SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND!

Have you ever opened your Bible and asked the following: What does this passage really mean? How does it apply to my life? Why does some of the Bible seem irrelevant? What do these ancient cultures have to do with today? I Love God; why can’t I understand what He is saying to me through His Word? What’s going on in the lives of these Bible people? Many Christians do not read the Bible regularly. Why? Because in the pressures of daily living, they cannot find a connection between the timeless principles of scripture and the ever-present problems of day-by-day living. God urges us to apply His Word ( Isaiah 42:23; I Corinthians 10:11; 2 Thessalonians3:4 ) but too often we stop at accumulating Bible Knowledge. This is why I developed this web-site and the page on Bible study. Applying God’s Word is a vital part of one’s relationship with God; it is the evidence that we are obeying Him.

“I am the rose of Sharon.” — Song 2:1

Whatever there may be of beauty in the material world, Jesus Christ possesses all that in the spiritual world in a tenfold degree. Amongst flowers the rose is deemed the sweetest, but Jesus is infinitely more beautiful in the garden of the soul than the rose can in the gardens of earth. He takes the first place as the fairest among ten thousand. He is the sun, and all others are the stars; the heavens and the day are dark in comparison with Him, for the King in His beauty transcends all. “I am the rose of Sharon.” This was the best and rarest of roses. Jesus is not “the rose” alone, He is “the rose of Sharon,” just as He calls His righteousness “gold,” and then adds, “the gold of Ophir”—the best of the best. He is positively lovely, and superlatively the loveliest. There is variety in His charms. The rose is delightful to the eye, and its scent is pleasant and refreshing; so each of the senses of the soul, whether it be the taste or feeling, the hearing, the sight, or the spiritual smell, finds appropriate gratification in Jesus. Even the recollection of His love is sweet. Take the rose of Sharon, and pull it leaf from leaf, and lay by the leaves in the jar of memory, and you shall find each leaf fragrant long afterwards, filling the house with perfume. Christ satisfies the highest taste of the most educated spirit to the very full. The greatest amateur in perfumes is quite satisfied with the rose: and when the soul has arrived at her highest pitch of true taste, she shall still be content with Christ, nay, she shall be the better able to appreciate Him. Heaven itself possesses nothing which excels the rose of Sharon. What emblem can fully set forth His beauty? Human speech and earth-born things fail to tell of Him. Earth’s choicest charms commingled, feebly picture His abounding preciousness. Blessed rose, bloom in my heart for ever!

“Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope.” — Ps 119:49

Day 28

Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—”He giveth power to the faint.” When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask Him to fulfil His own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with Him? This promise shines like a star upon you—”Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—”Lord, Thou hast said it, do as Thou hast said.” Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—”I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will no more remember thy sins.” You have no merit of your own to plead why He should pardon you, but plead His written engagements and He will perform them. Are you afraid lest you should not be able to hold on to the end, lest, after having thought yourself a child of God, you should prove a castaway? If that is your state, take this word of grace to the throne and plead it: “The mountains may depart, and the hills may be removed, but the covenant of My love shall not depart from thee.” If you have lost the sweet sense of the Saviour’s presence, and are seeking Him with a sorrowful heart, remember the promises: “Return unto Me, and I will return unto you;” “For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.” Banquet your faith upon God’s own word, and whatever your fears or wants, repair to the Bank of Faith with your Father’s note of hand, saying, “Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope.”

PRAYER

THAT CHANGES A NATION
While we know we need pray and we are assured that God’s blessing is conditional on our prays, how effective are our petitions? Do we really know how and what to pray?

When I lack words in prayer, or thoughts about how to pray, I often turn to Scripture and use the words or patterns found in the prays of others. One prayer I have used in pleading for our Nation is the prayer that the prophet Daniel prayed long ago for his nation. Daniel had been living as a slave in caitivity for 67 years when he poured out his heart to God on behalf of his people after they had come under God’s judgment….

REVELATION

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

a. Gr. apokalupsi, to unvail or uncover. It implies the lifting up of a curtain so all can see alike what is uncovered. When used of writing it means to reveal or make clear. ( Eph. 3:3; Gal. 1:12)When used of a person it denotes visible presence (Th.1:7; Pet.1:7, 13) Here It refers to both the book and the person of Christ.

Mark {15:38} And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

This book was not revealed by John, or an angel, or even Jesus Christ! It was revealed by God the Father, who gave it to His Son. Christ then gave it to an angel, who gave it to John.

Perhaps those who have studied the Book of Daniel will recall that Daniel was instructed to SEAL UP the words that he wrote until the time of the end, when the wise would understand.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

But we will find in verse 10 of Revelation chapter 1 that John was taken to, and wrote from, the time of the end, and even beyond into the millennium.

So in contrast to Daniel, John was given specific instructions by one of the seven angels, whom we will read about shortly, NOT TO SEAL the sayings and prophecy of this book. That means that the Book of Revelation is UNSEALED, free and open for the partaking and understanding by God’s “servants”. Here is John relaying his instructions:

Rev. 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is

REVELATION

The Book of Revelation is difficult to understand and, as a result, it has indeed been widely misunderstood. More often than not, though, it’s because the reader, or the expositor, has depended on his own understanding to interpret or rationalize the symbols used by God in this last book of the Bible. To avoid being similarly snared, we should follow the strict principle of comparing Scripture with Scripture – in other words, letting the Bible interpret itself. As you read this serial, therefore, you will find many fresh insights into the Word of God, insights that are fully supported by Scripture. You will also be thrilled to discover that Revelation is not nearly as incomprehensible as you may have thought, and that every truth it conveys is in full harmony with the rest of the Bible. Most importantly, you will almost surely develop a much deeper appreciation of the awesome glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of His amazing mercy and grace, His holiness and justice. Revelation is a book that has intrigued scholars down through the ages. It has the potential of bringing to us an enormous amount of truth. However, Revelation is not easy to understand because in this book God uses symbols extensively to reveal truth. To learn what God is telling us, we must realize that we are wholly dependent on the leading of the Holy Spirit and that the Bible is its own interpreter. When we come to those passages that are especially difficult to understand, therefore, we need to go to the rest of the Bible for help, remembering that Revelation relates to the entire Bible and that the Bible is one cohesive whole. In short, guided by the Holy Spirit, we must compare spiritual things with spiritual words (I Cor. 2:10-13). This is the principle I shall be following throughout this expository

COME AND SEE !

Sacrifice: Heb 10; Rom 3:12-26 The death of the incarnate Christ on Calvary was the climax of His life on earth. It was an event exceeded in significance only by the Resurrection. The New Testament explains that death as an atoning sacrifice. In the Old Testament, sacrifice played a central role in Israel’s spiritual experience. Immediately after God gave the Law, He instituted the sacrificial system. The blood of the sacrificial animal, offered on the altar, made atonement, or covering, for sin. Sin was not removed, but it was covered. God was then free to act in grace toward those He loved even though their characters and actions cried out for judgment. The question, “How can a holy God deal kindly with sinful man?” is answered in the Old Testament by sacrifice. “I have given [the blood] … on the altar … that makes atonement for one’s life” (Lev 17:11). But the blood of sacrificial animals was not able to remove sin, only to cover it. Death is the necessary and essential outcome of sin. Paul explained, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23). Even God could not set aside this necessity: between darkness and light, holiness and sin, death and life, there can be no compromise. The issue must be faced and resolved. The New Testament reveals the divine solution. Sin brings death, but God sent His own Son to die as a Substitute for the sinner. God presented Jesus, the Bible says: As a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the One who justifies the man who has faith in Jesus. Rom 3:25-26 Jesus, by His death, entered the presence of God “once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” for us (Heb 9:12). The Old Testament sacrifices were, in effect, a dramatization of Calvary. The repeated lessons, teaching that only death could provide a remedy for sin, looked forward to that once-for-all death of God’s Son. And so our understanding of God grows. Who is He? A Person. One in three. One who through human birth became totally involved in our condition. One who ultimately sacrificed His own life that through His death you and I might be made alive

Truth about the Resurrection

John 5:28-29: Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Acts 24:15: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. I Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from the heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.