It is a great comfort to know that God the Creator/Redeemer is even now seated on his Mediatoral throne, "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11 Whether that be in this world or the world to come, God knows in every man's case. Thinking about what I said yesterday, I realized I should have said the overthrow of Islam as a false religion and the conversion of the Muslim people, the overthrow of the works righteousness of the Jew and the salvation of our elder sister, for God's calling and gifts are without repentance. IMHO I believe that is what God is doing in the east. This morning I read on the JPost that Egypt, Israel (and Gaza too if I rightly recall) were working together to deal with the jihadists who sent a rocket into a populated area of Egypt and injured an Egyptian woman. Only Jesus Christ can bring peace to the Mideast, the West and into every man's heart and home.
I have been taught that the sixth trumpet or second woe trumpet of judgment against the civil realms that oppose Jesus Christ as anointed King over his Creation and Redeemed by of the Father (see Psalm 2) is a trumpet that is being sounded in the east. It is to bring relief to God's suffering ones and is related to the power of Islamic governments like the first 5 trumpets dealt with the errors of western governments under the sway of ignorance and error. By 606 influenced more notably of the papacy and other heretical sects on western governments. Rev. 11 tells us what the end of the second woe trumpet will be preceded by. I would then conclude that Islam will not be defeated until that has been fulfilled. I understand that concluding event to be the raising up of the faithful and true Church under persecution were ever she's found, the conversion of our elder sister the Jews, and then hastening of judgment west to over throw all western governments that will not submit to Jesus Christ. The vials are judgments against the false and damnably errant sects of so called Christians under papal Rome's sway or Islams. That is what I have been taught and it is what I believe. I find it difficult to pinpoint in time and tend to agree with John's statement for that reason.
Lurker wrote: A married man who has never been divorced from the wife of his youth for God hates putting away (Mal 2:16).
God (Heb 10:31, 1 Tim 2:12).
I have a question for you, sir. I was once taught in a Calvinist Baptist Church that 'the husband of one wife' was directed also to new gentile converts who had polygamous wives and now they had come to faith in Christ. This minister taught that this was a reference to such, as well. The church would then need to weed out, so to speak, the remnants of sin that could not be tolerated, yet showing mercy to these men's households, who had now by faith in Christ under his headship been in graphed into the root and stock of Abraham. This gospel light was now to be applied through New Testament glasses to the Old Testament law which Ezra, Nehemiah,and Malachi had dealt with amongst the Jews who had the law since childhood (like Timothy), who had since Abraham been part of the covenant community of God always a community of grace and faith; as saith the Psalms and a people of law and order. Would like your thoughts?
TPK wrote: Once upon a time our denominations excommunicated divorced members especially since they were few and far between. Now that they are nearing the majority, all denominations have caved and commune with them in the pews. Today many seminaries graduate female MDivs. And you rebuke them. However, in 20 years when all seminaries graduate female MDivs, who will remain to rebuke them?
You clearly do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God. Your prophecy is false according to the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments.
It is my understanding of Matthew 19:11-12; together with other texts from the NT that both marriage and singleness are gifts from God. We do not dictate to God the gifts that He gives to us. I have understood and I will be corrected from the Scripture, if wrong; that singleness is not necessarily a perpetual gift. I would understand eunuchs for the kingdoms sake as those who have chosen singleness not for temporal reasons, seeing they might have had this liberty but rather for God's glory. These would be so cast on God for such whole hearted singleness of life and purpose that there would be fastings often and much mortification, by the Spirits strength, of their members which are upon the earth; especially in such an apostate generation. This seems to have been true of Paul and others historically.
Singleness for service in God's kingdom is not something I've heard preached on very often. I grant marriage is the more common state, and affects more of God's people. I was once taught that Paul's teaching in 1 Cor. 7 was also related to the coming persecution where it would be very difficult for those with families. Both single and married Christians need much prayer in this day to be faithful to their callings and thankful to God for either privilege.
"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
Man's wisdom is foolishness to God wherein it disagrees with Divine Wisdom.
I did struggle with the concept that all children who die go to heaven. Because they suffered oppression or in justice. It would seem then, that should be true of all oppressed suffers. I believe the issue is original sin. The guilt of original sin is enough to bring death and perdition unless the Spirit applies the merits of Christ extraordinarily. All the elect unborn will go to heaven and only God knows their election. We know God does all things well.
With the tremendous societal upheaval the world is no longer a safe place for children, women or elderly Eccles. 4:1-3; and Rev.14:12-13 came to mind. "So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun."
What I understood Rufus to say, Be not deceived evil habits, manners, customs and morals (that are grahically promoted by Hollywood) corrupt God's good that is intended for his people and does great harm. Why should God's children spend their money to the promotion of such wickedness? At least it seemed that was consistent with the Scripture and his intent?
Rollens wrote: If we compare these kind of events to western countries we can see that Christianity has an effect upon society even though not all people are converted. There is a stark reality between the east and the west.
Psalm 75:5-7 "Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."
Both the east and the west have been mercied by their Elohim and neither were or are at this time in history ignorant of the glory of God in creation nor of Yehovah's moral law as a teacher and guide for their redemption
"And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" The rest of the chapter is worthy of consideration as well and has possible relation to the article though on this point it was not clear.
I found the graphics that front page magazine found necessary offensive because the Scripture teaches such and the words were hard enough to read. I am greatly troubled by the mixture of truth and error that abounds not only in this article but on every side. Serious error comes alongside of truth with sensationalism, the emotions are stirred, and untaught consciences are deceived. This flood of error brought in, brings with it, the potential destruction of due God's honor from every nation on earth. But God will not allow it, He is concerned for His own Glory. He has promised to preserve his Church see Rev.12:15-16. Have your teachers taught you what this earth drinking up the flood is and who the woman is that Satan is trying to destroy?
Thankful to the Lord... and brother David for this instructive and encouraging teaching from Deuteronomy 3. It was especially helpful as regards Presbyterian unity in doctrine and the application to life of what is commanded. In the difficulty of the warefare with the world, the flesh and the devil, if we reflect on God's past mercies it will encourage our faith and hope for future mercies.
It brought to mind Romans 12:5-18. Especially verse 6 "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" The example of Mr. Alexander Peden whose faith was the reason for his boldness in prayer and his ability to apply the prophetic word of Scripture to the times in which his hap was cast, made him bold in the preaching of it and forthright in its application.
O that the Lord would increase his poor Kirk's faith to fervent prayer and powerful preaching for the difficult days ahead with an eye to our children and our children's children's future, as he pointed out. Psalm 90
Frank wrote: Living like a Christian does not make someone a Christian. Justification = works, works does not = justification. Do you agree?
I agree with James 2:17-19 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
I will ask you for this evening to carefully read Joshua 24 and see Jesus Christ as the antitype of Joshua and understand what he meant when he said as for Me and my house we will serve the Lord. Maybe we can finish this dialog tomorrow D.V.
Frank wrote: Ruth In my mind, a fundamentalist is one that will not dialogue regarding what they consider to be essentials of the faith, but they will debate them.
Might I ask how one can determine the difference between dialog and debate and wouldn't it be easy to slip from one into the other trying to be charitable?
I agree with your second paragraph.
I am not a theonomist but I do beleive that Christ as One with the Father and the Holy Spirit has an Essential dominion by right as Creator over all nations. I don't believe it is up to sinful man to force the issue, but if God forces the issue with any nation who can resist His will? I also believe a Christian nation will not be ashamed to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord in their constitution.
Concerning this article in WND I have questions concerning paragraph 6&7 that quote Mr. Patel. Maybe some one could ask him this for me, seeing he is a public person that I have no access to.
Define totalitarian? It appears you thinks it is the antonym of pluralism. Yet, you see the sham of pluralism or of a democratic/republic and the myths attached to it. Do you honestly believe that the 'New Islam' is the answer?
You state that God is a merciful God. That is true of God in Jesus Christ but not outside of Him; though He is a perfect Creator and beneficent unto all his creatures and over sees all their actions, as the Omniscient One.
I fear you dangerously mix truth with error to your own harm and are in need of prayer for that reason. We all need prayer in this day of mixture. No man is an island, though some might be tempted in their straits to think so.
You are in a position of influence. You need to read Zechariah 4 and Rev. 11 and soberly consider.
Thankful to the Lord... and brother David for this message based on Jeremiah 12:7-17. It gives the reasons why the people of God but in particular those in the office of pastors and teachers, that Christ has given his Church; together with a covenanted magistracy should be much in prayer regarding the former and in humble subjection to the Law of the King of kings in the case of the later. This matter greatly concerns the third angel of Reformation's message according to Rev.14: 9-12
The enemy of all righteousness has been well defined by Kirk's historic testimony. Coming to the close of the 1260 years of the great falling away, (as it appears from Scripture) hastens to a conclusion; Ought we not to reflect on the former times of reformation mercifully granted by the Lord our Shepherd? Might we not again expect seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, when we repent; turning FROM our sins against our covenant mercies that were granted us by our Prophet, Priest and King and UNTO the Head of His Church? 2 Cor.7:10-11
I think I understand it in other words; concerning Rev. 14:9-11 "It is to be noted here that the sins charged are cumulative, not distributive. Guilt is contracted as here charged, by 'worshipping the beast and his image, and receiving his mark.' If the beast signifies immoral civil power, and his image signify the Papacy, as we have seen they do, then it follows that worshipping both, and receiving the mark of the former constitutes the special guilt here charged by the angel: that is eulogizing, praising, and actively cooperating with civil and ecclesiastical society, at war with the Bible-in organized hostility to the Lord and his Anointed Ps 2:9" Notes on the Apocalypse - D. Steele
This applies is every nation on earth not just the USA and she is certainly not first in line.
CAS wrote: Interesting given the oceans are typified to as a sign of judgment.
It is my understanding, 'gleaned' from my teachers that the seas are the objects of the judgments as in Rev.8:8-9 and Rev.16:3. The Scripture explains the symbol in chap.17:15 "Peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" 'indicating the population in an agitated and disorganized or revolutionary condition. In Rev.8:8-9 the object is a "burning mountain",a tremendous object,- consuming and being consumed. The mountain is symbolic of earthy power civil or military and sometimes ecclesiastical.' Zech. 4:7 from D. Steele's Notes
John Ulics wrote: Deuteronomy 28:63 (AV) And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought... The key verbs "destroy" and "rejoice" in the Hebrew אבד (abad) and שוש (suws), respectively defined, perish, die, exterminate, kill, put to death...; joy, glad, rejoice, delight. In context, this passage speaks to His covenant, chosen people. Not saying that Piper is wrong, for his quote of Scripture is correct. But this passage ought to give us pause. I, however, would never compare the inherently finite, corrupt, mind of mankind to that of Almighty God... I fear Him too much to make such a statement, and Scripture refutes such a notion in multiple passages. But, then again, Mr. Piper is much more learned and experienced in Scripture than I.
I cannot agree with you closing statement although I agree with what preceded it. A man can have intellectual gifts but that is not what makes him right, what makes him true and faithful is the Spirit of Truth and men without His influence are right and wrong at the same time.