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For those undecided ones who wonder, wander, and worry….
When a religious soul turns from the Bible or changes it to suit self, he/she forms a personal religion;
When one forms a personal religion he/she changes God's ways to man's ways;
When one changes God's ways he/she serves self and pleases Satan;
When one serves self and pleases Satan he/she falls into a trap;
Don't fall into Satan's trap ---hold to the Bible and learn God's ways. - RLD
BIBLE STUDY METHOD
1. WAY TO STUDY THE BIBLE: In the first place, if we don't study we will likely end up following after many voices to our loss and confusion. If one is a true "born again" believer in Jesus, the Christ of God (as shown in John 1; John 3; John 14; etc.), then that one needs to know the mind and ways of God. A good way to study the Bible is to have a system:
2. Cultivate a desire to hear God speaking to you, and desire to know His message for your life. This comes from "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27), not just interpretations of a few verses. There are no contradictions in the Bible. One needs to see the harmony of Scripture, and the Holy Spirit will apply the truth of it. Do you really want to know what God thinks? Begin by prayer asking God to teach you by His Word as well as circumstances.
3. Set a time daily or weekly; otherwise study won't likely happen. Decide on the method and course, and prepare. Without a sound method, one will wander and misapply Scripture ---the venerable KJV Study Bible is recommended as being much depended on over 300-400 years; ask Bible Truth Publishers at Addison, IL --USA for help and a catalog (see at the Internet site: Bibletruthpublishers.com):
a) A progressive study of the several aspects of the Bible: BIBLE GENERAL, which encompasses such as overview showing the differences in the 66 books ---as Old Testament and New Testament; and deity; creation; God dealing with mankind; the covenant with Israel; early history; etc. REDEMPTION WAY ---the coming of Israel's Messiah (which has been mostly rejected by them); the birth of the Savior in Jesus, the Christ of God for all mankind, and His ministry for eternal life and blessings in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) ---and without this, one will have no relationship with our eternal Creator-God; CHURCH TRUTH ---as that which shows the scriptural path for the saints (sanctified ones) as in the Epistles (church letters); "unity of the faith" world-wide; the collective testimony of the redeemed souls; sharing in Bible studies; the collective Lord's Supper and His Table; fellowship universal as Bible-Only expressing the "one body in Christ"; and finally the end times prophecy, judgments and eternal destiny as Revelation shows; SPIRITUAL LIFE ---concerning our walk and conversation to honor and obey God; keep His Word; witness to all mankind in love, with prayer and communion with our Savior ---the Lord Jesus.
b) A study of topics or subjects that are essential to the believer's pathway---e.g. holiness, worship, devotion, service, trials, marriage & practical choices, etc. Choose a subject of special interest and learn about it, rather than just reason over it. Good ministry is available from the sources shown herein.
c) A study of each Book and chapter in a progressive way through the Bible: One can read a chapter, pray over it, and then read some sound ministry on it from reliable sources. Some suggest a chapter a day with much prayer. One has said: We ought to do as a cow --"eat, then pause and chew on it awhile". It is important to see that there are no contradictions in the Word of God, and verses ought to be understood first in their context.
4. Have a concordance available, and a good Bible dictionary. The Concise Bible Dictionary is an excellent aide (available at Bible Truth Publishers); also, have paper to take notes for questions and further inquiry. -RLD.
A Possible Picture Of The End
Thoughts On The Good Samaritan Return
By R. L. DeWitt, 11/11
Very recently a perspective has come to me concerning the return of the Lord Jesus, as I considered several related portions of the Word of God. This, of course, is only a personal meditation for encouragement; and to also show that the Lord’s coming again for His saints --the Bride, could be very soon, though we do not know “the day and hour”, as God has said. Many Christians feel the translation of the Church to Heaven is probably near due to all severe conditions in the world (note Matt. 24:44; Matt. 25:10; Lk. 14:17). Some saints who esteem the Word of God will ponder this, others will doubt it, and those who know not the Word will reject it. It should perhaps be viewed as reasonable speculation about the hope of saints and the Lord’s soon return, from what Holy Scripture shows us.
The parable of the good “Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-35) has often been ministered as a present and prophetic picture of the working of salvation by God and His care for those He rescues. If one follows the account in their Bible (especially the venerable Authorized King James Version, since the meaning may be lost in other versions), it may prove a revelation of some degree to the reader.
In verses 25-29 there in Luke 10, we see a Jewish law interpreter and teacher standing before the Lord Jesus, and who “tempted Him”. The Lord then gave answer in a parable in v.30-34, about a Jewish man who was beaten, robbed, and left half dead --a picture of fallen man in sin. A Priest and then a Levite passed by without helping, which would illustrate that neither religion nor a self-righteous life would save him. A Samaritan (like as to Jesus) as one of faith who was despised by the Jews, came to aid the fallen man. He poured in oil --a type of the Holy Spirit in God’s Word to give life, and also wine --speaking of the blessings and goodness of God; then He took him to “an inn”, which was a place of rest, aid and care --type of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Church, as found in christendom.
The Jews can enjoy this blessing today, and also be restored if they appreciate and receive their Messiah --the Lord Jesus. Then in v.35 we might see the promise of the Lord Jesus to mankind (like the Samaritan giving “two pence” with the promise to repay the faithful host, when he comes again for any more he spent on the fallen man).
It is important here that we look at the prophetic picture for the Lord’s return to this world. The “two pence” may very well represent the time when the Lord (shown as the Samaritan) returns to reign. In the Word of God we see a Pence was a days wage, and God says “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years” (2 Pet. 3:8). By application one might suppose this to be a message that the Lord will come again in 2,000 years. A number of places in the Word of God refers to a day as a great expanse of time, and there are several references about “two days” (e.g. the Lord waiting two days before going to raise Lazarus from the dead --John 11:6), which is likely a picture of Jesus returning to receive the faithful, and pictured also in the "Samaritan" coming again. All these types (somewhat hidden) are for the faithful Christian seekers only (note Matt. 13:9-16).
Now consider that the Lord Jesus was 33 years old when He died, as the record seems to show. That might mean He plans to return in AD 2033 to vanquish His enemies, establish His kingdom reign, and reward Christendom --people and nations who honored God (see Matt. 25:31-40), but of course that timeline is only speculation. Professing Christians are exhorted though to be watchful “…as you see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).
If the return of the Lord should be His coming with His “Bride” to vanquish His enemies and establish His reign for a thousand years (the Millennium), that would be at the end of the Tribulation Time. So, to determine when Christ will come for His Bride --the church, we need to subtract the seven (7) years of tribulation from 2033 which would be 2026 (since the Bride will not be here under the wrath of God). So then also considering that “as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37) ---God waited seven (7) days after He shut Noah and his family in before the flood began (Gen. 7:10 --like mercies shown to the world awhile to see if any would repent). This then could be applied to Christ removing the bride from this world, and then waiting for a time before God’s wrath falls on the sinful world ---perhaps speaking of the seven years of the "tribulation" time.
If one then subtracts this latter seven days (as 7 years) from 2026 it would be AD 2019. That would be the most reasonable GUESS, I believe, for the coming again of Christ to receive His bride. Of course, we are told the calendar is off four years, which could make the coming of the Lord for His bride to be AD 2023 or 2015, depending on whether one adds the four years or subtracts it????
We surely should not preach such as this as doctrine, for WE TRULY DO NOT KNOW AND CAN NOT KNOW the real end time ---just “…see the day approaching” as advised. We can only pray that many will get saved while there is yet time. - RLD: GP04; 11/11.