The Results of Christ’s Glorious Return

[SIZE=4]The Results of Christ’s Glorious Return

What will you see when the great event of Christ’s return takes place? You will see the eternal Son of God return in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He will come to raise the dead saints and to change the living ones, to punish the wicked and to reward the godly, to summon every one before His bar,and to give to every one according to His works. He will come to bind Satan, and deprive him of his usurped dominion, to deliver the earth from the curse, and to purify it as the eternal dwelling-place of a holy nation; to cast out sin, and all its accursed consequences, – disease, death, sorrow, wars, poverty, injustice, and oppression. You see the world defiled now by the presence of evil. You will see it at length restored to its former state, and the days of paradise before the fall brought back again.

[COLOR=Blue]~ J.C. Ryle

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May 31, 2012 Bible Reading

May 31

Reading for Today:

1 Kings 9:1–10:29

Psalm 69:1-4

Proverbs 17:18-19

John 11:30-57

Notes:

1 Kings 9:3- consecrated. The Lord made the temple holy by being present in the cloud (8:10). As proof of the temple’s consecration, the Lord told Solomon that He had put His name there (3:2). forever. God was not saying He will dwell in that building forever, since in less than 400 years it was destroyed by the Babylonians (vv. 7–9). He was saying that Jerusalem and the temple mount are to be His earthly throne as long as the earth remains, through the millennial kingdom (Is. 2:1–4; Zech. 14:16). Even during the new heaven and new earth, the eternal state, there will be the heavenly Jerusalem, where God will eternally dwell (Rev. 21:1, 2). eyes…heart. These symbolized, respectively, the Lord’s constant attention toward and deep affection for Israel. By implication, He promised them access to His presence and answers to their prayers.

1 Kings 10:1- Sheba. Sheba was located in southwestern Arabia, about 1,200 miles from Jerusalem. concerning the name of the LORD. The primary motive for the queen’s visit was to verify Solomon’s reputation for wisdom and devotion to the Lord. hard questions. Riddles designed to stump the hearer (Judg. 14:12).

1 Kings 10:25- silver and gold…horses. The wisdom God had given to Solomon (v.24) caused many rulers, like the queen of Sheba (vv. 1–13), to bring presents to Solomon as they sought to buy his wisdom to be applied in their own nations. These gifts led Solomon to multiply for himself horses, as well as silver and gold, precisely that which God’s king was warned against in Deuteronomy 17:16, 17. Solomon became ensnared by the blessings of his own wisdom and disobeyed God’s commands.

John 11:50- one man should die for the people. He only meant that Jesus should be executed in order to spare their own positions and nation from Roman reprisals, but Caiaphas unwittingly used sacrificial, substitutionary language and prophesied the death of Christ for sinners.

John 11:51- he prophesied. Caiaphas did not realize the implications of what he spoke. While he uttered blasphemy against Christ, God parodied his statement into truth (Ps. 76:10). The responsibility for the wicked meaning of his words belonged to Caiaphas, but God’s providence directed the choice of words so as to express the heart of God’s glorious plan of salvation (Acts 4:27,28). He actually was used by God as a prophet because he was the high priest and originally the high priest was the means of God’s will being revealed (2 Sam. 15:27).

DAY 31: What so troubled Christ at the death of His friend Lazarus?

Jesus was met by Mary, who fell brokenhearted at His feet and “the Jews who came with her weeping” (John 11:33).According to Jewish oral tradition, the funeral custom indicated that even a poor family must hire at least two flute players and a professional wailing woman to mourn the dead. Because the family may have been well-to-do, a rather large group appears present.

“He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” The phrase here does not mean merely that Jesus was deeply touched or moved with sympathy at the sight. The Greek term “groaned” always suggests anger, outrage, or emotional indignation (v. 38; Matt. 9:30; Mark 1:43; 14:5). Most likely Jesus was angered at the emotional grief of the people because it implicitly revealed unbelief in the resurrection and the temporary nature of death. The group was acting like pagans who had no hope (1 Thess. 4:13). While grief is understandable, the group was acting in despair, thus indicating a tacit denial of the resurrection and the Scripture that promised it. Jesus may also have been angered because He was indignant at the pain and sorrow in death that sin brought into the human condition.

“Jesus wept” (v. 35).The Greek word here has the connotation of silently bursting into tears in contrast to the loud lament of the group. His tears here were not generated out of mourning, since He was to raise Lazarus, but out of grief for a fallen world entangled in sin-caused sorrow and death. He was “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (3:16; Is. 53:3).

Jesus’ prayer in vv. 41,42 was not really a petition, but thanksgiving to the Father. The reason for the miracle was to authenticate His claims to be the Messiah and Son of God.

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Making Worthless Things Valuable

Making Worthless Things Valuable

[COLOR=Red]”The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him” (Matt. 10:2- 4).

Lesson: The story is told of a great concert violinist who wanted to prove a point, so he rented a music hall and announced that he would play a concert on a $20,000 violin. On concert night the music hall was filled to capacity with music lovers anxious to hear such an expensive instrument played. The violinist stepped onto the stage, gave an exquisite performance, and received a thunderous standing ovation. When the applause subsided, he suddenly threw the violin to the ground, stomped it to pieces, and walked off the stage. The audience gasped, then sat in stunned silence.

Within seconds the stage manager approached the microphone and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, to put you at ease, the violin that was just destroyed was a $20 violin. The master will now return to play the remainder of his concert on the $20,000 instrument.” At the conclusion of his concert he received another standing ovation. Few people could tell the difference between the two violins. His point was obvious: it isn’t the violin that makes the music; it’s the violinist.

The disciples were like $20 violins that Jesus transformed into priceless instruments for His glory. I trust you’ve been encouraged to see how God used them despite their weakness, and I pray you’ve been challenged by their strengths. You may not be dynamic like Peter or zealous like James and Simon, but you can be faithful like Andrew and courageous like Thaddaeus. Remember, God will take the raw material of your life and expose you to the experiences and teachings that will shape you into the servant He wants you to be.

Trust Him to complete what He has begun in you, and commit each day to the goal of becoming a more qualified and effective disciple.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Make a list of the character traits you most admire in the disciples. Ask the Lord to increase those traits in your own life.

For Further Study:

Read 1 Timothy 1:12-17, noting Paul’s perspective on his own calling.[/COLOR]

http://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals

CHUCK SWINDOLL POINTS US TO ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTIC HENRI NOUWEN…AGAIN

CHUCK SWINDOLL POINTS US TO ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTIC HENRI NOUWEN…AGAIN

By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on May 30, 2012

Apprising Ministries continues to point out that sickening syncretism, because of the love of self (cf. 2 Timothy 3:2), is really beginning to get out of hand within contemporary evangelicalism. Nothing good will come of it.

It seems this truth from the Master has been forgotten — Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees” (Matthew 16:6). Notice we are to [COLOR=Red]beware of false teachers, not turn to them.[/COLOR]

Why? I’m glad you asked; because God has already told us — A little leaven leavens the whole lump (Galatians 5:9). It’s important to note the inspired Apostle Paul wrote that concerning the Galatian church and the Judaizers.

A few years ago I had told you that on page 13 of his book So, You Want To Be Like Christ? Essentials to Get You There (SYW) respected Bible teacher Chuck Swindoll makes some rather odd citations and recommendations.

In SYW, the pastor of the nondenominational megachurch Stonebriar Community Church, heartily endorses the work of Dallas Willard along with his spiritual twin, Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster.

You may know that, through their corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) masquerading as so-called Spiritual Formation, this dubious duo comprise key mentors of the neo-liberal cult in the Emerging Church.

However, it’s beyond question that the CSM of Foster-Willardism actually germinated in the so-called “Desert Fathers” and would then later blossom throughout various monastic traditions of apostate Roman Catholicism.

Swindoll informs us in SYW:

I came across Dallas Willard’s excellent work The Spirit of the Disciplines. Bedside reading it is not. This convicting piece of literature is not something you plop down on the sofa and read alongside People magazine. Willard’s words make you think.

[1]

Sadly Swindoll, who ought to know better, calls Willard’s fables “excellent work.” Christian apologist Bob DeWaay completely dismantled the “disciplines” of Foster-Willardism when he reviewed Willard’s book:

Dallas Willard bases his entire spiritual disciplines book on his understanding of Matthew 11:29, 30,… The spiritual disciplines are not taught in Matthew 11:29, 30 (Willard’s primary proof test), and even Willard admits they cannot be found elsewhere in scripture…

Dallas Willard is excited to tell us that finally, through the lead of people like Richard Foster, we are having a revival of the use of spiritual disciplines… To hear evangelicals like Dallas Willard and Richard Foster tell us that we need practices that were never spelled out in the Bible to become more like Christ or to get closer to God is astonishing.

What is more astonishing is that evangelical colleges and seminaries are requiring their students to study practices that are relics of Medieval Rome, not found in the Bible, and closely akin to the practices of many pagan societies

These ideas are more akin to Eastern Religion than Biblical Christianity… The idea of practicing spiritual disciplines was imported to the text, not found there. We live in an age of mysticism. People lust for spiritual reality and spiritual experiences.

The danger is that unbiblical practices will give people a real spiritual experience, but not from God.

(source)

DeWaay is dead-on-target; this mythology of Foster-Willardism simply was not taught by Jesus Christ, nor was it taught by His Apostles. So we now have all the more reason to question the discernment of Chuck Swindoll here.

Especially so after Swindoll tells us in his SYW about “Richard Foster’s meaningful work Celebration of Discipline.“[2] Here’s the correct view of Foster’s fables from Dr. Gary Gilley:

Celebration of Discipline alone, not even referencing Foster’s other writings and teachings and ministries, is a virtual encyclopedia of theological error. We would be hard pressed to find in one so-called evangelical volume such a composite of false teaching. These include faulty views on the subjective leading of God (pp. 10, 16-17, 18, 50, 95, 98, 108-109, 128, 139-140, 149-150, 162, 167, 182); approval of New Age teachers…; occultic use of imagination (pp. 25-26, 40-43, 163, 198);

open theism (p. 35); misunderstanding of the will of God in prayer (p. 37); promotion of visions, revelations and charismatic gifts (pp. 108, 165, 168-169, 171, 193); endorsement of rosary and prayer wheel use (p. 64); misunderstanding of the Old Testament Law for today (pp. 82, 87); mystical journaling (p. 108); embracing pop-psychology (pp. 113-120); promoting Roman Catholic practices such as use of “spiritual directors,” confession and penance (pp. 146-150, 156, 185); and affirming of aberrant charismatic practices (pp. 158-174, 198)…

Foster and company have taken many far afield in pursuit of mystical experiences that lead to a pseudo-Christianity that has the appearance of spirituality but not the substance.

(Online source)

Well, I guess other than that Foster’s work is “meaningful.” In his SYW we will also see Chuck Swindoll quoting favorably from the book The Way of the Heart by the late Roman Catholic monk and mystic Henri Nouwen.:dizzy:

Let me now fill you in concerning Nouwen’s own practice of Contemplative/Centering Prayer, meditation in an altered state of consciousness, which is exactly what mystics mean while talking about “silence and solitude.”

In Dallas Theological Seminary Faculty Recommends Henry Nouwen With His Contemplative Prayer I told you that, from his books, Henry Nouwen—even today—remains a veritable superstar teacher of this spurious CSM.

Nouwen’s main claim to fame was teaching the practice of so-called “Christian” meditation aka CCP; transcendental meditation lightly sprayed with Christian terms. This is what he means by silence and solitude.

And this CCP was at the very heart of the spirituality of the mystic Henri Nouwen. His practice of it would ultimately lead him to teach universalism. Near the end of his life Nouwen would muse:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.

[3]

Swindoll quite obviously is familiar with Nouwen’s work because in his 2006 article The Depths Of God for the aforementioned Dallas Theological Seminary he would write:

In his book The Way of the Heart Henri Nouwen does a splendid job of analyzing the downside of what he calls “our wordy world.”

(source)

In fact it’s a part of this same quote, which Swindoll introduces into his article, that appears on page 10 of SWY; just a bit before his citation of Dallas Willard mentioned earlier. But you say, “so what, that was years ago.”

True; it was. But just ten days ago the below appeared at the Insight for Living website, which is, “The Bible Teaching Ministry of Charles R. Swindoll.” We read:

If you follow that link back you will see this is an excerpt from a 2001 book by Chuck Swindoll; the devotion on page 31 to be exact:

So it appears that as early as 2001 Chuck Swindoll was already extolling the twisted teachings of universalist Roman Catholic Henri Nouwen. In fact, the rest of that devotional reads as contemplative as Nouwen himself.

The problem is, Swindoll ends up sowing confusion because he’s importing his own definitions into Nouwen’s teachings on CSM. Those of us who’ve studied the language of the mystics know solitude and silence means CCP.

Nouwen taught the alleged “inward journey” of meditation inherent within this spurious CSM. Essentially this mythology holds that those who practice CCP, meditation in an altered state of consciousness, meet God this way.

Let me point you to someone who knows Nouwen’s work much better that Chuck Swindoll. Nouwen biographer Wil Hernandez, who “teaches a course on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen at Fuller Theological Seminary” says:

This deep experience of ourselves captures the nature of our inward journey. Henri Nouwen himself embarked on what journalist Philip Yancey calls a form of “inward mobility” wherein “[h]e withdrew in order to look inward, to learn how to love God and be loved by God.” Such movement is best realized in the context of solitude. In solitude, we can pay closer attention to our inner self and consequently become present to our own experience…

Our inward ability to relate to and be at home with our own self is what enables us to live from the center of our existence and thereby relate with others in terms of who we are and not so much by what we do… Reaching into our inmost being connects us to the reality of our own soul—that [COLOR=Green]mystical reality that Henri Nouwen simply calls the heart.[/COLOR]

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The fact is, mystics absolutely reject sola Scriptura in favor of experiences they have in the solitude and silence of contemplative meditation. However, the genuine Christian faith doesn’t teach us to go on some journey inward.

Bob DeWaay is right when he explains:

The Bible nowhere describes an inward journey to explore the realm of the spirit. God chose to reveal the truth about spiritual reality through His ordained, Spirit-inspired, biblical writers. What is spiritual and not revealed by God is of the occult and, therefore, forbidden…

This sort of meditation is not meditating on what God has said, but uses a technique to explore the spirit world. In other words, it is divination.

(source)

Mystics seek after an alleged “true self” supposedly “untouched by sin,” as Roman Catholic mystic Thomas Merton dreamed[6]. The Christian knows his true self is a hopeless sinner; so we look outward to Jesus on the Cross.

The fact is it’s past time for people like Chuck Swindoll, sowing confusion by pointing people to mystics, to repent.

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End notes:

[1] Charles Swindoll, So, You Want To Be Like Christ?: Eight Essentials to Get You There [Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005], 13.

[2], Ibid., 15.

[3] Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey [New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1998], 51, emphasis mine.

[4] The person of Henri Nouwen, in particular his spiritual formation dynamics and his lived spirituality, was the focal thrust of Wil Hernandez’s Ph.D. dissertation paper. (source)

[5] Will Hernandez, Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection [Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2006], 22, emphasis mine.

[6] See THOMAS MERTON AND THE GOSPEL COALITION BLOG.

See also:

THE ORIGIN OF CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER

WHEN YOU PRAY, SAY: BIBLICAL PRAYER VS CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

[COLOR=RoyalBlue]DR. GARY GILLEY ON SPIRITUAL FORMATION[/COLOR]

http://apprising.org/2012/05/30/chuck-swindoll-points-us-to-roman-catholic-mystic-henri-nouwen-again/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+apprising%2F2+%28Apprising+Ministries%29

Israeli PM Netanyahu spends time studying the Bible with a group of bi

Israeli PM Netanyahu spends time studying the Bible with a group of biblical scholars

May 30, 2012

Even as the Israeli government is considering a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear program and facing pressure from the UN, the EU and the US to dismantle their Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, PM Netanyahu sat in the covered courtyard of his home in Jerusalem spending time studying the Bible.

Joining the Israeli PM were sixteen rabbis, academics, Bible scholars, archaeologists, and linguists in a discussion of the book of Ruth, a passage of scripture focused on a Gentile woman in the lineage of Israel’s King David.

It was reported by one Israeli journalist as both reassuring and at the same time, slightly humorous that the PM would set aside two hours of Bible study at a time when Israel faces many problems including a nuclear-powered Iran.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

What some might consider a waste of time for the Israeli PM to set aside two hours for Bible study with rabbis and biblical scholars is actually a perfect example of what this world needs to do as we try to understand how current events seemingly described in the pages of Bible prophecy are about to come to pass.

It has been a tradition of Israeli PMs since the very first one, David Ben Gurion, to set aside time to study the Bible with rabbis and biblical scholars. In that tradition, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has started Bible studies even in light of the major geopolitical events that the PM must face each and every day. A study of Daniel 11, Ezekiel 38, and Psalm 83 would help the PM to recognize the alignment of nations focused on the demise of the Jewish state.

Daniel 7 is a passage that explains the Gentile world powers that will be a major problem for any Israeli PM. Revelation 18 describes for any student of the Bible, the rise of Babylon, modern day Iraq, as a major player in the last days. Daniel 27 in the Old Testament and Matthew 24:15 along with II Thessalonians 2:4 in the New Testament, describes a temple in Jerusalem at the time of the end.

PM Netanyahu studying the Bible will only enhance his knowledge of the last days.

http://news.prophecytoday.com/2012/05/israeli-pm-netanyahu-spends-time.html

May 30, 2012 Bible Reading

May 30

Reading for Today:

1 Kings 7:1–8:66

Psalm 68:28-35

Proverbs 17:16-17

John 11:1-29

Notes:

1 Kings 8:22–53- Solomon moved to the altar of burnt offering to offer a lengthy prayer of consecration to the Lord. First, he affirmed that no god could compare to Israel’s God, the Lord (vv. 23, 24). Second, he asked the Lord for His continued presence and protection (vv. 25–30). Third, he listed 7 typical Israelite prayers that would require the Lord’s response (vv. 31–54). These supplications recalled the detailed list of curses that Deuteronomy 28:15–68 ascribed for the breaking of the law. Specifically, Solomon prayed that the Lord would judge between the wicked and the righteous (vv. 31, 32); the Lord would forgive the sins that had caused defeat in battle (vv. 33, 34); the Lord would forgive the sins that had brought on drought (vv. 35, 36); the Lord would forgive the sins that had resulted in national calamities (vv. 37–40); the Lord would show mercy to God-fearing foreigners (vv. 41–43); the Lord would give victory in battle (vv. 44, 45); and the Lord would bring restoration after captivity (vv. 46–54).

Proverbs 17:17- The difference between a friend and a brother is noted here. A true friend is a constant source of love, while a brother in one’s family may not be close, but is drawn near to help in trouble. Friends are closer than brothers because they are available all the time, not just in the crisis.

John 11:17- in the tomb. The term “tomb” means a stone sepulcher. In Palestine such a grave was common. Either a cave or rock area would be hewn out, the floor inside leveled and graded to make a shallow descent. Shelves were cut out or constructed inside the area in order to bury additional family members. A rock was rolled in front to prevent wild animals or grave robbers from entering. The evangelist made special mention of the fourth day in order to stress the magnitude of the miracle, for the Jews did not embalm and by then the body would have been in a state of rapid decomposition.

DAY 30: Why did Jesus delay when He heard that Lazarus was sick?

The resurrection of Lazarus in John 11 is the climactic and most dramatic sign in this Gospel and the capstone of Christ’s public ministry. Six miracles have already been presented (water into wine [2:1–11], healing of the nobleman’s son [4:46–54], restoring the impotent man [5:1–15], multiplying the loaves and fishes [6:1–14], walking on the water [6:15–21], and curing the man born blind [9:1–12]). Lazarus’s resurrection is more potent than all those and even more monumental than the raising of the widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7:11–16) or Jairus’s daughter (Luke 8:40–56) because those two resurrections occurred immediately after death. Lazarus was raised after 4 days of being in the grave with the process of decomposition already having started (v. 39).

Upon hearing that Lazarus is sick, Jesus’ immediate response is that it is “for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). This phrase reveals the real purpose behind Lazarus’s sickness, i.e., not death, but that the Son of God might be glorified through his resurrection. So He stayed two more days. The decision to delay coming did not bring about Lazarus’s death, since Jesus already supernaturally knew his plight. Most likely by the time the messenger arrived to inform Jesus, Lazarus was already dead. The delay was because He loved the family (v. 5) and that love would be clear as He greatly strengthened their faith by raising Lazarus from the dead. The delay also ensured that Lazarus had been dead long enough that no one could misinterpret the miracle as a fraud or mere resuscitation.

Coming to Martha, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (v. 25). This is the fifth in a series of 7 great “I AM” statements of Jesus (6:35; 8:12; 10:7,9; 10:11,14). With this statement, Jesus moved Mary from an abstract belief in the resurrection that will take place “at the last day”(see 5:28, 29) to a personalized trust in Him who alone can raise the dead. No resurrection or eternal life exists outside of the Son of God. Time (“at the last day”) is no barrier to the One who has the power of resurrection and life (1:4) for He can give life at any time.

http://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/daily-bible

Learning from Judas

Learning from Judas

[COLOR=Red]The twelve apostles included “Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him” (Matt. 10:4).

Lesson: Judas is history’s greatest human tragedy. He had opportunities and privileges known only to the other disciples, but he turned from them to pursue a course of destruction. Yet even from his foolishness we can learn some important lessons.

Judas, for example, is the world’s greatest example of lost opportunity. He ministered for three years with Jesus Himself but was content merely to associate with Him, never submitting to Him in saving faith. Millions of others have followed his example by hearing the gospel and associating with Christians, yet rejecting Christ. Tragically, like Judas, once death comes they too are damned for all eternity.

Judas is also the world’s greatest example of wasted privileges. He could have had the riches of an eternal inheritance but instead chose thirty pieces of silver. In that respect he is also the greatest illustration of the destructiveness and damnation greed can bring. He did an unthinkable thing, yet he has many contemporary counterparts in those who place wealth and pleasure above godliness.

On the positive side, Judas is the world’s greatest illustration of the forbearing, patient love of God. Knowing what Judas would do, Jesus tolerated him for three years. Beyond that, He constantly reached out to him and even called him “friend” after his kiss of betrayal (Matt. 26:50).

If you’ve ever been betrayed by a friend, you know the pain it can bring. But the Lord’s pain was compounded many times over because He knew He would be betrayed and because the consequences were so serious. Yet He endured the pain because He loved Judas and knew that His own betrayal was a necessary part of the redemptive plan.

The sins that destroyed Judas are common sins that you must avoid at all costs! Use every opportunity and privilege God gives you, and never take advantage of His patience.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank Jesus for the pain he endured at the hands of Judas.

Pray that you will never cause Him such pain.

For Further Study:

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-19.

What perils await those who desire wealth?

Rather than pursuing wealth, what should you pursue?

What attitude should wealthy people have toward their money?[/COLOR]

http://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals

After decades of decline, the number of Jews in the world has increase

After decades of decline, the number of Jews in the world has increased

May 29, 2012

According to the Berman Institute and the Jewish Data Bank, there had been a steady decline for several decades in the worlds Jewish population but the trend has been reversed and an increase has been recorded recently even though it is very so slight in numbers.

The number of Jews outside Israel continued its decline but their number increased inside Israel bringing the total Jewish population in Israel to around 5.7 million, the largest number of Jews in any one location anyplace on earth. Out of a world population numbering around 6.9 billion people there are only about 13 and a half million Jews in our world today which is slightly less that .2% of the world’s total population

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

With less than .2% of the world’s total population being Jewish, the world’s focus is on these unique people who will be the major players in the end of times scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

Out of a world population that numbers 6.9 billion people, the Jewish people and their very small nation in the Middle East has attracted the attention of the world. It seems that daily some world leader is talking about the Jewish state of Israel and what is happening there as it relates to the existence of this young nation among the nations of the world. The Jewish people came into existence 4000 years ago when Abraham became the Father of the Jews and passed that heritage along to his son and grandson Isaac and Jacob.

Though there have been countless attempts to destroy the Jewish people down through the centuries God has protected a people that He calls His chosen people, that is according to Deuteronomy 7:6-8. In fact, God divided humankind on this earth and he set the bounds for them based upon the Jewish people in this world – that’s recorded in Deuteronomy 32:8.

Every student of Bible prophecy is aware that God’s plan for the end times will happen in order to fulfill the Lord’s promises to the Jewish people. Those promises found in the Abrahamic Covenant, (Genesis 15) the Land Covenant, (Deuteronomy 30) the Davidic Covenant, (II Samuel 7) and the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31).

Though the Jewish people are small in numbers in our world today, they will be the major players for the last days. Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

http://news.prophecytoday.com/2012/05/after-decades-of-decline-number-of-jews.html

May 29, 2012 Bible Reading

May 29

Reading for Today:

1 Kings 5:1–6:38

Psalm 68:21-27

Proverbs 17:13-15

John 10:24-42

Notes:

1 Kings 5:6- cedars…from Lebanon. The cedars of Lebanon symbolized majesty and might (Ps. 92:12; Ezek. 31:3). Because cedar was durable, resistant to rot and worms, closely grained, and could be polished to a fine shine, its wood was regarded as the best timber for building. The logs were tied together and floated down the Mediterranean to Joppa (v. 9; 2 Chr. 2:16), from where they could be transported to Jerusalem, 35 miles inland.

1 Kings 6:16- the Most Holy Place. This inner sanctuary, partitioned off from the main hall by cedar planks, was a perfect cube about 30 feet on a side (v. 20) and was the most sacred area of the temple. The Most Holy Place is further described in vv. 19–28. The tabernacle also had a Most Holy Place (Ex. 26:33, 34).

Proverbs 17:13- evil for good. Solomon knew this proverb well since his father mistreated Uriah (2 Sam. 12:10–31). Contrast this with the man who repays evil with good (20:22; Matt. 5:43–48; 1 Pet. 3:9).

John 10:38- believe the works. Jesus did not expect to be believed merely on His own assertions. Since He did the same things that the Father does (5:19), His enemies should consider this in their evaluation of Him. The implication is, however, that they were so ignorant of God that they could not recognize the works of the Father or the One whom the Father sent (see also 14:10, 11).

DAY 29: How secure is the believer in Christ?

In John 10:24, the Jews surrounded Him and said, “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” In light of the context of vv. 31–39, the Jews were not seeking merely for clarity and understanding regarding who Jesus was, but rather wanted Him to declare openly that He was Messiah in order to justify attacking Him.

Jesus’ response is that He has told them and that His works confirm the truth of who He is. The problem is that they do not believe because they “are not of My sheep” (v. 26). This clearly indicates that God has chosen His sheep and it is they who believe and follow.

But for those who do believe and follow Christ, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” (v. 28).The security of Jesus’ sheep rests with Him as the Good Shepherd, who has the power to keep them safe. Neither thieves and robbers (vv. 1,8) nor the wolf (v. 12) can harm them. Verse 29 makes clear that the Father ultimately stands behind the sheep’s security, for no one is able to steal from God, who is in sovereign control of all things (Col. 3:3; Rom. 8:31–39). No stronger passage in the Old Testament or New Testament exists for the absolute, eternal security of every true Christian.

“I and My Father are one” (v. 30). Both Father and Son are committed to the perfect protection and preservation of Jesus’ sheep. The sentence, stressing the united purpose and action of both in the security and safety of the flock, presupposes unity of nature and essence (see 5:17–23; 17:22).

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