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Friday, June 03, 2005

Sunday Service, 5 June 2005, Tribulation

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This is an area I don't want to explore; and not because I don't have opinions.

The reason I would rather not talk about our future is that there are so many opinions, held so strongly, by so many.

I still feel lead to at the least exhort you to study prophecy, and to do it with an open mind. Read Daniel, Isaiah, and Revelation. Then read them again. Why? I believe God, and God says there is a blessing to be had by reading and hearing.

Blessed is he that readith, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3

OK, so there is a blessing to be had from reading, or even hearing Revelation; so why read Isaiah and Daniel? Because they are prophetic books, and they will help you understand Revelation.

It is easy to avoid prophecy, and the arguments that surround it. The fact is that God has deemed it important, so we need to study it. We do not, however, need to argue over prophecy.
There are many who have been led to Jesus by sermons preached about the future. There are many that have found God by seeing how accurate his pronouncements have been.

In our obedience God can work through us, and in us, to effect his will. We do not even need to know why we study prophecy, other than God said to do it.

Study God's prophetic word, teach it as you are led. Do not argue over meanings or symbolisms, just hear and read. This same instruction is true in many areas of faith. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15

The command is to shew thyself, not to shew off to others, or to shew up others.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15

Jesus is Lord!

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