Archive for November, 2010
What is happening in the Heavenly Sanctuary?
1. Cleansing the Saints record of sin.
2. Cleansing of the Rebellion by false conduct. Daniel 8:9-14
See 2Chronicles 36:11-14, Leviticus 16:15-16, 29-31. Colossians 2:14.
For we shall all stand before the Judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10. See Acts17:31
Two Pieces of Great News about the Judgment!!
1. All Divine Judgment is through Jesus who died to save us!!
John 5:20-22, 2Peter 3:9, 1John 1:1-4,7-9, 1John 5:11-13.
2. The Judgment is not to find out who has sinned but to see who has Faith in Jesus
See Romans 3:23,26, 8:2-4,11;John 3:16, 17:3
It is all about a relationship with Jesus. Ongoing loyalty is the result of the Divine human relationship. Colossians 1:23,Matthew 7:21-23, 1John 5:11-13. John 5:24, 2Peter 1:2-4
Further Study: 1 Corinthians1:30-2:2, 2Corinthians 5:9-21, Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:25, 8:7- 12, Revelation 14:6-7, 14-16.
In the end we are judged by how we treat each other.
See Matthew 25:31-46. SAINTS WIN!! Daniel 7:22, 27
Atonement and reconciliation have the same meaning.
“ But the LORD is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”
Saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:7
Here is a great article on worship!! Please leave a comment!!
“Essential Worship” By ANGEL MANUEL RODRIGUEZ
A Call to Worship
1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
5 The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7 For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand. Psalm 95:1-7
Worship from the Heart will cause us to be more and more Like Jesus!!!!!
And What is Jesus Like?
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:12-16
AN APPEAL TO YOUR HEART!!
The way we are to love is simple and profound all at the same time!!!
Here is exactly the way we are to love!! Let these verses of Scripture speak to your Heart as they have to mine!!! This is True Worship and the very Heart and Soul of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!!
“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that”. Ephesians 5:1-2 (The Message)
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you”. Revelation 3:20 (The Message)
For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Wintley Phipps – Amen (Live)
This will really make you enthusiastic for Jesus
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One of the greatest deceptions to enter Christianity is the concept that we don’t have to follow the law anymore. Often marshaled as proof for this is Romans 7. This video shows the vital connection between Romans 7 and 8.
THIS IS A MUST SEE VIDEO!!!
Preaching the Gospel is proclaiming God as Creator of all things!!!
The Proclamations of Three Angels
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7
Creation shows the Power of God!!!
The Power of God is creative Power!! And the Gospel is the Power of God unto Salvation!! So it follows then that the Gospel is the manifestation of Creative Power to save us from sin!!!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
God’s Awesome Creative Power to Save Us!!! Praise God!!!!!
Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse… Romans 1:16-17,19-20
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33: 6,9
All of God’s Creative Power is used on our behalf to save us!!!!
This is the Gospel In Action!!!! See Romans 1:16-17,19-20
Gospel Fellowship Group Will Meet This Sabbath 11/13/2010
We will meet this Sabbath 11/13/2010 at the home of JR & Chris for wonderful Fellowship & Study. Gospel Fellowship will begin right after Church!!
Please try to complete the study guide:
Keep in mind that an inadequate doctrine of sin will of necessity lead to an inadequate doctrine of salvation. The point is that different views of sin lead to radically different roads to salvation!!
It is vital, therefore, to clearly understand what the Bible teaches about SIN-LAW-LOVE.
The study guide entitled, SIN-LAW-LOVE, is found in the “Categories” section on this blog under “Bible Study Guides” or “Gospel Fellowship”. All “Categories” are located on the right side bar. Just print the the study guide like any other document on your computer.
I look forward to seeing you Sabbath in Church and then at Bible Study for a positive growth experience in God’s Word!!!!
Jesus is about to come!! May we experience joy and a sense of urgency as we prepare for His Coming!!
The Battle Over “Armageddon”
BY ANGEL MANUEL RODRIGUEZ
Could you tell me the meaning of the word “Armageddon” in Revelation 16:16? I keep getting different answers.
You will continue to hear different opinions, I’m afraid. Sometimes we confront biblical information that is ambiguous and subject to several possible interpretations, making it difficult to interpret the one that expresses for certain what the biblical author intended to say. In those cases we simply have to examine the possibilities, identify those that are compatible with the immediate context, and accept our limitations as interpreters by acknowledging that lack of information gives us several ways of reading a particular passage. The meaning of “Armageddon” is one of these situations.
I will comment briefly on the components of the name, and then on the two main possible interpretations of it.
1. Components of the Name: The noun Armageddon, written in Greek as Harmagedon, designates the place where the forces of evil gather to fight the Lord. The text states that it is a Hebrew name. Hence, most interpreters find in the name the combination of two Hebrew words. The first is har, which in Hebrew means “mountain, mount.” But the second part of the word, magedon, is the bone of contention. Is there a Hebrew word that corresponds to the Greek spelling?
2. Mount of Megiddo: The traditional solution has been to find in the term magedon a reference to the ancient city of Megiddo in Israel. The name of that city is spelled in the Greek translation of the Old Testament as Mageddo (Joshua 17:11) or as Magedon (2 Chron. 35:22), the same spelling we find in Revelation 16:16. The same spelling would support this interpretation. The problem is that we do not find in the Old Testament the noun Megiddo preceded by the term har (“mountain”). There is no such place as Har-Magedon.
Some have attempted to partially solve the problem suggesting that “mountain” refers to the mountain that was in front of the city of Megiddo, namely, Mount Carmel. That was the mountain on which Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal and the Lord revealed Himself as the true object of worship. In context that would mean that Armageddon is Satan’s last attempt to become the sole object of worship on Planet Earth. That function of the name nicely fits the message of Revelation, but the explanation of the name itself is far from certain.
3. Mount of Assembly: The other main possibility is to find in Harmagedon a reference to Isaiah 14:13, where we find the Hebrew phrase har moced, usually rendered “mount of assembly.” The main problem here is again a linguistic one. The g of magedon is absent from moced, as well as the ending on. The vowels are not exactly the same, but that is not a major problem, because the Hebrew script did not have vowels. The g is not a major problem.
Confused? Let me explain. The raised c in moced represents a sound absent in English and Greek languages. When writing Hebrew names the Greeks tended to use the letter gamma (English: g) to represent it. Therefore, maged could be the way moced was written in Greek. Are you still with me?
What about the on ending (Armageddon)? It is argued that the ending was added to the Hebrew word in order to make the noun sound like a Greek word. Possible, but we cannot be absolutely certain that John had that in mind when he used the word “Armageddon.”
However, that interpretation of the term nicely fits the context. Isaiah 14:13 describes Lucifer’s intention to sit enthroned on the “mount of assembly,” that is to say, in God’s heavenly dwelling, as if he were God. Revelation uses that language in order to demonstrate that Lucifer has not given up his plans and that he will try again to occupy God’s place on this planet. The battle of Armageddon is Lucifer’s last attempt to occupy the mount of assembly, to be like God.
Even though we have two different interpretations of “Armageddon,” they both reach basically the same conclusion concerning the message encoded in that term. They’re both compatible with the message of the book of Revelation. Therefore, one could chose one over the other and still agree in terms of its meaning in the book. So please, do not be dogmatic.
Angel Manuel Rodríguez is associate director of the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference.