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History Of The English Bible

Psalm 119:160 says, “Thy word is true from the beginning.” This is still true today and it is also true of the King James Version. I don’t exalt King James, but I exalt King Jesus. Now I would like to give you a brief overview of how we got our Bible. 

Wycliffe Bible

The New Testament was completed in 1380 and the Old Testament in 1382. Wycliffe’s translation was based on the Latin Vulgate, and it contained most of the errors common to that version. 

Coverdale Bible

In 1534, King Henry VIII wanted a divorce and the Pope did not allow it, so he broke the country away from Catholicism and King Henry VIII became the head of the Church of England. An English Bible was now needed. 

William Tyndale completed the New Testament and fifteen books of the Old Testament before he was put to death in 1536. This was the first time the Bible was translated into English from the original language.

Myles Coverdale took Tyndale’s translation and finished the rest of the Old Testament in 1535. 

Matthew’s Bible

Converted by Tyndale and became his friend, John Rogers received Tyndale’s translation just before he died. Rogers finished the Old Testament and published the Matthew’s Bible in 1537. “Thomas Matthew” appears on the title page. This was a pen name for John Rogers who would end his life being burned at the stake as the first martyr under Bloody Mary’s reign. 

Great Bible

If you have bad eyesight, you would have loved this Bible. Published in 1539, it was called this because of its size. The Great Bible was published in six volumes, each measuring 16.5 x 11 inches. It was ordered by King Henry VIII to be translated and had to be put in every church. To discourage theft, the Chain Bible as it was also known by, was chained to the reading desk in the church. 

Lord Cromwell “ordered that…a copy of the Great should be placed in every parish in England…Thus it came about that Tyndale’s Bible was circulated extensively for many years in the name of others, and with the king’s formal authorization, and became the basis for subsequent translations.” (Simms, Bible from the Beginning, p. 178). 

Up until this time, it had been illegal to print or distribute English Bibles in England. The Great Bible was the first legal English translation of the Bible in English-a great step forward in religious freedom.

Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible was produced by English refugees (Puritans) in 1560 who settled in Geneva to escape the persecutions of the Roman Catholic Queen Mary, who in England reigned from 1553 to 1558. About 300 times the word “king” was substituted for “tyrant” in its translation.

This was the first entire English Bible to contain verse divisions. It also contained Calvinist-Reformed notes and condemned Roman Catholicism in the margin notes. The Geneva Bible quickly became the most popular English Bible and its influence lasted for almost 100 years. This Bible was carried to America by the first settlers from England in the 17th century. It continued to be printed in England until 1625.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without forme and voyde, and darkness was upon the depe, and the Spirit of God moved upon the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” -Genesis 1:1-3

“For God so loved the world, that he hath given his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

Bishop’s Bible

The Church of England wanted a Bible to compete with the popular Geneva Bible and one that could replace the Great Bible. The Bishop’s Bible was produced in 1568 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who followed Bloody Mary and established the Church of England on a Protestant footing. The Bishop’s Bible was never very popular, and the Geneva Bible continued to be the people’s Bible. 

Anglican bishops made the translation and was printed to defend the divine right of kings. How many of you think it is wrong to have an agenda when it comes to a translation? 

King James Version

James became king of England in 1603 when he was 36 years old. While he traveled from Edinburgh, Scotland to London, England, he was approached by John Reynolds, president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, He presented the Millennium Petition. More than a thousand ministers had signed it. Reynolds asked King James to help them purify the Anglican Church (Church of England). They were trying to remove Roman Catholic influences. Remember that back in 1534, King Henry VIII told the Catholic Churches, “Now you’re Anglican.” The Protestant Reformation had been steering the Anglicans closer to biblical principles. King James agreed. A conference was held at Hampton Court Palace in 1604. All of the bishops, deans, and the Puritans were summoned. John Reynolds suggested that a new translation of the English Bible be produced. The king wanted the Bishop’s Bible because it defended the divine right of kings. So King James called for a new translation with no marginal notes. The only thing you could put in the margin was a word if you were not sure what would be the best translation for that and cross references. He asked for the best and learned men. Within six months, fifty-four men were appointed. The work began in 1607.

The process of the translation was amazing. The king said there would be three places where the translation would take place: Westminster Abbey in London, University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. There were two companies or groups of translators in each place so six companies. Each translator completed the same chapter week by week. Then that translated portion was then considered by the company as a whole. They compared their translations and came up with a final revision that everyone in that company could approve of. As they were doing this, one translator would read verse by verse, while the others compared it to a Bible in some language (French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Syriac) in his hand. If any of them thought it needed alteration, he spoke, otherwise they read on. How many of you think our new translators do that today? If a difficulty was found, the company would send for Learned men (professors of church history and the church fathers) who were not a part of the translation committee to submit their opinion. When the companies completed a book, it was then sent to the other five companies for review. Every word, every verse, every chapter, every book was translated by fifty-four men and gone over at least six times. The finished text from each company was then submitted to the General Assembly in London (twelve translators) spending nine months reviewing each book, settling any questions or differences as they were the final committee. 

Why is the King James Version superior compared to the other translations? 

  1. Fifty-four translators are better than a few.
  2. These were the smartest translators ever assembled. I’ll give you just two examples. Lancelot Andrews learned a new language during his month long vacation at Easter every year. Downes was called a walking library. He had a photographic memory and everything he ever read he could quote verbatim. In his autobiography, Downes recalls after the KJV had been made, this young man stood up with the KJV and gave three reasons why a certain Greek word should have been translated a different way. Downes went to lunch with this man at his house and during a discussion, he said something along the lines of, “By the way, you should not do what you did in the church service today. Because we considered your three objections to the text, but we had thirteen more reasons why that word was chosen” and he recited those thirteen reasons from memory.
  3. Psalm 12:6-7 says, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” How many groups checked the King James? At least seven times.
  4. English was at the height of its purity and strength. All linguistic historians agree English was at its best around this time.
  5. Knowledge of biblical languages was at its best. When the Greek city of Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453, the copies of the Greek texts of the Bible were brought to Europe. This revived the study of the original languages. Today’s biblical scholars learn Hebrew and Greek in seminary, whereas many back then were raised with it as a child.
  6. In order to make sure their was no agenda in the translation and to have peace in his kingdom, King James made sure that both Church of England bishops and Puritan bishops worked on the translation and they all had to agree on the text. 
  7. One of King James’ instructions was the consistency of words in the translation. 
  8. The King James Version had other English translations that preceded it. In essence, the translations for the most part got better.
  9. The King James Version revised the Bishop’s Bible. James said change the Bishop’s Bible as little as you can when it was not necessary. Try to keep the language the same that the people would have known already. Familiarity was important to him.
  10. The King James Version has lasted more than four hundred years and has been instrumental in almost every great revival among English-speaking people. The King James Version was called the Holy Bible up until 1929 when it was called the KJV. 
 
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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Can Someone Please Explain The Trinity?

The Bible teaches that there are three persons in the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Though Trinity is not a biblical word, the doctrine is a biblical teaching. As Wayne Gruden explains, “The word trinity is never found in the Bible, though the idea represented by the word is taught in many places. The word trinity means ‘tri-unity’ or ‘three-in-oneness.’” This word is derived from two Latin words: “tres” meaning three and “unitas” meaning unity. 

The greatest verse to explain the Trinity is found in 1 John 5:7: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” They are not three different gods; they are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If man had written the Bible, he would have left the Trinity out of it; for the Trinity is too difficult to understand. However, since God wrote the Bible, everything He says about Himself does not have to make sense. Somebody once asked Daniel Webster, “How can you reconcile the doctrine of the Trinity with reason?” He shot back, “Do you expect to understand the arithmetic of heaven?”
Sadly, the doctrine of the Trinity has been attacked and denied by false cults. Robert Spears, a Unitarian, wrote: “It is an unquestionable historical fact that the doctrine of the Trinity is a false doctrine foisted into the Church during the third and fourth centuries; which finally triumphed by the aid of persecuting errors.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach, “The testimony of the Bible and of history makes clear that the Trinity was unknown throughout Biblical times and for several centuries thereafter.” Mormons disregard the oneness to emphasize the threeness which leads to tritheism. However, the doctrine of the Trinity is unequivocally proven by the Scriptures.

 

The first proof is the use of the Hebrew word Elohim
. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). El is the singular form of the word God, but the Hebrew word for God used in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim. It’s a plural noun which means, “three or more.” Because this word is used hundreds of times throughout the Old Testament, it is irrational to disprove the Trinity. 

The second proof is in the use of plural pronouns
. “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’” (Genesis 1:26). In Genesis 3:22 and Isaiah 6:8, the Trinity is implied in the word “us.” “And the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us…’” (Genesis 3:22) and “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us…’” (Isaiah 6:8).

Third, the use of the word “holy” found three times in Isaiah 6:3 also proves the Trinity
. The verse reads, “And one cried unto another, and said, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory’” (Isaiah 6:3). What may be understood is the utter holiness of God as the primary and prevailing attribute of His deity. Nonetheless, all three persons of the Godhead are holy. 

Fourth, all three persons of the Godhead are mentioned in the same passage or involved in the same event
. Take baptism for example. In Matthew 3:16-17, all three persons of the Godhead were present at Jesus’ baptism. It says, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17). Now compare this with Matthew 28:19. The verse says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” Notice the baptismal formula in the Scriptures does not say, “in the names of,” but says, “in the name of.” The emphasis is on the oneness of God, yet there are three persons in the Godhead. Take another example such as prayer. When one prays to the Father, or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, ultimately that person is praying to God. Jesus prayed to God the Father (John 17:1), Stephen prayed to Jesus (Acts 7:59), and Christians are to pray in the Holy Ghost (Jude 20). All three are active participants in the believer’s prayers. Therefore, the Godhead cannot be repudiated in the light of such verses as 2 Corinthians 13:14 which says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all,” (2 Corinthians 13:14) and in 1 Peter 1:2 which says, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:2). 

Fifth, creation testifies to the Trinity
. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). It is illogical to disavow the truth of the Trinity. God left not himself without witness. A three leaf clover, the three states of water (vapor, liquid, and ice), and three kinds of rays from the sun bear witness of the Godhead. Perhaps the best illustration to explain the Trinity is man himself: spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). He is not three persons, but a three-in-one person. 

Sixth, all three persons are referred to as God
. There is little argument the Father is God (John 6:27; 1 Peter 1:2), but some who deny the existence of the Trinity believe Jesus is a created being and the Holy Spirit is a mere force, a power, or an influence. This is not true. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-existent. As Robert Reymond observes, “The three Persons taken together are not to be regarded as a greater divine being than any one of the Persons viewed singly,” and “any one of the Persons viewed singly is not to be regarded as a lesser divine being than when the three are viewed together.” Jesus is not inferior; He is equal to the Father. Though the Son was submissive in doing the Father’s will here on earth, He said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,” (John 10:30) and, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…” (John 14:11). Furthermore, how can a created being bring the universe in existence? “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3). The answer is that Jesus is the Creator and is God (Isaiah 9:6; John 10:28; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:8). As concerning the Holy Spirit, He is often neglected or misunderstood. The Spirit proceeds from the Father and also is spoken of being sent from the Father and the Son (John 14:16, 26; 16:7; Acts 1:8). In Acts 5:3-4, Peter referred to the Holy Spirit as God. “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Acts 5:3-4). 

Seventh, there is only one God and not three
. The three persons of the Godhead are the same in substance, but distinct in subsistence. They are not three co-operating Gods. The Scriptures affirm that God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; 1 Kings 8:60; Isaiah 44:6-8; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Timothy 2:5). 

John of Damascus once said:

The subsistences dwell and are established firmly in one another. For they are inseparable and cannot part from one another, but keep to their separate courses within one another, without coalescing or mingling, but cleaving to each other. For the Son is in the Father and the Spirit: and the Spirit in the Father and the Son: and the Father in the Son and the Spirit, but there is no coalescence or commingling or confusion. And there is one and the same motion: for there is one impulse and one motion of the three subsistences, which is not to be observed in any created nature.

In conclusion, many cults discard the Trinity. It is a great mystery to the entire human race. Who can explain or fully understand it? No one. This does not take away from the veracity of the Trinity. The Trinity is evident in the Hebrew word Elohim, plural pronouns, baptism, prayer, creation, and in many other ways. By faith, the Godhead must be accepted, for the Scriptures make it plain. 

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Books I Read In 2016

Charles Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Readers certainly are leaders, but what you allow to influence you is vitally important to your life and ministry. In no particular order, I have listed the books that I have been privileged to read this year.

Greek for the Rest of Us by William Mounce. I never took Greek in Bible college. The idiom “It looks Greek to me” filled my mind with fear before I ever started to read the book. If you’re a beginner like I was and would like to learn Greek at the baby stage level, read this.

Basics of Biblical Greek by William Mounce. This is the next book you should read if you are going to learn Greek. Mounce’s approach to Greek is very easy compared to many approaches that are taught in the classroom. You want to get his grammar book and workbook. 

New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen. He was a fighting fundamentalist of his day. Machen’s book has been the standard Greek textbook for almost 100 years. 

Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit by Erwin Lutzer. If you are a preacher, this is a great book to use as a series. I found some good thoughts in each chapter that have helped my personal life. 

Is This the End? By David Jeremiah. The first half of the book is about the future of America and the latter half of the book is about prophetical events in Scripture.

Take it Personally by Paul Chappell. Another fine book put out by Striving Together Publications. 

Forward in the Face of Fear by Edgar Feghaly. Inspiring missionary story from beginning to end! The author shares his religious upbringing and cultural background in his homeland of Lebanon. It is a detailed account of how God providentially guided his life each step of the way. Sometimes people read a biography about a missionary from the past and think, “Can God do that in my lifetime?” Fortunately, this author’s experience of answered prayers, souls saved, and churches planted answers yes to that question. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any reader.

How to Study the Bible for Yourself by Tim Lehaye. As the title suggests, the book provides a practical approach to understand God’s holy book. 

Basics of Biblical Hebrew 2nd Edition by Gary Practico and Miles Van Pelt. So far I have gone through 1/3 of the book and it has been a joy to learn the language of the Old Testament. Make sure you buy the Grammar book and Workbook. 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Can Your Wednesday Service Be As Big As Your Sunday Morning Service?

Last year my father-in-law, pastor of Lyford Bible Baptist Church, made a dramatic change to his church. He switched the children’s Sunday school to the Wednesday evening service. This meant more people were available to teach a class and surprisingly more children were picked up from the van routes. Why do I think it worked? It’s because our culture is changing. Sadly, because of the busyness of people’s lives and kids from divorced homes going back and forth from one parent to another, Sunday morning it seems to me is getting harder to reach the young generation. Wednesday seems to be a better time to reach this group of people because more kids are going to be at home. 

Just recently, Friendship Baptist Church started a children’s ministry (teens included) called Cross Trainers. In the past four weeks, we have grown in number. Amazingly our Wednesday night service has equaled our Sunday morning crowd. This has revived some of our people who weren’t doing much to have the opportunity to feel involved by helping out in our Wednesday evening service. Christians who were coming to one service a week are now coming to two services a week. I realize this idea may not work for your church, but I hope this blog post has helped you out in some way. 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

How Applicable Are Your Sermons?

“My pastor is so good he can talk on any subject for an hour.”“That’s nothing! My pastor can talk for an hour without a subject!” The World’s Greatest Collection Of Clean Jokes, Bob Phillips, p. 52.

Do people in your congregation think that? You may be an excellent expositor of God’s Word, but what about applying the Scriptures to people’s everyday lives? Somebody once said, “Bible preaching without good applications to real life communicates to people that the Bible is irrelevant and that God is out of touch.” Sincere saints are asking of today’s preaching, “So what?” I have personally been challenged in this area of making a better connection to my listeners. 

Allow me to share some misconceptions: 

It’s the preacher’s job to preach the Word and the Holy Spirit’s job to apply the message. How true that preachers are not the Holy Spirit, yet God uses you as the mouthpiece to make life-changing decisions. 

Applications should come at the end of your message. Wrong! They should be placed throughout your entire message. 

People are good at figuring out what you are trying to communicate. No they are not! You have to be plain and clear. 

Allow me to make some suggestions in making your Bible messages more practical to your listeners: 


Allow your studied passage of Scripture to preach to you first before you attempt to preach it to others. Oh, I believe we can give homiletical masterpieces without God’s wisdom and power! I am slowly learning over time to allow a text to become a part of my devotional life. I will read it, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it because God has a message for me before it can be communicated to others. 

With a pencil and paper, write down every thought of how your passage can apply to you. Ask yourself: “What does this passage require of me?” Not everything you write down will be used, but determine what is relevant to your listeners. Keep in mind that the application comes directly from the passage instead of trying to fit it in. E.g., In Luke 17:17, Christ asked a healed leper who came back to him, “Where are the nine?” The Lord Jesus healed ten lepers, but only one gave thanks. That’s only 10%. Many are unthankful, few are truly thankful. Which are you? 


Using a Strong’s Concordance, look up the reference of a particular word. Seeing how a word is used in other portions of Scripture can provide great application to your message. 

Ask your wife how the passage of Scripture applies to her. I am tremendously blessed with a wife who grew up in the ministry. Sometimes I think she could write a better sermon than I could. Her thoughts on Eph. 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands” and many other Bible passages will give a fresh, new perspective from a woman’s point of view. 

When you make an application, explain what it means and how your listeners can apply it to their life. What good is it to preach “repentance” if someone in the audience does not know what repentance is and how to repent. 

Applications must be personal. Evangelist Tom Farrell, in his book Preaching That Pleases God writes, “The use of the personal pronoun you needs to be part of the preacher’s vocabulary. Certainly we and our have their place in preaching, but you brings the message directly home to the individuals and the audience!”
Start a sermon illustration index. For five years now, I have collected hundreds of illustrations arranged by their subject and source. They are a wonderful resource in aiding the preacher with his message. Illustrations can be found in the Bible, news articles, books, real-life events, stories and other places.

Research for applications on the Internet. Put your topic in the search bar and next to it, type in words such as: example, sermon illustrations, studies, quote.

Place yourself in the audience. My life as a preacher is far different from a guy who works night shift, a single mother of three children, a faithful elderly couple and your new guest who knows nothing about a Baptist church. Tailor your messages to their needs. If you had to listen to your own sermon, what would you get out of the message? 

Listen to audio sermons of your favorite preachers to find applications. I personally like to browse through sermonaudio.com. 

Make the Bible come alive by acting out the narrative story. 

Use an object lesson. 

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Russia And Islam In Prophecy

Down below are my notes on Ezekiel 38-39. 

Introduction: When Israel became a nation in 1948, it fulfilled prophecy from the Old Testament that the Jews would return to their homeland. Unlike the world events that are unfolding before our eyes, they are not a fulfillment of prophecy, but preparation for the events described in Ezekiel 38-39. Are world events getting you troubled about the future or upset at God? Let’s look at Scripture to help us understand what is going on in the world today and where it is headed.

One: The Teaming Of The Alliance (v. 1-3; 5-6)

Gog

Gog means “prince, ruler.” This is not the name of a person, but a title (pharaoh, czar). 

Magog

Magog is referred to as one of the sons of Japheth in Gen. 10:2. Josephus, a secular Jewish historian, wrote in his famous book, The Antiquities of the Jews, that the people of Magog are the people whom the Greeks called “Scythians.” The Scythians were a people group that migrated from the Middle East northward and settled north of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the region we know today as Russia and the former Soviet Republics (Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and possibly Afghanistan).

Verse 3 tells us that God is against Russia. Yikes! Keep in mind that Russia did not exist when Ezekiel wrote this prophecy 2,600 years ago. We know that they are atheistic and anti-Semitic. 

Persia

Until 1935, Persia was the legal name of the country we know today as Iran. Russia has helped Iran develop its nuclear weapons. 

Ethiopia

The Hebrew word is Cush that we now know as Sudan. It is radical Islamic. 

Libya

Libya and Algeria hate Israel and are closely allied with Russia. 

Gomer

Turkey was a NATO ally, and a friend of Israel, the U.S. and the European Union. But in the last few years, the Turkish government has swung dramatically away from the West, towards Russia and Iran.

Togarmah

Turkic-speaking people spread out from East Turkey and across Central Asia.

It is interesting that some countries are not mentioned like Egypt and Iraq. 

Over 20 years ago, Islam was just another religion. Now we can’t help but hear about it on the news. Radical Islam could be a precursor of unification to fulfill prophecy. Sunni and Shiite Muslims no doubt will unite together in order to destroy Israel. 

Two: The Timing Of The Invasion 

The invaders will come in a time when Israel is secure (v. 10, 11, 14). That doesn’t sound like Israel today. Since 1948, they have been vigilant. 

These events will take place in “the latter days” (v. 16). This isn’t referring to a specific day, this is referring to a time period that started with Christ until the end of time. So let’s be more specific.

The Revived Roman Empire (ten nations) will band together under the antichrist. In the Tribulation period, the antichrist will enter into a seven year peace covenant with Israel as described in Dan. 9:27. At the midway point, he will enter into the Jewish temple (which has not been built yet) and break his covenant. So Ezek 38-39 take place in the first half of the Tribulation. 

Three: The Treasures (Motivation) The Invaders Seek

Power

Russia is power hungry. As America weakens its position of patrolling the world, Russia is taking our place, but with the wrong motivation. 

President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is sky-high. With a country that is 20% Muslim, they will continue to align themselves with Muslim countries. 

Land

The Islamic nations believe the land of Palestine belongs to them (v. 8, 9, 18). 

They would want to prevent the rebuilding of the Jewish temple to protect the “Dome of the Rock” a revered Muslim monument which has stood on the temple site for centuries. 

Resources

Oil has been found recently in Israel. It is also well known that the Dead Sea has rich minerals (v. 12-13).

Four: The Terrible Destruction Of The Invaders  

Earthquake    

The invaders will come from the north. Ezek. 38:15 says, “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army.” Israel does not fight in this war.

An earthquake will take place (v. 19-20). 

Killing of each other

The enemy forces will become so frightened and disoriented that they will turn and starting fighting each other (v. 21).

Pestilence

Diseases will start to spread through the enemy forces (v. 22).

Overflowing rain

Verse 22 says, “I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”

Fire from heaven

Parts of Russia and other enemy countries will be devastated by fire from heaven (39:6). This will be a supernatural event.

Seven months to bury them

The devastation is so horrific that it takes the Israelis seven months to bury all the bodies of the enemy forces (39:12-16). To give their enemies a decent burial is a testimony to their kindness. 

Many bodies are eaten up

The birds of the air and the beasts of the field eat many of the bodies (39:17-20).

Five: The Tremendous Plan Of God

The victory will reveal the greatness of the Lord as he displays his power (38:23; 39:21).

The victory will make Jesus Christ known to the Gentile nations (38:23).

Islam’s powerful influence will be destroyed. Many Muslims will turn to Jesus. 

Israel will recognize the holiness of God and be convicted of her own sins (39:7, 22).  

Since America is not specifically mentioned in Israel, we have to assume that America will no longer support Israel. 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Favorite Quotes On Anger

“Anybody can become angry-that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” -Aristotle
“When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your failings.” -Epictetus
“If you are drawn into controversy, use very hard arguments and very soft words” — Charles Spurgeon
“Anger does a man more hurt than that which made him angry.” – Spurgeon
A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. She said, “I know I have a bad temper, but I am over with it in a minute.” He replied, “So is the shotgun, but it blows everything to pieces.” 
“When men are provoked, speak gently to them, and give them good words, and they will be pacified.” -Matthew Henry
“Angry people keep adding fuel to the fire instead of trying to find ways to put the fire out.”
“Have a forgiving spirit every time the same person does you wrong. Start people off on a clean slate.” 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Why Indiana’s RFRA Needs To Be Repealed?

I normally don’t blog about political issues, but I can’t keep silent anymore. A law was passed in Indiana last month that provided businesses and religious organizations the right to not violate their religious convictions. Soon afterwards, LGBT advocates stormed the media with blatant lies that this bill was discriminatory. Gov. Mike Pence issued this statement at a press conference.


“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was about religious liberty, not about discrimination,” he said. “As I said last week, had this law been about legalizing discrimination I would have vetoed it. This law does not give anyone a license to discriminate. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana does not give anyone the right to deny services to anyone.”

And rightfully so, it didn’t. But lawmakers in Indiana and our governor have caved in to the pressure and added this clarification to RFRA.

It does not “authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing to any member or members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service.”

According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.

Marriage expert Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation said, “…the proposed fix amounts to nothing less than a wholesale repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act with respect to those who need religious liberty protections the most.”

The Family Research Council issued a statement: “The new proposal guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and empowers the government to impose punishing fines on people for following their religious beliefs about marriage.” FRC president Tony Perkins said, “Religious freedom should not be held hostage to Big Business.” Much of the opposition to the Indian law came from major corporations who threatened economic retaliation for enacting the law.

Activist Linda Harvey pointed a finger at LGBT activists. “This ‘fix’ is everything gay activists could want.”

I recently spoke with Arkansas state representative Bob Ballinger who helped passed Senate Bill 975 (their version of RFRA).

I asked him if that bill protects businesses to refuse service for same-sex couples due to religion purposes, and he said, “We did.”

I then asked him so, “Arkansas’s bill does not have the same anti-discrimination verbiage as Indiana?” He said, “Correct.”

Conclusion:

I’m not one who believes America is going to be saved through political efforts, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take time to call up Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana representatives to get RFRA repealed. If you live in another state, please call up your state lawmakers and ask for a law to be passed that is similar to Arkansas’s Senate bill 975.

More than ever before, Christians need to keep their focus on Christ. Fear and panic must be replaced with biblical faith and absolute confidence in our Heavenly Father. Preaching the gospel and fulfilling 1 Tim. 2:1-4 is our duty. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Comments On Commentaries

  • The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.

    • When you come to a passage of Scripture that doesn’t make sense, look at what it says before and after to get the context.

    • When you come to a word or a phrase that you don’t understand, look in other parts of the Bible to see how it is used to understand it’s meaning.

  • Commentaries are the work of men.

    • They are fallible sharing their thoughts on the Bible, yet containing much wisdom from well-studied writers.

  • Usually those who despise commentaries have no sort of acquaintance with them.

  • Start with the Bible first, then pull out a commentary. You don’t want a prejudice going into your Bible study.

  • Commentaries will help keep you from wild interpretations.

  • Every commentary will have something different to say on a passage of Scripture.

  • There are so many commentaries to choose from. It is very helpful to have a trustworthy commentary to turn to when a passage does not seem clear. Down below in no particular order, I have included seven recommendations.


Independent Baptist Commentary (Understanding the Bible) by Dr. David Sorenson

I am a pastor and this is the first commentary I pull out to help me prepare a message or study the Bible. It is reliable, goes into the text, straight to the point, and sound doctrinally. This eleven-volume set can be purchased by calling 218-726-0209 or go to northstarministries.com.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary

Written by a Presbyterian pastor, this commentary is best used in your devotions. Be careful of his allegorical interpretation of prophecy and his Protestant universal church belief, but it would be a great use to your library.

The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (Be Series) by Warren W. Wiersbe

Rich exposition and relevant applications makes this a very practical, helpful commentary.

Thru The Bible by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

This five-volume commentary set is very affordable.

The John Phillips Commentary Series

Conservative, dispensational, and a favorite of many Christians. This series covers every book of the New Testament and seventeen books of the Old Testament.

H.A. Ironside Commentaries

His commentaries cover some of the Old Testament books and almost the entire New Testament. Enjoyable to read, doctrinally sound and filled with good illustrations.

Treasures From Scripture Bible Series by Dr. Rod Mattoon

Dr. Mattoon is an independent Baptist pastor who has written several books of the Bible in expository sermon form. I highly recommend getting your hands on these books. You can order online by going to lincolnlandbaptist.org. 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Why I Love Being Independent Baptist

I grew up in Sidney, Ohio being raised as a Catholic. I thought that I was going to heaven based upon my good works and belief in God. That all changed when a young man in my high school invited me to attend an Independent Baptist church. I cannot tell you how I felt the first time I walked inside that church building, sat down, sang uplifting music and heard a powerful message from the Bible. The only thing I knew was that I had experienced something far different from the man-made religion I grew up in. Three times a week my friend picked me up in his car and took me to church. Finally, after an evangelistic preaching service at Cedar Point (yes I was saved at an amusement park), my pastor shared the gospel with me and I became a child of God.

At the age of fifteen, my life was transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, there have been a lot of growing pains, but from that time until now, my only desire is to please my Savior. My doctrine is Baptist because I started with the Bible and have made it the final authority of my life. I serve as the pastor of an Independent Baptist church not because someone made me, but because God has called me into the ministry. Yes, I’ve been hurt by so-called Independent Baptists, but I understand that everyone is human. No, I don’t agree with 100% of everything that is taking place in every Independent Baptist church. Does it really matter? No, because I’m independent from your church.

I love being an Independent Baptist because it’s the closest thing to New Testament Christianity. I’m not saying that because I have accepted a list of rules, traditions or ideas. I’m talking about the term Independent Baptist. Let me explain. Every church in the first century were local, independent congregations that were accountable to Jesus Christ. Okay, they weren’t called Baptists. So what, it doesn’t matter. You have to call yourself something.

Listen to this:

“Of the Baptists it may be said that they are not Reformers. These people, comprising bodies of Christian believers, known under various names in different countries, are entirely independent of and distinct from the Greek and Roman churches, and have an unbroken continuity from apostolic days down through the centuries. Throughout this long period they were bitterly persecuted for heresy, driven from country to country, disfranchised, deprived of their property, imprisoned, tortured and slain by the thousands; yet they swerved not from the New Testament faith, doctrine and practice.”—King, William C. Crossing the Centuries. Springfield, MA: Editorial Associates, 1912

Here is what matters most to God. How much does your doctrine and practice match up with the Bible? Wow, convicting isn’t it? Because I love Jesus Christ, I choose to be Independent Baptist. I enjoy the sweet fellowship of so many who desperately want revival. I’m thrilled to see so many who are tired of legalism and license, and want the liberty that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ by choice, by conscience and by conviction. Because of this, I’m an Independent Baptist not because I’m married to the term, but because it best identifies who I am and what I want others to think of me.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized