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I Can See Clearly Now

A familiar verse found in Psalm 119:105 brings not only direction for one’s life, but presents the key to understanding the events taking place in the world today and what lies ahead for each and every person in the life to come. The answers to man’s questions past, present and future are found within the pages of God’s WORD, a gift He has given mankind applicable to every generation.

“Thy WORD is a Lamp unto My Feet, and a Light unto My Path.”

As a lamp shines closest to its carrier, many recall the words to live by of the great Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s premier Founding Fathers who was known for his words of wisdom… “A penny saved is a penny earned;” “Waste not, want not;” “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Much more profound than Franklin’s words, the Holy WORD of God contains over 800 proverbs of the wisdom of Solomon, the wisest person to ever live, “… that God had put in his heart,” (2 Chronicles 9:23), recorded in the Book of Proverbs. Words to live by such as, Keep My commandments, and live,” (7:2); “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,” (10:32); ”Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD,” (16:5); “A poor man is better than a liar,” (19:22); “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man,” (21:17); “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small,” (24:10), and on, and on.

As events fill every news broadcast and sets the world on edge, God’s WORD shines on the path ahead clearly illuminating what is happening, why it is happening and what the final result will be. His WORD reveals, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about… all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it,” (Zechariah 12:2-3); the coming battle of Gog and Magog (Russia) allied with Persia (Iran) and Togarmah (Turkey), along with other nations (Ezekiel 38-39); “With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish… God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11); “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine… they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Concerning life after death, God’s WORD speaks of, “In My Father’s house are many mansions… I go to prepare a place for you,” (John 14:2); “For I know that my Redeemer liveth… though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” (Job 19:25-26); “… willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord,” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain,” (Revelation 21:1-4).

“For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” 

Psalm 119:89

                                                                    

America in Bible Prophecy

There has been a search on for years of where and if the country of America is mentioned in the Scriptures. Unlike the countries of Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Spain, and Syria, to name a few, America’s name is nowhere to be found in the Bible. During the First Gulf War in 1991 as scud missiles rained down upon Israel from Iraq, referred to as Babylon in Scripture, there were those who wondered if America was the “great nation” mentioned in Jeremiah 50:41 who would bring total destruction to the land of Babylon, never to be inhabited again (Isaiah 13:19-22). Alas it was not, at least at that time, but America is found in Scripture as God rules over the nations of men (Daniel 4:17).

America can be found as a faithful friend in the creation of the State of Israel, born in a day on May 14, 1948 as prophesied in Isaiah 66:8. The United States under President Harry S. Truman was the first country to extend formal recognition of the State of Israel within hours after David Ben-Gurion officially announced its establishment in Tel Aviv. America continues to support the nation knowing of God’s promise that Jesus will one day return to the earth and reign in the City of Jerusalem upon the Throne of David during the Millennium (Luke 1:31-33; Revelation 20).

American churches have also been instrumental in the sending and financing of the vast majority of Bible-believing missionaries who have fanned out across the world, teaching all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” ( Matthew 28:19-20), fulfilling the Great Commission. The Gospel is preached on every continent because of the commitment of every Christian missionary to be His witness, sharing the Good News wherever He leads them at home or abroad.

The American invention of the Internet has provided the opportunity for the Gospel to reach unto the uttermost part of the earth before Jesus’ return (Acts 1:8). God’s Word can be heard, read, studied via the Internet in the jungles of South America, the deserts of Arabia, on the waters of the seven seas, on the frozen tundras of the North and South Poles. There is nowhere on earth the message of God’s salvation is not available to anyone who is willing to hear, as Jesus foretold before His death on the cross concerning the last days in Matthew 24:14, And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Is America in Bible prophecy? YES she is, and may God continue to use her for His Honor and Glory despite the wicked intentions of the evil one referred to as the Devil, God’s already defeated enemy whose head was crushed by JESUS’ heel on Calvary (Genesis 3:15).

Journey of a Lifetime

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child reaches far beyond the gift boxes delivered to millions of children each year. A 12-week Bible study provided through local churches and volunteers in countries all over the world titled “The Greatest Journey” is made available to the children who receive the boxes . Through the Bible study over three million children have made decisions for Christ, lives have been changed, and homes restored since 2010. This video documents those changes as the Gospel goes forth into all the world. “The harvest truly is plenteous” (Matthew 9:37).

 

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

Here am I; send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

In Times Like These

“In times like these, we need a Savior                                                                                                              In times like these, we need an anchor                                                                                                       Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                                 Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

In times like these oh be not idle                                                                                                                     In times like these we need the Bible                                                                                                           Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                              Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one                                                                                                           This Rock is Jesus, The only One                                                                                                                     Be very sure, be very sure                                                                                                                              Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock”

(Ruth Caye Jones, 1944)

 

Reading the Old to Understand the New

The Book of Matthew in the New Testament opens with the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Out of the long list of names recorded several are familiar from the Old Testament:  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;  Boaz and Ruth;  Jesse, David and Solomon. As the birth of Jesus unfolds in the second chapter of the Book, several verses refer back to what was written previously in the Old Testament. To fully understand the New Testament one must also read the Old, for the Old Covenant introduces the New Covenant founded upon Christ alone as the Sacrifice for sin.

  • When King Herod questioned the chief priests and scribes where the Promised Messiah would be born, “They said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea,” relying upon the Prophet Micah’s prophesy in the Old Testament, “…out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting,” (Matthew 2:4-6; Micah 5:2).
  • When the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee with his young family to Egypt “until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him,” it was the Prophet Hosea the Lord had spoken to and had written 750 years earlier found in the Old Testament, “I… called My Son out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-15; Hosea 11:1). 
  • As King Herod saw that he was mocked by the return of the magi to their own country another way and called for the slaughter of all children two years and under, Matthew recalls Jeremiah the prophet saying, “Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not,” (Matthew 2:16-18; Jeremiah 31:15).
  • Settling in Nazareth upon their return from Egypt, more prophesies written in the Old Testament are noted concerning Jesus, in that, “He shall be called a Nazarene,” a community where residents were often despised and rejected, as Nathanael said to Philip upon his invitation for Nathanael to come see Jesus, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” In Psalm 22 David wrote of the Promised Messiah of the New Testament,But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him.” The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “His Holy One, to Him whom man despiseth, to Him whom the nation abhorreth,” and also, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief… He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” (Matthew2:23; John 1:46; Psalm 22:6-8; Isaiah 49:7; 53:3).

As one continues reading throughout the Book of Matthew and beyond, reference upon reference is made back to the Old Testament. The Prophet Isaiah wrote in the Old Testament of John the Baptist’s ministry recorded in Matthew chapter three (Isaiah 40:3). Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in chapter four records Jesus quoting Old Testament Scripture in answer to Satan’s twisting of Scripture. Just as the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:16 writes of the Body of Christ, the Church, being “the whole body fitly joined together,” both the Old Testament and the New Testament fit wholly together, hand in glove. To understand the New, one must be familiar with the Old.

 

Answers to Life’s Questions

QuestionsEveryone is confronted with trying to answer the questions of life within their own personal sphere. Questions such as “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “Where am I going?” plague the minds of every individual born into this world. Many search throughout their entire lifetime for answers only to find their search fruitless, never coming to fully understand the meaning of life. The world offers many opportunities to promote man’s search but the answers to life’s questions can only be found in God’s Word, the Bible.

“Who am I?” –

The Bible clearly states that every one born into this world is a CREATION of GOD. Adam, the first human, was created from the dust of the ground, and God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” and he became a living soul made in God’s own image. David, the Psalmist wrote, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Thy works. The word of the LORD came to the Prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” (Genesis 1:26-27 2:7; Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 1:4-5)

The ANSWER to “Who am I?” is, I am a Creation of God, made in His image after His likeness, fashioned by the works of His hands.

“Why am I here?” –

In the Book of Revelation the Apostle John wrote of those he saw worshipping in Heaven “fall down before Him that sat on the Throne… saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy PLEASURE they are and were created.” The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 4:11)

The ANSWER to “Why am I here?” is, for God’s pleasure He made me to glorify Him in all that I do.

“What am I to do?” –

Jesus tells us exactly what we are to do when He taught His disciples how to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven… Thy WILL be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Further when asked what was the greatest commandment to be obeyed, Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” (Matthew 6:9-10; Mark 12:28-30)

The ANSWER to “What am I to do?” is, to do the Father’s Will each and every day, obeying His commands and statues revealed in His Word.

How am I to live?

During Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness He informed Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In His closing remarks in the Sermon on the Mount, He likened a wise man as one who builds his house upon a rock. Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone and the Rock of Salvation referred to in Scripture. (Matthew 4:4; 7:24; Ephesians 2:20)

The ANSWER to “How am I to live?” is, the source of the meaning of living life is found in the very words of God Himself found in His Word. By reading His Word and heeding what is written therein, you will live a life more abundant than ever thought possible.

“When will I leave this world?” –

We are forewarned in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die.” The Psalmist David wrote, The days of our years are threescore (60) years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (80)… it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days.” David told his friend Jonathan, “Truly as the LORD liveth… there is but a step between me and death.” (I Samuel 20:3; Psalm 90:10,12)

The ANSWER to “When will I leave this world?” is, at any time on any day God will call us to keep our appointment with Him.

“Where will I go?” –

Jesus told His disciples who believed He truly was the Son of God that He would be going to “prepare a place for you… that where I am, there ye may be also. In contrast, a place has also been prepared for the Devil and his angels, known as demons, to be cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” In addition, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life” will also be cast into the lake of fire. (Matthew 25:41; John 14:2-3; Revelation 19:20, 20:10,15)

The ANSWER to “Where will I go?” is, for those who have repented of their sin and trusted Christ as their Savior, Heaven awaits them. For those who reject Christ and His offer of salvation, the torment of Hell awaits them as they draw their last breath in this life.

“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 10:13

The BIBLE – The Story of God

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Contains 66 books

Variety of genres:  History, Poetry, Prophecy, Wisdom, Literature, Letters, Apocalyptic

Written by 40 different authors

Various author backgrounds:  Shepherds, Fishermen, Doctor, Kings, Prophets, & others

Written over 1,500 years

Written in 3 different languages:  Hebrew (Old Testament), Greek, & Aramaic (New Testament)

Written on 3 different continents:  Africa, Asia, & Europe

A common storyline:  Creation, The Fall, Redemption

A common theme:  God’s love for all mankind

A common message – Salvation is available to all who repent of sin

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Scripture is full of references to God instructing His words be recorded for posterity. Moses was told to, “Write this for a memorial in a book,” (Exodus 17:14). The Prophet Jeremiah was commanded to “Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book,” (Jeremiah 30:2). The Apostle John was told to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” (Revelation 1:19). To read the Bible is to read God’s Own Words written for every generation to read and learn of Him, and know Him.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;

but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 40:8