Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

  • The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For Then, For Now, And For The Days Ahead! 
  • A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1, Part 2
  • “You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”  Part 9   

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The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For Then, For Now, And For The Days Ahead!

04-01-2018     Part 1    

 I will be reading from a paraphrase of vs. 20-23.  So, it might be a little different than your version.  But follow along in your Bible or device.

Now vs. 20.  But now, Christ is from the dead, and has become the first fruits or the prototype of those resurrected who have passed away or, fallen asleep.                                                                                            Vs. 21. Because since by a man came death, by a Man also came the resurrection of the dead.                            Vs. 22. For as in Adam all die!  Even so in Christ all shall be made alive or resurrected.

Now, notice the promise!

Vs. 23.  But each one in their own order.  Christ was the first fruits or the prototype to be resurrected.  So afterward, those who are Christ's or belong to Christ will be also when He returns, at His second coming!

Please notice how important the resurrection of Christ from the dead along with the prediction of His return, notice how they are linked together and totally inseparable.

For this is the reason that since the first one as happened, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

And so, will the other one as well, the predicted return of Jesus Christ to this earth!

So then, during this special month of April.  On this Resurrection Sunday, 2018, with God’s help, let us return back to an important topic that we have been learning about since April and December of 2017.

For we called this topic, “The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For then, For now, And For The Days Ahead!”

Listen, Jesus foretold and predicted prophetically some of the major things that would occur in His days, that would lead up to His own death, burial, and bodily Resurrection.

But Jesus also foretold and predicted prophetically about some of the major things that will occur in the days that would lead up to His second coming as well.

Now, back in December of 2017, we considered a few things that the Bible said would occur in the days that will lead up to the LORD’s second coming.

This morning let’s begin for we will only be able to start this area, and hopefully You can be with Us this month so you can receive the hope, the insight and the understanding about this important matter.

And here in Matthew 24:  Let’s start with one of the major things that the Lord Jesus taught prophetically that will occur in the days that will lead us to His second coming.

In fact, His Disciples ask Him directly about such things.

Notice Matthew 24: 3. Now, as Jesus 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 world or age?

Now, at this point our LORD begins to outlines some of the events and circumstances that will occur, before & during His second coming.

See Matthew 24:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 6.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.                                                                                                                           Vs. 7.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.                                                                                                          Vs. 8.  All these are the these, are some of the events and circumstances that beginning of sorrows, or are like birth pangs.                                                                                                                                                              Now, will occur, before and during His second coming.

Notice vs. 6 again, and you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.                                                                        But see that you are not troubled; for all these things mentioned must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

See vs. 7.   For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.                                                Listen, Jesus predicts a global increase and a greater intensity of turmoil, and conflict, and misunderstandings among peoples and nations leading up to His return.

Next, our LORD predicts that there will be famines!                                                                                                    Jesus predicts that there will be major global shortages, and a lack of essential resources.

Next, our LORD predicts that there will be pestilences or plagues!                                                                    Jesus predicts that there will be uncontrollable illnesses and diseases across the world.

And finally, Jesus said there would be earthquakes in various places around the world.

Listen, this prediction of a specific kind of devastating natural disaster is special!

Because this prediction is not broad and speculative, but it is narrow and precise.

Now, this is not the only time that our Lord Jesus shared prophetically with the Disciples about His return, His second coming!

For in Luke 21: 1-28, you can observe the other occasion when Jesus shared prophetically with the Disciples about His Return, His second coming!

But for right now, I Just want to focus on Luke 21: 9-11.                                                                                     Notice vs. 9, Jesus is speaking, but when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.                                                                    Vs. 10. Then Jesus said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.                          Vs. 11. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs, from Heaven.

Now, notice vs. 11 again!  And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; And there will be fearful sights and great signs, from heaven.

Question, can we know what the last part of vs. 11 is referring to? And there will be fearful sights and great signs, from heaven.”

Notice Luke 21: 25&26.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 25.  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;                                                                                                        Vs. 26.  People's hearts failing them from fear, because of the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken!

Wow!  I thought this was Easter Sunday?                                                                                                               This is depressing!                                                                                                                                                         I thought you are supposed to talk about positive things on a day like this?                                                           I don’t like messages like this!                                                                                                                                      I wish I had stayed home and watched that nice man on tv.  That preacher who always says nice things and makes me feel good,

But maybe that is the reason why you are here with us this morning!   Are you ready?  Are you prepared in your heart, for the things that Jesus predicted that will come to pass leading up to His return?

Unfortunately, most people are not ready.                                                                                                                Most people are totally unprepared in their hearts!                                                     

For example, most people are not prepared or ready.  And only a few are ready and prepared for a disaster or any kind of emergency.

And in this case, there are three types of people!                                                                                                      1. Those that are unconvinced that there a need to be ready!                                                                                    2. Those that are getting ready.                                                                                                                                    3. Those that are staying ready.

First, there are those that are unconvinced that there is a need to be or misinformed.  They are in denial.  Or, they could care less!

Secondly, there are those that are getting ready!  For they are uninformed ready.

These are those that may be procrastinating!  They are very distracted with other priorities, or situations, or circumstances.  Or, they are preoccupied with certain needs, or, demands, or temptations.  But they are trying to get ready!

And lastly, there are those who stay ready.

They have an action plan. They have a reserve and other resources available. They are staying up-to-date and informed.  They are a realist, not a pessimist, nor an Idealist.  But a realist, hoping for the best, but they are prepared for the worst!

This morning I’m convince that the Lord brought us together to inform anyone, that you might be spiritually and relationally with God, like one of those three types of people that we just mentioned.

First, you may be like those that are unconvinced that there Is a need to be ready!

Perhaps you are biblically uniformed or misinformed.  Maybe, you are spiritually in denial.  Or, maybe you are in unbelief, or could care less about such things to come!

Secondly, you may be like those that are getting ready.  But, you procrastinate too much!  Or, you are very distracted with other priorities, or situations, or circumstances.  Or, you ae preoccupied with certain needs, or demands, or temptations.   

But lastly, hopefully you are like those who stay ready!

You make time for prayer, seeking to know God’s will and purpose for you!                                                      You are staying up-to-date and informed about what the bible has to say about the second coming of Jesus Christ.  And, with God’s help, you are a realist, not a pessimist, nor an idealist.  But, a realist, hoping for the best, but you are prepared for whatever might come.    

Maybe you are here today,   And your heart has been touched, and your mind has been renewed by God to see your need for the LORD. 

Perhaps you would say, I do not have a personal relationship with God.

In fact, I've been running from God, instead of running to Him.                                                                        Doing my own thing.                                                                                                                                                Doing that which pleases me.                                                                                                                                  Yet, I must admit I am lost,                                                                                                                                              And I'm in need of a Savior and a Lord over my Life!

Please listen, to these words from Romans 10:                                                                                                        Vs. 9.   that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.                                                                                                                              Vs. 10.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.                                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 13.  For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

04-08-2018     Part 2   

Let’s continue with our current topic, “The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For Then, For Now, And For The Days Ahead!”

Listen, Jesus not only foretold and predicted prophetically some of the major things that would occur in His days, that would lead up to His own death, burial, and bodily resurrection.

But Jesus also foretold and predicted prophetically about some major things that will occur in the days that would lead up to His second coming as well.

Now last Sunday, we saw in Matthew 24: 6-8 some of the events and circumstances that will occur, before and during His second coming that would be bad.

However, briefly this morning, we will see how the Lord Jesus taught prophetically that things would go from bad to worse in the days that will lead up to His second coming.

Listen, the Lord Jesus, here in Matthew 24: 21, is teaching that things will go from bad to worse in the days that will lead up to His second coming.

Now, notice again Matthew 24:                                                                                                                                 Vs. 21.  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.

The words “Great Tribulation,” are very important in establishing a certain period of time to come!

In fact, with the help of Daniel 9: 27, there is a prediction of a one-week period of time, which is actually a seven-year time of tribulation, that would be better understood in three parts.

The first part is the beginning of the tribulation period.  Which is a 3-Year period revealed in detail in Revelation, chapters 6-9.

But in Matthew 24: 4&5 , Jesus tells us that during this time there will be an increase, and a greater influence of false messiahs and false prophets who will deceive many.

See Matthew 24:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 4.,  And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you.                                            Vs. 5.  For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.                                          Vs. 11.  Then, many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.                                                                         Vs. 23.  Then, if anyone says to you, ‘look, here is the Christ!’  Or, ‘there He is!’  Do not believe it.                      Vs. 24.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 25.  See, I have told you beforehand.                                                                                                                    Vs. 26.  Therefore, if they say to you, ‘look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.

Now, remember.  There is a seven-year period of tribulation, that would be better understood in three parts.

The second part is the middle of the Tribulation Period, which is a 1-year period revealed in detail in Revelation, chapters 10-15.

But in Matthew 24: 9&10, Jesus tells us that during this time there will be a severe time of persecution of God’s people around the world.

Matthew 24:                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 9.  Then they will deliver you up to be afflicted or punished, and they will kill you, and so you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.                                                                                                                                Vs. 10.  And, many will be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another. Why?                        Vs. 12.  Because lawlessness will abound, and the love of many will turn cold.

See Revelation 13:                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 7.  It was granted to him the Antichrist to make war with the saints and to overcome them.  And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.                                                                                                    Vs. 15.  He, the False Prophet was granted power to give breath to the image of the Beast, so that the image of the Beast should both speak.  And He caused as many as would not worship the image of the Beast to be killed.

Now, remember.  There is a seven-year period of tribulation, that would be better understood in three parts.

And, the third part is the Great Tribulation Period.  Which is a 3-year period revealed in detail in Revelation, chapters 16-19.

But in Revelation 16: The Holy Spirit tells us that during this time there will be an extreme, intense period of time of evil and destruction.

For example, Revelation 16:                                                                                                                                        Vs. 1.  Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven Angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.                                                                                                                                    Vs. *2.  So, the first angel went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the people who had the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image.                                    Vs. *3.  Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.                                                                                                                            Vs. *4.  Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.    Vs. *8.  Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.                                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. *10. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.                                                                                Vs. *12. Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.                                                                                        Vs. *17.  Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!"                                                                                                                                                         Vs. *18.  And there were noises and thundering and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

Turn to Matthew 25: 1-30.

Listen, are you ready, are you prepared in your heart, for the things that Jesus predicted that will come to pass leading up to His return?

Unfortunately, most people are not ready.                                                                                                                    Most people are totally unprepared in their hearts!

Now, in Matthew 25: 1-30, Our Lord Jesus shared two unique parables, or illustrations, based on what was said in Matthew, chapter 24.

Listen, the two parables or illustrations were designed to provoke the listener, the hearer, to action! To take responsibility! to expect there will be accountability!

The first parable or illustration vs. 1-12, is about the 10 virgins or bridesmaid.  How five were ready, prepared!  And how the other five were unprepared!                                                                                                                    •This is a call to action!                                                                                                                                                    •A call to take responsibility!                                                                                                                                        •A call to expect there will be accountability!

Now, the second parable, or illustration is in vs. 14-30, and it is about a man of authority and power, most likely a king.

This person had qualified servants, or managers, or stewards, in which he gave over to then, his wealth and resources to invest, so to make more wealth and resources.

Two were ready, and prepared!   And one was unprepared and not ready!                                                              And notice Matthew 25:13.

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.                          •This is a call to action!                                                                                                                                                •A call to take responsibility!                                                                                                                                          •A call to expect  there will be accountability!

So, maybe you are here today, and your heart has been touched, and your mind has been renewed by God to see your need for the LORD.

April 15, 2018  Part 3     

Let’s continue with our current topic, “The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For Then, For Now, And For The Days Ahead!”

Listen, in this month of April as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection and greatness of Jesus Christ.

For our Lord did not only foretell and predicted prophetically some of the major  and bodily resurrection.

But, Jesus also foretold and predicted prophetically about some major things that will occur in the days that would lead up to His second coming as Well.

Now, last Sunday we saw some of the events and circumstances that will occur before and during our Lord’s second coming how things will go from bad to worse!

However, briefly this morning, we will see how the Lord Jesus taught prophetically how His earthly return will be about subduing this earth, and the conquering and the conquest of His enemies, both evil men and evil angels. 

See Matthew 24: 29.  Immediately after the Tribulation of those days. Let’s stop there!

Remember Daniel’s prediction in Daniel 9: 27?  A one-week period that is actually a seven-year period of tribulation.

Now, notice Matthew 24: 29.  Immediately after the Tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the Stars will fall from heaven from our solar system.  And the powers of the Heavens will be shaken.    Vs. 30.  Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven or in the Sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.                                                                                                                                       Vs. 31.  And He (the Son of Man) will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lord Jesus taught prophetically how His earthly return will be to subdue the earth, and conquer His enemies, both evil men and evil angels.

See Revelation 1:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 7.  Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even THEY    may be those who are a part of the revised Roman Empire of the last days, or this may be referring to the nation of Israel at that time.  Even THEY who pierced Him.  And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him, even so, Amen!          Vs. 8.  Jesus is speaking: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Again, the Lord Jesus taught prophetically how His earthly return will be to subdue the earth, and conquer His enemies, both evil men and evil angels.

See Revelation 19:                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 11.  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.                                                                                   Vs. 12.  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.                                                                                                                                         Vs. 13.  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God.                            Vs. 14.  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.              Vs. 15.  Now, out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He, Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He, Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.                                                                                                                                                                             Vs. 16.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.        Vs. 19.  And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.   Vs. 20.  Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.  These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.    Vs. 21.  And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.  And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Our Lord Jesus taught prophetically how His earthly return will be to subdue the earth, and conquer His enemies, both evil men and evil angels.

Finally, Revelation 20:                                                                                                                                                Vs. 1.  Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 2.  He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan. (And perhaps all the fallen angels mentioned in Ephesians 6:12).  And bound them for a thousand years.                                                   Vs. 3.  And the angels cast the devil into the Bottomless Pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. Because after these things he must be released for a little while.                                                                                                                             Vs. 4.  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands.  And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

04-22-2018   Part 4    

Listen, in this month of April we have celebrated the Resurrection and the greatness of Jesus Christ.

And we know that our Lord not only foretold and predicted prophetically some of the major things that would occur in His days leading up to His own death, burial, and bodily resurrection.

But Jesus also foretold and predicted prophetically about some major things that will occur in the days that would lead up to His second coming as well.

And last Sunday, we saw some of the events and circumstances that will occur when the Lord returns to subdue this earth and conquers His enemies both evil men and evil angels.

However briefly, this morning we will see how the Lord Jesus taught prophetically about the beginnings of His earthly 1000-year rule and reign.

But, first see Revelation 20: Let’s confirm in the Bible that there will be a 1000- year earthly rule and reign of Jesus Christ!

Notice Revelation 20: 4, the Apostle John is speaking about a special time after the Tribulation is over.

Notice vs. 4.  “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment or to rule was committed to them.  Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus, and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands.  And they lived or were resurrected and reigned with Christ for a thousand Years.

Question.  But who shall they rule and reign over for a thousand Years?

Well, let’s turn to Matthew 25: And let’s find out!

So, here in Matthew 25: 31-46, Jesus teaches prophetically about the beginning period or time of His 1000-year earthly rule and reign.

But also, the Lord reveals those who will be under His rule and those who will not be under His rule and reign for a thousand years.

Now, notice vs. 31, when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him.  Then, He will sit on the throne of His glory.

This is in reference to the Lord subduing the earth after the Tribulation-period and establishing His rule and reign.

In Jerusalem, will be the capital city, in which He fulfills the Messianic prophecies concerning the Messiah!

Next, we have the earthly judgement or evaluation of the Tribulation survivors.                                                 For there are some important questions we need to answer at this point.                                                         For example, who is going to be judged or evaluated?

Now notice vs. 32.  All the nations or peoples from around the world at that time will be gathered before Him.

Note, these are the unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation-period. And also, these are the ones and their descendants for a thousand years, that will need to be ruled or shepherd.                                    They will need the gospel to be shared with them, so they might be saved.                                                     And they will need to be taught the word of God, so they may know how to live for God.

Now, the next question we need to answer is, how will this judgement or evaluation of the Tribulation survivors be done?

Notice vs. 32, And He, the Son of Man, the King, the promised Messiah, will separate them, one from another as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

In the Middle East, sheep and goats are frequently herded together.  As you know, sheep are docile, gentle creatures. Whereas, goats are unruly and rambunctious.  And therefore, goats can easily upset sheep!  Also, sheep do not feed or rest well together around goats!  So then, a Good Shepherd must separate the goats from the sheep when they are feeding or at night when they are sleeping.

Now listen, this will not be an ethnic or racial separation of Jews and Gentiles.   But, this will be a physical separation of both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles of that time whom God sovereignly accepts or rejects, based on their rejection of the status quo of their time.  Revelation 13.                                                        And, based on their treatment or mistreatment of His Tribulation Saints who were in need.

Now notice vs. 33. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

In this case, the symbolism of sheep does not mean that they are saved and know the Lord.  Nor, does the symbolism of goats mean that they are unsaved and do not know the Lord.

Because both groups the sheep and the goats here in vs. 32&33, are unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation-period.

Now notice the divine sovereign acceptance of those on His right hand who are being judged or evaluated.

See vs. 34. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, come you who are blessed of My Father, inherit or receive the kingdom and not heaven, but the earthly kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Listen, both unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation-period, and their descendants that will follow.

Listen, these who are on His right hand, symbolized as sheep are bless by God the Father to inherit or receive the kingdom for they are not at this time going to Heaven!

But they and their descendants are blessed by God to inherit or receive the promised earthly kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world.

Note: To know more about this special time of the Kingdom Millennium Reign of Jesus Christ, see Isaiah 11:1-5;  Isaiah 11: 6-9;  Isaiah 35: 5&6;  Isaiah 65: 20; Zachariah 14:16;  Daniel 7:13&14,18, 22, 27.

Now there is some important questions we need to answer at this point.

For example, why are these unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation- period, those on His right hand, being judged or evaluated in this way?

Notice, Matthew 25: 35 continues.                                                                                                                            Vs. 35.  For I was hungry and you gave Me food.                                                                                                        I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.                                                                                                                            I was a stranger and you took Me in.                                                                                                                            Vs. 36.  I was naked and you clothed Me.                                                                                                                    I was sick and you visited Me.                                                                                                                                       I was in prison and you came to Me.

Listen, during the seven-year Tribulation period on earth, both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles will apparently reject the status quo of their time.  Revelation 13, Read Later.

Also, during the seven-year tribulation period on earth, apparently both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles will be willing to take the risk in helping and supporting the mistreated Tribulation Saints who were in need.

Finally, so what happens to those on His right hand after they are judged or evaluated?

See again vs. 34. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit or receive the kingdom and not heaven, but the earthly kingdom pepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Listen, both unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation-period, and their descendants that will follow, who are on His right hand, symbolized as sheep, are blessed By God the Father to inherit or receive the kingdom for they are not at this time going to heaven!

But they and their descendants are blessed by God to inherit or receive the promised earthly kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world.

Now, with God’s help next time, we will come back and finish up Matthew 25: 34-46, for there are some important things we need to tie together as well.

04-29-2018   Part 5 

Let’s finish up our current topic, “The Prophetic Teachings Of Jesus Christ For Then, For Now, And For The Days Ahead!”

So here in Matthew 25: 31-46, Jesus is teaching prophetically about the beginning period or time of His 1000-year earthly rule and reign.

Now, last Sunday, the Lord reveals those who will be under His rule and reign for a thousand years.

Now, this morning, let’s notice again the divine sovereign acceptance of those on His right hand who are being judged or evaluated.

See vs. 34. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, come you who are blessed of My Father, inherit or receive the Kingdom and not Heaven, but the earthly kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Listen, both unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation Period, and their descendants that will follow.

Listen, for these who are on His right hand symbolized as sheep, are blessed by God the Father to inherit or receive the Kingdom for they are not at this time going to Heaven!

But they and their descendants are blessed by God to inherit or receive the promised earthly kingdom prepared from the foundation of the world.

Now, there are some important questions we need to answer at this point.    For example, why are these unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation Period, those on His right hand are being judged or evaluated in this way?

Notice Matthew 25: 35.                                                                                                                                             For I was hungry and you gave Me food.   I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.    I was a stranger and you took Me in.                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 36. I was naked and you clothed Me.   I was sick and you visited Me.   I was in prison and you came to Me.                                                                                

Listen, during the seven-year Tribulation Period on Earth, both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles who apparently rejected the status quo of their time - Revelation 13.  Read Later.

Also, during the seven-year Tribulation Period on Earth, apparently both unsaved Jews and unsaved Gentiles will be willing to take the risk in helping and supporting the mistreated Tribulation Saints who are in need.

Now again, notice this honest inquiry of those being judged that begins in vs. 37.                                             Vs. 37. Then, the righteous will answer Him saying Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You?  Or, thirsty and give You drink?                                                                                                                                        Vs. 38.  And when did we see You a stranger and took You in?  Or, naked and clothe You?                                  Vs. 39.  Or, when did we see You sick?  Or, in prison, and came to You?

Now, go back to vs. 37, and notice carefully, “then the righteous will answer Him.”  Stop right there!

Remember I said that both groups, the sheep and the goats, are unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation Period!

Question.  So then (in vs. 37), how can this group on His right hand be called, the Righteous?

Are they not unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation Period too?                                                  Or, can the word ‘righteous’ sometimes refer to someone who is technically unsaved, but they are seeking to know God and obey God?

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                         

Turn to Acts 10: 1&2, also Acts 10: 21&22, remember the Gentile soldier Cornelius?                                           Vs. 1. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a Centurion of what was called the Italian band or Regiment.                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 2.  A devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.                                                                                                                            Vs. 21. Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, yes, I am Peter whom you seek.  For what reason have you come?                                                                                               Vs. 22.  And they said, Cornelius the Centurion, a just or righteous man, one who fears God and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, he was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you Peter to come to his house, and to hear words from you.

By the way, wouldn’t it be interesting if Cornelius the Centurion, here in the book of Acts is the same Centurion after the death of Jesus of Matthew 27:54?

Back to Matthew 25.                                                                                                                                                  And let’s notice the truthful reality explained to those on His right hand being judged or evaluated!                    Vs. 40.  And the King will answer and say to them most assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it unto Me.

By the way, this phrase “My brethren,” in this case is not referring to church-age believers! Why?                    Because in vs. 35-39, it is during this time that Jesus is referring to the Tribulation Period.                             And therefore, all church-age believers have already been removed before the Tribulation has started.

However, this reference in Matthew 25: 35-39, is referring to both Jews and Gentiles of that time who rejected the status quo of their time.  See Revelation 13.

And they were able to survive the Tribulation Period.  But also, they were willing to take the risk to help or support the Tribulation Saints during that seven-year period on Earth.

Interestingly: the seven-year period on earth in Jeremiah 30: 7, is called, “the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.”          Also, this predicted time in the future is referred to in Daniel 9: 27.

Next, let’s notice the sovereign rejection of those on His left hand who are being judged.

Vs. 41.  But then the King will also say to those on the left hand, the goats, depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  Wow!

Remember Matthew 25: 33.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 33.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

Now, notice vs. 41.  But then the King will also say to those on the left hand, the goats, depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Question.  Why are they being judged in this way?                                                                                                See vs. 42.  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food!  I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink!                        Vs. 43.  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in!  Naked and you did not clothe Me!   Sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me!

Listen, this reference in Matthew 25: 42&43, is referring to both Jews and Gentiles of that time who did conformed to the status quo of their times, Revelation 13.  Read later.

But listen to the severe consequence that awaits those who willfully chose to conform.

Revelation 14:                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 9.  Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, if anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,                                                                              Vs. 10.  that person shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. They shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.                                                                                                                               Vs. 11.  And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.

Back to Matthew 25: 41.                                                                                                                                              Listen, these Jews and Gentiles of that time, who did conform to the status quo of their times, and were also totally unwilling to take the risk to help or support the Tribulation Saints during that seven-year period on earth.  They are the ones being referred to in vs. 41.                                                                

And one more thing to consider from vs. 41!                                                                                                              See vs. 41.  “But then the King will also say to those on the left hand, the goats, depart from Me, you cursed into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Do you remember Revelation 20:10?                                                                                                                      “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are.  And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Listen, the final Hell, the Lake of Fire of Revelation Chapter 20, is the place that was prepared and design for the devil and his demons/fallen angels like in Ephesians 6: 12, and in other places of the New Testament.

But unfortunately, any person who physically dies having been deceived by them to reject God’s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ only, will find themselves in this same location for all of eternity!

Back to Matthew 25.                                                                                                                                               Now, notice the protest of those being judged!                                                                                                     Vs. 44. Then they, to those on the left hand will answer or protest saying, Lord when did we see You hungry?  Or thirsty?  Or a stranger?  Or naked?   Or sick?                                                                                                          Or in prison?   And did not minister to You?

Now, notice the truthful reality explained to those being judged.                                                                            Vs. 45. Then the King will answer them saying, most assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.   So, what happens after they are judged?                                Vs. 46.  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous unto eternal life.

Again, notice 46a.  ‘These’ will go away unto everlasting punishment!   These are Jews and Gentiles of that time, who did conform to the status quo of their times, and were also totally unwilling to take the risk to help or support the Tribulation Saints during that seven-year period on Earth.

Notice again 46b.  But the righteous unto eternal life.  And remember the word ‘righteous’ in this case, can refer to someone who is technically unsaved, but they are seeking to know God and obey God?                  Remember the Gentile Soldier Cornelius!                                                                                                            Finally, see 46b.  But, the righteous unto eternal life.

Listen, both unsaved Jews and Gentile survivors of the Tribulation Period and their descendants that will follow.

Are those who are in vs. 34, who are on His right hand symbolized as sheep, they are blessed by God the Father to inherit or receive the Kingdom for they are not at this time going to Heaven!

But listen, they and their descendants will need to be ruled or shepherd.                                                                They will need the Gospel to be shared with them so they might be saved and have eternal life.  Remember vs. 46b, but the righteous unto eternal life.                                                                                                            Lastly, they will need to be taught the word of God, so they may know how to live for God.

So then, what does all of this have to do with me and you today?                                                                  

For a couple of weeks, we have been talking about the future, the seven-year Tribulation Period.                    We have been talking about the unsaved Jews and Gentiles of that time!  Why should you and I be concerned about such things now?

Remember, that the prophetic future in the Bible, can always make a difference in how we live in the here and now!

See Matthew 6: 10. “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”                                    So, then I have two questions for all of us as we close.

First question, are you and I ready and staying ready based on the prophetic future revealed in the Bible?

Listen, apart of getting ready and staying ready includes the expecting and the accepting of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and His earthly rule and reign.

Second question, based on the prophetic future revealed in the Bible,                                                                Are you a Kingdom person in the here and now?                                                                                                    Do you act like a Kingdom man or a Kingdom woman?                                                                                          Or, as a Kingdom young man or a Kingdom young woman?                                                                                  Or, as a Kingdom boy or a Kingdom girl?                                                                                                                    Do you act like an Ambassador for Christ, an Ambassador for His kingdom?                                                      Or, have you and I allowed ourselves just to be a religious person?                                                                        Or, just a church denominational supporter?                                                                                                                Or, a Sunday Christian?                                                                                                                                                  Or a Secret Disciple?

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A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1.

05-13-2018   Part 1   

A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1.

This year for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day there will be a change for us as a church family.                    With God’s help, Yours-Truly will be ministering this year.

Typically, the Senior Pastor of a local church usually ministers on these occasions Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

But for several years now, I truly believe that God wanted us as a church family to hear from others on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

And yes, as the Lord leads, we will in the days ahead have other guest speakers to minister unto us on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

But, for this year, pray for me also for I would Like to be used of the Lord to speak to anyone here who Is, or who will be one day in a parenting role, raising up the next generation!

Also, this morning’s message from the LORD will be in two parts.  And Part 1 begins today on Mother’s Day!  And then, next month June 17, will be Part 2 on Father’s Day.

So then, let’s start this morning with Part 1.                                                                                                    Although God’s message to us this morning will be directed to both the mothers and the fathers.                  But, it will be especially directed to any female who is in a mothering role in somebody’s life.

Therefore, I have a question for all of us as mothers and fathers, or who will be one day, raising up the next generation!

Question, “What would God have every mother and father to know and to do for their child or children no matter what their age, or whether or not it is Mother’s Day, or any other Day?”  What does God want every mother and father to know about their child or their children, Amen!

Notice Psalms 127: 3 KJV or NKJV.                                                                                                                    Behold, children are a heritage or inheritance from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

So, what would God have every mother and father to know about their child or children no matter what their age, on Mother’s Day, and every day?

Well, notice again Psalms 127: 3                                                                                                                                 The KJV, NKJV, Says, “Behold, children are a heritage or inheritance from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

NASB Says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Also, the contemporary English version of the Bible says, “Children are a blessing and a gift from the LORD.”

But in the Hebrew language this word that is translated in most of our English Bibles as heritage or inheritance, actually comes from the Hebrew word נַחֲלָה nachălâh, from H5157.

In its usual sense, this word can mean an heirloom; An item of great value and meaning.     A heritage, or to inherit a possession given.  Patrimony or portion.

In fact, the English word ‘heirloom’, in popular usage today is referring to something perhaps an antique, or some kind of special jewelry that has been passed down for generations through family members.

So then, the LORD is saying to us “Children are not only a heritage, or inheritance.  Or a blessing and a gift!

But the LORD is saying to us that a child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!  They have great value and meaning.                                                                                                                                                                          And you and I have inherited a possession that belongs to another God but, has been given unto us!

Listen, to be able to conceive, and carry a child to term, and to give birth.                                                        The child is to be seen by both mother and father as an heirloom from the LORD, having great value and meaning to you.

Now, something else about Psalm 127: 3 to be pointed out!                                                                                    Remember, a child or children are heirlooms from the LORD! They Have great value and meaning!

Well, here in Psalm 127: 3a, the LORD is making a bold and prophetic statement about children.                      Notice vs. 3 again, “A child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!    Listen, most of the time as parents.        Or, anyone who is raising up the as mothers and fathers of the next generation.                                                    It can be hard for us sometime to see our child or children as heirlooms from the LORD!                            •Especially when they’re acting up and acting out!                                                                                              •Especially when they’re being disobedient and disrespectful!                                                                    •Especially when they have at this time, rejected the faith and they’re living according to the god of this world.

Listen, it may be very hard for you to see your child or children as heirlooms from the LORD!                          But, remember here in Psalm 127:3a, our God makes a bold and prophetic statement about children.

And you know what?  In Romans 4:17b, our God made a bold and prophetic statement about Abraham and Sarah!                                                                                                                                                                          Listen, Romans 4:17b, says that God has the ability to quicken the dead, or make a live, or to make one productive.  And In this case, the life-long infertility of Sarah, along with the advance old age of Abraham.   But Romans 4:17b, continues by saying, that God has the ability to, “call those things which be not as though they were!”

Listen, since God said in His Word in Psalm 127:3a, “A child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!”              And since God has the ability to call those things which be not as though they were!

Then ask God to help you as a mother or as a father who is raising up the next generation.  No matter their age, ask God to help you to believe what He says, and to trust what He is able to do!

So, what else would God have every mother and father to know and to do for their child or children no matter what their age?

Whether or not it is Mother’s Day, or any other day!   What does God want every mother and father to know about their child or their children?

See Psalms 51: 5.  King David speaking about himself. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

In the King James Version, of Psalms 51: 5. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

In the New Living Translation of Psalms 51: 5. “For I was born a sinner, yes, even from the moment my mother conceived me.”

Also see Psalms 58: 3.  King David speaking about Himself and others.  Vs. 3.  ”The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.”

These two verses, Psalms 51: 5 & Psalms 58: 3, along with many others from the Bible prove a shocking reality, and an undisputed truth.

Listen, the depravity or the sin nature of mankind for each one of us as human beings, begins before we are born.                                                                                                                                                                        Because, as you can see, it is a spiritual problem, and it is an internal problem.

Listen, our problem within has nothing to do with the external things we tend to focus on, or those things we try to make better for our children.  For educationally, an economical example, materially, socially, racially, politically.

Because we are facing a spiritual problem, an internal problem!    Therefore, we must believe and trust in the Lord that He has done and He is doing everything necessary on the behalf of your child or your children.

But I must also realize and facilitate my child spiritual need for a Savior and LORD in the person of Jesus Christ.  How do you do that?

So how do we, as parents according to the Bible and not according to our culture be proactive in facilitating and participating in my child or children’s spiritual need for a Savior and LORD in the person of Jesus Christ?

See Proverbs 22: 6.  Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.                                                    

Question.  What will it take for you as a mother or as a father to train up your child or children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?                                                                            Well first, it will take the exposure and the living out as a family, the Scriptures on a regular basis.

See II Timothy 3:15.  And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Remember Romans 10:17. So, then, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!

06-17-018   Part 2  

This morning’s message from the LORD is actually, Part two.

You might remember last month on Mother’s Day 2018, we shared Part one.

So then, this will be a continuation of a very important topic that will be directed again to both the fathers and the mothers, and to those who would like to be one day!

But for this morning, especially, it will be directed to any male who is in a fathering role in someone’s life or, would like to be one day!

And therefore, I have a question, for all of us as fathers and mothers, and those who will be one day raising up the next generation?

Question, “What would God have every father and mother to know and to do for their child or children, no matter what their age?

Whether or not it is Father’s Day, or any other day?”

What does God want every father and mother to know about their child or their children?

Notice Proverbs 22: 6.  Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.

Listen the phrase, “train up a child,” implies we must be intentional, purposeful, and personal!                          Also, the phrase, “train up a child,” is not telling you to be a Drill Sergeant.

So then, what will it take for you as a mother, or as a father to train up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?

Listen, it will take our involvement in strategic intercessory prayers unto God, for the salvation and spiritual development of your child or children, on a daily basis. 

See I Timothy 2: 1-6.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 1.  Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers (intercessions), and giving of thanks be made for all men, everyone!  Your child or your children!                                                                                                Vs.  2.  For kings, and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Vs. 3.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, that we would pray for others!                  Vs. 4.  For God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.                                        Vs. 5.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,                              Vs. 6.  Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Next, what will it take for you as a mother or, as a father, to train up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?

Listen, daily, you as the parent we must be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Why? So that God the Holy Spirit Who indwells you, may teach you about family formation and development from a Biblical perspective.  And not according to a worldly perspective!

Listen, the term, “family formation and development.”  It may sound very fancy or very technical.

But according to the Bible, it is quite simple and very necessary in training up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from It?

Listen, the term, “family formation and development at least from a Biblical perspective, and not according to a worldly perspective.

Listen, family formation and development has to do with what the Bible says and teaches is the best way to make a family work God’s way!                                                                                                                            Whether, it’s between a husband and wife.                                                                                                        Whether, it’s between children and their parent or parents.                                                                                   Or, whether, it’s between a child or children with their parent or parents.  Only the Holy Spirit is the One who is qualified and is able to empower us to achieve, a family formation and development that is Biblical and not worldly.

But first, as parents we must be filled daily with the Holy Spirit!

See Ephesians 5:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 18.  And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit!

Listen, day by day being filled with the Holy Spirit is allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you from the Bible and from Ministries that have Biblical resources about marriage, parenting, family formation and development.

By the way, if you would like a referral about some of the Ministries that offer such resources, please get in touch with me I would love to help!

Now, for example, here in Ephesians 5: 21, for the Holy Spirit is the One Who is qualified and is able to empower us to achieve, these very high standards that can bring about family formation and development that is Biblical and not Worldly.

And if you are married, or one day you would like to be, then please pay close attention to these next several verses here in Ephesians 5.

Notice Ephesians 5: 21                                                                                                                                           “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

Listen being an example of submitting to one another in the fear of God, it is so important for our children to see us practice.

And again, only God the Holy Spirit within you can change your attitude, your excuses, or your ignorance to do what the Bible teaches in this section.

So, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God look like when you are a wife, and when you are a husband?

Notice first, if you are a wife, or would like to be one say, vs. 22-24.                                                                    Vs. 22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  Why?                                                                    Vs. 23.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 24.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Next, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like when you are a husband?                                                                                                     

Notice vs. 25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.            Vs. 28.  So, husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.   Vs. 29.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

Vs. 33.  Nevertheless, let each one of you (husband or wife) in particular, so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

And therefore, this is what submitting to one another is the fear of God looks like when you are a wife, or when you are a husband!

Next question, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like when you are a minor or a young adult living with your parent, parents. What does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like between you and your parent or parents?

See Ephesians 6:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  Children, obey or harken unto your parents, in the Lord, for this is right!                                                        Vs. 2.  Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:                                            Vs. 3.  that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.

And therefore, this is what submitting to one another In the fear of God, looks like when you are a minor or a young adult living with your parent, parents.

And finally, here in Ephesians 6: 4, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like, when you are a parent dealing with your child or children?

See Ephesians 6: 4, and you, fathers, or parents do not provoke your child or children unto wrath but, bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

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“You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”

05-20-2018   Part 9   

Let’s return back to a subject and a topic that we started back in February 2018.

And our subject is entitled, “You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”

And our topic since February & March Of 2018 was entitled, “To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!”

Also, remember we took a break from this topic in the Month of April 2018 in celebration of the Resurrection/Easter season.

As we focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, not only His Resurrection, but His Second Coming and His rule and reign.

Also, in the first Sunday of May we had a Guest Speaker.

And then on the second Sunday in May was Mother’s Day, and I shared a special message to us as parents.

But this morning with God’s help we want to restart this important topic about Forgiveness and Unforgiveness.

Let me share with you a good illustration about the damage and the harm we do to ourselves when we choose unforgiveness over forgiveness!

Because, when we do not forgive it is like holding a very red-hot iron bar in your hands.                                      And thinking by withholding it from the other person you are hurting them.

But actually, you are causing damage and pain unto yourself and not the other person.                                        Because you are still holding on to it!                                                                                                                       Or, unforgiveness is like drinking poison, hoping that the other person that you will not forgive, will die!

So, then this morning, let’s consider another area that will help us, so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because, unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things that will disappoint or bother us! That can hurt or offend us!

That may anger or upset us!  That could cause problems or difficulties for us!

Therefore, with God’s help, you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us, that can change us, and that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

Let me share briefly about the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, that maybe in some cases true about you and me today!

For example, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were outwardly religious and sanctimonious, and yet they were hypocrites according to Jesus!

See Matthew 23:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 27.  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but, are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.                             Vs. 28.  Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Listen, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were outwardly religious and sanctimonious, and yet, they were hypocrites according to Jesus!

Question.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                       We are outwardly religious and sanctimonious especially on Sundays!

Yet, could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do throughout the week?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were self-righteous and felt morally superior to others.

See Matthew 23: 5-7.  See Luke 18: 11&12 .                                                                                                          Questions.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Do we feel self-righteous and morally superior to others?                                                                                          Yet, could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do throughout the week?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were prideful, self-centered, very narcissistic.

See again Matthew 23: 5-7.                                                                                                                                Questions.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                     Are we prideful, self-centered, or narcissistic?                                                                                                         Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were highly intolerant of anyone else outside their group.                                They were very judgmental and condemning of anyone else outside their group, very sectarian.

See Matthew 23: 4&13.                                                                                                                                        Questions. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Are we intolerant of anyone? Are we judgmental and condemning of anyone else outside our group, or our circle?                                                                                                                                                                          Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day were constantly operating in the flesh.

Again, see Matthew 23: 5-7.                                                                                                                                  Questions. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Are we constantly operating in the flesh?                                                                                                            Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Lastly, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, had only a few who truly knew the LORD, because unfortunately many did not.

Question. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      That only a few truly know the LORD, and unfortunately many do not?                     

But, there is another way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive!            See St. John 8:                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 1.  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.                                                                                                         Vs. 2.  Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 3.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 4.  they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                              Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do You say?                      Vs. 6.  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.  But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.                                              Vs. 7.  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.                                                                                                            Vs. 8.  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.                                                                             Vs. 9.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.                                Vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?                                                                                            Vs. 11.  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

Listen, another way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, which blind us to the facts about ourselves, and about others.

For example, our own self-righteousness can blind us to the facts about ourselves!

Now again, notice vs. 5.                                                                                                                                            The Pharisees are speaking, “Now, Moses in the Law, commanded us that such person should be stoned. But what do You say?”

And also, see Matthew 5: 27&28.                                                                                                                             Vs. 27.  You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not commit adultery.                                          Vs. 28.  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Next, the way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own feelings of moral superiority blind us to the facts about ourselves.

The Pharisees are speaking, vs. 4.  They said to Him, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?                      Vs. 6.  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.                                  Vs. 7.  So when they continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, he who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

And lastly, the way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we Let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, blind us to the facts about others.                Vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?                                                                                            Vs. 11.  She said, "No one, Lord."  And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

05-27-2018   Part 10   

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!”

And this morning we are considering one of the most important Biblical areas that will help us so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things, that will disappoint or bother us!                                                                                                                That can hurt or offend us!                                                                                                                                      That may anger or upset us!                                                                                                                                   That could cause problems or difficulties for us!                                                                                                 And, therefore with God’s help, you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us.                                                                                                                  That can change us.

And that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

And last Sunday in Matthew 23, and in St. John 8: 1-11, our Lord Jesus helped us to recognize and repent from the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day.

And that still continues in our day, unfortunately among many of us as His followers!

Now, here in St. John 8: 1-11, Jesus exposed the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day, when it came to operating in unforgiveness.

Because they let their own self-righteousness, and their feelings of moral superiority, blind them about the facts concerning themselves!

Show you what I mean!

Now, the Pharisees are speaking in vs. 4.  They said to Jesus, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the Law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do you say?                 Vs. 6.  But this, they said, testing Jesus so that they might have something of which to accuse Him.

Notice their fault finding of the woman and of Jesus!                                                                                             Vs. 4.  They said to Jesus, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                        Vs. 6.  And this, they said, testing Jesus so that they might have something of which to accuse Him!

Now, notice their lack of mercy and forgiveness towards this woman who had sinned!                                          Vs 3.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.  And when they had set her in the midst.  A public rebuke!

And lastly, notice their readiness to condemn and execute her!                                                                            Vs 5.  Now, Moses in the Law, commanded us that such should be stoned.

Listen, this is why the words of Jesus in vs. 7, to the Pharisees and to us today, is so powerful and so personal.

Notice vs. 7.  So, when they continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, “The one who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her!”

So, what does all of this have to do with forgiveness and unforgiveness?

Listen, with God's help, when I can finally understand.                                                                                            When I can come to accept that the person,                                                                                                            Or, persons that have hurt me, that have done me wrong, or that have sinned against me that we are both equal!  That is, we are both imperfect sinners who need God’s mercy and forgiveness all the time because Roman 3:23 says, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God! 

But someone may say, “But I was the one that was victimized!”                                                                              “I was the one that was hurt!”                                                                                                                                      “I was the one that was wronged!”                                                                                                                              “I was the one whom they sinned against!”

Yet, my question to you and I is, have we ever victimized someone?                                                                   Or, have we at some point, or at some time ever hurt someone?                                                                       Have you and I at some point, or at some time, ever wronged someone?                                                           Have you at some point, or at some time ever sinned against anyone?

Remember, Romans 3:23.  It is true, we all have sin and come short of the glory of God, at some time!  Against someone!  Even when it comes to God Himself we have all sinned!

And, if we have a Pharisee mentality that, easily sees the faults of others, and not our own.

Or, that can feels justified withholding God’s mercy and forgiveness to someone who needs it from us.              Or, if we are always ready to stone someone.  That is to hurt or, to harm them because of what they have done!  Or, to pay them back, or to get them back for what they have done!

That’s when, the words of Jesus in vs. 7, are so powerful and very personal to you and me.

Notice vs. 7.   So, when Pharisees continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, “The one who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her!”

Finally, there is one more way our Pharisee mentality will affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, blind us to the brokenness in others.

Notice vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman.      Jesus said to her, woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?                                                            Vs. 11.  And the woman said, "No one Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

Listen, a Pharisee mentality will always blind you and me to the brokenness in others.

Therefore, always remember as a committed follower of Jesus Christ your goal, your responsibility is to be Christ-like!

Listen, always try to look beyond the faults, the sinfulness of the person who needs forgiveness.  And with God’s help, see the need, the brokenness, that the LORD may want you to minister unto!                                 By Intercessory Prayer.                                                                                                                                              By walking in the Fruit of the Spirit and not operating in the flesh.                                                                            By imitating our Lord Jesus in detecting and ministering to the brokenness in a person that He was dealing with!

For example, see St. John 4: 16-18.                                                                                                                              Vs. 16.  Jesus said to the un-named Samaritan woman, “Go call your husband to come here!”                              Vs. 17.  The woman answered and said to Jesus, “I have no husband.”     And Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband!                                                                                                                                           Vs. 18.  For you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; so then, you spoke truthfully!”

Also, see Mark 2: 16&17.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 16.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”                                                  Vs. 17.  When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

06-03-2018   Part 11   

And this morning let’s consider again a Biblical approach that will help us, so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things, that will disappoint or bother us!                                                                                                                That can hurt or offend us!                                                                                                                                      That may anger or upset us!                                                                                                                                   That could cause problems or difficulties for us!                                                                                                  And therefore, with God’s help you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us.                                                                                                               That can change us.                                                                                                                                                And that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

And for the last couple of Sundays back in May, the LORD has been helping us to recognize and repent from the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.                                                                                            And that still continues in our day unfortunately among many of us as His followers!

Now, here in St. Luke 18: 10-14, Jesus exposed the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day that made it possible for them to operate in unforgiveness towards others.

Because they let their own self-righteousness, and their feelings of moral superiority, blind them about the facts concerning themselves!

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                            See Luke 18: 10-14.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 10.  Two men went up to the Temple to pray.   One, A Pharisee and the other a Tax Collector.                        Vs. 11.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.                                                                                 Vs. 12.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.  Amen! And He was done Praying!                          Vs. 13.  But the Tax Collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to Heaven, but beat his chest saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner!                                                                                                        Vs. 14.  Then Jesus said, I tell you this man (the Tax Collector), went down to his house justified by God rather than the Pharisee.  Wow!  Why Is That?                                                                                                                  For everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and the one who humbles them self will be exalted.

Listen, if we have a Pharisee mentality like this and also that, easily sees the faults of others, and not our own.

That can feel justified withholding God’s mercy and forgiveness to someone who needs it from us.

Or, if we are always ready to stone someone, that is to hurt or, to harm them in some way.  Or, to pay them back!  Or, to get them back!

Then it is only with God’s help can we be changed and be fully committed in dealing with and overcome our own Pharisee mentality!

Turn to Galatians 5:

Listen, if you and I really want to get serious about this matter and be an overcomer concerning our Pharisee mentality!

Then it is imperative that God the Holy Spirit Who indwells all true Believers.        It is imperative that He would enable us to recognize these tendencies that comes from within, and is a part of our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we inherited from Adam.

Therefore, we must submit to, and rely on, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, in order to effectively deal with and overcome our own Pharisee mentality!

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                           Now listen, these 14 verses here in Galatians 5: are the answers to our dilemma.

Let’s first notice Galatians 5: 13-15, & 26.                                                                                                                Where we have God’s admonishment or warning on how our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we received from Adam.

How our flesh will take advantage of us and will cause us to take advantage of others!

Notice vs. 13.  For you brethren have been called to liberty or freedom in Christ.                                    However, do not use this liberty or freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but by love, Agape love, we are to serve one another.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 14.  Because all the Law is fulfilled in one statement, even in this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.                                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 15.  However, if you bite and devour one another, then beware lest you be consumed by one another!        Vs. 26.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, nor envying one another.

And again, we have here God’s admonishment or warning on how our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we have receive from Adam.

How our flesh will take advantage of us and will cause us to advantage of others!

Next, here in Galatians 5: 19-21, we have the flesh or our fallen sinful nature that we received from Adam.

We have the flesh as the cause of every sinful act, practice or lifestyle.  Of every sinful idea, desire, or intent.

Notice vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like of which I told you beforehand.  Just as I also told you in times past that those who practice such things, will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Also see Romans 7: 15-25.                                                                                                                                            Notice vs. 18.  The Apostle Paul is speaking about himself, for I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.  For, to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good, I do not.                                        Vs. 19.  For the Good that I will to do, I do not do; But the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

In some way although they are different from one another, both the flesh and the heart we have in us, are connected to one another, and both must be under the control of God.

Notice Mark 7:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 21.  For from within out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,            Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.            Vs. 23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

By the way, did you notice the similarities that Jesus made mention of concerning the heart, to the list of things mentioned in Galatians 5: 19 -21 called, “the works of the flesh!”

This lets me know that with God’s help both the heart and the flesh within us, they both need to be dealt with and not just one of them.

Now see Psalms 51:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Why?

Quote Jeremiah 17:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 9.   Because the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?                      Vs. 10.  Yet, I the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Finally, here in Galatians 5: 16-18 & 22-25, we see that our helper God the Holy Spirit is the only one who can help us to overcome our flesh, when we are regularly submissive, obedient, and enabled by Him!

Notice vs. 16.   I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.                                    Vs. 17.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.                                                                                        Vs. 18.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now vs. 22.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,          Vs. 23.  gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.                                                                             Vs. 24.  And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires                                    Vs. 25.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.