Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We are continuing our Bible Doctrine Conference this week. If you would like to join us this week our services begin at 7:00pm. We had another good time in the house of the Lord tonight. Each night Pastor Bill South and Pastor Ronnie Young will be preaching for us.

Pastor Bill South started out our evening for us tonight by preaching on “The Doctrine of Last Things” out of 2 Thess. 2:1-17. Eschatology is the study of the last things. The last things do not deal with just the rapture and the end of this world. Here is a quick overview of the last things. There will be signs of the times – Matthew 24:1-25:46. There will be wars and rumors of wars. Perilous times shall come – 2 Tim. 3:1-5. The word perilous means a weakening time, a weakening of the church. Other signs will be the Anti-Christ and the prophets, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, and many more. All these signs will get worse as the day of the Lord’s return gets closer and closer. There will be a rapture that will take place – 2 Thess. 2:5-8. The Bible says there will be a falling away. The words falling away have two meanings. It means many people will leave the truth and go after a false truth. It also means a snatching, a removing, or rapture. There are four aspects of the future rapture. The first aspect is the partial rapture view. This view they only believe that those who are looking for His coming will be raptured away. They believe only part will be raptured, the mature will be taken away. Then there is the mid-tribulation rapture view. They believe after 3 ½ years people will be raptured out and then the wrath of God will be poured out on the earth. Then there is the post-tribulation rapture view. They believe that the rapture will take place after the seven years of tribulation. Lastly, there is the pre-tribulation rapture view. This is the view that every born again Christian believes. We believe that Christ will come for His Bride before the tribulation period – 1 Thess. 4:13-18 and Rev. 1-3. If you read Revelation chapters 1-3 and part of chapter 4 you’ll find the word “church” is mentioned, but at the end of chapter four to the end you will no longer find the word “church” mentioned. It’s not mentioned after chapter four because the church has been taken out of this world; Christ has come for His Bride. We also see the sentiment of the millennial. Jesus will rule for 1,000 years. There are three views about the millennial reign of Christ. There is the post-millennial view, and awe-millennial view (no millennial reign at all) and the pre-millennial reign which is what Christians believe that He is coming back to earth and will rule the earth for 1,000 years. So a quick overview of the last things is there will be a rapture (a taken away of His Bride). During the seven years of tribulation there will be the Judgment Seat of Christ, which is where we as Christians will be judged. Then there will be the millennial reign of Christ. Then there will be the Great White Throne Judgment which is where all the lost people will be judged according to their works and sentenced to an eternity in hell. Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth and eternity begins.

Pastor Ronnie Young ended the evening preaching out of Hebrews 4:12 on “The Doctrine of Bibliology.” The Bible should be lived, obeyed, followed and believed. It is one Book, it has one Author, and it’s them is one Person (Jesus Christ). Some of the titles of the Bible are: the Book – Heb. 10:7, the Scriptures – John 5:39, the Word of God – Heb. 4:12, the law, commandments, precepts, testimonies, and others found in Ps. 119. The Bible reveals God to mankind. The Bible does not contain everything that God knows but it contains everything God wants us to know. The terminology of the Bible is called by the Old Testament and New Testament. The word testament means a covenant or a promise. The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years and has approximately 40 writers. The Bible is given in typology throughout the Bible. It is pictured as: the Seed – 1 Peter 1:23, the Lamp – Ps. 119:105, the sword, water – Eph. 5:25-27, food, milk – 1 Cor. 3:1-2, mean – Heb. 5:12-14, honey – Ps. 19:10, bread – Matt. 4:4, and the mirror – James 1:23-25. The center verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:8 and the center phrase is “the Lord.” The inspiration of the Bible deals with how God gave us the Book. The Bible is not just a Book written by man, but a Book that was written by God. The Bible is the first Holy writing in the world. 2 Tim. 3:16 – We have a living Book, a God breathed writing. God said it, and the men of God wrote it down. We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible; that is we believe every word in the Bible is inspired by God. WE also believe in the plenary inspiration of the Bible; that is we believe every word and everything in the Bible is inspired, it’s full and complete text was inspired by God. We also believe in the inerrancy of the Bible; that is we believe the Bible was written down correctly without error. We also believe in the infallible inspiration of the Word of God; that is we believe everything the Bible teaches is perfect and without error. Preservation of the Word of God deals with how long His Word will be around. The Word of God will be here forever throughout all eternity – 2 Tim. 3:15. Years of preservation:
1451 BC – Moses’ writing 96 AD – cannon of the Bible completed (Revelation)
66 AD – Timothy 1611 AD – KJV Bible
1,537 years 1,515 years

The Word of God will never pass away according to Matt. 24:35. Tonight we have a copy of the true, perfect, completed Word of God. 87% of our Bible came from William Tyndale. He spent his life copying the Word of God. King James brought 54 scholarly people today to translate the Word of God. Their method was that of purification. They purified it 14-25 times for every portion of the Bible to make sure it was accurate. Their mode was they did not want to be noticed or see. Their message was that it was open to all mankind. How grateful we should be tonight that we have a true copy of the Word of God in the 1611 King James Version.

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