalm 134—a “Psalm of the Night.” a) The First Mention of the word “night” ties it with darkness. Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. b) The First Mention of the word “darkness” shows us that darkness and light cannot co-exist. Genesis 1:1-4 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. c) Where there is darkness, there is an absence of light as light dispels darkness. Darkness is a type of sin while light is a type of godliness. John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. d) Our Lord prophesied the coming of a “night” when no man can work. John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. e) Thus, we now find ourselves in the “night” just prior to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1) We all know that it is getting spiritually dark outside as the “night” of Jacob's Trouble approaches. COVID has done more to stop the work of the local churches and missions than anything I have ever seen. 2) I am glad that I am one who is looking for the coming of the Lord and know what time it is on God's spiritual clock. The Lord is coming during the night and darkness of this world. Mark 13:35-37 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: (36) Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. (37) And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Luke 12:35, 38 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; … And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 2. The interpretation of Psalm 134 is that, though the day is gone and night has come, there IS STILL work to be done. I call this Psalm “The Third Shift.” In the coal mines, third shift was when we did “dead work.” Little to know production was done on third shift but the third shift was an important one as it made preparation for the work that was to be done in the morning when First Shift came in. a) Today, we see fewer and fewer people in America, the Bible Belt included, find time to go to church. Churches that were once filled Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night have suffered a serious decline in numbers along with church services canceled or hindered. b) The “Not forsaking” believers continue to be faithful to the local church. With many churches, the people attending are becoming older. c) The “as the manner of some is” crowd has forsaken the ways of God for the things of this “present evil world.” d) The end result of humanism is atheism! B. I understand that many of these unfaithful members are lost but an increasing number of saved have become unfaithful. For a long while, Sunday morning congregations held their own though the evening and mid-week services suffered decline. Now Sunday morning services have empty pews that were normally filled. C. There are numerous reasons for the “falling away” of the once faithful. 1. There is the sinfulness of our times. There was a time when many things were done only in the dark or in the shadows. They were there but not spoken of by most people. Now, everything is “out of the closet,” and known by most people. Sin has become acceptable as people have gotten “used to the dark.” Ephesians 5:11-12 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (12) For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 2. There is the apathy of the Laodicean believer. So many people in our day simply do not care for the things of the Lord and that includes many who attend occasionally. Solomon ended the Book of Ecclesiastes with these words: Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Revelation 3:15-16 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. 3. There is the enemy of covetousness. America has become the “Utopia” of the world because of the accessibility of things that people in other countries can just dream of. Now, things are not only accessible but also “free” to many who refuse to work. 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 4. The love of worldly pleasures. John, when writing the great epistle of 1 John, said: 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (17) And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 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. A lack of understanding of the importance of God's house! Going to church is a privilege, not a burden. A thing of joy, not a thing of drudgery. “I was glad” has turned into “I was mad” when Sunday or Wednesday comes around. Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 6. The rejection of the authority of the Bible. Denominationalism, along with a myriad of modern translations of the Bible have caused both confusion and spiritual division. 2 Thessalonians 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 7. A failure to doctrinally ground their people with “all the counsel of God.” Pulpits have bowed to the will of the people instead of the will of God. Fear of losing the worldly crowd has caused preachers to “cherry pick” their subjects and become unoffensive. The Bible has always been offensive to the world. Acts 20:26-28 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. (27) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (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. Conclusion: The list could go on, but I want to key in on the last one this morning. I SAID ALL THAT TO SAY THIS: Do not be discouraged as our Lord said that we would one day stand here in such a time. But there is still work to do! 1. We must sow the Seed of God's Word while there is some light left. There is still witnessing to be done and are souls to be won as the harvest is now greater than it has ever been and the labourers few. 2. We must be faithful to the things of God. If there was ever a time to be faithful to God, the things of God, and the local church—this is that time. 3. We must keep our eyes on the Lord in the expectancy of His coming and walk in His light in this dark world as “candles” that cannot be hid. 4. We must keep our hand to the plough and our eye to the point, eliminating spiritual vertigo.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20212 Peter 1:16-21 Introduction: A. The Importance of your Bible: 1. My Salvation depends upon it. My salvation cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 2. Sound Doctrine demands it. My doctrine cannot be trusted if its foundation is flawed. 3. My Christian growth necessitates it. I cannot grow to spiritual maturity if my diet is flawed. 4. My Daily Walk counts on it. I cannot follow right if I am not sure of my path. B. There is much misinformation out there about who I am: Ignorant and Unlearned (I may give them the benefit of the doubt on this point); Cultic; Divisive; Following men instead of God. C. Why do I believe the Bible? Because what God says about the Bible in the Bible. THIS IS NOT DIFFICULT! 1. I am a Bible Believer! I am a Biblicist: one who completely relies upon the singular of Bible. What the Bible says is right and final. Plus nothing, minus nothing, and mixed with nothing. 2. What angered the “educated and wise crowd” of Jesus' day was that men who spoke the Word of God, for the most part, were ignorant and unlearned men who just believed God. Those who came to Christ, for the most part, were poor people who were rich in faith. D. This message is not about me, it is about you. I never want to cast a shadow of a doubt upon the Bible, this Authorized King James Bible. I want you to believe it, read it, live by it, and measure every man and his message by it. E. One of the most important parts of the pastor's work is to instill complete confidence in concerning your Bible. To do otherwise is both sinful and counterproductive to faith.F. Do not take my word alone for it, read what God said about the Word of God, your Bible. 1. God's' Word is Inspired by God! 2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (Moved – to carry, to bring forth, to be driven. Verbal inspiration: every word; plenary inspiration: full from cover to cover.) 2. God's Word is Preserved by God! Psalms 12:6-7 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Preserve – to keep a monument, a watcher. This is a God Book, not a man book. The King James Bible is the Word of God.) 3. God's Word continues in its Preservation and Inspiration. 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) 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. (Timothy had only 2 Original Manuscripts that I know of, 1 and 2 Timothy. All the Word of God that he had been brought up with—what he was taught, what he knew, what he believed, and what he personally taught were preserved copies, not original manuscripts. God called his copies “holy scriptures” and declared them to be “inspired.”) 4. God's Word is Necessary for our life. Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (We cannot live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Why would Jesus make such a statement if we do not have it? “Proceedeth” because it was not completed at that time but today it is finished.) 5. God's Word is Unfailing. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (The last time I looked, heaven and earth were still here. Infallible! That is where I stand.) 6. God's Word is Very Pure. Psalms 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. (No mixture of error. Inerrant! That is where I stand.) 7. God's Word is Protected. Three Sentinels in the Bible: Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (I fear that many preachers and teachers take these statements lightly. They add to and take away from the Word of God as their “bibles” change.) 8. God's Word is both Living and Abiding. 1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. 9. God's Word is both Preserved and Sure for our generation.2 Peter 1:16-19 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (17) For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (18) And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. (19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Conclusion: I thank God for my Bible. It is one of a kind and there is not another for the English-speaking people. It will not confuse you and it will not fail you. You and I Must Have It! 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.
Temple Baptist Church - 5-9-2021Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12 Introduction: The Fifth Commandment - Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. A. Today is Mother's Day! If your mother or mother-in-law is living, I pray that you will visit or call them on their special day. B. I want to begin this message by honoring and thanking our dear ladies. Your pastor loves and respect each of you because you are both special and important to the operation and well-being of this local church. I do not minimize your contributions and service for the Lord. C. Our verse for today is one of great importance because it is the first commandment given with a promise. Honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon the earth! D. The woman was the first gift that God gave to man is found in Genesis, chapter 2. Adam had a special need to diminish his loneliness and Eve was a special gift to meet that need. Adam lived in a perfect environment in an imperfect way and God saw his need of companionship. Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. E. Eve was Purposed. God made Eve in Adam on the day that Adam was created! I want to look at a couple of passages of interest. Genesis 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 1. I find this interesting because it would have been logical that, since God created Eve in Adam, that He would have made them come forth at the same time. Though Eve was created in Adam when Adam was formed, there was an expanse of time that lapsed before God took a rib from Adam and made Eve. 2. God knew that Adam would need Eve before Adam ever got lonesome! God knew that Adam could not function properly without Eve. 3. I thought this one over and came up with this: God wanted Adam to know that he needed Eve! I love Mother's Day, but every day should be “Mother's Day!” May the Lord help us men and children to know just how special mom is. F. There are three names found in Genesis that were given to Eve. Two were given by God and one was given by Adam: 1) help meet 2) mother 3) Eve. 1. Help meet – “to aid” and the “opposite part” or “counterpart.” The “mirror image” which is both the same and the exact opposite. Eve was man's “completer.” Without Eve, man was lonely. With Eve, man knew the fulness of life and companionship. 2. Mother – “bond.” The word “mother” is described as a “primitive word.” The word “mother” means “to bond.” Mother is as old as time. Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Cleave-To bond. Cling, adhere, or to stick to.) 3. Eve – “life giver.” Because she was the “mother of all living.” Mother not only gives birth to the children but she is also the “bond” of all living. We know that she is the bond of the home but she is also the bond of every person who was ever born. Other than Adam and Eve, we have all had a mother! God chose for the mother to bond with her unborn child for 9 months: hearing her heart beat and listening to her voice! 4. What makes Eve and all other mothers so special is that they not only give us birth but are always there with us and for us the rest of our lives. I understand that there are some mothers who forsake their families, but the rule is that mom is always there for her family. The father is the head but the mother is the heart! The father is the head but the mother is the bond! Without mother, the home becomes a house. G. Eve was the Perfection of God's creation. The first woman was everything that God intended for woman to be. She was the pinnacle; she was the zenith; she was the apex; she was the benchmark; she was to be the role model for all womanhood to follow; she was made by God and she was perfect! H. Eve was the Priority of happiness! It was not good for the man to be alone so God made a helpmeet for him. Everything God made was perfect except for Adam. Adam had a need! She was what Adam needed first and foremost. Eve was so special! Made just for Adam. It was not Adam that sought a helpmeet; it was God who gave her. I want to say again this morning, “Ladies, God made you special!” I want to give you a few simple things about Adam and Eve: J. If you have a mother: 1. Love Her - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. Proverbs 5:18-19 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Men, love your wife! Children, love your mother!) 2. Honor Her - 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (Honor means to place upon a pedestal. To worship and reverence her. Be careful how you treat your wife, husband! Be careful how you treat your mother, young person!) Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. (Be careful how you talk to her! You disrespect mama and you get in trouble with God!) Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Place her on a pedestal in both the home and in public.) 3. Remember Her - Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Sometimes her labor, love, and strength go unnoticed by her family. If you have a good, loving, faithful, conscientious wife—be grateful and thankful. Never take your wife or mother for granted because they will not always be here.) Proverbs 15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 4. Relish Her – Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. (Make every day with her a special day. One day, she will be here no longer! When she is gone, make sure that you have no regrets! I miss greatly mom and dad.) 5. Take Care of Her – John 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (The last act of our Lord Jesus Christ was to make sure that mother was cared for in the best way possible. The disciple “whom he loved.”) Conclusion: Again, I want to wish each dear lady here this morning a very special Mother's Day. You deserve it!
Temple Baptist Church - 4-28-2021Hebrews 13:20 Introduction: A. The Book of Hebrews ends with a Benediction, in verse 20, and a Final Exhortation, in verse 21. B. I want to look at each of these separately. C. A Benediction is something that we are used to though we rarely use the word. When I was young, I have heard our pastor say, “Bro. So-in-so, please give the Benediction.” Benediction - the utterance or bestowing of a blessing, especially at the end of a religious service. A closing prayer. D. Paul beings his closing prayer with “The God of peace.” This is not the peace of God and neither is it peace with God. It is an expression of an attribute of God. He is a God of peace who holds the availability and power of peace in His hand. Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (4) Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Our Lord wanted His children to both have peace and live in peace in this world.) 1. Troubled hearts are an enemy to peace in our lives. In John 14:1, our Lord said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” This indicates that a troubled heart is something that we allow. 2. Fear is the other culprit that robs the child of God of peace. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. E. Peace is an important aspect of salvation, sanctification, and service. In our verse we find three things: 1. Positional Peace: an inward peace that comes through the faith and assurance of our salvation. 2. Provisional Peace: an outward peace through the faith and assurance of our possessions. 3. Prophetical Peace: an upward peace through the faith and assurance of our eternal security. F. Let us look at these three areas of peace. Turn to 1 John, chapter 5: I John was written to “my little children” – little children must be fed, protected, and taught. 1. Positional Peace: “that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus.” This is the knowledge that we have peace with God through the finished work of Gospel and a new birth. 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. (11) And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (12) He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. a. My favorite song is “Blessed Assurance.” What a wonderful thing to know that you know that you are saved! b. Assurance of salvation is the most important aspect of the life of the believer. It brings peace! c. Assurance comes through faith in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. What He started, He finished: He died on an old, rugged cross for our sins according to the Scripture, He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the Scripture. d. Salvation is a finished work and it comes only through faith in the Gospel! 2. Provisional Peace: “that great shepherd of the sheep.” This is the faith that all things come from God and He provides for His children. 1 John 5:14-15 (14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. a. I learned early on in my salvation that I could trust God in my finances. I was saved in November and became a tither in late December or January. Barbara and I tithe together. Before our salary ever is put into our hands, Barbara writes down our tithes and missions down in the check book. b. God has never been late in His provision for my family. We have had much, and we have had little, but we have always had enough. c. I want everyone here tonight to understand that my God can and will supply all your need when you trust Him. 3. Prophetical Peace: “through the blood of the everlasting covenant.” This is the promise of eternal life through the precious blood of Christ. 1 John 5:11,13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son … (13) These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. a. I miss Bro. Alvin Wilson tonight. I am glad that Alvin Wilson knew the Lord and that I will see him again shortly. b. God wants us to not only know that we are saved but that we are secured for all eternity through His blood! What is better than being saved? Being saved and knowing that what you and I have is eternal. It could not be earned, and it cannot be lost. I am His and He is mine. c. Heaven is my home!

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