Can I Say No To Jesus and Still Get Into Heaven

The Saved in the Great Tribulation

Book of Revelation Chapter 7

As we move on into Chapter 7 we find answers to a lot of questions for those who have been taught some things that are not true. The one most important thing is that there will be many saved during the Tribulation period and most of those during the time called the “Great Tribulation” as this chapter makes us aware of.

In fact, I do not believe God will reject anyone at any time if they call upon the Lord with a pure and honest heart!

I personally believe that not any who have rejected the Lord during the Church Age will be saved during any part of the Tribulations years.

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Today in many areas of America there are many who have not ever heard of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, and America has become a great mission field and it is the same in many other nations and it is a sad thing.

This shows just how weak the Church has become in doing the one thing the Lord ask us to do.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Though these future saints will suffer through much of the Seven Years of the Tribulation they will also be saved because no one at the White Throne Judgment will be able to stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and say, “I never got the opportunity”.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

There is not one prophesy in the true Scriptures that will go unfulfilled by the end of Armageddon!

Many today just do not have all the truth!

In reality, Chapter 7 of the Book of Revelation is a break between the things of the sixth seal and the things of the seventh seal, and John gets a full view of this picture so we will all be able to understand.

One of the greatest problems in the modern Church is that those who are saved or think they are saved, do not have that same desire for all others to be saved.

Remember the Laodicean Church Age ended with the Church never returning to be on fire for Christ and the ministries of the Church just about stopped.

The Lord will remind us of these things at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

We had forgotten why the Lord left us here upon this earth and even today before these things come to past, we are living in the “Days of Sorrows”.

Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Joh 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
Joh 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

Isa 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Isa 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Let us just see what John saw.

*Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Rev 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

If we know one thing about our Savior, it is that He is never caught off guard. He never sits and thinks about what He is going to do next.

No matter what the world thinks and no matter what the Church thinks, the Lord God Jehovah always has His true believers.

By this time we already know the Church is in Heaven and the Judgment Seat of Christ has already taken place. The Lord has presented His Church to His Father, but someone is missing.

There are promises that have not been yet fulfilled.

We have an example in the Scriptures.

God is speaking to Elijah:

1Ki 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
1Ki 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
1Ki 19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which be-longeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
1Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
1Ki 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat
1Ki 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Remember the Prophesy of Elijah?

Rom 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Rom 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
Rom 11:3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
Rom 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

And Malachi:

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

John saw four Angels standing on the four corners of the earth, which would be North, South, East, and West and no, this does not mean the earth is square.

These Angels would bring about the most devastating “Climate Change” this world will have ever seen. These things will be added to all the other things that are already going on in those seven years of Tribulation, and will be in fact the last years of those seven years called the “The Great Tribulation”.

By the way it is only the Lord who can cause “climate change” and not people!

Before these Angels unleash this devastation those servants of God must be sealed. Not by the Holy Spirit but by this Angel which means they cannot be harmed by the Antichrist and his followers during this time of their great work.

The Lord says the servants of God must be sealed. These servants of God are His secret weapon that no one upon the earth knew about, not even Satan!

The Lord Jesus explained this to the Apostles.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

The fig tree is about to bloom in Israel. It will not bloom during the Church Age!

We should understand that until the Angels seal these 144,000 no one knew who they were and at the same time once they are sealed, everyone will know who they are. Jehovah will not hide this fact for the Hebrew Children. They will be sealed in their forehead only, not upon their hands.

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

We should also understand in the same manner the disciples of the Antichrist will be sealed either in the forehead or their right hand.

Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

*Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Rev 7:5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
Rev 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Rev 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

These 12,000 of each tribe will be the literal seed of Abraham through Isaac, through Jacob.

Again there are no lost tribes of Israel and though they remain are scattered, Jehovah knows the whereabouts of each and every one of them!

Notice the Angel in charge of this whole thing does ascend from the east. The “Day Star”.

2Pe_1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

The Sun of Righteousness:

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

They will realize the Coming of the Messiah, they had been looking for all these years!

Of all the lists of the tribes in the Scriptures since the time of the Exodus from Egypt, this one is different as are many others, but here the Tribe of Dan is omitted and also the tribe of Ephraim.

The names of Joseph and the name of Levi are substituted. We can understand this by understanding the truth of God.

Deu 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;
Deu 29:19 And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
Deu 29:20 The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.
Deu 29:21 And the LORD shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law:

These are things that Dan and Ephraim are guilty of, and when the Holy Spirit gave these words to Moses, He meant what He said.

God will never repent from the things He has written down in the Scriptures which means all translations must be very careful not to change what the Holy Spirit has said, or they are no more than perversions much like the Codex Sinaiticus that was altered by the Jesuits while it was not even an old Scripture but the writings of some Greek, who was hired to make a personal copy of the Scriptures for some Russian. This is the truth!

These tribes allowed Jeroboam to set up those golden calves to be worshipped.

1Ki 12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
1Ki 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
1Ki 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

Note, these tribes are also in the list that will be in the Holy Land in the Millennial Kingdom.

The sealing of these 12,000 from each tribe has its own purpose in the plan of God during the Great Tribulation years.

So after this sealing, we see the purpose of this sealing.

*Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
Rev 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Will they be those that are saved during the Great Tribulation when the Antichrist is so brutal along with those that follow him. You bet there will be!

Notice that are not just Jews or Hebrews. They are from all nations, all kindreds, all peoples, all tongues and they are standing before the throne of the Lamb of God.

They had palms in their hands as in the as in the “Feast of the Trumpets”.

In a sense, the purpose of the “Feast of the Trumpets” was to awaken these people from their “spiritual slumber” and prepare them for the solemn humiliation of the “Day of Atonement”!

Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Joe 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

This day had finally come.

Salvation to “Our God” and unto “The Lamb”. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know!

What do the Angels do? They do what they always do.

Luk 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Of course the Church did join in, and the Beasts, as we all fell on our faces to worship our God Jehovah, and the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ.

All the Church had made it to Heaven.

There is no God except Jehovah God and there is no salvation but by the Lamb of God!

John was watching all these things so he could write it all down that we might have this wonderful Book of the Reveling of the Lamb!

John asked and one of the Elders answered.

Where did all those Saints of God come from? Here is our answer.

*Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

To understand the Great Tribulation we have to go back to the missing week from the Prophet Daniel.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

When we total the weeks from the Prophet Daniel, we can account for the time till the first coming of the Messiah. From the time of Christ’s First Coming and until Chapter 4 of the Book of Revelation we have the Church Age which ends at the “Rapture of the Church”.

It is then we begin the missing week of the Prophet Daniel which are the years called Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s Trouble.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

When the Church has been called out (Revelation Chapter 4) then the Antichrist will begin his rule upon this earth. The first three and a half years will be terrible to many, but the Jews will live in relative peace and actually be able to use the rebuilt Temple for the old practices that ended with the destruction of Herod’s Temple.

But then comes the remaining three and a half years which will be called the “Great Tribulation”.

The Antichrist will become a terror to the Jews and most all of the world at that time. Destruction and murder will be the daily theme of his government.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

This Great Tribulation would have brought the end of life upon this world if the Lord Jesus does not step in to put a stop to it.

Finally after spending all these years people will begin to realize that maybe there is a God who cares.

Those 144,000 Jewish preachers will be spreading the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” all over the world and remember they are sealed and under the protection of the Angels.

Dan_12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

They will begin to believe.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

And they will be saved.

Those that are saved will also die and this is that group of Saints that John is now seeing in Heaven’s Throne Room where they will be comforted.

Their robes made white by the Blood of the Lamb!

Most of these are Jews and they will now do what Jehovah ask of them since the time of Abraham.

*Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

We know that the Holy Spirit took the Church home to Heaven at the sound of the Trumpet, because He lives within each of us.

This does not mean the Holy Spirit did not go back to do the work as He did in the Old Testament.

These that were saved were still under Holy Ghost conviction when they accepted that Jesus is the true Messiah.

These were all saved because they believed the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ!

We can see that most of these are Jews and the Lord will fulfill His promise to them.

Exo 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
Exo 29:46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.

Are they any more special than the other Saints of God? No they are blood bought children of God just as the rest of the Saints in Heaven.

Some believe that this is the Millennial Kingdom, but this is just Heaven and what are some of the great things about Heaven?

*Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The fulfillment of another promise.

2Co 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

It is not always easy to be a Christian and it is also true it is not easy to be a Jew in many places and it been that way for them for thousands of years.

We all know that sin has interfered with our relationship with our Heavenly Father, but the benefits of Heaven make it all worth the choice of choosing Jesus before it was too late.

Psa 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psa 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psa 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psa 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psa 103:6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

The “benefits” of choosing Jesus Christ are just too wonderful to describe after a life upon this small planet, the only place life thrives but even this life on this planet will not always continue.

Choose Jesus before it is too late to choose!

Hell is a real place!

Heaven is a real place!

Choose Heaven!

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Amen

Proclaiming The Risen Christ

The Proclamation Of The Risen Christ

Text: Book of Acts 3:1-26

Our focus: Acts 3:1-8, 11-16, 18-21

We have just witnessed the first birthday of the Church Age and we will learn as we study the Book of Acts the function of the Church.

The Church is the tool of God to reach the lost and to hold back the evil of this world we live in!

1.) The church is to provide proper instruction:

Act 2:42  And they continued stedfastly “in the apostles’ doctrine” and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

2.) There should be proper “fellowship”:

Act 16:34  And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, “believing in God with all his house”.

3.) There must be proper “Worship”:

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, “when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth”: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

4.) There must be proper “Service”:

Act 5:42  And daily in the temple, and in every house, “they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ”.

Act 8:4  Therefore they that were scattered abroad “went every where preaching the word”.

The power to do all these things comes from the Power of the Holy Spirit!

Let’s begin:

*****Act 3:1  Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

We can see that the Apostles and the Jewish converts to Christianity, continued in the regular practices of the Jewish religion.

It was common practice for the Jews to pray 3 times a day, at the third, the sixth, and the ninth hours.

We should clearly understand that the Church is the fulfillment of the Jewish religion “and not some new religion”.

In fact Christianity is not a religion at all, “it is just the truth” of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

BUT, The Church is not and never will be a new Israel. These are two separate fulfillments of prophesy!

We have just seen in the Book of Ruth a “type” of Christ and His “Gentile Bride” which is the Church!

These are some of the things that were promised when the Messiah came and that Messiah is Jesus Christ! The word “Christ” is Greek for “Messiah” or “The Anointed One”!

The Bible tells us:

1Jn 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is “the Christ”? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

If Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ, cannot be accepted for what He is, “God in the flesh”, then you are not a believer and therefore not saved!

This is the stumbling block of Christianity to the world!

Any man can be good some of the time but only God can be perfect!

Heb 5:9  And “being made perfect”, he became the author of “eternal salvation” unto all them that obey him;

*****Act 3:2  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
Act 3:3  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

We have in this verse a man who has been lame from the day he was born and he was 40 years old at this time. We can see that he had someone who cared enough about him to bring him to a place where it was possible for him to get enough money to eat on.

At this time this was the welfare system of Israel.

Peter and John are often found together in Scripture:

They were in a fishing business together.

They prepared the last Passover before Jesus was crucified.

They ran to the tomb of Jesus together on that first Easter morning.

They were the first to minister to the Samaritans who were hated by the Jews.

They were now both filled with the Holy Spirit and working together to build God’s Church!

That gate called Beautiful was probably the gate that led from the court of the Gentiles to the court of the women. A gate that Herod had added when he was rebuilding the Temple and had it hand made of Corinthian Brass.

An “alms” would be anything given for the poor. We now call it “Charity”!

*****Act 3:4  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
Act 3:5  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Most of these beggars would not be focused on those going in and out of the Temple. They would hang their heads down because most of them were embarrassed for what they had to do to survive.

Being disabled is not satisfying at all!

Being disabled seems to take away from any purpose of life!

But this lamed one obeyed Peter when he was told to look at him and John. This man was expecting some money but he was about to get something much more valuable.

There should be no doubt that this beggar was not the only one at this gate of the Temple that day. It should be noticed that Holy Spirit led Peter to this particular beggar for a reason.

*****Act 3:6  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Miracles did not happen at random in the scriptures. Miracles occurred in three major periods:

In the days of Moses and Joshua.

In the days of Elijah and Elisha.

In the days of Jesus and His Apostles and there were very few outside this scope of time.

Miracles were always given to authenticate a message!

God enabled certain of His messengers to perform unusual miracles to substantiate a new message they were about to give!

When the Bible was completed in the form we have today, a completed work of God, then there is no need for miracles of this type.

I believe God still does miracles everyday but we have to to be paying attention to see them.

It’s a miracle every time someone is saved.

It’s a miracle every time someone is healed from a major sickness and there are still many that happen today but we have the entire message God has given to us and it does not need to be authenticated by miracles!

Jesus gave the Apostles and maybe a few more the gift of miracles but these ceased when the last Apostle, John died.

There is no truth to Apostolic powers in our day. All work is done by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.

God still does miracles but He does not still do them through a person.

AND, It can also be said that the church is so rich in “silver and gold” today that the church has forgotten about the Power of the Holy Ghost.

*****Act 3:7  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

If we pay attention we can see a “type” of sinner being saved.

This man was born lame:

And everyone on this planet is unable to walk to please the Lord. When Adam “fell” he passed his lameness to all his descendants

Rom 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

This man was very poor:

We as sinners are bankrupt before God. The wages of sin are only death!

Luk 7:41  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Luk 7:42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

Salvation was immediate for this once lame man:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The evidence of salvation was evident to those around him that knew him!

*****Act 3:8  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Now that this man could stand, he also took a stand on the Lord!

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, “to stand”.

*****Act 3:9  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
Act 3:10  And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Act 3:11  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.

Now we see the purpose of the miracle!

This entire audience is made up of Jews. Jesus had said:

Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Jesus had told His disciples to begin in Jerusalem and God was gathering a large audience to hear His message to be preached by Peter.

Prophecy had said:

Isa 35:5  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isa 35:6  [Then shall the lame man leap as an hart], and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

And Jesus said:

Mat 11:5  The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Mat 11:6  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

*****Act 3:12  And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, “Ye men of Israel”, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

We know that at this time the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was presented only to Israel. Jesus had told the Apostles to begin in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem had rejected Jesus and after His Death, Burial, and Resurrection, they would now hear the Gospel to see if they would now believe.

The fact that the Gospel “will come to where we live” is proof of the Love of God!

Peter is very clear, that this miracle was not done by any power that he had.

The New Testament had not been written at this time and Peter was about to take the Old Testament and show them the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

*****Act 3:13  The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

Peter was now not some dumb fisherman but he was mighty in the Word of God. Peter laid the groundwork for his sermon by associating Jesus with the God of Israel, the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Again Christianity is not some new religion but it is the fulfillment of Judaism. It was the same God who made a covenant with Israel who then also rejected the Son of God!

It was some of these very same Jews that had delivered Jesus to Pilate.

It was some of these very same Jews that had denied Jesus as their King.

Pilate had truly put some effort in trying to release Jesus!

Mat 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Then all of Israel made this foolish statement:

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, “His blood be on us, and on our children”.

Israel has surely suffered because of this statement!

But God has not abandoned them as some think!

*****Act 3:14  But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Act 3:15  And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

It was some of these very same Jews that had received the guilty Barabbas in exchange for the sinless and guiltless Son of God named Jesus.

For the remainder of his days the Apostle Peter will never preach another sermon where he will not mention the “Resurrection of Jesus Christ”!

Peter here says he and John were witnesses to these things and there were some in this very audience who were also witnesses to these things.

*****Act 3:16  And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

In His Name:

It is the names of Our Savior that also describe Him to us!

His Son Jesus, The Holy One, The Just One, The Prince of Life, His Christ, The LORD, The Prophet, The WORD, The Light, The Lamb of God.

He is Shiloh!

He is the Rose of Sharon!

His name is Wonderful!

He is the Mighty Counselor!

He is the Mighty God!

He is the Everlasting Father!

He is the Prince of Peace!

And He is the King of Kings!

He is the Lord Jesus Christ the true Messiah!

And He is Our Precious Savior!

And He is the Fulfillment of “All” the Old Testament Prophecy about the Anointed One of God!

*****Act 3:17  And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
Act 3:18  [But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled].

There are many things that we do through ignorance and do not totally understand the results that come from them.

Even Jesus said forgive them for they knew not what they were doing!

We will never understand all the plan of God, but we know God has a plan and he wants us to be involved in his plan and not have a plan of our own, which is a greater sin!

All the things that were fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ were told about in the same Old Testament that all these people had access to.

The apostle Paul put it this way:

1Ti 1:13  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, [because I did it ignorantly in unbelief].

To be a unbeliever does not give anyone an  excuse but an unbeliever cannot know the will of God!

An unbeliever relies on the laws of man and if the laws of man do not match up with the Word of God then they are ignorant of God’s law.

It is our job to tell everyone “who cross our paths” the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There is not one single book of the Old Testament that does not point to the Messiah!

It may be said that Israel’s situation was something like that of the “man slayer” who killed his neighbor without prior malicious intent and fled to the nearest city of refuge.

*****Act 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, [when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord];

These Jews and the World of today need to realize that when they fight against Jesus they are fighting against the God of the Bible.

The resurrection of Christ Jesus was conclusive proof that He was approved of God!

The present power of Jesus was shown by His healing of this lame man.

The rejection of Jesus is an act of ignorance and God was ready, willing and waiting to forgive them of this sin.

To “repent” is a complete changing of the mind and is reflected in the heart!

To be “converted” is the physical act of turning from sin and Satan and then unto God!

It is this act that that will cause your sins to be blotted out in God’s book of records!

Isa 44:22  I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; [for I have redeemed thee].

Salvation is only on an individual level but Peter was preaching for the national repentance of Israel.

Jesus Christ had suffered brutally and died on the cross but there will be a time in the future when He will return as King and King of Kings.

This will be the time of His refreshing And the time of His presence again in this world!

*****Act 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

These are the things that God had shown by the mouth of all His prophets.

This is the message that God was giving to “whosoever” would listen and repent.

And Jesus will come again a Second Time!

Peter was saying this day that, “now is the time to turn and repent”. Peter’s message was that the Lord can return any day and the day of judgment was not the time that they could repent.

Psa 69:28  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and “not be written with the righteous”.

On the day of judgment or the day of death, every soul will be blotted out the book of the living “but it will be too late to be written in the book the righteous”.

It will be too late!

Today then is surely the day to turn to the Lord!

This is the same message we need to hear today!

*****Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive [until the times of restitution of all things], which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

The last day of the Church Age all the Saints that are still alive will be taken up into Heaven.

All the souls that are in Heaven will be reunited in a “glorified body” along with those saints.

1Th 4:14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

There will then be a seven-year tribulation period proven by the Book of Daniel.

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Dan 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This period of seven years will be divided into parts of three and a half years apiece.

This last period is known as the Great Tribulation is also known as the time of Jacob’s trouble:

Jer 30:7  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: “it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble”; [but he shall be saved out of it].

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

It is at the end of this time that God will restore all things for 1000 years:

Amo 9:11  In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

This is the message of Peter to the Jews and this is the message to the Church today.

These things will not change!

The truth is the truth whether there are any believers!

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