The Lord has willed that this congregation has fulfilled its purpose in Bourne, TX and no longer meets. Praise be to Him Who wills all that comes to pass. You may find a church home at the Reformed Presbyterian Church of San Antonio. The website is http://rpcsa.org/
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Great Questions Florin Isaiah 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot…
The faithful city which became a Harlot in Gods eyes was Jerusalem. The context supports this with a quick glance back to Isa. 1:1 as Judah and Jerusalem being the subject spoken of. So we can conclude from the text that Jerusalem is Not the real estate which most apply Jerusalem to but is to be understood as an assembly of souls who once did love God but then forsook Him with their own inventions which is also spoken of in The Revelation.
Rev 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
The woman is equated with that great city in the above verse. Just as New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ, not a literal city but an assembly of souls who love God, so was the first Jerusalem.
New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ - An assembly of souls who love God.
The first Jerusalem - An assembly of souls who did love God but forsook Him for their own inventions. They changed the ordinance of Faith alone(Deut. 6:5).....(See Colossians 2:14 on what Jesus nailed to His cross)
What ordinance? See Isa. 24:5
New Jerusalem: Eternal Utopia Based on reading Revelation 21 and Revelation 22, we realize that The New Jerusalem will be an eternal utopia. As we know, a utopia refers to a location of 100% harmony and perfection. Originally, the Garden of Eden denoted in The Book of Genesis was a physical paradise on Earth, but when Adam and Eva introduced sin into the world in Genesis 3, that physical paradise on Earth was tragically lost. One day, we will have Eternal Paradise in The New Jerusalem, but it will only be for born again believers. As The Lord created everything as good back in Genesis, so He will make everything good again in The New Heaven and The New Earth, including The New Jerusalem.
Great Sermon! This is my first time to study on my own this most amazing book.I am excited to learn what the Lord will teach me.
Thank you for the wonderful introduction. I am with John Calvin and the Puritans in their interpretation.
Praise God for preachers like your self.
Satan the Rebellious Dragon This sermon shows from Revelation 12 how Satan is the rebellious dragon. We also realize that in Revelation 20, particularly Revelation 20:10, Satan the rebellious dragon is cast into eternal torment into The Lake of Fire as punishment for his sin of rebellion. This sermon is an indictment against Satan the Rebellious Dragon.
Day1 comment I am not sure I would classify Genesis 1:1 as a heading for the verses following. “In the beginning” means the beginning of time, so it is the beginning of the 24-hours of Day 1. On Day 1, when time began, God created the heavens (“space/time”), the earth, and light. 24 hours later, after “the beginning”, day 1 ended with God’s declaration “the evening and the morning were the first day”. There has to be a beginning of time for a 24-hour day to have meaning.
Do you think what I am saying is a possibility?
For verse 1 to be a heading for the rest of the days of creation removes “in the beginning” from Day 1, which seems to me to be problematic. That gives the foot in the door for all sorts of theories to be inserted between verses 1 and 2. I believe it is vital for “In the beginning” to be included in Day 1!
Thank you for considering my comment.
Revelation 12: A Reflection of Isaiah 14:12-15 It should be noted that Revelation 12:1-17 is a clear reflection of Isaiah 14:12-15 since both document the fall of Lucifer from Heaven. Lucifer lead one third of the angels in rebellion against Abba Father, Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit. In The Book of Revelation, the dragon's tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. This means that the dragon is the fallen angel Lucifer. Very thought invoking sermon.
Borgia Family: Just Like Ahab Family It should be noted that the Borgia family is just like the Ahab family. Just as the Ahab family in both 1 Kings and 2 Kings were forerunners of the antichrist, so the Borgia family were also forerunners of the antichrist. A very helpful sermon in response to this revival of idolatrous Baal worship called popery.
Bruising The Dragon's Head With regards to Genesis 3:1-24, we know that Satan the serpent's head will be bruised by Jesus as noted in Genesis 3:15. Also, in Revelation 20:1-15, particularly Revelation 20:10, Satan the dragon is cast into eternal torment in The Lake of Fire. Also in Genesis 3, The Lord said to the serpent that he the serpent is cursed above all cattle and every beast of the field. By the time that Satan the dragon is cast into The Lake of Fire, it means that Satan the dragon is cursed above all cattle and every beast of the field and that Satan the dragon's head is bruised by Jesus. This sermon shows that Jesus will put a permanent stop to Satan the dragon and his works of darkness.
Oura (οὐρά): Greek word for tail It should be noted that the Greek word for tail is oura (οὐρά). This Greek word translated as tail (singular) and tails (plural) occurs 5 times in 3 verses of The Greek New Testament, particularly in Revelation 9:10, Revelation 9:19, and Revelation 12:4.
The Dragon: The First Rebel Known As Satan As we know, the dragon spoken of in Revelation 12:1-17 was that first rebel known as Satan. It also shows that the dragon's tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth. The third part of the stars of heaven are those fallen angels who sided with Lucifer (Satan) in his rebellion against Abba Father, Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit. This chapter is clear that the dragon is Lucifer himself. Since dragons are of Satanic origin, it means that Satan the dragon is a rebel against Abba Father, Jesus The Son, and The Holy Spirit. In Revelation 12, the woman is Israel, the child is Jesus, and the dragon is Satan. This means that the rebellious dragon called Satan is at war with the righteous woman Israel and the righteous child Jesus.
Borgias: Rebels Against The Lord It should be noted that the Borgia family were rebels against The Lord. Their father was a rebellious pope named Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo de Borja). Then again, because the land of Italy is the center of popery, this means that the land of Italy is a land of rebellion. Of course, there are righteous Protestants in Italy. This sermon shows that historical figures associated with popery like the Borgia family were evil people seeking only rebellion. On Judgment Day, a cruel messenger shall be sent against the rebellious Borgia family as well as all the rebellious popes and all rebellious Roman Catholics. Worth noting Proverbs 17:11 in times like these.
Great Sermon! You quote Jude 6 as referring to the angels who were cast down w Satan. I didn’t realize those angels are kept in chains. I thought they are working w satan even now. So is Satan also chained now?
Look Gen 6. Here you will see “sons of God” who reproduce w women. These are the angels Jude referrs to. You will find that your systematic theology makes a lot more sense
Questions. I listened to this message. I think some questions wound arise normally, after listening to it:
1) If today’s Jerusalem have nothing to do with the New Jerusalem, what will we do with all the prophesies in the OT, spoken to Jerusalem, about its future glory?
2) It is clear that the New Jerusalem will not occupy all the new earth. Will those other parts of the new earth be habited?
3) The new earth will be the same in measure as this old earth? Is not Rev. 21 and Ezekiel 40-48 suggesting that it will be bigger?
4) If I understood well, the speaker tends to interpret the descriptions of the New Jerusalem in a metaphoric sense. But what if the is more literal description in Rev. 21? What if?
It is not my purpose here to be highly critical, but my impression, after listening to this message, was a grievous one: everything in Rev. 21’s descriptions in symbolic, and nobody really know how to interpret them. We are left to the interpretations of commentators, which all disagree, so who can know for sure how will be the New Jerusalem? I do not agree at all with this view. I believe that God gave us revelation in order to know, not to guess. I do not believe that everything in the Bible is to be taken literally, as the preacher well explained, but I do not believe that in Rev