Scripture Index

 

Word of God – Jesus’ Preeminence in the NT

 

Matthew 5:18Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” 

 

Luke 24:27“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” 

 

Luke 24:44-47“Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

 

John 5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

 

Acts 8:35“Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture [Isaiah 53:7], and preached unto him Jesus.” 

 

Acts 26:22-23“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:  That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.” 

 

Acts 28:23“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.” 

 

Romans 1:1-3“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” 

 

Hebrews 1:1-3“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” 

 

Hebrews 10:7 – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

 

The Word of God – For Our Example

 

 

I Corinthians 10:11 – “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

 

Romans 15:4 – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

Romans 6:19 – “I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness (NIV –  This time it is the closest to the Greek)

 

Matthew 1:19 – “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.”

 

John 13:15 – “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

 

I Timothy 4:12 – “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

 

Hebrews 4:11 – “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

 

Hebrews 8:5 – “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

 

James 5:10 – “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.”

 

I Peter 2:21 – “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

 

Jude 1:7 – “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

 

The Word of God – Repetition

 

 

Philippians 3:1“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.  To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.”

 

Titus 3:8 – “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

 

2 Peter 1:12-13“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.  Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;”

 

2 Peter 3:1-2“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour”

 

The Word of God – It’s Authority

 

 

Isaiah 55:10-11“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.

 

1 Corinthians 2:13“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

 

1 Corinthians 14:37“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:19-20“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliationNow then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

 

1 Thessalonians 2:4“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

 

1 Thessalonians 2:13“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

 

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15“Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”

 

1 Timothy 4:1“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.”

 

2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

 

1 Peter 1:25“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

 

2 Peter 3:1-2“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour”

 

2 Peter 3:15-16“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

 

Jude 1:3“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

 

Revelation 1:1-3“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent as and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  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.”

 

Revelation 22:9-10“Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”

 

Word of God – Add or Take Away

 

 

Deuteronomy 4:2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

 

Revelation 22:18-19“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

 

Word of God – Secret Things

 

 

Deuteronomy 29:26 – “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

 

Proverbs 25:2“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” 

 

Revelation 1:6“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

Amos 3:7 – “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

 

Isaiah 41:8 – “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.”

 

James 2:23 – “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”

 

Genesis 18:17 – “And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do

 

Word of God – Exhortations

 

 

Deuteronomy 11:18-20“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.  And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest upAnd thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates”

 

Psalms 119:11“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

 

Psalms 119:98-105“Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.  I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

Psalms 138:2“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

 

Isaiah 28:10“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little”

 

Hosea 12:10“I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.”

 

Matthew 15:6“…Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

 

Acts 20:27“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

 

Romans 15:4“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

Hebrews 4:12-13“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

 

1 Corinthians 1:20-21“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? 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.”

 

1 Corinthians 9:22“To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

 

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 – “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:4“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”

 

2 Timothy 2:2“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

 

2 Timothy 2:15“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

Titus 1:4“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.”

 

1 Peter 1:23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

 

2 Peter 1:3-4“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

 

2 Peter 1:20“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

 

Jude 1:3“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

 

The Word of God – False Prophets & Doctrine

 

 

Deuteronomy 13:1-5“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.” 

 

Jeremiah 5:31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof

 

Jeremiah 14:14“Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.”

 

Mark 4:24“And he said unto them,Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.”          (Judgment Commanded)

 

John 8:44-45“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”

 

Acts 20:28-30“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

 

Romans 16:17-18“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-25“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  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?  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.  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

 

1 Corinthians 5:12-13“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” (Judgment Commanded)

 

1 Corinthians 6:2-5“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?              (Judgment Commanded)

 

1 Corinthians 11:31  “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (Judgment Commanded)

 

2 Corinthians 10:5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

 

2 Corinthians 11:12-15“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

 

Galatians 1:6-10“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ..”

 

Ephesians 4:11-14“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.”*

 

Ephesians 5:6-11Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”*              (Judgment Commanded)

 

Colossians 2:4I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”*                                         (Judgment Commanded)

 

Colossians 2:8 – “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  (Judgment Commanded)

 

Colossians 2:18-19Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”*  (Judgment Commanded)

 

1 Thessalonians 5:6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.                                                                (Judgment Commanded)

 

1   Thessalonians 5:21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.   (Judgment Commanded)

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”*    (Judgment Commanded)

 

1 Timothy 4:16Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”* (Judgment Commanded)

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.”*              (Judgment Commanded)

 

2 Timothy 2:23-25“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth”*

 

2 Timothy 3:1-7 – “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.”*

 

2 Timothy 3:12-14“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it”*

 

2 Timothy 4:3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”*

 

Titus 1:9-2:1He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.  . . . Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.”*    (Judgment Commanded)

 

2 Peter 1:16“We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”*

 

2 Peter 1:20-2:3“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”*

 

1 John 4:1-3“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”*        (Judgment Commanded)

 

2 John 7Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.”*

 

Jude 1:3“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”      (Judgment Commanded)

 

Judgment

 

Hebrews 5:13-14  – “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

 

(We must realize that many times judgment is demanded of us according to God’s Word, as seen in: Mark 4:24; Acts 20:28-30; Romans 16:17-18; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 2:4; 2:8; 2:18-19; I Corinthians 5:12,13; 6:2-5; 11:31;14:29; I Thessalonians 5:6; 5:21; II Thessalonians 2:1-4; I Timothy 4:16; 6:20-21; II Timothy 2:23-25; Titus 1:9; I John 4:1-3; and Jude 1:3.  As compared to other situations where in the Word of judgment is not allowed, or that there are conditions such as: Matthew 7:1; Colossians 2:16; and James 2:4;4:11,12). 

 

Faith

 

Genesis 15:6 – “And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”

 

Genesis 48:15“And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day”     

 

Genesis 50:20“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”  

 

Numbers 23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good”

 

1 Samuel 1:18“And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight.  So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.”

 

2 Kings 4:3-4 – “Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.  And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.”

 

Job 13:15 – “though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,…”

 

Psalms 23:4“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

 

Psalms 56:3“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”

 

Psalms 84:6“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca [Hebrew: “valley of weeping”] make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.”

 

Psalms 115:4-8“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”

 

Psalms 135:15-18“The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.”

 

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

Nehemiah 2:1“And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence.”

 

Esther 4:16“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

 

Isaiah 41:22-26” Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.  Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.  Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.  I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.  Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know?  and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous?  yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words.”

 

Isaiah 43:9 – ” Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things?  let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.”

 

Isaiah 45:21“Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”

 

Isaiah 46:9-10“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”

 

Daniel 3:16-18“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matterIf it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

 

Habakkuk 2:4The just [Romans 1:17], shall live by [Galatians 3:11], faith [Hebrews 10:39].

 

Matthew 6:31“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”

 

Matthew 10:30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

 

Luke 22:42“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

 

Luke 23:42-43“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

 

John 5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

 

Acts 10:43“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

 

Romans 3:21-26“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

 

Romans 1:17“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

 

Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

Romans 10:17“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 – “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:7“For we walk by faith, not by sight

 

Hebrews 4:1-3“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.  For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”

 

Hebrews 10:7 – “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

 

Hebrews 10:23Let us hold fast [present tense] the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”

 

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 

Hebrews 11:6“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

 

Hebrews 12:1-6“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.  You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”

 

2 Timothy 2:12“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

 

James 1:2-4“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience [Greek: hupomone: meaning “endurance”].  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  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.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

 

James 2:19“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

 

James 2:21Was [Greek: “dikaioo” *] not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?”

 

(* The English word “was” is from the Greek verb dikaioo. When a verb ends in “oo,” it means that the word is displays on the outside with us are ready completed on the inside.  Therefore, concerning the works of Abraham, according to this text he was simply displaying what was already on the inside.) 

 

1 Peter 1:6-7“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

 

1 Peter 3:15“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”

 

1 Peter 5:6-7“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

 

1 John 5:10“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.”

 

Psalm 51:1-4 “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou Judgest.” (1 John 5:10 – Disbelief is calling God a liar)

 

Prayer

 

Matthew 6:5-9“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet [get alone], and when thou hast shut thy door [completely alone], pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions [don’t Babel, be specific], as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.  (Intimacy, sincerity, exactness)

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.” (Prayer should be a constant activity, not only a singular event, a mindset)

 

1 Peter 3:7 – “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 

 

(If you abuse your spouse, God may not answer your prayers)

 

1 John 3:22“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”  (Obedience to Christ commands are a prerequisite to answered prayer)

 

1 John 5:14“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”   (Prayer – God will only meet our supplication if it’s in accordance to his predetermined will)

 

James 4:3 – “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” 

 

(Prayer – Asking wrongly, because our desires control as, are emotions lead)

 

The Holy Spirit

 

The Holy Spirit’s Work

 

John 14:17“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

 

John 14:26“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

John 15:26“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me

 

John 16:13-14“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

 

The Believer

 

The Believer – Adoption

 

Galatians 4:1-7 – “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” 

 

Galatians 4:6“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”  (Adoption as sons)

 

Ephesians 1:4-6“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

 

Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise”

 

The Believer – Election

 

Luke 4:25-26“But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.”

 

Luke 4:27-29“And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.”

 

John 6:43-47“Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”

 

Romans 8:28-30“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

 

The Believer – Sonship vs. Inheritance

 

Romans 8:17“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

 

I Corinthians 3:11-13“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

 

I Corinthians 9:27“ But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

 

II Corinthians 5:10“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

 

II Timothy 2:11-13 “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us, If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

 

Hebrews 3:14“For we are made partakers [Greek; Metochoi, “those who share in, companions or comrades; in a work, office or dignity”] of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end

 

Hebrews 6:11-12“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

 

I John 2:28“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”

 

II Peter 1:5-11“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The Believer – Kings & Priests

 

Revelation 1:6“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

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

 

The Believer – The Church

 

2 Chronicles 7:14“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

Amos 3:7 – “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

 

Matthew 7:15-16“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles.”

 

Acts 20:29-30“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.”

 

1 Corinthians 1:10“now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you but that ye be perfect fit together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

 

Ephesians 4:11-12“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”

 

Hebrews 10:25-27“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”

 

1 Peter 4:17“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God”  (v.15-19)

 

1 John 2:19“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

 

The Believer – The Church as a Mystery

 

Romans 16:25-26 –  “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith.”   (The mystery of the Church)

 

Ephesians 1:9-12“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.  (The mystery of the Church)

 

Ephesians 3:1-6“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: how that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel   (The mystery of the Church)

 

Ephesians 3:4-8“And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.”      (The mystery of the Church)

 

Colossians 1:25-27 – “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”                                     (The mystery of the Church)

 

The Believer – The Rapture

 

*Zechariah 14:5“And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.”

 

John 14:1-3“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

Romans 11:25“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-54“Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump [Shofar – Ram’s horn]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump [Shofar – Ram’s horn] of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:5-9“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-8“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 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.  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he [Neuter – The Holy Spirit]who now letteth [possess – restrain] will let [possess – restrain], until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming”

 

*Jude 14“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints

 

Enosh

 

Genesis 5:21-24“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

 

Hebrews 11:5-6 – “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

 

Jude 1:14,15“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

 

Types

 

The Word of God – For Our Example

 

I Corinthians 10:11 – “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”

 

Romans 15:4 – “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

 

Romans 6:19 – “I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness (NIV –  This time it is the closest to the Greek)

 

Matthew 1:19 – “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.”

 

John 13:15 – “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

 

I Timothy 4:12 – “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

 

 Hebrews 4:11 – “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

 

Hebrews 8:5 – “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

 

James 5:10 – “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.”

 

I Peter 2:21 – “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

 

Jude 1:7 – “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

 

Israel

 

Isaiah 9:6-7“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

Isaiah 11:11 – “11. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.”

 

*Isaiah 63:1“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.’

 

Jeremiah 31:35-37“Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.  Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.”

 

Ezekiel 36:22-24“Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.  and I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”

 

Ezekiel 37:11-14“Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.  And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.”

 

*Hosea 5:15I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

 

 *Hosea 6:1-2“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”

 

*Zechariah 12:9-10“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have [Alph/Tau] pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

 

Zechariah 13:6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

 

Zechariah 13:8-9“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.   And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” (1st Holocaust took 1 in 3, this will take 2 in 3)

 

*Matthew 23:39“For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

 

Luke 19:41-42“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.”

 

Romans 3:3-4“For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” 

 

(Replacement Theology – Those that say Israel is no longer God’s people – call God a liar – therefore God is calling them liars)

 

Romans 11:25“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”  (Israel is in disbelief until the Rapture of the Church)

 

Man

 

Psalm 143:1-2“Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.”

 

Romans 3:10-18“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

 

Tongue Displays Heart

 

Mark 7:18-23“And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?  And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

 

Matthew 12:34-37“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

 

Romans 10:9-10“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

Law & Sin

 

Romans 3:20“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

 

Galatians 3:24“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

 

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                                         (II Thessalonians 2 (I Corinthians 15:50-54, Thessalonians 4:17)

 

The Great Tribulation – The Wrath of God

 

Matthew 3:7“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Luke 3:7)

 

Luke 21:22-23“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

 

Romans 2:5“But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”

 

Romans 5:9“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

 

Ephesians 2:3“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”

 

Ephesians 5:6“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

 

Colossians 3:6“For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience

 

1 Thessalonians 1:10“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:15-16 “Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:9“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Revelation 6:16,17“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.  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

Revelation 14:10“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”

 

Revelation 14:19“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”

 

Revelation 15:1“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”

 

Revelation 15:7“And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.”

 

Revelation 16:1“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

 

Revelation 16:19“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.”

 

Revelation 19:15“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

 

Anti-Christ

 

Daniel 11:21-45“And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.  And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.  And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.  He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers’ fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.  And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him.  Yea, they that feed of the portion of his meat shall destroy him, and his army shall overflow: and many shall fall down slain.  And both these kings’ hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.  Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the holy covenant; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land.  At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter. For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.  And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.  Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.  And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.  And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.  Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.  He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.  He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.  But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

 

Lucifer

 

Ezekiel 28:12-19“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the Beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.  All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.”

 

Isaiah 14:12-20“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?  All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.  Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.”

 

Revelation 12:1-17 – “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

Others

 

Genesis 12:3“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

 

Exodus 20:3-6“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

 

Numbers 23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

 

Deuteronomy 18:15 ~ “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken

 

Deuteronomy 18:18 ~ “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”

 

Deuteronomy 18:20 ~ “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.”

 

2 Chronicles 7:14“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

Job 1:10“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”

 

Job 2:12-13“And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.  So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.”

 

Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

Proverbs 6:16-19“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

 

Proverbs 11:2“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

 

Proverbs 20 3:7“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

 

Psalm 22:3“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”

 

Psalm 32:1-2“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”

 

Psalm 37:3-5Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

 

Psalms 103:12“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

 

Psalms 115:4-8“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”

 

Psalm 135:15-18The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.  They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.”

 

Isaiah 5:20“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter”

 

Isaiah 14:13-14“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

 

Isaiah 42:8“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

 

Isaiah 43:7“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea I have made him”

 

Isaiah 64:6  – “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags[Literally in the Hebrew “used menstrual garments”] ; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

 

Isaiah 46:9-10“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure”

 

Jeremiah 17:9“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it”

 

Ezekiel 11:19“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh

 

Daniel 9:23“At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”

 

Daniel 9:24Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”

 

Habakkuk 1:13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

 

Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” 

 

Matthew 4:17“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

Matthew 6:19-21Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.

 

Matthew 6:24“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [Mammon is not merely riches, “but confidence / faith in wealth”].”

 

Matthew 7:15-16“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles.”

 

Matthew 7:21-23“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

 

Matthew 10:16“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

 

Matthew 12:30-35“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”

 

Matthew 13:18-23“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”     

 

Matthew 15:6“…Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

 

Matthew 18:21-22“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

 

Matthew 24:4-12“Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ, ’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

 

Matthew 24:24-27For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

 

Luke 7:28“For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

 

Luke 9:23-25“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away”

 

Luke 16:1-8“And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.  And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.  Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.  So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?  And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.   Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.  And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” 

 

John 4:22“”You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”

 

John 19:30“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished*: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

 

*(Greek: Tetélestai, literally means: “paid in full,” is God’s response towards has adopted sons concerning their “certificate of debt.”  The law demanded that a price must be paid which is the reason that when a prisoner escaped, the jailer would continue to pay the “certificate of debt” for him; which is why in Acts 16:27, the jailer was going to commit suicide when the prison gates came open, and all of the shackles opened up as well,  leading to the potential escape of all of these prisoners, for which she would have to spend the rest of this life paying that debt for all of those prisoners.)

 

John 20:30 ~ “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book

 

John 21:25 ~ “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.  Amen.”

 

Romans 5:2“By whom also we have access [Perfect Tensedone never to be stopped] by faith into this grace wherein we stand [Present Tensecontinuing], and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

 

Romans 6:7“For he that is dead [Aorist {Past} Tense – “once and for all” – took place at a specific time in the past] is freed from sin.”

 

Romans 6:11“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead [Aorist {Past} Tense – “once and for all” – took place at a specific time in the past] indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord”

 

Romans 8:35-39“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

Romans 11:25“For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in”

 

Romans 11:29“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

 

Romans 12:15“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

 

Romans 12:18“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

 

1 Corinthians 1:25-29“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea,  and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

 

1 Corinthians 5:1“It is actually reported that there is fortification among you, and such fortification is not even among the Gentiles, that one of you have his father’s wife.  And year puffed up, it did not rather mourned, that he that have done this deed might be taken away from among you.”

 

1 Corinthians 8:1“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

 

1 Corinthians 11:18-19 – “For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”

 

2 Corinthians 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.”

 

Galatians 3:24-25Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

 

Galatians 5:16“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

 

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

 

Colossians 2:13“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven [Aorist Tense – “once and for all”] you all trespasses;”

 

Colossians 2:14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances* [a legal term meaning: “certificate of debt,” from which we get our term: “debt to society,” & is the document of your incarceration] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” 

 

*(John 19:30, is connected with this, in that: Tetélestai, “paid in full,” is God’s response towards has adopted sons concerning their “certificate of debt.”  The law demanded that a price must be paid which is the reason that when a prisoner escaped, the jailer would continue to pay the “certificate of debt” for him; which is why in Acts 16:27, the jailer was going to commit suicide when the prison gates came open, and all of the shackles opened up as well,  leading to the potential escape of all of these prisoners, for which she would have to spend the rest of this life paying that debt for all of those prisoners.)

 

Colossians 3:23“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”

 

Colossians 3:16“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

1 Timothy 5:8“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

 

2 Timothy 3:1-7“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

 

Hebrews 5:11-14“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

 

Hebrews 8:5“Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”

 

Hebrews 12:1“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

 

1 Peter 2:24“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

1 Peter 4:8“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”

 

1 John 1:8-10“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

 

I John 2:19“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

 

James 1:22-27But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.   If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

 

James 5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

 

Biblical Words

 

Justified          Declared legally without guilt, righteous is not a process, it is instantaneous.

 

Freely             (dorean), “without a cause” (John 15:3), a gift without reason

 

Grace              “Unmerited Favor,” (Getting what you do not deserve – something good)

 

Mercy             “Unmerited Favor,” (Not getting what you do deserve – something bad)

 

Redemption   Set free (A market slave) by paying a ransom

 

(1 Joh 5:19; Joh 12:31; Eph 2:2,3; Col 2:14; Heb 2:14, 15; 1 Pet 1:18,19)

 

Propitiation    (hilasterion) The lid of expiation, comes from Hebrew (kapporeth)

 

                        (Ex 25:10-22; Lev 16:2; Heb 9:2-10) the greatest love word in the Scripture

 

Sovereign       Accountable only to him self

 

Omniscient     All-knowing

 

Omnipotent    All-powerful, visible and invisible

 

Omnipresent  Everywhere all at once, Non-locality

 

Love                Sacrificially putting someone else first

 

Immutable      Unchanging

 

Just                 The standard of its own character, absolute righteousness   

 

Faith               Taking God at His Word       

 

Esther

 

Esther: “Something Hidden”

 

Although Esther comes after Nehemiah in the Bible, its events antedate Nehemiah by about 30 years. Esther made possible the work of Nehemiah: Except for her, Jerusalem might never have been rebuilt, and there might have been a very different story to tell to all future ages.  If the Hebrew nation had been wiped out 500 years before it brought Christ into the world, it might have made a gigantic difference in the destiny of mankind!  No Messiah for a lost world. (Xerxes I is the Ahasuerus of Esther: Khshayarsha, Greek translation: Xerxes; Hebrew: Akhashverosh; English: Ahasuerus.  Xerxes dishonored the remains of the heroic Spartan, Leonidas.)

 

·         Saul was commanded by God to destroy (1 Samuel 15:1-3) all of the Amalekites (Amalek descended from Esau – Gen.36:12, and fought with Israel at Rephidim – Ex 17:8-16), Saul disobeyed by not killing their king, Agag (1 Samuel 15:7-28); King Agag’s descendent was Haman (Esther 3:1).

 

·         David displayed grace by declining to take vengeance on Shimei (2 Sam 16:5-13; 19:16-23).  Shimei’s descendent was Mordecai of the House of Kish, the father of King Saul,

 

By one man’s disobedience (Saul), an agent of the devil, an aspiring dictator who would seek the genocide of all of Israel came into the world, yet by the grace of another man (David), and agent of God, who would be the aspiring dictator, would also be born into the world.

 

Many times we do not understand the gravity of Gods direction in our life, due to one man’s lack of faith he lost his kingship (1 Samuel 15:7-28) and created what could have been the annihilation of Israel, yet due to the faithful grace of his replacement, God brought a deliver to confront and destroy Satan’s design. 

 

This is why God told Saul through the prophet Samuel: “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams,” (1 Samuel 15:22), as Saul attempted to rationalize disobeying God’s directive, stating that he didn’t kill the animals because he would sacrifice them to God; when God’s main point was that this wicked King, Agag should not live to yet bring an attempted genocide upon Gods chosen people centuries later.

 

 

Kings& Kingdoms

 

Kings of Babylon

 

·         Nabopolassar – Father                                                       (627 – 605)

 

·         Nebuchadnezzar                                                               (605 – 562)

 

·         Evil-Merodach – Son                                      (562 – 560)    2 Kings 25:27

 

·         Neriglissar -Son                                              (560 – 556)   Jeremiah 39:13

 

·         Labashi-Marduk – Grandson                    (556 – 2 months)

 

·         Nitocis – married daughter Nabanidus -Co-Ruler            (556-553?)

 

·         Balshazzar – Grandson                                    (553-539) Daniel 5

 

Kings of Persia

 

·         Cyrus the Great “The Mede/Persian” of Ezra 1 (Isaiah 45)

 

·         Cambyses Ahasuerus of Ezra 4

 

·         Gaumata Artaxerxes of Ezra 4

 

·         Darius I “Hystaspis” of Ezra 5 & 6

 

·         Xerxes I Ahasuerus of Esther

 

·         Artaxerxes I “Longimanus” of Nehemiah 2 – Order to rebuild Jerusalem –  03-14-445 BC

 

·         Xerxes II

 

·         Darius II “Nothus” of Nehemiah 12

 

·         Artaxerxes II “Mnemon”

 

·         Artaxerxes III “Ochus”

 

·         Darius III “Codomanus” of Nehemiah 12

 

Greek Conquerors

 

·         Alexander the Great

 

·         Cassander                                                Macedonia& Greece

 

·         Lysimacus                                                Thrace, Bithynia, most of Asia Minor

 

·         Ptolemy Soter I                                       Egypt, Cyrene, Arabia Petraea; Captured Jerusalem in 321 B.C.

 

·         Ptolemy II Philadelphus             (285 BC-270) Commissioned Greek translation of the  

 

                                                            Hebrew Tenach (OT), Septuagint (LXX), @ Alexandria 

 

·         Seleucus                                                    Syria and lands to the East all the way to India

 

·           Antiochus Epiphanes                (appears as the “Little Horn”)

 

 

 

Antiochus (IV) Epiphanes

 

King of the Seleucid Empire, one of the 4 generals of Alexander, who took the area of the great After murdering his brother, who had inherited the throne in the Seleucid dynasty, he came to power in 175 B.C.  In 170 B.C. Ptolemy VI of Egypt sought to recover territory then ruled over by Antiochus.  So Antiochus invaded Egypt and defeated Ptolemy VI and proclaimed himself king in Egypt.  This was his growth “in power to the south.”  On his return from this conquest, trouble broke out in Jerusalem so he decided to subdue Jerusalem (“the Beautiful Land,”). The people were subjugated, the temple desecrated, and the temple treasury plundered.  From this conquest Antiochus returned to Egypt in 168 B.C. but was forced by Rome to evacuate Egypt. On his return he determined to make the land of Israel a buffer state between himself and Egypt. He attacked and burned Jerusalem, killing multitudes. The Jews were forbidden to follow the Mosaic Law in observing the Sabbath, their annual feasts, and traditional sacrifices, and circumcision of children. Altars to idols were set up in Jerusalem and on December 16, 167 B.C., the Jews were ordered to offer unclean sacrifices and to eat swine’s flesh or be penalized by death.  He called himself Epiphanes, “the Illustrious One.” The Jews called him Epimanes, “the Madman.” He made Torah reading punishable by death, slaughtered a sow on the Altar and erected an idol to Zeus in the Holy of Holies = “The Abomination of Desolation”(Mt 24:15).

 

The Macabbean Revolt

 

Led by Mattathias, a patriotic priest, and his five sons; he died in 166 but his son Judas was an amazing military genius.  After 3 years of fighting, they threw off the yoke of the Seleucid Empire, thus establishing the rule of the Hasmonean priest-rulers for the next century (until Pompey’s conquest of Judea, 63 B.C.). They rededicated the Temple: 25th of Kislev, 165 B.C., which is celebrated as Channukah (John 10:22).

 

Roman Rule

 

68 B.C.           – Rome emerges

 

63 B.C.            – Pompey conquers Judea, Herod Antipater, an Edomite, appointed ruler

 

44 B.C.           – Julius Caesar assassinated

 

40 B.C.            – Parthians conquer Judea

 

37 B.C.            – Romans regain Judea, Herod the Great succeeds Antipater

 

31 B.C.            – Battle of Actium, with Octavian’s defeat of Mark Antony he becomes the undisputed master of the Roman world and adopts the name “Augustus”…

 

2 B.C.?            – Registration and Census ordered

 

7 A.D.             – Caponius appointed Procurator, removed legal powers of Sanhedrin, priest walk the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming: “Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come!”

 

64 A.D.           – Nero begins Christian persecutions

 

68 A.D.           – Jewish Revolt, Roman siege begins

 

70 A.D.           – Jerusalem laid waste, Sanctuary destroyed by 4 Roman Legions led by Titus Vespasian, in spite of his desire to not do so, an accidental fire occurred in the temple with temple gold melted, the foundation was unearth to retrieve gold – “not one stone left upon other.” 

 

284 A.D.         – Diocletian divides the Roman Empire into two halves

 

312 A.D.         – Constantine made emperor, stops all religious persecutions, moved the capital from Rome to Byzantium and renames it Constantinople. 

 

379 A.D.         – Flavius Theodosius made emperor, reunites both haves of the empire, and is the last emperor to do so, made Christianity the state religion in the form of the Roman Catholic Church, with the state administering the church, and made concerting to church mandatory. 

 

476 A.D.         – The final Roman Empire breaks apart with the Byzantine continuing until after the Millennium.  

 

Return from Exile

 

 

·   538 B.C.                  49,697 under Zerubbabel.

 

·   515 B.C.                  (23 years later); Temple finally rebuilt (Book of Esther)

 

·   458 B.C.                  (57 years later); 2,000 additional under Ezra

 

·   445 B.C.                  (13 years later); Nehemiah obtains authority for Jerusalem  

 

 

 

10 Days of Persecutions

 

(The 10 “Days” of Tribulation spans 259 years of history, from 54 A.D. until 313 A.D.)

 

·   54  – 68 Nero (Paul beheaded; Peter crucified upside down)

 

·   95  – 96 Domitian (John exiled)

 

·   104 – 117 Trajan (Ignatius burned at the stake)

 

·   161 – 180 Marcus Aurelius (Polycarp martyred)

 

·   200 – 211 Septimus Severus (He killed Irenaeus)

 

·   235 – 237 Maximinus (He killed Ursula and Hippolytus)

 

·   249 – 251 Decius

 

·   257 – 260 Valerian

 

·   270 – 275 Aurelian

 

·   303 – 313 Diocletian (Worst of all)

 

 

 

Terms of  the Architecture of Man

 

 

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”  (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

 

Heart  kardia (Gk. Kardia)      –  Jer. 17:9; Mk 7:21; Rom 3:11-12; Ps 51:10; Ezek 36:26-27; 11:19

 

Soul     psuche (Gk. Yuch)       –  Jer. 31:12; James 1:8; 4:8

 

Spirit   pneuma (Gk. Pneu / ma)    –  1 Pet 1:3,23; John 3:3; 1 Cor 6:17

 

Mind   dianoya (Gk. dianoia)   (“channel,” or “will power”)

 

Pride and Self-respect

 

There is no such thing as good or healthy pride.  (Self-respect is a different issue, and based on our own respect due to us forcing ourselves to follow our own conscience, and do the right thing, when it cost us something, and it is then that I respect myself, not because somebody else attempts to tell me what a good person I am. Because I know the truth, and I am a sinner through and through. However, it is when I serve God rather than myself that I have a peace, and joy, and an internal sense of contentment, also referred to as self-respect, which this is not tainted by pride.)­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

 

Faith

 

Faith is Contingent upon Necessity  

 

Faith is only possible during trials or tribulations (Many times these two words are synonymous), the Scripture says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,”(Romans 10:17) and is always focused towards what is not present, and the lacking of what is at hand, or what is necessary, but not seen.

 

Faith is a Relationship 

 

It is a relationship with the living God who has proclaimed and acknowledged Himself in the Bible.  The verb and noun Greek words for faith, “Pisteuo” and “Pistis”, were first used (a relevant law of hermeneutics, that of “first mention”, is where you determine the first place or places a word is first used,  sake them out and ascertain its meaning according to the precedents lay down) in the koiné Greek, when a man would put his body weight on a staff, which mandated action by exercising (this action can be seen in movement, either toward something or away from something) faith in the staff.  It was also used of little chicks running to the protection of the hen during the time of storm or trouble. 

 

Concerning biblical faith, there is no such thing as an “arms length” relationship in the application of faith.  Faith must be immediate, approximate, and deliberate (involving consequences); during a time of fear; which necessitates a belief, and confidence based upon God’s Word, that He is capable, consistent, and therefore worthy of our faith in Him.  It goes beyond asking for a particular answer to a problem, to that of trusting the problem fixer Himself, God. 

 

Faith and Relationships

 

Faith is the essential commodity of any and every relationship; it is the backbone of human involvements with other humans.  I say this because God made it as such when he created us.  Moreover, he did this for a reason, because of the importance that it holds to Him.  In a marriage there may be times that love does not flourish, in that like is not even in the picture, yet they will return.  However, once fidelity is violated and trust is ultimately destroyed; by example in adultery, the relationship is never the same.  Yes, there are those rare exceptions, that people grow back together and have fantastic relationships; however my experience has been (as a counselor) that this is only (are always exceptions) possible concerning believers, and in the power of God.  In friendships, when trust is lost there is no more friendship, and depending on the gravity of the violation, there is usually never a chance for one is well.  The essential part of any relationship is faith, as God designed.  This is why when Adam, not trusting that God can handle the situation, believing the only way that he could guarantee that he would keep the woman, was by doing the same thing she did; betrayed God by displaying a lack of faith wherein sin entered humanity.  This is the reason why God stepped out of man’s presence, and created a situation that mandated that in order to reestablish a relationship with him, faith was necessary. 

 

Faith and Logic

 

You ever wonder why he set up such a crazy scenario.  I say crazy because he made his logical being, yet he mandated such an ill logical turn of events in order for us to be restored.  In the logic of humanity, it appears to be crazy; that of fate of all of mankind hinges upon the execution of a Carpenter 2000 years ago in a country that was in slavery to the Roman Empire.  And fact that he was a King, and out of crown, a sovereign without a country, and that God without a throne; boggles the mind.  Yet his kingdom was not of this world, subjects the ones he served, and his crowning achievement was to lose his own life.  What better situation, to demand faith in.  It’s easy to believe something that’s close to what appears to be reality, he demands faith to believe something that appears to be just the opposite.  And this is what God did, because faith and Him, is just that important, and without it there is no relationship.  

 

Faith and Love

 

Faith is an unusual commodity, whereas other virtues by contrast are axiomatic in their value, such as love.  I Corinthians 13:13, states:

 

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 

 

However, this is not downplaying faith, which looks towards hope, but it is indicating that love is the motivation behind everything else, that of faith and hope.  Love is greater in that it is the reason why we need faith and therefore hope.  Love is the reason that God did what He did for us, yet the way He did it for us was by utilizing faith.  So we are never to downplay love, but we must understand that the human understanding of love, that of an emotional response, is not what God’s talking about in the first place.

 

Of the different Greek words for love, what God expects of us is a sacrificially putting another first, not the love of a brother, or a love of the lover; yet it is these two last relationships that we normally hone in on when we approach the subject of love.  There are those that think that Christ commands us to have emotional ineffective love for our brothers.  They mess up love by throwing in their own sensual perspective. 

 

Do not get me wrong there is a place for that, but what God expects of us when we love one another; is that of a behavior and not an emotional feeling.  Love is simply doing something to put someone else before yourself as simplified by Jesus.  The tears that He spilt at Lazarus tomb were no doubt in sympathy for the pain of others (as well as the awareness of their lack of faith).  Yet, it was when He took the basin of water and washed feet, that He displayed true love that He expected of us to display to one another. 

 

Faith is an Action 

 

According to the “Hallman Bible Dictionary:

 

“Our English word “faith” comes from the Latin fides, as developed through the Old French words fei, and feid.  In the Middle English, (1150-1475) “faith” replaced a word that eventually evolved into “belief.” 

 

“The verb form of “faith” dropped out of English usage toward the end of the 16th century.” 

 

Therefore, just prior to the King James translation of the English Bible, with the verb form of “faith” (“Faithē,” or “Faitheth”?) no longer used, the English word “believe” was substituted.  However, with time, the word “believe” came to mean something completely different from the Greek word for “faith.”  This is because the English language is a living language that grows and changes with time; and in this situation, the English word “believe” came to mean a purely cognitive process.  This means that “believe,” as solely an intellectual pursuit, no longer was synonymous with the Greek words for “faith,” which mandated action. 

 

Herein lies the problem, as we remember from school (simply put), a verb is an action; a noun is a person place or thing (though the thing can be an action).

 

And of the over 400 occasions that the word for “faith” is utilized in the New Testament,  240 times it is a verb, for which we do not have a corresponding English verb. 

 

And yet of the 241 times that the noun form of “faith” is utilized in the New Testament, a majority of those times the noun still mandates an action (except when the article is used, such as: “the faith”, as an organization or system).  There are many words in the English, which are nouns, yet function as an action (act like a verb)5. 

 

It is in understanding the difference between having belief, and having faith that we see so many problems in Christianity today.  Belief will not save you, only faith will.  And if we examine the Gospel of John, and see that it only uses the noun form of the word faith, for which we have no English word, this is why it uses the word “believe”: yet the understanding is that we must have faith. The English vernacular sounds funny, but where Christ says in John 1:12: 7

 

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”

 

What it should say:

 

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that Faithē on his name”   

 

 Because in spite of the fact that we do not have an appropriate verb for the Greek word faith, our English word believe does not mean the same thing.  This is why the Scripture says: “devils also believe”6, yet, it is only a cognitive process, which does not produce salvation.  They believe that God is one God, because they have seen this with their own eyes, yet they are not willing to place their trust (Which defines and produces their actions) in God, they place their trust in Satan, and therefore their behaviors displayed this. 

 

And while the Scripture says, “as a man thinketh, so is he”7, this passage has to do with the idea, that the thoughts that a man entertains will take root in him, and produce fruit or behaviors according to  those beliefs.  Yet, when it comes to faith, there is an added step of confidence, which involves having witnessed something that reinforces that belief.  And in the case of the believer, that confidence is according to God’s Word.  “For faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”8 

 

It is when, according to biblical examples, as well as the pictorial meaning of the words “Pistis” and “Pisteuo,” that we step out in some manner, by hanging our body upon God’s Word (not our own presumptions), believing and trusting in God, even though the situation may look, and even be what appears to be evil to us (as seen in the treatment of Joseph by his brothers; yet Joseph always exercised faith in God, knowing that God was at work even in the evil that had be fallen him, which he expressed when he told his brothers: “you meant for evil, but God meant for good”9), yet, continuing to believe in God to the point that it motivates our behavior, that we exercise biblical faith.

 

Faith is not primarily asking God for something, and believing He will give it to us.  Faith is trusting that the situation, environment or event we are in, is God’s Will, and He is trustworthy in that situation, no matter what it looks like. Faith is not a tool for us to use to change a situation, faith is God’s instrument in changing us concerning Him His Will, and His ability. 

 

Faith is somewhat like prayer, in that they both look to be one thing, when in actually function in another, and produce a different effect than we planned on.  Within faith, there is a place for petition before the Lord, but this always takes a backseat to the fact that faith is, hanging one’s body on trusting God, and it is done in confidence because of whom God is, and shown Himself to be in His Word. 

 

Faith is the Only way to Please God

 

“Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.”  (Matthew 12:18) 

 

 Key Text

 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)  

 

 

 

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth [H7521]; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1)

 

 

 

This is a Greek translation of the Hebrew prophecy of (Isaiah 42:1) regarding the Messiah as pleasing God.

 

 

 

Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.” (Matthew 12:18) 

 

Jesus comments concerning himself always pleasing the Father.

 

 

 

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:29)   

 

3 times God spoke from heaven regarding Jesus

 

 

 

When Jesus was baptized (Mark 1:11 & Luke 3:22) – God the Father speaking from heaven stating that Jesus always pleased Him.

 

 

 

“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) 

 

 

 

The Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9:7 & Luke 9:35 & 2 Peter 1:17) – God the Father speaking from heaven stating that Jesus always pleased Him.

 

 

 

 “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:5) 

 

 

 

After the Triumphal Entry of Christ (John 12:28) God the Father speaking from heaven stating God the father had glorified his name, and will glorify his name again by the resurrection

 

 

 

“Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

 

 

 

Matthew 3:17 – Matthew 17:5 – Mark1:11 – Mark 9:7 – Luke 3:22 – Luke 9:35 – John 12:28 – 2 Peter 1:17

 

 

 

The New Testament Greek words forplease

 

PLEASE

 

ἀρέσκωareskō – [ar-es’-ko] – (G700) – Probably from G142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); to be agreeable (or by implication to seek to be so): – please.

 

 

 

Used solely for “Please” on eleven occupations, with one other derivative, and two other related words shown below. 

 

 

 

Joh_8:29  AndG2532 he that sentG3992 meG3165 isG2076 withG3326 me:G1700 theG3588 FatherG3962 hath notG3756 leftG863 meG3165 alone;G3441 forG3754 IG1473 doG4160 alwaysG3842 those things that pleaseG701 him.G846

 

 

 

PLEASE

 

ἀρεστόςarestos – [ar-es-tos’] – (G701) From G700; agreeable; by implication fit: – (things that) please (-ing), reason.

 

 

 

Rom_8:8  SoG1161 then they that areG5607 inG1722 the fleshG4561 cannotG1410 G3756 pleaseG700 God.G2316

 

 

 

Rom_15:1  WeG2249 thenG1161 that are strongG1415 oughtG3784 to bearG941 theG3588 infirmitiesG771 of theG3588 weak,G102 andG2532 notG3361 to pleaseG700 ourselves.G1438

 

 

 

Rom_15:2  Let(G1063) every oneG1538 of usG2257 pleaseG700 his neighbourG4139 forG1519 his goodG18 toG4314 edification.G3619

 

 

 

1Co_7:32  ButG1161 I wouldG2309 haveG1511 youG5209 without carefulness.G275 He that is unmarriedG22 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 that belong to theG3588 Lord,G2962 howG4459 he may pleaseG700 theG3588 Lord:G2962

 

 

 

1Co_7:33  ButG1161 he that is marriedG1060 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 that are of theG3588 world,G2889 howG4459 he may pleaseG700 his wife.G1135

 

 

 

1Co_7:34  There is difference also betweenG3307 a wifeG1135 andG2532 a virgin.G3933 TheG3588 unmarried womanG22 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 of theG3588 Lord,G2962 thatG2443 she may beG5600 holyG40 bothG2532 in bodyG4983 andG2532 in spirit:G4151 butG1161 she that is marriedG1060 careth forG3309 the thingsG3588 of theG3588 world,G2889 howG4459 she may pleaseG700 her husband.G435

 

 

 

1Co_10:33  Even as IG2504 G2531 pleaseG700 allG3956 men in allG3956 things, notG3361 seekingG2212 mine ownG1683 profit,G4851 butG235 theG3588 profit of many,G4183 thatG2443 they may be saved.G4982

 

 

 

Gal_1:10  ForG1063 do I nowG737 persuadeG3982 men,G444 orG2228 God?G2316 orG2228 do I seekG2212 to pleaseG700 men?G444 forG1063 ifG1487 I yetG2089 pleasedG700 men,G444 I should notG3756 beG2252 G302 the servantG1401 of Christ.G5547

 

 

 

1Th_2:15  Who both killedG615 G2532 theG3588 LordG2962 Jesus,G2424 andG2532 their ownG2398 prophets,G4396 andG2532 have persecutedG1559 us;G2248 andG2532 they pleaseG700 notG3361 God,G2316 andG2532 are contraryG1727 to allG3956 men:G444

 

 

 

1Th_4:1  FurthermoreG3063 thenG3767 we beseechG2065 you,G5209 brethren,G80 andG2532 exhortG3870 you byG1722 the LordG2962 Jesus,G2424 that asG2531 ye have receivedG3880 ofG3844 usG2257 howG4459 yeG5209 oughtG1163 to walkG4043 andG2532 to pleaseG700 God,G2316 so ye would(G2443) aboundG4052 more and more.G3123

 

 

 

2Ti_2:4  No manG3762 that warrethG4754 entangleth himself withG1707 theG3588 affairsG4230 of this life;G979 thatG2443 he may pleaseG700 him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.G4758

 

 

 

Tit_2:9  Exhort servantsG1401 to be obedientG5293 unto their ownG2398 masters,G1203 and(G1511) to please them wellG2101 inG1722 allG3956 things; notG3361 answering again;G483

 

PLEASE

 

εὐάρεστοςeuarestos – [yoo-ar’-es-tos] – (G2101) From G2095 and G701; fully agreeable: – acceptable (-ted), wellpleasing.

 

 

Heb_11:6  ButG1161 withoutG5565 faithG4102 it is impossibleG102 to pleaseG2100 him: forG1063 he that comethG4334 to GodG2316 mustG1163 believeG4100 thatG3754 he is,G2076 andG2532 that he isG1096 a rewarderG3406 of them that diligently seekG1567 him.G846

 

PLEASE

 

εὐαρεστέωeuaresteō – [yoo-ar-es-the’-o] – G2100) From G2101; to gratify entirely: – please (well).

 

 

 

 

 

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