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Sunday, September 22, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter TWENTY ONE


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: GENESIS 21 – Ishmael Must Go! 

GENESIS 21 – “The Birth of Isaac” by Sonny Islas

THE ULTIMATE PROMISE KEEPER 

Introduction: In verses 1, 2 Moses highlights the fact that our God is the God of His Word: i.e., “as He has said,” “a He has spoken,” and “at the set time of which God had spoken to him.’’ In just those two verses we read “God is faithful, faithful, faithful” – believable, trustworthy, and reliable. We’re going to park here on this point for a moment.

Here and in many other places in scripture we find that our God is the Ultimate Promise Keeper. He promised, He would never flood the earth again (Genesis 9:13-16), He promised a son to Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 15:4), He promised to give them the land of Canaan (Genesis 15:7-9); He promised David he would be King (2 Samuel 7). He promised to give Israel and Judah over to captivity (Isaiah 5:13); He promised to bring them back (Jeremiah 15:7). He promised to build His church (Matthew 16:18), He promised to come back for His church as well (John 14:1-3). He promised that Eve’s seed (Jesus) would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15; Satan) and behold the Cross of Christ! Yahweh is “Faithful and True” – it’s His Name (Rev. 19:11). If He said it, He will do it!

This is a very beautiful and important attribute of God that every believer must embrace whole heartedly: that is, that “God is faithful” and that “He is not like fallen man that He should lie.” Regarding God’s promise to bless Israel. 

Numbers 23:19 says,
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
There is no one more trustworthy than Him! (So why is it we sometimes have such difficulty trusting Him?) When it comes to knowing truth, we can Take His Word For It!

On the other hand, Satan and man are the ultimate promise breakers. The world is filled with broken promises! We find it in daily advertisements and products - “Just buy this and you’ll be happy! (until it runs out and you have to buy another one)”, “Look 50 years younger!”, “Cause every woman or man to be attracted to you”, “Makes you feel 30 years younger!”, “Makes you wiser or stronger”. 

We find broken promises in engagements, marriages, in the work force, in the universities, in false religions, in politics (they promise one thing to get votes, then break it once elected) and so on. I told my mother-in–law that I was going to work on her house this Monday and I wasn’t able to – that’s just another broken promise to add to the broken promises pile!

Be encouraged by this: While the world is filled with trillions of broken promises, you won’t find one broken promise with God! Here is a very important lesson and point:
When we speak about the promises of God, we have to be very careful not to mistake God’s promises with our desires, expectations and prayer petitions (for example, God clearly promised Abraham and Sarah a son -  both audibly and personally, plus it was written and recorded by Moses insured by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in this world, in this life, God has not personally promised us children, a big family, the best marriage; a high paying, excellent job; riches and perfect health or a well-known thriving ministry. 

If there is not a specific verse that says, “[your name here], God has promised you that you will live to be 110 years old without a pain in your body” we can’t claim it or get angry with God if it doesn’t happen just because it’s something we desire or expect or pray for!

We can ask (pray) and believe the LORD for these things and it must be done humbly, with faith and according to His will YET He may or may not do it. On the other hand, ALL and I repeat ALL that is written, He will do! See Psalm 33:11; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 46:10.

Through His written Word, God has clearly promised us: trials, suffering and tribulations (James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 4:12), that the world will hate us (John 15:18-19; 17:14; 1 John 3:13), He’s also promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20) and never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), He’s promised to give us who believe a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:3,5; 1 Peter 1:23), wisdom when we ask (James 1:5); He promised that no one can pluck us out of His hand (John 10:29), He finishes what He starts (Philippians 1:6), He promises peace when trust in Him (Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:7-9), eternal life (Romans 6:23b); resurrected, glorified bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-55), His return for us (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7,10), a seat at His right hand in glory (Revelation 3:21),  etc. etc. etc.

The clear, written promises in God's Word are according to His perfect will, and ours to claim (1 John 5:14) and those things that are not written we can ask for in faith, then patiently wait on His loving answer.

2 Corinthians 1:20 says,
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” All the promises that are in Jesus and are written are yes and amen NOT all our request, expectations and desires (though at times they too will be yes and amen) according to our faith and the good pleasure and plans of God.

So, then God made a clear promise to Abraham and Sarah and kept it! The prince was finally born. The waiting and wondering were over. Sarah’s womb was opened. Her bareness along with its shame and scorn has ended. The long 25-year wait is done! Their sorrow turned to joy. This was high time for rejoicing!

Abraham called… him Isaac” which means laughter. He was named laughter because Sarai laughed in disbelief 25 years ago but now, she laughs with tears of absolute joy and wonder at God’s faithfulness and sense of humor – giving a baby to a 90 and 100-year-old couple.

I’m sure some of us here today laugh with joy and wonder at what the LORD has done in our lives, right? We look back and never imagined that we would be where we are today. I look back and see that I could have died just like my buddies or overdosed on drugs or ended up in jail but by God’s amazing grace, I chuckle with joy when I’m alone with God in prayer and I say “LORD you’ve been too good to me!”

I also believe that when we finally get to heaven and see with our eyes all of God’s promises kept and accomplished – like seeing brother James (Fire) with a new mane of jet-black hair, we’re going to laugh with wonder and joy! 
We’re going to say “Jesus said it and did it! We’re finally here!

Isaac’s birth as beautiful as it was, is actually just another piece of the great puzzle, another page in the story of redemption, another pixel in the big screen, the big picture. Again, all this points to the ball rolling forward and getting closer to the main event – Jesus the Messiah’s arrival! His life, His death and resurrection!

Isaac was born approximately 2000 years after Adam and two thousand years before Jesus. The promised son was born in the middle of the first Adam and the last Adam. I wonder if the Triune God looked down at Abraham holding Isaac up in his arms said only two thousand years to go and the Son of sons will be given to save the world and crush the serpent’s head!

Sarah saw (Ishmael) scoffing” At this point Ishmael is about 16 years old and It could very well be that he was saying rude and cruel things (being his mom’s parrot?) pertaining to him being the first born and therefore in his and his mom’s eyes – the rightful heir because of what Sarah says in verse 10.

Paul refers to this incident in Galatians 4:29 and it’s spiritual and symbolic meaning. “But, as he (Ishmael) who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him (Isaac) who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now.” In other words, Ismael represents an attempt at salvation by works according to Old Testament Law and the Isaac represents genuine salvation by grace according to New Testament promise. Ishmael represents all false religion (bondage) and Isaac represents the truth in Jesus (freedom).

Ishmael attacks Isaac like Cain attacked Abel (Genesis 4:8), the Pharisees attacked Jesus (Matthew 12:14; Mark 15:13-14), the Judaizers attacked Paul (Galatians 2:4-5) and the world attacks the true Church (Matthew 5:10-11).

Also, let us learn a lesson from Ishmael and Hagar: don’t be like this immature kid by crashing the party and ruin a celebration with our uncalled for words and bad attitudes but rather bring a gift! Paul tells the believers in Rome, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).

Sarah was fed up and said cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son.”
She told them “Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more – hit the road Jack!

This cast out spiritually speaking also refers to “cast off the sinful deeds of the flesh.”
Romans 13:12
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light
.

Colossians 2:11
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ
:

Ephesians 4:21-23
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind
;

Bread and a skin [a bottle] of water 
He sent him with very little – why did he do that? Didn’t he love his son Ishmael? Abraham remembered and believed what God said, that He would make a great nation out of Ishmael. He knew that God would provide and didn’t want to send them loaded and burdened with the weight of a lot of stuff.

We learn some lessons here: When we can’t do no more for our children, we turn them over completely to God’s care in faith. Also, at times we need to give our children less so that they can trust in God more for themselves more – like Ishmael who cried out to God for help!
Had Abraham given Ishmael a well per se instead of a water bottle Ishmael may have never called on the LORD - parents who spoil their children may steal the possibility of their children ever calling on the LORD themselves for what they need.

Also, notice that Abraham provide a Thirst Buster, but God provided a well. Hagar cried out to God - In times of complete dryness and in total despair and helplessness - cry out to God! Abimelech and Phichol said to Abraham, “God is with you (He Who is Immanuel) in all you do” (Genesis 21:22; “do”, that’s integrity). 

Abraham’s relationship was noticeable to unbelievers – is ours? Abraham had the greatest of all blessings: the presence of God in his life. A man of integrity and joy. A worshipful man. A man of prayer and great faith. A trustworthy man.

A quote from Spurgeon:
I think that the greatest blessing God ever gives to a man is His own presence. If I had my choice of all the blessings of this life, I certainly should not ask for wealth, for that can bring no ease; and I certainly should not ask for popularity, for there is no rest to the man upon whose words men constantly wait, and it is a hard task one has to perform in such a case as that; but I should choose, as my highest honor, to have God always with me.”

And there called on the Name of the LORD” – Abraham fashioned landmarks, locations of sanctuaries for communion with and worship of the LORD - have we? Do we have designated spots where we seek the LORD in prayer and meditate on His Word and ways daily? This is the key to a rich life; to spend quality time with God daily. Conflict after conflict… didn’t draw Abraham further from God but closer to God. This is the sign and mark of a strong Christian who walks by faith and not by sight!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

ENNEAGRAM – A BENEFIT Or A BANE: A TTUF Investigation, PARTS I and II


By James Fire

PART ONE:

The LORD Jesus Christ in warning against false prophets told us that good trees don’t bear corrupt fruit; nor do corrupt trees bring forth good fruit. Obviously, false prophets are corrupt trees in this parable that cannot bring forth good fruit. And we are to discern (“judge”) such fruit as to its quality – either good or corrupt (MATT 7:15-20).

There are so many ‘fads’ (to put it mildly) and so-called ‘new (read that false) revelations’ (to put it bluntly) coming into the church, it’s a wonder that there are any vestiges of true Christianity to be found anywhere in churches today!
This article is an expose on this methodology and discipline known as the Enneagram. I came across a video on my Facebook newsfeed and being curious about it, viewed the presentation. Needless to say, I felt a need to address this as it’s quickly becoming a phenomenon, embraced by Roman Catholics, Emergent Church folk, Evangelicals who are adopting it as fervently as the more typical adherents of this discipline have done for centuries among mystics, New Spirituality seekers and Sufis as a tool for things ranging from a system to distinguish personality types and traits, to a means of obtaining spiritual transformation.
To get a basic idea of what this is, I quote from GOT QUESTIONS (Note: I provide a disclaimer here on this article regarding the potentially benign usefulness of the Enneagram as a method “to identify personality types”):

A QUESTION ABOUT The ENNEAGRAM

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter TWENTY




Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: Old Natures Never Die GEN 20  

GENESIS 20 – by James Fire

Introduction: Our walk with the LORD is a process, one step at a time – and at times it’s three steps forward and two steps back, or four steps forward and one step back. There are times when, after experiencing a victory over sin, that we re-visit the temptation and fall back into what we were delivered from previously.

We see this in the ‘repeat performance’ of Abraham in this chapter, and how he somewhat blundered it. But we also witness the grace and tender mercies of GOD, being patient with his – and our own – repeat performances in failing to resist sin and temptations.

GENESIS 20:1-18

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter NINETEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire
Studies by Ray Steadman: The Wasted Years GEN 19
  
GENESIS 19:1-38 – by James Fire 
Watch the FB Video of this teaching here (8/07/19)

Introduction:
We are constantly making choices in our lives; some good and some bad – and we have to live with the consequences of those choices. All too often we find ourselves in trouble of our own making because of unwise decisions and taking directions in life that lead to potential disaster, or even disaster itself.

When we contrast the lives of Abraham and his nephew Lot, we see the truth of this. Abraham was not without his own unwise decisions; the same goes for Sarah his wife – point in case: Hagar and the subsequent birth of Ishmael, whose decedents even today are a constant thorn in Israel’s side. But then as Abraham grows in his faith, we see his life becomes blessed with spiritual stability and maturity (though he still stumbles here and there on occasion – as we will see in Chapter 20).

But as we consider the life of Lot, he just goes from bad to worse, making one bad decision after another – even though, the Scriptures attest to the truth that his soul was just, and it was grieved for the wickedness of Sodom (2 PET 2:7; Do we know how he feels, living in this wicked world?).
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter EIGHTEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: When GOD Comes To Dinner GEN 18:1-15
Studies by Ray Steadman: How Prayer Works GEN 18:16-33


GENESIS 18: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS – by Sonny Islas
(We were not able to make a video recording of this teaching)

Introduction:
From GEN 18:1-15 Yahweh (God) shares Good News with Sarah “Sarah’s having a baby!” the son of Promise (Isaac).  
From verses 16-33 Yahweh shares Bad News with Abraham about His just judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

A TTUF CALL On APOSTASY: Time To Name Names: Message from The ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church

The following is based on three teachings by pastor Sonny Islas of ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church entitled, Time To Name Name's.
Pastor SONNY ISLAS

Sonny lists various teachers who are accepted among too many churches, most of them, having churches of their own, or speak at the pulpits of said churches, but are nevertheless, false teachers promoting false doctrines.
I will list the videos of these teachings as they've been posted on Facebook, and the names of false teachers mentioned are hyper-linked to articles that show from Scripture that they are not true to the Word of GOD and the doctrine of the genuine church of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Along with these, I will post different TTUF articles, videos and other materials that deal with this subject matter.
There is quite a lot of material here to keep you reading and watching for quite some time, so I'll not add any more commentary as these videos by pastor Sonny, along with these other articles and videos are more than enough to express the truth of our situation in these last days before the RETURN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST! MARANATHA!


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter SEVENTEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: The Circumcised Life

GENESIS 17 – by James Fire
Watch the video teaching on Facebook here, taught at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church.

Introduction:
The LORD appeared to Abraham in a vision back in GENESIS 15: that was the second time He did this; the first time in chapter 12:7, 12 years before chapter 15. Now we are in Chapter 17, which is 13 years after the last chapter when he was 86 years old. He’s 99 years old now, almost 100 – and still – no child from Sarah.

The last time we were in Chapter 16 and pastor Sonny said:
“…Sarai was blind to the fact that God was going to use her young [as well as her] old age barrenness in an incredible way! It was when Sarai could no longer scheme or naturally have a baby (90 yrs old) when God came through to show Himself mighty!
Sometimes, God will allow us to scheme and squirm, try, fail and fold (even brake) before He sends down the blessing. This way we don’t try and take any credit for His magnificent work. Sometimes we’re too strong and clever for God to bless us. In 2 COR 12:9 The LORD tells Paul ‘My power is made perfect in weakness.’”

And remember the story of Gideon, who had his ten thousand men, and GOD reduced his forces down to a measly 300 – just so that the children of Israel would know Who really won the war against the enemy!

GENESIS 17:1-2
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly
.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A TTUF LOOK at REPENTANCE – WHAT IS IT and IS IT NECESSARY?


~ by James Fire

In this day and age, sound doctrine is not being tolerated by the professing/apostate church in startlingly increasing degrees (2 TIM 4:3); likewise, there are legitimate and necessary contentions for “the faith” in our stand for the truth that must happen (JUDE 1:3). Additionally, left and right there are disputes between Dispensationalists and Covenant Theologians (TTUF will be doing an article or possibly a three-part series on Dispensationalism in the near future); between Calvinists and Armenians, between Baptismal Regenerationists and strict Blood atonement salvationists, Baptists (Cessationists) and Pentecostals (Non-Cessationists) and so on and so forth.

Then we have this issue of repentance – some say that a soul cannot be saved until they repent, while others say the Gospel doesn’t contain the pre-requisite of repentance. What is the truth of the matter?

While I hold no pretentions that I will solve this debate for everyone, I will share my views on what I believe the Scriptures teach, in the hopes that those who are uncertain and need instruction will find this article useful and encourage them in their own study of this doctrine.
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GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter SIXTEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Stedman – It All Depends on Me

GOD’S WAY OR THE HARD WAY? GENESIS 16:1-16 – by Sonny Islas

Listen to the audio presentation of this teaching (and others as well!) here.

In Genesis 16 we’ll find that we can either do things God’s Way or we can do things our way (which then leads to learning the hard way). God made a promise to Abram (which automatically includes his wife Sarai because they are one; Matt 19:5) that He would bless them with a child (aka the Son of Promise). But because Sarai was unable to bear children, she devised an evil plan that painfully flopped. Sadly, Sarai and Abram had to learn the hard way because impatience and desire took the place of God’s way and timing.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter SEVEN


~ by James Fire

Introduction: From Chuck Missler’s study in REVELATION we have these insights:
Chapter 6 concludes with the statement, “For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” This next chapter seems to respond to that question.
In each of the major series of “sevens”—the seals, trumpets, and bowls—we notice that there always appears to be an inserted parenthetical passage between the 6th and 7th of each series. Having completed 6 of the 7 seals, Chapter 7 pauses for some amplification before we continue with the 7th seal in Chapter 8. Israel is the centerpiece in the Old Testament; and it now re-emerges as the centerpiece of God’s climax in Revelation. (It is also the centerpiece in the New Testament, but there is a lot of misunderstanding just how.)

It is interesting how Israel, again, is at the center of world events today. Chapter 7 deals with the “sealing” of the 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes.

Basically then, this chapter and others that insert these parenthetical events between the 6th and 7th seals, trumpets and bowls are a kind of dramatic pause that focuses attention on some things that the Holy Spirit deems worthy of His time to reveal, and for us to study.
So, let’s find out what we may, by the Spirit of GOD Who inspired the Scriptures, may we be granted understanding by the same Spirit.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter FIFTEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire


GENESIS 15:1-6 Faith Conquering Fear  and
GENESIS 15:7-21 The Furnace and the Lamp  – both by Ray Stedman

Chapter Fifteen – by James Fire - here is the video teaching recorded at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church.

In this chapter the LORD appears to Abram; this is the second time that He does so, the first time in Chapter 12:7, but that was about 12 years ago.

The LORD always appears when He is most needed, not necessarily in a vision, but His presence that gives us peace when we are afraid and need comfort, or through the revelation of His Word to grant us guidance when we are confused and need direction. Scripture states that He is a very present help in time of trouble (PS. 46:1).

Here the LORD’s Word comes to Abram and He declares Who He is and what He intends for this man, the father of the faith, whose example we follow as we walk by faith and not by sight (2 COR 5:7). And the LORD God declares the same to us, His children.  We know Who He is; our Abba Father, our LORD Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit our Comforter – and we know He has blessed and awesome plans for us (EPH 2:10; JER 29:11).

GOD brings a glorious revelation to Abram here, and we recognize the binding oath of a covenant which is known as the Abrahamic covenant, the central focus of this chapter.
There are seven covenants in the Bible that the LORD makes with the people of this world, four of which are made explicitly with Israel alone (Abrahamic covenant, Palestinian – or Land Covenant, Mosaic and Davidic covenant); the other three (Adamic, Noahic and the New Covenant) are made with all humanity and not limited to Israel.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

The JUDGMENT SEAT Of CHRIST – PART 3 of 3


By Lambert Dolphin

Bema Now
I woke with a start Sunday morning about 5 AM with a verse of Scripture in my mind,
“...we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses (tsĕdaqah) are like filthy
(menstrual) rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities
, (‘avon) like the wind,
Have taken us away
.”

It’s from Isaiah 64 I found out after consulting Blue Letter Bible. I did not at first realize that the closing chapters of Isaiah were addressed to Israel. I thought about the Judgment Seat of Christ which all followers of Jesus Christ will experience when they die or at the Rapture of the true Church.

When any follower of Jesus (who knows Jesus personally) dies (or “died”) he or she leaves earth’s constrained 4D space-time domain and time travels (I believe) to a great event in the heavenly places called the Bema (the Judgment Seat of Christ).

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Monday, June 10, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter FOURTEEN



Studies by Ray Steadman:
GENESIS 14:1-16When You Need A Friend 
GENESIS 14:17-24The Peril of Victory 

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire



Chapter Fourteen – by Sonny Islas

GENESIS 14MELCHIZEDEK BLESSES ABRAM                                                      
LORD give us the ability to really follow the story line in Genesis and to understand the role every main character play and how all that is written points to Jesus and His great story of salvation. Also, help us to apply all the practical principles that we run into. Amen.  

Genesis 14 is made up of two main events: 
1. Lot (Abram’s nephew) is kidnapped and is rescued by Abram. 
2. A very interesting individual named Melchizedek steps on the scene for the first time. He is a type of Christ (we’ll cover more of him in a moment)
The chapter begins a war and multiple raids: A powerful king named Chedor-laomer and his royal buddies (3 other kings) who are just, conquering, plundering and sweeping cities until he messed with the wrong guy – Abram and his God!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The JUDGMENT SEAT Of CHRIST – PART 2 of 3


~ By Lambert Dolphin

Before we press on in Part Two of this series, let’s recap just a little bit of what we read in Part One:

“. . .other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions and providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. 

Thus, did Western man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling. And, having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer, until at last, having educated himself into imbecility and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over, a weary, battered old brontosaurus, and became extinct.

“Well, the world of the 1st century looked very similarly bleak, and there was no more reason for hope in the days of the apostles than there is in our own times. Yet when you turn to the pages of the New Testament you never see the reaction of despair. There is a cry of triumph and of hope running through all these pages, although their circumstances did not look any more hopeful than ours.

“Notice how Paul puts it as he introduces this passage to us here. Verse 6, "So we are always of good courage"; then again in Verse 8, "We are of good courage." That note has been sounded again and again throughout this passage. In Verse 1 of Chapter 4 he says, "Having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart"; and in Verse 16 of Chapter 4 he says, "So we do not lose heart."

Now let’s continue with the second part of this series. . .

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter SIX: Part Two



~ By James Fire

We will now pick up where we left off in Part One of Chapter Six. Thus far we covered the first two seals on this scroll that the Son took from the Father, this title deed of the Earth and its inhabitants which was purchased by the very blood of the LAMB of GOD (REV 5:9).

The rider on the white horse we saw as GOD’s judgment on a Christ-rejecting world by giving them what they want (JOHN 5:43): the one world leader conquering (subduing, from the Greek verb nikao) the nations, by ‘arrow-less’ achievement. A bit of interesting legend about Nimrod's arrow in a little bit . . . 

The rider on the red horse is a judgment from GOD in the way of war – and as we observed before, it’s not until man ceases in his war against His Maker – rejecting both Him and His Righteous Rule and obtains peace with GOD (ROM 5:1-2), that there will be peace on Earth (LUKE 2:14), but not until then!

So now we move on to the other two of these four horsemen (Incidentally, we see a similar vision of four horses, but here with chariots, given to Zechariah in ZECH 6; like in REVELATION, these are sent to the earth from the presence of the LORD, and it specifies that these are “spirits” that are sent with a mission from GOD, and He will even use evil spirits to accomplish His purposes (1 KINGS 22:21), just as He used Satan himself in regards to Job; JOB 1:6-12; 2:1-6):

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter THIRTEEN

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Thirteen – by James Fire

Commentary on GENESIS by Ray Stedman - For the video teaching of this chapter, click here.

GENESIS 13:1-2
And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Egypt has long been a type of the world in Scripture – and here we have Abram leaving Egypt; an Old Testament example of sanctification from the sinful influences of this fallen world. Moses, more than four centuries after this point will declare to Pharaoh when admonished by the King of Egypt to stay, and when refused, he asked Moses to keep the animals in Egypt; it was then that he said: “we shall not so much as leave a hoof in Egypt!” (EXOD 10:26).

Abram was a very wealthy man and this would seem to go contrary to who GOD usually calls to His kingdom (GOD must really love poor people – He sure made a LOT of them!):

JAMES 2:5 
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The JUDGMENT SEAT Of CHRIST – PART 1 of 3


By Lambert Dolphin

The Bema is mentioned in two contexts in Acts and in the Epistles. One use of the word bema was to describe the reviewing stand where competing athletes in a race were evaluated and rewarded by a panel of judges:

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

The second use of “bema” in the New Testament is in connection with Roman rule over conquered peoples. The Roman overlords interfered as little as possible in domestic affairs, considering themselves morally superior to the pagans under them. They appointed governors with on-site jurisdiction, and in major cities they erected outdoor law courts where a visiting Procurator could visit periodically to mediate and enforce Rome’s absolutes. Several interesting situations confirming the civic center bema are recorded in the New Testament. The most notable example is in Acts 18.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter TWELVE


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Twelve – by Sonny Islas


GENESIS 12:1-3
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed
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GENESIS 1:1
Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you"
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  • It seems as though God called Abram when he was in Haran but ACTS 7:2 says,
    The God of glory appeared (God paid Abram a glorious personal visit) to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia (a region that covered both Babylon and Ur)before he dwelt in Haran,”

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter ELEVEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Eleven – by James Fire

Commentary on GENESIS by Ray Stedman 

To watch the video of this teaching, taught at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church, go here.


GENESIS 11:1-32 
Here we have the account of the Tower of Babel, the scattering of the unified people of the Earth, the division of languages, and the immediate ancestors of Abram and Sarai, that we come to know as Abraham and Sarah.

GENESIS 11:1-2
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there
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The entire population of the Earth at this time spoke the same language, shared the same vocabulary and written words. The power of a unified means of communication, along with the life-span of people, spanning hundreds of years (imagine how much knowledge and experience you could gather if you lived for 500 years or so!), is not to be underestimated.
We think of mankind in his early days as being primitive, but it was not at all the case. 

Mankind was created with profound intelligence – Adam possessed enough intelligence and creativity that he could name every creature on God’s Earth. Cain had enough ingenuity that he built, not a village or a town, but an entire city!

The people came to Shinar, later known as the region of Mesopotamia, and today the area covering mostly the country of Iraq.

GENESIS 11:3-4
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth
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Thursday, May 2, 2019

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter SIX: Part One

~ By James Fire


Before we venture into Chapter 6 and forward, we do well to remember the perspective of this book, and the meaning behind it. The Revelation of Jesus Christ entails everything about Him as the Second Person of the Trinity, the LORD JESUS: OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER, the LAMB of GOD as well as OUR AVENGER of BLOOD, The LION of JUDAH as well as the Judge of the whole Earth

For two thousand years, beginning with His earthly ministry that lasted in all likelihood about 3 years, testifying to the nation of Israel His people, and shortly after His resurrection, to be heralded to the Gentile nations by the apostles, as the Messiah of Israel, and LORD and Savior of all, people have heard the witness of the Risen Christ and His Gospel.
Yet He was (initially and up until this present time) rejected by His own nation (JOHN 1:11), and while the church grew with astounding rapidity among the Gentiles, the preponderance of the peoples of the Earth likewise rejected Him.

In each generation it is accounted as the greatest of tragedies, that people in the vast majority reject salvation in Christ; this supreme offering of grace by the Father, in sacrificing His own beloved and only begotten Son – His Holy and Righteous name being trodden down as an unclean thing:

HEBREWS 10:29
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

THE CONSPIRACY: Educational Abduction

by A.M. Kisly


"Yesterday’s conspiracy theories often become today’s incontrovertible facts." Not sure where this quote originated, but how true!

The misuse of the term "conspiracy" has become a tool for those who want the truth hidden from those being conspired against.  The clear effect of terms such as "conspiracy theory" is meant to silence people who suspect a conspiracy may be happening.  The misuse of the term is nothing more than a smokescreen that serves the interests of the guilty and powerful.

In 1993 a book was published called, "An Educational Abduction" by Brannon Howse.  The book was about Outcome-Based Education, Goals 2000, America 2000, and Educational Indoctrination.  The book uncovers an agenda and strategy to undermine the role of parents raising their own children, as Brannon rightly calls it, "An Educational Abduction," which I will get to in a minute.

As the world's elite powers unite to bring about a New World Order, government leaders, and educational elites continue to push legislation that literally seeks to change America from a free individual nation and erase our Judeo-Christian values.  In order to achieve their goals the state educators continue to implement programs that are more about global attitudes, values and New Age religion, rather than  academic achievement or cognitive knowledge. We've already seen this happen in the past several decades, and will continue to see even more outrageous legislation being passed in order to indoctrinate children to accept a new global standard, the one that the Antichrist will one day rule.

While this article exposes new legislation, which is old legislation revived, it is also an exhortation to a true commitment to Christ, and what we need to be doing as the days become more evil, and the coming of Christ draws ever closer.   

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