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Christians & Rioting Part 6

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Godly Constraints to Evil

The Church

The final restraint is the church, a spiritual restraint

  • The Spirit who indwells us truly changes our default nature.

Internal Restraint

James 1:14–15 (NKJV) 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.   15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

  • The real cure for problems in the world is to change human beings internally (the heart) because that’s where all the sin originates. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

  • You become a new kind of person.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)  26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  • The Church via the process of Salvation makes new hearts. 
  • The power of God then comes from the inside, overpowering that corruption. 

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How Should Christians Respond to the Riots?

Romans 13:1-7 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Christians are to be:

  • Good citizens
  • Lawful
  • Obedient to the authorities unless they ask/require us to sin
  • Peaceful and quiet:

    Romans 12:18 (NKJV)  18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

    1 Thessalonians 4:10–12 (NKJV)  10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;   11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,   12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Never with Despair or Hopelessness

No matter how hard things are or in what situation we find ourselves in, Christians should never despair or be hopeless.

  • No matter what, we are to live for Jesus and know that the day is coming soon when all the hopelessness of this life will be no more:

(2 Corinthians 4:8-11) – “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

Prayers of Repentance

(2 Chronicles 7:14) – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

(Psalm 81:13-16) – “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” (NKJV)

  • National repentance starts with personal repentance.
  • We must repent individually and then move on to teach our families, friends and those we influence.

Pray for Godly Courage

Pray for preachers, teachers and leaders who will proclaim the truth and wake up America. Pray that when the time comes, no matter what the circumstance, you will choose Christ over all else.

(Matthew 10:32-33) – “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. “(NKJV; emphasis mine)

Expectation

Christians should respond with expectation and the knowledge and awareness of the decline of our country.

Discernment

Instead, as wise Christians, we must be discerning in knowing the truth from a dream.

(2 Timothy 3:1) – “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

In context, this is speaking of the last days of humanity, but in application, it is equally true that in the last days of the nation’s existence, perilous times will be the natural result.

Longing for Heaven

It is a Godly byproduct of suffering in trials that our longing for Heaven is naturally increased.

(Revelation 21:3-4) – “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)

Opportunities for God

All the troubles of this world open the doors of opportunity for the next.

  • In a very real sense, if the decline of America will bring about true hope and salvation, then it is a decline that we should hope for, even if it scares us.

Who is to blame for rioting, looting, turmoil and destruction?

  • The sinful human heart is the real culprit
  • Salvation is the only real and lasting solution
  • Only the return of Christ will end sin for once and for all.
  • Until then, persecution refines the church. Chaos creates hopeless which results in people looking for answers.

People looking for answers are more open to the Gospel.

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Revelation Bible Study – Pt 11

PreMillennialism & Amillennialism

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

The Thousand Years

Revelation 20:1  Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit[a] and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand yearsand threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand yearsThe rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Premillennialism Defined

John F. Walvoord a leading proponent, defines Premillennialism as “an interpretation that the Second Coming of Christ will occur before His literal reign of one thousand years on earth.” After His victorious intervention into history, Christ will personally reign from Jerusalem producing a time of peace, prosperity and righteousness. Premillennialists see the present era as the Church Age, which is a separate and distinct work in God’s plan from that of Israel. Christ’s redemptive work is the only basis for salvation regardless of the period of time a believer lives under.

Premillennialism is the teaching concerning the end times (eschatology).  It says that there is a future millennium (1000 years as mentioned in Revelation 20) where Christ will rule and reign over the earth. 

  • At the beginning of the millennium Satan and his angels will be bound and peace will exist on the entire earth.  
  • At the end of the 1000 years Satan will be released in order to raise an army against Jesus.  
  • Jesus will destroy them, and then the final judgment will take place with the new heavens and the new earth being made.

The basic remaining timeline of God in human affairs for a Premillennialist* is:

  • The Rapture of the Church
  • The Tribulation for 7 Years (with the last 3.5 years being The Great Tribulation)
  • The Battle of Armageddon
  • The Second Coming Of Jesus
  • Jesus Rules the World from David’s Throne for 1000 Years
  • Satan’s Final Rebellion (which Jesus decimates with just a word)
  • Satan and the Demons are cast in the Lake of Fire Forever
  • The Earth and Heavens are dissolved in fire and re-created anew
  • The Great White Throne Judgment
  • Eternity Begins

*There are differing views on when the Rapture occurs; I’ll not address that here. I’ve stated the timeline I believe.

Amillennialism Defined

Amillennialism is described by Floyd E. Hamilton as a view “that Christ’s millennial kingdom extends from His Resurrection from the tomb to the time of His Second Coming on the clouds at the end of this age”. At no time will Christ reign on the earth in Jerusalem. “On earth, Christ’s kingdom ‘is not of this world,’ but He reigns especially in the hearts of His people on earth, . . . for a ‘thousand years,’ the perfect, complete time between the two comings of Christ.” After the Second Coming of Christ, believers from all of history will enter into heaven for eternity immediately following the final and single judgment of all mankind.

Amillennialism teaches there is no literal 1000-year reign of Christ as referenced in Revelation 20.  

  • It sees the 1000-year period spoken of in Revelation 20 as figurative.  
  • Instead, it teaches that we are in the millennium now, and that at the return of Christ (1 Thess. 4:16 – 5:2) there will be the final judgment and the heavens and the earth will then be destroyed and remade (2 Pet. 3:10).

The basic remaining timeline of God in human affairs for an Amillennialist is:

  • We are living in the Millennial Kingdom now which is spiritual, Christ is reigning from Heaven
  • The Second Coming
  • Satan and the Demons are cast in the Lake of Fire Forever
  • The Earth and Heavens are dissolved in fire and re-created anew
  • The Great White Throne Judgment
  • Eternity Begins

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Christians & Rioting Part 5

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Godly Constraints to Evil

Government

Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

The law is to convict sinners, to drive them to a Savior.

The law is to act in society as a restraint.

The law is as the path of obedience, clear boundaries for good and righteous behavior.

All humanity is under the law of God.

  • The divine law of God is written on every human hear
  • This reflects God’s holy standard and for those with a conscience are self-evident

God ordained that the living sacrificial church would be synergistic with a God-fearing, righteous Government… to the benefit of the culture and society.

Conscience

Romans 2:15 (NKJV) 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

  • From the very start, God declared that sinful man would have the divine knowledge of good and evil written on their hearts:

Romans 1:20 (NKJV) 20 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.

This separates us from animals (as a side note, this also proves the Bible about origins; evolution has no answer for where “conscience” came from):

Ethical sense and moral consciousness are part of being human, the law in the heart.

Family

God created the family unit to constrain evil and pass down righteousness.

  • Family is the building block of society. 
  • God has established the family to be a loving, truthful, exemplary place that restrains evil in the next generation.

Children don’t naturally constrain their sin, fear God and honor their parents.

  • Proverbs 19:18. “Discipline your son while there is hope and do not desire his death.”  Undisciplined children die young. 

You Reap What You Sow

Through modern psychology, self-esteem and prosperity we have raised generations now who are then indoctrinated that:

  • there is no God (evolution),
  • all the past institutions are to be rebelled against,
  • America is not only not great; it is a racist greedy nation deserving only destruction.
  • family is whatever you want it to be.
  • marriage is antiquated and redefined to “anyone who loves someone(s)”
  •  and laws are optional based on whether you agree with them or not.

And we are somehow shocked at what we see today?

Next time we will talk about how the Church is the ultimate restraint of sin…

To be continued…


Revelation Bible Study – Part 10 (Signs of the End)

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

Matthew 24: 3  As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 

The Sign of Global Travel and a Global Explosion of Knowledge.

  • Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase (Isaiah 11:9).

The Sign of Global Weather

  • Luke 21:25-26 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 The Sign of Global Telecommunication and Television

  • Revelation 11:9-10 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
  • Revelation 17:8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The Sign of Global Evangelism

  • Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
  • Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

The Sign of Global Pestilences

  • Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

The Sign of Global Tracking and Positioning

  • Revelation 13:16-17 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

The Sign of Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Matthew 24:21-22 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

The Sign of the Return of the Wandering Jews to the Promised Land

  • Ezekiel 37:21-22 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

The Sign of Israel Building a Security Wall

  • Israel has been building now for three years the most notorious wall in the world, trying to slow the flow of suicide bombers.

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Revelation Bible Study – Part 9 (3:14-21)

Revelation Bible Study Notes & Aids

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.

15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

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Christians & Rioting Part 4

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Romans 1:28-29a And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;   29 being filled with all unrighteousness…

How will the debased mind of Romans 1 be manifested in society?

Voddie Baucham – “Ethnic Gnosticism”

Voddie Baucham talks about “ethnic Gnosticism”, where a group of one skin color has special insight into racial issues that others don’t have and cannot have unless taught to them and they accept it without question.

  • Gnostics: gnosis, knowledge; secret knowledge, insider knowledge, knowledge that makes it “us vs. them”.
  • ETHNIC GNOSTICISM SUMMED UP: You are racist if you have certain skin color, and if you don’t know that you are racist you must be taught by me why you are a racist.. and by virtue of me having a certain skin color, I know instinctively what racism is, and what it looks like and no one must teach me to discern it.
  • The ethnic Gnostics have special knowledge about race that cannot be questioned or DENIED… denial is just further proof of the ignorance of the non-Gnostic.

This Is Not Confined to Black Vs. White

Throughout all human history this mindset has been common and remains so today:

  • Blacks vs. Whites
  • Asians vs. Hispanics
  • Spaniards vs. Mexicans
  • Central American Hispanics vs. Indigenous Indians
  • Muslims vs. Infidels

Ethnic Gnosticism is broken, wrong and unchristian whether by whites or blacks. It is unChristlike in every form.

Victim Gnosticism

Its not just a black/white skin color issue its any of the “victim” groups today:

  • Women just “know” when males are being sexist (always); men can just shut up
  • Homosexuals just “know” you are bigoted, and you must be taught to realize you are
  • Transgenders just “know” you are oppressing them even if you claim you are not or you’ve not actual done anything oppressive
  • Class warfare: the poor “know” the rich are oppressing them… the rich need to learn their lesson while the poor simply “know” by default instinct

Ethnic Gnosticism elevates a physical characteristic as a sign that one group of people is elevated above another in privilege, authority and knowledge and cannot be questioned or criticized.

Why not just ignore it (ie. “color blind”)?

  • Because its not possible, nor reality
  • We have skin color, we have heritage, we have culture

The beauty of Christianity is that it acknowledges humans of all ethnicities as equally LOST and salvation brings us all into God’s family as equals.

Paul recognized ethnicity:

  • Romans 9:1-5 9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
  • Paul was passionate about “his people” … but that was not more important than their lost souls, nor did Paul elevate any ethnicity as superior to others

Christianity takes all ethnicities, all cultures and recognizes the only TWO REAL groups of people there are: saved and unsaved. There are only the two types of people according to the Bible:

From Matt 25… “Every person who has ever lived will be gathered before Jesus, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

And He will place those who are SAVED on His right, and those are LOST on the left. Then Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come, good and faithful servants, WELL DONE… you are blessed and now have eternal life.”

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘I don’t know you because you rejected Me…. depart from Me, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And the lost will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Lost or saved… the only two groups of humanity when it really counts.

Approval of Evil

It’s not just the practice of evil, it goes further than that:

  • Scripture says they “approve of those who do”. Do what? Evil.
  • The equivalent today is “we elect those who approve of our wickedness, who will not prosecute evil and will criminalize anyone who does not actively approve as well

Systemic Wickedness

The Truth is, man is evil at heart, apart from God.

  • It is not social, it is systemic
  • It is personal, and nobody is excluded

Man naturally is a sinful beast at heart who rejects God, rejects His law, rebels, does not fear God. We were all born with that internal wretchedness that corrupts and defiles.

  • Jesus: Mark 7:20–23 (NKJV) 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.   21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries (moicheia sex of any kind that violates a marriage covenant), fornications (porneia pornography), murders,   22 thefts, covetousness Greediness, wickedness (ponēria malicious evil), deceit, lewdness (aselgeia lewdness of behavior and speech), an evil eye, blasphemy (blasphēmia, abusive, blasphemous speech), pride, foolishness.   23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

This is a profound look at the condition of the human heart.

All People Are Sinners, Without Exception

Not all are equally sinful relative to each other, but all are bent in the same direction; and if you allow them to, they will run their wretchedness as far as you will let them.

Since humanity is so deceitful and so depraved and so degenerate and so dangerous, so destructive, so deadly, how did God ever expect us to survive?

Next time we will talk about what God has put in place to constrain the evil tendency of the human heart…

To be continued…