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Sermon Audio: Is It Worth It?

Scripture Reference: Revelation 21-22

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 9

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 9:

A  “PARENTHESIS”. 10:1–11:14.

Just as there was a “parenthesis” in chapter 7 between the sixth and seventh seals, so there is now one that consists of 10:1–11:14 (between the sixth and seventh trumpets). There is a very brief parenthesis (16:15) between the sixth and seventh vial judgments. This shows the purposefully ordered arrangement of the Revelation. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Decisions and Consequences

Scripture Reference: Deut. 30:15-20

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 8

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 8:

We now begin the series of three “woe” judgements spoken of at the end of the previous chapter.  These “woes” are far worse than anything that has been seen on earth before.

 

Fifth Trumpet Sounds. 9:1–12.

vrs     1                  The first of the woe judgments is directed against the ungodly (see verse 4).  The star falls from heaven, the seat of authority.   Some suggest it is the Antichrist himself, but to become that specific here without further specific information is unsupportable. Why is this not a literal star?  It refers to a living person, for the work performed is that of a human or living being.  On the basis of 12:12, A. C. Gaebelein (The Revelation, p. 63; so also Seiss, op. cit., pp. 202–203) maintains it was Satan himself. If it is a false teacher, then Satan works through him, as is clear from numerous other occasions in the history of mankind. The key of the bottomless pit (abyss, in the Greek) was entrusted to him. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Things To Remember Right Now

Various Scripture references

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Sermon Audio: What Are You Laboring For?

Scripture Reference:  Matthew 6:19-34

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 7

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 7:

Following the “commercial” (Parenthetical Passage) of chapter 7, we now return to the normal flow of the action, and pick up with the seventh seal judgment.

 

The Seventh Seal. 8:1–2.

vrs     1–2              At the opening of the seventh seal, an ominous silence pervades all nature, which is indicative of the solemnity of the things that are about to take place. It is the calm before the storm. The space of half an hour is not a reckoning according to a heavenly chronometer, but it does indicate a very brief period.  To give you an indication of the awesomeness of this moment, realize that there has NEVER been total silence in Heaven since the angels were created to praise God!  For the thousands and millions of angels to be TOTALLY SILENT for even a short time indicates that what they see when the seventh seal is opened is absolutely overwhelming.  The phrase, “the seven angels which stand before God”, refers to what is known in Jewish literature as “the angels of the presence”, the angels mentioned Biblically in Luke 1:19, and Ezekiel 9:2.  These  seven angels are entrusted with the service of blowing the seven trumpets (SHOFARS: Ram’s horn trumpets) of judgment (Zecheriah 9:14-16).  The blowing of the seven SHOFARS is what makes up the fulfillment of the seventh seal. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 6

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 6:

PARENTHETICAL PASSAGE AND OTHER INFORMATION.  7:1-17.

Chapter 7 introduces a new item that can be confusing if it is not understood and recognized.  This component is called a “PARENTHETICAL PASSAGE” (as though the material were in parentheses), and it is a “break” in the normal flow and progress of the action.  In the normal “flow” of things, the SIXTH SEAL would be followed immediately by the SEVENTH SEAL.  However, we find that this “flow” is interrupted by the vision of the 144,000 sealed Jews, and the multitude of Gentiles.  It may help you to think of these parenthetical passages as being like a commercial during a television program.  This is NOT to say that their information is any less important, but that they “break” into the normal flow of events.  As we progress through the rest of the Revelation, you will see other parenthetical passages. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: You Must Be Born Again

Scripture Reference: John 3:1-21

 

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 5 THE SEAL JUDGMENTS

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 5:

THE SEAL JUDGMENTS.

Chapters 4–5 were occupied with heaven; in chapter 6 events of the earth, with which most of the Apocalypse deals, come before the reader. The method by which the truth of chapter 5 is carried out is presented here: Christ’s entering in upon the purchased possession.  The fulfillment of Man’s rebellion against God and His people, and God’s pouring out of His judgement (in the vial or bowl judgments) is seen starting here. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 4

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 4:

The Creator on the Throne. 4:1–11.

Thus far, the first two divisions of the prophecy have been covered (1:19): the things John saw (chapter. 1) and the things which are (the current position of the seven churches, which can also be applied to the status of churches world-wide during the “church-age” (chapters. 2–3).  The largest section of the book (chapters. 4–22) is divisible into three parts:  Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Comfortable Compromise

Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:5-2:6

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 3: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 2)

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 3:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 2)

 

The Letter To The Church At Sardis

vrs     1                  Sardis is about twenty-seven miles due south of Thyatira. It was one of the oldest and greatest cities of western Asia. In ancient times it was a proud, wealthy city, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia. It had a history of many wars, and it was the city of the wealthy Croesus. The patron deity of the city was Cybele, whose form appeared on their coins. She was represented as half-human and was regularly associated with a pair of lions or single lion. The deity was supposed to have power to restore the dead. The city fell before Cyrus the Great of Persia in the sixth century B.C. In 17 A.D. the city suffered greatly from an earthquake. When John wrote this letter, the city was a city of the past.  Later, it was restored and continued to flourish until 1400–1403 A.D., when the Tartar (Mongol) Tamerlane swept over the area and destroyed everything. The city has never recovered from this desolation. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Questions and Answers

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Sermon Audio: The Great Transformation

Scripture Reference:  1 Cor. 6:9-11

 

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Sermon Audio: A World Full Of Zombies

Scripture Reference:  Galatians 5:13-21

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 2: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 1)

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 2:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 1)

There are seven churches chosen, because in Scripture seven is the number of completion. In these seven letters the Spirit gives a complete picture of the moral and spiritual history of the church (along with other truths), not only for that time, but for the church in general through the intervening years until the establishment of the Millennial Reign. The letters have seven exhortations to hear them, yet they are sadly neglected. The messages have spiritual, historical, and prophetic value. Since chapter 1 dealt with the things John saw—the risen Christ—and chapters 2–3 deal with the things that are, we can see that the outline given in 1:19 is truly being followed.  Each letter has four elements: (1) The manner in which Christ presents Himself; (2) the commendation (or condemnation) He gives; (3) the reward He promises; and (4) the exhortation to hear. The messages refer to distinct, historical churches in the province of Asia; they are timely. They also apply to types of believers in every age; they are timeless. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 1: Introduction and Chapter 1

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 1:  Introduction and Chapter 1

As we begin our study of the Book of the Revelation, you need to know where I am coming from in terms of theological viewpoint.  As you probably know, every Biblical commentator has a certain viewpoint that they operate from, which directly affects and influences how they deal with the Scriptures (and associated information).  The fancy way of describing my view would be to say that I am a “Pre-Millennial Fundamentalist”.  What that really means is that I believe that the majority of the events described in the Revelation occur immediately prior to a literal 1,000 year earthly reign of Christ, followed by the Eternal Kingdom.  I take the Bible literally, knowing that there is symbolism and allegory in God’s Word, but believing that what God specifically says is what He really means.  For example, I believe that there will be a real, literal “mark of the Beast” that people will choose to take at some point during the events of the 70th “week” of Daniel.  Although many modern commentators choose to teach that such material is only symbolic, I believe that God meant what He said, and that we need to be aware of the fact that a time will come when the people of the earth will have to knowingly choose whether or not to accept the mark of God’s enemy. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Revolutionary

Scripture Reference: Romans 8:1-11

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sermon Audio: Are You Really Free?

Scripture Reference:  John 8:31-36

Sunday June 30, 2013