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Friday, April 16, 2021

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Four: Continuing the New Testament Examination


~ by James Fire

Having looked into the four Gospel accounts for Scripture regarding the Millennium and related subject matter, let’s move along to the book of Acts and see what we can learn there!
There is of course the very prominent verse found in the very first chapter of ACTS:

ACTS 1:6
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

The kingdom of Israel is part and parcel of what the Davidic Covenant is all about; to understand what this covenant entails check out this TTUF article:


At the time of Christ, Israel was not a kingdom; there was no Jewish king descended from the royal lineage of David officiating over the nation, there was no throne. Israel was a dusty, dirty province in the Roman Empire, despised and downtrodden – not even a glimmer of her former glory under King David.

Yet with the coming of the Messiah, the very Son of David, the kingdom couldn’t be very far behind; the angel Gabriel told Mary that GOD was going to give Jesus the throne of His father, David (LUKE 1:32-33)! The apostles knew this, hence this question they posed to the risen Christ.

And what did Jesus answer? 

Did He discard the very idea of a ‘kingdom of Israel’. Did He point out that since He was rejected of the nation, to the point of being crucified, therefore any such promises to Israel were null and void? 

Did He say that the church would replace Israel as the focal point of the kingdom? Some suggest that MATTHEW 21:43 states this very idea, and we will address this later in this article.

In all actuality, none of the above; this is what He said:
ACTS 1:7 
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

In other words, the time for the kingdom of Israel is in the Father’s care; it’s something that He Himself is supervising and will relegate all kingdoms beneath that of His Son’s, Who will assume rule over all the world (REV 11:15) at the appointed time. It is He Himself that will bring about the Kingdom, not Israel, not the church – especially not the New Apostolic Reformation cult (DAN 2:44).
For an insightful look into the N.A.R. cult, check out Part One and Part Two of this interview with Keith Gibson, author of Wandering Stars and T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call.

Until that time, the LORD gave His mandate to the apostles and to the church at large:

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

EXODUS – GOD’s MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE of ISRAEL FROM EGYPT – Chapter FIFTEEN

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

EXODUS 15: Israel’s Song/My Song” – by Albert Lopez.

INTRODUCTION:
In chapter 14 which I think we’re all familiar with in some way, we read about the parting of the Red Sea. Wow, what a sight that must have been! I can only imagine what must have been going through the people’s minds. 

At first, they must have not believed their eyes and must have been somewhat scared. Seeing a body of water rising in a way that has never risen before and then being commanded to cross as they were being chased by the enemy. What a scene, straight out of a movie!
We learned that this was God’s massive baptism for his people but I’m sure they were not giving the idea one thought, they just wanted to escape with their lives.

We read in Exodus 14:28-30
The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right and on their left.30 So the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great [t]power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses
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This was the motivation that moved these people to sing to the one true God. Think about what our motivation is to sing our little hearts out to Jesus, our Great and Loving Savior.
Just like the children of Israel were enslaved to Egypt, we were enslaved to this world system and sin. Just like the children of Israel cried out for a Savior and God saved them, in the same way Jesus has saved us and continues to save those who cry out, “Save me Jesus! I know I’m a sinner in need of a Savior. Have mercy on me and transform my life through the power of your Spirit to be pleasing to you”.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

EXODUS – GOD’s MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE of ISRAEL FROM EGYPT – Chapter FOURTEEN


Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

EXODUS 14: THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU By Sonny Islas
 
We are now at a very highpoint in the Book of Exodus – The Crossing of the Red Sea. After 400 years of slavery, the LORD will now finally deliver His people Israel, from the “House from Bondage” - Egypt. This action-packed chapter will remind us that our GOD fights for us and how He is able to make a way where there is no way. He truly is THE WAY MAKER!

EXODUS 14:1-4
Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon; you shall camp before it by the sea. 3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, ‘They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in.’ 4 Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so
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Sunday, April 4, 2021

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter TWENTY-TWO and CONCLUSION

~ by James Fire

Introduction:
REVELATION 22:1
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb
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From Barnes Notes we have the following:
In the New Jerusalem [we have] the happy abode of the redeemed. The phrase "water of life," means living or running water, like a spring or fountain, as contrasted with a stagnant pool. See Barnes for John 4:14. The allusion here is doubtless to the first Eden, where a river watered the garden, (Gen 2:10, seq.,) and as this is a description of Eden recovered, or Paradise regained, it was natural to introduce a river of water also, yet in such a way as to accord with the general description of that future abode of the redeemed. It does not spring up, therefore, from the ground, but flows from “the throne of God and the Lamb”. Perhaps, also, the writer had in his eye the description in Ezek 47:1-12, where a stream issues from under the temple, and is parted in different directions.
“Clear as crystal:
Rev 4:6.
“Proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Flowing from the foot of the throne. This idea is strictly in accordance with Oriental imagery. In the East, fountains and running streams constituted an essential part of the image of enjoyment and prosperity, (see Barnes for
Isaiah 35:6,) and such fountains were common in the courts of Oriental houses. Here, the river is an emblem of peace, happiness, plenty; and the essential thought in its flowing from the throne is, that all the happiness of heaven proceeds from God.”

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

DARKEST BEFORE THE SONRISE! A Good Friday Message with Select Texts from MATTHEW 27

~ By James Fire

Introduction: As Christians we know that GOD is love (1 JOHN 4:7), and as children of GOD we understand that “all things work together for the good, to those who love GOD, to those called according to His purpose” (ROM 8:28).
So, we are sometimes bewildered when bad things, especially tragic things happen in our lives. Because GOD is all-knowing and all-powerful, and that He is all-loving, He could stop such tragedies in our lives if He wanted to.
We often ask the question in such tragic situations, “LORD if You love me, and You knew this was going to happen, and had the power to stop it, then why didn’t You?”
This causes some professing believers to turn away, believing that somehow, GOD let them down; they even question GOD’s love.
Some with a heart of bitterness and disillusionment even question GOD’s existence!

See the Facebook video teaching here!
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Friday, March 26, 2021

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter TWENTYONE:

~ by James Fire

Introduction: There are many questions about REVELATION 21:4, regarding GOD wiping away all of our tears; tears in heaven? How could this be? What in heaven could there be that would produce tears in the eyes of the saints?
I think a possible answer lies in the last verse of the previous chapter:

REVELATION 20:15
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
GOD would need to wipe away tears and expunge from us the sorrow of witnessing this scene; that while the justice of GOD will be served on Judgment Day, we think of the needless devastation of these souls, damned for eternity

If only they had humbled themselves and received Christ – they would have shared in the grace and blessings of heaven along with the rest of us, solely based on Christ’s redemption of sinners.
I pray that the reality of this future sinks into our hearts and minds and renews in us a compassion and intense desire for the lost to come to Christ and believe the Gospel.
Those tears will be wiped away and sorrow and crying will be no more . . .  
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Monday, January 25, 2021

EXODUS – GOD’s MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE of ISRAEL FROM EGYPT – Chapter THIRTEEN

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 13: “GIVE GOD YOUR BEST” – by Sonny Islas, Facebook video.

INTRODUCTION: At this point in the Exodus storyline, just before Israel is powerfully escorted out of Egypt by The LORD, He gives them some instructions about – How they will begin to serve, worship, and obey Him – starting with: 

The Consecration of the Firstborn, The Feast of Unleavened Bread and The Law of the Firstborn
This was Israel’s "Discipleship 101 class".

It’s the same for new believers in Christ. 
They are rescued from the bondage of Satan and sin then they are to be baptized and instructed in the teaching of Jesus – to obey them (MATT 28:19-20). 
By the way, just as a new believer is to be baptized right after he’s rescued (ACTS 2:38), God baptized the entire nation of Israel as He took them through the Red Sea. The Red sea was actually a mass baptism (1 COR 10:2).

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Three: Continuing the New Testament Examination.

~ by James Fire

We began a re-visitation of the New Testament Scriptures in summary fashion so that it may be determined (not just on the basis of this study, but upon the personal study of disciples to either confirm or deny the findings of this author) if the Millennial Reign of Christ is (1) still the destiny of the Messiah as the up and coming Holy Ruler on planet Earth in a physical, actual ruling over the nations from the nation of Israel and (2) If Israel is in fact likewise destined to receive such blessings as a result of her coming Messiah-King.

Let’s get into more of this exciting subject!
From the website www.inspiration.org Don Perkins states the following, quoting from Bible expositors: 
“Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, in his book Things to Come states: ‘The millennium will be the period of the full manifestation of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be the manifestation of glory associated with the humanity of Christ. There will be the glory of a glorious dominion, in which Christ, by virtue of his obedience unto death, is given universal dominion to replace that dominion which Adam lost. There will be the glory of a glorious government, in which Christ, as David’s son is given absolute power to govern. There will be the glory of a glorious inheritance, in which the land and the seed promised to Abraham are realized through Christ’…
John F. Walvoord, in his book The Revelation of Jesus Christ states: “Advocates of this view hold that the millennium is a period in which Christ will literally reign on earth as its supreme political leader and that the many promises of the Old Testament relating to a kingdom on earth in which Israel will be prominent and Gentiles will be blessed will have complete and literal fulfillment.”

To read Mr. Perkins’ entire article, check out The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ 

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Friday, January 15, 2021

EXODUS – GOD’s MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE of ISRAEL FROM EGYPT – Chapter TWELVE

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Exodus by pastor Chuck Smith 

EXODUS 12: “The Night The Destroyer Passed Over” – by Sonny Islas, Facebook video.

INTRODUCTION: The 10th Plague has clear implications for us due to the clear connection to Jesus’ death for our salvation: unlike the first 9 plagues, where GOD directed His judgment at specific Egyptian gods, the 10th plague was directed at the entire Egyptian Pantheon of the gods that these people worshiped (approximately 2,000 plus of those!). It reminds one of the Hindu religion, where they make a god out of everything! 

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

EPHESIANS: Form & Function in Christ Chapter 6:1-8,19-24

This particular study in Ephesians will be a somewhat short one, consisting of only fifteen verses. The reason for this is because I've completed vs. 10 through 18 in a different study on The TRUTH Under FIRE (www.thetruthunderfire.com) regarding the subject of spiritual warfare.
So this study will extend from vs. 1-9, and then pick up at vs. 19 to the end (vs.24).

NOTE: Be sure to watch the Frank Peretti video at the end of this article, entitled "Living in Ephesus" - a great blessing and much needed encouragement in these darkening days!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

EPHESIANS: PARTAKERS of LIGHT in the DARK DAYS of EVIL - PT I & II - Chapter 5:1-33

Previously in chapter four of Ephesians we examined much of that which involves the body of Christ, and what's been known as 'body ministry' or that ministry that takes place within the church, among the saints themselves. Verse 16 is a key to the latter half of the chapter -


EPHESIANS 4:16
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter NINETEEN - PARTS 1 & 2

~ by James Fire

Introduction: Christians are deeply devoted to and have a love for truth, godliness, justice, and integrity – what the Bible calls “uprightness”. It goes without saying that we love the love of GOD, the joy and peace of the LORD; that we love the LORD!

Because we have such a love for GOD and all of His attributes (as listed here), we have a deep-rooted hatred for all that He hates, namely sin, injustice, oppression, deception, and evil in all of its ugly, offensive forms. Yet we saints have lived in such a world that is inundated with these vile, baneful qualities of the kingdom of darkness all of our lives. We’ve never known a world without them.

In today’s world, and most recently, the kingdom of darkness has put their agenda into high gear, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that this anti-Christ system, euphemistically dubbed “the Great Reset” (like that’s such a good thing (??!)) is forming up and preparing the way for the one world leader’s soon arrival.

We as the saints of GOD are therefore longing with deepest (well nigh painful) yearning to depart from Planet Rebel and go Home to be with the LORD! While grieved at the increase of wickedness, not just in the public arena, but in our politics, our economics, in government as well as the world’s religions, we are also excited about the soon departure from this world!
Saints let me tell you, it’s no longer a daily prayer of mine that the LORD bring us Home, raptured in a “twinkling of an eye”, but now an hourly petition! 

We understand that once we’re gone, both the living and the dead in Christ, that this will spark off the final age of sinful man that will last a brief seven years until the events that transpire in this chapter occur: The removal of the anti-Christ, the false prophet and Satan himself from their place of power; the consignment of these two beasts to Gehenna (the second death, aka the lake of fire) and Satan into the abyss for 1,000 years are seen here.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

AT THE CROSS ROADS - by Gregory Reid

FOREWORD by James Fire:

The issue of the rapture, especially of late, given the apocalyptic nature of our headline news, has become increasingly controversial (even more so than before, that is). While Greg Reid and I hold different views on the rapture in regard to eschatological prophecy, we are nonetheless united brothers and warriors in Christ. 

There have been many that share my view of what's commonly referred to as a 'pre-trib rapture' (I prefer the term 'pre-70th week rapture myself) that seem to believe that we are going to get "caught up before anything bad happens" which I have always found troubling (as does brother Greg as you will soon read).

It's right about then that I reply to such a statement with, "Why should Christians in America be allowed to escape what the Christians have experienced throughout the world and history, namely, persecution for righteousness sake"?
The doctrine of immanency supports the idea that the rapture can happen at any moment, that nothing need to occur before, as there appears to be nothing in Scripture to suggest anything precedent -but by the same token, because we don't know the timing of the rapture, we could very well experience persecution before we are 'harpadzo'd' off Planet Rebel.

The LORD promised us "tribulation" (trial, hardships, turmoil, suffering, evil, etc.; JOHN 16:33), as did the apostle Paul (2 TIM 3:12). As anyone can attest to who's read my TTUF treatment regarding the rapture and the seven year period colloquially known as "the tribulation" I believe this seven year period is not about persecution of the church, but rather persecution of the tribulation saints, but above this, GOD's judgment upon the earth-dwellers who vow their allegiance to the Beast (REV 13) at the expense of rejecting salvation through Christ. Yet at this time, a final and merciful invitation is granted to believe "the everlasting Gospel" (REV 14:6) which reaps an innumerable number beyond count that will be washed in the blood of the Lamb" (REV 7:9-17).

Be that as it may - far more intelligent and well-versed men have debated this issue than I; and there is no debate between Greg and I, whatsoever - we respect one another and the personal views we hold.

This article is not so much about eschatology (though this is addressed) as it is about ecclesiology, that is the church - the body of Christ, that has slumbered (or slept) through the 20th century, either unaware or ambivalent to the creeping leaven that has now all but "leavened the lump" and has left the church ill-prepared for the coming storms, though the harbingers of these Extreme Times (the podcast of Greg Reid, worth listening to!) have been witnessed by such watchmen on the wall like Greg and many others and proclaimed with dire warning but largely ignored.

I pray that the time of such ignorance has come to an end; that the church is waking up to the times we are facing that are just ahead, and putting it into 'high gear' with spiritual preparedness. We neglect it to our utter peril! Please read the following article with a heart of prayerful, open willingness to do what must be done to weather these storms.
And if you think COVID-19 was such a storm, might I strongly suggest that this has been the calm before the storms!

MATTHEW 7:24-27
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

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