Great overview of the Tribulation A very unofficial summary! Â¶ The Bible interprets the world's events not vice versa. Many of the nations in Ezekiel 38 that will be attacking Israel in the last days are in the news today and are Islamic nations. It will be a disaster for these nations to attack Israel. God intervenes to save Israel. Â¶ There are two stages of happenings occurring at the end of the church age, The Jews will be brought back to the land but are not at peace. Dr. Rugh found the Pope's visit to Lebanon a reminder that religious leaders will play a significant role in the 1st 3.5 years of the Tribulation. Â¶ See and listen to Dr. Rugh's series on Daniel. This particular sermon would make a very good summary of the Daniel series. Dr. Rugh links the pertinent verses of Daniel and Revelation to the religious leaders and that is why the Pope was talked about earlier in the sermon. Â¶ False religious systems are examined down through ages, there will be religious people left on earth after the Rapture of the Church, Muslims, apostate Protestants, Catholics, etc., will unite, they are represented by the Woman on the Scarlet Beast. There will be an artificial peace established with the help of these apostates of the false church. Gods use the sinfulness of man to carry out his plans.
Intriguing Disagreement https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/islam-and-the-anti-christ-john-macarthur-excellent-video/ is the John MacArthur video of a short sermon that most closely matches the one given by of Gil Rugh. In it, I didn't find any mention of the Qur'an. Â¶ Now the two men are apparently interpreting some of Daniel and Revelation differently. I would also point out that Dr. Thomas Ice would back up Gil Rugh on not using extra-Biblical sources, q.v., http://www.pre-trib.org/articles/view/literal-vs-allegorical-interpretation Â¶ I have been searching the Internet --and Dr. Rugh would have at hand more resources than I do, but I can't find anyplace that John uses the Qur'an as a resource, or even says anything good about it! So, listen to both sermons and you can make your own mind up about the disagreement between the Drs. Rugh and MacArthur on interpretation on these particular portions of the Bible, which Dr. Rugh has brought up.
Intriguing Sermon! Clash? of the Titans First, a mistake was made when the incorrect sermon was put up, and I wrote a comment on that sermon which really described chapter 3, of Daniel. It was my mistake to not recognize the problem when I was writing my comments to it, and checked on my unease to see there was good reason for it. ;-) What I said still applies as far as I'm concerned and John's sermon, (See my first comment, to get the URL for it!) is directly related to the one I'm not commenting on now. Â¶ The Drs. Rugh and MacArthur are top tier expounders on the Bible. They both of course take an expositional path, using a historical, grammatical, and literal interpretation in following that path. They know each other personally I can add. They should be in lockstep in interpretation, but they are out of step in the following. Â¶ Dr. Rugh in this sermon at 46 min. into the sermon points out why he disagrees with Dr. MacArthur, As Dr. Rugh points out, you don't go to the works of the Devil to shed light on the Bible. Â¶ So, did John use extra-Biblical material to interpret the Bible? If he did, he shouldn't. But more importantly did he come to the wrong conclusions? See his video, and use your head (both men would agree with that!) and determine if John's conclusions are correct, even if he used the wrong source?
Great Sermon! I believe the study of Daniel, The Revelation, Zechariah, and the gospels are so needful for the church, particularly, in understanding historical events, and escatology. We are strengthen more and more in these present evil times.
Here are two others worth listening to:http://www.tetelestai.org/ and W. J. Mencarow at Still Waters Revival Books (SWRB.org).
Great Sermon! Dr. Rugh, in his series on Daniel, points out the meaning of, "Chiliasm . . . 1. The millennium. 2. The doctrine of the personal reign of Christ on earth during the millennium." With various examples. It is made plain Daniel more clearly than any other Old Testament book, sets down the key information that puts down a lot of Old Testament prophecy together, that's foundational to understanding New Testament prophecy. para Dr. Rugh goes on to point out the uniqueness of Daniel, which only God could have given him. para Dr. Rugh gives a vivid account of events before during and after the sojourn of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the furnace of blazing fire. It shows that during this time, Nebuchadnezzar is still an arrogant raging unbeliever, of the true God. He had an unchanged heart. para Pity, the whole sermon given that Sunday night wasn't given, but what you get is excellent and show why Dr. Rugh is in one of the top tiers of Bible teachers. Dr. MacArthur was brought up that night. I would suggest you listen to John's sermon, Islam and the Anti-Christ: (John MacArthur (Excellent Video)), https://shariaunveiled.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/islam-and-the-anti-christ-john-macarthur-excellent-video/
Great Sermon--but even better in a trio!!! http://www.sgbaptist.com/articles/adultero.htm and the sermon, "How the church is to deal with sin," http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2170612618 are really germane to this sermon. The second URL will direct you to the sermon that could easily be a precursor to this one, and I would think they should actually be linked together as parts one and two, on how the church should deal with sin. So, I would suggest that you listen to the first sermon with its URL listed here, then listen to the one that this message is a comment on. They fit very well together. para Gil just touched on the consequences of sin in the commented sermon, the article listed in the first URL really goes into depth about forgiveness but not full restoration of privileges, as Pastor Wayne Reynolds said, "There is a difference between forgiveness and trust....We are the ones that grant forgiveness - they are the ones that earn trust....Forgiveness is granted - trust is earned.... [for example,] an adulterous pastor should not be restored again to pastoring, but there are many opportunities for ministering other than pastoring...." para Now, of course this is my personal opinion, but it appears to me the two sermons and this article together makes a very complete statement on how to handle sin!
Having the qualifications before you. To have it in front of you! para Titus 1:5 I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you; 6 if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior. 7 For the overseer must be blameless, as Godâ€™s steward; not self-pleasing, not easily angered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain; 8 but given to hospitality, a lover of good, sober minded, fair, holy, self-controlled; 9 holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict those who contradict him. para 1 Timothy 3 2 The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching; 3 not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence; 5 (but if a man doesnâ€™t know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)7 Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Why the literal interpretation of Scripture This will be a very unofficial summary of the sermon from 32.21 minutes to the end of the sermon. Pastor Rugh usually makes several points during a sermon, which would be usually sermon in themselves, but I see only two major issues and this part focuses on the literal interpretation of the Scripture. Listeners from liberal churches should have little difficulty just listening to this part, since it is only 20-minute long. para. As believers we are anchored in the Word we will die for this. Multitudes of people have died in holding to the Bible being the absolute authority and it is God's Word. para. The Bible claims to be the Word from God if this Word is not understandable then there are no standards. We need a Revelation outside ourselves. More than 2,000 times in the Old Testament there is the statement, "Thus says the Lord," We have a terrible erosion in the Evangelical Church denying the Bible is the Word of God. See Hebrews 1:1, 2 Peter 1:20-21, God is not playing hide 'n seek. The God has made Himself known to us. God is intelligent enough to communicate to us in a way we can understand. He did this verbally, just like various print columnists do, who also believe we can understand them. They assumed everyone would have the same interpretation of their writings.
Great Sermon! that is up to the minute It is easy for us as Christians to promote the right issues for the wrong reasons. We shouldn't promote the right things on a foundation of sand! Some issues that surrounded religious movies such as the "Passion of Christ," have serious issues about it. Many times we only have superficial agreements with theological liberals--and conservatives. We may agree more with the conservatives, but they have false foundations for their beliefs.
The Bible and not Vatican II is to be used to determine how we are to interpret events, The Pope and his minions represent a Godless, pagan religion, which Christians don't recognize. It's preposterous to say a literal interpretation of the Bible caused massacres of Jews [The misinterpretation of the Bible by the Romish and Orthodox Churches had a lot to do with that.] Literal interpretation has made Evangelicals the greatest supporters of Jews and Israel.
Modern society doesn't believe there's a right or wrong--and if any view is correct it comes from liberal theologians. Issues such as homosexual marriages aren't decided by majority view of the voters. Laws not based on the fear of God, or some unchanging earthly standard are nonsense. What determines Right and Wrong? The Bible does.
Excellent Sermon and Summary! An unofficial expansion to the summary, par.,
1 Corinthians 3
16 Don't you know that you are a temple of God, and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God's temple is holy, which you are. par. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary, "I Corinthians 3:16:
16,17 From other parts of the epistle, it appears that the false teachers among the Corinthians taught unholy doctrines. Such teaching tended to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy the building, which should be kept pure and holy for God. Those who spread loose principles, which render the church of God unholy, bring destruction upon themselves. Christ by his Spirit dwells in all true believers. Christians are holy by profession, and should be pure and clean, both in heart and conversation. He is deceived who deems himself the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet is unconcerned about personal holiness, or the peace and purity of the church." Par. Acts 2 44 All who believed were together, and had all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. Par. These verses were elaborated on and it was pointed out a communistic system wasn't being established!
Great Sermon! An unofficial summary! Para. The world doesn't stop after elections and on all levels of elections it shows that God is in control. On going events show that God's judgment is building to a climax. The elections and other happenings show the inadequacy of moralism, and our duty as Christian is not to bring morality to the fallen, but Christ! If their heart is changed so will be their conduct. para Missions mean carrying the Gospel to the lost, living a moral life before the world is --not-- missional! You go into the world to make disciples, not to show them how to live, as commanded by Christ. para God is sovereign in every decision made by every individual on earth. We can't abandoned God's sovereignty for man's responsibility that most surely exists. Man is completely responsible for his decisions. (The tension between the two will not be resolved in this sermon) para. Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities no matter whatever their level, because all are established by God. God is in control of government, no matter how leaders are picked. Anyone who opposes authority is going against God. You are to be a good Roman! Even with injustices--no unkind words about gov. para. This sermon is a continuation of the previous sermon, so listen to that.
Great Sermon! on the effects of sin, like adultery Not only an excellent sermon and summary on what it says it is, but also one on the sorrows of adultery (How one night of pleasure, eventually led to the deaths of 20,000 men! The sin could not be undone!) and an evil son. While David and Absalom are complex individuals and their sins have widespread effects, but so are those of other people detailed in this section of the Bible, such a Joab. Go listen to the sermon --and of course-- read the Book!
Para. JFB Commentary Para. "II Samuel 18:16: Para 16. Joab blew the trumpet, .Â .Â . and held back the peopleâ€”Knowing that by the death of the usurper there was no occasion for further bloodshed, he put an end to the pursuit and thereby evinced the temperate policy of his conduct. However harsh and unfeeling to the king Joab may appear, there can be no doubt that he acted the part of a wise statesman in regarding the peace and welfare of the kingdom more than his master's private inclinations, which were opposed to strict justice as well as his own interests. Absalom deserved to die by the divine law (De 21:18,21), as well as being an enemy to his king and country; and no time was more fitting than when he met that death in open battle."Para. David carried on even in trying times, He did what needed to be done.
Great Sermon! God demands Impartiality! A very unofficial summary! Para. James was the half-brother of Christ. He became a believer after Christ's death, and was a major leader in the Jerusalem church. James was worried that his fellow Jewish Christians whose behavior wasn't consistent with their beliefs. He wanted them to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of Word. Para. James didn't want Christians to copy the world's respect for the wealthy because they are wealthy and to be carried into the Church. The poor have been blessed with spirit of Christ, For the rich, it's not the material things you have in this world that is of real importance. Para.
1 My brothers, donâ€™t hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with partiality
5 Listen, my beloved brothers. Didnâ€™t God choose those who are poor in this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which he promised to those who love him?
9 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, being convicted by the law as transgressors.Para.
People's views on people get skewed when they start looking at a person's wealth, which the church growth movement does. God does much of his work through the "nobodies" of the world. The wealthiest and poorest are both saved exactly the same way--through the grace of God.
Trade Center One http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29888053 para. I could have left the title of "Great Sermon" on here, which it is, and you should not only read the short summary to the sermon, but listen to the sermon itself. I think it's great that a grand new building has been placed on the World Trade Center site. At the time of this comment it's the tallest building in the United States. (See the BBC story, it will be hard to avoid seeing something since the video is more important than the description of it, as far as the BBC is concerned.) But not only will this building come down sometime, hopefully to age, but man himself doesn't last on this earth forever, as pointed out in the summary to the sermon.
Great Sermon! about relevant issues This is a very --unofficial-- addition to the summary of the sermon. Gil did speak quite a bit about the misuse of the Bible to address social issues, such as immigration. Gil noted that a Nebraska paper had a cartoon about this problem. There were people quoting Scripture referring to the cartoon and problem, e.g., suffer the little children to come unto thee. Gil didn't comment on any solution to the problem of immigration, but he did address the problem of pulling out one verse of Scripture and building a theology around it! For example Israel as God's people were given rules how to interact and be responsible for each other, but they weren't given any guidelines for reforming the Assyrians or Babylonians. The same idea is in the New Testament the Church is responsible for people in the Church body. We do good to all men, but there aren't mandates to the church on social issues. Para. Our ease, prosperity, and freedom from difficulty are not our goals as Christians. Our highest goal is to honor Christ! The goal is of the Church is no to bring change to society. No Biblical foundation for social action being part of the Gospel! Social impact comes after people become Christian! This is especially covered in the first thirteen minutes of the sermon.
Great Sermon! Amazing clarity. Upon being saved, Jesus Christ has drawn a line in the sand between our old man who was a dutiful, powerless slave to sin and death; and our new man who has no obligation to walk in sinfulness. I kept looking at that line in the sand, praising God for his justification and forgiveness, but never believing or understanding that I now live on the "new" side of that line! How wrong it was for me to doubt or dismiss God's promise to empower me thru His Holy Spirit to be one who walks in that newness if life. If you have been saved, you are already on the new side if that line. Don't deny that power. Don't deny God's description if you as a new creature, one who has Holy Spirit power and victory. It is a done-deal. Embrace it as reality. God drew that line in my life. I kept looking at that line, I knew it was there, but I didn't realize what side I was now on as a child ofGod. I am so grateful for my justification, but now I must live to honor his promise of power over sin in the new man.
Great Sermon! and I made an error. Ah, the verses of the Bible I quoted were from 2 Peter not 1 Peter. in my first note. Para. I should make this message as long as my first, though I won't; but I will point out that Gil went into detail about the European Union in this message, and gave a very good idea about the various events concerning the EU preceding the start of the Tribulation. He also explained it is not Mother Nature, but Father God Who is responsible for all weather beneficial or destructive. Para. Gil's sermons are not like most sermons from a mainline preacher, who thinks the congregation can only handle three concepts in a sermon, but has a higher opinion of us as a congregation, and so he believes we can handle more than that. So, usually the space allotted for even an official summary is not nearly enough for most of Gil's sermons. Sorry about my error on the Scripture verses, I am getting new glasses ;-)
Acts of God using Nature and Man As Gil pointed out, we look forward to Christ's return which He has promised. As Christians we look forward to that with anticipation, and this anticipation seems to peak around the New Year. To the world it's a cycle of meaningless hopes and promises, but for us, it's to be an ongoing expectation. We of all people shouldn't allow this expectation to become time worn. Para. 1 Peter 3: 2 to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles; 3 knowing this first, that there shall come at the close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God, 6 through which waters the then world, deluged with water, perished. 7 But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.---Darby V. Para. Judgement is real and sure and the future isn't bright for the unbeliever. Note! Acts of God!
We must accept God's Sovereignty The last four chapters of Job are a unit that causes the completion of the sufferings of Job. Job finally gets what he's been seeking, to confront God! It doesn't go as Job expected, there's no discussion about dealing with the righteous and the wicked. It is all about the exaltation of God who is the Creator, the Sustainer, and Controller of all. He sustains everything. The only issue that's dealt with is His position as Sovereign over all. Para. This is really all about God speaking to Job. It might be broken down to two speeches by God to Job. Job's response to God's first speech is to manifest humility. After God's second speech, Job's response is one of repentance. There is a resolution to the problem that Job faced though no specific answers to Job's questions. Para. God's power is demonstrated in nature and His control over all of nature. God made his presence known out of the whirlwind, a theophany. A theophany is a physical manifestation of the presence of God at a special time and way. Para. Wishy-washy sentimentalism has no place in our respect for God! We must never loose are awe and reverence for God. We have no right to be a faultfinder of God. Job acknowledges he has no right to contend with God. God chooses how to use His sovereignty.