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Enemies of the Preacher Gal 4:12-18

Galatians 4:12-18 Enemies of The Preacher CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul was trying to help the Galatians but they were really having a hard time with the legalists that caused them to turn away from the gospel and Paul.  They lost their love for him.  Watch:

Be as I am (v. 22) Liberty, not under the law – I am as ye are – we’re sons – ye have not injured me at all

My Infirmity of the flesh (v.13)

    1. I Cor 2:3-5, thorn
    2. II Cor 11:23-28
    3. As much beating he took; their reaction couldn’t hurt him at all

My temptation in flesh ye despised not (v. 14)

    1. II Cor 12:1-10
    2. Received me as angel, as Christ
    3. Acts 27:23; II Cor 5:20; Mt 10:40; I Th 2:13; Acts 6:15; I Sam 25:9

Where is your Blessedness? (v. 15)

    1. You would have plucked out your eyes for me
    2. Acts 9:8,18 probably had a sight impediment
    3. Gal 6:11 (large letter)
    4. Salutations/ he dictated his letters

Am I your Enemy because I tell you the truth (v. 16)

    1. II Cor 12:15
    2. The more I love you, the less I’m loved
    3. II Tim 4:3-4
    4. I Ki 21:20

They Exclude you (v. 17)

    1. Matt 23:15
    2. They compass Land and Sea to make one proselyte

Good to be zealous (v. 18)

    1. Rev 3:19
    2. And not only when I am present with you, Phil 2:12
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From Servants to Sons Gal 4:1-11

Galatians 4:1-11 From Servants to Sons  CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In Gal 4:1-11, Paul explains the law versus real salvation.  This time he uses the child/father relationship and subsequent inheritance to explain the difference.

The Illustration (v. 1-2) The heir of an estate eventually becomes the lord of the estate at the time his father appoints. But until then, he is no different than a servant because he has rules he has to obey administered by tutors and governors.  So a child = a servant

The Relation (v. 3) You can relate.  Same with you personally. When you were  children, you had to obey your parents and those they put in charge of  you: governor or governess in a rich family to take care of kids (Sound of Music)

The Result when the Son is old enough not to serve he is no longer a Servant and he is no longer a Child under tutor, he is given [II Cor 3:17] liberty – according to Jn 8:32-44, Jews thought sonship was by natural birth and keeping the law – Doesn’t make sense when a person is finally old enough to get out of doing chores that he does them like he still has to – Obeying rules is like obeying tutors and governors – no way, the son is grown out of that – he has reached the Time appointed of the Father

The Explanation

    1. You were a servant because you had to keep the law – you didn’t “know Him” (v.8)
    1. Now you are a son (v. 9a)
    1. Why do you want to go back to being a servant again? (v. 9b)
    1. That is what you are doing when you go back and observe days (v. 10)

Conclusion

    1. My work is a total waste if you are going back under the law
    2. Gal 2:2
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God Will Take Care of You Ex. 12

God Will Take Care of You CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

We sing a hymn titled, God Will Take Care of You.  Will he take care of you when hard times come?  There is the perennial question whether Christians should stock up for the future or not.  The term for someone who does this is “prepper.”  Should we be preppers?

In Ex 12:33-36 Israel left Egypt in haste.  They had dough, kneading troughs and clothes.  They borrowed jewels of silver and gold and raiment.  But they surely didn’t have enough food for their entire journey.  God gave them manna to sustain them [Ex 16:13-20].  The manna came each day.  Leftovers bred worms and stank.  There was equality among the Jews.  When God sent quail, many of those who ate the quail died [Num 11:31-33; Ps 78:30-31]. While the jewels were for offerings to build the tabernacle, they ended up using some of the jewels for the golden calf [Ex 32:2-4].  They just needed the Lord and his provision [Deut 2:7; 8:4].  They didn’t even need the extra clothes they took with them when they left.

In Rev 12:6, 14 the Lord will feed Israel for 42 months during the Tribulation.  God will feed them with manna like he fed them in the wilderness [Mic 7:14].  In other words, stocking up will do them no good.  When it comes time for them to flee they will leave in such a hurry that they won’t have time to get anything from their houses [Matt 24:16-18].

In Lk 22:35-36 the disciples lacked nothing when the Lord sent them out without purse, scrip and shoes.  Even later when he instructed them to add those few things to what they carried, they weren’t carrying a stockpile of stuff.  The Lord took care of them.

In 1 Ki 17:10-16 the widow woman took care of Elijah with a cruse of oil and a barrel of meal that only had one days’ provision each day.  They ate from this for a very long time.  She didn’t have a stockpile from which to feed him.  She didn’t need it.

Jesus, Moses, and Elijah fasted 40 days and 40 nights.  John the Baptist lived on locusts and wild honey.  Paul abounded and was abased but he was content.  In every case, the men and women who drew close to the Lord were taken care of.  It is for this reason that the widow could give all her living [Lk 21:1-4].  She knew the Lord would take care of her.

In Jas 5:1-3 preppers find that their riches will be corrupted, their garments will be moth eaten, and their gold and silver will be cankered.  Prov 11:4 says that riches profit not in the day of wrath.  In Prov 30:7-9 Agur only wanted enough food for his convenience.  He knew that an abundance would cause him to deny the Lord.

God will take care of you.  Prepping is not the answer.

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The Kingdom Study Lesson #3 : From Abraham to the Kings

The Kingdom Study Lesson 3 : From Abraham to the Kings

In the previous lesson we saw how that both Adam and Noah had the Kingdom of Heaven and both lost it. In Genesis chapter 11 we see that God comes down and confuses the languages and scatters the people aboard. That brings us to where we will start in this lesson with God dealing with Abraham.

In Genesis chapter 12 God calls out Abraham to start a nation of people that would be his people. Abraham gets the kingdom of Heaven (Romans 4:13) but it is not given to him as it was given to Adam and Noah. This time God does something different with it and promises it to his seed after him. Note that in Genesis 12:1-9 ; Genesis 15:18-21 ; and Genesis 17:1-8, 19-21 Abraham’s seed is promised the land. It is promised unto his seed unconditionally, that is they cannot lose it as Adam and Noah lost it. This is very important as we will see later in the lesson but some may say that this is not fair or does not make since. What we have to remember is that eventually this seed is the Lord Jesus Christ and he will be sinless and will one day reign as KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS from Jerusalem over this kingdom of Heaven.

Which seed of Abraham gets the Kingdom?

If the kingdom of Heaven is promised unto Abraham’s seed unconditionally then the next most logical question becomes which one of his sons gets the promise of the land, remember Abraham had Ishmael by Hagar and Isaac with Sarah. In Genesis 17:9 and Genesis 22:16-17 we see that the promise goes through Isaac and not Ishmael.

After that Isaac has twins, Esau and Jacob. So the question becomes which one of these becomes the seed that gets the promise. In Genesis 27:29 we see that the promise goes to Jacob and not to Esau. These two facts are very important to distinguish because even today people are still fighting about is the rightful owner of that land. There are the many groups that say their father is Abraham and they come from Ishmael and Esau. While it is true that they are descendants of Abraham they do not have the promise to inherit that land. The land goes to the descendant of Jacob and which  are the 12 tribes of Israel.

The 12 Tribes of Israel 

We know that Jacob has 12 boys and one girl with Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens. From these 12 boys come the twelve tribes of Israel. Now these descendants of Jacob have the promise to inherit the land, but God gives a prophetic statement concerning which tribe will be connected the true king of Israel the Lord Jesus Christ. In Genesis 49:8-9 we see that the tribe of Judah is said to not have the scepter depart from them. A scepter is the rod or staff that a king holds when he is on the throne. This prophesy is directly speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ and this is why he is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah in Revelation 5:5. Therefore we see Judah connected with this king. This will be important in the next lesson because Israel will go against the will of God and will seek to have a king. God  will give them Saul but as you will see he is from the wrong tribe.

Israel as a Nation

At the beginning of the book of Exodus Jacobs’s descendants have become slaves in Egypt. And God calls Moses to deliver them out of Egypt. After God delivers the descendants of Jacob from Israel Moses becomes their leader and they become the nation of Israel at this time. As their leader Moses is called a king (Deuteronomy 33:5) and the place where he is leading them is the Promised Land. Therefore just as Satan the adversary has done with everyone else who has possession of the kingdom that he lost, he attacks Israel as a nation shortly after leaving Egypt. While Moses is on the mountain with God Israel worships the golden calf that they had Aaron make and God tells Moses that he is going to destroy the children of Israel and start over with him. Moses intercedes and God spares them.

After many trials and tribulations and wandering in the wilderness for 40 years the children of Israel make it into the promised land under the leadership of Joshua. Even though the kingdom of Heaven is given to the seed of Abraham unconditionally the children of Israel as a nation can lose it if they do not do what God tells them to do in the land (Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28). The seed of Abraham will still get the land and but Israel as a nation can lose it.

Once in the land under the prophet Samuel Israel rejects God as being their king and wants a king just like all the other nations have around them (1 Samuel 8:1-22). This is very important in this study because this is where Israel as a nation rejects God the Father as reigning over them   (1 Samuel 8:7).

This lesson is important for us today (2011) because it sheds light on the world that we live in. There has been a constant battle for many years as to who has a right to the land called Israel. The conflict is not just a worldly dispute over land it is a spiritual dispute over the promise going to the seed. Now Satan also will do everything in his power to stop Israel from having it because it is promised to their seed and they will eventually get the land in full when Jesus Christ returns. But we have to remember that Satan was once in possession of this Kingdom and he wants it back he will get it for a short time during the tribulation but he will lose it at the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore it is easy to see why for hundreds of years Israel has been so hated and attacked on every side because Satan as the God of this world is against them and is going to do everything in his power to destroy God’s chosen people. But in the end we see that Israel will survive and be the lead nation in the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ here on this earth which is the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

The Kingdom Study Lesson 3

From Abraham to the Kings : Handout

1)  When Abraham gets the Kingdom of Heaven what is it connected with? Give a reference.

 

2)  What title is given to Abraham in the New Testament connects Abraham with the Kingdom of Heaven?

 

3)  What is different about how Abraham gets the Kingdom of Heaven from when Adam and Noah got it?

 

4)  Who gets the Kingdom of Heaven after Abraham? Give references.

1) ___________________ (Ref :                                )

2) ___________________ (Ref :                                )

5)  Why is this so important?

 

6)  Which tribe of Israel is connected with the Kingdom of Heaven?

 

7)  When Israel as a nation gets the Kingdom of Heaven what is it conditioned upon?

 

8)  What happens after the nation of Israel is in the land and Samuel is prophet that is important concerning the Kingdom of Heaven?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Heresies Gal 3:23-29

Galatians 3:23-29 Five Heresies CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul reveals the truth of justification by faith and the Fact that one Christ came; we could be justified by faith and get out from under the schoolmaster which was the law.  But the result of his revelation has led some preachers and teachers into heresies who have either changed up these verses or misinterpreted them.  Here is the rundown:

  1. By faith under law (v. 23)
    1. II Cor 3:14-18
    2. Certainly had faith in Old Testament  (Heb 11) but not like we do in Christ
    3. No way faith in Christ before Calvary
    4. Peter and other disciples didn’t even believe it
  2. Law is a Schoolmaster (v. 24)
    1. Lead to Christ
    2. Justified by faith
    3. Gal 3:11
  3. Faith no more schoolmaster (v. 25)
    1. Rom 6:12-14
  4. Child by faith (v. 26)
    1. Jn 1:12
    2. I Jn 3:1-2
  5. Baptized into Christ (v. 27)
    1. I Cor 12:13
    2. Eph 2:6
  6. One in Christ (v. 28)
    1. Jn 17:21
  7. Christ’s, Abraham’s, heirs
    1. Rom 8:15-17

 Now for the heresies:

  1. Anti-nomianism – no law, lawless (v. 25)
    1. But Rom 13:6-10
    2. Rom 13:1-4
    3. I Pet 2:17
  2. Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man (v. 26)
    1. “Are children of God”
    2. “No” – by faith in Jesus Christ
    3. Jn 8:44
    4. Acts 13:10
    5. I Jn 3:10
  3. Baptismal Regeneration (v. 27)
    1. 7 Baptisms
    2. “Saved by water”
    3. I Cor 12:13
    4. Rom 6:3-6
    5. Col 2:10-11
    6. Acts 10:44-48
  4. One world and gender neutral (v. 28)
    1. Homosexual
    2. Bond, I Tim 6:1-4
    3. Male/Female, Rom 16, Men and Women
  5. Postmillennialism (v. 29)
    1. Promises to Jesus fulfilled in Church
    2. But Rom 11:25-26
    3. Heb 8

All these come from messing with Scripture instead of simply BELIEVING WHAT IS SAYS.

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The Covenant with Abraham Gal 3:15-22

Galatians 3:15-22 The Covenant With Abraham CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

  1. The Covenants
    1. Man’s covenant
    2. God with Abraham
  2. Confirmation of the Covenant
    1. Confirmed
  1. “Back it up” – appears
  2. “Bear it out” – born
  3. Isaac, Ishmael, Gen 25 with Rebekah
  4. Promises made, Gen 13:14-17
  5. Righteousness, spiritual and physical
  6. Land, Gen. 15:18
  7.  Gen. 15:4-7
  8. Rom 10:4
  9. Lk 16:16
  10. Acts 7:53
    1. Everlasting covenant, Gen 17:8,19
    2. Lord appeared, 17:1
    3. Lord went up, 17:22
    4. Therefore, no man annuleth or addeth
  1. The Promise of the Covenant
    1. Abraham and seed (v. 16)
    1. Seed and land
    1. Seed, righteousness, and land
  1. The Seed of the Covenant
    1. Seed = Christ
    2. Had to be Jesus because Isaac didn’t live forever; needed Life
    3. Covent confirmed before of God in Christ  (v. 17)
    4. His appearance, Gen 17
    5. His birth, Matt 1:1
  2. The Law
    1. The law 430 and later
    2. Cannot annul
    3. Promise no effect
    4. Ex 12:40-41
  3. The Inheritance (v. 18)
    1. If inheritance is of law, then no more of promise
    2. God to Abraham by promise
  4. The End of Law (v. 19)
    1. So why law? Added because of transgressions
    2. Rom 4:15– make peculiar people, Ex 19:5
    3. Till seed come (promise)
  1. The Ordination of the Law
    1. Ordained (ordain = proclaim, lay down, command, establish) by Angels
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The Just Shall Live By Faith Gal. 3:7-14

Galatians 3: 7-14 The Just Shall Live By Faith CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In this passage, Paul shows the difference between living by faith and living by the law.  The big difference is that religion is “DO” and salvation is “DONE.”

WHEN YOU LIVE BY FAITH, YOU:

  1. Become a child of  Abraham (v.  7 )
    1. Rom 4:11, father of all them that believe
    2. Rom 4:16-17
  2. Are justified with Abraham (v. 8 )
    1. Rom 4:5; 5:1
    2. Scripture foreseeing, preached, raised up, Rom 9:17
    3. Gospel unto Abraham, Jn 8:56
    4. Heb 11:19
    5. Nations blessed – showing more than Jews get in and if so, then Rom 2:28-29
    6. Not by laws
  3. Are blessed with Abraham (v. 9)
    1. Rom 4:13, heir

WHEN YOU LIVE BY THE LAW, YOU:

  1. Put yourself under a curse (v. 10)
    1. Rom 4:15, worketh wrath
    2. Rom 3:19
  2. Cannot be justified (v. 11)
    1. Rom 3:20
    2. Gal 2:16
    3. Football: keep all the rules, but step out of bounds on a pass, and it is “no good”
  3. Cannot live by faith (v. 12)
    1. Rom 4:14
    2. Rom 10:3-10
    3. Faith: believe something is so
    4. Law: you don’t believe
  4. Why is that so? (v. 13)
    1. Christ has already redeemed us from the curse
    2. II Cor 5:20-21
    3. Jn 3:18, 36
    4. Rom 8:3-4
  5. So come to Christ by faith and receive promise of the Spirit (v. 14)
    1. Rom 7:5-6
    2. Rom 8:9-13

 

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Plumbline Amos 7:7-8

Plumbline Amos 7: 7- 8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

The Lord shows Amos a plumbline. The context is the Lord speaking of future judgement of Israel. Amos was just a “herdsman”, a regular guy. The Lord uses regular guys, his disciples for example, to get things done. He also uses common illustrations. This illustration of a plumbline is one that we can glean a great lesson from. In this passage there are two things we need to identify; The lord – is a pre-incarnate Jesus Christ, and the plumbline is clearly a tool or standard that the Lord uses.  I believe that it’s not too far of a stretch to say that this standard is His word, [John 12:48].  In the future we all will be judged by the Lord and His word.

Let’s explore some truths from this passage concerning this Plumbline

 Knowledge of a Plumbline What it is!

  1. “and I said, A Plumbline” – Amos knew what it was- really Simple and Basic
  2. Do you know what a Plumbline is?
  3. Show everyone a Plumbline…
  4. It is a tool, but if the type is the word of God, you have one in your lap!
  5. Everyone here today has that basic knowledge; your Bible is the words of God.
  6. [1 Thes.2:13] “in truth, the word of God”
  7. Example of us giving men the Bible on ships and teaching the basic truth of what it is
  8. [John 17:17] “sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth”
  9. The Bible is the standard for all faith and practice, our plumbline.

Understanding of a Plumbline What it does!

  1. “Wall made by a Plumbline” – Amos understood that the wall was made by a Plumbline
  2. Amos understood what it does
  3. A Plumbline:

Always straight and True – Never wrong

Works Everywhere and for everyone

Points to the center of gravity of this earth, works because of God’s design

              Do you understand what your Bible does?

  1. 2 Timothy 3:15
    And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  2. 1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
  3. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  4. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
  1. Your Bible is never wrong
  2. Your Bible works for everyone and everywhere
  3. Always true and correct because it inspired by God, what a plumbline

 

Wisdom of a Plumbline Why you need it!

  1. “the Lord stood…, with a Plumbline in his hand”
  2. Plumbline proves the truth of “from the top down
  3. The only way to build anything correctly is by his plumbline
    1. It is foundational, basic, necessary
    2. If you are going to build (relationship, home, career, or a ministry)
  • Example of rough-in plumbing needing to be plumb, or it is a problem through the entire job
  1. We err when we “eye ball” the deal, lot of our buildings are leaning
  2. Used enough we will spot anything not plumb
  1. Just like Israel, you are judged by the Lord and his Plumbline (the word of God)
    1. Christian at the Judgement Seat of Christ
    2. Lost at the White Throne judgement

 

Review points

Charge Christians to Live by the Plumbline

Charge and invite the Lost to Receive Jesus Christ 

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On Time

On Time

Ex. 9:5

 

Do you believe that God is ever late for anything? I believe that he is always on time. I also believe that being late is not something God appreciates. [Ecc.3:1-8] clearly states that there is a time to every purpose under heaven. I really believe that God desires us to be on time for everything.

Be Attentive to Start times and Finish times

  • You need to be aware of when things start
  • Write down start times
  • Maybe sharpening your listening skills would help

Strive to be Early

  • Some say, “on time is late” and “early is on time”
  • Obstacles should never be used as a late excuse
  • You should add time to your plans for unforeseen obstacles
  • Mailing your bills without allowing for the snail mail will assure they’re late

Determine in advance what is needed on your part to be on time

  • In our house departure times are discussed far in advance
  • We calculate the things that need to be accomplished and time required for each
  • Airlines now announce to be there 2 hours in advance

Form some consistent Departure deadlines

  • Your schedule should not be constantly altered
  • At our home we have some standard times to depart, church for example
  • We listen for choir or teacher meeting times because they alter our routine

 

Where to be on Time

Work

  • Every employer deserves an employee who is on time
  • You should be ready to work at starting time
  • You are being paid, so your tardiness is stealing

Church

  • Easy to spot the same people again and again who are late
  • A Christian should not want to miss anything at church
  • Leaders and attendees should be prompt

Appointments

  • Appointment times are that “set time” we looked at in Exodus
  • Pastor, banker, friend, lawyer, co-worker, doctor, or sales person, who it is should not make a difference
  • Some are starting to charge you for the time anyway

Business

  • If you render any service you must realize that your client’s time is valuable
  • Services promised at a certain time should not be late
  • 15-minute oil change? 30-minute pizza delivery? 2:15 doctor’s appointment?
  • We all have experienced the waiting side of these, if you are ever on the delivery side be on time

Paying Bills

  • Misuse of money normally is the cause of late payments
  • Never get where the late date is the due date to you
  • This speaks volumes to your Christian testimony
  • Shoot for always on but preferably before the due date

Family Functions

  • Family is where your habits and examples are set (the fruit didn’t fall far from the tree)
  • Husbands and wives, parents and children, honor your commitments

Time with God

  • Daily appointment with God, daily devotions
  • Should never start late or be cut short

Getting up in the morning

  • Russell Anderson “You earn a living from 9-5; you become a success from 5-9”
  • “_______ didn’t wake me up” is no excuse, be an adult, don’t depend on your mommy

 

If you must be late, Notify anyone that it effects

  • Consistently being late shows a complete disrespect for others
  • Consistently being late tells a very clear picture of who you really are
  • The absolute least that you can and must do is to notify the parties that you are violating

 

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The Spirit of Anti-Christ 1 John 4:1-4

 Spirit of Anti Christ 1 John 4: 1-4 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In this lesson we are going to look at some of the characteristics of the anti-christ as well as some of the things he does during the tribulation. By looking at these things we can then see how the spirit of anti-christ is working today to help Satan set up for when the anit-christ will come and take over.

In Revelations 13:1-2 we learn that the anti-christ is represented as a beast that is made up of several different animals. This is why Satan is called Behemoth. Behemoth is a plural animal meaning more than one. These beast represent different kingdom and maybe even prophetically kingdoms today such as England, Russia, and the United States. From this we see that the more global our society, trade, financial systems and governments become it is just the spirit of anti-christ working to prepare the world for Satan.

Some Characteristics of the Anti-christ:

1)  Speaks great words against God (Daniel 7:25)

  • Satan has been attacking God’s word since Genesis 3.
  • But note today how people are not at all afraid to speak great blasphemies against God or his people.

2)  Think to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25)

  • Thirty or Forty years ago you would never imagine that we would have some of the laws that we have today but we do.
  • Also people got tired of dating things in regards to Jesus Christ so now we have C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before Common Era) instead of B.C which is Before Christ. Just a subtle little way Satan is changing times and laws.

3)  Note he is connected with a raiser of taxes (Daniel 11:20)

  • There is a tax connected with Jesus Birth and there will be taxes in the tribulation to benefit the anti-christ.
  • Most all governments are funded by taxes.

4)  He is said to be a vile person (Daniel 11:21)

  • In the word of God vile is connected with sex perversion (Judges 9:24 ; Romans 1:26)
  • In Daniel 11:37 we see that the anit-christ does not desire women.
  • This explains why there is such a push today for homosexuality and transgenderism.

5)  Honors the god of forces (Daniel 11:38)

  • Science is worshipped over God today in most every college. Forces are connected with science why do you think that they call them forces of nature. The reality is that it is the forces of God and his creation.
  • It used to be that evolution was regarded as just another possibility. Today in schools you are considered ignorant and unlearned if you do not believe in evolution.

In Daniel 7:25 we saw that in the tribulation Satan will wear out the Saints. The spirit of anti-christ is wearing us out right now. It is hard to live in this society where sin and blasphemy against God are so rampant.

With that being said what can we do? There are two things that we must do. The first one is to read and study the word of God so we can try the spirits as it says in 1 John. We must be able to recognize the spirit of anti-christ when we see it. And secondly we must consider the author and finisher of our faith so that we do not faint in the day of adversity. (Hebrews 12:1-4)

 

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