Sunday, November 1, 2015

2TI 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and discipline.

1JO 4:18  There is no fear in love [when you understand God's virtuous love]; but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not matured in love.

2TI 3:16-17,  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

1. The Pre-tribulation view 2. The Mid Tribulation view 3. The Post-Tribulation view 4.  Partial-Rapture View.

There is the a fortiori common sense approach which is the fact that since  "The Church is the Body of Christ with Christ as the Head;
(EPH 1:22; 5:23; COL 1:18)

Since we are the Bride, of Which He Is the Bridegroom (1CO 11:2; EPH 5:23);

Since we are the Object of His Love,  (EPH 5:25).

Since we are the Branch of Which He Is the Root and Stem (JOH 15:5);

Since we the Building, of Which He Is the Foundation and Chief Cornerstone (1CO 3:9; EPH 2:19-22).

Do you believe that there exists between the Believer and the Lord a Union and a Unity?

Do you believe that The Believer Is No Longer Separated from Him, but Brought into the Closest Oneness with Him?

MAT 28:20 ......"I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

HEB 13:5b  for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,"
If the Church is in the Tribulational Period, She would be Subjected to the Wrath, Judgment, and Indignation which Characterizes the Period, and Because of Her Oneness with Christ, He, Likewise, Would Be Subjected to That Same Visitation.

2TI 2:13  If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

ROM 3:3  What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?

This Is Impossible According to 1JO 4:17, for He Cannot Be Brought into Judgment Again.

Inasmuch as the Church Has Been Perfected and Delivered from All Judgment (ROM 8:1; JOH 5:24; 1JO 4:17), If She Is Subjected to
Judgment Again the Promises of God Would Be of None Effect and the Death of Christ Would Be Ineffectual.

JOH 5:24  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has [presently - right then and there - they have] eternal life, and does not [not might not or may not but] does not come into judgment, but has already passed out of death into life.

Who Would Dare to Assert That the Death of Christ Could Fail to Accomplish its Purpose?

While the Members of the Church may be experientially imperfect and need experiential cleansing, yet the Church, Which Is His Body,

Has a Perfect Standing in Christ and Could Not Need Such Cleansing.

COL 1:22  He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach‑‑

EPH 5:27  that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

The Nature of the Testing in the Seventieth Week or the Tribulation period , as Stated in REV 3:10, Is Not to Bring the Individual to Cleansing, but to Reveal the Degradation and Need of the Unregenerate Heart, the unbeliever.

REV 3:10, John writes that the tribulation period that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, is coming to test those who dwell upon the earth.

The Nature of the Church, which is the fact that she is holy, blameless and beyond reproach prevents such a testing."

Rev 13-18,  makes it clear that all who are in the 70th week or the Tribulation period are brought into subjection to the beast and through him to Satan who gives the beast power, unless they become born-again and saved which more than likely will cost them their life.

If the church were in this period she would be subjected to Satan and Christ would either lose His place as head or because of His union with the Church, He would be also subjected to Satan's authority.

1.  The great Tribulation is punishment for a Christ-rejecting world, and the nation of Israel, who rejected her Messiah,REV 6:12-17.
2.  The nature of the church, and the promises of Christ forbid the church from going thro­ugh the great Tribulation.
3. There must be an interval or a period of time between the Rapture and the Second Coming.
4. The scripture's which deal with the great tribulation have particular reference to the Jew, MAT 24:1-31; MAR 13:14;LUK 21:23-36.
The abomination of desolation has to do with Jerusalem and the Temple, DAN 11:31 "And forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation."

The Sabbath is for the Jews only, EXO 31:16.

EXO 31:16  'So the sons of Israel [the sons of who? Israel] shall observe the Sabbath, to celebrate the Sabbath throughout their generations [whose generations?] as a perpetual covenant.'

EXO 31:17  "It [the Sabbath] is a sign between Me and [who?] the sons of Israel [for how long?] forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."

In LUK 13:6, the fig tree represents the nation of Israel, And He {began} telling this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any.
The Church is never mentioned; Temple implied; abomination of desolation denoted.
5.  The Tribulation is mentioned as a gross time of darkness, evil, and sin, where none have faith.  ISA 60:2; JER 13:16;LUK 18:8.
6.   Satan persecutes the women in the Tribulation (Israel).  The church is not to come under condemnation.  REV 12:1-4;ROM 5:9; 8:1; 1TH 1:10; 5:9; 1CO 15:55-57; 1TH 4:13-18.
7.  The Church is not of the world.  JOH 17:14; PHI 3:20; 2TI 2:3-4. The church is a spirit­ual extension of Jesus Christ, with promises that are heavenly related.  EPH 1:3; 2:6.
8.  Christ is preparing a home for His body the Church, and has promised to return and to take His bride back with Him,JOH 14:3; 1TH 4:13-17. JOH 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, {there} you may be also."
9.  The Church has been promised deliverance from the wrath to come.  ROM 5:9; 1TH 1:10; 5:9; REV 3:10.

ROM 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

ROM 5:10  For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

1TH 1:10  we are to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.
When he comes back to the earth for a second time, notice who He comes back with; 1TH 3:13 so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
10.  The believer is told to watch, or have an attitude of anticipation for the Lord's coming.
If believer's are to go through the great Tribulation, they would be advised to watch for the signs of the prophecies of the coming of Jacob's trouble, ROM 8:23; 1CO 1:7; GAL 5:5. TIT 2:11-13.
ROM 8:23 groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body?
1CO 1:7 await eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ?
TIT 2:13  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
The Lord’s Supper

The eucharist or the Lord's supper comes from the Greek word eucharisteo which means to give thanks for grace, JOH 3:16.

He obeyed the Father's plan Willfully for He said in LUK 22:42  "Father,  if Thou art willing,  remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done."

HEB 9:14  Jesus Christ through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God,

ACT 2:23 says He was delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God,

ACT 4:27 we read  "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both
Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

ACT 4:28  to do whatever Thy hand and Thy purpose predestined to occur.

REV 13:8,  He was the lamb that was slain from before the foundation of the world.
1. Thanksgiving is an act of giving thanks and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits of the grace of God.
2. Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude toward God based on your doctrinal capacity to appreciate who and what He is.
3. Thanksgiving is the mental attitude forged from the PMA of B.D. in the right lobe or the heart of the soul.
4.  Thanksgiving reaches its peak in personal love for God the Father and occupation with the person of Christ through the ministry of God the Holy Spirit. - Trinity Involvement.
5. Being the number of grace,  Thanksgiving is an index of the spiritual status of the believer.

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