The disciple wanted to send the children away so they could get on with ‘more important’ ministry. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me!” And He is still saying that today!

God created every person who has ever lived for a purpose.

His desire is that everyone know that purpose and live their lives with the sense of security, peace, and joy that can only come when they live in right relationship with God.

Unfortunately, there is a hole in every soul that does not know God. One man said it best over fifteen hundred years ago, "You have made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until we rest in You."

That "hole" in our soul was caused by sin.

The Bible describes sin as mankind choosing our way instead of God's way, rebelling against God’s authority over our lives. The consequences have been tragic. Choosing sin has been like drinking poison - everyone and everything is infected by it. We inherit a sin nature and early in life begin making our own sinful choices.

The Bible says...

"all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

"the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23)

"you were dead in your trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1)

“and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15

This creates the world’s most significant dilemma, a problem only God Himself could solve.

Being a loving and gracious God, He wanted the relationship with man to be restored. But being a Holy and just God, mankind's sin had to be punished.

What man needed was a righteous advocate, someone both willing and able to be punished in man's place and restore him to right relationship with God.

We can’t do that for ourselves or each other because we are all in the same sinful predicament. Even if one of us was righteous, he or she could only take care of their own sin problem, or one other person they chose to give their life for. But if God somehow became man and lived a perfect, sinless life, and then died in our place of punishment, that sacrifice would count toward anyone He chose to apply it to.

The Bible says that is why Jesus, the Son of God, became man, the God-man, so that he could pay our sin debt and give us an opportunity to be born-again:

"But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him." (Romans 5:8-9)

"He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Now it's not enough just to know these facts.

The Bible says that each of us must choose to repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, or else we will wind up in Hell, which Matthew 25:41 says God prepared for the Devil and the demonic angels. Where else would rebels against God wind up?  

For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God." (John 1:12)

Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord." (Acts 3:19)

He wo believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.       (John 3:36)

God has chosen to count what Jesus did on the cross for everyone who turns to Jesus for salvation. That’s GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. But if you remain a rebel, and refuse to repent, you remain under the wrath that sins deserve. A soul once created lives forever. Those who turn to Jesus for salvation will be with God in Heaven; those who remain rebels against God will go to Hell where all unrepentant rebels will be.

So what do you need to do?

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." (Romans 10:9)

Call to the Lord Jesus now and ask Him to save you and take control of your life. Pray this prayer right now:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and You are right to judge my sins. Thank you Jesus for taking the punishment due my sins on Yourself at the cross. I believe You died for my sins, but rose from the dead to show Your power over Satan, sin, death, and Hell. I turn from being the lord of my life to receiving You as my Savior and Lord. I will follow You the rest of my days! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

If you just prayed to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, let us know at The Tabernacle. You can check our church out online and listen to sermons at thetabernaclefamily.org.

Dr. Danny Campbell, Senior Pastor

An important Bible reading principle is that often the answer to a question in a passage becomes clear by looking closer at the context of the passage. Some have spoken of the “20 20 Rule” – when trying to understand something, make sure you also study the verses that come before and the verses that come after a verse. Who are the “two men” with the Lord in Genesis 18? Genesis 19:1 tells us – angels!

One in a Trillion

The Prophets Proclaim Jesus as the Only Savior of the World!

Counting Angels, Animals, and People, trillions of beings have existed throughout history.

The earliest prophecy (made about 6,000 years ago) indicated the Coming Savior would be a human, when God said to Satan:

“I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike His heel.”    -Genesis 3:15

The Coming Savior being a human, instead of an angel or animal, cuts the list of whom that Savior could be from trillions down to billions of possibilities. 

Seven billion people live on the planet now. For our purposes, let’s suppose that around 100 billion people will have lived throughout history.

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Another prophesy clarifies that the Coming Savior will be a male human:

For a Child will be born for us, a Son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.                     -Isaiah 9:6

In addition to predicting the Deity of this Coming Savior, this 2,800 year old prophecy also spoke of His birth to a woman as a Son.

If about half the people who have ever been born are men, this cuts the list of whom the Coming Savior could be from 100 billion to 50 billion.

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There are currently 193 nations in the United Nations. Perhaps no more than 500 countries have ever existed.

A prophecy from 3400 years ago, made by a man from a country that is no more, said the Coming Savior would be from the nation of Israel, also called Jacob:

“I see Him, but not now; I perceive Him, but not near. A star will come from Jacob, and a scepter will arise from Israel.”     -Numbers 24:17

It is estimated that there are 13.5 million Jews in the world today (0.2% of world population).

Let’s estimate that no more than 100 million Jews have lived throughout history. This cuts our list of who the Coming Savior could be from 50 billion down to 100 million.

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Within the nation of Israel, 13 tribes made up the 12 tribes of Israel (with the tribe of Levi having cities within the land allotted to the other 12).

A prophecy made 3800 years ago predicted the Coming Savior would come from the tribe of Judah, and one day wear bloody clothes:

The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him. He ties His donkey to a vine…He washes His clothes in the blood of grapes.         -Genesis 49:10-11

Although Judah was one of the larger tribes of Israel, surely no more than 10 million people have existed from this tribe. This cuts the list of who the Coming Savior could be from 100 million down to 10 million.

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Judah’s borders included dozens of big towns and small towns.

A prophecy made 2,800 years ago stated that the Coming Savior would come from the little town of Bethlehem. It agreed the Savior would be born to a woman, yet states He had always existed:

Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity. Therefore, He will abandon them until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of His brothers will return to the people of Israel. He will stand and shepherd them in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the end of the earth.       -Micah 5:2-4

The number of sons born within Bethlehem throughout history surely cuts the list of who the Coming Savior could be from millions down to just a few thousand.

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A prophecy made to King David 3,000 years ago stated that the Coming Savior would be one of his descendants:

When your time comes and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who will come from your body, and I will establish His kingdom. He will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever. -2 Samuel 7:12-13

Having a Biblical Worldview

 

Persuaded by the evidence, I trust Jesus alone for salvation, seeking His Kingdom first in my beliefs and behaviors, testing all things by Biblical truth.

God and Theology - The Bible is true and is the authority for my beliefs and behaviors – I won’t compartmentalize my faith.

 

God and Biology - Men and women are created by God for a purpose; I will value human life and dignity.

 

God and Philosophy - I am more than a machine; I can make choices, and my choices have consequences.

 

God and Psychology - Original sin deeply affects me and my relationships; the right kind of guilt in my life is good.

 

God and Sexuality - God designed sex only for use within the marriage of a man and woman; I repent of all immorality    

 

God and Economics - God has a work calling for everyone; I am His steward, voluntarily doing my part to meet urgent needs

 

God and Ethics - God’s truth understood through Christ’s example is how I seek to live my life: I reject moral relativism and idolatry, seeking to live full of grace and truth.

 

God and Sociology - Respect for authority and relational interaction begins at home; I will respect authority and relational interacting in all the God-given spheres of my life.  

 

God and Government - God has a limited purpose for government; I will be an involved citizen who puts God first.

 

God and the Arts - God’s creation reveals infinite creative expression; I will glorify Him through creative expression.

 

God and History - God’s providence is guiding the world toward its destiny; I will trust Him in my generation 

 

God and Missions - God is bringing people to salvation around the world – I’m getting in on it!

 

A few Recommended Resources: Any books by C.S. Lewis, Nancy Pearcy.

Apps, websites: ERLC.com (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission),               The Briefing (Al Mohler), The World and Everything in it (World Magazine)

 

Eight Things To Love About the Bible:

 

1.         It’s Memorable Stories (Striking Portraits):

 

The historical record of actual events, like…

 

David and Goliath

Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Samson and Delilah

 

The parables that Jesus told, like…

 

The Prodigal Son

The Good Samaritan

The Parable of the Sower

The Rich Fool

 

2.         It’s a Mystery Thriller (Progressive Revelation):

 

From the very beginning, you are thinking, “How’s this gonna turn out?” 

 

“How does this get resolved?” 

 

Just like you read a great novel and you don’t say, “AHA” until the very end, the Bible is like that! 

 

A couple of things you have to keep in mind here:

 

Understand the centrality of Christ’s completed work (Pre-existence, earthly Life, Teaching, Miracles, Death, and Resurrection) to understanding all of scripture

 

 

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; but these are they which testify of Me.”            John 5:39

 

“Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17

 

“therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:24-25

 

Understand that the Bible is a book that you read from front to back, but you interpret it from back to front!

 

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”          Acts 2:42

 

What is the apostle’s doctrine?

 

Taking everything taught in the Scripture and making it understandable in light of Christ’s completed work

 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15    

 

3.         Internal Consistency:

 

The Bible was written by over 40 different authors in three languages on three continents over 1500 years. 

 

And yet when it speaks about any subject it builds on that subject in a way that is not contradictory but complementary. 

 

Think about it just in relation to how Revelation 20-22 ties up things from Genesis 1-3.

 

Genesis 1-3                                         Revelation 20-22

Paradise Lost                                      Paradise Restored

Tree of life guarded                            Tree of life granted

God and man together in garden        God and man together on New Earth

No sin                                                  No more sin

No death                                             No more death

 

The Word Testament means Covenant.

 

The Old Covenant is primarily about God’s desire to bless the peoples of the world through the seed of Abraham, a man who was reckoned righteous by believing in God and trusting in His promises. A close look at the Law given to Abraham’s descendants through Moses shows how much God cares about people, particularly those who are often overlooked, marginalized and mistreated. Had Israel consistently loved God and walked in His ways, other people groups would have been drawn to know Israel’s God and the reasons for their blessings. Israel’s repeated failures to live for God’s glory show both how pervasive original sin is and that people cannot meet the requirements of the Law in their own strength. Despite Israel’s sins and the resultant consequences, God is seen to be a loving, covenant keeping God who refuses to give up on His people or the world. God in his mercy gives Israel many ways to confess their sin and turn from it, and to temporarily cover their sins through atoning sacrifices offered by priests. Throughout the Old Testament the promise is made that one day God Himself will change everything through a coming Messiah, who will be the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King.

 

The New Covenant reveals the identity of the Messiah in the person and work of Jesus Christ, a physical descendant of Abraham and Israel’s great king David. The New Testament makes clear that Jesus has always existed as God but chose to become human so He could do for sinners what they could not do for themselves. In His sacrificial offering of His own body and blood Christ initiates the New Covenant that purchases eternal salvation for all who will repent and trust Him alone for salvation. The New Testament goes on to explain the numerous blessings and responsibilities that come to those who belong to Christ. It shows Christians voluntarily entering into this New Covenant with other Christians in churches and channeling their resources together to take this good news of salvation to every people group on earth. The New Testament concludes by making clear that God Himself will keep all the promises He has ever made in regard to Israel, the Church, and the Universe. 

 

Old Testament:            Promises Made!

 

New Testament:          Promises Kept!                                   -Mark Dever! 

 

4.         External Validity:

 

Prophecies Fulfilled

 

Messiah would be from tribe of Judah           Genesis 49:10

Messiah would be a descendant of David      2 Samuel 7:12-13

Virgin Birth                                                    Isa. 7:14

Born in Bethlehem                                          Micah 5:2

Sacrificial Death                                             Isaiah 53

By hands and feet being pierced                     Zech. 12:10     Before there was crucifixion!

Timing of Death                                             Daniel 9:25

 

So many more in books like The Complete Book of Bible Lists, by H.L. Wilmington.

 

Some used to argue: “Well, those authors must have written those Old Testament prophecies about Jesus after he was already here, after the fact.”

 

That is demolished when we realize the Old Testament, with those prophecies, was translated from Hebrew into Greek over 100 years before Jesus came.

 

In other words, they could not have been written after the fact! 

 

Archaeological Confirmations

 

In 1830 the Taylor Prism was found in Iraq, corroborating the campaigns of Sennacherib spoken of in 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chr. 32, and Isaiah 36-37

 

In 1879 the Cyrus Cylinder was found in Iraq containing the same decree featured in Ezra 1, 2 Chronicles 36, and Isaiah 44

 

In 1905 The Delphi, or Gallio, Inscription was found fixing Gallio’s proconsulship at AD 51-52, helping date Acts 18:12-17 and as a result, much of the rest of Paul’s ministry 

 

In 1993-1994, the House of David inscriptions were found in Tel Dan confirming the existence of King David, who liberal scholars had said did not exist.

 

In 1961 the Pilate Stone Inscription was found in Casarea Maritima, confirming the existence of Pilate.

 

The Jewish Historian Josephus, writing mere decades after Christ, wrote:

 

Let me take a moment and tell you all the things archaeology has confirmed about the Book of Mormon

 

PAUSE                       That’s it – there are none!

 

But hundreds of finds have confirmed Biblical accounts!

 

5.         Miraculous Preservation:

 

In 1453 Gutenberg and his financier, Johannes Fust, printed the 42-line (Mazarin) Bible at Mainz

 

Every book that came before that had to be hand copied and handed down to future generations.

 

When you look at the Bible compared to all other books of antiquity, what emerges is an amazing story!

 

Number of Original Language Manuscripts:

 

Aristotle & Plato         A few dozen

Homer’s Illiad             A few hundred

New Testament           5600+

 

 

 

Span of year’s between composition and oldest copy:

 

New Testament           50 max

Homer                         500

Plato                            1300

Aristotle                      1400

 

When you put the fragments together, we don’t have 100 % of any other ancient document.


But, praise God, we have 101% of the Bible! Not only the perfect, inerrant original, but some things added by copyists as the generations went by. Most translations of the Bible will tell us in footnotes when later copies say something different than early copies. The point is that unlike any other ancient document, we have the entire Bible!    

 

The great French Philosopher Voltaire predicted the Bible would vanish within a hundred years. He said that more than 200 years ago – in the 18th century.                       Dever, Overview, 17

 

The Bible is “a collection of different legends, mutually contradictory and written at different times and full of historical errors, issued by churches as a ‘holy’ book.

-Soviet Dictionary of Foreign Words, as quoted in Dever, Overview, 17-18

 

How ironic it is that there is no longer a Soviet Union, but the Bible continues to impact people!

 

The Inspiration of the Bible:

 

-No prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God.”               -2 Peter 1:21

 

We can summarize the variety and inclusiveness of inspiration by saying that it encompasses the collection of information from witnesses, the use of written sources, the writing up and editing of such inspiration, the composition of spontaneous letters, the committing to writing of prophetic messages, the collecting of the various documents together, and so on. At the same time, however, on the divine level we can assert that the Spirit, who moved on the face of the waters of creation (Genesis 1:2), was active in the whole process, so that the Bible can be regarded as both the words of men and the word of God.                                                                                       -David Dockery, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, 25 

 

6.         Masterful Variety:    

 

Different kinds of literature in the Bible:

           

Historical Narrative               

Prophecies

            Laws                                      

Commands

Genealogies                            

Dietary codes

Health regulations                  

Building plans

            Songs                                     

Poems

Prayers                                               

Promises

Debates

Psalms                                    

Proverbs                     

Eyewitness accounts              

Apostles’ Letters of Instruction

 

Just as you read the Bible from front to back but interpret it from back to front, care must also be given to understand that different types of Biblical literature call for different types of handling.  We read cookbooks different than we read novels. 

 

Remember...Interpret narrative literature by clear doctrinal teaching!

 

Narrative is the record of what happened, both good and bad – doctrinal tells us what we are commanded to believe and to do!

 

 

7.         Spiritual Transformation:

 

Augustine was converted upon hearing, “Put on the Lord Jesus, and make no provision for the flesh,” from the book of Romans.  

 

Spurgeon was converted upon hearing “Look to me, all the ends of the earth, and be saved,” from the book of Isaiah.

 

My own conversion happened upon hearing Matthew 7:24-27 read and preached.

 

A single line in the Bible has consoled me more than all the books I have ever read.

-Immanuel Kant          -Dever, Overview, 18

 

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Theodore Roosevelt    -Dever, Overview, 18

 

“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”           Hebrews 4:12-13

 

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me, it has feet, it runs after me, it has hands, it lays hold on me.”              -Martin Luther

 

Allow Scripture to change your beliefs and behaviors

 

“Semper Reformanda”- Always Reforming According to the Word of God!

 

“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.  But be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”            James 1:21-22

 

8.         Compelling Answers:

 

The Bible gives compelling answers to the great questions that all people ask themselves:

 

How did we get here?

Why are we here?

            What’s our purpose?

            Why is the world such a mess?

            Why am I such a mess?

            Why do I feel so empty inside, like there’s a hole in my soul?

            Is there a God?

            What is He like?

            Can I know Him?

            What happens when I die?

            Can real change happen in me and in the world?

            Can this hole in my soul be filled?

 

And so on…

 

Understand that every bit of the Bible is God’s inerrant, authoritative Word

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

            Doctrine = What you should believe

            Reproof = What you should not believe

            Correction = How you should not behave

            Instruction in Righteousness = How you should behave

 

“My ground is the Bible, yea, I am a Bible bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small.”                -John Wesley, Founder of Methodism

 

When you hear that silly talk that the Bible contains the Word of God and is not the Word of God, you hear a fool’s talk.      

-B. H. Carroll, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, David Dockery, 168

 

A great acronym for Bible is:          Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

 

I love the Bible! 

 

Some Bible Basics: 

 

The Word Bible means Book, from the Greek word Biblia. Ancient Greeks got their paper from the port of Byblos.

 

The Bible is actually 66 Little Books” bound into one big book.

 

Old Testament:            39 Books                     929 chapters                About 80 % of Bible

 

Old Testament: originally written primarily in Hebrew, with Aramaic in some places.

It takes about 30 hours to read the Old Testament.

 

New Testament           27 Books                     260 chapters                About 20 % of Bible

 

New Testament: originally written in common Greek.

It takes about 10 hours to read the New Testament. .

 

Chapters came later, thanks to Stephen Langton in the 16th century; then came verses, thanks to Robert Estienne, a French Publisher. 

 

When we say John 3:16, we mean: the Book of John, chapter three, verse 16!

 

Key Translations:

 

Jerome’s Latin Vulgate, 410-435: Included Apocrypha (books covering the time between the Old and New Testament, which were never regarded as scripture by the Jews). It’s inclusion in Jerome’s Vulgate is largely the reason the Apocrypha is in the Catholic Bible.

 

1382: first English Translation, in honor of John Wycliffe.

 

1455: Gutenburg publishes the Vulgate on his printing press.

 

1516: Erasmus publishes a Greek edition utilizing more copies than Jerome had had access to; he also published a more accurate Latin translation utilizing his Greek edition.

 

1522: Luther’s German New Testament.

 

1525: William Tyndale’s English New Testament. 

 

1535: Coverdale Bible: First complete Bible published in English; Dedicated to Anne Boleyn.

 

1560: Geneva Bible, first English Bible with the Old Testament translated from Hebrew.

 

1611: King James Version first published.

 

1800’s: Hundreds more fragments of Old and New Testament found.

 

Codex Sinaiticus, earliest complete copy of New Testament, is found near Mt. Sinai (dates to 350 A.D.)

 

Codex Vaticanus, earliest nearly complete copy, dates to 325 A.D.

 

1885: Revised Version

 

1947: Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave at Dead Sea, oldest known copies of Old Testament, dating between 100 BC and AD 100

 

1952: Revised Standard Version

 

1971: New American Standard Bible

 

1978: New International Version

 

1982: New King James Version

 

2001: English Standard Version

 

2004: Holman Christian Standard Bible

 

All modern translations utilize ALL copies ever found!

 

There are 3,000 full or partial versions of the Bible in English! 

Ten Conclusions from Studying Every Prophecy of the Bible

 

First, God made an unconditional promise to Abraham that he and his descendants would be a blessed people, a great nation, that all nations would be blessed through his seed, and that the Promised Land would be theirs. This is often referred to as the Abrahamic Covenant.   

 

Genesis 12:3; Genesis 13:14-15; Genesis 15:18-19; Genesis 17:1-21; Exodus 23:31; Leviticus 26:44-45; Deuteronomy 4:25-31; Deuteronomy 30:3-5; Psalm 89:30-34; Luke 1:67-75; Romans 11:25-26; Galatians 3:17-18

 

Second, God made a conditional promise to Israel as it received what has been called the Mosaic Law/ Covenant. Israel would experience blessings for obedience, and curses for disobedience. The law revealed the character of God, God’s expectations, provision for forgiveness, and the need of a Savior.

 

Deuteronomy 28-38; Matthew 5:17-18; Galatians 3:15-25

 

Third, God made an unconditional promise of a throne within the Promised Land to David’s descendants. This is often referred to as the Davidic covenant.

 

2 Samuel 7:11-16; 2 Samuel 23:5; 1 Kings 2:1-4; 1 Kings 9:4-9; 1 Chronicles 17:3-5; Psalm 132:11-18; Jeremiah 36:30; Luke 1:26-33; Luke 1:67-75

 

Fourth, Israel’s Messiah would die as an atoning sacrifice for sinners yet rise from the dead (what we now refer to as the First Coming of Jesus Christ). The following predictive prophecies related to Christ’s first coming were made hundreds and some even thousands of years before Jesus came. The prophets began to speak of a coming New Covenant this Messiah would bring, replacing the conditional Mosaic covenant, completing the others.

 

Genesis 3:15; Genesis 49:9-12; Numbers 24:17; Deuteronomy 18:18-19; Deuteronomy 21:22-23; I Samuel 2:35; Psalm 22; Psalm 110; Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:1-2; Isaiah 11:1,10; Isaiah 11:2; Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 49:8; Isaiah 53; Isaiah 61:1-4; Jeremiah 16:19-21, 31:8; Daniel 9:24-27; Micah 5:2-4; Zechariah 9:9-10; Zechariah 13:7-9; Malachi 3:1

 

Fifth, the phrase ‘Day of the Lord’ in the Old Testament, when applied to the End Times, seems to encompass what we call the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, the Battle of Armageddon, and what we call the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennium.

 

Tribulation passages:

Daniel 9:24-27; Isaiah 10:20-21; Isaiah 11:10,12; Isaiah 13:1,6,9; Daniel 2 and 7; Daniel 8 and 11; Daniel 12:4-12; Joel 2:30-32; Amos 5:18; Amos 7:7-9; Amos 9:8-10; Zephaniah 1:2-3; Zephaniah 1:14-18; Matthew 24; 2 Thess. 2:1-12; Revelation 6-19

Second Coming/ Battle of Armageddon passages:

Psalm 2; Psalm 110:5-6; Isaiah 11:4; Isaiah 34:1-3; Isaiah 64:1-2; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Jeremiah 50-51; Joel 3; Zephaniah 3:8-13; Zechariah 12:8-14; Zechariah 14:1-21; Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 24:29-31; 2 Thess. 1:3-10; 2 Timothy 4:1; Jude 14-15; Revelation 19.

Millennium/ Day of Judgment passages:

Isaiah 24:21-23; Exodus 32:32-34; Psalm 1:5; Psalm 37:12-13; Psalm 96:13; Psalm 98:8-9; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Isaiah 34:4; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Peter 3:1-7; Revelation 20

 

Sixth, Israel’s Messiah will reign on the throne promised to David in the land promised to Abraham. The most likely time these prophecies could be fulfilled is the millennial reign of Jesus Christ described in Revelation chapter 20.

 

Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-8; Acts 1:6-8; Revelation 20; Jeremiah 30:1-9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; Ezekiel 37:24; Hosea 3:4-5; Amos 9:11-15; Psalms 10:16; Psalms 37:9; Isaiah 2:1-11; Isaiah 11:1-12:6; Isaiah 56:6-8; Isaiah 62:1-4. 12; Jeremiah 3:11-18; Jeremiah 16:14-15; Jeremiah 29:10-14; Jeremiah 30:1-11; Jeremiah 31:31-40; Jeremiah 33:14-18; Ezekiel 36:22-37; Hosea 1:8-2:1; Hosea 3:1-5; Hosea 14:1-7; Joel 2:25-27; Amos 9:11-15; Micah 2:12-13; Haggai 2:1-9; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 14:1-21; Matthew 19:27-29; I Corinthians 6:1-3

 

Seventh, the apostles explain to us the mystery of the church and the rapture of the church between the time Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Suffering Servant (First Coming) and the time He will come as the Conquering King (Second Coming). This fits with the concept of an interval of time before the final seven years mentioned in Daniel chapter 9:24-27.

 

Daniel 9:24-27, Joel 2:28-32; Acts 1:6-8; Romans chapters 9-11; Matthew 13:10-15; Matthew 13:31-32; Ephesians 1:9-10; Ephesians 2:6-7; Revelation chapters 2-3

 

Eighth, the apostles, in anticipation of an imminent Rapture of believers, introduce a sense of giddy anticipation that is very different in tone than the ‘Day of the Lord’ verses in the Old Testament. Characteristic of this is their use of the phrase found in the apostles, “the Day of Christ.”

 

Philippians 1:6; 1 Corinthians 1:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 2 Corinthians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Ephesians 4:30; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 3:10-14; Philippians 3:18-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Titus 2:11-15; Hebrews 9:27-28; Hebrews 10:25-29; 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 John 2:28; 1 John 3:2-3

 

Ninth, the apostles seem to promise that believers will be raptured before, and not experience, the Tribulation, the day of God’s wrath.

 

I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10

 

Tenth, the final expectation of the redeemed is dwelling with God forever on the New Earth in new bodies. The final woe of the lost is presented as eternity in the Lake of Fire. In 2 Peter the apostle Peter seems to refer to this time as “the Day of God” coming after “the Day of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:10-13). It is also recognized here that there are many verses that refer to “rewards” for believers and “degrees of punishment” for unbelievers.

 

Job 19:25-27; Psalm 23:6; Isaiah 60:18-22; Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 66:22-24; Matthew 11:20-24; Matthew 13:36-43; Romans 2:5-8; Romans 2:14-16; Romans 8:18-25; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Hebrews 4:13; Hebrews 12:22-29; James 1:12; 2 Peter 3:8-13; Revelation 21-22.

 

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Dr. Danny Campbell, Senior Pastor, The Tabernacle, Danville, Virginia