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CONTENTS
A Question for the 21st Century
On Knowing God...
Jesus, Lord and Christ
A Disclosure of Heaven, Hell, and Eternity
Psalm 91 - A Word About God's Protection
Some Details About the Last Days foreseen by Apostles Paul & Peter
When the Lord's Return Draws Near-Can We Recognize It?
Material Possessions, False Security?
History Repeats itself in the 107th Psalm
According to Moses, What Does God Say About Drought?

 

A QUESTION FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY:

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?

Written by Albert B. Simpson (1843-1919)

Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall - friendless, forsaken, betrayed by all;
Harken! What meaneth the sudden call? What will you do with Jesus?

Jesus is standing on trial still, you can be false to Him if you will,
You can be faithful through good or ill: what will you do with Jesus?

Will you evade him as Pilate tried? Or will you choose Him whate'er betide?
Vainly you struggle from Him to hide: what will you do with Jesus?

Will you, like Peter, your Lord deny? Or will you scorn from His foes to fly,
Daring for Jesus to live or die? What will you do with Jesus?

"Jesus, I give Thee my heart today! Jesus, I'll follow Thee all the way,
Gladly obeying Thee!" will you say: "This will I do with Jesus!"

REFRAIN

What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be;

Someday your heart will be asking, "What will He do with me?"

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ON KNOWING GOD...

A TIMELESS MESSAGE FROM THE APOSTLE PAUL

"...I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." Acts 17:22-31 NKJV

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JESUS IS LORD AND CHRIST

AS EXPLAINED BY THE APOSTLE PETER

Acts 2:16-40 NIV
Peter was speaking to a crowd of people in Israel. And he said, "...This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel (note: Joel prophesied during the 8th or 9th century B.C.):

'In the last days, God says, That I will pour out My Spirit on all people.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to a cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him. David said about Him:

(Psalm 16:8-11, NIV, written during the 10th century B.C.)
'I saw the Lord always before me.
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body will also live in hope, because You will not abandon me to the grave,
Nor will You let Your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.'

Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that He would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to the grave, nor did His body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses to the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven and yet he said,

'The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for My feet.'

Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off - for all whom the Lord our God will call."

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." NIV

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A DISCLOSURE OF HEAVEN, HELL, AND ETERNITY

THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

While teaching His disciples, Jesus portrays to them a vivid account of the final outcome of the lives of two separate men.
Note: Words of Christ in Red Letter

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'" Luke 16:19-31 (NIV)

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. John 3:36 (NIV)

If you declare with your lips, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For we believe in our hearts and are put right with God; we declare with our lips and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (TEV)

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PSALM 91 - A WORD ABOUT GOD'S PROTECTION

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord,
"He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

Surely, He will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His feathers,
and under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness will be you shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling -
even the Lord, who is my refuge -
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command His angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because he loves me," says the Lord,
"I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
Psalm 91, NIV

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SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE LAST DAYS

AS FORESEEN BY THE APOSTLES PAUL AND PETER

In 2 Timothy, Chapter 3, NIV the Apostle Paul said,
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth - men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone."

In 2 Peter 3:1-10, NIV, the Apostle Peter said,
"...Recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, 'Where is this coming He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.' But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief..." (NIV)

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WHEN THE LORD'S RETURN DRAWS NEAR...

CAN WE RECOGNIZE IT?

In Matthew 24:32-44, NIV, Jesus tells us, (Words of Christ in red letter)
"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. No one knows about that hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark*, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and not let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

*ark - note: Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)tells us that: By faith, Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.

In Luke 17:28-30, NIV, it is also added that, "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed." (NIV)

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MATERIAL POSSESSIONS, FALSE SECURITY?

Luke 12:13-31 (NIV)

Someone in the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, `What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

Then he said, `This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '

"But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." (NIV)

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HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF IN THE 107TH PSALM

They wandered in the wilderness in a
desolate way; they found no city to dwell in.

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

 

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.

And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Those who sat in darkness and in the
shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons -

Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.

 

Then they cried out to the Lord in trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow
of death, and broke their chains in pieces.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fools, because of their transgression, and
because of their iniquities were afflicted.

Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death.

 

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.

He sent His word and healed them, and
delivered them from their destructions.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare His works with rejoicing.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
They see the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble,

They reel to and fro like a drunken man,
And are at their wits' end.

 

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.

He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness...Psalm 107:4-31 NKJV
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness
of the Lord. Psalm 107:43 NKJV

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ACCORDING TO MOSES, WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT DROUGHT?

Deuteronomy 11:13-21 NKJV

"And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for the land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.

Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the Lord's anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. (NKJV)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord . . . Psalm 33:12 (NKJV)

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