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06 Sep 2017 Luke (Program #44)

Luke (Program #44) – The Man-Savior’s Presentation of Himself to Death for Redemption (4)

One item that seems to interest all believers is the rapture of the Christians at the time of the Lord second coming. The prevailing thought among believers today is that the rapture rescues all the saved ones so that they do not have to pass through the suffering associated with the great tribulation.  But the Bible if you read it carefully just does not support such a view. Because it depicts aspect of the rapture taking place at different times. In history these passages had led to confusions, and strong disputing among the brothers and sisters in the Lord. We will touch some of this confusing matters today.  If the Lord is merciful, we would be brought into a clearer view of this very crucial matter.

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06 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #95)

Exodus (Program #95) – The First Layer of the Covering (1)

God’s people Israel spent 40 years journeying through the wilderness of Sinai on their way from Egypt to Canaan, the Good Land.  In a sense, they camped out for those years in tents that could easily be transported as they move about.  The God of their fathers, Abraham, Issac and Jacob joined them on this journey.  Joining them to such an extend that He too took a tent for a dwelling.   This tent is called the tabernacle.  It is mysterious, yet a marvelous type of Christ and the church.

We had 14 programs since we re-joined the life study of Exodus.  They all dealt with different articles and the various items that Jehovah ordained to furnish the two inner chambers of the tabernacle.  Thus far we looked at the Ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies.  More recently the Showbread Table or the Table of the Bread of the Presence and the golden lampstand that were both in the Holy Place.  Today we want to begin to look at the details of the actual structure, the tabernacle itself, it’s dimension and the materials used in its construction.  We really seeing that, when properly open up, these details are utterly marvelous in what they portrait of the riches of Christ.

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05 Sep 2017 Luke (Program #43)

Luke (Program #43) – The Man-Savior’s Presentation of Himself to Death for Redemption (2 & 3)

The ministry of the Lord Jesus during His human life took place primarily in Galilee, a region far to the North of  Jerusalem and away from the center of religious activity. But as the lamb of God, He has to be offered to God at the prescribed place, Mount Moriah, where Abraham offered Issac. It was there that He had to be delivered according to the counsel of the Trinity. In order to establish His absolute qualification to be the unique offering to God for the sins of mankind, He first had to submit Himself to the examination and question of religious and political leaders of the day.

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05 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #94)

Exodus (Program #94) – The Lampstand (3)

The types and pictures seen in Exodus have long been wonderful material for Bible study. Many of the deepest teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith can be seen theses types, but the real significance of these items may surprise you.  Stay with us today for a rich and enlightening life study of the Bible, as we continue to explore the book of Exodus in the light of our own Christian experience and not merely teaching and doctrine.

We mentioned our experience of Christ in the opening and how it related to the mysterious golden lampstand.  But not to alarm anyone, the experience of Christ that we are going to talk about really is not that mysterious.  It is actually the normal Christian experience.

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04 Sep 2017 Luke (Program #42)

Luke (Program #42) – The Man-Savior’s Presentation of Himself to Death for Redemption (1)

Try to imagine in ancient times when a king or a prince would come and visit a certain place, the nature of that procession no doubt the king would come in either riding in a royal carriage or at least riding on a great white steed.  Now we come to the climates of the Lord Jesus long journey to Jerusalem and His triumphal entry as the King of the Universe into the city of God. One that His disciples would certain would accommodate in taking His proper place on the throne of David in the temple and establishing His earthly kingdom and in splendor and majesty. It is against in this backdrop that we read Luke 19 in His actual entry into Jerusalem not on a great white horse or in a royal palanquin but instead riding on a most humble of all creatures, a young donkey.

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04 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #93)

Exodus (Program #93) – The Lampstand (2)

The tabernacle in the Old Testament paints a marvelous and detailed picture of Christ in God’s New Testament plan or economy.   All of the details are meaningful and they all point us to Christ.  Among the various items in the tabernacle, the golden lampstand  is particularly interesting even mysterious.  For in this type, we not only see the shining forth of Christ as the light of life, but we see the entire Triune God as well.  But even more we see us, the believers as part this golden, shining lampstand.

We are going to spend another message today looking at the lampstand, that the Lord prescribed to be in the Holy Place of the tabernacle.  Yesterday we found out that of all the items in the tabernacle, this one is the most mysterious in its symbolism.  Why is the lampstand so mysterious?

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03 Sep 2017 Luke (Program #41)

Luke (Program #41) –  The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (21)

We’ve all heard of the city of Jericho.  Actually it was a city of curse in the time of Lord Jesus.  One of its inhabitants was a man of curse.  His was Zaccheus, a tax collector actually the chief tax collector and in reality, an extortioner who had gotten rich by taking advantage of the inhabitants of the area.  One day as Jesus was passing through, Zaccheus who climbed in a tree, hoping to get a look at the Savior.  As He came to the place, Jesus looking up, He said to him, “Zaccheus hurry and come down for today I must stay in your house.  And he hurried and came down, and received Him, rejoicing.”  It was a marvelous day as salvation came to the house of Zaccheus.  But the Pharisees, the religious ones who watched it and knew Zaccheus and his past did not share his rejoicing.  We will discover more about this marvelous story of salvation in the gospel of Luke in chapter 19.

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03 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #92)

Exodus (Program #92) – The Lampstand (1)

To be sure the Old Testament book of Exodus is full of clear pictures that represent aspects of our own experience of Christ.  Among the most striking of these pictures are the furnishings in the tabernacle.  The most mysterious of these, without question is the golden lampstand in the Holy Place because this item typifies the expression of the very Triune God Himself.

Today we take our first look at the third piece of furniture in the tabernacle, the lampstand.  The lampstand appears in other passages of the Scriptures.  Many are familiar with some of the New Testament verses referring to Christ and the believers as the light of the world.  But the lampstand in  Scripture is even more meaningful and mysterious than simply Christ being the light of the world.

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02 Sep 2017 Luke (Program #40)

Luke (Program #40) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (20)

The Bible is so marvelous.  Not only do the teachings convey truths to us, the parables and the stories illustrate those truths and even more marvelous, eventually we discover that even the arrangement and sequence of the story and accounts in the Bible help to underscore those truths. One example is found in Luke 18, where the Lord Jesus for the third time tries to unveil His coming death and resurrection to His disciples, but they simply do not have eyes to see or ears to hear. Then the Lord Jesus in a wonderful display of His sovereign arrangement heals a blind man. Who, in reality were the blind ones in this passage?

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02 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #91)

Exodus (Program #91) – The Table of the Bread of the Presence (2)

The record given in Exodus concerning the tabernacle and its furnishing is very interesting.  The details regarding their construction can seem tedious maybe even worrisome to read through.  But with just a little spiritual insight, how marvelous and full of meaning they become, even in our own daily experience and enjoyment of Christ.   Stay with us for today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee, as we get more life from God’s word from the book of Exodus.

We began to look at the second piece of furniture in the tabernacle, which was a table, a very special table.  The first piece of furniture was also a table, the Ark of the Testimony.  Today we are talking about the second table.  This table is the Showbread Table.  It was one of the two things in the Holy Place…

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