Sermons tagged #Dispensationalism
This is part part two of a study of how God's faithfulness is fully revealed in the Person and work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Having learned the covenantal framework of the gospel, we now examine more the eschatological "now and not yet" framework of the new covenant of the Spirit and its ministry in producing the image of Christ in the believer.
We who are saved in the Church Age, under the preaching of the apostle Paul, don't have signs, miracles and wonders but we do have something that the previous dispensation never offered, eternal security. Paul teaches that believers who are saved under his gospel, given to him by the Lord, are sealed unto the day of redemption and thus, eternally secure. But this is not the case elsewhere as we soon shall see. On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we open up a can of worms as we wade knee-deep in old-fashioned Bible doctrine to learn about how people got saved in periods of time we have not lived in, nor will live in in the future. When we 'cut to the chase', we acknowledge that no one, and I repeat no one, goes to Heaven except through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. If you're saved, you've been 'saved by the blood'. But what about every one who died in the Old Testament? What about the Tribulation saints, why must they endure to the end when we don't have to? And why on Earth is an angel preaching the 'everlasting gospel' from the sky? Whatever that is, it's certainly not Paul's gospel where he clearly says that an angel who did that would be accursed! Hmm. If you're honest, you will admit there's 'something funky going on' when it comes to the administration of salvation. Tonight we break it all down for you through that indispensable tool known as rightly dividing.
Revelation Lesson #088 ANGEL: This is the first of seven angels in this chapter. His duty is to preach the everlasting gospel. The First Angel: He flies in mid-heaven, preaching the everlasting gospel to those who live on the earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people, declaring the fear of God and worship of the Creator (Revelation 14:6-7). The Second Angel: He follows, saying, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Revelation 14:8). The Third Angel: He follows them warning those who worship the beast and its image and receives the mark (Revelation 14:9-10). The Fourth Angel: Not specifically mentioned in Chapter 14 but implied within the sequence of angels appearing in the chapter as "another voice" (Revelation 14:13). The Fifth Angel: This angel is mentioned indirectly through the voice from the temple, commanding the one like the Son of Man to use his sickle for the harvest of the earth, which is ripe (Revelation 14:15). The Sixth Angel: Comes out of the temple in heaven, also having a sharp sickle, and is given a command to gather the clusters of the vine of the earth (Revelation 14:17-18). The Seventh Angel: This angel has power over fire and, following the command from the altar, tells the sixth angel to gather the grapes from the earth's vineyard to be thrown into the great winepress of God's wrath (Revelation 14:18-19). ANGEL … TO PREACH: This is proof that the passage finds fulfillment in a different dispensation. In this age, angels play no part in getting out the gospel, though they "desire to look into" it. For instance, when Cornelius wan
The concept of taking up one's cross, originating from Jesus' words in the Gospels, symbolizes the willingness to endure hardship and sacrifice as a follower of Christ. Embracing the Cross in Suffering: "Take up your cross" is a powerful symbol used by Jesus to describe the commitment and sacrifice involved in following Him. Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Luke 9:23-7, Luke 14:27, Acs 14:22 Moses' Decision: Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. In the context of Christian suffering, taking up one's cross emphasizes the call to embrace trials and sacrifices as integral parts of the journey of faith (or life's journey). It's not just about enduring pain but actively accepting and carrying our personal 'crosses' — our unique challenges and hardships — as a testament to our devotion to Christ and our trust in His redemptive plan. Stephen's Martyrdom: Acts 7 describes Stephen, the first recorded Christian martyr, who was stoned to death for his faith. His story illustrates the extreme form of suffering for Christ, yet he remained steadfast, even seei
Revelation Lesson # 087 THE MOUNT SION: This does not refer to Mount Sion upon the earth (Hebrews 12:18-19)—but to the heavenly Mount Sion (Hebrews 12:22-24)! Psalm 48 speaks specifically of the heavenly Mount Zion, the city of the great King. Psalm 48:1-2 Later in the chapter (verse 5), the 144,000 are said to be "before the throne of God." Thus, this entire group has been transported to Heaven before God's throne. They lived out the promise given in Psalm 91. Psalm 91:5-8 AN HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND: The exact number of those who were promised preservation show up in Heaven preserved as promised in Revelation chapter 7. That chapter views them as they are about to enter their labors, and this chapter shows them after completing their labors. Chapter 7 says they are sealed (a fact); Chapter 14 details the sealing (written). HIS FATHER'S NAME: The word "Father" is found five times in Revelation and is always associated with the relationship with the Father's relationship with the Son, not His relationship with believers. His Father (Revelation 1:5-6, 14:1) My Father (Revelation 2:27, 3:5, 3:21) refers to promises made to the overcomers. Revelation chapter 7 says that these men received a mark. The mark is identified here with the "Father's name written in their foreheads." That name could be Jehovah, Adoni, Elohim, or any title used to describe or refer to God. (The Jehovah's Witnesses, who claim to be one of the 144,000, should be able to show the Father's name written on their foreheads, but of course, it does not exist because they are a cult usurping the designation.) The Antichrist will also place a mark in and upon his followers' right hand or forehead
"If God abandons His promises to Israel, then He cannot be trusted--He is a liar, but we know better don't we? Numbers 23:19 says 'God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?' That is good news this morning isn't it? It's good news for Israel because in Romans 11:25 the Apostle Paul says 'in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob; and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.' You see God has not forsaken or replaced Israel even though they have forsaken and replaced Him, and He will not forsake you either. The Abrahamic covenant is the guiding covenant of redemptive history because it is the vehicle through which salvation comes to fallen sinful man through the promised offspring of Abraham, the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ."
The approaches to the issue of suffering range from theological debate to personal experiences, each offering a unique lens through which we can try to grapple with the complex issue of why do bad things happen to good people. Perseverance Through Trials in James: James 1:2*3 This passage speaks to the value of trials in developing spiritual maturity and resilience. Peter on Sharing Christ's Sufferings: 1 Peter 4:12-13 1 Peter 4:4 Suffering is seen as a way to connect more deeply with Christ's own experiences. 1 Corinthians 10:13 While suffering remains a challenging aspect of human experience, it holds the potential for spiritual growth, deeper faith, and ultimately, a testimony to God's omniscient plan and grace. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 Faith, empathy, understanding, and personal relationships with God play a role in addressing the profound question of why suffering exists, especially among the righteous or innocent, who, while not perfect, strive to do right. The concept of taking up one's cross, originated from Jesus' words in the Gospels, symbolizes the willingness to endure hardship and sacrifice for the sake of following Christ. Embracing the Cross in Suffering: "Take up your cross" is a powerful metaphor used by Jesus to describe the commitment and sacrifice involved in following Him. This can be seen in scriptures Matthew 16:24 In the context of Christian suffering, this teaching emphasizes the call to embrace trials and sacrifices as integral parts of the journey of faith. It's not just about enduring pain but actively accepting and carrying our personal 'crosses' — our unique challenges and hardships — as a testament to our devotion to Christ and
Dispensationalism is a recent innovation of end times theology, less than 200 years old, and has led many Christians to be transfixed on what they are taught will be the imminent return of Christ. But is this what the Bible actually teaches, and is this what the history of the Church has believed since the time of Christ? If each generation thinks they will be the last, how does this negatively impact the Church in terms of building for the future over multiple generations? What spiritual, emotional, and psychological impact will this have on Christians, and how does this connect to the seeker-sensitive movement and Revivalism, that waters down doctrine in the name of getting as many souls saved as possible, as quickly as possible, before Christ returns? We discuss all this and much more.