In this message, we begin a study of the book of Ecclesiastes. What is the message of the book? Is it a reliable book to glean truth from, or is it, as some claim, just an inspired record of man’s faulty reasoning? Who wrote the book, Solomon or someone else? Then we consider the first chapter. The Koheleth: who this is and what it means. He proclaims that all is vanity, things move in a circle, nothing is truly new, and there is no remembrance of former things with those who come after. Wisdom may be found, but it brings grief along with it.
In this message, we consider the book of Acts and how it foreshadows the kingdom of God to come. In how it began, in the unity that was experienced then, in the miracles that were performed, and in its triumphs over the rebellious governments of this world, the government of God in the Acts period foreshadowed that great government of God to come. Then, considering the government in Israel under Solomon as he took his reign, and how his method of taking over from his father David may foreshadow the way the kingdom of God will take over in the future and deal with those who are opposed to it.
In this message, we complete our study of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Paul calls on them to pray for himself and his coauthors, for the glorification of the Word of God and their deliverance from wicked men. The Lord is faithful, who will guard their hearts and direct them into love and patience. They command them to withdraw from every brother who does not walk orderly or keep the traditions they gave. These were not working, but merely acting as busybodies. These should work for their own food, or else not eat. They should not get tired of doing good. As usual, he leaves them with grace.
In this message, we consider the epiphaneia of Christ’s parousia. Does this show that the epiphaneia is the same as the parousia every time it is mentioned? The lawless one comes with the power of Satan. Many are sent a strong delusion to believe the lie, but does this mean that they were treated unfairly by God sending them this delusion? Paul thanks God for the Thessalonians and prays that He will comfort their hearts and establish them in every good word and work.
In this message, Paul, Silas, and Timothy pray for the Thessalonians that God would count them worthy and Christ would be glorified in them. Concerning the Parousia of Christ and their gathering to Him, Paul wishes them not to be easily shaken in mind, even by a letter supposedly from Paul, that the day of the Lord had already come. That day will not come before an apostasy comes first and the man of sin is revealed. Paul had told them these things while he was with them, so they should know them. The Holy Spirit restrains this rebellion until He is taken out of the way to begin the tribulation period.
In this message, we consider the promise of the Son that was given to Adam and Eve all the way back in Genesis, and how that promise was carried through the Old Testament times on to its fulfillment in the Son being given at last in the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this message, we begin considering the second letter from Paul, Silas, and Timothy to the Thessalonians. They thank God for the Thessalonians and boast to other ekklesias of their patience and faith in the persecutions they endure. God will repay tribulation to those who trouble them. An illustration of this is the trouble that those who know not God and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ will face when Christ comes in flaming fire to take vengeance on them and to be glorified in His saints.
In this message, we consider that Paul, the very important agent of God who wrote so many books of the New Testament, nevertheless seems to have strange inconsistencies throughout his ministry. We believe that these are caused by the fact that Paul actually had two ministries: one before Acts 28:28 and one after. We consider the two ministries of Paul and how they differed.
In this message, Paul urges the Thessalonians to watch as those who are of the day. He urges them to put on the armor of God. God did not appoint us to wrath…does this mean we will not go through the tribulation, as some teach? They are to recognize those over them in the Lord…do we have such people today? He gives them many interesting final instructions, which we discuss. He asks for prayer, and charges them to read the epistle to all the holy brethren. Thus we close out our study of I Thessalonians.
In this message, we continue our study of this chapter with the catching up into the air mentioned in I Thessalonians 4, the passage used by many to support the idea of the “rapture.” We discuss what is happening here and what this meeting the Lord is all about. They already knew about the times and seasons. Men will be saying, “Peace and safety!” when sudden destruction will come on them like a thief.