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End of Times: Recognizing the Signs

The Amazing Book that stands Alone - The Bible

by Roy Burger on 05/16/13

 

What separates us from other type of religion, is our prayer? Muslims pray 7 times a day. Is it our witnessing? I constantly running off Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses approaching my door. What set us apart from any other religion is what we call the Bible.  Let us start with perished Religions.

Perished religions.

As I read about the Egyptians god Ra, the Greek gods Zeus, Apollos, the Roman Gods, Jupiter, Juno just an example of a few names of many types of gods from their culture and other cultures that the gods have died out with their cultures. We learn about them through studying history. We see how people in ancient days when they didn’t understand about what causes the four season, spring, summer, autumn and winter, or how the earth was created, they would explain it with a God of some sort.  You read how their beliefs system dies when their culture dies off. There was one exception, the Jewish God. You read how the Israelites journey with their God through the Old Testament. How Jesus came on the scene and had many followers. How he taught the New Covenant to his people the Israelites. How they rejected his teaching and had the Romans Crucify him.  Roman Emperor Nero, because a quarter of Rome had burnt down was blaming the Christians. He was executing Christians. He also executed Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul around the year 66 AD. He committed suicide, Vespasian became emperor and while he was becoming emperor, he sent his son Titus 4 years later to destroyed Jerusalem.  Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered Jews abroad around 70 AD dispersing Christianity and Judaism.  If the Jewish God was like the other dead gods, this should have made Christianity become extinct, but we know it didn’t.  Almost 300 years later in 303 A.D., Emperor Diocletian ordered a decree to kill all Christians and destroyed all scriptures relating to the Jewish God in the Roman Empire. He was considered the most powerful man at his time and he reigned for 25 years to follow out his decree. At the end of his reign, he passed away. The Emperor Constantine who replaced Diocletian believed in the Jewish God despite Diocletian decree and power. This shows that Christianity swept among the Romans even with the decree of Killing all Christians and destroying all scriptures.  Romans went from polytheistic views to monotheistic views under Emperor Constantine. Emperor Constant had the Bible canonized, had the Roman empire pay to publish fifty Bibles and gave up all their other gods for the Jewish God.

      It states in Ephesians 2: That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. So, the Romans (gentiles) believed in a Jewish God. They believe in a Bible that carried Jewish traditions and Jewish Covenants they had no part in. So, the Romans (gentiles) had no reason to promote the Jewish God and the Bible other than believing in the true living God. Emperor Constantine head of the Roman Empire made Christianity their dominant religion and after 2000 years later, the percentage of Christians throughout the world is been estimated from 25% to 33% or 1.5 Billion to 2.2 Billion people which majority are gentiles. The Jewish God is now in the hearts of about one third of the worlds' population (1.5-2.2 Billion people).

 

The Influences of the Bible

This book has influence more nations and country than any book in history. We are in the year 2018 AD regardless of the change from AD to CE. They just changed name. The abbreviation AD stands for Anno Domini. Anno Domini in Latin translates “the Year of our Lord”. This is the Year that they figured Jesus Christ was born. So, it is 2018 years after the birth of Christ. BC stand for “before Christ.” In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the son of David. One can visit Florence Italy or Caesar Palace, Las Vegas Nevada and see the statue of David. David reigned as king over Israel about 3000 years ago, yet today his Statue represents to Italy as our Statue of Liberty represent the United States. Protestant churches, Catholic churches all influences of the Bible. United States was founded on the belief of the Bible. The United States had based the Government from the Book of Deuteronomy. Our Declarations of Independence has many inserts of sermons from the early churches here in America. We have the Ten Commandants in our Court houses. The Ten Commandments that was given to Moses over 3500 years ago, but we still have them in our courthouses. Easter: the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christmas: the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. In God we trust on the dollar bill. There are so many more things, but I would be here for quite a while to write them all down.

 

The Bible a Myth – Josh McDowell

They certainly knew the difference between myth, legend and reality. A professor of a world literature class in which I was speaking asked the question, "What do you think of Greek mythology"? I answered with another question, "Do you mean, were the events of the life of Jesus, the resurrection, virgin birth, etc., just myth?" He said, "Yes". I replied that there is one obvious difference between these things applied to Christ and these things applied to Greek mythology that is usually overlooked. The similar events, such as the resurrection, etc, of Greek mythology were not applied to real, flesh and blood individuals, but rather to mythological characters. But, when it comes to Christianity, these events are attached to a person the writers knew in time-space dimension history, the historic Jesus of Nazareth whom they knew personally. The professor replied, "You're right, I never realized that before". "A myth may be defined as 'a pre-scientific and imaginative attempt to explain some phenomenon, real or supposed, which excites the curiosity of the mythmaker, or perhaps more accurately as an effort to reach a feeling of satisfaction in place of bewilderment concerning such phenomena. It often appeals to the emotions rather than the reason, and indeed, in its most typical forms, seems to date from an age when rational explanations were not called for.' "

 

 

UNIQUE IN ITS CONTINUITY.

Here is a book: Written over a 1,500-year span. The Bible was written over 40 generations. The Bible was written by 40 authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc.: Moses, a political leader, trained in the universities of Egypt, Peter, a fisherman, Amos, a herdsman, Joshua, a military general, Nehemiah, a cupbearer, Daniel, a prime minister, Luke, a doctor, Solomon, a king, Matthew, a tax-collector, Paul, a rabbi. The Bible was written in different places: Moses in the wilderness, Jeremiah in a dungeon, Daniel on a hillside and in a palace, Paul inside prison walls, Luke while traveling, John on the isle of Patmos, Others in the rigors of a military campaign. The Bible was written at different times: David in times of war, Solomon in times of peace. The Bible was written during different moods: Some writing from the heights of joy and others writing from the depths of sorrow and despair.  The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew: Was the language of the Old Testament. In II Kings 18:26-28 called "the language of Judah". In Isaiah 19:18 called "the language of Canaan" which is known as Aramaic. Aramaic was the "common language" of the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great (6th century BC - 4th century BC) which was Greek. Greek was used in the New Testament language. Greek was the international language at the time of Christ.  Its subject matter includes hundreds of controversial subjects. A controversial subject is one which would create opposing opinions when mentioned or discussed. Biblical authors spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects with harmony and continuity from Genesis to Revelation. There is one unfolding story: "GOD's redemption of man". Geisler and Nix put it this way: "The 'Paradise Lost' of the Genesis becomes the 'Paradise Regained' of Revelation. Whereas the gate to the tree of life is closed in Genesis, it is opened forevermore in Revelation". F.F. Bruce observes: "Any part of the human body can only be properly explained in reference to the whole body. And any part of the Bible can only be properly explained in reference to the whole Bible".

 

Validity of the Bible

There are over 66,000 manuscripts that we have today that validate the Bible. The Dead Sea scrolls were written about 300 BC which are part of the manuscripts. The Old Testament that was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls was written 400 to 200 BC. So, the prophecies concerning Jesus were written before the Life of Jesus here on earth. The Bible is a book with prophecies being fulfilled like no other book in history. Ezekiel chapter 37, Ezekiel is transported to a large pile of bones. God breaths life back into the bones and tells Ezekiel that Israel will become a nation again. The Holocaust during World War II we have images of millions of Jews in big heaps of bones. After World War II, after the Holocaust, Israel became a nation in 1948. This is one of many prophecies within the Bible that has been fulfilled. Ezekiel wrote the Book of Ezekiel about 570 B.C. but the prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 AD. Daniel and Isaiah, Psalms just to name a few of the books in the Old Testament make prophecies about the coming messiah. There are approximately 2500 prophecies which about 2000 have been fulfilled. There is no other book that has prophecies being fulfilled.

UNIQUE IN ITS TRANSLATION the Bible was one of the first major books translated (Septuagint: Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, ca. 250 BC). The Bible has been translated and retranslated and paraphrased more than any other book in existence. Encyclopedia Britannica says that "by 1966 the whole Bible had appeared...in 240 languages and dialects...one or more whole books of the Bible in 739 additional ones, a total of publication of 1,280 languages".  3,000 Bible translators between 1950-1960 were at work translating the Scriptures. The Bible factually stands unique ("one of a kind") in its translation. Survival through time Being written on material that perishes, having to be copied and recopied for hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press, did not diminish its style, correctness nor existence. The Bible, compared with other ancient writings, has more manuscript evidence than any 10 pieces of classical literature combined. John Warwick Montgomery says that "to be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament". Bernard Ramm speaks of the accuracy and number of biblical manuscripts: "Jews preserved it as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. With their massora (parva, magna, and finalis) they kept tabs on every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. They had special classes of men within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit these documents with practically perfect fidelity - scribes, lawyers, massoretes. Whoever counted the letters and syllables and words of Plato or Aristotle? Cicero of Seneca?"  John Lea in The Greatest Book in the World compared the Bible with Shakespeare's writings: "In an article in the North American Review, a writer made some interesting comparisons between the writings of Shakespeare and the Scriptures, which show that much greater care must have been bestowed upon the biblical manuscripts than upon other writings, even when there was so much more opportunity of preserving the correct text by means of printed copies than when all the copies had to be made by hand. He said: "It seems strange that the text of Shakespeare, which has been in existence less than two hundred and sixteen years, should be far more uncertain and corrupt than that of the New Testament, now over eighteen centuries old, during nearly fifteen of which it existed only in manuscript... With perhaps a dozen or twenty exceptions, the text of every verse in the New Testament may be said to be so far settled by general consent of scholars, that any dispute as to its readings must relate rather to the interpretation of the words than to any doubts respecting the words themselves. But in every one of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays there are probably a hundred readings still in dispute, a large portion of which materially affects the meaning of the passages in which they occur". Authors make a percentage of money off his or hers book no matter where the books sales. This gives incentive for authors to sell as many copies as possible. The last author of the Bible died about 2000 years ago so there is no residual per say for anyone to collect but the Bible is the number one selling book ever and has been translated into more languages than any other book in history.

Survival through persecution

The Bible has withstood vicious attacks of its enemies as no other book. Many have tried to burn it, ban it and "outlaw it from the days of Roman emperors to present-day Communist-dominated countries". Sidney Collett in All About the Bible says, "Voltaire, the noted French infidel who died in 1778, said that in one hundred years from his time Christianity would be swept from existence and passed into history. But what has happened? Voltaire has passed into history, while the circulation of the Bible continues to increase in almost all parts of the world, carrying blessing wherever it goes. For example, the English Cathedral in Zanzibar is built on the site of the Old Slave Market, and the Communion Table stands on the very spot where the whipping-post once stood! The world abounds with such instances...As one has truly said, 'We might as well put our shoulder to the burning wheel of the sun, and try to stop it on its flaming course, as attempt to stop the circulation of the Bible.' Concerning the boast of Voltaire on the extinction of Christianity and the Bible in 100 years, Geisler and Nix point out that "only fifty years after his death the Geneva Bible Society used his press and house to produce stacks of Bibles". In AD 303, Diocletian issued an edict (Cambridge History of the Bible, Cambridge University Press, 1963) to stop Christians from worshipping and to destroy their Scriptures: "...an imperial letter was everywhere promulgated, ordering the razing of the churches to the ground and the destruction by fire of the Scriptures, and proclaiming that those who held high positions would lost all civil rights, while those in households, if they persisted in their profession of Christianity, would be deprived of their liberty". The historic irony of the above edict to destroy the Bible is that Eusebius records the edict given 25 years later by Constantine, the emperor following Diocletian, that 50 copies of the Scriptures should be prepared at the expense of the government. "Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. Infidels, with all their assaults, make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt. When the French monarch proposed the persecution of the Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, 'Sire, the Church of GOD is an anvil that has worn out many hammers'. So, the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of GOD, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they died, and the book still lives". "No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? with such venom and skepticism? with such thoroughness and erudition? upon every chapter, line and tenet? "The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions". "Mohammedanism cannot point to any prophecies of the coming of Mohammed uttered hundreds of years before his birth. Neither can the founders of any cult in this country rightly identify any ancient text specifically foretelling their appearance". Wilbur Smith, who compiled a personal library of 25,000 volumes, concludes that "whatever one may think of the authority of and the message presented in the book we call the Bible, there is world-wide agreement that in more ways than one it is the most remarkable volume that has ever been produced in these some five thousand years of writing on the part of the human race. "Hebrew national tradition excels all others in its clear picture of tribal and family origins. In Egypt and Babylonia, in Assyria and Phoenicia, in Greece and Rome, we look in vain for anything comparable. There is nothing like it in the tradition of the Germanic peoples. Neither India nor China can produce anything similar, since their earliest historical memories are literary depostis of distorted dynastic tradition, with no trace of the herdsman or peasant behind the demigod or king with whom their records begin. Neither in the oldest Indic historical writings (the Puranas) nor in the earliest Greek historians is there a hint of the fact that both Indo-Aryans and Hellenes were once nomads who immigrated into their later abodes from the north. The Assyrians, to be sure, remembered vaguely that their earliest rulers, whose names they recalled without any details about their deed, were tent dwellers, but whence they came had long been forgotten". "It stands absolutely alone in ancient literature without a remote parallel even among the Greeks...'The Table of Nations' remains an astonishingly accurate document...(It) shows such remarkably 'modern' understanding of the ethnic and linguistic situation in the modern world, in spite of all its complexity, that scholars never fail to be impressed with the author's knowledge of the subject".

 

"This Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning. He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools. He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times".

 

Bernard Ramm adds:

"There are complexities of bibliographical studies that are unparalleled in any other science or department of human knowledge. From the Apostolic Fathers dating from AD 95 to the modern times is one great literary river inspired by the Bible - Bible dictionaries, Bible encyclopedias, Bible lexicons, Bible atlases, and Bible geographies. These may be taken as a starter. Then at random, we may mention the vast bibliographies around theology, religious education, hymnology, missions, the biblical languages, church history, religious biography, devotional works, commentaries, philosophy of religion, evidences, apologetics, and on and on. There seems to be an endless number." Kenneth Scott Latourette, former Yale historian, says: "It is evidence of his importance, of the effect that he has had upon history and presumably, of the baffling mystery of his being that no other life ever lived on this planet has evoked so huge a volume of literature among so many peoples and languages, and that, far from ebbing, the flood continues to mount". It is also one of the (if not the) most expensive books. Gutenberg's Latin Vulgate Bible sells for over $100,000. The Russians sold the Codex Sinaiticus (an early copy of the Bible) to England for $510,000. And finally, the longest telegram in the world was the Revised Version New Testament sent from New York to Chicago.

 

 

Everlasting Kingdom

by Roy Burger on 04/10/13

  Here are something to think about, here are some prophecies concerning an everlasting Kingdom.  I will start with the book of Daniel.  Daniel a prophet is among other Israelites carried off into Babylon around 600 BC. Daniel chapter 2, the King has a dream of a giant statue, head of Gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron and feet mixed with clay and iron. Daniel tells the King of Babylonian that his kingdom is the head of Gold and there are four more kingdoms following him until the eternal Kingdom appears.  Chapter 2 verse 38 -43.  and it is that fifth Kingdom when the everlasting Kingdoms starts.  Daniel gives us clues to which kingdoms are the next three kingdoms In Daniel Chapter 8: 20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. 21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power. We know through history, that the Meads and Persian conquered Babylonian. After the reign of Meads and Persians, We know that Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Meads and Persian and the Known world at the time. After he had finished, he became ill and died. His four generals took over which we call the Hellenist period. So the Head of Gold-Babylonian, Chest and arms of Silver - Meads and Persians, belly and thighs of brass - Alexander the Great, and the legs of Iron – Hellenist period. Now the fifth kingdom Daniel 2: 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. We now that the Roman Empire followed the Hellenist period which became so big that became divided; Western Rome and Eastern Rome. Now Daniel 2: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. During the Reign of the Roman Empire, God will set up his kingdom. We know Jesus ministry was during the Reign of the Roman Empire. Jesus tells us that in Luke 17: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For , behold, the kingdom of God is within you. So the body of Christ is the kingdom of God waiting on his second return. The Kingdom of God is the one made without hands and is everlasting.

 

Here is a prophey concerning Jesus who brings in the everlasting kingdom.  It is a 490 year prophecy.  The first part tells us tha this is a 490 year prophecy that will finish transgression, make an end of sins, which Jesus dying on the cross accomplished and bring in the everlasting Kingdom.The next line of the prophecy deals with rebuilding the city of Jerusalem for the Messiah which is Jesus. Also rebuilding the walls and the streets within for him as well. The next two verses deal with his death on the cross. That he presents a New Covenant to Israel for 7 years and his death will occur 3 and half years into presenting the New Covenant to his people. Then the New Covenant will go to the gentiles which is the starting of the everlasting Kingdom.  Here we are 2000  years later and approximately 1/3 of the people in the world are Christians which is about 2.2 billion people. Now I will go through this prophecy to show how the everlasting kingdom came about.

Daniel 9: 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. This is a prophecy of rebuilding and restoring the temple and Jerusalem for the coming messiah, bringing in an everlasting kingdom and his crucifixion . We know Babylonian destroyed the first temple. We know the King of Persia, Cyrus allowed the Israelite to rebuild the temple and during the Hellenist period, Israel was allowed to restore and build Jerusalem, they did this repairing walls and streets. We know King Herod added to the temple building what is now called the western wall or Wailing Wall which surrounded the Jewish Temples Courtyard in the beginning of the Roman Empire reign. Verse 26 the Messiah be cut off meaning killed. We can compare that with Isaiah 53 and Psalms 22 We know he was crucified which was common way of punishment from the Romans. Not for himself because he died for all mankind according to the Bible. We know after the death of Jesus, there is a division among the beliefs of Israel. There were the Jews who did not accept Christ and followed the Old Covenant-Judaism and those followed the New Covenant, Christians. The Pentecost is the beginning of the Christian Church which is still only Jews because Pentecost is a Jewish Holiday. The gospel did not start going to the gentiles until 3 and half years after the death and resurrection which happens after the stoning of Stephen fulfilling Daniels 9:27  Peter with sheet lift down from heaven and then going to Cornelius a gentile and Saul who after being blinded became an apostle to the Gentiles both occurring after the stoning of Stephen. We have Emperor Nero who kills the leaders of Christianity; Peter, Paul, and main apostles around 65-66 ad. Then Titus 4 years later destroyed in 70 Ad destroyed Jerusalem and the temple fulfilling from Daniel 9:26 “and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary”.  He scattered Israel with their divided believes of Judaism and Christianity. We know Nero and Titus did not wipe out Christianity because in 303 AD. Emperor Diocletian issued a decree- Kill Christians and destroys all Bibles. Despite the decree, Christianity became the main religion for Rome. Western Rome was called Holy Rome and Eastern Rome was called Greek Orthodox Christianity. Today, the estimated percentage of Christians (Gods Kingdom) in the world which I mention earlier is about 33%.(2.2 Billion People)  Zechariah chapter 13 which is talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah 13: 8 and it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. 2/3 nonbelievers shall perish and 1/3 (33%) shall be tested with fire fulfilling the prophecy in Daniel 2 bringing in the everlasting Kingdom. Matthew 24: 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All * * these are the beginning of sorrows. We see now days earthquakes in diverse place, we have all sorts of diseases, there is much famine in third world countries, and nations going to war with each other. North Korea Threating South KoreaMajority of Christians are looking for the rapture or feel second coming is close.

 My family and I believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and savior, that he died for our sins and rose again on the third day as he tells to his disciples in Luke 18: 1Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them,Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished.32For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:33And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. Those who want to see 2500 prophecies, you need to look it up at www.reasons.org or buy Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy by J. Barton Payne (Jul 1980) on Amazon.Thanks

 

Roy A faithful believer of Jesus Christ

 

Seven Features of Christ and Seven Promises to the Believer

by Roy Burger on 03/12/13

These promises I believe hold true for anyone who seeks Christ and puts God first in his or hers life and these are seven different descriptions of Christ.

1Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

8And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges

17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

18And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

26And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

27And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

28And I will give him the morning star.

29He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

12Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Who is Melchizedek?

by Roy Burger on 02/12/13

I was again listening to  Ask the Pastor  which is a great show, when a caller asked who is Melchizedek and why is he important? There were four pastors and not one was able to answer the question to my satisfaction. None of them name the importance of Melchizedek. Genesis 14: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of God Most High.19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth: Here we have Melchizedek who is King of Salem and a priest of God Most High. As one studies the Bible, we see that there is only one other person in the Bible who was a King and a Priest. That person was Jesus Christ. Melchizedek is only mention in three places in the Bible. They are Genesis chapter 14, Psalms chapter 110, and Hebrew chapters 5-7. Let us go to Hebrew 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace; 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually. Here the scriptures tell us that Melchizedek is King of righteousness. Paul tell us in Romans 3:10 as it is written, There is none RIGHTEOUS, no, not one; Yet Melchizedek is King of Righteousness implying deity. Melchizedek is King of Peace. In Isaiah 9: 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This scripture refers to Jesus as the Prince of peace. Knowing that Melchizedek is King of Peace   King - Prince Father-son  implying that Melchizedek is God the father. The 3 verse of Hebrews tells us that Melchizedek who has no father, no mother, no beginning, no end of life, who is like the Son of God. In Colossians 1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; Here it says that Jesus is like the invisible God, God the father. Melchizedek, who is like the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Why Melchizedek who I believe is God the Father in person is important in Genesis chapter 14 is because for Jesus to be a priest, he needed to be from the Levites or from the order of Melchizedek. Jesus was from the line the David who is from the tribe of Judah.

             In Numbers 18:21 And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting. 22 And henceforth the children of Israel shall not come nigh the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die. Numbers tell us that only the Levites could be mediators or priest. If any other tribe of Israel came into the temple, they would bear sin and die. In 2 Chronicles 26 Uzziah was King and did was right before the Lord. Uzziah succeeded great in the Lord until he tried to become a mediator(priest) as well. He went into the temple followed by 80 Levites(priests) and tried to burn incense when Leprosy broke out on his forehead. Jesus being from the tribe of Judah by Jewish law could not be a mediator because he was not from the tribe of Levite. But from Psalms 110, and Hebrews chapter 5-7 tells us that Jesus was from the order of Melchizedek, he is from an eternal priesthood therefore being an eternal mediator for all through his blood at the cross. So Jesus is a Mediator Because he is from the line of Melchizedek. Jesus who is an eternal priest

How we show by Scripture that Jesus is God.

by Roy Burger on 01/24/13

I was at a Bible Study on Wednesday night when we had a new comer who made the Bible Study interesting because he had much to say and a lot of questions. He was witnessing to a Jehovah Witness and this person was showing him the Jesus is Michael the arch angel. He asked if anyone knew how to show that Jesus is God. I was surprise that nobody knew at the Bible Study so I walked everyone through it. Jehovah Witness use Daniel 12 1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. This is talking about the rapture of the first fruits.  Let us to to Matthew 27 : 51Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.: and since we are waiting on Jesus second coming, Jehovah Witness conclude that Michael the Arch Angel is Jesus Christ here in Daniel Chapter 12. Well we can see if their theory holds any water by comparing scripture with scripture. Let us go to John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Here it is saying the Word was with God and the Word was God. We can say then the Word is God. Let us go to John 1; 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him notThis here gives me the impression that these scriptures is talking about Jesus Christ. Let us go to John 1: 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Now we see that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We know Jesus was born of a Virgin and dwelt upon us. In verse 1 it says the Word was God meaning the Word is God and Jesus is the Word. We let us keep comparing scripture with scripture let us go to Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Now if all things were made by Jesus Christ. That implies that Jesus Christ created Angels. Let not take my word for it. Let us compare scripture with scripture. Let us go to Colossians 1: 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. We see verse 12 and 13 talking about God the father but verse 14 switches to Jesus. It is through Jesus Christ we have redemption through his blood. We see in verse 15 that he is the image of the invisible God. Jesus mentions many times in the four gospels that if you have seen me you have seen the father. He is the first born of all creature. That still make it Jesus Christ Verse 16 tells us that everything created in heaven and earth was created by Jesus Christ. 17 say by Jesus Christ all things consist. Verse 18 tells us he is head of the church and the first born of the dead or we say resurrection. How can Jesus Christ be Michael the Arc Angel when Jesus Christ created Michael the Arc Angel. Well let us keep comparing scripture with scripture. Let us go to Hebrew 1: 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Here it repeats that Jesus Christ is the creator but it also say in verse 4 that he is much better than the angels meaning Jesus Christ is God. So scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is not an angel and that he is God the creator of heaven and earth. Let us go to our another scripture Let us go to Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. We know that Jesus Christ created the heaven and earth so by obvious conclusion Jesus Christ is God. So let us end with John 8: 51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. We see here that Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees. He finally says that he talked with Abraham which is two thousands years before this time. They question how old he was because they knew he wasn’t even fifty. Then he states that before Abraham existed that I am. He referred himself as God. Verse 59 they pick up stones to stone him because he claimed himself as God. Philippians 2: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal to God. Lucifer thought he was equal to God and God considered Lucifer sinning and Lucifer(Satan) was cast out of heaven with the third of then angels.  So hopefully that helps to understand who Jesus Christ is God and  the creator of heaven and earth, the one who gave himself up willing and died for our sins so that we may have eternal life through Jesus Christ.