Following the Resurrection of Christ those who had so vehemently sought for His death were left with an Empty Tomb. The watchmen who had been assigned to guard the tomb were given large sums of money by the chief priests with instructions to say to anyone who asked, “His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while we slept.” In Jewish culture today this belief is still “commonly reported among the Jews until this day,” as Matthew recorded in his day (Matthew 28:11-15). For a Jew to finally meet the Messiah the Old Testament Prophets foretold about is truly life-changing.
As the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, God spoke to Moses concerning His statutes and judgments they were to obey once they entered the Promised Land in order to receive His blessings. God spelled out for them what they should eat (Leviticus 11), how to curb the spread of leprosy (Leviticus 13-14), the importance of personal hygiene (Leviticus 15), and how to conduct themselves in the new land they would inherit (Leviticus 19).
God’s words to Moses to speak to the Children of Israel included the familiar “Ye shall not steal;” “Neither lie one to another;” “Neither shalt thou profane the Name of thy God,” (Leviticus 19:11-12). The LORD further related to Moses the Children of Israel were not to turn to idols (v.4), they were to give their offerings to Him of their own free will (v.5), pay those they hired (v.13), and were not to be talebearers (v.16). They were also not to eat anything with the blood, use enchantments, nor observe times of supposedly good days or bad days for human activity (v.26).
In order to “Be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy,” (v.2), God instructed Moses to “not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind,” (v.19). From the days of Creation each animal was designed by God to reproduce after its kind. The mixing of different animals to produce a new type of animal was forbidden by God. The same applied to different seeds being “mingled” together to form a new type of plant, or a garment made of an alternative type of fabric that combined linen with wool. In order to keep the strains pure, God instructed Moses to admonish the Children of Israel to abstain from any attempts at these practices, which were part of idol worship taking place in the land they would inherit.
Included in the idol worship of the Canaanites was the rounding of the corners of their heads and marring the corners of their beards, cutting themselves to mourn the dead, and printing marks upon themselves. God forbade the Children of Israel to participate in any form of idol worship, for “I am the LORD” (vs.27-28).
God’s instructions to the Children of Israel to “keep all My statutes, and all My judgments, and do them,” was to cause them not to be spewed out of the land as was happening to those He was removing for them to occupy the land. God said, “Ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.” The inheritance of the Children of Israel of the land flowing with milk and honey for which God laid out strict instructions was for His people to know, “I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people… I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be Mine,” (Leviticus 20:22-26).
Nation of Israel
The Nation of Israel is proof of God’s existence. As the Children of Israel made their way into the Promised Land given to them by God at the culmination of their Exodus from Egypt, they were admonished not to follow after the gods of those who inhabited the land. It wasn’t long before the Children of Israel began to wander off into idolatry and began to sin against the commands of God given to them during their sojourn in the wilderness. After being taken into captivity by foreign kingdoms, allowed to return to their land and rebuild the Temple, only to come under Roman occupation and crucify the Son of God, the Jewish people were scattered to the four corners of the earth for almost 2,000 years. The re-gathering of the people back into their land in recent years is fulfillment of God’s prophesy in Scripture that such an event would take place in the last days as all nations of the earth will come against Israel, her people, and the City of Jerusalem. No other nation of people in the history of mankind has been preserved and re-established.
In six days God created all the things man would need to live on this earth, including rest on the seventh day. Every tree, plant and herb was created to give man what he would need to nourish life on this earth and build shelter for himself and his family. Every animal God created serves a purpose in continuing life on this planet. God created just the right mixture of gases in the atmosphere and molecules in the water to sustain life. The changing of the seasons remains fixed year in and year out, along with the rising and setting of the sun at just the right distance from the earth each and every day. The creation and ongoing life on this planet is testimony to the proof of God.
If not for God, man would not exist. The idea of man did not come from man. It was God who formed the first man from the dust of the ground. It was the breath of God blown into man’s nostrils that allowed man to begin to breathe and continue to breathe. It is the intricate pumping of the heart and the flow of man’s blood as designed by God that keeps a body from death. The very existence of man and the continued propagation of mankind up to this time is proof of God.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the freedom of the City of Jerusalem following the Six-Day War in 1967, a newly released film titled “I AM ISRAEL,” produced by David Kiern and Elul 25 Foundation, is being made available to churches and small groups at no cost from May 23 – June 25, 2017. Experience the Miracle that is ISRAEL.
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Follow in the footsteps of JESUS as sung and portrayed by Carroll Roberson in his music video, “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.”
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).
Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 6:14, “O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepeth covenant, and sheweth mercy unto Thy servants, that walk before Thee with all their hearts.”
Solomon’s Kingdom Established – Chapter 1
Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple – Chapter 2
Solomon Builds the Temple – Chapters 3-4
Ark Brought to the Temple – Chapter 5
Solomon Dedicates Temple – Chapter 6
God Accepts the Temple – Chapter 7
Solomon’s Fame Spreads – Chapters 8-9
Kingdom Divides into Judah & Israel – Chapters 10-12
Southern Kingdom’s Loyalty to Temple – Chapters 13-36
People of Judah Taken Captive to Babylon – Chapter 36
Cyrus’ Decree to Rebuild the Temple – Chapter 36