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  1. 4 points
    DaveW

    Just braggin' a little.

    My wife is a wonderful, lovely, gorgeous, but slightly silly lady. I say slightly silly for the simple reason that you would have to be at the very least slightly silly to put up with me for 29 years, and yet as of tomorrow, it will be 29 years ago that we were married. I love her more now than I did then, and at that time, I didn't think it was possible to love a person more than I loved her. So I am bragging about how wonderful she is, and how amazing she is that she could put up with me for so long.
  2. 4 points
    Pastorj

    Looking for Likes

    Okay everyone, like this post so I can win the week and month. I am so close :)
  3. 4 points
    Pastorj

    Looking for Likes

    So disappointed that I have only 1 like
  4. 4 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    Lunch time guests Conway, Missouri The exact location is a secret!
  5. 3 points
    It was taken away because we want you to be more productive with your time :)
  6. 2 points
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Daniel, I appreciate the kind words. Thank you for your observations. You are correct. The interpretations of the preterist, using the symbolic and historical method of interpreting the prophecy of the book of Revelation, the Olivet discourse in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, and 1 & 2 Thessalonians, are false and have nothing in common with history; nor the reality of future events. The interpretations of the preterist are just about as ridiculous as the interpretations of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Mauro is just one of the many false teachers in our day and age. Alan
  7. 2 points
    (Omega)

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    I don't understand how anyone can be a Preterist. Preterism means "already happened", while historicism means "representing historical events." And these false teachers such as Mauro are teaching that the events in Revelation have already occurred, or to symbolize nearly all of it. I have heard some ridiculous theories trying to link Revelation up to middle ages events et al. What the two definitely have in common is being wrong on the face of it. Clearly, there has been no mark of the beast, no global control by Antichrist, none of the trumpet or bowl judgments, no two witnesses, no rebuilt temple, no 144,000, . . . one could go on at length. The only way that a person could accept any of the false systems of prophetic interpretation is by failing to believe that Revelation and the rest of scripture means what it says. Thanks for sharing your notes and observations, Alan. God Bless, Daniel
  8. 2 points
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Brethren, Besides my books, I have a list of five different preterist forums, and or web sites, that I gather information from. Within the ranks of preterism, both William Hendriksen and Philip Mauro are considered preterist. Within those five preterist sites, and books on preterism, you will find out that that Preterism is a form of Historicism. At the beginning of Phillip Mauro's ministry, he was a dispensational in belief. But, he changed radically and became an ardent preterist. Two things: 1. Dave is correct. There are different dispensations in the scriptures and not a new doctrine. I want to thank Dave for bringing this to our attention. 2. Phillip Mauro openly departed from the faith. "They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 1 John 2:19 Daniel, Thank you for your thoughts on prophecy. The next lesson will be uploaded soon. Alan
  9. 2 points
    DaveW

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Oh so he was around in the 3rd century when people were discussing dispensation, was he?????
  10. 2 points
    Pastorj

    Looking for Likes

    Keep it up, I am almost in 1st place :)
  11. 2 points
    Alan

    Looking for Likes

    I "like" it when a person pulls our their hair! The "hair pulling out" avatar has got to be the coolest avatar in the selection; except the "standing behind the wall" avatar. Hmmm Anybody else got a favorite avatar?
  12. 2 points
    Rosie

    "Ban The Person Above You" Game

    Ban NN and Omega for being such babys over a tooth ache....lol
  13. 2 points
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Daniel, Welcome back! Your post was quite lengthly. I will need to copy and paste the entire post and answer most of it later. Right now I will try and answer the first question now. It is very apparent to me that the Judgment Seat of Christ is for the judging of the church saints for rewards or lack of rewards: 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 The timing of the Judgment Seat of Christ will be when the Lord Jesus comes for the church: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Paul made it very clear that the church age saints will meet the Lord in the air and the Lord Jesus made it very clear, Revelation 22:12 that He will bring His rewards with Him. And, Revelation 4:4 makes is very clear that the the crowns are already worn. So, the believers are judged, and rewarded, immediately after the rapture in the air. Alan
  14. 2 points
    (Omega), I have found the problem and corrected it. You should now be able to reply in the forums.
  15. 1 point
    Jordan Kurecki

    Soul winning class ideas

    Personally, I think we have to be real careful about giving "Assurance" to people. I don't really believe it is our job to give "assurance", Our job is to make sure they understand the Gospel clearly. I think when people really understand the Gospel and understand that they are saved by faith in the Gospel, then there will not be as many problems with assurance of salvation. The problem comes in my opinion from people emphasizing things like "asking Jesus into your heart" "Receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior" or "Repent of all your sins" etc, I think we need to emphasis the Gospel and what it means to believe the Gospel and trust in Christ. P.S. I in no way am saying repentance is not a part of salvation, however the way some people present repentance almost seems like a work.
  16. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Daniel, I am glad to hear that the overview, or study, on Larkin's book, "The Spirit World," was a blessing to your heart and life. You are correct in your testimony concerning the JW's and their ignorance of the scriptures, the Greek language, and basic Bible knowledge and interpretation. It almost seems like false teachers can teach any heretical doctrine and a lot of people are unwilling to search the scriptures, like the Bereans, Acts 17:10, in order to learn the truth. I also appreciate your comments throughout this overview. Your comments have been encouraging to me to continue and have complimented the lessons. Thank you. Brethren, I will be uploading the next, and last, overview in Larkin's book very soon. The last subject will be on the Judgment found in Revelation 20:11-15, "The Great White Throne of Judgment." Alan
  17. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Soul winning class ideas

    I rejoice in the men and women with great faith, even at times among new converts. One of my preaching style is to give "assurance" that they are indeed saved after witnessing to them because many tend to lose faith in their Salvation after they are first converted; and some even immediately after witnessing to them. There are also those who at often times doubt their salvtion, even after being saved for years. As to why others doubt their salvation, even as seasoned Christians, no one knows the heart of another person except for the Lord. In my experience in dealing with these problems, there are many of our brothers and sisters who are prone to guilt feelings. We all have our weaknesses, of course, and for those who have this one, it manifests itself in feelings of doubt based upon long past errors, often nothing the rest of us would see as terribly significant. One of the problems is lack of understanding of the truth. For those not well versed in the Bible or under the influence of one false teaching or another, it is easy for certain scriptures to be manipulated to make it seem as if a lack of peace or the commission of some deadly sin puts salvation in doubt. Nothing could be further from the truth, but this is part and parcel of the sloppy teaching, false teaching, and lack of teaching which seems to be the rule in modern Christianity. My advice to those who have great faith: be grateful that you have such a strong faith, hold onto to it, and take pains to build it up through continuing spiritual growth day by day. God Bless!
  18. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Alan, First and foremost, I want to thank you for your in-depth and comprehensive study of "The Spirit World." I've done some research in the past regarding The Spirit World but there's always more that we can glean from others such as Larkin's commentaries and your notes and observations. The truth of scripture never changes. . . for it is God-breathed ("theopneustos"), and therefore very reliable in refuting false teachings based on the opinions of false teachers and their "pet doctrines." One of my pet peeves are the JW's and their false doctrines. The Jehovah's Witnesses pretty much base their entire belief system almost on one verse alone found in the Old Testament (Isaiah 43:10), and they're not so cunning regarding the twisting of scripture to fit their false doctrines. The JW's kryptonite is their faulty and poor understanding of The Koine Greek language -- or common Greek. My house is literally a magnet for JW's, which at times can be annoying; but common sense (which is not so common amongst false teachers) and good hermeneutics can send them on their way back. There is no "a" God in John 1:1 since the Greek language does not implement the usage of the word "a" -- so to get the correct interpretation is to go by its context, for context is king. And how does one get the word "TRIBE" (Rev. 7:4-8) to a symbolic interpretation of it to mean a special class of "righteous" men and women who are "worthy" enough to have the privilege to live in the Father's house, while the rest of the "saved" JW's inherit the Earth. The word TRIBE means exactly what it means - a TRIBE, or clan. As you and Larkin rightly pointed out . . .their understanding of the 144,000 is by far one of the most twisted passages of scripture I have ever came across. I look forward to your next lesson on book reviews. God Bless, Daniel
  19. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Brethren, As a side note. In my "Revelation Bible Study" lessons, Lesson # 16 Part 1 and 2, I went into great detail concerning Joel Chapter 2 & 3 and the "Restoration of the Nation of Israel." Here is that link: In the lessons on Joel Chapter 2 & 3, the prophecies of Joel goes into great detail concerning the literal restoration of the nation of Israel. In the study I refute further claims of a-millennialism, the preterist, and the Jehovah's Witnesses. For those brethren new to OnLine Baptist, and those who may have questions concerning some of the prophetic prophecies concerning the literal restoration of the nation of Israel, and the false teachings of a-millennialism, preterism and the Jehovah's Witnesses, the study is still open for comments and / or discussion. Alan
  20. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Chapter 19 The Judgments Part 5 “Judgment NO.4” This lesson will be an overview on Larkin's Judgment NO. 4. The first chart with this judgment is found on page 146, called, “The Judgments,” and the second chart listing this judgment is found on page 154, in Larkin's book, “The Spirit World.” Observation by Alan In this overview, I have noticed that Larkin has steadily scripturally refuted false beliefs concerning the Trinity, Spirit Persons (Satan and his followers, demons, and the angels of God and their ministry), events (the afterlife: heaven and hell),and judgments that are connected with the Spirit World (he refuted the General Judgment and General Resurrection beliefs). In the process of this book, Larkin has scripturally refuted; Spiritualism, the Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Soul Sleep, Annihilation, the Universalist, and in this chapter the A-millennialist and/ or preterist. Chart The Dispensation of Judgments page 154 Concerning the chart and this lesson, Larkin places the Judgment of the Nations on circle number 3: Larkin states the following concerning the Judgment found in Matthew 25:31-46, “The account of this Judgment is given in Matt. 25:31-46. The description of this Judgment, and of the one given in Rev. 20:11-15 are combined by many, and taken to teach the doctrine of a general judgment. But when we compare them they differ so widely that it is evident that they do not describe the same event.”i Larkin mentions dramatic differences between the Matthew 25:31-46 judgment and the Revelation 20:11-15 Judgment. These differences plainly describe two different judgments. 1. There is no resurrection in the Matthew 25: 31-46 Judgment while in Revelation 20:11-15 there is a resurrection. 2. In Matthew 25:31-46 living nations are judged while in the Revelation 20:11-15 Judgment only “the dead” are mentioned as being judged. 3. There are no books opened in Matthew 25:31-46 while in Revelation 20:11-15 the “Book of Life” is opened. 4. In Matthew 25:31-46 there are three classes of people mentioned: Sheep, Goats and Brethren. In Revelation 20:11-15 there is only one class of people mentioned: the dead. 5. The Judgment as described in Matthew 25:31-46 takes place before the millennial reign of Christ, Revelation 20:4-6 while the Great White Throne of Judgment takes place after the millennial reign of Christ; Revelation 20:11-15 One other scriptural fact Larkin mentions is, “This comparison reveals the fact that one of these Judgments in “on the earth,” the other in the “heavens,” and that they are separated by 1000 years.”ii Note by Alan Larkin does not quote either Revelation 20:11-15 nor Matthew 25:31-46 in its entirety. For our convenience, I will write out Revelation 20:11-15 and part of Matthew 25:31-46, so the reader of this overview may see the difference. Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which are written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Matthew 25:31-34, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:40, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Important Observations by Larkin on Matthew 25:31-46 In his dissertation on the differences between the two passages, and his exposition of Matthew 25:31-46, Larkin, among other important points, states, “The scriptures teach that the Righteous are saved by “faith” and the Wicked are lost because they “reject Christ,” but in the Judgment scene the Sheep inherit a “kingdom” and the Goats are commanded to “depart” because of their treatment of certain Brethren. All the confusion is caused by trying to make a Judgment of “nations” mean a Judgment of “individuals.” The Sheep represent one class of Nations, and the Goats another class, while the Brethren represent the Jews (Christ's brethren).”iii Larkin quotes Joel 3: 1 & 2 to show that the Judgment of the Nations takes place in the Valley of Jehoshaphat. Note by Alan The prophecy of Joel 3:1 & 2 is literal: Judah and Jerusalem are literal cities, the nations are literal, the valley of Jehoshaphat is a literal valley, the restoration of Israel as a nation is literal, and God makes that claim the the “land” is “my land.” Joel 3:1 & 2, For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they scattered the nations, and parted my land.” In order for the prophecy of Joel to be fulfilled Larkin clearly understands that the nation of Israel will be restored. Larkin states, “This prophecy clearly states that there is to be a “Judgment of Nations” on the earth in the “Valley of Jehoshaphat” at the time of the restoration of the Jews to their own land, and that the basis of Judgment is the treatment by the nations of Christ's brethren -The Jews.”iv Larkin scripturally proves the Great White Throne of Judgment as recorded in Revelation 20:11-15 and the Judgment of the Nations as recorded in Matthew 25:31-46 are two separate judgments. A-millennialist and Preterist Objections A brief summary of the A-millennial, and / or, preterist, interpretation of Matthew 25:31-46 as presented by Larkin, is as follows. 1) The passage in Joel 3:1 & 2 pertains to the church, is symbolic, figurative, or has already been fulfilled. 2) The nation of Israel has been cast out and has no further history as a nation. “And thus was fulfilled the prophetic “allegory” of Abraham's family history, according to which the bondwoman and her son, representing Israel after the flesh, were to be “cast out” (Gal. 4:30 ); which is the end of their history as a nation.”v 3) In his chapter, “What the N. T. Teachers as to the Future Mercy for the Jews,” Those prophecies did not, except for a few instances, look beyond the events of this present era of the Holy Spirit.”vi Mauro rejects Larkin's Matthew 25:31-46 interpretation becomes Larkin teaches that God will have mercy on the nation of Israel and restore the nation of Israel. 4) Matthew 25:31-46 is spiritual and symbolic. The Sheep nations are saved people, the Goat nations are lost people, the “brethren” are saints in the Church Age, and that it a description of the judgment is Revelation 20:11-15. In other words, a General Resurrection and a General Judgment. Larkin has scriptural proved that the two judgments are separate and that there is not a General Resurrection and a General Judgment. Note by Alan The following quote by Philip Mauro is full of presumptions, incorrect interpretations, and the twisting of scriptures. I only quote it to show the incorrect belief of an preterist, the ignorance of God's mercy towards Israel, and the disregard of the multitude of unfulfilled prophecies of the Old Testament prophets concerning the restoration of Israel. They believe Joel 3:1 & 2 is not a prophecy for the nation of Israel and is not literal. They believe that Joel 3:1 & 2 is symbolic and pertains to the church. A-millennialism, and / or Preterism, teaches that that all of the promises, and prophecies, concerning the nation of Israel is not literal, all are of a spiritual nature, and are given to the church. This belief is the doctrine of Replacement Theology. Mauro fully states the position of the A-millennialism, and / or Preterism, quite clearly. Mauro states, “Let us recall, moreover, that the covenant relations between God and “Israel after the flesh” were ended, even as had been foretold by their own prophets, beginning with Moses and Joshua (Deut. 4:26; 6:14, 15, 8:20; Josh. 23:15,16); the old covenant was dissolved and “ready to vanish away”; every vestige of it was shortly to be obliterated; and therefore, of necessity, all promises based upon that covenant, had there been any as yet fulfilled, fell to the ground. But beside all that, God has now brought clearly to light, as we have seen, what He had but dimly revealed in times past, that the name ISRAEL belongs properly to His new-covenant people. Therefore, it is not enough, for the settling of the question of God's future purposes for the Jews, that prophecies concerning Israel be found which apparently have not been unfulfilled; for we must needs conclude, as to all such prophecies – unless the contrary plainly appears – that they pertain to the true “Israel of God,” and that their fulfillment is in the realm of things spiritual and unseen.”vii So, according to Mauro, Joel 3:1 & 2, pertains to the church, is spiritual, may or may not have been fulfilled, and has nothing to the nation of Israel, or the land of Israel. And, according to Mauro, all of the promises and prophecies concerning the restoration of the nation of Israel, “… my brethren …” according to the Lord Jesus, was, “… obliterated; and therefore, of necessity, all promises based upon that covenant, had there been any as yet fulfilled, fell to the ground.” Conclusion Larkin is correct. The “Great White Throne,” of Revelation 20:11-15 and the “Judgment of the Nations,” found in Matthew 25:31-46, are two separate judgments at two separate times, in two separate locations, with different people being judged.
  21. 1 point
    Brian Smedley

    Hello

    Hi, my name is Brian Smedley and I want to say without Christ I am nothing . Through the Lord Jesus Christ do I have righteousness, not my righteousness, but his. I am presented to God through Jesus blood that flowed at Calvary for my sins and all of mankind's. John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him would not perish, but have everlasting life.
  22. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    There are some who believe that only the Gentiles will be judged at the (bema) seat of Jesus Christ, and that the Jews will be judged for their rewards at another time. From what I've read, it is composed of both Jews and also of gentiles. All believers of the Church, Jew and gentile, are judged before the (bema), the judgment seat of Christ. Paul, as a Jew, included himself (we) in bema seat of Christ. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10) During the Tribulation's first half, those Jews who respond to the ministry of the two witnesses and the 144,000 are led to safety in the desert at the Tribulation's mid point in Revelation chapter twelve. This is what I've gathered from the book of Revelation. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. (Zechariah 13:9) So from I've read, the two thirds remnant of the Jews will repent and turn to the Christ (Zech. 12:10; 13:1) as their Lord and Savior as their spiritual eyes get opened -- while the rest will not. And that these Jews are included in the 144,000. The Antichrist ("false messiah") or the "foolish shepherd" (cf. Zech 11:15-17) will make a pact with the Jews (cf. Dan. 9:27) and break this treaty with Israel and require worship of him alone (Dan. 9:24-27; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:3,4) as God. God Bless, Daniel
  23. 1 point
    Jeffthepreacher

    Soul winning class ideas

    The soulwinning club is pretty good, and is offered from the sword of the lord
  24. 1 point
    Pastorj

    Looking for Likes

    Alan is really close - Keep it up!! Not sure when the week ends
  25. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Chapter 19 The Judgments Part 4 This lesson will be an overview on Larkin's Judgment NO. 3. The chart if found on page 146, called, “The Judgments,” in Larkin's book, “The Spirit World.” The chart for this lesson is found in the middle of the chart, called, “Judgment No. 3 The Jews.”I have already uploaded the chart in this overview. The chart is located on page 3 of this overview and the date uploaded was January 13, 2018. Larkin has an important aspect of this judgment that is different from the other judgments that needs to be noticed. Instead of God the Father, or God the Son, judging the Jews in front of a throne, Larkin notes that it is the Antichrist judging the Jews on the earth. Larkin states, “This Judgment is FUTURE. While the Church is being judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ in the air, the Jews will be judged under Antichrist on the earth. The Jews are and “earthly” people; and as all the promises to them are “earthly,”it follows that their Judgment must be of an “earthly” character.”i Larkin stresses that their judgment is due to their rejection of: God the Father:1 Samuel 8:7 God the Son: Luke 23:18 God the Holy Spirit: Acts 7:51, 54-60 Larkin states, “For their sin they have been scattered among the nations until the “Times of the Gentiles” are fulfilled. When the “Times of the Gentiles” are about to end the Jews will be gathered back to the Holy Land “unconverted,” and caused to “pass under the rod. Ex 20:34-38. they will be cast into God's “Melting Pot” (Ez. 22:19-22), and pass through and experience spoken of by Jeremiah and Daniel as the “TIMES OF JACOB'S TROUBLE.” Jer. 30:4-7. Dan. 12:1. Christ calls it “The Great Tribulation,”and He and Zechariah the Prophet associate it with the “Return of the Lord.” Matt.24:21-31. Zech. 14:1-11.”ii Revelation 15:1, 5-8; 16:1-21 Larkin stresses that the result will be the conversion of the Jews as a nation. Zechariah 12:10, “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Isaiah 66:8, “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such a things? Shall the earth be make to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 152 iiLarkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 143
  26. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Hi Alan, Thank you for those links, because they were indeed excellent bible studies. I look forward to your next lesson on Larkin's commentaries, and your notes.
  27. 1 point
    Alan

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Daniel, Thank you for your thoughts on who the 24 elders represent as that is an interesting study. In this Overview of Larkin’s ‘The spirit World,’ Larkin does not comment on Revelation 4 But, since “crowns” are mentioned, I will be very brief in my answer in order not to get into many other subjects. I only want to give a few words to give you spiritual food for thought. Also, I had mentioned the 24 elders and the crowns, and the timing of the Judgment Seat of Christ is my lesson # 7, Revelation 19-22 Study. Here is the link to lesson 7: http://www.onlinebaptist.com/home/topic/23115-revelation-chapter-19-22-study/?page=7 The Apostle John was a prophet with visions that came directly from God. As a prophet, Hosea 12:10 was directly applicable to him and to the saints in the church as John was a prophet to the church. Hosea 12:10 states, “I have spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” Here is a link to an excellent study on the word “signified” by Pastor Scott Markle. http://www.onlinebaptist.com/home/topic/24324-the-book-of-revelation-the-verb-signified/?page=1 As God, the Lord Jesus, is using John as a similitude; John is a similitude, or a sign, or a type, to the church. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.” Revelation 1:1 Very briefly stated, the word “signified” means a “sign.” Among other usages, God is using John as a “sign” to show us what God is going to do. In the case of the church, God is using John as a “sign,” or an, “example,” on how, and when, the coming of the Lord Jesus will take His church out of this world; what we call the “Rapture.” The coming of the Lord Jesus to take the church out of this world is the resurrection day for all of the living and dead saints when He comes. In Revelation 4:1 God is clearly using John as a “sign” to show the church, when and how, the Lord Jesus “calls us up” “with a trumpet, to meet Him in the air as Paul the Apostle clearly states in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking to me; which said Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1 John is a sign, a type, of the church when the Lord Jesus calls us up with a trumpet. Right after the church age, John says, “hereafter.” The “hereafter” is a clear reference to the 7 churches in Revelation chapter 1-3. The 24 elders in Revelation 4 & 5 already have their crowns; so, they were awarded those crowns before the events that John saw. Concerning a direct reference to the 24 elders and who they represent, Revelation 5:9 states, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” In my thoughts, this is a direct reference to the Gentiles, and not to the Jews in the Old Testament age, throughout the world in the church age that are saved after the crucifixion of Christ. Therefore, in my thoughts, the 24 elders represent the saints in the church age throwing down their crowns won at the Judgment Seat of Christ at the feet of the Lord Jesus. Alan
  28. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Thank you for sharing your notes with me because it gave me the clarification I needed. I'm looking forward to your next lesson on The Spirit World.
  29. 1 point
    (Omega)

    Answered prayers

    I was going to post this in the "Prayer Requests" forum, but I thought I'd post it here since it does not involve me praying for my brothers and sisters in Christ. I wanted to share some info on having our prayers answered, and the reason why is because most of my prayers come to pass and I want to share why I believe (according to scripture) our prayers are or are not answered. I think most of us, at one time or another, often wondered why our prayers seem to go unnoticed or unheard by God. Since the day I received the Lord into my heart, my prayers being answered grew significantly. I have a prayer log and log every prayer I've prayed for, and put a check mark next to every prayer that has been answered. But then I pondered why some of my prayers weren't answered, so I searched the scriptures for answers. Let's just say that If most of your prayers are answered, then your "batting average" is good, you are truly to be commended. Here is what John says: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us. (1st John 5:14). So the promises we have received that our prayers will be answered hang upon the caveat above -- and a good thing too. If all prayers of all believers were instantly answered in precisely the way they asked for them, 1) where would the building up of faith be, since no patience would be required, and 2) since many ask for the wrong things, even if the motive is good, the mess ensuing would be enormous. But God the Father is the perfect parent. So just as we would give our five year old a big bottle of nitroglycerine -- just because he asked for it -- so our Father knows best what we need. In my experience, He always answers our prayers -- just not in precisely the terms we cry out for; rather, giving us precisely what we do need: He knows, we usually don't, at least with precision. What can we do to make our prayers more effective? Get a better handle on the Will of God through greater attention to the Word of God. In other words, the answer to this question as to most others is "continue to grow spiritually". Some of the reasons why our prayers are not answered are the result of "unconfessed sin", or it will be answered in "God's perfect timing" for His will in our lives; and not "forgiving others for their trespasses", or it is not His will for our lives and He has better plans for us. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (John 9:31)The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. (James 5:16b-18) Prayers are the most effective when it comes to spiritual growth. We are supposed to have a saving "relationship" with our God, and not praying often (especially for others) may result in missed opportunities. Feel free to chime in if you have something else to add. God Bless, Daniel
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    (Omega)

    Can't access certain forums or reply

    Thank you BroMatt! I greatly appreciate your help.
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    No Nicolaitans

    CCM And their influence

    Always wondered what in the world that meant...thought they just made up some nifty lyric to rhyme with "burning"...
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    WellWithMySoul

    The beauty of creation

    This is what we call a "pine star". There's a lot of beauty out there!
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    Jordan Kurecki

    Missionary School

    use the link above to sign up for updates. In the near future I will begin raising support to go full time to Uganda. If the Lord leads you could consider supporting me on a monthly basis. Just saw this now. Yes the Paulichen family is a great family! they make being Canadian seem possibly acceptable ;)
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