Sunday, January 12, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – January 13, 2020; The conclusion of the Doctrine of the Pivot; The salt of the earth and the light of the world.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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The conclusion of the Doctrine of the Pivot; The salt of the earth and the light of the world.


We are now finishing up with our last point in the doctrine of the pivot.

Point 1. Definition and description of the Pivot which is defined as the accumulation of mature or spiritually adult believers living in a client nation in a specific geographical location, Matt 5:13-14.

Point 2. The relationship of the Pivot with the Client Nation.

Point 3. The importance of the Pivot, Prayer and Protection for Israel.

Point 4. The Relationship between the Pivot of Believers toward The Jews And The Nation of Israel.

Point 5. America and Biblical Prophecy and the Role of the Pivot in the Last Days.

Point 6. The Five Cycles of Discipline concerning the Doctrine of the Pivot.

Point 7. The conclusion-Either the believer will be under one of the cycles of divine discipline or salt to the earth and light to world.

Now, we began our final point on Friday evening by noting why being a pivotal believer or what Matt 5:13-14 calls ‘Salt to the earth’ or ‘light to the world’ is the only real choice we have of having a life filled with meaning, purpose and happiness. For remember Matt 5:13-14, “You [that is the believer who becomes a part of the pivot] are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You [also the pivotal believer] are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Salt was known for also bring preservation into the life of others by bringing doctrine into a situation which seasons life and thought. Salt was also used for making a promise or covenant with others in the ancient world. If you ate salt with someone, you made a covenant or promise with them, and this meant that you were safe as long as you both honored the promises that were made. Salt was a sign of friendship referring to the trust that comes from fellowshipping with others. Salt was used in the Levitical offerings to represent eternal security in Lev 2:13, where salt portrayed eternal security in God’s plan. Salt was used in the offerings to indicate that once you had believed in Christ, you are in His hands forever. He is the source of your protection and blessing.

Salt is analogous to the mature believer preserving his nation, Mark 9:50. The greatest thing you can do for your nation is have salt (Bible doctrine) within you. Salt is also analogous to the mature believer in the expression of divine viewpoint, Col 4:6, Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.

Matt 5:13, “You [that is the believer who becomes a part of the pivot] are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless,”

The word if it is a third class condition which says maybe you will and maybe you won’t; that is become tasteless meaning that it is no good and one of the worst things that can happen today in the Church-age is for believers to become tasteless. Every believer is the salt of the earth and if you as a believer are tasteless you are useless in God’s plan.

Matt 5:13, “You [that is the believer who becomes a part of the pivot] are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

Or how shall it function as a preservative? In other words, how can you as a believer function as a preservative unless you are filled with the Spirit and unless you have a knowledge of doctrine.

You cannot function in God’s plan if you are out of fellowship and/or you are ignorant of doctrine; ‘it is good for nothing’ or as the Greek says, ‘it has ability for nothing.’ As a believer in Jesus Christ out of fellowship or as a believer in Jesus Christ ignorant of doctrine, what are you good for? Matt 5:13 says it is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

Now, on the other hand notice Matt 5:14, You [also the pivotal believer] are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), but now Jesus Christ is absent from the earth and every believer is an ambassador for Christ; 2Co 5:20. As an ambassador for Christ the believer is the light of the world. The light of the world has the concept in the principle of witnessing—making an issue out of Christ—and that is exactly what true evangelism is.

The Lord now appoints His disciples to be the light of the world and only believers who become part of the pivot are able to become light to the world.

Matt 5:14, “You [also the pivotal believer] are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. You can see the cities of the world on a hill at night because they have their lights turned on. In the analogy you see the spiritual life of the pivotal believer in the night or the darkness found in the world or the cosmic system. That is the believer who is filled with the Spirit and who knows doctrine.

Now, because of this the Bible makes it crystal clear that you and I will never find true happiness and contentment and meaning to our life. In fact, we have a great illustration in the word of God of a man who tried to find life in the things of this world, things that he said, if you recall, that are found ‘under the sun.’ His name of course is Solomon, who tried every field of endeavor and pleasure that was known to man and he even also invented a few, and his conclusion was that all is vanity and emptiness. In fact, he made a great statement about the principle of the new when he said in Ecc 1:8 All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing.

Ecc 1:9, That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So, there is nothing new under the sun.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon tells us about that frantic search for happiness that he went on searching for something new, something that would entertain him, or stimulate him, or keep him going. Solomon learned the principle of doctrine that there is no place like home and that the believer’s home is from above not from below. Solomon recognized this after much experiences that led him to vanity.

Solomon tried it all and again not only will we note briefly what he tried but we will also note hopefully have enough time to note his conclusion after accomplishing all he set out to do.

Solomon will tell us in the end that the key to the enjoyment of time and the enjoyment of everything meaningful in life was having Bible doctrine saturating the soul. Solomon tried a few other things but he finally came to the conclusion that while there are a lot of wonderful things that God allots to us in time, they’re no good without Bible doctrine in the soul! And he came to realize that without Bible doctrine in the soul, the believer with the best of everything is still the most miserable of all creatures.

Secondly, he realized that the believer was designed or created by God to have a capacity for many of the blessings Solomon had if the believer has Bible doctrine in the soul! In the end, Solomon tells us that the key to the enjoyment of everything in this life is when the word of God is alive within you, saturating the soul. Now, let us take a quick trip into Solomon’s endeavor. Now, remember there is nothing wrong with any of Solomon’s experiments providing that they are enjoyed with God. However, in themselves they can never give the happiness, contentment or satisfaction that we are all looking for.

1. His first experiment we called: Anthropocentric Academic Speculation or regarding humans as the central element of the universe and therefore seeking happiness through education. The results of this experiment or experiment number one are given in Ecc 1:17-18, And I set my mind to know wisdom or academics and to know madness and folly [psychology and psychiatry]; I realized that this also is striving or chasing after the wind. Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge {results in} increasing pain.

2. Therefore, in Ecc 2, we have his second experiment, the experiment of seeking happiness in pleasure, Ecc 2:1-11 or eat, drink and be merry. The results of this experiment or experiment number two are given in Ecc 2:1, I said to myself [he thought in his heart], ‘Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So, enjoy yourself.’ And behold, it too was futility or empty, vanity, meaningless, boring.

He tells us that all the pleasure, the partying, the living it up, the sex, was nothing but futile, empty, vanity, meaningless, and boring! Ecc 2:2, I said of laughter, ‘It is madness,’ and of pleasure, ‘What does it accomplish?’

So, wisdom in effect said to Solomon, ‘what you’re looking for I can’t give you’,

Pleasure and laughter said in effect ‘what you’re looking for Solomon, I can’t give you.’

So, Solomon did something very interesting, he said in effect let me mix them, let me try them >em>both together, pleasure and wisdom. Therefore, he mixed the two experiments and tried the intellectual with the pleasure! He thought ‘Maybe there’s something in drinking fine wines and having stimulating conversation’, verse 3.

So, in Ecc 2:3, I explored with my mind {how} to stimulate my body with wine [that’s what I need, some booze to take the edge off, he had the finest wine cellar in the world] while my mind was guiding {me} wisely,

Wine, women, song, there’s got to be something out there that will bring me pleasure! However, the results off this experiment are given in Ecc 2:9-11, Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Jerusalem. My wisdom [his academic wisdom] also stood by me. And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them [Whenever I saw something that I wanted, I got it!]. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this [my heart being pleased] was my reward for all my labor. Thus, I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and chasing after wind and there was no profit or gain under the sun.

3. His third experiment is what I called the All in the Family experiment, I’m going to have children and keep it all in the family. The results of the third experiment are given in Ecc 2:12-14, So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly, for what {will} the man {do} who will come after the king [the king’s son] {except} what has already been done? And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. The wise man’s eyes are in his head [he uses his head], but the fool walks in darkness [Rehoboam]. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both [the wise man and the fool].

He knew his son already. Then he thought about something in his heart.

Ecc 2:15, Then I said to myself, ‘As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise [or what do I really gain for being wise, I’m going to die just like my foolish son] ? So, I said to myself, ‘This too is vanity!

4. And so we have experiment number 4, The Philosophy of Time Orientation.

What Solomon discovered about time was basically right, however, without a relationship with God and seeing things from the divine viewpoint of life, all of these things he mentioned in chapter three are meaningless. His conclusion concerning the fourth experiment Ecc 3:9, What profit is there to the worker in that field of monotonous and wearisome labor?

5. Experiment number 5, looking for happiness from money, wealth and prosperity. This is not an attack nor is there any attack throughout scripture on those who have money! This is simply saying that money or wealth cannot give you the happiness, contentment and satisfaction that only God can give! His conclusion concerning experiment number 5, Ecc 5:10, He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income. This too is vanity or chasing after the wind.

In verse 11, Solomon says, Ecc 5:11, When good things increase, those who consume them increase [or the more you have, the more you spend]. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on or look at it….the money, the wealth, the prosperity?

Ecc 5:16, And this also is a grievous evil exactly as a man is born [naked and with nothing], thus will he die. So, what is the advantage to him who toils or labors for the wind?

He is saying this is the grievous evil…those who have clutched can quickly crash! Those who grabbed will ultimately lose! Those who held onto, will ultimately release!

6. His sixth experiment that he thought would give him happiness is building a reputation. And although he learned many good things during this experiment, he will tell us in the end, even a good reputation or being well spoken of by others will not fill that void that only God can fill! He begins in Ecc 7:1, by saying A good name is better than a good ointment [or an expensive perfume]

Now, the Bible must be interpreted in the times in which it was written! In the ancient world many of the people did not understand the modern concepts of hygiene! They did not take baths or showers daily like we do, they drank the water rather than clean themselves with it! And this was also true of their clothes! And so in the ancient world, they had a very simple system; you would wear a garment until it was filled with various types of sauces and greases and salad dressings until you couldn’t stand it anymore or no one else could stand it…and then you took it off and threw it away and you bought a new robe and you put that new robe over a very unclean body!

This was until the Roman’s came into the picture with their baths, the Roman baths! Now, many people who were wealthy and smart would put ointments and perfumes over their body so that they would smell better than the average person! And so, in the ancient world these precious ointments were very expensive and valuable! The ingredients came all the way from India and China and parts of Africa!

In fact, you may remember what the queen of Sheba brought Solomon, 1Ki 10:10, And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and a very great amount of spices and precious stones. Never again did such abundance of spices come in as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon. So, when Solomon says that a good name is better than a good ointment, he is talking about something of value and something that was attractive to the rest of the human race! The point is that the ointments of the ancient world made one a person very attractive. But a good name is that which has influence and character and that which changes lives and is made up of a fine reputation. And Solomon says, a good name is better than that which simply smells good.

By this point, Solomon has tried almost everything in his frantic search for happiness. His first six experiments in earlier chapters included academics, pleasure, the family, time orientation, money, and building a reputation. None of those things made him happy, so he is ready to try that thing that so many think will make them happy. Now he is ready to try sex.

7. Ecc 7:25-28 reveals the fact that intimate relationships are compelling, but often not satisfying. This is the beginning of Solomon’s seventh experiment, the experiment of seeking happiness in sex.

Ecc 7:25, I directed my mind to know, to investigate, and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly [or stupidity and the inclination within man to make stupid or foolish choices.] and the foolishness of madness [an irrational thought process]. (corrected translation)

Solomon conducted an investigation by interviewing men and women. He sought to understand the inclination within man to make stupid or foolish choices and the reason for man’s irrational thought process. Verse 26 gives us his discovery.

Ecc 7:26, And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.

Remember, Solomon had a thousand women: 700 princesses as his wives and 300 mistresses. He was a sexual athlete, but his experience did not gain him any wisdom or fulfillment. Instead, Solomon found out that his sexual pursuits had trapped him. He went looking for love, thinking it would support and strengthen him, and make him feel that life was worth living again. He was sure that an intimate relationship with a woman would do the trick. What he found was nothing but a fleeting sexual thrill. He found himself involved with women who did not give him what he was looking for. In conclusion, sex with the wrong man or wrong woman is wrong. Homosexuality or lesbianism is trying to find happiness in having sex with a member of the same sex, and that is a distortion. Masturbation is self-responding to self, and that is also a distortion. Bestiality is forbidden by God, and that is a tremendous distortion. These are all perversions of God’s design. In fact, all of these were practiced by the Canaanites who were destroyed and completely removed from all the earth.

Only God can make a person truly happy, by means of His plan and His doctrine. And when man goes on a search, as Solomon did, looking for happiness in the cosmic system, he never finds it. All that he can find are the distortions of life. Is wisdom keeping you stable? As you live your life in the palm of God’s hand, you have the ability and the opportunity to have the insight and the strength and the stability that the Spirit of God can give. The final analysis is that truth comes when you ‘put yourself together’ in the person of Christ.

8. Experiment 8 in Ecc 9:13-15, Solomon looked for happiness in the hero image. Ecc 9:13, Also this I came to see as wisdom under the sun, and it impressed me. Notice something impressed him…it seemed great to him! He is saying in effect, ‘There’s one thing that really impressed me under the sun…when I read history, I marvel at the heroes.’ Some people think, it must be great to be famous, to be a celebrity, to be a hero! However, as Solomon discovered….being a hero doesn’t make you happy! And this was his final experiment!

Ecc 9:14-15, There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it, and constructed large siege works against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life: Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.

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Internet Church Service – January 12, 2020; God the Father plans, God the Son executes the plan and God the Holy Spirit reveals the plan.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word


Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9, says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: God the Father plans, God the Son executes the plan and God the Holy Spirit reveals the plan.


The special areas of our Lord’s ministry that He has already fulfilled in the past, as well as the coming of “special events” that He will fulfill in the future under the “Divine Timing” of the Lord.

“Yesterday is History”
“Tomorrow is a Mystery
“Today is a gift of God”
= That is why we call it a PRESENT”

We all must know and understand what took place in “Eternity Past” and that which the entire Trinity was involved in both the “Angelic Conflict” or “Human History.”

His love for you will be according to His word which will be a blessing and accomplish whatever it is that our Lord desires.

The plan of “God the Father” was given to “God the Son” for the purpose of executing that plan = the responsibility of God the Holy Spirit who teaches us and reveals to us.

Father – plans
The Son – executes
Holy Spirit – reveals

Rom 11:32 For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.”

God condemned all mankind, Jews and Gentiles, so that He could save all mankind which is a reference to the unlimited atonement.

All three members of the Trinity desire one major doctrinal conclusion; 1Ti 2:3-6 .

This refers to God’s attitude toward the unbeliever where God desires all men to be saved and to come to the epignosis knowledge of the truth = Gospel information.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

1Ti 4:10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Paul uses the Greek Adverb malista which means to use that which is mentioned in a greater degree.

The greater degree refers to the living God, who is the Savior of all men, (especially–of believers.

The apostle Paul used this Greek Adverb to emphasize that there is a difference between “all men” and the phrase especially of believers.

The apostle Paul thought that God the Holy Spirit was finished with this Epistle, and that He was going to close this Epistle.

“Divine Inspiration” = God the Holy Spirit supernaturally directs the writers of Scripture to do so as a reflection of the love we have for Him and He for us.

God the Holy Spirit also inspires those whom He chose to follow our Lord, and He does so without waving their human intelligence, individuality, personal feelings or any other human factor.

God’s message to man was recorded in perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture so that the “Plan of God the Father” was to promote our Lord and His Word.

I believe Paul thought that the Holy Spirit was finished with the book of Romans but He was not finished, just yet.

The apostle Paul was so completely in awe at the first eleven chapters that when God the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to keep going with the book of Romans.

For from Him
Through Him
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Once the apostle Paul wrote the passage, he also lived in the passage.

James 1:21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted [or metabolized], which is able to save or deliver your souls.

“in humility” = receive the word implanted [or metabolized ], which is able to save or deliver your souls.

James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

These principles apply to any believer who desires to “hear the Truth” or “know the truth” or “speak the truth.”

One of the “First Epistles” to be written in the early Church-age — James 1:1 James, a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad.

There were also quite a few James’ mentioned in the New Testament and this has caused some confusion among the believers of the Bible.

Our Lord Jesus had several brothers, one of whom was named James.

Two of our Lord’s original 12 were known as the Apostles named James.

One was James, the brother of John, the other was James, the Son of Alphaeus.

In Gal 1:19, Paul spoke of another James, this time it was a family affair that Apostles had to deal with, whom He stated was the Lord’s brother.

Gal 1:13 “For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure, and tried to destroy it;”

He did not receive this doctrinal opinion through the “traditions of man” or “the religion of man” and he was not taught it in some secular school, Paul’s teacher = God the Holy Spirit.

“I am sure that you’ve heard the story of my earlier life when I lived in the Jewish way of life rather than living in the Divine Way of life.”

Paul literally said that he was systematically destroying it.

Paul was so enthusiastic about the traditions of his ancestors that he advanced head and shoulders above his peers in his career.

“When I was still in my mother’s womb, He chose and called me out of His grace and mercy with sheer generosity!”

God has intervened and revealed His Son to Paul so that he might joyfully tell non Jews about Him.

The James of the Bible, also wrote the book of James and He was also our Lord’s half-brother.

Even then, God had a fantastic calling upon the apostle Paul and His plans for him.

JER 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Psa 71:5-6, For Thou art my hope; O Lord God, {Thou art} my confidence from my youth.

By Thee I have been sustained from {my} birth; Thou art He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of Thee.

Isa 49:1 Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me.

Even during the dispensation of the HU, our Lord said the night before His death that He chose us — we did not choose Him; John 15:16.

The importance of Bible Doctrine being metabolized as well as you and I, growing up together in the Lord as we abide or rest in the Lord; John 15:7.

This passage gets right to the point of our fellowship with the Lord increasing by means of our abiding with Him through the consistent intake of doctrine.

It is a dogmatic statement of “Divine Blessings” that by means of doctrine resident in our soul, we can bring glory to “the God of all grace” or “the God of all mercy.”

This is a part of the calling of God upon your life, especially the things which can hinder our soul from going forward in the predesigned plan of God.

John 15:9 “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and {so} prove to be My disciples.

Main Issue = doctrine residing in the soul of all believers is really a picture of the important awesome God who is awaiting you or anyone else at all.

It was the apostle Paul who tells us that He did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.

Matt 13:58 He did not do many miracles in His home town because of their unbelief and their lack of faith and trust.

(1) Behold, He is coming with the clouds,
(2) and every eye will see Him,
(3) even those who pierced Him;
(4) and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.

God the Father is the one who makes the decisions that tell our Lord, our bridegroom, when to go and get His bride.

John 3:29 we read, “He who has the bride [the future Church] is the bridegroom [that is our Lord]; but the friend of the bridegroom [the O.T. saints],

who stands and hears him [that is what the Old Testament believers do, they stand and hear our Lord teaching doctrine] and we are told that they [the Old Testament saints

rejoice greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice [the Lord teaching the Word of God] And so this joy of mine has been made full.

There are a few doctrinal principles that we should know and realize has to do with what the historical trends will be like just before our Lord comes back to pick up His bride-the Church.

In Mark 13:28, this all begins by paying attention to the historical trends or the times in which we are living in.

The fig tree represents the restoration of the nation of Israel.

God is ready and believers must be alert concerning the times in which we live.

These two men were actually two angels who also appeared in “Whites” and they were those angels who glorified our Lord and Savior in eternity past.

In Act 1:11, Dr. Luke writes And they [“they” refers to angelic beings]

They were looking at the clouds while the clouds were transporting our Lord and Savior to the finest place of all = the Third Heaven.

It represents the fact that angels have a free will just like human’s do.

This also means that He left in the clouds of the air and He will come back in the clouds of the air.

Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

1. We began with a period of time before the creation of the world and the creation of the Angels; Prov 8:1-36.

Rev 12:4 “And his tail [that is the dragon swept away a third of the stars (angels) of heaven, and threw them to the earth.”

Every angel had made a choice to either follow our Lord or reject our Lord and follow Satan and the Kingdom of darkness.

This is why the Angels are divided into two categories, either the Elect Angels or the fallen angels and this is also why the human race is divided into two categories; Believers or unbelievers.

What is it that the angelic race has in common with the human race?

Both the angels and the human race, whether fallen angels or elect angels or believers and unbelievers, the one major doctrinal issue and the similarity is Volition or the free will to choose.

2. We noted some of the functions and responsibility of the angels in eternity past before their rebellion when Satan convinced one third of God’s angels to rebel against our Lord, and they did so.

Eventually, every angel had made a choice to either follow our Lord or reject our Lord or and follow Satan and the Kingdom of darkness.

This is why the Angels are divided into two categories, either the Elect Angels or the fallen angels and this is why the human race is divided into two categories; Believers or unbelievers.

As far as the angelic conflict is concerned, angels exist in two categories: the elect and the unsaved angels.

The angels which followed Satan, all one-third of had the opportunity to reverse their decision, and over a period of possibly a million years they refused to honor and worship of our Lord.

Before, before the creation of the human race, we actually had a court being held between the fallen angels and the chosen angels.

However, the trial was fair in every sense of the word.

God is omniscient which means that He knows all the facts.

He is omnipresent — He was always an observer;

He is also omnipotent (All Powerful), He has the power to execute justice.

God is immutable and God is incorruptible as a Judge; and He is truth (veracity).

Satan was a liar from the beginning (John 8:44), and those angels who went against God and followed Satan followed a lie.

At the end of the trial, Satan and all the fallen angels were sentenced to the lake of fire (Matt 25:41).

Matt 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;”

This passage is actually in the pre-period of history, the period of angelic creation only, when a sentence was passed, but not executed.

All during human history, the sentence is suspended. After the end of man’s history (the end of the Millennium with the destruction of the world and the universe), the sentence will be carried out.

This information gives us the reason why there was a division in eternity past in the angelic Conflict.

If the sentence is pronounced before man was created but not carried out until after man’s history is concluded, then man had to have something to do and he was created by God to resolve something that happened at the end of that trial.

The words “diabolos” and “Shatan” both tell us what happened because “Satan’’ and “Devil” are not names for the super angel but they are His titles.

His name is Lucifer, Son of the Morning (Isa 14:12-14).

“Satan” and “Devil” means “adversary,” “accuser” or “attorney’’ — someone who goes to court and appeals.

Whatever it was, we do know that Satan and all the other angels had to choose the plan that God designed but Satan appealed the case.

By putting together certain evidences which occur throughout Scripture, we can begin to see why man was created; Rev 4:11; Isa 43:7,21.

It is true that man was also created for the glory of God; but that doesn’t explain many other questions, such as, Why sin? Why suffering? Why free will? Why establishment?

Satan, along with millions and millions of fallen angels, knows that man was created for the glory of God.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Weekly Bible Study – January 6, 2020; The Doctrine of the Pivot. Part 11. Four powerful manifestations of the Second Beast.


The Doctrine of the Pivot. Part 11.
Four powerful manifestations of the Second Beast.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your known unconfessed sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


Study to show yourself approved to God!

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The Doctrine of the Pivot. Part 11.
Four powerful manifestations of the Second Beast.



We are considering whether or not the U.S.A. has any role in Biblical prophecy, and if so, what would be the role of the pivot during the Church-age before the Lord comes back!

My third principle of consideration or question for you to consider: What does it mean when the prophecy in Rev 13:11 says that this new nation, even if it is America, will speak “as a dragon”?

Rev 13:11, And I saw another beast [different from the first one] coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.

Now, first of all, as we have already learned the dragon is Satan, who works through various governments and different religions of the earth to establish his evil kingdom and to try and crush God’s church by persecuting and destroying His people.

For Satan’s aim always has been to usurp God’s power and throne and to force people to worship and obey him. And how will he do this or what can we expect from him? How will he act during that time when he tries to force others to deny the Lord Jesus Christ and worship the anti-Christ.

First of all, we needed to know some principles concerning how he thinks and what his true motivation is in these last days. I believe that we are so close to this happening that I said on Wednesday evening that we are not living in the last days but what the apostle John calls the last hour.

1Jo 2:18, Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.

Remember that Satan’s motivation and ambition is to be like the Most High, which title signifies the “possessor of heaven and earth.”

The essential evil character of his sin is an un-willingness on the part of the creature to abide in the precise position in which he has been placed by the Creator. And this is why in pursuing this goal to be like God, Satan recommended to Adam and the woman, who was later called Eve, that they, too, could “be as gods.”

In Gen 3:1-5, we read, Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’” And the serpent said to the woman, “You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

This simply reflected Satan’s own supreme ambition! And in the future during the Tribulation period, Satan’s ideal man, the man of sin, the anti-Christ, the pseudo-Christ will declare himself to be God, as he sits in the temple of God in 2Th 2:4, who opposes and exalts himself above every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

So, all of those “I wills of Satan” reveal that Satan’s ambition is to take over the functions of God. And this is his desire to displace God as the sovereign one of the universe and to run it himself. Of course, Satan can’t even run the world himself, much less the universe. Even some of his very own angels who followed him have rebelled against him in Rev 9. Satan does not have the character nor the power to control all types of creation.

Satan is smart and powerful, but he doesn’t have the character, he doesn’t have God’s consistency. He’s not immutable and therefore, he can never be faithful to those he desires to rule over, and anyone who’s going to run the universe has to be faithful and loyal to the creatures of the universe, to those who belong to him. And God is all of that, Satan is not!

Why Satan would speak of loyalty in your ear in one minute, and then turn around and kick you in the pants so hard the next minute, that you wouldn’t even know you had just been hit. He’d make your head spin. He doesn’t know what loyalty is! He doesn’t know what love is! He only knows what it is to love self, he really loves himself! He has no sense of loyalty or love or faithfulness to any member of the human race and more than likely, the angelic race as well.

So here is our third principle of consideration or question: What does it mean when the prophecy in Rev 13:11 says that this new nation, even if it is America, will speak “as a dragon”?

So “speaking as a dragon” means that this new nation, even if it is the United States of America, will eventually be under the influence of Satan in the end time, and force people to worship contrary to the conscience and their personal convictions. Apostate religion and civil government will unite in the end time to force itself upon the people’s conscience. This will be done through force, manipulation, deception, and out-right lies, according to Rev 12:9; John 8:44; 1Jo 5:19. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Now, if this speaks of America, What specifically will America do that will cause it to speak as a dragon?

Answer: Notice the four crucial points and how they also can apply to us even today in some way:

Rev 13:12, And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence.

“Exercises all the authority of the First Beast.”


Could America become a persecuting power that will force people to go against their conscience, as did Papal Rome which is portrayed in the first half of Rev 13?

Rev 13:12, And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast,

The United States could lead the nations of the world in forcing the worship of, and the allegiance to, the anti-Christ, the apostate church, of both pseudo Catholics and Protestants in the religious realm, and the revived Roman Empire in the political realm which could also include the Muslim religion.

You see, I believe that the Bible, God’s word to man reveals that the Second Beast will be somewhat like the first beast, it will be the church mixed with the state and apostate religion working with the political power of the day. Don’t forget, one of the most elevated and be a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 2003 was a woman from Albania that they gave the name Mother Theresa. She made the following statements that I even heard her make myself, here’s what she said:

I love all religions. If people become better Hindus, better Muslims, better Buddhists by our acts of love, then there is something else growing there.” Or in another place, “All is God…Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, etc., all have access to the same God.”

Mother Teresa held beliefs that contradict Biblical principles. Chief among these biblical principles is that Christ is the only means of salvation. In John 14:6 Jesus states, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” By teaching that all religion could bridge the gap between man and God, Mother Teresa taught principles completely opposed to the Bible. At the same time she taught a bizarre “pseudo-pantheism” in which she believed Jesus was present in everyone. She said, “When we destroy an unborn child, we destroy God.”

With such a statement we can only be left believing that she was more than a Catholic, but was a Universalist, believing essentially that all religion leads to the same God. Time and time again we see her expounding such universalist beliefs. In an interview with Christian News a nun who worked with Mother Teresa was asked the following in regards to the Hindus they worked with,

The nun said “These people are waiting to die. What are you telling them to prepare them for death and eternity?” She replied candidly, “We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan or Guru, to their gods.”

She did a lot of good as a part of her humanitarianism and altruism, performing good deeds, but what is the use of helping people in time to live while you ignore their eternal destiny. This is the type of thinking that will take place when apostate religion tries to rule the world, trying to clean up the Devil’s world and try to make it a better place to lie.

But even, worse than that, it is helping Satan, as the god of this world to bring in his view of Millennialism and counterfeit God’s Millennium. And so again, The second beast makes or causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the First Beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”

How?

He will bring in another Jesus, Spirit, Gospel, and doctrine, but all lies mixed in with a little bit, and in some cases, a lot of, the truth. The issue when it comes to God is always true worship. (John 4:23-24) Who will you worship and obey?

John 4:23-24, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Will it be Christ your Creator and Redeemer, or the anti-Christ with his false teachings? Every soul on earth will eventually worship one or the other. The entire approach will appear to be deeply spiritual. Incredible miracles will be wrought forth, according to Rev 13:13-14. There we read, And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

This is why we read in Rev 13:3b, And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; which means he will deceive billions. And, those who refuse to join his movement will be considered godless radicals not just Jihadist radicals but godless radicals. This movement will appear spiritual and trustworthy but instead will be satanic at its core and in its conduct. All this may seem impossible, but Jesus’ words are always totally reliable and true, Tit 1:2, and He said these things will happen. In fact, to Him they have already happened because He sees things from the eternal perspective.

Ecc 3:14-15, I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. That which is has been already, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. Or He brings back that which is past meaning He deals with those things in time even though they have already happened in the Divine decree.

However, it can also refer to what the RSV, the Rotherham translation, Kiel and Delitzsch, Leupold and Colonel Thieme hold to which says in effect “God seeks for the one who has been driven or fallen away.”

So, in effect Solomon is saying in Ecc 3:15, That which is [the present] has been already [the past], and that which will be [the future] has already been [has already taken place in the mind of God and executed through the divine decrees], for God seeks what has been driven away.

Whether something has happened in the past to drive people away from the plan of God or whether it is something that is presently happening, God seeks the one who has been driven away! And this is true throughout the scriptures!

The point is our Lord is always totally reliable and true, Tit 1:2, and He said these things will happen. In fact, to Him they have already happened because He sees things from the eternal perspective. He foretold the rise and fall of the four world empires and the Antichrist (Daniel chapters 2 and 7) at a time when such predictions seemed outlandish and incredible. Just like some of the things I’m teaching now, seem to be. It seemed outlandish and incredible that Noah would build an ark to save those believers from the flood, but he did. It seemed outlandish and incredible that man would try and build a city to God and tower of Babel when nations would become divided and different languages would emerge, but it happened.

It seemed outlandish and incredible that God would bring in the ten plagues and part the Red Sea for the Jews to leave Egypt and go to the promise land but He did.

It seemed outlandish and incredible that Jesus would walk on water but it happened! It seemed outlandish and incredible that Balaam would have a talking as or donkey who would correct him but he did.

All these things and many more to came to pass precisely as predicted. So much so that the apostle John wrote, John 21:25, And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written.

His warning to us today regarding prophecy is, “I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”

John 14:29 “And now I have told you before it comes to pass, that when it comes to pass, you may believe.”


Rev 13:12-13, And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.

The third thing this passage mentions for us to consider is what does the Bible mean when it says, “The Beast will say to them who dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the first beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”

Rev 13:14, And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

The United States could promote others to make an image to the beast by legislating religious practice. It will pass laws requiring worship and force people to either obey them or face death. This action is a copy or image of the church-state combination that the papacy utilized at the height of her power during the Middle Ages, when millions were slain for their faith.

America will combine civil government and apostate Protestantism in a marriage that will support the new religion and the papacy, but most of all, the anti-Christ. It will then influence all the nations of the world to follow her example. Thus, the revived Roman empire will gain worldwide support, politically and religiously.

The fourth and final thing mentioned is found in the phrase “And cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

Rev 13:15, And there was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

The United States, as head of this international movement, will next influence the nations of the world to impose a universal death sentence upon all who refuse to worship the beast or his image. This worldwide alliance will, in the name of Christ, substitute the policeman’s power for the Holy Spirit’s persuasion and will force worship.

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