Genesis 6:9-22

February 7, 2011 at 11:40 am | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. “This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. “You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. “But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. “Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. “As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them.” Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did. Continue Reading Genesis 6:9-22…

In the last days

November 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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With all that is going on in the world today, I’m really surprised how little is being said on the latter days. The times that we are in seem, to me at least, to be those latter days. Much of scripture talks about what is coming in the last days. The Bible says that the last days will involve horrible events that continue to get worse. What is interesting to me is that the church seems to be saying very little about these times. Many pastors today won’t even touch the topic or what scripture says. Instead, they spend most of their time telling Christians how to be happy, wealthy, and healthy. They spend their time telling others what they want to hear and not warning them of what’s to come.

 

This, too, is in scripture. If many of America’s preachers do talk about the “last days”, they end up focusing on Joel 2. What’s even sadder is the fact that they don’t even focus on all of Joel 2. They only focus on the part the says what they like:

 

Joe 2:28  “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.

Joe 2:29  “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

 

This is all that many pastors talk about when they speak of the last days. The Bible says a lot more about the last days. They are times that both Christian and non-Christian alike need to know about.

 

In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul warns Timothy that the Spirit says that in the last days many will fall away from the faith:

 

1Ti 4:1  But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

1Ti 4:2  by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,

1Ti 4:3  men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

 

Paul says that those who fall away from the faith will do so because they pay attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. They will also pay attention to the hypocrisy of liars who have been seared in their conscience. Peter says that these people will follow their own sensuality and malign the way of truth. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul again describes these people and warns Timothy about them. He tells Timothy that they “will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, reacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power”. Sadly, the churches of today seem to be full of these very people. As I said above, many of the messages being preached are focused on health, wealth, and happiness. They are messages that are based on scripture taken out of context and twisted to “fit” the desires of the listeners. All the while, the Christians and non-Christians who hear these messages sit oblivious to the truth of the times that we live in because they are focused on “what God is doing in their lives”.

 

It is sad that we are not warning others of what is to come. The Bible says that all of the things that we are seeing going on are signs of the end times. The time for Jesus’ return is constantly approaching closer to us. Christ Himself has spoken about all the famines, earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, and other events. The truth is that we are to be warning others of the judgment to come. We are to remind ourselves, and others, of the terrible justice that will come when Christ returns. The Bible says that when Christ returns, He is coming to bring justice to the world. Those who have rejected Him will be seen as an enemy.

 

So where are all the Christians? Where are those who are truly “watchmen on the wall” who are warning of the danger to come (Ezekiel 33:1-6)? Why are we not doing everything we can to tell others of what’s coming? Why have we allowed the church to be filled with people who preach false gospels? Why do we allow people to call themselves Christians when we know that they are not living according to scripture? Why are we so afraid to speak the truth to those around us who profess the name of Christ and mock Him with their words, their lives, and their actions?

 

What will it take for us to get off of our butts and actually start living the way we’re supposed to? What will it take for us to stop focusing on our bank accounts and our health and start focusing on the horrible, despicable, moral depravity that is IN THE CHURCH! I’m not even talking about the world(although there’s plenty of it there too)…I’m talking about the church. What would happen if we truly loved the Lord? What would happen if we truly held God and His Word as high and holy as it should be? What would happen if we stopped pretending that we’re living right and started actually living it out? Will it take us losing every freedom we have before we cry out to God? Will it take Christians losing the ability to speak out against sin to actually wake up? I doubt it. Most churches don’t speak out against sin as it is. Will it take Christians losing the freedom to worship openly before they start speaking up? Will it take Christians having to meet secretly in houses or underground before we turn back to the Lord? The things that the church has neglected to do should weigh heavily on her and cause her to grieve greatly. It should be something that drives each and every member of the body to take every opportunity to preach the truth.

 

When I say preach the truth, I’m not talking about telling them “Jesus loves you”. I’m not talking about telling them how “wonderful” Jesus will make their lives. When I talk about preaching the gospel, I’m talking about telling others that if they die without Christ, they will find themselves in an eternal hell without God. They will spend eternity in judgment because their sins were not paid for.

 

What will it take, church?


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