Quick Repost

“Well,” I said as we finished breakfast Wednesday morning, “are we all ready?”

                “Almost,” Steve answered.

                “Where are we going today?” Susie asked.

                “Jackson,” I replied. “I thought we’d go to Jackson; it’s another hour and a half.”

                “Well let’s go ahead and go,” Felicity stated. “Did you want your water?”

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                “Good evening,” Peter greeted us that evening as we walked into the church. “I’m Peter Burkholder.”

                “Amos Kauffman,” I replied, and introduced the others.

                “Do you have a ten-gallon hat?” I asked him.

                He smiled. “No, but I ought to,” he replied.

                “David told us you were from Texas,” I told him.

                “Where ya’ll from?” Peter asked.

                “Kearney,” I answered.

                “Oh!” Peter exclaimed. “That’s a long ways away.”

                “Only about seventeen hours one way,” I told him.

                “Wow,” he replied. “Seventeen hours.”

                “We’re staying here for the whole conference,” I assured him.

                “Well I’d reckon you’d stay here; you couldn’t drive back and forth,” he replied.

                Suddenly an idea struck me. “What hotel are you staying in?” I asked.

                “Motel 6,” Pete replied.

                “Really?” I asked. “Which room?”

                “It’s on the lower story,” he said.            

                I chuckled. “We’re on the upper story in the same hotel,” I stated.

                “Really?” he asked in disbelief. “That’s funny.”

                “So now I’m going to ask,” Peter began, “just because I’m curious, how’d you meet Pastor Mast?”

                “We get a newsletter from Antoine and his ministry, and he announced the conference,” I said. “David told us what everyone did and where everyone is from; we already knew about Antoine, but the rest were new.”

                The prelude began. We departed to our seats and sat down.

                After the opening, Pastor handed it over to Brother Daniel Shelley.

                “Good evening,” Brother Shelley began. “Please take your Bibles and turn to Revelation 22:20-21. Revelation 22:20-21. My title is ‘I Come Quickly’.

                “‘He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.’   

                “Jesus gave John the vision of the Book of Revelation,” Brother Shelley began. “In Revelation chapter 1, we see Jesus appearing to John on the Isle of Patmos. Jesus tells him to write what he’s seen and what he’ll see down, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia. Now, I don’t believe this church-age thing; the system of belief that Martin Luther was the angel of the Philadelphian age or the Reformation era; or that this certain church ‘father’ was the angel for this age; or that age; or that this ‘preacher’—whatever his name is, William Branham, I think—is the angel for the Laodicea age. I do believe, however, that the churches represent the entire course of church history, but like someone else pointed out, the Rapture could only be imminent if all the churches were to represent a period of time until the Rapture. I believe that each church represents one age that began at a certain time and will continue until the Rapture, but the Rapture could have taken place during any church period. For example, the letter to Smyrna mentions ‘tribulation ten days’; I believe Jesus could be referring to the ten periods of Roman persecution. But at any rate, John was given this revelation concerning things to come.”

                Daniel looked around at the congregation.

                “How many of you here believe in Amillennialism?” he asked.

                No hands went up.

                “How many of you aren’t entirely sure as to what you believe about eschatology?” he asked next.

                A few hands went up; I almost put mine up. Felicity looked at me. We both had struggled with this subject before.

                “I believe it was Brother Antoine who asked about Mennonites and Amish; how many of you knew that both of those groups believe in Amillennialism?”

                A few hands went up, including ours.

                “Amillennialism comes in two varieties: Preterism and Historicism. Historicists believe that the Book of Revelation has or is happening progressively over the course of church history. According to their own definition, historicism ‘contends that Revelation is a symbolic presentation of the entire course of the history of the church from the close of the first century to the end of time’. David Koresh of Waco; Texas was an historicist. Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Mormons are all historicists.

                “Mennonites and Amish (and a few others) are Preterists. Preterists believe that all the events in Revelation up to at least chapter 20, verse 6 occurred around 70 A.D.; Nero was the Antichrist; Jesus was the Roman armies; those white rocks the Romans catapulted at the Jews were those seventy-five pound hailstones mentioned in Revelation 16; etc.”

                Daniel took a drink. “We don’t have time to cover everything there is to cover about Amillennialism, but I want to cover a few things. Number one: the origin of Amillennialism. Amillennialists think that dispensationalism came from Darby, Scofield, and Irving; to the contrary, dispensationalism began with the Bible, and, more specifically, with the Apostle Paul himself. Four times Paul uses the word dispensation: 1st Corinthians 9:17, Ephesians 1:10 and 3:2 and Colossians 1:25. 1st Corinthians 9:17 says, ‘For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.’ Ephesians 3:2 says, ‘If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:’. So don’t tell me it was some heretics that started dispensationalism; it is founded upon the Bible and the Apostle Paul himself.

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A Mood and a Mode (V2)

“Well that was an interesting study this morning,” I told Felicity as we left the church and headed to Burger King.

                “Yes it was,” she agreed.

                “I guess I really never noticed what he said about Charity,” I remarked.

                “What’s the topic supposed to be tonight?” Steve asked.

                “Not sure,” Felicity answered. “Brother Holmes is speaking tonight, though.”

                “Were we going to stay here for the evening service?” Susanna asked.

                I looked at Felicity. “Mother and I decided to stay for all of the services,” I answered.

                “Yippee!” the children chorused                                   *                                             *                                             * *

                “Good evening, Amos,” Pastor Mast greeted us that evening. “Good to have you back.”

                “Thank you,” I replied.

                The evening service passed as the morning one. After the sixth song, Pastor Mast announced, “And again, thank you for coming tonight. This evening Brother Jesse Holmes will be speaking.”

                “Thank you, Pastor,” Brother Holmes began as he stepped up to the pulpit, “and good evening. Tonight my topic is  titled, ‘A Mood and a Mode’. Take your Bibles and turn to Matthew 28:19-20. Matthew 28, verses 19 and 20:

‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’

                “Tonight we’re going to look at the mood and the mode of baptism. And by the way, I want to thank Brother Miller for the message this morning; it fits very well with tonight.

                “The mood of baptism. Baptism is defined in Scripture as a public witness of our faith in Christ. Mark 16:16 says: ‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

                “Baptism follows salvation. We must be saved to be baptized. We just read Mark 16:16; perhaps some would think baptism saves you. Here we see that that’s not true. ‘He that believeth not shall be damned’, not, ‘is not baptized’.

                “So the mood of baptism involves salvation as well as a realization that this is a public witness to my faith in Christ.

                “And it’s not something to be taken lightly,” Brother Holmes went on. “This is a serious matter; not that we cannot be happy at our baptism, but it isn’t something we should have an attitude of ‘If I have to’, either. We should want to do it, and shouldn’t make someone do it.

                “That also means we shouldn’t pressure someone into getting baptized. The candidate needs to be willing to be baptized, should have a desire to be baptized, and should understand what it’s all about. This would also imply that the parents cannot baptize their children as infants. Acts 8:37, Philip says, ‘If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.’ The Ethiopian had asked if there’s anything hindering him from being baptized. Philip told him there wasn’t if he was saved. The Ethiopian said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’ and was baptized. Your newer versions don’t have that verse by the way.”

                Brother Holmes looked under the shelf. “Is there any water here?” he asked. “Oh here it is, sorry.”

                “Now,” he continued, putting the water back in its place, “let’s look at the mode of baptism. How many of you here have been baptized?”

                Most hands went up.

                “How many of you were immersed or believe in immersion?”

                Almost all of the hands went up

                “How many of you were poured or sprinkled?”

                A couple of hands went up, including ours.

                “And how many of you believe in these methods or aren’t sure what you believe?”

                A couple of hands went up.

                “And how many of you do not understand the question?”

                No hands went up.

                “Okay,” Brother Holmes resumed, “the mode of baptism, according to Baptists of all ages, is immersion. Is that what the Bible says, then?

                “Look at Matthew 3:16-17,” Brother Holmes stated. “Matthew 3:16-17.”

                “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” Brother Holmes read. “Here we see how John baptized, and we see that Jesus was baptized by immersion. ‘up out of the water’; that should be easy for anyone to see. Now, we know that John’s baptism was of God, so if God ordained immersion, and since Jesus was immersed, could it be that the mode of baptism is immersion?

                “Well, let’s take a look at Acts chapter 8, verses 26-40. Acts 8:26-40. Here we have the story of the Ethiopian eunuch, which I already alluded to. Philip found the eunuch and talked to him and explained the Gospel to him, and along the way, they came across some water. Starting in verse 36, the Bible says, ‘And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

                “So Philip baptized by immersion, look at that!” Brother Holmes stated. “‘Yeah but you see,’ you say, ‘the Philippian jailor, he was poured.’ Not true! Not true, not true, not true! He took Paul and Silas, washed their stripes, and then was baptized. They were out of the jail by that time; Acts 16:32 says that Paul and Silas spoke to all of the jailor’s house. Nice try, though!”

                Brother Holmes cleared his throat. “Romans 6:3-4,” he stated, turning several pages in his Bible. “‘Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’ Did you notice that phrase ‘buried with him by baptism’? The only, repeat, only way we could be buried by baptism is to be totally immersed in the water. Colossians 2:12 also says that we are buried with him in baptism. Nowhere in Scripture is water baptism referred to as a symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as Mennonites and Amish and others teach.

                “Also consider,” Brother Holmes added, “that the Greek word where we get our word baptism means ‘to immerse in a fluid’. Not that the Greek is needed, but that is where the word baptism comes from nevertheless.

                “So in conclusion,” Brother Holmes stated, “we see that the mood of baptism is salvation in Christ, and the mode of baptism is immersion. Let’s pray.”  

The Importance of Israel

Some people believe that the Church has replaced Israel; that God has fulfilled the promises made to Israel and therefore, they are not necessary. But sadly, though many people who hold this opinion call themselves Christians, they do not understand what the Bible says. Let us take a look at what the Bible says, and let us see why the church has not replaced Israel.

First, let us look at what Romans 11:1-4. Paul says

            “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image to Baal.”

            If the Church has replaced Israel, then that passage is a fraud. If the church is the new Israel, then God has cast away His people which He foreknew.

1st Corinthians 10:32 says: “Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God”.

If the church has replaced Israel, then why are they mentioned separately? Clearly, God has not thrown Israel away.

In the Bible, God is called the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob several times. Here are some examples:

Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Luke 20:37).

            “That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee” (Exodus 4:5).

These are just two of all the times that God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Three times God is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In Malachi 3:6, God says: “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

If God was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob then, and if God loved Israel then, He still is God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He still loves Israel. Continue reading

Jesus Is Coming Again

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Jesus Is Coming Again

Many people may wonder if Jesus is coming. The answer is a very simple “Yes”. 1st Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” So we know that Jesus is coming again. And the Apostle Paul said “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” in Hebrews 10:37. So the question is not “Will Jesus come?” but “When will Jesus come?” I will answer that question here, looking only at the Bible.

The Bible is about 30% prophecy. Much of that has already been fulfilled, as it dealt with Jesus’ first coming. And as this prophecy was fulfilled literally, then we can conclude that the prophecies that have not been fulfilled will be fulfilled literally.

In Matthew 24 and Mark 13, the Bible records what has been called “The Olivet Discourse”. In these passages, Jesus describes what will happen in the Last Days. Let us take a look at what these passages say.

In Matthew 24:1-2 and Mark 13:1-2, Jesus’ disciples show him the buildings of the temple. Jesus then, in a rather calm way, foretells the destruction of the temple, which was fulfilled in 70 A.D., when the Roman army under Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews. After this ominous prophecy, the disciples (namely Peter, James, John, and Andrew—Mark 13:3) ask Jesus “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:4). Matthew 24:3 gives us three questions: 1) When shall these things be? 2) What shall be the sign of thy coming? and 3) What shall be the sign of the end of the world? Jesus proceeded to answer these questions, and His answer is recorded in detail in Matthew 24 and Mark 13.

In Mark 13:5-8 and Matthew 24:4-8, Jesus foretells of “wars and rumors of wars” and “famines and pestilences” and “earthquakes in divers places”. However, Jesus said that these are only “the beginning of sorrow.” And for your information, divers in this passage means diverse. Divers is an older spelling of the modern word diverse.

Jesus then warns the disciples that they are going to be persecuted: Mark 13:9 says “But take heed to yourselves”. Matthew 24:9 says “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Undoubtedly, this was fulfilled, as the Martyr’s Mirror and Acts testify. This part has been fulfilled.

Jesus then mentions the “abomination of desolation”, which was prophesied by Daniel in Daniel 9:27: “And he [the Antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The pattern is as follows: the Rapture; the Antichrist confirms a treaty with Israel and the Middle East (which allows the Jews to build a temple and begin the sacrifices again); half-way through the seven years Antichrist will enter the temple, declare himself to be God, demand worship, and rule the world for three-and-one-half years, or forty-and-two months, or twelve hundred and threescore (1260) days. This was the opinion of the Apostles, the early church, and Jesus himself.

Some people may contend that the word Rapture is not in the Bible, but neither is the word Trinity. This word is not in the Bible, but we know that the three Persons of the Godhead exsist. So the argument that the word Rapture is not in the Bible is an invalid argument, as the event is prophesied in the Bible, although the word “Rapture” is not.

Some people may question whether this is the right view of Eschatology. The word eschatology means “The branch of theology that deals with Christ’s Second Coming, Antichrist, etc.” The answer to this question can be answered very simply, and I will answer that right here. Continue reading

?When is He Coming?

“Martha, please set the table,” Mother Miller instructed. “Mary, will you please help her?”

The Yoders were coming for a noon meal, and they were destined to arrive at anytime. The Millers were working to finish the meal preparations before their guests arrived.

Near noon, the Yoders arrived at the Miller’s house. Final preparations were finished, and the families sat down to eat.

“You know,” Mark Yoder began after several minutes of silence. “I’ve been thinking…” Continue reading

Reclaimed

My name is Henry Johnson,

I’m thirty-four years old,

My mother was a Richardson,

That story has been told.

I was born to John and Mary,

That’s my parents, now, you see–

My grandpa’s name was Terry,

And he married a Stacy.

I married Sarah years ago,

At the age of twenty-four,

She didn’t like to cook or sew,

But painted our front door.

We were brought to Christ our Saviour,

About seven years ago,

We were saved at once together,

I figured you should know.

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