A Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery

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In the example of the woman caught in the act of adultery, we see Jesus and His righteous judgement. Although the world found this woman worthy of death, Jesus looks beyond the sin, into the true heart of the matter. If God simply wanted to condemn people and send them to hell, we would observe this here, as Jesus certainly has the opportunity to condemn her according to the law.

Instead, we learn that the heart of God’s law is mercy. God is not willing that any person should perish, but that every person would have the opportunity to have all their sins removed forever.  Continue reading “A Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery”

You Must Be Perfect to God to Heaven

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What God requires for heaven comes as a surprise to most people. According to the Bible, no person who has ever sinned can enter heaven. Only those who are perfect and without sin many dwell in the presence of God. How God accomplished this impossible task is perhaps the greatest work of grace ever displayed in the creation of the universe.

The process of justification is a singular act of God whereby He removes the sins of a person and causes them to exist as if they had never sinned before. Justification and the resulting effects of this legal procedure declares a person “not guilty.” In the very essence of the word, “Justification” carries the Idea of perfection. If we dismantle the word, we see that it states within itself what it does: “Just-as-if-I-had-never-sinned.” The complete process of Justification transforms a guilty sinner into a morally perfect being, resulting in a standing before God that causes them to exist as if they had never sinned at any time throughout their life.

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The Essentials of Salvation: Atonement

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The term “Atonement” comes from the phrase “at-one-ment.”[1] The idea is that those who are participating in redemption—God and man—are in agreement over the correct procedure. God has defined what must be done; man agrees. Therefore, they are at-one or in harmony or agreement. A secondary meaning is observed in the one who is coming to God in repentance over his sin, as he brings a substitution who will take the penalty for the guilty party. This agreement between the guilty and the redeemer, causes them to be “at one” with each other in the manner by which the sin will be dealt with and removed. In other words, when I bring my sacrifice to God for my sins, I am in agreement with the one who is offering His life for me, that my sins are transferred to Him so that may be acquitted. Continue reading “The Essentials of Salvation: Atonement”

Daniel Chapter 2: Predicting the Messiah

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The Prophecies of the Messiah: Prophecy 302

The Messiah will establish a kingdom in the last days that will never end.

Old Testament Prediction:

Daniel 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Revelation 11:15-17 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”

1 Corinthians 15:24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

Application:

In Prophecy 301, previously, we learned that the Messiah shall destroy the kingdom of the antichrist and rule over the final kingdom of this world.

In this 302nd Old Testament Prophecy from Daniel Chapter 2, the Lord further reveals that after the seven-year Tribulation has concluded, and the kingdom of the antichrist is destroyed, Jesus as the Messiah, will establish a kingdom of righteousness on the earth that will never end.

We previously learned in the last prophecy of Daniel Chapter 2, that King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream, a great statue. This image had a head of gold, chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet a mixture of iron and clay. These components represented the identity of the final four kingdoms of this world.

Daniel 2:31-35 You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Head of Gold: King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians. • Chest and Arms of Silver: Cyrus, of the Persians. • Belly and Thighs of Bronze: Alexander the Great, of the Greeks. • Legs of Iron, Feet partly of Iron and Clay: The Roman Empire.

In Daniel Chapter 7, we see these same four kingdoms, represented as a statue, also in the form of four beasts. Daniel Chapter 2; the statue, is man’s view of these worldwide kingdoms. Daniel Chapter 7; God sees four great beasts. See the chart in Prophecy 301.

Man always see the material, while God sees the spiritual. These kingdoms might appear as majestic, powerful and wonderful, while God views these kingdoms for what they truly are; orchestrated and controlled by satan.

As Daniel observes these four kingdoms of the last days, he also notices a stone, not cut with human hands (by human will). The final kingdom will be from God, not by the will of men. The term “Stone” or “Rock” throughout the Bible is always used as an illustration for Jesus Christ. When Paul wrote in describing Israel’s experience through the desert, he tells the church at Corinth that the Rock that they all drank from which poured forth water, was really Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

Daniel sees this Rock as He returns to earth at the end of the fourth kingdom—consisting of a revived Roman empire, under a new world leader—called “the antichrist.” This kingdom will be made up of the ten toes, or ten nations, which are described as a mixture of iron and clay. These two elements are not naturally compatible. By the mixing of Iron and Clay, the language suggests that this kingdom will be partly strong (iron) and partly weak (clay). Seven nations will be strong, and continue; three will be found weak, and fall away.

Daniel saw a Stone, descriptive of Jesus the Messiah, who will arrive during the time of the final seven nations under the antichrist and break them to pieces. The Messiah will establish an eternal kingdom promised to His father David, that will never end.

Daniel 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.

There are thirty-three Old Testament prophecies that declare that the Messiah’s kingdom will last forever:

Prophecy 51 2 Samuel 7:16 The Messiah’s kingdom established under David will continue forever.

Prophecy 56 1 Chronicles 17:12 The kingdom of the Messiah will be established under David and will continue forever.

Prophecy 59 Psalms 2:1-5 The nations of the world will oppose the Messiah, as he sets into motion the events of the last days that will eventuate his rule over the entire earth.

Prophecy 62 Psalms 2:6 The Messiah shall be placed by the Lord as the King of Jerusalem, from where He will reign over the whole earth through the power of Holiness.

Prophecy 65 Psalms 2:9-12 The Messiah will rule His kingdom with absolute power and authority.

Prophecy 121 Psalms 72:1-11 The future reign of the Messiah, predicted as being a worldwide kingdom.

Prophecy 122 Psalms 72:12-16 In the future kingdom of the Messiah, He shall care for and bless all the people of the nations of the earth, as they have an abundance, and prosper.

Prophecy 123 Psalms 72:17 The prediction of an everlasting kingdom for the Messiah with all the nations calling Him “Blessed.”

Prophecy 130 Psalms 89:36-37 The kingdom of the Messiah shall be from David’s line and will last forever.

Prophecy 131 Psalms 89:36-37 The Faithfulness of the Messiah to be forever.

Prophecy 144 Psalms 110:1 The Messiah will overcome every enemy and reign supreme over the earth.

Prophecy 146 Psalms 110:5-7 The Messiah will be a Warrior-King who will conquer all nations and leaders to rule supreme.

Prophecy 151 Psalms 132:11 The promise to David that his descendant will be the Messiah and sit upon his throne forever.

Prophecy 152 Psalms 132:13-18 Jerusalem shall be the dwelling place of the Messiah, from where He shall reign upon David’s throne over the whole earth forever.

Prophecy 158 Isaiah 2:2-4 The Messiah shall rule the earth from Jerusalem, judging the nations and bringing peace to the whole world.

Prophecy 177 Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom with no end.

Prophecy 178 Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom upon the throne of David.

Prophecy 179 Isaiah 9:6-7 The Messiah will come to earth to establish a kingdom with righteous judgment and justice forever.

Prophecy 204 Isaiah 42:4 The Messiah will not fail to bring the justice of salvation to every nation and all people.

Prophecy 211 Isaiah 45:23 The Messiah shall be given all authority to judge, and every knee will bow to Him.

Prophecy 302 Daniel 2:44-45 The Messiah will establish a kingdom in the last days that will never end.

Prophecy 304 Daniel 7:13-14 The Messiah will be given a kingdom on the earth in which He will rule over all people, nations, and languages.

Prophecy 305 Daniel 7:13-14 The dominion and kingdom of the Messiah will never end.

Prophecy 306 Daniel 7:27 The Messiah shall give rulership in His everlasting kingdom to those who have waited and watched for His return.

Prophecy 319 Micah 2:12-13 The Messiah shall gather all the nations and the remnant of Israel, when He comes to earth to establish His kingdom.

Prophecy 320 Micah 4:1-8 In the “latter days,” the Messiah’s kingdom will be established on the earth above all other kingdoms, and all the nations will come to hear Him and walk in His ways. All people will dwell together in peace and safety—the implements of war turned instead to instruments of industry. Every sickness and disease will be healed, and all the outcasts of Israel will be united as one people.

Prophecy 324 Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah, “The Desire of All Nations,” will shake heaven and earth one more time in the last days, and His glory will fill the Millennial Temple.

Prophecy 325 Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah is called “The Desire of All Nations.”

Prophecy 326 Haggai 2:6-9 The Messiah will build the Millennial Temple and fill it with His Glory. It will be a greater Glory than all four of the previous Temples.

Prophecy 328 Amos 9:11-12 The Millennial kingdom of the Messiah predicted.

Prophecy 329 Habakkuk 2:14 When the Messiah returns to earth the second time as King, the knowledge and glory of the Lord will cover the earth.

Prophecy 330 Zechariah 2:10-13 The Messiah will come and dwell in the midst of His people during the Millennial kingdom.

Prophecy 332 Zechariah 6:12-13 The Messiah will be both a Priest and a King when He returns to build the Millennial temple and rule the nations.

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Jesus Controlled the Specific Times of His Life and Death

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During the final moments of a person’s life, there is little that he can do to control the events that will take place. Some might say that Jesus was controlling the events surrounding Him as He planned His own death by crucifixion. Is it possible that in order to be thought of as the Messiah that Jesus had carefully planned each step of His death so that they would appear to be a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies?

How could a person control the exact words that someone would say about him while he was hanging on a cross? Of course, the supposition that Jesus had anything to do with how the events of His death transpired is pure foolishness. It is obvious that once Jesus was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was crucified, He would have no further control over anything that would happen from that moment on.

Or did He?

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Why Would God Die For Us?

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It is a paradox of the Bible that the One who spoke the universe into existence would be willing to come to earth and lay down His life for us.

This character of Jesus as a servant sets Him apart from every other religious or spiritual leader. In Greek mythology, it is inconceivable that Zeus, Apollo, or any other Greek god would lower himself to be a servant of the beings they created. Jesus is described by the Bible as the Creator of all things; yet He came to earth and took the body of a man so that He could offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. The humiliation, the mental and physical torture and unimaginable horrors that Jesus experienced while completing the process of our salvation, is beyond comprehension. Continue reading “Why Would God Die For Us?”

A Transcendent Creator

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The word Transcendent is defined as “incomparable, matchless, unrivaled, unparalleled, unequaled, unsurpassable, unique, perfect, rare, surpassing, magnificent.”

If God exists, He must be a Being if incalculable complexity. If He can be known at all, our knowledge of Him will depend upon our ability to receive Him as He presents Himself. We may have our ideas about what we imagine God would be like—we would be wrong. When Solomon was nearing the completion of the Temple, he realized that the God to whom He was dedicating this structure, was beyond his ability to comprehend. Continue reading “A Transcendent Creator”

The Battle of Armageddon From Revelation

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Isaiah 63:1-3 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.”

Here in Isaiah 63:1-3, we see a vivid description of the Messiah upon His return to earth at the conclusion of the seven year Tribulation. As Jesus ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives, just outside of Jerusalem, after showing Himself to over 500 eyewitnesses at one time, during a period of 40 days after His resurrection, He will be returning His second time to earth, to the same location.[1]

When the Messiah returns, He will be coming with His church. A great army will be gathered by the antichrist at the Valley of Megiddo, north of Jerusalem.

Map Battle of Armageddon[2]

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The Purpose of Jesus Life Was To Die For Us

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Imagine that upon your birth, you learned that the purpose for your life is to die for the wrongful actions of others. Your life is to be a sacrifice to redeem the lives of people—many of which, will never care or even thank you. This was the purpose for the body which had been prepared for Jesus Christ. He was born to die.

Hebrews 10:5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.Continue reading “The Purpose of Jesus Life Was To Die For Us”