"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Sunday, January 20, 2019


~ By James Fire

What we have seen thus far in this book, with its introduction of Jesus Christ the faithful witness, a declaration of His redemptive work, the prophecy of the Return of the (real!) King; the further declaration of the Deity of Christ as the Alpha and Omega. We see that He is also The Risen LORD over the church, that we examined in Revelation 1.

Revelation 2 and Revelation 3 are the LORD’s pronouncements over the seven churches, rendering to each His commendations and judgments.

Revelation 4 shows John the apostle transported into heaven, where he beholds God upon His throne and the creatures there paying homage to the LORD God of all creation.

Which brings us to Revelation 5 and the remarkable revelatory truths of Christ as our Holy Redeemer. Without a comprehensive understanding of this chapter, the fullest comprehension of the doctrine of redemption will not be realized. And we gain much insight into this chapter by studying the book of Ruth and the role of the kinsman goel or redeemer.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

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

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire
Chapter Six – by James Fire 

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose

We will be venturing into rather strange, even bizarre territory in this chapter. The reason we will perceive this as so outlandish, is because what happens here is anything but common among human experiences. Let’s get right into examining these passages, and you’ll see what I mean pretty quickly.

Men here are populating the entire Earth. In Chapter four we read about cities being built and existed in the days of Abel and Cain (GEN 4:17). The world was starting to get filled up. Estimates suggest there could be anywhere from 1-3 billion people or more on the Earth by now. 

Note that it speaks of “daughters of men” here – but no mention of sons: were there only girls born? No, of course not – but it mentions the daughters for specific reason. The text contrasts these daughters of men (“Benoth Adawm”) with another group: the sons of God (“B'nai HaElohim”). The daughters of Adam, that’s pretty straight forward: human females who are the descendants of Adam.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

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

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Five – by James Fire 
What we are holding in our laps is the Bible; we get the term ‘Bible’ from the Latin word biblos, meaning book. And we sometimes refer to this message from God as ‘The Good Book’.

In all actuality, this book comprises a library of books – 66 books, written by more than forty different writers, over thousands of years of time, across three different continents, in three different languages. The writers comprised of a wide array of people from all walks of life: everyone from kings and priests, to prophets and seers, to noblemen and statesmen, to ranchers and shepherds, generals, fishermen, judges, etc.

And as they wrote these books, very few of them had access to the other writers and their writings, so they couldn’t ‘compare notes’ and find out what the others said about the many subjects of the Bible.

And yet for all of these variables, when one reads this book, it reads like it’s not from a wide range of authors, but from a single author – and that’s because it is!

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Sunday, January 6, 2019


~ By James Fire

The Authority of the Believer - in Christ. And that is where our authority resides: “IN Christ” and from no other place does our spiritual authority issue!

Webster’s Dictionary definitions of “authority”:

~ a citation (as from a book*) used in defense or support of a plaintiff seeking legal remedy. *We have the Word of God as the Book from which we have our defense and support.
~ the source material from which such a citation is drawn.
~ A conclusive statement or set of statements (such as an official decision of the court).
In God’s court we who were declared guilty of sin have been made innocent by the blood of Jesus, and it’s the holy and new covenant established by the LORD Himself that we have the authority to be declared innocent!
~ A testimony – we have the testimony of God’s own written Word as the spiritual authority on which we stand!
And other definitions besides:

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As previously stated in Chapter One, the LORD Himself dictated what John would write concerning this revelation: “the things that [John] had seen”, namely the vision of Christ among the seven lampstands and those things recorded in this initial chapter. 
Then “the things which are” – those churches and their situations as recorded in Chapters Two and Three, and finally “the things which shall be hereafter” (metatauta or literally “after these things”) – those things that will occur after the histories of those seven churches (REV 1:19). 

The word "hereafter" is a pivotal point in which those things past are finalized, and that which is ahead is something entirely different or new – which presently is the perspective of this apostle as he is transitioned from the Earth to the heavenly domain where the remainder of this revelation is granted to him.

This transition is remarkable in more ways than just the apostle’s relocation, but in the relocation of the church herself (represented by the seven lampstands as seen in Chapter One). As well as this, the tenure of God’s plan of the ages is also in transition, how He deals with the enemies of Israel and the world at large.

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