THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE - 1-12-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE CHURCH IN PROPHECY.”

WELCOME

THE PSALMIST ONCE PROCLAIMED, "GOD IS FOR ME!" IS YOUR GOD FOR YOU IN THIS LIFE, AS YOU ARE STRIVING TO DO HIS WILL?

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU WITH US FOR THIS TIME OF PRAISE AND HOMAGE TO GOD. IT IS OUR DESIRE THIS MORNING TO DO ALL THINGS IN ACCORDANCE TO HIS WILL, AS WE SING SONGS AND STUDY FROM HIS WORD. MAY WE ALL PARTICIPATE AND DO OUR PART, IN THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD. LET'S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TODAY WITH A WORD OF PRAYER, BOW WITH ME PLEASE.

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE STAND IN A NEW YEAR AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO MANY THINGS FOR YOU. FATHER, WE THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR BLESSINGS AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS HELP US TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE IN ACCORDANCE TO YOUR WILL AND THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE BLESSINGS TODAY AND A REWARD ETERNAL. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE THIS MORNING, AS WE WORSHIP OUR GOD, TO SING A SONG OF PRAISE BEFORE HIS THRONE. OUR FIRST SELECTION OF THE MORNING REMINDS US OF THE REDEMPTION OFFERED TO ALL OF MANKIND THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. SO WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, "REDEEMED!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN OUR INTRODUCTION THIS MORNING, WE MENTIONED AN ENCOURAGING STATEMENT OF DAVID WHICH IS FOUND IN PSALM 56. IN THE TEXT KING DAVID IS TALKING ABOUT HIS MANY ADVERSARIES WHO WAIT TO HARM HIM. EVIDENTLY, SOME WERE EVEN SEEKING TO TAKE HIS VERY LIFE, HE CONFIRMS THIS IN VERSE 6 WHEN HE SAYS, "THEY GATHER TOGETHER, THEY HIDE, THEY MARK MY STEPS, WHEN THEY LIE IN WAIT FOR MY LIFE." THIS ALL SOUNDS KIND OF SCARY DOESN'T IT? HOWEVER, NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT GOD'S HELP DOWN IN VERSE 8-9, "YOU NUMBER MY WANDERINGS; PUT MY TEARS INTO YOUR BOTTLE; ARE THEY NOT IN YOUR BOOK? AND WHEN I CRY OUT TO YOU, THEN MY ENEMIES WILL TURN BACK; THIS I KNOW, BECAUSE GOD IS FOR ME." I JUST LOVE THESE THOUGHTS, DON'T YOU? ALL BROUGHT TO A CONCLUSION WITH THE PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE THAT, "THIS I KNOW, BECAUSE GOD IS FOR ME!" THE FACT IS GOD DOES HERE OUR PRAYERS, HE DOES ANSWER THEM, AND AS FAITHFUL CHILDREN HE ALWAYS DOES WHAT IS BEST FOR US. EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND TRIALS, GOD IS ALWAYS BY OUR SIDE TO PROTECT US AND CARE FOR US. WHAT A LOVING FATHER WE HAVE IN GOD, AND HOW PRECIOUS HE SHOULD BE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

WITH THESE THINGS IN MIND, WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY TODAY WHICH IS CENTERED AROUND ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS THAT GOD HAS OFFERED TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. AT FIRST, YOU MIGHT BE THINKING ABOUT CHARACTERISTICS LIKE GOD'S WONDROUS GRACE, MERCY OR LOVE. HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH THESE THINGS OF TRULY GREAT BLESSINGS FROM OUR GOD, WHAT WE WANT TO DISCUSS BEGINNING TODAY IS THE CHURCH WHICH HE ESTABLISHED. HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE A SAVIOR WHO LOVED US ENOUGH TO DIE ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD, THEN WITH THE BLOOD SHED HE PURCHASE THE CHURCH WHICH WE ARE A PART OF TODAY. ISN'T THAT WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS TO US IN ACTS 20:28! THERE WE READ, "TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES AND TO ALL THE FLOCK AMONG WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU OVERSEERS, TO SHEPHERD THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD!" WHAT VALUE THE CHURCH MUST HAVE IF THE PURCHASE PRICE WAS THE VERY BLOOD OF CHRIST! SO TODAY WE WILL BEGIN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” OUR FIRST LESSON IN THIS SERIES WILL BE, “THE CHURCH IN PROPHECY." I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS IMPORTANT STUDY TOGETHER OVER THE NEXT MANY WEEKS. AS FAR AS OUR SPEAKER TODAY, IT IS WONDERFUL TO HAVE WITH US BROTHER CHUCK NORTHROP THIS MORNING. BROTHER CHUCK A FULL TIME INSTRUCTOR AT THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM GUIDING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD THIS DAY. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "SAVIOR LEAD ME."

LESSON

BY CHUCK NORTHROP

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING AND WE ARE GRATEFUL ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR ATTITUDE AND FOR YOUR DESIRE TO KNOW SPIRITUAL THINGS AND TO DO SPIRITUAL THINGS. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS INSTRUCTION AND BEING A PART OF THIS LESSON AND WE KNOW THAT, AS AN INSTRUCTOR MYSELF, I KNOW THAT INSTRUCTION IS ONLY ONE SIDED IF YOU ONLY HAVE A TEACHER. ALL INSTRUCTION OR THE RIGHT INSTRUCTION HAS BOTH THE TEACHER AND THE LISTENER AND SO WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS. YOU THEN ARE ABLE TO HELP US IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

ABOUT 2000 YEARS AGO, THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED. IT WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, IT WAS ESTABLISHED 50 DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST, AND IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM IN THE DAYS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. ALL OF WHAT I SAID JUST NOW IS A FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY THAT TOOK PLACE HUNDREDS OF YEARS PREVIOUS TO THAT. AS WE THINK ABOUT THE PROPHECIES OF THE SCRIPTURES AND AS WE THINK ABOUT THE CHURCH AS WE BEGAN A SERIES OF LESSONS CONCERNING THE CHURCH, WE MUST REALIZE THAT IT WAS IN THE MIND OF GOD BEFORE ETERNITY OR IN ETERNITY THAT HE WOULD ESTABLISH HIS CHURCH. HE PROPHESIED THE COMING OF THE CHURCH 800 TO 1000 YEARS AND A LITTLE BIT SHORTER FOR SOME BEFORE THE CHURCH ACTUALLY WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN A.D. 30. AS WE THINK ABOUT THESE VARIOUS PROPHECIES AND WE THINK ABOUT THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT GOD HAD SAID CONCERNING THE CHURCH IN THE PROPHECIES OF OLD, I WANT TO SIMPLY GIVE A SIMPLE THING THAT I THINK IS EASY FOR US TO UNDERSTAND. WE WILL BE LOOKING AT EACH OF THESE PARTICULAR PASSAGES. IN JOB 2, DANIEL 2, AND ISAIAH 2, ARE ALL FULFILLED IN ACTS 2. WE WILL BE LOOKING AT THEM IN A LITTLE DIFFERENT ORDER, BUT NONETHELESS THEY ARE ALL FULFILLED IN ACTS 2.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS LESSON IS REALLY TO ESTABLISH THE PROPHECIES THAT CONCERN THE KINGDOM OF GOD BUT ALSO TO HELP US TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS A DIVINE INSTITUTION THAT GOD HAS DIVINELY INSTITUTED THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD. BEFORE WE CAN UNDERSTAND PROPHECIES, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM ARE ONE AND THE SAME. ONE OF THE WAYS WE GET TO SHOW THAT AND INDICATE THAT, AND ALTHOUGH THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT WE COULD INDICATE IT FROM SCRIPTURE, WE KNOW THAT BOTH IN THE KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH HAVE THE SAME ENTRANCE. WE KNOW THE ENTRANCE TO THE CHURCH IS THROUGH BAPTISM. IN ACTS 2:38 PETER SAYS, “REPENT YE AND BE BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE ADMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND YE SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” IN VERSE 42 AND IN VERSE 47 GOD ADDED THE SAVED THEN TO THE CHURCH. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 ADDED TO THE CHURCH. THOSE THAT WERE BAPTIZED WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH. NOW WE JUMP OVER TO JOHN CHAPTER 3 WHERE NICODEMUS COMES TO JESUS BY NIGHT AND HE ASKS CONCERNING THE KINGDOM. JESUS SAID, “UNLESS A MAN IS BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” NICODEMUS DOESN'T UNDERSTAND AND HE ASKS, “HOW CAN A MAN BE BORN WHEN HE IS OLD? CAN HE ENTER A SECOND TIME INTO HIS MOTHER'S WOMB?” JESUS CLARIFIED THAT UNLESS YOU WERE BORN IN WATER AND IN SPIRIT YOU SHALL NOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WE HAVE A NEW BIRTH THAT TAKES PLACE. THE NEW BIRTH IS BAPTISM, IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE LEARN IN ROMANS6:3-5. THEY WERE BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTISM AND RAISED UP TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. IT IS ALSO FULFILLED IN TITUS CHAPTER 3:5 WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE WASHING OF REGENERATION.

BOTH THE KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH HAVE THE SAME ENTRANCE BUT ALSO NOTICE THAT THE KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH HAVE THE SAME MEMORIAL SUPPER. THE MEMORIAL SUPPER THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS WHAT WE NORMALLY REFER TO AS THE LORD'S SUPPER OR COMMUNION. JESUS INSTITUTED THE LORD'S SUPPER AND IT IS RECORDED IN MATTHEW 26:26. PAY ATTENTION NOW TO VERSE 29, JESUS SAID THAT HE WOULD DRINK IT NEW WITH US IN THE FATHER'S KINGDOM. THAT IS FOUND IN VERSE MATTHEW 26:29. THEN WE JUMP OVER TO 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 11, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 23. IN THAT PASSAGE, PAUL IS INSTRUCTING THE CHURCH AT CORINTH HOW TO PARTAKE OF THE LORD'S SUPPER. BOTH THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS WELL AS THE CHURCH HAVE A COMMON SUPPER, A MEMORIAL SUPPER, THE LORD'S SUPPER. WE KNOW THAT BOTH HAD THE SAME MEMBERSHIP. THE CHURCH MEMBERS ARE CHRISTIANS WHO WERE CALLED CHRISTIANS FIRST AT ANTIOCH IN ACTS CHAPTER 11 VERSE 26. THAT IS WHERE THE DISCIPLES WERE FIRST CALLED CHRISTIANS. WE ALSO KNOW THAT THOSE CHRISTIANS WERE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH. THEY WERE ALSO CALLED CITIZENS, AS WE CAN SEE IN COLOSSIANS 1:13. THEY WERE TRANSFERRED OUT OF THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS AND THEY WERE TRANSFERRED INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON. THAT IS FOUND IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1:13, BUT ALSO ADD TO THAT 1THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2: 12, “THAT THEY WOULD LEARN HOW TO ACT IN THE KINGDOM WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO THEM THAT YOU WOULD WALK WORTHY OF GOD WHO CALLED YOU INTO HIS OWN KINGDOM AND GLORY.” THE THESSALONIANS CHRISTIANS WERE IN THE KINGDOM AND ALSO CONSIDER HEBREWS CHAPTER 12:28. THERE THE HEBREWS WRITER WROTE, “THEREFORE, SINCE WE ARE RECEIVED IN THE KINGDOM WHICH CANNOT BE SHAKEN, LET US HAVE PEACE BY WHICH WE MAY SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR.” WE HAVE THE SAME MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHURCH AND IN THE KINGDOM. THOSE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH IN COLOSSI AND THESSALONICA AND THOSE HEBREW CHRISTIANS WERE ALL PART OF THE KINGDOM OF OUR GOD. BOTH THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM HAVE THE SAME ENTRANCE, BAPTISM, THE SAME SUPPER ( LORD'S SUPPER ), AND HAVE THE SAME MEMBERSHIP CONSISTING OF CHRISTIANS.

NOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE CHURCH IN THE KINGDOM ARE ONE OF THE SAME, LET'S GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND NOTICE THREE PASSAGES THAT PROPHESIES THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM. THE FIRST ONE THAT WE'RE GOING TO DEAL WITH IS ISAIAH CHAPTER 2. REMEMBER WHAT WE BEGAN WITH AND THAT IS ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 AND DANIEL CHAPTER 2 AND JOB CHAPTER 2 WHICH ARE FULFILLED IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. SO LET'S BEGIN WITH ISAIAH CHAPTER 2. I JUST CHOSE THESE IN THE ORDER THAT THEY ARE FOUND IN SCRIPTURE. LET'S BEGIN WITH VERSE 2 AND WE'RE GOING TO ALSO READ THROUGH VERSE 4. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT PROPHECIES FOUND IN THIS TEXT, “NIGHT SHALL COME TO PASS THE LATTER DAYS, THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS AND SHALL BE EXALTED ABOVE THE HILLS AND ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW INTO IT, MANY PEOPLE SHALL COME AND SAY LET US GO UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD TO THE HOUSE OF THE GOD OF JACOB AND HE WILL TEACH US HIS WAYS AND WE WILL WALK IN HIS PASS FOR OUT OF ZION SHALL GO FORTH THE LORD, THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM AND HE SHALL JUDGE BETWEEN THE NATIONS AND REBUKE MANY PEOPLE AND THEY SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES AND THEIR SPEARS INTO PRUNING HOOKS. NATIONS SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, NEITHER SHALL THEY LEARN WAR ANYMORE.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROPHECIES THAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT THE KINGDOM IN THIS PARTICULAR PASSAGE? ONE THING THAT WE CAN LEARN IS THAT IT IS GOING TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE LAST DAYS. HE SAYS NOW IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LATTER DAYS, NEW KING JAMES, IN THE LAST DAYS. WE KNOW THAT THAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT ERA AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT ERA WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE TIME OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST BETWEEN HIS FIRST COMING AND HIS SECOND COMING. IT WILL THEN COME TO AN END AT THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD. BUT THAT IS WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS THE LAST DAYS OR THE LATTER DAYS. WE KNOW THAT FROM HEBREWS 1:1-2, “GOD, WHO AT SUNDRY TIMES IN A DIVERSE MANNER SPAKE IN TIMES PAST TO THE FATHERS BY THE PROPHETS. HATH IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON.” THE WAY HE SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS SON IS THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES. THE NEW TESTAMENT, THE TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST, THE COVENANT OF JESUS CHRIST AND SO DURING THAT TIME OF THAT COVENANT IS THE LAST DAYS. ISAIAH PROPHESIED THAT IT WOULD COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS.

THEN HE TALKS ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOUSE. THE LORD'S HOUSE IS CLEARLY THE CHURCH. PAUL WOULD WRITE TO THE YOUNG EVANGELIST TIMOTHY AND INSTRUCT TIMOTHY CONCERNING HIS INSTRUCTION TO THE CHURCH. HE SAYS THAT HE MAY KNOW HOW YOU OUGHT TO BEHAVE YOURSELF IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, WHICH IS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD. THAT IS FOUND IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3:15. ANOTHER GREAT PROPHECY FOUND WITHIN THIS PARTICULAR PASSAGE IS CONCERNING ZION AND JERUSALEM. THE WORD OF THE LORD WOULD COME FROM ZION AND JERUSALEM AND SO THE CHURCH WOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND GO OUT FROM THERE. THEN HE SAYS ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW INTO IT AND THAT, OF COURSE, IS FULFILLED IN THE GREAT COMMISSION. ACTS 1:8 SHOWS THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT PARTICULAR PASSAGE IN THAT THE WORD OF GOD WOULD BEGIN AT THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND IT WOULD SPREAD OUT TO JUDEA, SAMARIA, AND THEN INTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE WORLD AND FULFILLMENT OF THE GREAT COMMISSION IN MATTHEW 28:18-19.

THE FINAL THING THAT WE WANT TO KNOW HERE IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 IS CONCERNING THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM; THAT THEIR SWORDS WOULD BE TURNED INTO PLOWSHARES AND THEIR SPEARS INTO PRUNING HOOKS AND THEY SHALL NOT LEARN MORE ANYMORE. THAT IS THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD. THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD IS NOT EXPANDED BY FORCE, IT IS NOT DEMANDING OF OTHERS BY USE OF SWORD, THAT IT DOES EVERYTHING WHAT OTHERS OUGHT TO DO UNLIKE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE PAST. IT IS A PEACEABLE KINGDOM. WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT.

THE NEXT PASSAGE THAT WE ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS MORNING IS DANIEL CHAPTER 2. THIS IS THE RECOUNTING OF THE DREAM THAT DANIEL WOULD RECOUNT CONCERNING NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON. NOTICE THAT THERE ARE FIVE KINGDOMS INVOLVED IN THIS PARTICULAR TEXT. WE'RE ONLY GOING TO DEAL WITH THE LAST ONE. THE FIRST KINGDOM IS THE KINGDOM THAT NEBUCHADNEZZAR RULED OVER AND THAT IS THE BABYLONIAN KINGDOM. THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER KINGDOM THAT RISE UP AND TAKE OVER AND WE KNOW IT AS THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE. THEN THERE IS A THIRD KINGDOM, THE GRECIAN KINGDOM, AND THEN THE ROMAN KINGDOM, WHICH WAS THE FOURTH. NOW LET'S LOOK AT VERSE 44 WHERE HE SAYS, “AND THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS, THE GOD OF HEAVEN WILL SET UP A KINGDOM WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED. THE KINGDOM SHALL NOT BE LEFT TO OTHER PEOPLE, IT SHALL BREAK IN PIECES AND CONSUME ALL THESE KINGDOMS AND SHALL STAND FOREVER.” NOTICE HE BEGINS BY SAYING IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS. THESE KINGS ARE THE ROMAN KING AND SO THE KINGDOM OF GOD WOULD BE ESTABLISHED DURING THE DAYS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, WHICH AGAIN IS FULFILLED IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST WHICH THE ROMANS RULED OVER THAT TERRITORY AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME. THE SECOND THING WE LEARN WITH THIS PASSAGE IS IT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED BY GOD, AND THE THIRD IS THAT IT IS AN EVERLASTING KINGDOM AND THAT IT WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED BUT WILL STAND FOREVER. SO ONCE IT IS ESTABLISHED IT WILL EXIST ALL THE WAY INTO ETERNITY.

THE THIRD PASSAGE THAT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IS IN JOEL CHAPTER 2. THE TEXT BEGINS WITH VERSES 28 THROUGH 32 BUT BECAUSE OF TIME WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO READ THIS ENTIRE THING. THIS IS THE PROPHECY THAT IS FULFILLED DIRECTLY BY PETER IN ACTS CHAPTER 2:17-21. IN THIS PASSAGE, PETER SAYS THIS IS THAT WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET JOEL. HE IS REFERRING TO THE FACT THAT GOD WOULD POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH AND THE EFFECTS THEN OF THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT THAT TOOK PLACE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 IS FOR ALL MANKIND. IT WASN'T JUST FOR THOSE IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY BUT EVERYBODY THAT IS IMPACTED BY THAT MESSAGE OF THAT DAY WHICH THE APOSTLE SPOKE BY INSPIRATION. IT SAYS WHEN THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY, THEY WERE INSPIRED AS THE SPIRIT CAME UPON THEM IN CLOVEN TONGUES OF FIRE. THEY WERE INSPIRED AND THEY SPOKE AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE AND DELIVERANCE OFFERED ON THAT DAY. NOTICE VERSE 32, “FOR IN MT. ZION IN JERUSALEM THERE SHALL BE DELIVERANCE AND THE LORD HAS SAID AMONG THE REMNANT WHOM THE LORD HATH CALLED.” SO DELIVERANCE AND SALVATION ARE OFFERED ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY. IT IS A SALVATION THAT THEY ENJOYED, A SALVATION THAT WAS FOR ALL THE WORLD, A SALVATION FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON. IT BEGAN IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM DURING THE DAYS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND IT BEGAN THERE IN FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY THAT ALL MEN CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THAT KINGDOM AND YOU, MY FRIEND, CAN HAVE ACCESS TO IT AS WELL.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE SUCH CLEAR PROPHECY CONCERNING THE COMING OF THE LORD'S CHURCH! FURTHERMORE, HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO SEE THAT THESE PROPHECIES CAME TO FRUITION THROUGH THE LOVE AND CARE OF A WONDROUS GOD. ARE YOU A PART OF THE LORD'S CHURCH?