Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Daniel 7:13-14 - "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him.  And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."

Matthew 16:27 - "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works."

Matthew 19:28 - "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

Matthew 24:27, 30, 37, 39, 40 - "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be . . . And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory . . . But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be . . . And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be . . . Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Matthew 25:13, 31 - "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh . . . When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory."

Acts 7:55-56 - "But (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God . . . And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God."

Revelation 19:11-16 - "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.  And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

Monday, November 23, 2015


We often hear religious people talk about the promises of God, as though they all automatically apply to them.  Yet is quite clear from biblical context, that God's promises to Israel, are quite different to those He made to the Church.  For instance, God promised that Israel would inherit a land of their own (Gen. 28:4; Ex. 23:30; Deut. 3:28; 16:20; Ps. 37:29, 34; Isa. 60:21; Ezek. 47:13), while His promises to His Church speak of a heavenly inheritance.  The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:4 - "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."  And the Apostle Peter wrote:  "To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:4-5). 

In addition, Israel seems to have missed two key factors in their receiving the Lord's promises to them:  1) they were inherited, and not something they earned; Israel certainly did not deserve God's favor, as can be seen throughout their sorry history!  And 2) in order to inherit something, there must be the death of the one bequeathing that which is to be inherited!  The writer of the Book of Hebrews wrote: 
"And for this cause (Jesus) is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth" (Heb. 9:15-17).

Yes, there has been much said about the promises of God, but seldom do we hear preached that in order to "qualify" for them, we must be "overcomers."  Only "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son" (Rev. 21:7).

So how does one become an overcomer?  The Apostle John wrote this in 1 John 5:4-5:  "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

1 John 3:1-2 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God . . . . Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

REVELATION TWENTY (Easy-to-Read Version)

       I saw an angel coming down out of heaven. The angel had the key to the bottomless pit. The angel also held a large chain in his hand. The angel grabbed the dragon, that old snake, also known as the devil or Satan. The angel tied the dragon with the chain for 1000 years. Then the angel threw the dragon into the bottomless pit and closed it. The angel locked it over the dragon. The angel did this so that the dragon could not trick the people of the earth until the 1000 years were ended. After 1000 years the dragon must be made free for a short time. Then I saw some thrones and people sitting on them. These were the ones who had been given the power to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been killed because they were faithful to the truth of Jesus and the message from God. They did not worship the beast or its idol. They did not receive the mark of the beast on their foreheads or on their hands. They came back to life and ruled with Christ for 1000 years. (The rest of the dead did not live again until the 1000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Great blessings belong to those who share in this first resurrection. They are God’s holy people. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests for God and for Christ. They will rule with Him for 1000 years.
       When the 1000 years are ended, Satan will be made free from his prison. He will go out to trick the nations in all the earth, the nations known as Gog and Magog. Satan will gather the people for battle. There will be more people than anyone can count, like sand on the seashore. I saw Satan’s army march across the earth and gather around the camp of God’s people and the city that God loves. But fire came down from heaven and destroyed Satan’s army. And he (the one who tricked these people) was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur with the beast and the false prophet. There they would be tortured day and night forever and ever.
       Then I saw a large white throne. I saw the One who was sitting on the throne. Earth and sky ran away from Him and disappeared. And I saw those who had died, great and small, standing before the throne. Some books were opened. And another book was opened—the book of life. The people were judged by what they had done, which is written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them. All these people were judged by what they had done. And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Note:  Their names were not in the Lamb's book because they had chosen to reject Christ and His payment for their sins.  As a result, they were judged, sentenced, and cast into the lake of fire.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


One of the most difficult parts of being a born again believer in Jesus Christ, is prayer!  The Bible repeatedly tells us to pray.   The word "pray" appears 313 times in 306 verses in the King James Version.  Here are just a few examples:

Romans 12:12 - "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."

Philippians 4:6 - "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 - "Pray without ceasingIn everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

1 Timothy 2:8 - "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting."

Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

The problem I have with prayer, is that I don't know how to pray according to the will of God!  I do not know His will in most things!  Even Jesus prayed a prayer that obviously was not according to His Father's will; and, He prayed it three times (Mt. 26:39, 42, 44):

"And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.  He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.  And He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words."

And if that were not bad enough, God's Word even teaches that we cannot pray without His help:

Romans 8:26-27 - "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit (Himself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

1 John 5:14-15 - "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us:  and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him."

Bottom line -  I will pray for those things I know are His will: 
Thanksgiving for all He has given me; and
Food for the hungry;
Clothing for the naked;
Comforting for those who are ill or in prison;
Protection from the "evil one"; and the
Salvation of the lost! 

Friday, November 20, 2015



"Seventy weeks (literally: seventy sevens of years) are determined upon thy people (Daniel's people were the Jews) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks (seven sevens of years), and threescore and two weeks (sixty-two sevens of years): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off (Christ was crucified for our sins - 1 Cor. 15:3), but not for Himself (Christ was sinless - Heb. 4:15): and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (the Antichrist - he will be from the territory ruled by Rome, in that, it was Rome which crucified Christ, and destroyed Jerusalem approximately forty years later - A.D. 70); and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (one seven): and in the midst of the week (three and a half years; a time, times, and half a time - Dan. 7:35; 12:7; Rev. 12:14; 42 months - Rev. 11:2; 13:5; 1260 days - Rev. 11:3; 12:6) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate (Dan. 11:31; 12:11; Mt. 24:15; Rev. 13:1-18), even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

So, from the command to go rebuild Jerusalem and the Temple (Neh. 2:1-10), to the crucifixion of Israel's Messiah (Mt. 27:35; Mk. 15:24; Lk. 23:33; Jn. 19:18; etc.), would be 483 years - 49 years to rebuild, and 434 years from the completion of the Temple to the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-11; Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20:1-18; Acts 2:24; 13:33; etc.).  For Israel, one seven-year period remains - the Tribulation.  The parenthetical gap between the Resurrection of Jesus and His Second Coming, includes the Church Age (from Pentecost to the Rapture of the Church - Acts 2:41; Jn. 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15: 48-54; 1 Th. 4:16-17; etc.) plus the seven-year Tribulation (Daniel's Seventieth Week; also known as "the Time of Jacob's Trouble - Jer. 30:7).  It is not clear whether or not the Tribulation immediately follows the Rapture or removal of the Church.  The Tribulation is described in chapters six through eighteen (see also Mt. 24:3-29). 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


John 3:5-8, 14-15 - "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

John 6:37-40, 44 - "All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.  And this is the Father's will (Who) hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  No man can come to Me, except the Father (Who) hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 12:31-33 - "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.  This He said, signifying what death He should die."

John 14:1-6 - "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."

John 16:5-14 - "But now I go My way to Him that sent Me; and none of you asketh Me, Whither goest Thou?  But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.  And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.  He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Matthew 5:38-44 - "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."

Matthew 6:12, 14-15 - "And forgive us our debts, AS we forgive our debtors.  For IF ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  but IF ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Matthew 18:21-22 - "Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

Ephesians 4:31-32 - "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even AS God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."


Romans 13:8-10 - "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the Law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law."

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."

Galatians 5:13-14 - "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."

Luke 23:33-34 - "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."