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REPORT 500 JUNE 2016

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings” (Isa 61:1)

These wonderful words from the prophet Isaiah are quoted in the New Testament and directly related to the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel” (Luke 4:18)

The “good tidings” of Isaiah 61:1 is rendered “the gospel” by the Apostle Luke in his record. The word gospel (Greek: “evaggelizo”is made up of two Greek primary words, “eu” (good) and “anggelos” (message) The gospel then is God’s Good News!

If the gospel is good news – what is the bad news? The bad news is, natural human life without God.  Creation is subject to vanity and futility (Rom 8:20). Human life is ruined by sin, subject to tears, illness, trials, pain and stress – and ultimately ends in death - the wages of sin (Rom 5:12). Is death all there is for us? The grave appears to be the only thing that awaits all mankind. Bad news indeed!
The gospel is God’s message of hope and salvation. There is good news – God offers us a way out of the death’s inevitable destiny – this is very good news surely.
The Bible refers to this good news as “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13). It is “truth” because it reflects and deals with reality – the reality of our mortality – our bad news, but also provides for us the reality of our good news – salvation through Christ – everlasting life.
Sadly, however, there are false gospels (2 Cor. 11:4). The early believers were warned not to follow after other gospels (Gal 1:7) which were perversions of the true gospel and will not save. It is our responsibility to hold fast to the true gospel – “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain” (1 Co 15:1-2).
Just as the paperboys of old would cry out the news on the street – “read all about it!” ,  so God is calling to us today with His Good News – it is contained within the pages of His Word – “read all about it” while you have the opportunity – believe it, obey it and be saved.
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The Gospel – Salvation from Eternal Death
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
 This famous verse, recording the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, succinctly spells out the options available to mankind. We either “perish” or have “everlasting life” the choice is ours.
On the one hand, the verse defines the natural position we are all in – we would perish. Just like perishable food items. To perish, one disintegrates and like the animals he returns back to the dust and ceases to exist.
 The word “perish” perfectly describes the exact situation of all mortal men once they die.
 “His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish” (Psa 146:4)
   “Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish” (Psa 49:20)
  “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished” (Ecc 9:56)
  Our world is full of myths and fables which try to hide the true reality of death. The ancient cultures had their “afterlife” myths – even many Christian traditions assimilated such ideas into their theology and promulgated such ideas as the immortal soul and eternal bliss on the clouds of heaven – such ideas are not in the Bible and do not reflect reality – we are beasts that perish!
Jesus is telling us here that this does not need to be our destiny. Jesus urges us to believe on him and have everlasting life. Here we have the solution – in fact the opposite of eternal death – everlasting life.
 The Lord explains what everlasting life means – “They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. (Luke 20:35-36).
The ultimate outcome of God’s salvation is described in these beautiful words in (Rev 21:4)  “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
 The gospel of salvation (Eph. 1:13) gives us hope beyond the grave – the hope of bodily resurrection and serving as kings and priests (Rev 5:10) with Christ in his kingdom on the earth (Matt 6:10).  


The Gospel – Offers Resurrection from the Dead 

“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” (I Cor. 15:5152)
The gospel is “good news” as it announces to man Gods offer of salvation. This salvation is clearly spelt out for us in the word.
  “the good news of the kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14).
The establishment of God’s kingdom on this earth is central to the salvation message and plan. Salvation of the faithful goes hand in hand with God’s purpose with the earth. Firstly, how are we saved? The Bible tells us that we must believe the gospel, be baptised and live in faith of our Lord’s return. (Mark 16:16).  The question was asked of the apostle Paul who responded “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31-33) and we then read that once this gospel was heard and believed the recipients were “baptised”.
This gospel is referred to as “the power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16) to everyone who believes.
 What then is the practical outcome of this salvation for us? The Bible tells us very clearly – salvation involves the bodily resurrection from the dead and the bestowal of eternal life in order to live forever in God’s kingdom on earth.
Jesus was bodily resurrected (Acts 13:30, Rom 1:4, Acts 10:40). He appeared unto his friends and disciples (Mark 16:9, 14) and unto his apostles who were invited to touch him (Luke 24:39) and eat food with him (Luke 24:43).
Jesus then is the role model or prototype of the salvation that God has in store for all His children. In I Cor. 15 Jesus is described as “Christ risen from the dead” and “the firstfruits of them that slept.” The idea of the firstfruits is the fruit of the harvest that appeared before the rest of the crop. In the same way Jesus was resurrected first and is therefore the first to be raised and given immortality:
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming” (1 Cor 15:23)
  Resurrection was the hope of the early believers. For example Jesus close friend Martha believed her brother would be resurrected (Joh 11:24) Martha saith unto him, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day”. Jesus taught very clearly that the hour is coming when those in the grave would hear his voice and come forth unto the resurrection (John 5:28-29) and the Old Testament prophet Daniel tells us that those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake unto eternal life (Dan 12:2)
There is no other hope beside the resurrection (1 Cor 15:16-19). God’s word tells us that we can be part of this incredible salvation – the choice is ours!   D TAPPOURAS   6   16

REPORT 499 MARCH 2016

THE WONDER OF GOD'S WORD - In Creation

When the apostle Paul was given an opportunity to preach to the heathen philosophers on the famous “Mars Hill” in Athens, (Acts 17:22) he immediately introduced the one true God as the creator of heaven and earth. (v24) - God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth. (v28) - For in him we live, and move, and have our being. 

This is a fundamental issue that all of mankind are called upon to acknowledge.  Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. 

 A society that rejects God is a society destined for decay and destruction. In fact, Hebrews 11 - the great Bible chapter on faith, begins by emphasising that faith in creation is a fundamental requirement of God - Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Once we acknowledge God as the creator our minds are ready to accept His greatness and yield to His wisdom. Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.   

We see not just the greatness and genius of God in His creation but also revealed in His condescension is the fact of His love, mercy and His ultimate purpose – His moral perfection is witnessed in creation as much as His physical power. The Psalmist brings together both His wisdom and His mercy in relation to the creative acts - Psalms 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. He created the earth for a purpose: 

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else

 It behoves us to look at creation – see the hand of God – acknowledge His greatness and ask – what is His purpose in all this? 

God revealed His purpose to Moses as related in Numbers  14:21  “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD”. That time  is nearly here for the coming of the Lord Jesus is nigh, even at the door         D TAPPOURAS   3   16

THE WONDER OF GOD'S WORD - creating the first human being  

The pinnacle of God’s creation is a species often referred to as “Homo Sapiens” or human beings. This part of creation is particularly special 

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Soul…Heb:nephesh…living breathing creature)  

No other animal received such intimate and personal attention from God. What was so different in this case? Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. 

Made in the ‘image and likeness’ of God Himself. Something within the human design reflects the mind of God. There is a potential in all of mankind to reflect the qualities of our father. Love, kindness, self-sacrifice, gratitude, adoration - these are the higher qualities, divine qualities, unique humans.  

Consciousness and self-awareness are also characteristics unique to mankind – the ability to look beyond ourselves and ask the big questions of eternity – How did I get here? Why am I here?  And where am I going? 

God has put within us all the desire to know more – He placed ‘eternity’ in our hearts (Ecc 3:11 – Heb.) He has given us the ability to praise and honour Him and to seek for something better than this world can offer. 

The complexities of the human brain with its millions of connections and functions and the ability for creativeness, music, rational thought, memory and expression – the ability for one generation to pass on and build upon the knowledge of those who have gone before – all these things and much more testify to the wisdom and power of the creator – 

 Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psa 8:3-4 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  

Jesus, speaking of the Father in Revelation 4:11, said…”Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”  About a thousand years before Christ, David, speaking of the Father said.. “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.” (Psalm 148:5)

The comprehensive list of ‘things created’ reveals that the Father created all things. 

The amazing truth is, however, that He created us, but also Loves us – as a Father. He wants none of us to perish (as the animals do – Psalm 49:12) but to have everlasting life (John 3:16) – to ultimately share His nature as well as His character.             D TAPPOURAS  3   16    

THE WONDER OF GOD'S WORD - the introduction to sin and its consequences

 Sin was not part of God’s original creation. Sin entering our world and its profound consequences were a result of human failure. God had made man – the pinnacle of His creation – with the ability to respond and grow in spiritual things and reflect the character of God himself (Made in the ‘image and likeness of God’ – Genesis 1:27).  

However, man (the first man Adam) was yet untested and untried. God gave Adam and Eve a commandment – His word. Would man respond to God’s word or not? Adam and Eve could eat of any tree of the garden but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they could not eat (Genesis 2:16) – the consequences of disobedience were clearly spelt out – ‘thou shalt surely die’ (Genesis 2:17).  

Here, at the beginning of history God connected Sin with death and this connection would remain constant for all time (the wages of sin is death - Romans 6:23). God is the creator and giver of life – it is only right to acknowledge His supremacy and that obedience to His word as the way to life – the opposite – disobedience to His word rightly results in death. 

God had to provide an alternative to His word – the serpent was created crafty and subtle (Genesis 3:1). His observations were based on animal logic without reference to God’s word – he saw the angels, intelligent, sophisticated beings walking and talking in the garden, he saw the relative naivety of Adam and Eve . 

He heard the prohibition on them eating of the tree of the ‘knowledge of Good and Evil’ and concluded that Eve would not really die if she ate – and put into her mind the seed of doubt – doubt in God’s word – the opposite of faith – combined with her natural desires as she noticed (Genesis 3:6) the tree was ‘good for food” (lust of the flesh  -1John 2:16) “pleasant to the eyes” (lust of the eyes – 1John 2:16) “desired to make one wise” (pride of life -1John 2:16) and she took and did eat – she then urged Adam to eat with her. 

Now sin had entered creation – God’s sentence was implemented – death as a result of sin would become part of the universal human experience (Romans 5:12). 

Adam and Eve’s disobedience to a simple restriction put on their way of life, had become disastrous to every man and woman who would follow 

Fortunately, God offers us an alternate ending to inevitable death – if we believe in His son we will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). 

The Apostle John in that remarkable ch. 6 v. 54, of his Gospel message, states adamantly…”Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day” 

Of course, he is speaking of the Memorial supper and he is not promising immediate eternal life, but that reward when He returns  and raises His true and sincere followers to life.        D TAPPOURAS  3   16

WE WELCOME OUR READERS IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD:  

 The new year of 2016 has certainly started in a manner  that eclipses all the preceding years for violence , murder and a near total ignorance of the God in heaven. Nearly 500,000 people have been killed in Syria as Islam battles Islam for supremacy in the Islamic world. It seems strange that the West cares little and praps is adopting the attitude, ‘Let them kill each other’.  

 How long will this last?  To the avid Bible student, the Bible is quite clear that it will last until  the Father sends His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, with His kingdom.            Of that time and date we know not in positive terms.  It is hidden from us, but there are a few dates and times which give us  small clues and  we submit these to you for your  interest.   

Firstly, let us understand that there are two very important time periods which apply to Israel, the first being the Jubilee, 49 +1 years, and the other, 70 years of trial..  

 Furthermore, there are four dates in modern history which have particular application to Israel.  The first being 1897, the Zionist Conference; 1917, the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration;  1947/8 the rebirth of Israel and 1967, the reclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.    It is no coincidence then, that 50  years from 1897 takes us 1947/8, the rebirth of Israel, and 50 years from 1917 takes us to 1967.  And, wonder of wonders, 70 years from1897 takes us to 1967 .     

Are we seeing the mind and hand of the Father at work in these last days?  But, the scenario changes to awe as we apply those two time periods to 1947/8 and to 1967 !   

Adding 70 years to 1947/8, we arrive at 2017.    And….adding 50 years to 1967. we arrive at 2017.  The other years have been spectacular in their prophetical significance.  Is this to apply to 2017.    We make no claim about events which might happen in the 2017/8 arena, but  as the Father made sure those other dates were to be spectacular. Can we expect the same of 2017? 

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CONCLUSION:      Most responsible Bible students  agree that the second coming of the Lord Jesus is very near. Now is the time to remind your friends and neighbours that salvation is free. It's written in the Bible.            C.F    3-2016   

REPORT 498 DECEMBER  2015

THE MAN OF SIN:

“…that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god” 2 Thess 3:4)

 

This prophecy, given by the apostle Paul tells us of a religious system, headed up by a man (the man of sin) that will oppose the truth of the gospel. Paul tells his readers living in the first century that the return of Christ to the earth (“that day”) would not happen immediately, but rather a lot of history had to take place before that event occurred. In particular he foretells of a “falling away first” in 1 Thessalonians 2:3. The term “falling away” in Greek is “apostasis” and means an apostasy or a wholesale departure from the true gospel. So when would this apostasy or falling away occur? The chapter gives us some vital clues:

 

v.7 – Already at work (this is at the time of writing in the first century AD)

v.8 – Will be destroyed at the coming of Christ

 

So, the Bible student needs to look for a religious system, opposed to the truth, headed up by a man, which started in the first century, grew in power during the intervening years and will be in existence and destroyed at the coming of Christ. What religious organization has existed for 2000 years that may meet the description given here?

 

We propose that the Catholic Church is this system – headed up by a man (The Pope) that is identified here in this prophecy.

 

The seeds of apostasy were already working in the early Christian community as evidenced by so many appeals by Paul, John, Jude, James etc. to hold fast to the original truth. However, by 315 AD Constantine changed the empire to “Christian” and the rot had set in and Christianity would change forever, no longer a community who “turned the other cheek” and showed love and humility but an awful power that would bring misery and destruction, torture and inquisition and by 1869 introduce the blasphemous doctrine of papal Infallibility virtually raising the “man of sin” (the Pope) to the level of the divine.  

 

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LUCIFER: who ‘he’ is and who ‘he’ is not:

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning. (Isaiah 14:12)

 

This consideration of this subject contains a real lesson on how one must approach the study of God’s word. We must never take a verse in isolation from it’s context and build a doctrine upon it alone. The old saying “context is king” in Bible study holds very true here. Many have thought that these words relating to Lucifer here are referring to an immortal devil or fallen angel. When the context is faithfully and carefully considered, nothing could be further from the truth.

 

What is the context then? Isaiah here is very clear – Isa. 13:1 tells us that Isaiah is issuing a “burden” against Babylon. A burden is an “utterance of doom” which Isaiah will make against Babylon and a number of other nations who are enemies of Israel. Compare Isa. 17:1 which contains a similar “burden” against Damascus. In fact over the next few chapters Isaiah goes on to speak against Assyria (14:24/25), Philistia (14:31), Moab (15), Syria (17), Ethiopia (18), Egypt (19) and Tyre (23).

 

But by far the most powerful of all these nations was the mighty empire of Babylon. This is why Isa. 14: 4 says “take up this parable against the king of Babylon”. The word parable is defined as “metaphorical in nature, hence a simile (as an adage, poem or discourse)” – Strongs Concordance.

 

Hence the language used here to describe the king of Babylon is poetic and contains many symbolic figures of speech. Despite the poetic nature of the language used, careful reading of the passage will easily reveal that it is a man and a human nation that are being spoken of  and not a supernatural being:

 

He ruled the nations (14:6), He weakened the other nations (14:12) He will end up in the grave (14:11), He was the MAN that made the other nations tremble (14:16), He has slain many people (14:20).

 

It is obvious that he is a king and considered to be a king by the contemporary kings who he had previously subdued (14:9-10).

 

Why is the term Lucifer used in this poetic parable? Lucifer means “morning star” which is the brightest of all the stars. So too Babylon was the most powerful and glorious nation at that time – the leading nation of all those that had persecuted Israel. However, the parable makes clear that despite her glory and her might – the empire of Babylon will be brought low and destroyed. So too will all the enemies of God and those who persecute His people.

 

In our days the nations around Israel shout condemnations and death and destruction against Israel, little realizing that ‘their turn’ is about to come. The Hebrew Bible shows their end is due …see Ezekiel 35:14 , and like Babylon they will be destroyed

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SOME THOUGHTS ON:

“REPLENISH”: Every now and then young men who have never extensively studied the subject, bring up the failed theory that the creation of Genesis 1 was in fact a recreation of a world that had gone before

   Such men study the works of scientists rather than the word of God. They ignore God’s revelation of creation and try to squeeze in this other ‘creation’ between Genesis 1:1 and v.2.

   The word ‘replenish’ is called upon to show that a world did exist  but the English word ‘replenish’ is the verb form of the adjective’ replete’, which means ‘full’    Many Bibles now replace that work ’replenish’ with the word fill.  Reference to the Hebrew source word ‘milu’ reveals it has about 26 different meanings

   There is no certain Biblical evidence that a world pre-existed this present one and scientific evidence of age of rocks and other things has failed to convince many scientists and true believers.

IMMORTAL SOULS:

After the Father formed Adam, Genesis 2:7 explains that the Father “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul” (Nephesh; A breathing creature)

   The Prophet Ezekiel reveals that “the soul (nephesh: a breathing creature”) that sinneth it shall die” (Ezek 18:4). So it is clear that the ‘soul’ of Adam WAS Adam, a breathing mortal creature, a ’soul/person” subject to death and certainly not immortal.

   When the Father expelled Adam from the Garden of Eden, it is explained  that he could no longer  have access to the tree of life and ‘live for ever’

    Nothing is said about Adam having an immortal soul but merely that he could no longer depend on the Tree of Life’ to allow him to live for ever.  From that very minute his mortality (and ours)became a fact ‘set in stone’.

   The Father told Adam in no uncertain words, that he (a soul..nephesh..a breathing creature) was made of dust and “unto dust shalt thou (nephesh..soul…a living creature) return”  (Gen 2:19)

   Much is sometimes made of the words of John 3:36 to prove that man can NOW have an immortal soul…”He that believeth on the Son HATH everlasting life”

    We well know that many of our friends of a lifetime ago ‘believed’ on the Son and are now dead, so they had no measure of immortality in this life but they believed in the promise of eternal life in a world to come .

   Paul tells the Romans in Rom.6:23..”The gift (reward) of God is eternal life though Jesus Christ our Lord”. He is referring of course to baptism’

   Jesus stresses that promise 3 times in Revelation 22, to make sure we understand the clarity of His words..

    From Genesis to Malachi in the Hebrew Bible, immortality of the soul or the person, is never mentioned and the simple reason is that Israel, God’s people, were never told of it or promised it.

   It is a thought imported from heathen reasoning and has no part in Bible truth.

                 C.F   11-15

 

TO OUR READERS IN MANY LANDS:

This September just past, saw the 77th  anniversary of The Gospel Publicity League., founded by  Charles H French and Alan W Gunn in  1938.

    Up to 70,000 PDEs a month flowed from the GPL during the subsequent war years as people were hungry for the prophetic word.  That number dropped quickly after the war as people found they had not been harmed and they sank back into their  indolent  Godless ways.

    However, we would be remiss in not mentioning a few of the special people who made the GPL possible in those early days.  It's a pleasure to mention Ed Farrar of Canada, Laurence Stone and A Hawksworth, B Ackels, J Mattison, the Ross Family, Ell Ameral of USA, M Wait, A Kenny, O Meddings and J Jefferies of Victoria, the Gilmores and the Hermanns of Queensland, and so many others.  The support of such fine people resulted in the Biblical education of many and the baptism of many into the saving name of the Lord Jesus,

   We few ‘oldies’ who are left in 2015 hope to live just those few more years to see the actual return Lord Jesus

 

ITEM  1:  BULLETIN 282.    THE FALSE PROPHET:

There are many in this present era who think the False Prophet to be Mahomet, but in the 4 (only) mentions of the False prophet there is no indication that this is true.  Our Bulletin is free and post free

 

ITEM 2:   THE TRINITY:  CD-36  Many Bible scholars and ‘believers’ just will not recognize that the ‘theory’  of the Trinity formed no part of the revelation of God’s word to His chosen people the Hebrews and  the error of this teaching did not appear until the second century AD

   The trinity presents  a godhead that consists of 3 Gods, ‘yet there is only one  God’, an amazing contradiction, which all Trinitarians choose to ignore. 

   The Apostle Paul states quite clearly and emphatically that’ there is but ONE God, the Father’, (1 Cor 8:6) but Trinitarians beg to differ, claiming apparently that Paul did not know what he was talking about!  Paul then shows separation between the Father and Son, quite apparently disassociating Jesus from the Deity.

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CONCLUSION:   Matthew 24 is a wonderful dissertation by the Lord of things to happen between His day and His future coming, BUT, He warns that events in those days prior to His coming will resemble those days   of Noah, when the Father destroyed millions of  faithless  and Godless people. We live in those days now, so we must prepare ourselves and be baptized if we wish to be saved from eternal death                        C. F     11 15

REPORT 497 SEPTEMBER  2015

WE WELCOME OUR READERS IN MANY LANDS TO OUR AUGUST 2015 GPL REPORT:

NEW BULLETINS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

BULLETIN NO. 279: ‘NO PLACE TO GO’

The Vice President of the USA, Joe Biden recently made this remark concerning the Jews of this world and how true it is. The Bible forecast this situation and the regathering of the Jews from all parts of the world.

BULLETIN NO 280: ISRAEL AS A SPARROW ON THE HOUSETOP:

Our Bulletin refers firstly to Psalms 102 and the reference to “when the Lord shall build up Zion” (Verse 16). We live in those very days !

BULLETIN 281:

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: A UN RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A PALESTINIAN STATE:

There are several things expected to happen in September of 2015, and one of them is a proposal by the UN Security Council to formally recognize a Palestinian State. Our Bulletin examines this matter and its implications for Israel.

BULLETIN NO 510: THE TRINITY AND ITS BEGINNING:

Our Bulletin looks at the beginning of the development of this theory. A ‘must read’

BULLETIN NO 511: THE VIRULENCE OF SIN:

Our Bulletin looks at sin as a disease and the terrible effects it can have on all those follow sin’s path.

BULLETIN NO 512: “HERE AM I: SEND ME:

This Bulletin deals with the verse in Isaiah 6:8 and examines its implications that reach into our days and the responsibility it can mean to teachers of Bible truths:

BULLETIN NO 513: THE FINAL “GENERATION”:

The Bulletin examines several of the reference dealing with the ‘final generation’ spoken of in the Scriptures and what they may mean to the student of the Bible

BULLETIN NO 136: UNDERSTANDING ZECHARIAH 12-13-14.

 This Bulletin of several years ago, takes a closer look at three chapters in the book of Zechariah examining their relationship to events of the days in which we live. This is an important study and our Bulletin throws fresh light on the prophecies in those three chapters.

CONCLUSION: The Gospel Publicity League has been in existence for 77 years and in all of those years we have tried, to the best of our ability, to relate Bible prophecies to the events of these latter Days. In some areas we have been spectacularly successful and one of those areas has been the prophesied return of the people of Israel, the Jews, to the land long ago promised by God to their ancient fathers. This process continues daily, but there is a more spectacular event yet to happen and that is the return of the Lord Jesus to this world to establish God’s Kingdom. This is clearly written in the Scriptures so we counsel you to read your Bible and ‘read yourself rich’ from God’s word. C.F 8-15

 

PARADISE: A PROMISE.

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (Rev 2:7) When we hear or read the word “paradise” our mind conjures up images of the ideal state of existence, including gardens, trees, flowers and the abundance of nature’s beauty, but also implies feelings of delight, happiness and joy.

In fact this was the way God had originally created our earth. Paradise is a Persian word which is the basis of our word “garden” and immediately links us to the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8) where God placed Adam in the beginning. A place of peace, serenity, abundance, beauty and glory – as yet unmarred by sin.

In this paradise God planted the “Tree of Life” (Gen 2:9) a source of immortal life (Gen 3:22). But man sinned – he was banished - the Garden was lost – sin entered the world and brought with it corruption, pain, destruction and death.

Our Lord Jesus Christ came to redeem us from this fallen state, taking on himself the consequences of sin – and was hanged on a “tree” of death. (1Pet 2:24, Acts 5:30, 10:39, Gal 3:13).

As he hung on that accursed tree – he made a promise to a man hanging next to him who asked Jesus to remember him at his coming, Jesus told him he would be with him in paradise –our Lord saw the connection of a dead tree of death which would be replaced by the tree of life in paradise of God.

Where is this paradise? – Isaiah 51:3 tells us that Zion (Jerusalem) will be made God’s garden. God’s kingdom will restore the earth to its original paradise glory – death will be replaced by life – pain will give way to joy and healing will replace destruction. Rev 22:2 tells us that the Tree of Life will heal the nations, as this world is replenished. There is also a personal promise made in Rev 22:14 to those who “do His commandments” including baptism into the name of His son – will have the right (or Privilege) to eat of the Tree of Life, to live forever.  D Tappouras

 

THE GLORIES OF THE AGE TO COME:

The apostles taught quite clearly that there is coming to this earth a time of “refreshing” (or recovery) Acts 3:19. This refreshing will be initiated and implemented by the coming of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:20) who is now waiting in heaven “UNTIL” he is sent by God for the “restitution” (to restore) all things as spoken by God through his holy prophets (Acts 3:21).

What will this “refreshing” be like? What will this “restitution” bring to our world – the holy prophets have told us – What do they say?

Let us firstly take the prophet Isaiah. He tells us (Isa 11:4-9) that poverty will be no more as help is given to the poor. (Isa 65:17-23) Long life will become the norm, there will be abundance of food for all, everyone will feel secure and safe and at the same time they will experience the satisfaction that comes with honest work and labour. (Isa 65:24-25) One of the great blessings of that age is the promise of instant and direct answer to any prayers that are offered to God – what an incredible blessing. Also, the harmony that will then exist between nature and humankind – none will “hurt or destroy”.

Another prophet, Amos (Amos 9:13) reinforces the message that the age to come will be one of abundance and prosperity – he paints a picture of the “plough man overtaking the reaper” to illustrate the incredible fertility and productivity of the earth at that time. The holy prophets also includes the words of the Psalms that speak to us in poetry and song (Psa 72). We are told the world will be at peace – the peace that has eluded humanity since creation. The children will be saved – something that the world desperately needs right now and despots and oppressive rulers will be thrown down.

These physical blessings emphasise the quality of life that will be introduced. (Isa 32:1 & 17) that God will implement righteousness and justice, the results of which bring peace to our world – what an amazing time when God's law will go forth from Zion and His word from Jerusalem, (Isa 2:2-4). The glory of God will “fill the earth” (Num 12;21). This glory is not only reflected in the physical beauty of creation and nature at that time but also the character of God Himself (Exodus 34:6). Imagine a world where all think and act like God!

Let us pray that this time will soon come – as Jesus taught us – “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is done in heaven” (Mat 6:10). Even so come Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20).

D TAPPOURAS 8-15

 

RESURRECTION: SIMPLE BIBLE TRUTHS:

The Report (1948) of the Commission appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (UK) ‘Towards the Conversion of England' states, “ The central theme of the New Testament is eternal life, NOT for everybody and anybody, but for believers in Christ, arisen from the dead, The idea of the inherent indestructability of the human soul, (or consciousness) owes its origin to Greek, not Bible sources” Whilst the Church of England, and other Churches, pay lip service to the Bible fact of resurrection, they have also endorsed the first lie recorded in the Bible, on the occasion when the talking serpent told Eve, “ye shall not surely die” (Gen 3:4), and thus millions now oppose the sure and certain word of God!, assuming that they have an immortal soul which needs no resurrection.

The Hebrews of old were told of resurrection by their Prophet Daniel, who wrote “many of them who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake..” (Dan 12:2)

The Lord Jesus 12 times speaks of resurrection clearly in John 5 and 6 and the Apostle Paul in 1 Thess. 4:16 declares that when Jesus the Christ descends from heaven ‘the dead in Christ shall rise first. (Gk is ‘proton’, firstly in time, not persons) We must note that Paul shows selectivity in the resurrection, speaking of the resurrection only of those who died ‘in Christ’, or having formed a relationship with Christ through baptism.

Some folk write to us saying that the soul leaves the body at death and is reunited with the body at the resurrection. There is no Scriptural proof of such an idea, but there is proof that the ‘spirit’ (ruach..breath) ‘shall return unto God who gave it’. (Ecc 12:7) It is the spirit-breath that goes to God in heaven not the ‘soul’.

The Apostle Paul writing to the Ephesians..4:10, about the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, says plainly that ‘he that descended is the same also that ascended up…; Now if Jesus went down into the grave without His ’soul’ then we must accept that He ascended to the Father without His soul, whatever is meant by that - an idea of course, which is utter nonsense.

The Biblical record shows that Jesus raised from the dead three people, the son of the widow of Nain, (Luke 7:15), the daughter of the ruler of the Synagogue (Luke 8:55) and Lazarus (John ch. 11). Jesus delayed going to heal Lazarus, ‘that the Son of God might be glorified thereby’ and when he reached Bethany Lazarus had been dead 4 days. Thus, Jesus can resurrect people long after death, including those who are in their graves when He returns. C.F 8-15

   

REPORT 496 JUNE  2015

 ETERNAL LIFE OR  ETERNAL DEATH…..YOUR CHOICE?

 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth (has faith) in him should not perish but have eternal life”

 

This is probably the most well-known verse in the entire Bible. It is simple, straightforward and uses no complicated language. God has made the issues very clear. God has given His own son – our response to that gift will determine our destiny. The options – to receive eternal life or to perish.

 

What does it mean to perish? The original Hebrew word means “ceasing to exist”. This is virtually the same way as how we use the word today – a “perishable” product will rot away and decay, “perishable” material will deteriorate until it becomes invisable. So to perish is to rot away, decay, fade away and eventually cease to exist. This is the destiny of all those who reject God’s offer of love.

 

Scripture tells us that even a man of honor who does not understand God’s ways will perish like the beast (Psa. 49:20). The Psalmist repeats this concept (Psa. 146:4) stating that at the death of the wicked “his thoughts perish”. This is a permanent and eternal death.

 

For those in Christ however, death is described simply as a “sleep” – a temporary state, like a nights rest or the experience of a medical operation, from which we awake and stand again. (Psa. 13:3, 1 Cor. 15:6, 1 Thess. 5:3, Dan 12:2)

 

Those who sleep in Christ wait for the “shout of the archangel” and the “trump of God” (1 Thess. 4:16) which will wake us from that sleep to then be given – everlasting life! (1 Cor. 15:51-52) Will you perish or receive eternal life? We make the answer now.  D.Tappouras   5   15

 

 

WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH:

John 4:23-24 tells us that God seeks for true worship, which Jesus describes as worship in “spirit and truth”.

  

   The importance God places on truth cannot be overstated. Truth describes “reality”. The reality of God, His son, his promises and His purpose with us and His creation.

  

The word truth is used 110 times in the New Testament and confirms that the Bible is a book about truth – about what is real and what is actually true.

 

   The Bible describes God’s message as “the word of truth” (Eph. 1:13, Jn. 17:17). Jesus himself is called “the truth” (Jn. 14:5-6) God’s Holy Spirit power is called the “spirit of truth” (1 Jn. 5:6) and the Gospel message itself is linked with truth (Col. 1:5, Gal. 2:5)

  

   The opposite of truth is referred to in the Bible as lies, falsehood, fables, perversions and heresies (2 Pet. 2:1-2) of which we are sadly warned “many will follow”.

 

   The word “fables” (2 Pet. 2:1-2) is a Greek word “muthos” used in the New Testament and is related to the word we use today for myth or mythology.

  

   How do we know if we are following truth or myth, reality or human fabrication? The Bible gives us the method by which we might know:

 

   We are to “Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21) and we are to “Try (test) the spirits” to know if they are of God (1 Jn. 4:1). There are a group of people

commended in scripture (Acts 17:11) because when they heard the preaching of the Apostles they “searched the scripture daily to see whether these things be so”.

 

This is the attitude that God commends and this is the attitude of those who worship him in “spirit and truth”. The sad fact is that the Bible predicted that there would be a “falling away” (Gr. Apostasy) which would lead many from the truth (2 Thess. 2:3-8).

  

   This had already begun at the time Paul wrote these words and he warned it would continue and grow as time went on.

 

   The Bible also warned that some would “wrest” (pervert) the actual words of scripture changing the original meaning “unto their own destruction” (2 Pet. 3:16).

 

   The apostle Paul was very emphatic when he stated that even if he or even an angel from heaven taught “any other gospel” that the original gospel sent from God they would be “accursed” (Gal. 1:6). Truth is a serious issue. Believers are charged to “contend” for it (Jude 3).

 

   Let us follow the faithful example of those who searched the Bible daily, learned what was true, direct from God Himself and as a result - worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” The reward is well written in the Scripture. That reward can be eternal life in a world renewed by the spirit of the Father        .

                                  D  TAPPOURAS 5  15

JUDAS ISCARIOT & THE DEVIL SATAN:

   In John 6:70, we read that the Lord Jesus called Judas A devil (diabolos) and in John 13:27 we read that ‘satan’ (adversary) entered into him. For a ‘satan’ to enter into a ‘devil’ is the most ridiculous notion you can entertain, but the problem arises from the faulty translation in the Common version.

   The Apostle John obviously equates the devil and satan as one entity, even though they are represented in Scripture under two different words, namely as the Greek word, ‘diabolos’ (devil) and the Hebrew word satan.

   Diabolos simply means false accuser , or slanderer (calumniator) and indeed some Scripture references use those words rather than the commonly used word ‘devil’. (1 Tim 3:11….Titus 2:3… 2 Tim 3:3)  Nowhere in the Scriptures is the word diabolos used to represent a wicked  fallen angel of common evil repute.

   Satan is of Chaldean extraction and simply means accuser or adversary and several Scriptures bear this out.

    Thus Judas, by his actions, became a false accuser, a calumniator against the Lord Jesus, a betrayer, developing in his mind that same adversarial feeling of which Peter accused Ananias, “why hath satan filled thy heart….why hast thou conceived this thing in thy heart” (Acts 5:3,4)

   Thus it is plain to see that the actions of Judas were generated inside his mind, with no need of any external force.  As well, note that Jesus accused Judas of being A Devil, NOT the DEVIL insinuating that there other devils, false accusers, diabaloi.

                               C.F   5  15  

 

 

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE: (From Fingerposts)

The Bible is the infallible word of God. It is also the most

misunderstood book on earth.   In the Dark Ages, the Bible was chained to pulpits. It was not available to the ordinary man and only a handful of the priests could read. Therefore, the church could and did dictate its meaning. The Bible was a mystery to mankind. Sadly, it still is today.
   But the Bible doesn't have to remain a mystery, because it can be understood. The Apostle Peter tells us, in II Peter 1:20,21, that special men were guided by God to write the Bible and that individual interpretations are prohibited. God wrote it, and only God can interpret it. In other words, the Bible interprets itself. God has set forth certain principles in the Scriptures to be used to discern the truth. They are the keys to understanding the Bible. One of these many keys shows which verses are to be taken spiritually as opposed to literally, while another key will show us how to recognize doctrine.
    There are hundreds of groups on earth which call themselves Christian, and yet all are teaching different things. Most of them claim to use the same source book -- the Bible. Simple reason says that obviously they cannot all be right. They cannot all have the keys to understanding.
   Solomon said, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter" (Prov. 25:2).  

We encourage everyone to start searching for Bible truth, which is gratifying and the reward is great.  

                          C.F   5   15

 

 

WE WELCOME OUR READERS IN MANY LANDS TO OUR JUNE 2015 MID YEAR GPL  REPORT:

 

TWO NEW BULLETINS OF GREAT INTEREST:

No 277…THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING IN CHRIST:  One of the great privileges of being “in Christ” is revealed in the words of the Lord Jesus: “No man can come to me, unless the Father which sent me, draw Him” (John 6:44) Our Bulletin deals with the other enormous privileges those in Christ enjoy.

 

No  278:  WORSHIP  HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH:  “In the spirit’ implies seeking unity with the Father and ‘In Truth’ implies that any other ways of worship are not acceptable.  Explore the subject with us in our Bulletin.

 

OUR “PASSAGES EXPLAINED” SERIES INTRODUCES VERSES WHICH ARE OFTEN USED TO PRESENT ADVERSE VIEWS ON BIBLE SUBJECTS.  EXPLORE THE FOLLOWING WITH US.

 

PASSEX 1.  HEBREWS 10:5… “A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME”: To many this verse speaks of  ‘the incarnation’, but Scripture refutes this idea.

 

PASSEX  2:  JOHN 17:5“AND NOW, O FATHER, GLORIFY THOU ME WITH THINE OWN SELF, WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS”:  Multitudes of people believe this verse teaches the ‘pre-existence’ of the Lord Jesus, but a serious ex-amination of the Bible reveals otherwise.

 

PASSEX  3: JOHN 10:30:    “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE”.  To  the avid believer in the trinitarian view of the relationship between the Father and the Son, here is proof that the Father and Son  are indeed very God. But God’s word does not teach any such thing. Read our Bulletin to learn the undeniable truth on the subject.

 

PASSEX  4:  JOHN 1:1-3, 10. “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…”….  To those who think ‘the word’ is Jesus, these verses pre-sent proof that Jesus existed in the ‘very beginning’.  But what does the Bible say?.   Read our Bulletin for guidance.

 

NOTE: All of the Bulletins in this series are available on a CD on request

 

CONCLUSION: We watch in amazement as Moslems kill Moslems by the thousands in the Middle East, completely unaware they are under a curse proclaimed thousands of years ago when the Father told Israel, ”I will bless them that bless thee and curse him who curseth thee” (Gen 12:3).  The nations around Israel curse Israel by the minute and suffer the consequences of the promise by the God of Israel               C.F  5  15

 

 

REPORT 495 MARCH  2015

THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

         “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold,

the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath

prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals

thereof”     . ( Revelation 5:5)

In this verse we are presented with an incredible symbolic scene. We see a book (scroll) in the hand of him who sits on the throne and we are told that John weeps because no man was “worthy” to open the book (v.3). One of the elders depicted in this vision introduces us to the Lion of the tribe of Judah who has “prevailed” (or conquered) and was thus worthy to open the book and reveal its contents. However, as we look closer at the vision we do not see an actual lion but instead a lamb, which had been slain, no doubt referring to Jesus Christ (John 1:29). The sacrifice of Christ brings us many benefits, the chief of course being redemption (v.9) however one of the other benefits is that the book containing the symbolized history of the world which was sealed (Dan 12:4,9) is now open for us to read. The tribe of Judah (from where we get the word “Jew”) came from Judah, one of the sons of Jacob. As Jacob was dying he gave a blessing prophecy concerning this tribe (Gen 49:9-10) where he describes Judah as a lion and tells us that from Judah will come the king who would eventually have all peoples (or nations) obey him. Matthew 1:3 traces the genealogy of Jesus back to Judah and Hebrews 7:14 tells that Jesus would come from Judah. The lion is the undisputed king of the beast – a fitting symbol of the one who will conquer and bring this world under God’s control. It is said his roar can be heard for miles as he protects his own while striking fear into his enemies. The Old Testament foretold this lion like role and mission – “The Lord will roar from on high” (Jer 25:30) “The Lord will roar out of Zion” (Joel 3:16, cp. Isa 31:4). We are also told this lion come from David (Rev 5:5) which takes our minds back to the promises God made to King David in 2 Sam 7. Here God tells us that the promised seed would (i) come from David’s own body (2 Sam 7:12) yet (ii) he would also be God’s son (2 Sam 7:14). Here we have the unique position and nature of Jesus Christ – Son of Man (natural descendant of David through his birth of Mary) and also Son of God (the only begotten of the father). It is life eternal that we correctly know and understand God and His son (John 17:3). This lion has conquered death and shortly he will begin the work of conquering all opposition to God, this includes those that oppress Israel, the nations that reject him at his coming and even the greatest enemy of all - death itself (1 Cor 15:24-28).       D.T….15-3-15

 

THE VISION OF THE KINGDOM:

When we think about what the kingdom will be like we often focus on the global and environmental changes that Jesus will implement. The absence of war (Psa 46:9) and the world at peace (Psa 72:7-8) are features that immediately come to mind. We also think about the worlds resources no longer used to kill (swords) but instead used to feed the poor (plough shears) (Isa 2:4) and we imagine what it will be like to see the deserts bloom as the rose (Isa 35:1-2) as God repairs the ecology of this planet that has been destroyed by thousands of years of mankind’s greedy rule. We look forward with eagerness to a time when the deaf will hear and disabilities and illness will be controlled (Isa 35:6). One of the verse that has a lot of meaning and emotion for Bible readers is Rev 21:4 – this verse depicts a world of no tears – no sorrow – no crying and no pain. One only has to wander through a hospital ward or visit the emergency department at any of our city hospitals to feel the power and meaning of such a wonderful future. One other way to think about the kingdom for ourselves personally is to remember that in the kingdom we will be “like unto the angels” (Luke 20:36, Matt 22:30). By considering the angels we get a glimpse into what our life will be like in the age to come. Psalm 103:20 tell us that the angels “do His word, heed His voice and do His pleasure”. How wonderful it will be when we too, as immortal saints always do his word and give constant pleasure to our God. Not just some of the time but always – like the angels – give pleasure to Him. The angels are not robots. Daniel 10:13 describes an angel who has been given an assignment by God and needs to call on the help of another angel.

    This shows us that in the kingdom God will allow us to use our own initiative and volition in order to carry out his commands – and if necessary call on our fellow saints for assistance. As Kings and Priests (Rev 5:10) we will be responsible for leadership and administration tasks on behalf of our king and also performing the role of priest which involves teaching (cp. Role of a priest - Mal 2:7) as well as showing compassion and succor to those who will need our help. (cp. Qualities of a priest Heb 5:2) Just as Jesus has compassion on us because he was once like us – so we will have compassion and understanding on those under our auspices as we too once experienced the human life they are now subject to. How fulfilling it will be to use our immortal minds to work in His service. We are told that there is “joy in heaven” when a sinner repents (Luke 15:7). This demonstrates how the emotions of the angels are perfectly aligned to that of God Himself. When we are made like unto the angels we too will have our emotions perfectly in tune with God’s own and not overpowered and controlled by the selfish and self-serving emotions of our current fallen human state. How we long for the time when our hearts and God’s will are always perfectly in harmony and moving in the same direction. Come soon Lord Jesus – change this vile body (Phil 3:21) and make it like unto your glorious body.

                                  D TAPPOURAS   2-15

 

THE DEVIL, DIABOLOS Many people are sometimes amazed to learn that, out of the approx, 111 references to “devil or devils’ in the whole Bible, only about 35 of those references apply to the popular heathen concept of the  ‘imaginary fallen angel devil’

     At least 72 references apply to demons, demonised people or to non existent deified spirits

    The word devil/devils is found only 4 times in the Old Testament, showing that God’s people had no knowledge of of the later concept of an ‘outside source’  of temptation such as bad angels or imaginary demons.

    The 4 references in the Old Testament refer to ‘sgnirim,  ‘satyrs’, or sheedim, sacrificial destroyers.

    The simple meaning of ‘diabolos’ is slanderer or false accuser, and there is no verse in the Scriptures which links diabolos with the imaginary ‘fallen angel’ theory.

    1 Timothy 3:11 links the word  ‘slanderers’ with diaboloi, and 2 Timothy 3:3 uses the words false accusers for diaboloi, as does Titus  2:3.

    For centuries the words of 1 Peter 5:8 have been employed to frighten the weak in knowledge and faith, They read as follows: “ Be sober, be viligant; bec-ause your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”, Frightening words for those who daily live in fear of a person ‘apparently’ as powerful as God.

    But the word ‘adversary’ is from the Greek antidikos, meaning “opponent at

law”, whom Peter refers to as an adversary. People were being taken before courts and falsely accused .  (C.F.)

THE HUNTERS AND FISHERS

 Many people, including many referred to as Christians, do not recognize or accept that God’s promise to the Hebrews (Jews), of the Land of Canaan for an EVERLASTING possession is still  credible.

    In their beginnings the Father told Irael that if they disobeyed his simple commands He would scatter them into all parts of the world (Deut 32:26) and this He did  in AD 70.

    But that was NOT to be the end of Israel for God promised He would gather them from all the nations to which they had been scattered (Deut 30:3) and bring them back to the Land He had given them and they would possess it (Deut 30:5)

    The world has witnessed this great regathering of Israel from the four corners of the world and it is ongoing as 6000 return from the Ukraine and a similar number from France;

    God foresaw that there would be large numbers of His people who would be comfortable in the particular land of their ‘captivity’ and they would NOT want to move back to Israel.

   Thus He encouraged the Rabbis of the 1800’s to entreat the Jews to return to their land for trouble was ahead.  Few heeded the call so He sent HUNTERS to hunt them back to Israel, prominent amongst whom was Adolph Hitler and now we are witnessing  new hunters in the form of the Moslems of many lands, who daily assault Jews causing them to fear for their lives and forcing them to seek safety in their land of  promise.

    Even Jews in USA and Britain are feeling the cold winds of the ‘hunters’ and are ready to move to Israel. (C.F  2-15)

 

TO OUR READERS IN MANY LANDS:

WE WELCOME NEW READERS FROM THE FOLLOWING PARTS OF THE WORLD:

Ringwood,  Victoria……Mornington,  Victoria………Deep Bay,  Tasmania

 

NEW BULLETINS:

No  276:  THE PRICKLING BRIERS IN AND AROUND ISRAEL:  The Bible tells us that in the ‘latter days’ there would be people and nations described as ‘pickling briers’ in and around Israel,  who would cause Israel a lot of annoyance, but who would finally end up in the dustbin of history.  Our Bulletin explores the Scriptural evidence.

No 508:  THE BIBLE AND THE LATTER DAYS:  As experience has proved, the Bible is always ahead of our daily newspaper. Our Bulletin looks at forecasts the Bible makes relating to the recent past, the  tumultuous present and looks ahead a little into the future.

No  509:   A CLOSER LOOK AT MICAH 5:   Over the past century or so there have been many commentators  looking at Micah 5, with some coning to the wrong conclusion about the ‘latter day Assyrian’ who will attempt to assault the new King in Israel sometime in the near future. Our Bulletin examines the subject  and provides a better understanding of the matter..

No   510:  THE TRINITY.  Our Bulletin looks at the beginnings of the trinity theory and examines why ‘god the Son’  the second person of the alleged trinity cannot be  God, Very God.  It is supremely important that those who desire to be “Christ ones” come to a true understand of the relationship between the Father  and His anointed Son. The trinity theory destroys that true relationship!

Your Bible based questions on this important subject are invited.

CD-4    THE DEVIL….AN EXPOSE;  When Rome took over the ‘Church’ at Rome, it invited everyone in the Roman Empire to be ‘Christians’.  Unfortunately the myriads who had been pagans ‘yesterday’, were suddenly a part of the ‘church’, and they brought with them many of the heathen  ideas which infect Christendom today.  One of those ‘many’ is the idea that an angel, and his followers, opposed God and were  ‘cast down to the earth’ where they daily (supposedly) tempt mankind to sin.  Our CD deals with many facets of this problem and can  measurably help you in your thinking on this important subject.

 CD-36   A TRINITY PRECIS:  Our CD  covers many areas of this subject and supplies information which will help  the reader to come to a truthful understanding of a subject, the denial of which over the centuries has brought death to many who would not accept Rome’s demand  to ‘believe or die”

CONCLUSION:

In case you have missed it, about 6000 Jews have fled the Ukraine for Israel  and about the same number from France and its obvious that thousands more will follow, fulfilling the Father’s promise that he would send ‘fishers to fish thee (Jews) out and hunters to hunt thee out’ (Jer 16-16)                        C.F   2  15

 

REPORT 494 DECEMBER  2014

ANGELS WHO ‘SINNED’ !!

 

“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down

to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved

unto judgment… (2Peter 2:4)

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”. (Jude 1:6)

here are many Bible ‘teachers’ who use the above verses to unashamedly claim they prove conclusively, that certain angels in heaven, namely some one called the devil, and his angelic followers, were cast out of heaven and allowed to roam the earth, supposedly using their special powers to cause people to sin.

Of course, when we study those verses we find no mention of the ‘devil’, or of ‘heaven’, but we DO find that Peter and Jude are referring to certain people called ‘angels’, who ‘sinned’, and who are ‘reserved in everlasting chains under darkness’, an expression which simply means the grave.

If these ‘angels’ were Holy angels, created by the Father to serve Him, (Psalm 148:2/5), then the above Scripture shows conclusively that they were cast down to the grave where they await the coming day of judgment. Thus they definitely cannot comprise of the so called devil (false accuser) and his angelic followers.

Who then are these ‘angels’? Well firstly we must understand that the Greek word ‘aggelos’, may be translated as angels, pastor or messenger. As well, reading the Jude chapter carefully we read that the incident described in the two verses quoted above, referred to ‘something’ that happened after the Israelites were delivered from Egypt (V.5), at which time Jude says that the Father ‘afterward destroyed them that believed not

Secondly, Jude says that certain people ‘perished in the gainsaying (rebellion) of Korah’. The saga to which he is referring is easily read in Numbers 16, where we read of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, appointed by God through Moses, to be leaders (pastors), rebelled against Moses and thus against God, and the earth opened up and swallowed them and their families. Then a fire consumed 250 men, followed by a plague which consumed 14,000 people. Here then are the ‘angels’ that left their former estate and remain in the grave until the day of judgment, C. F 11-14.

 

BIBLE PROMISE OF RESURRECTION:

The Report ( 1945) of the Commission appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, 'Towards the Convversion of England', stated.. ." The central theme of the New Testament is eternal life, NOT for anybody and everybody, but for believers in Christ, arisen from the dead. The idea of the inherent indestructability of the human soul (or consciousness), owes its origin to GREEK, NOT TO BIBLE SOURCES."

How could anyone searching the Scriptures reach any other conclusion? Yet, men are instructed and encouraged to believe otherwise ! Jesus declared....." I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE : HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME , THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE: (John 11-25). Jesus also made it clear that ..." ..Moses and the prophets......(and), all the Scriptures "..(Luke 24/27) , foretold His coming and His role in God's purpose Man has chosen to ignore the teaching of Scripture regarding the nature and destiny of man.

The Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after he had been in the tomb for 4 days, (John 12-1). Similarly, Jesus also resurrected the son of the widow of Nain....(Luke 7-15), and Jairus' daughter....(Luke 8-55). If He could resurrect 3... He can resurrect you and me when He comes!

Paul speaks of a day soon to come :

The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…..and the DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST: (1 Thess. 4:16) Are you ‘In Christ:? C.11-14

BIBLE PROMISES TO THE JEWS:

Do we think like those recorded in Malachi: “Where is the God of justice?”(Mal 2:17). God does not behave like man when it comes to promises: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.”(Num 23:19) "abounding in goodness and truth" (Ex 34:6).

Promises to Abram: “I will make you a great nation. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. All the land which you see I give to you and your descendants for ever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth (great in number). I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you ... to be God to you and your descendants. (Gen 12: 13: 17)

Promises to David: “I will set up your seed, will come from your body, I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever, I will be his Father, he shall be My son, And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you, Your throne shall be established forever. (II Sam” 7:12-16)

Promises to Israel: “Scattered Israel gathered"(Jer 31:10) “taken from among nations, gathered from all countries, Dwell in their own land that was given to their fathers” (Ezek 36:24, 28) "with you to save you; full end of nations where you were scattered, not a complete end of you" (Jeremiah 30:11).

THOSE WHO THREATEN THE JEWS:

With each new conflict involving Israel splashed across the headlines there has been an increasing negative attitude from Christians towards Jews. This could be from a lack of understanding the promises to the Jews or a belief in supersessionism. Supersessionism makes the Christian Church God's chosen people in place of the Jews. This allows them to disregard the Jews and in some cases hate them. The promises to the Jews have not been rescinded and we are truly blessed to be seeing them fulfilled today.

In Numbers we find Balak organised for Balaam to curse the nation of Israel. “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” (Numbers 22:12). The people are blessed not just Abraham “Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.” (Numbers 24:9)

We should carefully consider the promises God has made to those who curse the Jews. “I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries” (Exodus 23:22) “all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you”. (Deut 30:7) And this perfect example, “I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the insults of Ammon, they have reproached My people, And made arrogant threats against their borders. Therefore, as I live, surely Moab shall be like Sodom, and the people of Ammon like Gomorrah… a perpetual desolation. My people shall plunder them, My people shall possess them, because they have reproached and made arrogant threats against the people of the Lord of hosts”. (Zeph 2:8-10)

THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE JEWS:

And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” There are many cases throughout the bible of people supporting the Jews but one really stands out. In Acts, Cornelius the centurion: a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.(10:2) “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God."(10:4) your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered.(10:31) What a wonderful example of God's promise to bless those who bless the Jews fulfilled. He clearly held the Jews as special in his heart and received a wonderful blessing.

Also Jesus said "we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:22) and note what Peter said to the household of Cornelius “God shows no partiality, in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted.” (10:34, 35) If we want to be blessed like Cornelius then we should follow his example: Believe the good news of the Kingdom of God, and be baptised and lets not forget the love he had for the Jews

If you do these things you can share in all the blessings you have just read about, "for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Imagine it, God has promised that you can live for ever with Jesus in His Kingdom. No greater promise will ever be made to you, “I have set before you life and death… therefore choose life…that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deut 30:19, 20) That's a promise. (MW 11-14)

 

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NO: 270: Events of the Blood Red Moons: The first of the four in the last days Tetrad, has come and gone .It featured the rise of the infamous IS terror group and the war between Israel and Gaza. The second in the series which covers the period Oct 8 this year to April 4 is sure to be full of surprises. Read our Bulletin, its free!

No: 271: “Unusual Events” of Israel’s Wars: Two of the most unusual and miraculous events affecting Israel, were the drowning of Pharaoh’s army on their way to decimate the released Children of Israel and remarkable infighting which destroyed the enormous host that came against Jehoshaphat (2 Chron 20) Read of miracles in our days

No. 272: Psalm 83. A Verse by Verse Consideration: Since Israel’s re-establishment, the nations and people listed in this Psalm have waged continuing war against God’s people, the Jews in the Land, but to no avail. Read our ‘verse by verse consideration of the chapter and learn of God’s plan:

No. 273 : Rosh Hashana and the Schemitah Year: It’s a matter of record that the God of Israel demanded that the Israelites ‘rest’ the Land He had given them, every 7 years (Lev. 25:4) That they did not do so is one reason why the Father exiled them to Babylon for 70 years. Read of the real importance of the Schemitah years

No. 274: WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT? Our Bulletin relates to the responsibilities of the ‘watchman’ defending the people of villages as laid down in Ezekiel 33, and associates the remarks with our responsibilities in these latter days to warn people of impending judgments of the Father upon a present world going its own way, as in the days of Noah A ‘must’ read’.

No. 507: A Critical Look at Isaiah 16: This chapter deals with ‘certain outcasts’ thought to be the people of Israel, but which are, in reality, the ‘daughters of Moab’ Read our instructive and informative Bulletin to help you understand the true message of this chapter.

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