Monday, July 25, 2011

The Three Parts of Faith

Jesus talked about the three parts of faith in Mark 11:22-24.
1)The object of your faith. v.22--He said, "Have faith in God." God is the object of our faith that we look to. It's easy to place faith in our money, our jobs, our own understanding, or something else. Is your faith truly in God, or something else that you think brings security?

2)The potential of your faith. v.23--Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted you." Even though Jesus always told the truth, sometimes He would say "Truly, truly I say to you" because what He was about to say was going to be hard for them to believe. This was probably the most startling illustration He ever used--casting a mountain into the sea by faith! The mountain was the Mount of Olives and the nearest sea was the Dead Sea, which was 15 miles away. Jesus said that telling a mountain to be uprooted and transported 15 miles away actually was possible with faith! The mountain represents your problem and your faith is what can overcome that problem. What is the problem you are facing today?

3)The application of your faith. v.24--"Therefore, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." The word "therefore" means He is connecting what He just said, with something He is about to say. He is saying, "Take what I just said about moving a mountain by faith and apply it to everything you pray for." God doesn't just want us to pray, but to pray with faith, expecting God to answer.
To hear the entire message, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on Faith pt 1 "The Object of Your Faith."
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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Heavenly City & New Earth

This is the last in a series I've been teaching on Bible prophecy. Next week I'll have a new topic.

Many Scriptures tell us that this present earth will be destroyed with fire and God will create new heavens and a new earth (See 2 Pet. 3:7-10, Rev. 21:1, Isa. 65:22, Matt. 24:35). Seventy percent of Earth is covered with water, but the New Earth will not have any oceans (Rev. 21:1). The "heavens" that God will create are a new atmospheric heaven and a new universe.

The heavenly city (New Jerusalem) will descend out of heaven and will settle on the New Earth. The city will be in a cube 1,500 miles high, wide, and deep. It's slightly smaller than the moon and could accommodate 100 billion people.

Rev. 21:24 says, "And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it." The city will be so bright that it will illuminate the entire earth. Just like there are nations and kings on the present earth, so there will be on the New Earth. The "kings" of the earth are the people who were the most faithful servants of God in this present life. In the next life, those servants of God will be elevated to the highest positions. The kings of the earth will "bring their glory" into the New Jerusalem. Apparently the "glory" is something that's being produced on the New Earth, and the kings will have the privilege of bringing it into the city as an offering to honor the Lord.

Rev. 22:3 says, "The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it (the heavenly city), and His bondservants will serve Him." In the next life we will have job assignments that will be like eternal hobbies. We don't know what these jobs will be because it's beyond our present knowledge, but the best assignments will be granted to those who were the most faithful on the present earth. After we die and stand face-to-face with God, our knowledge will be expanded and then we will understand (1 Cor. 13:12). To hear the entire message on eternity, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on End Times pt. 8--"Eternity"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Satan Released From Hell?

Immediately after Jesus returns at the Second Coming, Satan will be bound in the abyss for 1,000 years so that he cannot deceive the nations. When the 1,000 years are completed, the devil is released for a short time (See Rev. 20:1-3, 7). What does this mean, and why will God let Satan out of hell?
First we must understand that a new dispensation, which we call the "Millennium," will begin after Jesus sets up His kingdom on earth. You've probably haven't heard much teaching on this subject, but many Scriptures talk about this time period. (I recommend Mark Hitchcock's book 101 Answers to the Most Asked Questions About the End Times for further study.) Why is the devil released? Here are some facts that you need know:

1. The saved people who are alive at the Second Coming will enter Jesus' kingdom on earth in their natural bodies. (Matt. 25:34, Zech. 14:16)

2. Jesus will be king over the entire earth (Zech. 14:9, Ps. 2:6). This isn't taking place in heaven, but on earth.

3. The people who survived Armageddon will begin repopulating the earth. Isa. 65:20,23 says, "No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days...for the youth will die at age one hundred and the one who does not reach the age of one hundred shall be thought accursed...They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord." Satan is bound in hell during this time, but the people born during the Millennium will have a sin nature and will need to be saved. They must place their faith in Christ as their Savior, just as we do today.

4. The people living on earth during that time will be required to go to Jerusalem once a year to worship Jesus (Zech. 14:16). However, some people will refuse to go there and worship Him! (Zech. 14:17-18).

5. By the end of the 1,000 years, the planet will be covered with people. "The number of them is like the sand of the seashore" (Rev. 20:8). These people will have a sin nature but have never been tempted by Satan. So why is the devil released from the abyss? It's to test the people born during the Millennium to determine which side they are on.

"And [Satan] will come out to deceive the nations which are on the four corners of the earth" (Rev. 20:8).

Suddenly, the people on earth are faced with temptations they didn't have before, as the devil and his demons bombard them with rebellious thoughts. They surround Jerusalem in an attempt to overthrow Jesus and His throne. Immediately fire comes down and destroys them (Rev. 20:9). Satan is thrown into the lake of fire forever (Rev. 20:10). This time he won't get out.

To hear the entire message, go to http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/node/23 and click on "End Times pt 7: Life in the Millennium"