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

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

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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

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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

Bible Study: The Holy Spirit – Lesson 5: Spiritual Gifts Part 1 – The Purpose of the Gifts

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The Person and Ministry of The Holy Spirit

Lesson 5:  Spiritual Gifts  Part 1 – The Purpose of the Gifts  

The Holy Spirit is seemingly the least understood of the members of the Trinity.  Although many churches in the modern era TALK about the Spirit, the vast majority of them focus on the “power” and the “gifts”, rather than the Person and Ministry of the Spirit.  And even then, they produce a lot of unbiblical information on the “power” and “gifts” that leads to a very unbalanced understanding of what Christianity is really all about.

Hopefully, this study will help us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit.

 

The New Testament is very clear as to the purpose of spiritual gifts.  They are given at the discretion of the Holy Spirit, to accomplish certain very specific goals or tasks within the Church as a whole.  You could consider them as a “toolbox” of abilities that are distributed to the “workmen” in order to get the job done.  They are NOT for personal exaltation or pride.  In fact, Paul states that unless the gifts are rooted and grounded in the FRUIT of the Spirit, the gifts are useless (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-3).  Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #6 – The Midwives, Jochebed, and Pharoah’s Daughter

The women of the rest of the Pentateuch

With one exception, we know much less about the women than the men we meet in the five Old Testament books that relate the story of Gods people during the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan. It is not that these women are unimportant. It is simply that Scripture now moves at a faster pace. Rather than taking time to develop character, as Genesis does in the case of men as well as women, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and even Joshua focus on the story of what God is doing for an entire people, not His workings within a single family.

With the exception of Miriam, we will not come to know the women in this period of history in the depth that we came to know Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and the others. We will meet women, however, both named and unnamed, who played significant roles in bringing Gods plan of Old Testament redemption to fulfillment. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #5 – Dinah, Tamar, and Other Women In Genesis

 DINAH

Scripture references:   Genesis 30:21; 34; 46:15

Date:   About 1850 b.c.

Name:   Dinah [DIE-nah; justice]

DINAHS ROLE IN SCRIPTURE

Dinah was the daughter of Leah, born after her six brothers. Perhaps she was spoiled by them, as little sisters often are. When Dinah was raped, her brothers were incensed and demanded not the justice implied in her name, but revenge.

Dinahs life story (Gen. 34; 46:15). Dinah was still a young girl when Jacobs family returned toCanaan. She likely was just reaching marriageable age, then thirteen or fourteen years old. When the family stopped for a time near the city ofShechem, Dinah went looking for other girls to talk with.

Tragically, as she approached the city a young man saw her and raped her. While we are used to hearing of rape as epidemic in our society, we need to remember that male predators have preyed on women from the beginning of history. Rape was an ever-present danger in the ancient world too, and Gods Law specifically teaches that women like Dinah are to be held guiltless if they are attacked. Deuteronomy 22 states that if a young woman is forced in the countryside, you shall do nothing to the young woman, for even if she cried out there was no one to save her (Deut. 22:25, 27).  This law, given centuries after Dinahs experience, would have been small comfort to her. But it reminds us not to blame Dinah or any of her sisters who are violated by men. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Zephaniah

The Book of Zephaniah

“If anyone wishes all the secret oracles of the prophets to be given in a brief compendium, let him read through this brief Zephaniah.” —Martin Bucer (1528)

We know very little about Zephaniah the son of Cushi. His name means Jehovah hides, i.e., “protects” or “treasures.” He liked to put dark against light and light against dark, painting a very gloomy picture of the Day of the Lord, yet giving a very bright foreglimpse of Israel’s coming glory and the conversion of the Gentiles to the Lord. As Bible Commentator Hewitt points out, the Prophet Zephaniah minced no words: There is no compromise in the language used. He denounces sin and announces judgment with perfect fearlessness and closes his book with a song full of inspiration and hope looking forward to the inauguration of the Millennial Kingdom.

Zephaniah ministered during the reign of Josiah (640–609 B.C.). The book was probably written between 621 and 612 B.C.

Zephaniah probably prophesied from Jerusalem (“this place,” 1:4). The historical background of his prophecy will be found in 2 Kings 21–23 and the early chapters of Jeremiah: Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book Of Hosea – Part Two

The Book Of Hosea, Part 2

GOD’S CONTROVERSY WITH HIS PEOPLE (Chapters. 4–10)

The Sins of the People (4:1-5)

God contends with Israel because of the people’s unfaithfulness, unkindness, irreligion, swearing, lying, killing, stealing, adultery, and murder. Five of the Ten Commandments are summarized in verse 2. Violations of these commands were the reasons for the condition of the land. Even the wildlife would waste away because of the coming judgment. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: Survey of the New Testament – Other Epistles

Survey Of The New Testament   –   Other Epistles

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Bible Study: Survey of the New Testament – The Epistles

Survey Of The New Testament  –  The Epistles

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Bible Study: Survey of the New Testament – The Gospels

Survey Of The New Testament  –  The Gospels

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Bible Study: The Book Of Amos

The Book of Amos

Lesson 1

Introduction
“Unlike other prophets, Amos was not a man whose life was devoted to hearing and speaking the Word of the Lord. He was no product of the “schools of prophets,” nor a professional “seer.” He left his flock for a limited period, at the command of God, to deliver a specific message at Bethel. That done, he presumably returned to his sheep-tending at Tekoa.” ”
—Herbert F. Stevenson

The book of Amos is written in some of the finest OT Hebrew style. Amos was a sheep-breeder and tender of sycamore trees. Amos, whose name means burden, gives no family pedigree, hence we can assume he was not of noble or prominent stock, like Isaiah or Zephaniah. It has been common for preachers to paint Amos’s “country” background too strongly. The word used to describe his regular livelihood is not the usual Hebrew word for “shepherd” but is used elsewhere only of King Mesha, who had a successful sheep-breeding business (2 Kgs. 3:4). Although he belonged to the Kingdom of Judah, he was commissioned to go north to Samaria and prophesy against the Kingdom of Israel. Amos was a stern prophet of righteousness and uncompromising justice. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The ‘Trend Sets’ In Biblical Prophecy

How do we know that prophecy is being fulfilled?  We can look at “trends”.  In today’s world we can see many “trends” that can be compared to biblical prophecy.  Biblical prophecies are the warnings, and the prophetic outcome of events that the Prophets of Biblical times gave to us.  Below are the three “Trend Sets” we can use when we apply current events to biblical prophecy. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The words of Christ – part one

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LESSON 1

In looking at the words of Christ in the Gospels, we need to remember that three of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) present a fairly unified view of the events recorded, and are therefore referred to as the SYNOPTIC (meaning “one view) Gospels.  John’s Gospel stands separately, and is mainly composed of material that is different from the others.

The Words Of Christ In Matthew (Part 1)

Matthew 3:13-15
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”  15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. Continue Reading Here