Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
Dan 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
Dan 7:3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
Dan 7:4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
Dan 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
The Ancient of Days Reigns
Dan 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Dan 7:11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
Dan 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
The Son of Man Is Given Dominion
Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Daniel’s Vision Interpreted
Dan 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
Dan 7:16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things.
Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
Dan 7:18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
Dan 7:19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;
Dan 7:20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Dan 7:21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
Dan 7:22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
Dan 7:23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Dan 7:24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
Dan 7:26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Dan 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Dan 7:28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
Dan 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.
Thre are multitudes in our country who know this verse. They know it is in the Bible even when they do not know the Bible. John 3:16 has been popularized by celebrities and the media as a means to say “God loves the world” including everybody in the world.
But, it’s that so? Let’s examine the context of John 3:16 for a moment.
“Joh 3:15 That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
When we pay attention to the context, we find a few interesting and important facts:
God loves those who believe because the believer is saved but the unbeliever is condemned already.
The love of God is connected to the light. Those who walk in darkness do evil deeds and hate the light because it reveals their evil deeds.
The love of God is connected to the truth. Those who love the truth also walk in the light and they have eternal life.
So, can we honestly preach that God loves everybody?
Rom 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Rom 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Rom 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
Rom 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
The Law and Sin
Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
Rom 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Rom 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
In the second letter of the Apostle Peter, chapter 1, we are introduced to one of the most magnificent passages on theology that was ever written. Of course, it was written by God Almighty using his servant Peter.
Including the salutation, these verses are the living water that every believer needs to drink daily. The whole letter is addressed to those who have “obtained like precious faith with us”. The faith of Peter and Paul and John and all true believers. The faith of Christ, which is God’s gift.
The salutation also continues with “grace and peace” that is derived “through the knowledge of Jesus our Lord”.
The next verse (3) teaches us that God’s “divine power has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge (again) of Him who has called us to glory and virtue” So, we see the knowledge of Christ is what gives us grace, peace, and all things that have to do with life and godliness, which is essential in our relationship with God.
God has given us “exceeding great and precious promises” to make us “partakers of the divine nature”. Isn’t this wonderful? We partake of God’s nature when we believe and hope in His promises that will never fail.
“Having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
We have also to give all diligence to add to our faith virtue; to virtue, knowledge (again); to knowledge, temperance (or self-control); to temperance, patience; to patience, godliness; to godliness, brotherly kindness; to brotherly kindness, love.
We should really be diligent in adding all these things to our God-given faith because “if these things be in you and abound, they will make you neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge (again) of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Note that “he who lacks these things is blind. He cannot see afar off and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” Just like the people who hear the Gospel and the wicked one comes to take the seed that was sown in their hearts.
So, be diligent, in making your calling and election sure, for “if you do these things, you shall never fall.” Isn’t it wonderful?
When we walk in the Lord in the Light of His Word, these things will abound in us, and the reward will be “an entrance shall be ministered unto you, abundantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. Isn’t it wonderful?
Joh 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Joh 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Joh 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
Joh 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
Joh 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God So Loved the World
The endless war in the Middle East has as an excuse the giving of that land to the Jews by God. Nothing further from the truth. The Old Covenant was made with the ancient Hebrews but the New Covenant includes people from every nation, kindred, and tongue.
False Christianity has deceived the majority of churches that support these fake jews of our days.
Many churches today think that Matthew 28:28 is relevant and important to their faith. It is true that God commanded his people to go throughout the world to preach the Gospel. The only problem with this is that in their haste to go and preach little attention is given to the message.
What is to preach the goods news of salvation? Is it a mixed message of feeling-good techniques, or a psychological way to get out of depression, etc? Most messages in a majority of churches have been made to please the hearers and to enlarge the preachers’ coffers. Is this to preach Christ?
Today’s most popular message is “Jesus loves you”, but not even Christ preached those words. Christ never went around telling people that He loved them. On the contrary, His very first words were “Repent”.
All of us need salvation from the wrath of God and from death. That is the reality of our human condition. We have sinned and are far away from God. In order to live, we need to know God. We need to know the truth of the Gospel. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the propitiation for our sins.
The message of the Gospel was “Repent and believe the Gospel” and the message has not changed. It is the same today, Go to all nations and preach the Gospel, Repent and believe.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked”
The “heart of Man”; what is the meaning of this phrase “the heart of man”?
Many believe that “THE HEART” conveys the vital source of one’s emotions and feelings over against “THE HEAD” or the intellectual processes. However, this definition of “the heart” is discordant with the biblical definition as in this verse in the book of Jeremiah – “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked…”
According to many other places in the Scriptures, the heart represents the core nature of one’s life. The heart is the center or focus of all his or her desires, motives, and moral choices.
We all should know and understand the truth concerning Mankind as it suffered the terrible consequences of the Sin and Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; that is, the imputation of the sin of Adam and the condemnation of God upon the whole Human Race. We read in God’s Word – “by the offence of one (i.e. Adam’s) judgment came upon all men to condemnation” (Romans 5:18A)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”, we read in Romans 3:23. And also, we read in Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written, There is no righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.”
The “Heart of Man” is deceitful and desperately wicked, this is the reality of the darkness and wickedness of Man’s HEART, as there is no light in him (i.e., Mankind) as GOD is Light. Jesus said in the Gospel of John – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” John 3:19-20
Before God destroyed the ancient world with a great flood during the days of Noah, what did God say in the Book of Genesis concerning “The HEART of Man”? – GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his HEART was only evil continually” Genesis 6:5
Jesus Christ again also described to us in His Word concerning the nature of the depraved heart of man in the Gospel of Mark, “For from within, out of the HEART of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” Mark 7:21-23
The Nature of Man is totally corrupted and depraved toward God as Mankind effortlessly is deceived and deluded, as they walk in the vanity of their mind, as their understanding is darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness and the hardness of their heart; and by no process of their religion and morality (the works and merits of man), philosophy, psychology, education or culture can he be refined and made fit for the Kingdom of God.
The reality of the imputation of Adam’s sin upon the whole Human Race is that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”; and all are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) with respect to God, in their sins and trespasses. “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is none that calls upon thy Name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us and hath consumed us because of our iniquities” Isaiah 64:6-7
THE GLORY AND THE POWER OF JEHOVAH GOD IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God” 1Corinthians 1:18
The Gospel is the revelation of God’s power to save His Elect from their sins (Ephesians 1:3-7) as it is given to Mankind as – THE WORD OF GOD. The preaching of the True Gospel leaves sinners with no hope of salvation but that, which is found ONLY in the Person and accomplished work of Christ. We read this in 2 Corinthians 4:5-7, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
The Natural Man who is spiritually dead to the things of God and walking in darkness cannot accept and receive the True Gospel proclaimed unto them, for the Truth is “foolishness” unto them. Natural Man in his religious pride and self-righteousness believes with all sincerity, (because it seems right to him- Proverbs 14:12) that there are things they can bring about or work out to please God in meriting forgiveness of sins and to rid their hearts of guilt. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not one” Psalm 14:2-3
Therefore, with Man it is impossible but with God, all things are possible, that is, it is Jehova God who justifies the ungodly by His work and power of regeneration and granting unto his Elect-People repentance from dead works and idolatry and granting unto them faith to believe in the Person and perfect work of Jesus Christ who satisfied the demands of God’s Holy Law on behalf of His People, thereby imputing Christ’s Righteousness unto them. Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “you must be born of God” (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-5) i.e., you must be regenerated, you must be given by God a new Heart, a new Spirit, created anew as a NEW CREATION in CHRIST JESUS (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is the power of God in the preaching of the Gospel, this is the Glory of the Knowledge and Wisdom of God in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
“For He has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
The True Gospel reveals that as its foundation, it is based solely upon the true merits of Jesus Christ – “who knew no sin”. Jesus Christ is the Eternal God who would become incarnate according to the Scripture (Isaiah 9:6), who would obey the Law of God perfectly according to the Scripture (Isaiah 42:4), who would as our substitute give His life as the spot-less Passover Lamb to atone for the sins of His Elect-People according to God’s Everlasting Covenant (Isaiah 53:10); “Now the God of Peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever, Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
Christ was born for the sole purpose of Jehova God to “save His people from their sins” – the sins of His Elect-People would be imputed unto Christ – “who knew no sin” – became sin for us. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. It is in Jesus Christ that we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace. Ephesians 1:7
It was Jesus Christ the Righteous who was delivered to God as an offering for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25). It is in our souls that we as true-believers are raised with Christ as He was raised victoriously from the dead, that is, we have experienced the resurrection, the new birth, even so, we walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus, holy, blameless and irreproachable in the Sight of Almighty God. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1
This is the remedy for the awful predicament of Man, that is, that God commands all to “repent and believe the Gospel” (Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15). God demands that we all must turn from our idolatry and dead works. That is, repent from ever believing that salvation is conditioned on the sinner, by whatever we think we can do or must do. Salvation is not based on what man can do or must do, but it is based on what Christ did, even from before the foundation of the world. Therefore, God commands that we believe the Gospel and trust in “the Righteousness of Christ”, the Righteousness which of GOD by faith. For it is God alone who can save His people by His power according to the Covenant of Grace. He alone must change and prepare their hearts and cause their ears to hear the True Gospel. It is God alone who must change their wicked and deceitful hearts and give them a new heart (Regeneration), and give them His Holy Spirit (Baptism of the Holy Spirit), so that they may believe the Truth by faith, for in this Gospel the Righteousness of God is revealed. The Righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17; 3:22). As Jesus said in the Gospel, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6. This Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is the Power and Glory of God manifested unto us in the Person and work of Jesus Christ; it is the Power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. He alone, to whom must be given the Honor and Glory forever, and ever. Amen.
God gave the Old Covenant to ancient Israelites by the hand of Moses. This Old Covenant consisted of multiple laws -including the ten commandments- that all Israel had to follow under penalty of death.
According to Christ, God gave the Old Covenant to the Hebrews of old because of their transgression and their rebellion. They were never able to keep the laws of the Old Covenant. The priests did not help the people to follow in righteousness.
God send them prophets to rebuke, warn and admonish them of their evil ways, but they did not listen. They killed their prophets and stoned those God sent to them, and they never listened.
The Old Covenant was a covenant written on stone and the people who were supposed to keep it, broke it constantly. Until, the Messiah, the One Appointed to fulfill the Old Covenant and to redeem the ones under its heavy weight, came.
That was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messenger of the Covenant. He fulfilled the Law in all its commandments. He abolish death and brought immortality to life as He banished the Old Covenant nailing it to His Cross.
Christ fulfilled and abolished the Old Covenant, that He could establish the New. Now, the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, are under the New Covenant. Christ made ALL things New. Now, we can be regenerated by the Power of the Holy Spirit. We are New people walking with Christ in the New Covenant.
There are many Christians today who believe that that nation in the Middle East called Israel, that was founded by the English Zionists in 1948 is the legitimate nation of the descendants from Ancient Israel.
These people in the Middle East who moved there after WWII and occupied Palestine, did so proclaiming their ancestry as coming from Ancient Hebrews. They use the Bible to assert their “right” to live in Palestine claiming that God gave them the land. But is it true?
What does the bible say?