I Will Draw All Men

Posted in: 2006
Jesus Christ said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me. This He said, signifying what death He should die” (John 12:32-33).

“Lifted up” comes from the Greek word, “hupsoo,” which means: to elevate: exalt, or lift up.
 
He has not yet been “lifted up from the earth.” The phrase, “lifted up,” is not a reference to Him being nailed to the Cross and hoisted up into the air and, there, to die for the sins of the world.  Rather, to be “lifted up” refers to being elevated in rank, or status, or to be exalted. Christ has been elevated in rank, or status.  He has been exalted.  But, mankind is unaware of it.  The heavenly hosts, however, have “lifted Him up.” The hosts of the heavens are aware of His Triumphant Victory when He spoiled principalities and powers, and made a show of them openly (Col. 2:15) at His resurrection and ascension. Christ has been lifted up from the heavens, but not yet “from the earth.” 

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Nebuchadnezzar: God's Next King

Posted in: 2006
Anyone who is serious about having some kind of an understanding of prophecy must come to grips with King Nebuchadnezzar and the role he will play in the coming events of the next dispensation. Teachers of prophecy have overlooked the significant place he will have in the pre-millennial Kingdom of God.

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Four Part Study: The Word "Heavenly" - Heavenly Places - Far Above All - The Cherubims On The Mercy Seat

Posted in: 2006
We live in a day and age of impatience. We want instant service, instant answers, and quick fixes. That’s why we are so mixed-up and confused. We are too busy to take the necessary time to research the pertinent facts regarding a matter. We are “headline readers” and “headline believers.”  We, foolishly, believe “men of reputation” who have mastered the art of rhetoric, whether in speaking, or writing.  Many of these men, when analyzed closely, turn out to be puffed-up buffoons, who speak “great swelling words” (2 Peter 2:18); they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage (Jude 16).

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The Last Trump

Posted in: 2006
Many Christians are of the opinion that this dispensation ends, and their hope is realized “at the last trump.” In fact, many Christians look to the last trump as their signal to escape the Great Tribulation. They are of the opinion that a “rapture” (which is not a Bible word) will take place for them, and they will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and, then, He will take them to heaven. This is their doctrine; it is not a Bible doctrine.

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The Parousia: The Coming

Posted in: 2006
Within the last twenty years, a Hellenistic Greek word, Parousia, has found its way into English Dictionaries. It was not transliterated, but rather, brought whole from the Greek into the English language because it is a technical word. This word is translated, “coming,” in the NT. It refers to the Second Coming of Christ. Parousia was a Greek word used twenty-four times in the Greek NT. What is very significant is that the word is only used four times in the Gospels. It first shows up in Matthew 24:3 and is used three other times in the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew. This fact speaks volumes concerning the lack of preeminence our Lord Jesus Christ gave to His Parousia (2nd Coming) during His ministry as “a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God” (Rom. 15:8).

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