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Some Simple Math Concerning the Seven Kings and Ten Kings of Revelation Seventeen

What’s all the fuss about the kings and the number of the beast in Revelation? Why all the postulations and funny math about seven kings, ten kings and six hundred threescore and six? God’s prophets said that the Word of God is understandable. The gospels record that the common people “heard” Jesus “gladly.” Even so that has not stopped a whole host of folks from dissecting and dividing the Word without showing a moment’s thought for what is actually written…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (4)

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (3)

The Work of the Spirit: Guide (16:12-13) There was another work of the Holy Spirit for the apostles which would be for the benefit of the apostles and why Jesus would go to the Father. Jesus still has many things to teach his apostles. But he is not personally going to do this because they cannot handle his teachings yet. Rather, Jesus is going to send the Spirit of truth. The Spirit will be the one who will guide these apostles…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (2)

Second, the Spirit will convict the world in regard to righteousness. God has to teach us that our righteousness is totally insufficient. It is hard for people to recognize that our righteousness amounts to nothing before God because we do not possess righteousness within ourselves. We do not have good works and right living apart from conforming to the will of God. This is why the apostle Paul could powerfully declare that there is no one who is righteous, not…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work

What exactly is the Holy Spirit going to accomplish in the lives of his disciples? Jesus answers this question in John 16:5-15. Jesus has promised the eleven in John 14 that he is going to send the Advocate to them so that they are not left alone even though he must leave. But Jesus’ leaving is for their benefit. The Advocate will come which will benefit these disciples and the whole world. Jesus comes back to the discussion concerning the…

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Sin Surrounds

What does lawlessness produce? Remember that God’s book teaches us that “sin is lawlessness.” But now let’s take a look from the civil side of things. If traffic laws are not enforced, you eventually get auto anarchy instead of orderly processes. Oh my, isn’t that what you have going on in much of the world and in a lot of locations around this country right now, since we started “Selective Enforcement Programs” in the Seventies? So going onward, what happens…

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Sin Again

We noted that some people believe that God educates us out of sin. But it seemed that notion did not stand either the force of the scriptures or of reason. Others say that God forgives our sins unconditionally. That once we “accept Christ” we have shed everything sinful: past, present and future. Few things in this life come without conditions. The old proverb states - If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is… What I suspect the…

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Your Sin Will Find You Out

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3: 4) Sin is missing the mark or the target God has set. And as the creation and as Christians, our duty is to attempt to hit that mark set by God – not to miss it or ignore it. To anyone interested in seeking out God and doing his will, you will not please God if you come before him with sin stacked up behind your name…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Conclusion and Invitation

The end of this offers nothing new. It is sadly devoid of quick fixes or startling new discoveries. There is none of that. The repair for hardened hearts has already been discussed along with the gospel plan of salvation in the previous studies in this set (as it is in many of the other posts here). The process to stop a soul from slipping away is exactly the same today as it was when it was first offered: hear the…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 7

It is now time to take a brief look at one of those records of conversion from Acts 8: the conversion of the Ethiopian treasurer, beginning with verse 26. I am going to emphasize only two or three points. The rest is obvious. Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a…

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