The Remnant : Stephen Bohr

This is a sermon titled The Remnant of Her Seed by Stephen Bohr on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network television.

Transcript of The Remnant sermon:

Let’s bow our heads. Thank You, Father, for this wonderful day. Thank You for the privilege of coming once again here to this place in full freedom to open Your Holy Word, and hear Your voice speaking to us.

We ask that You will be present here through the ministration of Your Holy Spirit. Give us clarity of thought, and give us willing hearts to receive Your Word.

And we thank You for hearing our prayer, for we ask it in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

The lecture today, and the next lecture are very closely linked. In fact the lecture today, The Remnant of Her Seed, is absolutely indispensable to understand the next lecture, which is on the 144,000.

So what we’re going to study today is basic to understand our next lecture.

And I’d like to begin by going to Genesis 3:15. At this point Adam and Eve had sinned, and they were shaking in the garden because they felt that God was going to implement His Word, and they were going to be destroyed. Because God had said, The day that you eat from the tree, that very day you will surely die.

But when they were filled with fear, thinking that the sentence was going to fall on them, God came down to the garden and He spoke to the serpent.

And I want you to notice four key elements in this verse. Genesis 3:15. God is speaking to the serpent, to the Devil. That’s the first element. That is between the serpent. That’s the second element. There’s the third element.

So you’ll notice that there’s four elements here. We have, first of all, enmity. Then we have a serpent. Then we have a woman. And then the serpent has seed, and the woman has Seed.

And you’ll notice that the enmity runs between the serpent and the woman, and the serpent’s seed, and the woman’s Seed. But the real enmity is not serpent versus woman, or seed versus seed.

The true enmity is reflected in the last part of the verse. Once again it says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He, that is the Seed of the woman, shall bruise your head,..That is the serpent’s head “….and you shall bruise his heel”.

So the great enmity that we find in Genesis 3:15, is between the woman’s Seed, and the serpent. And the prophecy says that the Seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head, and the serpent would be successful in wounding his heel.

Now Revelation 12:17 picks up on this verse, on Genesis 3:15. Go with me to Revelation 12:17, which we’ve read before.

It says there: Let’s see if we have the same four elements. By the way, the dragon in verse 9 of Revelation 12, is called the ancient serpent. So the dragon is the serpent.

So it says: Or the serpent. See, there you have the enmity. There’s the third element. So you have a dragon, or a serpent. You have enmity, or rage, and you have a woman.

And then it says: That is the serpent. There you have the enmity again. I prefer the King James, with the remnant of her Seed. So do we have seed in this verse also? Absolutely.

We find the same elements in this verse as we found in Genesis 3:15. We find a woman, we find a serpent, we find enmity, and we find the Seed of the woman.

But you’ll notice here in Revelation 12:17 that it’s not the Seed that is being spoken of, the Seed of the woman, but the Seed’s seed.

Notice the last part of the verse. It says once again, He went to make war with the remnant of her Seed.

Now the question is, Who is the Seed of the woman? Because this is the remnant of the Seed of the woman, the remnant of her seed.

Now the Seed of the woman, we’re going to notice, is Jesus. But this is the remnant’s seed. So, in other words, this is the Seed’s seed.

Now let’s notice John 12:23, 24, John 12:23, 24. Here Jesus is speaking about His death and notice what He says: By the way, that’s Him. It represents Jesus.

What happens? it sprouts again; and it produces what? So you have one Seed, which is a grain of wheat; falls into the ground, dies, and as a result of its death it sprouts forth, and it brings forth many seeds.

Are you understanding? In other words, these are the seeds of the Seed, of the original seed that died and sprouted up.

Now the question is, who is this solitary Seed who brings many seeds into the world?

Let’s go to Galatians 3:16. Galatians 3:16 identifies this solitary Seed, this grain of wheat that Jesus spoke about. So the question is, Who is that solitary Seed, that grain of wheat that Jesus spoke about?

He’s talking about Himself. But let me ask you, When Jesus died, and sprouted forth to new life, or resurrected, Did He provide the means where He could have many other seeds? Absolutely.

Notice Galatians 3:29. In other words, we become the Seed’s seed. Are you following me or are you not following me?

So in other words, Revelation 12:17 is saying that the serpent, or the dragon, was going to be enraged with the remnant of her Seed. Her Seed is Jesus, so the remnant of her seed would be those who were born from Jesus, the Seed’s seed, if you please.

Now you say, Why do you bring this to view? There’s a very important reason.

You see, in the book of Revelation, Babylon is not a literal city geographically defined. Babylon, according to what we’ve studied, is a worldwide system that is at enmity with the people of God.

The woman, who is called Babylon the harlot, is symbolic. The wine that she gets is symbolic. Her fornication is symbolic. The river that she sits on is symbolic. It represents multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples.

In other words, Babylon is not literal Babylon over in the middle east. Babylon is a worldwide, global, spiritual system.

Now who is the great enemy of Babylon in Scripture? Folks, the great enemy of Babylon in Scripture is Israel.

Now let me ask you, If Babylon is global, or worldwide, and spiritual, that must mean that Israel must also be global and spiritual.

Are you understanding what I am saying?

The citizens of Babylon in Revelation are not citizens of the old city in the middle east. They’re citizens of a worldwide apostate system. And so Israel, the enemy of Babylon, must also be a worldwide spiritual system.

And you say, Why do you bring this to view?

You see, most churches today, most Protestant churches, at least of the conservative brand have a very interesting idea about Bible prophecy.

They teach that God has two mutually exclusive peoples. The first people of God are the literal Jews, in other words literal Israel. The second group that belongs to God, or the second people that God has, is the Christian church.

And they believe that God has two totally different plans for literal Israel and for the church. They actually believe that the church is going to be raptured to heaven seven years before the glorious coming of Jesus.

And then after the spiritual people of God are Raptured to heaven, then God will begin His plan again for the literal Jews.

And some even teach that throughout eternity God is going to have a heavenly people, and He’s going to have an earthly people.

He’s going to have two peoples: literal Israel and the Christian church.

Now this has very strong implications for what we’re going to study in our next lecture. Because we’re going to notice that, according to Scripture, there is only one Seed, who is Jesus Christ.

And there is only one Seed’s seed, which are His people from all ages. And I want you to notice, in ten specific points, how the Bible teaches that God has only one Israel, one true people, that are not geographically defined, but they’re defined by their relationship to Jesus Christ.

So we’re going to study ten points.

The first point is that God has only one fold.

Jesus has only one fold. Notice John 10:16, John 10:16. Who are those other sheep that are not of His fold? This fold is Israel.

Jesus says, I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He says several times in the gospels.

So it says, He says,…two flocks and one shepherd. That’s not what it says.

He’s going to bring the Gentiles and there will be what? one flock, and one shepherd. One people of God represented by sheep.

Let’s go to John 11:51, 52. We’re still showing that Jesus has only one fold not two. He doesn’t have literal Israel and the Christian church.

He has one people, one fold, and there’s one shepherd.

John 11:51, 52. You remember that Caiaphas says it’s necessary for one man to die, and not that the nation disappear? Well notice: Caiaphas did not say…Which nation is that? for literal Israel.

But now notice: How many folds, and how many shepherds? one fold, and one shepherd. And the fold is composed of Jews and Gentiles, literal Israelites who accepted Jesus, and spiritual Israelites.

Now the second point that I would like us to notice is that:

God has only one Israel

God has only one Israel, and that Israel is not defined geographically. It’s not defined ethnically. It’s not defined genetically. It’s defined relationally.

In other words, for you to be Israel, you have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You must become the Seed’s seed in order to be true Israel.

Let’s go once again to Galatians 3:16. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one; and to your Seed, who is Christ.”

Who is the only true Seed, according to the apostle Paul? Jesus Christ. Now do we become seed also? Yes. We become the Seed’s seed.

How is it that we become the Seed’s seed? Notice what we find in verse 26. For you are all sons of God through how?
faith in Christ Jesus. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

How do we become the Seed’s seed? By being what? By being baptized into His church. Verse 28:

And now notice: What makes us children of Abraham, or seed of Abraham? The fact that we are related to whom? to Jesus Christ.

In other words, those who have not received Jesus Christ are not really children of Abraham. They are not really Israel.

Are you understanding what I’m saying?

Notice Romans 2:28, 29, Romans 2:28, 29. Do you know that there are Jews that aren’t really Jews? Do you know what a real Jew is?

According to the New Testament definition, it is one who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be he Jew, literally speaking, or be he Gentile. Romans 2:28, 29.

Let me ask you, Must you have a circumcised and converted heart to Jesus Christ? Must you have received the Holy Spirit in order to be a true Jew according to the New Testament definition? Absolutely!

Notice Romans 9:6-8, Romans 9:6-8. Here the apostle Paul says….That’s interesting. Paul is saying that not all Israelites are Israelites.

Now who is an Israelite then? Notice what he continues saying, verse 7. Let me ask you, Is it possible to be the seed of Abraham literally, and not be a child, or a son or a daughter of God? Absolutely.

So he says: Let me ask you, Who was it that came from Isaac? Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Verse 8.That means literal Jews. That is of the promise of the Messiah.

Do you remember the encounter that Jesus had with Nathaniel, who became one of His disciples; one of the twelve apostles?

I want you to notice how the story is told in John 1:47-49. Question: If there are Israelites indeed, must there be Israelites not indeed? Absolutely!

Now what made Nathaniel an Israelite indeed? Was it because he had blood of Abraham flowing through his veins?
Was it because he lived in the land of Israel? Was that defined genetically, or geographically? Absolutely not.

Let’s continue reading. By the way, the word indeed there is a Greek word that means genuine. In other words this is a genuine Israelite in whom is no deceit.

The same word that’s used about the 144,000: In their mouth was found no deceit. And then verse 48. What made him a Jew indeed?

Interesting that he was under the fig tree, because the fig tree represented Israel. So you have an Israelite indeed under the symbol that represents Israel.

And then verse 49 shows what made him a true Jew. What made Nathaniel a Jew indeed, or an Israelite indeed? The fact that he confessed that Jesus was the Son of God; that Jesus was the King of Israel.

The next point that I want us to notice is that God has only one body. There’s only one body of Christ, composed of Jews and Gentiles.

You see, God doesn’t have two bodies. God only has one body. Christ only has one body.

Notice Ephesians 2:13-18, Ephesians 2:13-18. Here the apostle Paul says: Who were those who were far off? the Gentiles. You’re going to notice it in a minute. That is Jesus is our peace.

In other words, Jew and Gentile He has made one. How many new men? That’s the Gentiles, by the way. That’s the Jews.

How many bodies does Jesus have? One body is a Jewish body, and the other body is a Gentile body? No, Jesus has one body composed of Jews and Gentiles:  one people, one Israel, one fold.

Notice 1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 Corinthians 12:13, on this same point that Jesus Christ has only one body. It says there:
See, Jews and Gentiles. By the way, what is the body of Christ? The body of Christ is the church. I want you to notice that.

It says there in Ephesians 3:6. Listen to this. How many heirs does God have? He has Gentile heirs and He has Jewish heirs, separated one from the other. No, it says here: a different body? No.

How do they obtain the promises? How do they become members of one body? It says: partakers of His promises, in Christ, through the gospel.

By the way, you say, Well, does the New Testament say that the body is the church? Are you saying then that God only has one body? Literal Jews and Gentiles in one church? Absolutely.

Ephesians 1:18 and then we’ll read verse 24. It says in verse 18, “And he…” That is Jesus.”…is the head of the body…”
And what is the body? the church.

“…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have the pre-eminence.”

Verse 24: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of His body, which is what? which is the church.

How many bodies does Jesus have? He has two bodies? If He had two bodies He would be a monster. One head with two bodies? No.

He’s one head, with one body, composed of all of the people of God: Jews and Gentiles.

The next point that I want to make is that God has only one chosen city. He doesn’t have the earthly Jerusalem for the Old Testament Jewish saints, and the New Jerusalem for the New Testament spiritual Israel saints. Absolutely not!

There’s only one city for both Old and New Testament people of God.

Notice Revelation 21:2, Revelation 21:2. Which city is this? It’s the New Jerusalem. One city, right? Now is that city composed of all of God’s people from the Old and New Testament? Absolutely.

Notice Revelation 21:12, Revelation 21:12. It’s speaking here about the twelve gates of the city.

It says: What is it that is written over the gates? the names of the what? of the sons of Jacob, of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Which testament would that be? That would be the Old Testament, right? But I want you to notice that that same city
has something else.

Notice Revelation 21:14, Revelation 21:14. Speaking about the same city, it says: The gates have the names of the tribes, and the foundations have the names of the apostles.

In other words, the city is composed of Old Testament Christians and New Testament Christians, Old Testament Israel and New Testament Israel in one city.

By the way, go with me to Hebrews 11, and let’s pursue this a little bit further. Hebrews 11:9, 10 and then we’ll jump down to verses 13 to 16.

Let me ask you, which city did the Old Testament heroes look forward to?

Did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob look forward to that little city over there in the Middle East, where there’s so much conflict today?

None of the great heroes of the Old Testament looked forward to the earthly Jerusalem. They looked forward to the heavenly Jerusalem, just like we look forward to the heavenly Jerusalem.

Notice Hebrews 11:9. Speaking about Abraham. Notice, he was in the promised land, but it was a foreign country. This is Abraham.

Which city did Abraham look forward to? to that little city? Is that what God promised Abraham? that little city over in the middle east? Of course not!

He looked forward to the heavenly Jerusalem, just like we do today.

Notice verses 13 through 16. Once again this idea is amplified. It says, These… speaking about all these heroes of the Old Testament.

See, they knew that this earth wasn’t their home. They knew that that little strip of land over in the middle east wasn’t their real home. Notice verse 14: Were these people seeking a homeland, yes or no? Absolutely.

Verse 15. Which was that homeland? Interesting! So how many cities does God have? One city composed only of Gentiles, if it’s the New Jerusalem in heaven. Is that what the Bible teaches?

The Bible teaches that there’s one city composed of the apostles, and the twelve tribes; all of God’s people in one city.

Now there’s another point that I want to make, and this will be point number 5.

God’s people in the Bible are represented by only one woman. Listen, if God has two separable peoples, then He has two wives. He has two women, and God would be a spiritual bigamist. Excuse me for saying that, but it’s true.

Now notice Revelation 12:1, 2. This is speaking about the church of the Old Testament; the woman of the Old Testament. Notice verse 1: This woman represents the Old Testament church.

And you say, How do we know that? It’s very simple, because she’s pregnant with a child. Who is the child? The child is Jesus.

It has to be the Old Testament church because the child hasn’t been born yet in verses 1 and 2. So this woman represents the Old Testament church.

And, by the way, did Jesus come from the Old Testament church? Was Jesus a descendant of Abraham? Was Jesus a descendant of David? He most certainly was.

Jesus was born from the Old Testament church. But now I want you to notice that after the child is caught up to God into His throne, notice verse 5: In other words, after Jesus ascends to heaven, then the dragon goes after whom?

He goes after the woman. Is it a different woman, or is it the same woman? It’s the same woman.

Notice verse 6. Does the same woman flee into the wilderness as the one who brought forth the male child? Yes.

The woman that brought forth the male child represents the Old Testament church from where Jesus was born. But then afterwards that same woman now flees into the wilderness.

So much for the idea that God had an Old Testament woman, which would be literal Israel, and then He has a separable people which are the Gentiles in the New Testament period.

The Bible says that God only has one woman. Jesus Christ has only one wife. He does not have two wives: literal Israel and spiritual Israel.

And, by the way, by choosing twelve apostles, Jesus Christ was trying to teach that He was continuing Israel. Don’t you think that Jesus chose twelve apostles just because He liked the number.

He says, Oh, twelve, that’s a nice number, isn’t it? There were twelve tribes, so let’s just choose twelve apostles, No. Jesus chose twelve apostles intentionally.

How do we know that? We know that because before the day of Pentecost, in Acts 1, before God could pour out His Holy Spirit, it was necessary to elect apostle number twelve in place of Judas, because Judas had apostatized.

There needed to be how many? twelve. And let me explain very briefly why there had to be twelve.

You see, the high priest, in the sanctuary, had twelve stones on his breastplate, which represented God’s people, the twelve tribes of Israel.

Now Jesus was going to begin His high priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. He couldn’t begin it with only eleven stones on His breastplate.

He had to have all twelve representing all of God’s people; the nucleus of His New Testament church.

In other words, the number twelve represents God’s people from all ages, Old Testament and New Testament.

The next point that I would like to make, and I believe it’s number six, is that Christ’s kingdom is illustrated by only one olive tree.

Now I’m going to tell you a few things about that olive tree. It’s found in Romans 11, and in a moment we’re going to go to the verses, but I want you to have something clear before we read the verses.

This olive tree has natural branches, and those natural branches are retained in the tree. In other words, those natural branches are never cut off. They are retained in the olive tree.

These represent the Jews who believed in, and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

The literal Jews are the natural branches that were never cut off, because they received the Messiah.

Then you have natural branches who were cut off. They represent the literal Jews who rejected Jesus Christ, because the tree trunk represents Jesus.

Then there were natural branches who were cut off, but then they were grafted into the tree again. That represents the Jews that initially rejected Jesus, but then they accepted Him afterwards.

You see, what is it that determines whether you belong to the tree or not? What determines it is your relationship to whom? To Jesus Christ.

But then the olive tree also has some wild olive branches grafted into it. Now who would the wild olive branches grafted into the tree represent? They represent the Gentiles.

But notice that they belong to the same tree. It’s not a different tree. It’s the same tree.

And, by the way, the apostle Paul says, If you don’t believe in Jesus, then you’ll be cut off, too.

And so you have this idea of one tree with natural branches, wild olive branches, and what determines whether you belong to the tree or not is your attitude, and your relationship to Jesus Christ.

Let’s read Romans 11 beginning with verse 17. And it’s a rather long passage, but let’s go through it.

The apostle Paul says, and if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree,…This is now speaking about the Gentiles….He says to the Gentiles. Don’t think that you’re so great because you were grafted in.

Of course the root represents whom? Jesus….says the apostle Paul. Unbelief in whom? The natural branches were broken off because of unbelief in Jesus.

How? You say the reason you’re grafted in is because you have what? faith. Faith in whom? in Jesus.

See, they’ll be grafted into their own tree. He’s speaking about literal Israel. And so some say, See, it says there that all Israel someday is going to be saved. But they don’t take into account what comes immediately before.

You see, what is all Israel, according to the preceding context? According to the preceding context, all Israel will be
saved, means all faithful Israel that has been grafted into the tree.

Natural branches that have remained, natural branches that were cut off and grafted in again, and wild olive branches that were taken off of a wild olive tree and grafted into the natural olive tree.

In other words, the context indicates that when the apostle Paul says, All Israel will be saved, he means all faithful
Israel, who have been grafted into the tree, into the root, Jesus Christ.

And so it says, And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written.

So how many trees illustrate the people of God? Does God have two separable trees? Does He have two separable wives? Does He have two separable bodies? Does He have two separable folds? Does He have two separable Israel’s?

Not according to Scripture.

He has one people; one faithful people who are determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ.

Now our next point is that there is only going to be one banquet table in the kingdom for Jews and Gentiles.

You know, Jesus had just healed the servant of a Centurion. You know what a Centurion was, right? He was the head of a 100 soldiers in the Roman army, in the Roman legions, is the way that they were called. And Jesus had just healed his servant.

And I want you to notice what Jesus said to those who were watching there and listening to what He had done for this Centurion.

Notice Matthew 8:11, 12. Jesus says: And I say to you, that many will come from east and west,…

Do you know who those are? the Gentiles.

…many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob faithful? Were they faithful Israelites? Did they look forward to the Messiah?

Jesus said, Abraham saw My day and what? rejoiced. John 8:56. These all saw the Messiah coming in the future. They accepted Jesus Christ in promise.

So it says once again, And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: But the sons of the kingdom…Who are those? the sons of the kingdom? the literal Jews.

…the sons of the kingdom…That reject Jesus, incidentally….will be cast out into outer darkness: where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

How many tables are there going to be in the kingdom? How many banquet tables? One for the Jews, and the other one on the other side of town for the Gentiles? Absolutely not!

One table, composed of Jews and Gentiles.

Next point: Jesus Christ has only one spiritual temple. Notice what we find in Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 2:19-22.

Here the apostle Paul says, Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners,…Speaking about the Gentiles, very clearly.

Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God.

Does that sound like they’re a separable people? Absolutely not!

So he says, “Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God; having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,…

Is that Old and New Testament? apostles and prophets? Yes.

“…upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;…”

What determines whether you belong to the temple? to the one temple or not? Whether you’re built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Old/New Testament.

But the chief cornerstone that you build on is whom? Jesus Christ.

Now notice what it continues saying. “In whom the whole building…” That is the temple. “…being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord: in whom you also…” He’s speaking to the Gentiles.

“In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit”.

How many temples does Jesus have? He has one temple with foundations from Old and the New Testament, apostles and prophets.

Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone of the one temple, and the temple is composed of Jews and Gentiles.

So, by the way, when prophecy says that the antichrist is going to sit in the temple of God, showing himself to be God, what temple is that talking about?

Is that talking about the literal Jewish temple over in the Middle East where a nasty individual is going to sit after the rapture of the church?

Never does the apostle Paul use the word temple in that sense. You see, this is a spiritual temple, with spiritual foundations, a spiritual chief cornerstone, and spiritual stones built up upon the foundation, as 1 Peter 2 says.

The next point that I would like to make is that the redeemed from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people will sing only one song.

You say, What’s that? You mean to say that the Jews aren’t going to sing the song of Moses? and the redeemed at the end are going to sing the song of the Lamb?

Go with me to Revelation 15: 3, 4, Revelation 15:3, 4. It’s speaking about the redeemed. Is that Old and New Testament, by the way? Was Moses in the Old Testament? Yes. The Lamb? the New Testament.

And so it says: “They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints”.

So the redeemed will sing only one song, and it is the song of Moses and the Lamb. One song that includes Old Testament and New Testament Christians.

Another point that I would like to make, and I believe that this is number 10, is that the redeemed will have only one father. And that one father is defined by your relationship to Jesus Christ.

Only those who have received Jesus are technically sons and daughters of God. It doesn’t matter if you’re a literal Jew or if you’re a Gentile.

If you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are a brother or sister of Jesus, and therefore a son or a daughter of God.

Notice Galatians 3:26, Galatians 3:26. How is it that we become sons and daughters of God? Through faith in Christ Jesus.

So let me ask you, What if we don’t have faith in Christ Jesus, like most of those who are over there in Jerusalem. They don’t have faith in Jesus Christ. Are they sons and daughters of God in the spiritual sense of the word?

By creation, yes, but not by redemption.

Notice John 1:12, 13, John 1: 12, 13. Notice this, very clear. “But as many as received Him”,…That is received Jesus.
“…to them He gave the right to become children of God.”

How do we become children of God? those who what? “received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.”

To those who believe in His what? name. “Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

So let me explain how this works. It’s very interesting. See, the only individual who really deserves to be called the Son of God is Jesus Christ. We are all, all the rest of us juvenile delinquents.

In other words, we are alienated. We are by nature children of wrath, according to the Bible. In sin our mother conceived us, the Scripture says.

So we’re alienated from the covenants of the promise. We belong to the family of the first Adam; the family of the lost.

So the question is, How do we join the family of the saved? Well, Jesus is the only one who deserves to be called the Son of God; the only faithful Son of God.

So do you know what happens? When I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior and as my Lord, and I believe and have faith in His name? I become His brother, or I become His sister.

And so now, because I’m a brother of Jesus, because I receive Him as my Savior, now Jesus comes before the Father and He says, Father, I have a new brother.

Oh really, what’s his name? Well, his name is Pastor Stephen Bohr. The Father says, No kidding! Stephen Bohr is your brother? Well, if he’s your brother, He’s My Son, too.

In other words, the only way in which we can be sons and daughters of God, is become brothers or sisters of Jesus Christ.

That’s why we’re told in Hebrews 2 that He is not ashamed to call us brethren.

And that’s what Jesus meant when He said in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes onto the Father except by me.

Only through Him do we become Sons and Daughters of God. So if we have not accepted Jesus Christ, we do not belong to the family of God.

And I know that that’s not a popular thing to say, because everybody’s, Oh, we’re all God’s children.

We are God’s children by creation but we have to become His children by redemption, or else we will be eternally lost children.

Now I want you to notice John 8: 32-44. Here Jesus is speaking to a group of literal Jews. He says to them, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ”

They answered Him, We are Abraham’s descendents. Actually in the Greek it says, We are Abraham’s seed. It’s the same word that’s used elsewhere.

“We are Abraham’s seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly I say to you, Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin”.

See, He’s speaking spiritually. He’s not speaking literally. “And a slave does not abide in the house forever”: but a what? “a son abides forever.”

He’s saying, If you haven’t received Me, you are slaves of sin. And if you’re slaves of sin, then you’re not a son. He says, “but a son abides forever. Therefore if the son makes you free,…” That is if I make you free, you shall be free what? free indeed.

And then He says, I know that you are Abraham’s seed. I know that you’re literally Abraham’s seed, is what Jesus is saying, but you seek to kill Me, because My Word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father. You do what you have seen with your Father.

“They answered and said to Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.”

Now He’s going to say, You’re not Abraham’s children at all. I know that you literally are, physically are, but you really are not Abraham’s children. You’re not Abraham’s seed.

Verse 40. But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.

“Then they said to Him, We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God. Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.”

In other words, Jesus is saying, Abraham loved Me. My Father loves Me. You hate Me, so how can you say that My Father is Your Father, and that Abraham is your father, because your spirit is totally opposite?

Verse 43. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My Word. Jesus did say some politically incorrect things.

In fact, the apostle Paul in Galatians 4 speaks about Hagar and Sarah, and Ishmael and Isaac. You know, the Jews claimed to be descendents of whom? Of Sarah and Isaac.

But do you know what the apostle Paul says in Galatians 4? He says, you folks, the Jerusalem that is now, and the Jews that were at mount Sinai, He says, you are sons and daughters of Hagar and Ishmael.

In other words, He’s saying to them, You are not children of Isaac. You are children of the slave woman.

In other words, what determines whether you belong to the people of God is your relationship to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Now I want to go through this very quickly, because we have a very short period of time left. And so I’m just going to synthesize the last part of what you have on your sheets.

In Deuteronomy 28:63, 64 God promised Israel that if they were unfaithful to Him, He would scatter them among the nations.

But then He promised in Deuteronomy 30:3-5 that if they repented, and they returned to the Lord, the Lord would gather them from where He had scattered them.

So these are the scattering and gathering prophecies. Now it’s important to realize that in the gathering, and the scattering, the important aspect was not the land.

In other words, what I’m saying is God had chosen the land as His dwelling place. And so if they had a bad relationship with Him in the land, they would be scattered. If they had a good relationship with Him in the land, they would be gathered.

In other words, the key was not to be gathered to the land, the key was to be gathered to the Lord, who was in the land.

Now Jesus gave a profound interpretation to the gathering and the scattering prophecies.

In fact Jesus is going to say, Do you know that it’s possible for you to live in Jerusalem and still be scattered? And it’s possible for you to live out there among the Gentiles and to be gathered.

You say, Now how is that? Go with me to Luke 11, Luke 11: 23. Jesus says here: He who is not with me… He who is not what? Who is not with Me, he is against Me. And He who does not gather with Me scatters.

What was the key? being gathered to the land, or being gathered to the Lord? It was being gathered to the Lord.

And Jesus says, If you don’t gather to Me, you what? you scatter.

Let’s go once again to the experience of Caiaphas when he said, It’s necessary for one man to die, and not that the whole nation perish.

John 11:51, 52 explains what this means. He prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation; and not for that nation only, but also that he would what? that he would gather in one the children of God who were what? scattered.

But they were going to be gathered to where? Was the key being gathered to Jerusalem the place? Or was the key being gathered to the Lord?

It was to be gathered to the Lord, even though they lived all over the Roman empire.

By the way, when Jesus left the Jewish temple, notice what He said: Matthew 23: 37, 38. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to…

What’s the key word there? …I wanted to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…

Who were they going to be gathered to? the city, the land, or the Lord? the Lord. And then He says, but you were not willing. See your house is left to you desolate. And, by the way, in another gospel He speaks about them being scattered among the nations, because they refused to be gathered to the Lord.

Jesus explains what it means to be gathered in Matthew 18:20. He says: For where two or three are what? gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Let me ask you then, Where is the holy land? The holy land is where Jesus is. And where is Jesus? He’s in heaven, but spiritually He’s where? all over the world, through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

So where is Jesus? Jesus is worldwide through the ministration of the Holy Spirit. And where there are two or three gathered in His name, there is the holy land, because present there is the Holy Lord.

In other words, it wasn’t the land that was important, it was the Lord in the land. If they had a bad relationship with the Lord in the land, they were scattered.

If they repented they were once again gathered. But the key was the Lord not the land.

Now let me ask you, when were these prophecies of the gathering finally fulfilled? those who were scattered? When were these prophecies fulfilled that they were gathered into one?

Acts 2 has the answer, verse 1. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

Had these people accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? They were all gathered, right? Were they gathered from many different nations? Was the place the key part here?

It wasn’t the place. They were gathered there. They were gathered to the Lord.

Notice verse 7. They were people from all nations. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear each in our own language in which we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, in Egypt, in the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs, who hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Who were they gathered to? They were gathered to Jesus Christ from all parts of the empire. So let me synthesize it.

What makes you a true Israelite is not that you are gathered to the holy land, but that you are gathered to the Holy Lord. If you are in the holy land, and have rejected the Holy Lord, you are scattered.

So where is prophecy going to be fulfilled? In the literal land of the Middle East, with people who do not receive Jesus Christ? No! It will be worldwide Babylon against worldwide Jerusalem.

I hope you enjoyed this sermon on the remnant.

In Times Like These : Cadet Sisters

I Just Love This Song “In Time Like These”

I fell in love with this Christian hymn or song, “In Times Like These” the very first time I heard it. It is a song that has comforted millions in their trying hour just as it has comforted me in my own challenges.

In a world full of turmoil we really need an anchor that will hold. We don’t need an anchor that will not hold in storms.

You know as people we try all sorts of things in our trying times. Some people resort to drugs and we all know the damage drugs have caused in our societies.

Governments are spending millions to fight drugs and to treat drug addicts. Drugs are therefore clearly not a solution in times of sorrow or turmoil.

Some try to drown their sorrows by drinking heavily. And we all know the accidents and health care cost of alcohol related hospital admissions.

In fact the drug that costs the government more is not cocaine but alcohol. More people die on our roads due to alcohol related causes than they do for cocaine and other drugs combined.

I think it high time the government put more money in the fight against alcohol abuse than they do now. It will make more economic sense.

The Origins of This Song “In Times Like These”

This beautiful song or hymn was written at the height of World War II by Ruth Caye Jones. It was inspired by newspaper stories of the casualties and mayhem the war was causing.

It was indeed a difficult time not just for the soldiers fighting in the war but their families and ordinary citizens alike.

Ruth Caye Jones said that while in the midst of a busy day as a housewife she felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit giving the words to this song. She quickly stopped everything and sat down to put down the words and music to this hymn.

Ruth Caye Jones In Times Like These

Ruth Caye Jones In Times Like These

She says she put down the words exactly as they were given to her by God. And what a comfort this song has been to countless millions in their time of need.

This hymn has been used at funerals, during illness and even during times of pleasure. It has led millions to Christ I am sure.

The composer was herself comforted by this song as she recovered from a major surgery a few years after she wrote it.

I think I Would be missing something if I did not include the lyrics of this song in this post. So here we go!

 

 

 

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In Times Like These

(1) In times like these, you need a Savior,

In times like these, you need an anchor;

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

CHORUS: The Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One,

The Rock is Jesus, The only One

Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds,

And grips the Solid Rock.

(2) In times like these, you need the Bible,

In times like these, O be not idle!

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

(3) In times like these, I have a Savior,

In times like these, I have an anchor,

I’m very sure, I’m very sure,

My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

Finally but not least he is a video featuring the Cadet Sisters of America singing this beautiful hymn “In Time Like These”

http://youtu.be/kTjDRggMD6s

Adventist Home

Adventist Home : An Introduction

Among all the books or compilations of Ellen G White, the Adventist Home is perhaps the most practical compilation  you can ever find for running your home. It is a compilation of mainly Ellen G White’s articles in various church journals on family life.

It is a worth of knowledge gleaned from the her writings that took place over a period of 70 years. It is drawn from insights gained through her rich Christian life.

Ellen White is considered by many Seventh day Adventist Christians to have possessed the gift of prophecy. This lady with just a third grade education was able to guide this church in its formative years to become the most widespread protestant church.

Through her guidance the Adventist church developed the largest protestant Christian health network in the world.  Her guidance in this Church’s early days was simply out of this world.

The Adventist Home is a place where the Adventist principles and beliefs are to be lived out. It is a place where fathers and mothers are to mold and nurture their children and members of their families into Christians.

God has placed the parents as priests in the home. They are therefore expected to lead in the spiritual life of the family. They should as priests teach the word of God to their households.

They are expected to intercede on behalf of their families before God. They to plead before God for His help as they raise their children and lead other members of the family.

As parents we will be held accountable for how we led our families.  We cannot ignore the influence parents have on their children especially in the early formative years of their development.

It is with that in mind I present to you below the Adventist Home. It will be a great resource book on how you can conduct yourself in the family.

Below is the Adventist Home booklet for you to learn and use insights from the inspired pen of Ellen G White.

 

 

3ABN : An Amazing History!

Mention of 3ABN Elicits Strong Opinions For And Against

I know from interacting with Adventists especially from America that the mention of 3ABN elicits strong opinions and views. There are some who don’t want to hear anything associated with 3ABN.

I remember a few weeks ago in my interaction with another prominent Adventist blogger he pointed out that since I share 3ABN videos he could not promote my blog on his site. I however understand the stand that some Adventist have taken against 3ABN.

In the case of my fellow blogger it was because of the divorce and remarriage of Danny Shelton that he thinks was unbiblical. He could be right but as a trained professional investigator I would rather not pass judgment on these issues. I have learned that things may not be exactly as they appear on the surface.

I am aware that some people have questioned the lifestyle that Danny and family have lived when 3ABN relies on donations for its operations. I get that but that does not nullify the fact that God has been with this movement.

God uses fallible human beings in carrying out his wishes. He has used Samson with his weakness for women. He has used David who also had a few problems in that area as well. He has used Abraham who had a bit of lapse in faith and also lied to protect himself from Pharaoh.

The list goes on and on. I therefore find it difficult to sit on judgment and decide as to who is genuine or not. God is the righteous judge and will make that decision.

Danny Shelton 3ABN

Danny Shelton of 3ABN

I also need to add that there are also thousands all over the world who continue to be blessed by 3ABN regardless. Danny Shelton may or may not be in good books with the God of heaven but that does not stop the Lord from using 3ABN to spread the gospel.

As Ellen White says we as erring human beings cannot make a decision as to who are the tares or the wheat. We cannot read the hearts of people to know who God is calling to himself.

In any case we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Even the best among us are still not perfect and are nothing without the grace of God.

We therefore need to be very careful when judging others. This however does not mean that if we see our brother falling we should not warn them. We all need brothers and sisters who can in love warn us of our actions and behaviour.

The History of 3ABN

The purpose of this post is not to defend the Sheltons but to just present the miracles that God has wrought in the history of the 3ABN. While the Sheltons just like all of us are not perfect it is clear to me that God used them to open and establish 3ABN.

It is not because they were perfect but because they were willing to trust God when most people around them thought they were crazy.

We ought to remember that when Danny Shelton began receiving impressions to open a Christian television he did not have the resources to do that. It was humanly impossible and they were some pastors who were willing to tell them that.

I remember watching Danny Shelton recalling that he went to one SDA Church where he shared with the members the dream to establish a Christian television station. He says after the service the pastor called him aside and told to stop telling people things that are impossible.

From my personal experiences it appears to me that nowaday Christians and Adventist in particular would rather put their trust in budgets rather than in God. We have stopped believing in the God of the impossible.

For we are okay in believing that God will heal us from curable disease than believing that God can also heal us from incurable diseases such as cancer.

Unfortunately I am also guilty of the same. I would also have struggled to believe anyone who came to me and said that they were going to establish a television station. Unless of course they had the resources or they had promises that they would get the required finance.

We need to stop limiting God. We need to start believing seriously that this work belongs to God who owns all the resources.

We sometimes need to take a step of faith even when dealing with what people think are impossibilities. What is impossible with men is possible with God.

I also read the following from Hal Steenson of 3ABN: “I remember when he started building the first 3ABN building, and a local pastor called and told me I needed to have a talk with him. He said, “Danny has gone crazy and is building a Noah’s Ark out in a field in Thompsonville!””

The fact that it only took two years from the time Danny Shelton had his dream in 1984 to the start of broadcasting (1986) is really a miracle! While he had no resources to carry out such a huge project God touched the hearts of those with resources to give until the dream was realised. Praise be to God!

As soon as he got this impression and started taking a step of faith things started happening. I read that one day he visited a television station where he used to sing in the hope of seeing what it takes to establish a station.

While there he met the station Engineer, Clarence Larson with whom he had a little interaction before. This engineer After introducing himself to Danny, pulled him aside and said, “I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but I believe a satellite uplink station could be built here in southern Illinois out in the Thompsonville area.” Interestingly, Clarence volunteered this information with no knowledge of Danny’s dream.

It was this engineer who helped the Sheltons in the early stages of the project. At one point during the project Clarence called Shelton and asked if it would be okay to stop the project as he had just realised that for the uplink station they would need a three phase power to operate the station.

He told Danny Shelton that since the land they had chosen was away from any factory he doubted if there was any three phase power nearby. Such being the case he warned that the costs of getting three phase power would be very prohibitive.

3ABN Dish Construction

3ABN Dish Construction

Danny is said to have responded that since God was the one who running the project He would find a way or that there could some three phase power nearby.

Clarence Larson then surveyed the area and discovered to his amazement that there was three phase power a few hundred feet away.

Danny Shelton called the power company and asked why three phase power lines were running through the fields away from factories and heavy machinery. The power company said they had no idea. This reminds of the word of God which says before they ask I will answer (Isaiah 65:24).

For more details about this miraculous birth of 3ABN watch the video below.

Revelation 6 : Seven Seals by Pastor Kenneth Cox

Seven Seals of Revelation 6

This is a study of Revelation 6 focusing on the seven seals.

In our study of  Revelation 5 we saw how the Father handed over His rule of the world to the Lord Lord Jesus. Jesus presented as the Lamb of God in the book of Revelation has taken the scroll [biblion] of God’s eternal purpose from “the one who was seated on the throne” (Rev. 5:7, NRSV).

Jesus in now in control, He reigns in heaven and earth. Only through him can we have our salvation and only through him can we approach the Father.

The scroll that Jesus received from the father has seals that need to be broken to see its contents. This is where we are now in Revelation 6. Someone needs to open the seals.

Fortunately for us the crucified and risen can and will open the seven seals of the heavenly scroll. This is because of the authority given to him by the Father in Revelation 5.

He has the authority to execute the judgments of God whose item aim is the final establishment of God’s kingdom on earth. He is qualified and in fact He is the only one who can open these seals.

No angel, no human being is qualified to open these seals. Only the Son of God who died on the Cross and rose from the dead can open these seals on behalf of the Father.

We should also note that Christ is a free agent and could have refused to open the seals but He loves us very much. It is out of this love that He accepted to become a man and die on the cross of Christ.

As a response of this love and Christ’s willingness to open the seals the whole universe sings anthems worshipping God and the Lamb.(Revelation 5:13,14). He is indeed worthy of our praise.

Another thing that any scholar of the book of Revelation will immediately realise is that the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation have so many things in common.

In the book of Daniel we have the son of man going to the father to receive dominion and in Revelation 5 we see the initial fulfillment of this vision. This is even before the final judgment begins.

Professor Ranko Stefanovic of Andrews University explains this progressive fulfillment of God’s prophetic Word: “With the taking of the biblion [scroll] the whole destiny of humankind is put into the hands of the enthroned Christ; hence it is indeed the heavenly book of destiny. On the basis of its contents he would judge, hence, the judgment book.”

Video Bible Study on Revelation 6 by Kenneth Cox

In the video below Pastor Kenneth Cox of Kenneth Cox Ministries in the United States leads a bible study on the book of Revelation 6. This is a verse by verse study of this chapter.

Revelation 6

Pastor Kenneth Cox


Kenneth Cox has spent decades studying the book of Revelation and you will notice that as you watch the video below.

For those interested in further study of the book of Revelation I would urge you to buy Professor Ranko Stefanovic book, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is a verse by verse commentary on the book of Revelation. It is definitely one of the most well researched studies in the book of Revelation.
http://youtu.be/bEygOb9M9fo

Nancy Van Pelt – Happiness After Divorce

Who Was Nancy Van Pelt

Nancy Van Pelt was the wife of an Adventist minister who rose to prominence on family life education in the 1970s. Her ministry continued until she died in 2013.

Nancy Van Pelt Family Life Instructor.

Nancy Van Pelt Family Life Instructor.

During here ministry she wrote over 20 books on family life. Some of her books include, “To Have And To Hold,” “Compleat Courtship,” and “Smart Love.” It is reported that she decided to develop tools for family life education after noting a gap in Christian family life tools and resources.

When I was growing up I think Nancy Van Pelt was the most famous Family Life expert in the Seventh day Adventist Church. Her books were almost in all the Adventist homes that could afford them.

Her views shaped the views of many Adventist young people when it came to courtship and dating. It also shaped the views of our Pastors when it came to counselling and family life enrichment seminars.

Her influence lives on in the lives and families he influenced in her 40 years of ministry. She not only influenced Adventist as her books were sold by Literature evangelist all over the world.

She rests in the grave until that day when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and the dead in Christ will rise from the dead. What a day that will be!

She will then meet the thousands of families that benefited from her writings and seminars.  She will indeed deserve an extra star on her crown.

Happiness After Divorce by Nancy Van Pelt Video

In this episode the late Nancy Van Pelt who was a certified family life instructor discusses how someone can regain happiness even after divorce.

Talk of divorce is an uncomfortable topic among Christians as it goes against the perfect will of God. God hates divorce and it pains him when his children separate.

Unfortunately divorces happen even among Christians. We therefore need to learn how to handle divorce and this video goes a long way in helping us to find our happiness when God forbid it happens.

Walter Pearson Jr.: The Latter Rain And The Second Coming Video Sermon

Pastor Walter Pearson Jr is one of my favorite preachers. I praise God that even after his stroke he is still preaching the word of God. May God continue to bless his ministry.

In this sermons preaches on the topic, “The Latter Rain And The Second Coming.” A very important topic as we await the second coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Rain played a major role in Israelite agrarian society. Cisterns found by archaeologists in Israel indicate the value of water and the need to preserve it for the dry season, which spanned close to half of the year.

1. Rainy Season: In Israel most of the rain usually fell from December to February. The first rain of the rainy season—the “early rain”—usually came mid-October through early November. This rain softened the ground and facilitated the germination of seeds and the growth of crops. The latter rain came, before the harvest, from early March to April. This rain contributed to maturation of the crop. Therefore, rain was enormously important to Israelite life and was considered a gift from God (Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24; Matt. 5:45). The lack of rain was often seen as an expression of divine disfavor, a result of the sins and rebelliousness of the people (e.g., Jer. 3:3).
2. Ideas Associated With Rain: Rain was associated with the power of God over nature (1 Kings 17:1; Isa. 5:6), and with His blessings (Ps. 84:6; 147:8) and favors toward humanity (Hosea 6:3). Its connection with subsistence made it a concrete expression of God’s concern for the life of the people and for the fertility of the land (Deut. 11:10, 11; Lev. 26:4). That same connection between life and rain allowed for its use as a symbol of wisdom (Prov. 18:4) and godly teachings (Deut. 3:2). Since rain benefited all, it is metaphorically associated with the just king who is a blessing to all, and nurtures life instead of threatening it (2 Sam. 23:4). A negative side to rain, specifically torrential rain, is that it damages fields and houses, and it became a symbol of chaos and destruction (e.g., Gen. 7:11; Isa. 4:6).
3. Outpouring of the Spirit and Rain: In the Bible rain became a symbol for the divine outpouring of the Holy Spirit; both rain and the Holy Spirit were sent by God as a demonstration of His concern for life.

We find, first, an eschatological usage of the image of rain. God described the future restoration of His people using the language of rain to illustrate the work of the Spirit: “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isa. 44:3, NIV; cf. Eze. 39:29; Isa. 32:15; 44:3). In Joel, after announcing the coming of the early and latter rains, God added, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28, 29, NIV).

Second, the image of the early and latter rains could be applied to at least two different powerful works of the Spirit within the church: one related to the experience of Pentecost, and the other to events shortly before the return of Christ. The eschatological work of the Spirit announced by Joel was partially fulfilled during the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:18). This could be called, the “early rain.” But that same prophecy referred to “the great and glorious day of the Lord” suggesting that a fuller manifestation of the Spirit was to be expected (cf. Acts 2:19, 20).

This future work of the Spirit would accompany and empower the proclamation of the last message of judgment and salvation to the human race. It is to this event that Revelation 18:1 points. An angel, representing God (Eze. 43:2), descended from heaven with great authority, illuminating the earth with his glory, and adding power to the worldwide proclamation of the message of the three angels of Revelation 14:6-12. Such a manifestation of the Spirit could be called the “latter rain.” Before the return of Christ, evil powers will perform great wonders and miracles (Rev. 13:13, 14; 1 Tim. 4:1), but God will also express His superior power through the work of the Spirit among His people.

In summary, the words “early rain” and “latter rain”  as used in scripture are agricultural images figuratively applied to the work of the Holy Spirit when the Christian church was starting in Acts of the Apostles and also a the end of the world shortly before God’s  final end-time harvest (Rev. 14:14-20).

Dr CD Brooks Preaching on The Spirit of Prophecy

In this sermon titled, The Spirit of Prophecy,  Dr CD Brooks talks about the gift of the spirit of prophecy. The bible lists various gifts that enrich the Christian experience and one of those gifts is the gift of prophecy.

The bible says that these gifts will exist until the end of the world. Nowhere in scripture do we find a verse that says the gifts were only for the New Testament times only. We should expect God to continue to bless and equip the Church with spiritual gifts.

The purpose of spiritual gifts such as the gift of prophecy,  is to bring about unity, equip God’s people for the work of ministry, build up the body of Christ, protect it from being deceived by false doctrine, and foster individual and collective spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:11-15). God’s church will only prosper if we heed the words of our prophets.

The fact that the devil can counterfeit spiritual should not be an excuse for us to ignore the genuine gifts of the Spirit. Our duty is to test the gifts and benefits from the genuine ones. As Christ said by the fruits shall you know them.

We all need to affirm our commitment to “believe His prophets” (2 Chronicles 20:20), that we may prosper in fulfilling our mission to the world and thus hasten the coming of Jesus.

Revelation 13’s Beast From The Sea – Kenneth Cox (3ABN Sermons)

In this video veteran evangelist, Kenneth Cox leads a study on the beast from the sea as found in the book of Revelation 13. What does this beast from the sea represent and how does this prophecy affect us? These and other questions will be covered in this sermon.

Without preempting Pastor Kenneth Cox sermon I would like to remind the readers that a beast represents a king or kingdom. This is clearly stated in the book of Daniel which has a striking resemblance to this book of Revelation.

The book of Revelation uses a lot of symbols that we saw in the book of Daniel. In fact you will be forgiven to think that Apostle John borrowed extensively the language found in the book of Daniel.

We should also keep in mind that the book of Revelation describes two beasts that will dominate world events at the end of time. The first arises out of the sea, and the second out of the earth. The second beast, the beast from the earth, causes all that dwell upon the earth to worship the first beast, and in so doing they receive the mark of the Beast.

As the presenter advises to properly understand the symbols in the book of Daniel we need to go to other parts of the bible. The keys to unraveling the symbols in the book of Daniel is found in the bible itself.

Again, by applying the Biblical definitions to the symbols employed in this great prophecy, we can unravel its

mysteries.

The core symbols are beasts, heads, horns, sea, dragon, and earth and we can use the scriptures to understand these symbols..

An Hour of Old Christian & Adventist Songs, Music & Hymns- Lift Up The Trumpet etc Lyrics inc.

There is something about old hymns that strikes a chord with those of us born before the 80s. It could be because we are more used to songs that are packed with important bible truths.

We appear to be missing that with modern Christian music as most focus more on the rhythm in my opinion and not so much on the message the songs convey. However not all modern songs are like that as I have been privileged to listen to some modern songs that convey the deeper teachings of the bible.

This post is dedicated to those that enjoy beautiful songs packed with the gospel and other important biblical truths. The organisers of this concert have taken their time to unearth some songs that have largely been forgotten over the years.

I can only say Wow  to the songs in the video below. They have unearthed some gems!

I immediately fell in love with the songs and their modern arrangement the first time I listened to them.

The songs include Lift Up The Trumpet,Tis love that makes us happy, I Am Bound for Canaan Land etc.

One of the organisers said “He said I want to us to go back and find the old hymns. The hymns the beginning of the Advent Movement and even further back than that, the ones that those in the Advent Movement were singing as their old hymns and bring them back and teach them to our young people and people that have never heard these songs before.”