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February 15, 2019 08:15 AM PST

THE GATHERING: ESCHATOLOGY
Revelation 8-9

“Coming” (Parousia): The future visible return from heaven of Jesus to raise the dead, hold the final judgment, and set up formally and gloriously the kingdom of God.

The end of the age initiates the Day of the Lord.

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

Between the 6th and 7th seals . . .

The gathering (rapture) of the great multitude out of the wrath of Satan.

The sealing of the 144,000 Jews

The 7th seal initiates the Day of the Lord

“ . . . for the great day of their wrath has come; and who is able to stand?” Revelation 6:17

THE DAY OF THE LORD . . .

The Day of the Lord is when God will pour out the wrath of His judgment on the wickedness of this world.
(Zephaniah 1:14-18; 2 Peter 3:4-7, 9-10, 12)

Old Testament—judgment by water (the Flood)

New Testament—Day of the Lord; judgment by fire. (Isaiah 66:15-16; Joel 2:1,3; Zephaniah 3:8; Matthew 3:12)

Supernatural judgment of God

“So I will show My greatness and my holiness and make Myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38:23

The breaking of the 7th seal begins the Day of the Lord. (Revelation 8:1-6)

The first 6 trumpets unleash the wrath of God’s judgment that progressively grows worse.

Trumpet 1: Hail, fire, and blood; a third of the earth, and trees, and all grass burned up. (Revelation 8:7)

Trumpet 2: A third of the sea becomes blood; third of living creatures in the sea die; a third of the ships destroyed. (Revelation 8:8-9)

Trumpet 3: A third of the rivers/waters become bitter; many people die. (Revelation 8:10-11)

Trumpet 4: A third of the sun/moon/stars darkened; affects the light in day and night. (Revelation 8:12)

Trumpet 5: Unbearable torment for five months (Revelation 9:1-12)

Trumpet 6: Third of mankind killed by three plagues: fire, smoke, and sulfur.

WHY THE DAY OF THE LORD? . . .

To judge the unrighteous.

The consequence of rebellion against God and their unrepentance. (Revelation 9:20-21)

To purge and purify Israel. (Isaiah 1:24-28; Ezekiel 7:19-20; Malachi 3:2-3; Zechariah 13:8-9)

A third of unbelieving Israel will survive and be refined.

To render the Antichrist useless. (2 Thessalonians 2:8)

To bring an end to the 70th week; fulfillment of Daniel 9:24

February 08, 2019 09:58 AM PST

Three passages we have observed and compared:

Matthew 24:2-31
Revelation 6:1-17
Daniel 9:20-27

Information we have gleaned of end times timeline from observing these three passages:

Remember that in the end times, specifically during the 70th week of Daniel, deception will be at an all-time high.

PREPARE YOURSELF...

The importance of inductively studying the Word or God cannot be overstated.
Therefore, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the end times is to know how to study the Word of God for yourself, and then actually do so.

When you approach the subject of ends times- or any subject matter- put aside preconceived ideas and presuppositions.

Avoid approaching the subject matter with your mind already made up but be open to hear from God as He enlightens you on what His word means.

There is danger in approaching God’s word with preconceived conclusions.
“Unfortunately, some Bible scholars, pastors, and teachers (of various theological persuasions) are strongly inclined to base their eschatology largely on the traditional interpretations of a denomination or of a particular theological school of thought and thereby fail to adequately consider whether the prewrath position may in fact be true.

When they come to a text’s plain meaning which does not fit those preconceived positions, they spiritualize it, allegorize it, culturalize it, or rationalize it—and thereby fail to accurately understand what the passage falsely means.

Unfortunately, holding to preconceived conclusions can have serious consequences. It was the rabbinical presuppositions and traditions that kept most of the Jewish religious leaders from accepting Jesus as the Messiah. It was also the disciples’ predisposition to human ideas that prevented them from believing Jesus’ predictions of His imminent arrest, affliction, death, and resurrection.”
-Robert Van Kampen, THE SIGN

THE GAP...

Why the gap between the 69th and 70th weeks of Daniel?

Two-fold answer: (Romans 11:11-12)
1. To make Israel jealous.
2. To bring salvation to the Gentiles.

Passages to read and observe:
Matthew 24:14
Matthew 28:19-20
Acts 1:6-8
Mathew 13:36-40
Romans 10 & 11

BEFORE THE 70th WEEK...

Prior Conditions:
1. Widespread moral decay (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
2. Widespread spiritual decay in the church (2 Timothy 3:5; 4:3-4; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 13-15)
3. Widespread acceptance of evolutionary thinking (2 Peter 3:3-7; Romans 1:18-20)

The theory of evolution is a deceptive substitution for God’s creative acts, the one area in which all people are “without excuse.”

Prior Events:
1. Jews return to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:1, 5-9) 1948
2. Control of Jerusalem regained by Jewish people (Daniel 9:24, 27b) 1967
3. Rebuilding of the Temple (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
4. Consolidation of three Japhetic nations to form a coalition of power from the north (Ezekiel 38:6, 15; Daniel 7:8, 24; Revelation 17:12-13)

THE COMING AND GATHERING...

Passages to observe and compare Mathew 24:29-31
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
2 Thessalonians 2:1-10

Record the similarities you observe in these passages:

Final thoughts:

Revelation 7
Revelation 8:1-6

February 01, 2019 09:32 AM PST

Matthew 24:15-28: This is a parenthetical passage.

The chronological flow stops at this point as Jesus further expounds on what He has just spoken about. The chronological flow resumes in verse 29.

In Matthew 24:15, Jesus references Daniel 9:27 and 11:31.
Daniel 9:20-27 (539 B.C.)

Background:
•Israel is in captivity in Babylon
•586 B.C.- Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and Solomon’s temple (9 Av 586)
and took the Jews captive back to Babylon
•539 B.C. Babylon falls to the Medes and the Persians
•536 B.C. Cyrus, King of Persia, issues a decree to rebuild the temple.
With that decree, Zerubabbel and a group of exiles return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple
The decree in view in Daniel 9 is a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem.

DISCUSSION OF 70 WEEKS:

70 weeks decreed for Jewish people and Jerusalem to:
•finish the transgression
•make an end of sin
•make atonement for iniquity
•bring in everlasting righteousness
•seal up vision and prophecy
Observations regarding the 70 weeks:
-Hebrew word for weeks is Shabuim and it means “sevens.”
There is no indication whether “sevens” refer to seven days, weeks, months or years. Seventy sevens (or weeks) is 490. So, if the six things of Daniel 9:24 were not completed within 490 days, weeks or months, it would be logical to assume that the “sevens” refers to seven sevens of years.
70 weeks of years is 490 years.
The decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was issued by King Artaxerxes in 445 B.C... (see Nehemiah 1:1-2:8).

January 23, 2019 07:24 PM PST

Join with us as Jennifer Barnard teaches us from God's Word the biblical truth regarding the 70th Week of Daniel.

January 16, 2019 06:59 PM PST

THE GATHERING: ESCHATOLOGY
January 9, 2019
DEFINING ESCHATOLOGY . . .
The word, eschatology, is derived from two Greek words:
•  meaning “last,” and  meaning “word.”
• Refers specifically to the biblical doctrine of last things.
o Return of Christ at the end of the age.
o Coming judgments
o The kingdom of heaven/kingdom of God/Millennial reign
o Resurrected and glorified body
o Hell/New Heaven and New Earth
ESCHATALOGICAL TIMELINE . . .
• In the Old Testament, the last days are anticipated as the age of messianic fulfillment.
o Prophets
▪ Pointed to the Messiah
▪ Pointed to last things.
• In the New Testament, the writers are living in the last days, the age of the gospel.
o Pentecost fulfills Joel 2:28 (Acts 2:16-17); not just a single event, but for the age of the gospel.
o Hebrews 1:1-2
• The last days culminate in the Day of the Lord.
o Isaiah 13:10; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12
LIVING WITH THE END IN MIND . . .
• We are to live with expectant hope.
o Our future is secure in Christ.
o God is making, and will make, all things new.
▪ He is purifying His bride. (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9)
• We are to make ourselves ready for His coming.
o Revelation 19:7-9; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 24:44; Philippians 1:9-11
• We are to live with a sense of gospel urgency. (Matthew 28:19-20)

January 09, 2019 06:42 PM PST

THE GATHERING: ESCHATOLOGY

DEFINING ESCHATOLOGY . . .

The word, eschatology, is derived from two Greek words which translated into English mean “last,” and “word.”

Refers specifically to the biblical doctrine of last things.
o Return of Christ at the end of the age.
o Coming judgments
o The kingdom of heaven/kingdom of God/Millennial reign
o Resurrected and glorified body
o Hell/New Heaven and New Earth

ESCHATOLOGICAL TIMELINE . . .

• In the Old Testament, the last days are anticipated as the age of messianic fulfillment.
Prophets
▪ Pointed to the Messiah
▪ Pointed to last things.
• In the New Testament, the writers are living in the last days, the age of the gospel.
Pentecost fulfills Joel 2:28 (Acts 2:16-17); not just a single event, but for the age
of the gospel.
(Hebrews 1:1-2)
• The last days culminate in the Day of the Lord.
(Isaiah 13:10; Joel 2:31; 3:15; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12)

LIVING WITH THE END IN MIND . . .

We are to live with expectant hope.
Our future is secure in Christ.
God is making, and will make, all things new.
▪ He is purifying His bride. (Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9)
• We are to make ourselves ready for His coming.
(Revelation 19:7-9; Matthew 25:13; Matthew 24:44; Philippians 1:9-11)
• We are to live with a sense of gospel urgency. (Matthew 28:19-20)

December 12, 2018 06:28 PM PST

“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do . . .” 1 Chronicles 12:32

There will continue to be an unraveling in culture. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

• Lovers of self
• Lovers of money
• Proud
• Arrogant
• Abusive
• Disobedient to their parents
• Ungrateful
• Unholy
• Heartless
• Unappeasable
• Slanderous
• Without self-control
• Brutal
• Not loving good
• Treacherous
• Reckless
• Swollen with conceit
• Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
• Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power

There is going to have to be a new reformation within the Church.

A return to biblical ecclesiology
Gospel-centric
Contextual
There is only one central message
of the church, but there are
multiple ways in which to be the
church.
A return to biblical authority (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Orthodoxy—right belief (doctrinal
purity) Acts 17:11
Orthopraxy—right practice
A return to biblical community
(Acts 2:42-47)

Gospel-centered hospitality

A return to holiness
Honest confession
Humble repentance
Pursuit of Christ-likeness

There will be an increase in persecution of those who are followers of Christ.

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and
imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:12-13

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world,the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:18-19

There will be a separation of those who are true believers and those who are just imposters.

“Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this
condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ . . . But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers,following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of
the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” Jude 1:3-4, 17-23

"So skilled is error at imitating truth, that the two are constantly being mistaken for each another. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain and which is
Abel." A. W. Tozer

RESPONDING TO THE TIMES . . .

• 2 Timothy 3:14-17
• Colossians 2:6-10, 3:1-17

December 09, 2018 10:42 AM PST

DEFINING THEISTIC EVOLUTION . . .

God created matter after which He did not guide, intervene, or act directly to cause any empirically detectable change in the natural behavior of matter until all living things evolved by purely natural processes.

Theistic Evolutionist seek to synthesize religious doctrine of creation and Darwinian evolution.

Darwinian evolution espouses randomness and purposelessness.

Theists believe that God created the world with purpose and is intimately involved.

To accept evolution is to surrender Christian doctrine.

NINE PROBLEMS WITH THEISTIC EVOLUTION . . . (Wayne Grudem)

1. Adam and Eve were not the first human beings, but they were just two Neolithic farmers among about 10,000 other human beings on earth at that time, and God just chose to reveal himself to them in a personal way.
“According to [Denis] Alexander’s preferred model, anatomically modern humans emerged some 200,000 years ago, with language in place by 50,000 years ago. Then, around 6,000-8,000 years ago, God chose a couple of Neolithic farmers, and then he revealed himself for the first time, so constituting them as Homo divinus, the first humans to know God and be spiritually alive.” (Should Christians Embrace Evolution?, Norman C. Nevin

2. Those other human beings had already been seeking to worship and serve God or gods in their own ways.

3. Adam was not specially formed by God of ‘dust from the ground’ (Gen. 2:7) but had two human parents.

4. Eve was not directly made by God of a ‘rib that the Lord God had taken from the man’ (Gen. 2:22), but she also had two human parents.

5. Many human beings both then and now are not descended from Adam and Eve.

6. Adam and Eve’s sin was not the first sin.

7. Human physical death had occurred for thousands of years before Adam and Eve’s sin–it was part of the way living things had always existed.

8. God did not directly act to create different “kinds” of fish, birds, and land animals.

9. God did not impose any alteration in the natural world when he cursed the ground because of Adam’s sin. (Should Christians Embrace Evolution?)

THE UNDERMINING OF SCRIPTURE . . .

• Genesis 1-3, specifically, is seen as figurative and allegory, not historical narrative.
o Francis Collins (Director of National Institutes of Health; former director of the Human Genome Project) said, “Genesis 1-3 is poetry and allegory.”

John Walton (Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College) The Bible makes “no claims” regarding “biological human origins, “ . . . Genesis 2 “talks about the nature of all people, not the unique material origins of Adam and Eve.” And, “the Bible does not really offer any information about material human origins.”

THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE . . .

• Jesus takes Genesis 1–2 as teaching history (Matthew 19:4; Mark 10:6)

• Paul takes Genesis 1-2 as history (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 11:8–9; 15:21–22; 15:45; Colossians 1:16-17; 1 Timothy 2:12–14)

• Structure of Genesis speaks of history: “These are the generations of . . . “(11 times) - Generation 2:4; 5:1; 6:9

November 28, 2018 06:37 PM PST

Thanks for joining us for this weeks episode of our mid-week service, "The Gathering". This week Pastor Shawn talks about the indoctrination of our culture in regard to of the theory of evolution. This worldview is then used as a building block to try to disprove the case for a Creator God.

Pastor Shawn also references a video in this podcast from Ray Comfort ministry.

https://creation.com/evolution-vs-god

November 14, 2018 06:00 PM PST

Join us as Pastor Shawn discusses the rise of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the Church.

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