Great Sermon! I think what is confusing to some is the terms anti-christ and the Beast. They are not the same person, or persons. The term anti-christ is used only five times in the Bible all in 1 and 2 John. It is never used in The Revelation. The Beast in Rev 13, the man of lawlessness, 2 Thess 2 and the little Horn in Dan 7 are one and the same in my opinion. Him, Satan and the false prophet will be defeated and destroyed in one final battle in Rev 16, 19 and 20. I do not believe there will be multiple battles. I believe the events in Rev 16:13-16 and Rev 20 are too similar not be the same event.
Black Ministers Elder Ward and Voddie Baucham, both black Sovereign Grace ministers were and still are very influential in my early understanding of Sovereign Grace doctrine. Elder Ward and his association with Pastor Jim McClarty of Grace Christian Assembly, Smyrna Tn and Voddie Baucham of Houston Tx, who I am sure you have heard of. There are a few out there.
Christian Nation? Although I believe the founding of this nation was based on Christian values. I agree it is not a Christian nation. And it was not founded as Christian nation, there is a difference. There was only one nation of ethnic people founded by God and that Nation was Israel. I believe America was just a result of Matt 28 and the Great Commission. America has been blessed because the " "Church" has been blessed by God. Just as Egypt was blessed by God while his people were there.
Great Sermon! God's own hand is at the helm of the entire world, so he never allows a separation between his power and his foreknowledge. If God foresaw what he did not will to be, then he does not have the highest authority. Therefore, he established what will come about in the future, because nothing happens unless he wills that it happens.
Great Sermon! All the above., If I had to choose one I would choose Secularization Read the article I sent Pastor Sturm from the American Thinker, Evangelicals Are Politically Irrelevant. I am a Cruz supporter, can I vote for Trump, I don't know. I will make my decision over the coming months. But, I believe the Republican Convention might have some surprises.
Great Sermon! "God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools....And he has not been disappointed."
"If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity." "Be fools for Christ and have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world." Antonin Scalia
I read somewhere that some catholics are saved, not because of Roman Catholicism, but in spite of it. God will have mercy on whom he wills. Only He knows who the elect are.
Great Sermon! With what looks like the inevitability of Trump as the Republican nominee and the passing of Justice Scalia and looking at events with a biblical worldview, you just wonder what is God trying to tell us. For the world it doesn't end well. Nothing else explains Donald J. Trump, which also applies to Obama.
Great Sermon! Jesus is the first fruits of the first resurrections. Whether you believe it occurs at the new birth or when we die physically and our souls join Christ in heaven, It still occurs before the end of this age, the 2d coming of Christ. We shall share in the 1st resurrection now. The "rest" be raised at the second resurrection. The rest are the dead, who are the dead. Those who are not in Christ. Matt 8:22. There are a lot of dead people walking around. The dead are alive at his return, they will be changed all so and thrown into the lake of fire.
Great Sermon! John 5: 28-29, there is only one physical resurrection of everyone. Your question assumes there is two. John5: 25 is a spiritual birth/resurrection. John 3 there is only one new birth. And yes everyone will get a body. Why even ask that question? I believe the issue is how many physical resurrections and when do they occur. I now lean to one and at the end of this age, at Christ's 2d coming. How many judgments are there? I say there is only one, at the end of this age, at Christ's 2d coming. Who will enter the Kingdom? I say only those chosen from the foundation of the world. I hope I answer your questions, I tried to as best as I can.
Great Sermon! I will refer you to some one much smarter than myself. Kim Riddlebarger, Mongerism.com. Check out His Amillennialism 101 series. Very good, very good. I can't explain it as well he can. I am sure you are well aware of the main points I was trying make. It is nothing new. Mr. Riddlebarger is a former pre-trib/dispenasatonalist and pre-mil.
Great Sermon! Two births physical and spiritual, two deaths spiritual and physical. There also is two resurrections, spiritual and physical and they are separated by an undetermined period of time. The physical or bodily resurrection or general resurrection is for everyone on the last day. The spiritual resurrection is John 3:3-6, that is when we enter the kingdom God. So the event after the 1000 yrs. or the last day is the general resurrection. No, only the believers in Christ are born again. I don't understand the last question.
Great Sermon! I have only been studying scripture for about 6 yrs. The first 4 I lean heavily on presuppositions. Not anymore, I try and let scripture interpret scripture. On the first resurrection in Rev 20, I believe the bible is pretty clear that regeneration of the soul is the first resurrection. The soul is dead in sins and trespasses, and we have been crucified with Christ and we have been raised with(resurrected) him and are seated in the heaven. Just as Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. So therefore the second death or physical death of the body has no power over us. The first death was the fall, and the first resurrection was regeneration or the new birth was the first resurrection. We are buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him (resurrected ). I believe this is the correct interpretation of Rev 20.
Great Sermon! I would also like to add my own thoughts, although I am not dogmatic, But, as a former believer in the pre-trib/dispensationalist/pre-mil position. I see no need for a future millennium on THIS present earth. The Church is the True Israel of God. The Jewish remnant i.e. Paul(JEW) is being saved during this age.
Great Sermon! The kingdom of God is a present reality, though not yet consummated. The kingdom has both present and future elements. This age (already) and its future consummation( the not yet and age to come). The prospect of a future kingdom demonstrates that Christ's fulfillment of these Old Testament promises is typological of a more glorious and final kingdom yet to come. Christ's return is not the inauguration of a halfway step on the road to consummation called a "millennium". Christ's return is the consummation. Kim Riddlebarger.
B. MC I was going to ask the same question. I know after reviewing my comment, I wasn't exactly clear. But I believe we both agree Christ's Kingdom is not of this world or present earth physically. And though I am not ready to go full Amil, I am leaning there. It is everlasting to everlasting and eternal.