GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday November 14, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez
Mal 4:1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”
Mal 4:2– those who go forth; are the ones who came to believe in Christ as the one true Lord & Savior. Just the fact that many will still reject Christ during the 7 year Tribulation speaks to the overwhelming power of arrogance, that man’s OSN has when left to dominate the soul.
Rev 11:3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
(Elijah & Moses)
Mat 17:2 And He (Jesus) was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Prov 17:17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
Deu 6:4“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
He came the first time to die; He comes the second time to rule. The two heralds will explain all of these things.
Rev 11:3 “And I will grant authority/power (didōmi) to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
This power source that Elijah & Moses lives in as heralds will resemble the power and ability that Jesus (humanity) walked in during His earthly ministry. Miracles, healings and divine protection will be at their fingertips. God the Holy Spirit enables these two O.T. prophets to evangelize, teach & proclaim the second coming of Christ amidst a satanic opposition.
1Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
2Pe 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2Pe 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2Pe 1:6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2Pe 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent (spoudazō) to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
The PPOG for the CA was given to the royal family, it is the Bel’s momentum as a reflection of Christ (Hypostatic Union). The filling power of God HS & BD operating in unity to sustain the CA Bel. The Father’s plan for the humanity of Christ was the blueprint (protocol plan). Also there is a divine plan set up for enabling the supernatural power of God HS for Bels which Elijah & Moses will spearhead (Rev 11:3).
2Thes 2:6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
With the modified divine plan of God the two human heralds of the 2nd Advent possess both the power & authority for their ministry, because it will be the most difficult period of human history. Which means God the HS has to have some avenue to exert His power and influence of salvation.
Moses and Elijah had a crisis personality and during their first tour of duty on earth both were the key men in historical situations, especially adversity. Soldiers who have out-performed others in the line of fire often get called back to lead others in combat situations.
When the two witnesses (Moses & Elijah), begin their ministry in the middle of the Tribulation the Bels converted in the first half of the Tribulation will have fled from Jerusalem and the country of Israel (Mat 24:15-20). This will be the order for those converted by the 144,000 Jewish evangelist.
The apostate one world religion at that time will have been accepted by the majority (Jews included) as a part of a peace treaty. Any semblance of Judaism will be ritualistic nonsense that conforms to keeping with the treaty.
Elijah became tired, afraid and doubted his own relationship with God at times. God had to allow time for this prophet to rest and regroup and nurture him, as well as light a fire under his butt! Elijah was flawed as any Bel today yet he persevered.1Ki 19:3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”
Both Elijah and Moses failed more than once and both had a human nature of weakness and doubt as well as fear which would occasionally grip these prophets. The one strength they both had was a strong desire to love the Lord and that led to perseverance.
Exo 6:12 But Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, “Behold, the sons of Israel have not listened to me; how then will Pharaoh listen to me, for I am unskilled in speech?”
Exo 2:12 So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
2Cor 12:7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
2Co 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
1Pet 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
1Pe 1:7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
2Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
When we think about our sins and failures after salvation, it is not as though God ignores them, it is that The Lord Jesus Christ paid that debt on Calvary. When God looks at the negative Bel, He is not forgetting sin He is instead, looking at the glory of His Son’s righteousness and the justice achieved at that Cross (our position).
2Pet 3:8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
Psa 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Mal 2:2 “If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name,” says the Lord of hosts, “then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart.