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Guy Fawkes & The KJV


Guy Fawkes & The KJV

 

“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?”

Ecclesiastes 8:4


This past Thursday, November 5, 2009 a fellow by the name of Malik Nidal Hasan shot up the army base at Fort Hood killing 13 and wounding 31. (I believe the Obama administration calls it “Workplace Violence.”) But something you may not know is that the British celebrate November 5 (Guy Fawkes Day) kind of the way we celebrate 9/11.

654px-Dynamite-5.svgNovember 5, 1605 was the day a group of Catholics had plotted to blow up the King of England along with the entire parliament. Most Catholics of that day like most Muslims of our day wouldn’t have participated but wouldn’t have felt too bad about it either.

In 1605 the economy was on the rise and thriving kind of like it was in 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers. The King knew he had opposition but never imagined it would escalate to the level it did.

The name of the King was James and he was a student of the Bible.  He wrote a paraphrase of the Book of the Revelation and even translated some of the Psalms.

But being king of England wasn’t James’ first crowning achievement.  In fact, James was only 13 months old when he was crowned James VI of Scotland on July 29, 1567. Five months earlier his father had died in a bomb blast at his home. Then 20 years later his mother was beheaded at the age of 44. Finally, in 1603 when Elizabeth died, James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England.

I don’t know if James was a saved man but when you study the history behind Nov 5, 1605, you can’t help but see the hand of God at work.  Historians speculate that they would have carried out the plot sooner but for some strange reason the meeting of parliament had been delayed.

If you’ve ever noticed in football, sometimes when one team goes to kick a field goal the other team will call a timeout.  They don’t call a timeout because they need it.  They call a timeout because they want the kicker to get shook up thinking about his next kick.  And when God delayed the meeting of parliament those men got nervous.

Some of them even took the time to try and warn several members of Parliament to stay away from the court that day (all of which were Catholics too). One of those was Lord Chamberlain Monteagle.  When he received an anonymous letter telling him to avoid parliament that day, he immediately brought it to the attention of the King

The king and his people had little to go on. On November 4, 1605 they were still investigating and looking for clues, when, at the stroke of midnight they discovered Guy Fawkes standing outside the cellar door of Westminster Palace. The men had searched the cellar before and found nothing.  But after finding a tinderbox and some matches in the pocket of Guy Fawkes, they decided to search it again.

This time, under a pile of firewood and coal they found 36 barrels of gunpowder sitting right under the spot where King James would be standing in just a few short hours.

noose-smallSo at 1 AM they woke up the King and drug Fawkes in to stand before him. Historians say that he stood emotionless, regretting only that he had failed in his attempt to kill the King. If I’m not mistaken they used “enhanced interrogation techniques,” otherwise known as “torture” to make him give up the names of his buddies.   None of them ever stood trial but died in a shootout when authorities tried to apprehend them. Not long afterward, Guy Fawkes was tried and hung all by himself in St. Paul’s churchyard.

400 years later the British celebrate Guy Fawkes Day as a day they killed the Catholics who tried to kill their King.

Now, why would Satan have wanted to destroy the King and his parliament? Perhaps because only a year before that day the new King had given permission to a large group of scholars to begin work on a new translation of the Bible.   This translation would never have been completed had Fawkes and his Catholic co-conspirators been successful.  But they weren’t and in 1611 the new translation was completed, presented, and dedicated to King James.

Most King James Bibles still have this dedication in the front of the Book.

TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE

JAMES,

BY THE GRACE OF GOD

KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH,

The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy and Peace, through JESUS CHRIST, our Lord.

GREAT and manifold were the blessings, most dread Sovereign, which Almighty God, the Father of all mercies, bestowed upon us the people of England, when first he sent Your Majesty’s Royal Person to rule and reign over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our Sion, that upon the setting of that bright Occidental Star, Queen Elizabeth of most happy memory, some thick and palpable clouds of darkness would so have overshadowed this Land, that men should have been in doubt which way they were to walk; and that it should hardly be known, who was to direct the unsettled State; the appearance of your Majesty, as the Sun in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the Government established in Your Highness, and Your hopeful Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with peace and tranquillity at home and abroad.

But among all our joys, there was no one that more filled our hearts, than the blessed continuance of the preaching of God’s sacred Word among us; which is that inestimable treasure, which excelleth all the riches of the earth; because the fruit thereof extendeth itself, not only to the time spent in this transitory world, but directeth and disposeth men unto that eternal happiness which is above in heaven.

Then not to suffer this to fall to the ground, but rather to take it up, and to continue it in that state, wherein the famous Predecessor of Your Highness did leave it: nay, to go forward with the confidence and resolution of a Man in maintaining the truth of Christ, and propagating it far and near, is that which hath so bound and firmly knit the hearts of all Your Majesty’s loyal and religious people unto You, that Your very name is precious among them: their eye doth behold You with comfort, and they bless You in their hearts, as that sanctified Person who, under God, is the immediate Author of their true happiness. And this their contentment doth not diminish or decay, but every day increaseth and taketh strength, when they observe, that the zeal of Your Majesty toward the house of God doth not slack or go backward, but is more and more kindled, manifesting itself abroad in the farthest parts of Christendom, by writing in defence of the Truth, (which hath given such a blow unto that man of sin, as will not be healed,) and every day at home, by religious and learned discourse, by frequenting the house of God, by hearing the Word preached, by cherishing the Teachers thereof, by caring for the Church, as a most tender and loving nursing Father.

There are infinite arguments of this right christian and religious affection in Your Majesty; but none is more forcible to declare it to others than the vehement and perpetuated desire of accomplishing and publishing of this work, which now with all humility we present unto Your Majesty. For when Your Highness had once out of deep judgment apprehended how convenient it was, that out of the Original Sacred Tongues, together with comparing of the labours, both in our own, and other foreign Languages, of many worthy men who went before us, there should be one more exact Translation of the holy Scriptures into the English Tongue; Your Majesty did never desist to urge and to excite those to whom it was commended, that the work might be hastened, and that the business might be expedited in so decent a manner, as a matter of such importance might justly require.

And now at last, by the mercy of God, and the continuance of our labours, it being brought unto such a conclusion, as that we have great hopes that the Church of England shall reap good fruit thereby; we hold it our duty to offer it to Your Majesty, not only as to our King and Sovereign, but as to the principal Mover and Author of the work: humbly craving of Your most Sacred Majesty, that since things of this quality have ever been subject to the censures of illmeaning and discontented persons, it may receive approbation and patronage from so learned and judicious a Prince as Your Highness is, whose allowance and acceptance of our labours shall more honour and encourage us, than all the calumniations and hard interpretations of other men shall dismay us. So that if, on the one side, we shall be traduced by Popish Persons at home or abroad, who therefore will malign us, because we are poor instruments to make God’s holy Truth to be yet more and more known unto the people, whom they desire still to keep in ignorance and darkness; or if, on the other side, we shall be maligned by self-conceited Brethren, who run their own ways, and give liking unto nothing, but what is framed by themselves, and hammered on their anvil; we may rest secure, supported within by truth and innocency of a good conscience, having walked the ways of simplicity and integrity, as before the Lord; and sustained without by the powerful protection of Your Majesty’s grace and favour, which will ever give countenance to honest and christian endeavours against bitter censures and uncharitable imputations.

The Lord of heaven and earth bless Your Majesty with many and happy days, that, as his heavenly hand hath enriched Your Highness with many singular and extraordinary graces, so You may be the wonder of the world in this latter age for happiness and true felicity, to the honour of that great GOD, and the good of his Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord and only Saviour.

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Praying For A New Tongue?


Praying For A New Tongue?

Most Folks Can’t Handle The One They’ve Got!

When a prophet named Balaam was headed somewhere the Lord didn’t want him to go God sent an angel to block his way.  The beast on which Balaam rode was apparently more sensitive to spiritual things than he was.  Because the animal kept turning out of the way to avoid the angel, Balaam became frustrated and started beating her.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” (Num 22:28)

Notice first of all (1) something is speaking that shouldn’t be.  2Peter 2:16 says this “dumb (mute) ass” was speaking “with a man’s voice.”  This is not the 1st time you find an animal speaking in the Bible (the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden) but this is interesting.  Notice also, Balaam’s ass was a ‘she’.  In the average charismatic church, I’d say, women do 90% of the tongues speaking.  Paul was dealing expressly with the gift of tongues when the Holy Ghost moved him to write:

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” (1Co 14:34-35)

Paul knew it was the will of God for the “women to keep silence in the churches” when it came to the matter of tongues.   But Paul was also a realist.   He knew that people do not like being told what they can and can’t do.  Paul knew that later on liberal scholars would rise up out of the crevices of Hell and downplay what he had just written.  Accordingly, some argue that the prohibition against women speaking in tongues here in 1Corinthians 14 and the qualifications of a pastor in 1Timothy 3 are all just Paul’s “opinion.” Paul anticipated all of this and wrote verse 37 for everyone who tries to justify their charismatic grandma or one of their friends who happens to be a woman preacher. In an almost sarcastic manner, he says:

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1Co 14:37) jimmy put the "swag" in swaggart

Paul knew many folks don’t care what the Bible says.  So he writes in verse 38: “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” (1Co 14:38)

Secondly, (2) this unnatural behaviour didn’t appear strange to Balaam.  Any sane person would have found this event beyond bizarre.  But remember, Balaam is not right with God.  People who are out of fellowship with the Lord are frequently and strangely comfortable in unusual circumstances.  For instance, when Jonah was running from God, the Lord sent a storm that nearly destroyed the ship he was in. The heathen sailors were calling on every god they could think of!  (It’s just natural to pray when you’re going thru a storm.)  “…But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.” (Jon 1:5)  In his backslid condition Jonah seemed immune to his problematic surroundings.  If you have the slightest knowledge of the Bible you should know the Holy Ghost won’t make you act like a complete fool.  If you see nothing wrong with men and women foaming at the mouth and babbling on like idiots, then there’s something wrong with you (you’re spiritually retarded).

The Mosaic Law demanded that God’s people (the Jews) abstain from unclean meats. Many of the Jews continued to observe these dietary laws even after they were converted.  They did this more out of habit than necessity.  But, in their defense, there was no verse in the Old Testament that said, “After you become a Christian you can eat whatever you want.”  So in their minds, certain things like pork were still taboo.  When Gentiles started getting saved, because of their eating habits, many of the believing Jews were uncertain whether or not they should fellowship with them.  (It was hard for them to believe God would bless someone who ate bacon.)  On one occasion, because of this mindset, God revealed to the Jewish companions of Peter that He did indeed pour out His spirit upon Jew and Gentile alike.

While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,” (Ac 10:44-46)

Again the Bible says they spoke with “tongues” (plural) and not with an “unknown tongue” (singular). Tongues were necessary since, as 1Cor 1:22 says, “The Jews require a sign.”  Until the New Testament scriptures were complete, the sign gifts were necessary for unbelieving Jews.  Mark 16:20 indicates the Apostles had been commissioned to confirm (authenticate, backup, or validate) the Gospel with signs.  The purpose of tongues was to confirm that God had indeed stretched out His saving arm to the Gentiles.

The word ‘tongue’ in Scripture refers to either: a language or an actual part of the body known as the tongue.  As far as the Bible is concerned, the gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak in a language not previously learned. For instance if I was suddenly endowed by God with the ability to speak and understand Japanese, that would be similar to the gift on Pentecost.  1Corinthians 14 gives instruction concerning the utilization of this gift.   Many of these rules are violated and completely disregarded in charismatic circles.  However, the utter confusion, which “they” refer to as ‘speaking in tongues,’ is NOT that gift described in the Bible.  Tongues, such as in Acts 2 and 10, were known languages and not ecstatic, unintelligible, gibberish.

Some say that “speaking in tongues” is evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost.  Some go even further, saying that you’re not even saved if you don’t speak in tongues.  I strongly disagree.  Take Jesus for example.  Can you think of anyone more sanctified and Holy than the Lord Jesus Christ?  None would ever accuse Him of not being Spirit filled.  Yet in my Bible, I never find a single instance where Jesus ever spoke in tongues.  If “tongues” is the evidence of having the “baptism of the Holy Ghost“, why did the Lord not leave us that example in His life as He did with water baptism and communion? Moving on…

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1Cor 4:2)

The word “spirit in this verse is lowercase.  It refers to our spirit and not God’s Holy Spirit. Notice, the word “unknown’ here is italicized, and the word ‘tongue’ is singular. ‘Unknown tongue’ refers to any language not understood by others.  We are told not to forbid people to speak with ‘tongues’ (plural) in 1Cor 14:39. However, the Bible does NOT say “Forbid not to speak in the unknown tongue” (singular) this is Bible Doctrine, not merely my opinion.

And as Forest Gump once said, “That’s all I got to say about that.”

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Matthew 3


Chapter

3

In the previous chapters, the birth of Christ had stirred up a lot of things. There was political unrest and parents were uneasy.  Now, another prophet is unveiled.

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

“In those days”   This man named John was raised up for “such a time as this!” In the darkest of times God often sends His brightest lights.

“…Preaching in the wilderness…” Luke 1:80 says that John “…was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” Like Moses on the backside of the desert, John had a long dry spell of his own before his ministry kicked into high gear.

2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

John the Baptist preached “repentance!”  John had a large following but he did not offer a free camel ride to whoever brought the most people to hear him preach, nor did he give an autographed copy of Isaiah to the oldest grandmother present. He was his own publicity and needed no press agent. (6) He said “repent” because the kingdom of heaven is “at hand“.   Like a man would say, “I like to keep my gun handy.”  “At hand” means close by.  John was saying the kingdom wasn’t far away.  In fact, Heaven’s King was about to begin His ministry on earth.

“Kingdom of heaven” is a phrase which appears thirty-two times in Matthew but nowhere else in the New Testament.

3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.[1]

Preparing “the way” involves removing stumbling blocks.  Accordingly, John’s preaching involved a lot of stump pulling.

4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

“Raiment” means clothing. I find it interesting that it only took 62 words before the Holy Ghost told us about John’s clothes. He was a preacher, but he didn’t dress like one (or should I say ‘he didn’t dress the way we think a preacher should‘).  Notice, everything about John was rough.  He wore camel’s hair coats, leather britches, and ate insects.

At the Bible College I attended, we had chapel services each night.  For a long time, it seemed all we heard were ‘encouraging‘ messages.  Don’t misunderstand me: I’m for encouragement, but when that is all you have, it kind of makes you sick.  On a particular occasion, I noticed the preacher they had in was wearing a bowtie.  I thought to myself, “Great! We’re about to hear a sermon from Mr. McGoo!”  To make a long story short, he preached the devil out of us Bible college students and most of the staff too.  When he was done, I didn’t have enough hide left to close my eyes.  It was Harold Sightler’s grandson.  He was a normal looking man; however, that bowtie threw me off.  If not for that experience you’d never convince me that the power of God and a bowtie could be on the same man. That just goes to show you, you cannot put God in a box and you cannot always judge a book by its cover.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,

John’s pattern would later be a commandment.   Just as he started in “Jerusalem and all Judaea,” the disciples were told in Acts 1:8 “…ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

The Sadducees and many of the Pharisees didn’t believe what John was preaching, but they came anyway.  Why?  Because John was popular and religion always wants to be part of the latest thing.

Note: this is the first mention of “O” in the New Testament. “O generation of vipers” John said, “Yall come from a long line of snakes!”  There are several things you should know about snakes: (1) they cannot hear, (2) they respond to movement, and most importantly (3) they will bite you!  In fact, they pose the greatest danger when their mouths are open.

8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet[2] for repentance:

“Repentance:” Regret is being sorry mentally only (King Saul, for example). Remorse is being sorry both mentally and emotionally (like Judas).  Repentance is being sorry mentally, emotionally, and volitionally (like Matthew, among others). (5)

“Fruits meet for repentance” include a (1) denial of sin, (2) departure from sin, (3) desire for Scripture, and (4) dependence on the Saviour.

9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Many of the Jews believed their Abrahamic descent alone was pleasing to God.  John, however, chopped their Theology to pieces.

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Remember, John was preaching to a mixed multitude.  Some would be saved and some would not.  Those who were not saved would be baptized in Hellfire.

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

“Unquenchable” means: greedy, ravenous, unappeasable, unsatisfiable, or limitless. (7)

13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

In being baptized by John, Jesus was identifying Himself, not only with John’s ministry but with the three Old Testament offices and anointing.  There were three substances used to anoint people.  These included; water, oil, and blood (Lev 8:6, 12, 23).  The three offices were prophets, priests, and kings.  While prophets and kings were anointed with oil only, priests were anointed with all three of the above.  Jesus, as Prophet, Priest, and King was anointed: with water by John the Baptist (vss. 15-16), with oil by the woman with an alabaster box[3], and with blood by Himself[4].

Since many misunderstand the meaning of baptism, it is necessary to point out that getting baptized has never saved anyone.  If water could wash away sins they’re in revival at Myrtle Beach.

14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Many times as preachers we have more honors bestowed upon us than we deserve.  However, if it be the will of God, we are not to decline from our duty, even though it may flatter us.  We can do no more than our duty; we should desire to do no less.  Note: it was John the Baptist.  Not John the Methodist or John the non-denominational.

15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

They say, “Never think too highly of yourself, even God became a baby!”  And here, the Son of God submits Himself to baptism.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

The wording here demands baptism by immersion.  For it would be difficult if not impossible to come “Up…out of the water…” if you’re only being “sprinkled.” In other words, sprinkling is not the Biblical mode of baptism.  Furthermore, water is the only proper element to be baptized in.  That should be elementary.  In fact, I wouldn’t have brought it up had it not been for a humorous story involving the translators of the King James Bible.

One day, when the translators were discussing baptism in front of King James, the Bishop of Peterborough made an off the cuff comment.  He said that he knew of one case in which an ancient father had baptised with sand instead of water. James blurted out, “A turd for the argument. He might as well have pissed on them, for that had been more liker to water than sand.” (8) Reportedly, the bishop’s reputation never recovered.

17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In this chapter we see all three Persons of the Godhead manifested: the Son in the water, the Spirit in the air, and a sound from the Father in heaven.  We serve a God that is so big He had to manifest Himself in three Persons!

It is true that the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible.  However, it is also true that the word “Bible” does not appear in the Bible, yet both exist.  “Godhead” is the King James word for “Trinity”.  It is only fitting then, that the word “Godhead”[5] appears three times in Scripture.  Three, of course, is the number for divine completeness or perfection.  Jehovah’s Witlesses question the doctrine of the Trinity on the grounds it is hard to understand.  Speaking of which, someone has well said, “To try and understand the Trinity is to lose your mind; to deny it is to lose your soul.”

The Apostle John asked a good question: “Who is a liar?”  We could answer that by listing the JW’s, LDS, etc.  Why?  Because a liar is any man “…that denieth that Jesus is the Christ…” and “He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1John 2:22) Again he says, “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1John 2:23) I do not attempt to fully comprehend; much less explain the Trinity.  The Bible does teach it, however, and I accept it.  Someone has said, “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it.”  But if the Bible says it, it does not matter who believes it; it is still true.


[1] Isaiah has 66 chapters just like the Bible has 66 books.  Matthew is the 40th book in the Bible.   The quotation in Matt 3:3 is from Isaiah 40:3.  Students of Bible Numerology will find this connection interesting.

[2] “Meet” means fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose. (Webster)

[3] “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.” (Matt 26:7)

[4] “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt 26:28) “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Heb 9:12)  “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb 1:3)

[5] Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9

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Matthew 2


Chapter

2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

In the book of Exodus, God’s people had been in Egypt for over four hundred years. In all that time, over four centuries, the Lord never sent them a prophet or even a message from Heaven. Then one day the children of Israel began to cry out for deliverance. They had been slaves to Pharaoh for many years. But it wasn’t until they began to groan under weight of their burdens that God sent them a deliverer whose name was Moses

The life of Moses, his birth and ministry parallels that of our Lord Jesus Christ. For instance, when Moses first revealed himself to his fellow Israelites, he was rejected; likewise with Christ at His first advent.  Both of them did great miracles and brought salvation through the blood of the lamb.  When Moses was born, along with being under the rule of a foreign government, multitudes of innocent children were being slaughtered.  What am I getting at?  I’m saying I believe the second coming of Christ will in many ways be similar to the first coming. That being said, I want to look at the conditions in Christ’s day and then compare them to our own.

First of all, in vs. 1, there were very few wise men left! In fact, these had to be imported from the East. (By the way, we generally think of “three” wise men, but the Bible does not say how many there were.) Though it is hard to imagine wise men coming from the land of Iraq, these men were probably from Babylon[1] and had knowledge of Daniel’s seventy weeks (Dan 9:24).

I believe the Bible calls these men “wise” for two reasons. First of all, vs. 2 says, after they saw his star, (after they ‘saw the light’) they came “to worship him!” Today wise men still worship Him! Secondly, I believe they were called ‘wise’ because they feared God.   That is not in our text but Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”  You don’t even come close to wisdom until you fear God.  And if America lacks anything today, it is the fear of our God.

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

In the Old Testament, the first question God asked of man is, “Where art thou?” (Gen 3:9)  In the New Testament, the first question man asks was “Where is he…?”[2]

“His star in the east…”[3] After studying the nativity story, my mom confessed she had always assumed the lady’s group known as the Eastern Stars had something to do with the star of Bethlehem. She was mistaken.   These men were in the East when they saw His star.  That would have made it, if anything, a western star. Cults like the Eastern Stars, Masons, Shriners, Ku Klux Klan, etc. have nothing to do with the Babe in the manger.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

The Herods were an Edomite line of kings, who, under Rome, got control of Judea shortly before Christ. Herod the Great (37-3 B.C.),[4] got his throne, and kept it, by crimes of unspeakable brutality, murdering even his wife and two sons. He was cruel, cunning, coldblooded. It was he who slew the children of Bethlehem in an effort to kill Christ. His son, Herod Antipas, some 33 years later, killed John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29), and mocked Christ (Luke 23:7-12). His grandson, Herod Agrippa I, 14 years still later, killed James the Apostle (Acts 12:1-2). His great grandson, Herod Agrippa II, 16 years later, was the king before whom Paul was tried Acts 25:13-26:32). (4)

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,[5]

Herod was told to look for Jesus in Bethlehem.  “Bethlehem” means the House of God or a place of bread.  If a man is looking for Jesus, he ought to be able to find Him at the house of God.  Herod, however, did not seek the Lord for the right reasons.

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Herod “had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together.”  This is one of the most striking parallels between Christ’s day and our own.  Herod gathering all the religious leaders together reminds me of the Ecumenical[6] movement infesting churches today. It seems like every time you turn around, some spiritually-retarded Church wants to get everybody together.  Baptists, however, have always been diametrically opposed to everything the Roman Catholic Church stands for.

Recently, the news media (Fox) has been lambasting John Hagee for calling the Catholic Church a “Great Whore.”  In fact, the Bible calls the Catholic Church a “great whore” and a “mother of harlots” in Revelation 17.

Dr. Sightler used to say, “There’s strength in division” and he was right.  I would still rather be divided by truth than united by error. The Bible says, “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” (2Cor 6:17) But for some reason, many professing Christians don’t see a thing wrong in fellowshipping sixteen different faiths.

By the way, let me throw this in; Baptists are not Protestants.  We did not come out of the Catholic Church.  We never were part of it.  Before Martin Luther or John Calvin ever came along, there were men standing up with a Bible saying, “What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”   No, the name “Baptist” does not go all the way back to the days of the Apostles.  But down through the ages, there have been men who believed the basic tenets of what we believe today.  Unfortunately, the established church of their day persecuted them, branded them as heretics, and forced them into obscurity.  Baptists need to read books like J.M. Carroll’s Trail of Blood or Fox’s Book of Martyrs and develop some doctrinal backbone.

But notice something about the ecumenical movement in our text. In Vs. 2 the wise men saw His star in the east. We read elsewhere, that shepherds saw it. However, we don’t read where Herod, the Scribes, or the Pharisees ever saw the light!  The religious crowd knew about Jesus. In fact they told Herod where He would be born.  But we don’t read where they ever looked for Him much less found Him. Might I say that the prominent, so-called preachers; the Joel Osteens, Jim Bakers, and the Oral Roberts may know a lot about God, but they’ve never met God!

7 Then Herod, when he had privily[7] called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Note: when Jesus came the first time, the country was governed by two-faced lying politicians[8].  Herod made out like he loved God and he loved children, but in reality, he was a devil! He told the wise men to find Him because he wanted to worship Him too!  But Herod didn’t care a thing about that little baby, he didn’t care about the wise men, he just told them what they wanted to hear in order to get the information he wanted.

9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Broadus says it was common in the East to travel by night and avoid the heat of the day. (9)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

These wise men were perhaps the first Gentiles to worship Jesus.  What a privilege.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:[9] and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

“Into the house:” Apparently then, some time had elapsed as the scenery changes from a stable to that of a house.  In fact, judging from Herod’s orders in vs. 16, Jesus was probably around two years old at this time.

Notice, the wise men did not give gifts to Mary. They gave gifts to Jesus. God knew that Joseph and Mary were poor.  Without these gifts, especially the gold, they probably wouldn’t have been able to afford their escape to Egypt (Vs. 14).

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

After “being warned of God” the wise men didn’t go back the same way they had come.  They went “another way.”  There’s a whole lot in that verse.  After you meet Jesus you will walk another way too!  It will change your direction.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Notice, after the marriage, divine directions are given to the man and not Mary.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

They left by night, indicating that Joseph wasted no time in heeding God’s warning.

15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.[10]

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men[11], was exceeding wroth,[12] and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

With all the other signs of His soon coming, isn’t it strange that when Jesus came the first time, the mass murder of children was sanctioned by the state?   Today, there are some who believe certain situations exist where abortion might not be that bad.  People with this mentality can be found, even among professing Christians.  What do you think?  Would you consider abortion in any of the following four situations?

(1.)     There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have fourteen children, and now she finds out she’s pregnant with the fifteenth. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(2.)     In one family, the father is sick and the mother has tuberculosis (TB). Of their four children; the first is blind, the second recently died, the third is deaf, and fourth has TB. The mother finds that she’s pregnant again. Given their extreme situation, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(3.)     A white man has raped and impregnated a thirteen-year-old black girl. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending an abortion?

(4.)     A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby and he is highly upset. Would you consider recommending an abortion in this situation?

If you said yes to the first case, you just killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the nineteenth century. If you said yes to the second case, you killed Ludwig van Beethoven. If you said yes to the third case, you killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer who thrilled audiences for many years at Billy Graham Crusades around the world. And, if you said yes to the fourth case, you killed Jesus Christ. (5) Would you have killed anybody important?

Isn’t it strange the same bleeding-heart liberals, who talk about how important it is to educate our children, can turn around, and in the same breath, promote killing them in abortion clinics?

The average politician today is a low-down, sorry, tax-raising, fag-loving, baby-killing devil. That is exactly right!  They might get some heathen’s vote because of it but they’re selling this country down the river.  But brethren, the Bible is still true.  Queers are still going to Hell and abortion is still murder in the eyes of God.  I don’t care whether you call it an embryo or a fetus, it is a baby!   And God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”  (Prov 6:17)

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy[13] the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.[14]

Herod had a warped sense of mercy.  It probably made him feel better that he didn’t have anyone killed who was over a certain age.  Rachel is mentioned because she was buried in Ephrath which is Bethlehem[15].  Thus Micah refers to it as Bethlehem Ephratah.[16]

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Herod was a formidable foe, but now “Herod was dead.”  Mary’s husband Joseph has a lot of similarities with the Joseph of Genesis.  Both had dreams (Gen 37:5) and both had a daddy named “Jacob” (Matt 1:16).

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Notice, Jesus was a Nazarene and not a Nazarite.  This difference is important to point out when dealing with the subject of long hair.[17]


[1] H.A. Ironside says these men had probably read the LXX.  (See comment and footnote under 12:21)

[2] “The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth?” (Song 3:3)

[3] Thus begins the first “Star Trek.”

[4] When you’re dealing with time before Christ (B.C.) the years go down.

[5] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[6] “Ecumenical” Relating to, involving, or promoting the unity of different Christian churches and groups (often at the expense of Bible doctrine).

[7] Secretly

[8] The word “politics” comes from poli (many) and tics (blood sucking creatures).

[9] “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)

[10] “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” (Ho 11:1)

[11] Note:  sometimes wise men mock public figures.

[12] Note:  Herod was “exceeding wroth” liberals can’t stand to have their authority questioned.

[13] See the comment on Matthew 27:10

[14] (Jer 31:15)

[15] (Gen 35:19)

[16] “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  (Mic 5:2)

[17] “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” (1Cor 11:14)

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Matthew 1


Chapter

1

The lineage in Matthew is Christ’s mother’s ancestry which shows His legal claim to the throne of David.  While not of the same bloodline; Christ is in the royal line.

1 The book of the generation[1] of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

This verse commences a brief overview of the Lord’s earthly ancestry.  Matthew’s target audience consisted of Jews.  It is logical therefore, that he begins with Abraham; the patriarch of Judaism.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

Abraham begat Ishmael before Isaac, and others after him, but they are not mentioned; because the Messiah was not to spring from any of them. Jesus would come from Isaac’s descendents.  “…In Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Gen 21:12) (3)

Jacob was later renamed “Israel.”  “Judas” or “Judah” was one of Jacob’s sons and also head of the tribe out of which Christ came.  This is why Jesus is called the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev 5:5).[2]

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

“Thamar” is the same Tamar who tricked Judah into sleeping with her.   (Gen 38:15-16)

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

Rachab” is the next one mentioned in vs. 2.  She is not a very pretty character especially in Joshua 6. There she is called Rahab the harlot. But she did become a wonderful person after she came to a knowledge of the living and true God. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Heb 11:31). She got into the genealogy of Christ for the simple reason that she believed. She had faith. Notice the progression here. (4)

Booz” not booze but Boaz from the Book of Ruth. Ruth, if you remember, was a native of Moab and so was Orpha.  These two non-Jewish girls married Mahlon and Chilion; the sons of Elimelech and Naomi.  When Naomi’s children[3] and husband died, Orpha (a type of the old nature) went back to her old ways but Ruth clave unto her mother-in-law. Naomi tried to persuade Ruth to go back to her own people but she refused.  One of my favorite passages in Scripture is where Ruth told her mother-in-law:

“…Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17)

“Obed” was the child of Ruth and Boaz.  Obed means “worship.”   When Ruth was put in the family, she had a little worship!  Not bad for a girl who was once an alien from the commonwealth of Israel, “…having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph 2:12).

6[4] And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

Even though David was said to be a man after God’s own heart, the sin which he committed followed him all the way into the New Testament. The sword truly never departed from his house.  (2Sam 12:10)

Note: Solomon wasn’t David’s firstborn son by Bathsheba.  David’s firstborn child died as a direct result of David’s sin.[5] The firstborn in the Bible is often a type or illustration of a lost person; someone who has been born only once.  Ishmael illustrated this.  Being the firstborn, he despised the son of promise: Isaac.  “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid (Ishmael, Abraham’s firstborn child), the other by a freewoman (Isaac). But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh;[6] but he of the freewoman was by promise.” (Gal 4:22-23)

Anyhow, David wasn’t able to keep that first birth but oh; that second birth was magnificent.  The Lord said that there was none like Solomon, nor would there ever be (1Kings 3:12).  That second birth was one of a kind.  In fact, it was a royal birth.  (John 3:3)

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

In 1Kings 15:11 the Bible says, “Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD…” (1Kings 15:11) What was it that so pleased God, the Bible records he “…Did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD?” I don’t have time to mention them all, but the first thing he did right was “…he took away the sodomites out of the land….” (1Kings 15:12) By “took away” it means Asa killed that crowd.  I say hallelujah for king Asa!   You cannot have the blessings of God in a land overrun by perverts!   If it was sin 2000 years ago, it is still sin today, and it always will be sin.  The dictionary defines sodomy as a “crime against nature!”

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

Four questionable women appear in this genealogy. It was not customary to list the names of women in a genealogy; therefore, the inclusion of these names must be deliberate on the part of the author. Tamar, mentioned in verse 3, was the mother of two illegitimate sons (Pharez and Zerah) by Judah. Rahab was the converted harlot of Jericho and the mother of Boaz. Ruth, the wife of Boaz, was a godly foreigner (Moabitess).

The wife of Uriah is none other than Bathsheba whose adultery with David is infamous. However, she later became the legitimate wife of David and the mother of Solomon. The curious feature of mentioning these women in this genealogy indicates that the evangelist wished to disarm Jewish criticism about the unusual virgin birth of Jesus by showing that some irregular unions were divinely blessed in the Messiah’s legal ancestry. (5)

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Here we find three sets of fourteen.[7] Fourteen is the number which represents deliverance or salvation. It is used some 26 times in the Bible.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

The most amazing thing about Mary was she was still a virgin when she got married.  I have been to several weddings where the bride wore the wrong color but Mary was a virgin.  Never forget, Mary may have given Him His bottle, but God gave Him His blood.

Several things about Mary’s pregnancy are similar to getting saved.  Notice; a new birth is on the way and man had nothing to do with it.[8] The Bible says, “She was found with child” before she ever knew (had sex with) a man.

Secondly, her conception was “of the Holy Ghost.”  One young man said, “I believe we have all we need inside of us!”  But that would be ridiculous; unless you were Mary!  Isn’t it amazing that Mary was to deliver her Deliverer? For nine months God lived inside this girl named Mary. But if you are saved, He lives within your heart[9] and thank God; He will be there forever.

Also, there was likely a change in Mary’s appearance.  She may have kept her pregnancy a secret at first, but it wasn’t long before it started to show.  That reminds me of a little girl who said, “I don’t see how such a big God can live on the inside of me and not poke out every now and then!”

No doubt there was also a change in Mary’s appetite.  Pregnant women often have strange cravings.  These desires wake them up in the night and make them drive to the grocery store.  A good dose of Holy Ghost salvation will have similar effects: for, “As newborn babes,” you will “desire the sincere milk of the word” (1Peter 2:2).  I believe there was a change in Mary’s associations as well.  As you will see; the new life within her caused family problems.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Mary and Joseph had probably been High School sweethearts and gotten engaged early in life. Then the poor girl just lost her mind. She started talking about angels and prophecies, and here she is pregnant with somebody else’s baby. I mean really! Can you imagine being in Joseph’s shoes? Your engagement has already been announced in the paper; you have had all the pictures made; and your family has already paid for the honeymoon. Then your blushing bride-to-be, whom you have never touched, comes up pregnant?

Joseph was ashamed, brokenhearted, and disgusted with her. Though the Bible says Joseph was a just man at the end of the day, every man is still just a man.  Besides, according to the law, he would have been just if he had stoned her! Nonetheless, the Bible says Joseph was going to “Put her away privily.” If I was in Joseph’s shoes that would mean “I was looking for a good place to hide the body!” But God says “…I desired mercy, and not sacrifice…” Joseph didn’t try to humiliate the person who had hurt him. So, how do you deal with hurt?

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Praise God! If ever somebody needed a little encouragement from Heaven it was Joseph! God sent a messenger to tell him, “…Fear not!” In other words: ‘God is going to take that very thing causing trouble in your marriage and use it to save the world!’ What Joseph thought was a disaster turned out to be a deliverer. The tragedy of his life became the biggest blessing the world had ever known. And God allows things in our lives that we don’t understand right now. But “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

“…That which is conceived in her…” Mary was the only saved person who didn’t have to believe the virgin birth by faith.  She experienced it! “For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.[10]

No earthly person could have told Joseph what the child would be. Remember, this was before sonograms. But God declares the “end from the beginning.”

“…Jesus…shall save his people from their sins.”  Are you among “his people?”  If so, what sins has He saved you from?[11]

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23[12] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Modern perversions of the Bible omit the word “firstborn” from this verse. For example, the ASV says, “…and knew her not till she had brought forth a son…” The King James (the right Bible) uses the word “firstborn” for a good reason.

“Firstborn” implies that Mary had children other than Jesus.   The Roman Catholic Church, however, teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin (she never had sex).  Therefore, when Catholics pray to “Mary,” they profess to pray to the “Virgin” Mary. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been a virgin for two-thousand years. The “virgin” Mary and Joseph had children like rabbits after Jesus was born[13]. They are praying to someone who does not exist. Besides, there is only “…one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1Tim 2:5) and Jesus said, “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Note: ASV stands for American Standard Version: which is a humorous name for a Bible since American Standard is also the name of a company that makes toilets.  I do not know if these two companies are related. It would be fitting if they were.  After all, both their products contain the same thing.


[1] “This is the book of the generations of Adam…”  (Gen 5:1)

[2] “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda…” (Heb 7:14)

[3][3] Naomi’s husband and children were “Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah.”  No doubt they were called so, because Ephratah was one of the names of Bethlehem.(5)

[4] Six is the number of man. The sixth word in verse six is “King.”

[5] “…And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick…And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died…”  (2Sam 12:15-18)

[6] “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6)

[7] It was the 14th day of the first month of the year when the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian bondage, and from the stroke of judgment which fell upon the firstborn of the Egyptians. (Ex 12:6-7; Ex 12:12-13; Lev 23:4-5) The number 14 is found three times connected with Christ’s coming into the world, and He came to save, or deliver His people from their sins. The Salvation of the soul takes place when one believes, at which time, he comes under the blood of Christ, “Our Passover”. But the body will not be delivered from the bondage of corruption until the resurrection of the believer or the rapture of the saints, then the redemption of our body takes place. (Rom 8:20-23) This explains why the numbers 14 and 3 are found together. 14 is for deliverance and 3 is for the resurrection. (65)

[8] “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:9)

[9] “…The Spirit…dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)

[10] “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  (Isa 7:14)

[11] “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature….”  (2Cor 5:17)

[12] Vs. 23 – in Bible numerology, many believe that twenty three is the number of death.  If so, from Christ’s birth we see death lingering ever near Him.

[13] (Matt 13:55-56)

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Voting & Elections in General


Ever since I can remember I have been of the opinion that, if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain if the country goes to pot.  I viewed non-voters as complacent, lazy, or just plain frustrated with the choices.   But recently I was reading a book entitled Taking America Back by Joseph Farah.  While I can’t say I will always follow his advice, I can say as a Christian, his words ring true.  So without elaborating, I will just quote him and allow you to comment.

“You can’t vote for the lesser of two evils because that is still voting for evil.  It’s better not to participate in evil at all.  This is a hard one for many Americans who have become conditioned to the idea that voting is their central civic duty.  It may be-but not if it means supporting evil, even a shade of evil…
… So many Americans say that failure to vote for one of the two major party candidates in any election is tantamount to “throwing your vote away.”  I say voting for an illegitimate candidate-one who will not live under the rule of law and abide by the Constitution-is throwing your vote away.  If you don’t have a choice, don’t vote.  Don’t pretend you have a choice.  Don’t dignify corrupt system with your participation in a charade.”

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Abortion & Health Care


ABORTION

&

The Health Care Bill


Does the new Health care bill provide funding for abortion at the expense of taxpayers?  The answer would have to be “Yes” regardless of what promises Obama made to Bart Stupak.  If you’ve not read the bill yet (who has?) you can find a copy of it here.

On pg. 591 it appears they are going to use tax dollars to give “postpartum” counseling to women who abort their babies.  I mean, that’s what it looks like to me. The dad blame thing is over 2000 pages long and there could be something amending that language but, that’s how I read it. These people are sick in the head. They’re going to make us pay to kill babies then provide counseling if the woman feels bad about it!  Talk about adding insult to injury!

While I probably wouldn’t use the same language as John Boehner, I can still understand his anger and frustration.

Abortion is wicked and “God is angry with the wicked every day.” “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a

lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…”

(Read the rest of the passage for yourself.  I’m going to park on that last point.)

More than 42 million unborn babies have lost their lives since the US Supreme Court decided on January 22, 1973, that women have a constitutionally protected right to have an abortion On average, 3,836 pre-born babies have been routinely eliminated every day for thirty years. That means since 1973, unwanted babies have had their lives ended at an average rate of 2.5 per minute, 160 per hour, and 1,400,000 a year.

To those that claim the name of Christ, don’t even pretend to care about this issue unless you are registered to vote. If you’re not doing everything you

can to get these bunch of fag-loving baby-killers out of office, you should be ashamed to call yourself a Christian.

Closing Remarks

In conclusion, if you are a woman who’s had an abortion, as horrible as it is, God still wants to forgive you. If you’re not saved, there’s a God in Heaven Who’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Two thousand years ago, God sent His only-begotten Son down to this sin-cursed world we live in. He didn’t come to be worshipped necessarily; He came to be a sacrifice for all mankind. After all, someone has to pay for your sins. That’s why Christ died. He died in our place, suffered our shame, and bore our sins. If you reject Christ’s offer to put your sins under His blood and hide them from Holy eyes of our God, you will spend eternity in Hell. How do you come to Christ? You come with a simple, child-like faith. “Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Find out what God’s Word says, then call on God the best way you know how – Repent of your sins – and put your faith in what Jesus did on the cross! (2Cor 5:21) After you get saved, join a local, Independent, fundamental, Bible believing, King-James-only, soul winning, Baptist Church. I highly recommend my home Church: Tabernacle Baptist

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The First Star Trek


The First Star Trek

Text: Matt 2:1-10 – 12

There are a lot of similarities between the circumstances Jesus was born into and the condition the Israelites were in down in Egypt just before God sent them a deliverer.

One of the first things that sticks out in my mind is

The murder of children was sanctioned by the state.

In Egypt, the Israelites began to multiply and they kept multiplying to the point Pharaoh viewed them as a threat to his kingdom.   As a result he ordered the midwives to throw all the newborn male Hebrew children into the river.

In Matthew 2:16 when Herod realized the wise men weren’t coming back he sent forth his soldiers and killed every child in Bethlehem two years old or younger.  He wanted to kill Jesus because a King of the Jews was a threat to his kingdom.  It’s as simple as that.  He didn’t hate kids-he was just trying to keep his throne.  And these fag loving baby killers in Washington are all his descendents!  They don’t care about women’s rights: they’re a bunch of womanizing drunks themselves.  But if it will get them reelected they’ll let you kill as many babies as you want to.  They’ll even try to get the government to pay for it.

But think about it: When God first sent a great deliverer to Egypt they were killing babies. When God sent The Great Deliverer to Bethlehem they were killing babies. And right now in America 4000 babies a day are being slaughtered in abortion clinics across this country. Could God be trying to give us a hint of what the world will look like when Jesus comes the second time? I believe He is. So very quickly I’d like to point out a few ways world Jesus was born into 2000 years ago parallels the world we live in today

First of all,

I. There was Oppressive taxation

Luke 2:1 “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from (Copenhagen – excuse me, I mean) Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed

We’re not told what they were raising taxes for. But it doesn’t really matter. It’d been a long time since those Jews had a say in anything their government did! But because of this tax in Luke 2 everyone under Roman authority had to return to their hometowns so they could take a census. Joseph was from Bethlehem and that’s the earthly reason Jesus was born there instead of somewhere else.

But that’s a pretty oppressive government that forces a pregnant woman to up and move just so they can get money out of her! And in the day we live in, when you have to work nearly half a year just to pay your taxes and it almost doesn’t pay to work, I’d call that an oppressive government too! But you just wait till they pass this healthcare bill – you ain’t seen nothing yet! I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay your taxes. I’m just saying Jesus is coming soon!

Notice also, when Jesus was born

II. THERE WERE VERY FEW WISE MEN LEFT.

And might I point out even they had to be imported from the East.  And now in America, just about every convenience store you go into is owned by an Indian or somebody from an Eastern country. I could go on but I think you get my point.

The Bible doesn’t tell us how many wise men there were but we generally think about there being 3.   That also reminds me of the day we live in! At times I get to thinking me, my daddy, and preacher Batchelor are the only ones left that have any sense.  And to tell you the truth I worry about them sometimes!

I was reading somewhere that on average it costs $10,000 per year to put one student through school.  So if you go K-12 that’s $130,000.  But just stop and talk to the average Gaffney High graduate sometime and you tell me whether you think they got $100,000 worth of education. It’ll make you sick!

So what’s the problem?

Romans 1:22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” When we took God and prayer out of the classroom, stupidity came and took its place! Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…”  A moral problem has led America into an intellectual crisis.  We’ve got more education and more resources than ever before but we are producing very few Wise men.  Why?  Because we’ve lost the fear of God and “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…” (Psalms 111:10)

III. THERE WEREN’T MANY VIRGINS.

I don’t know if Mary was the only virgin around but she’s the only one the Bible mentions during this time. You do know Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus? Jesus isn’t the son of Joseph. He is the Son of God; God incarnate; Emmanuel. God with us; Joseph may have given Him His bottle but God gave Him His blood.

And don’t let His humble birth or the fact He had poor parents bother you. It’s not how a man’s born or where He lives that makes Him King. It’s who He is that makes the King the King! He may have been born in a stable instead of the Palace but lambs are born in barns all the time.

Anyway – talking about virginity. In this sex crazed culture we live in, girls would just as soon jump in the back seat of a car as they would shake your hand.  They’ve got no more morals than an alley cat. So when I read Matthew chapter 1, about a woman still being a virgin when she got married it’s almost as big a miracle as the virgin birth itself!

But in Matthew 2, the good news is; even though taxes were at an all-time high; even though they were killing babies left and right; even though morals had decayed and the future looked dark…

IV. JESUS COULD STILL BE FOUND.

Look at verse 9 again

“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.”

Normally, from our perspective, stars move from East to West. But Jesus was in Bethlehem and the wise men were in Jerusalem.  That means this star moved from North to South.

You know what that says to me? It says, “No matter how dark the times are: God will move heaven and earth to get you where you need to be!”  “If a man will just believe the Bible and look to heaven for guidance, he can still find the Saviour in these last days.”

If you’ll look for Him I believe you’ll find Him.  Because long before you ever thought about looking for Him, He was looking for you.  He said I came to seek and to save that which was lost.

HAVE YOU FOUND HIM?

If so, what if you done for Him Christian? So many times during his ministry people came to Jesus wanting him to do something for them. But these wise men traveled hundreds of miles just to bow down before Him.

They just wanted to lay their treasures down at his precious little feet.

Has there ever been a time in your life that you laid your earthly treasures at the Master’s feet like these wise men did? Was there ever a time you said, “Lord here’s my life, my hopes, my dreams my ambitions, do whatever you want with me?”

When I was a teenager, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  One day, I might want to be a pilot, the next I might want to be something else. But in all my daydreaming, one thing was the same.  No matter what I envisioned myself doing, God had nothing to do with it!  There may be someone here today like that.  God is not in all your thoughts. You’ve got your life planned out. You don’t want any help from me, God, or the Bible. This might surprise you but God doesn’t need you anyway!

God doesn’t need us! But we sure do need Him!

This holiday season, after all He’s done for you; do you know what it’s like to give a little something back?

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“Where was God when my boy died?”


A year or two ago a young couple lost their two-month-old son. They had him in bed with them and one of them must have rolled over on him in the night because when they woke up in the morning their beautiful baby boy was dead. A pastor friend of mine and I went over to their house that night. You talk about heartache! The boy’s daddy, a young fella, kept wallowing in the floor saying “God is judging me – God is judging me!” The pastor was trying to show them some scriptures when the mother blurted out: “I just don’t see how there can be a God.”And before you criticize her, you just wait till you wake up beside your dead baby.

I  said “Ma’am my heart goes out to you – I won’t try to say I know what you’re going through because I don’t. But I was reading a story this afternoon about a lady who had lost her baby boy too. She went to her pastor and said “Where was God when my boy died?

He was stunned by the question like we all would be but he thought for a moment and said “Ma’am, God was in the same place He was when His Son died 2000 years ago.” And I’m telling you there’s a God in heaven that knows what it’s like to lose a baby boy. He knows what it’s like to lose a loved one and He can sympathize with your pain.

On top of that, I believe the grace of God takes care of little children and that baby’s in Heaven right now. And if mama and daddy are Christians – they might have to spend 40, 50, or even 60 years apart from their child and I know that sounds like such a long time. But looking back, 10,000 years from now, it won’t seem like that long at all.

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Fags


Fags

“THOU SHALT NOT lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” Leviticus 18:22-25

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G.A.Y. = "Got AIDS Yet?"

I believe the up and coming generation needs to know, that men of God hold these individuals in derision.  They need to know what a terrible abomination this is in the eyes of God.  I detest being around Sodomites; they make me uncomfortable.  I don’t like Chihuahuas.  I just don’t like anything sissy!

There are many slang terms used to indicate a sodomite: fag, queer, fairy, etc.  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary does not even contain the word ‘Homosexual’.  But it does define Sodomite as: (1) An inhabitant of Sodom or (2) One guilty of sodomy.  Since the term “sodomite” is used, even after Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, definition one need not be considered.

Furthermore, sodomy is defined as ‘a crime against nature!’   Sodomy not only makes God sick, but Scripture implies that the land vomits at its very presence! “And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.” (Lev 18:25) Is it any wonder that California often convulses as would a man with upset stomach?  Why does the land vomit?  Because sodomy is a crime against nature!

When one attempts to defy the law of gravity by jumping off a cliff, they suffer the consequences.  When two men get together and try to do what only man and wife were designed to do, they too will suffer the consequences.

Whether or not AIDS is God’s judgment on the sin of homosexuality I do not know.  However, I am sure God is aware of the CDC’s recent statistics.  On table 22 of their website the following information is available.  Of white men with AIDS in the United States, it is estimated that 76% were men who have sex with men.  Furthermore, add that to the 10% of men who have sex with men and inject drugs.

In the Bible, we have God’s disclosure of His will.  Within the pages of Scripture we may peer into the mind of an Omnipotent God.  In the Bible we are warned, “Be not deceived!”  Could it be that some well-meaning ‘Christians’ are deceived?  A person is deceived when they see nothing wrong with two men getting married, or two women having sex.  Even with this sinful lifestyle becoming more and more tolerated, God still calls it an ‘abomination’ (Le 20:13).  Nevertheless, “God is not mocked!”

funny_signIs AIDS God’s judgment on the perverts of America?  Probably!  The reality that God has not already rained down fire and brimstone on our darling nation proves that He is a loving God, and not that he condones a tainted standard of living.

Alongside I-85, a billboard advocating tolerance of sodomy says, “Gay or straight…All…equal.” This is of course a reference to the Declaration of Independence.  However, it is interesting to note, they left out ‘created’ equal on their little sign!  While I would partially agree with our founding fathers that all men are created equal, I would argue that all men do not remain that way!

All men are born into sin.  You need not teach a baby to lie, it will learn on its own.  That is natural. Children must be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the lord, because sin comes naturally to all.  When an attractive yet scantily clothed woman walks by, a man’s ‘natural’ instinct is to look and lust after her.  That’s natural, but that doesn’t make it right!  Even if sodomites are ‘born that way,’ and even if they don’t have the slightest affection for the opposite sex; that still does not excuse what God calls an abomination!

Despite arguments to the contrary, the sin of sodomy is far from natural!  As mentioned before, Webster defines sodomy as a ‘crime against nature!’  Romans 1:26 refers to it as “That which is against nature.”  Vs. 27 says it’s an “…Error…” and “…Unseemly…” Vs. 28, Paul said these people “…do those things which are not convenient.” And, finally in Vs. 31 they’re “…without natural affection.”

In 2nd Kings 23:7, the Bible says Josiah “…Brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD…” – In Josiah’s time, the Sodomites had come out of the closet and settled down right beside the Church.  And today we see the same thing happening!  Perverts, no longer want merely to be left alone, they want to be accepted.  They’re not concerned with simply being tolerated anymore; they want us to embrace their perverted lifestyle.  I don’t care if they move in beside the parsonage and paint the house pink. I’ll point next door and tell my children, ‘Those people are wicked as Hell!’

You can’t show me a single instance where Jesus ever witnessed to a sodomite or a lesbian.  In all 66 books, God never sent the homosexuals a prophet.   But before you accuse me of being unloving: I have witnessed to several of them before.  I’m just saying that I’m not planning on going into “fag evangelism.”   Can you imagine setting up a rainbow-colored tent at all of the rest areas? I can’t fathom it but I do witness to them.  Have you ever witnessed to one?  By that I mean, have you ever showed them from the Scriptures that they’re at enmity with God and must needs repent or perish?  Have you ever done that for anybody?

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