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II Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Psalms 27:8
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lᴏʀᴅ, will I seek.

 

What does it mean to seek the Lords face?

To seek His approval, his favor, his blessings, his salvation….

Hebrews 11
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

 

How does someone SEEK GOD?

Through prayer, Bible Study and receiving the Word as it is preached…. 

John 5
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me

 

 

God is not LOST. Why do we need to find Him?

Because GOD and His Kingdom are HIDDEN!

Isaiah 45:15
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

 

 

Notice Jobs Quest for his God

Job 23
 3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
 8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
 9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
 10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
 11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
 12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

 

Why is this URGENT?

Isaiah 55
 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 

Jesus only comes for those who are SEEKING HIM!

Malachi 3
 1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Deuteronomy 4
 29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

2 Chronicles 15:2 [Azariah]
And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin;
The Lord is with you, while ye be with him;
and if ye seek him, he will be found of you;
but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Jeremiah 29
 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 

To find the KING, look for HIS KINGDOM!

 

Matthew 6
 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

 

EUREKA! We have found HIM!

 

John 1
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Acts 17:11

These [Berean Jews] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Acts 17:27 [Paul preaching at Mar’s Hill]

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Proverbs 8:17 [Wisdom – the LOGOS – the Aleph-Tav]

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Matthew 7:7
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 7:8
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

Dont wait to SEARCH. Time is running out!

 

Isaiah 55:6 “while He may be found” clearly shows that there will be a time when He may NOT be found!

Proverbs 1:27-29

27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:

 

Amos 8:11-13

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

 

 

John 7:34
Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

 

John 8:21
Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
1/04/2009

Luke 18:18-27

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
26 And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

1 Corinthians 1:21-28

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

 

Luke 13:22-28

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 

Matthew 7:13-14

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

 

 

Jesus made it very clear – and Paul confirmed it….

Relatively speaking, ONLY A FEW

(as opposed to MANY)

will be saved!

 

THE QUESTION REMAINS

Who, then, can be saved?

Jesus said.

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them,
They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick:
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

Matthew 21:31

… Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

 

 

Notice the kinds of people to whom Jesus ministered….

“Sick” and “Sinners”

 

  • A woman possessed by 7 demons

Mary Magdalene

Luke 8:1-3

1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

 

  • A man so thoroughly demon-possessed that he lived in the tombs

Mark 5 – country of the Gadarenes

 

  • A Sinner Woman

Luke 7

36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

 

  • Woman at the Well

John 4 – she had had 5 husbands….

and the one she was living with was not her husband

 

  • An adulterous woman

John 8 – caught in the very act!

… but Jesus said, “neither do I condemn thee…. Go and sin no more!”

 

  • A Publican/Tax-collector with questionable business practices

Luke 19Zacchaeus

… and he was rich….

But he was lost! (v.10 … “come to seek and to save the lost”)

Yet, notice the final outcome:

Jesus said, “This day is salvation come to your house!”

 

  • Social outcasts 10 lepers

Luke 17:12-19

Only one was made whole … because he returned to give Glory to God.

“Your faith has made you whole.”

 

 

The NT Church was born on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2!

We are the Body of Jesus Christ,

And we continue to minister and reach out

To those who are ‘socially undesirable’

just as Jesus did!

 

  • The very ones who crucified Jesus and persecuted the Church, the Body of Christ

Peter preached in Acts 2 addressing the Jews,

the very ones who were guilty of crucifying our Lord

“This same Jesus whom you have crucified….”

When they heard this they were cut in their heart….

What shall we do?

Acts 2:38!

Peter preached to Cornelius (Gentiles) in Acts 10

He was a Roman Centurion,

The very class of people who were literally the ones responsible

for physically nailing Jesus to the cross!

Saul (Acts 9) was persecuting the Church Jesus Christ!

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

1 Timothy 1:13

Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Regardless of your past/present condition,

YOU can be saved today!!

-the same way the Jews were in Acts 2

and the Samaritans were in Acts 8

and Saul was in Acts 9

and the Gentiles were in Acts 10

and the Philippians were in Acts 16

and the Ephesians were in Acts 19….

 

Acts 2:38-39

Repent

and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins

and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!

For the Promise

(“you shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost”)

Is unto YOU

And YOUR CHILDREN

And ALL WHO ARE FAR OFF

Even AS MANY as the Lord our God shall call!

 

Remember Luke 18:27!

The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

 

You may be facing IMPOSSIBLE challenges in your life….

Addictions

Diseases

Financial ruin

Marital distress

Mental/emotional disorders

But WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

 

1 Cor. 6:9-12

“such WERE some of you”

the unrighteous….
fornicators
idolaters
adulterers
effeminate [sissy men]
abusers of themselves with mankind [homosexuals]
thieves
covetous
drunkards
revilers
extortioners

 

Wherever you are right now,

If you will reach out to Jesus

He’s reaching out to you!

You can be saved today!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
08/02/2015

 

A Glorious Church

 

Ephesians 5:23-32

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32 This is a great mystery:
but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

 

What’s so glorious about the Church?

 

Glory==>brightness, brilliance, radiant, glowing, shining, illuminating

 

  • The Church is the “forethought” of God (not the afterthought);
    it is Plan A, not Plan B;
    it is NOT a contingency plan….
  • God planned the Church before the world began
    [Titus 1:2]
  • The first Man, Adam, was created by God from the dust of the ground
    [Genesis 2:7]
  • This Man [First Adam] was a Type of Christ [Last Adam], who is the very image of God
    [Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 1 Corinthians 11:7;  2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:17]
  • God then made the first Woman from a bone taken from the side of the Man whom He had put to sleep for this specific purpose
    [Genesis 2:21-22]
  • This Woman was a Type of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, which was taken from the wounded side of Christ who was “put to sleep” at Calvary for this very purpose
    [Ephesians 5:32]
  • All humanity are God’s creation and thus we are all God’s children in a generic sense
    [Malachi 2:10]
  • Only the Church belongs to God by purchase or redemption
    [Acts 20:28]
  • The whole world is the field; the church is the treasure in the field; God purchased the field to obtain the treasure; He paid for the whole world but what He wants is the Church
    [Matthew 13:44]
  • There is no salvation since Pentecost (Acts 2, beginning of New Testament) outside the Church
    [Acts 4:12]
  • You MUST be Born Again!
    [John 3:3,5,7]
  • 4000+ years of recorded history of Man produced a young Jewish maiden chosen of God to bring forth Messiah, the Savior of the World
    [Luke 1:27]
  • When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His son, made of a woman, made under the Law [Torah], to redeem them who were under the Law [Torah] (all humanity)
    [Galatians 4:4]

 

 

Notice how Paul uses such glowing language when speaking of the New Covenant and the NT Church!

 

2 Corinthians 3:5-18

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it [Israel] shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

 

The CHURCH is GLORIOUS because ITS HEAD is GLORIOUS!

 

  • On the mount of transfiguration, Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured or “glorified” before them, and there appeared unto them with Jesus Moses and Elijah – representing the OT ministry of the Law and the Prophets; but only Jesus remained with them after the Voice spoke – this is my beloved Son, hear Him – and when the glory cloud was lifted!
    [Matthew 17:1-5]
  • The Church, the Body of Christ, is the zenith of the Glory of God in His dealings with humanity
    [Hebrews 1:3]
  • The Church is the Highest Expression of Deity apart from Jesus Christ Himself!
  • Jesus Christ is Deity fused with Humanity;
    [God was IN CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 5:19]
    the Church is Humanity infused with Jesus!
    [Christ IN YOU the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27]
  • The OT rituals of the LAW were a schoolmaster to bring us (Humanity) to Christ and the New Covenant!
    [Galatians 3:24-25]
  • God gave the world HIMSELF – JESUS, God in Christ, the Word manifest in the Flesh;
    [John 3:16a]
  • God gives HIS HOLY SPIRIT, the Holy Ghost or the Spirit of Christ, to all who BELIEVE IN HIM!
    [John 3:16b; Acts 2:38]
  • This BODY of BELIEVERS is the BODY OF CHRIST!
    [Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12, 5:23; Colossians 1:24]
  • God is going to give Himself a GIFT:
    the CHURCH! – a “bride” taken out of His own side, prepared and adorned specifically for Him
    [Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7-8, 21:2,9]

 

What’s so GLORIOUS about the CHURCH?

 

We are the BRIDE OF CHRIST, HIS BODY!!

1 Peter 2:9

 

We are a CHOSEN GENERATION!

 

We are a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD!

 

We are HOLY NATION!

 

We are a PECULIAR PEOPLE!

 

We show forth the Praises of HIM
who called us out of darkness
into HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT!

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/09/2014

ECHAD vs SHALOSH

shema

Deuteronomy 6:4

When God says ECHAD [One] he doesn’t mean SHALOSH [Three].

There is never a place in scripture where ECHAD is used to convey SHALOSH.

God knows how to count.

There is a distinct difference between ECHAD and SHALOSH.

Genesis 1:5 “Day One” or “Day First”
יֹום אֶחָֽד׃

Genesis 1:13 “Day Third”
יֹום שְׁלִישִֽׁי׃

The First Day — Yom Echad — was not THREE DAYS! –and neither was it the Third Day — Yom Sheliyshiy.

James 2:19 AMP
19 You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that].
The demons also believe [that],
and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]!

God is ONE.

The NATURE or ESSENCE of God is ONE–not THREE!

There are many Trinitarians who claim to believe in ONE GOD but who insist that GOD IS THREE in ESSENCE, i.e., they believe God exists in THREE PERSONS. When confronted with the SHEMA, they point to ECHAD and cry “compound unity”, as though the aspect of UNITY somehow magically and mysteriously replaces the fundamental concept of UNIT in the word ECHAD [ONE] with SHALOSH (THREE)!

It is not clear if these folks are attacking a STRAW MAN or waving a RED HERRING…. Either way, they are clearly missing the point with their fallacy.

No one could possibly honestly read the Bible and come away with the impression that ECHAD ever means more than ONE–much less that it means THREE.

The Bible clearly teaches that God is ONE.

To teach that God is THREE or anything else other than ONE is HERESY.

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/17/2017

Hubris

A Word Study with Commentary

 

 

Definition 1: exaggerated pride or self-confidence

 

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hubris

 

 

Definition 2: excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.

 

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hubris

 

Definition 3: Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance

 

Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/hubris

 

Definition 4: insulting, degrading treatment

 

Source: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/heroicbehavior/g/Hubris.htm

 

 

The apostle Paul used the term “hubris” in the sense of Definition 4 (insulting, degrading treatment) in 2 Corinthians 12:10, where it is translated “reproaches” in the KJV.

 

2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches [Gr. hybris], in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 

Reproaches

Strong’s G1596 – hybris

ὕβρις

hybris

1) insolence

  1. a) impudence, pride, haughtiness

2) a wrong springing from insolence, an injury, affront, insult

3) mental injury and wantonness of its infliction being prominent

4) injury inflicted by the violence of a tempest

 

Source: http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5196&t=KJV

 

It appears that there were some who did not treat the great apostle with the appropriate amount of respect and decorum, and were apparently rude and insulting in their speech and in their behavior toward him. Who but the presumptuously foolish would so ill-treat such a true Man of God?

I observe that hubris in thought becomes hubris in word and in deed.

It is sad to know that among the list of the apostle’s personal perils is the category of “false brethren”.

2 Corinthians 11:26

In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

As bad as the trauma imposed by thieves and robbers, as bad as the shameful treatment he received at the hands of his own countrymen—was the pain and suffering inflicted upon Paul by men who called themselves apostolic preachers, but who in reality were shameless charlatans and “hubristic” hypocrites, some of whom were deliberately saying insincere things from pulpits, hoping to make things worse for him.

Philippians 1:16

The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

 

I sometimes shake my head in disbelief at the things “apostolic” preachers say about and do to their fellow brethren.

 

Incredible, unbelievable, unmistakable and undeniable hubris….

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
03/05/2013

More Eschatological Considerations….

 

The Olivet discourse of Matthew 24-25, where Jesus spoke of His Second Coming and warned extensively about the days of the Tribulation that would accompany it, was not spoken to or about the NT Church. Rather, it was addressed to and about national Israel [Matt. 24:16 “them which be in Judaea”]. The event known as the “Rapture” of the NT Church is not mentioned or referenced in these sayings of Jesus.

 

Much of Jesus’ ministry specifically targeted His own people according to the flesh–the people of the nation of Israel.

 

Romans 15:8

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 

On the other hand, when Paul spoke to the NT Church concerning the return of Jesus Christ for the NT Church he clearly indicated that there was absolutely no need for them to be concerned that the “Day of the Lord” or the Tribulation was present!

 

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our gathering together to [meet] Him, we beg you, brethren,

2 Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here.

3 Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

 

 

Summary of Scriptural teaching on the Coming of the Lord

 

The scriptures teach a pre-millennial, pre-trib catching away of the NT Church.

 

There will also be a mid-trib catching away of 144,000 Israelite men who are saved according to the Acts 2:38 message just prior to the middle of the Tribulation.

 

There will also be a post-trib catching away of the Tribulation Saints, who will be comprised of Israelites as well as people from all over the world who were saved according to the Acts 2:38 message during the Tribulation.

 

NOTE: There are several ranks or classes of “saved” people.

 

1 Corinthians 15:22-23

22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

23 But every man in his own order [or, rank]: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [parousia].

 

The first “coming” of Christ [to the earth] was to a stable in Bethlehem.

 

There will be a SECRET “coming” of Christ for His NT Church [i.e., like a thief in the night]. At this time, Christ does not return to the earth; instead, we will be caught up to meet him in the air [1 Thess. 4:17].

 

The second “coming” of Christ [to the earth] will be at the end of the Tribulation period. This is what is described in Matt. 24 and Rev. 19.

 

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier
09/10/2014

 

Eschatological Considerations….

 

Revelation 13
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

 

Those who believe the Church will go through the Tribulation have been known to point to Rev. 13:7 as one of the reasons for believing this.

 

However, consider the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 16:18….

 

“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

In order for the “saints” being referenced in Rev. 13:7 to be “the Church” in the process of going through the Tribulation, then the words of Jesus in Matt. 16:18 would have to be discarded as at least hyperbole and at worst prevarication!

 

Why?

 

Because in Rev. 13:7 we see what some are claiming is “the Church” being OVERCOME by the dark forces of Hell–when Jesus proclaimed that the gates of Hell would not prevail against “the Church!”

 

 

An additional point to ponder….

 

Notice v. 9…. “If any many have an hear, let him hear.”

 

Interestingly, the similar admonition found 7 times in Revelation 2 & 3 specifically lists the scope of what the Spirit was saying as being limited to the ecclesia… “the Church”.

 

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

 

See Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13 & 22.

 

It seems obvious that what is being spoken in Rev. 13 is NOT being addressed to “the Church” in the manner of that which was being spoken in Rev. 2 & 3 was.

 

This is just another small clue showing that “the saints” of Rev. 13:7 are not “the Church” as we know it today.

 

Rather, this term is referring to the “Holy Ones” of the Age to Come, i.e., those who will be saved out of the Tribulation.

 

 

Pastor Tim Cormier
08/27/2014

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