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24 Apr 2014 1 & 2 Kings (Program #16)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #16) – The Reign of Hoshea over Israel

As the kings of both houses of Israel slid further and further into degradation and failure, the Old Testament provides us with a parallel account of the prophets that God had raised up during the same period to carry on the line of His testimony and of His economy.  Often the prophecies of these ones touch the very center and focus of God’s New Testament economy in His eternal purpose which was embodied and manifested in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The prophet Isaiah particularly is rich with references to both Christ’s incarnation, His marvelous and all-effective redemption.Yet the challenge for us as believers today is not to stop with Christ’s wonderful redemption but rather to take it by faith as God intends as a starting point for our Christian life and walk.  This is what we hope to touch in today’s life study.

24 Apr 2014 Revelation (Program #34)

Revelation (Program #34) – The Stone With the Seven Eyes For God’s Building

The Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, tells us in chapter three that a stone with seven eyes will be engraved with an inscription.  And by this engraving, the iniquity of the people will be removed in one day.  The New Testament gospel of John tells us that the Lamb of God takes away the sins of the people. The stone with the seven eyes in Zechariah is this Lamb of God in John.  And in the final book Revelation, this Lamb-stone with seven eyes reappears.

23 Apr 2014 1 & 2 Kings (Program #15)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #15) – The Reign of Azariah, Jotham, and Ahuz over Judah

The history of Israel and the various kings over Israel is recorded in the book of Kings and 1 Chronicles and other history books reveals again and again how Israel and its kings failed God and His expressed intention for them as His people.  Yet even when their failure reached extraordinary levels forcing God to temporarily abandon the nation of Israel, there always remain a line of faithful ones.  Ones that would stand with God for His purpose and for His testimony.  The prophets were such ones, prophets like Nathan and Elijah, Elisha and even Isaiah.  The New Testament has a name for such ones; it is overcomers.  In the book of Revelation, this title appears seven times, most of which sounding like this reference in Revelation 2:7, “he who has an ear, let  him hear what the Spirit says to the churches, to him who overcomes, to him I will give to eat the tree of life which is in the paradise of God.”

23 Apr 2014 Revelation (Program #33)

Revelation (Program #33) – Experiencing the Transforming and Building Life of Christ

The greatest promise is not something the Lord will give us outwardly, but something the Lord will make us inwardly. Today on life study of the Bible, we’re going to talk about this greatest promise given to the overcomers in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

22 Apr 2014 1 & 2 Kings (Program #14)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #14) – The Reign of Jehoahaz, Jehoash, and Jeroboam over Israel

In reading the Old Testament it’s easy to become lost at times in page after page of history because much of the Old Testament is devoted to telling this history, the history of God’s people Israel in both their triumphs and in their many failures.  To study it in this way does have some values, but if that is the extend of our realization of the Old Testament, we will miss a lot.  In fact, we will miss the Lord’s burden for us in that portion of Scriptures.  For both the Lord Jesus Himself in His direct speaking concerning the Old Testament and the apostle Paul in example after example of how he applied the Old Testament made it clear that in reality the Old Testament is a book of types and symbols that if properly understood reveal Christ to us in marvelously clear pictures that can often convey more of the spiritual reality than even the direct and condensed passage of the New Testament.  One of the great types of Christ in the books of history surely is the prophet Elisha, who typified Christ in his living, his ministry and as we will see today even in his death.

22 Apr 2014 Revelation (Program #32)

Revelation (Program #32) – The Four Aspects of the Experience of the Lampstand

The very first verse in the book of Revelation says, “The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by signs, sending it by His angel to His slave John…”

To understand the revelation that was given to John, and then given to us through John, we must understand signs. One of the key signs in this book and in the whole Bible is that of the golden shining Lampstand.

21 Apr 2014 1 & 2 Kings (Program #13)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #13) – The Reign of Athaliah and Joash over Judah

The history of the kings of Israel and Judah recorded in the books Kings and Chronicles includes many troubling accounts of corrupt politics, twisted and distorted religion and even murder between those vying for leadership over the kingdom of Israel and Judah.  As startling as problems of this magnitude may seen among God’s people, an honest consideration of the more contemporary history of God’s people, that is us, His New Testament believers, the church reveals that within the church today, at least in principle many of these same kinds of problem are still present.  But what is most critical for us today is to realize whether we are talking about that ancient history between the kings of Israel and Judah or leadership among those in the church today.  The root cause of many of these things is the same and that is the ease with which God’s people accept and tolerate division.

21 Apr 2014 Revelation (Program #31)

Revelation (Program #31) – The Rapture of the Believers (3)

When will the Christians be raptured? Some say before the Great Tribulation, and others say after the Great Tribulation. But the Bible actually reveals more than one rapture in the book of Revelation.  Rapture is our topic today on this life study of the Bible.

20 Apr 2014 Revelation (Program #30)

Revelation (Program #30) - The Rapture of the Believers (2)

Leviticus 23:10 says, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest;”

The firstfruits of the harvest are first mentioned in the Bible in this verse. But the prophetic aspects of the firstfruits are developed in the New Testament book of Revelation. Who are these firstfruits mentioned in Revelation 14? And who is the priest to whom they will be brought before the terrible hour of the Great Tribulation?

20 Apr 2014 1 & 2 Kings (Program #12)

1 & 2 Kings (Program #12) – The Reign of Jehu Over Israel

Many prominent figures of the Old Testament are important not only because of the actual events associated with their lives historically but also because they represent or typify something greater and more significant than themselves.  For example, in the New Testament, Moses still typifies the law and similarly Elijah represents the prophets.  Of course, Moses and Elijah were godly and used by Him to advance His purpose in the Old Testament age.  But there is another Old Testament figure that was utterly evil and led God’s people into idolatry and inequity and is also referred to in the New Testament typifying the idolatry and inequity that still consume many of God’s people today.  Today we come to consider the evil prophetess Jezebel from the books of 1 & 2 Kings.