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Future Events - Part 2
5. Millennial Kingdom - Following the events of the Tribulation, the Messiah will set up the Millennial Kingdom as promised. It will be a return of the Garden of Eden as the earth produces as it was designed to produce (Revelation 20:2-7, Matthew 24:31, Micah 4:2-4, Jeremiah 31:33, Zechariah 14:9). Even the name of Jerusalem (city of peace) will be changed to Jehovah-Shammah (The LORD is there - Ezekiel 48:34).

6. Release of Satan - At the end of the 1000-year reign of Christ, Satan is released (Revelation 20:7-10). Many ask why God would do such a thing. In the Millennial Kingdom with Christ on the throne of David and ruling over the earth and with plenty of food, the world will prosper. Survivors of the Tribulation will have many children. Crime will be almost nonexistent and when it does occur, justice will be swift. Upon Satan's release, many who were born during the Millennial Kingdom will follow the devil in rebellion against God. Through this event, God will reveal that even in a perfect environment such as the Garden of Eden, people will still fall away. It is not the environment which causes us to sin, it is the heart. 

7. Great White Throne Judgment - Those who rejected God throughout history will be raised bodily from their graves and will be reunited with their soul and spirit to stand before God. These who are already condemned (John 3:18) will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity (Revelation 20:11-15).

8. Eternal State - The final stage involves a new heaven and a new earth where believers of all ages will dwell eternally (Revelation 21-22). It is here that God wipes away all tears (Revelation 21:4). Sin and death will be no more.  

The key thing to remember regarding future events is that God has it all under control. We need to glorify His name with our attitude and actions as well as provide a witness to the unredeemed until God calls us home.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.8/22/2019 10:45:01 PM

Future Events - Part 1
As I understand the Scriptures, future events are as follows:

1. Rapture of the church - All who have placed their faith and trust in Christ for salvation from Pentecost (the birth of the church - Acts 2) to the rapture will be caught up into the presence of God (1 Corinthians 15:50-54; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). 

2. Bema Seat Judgment of Christians - All believers from the church age will receive the rewards of their labors (Romans 14:10-14; 2 Corinthians 5:10). This is not the same thing as the Great White Throne judgment of the wicked. 

3. The Tribulation - This is a seven-year period of judgment on the earth. There is a twofold purpose of the Tribulation. First, God will draw Israel to Himself. Second, God will punish the Gentile nations for their wickedness. The calamities will ultimately push the population of the world to the Middle East for the final confrontation with God at the battle of Armageddon. Daniel 9:24-27, 12:1, Zephaniah 1:5; Isaiah 2:12; 13:6-9; and Jeremiah 30:7 indicate that the Tribulation will be a period of trouble for Israel. Many people will respond to the message of salvation during the Tribulation; however, persecution will be heavy. A hundred and forty four thousand Jewish men will come to God and evangelize the world (Revelation 6, 7, 14). At this time the Beast out of the Sea (Gentile leader known as the Roman Prince - Daniel 9:25) and the Beast out of the Land (Jewish leader known as the Anti-Christ - Revelation 13:11-13) will rise to power. They will force the mark of the beast upon the world and control who lives and who dies (Revelation 13:16-18). The mark is most likely a computer chip. The Tribulation ends with the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). 

4. Second Coming of Christ - Isaiah 9:6-7 and Zechariah 14:4 clearly predict the coming of the Messiah in power and force. Zechariah 12:10 indicates that the Second Coming of Christ follows His death on the cross. Revelation 1:7 indicates that the Messiah will come in the clouds. 
(To Be Continued)
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.8/8/2019 11:03:37 PM

Who Is Jesus? - Matthew 4:23-25
The main focus of the four Gospels is to explain who Jesus is. He claimed to be God, and he shows through His ministry of teaching, preaching, and healing that He is God. He established His deity through His words and His works.

Jesus proved who He was through His teaching (Matthew 4:23a). He went throughout Galilee teaching in Jewish synagogues where He was often asked to read and expound on the Old Testament Scriptures. Luke 4:16-21 is a good example of Jesus teaching from the book of Isaiah. He pointed out that these Scriptures were speaking of Him.

Jesus proved who He was through His preaching (Matthew 4:23b). Jesus’ first proclamation was of good news. God’s marvelous offer was to deliver us from the power of darkness, to redeem us, and to forgive our sins (Colossians 1:13-14). Had the Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah, His kingdom would have come on earth. Even though they were amazed at the words of Jesus, they rejected His message.

Jesus proved who He was through His healing (Matthew 4:23c-25). Some people are sick and unhealthy as a direct consequence of their sin. God sometimes also uses physical affliction to discipline His people. Ananias and Sapphira lost their lives for lying to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-10). Yet the Scriptures make it clear that all suffering and disease are not caused by sin, ignorance, errors in judgment, or God’s discipline. Job suffered greatly even though he was blameless and upright and feared God.

Jesus’ healing was a divine proof of His words. These miracles of healing by Jesus were proof of His deity and also proof that He was the Messiah. A miracle by definition is something that occurs against the laws of nature. Jesus healed many kinds of sicknesses and diseases.

The preaching, teaching, and works of Christ all point to Him as the long-awaited Messiah. He alone can bring salvation and hope to a lost and dying world.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.7/27/2019 10:29:38 PM

Words To Live By - 1 Timothy 4:12-16
The Apostle Paul was bold in instructing believers to live an exemplary life in following Christ. He even set himself up as an example to follow (1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 3:17). Everyone who receives these instructions will have God’s peace in their life (Philippians 4:9).

Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 was: “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Paul mentions several areas in which we are to be an example.

We are to be an example in speech (words). Matthew 12:34-37 says that what is in our hearts will be reflected in our speech. Even our idle words will be judged. Ephesians 4:25 says that we are to put away lying and speak the truth. In Proverbs 6:16-19, lying is listed as one of the abominations that the Lord hates. Ephesians 4:29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

We are to be an example in conversation (conduct and lifestyle). A wise man’s conduct will exhibit meekness or restraint (James 3:13). 1 Peter 1:15-16 gives the high standard for being Christlike: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Our conduct is to glorify God, even when others speak evil of us or falsely accuse us (1 Peter 2:12, 3:16-17).

We are to be an example in charity (love). This is a sacrificial love that portrays commitment and service to others. Jesus is the prime example of one who willingly laid down His life for others. 1Thessalonians 2:7-12 speaks of Paul’s willingness to work day and night for the brethren.

We are to be an example in spirit (faith). Beware of unconfessed sin. We are to deal promptly with sin (1 John 1:8-9). Sin will destroy our homes, our ministry, and future generations.

We are to be an example in faith (faithfulness and loyalty). 1 Corinthians 4:1-2: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

We are to be an example in purity. This is referring to sexual purity. In 2 Timothy 2:22, Paul emphasizes the importance of fleeing youthful lusts and following righteousness. Failure to do this will ruin and hinder our testimony, witness, and ministry.

How are we to achieve a godly character? We are to live a pure life (Psalm 119:9-11), which requires us to cleanse our lives from sin and give our attention to the Word of God. We must base our lives on the Bible.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.7/12/2019 3:17:30 PM

Abiding In Christ - John 15:1-5
Our effectiveness as believers requires abiding in Christ. Paul’s testimony in Philippians 3:10 is: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” For us to know Him, we must be abiding in Him.

Jesus is the true vine (John 15:1a). Our union with Christ is formed by believing on Him and embracing Him as our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. Every believer is a part of the vine, and we are dependent on Christ. Through Him, we receive life and nourishment, and we have the potential for growth and the ability to produce fruit.

A strong warning is given in Matthew 7:21-23 to those who are religious but not righteous: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” We need to be sure of our salvation. Only Christ can make us a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17).

John 15:2 reminds us that the vinedresser takes away branches that are not producing fruit. This may be done through discipline enacted by the church, through suffering when we fall into sin, through persecution and tribulation, or through death. This verse also points out the necessity of purging to bring forth more fruit. Fruit bearing should be evident in our lives.

We are to abide in Christ (John 15:4). We do this by remaining faithful and steadfast in the faith. We must read, apply, and meditate on God’s Word (Philippians 4:6-9). When we abide in Christ, He will change our lives and our character. John 15:5 states: “For without me ye can do nothing.” If we separate from Christ or the true vine, we can do nothing.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.6/28/2019 9:29:18 AM

Faithful Husbands - Ephesians 5:25-33
The scriptural duty of a husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). This is impossible to achieve without Christ’s love in your heart. A marriage must be based on Christ and His Word. There are four qualities of divine love that a husband needs to exemplify for his wife.

A husband must have a sacrificial love for his wife (Ephesians 5:25: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”) Christ’s sacrifice for our sins was planned before the foundation of the world. Philippians 2:6-8 points out that Christ is God. Verse 8 says, “He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Christ loved us so much, that even though we are unrighteous and do not seek Him, He died for us (Romans 3:10-11). Christ’s sacrifice for us was a supreme act of love (Romans 5:6-12). Husbands should follow His example and love their wives sacrificially. This requires a willingness to die to self.

A husband must have a purifying love (Ephesians 5:26-27). Husbands must not allow sin or anything that causes moral impurity into their homes. They must be pure to have pure marriages. 1 Peter 1:15: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (or conduct).” The way to ensure purity in the home is to follow God’s Word. Psalm 119:9: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

A husband must have a caring love (Ephesians 5:28-30). Husbands are to meet the needs of their wives and families by following the example of Christ found in Philippians 4:19: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” They are to care for their wives by cherishing them and giving them love, protection, security, and spiritual guidance.

A husband must have an unbreakable love (Ephesians 5:31: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”) Malachi 2:14-16 shows how serious God is about marriage and his hatred of divorce. A husband must determine to cleave to his wife and maintain his marriage until death.

Husbands are like the rudder on a ship, they provide the direction for their home.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.6/14/2019 1:36:17 PM

An Attitude of Gratitude
We are commanded by God to give thanks. Psalm 50:14: “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.”
We are told in the Bible that giving thanks is a good thing. Psalm 92:1: “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High.”
We are directed to give thanks in every situation. 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We are instructed to pray with an attitude of thanksgiving. Philippians 4:6: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
We are compelled to do all things with an attitude of gratitude. Colossians 3:17: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

How can we maintain an attitude of gratitude in our day? 2 Corinthians 4:6-18
—By focusing on God instead of self (Verse 6). John the Baptist focused on Christ rather than himself (John 1:27). In John 3:30 he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Are you focused on God or yourself?
—By thanking God for what we have (Verse 7). We have a treasure in the Word of God. What better treasure could we have?
—By learning how to forgive (Verses 8-12). The Apostle Paul was threatened with the loss of his life and he faced many trials, yet he never gave up and chose not to become bitter. Beware of bitterness in your heart. Ephesians 4:31-32 tells us to put away bitterness, wrath, and anger and to forgive one another. Keep your focus on God.
—By ministering to those less fortunate (Verse 13). Paul tells believers that they are to follow his example. People need to hear the Gospel of salvation, and believers need encouragement in the Lord.
—By maintaining a proper Christian worldview (Verses 14-16). These verses tell us that our life on earth is only temporary, but heaven is eternal. 1 John 2:15-17 exhorts us not to love the world or the things that are in the world. They will pass away, but God abides forever.
—By knowing Who holds the future (Verses 17-18). Whatever we go through here on earth is a light affliction in light of eternity. Paul said this even with all the difficulties he endured for the Gospel’s sake.

Apart from God, an attitude of gratitude is impossible to maintain.
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.5/31/2019 12:23:13 PM

Why Do I Love Jesus?
I love Jesus because He first loved me. 1 John 4:19 says: “We love him, because he first loved us.” God loved me before the foundation of the world. He has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” (Ephesians 1:3-5) He loved me when I was His enemy. We were lost in our sins, “but God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Roman 5:8). We are reconciled to God by Christ’s death on the cross.

I love Jesus because He took away my sins. We cannot be redeemed with money, church membership, baptism, or good works. I Peter 1:18-19: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Salvation from sin is free to all. (Ephesians 2:4-10) God’s grace (unmerited favor) sets us free from sin and allows us to know we are His children.

I love Jesus because He is always with me. He will never leave me. Hebrews 13:5: “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” He is in heaven now preparing a place for me. John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” These verses also assure us that Jesus will come again for those who have put their faith and trust in Christ as their Savior.

God is worthy of our praise for all He has done for us. Psalm 34:1-3: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
Posted By: Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.5/31/2019 12:17:07 PM