The Last Days: Part 1 (Grace Baptist Milford)

My church has been filming Sunday morning sermons and uploading them to YouTube and Godtube since September 2014. This past Sunday, my pastor started a series about the Last Days. Since this subject was the reason I started this blog, he told me after service I could post it (and the others in the series in the coming weeks) here.

The Truth About Christmas (Part 4)

Matthew 2:11(KJV)

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

What was it that the unknown number of wise men brought Baby Jesus? Seems a bit random, if you ask me. What would a baby do with gold? And what on Earth are those other two things? If I didn’t know better, I’d think there some kind of symbolism there.

You know where this is going.

Genesis 24:30(KJV)

30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

It’s traditional to give gold in some form when you become engaged. In modern times, it’s now usually a diamond ring, but in the past the groom-to-be would give his bride-to-be a gold ring or bracelet. When Rebekah’s brother saw the gold earring and bracelets, he knew she was engaged to be married.

What about frankincense and myrrh?

Song of Solomon 1:13(KJV)

13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

It’s a little known tradition that frankincense and myrrh are used in weddings, especially in olden times. The groom-to-be would smell of it, and everyone would know he’s engaged.

But what do these have to do with Baby Jesus?

Ephesians 5:25(KJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The Church is the Bride of Christ. So what now looks like inappropriate gifts for a baby turns out to actually be symbolic.

The Truth About Christmas (Part 3)

Exodus 20:3(KJV)

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

This will shock most people who read this, because usually when I tell people this I’m called crazy or told I’m taking things too far, but I don’t see any other way to describe it; Santa Claus is a false god.

I don’t have any links to attach here to back it up, but seriously stop and think about it.

“He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake”

So Santa is all seeing, all knowing. Be good to please Santa. He’ll reward you for pleasing him. In recent years I’ve actually seen people praying to Santa. Amelia Pond did in an episode of Doctor Who. That’s how she’s introduced!

If Christmas is about Jesus, why are there so many carols praising Santa, saying he’s coming soon?

The idea of Santa is a very dangerous one. Not only because he’s a false idol, but also because your kids will eventually find out Santa Claus is a lie. So when you start telling them about the oddly similar Jesus, why should they believe you this time? It could just be another myth, like Santa.

2 Corinthians 4:4(KJV)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

So let me ask you something; Do you believe in Santa, or do you believe in Jesus?

The Truth About Christmas (Part 2)

Matthew 2:1-2 (KJV)

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

The wise men mentioned in the above verses are what are traditionally referred to as “the three wise men”. You see them every year at Christmas as a part of the Nativity scene. There’s only one problem; They weren’t there.

“What do you mean!?” you’re probably asking. “Of course they were! They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh!!”

Yes they did. Two years later.

Matthew 2:16 (KJV)

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

Matthew 2:11(KJV)

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Jesus was no longer in a manger. Mary and Joseph had found a house in Bethlehem, and that’s where the wise men came to worship him.

Also, it never says there was three wise men. There was only three gifts, so people assumed there were three wise men. But there could have been twenty for all we know.

The Truth About Christmas (Part 1)

Genesis 10:8-9 (KJV)

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.

Wait, who is Nimrod and why is he the introduction verse on a post about Christmas? Don’t you know that Christmas is all about Jesus??

No it’s not.

Unfortunately, I’ve already shared everything the Bible says about Nimrod. But lucky for us, it’s possible to study the Bible outside of the Bible.

There are countless records documenting the life of Nimrod.

For starters, Nimrod was born on 25 December. His mother/wife told everyone that he was a god, and had everyone worship him. Even having them decorate trees and worship them in honour of him. Also, check this out…

Jeremiah 10:2-5 (KJV)

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

…did the Bible just tell us it’s a sin to have Christmas trees? I mean, that’s pretty clear right there.

Pretty clear that it’s talking about worshiping the Christmas tree. Pagans were using the trees as idols. That’s clearly a sin. Are we worshiping Christmas trees by decorating them? No.

So while the origin of Christmas is pagan, celebrating it is not a sin. If you’re doing it the traditional way. Modern Christmas is about Jesus Christ, the real and only Saviour. Focusing on Jesus is always a good thing. So taking something that satan intended to pervert souls and using it to tell people about Jesus is always encouraged. You can take a non-Christian song, change some of the words, and make it a Christian song. This is the same thing. Took a non-Christian holiday, changed a few of the words, and made it Christian.

Pre-Trib Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:17(KJV)

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The Rapture is one of the most dismissed aspect of the Bible. Simply because the word “Rapture” is not in there. But it’s clearly described, like in the above verse. Those who believe in the Rapture are often torn between whether it will be before the Tribulation (Pre-Trib), during the Tribulation (Mid-Trib), or after the Tribulation (Post-Trib). I believe in Pre-Trib, and here is why.

It all comes down to understanding the personality of God. Because He clearly has a personality. If you look at the Bible in context, you’ll find that Pre-Trib only makes sense.

Genesis 6:12-14(KJV)

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Did God destroy the world, then rescue those who were faithful to Him? No, he saved the faithful before the Flood.

Genesis 19:29(KJV)

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

When God destroyed Sodom, He made sure Lot and his family escaped first.

Joshua 6:23-25(KJV)

23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. 24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Rahab and her family was spared from the destruction of Jericho because she helped the Israelites.

So, following this line of thinking, seeing a clear sign of God’s personality to get those faithful to Him out before things get very bad, it’s logical to see that it is going to be a Pre-Trib Rapture. Also there’s this verse, which tells us it will be.

Revelation 3:10(KJV)

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Spiritual Warfare

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

It’s a well-known fact that satan tries to turn everyone away from God. If you’re an angry, bitter atheist, he’s not too concerned about you. He owns you already. But if you’re standing next to Jesus, satan will do everything in his power to make sure you don’t stand there very long. But his power isn’t very strong. Check this out:

Job 1:6-12 (KJV)

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

God had to give satan permission to be able to even touch Job. Throughout all of his trials, which were very severe, Job never lost faith as satan thought he would. And because of that Job was greatly rewarded.

I’ve always loved this verse:

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

You will go through trials, but God will always provide a means of escape. I know from experience that sometimes it can feel that that verse is a lie. The weight of the world is on your shoulders and you’re struggling to even exist. But if you don’t lose your faith, you will find the escape that God planned for you. I’m not talking about suicide. Do not misunderstand my words. If you look, there’s always a way out of every situation.

Revelation 12:12 (KJV)

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

That shows that satan knows he’s not going to win this war, so he’ll do anything to take as many people down with him as he can, like a kamikaze. God will win in the end, so don’t let yourself be dragged down by the side that’s going to lose.

Denominations

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (KJV)

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have actually gotten a few messages asking if I’m okay. Well, I didn’t start this series to post in it fifty times a day. I actually said in the introduction post that I’d space them out. I hadn’t been doing that. So I posted a bunch in the course of a week, then abruptly stopped. Not because I ran out of ideas, i simply had writer’s block. I’d been planning this topic since before I stopped, even telling someone in a comment that I would be covering this. But then every time I sat down to write, my mind would go blank. I hate writer’s block. I couldn’t even work on my novel.

Anyway, as the opening verse points out, we’re called to be joined together as one. Denominations are unscriptural I go to a Baptist church, but I do not consider myself a Baptist. Because I don’t go by what my pastor says, I go by what the Bible says. I am a Christian. Most people ask “Which denomination is correct?”. Which ever ones accept that Jesus is the Son of God and that He’s the only way into Heaven. There’s going to be little differences between different churches, but as long as the core is the same throughout, there is nothing wrong with going to a Baptist church or Methodist or Lutheran or [fill in the blank].