We’ll continue today with a number of sessions on trusting god. This is something we do every year at various times of the year, I just thought it was very appropriate as we come into the fall season. We’ll talk about thanksgiving, we’ll talk about God’s reliability, we’ll talk about prayer, we’ll talk about God’s loving kindness, and the importance of loving God and praying with believing. It will be a great series looking at these things. Some of these things we’ve read many times, others maybe a little new to you, but well just have a great time looking into some positive simple truths about trusting God and loving God. So it should be a great number of sessions over the next few months. Let’s start be looking at Ruth. A wonderful women, as we know. We have read that Ruth was a woman of Moab and she met some Judeans when they went from Judea to Moab because there was a famine in Judea. And while there, one of the Judeans met and married Ruth…
Taught by Bruce Mahone 20160925. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Ruth 2:11-12 The Lord, under whose wings thou art come to trust
2 Sam 22:1-7,18-20 The God of my rock, in him will I trust
2 Kings 18:1-8 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God of Israel
2 Kings 18:19-30 Rabshakeh tried to turn them from trusting God
Psalms 5:1-12 Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice
Psalms 9:9-10 Thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee
Psalms 18:2 The Lord is my rock, in whom I will trust
Still Trust God
Psalms 28:6-7 My heart trusted in the Lord, and I am helped
So here we are in part 8 of “The Return of the Lord,” we’ll finish that up today. Then in the coming weeks we’ll have a series on prayer and vision. Just going to God to get a vision for your life and then praying that God will help bring it all to pass. It should be a really fun number of sessions with some wonderful doctrinal verses, which are the ones where God tells us how to pray and what He’ll do for us. And then very inspritrational records of men and women in the Bible records who actually do pray and do believe, and God does give them their vision and they accomplish great things not only to help their own lives, but to help so many others as well. So that will be a real fun series on prayer and vision. So, what we are going to do today in “The Return of The Lord, Part 8” is go over the final page of the notes, which you can get on the web site, which is the chronology of the final administrations. Everything we’ll read today we’ll have covered at one point or another in the class. But this will kind of pull together, not every detail of the class, but the chronological order of what occurs in the final administrations together. First of all, we are now in the administration of the Grace of God. Let’s go to Ephesians 3:2.
Taught by Bruce Mahone 20160828. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Chronology – Final Administrations
1.Administration of the Grace of God (Eph. 3:2)
– People can become born again (Rom. 10:9-10), obtaining eternal life (Rom. 6:23), never to perish (I Cor. 15:18), and are thus saved from the wrath to come (I Thes. 1:10)
– Ends with the gathering together – those born again (whether they wake or sleep) meet the lord in the air (I Cor. 15:51-58; I Thes. 4:13-18; II Thes. 2:1)
– Starts with the gathering together, when Jesus Christ comes for his saints. Later, he comes with his saints to do battle, to judge, and to reign.
– Referred to as the “day of Christ” (Phil. 1:10, 2:16; II Thes. 2:2), “day of the Lord” (Acts 2:20; I Thes. 5:2; II Peter 3:10), “day of the Lord Jesus” (I Cor. 5:5; II Cor. 1:14), “Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10) “day of God” (II Peter 3:12), and “day of God Almighty” (Rev. 16:14).
– Wrath, tribulation, antichrist, beast, false prophet – those who do not accept the mark of the beast are beheaded for the witness of Jesus (Rev. 1-19)
– Satan is bound and shut up in the bottomless pit for one thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3)
– First resurrection: those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus in Rev. 1-19 are raised to life. They live and reign with Christ and the previously gathered born-again ones during the thousand years that Satan is bound (Rev. 20:1-6).
– Satan is loosed for a season (Rev. 20:7-9)
– The devil (Satan) is cast into the lake of fire, joining the beast and the false prophet (Rev. 20:10). No one else is said to be tormented day and night forever.
– Ends with the second resurrection: the rest of the dead come to life and are judged according to their works at the great white throne judgment. Those whose names are written in the book of life go on to eternal life. Those whose names are not found written in the book of life are cast into the lake of fire, which is the second death. Death and hell (hades, the grave) are cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21:7-8).
3. Final Glory Administration
– Former (second) heaven and earth melting with fervent heat (II Peter 3:10), being destroyed by fire (II Peter 3:12), passes away (Rev. 21:1)
– New (third) heaven and earth established (Rev. 21:1). New Jerusalem comes down from heaven – no tears, death, sorrow, crying or pain (Rev. 21:4).
– Paradise reestablished in the new Jerusalem with the tree of life (Rev. 2:7; 22:1-2, 14).
Today we are going to continue a series we started before we took a break to look at “The Return of the Lord” for a number of sessions. We’re going to get back to a series I called “A New Focus” where you have to change your entire focus in life. We’ll start back with one on focus, called “Look to God.” And the point of every verse we’ll read today will be simply to not look at the circumstances around you — I mean, obviously you have to be aware of them and if you are crossing the street you have to be aware to know if there is a truck barreling down the road, but it is not your main focus in life, it is not the main thing you are concerned about, it is not the main thing that defines your life — the circumstances and the people around you is not your main focus. God is the one who is our strength, He is the one that is our deliverance, He is the one that gives us peace and supplies our needs and directs our paths. So our primary focus is on Him and all the other things in life: the people, the circumstances, the vehicles, the machines, the bank accounts, the hundreds of other things we all deal with; they are important, but they’re not the number one thing, The number one thing is to look to God. And then as we do, God will help all those other parts of life smooth out. And even if they all fall apart and from time to time those other aspects of our life do fall apart. God will still be there to take care of you; and whatever it is that you’ve lost, or missed or has gone wrong, or a tragedy, or a difficulty God will be there to provide and supply what you need. So let’s go to II Kings 6:8…
Taught by Bruce Mahone 20160911, All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
II Kings 6:8-23 Chariots of fire – Raise your vision for your life
Ps. 60:11-12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he shall tread down our enemies
Ps. 71:1-15 Thou art my hope (vs. 5), I will hope continually (vs. 14)
Psalm 91 1000, 10,000 shall fall, but it shall not come nigh thee (vs. 7)
Ps. 146:5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God
Ps. 147:11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy
Prov 16:3 Commit(roll) your works unto the Lord, and your thoughts shall be established
Prov. 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision (divine communication), the people perish (wander): but he that keepeth the law, happy is he
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope [4009 – mibtach – trust, confidence, refuge] the LORD is
Dan. 11:32 The people that do know their God shall be strong (stand firm) and do exploits (take action)
II Cor. 4:(1-)18 Look not at those things which are seen
Phil 3:3 Worship God in the spirit, rejoice in CJ, have no confidence in the flesh
Col 3:1-3 Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (vs. 1)
II Tim 4:16-18 At my first answer [defense] no man stood with me.
The Lord stood with me … shall deliver me from every evil work.