Category Archives: Biblical Truth

The Gospel

Cross

 

“By one man (Adam) SIN entered the world…

All have SINNED and come short of the Glory of God…

The wages of SIN is death…

But GOD so loved the world He sent His Son…

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation (payment) through faith in His blood…

To declare HIS Righteousness for the remission of SINS

Not by works of Righteousness which we have done…

But according to His Mercy He saves us…

I declare unto you The Gospel by which you are saved…

Christ died for our SINS

He was Buried

He Rose Again the third day

According to the Scriptures

(John 3:16; Romans 3:23, 25; 5:12; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Titus 3:5)

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The Coming Rapture

In 1 Thessalonians 4 the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Thessalonica in Ancient Greece of a time in the future when Christ, who was seen by His disciples ascending into Heaven by a cloud after His Resurrection, would appear again in the clouds to call those who have placed their faith and trust in Him to join Him in Heaven. The event, known as “the Rapture” from the Greek word for “caught up,” would occur “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” In the Scriptures we find Jesus’ ascension was not the first, and was not to be the last, for on that yet to be seen “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” when Christ returns in the air “with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God… so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Enoch, the seventh from Adam and father of Methuselah, was the first to ascend into the clouds as he walked with God one day. Moses wrote, “He was not; for God took him.” In the Great Hall of Faith of Hebrews11, it is written, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5; Jude 1:14)

Some 2,000 years following Enoch’s translation to Heaven from planet Earth, the Prophet Elijah was transported to Heaven almost a decade after his confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel during the reign of King Ahab. Elijah was aware of his impending “rapture” foretold to him by God, for “It came to pass when the LORD would take up Elijah into Heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.” The two men traveled on together to the banks of the Jordan River near Jericho, with “fifty men of the sons of the prophets” watching from afar as Elijah smote the waters, allowing he and Elisha to cross the river on dry ground, just as had occurred with Joshua and the Children of Israel on their way to the Promised Land. As they continued to walk on together, talking as they went, “there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire… and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into Heaven. And Elisha saw it.” (2 Kings 2:1-12)

It was the Apostle Paul who was “caught up to the third Heaven…caught up into Paradise,” and the Apostle John who being “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” was caught up to Heaven to the very Throne of God, “writing to the seven churches which are in Asia” what he saw with his own eyes. The Apostle John also writes of the two witnesses in Jerusalem during the time of the Great Tribulation who will hear “a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither,” whereupon they will ascend to heaven in a cloud just as Jesus did, as all their enemies look upon them. (2 Corinthians 12:2-4; Revelation 1:1-19; 11:3-12)

The coming Rapture of those who have placed their faith and trust in Christ’s blood alone for salvation is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled at any moment on any given day. Jesus told His disciples before His crucifixion when the end time events described in the Scriptures “…begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh.” “Surely I come quickly… In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” (Luke 21:7-28; Revelation 22:20)

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus”

Sharing the Gospel with Ben Shapiro

In this partial clip from an hour-long interview on “The Ben Shapiro Show,” Dr. John MacArthur pastor of Grace Community Church in California and the “Grace to You” radio program gives a clear presentation of the Gospel to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew. With Ben’s knowledge of the Old Testament and Dr. MacArthur’s almost sixty years of study in both the Old and New Testament, John clearly gives the Scriptural Truths of JESUS being the long-awaited Messiah of the Jewish people.

To watch the full interview click here.

The Reprobate Mind

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” wrote there is nothing new under the sun, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Over a thousand years later the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Rome of those in their midst whose rejection of God was being manifested for all to see by their ungodly behavior that would eventually lead to their eternal doom.

In the opening chapter of the Book of Romans after Paul introduced himself and wrote of his longing to visit Rome, he wrote of not being ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and how the just shall live by faith. It is then he turns his attention to those who were living ungodly in his present world and were holding the Truth of God in unrighteousness.

It was in the Garden of Eden man first rejected God, knowing Him but turning from the Truth of His Word and disobeying His command. Those who reject God eventually deny He is the Creator of the world, going so far as to deny what is clearly seen throughout the Creation as having only come from the hand of the Almighty, denying His eternal power and Godhead. Paul writes that they know of God while trying to deny His existence and do not glorify Him as God, thereby becoming unthankful, having wild imaginations, and a foolish heart that is darkened. In the process they profess themselves to be wise but become fools, worshipping the earth and the animals therein instead of the Creator, exchanging the Truth of God for a lie without fear of judgment. It is at this point God gives them up to their own desires, allowing them to dishonor themselves and bring destruction upon themselves. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” including fornication, wickedness, covetousness, envious, murder, debate, deceitful, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, without understanding, covenant breakers, disobedient to parents, to name a few.  (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-31)

Those who reject God and love darkness rather than light, with every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts being evil continually, “Who knowing the judgment of God… not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Almost 2,000 years since Paul penned those words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the believers in Rome while ministering in the city of Corinth, “There is nothing new under the sun” in our world today.  (Genesis 6:5; John 3:20; Romans 1:32)

Keeping the LORD’S Day Holy

Upon the completion of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in fifty-two days under the leadership of Nehemiah, the former cupbearer of the King of Persia, Nehemiah became burdened concerning the activities taking place within the city on the Sabbath days. The city gates were open and people were coming and going all day long selling their wares, with customers buying what was made available for purchase. In celebration of the wall being completed, the people had gathered in the street before the water gate to hear Ezra, the priest, read the Book of the Law of Moses which included the command of GOD, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” (Exodus 20:8; Nehemiah 1:11-2:6; 6:15; 8:1-6).

Nehemiah was very specific in his writings of the activities taking place on the Sabbath days: some were treading the wine presses, others were bringing in sheaves, donkeys were laden with wine, grapes, and figs, with all manner of burdens to be sold in the city. Included were men of Tyre bringing fish into the city, along with merchandise from the Mediterranean coast to be available for sale on the Sabbath Day. Nehemiah testified against the people of such activities taking place on a day that was to be considered holy.

Nehemiah also contended with the nobles of Judah, saying, “What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our GOD bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” It was because of the disobedience of God’s people and His commands they spent seventy years in Babylonian captivity before King Cyrus permitted those who desired to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the Temple (Ezra 1:1-3).

Nehemiah with deep conviction caused the gates of the city to be closed at sundown before the Sabbath and not to be reopened until after the Sabbath had ended. Nothing was permitted to come into the city on the Sabbath days. Nehemiah recorded, “So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them… if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath.” Nehemiah then commanded the Levites, those who were tasked with the maintenance of the Temple, to “come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day,” (Nehemiah 13:15-22).

The True Source of JOY

Everyone longs for peace and contentment, a life full of joy and happiness. But many are looking in the wrong places for such joy: a bottle, a drug, a relationship, a career. The answer for finding true genuine Joy is only found in the pages of Scripture, for it is there one finds fullness of Joy everlasting (John 15:11).

“Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for Joy.” (Psalm 5:11a)

“Let them also that love Thy name be Joyful in Thee.” (Psalm 5:11b)

“Be glad in the LORD… shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“My soul shall be Joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

“My soul shall be satisfied… my mouth shall praise Thee with Joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5)

“To the counsellors of peace is Joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

“A man hath Joy by the answer of his mouth.” (Proverbs 15:23)

“It is Joy to the just to do judgment.” (Proverbs 21:15)

“For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and Joy.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your Joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My Joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

“We also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:11)

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

“Now the God of hope fill you with all Joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

“And these things write we unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)