THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 6-9-19



LESSON TITLE: "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH IN PROPHECY"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE WELL AND THAT YOU ARE PROSPERING GREATLY, IN YOUR PHYSICAL LIVES ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO GOD SPIRITUALLY. IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY AND TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS THIS TO COME BEFORE HIM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS OF US, AS WELL AS PRAISING HIS NAME THROUGH SONG. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD THIS MORNING, WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN WE ARE SO THANKFUL THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE, FOR WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS FROM YOU, BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT YOU LOVE US AND HAVE PROVEN THAT BY GIVING YOUR OWN SON JESUS TO DIE ON THE CROSS AS WELL AS TO BE BURIED AND RESURRECTED ON THE THIRD DAY. AND FATHER, AGAIN WE KNOW THAT WE ONLY HAVE THESE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THAT GREATEST OF GIFTS THAT HE GAVE FOR US THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN YOUR SIGHT NOT ONLY TODAY BUT ETERNALLY. AND FATHER, HELP US EVERY DAY TO LIVE IN THIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND WE MIGHT LIVE OUR LIVES IN SUCH A WAY THAT WILL ALWAYS DO WHAT IS PLEASING AND ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT WILL. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH THE NAME OF JESUS, AMEN.

IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AS WE BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE TO GOD. PLEASE PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY, IT'S NAME, "A HILL CALLED MOUNT CALVARY!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



IN PSALMS 50:15, DAVID SAID, "CALL UPON ME IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE; I WILL DELIVER YOU, AND YOU SHALL GLORIFY ME." WHAT GREAT WORDS WE HAVE RECORDED HERE BY THE PSALMIST. THINK OF ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT WE GAIN FROM THIS TYPE OF PROMISE. WHAT DO WE LEARN IN THIS VERSE ABOUT OUR ALMIGHTY GOD? FIRST GOD SAID WE CAN CALL UPON HIM WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT OUR GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR US NO MATTER WHAT OUR NEED IS. EVEN IN TROUBLE, AS THE VERSE SAYS, WE CAN CALL ON HIM AND HE IS THERE. NOW THE ONLY PROBLEM IS, MANY OF US ARE GUILTY OF ONLY CALLING ON THE LORD WHEN THE TROUBLES COME. WE OFTEN FORGET GOD WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL.

ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE AND HE HEARS US AS HIS FOLLOWERS. JOHN UNDERSTOOD THIS WHEN HE SAID, "NOW THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM, THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARS US," FIRST JOHN 5:14. IN THE NEXT VERSE, HE GOES ON TO SAY, "AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US, WHATEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE HAVE ASKED OF HIM." PRAISE GOD FOR THIS PROMISE, HE HEARS US, AND GIVES US WHAT WE ASK FOR, ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

SO WHAT ELSE WILL GOD DO WHEN WE CALL ON HIM? WELL THE VERSE WE READ EARLIER FROM DAVID GOES ON TO SAY HE WILL DELIVER US! THIS IS THE SAME LESSON WE FIND TAUGHT THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN FACT, PAUL SAID, "NO TEMPTATION HAS OVERTAKEN YOU EXCEPT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION WILL ALSO MAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT." FIRST CORINTHIANS 10:13. YES, OUR GOD IS GREAT!

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CALL ON HIM AND HE DELIVERS US: WE GLORIFY HIM! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL OUTCOME TO DOING WHAT GOD ASKS US TO. WHEN WE RELY ON HIM AND RECEIVE HIS HELP, IT BRINGS GLORY TO HIM, FROM US AND THOSE WHO SEE HIS WONDROUS POWER. AND ABOUT YOU THIS MORNING, DO YOU DEPEND ON GOD WHEN YOU NEED SOME HELP? WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN AND HE WILL CARE FOR YOU AS HE HAS PROMISED. AND THEN, AS WE HAVE SEEN, TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

THIS MORNING, I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY TOGETHER ON, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS ENTITLED, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH IN PROPHECY." SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S RETURN TO OUR SINGING. THE NAME OF THE NEXT HYMN, "DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE CONTINUE OUR NEW SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS DEALING WITH THE CHURCH AND THE IDEA OF THE ONE TRUE CHURCH. AND CERTAINLY OUR GOAL THROUGHOUT THE SERIES IS TO TRY TO CHALLENGE ALL OF US TO THINK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE RELIGIOUS WORLD AND ABOUT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST AS SUCH AND UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DIVISION TODAY IN THE CHURCH AND IN THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS. AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE REALLY ARE REMINDED OF SO MANY PLACES IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT WHEN REALLY WHAT GOD DESIRED WAS THAT HIS PEOPLE BE ONE. WE EVEN SEE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE APPEARANCE OF THE DIVIDED KINGDOMS WHERE HIS PEOPLE COULDN'T GET ALONG AND THEY WOULD NOT FOLLOW AT LEAST AT TIMES ONE OR THE OTHER OR BOTH THE THINGS THAT GOD COMMANDED. AND WE EVEN SEE THE PRAYER OF UNITY THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 17 WHERE JESUS HIMSELF PRAYED TO THE FATHER AND HE SAID THAT HIS DESIRE WAS THAT AS HE AND THE FATHER WERE ONE, THAT NOT ONLY THOSE WHO DID BELIEVE BUT THAT ALL THOSE WHO WOULD BELIEVE, THAT ALL OF THEM WOULD BE ONE IN THE SAME SENSE THAT THE FATHER AND THE SON ARE ONE. SO I'D SAY THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE AND I'D SAY THEY PRETTY MUCH AGREE ON EVERYTHING DON'T THEY? IN FACT, NOT PRETTY MUCH, BUT THEY DO AGREE ON ALL THINGS. SO WHAT IS THAT WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR? WE SHOULD STRIVE ALL TO BE THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD. AND SO IF WE DECIDE WHAT CHURCH IS THAT? IT IS THE CHURCH OF THE BIBLE. IT IS THE ONE TRUE CHURCH THAT JESUS SAID, I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH. I WILL BUILD MY BODY AND I WILL BE THE HEAD OF THAT BODY. AND CERTAINLY THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING, NOT WHAT WE THINK OR FEEL OR WHAT WE LIKE OR DESIRE BUT REALLY AGAIN EXACTLY WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS. AND I HOPE YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND AND NOTICE THROUGHOUT THIS SERIES THAT WE'RE NOT JUST SAYING THAT WELL, I THINK OR I BELIEVE OR YOU KNOW IF IT WERE UP TO ME OR WHAT I HEARD OR WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD OR WHAT I'VE LEARNED OR WHAT WE BELIEVE. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. BECAUSE WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THE ONLY ONE WHO IS ABLE TO SAVE US IS GOD. THE ONLY ONE THAT DIED FOR YOUR SINS AND MY SINS IS JESUS. AND THEREFORE ALONE HE IS WORTHY, NOT ONLY TO BE THE HEAD AND THE ESTABLISHER, THE BUILDER AND THE FOUNDER OF THE CHURCH. AND CERTAINLY THE BIBLE CLEARLY INDICATES AND COMMANDS BUT HE ALSO ALONE IS THE ONE WHO CAN SAVE US. FOR HE IS GOD AND HE WAS GOD IN THE FLESH.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WE LOOK AT PROPHECY TODAY, OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY. I HOPE YOU HAVE A PEN OR PENCIL HANDY BECAUSE THERE SO MANY VERSES THAT I WOULD NEED TO DEAL WITH THAT WE COULD SPEND WEEKS MAYBE EVEN MONTHS IN RELATIONSHIP TO A SERIES JUST ON PROPHECY, THE ONE TRUE CHURCH PROPHESIED. WHAT DO WE READ IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ABOUT THE PROPHECIES OF WHAT WAS COMING ABOUT WHAT GOD'S PLANS WERE IN THE TIMES OF THE LATTER DAYS OR THE LAST TIMES AS THE OLD TESTAMENT INDICATES. AND SO WITH PROPHECY THEN WE WANT TO FIRST OF ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS UNDERSTANDING PROPHECY. WE GO TO SECOND PETER CHAPTER ONE AND IT TELLS US ABOUT THREE THINGS CONCERNING PROPHECY. NUMBER ONE: VERSE 20 OF SECOND PETER CHAPTER ONE. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS NOT A PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. FIRST THING WE KNOW IS THAT WHEN WE HEAR PROPHECY, TRUE PROPHECY IS NOT OF PRIVATE INTERPRETATION OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE OR WHAT I BELIEVE BUT WHAT IS PROPHECY? GO TO VERSE 21 OF SECOND PETER CHAPTER ONE: "FOR PROPHECY NEVER CAME BY THE WILL OF MAN." PROPHECY IS NOT WHAT I THINK, AGAIN, OR WHAT YOUR WILL IS. NOT MY WILL. IT IS ANOTHER WILL. SO IT IS NOT BY THE WILL OF MEN AND IT'S NOT OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. SO WHAT IS PROPHECY? INSPIRED PETER.

WELL, THE NEXT THING SAYS BUT PROPHECY IS WHEN HOLY MEN OF GOD SPEAK AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. SO THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD, WE WILL KNOW THAT SO THEREFORE PROPHECY IS WHAT? WORDS FROM GOD. MESSAGE FROM GOD, MESSAGE FORETELLING OF WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE BY GOD HIMSELF. SO EVEN WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNING OF CREATION AND WE NOTICE THERE PROPHECY, WE FIND EVEN IN THE CURSE THAT SATAN WAS GIVEN, THERE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 3 VERSE 15, THAT SOMEDAY SATAN MIGHT BRUISE THE HEEL OF JESUS OR THE SEED OF WOMAN. BUT THE SEED OF A WOMAN WAS GOING TO BRUISE OR CRUSH THE HEAD OF THE SERPENT. NOW, WE SEE THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING GOING TO HAPPEN. THERE WAS A SEED, THERE WAS SOMETHING COMING THAT WAS GOING TO GIVE MAN NOT ONLY THE ABILITY AS UNDER THE OLD LAW TO PUSH SIN FORWARD BUT THE ABILITY TO BE COMPLETELY FORGIVEN OF SIN. BECAUSE THERE WAS GOING TO BE A SACRIFICE MADE THOSE FAR BEYOND AND THAT WAS GREATER THAN ANY OTHER SACRIFICE! THAT'S THE WILL OF GOD. THAT IS THE MESSAGE OF GOD THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. NOT THE MESSAGE OF MAN AND NOT THE INTERPRETATION OF MAN. THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE CLEARLY SAYS.

THEN WHEN WE GO THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT NOTICE WITH ME A FEW OF THESE TEXTS AS WELL. WE'RE GOING TO FIRST OF ALL THERE IN ISAIAH SPECIFICALLY IN CHAPTER SEVEN. WE FIND THERE THAT IT SPEAKS ABOUT A PROPHECY THAT IS FULFILLED IN MATTHEW CHAPTER ONE AND TWO. VERSE 14 OF ISAIAH SEVEN SAYS THIS, "THEREFORE THE LORD HIMSELF WILL GIVE A SIGN: BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON, AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED IMMANUEL." THAT'S THE VERY SAME WORDING THAT WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW WHERE JESUS WAS BORN. AND WHAT DOES THE WORD IMMANUEL MEAN? GOD AMONGST US. JESUS, THE WORD, JOHN CHAPTER ONE, CAME, VERSE 14, AND DWELT AMONG MEN. GOD AMONG US. THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, WAS GOD, JOHN CHAPTER ONE, VERSE ONE. HERE WE SEE THE THINGS OF ISAIAH SEVEN FULFILLED IN MATTHEW CHAPTER ONE AND TWO WHEN JESUS IS SPOKEN OF AND THE BIRTH OF JESUS COMES TO PASS, MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS BEARING HIMSELF. THE SEED OF WOMAN THAT WAS GOING TO COME AND DESTROY OR CRUSH THE SERPENT AND GIVE ALL MEN AN OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION. NOT JUST JEW OR GENTILE ALIKE WAS JESUS CHRIST, THE SEED OF WOMAN. YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE AND YOU MIGHT DO A WORD SEARCH. MANY TIMES JESUS IS REFERRED TO AS THE SON OF MAN OR THE SEED OF WOMAN. BUT AS WELL THE SEED OF DAVID. IN FACT, WE COULD LOOK AT SEVERAL OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES TO SEE THIS CONCEPT. BUT I WOULD ASK YOU JUST QUICKLY TO LOOK WITH ME THERE IN ROMANS CHAPTER ONE AFTER PAUL INTRODUCES HIMSELF AS THE AUTHOR IN VERSE TWO, HE SAYS, "WHICH HE PROMISED BEFORE THROUGH THE PROPHETS IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURE. SO HE PROPHESIED THROUGH HIS PROPHETS." WHAT DID HE PROPHESY THROUGH THE PROPHETS, THAT IS GOD THE FATHER, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD? BUT NOW NOTICE WHAT HE CLARIFIES, "WHO WAS BORN OF THE SEED OF DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH." SO HE WAS BORN OF WOMAN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH AND BORN OF THE SEED OF DAVID THROUGH THE THRONE OF DAVID BECAUSE WHO WOULD HOLD THE SCEPTER OF GOD'S PEOPLE? JESUS. WHO WOULD BE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORD'S. JESUS. WHO WOULD BE HEAD OF THE KINGDOM AND HEAD OF THE CHURCH? JESUS. YOU SEE, THESE PROPHECIES AGAIN SHOW US THAT JESUS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT SEED. HE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROMISE. THE VERY PROMISE THAT EVEN GOD GAVE DAVID BACK IN SECOND SAMUEL CHAPTER SEVEN - THAT SOMEDAY THROUGH HIS SEED ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH WOULD BE BLESSED. WE ALSO SEE THROUGH PROPHECY INCLUDING IN ISAIAH, DANIEL, EZEKIEL, THE IDEA OF A COMING OF A NEW KINGDOM. A COMING OF A NEW HOUSE OF THE LORD. IN FACT, IF WE WERE TO GO BACK AGAIN TO ISAIAH AND LOOK IN CHAPTER TWO THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS SAID BEGINNING IN VERSE TWO. HE SPEAKS THERE OF IN THE LAST DAYS. HE SAYS, "THAT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS." SO THERE'S THE LORD'S HOUSE THAT ISRAEL ALREADY HAD. WELL, THEY ALREADY HAD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, THE TABERNACLE, THE TEMPLE, SO HE SAID THERE'S GOING TO BE ONE ESTABLISH THOUGH THAT, "ALL NATIONS," VERSE THREE, SHALL FLOW TO IT." AND THAT WILL BEGIN IN VERSE THREE ENDING, JERUSALEM. AND THEN WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER PROPHECIES THAT CAN BE SEEN IN THAT SAME TEXT.

AND THEN WE CAN GO OVER TO THE NEW TESTAMENT AND SEE THAT THEY ARE FULFILLED IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 1 AND ACTS CHAPTER 2 ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST WHEN PETER AND THE OTHERS PREACHED THE SERMON SPEAKING ABOUT JESUS BEING THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SON OF DAVID, THE SEED OF WOMAN, THE SEED OF DAVID, AND THAT IT WAS THROUGH HIM THE ONE THAT THEY HAD CRUCIFIED THAT GOD HAD MADE LORD AND SAVIOR WHOM GOD HAD GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY THAT HE THEREFORE WAS ESTABLISHING WHAT? THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. WHERE? IN JERUSALEM. WHEN? IN THE DAYS OF THOSE KINGS ACCORDING TO DANIEL. WHAT KINGS? THE ROMAN EMPIRE. AND IN WHAT DAYS WERE THESE THINGS TAKING PLACE? IN THE DAY OF THE LORD, THE LATTER DAYS. THE DAYS WHEN CERTAINLY GOD HIMSELF HAD PREDETERMINED, WHEN GOD HIMSELF HAD DECIDED. THESE THINGS ALL COME TO PASS BASED ON AGAIN THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT GOD SAYS. AND ACCORDING TO THE PROPHECY OF GOD FOR PROPHECY THAT IS TRUE IS ONLY FROM GOD NOT BY THE WILL OF MAN. NOT BY THE PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS OF MEN.

AND THEN FURTHERMORE, AS WE EVEN SEE THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 28 WITHIN THE GREAT COMMISSION THAT WE ARE AGAIN REMINDED THAT ALL NATIONS WOULD BE A PART OF THE CHURCH THAT JESUS ESTABLISHED. WHAT WAS SAID THERE? THAT THEY WERE TO GO AND TO PREACH TO WHO? TO ALL NATIONS. TO ALL PEOPLES. TO EVERY CREATURE, MARK 16 VERSES 15 AND 16. SO YOU CAN BEGIN TO SEE HOW GOD'S PLAN INCLUDED ALL OF THESE THINGS. AND THEN IN CONNECTION TO THAT KINGDOM AND THAT ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS ALSO MENTIONED. AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN JOEL SPEAKS OF THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM IN JOEL CHAPTER 2 VERSE 28 BEGINNING, HE SPEAKS OF IT COMING WITH POWER. AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT WE GO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT AND WHAT DO WE FIND? WE FIND AS IN JOEL CHAPTER 2 VERSE 32 THAT AS THE POWER WAS PROPHESIED TO COME, JESUS CAME WITH POWER, MIRACLES, GREAT SIGNS, AND WONDERS. THE APOSTLES CAME WITH POWER. AND THERE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST AFTER THEY'VE BEEN TOLD BY JESUS TO GO AND WAIT FOR THE POWER TO COME FROM ON HIGH, LUKE CHAPTER 24, AND THEY GO INTO JERUSALEM AND IT SAYS IN ACTS CHAPTER ONE THAT THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE POWER TO COME. AND THEN IN ACTS CHAPTER TWO IT SAYS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES UPON THEM AND THEY SPEAK IN TONGUES, LANGUAGES THAT THEY DON'T KNOW OR CANNOT THINK OF. PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE DRUNK BECAUSE OF THEIR ABILITY TO DO WHAT THEY'RE DOING. WELL THEY MIGHT'VE BEEN IN A SPIRITUAL DRUNKENNESS BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF GOD BUT IT WAS A FULFILLMENT AGAIN OF WHAT? PROPHECY. AND IT ALL CULMINATES ABOUT WHAT THE DAY THAT IT SAYS THAT THE KINGDOM, THE NEW KINGDOM, THE NEW HOUSE OF THE LORD IN JERUSALEM ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND THE DAYS OF THOSE KINGS, THE ROMAN EMPIRE, ALL THESE THINGS COMING TO PASS SO THAT THE SEED OF WOMAN AND THE SEED OF DAVID WHO WOULD HOLD THE SCEPTER AND THE RULE HIGH ABOVE THE PEOPLE OF GOD. THE ONE ALONE WHO WAS WORTHY, WOULD BRING THESE THINGS TO PASS. AND THEREFORE AS THEY WOULD COME TO PASS THEN GOD'S WILL. PROPHECY WOULD COME TO FRUITION.

NOW, THAT'S WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT IT. BECAUSE AS WE READ THESE PROPHECIES AND AS WE SEE THEM IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND AS WE SEE THEM IN THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ESPECIALLY PRIMARILY IN MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN, THE FULFILLMENT IS SO POWERFUL. IT REMINDS US THAT GOD IS NOT A GOD WHO IS ASLEEP. GOD IS NOT A GOD WHO JUST PLANS EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN. BUT GOD IS A GOD WHO FULFILLS HIS WILL, HIS PURPOSE. AND HE HAS DONE IT NOT ONLY IN HIS CHURCH BUT YOU MIGHT EVEN RECALL WITH ME THERE IN MARK CHAPTER NINE VERSE ONE WHEN HE TOLD MANY OF HIS DISCIPLES THAT THEY HAD MANY FOLLOWERS. HE SAID SOME OF YOU HERE WILL NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL MY KINGDOM COMES. BUT HE DIDN'T STOP THERE WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH. THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY. SOME OF THOSE WHO WERE ALIVE AT THAT MOMENT WERE ABOUT TO SEE IT COME TO FRUITION AND IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN ACTS CHAPTER TWO. YOU SEE THAT'S WHAT WE ARE CHALLENGING ALL OF US TO THINK ABOUT, THAT WE BE A PART OF THAT KINGDOM. JESUS PROPHESIED THROUGH THE WILL OF THE FATHER AND ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER THAT THINGS WERE FULFILLED IN PROPHECY AND ESTABLISHED THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. AND THEREFORE WHEN WE ARE ADDED TO THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM THAT JESUS BUILT IT IS THE TRUE CHURCH! THE TRUE KINGDOM! THE ONE WE READ ABOUT IN THE SCRIPTURE. SO YOU CAN LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE AND WE CAN LOOK AT WHAT WERE DOING ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE AND WE SHOULD FIND THEM THE SAME SO THAT WE MIGHT ALL BE A PART OF THE ONE TRUE CHURCH THAT EVEN GOD THE FATHER PROPHESIED EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE THE CONFIRMATION OF GOD'S KINGDOM THROUGHOUT OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY. THEREFORE, MAY WE FIND STRENGTH AND COURAGE IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE TRUTHS THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE A GOD WHO SHOWS US HIS POWER THROUGH THE WORD.