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Church and easter bunnies.

The resurrection of Jesus

James Dixon, Resurrection day message 2018, Ferry Road Baptist Church

Today is resurrection day. If you could go back in time 1986 years, and imagine today were a Saturday, right now Jesus would have been in the grave almost three days, and sometime after dark today, he would be rising from the dead.

Today is being called “Easter Sunday”

We are here today to remember Jesus resurrection. I try to say “resurrection day” vs “Easter” so as to not mislead people concerning the two holidays.  In today’s world, the two words are almost interchangeable, but they are two different days at different times.

A little bit about Easter.

This year, Easter was actually March the 20thr. Easter was last month.  Oddly enough, today, at many churches across our land, you’ll see Easter bunnies and Easter baskets and colored eggs. They are about a month late.

Easter is reckoned by the spring equinox, and honors a fertility goddess named Ishtar, pronounced Easter. Today it is Ostara. Ostara is one of the 8 sabbaths of the wiccan religions . Other wiccan sabbaths are New year’s day, January 1, then Yule, the winter equinox, Dec 20-23 and Samhain, which begins at midnight on October 31st,

We have all been to New year’s eve parties. I gather with many of my friends on New years eve to celebrate the new year, not witchcraft. But we don’t meet at the Lord’s house for it.

I visit family and celebrate Christmas with family and friends, not witchcraft, But not at the Lord’s house.

I personally do not observe Halloween. I don’t even pass out candy in the neighborhood. But if I did, It wouldn’t be at the Lord’s house. I don’t condemn others for doing so.

 For me, it is a matter of conscience. For a church, it should be a matter of honoring the Lord.

Earnest hated a Christmas tree with a passion. He didn’t condemn others for enjoying Christmas lights and Christmas trees.   But he kept one in the social hall. Why? Tolerance. Love. Acceptance of others. Not worth being right about.     

In 1 Tim 4:7 Paul says:   But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

  You know, anytime someone has a birthday, or a wedding, THEY are the one’s who should get the undivided attention of those who have came to honor that person. Today is a day we should give the Lord our undivided attention, and be especially grateful, on today of all days, for his sacrifice, and his resurrection from the dead.

At the Lord’s house, today is the Lord’s day, as it should be every time we meet,  BUT ESPECIALLY on the day of his resurrection, to honor HIM, in his house. JESUS should have our undivided reverence and attention in the Lord’s house,  not the Easter bunny, or colored eggs, or chocolate eggs,  an Easter egg hunt.

What a man’s conscience allows, and what a man does in his house is his business. The Lord’s house is a different place.

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The hand of Timothy.

Sunday’s message James Dixon 4/14/2019 FERRY ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH.
I would like to say I really enjoyed Jeff’s message last Sunday.

While Jeff and I don’t debate pet doctrines, I was thrilled to learn he believes Paul authored the book of Hebrews. I totally agree as well.

Today, I’d like to talk about Paul and the book of Hebrews, and why Hebrews is so important to the New Testament.

The book of Hebrews is probably one of the most important books in the Bible. But before I begin, first, a little ABOUT PAUL:

There are two big heresies you will hear about Paul. The first being he did not write the
book of Hebrews, and the second being that he contradicted what Jesus teaches in the four gospels.

Neither allegation has a shred of truth to it.

As you hear me say a lot, Paul’s authorship of Hebrews, and many other things, is something that is not worth being right about in a church setting of believers who have no doubts about the Bible. However, it is important to know, and be able to explain and defend Paul’s authorship of Hebrews to one who doubts the credibility of the Bible and Paul’s apostleship.

We don’t worship Paul either, all of the Apostle’s doctrines were essentially the same, it’s just that Paul is attacked more and accused of being a heretic more than any other saint in the Bible.

HEBREWS: One reason Hebrews is so important is because Paul abolishes Judaism in the book of Hebrews, using the allegory of the old sacrificial system as a picture of the new. That being one of a living way, with an eternal priest, Jesus, but not after the order of the Jewish priesthood.

The new living way is after the order of Melchisidek a gentile priest not after the order of Aaron and the Jew.

Hebrews 7:12 says “The priesthood being changed necessitates a change in the law”. New Priesthood, new way of
doing things. No doubt this letter sent shock waves across the Jewish world.

Now, just imagine the Catholic priests, or Muslim leaders across the world getting a letter abolishing their religion.? Think about that. Hebrews was life changing for an orthodox Jew in Paul’s day. This is one reason it is said of Paul that he turned the world upside down. And why they sought to kill him.

Now Imagine what the world would be like if Hebrews had never been written?

Read with me:

Ephesians 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but
fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having
been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself
being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for
a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

If you want to know how to run a church today, and how to conduct yourself in a church today, read Paul’s epistles. He gives us detailed information.

As a testament to his apostleship and authority, Paul wrote HALF of the books of the NT. That’s 25% of the Bible attributed to one apostle.

I view it like this: Jesus laid the foundation of the church. Paul uses this analogy in the book of Hebrews.

Jesus is the chief cornerstone, and laid out the lines, then Paul poured the floor and put the walls up, put a roof on it, as the master builder.

Paul also furnished it and garnished the church with doctrine and instruction.

BUT: Remember this: Nothing Paul teaches goes against those before him or the scriptures before him, and Paul uses OT scriptures to confirm what he was teaching throughout his epistles. See my other post “did Jesus and Paul teach the same things?”

Granted there are CHANGES from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but a change is NOT a contradiction, and should not be construed as such.

Concerning the church, Paul says in 2 Cor 11:2: “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

Meaning figuratively speaking, Paul is the bride’s father in a sense.

I believe Paul will be in that role at the marriage supper of the Lamb, presenting the Church to the Lord, with John the Baptist being the best man, and the Apostles being the groomsmen in a sense.

Details about Paul: Before his conversion, Saul had a Zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. He persecuted the church in his zeal and ignorantly in his unbelief.

There are still many folks out there just like him today.

Paul was unique in many ways:

He grew up in Jerusalem. He went to school in the temple. Paul was a Jew, He was a pharisee, his father was a pharisee.

Paul was about 5-10 years younger than Jesus, so it stands to reason that Paul watched the rabbi Jesus preach and teach in the temple before the cross.
Jesus was an accepted prophet to Israel.

Paul was well connected to say the least. He was much like a religious lawyer in his day, before his conversion, Paul had great authority and standing among the Jewish people, and he was a free born Roman citizen. This gave Paul many privileges not afforded to the other apostles.

A free born Roman citizen could travel anywhere in the Roman Empire, unchallenged. Romans had a passport, while non-Romans, especially Jews, had to obtain special permission to travel outside their nations, or they had to travel under escort of a Roman citizen.

In Paul’s day, the Jews were permitted travel without a passport to Israel ONLY during the three high holy days of the year. The Romans used these holy days as opportunities to count and tax the Jews.

Many folks do not know this, but as a Jew and a Pharisee, Paul’s position gave him access to any pulpit, in any synagogue in the Roman Empire, at any time as an honored guest speaker.

I believe this was just one of the reasons Paul was sent to the Gentiles as well as the Jews, with Peter and most of the others remaining in Jerusalem initially.

If you research it, you’ll find the apostles were martyred in diverse locations across the world. none of them stayed in Israel. They ALL went to the Gentiles, and Jews alike.

1 Cor 9:1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus
Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

Paul was a pharisee, and a Pharisees authority was absolute and unchallenged by any Jew. Pharisees were the PHD’s of Judaism. What a Pharisee said and instructed was considered law to the Jew, and it is still that way today In Israel.

This is why Paul was the only one of the Apostles qualified to write the book of Hebrews. Jews would accept instruction only from a priest, prophet or Pharisee.

ANSWERING THE HERETICS: As mentioned earlier, many folks call Paul a heretic: this is not true.

In Acts 9:10 says “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel”:
So it is clear that Paul was ordained by the Lord personally.

To dispute Paul’s apostleship is to go against he Lord himself.

MORE CONFIRMATION: in Galatians 2:9. There, Paul recounts, “James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.

They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the
circumcised.” At this relatively early stage in his ministry, Paul reported to the elders in
Jerusalem on what he had been preaching, and the other apostles affirmed their support of his gospel.

Their support was signified by extending “the right hand of fellowship” to Paul and
Barnabas.

All of the apostles, and prophets were in agreement concerning foundational doctrines. Remember this in your study and reading. Christ is not divided. All the prophets and Apostles agreed with Jesus.

If you read and compare, you will see that Paul addresses and affirms most every doctrinal point and ordinance that Jesus taught and preached.

Just a few of these being Matthew 18, restoration of one in a fault, then next the church ordinances, the Lord’s supper and Baptism. Then Paul goes on to give us detail concerning free will offerings, and eating unclean meats, and the Sabbath days, which Jesus did in the gospels.

Paul said “let no one judge you in meat or drink, or sabbaths” Jesus said “priests defile the sabbath and are blameless” and that “the Sabbath was made for MAN, man was not made for the sabbath”

Also Paul affirms Jesus teaching on divorce, freewill offerings, meats, sabbaths, and gives us much greater detail into all of these biblical doctrines and ordinances, as well as many others.

Paul used Old Testament scriptures to confirm his doctrines, and nothing he preached or taught went against the apostles and prophets before him.

If one does a comparison Bible study, it will become very clear to you, or anyone else, that there is total harmony in both Jesus and Paul’s doctrines.

If Paul teaches it, it has Jesus’s stamp of approval on it. Again, some things changed, a change does not mean a contradiction. I hope to teach on this more in the future.

Many seminaries teach today that Paul did not write Hebrews. Reason being, I believe is there are several popular fringe doctrines out there that would fail under a Pauline authorship of Hebrews.

That is bad for business, so they remain neutral about it, or deny it altogether.

Ok. Again, what difference does it make? Why is it important? It is not important in a church setting. Nothing worth being right about. True.

BUT: Outside the church, again It is very important because it affects you personally in what you believe concerning the Bible and it’s accuracy and believability.

It points the very credibility of the scriptures, and the Bible we use today, and the translators.

I mean, if they couldn’t get that right, what else are they wrong about?

Again, it is not a big deal inside of a church, but if you get into a debate about Paul with a person that hates him, and believes he contradicted Jesus, or a person that doubts the Bible, they will cut you to pieces with your own sword. Remember this, many atheists and unbelievers study the Bible also.

Now if you deny Paul wrote Hebrews, an atheist, or Paul hater would then ask you about Moses authorship of the first five books of the Bible, which you would have to concede a measure of uncertainty concerning that as well, then he would lead you down the yellow brick road of doubt and denial and leave you confused and frustrated, and doubting the validity of your own Bible. You would wind up being a biblical hypocrite in his eyes.

My Bible says Paul wrote Hebrews. For me to deny or doubt it is going against what the translators of the 1611 KJV bible agreed upon. It says “the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews”. The translators were all PHD’s that spoke at least five languages fluently. They knew what they were talking about.

And King James Stewart did not “rewrite” or write the Bible. He simply had it translated into English. That’s it.

Proof
of this is the fact that there are many Bibles that predate the King James version by hundreds of years.

They all say the same thing as the King James, just in different languages. They too also say Paul wrote the book of Hebrews.

I have written extensively about Paul’s authorship of Hebrews, and Paul himself, today I will keep things brief, and just give you a few proofs of Paul’s authority, and that Paul did author Hebrews.

Finally, the case for Hebrews.

First point: it is very clear in the book that  Paul wrote Hebrews by the hand of Timothy.

Paul DICTATED the letter to Timothy. Timothy actually penned the epistle. Hebrews contains the mind and mouth of Paul, and the hand of Timothy.

Why? Well, it is known that Paul had vision problems. As he aged, logically it got worse and worse, so it stands to reason that Paul would use Timothy, his closest disciple and son in the Lord, to write letters.

If you find a first edition 1611 King James Version Bible, and turn to the last page, last verse of Hebrews, it says “By Timothy, from Italy”. Which tells us exactly who wrote Hebrews. So that settles that.

Bear with me. OK. Second, If you back up a little bit, there is a verse where it says “our brother Timothy has been set at liberty”. What does that tell us?

It tells us Timothy is writing a letter for someone else. That someone else could ONLY be Paul. Allow me to tell you why:

The letter specifically says “to the Hebrews” which means primarily to the Jews. The doctrines in Hebrews are found in all of Paul’s epistles to the Gentiles, but because the Jews were operating under Judaism and the law, now obsolete, Paul had to use a different approach and address the Jew in a different context than he did the Gentile, who had no knowledge or understanding of Judaism. It’s not hard to teach a young dog new tricks, but old habits are hard to break. This was the case with the Jews in Paul’s day.

Point #3: In Paul’s day, a Jew would only accept doctrinal instruction from a confirmed prophet, a priest in the temple, or a pharisee. That’s it. None of the apostles had such qualifications. Timothy didn’t have such.

Only Paul had such authority and the intimate, detailed knowledge of the priesthood and Jewish history he used to make his case.

And lastly, the fourth main point, among many other things I won’t go into today, is Paul’s salutation.

A salutation is an opening or closing remark, or both, not one’s name. See my other two posts about Paul’s Salutation. Paul’s salutation “grace be unto you“, is found in ALL of his epistles, including the last verse of the book of Hebrews. This was Paul’s trademark. His copy right. There is no reason to doubt Paul’s authorship of Hebrews, or the authority of the translators of the KJV Bible. 54 translators, 1000 year old Bibles, Paul’s salutation, his authority, and his eyes tell us Paul wrote Hebrews by the hand of Timothy.

As I said, the mouth and mind of Paul, the hand of Timothy. This lesson was to assure you your Bible can be trusted.

In closing, don’t ever let anyone make you doubt or question your Bible.

Look for HARMONY and agreement in your studies, and rest assured, the Bible you hold in your hands is the most verifiable, tested and accurate historical text known to man. Nothing else even comes close. Hebrews 13:23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. Grace be with you all. Amen. (Written to the Hebrews by Timothy from Italy).

Next week, I hope to address the many wondrous proofs of the resurrection of Jesus, thank you.

Copyright 2022 James Dixon

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Post tribulation Rapture. One logical problem.

The post teibulation rapture doctrine is an errant doctrine based on a misunderstanding of the scriptures.

Here is just one of many a logical problems with post trib rapture.

At the rapture, ALL living and dead believers will be glorified to immortality.

Immortals do not marry or give in marriage. So, if the rapture is post trib, it would leave no mortals to repopulate the earth in the kingdom.

Logically then, the rapture of the bride occurs before this. It cannot be post trib.

“The elect” are living believers alive at Jesus return. They will enter the kingdom in mortal bodies.  The believing DEAD, the tribulation martyrs at Jesus return will be raised to immortality, and reign with Christ 1000 years.   This is not 1 thess 4:13-17, or 1 Cor 15:52

Blessings!

Copyright 2022 James Dixon

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The rapture , The REMOVAL, not a return.

There is a difference. The rapture is not a resurrection. It involves the living believers alive on earth at that time. It occurs at one of the harvests of the first resurrection, the barley , the harvest of the dead New Testament saints. The rapture is a one time event. It occurs AT one of the harvests of the first resurrection. The first resurrection is series of harvests of dead saints that began in Matthew 27:52-53 This is what confuses many people.

The first resurrection involves several harvests of dead saints at different times. It began in matthew 27:52-53, continues in 1 Thess 4:13, olives in Revelation 11:11, wheat in Revelation 14:16, grapes in Revelation 14:19, and finally the gleanings in Revelation 20:4-6. All of these companies, including the raptured saints, will rule and reign with Christ in his kingdom. Those saints that are alive when Jesus returns with us will enter the kingdom as mortals, not raptured saints.

The rapture is not a return of Christ, it is a REMOVAL of all the world’s living believers. It is the catalyst that allows the NWO to come to fruition. Other believers will follow behind us in the faith. Folks will believe during the tribulation. Most will be killed.We will not be part of that company. We are not appointed to wrath. See my other blog posts for more clarification.

For those who rejected the gospel before rapture, the Bible says they will be “sent a strong delusion, that they would believe a lie and be damned”.

Please don’t be left behind, accept Jesus as your Saviour right now, tomorrow may be too late.  See my other posts for clarification, blessings!

copyright James Dixon 2022

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The gathering of the elect comparison study

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7/21/2019 James Dixon, Ferry road Baptist Church.

Comparison Bible study: Comparing the Rapture to the gathering of the elect.

First, I hope to explaining OUR judgement, and then do a comparison to the judgement mentioned in in Matt 13:36, Mark 13:27, and Matthew 25:31-41.

This is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible; It is the basis for the doctrine of the post tribulation rapture. WE will be raptured first, then the tribulation begins.

A post trib rapture is not biblical, and makes no logical sense. It leaves no mortals for the kingdom reign.

The gathering of the elect” Mark 13:27
And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

This verse applies primarily to the believers alive on earth when Jesus returns with his saints, those that survive the tribulation.

Note the ANGELS gather these elect to Jerusalem. This is not rapture. These saints are commended and rewarded the kingdom in MORTAL bodies, and repopulate the earth in the kingdom. Matt 25:31.

WE, having returned with Jesus from the marriage supper of the Lamb, will rule and reign with him in immortal glorified, raptured and first resurrection bodies. See Matt 25:32-41, rev:6, 5:10, and Rev 20:4.

When this judgement is over, the SECOND marriage feast of the Jewish wedding begins, “many will come from the east and the west, and the north and the south (earthly) , and sit down with Abraham in the kingdom”. Matt 8:11

The reason these saints were not raptured is because they were not believers at the time the Lord came for his bride.

LOGICALLY, a post tribulation rapture makes no sense, because it would leave no MORTALS alive for the kingdom reign.

The mortals that enter the kingdom In Matt 25:31-41 will repopulate the earth during the thousand year reign of Christ. WE will rule and reign with Christ in IMMORTAL raptured and first resurrection bodies. Rev 5:9-10

OK, this is what we have to look forward to. It could happen any moment:

Thess 4:13-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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.

1 Cor 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
When is THIS judgement?

Rev 11:18 (This is OUR judgement and reward, before we return with Jesus.)
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou should give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.

OUR judgement will be in HEAVEN, at the judgement seat of Christ, BEFORE the end of the world, and Jesus return, not here on earth.

Read with me:

Revelation 19:4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thundering, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Notice it says here that this takes place at the throne of God IN HEAVEN.

Now, continue to read with me: Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Continuing on: Revelation 20:1 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
This is our future, and a description of coming events:

NEXT is the judgement of the ones alive on earth when Jesus returns with us.

Read with me: Matt 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Notice here the ANGELS do the work, THEY go and get the saints, but not only the saints that are alive when Jesus returns are gathered for this judgement, the WICKED are also gathered.

Matt 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Now the judgement is set: WE will not be on trial here.

Joel 3:3 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

More detail about this judgement:
Read with me now in Matthew 25:31-41. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

In closing: Now read Rev 1:6 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

And Rev 5:9-10: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 20: 4 And I saw thrones, and they (US) sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

So what I have covered here involves several companies of people: the raptured and resurrected saints in 1 Thess 4:13-17, The believer and the non believer alive when Jesus returns WITH his saints, and a company of saints killed in the tribulation that are still in the grave when Jesus returns with his saints.

Do not confuse “the gathering of the elect” at Jesus return with us, with the rapture of the bride when he appears for us. His second coming will not be a surprise, the rapture of the saints will be, so be ready. Stay prayed up, and keep a short account so as to not stand ashamed at his appearing, and to receive a full reward at your judgement.

God bless!

Copyright 2022 James Dixon

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The Doctrine of the Dowry.

Tell believers they cant go to hell, and they’ll wear out three Bibles trying to find a way to get there anyway.

The Jewish betrothal and wedding is a great way to explain eternal security of the believer.

In the Jewish courtship and betrothal, the groom presents himself to his prospective bride. She always, and always has had the ultimate right of refusal, he could not force or coerce her, nor could her family.

The prospective groom first must obtain the brides fathers permission to court his daughter.

After this, He offers himself and a dowry most precious to prove his intents and faithfulness.

Then, at a family gathering, a reception, engagement party , the potential groom drinks from a cup then offers her the cup. If she refuses his cup, the groom keeps the dowry, and they part as mere friends.

If she shared a drink from the same cup as he, it signified that she had accepted him and the dowry he offered.

From this point forward, the bride gives up any right of refusal going forward. She is now “bought with a price” She sold her right to refusal. Divorce is not an option for her, she is bound to him as long as he lives.

For his part, if the groom divorces her, or breaks the betrothal, which required formal court proceedings, he forfeits the dowry, which was always a great sum of money.

“Cheaper to keep her” comes to mind.

Is Jesus faithful? of course he is. 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

John 3:29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full.

Revelation 19:7

Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.

{See my other posts about Jewish weddings}

When you accepted the blood of Jesus, you made an irreversible decision and completed an irreversible transaction. Meaning you surrendered any rights of refusal going forward.

Like it or not, you are bought with a price, its impossible for a believer to go to hell. The Lord may slay a rebellious sheep, but he will never forsake his own.

In our case, We accepted the dowry, the shed blood of Jesus. We are bought with a price. Nothing can separate us from our Saviour. What a comfort, what a joy ! Blessings!

Copyright James Dixon 2022

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