The End of the Age

Part One of four: The day of Pentecost

Jesus had just finished His last scathing condemnation [1] of the Pharisees [2], so He sat there in the temple mourning its imminent destruction. Christ eventually got up; left the city, crossed the Kidron Valley, and went east to the Mount of Olives where He could look down on the temple courtyard.

Not only had the lord just told the disciples that the temple would be destroyed [3], but the Roman soldiers had occupied and oppressed the people of Israel at the time. Israel was going through some birth pangs as they headed into a new dispensation of God’s dealings with man. Change was in the air.

As the Lord sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately saying, Tell us, when [4] shall these things be? and what [5] shall be the sign [6] of your coming [7], and the end [8] of the world [9]?

The disciples asked three questions, the first was in response to Jesus’s comment about the destruction of the temple. The other two were about Christ’s coming [10] and the end of the age. It would behoove us to ascertain what the disciples meant when they asked the Lord “What shall be the sign. . . of the end of the world?

God does not look at the timeline of history in the same way that we do. He does not look at reginal history but looks at history in terms of His dealings with man. There are basically eight dispensations [11] of God’s dealings with man. In Judaism, rabbi’s also taught that every age ended in pain as in the birth pangs of a woman with child [12]. These birth pangs bring on the next age, or dispensation, of God’s dealing with man.

We are in the age of the last days [13]. The last days began on the day of Pentecost and were the fulfillment of Joel 2:28 when God poured out His spirit. The age of the Law ended and birthed the last days in great pain because the Romans occupied Israel and oppressed the people as I have already mentioned earlier.

The last days will last until the rapture of the church, which could come at any moment because all prophecy is complete up to this time in history. Nothing else needs to happen prophetically until the Lord snatches us up [14] and we no longer have to wait for our blessed hope in Jesus Christ [15]. The age of the last days has lasted for 2000 years. Since this age has lasted so long it will bring on the scoffers [16]. Big mistake.

Further study of Matthew 24 reveals that many things are coming our way. However, Jesus encourages us in Matthew 24:6 with a negative in front of the word troubled. Jesus didn’t say, “DO the best you can do,” He said, “. . .see that ye be not troubled.” There isn’t too much we can misunderstand about this Scripture. Like I have been saying, concentrate and focus on Christ.

v1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
v2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
v3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God [Colossians 3:1-3 KJV].

It is from Christ’s mouth to our ears, “Do NOT be troubled. No worries, I’ve got this. Trust in me, believe in me, lean on me, and follow me. Lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge me and I’ll direct your paths. I will keep you safe until I come for your spirit.” That is very encouraging to me. How about you?

Next week: Usually the most important thing to someone will be the first point they bring up in a conversation. Therefore, next week, we’ll study Matthew 24:4, 5.
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[1] Seven woes
[2] Matthew 23
[3] Matthew 24:2 This was fulfilled in 70AD exactly as Jesus predicted.
[4] The Greek word for “when” is “Pote.” It means “at what time, how long, when.”
[5] The Greek word for “what” is “tis.” It means “exactly, concretely, no general terms.”
[6] The Greek word for “sign” is “semeion.” It means “the authenticating mark, or proof.”
[7] The Greek word for “your coming” is “Parousia.” It is a technical term for “the coming of the King.
[8] The Greek word for “end” is “sunteleia.” It means complete, final, wrap-up, termination.
[9] Matthew 24:3 The Interlinear Bible translates the word “World” as “age” as it should have been. The Greek word for “age” is “aion.” It means “the particular age in which we live.
[10] This is Christ’s second coming, not the rapture. Christ will not come to Earth for the rapture. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that He will meet us in the air.
[11] 1. The age of innocence 2. The age of moral conscious 3. The age of the Patriarchs 4. The age of the giving of the Law 5. The age of the last days 6. The age of the tribulation 7. The age of the millennial reign 8. The age of eternity. Some expositors teach seven dispensations, while others teach nine. Yet again there could be many dispensations depending on how far a teacher wanted to break down God’s dealings with man. They may even use different terminology to define the age. For example, number 5, “the age of the last days,” some call the church age, while others say it is the age of grace. No problem. They are correct. However the technical term is “the last days,” (Acts 2:16-18). The terminology is not really important and isn’t worth the argument with one another.
[12] Matthew 24:8 The Greek word for “sorrows” is “odin,” which means pang as in child birth.
[13] The age of the last days started at Pentecost through Joel’s prophecy 2:28. Paul quotes Joel 2:28 in Acts 2:17.
[14] 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 The Greek word for ‘caught up’ is harpazo or a ‘snatching up’ by force. You can find some other verses concerning the rapture in Titus 2:13; John 14:3; Matthew 24:30, 31; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Philippians 3:20, 21
[15] Titus 2:13
[16] 2 Peter 3:3, 4

Prophecy, what it is, and isn’t

Last week, we got a hint of signs and of the details of Scripture, while at the same time making Christ somewhat secondary in our studies. Again, there is nothing wrong with studying the details along the way of our journey toward maturity but if we study and focus on the details and not Jesus, then it is wrong to study them. The Bible is all about Jesus, for Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega [1], the beginning and the end, and everything else in between.

Many have a misconception of what prophecy really is, its purpose, and how to interpret those signs. There are those who think that prophecy is just foretelling the future. In the literal sense, this is not prophecy. In fact, the Bible vehemently forbids the telling of future events [2], which is divination [3]. Prophecy is, however, the ability to decipher and interpret what God is actually saying with any given scripture and using it to warn, encourage, and edify the body [4]. Explaining God’s Word and sharing God’s heart is the bulk of prophecy and the job of a prophet.

v6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
v11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
v12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. . .[Ephesians 4:6, 11-12 KJV]

However, a prophet can prophesy what is coming at a future time in history providing that he or she interpret the signs, the correct way. Let’s look at this apparent contradiction.

To prophesy for a coming event, the prophecy itself has to line up with the Word of God or it is divination. This is number one. God will also always set the stage for any future event that He warns us about with preset signs that lead us in the direction of that event in the future [5] just like last week’s nun anecdote concerning metaphorical signs. God’s Word records these preset signs. The signs leading to the prophesied event must also line up with God’s Word as well.

We search the Word of God for these signs and match them up with world events of the day, which in turn will lead us to the prophesied event. The Bible proves itself, so the more we know about the Word of God, its context, and the age in which they wrote it, the better we’ll understand about what is coming.

The Spirit-filled writers of biblical times wrote the Bible in a language that was much different than today’s language, whereas, some words have different meanings than they do now. In addition, and because of the differences in recorded history then and now, such as customs, traditions, metaphors, and analogies, understanding the Bible can be difficult at best.

A good knowledge of Jewish customs and traditions are an asset to any prophecy student and/or prophet, as is the study of etymology both in the Hebrew and the Greek. Here’s a novel idea, we need a close relationship with Jesus Christ. Since Christ is the Word [6] we do this through the Holy Spirit who guides us to all truth [7] through the Word.

The rapture of the church [8] is the next major event that prophetically has to happen. Nothing prophetic needs to happen before the rapture. Time has fulfilled all prophecy. The rapture is an un-datable event in human history, so it can happen at any time. No one knows when Christ will come for our spirits [9].

There are six other things that will scripturally happen before the return of Christ, but they will not pertain to the body of Christ because my fellow pre-tribulation saints, all Christians will be gone. The six remaining prophecies are namely, the six trumpet war [10], the seven year peace treaty [11], the rebuilding of the temple [12], and the abomination of desolation [13], the three and a half year tribulation [14], and Armageddon [15]. Then Christ will return [16] with all of His saints [17] to reign on earth.

Christ is the spirit of prophecy [18] and He gives us a peek at the future events in Matthew 24. Like the nun story we just look for the signs to those events while traveling on our spiritual highway. These signs are scattered throughout God’s Word. We then match them up to today’s events. Watch Israel. Israel is the key to all events.

Remember though that the Bible is all about Jesus. We should concentrate on Christ and not on what’s coming [19], be it from Matthew 24 or from the book of Revelation. To God is the glory for ever and ever [20]. Concentrate on winning souls for Christ and loving one another. We should be interested only in the context of end times for the purpose of preparing ourselves [21] for those events, and to help those whose wrong decision will leave them behind.

Have fun studying. There is enough Scripture here for a healthy study of Scripture, and what is to come, albeit a very condensed study of prophecy. However, may I exhort you just to focus on Christ?

Next week: I’ll go over Christ’s discourse on what is coming, as we look at Matthew 24. There are many signs of His coming. I might even have to do Jesus’s words of Matthew 24 in a couple parts. We don’t have to worry or concern ourselves about Revelation 13 because we won’t be there, (Providing a pre-tribulation evacuation is God’s plan). I’ve migrated from pre-tribulation belief to a pan-tribulation belief, because it will all pan out in the end. See you all next week.
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[1] Revelation 1:8; Revelation 22:13
[2] Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Leviticus 19:31, 20:27, and many many more. It is divination unless founded in Scripture.
[3] Divination comes from Latin word divinare which means, “To foresee” or ‘to be inspired by a god (the operative words being ‘a god’ small g.). It is associated with the occult. [4] Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:6, 11, 12
[5] Matthew 16:3; Luke 12:56
[6] John 1:1
[7] John 16:13
[8] 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3
[9] Ecclesiastes 12:7
[10] Revelation 9:13-21
[11] Daniel 9:27 This will be a seven year peace treaty (covenant), which will be broken half way through with the abomination of desolation. This is where the Antichrist will stand on the temple mount and declare himself in charge declaring that all oblations will cease, which is basically saying that he is God because God put His name on the temple (Deuteronomy 12:5).
[12] Daniel 9:27 This is the same thing as Jacob’s trouble in Jeremiah 30:7
[13] Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15, 16; Matthew 15-22
[14] Time = one year, times = two years, half a time (Or the dividing of a time) = six months. Equals 3 ½ years Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7. 42 Months = 3 ½ years Revelation 13:5. 1260 days = 3 ½ years Revelation 11:3. All equal 3 ½ years.
[15] Armageddon means the “Hill of Megiddo” Revelation 16:12-16
[16] Matthew 24:36
[17] 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 19:11-16
[18] Revelation 19:10
[19] 1 Peter 4:7-11
[20] Romans 16:27; Galatians 1:5-7; Philippians 4:20 and many others
[21] Isaiah 65:17; Luke 19:13; Revelation 21:1 Not the end of the world, like some intimate, but the end of the age, the end of human government, and God’s dealing with mankind. Then there is the millennial reign of Christ, Revelation 21:1.

Signs of the Times

A police officer stopped a car full of nuns for driving hazardously slow. After approaching the left side of the car, he said to the driver, “Sister, the speed limit here is 55MPH, why were you driving so slowly?” She replied, “I’m sorry officer, but the sign said 41 not 55.” The officer said, “Sister that is the number of the highway on which you were driving.” The nun said, “Sorry officer, I’ll do better next time.” The officer did not cite her but as was leaving, he noticed that the other nuns in the back seat were shaking and looked terrified. He asked the driver, “Excuse me sister, but what is the matter with your friends?” To which the driver said, “Oh, we just got off of highway 101.

We focus so much on the details of Scripture that we sidetrack ourselves from its actual significance. Some folks get hung up on the detail of eschatology (the study of end times), while others focus on Pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit and how He works in the church). Yet again, others focus on spiritual gifts or other details of God’s Word.

Now these are important details and there is nothing wrong with studying details like eschatology, Pneumatology, spiritual gifts, or any number of details in the Bible, but if they sidetrack us from the significance of what the Bible is really about, then they are wrong.

Acts 2:42 gives us a quick study guide as to how we should go about studying Scripture.

v42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers [Acts 2:42 KJV].

The Apostles Doctrine is nothing more than the Old Testament as understood and interpreted in light of Christ. This includes the stories concerning His life, death, resurrection, and ascension – or simply put, the New Testament. That’s it. What do we think Jesus taught the Apostles? He taught the Apostles the Old Testament Scriptures and how to interpret them.

We can sum up the message of the Old Testament in two verses.

v44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
v46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day. . .[Luke 24:44, 46 KJV].

The Old Testament looks forward to Christ and the New Testament looks back to Christ. The Bible is all about Jesus. It is about Christ and Him crucified and rising from the dead. Focusing on Christ is how we read the Bible and who we focus on while reading the Scriptures. Of course there are many details along the journey of reading God’s Word, and we should study the details because they are important. However, we should focus on Christ because it all points to Him.

Jesus Christ is coming back to make things right and we will spend eternity with Him as His Bride. This should encourage us and edify us. If we do nothing else we are to . . .love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: and. . .love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30, 31). So focus on Christ and don’t get sidetracked by all the details of the Word. The next time you read Scripture, just think of how it pertains to Christ. Where is Christ in this?

Like the Apostles, we should fellowship with one another. We should not forsake the assembling of one another. We should take communion frequently by the breaking of bread. A prayer life always increases God’s grace and life for our own souls. In these days it behooves us to sell out to Christ 100%

ONENESS

A brother in Christ asked me to do a short piece on the unequal yoking of a believer. This subject is a lot deeper than I present it here but I hope that the context helps you in understanding the implications. God bless you all as you read.

It is human nature to be drawn to like-minded people or those who think like we do and who agree with us. I can’t remember any time that I ever drew close to somebody who disagreed with me frequently, was contentious, and always did things the opposite way that I did. When someone agrees with us, it gives us and our viewpoint validation. Validation draws us closer to that person relationally, emotionally, and spiritually. Some might define this as a kindred spirit, or oneness with each other.

Given these things, we might then define living in oneness as singleness of spirit, mind, feelings, and of purpose. It is unity, sameness, thinking alike…as one, or having a single identity. . .as in marriage [1]. For example, God gave Adam AND Eve equal dominion in the Garden of Eden. This was a singleness of purpose. When God created them in His image, this gave them unity of spirit, singleness of mind, and perfection in every way with not only each other but with a union and communion with God, meaning fellowship with both. The Bible calls this a threefold cord [2]. Otherwise, how can we agree and live amicably and in harmony with each other, as equals. More so, how can we be in harmony with God?

v3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? [Amos 3:3 KJV]

God is diametrically opposed and in conflict with the world’s way of thinking [3]. How can we walk together or with God if we do not agree? If man and woman are to live together in harmony, they have to be on the same page or there will be problems. That is, unless one acquiesces to the other. When that happens they are no longer equal and do not have equal dominion that God gave them in the Garden of Eden through inheritance. The saved partner can and most likely will, drift away from God if he or she is the one who acquiesces. A relationship cannot survive with two world views. They will love the one and hate the other.

v24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. [Matthew 6:24 NIV]

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary says in part about Matthew 6:24: . . .or their interests are quite different, and even conflicting. In this case, if our affections be in the service of the one—if we “love the one”—we must of necessity “hate the other”; if we determine resolutely to “hold to the one,” we must at the same time disregard, and (if he insist on his claims upon us) even “despise the other.”

If a believer is the one who acquiesces, and goes the way of the unbeliever then he or she has said in her spirit, “I choose to go the way of the world and will do what Satan tells me.

The Bible commands us (Christians), “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness [4]?” There is not much to misunderstand there. We cannot dispute or argue against this.

The context of this 2 Corinthians Scripture is, do not hook yourself together with unbelievers. Because what harmony has Christ with Belial [5], or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Believers have the indwelling Spirit of God and if a believer unequally yokes, then how can the Spirit of God fellowship with you? For a Christian to unequally yoke to an unbeliever WILL separate you from God. He will never leave or forsake you but there will be no fellowship or blessing.

Therefore, as Amos points out, if we want to walk in agreement with the Lord daily, remain under the blessings of God, and do not want to lose fellowship with Him, then it would behoove us to follow His precepts and obey them. It is all for our benefit anyway.

John Gills Commentary on the Entire Bible says it best (in part of Amos 3:3): . . .The design of these words is to show, that without friendship there is no fellowship, and without concord no communion; as this is the case between man and man, so between God and man; and that Israel could not expect that God should walk with them, and show himself friendly to them, and continue his favours with them, when they walked contrary to him.

In other words, When we are contrary to the Lord (disobey Him), how then can we expect God to show us favor, bless us, and to fellowship with us? How can we expect to be in communion with God when there is no agreement or harmony? Hence, we drift away from God. John Gill says further; “And to a spiritual walk with God, and communion with him, agreement is requisite. God and man were originally chief friends, but sin set them at variance; a reconciliation became necessary to their walking together again. . .

In other words, “Repent!” Repent means to turn from your wicked ways, or go in the opposite direction, with righteousness and fellowship with God as the goal. A holy and righteous path is always the goal for a Christian, otherwise, why be one?

However, have no fear, God is always there to catch us when we fall and to pick us up when we do [6]. Trust 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 [7].

However, beware
Numbers 15:30-36
Psalms 19:13;
Romans 6:1, 2
1 Timothy 2:14
James 1:15

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[1] Genesis 2:24. When we are married, we become one (one flesh).
[2] Ecclesiastes 4:12
[3] Satan and his minions
[4] 2 Corinthians 6:14 NIV
[5] Belial in this context refers to Satan because the Bible uses it here as a noun.
[6] Psalm 37:24; Psalms 145:14
[7] Proverbs 3:5-6

Return to Me

From birth to maturity and even unto death, we belong to the Lord [1]. Christ purchased us on the Cross for a price [2]. The only problem is, God’s Word says that man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked [3]. No one is righteous, no not one [4]. Over the course 6000 years, mankind has proven these Scriptures to be true time and again. The depravity of man has brought us to a place of great corruption, wickedness, with Revelation 13 close behind. This begs the question, “Why would an omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign God create man, let alone seek, and love him in the first place [5]?” Let’s explore this a little further.

The book of Habakkuk declares a prophecy for these, the last days. See if this doesn’t sound familiar.

v2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save.
v3 Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.
v4 The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted [Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT].

How many times have we wondered, “Where is God in these days?” There is plenty down here to fix. Like Habakkuk, violence is everywhere and evil surrounds us. The leaders of our land are totally corrupted and wicked. Scandals are everywhere at all levels of our government. Political correctness abounds and we have become a people where everything offends everyone. Law enforcement is running amuck and it is killing its unarmed civilians. The law, paralyzed through crazy nonsensical laws, gives way to a no common sense justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous and the judicial system perverts justice for the people.

There are wars and rumors of war, nation is against nation, and then there is the horrific depravity of ISIS. Governments all over the world oppress their people with socialism, Marxism, and Communism. There are radical factions all over the world who shoot or burn Christians to death, while others behead them.

Sometimes it seems like our prayers are falling on deaf ears. Just like God who called out to Adam in the beginning of time [6], man is now calling out to God in these latter times. “Where art thou?” However, Christ has said, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen [7].” This was Jesus’ last promise to mankind. What better last words could He have spoken to us before leaving this mortal life and going back to His Father?

THE MAIN THING

Many years ago, I attended New Hope Community Church in Portland, Oregon and a guest pastor gave a message that I will never forget. The title of his message was “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” If ever there was a title that we need to preach today, this is the one.

There is a general consensus among all people of this planet, Christian, and non-Christian alike, who believe that we are in the last of the last days, therefore there are many believers out there that expound on eschatology [8]. I mean that is all they talk about, or at least the majority of the time. There are those whose sole interest is to study prophecy. While yet again, others talk about nothing else than politics and what we are to do when the enemy comes to our door and how we are to protect our families, our cities, and our countries. I used to be one of those folks.

Although there is nothing wrong with any of these studies and things, nothing at all, we should study these things and prepare for just such a time as now. However, if we get so caught up in thinking, talking, and walking eschatology, prophecy, politics, or whatever, and then forget about keeping the main thing the main thing, then they are wrong. So, what is the main thing, especially in these last days?

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is about one thing and one thing only, Jesus Christ. Our mission here on Earth, if we are in The Way [9], is to follow Jesus, to lean on Jesus, trust in Jesus, seek Jesus, pray to Jesus, worship Jesus, and to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength [10]. We are to pray and leave the world to God.

Despite the claim of our present Federal government (USA) and the “Change and hope” slogans of the last seven years, there is only one change for this hour and that is to change the hearts of men. There is not only just one way to change man’s heart, but there is only one way for hope to return to mankind and that way is to have a heart for Jesus [11], and to maintain the hope that lies within us [12]. We need to return to Jesus, NOW! Not just in head knowledge, but heart knowledge. Jesus IS the hope of the world [13]. We need a righteous standard by which to live our lives.

Question: How is man’s standard working for everybody, given the condition of the world today?

Problem: In Revelation 2:4, Christ tells the Church at Ephesus (and us), Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. When we first become believers, we are on fire for God. We are excited about our new life in Christ, but as time goes on we get distracted with details and are so busy serving God that we forget about our first love. . .Jesus.

Now there is nothing wrong with the concept of service. However, it was Mary who discovered the good thing and sat at the feet of Jesus, while all the details distracted Martha. She busied herself with works [14]. Christ said that He would not take her discovery from her. Again there is nothing wrong with works because without works, faith is dead [15]. The main thing is Jesus Christ and this is what Christ was talking about in Revelation 2:4.

Solution: Christ continues in Revelation 2:5 with the solution. Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches [16]. The only hope for mankind is to get back to Jesus, our first love, for Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life [17]. Therefore, sitting at the feet of Jesus, like Mary, to gain the good thing, is the solution. Pray and leave the world to God, for “. . .vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord [18].”

Repent and thank Jesus for His last words that He is here with us until the end of the age [19] and that He will never leave or forsake us [20], helps us to focus on keeping the main thing the main thing. We can bask in His presence, as we love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength [21]. It would behoove the world to totally sell out to Jesus. Give Him ALL of us. Do not get distracted by details or worry about the end times but seek the Lord while He may be found [22], because God will not always strive with man [23]. So. . .take heart and do not fear, the things of Matthew 24 must happen and then the end will come [24]. Christ is about to appear and take His Bride back to Eden. Hallelujah!
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[1] Psalms 24:1, 100:3; Romans 14:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 1:21. 22; Ephesians 5:27, and more.
[2] The church (believers) is the Bride of Christ. According to Jewish marriage customs, the groom paid a bride price for his bride. In the Jewish language, this is the Mohar. By law, this price is mandatory. Among other things, Christ literally came to die on the Cross to purchase His Bride. I go into allot more detail about Jewish marriage customs in my book, Seeking Man.
[3] Jeremiah 17:9
[4] Romans 3:10
[5] There are many benefits for seeking God, but why would an Omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign God seek man? My fourth book, Seeking Man ponders this very question “Why does God seek man?” If there is anyone who is interested in receiving a digital copy of this book for Kindle (.mobi) or Nook (.epub) when finished, please email me. james@jameslindquistbooks.com
[6] Genesis 3:9
[7] Matthew 28:20
[8] The study of end times.
[9] Before Christianity, people referred to followers of Christ as being in The Way.
[10] Mark 12:30
[11] Psalms 19:7-11; Proverbs 30:5, 6; Hebrews 4:12
[12] 1 Peter 3:15; Hebrews 6:18
[13] Matthew 12:21
[14]Luke 10:38-42 (41, 42)
[15]Matthew 16:1-12; James 2:14-26
[16] Revelation 2:5 NLT – John Gills exposition of Entire Bible: and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent; or thee out of the candlestick, the pastor from the church, either by persecution or by death; or else the church, and church state itself, signified by a candlestick
[17] John 14:6
[18] Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19
[19] Matthew 28:20
[20] Hebrews 13:5
[21] Mark 12:30
[22] Isaiah 55:6, 7
[23] Genesis 6:3
[24] Matthew 24:14 (Not the end of the world, but the end of the age as we know it. In other words, the end of human government and then Jesus Christ will reign.)