Israel, A Historical Contemporary and Prophetic Perspective

isreal-boekWe are living in a world which is politically unstable, economically struggling, spiritually deceived and morally confused. Frequent calls are made for drastic changes which will pave the way towards a new world order of peace, prosperity and unity. A humanistic model for a new world order is propagated in which a very inferior role is assigned to Israel and evangelical Christianity, apparently in the hope that they will soon vanish from the scene. The reason for the growing rejection of Israel and evangelical Christianity is due to the fact that they are too exclusive and biblical, and therefore cannot conform to the demands of an inclusive and egalitarian new world order. The values of spiritually committed Jews and Christians are non-negotiable and entirely incompatible with those of the secular world.

Contrary to the antichristian reforms of the world, is the biblical promise of a Christian new world order in which Jesus Christ will rule over the world from the restored throne of David in Jerusalem (Acts 15:16-17). He will govern in close association with His true church (evangelical Christianity) and the spiritually restored people of Israel, and righteousness will be established (Rev. 5:9-10; Isa. 62:1-4). Prosperity and peace will prevail everywhere; Israel and all the servants of the Lord will be highly esteemed, and people will endeavour to please the Lord (Isa. 2:2-4; Jer. 3:17).

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Jesus Christ and our Life in Him [new]

Jesus_Christ_and_our_Life_in_HimThe significance of Jesus Christ as Creator, Saviour, and King is so profound that it cannot be overstated. The truths about Christ and His offer of salvation form the core of the gospel message and no person on earth can afford to contemplate his/her life or future without it. There is indeed “no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

It is vitally important that these great truths about the One who Himself is The Truth (John 14:6), should not only be proclaimed to a new generation of lost sinners but also to churches in which the knowledge of the truth has eroded to dangerously low levels. What Paul said to the Corinthians applies to many of the modern-day churches: “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). Through satanic deception, a “historical Jesus” is pursued who falls totally short of the true Christ of the Bible.

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Like Christ

Abstract: This article is composed of selected sections from Andrew Murray’s book, “Like Christ: Developing the character of Jesus in your life.” The book was written towards the end of the 19th century in Wellington, Western Cape. An edited version of the complete book was published in 1981 by Whitaker House in Springdale, Pennsylvania.

Contents

Introduction: on preaching Christ our Example

1. Like Christ…. because we abide in Him

2. Like Christ…. he Himself calls us

3. Like Christ…. as one that serves

4. Like Christ…. our Head

5. Like Christ…. in suffering wrong

6. Like Christ…. crucified with Him

7. Like Christ…. in His self-sacrifice

8. Like Christ…. not of the world

9. Like Christ…. in His heavenly mission

10. Like Christ…. in His love

11. Like Christ…. in His praying

12. Like Christ…. in His use of Scripture

13. Like Christ…. in forgiving

14. Like Christ…. in His humility

15. Like Christ…. in the likeness of His death

16. Like Christ…. in the likeness of His resurrection

17. Like Christ…. led by the Spirit

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Messages on Pentecost

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.

This is a series of messages on Pentecost with strong emphasis on the deep spiritual significance of this feast on the Christian calendar. The following questions are answered in these messages:

  • What does the promise of Pentecost include?
  • Are you endued with power from on high?
  • Why is the blessing of Pentecost not evident in the lives of so many Christians?
  • How does this power help us to stand against the enemy?
  • What does the Holy Spirit wish to equip you for?
  • Are you ready to appear before the judgement seat of Christ?
  • What are the consequences of spiritual negligence?

 

Contents

1. The Feast of Pentecost

2. Power from on High

3. Filled with God’s Love

4. Perseverance of the Saints

5. Spiritual Warfare

6. Victory in the Battle

7. The Correct Prophetic Perspective

8. Appearing before the Judgement Seat

9. Salvation on the Cross

10. The Marriage of the Lamb

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The Day of the Lord: A Commentary on Revelation

Abstract: A chronological study of Revelation from a premillennial and pretribulation rapture point of view.

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.  Quotations from the King James Version are designated KJV, from the Amplified Bible AB, from the Living Bible LB, and from the New International Version NIV.

Preface

The Revelation of Jesus Christ contains prophecies on the future, which Christ signified by His angel to His servant, John. It is, therefore, not “The Revelation of John” but “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” He is the central theme of the book: “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). He is the only door to the eternal glory that He is preparing for those who love Him. He is the One who will judge all who despised His saving grace as they loved darkness rather than light. People will be surrendered to the Antichrist because they did not accept the authority of the true Christ in their lives. The Lord Jesus will also return to restore the throne of David in Jerusalem and manifest His kingdom on earth. Every knee will bow before Him and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

While on the barren island of Patmos, John said: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10). Suddenly he was in the Spirit, lifted by the supernatural into the heavenlies. He soared on prophetic wings of ecstasy, and travelled across unborn ages to witness the unfolding plan of God in the tremendous events attending the great and terrible Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is a period of a thousand years when the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself in a very special way to mankind. He will reward His saints, judge the wicked and rule over the earth for a thousand years.

Unfortunately, many people view Revelation as a sealed book and do not take trouble to study it. They even discourage other people from reading the book and investigating its prophecies. By doing so, they are acting contrary to a clear command: “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Rev. 22:10). On the other hand, a blessing is promised to those who read the book: “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Rev. 22:7).

The Lord Jesus calls His disciples to live vigilant and prayerful lives: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Lk. 21:36).

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The Hour of Darkness – An Exposition of Revelation

Abstract: A thematic study of Revelation

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.  Quotations from the King James Version are designated KJV, from the Amplified Bible AB, from the Living Bible LB, and from the New International Version NIV.

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The Old Testament Law and the New Testament Grace

All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.

Summary: Many questions are in these days asked on the relationship between law and grace. Some Christians are strongly convinced that aspects of the Old Testament law, e.g. Sabbath observance on Saturdays, still apply in the New Testament. It is not only the Seventh-day Adventists who hold this view, but also various other groups of Christians who wrongly pursue their “spiritual roots” in Israel and then become entangled with Israel’s Old Testament laws and feasts. It is important to realise the full implications of efforts by Christians who, contrary to the Bible, try to live under grace and under law.

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