(Updated Aug 7, 2014)
Just as the birth, death, and resurrection of the promised and prophesied Messiah and Savior occurred at the appointed time and in the fullness of time, so, too, will be His return as Lord of every man. (Gal 4:4; Eph 1:9-10)
On the human side, we are plainly told by the Lord Jesus that we can not know precisely when the time will be. (Acts 1:7; Mt 24:36; Mk 13:32)
On God’s part, there is a time which He has set, and which no one or any thing can alter or prevent. He is YHVH, the Lord God of history, and of its times and seasons. (Mk 13:32; Rev 9:15)
At the same time, the Lord Himself does give us, as does the Holy Spirit through the apostles, signs of the end, or signs of the time which will prepare those who are His to be watching, working, praying: birth pangs (labor pains) indicate nearness, and are more frequent and more intense and increasingly difficult to bear: Mt 24; Mk 13; Lk 21; 1Thes 2; 1Thes 5:4-5 A growing expectation of Christ/Messiah to come will see the appearance of many false messiahs and prophets, just as at His first coming. (Mt 24:21-18)
That day should not overtake believers as a thief in the night, for we are sons of light and of the day. Continue reading “The Time of the Lord Yeshua’s Second Coming”
(Updated Aug 7, 2014)
The New Testament writers understood the Scriptures through their faith in the glorified and exalted Yeshua – who died and rose again and ascended into Heaven to the right hand of the Father – by the Holy Spirit who was their – and is our – Teacher.
Our reliance is on the record of the Bible. Other books and teachings are useful and helpful to the extent that they enlighten God’s Word to us and direct us to see for ourselves the sufficiency of the Biblical record.
It is vital to apprehend the truth that all of the prophecies regarding the coming Messiah converged upon and in the person of Yeshua of Nazareth at that time in human history when He came into the world, and during the course of His life, ministry, death and resurrection. NO OTHER PERSON (OR ANY OTHER THING OR ENTITY) MEETS, NOR CAN MEET, ALL OF THE PROPHETIC QUALIFICATIONS PERTAINING TO THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, THE KING OF ISRAEL AND OF THE JEWS! YEHOVAH God is the Lord of history: He determines and sets the appointed times and seasons for the carrying out of His sovereign will. Continue reading “Time of Messiah Yeshua’s First Coming”
(Eve of formal appointment as Elder)
Does anyone here tonight want to be changed from what you are and the way you now are – even as a believer – because of hearing the Word of God to you?
Is anyone here tonight a changed/different (hopefully better!) person since believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior than what you were before believing the gospel of God?
These two questions – with their positive answers – give a basis for continual hope and growth in the life of any person and Christian – old or young, male or female, wise or simple, Jew or Gentile, . . . . Continue reading “REPENTANCE LEADS TO CONVERSION: LIFE-CHANGING/CHARACTER-CHANGING”
2Cor 11:2 Engaged to the Lord
2Pt 1:4 Promises of God to escape worldly corruption and to partake of divine nature
Gen 24:50-58 Rebecca’s betrothal (engagement) to Isaac
When any person – whether Jew or Gentile – is born-again through repentance and faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, he enters into a new, covenantal relationship with God as Father, who gives him/her the Holy Spirit, and the believer knows that he is joined to the Lord.
God gives us His great and precious promises not only to realize them in the world to come, but also to affect our lives here today: that we would set them before us and allow the living hope of them to work in us to transform and cleanse our souls and our lives. These promises are not for any particular individual alone, but rather to all members of the Church, the Body of Christ.
One of these wonderful promises God gives to those in Messiah is to become His Bride! We become engaged to the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God, when we believe on Him as Savior and Lord. This is a profound mystery: the union of Messiah and the Church (all Christians collectively), of which Adam and Eve – the first man and wife (woman) – are a type. Continue reading “BETROTHED TO YESHUA – 2 Mar 1991”
It is joy to speak of Him who is perfect and harmless, and also of His Kingdom. It is amazing, given the state of the world, the rampant unbelief in any particular god (or belief in every kind of god), and the widespread rejection, in truth, of the LORD God and His Anointed, that most people, when asked, think that God is too good to send people to hell at all, not to mention forever! So we heard last week from Olavi. This only confirms the Scripture that says even God’s enemies will praise Him. What sovereign wisdom He has to accomplish this! Continue reading “SOVEREIGNTY AND WISDOM OF GOD – 8 Apr 1989”