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Monthly Archives: January 2009

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Because I Live” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 14:19 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Unto You it is Given” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Mark 4:11 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Harken Unto Him” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 18:15 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

In Revelation 20:11 God gave here a new vision. John said, “And I saw a great white throne”. This is a totally different place than the place where fire came down from God on all those that were deceived by the Devil. It is not a place on this earth, but it is definitely a place somewhere, since the people who stand before the Judgment throne are standing there as complete human… Read More

Let me introduce this article with a passage from Acts 16:30-31. In this chapter of Acts 16 the missionaries Paul and Silas were in Philippi, in Macedonia, where they were shamefully treated. They were stripped of their clothes, they were whipped, and they were put in prison and their feet fastened in chains. Then at midnight there was a great earthquake, which caused all the prison doors to be opened, and all… Read More

1 Timothy 2:4 God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. “Who will have all men to be saved” Do we understand this? The title of this article is: “Is It God’s Will that All Men Be saved?” Is that really so? Clearly we can see that there are many people who died unsaved. In our lifetime we could see… Read More

In this article we will consider the first parable in Luke Chapter 15. This is the Parable of the Lost Sheep. Even though the Lord Jesus is speaking about sheep, He actually has in view people; and particularly He has in view two groups of people: The Publicans & Sinners, and the Pharisees & Scribes. Now before we interpret this parable we must first ask ourselves: “What did God say?” Luke 15:1… Read More

In the beginning of Romans 9 the Apostle Paul vents his continual sorrow for his fellow countrymen who remain in unbelief. But then he concludes this lament by stating what the Old Testament already states by implication: Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: In other words, he says: God’s promises are not failing. God’s promises… Read More

In the beginning of Romans 9 the Apostle Paul vents his continual sorrow for his fellow countrymen who remain in unbelief. But then he concludes this lament by stating what the Old Testament already states by implication: Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: In other words, he says: God’s promises are not failing. God’s promises… Read More

When we read the Old Testament we should ask: “How Readest Thou?” How do we read the Old Testament? We should always remember the words Jesus spoke to the two disciples going to Emmaus in Luke 24, where Jesus said: Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. This is how we should read the Old Testament: Always… Read More

Matthew 13 is a chapter that is filled with many parables. These are doctrines of the Kingdom disguised as parables. Why Parables? (Proverbs 28:9, Matthew 13:10-17) This thirteenth chapter of Matthew occupies both physically and spiritually a central position in the Gospel of salvation. It is located physically in the center of the Gospel according to Matthew, and it also reflects the center of God’s plan of salvation. Therefore, this is a… Read More

We begin this article in Luke 5:30. This sets the stage for verses 36-39 which we will be looking at carefully. Luke 5:30 The scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? Luke 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. (That’s the Gospel: good news. That is the reason… Read More

The subject matter at hand is that of “Forgiveness”; which is God forgiving man, and man forgiving his fellow man. Of course the most important aspect of all this business of forgiving is whether forgiveness has taken place vertically, and a lesser important aspect is that of forgiving horizontally. And thus, what we want to know is in the title of this article: What is “The Evidence of Having Been Forgiven?” What… Read More

When we search the Bible, we find 120 times that God speaks about High Places. If God mentions High Places that often, we have to conclude that these must be very important places. Just before the children of Israel entered into the Promised Land, God gave them some definite instructions through Moses. God said in Numbers chapter 33: Numbers 33:50 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the plains of Moab by… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “A Preface To A Parable of Grace” The scripture text is from Matthew 19:16-30 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Parable of The Labourers” The scripture text is from Matthew 20:1-16 and the audio is 38 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Parable of The Two Sons” The scripture text is from Matthew 21:23-32 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

In Revelation 20:11 God gave here a new vision. John said, “And I saw a great white throne”. This is a totally different place than the place where fire came down from God on all those that were deceived by the Devil. It is not a place on this earth, but it is definitely a place somewhere, since the people who stand before the Judgment throne are standing there as complete human… Read More

A study of Revelation 19:17-18 All the Fowls Were Filled With Their Flesh Revelation chapter 19 verse 11 begins a new vision that the Lord Jesus gave to the Apostle John. Here John saw the Lord Jesus Christ come out of heaven riding on a white horse, and all the armies which were in heaven followed Him on white horses. We need to keep in mind that this vision is recorded in… Read More

Today I want you to think about a balance; an old fashioned balance: You know, two scales hanging from a beam that is pivoting at the middle. In our High Tech society you do not see those things any more, but such balances were used for more than 3,500 years. They are called either a balance or scales, plural, because each balance had two scales, and they were used any time someone… Read More

As you may well know, there are many wicked people described in the Old Testament. How should we read and interpret these bad examples in the Old Testament? What does the Bible say about that? The Bible says: “These examples were written for our admonition”. In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, God speaks about the Children of Israel in the wilderness, after they had left the land of Egypt and were on their… Read More

A short study of Luke 24:45 Luke 24:45 “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”. Our Lord not only opens the scriptures, He also opens our UNDERSTANDING. In opening the scriptures, He has many workers; but in opening the understanding, HE IS ALONE. Many preachers can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only our Lord can open the mind to receive and believe the scriptures. Other teachers can… Read More

A study of 1 John 2:2 THERE is one passage more than any other which is I appealed to by those who believe in universal redemption, and which at first sight appears to teach that Christ died for the whole human race. We have therefore decided to give it a detailed examination and exposition. 1 John 2:2 “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Choosing Sufferings” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 11:24-25 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Man Justified by Faith” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Galatians 2:15-16 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Drawn With The Cords of a Man” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hosea 11:4 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “Who is a God Like Unto Thee” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Micah 7:18, and the audio is 49 minutes long.

Babylon is both a woman-harlot and a city. What Does the Woman Represent? Beyond any doubt as a woman she is a symbol of the church on earth as an institution for the building up of the saints, and for the propagation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ. And when I speak about “the church” we must distinguish between the invisible church consisting of all the truly saved individuals in… Read More

We have come to that section of Revelation where Satan is loosed out of the Bottomless Pit. This is the moment in time that is called: The End of the Thousand Years It is the end of the period of time that is symbolically called the 1000 years, which is nothing else than the completeness of God’s plan for the binding of Satan. At the end of this symbolic 1000 years God… Read More

A study of Revelation 20:1-3 The Binding of Satan We have come to a passage in Revelation 20 from where theologians have derived the theory of the Jewish Millennium. The Latin word Millennium means “one thousand”. It is the theory that before the end of the world comes there will be a glorious thousand years where the Jews are evangelizing the world, and almost the whole world will come to worship Christ…. Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Caring For The Flock” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Ezekiel 34:15-16 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Caring For The Flock” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Exzekiel 34:15-16 and the audio is 54 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Voice of My Beloved” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Solomon 2:8-12 and the audio is 52 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “The Voice of My Beloved” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Song of Solomon 2:12 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “He Found Him” This is the first message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 32:10, and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled: “He Found Him” This is the second message in a 2 part series. The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Deuteronomy 32:10, and the audio is 49 minutes long.

In this article I would like us to take a close look at the second miracle of the prophet Elisha. The first miracle was that God parted the waters of the Jordan River. The second miracle was that God healed the waters of the city of Jericho. And thus the title of this article is, “The Waters of Jericho”. At about this time the prophet Elisha had succeeded the prophet Elijah. Who… Read More

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15) In the Bible, a fool is one who fails to recognize, seek, trust, worship, serve, and listen to God as He reveals Himself in the glorious Person and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. A fool will not listen to God’s Word because he thinks he knows better than God…. Read More

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) Whenever we see verses like this, we could speak much of how nations ought to seek out and find just, fair, and honest leaders and judges. We could speak of how nations ought to adopt and enforce fair laws, take care of the poor and down-trodden, as well as many other just, equitable, and merciful actions. These are… Read More

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” (1 Peter 2:21) We are not like many in religion today who preach Christ merely as an example to follow. The Lord Jesus Christ was and is a great teacher and example, but He was and is more. He is our Lord and our Redeemer — our very life. He… Read More

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) ———— The natural man hates even the idea of submission. He reasons that it makes him less of a person. He demands his equal rights. But he fails to see that when he lifts himself up in pride and self-righteousness and refuses to submit to the God of all grace, he is in reality submitting to… Read More

Many people cannot reconcile the reality of God’s grace in salvation with the responsibility of believers to obey God’s Word, be careful and zealous in good works, and to strive diligently to be conformed to Christ in our character, thoughts and conduct. Some see grace as canceling out works altogether. Others see works as canceling out grace altogether. Most try to mix or confuse grace and works in salvation, but that will… Read More

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 What a glorious truth to learn that the very Son of God on behalf of His people settled the matter of sin and righteousness upon the cross. So absolute is the work of imputation, (the sinner’s sin to Him and Christ’s righteousness to the… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 28, 1846, by J. C. Philpot —————————— “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Psalm 84:5-7) —————————— The time and circumstances under which… Read More

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might… Read More

We are looking at the record in the Bible of “the incarnation”; how God the Son, the second Person of the triune God, took on a human body and manifested Himself to us as the Lord Jesus Christ. In Luke, we read about the birth of the Lord Jesus in Bethlehem, and we see that Mary laid Him in a manger, which is an animal feeding trough. It shows how God the… Read More

Hebrews 1:5 “…I Will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.” We begin this study by looking at 1 Chronicles 17:1-5. In the previous two chapters you can read the history of how David had brought the Ark of the Covenant to a tent that he had set up in Jerusalem. Now, in chapter 17, David is thinking about building a Temple for the Ark of… Read More

Every year the church of Jesus Christ celebrates a great work of Jesus performed in her behalf. Perhaps you missed it. It is what we call the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Apart from faith in God, perhaps one would judge the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven as a very sad event. The Bible teaches us that forty days after He arose from the dead, Jesus Christ, in the presence… Read More

All believers have an unashamed conviction that the Word of God is the power to work faith and holiness. There are many so called Christian churches and many Christian organizations which no longer make that unashamed confession. There are some who deny the inspiration and the authority of the Bible; they do not believe that the Bible is, word for word, the Word of God without error. They point to supposed errors… Read More

Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. Mark 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold… Read More

God has given to us the Scriptures in their entirety to set before us our duty in all of its vast character. For this reason Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.” Yet, God has also given in the Scriptures some very brief, penetrating exhortations which sum our entire life and duty as believers; statements which… Read More

“But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:29-30) How do we magnify the God of our salvation? Do we do that with singing? Yes. That is why it is very important to sing, and always from the heart. Do we magnify God by telling others of… Read More

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25) What is this way of death? It is ANY way but Christ and Him crucified!

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) What is this way of death? It is ANY way but Christ and Him crucified!

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature (Gentiles), and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree (Israel): how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? Here is indeed an odd thing! Paul uses the example of grafting to explain how some Gentiles are saved along with some Jews – they… Read More

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature (Gentiles), and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree (Israel): how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? Here is indeed an odd thing! Paul uses the example of grafting to explain how some Gentiles are saved along with some Jews – they… Read More

“It is God that Justifieth” Romans 8:33 The covenant purposes of Almighty God toward His own elect having been accomplished in their salvation by Jesus Christ, and redeeming love having triumphed over sin, death, and hell, the Kinsman-Redeemer, on the ground of His finished work, entered heaven’s highest glory to appear in the presence of the Father to make intercession for those whom He had left in a world of temptation, trial,… Read More

“If the Son makes you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) ——————– Much we talk of freedom in our day; much is our mind perplexed about it; but how little is said, and how little we think of the freedom in the text. Freedom in this life concerning temporal matters will benefit us little compared with the freedom which the Son of God gives to his children. The former endureth… Read More

“What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” (Romans 9:22) —————————— We have been singing most glorious truths. How many of us have the happy consciousness and sweet assurance that we have sung with the spirit and with the understanding, those precious words of the redeemed Atheist: “Up to my Father’s high decree Each act… Read More

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13) —————————— The immediate connection in which these words stand is as follows: Our Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, “came unto his own, and his own received him not.” By “his own” we are to understand the whole of the Jewish nation, which are nationally His peculiar people;… Read More

1 Corinthians 14:15a What is it then ? I will pray the Spirit, and will pray with the understanding also. The design of this epistle is chiefly to reprove the Church at Corinth for the divisions and contentions, which were there fomented and kept up on account of their ministers; some being for Paul, some for Apollo, and others for Cephas; and to remove some irregular practices from among them, which were… Read More

“The poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:19) There are two things, as leading principles in our text, that I want, by the help of the Lord, to call your attention to. The first is, to say a little of “the poor among men.” And secondly, to show that they “shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” 1. In the first place, then, let us… Read More

“…and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6 – that is, God the Father, against whom we have sinned, from whom we have turned, and whose justice must be satisfied; he has laid on Christ, his own Son, the sins of all his elect ones; which are as it were collected together, and made one bundle and burden of, and therefore expressed in the singular number,… Read More

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world,” (Galatians 6:14) PAUL meant either the infirmities, reproaches, tribulations, and persecutions, which he endured for the sake of Christ, and the preaching of his gospel; or the gospel, the doctrine of the cross of Christ, and salvation by it: or rather a crucified… Read More

For He hath made Him to be Sin for us; who knew no Sin: That we might be made the Righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) —————————— IN Consequence of our Apostacy from God, the Depravation of our Nature, thereupon, and of that personal Guilt, which we have contracted: We cannot, according to the Tenor of the Law, be admitted to Fellowship with our Maker either here, or hereafter, without… Read More

“Having therefore, brethren,, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure… Read More

We will inquire who the “us-ward” are to whom the Lord is said to be long-suffering. They are undoubtedly the persons to whom Peter writes his epistles, including himself. Let us turn, then, to the first epistle, and see to whom he wrote: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia;” and he then gives them the honoured appellation of “Elect, according to… Read More

Preached at Bedworth, England. On a Tuesday Evening in the month of April, 1852 By J.C. Philpot “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God: and to whit for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead. even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1… Read More

The Authenticity of 1 John 5:7 1 John 5:7 gives full proof of the plurality of Persons in the Godhead. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.” This is not only a proof of the Deity of each of these three persons, inasmuch as they, are not only said to be “one”, that is, one God; and… Read More

We are still discussing the text from Romans 9:14-16, and this time we must call special attention to the words: “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.” The sin which the people of… Read More

We now continue our discussion of the truth of predestination as taught in that marvelous ninth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans. And this time we call your attention especially to Romans 9:14-16: “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy in whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion…. Read More

We were discussing the passage from Romans 9:10-13, and I will not take time now to quote it again. Only, in the present lecture I must call special attention to the words of verse 11: “(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth.) ” These words state very… Read More

We now approach what has often been considered a locus classicus, one of the main passages that prove the truth of predestination. I refer, of course, to Romans 9:10-13, “And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (for the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of… Read More

“And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed there about, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be… Read More

A study of John 20:11-18 The fact of the resurrection of Christ, and all that is connected with it, on the morning of the third day, is viewed in the gospel of John, from the viewpoint of Mary Magdalene. It is Mary Magdalene, according to the gospel of John, that went to the sepulchre. The other women are not even mentioned. Although we know that there were others that accompanied Mary, they… Read More

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel… Read More

Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? (Proverbs 20:24) —————————— Another year has almost passed. That is a statement that carries great significance. It means that for a year the whole world has hastened from the alpha to the omega; and the end is near. It means too that we have sped ahead on the line that runs to our death; and that end… Read More

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” (Psalm 63:3) To give thanks is the highest expression of the Christian’s life. It certainly means that we see God’s name and God’s glory and God’s goodness in the things that pertain to our experience, whether it be as individuals, as families, or as a congregation. Therefore to give thanks means to praise. It is impossible to give thanks truly… Read More

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23) —————————————— That is the answer that Jesus gave to the question that arose in Judas’ (not Iscariot) mind, after Jesus had said that He would manifest Himself to them and not to the world. Judas did… Read More

Ephesians chapter 1 is so rich with information about the Gospel, it is so wonderful to read. · Four Petitions (Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 28:1, Ephesians 1:4) Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus… Read More

To whom has God addressed this Epistle to the Hebrews? This Epistle, or this letter (that is what the word Epistle means, it is a letter) this letter is addressed to the Hebrews. Who are the Hebrews? Are they the Jews in Jerusalem? Are they the blood descendants of Abraham? If that would be true, then we can forget about this letter that God wrote to those Jews. He did not write… Read More

The Lord’s Appearing to His Own (John 20:1-23, 1:11) When I say “His own” we must have a proper understanding of this expression “His own”. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that “His own” should be interpreted as the nation of Israel. For example, we read in John 1:11, “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not”. This does not refer to the nation of Israel but to… Read More

Today I want us to do a study of Genesis 35. It contains a section of the travels of Jacob in the land of Canaan after he came back from Padanaram where he acquired two wives, two concubines, eleven sons, one daughter, and many slaves and many sheep, and goats, and camels, and donkeys, and cows, and bulls, and so on. Jacob was a rich man. And there in Genesis 35:20 we… Read More

In this article we will take a good look at Matthew 15. We see almost in every chapter of Matthew that God does not favor the Jews any more as a favorite nation, but God is now reaching out to all the world with a Gospel of grace alone. And here in chapter 15 we shall see the second and the third withdrawal of the Lord Jesus away from the land of… Read More

Today we will look at Isaiah 53:5. But we must remember the context. And thus, we shall read the first six verses of Isaiah 53. As you know, this is a chapter that is very intense, for it deals with the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every word is filled with doctrine, and many prophecies are contained in this chapter. “Who Hath Believed Our Report?” (Isaiah 53:1-6, 1 Corinthians 2:2, Romans… Read More

A crucial verse In God’s word is verse 21, for there we are faced with the essence of the Substitution by the Lord Jesus Christ. What doctrines must we keep in mind when we speak of His substitutionary atonement? We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him (to be) sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in… Read More

  1 Timothy 2:4 God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. “Who will have all men to be saved” Do we understand this? Clearly we can see that there are many people who died unsaved. In our lifetime we could see the life and death of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, who definitely died unsaved. Terrorist suicide bombers definitely… Read More

What does God say about Rewards? Well, God has said a great deal about rewards. There are more than 100 verses in the Bible containing the noun “reward”, or the verb “to reward”, and there are many more verses that speak about rewards without actually using the word “reward” in them. Just in the Old Testament alone there are 27 different words that have been translated by the noun “reward” or by… Read More

As you may well know, there are many wicked people described in the Old Testament. How should we read and interpret these bad examples in the Old Testament? What does the Bible say about that? The Bible says: “These examples were written for our admonition”. In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, God speaks about the Children of Israel in the wilderness, after they had left the land of Egypt and were on their… Read More

If we desire to be wise in the sight of God so that we can understand what God has written, and if we desire to have discernment in spiritual matters so that we can discern between good and evil, then it is of the utmost importance that we have a clear conception of this picture of Babylon that God is painting before our eyes here in Revelation 17 and 18. Not only… Read More

In 1st Kings chapter 6 we read how the temple in Jerusalem was built under the leadership of king Solomon. No, Solomon did not build it himself, but it was built under his leadership, and it was built according to the pattern that king David, his father, had given him. And so, Solomon obeyed and he built the temple, and he particularly paid attention to the details of the holy of holies… Read More

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man (Literal: it is man’s number); and his number is Six hundred threescore and six This is a number that is of great concern to all those in the charismatic movement. They are in great fear for everything that resembles the number 666. In Ecclesiastes 7:27 the preacher gets… Read More

Revelation 11 is probably the most important chapter of the prophecy of Revelation. Almost everything else in this prophecy, from chapter 11 to chapter 22, depends on how we understand this present chapter. And thus we must not be in a hurry when we study this chapter. This article will deal with the question: who are the two witnesses or Revelation 11? In Revelation 11:3-4 God introduces us to: The Two Witnesses… Read More

  Today I want you to think about a balance; an old fashioned balance: You know, two scales hanging from a beam that is pivoting at the middle. In our High Tech society you do not see those things any more, but such balances were used for more than 3,500 years. They are called either a balance or scales, plural, because each balance had two scales, and they were used any time… Read More

In this article I want to take a good look at the Adversary of the church. Of course you know who our Adversary is. It is the Devil, also called Satan. But let us first look at: The Sovereignty of God (Proverbs 25:2) Did God create Satan? Well, if God did not create Satan, then who did? Could there have been another force at work outside of God, creating Satan and all… Read More

In 1st Kings chapter 6 we read how the temple in Jerusalem was built under the leadership of king Solomon. No, Solomon did not build it himself, but it was built under his leadership, and it was built according to the pattern that king David, his father, had given him. And so, Solomon obeyed and he built the temple, and he particularly paid attention to the details of the holy of holies… Read More

As you know, there are many “Churches” that have already decided that the warning of Revelation 22:18-19 only applies to “The Book of Revelation”, and they have decided that God is still bringing Divine revelations today. What happened? The wolves have already devoured those Churches. Why and how did that happen? How it happened is this. God says: Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. So, we need to… Read More

  A study of 1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:17 For the time (is come) that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? This verse seems to lay down the principle that before the end of time comes, before the final judgment of all the unsaved in the world occurs,… Read More

In Revelation 1 we have here a description of Christ’s appearance to the Apostle John. This was more than 60 years after the Lord Jesus bodily ascended into heaven. As you know, the Lord Jesus received His glorified body when He returned to heaven. But did He appear to John in His glorified body? Absolutely not! Christ brought a message to John, and His appearance was adjusted to convey this message. For… Read More