Lessons Learned Too Late

1st Kings 13

The man of God began with courage and devotion to God, but very sadly ended in tragedy.

Lessons to be learned:

  1. Religious people don’t always tell the truth.
  2. Sincerity alone does not make things right.
  3. Earlier obedience will not cover later disobedience.
  4. God means what He says.

The man of God learned these lessons too late to do him any good.

  • Will we avoid making the same mistake he did?

False fake miracles, signs, and wonders

  1. Miracles, signs and wonders do not happen today.
  • It should be obvious that miracles do not happen today when we consider just some of Jesus’ many miracles.

2.  There is no need for miracles, signs and wonders to happen today.

Miracles, signs and wonders proved that the doers of them were from God, because only God can do such things:

  • e., Only God:
    • 72:18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.
  • Jesus:
    • 10:37-38 If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”
    • Jn. 3:1-2 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
  • Jesus’ disciples:
    • Mk. 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.

Jesus and His apostles saw to it that many of these things were written down, and when they were written down there was no more need for the miracles, signs and wonders to be performed in each succeeding generation:

  • 20:30-31 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

 False/fake miracles, signs and wonders occur even today

What about those who testify to “supernatural experiences” that have supposedly happened today?

(i)  Some are simply liars.

This may sound harsh, but such lies have made by many religious people in the past:

  • g., 1Ki. 13:18 He said to him, “I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'” But he lied to him.

(ii) Others might be sincere, but they are deceived.

Again, sadly, there have been many such sincere but deceived people down through the years:

  • g., 1Ki. 18:25-29 So Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one ox for yourselves and prepare it first for you are many, and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.” 26 Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, “O Baal, answer us.” But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made. 27 It came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.” 28 So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. 29 When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.

 

  • Rom. 10:1-2 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

Which Church?

Which church should I join?

Where do all churches come from? Why is there so much division? Do all roads lead to heaven?

4 Questions answered on which church?

  1. Which Church is the Church which Jesus built?
  2. What about churches that men have built?
  3. Does it really matter?
  4. Where today is the church that Jesus built?

Premillennial Perversions: Part Two

Premillennial Perversions: Part 2

  1. Revelation 20 does not teach that Jesus’ second coming is before the 1000 years
  2. Daniel 9:24-27 does not teach that there will be a seven year tribulation in our future
  3. There is no ‘thousand years’ between the resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous
  4. Jesus did not fail in His mission to establish the kingdom
  5. Matthew 24:21 is wrongly applied to a supposedly future ‘Great Tribulation’

Premillennial Perversions: Part 1

Premillennial Perversions: Part 1

  1. Revelation 20 does not teach that Jesus’ second coming is before the 1000 years
  2. Daniel 9:24-27 does not teach that there will be a seven year tribulation in our future
  3. There is no ‘thousand years’ between the resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous
  4. Jesus did not fail in His mission to establish the kingdom
  5. Matthew 24:21 is wrongly applied to a supposedly future ‘Great Tribulation’

Some Things Wrong with Denominational “Baptisms”

  1. Denominational “baptisms” often involve the wrong person.
  2. Denominational “baptisms” often involve the wrong method.
  3. Denominational “baptisms” often involve the wrong purpose.
  4. Some Things Wrong with Denominational “Baptisms” – Does It Really Matter?

The Language of Ashdod

 
We should be speaking as the bible speaks. 
1. Not saying we are ‘witnessing for Jesus’ 
2. Not saying ‘the Holy Spirit guides us apart from the word of God’
3. Not saying there are ‘christians’ in denominations