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HAPPINESS"Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained." Matthew Henry
A REPROACHED PEOPLE"God’s people are, and always have been, a reproached people." Matthew Henry
DESPISED AND REJECTED"But where you hear of a poor, simple, cast-off little flock, which is despised and rejected by the world, join them." Martyrs Mirror, Anna of Rotterdam , p. 453-454
SINGULAR, UNFASHIONABLE CHARACTER"... in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character..." Matthew Henry
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A simple reading of the Scriptures, with an open and unbiased heart, will deliver many a Christian from the false and heretical teachings of our current times. (It will also deliver many a lost soul from the damnation of hell.) Dispensationalism is one those false and heretical teachings. The Word of God is to be our guide, not man. Love has a concern for souls, and love tells the truth, regardless of the consequences.
I wonder if Paul would have been allowed to preach at a “Christians United For Israel”(CUFI) meeting.
Paul’s Concern for the Jews
Romans 9:1-5 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.Paul
Paul Preaches at Rome
Acts 28:17-31 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.
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. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
Satan uses many methods in his attempt to divert our attention from the seriousness of eternal matters.
Satan will practice every device and art possible to prevent the gospel from shining upon the hearts of people. That light is painful and hateful to his eyes, and he will do all that can be done to prevent its being diffused. Every art which long-tried ingenuity and skill can devise, will be resorted to; every power which he can put forth will be exerted.
If he can blind the minds of people, he will do it.
If people can be hoodwinked, and gulled, it will be done.
If error can be made to spread, and be embraced – error smooth, plausible, cunning – it will be diffused. Ministers will be raised up to preach it; and the press will be employed to accomplish it.
If sinners can be deceived, and made to remain at ease in their sins, by novels and seductive poetry; by books false in sentiments, and perverse in morals, the press will be made to groan under the works of fiction.
If theaters are necessary to cheat and beguile people, they will be reared; and the song, and the dance, the ball, and the splendid party will alike contribute to divert the attention from the cross of Christ, the worth of the soul, and the importance of a preparation to die.
No art has been spared, or will be spared to deceive people; and the world is full of the devices of Satan to hoodwink and blind the perishing, and lead them down to hell.
What will it be? Wrath or mercy?
I choose mercy.
What will you choose?
“Folks don’t really believe that the preached gospel is the power of God unto salvation, or that the penalty for breaking God’s law – even but a single time (James 2:10) – is to face the wrath of God for all eternity without a mediator or his cross. Kim Riddlebarger”
Learn how you can be saved here … Salvation
“Tears will never stain the streets of that city, for the heart will never break anymore …”
I hope the lyrics of this beautiful song, written by the late Dottie Rambo, encourages you as much as it encourages me. Enjoy and be blessed.
As I’ve heard her say many times …
“What a promise!.”
Wow! As the days of Noah and Lot. Think about that. And I don’t hear much, if anything, these days about the destruction of Jerusalem and how it was/is typical of the final judgement at the second coming. I wonder if this type of teaching would be welcome at one of John Hagee’s “Night To Honor Israel” meetings.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
(Noe – The Greek way of writing “Noah.”)
See Genesis 6-9. The coming of the Son of man would be as it was in the days of Noah:
1. In its being sudden and unexpected, the “precise time” not being made known, though the “general” indications had been given.
2. The world would be found as it was then.
That it will be in a time of great security and debauchery: such was the time of Noah, Genesis 6:3-5.
But as the days of Noah were, — As then they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, till they were surprised by the flood, notwithstanding the frequent warnings and admonitions of that preacher of righteousness:
so now, they shall be engaged in the business and pleasures of the world, little expecting, little thinking of this universal ruin, till it come upon them, notwithstanding the express predictions and declarations of Christ and his apostles.
the destruction of Jerusalem is to be considered as typical of the end of the world, of which the destruction of a great city is a lively type and image.
All the subsequent discourse too, we may observe, does not relate so properly to the destruction of Jerusalem as to the end of the world and the general judgment.
Our Lord loses sight, as it were, of his former subject, and adapts his discourse more to the latter. And, indeed, the end of the Jewish state was, in a manner, the end of the world to many of the Jews.
It appears next to impossible that any man should duly consider these prophecies, and the exact completion of them, and, if he is a believer, not be confirmed in the faith; or, if he is an infidel, not be converted.
Can any stronger proof be given of a divine revelation than the spirit of prophecy; or of the spirit of prophecy, than the examples now before us, in which so many contingencies, and we may say, improbabilities, which human wisdom or prudence could never have foreseen, are so particularly foretold, and so punctually accomplished!
Could human prudence foresee such an utter destruction of Jerusalem, with all the circumstances preceding and following it?
Yet, however improbable this was it has happened, and it was foreseen and foretold by Christ;
but how was it possible for him to foresee it, unless his foresight was divine, and his prediction the infallible oracle of God?
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Our blessed Lord in these verses doth both declare the surprisal of the Jews with that judgment which was coming upon them, and of the world with his coming in the day of judgment, (of which the destruction of Jerusalem was a type), and also forewarns them to take heed that they might not be surprised;
he tells them, that in the days of the Son of man, ( so that he speaketh of more than one day), the day of his power in the destruction of the Jews, and in the day of judgment, the antitype to the former, it shall be as in the days of Noah and of Lot.
In the days of those men, neither the men of the old world, nor the men of Sodom, would hearken either to Noah or Lot, who were preachers of righteousness to them, and gave them examples of sober and holy lives; but gave up themselves to luxury, and lived in a careless regard of any thing God was doing,
until the very day that Noah went into the ark, with his family, and the flood destroyed all the rest;
and till the day that Lot went out of Sodom, and fire and brimstone came down and destroyed all those who were left in Sodom.
So it would be before the final ruin of the world. Till the very days came, and men felt it, the generality of men would not believe it, nor make any preparation for it.
But in our Lord’s propounding these two great examples to them, he also lets them know their duty and wisdom, viz. to watch, and be upon their guard, …
with Lot to get ready to go out of Sodom, …
with Noah to prepare an ark upon this admonition which he gave them.
There are no such signs of approaching ruin to persons or nations, as security, and the abounding of sin and wickedness, notwithstanding the warnings which God giveth them by his messengers.
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The Jewish people need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show them your great love for them by sharing the Gospel with them.
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Joel 2;31-32 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Lament over Jerusalem
Luke 13:34-35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Our extremity is God’s opportunity … to bless us. The trouble is we don’t understand that until our painful trial is over.
extremity: a very great or extreme degree or amount of something (such as emotion or pain)