The absolute authority of the Lord over the affairs of human beings is best observed by His placement of leaders in the governments of men. We might imagine that these authorities exist by their own will, or the will of a majority–we would be wrong. All authority comes from God alone. It is according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will that leaders of every government on the earth–for all time, exist. This principle is graphically illustrated throughout the Bible–by the lives of both good and evil men. God has chosen those who will rule, for His own purposes. Those who come against or even speak against any government which exists–do so in direct opposition to God Himself. Our place as followers of Jesus is to submit to the authorities which exist and do what the laws of men command us to do. Only in such cases where government commands us to not worship the True God of the Bible, are we to disobey.
Romans 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. Continue reading “Every Leader of Human Government Exists by God’s Sovereignty”
Feeling overwhelmed by life? Tired of the demands of religion? Burdened by your own failures and inadequacies?
Jesus came to lighten your burdens and take away the useless and irrelevant parts of life. God has made knowing Him and having a relationship with Him–very simple. It is we who heap upon ourselves and others, great demands and priorities which God never intended. When we allow these things to crowd out a simple and joyful relationship with the Lord–we are robbed of our joy and lose sight of what is really important. Continue reading “Following Jesus is No Burden”
Why would the Creator of the universe–the One who made everything that exists; humble Himself and die for crimes which He did not commit?
Nearly 700 years before Jesus came into the world, the prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah as a Servant who would lay down His life for every person. Although He would be God Himself, for our benefit–Jesus submitted His life as the payment for all sin.
Isaiah 42:1 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”
The certainty that Isaiah’s prophecy is applicable to Jesus as the Messiah, is confirmed by the words of Matthew in chapter 12:14-21. Here the Apostle confirms this fact by stating that what Jesus was doing at that specific moment—was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 42:1.
Matthew 12:14-21 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Yet He warned them not to make Him known, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles. He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust.” Continue reading “The God Who Came to Serve”
In this world, we will have trouble. This is a fact of life that is well know to anyone who has lived upon the earth. There will be great times of difficulties, heartache, and sorrow. We often find that the very things we waited and wanted for such a great number of years–do not satisfy us, once we obtain them. As the years pass, many people lose hope and become filled with despair. Others are overcome with sadness and depression–finding their despair nearly impossible to overcome.
We were not created to endure suffering and sorrow. We do not have the capacity to endure tremendous times of stress. When our failures and disappointments mount up–many people find it difficult to go on. Science and Psychology has been able to help the physical man but they are helpless to heal the wounds of the soul. Continue reading “When the Lord is My Shepherd”
What is the Rapture? Is this event taught in the Bible? Will the church go through the seven year Tribulation? Who will be taken at the Rapture?
Many people are surprised to learn that Jesus had a great deal to say about the event commonly referred to as “The Rapture.”
The epistles of 1 and 2 Thessalonians were written to a church that no longer believed that Jesus would return during their lifetime. The dangers associated with this loss of expectation for the Lord’s soon return are addressed by Paul in his two letters to this church.
When a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus discontinues living in a constant expectation that He could return at any moment, this lack of vigilance will affect how they live their life. Today, many people who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and allege that they believe the Bible is the word of God—do not affirm the doctrine of the Rapture.
Jesus said that a person who has lost their expectation of His soon return will find that He will return and catch them unaware. Continue reading “The Rapture of the Church”
The coming of Jesus for His Church will be both the greatest and most terrible event of modern history.
For those who eagerly wait and watch for Jesus return–it will be the greatest day of their lives. Taken quickly by Jesus to meet Him in the outer atmosphere of earth, they will receive their new eternal bodies in an instantaneous event. This will occur within seconds of the resurrection of all those who have previously died–believing in Jesus for their Salvation. Both groups will meet Jesus in the air, in fulfillment of Paul’s description of this event from 1 Thessalonians chapter 4.
See the chapter: The Rapture of the Church
For those who have denied Jesus His rightful place in their lives–the Rapture will serve as visible, empirical evidence that all the words of the Bible are true and Jesus is the Only Savior of the world. For those who have not entered into a personal relationship with God by the forgiveness of their sins–through Jesus death and resurrection, this will be the most terrible day of their lives.
This event will begin the seven years of Tribulation described by Jesus in Matthew chapter 24, and the book of Revelation, chapters 4-18. During this time, two-thirds of the inhabitants of the earth will perish by 21 separate judgements from God. Continue reading “The Time of our Departure is at Hand”
There are many people, who over the course of their life, meet an individual who has claimed to be a Christian—who has exhibited behavior that is contrary to their particular belief, and caused other people to discount God altogether.
An enduring fact of life is that one of the leading causes of atheism is Christianity. Not that Jesus is the point of stumbling, but rather those who claim to follow him. Many people attribute the behavior of a person to the character of the God they claim to believe in. Forgetting that the Christian Gospel clearly declares that Jesus came into the world to save “sinners,” not the righteous. It is the very worst of the world that Jesus is most appealing to. The Christian life in following Jesus is frequently imperfect and lacking the basic qualities of love, patience, humility, and forgiveness. Those who are trying to follow Jesus will never be perfect in this life, although they should endeavor, constantly, to be more like Jesus in all their behavior.
It should also be understood that many people who take the name of “Christian,” are frauds. For reasons of personal financial gain or to achieve a position of authority or power, many individuals will label themselves a follower of Christ, without this fact being true.
Continue reading “Religious Frauds and Pretenders”
There are certain tests that any ancient literary document must pass, in order to be considered a reliable source and accurate in the events they describe.
1. It must be validated by manuscript evidence.
2. It must come from a reliable source.
3. It must be written close to the time of the events.
4. It must have substantial copies.
5. It must be found in the custody of a relevant source.
In every case, the New Testament meets all of these criteria–above and beyond those of all other literary documents of antiquity.
Can you imagine a person coming into to the world who has the power to heal every sickness and disease of mankind as well as raise a person from the dead, simply by speaking to them or touching the afflicted person? The only human being who has ever possessed these abilities is Jesus of Nazareth, as evidenced by the New Testament. Jesus presence on the earth was an event of unparalleled importance in the history of the world. This is the reason that so many copies of the original record of His life was distributed to cities all over the earth in the first century. It is preposterous to claim that the New Testament we have in our possession today is not reliable because we don’t have the original documents which recorded these events.
Logic dictates that if there are over 24,000 copies of the original documents for any event, this event must have been of enormous importance to those who meticulously copied and redistributed these letters all over the world. The fact that all of these records of Jesus life have been used by the Christian church for 2,000 years, and were found in the custody of the church, add tremendously to their authenticity. There are no other documents of antiquity which can match the substantial record of the New Testament.
Continue reading “The New Testament Passes Every Literary Test of History”
There are many who will decide to wait to receive Jesus as their Savior–until after the seven year Tribulation begins.
This will prove to be a horrific decision. Everyone who receives Jesus as their Savior during the seven year Tribulation period–will be beheaded by the antichrist.
Revelation 20:4 … Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands…
There is a second indication that for many who have rejected Jesus during this current time–before the Rapture takes place and the seven year Tribulation begins, it will be impossible for them to believe in Jesus and be saved, once the antichrist makes his appearance on earth.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Continue reading “Waiting to Receive Jesus Will Cost Your Life During the Tribulation”
Today, approximately 1 Billion people eagerly await the second arrival of Jesus Christ, in fulfillment of His promise to return to earth. Unknown to many people is the fact that the Bible reveals the precise day when Jesus would come to Jerusalem as the Messiah, the first time. The Book of Daniel, chapter 9, contains the most amazing and important prophecy of the entire Bible. In this single chapter, God reveals to us His entire prophetic plan for the last days of earth. He tells us the specific day when Jesus would come, and the precise details of His death for our sins.
When Jesus arrived and announced for the first time in His ministry that “His time had come,” there were very few who were lining the street leading into the city of Jerusalem. About 700 years before Jesus came to the city, Isaiah the prophet had predicted that when Messiah did arrive, there would be very few who would be waiting for Him. Continue reading “The Key to all Bible Prophecy: Daniel Chapter 9”