MAY 13 , 2022
Editor | Dr . Shelton Smith Vol . LXXXVIII , No . 9
A Sevenfold Royal Bestowment
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Answer the Phone
One Truly Remarkable Lady
When Persecution Comes
DR . CLYDE BOX ( Preached at the National Sword of the Lord Conference , 1991 )
I speak from an unusual text that is a beautiful picture of the church .
“ Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke , perfumed with myrrh and frank - incense , with all powders of the merchant ?”— Song of Sol . 3:6 .
Many believe that this text is a description of Solomon when he rides into Jerusalem with his bride . That perhaps is true , but it speaks to me concerning the church .
Forty-five times the Bible speaks of smoke . Across the Bible sky we see the smoke of Sinai , where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses ; the smoke of Sodom and Gomorrah , where God rained fire and brimstone down upon those wicked cities in judgment ; the smoke of Ai , with Joshua the soldier walking in the ashes and God whispering to his heart , “ There shall not any man be able to stand
“ And when they had prayed , the place was shaken where they were assembled together ; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost , and they spake the word of God with boldness .
“ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul : neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own ; but they had all things common .
“ And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus : and great grace was upon them all .”— Acts 4:31 – 33 . before thee all the days of thy life ”; the smoke of Mount Carmel , where Elijah called down fire from Heaven and defeated the prophets of Baal ; the smoke of the bottomless pit , with the cry of the rich man ,
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No Place Like It ! How to Make Your Place the Only Place Anywhere Near Your Place Like Your Place
DR . TOM WALLACE
I read somewhere of a country store along an old dirt road that had hanging on the front porch a sign that read :
There is no place anywhere near this place like this place , so this must be the place .
When I read that sign I said to myself , Somebody ought to preach a sermon about that . I thought , Our church ought to have a sign like that hanging over the pulpit for everyone to read .
The grass always looks greener
What in the World Is Happening to Our World ?
DALE GREENWELL Pastor , Ramsay Hills Baptist Church , Vancleave , Mississippi
“ And as he sat upon the mount of Olives , the disciples came unto him privately , saying , Tell us , when shall these things be ? and what shall be the sign of thy coming , and of the end of the world ?
“ And Jesus answered and said unto them , Take heed that no man deceive you .
“ For many shall come in my name , saying , I am Christ ; and shall deceive many .
“ And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars : see that ye be not troubled : for all these things must come to pass , but the end is not yet .”— Matt . 24:3 – 6 .
We know this has been going on for a while . Many are being deceived . We hear of wars and rumors of wars , but God says we are not to be troubled about things of that nature because He
on the other side of the fence . Many times we are too close to our own place to appreciate what we have . If we stopped to think it over , we probably would not trade places with anyone else .
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“ For nation shall rise against nation , and kingdom against kingdom : and there shall be famines , and pestilences , and earthquakes , in divers places .
“ All these are the beginning of sorrows .
“ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted , and shall kill you : and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name ’ s sake .
“ And then shall many be offended , and shall betray one another , and shall hate one another .
“ And many false prophets shall rise , and shall deceive many .
“ And because iniquity shall abound ,
( Editor ’ s Comments : This piece on premillenialism by a Princeton professor was written 150 years ago . Even though Princeton has long since departed from its her - itage , there was a day when things there were much different than they are today .)
If asked for a concise and conclusive argument for premil - lenarianism , we reply , the apostolic church was premillenarian . We are aware of the apparent anachronism in the statement that the church was premillenarian before the apocalyp - tic prediction that Satan should be bound a thousand years , and should be cast into the bot tomless pit , and should deceive the nations no more , till the thousand years should be fulfilled ( Rev . 20:2 , 3 ). the love of many shall wax cold .
“ But he that shall endure unto the end , the same shall be saved .”— Vss . 7 – 13 .
On October 1 , 2017 , a sniper attacked a concert in Las Vegas . That attack left sixty dead and with the panic that followed , 867 injured .
On October 31 , 2017 , a New York City attacker drove his vehicle
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The Apostolic Church Was Premillenarian
DR . JOHN T . DUFFIELD 1823 – 1901 Professor , Princeton College , New Jersey
The anachronism is only in name , not in fact . It is a common yet wholly erroneous impression that our premillennial faith is based mainly , if not solely , on a passage in the Book of Revelation .
The fact is that the main question at issue in what is now known as the millenarian controversy ante - dates the Apocalypse and would have been a question of no less interest and importance through out this dispensation if the Apocalypse had not been written .
What is the main question at issue ? The Scriptures contain distinct predictions , yet unfulfilled , of two events of momentous importance :
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