SERMON #9 TITHING

Tithing is a very difficult subject to teach about, not only for myself but for most people out there who are teaching the Holy Bible. The reason it is difficult for us to talk about it is because it has something to do with peoples personal incomes, properties and assets and just like when the taxman comes every year to take his cut from your earnings most people do not like to think about giving away their hard earned money to taxes let alone a church or ministry. Many people do not give money to their church nor do they offer charity to their community. Most people don’t even help their own families when they are in need because they feel that they will never get their money back. Well for those of you who fall under any of these types of categories I feel really sorry for you. The fact of the matter is that you should always help someone in need if possible. And you should help them without expecting any kind of reimbursement or pay back of any kind. But what is great about giving to your church or your ministry is that you always get paid back with great dividends…no I am not talking about money but I am talking specifically about being fed with the Precious Word Of GOD. Many of you viewers and subscribers out there watching these videos hunger for the Word and yet, you continue to watch these Bible study videos without giving anything back to God! The more you give the more you are going to get out of what is being taught. When you give unto the LORD hilariously He will Bless you greatly. You will not only be able to understand these Bible studies better but you will be able to read between the lines and your eyes and ears will be opened and so that you will receive keys of knowledge that will unlock the doors of truth and wisdom for the rest of your lives. When you tithe, donate or give a love offering to a church you are not giving to the church but you are actually paying God his portion of your goods. If it weren’t for Him you would not have the wonderful gift of life neither would you have the ability to earn an income in the first place so it just makes sense to Give unto God what is rightfully His. I know there are a lot of people with questions out there about where should you tithe or donate to, and truthfully the answer is very simple. You tithe where you are fed. You may go to one church or you may go to several or you may only attend by watching a television broadcast, a radio show or watch videos on internet websites or networks like YouTube. But wherever you are fed with God’s Precious Word is where you need to be tithing. You also want to make sure that the places your tithes and donations go are actually teaching the Bible and not just dishing out feel good sermons on salvation and love. Being a Christian is much more dynamic than that. You should be taught the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse. Not like these would be preachers who spend an hour on one verse; taking it out of context to fit their so called lesson they are trying to convey. I am not telling you to send me your money, I am not handing around a collection plate and I am certainly not begging for money because that would be wrong and would go against the teachings of Christ. What I am trying to get across to you in this sermon is that if you are being taught the Bible verse by verse and you feel that your Pastor is rightfully dividing the word and doing his or her duty in feeding the sheep and tending the flocks by directing you to better grazing then you owe it to God to give to that church or ministry. Not only Give but give hilariously and do it with love because if you are doing it without love it means absolutely nothing to God. We all know that God does not need anything from us for He is the Almighty and The Creator of Life and this World and the least that you can do is to show your appreciation by giving Him your first fruits, the first of your increase and the first of your love for you should Love Him above everything and everyone. If you are one of the 2000+ people that study with us and watch our videos then I want you to think about giving where you are fed. Hey if you are not being fed by our ministry then give where you are fed with the Word. Because it is not about me, this ministry or you or anyone else it is about God and I hope we please Him here at the Fellowship Of The Living Word by Teaching the world about Him, His Word and what He expects from us. We here at the Fellowship would like to step things up by making videos with better production quality, an easier means of uploading videos. We would also like to re-vamp our website and make it a fun place where everyone can learn and socialize. We also want to move our ministry into an actual facility where we can have church services and in person bible studies and it would be great for people to be able to stream our services live. It would also be great to build up a great staff to help run things and maybe even have more than one pastor to run the operation. Without your tithes, donations and love offering we cannot do these things. So with all that being said let us learn today what the Bible has to say about tithing, but before we begin let us open up in prayer!

What does it mean to tithe? According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary:
The proportion of property, devoted to religious uses, from very early times. Instances of the use of tithes are found, prior to the appointment, of the Levitical tithes under the law. In biblical history, the two prominent instances are —
Abram presenting the tenth of all his property, or rather of the spoils of his victory, to Melchizedek. Gen_14:20; Heb_7:2; Heb_7:6.
Jacob, after his vision at Luz, devoting a tenth of all his property to God, in case, he should return home in safety. Gen_28:22.
The first enactment of the law, in respect of tithe, is the declaration that the tenth of all produce, as well as of flocks and cattle, belongs to Jehovah and must be offered to him; that the tithe was to be paid in kind, or, if redeemed, with an addition of one fifth to its value. Lev_27:30-33 . This tenth is ordered to be assigned to the Levites as the reward of their service, and it is ordered further that they are themselves to dedicate to the Lord a tenth of these receipts, which is to be devoted to the maintenance of the high priest. Num_18:21-28. This legislation is modified, or extended, in the book of Deuteronomy, that is, from thirty-eight to forty years later.

So in other words or in layman’s terms a tithe is the giving or taking of a tenth or ten percent. In modern society we for the most part are an industrialized society and very few of us are farmers therefore our main form of tender is currency and for those of us in the U.S.A. it is the standard dollar. So what I am going to do is to clearly explain how to properly tithe in today’s world. If you do not have a job or you are living on welfare or social security you should be exempt from having to pay a tithe in my opinion. If you are a in need person, handy-cap, or unemployed you should not have to pay a tithe and the reason for this is 10 percent of nothing is less than nothing so there is no point in making someone suffer even more than they already have to if they fall under any of the previously mentioned categories. Now if you are employed and you are paid a wage or a salary and you pay taxes then you are liable to pay a tithe where you are fed the Word of God. Now how do we determine a tenth to give? Many make the mistake and give a 10th of their paycheck to the church which is unfortunate and probably leads to unnecessary hardships for many families out there. The way to figure out your tithe to your church is by first paying all of your bills, buying all the groceries that you need until your next paycheck, pay any debts you owe, put a little aside in your savings or for emergencies and then add up all that you have left over. Then you subtract 10% from what is left over and that is what you are obligated to give to God as your tithe to Him. If you have nothing left over then you are not obligated to pay a tithe; however, if you want to you can make a love offering of any amount and give that for your tithe you can but that is not necessary. Take care of you and your families first. You should also keep in mind that you can give any amount even all that you have if you choose to do so but that is also not necessary. The way the economy is now makes things tough on everyone and ministries need to understand these things and put them into consideration before asking money from their congregations. No matter what, if you give you will always be blessed for your kindness and generosity.

Dr. Strong considers a tithe to be a tenth of one’s income or more accurately of one’s increase. Abraham gave a tenth of all his property to Melchizedek whom was the high priest and a type of Christ

Heb 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

G1183
δεκατόω
dekatoō
dek-at-o’-o
From G1181; to tithe, that is, to give or take a tenth: – pay (receive) tithes.
Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Heb 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Heb 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

In Genesis We know that Jacob Promised to Tithe

Gen 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

Gen 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

Gen 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

Gen 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

It is said that Tithes belong to the LORD

Lev 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

Lev 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

Lev 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

Lev 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

Lev 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

Tithes were originally given to the levites first

Num 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

Num 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

Num 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
The Levites would then give to the Priests

Num 18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Num 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Tithes were taken to the temple according to scripture

Deu 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

Deu 12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

Deu 12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

Deu 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

Deu 12:9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.

Deu 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

Deu 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

Deu 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

Deu 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

Deu 12:14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.

Deu 12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.

Deu 12:16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

Deu 12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

Deu 12:18 But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

Deu 12:19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

What are the rules regarding tithes

Deu 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

Deu 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

Deu 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

Deu 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:

Deu 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

Deu 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

Deu 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:

Deu 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

Honesty in Tithing is required by God

Deu 26:13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them:

Deu 26:14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.

Deu 26:15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

A tenth of all animals was to be givin’

Lev 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

Lev 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

In Nehemiah we see recognition of tithes by the jews

Neh 13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.

Neh 13:12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.

What does God promise regarding tithes

Mal 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

H4643
מעשׂרה מעשׂר מעשׂר
ma‛ăśêr ma‛ăśar ma‛aśrâh
mah-as-ayr’, mah-as-ar’, mah-as-raw’
From H6240; a tenth; especially a tithe: – tenth (part), tithe (-ing).
The pharasies where religious hypocrites and their legalism on tithing was condemned according to Luke in the New Testament

Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

G586
ἀποδεκατόω
apodekatoō
ap-od-ek-at-o’-o
From G575 and G1183; to tithe (as debtor or creditor): – (give, pay, take) tithe.

Closing: So there you have it beloved you should now have a basic understanding of what tithing means, why it is important and how to properly do so according to scripture. Remember that what you are giving already belongs to GOD anyway and while help you out in the long-run by ensuring that you are fed daily by GOD’s precious word. May God Bless those who love him and may peace be with you always. I am Pastor Josh signing off.

© 2014 Pastor Joshua Lewis
http://www.TheFellowshipOfTheLivingWord.com

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Visions, Seals, Trumpets, Thunders & Vials

Introduction: This study covers what is probably one of the more complex lessons of Christian Bible study and the reason for this is the subject which is synonymous with the title of the lesson which deals directly with events that have yet to be; in other words, the future. The subject matter is dense and mysterious and yet it is intended to be revealed to those whom seek to learn it. Even though we will be covering most of the Book of Revelation this is not necessarily a verse by verse study of Revelation but more-rather a complete topical study on the subject of Visions, Seals, Trumpets, Thunders & Vials as it pertains to The Revelation of Jesus Christ; that is, YSHUA the Messiah and His glorious return. It may help you to understand that Revelation is presented to us in chronological order, there is no need for complicated mathematics nor hidden symbolism for the purpose of the book is to reveal after all…

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The time is at hand meaning that those things that are written within this book are future and you should be ready as watchmen for the things that will be mentioned.

Revelation 4.1-5.14 The First Vision In Heaven.

Verses 1-8 concern The Throne, The Elders and The Zoa.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

This first voice tells John to come up to heaven in order to reveal future events to him so that he may place them down in this book of Revelation.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Probably what John meant here is that By the power of the spirit he was in heaven and he witnessed a throne which was set and he saw one sitting on the throne.

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Obviously the one who sat on this throne was very beautiful to the sight. The jasper is a translucent type of stone, the sardine stone is precious red stone from sardis. This rainbow that is described comes from the Greek word Iris meaning the real thing not just some reflection or cheap imitation like toxon this is the light of the Holy Spirit round about the throne.

Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

These were the 24 elders clothed in the white raiment that they acquired for their good works and faith for their time here on Earth. These are the set aside ones or saints if you will…The crowns of gold are a testament to the exalted state of these elders for only Christ wore a Crown of Gold as seen in Matt 14.14, the seats mentioned are thrones. These 24 are heavenly being represent a pattern which David arranges his 24 courses of the sons of Aaron I Chron 24.3-5.

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The number 7 appears fifty-four times in the book of Revelation alone. These seven lamps burning before the throne are the seven Spirits of God.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

These four beasts are the zoa or zune which God had created as protectors of the throne. These zoa replaced the two Cherubim as protectors. We know that Satan was one of the two original Cherubs. The major differece between the Cherubim and the Zoa is the Cherubs had free will and the potential for eternal life whereas the Zoa have neither; however, they are happy to perform there duty because that is how God designed them.

Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

These guardians of the throne had a likeness that represented the flags or standards that the four protective tribes had that immediately surrounded the throne here on earth. All 12 tribes surrounded the throne which was a military strategy or a buffer of protection. The four tribes that were closest to the throne or ark as it is called had the lion, calf, man and eagle as their standards. This can make an interesting study by itself if you choose to look into this further on your own time.

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Again they do not have free will therefore they offered a better means of protection then the cherabum as is evident with the fall of Satan.

Verses 8-11 The utterances of the Zoa and the 24 Elders concerning Creation.

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

It is interesting to note that 6 is the number of man in Biblical Numerics and the only other time that 6 appears in Revelation 13:18 is concerning the Beast who’s number is 666. The number six also symbolizes the weakness of man and the evil’s of Satan as well as the manifestation of sin. These Zoa look like men but there role will be fulfilled after the Return of Christ which is yet to come. Again they do not have the opportunity that men do concerning eternal life. There are some similarities between the Zoa and the Wheels of Ezekiel concerning eyes and wings. This verse requires further study on your part to fully understand it.

Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Rev 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

Here we are about to hear the utterances of the elders...

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

All things were created for Jesus Christ. Some people would have you believe the Earth was created for man but it was not. It was created for Christ and Christ alone.

Chapter 5 Verses 1-7. The Throne and The Book: Concerning the Lion and The Lamb.

Rev 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

It is Christ who is sitting on the Throne or Ark. In His right hand is a scroll and on the back of it hidden from view are the 7 seals which are discussed in more detail in Chapter 6. The number 7 is God’s number and it symbolizes completeness and spiritual perfection.

Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Rev 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Prior to this account that John is about to reveal the seals were sealed up and kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Only Christ is worth to open up the Scroll of seven seals because He is the only person to succeed at fulfilling the Mosaic law. Because of His perfect work on the cross we now can learn the seals from John’s account of his vision if our eyes are open and we hunger to learn. Christ is the Lion of Judah and the Root of David.

Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Christ is the Lamb slain. Seven is the number of Spiritual perfection and completeness. The 7 eyes are the 7 spirits of God those who would open up the seals, or seven angels. Remember whenever God would appear it would be referred to as the Lords Angel Or Spirit or messenger. These 7 Spirits of God are 7 messengers set to reveal the seals.

Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

Verses 8-14 The new song of the Zoa and the Elders and other Heavenly utterances concerning: Redemption.

Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Here the prayers of the Saint’s or Set aside ones are being set to muic and delivered before the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Every man, woman and child regardless of race, tribe or nationality now have the opportunity to be redeemed of their sin through the sacred blood of Jesus Christ. He took the stripes and we can accept the healing so long as we believe on Him, follow His footsteps and ask for forgiveness when we fall short. We must also be participators in good works if we are to follow Christ’s lead. Remember only Christ is worthy to open the book and the seals thereof.

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

If you overcome the 1335 days spoken of in Daniel and you accept Christ and His gift of Salvation then we are as kings and priests who will have dominion over the earth. Those who overcome and endure the time of Tribulation will be worthy. Those who study God’s word daily and love Him will be worthy as well to learn the seals that only Christ can open. Those that do not overcome will be spiritually dead during the millennium. You definitely want to take part in that first resurrection if possible.

Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands is a Hebraism meaning countless numbers.

Rev 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Because of Christ we can also participate in eternal life.

Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

All of God’s creation will bow before Christ in the Lord’s Day.

Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

The song which is made of the prayers of the saints was now completed. Eternal life is now possible through Christ.

Revelation Chapter 6.1-7.8 The Six Seals.

Ch.6.1-8. The Sealing of the 144,000. The First Vision On Earth.

Ch. 6.1, 2. The First Seal (The False Christ Making War With The Saints)

Note: that there are Seven Seals total here we will only be discussing the first six for the 7th seal is separated from the first 6. In the first 8 verses we see the sealing of the 144,000. What John saw in the First Vision in Heaven was to take place in Heaven and despite the fact that this First Vision On Earth was seen in Heaven the results of this vision will actually be taking place on Earth. Christ purchased our inheritance in the Kingdom of God with the shedding of His blood on the cross. Whether Satan realizes it or not Christ had the victory at that very moment. Here in the seals, trumpets and vials we see Christ’s perfect work in taking the inheritance from Satan’s hands in the form of judgements and wondrous works. The end of all this being the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.

Rev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Here we see Jesus Christ opening the first seal. When it was opened there was the sound of thunder wich was the voice of one of the four Zoa instructing John to come and see or more accurately read what the seal had to reveal.

Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Here we see a white horse; however, this is not to be confused with the white horse and rider of Rev 19:11. This we see is the beginning of a series of terrible judgments. This rider had a bow or rainbow if you will; if you go back to the original Greek the word is toxon which is a cheap imitation or fake, not the glorious bow round about Christ’s throne. The word crown here is symbolic of power. Where this rider gets this power is not yet mentioned, however the power in which he is givin is to make war with the saints and to overpower them. He also is given the power over all nations of the world. The rider on the white horse is none other than Satan pretending to be Christ but he is antichrist. Lets go to the first Gospel which is Matthew as a second witness to this testimony.

Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

In other words don’t let your self be fooled…

Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Many will come claiming to be prophets or even Christ himself so beware of these false ones.

Rev Ch. 6.3-8 The Second, Third & Fourth Seals. Judgments on antichrist and his followers.

Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

The word had is not in the original manuscripts. Here we see the second Zoa or beast opening up the second seal and asking John to read.

Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And now we see another horse going out which is the color red. The rider of this horse was givin the power to take away the peace and cause great strife among the nations. This rider takes away the peace and prosperity that the false Christ temporarily brings. This horse and rider brings war among the nations.

Rev 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

When the Third Zoa opened the seal he instructed John to read it. This seal reveals a black horse which signifies famine or shortage of food and he that rode the horse had a balance in his hand representing a judgement.

Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

I believe that this voice in the midst of the four Zoa is Jesus Christ’s voice. A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny represent the scarcity of food. You may notice that wheat is more valuable then barley for barley was mostly used to feed livestock and to make what is known as poor man’s bread. This rider was instructed not to hurt the oil or the wine referring symbolically to God’s elect. It appears that the power that is given to the riders is by Christ himself who in the midst of the four beasts or Zoa.

Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

Here we see the fourth Zoa instructing John to read the fourth seal.

Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Now we see a pale or horse or more accurately a discolored horse as in the discoloring of a corpse after death symbolizing a gang green-like hue. The word Hell comes from the Greek word hades wich is similar to the Hebrew word shoal meaning earthly grave or death in this instance. This rider represents the death as a result of pestilence which is death brought on by unclean vermin or insects infestations. Famine always follows pestilence. Note that in this verse we see death and the grave personified by the pale horse and rider. Note at the end of this verse the animal kingdom will also turn against humanity and many will be killed as a result.

Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Wars and rumors of wars are just the beginning…

Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

There’s a war between antichrist and the saints. Becasue the majority of the world will worship Satan beliveing that he is Jesus Christ or the Mahdi or the messiah that Zionists are expecting; there will be great wars between the nations specifically those who know that he is antichrist and those that believe he is the savior of the world. There is going to be pestilence, famine and earthquakes which will also have people going to war with each other as a result of scarcity and massive death on a global scale.

Ch 6:9-11 The Fifth Seal. The results of the war between antichrist, his followers and the Saint’s or God’s Elect. Specifically concerning their martyrdom.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Many people will die including God’s Elect for testifying before the synagogue of Satan that he is a false messiah and that he is actually the enemy and the main reason for all the scarcity, confusion and unrest among the people of Earth.

Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

This is a question addressed to God by the saints and martyrs begging for the judgements of the evil ones on Earth. Asking to avenge their blood.

Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Here again we see the white raiment of exaltation for the set aside one’s or Saints as some like to call them. They received this special raiment as a reward for their testimony here on earth against Satan and his locust army of fallen angels and wicked people. You may notice that the Saints will be protected from the famine and pestilence but not the warfare. This protection will allow them to go about teaching the truth and warning others that Satan is not Jesus he is in fact antichrist. This may be due to the result of being good watchmen, looking for the signs and prophecies coming to pass as well as preparations made for the impending doom.

We should all be good watchmen and prepare provisions along with a game plan to protect our families. It never hurts to be prepared for there will be many disasters now and in the future prior to the coming of antichrist. It is just common sense really.

Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

As I said before even though these things might seem terrible this is just the beginning. It is gonna get a lot worse before it gets better especially for us Christians.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Many will be delivered up before antichrist. You will be hated by all nations and possibly murdered for keeping the testimony of Jesus Christ. Are you prepared for this? Are you willing to die for your faith and love for Jesus Christ you really should be prepared with that Gospel armor for things are gonna get ruff for you. I know in the past I said that we will not have a hair harmed on our head but that was only in the spiritual sense not in the physical sense. Many of us will be martyrs and sufferers of great persecution. I know I did not make that clear in the past and for that I apologize, but I am only a man who makes mistake I am not even close to being perfect and like most of us I am a terrible sinner like the rest. You should always test what I or any other preacher, teacher, pastor or priest tells you by proving it with Biblical truth. The only thing that is 100% true and perfect is God’s word. Never put your trust or faith in man. I apologize and have repented for my mistakes now its time to go on and learn the truth together and prepare for troubled times ahead.

Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Your own family may hate you and deliver you before Satan because they think you are wrong and that you are blaspheming against Christ not realizing that it is Satan that they are delivering you up to. Remeber Satan is coming before Jesus to try to take on the role of God but he is not he is a false one, a play actor and imposter whom will decieve many and be able to perform miracles in the sight of man. Satan is a supernatural being and he is going to be the most beautiful being anyone has ever seen and he will come in peacefully and prosperously. But the peace and prosperity he brings is temporary. Remember you want to endure those 1335 days spoken of in the book of Daniel. I am referring to that time of Jacob’s trouble.You may want to review our in depth study on the seventy weeks of Daniel to adjust your timelines and sharpen up your foundation to get a better understanding of this particular study.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Even today we have false prophets and false Christ. Study the word so that you do not get duped by apostasy and false teaching. You want to be an over comer you do not want to be one of the spiritually dead on the Lord’s Day.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

People will transgress the law and turn to evil not aware that they are in bed with Satan who is that serpant that slithering, glistening one that tree of knowledge of good and evil that is pleasant to the touch. Do not let yourself be seduced by the serpent; his words go down like honey but lead you into death. Will turn brother against brother and mother against son. This is no time to be unlearned in God’s word.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Only those who endure and do not give into worshiping Satan will overcome and be saved. The rest are in a sad state to be in.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

These end times will not come until the word of God is preached in all nations. Because of the invention of Television, shortwave radio and the printing press the Gospel is already preached around the world so you should prepare yourself for what is to come. Again watch for the signs and do not let yourself become complacent.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

This is referring to the desolator who will be standing on Mt. Zion pretending to be Jesus Christ. Again you may want to sharpen up by studying our lesson on the Seventy Weeks of Daniel in order to understand when these things will approximately happen as well as the event that unfold leading up to and after the desolator is set in place; that is, Satan.

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Honestly you do not want to be in Jerusalem during this time unless the Holy Spirit Moves you to do so. This verse is a warning to run from this false one because he will persecute you and kill you for your faith and love for Jesus. He will try to get you to worship him so that you can receive the financial benefits of his one world political and religious system.

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

This is warning to prepare, baton down the hatches and stay clear of Jerusalem during this time.

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

This is a war against Christianity and the Saints if you are in a safe place stay there do not return to your homes unless you want to be delivered before the synagogue of Satan.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

This is not literally speaking of being pregnant with a child but is a symbolic warning referring to those who are decived and find themselves in bed with satan meaning those whom believe that he is the True Christ. Remember he is antichrist. What happens when you lie in bed with someone the result is usually a pregnacy. You do not want to be pregnant with Satan’s false doctrine. You want to hold true to the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Satan’s message is that you are all going to be raptured out of here; that is, to fly away. If you have studied with us in the past then you probably know that there is not going to be a rapture but rather we are to endure, prepare and stay in God’s word which says nothing about flying away or being raptured out of here. There is great tribulation coming for the son’s of Jacob (Christians) and we are to endure rather then escape. If your flight is in the winter you have been decieved by Satan. The time of the locust is may through September Christ comes when the harvest is complete. The parable of the Fig tree reveals much about waiting until the harvest. If you do not understand the parable of the fig tree the entire bible will not make any sense to you and I personally feel this parable is the cornerstone of Christ’s teaching. It is imperative that you gain understanding of the parable of the Fig tree. You may want to refer to our study on this subject. You do not want to be a green fig that is harvested too early. Green figs are of use to no one because you cannot eat them.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Indeed this will be a terrible time especially for those who hold to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

This time of Jacob’s Trouble is shortened from 7 years to 5 months for the elect’s sake otherwise even they would be deceived Satan’s glamor, power and manipulation. You do not want any vices or addictions during this time for Satan knows your weaknesses and he will try to tempt you into worshiping him for a fix, some food or drink. Keep yourself drug free and vice free. Your only addiction should be for the truth of God’s word.

Mat 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

Christ does not return until the the 7th trump do not believe anyone that would try to tell you otherwise. Satan is coming first as a false messiah. Just take the next verse for example where it is explained beautifully.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Again an allusion to the shortening of the duration of the time of tribulation for the elect’s sake.

Mat 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Not only did Christ warn us of the coming false one previously in this book of Matthew but also in many places in the old testament especially the book of Daniel 12:11

Mat 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Mat 24:27 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.

Just as the sun rises in the east and sets west so shall the coming of the Son of man be. We are talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ here. He will come in the natural order of things there should be no confusion as to the nature of His coming if you study His Word.

Mat 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Another allusion to the natural order of things and events. God does things exactly how He says that He will. There is no wavering or confusion when in comes to God’s Word. Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?

Ch 6:12-17 The Sixth Seal. Judgements on Antichrist and His Followers.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

This is the opening of the sixth seal. Here we see great signs in heaven as a result of Christ’s Return to the earth after the time of tribulation. The entire earth will shake tremendously the sun will not give it’s light. Sackcloth is always used of or symbolic of mourning and the moon becoming as blood could be the result of ash filling up the sky making the moon appear red in color.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

The stars of heaven meaning the fallen angels will drop dead at the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. You may want to note that Untimely figs or G3653

ὄλυνθος

olunthos

ol’-oon-thos

Of uncertain derivative; an unripe (because out of season) fig: – untimely fig.

Take a lot more wind and shaking to fall to the ground; however with great force they can be knocked out of the fig tree. It will be with great force that these fallen angels down. When a green fig falls it no longer grows or has the ability to live because that life source provided by the fig tree is cut off. Much like Christ our Fig Tree will cut them off for their transgressions and their wickedness. All those that worshiped Satan will be swept away as well. The will be spiritually dead during the Lord’s Day.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

There’s gonna be a whole lot of shaking going on. Christ will purify the Earth and remove all the rudiments or evil elements from it. The heavens will be rolled up like a scroll. Can you imagine that? There are over 100 billion stars in the universe so many you cannot count and yet with the waving of His hand all will be rolled up and done away with. WOW! Our Father is certainly the almighty and most powerful. He is eternal and He is kind enough to provide a means for us to participate in eternity.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

All those whom were deceived into worshiping Satan will pray for the mountains to fall on them for the shame of their trangressions. It would be very sad to be one of them. Many of us here on earth never had a chance to learn the truth and those that never reached the age of accountability will have another opportunity during the millenium or Lord’s Day to learn the truth; however, Satan will be loosed once again after the millennium to test you and to see if you paid attention when God’s elect taught you the entire truth for a thousand years. Those who make it during this time are participators in the second resurrection those whom overcame the time of Jacob’s trouble are participators in the First.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

We are talking about the wrath of God which will do away with all the evil elements.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 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.

Rev 7:1-8 The Sealing of the 144,000 enabling them to stand in judgement.

Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

These four winds represent the four corners of the earth and are also what give us our jetstream and is essentially what creates the various climates that we have on earth today. The climate of the entire earth will be perfect. After all heaven will be here on earth. Remeber Heaven is whereever God’s throne sets. During the millenium only the Saint’s or Over comers and participators in the First Ressurection will be able to approach the millenial santuary. The spiritually dead will be able to see the temple but will not be able to enter therein. You want to be able to approach the throne you want to be an over comer. The millennium is a time of teaching and a time of correction.

Rev 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

The four angels that were in charge of the four winds have the capability to destroy the earth and sea in order to purify it but the time is not yet let us see what they are instructed the next verse.

Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

This sealing is a type of protection for all those with the seal of God in their forehead. Those that endured the tribulation and followed God’s instruction until the very end. Those that did not fall to worshiping Satan.

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

144,000 made it. This is approximately 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. These 4 Angels are to gather up all of God’s elect before destroying the land and sea.

Rev 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

Rev 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

The tribe of Joseph is actually made up of three tribes; that is, Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim. If Manasseh represents those Israelite that migrate and settled in the USA and Ephraim are those that settled in the British commonwealth of nations then this appears to allude to a lot of our people not making it. I believe that this is suggesting that only 12,000 being a round number of course make it to this sealing. This may be wrong; however, it is believable with the current state of Apostasy that is abundant in these nations today. Again you should study the word and decide for yourself because this is merely my opinion. But it does sure seem like a lot of americans and brightons will not be making it during this first resurrection. This should be alarming if it is true. Our people need to wake up and learn to accept God’s word rather than the traditions of man. If you are confused as to what I am talking about then perhaps our study called is The USA mentioned in the Bible will help. Or a study on your own of the migrations of the 12 tribes of Israel as well.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Elect are to be gathered before the four angels can hurt the earth and sea.

Revelation 7:9-8:6 The Second Vision In Heaven.

Ch.7:9-12 The heavenly voices and utterances.

We now are about to see the second Vision “in Heaven.” It contains the answer to the question: “Who shall be able to stand” in the judgment or tribulation? The second pair of Visions:show, the opening of the seventh Seal “in heaven,” and the consequent sounding of the six Trumpets “on earth”.

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Here we see John’s Second Vision In Heaven. Verse 9 suggests a great number of people from all nations, families and languages will stand before the throne and before Christ clothed in white robes of exaltation. These robes suggest that many people will overcome and be partakers in that first Resurrection. This is not exclusionary to some race or particular people for over comers will come from all walks of life. The word palms comes from the Greek word phoinix. It only appears here and in John 12:13. this is much like the “great hosanna” of the Jews on the last day of “Tabernacles”.

Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

They cry with a loud voice: Salvation to our God who is on the throne and unto Jesus Christ.

Rev 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

The Elders, The Zoa, The Angles and The Over comers all fell in worship of the LORD.

Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

This is a very happy time for God and His people.

Ch 7:13,14 The Great multitude of over comers. From What Place did they come from?

Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

In other words who are these people standing before the throne? When and where did they come from or why are they here? The next verse gives you the answer to the question which is raised…

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Like I said before this large group of people standing before the throne in white robes are those who overcame and endured the great tribulation of antichrist. Those whom withstood the judgements of God’s wrath and those who had faith in Jesus and accepted God’s sacrifice as their salvation. These are them who partook in the first resurrection. Those that accepted the inheritance purchased with the Lamb’s Blood.

Ch.7:15-17 The Great Multitude where they are.

Now where are these over comers? Here is your answer.

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

These are God’s people those who love Him and those whom he Love’s dearly. They serve Him day and night and therefore have there place in His kingdom.They will be able to dwell in the presence of the Lord during the Millennium. They already have gained an eternal life for their faith and their works.

Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

They have already been judged and therefore already have eternal life. They are no longer physical beings but spiritual beings or angels who no longer will experience pain or suffering of any kind. These special ones have already made it.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Christ will provide them with all that they need for the eternity. They will suffer no more pain or tribulation. They will not hunger of thirst. These are the zedok or righteous ones; that is, those who endured the Great Tribulation of Antichrist. The 144,000 a.k.a. The elect remnant of Israel as well as all those who bare the seal of God in their foreheads. The following verses in the O.T. Speak clearly of these things as well:

Psa 67:1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Psa 98:3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Isa 52:9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Ch. 8:1-6 The Heavenly Silence. The Opening Of The Seventh Seal.

The first six seals cover the entire duration of the tribulation as well as bring us up to the very day of God’s wrath which aligns with the Seventh Trumpet of Rev 11:17 & 18 as well as the Final Judgement of Rev 20.

However the seventh Trumpet expands into the seven Vials – which are givin to us consecutive – and yet the sixth Seal is followed by silence in heaven, breaking off all continuity, and to show us that we have to go back and learn how the details of the judgments of the Seals are to be filled in.

Rev 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

A half hour of silence proceeded the opening of the Seventh Seal. Note that there is a pause in time breaking off the continuity of the judgements of the first 6 seals.

Rev 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

The Seventh Angel is he who opened up the seal however all seven angels where standing before God and they were given 7 Trumpets.

Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Before the golden alter which was in front of the Throne appeared another angel who had a censer filled with the incense made up of the prayers of the saints that were offered up during the Great Tribulation. You see here that no prayer goes forgotten, God keeps records of everything including your prayers.

Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Here we see voices, thundering’s and lightnings as well as an earth quake immediately following the angel throwing the censer to the earth which was now filled with the fire of the alter. The prayers of the saints had already ascended up in verse 4 out of the angles hand. The 7 trumps are about to sound. And when he opened the seventh seal, there followed a silence in heaven about half an hour. At the sounding of the seventh Trumpet there are “great voices in heaven” (11:5). And at the pouring out of the seventh Vial, a great voice came out of the throne (16:17). And yet this “silence” means more than that. It marks the pause between the prayer and the answer, which shall turn the prayer into praise. On earth, the cry of the saints has been continuous. They “cry day and night.” In heaven the cry is now about to be answered, and there is a pause – the silence of expectation and anticipation.

Psa 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

In The R.V. Margin Praise waiteth for thee reads: There shall be silence before thee

Psa 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

The prayers are offered on earth during this period of silence, presented before God, and the answer announced in the preparation of the seven angels to sound their Trumpets and declare war against Satan and his followers. This is what is seen by John in the vision. Now lets go back to Revelation Chapter 8 and verse 6 reads:

Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

The Seals were opened in secret; the Trumpets openly proclaim war for all the Earth to hear. These trumpets notify all that the great and terrible day of the Lord is at hand. Things are about to happen so pay attention. A great earthquake or convulsion as the manuscripts read that is going to be a sign for us to look for. We know that once the great earthquake or convulsion shakes the earth that the first Trumpet is about to sound. So be sure to be a good watchmen and look for the signs.

Ch. 8:7 – 11:14 The Second Vision On Earth. THE FIRST SIX TRUMPETS.

The seventh Seal goes back in time and commences a new series of judgments initiated by the seven Trumpets and is followed by the seven Vials. So that the entire rest of the Apocalypse occurs under the seventh Seal. Whereas the seventh Trumpet issues in the seven Vials. The First Six Trumpets consist of the Earth and the seventh has to do with the third vision in Heaven. Then these Trumps are further divided with the first 4 in (Rev 8:7 – 12) and also with the last three grouped together as the three “woe” Trumpets in (Rev 8:13 – 11:14). earth.

The first four Trumps affect the Earth, the fourth affects the heavens, and the second and third affect the waters of the Earth. The first four are to be judgments similar to the plagues that were cast on Egypt; however, they are to be much more severe and on a grander scale than anything seen previously on Earth. These plagues are to be literal just as the plagues in Egypt most so-called scholars go to great lengths to take out the supernatural phenomenon from Revelation completely disregarding history and the fact that our Father is supernatural or more than natural and He can literally do anything that He chooses. To try to chalk up what is literal to symbolism is to call our Father a liar and then you are treading on dangerous ground from there. We are told by God in

Joe 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Knowing that our Father is not or never is the author of confusion should help us with our understanding for if we call these supernatural things symbolism causes much confusion. The bible is not open to interpretation so therefore we show take seriously the words from our Father’s Lips. Wouldn’t you agree? These things that we are reading about in Revelation have all happened before and therefore they can most certainly happen again.

I think Bullinger said it best, “To all this we have one simple remark to make — We prefer to believe God’s own special interpretation of His own judgments, in the plain literal sense of the words.” – Bullinger, E.W.. The Apocalypse

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded,

Verse 7 The earth smitted with hail and fire. Litereally.

and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:

In Egypt the seventh plague was “hail, and fire mingled with the hail” (Ex 9:22 – 28), and plants of the earth were smitten in (verses 31, 32). My friends it is definitely going to happen again but much worse then what we saw in Egypt. Again watch for the signs.

Verse 7 The third part of the trees destroyed.

and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Ch. 8:8 The Second Trumpet

Rev 8:8 And the second angel sounded,

Verse 8 The Sea Smitted by a burning mountain.

and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:

This burning mountain which is cast into the sea is not necessarily an actual mountain but it is as it were meaning that it is like a mountain. Could this possibly be a meteor, or a super volcanic eruption? Probably not for God would have told us that it was as such directly. It is a firey mass like a mountain meaning a huge firey object cast into the sea and turning it to blood. In Exo 8:20 this very same thing happened just open your Bibles and read it for yourself…

Exo 8:20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

In Ps. 105:29 it is written, “He turned their waters into blood”; also in Psa 78:44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. So what is the problem here? Perhaps these higher critics have let there educations get the best of them or maybe God just has the blinders on these poor souls for their own protection, either way the interpreters are wrong as they almost always are. Stick with God’s interpretation and you will be O.K.!

From this verse we do not know for sure what this giant firey object that will turn the sea into blood will be but what we can be sure of is a third part of the sea will be destroyed including all living or dwelling in or on it. We also do not know if this is rerferring to a smaller sea like the Mediterranean sea or a reference to the entire earth’s oceans. Regardless we are to watch for the signs.

Verse 8 A Third Part of the sea became blood.

and the third part of the sea became blood;

This is not some oil spill or event that has happened in our past. Like all the trumps they have yet to occur. Some preachers including myself in the past would have you believe that we are living in the 5th trump and all the previous trumps have already occurred. This is false doctrine. I am telling you and as you can see clearly from the word that not one of these trumps have occurred. I apologize for misleading you in the past I never meant to deceive you but I was just unlearned concerning this subject and guilty of interpretation when all along God explains what He means beautifully and better then anyone else could. Many teachers like to make it more complicated that it really is, they think that it makes them important that they’ve aquired some secret knowledge even though they have not and in the process have completely missed the truth that is staring them in the face. The fact of the matter is these visions, seals trumps and vials all occur in sequential and chronological order. If you can count to seven you are capable of figuring them out. Remember to always prove what I or any preacher may tell you with the Word that is your Holy Bible. The Bible is the Only Authority on these things it proves itself every time so use it and learn. This is why it is so important that everyone read there bibles regularly. Make it part of your daily regiment. So pay attention these trumps which are in the future all happen chronologically in order. It’s a no-brainer even a young child could figure it out.

Verse 8 Death of the Living Creatures On and In The Sea.

Rev 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

A third part of all living creatures will be destroyed whether it be people on boats or the fish, mammals and life within the sea itself. Pray that you are not on the ocean during the 2nd trump.

Verse 10 The Third Trumpet.

Rev 8:10 And the third angel sounded,

Verse 10, 11- The waters smitten by a Star Falling.

and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

The word lamp is actually a torch and not a lamp. Whatever this star is it is great and lit on one end much like a torch. The Greek word is Lampas or torch rather than Luchnos which means lamp. In Jer 9:13-15 it says, “Behold I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.” also in Jer. 23:15, Lam3:15, Jer. 8:14 & 9:15 as well. The plagues of Egypt caused that “the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river”. Ex. 7:18 – 24 which is literal and did happen; therefore, this will be literal as well.

We know from Rev 6;13 that stars are prophesied to fall from Heaven. Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. This star although great it will be considerably smaller than the firey mountain-like object and it will only be burning on one end rather then all over like the mountain.

What it is exactly we cannot be sure; however, it will be enormous it will damage the rivers and the waters. It is possible that the rivers meaning the Euphrates and surrounding rivers, however, it could also be all the rivers of the earth as well. We are to pay attention and to look for the signs rather than interpret scripture.

Rev 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood:

Wormwood means bitter and comes from the Greek word: apsinthos or absinthe

Verse 11 A Third part of the waters made bitter.

and the third part of the waters became wormwood;

Wormwood meaning bitter or undrinkable. Ash resulting from a large impact could very well be the reason for the destruction of the waters. Many like to align the tronoble melt down as being this particular trump however that cannot be for the other trumps have yet to sound. Again if we keep it simple and know that each trump follow another we can avoid being deceived by the vain imaginings of man. I can assure you that this event will be a much more significant of a catastrophe than anything that we have seen here on earth thus far.

Verse 11 Death Of Men Because of This Star

and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

This is literal just like in Exodus. The water will be undrinkable. This will be a terrible time indeed.

Ch. 8:12 The Fourth Trumpet.

Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded,

and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

We are to look for signs of His coming in the Sun, Moon and Stars.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mar 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

The Old Testament even foretold us of these things:

Isa 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

Ch. 8:13 – 9:12 THE FIFTH TRUMPET & First Woe.

Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Notice that there are 3 Woes; one from each of the 3 Angles that are about to sound.

Here we are about to see the sounding of the 5th trumpet which is also the first woe trump which means that the next trumps will be much worse than the previous 4.

In the RV The Word Angel is translated differently it says The Eagle. The Eagle and its cry separates the first four trumps from the last three. This Eagle speaks much like Balaam’s ass spoke. God can make anything happen therefore I think it is best to take this as literal in that this eagle will be giving the warning from mid-heaven. Again watch for the signs for they will be great.

The Falling Star, The Pit of The Abyss (Abussos) and The Locusts:

Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

This star that will fall from heaven is none other than Satan or Lucifer who’s name when translated means the bright and morning star. This is the time that Michael the Archangel will kick Lucifer out of heaven; that is, releasing him from his binds and allowing him to once again dwell on the Earth. Satan is given the key to the bottomless pit in which is a type of subterranean prison in which his fallen angles have been chained to in darkness.This key that Lucifer is given has the ability to open up the pit.

The entire great judgment period, covered by the Trumpets and Vials, is given in two pairs of Visions of these events 1. “in Heaven” and 2. “on Earth.” The 2nd Vision “in Heaven” (8:1 – 6) involves the opening of the seventh Seal while The 2nd Vision “on Earth” (8:7 – 11:14) contains the effects of the opening; that is, the first six Trumpets. The 3rd Vision “in Heaven” (6:15 – 19 -) shows us the Sounding of the Seventh Trump. The 3rd Vision “on Earth” (6:19) explains the effects of its sounding. Then (in CH. 7) we are taken back to a time before (chap. 4); while the sequence of the Trumpet and Vial judgments is given in order to show the parenthesis of their breaking up. The Trumpets & Vials are continuous once they start. It is only the details of them (not the order of them) which is explained, in order to allow of the important information needed showing there necessity. The digression begins at chap. 12:1 and is continues on to 15:8. Then after that the description of the Vials is again taken up giving the results “on Earth” of the sounding of the seventh Trump. These Vial Judgments are continuous from 16:1 – 18:24, which concludes their purpose, and issues in the Revelation of Jesus Christ from Heaven in all His glory (CH. 19). Now let’s look at the Second Visionon Earth,” which runs from 8. 7 – 11. 14.

Here we have the first six Trumps. The six refer to the earth; the seventh has to do with the Third Visionin heaven.” Also with the Seals: six refers to the earth, and the seventh was opened “in heaven.” It is the same with the Seven Trumpets; six Trumpets refer to the earth, the seventh refers to heaven. They are divided into four and three: the four (8:7 – 12) being linked together, and the last three (8:13 – 11:14) being the three “WoeTrumps.

The first four Trumpets and their results are recorded briefly; while the last three are set forth in great detail. The four occupy only seven verses; the last three some fifty verses. The first of the four affects the earth; the fourth affects the heavens; while the second and third affect the waters of the earth. Therefore all is recorded clear as day and the events in each should be taken literally and not as symbolism.

Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

The bottomless pit is not referring to Hell, Hades, Sheol, Gehenna or Even Tarshish but it is actually made up of two Greek words: ἄβυσσος

abussos

ab’-us-sos

From G1 which is alpha the first letter of the alphabet (as a negative particle) and a variation of G1037 Buthos; depthless, that is, (specifically), (infernal) abyss”: – deep, (bottomless) pit.

And also the word pit which comes from: φρέαρ

phrear

freh’-ar

Of uncertain derivation; a hole in the ground (dug for obtaining or holding water or other purposes), that is, a cistern or well; figuratively an abyss (as a prison): – well, pit.

So what we are talking about is is a deep, fiery and bottomless abyss or pit with an allusion to it be subterranean or underneath the Earth. The book of Enoch actually goes into further detail about this sub-terrestrial prison but we will not glean from the Apocrypha for the purposes of this study we will stick with actual scripture.

What John envisions here in Revelation concerns the Earth in general and not some particular location. These judgments corresponds with the eighth and ninth plagues of Egypt in the Book of Exodus Ch. 5 Verse. 5, where Moses threatened that the locusts should “cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth.

Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

These locusts are extraordinary. The locusts that came in the plagues of Egypt were also unusual, for scripture states that “before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such” – Ex. 10:14. Regular locusts have “no king” according to Prov. 30:27; However, these locusts do have a king and his name is given in verse 11. From their description, they appear to be some kind of Infernal Cherubim. The horse, the man, the lion, and the scorpion are combined in them. They are locusts, they are supernatural and they cannot be killed. Any other attempt at describing them would leave us at the mercy of Man’s interpretation.

Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Vegetation is normally the object of the consumption and destruction that is brought on by locusts; however, in this particular instance these locust are designed to harm people who do not have the seal of God in their forehead.

Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

These locusts cannot kill man but they can harm them or more specifically torment them for a 5 mos. Period. The torment that they are able to inflict is comparable to that of the scorpions sting. You see a scorpion rarely kills a man when they sting them however when they do hunt there pray they sting them and while doing so they inject their digestive juices into their victim virtually turning their preys body into there stomach digesting them from the inside out. Once the juices have done there work they then can suck the juices from their victims body. Now when the scorpion stings a human being it causes great harm; stomach cramps, rashes, throbbing pain, infection and necrosis of the flesh. Most people do not die from the sting of a scorpion but the torment of their sting makes one wish that they we’re dead due to the duration of their symptoms and suffering.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Apparently these Locust powerful and well equipped for battle like war horses. They have the faces of men which means they look like men.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Having the had hair as the hair of women could possibly mean that they are attractive and having the teeth of lions probably means that they are dangerous or even deadly. This could mean that we are talking about the Fallen angels but I would not count out the possibility that these are actually a unique and terrible type of locust. However the word “Torment” applies in a special manner to demons according to Matt. 8:29; Rev. 14:10, 11; 20:10. The duration of this plague is fixed. It is to last “five months.” which is the duration of the time of the locust which is from May to September. A similar fixed date is given in Num. 11:19, 20: “a whole month.” In 2 Sam. 24:13, we also have “seven years,” “three months,” and “three days,” as the fixed limit of particular judgments. Thesedurations or periods of time are all taken literally so should this time of these particular locusts. Joel Chapter 2 describes similar locust.

Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

This verse describes the sound of their wings being so many of them that they sound like a legion of horses and chariots running to battle.

Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

These locusts are from the bottomless pit and here we have confirmation that they will have the power to torment people without the seal of God in their foreheads for 5 mos. We also have a further description of them that was alluded to in verse 5.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

These infernal locusts that come up from the bottomless pit are unique in that they actually have a king and here the king is named and His name is Satan. We are given this kings name in two different languages.

Rev 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

This verse is pretty much self explanatory the first woe is over and two more are coming.

Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Here we have the 2nd woe trump as well as we can see the Four angles being loosed from there chains of eternal darkness and set forth on the great river Euphrates at the sixth Trumpet. God has His own army and Satan has his own as well and in these last three woe trumps we are seeing the final events in the battle between these two forces. Even though Satan is the king of this locust army Satan does have chief luetienents or officers perhaps abbadon is one of those Satan uses rather than having Abbadon or Appolyon being just another title for Satan. These four angles are fallen ones that have been in imprisoned in chains of eternal darkness like we see in

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

And also in…

2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Rev 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

In verse 15 we are given a frame of time as well as the purpose of these four angels. This is the judgement in which these four angels were reserved unto chains of darkness for. They were not only reserved to be judged but they are also reserved to execute God’s judgements. There are other “in-prison spirits” such as spoken of in 1 Pet. 3:19, to whom Christ’s triumph was proclaimed at the resurrection, not for their comfort or blessing, but for the proclamation that the price of Redemption had been paid by His work on the cross which should hereafter be celebrated in Rev. 5 when the worthiness of the Lamb that was slain shall be proclaimed, not only to Tartarus, but to all of God’s Creation.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

We talking about legions of spiritual beings and not human riders on horseback. This is the description of these supernatural beings. They come from below and we know of nothing like them.

Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Rev 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Rev 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Here we have horses that are spirit, and not flesh just like Jer. 8:17, YHVH says “Behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

We do not know who these men are by this verse however, we can assume that they were guilty of some form of idolatry which is what works of their hands generally refers to in scripture. This form of idolatry is of the worse kind and that is the worship of demons. So you can bet we are not talking about the church here.

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

The sorceries spoken of in this verse are the dealings of men with spirits, following and being mislead by the teaching of the fallen angels, demons as well as deceiving spirits 1 Tim. 4:1. The word occurs only here, 18:23, and Gal. 5:20, where it is called “witchcraft.” It is also used of Egyptian sorceries. Exod. 7:22 and also of the Babylonian Is. 47:9, 12.

Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Rev 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Here we are still under the consequences of the sixth Trumpet. It is not until Rev. 11:14, that we have the announcement of the “second woe” trump as being “past.” If CH. 7 is directly related to the sixth Seal, then CH. 10 – 14 are in direct relation to the sixth Trump. Continuing in the same prophecy of judgment, yet it introduces new details previously unmentioned that are connected with that particular judgment; as well as new subjects and phases related to it. This Trumpet is not from the angels but a much more powerful one; in particular, Christ. He comes from the heavens above descending on a cloud to bring judgements to the antichrist whom rose from the pit who was clouded in smoke. Christ is coming to claim His victory.

The Book that is opened takes us back to Ch. 5 demonstrating now that the only thing left is the blowing of the seventh Trump; that is, the final trump.

Rev 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Rev 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

Here we see a shout of Power proclaiming the coming judgement. The prophet Jeremiah foretold of this Cry or shout from the Lord:

Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

Jer 25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.

Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.

Nobody will be unpunished the wicked need to beware! A voice from Heaven answers immediately to keep secret those things which are revealed by the seven Thunders therefore John new and understood what was revealed by them.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Rev 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Here we see the prayers and cries of the saints and martyrs avenged without any delay. The trumpets and the vial judgements are the answer to those cries for vengeance.

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

The seventh angel is Jesus Christ. And with this sounding of the seventh Trump we have the commencement of the seven Vials which will be poured out consecutively.These are the final judgements that God had kept secret until this time.

Rev 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

The eating of the book has is similar to Ezek. 2:9 and 3:3 where Ezekiel ate the roll of the book given to him, and it was in his mouth as honey for sweetness. The bitterness described in verse 14, states, “I went in bitterness and in the heat of my spirit.” “Eating” which is a Hebrew idiom for receiving knowledge. Ezekiel ate that he might speak of God’s words Ezek. 3:4. In John 6, the eating and drinking of Christ is described as believing on Him.

In the last sentence it says… “They say unto me,” that is to say, the Angel and the other voices which spoke previously claim that , “thou must prophesy again against peoples,

In the following chapters CH. 11 – 28 these prophecies are made clear. The contrast between “kings” and “nations” and “peoples” show us that we can’t take these kings as systems religious or political but should take them literally as what they say they are.

Chapter 11 1-14 The Two Witnesses

Here in Verse 1 and 2 we see the measuring of the Temple.

Here we are seeing the 2nd Vision in Heaven which includes the 6 Trumps which are divided into 3 parts:

The Immediate judgments or plagues which follow the sounding of their trumpets as in CH. 9:13-21. Then we see “another mighty Angel;” Their oath and the little book CH. 10:1-11 & The Two Witnesses of CH. 11:1-14.

These three connect continuously and come to a close. It is the same Angel who commands John in every instance: To Rise and Measure, to Seal up and to Take and eat the little book.Chapter 11 is the final command Though Shalt Prophesy.

The witnesses are a confirmation of the faith of God’s people who are at that time on the earth, as well as the “dwellers on the earth” letting them know that the end is near, and the interval of delay will last “no longer.”

The angel takes possession with the planting of his feet on the sea and on the earth, John takes possession by measuring out part of the territory occupied; and The Two Witnesses take possession by prophesying with divine power.

The sixth trump just like the sixth seal shows that God’s people will be protected from the eternal destruction. CH. 11:1-14 show the completion of the sixth trump and the second woe. The seventh trump follows and expands itself into the pouring out of the 7 vials of God’s wrath.

Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

This reed is a measuring rod given to John to measure a portion of the temple of God that will sit in Jeruselem. The antichrist will set himself up as god and sit on it’s throne.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The Abomination of Desolation is to be set up there:

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Although the temple will be defiled by Satan it will be cleansed and rebuilt. You may want to note that Satan will be sitting in this temple for what appears to be a period of seven years. What seems to be the final seven years of a period of approximately 40 years.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

The Court of the Temple is distinguished from the actual temple itself. The former is owned by God; the latter is rejected and given over to the gentiles. The differences are cleared up in Luke 1:22.

Luk 1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Here we see the two witnesses their endowment and testimony.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

In verses 5 & 6 we see the two witnesses Judgments on their enemies and the elements

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

In verses 7-10 we see the two witnesses sufferings

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Verses 11 & 12 show the two witnesses reward for their faith and good works in performing the judgments on the evil people.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Here in verse 13 we see their avengement for their deaths in the street.

Rev 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Now comes the third and final woe without any delay.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Rev 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Rev 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

©2014 Pastor Joshua Lewis

Sermon #8 Darkness

Introduction: In today’s study we are going to discuss Darkness which is the absence of light. It is the opposite of light, and in darkness there is no light. Many of us today find ourselves dwelling in darkness unable to see the light, unable to see the truth nor are some of us able to discern between darkness and light; that is to say, to discern right from wrong or good from bad. To many of us things that are bad and evil seem attractive now these are the things of the flesh and the things of this world that we are subjected to on a daily basis and therefore things of this nature can easily get mistaken for good, eventually leading us down the wrong path and putting our souls in danger of condemnation. Many people are unaware that when the antichrist comes and Satan is kicked out of heaven they will be promoting things like peace, unity, diversity, self-reliance, human perfection, moral perfection, political correctness, religionism, and legalism which are all things that on the surface they sound great; however, they are in direct conflict with the teachings of Christ and contrast greatly with how a Christian is to live their life. If you choose to be a Christian and want to dwell in the light and oppose darkness you must abide by Christ’s doctrine which clearly states that through faith we all must surrender our lives to let His Holy Spirit take control of our lives which are both spiritual and physical. We must lay all our burdens on him and have the understanding that only through Jesus Christ can we be free of sin and live a righteous life.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So no man can ascend to Heaven or attain salvation by his own merit or works. It is only by Grace which is unmerited favor or a gift from God. It took Christ who is free of sin to take away our sins.

1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

By being tethered to flesh bodies we cannot live sin free for we are all sinners and imperfect by nature. The flesh has a mind and will of its own and we Humans have little control over this. Obtaining moral perfection is impossible for anyone but Christ.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For us to think we can rely on ourselves for salvation or to attain the heavenly is to directly deny that which Christ has done for us on the cross. He took the stripes and we receive the healing. It is only by His blood that we can wash away our sin and be made worthy to be in the presence of our Father YHVH who is in Heaven.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Corruption, darkness, evil, sin are things that cannot exist within the presence of our Father for those things are instantly consumed by Him. God is a consuming fire and our Father knows this and that is why He sent His only begotten son down here to Earth as a mediator between us and our Him.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It is Christ’s Blood and our Faith in Him that we now have fellowship with our Father.

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Because of our Father’s Grace and His unwaivering faithfulness to us we are able to partake in the wonderful blessing of the kingdom of Heaven so we should daily thank the Lord for this wonderful gift and privilege. We cannot depend upon ourselves so there fore we must seek refuge with our Father

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

We need to shed the human ego and cast our burdens upon the lord for it is only through Him that we are going to be able to find peace

Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

How do we become righteous when we are flesh you might be asking, well it is only Through Christ that the unrighteous can be mad righteous so in other words we must be faithful to him in the way that He is faithful to us in His promises and His word. God is not the author of darkness, evil or confusion. As a Christian we should be able to discern the light from the darkness. For God is light just as it says in

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1Jn 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

So with all that being said let us look closer at the subject of darkness in our study today we are going to see several different kinds of darkness as well as what darkness is illustrative of in GOD’s Word…
Different Kinds of Darkness:

Pre-creational Darkness:

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Natural Darkness:

Gen 15:17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

Miraculous Darkness:

Exo 10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.

Exo 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:

Supernatural Darkness:

Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Spiritual Darkness:

Act 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

Act 13:9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him,

Act 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Act 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

Eternal Darkness:

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Darkness Is Illustrative of:

God’s unsearchableness:

Psa 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

The way of sin:

Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Afflictions:

Psa 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Moral Depravity:

Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Ignorance:

1Jn 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

1Jn 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

1Jn 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

Death:

Job 10:21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

Job 10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Hell:

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Conclusion: If God is light and darkness is the absence of light then darkness is truly the absence of God. It is a place and a condition where He does not exist. It is a place in the heart of evil people whom do not seek to find the Lord. Darkness is Hell which we know is not a place but morerather is the Absence of God it is to be removed from his presence and therefore the death of your soul because All should that have eternal life dwell in the presence of God. Darkness is ignorance of God’s word it is the way of sin, it is moral depravity, it is affliction, hatred and it is Death. Darkness is not something that we desire to be a part of for we are beings of light whom cling to life and love which are all things natural to light. You want to with God and become a part of His kingdom therefore we need to shed those things of darkness and start living in His will and seek after the things that He wants from us as His children. We must learn to discern the light from the dark, the good from the bad and pray for the strength to resist the temptation and the wiles of Satan whom is the prince of darkness and the father of death. Do you want death? I don’t think so beloved. Join Christ and make your stand against darkness.

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The Feast Of Tabernacles With Holy Communion 2014

Introduction:

The Feast Of Tabernacles is one of the 3 annual feasts that God had commanded the Israelite people to honor and to observe. This particular festival was probably the most celebrated, extravagant and most noticed Festival by the neighboring pagans and it lasted from the 15th till the 22nd of the seventh month of the sacred calendar known as Tisri.
The Feast was also known as The Feast of In-gathering according to The Book Of Exodus and among other places in scripture. The time of the festival fell in the season of fall when the corn, the wine and the oil were gathered in to harvest. The festival lasted a total of seven days, and was followed by an eighth day which was a day of holy convocation, distinguished by sacrifices of its own. Both the first day and the eighth day of the Festival we’re to be considered Sabbaths where no servile work was to be done along with the giving of meat offerings by fire, drink offerings, vows, gifts, free will offerings as well as offering the first fruits of the ground like corn, wine and oil etc. On the eighth day the people were to dismantle their tents and take up living in their homes again.
During the seven days of The Feast Of Tabernacles the Israelites were to dwell in tents that they had made by hand from the bows of trees which had thick foliage. This ritual of living in tents for seven days was a means of reminding Israel that they had once dwelt in tents for 40 years in the wilderness when they were freed of the bondage of Egypt. It is a time to remember that God keeps his promises, he sets forth a veil of protection over His people when they are obedient and show that they Love Him. God will always provide you with what you need so long as you love him and have faith in him.
This week long Festival was set as an eternal statute that Israelite/Christians were to keep it as a Holy Convocation for all their generations and therefore applies to now and includes you, me and all those that believe in Christ which is why we are gonna honor our Lord and Savior today by making communion with Him on this holy occasion. The word Tabernacle comes from the Hebrew word H5521
סכּה
sûkkâh
sook-kaw’
which is the Feminine of the Hebrew word Soke’ H5520; a hut or lair: – booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent. Basically a temporary handmade structure that could be dismantled and carried by hand from one location to another.

Prayer:

Let us go ahead and open up our KJV or our Companion Bibles to The Book of Leviticus Chapter 23 and we will begin about verse 34 but before we start let us go ahead and open up in prayer…

Bible Verses:

Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.

Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn (meaning grave, important to invoke serious thought and reflection) assembly (a meeting); and ye shall do no servile work therein.

Lev 23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:

Lev 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.

Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

Lev 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

Lev 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

Lev 23:42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

Lev 23:43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

Lev 23:44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.

We know by His words that Christ even celebrated this sacred festival and if Christ is our example then it just makes sense that we should follow him. Let us see what He says in John’s account of the Gospel…

Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

If you thirst for our Father’s precious word which is what? We are talking about the His the word which is the Holy Bible. It is only our Father’s Word which can quench your thirst for knowledge, wisdom and truth. His word tells us that it is a statute forever to observe The Feast of Tabernacles and that is exactly what we intend to do here at The Fellowship.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

By having faith and believing on Him our thirst can be quenched eternally. Notice how He is using the ritual of pouring out the water from the spring of Siloam where one of the priests fetched some water in a golden ewer from the pool of Siloam, which he brought into the court through the water-gate. As he entered, the trumpets sounded, and he ascended the slope of the altar. At the top of this were fixed two silver basins with small openings at the bottom. Wine was poured into that on the eastern side, and the water into that on the western side, where, it was drained by pipes into the Cedron. In the evening, both men and women assembled in the court of the women, expressly to hold a rejoicing for the drawing of the water of Siloam. At the same time, there were set up in the court two lofty stands, each supporting four great lamps. These were lighted on each night of the festival. In verse 37 John is most likely referring to the 8th day of the Feast although the possibility of it referring to the 7th day cannot entirely be dismissed either.

Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Christ is the light of the world because through Him and His Blood we are forgiven for our sins. Darkness symbolizes death and light symbolizes life for before Christ all we had to look forward to was death because the wages of sin is death. It is only through Christ that we can obtain eternal life with our Father in Heaven. The previous verse also refers to the lamps of the Festival and how they symbolize and represent a type would soon fulfill. God is Light, Love & Life remember that meditate on it and never forget it.

According to the modern calendar and by using the sacred calendar as a scale to determine the correct dates for the Feast of Tabernacles for The Year 2014 we know that The Feast Begins on September 15th which is the High Sabbath and continues until the 21st which is the last Feast Day. And then of course the 22nd is the 8th day which is also a Sabbath. The last day of the feast the 21st is also the most likely day that Christ was born which we know because in The first chapter of Luke it says that Zacharias the Levitcal Priest whom was the father of John The Baptist was serving the course of Abia in which he and his wife Elizabeth had conceived John The Baptist. Elizabeth and Mary The Virgin we’re cousins and these we know because their mothers were sisters whom where of the Tribe of Levi. The same Angel Gabriel who told Zacharias that he would be blessed with child visited Mary 6 mos. Later and Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit in her womb and therefore was born 6 mos. After John The Baptist was Born. By an understanding of the Hebrew Calendar and knowing the times that the 24 courses were to be observed we know that Christ was not born December 25th, but rather He was conceived around December 21st and Born during the Feast of Tabernacles. If this seems like a foreign language to you then don’t worry check out our study on Christmas which can be found on YouTube or our Websites will fully explain how we’ve come to determine these dates. Are these dates important not really but why not learn the truth which will only unlock other truths in your studies. I also promise that we will be doing a complete Sacred Calendar Study before the next spring equinox which is also the New Year according to the Sacred Calendar. It is important that we learn the proper feast days so that we can observe them and make our Father happy after all he made our observing the feasts a statute forever for His people. By knowing the Sacred Calendar which is simple to learn we can also properly honor the weekly Sabbaths, high Sabbaths as well as New Moon days which are a type of Sabbath that we are supposed to observe. Most Churches today don’t even know what the Feast of Tabernacles is or that there are 3 annual feasts that we are to observe. So keep studying with us here at the Fellowship as well as on your own so that you can be a strong Christian.
Now we no longer sacrifice animals to atone for our sins because Christ is the Lamb slain He is the one and final Sacrifice. His blood is sufficient and to shed an animals blood for sin would be sacrilege and an abomination before our Father.

Right now is the time for us to step forward and take up Communion with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, so if you have the necessary items to partake in this precious ritual please gather them together right now…

Taking communion is a symbolic act where we recognize Jesus Christ for His sacrifices, for His suffering and for our sins which He had to take on and bare so it is very important that you take this very seriously. Imagine the weight of every sin that has ever been and will ever be committed by every living being that God has put or is going to put on this Earth. Imagine how it feels when your heart weighs heavy for the sins that you commit daily, some are worse than others, some we commit regularly, some of them we struggle with daily knowing that we have lost the fight with temptation and that we let our fleshly appetites run our lives when we should be trying to live in the spirit which rejects the things of flesh and of the world. The pain was so tremendous that Christ sweated blood and prayed to His Father that this burden was more than He could bare. We humans can’t even wrap our mind around it…Christ lived a perfect life free of sin and he did so in a flesh body faced with the temptations that you and me face everyday. He did what no man could do before him, for there is not one man who could fulfill the law aside from our Lord and Savior. He took the stripes and we take the healing. So to honor Him we take this bread as a token of remembrance for His body was broken, beaten and bloody. He was mocked, spit on and treated like an ordinary criminal and yet he committed no crime. It was His body which was broken for you so let us take this Bread and remember the meaning of what we are doing today when we take this holy communion….

Then we take this cup to remind us that if it wasn’t for His sacrifice that we would all die because of sin. The flesh brings lust, lust bringeth forth sin and sin bringeth death. Before Christ there was no exception or way out of this condition and it had been that way ever since the sin in the garden of Eden. We are talking thousands of years without the hope of eternal life. But there was hope even in the beginning in Genesis 3:15 where it says that there will be enmity that is, a great warfare between the woman’s seed (The children of Eve) and the serpents seed (which is the children of Satan) it says that Christs heel’s would be bruised when His feet were nailed to that cross, but Because of Christ’s sacrifice Death had been defeated and therefore Satan would be defeated whom is death. Christ has the victory and we thank him today and honor him by drinking his blood to wash away our sins.

Well that about raps up our lesson for today we hope you enjoyed studying the Bible with us and taking communion today. Until next time I am Pastor Josh signing off may peace be with you always!
Copyright © 2014 Pastor Joshua Lewis

INTRO:

When you think of the word disobedience, what sort of things come to mind. A child not listening to their parents. Breaking the law. From a religious standpoint disregarding our Father’s will. Doing what you are not supposed to do. Going against nature. The opposite of doing what we are supposed to do. Just as people we are all sinners we also find ourselves enveloped in this condition of disobedience from time to time. There are all kinds of levels of disobedience and many different types of disobendience and most of them we can all safely say that we are familar with. For instance say it is late at night and you are on your way home from concert, sporting event or even a late night Church service and even though you know that speeding is illegal and there are speed limit signs all over the road to remind you we choose to go faster than the speed limit because we feel that we will make it home faster and that getting there minutes earlier will make a world of difference in your mind. You can’t wait to get home to watch the game or TV. Perhaps you would like nothing more than to just sit on your fat butts and do absolutely nothing when you get home. Maybe you are in a hurry get to your families or you just want to get home no matter what the cost is. Remember HOME? We did a sermon on the topic a few weeks ago. Regardless of your reasons for disobeying the speed laws for some selfish reason you are willing to ignore the risks which are that you will be caught on camera and sent a ticket in the mail, a hiway patrol officer will pull you over or even much worse you may injur or kill somebody, including yourself in an accident.But no, you are simply to much in a hurry to consider the consequences and you are going to do what you want to do. And all in all you might save a minute or two what do you care as long as you get home. Right?

SIMILE:

When I was a young kid and in junior high way back around the late 80’s I thought I would be a cool kid and take up smoking. Whether it was curiosity or I just wanted to impress my friends either way I was willing to smoke with complete disregard for not only civil law which says it is illegal for a minor to smoke but I was also breaking GOD’s law. Now I don’t mean that It’s a mortal sin if we choose to smoke cigarettes , maybe it’s a sin against your health but that is not what I am getting at. What does the 10 commandments say: To honor your Father and Mother Right? Well my parents also forbid me to smoke and they said if I ever chose to do so the punishment would be severe. So just like the guy who wants to speed on the freeway to get home faster I also was willing to accept the concequences and Disobey my parents and by doing so I was disobeying God. Needless to say I eventually got caught by my parents and was put on restriction, embarassed and told I could no longer hang out with my friends that also smoked. I remember like yester day my friend from school whom I skated with and smoked showed up at my door to hang out and My mother told him that I could no longer be friends with him….the next day at school I got jumped by all of my friends who smoked for being a narc. That is the coloquial term for being a tattle tale at the time. Basically my whole world crashed down upon me and I had nowhere I could turn….I simply had to start over and hopefully walk away from the whole situation with a lesson learned. Don’t be disobedient for there are consequences.

HARMONY:

There are consequences for everthing that we do especially if you are an adult and that is why it is o important to learn when you are young. You parents out there who believe in sparing the paddle and spoiling your children are doing them more harm than good. You are making there adult life much more difficult and unfortunately they will learn most of there lessons while they are adults. They will have no examples to learn from, no memories of the consequences for their actions just a hard knock life spent in jail or perhaps a life that lead them into an early death. You might be thinking what are you trying to get at Pastor Josh? What I’m am trying to get at is that for every action their is a reaction and unless you are programed with the right information you gonna go down a long road to failures. This concept can even apply to churches. Those churces out their that accept homosexuality, those churches that subscribe to political corret ideologies, those that are slaves to humanistic thinking. Those churches that blow like a reed shaking in the wind never having a solid foundation in the word. Those churches that serve you with happy meal type sermons and preach salvation and keep the truth from you that there will be tribulation, that you will be hated for your faith in Jesus Christ that many of you will even die for holding true to the testimony of Jesus Christ. Those churches that are luke warm or that ignore the Old testament and act like the Bible is made up of two different GOD’s the old one and the new what… What the hell is that? There is only one true God and it is His law that we must abide by his word that we must listen to and it is Faith that going to help us overcome any stumbling blocks that we pass along the road of our lives. A church serves one purpose and that is to teach GOD’s word…that is, to rightly divide the word so that you may have a foundation to build upon. Do you want to build your house on a rock or are you gonna be an idiot and build it in the sand waiting for the slights wind to knock you flat on your ass? I’m sorry if you think I am being harsh but you people out there need to wake up before it is to late. Are you gonna be satisfied with a happy meal or would you rather have been fed on the true milk and meat and drink that latter rain while you appear before the great white throne of judgement? So Enough of my talking lets get into our Father’s word But before we do let us open up in prayer…

DEFINTION: Disobedience is to rebel against authority and let us see what the scriptures have to say about this important subject….

Please open up your Bibles to the book of Genesis Chapter 3…

Now the bible recognizes 3 specific sources of disobedience

1. Tempation From Satan
2. Lust of the Flesh
3. Rebellion against recognized authority.

Let us first look at temptation from Satan The book of Genesis Chapter 3 verses1-19, your all familiar with this story but it does’t hurt to go through it again there is much we can learn…

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
The lust of the flesh can cause someone to be disobedient lets turn to the book of James chapter chapter 1 verses 13-22
Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Jas 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Jas 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
There are a couple places in scripture concerning how rebellion can lead us into disobedience…Turn with me first to The book of numbers Chapter 20 verses 10-24
Num 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.

Num 10:11 And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony.

Num 10:12 And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran.

Num 10:13 And they first took their journey according to the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

Num 10:14 In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab.

Num 10:15 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Issachar was Nethaneel the son of Zuar.

Num 10:16 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Zebulun was Eliab the son of Helon.

Num 10:17 And the tabernacle was taken down; and the sons of Gershon and the sons of Merari set forward, bearing the tabernacle.

Num 10:18 And the standard of the camp of Reuben set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elizur the son of Shedeur.

Num 10:19 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Simeon was Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.

Num 10:20 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Gad was Eliasaph the son of Deuel.

Num 10:21 And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came.

Num 10:22 And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies: and over his host was Elishama the son of Ammihud.

Num 10:23 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Manasseh was Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.

Num 10:24 And over the host of the tribe of the children of Benjamin was Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Even though we had mentioned previously some consequences for disobeience in relation the different casuses of disobedience let us look more closely at what happends when we disobey GOD so that we may learn why we should fear HIM and take his Word more seriously…Turn with me to Romans Chapter 5 verse 12-19
Here we are going to see Death being the consequence for disobedience…

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Rom 5:15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

Rom 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Rom 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

In 1 Peter 3:2 We see that the flood was the brought on by disobedience and even worse in Numbers 14:26-39 We see the exclusion from the promised land so lets turn to Numbers 14:26
Num 14:26 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

Num 14:27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.

Num 14:28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

Num 14:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,

Num 14:30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Num 14:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

Num 14:32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.

Num 14:33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.

Num 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

Num 14:35 I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.

Num 14:36 And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,

Num 14:37 Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD.

Num 14:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still.

Num 14:39 And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly.
When you disobey GOD He may turn His back on you and you may be defeated in a fight that you would have normall won with GOD on your side. Let us turn to Judges 2:2 as well as verses 1-15
Jdg 2:2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

Skip ahead to verse 11

Jdg 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

Jdg 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

Jdg 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

Jdg 2:14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

Jdg 2:15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
Outright doom is what you may be faced with as a consequence of your disobedience to GOD Lets go to I Peter2:7-11…

1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
CONCLUSION:

So if you want to avoid, death, doom, destruction, defeat, plagues, curses and a life of hell the recipe for success is simple obey GOD. By obeying civil authority, our parents, laws, stautes, ordinances, guildelines examples and by obeying our parents we can all take part in the blessings that our Father has in store. Just look at the example we see when God asked Abraham to sacrifice His beloved son Issac. Abraham was tried, tested and blessed with a everlasting covenant that applies to you and me today. Obey our Father stay in His will and we will be rewarded greatly. And That is the message for today to Obey it will make life much more easier and fruitful until nexttime I am Pastor Josh signing off may peace be with you always!
Copyright © 2014 Pastor Joshua Lewis. All Rights Reserved.

Gen 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
Gen 20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
Gen 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
Gen 20:4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
Gen 20:5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
Gen 20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
Gen 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
Gen 20:8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
Gen 20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
Gen 20:10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
Gen 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
Gen 20:12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Gen 20:13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
Gen 20:14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
Gen 20:15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
Gen 20:16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
Gen 20:17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
Gen 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.

SERMON #6 DOUBT The definition of the word doubt is: uncertainty of mind. We all have our doubts about many things that we run into throughout our lives; for instance, you may doubt that you will pass a test or quiz at school. You may have doubts about whether or not you will make it through a tough situation. You may even have a doubt that you will live to see another day. Many people have there doubts about Christianity and pass it off as mere religion or myth without paying any attention to the truths that are staring them right in the face. Since I have been a Christian I am fortunate in that I have not ever once lost my faith or doubted our Father’s word; however, before I turned into a Christian my life was full of doubts about everything not to mention GOD. Throughout my life I have had spiritual experiences both positive and negative but I always equated them with the unknown or things beyond comprehension. This type of doubt can lead one searching for answers in all the wrong places like, secular books, pagan beliefs, sorcery, which craft, aliens, ghosts and satanism just to name a few. Without God in your life you are truly lost and you have absolutely nothing to look forward to in life. You are basically a dead man walking with 75 yrs. Of life to contemplate the fact that you will one day die without the hope of eternal life. You see it is only through Jesus Christ that we can attain eternal life all other pathways that claim to have the answer are vain and can even bring you closer to death. Some people have such sever doubts that they can no take what life may throw at them and they give up by taking there own life or try to numb themselves with drugs and other temporary distractions that are just that distractions designed to take your mind off of the inevitable which is the fact that you have nothing to look forward to except death if you do not have God in your life. We can even take it a step further you can’t even know what love is without seeing it first hand from our Beloved Father. Our Father loves us so much that he was willing to sacrifice his only begotten son for our salvation. He loves us so much that if you believe on Him you will not have any doubts, you will know how to deal with situations and you will also be able to reflect his love for you onto the rest of the world whether it be with your families, children, friends or even your enemies. Now just because you say you believe and have faith doesn’t mean your home free and that you will never have doubts or lose faith. You have to seek God out, you have to diligetly search the scriptures. You have to follow God’s law and strive to do good not only for yourself but for others as well you must perform good works, tithe to where you are fed and love thy neighbor a thy self. If God see’s you struggling and strive to live by His word he will hear you and take care of you as it says in Psa 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. You should also take great joy in your faith and in His Word and you will be rewarded it says in Psa 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Uncertainty of mind is something us Christians must strive to overcome for you are lucky in that you have faith and faith is knowing that our Father loves us and that He will protect us and reward us with eternal life. Most people who don’t have faith doubt that the Christ performed miracles in front of thousands, they doubt the resurrection. The kenites doubt that YSHUA was the messiah and they are still waiting for him to come. There are doubts about whether or not Christ will return. And there are plenty of reasons for these type of doubts; for example, Satan, unbelief, worldly wisdom, the ego, the flesh, pride, political correctness, spiritual instability and many other reasons that I have not mentioned but how can doubt removed from ones mind. What does it take to achieve faith and understanding? How do we remove doubt from our fragile minds and get with Christ with our undying faith? The answer is by searching the scriptures, putting God to the Test and by beliving His word. You know that Bible has a lot to say about these things so lets search the scriptures and put away doubt for good. Go ahead and open up your Bibles to the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew Ch. 12 but before we do let us open up in Prayer to our Heavenly Father… I. Doubt is the object of Christ’s Miracles by those who do not believe:
Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Many people doubt that the Resurrection took place. Christ was not flashy when He was resurrected he did not do this for the whole world to see but He did this so that His follower, that is, his apostles and disciples whom already believed on Him would be strengthened and with there faith renewed could go out into the world and continue the ministry that Christ began with fresh vigor being an inspiration to all the new comers.
Joh 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
There are those critics in the past and present that would like to claim that He was not the Messiah
Luk 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
Luk 7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying,
Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
Luk 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Luk 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Luk 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Doubt is also the object of Christ’s Return by many
2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
What are the primary causes of Doubt: 1. Satan
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
2. Unbelief
Luk 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
Luk 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Luk 1:20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
3. Worldly Wisdom (The Carnal Mind)
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1Co 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1Co 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Co 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
4. Spirital Instability
Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
We Can Remove Doubt By Searching The Scriptures:
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Act 17:12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
We can remove doubt by putting GOD to the test:
Jdg 6:36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
Jdg 6:37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
Jdg 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
Jdg 6:39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but
this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
Jdg 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
Believing God’s Word:
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
If you do not believe all of GOD’S Word the you cannot believe any part of it. It is only by serching the scripures earnestly for the answers to the questions in you hearts and mind. The answers are all there all you have to do is look for them. You must learn to rightfully divide the word by understanding the subject and the object of God’s word when you read chapter by chapter and verse by verse. The bible is not something that you can read once and expect get anything out of it except for some lessons and stories and perhaps some history and geography. However reading it non stop will keep you hungering for more and the more you stick to it the more truth and seeds of information God will bless you with. The bible is something that you should read every single day of your life without exception. No amount is too little and no amount is too much we all have our own appetites, just keep at it and watch what happens to you as your mind and should absorb the truth and teaches you how to live a good Christian life here on earth. You will be shocked when you realize that your are being transformed like clay in the hands of God. You will find yourself praying for your enemies rather then contending them. You will find yourself becoming a giver as well as a scholar in God’s Word. When you pray ask God for guidance, and that He will show you a sign letting you know that He is listening. Pray for wisdom and eyes to see and ears to hear and He will grant you what you need. By putting God to the test, searching the scriptures and Believing on Him we can remove doubt from our lives and rejoice in faith and knowing that through your faith you will be rewarded with the our Father’s Grace (that’s unmerited favor) and eternal life as inheritors of God’s Kingdom.We know that Christ Performed Miracles, He was the Messiah, He was Resurrected and that he will return at the 7th trump to bring His kingdom here on Earth. We know these things because God’s word tells us so.
That’s the message for today I am Pastor Josh signing off until next time may peace be with you always and God bless you!
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