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Temple Baptist Church - 10-13-2021James 2:1-9 Introduction:A. Last week, we saw God's reasoning concerning these scattered or dispersed Jewish believers. Respect of persons had long held a position of prominence in Israel. You were a Jew, or you were not; you were born in, or you were born out. 1. God knew the possibility and probability of the Jewish believers rejecting certain types of people. 2. Things are no different in our day. "Birds of a feather flock together" has to do with more than birds. It is natural for mankind to seek after the friendship of those who are alike. I have no problem with that as long as it does not produce a distain or dislike for others who are not like you. 3. In the beginning, God, in His infinite wisdom, made people different though they are of the same blood. God also appointed the bounds of their habitation. Acts 17:24, 26 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth … (26) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 4. Today, we live in a multi-cultural society where men of all ethnic groups dwell in the same proximity. We need to understand that God created all men equal and according to His divine will, all men different.Acts 17:27-28 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (28) For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. B. Everyone is welcome and wanted at Temple Baptist Church. They cannot be saved without the Word of God and the Gospel, neither can they come to the knowledge of the Truth without the Word of God and sound doctrine. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. C. I want to reiterate that the greatest enemy of the local church sits on its pews. It matters not what persecution or Satanic attacks comes from the outside because we band together with God as our strength and protection. Persecution makes the church grow stronger. The greatest enemy comes from within and most church implode, not explode. Matthew 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: D. Now, with that in mind, let us pick up the context. 1. Verse 1. James is writing to "My brethren." He is writing to this pastor; He is writing to you who sit here tonight; He is writing to those who will one day grace these pews. God created all men equal in His sight both lost and saved! 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. (13) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 2. Verse 1. Our faith "of our Lord Jesus Christ" is our saving faith inwardly (Christ died for us and Christ died for everyone else) and the embodiment of our faith, the Bible. We are not to have "respect of persons." Partiality or favoritism. Partiality is how we view them while favoritism is how we treat them. 3. Verses 2-3. James gives us an example of "respect of persons." a. Gold ring and goodly apparel. Wealthy, socially acceptable, influential. Just what most churches are looking for people who, from their outward appearance, will be an asset, not a burden. These are accepted with joy and are too often given partiality and favoritism. b. Poor in vile raiment. Having little or nothing and socially rejected. Not having the ability to be of financial help and a potential burden to the church. These are basically ignored. c. Both 2 examples are based upon outward appearances, and both are given different treatment and sitting in the assembly, the local church. We allow everyone to sit where they would like to sit, not seat them. 4. Verse 4. Respect of persons is judging the inward man by the outward appearance. We cannot see the heart nor know the person that lives within the clothing. "Judge not" is the right application here. The Bible says that we are to use righteousness in judgment, not appearance. 5. Verses 5-7 gives the historical look at rich and poor. a. The poor are rich in faith. These are generally the best church members. b. The rich are poor in faith. These are the ones that generally cause problems. 6. Verses 8-9. These verses show the consequences of respect of persons of the lack thereof. a. The Royal Law – to love thy neighbor as thy self: rich or poor, poor or rich. This should be our acceptance of those who come to our church. Over the years, we have had a lot of hardworking but poor in the eyes of the world people that have come and made this church the great church that it is. We have had few if any rich folk. b. Sin – if we have respect of persons, it is a sin problem. We are to love people as God loves them. 7. Respect of persons causes division and division causes destruction.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-10-20212 Samuel 6:1-11; 6:12-23 Introduction: A. We have preached for a couple of weeks on the life of David: the only man in the Bible that God said was a man after His own heart. When God makes a statement like that, it behooves us to look closely at the character and life of this man that made him so described. We understand that David was a man of contentment and character which make for attributes of greatness in the sight of the Lord. B. This morning, I want to look at David in the light of his worship of God. Worship is of the utmost importance in God's people. Worship is the missing ingredient in the lives of many and is reflected in the lack of biblical worship within the local church. We will never worship publically until we have learned to worship privately. C. In 2 Samuel 6:1-11, we find David's first attempt at moving the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tabernacle where it belonged. In the story, we find the danger of worldly worship characterized. 1. The Ark was taken captive by the Philistines over 20 years earlier and remained with them for 7 months. 2. God chastened the Philistines, so they made mice and emerods of gold, placed them in the Ark, placed the Ark on a cart pulled by two milk cows, and sent it back to the Israelites. 3. The Ark was placed in the house of Abinadab where it remained for 20 years. 4. In 1 Chronicles, chapter 13, David attempted to bring the Ark back to the Tabernacle by also placing it on a "new cart" that was pulled by oxen with Uzza and Ahio driving. a) The "new cart" was good enough for the Philistines, so it was deemed good enough for David. Why did David not know? Why did the high priest not know? b) Because none of them consulted the Word of God given to Moses concerning the movement of the Ark: it was to be covered, the staves placed within the rings, and the priests carrying it upon their shoulders. 5. They were having a real worship service in the eyes of the world: David and all Israel playing instruments with all their might. To the world, Philistines, this was the way to move the Ark. To David and all Israel, it was a wonderful experience. To God, the new cart and oxen were not the way to move His presence. The oxen stumbled and Uzza put forth his hand to stabilize it and God smote him that he died. 1 Chronicles 13:7-11 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. (8) And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. (9) And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. (10) And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God. (11) And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day. Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation. 6. David got angry with God, but the problem was with David. GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED WITH NEW CARTS! God is not impressed with worldly attempts at worship! A lesson in what is not acceptable worship and David's great failure that cost a good man his life. a) The New Cart of worldliness. b) The New Cart of contemporary music and praise bands. c) The New Cart of entertainment. As one great preacher said, "The time will come when preachers quit feeding sheep and begin to entertain goats." d) The New Cart of shallow preaching. e) The New Cart of perverted "bibles." f) The list could go one but we, as God's people, need to cling to the Old Paths wherein is the good way. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 7. Sometimes, good men get things wrong but great men correct them and get things right! D. In 2 Samuel 6:12-23, we find David's second attempt at moving the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tabernacle where it belonged. David now moves the Ark after "due order" and God is pleased. In our text, we find several aspects of David's public worship that we can apply to our lives. 1. David worshipped in Obedience. Verse 12. "So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David" a. Earlier, David did a right thing the wrong way and it cost him a good man: Uzzah. b. God is not impressed with "new carts!" Spirit is nothing without truth and truth is always "after the due order." (1 Chronicles 15:13) John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. c. David sought after the Lord and got it right! 2. David worshipped in Gladness. Verse 12. "with gladness" People no longer enjoy God's house, they just endure it or they ignore it or they forget it. Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Psalms 27:4-5 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (5) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. 3. David worshipped with Sacrifice. Verse 13, 17. "he sacrificed oxen and fatlings … and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD" a. Tithes and offerings are an important part of our worship. Impossible to worship God and rob Him at the same time. Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. (10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. b. One of the greatest thrills of the Christian life is worshipping in giving. 4. David worshipped with All his Might. Verse 14. "And David danced before the LORD with all his might … leaping and dancing before the LORD" The King of Israel was actively engaged in worship! As your pastor, I want to be involved in the worship service. I want to sing in the choir. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 5. David worshipped with Noise. Verse 15-16. "So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet" a. Sing with joy. Psalms 100:1-4 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. b. Sing out loud. I love to sing loud! When I get on the wrong verse or the wrong page, I disrupt the whole crowd.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-6-2021James 2:1 Introduction: This evening, I will simply introduce these verses as there is too much to cover in one message. A. We will look at one of the greatest enemies of the local church: Division. Our Lord said, " And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." (Mark 3:25) B. James, writing to the dispersed Jews, knew the possibility and probability of respect of persons because of the history of the Jewish nation. C. I find it of interest that the Jews had no problem with those who converted to Judaism. They are called Jewish Proselytes. Judaism (noun) - the monotheistic religion of the Jewish people. 1. We find many in the Old Testament. Exodus 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. (Many Egyptians came to know the God of Israel and traveled to the Promised Land with them.) Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. (God included the "strangers" when giving the law.) Matthew 1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; (Rahab, a Gentile, was the mother of Boaz and in the lineage of the Lord.) Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: (Ruth, a Gentile, was the great grandmother of King David.) 2. We find many in the New Testament. Acts 2:5-6 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. (6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. (Jewish Proselytes – 16 languages mentioned here. Titus was a Gentile; Luke was a Gentile; Timothy's father was a Greek.)D. If this was so, and it was, then what was the problem that James was having to deal with in James, chapter 2? There was still RESPECT OF PERSONS WITHIN THE LOCAL CHURCHES! James 2:2 "Come unto your assembly!" Now, let us look at a few of the causes of respect of persons. 1. Respect of Persons is tied with Phariseeism. Disassembling from sinners. Luke 15:1-2 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. (2) And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 2. Respect of Persons is tied with Judaism. Disassembling from non-Jews. Acts 10:10-15 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, (11) And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: (12) Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. (13) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (14) But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. (15) And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 3. Respect of Persons is tied to Christianity. Disassembling from those less esteemed. a) The Lord had to deal with Peter when He sent him to Cornelius, a gentile, and preached the gospel to him. 1) The Lord knew that Peter would not go to the Gentiles. Acts 10:27-28 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. (28) And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 2) Afterward, the Jews contended with Peter because he had gone to the Gentiles. Acts 11:2-3 And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him, (3) Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. b) Paul had to deal with Peter a little later concerning his dissembling from Gentiles when the Jews arrived (Peter still had not gotten it right!). Galatians 2:11-14 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (12) For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. (13) And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. (14) But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? E. Most churches implode (blow up from the inside). It is not outside persecution that brings them down; it is inside division. There is a great difference between biblical separation and respect of persons. 1. Many times, it is infiltration. This was a problem 2,000 years ago and it has only escalated over the years. The Bible commands separation from false prophets and "grievous wolves" that enter the local assembly. God called pastors are "wolf watchers" as they oversee the flock of God. Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 2. Most times, the problem is carnality. Once again, this was a problem in some New Testament churches 2,000 years ago. Too often, separation is unbiblical as some will have nothing to do with others because of carnality. 1 Corinthians 1:10-12 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (11) For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. (12) Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (2) I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. (3) For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (4) For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (5) Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? (6) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (7) So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (8) Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. (9) For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-3-2021Revelation 17:5 A. We have been studying the end-time religious system that God called "the great whore … MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS." These are God's words, not the words of this preacher. We all know what time it is spiritually as the Rapture is eminent and the Tribulation Period or Jacob's Trouble or Daniel's Seventieth Week is near. This tells us that both the political system of antichrist and the religious system of the false prophet are already in place. B. Tonight, I want to finish verse 5. "MOTHER … OF ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." What makes this end-time religious system an abomination to God? Abomination – to detest, to stink, a word that is associated with idolatry. Idolatry is the position of holding to things that are placed above God's Word and, therefore, above God. Idolatry - the worship of idols. A clear disregard for the First Commandment, found in Exodus, chapter 20: Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: C. Most Roman Catholics will argue with what I am about to put forth because most Roman Catholics are not even that familiar with what their denomination teachers. Roman Catholicism is also in a state of constant change as it must change its "face" along with our changing world to stay both relevant and acceptable to the people it controls. D. When the Roman Catholic Church takes too much "flack" over their anti-Bible teachings, they try to publicly explain these discrepancies away while maintaining their implementation within the Roman Catholic Church. If you want to see and know what Roman Catholicism is, just cross the border into Mexico, a third world country, and you will see the absolute control that it has over the people along with the absolute fear it generates among the people. E. There is no way to properly cover this subject completely as there are many "abominations" found in Roman Catholicism and to deal with them all would takes many volumes of books. to even fully know. So many are hidden within the different "councils" of the Roman Catholic Church and are constantly in a state of change. Catholic ecumenical councils include 21 councils over a period of some 1900 years, which met for the purpose of defining doctrine, reaffirming truths of the Faith, and eradicating heresy. These doctrines and definitions changed throughout history. These councils were assemblies of patriarchs, cardinals, residing bishops, abbots, male heads of religious orders, and other juridical persons. These people are nominated by the pope.Ecumenical refers to "a solemn congregation of the Catholic bishops of the world at the invitation of the Pope to decide on matters of the Church with him". Today the Catholic church accepts 21 councils as ecumenical, while other Christian communities have made different judgements. F. I know that this takes up a lot of time and space, but to understand to some degree this end-time religious system, we must understand that it is man-made and in a constant state of change. G. Roman Catholicism is filled with "abominations" because of the doctrines that it teaches. As Bible believers, we have only one authority for both faith and practice, the King James Bible. The Bible is right and if you disagree with it, you are wrong. Period! 1. Its Power is flawed. To further understand the hierarchy of the Roman Church, we need to understand that Roman Catholicism has a three-fold authority: The Pope, the Church, and then—both last and least—a perverted Catholic "bible." Its authority is flawed; therefore its doctrine and teachings are flawed. The Pope - x cathedra is a Latin phrase, meaning not "from the cathedral," but "from the chair." The phrase does have religious origins though: it was originally applied to decisions made by Popes from their thrones. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, a Pope speaking x cathedra on issues of faith or morals is infallible. The Pope is the authority. The Councils - If these "Councils" were Bible based, they would not be found in a state of constant change. These councils are the authority. The Bible – the Roman Catholic hierarchy determines what the Bible means, not what it says. The old "doctrine of the Nicolaitans" or "clergy over the laity" which God hates is the foundation of the church. The bible is not the authority as it must conform to the previous two authorities. Roman Catholics are not taught to read through the Bible, they are taught to learn the Catechism (synonyms are dogma and propaganda) of the Roman Catholic Church as defined by their "councils" and popes. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (10) But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 2. Its Priesthood is flawed. In the Old Testament, a priest represented man to God. In the New Testament, we find the individual priesthood of the believer as Jesus Christ was "the atonement" (Romans 5:11). Roman Catholicism still operates under the Old Testament ceremonial law which was fulfilled in Christ Jesus. In the New Testament church, we find no priests! During the transitional period between Old and New Covenants, God used apostles, not priests. As the priest represented man to God, the apostle represented God to man. Believers can now go directly to God the Father through the High Priest, Jesus Christ. The Catholic priesthood has also been flawed for years through pedophilia. Sodomite priests have molested children, been caught, and the Roman Catholic Church has spent millions if not billions of dollars covering for this horrific sinfulness while simply moving these priests around to other places. Hebrews 9:11 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; Revelation 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 3. Its Pope is flawed. Though just a man, the pope is referred to as the "Vicar of Christ" – Latin – Vicarius Christi). This is title of the pope implying his supreme and universal primacy, both of honor and of jurisdiction, over the Church of Christ. The word "Vicar" means priest, thus making the elected Pope the High Priest of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope is the head of the church while the Bible teaches that Christ is the Head of the Church. Biblical bishops or pastors are His under shepherds whom God has chosen to rule under God and according to the Bible: not as lords over God's heritage. Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 1 Peter 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3) Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4. Its Teaching is flawed. A salvation that is works based upon an Old Testament priesthood along with sacraments, infant Baptism, a wrong resolution of sinfulness, etc. I had pages of information at this point and realized that to fundamentally cover the doctrinal flaws of this religious system would take weeks. Roman Catholicism is a system of works. a. Baptism's removal of sin. b. Grace in its sacraments. c. Penance for sinfulness. d. Re-crucifixion in its Mass and Eucharist. e. Idols and veneration. f. Mariology. Mary as the "Mother of God" instead of the mother of the physical body of Christ. The virgin Mary as co-redemptrix, mediatrix, and advocate. The Assumption of Mary is the ascending of Mary's, the mother of Jesus Christ, bodily into heaven at the end of her life on Earth. The perpetual virginity of Mary: the doctrine that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was a virgin ante partum, in partu, et post partum—before, during and after the birth of Christ while the Bible teaches her life with Joseph as one of physical consummation with her other children named. This is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. 5. Its Eternity is flawed. Purgatory for the sinner as payment for sins which brought about indulgences (the original pay for play), which allowed the sinner to continue in sin if he was rich enough to pay money. Hell is punishment for sins, not payment. Eventually you would get sins paid for and get out. Limbo for the unbaptized children that die while still in a state of innocence. Conclusion: The list of unbiblical principles and foundations of Roman Catholicism would take a book to both define and explain. Thus, enough said!
Temple Baptist Church - 10-3-2021Psalm 26 Introduction: A. God chose David for a great purpose: to establish an everlasting throne upon which our Lord Jesus Christ would one day sit! 1. Psalms, chapter 26, was early time in David's reign. These words that we have read are some of David's first words. 2. In 2 Samuel, chapter 23, we find David's last words. 2 Samuel 23:1-3 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, (2) The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. (3) The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 3. Verses 1-2 - As David begins this Psalm, we find confidence in his request: " Judge me, O LORD ... examine me … prove me … try me" B. In this Psalm, David speaks of walking in his integrity: verses 1 and 11. 1. Verse 1 – David is looking back. "I have walked" 2. Verse 1 – David is looking up. " I have trusted also in the LORD." 3. Verse 1 – David is looking forward. " I shall not slide." 4. Verse 11 – David is looking around. " But as for me." 5. Verse 11 – David is looking inward. " But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity." C. Integrity is a state or quality of being entire or whole, an undivided or unbroken state. For example, “the integrity of the oil tanker's hull is intact.” It means there are no breaches or cracks. It is still sound and complete. 1. The state of integrity is to be morally sound without any compromises or “cracks” in character where the world can leak in and corrupt principles. 2. David defines integrity as how he reacts with sin and God in the inward man while interacting outward around sinners. It is integrity that causes God's man to stand in an even place. D. Character is developed, it is not inherent! 1. You can be born into the richest, most influential family in the world and have no integrity. 2. You can be born and raised in a good Christian home and have no integrity. T 3. You must both desire and develop integrity. E. Thank God for good homes and good churches. Children must be trained to do right. A child can be trained to do right and still resent it so there must be a time in their lives when they choose to do good because it is right. Character or integrity is a personal choice. F. Integrity: 1. Integrity is rooted in your private life; thoughts and actions. 2. Integrity is reflected in your personal life; home life and friends. 3. Integrity is reinforced in your professional life; your actions on the job or in school. 4. Integrity will then manifest itself in then integrity in your public life. G. Integrity is that part of you that lives in close communion and fellowship with the Lord himself. When we root our integrity in Him and the Word of God, then just as natural as water running downhill, our integrity will be reflected to those whom we love and live, reinforced in our professional world with those with whom we work and play, and revealed in the public world for the glory of God. H. David was not born with integrity! Integrity is personally purposed and developed. David purposed in his heart to “walk in integrity” and spent his life developing it. The Psalms reveal some areas of David's integrity: 1. David purposed to place his life in God's hands - Psalms 3:2-4 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. (3) But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. (4) I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. (Life is hard at best and bad things happen to good people. We can control certain aspects of our lives but there are some things that we cannot control.) Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 2. David purposed to follow his Shepherd - Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (The Lord knows the path ahead; desires only the best for His children; and will lead us in the paths of His choosing.) 3. David purposed to live righteously - Psalms 15:1-2 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? (2) He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. (“What goes around comes around” is a reality. You may pay a price for doing right now but payday will come later.) 4. David purposed to fervently pray - Psalms 5:2-3 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. (3) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (Call unto me! The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much! You may not get what you want the way you want when you want but God will answer in His time and His way!) 5. David purposed to value the God's of Word - 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. (God's Word is the “root” from which we grow; it is the foundation upon which we build; and the rock on which we stand! It is more important than our necessary food. Heeding it builds character.) 6. David purposed to seek the Lord with all his heart - Psalms 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; (Speaking of Christ, the New Testament says “who is our life!” He is more than our Lord and Saviour, He is our Life! Without Him we become nothing; with Him all things are possible, and life is worth living.) 7. David purposed to love the house of the Lord - Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (God instituted the local church for several purposes: the mission of reaching a lost world for Christ; the mission of teaching God's Word and raising our children for Christ; and to meet the manifold needs of His children. We are family and we are friends. In the house of the Lord, we both encourage and are encouraged.) Psalms 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 8. David purposed to trust the Lord patiently in troubles - Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (2) He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-26-2021Revelation 17:5 Introduction: We will deal with the political system in chapter 18, but the Bible places the religious system first in chapter 17. This is the reverse of chapter 13 where the beast of the sea, the political system, is mentioned first and the beast of the earth, the religious system is mentioned last. The Scripture has a reason for the reversal. It is the religious system that will cause the people of earth to worship the political system (the beast of the sea), by making an image to the beast and causing the image to speak. Those who will not worship the image of the beast will by martyred. It should be obvious to even the casual reader that chapter 17 refers to the end-time political system as the Roman Catholic Church. A. As we begin tonight, I want to point out that the word “Babel” is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Babylon”. These two are the same. The first World Power, Babel, was a humanistic (the "god of self"), idolatrous (the "gods of imagery and idols), anti-God nation (the "god" of human government) under the dictatorship of Nimrod. The building of the Tower of Babel was similar in intent with the desire of Lucifer in the Book of Isaiah to overthrow God. Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. B. When God confounded the language, the people of Babel were scattered abroad over all the earth. Though their language was confounded, those who were scattered over all the earth had the same political and religious systems which they brought with them out of Babel and set up in all parts of the world where they migrated to. Today's globalism is already set up as it was in the beginning. Genesis 11:3-4 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. (The desire of man is to be unified in rebellion against God while God's desire for men is that they be separated or scattered.) Acts 17:26-27 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; (27) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (God will allow globalism when it is the appointed time.) C. Every pagan religion and government in the world sprang from the same religious root, Babel! They all have the same humanistic, idolatrous, anti-God mentality. They just mentally rebuilt the same "tower" that sought to do away with the one true God only to be replaced by their inferior little "gods." Genesis 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. (In our day, globalism is once again bringing these different nations together along with their political and religious systems.) D. Both the political structure and the religious beliefs were passed down from one world power to the other: from Babel to Assyria (who were idol worshippers), from Assyria to Egypt (who were idol worshippers), from Egypt to Babylon (who were idol worshippers), to Medo-Persia (who were idol worshippers), from Medo-Persia to Greece (who were idol worshippers), and from Greece to Rome (who were idol worshippers), where the Roman Church began as the Roman Catholic Church (which were and continue to be idol worshippers). All seven world powers are known for their worship of images and idols along with polytheism. The Roman Catholic Church is polytheistic: the worship both Mary (Mariolatry) and Jesus Christ! Every island, every jungle, every nation has its images and idols while their gods are not the God of the Bible. E. In the end-time, the world will once again be reunited through Globalism into one government and one religion. The government will be socialism under Antichrist and the religion will be "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" under the False Prophet. F. The official beginning of the Roman Catholic Church is found in the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The Roman Catholic Church was born in the blasphemy and idolatry of Rome and operates contrary to the Word of God. I do not want to do a history lesson tonight, so I will bring this down to the "Harlot" churches it ultimately produced. Harlotry produces harlotry! G. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, posted his Ninety-five Theses, propositions for debate concerned with the question of indulgences, written (in Latin) on the door of the Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany. This event came to be known as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther tried to reform the Roman Catholic Church from within, but was excommunicated in 1521 by Pope Leo X. H. Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin were the most noted of the reformers who wanted reform the Catholic Church while remaining within it. This is contrary to the Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right. The Word of God teaches separation, not reformation. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (16) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. J. Though the newly formed Protestant Churches disagreed in many ways with the Roman Catholic Church, they also agreed with some of its false teachings and brought these heretical teachings into these reformed churches: some sacraments, rituals, dress, sprinkling or pouring instead of emersion, pedobaptism, holy communion, etc. K. Through the years, many of the preachers of Protestant churches preached a clear gospel while maintaining their liturgical services. As the years passed, they began to revolve back into the false teachings of Roman Catholicism. Personal merit and baptism were taught as essential to salvation. Today's Protestant churches bear little resemblance to those of the past centuries and their congregations reflect these changes. L. One of the most prevalent signs of the end-times has been the change in Baptist churches, especially in the past 100 years. I do not believe in Baptist Succession! From the days of Christ, there has been a succession of people who followed the Scriptures and were named Anabaptists by the Roman Catholic Church. Today's Baptist churches, for the most part, are both liberal and compromised. M. This next statement will probably get me into trouble with many but one of the men who helped bring about these Harlot churches was the "Reverend Doctor" Billy Graham. Billy Graham was not a friend of the Bible though he is heralded as such. As early the 1960's, Roman Catholic priests sat on the stages with Billy Graham while he preached. Other Catholic priests help deal with the people who came forth during invitations. If a Catholic came forward during an invitation, he or she was directed to a Catholic priest for help, so they remained both Catholic and lost! N. Research on Billy Graham's actions and statement concerning his affiliation with Roman Catholicism are readily available from numerous sources for those who care to check my preaching. Billy Graham was given an honorary doctor's degree by the Belmont Abbey in 1967 by Roman Catholic priests. Billy Graham was also closely associated with the Catholic Pope in Rome along with many other Catholic priests. He made it alright to be a Christian and Catholic, a state that does not and cannot exist as the two are contrary to one another. O. I do not want to spend a lot of time on Billy Graham, but I will say that he was not a friend of the Bible and, therefore, not a friend of the Gospel! The following statement was made by Billy Graham while being interviewed on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" in 1997: “I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ—whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ,” Billy Graham said. “And that's what God is doing today. He's calling people out of the world for His name.” “Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God,” Graham continued. “They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have.” P. Now, down to our day. Both Protestant and Baptist churches work together with the Catholic Church. Most notable would be during the time around Easter. I personally do not like to use the word "Easter" but had rather used the phrase "Resurrection Sunday." Forty-one days before "Easter," Shrove Tuesday is celebrated as it is the day before Ash Wednesday or the beginning of Lent. Shrove Tuesday or "Fat Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras." Lent, forty days before Easter and the purple draped crosses are seen in front of most churches in our areas as the announcement to passing people that Lent is being observed. Q. During Lent, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, and other churches have ecumenical services, prayer breakfasts, etc. together. This makes being Catholic alright with so-called Christianity and so-called Christianity alright with the Catholics. Thus, we see the harlotry spoken of in Revelation 17:5 coming to fruition in these last days as both Protestant and many Baptist churches accept Roman Catholicism as another Christian denomination. Revelation 2:20, 24 thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols ... the depths of Satan … R. Here we sit today and have been here for several decades!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-29-2021James 1:21-27 Introduction: A. As we come to the end of the first chapter of the Book of James, the Holy Ghost ties up all loose ends. He gives us the example of one religious man and one man with pure religion. B. Last week, I erroneously said that there were nine mentions of religion in one form or the other in the Bible. There are only five! It behooves us to look at these five mentions to get an understanding of how they are used. 1. The first three mentions speak of the Jew's religion. These three could be classified as false religions. Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. (Saul of Tarsus lived a life above reproach yet was unsaved!) Galatians 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: (Saul's deception.) Galatians1:14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. (Saul's zeal.) Though these three mentions speak of God's covenant people, Israel as a nation had rejected the Messiah and fell into spiritual darkness. Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (There were a few, when Christ was born, who sat in light—awaiting His coming. All these people, sitting and looking, had the same Word of God. Some chose darkness over light while others chose light over darkness. Personal choice.) 2. The fourth mention speaks of vain religion. The word "vain" means to no avail. 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. 3. The fifth mention speaks of pure religion. James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. C. Types of "religion" mentioned in these two verses, 26-27: one vain or "religious" verses one pure and undefiled before God "religion." We will look at the difference between the two words and their manifestations. 1. Religious. Verse 26 uses the word "religious." Religious is worship done before man and not necessarily before God. a. The word "religious" only occurs once in the Bible and it is used in a bad light. Religious comes from a root word meaning "to wail" or "clamor." It is an outward expression in a bad sense because it is not backed up with an inward reality: all show. b. Religious: demonstrative or pious. Ceremonious in worship. Liturgical or sacramental in tradition. People within local churches who always must be seen, be in charge, receive praise. c. Religious: the result given is both vain and vocal. Vain: to no avail. It does not impress either God or man. Vocal: it manifests itself in self-glory and praise: I, me, my, or myself. It is simply show. 2. Pure and Undefiled before God Religion. Verse 27 is the only place where "religion" in any sense of the word is found to be pleasing to God and man. Pure means to be clean or clear. Undefiled means to be uncontaminated and is an expression of continuation. Pure and undefiled religion are done "before God," Who looks upon the inward, not the outward man. a. The example of Pure Religion is an interesting one. To visit the fatherless (orphans) and widows (widows indeed) in their affliction. To come to the aid of those who can neither pay nor reward your services. By visiting! Spending his or her time to relieve the suffering or loneliness of those who are helpless and needful. JOY – Jesus first, Others second, and You last. b. The second example of Pure Religion is to keep oneself unspotted from the world. A love of Christ that compels one to live righteously, holy, pure, unspotted from contact with the world (we must live in this sinful world) and also unspotted before the world so as to have a delightful testimony. Conclusion: This all goes back to the context of either "enduring temptation" in verse 12, or giving in to temptation in verses 13-15. Either being "doers" of the word or being "hearers only," deceiving ourselves but not deceiving either God of man.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-19-2021Acts 13:22-23; I Samuel 16:1-13 Introduction: A. This morning, I want to look at one of the greatest of all Bible characters: David. I love this man! A king from which the King was born; his throne was established forever in Christ Jesus. 1. David's name is mentioned 1139 times in the Bible. Jesus was mentioned 983 times. Moses was mentioned 848 times. This shows the importance of this man named David (Beloved!). a) We read verses this morning looking from the end of King David's life back to the day of his anointing as King of Israel. There are many good ways to look at the bible and this is one of the best. b) The Old Testament is prophetic in types and shadows while the New Testament brings those types and shadows to light. 2. I enjoy reading and have often taken a “sneak peek” at the ending then returned to the beginning and saw just how the author developed his story while knowing the outcome. 3. It is a great way to study your bible. Look at the last mention of a particular subject and then, with that in mind, go to the first mention of the subject and watch as God reveals His will. Both First and Last Mention are always in agreement. In Acts, chapter 13, we find why God chose David. B. I can think of great men in the Bible: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Job, John the Baptist, the Apostles, and the list could go on, but only David was labeled as " a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." This verse declares just how special that David was to God! If David was that special to God, then we need to study his life again. C. In our text verses, we find a “change in command” made by God Himself. "And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse …" 1. God's Rejection of King Saul - 1 Samuel 15:22-23 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (23) For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (Saul rejected the Word of the Lord. He understood fully what God had commanded. Saul was strong willed man and placed his desires above God's will. He disobeyed the Word of the Lord.) 2. God's Selection of King David - 1 Samuel 16:12-13 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. (13) Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. 3. Verse 10. I find it interesting that God's choice was not even one of Jesse's choices! In verse 11, Samuel had to ask Jesse if this all his children or did he have another? Samuel knew that he was to anoint one of Jesse's sons and God had rejected all the seven that were present. 4. We too often pick the "most likely to succeed" because the one God chooses is not even a choice to us. D. David was God's choice of a king to lead His people. Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: 1. vs. 6 - God did not choose David according to birthright. The first born was given tremendous privileges. God does not choose the firstborn, nor does He choose the lastborn. It matters not who your parents were, nor does it matter what ethnic group you associate with. God is look for men and women, boys and girls, rich or poor. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 2. vs. 7 – God did not choose David according to outward appearance. It makes no difference how tall or how short; how pretty or how plain. I understand that there are things that only a mature man can do spiritually, but God is looking for ladies who will serve-young boys and girls who have a heart for God to serve! God is no respecter of appearance. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 3. vs. 10 – God did not choose David according to what the world wanted. We always pick the most articulate, the most outgoing, the best performer, the most popular because we cannot see the heart! God can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 4. vs. 11 – God did not choose David according to age. He will use young, middle aged, or old. God is no respecter of age. He can and will use anyone who makes themselves available! 5. Availability is the greatest ability found in the Bible. David was useable, dependable, teachable, but, most of all, available! E. Man tends to look upon the outward as that is what he sees. (1 Samuel 16:6-7) Samuel said “SURELY” this is the Lord's anointed! The outward can certainly tell us certain things, but the outward can be a façade while the inward man is self-centered, lazy, or full of sin. Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. F. David was God's choice because he was godly in character. Verse 7 says, “The Lord looketh on the heart!” There was something special about David that his older brothers did not have, but God saw it. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (Life and living for Christ is a heart issue and as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Salvation begins with the heart and ends with the heart. It is with the heart that man believeth unto righteousness (Salvation) and the battle for supremacy in the heart rages for the rest of his life (Sanctification and Service). Psalms 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; G. I want to look at the character of David that helped to make him a man after God's own heart. Vs. 6-12 – notice the outward man verses the inward man. The key word here is the word heart. Character is a heart matter, not an inherent matter. You are not born with character. Character must be developed in an individual. I once read a sign that went like this: “You either have character or you are one.” (Character is developed, not born in you.) CHARACTER The peculiar qualities, impressed by nature or habit on a person, which distinguish him from others; these constitute real character, and the qualities, which he is supposed to possess, constitute his estimated character, or reputation. H. What God saw in David? 1. David Was A Content Man – vs. 11 - “he keepeth the sheep” vs. 19 – “which is with the sheep” (Verse 19 was after David had been anointed King! The shepherd was a meanial job that was often given to young girls: Zipporah and six other daughters of Reuel, Rachel-the wife of Jacob. You will never be greatly used until you learn contentment in small things! David was trustworthy.) Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 2. David Was A Controlled Man – vs. 13 – “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” - Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (If Jesus needed to be filled with the Holy Ghost, how much more do we need Him?) 3. David Was A Committed Man – vs. 16 – It takes commitment to be a “cunning player on an harp.” A harp is a difficult instrument to master with all its strings and sounds. CUNNING, a. [G. See Can.] Knowing; skillful; experienced; well instructed. It is applied to all kinds of knowledge, but generally and appropriately, to the skill and dexterity of artificers, or the knowledge acquired by experience.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-19-2021Revelation 17:5 A. For the last 2 weeks, we have taken a close look at the phrase: “The Great Whore.” This is not language that the Holy Ghost used loosely. It is language that we, as children of God, normally refrain from but the Bible is very specific in its usage. The end-time religious system has deserved every word of the phrase as it is anti-Bible, anti-God, and anti-Christian! B. In verse 5, we find further clarification of who and what the end-time religious system will be. “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT.” Notice with me the usage of all capital letters. This usage is not found often in the Bible but, when it is used, it us used to closely draw our attention to the precise wording. A mystery in the Bible is something that cannot be discerned by the unsaved. A mystery is a family secret. It can only be fully understood by God's children. For this cause, when we set forth the Bible truth concerning a mystery, the religious world believes that we are hard hearted, hateful people and maligns us. The child of God can clearly see the spiritual truth set forth by the Holy Ghost in the Bible through revelation of the Holy Ghost. The Mystery of both Babylon the Great and The Great Whore has blinded the minds and, therefore, the spiritual eyes of the world. What we see, they do not see. Truly, the god of this world has blinded their minds to all that is going on, so do not think that what the Bible is saying will be popular with the masses. C. Now, let us back up to verse 3, where we find “the great whore” “sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” 1. The “seven heads” represent the seven world powers of human history. Babel, Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. 2. The first of the “seven heads” or world powers was Babel. Babel's founder was Nimrod, the beginning of his kingdom: Genesis 10:8-10 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. 3. The word “Babel” comes from a Hebrew root word meaning “confusion.” It was there in the land of Shinar that the Tower of Babel was built. Genesis 11:1-4 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. 4. What made this first world power stand out in world history is their organized rebellion against God. Men have always rebelled against God, but the first mention of organized religious rebellion against God is found here. The words “they” and “us” show the anti-God unity of these people. Prior to this, the “sons of God” (the Messianic Line of Seth) looked upon and took for wives the “daughters of men” (the ungodly line of Cain). This was an individual sinfulness of mankind, not an organized one. 5. At Babel, God did “confound the language” of the earth as, in the beginning, there was only one language which allowed men to work together to bring about an intended end, a tower “whose top may reach unto heaven, and make us a name.” 6. The middle or fourth world power, was Babylon. The word “Babylon” comes from a combination of 2 Hebrew words meaning “out of” and “Babel” which means “out of confusion.” Babylon was simply an extension, both political and religious, of Babel! 7. The seventh and last of the world powers was and is Rome. The First, Middle, and Last of the world powers being the same: Babel – Babylon – Rome. 8. The 10 crowns will be the revived Roman Empire or Babylon or Babel! D. Verse 5. MYSTERY - a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites). 2 Timothy 3:13-17 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 1. Deceiving relates to 2 Timothy 3:1-9. Those who follow this anti-Bible, anti-God religion of the end-time have no Bible comprehension. They are “bought in” to this religious system because they can live any way that they choose and still be a part of it. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2. Being Deceived relates to 2 Timothy 3:8-9. This speaks of knowledge of its upper echelon. There are those who know and understand exactly who and what this religious system is comprised of: from the beginning to the end. I do not think for one moment that the religious leaders of “the great whore” do not know exactly what the system is and teaches. The ultimate deception is found here. “Deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:8-9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 3. Paul ends the chapter with an admonition to the believers. You and I, who know and study the Bible, are to be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord!” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 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. E. BABYLON THE GREAT. Both politically and religiously, she is here! 1. The Vision of the world powers from Daniel's time to the end. Daniel 2:31-35 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. (32) This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, (33) His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. (34) Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. (35) Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 2. The Interpretation of the world powers from Babylon to the end-time and BABYLON THE GREAT and its destruction prior to the Kingdom Age. Daniel 2:36-47 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. (37) Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. (38) And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. (39) And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. (40) 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. (46) Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. (47) The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-12-2021Luke 16:19-31 Introduction: A. Over the past couple of weeks, I have preached within the context of these verses, first on the reality of hell and secondly on the reality of heaven. I have nothing new to add to that preaching. B. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in our text, sets forth truths concerning hell as well as Abraham's Bosom or Paradise under the Old Covenant of Atonement C. The reality of hell. 1. Hell is a real place! There have been many attempts by men to ignore hell. Hell is as real as heaven. More is said by our Lord about hell than heaven because it is a place to be shunned. 2. The horror of hell. While many ignore or do not believe in hell, others have tried to put out the fire. Hell is a place of torment. The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel for April 10, 1983, asked Billy Graham: "Surveys tell us that 85% of Americans believe in heaven, but only 65% believe in hell. Why do you think so many Americans don't accept the concept of hell?" He replied: "I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched." 3. The permanence of hell. I have often said that the “heaven” of heaven is its eternality. The “hell” of hell is its eternality. No destruction of the soul; no second chances; and no escape or ultimate release from it. D. The reality of heaven. 1. Heaven is a real place! I thank God this morning that I will go to heaven and not to hell! 2. The blessings of heaven. I will not take the time to innumerate the message from last week, but heaven will be even more than I could ever hope for! 3. The permanence of heaven. As hell is forever, heaven is also forever. “Never grow old, never grow old, to a place where we will never grow old! E. This morning, I want to focus in on verse 26 which says: Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Gulf – A wide gap; a chasm; an abyss. 1. It is great gulf. Forever impassable. The separation between saved and lost is one that can never be crossed without the finished work of Christ coupled with the New Birth. The lost cannot be saved within themselves and neither can the saved be lost. 2. It is a fixed gulf. Forever immovable. It has been placed there by Almighty God. It cannot be either moved or can it be removed. It is fixed. 3. Those in both hell and heaven will never be able to cross over from one to another. In the New Testament and eternity, no one will be able to see from one to another as there will be an eternal separation of the saved from the unsaved. F. Three things about the “great gulf fixed:” 1. The Gulf of Sin. A gulf created by man. Genesis 3:6-9 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. (8) And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (9) And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? a. Adam could not keep one rule for long as man's choice is to sin. Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; b. In our day, people have this misguided thinking that God is good with their sin. He is not! Where Adam and Eve hid their sin by hiding and covering, mankind in our day flaunt their sin and tell God that He must accept it. c. God will not! d. People love their sin more than they love God. e. GOD GAVE US A REMEDY FOR SIN. THE GOSPEL: DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION! THE ONLY WAY ACROSS! John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. f. There are a lot of thieves and robbers out there. 2. The Gulf of Unbelief. A gulf created by man! a. Unbelief is a personal choice. You can either believe the gospel or you can refuse to believe the gospel. Just that simple, the choice is yours. 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (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. (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. b. Satan did not blind mankind in general as many hear and believe. The Bible says that He blinds them “which believe not.” When man makes up his mind to “believe not,” Satan then uses that unbelief to blind them to further truth, the “glorious gospel of Christ!” When the blind follow the blind, both fall into the same pit! c. The gulf of sin is too often followed by the gulf of unbelief. d. GOD GIVES US NO REMEDY FOR UNBELIEF! 3. The Gulfs or Sin and Rejection will ultimately lead to the Gulf of Rejection. a. Rejection of the natural revelation (the universe: heavens and earth) and the rejection of supernational revelation of God (the light that is in thee and the light of the glorious gospel of Christ). For those who ultimately reject, God has no remedy. John 5:39-40 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (40) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! b. GOD GIVES US NO REMEDY FOR REJECTION! Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-5-2021Revelation 17:1-5As we begin tonight, I want to make it clear that what I am preaching is what God says about “the great whore,” not my own personal opinion of feelings. The Word of God is clear in its wording as to help us to understand the wickedness of the end-time religion and its true colors. A. Verse 1. As we continue to look at “The Great Whore,” the beast that rose from the earth in chapter 13, I want to show a contrast between this end-time religious system and the true Church. Whereas the end-time religious system is called a great whore, the true church is referred to as a “chaste virgin.” 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. B. The Source of Her Power. Both the political and religious systems of the end-time are controlled by Satan. The true Church is controlled by God. 1. The Political System - Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 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. 2. The Religious System - Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Revelation 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. C. Verse 2. The Realm of Her Influence. The kings of the earth are “in bed” (Revelation 2:22) with the great whore. The United States has an ambassador in the Vatican City in Rome. Around the world, Europe, Asia Minor, South America, Central America, North America along with other places, the great whore has tremendous influence over governments. Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich, picked as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican by Donald Trump in 2016. D. The Inhabitants of the world. In 2018, there was an estimated 1,253,926.000 Roman Catholics. That figure is 20% of the world's population at that time. In the United States, 25% of the people claim to be Catholic. With each passing day, the influence of the Roman Catholic Church grows. E. Verses 2-4. The Wickedness of Her Deeds. Notice the words that are associated with this end-time religious system. 1. Fornication. Used either literally (sex) or figuratively (spiritual idolatry). In the case of the religious system, it must be figuratively. This end-time system will be known by its use of idols. 2. Wine of its fornication. Wine in the Bible can be either literal or figurative. (Fornication does not produce wine) Banqueting or intoxication. To be under the influence of something. When someone is under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, their mind is befuddled, and their thought process is impaired and decision-making ability is decreased. 3. Names of Blasphemy. Names are to make us aware of or to understand. When I am referred to as pastor, it identifies not only who I am but what I am. Blasphemy means to speak evil of or vilification. The name of this end-time system identifies it: Roman Catholic. Rome has always been identified as an enemy of God's people from its inception as Rome has and continues to be an idolatrous place, full of statues and idols. Catholic means universal. God's Church has never been universal! It is both inclusive (accepting all who are born again) and exclusive (not accepting those who are not born again). 4. Cup … abominations and filthiness. Abomination-detestable, vile, abhorrent, despicable, to stink. Filthiness – lewdness, a state of impurity, demonic. Their “cup” is the “chalice” from which the Catholic priest drinks during their liturgical services. This is copied from the online Catholic Store for priests: “The chalice is a central part of the Eucharistic celebration, and many priests have special, more ornamented chalices for important feast days and liturgical celebrations.” The Catholic Mass is a continual re-crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. Jeremiah 51:6-7 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. (7) Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. F. Verse 3. The Place of Her Sitting. “I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast” The great whore is riding on the back of the end-time political system. They are inseparably tied together with Satan and the antichrist. Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. Revelation 14:9 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, G. Verse 4. The Array of Her Garments and The Riches of Her Coffers. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls” A perfect description of Roman Catholicism! The dress of their priesthood, the gold that covers their churches, and the riches that they own. The Riches of Her Coffers. The richest religious system on earth is the Roman Catholic Church! I have been in these churches in Mexico and the gold is spectacular to see. The people are in poverty while worshipping under domes of gold!
Temple Baptist Church - 9-5-2021Luke 16:19-31 Introduction: A. Last week, I preached on the reality of a place called hell. You can believe it or not, the choice is yours. If you deny hell, you did not either do away with it nor did you cool it down one degree. B. This week, I want to preach on heaven using an Old Testament example. 1. When our Lord told the story of two men, one who went to hell and one who went to heaven, He gave an Old Testament example to teach a New Testament principle. 2. When our Lord told the story, His death according to the scripture, His burial, and His resurrection according to the scripture were future events. This brings the story under the Old Covenant of Atonement; therefore, we need to look at it as such. 3. Prior to the resurrection of Christ, the Old Testament saints were held in a wonderful place called Abraham's Bosom. The Old Testament lost were held in an awful placed called hell where there were torments. 4. There was an impassable gulf fixed between the two that could not be crossed by either saved or lost. This gulf was FIXED, meaning immovable. C. Now, let us look at a few truths found in our text that give us a look at what heaven is all about for the child of God. 1. Verses 22-23. The Truth of the Places. Both heaven and hell are real places. People tend to believe in a real heaven more than they believe in a real hell. 1. This is because they always want something for nothing. I have heard so much of “the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man” over the years. A heaven without a New Birth. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 2. A brotherhood with no spiritual DNA. Saved people love God and have changed life. Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (14) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 2. Verses 19-20. The Truth of the People. Heaven and hell have nothing to do with either wealth or social standing. “The ground is level at the foot of the cross, no man stands higher than I.” a. The rich man had both wealth and social standing yet died with no hope. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. I am glad that the Lord did not say that it was impossible for a rich man to go to heaven though. He may if he repents of sin and places his faith in the finished work of Christ for salvation. b. The beggar had neither wealth nor social standing yet died in hope. I thank God that the poor are rich in faith. This does not mean that every beggar will go to heaven and neither does it mean that every rich person will go to hell, but poor people have no hope in this world and, therefore, find it much easier to place their hope in the world to come through repentance and faith. 3. Verses 22-23. The Truth of the Personal Choice. Heaven (God's choice) or hell (personal choice). a. When God breathed into Adam the breath of life, that life was the life that came from within God who is eternal. b. God has never had to breathe life into anyone else including Eve, as her life came through the eternal life in Adam. Therefore, babies are just that, babies, at the moment of conception. Breathing air does not make a child live, conception from two eternal beings who come together give the child life from the beginning. c. Every man, woman, child (born or unborn) will live forever in either heaven or hell. 4. Verses 22-23. The Truth of the Presence. which was and is immediate when death comes. a. Psalms 55:15-16 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. (16) As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. b. Genesis 25:8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. c. 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 5. Verse 23, 25. The Truth of the Peace. Lazarus was in Abraham's “bosom.” The word “bosom” can be used in two ways which give us beautiful picture of comfort and rest. a. Bosom – the chest or breasts of a woman. What a wonderful thing it is to see a baby or small child comforted by lying its head on its mother's breast. A place of comfort and safety that causes the child to stop crying and sleep. b. Bosom – close or intimate. We often use the phrase “bosom buddies or friends.” This speaks of a close, intimate relationship with the Lord as well as with each other. A place of rest instead of a place of fear. Hebrews 4:9-10 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 6. Verse 24. The Truth of the Provision. Lazarus had access to water. a. The child of God will never want again! The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. The blessing of eating and drinking in eternity. b. The child of God will not be a beggar when he/she reaches that wonderful place called heaven. There, we find the “river of life.” Clear as crystal and perfectly pure. The “tree of life,” bearing 12 manner of fruit, yielding her fruit every month! Revelation 22:1-2 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 7. Verse 26. The Truth of the Purity. There was a great gulf fixed. A place of separation from all discouragement, defilement, sin, pain, and suffering. 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. Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 8. Verses 27-28. The Truth of the Permanence. Both heaven and hell are eternal truths so often realized too late. a. The permanence of a beggar named Lazarus. Lazarus may not have had much in this world, but his desire to be with Lord gained him an eternity in heaven. b. The permanence a rich man in hell. The rich man had all that this world could give but missed an eternity in heaven and then desired heaven for his family. 2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Temple Baptist Church - 8-29-2021Luke 16:19-31Introduction: A. The Earth's core is app. 11,000 degrees at the center as far as scientists can determine. Little is known (though scientists may disagree) about our inner Earth, so fact and fiction often run together. Some years ago, on the Science channel, I saw an hour program on the Earth's mantle and inner core. They showed the molten liquid and told of the intense heat; they showed the inner core which is said to be solid where the most intense heat is, but I saw nothing about hell. You see, they cannot see the inner Earth. It is impossible for man to send an instrument into heat that would liquefy the metal immediately, so they must give you their idea of what is there through animation. If they could see the mantle and core, they would see into hell! 1. Most references to hell, outside of the Bible, are made in a jokingly or nonchalant manner. When I think of the world's view of hell, I think of the verse that says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Satan has done a good job of hiding the fact of a literal burning hell and many of his preachers have denied it for years. 2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, (to ridicule; to disdain; to scorn) 2. As saved people, you and I also think little about hell. The reason is this: I'm not going there! Since I got saved, I have not dreamed of hell nor given much thought to it. We need to come back to the reality of hell because sinners are going there. B. I am sure that the rich man in this story did not spend much time thinking about either hell or eternity and neither did those who attended his funeral. “and was buried.” I often pass our two mortuaries while going into town and see long lines of people waiting to get in to view the deceased and say some words of comfort to the family. While the 3 days of funeral activities are ongoing, the deceased is either in heaven or hell. While the people “buried” the rich man, he “lift” up his eyes in hell, being in torments.” Hell had become an eternal reality! The word “lift” has always caught my attention. If the Bible said “lifted,” then it may have been that the rich man, after a while, dropped his eyes but the word “lift” leads me to believe that his eyes may still be “lift.” C. The subject of Hell is one that is rarely preached these days. For several reasons: 1. Because of the subject matter: no one likes to think of anyone going to hell. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. It is not that we do not believe in hell because we know that it is as real as heaven. It is a horrible reality, so we do not think of it often. When is the last time that you thought of hell? 2. Because of the disturbing nature of the place. Hell needs to be preached upon, but it is not my favorite subject. 3. Because it is one subject that my finite mind cannot fathom. I cannot grasp either heaven or hell. They are subjects that are beyond the realm of human experience with repercussions that cannot be measured. 4. Because many preachers like their “jobs” and preaching on hell is not conducive to longevity in some pulpits. Many people do not believe in hell because God is a God of love. He is also a God of holiness and justice! Preaching on hell is not popular with the masses but is a necessity. Jesus said more about hell than He did heaven! D. In our text, we find to real people. One is named and one is not. I am glad that I do not know who is saved or lost and do not know the name of this man who died without Christ. E. I want to look at his place called Hell for a few minutes because we need to keep its reality fresh in our minds. Hell made a soul winner out of the rich man in this chapter, and it should make soul winners out of us. 1. Hell is a Real Place. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Jesus mentioned hell in our passage as a statement of fact. As “In the beginning God” was a truth to be proclaimed, not argued, so was the doctrine of hell. He did not ask us to believe in it, He just stated the fact of its existence. a. Hell is not the fantasy of some religionist's mind.b. Hell is not a fear factor used by preachers to manipulate people.c. Hell is not something to be joked about or made fun of.d. Hell is a fact to accept. The One who said, “I am the truth” declared it. 2. Hell is an Eternal Place. Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: a. There is no possible escape.b. There are no second chances.c. There is no time limit. 3. Hell is a Terrible Place. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 1. A lake of fire - Revelation 20:152. A bottomless pit - Revelation 20:13. A horrible tempest - Psalm 11:64. A place of everlasting burning - Isaiah 33:145. A furnace of fire - Matthew 13:41, 426. A devouring fire - Isaiah 33:147. A place of torments - Luke 16:238. A place of everlasting punishments - Matthew 25:469. A place where people pray - Luke 16:2710. A place where they cry for mercy - Luke 16:2411. A place where they wail - Matthew 13:4212. A place where they curse God - Revelation 16:1113. A place where they never repent - Matthew 12:3214. A place of filthiness - Revelation 22:10,1115. A place of weeping - Matthew 8:1216. A place of sorrow - Psalm 18:517. A place of outer darkness - Matthew 8:1218. A place of where they have no rest - Revelation 14:1119. A place where they gnaw their tongues - Revelation 16:1020. A place of blackness and darkness forever - Jude 1321. A place where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched - Mark 9:4822. A place where they are tormented with brimstone - Revelation 14:1023. A place from which the smoke of their torments ascendeth up forever - Revelation 14:1124. A place where they do not want their loved ones to come - Luke 16:28 4. Hell is an Incomprehensible Place. Our lack of comprehension does not deminish its reality and ignoring its fact will not make it go away. Someone once said, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I am glad that I will not have to go there but hell's reality should be a motivating factor in all our lives. Family, friends, acquaintances, and a multitude of people we will never meet are heading in the same direction as the rich man in Luke 16. 5. Hell is a Place to be Shunned. Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: (44) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (45) And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: (46) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (47) And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: (48) Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 6. Hell is a Place of Eternal Regret. Revelation 14:10 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: 7. Hell is a Place of Personal Choice! Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-29-2021Revelation 17:1-5 A. Chapter 17 is tied back with chapter 13. In chapter 13, we saw two "beasts" that rose out of the sea and earth. The first beast was the political system of government in the end-time built by the spirit of antichrist. The second beast was the religious system of the end-time that would look like a lamb but would destroy all who followed it. These beasts defile, devour, destroy. 1 Corinthians 15:32a If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus … B. Chapter 17-18 reverse their order as the "religious beast" in found in chapter 17 and the "political beast" is found in chapter 18. This is done for a good reason. In chapter 13, the political beast that reigns will be first as Antichrist takes control in chapter 6 and never relinquishes it. In chapter 18, the political system will destroy the religious system. C. In chapter 17, it is important that the religious beast or system come first because it preceded the end-time political system. We will find this truth in chapter 17. Now, we will ignore the political beast for a while as chapter 18 will deal with it in detain. D. We will spend a little time in this chapter as we need to understand when this religious system started, what this religious system is, and what this system does. E. Notice with me that the first part of verse 1 speaks of judgment. God will judge this ungodly system of religion that is and has always been antigod from the beginning. It has changed its face to reflect religion at its finest in our day but under the outward veneer that it shows, it is still just what God calls it, the great whore! F. God will judge the great whore and all those who follow it. It is anti-bible, anti-god, and anti-mankind. The Bible references this system in its letter to the church at Thyatira. Revelation 2:20-24 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (21) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (24) But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 1. Its leader is a woman. "Jezebel … prophetess" 2. Its teaching is spiritual fornication and idolatry. "seduce … commit fornication … idols" 3. God gave it space to repent, but it continued in its spiritual wickedness. "she repented not" 4. Its followers will be cast into "great tribulation" except they repent of their deeds. 5. Her children that she has birthed and reared will die a spiritual death in the Lake of Fire. 6. The Bible calls this system "the depths of Satan."G. God calls this system "the great whore." Though I do not normally use this word, it is the only appropriate word that describes the actions of this religion. I want to break these three words down tonight because I want each of us to know EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS BEAST! 1. "the" – pay strict attention to the definite article that is applied to the religious beast. You have two types of articles, definite and indefinite. The two indefinite articles are "a" and "an." God could have said, "A great whore," but He did not. "A great whore" would be the designation of one of many. God said, "The great whore!" 2. "the" is a definite article. This is not a great whore; it is the great whore. A definite article is place before a noun to indicate that the identity of the noun is known to the reader. The great whore is one that is both identified by the writer, God, and known by the reader, you and me. There are many false religions that could be identified as whores but this one is specific. 3. "great" – very great or greatest – the root word is a superlative (good is good, better is better, best is best). One, it is great in its membership. The great whore has taken over America along with most so-called "Christian Nations." Two, it is great in its influence as it has not only power over individuals but also power over nations. Three, it is great in its wickedness. It is wicked internally and externally as it denies the singularity of the Lord Jesus Christ as deity, Saviour, Mediator. It is great in its final result: the damnation of hell and the Lake of Fire eternally. Salvation is the Gospel (death, burial, and resurrection) of Jesus as the ONLY way of salvation. By faith, through grace and not mixed with human merit! To add or take away from the finished work of Christ is to pervert the Gospel into "another gospel." Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (7) Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 4. "whore" The First Mention of the word whore is found in Leviticus. Leviticus 19:29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness. This verse ties two words together: prostitute and whore. A whore is a woman of immorality while a prostitute is a whore who sells her wares for gain or profit. Prostitute – profane or to wound. "a person, in particular a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment." This definition ties prostitute with payment. Whore – to commit fornication for a price. Often, in the Bible, it is tied with idolatry. 2. The result of prostitute and whore is whoredom and wickedness. Whoredom – prostitution in general; to lead into sexual impurity or spiritual idolatry. Wickedness – the result is a turning the nation into ungodliness. h. Now, as we begin this chapter, we understand how God looks at this "great church." God calls it "the great whore." I took the time to give you an understanding of this because religious people think that I am personally responsible for defaming it. It does not matter what I think, it does not matter what you think, it only matters what God thinks and I believe that His message begins in complete clarity!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-18-2021James 1:12-16 Introduction: A. Before we start, we need to realize that there is more than one use of the word “tempted” found in the Bible. 1. Tempt means to “try” or to “prove.” Such was the case when Abraham was “tempted” by God concerning his sacrifice of Isaac. In 1 Peter 1:7, the Bible speaks of the preciousness of the “trial of your faith.” 2. Tempt can also mean “temptation to sin.” Such is the case in James chapter one. It is clarified by both the context in which “tempted” is used and the reference to God not being the Author of it in verse 13. God will never tempt you to sin! Satan may tempt you; the world may tempt you; your acquaintances may tempt you; your flesh will certainly tempt you; but God will not! B. Temptation to sin is almost as old as humanity. We find both the tempter and temptation in the Garden of Eden where the first human sin was committed. Sin found it's beginning in the heart of Lucifer and, before long, made its way into the heart of man. Satan tempted Eve and Adam sinned, so here we are! C. Don't be too hard on old Adam and Eve though. They lasted a lot longer in innocence than you or I would have lasted. Because of our old sinful flesh, adamic nature, and the mounting number of areas in which we are tempted today, the battle against the lust of the flesh rages. D. When we do sin, we need to take full responsibility for it: 1. God didn't make you do it! 2. The Devil didn't make you do it! 3. People didn't make you do it! 4. Don't blame your circumstances for it! 5. YOU WILFULLY DID IT YOURSELF! E. We can choose how we want to live. God has made us “free moral agents” and has given to us the privilege to choose right. He has not given to us the right to choose wrong. 1. We can control our ACTIONS but not the RESULTS. 2. We can make our own CHOICES but we cannot avoid their CONSEQUENCES. F. It is human nature to blame either God or others for our personal choices. 1. When Adam was confronted, he blamed God for giving him Eve. 2. When Eve was confronted, she blamed the serpent. 3. When the serpent was confronted, he at least made no excuses! G. When we learn to recognize both the COURSE and the SOURCE of sin, it will help us when temptation does come. H. Temptation to sin can be minimized through obedience to the Holy Spirit and the Bible. 1. We can minimize sinfulness through abstaining from all appearance of evil. Abstain from all appearance of evil means that at the first inkling that something is going to turn “south,” LEAVE! 2. We can minimize sinfulness through guarding our eyes and ears. “Seeing and hearing” got Lot into a “lot” of trouble. We normally know what we will see or hear before we go to certain places. 3. We can minimize sinfulness through watching who we associate with. Walking together brings about agreement either vocally or through compromise to remain silent on certain issues. 4. We can minimize sinfulness through a close relationship with the Lord through prayer and Scripture. Prayer and Bible study will help to keep us from areas of sin. Hide God's Word in your heart that you might not “sin against God.” 5. We can minimize sinfulness through realization of personal weakness and deceitfulness of heart. No, I cannot handle sin and neither can you. When sin begins, we feel that we are in control but subtly things begin to change. Without our recognition, sin soon becomes the MASTER while we become the SLAVE. J. The Bible sets forth several things in these verses pertaining to temptation and sin: 1. ENTICEMENT - The Promise of Temptation To Sin – vs. 12-13 “when he is tempted” a. Tempted can mean to be "Offered a bait" or "lured by a bait". “Every man is tempted!” b. Tempted by evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. c. You will be tempted by self, someone, or something! 1) Tempted By Satan - Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 2) Tempted By Sin - Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 3) Tempted By Self - James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. d. “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” 2. ENTRAPMENT - The Probability of Surrender To Sin – vs. 15 “lust hath conceived” a. Surrender can mean "drawn away" or "snared in a trap." b. “Lust” is desire! An “inside job.” c. God has given to us certain normal desires while the world creates abnormal ones. d. The word is used 22x - never in a good sense! Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 3. ENDORSEMENT – The Progression of Sin– vs. 15 “bringeth forth sin”
Temple Baptist Church - 8-15-2021Revelation 16:1-9 A. We are now through with the Parenthetical Chapters that are prophetic of what will transpire in the last 3 ½ years of Jacob's Trouble. Now we see how the second half begins and ends. It will begin and end with the pouring out of the seven vials of God's wrath. B. When I think of wrath, which is anger put into motion, I think of a “boiling point.” Water, at standard barometric pressure, boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When water boils, it begins to roll as the hottest water rises to the top while the cooler water falls to the bottom of a pan. The more that you heat the water, the faster that it boils. Eventually, the water will tend to “boil over” as the heat expands. We have learned to place a wooden spoon on top of a pan of liquid that is being heated to keep it from boiling over. C. In chapter 16, we find God's wrath as it “boils over” and is poured out on the earth and its inhabitants. Once again, I am so thankful that I will not be on earth when this takes place. The first 4 of these vials are like the first four trumpet judgments: the first upon the earth, the second upon the sea, the third upon waters, and the fourth upon the sun. Most of these plagues line up with those placed upon Egypt in the Book of Exodus but, here in Revelation, they are not lifted. In Egypt, a plague came then was, for the most part, lifted before the next one came. Here, they are D. Verse 1. The order is given. The seven angels are now told to “go your ways” which means that each of the seven vials will be both different and differently poured out. “Pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” The first four vials of God's wrath are progressive and building because they are not removed. E. Verse 2. The First Vial falls upon the earth but is directed upon those who have taken the “mark of the beast” and “which worshipped his image.” A “noisome grievous sore” fell upon them, probably in the form of an ulcer. Noisome – injurious or harmful. Grievous – extremely painful. This reminds me of the “sores” that Satan inflicted upon Job. Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines: 1. Noisome—Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; destructive; pestilence, injurious, offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting. 2. Grievous— Afflictive; painful; hard to be borne, causing grief or sorrow, distressing, atrocious, hurtful, destructive. F. The direction of this vial shows the seriousness of both accepting the mark of the beast along with worshipping the image. These are the people who have completely “bought in” to the wickedness, anti-God political order of Antichrist. G. Verse 3. The Second Vial is now poured out upon the sea. The sea becomes as the “blood of a dead man.” Coagulated, putrid, stinking blood. This vial directly affects the ecology of the earth as our seas (oceans and seas) are vital to the welfare of the earth. The seas are important for different reasons. Seas are important to our water cycle. Polluted waters flow to the sea where the brine (salt water) is vital to water purification, taking the pollutants to the bottom while the cleaner water rises to the top for evaporation and return inland in the form of rain. We also get much in the way of minerals out of the oceans which will be lost. Then, “every soul” in the water dies, affecting our food supply. All forms of sea life will be gone. H. Verse 4-7. The Third Vial is poured out upon all sources of fresh drinking water. Not only will our rain be affected but all drinking water become blood as they did in the plagues placed upon Egypt because of Pharoah's rejection of God. Exodus 5:2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Mankind can go for a long time without food but not very long without water. This means that they will have to drink the blood. This is declared to be a righteous judgment from a righteous LORD. These people are declared worthy because they have shed the blood of both saints and prophets. In the Tribulation Period, martyrdom is a continual “cleansing” of the earth of the presence of anyone who names the name of Christ. Martyrdom began in Genesis, chapter 4, continues to this day, and will continue until God ultimately intervenes. J. In verse 7, we once again hear the voice of a martyred saint under the altar as they did in Revelation, chapter 6. 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? K. Verse 8-9. The Fourth Vial. The sun, our source of light, warmth, comfort, along with health benefits—us used to scorch men. Scorch – to burn the skin so as to turn its color and bring about great pain. All of us have had a bad sunburn and remember the excruciating pain along with the dying and peeling of the epidermis. L. I have always found verse 9 interesting in a morbid way. As men are scorched with the sun, they continue to blaspheme the name of God and be non-repentant in their hearts. Hardship does not always cause men to turn to God. Most of the time, it causes men to blame God for their circumstance when their own sin and rebellion brought upon them. l. God will not always be longsuffering, full of grace and mercy. Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Temple Baptist Church - 8-15-20212 Timothy 1:7 A. Any time that you find a 2nd or 3rd Book of the New Testament, it gives a picture of what is to come. The 1st Book is doctrinal in nature. 2 Timothy is one of the Pastoral Epistles and in our text Paul is helping young Timothy in the pastorate. B. 2 Timothy 3:1 speaks of the perilous times of the latter days in which we now live. C. In our text, Paul gives us 4 things: 1 thing that God has not given to us and 3 things which God has given to us. D. I want to look at these 4 things for a few minutes. My heart's desire is to be an encouragement to Temple Baptist Church. 1. God has not given to us the spirit of fear. 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. a. First, let me say that not all fear is bad: There is Sudden Fear. 1) You are to Fear God. 2) You fear when you step beside a snake, or a spider gets on your neck. 3) You fear in many different scenarios when something horrible suddenly happens to you or it is impending. 4) Our text speaks of “the spirit of fear.” “spirit” – A mental disposition: walking in fear and not trusting the Lord. b. There is the Spirit of Fear: We live in days of fear. What causes fear? 1) Our Humanity - 1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. (We are all human and, at times, we all experience fea. r in one manner or another. The man who knows not fear fails to know when and what to fear. A fearless man can be a foolish one.) 2) Dire Circumstances - Mark 4:37-38 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. (38) And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Sometimes, the waves are just over our heads. These were seasoned, professional fishermen! There are times when circumstances are out of our control or beyond our control and fears can arise.) 3) The Unknown - Matthew 14:26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. (We do not normally fear the known nearly as much as the unknown. If I know what to expect, I can mentally prepare myself for the task at hand, like it or not. When we do not know what to expect, we expect the worst.) c. Fear does not come from God! We keep our hearts stayed upon God, fear goes away, and we have perfect peace. (Isaiah 26:3-4) 2. What God has given to us: the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. a. The spirit of power: God has given to us the power to overcome the world and our flesh! 1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5) Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1) The realization of power – John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 2) The remembering of power – Psalms 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 3) The reliance of power – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 4) The relegation of power – Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 5) The result of power - Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. b. The spirit of love: God has given to us the power to love despite all our circumstances. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1) They love God - 1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 2) They love each other - John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (35) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 3) They love the church - Psalms 84:1-2 A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! (2) My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. 4) They love the Bible - 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. Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. 5) They love sinners - Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. c. The spirit of a sound mind: God has given us the ability to have a sound mind. Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world:
Temple Baptist Church - 8-8-2021Deuteronomy 1:23-33 Introduction: A. Part of being “heart healthy” is living an encouraged, victorious Christian life. Yet, possibly the greatest obstacle that the believer faces is discouragement! I do not want to focus upon the discouragement of the children of Israel because that is history, but we do need to study history so that we will not repeat it in our lives. B. In our text for this morning, we find the children of Israel still in the wilderness (Kadeshbarnea-Wilderness of the Fugitive or Wandering) but just a “hop-skip-jump” from stepping into the Promised Land—a land flowing with milk and honey! 1. And it was such a place. “And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us …” 2. It was all that God said that it was! In verses 20-21, Moses told the people to “fear not neither be discouraged” Twelve spies were sent into the land and 10 gave an evil report while two gave a good one. The “evil report” discouraged the heart of the people. 3. Yes, there were wall cities to be breached; there were giants to be faced; there were wars to be fought; there was land to be taken; but the reward was found in the words: “It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.” (Verse 25) 4. Let us look at these verses: Deuteronomy 1:29-30 Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them. (30) The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; a) An Encouragement Given – “Dread not, neither be afraid of them” b) A Promise Re-stated – “The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you” c) A History to be Relied Upon – “according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes” C. I want you to see what discouragement is this morning. DISCOURAGEMENT IS A PERSONAL CHOICE!! The children of Israel chose to become victims. 1. They heard an “evil report” (fake news if you will) and chose to allow it to be a source of discouragement. 2. Then they blamed the 10 spies for the discouragement. They chose to believe spies over God! If you choose to be a victim, you can always blame someone else for where you are. THEY KNEW WHAT GOD HAD DONE IN EGYPT, THEY SAW HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE PILLAR OF CLOUD AND FIRE, THE RED SEA, MARAH, MANNA, THE ROCK OF HOREB, AMALEK, AND WHAT HE HAD SAID AT SINAI! D. No one or nothing can cause you to be discouraged! Either God is God, or He isn't! God either holds your life in His hand or He does not! Either a sovereign God controls your circumstances, or He does not! Discouragement is my fault; discouragement is your fault! E. The cost of their discouraged hearts was great. 1. Discouragement Traded Eleven Days For Forty Years! Vs. 2-3 Discouragement lengthens your trials and tribulations! They had already made the 11 day trip and were in Kadeshbarnea! All they had to do was cross over Jordan and the land was theirs. 2. Discouragement Traded Victory For Defeat! Vs. 40-46 Discouragement caused an assured victory from the Lord to become a devastating defeat because the Lord was not with them. Discouragement destroyed their joy! 3. Discouragement Traded Canaan For The Wilderness! Vs. 9, 25; 19, 35, 40 Canaan was truly a land flowing with milk and honey and the wilderness that they had come through was a barren, arid land. Discouragement will keep your soul dry while denying you the milk and honey that God intended to flood your soul! 4. Discouragement Traded Their Burying Place From Canaan To The Wilderness! Vs. 34-40a “But as for you!” Israel died in defeat! I don't know about you, but I want my life to end right. I want to die serving the Lord, not in discouragement and defeat! F. To put it plainly, their discouragement destroyed their lives and caused them to miss the Promised Land and die in the wilderness. Discouragement destroyed their lives and, therefore, their usefulness. G. Thus, it is in our day. You hear more people speaking in discouragement than you do rejoicing in victory. We do face much in the way of disappointment in our day and much of it is because of the brethren as well as the world. 1. Preachers are retiring or just plain quitting because of discouragement. It is just not like it once was? Have they not read their bible? 2. People that were once faithful to God are quitting because of discouragement. So many have been hurt; so many have been enticed by the world or worldly churches. H. I call Discouragement Public Enemy #1! Their hearts were discouraged (vs. 28). Sometimes, if you are not careful, you just get tired of the fight! J. We lose more people to discouragement than sinfulness. We lose more people to discouragement than to apostasy. We lose more people to discouragement than to division. We so often lose more people that are added. K. I want to give you 5 areas for discouragement in our day. You can choose to be discouraged in any or all of these things. 1. Discouraged by our Faith – Not tired of the way but tired in the way. Loneliness in service. “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” JUST STAY WITH GOD. He has not changed. 2. Discouraged by our Family – Disappointment in family. We are often discouraged when we see the spiritual condition of our families. JUST STAY WITH GOD. He will walk with you. 3. Discouraged by our Friends – King David spoke of “mine own familiar friend” forsaking him. One that he ate with; one that he walked with; one that he went to “church” with. JUST STAY WITH GOD. He will never leave nor forsake you. 4. Discouraged by our Finances – Today, we see inflation rising faster than wages. JUST STAY WITH GOD. He owns it all and has promised to supply ALL our needs. 5. Discouraged by our Failures – This one is a “biggie” because all the other sources of discouragement that I mention are not as personal. JUST STAY WITH GOD. When you fail, He will not fail; when you fall, He will pick you up; when you sin, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and restore you to a place of righteousness. 898uj Conclusion: How can we live a victorious Christian life without being discouraged? Change the things that you can change and trust God with the things that you cannot change. 1. Find your encouragement in the Lord, not in your circumstances. He knows where you are in life and if God is “good with it,” then we ought to be good with! 2. Learn to follow God, not man! You will hear “evil reports” all your lives. We live in an evil world. Learn to live! God will never let you down; He will always be there with you and for you. I promise you; IT WILL BE ALRIGHT! 3. Purpose to be an encouragement to others, not a source of discouragement. “And exhorting one another” instead of “our brethren have discouraged our heart!”
Temple Baptist Church - 8-8-2021Revelation 15:5-8 A. Now John is given a vision of the “temple of the tabernacle of the testimony.” This is the only mention of these three words, temple tabernacle testimony, found together in the Bible. Because it is a First Mention and Full Mention, I believe that it is a “one of a kind.” 1. Temple – a sanctuary; a sacred place. The “temple” in heaven is a sacred sanctuary. A holy place created for a thrice holy God. 2. Tabernacle – a habitation or place of dwelling. A “tabernacle” is a place of dwelling. The “temple of the tabernacle” is the place where God resides. 3. Testimony – a record or witness. The “temple of the tabernacle of the testimony” is a record or witness of the holiness of God compared to the sinfulness of man or this world. B. Thus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was probably found in heaven before the creation. C. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was built after the heavenly pattern which God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. Exodus 25:9, 40 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it … (40) And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. 1. In the beginning, Voice of God walked with man. Adam walked with God and then Enoch and Noah walked with God. The phrase “walked with God” is found only 3x in your Bible with all 3 mentioned in chapters 5 and 6 of Genesis. Genesis_5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:Genesis_5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.Genesis_6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 2. In the age of the Patriarchs, God manifested Himself to men through Theophanies, Christophanies, and Anthropomorphisms. 3. Under the Law, God inhabited the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and Israel encamped around about Him. God dwelt with men based upon an atonement made each your by sacrificing and applying blood to the Mercy Seat. Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Numbers 17:4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 4. In our day, God dwells within man. The Holy Ghost of God lives within the temple of our body. 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 5. In heaven, man dwells with God. God is enthroned with the Lamb by His side and the Ark of the Covenant has the blood of Christ applied. We will dwell in His presence. Revelation 7:15 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. 6. In eternity, there will be no temple because God and man will dwell together. Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. D. In chapter 11, we saw the temple of God opened and the ark of his testament was seen there. 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. The ark of his testament is found in the “holy of holies” where God resides. Within that ark is found the testimony of God or the law: the faithfulness of God's judgments. E. Verse 6-7. The seven angels having the seven plagues of God's wrath come forth. God's faithful judgments upon the lawless upon earth. The clothing of these angels is somewhat like the priestly garments of the Old Testament Levitical Priesthood worn when doing their service withing the Tabernacle. F. Unto these seven angels are given by the four beasts the seven golden vials full of the wrath of the eternal God. God's patience is gone because sin is now to be judged upon earth. “vial” verses a “bowl” The modern translations of the bible use the word “bowl” or “bowls” instead of “vial” or “vials.” There is a difference between the two and your King James Bible has the correct translation. I am adding this little study because I always want God's people to know that, in the King James Bible, they have the right translation. 1. Let us look at the word “bowl” or “bowls” first. These two words are used 41x in your King James Bible with all 41x found in the Old Testament. First Mention of “bowl” in the King James Bible is a basin used for holding blood - Exodus 25:29 And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. The word “bowl” or “bowls” is never mentioned in your King James Bible with the word “pour” in any form. A bowl was simply a container used for holding something, not pouring something. 2. The word or words “vial” or “vials.” These two words are found 13x in your King James Bible with 1x being found in the Old Testament and 12x in the New Testament with all 12x being found in the Book of Revelation. First Mention of “vial” - 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? A “vial” was a container used for pouring. In 9 of the 13x, both “vial” and “pour” are used in the same verse. A “vial” is a container used for pouring, not just made for containing something. Webster's 1828 Dictionary gives the proper meaning of the word. webstersdictionary1828.com › Dictionary › vial VI'AL, noun [Latin phiala.] A phial; a small bottle of thin glass, used particularly by apothecaries and druggists. Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head. 1 Samuel 10:1. Vials of God's wrath, in Scripture, are the execution of his wrath upon the wicked for their sins. Revelation 16:2. Pouring from a vial is a directed pour! Your King James Bible is right, and the modern translations are incorrect. G. Verse 8. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. This vision is the same as was seen in Isaiah, chapter 6. Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. (2) Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. (3) And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (4) And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Smoke is also used for the judgment of God upon sinners. First Mention - Genesis 19:28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. Last Mention - Revelation 19:2-3 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. (3) And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. H. “And no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” No man can then make intercession of the lost of this world as God's judgment and wrath cannot be circumvented. What God wills, He will perform.
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.

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